10 October 2019   Leave a comment

China has expressed support, including military aid, to Pakistan in its dispute with India on the issue of Kashmir. The Chinese statement comes just two days before Chinese President Xi is scheduled to meet Indian Prime Minister Modi.

“‘Xi Jinping said that China is concerned about the situation in Kashmir, the rights and wrongs are clear,’ according to the Chinese Foreign Ministry. ‘China supports the Pakistani side in safeguarding its legitimate rights and interests and hopes that the parties will resolve the dispute through peaceful dialogue.'”

The Times of India, however, reports that Modi does not intend to raise the issue of Kashmir in the meeting. Perhaps Xi will introduce the issue, but it seems unlikely. The Chinese have a strong interest in the matter since the Indian decision on Jammu and Kashmir also affected the Ladakh region which is contested by both India and China.

The recent shooting at a synagogue in Halle, Germany followed a pattern that has been in play in a number of similar incidents. The shooter live-streamed his activities even though he was not able to enter the synagogue because it was well-locked. The shooter published a “manifesto” which other killers had done as well:

“The Norweigian neo-Nazi who killed 77 people in 2011 wrote a 1,518-page document that has since been cited as an inspiration by other far-right terrorists. That document also contained advice on how to prepare for an attack and select targets. The Australian white nationalist who killed 51 people at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, in March published an 87-page screed before his deadly attack titled “The Great Replacement,” which is the same name as a white nationalist conspiracy theory. The Californian who opened fire on a synagogue in Poway, killing one, also published a manifesto online — as did the man who killed 22 people at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas, in August.”

The virulently anti-semitic views of the shooter were documented in Speigel and unfortunately resonates with a striking rise in anti-semitism throughout the world. The world has yet to take effective action to address this scourge, even though it has plenty of historical evidence to know that it is an incredibly dangerous ideology.

Posted October 10, 2019 by vferraro1971 in World Politics

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