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Brian Burns / April 18,2022

for 4th day in row to make room for settlers

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Occupied Jerusalem (In Palestine Today)- Well-armed Israeli occupation forces raided the Al-Aqsa mosque in occupied Jerusalem and attacked worshipers, earlier on Wednesday, to make room for settler intrusion.
For the fourth day in a row, at around 7am, local s reported, dozens of Israeli forces raided the holy site.
They attacked, beat, and chased the worshipers in the courtyards of the mosque, including women and children, in an attempt to empty the mosque of its worshipers in order to secure the entry of the colonial settlers to the holy site to mark the fourth day of the so-called Passover holiday.
The forces intensively fired rubber-coated metal bullets and tear gas canisters at the worshipers.
The Israeli forces also blockaded hundreds of Muslim and Palestinian worshipers inside prayer halls.
They also surrounded women in front of the Dome of the Rock, and forcibly removed Palestinians and journalists from the mosque’s courtyard to clear the way for the settlers.
Local s said three Palestinian worshipers were injured in the Israeli assault, including two were hit with rubber-coated metal bullets in the hand and chest.
During the raid and in the aftermath of the atack, around 1180 Israeli settlers stormed the holy site and performed provocative Talmudic rituals, under heavy protection from the armed forces, according to Al-Qastal. They entered the mosque through the Al-Mughrabi Gate which is under full-Israeli control.
This is the fifth raid and aggressive assault to be launched by the Israeli occupation forces since last Friday and for the fourth day in a row.

Brian Burns / April 09,2022

War could destroy nearly half of Ukraine’s economy this year

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War could destroy nearly half of Ukraine’s economy this year

War could destroy nearly half of Ukraine’s economy this year
By Michelle Toh, CNN Business
Ukraine could lose almost half of its economy this year as a result of Russia’s invasion, according to the World Bank.
In a report published Sunday, the bank estimated that the country’s GDP could decline by 45.1% this year, although it noted that “the magnitude of the contraction will depend on the duration and intensity of the war.”
Since the incursion began, vast swathes of Ukraine’s infrastructure have been devastated, with many bridges and neighborhoods damaged or destroyed. Some areas, including ports, have been hit by blockades, while farmland around the country has been turned into battlefields.
Ukraine was a major exporter of wheat and sunflower oil before the war, and this year’s planting season is being disrupted by fighting. Farmers also face difficulty accessing machinery and other essential products that would typically arrive through Black Sea ports.
Russia’s economy has already fallen into recession, with economic output expected to drop by 11.2% this year, the World Bank estimates.
Emerging markets in eastern Europe and central Asia are also expected to be hit hard, with countries including Belarus, Moldova and Tajikistan expected to plunge into recession this year.

Brian Burns / January 14,2022

Tajik IS Widows Say They’re Paying For Their Husbands’ Actions, But Courts Aren’t Convinced

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Tajik IS Widows Say They’re Paying For Their Husbands’ Actions, But Courts Aren’t Convinced

The widow of an Islamic State fighter, Olima Kamolova had pleaded with the Tajik government for months to help get her out of Afghanistan, where she was imprisoned as the wife of a foreign militant.
Tajik authorities eventually repatriated Kamolova and her four children last summer, just before the Taliban took power in Kabul.
The 31-year-old housewife, who had left Tajikistan with her husband in 2015, is now serving a 12-year sentence for “fighting as a mercenary in a foreign military conflict.”
She has rejected the charges and told the court she had merely followed her husband.
But Khairullo Habibullozoda, the judge at the city court in Vahdat — a small town outside of Dushanbe where Kamolova grew up — said he wasn’t convinced by the defendant’s argument that she was an innocent bystander. Her relatives said Kamolova lost her final appeal at the Supreme Court on January 7.

Tajik IS Widows Say They’re Paying For Their Husbands’ Actions, But Courts Aren’t Convinced

Vahdat city court in Tajikistan.

Brian Burns / January 24,2021

Milk and more: China, New Zealand sign upgraded free trade deal | International Trade News

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Milk and more: China, New Zealand sign upgraded free trade deal | International Trade News

Following US trade war, China has signed several trade and investment deals to bolster its multilateral credentials.

Brian Burns / April 27,2020

15 Reasons to visit Macedonia

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15 Reasons to visit Macedonia

Religious Beliefs In Macedonia
By the early 20th century, over half of the overall Greek-speaking population was settled in Asia Minor (now Turkey), whereas later that century an enormous wave of migration to the United States, Australia, Canada and elsewhere created the trendy Greek diaspora. Greek surnames began to appear within the 9th and 10th century, at first among ruling families, finally supplanting the traditional custom of utilizing the daddy’s name as disambiguator.
The Macedonist ideas increased in Yugoslav Vardar Macedonia and among the many left diaspora in Bulgaria in the course of the interbellum. In 1934, the Comintern issued a special decision during which for the primary time directions had been supplied for recognising the existence of a separate Macedonian nation and Macedonian language. IMRO followed by starting an insurgent warfare in Vardar Macedonia, together with Macedonian Youth Secret Revolutionary Organization, which additionally conducted guerrilla attacks towards the Serbian administrative and military officials there. In 1923 in Stip, a paramilitary organisation called Association towards Bulgarian Bandits was fashioned by Serbian chetniks, IMRO renegades and Macedonian Federative Organization (MFO) members to oppose IMRO and MMTRO. On 9 October 1934 IMRO member Vlado Chernozemski assassinated Alexander I of Yugoslavia.

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