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COMMENT 2h ago

I went to check the accuracy of this, and the conclusion is mixed.

If you consider the original 1988 Hamas charter (Yale Law school translation), Article 11 makes it clear that they want to end the existence of Israel. However, Article 32 also explitcy states Hamas's founding belief that co-existence with Jews is possible, albeit only within the context of being subjects of an Islamic state. It says "Under the wing of Islam, it is possible for the followers of the three religion - Islam, Christianity and Judaism - to coexist in peace and quiet with each other".

The updated 2017 charter also continues to reject Israel's existence. But article 16 within that also states that Hamas opposes Zionism not Judaism; article 17 expands on this by saying that Hamas rejects persecution for religious beliefs (within the context of discussing anti-semetism).

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So coming back to my original point, the conclusion is mixed. There is nothing clearly stated in Hamas Charter that they want Jews out or dead. It is arguably implied in their charter because they want arabs to have full political control of the former Mandate of Palestine. But implication is far from clear; and in neither the 1988 nor 2017 charters is there a clear statement that all Jews must leave or die.

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COMMENT 10h ago

Are Ireland’s security forces strong enough numerically (and in terms of equipment) to handle unionist paramilitaries in case of unification?

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COMMENT 17h ago

Scotland is a nation, not a country (yet).

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COMMENT 21h ago

The Washington Post article I posted 6 hours ago states that the Taliban have allowed girls’ education in the North and Central regions of Afghanistan for years. I’m not disagreeing that the Taliban treat women like second class citizens. My point is that you underestimate them if you say they don’t govern, when the reality is that they govern, in an oppressive manner.

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COMMENT 21h ago

Well they did partner with UNICEF to get 4,000 schools created in areas under their control, according to Voice of America. Although they aren’t funding those, Bill Gates and other charities are.

https://www.voanews.com/south-central-asia/rare-un-taliban-agreement-set-4000-schools-insurgent-held-afghan-territory?amp

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COMMENT 1d ago

Only in some areas.

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COMMENT 1d ago

The Washington post ran an article on how the Taliban do govern last year. https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2020/world/asia/afghanistan-taliban-rule-territory/

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COMMENT 1d ago

From the article the main barrier and change was the cost for the name change itself as well as the cost of reissuing ID with the changed name, which was previously borne by the person requesting the change. With indigenous Canadians often being amongst the poorest this made legal name changes a luxury

r/canada 1d ago

Indigenous people can now reclaim traditional names on their passports and other ID

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COMMENT 1d ago

The turret can be manually traversed in case of power failure, as well as a backup power generator.

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COMMENT 1d ago

That’s kind of my point. Crescent and stars in various forms were used in many societies including the Byzantine (Roman) Empire and Sassanid Persia. The style you see in many Muslim flags today started in the Ottoman Empire. Since Muslims across the world viewed the Ottoman ruler as their Caliph, the star and crescent became increasingly popular as a symbol in the Sunni world as a way of indicating loyalty to the Caliph in Istanbul.

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COMMENT 1d ago

Just looking online for sources around this, I found the following link that says it still requires electrical power.

https://weaponsystems.net/system/523-30mm+Shipunov+2A42

This is expanded on in the link below, which clarifies that although the gun is gas-operated, the loading system and the firing system are electric powered.

https://thesovietarmourblog.blogspot.com/2016/05/bmp-2.html?m=1

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COMMENT 1d ago

The Air Force failed to protect the Navy’s base in Karachi in 1971 against strikes from the Indian Navy (planes are better at searching large areas of the ocean for enemy ships) so the Navy founded its own aviation branch so that it would not have to rely on the Air Force.

The Naval aviation branch is focused on prioritizing and supporting the Navy’s aerial support needs - a level of prioritisation that was not available when the Air Force and a monopoly on naval aviation.

Edit. In 1971 the Navy desperately looked for air support but the Air Force was not willing to divert assets to help the Navy. In the end the Navy found that Pakistan International Airlines was willing to give the support that the Air Force would not - the Navy bought a Fokker airplane for which PIA provided pilots that would then fly over the Indian Ocean looking for enemy ships.

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COMMENT 1d ago

The RARDEN is designed to operate without any external power, such as if the vehicle’s engine is disabled.

The Bushmaster and the 2A42 have a high fire rate, but that comes with the compromise that it requires external power to operate.

The 2A42 has a theoretically higher rate of fire, but which is rarely employed because it builds up exhaust gasses faster than the ventilation systems can expel them.

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COMMENT 2d ago

So technically the Crescent and star is not an Islamic symbol. After it’s adoption as the symbol of the Ottoman Empire though, it was used in various forms by Sunnis across the world .

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COMMENT 3d ago

The state used to own all the key utilities and transportation, but the short-sighted state sold it to the private sector. The same would no doubt happen if the state owned prime real estate.

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COMMENT 3d ago

The state used to own all the utilities and transportation, but the short-sighted state sold it to the private sector. The same would no doubt happen if the state owned prime real estate.

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COMMENT 3d ago

No thanks, I choose to live instead.

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COMMENT 3d ago

I tried to remind my wife of this Hadith while she was angry and furious at me but it only made her angrier and more furious :-(

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COMMENT 3d ago

Makes sense, especially with different countries using different vaccines. Only 2 vaccines are approved by Saudi Arabia as being effective against covid and many Muslims around are vaccinated with other vaccines instead. One more year should give enough time to see if the other vaccines are really preventing Covid from spreading further especially given the constant emergence of new variants.

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COMMENT 4d ago

My friend’s dad got pranked at the US consulate in Pakistan over this. He had submitted his financial records to support a visa application and had been called in for interview. During that, the American interviewer kept stressing repeatedly that submitting false information was a serious offense and kept asking the dad if he wanted to admit to lying in his documents.

Finally the dad asked directly what the issue was, since he was certain everything’s was correct. The interviewer answered that they knew Nawaz Sharif was one of the richest men in Pakistan, and yet my friend’s dad was claiming to have paid far , far more income tax than Nawaz Sharif did.

My friend’s dad began frantically trying to explain how Nawaz is corrupt and hides his wealth - when the interviewer began laughing out loud and said that it’s ok, he understands the situation , and reassured that everything was actually in order and ok. He got his his visa.

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COMMENT 4d ago

Engineer 2 is a class you unlock in the campaign at high levels.

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COMMENT 4d ago

80% of men there own a cellphone. 50% of women.

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COMMENT 4d ago

Muslims are a vulnerable minority of the Indian population. Even if Pakistan, Bangladesh and India were united there would been more than twice as many Hindus in it as Muslims, leaving Muslims as a minority.

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COMMENT 4d ago

The Nuremberg code has not been accepted into law in any country or at the UN though, so regardless of whether or not it contravenes the code, it would. It be illegal anywhere.

It’s more like a voluntary guideline than a legal rule.