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Apr 19, 2020
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China's Official Arab Language TV Rebukes Western Media: Your Job Is to Present the Truth, Not to Serve as a Political Weapon Aimed at Distorting China's Image

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On April 19, 2020, CGTN Arabic TV (China) aired a segment about Western media coverage of China's coronavirus response. The presenter criticized what she said are accusations by the Western media that China has been engaging in "facemask diplomacy" in light of the coronavirus pandemic, that China has been enforcing a siege rather than quarantines, that China has been lying about the spread of the coronavirus, and that international organizations have only been praising China's efforts to fight the virus in order to please it. She said that the Western media has been using manipulative terminology in order to distort or conceal the truth about China's coronavirus response, and that Western news reports have been filled with "misunderstandings and prejudice" against China. In addition, the presenter said that this highlights that CGTN Arabic TV is necessary in order to enable Arab viewers to get to know the "real China" and see "the other side of the facts."

Presenter: "Do the following words sound familiar? Have you read them in the news? 'China did not use private hospitals in keeping with the law in order to fight the coronavirus. Rather it took over these hospitals.' Took over! 'China has not provided medical aid to other countries. Rather, it is engaging in facemask diplomacy.' Facemask diplomacy! 'Countries and international organizations have lauded China's efforts only in order to please it.' Only in order to please it! 'China does not employ a policy of quarantine. Rather, it imposes a siege.' It imposes a siege!

"These are the manipulative words and expressions used by Western media in order to distort China's efforts to fight the plague. The Western media outlets have given every reasonable explanation for the underreporting of COVID-19 cases and deaths in Western countries, but at the same time, they have been using manipulative expressions like 'hiding the truth,' 'lying' and lack of transparency in reporting, in order to accuse China of hiding its real condition when the coronavirus was spreading.

"These stories circulated by Western news outlets have greatly influenced viewers' image of China. However, it is the job of the media to provide facts and explore the truth rather than serve as a political weapon in the face of human crisis. Many of the news and reports in the Western media are filled with misunderstandings and prejudices about China. This highlights why we are needed. We need to speak in our own voice and tell our stories in earnest and with dedication. We hope to open a window for Arab viewers, so they get to know the real China. Perhaps your view of China will not be changed in a short time, but you will be able to understand the others side of the facts."

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In A Facebook Live Stream, Syria-Based Jihadi Commander Interacts With Followers, Highlights The Importance Of Recruiting Young Men In Displacement Camps

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Jihadi Social Media – Account Review (JSM-AR): On Facebook, Albanian With Ties To Infamous British And Dutch Fellow Jihadis - Denounces ISIS And Its Leaders, Shares Content For Military Preparations

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April 23, 2020 Special Dispatch No. 8711

Iranian Regime Circles Criticize Supreme Leader Khamenei: Release The Billions Of Dollars In Funds You Control To The Desperate Iranian Public

April 23, 2020
Iran | Special Dispatch No. 8711
  In the past weeks, Iran has been pressing the international community for financial aid to help it deal with the spread of the coronavirus pandemic in the country. In March 2020 Iran appealed to the International Monetary Fund for a $5 billion emergency loan to fight the virus.   On April 7, Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei approved President Hassan Rouhani's request of a $1 billion withdrawal from the National Development Fund of Iran for the fight against the pandemic. [1]  The fund, established in 2011, holds Iran's foreign reserves estimated at approximately $90 billion, obtained from the country’s oil and gas exports.[2] In light of the severe economic situation of Iranian society due to strict sanctions prompted by the regime's policy, coupled with the regime's mishandling of the coronavirus outbreak, there has been criticism within the regime itself over the failure of its charity funds, whose holdings are estimated in billions, to come to the aid of the hard-hit Iranian public. The criticism was voiced by the editor-in-chief of the Jomhouri-ye Eslami daily, Masih Mohajeri, by a former senior reformist official, Mostafa Tajzadeh, and by Majlis Member Bahram Parsaei. They urged Khamenei to immediately release the billions he controls for the benefit of Iranians and to fight the pandemic and the economic crisis. They pointed out that these funds, which are intended for the wellbeing of the poor and disadvantaged in Iranian society, do not reach them. These funds, it should be noted, benefit a small circle of Khamenei's loyalists and his project of exporting the Iranian revolution – namely of consolidating Iran's influence in the region and investing in other countries such as Syria and Iraq.[3]    This report reviews the criticism in regime circles of Khamenei's refusal to release funds under his control for the benefit of the Iranian people amid the coronavirus outbreak. The Foundations Under Khamenei's Control Among the foundations under Khamenei's control mentioned by Mohajeri, Tajzadeh and Parsaei are the Executive Headquarters of the Imam's Directive (SETAD), whose holdings were estimated in 2013 at about $100 billion[4], and the Mostazafan Foundation (Foundation of the Oppressed and Disabled), believed to be one of the regime's major funds, whose assets are based on seized and abandoned property. In a March 28, 2018 interview with  the Tabnak website, the foundation’s head, Mohammad Saeedikia, said that it "has a strong presence in [Iran’s] industry," that "nobody knows the extent of its assets” and that  "it would take two years to estimate its net worth.” He added that its annual income was 26 billion tomans (about $6 million dollars).[5] Also mentioned by the three speakers was the Astan-e Quds Razavi Foundation, which manages the assets of the Imam Reza Shrine in Mashhad, a conglomerate with holdings worth billions in Iran and abroad. These foundations, most of which were established after Iran's Islamic Revolution in 1979 with the stated aim of redistributing wealth to the people and helping the poor and the war veterans, have effectively become tools for transferring public funds to private hands, and are entirely unsupervised.  Reformist politician Behzad Nabavi, a former minister and deputy Majlis speaker and a founder of the Intelligence Ministry, told the Iranian website  Alef that "in our country, there are four institutions which control 60 percent of the national wealth. They include the Executive Headquarters of the Imam’s Directive, the Khatam-ol-Anbiya Base [the IRGC’s economic organization], Astan-e Quds and the Foundation of the Oppressed and Disabled. None of these institutions are connected to the government or parliament.”[6] Jomhouri-Ye Eslami Editor Mohajeri: "If [The Foundations] Won't Release Their Funds To Save The Oppressed, How Can They Justify Their Existence? In an April 12, 2020 article in Jomhouri-Ye Eslami,[7] the daily’s chief editor Masih Mohajeri criticized Ali Khamenei and called on the heads of the foundations under his control to immediately release the funds to the Iranians harmed by the coronavirus crisis, saying that otherwise they were betraying their mission. He wrote: "The point to make… is that, no matter how much aid the people receive, it cannot meet the needs created by the economic recession brought about by the pandemic. This aid can heal some of the wounds, but it cannot solve all of the problems. To fully resolve all of the problems, large economic players, whose capabilities are vast and whose wealth belongs to the public, must enter the scene. These financial authorities include  SETAD, the [Executive] Headquarters of the Imam's [Directive], the Foundation of the Oppressed, and Astan-e Quds Razavi. The vast financial apparatuses and resources available to these institutions, if transferred to the sectors affected by the coronavirus [pandemic], can rapidly and fully solve the problems in these [sectors]. These [funds] belong to the people, and it is precisely in situations like these that they must be used to solve the public's problems. "We know that the team managing the Imam Headquarters is taking steps by providing facilities and cash. These [measures] help, but they are so insignificant compared to the financial capabilities of these institutions that they don't count at all. These institutions must step forward with open hands and without restrictions, and without wasting time, to meet all the needs of the people who are in profound distress in the current dire economic situation.  "Listening to the heads of these institutions speak of the measures they are taking to help the sectors harmed [by the pandemic], we come to the conclusion that they [either] fail to fully comprehend the scope of the harm caused to the people in this situation, or else do not want to spend their money helping them. Over two thirds of Iran's population receive no financial help from the government or from these institutions and organizations. A minority of the people have the financial means to cope with the present situation, but the rest – i.e., the majority – have become destitute. Some have also lost their jobs, and this dangerous situation continues. The government, too, is unable to meet the needs of the sectors harmed by the coronavirus [pandemic], since it [itself] faces many financial problems due to the sanctions and the decline in revenues, and the vast funds it must concurrently expend to curb the [spread] of the coronavirus.  "It is the responsibility of [Rouhani's] government to defend the health and wellbeing of the citizens, and it cannot breach the limits decided upon in the framework [of the budget]. This situation [of the pandemic] is difficult to fully comprehend, and requires the powerful financial institutions, which belong to the people, to step forward and fulfill their historic mission. If they won’t release their funds to save the oppressed, how can they justify their existence?"[8] Jomhouri-ye Eslami logo Former Reformist Official Tajzadeh: It's Time For Khamenei To Issue Immediate Instructions To Rush To The People’s Aid Mostafa Tajzadeh, a former reformist official who served as a minister in Khatami's government and as a Majlis member, and was even a political prisoner at one point, tweeted on April 18: "The sanctions, the coronavirus and now the plunging oil prices mean that the government is facing immense challenges with empty coffers. It is time for that the Foundation for the Oppressed, the Executive Headquarters of the Imam's Directive (SETAD) and the religious organizations' charity foundations, on the immediate order of the Leader [Khamenei], to rush to the aid of those suffering harm and deprivation who were once called the owners of the revolution and [received] the officials’ blessing.”[9] Mostafa Tajzade's tweet Majlis Member Bahram Parsaei: The Foundations Must Make The Money Available To The People Similar statements were made in an April 4, 2020 Majlis session that was broadcast live on Iranian TV by Bahram Parsaei, a Majlis member representing the city of Shiraz. He said that "Institutions and organizations that have always enjoyed special privileges and exemptions [e.g., from taxes], such as the  Foundation for the Oppressed, the Executive Headquarters (SETAD), the Astan-e Quds Foundation and [other] charity foundations must all serve the [Iranian] people for [the next] two months. They must all come forward and  put their assets at the public's disposal."[10] Majlis member Bahram Parsaei (image: icana.ir)

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U.K. Islamic Scholar Tim Humble: Women Must Completely Obey Their Husbands; Even Licking a Pus-Covered, Bleeding Ulcer That Covers Their Husband’s Body Would Not Fulfill Their Obligations unto Him; Husbands Have the Right to Immediate Sexual Gratification

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Ustadh Muhammad Tim Humble, a British Islamic scholar, said in a lesson that was uploaded to the Al-Madrasatu Al-Umariyyah YouTube channel on April 16, 2020 that women must do whatever their husbands tell them to do, unless it is something forbidden by Islam. He said that the Prophet Muhammad had said that if a woman were to lick a bleeding and pus-covered ulcer that covered her husband's entire body, she would still not have fulfilled all of her obligations unto him. Furthermore, Ustadh Humble said that men have the right to immediate sexual gratification from their wives, even if it is inconvenient, that Allah and his angels are angered by women who refuse their husband's intimacy, that women are not allowed to fast without their husband's permission since their husband might want to have sex with them, and that women cannot allow people into the house without their husband's permission.

Ustadh Muhammad Tim Humble: "The prophets said if I was going to command someone to prostrate before I, to bow before someone, I would have commanded a woman to bow before her husband. If he's not asking her to do something forbidden then she must do what she's told.

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"It's very inconvenient and she is saddled up riding the camel whatever, you know, and he then asks her for intimacy, she then has to get down to make herself available for her husband.

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"The right to immediate intimacy or immediate satisfaction of intimate desires, that needs to be with regard to the man. There is immediacy. There is an urgency...

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"The prophets have explained with such emphasis, but if you had an ulcer that was bleeding with blood and pus from his head to his foot and she licked it, she would not have fulfilled the right that he had over her.

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"The Messenger of Islam said if a man calls his wife to bed and she refuses... For intimacy, she refuses and he goes to sleep up angry with her, the angels curse her until the morning comes. In another narration, until her husband is happy with her.

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"There is no man who calls his wife to her bed and she refuses him except that the one in the heavens is angry with her until her husband is pleased with her. That the Messenger from Islam said it's not allowed for a woman to fast while her husband is present except with his permission. In case of his need of intimacy nor to allow someone to come into his house except with his permission."

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Former Iraqi Deputy PM Saleh Al-Mutlaq: Iraq Not Ready for U.S. Withdrawal; Had We Known Pro-Iran Militias Would Fill the Vacuum, We Would Not Have Voted for the 2011 Withdrawal

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Source: Al-Sumaria TV (Iraq)

 

Former Iraqi Deputy PM Saleh Al-Mutlaq said in an April 16, 2020 interview on Alsumaria News TV (Iraq) that the Sunnis in Iraq’s parliament did not vote in favor of the recent resolution to expel U.S. forces from Iraq because Iraq is not ready for the U.S. to leave. He explained that in retrospect, the Sunnis would not have voted in favor of the 2008 security agreement with the United States that provided for the withdrawal of U.S. forces by 2011 had it known that it would result in the “security vacuum” that was filled by Iran and its militias in Iraq. He elaborated that this fragile situation is what resulted in the rise of ISIS  and he argued that since there are still ISIS forces in Iraq, now is not the time to vote for the expulsion of U.S. forces. In addition, Al-Mutlaq said that the war against ISIS would have lasted much longer were it not for American logistical and military support.

Interviewer: "How come (the Sunnis) did not vote (in favor of expelling U.S. forces)?"

Saleh Al-Mutlaq: "We did not vote for this because the country is not ready for it. When we voted for the (2008) security agreement, which provided for the withdrawal of the Americans by 2011... We would not have voted for it had we known that this would be the outcome."

Interviewer: "What do you mean?"

Saleh Al-Mutlaq: "A security vacuum was created and it was filled by Iran and its militias in Iraq. This is not the Iraq we want. Nobody wants the Americans to remain in Iraq – nobody wants any foreign country to have a presence in Iraq – but in light of the fragile security situation... There are still ISIS cells out there, the military has not been properly (re)built, there are no weapons in the areas where ISIS is present, and nobody has the weapons necessary to fight ISIS... There is a threat that these areas might fall again to ISIS at any moment. This is not the right time to vote for or against the (American) withdrawal. The second point is that you were the one who called upon the Americans, the British and the international community to come and save you because you were in a tough situation. And they came to help you..."

Interviewer: "Right."

Saleh Al-Mutlaq: "So if you want them out, you need to sit down with them and reach understandings about a timetable for withdrawal, and they will leave. But you cannot expel them in a humiliating way. You invited them and they came to fight by your side, investing all these soldiers, capabilities, and money..."

Interviewer: "(Iran's supporters) say that the Americans supported ISIS and did not fight them..."

Saleh Al-Mutlaq: "That's not true. I know all the details. The (U.S.) intelligence services would identify ISIS positions and bomb them. Rest assured that if not for the (Americans') logistical support, the war (with ISIS) would have lasted much longer."

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