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In India, an outstanding Islamic activist, reformer and
preacher is finally out of prison. See exclusive report by
136 killed, 350 injured in attack on U.S.-Supported
Pakistan leader Benazir Bhutto: Martyrdom Operator Suspected
LATE NEWS: Karachi, Pakistan. Near midnight, Oct.18-19,
not far from the Karsaz naval establishment,
Ms. Benazir Bhutto's triumphant parade was attacked.
Reports say, a small explosion, probably with a grenade, was
followed up with a huge explosion. The primary targets seem
to have been Ms. Bhutto's specially prepared armored bus
vehicle and police wagons around it. The explosions killed
nearly 30 police officers and about 100 workers of Ms.
Bhutto's Peoples Party. At least 350 people were injured.
Ms. Bhutto, though visibly shaken, was not hurt. Her vehicle
successfully absorbed the blast without exploding. A few of
her party leaders were injured. However, the 4 police
vehicles protecting her, as well as 20 other cars were
destroyed. Peoples Party has announced three days of mourning.
The main question for analysts is: Who did it. Ms. Bhutto had
earlier alleged that the Red Mosque community might attack
her. Red Mosque media condemned the statement by Ms. Bhutto
as totally irresponsible. [See Red Mosque statement below
published before the attack.] Indications are that the
attack was carried out by a martyrdom operator. On October 18
a Pakistani Taliban, leader in Waziristan, Shaikh Umar, had
alleged that Ms. Bhutto was coming back with the support of
the U.S. to carry on General Musharraf's work. He threatened
a physical response.
Ms. Bhutto supported the Pakistani army's attack on the Red
Mosque and the Jamia Hafsa Women's Islamic university in
which several hundred Islamic youths, including young women,
were slaughtered by the Pakistani army. As the military went
into the mosque, it used phosphorous to wipe out the Islamic
students and elders including Abdul Rashid Ghazi and his
mother. Ms. Bhutto applauded the attack.
The Red Mosque leadership urged a non-violent response to the
Bhutto-Musharraf combine [backed by the U.S.]. The attack on
Ms. Bhutto could indicate that the Taliban do not subscribe
to the Red Mosque's non-violent response.
In Waziristan, the army recently wiped out a Muslim village
killing more than 200 civilians, mostly women and children.
In Ms. Bhutto's view, this action was not severe enough. She
plans to occupy and crush the entire Waziristan area because
it feeds the Islamic resistance. Our observers say Pakistan
is in for difficult times.
Action Alert endorsed by Jamaat al-Muslimeen
Take Action: Speak Out Against "Islamo-Fascism
Anti-Islam Jewish Zionist and Christian Zionist Groups Swing
[Check the list of hate mongers and propagandists at the end
of this post.]
During the week of October 22-26, 2007, right-wing and
neo-conservative political forces led by the David Horowitz
Freedom Center are calling for "Islamo-Fascism Awareness Week"
events on campuses across the U.S. (for a list of campuses
and speakers, see below).
If this event is coming to your campus or neighborhood - and
even if it's not - speak out against this racist assault on
Muslims, Arabs, Arab-Americans, South Asians and anyone
viewed as sympathetic towards those communities. While some
people might dismiss the neo-conservatives as fringe elements
who don't impact on U.S. policy, the truth is much more
disturbing. They are part of an alliance of forces that work
to maintain the war against Iraq, escalate the standoff with
Iran into military conflict, and cement Israel's hold on the
occupied Palestinian territories and violations of
Palestinian human rights through a system of apartheid rule.
The stakes are simply too high to ignore, and we should
respond to the so-called "Islamo-Fascism Awareness Week" -
and to all such provocations - pro-actively, not defensively.
To learn more about the forces driving this agenda, read
"Understanding Why Islamophobia is on the Rise," the analysis
by Phyllis Bennis, fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies,
and member of the U.S. Campaign's steering committee.
By defending basic freedoms of thought, speech and belief, we
underscore three simple messages:
We stand for free speech, not hate speech.
We stand for tolerance, not bigotry.
We stand for education, not demagoguery.
SPEAK OUT FOR FREE SPEECH, TOLERANCE, AND EDUCATION!
This is the list of the most active Islam haters and bigots
active in America who are irresponsibly pouring out a steady
stream of lies, abuse and disinformation about Islam.
"Islamo-Fascism Awareness Week" speakers and venues:
Berkeley -- Nonie Darwish, October 22
Brown -- Robert Spencer, October 24
Cal Poly -- Greg Davis, October 25
Cal State Fullerton -- Nonie Darwish
Clemson -- Mike Adams, October 25
Columbia -- Phyllis Chesler, Ibn Warraq, Christina Hoff Sommers
Columbia -- Sean Hannity, David Horowitz, October 26
DePaul -- Robert Spencer, October 25
Emory -- David Horowitz, October 24
George Mason -- Luanah Saghieh, Alan Nathan, October 22
Lawrence Univ. -- Jonathan Schanzer
Maryland -- Michael Ledeen
Michigan -- David Horowitz, October 23
Northeastern -- Daniel Pipes, October 24
Ohio State -- David Horowitz, October 25
Penn -- Rick Santorum, October 24
Penn State -- Rick Santorum, October 23
Rhode Island -- Robert Spencer, October 24
San Francisco State -- Melanie Morgan, October 24
Stanford -- Wafa Sultan
Temple -- Rick Santorum, October 24
Tulane -- Ann Coulter, October 22
UC Santa Barbara - Dennis Prager, October 25
UC Irvine -- Ann Coulter
UCLA -- Nonie Darwish, October 24
UCLA -- Frank Pastore, John Ziegler
USC -- Ann Coulter, October 25
Virginia -- Frank Gaffney
Washington -- Kirby Wilbur
Washington -- Michael Medved, October 25
Wisconsin -- David Horowitz, October 22
Pakistan latest: October 18, 2007: Ms. Benazir Bhutto,
PPP Chairperson, arrived in Karachi to a huge welcome, mostly
organized on an ethnic basis. She is Bush's civilian
reinforcement to bolster up Musharraf's collapse among the
Pakistani people. She seems to have an anti-Islam agenda as
can be seen from the rebuttal by Red Mosque movement of her
extremely irresponsible statement with which she started her
Red Mosque Movement Rejects Irresponsible Statement by
Press Release by Lal Masjid Media wing,
The statement made by Mohtarama Benazir Bhutto in today's
press conference, claiming that the cadres of Lal Masjid
might be planning to assassinate her is highly preposterous.
The Tehreek e Talaba o Talibat [the movement of Islamic
students, male and female] does not believe in terrorism and
political assassination as a means to bring about an Islamic
revolution. It is a known fact that not even a single opponent
of the movement before or after the infamous Operation Silence
was physically attacked.
An attack on a leader as insignificant as Mohtarama would be
a sign of great desperation, disorganization and
demoralization on the part of our cadres. On the contrary we
are even more organized and disciplined then before the fall
of Jamia Hafsa. Our morale is high and we are hopeful for the
supremacy of Shariat in our country.
It is comprehensible that the Lal Masjid movement has got
nothing to gain from attacking Miss Bhutto. However some
hidden hands might attack her and put the blame on us. The
Neo-Fascist organization MQM might try to sabotage BBs rally.
The MQM has gotten used to wiping off political opponents,
courtesy the specter of religious extremism and sectarianism.
The nation has not yet forgotten the Nishtar Park bloodbath.
President Musharraf might also try to cash in on an attack on
the former prime minister. He might have the justification to
declare martial law and extend his rule a few years. After
all Musharraf is fond of South American right wing
Lal Masjid Media spokesman [Islamabad, Pakistan]
MQM is the biggest organization of criminals in Karachi,
[somewhat like the mafia in USA] the city where Benazir
arrived, and is known for violence instigated and protected
by the Musharraf regime. [Note from NT's Pakistan monitor]
Afghans Protest Latest Desecration of the Qur'an by
ASADABAD, Afghanistan (AFP) — [October 13, 2007, eve of Eid.]
The US military said it would investigate claims that its
soldiers had burned a copy of the Koran in Afghanistan, as
angry locals demanded action and threatened retaliation.
Allegations that troops tore up and burnt the Muslim holy book
during a raid in the eastern province of Kunar on Saturday
led several hundred villagers to demonstrate the same day,
blocking a main road for hours.
Locals repeated the charges at a heated meeting Sunday in the
provincial capital Asadabad of representatives of the US
military, Afghan officials and more than a dozen men from the
area near the raid site in Narang district.
"You have desecrated our religion," resident Azim Khan told
the US delegation.
"If the perpetrators do not apologise to Afghans and to all
the Muslims of the world, and if they are not brought to
justice and punished for what they have done, we will stand
against you, you will see an uprising," he said.
US Captain Jason Coughenour said the allegations would be
"We respect your religion," he said. "We will launch an
investigation and find out who has burnt the Koran. If it
has been done by an American, we will punish him."
Jewish Americans are certainly not Trying to be the
Friends of Muslims
Salman Rushdie, Madeleine Albright, Hirsi Ali honored by Js
From New Trend's J monitor
CAIR-ISNA and other bootlicker groups invite Zionist Jews of
the most virulent types into the ranks of Muslims and try to
give the impression that Jews can be the friends of Muslims.
CAIR's simpletons supported Keith Ellison who went to the
extent of starting his election campaign from a Synagogue.
The Jews love Ellison so much, they preferred him as the
trustworthy friend of Israel to a Republican who was himself
a Jew. Ellison spent his August 2007 holidays in Israel.
Muslims want to be the friends of Jewish Americans [JAs] but
the JA's have shown beyond a reasonable doubt that they hate
Islam. Even the most highly educated and cultured JA's have
shown deep bigotry and hatred for Islam. Here are a couple
of examples of the behavior of the Jewish elites, highly
educated and "cultured" [not JDL thugs]:
Three groups of JAs, Meyerhoff Symphony, Villa Julie College
and National Public Radio [NPR], all three of Baltimore,
Maryland, are facilitating the visits of:
Villa Julie College has invited these two devils, Meyerhoff
is lending its facilities for their presentations and NPR is
publicizing them and helping to sell the tickets. These
Jewish American [JA] groups have not asked the Muslims of
Baltimore about these "guests." Through Masjid Rahma's
non-dynamic leadership, the large numbers of Muslims who
attend Islamic Society of Baltimore [ISB] activities are
totally helpless in the face of these insults. The Jews would
give more importance to a fly than they give to ISB's
sleepy "Islamic" leaders. CAIR and ISNA have turned these
communities into mentally enslaved "prayers only" Muslims.
Salman Rushdie, Islam hater par excellence, who in recent
months has shown that his dirty book Satanic Verses was not
an aberration in his career. He is insulting and abusing the
Prophet Muhammad, pbuh, and his wives and family [Allah be
pleased with them] as if his bread and butter depends on
Madeleine Albright, responsible for a decade of sanctions on
Iraq which resulted in the slow death of a million Iraqis
including a large number of children. She was and is quite
proud of her performance.
In Atlanta, Emory University has invited Hirsi Ali, the
Somali Islam hater, as its honored [paid] guest. Hirsi is the
cheapest trash Somalia could produce. The most ordinary
Somali woman knows more Islam than Hirsi Ali does, but Hirsi
had what the hate mongers wanted: An insatiable desire to
serve the Zionist Jews. Emory University is the school whose
most eminent professor is Deborah Lipstadt who tried to
vilify and censor the world famous historian David Irving.
He brought a suit against Lipstadt but the entire
Jewish-Zionist establishment went into action o support
Lipstadt and Irving was "defeated."
Here is what the JAs in Emory university are supporting.
This is a Hirsi Ali quote from the interview this trashy
"Hirsi Ali: I think that we are at war with Islam. And
there's no middle ground in wars. Islam can be defeated in
many ways. For starters, you stop the spread of the ideology
itself; at present, there are native Westerners converting
to Islam, and they're the most fanatical sometimes. There is
infiltration of Islam in the schools and universities of the
West. You stop that. You stop the symbol burning and the
effigy burning, and you look them in the eye and flex your
muscles and you say, "This is a warning. We won't accept this
anymore." There comes a moment when you crush your enemy."
Imagine the ignorance Hirsi Ali suffers from. Poor thing does
not seem to realize that America has already dropped tens of
thousands of bombs on Iraq and Afghanistan to no avail. In
fact the Islamic resistance is winning against elite American
units like the 101st airborne and the 82nd airborne. The
Taliban literally slaughtered a Navy Seal unit. What can
Hirsi Ali hope to throw against Islam which would achieve
victory for the JAs?
Hirsi Ali committed such blasphemies against Islam in Holland
that she provoked the death of an Islam hater at the hands of
a Moroccan Islamist and the destruction of a dozen Islamic
schools and mosques at the hands of the Dutch who are known
for their racism and colonial mindsets.
Inshallah, the Muslims of America will defang and sterilize
Hirsi Ali without physical violence. She and Salman Rushdie
can't last against the Muslims of America in any reasonably
fair debate. As the Qur'an says, the devil's plots and plans
are no match for the faith and determination of the people
Is It True That Hadith Was Not Written in the time of the
Were the Qur'an and the Hadith transmitted by same people or
Question from Sis. N. in Detroit [From a long letter]:
I am originally from
, moving to real Islam, Qur'an and Hadith. I read a good
book by Fazlur Rahman (Chicago University) but it confused me
on some points. He writes, Hadith was written in third century
after the Prophet. New Trend's web site says follow Qur'an and
Hadith. I am confused please explain why Hadith was not
written in time of the Prophet ?
Dr. Fazlur Rahman was influenced by Christian missionaries and
Jewish orientalists. He tried to confuse the Muslims of
Pakistan, with the support of the military government, but
was defeated and fled to America where he was immediately
given a senior position at Chicago University to teach Islam.
Both the Qur'an and the Hadith were written down in the time
of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh). The Qur'an is the word of
Allah revealed to Muhammad (peace be on him). The Hadith is
the commentary, explanation, implementation of the Qur'an by
Muhammad (pbuh). Both are interlinked and essential to each
other. No authentic Islamic scholar has ever tried to say
that Hadith is not necessary or was written later.
The people who wrote down the Qur'an, on bits and pieces of
materials, were the SAHABA or companions of the Prophet
(pbuh). Paper and printing were not available at that time.
So, people could not go around with printed and bound copies
of the Qur'an. Even the collation and putting together of
the Qur'an was done by the SAHABA so that the Qur'an became
a BOOK between two covers after the Prophet (pbuh) passed
away. This great work was done under the supervision of Abu
Bakr, Umar, Osman, and Ali (may Allah be pleased with them
all) who were the first four rightly guided Caliphs of Islam.
The same SAHABA also wrote and transmitted the Hadith and
made sure that nothing was falsely attributed to the
The QUR'AN was also MEMORIZED by the Sahaba. In fact few of
them had it in writing but many of them knew it from memory.
The cross checking of memory with writing was carried out to
make sure that the Qur'an as revealed to the Prophet, pbuh,
was transmitted to future generations.
The HADITH was also memorized by the SAHABA and transmitted
to future generations. Any scholar of Hadith had to MEMORIZE
the HADITH from the written collections of the Sahaba and
then RECITE IT FROM MEMORY to his/her teacher. Thus an
accurate record of the Prophet's, pbuh, life and teachings
was enshrined in the scholarship of the Muslim world.
In the era after the SAHABA various kinds of sects arose
which tried to disseminate their own versions of the Qur'an.
Some of them claimed that Hazrat Ali (r.a.) had received
suras of the Qur'an from the Prophet, pbuh, which no one
else had. The scholars of the line of Ali (r.a.) and Fatima
(r.a.), such as Imam Jafar and Imam Baqir, were able to
repudiate these claims because they had the Qur'an both by
memory and in writing.
Similarly attempts were made to invent "Hadith." This was a
very serious effort by Kings and emperors who wanted religion
to justify their tyranny and to create a "tame Islam." The
problem was aggravated by the fact that various SAHABA had
migrated to various cities, and after they passed away,
various people could claim that they had heard Hadith
It was in that context that great scholars like Imam Bukhari
stepped forward to ENSURE that fabrications did not enter the
corpus of Hadith. I think that these scholars were a bit too
strict and as a result they sometimes designated as "weak"
even those Hadith which were authentic but which would not
pass the test of extremely severe scrutiny.
Imam Bukhari and other imams are the ones Dr. Fazlur Rahman
was abusing when he claimed that Hadith was written in the
third century after the Prophet. Fazlur Rahman really was
quite ignorant of Hadith and hence recklessly fell into the
trap set for him by Christian missionaries and
WAS HADITH WRITTEN in the TIME OF THE PROPHET (pbuh)? Yes,
the evidence is overwhelming. Here is one sample from a
prominent companion of the Prophet, pbuh, Abdullah ibn Umru
ibn al-Aas. It is authenticated by two distinct and separate
compilers of Hadith, Abu Dawud in his Sunan (chapter Kitabut
al-Ilm) and Darimi in his Musnad (chapter on Rukhs fi Kitabut
"Whatever I heard from the messenger of Allah, peace be on
him, I would write it down so as to be able to memorize it.
Then some in the Quraish (tribe) said to me: You write down
whatever you hear though the messenger of Allah is a human
being and speaks both in anger and in joy. On hearing that
I stopped writing and then I mentioned this to the messenger
of Allah. He pointed with his finger to his mouth and said:
Write on! By Him in whose Hand is my being, no word comes
out of this mouth but the Truth."
Abdullah ibn Umru (r.a.) collected the Hadith he had written
in the presence of the Prophet (pbuh) in a book titled
Al-Sadiqa. Abdullah said: "There are two things I love in
life: Al-Sadiqa and al-Wahat." He explained: "Al-Sadiqa is
that manuscript which I heard and wrote from the messenger
of Allah and Wahat is that land which (my father) Umru ibn
al-Aas donated to the cause of Allah and which I take care
of." [Darimi's Sunan.]
The compendium Tahzeeb al-Tahzeeb tells us that on the
death of Abdullah, r.a, the manuscript of Al-Sadiqa was
secured by his grandson Shuaib bin Muhammad and then
transmitted to the next generation by his son also named
Umru. THE HADITH WRITTEN BY Abdullah, r.a., DIRECTLY FROM
THE PROPHET, pbuh, AND AT HIS COMMAND, are to be found in
the collections of Hadith which we have under this chain
"From Umru son of Shuaib from his father from his grandfather."
As Hadith is a very strict discipline, some classical scholars
wanted to classify the collection as Mursal because they
thought the grandson should have SAT DOWN IN FRONT OF THE
GRANDFATHER AND RECITED THE WHOLE COLLECTION TO HIM FROM
MEMORY! However, some of the greatest scholars of Hadith,
like Imam Ahmad Ibn Hanbal, accept the authenticity
What makes Al-Sadiqa's authenticity irrefutable is that it
was also transmitted by OTHER STUDENTS of Abdullah (r.a.)
who had nothing to do with his grandson.
So, don't let anyone tell you that Hadith was not written in
the time of the Prophet, pbuh.
FINALLY, spend a couple of months in trying to understand
this verse of the Qur'an. It will help you to understand
why the Hadith is essential and ALWAYS goes with the Qur'an:
"The Prophet is closer to the believers than their own selves,
and his wives are their mothers. [33:6]
30,000 Iraqi Prisoners in U.S.-backed Concentration Camps
Muslim Women prisoners languish in Iraqi jail without trial
Kareem Zair, Azzaman
October 8, 2007
A visit to a women prison in a Baghdad neighborhood has
revealed that Iraqi authorities are paying lip service to
human rights and rule of law.
The visit by Vice-President Tareq al-Hashemi found the jail
over crowded with many women afflicted with contagious
diseases due to lack of medicine and medical care.
"The tour has exposed a difficult and tragic situation in the
whole process, starting with detention and ending with the
horrific conditions of the prison," a statement by Hashemi's
The prison is in the neighborhood of Kadhimiya and is
believed to hold mainly Sunni Muslim women.
Many of the prisoners, the statement said, were detained
because their husbands or sons were suspected of having links
to forces resisting U.S. occupation.
"This means if anything that the women are taken hostages to
exert pressure on their husbands who are wanted by the
authorities," the statement said.
There were teenage women among the prisoners some of whom
had spent several years behind bars, the statement added.
One women prisoner, Suaad Aziz, had told Hashemi that she was
arrested while looking for her son who had disappeared for
more than one year.
"I was a principal of a school in the Amiriya district of
Baghdad. They have sentenced me to death and no one has ever
asked me a single question why I was here," the statement
reported Aziz as saying.
Thousands of Iraqis languish in scores of prisons in Iraq .
U.S. troops have their own jails which they have constructed
specifically to detain suspects. Iraqi authorities run their
There are more than 30,000 Iraqis in jails run by the U.S.
and Iraqi government and most of them have been incarcerated
merely on suspicion and held without trial.
:: Article nr. 37018 sent on 08-oct-2007 18:27 ECT
From our correspondent in India
MYTH AND TRUTH OF HUMAN RIGHTS : Behind the U.S. Claims of
Support for Democracy
to the case of Political Prisoner Abdu Nasser Madany: Symbol
of India's Inhumanity
by K. Hamza, India [Exclusive to New Trend]
The human rights literature is plethoric with high verbosity
and voluminous maze of terminology. We have the United Nations
with a grandiose Charter, the Universal Declaration of Human
Rights. But the inescapable fact remains that most of nations
are not taking the implementation seriously.
The world's lone super power, the police man of the earth,
the U.S., is boastful of its stand as the only protector and
promoter of democracy and human rights. The alarming truth is
that the Super Power has self-drafted jurisdiction and
self-defined jurisprudence about human rights violation. The
U.S. applies its arrogance to punish peaceful millions with
bombardment, ethnic cleansing, flush and flood refugees
depriving their right to life on a macro-scale, without
authorization from the U.N. or the Security Council. In the
modern world, the populace, ordinary men, women and children
suffer under domestic, state-operated and even judicially
legitimized intimation in almost all countries.
The U.S. president George Bush, on a mediaeval reason, that he
had to take revenge and punish Saddam as "the man who tried to
kill my father", the entire Iraq has been devastated under
incessant bombing. The rest is history. The recently released
snap-shots of American soldiers glee fully torturing naked
and hooded Iraqi prisoners reveal the truth of human rights
abuses. Even the U.S. newspapers cried hoarse on this
sadistic, blatant and wanton criminal abuses of prisoners.
The horrible pictures had appeared in the world media such as
a female American soldier with a burning cigarette in her
mouth cocking at a prisoner's private parts. The US soldiers,
male and female, abusing and sexually humiliating Iraqi
prisoners in Abu Ghraib. They are threatening detainees with
rape, sodomizing detainees with chemical light, and using
military dogs to frighten and intimidate detainees. When the
pictures of such abuses flashed over the media, Bush said on
television, "That is not the way we do things in America".
Prisoners in a sack cloth like garment with a hood made of
underwear over his head balancing on a box with wires in his
hands. Admittedly, Saddam Hussein was notorious for
perpetrating far more terrible forms of human rights abuses
against Kurds, but those acts pale into insignificance in the
light of paranoid sadistic behavior of American soldiers.
The people of Afghanistan had also suffered the atrocities of
the U.S. attack just within 17 days after Bush took his oath
of office. The Bush administration in its infancy tackled the
menace of Taliban through war. He was a vigorous advocate of
the promotion of democracy and liberation of Afghanistan
people. The stories of the myth and truth of human rights are
emanating from this war-torn tribal terrains of Afghanistan.
The devilish devices of destruction and death were being used
in Iraq and Afghanistan where the horrible scenes of infants
with half their skulls blown away due to reckless American
missile strikes could shudder the whole world. There was no
outrage in the U.S. or Europe over the abuse of detainees at
Abu Ghraib, Guantanamo and elsewhere in the CIA run secret
Some years ago, the American legislators were seriously
concerned with the human rights situation in India,
particularly the treatment of prisoners in Punjab and
elsewhere. The U.S .had threatened that India would be
exempted from the most favoured nation treatment of Indian
products. The U.S. noted that there were individuals being
detained in the Indian jails, who had not been charged with
specific crime, and recommended a fair and unbiased trails
by the courts. A recent case in focus is the acquittal of
Abdu Nasser Madany, the founder of Kerala-based Peoples'
Democratic Party, who had been languishing in prison for
over nine years without trial and bail. Eventually, he was
acquitted on August 1, 2007 due to lack of proof of
involvement in the terrorist case.
Madany is most eloquent and provocative orator and a crowd
puller in the South India. In many places in Kerala, his
speeches on contemporary issues the Muslim masses face,
quoting lavishly from Qur'an and Hadees. would continue whole
the night, after Isha prayer until fajr adhan was called out.
He covers the subjects such as iman, dowry, purdah and love
for the Prophet. He spoke against the injustice meted out to
the oppressed Indian Muslims and Dalits, the down-trodden
Hindu community. When Madany was arrested and put in jail,
he was weighing 115 kilos and now his weight is just 46
kilos. The mental torture and solitary confinement during
his nine years in prison rendered him with multiple diseases.
Earlier in an assassination attempt by the hardcore Hindu
nationalists, he had lost one of his legs below the knee. He
is using an artificial leg.
Similar stories are emanating from Kashmir also. The number
of women and children are becoming widows and orphans in the
Valley. Muslims being labeled as terrorists are detained in
Kashmir jails. In the wake of hue and cry of the international
community, the Government of India has taken steps to curb
human rights abuses perpetuated by the local police and
paramilitary forces. It was some time in 1988 that reports
of Amnesty International and New York Times on the alleged
use of "pro-Government death squads in Punjab and the practice
of hiring vigilantes prompted the government of India to
tackle the issue.
Now the mercenaries make up a large part of the armed forces
in Iraq under the supervision of the U.S. military. They
execute military missions, but not responsible to Iraq or
U.S .law either. They are engaged in "joy-ride shooting " of
innocent Iraqi citizens. It is to be noted that the CIA's
torture tactics in the Philippines, and My Lai massacre in
Vietnam were executed by private security agencies to
implement" CIA torture manual"
The U.S, duplicity is clear now. In 1988 the U.S.
administration blamed India as a country of human rights
violation. Further, it ignores the atrocities carried out by
Israel against the Palestinians. Military curfew suddenly
descends on Palestinians without rhyme or reason. Once the
cur-few is clamped, the occupied Palestine is like being a
prison. Deadly stand still, no schools, no traffic, no
offices, no shops and no human movement on the streets. This
is a callous disregard of Israelis to the interests and
freedom of the Palestinians. Hundreds of women, men and
children are denied free movements by their aggressive
occupiers. Is it not violation of human rights ?
The egregious act of brutality and custodial torture on
detained convicts, in a bid to extract false or inadmissible
confessions .is an inhuman method being practiced in almost
all civilized nations. But the U.S. administration often
points its accusing finger to the inhuman treatment of people
in other countries.
Washington's Hypocrisy Exposed Again to the World: What's
Behind the Attempt to Bring up Armenian "Genocide?"
by Robert Miranda (Da'ud Ali Salaam), Milwaukee, Wisconsin -
USA, Courtesy the Spanish Journal, October 15, 2007
Whatever the motives for recently introducing a resolution
aimed at forcing the country of Turkey to recognize the
actions of its leaders—almost 100 years ago—to label a World
War I era of killings of Armenians by Ottoman Turkish forces
as "genocide" in 1915, proves once again how ignorant and
narrow-minded Washington has become.
The U.S. House Committee on Foreign Affairs passed a measure
to label the killing of Armenians as "genocide" is strictly
symbolic. The measure would no doubt create unnecessary
hardships and headaches for the U.S. when building relations
This issue brought forth by the U.S. House Committee on
Foreign Affairs should leave us all bewildered. Why is the
United States so embroiled in a matter that took place almost
100 years ago and under Ottoman Empire rule? Indeed, the
Republic of Turkey did not exist until 1923.
In 2007, Turkey—now a NATO member and a key U.S. ally in the
war on terror—acknowledges the fact that Armenians were
massacred during a chaotic time, but that the killings were
not a Turkish government sanctioned and organized campaign
In fact, the massacres happened when aligned Turkish and
Kurdish militias were engaged in battle against Armenian
militias supported by Russia. Turkish and Kurdish militias
organized themselves to defend the Eastern lands of Turkey,
which Armenian militias were attempting to take away from
them. Had the Armenians prevailed, the newly conquered
Turkish territory would have been part of a greater Armenia,
Turkey's eastern neighbor. The Turkish and Kurdish militias
in defending their lands massacred the militias comprised
Yet, the U.S. House Committee on Foreign Affairs has moved to
press for calling the massacres as "genocide"; however, the
motives for doing so are not yet clear.
The people of Turkey have labeled the measure being pushed by
the U.S. House Committee on Foreign Affairs as "A Bill
Turkish President Abdullah Gul said, "Unfortunately, some
politicians in the United States have once again sacrificed
important matters to petty domestic politics despite all
calls to common sense."
Politicians and common sense in Washington are like oil and
water—not going to mix.
Nonetheless, I'm always amused whenever hypocrisy rears its
pointy little head from Washington. As it is now, our nation
wants to label the killings of Armenians as "genocide",
despite the fact that Turkey had recognized these deaths by
calling them massacres.
As I stated earlier, I find this amusing because the United
States has not come to accept the fact that it has conducted
its own genocide of the Native-Americans who once ruled this
Only recently, former President Bill Clinton apologized
formally to African-Americans for SLAVERY, yet, no reparations
for this atrocity is being afforded to the Black race impacted
by this inhumane act.
I have to point out, what was it that we did in Vietnam? Was
this another act of Humanity? When are we going to finally
acknowledge that what we did to the Vietnamese, with our
napalm bombs and "puff the Magic Dragon machine guns" was
not self-defense against Communist aggression, but a campaign
of murder against a people who did nothing to threaten our
sovereignty as a nation.
The American Corporation, Blackwater is a private military
company that hires mercenaries engaging in Iraq today, yet
recently the hired guns of this corporation killed children
and civilians; where is the resolution calling for the
criminal indictment of the CEO of this corporation?
Indeed, the Iraqis today, what are they calling our Military
actions in Iraq?
Freedom? Liberty? Try murder. They call our military
If we condemn Turkey for what it did about 100 years ago,
should we not also recognize Turkey for its Humanity when
Spain expelled Jews in 1492? The entire Jewish community was
forced out of Spain by the monarchy, Ferdinand and Isabella.
The Jews faced certain death during the Inquisition. It was
Turkey 's Ottoman Sultan, a Muslim, who welcomed them warmly
into the country and afforded the expelled Jews sanctuary.
To this day, Jews continue to live with the people of this
To be sure, our leaders in Washington ignore American issues
by not dealing with them suitably, and in doing so, continue
to ignore wrongs that still need to be righted. Is it any
wonder why the rest of the world looks upon our great country
as the land led by hypocrites?
Robert Miranda ( Da'ud Ali Salaam) is a national
award-winning columnist, Latino community activist, executive
director of Esperanza Unida, Inc. and publisher of the
Milwaukee Spanish Journal. E-mail at: email@example.com.
2007-10-20 Sat 13:29:36 cdt