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Raqqa’s dead reveal terrible secret of battle to oust Isis

Hannan Mukhlaf and her daughter lost 11 members of their family in an airstrike by the US-led coalition in Raqqa. Western powers continue to deny the civilian death tolls released by independent monitorsFrom beneath the rubble of their homes and the soil of their city parks and gardens, Raqqa’s dead are rising to tell their tales.

Some have been found with their hands bound, a single gunshot wound to the head. Others have no skull. The bodies of one family were found unmarked, entombed to die side by side of hunger…more: The Times, 

Mohammad bin Salman’s fall from grace is the start of a much bigger crisis

The words that were to seal Jamal Khashoggi’s fate are of no consequence. At the time, Khashoggi himself was unconscious of the danger he was putting himself in.
It was 15 November 2016. Trump had just been elected president and a Washington think-tank was trawling the opinions of journalists and analysts around the Middle East.
The future of the Saudi-US relationship was only one of a number of issues discussed. Speaking from Berlin over Skype to the Washington Institute, Khashoggi contradicted the official line in two parts of his modest five-minute intervention….more: .middleeasteye

China’s Detention Camps for Muslims Turn to Forced Labor

Muslim inmates from internment camps in far western China hunched over sewing machines, in row after row. They were among hundreds of thousands who had been detained and spent month after month renouncing their religious convictions. Now the government was showing them on television as models of repentance, earning good pay — and political salvation — as factory workers.
China’s ruling Communist Party has said in a surge of upbeat…more: NYT

Travel Ban Keeps Yemeni Mother From Seeing Dying 2-year-old in Oakland

Image result for Trump travel ban keeping mother from dying 2-year-old son in California, family saysAbdullah Hassan, 2, has been on life support at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital in Oakland for the past month. He was born with a brain condition that caused weekly seizures, according to his father Ali Hassan. CBS San Francisco reports Hassan says his son’s condition is not improving, and he just wants his wife, Shaima Swileh, to see their son one last time. But President’s Trumps travel ban, which applies to travelers from mostly Muslim majority nations, is keeping her from entering the U.S…MORE: CBS