Uyghur Real Estate Magnate Confirmed Jailed Along With Brothers, at Least 20 Employees

The Uyghur head of a successful real estate firm in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) and two of his brothers have been confirmed jailed on charges including “extremism,” along with at least 20 of his employees, according to official sources. Ekber Imin, the 51-year-old head of the Guzel Makan (Beautiful Land) Real Estate firm, as well as several other companies, in the seat of the XUAR’s Hotan (in Chinese, Hetian) prefecture went missing in mid-2018, a Uyghur
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India: Why Modi's plan against Muslims is coming unstuck

Comment: India's Muslims have begun mobilising against Prime Minister Narendra Modi's controversial citizenship law, writes Olivier Da Lage. Muslims make up only around 14 percent of India's population, but that amounts to 180 million people, almost as many as Pakistan. In a few decades, the number of India's Muslims will surpass that of Indonesia, giving India the world's biggest Muslim population. But they remain a minority, made to feel increasingly that they are no more than tolerated
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Extreme weather kills dozens in Afghanistan, Pakistan

Severe snowstorms, rain and flash flooding across Afghanistan and Pakistan have resulted in the deaths of at least 48, including women and children. At least 48 people had died as a result of heavy snowfall, rains and flash flooding in Afghanistan  and  Pakistan , officials in said on Monday, as both authorities in both countries struggled to battle the violent, freezing weather conditions. Thirty people were reportedly killed in bad weather in Pakistan, with southwestern Baluchistan the region worst
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Supreme Court of India declares internet ban in Jammu and Kashmir unconstitutional

The Court gave the government one week to review the ban The nature of Internet shutdown in India over the past 8 years. Chart via Internetshutdowns.in CC BY-NC-SA 4.0 On 10th of January, 2019, the Supreme Court of India, requested the Indian central government to review the suspension of internet services in Jammu and Kashmir . The ruling stated that the five-month long communication
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Malaysia looks to Pakistan after Indian palm oil controls

Author:  Mon, 2020-01-13 02:28 KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia may expand its palm oil trade with Pakistan following controls imposed by the Indian government on refined palm oil imports.  “Pakistan is one of Malaysia’s most regular and dependable buyers of local palm oil and products,” Malaysian Primary Industries Minister Teresa Kok said on Sunday. Kok met Pakistan’s Adviser for Commerce, Textiles, Industry and
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Indian Supreme Court finds 150-day Internet blackout in Kashmir illegal

Enlarge / Indian prime minister Narendra Modi addresses the United Nations General Assembly in 2019. (credit: Drew Angerer/Getty Images) The Indian region of Kashmir has had most Internet service blacked out since August. The government of Narendra Modi says the online blackout is a necessary security measure in the face of growing unrest in the region triggered by a change in Kashmir's status under the Indian constitution. (Kashmir's status
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India's top court declares indefinite Kashmir internet shutdown illegal

New Delhi revoked Kashmir's semi-autonomous status in early August. India 's Supreme Court on Friday struck down a months-long internet shutdown in the disputed Kashmir region, declaring the move illegal. New Delhi cut off internet and phone access to Indian-administered Kashmir in early August as the government moved to withdraw the Muslim majority region 's long-held semi-autonomous status.  Indefinite suspension of internet access violates India 's telecom rules,
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Envoys from 15 countries to visit troubled Indian-administered Kashmir region in EU-boycotted tour

Representatives from 15 countries will visit the disputed Kashmir region in a diplomatic visit spurned by the EU. Envoys from 15 countries including the United States are visiting Indian -controlled Kashmir starting Thursday for two days in a rare diplomatic visit spurned by the European Union. The two-day foreign diplomatic trip is the first since Delhi stripped the restive Himalayan region of its autonomy and sent in tens of thousands of extra troops in August.
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Internet disruption: different terms for different tactics

Graph showing which countries shut down the internet most. Creative Commons License: CC BY-ND . As the internet progressively becomes an intrinsic part of our daily lives — from communicating with friends and applying for social services , to studying and working — staying connected is no longer a luxury but a necessity. In this context, internet shutdowns have evolved into a human rights issue with the power to severely disrupt people’s lives. Apart from
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Seeking Solomon’s Wisdom: Reflections of a Daughter of Kashmir from the Land of Oklahoma

This generation of Kashmiris is war-weary, embittered, and despondent. I would venture to say that we crave a world in which social justice, political enfranchisement, cultural pride, and self-realization are the order of the day. I yearn for a world in which the living tradition of legends, myths, fables of yore, is resuscitated, reviving the imaginative life of Kashmir. Myths and legends have, historically, been the collective expression of a people’s identity, enabling them to voice their
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Ten crucial questions on the world in 2020

The fundamentals that will decide global affairs in the year ahead. What will the upcoming year bring in world affairs? A presidential election looms in America; the wave of leaderless protests from Chile to Lebanon is rolling on; China’s rising belligerence is being felt on the streets of Hong Kong and in the expanses of cyberspace; regional tensions in the Middle
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Does Saudi Arabia feel threatened by the new Muslim alliance?

The KL Summit hopes to be a leading force in shaping and restoring Islamic civilisation, but why does Saudi Arabia feel threatened by this new Muslim power bloc? A new platform was inaugurated in Kuala Lumpur recently to discuss issues related to Muslim countries. Visualised by Malaysia's Prime Minister Mahathir Muhammad as a 'mini Islamic summit', the forum was to be launched by a ' core group ' of five countries – Malaysia, Indonesia, Turkey, Qatar and Pakistan. Planned
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Indian Adventures: Policing, Facial Recognition and Targeting Privacy

The chances for those seeking a world of solitude are rapidly run out. A good case can be made that this has already happened. Aldous Huxley’s Savage, made famous in Brave New World , is out of options, having lost to the Mustapha Monds of the world. State and corporate regulation of life, surveillance and monitoring, are reviled only in the breach. And, like Mond, we are told that it is all for the better. Facial recognition is one
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Myanmar, China and now India: Is Muslim dignity so cheap?

According to Amit Shah, the national President of India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), “Infiltrators [Muslim immigrants] are like termites in the soil of Bengal. The BJP Government will pick up the infiltrators one by one and throw them into the Bay of Bengal.” Such terminology may not surprise those living in the West ruled by the likes of Donald Trump and Boris Johnson, wherein there is a growing Islamophobia industry. Nevertheless, they are pushing Muslims into a defeatist, oppressive, victim
| Article, Asia & Americas, China |

US embassy in Baghdad suspends consular operations following dramatic pro-Iran sit-in

The US embassy in Baghdad has suspended all consular operations following a dramatic incursion by pro-Iran demonstrators. The US embassy in Iraq announced on Wednesday that consular services were suspended in Baghdad "until further notice" and advised American citizens not to approach the complex, Reuters reported. The suspension of all operations in the Baghdad embassy comes a day after pro-Iran demonstrators ended their sit-in after the Hashd al-Shaabi paramilitary force
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The Project of Erasing the Indigenous History of Kashmir

Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah with Happy and Nelson Rockefeller, Srinagar, 1978. Photo courtesy of Nyla Ali Khan. Furthering its project of erasing the indigenous history of Jammu and Kashmir, Prime Minister Modi’s BJP government has dropped Martyr’s Day, July 13, and my maternal grandfather’s birth anniversary, December 5, from the list of public holidays. I have always been amazed to see how much the BJP and the Sangh continue to invest in trying to erase the name, ideology,
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Indian Adventures: Policing, Facial Recognition and Targeting Privacy

The chances for those seeking a world of solitude are rapidly run out. A good case can be made that this has already happened. Aldous Huxley’s Savage, made famous in Brave New World , is out of options, having lost to the Mustapha Monds of the world. State and corporate regulation of life, surveillance and monitoring, are reviled only in the breach. And, like Mond, we are told that it is all for the better. Facial recognition is one
| Espionage/"Intelligence", Facial Recognition, India |

Five positives to take from 2019

Here are five stories that lifted our spirits in 2019. The Arab world experienced another tumultuous year in 2019. Regional powerhouses continue their campaign of counter-revolution aimed at rolling-back the successes of the Arab Spring in Egypt and elsewhere, while widespread repression continues in Saudi Arabia and other Arab countries. Libya is still fragmented by civil war, millions of Syrians subjected to daily barrel bombings and airstrikes, Gaza remains under siege, while Yemen is ever-perched
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Trump expects Iraq to 'use its forces' to protect US embassy in Baghdad

Trump is calling on the Iraqi government to protect the US embassy in Baghdad after it was stormed by protesters following a US airstrike that killed 25 militias. President Donald Trump said Tuesday he expects Iraq to "use its forces" to protect the US embassy in Baghdad after protesters  linked to a powerful militia breached the outer wall of the compound during a protest against American air strikes. "We expect Iraq to use its forces to protect
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Saudi to hold emergency OIC meeting on plight of India occupied Kashmir

Saudi Arabia has agreed to lend its weight on the issue of Kashmir by holding a special meeting of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to discuss concerns related to the Indian occupied territory. The move, which is seen as a blow to India’s ultra-right-wing Prime Minister Narendra Modi, is thought to have been influenced by Pakistan and is being seen as quid pro quo for Islamabad’s decision to back out of the recent Islamic summit hosted by Malaysia. Riyadh
| Asia & Americas, India, International Organisations |

Ghosn flees to Lebanon and accuses Tokyo of holding him 'hostage'

Disgraced former Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn returned to Lebanon and accused Tokyo of holding him 'hostage' over financial misconduct allegations - something he continues to deny. Nissan's former Chairman Carlos Ghosn , who fled house arrest in Japan , has said that he was not fleeing justice but instead left the Asian country to avoid "injustice and political persecution" over financial misconduct allegations. Ghosn, who touched down in Beirut on Monday, had been released on bail by
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Critical Voices: The Intercept’s 2019 Audio Journalism

A look back at the must-listen episodes of the Intercepted and Deconstructed podcasts from 2019. The American Machine: Police Torture to Drone Assassinations Photo illustration: Elise Swain/Getty Images Civil rights lawyer Flint Taylor, the American Civil Liberties Union’s Hina Shamsi, and artist Eli Valley are this episode’s guests. By Intercepted Whitewashing History: America’s Racist Legacy From Slavery to the War on Immigrants
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From Lebanon to Kashmir: The New Arab's 10 biggest stories of 2019

A revolution in Sudan. A new Turkish offensive in Syria. A controversial citizenship amendment in India. These are The New Arab's top 10 stories of 2019. From President Donald Trump facing impeachment to the UK rushing to a snap election  following uncertainty over  Brexit ; from Hong Kong 's million-strong protests to the devastating Ethiopian Airlines crash; from the Latin American uprisings to Sri Lanka Easter bombings ; from
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Blazing a Trail From Kashmir

An elderly Jewish man with a prosperous belly and a trim, young Muslim man walk into a New York delicatessen … and 55 years later the Muslim man writes a trailblazing autobiography. He’s in his early 20s, slim and strong, when he leaves his native home in the Vale of Kashmir, a disputed land in the Himalayan foothills between India and Pakistan. He dodges an impending war. He has no formal passport, just an official residency permit which expired many
| articles 2015 |

Indians Rise Up Against Hindu Supremacy

India’s government has pushed through a dangerous new bill that has provoked a mass uprising . The Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) offers a fast-track to legalization for Hindu, Sikh, Christian, Parsi, Buddhist and Jain immigrants from bordering nations while explicitly denying one religious group the same privileges. For years, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has been chipping away at the rights of Muslims in India, but the world’s largest democracy may have finally overplayed its hand on
| assam, bangladesh, bharatiya janata party |

Internet bans cost India’s mobile carriers millions in lost revenue

Sat, 2019-12-28 01:45 NEW DELHI: Indian mobile operators are losing around 24.5 million rupees ($350,000) in revenue every hour they are forced to suspend Internet services on government orders to control protests against a new citizenship law, a top lobby group said on Friday. Countrywide protests have raged for three weeks after India’s Parliament passed legislation that gives minorities from neighboring Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh a path to citizenship but
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'A threat to the plural structure of India': Anger brews over controversial citizenship law

The Citizenship Amendment Bill was introduced by the Hindu nationalist-led government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi following his resounding election victory in May. Tensions are on the rise again in India, where people from every walk of life took to the streets on Friday to protest against the controversial Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and the proposed implementation of the National Register of Citizens (NRC). At least 25 people have died so far as demonstrations turned violent in many
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Los Angeles Roars for “Azadi!” Reflections on an Indian Solidarity Action in Southern California

For two full hours yesterday afternoon, Los Angeles’ Grand Park reverberated with the simultaneously furious and joyous roars of “Azadi!” (“Freedom!”) and “Inquilab Zindabad!” (“Love Live the Revolution!”) . Indians, South Asians, and Americans from various backgrounds came together to demonstrate their opposition to the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) , the National Register of Citizens (NRC) , and India’s deepening authoritarian nightmare as a whole. Since the calamitous signing of the CAA into law
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An Ode to Kashmir

Kashmir wasn’t always looked at through the security prism. Once upon a time, winter in Kashmir was a tranquil, reflective, and peaceful time. European and American tourists would flock to the Valley in droves. Back then, we didn’t see very many domestic tourists in winter. The magnificent snow-clad mountains that ensconced the Valley, and our ski-resort, Gulmarg, with its beautifully upholstered chalets provided an inimitable haven to skiing enthusiasts. Smoke from the chimneys of chalets with the shingled
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Are the Hindu Supremacists trying to Israelify India?

By Nasim Ahmed | @Nasimbythedocks | – ( Middle East Monitor ) – In their quest to refashion India as a Hindu state, Hindutva extremists have placed themselves on a collision course with the country’s secular constitution. Their goal is no less than the reformation of India as an ethno-religious state affording special rights and privileges to Hindus within a multi-tier system of citizenship. The model state that they aspire to replicate is Israel. The Zionist state
| Hindu Nationalism, Hinduism, India |

Reasons to be fearful – the international news review of 2019

This year world leaders struggled to manage the fallout from the erratic tenant in the White House – as China flexed its imperial muscles. We look back at the events that created the most turbulence Click here for 2019’s reasons to be cheerful A year of high anxiety was rendered more alarming by intensifying clashes of interest between world powers. As international cooperation declined, and nationalist agendas gathered strength, China, the US, Russia and Europe, and
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Hindu nationalists are seeking the Israelification of India; they must be stopped

In their quest to refashion India as a Hindu state, Hindutva extremists have placed themselves on a collision course with the country’s secular constitution. Their goal is no less than the reformation of India as an ethno-religious state affording special rights and privileges to Hindus within a multi-tier system of citizenship. The model state that they aspire to replicate is Israel. The Zionist state has become an aspiration as much as an inspiration for far-right nationalists around the world, India
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The Kuala Lumpur Summit: between a dream and a challenge

The union of Muslim countries into a single entity has been a dream that Muslims in the east and the west have had for around 100 years, ever since the fall of the Ottoman Caliphate after World War One and the distribution of its territories amongst the victorious colonial countries. The 1916 Sykes-Picot Agreement divided the Muslim lands into states, mini-states and emirates, as the colonialists picked on the bones of the Ottomans like hyenas, looting their wealth in the
| Article, Asia & Americas, EU |

Indo-Pak Nuclear Confrontation: First Use Policy & the Race towards Armageddon

Click here to read Part Two . Head in the Sand Approach Information on the colossal destructive effects of use of nuclear weapons, based on the horrendous experiences of the atomic bomb attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, has been in the public domain for well over six decades. Yet, unmindful of the existing knowledge about the devastation that a nuclear war would unleash, preparations are still on to fight and win such a war. The head
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In 2020, Muslims in Boris' Britain have an important choice to make

Comment: As the new decade approaches, Muslims, Jews, people of colour and all marginalised communities must make a conscious choice to unite, and fight for our rights, writes Malia Bouattia. Boris Johnson - to paraphrase Kanye West before his Trump days - does not care about Muslims.  And our government does not care about Islamophobia. In fact, they're all too happy to peddle, intensify, institutionalise it and delegitimise any resistance against it, all the while
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Muslim nations consider gold and barter trade to beat US sanctions

Iran, Malaysia, Turkey and Qatar are considering trading among themselves in gold and through a barter system as a hedge against any future economic sanctions on them, Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said on Saturday. At the end of an Islamic summit in Malaysia , Mahathir praised Iran and Qatar for withstanding economic embargoes and said it was important for the Muslim world to be self-reliant to face future threats. Mahathir said: With the world witnessing nations
| Asia & Americas, Europe & Russia, Iran |

India’s Government is Going to War Against Its Own People

Photograph Source: DiplomatTesterMan – CC BY-SA 4.0 On December 13, the United Nations high commissioner for human rights released a powerful statement that criticized India’s new citizenship law. This “fundamentally discriminatory” Citizenship (Amendment) Act of 2019 would expedite citizenship for persecuted religious minorities from India’s neighboring countries. But in the list of those minorities, it names only Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis, and Christians. It does not name Muslims, despite the fact
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The Forgotten Past Will Always be Repeated

Photo by Nathaniel St. Clair “Those who cannot  remember  the  past  are condemned to repeat it.” So said George Santayana. It is difficult today to look at many, many situations in the world and not see some of the worst events in history being repeated, especially as they relate to racism and genocide. Has the world forgotten Nazi atrocities against Jews, Gypsies, intellectuals and others? Do we not remember the horrific U.S. bombing of two Japanese cities?
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'They Are Turning India Into Kashmir': Government Crackdown Intensifies as Protest Movement Grows Across Subcontinent

Eoin Higgins, staff writer Security forces shutting down internet access and detaining demonstrators as dissidents swept up and at least three people killed.
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Muslim leaders gather in Malaysia for summit shunned by Saudi

Leaders and senior representatives from some 20 Muslim nations flocked to the Malaysian capital on Wednesday to discuss issues agitating Muslims globally at a summit Saudi Arabia decided to snub, and Pakistan ducked out of attending. No agenda for the Kuala Lumpur Summit has been released, but it could address age-old disputes in Kashmir and the Middle East, the conflicts in Syria and Yemen, the plight of Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslim minority, and mounting outrage over China’s camps for Uighur
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Israeli weapons are heading for the East — with no concern for human rights

We don't know all the countries Israel's secretive arms industry is targeting for future sales. What we do know is that the people of Myanmar, Kashmir, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Palestine, and others will pay the price. The post Israeli weapons are heading for the East — with no concern for human rights appeared first on +972 Magazine .
| Israel arms exports, India-Israel relations, Azerbaijan |

After the worst election campaign in memory, Britain’s religious minorities must unite

The manner in which faith communities have been set against each other is unprecedented and dangerous. This has been the worst general election for the UK’s religious minorities that most can recall. We have witnessed open racism before but not to this degree: Britain’s faith groups have been set against each other in an unprecedented manner.
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50+ academics and activists condemn Indian Consul-General’s call for Israeli model in Kashmir, and call for military embargo on Israel

50+ academics and activists condemn Indian Consul-General’s call for Israeli model in Kashmir, and call for military embargo on Israel In the News By calling for a military embargo on Israel, we also call for ending the ties that are facilitating the current siege and crackdown in Kashmir. Military Embargo November 30, 2019
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Is Kashmir India’s Palestine?

In August of this year, Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India suspended Article 370 of the constitution, the provision that granted some level of autonomy to Kashmir. Already heavily policed by Indian soldiers, nearly 40,000 additional troops were deployed to ‘calm’ (read: further oppress) the population following Modi’s repressive and illegal decision. Travel in and More The post Is Kashmir India’s Palestine? appeared first on CounterPunch.org .
| articles 2015 |

Srinagar’s Shikaras: Still Waters Run Deep Losses

Gulzar Ahmad Bhat is sitting quietly on a wooden bench at Ghat No. 15 of Dal Lake. Like other shikara rowers in Srinagar, he has seen barely any customers since August 2, when the Jammu and Kashmir government issued an advisory to tourists to leave Kashmir Valley immediately. “That made our future uncertain. In my More The post Srinagar’s Shikaras: Still Waters Run Deep Losses appeared first on CounterPunch.org .
| articles 2015 |

Lesson in Diplomacy for India’s Consul General Sandeep Chakravorty

It is detrimental to democracy when the Consul General of India to New York, Sandeep Chakravorty, asserts that in order to facilitate the return of the displaced Pandit community, India will build settlements in Kashmir. This sort of deleterious rhetoric, when employed by diplomats and policy makers, becomes the authoritative discourse of officialdom. In the current More The post Lesson in Diplomacy for India’s Consul General Sandeep Chakravorty appeared first on CounterPunch.org .
| articles 2015 |

What should the response be to the terrorist attack on London Bridge?

That a second successive election has been marred by a terrorist attack means the political focus will move to debates on foreign policy and rehabilitation. Jeremy Corbyn delivered a speech on two subjects that have a ready audience among a British public that is still deeply sceptical of military intervention following the Iraq war. He said that British foreign policy has
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Why the London Bridge attack is a challenge for Jeremy Corbyn and Boris Johnson

The difficulty for both leaders is that voters are more inclined to buy what they're selling until you tell them who's selling it. Jeremy Corbyn delivered a speech on two subjects that have a ready audience among a British public that is still deeply sceptical of military intervention following the Iraq war. He said that British foreign policy has exacerbated the
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