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Jamada al-Thani 12,1430/ June 6, 2009, # 27
Trauma in Kashmir as Agonized Masses come out to protest gang
rape of two Muslim women by Indian troops. Scroll all the way down for
See unusual report from Lithuania about the "Holocaust" Story.
Please scroll down.
A very important perspective from New Trend's correspondent in Montreal
on the country from where Obama started his trip.
Please scroll to end.
American Muslims Respond to President Obama's Speech in Cairo:
Imam Badi Ali
Dr. Kaukab Siddique
Br. Shamim Siddiqui
Br. Jalaluddin Hussain
Spiritual inspiration from the Prophet Muhammad [peace be on him]
with thanks to Sis Aqsa
Shahr bin Haushab reported: I asked Umm Salamah (May Allah be pleased with her),
"O Mother of the Believers! Which supplication did the Messenger of Allah
(salallahu alaihi wa salam) make frequently when he was in your house?''
She said: "He (salallahu alaihi wa salam) supplicated frequently:
`Ya muqallibal-qulubi, thabbit qalbi `ala dinika
(O Controller of the hearts make my heart steadfast in Your religion).''
[Hadith collected by At-Tirmidhi].
With thanks to Br. Khalil Abdur-Rahman
Latest News of Imam Jamil Abdullah al-Amin: Florence, Colorado
AD-Max Prison Outdoes Gitmo
June 5, 2009: Atlanta, Georgia: New Trend interviewed Sis. Karima,
Imam Jamil's attorney and wife. Sis. Karima and the Imam's son, Khairi,
visited him in the supermax prison in Florence on May 29, 30 and 31.
Owing to protests by Muslims from across America, Imam Jamil is no
longer in the "hole" [as the extreme isolation unit is called]. His
health is good and his Islamic spirit and understanding of the issues
are as high as ever.
However, the prison authorities have found a new way of dealing with
the Imam. They have placed him a "bubble," which means that though he
can see Muslim prisoners in the "recreation" area within sight he
cannot talk to them or interact with them in any way.
The authorities claim that they have done this to the Imam because he
was allegedly "recruiting" which is probably a reference to an attempt
by an Aryan Nation ["white"] prisoner asking him for a Qur'an.
The family, wife, son, attorney cannot really meet the Imam. They have
to talk to him through glass partition.
In some ways, the advanced maximum security prison in Florence is worse
than Guantanamo Bay. Prisoners here are isolated scientifically in ways
which had never been thought of before. If anyone ever comes out of
here, he would be catatonic or full of rage. [It appears that the
majority of prisoners here are Muslims. It's a concentration camp for
Muslims organized so well that no one can prove any "abuse."]
No one has to be tortured here but they are no longer human beings. They
are in storage, waiting to die.
Imam Jamil's support committee is working on several legal challenges
to his continued incarceration.
The Struggle continues!
Note: During its last Shoora meeting, Jamaat al-Muslimeen urged Obama
that along with Gtmo and Bagram, Florence' Ad-Max should be pulled down.
Spotlight #1 from Imam Badi Ali:
A mentally enslaved people welcome and cheer their conquerors.
Spotlight #2 from Imam Badi Ali
Obama and Napolean: History repeating itself: [Excerpted from
Napolean's speech in 1798 on the conquest of Egypt]:
"Cadis, Sheiks, Imams, Chorbadgys, you will be told that I came to
destroy your religion; do not believe it. Let your answer be that I
come to reestablish your rights and punish your usurpers, and that I
have more respect than the Mamelukes for your God, his Prophet, and
"Tell your people that all men are equal before God. Wisdom, talent,
and virtue make the only difference between them."
"But, is there a fine country? It is appropriated by the Mamelukes. Is
there a beautiful slave, a fine horse, a fine house? All this belongs
to the Mamelukes. If Egypt be their farm, let them show the lease which
God has given them of it! But God is just and merciful to the people.
The Egyptians will be called to fill the public stations. Let the
wisest, the most enlightened, the most virtuous govern, and the people
will be happy."
"You had formerly large cities, great canals, a flourishing commerce.
What has ruined them all if not the avarice, the injustice, and the
tyranny of the Mamelukes?"
"Cadis, Sheiks, Imams, Chorbadgys, tell the people that we, too, are
true Mussulmans. Is it not we who demolished the pope, the great enemy
of the Mussulmans? Are we not the friends of the grand seignior?"
"Thrice happy those who shall be found on our side! They will prosper in
fortune and rank. Happy those who shall remain neutral! They will have
time to know the result, and then will join us."
"But woe, eternal woe, to those who take arms in favor of the Mamelukes
and fight against us! There will be no hope for them; they will perish!"
"Sheiks, Ulemas, believers of Mohammed, make known to the people that
those who have been enemies to me will find no refuge either in this
world or the other. Is there a man so blind as not to see that Destiny
itself directs my operations?"
National Islamic Shoora of Jamaat al-Muslimeen will meet on
July 25, inshallah.
Expansion of the movement for non-violent resistance to Zionism,
Imperialism, exploitation of women and consumerism
Delegates have been confirmed from:
Obama: Day 135
Analysis of President Obama's Speech in Cairo
by Imam Badi Ali, Dr. Kaukab Siddique and others
Blatant Attempt at Deception and Division: Supporting the Secular
Tyrants of Muslim Countries
June 4, 2009: Before he left for Saudi Arabia, President Obama was
insistent that his support for Israel is irrevocable. It was not very
diplomatic of him to tell Muslims that he has close ties with the worst
enemy of the Muslim world and from that vantage point he is going to be
'good' to the Muslims too.
His host was the tyrant of Egypt, Hosni Mubarak, a main whose hands are
stained with the blood of countless Muslim men, women and children.
Egypt is under martial law and people were being arrested even as Obama
arrived. Vast areas of Cairo were put under tight police clampdown. The
Egyptian ruler works in close harmony with the known enemy of Islam,
Israel. Egypt has been with the U.S. in its policies of acceptance of
Israeli genocide towards Palestine. During Israel's genocide in Gaza,
Hosni sealed off all escape routes into Egypt.
Obama's plan seems to be to make Egypt's Mubarak the most important and
influential force in the Arab world as the viceroy of America.
The Religious Facade: "Moderate Islam."
The place and the very carefully chosen gathering for Obama's speech
showed that two slinky, sold out religious groups are being used by
Obama and will probably get open recognition in Egypt. These are the
academics of Al-Azhar and some of the members of the Muslim Brotherhood
[Ikhwan]. The brotherhood movement, decades back, abandoned its original
Islamic goals and decided to become part of the status quo. The Ikhwan
condemned the killing of Anwar Sadat and since then they have been
begging to join the Egyptian power structure.
Obama's plan includes these architects of a new "Islam" labelled as
"moderate Islam" under the influence of America's Rand Corporation.
"Islam" without Prayers!
The gathering addressed by Obama was not even symbolically Islam. The
time for Zuhr prayer came and went and no one got up for prayer. There
were no Islamic slogans at all: the audience constantly clapped and
cheered like Americans. The cheering, about 44 times, seemed to have
been organized by the regime.
Is this PEACE?
Obama tried to please the Muslims by saying "asalamu alaikum." [Peace
be on you."] But where is the peace?
U.S. troops, 150,000 strong are in Iraq.
Another 21,000 [fresh] U.S. troops are being sent to Afghanistan.
At U.S. orders, Pakistan's people are under attack by Pakistan's own
army, funded and armed by the U.S. Within a month, America's Pakistani
army has created 3 million refugees from Swat, driven out by the
terroristic use of heavy artillery, helicopter gunships and jet fighters
[all provided by the U.S.]. Such a vast exodus of refugees in such a
short period of time is unprecedented in recent human history.
Gaza: The Forbidden Word!
Obama maintained complete silence about Gaza. Not a word! even while he
was admonishing Hamas for not recognizing Israel! On what basis can
Obama claim sympathy for Palestinians when he can't [and adamantly
refuses to] talk about Gaza.
Forget the Holocaust next door: Focus on Jewish suffering.
From Cairo, he went to Germany to visit the Buchenwald concentration
camp site to show his love for Jews. Gaza, the holocaust area created
by Israel, was much nearer, but he would not go there even for a
To go to Buchenwald, he flew into DRESDEN. Again complete silence about
the 100,000 German civilians burned alive in Dresden by the
Anglo-American air forces.
"Unprecedented Holocaust?!" He forgot the history of the
Obama forgot the 400 years of slavery in America and the extinction of
many Native American tribes.
So what is this about a BLACK MAN WHOSE FAMILY HAD MUSLIMS IN IT?
This is a form of deception. It's a way of saying : Dear Muslims
trust me. I am one of you! He even included America in the list of
Nearly 1.5 million people are in the concentration camp known as GAZA.
Three million have been made homeless in Pakistan. A MILLION were killed
in IRAQ. More than 40,000 have left their homes in Somalia most
recently. USA is opposing Islamic rule in Somalia.
Not one Muslim prisoners has been freed from U.S. prisons. Draconian
prison sentences were handed out to the Holy Land officials a few days
back. Dr. Afia Siddiqui is in a U.S. prison in spite of her serious
Important excerpts from Obama's speech:
"America's strong bonds with Israel are well known. This bond is
unbreakable. It is based upon cultural and historical ties, and the
recognition that the aspiration for a Jewish homeland is rooted in a
tragic history that cannot be denied."
Obama's statement is not factual. Israel did not exist before 1948. How
could there be cultural and historical ties between the U.S. and Israel?
Jews as victims and the holocaust story
"Around the world, the Jewish people were persecuted for centuries,
and anti-Semitism in Europe culminated in an unprecedented Holocaust.
Tomorrow, I will visit Buchenwald, which was part of a network of camps
where Jews were enslaved, tortured, shot and gassed to death by the
"Around the world" is empty rhetoric. Jews were persecuted in Europe
and they in turn committed mass murder and ethnic cleansing against
Ukrainians, Poles, Latvians, Lithuanians and finally Germans.
"Unprecdented Holocaust" is non-factual.
Obama wants CENSORSHIP.
"Six million Jews were killed - more than the entire Jewish
population of Israel today. Denying that fact is baseless, ignorant,
and hateful. Threatening Israel with destruction - or repeating vile
stereotypes about Jews - is deeply wrong, and only serves to evoke in
the minds of Israelis this most painful of memories while preventing
the peace that the people of this region deserve."
Why not let the people of the world decide for themselves what happened?
It is not the job of an American president to insist on the myth of
"six million Jews." What has he studied on this subject? Occupation of
Palestine cannot be justified on the basis of "painful memories" which
have netted billions of dollars for International Jewry.
Incorrect Understanding of Muslim opposition to the West
".....sweeping change brought by modernity and globalization
led many Muslims to view the West as hostile to the traditions of Islam."
Islam is a global power. Every year this global power is symbolically
displayed at Makka during the Hajj. As for modernization, the Islamic
resistance is so highly modernized that the U.S. military could not
win in Iraq or Afghanistan. President Obama is confusing westernization
with modernization. We certainly do not want to be westernized.
This is Deception:
"Make no mistake: we do not want to keep our troops in Afghanistan.
We seek no military bases there. It is agonizing for America to lose our
young men and women. It is costly and politically difficult to continue
this conflict. We would gladly bring every single one of our troops home
if we could be confident that there were not violent extremists in
Afghanistan and Pakistan determined to kill as many Americans as they
possibly can. But that is not yet the case."
American troops have been there since 2001. Tens of thousands of Afghan
civilians have been killed by the U.S. air force. These are very poor
excuses for the occupation of an Islamic country. The U.S. held fake
elections and set up a puppet regime in Kabul. Surely Obama knows that
he is involved in aggession and occupation. Neither International Law
nor Islamic Law permits anyone to attack and occupy a country because
it has "violent extremists" in it.
Why did 9.11 Happen and who was targeted:
"...the events of 9/11. But let us be clear: al Qaeda killed nearly
3,000 people on that day. The victims were innocent men, women and
children from America and many other nations who had done nothing to
harm anybody. And yet Al Qaeda chose to ruthlessly murder these
people, claimed credit for the attack, and even now states their
determination to kill on a massive scale."
Was 9.11 a cosmic event which happened out of the blue without cause?
Did the 19 Arab men decide to attack the Twin Towers and the Pentagon
because these places were full of "innocent men, women and children?"
or were these targets hit because they were America's high value
buildings connected to international commerce, intelligence services
and the military complex? Is it true that before 9.11, America put
sanctions and an embargo on Iraq, the like of which have never been seen,
resulting in ONE MILLION Iraqis dead including vast numbers of
children? [Till now no one has claimed that there were children in
the Pentagon and the Twin Towers. It's absurd to claim that Muhammad
Atta was trying to kill children or that it was a random attack aimed
at civilians. Why not investigate torture in Egypt as the source of
Atta's rage. Egypt has been the source used by the U.S. to
Quoting the Qur'an out of Context to justify war on Afghanistan
"They have killed people of different faiths - more than any
other, they have killed Muslims. Their actions are irreconcilable with
the rights of human beings, the progress of nations, and with Islam.
The Holy Koran teaches that whoever kills an innocent, it is as
if he has killed all mankind; and whoever saves a person, it is as if
he has saved all mankind. The enduring faith of over a billion
people is so much bigger than the narrow hatred of a few. Islam is not
part of the problem in combating violent extremism - it is an important
part of promoting peace."
President Obama should know quoting the Qur'an out of context so that
its words are distorted and its meaning is changed is a MAJOR SIN called
tahreef. Standing in front of Muslims and doing tahreef is a way of
mocking and insulting Islam and Muslims.
Here is what the verse actually says: 'On that account we ordained
for the children of Israel that Whoever kills a person - unless
it be for murder or for disruption in the land ...it is as though
he has killed all mankind. And whoever saves a life, it is as though he
had saved all mankind..." [till the end of the verse. (Qur'an, 5:32)
We have underlined the words Obama left out. In fact there can be no
doubt that Obama does not know the context. The Qur'an tells the story
of the murder of Abel by Cain and then says: "On that account ..." As a
Christian , Obama should know that the story of Cain and Abel is about
envy and personal hatred leading to murder. No one has claimed [yet]
that Al-Qaida and Taliban had personal hatred or personal grudge against
anyone in the Twin Towers or the Pentagon. Retaliation for murder and
war against FASAD [disruptive attacks like the bombing of Iraq] are
permitted in Islam. Numerous chapters of the Qur'an are about Jihad
where killing the oppressors and occupiers is a religious duty. Who has
been fooling Obama that armed resistance is not a part of Islam?
We can understand that the U.S. wants to destroy al-Qaida because of
9.11 but to say that al-Qaida wants to kill Muslims or that they want
to kill people because of their faiths is preposterous and not even good
propaganda. It becomes funny when the president of a well-informed
nation claims flat out that al-Qaida is against Islam! Who is going to
believe that [other than the kings and dictators espoused by the U.S.]?
Islam has the Potential to unite Muslims Globally: Obama is trying
to Disarm Them
by Sis. Sofia [Instructor in English. New York City]
History tells us that wars are won by the side that has the latest
weapons of war. So, the West is likely to be the winner. However,
history also tells us that from time to time, the Spirit Force of a
people manages to win against all odds.
Islam and the Qur'an have this power to confront enemies embedded
within it in a manner that in an instant the entire Muslim Ummah
could unite, inshallah. It is for Muslims as individuals to
use the power given to each and every Muslim to be leaders and to
confront corrupting evil forces around them and to never give up (This
is why I believe that Islam is the only truly democratic entity in the
It is for this reason that the West has for centuries been trying to
destroy Islam, the Qur'an, it's Prophet and its followers. Islam
poses a formidable challenge to all tyrants, corrupters of society,
unjust rulers. The current US and most importantly Zionist/Israeli
attitudes towards the global Muslim community reflect all past
attempts to confront, disarm, weaken, and destroy the Muslims although
they are trying very hard to find arguments to debunk this view.
They use words that would appeal to Muslims to disarm them and then
attack to gain power. They physically disarm them by taking away their
weapons including nuclear capabilities, make alms-giving "unlawful"
because they say so, making charitable groups "unlawful" and on their
"hit list" because they say so, etc.
If one listens and views all of the current attempts by President
Obama from this angle, then one can see the purpose under the
surface illogicality of his statements and offerings of peace to the
Muslim world. (You will find fragments of this on the bbcnews.com/UK
video of June 1, 2009 titled "Obama Praises 'Universal' Values"--where
his statements seem to imply that Islam and Muslims lack universal
values and the U.S. lives them.)
(President Obama mentions building of new settlements in Palestine
must stop but nothing about dismantling those built in the past decades)
In the past the West has managed to disarm the Muslims with words (for
evidence of this go to President Obama's recent (June 3, 2009(?) speech
given in Cairo where he gets applause when he gives the Islamic greeting
and quotes from the Qur'an, etc.). Will the Muslims continue to be
duped or will they ask for actions from the West as proof of a change
in policy and offerings of peace to them?
Some insights that I have gained from listening to the news and from
"common folk" from time to time: (1) The Pope has verbally stated
intentions of the Catholic Church to convert all of Africa to
Christianity. (2) Many young men in the U.S. are signing up for
military service with the sole purpose of converting the Afghan and
Iraqi Muslims to Christianity. These could be found in the Navy
Reserves(of all places!) and in the many Evangelical Christians in the
U.S. military today. (3) There was strong propaganda used against Islam
and Muslims by Catholic nuns in Turkey to topple it just before they
fought its "founder" of Turkey as we know it today. Are Iraqis and
Afghans aware of the evangelizing forces in their midst? (4) I agree
what you say about CAIR, ISNA, Zaid Shakir and his Sufi buddy because I
have experienced them at a personal level. It is unfortunate that
Muslims do not unite under one purpose and one goal but opt out for
personal gain or "protection" from the non-Muslim elements they face.
What does the future hold for Islam and Muslims? Only Lord Almighty
knows! We can only try our best to live our lives as the Lord of the
Universe(s) wants us to. Most importantly, to fear Allah, Lord Almighty
alone. Then every other power on this Earth fades away
EVALUATION OF OBAMA'S CAIRO SPEECH OF JUNE 4, 09
Obama Stirred Fear of Iran, Ignored Muslims in Kashmir, Chechnya,
China and Pakistan
[Shamim A Siddiqi, New York]
The writer is a leading teacher and preacher of Islam in America.
Instead of the review of his amazing book on Sura al-Fateha, we present
his powerful commentary on President Obama's speech. [See book review
in the next issue, inshallah.]
There was a lot of expectations from his speech, especially in the
Muslim world. However, he could not go beyond the "eternally" fixed
agenda of the USA to protect Israel, the illegitimate child of Western
hegemonies supplanted in the heart of Muslim world, irrespective of the
fact whether its behaviors are right or wrong. President Obama strictly
adheres to it. That is evident form his every gesture and beautifully
coined phrases. Barak Obama is surrounded by "Ahley Yahud and Ahley
Hanud" and he cannot think beyond the ken of their mortal prejudiced
sight and vision which is nothing but blurred due to "anti-Islam and
anti-Muslims prejudices of centuries together.
Definitely, he had spoken some fine words of gestures towards Muslim
and he received wide applause for that from his audience. That was the
art of his eloquence and the demand of the situation in which he was
speaking. He vehemently advocated that Muslims must give up "violence"
[even if they are butchered and tortured at the hands of America and
its allies every where in the name of their false and concocted "War
His speech was full of empty exhortations. However, however, one thing
was clear that he was sincere in his approach but the historical
backlash of US foreign policy is "killing" him all around. If he cannot
change the genesis of Americas so-called "paramount" interest to protect
the State of Israel - right or wrong, the sheet anchor of its domestic
and foreign policies, he cannot do any good to the Muslim world. UK
created this world-class nuisance though Balfour Award in 1917 and the
USA became its ultimate champion. It has destroyed the face of America
in the Muslim world and will continue to damage its image for years and
decades to come, if it does not change to: "justice for all and malice
President Obama simply wants to get the Muslim states gathered together
around the Peace proposal of King Abdullah for providing a safety "plug"
to Israel and a free market to her booming war industry and commercial
products along with providing massive support to American market
economy. Equally, he is out to scare the surrounding Muslim states
against the rightful emergence of Iran as a legitimate Nuclear power in
the midst of expanding nuclear technology and where Israel is the most
potential threat to world peace.
I don't expect any "Khair" [good] for Ummah to come out of his
apparently innocent "gestures" towards Muslim countries. We should not
live under any illusion or nurture any day-dreaming and expect any
thing new from "Mubaraks, Abdullahs, Zardarieas and Karzais" of
the Muslim world. They are the declared stooges of Uncle Sam and will
soon be harping upon Obama's tunes. Obama exhorted them to be more
"open and democratic" for their societies. It will fall apart on the
deaf ears of these sitting tyrants and usurpers.
In fact, under the condition elaborated above, his hands are "tied",
his lips are "sealed", and his eloquence is "shallow" due to aforesaid
far-reaching, pre- determined and unrealistic commitment that the USA
has given to the permanency of the Zionist State, in the heart of
Muslim world. That will always keep the mind of Muslim youth agitated
and igniting them to "revenge" and "retaliate" against the oppressors
and the occupiers of their holy land. His only agenda behind his
flawless speech was to get Israeli State.' recognized by the Muslim
world, deter Iran from its rightful nuclear ambitions and that too for
the safety of the Jewish State and get the Muslim world market opened
"free" for the both. The rest were his cosmetic touches here and there
to please the ever-increasing appetite of Muslim world nurturing "false"
hopes that his forefathers belong to a Muslim clan which he shattered
at the very outset by declaring that he is a "Christian".
Thus, in the fitness of the matter it must be emphatically emphasized
that President Obama must FIRST do justice with all the profusely
bleeding lands of Muslim world before asking Muslims to be the partners
of his "peace" efforts. He must clearly understand: "NO JUSTICE NO
PEACE. Let us see where he stands today:
* Kashmir has been bleeding for the last 60 years under the
ruthless tyranny of Indian occupation and the USA is its best friend
but keeping mum;
* Chechnya is hard pressed under the oppressive rule of Moscow
for centuries together but both America and Europe are just its
* The Land of Quds stands occupied by Zionist regime with the
open sanction of European and American hegemonies whereas its legitimate
habitants are wandering like "destitute" in the neighboring countries
for the last 60 years. America has even no words of sympathy for these
innocent "wanderers" ousted by Jewish forceful occupants of their land
* Taliban have nothing to do with the tragedy of 9/11 but
Afghanistan has practically been ruined by American bombardment and is
occupied by America and its Allied forces with no intention to vacate
it in near future - a totally unbearable situation for proud Afghans.
Their pure blood is boiling against the occupiers while watching
hopelessly and helplessly the killings of their innocent men, women and
children daily in scores and fast destruction of their Islamic and
traditional values at the altar of valueless America modernism;
* American interference in the internal affairs of Pakistan is
growing fast, especially in its frontier region where air attacks by
drones are increasing and killing innocent Muslims daily in scores. Who
will pay the price for that? More than three millions refugees from
Swat and Lower Dir are living in utter disparate condition due to
direct sequence of false episode of "War against terrorism - who will
bear the burnt of their curses? The movement in Pakistani masses is
fast growing: "GO AMERCA GO" - providing the USA a mirror to see its
* The destruction of Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan and their
respective refugee problems are the direct outcome of the misconstrued
tragedy of 9/11 that America is pursuing blindly against Muslims around
the world without ascertaining for the least through any judicial
process: WHO DID IT & WHY? The entire war against terrorism is false
and concocted. It is nothing but a total war against Islam and its
values howsoever President Obama may deny it. He is unfortunately
pursuing the misguided policy of Bush - Blare and could not get rid of
it. How then Muslims can be his "camp-followers"?
* Muslims in the Central Asia, especially in the Province of
Sinkiang of China are equally suffering for decades but the USA never
said a single word against the atrocities being perpetuated against
innocent Muslims of these lands and their notorious heads of these
sates all are enjoying America's good wishes.
The list of Muslims' tragedies in Asia, Africa, Europe and America
is limitless and pinpoints that FIRST America & Europe must learn
to live in peace with justice with others and understand that the
people fighting for their human rights are not terrorist at all.
Those who FORCED them to resort to armed struggle for their human rights
and occupied lands are the real culprits and are the declared terrorists
and they must be "hanged" first on the gallows of history to get the
abode of man CLEAN for Justice and PEACE.
At this juncture, President Obama must understand that this cosmos is
running under the principle of "Cause and effect". The World cannot
relish peace unless the causes of tension as shared above are removed
With thanks to Mark Weber [California]
Lithuania Sees Jewish "Holocaust" Survivors as Criminals
In Other Words: Baltic Ghosts
Foreign Policy (Washington, DC)
Lithuania is investigating Jewish Holocaust survivors as war criminals
-- and using their own memoirs as evidence against them. / ... When
Lithuania's chief war crimes prosecutor, Rimvydas Valentukevicius, read
Arad's book, nearly 30 years after its publication, he didn't see a
hero. He saw a possible war criminal. And in September 2007, when the
prosecutor's office publicly announced an investigation into Arad, it
was clear The Partisan would be Exhibit A against him. More war crimes
investigations of Lithuanian Holocaust survivors have followed, and in
each case, memoirs are playing a central role
Pakistan Military Admits that Victory in Swat is Not in Sight.
[The following is from the BBC.]
Wednesday, 3 June 2009 13:47 UK
Swat fight 'may take two months'
Pakistani troops say they are making progress in the north-west
The offensive to eject the Taliban from the Swat valley of Pakistan
could take another two months to complete, a senior army officer has
said. Chief army spokesman Gen Athar Abbas said that troops needed time
to stop militants from retaking control.
General Kayani's Army Destroyed Mosques, Shredded Qur'ans in
Sultanwas [Buner District]
Pakistanis fume after army destroys homes
Taliban driven from frontier village but wreckage fuels backlash
Emilio Morenatti / AP
updated 7:18 p.m. ET, Thurs., May 28, 2009
SULTANWAS, Pakistan - When Pakistan's army drove the Taliban back from
this small northwestern village, it also destroyed much of everything
F-16 fighter jets, military helicopters, tanks and artillery reduced
houses, mosques and shops to rubble, strewn with children's shoes,
shattered TV sets and perfume bottles.
Commanders say the force was necessary in an operation they claim killed
80 militants. But returning residents do not believe this: Although a
burned-out army tank at the entrance to Sultanwas indicates the Taliban
fought back, villagers say most fighters fled into the mountains.
Beyond any doubt is their fury at authorities for wrecking their homes
— the sort of backlash the army doesn't want as it tries to win the
support of the people for its month-old offensive against the Taliban
in Pakistan's northwest frontier region near the border with Afghanistan.
Beyond any doubt is their fury at authorities for wrecking their homes
— just what the army does not want as it tries to win the support of
the people for its month-old offensive against the Taliban in Pakistan's
northwest frontier region near the border with Afghanistan.
"The Taliban never hurt the poor people, but the government has
destroyed everything," Sher Wali Khan told the first reporting team to
reach the village of about 1,000 homes.
'Treating us like the enemy'
"They are treating us like the enemy," he said as he collected shredded
copies of a Quran from the ruins of a mosque.
The anger in this village is an echo of recent years, when previous
army offensives against the Taliban in the northwestern frontier area
caused widespread civilian casualties and damage to homes. The military's
heavy-handed approach here shows it may still be more equipped to fight
conventional war with India than guerrilla warfare in the shadows of
mountain villages and towns, where militants use civilians as cover.
The Associated Press traveled to Sultanwas on Wednesday after the
Pakistani army briefly lifted a curfew in the Buner district to allow
residents to return.
But the fight for the region is clearly not over. Just beyond the
village, a makeshift army checkpoint shows where its control ends.
Beyond that, the army and villagers say the Taliban are in charge,
patrolling streets on foot and in pickup trucks.
The United States wants a resounding victory against insurgents who are
threatening not only the stability of this nuclear-armed country, but
also the success of the American-led mission in neighboring Afghanistan.
But residents of Sultanwas say the militants in their village threatened
Warned to get out
Khan, a 17-year-old who is quick with a smile and hopes to attend
medical school, said about five militants occasionally came to a mosque.
There, he said, they preached an ultraconservative brand of Islam and
called for overthrowing the government because it was not implementing
Islamic law. He said he did not agree with either position.
Khan fled with his family and most other residents when the army warned
them last week to get out because the offensive was about to reach them.
The Taliban entered Buner last month from the Swat Valley, an advance
that triggered the military's offensive. There was very little damage
to buildings in the road leading to Sultanwas, which military officials
said used to be one of the Taliban's major strongholds in the district.
Not for endorsement. Strictly for information only.
Taliban Video Shows Martyrdom Operator Blew Up Kayani's Military
Camp in South Waziristan
May 23, 2009: Pakistani Taliban have issued a video showing a martyrdom
operator named Yusuf blowing up a military camp of the Pakistan army
in South Waziristan. Below are two of the scenes from the video. The
first shows Yusuf smiling as he prepares to board a truck full of
dynamite. The second shows Pakistani troops trying to stop the truck as
it approaches the military camp's gate. The third shows the massive
explosion which wipes out the main building of the camp. The fourth
shows the explosion as seen from far away. [For lack of space, we are
publishing only the first and last parts of the video.]
Photo shows Hafiz Saeed [center with white cap] coming out of a
court in Lahore.
Hafiz Saeed, leader of Jamat-ud-Dawah has been released because the
Pakistani court could not find any evidence linking him to Lashkare
Taiba which India holds responsible for the attack on Mumbai.
Three other leaders of Jamat Dawa were also released. Jamat-ud-Dawa has
widespread support for its charitable activities.
India has expressed dismay at his release. Syed Munawar Hasan,
leader of Jamaate Islami, visited him after his release [June 5]
U.S. Top General's Secret Visit to Pakistan on May 27 at height of
Kayani's Assault on Swat
— AP/File photo.
ISLAMABAD: US Central Command chief Gen David Petraeus paid a secret
visit to Islamabad on May 27
Killings provoke Kashmir protests
By Altaf Hussain
BBC News, Srinagar
The killings have shocked residents across the valley
June 1, 2009: Violent protests are continuing across Indian-administered
Kashmir, following the deaths of two women who many believe were raped
by Indian troops. The bodies of the two women were recovered on Saturday
morning after they went missing on Friday.
A general strike called by separatist groups in response to the deaths
of the women brought life in the Kashmir Valley to a standstill.
The government has ordered a judicial probe into the killings.
Chief Minister Omar Abdullah said an inquiry had become necessary
because of the people's lack of faith in police investigations.
"Initial findings do not suggest either rape or murder. But there is a
need to establish beyond doubt so that people are satisfied as far
"Most of the Valley is shut down. People want truth and they want it
from a credible source," he said.
A retired high court judge, Justice Muzaffar Jan, has been given one
month to complete the inquiry.
The incident has sent shockwaves throughout the Kashmir Valley in
recent days. The separatist call for a strike was met with an
overwhelming response as shops closed and traffic was suspended.
Daily demonstrations have paralysed the town of Shopian, where the
women were from, as local residents demanded action from security forces.
The authorities have also imposed an undeclared curfew in the southern
district of Shopian and police and paramilitaries have been deployed
across the area.
The two women, who were sisters-in-law, went missing on the way home
from their orchard on Friday. Their bodies were found the next morning,
one in a canal and one on open ground about 1km (0.6 mile) away.
The results of the post-mortem report have not yet been made public.
On Saturday thousands of people marched in procession to the main
square in Shopian town where they ransacked the local hospital in which
the post-mortem had been performed.
The demonstrators allege that the women were gang-raped and subsequently
killed by Indian security forces.
Local police reject the allegations saying that the women appeared to
have drowned in a stream, the Associated Press news agency says.
By Jalaluddin s. Hussain
When will United Natiions Pass a Resolution on the Bombing of Swat?
+ The King of Saudi Arabia
Pakistan is burning and nobody seems to care. Besides Uncle Sam,
Pakistan`s military is playing a very treacherous role and killing its
own innocent population. Back in 1964 I visited Mingora (Swat). It
was then a peceful and hospitable city and welcomed tourists, from all
parts of the world. What has happened now? The three million peaceful
Swatis are IDPs (Internally Displaced Persons) and living outside Swat,
in miserable conditions. Uncle Sam`s fire-power and General Kiyani`s
men, are wreaking destruction all over the Swat region! What is the
United Nations doing? When will the members of the Security Council
pass a resolution to call a halt to all this bombing of "Paradise on
Earth", which is Swat!
June 3, 2009 issue of daily, "The Gazette", Montreal, reports that
"expectations are high" for President Obama`s Mideast trip. The fact
of the matter is that the President has started his trip on the wrong
foot! King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, may be the king of a Muslim
country but he is a ruthless dictator, who cares more for his kingship
and less for his kingdom! He can feed both the terrorists and Uncle
Sam, so long as his kingship is safe. Hosni Mubarak, the "perpetual"
President of Egypt is no better. Iran is "bad" and North Korea is a
"rogue" state, but Saudi Arabian and Egyptian rulers are good, so long
as they are serving the interests of USA and Western powers. President
Obama`s Mideast tour may serve America`s imperialist interests but it
will surely not be beneficial for the Muslims, all over the world, at
the grassroots level. Perhaps only time will tell that son of a Muslim
father may have proved more dangerous than the evangelist Christian,
who unfortunately has already wreaked havoc during his two "popular"
mandates! God save the Muslim world, including Pakistan!
It was ruthlessly cruel of the Canadian Defence Minister, Peter Mackay,
to blame Pakistan for becoming the "most dangerous place on earth".
How can he blame Pakistan for Taliban militants marching on Islamabad
and imperiling the safety of its (Pakistan`s) nuclear arsenal", when it
were the Western forces who manipulated the Taliban and Al-Qaeda
Mujahiddens, to drive out the Soviets from Afghanistan, in the 1980s.
No other person than the present US Defence Secretary and former CIA
Director, Robert Gates, knows better, for he was one of the architects
of "Drive-the-Soviets-out" campaign. It were the USA and Western
forces, who encouraged the drug mafia and the gun-runners of Afghanistan,
to further their own narrow expansionist interests. Now the
50,000-plus strong NATO forces have diverted the extemists towards
Pakistan and are now on a killing rampage on both sides of the
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