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Dr Kaukab Siddique | Editor-in-Chief Jamada al-Awwal 1,1430/ April 26, 2009, # 20

Surprise! Surprise! Israel does not consider Iran the biggest threat to it. Which is the biggest threat to Israel in its own words? Scroll way down. Must read!

Inside India: SLUM DOG +Dalit Voice. Scroll all the way down.

An eye opening article from expert Mark Weber on the holocaust lobby. Weber deserves the support of the Muslim community. Please scroll down.

We urge ISNA-CAIR, ICNA, MPAC to explain how their kufr activity can be justified. See khutba below plus Malangababa Part III. We give right of reply.

Another Revolutionary Khutba
The Qur'an Places Men and Women Together in Every Category of Islamic Endeavor.
Cooperation with Oppressors is haram [strictly forbidden]. U.S. Muslim "leaders" Betrayed the Ummah.

April 24, 2009. The following are the main points from Dr. Kaukab Siddique's Juma' Khutba at a small mosque on the west side of Baltimore. Although the mosque was packed to capacity with about 100 worshippers [very few women], this summary is being provided for countrywide distribution and hopefully a sample for other khateebs:

Text # 1: "Surely for men and women who accept Islam, for men and women in whose hearts faith has entered, for men and women who are devoutly obedient to Allah, for men and women who speak the truth, for men and women who patiently persevere, for men and women who seek humility from Allah, for men and women who spend in Allah's way, for men and women who purify themselves through fasting, for men and women who guard their private parts, and for men and women who remember Allah much -- for them has Allah promised forgiveness and a great reward." [The Qur'an 33:35.]

Text # 2: "From Aus ibn Shurajeel [r.a.]. He heard the messenger of Allah, peace and blessings of Allah be on him, saying: One who supports an oppressor and strengthens him, although he know that he is an oppressor, such a one leaves the fold of Islam." [Hadith in Mishkat al-Masabih.] Part II of Khutba: Du'a: [Response from the congregation; "Ameen, Ameen, summa Ameen."]

Syrian Imam who was never against America
Letter: The Case of Br. Enaam Arnaout: Imprisoned for Sending boots to Bosnia

Dear Brother Kaukab,
I noticed you had Br. Enaam Arnaout on a list of worthy prisoners so I'm writing to let you know how he can be reached.
He is in that special high security prison for low level political detainees that Guantanamo is modeled after. Thanks to Sr. Linda Richards from we were able to locate him. His contact information is on this page:

I have been in touch with him by mail a couple of times. The judge refused his last appeal, so now he is making istikhara to decide what to do next.
He does not seem to have much contact with the outside world. He asks for prayers for his mother in Medina who is old and sick. He hasn't seen his children in eight years. He mentioned he was being mistreated but didn't feel comfortable describing it to a female. Inshallah I hope you could be in touch with him and maybe give him some hope. He was sentenced to ten years, so he will be released eventually and will need support.

He would like to know, as would I, what happened to the orphans that were abandoned when Bush closed down Benevolence International Foundation.
It would be interesting if someone would make a movie tracking this story down. There was an entire house full of paralyzed children with polio. I hopeto God someone checked in on them. Many of those orphans who were abandoned would be adults now if they survived. Maybe they could be found.

wa salaam
Karin Maria Friedemann

Letter: Re: Br. Yusuf Irelandi's Khutba: Did the Prophet, pbuh, tie stones to his stomach? Doesn't make sense!

While I was reading under the title:

Outreach in Tennessee: "Prophet Muhammad, pbuh, was humble, sat on the ground, often went Hungry."

I found "Nowadays when was the last time a Muslim here has tied a rock to his stomach due to severe hunger?!"

I don't understand why any hungry person would tie a stone in the stomach. Wouldn't that make things worse for the person? Could you please find out the truth about the "hadith". Is there any misreporting or mis-translation? Please let me know if you could find anything more sensible on it.

Best wishes,
Shahjahan Khan

Response by Kaukab Siddique
Prophet Muhammad, pbuh, considered himself part of the suffering masses of humanity. He ate little and lived humbly. Being rich and at ease are not Islamic ideals.

About tying stones to his stomach, it is very famous and relates to the time when he was helping the Sahaba, r.a., dig the Trench. These are authentic Hadith and no one has denied their authenticity.

Our brother is right. We, the Muslim upper classes, have become too comfortable.

Second letter about stones
Salam and thanks Br Kaukab.
I appreciate your response. The question remains, while digging trench, how tied stone on the stomach makes the job any easy? It contradicts commonsense. Doesn't it? No one raised the issue before, may not be an excuse to find out the truth.
May Allah keep you well and help achieve your goals.

Regards : Shahjahan

Second response by Kaukab Siddique
Let me explain.

The Prophet, pbuh, and the sahabah, r.a., were starving, so they tied small rocks to their stomachs to create the sense of having something at the area of the stomach.

It's a beautiful example of the Prophet's, pbuh, empathy with the hungry and poor people of the world.

Most upper class Muslims nowadays are rich and well fed and do not feel empathy with the poor, other than to give charity.

How does it defy common sense? Did you think those were big rocks, difficult to carry?

Best wishes.

Letter: Filthy, Abusive Attack on the Prophet, pbuh, is claimed as "Freedom of Expression"

[Sis. Aisha has been trying to get a dirty attack on the blessed Prophet, pbuh, removed from a Zionist web site. This is way beyond the Danish cartoons- Ed]

I have included a response from the web host of Ubiquity Hosting, the web host for that ridiculous website:

A typical response in support of freedom of speech.

Sis. 'Aisha [New York City]

--- On Mon, 3/2/09, Allen Jenkins wrote:

Subject: [Abuse #ZSM-619692]: Distinguish This Hatred!

As stated before, we have reviewed the website in question and do not believe it to be a violation of our terms of service. As is stated in section 4.2 of our Terms of Service, "Ubiquity Hosting Solutions supports free speech on the Internet and will not suspend or cancel your account simply because it disagrees with your views expressed at your website." I'm afraid that, while we do not agree with the content of the site, we cannot refuse service to them simply because we do not agree with the content. Please let us know if you have any questions. Thank you
All the best,

Allen Jenkins
Ubiquity Hosting Support

They admit Sleeping with the FBI
After 8 years of CAIR, ISNA, ICNA, MPAC's FBI Collusion, How will Muslims get rid of the alphabet groups?
by Malangbaba [New Orleans, Louisiana] {The writer is a human rights activist.}

From this article, if there were one statement that could encapsulate the crux of the issues of accountability, and whose interests the alphabet Muslim organizations really represent, it would be this:

"If a Muslim leader of any of our national groups supporting full maintenance of engagement is to be detained today, these groups would inevitably no longer stay on the table for continued so-called engagement. Therefore, the question is where do you draw the line? The line for grassroots movements is drawn when an average individual such as (Ahmad) Niazi is affected or in solidarity for all those families who have been harassed by recent intrusions but for others, the threshold may be much higher."
- Faisal Qazi

On the other hand, these are the positions of Muslim organizations:

"We believe that we have to keep our place at the table in this discourse."
- Salam Maryati, MPAC Director

"ISNA believes that communications with law enforcement agencies should remain open and it is not in favor of ending contacts with the FBI."
- ISNA statement

The Islamic Shura Council of Southern California polled local Muslims in March, and these are the results they yielded:

In the poll, 78 percent of respondents said American Muslims should have "no relationship at all [with the FBI] until they stop unfairly targeting" Muslims or "end outreach relationship and limit communication to 'as needed.'" The remaining 22 percent said Muslims should maintain an ongoing relationship with the FBI, "no matter what."

Even, Agha Saeed, the chairman of the AMT, who spearheaded the statement threatening breaking off of ties with the FBI, still continues to insist that it is not an effort of disengagement, and suggests resumption of this abusive relationship:

"It is instead designed to truly engage top Justice Department officials on these critical issues. It is also designed to help restore respect and equal rights for American Muslims after eight years of being treated as suspects rather than partners."

It is absolutely clear that there is a disconnect between the vast majority of the Muslim grassroots, and the variety of alphabet Muslim organizations which claim to represent Muslims. It indicates not only issues of accountability, but also issues of transparency and representation.

In what ways are the Muslim organizations accountable and responsive to the grassroots?

In what ways to they make clear to the Muslim communities the nature, extent and content of their relationship and interactions with law enforcement agencies and the government?

What is the relationship between the demographics (and interests) of the people in leadership positions in the Muslim organizations, and demographics (and interests) of the most of the individuals and families that have been targeted by enforcement agencies?

The CAIR representative makes this statement:

"The problem is that many in the Muslim community no longer feel confident that the FBI is pursuing an honest dialogue with the Muslim community," Ayloush said. "This was the result of confirmed reports that, while the Muslim community engaged in honest partnership building and dialogue with the FBI for eight years, the FBI was paying convicted felons to 'infiltrate' mosques to radicalize Muslim youths and instigate talks about terrorism action. Integrity and honesty are the foundation of any relationship."

Why is it only now that CAIR is arguing to cut off the relationship? There exist only three possibilities:
  1. They are discovering the tactics that the FBI has been using
  2. They feel there is more space to criticize the government and enforcement agencies under the new administration
  3. They are bitter and upset about the FBI cutting off relations with them in late 2008
The first reason is clearly eliminated since these tactics used by the FBI and enforcement agencies have been quite apparent for many years, including immediately after 9/11 (and even before then). From local interactions and exchanges of information between individuals masjid members, and grassroots organizations such as DRUM, to very explicit mentions of these cases from prominent Muslims and activists, such as Dr. Hatem Bazian.

The second reason, while recognizing very real risks and hostile climate, undermines the very premise of such Muslim organizations. If the regional and national Muslim organizations are afraid to speak out on behalf of their communities, and against the government, then what good are they? How can they seek to protect the rights of Muslims if they are afraid to speak up? And finally, what kind of Islam do they represent if they are afraid to speak up?

The third reason is firmly affirmed, not only by logical deduction, but also by the very statements of CAIR and other Muslim organizations' statements. It is this gatekeeper role, which the Muslim organizations are seeking to hold on to, and resent being sidelined and not being invited to the table by those in power.

One last point in response to this in the article:

Muslim leaders observe that the fate of American Muslims mirrors that of other minorities who they say were intimidated by government forces and stripped of their humanity yet continued to stand up and eventually gained respect and their true place in society.

Really? Which communities of color have gained respect and their " true place" in society?

One needs only look at the historical role of the FBI and other law enforcement agencies to know that it is a racist and anti-democratic organization which has repressed any and all communities of color, or dissenting communities, and in particular during times of Imperial wars abroad. In fact, the tactics being used by enforcement agencies against the Muslim communities, were practiced and perfected on the Black, Latino, Asian, Indigenous, labor-rights, and civil rights communities under the auspices of COINTELPRO in the 60s and 70s, not to mention the general racism and repression doled out from before and since then.

The only respect gained has been for the very similar gatekeeper and collaborationist organizations which have sold out the rights of their communities in exchange for having a "place at the table" with authorities.

At a time when the US government is waging war in multiple Muslim countries, directly, covertly, or by proxy, and acting like a modern-day pharaoh, is the duty, and moral obligation, of Muslims to be like Musa (as) or to be like Qarun?

The need for changes within the Muslim communities is long overdue, and this change can only come when Muslim community members, Imams, activists, and masajid start making it clear that not only do these Muslim organizations not represent us, but also that we seek our source of power and security from Allah, and in conjunction with other oppressed communities, like Musa (as) and not from those in power, like Qarun.

"And certainly We raised in every nation a messenger saying: 'Serve Allah and shun the oppressor.' So travel through the earth, and see what was the nature of the consequence for the deniers!" - Quran 16:36

Holocaust Remembrance: What's Behind the Campaign?
Mark Weber

... Holocaust remembrance is not, as its supporters claim, a noble effort motivated by sincere concern for humanity. Instead, this relentless campaign is an expression of Jewish-Zionist power, and is designed to further Jewish-Zionist interests ... Jewish death and suffering do not deserve to be venerated more than the death and suffering of non-Jews. The Holocaust remembrance campaign deserves scorn, not support, because it is a one-sided effort that serves narrow Jewish and Israeli interests and bolsters Jewish-Zionist power.

Israel has announced that it did nothing wrong in Gaza!
If such is the Jewish claim on Gaza, imagine how much they lie about Hitler!
Hitler's Birthday: Thinking outside the Box. [New Trend report]

April 20 was the birthday of Hitler, the greatest enemy of the Jews. Why do Muslims consider him an evil man? He was not our enemy. Looks like our enemies have brainwashed us.

Amin al-Husseini, the Mufti of Jerusalem was welcomed and honored by Hitler. Was Hitler an enemy of the Muslims?
Large numbers of Muslims served in the Waffen SS. They were honored by Hitler. Each Muslim unit had its own Imam and were given Qurans by Hitler. Why do we consider him our enemy?

Africa was colonized, divided and brutalized by Britain and France, not by Germany. Yet African Americans are told that Hitler was their enemy and they believe it. Brainwashing!

The movie Schindler's List is shown to Black audiences, but the destruction of Dresden, Hamburg, Dusseldorf and scores of other German cities, with all their churches, monasteries, libraries and schools is never discussed, let alone shown.

The Allies, Britain, the U.S., France, Russia, destroyed ALL German cities and raped ALL German women. By contrast, Hitler spared the beautiful cities of Paris and Rome. The German forces were under steel-like discipline and did not rape women. A few cases of rape in prison led to the execution of the Germans involved.

Documents have surfaced which prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Hitler did NOT plan to invade Britain. Also, it is part of clear documentation now that Hitler ALLOWED the British army trapped in Dunkirk to escape.

It is time to let go of wartime propaganda against Germany.

New Trend urges readers to study the work of Mark Weber and David Irving. The evil in German actions too is well documented by Irving.

New Trend urges readers to support the work of Mark Weber in the IHR. Send a few dollars to IHR. He is doing more to expose Zionist propaganda than most Muslims.

Our America
Obama: Day 96
April 26: No Sunday Mass in churches.
Swine Flu has closed down entire areas of Mexico City. [1400 sick, 86 dead.] It's entering USA.
All pig products are forbidden in Islam.
[Good health advice from Chicago.] [This is NOT medical advice.]

Swine flu is here. The pig serves as a DNA recombinant factory and mixes the genes of avian, human and swine flu into deadly combinations. Swine flu is acquired by swine from a worm. People of Ages 20-40 and those with chronic health problems are especially vulnerable. Stock up on Vitamin D and ask your doctor for a prescription for Tamiflu and get it filled. If you get the flu, use it within 48 hours after symptoms and use it with your doctor's advice. You may need it sooner than you think, especially if you are travelling. Blood Vitamin D level should be checked and vitamin D supplement taken chronically to provide resistance to flu. Vitamin D can be started while you wait for your results. Darker skinned people and older people need more sun and longer exposure to get adequate vitamin D conversion in the skin. Wash hands. Travel and mix wihh crowds only if essential.
[Washing hands is an important Sunnah of Muhammad, peace be on him.]

Obama: Day 92
Our America: Hillary Clinton, Secretary of State, Sounds Irresponsble
Pakistan: "Threat to U.S. Security and the Whole World: Appeals to Pakistani army, seculars & Pak Americans to Foil Islamic Forces"

April 22, 2009: In testimony before the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Hillary Clinton warned that Pakistan was becoming a 'mortal threat' to the world.
'I think that the Pakistani government is basically abdicating to the Taliban and to the extremists,' Ms. Clinton said.
Mrs Clinton also urged Pakistanis, living both in and outside the country, to realise how terrorism threatened the very existence of their state.
'Pakistan poses a mortal threat to the security and safety of our country and the world,' Ms. Clinton said.
'And I want to take this occasion ... to state unequivocally that not only do the Pakistani government officials, but the Pakistani people and the Pakistani diaspora ... need to speak out forcefully against a policy that is ceding more and more territory to the insurgents.'

'The government of Pakistan ... must begin to deliver government services, otherwise they are going to lose out to those who show up and claim that they can solve people's problems and then they will impose this harsh form of oppression on women and others,' she said.
'(We) cannot underscore the seriousness of the existential threat posed to the state of Pakistan by the continuing advances now within hours of Islamabad that are being made by a loosely confederated group of terrorists and others who are seeking the overthrow of the Pakistani state,' Clinton said.
'I don't hear that kind of outrage or concern coming from enough people that would reverberate back within the highest echelons of the civilian and military leadership of Pakistan,' she said.

[Comment by New Trend: Dear Ms. Clinton, these Islamic forces are the people of Pakistan, not insurgents. They have the right as Pakistanis to correct the situation created by the corruption and nepotism of the civil authorities. You, Ms. Clinton, have no right to intefere in Pakistan which is a sovereign state. You are blatantly inciting civil strife between the secular but wealthy sections of Pakistani society and the masses of Pakistan people who love Islam and Shari'a Law. Don' t depend on renegades like Ahmed Sharif and the editors of Dawn. You will be sorely misled. The Taliban in Swat and Buner have the support of the people. Do some independent researching. By asking Pakistani Amercans to instigate a crackdown on the forces of Islam, you will make it difficult for Pakistani Americans to visit Pakistan. You are a senior official of the Obama administration and should think out what you say before you say it. Sincerely Kaukab Siddique, Ph.D]

European Delegates Walk out of Conference on Racism as Iran President Ahmedinejad Condemns Zionism and Israel [photo below]

These very same European nations claim that insulting cartoons of Prophet Muhammad, pbuh, are okay because Europeans support freedom of expression. [It is noticeable that the Iranian leader did not attack the Holocaust story used by Israeli propaganda.]

[Excerpts from translation of President Ahmedinejad's Powerful and History-Making Speech at the Conference on Racism:]

"Following World War II, they resorted to military aggression to make an entire nation homeless under the pretext of Jewish suffering. They sent migrants from Europe, the United States and other parts of the world in order to establish a totally racist government in the occupied Palestine. In fact, in compensation for the dire consequences of racism in Europe, they helped bring to power the most cruel and repressive racist regime in Palestine."

"It is all the more regrettable that a number of Western governments and the United States have committed themselves to defend those racist perpetrators of genocide, while the awakened, conscious and free-minded people of the world condemn aggression, brutalities and bombardments of civilians of Gaza."

"Ladies and gentlemen: What are the root causes of U.S. attacks against Iraq, or invasion of Afghanistan? Was the motive behind the invasion of Iraq anything other than the arrogance of the then-U.S. administration and the mounting pressures ... to expand their sphere of influence, seeking the interest of giant arms manufacturing companies, affecting another culture with thousands of years of historical background, eliminating potential and practical threats of Muslim countries against the Zionist regime? Or, to control and plunder energy resources of the Iraqi people. Why indeed were almost a million people killed and injured, and a few more millions were displaced and became homeless? Why indeed have the Iraqi people suffered enormous losses amounting to hundreds of billions of dollars? ... Wasn't the military action against Iraq planned by the Zionists and their allies in the then-U.S. administration, in complicity with the arms manufacturing companies, and the owner of the world?"

"The United States and its allies not only have failed to contain the production of drugs in Afghanistan, but also the illicit cultivation of narcotics multiplied in the course of their presence. The basic question is what was the responsibility of the then-U.S. administration and its allies? Did they represent countries of the world? Have they been mandated by them? Have they been authorized on behalf of the people of the world to interfere in all parts of the globe, and of course mostly in our region? Aren't these measures a clear example of egocentrism, racism, discrimination, or infringement on the dignity and independence of nations?"

Ladies and gentlemen: Who is responsible for the current global economic crisis? Where did the crisis start from? From Africa? From Asia? Or was it first from the United States?"

"Dear friends, today, the human community is facing a kind of racism that has tarnished the image of humanity. In the beginning of the third millennium, the world Zionism personifies racism that falsely resorts to religion, and abuses religious sentiment to hide their hatred and ugly faces. However, it is of great importance to bring into focus the political goals of some of the world's powers and those who control huge economic resources and interests in the world, and mobilize all their resources, economic and political influence, and world media to render support in vain to the Zionist regime, and maliciously to diminish to indignity and disgrace of this regime."


Photo: Syed Munawar Hasan, newly elected Ameer of Jamaate Islami Pakistan [right] with a nationlist leader from Rawalpindi who visited him in Lahore. A whole series of leaders, including Hameeduddin al-Mashriqi of Khaksar tehreek, have been visiting him after his election.

Dynamic New Leader of Jamaate Islami Working to unite ALL Pak groups against U.S. Intervention: "Slavery is Unacceptable regardless of U.S. firepower"

Syed Munawat Hasan, Ameer Jamaate islami Pakistan, has come out with strong and categorical condemnation of U.S. intervention in Pakistan. He is very progressive and has support in labor unions and women's groups along with student activists across the country. Not only is he a scholar of Islam, organizer par excellence and activist, he is also a sharp edged intellectual.

On April 18, he gave a wide ranging interview to Geo TV in which the interviewer attacked him with all the rumors, abuse and stories about Jamaate Islami which circulate among Pakistani westernized elites. He calmly rebutted all of them without feeling agitated by the insults. His body language was: "I have heard all this before."

He was asked why he is insisting on opposing America when Paks know that America has superior fire power. His response was that slavery is unacceptable regardless of the circumstances.

During the April 22 meeting with Khaksar leader al-Mashriqi and talking to journalists, Munawar Hasan condemned the newly emerging statement of Muslim League leader Nawaz Sharif supporting the U.S. and President Obama against the Taliban. He said that 170,000,000 Pakistanis are united against U.S. intervention. By siding with the U.S., Nawaz Sharif has isolated himself from Pakistan and is now part of the American camp, Hasan said. Nawaz Sharif, he said, by coming out against the Taliban has shown that he does not see the 950 Pakistanis killed in U.S. drone attacks or the crowds of refugees leaving the areas under drone attacks.

Hasan [known as Munawar bhai to his friends] pointed out that the U.S. wants Pakistan to be subservient to India and Nawaz Sharif is ignoring this reality.

He also had some advice for Maulana Sufi Muhammad of Swat.

Later, when Munawar Hasan visited the city of Faisalabad, he was welcomed by large crowds who threw rose petals on him. His track record of a clean public and private life during decades of struggle in the corruption of life in Pakistan makes him a very dynamic figure for Pakistanis.
[April 26: As New Trend goes to the press, Munawar Hasan is addressing a labor union gathering in Wah, north of Lahore.]

Surprise! Surprise! Israeli Leader says Pakistan greater Threat than Iran!
Excerpted from Israeli paper Haaretz of April 25 [dateline for the news: April 23, 2009]

The Obama Administration will put forth new peace initiatives only if Israel wants it to, said Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman in his first comprehensive interview on foreign policy since taking office.

"Believe me, America accepts all our decisions," Lieberman told the Russian daily Moskovskiy Komosolets.

Lieberman granted his first major interview to Alexander Rosensaft, the Israel correspondent of one of the oldest Russian dailies, not to an Israeli newspaper. The role of Israel is to "bring the U.S. and Russia closer," he declared.

During the interview, Lieberman said Iran is not Israel's biggest strategic threat; rather, Afghanistan and Pakistan are.

This comes after years of Lieberman warning about the growing Iranian threat. Now, he has dropped Tehran to number two, with Iraq coming third.

Lieberman also discussed Moscow's under-utilized role in the Middle East and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and said he aims to correct this. The newspaper emphasized Lieberman's intention to develop closer ties with Russia and to resolve international issues jointly.

"Russia has a special influence in the Muslim world, and I consider it a strategic partner that should play a key role in the Middle East," Lieberman said in the interview.

"I have argued for some time that Israel has insufficient appreciation for the 'Kremlin factor'; I intend to mend this gap," he said.

Political sources in the Commonwealth of Independent States have told Haaretz that they believe Lieberman's appointment will result in "greater understanding" between Israel and Russia.

Regarding his changing view on Israel's greatest threats, Lieberman said that since he began warning against the nuclear threat from Iran, nuclear threats have become more prevalent. Meanwhile, a more urgent problem has developed in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

"Pakistan is nuclear and unstable, and Afghanistan is faced with a potential Taliban takeover, and the combination form a contiguous area of radicalism ruled in the spirit of Bin Laden," Lieberman said.

"I do not think that this makes anyone in China, Russia or the U.S. happy ... these countries [Pakistan and Afghanistan] are a threat not only to Israel, but to the global order as a whole."

In response to a question on Israel's role in countering these threats, Lieberman said, "Our role is that we should bring the U.S. and Russia closer ... it is unclear to me why the U.S. needs to confront Russia on Kosovo or Ukraine's entry to NATO; however, Russia needs to understand that close cooperation with Hugo Chavez does not build western confidence."

Taliban Spokesmam Invites Shaykh Osama to Swat: April 21, 2009

Photo: Taliban spokesan Muhsin Khan in Swat valley, Pakistan.

'Osama can come here. Sure, like a brother they can stay anywhere they want,' Muslim Khan said. - AP
MINGORA: Pakistan was trying to end bloodshed when it let the idyllic Swat Valley fall under Nizam-i-Adl last week. Instead, it has emboldened the Taliban and prompted an invitation - however improbable - for Osama bin Laden.
The local spokesman for the Taliban, which control the valley, told The Associated Press he'd welcome militants bent on battling US troops and their Arab allies if they want to settle there.
'Osama can come here. Sure, like a brother they can stay anywhere they want,' Muslim Khan said in a two-hour interview Friday, his first with a foreign journalist since Islamic law was imposed. 'Yes, we will help them and protect them.'
Khan spoke in halting English he learned during four years painting houses in the US before returning to Swat in 2002. He averted his eyes as he spoke to a female journalist, in line with his strict understanding of Islam.
Pakistan reacted with alarm to his comments, saying it would never let him shelter the likes of bin Laden.
'We would have to go for the military operation. We would have to apply force again,' said Information Minister Qamar Zaman Kaira. 'We simply condemn this. We are fighting this war against al-Qaeda and the Taliban.'

[Editorial Comment by New Trend: Muslim Khan is indulging in braggadocio. Surely he knows that if Shaykh Osama were to arrive in Swat, though the people would welcome him as a hero, the U.S. would bomb the valley inflicting maximum damage. Muslim Khan's comment is somewhat like that of Baitullah Mehsud when he said that if U.S. drone attacks continue, he would hit Washington. This is the mujahideens's way of saying that they are not afraid of anyone.]

Huge Rally in Bannu, Pakistan, Condemns U.S. Drone Attacks
See next photo.
April 20, 2009: This rally, biggest in the history of Bannu, condemned U.S. bombing and intervention in Pakistan. It was organized by Jamaate Islami, Pakistan's biggest Islamic movement, which is working for peaceful resurgence of the masses.
[Bannu, to the east of North Waziristan, is OUTSIDE the tribal belt.]

Is India a Democracy?
by Dr. Kaukab Siddique

"Slum Dog Millionaire" Along with Dalit Voice magazine Provide Clues to the Real India

Indians are going to the polls and India is casually described in U.S. media as the world's biggest democracy probably owing to its population. The reality of India is its massive poverty which is so horrific that it boggles the imagination. The movie "Slum Dog Millionaire" gives viewers some flavor of the scope and immensity of the suffering of the people. The recent mujahideen raid on Mumbai [Bombay] created the impression that Mumbai is a city of glittering hotels where rich Indian Americans like Newsweek editor Fareed Zakaria and affluent Jews from Israel are comfortable.

"Slum Dog" gives an aerial view of Mumbai, of several million people living desperate lives in shanties. The movie got the highest Oscar awards but did not attract the sympathy of America's Zionist controlled media. One reason could be that it contains a scene of a Hindu mob attacking the Muslim slum and setting living people on fire, including a main character's mother.

The poor masses find solace in India's vast movie industry known as "Bollywood." People like Amitabh Bachan, a popular film star, have fans whom Obama would envy. The movie demolishes Bachan in a powerful scene in which he arrives at the slum in a helicopter to give out autographs. The masses live on illusions. Democracy in India is meaningless.

Most Indians overseas are nationalists and will not let Americans know what is happening in India. For real insight into India, one has to read DALIT VOICE edited by my venerable friend V.T Rajshekar. He is brilliant, umcompromising and consistent in his exposure of human suffering in India. He points out that India is in the death grip of the caste system ruled by Brahmins. The Black people of India, the Dalits, are the majority but India is ruled by a 15% Brahmin minority, Rajshekar writes.

The extent to which India's ruling class has looted India would turn Pakistani President Zardari green with envy. An article in the March 1-15, 2009 issue of Dalit Voice points out that Indian elites have $1,456 billion stashed away in Swiss banks.

As for the rights of women, Rajshekar quotes from an Indian newspaper, The Hindu, "Forty per cent of the world's child marriages take place in India, resulting in a vicious cycle of gender discrimination, illiteracy and high infant and maternal mortality rates."

Most people outside India do not know that India is being rent asunder by centrifigal forces. India could easily disintegrate if Pakistan were led by a Mahmud Ghaznavi or a Muhammad Ghori with the ability to understand India. Notice the burden of anti-democratic force India is using against its own people:

1. Kashmir is a Muslim state which wants to join Pakistan but is held down by 700,000 Indian troops, the biggest occupation army in the world. The entire Kashmiri people have been subjected to human rights abuses by the Indian army, including rape as a weapon of terror and suppression. Several hundred thousand Kashmirs have taken refuge in Pakistan.

2. Khalistan. Sikhs have suffered untold suffering under Indian rule and have wanted to create their own state known as Khalistan. They were suppressed with the utmost brutality by the Indian army. The holiest temple of the Sikhs was occupied and desecrated by Indian military forces. Thousands of Sikhs died resisting India. After that India implemented "anti-terrorism" laws in Sikh territories. Hundreds of Sikh youths were executed in fake encounters with the police and thousands of others suffered arbitrary prison terms.

3. Many Indians have accepted Christianity to escape the rigors of the caste system but they have not been able to escape Hindu bigotry. In recent years scores of churches have been burned down by Hindus, and Christians slaughtered and nuns raped.

4. Northeastern India is in crisis with recurring uprisings of peasants led by Maoist and Naxalite revolutionaries.

5. Muslims periodically suffer at the hands of Hindu mobs [as shown in the Slum Dog movie]. The historic Babri mosque was demolished by Hindu mobs organized by Brahmins on the false pretext that it was built on the birth place of the Hindu god [a story which turned out to be fabricated.]

Muslims are terrified in India owing to yearly attacks and massacres, big and small, including the mass murder and rape of Muslim women in Gujarat. They are so terrified that they are refusing to accept and bury the bodies of the mujahideen who were killed in the Mumbai raid.
[Dalit Voice. often complains that India's Muslim organizations are trying to integrate into Hindu India instead of challenging the tyranny of Hinduism.] India's upper class Muslim groups have been issuing statements against "terrorism" [somewhat like ISNA in America] while keeping quiet about Indian atrocties in Kashmir.

There is hope for Islam among India's Muslim youth such as those who were part of SIM [Students Islamic Movement] which has been banned by India. These youth groups are in touch with Black Indians [Dalits]. When a prominent African American Muslim, Hodari Abdul Ali, a friend of mine, visited India, he was given an unprecedented welcome by both Indian Muslim students and Black Indians [Dalits].

2009-04-27 Mon 20:19:42 cdt