19 September 2019


Hong Kong’s leader to open public dialog next week

KONFRONTASI - Hong Kong’s leader says she will open direct dialog with protesters next week in an attempt to address social discontent, following some three months of unrest in the semi-autonomous Chinese city.

Chief Executive Carrie Lam said on Tuesday that she would engage directly with her governing team in a public dialog with the protesters, adding that the first session of the talks would be held next week.

She also said that the sessions would be as open as possible, with members of the public being able to sign up to attend.

Taliban delegation in Iran for talks on Afghanistan peace

KONFRONTASI - Members of Taliban's Qatar-based political bureau have visited Tehran and held talks with Iranian officials on the latest developments of the Afghan peace process, including the breakdown of US-Taliban negotiations.

The delegation has reportedly conferred with a number of political and foreign ministry officials of Iran on the Afghan peace talks and the intra-Afghan negotiations.

US military preparing response to Saudi oil attacks: Pentagon chief

KONFRONTASI - The US military is preparing a response to the recent Yemeni drone attacks on Saudi Arabia's oil facilities, Defense Secretary Mark Esper has said.

Esper briefed US President Donald Trump in the White House on Monday following the attacks on two Saudi Aramco oil facilities on Saturday that knocked out more than half the kingdom’s production.   

Yemen's Houthi fighters have claimed responsibility for the attack, but the United States has rejected their claim with Trump saying that Iran appears to be responsible for the strike.

A Rabbi In Medina Saw Prophet Muhammad As A Messianic Figure


Many Jews supported Muhammad when he arrived in Medina. I learned about one of them from Muqtedar Khan PhD, who states, “Rabbi Mukhayriq was the first Jewish martyr of Islam.”

Moroccan authorities ban busking in main Casablanca avenues

KONFRONTASI -   The Moroccan authorities in the city of Casablanca have banned loud or amplified busking, generally popular with residents, workers and visitors, along various important streets of the city, after complaints were filed about excessive noise.

Buskers on one hand, and civil police joined by residents on the other hand, were at each other’s throat this week as the above-featured video illustrates, when the authorities launched a campaign to remove buskers from various streets in Casablanca.

China slams as ‘irresponsible’ US accusations of Iran involvement in Saudi oil attack

KONFRONTASI - China's Foreign Ministry has censured as “irresponsible” the US accusations that Iran was behind the recent attacks on Saudi Arabia’s key oil installations.

"Pondering who is to blame in the absence of a conclusive investigation, I think, is in itself not very responsible,” Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said at a regular news briefing in Beijing on Monday.

“China's position is that we oppose any moves that expand or intensify conflict," she added.

Rebel' Saudi women shun obligatory abaya robe

Saudi human resources professional Mashael al-Jaloud, 33, walks in western clothes past Saudis wearing traditional Islamic garment, at a commercial area in the Saudi capital Riyadh on September 3, 2019. (AFP/Fayez Nureldine)


KONFRONTASI -   Her high heels clacking on marble tiles, a defiant Saudi woman turned heads and drew gasps as she strutted through a Riyadh mall -- without a body-shrouding abaya.

Cortes upbeat about outlook for PH exporters in the UAE market

Photo: Consul General Paul Raymund Cortes, third from left, at the Outbound Business Matching Mission (OBMM) organized by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and held in the Novotel Dubai World Trade Center (DWTC), Sept 15. With him from left are: Commercial Attaché Charmaine Yalong; Ramir Bonghanoy, OBMM team leader; Farida Kamber Al Awadhi, president, Association of Professional Interior Designers; Fenina M.

Germany President, Frank-Walter Steinmeier: Germany Owes a Lot to BJ Habibie

teinmeier: Germany Owes a Lot to BJ Habibie (1tv)


KONFRONTASI -    teinmeier: Germany Owes a Lot to BJ Habibie (1tv) Germany President Frank-Walter Steinmeier has thanked the former Indonesia President BJ Habibie, who he said had maintained close ties with German culture, tradition and citizens since Habibie was a student in Aachen.

Toddler still says ‘daddy bashed mummy’ after seeing her get beaten

KONFRONTASI -  A mother, who was viciously beaten by the father of her child, has described the haunting words said to her by their 2-year-old son who witnessed the savage attack.

Jemma Palmer, 37, from Hull was attacked by her ex-boyfriend Gareth Ralph in her home in north Hull in August in front of her son, Archie, who wet himself with fright during the assault.   

'Archie keeps walking around saying 'daddy bashed mummy,' and I can't sleep because of the mental impact,' Jemma said.