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November 16, 2013

When Malala Yusufzai was shot in the head by Taliban gunmen simply because she wanted to gain an education it sent shockwaves around the world.

Straight away the Western media took up the issue. Western politicians spoke out and soon she found herself in the UK. The way in which the West reacted made me question the reasons and motives behind why Malala's case was taken up and not so many others.

There is no justifying the brutal actions of the Taliban or the denial of the universal right to education, however there is a deeper more historic narrative that is taking place here.

This is a story of a native girl being saved by the white man. Flown to the UK, the Western world can feel good about itself as they save the native woman from the savage men of her home nation. It is a historic racist narrative that has been institutionalized. Journalists and politicians were falling over themselves to report and comment on the case. The story of an innocent brown child that was shot by savages for demanding an education and along comes the knight in shining armor to save her.

The actions of the West, the bombings, the occupations, the wars - all seem justified now, "See?  We told you. THIS is why we intervene to save the natives."

The truth is that there are hundreds and thousands of other Malalas. They come from Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan and other places in the world. Many are victims of the West, but we conveniently forget about those as Western journalists and politicians fall over themselves to appease their white-middle class guilt, also known as the white man's burden.

Gordon Brown stood at the UN and spoke words in support for Malala, yet he is the very same Gordon Brown that voted for the war in Iraq that not only robbed people of their education but of their lives. The same journalists that failed to question or report on the Western wars in an intelligible manner now sing the praises of the West as they back Malala and her campaign without putting it in context of the war in Afghanistan and the destabilization of the region thanks to the Western occupation of Afghanistan.

Malala's message is true, it is profound, it is something the world needs to take note of; education is a right of every child, but Malala has been used as a tool by the West. It allows countries like Britain to hide their sins in Afghanistan and Iraq. It allows journalists to report a feel good story whilst they neglect so many others, like the American drone strikes that terrorize men, women and children in Pakistan's border regions.

The current narrative continues the demonization of the non-white Muslim man. Painting him as a savage, someone beyond negotiating with, beyond engaging with, the only way to deal with this kind of savage is to wage war, occupy and use drones against them. NATO is bombing to save girls like Malala is the message here.

Historically the West has always used women to justify the actions of war mongering men. It is in the imagery, it is in art, in education, it is even prevalent in Western human rights organizations. Amnesty International's poster campaign coinciding with the NATO summit in New York encouraged NATO to 'keep the progress going!' in Afghanistan.

Shazia Ramzan and Kainat Riaz were also shot along with Malala, the media and politicians seem to have forgotten about them. Abeer Qassim Hamza al-Janabi - how many of the Western politicians and journalists know about this name? She was the 14-year-old girl violated by five US soldiers, then she and her family, including her six-year-old sister were murdered. There are no days named after her, no mentions of her at the UN, and we don't see Gordon Brown pledging his name to her cause.

I support Malala, I support the right to education for all, I just cannot stand the hypocrisy of Western politicians and media as they pick and choose, congratulating themselves for something that they have caused. Malala is the good native, she does not criticize the West, she does not talk about the drone strikes, she is the perfect candidate for the white man to relieve his burden and save the native.

The Western savior complex has hijacked Malala's message. The West has killed more girls than the Taliban have. The West has denied more girls an education via their missiles than the Taliban has by their bullets. The West has done more against education around the world than extremists could ever dream of. So, please, spare us the self-righteous and self-congratulatory message that is nothing more than propaganda that tells us that the West drops bombs to save girls like Malala.

November 16, 2013

US State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland gave the warning recently, adding that there would be serious repercussions for the UN body, AFP reported. “We’ve made the point that there are very clear red lines in US legislation,” Nuland said.

US legislation requires that funds to any UN body which recognizes Palestine as a full UN member be cut off.

Overwhelming support for Palestine’s membership on the bid to join the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization was a huge boost for their campaign for international recognition of an independent state, and a blow to Israel and the US, who had opposed the move, as reported by  the UK Guardian.  Amid loud cheers from delegates from Paris, members voted 107 to 14 to accept Palestine as a full member state, with 52 countries abstaining - including the UK. The US currently provides 22 percent of the UNESCO budget.

UNESCO’s executive committee on October 5 overwhelmingly voted to approve the Palestinian membership bid at the UN. The decision still needs the approval of the general assembly of the organization.

On September 23, acting Palestinian Authority (PA) Chief Mahmoud Abbas presented UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon with the statehood proposal during the UN General Assembly’s annual session in New York, based on the pre-1967 borders.

The US has repeatedly threatened to veto the bid at the UN Security Council. Washington, however, does not have a veto power at the UNESCO.

More than 100 countries have so far officially recognized Palestine as a state based on the 1967 borders, the boundaries that existed before Israel captured and annexed East al-Quds (Jerusalem), the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.

November 12, 2013

With  October 2013 marking 51 years since the Cuban missile crisis, the UN General Assembly again pronounced itself overwhelmingly against the US embargo on Cuba.  In the General Assembly, 188 countries voted to condemn the US-imposed sanctions.

“The US policy against Cuba is suffering from an absolute international isolation and discredit and lacks every ethical or legal ground,” Cuba’s Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla said.

Several international envoys  also strongly denounced Washington’s policy.

China’s Deputy UN Ambassador Wang Min told the General Assembly debate, “The call of the international community is getting louder and louder, demanding that the US government change its policy toward Cuba.”

Meanwhile, Bolivia’s UN Ambassador Sacha Llorenty Solis stated that the embargo is “sullying the history of mankind.”

European countries also oppose the embargo against Cuba since US legislation punishes foreign companies, including the European ones, that trade with Cuba.

Havana and Washington have been at odds since the Cuban revolution.  Fidel Castro led the revolution that  toppled the regime of Fulgencio Batista, the brutal American-backed  dictator who ruled Cuba from 1952-1959. He had strong ties to the American mafia underworld and insured that America’s extensive business interests on the island were protected while he was in power. The US imposed sanction measures against Cuba after Batista was overthrown in 1959 and placed an official embargo against Cuba in 1962.

Parrilla further said that Havana has lost over $1.1 trillion dollars because of the embargo, adding that the blockade has prevented his country from gaining access to vital heart and anti-AIDS medication for children.

Speaking at the General Assembly in 2012, the Cuban foreign minister said that after the 2008 US election, President Barack Obama had promised a new beginning with Cuba, but “the reality of the last four years has been characterized by a persistent tightening of the economic, commercial, and financial blockade.”

October 4, 2013

Israel’s consistently rogue refusal to comply with any international  mandate ( in particular, signing the Non-Proliferation Treaty against producing nuclear weapons) that it has been issued since its inception has once again been broached on the international forum.  

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani requested that Israel be compelled to sign and become a member of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), as he spoke for a second time at the United Nations General Assembly. “As long as nuclear weapons exist, the threat of their use exists,” Rouhani said, citing the American bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945.

Rouhani  called for a “nuclear-free zone” in the Middle East. Israel is the only country in the Middle East that has not and will not sign the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. Israel would use nuclear weapons if it felt it was threatened by any nation in the Middle East.

The nuclear capability of Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) defensive capabilities just reached another plateau this past April. It purchased its 5th nuclear submarine that can be deployed anywhere in the world with first strike capability. The Israel News Agency reported that Israel purchased a fifth Dolphin class submarine called the “INS Rahav” from Germany. In the article headlined “Israel Launches Ninth Submarine, Ready To Strike Iran Nuclear Weapons,” Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said “The submarines are a strong, strategic tool for the IDF. The State of Israel is ready to act anytime, anywhere – on land, sea and air – in order to ensure the security of Israel’s citizens.”

The submarines are equipped with Israeli-designed Popeye missiles that are capable of carrying nuclear warheads, and it is no secret that Israel has nuclear weapons. Some estimates suggest that Israel has between 100 and 400 nuclear weapons.

Mordechai Vanunu, a former Israeli technician at the Dimona nuclear research center in the Negev desert, exposed Israel’s nuclear program to the world in the 1986 Sunday Times (UK). The Times report cited that Vanunu was kidnapped in Italy by Mossad agents and brought to Israel to face an Israeli court. He was convicted and imprisoned for more than 18 years at Shikma Prison in Ashkelon, Israel. Half of his prison term was in solitary confinement. He was eventually released in 2004. Since then, Vanunu has been arrested and even imprisoned for violating his parole. He was also arrested for trying to leave Israel at one time. Former Israeli Prime Minister and Noble Peace

Prize winner Shimon Peres said “he was a traitor to this country”.

Since Israel is not a signatory to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, the Dimona Nuclear Research center is not subject to inspections from the international community such as the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). According to the Federation of American Scientists in a 2007 report, Israel has between 75 and 400 nuclear warheads, but some estimates have their  nuclear warheads at less than 200. It is also known that Israel has the ability to deliver them by intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) with a range of 5,500 kilometers or 3,400 miles, the Jericho III missile named after the biblical city of Jericho, various aircrafts and of course submarines.

The report stated the following:

“By the late 1990s, the U.S. Intelligence Community estimated that Israel possessed between 75-130 weapons, based on production estimates. The stockpile would certainly include warheads for mobile Jericho-1 and Jericho-2 missiles, as well as bombs for Israeli aircraft, and may include other tactical nuclear weapons of various types. Some published estimates even claimed that Israel might have as many as 400 nuclear weapons by the late 1990s. Stockpiled plutonium could be used to build additional weapons if so decided”

Israel’s nuclear program began after World War II. David Ben-Gurion wanted to establish a Jewish State with a military force that would repel an attack by any of its adversaries, especially in the Arab world.

Ben-Gurion’s speech to the elected assembly of Palestine Jews on October 2nd, 1947 made it clear on the intentions of a new Jewish state:

“Political developments have swept us on to a momentous parting of the ways – from Mandate to independence. Today, beyond our ceaseless work in immigration, settlement and campaign, we are set three blazing tasks, whereof fulfillment will condition our perpetuity: defense, a Jewish State and Arab-Jewish Cupertino, in that order of importance and urgency. Security is our chief problem.

Between the years of 1955 and 2007 more than 130 United Nations Resolutions have been issued against Israel related to injustices perpetrated against the Palestinian people which were all abjectly ignored by Israel.  Among these are Security Council Resolution 242, Nov. 22, 1967 , which declared the occupation of Palestine illegal, Security Council Resolution 446, March 22, 1979, which declared Israeli settlements in Palestine illegal. There has been no action on the part of the UN to bring Israel to book and conform to its mandates, including, as the Iranian president insisted, declaring its Nuclear arsenal. Iran has endured years of sanctions and has no nuclear weapons.

September 27, 2013

BAMAKO - Newly elected president of Mali, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, pledged to unite his strife-damaged nation  and end endemic corruption as he steps forward to  lead the deeply-divided west African country’s emergence from months of political crisis and conflict.

Keita, a former prime minister, began his five-year term in the presence of outgoing transitional leader Dioncounda Traore and more than 1,000 Malian politicians, diplomats and military personnel, as he took the presidential oath at the inaugural ceremony in Bamako, the Malian capital.

"I will not forget for a moment that you put me where I am to take care of all aspects of the life of our nation. National reconciliation remains the most urgent priority," he said after taking an oath to preserve the constitution, democracy and the law.

Mali's constitutional court confirmed Keita's landslide victory  in the August 11 presidential run-off against former minister Soumaila Cisse after an election campaign focused on law, order and ending the culture of impunity in public office.

"I want to reconcile hearts and minds, restore true brotherhood between us so that all the different people can play their part harmoniously in the national symphony," Keita said to huge applause.

The 68-year-old veteran of the political scene in Bamako is charged with leading the country out of a 17-month political crisis sparked by a military coup.

Army officers angry at the level of support they had received to combat a separatist Tuareg rebellion in the north overthrew the democratically-elected government of President Amadou Toumani Toure in the spring of 2012.

In the chaos that followed, the Tuareg seized control of an area larger than France before being ousted by Al-Qaeda-linked groups who imposed a brutal interpretation of Islamic law on the local population, carrying out amputations and executions.

Their actions drew worldwide condemnation and prompted France to launch a military offensive at Mali's behest together with thrust from the UN’s official international input to oust the Islamists in January.

The country's return to democracy has allowed France to begin withdrawing some of the 4,500 troops it had sent in.  

"France welcomes the new president of the Republic of Mali, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, on the occasion of his swearing-in ceremony," said French foreign ministry spokesman Philippe Lalliot in a statement.

"Granted a strong legitimacy with the outcome of the recent elections, the new authorities can now meet the needs of the people of Mali and the challenges facing Mali. France is ready to give its full support to President Keita."  Observers cite that French logistical assistance will continue, limiting the troop withdrawal initially planned by French President Hollande.

The son of a civil servant, Keita was born in 1945 in the southern industrial city of Koutiala, the declining heartland of cotton production in the country.

His election in the first presidential polls in Mali since 2007 was seen as crucial for unlocking more than $4 billion in aid promised by international donors who halted contributions in the wake of last year's coup.

His daunting workload over the coming months will include tackling an economy battered by political chaos and war, as well as healing ethnic divisions in the north and managing the return of 500,000 people who fled an Islamist insurgency.

Corruption has tainted government institutions and the military in Mali since it gained independence from France in 1960 and the country remains in the bottom third of Transparency International's ‘Corruption Perceptions Index’.  Some observers contend that the Malian government prior to the coup had been complicit with organized crime in the north, which would explain its complacency with the corruption known to exist there.

"I will put an end to impunity, to the special privileges that are at the heart of the perversion of our judicial and state institutions," Keita vowed.

"As president, I will ensure the proper management of public funds. I will put in place appropriate mechanisms to ensure transparency and efficiency of public spending. No one will get rich illegally off the back of the Malian people."

Some material for this report was obtained

from Agence France Presse

 

 

DAKAR, SENEGAL — Mali's president-elect Ibrahim Boubacar Keita says he will reconcile, reunite and rebuild the country after 18 months of crisis and conflict. Keita doesn't take office for another two weeks, but his to-do list is already long and Malians are eager for results.

Ibrahim Boubacar Keita takes office September 4th on a tidal wave of popularity.

The one-time prime minister and former president of the National Assembly won the August 11th run-off election with 77 percent of votes.

In his first public declaration as president-elect, Keita said he would be the "president of all Malians."

"I will be the president of national reconciliation.  This reconciliation is necessary to deal with the demands of our people: to rebuild the state and the rule of law, to fix the army and the education system, to fight corruption and to foster economic and social development.  I will be the president to rebuild the nation," said the president-elect.

Keita said recently that it would be a "new era."  Even so, he is inheriting some hefty problems.

A Tuareg rebellion that began in  2012 is still rumbling in the far north.  Mali is now host to a massive U.N. mission to stabilize the north after a nine-month occupation by armed extremist groups who tried to set up their version of an Islamic state.

The leaders of the recent military coup in Mali are still lurking around the foreground in Bamako.  One of the final acts of the interim government was to promote coup leader Captain Amadou Sanogo to the rank of general.

Keita won the presidency thanks to a large and complex web of support from Muslim religious leaders, the military and most of his first-round rivals.  His campaign always maintained that Keita was not cutting deals in exchange for votes.

But analysts said it could be difficult to manage all those alliances once in office.  Malians are watching closely to see who Keita names to his cabinet.

Keita said recently his government would be a ‘meritocracy’, not one guided by political or family alliances. "Let me be clear.  There is no question of sharing out the cake.  I have not promised that and it will not happen," he said.

But actions speak louder than words, even the tough talk that Keita is known for. When asked what the country needed, voters often used the French verb "assainir," which means to flush out, to decontaminate, to clean up.  They wanted to see Keita tackle the root causes of the crisis.

At the top of that list were the pervasive corruption and patronage that analysts said undermined development, crippled the army and ultimately handed the north over to criminal and terrorist groups.

Keita has pledged "zero tolerance" for corruption, but analysts say he must prove it, and fast, by doing what previous governments in Mali have not - by investigating and punishing those embezzling public resources.  Something analysts say could be a hard pill to swallow for some of his political allies.

Security is the other key challenge.

Keita will have 60 days to open up what promises to be difficult negotiations with the armed Tuareg separatist group, the National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad (MNLA) and its allies in the far northern region of Kidal that launched an uprising in January of 2012 -  the fourth of its kind since Mali became a country in 1960.  Many say it is up to Keita to make it the last.

Political analyst Issa Ndiaye said, "it will be hard to get Malians to accept a special status for Kidal. The problems are not just in Kidal. We need to find a nationwide solution to implement an enhanced form of decentralization that allows local populations to make decisions about their lives, and in particular about the exploitation of natural resources."

Many Malians blame the MNLA for setting off the chain of events last year that saw the elected government toppled by unruly soldiers in the spring of this year and the north being taken over by Islamist militant groups just weeks later.

The nomadic Tuareg are a minority ethnic group in Mali's sparsely populated north.  Perceived privileges bestowed on ex-rebels under previous peace accords have bred resentment and perceptions of a kind of "positive discrimination" in favor of the Tuareg.

Those negotiations will be just one part of returning security and state authority to the formerly occupied north, where violence has forced hundreds of thousands to flee their homes and decimated the economy.

September 25, 2013

(IP) The political overture  offered by Russia and hammered out in meetings between Russia and the US – the collection and subsequent  destruction of Syria’s chemical weapons stockpile - has temporarily defused the rapidly ticking time bomb lit by the US and its western allies. Diplomacy has forced a diplomatic ‘time-out’ in the rush of the Obama administration to direct a ‘limited’ strike against Syria. China, the UK, and France have lauded the plan on condition of its implementation. Syria apparently had no reservations and accepted the opportunity, along with other nations, to avert world war.The conditions set out dictate the surrender of all chemical weapons in the possession of the Syrian government to an international body which will expedite their removal and destruction.  Syrian President Bashar Al Assad has also agreed to become a signatory of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW).  Russian President Putin, in an op-ed address to America published on September 11 in the New  York Times, stated unequivocally the dire consequences of adding fire to fire by attacking Syria, citing how the circumventing of international law and failure to defer to the decision of the UN Security Council will erode the validly and strength of those bodies, causing the UN itself – like the League of Nations – to collapse.

Observers now suggest that similar force should, like the pretext of the agreement with Syria  on chemical weapons,  be used to pressure  Israel to follow suit, as demanded by the US and Russia, to ratify the international treaty banning the use of chemical weapons, which Israel signed in 1993.

The factor that prefaced escalation of US military action in the Syrian conflict – the use of chemical weapons by the Assad regime against his people – has been disputed since the atrocities occurred; both times with no conclusive proof against the Assad regime. Yet, these findings were flaunted.  Once again, even before any official investigation could take place, the Syrian government was implicated in the deaths of over 1,400 Syrian people after exposure to chemical agents.  After weeks of debate, an Associated Press report surfaced (that was eventually suppressed) which stated that Yahyah Ababneh, of the Minit Press, interviewed some Syrian rebels who claimed that chemical weapons were discharged accidentally by Syrian rebels due to mishandling.  The story was picked up by an Associated Press reporter:  “The interviews were conducted by Ababneh of residents, rebels and their families in Damascus and Ghouta are putting together a different picture of what happened. Many believe that rebels received chemical weapons provided through the Saudi intelligence chief, Prince Bandar bin Sultan. It's being reported that these weapons are responsible for the deadly gas attack.

The father of a rebel who was killed in what's now being called an accident by many in Ghouta and Damascus said: "My son came to me two weeks ago asking what I thought the weapons were that he had been asked to carry,” said Abu Abdel-Moneim. The father said at least 12 rebels including his son were killed by the chemical weapons.

Allegedly, they were killed in the tunnel that was used to store the chemicals. These were provided by a Saudi militant, known as Abu Ayesha. He is said to be leading a fighting battalion in the effort to unseat Assad.

Ababneh reported that the rebels said the gas "attack" was the result of them mishandling the chemical weapons they acquired from the Saudis. She said in the Mint Press report the following:

"They didn’t tell us what these arms were or how to use them,” complained a female fighter named ‘K.’ She, like other Syrians, do not want to use their full names for fear of retribution.“We didn’t know they were chemical weapons. We never imagined they were chemical weapons.” A well-known rebel leader in Ghouta [on the outskirts of Damascus] named ‘J’ agreed. “We were very curious about these arms. And unfortunately, some of the fighters handled the weapons improperly and set off the explosions."

Prince Bandar's intelligence agency is said to have been the first to bring allegations that Assad's regime used Sarin gas in February of 2013.

It is a well-known fact that Saudi Arabia is one of the primary financiers of the Syrian rebels from the outset of their rebellion and  control of the global oil and gas markets is the stimulus for the relentless crusade to rein in Syria and Iran.

A meeting between Russian President Putin and Saudi Prince Bandar reportedly occurred this summer, during which Bandar, in no uncertain terms, threatened Russia to relinquish its support of the Assad regime. Afterwards, an urgent alert was issued  from the office of President Putin to the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation  ordering a “massive military strike” against Saudi Arabia in the event that the West attacked Syria.

September 19, 2013

Contact: Matthew Gardner

Phone: (434) 825-2283

Email: public.relations@iqou-moa.org

 

(Washington, DC) Muslims throughout the United States of America condemn the use of chemical warfare on the people of Syria as inhumane, emphasizing that no government should be allowed to use them. For this reason, we appeal to the Secretary General of the United Nations to demonstrate equal concern about the weapons of mass destruction that have been manufactured in the U.S. for the purpose of killing American Muslims. In June 2013, two men, Glen Scott Crawford, a G.E. employee, and his only named accomplice Eric Feight were arrested in Albany, New York after being charged with “conspiracy to provide material support, or resources, intending that they be used in preparation for, or in carrying out… a weapon of mass destruction”, said the criminal complaint. The pair built a “radiation-emitting device that could be placed in the back of a van to covertly emit ionizing radiation…”. The device was designed to target and eliminate Muslims, in America and outside, with an X-ray gun intended to be worse than Hiroshima.

 

We demand the United Nations immediately send inspectors to the U.S. to examine the weapon, as the pair was already successful in testing the remote triggering device. How many weapons have been built? How many additional suspects need apprehending? An FBI affidavit identified as many as eight accomplices who have remained unnamed with no arrests.

 

Over three months ago, USA Today reported that the federal authorities uncovered the builders of the lethal X-ray device were “allegedly planning to build a mobile X-ray weapon to kill Muslims and other "enemies of Israel". Three months after initial arrests, no further action been taken. Will American Muslims suffer the same fate as the people of Syria? Will Muslims be attacked in their own country? American Muslims fully endorse swift action against all forms of weapons of mass destruction and implore the international community to recognize this viable threat to the safety and peace of citizens of the United States of America.

 

The danger is apparently still great for all Muslims living in America under threat of use of this weapon of mass destruction for which the number of weapons manufactured is still unknown. The Muslims of America, Inc. (TMOA) have suffered escalating attacks against their residential properties and residents since the launching of a defamation lawsuit against the extremist group Christian Action Network (CAN) and its president Martin Mawyer related to release of an inflammatory book. Based in Hancock, New York, The Muslims of America have reported to law enforcement the appearance of intruders on several properties across the country including the states of Virginia, South Carolina, Texas, Tennessee and Georgia. In New York, days before the Crawford and Feight arrests, residents identified intruders with heavy Eastern European accents, possibly Russian Jews, who drove onto the property in a van with strange, partially hidden and mounted equipment. In Texas, a man drove past TMOA property for hours, harassed neighbors for information and then trespassed before being stopped by the Muslim residents. The Texas trespasser’s vehicle was registered to a man connected to the Himeni Ministries, a Christian Zionist Church and Act for America!, a known anti-Islam organization. In South Carolina, during a Ladies Summer Program, multiple incidents were reported of suspicious persons posing as salesman descending on the homes of Muslim residents’ homes. In addition, shots fired upon the property prompted a meeting with FBI and local law enforcement to warn about the growing danger as shown in the increased incidents of hate crimes against the TMOA community across the country. In Virginia, thirteen shots rang out in the dark of night endangering innocent men, women and children as the assailants fired into the TMOA sign on the property. Nevertheless, unchecked by law enforcement, dangerous front organizations continue to spread Islamophobic propaganda while publicly posturing as enemies of Islam, but who are in actuality, the real enemies of America. Unfortunately, as good citizens, when these incidents of violence are brought to the attention of the authorities, it is claimed there is no evidence to arrest the perpetrators.

 

We, American Muslims, demand justice and protection. We assert there is no blame on the American government nor the American people for these front organizations who are promoting fear and Islamophobia as a tool in their aim to destroy America by using the American people, American money, and the blood of innocent Americans to fight their wars -proxy wars. There were no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, yet who were among the thousands killed - it was Americans’ citizens, Muslims and Christians alike, who lost their lives in the devastating proxy war in Iraq. Americans, be they Muslim or Christian, all are suffering due to them.
 

As America takes up the just cause of eliminating chemical warfare being used against the Syrian people, we beseech the international community to turn its attention to the weapons of mass destruction already manufactured to be used right here against innocent Americans.

 

 

 

 

Hon. K. Hussein Adams

President

 

Hon. Khadijah Smith

Vice President

 

Hon. Khadija A. Salaam

Treasurer

September 9, 2013

BAMAKO - Newly elected president of Mali, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, pledged to unite his strife-damaged nation  and end endemic corruption as he steps forward to  lead the deeply-divided west African country’s emergence from months of political crisis and conflict.

Keita, a former prime minister, began his five-year term in the presence of outgoing transitional leader Dioncounda Traore and more than 1,000 Malian politicians, diplomats and military personnel, as he took the presidential oath at the inaugural ceremony in Bamako, the Malian capital.

"I will not forget for a moment that you put me where I am to take care of all aspects of the life of our nation. National reconciliation remains the most urgent priority," he said after taking an oath to preserve the constitution, democracy and the law.

Mali's constitutional court confirmed Keita's landslide victory  in the August 11 presidential run-off against former minister Soumaila Cisse after an election campaign focused on law, order and ending the culture of impunity in public office.

"I want to reconcile hearts and minds, restore true brotherhood between us so that all the different people can play their part harmoniously in the national symphony," Keita said to huge applause.

The 68-year-old veteran of the political scene in Bamako is charged with leading the country out of a 17-month political crisis sparked by a military coup.

Army officers angry at the level of support they had received to combat a separatist Tuareg rebellion in the north overthrew the democratically-elected government of President Amadou Toumani Toure in the spring of 2012.

In the chaos that followed, the Tuareg seized control of an area larger than France before being ousted by Al-Qaeda-linked groups who imposed a brutal interpretation of Islamic law on the local population, carrying out amputations and executions.

Their actions drew worldwide condemnation and prompted France to launch a military offensive at Mali's behest together with thrust from the UN’s official international input to oust the Islamists in January.

The country's return to democracy has allowed France to begin withdrawing some of the 4,500 troops it had sent in.  

"France welcomes the new president of the Republic of Mali, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, on the occasion of his swearing-in ceremony," said French foreign ministry spokesman Philippe Lalliot in a statement.

"Granted a strong legitimacy with the outcome of the recent elections, the new authorities can now meet the needs of the people of Mali and the challenges facing Mali. France is ready to give its full support to President Keita."  Observers cite that French logistical assistance will continue, limiting the troop withdrawal initially planned by French President Hollande.

The son of a civil servant, Keita was born in 1945 in the southern industrial city of Koutiala, the declining heartland of cotton production in the country.

His election in the first presidential polls in Mali since 2007 was seen as crucial for unlocking more than $4 billion in aid promised by international donors who halted contributions in the wake of last year's coup.

His daunting workload over the coming months will include tackling an economy battered by political chaos and war, as well as healing ethnic divisions in the north and managing the return of 500,000 people who fled an Islamist insurgency.

Corruption has tainted government institutions and the military in Mali since it gained independence from France in 1960 and the country remains in the bottom third of Transparency International's ‘Corruption Perceptions Index’.  Some observers contend that the Malian government prior to the coup had been complicit with organized crime in the north, which would explain its complacency with the corruption known to exist there.

"I will put an end to impunity, to the special privileges that are at the heart of the perversion of our judicial and state institutions," Keita vowed.

"As president, I will ensure the proper management of public funds. I will put in place appropriate mechanisms to ensure transparency and efficiency of public spending. No one will get rich illegally off the back of the Malian people."

Some material for this report was obtained

from Agence France Presse

 

 

DAKAR, SENEGAL — Mali's president-elect Ibrahim Boubacar Keita says he will reconcile, reunite and rebuild the country after 18 months of crisis and conflict. Keita doesn't take office for another two weeks, but his to-do list is already long and Malians are eager for results.

Ibrahim Boubacar Keita takes office September 4th on a tidal wave of popularity.

The one-time prime minister and former president of the National Assembly won the August 11th run-off election with 77 percent of votes.

In his first public declaration as president-elect, Keita said he would be the "president of all Malians."

"I will be the president of national reconciliation.  This reconciliation is necessary to deal with the demands of our people: to rebuild the state and the rule of law, to fix the army and the education system, to fight corruption and to foster economic and social development.  I will be the president to rebuild the nation," said the president-elect.

Keita said recently that it would be a "new era."  Even so, he is inheriting some hefty problems.

A Tuareg rebellion that began in  2012 is still rumbling in the far north.  Mali is now host to a massive U.N. mission to stabilize the north after a nine-month occupation by armed extremist groups who tried to set up their version of an Islamic state.

The leaders of the recent military coup in Mali are still lurking around the foreground in Bamako.  One of the final acts of the interim government was to promote coup leader Captain Amadou Sanogo to the rank of general.

Keita won the presidency thanks to a large and complex web of support from Muslim religious leaders, the military and most of his first-round rivals.  His campaign always maintained that Keita was not cutting deals in exchange for votes.

But analysts said it could be difficult to manage all those alliances once in office.  Malians are watching closely to see who Keita names to his cabinet.

Keita said recently his government would be a ‘meritocracy’, not one guided by political or family alliances. "Let me be clear.  There is no question of sharing out the cake.  I have not promised that and it will not happen," he said.

But actions speak louder than words, even the tough talk that Keita is known for. When asked what the country needed, voters often used the French verb "assainir," which means to flush out, to decontaminate, to clean up.  They wanted to see Keita tackle the root causes of the crisis.

At the top of that list were the pervasive corruption and patronage that analysts said undermined development, crippled the army and ultimately handed the north over to criminal and terrorist groups.

Keita has pledged "zero tolerance" for corruption, but analysts say he must prove it, and fast, by doing what previous governments in Mali have not - by investigating and punishing those embezzling public resources.  Something analysts say could be a hard pill to swallow for some of his political allies.

Security is the other key challenge.

Keita will have 60 days to open up what promises to be difficult negotiations with the armed Tuareg separatist group, the National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad (MNLA) and its allies in the far northern region of Kidal that launched an uprising in January of 2012 -  the fourth of its kind since Mali became a country in 1960.  Many say it is up to Keita to make it the last.

Political analyst Issa Ndiaye said, "it will be hard to get Malians to accept a special status for Kidal. The problems are not just in Kidal. We need to find a nationwide solution to implement an enhanced form of decentralization that allows local populations to make decisions about their lives, and in particular about the exploitation of natural resources."

Many Malians blame the MNLA for setting off the chain of events last year that saw the elected government toppled by unruly soldiers in the spring of this year and the north being taken over by Islamist militant groups just weeks later.

The nomadic Tuareg are a minority ethnic group in Mali's sparsely populated north.  Perceived privileges bestowed on ex-rebels under previous peace accords have bred resentment and perceptions of a kind of "positive discrimination" in favor of the Tuareg.

Those negotiations will be just one part of returning security and state authority to the formerly occupied north, where violence has forced hundreds of thousands to flee their homes and decimated the economy.

July 13, 2013

The Vice Chancellor of the International Qur’anic Open University, El Sheikh Syed Mubarik Ali Shah Gillani, delivers a dynamic statement to the world to address disturbing lies forged by the patrons of Islamophobia who wish to paint a picture that is contrary to his lifelong mission as a teacher, reformer and guide. In 1979, His Eminence El Sheikh Gillani, a noble direct descendant of Ahlul Bayt, which is the family of the Holy Last Messenger, Muhammad (peace be upon him), traveled to America. The lineage of El Sheikh Gillani can be traced to his noble grandfather, the world-renowned and revered Ghauzul Azam El Sheikh Abdul Qadir Gilani (b. 1077 c.e.) (ra) of Baghdad. As head of the distinguished and influential Gillani family in Pakistan, His Eminence El Sheikh Gillani has continuously performed his noble duties to uplift and protect God's servants. Over thirty years later, El Sheikh Gillani emerges as one of the world’s greatest humanitarians, going wherever there is a cry for help.

 

When arriving in America, El Sheikh Gillani met a devoted group of indigenous American Muslims whose hearts were yearning for a leader and guide dedicated to the practice of Al Islam at a time when the deviant Wahabi ideology infiltrated the American Muslim mainstream. El Sheikh Gillani found this earnest group of American Muslims in an unlikely place- the depressed ghettos of the inner cities where drugs, crime and violence were rampant.  As unlikely as it seems, these Americans had prayed to Almighty God for relief, and after witnessing many Divine miraculous manifestations supporting El Sheikh Gillani’s mission, this group of American Muslims soon formed a devout community of faithful Muslims becoming known as The Muslims of America, Inc.

 

Today, in contrast to the horrifying ghettos of the inner cities, The Muslims of America, Inc., have established peaceful rural villages, where they live a clean life, focus on education, serve in local communities, partake in an agricultural lifestyle and raise the fourth generation of children who have benefitted from the care of His Eminence. Regardless of this great progress, in a post 9/11 America, there are those who have manufactured new careers and made vast fortunes masquerading as Christians, but who are actually peddlers of Islamophobia and not followers of the second to the last messenger, Jesus son of the Chaste Mary. Instead, they are bent on distorting the truth, spreading lies and falsehood, and attempting to bring about unrest and violence between unaware Christians and Muslims. El Sheikh Gillani remains steadfast under the attack of such frauds who have attempted to degrade years of service to mankind by using books and web pages filled with propaganda as well as deceptive editing of thirty-year-old videos to incite the panic that American Muslims are planning to harm  their fellow neighbors- an outright fabrication.

 

Coinciding with his travels to America, in the early 1980’s, another cry was heard from halfway around the globe as the innocent people of Afghanistan were invaded by the former Soviet Union (USSR) sending shockwaves throughout the world.  An immediate reaction rang out from the humanitarian community including the United Nations as well as a strong response from the United States of America who supported the “Mujahideen”, also called freedom fighters, so that the people of Afghanistan could repel the communist aggressors. El Sheikh Gillani, his American followers and Muslims from all over the world joined the international community in confronting the Soviets to drive them from Afghanistan. In the State of the Union Address Delivered Before a Joint Session of the Congress on January 23, 1980, President Jimmy Carter stated:

 

…at this moment, massive Soviet troops are attempting to subjugate the fiercely independent and deeply religious people of Afghanistan.…The integrity and the independence of weaker nations must not be threatened. But now the Soviet Union has taken a radical and an aggressive new step. It's using its great military power against a relatively defenseless nation. The implications of the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan could pose the most serious threat to the peace since the Second World War.

The vast majority of nations on Earth have condemned this latest Soviet attempt to extend its colonial domination of others and have demanded the immediate withdrawal of Soviet troops. The Moslem world is especially and justifiably outraged by this aggression against an Islamic people. No action of a world power has ever been so quickly and so overwhelmingly condemned. But verbal condemnation is not enough. The Soviet Union must pay a concrete price for their aggression….

 

As El Sheikh Gillani continued his efforts to help the people of Afghanistan, the devastation in that country over the next five years was horrific.  According to Amnesty International, “about 1 million Afghans died”. The United Nations News Centre reports, “…About 3 million refugees fled to Pakistan and 1.5 million to Iran. Many people were also driven from the countryside to Kabul, and in total more than half of the population was displaced…”.

 

In a radio address to Americans on December 28, 1985, President Ronald Reagan reiterated American support for the freedom fighters, the Mujahideen, who were instrumental in finally expelling the former USSR from Afghanistan:

 

 

In 1985, when the Mujahideen fighting in Afghanistan were invited and honored at the White House, President Reagan went so far as to say about the Mujahideen: "These gentlemen are the moral equivalents of America's Founding Fathers."

 

As Imam of The Muslims of America, and Vice Chancellor of the International Qur’anic Open University, Inc., El Sheikh Gillani has consistently performed the noble work of teaching and reforming those whose founding fathers indeed built America. Instead of paying due regard for the sacrifices and recognizing the successes of El Sheikh Gillani, forces who are against America have instead launched a barrage of media assaults falsely accusing The Muslims of America, Inc. as enemies of their fellow countrymen.

 

In the forefront of this assault is the President of the so-called Christian Action Network, Martin Mawyer, who released a book in 2012 titled Twilight in America, which prompted The Muslims of America,Inc. to file a multi-million dollar defamation lawsuit in federal court. In addition to the book, Mawyer was responsible for the publication and propagation of a deceitful film portraying El Sheikh Gillani’s heroic efforts in Afghanistan and Indian-occupied Kashmir as training camps against Americans.

 

The best medicine for lies is truth.

 

El Sheikh Gillani takes a journey through time as he delivers a timely policy statement detailing the history of his mission, the victories and the current struggles as the enemies of Islam persist in their attack of innocent American Muslims who have done no harm to their own country.

 

His Eminence El Sheikh Syed Mubarik Ali Shah Gillani:

 

I issued a Victory Letter in English. In it is written that Almighty Allah spoke to the Holy Last Messenger (peace be upon him) and informed us that Allah ta Ala is going to dismember the USSR. In the Victory Letter, I gave a declaration to everyone to come and fight the Communists and that they would be successful. It was in that time that I was encouraged by the Pakistani government and the Reagan Administration to help Americans to fight against the Communists.

 

In America, I held Jihad conferences in New York and New Jersey, which were very known and public. I had letters with me encouraging people to go and fight the Communists. Then, I went back to Pakistan and gave a decree of Jihad in Peshawar where we signed to wage a holy war against the Soviet Communists. During this time, one of my partners was so respected by U.S. President Reagan that when he went to America, Reagan himself came to the airport and took him from the airplane in his car. The Americans gave us overwhelming respect and honor. Our family cousin A. Shah Gilani is still a very strong man there. I soon found out that people responded to the decree, the Qadris, particularly those lovers of Ahl Bayt, and followers of Abdul Qadir Gilani (ra). They heard my call and came out in the hundreds in Peshawar to volunteer to fight the Communists who were occupying Afghanistan. However, they suffered heavy casualties because they were unskilled, so I needed someone to train them.

 

I requested some of my American followers, such as Husain Abdallah and honored American Muslim veterans to come help me and help America, by training those who came forward so that they could go and successfully fight the Communists. As a Holy Man, a member of Ahl Bayt, I was a spiritual guide to people, making prayers and encouraging them to go and fight. A group came to Pakistan to the mountains of our Murree campus, a place where you can go today and still see the same backdrops and same scenery. It was in Murree that a video was made. For the sake of the video, I put on fatigues and a jacket to invite people in Pakistan and all over the world to come fight the Communists who had illegally invaded the country of Afghanistan. Do you understand that we never had any training camps against America? America is your homeland. My whole family are Americans. Everything that was done was supported by the United States of America, not against the United States of America.

 

Instead of doctoring the video to look like training against Americans, why don’t you instead honor those who are sitting there on both sides because they sacrificed much by going to Pakistan to try and fight the enemy of America? Those are American Muslim Veterans.  Similarly, when the country of Kashmir was illegally occupied, I did the same by going to the Kashmiri camps to make prayers and tell them to expel those who occupied their country illegally in spite of the UN resolution of 1948, which said Kashmiris would obtain the right of plebiscite to choose to be a part of India or Pakistan.

 

They have a video showing me as I visit the Kashmiri camps. My family is in Kashmir. Ninety percent of Kashmiris follow my ancestor’s Qadri (sufi) order. Kashmir is occupied illegally by India. Of course I will have to help the Kashmiri cause when 90% of Muslims have been occupied illegally by India. Why hasn’t the United Nations done something in Kashmir? They went to Timur Island, created rights for the people, and then sent the United Nations army and separated the island to bring peace. The United Nations did the same in Sudan. This is what they are doing everywhere, why not help the people of Kashmir?

 

The situation in Afghanistan was created as a vehicle to transplant the Jews from the USSR to the illegal state of Israel. They used America, Americans, American money and Muslims to fight their war. In the book, Al-Islam in America, there is a photograph that depicts these events. It attests to the large amounts of money, millions and millions of dollars, spent. It was the Jews’ war yet, now it is thought that some of our followers, and Muslims in America, are actually a danger for them and a threat to their existence.  They are not a danger to the United States. Martin Mawyer, the Christian Action Network and others of their ilk are the enemies -not of the Muslims-, but of the United States of America. That is why they have people like Martin Mawyer and others who burn books and make Hollywood movies in an attempt to degrade Islam. There should be some end to injustice. The most unfortunate thing in America is the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) who first chooses people as their friends to get their work done and then they terminate them. This is their ongoing policy.

 

As a matter of fact, not only Muslims in America, but the American people are under siege.  They are no longer independent. They are put into proxy war after war.

That is why I myself established the United Muslim Christian Forum (UMCF). Peace in America depends on Muslim- Christian unity and both having understanding. So, is Martin Mawyer following the teachings of Jesus son of Mary (as)? If he were, he would not lie or falsely accuse anyone as Jesus son of Mary never did. I tell the world – Muslims are the only one who brought the book, Holy Qur’an, which is the only Divine evidence that Jesus son of Mary was the result of legitimate birth. His mother was “Siddiqa”, a pious virtuous virgin who gave birth according to the Almighty’s plan. She was given glad tidings of his miraculous birth. The Holy Quran is the only book that establishes that Jesus son of Mary spoke in the cradle and told all that Allah has “made me a prophet”. In burning Holy Qur’an, Terry Jones in actuality burned the revelation according to Jesus, for the Holy Quran contains the pure and summarized form of the Holy Gospel found in Surah (chapter) Ali Imran and Surah Maryam. Holy Qur’an also contains, in condensed form, the Torah found in Surah Al Baqara as well as mentions the whole account of Moses (peace be upon them all). The truth is that those making fortunes on Islamophobia, their first aim is to bring about a clash between Muslims and Christians in America and their second objective is to use it as their means of livelihood. It is a big, ongoing business to abuse Muslims, falsely accuse them, attack their beliefs and then ask for a donation from here and there. All of them are the riff-raff, dropouts, drug addicts, scammers and frauds of society who have taken up the business of slandering Muslims who are American citizens. Such people are the cancer of society, enemies of the United States who do not wish to strengthen but instead want to weaken America by bringing strife between Muslims and Christians.  They know, as do I, that Muslims and Christians are brethren and will be united through Imam Mahdi. Not only do I know Imam Mahdi, but I have introduced him to some of my followers. Imam Mahdi is going to come and he is the one who will join Islam and Christianity under one religion. He will single out the common enemy who conspired to crucify Jesus Son of Mary and hurled false accusations against his blessed, chaste mother by calling him of an illegitimate birth. That is the purpose of Imam Mahdi- to deal with these people posing as Christians who have no resemblance to the followers of Jesus, son of Mary.

 

Martin Mawyer’s Christian Action Network (CAN) threw leaflets from an airplane to the earth bringing false accusations against me even after the U.S. State Department has acknowledged that I have had nothing to do with anything. Yet he continues to incite citizens and law enforcement to take action against me and members of The Muslims of America, Inc. Is there any law? Well, law is with Almighty God right now. Are Martin Mawyer and other people out there blind?

 

In our Muslim village of Holy Islamberg, New York, Almighty God’s personal name, Allah, is shining in the Holy Shrine. What does it mean? It is a sign of Almighty God. Those who oppress Muslims want to deny the existence of Allah and burn Holy Quran, but can you stop Allah Almighty?

 

Whenever Almighty God shows some sign there is always a reason. It is a stern warning for oppressors and glad tidings for the believers. Fear Almighty God. Think about what had happened to those people who denied and rejected the signs of Almighty God, they were destroyed. He destroyed the people of ‘Ad. He destroyed the people of Thamud. He sent tornado after tornado and wiped them out of existence. Now these signs can be observed here in America. Islamberg has become one of the holiest places in the world. Allah’s name had never shown in any part of the world in past history. Allah’s name has been shining for the last three years, and continues to shine up until now. It will keep on shining until Islam dominates. Allah will teach lessons, so take heed.  Respect the law. Why is there no justice? American Muslims are under attack because anyone is allowed to do anything. Not only do people have freedom of speech, they have freedom of action. What are Martin Mawyer's motives for publicly posting the address and then freely directing people to go to locations of The Muslims of America, Inc? Subsequently, one of our locations is attacked by a gunman while other locations have trespassers and intruders." What have American Muslims done? There are so many other communities living independently on their private properties. We are not an exception.

 

Also, respect international law. Innocent people, mostly children, continue to be killed by unlawful drones from above. Do you not see if you destroy one house in Pakistan, Allah sends a “drone” to destroy hundreds of houses through wraths like earthquakes, tornadoes, etc. This process will go on until your drones go home. His wrath has already been substantiated, but it is attributed to Mother Nature. There is no such thing as mother nature. It is Divine wrath and it is striking repeatedly. It will continue occurring. Try to stop it if you can. I am warning all to fear Almighty Allah for He destroyed many nations before.

 

I am responsible for continually guiding Muslims. Allah has presented miraculous sign after sign acknowledging and honoring me as the rightful Imam of the Muslims. Rainbow after rainbow has appeared and people see them and make not that it is still happening. It is my duty to guide the Muslims wherever they are and I will do so. Save yourself from the wrath of Allah. Leave Muslims alone. Let Muslims and followers of Jesus son of Mary become closer to one another without hindrance. No Muslims in America have committed crimes against the United States of America. No American Muslim has committed acts of terrorism.  

 

I am the one who, for the last 30 years, has been reforming and carving American youth- men and women both, into respectable citizens. Today, the fruits of my labor have materialized as I watch proudly a fourth Muslim American generation who are doctors, engineers, lawyers and businessmen. They have better cars than I have. They have more income than I have. I have lived with them, slept in their homes, ate with them. I helped their families purchase land as a gift that would keep giving. The third and fourth generation of Muslim Americans that were raised on these lands are the doctors, lawyers and teachers of today!   Who has done this before? What organization teaches young people lost in the ghettos to be straightforward, honest, ambitious, hard-working, independent, and to become good Americans? Has anybody done it before? No, because their educational and social system says let them do whatever they want to do.

 

No matter the contribution, anything Muslims do is totally rejected. We introduced the El Gilani Methodology. Our doctors, MDs, went to California to discuss this methodology designed to heal mental patients with select verses of Holy Qur’an. It is scientifically proven and successful.  The doctors of EGM spoke, showed and proved to them the recorded cases of healing of incurable mental diseases. We provided them the evidences from the Sufic Research Institute. Many rejected it because it came from the Muslims. In 1976 and 1977 under the auspices of WHO (World Health Organization), I proved the effects of healing with Holy Qur’an in Saudia Arabia in the presence of doctors from eight countries who were eyewitnesses to the success including the chief head of the international organization, Dr. Dennis Leigh and others who were from Egypt, Sudan, England, America and Pakistan. Did the WHO acknowledge the success and immediately begin to help people? Did they thank me as a scientist for my scientific research and methodology? No, because psychiatrists said they would be out of business if EGM was allowed to propagate. My books were even prescribed by the Saudi government for their university, but were taken off the shelves by these people. The methodology I invented, EGM, cures the incurable and it is saving lives. I revived a brain dead patient in Germantown hospital with EGM. Seek out Dr. Davis if you wish to know more.

 

We do not beg for anything from anyone. We are strangers to this world. Those who have tried to tell people to attack us should know that we love going back to Allah a million times more than you love your wine and women. We do not belong to this world. We came from Allah and unto Allah we will return. We do not look to our right we do not look to the left. We do not care what you say. Do what you can do.  Do it! You will be humiliated as Allah’s wrath is falling on you and it will continue to fall more and more as it seems there is no law, no humility, and no decency left in this world. Lying has become fun, an art. Media is no exception as Fox television lets everyone do and say whatever they want. Open your eyes and see, former Islamophobe Arnoud Van Doorn, the Dutch politician helped make a blasphemous film about the Holy Last Messenger, peace be upon, and now, Van Doorn has become a Muslim. He was formerly a patron of Martin Mawyer, giving money and support.

 

All should know and understand that Muslims are the only people who acknowledge Jesus son of Mary as the second to the last messenger; his status is both loved and revered.

 

This is my message and this is my statement.  It can be taken any way you like.

May 23, 2013

(IP) An international conference has been proposed and confirmed by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and US Secretary of State John Kerry to discuss the crisis in Syria.  In April, Lavrov, working with the Iranian Foreign Minister, announced that both sides in the conflict were willing to talk; this is the preliminary which would once again set the stage for the Syrian government of Bashar Al Assad and the opposition coalition to discuss measures that would possibly bring to a halt fighting which has claimed thousands of lives.  Meanwhile, the violence and bloodshed continues.

In a series of seemingly contradictory events, the US, along with members of the UN General Assembly recently voted to ‘condemn’ the Al Assad government. Although the vote indicated a ‘yes’ majority of the Assembly to formally denounce the Syrian regime, the number of nations abstaining from voting their countries’ disapproval was substantial -  59, including  some Asian, African, and  Latin American countries.  ‘No’ votes came from China, Syria, Bolivia, Venezuela, Ecuador, and others, including Russia, who termed the resolution ‘very harmful and destructive’ and lobbied against it, according to an InterPress News Service (IPS) report.

The reaction of the US and Britain to the report of UN human rights investigator Carla del Ponte that the rebel forces in Syria had used sarin gas, a deadly nerve-effecting chemical, was one which distanced them from the official findings of the UN investigator, whose questioning of doctors and  victims  resulted in ‘very strong, concrete evidence’ that opposition forces had used the chemical weapons.

The Syrian News Agency reported small numbers of civilian casualties in the past weeks and greater numbers of injuries; also, that Syrian forces prevailed against rebels in the recent fighting in al-Qseir and in the surrounding al-Wa'ar area in Homs, disarming dozens of explosive devices that had been planted in homes and public buildings.

May 19, 2013

PESHAWAR - US drone strikes in Pakistan’s tribal belt are illegal, Peshawar High Court (PHC) declared and directed the Foreign Ministry to move a resolution in the UN against such attacks. The PHC issued the verdict against the strikes by CIA-operated aircraft in response to four petitions that contended the attacks killed civilians and caused collateral damage.

PHC Chief Justice Dost Muhammad Khan, who headed a two-judge bench that heard the petitions, ruled that drone strikes were illegal, inhuman and a violation of the UN charter on human rights. The court observed that the strikes must be declared a war crime as they kill innocent people. The PHC ordered the government to contact International War Crime Tribunal (IWCT) over the issue.

"The government of Pakistan must ensure that no drone strike takes place in the future," the court said. It asked the Foreign Ministry to table a resolution against the US attacks in the UN.

"If the US vetoes the resolution, the country should think about breaking diplomatic ties with the US," the judgment said. US officials have said that the drones target Al Qaeda and Taliban in Pakistan's tribal regions who are blamed for cross-border attacks in Afghanistan. Pakistan insists that drones kill innocent people, damage civilian property and are counter-productive.

The US has been rejecting Pakistan's calls for halting drone strikes.  The Peshawar High Court had earlier reserved its verdict after the completion of arguments by lawyers for the federal government and the petitioners, including the Defence of Pakistan Council, an amalgamation of religious groups, tribal elders and rights groups.

The petitioners asked the court to direct the government to make public any secret deal with the US on drone strikes, stop drone strikes by force, take the issue to the UN Security Council and pay compensation to families of the people killed in missile attacks.  Peshawar High Court has directed to shoot down drones entering Pakistani airspace.

In its detailed verdict about drone attacks‚ the court declares that drone attacks are the sheer violation of international law and the basic human rights as well as against the territorial sovereignty of Pakistan.

The court has also directed the government to stop drone strikes inside Pakistan. The attacks have caused deaths of scores of innocent people. US officials says that such strikes by the remotely piloted aircraft are a highly effective way of attacking militants and are an important weapon in the war against militancy. They maintain that the attacks are in accordance with the US laws. (The Nation)

November 10, 2012

 

The 27th of October is being celebrated every year as the “Black Day” by every Pakistani and Kashmiri all over the world as a protest against the illegal Indian occupation of Kashmir, a day when India had forcibly taken over the land on October 27, 1947.

 

During the partition of the Sub-continent, like other princely states, the people of the state of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K), comprised of an overwhelming Muslim majority, decided to join Pakistan - according to the British-led formula. But Dogra Raja, Sir Hari Singh --a Hindu who was ruling over J&K in connivance with the Indian Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru and Lord Mountbatten, the then Governor General of India-- joined India.

Kashmiris living both sides of the Line of Control observe Black Day each year on October 27 to protest against India’s occupation of Jammu and Kashmir. The day is marked with a total shutdown in Indian controlled Kashmir. On this very day, Pakistanis and Kashmiris across the globe express solidarity with the freedom fighters of Kashmiri people, demanding their legitimate right of self-determination from India which continues various forms of brutalities in order to suppress their popular movement.

The design to forcibly wrest Kashmir began to unfold on August 16, 1947, with the announcement of the Radcliffe Boundary Award. When the Award was announced, it did a great injustice by awarding the Gurdaspur District - a majority-Muslim area - to India, so as to provide a land route for the Indian armed forces to move into Kashmir.

There was a rebellion in the state forces, which revolted against the Maharaja and were joined by Pathan tribesmen who voluntarily joined the rebels. Lord Mountbatten decided to immediately send senior army and air force commanders to land in Srinagar.

When Pakistan responded militarily against the Indian aggression, on December 31, 1947, India made an appeal to the UN Security Council to intervene and a ceasefire ultimately came into effect on January 01, 1949, following UN resolutions calling for a plebiscite in Kashmir.

Notably, the Security Council adopted Resolution 47 (1948) of April 21 ,1948, which promised a plebiscite under UN auspices to enable the people of Jammu and Kashmir to determine whether they wished to join Pakistan or India. On February 5, 1964, India backed out of its promise of holding the plebiscite. Instead, in March 1965, the Indian Parliament passed a bill, declaring Kashmir a province of India-an integral part of the Indian union.

The very tragedy of Kashmiris had started after 1947, when they were denied their genuine right of self-determination. They organised themselves against the injustices of India and launched a war of liberation which New Delhi tried to suppress through various forms of brutalities.

Passing through various phases, during and after the partition, the struggle of Kashmiris - which has become an interaction between the Indian state terrorism led by the Indian security forces and war of liberation by the freedom fighters - keeps on going unabated.

Various forms of state terrorism have been part of a deliberate campaign by the Indian army against Muslim Kashmiris, especially since 1989. It has been manifested in brutal tactics such as crackdowns, curfews, illegal detentions, massacre, targeted killings, sieges, burning of houses, torture, disappearances, rape, breaking of legs, molestation of Muslim women and killing of persons through fake encounters.

According to a recent report on human rights violations in Indian Occupied Kashmir by the Indian Army and its paramilitary forces, there have been deaths of 93,274 innocent Kashmiris since 1989. Besides this alarming figure of open killings, there have been 6,969 custodial killings, 117,345 arrests, and the destruction and razing of 105,861 houses. The brutal Indian security forces have orphaned over 107, 351 children, widowed 22,728 women and gang raped 9,920 women. In June 2010 only, there have been 33 deaths including four children besides, molested eight women, torturing and injuring 572 people. Over the two decades of violence in Jammu and Kashmir, Human Rights Watch has called for the repeal of those laws which provide the armed forces with extraordinary powers to search, detain, and use lethal force, leading to numerous human rights violations. They also provide immunity for security forces; their prosecutions, even where the facts are well established, are rare.

Amnesty International has also pointed out grave human rights violations in the Indian-occupied Kashmir by indicating: “The Indian government’s disregard for human rights in Jammu and Kashmir means that in practice, people reportedly died in custody and that the whereabouts of the disappeared persons continue to be unknown…government forces continue to commit serious violations of humanitarian law…the Muslim majority population in the Kashmir Valley suffers from the repressive tactics of the security forces. Under the Jammu and Kashmir Disturbed Areas Act and the Armed Forces (Jammu and Kashmir) Special Powers Act and Public Safety Act, security forces personnel have extraordinary powers to shoot suspected lawbreakers, and to destroy structures suspected of harboring militants or arms.”

At present, Indian military and paramilitary troops are using all inhuman techniques of ethnic cleansing to disturb the majority population of the Kashmiris, which had been practised by the Serb forces on Bosnian and Kosovar Muslims.

It is of particular attention that in 2008, a rights group reported unmarked graves in 55 villages across the northern regions of Baramulla, Bandipore and Handwara. Then researchers and other groups reported finding thousands of single and mass graves without markers. In this regard, in the last few years, rights groups discovered nearly 3,000 unnamed graves in the various districts of Kashmir.

In this respect, in August, 2011, the Indian Jammu and Kashmir State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) officially acknowledged in its report that innocent civilians killed in the two-decade conflict have been buried in unmarked graves. The report indicated 2,156 unidentified bodies which were found in mass graves in various regions of Indian-held Kashmir. Notably, foreign sources and human rights organisations have disclosed that unnamed graves include those innocent persons killed by the Indian military and paramilitary troops in fake encounters, including those who were tortured to death by the Indian secret agency RAW.

Indian forces have intermittently been employing various patterns of military terrorism to maintain their alien rule on these occupied territories, but it seems that non-condemnation of these acts by the so-called US-led civilised international community has further encouraged New Delhi to continue its brutalities on the armless Kashmiri masses. Indian authorities are not willing to talk with Kashmiri people on political grounds as they have decided that only bullets are the right way of dealing with them.

But despite the employment of various forms of state terrorism in the Indian-held Kashmir, the war of liberation by the Kashmiri people will continue until they get their legitimate right of self-determination as recognised by the UN resolutions.

- Sajjad Shaukat writes on international affairs and is author of the book: US vs Islamic Militants, Invisible Balance of Power: Dangerous Shift in International Relations

 

November 10, 2012

 

Today, American Muslims are facing unprecedented attacks against their religious freedom by hate groups who use deceit, false propaganda, and media terrorism to promote their agenda. This growing trend of oppression against American Muslims is used to incite violence and hatred between Christians and Muslims, while breaking down America from within. Widespread Islamophobia is having a detrimental effect on traditional American principles due to a perverse interpretation of laws twisted and manipulated to allow infringement of the civil liberties of all Americans.

 

The United Nations is duty bound to take a keen interest in those people who are destroying and weakening America. These often unseen forces, this ‘hidden hand’, has aggressively entered preemptive wars, permitted spying on innocent citizens in places of worship, carried out torture, and secretly detained Muslims without benefit of charges. Furthermore, libel and slander are running rampant against Muslim leaders and organizations, while freedom of speech is manipulated to inhibit truth and encourage malicious lies in print and film designed to malign the peaceful religion of Al-Islam and the Holy Last Messenger, Muhammad (peace be upon him). Freedom of speech does not, and has not ever, granted permission to place another person’ life in danger and peril by instilling trauma and fear against a group.

Muslims have lived in harmony for hundreds of years alongside their brothers and sisters of other faiths and this tradition has been upheld by Muslims living in America in peace and prosperity. American Muslims love their country, love their religion, have respect for the law and the Constitution, and have done nothing to warrant this “war” against Islam. Muslims represent the fastest growing religion in America and expect, like Christian minorities living amicably in other countries for centuries, to be able to live without oppression and retaliation for matters not caused by them. Check history and we will see that Muslims did not push America into war in Iraq. Who were those in the American government who created the lie of “weapons of mass destruction”? Muslims did not push America to wage war in Afghanistan, but what of the elements within the American government that are known friends of the Saudi Arabia regimes who fund the Taliban and other non-Muslim wahabi factions. Thousands of American veterans have been killed with tens of thousands wounded to fight in senseless wars where millions of innocent civilians have perished. Whose enemy do they fight?

The extremist Zionist controlled-media has been used to deceive and manipulate the American people into believing that Muslims are enemies of Americans. This deception plays a large role in major historical events such as when Americans were deceived when led to believe there was a surprise attack on December 7, 1941 against Pearl Harbor. However, the truth has been revealed that there were those in the U.S. Government who were fully aware of the planned attack and used Pearl Harbor tragedy as an excuse to enter World War II. Most recently, history has repeated itself in the well-orchestrated 9/11 attack, blamed on Muslims within hours without any evidence, but as the truth prevails, it is found that the entire operation was a “false flag”. This terrible tragedy was orchestrated to bring about an immediate loss of civil liberties, thus launching a preemptive war; further deviating from the traditions set by the founding fathers of the United States of America.

President John F. Kennedy, in an address to the American press in 1961, warned of the dangers of what we see happening today in the American government with the aid of extremist Zionist controlled-media. The United Nations is duty-bound to take immediate action to prevent what Kennedy so astutely conveyed:

“The very word "secrecy" is repugnant in a free and open society; and we are, as a people, inherently and historically opposed to secret societies, to secret oaths and secret proceedings. We decided long ago that the dangers of excessive and unwarranted concealment of pertinent facts far outweighed the dangers which are cited to justify it…. Even today, there is little value in insuring the survival of our nation if our traditions do not survive with it. And there is very grave danger that an announced need for increased security will be seized upon those anxious to expand its meaning to the very limits of official censorship and concealment… For we are opposed around the world by a monolithic and ruthless conspiracy that relies on covert means for expanding its sphere of influence--on infiltration instead of invasion, on subversion instead of elections, on intimidation instead of free choice, on guerrillas by night instead of armies by day. It is a system which has conscripted vast human and material resources into the building of a tightly knit, highly efficient machine that combines military, diplomatic, intelligence, economic, scientific and political operations.” (The President and the Press, April 27, 1961)

President John F. Kennedy was subsequently assassinated.

Secretary-General, in your recent address on United Nations Day 2012, you declared “The United Nations is a peacekeeper disarming fighters, a health worker distributing medicine, a relief team aiding refugees, a human rights expert helping deliver justice.” Today, justice is not being served in America; peace has been exchanged for war, human rights are being violated, Muslims in America are being persecuted through the use of media terrorism designed to incite fear and paranoia in the American people while igniting hatred between Christians and Muslims. The United Nations must protect the Muslims and call to account those who choose to violate law abiding, peace keeping citizens. Anywhere in world, Christians are fully protected with full freedom to practice the rites of their religion. America does not belong to any one religious group, but belongs to all who live here and Muslims should be granted those same freedoms without infringement.

Stop the media terrorists and hate groups that fund and support drunks, criminals and frauds to boisterously spout lies that only serve to bring about a clash between Muslims and Christians. It is known that Muslims believe in Jesus Son of Mary and accept the book he brought as a Holy book. The Holy Quran, which was burnt by so-called Pastor Terry Jones, actually contains five chapters of Jesus son of Mary and his blessed mother refuting lies against her and confirming that he was pious not illegitimate, but from his chaste mother. Jones and others like him are the socially rejected, the criminal, and the exiled who find ways to gain popularity and fortune at the expense of millions of Muslims living peacefully in America.

Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, recently produced the filthy film “Innocence of Muslims”, which flagrantly defamed the noble character of the Holy Last Messenger (peace be upon him), provoking riots, violence and deaths in several countries. Nakoula is a known felon who received money and support from many places and familiar anti-Islam faces to further his quest for fame and fortune. One of Nakoula’s supporters draws connection to Martin Mawyer, the drunkard and fraud who heads the Christian Action Network, who has found his fame and fortune by falsely accusing, then writing a book of lies about the community of The Muslims of the Americas (MOA), comprised of indigenous American Muslims living in rural, peaceful villages. Mawyer is attempting to provoke hysteria and fear in neighbors, friends and law enforcement to provoke violent actions against the Muslims of the Americas by falsely accusing the villages of housing bunkers and tanks while holding secret military training against their own countrymen - a ludicrous notion. In America, many religious minorities live in peace in their own villages and towns. American Muslims must be afforded the same rights without threat or incitement of fear.

These desperate individuals who lead the incitement of hate and violence had no jobs, no means of living, and were found as front men for these malicious attacks in exchange for popularity and fortune at the expense of Muslims who have committed no crime. As a peacekeeper in global affairs, the United Nations must act to preserve human life and stop the oppression that is being allowed to fester in the United States of America; even ignored in courts of law. Bring these men and others who follow suit, to justice for their crusade against Islam.

August 26, 2012

Le premier juillet 2012 demeurera gravé dans la mémoire du Mali, du monde musulman et de l'humanité tout entière comme l’un des jours les plus tristes de son histoire. Des extrémistes wahhabites — présenté à tort comme des musulmans ou des adeptes de la ligne dure sunnites alors que leurs actions et leurs croyances n'ont rien à voir avec l'islam — ont commencé à démolir systématiquement les mausolées et les sanctuaires de saints soufis vieux de plusieurs siècles dans la ville antique de Tombouctou, connue sous le nom de la « Ville des 333 Saints ».

Le premier juillet 2012 demeurera gravé dans la mémoire du Mali, du monde musulman et de l'humanité tout entière comme l’un des jours les plus tristes de son histoire. Des extrémistes wahhabites — présenté à tort comme des musulmans ou des adeptes de la ligne dure sunnites alors que leurs actions et leurs croyances n'ont rien à voir avec l'islam — ont commencé à démolir systématiquement les mausolées et les sanctuaires de saints soufis vieux de plusieurs siècles dans la ville antique de Tombouctou, connue sous le nom de la « Ville des 333 Saints ». Les sites détruits, tels que les mausolées de Sidi Mahmoud Ben Amar, Alfa Moya Lamtouni et Cheikh Sidi El Moctar Ben Sidi Mohammed, ainsi que la porte principale de la mosquée de Sidi Yahya, avaient été ajoutés par l'UNESCO à son registre du patrimoine mondial en 1988.

Des témoins ont indiqué que les extrémistes ont ordonné aux habitants de quitter les zones et ils ont commencé à raser les tombes. « Ils tiraient en l'air pour avertir les gens de ne pas s'approcher et de pénétrer dans la zone », a dit Allimam Oumar, un résident local, des attaques.

On rapporte que depuis la destruction des sites, des brigades armées formées d’habitants de Tombouctou ont été mise en place pour protéger les sites restants.

« Aujourd'hui, nous avons une brigade de vigilance afin que personne ne touche les mausolées de Araouane et Gasser-Cheick... Nous sommes armés et il y a le nombre requis de personnes », a déclaré à l’AFP, le chef de la la brigade Tahel Ould Sidi. « Nous n'allons pas permettre aux gens qui ne savent rien sur l'islam, venir et détruire nos trésors. J'ai étudié en Mauritanie et en Arabie Saoudite et personne ne nous dit dans le Saint Coran que nous devrions détruire les tombes », a-t-il ajouté.

Les événements survenus dans le nord du Mali sont un rappel des nombreux torts commis à travers le monde par les adeptes de l'idéologie wahhabite. Toujours sous la fausse excuse de la lutte contre l'idolâtrie, ils feront tout pour pousser leurs points de vue excentriques.

L'idéologie wahhabite est destructrice du patrimoine islamique. La doctrine wahhabite considère la préservation des mausolées sacrés et les prières sur les saints sont une dilution du monothéisme islamique et une forme interdite d’idolâtrie. En Arabie saoudite, le patrimoine islamique, y compris des maisons et des mosquées associées avec le prophète Mohammed (paix soit sur lui), a été détruit ou endommagé.

DES ANNÉES DE TERREUR
En 2010, des extrémistes ont commis un attentat suicide dans le très visité sanctuaire du maître soufi et wali, Hazrat Data Ganj Bakhsh Ali Hujweri, à Lahore au Pakistan, tuant 42 personnes.

En avril 2011, lors d’un festival annuel à un grand sanctuaire soufi du sud du Pendjab au Pakistan, deux kamikazes ont déclenché une explosion tuant plus de 40 fidèles et en blessant des centaines d'autres.

Encore une fois en avril 2011, dans la ville égyptienne de Qalyoub, armées de barres de fer et de masses, deux douzaines de fanatiques salafistes sont arrivées au mausolée de Sidi Abdel Rahman au le milieu de la nuit, avec pour objectif de le réduire à néant. Cinq autres mausolées ont été détruits à Qalyoub après la chute de Hosni Moubarak. Suite à ces événements, le recteur d'Al-Azhar, Cheikh Ahmed El-Tayeb, a appelé à des efforts concertés afin de confronter la doctrine extrémiste.

En janvier de cette année, après la chute de Mouammar Kadhafi, les extrémistes ont profané un cimetière de Benghazi et déplacé les restes de 29 sages respectés et les savants. Lorsque les militants ont menacé le plus grand mausolée de Libye à Zlitan en mars 2012, des volontaires armés s'y précipitèrent en pickups montés d’armes antiaériennes pour le protéger.

Tout cela n'est pas nouveau et il fallait s'y attendre de la part de ces extrémistes wahhabites, terroristes et fanatiques. Cela a été bien cité par le président du Forum Musulmans Chrétiens Unis, l'honorable Dr Khalifa Hussein Adams : « De la prise de Taïf, il est dit que les wahhabites "tuèrent chaque femme, homme et enfant qu'ils voyaient, fendant même les bébés dans les berceaux avec leurs épées; les rues étaient inondées de sang." Les citoyens qui se sont rendus alors qu’ils étaient dans leurs maisons furent exécutés, leurs corps piétinés par des chevaux et laissés sans sépulture. Leurs maisons furent pillées et leurs biens dispersés, avant d’être lavé par la pluie. Les wahhabites se mirent alors à détruire toutes les tombes des saints et les cimetières de la ville, suivis par les mosquées et les écoles islamiques. Ils ont détruit la tombe de petit-fils du Prophète Mohammad (paix et bénédictions d'Allah soient sur lui) Hazrat Imam Hussain (RA) - un massacre de plus d’un demi-million de personnes. »

UN SIGNE DE LA FIN DES TEMPS?
Le 2 juillet, les extrémistes ont détruit la porte principale de la mosquée Sidi Yahya, qui porte le nom de l'un des premiers imams de Tombouctou. Utilisant les crosses de leur fusil, des pioches et des pelles, ils ont défoncé l'entrée de la mosquée. Il est dit par les résidents et autochtones de la ville que la porte, scellée et fermée pendant des siècles, ne serait ouverte qu’à la fin des temps (le jour dernier).

Les extrémistes dans leur fanatisme ont dit vouloir prouver aux gens que c'était un faux signe et que le monde ne se terminerait pas à cause que la porte s’est ouverte. En fait, dans leur ignorance, leur action est devenue une preuve de la véracité de l'adage sur l'ouverture de la porte principale de mosquée de Sidi Yahya.

Comme il a été mentionné à plusieurs reprises par le vice-chancelier de l'Université Coranique Internationale Ouverte, El-Cheikh Syed Mubarik Ali Shah Gilani, ainsi que par beaucoup d'autres savants, nous sommes dans la fin des temps. La plupart des signes majeurs des derniers jours mentionnés par le Saint Prophète (paix soit sur lui) ont déjà eu lieu. Depuis le mois d'août 2010, à Saint-Islamberg, New York, le nom personnel de Dieu brille sur le mur de la mosquée, et il a été dit par Son Éminence El Cheikh Gilani qu'il s'agit d'un signe pour l'humanité et le dernier avertissement pour les kafirs. L'ouverture de la porte principale la mosquée Sidi Yahya est juste une autre preuve de cela.

UN APPEL INTERNATIONAL POUR L'ACTION
Le Maroc a appelé à une intervention immédiate et conjointe par les États islamiques et la communauté internationale pour protéger le patrimoine du Mali.

Un communiqué du ministère des Affaires étrangères indique que : « Le Royaume du Maroc suit avec préoccupation les développements graves qui se déroulent dans le pays frère du Mali et qui ont causé la destruction délibérée de sites historiques, culturels et religieux de la vieille ville de Tombouctou. »

Tel que mentionné par l'honorable Khalifa Hussein Adams : « Le wahhabisme ne reconnait pas l'Islam et les musulmans comme étant leurs homologues et coreligionnaires. Depuis l'époque de leur création, les Wahabbis ont fait la guerre contre les musulmans, ciblant en particulier les descendants de Saint et Dernier Messager (paix et bénédictions sur lui).
Le Wahhabisme est une religion indépendante fondée par Ibn Wahab et soutenue par les Britanniques afin d’occuper la terre sainte. Ainsi, le terme « Islam wahhabite » est totalement incorrect. »

Le public doit savoir que les gens qui commettent ces crimes au nom de l'islam le font pour créer l'islamophobie en Occident et ailleurs dans le monde et pour propager le mal de leur évangile écrit par leur prophète Mohammad Ibn Wahhab, qui était en fait un agent du service secret britannique.

Aucun musulman n’a jamais été trouvé en train de détruire des églises, des synagogues et des mosquées où le nom de Dieu est célébré ou de commettre des attentats suicides et de tuer des innocents. Du Mali à la Bosnie, l'Inde à l'Amérique ... ces gens travaillent pour la domination de leur religion. Cela devrait être suffisants pour que vous compreniez que ces crimes ne sont pas et n'ont pas été commis par des musulmans. Telle est la réalité et telle est la vérité.

August 25, 2012

Israel's Channel 10  suggests, in no uncertain terms, that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is "determined to attack Iran before the US elections" and that the "time for action is getting closer." 

 

Israel's Channel 10  suggests, in no uncertain terms, that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is "determined to attack Iran before the US elections" and that the "time for action is getting closer." 

"Israel is now closer than ever to a strike designed to thwart Iran’s nuclear drive". 

This timely report suggests that Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak firmly believe that President Obama "would have no choice but to give backing for an Israeli attack" were it to be waged before the November presidential elections:

The TV station’s military reporter Alon Ben-David, who earlier this year was given extensive access to the Israel Air Force as it trained for a possible attack, reported that, since upgraded sanctions against Iran have failed to force a suspension of the Iranian nuclear program in the past two months,“from the prime minister’s point of view, the time for action is getting ever closer.”

Asked by the news anchor in the Hebrew-language TV report how close Israel now was to “a decision and perhaps an attack,” Ben-David said: “It appears that we are closer than ever.”

He said it seemed that Netanyahu was not waiting for a much-discussed possible meeting with US President Barack Obama, after the UN General Assembly gathering in New York late next month — indeed, “it’s not clear that there’ll be a meeting.” In any case, said Ben-David, “I doubt Obama could say anything that would convince Netanyahu to delay a possible attack.”

There is considerable opposition to an Israeli strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities, the report noted — with President Shimon Peres, the army’s chief of the General Staff and top generals, the intelligence community, opposition leader Shaul Mofaz, “and of course the Americans” all lined up against Israeli action at this stage. 

But, noted Ben-David, it is the Israeli government that would have to take the decision, and there Netanyahu is “almost guaranteed” a majority. Other Hebrew media reports on Tuesday also said Netanyahu had dispatched a senior official, National Security Adviser Yaakov Amidror, to update the elderly spiritual leader of the Shas ultra-Orthodox coalition party, Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, on the status of the Iranian nuclear program, in order to try to win over Shas government ministers’ support for an attack. (Times of Israel, emphasis added)

In an earlier report, Richard Silverstein provides details of a leaked military document (translated from the Hebrew) which outlines the nature of Netanyahu's proposed "shock and awe attack" on Iran:     

The Israeli attack will open with a coordinated strike, including an unprecedented cyber-attack which will totally paralyze the Iranian regime and its ability to know what is happening within its borders.  The internet, telephones, radio and television, communications satellites, and fiber optic cables leading to and from critical installations—including underground missile bases at Khorramabad and Isfahan—will be taken out of action.  The electrical grid throughout Iran will be paralyzed and transformer stations will absorb severe damage from carbon fiber munitions which are finer than a human hair, causing electrical short circuits whose repair requires their complete removal.  This would be a Sisyphean task in light of cluster munitions which would be dropped, some time-delayed and some remote-activated through the use of a satellite signal.

A barrage of tens of ballistic missiles would be launched from Israel toward Iran.  300km ballistic missiles would be launched from Israeli submarines in the vicinity of the Persian Gulf.  The missiles would not be armed with unconventional warheads [WMD], but rather with high-explosive ordnance equipped with reinforced tips designed specially to penetrate hardened targets.

The missiles will strike their targets—some exploding above ground like those striking the nuclear reactor at Arak–which is intended to produce plutonium and tritium—and the nearby heavy water production facility; the nuclear fuel production facilities at Isfahan and facilities for enriching uranium-hexaflouride.  Others would explode under-ground, as at the Fordo facility.

A barrage of hundreds of cruise missiles will pound command and control systems, research and development facilities, and the residences of senior personnel in the nuclear and missile development apparatus.  Intelligence gathered over years will be utilized to completely decapitate Iran’s professional and command ranks in these fields.

After the first wave of attacks, which will be timed to the second, the “Blue and White” radar satellite, whose systems enable us to perform an evaluation of the level of damage done to the various targets, will pass over Iran.  Only after rapidly decrypting the satellite’s data, will the information be transferred directly to war planes making their way covertly toward Iran.  These IAF planes will be armed with electronic warfare gear previously unknown to the wider public, not even revealed to our U.S. ally.  This equipment will render Israeli aircraft invisible.  Those Israeli war planes which participate in the attack will damage a short-list of targets which require further assault.

Among the targets approved for attack—Shihab 3 and Sejil ballistic missile silos, storage tanks for chemical components of rocket fuel, industrial facilities for producing missile control systems, centrifuge production plants and more.

Richard Silverstein underscores the fact that there is considerable opposition within Israel to the Netanyahu-Barak plan to bomb Iran, which would be waged as a means to (allegedly) ensuring the "safety of Israel" against Iran.  

Will this Israeli opposition prevail were a decision to be taken by Netanyahu and his Defense Minister to carry out an attack plan? 

Is Netanyahu a US Political Proxy?  

Who is backing Netanyahu? There are powerful economic interests in the US who are in favor of an attack on Iran. 

Is this an Israeli war project or is Israel's prime minister a US political proxy, acting on behalf of  the Pentagon?  

What happens if Netanyahu gives the order to attack? Will this order be carried out by Israel's high command despite extensive opposition from within Israel's Armed Forces? 

The issue is not whether Washington will grant a green light to Israel before the US elections as conveyed by the the Israeli media.

The fundamental question is twofold.

1. Who at the political level decides on launching this war? Washington or Tel Aviv? Who are the economic powers elites which overshadow the political process in both the US and Israel?

2. Who ultimately decides-- in terms of military command and control-- in carrying out a large scale theater war in the Middle East: Washington or Tel Aviv?  

Israel is a de facto US military outpost in the Middle East. US and Israeli command structures are integrated, with close consultations between the Pentagon and Israel's Ministry of Defense. Reported last January, a large number of US troops are to be stationed in Israel. Joint war games between the US and Israel are also envisaged.

US-Israel-NATO war plans directed against Iran have been ongoing since 2003 including the deployment and stockpiling of advanced weapons systems. 

The Israeli media reports are misleading. Israel cannot under any circumstances wage a war on Iran without the military backing of the US and NATO. 

Advanced weapons systems have been deployed. US and allied Special Forces as well as intelligence operatives are already on the ground inside Iran. US military drones are involved in spying and reconnaissance activities. 

Bunker buster B61 tactical nuclear weapons are slated to be used against Iran in retaliation for its alleged nuclear weapons program.

Military actions against Iran are coordinated with those pertaining to Syria.

What we are dealing with is a global military agenda, centralized and coordinated by US Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM) involving complex logistics, liaison with various military and intelligence entities. In 2005, USSTRATCOM was identified as "the lead Combatant Command for integration and synchronization of DoD-wide efforts in combating weapons of mass destruction." This Combatant Command integration also included coordination with America's allies including NATO, Israel and a number of frontline Arab states, which are members of NATO's Mediterranean dialogue.

In this broader context of imperial warfare coordinated out of USSTRATCOM in liaison with US Central Command (USCENTCOM), Netanyahu's attack plan against Iran, conveys the illusion that Tel Aviv rather than Washington calls the shots on waging a war on Iran.

The Israeli media reports mentioned above convey the impression that Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak are in a position to act independently of Washington as well as force Obama into supporting Israel's attack on Iran.

The notion that Israel could act alone and against the interests of the US is part of a subtle disinformation campaign. There is a longstanding foreign policy practice for Washington to encourage its close allies to take the first step in unleashing a war, with the Pentagon pulling the military strings in the background.

Let us be under no illusion, the war plans directed against Iran, which have been on the Pentagon's drawing board since 2003, are established at the highest levels in Washington in consultation and coordination with Tel Aviv and NATO headquarters in Brussels. 

While Israel participates in the conduct of war, it does not play an overriding central role in setting the military agenda.

May 27, 2012

The American Muslim Medical Relief Team (AMMRT) appeal to the United Nations to aid the people of Pakistan who are still reeling from the environmental damage caused by the devastating earthquakes and floods in the past few years. The people have received precious little assistance in their time of need from the government of Pakistan, who has taken the funds meant to rebuild the communities and transferred the monies to international banks, thus embezzling millions and crippling the economy.

 

We, the American Muslim Medical Relief Team (AMMRT), appeal to the United Nations to aid the people of Pakistan who are still reeling from the environmental damage caused by the devastating earthquakes and floods in the past few years. The people have received precious little assistance in their time of need from the government of Pakistan, who has taken the funds meant to rebuild the communities and transferred the monies to international banks, thus embezzling millions and crippling the economy. The results are the shutdown of basic necessities  such as gas and power across the nation.

Sources close to the AMMRT have reported that in Faisalabad, the workers in the cloth mills are suffering with no money, resorting to selling their children and even to committing suicide. Even though this is a very heinous sin for Muslims, such is their current sense of hopelessness.

The AMMRT was formed under the auspices of the Vice Chancellor of the International Qur’anic Open University, El Sheikh Syed Mubarak Ali Shah Gilani, and is composed of American healthcare professionals who have placed their lives in jeopardy and selflessly given their monies, time, and medical expertise after catastrophic disasters around the world including Ground Zero, Hurricane Katrina, as well as the calamitous earthquakes and floods in Pakistan.
In the aftermath of the 2005 Pakistan earthquake, millions were left homeless, sick, and starving with little hope that their situation would change.  Monies and other capital donated by many nations of the world, including the United States, were misappropriated by corrupt government officials to help bolster their own political standing.  The result was a tremendous increase in not only the percentage of the population in poverty, but a greater separation between the classes. This was seen firsthand by the AMMRT team as we worked in the Ayyub Medical Center in Abbottabad, where on a daily basis we witnessed poor patients being left for dead and not given even subpar treatment; whereas, their more affluent counterparts received the best the hospital had to offer.  In one particular instance, a pregnant mother and her unborn child both died because the hospital would not allow us to “waste” the use of an Ultrasonography machine.

This same scenario  presented itself once again in the wake of the floods that ravished the Punjab province in 2010. Following a month of monsoon activity, floods devastated much of the area, displacing about 20 million people, submerging about 1000 miles of roads under water, and killing approximately 10 million head of livestock.  Also, millions fell ill due to the microbe-friendly environment created by the stagnant water.     

Presently,  the government of Pakistan has become non-existent, having given the citizens only false promises, while fleecing them of the billions of rupees in aid money that the country has received from all over the world.  To add insult to injury, the government has increased the price of food and other essentials, ensuring that more people will suffer.  The squandering of donated aid and resources in this fashion has made the recovery from disasters of this caliber  almost impossible.

The United Nations - and the world - must act today!

The UN was formed not only to establish world peace, facilitate friendly dialogue between neighboring countries, and to prevent a third world war, but also to help rebuild nations in the aftermath of disasters by providing support to the people affected by these events.  Now more than ever, your assistance is needed in this part of the world.
The AMMRT appeals to this organization  to fulfill the mission under which it was founded and help end the oppression and resultant suffering of the people of Pakistan.  If you do not help immediately, the death toll will inevitably rise, millions will continue to be displaced, suffer economic depression,  and fall ill to the scourge of diseases that are unearthed in the wake of calamitous natural disasters.  

We, the American Muslim Medical Relief Team, remain committed and willing to continue lending our assistance to the relief effort, but are insisting that the United Nations give immediate help, particularly in the light of these recent revelations of gross mismanagement and, indeed, neglect by the Pakistani government.
Please answer this urgent plea and do not hesitate to include us, as we, too, were established for the sole purpose of providing aid to mankind and we cannot sit idly by as this situation continues to unfold and deteriorate in the manner it has.  
We implore you to join us in bringing peace, stability, and hope to millions!

Contact Info:
American Muslim Medical Relief Team
(607) 467-4677
ammrt@iqou-moa.org

August 1, 2011

 

Government representatives and delegates representing worker and employer organizations attending a United Nations conference recently called for more rights for domestic workers: clear information on terms and conditions of employment, reasonable hours of work and rest, and freedom of association, according to a UN News Centre report.

The value of the UN International Labor Organization’s resolution to the millions of men and women forcibly trafficked and coerced into servitude will likely be very little. This has been seen in the steady increase of modern slavery despite the number of global mandates in the past on the subject. The crisis has been heightened by the increase of displaced people --those most vulnerable to human trafficking-- in direct proportion to the increase of armed conflict around the world.

Last month on World Refugee Day, Mans Nyberg of the United Nations' Refugee Agency (UNHCR) told Voice of America (VOA) the thousands of people uprooted by the uprising and conflict across the Arab World make this year especially poignant. "It's basically the last desperate move you make when you don't have any other option," said Mr Nyberg.

 

Nyberg’s statement is critical as, out of sheer desperation, these same refugees are often enticed into a better life across borders, one free from war and poverty, only to be sold into modern day slavery.

August 1, 2011

 

Editor Preface: Human Rights in Islam: “Son preference” has been forbidden in Islam for more than 1400 years. The Holy Last Messenger Muhammad (peace be upon him) also espoused rights of inheritance and choice in marriage to women when the rest of the world was steeped in abuse and oppression. Some of the ordinances of the Holy Last Messenger forbidding son preference include:  "Whoever has a female (daughter) and doesn't bury her alive nor scorn her nor give preference to his male child over her, Allah will admit him to Paradise;" and "Whoever has three daughters whom he provides shelter for, supports and marries off, Paradise becomes absolutely binding for him." It was said, 'What if they are two (daughters)?' The Prophet said, "Even if it's two."

 

Today, there appears to be a widespread return to the infringement upon the rights of women as illustrated in the following UN news article:

June 10, 2010

Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula de Silva was officially recognized by the Food and Agriculture Organization, and the World Food Program (WFP), both commissions of the United Nations, as a ‘Champion’ for his aggressive leadership role in the effort to end hunger and improve nutrition in Brazil, and the developing world, and for re-emphasizing hunger as a critical global concern and U.N. priority. 

June 6, 2010

On June 8, 1967, two squadrons of Israeli warplanes bombed, napalmed and machine-gunned the US intelligence-gathering ship, USS Liberty, in international waters, killing 34 US sailors and wounding another 172.  The assault took place on a sunny afternoon, with the US flag and identifying markers clearly visible.  The Israelis targeted the antennae to prevent the crew from broadcasting for help and shot up the lifeboats to ensure no survivors.  There were, however, survivors who rigged up an antenna and radioed their distress, a call for help that reached Washington D.C.  In an unprecedented act of betrayal, President Johnson, in close liaison with powerful American Jewish Zionist political backers, covered up the mass murder on the high seas by issuing orders first to recall Mediterranean-based warplanes from rushing to assist their besieged comrades, then threatening to court-martial the survivors who might expose the deliberate nature of the Israeli assault and finally by repeating the Israeli line that the attack was a matter of mistaken identity, a lie which numerous military leaders later rejected.

Introduction:  Israel Crimes on the High Seas

May 14, 2010

Water, the life-giving combination of oxygen and hydrogen that comprises 80 per cent of the human body, was celebrated and discussed, inspiring action around the world during World Water Day (WWD), officially designated as March 22 by the United Nations Environmental Program for the group UN-Water. The observances were held in conjunction with a host of other international organizations such as the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), United Nations International Children’s Education Fund (UNICEF), the UN sponsored World Health Organization (WHO), The International Water Association, and The World Water Council. 

February 21, 2010

The recent 28 -year anniversary of the undeclared war between Britain and Argentina over the Falkland Islands, or as they are known in Spanish - Islas Malvinas - arrived and passed with no apparent resolution over the questions of jurisdiction over the islands, and now - the surrounding territorial waters.

The recent 28 -year anniversary of the undeclared war between Britain and Argentina over the Falkland Islands, or as they are known in Spanish - Islas Malvinas - arrived and passed with no apparent resolution over the questions of jurisdiction over the islands, and now - the surrounding territorial waters. Argentinian President Cristina Kirchner was elected insisting that the Malvinas belongs to Argentina, and vowing to reclaim that authority.

February 21, 2010

“What the science community needs is a few huge donors to throw millions of dollars behind PR campaigns to counter the propaganda out there,” one author of the disputed three part UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPPC) report told the UK Guardian in defense of the panel’s chair, Rajendra Pachauri. “This is a transient and manufactured crisis and will likely go away with time,” the author said.

“What the science community needs is a few huge donors to throw millions of dollars behind PR campaigns to counter the propaganda out there,” one author of the disputed three part UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPPC) report told the UK Guardian in defense of the panel’s chair, Rajendra Pachauri. “This is a transient and manufactured crisis and will likely go away with time,” the author said.

February 21, 2010

Ma’an News reports 18 rights groups have sent a letter, collectively, to the UN General Assembly expressing “concerns about the effectiveness of the endeavors undertaken,” in order to ensure the allegations brought up in the Goldstone report are justly considered.

Ma’an News reports 18 rights groups have sent a letter, collectively, to the UN General Assembly expressing “concerns about the effectiveness of the endeavors undertaken,” in order to ensure the allegations brought up in the Goldstone report are justly considered.

In November 2009, the United Nations General Assembly gave both Israeli and Palestinian officials three months to complete their own separate investigations into the alleged war crimes during last years Gaza conflict.