One Chechen's journey from Georgia to the upper echelons of Daesh

Published July 15th, 2015 - 05:00 GMT
Temur Batirashvili, a Christian living in a small Georgia town close to the Chechnyan border, is the father of Omar al-Shishani, one of the most wanted Daesh militants in the world.  (AFP/Vano Shlamov)
Temur Batirashvili, a Christian living in a small Georgia town close to the Chechnyan border, is the father of Omar al-Shishani, one of the most wanted Daesh militants in the world. (AFP/Vano Shlamov)

How a Chechen from Georgia became a feared leader of ISIS   

Sometimes Temur sees his son on television, in news programs about massacres, executions and beheadings — all of the barbarity associated with the Islamic State. Despite the news, Temur tells himself that his son isn’t capable of killing, because he was always so sensitive to the suffering of others, so merciful. “It was not him, only people under his command are responsible for this evil,” he says.

Source: The Intercept 

 

On the Iran deal, Congress is not as important as you think it is  

Since it has not been drafted as a treaty, the U.S. Congress does not have to formally approve the deal. However, in May, Congress passed the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015, giving itself the right to vote in favor of or against the deal. If a deal had been reached by July 9, Congress would have had to pass a resolution of approval or disapproval within thirty days. Since the negotiations passed that date, Congress will now have sixty days to review the deal.

Source: Muftah 

  

We're not racist, but she's "black"  

Nafi – who came to Lebanon from Abidjan, Ivory Coast, 5 years ago – was not a thief. She was only shopping for training clothes with her sister in a well-known retail outlet store like most people do; she was getting ready and excited about going to the gym the next day. She almost forgot that some people in Lebanon could only see her as a potential thief, just because she has dark skin. Yes, to some people, she is only a “black” woman.

Source: NOW. 

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