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Shawwal 6,1429/ October 6, 2008, #52
A rare interview with the spokesman of the Pakistani Taliban:
Amazing and explicit.
Please scroll way down.
Press Release: Jamaat al-Muslimeen National Islamic Shoora
member Imam Badi Ali urges Muslims to be warned and
W.D. Muhammad Divided the Muslims, Supported Israel and
all the Enemies of Islam:
We must Learn from this Tragic Fact that Agents have
Infiltrated the Ummah
While W.D. Muhammad was alive New Trend repeatedly criticized
his anti-Islam activities. He refused to correct himself and
refused to answer. Instead his blind followers attacked New
Trend and acted as if they were shocked that New Trend
questioned their "imam."
Then on his death, all the Muslim supporters of the
government banded together for his funeral and hailed him as
almost a saint and a man of God [or G-d as they put it Jewish
style]. If New Trend had not challenged this hypocritical
activity, W.D. would have become forever the symbol of Islam.
W.D. Muhammad IGNORED the Islamic movements around the world,
all the way from Hizbullah and Hamas to Jamaate Islami and
FIS. Instead he was close to Arab dictators and despots.
During his last 33 years, W.D. Muhammad made constant efforts
to support the governments, U.S. and overseas, and benefited
from them. Look at the incomplete list of his anti-Islam
Dear Muslims, is it a surprise that Zionist Jews and their
Rabbis are mourning W.D. Muhammad along with Muslims who
support the anti-Islam American power base?
Supported the arrival of American troops in Saudi Arabia.
Supported the American assault on Iraq. Said that he would
send his own son to fight against Iraq.
During the decade of sanctions and embargo on Iraq, he had
made friendly visits to the White House. While Muslims were
dying in big numbers of sanction-related starvation, he was
having iftar in the White House.
He supported the life sentence imposed by a zionist judge on
the Blind Shaikh Dr. Umar 'Abdel Rahman. His editor [of
Muslim Journal] was shocked and for the only time ever asked
the "imam" about it. W.D.'s reply: Sometimes even holy men do
evil deeds and Dr. Umar's being scholar and Hafiz of Qur'an
does not exempt him.
Supported Bush and put his photo on his paper's front page.
Refused to question Imam Jamil al-Amin's arrest. Did not
utter a single word of sympathy, and refused to ask for an
impartial inquiry into the arrest of Imam Jamil..
[Later, when Imam Jamil was strip searched and abused in
prison, W.D. refused to say EVEN ONE WORD critical of the
government although the entire Muslim community was
devastated by the humiliation.]
He visited the Pope and was honored by the Pope after the
Pope recognized Israel.
He repeatedly visited Israel and supported the anti-Islam
Palestinian groups opposing Hamas.
He gave recognition to Israel as a "fact of life" and called
for a "solution" based on Israeli acceptance of a puppet
He was deeply involved with American Jews supporting Israel.
There were big business ventures which need to be uncovered.
He condemned the 9.11 attacks but refused to condemn the
bombing of Afghanistan in which tens of thousands of Afghans
were killed in 2001.
The entire Muslim world was shocked by the U.S. invasion and
occupation of Iraq  but W.D. remained silent.
Throughout the years of resistance in Iraq, from 2003 to his
death in 2008, he remained silent about the suffering of the
Iraqi people [about a million civilians killed by the U.S.]
Refused to support the Black movement for reparations.
Ignored Black opponents of the regime, Black Panthers and
MOVE and others, who are in prison on ridiculously long
Agreed with the Bush regime that the Haitians arrested in
Florida were terrorists, even BEFORE their trial began.
He was used by the regime to neutralize the influence of Min.
Farrakhan. His followers carried out systematic propaganda
against Farrakhan even when Farrakhan tried hard to make
peace with W.D.
The trick was to give the impression that W.D.'s Islam is the
"real" "sunni" "orthodox" Islam while Farrakhan is doing
"shirk." It was very well done although Min. Farrakhan again
and again held conferences to affirm the fact that he is a
true believer in Islam. Even when Ulama from around the
Muslim world affirmed that Farrakhan is an authentic Muslm,
W.D.'s group did not stop its whispering campaign.
In moments of weakness [surrounded by his followers] such as
in his "farewell" speech, W.D. revealed that he had been
working for the U.S. State Department. [His blind followers
did not dare say a word even then.]
The State Department appreciated what he had done and gave
him a citation full of praise which he published in his
He was completely silent about the death and destruction in
Somalia brought by U.S.-backed forces.
He bought the Zionist story about Darfur and sent a group to
"invetstigate." Fortunately some on that team were not too
sure of the story.
He wanted to start a MAZHAB of his own, to bring about an
AMERICAN ISLAM. He declared openly [which New Trend
published] that there can be Messengers AFTER Muhammad, pbuh.
He encouraged racism and held separate gatherings of
African-Americans away from other Muslims.
He can best be described as "Uncle Tom" always trying to
please the power base of America.
The massive tragedy of GAZA, where Israel has cooped up the
entire population in a concentration camp type situation, did
not attract W.D.'s compassion although even non-Muslims were
shocked and protested.
How successfully the governmental agencies have done their
work! Wake up! Muslims of America: check out your leaders:
Do you think W.D.'s group could be infiltrated and yours
What are their sources of income?
Do they follow Qur'an and Sunnah or their own egos?
What are their positions on the 27 points given above?
Here is what a self-styled leader, Abdul Malik Mujahid of
Chicago, owner of Sound Vision business, had to say about
W.D Muhammad. Mujahid is the Muslim representative [of
Pakistani origin] in Obama's Democratic National Committee
[DNC] which supports Israel:
"First and foremost, I offer my heartfelt condolences to Imam
W.D. Mohammed's family. Second, my condolences go out to our
Ummah. With his passing, our community has lost a courageous
and inspired leader and a truly humble servant of God. Imam
W.D. Mohammed brought the largest number of people to Islam
I have very fond memories of him.
He was my brother in faith, my neighbor and my leader.
Despite the difference in age, knowledge and stature, he
would always treat me as his friend. Since he loved business
and he loved Sound Vision as well, he became a dealer of
Sound Vision's products and would sell our videos and other
material himself, thus giving us an important rubber stamp of
approval. He would regularly promote and encourage others
His mentoring reached the highest level when, in 1997, he
asked me to deliver the keynote speech at his convention in
New Jersey. When I arrived there from Chicago, he had four
people escort me in a protective circle to the program.
Although Imam W.D. Mohammed was a great leader, he would
always do things to honor others. I felt honored and humbled
by this reception. "
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Censorship Through Arrest
Historian Arrested by British at German Request at Airport
[on plane] for Thought Crime: Police Support for Jewish
version of History
A historian wanted in Germany for alleged Holocaust denial
has been remanded in custody in Britain after his extradition
hearing was adjourned. Dr Gerald Toben, 64, was arrested by
British police at Heathrow Airport on October 1 under an EU
arrest warrant issued by the German authorities. The warrant
accuses the Australian of publishing material "of an
anti-Semitic and/or revisionist nature" online. A bail
hearing is scheduled to take place on Friday, Oct. 10. It
will be followed by a full hearing on Oct. 17. Dr Toben is
accused of posting information online between 2000 and 2004
that denied, approved of or played down the mass murder of
Jews by the Nazis. [BBC report] NT comment: Dr. Toben 63
years after World War II ended is arrested for questioning
the Zionist-Jewish version of history. Germany claims to be a
democratic country but is totally at the mercy of Israel and
International Jewry. Few Muslims know that Germany is second
ONLY to the U.S. in supply of funds and weapons to the
terrorist entity known as Israel. The Israelis have milked
Germany of billions of dollars on the basis of the holocaust
myth which cannot be analyzed or questioned or discussed
without severe consequences.
Our America: Two items from our media monitor
What do Joe Biden and Sarah Palin Agree on "100?" Love of
Israel and hatred of Sudan [Re:Darfur]
The October 2 Vice Presidential debate in St. Louis, Missouri
went in favor of Republican Sarah Palin. Democrat Joe Biden
seemed tired, cocky and even bored. Palin took him by
surprise. She seemed to have been computerized by her
handlers and was chock full of statistics, facts and
anecdotes. Biden tried flashing his "I am better than you"
grin but gradually became tense, exasperated and irritated.
She won hands down and remained fresh, calm and
She is the kind of naive person who will take dictation from
"Israel firsters" like Joseph Lieberman and
In spite of numerous technical disagreements on a variety of
issues, the two were as ONE on issues dicated by the American
Jewish power structure. Biden declared: "We both love Israel"
100% and Sarah Palin heartily agreed. Both are for war in
Afghanistan and Pakistan which is being fueled by the
Zionists and their fellow travelers.
The other issue on which the two puppets agreed was the
Darfur situation in Sudan. The Zionists have made Darfur a
test of the candidates' loyalty to Israel. The Darfur
propaganda has been brought down to the Middle School level
in America and every child is being told to condemn what the
"Arabs" are doing in Darfur.
Sarah Palin's daughter became pregnant at 17 out of wedlock.
Why were the polygamists in Texas put in detention for
allegations of a similar kind while she is not questioned.
Isn't that a double standard? And she brings up Prof. Ayers
who did something allegedly violent when Obama was EIGHT
years old. More recently Ayers and Obama were on the Board of
a charitable organization, and she blames Obama for links
with a "terrorist!" This kind of empty headed rhetoric makes
election nothing more than a game between two
The $700 billion Bailout of the Rich and the Dissolute:
Barack Obama removes his Populist Mask: Congress Bribed
with $150 Billion
On October 3, Congress voted a second time on the financial
bailout bill of $700 billion and this time passed it. The
difference was that the adjusted bill included bribes
totalling $150 billion to induce those who were reluctant to
support it. This is corruption at the highest level. All the
pet projects of politicians were buttered with liberal
handouts to ensure their vote.
There were honorable exceptions. Independent Sanders from
Vermont gave in-depth breakdown of the bill and the rich and
the powerful it was meant to smooth over in their
capitalistic and speculative ventures which have become the
mainstays of America's economy.
The bankers and financiers had plundered their way to
bankruptcy and Bush was out to save them. He had a surprising
ally: Barack Obama. He made personal calls to Senators and
Congressmen to ensure that they would support the bailout.
The American heartland, millions of small businessmen, are
furious with the bailout. Obama made soothing speeches to
calm them down and assure them that "things will work out" in
the future. How? is anyone's guess.
Obama is mentally with the exploiters but his speech making
skills hide his proclivity. He is what is known among African
Americans as a "coconut."
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Outreach: Philadelphia: 200 Receive Jamaat Literature
after Juma': Saudi students object to
October 3, 2008: After Juma' salat at a mosque adjacent to
the University of Pennsylvania, Jamaat al-Muslimeen's 4 -
page document was given to 200 Muslims. It includes a brief
report on Dr. Aafia Siddiqui's children and coverage of Amina
Masood Janjua's interview with the "On with Leon" radio show.
Dr. Aafia is the highly educated Islamic woman who has
allegedly been tortured by U.S. special forces in Afghanistan
and is now in a New York prison. Her children are American
citizens and were kidnapped and locked up in Afghanistan by
Amina Masood leads a group dedicated to the recovery of
Pakistanis who disappeared under the Musharraf regime and are
suspected of being in Pakistani military custody. Amina's
visa was cancelled just as she was to leave on a visit to the
U.S. to inform Americans of the atrocities their surrogates
have committed in the U.S.
Part two of the documented highlighted Jamaat al-Muslimeen's
National Islamic Shoora and the new web site of
The document was well received by the crowd. However a
student from Saudi Arabia objected to the comment that in
Muslim majority countries, Jihad is part of the pillars of
faith. JAM rep told him that the Qur'an gives highest
priority to Jihad when Muslim lands are occupied. The Hadith
gives it the highest place next to faith. The Saudi youth had
no idea what the Qur'an says. He and 4 other Saudis with him
returned the document. It looks like Saudi citizens are under
their regime's surveillance. This is the new generation of
Saudis, with no beard or any other other manifestation of
religiosity, with permed hair and American style clothes..
The objector seemed to be controlling the others. Osama's
attempts to overthrow the Saudi regime have made the Saudis
nervous and jumpy.
Does Islam allow you to put a million dollar dome on
Eid Prayers on the Correct Date: Crescent was sighted on
Sept. 30: Local Sighting would be more Islamic
by Kaukab Siddique, Ph.D
October 1, 2008: Fortunately there were a few masjids which
did follow the correct Eid date according to the Hadith of
Muhammad, pbuh. In Maryland, a large Eid gathering was held
at a rented hall in Langley Park, just outside Washington,
DC. The worshippers included a large number of women. The
khutba was above average. The khateeb, from Guyana, urged
Muslims to be aware of the social context in which they live.
He called for rejection of the legalization of gambling on a
big scale which is underway. He spoke against homosexuality:
it was quite refreshing.
In most of America, the crescent was not sighted on Sept. 30.
However, witnesses in southern Florida and near Waco in Texas
claimed that they had sighted it, though it was very slim and
low on the horizon. As a result, those who wanted Sunnah, had
Eid on Oct. 1.
However, blind followers of funded groups, government
agencies and FBI-affiliated groups had Eid on Sept. 30. They
have given up all pretense of following the Sunnah.
Islamically, even the Sept. 30 sighting was not very sound.
The Hadith evidently endorses local sighting. In the name of
unity, American Muslims are trying to impose sighting
ANYWHERE in America on the entire country. Thus we have the
situation where a VERY FEW impose their will on the ENTIRE
ummah. This is not nikah that you need only two
witnesses. What people throughout the country cannot see is
claimed by a very, very few.
Do these "let's be united" people unite on issues hurting the
global ummah? No! ISNA-CAIR etc are silent about the
suffering of Muslims. If the Prophet, pbuh, is insulted, they
keep quiet. If Dr. Aafia Siddiqui is kidnapped, tortured,
assaulted, there is not a peep out of these "unity" groups.
More than a million people have been driven from their homes
in Bajaur and Swat by Pakitstan's made-in-America army. Any
ISNA response? No!
Inshallah, as Jamaat al-Muslimeen becomes stronger, we should
work to support LOCAL SIGHTING. That would put an end to
these attempts to divide the nation. Go, look for the
crescent in your city. If good numbers of people see it, have
Eid the next day.
America's Muslims are extremely weak. Their leaders, illa
Mashallah, are boot lickers of the kafir system. The
leaders have led the ummah so far from islam, that now even
clear texts of Islam can be violated and the leaders can get
away with it.
Look at the paradox: Immigrant Muslims eat more during
Ramadan than they do during any other month. They are not
ashamed. In fact if they were not such great eaters, there
would be nothing left for them to do. Any Islamic activity
will take them against the kafir system and they dare
not. They say Allahu Akbar in every rakat of every prayer but
they act as if the American power structure is Akbar.
We must look at the life of Muhammad, pbuh. Be humble. Seek
guidance. A million dollar dome on your masjid is not going
to save you from the Wrath of Allah if you are violating even
the most basic Guidance from the Qur'an and the Hadith. Does
Islam permit you to build million dollar mosques and hook up
with the State government and get money from the Federal
government. All this activity is kufr and
shirk. It's not even relevant to ask these people why
they ignore the Hadith about looking for the crescent. These
people are in DEEP with the enemies of Islam.
Lal Masjid Khatib issues decree against Zardari:
Misbehavior with Sarah Palin was unIslamic
ISLAMABAD: Khatib Lal Masjid Maulana Abdul Ghafar issuing a
decree against President Asif Ali Zardari for his behavior
with US Republican Vice Presidential Candidate Sarah Palin,
termed it unIslamic and said that the President has shamed
the whole nation.
Addressing sermon on the occasion of Jummat-ul-Wida, Khatib
Lal Masjid said that President Asif Ali Zardari's gestures
and repeated praise of a non mahram woman is not only
un- Islamic but is unbecoming of a head of state of a
He said that Asif Ali Zardari has shamed the whole nation and
the manner in which he had shook hands with Sarah Palin is
intolerable and shameful.
He said that we are fighting US war in our country and scores
of our country men are being killed. He demanded an immediate
end to operation in tribal areas and said that this is
increasing hatred amongst tribesmen for Pakistan and
He said we are fighting a war for infidels and we would than
have to bear the wrath of Allah. He said that politicians
instead of just verbal promises should take practical steps
and give befitting response to their aggression.
He said that former President Pervez Musharraf had sold the
country due to which today he is living in isolation and
humiliation. He said we have adopted the ways of the Jews.
He said that the people of this country expected a change
after elections but nothing has changed and we are still
following the old policies.
He strongly condemned the statements of President Zardari in
Europe terming them unscrupulous.
He was of the view that there must be an end to war on terror
as US is not our ally but enemy.
Maulvi Umar, Spokesman of Pakistani Taliban, gave a rare
interview to a Pakistani journalist.
See excerpts below:
Muzamal Suherwardy SPECIAL TO THE WASHINGTON TIMES
September 11, 2008 [Extract published here for non-profit,
educational, purpose to disseminate a viewpoint very
difficult to get in U.S. media.]
[The word "suicide" seems to have been extrapolated either by
the interviewer or by editor of the Times. It should be read
as "martyrdom operator" as it is seen in Pakistan
This interview with Maulvi Umar, spokesman for
Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), was conducted in Urdu on
Aug. 24 in the Bajaur tribal zone in Pakistan's North West
Frontier Province by Muzamal Suherwardy, a senior
correspondent and talk-show host for the Khabrain media group
and an occasional contributor to The Washington Times. Umar
typically calls news organizations to claim responsibility
for suicide attacks, including one on Saturday in which at
least 35 people died.
Question: A military operation is under way in Bajaur that
has brought wide unrest throughout the country. About 200,000
to 300,000 residents of the tribal areas have been evacuated
from their homes and are leading a miserable life in the
refugee camps. TTP is being blamed for this situation.
A: No, it's wrong. The government of Pakistan should be held
responsible. Whenever the government wants, it starts a war,
and the situation is the result of that war. There was
nothing for a military operation in the area. The Taliban
were living peacefully here. Then, the government launched a
war, destroyed our homes and killed our brothers, which made
the situation critical.
Q: The Pakistani government says foreign militants have taken
refuge in the tribal areas and the operation is against these
militants. Why does TTP provide shelter to these foreigners?
A: All these statements are nothing but a pack of lies. The
government always makes lame excuses for a military operation
in the tribal areas. It first said that Osama bin Laden was
there. We have always contradicted such statements. The
security forces have not even martyred or arrested a single
foreigner in our area, the tribal areas. What kind of
foreigners are they?
Secondly, we call American and NATO foreigners, and we are
fighting against them.
Q: So, you are saying that TTP has not given refuge to any
Uzbek, Tajik and Arab fighters?
A: Yes, we dont have any. All TTP activists from Waziristan
to Swat are Pakistanis and patriots, and time will tell who
is more loyal to Pakistan the Taliban or the United States.
We know that America has not come in this region for
Afghanistan. They actually want to interfere in the internal
affairs of Pakistan. Whom you call terrorists will actually
help Pakistan some day.
Q: If your fight is against America and NATO forces, why will
you kill innocent Pakistanis in suicide attacks?
A: The Taliban is going through a tough time, so it has
resorted to these attacks. The suicide bombers always target
security forces or government officials, but sometimes
innocent people also fall victim to it. We always regret that
and seek pardon, but it happens in war. It sometimes becomes
difficult to differentiate between the enemy and innocent
people in the crowd.
Recently, we have targeted the Pakistan Ordnance Factory in
Wah Cantt because all the weapons being used in Bajaur
against the Taliban and residents of the tribal areas are
invented and assembled in this factory. So, we had to take
action in the revenge. (An August suicide attack on the
munitions factory about 30 miles north of Islamabad in August
killed 60 people, according to Pakistani press reports.)
Q: Will you attack this factory again?
A: Yes, we can. We can hit anywhere in Pakistan. Actually, it
was a warning to the government. If it does not end the
military operation in the tribal areas, we will make more
suicide attacks on the military installations and
Our suicide bombers are in every nook and cranny of the
country. They are just waiting for a green signal from their
leadership to sacrifice their lives for Allah Almighty.
Q: Islam abhors suicide. Its a sin.
A: Yes, you are right. Islam forbids suicide. But [Islamic
theologians] have given a verdict that when you sacrifice
your life to cause damage to the enemy, then its not a sin;
rather it brings the blessings of Allah.
Q: What is the relationship between TTP and al Qaeda?
A: Al Qaeda is not just an organization. It has become an
ideology. Whoever is against America is Taliban.
Q: Is Osama bin Laden alive? It is said that he remained in
Bajaur for quite some time.
A: He must be alive. We pray to God for his long life. He is
an enemy of the United States because he knows that they
wanted hegemony all over the world. Osama has set an example
of all mujahedeen, and well follow in his footprints.
Q: How do you get money to run your movement?
A: Tribal people and Muslims from all over Pakistan and all
over the world give donations for the cause.
Q: So, TTP has no financial constraints?
A: No, not at all.
Q: How do you get weapons?
A: There are wave after wave of mass reservoirs of weapons in
Pakistans tribal areas and Afghanistan. We have enough
weapons to continue jihad against the Americans
The weapons we have here in Bajaur are from the Pakistani
army. We have huge stocks of G3s and mortar shells. We have
arrested 300 army men in Waziristan and seized a mass amount
of weapons from their custody, and with that, we can fight
against the Pakistani security forces for 10 years. We also
have armored jeeps and other military vehicles.
Q: How is Baitullah Mehsud (the militia leader accused in the
death of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto)?
A: He is fine. I talked to him yesterday. Sometimes he
[falls] unconscious because of uncontrolled diabetes, but
apparently hes fine. He is a young, brave man and has
Q: TTP has developed an organized army. Can you give some
idea of its strength?
A: In the tribal belt, we have more than 100,000
Q: Do you pay them?
A: No, they voluntarily fight against the non-Muslims.
Q: If you dont pay them, how will they feed their families?
A: They do labor and business besides their jihad activities
to feed their families. TTP has told them that the war will
continue for years so they could continue with domestic
matters. However, these days, we are in a warlike condition
in the tribal areas, so they have abandoned their other
business and are fully concentrating on jihad.
Q: Does TTP provide training to its soldiers?
A: Obviously, we train our soldiers. We teach them to use all
kinds of weapons besides physical training.
Q: How much time does training take?
A: There are different courses, ranging from two months to
Q: Do you only use teenagers for suicide attacks because they
have immature minds that are easy to manipulate?
A: No, its not so. We dont force anybody to do suicide
attacks. They automatically come to us and request a chance
to sacrifice their lives for Allah. We teach our children.
They study the Koran, understand it and memorize it, and when
they become totally ready, then they are recruited for jihad.
You will find not even a single child among us. However, we
have a lot of energetic young people.
Q: It is said that their minds have been prepared for suicide
attacks since childhood.
A: No, no, its not right. We neither prepare people for
suicide attacks nor preach the action. People automatically
come and request a chance to sacrifice their lives for Allah,
and then we train them.
Q: How do you recruit suicide bombers? Its quite impossible
for a common man to [get] access to you.
A: Its not so. People who have a desire easily access us.
Recently, an Urdu-speaking man from Karachi came to me for
suicide attack training. I thought he had some financial
constraints or a scuffle with his family. But he told me that
he was quite wealthy and he just wanted to sacrifice his life
for Allah. So, we trained him, and he did a very successful
PEACEFUL PROTEST FOR INALIENABLE HUMAN RIGHTS AND
SELF-DETERMINATION CRUSHED by INDIAN OCCUPATION FORCES
Washington, D.C. October 5, 2008. Dr. Ghulam Nabi Fai,
Executive Director, Kashmiri American Council/Kashmir Center
said that the horrific and inhumane situation in Kashmir,
caused by the Indian military and paramilitary forces, has
deteriorated to unheard levels of depravity. In response, the
Coordination Committee - headed by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Syed
Ali Geelani, and Mohammad Yasin Malik, have resolved to
organize a massive peaceful protest on October 6th, 2008 to
the historic Lal Chowk in the besieged city of Srinagar.
Moreover, the Coordination Committee has issued a stark
warning to all its citizens that, according to Dr. Fai,
'pebble-pelting will not be allowed and violence will not be
The Kashmiri American Council/Kashmir Center reiterates that
this peaceful demonstration represents a fundamental
attitudinal shift throughout Indian occupied Kashmir. Namely,
of peaceful, and civil protest to demand the basic right of
self-determination. To be clear, Dr. Fai stated that 'the
Kashmiri leadership is entirely aware that the most effective
weapon in mobilizing international opinion is peaceful and
non violent processions'. Clearly, the people have
transformed their movement into a culture of non-violence.'
Supporting that the numerous massive protests throughout
Kashmir within the past three months in which no weapons were
in the hands of people. Rather, the people of Kashmir carried
placards that demanded their right to self-determination, an
honest inquiry into the 4600 mass graves gruesomely unearthed
and 'Azaadi - Freedom.'
The United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights,
under Article 20, clearly states 'Everyone has the right to
freedom of peaceful assembly and association.' In response to
this legitimate call to exercise their inalienable rights,
the Indian authorities have imposed a curfew, detained
Mohammad Yasin Malik and put the whole leadership under house
arrest, including Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Chairman, All parties
Hurriyet Conference, affecting the whole of Indian occupied
Kashmir. This collective punishment on a civilian,
non-combatant population is, yet again, another indisputable
instance of Indian unwillingness to abide by the UN Charter.
To that, Dr. Fai responded 'nothing can break the will of the
Kashmiri people for their legitimate and undeniable right for
self-determination - the basic human rights supported by even
Indian intellectuals and thinkers like Ms. Arundhati Roy, Mr.
Vir Sanghvi, Mr. Pankaj Mishra, Professor Rajmohan Gandhi,
Mr. Swaminathan S Anklesaria Aiyar, Mr. Gautam Navlakha, Dr.
Sumantra Bose, Mr. Ramratan Chatterjee, Mr. Praful Bidwai,
Professor Angana Chatterji, Mr. Harish Dhawan and many others.
The Kashmiri American Council/Kashmir Center is committed to
finding a just and lasting peace to the disputed territory of
Kashmir through a fair and impartial plebiscite. It fully
endorses the beginning of tripartite talks and a Peace
Process, including India, Pakistan and Kashmiri leadership,
to resolve this longstanding dispute. It urges the
international community to intervene on humanitarian grounds
to ease the suffering of the innocent and unarmed
The father of Imam Muhammad's young wife now has a web
site of his own where he has published details of the efforts
to deny his daughter her Islamic rights.
Letter: The Difficulties Faced by Imam W.D. Mohammad's
Young Wife show Muslims are not letting go of the
I wanted to wait until I was able to pray through some very
serious issues I have had with some people in the WD Mohammed
community before I addressed the article you wrote about him
shortly after his death. I found it to be very unnecessary
and the timing was extremely poor. I say this because you
have stated your issues with him in the past (while he was
alive) very clearly so why repeat them so soon after his
death? What is the point? What will this achieve?
The community under his leadership for me has been filled
with a multitude of challenges. However many in this
community are wonderful people and you can't blame Imam
Mohammed for the behavior of other adults. He taught us
against everything that some in the community continue to
cling too (jealousy, trying to impress him, cliques,
misogyny, holding on to our past customs that contradicted
You are entitled to your view of him and anyone else. I felt
the timing of the article was out of place. However, I am
glad you are printing the information about the ill treatment
of his young wife. I find what I have read about the
treatment she is receiving from one of his daughters and some
family members in poor taste. Many of the women in the WD
Mohammed community just can't let go of this system (American
law system) when it comes to marriage. Many feel they must be
validated as a good woman by the state. Also many are so
against polygyny that it does not matter how happy the
polygynous family may be, they will not want good for them in
general. Any sister who stands firm in her faith concerning
this subject at some time will find herself either officially
or unofficially ostracized. When we know and realize that our
source is Allah, we do not have anything to fear from men.
Many women with civil marriage licenses are not treated very
fairly in the court system once the marriage is dissolved.
Many do not receive justice. A contract between two Believers
who truly fear Allah is very valid. It can't be used in the
Family Court system; however it can be used in the civil
system if need be, insh'Allah.
WD Mohammed's community is not the only one that has this
civil law marriage versus Islamic law marriage concept
problem among women and some men. Unfortunately, so many
women are so horribly mistreated in Islamic communities that
many turn to the civil system in hopes of getting some
justice. Until Islamic Shariah is universally applied in all
or at least most Islamic communities this will continue.
May Allah forgive us all for our shortcomings.
Your Sister in Faith,
1000 Peace Women Across the Globe [Atlanta, Georgia]
Courtesy: Uruknet.info and Dr. M. Rasool
What Nobody Wants To Know About Somalia And Why; And What
October 3, 2008
A huge war crime -- a massive crime against humanity -- is
going on right now in Somalia, courtesy of (but only
indirectly traceable to) the Bush administration and
Washington's bipartisan power elite. But, aside from Chris
Floyd and a few other internet madmen, nobody knows -- or
even wants to know -- much about it.
What's happening? And why doesn't anybody want to know? These
are troubling questions for anyone who cares about the soul
of America, and even more troubling for anyone who's
beginning to suspect that America has no soul at all.
Somalia is the invisible third front of the Terror War, an
American-backed "regime change" operation launched by the
invading army of Ethiopia and local warlords in December
2006. In addition to helping arm, fund and train the army of
the Ethiopian dictatorship, the United States has intervened
directly into the conflict, carrying out bombing raids on
fleeing refugees and nomads, firing missiles into villages,
sending in death squads to clean up after covert operations,
and [...] assisting in the "rendition" of refugees, including
American citizens, into the hands of Ethiopia's notorious
Bombing raids on fleeing refugees? Oh, yes. And much more,
too. These people look hungry. We'd better kill them!
And the longer it goes on, the worse it gets.
When Chris Floyd writes, "Somalia is the invisible third
front of the Terror War", he's probably counting
chronologically starting from 9/11: in this sense Afghanistan
is #1 (we started attacking in October of 2001; let's forget
about the summer of '79) and Iraq is #2 (officially March of
2003, but in reality January 1991, and long before then as a
matter of fact), which would make Somalia #3 (December 2006,
and long before then, too!) and the recently opened and more
recently acknowledged, still
partly-deniable war-against-our-ally Pakistan as #4. And then
Iran would be #5, or maybe it already is? But -- oops! -- did
we forget to count the Terror War against the Home Front?
It soon gets too complicated to sort out, and therein lies
one of the problems. The world is too big and too chaotic; we
are too small and too stupid; we will never be able to deal
with all of it. (I've been blogging for almost four years now
and there are still large parts of the world that I have
never even mentioned! It doesn't mean I don't care; usually
it means I don't know enough to say anything authoritative,
in which case I prefer to remain silent. But still ...
where's my coverage of Darfur? And that's just one example.)
We prefer good news to bad, especially when times are tough.
And it doesn't take much to overload on bad news these days.
But still ... How can we ignore things like this ?
Together, the American Terror Warriors, the Ethiopians and
the warlords (some of them directly in the pay of the CIA)
have created the worst humanitarian disaster on earth.
Thousands have been killed in the fighting. Hundreds of
thousands have been driven from their homes, many fleeing to
northern Kenya, where more than 215,000 people are
languishing in a single refugee camp in Dadaab; 45,000 people
have poured into the camp this year alone, says the UN. In
some of the camps, Somali refugees are living without any
shelter at all: "The BBC's Mark Doyle, who has recently
visited the camps in Kenya, says some refugees do not even
have a basic plastic sheet to protect them from the sun
In just the last two weeks, more than 18,500 people have fled
the capital of Mogadishu, which has already been decimated by
the warfare. Many were sent on the run by one of the
Ethiopians' favorite tactics: mortar and artillery fire into
civilian areas believed "sympathetic" to the insurgents.
The United States is not only backing the Ethiopians and the
Somali transitional government (TGF) propped up by the
occupation; Washington has also provided "robust financial
and logistical support to armed paramilitaries resisting the
command and control of the TGF," according to a major new
study of the conflict by the human rights organization,
Enough. In addition to these freebooters, it turns out that
the wide-ranging Somali pirates -- who last week hijacked a
shipload of heavy weapons being funneled into African
conflicts by Ukrainian war profiteers -- are supported by
"backers linked to the Western-backed government"
We're reading more from Chris Floyd, of course; who else?
Floyd's writing is unique, both in its stylish command of the
language and in its content: for instance, hardly anybody
else ever bothers to write about Somalia. The big media --
mainstream and other -- avoid mentioning it at almost every
opportunity, and most of what does get published is sanitized
in one way or half a dozen, with writers and editors falling
over each other to avoid placing the blame for this
horrendous situation where it obviously belongs.
But not Chris Floyd: whenever he digs up news from "the
invisible third front", he writes about it, and he counters
the spin. He puts the news in context; he explains what it
means in terms of the big picture, just like he always does,
whether he's writing about Iraq or Afghanistan, or the Home
Front, or any other place.
But -- remarkably, sadly, and altogether too revealingly, in
my opinion -- when Chris Floyd writes about Somalia, his
website traffic goes through a hole in the floor.
So hardly anybody bothered to visit Floyd's remarkable site,
Empire Burlesque, on the day when he posted the passage
quoted above, along with excerpts from a piece by Jennifer
Beskal at Salon:
Ishmael, a 37-year-old shepherd from the Ogaden region in
Ethiopia, looked at me with tears in his eyes. Ethiopian
forces -- who had already killed his mother, father, brothers
and sisters -- murdered his wife days after they were
married. They then slaughtered his goats, beat him
unconscious, and slashed his shoulder to the bone, he said.
In December 2006, Ishmael crossed through Somalia into Kenya,
heading for the nearest refugee camp in search of medical
care. But when he didn't have enough money to pay a 1,000
shilling ($15) bribe, the Kenyan police bundled him into a
car and took him to Nairobi. Less than a month later, he was
herded onto an airplane with some 30 others, flown to Somalia
and handed over to the Ethiopian military -- the same forces
that he previously fled.
Ishmael is a victim of a 2007 rendition program in the Horn
of Africa, involving Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia and the United
States. There are at least 90 more victims like him. Most
have since been sent home. A few -- including a Canadian and
nine who assert Kenyan nationality -- remain in detention
even now. The whereabouts of 22 others -- including several
Somalis, Ethiopian Ogadenis, and Eritreans --
[In the immediate aftermath of the invasion], Kenyan
authorities arrested at least 150 men, women and children
from more than 18 countries -- including the United States,
the United Kingdom and Canada -- in operations near the
Somali border, and held them for weeks without charge in
Nairobi. In January and February 2007, the Kenyan government
then unlawfully put dozens of these individuals -- with no
notice to families, lawyers or the detainees themselves -- on
flights to Somalia, where they were handed over to the
Ethiopian military. Ethiopian forces also arrested an unknown
number of people in Somalia....
An unknown number of them -- likely dozens -- were questioned
by the Central Intelligence Agency and Federal Bureau of
Investigation agents in Addis Ababa. From February to May
2007, Ethiopian security officers daily transported detainees
-- including several pregnant women -- to a villa where U.S.
officials interrogated them about suspected terrorist links.
At night the Ethiopian officers returned the detainees to
In addition to working with the U.S., the Ethiopians used the
rendition program for their own ends. For years, the
Ethiopian military has been trying to quell domestic Ogadeni
and Oromo insurgencies that receive support from neighboring
countries, such as Ethiopia's archrival, Eritrea. The
multinational rendition program provided them a convenient
means to continue this internal battle -- and get their
hands, with U.S. and Kenyan support, on those with suspected
Ishmael was one of their victims.
The questions his Ethiopian interrogators asked were nonstop,
and always the same: "Are you al-Qaida? Are you an Ogadeni
rebel? Are you part of the Somali insurgency?" Each time he
said no, he was beaten, sometimes to the point of
unconsciousness. When he resisted answering, they targeted
Then, in February 2008 -- some 14 months after his original
arrest -- the Ethiopians decided Ishmael was no longer worth
the trouble. They dumped him, along with 27 others, just over
the Somali border....Now Ishmael is back in the refugee camp,
limping and urinating blood. He is still waiting for the
healthcare he came searching for nearly two years ago.
Why do people read Chris Floyd? Because he's a fantastic
writer; because he's a tireless researcher; because he always
tells us the truth, no matter how horrible; because he
directs our attention to vital stories we otherwise might
have missed; and surely there are more good reasons.
Which of these reasons are negated when Chris writes
None, of course. That was a rhetorical question. Now here's a
real one: Why does the whole world run away from Chris
Floyd's articles about Somalia?
Is it because the victims of the war crime in Somalia are
blacker than the victims of the war crimes in Iraq
Is it because the roots of the war crime in Somalia reflect
badly on both Bill Clinton and George Bush?
Is it because we can't stand reading about more than two war
crimes on the same day, and Iraq and Afghanistan fill
Is it because the war crime in Somalia is a proxy war crime,
being fought under the flag of the invading Ethopians?
Are Americans too lazy and too stupid to connect the dots --
the dots between funding, arming, supplying, motivating and
supporting an invading army; and actually being responsible
for the invasion?
Is it because no Americans are being killed there?
Or is it because the stories coming out of Somalia are
Floyd's newest post contains an update on renditions in the
Somalia war crime, from the BBC:
Among [the fleeing refugees] were Salim Awadh, a Kenyan, and
his Tanzanian wife, Fatma Chande. Both of them were arrested
as they crossed the border [from Somalia to Kenya in
"I was kept in a cell with other women. Then the Kenyan
anti-terrorist police questioned me - they asked me why we
went to Somalia," Fatma says.
I meet Fatma in her small two-room house in Moshi, northern
Tanzania. She is quietly spoken and her voice falters as she
explains what happened next.
"I told them my husband got a job repairing mobile phones in
Somalia. But they tried to force me to admit that my husband
was a terrorist. They said I had to tell them the truth or
they would strangle me."
...In the first weeks of early 2007, news began to filter out
that several hundred people - including children - had been
arrested trying to enter Kenya.
Al Amin Kimathi, the head of Kenya's Muslim Human Rights
Forum, sent volunteers to police stations across the capital,
Nairobi, trying to collect information.
"Some very frustrated senior police officers told us point
blank: it's not our operation, go and ask the Americans, just
call the American embassy. We even saw the Americans bring in
detainees and take them out of certain police stations in
Nairobi," he said.
Many of the refugees were sent back to Somalia, and then
"renditioned" onward to Ethiopia.
"A week after we arrived we were interrogated by whites -
Americans, British, I was interrogated for weeks,"
Former detainees have also told the BBC they were questioned
by US agents. One said he was beaten by Americans.
...Al Amin Kimathi believes Ethiopia was seen as the
"It was the most natural place to take anyone looking for a
site to go and torture and to extract confessions. Ethiopia
allows torture of detainees. And that is the modus operandi
...More than a year and a half after the renditions, the US
government still refuses to respond to questions on the
alleged US role.
...Meanwhile Fatma is still waiting anxiously for news of
After Salim got access to a mobile phone, he was able to
speak to her from his cell for the first time in more than
Now the phone has stopped working, Salim has disappeared
Chris appends this note:
I know that no one cares about this. I know that the fact
that thousands of Somalis have been slaughtered and millions
more driven into suffering and desolation by a vicious war
being conducted at every step with American assistance, in
America's name -- in your name, if you're an American -- is
not nearly as important as whether or not Joe Biden strikes
the proper tone in his "debate" with Sarah Palin tonight. I
know that even to most true-blue "progressives," the Somalis
are non-people -- except when they show up as wild-eyed
beserkers on late-night re-runs of "Black Hawk Down." I know
that every time I write about Somalia, the traffic for the
site plummets like the stock of a clapped-out merchant bank
just before it gets a government bailout. But I don't really
care. With the full approval of the entire bipartisan
political elite, America is breeding death, hate, extremism
and a hellish storm of blowback through its actions in
Somalia. You might not give a damn that this evil is being
wrought in your name, but I do.
I applaud Chris Floyd for his persistence in paying attention
to Somalia even though his readers have made it painfully
obvious that they don't give a fig. But I still want to know:
what combination of factors allows them not to care, or
prevents them from caring?
Perhaps there's a question about whether these war crimes are
really being committed in our names? Jennifer Deskal, the
human rights advocate whose piece in Salon Chris Floyd quoted
at length, writes:
Almost everyone I spoke with assumed -- whether true or not
-- that the United States backed the arbitrary arrest and
unlawful rendition of men like Ishmael and the still-detained
Kenyans. Almost everyone assumed that the Ethiopians operate
with America's blessing.
To which Floyd remarks:
They "assume" these things, of course, because they are true.
And Deskal continues:
Their stories have circulated, fueling anger and resentment.
As one man, whose childhood friend became one of the
rendition victims, told me, "Now when I go to the mosque, I
pray to God to punish the Americans."
To be sure, the United States is not the main culprit when
the Kenyans unlawfully render suspects or the Ethiopians
torture them. But when U.S. officials interrogate rendition
victims who are being held incommunicado, the United States
becomes complicit in the abuse. The U.S. is funding the
Ethiopian military, supporting its activities in Somalia and
training Kenyan security forces in counterterrorism -- so as
U.S.-backed military and police forces in the region
brutalize their domestic opponents in the name of fighting
terrorism, the United States is often blamed.
The United States could change those perceptions by demanding
higher standards of its foreign partners and cutting off aid
to abusers. It otherwise risks fueling the very problem --
anti-American militancy -- that it seeks to solve. For
starters, the U.S. could demand the release or fair trial of
any rendition victims still stuck in Ethiopian custody.
Chris Floyd again:
Daskal's story is marred by the same timidity which groups
like Human Rights Watch (where she serves as senior
counterrorism counsel) generally display when discussing
American direction of and complicity in war crimes. These
references are often couched in terms of "a perception" (or
even misperceptions!) of American intentions. The latter are
always given the benefit of doubt and qualification. Still,
it requires little reading between the lines to see the
confirmation of what every honest observer of the conflict
can see: the Terror War operation is creating more of the
violent extremism that it purports to combat. ...
In my opinion, Chris Floyd lets Jennifer Deskal off lightly
for ridiculous spin and obvious distortion -- as well as some
remarkably timid audacity! (or should I say
The notion that the USA is only complicit if its officials
participate in the interrogation of rendition victims is
bizarre and incomprehensible -- except as another part of the
official deception. Welcome to the nightmare, where even
defenders of human rights cut unrepentant torturers as much
slack as possible.
Another bizarre and incomprehensible notion also comes to
mind: perhaps most Americas are determined to know as little
as possible about the war crime in Somalia because that's
the only way their lives can make sense!
The war crimes against Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Iran and
the Home Front all have some "justifying" pretext, or
several. Even though all the stories are false, they're
there, part of the national crazy-quilt all the obvious,
transparent, politically viable lies about 9/11; campfire
tales about Saddam Hussein and his non-existent WMD; the
endless not-really hunt for Osama bin Laden; nuclear weapons
that don't exist yet but are already an existential threat to
Israel; and a nation crawling with FBI entrapment victims
if not actually real terrorists.
But we don't have any story about Somalia.
We don't have a mythically famous villain.
We don't have any ruins we can point to while saying, "You
see this? The Somalis did this!"
In other words, there is no reason -- not even a
transparently false reason -- for the war crime
And yet there's no opposition to it, from either party. And
this combination of facts, in my opinion, makes the story
intolerable to almost everybody.
There's no way to cloak ourselves in denial this time, no fig
leaf to hide behind. Somalia reveals all too clearly the real
motives behind the Terror War, and they are not what we have
been told -- by Democrats or Republicans.
Somalia also reveals some crucial aspects of the Terror War
on the Home Front. Among them: America's bipartisan
leadership has no qualms about attacking foreigners who pose
no threat to us, even without a plausible pretext, if they
think they can get away with it.
When you add in all the other reasons -- from the blackness
of the victims to the gruesomeness of the stories -- you get
a tangled mess of horror that is so ugly, only the most
courageous among us can stand to look at it.
Chris Floyd has enough courage to do it. But most of his
readers do not. And that's one of the reasons why I am
becoming increasingly convinced that we are more screwed now
than ever before.
2008-10-07 Tue 20:48:28 cdt