Democrat Doug Jones Raises $1.3 Million In Alabama Senate Race

Alabama Democratic Senate candidate Doug Jones raised $1.3 million between July and September, an impressive amount for the former U.S. attorney who has so far attracted relatively little support from the national party. 

Jones now has $1 million cash on hand, according to the third-quarter total that was provided to HuffPost. 

“These fundraising numbers are the latest proof that our campaign is continuing to gain incredible momentum with grassroots support from throughout the state of Alabama,” said Sebastian Kitchen, communications director for the Jones campaign. “Alabamians know that Doug cares about kitchen table issues that are important to them and know he will stand up for hardworking families in the Senate.”

More than 22,000 people have donated to the campaign since Jones jumped into the race in May, and more than 3,500 people have signed up to volunteer. 

As a U.S. attorney in 2002, Jones was the lead prosecutor in the case against two of the men responsible for the 1963 bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama.

He’s running against Republican Roy Moore in the Dec. 12 special election to replace Jeff Sessions, who vacated the seat when he became President Donald Trump’s attorney general. Moore defeated Sen. Luther Strange (R-Ala.), who had the backing of the GOP establishment ― including Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.). 

It was a bruising primary, and the Senate Leadership Fund ― a super PAC that is backed by McConnell ― has said it currently has no plans to step in to help Moore defeat Jones. 

On the Democratic side, Jones has so far not received any financial backing from the Democratic National Committee or the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, although the groups have sent out fundraising appeals on his behalf.

He is attracting attention, though ― partly because of his compelling biography, but also because he is running against Moore. The Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest LGBTQ rights organization, recently endorsed Jones. Former Vice President Joe Biden also went to Alabama and held a rally for him.

There are concerns about whether Jones actually has a shot at beating Moore in the red state ― and whether national support will help or hurt him amongst voters who may be looking for someone without strong establishment ties. 

As chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, Moore told state probate judges to ignore the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling declaring marriage equality the law of the land. He recently referred to people of color as “reds and yellows,” and once said Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) should not be able to serve in Congress because he’s Muslim. 

Moore’s campaign did not return a request for comment on his fundraising numbers.

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ISIS Losing Its 'Capital' Is A Pivotal Defeat For The Terrorist Group

The self-described Islamic State finally lost its tenuous grip on the Syrian city of Raqqa on Tuesday as U.S.-backed forces retook the extremist group’s last major urban territory following a four-month military campaign. 

Raqqa has been ISIS’ de facto capital for years and was one of the first cities that fell under the group’s control during its rapid takeover of territory in 2014. ISIS enforced draconian laws during its rule, dictating daily life and carrying out horrific punishments for dissent. 

But the last ISIS fighters in Raqqa have now either surrendered, died or fled, leaving behind bombed out buildings and rubble-covered streets. In ISIS’ place, Kurdish-led forces that retook the city did doughnuts in a tank as they celebrated in a public square formerly used for beheadings.

Raqqa’s recapture marks a major blow for ISIS, culminating a steady depletion of its coveted territory that included losing the Iraqi city of Mosul earlier this year. The extremist group has lost thousands of fighters during the ongoing international anti-ISIS offensive and has seen its influence in Iraq and Syria dwindle.

ISIS has long anticipated the fall of urban centers like Raqqa, however, and for months has moved key forces out of the city as it prepares to focus more on insurgent attacks and its online presence. But, although ISIS will adapt and persist, losing the city that was once the organization’s central hub will likely see a fundamental shift in how the group operates.  

“It marks the end of the so-called caliphate as we knew it,” Amarnath Amarasingam, a senior research fellow at the Institute for Strategic Dialogue, told HuffPost.

“They are now on the defensive and will continue on as an insurgency, which still wreaks havoc both internally and abroad.”

A member of the Syrian Democratic Forces, backed by U.S. Special Forces, talks on the radio near Raqqa's stadium as the SDF clears the last positions on the front line on Monday. (BULENT KILIC via Getty Images)A member of the Syrian Democratic Forces, backed by U.S. Special Forces, talks on the radio near Raqqa's stadium as the SDF clears the last positions on the front line on Monday. (BULENT KILIC via Getty Images)

ISIS now faces the challenge of keeping its organizational structure intact and maintaining some physical presence in Iraq and Syria, while also reworking its narrative to convince followers they still command power and respect. 

At the height of its territory, ISIS’ propaganda put heavy emphasis on a vision of a “lasting and expanding” caliphate that would take over wide swaths of land. But ISIS’ grandiose rhetoric has come up against the reality of the group’s consistent military losses, including last year giving up the town of Dabiq, a place that figured heavily in its apocalyptic ideology.

“Ever since the fall of Dabiq, their messaging has undergone a slight shift to say that land is no longer that important and that’s not what they were fighting for this whole time,” Amarasingam said.

“This is, of course, a bit ridiculous since the establishment of the so-called caliphate was a major part of what established them as a presence to be reckoned with.”

A member of the Syrian Democratic Forces takes cover from sniper shots near the central hospital of Raqqa on Oct. 1. (BULENT KILIC via Getty Images)A member of the Syrian Democratic Forces takes cover from sniper shots near the central hospital of Raqqa on Oct. 1. (BULENT KILIC via Getty Images)

ISIS still holds some areas of Syria and parts of Iraq, but nothing on the scale of Raqqa or Mosul. Whereas the group used to boast of having its own currency, hospitals and courts, it will now likely retreat to mountains and villages in eastern Syria, where its fighters can go underground. 

Many analysts expect the next phase for ISIS to be a return to the type of insurgent attacks that dominated the group’s tactics before its rise in 2014. The group has proved that it can remain a deadly and destabilizing force even after being pushed out of an area, and it has carried out hundreds of attacks in recent years on recaptured Syrian and Iraqi cities. 

As ISIS has suffered consistent defeats in Iraq and Syria, it has also increasingly highlighted international terrorist attacks as proof of its international reach. The group has continued to claim responsibility for mass killings in Europe, North America and Iran as propaganda victories and proof that it’s still relevant.

“Carrying out attacks abroad has always been very important for ISIS since the very beginning, Amarasingam said.

“With increasing losses on the ground, though, I think they will emphasize these more and more as a way to prove to their supporters that they are still viable and capable of carrying out attacks in the West.”

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Harvey Weinstein donated $10K to Bill Clinton's legal fund during Lewinsky sex scandal

It’s been 20 years since the sex scandal between Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky rocked the White House and the nation. 

Now it turns out the man in the center of another scandal, movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, reportedly tried to help Clinton back then. 

RELATED: Harvey Weinstein with Clinton, Obama and other top Democrats

According to a recently uncovered 1998 story in the Washington Post, Weinstein, who now faces dozens of sexual harassment allegations from numerous women, donated the maximum of $10,000 to Clinton’s legal defense fund.

The former president used the money to fight off sexual harassment allegations from Paula Jones in the midst of the Monica Lewinsky scandal. 

The Clintons and Weinstein have reportedly helped each other for decades, from movie premiers to Hillary Clinton’s presidential race. 

SEE ALSO: Hillary Clinton calls President Trump a ‘sexual assaulter,’ says Bill Clinton’s behavior ‘in the past’

Clinton also waited a week to weigh in on Weinstein scandal after it came to light.

She released the following statement: “I was shocked and appalled by the revelations about Harvey Weinstein… The behavior described by women coming forward cannot be tolerated.” 

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Capital Murder Charges Filed Against Muslim Teen's Accused Killer

A man accused of killing 17-year-old Nabra Hassanen in Sterling, Virginia in June may face the death penalty after a grand jury charged him with capital murder and rape on Monday.

The Fairfax County Circuit Court indicted Darwin Martinez-Torres, 22, on eight charges, including four counts of capital murder in the killing of the Muslim teen, who was walking back to the local mosque with a group of friends when she was abducted.

The four counts of capital murder illustrated in “graphic detail the ways in which prosecutors believe the slaying qualifies for the death penalty,” the Associated Press reported

Monday’s indictment was the first time prosecutors officially brought charges of a sexual crime against Martinez-Torres. Under Virginia law, prosecutors can pursue the death penalty for certain charges, including murder during the commission of rape and object sexual penetration, which are among the four counts. 

Police reported that Hassanen and a group of roughly a dozen other teens had just eaten a pre-dawn meal in observance of the Muslim holiday of Ramadan on June 18. They were returning to the All Dulles Area Muslim Society at about 3:40 a.m. when Martinez-Torres drove by the group. He reportedly got into an altercation with one of the teens and drove his car over a curb to chase them. 

Fairfax County police said Martinez-Torres then got out of his car and chased the teens with a baseball bat. He reportedly caught up with Hassanen and hit her with the bat, then loaded her into his car.

A search warrant affidavit said Martinez-Torres admitted to killing the teen and led police to where he had dumped her body in a pond close to his Sterling apartment complex, according to AP.

A preliminary hearing on Friday was delayed when Mahmoud Hassanen, the teen’s father, yelled, “You killed my daughter!” and charged at Martinez-Torres, the Washington Post reported. Hassanen’s mother, Sawsan Gazzar, threw a shoe at the suspect.

The June attack shook the U.S. Muslim community at a time when many teens around the country could have been engaged in a similar pre-dawn ritual before the daily Ramadan fast. The incident left many Muslims feeling particularly vulnerable as police officials quickly dismissed the possibility of a hate crime, saying they believed the killer’s motive was “road rage.” 

An online petition urging that the slaying be investigated as a hate crime has garnered over 55,000 signatures.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations, a Muslim advocacy group, is representing Hassanen’s family.

The family “is focused on ensuring that there is justice for Nabra and that the murderer is held accountable for his crimes,” CAIR lawyer Gadeir Abbas told AP. “This tragedy has affected the family, but also the Muslim community across the country, coming as it did during Ramadan when the kids were gathering at the mosque to socialize and for prayer.”

A Fairfax County judge is expected to set a date for Martinez-Torres’ trial on Thursday, according to the Washington Post.

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Trump: Ask Gen. Kelly If He Got A Call From Obama?

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SAA Discovers ISIS’s Chemical Workshop in Eastern Homs

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Chemical material found in eastern Homs

On Friday, October 13, 2017, Units of the Syrian Arab Army performing a routine inspection in al-Rabia village discovered a ‘chemical workshop’ left by ISIS terrorists before they fled the village.

Sama TV, Syrian based television channel escorted the SAA units in Homs province eastern countryside when the SAA found the chemical workshop and aired this report:

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Sama TV report transcript: 

The precise combing of the heroes of the Syrian Arab Army and the engineering teams in the eastern Homs countryside continues after the elimination of the last gathering of remnants of the ISIS terrorist organization in the countryside.

During the combing operations, the authorities found a workshop in the village of al-Rabia in one of the terrorist strongholds. It contained more than 100 types of primary chemical agents used by terrorist groups in their criminal operations.

During the combing of the area east of Jib al-Jarrah and clearing it of the abomination of the terrorists, a large workshop containing primary chemical materials was found in al-Rabia village inside one of the terrorists strongholds which can be used to manufacture many hazardous materials that can be used against safe civilians and on the Syrian Arab Army forces operating in that area.

In addition to a huge range of machinery and equipment for the processing and use of these materials.

The most prominent of these substances are concentrated water chloride, very concentrated sulfuric acid by 97%, phosphoric acid, ammonia solution, Dichloromethane, Acetic acid, Single superphosphate fertilizer…

It is worth mentioning that these materials and equipment can be handled and used only by high-level specialists.

Machines, equipment, and laboratories found within this stronghold which can only be used by specialists in these substances as a result of the great risk caused by their use.

The strong and precise military operations led to the elimination of armed groups and full control of these materials by the competent authorities.

– End of report

We are certain that the Western media won’t hesitate to accuse the Syrian state of using chemical weapons, the question remains: How those western and Saudi backed ‘rebels’ got such chemical materials? The West and their regional allies have been supplying terrorists in Syria especially Nusra Front and ISIS with the most advanced weapons and munition, this would be part of these ‘weapons’.

— Afraa Dagher

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How the US-Led Coalition Armed ISIS and Nusra Front

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Weapons gifts from the US to terrorists in Syria, found by SAA in liberated Aleppo

Since the beginning of the war against Syria, huge quantities of western made weapons and munitions were found and confiscated all over the country, mostly we see US-made weapons with terrorists from ISIS and other terrorist groups.

The role played by a number of foreign countries in supporting terrorist groups on Syrian territory is clear. These countries have played a direct role by sending thousands of terrorists and massive quantities of weapons and munitions.

The supply was done through different channels and the purchase of arms was carried out through companies in Eastern European countries linked to the American security services and NATO agencies, and then reach Turkey or Saudi Arabia via European ports or via the American air base Ramstein located on German territory where the terrorists of ISIS and Nusra Front have been supplied with missiles, rifles, machine guns, anti-aircraft systems, even tanks in exchange to that the terrorists gave oil to those countries from the wells they captured in Syria and Iraq.

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After liberating eastern Aleppo from Nusra Front terrorists and liberating the areas of Homs, Hama, Aleppo and Deir Ezzor from ISIS terrorists, the Syrian Arab Army found weapons and munitions of Bulgarian origin, and from other eastern European countries.

Therefore, the US and its allies at the time they claim they’re fighting ISIS are in fact arming the terrorists with all types of weapons.

Israel, as well, has supplied Nusra Front and other terrorists with all types of weapons through the occupied Syrian territories to kill the Syrian people.

There are also other channels to supply the terrorists in Syria with weapons and munitions, through the aid programs provided to the so-called ‘moderate Syrian opposition’ by the former administration of Barack Obama.

Eventually, these provided or bought weapons through these aid programs end in the hands of the terrorists and the examples on that are numerous.

All the fighters of the so-called Free Syrian Army who were trained and armed by the Americans in Turkey in September 2015 have announced they’re joining Nusra Front terrorist (group) after they were sent into Syrian territories. The same has happened with the fighters trained in Jordan as most of them have joined Daesh (ISIS).

After the liberation of Eastern Aleppo, large groups of the US Aid-covered Nour al-Din al-Zenki Movement joined Nusra Front under the HTS. We’ve also seen widely on social media Nusra Front terrorists using American made anti-tank TOW missiles.

Trump’s administrations’ announcement of stopping the aid program to the so-called Free Syrian Army is just an attempt to deceit the ‘international community’.

On 31 May 2017, Pentagon spokesman Adrian Rankine-Galloway stated that the United States has started to deliver weapons to so-called Syrian Democratic Forces to help eliminate ISIS terrorists.

US’s Foreign Policy magazine estimated total deliveries at over 2 Billion Dollars.

Our information indicates that the United States in the period between 5 June and 15 July 2017 has delivered 1421 trucks loaded with military aid.

Pentagon’s spokesman affirmed this information to Turkish Anadolu Agency adding:

‘During the past period a total of 12,000 Kalashnikov rifles, 6000 machine-gun, 3500 medium machine-gun, 3000 RPGs, and 1000 AT4 anti-armor, in addition to 235 mortar, 100 sniper rifles, 450 night vision goggles have been delivered to the areas under the control of the so-called Syrian Democratic Forces.’

Here we note that the weapons supplied are not only US made weapons, but also USSR samples, which these weapons and munition might have been delivered previously to Warsaw Pact countries & now bought from them.

Despite the claim that delivering these weapons was to fight ISIS, it eventually falls into the hands of the terrorists who use it later to commit their dirty crimes.

Delivering these weapons without checking in whose hands it would fall eventually aims to fuel the war on Syrian territory.

The United Nations Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) issued in 2014 states that if there’s a possibility the weapons would fall into the hands of terrorists to use it in committing crimes and crimes against humanity, the delivering of these weapons will become illegal and must be immediately canceled.

Article 2 of the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) calls on monitoring the weapons delivery to the destined recipient and calls on the countries to take certain measures to prevent its leak.

The countries selling weapons to Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Turkey, Jordan, and Israel, do not assess the potential risks as stated in Article 5 (2) of the Treaty about the weapons falling into the hands of terrorists and therefore it’s violating the international treaties.

The weapons bought by Saudi Arabi from countries in Central and Eastern European countries do not match with the weapons & arming of the Saudi Arabia itself, practically it’s shown that Saudi Arabia is not the end user of these weapons, where it is forwarded to the terrorists in Syria.

Not a long time ago, weapons made in Bulgary were discovered in territories liberated from ISIS. As a result: the terrorists are fighting with Bulgarian made weapons bought by the USA.

This same thing occurred in Afghanistan in the 1980s when the US, Saudi, and their allies supplied the Pakistani Intelligence with weapons and decided to whom it’ll be delivered, thus al-Qaeda and Taliban organizations acquired the weapons.

One of these examples, a video clip on social media showing a terrorist from Nusra Front carrying a modern RPG.

The production of these grenade launchers is done by few manufacturers: Taiwanese ICS Airsoft, Japanese KAO, and Bulgarian Arsenal.

Due to the latest events witnessed in eastern Ghouta and eastern neighborhoods of Damascus irrefutable pieces of evidence were collected that terrorists are using foreign weapons and munitions. Fragments of foreign-made ammunition with serial numbers have been filmed.

With this ammunition, the terrorists are constantly shelling the residential neighborhoods in Damascus and its suburbs.

After the decision of former US president Obama to lift the restrictions off supplying lethal weapons to the terrorist groups, Saudi bought from the United States 15000 TOW anti-armor missile with a cost of 1 billion US Dollars.

The Saudis promised these anti-tank weapons will not fall into the hands of the terrorist groups in Syria without the permission of the United States, however, in 2014 these anti-tank weapons appeared in Syria and quickly were used by the terrorists against the Syrian Arab Army.

The large flow of these weapons to Syria concurrently with the arrival of 20,000 foreign fighters, most of which were from Turkey, helped al-Qaeda’s Nusra Front & its affiliates to become the strongest groups fighting the Syrian Arab Army and paved the way to the emerging of ISIS terrorist Organization.

Despite the embargo on exporting weapons to Syria, 2 million CITY4000 shells and missiles arrived from Bulgary to the hands of the terrorists in Aleppo.

Available information shows that Saudi has delivered this weapon to the terrorists, and the Saudi embassy mentioned it will not reply to the question where did Saudi use the Bulgarian weapons? Noting that Bulgarian weapons do not match the Saudi standards of weapons of the Western type.

Some of the Western countries push the terrorists to commit their war crimes by supplying them with these weapons.

On 19 December 2016, while removing the mines in Sakhour District in Eastern Aleppo, a variety of munition were found including those made in the USA 60mm mortar grenades some of which are fired by rifles.

The geographic proximity and the lack of monitoring of exports have created convenient conditions to some countries to benefit from weapons trading especially, this was done with the help of the United States of America in most cases.

The United States has helped its allies supply the armed terrorist groups with weapons and presented advanced weapons to fuel the war in Syria, and these weapons end eventually in the hands of Nusra Front and ISIS terrorists, therefore, Washington is responsible for the expansion of territories under the control of ISIS and Nusra Front in Syria.

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Re: Israel advances plans for 1,292 settler homes, more expected today

Israeli authorities yesterday advanced plans for 1,292 settlement homes in the occupied West Bank, with hundreds more approvals expected today.

The committee responsible for overseeing settlement construction, part of the Defence Ministry, began a two-day meeting yesterday, as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu seeks to pacify settler leaders and coalition members over construction in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt).

The committee also approved 296 homes to be marketed for sale in Beit El settlement. In a separate but related development on Monday, permits were granted for 31 new settler homes in Hebron. Beit El Mayor Shai Alon said he hoped the new units will be “just the tip of the iceberg”.

According to the Times of Israel, of the 1,292 units advanced yesterday, some 562 are located in more isolated settlements lying “deep in the West Bank”, including in Nokdim – home to Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman – and Rehelim.

Read: Israel starts work on ‘newest settlement to be built in East Jerusalem since 1997’

Settlement homes were also advanced in the Jordan Valley, as well as in settlements south of Bethlehem (Kfar Etzion and Elazar), and in Barkan, Nofim, Beit Aryeh and Har Adar.

The settlement houses advanced also included 17 temporary homes for the residents of an illegal Netiv Ha’avot outpost, slated to be razed in March.

So-called outposts were often built without official permits from the Israeli authorities, albeit often with the collusion of various state agencies.

All Israeli settlements in the oPt are viewed as illegal under international law, as reiterated by the UN Security Council last December.

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Re: The night Egypt fell

The election of the UNESCO Director General this time around was unlike any of the previous elections, i.e. a legal and democratic measure to appoint someone to the position. It was more like a battle in the media and between diplomats that was unflattering for Egypt, in which it deviated from the rules and traditions of the election.

Egypt used insults and offensive language towards Qatar, its Emir, and his mother, after the Qatari candidate, Dr Hamad Bin Abdulaziz Al-Kawari, won the first three rounds against the Egyptian candidate, Ambassador Moushira Khattab, by a landslide. Khattab was defeated by the French candidate, Minister of Culture, Audrey Azoulay.

Regardless of the result, this electoral round between the French and the Egyptian candidates is considered a badge of honour for Qatar, as two countries as big as Egypt and France are competing to run against a small country like Qatar, which has always been criticised for being small.

Read more: ‘Egypt considers Turkey a bigger threat than Iran’

This is an honour for Qatar and this is the best response to the corrupt media that waged a fierce campaign against Qatar and its candidate, which was plagued with lies and slander. Some of the lies and slander were comical, such as the claim that he is married to Bin Laden’s daughter, even though it is a well-known fact that he is married to an Egyptian woman who is the granddaughter of Fouad Pasha Serageldin, the Interior Minister during the monarchy in Egypt and head of the Wafd Party.

The Egyptian Foreign Ministry did not take news of their candidate, Moushira Khattab’s loss against the French candidate well. Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry then announced Egypt’s full support for the French candidate and when Audrey Azoulay was announced as the winner, a member of the diplomatic envoy jumped for joy and chanted, “Down with Qatar and long live France!”

The Qatari minister replied, “Long live Egypt, long live Qatar, and long live the entire Arab nation”. This was Qatar’s lesson in diplomacy to ancient Egypt, which has a 7,000-year civilisation, which they constantly hold over Qatar’s head. This situation shows which country is more civilised.

This was the night that Egypt’s diplomacy failed miserably, although it did try to recant its actions after seeing the world’s negative reactions. Egypt disavowed the official’s actions on the Foreign Ministry’s official spokesman’s page – not by issuing an official statement by the Foreign Ministry – claiming that this man was a not diplomat, but part of the popular diplomatic campaign that the Egyptian Foreign Ministry uses on such occasions, otherwise he would not have been allowed to enter the hall. He was hosted on several pro-coup channels before and after the elections.

This incident showed us that the Egyptian foreign ministry reproduced the Egyptian internal experience in resorting to citizens, who are not members of the police, to attack protests and protesters and deeming them as honourable citizens. The Egyptian foreign ministry has established a special department for these honourable citizens in order to use them in such incidents and occasions.

Read more: UNESCO leadership race exposes rift between Egypt, Qatar

It is ironic that the Egyptian media was not sad that the UNESCO position was not won by Egypt, which wasn’t even worthy of the position, as it is not part of the international education system, while Qatar is ranked third in the world and first in the Arab world.

Egypt shuts down libraries, burns books, has blocked over 200 media websites, imprisons intellectuals and those expressing their opinions, and trades antiquities and smuggles them abroad. Egypt’s choice of Moushira Khattab wasn’t even a good choice, as the woman is 73-years-old and has little history and experience in the world of culture and knowledge. She was the Minister of Housing, while the Qatari candidate earned his doctorate degree from the Sorbonne University and spent 10 years serving as a UN representative for Qatar.

Instead of lamenting the loss of Egypt the corrupt media celebrated Qatar’s loss, the Arab and Muslim country, and celebrated the victory of crusader France, which occupied our Arab countries and killed millions of our people. They celebrated the victory of France, home of Napoleon, who invaded Egypt and entered Al-Azhar with his horses. This was truly the dishonourable day that Egypt fell.



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Re: Jailed British-Iranian charity worker received letter from ex-UK PM Cameron

A British-Iranian charity worker serving a jail sentence in Tehran received a letter from ex-prime minister David Cameron that showed she had ties to the British government, a prosecutor said on Tuesday, according to Mizan, the news site of the Iranian judiciary.

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, a project manager with the Thomson Reuters Foundation, a charity organisation, is serving a five-year jail sentence after being convicted of plotting to overthrow Iran’s clerical establishment.

The prosecutor, Abbas Jafari Dolatabadi, said the letter demonstrated Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s importance to the British authorities but he did not say when it was sent or provide any other details about it.

A spokeswoman at the British Foreign Office said she was not immediately able to comment on whether Cameron had written a letter, but confirmed that both he and his successor, Theresa May, had raised the Zaghari-Ratcliffe case with Iranian authorities.

“We will continue to raise all our dual national detainees, including Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s case, with the Iranian government at every available opportunity,” she added.

Zaghari-Ratcliffe was arrested by the elite Revolutionary Guards in April 2016 at a Tehran airport, as she was about to return to Britain with her two-year-old daughter after a family visit.

Read: Iran and America: What next?

Her family and the Thomson Reuters Foundation have both denied the charges against her. Thomson Reuters is a charity organisation that is independent of Thomson Reuters and operates independently of Reuters News.

Last week her family said Iranian authorities had opened a new case against Zaghari-Ratcliffe, levelling charges that could carry a sentence of 16 additional years in prison.

The new charges include joining and receiving money from organizations working to overthrow the Islamic Republic, and attending a demonstration outside the Iranian Embassy in London, the family said.

The Foreign Office spokeswoman referred Reuters to a statement it issued last week in which it “expressed concern” that Zaghari-Ratcliffe was facing additional charges and said it was seeking more information from the Iranian authorities.

On Tuesday Jafari Dolatabadi also said Zaghari-Ratcliffe was responsible for teaching online journalism for the BBC Persian language service “with the goal of attracting and teaching individuals for propaganda operations against Iran”, Mizan reported.

Francesca Unsworth, director of the BBC World Service Group, said earlier this year that Zaghari-Ratcliffe had never worked for the BBC’s Persian service.



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