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SPOTLIGHT from Imam Badi Ali [North Carolina]
Notice how the mosques are filling beyond capacity with new
immigrants? A social engineering program is underway.
Immigrants are being brought in from Muslim countries
without regard for their educational level or understanding
of America. They are often dumped in ghettoes and are
straining the limited public resources for the needy. They
are often bad examples of Islam and are creating problems in
the mosques. They park wherever they want to and attract
neighbors' complaints, leading to police visits and
sometimes closing down of mosques. The new taxi drivers do
not keep their taxis clean and tidy on the inside, as
earlier ones used to, leaving a poor impression on
This upsurge of immigrant dumping by the regime could be
planned to destabilize America's Muslim communities. We
should get involved and try to work with the newcomers.
Whoever is plotting and planning should know that Allah is
the Best of Planners.
Personal from the Editor: HEALTH NOTES: We should build on
the health bonanza given us by a month of fasting. My
daughter, whom we call "Hakim" Nadrat, says that breakfast
is very important, as a starter. Have a grain meal, like
millet, quinoa, buckwheat, amaranth, barley or oatmeal,
cooked in water on low heat, till the water dries up.
Sprinkle flax seeds on it, with a few almonds, and cut up a
banana into it. Take a cup of green tea, drink two glasses
of water and have a grapefruit or apple. Take tablets of
vitamins A, B1,C, D, E and B3.
Remember: Absolutely no milk, coffee, fatty foods or
If you can take that breakfast till the next issue of New
Trend, I'll tell you more after consulting the Hakim.
The Prophet, pbuh, used to take millet, dates and water
[with greens while traveling]. Check out Hadith on our web
He walked all the time. Remember the journey from Makka to
Taif? It was on foot! Again the Hijra from Makkah to Madinah
was mostly on foot. Again, check out Hadith.
[This is not medical advice. See your doctor for medical
Hizbut Tahrir held an impressive Islamic conference in
Chicago before Ramadan. This is one of the very few Muslim
groups which are not puppets of the government. The media
censored the conference while Fox TV, Cair and ISNA abused
it. We have received an inside report by a representative.
You'll be surprised at the intellectual level and high
quality of Hizbut Tahrir.
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From New Trend's Media Monitor. 5 items
Our America: By special permission, we have a report by Paul
Craig Roberts on what's the reality behind the health care
Please scroll way down.
Our America #2: We should thank former President Carter for
bringing out the racist nature of Joe Wilson's [R-South
Carolina] rebel yell of "you lie" aimed at Obama. Wilson
hates undocumented immigrants to the extent that he broke
all protocol. Mr. Wilson should know there are 11 million
such people. Without health care for them, they will affect
the flow of the American economy.
Obama backed off from Wilson's insult. How long will Obama
keep retreating? When will he admit that he was elected to
be used, like Bush used General Powell and Condi Rice,
except that Obama's election was a cover up on a bigger
scale owing to the Islamic resistance in Iraq, Afghanistan
and Gaza and the American-Israeli debacle in these three
Our America #3: Crimes against women have taken on horrific
dimensions. Almost every major crime of extreme violence is
aimed at women. These atrocities go across lines of race and
class. On September 20, a woman and her 5 children were
found murdered in Naples, Florida. Desecration of churches
is becoming quite common. A female pastor was raped and
murdered in her own church in Oklahoma. The way her body was
torn up, even hardened police officers were hesitant to
disclose the details.
America's mass culture, with Zionists in control, is
presenting women as playthings of men. The most decent women
are pressured by mass culture to wear short skirts, have
plunging necklines and pretend that rampant sexuality and
immodesty does not stress them
Our America #4: Notice that Bernie the Jew Madoff is no
longer in the news, in spite of his 65 BILLION dollar rip
off through a ponzi scheme? The Jewish community is not
being investigated. No one is questioning the greed of
prominent Jews who were fooled by Madoff because they wanted
10% profit on their funds. Madoff was quickly sentenced and
removed from media attention.
Instead, through Republican entrapment and Fox TV, ACORN has
been targeted. It's the biggest community organization of
African Americans. Republicans found corruption in ONE of
its many offices. It's now facing action both in the House
and the Senate! Attack ACORN but forget about Madoff and the
Jewish looting of America: That's what happening.
Our America: #5. September 21: Obama Day 244
On Eid, did we forget Islamic brotherhood/sisterhood?
Can we be happy and celebrating when the best Muslims are in
US prisons? Did most of us forget Imam Jamil, Shaikh Omar
Abdel Rahman, Ahmed Abdel Sattar, Dr. Ali Timimi, Dr. Aafia
Siddiqui, Dr. Kifah al-Jayyousi, Jose Padilla, Prof. Sami
al-Arian, Masoud Khan, Abu Ali, Seif Chapman, Siddique
Abdullah Hasan and a whole list of other innocents? Would
you feel wonderful if a member of your family were in
prison? Think of Guantanamo Bay [still open despite Obama's
promises], Bagram, Abu Ghraib, Florence [Colorado], Terre
Haute [Indiana] and the sprawling American Gulag with
prisons behind every forest and hill?
Jamaat al-Muslimeen [News] [Next 3 items only]
P.O. Box 10881
Baltimore, MD 21234
A Sorry Eid Gift from the Obama Administration: Three
Afghans Arrested and twisted story released to the Media!
An Afghan American Najib Zazi and his father were arrested
just before Eid. Both are from Denver. A masjid imam in
Flushing, New York who talked to Zazi was arrested for
"lying to the FBI" [he was an informant]. Three apartments
in Queens, New York were raided by security.
All this drama was released to the media leading to a new
wave of fear among US Muslims. The case against Zazi is
being "constructed." His attorney has categorically rejected
all claims of Zazi's alleged connection to al-Qaida.
The government forgot that under US law, a person is
innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.These
raids, arrests and media campaign against Afghans are
violations of the rights of US Muslims and were carried out
during the holiest days of Ramadan.
Protest General Musharraf's Visit to the Meyerhoff Symphony
Hall in Baltimore
On September 29, Tuesday, at 7.30 PM Jamaat al-Muslimeen
will hold a symbolic protest at the Meyerhoff, inshallah.
All are welcome to join us. All three segments of the Jewish
community in Baltimore have joined hands to welcome
Musharraf. These are: Villa Julie College [now called
Stevenson university], National Public Radio and Meyerhoff
Symphony Hall. These are the same people who invited and
honored Medeleine Albright [bloodsucker of Iraq], Rushdie
[who insulted the Prophet, pbuh] and now Musharraf who
helped put hundreds of innocent Muslims in Guantanamo Bay
and bombed an Islamic women's seminary in Islamabad.
Place: 1212 Cathedral St
Baltimore, MD 21201-5556
Date: September 29, 2009
Time: : Musharraf's speech starts at 8 PM [Be there are
Call the Meyerhoff to protest at this phone number: (410)
Protest to Stevenson University's President at: 410-486-7000
[ask for Sue Penny.]
September 22: Maulana Maudoodi's Anniversary
Rational Approach to Islam: Opposition to Dictatorship and
Muhammad, pbuh, as Example and Leader. Islamic Pakistan's
by Kaukab Siddique, Ph.D
"... the militaries in Muslim countries realized that the
real source of dictatorial power lay with the military. This
awareness brought military officers into the arena of
politics and they started a whole process of intrigues and
destabilization of governments and the establishment of
military regimes. These armies have become a calamity for
Muslim countries. They are not interesed in fighting
external enemies or in defending their countries: they are
focused on 'conqering' their own countries and using the
weapons provided them for national defense to enslave their
own nations." [Maulana Maudoodi speaking in Arabic to a
large gathering of young men in Makka after the Hajj,
Zulhijja 16, 1382 AH, 48 years back. See Tafhimat, vol.3,
pp.358-359, published 1969.]
Syed Abul 'Ala Maudoodi, a soft spoken scholar from
Hyderabad, India, was discerned as an extraordinary thinker
by Allama Iqbal and invited to move to the Punjab. Thus a
new chapter began in the saga of the Islamic movement in
Much has been written about Maudoodi, both by his legion of
enemies as well as by his countless friends. One of the best
books in Urdu is by his second-in-command Mian Tufail
Muhammad titled Mushahidat: Maulana Maudoodi, Jamaate Islami
awr Pakistan [compiled by Saleem Mansur Khalid and published
in 2000, 2001 and 2003 by Idara-e-Ma'arife Islami, Mansoora,
Maudoodi lived at a time when entire generations of Muslims
were becoming secularized and westernized. Tufail Muhammad
himself was a westernized lawyer in coat, tie and hat.
Maudoodi's writings led Mian Tufail to give up the entire
context of westernized ideals and aspirations. He died
recently permeated with the virtues of Taqwa and deen.
Nowadays the idea that "Islam is a complete way of life" has
almost become a cliche and stands unchallenged. This was
Maudoodi's contribution. He put the westernizers on the
defensive and helped Muslim intellectuals become comfortable
with the idea of the SUPERIORITY of Islam over all other
ways of life. I consider the following to be his most
important contributions to the resurgence of Islam:
1. Muslims and non-Muslims are separate nations. Muslims
have the right and the obligation to self-determination and
the implementation of Islam within their communities and
nations. Peace, tolerance, compassion and coexistence are
important but they do not mean that Muslims should
assimilate into the non-Islamic ethos. Separatism based on
self-determination was the seed of Islamic Pakistan which
was sowed by Maudoodi and pre-dates the contributions of
others. Perhaps this factor attracted the attention of
2. Islam has within itself the framework of Law and the
Constitutional Process as well as the methodology of
revolution which precedes the implementation of Law.
3. Islam has its own economic and social system.
4. Authentic Hadith is essential to Islam. The attempts of
anti-Islam forces to separate the Qur'an from the Hadith, if
successful, would be fatal for the Islamic ethos.
5. Kingship is alien to Islam. We do not need to defend the
crimes of Muslim kings or extol their achievements as if
they are part of Islam. The title of Caliph does not
legitimize rule based on absolute power and hereditary
succession. Shoora is a form of democracy which is essential
for Islamic polity, and shoora is required in ALL aspects of
life and by ALL Muslims.
6. Jihad is essential to Islam.
Maudoodi was repeatedly imprisoned by various Pakistani
governments. Owing to his writings against "Ahmeddis" [known
as "qadiyanis" in Pakistan] he was sentenced to death by the
secularist regime which was trying to undermine Islam. He
refused to beg for mercy and barely evaded execution as the
governmrent of the time fell.
His love for Pakistan as a putative Islamic state was so
great that he repeatedly put his own life in danger to save
Pakistan. He attempted to heal the differences between East
and West Pakistan but was thwarted by the army's actions and
by the India-backed mass murders and extreme violence.
On another occasion, the regime's gangsters tried to shoot
him down in front of a large gathering. His supporters asked
him to take shelter. His response is famous: "If I sit down,
who will remain standing."
Today one of Maudoodi's greatest students, Syed Munawar
Hasan, is leading the movement against American intervention
in Pakistan. The universities of Pakistan are full of new
generations of Muslims learning from Maudoodi's writings
that Islam is applicable in all walks of life.
I was blessed to meet him on many occasions. He used terms
of deep affection for me which a true teacher does for a
good student in our Islamic culture.
Later, I often differed with him. Sometimes, owing to my
restless questioning about kings, I upset him.
In spite of all the support he had at the end, he did not
want us to see him as the last word in Islamic scholarship
or to make a faultless saint out of him as many schools of
thought do with their leaders. He gave us the foundations
required to build the edifice of Islam in modern times and
to defeat westernization and cultural imperialism.
Send more troops otherwise the Taliban will Win: McChrystal,
Top U.S. Commander
21 Sep 2009 The top U.S. and NATO commander in Afghanistan
warns in an urgent, confidential assessment of the war that
he needs more forces within the next year and bluntly states
that without them, the eight-year conflict "will likely
result in failure," according to a copy of the 66-page
document obtained by The Washington Post. His assessment was
sent to Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates on Aug. 30 and is
now being reviewed by President Obama and his national
What does Mullah Omar say about American occupation and a long war?
to legendary Taliban leader's Eid message.
This will surprise, even shock you: New al-Qaida leader in
Germany reveals himself.
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Ayatollah Khamene'i says Iran is not fooled by U.S. moves.
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for important excerpt.
War News: Somalia
Occupation Troops Hit by 2 Martyrdom Operators: Islamic
Group Claims it is Revenge for US Special Forces killing of
September 17, 2009: The al-Shabab Islamic movement sent two
fighters into the headquarters of African troops from
Burundi and Uganda who are supportng the US-backed
"government" in Mogadishu. Heavy losses were inflicted. The
regime has admitted 21 killed [including the deputy
commander of the troops from Burundi] and 40 wounded
[including the deputy commander].
Al-Shabab says it does not want any non-Muslim troops in
Somalia. It claims that the attack was in revenge for the US
helicopter assassination of a Kenyan Islamic leader. The
following al-Shabab statement and comment appeared on
"Sheikh Ali Mohamud Rage, a spokesman for the
anti-government al-Shabab group, claimed responsibility on
Thursday for the attacks.
He said they were to avenge the death of Salah Ali Saleh
Nabhan, a Kenyan-born al-Qaeda suspect, who was killed in
southern Somalia on Monday during a raid by US special
"We have got our revenge for our brother Nabhan. Two suicide
car bombs targeting the AU base, praise Allah," Rage
"It took place at noon on the 27th of Ramadan, the best
blessing. We knew the infidel government and AU troops
planned to attack us after the holy month. This is a message
Nabhan, 28, had been allied with al-Shabab, which the US
accuses of being al-Qaeda's proxy in Somalia.
Witnesses said two vehicles with UN markings entered the
coastal airport base of the Amisom mission - comprised of
troops from Burundi and Uganda - unchallenged before blowing up."
War News; Afghanistan
NATO Troops in Kabul Hit by Martyrdom Operator
September 21, 2009: On Eid fday, in the Gereshek district of
Helmand province, Taliban raiders hit a British patrol.
There was an explosion and a British soldier was killed.
September 19: A NATO patrol [Danish troops] came under light
weapons Taliban fire. One Danish soldier was killed and
September 17, 2009: According to wire sevices [Reuters, etc]
a "suicide bomber" hit a NATO military convoy travelling
from the US embassy in Kabul to the airport. The powerful
explosion tore apart several NATO vehicles including a
humvee. The troops were Italian and Italy admitted 6 troops
killed and 10 wounded in the attack. Taliban spokesman
Zabihullah Mujadaddi called media to claim responsibility
for the spectacular attack in NATO's stronghold. Several
civilians were also killed and scores wounded in the
explosion, and scores of shops in the nearby area were
Mullah Omar's Eid Message: Taliban leader says, Jihad will
contnue as long as it takes to Expel NATO Forces.
See Excerpt below photo
"We fought against the British invaders for 80 years from
1839 to 1919 and ultimately got independence by defeating
Britain," the voice says.
"Today we have strong determination ... we have preparedness
for a long war and ... we will continue to wage jihad until
we gain independence and force the invaders to pull out."
Mullah Omar categorically rejected western propaganda
campaign that Taliban are against women's rights and
education. [Source al-Jazeera]
Ayatollah Khamen'ei Rejects Western Propaganda: Says Iran is
Alert, undaunted. [See Excerpt.]
Ayatollah Khamenei said US accusations that Iran was
"producing nuclear weapons" were "false".
"Despite friendly messages and words", the current US
government was anti-Iranian, he said.
He also said the West must revise its policy.
"They must correct this," he said. "The Iranian nation is
"They see and understand animosities and stand against them.
The Islamic republic will not retreat."
New Leader of al-Qaida in Germany Demands Withdrawal of
German troops form Afghanistan
Bekkay Harrach Converted to Islam from Bonn Germany.
[Courtesy Der Spiegel, Germany]
A screenshot from the new al-Qaida video
[From Der Spiegel]: "In a new video message, the terrorist
network al-Qaida has warned of attacks in Germany during the
two weeks after the Sept. 27 election, if there are no
signals of a withdrawal of German troops from Afghanistan.
Authorities are taking the threat seriously and have raised
the level of security precautions.
If the sender of the video released on Friday afternoon was
not in all likelihood al-Qaida, it would be difficult to
take it seriously: The speaker has dressed for the occasion
in an atypical style, in a black suit and blue tie. Standing
in front of a red curtain, the Islamist Bekkay Harrach, who
is originally from the German city of Bonn, utters his
threats. Nothing in the video is reminiscent of the style of
previous publications of this kind."
War News: Pakistan
Kayani's Pak Army Death Squads at Work: Local Taliban
Commander, 4 sons killed in Custody: 355 Bodies of Executed
Muslims Found so Far.
As New Trend pointed out earlier, Pakistani General Kayani's
troops are carrying out murders of Muslims suspected of
being Pak Taliban in Swat. These killings are taking on the
level of massive crimes against humanity. The latest is the
murder of a local Taliban commander and his 4 sons. Here is
the comment of Asian Human Rights Commission [AHRC] [located
in Hong Kong] on Kayani's latest crime:
"According to a brief statement released by the Inter
Relations (ISPR) and the Swat Media Cenre (formed by the
army at the
local level) on September 20, Sher Muhammad Qassab died of
multiple injuries on
Sunday morning after the doctors failed to resuscitate him.
details as to why Qassab had suffered fatal injuries while
custody, or why his body was disposed of on the roadside
being handed to his family, remain unknown.
The shocking news also draws attention to the rising number of
mysterious deaths of Taliban militants in North West Frontier
Province. The situation is particularly worrying in the Swat valley
where reportedly a total of 355 bodies of militants had been found
on the roadside since July 13, as thousands of internally displaced
persons (IDPs) from Swat valley returned home. The army claimed that
the militants were killed when combating security forces during army
operations, but in most cases the bodies were found after the victims
mysteriously disappeared for a few days. It is highly suspicious that
the army is abusing its power to commit extra-judicial killings.
The AHRC urges the Pakistani government to immediately initiate a
thorough investigation into the mysterious deaths of militants in
North West Frontier Province, especially in Swat valley. The
government must intervene to ensure that all Taliban militants
arrested by the army are brought before the court according to legal
procedure for a fair and open trial. The present lack of transparency
in operations conducted by the army is unacceptable and the truth
behind these acts of mysterious killings must be brought to light.
It is the War in Afghanistan Obama Declared a "Necessity,"
Not Health Care
The Health Care Deceit
" ...the most likely outcome of a health care bill will
benefit insurance companies..."
By PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS [By special permission to New
The current health care "debate" shows how far gone
representative government is in the United States. Members
of Congress represent the powerful interest groups that fill
their campaign coffers, not the people who vote for them.
The health care bill is not about health care. It is about
protecting and increasing the profits of the insurance
companies. The main feature of the health care bill is the
"individual mandate," which requires everyone in America to
buy health insurance. Senate Finance Committee chairman Max
Baucus (D-Mont), a recipient of millions in contributions
over his career from the insurance industry, proposes to
impose up to a $3,800 fine on Americans who fail to purchase
The determination of "our" elected representatives to serve
the insurance industry is so compelling that Congress is
incapable of recognizing the absurdity of these
The reason there is a health care crisis in the US is that
the cumulative loss of jobs and benefits has swollen the
uninsured to approximately 50 million Americans. They
cannot afford health insurance any more than employers can
afford to provide it.
It is absurd to mandate that people purchase what they
cannot afford and to fine them for failing to do so. A
person who cannot pay a health insurance premium cannot pay
These proposals are like solving the homeless problem by
requiring the homeless to purchase a house.
In his speech Obama said "we'll provide tax credits" for
"those individuals and small businesses who still can't
afford the lower-priced insurance available in the exchange"
and he said low-cost coverage will be offered to those with
preexisting medical conditions. A tax credit is useless to
those without income unless the credit is refundable, and
subsidized coverage doesn't do much for those millions of
Americans with no jobs.
Baucus masquerades as a defender of the health impaired with
his proposal to require insurers to provide coverage to all
comers as if the problem of health care can be reduced to
preexisting conditions and cancelled policies. It was left
to Rep. Dennis Kucinich to point out that the health care
bill ponies up 30 million more customers for the private
The private sector is no longer the answer, because the
income levels of the vast majority of Americans are
insufficient to bear the cost of health insurance today. To
provide some perspective, the monthly premium for a 60-year
old female for a group policy (employer-provided) with Blue
Cross Blue Shield in Florida is about $1,200. That comes to
$14,400 per year. Only employees in high productivity jobs
that can provide both a livable salary and health care can
expect to have employer-provided coverage. If a 60-year old
female has to buy a non-group policy as an individual, the
premium would be even higher. How, for example, is a
Wal-Mart shelf stocker or check out clerk going to be able
to pay a private insurance premium?
Even the present public option--Medicare--is very expensive
to those covered. Basic Medicare is insufficient coverage.
Part B has been added, for which about $100 per month is
deducted from the covered person's Social Security check.
If the person is still earning or has other retirement
income, an "income-related monthly adjustment" is also
deducted as part of the Part B premium. And if the person
is still working, his earnings are subject to the 2.9
percent Medicare tax.
Even with Part B, Medicare coverage is still insufficient
except for the healthy. For many people, additional
coverage from private supplementary policies, such as the
ones sold by AARP, is necessary. These premiums can be as
much as $277 per month. Deductibles remain and
prescriptions are only 50% covered. If the drug
prescription policy is chosen, the premium is higher.
This leaves a retired person on Medicare who has no other
retirement income of significance paying as much as $4,500
per year in premiums in order to create coverage under
Medicare that still leaves half of his prescription
medicines out-of-pocket. Considering the cost of some
prescription medicines, a Medicare-covered person with Part
B and a supplementary policy can still face bankruptcy.
Therefore, everyone should take note that a "public option"
can leave people with large out-of-pocket costs. I know a
professional who has chosen to continue working beyond
retirement age. His Medicare coverage with supplemental
coverage, Medicare tax, and income-related monthly
adjustment comes to $16,400 per year. Those people who want
to deny Medicare to the rich will cost the system a lot of
What the US needs is a single-payer not-for-profit health
system that pays doctors and nurses sufficiently that they
will undertake the arduous training and accept the stress
and risks of dealing with illness and diseases.
A private health care system worked in the days before
expensive medical technology, malpractice suits, high costs
of bureaucracy associated with third-party payers and heavy
investment in combating fraud, and pressure on insurance
companies from Wall Street to improve "shareholder returns."
Despite the rise in premiums, payments to health care
providers, such as doctors, appear to be falling along with
coverage to policy holders. The system is no longer
functional and no longer makes sense. Health care has
become an incidental rather than primary purpose of the
health care system. Health care plays second fiddle to
insurance company profits and salaries to bureaucrats
engaged in fraud prevention and discovery. There is no
point in denying coverage to one-sixth of the population in
the name of saving a nonexistent private free market health
The only way to reduce the cost of health care is to take
the profit and paperwork out of health care.
Nothing humans design will be perfect. However, Congress is
making it clear to the public that the wrong issues are
front and center, such as the belief of Rep. Joe Wilson
(R-SC) and others that illegal aliens and abortions will be
covered if government pays the bill.
Debate focuses on subsidiary issues, because Congress no
longer writes the bills it passes. As Theodore Lowi made
clear in his book, The End of Liberalism, the New Deal
transferred law-making from the legislative to the executive
branch. Executive branch agencies and departments write
bills that they want and hand them off to sponsors in the
House and Senate. Powerful interest groups took up the same
The interest groups that finance political campaigns expect
their bills to be sponsored and passed.
Thus: a health care reform bill based on forcing people to
purchase private health insurance and fining them if they do
When bills become mired in ideological conflict, as has
happened to the health care bill, something usually passes
nevertheless. The president, his PR team, and members of
Congress want a health care bill on their resume and to be
able to claim that they passed a health care bill,
regardless of whether it provides any health care.
The cost of adding public expenditures for health care to a
budget drowning in red ink from wars, bank bailouts, and
stimulus packages means that the most likely outcome of a
health care bill will benefit insurance companies and use
mandated private coverage to save public money by curtailing
Medicare and Medicaid.
The public's interest is not considered to be the important
determinant. The politicians have to please the insurance
companies and reduce health care expenditures in order to
save money for another decade or two of war in the Middle
The telltale part of Obama's speech was the applause in
response to his pledge that "I will not sign a plan that
adds one dime to our deficits." Yet, Obama and his fellow
politicians have no hesitation to add trillions of dollars
to the deficit in order to fund wars.
The profits of military/security companies are partly
recycled into campaign contributions. To cut war spending in
order to finance a public health care system would cost
politicians campaign contributions from both the insurance
industry and the military/security industry.
Politicians are not going to allow that to happen.
It was the war in Afghanistan, not health care, that
President Obama declared to be a "necessity."
Paul Craig Roberts was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury
in the Reagan administration. He is coauthor of The Tyranny
of Good Intentions. His new book, War of the Worlds: How the
Economy Was Lost, will be published next month by AK
Press/CounterPunch. He can be reached at:
Hizbut Tahrir Conference in Chicago: Censored by the
Media: Abused by Fox News, Cair & ISNA
by Abu Talha
The Khilafah conference was convened in Chicago at the Oak
Lawn Hilton. The conference was held to commemorate the 88th
anniversary of the abolishment of the Khilafah in Istanbul
in 1924. The theme of the conference was "The Fall of
Capitalism and the Rise of Islam". The theme was chosen to
reflect to parallel trends in the global arena. On one hand,
Capitalism as an ideology and system of economy is
experiencing serious problems which have hit the financial
backbone of the system. On the other side, the world is also
witnessing a steady revival of Islam as a way of life, to
the extent that a prominent commentator in the US, Patrick
Buchanan, called the phenomenon "An Idea Whose Time Has
The conference drew more than 800 attendants from the
Chicago area as well as from other cities in the US. It also
drew more than 50 protestors who showed concern about the
liberty and freedom in the US. The Hilton management, the
police department, and village of Oak Lawn provided an
outstanding atmosphere of security and discipline throughout
the day. Scores of media reporters and journalists covered
the event of the conference and participated in a press
conference provided by the conference organizers.
Six lectures and a keynote speech were presented at the
conference. Maruf Abuatallah, an African American Muslim
outlined the core reasons behind the current failure of
capitalism. His speech was followed by Dawoud Selim, who
demonstrated how the people in the US and in the world at
large have suffered under the dominance of capitalism. In
the second session, after a lunch was served by the
organizers, Raza Imam and Idrees Tevris presented an outline
of the economic system in Islam and how this system
inherently avoids the catastrophes of Capitalism. In the
third and the last session, Burhan Hanif and Jaleel
Abdel-Adil discussed the roles of the Muslims worldwide in
delivering a just and fair system to the peoples across the
globe. Question and answers sessions were provided at the
end of each section. Unlike the practice in many Muslim
conferences, this one provided the audience with ample
opportunity to comment and ask questions. The conference
organizers invited the attendees to post any of their
comments and unanswered questions to the conference site at
The press conference was led by Ben Asad the spokesman of
the conference, and his deputy Mohammad Malkawi. The
reporters asked few questions related to the nature of the
conference and the call to the revival of the Khilafah.
However, the major emphasis was on claims associating the
organizer of the conference, Hizb-ut-Tahrir, to names
implicated in the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The claim which
was repeated time and again by Fox news is that Khalid
Sheikh Mohammad and Zarqawi were X-members of
Hizb-Ut-Tahrir. This claim is absolutely false and baseless,
the spokesman of the conference insisted. Furthermore, it
was explicitly stated that HT is a non-militant organization
from the days of its inception in the early 1950's. It was
explained that this is not a tactic by HT, rather it is a
firm belief that the Islamic method of achieving a political
objective of the type the group is pursuing can only be
achieved via political and ideological means.
The conference, the theme, and the organizers have been
criticized by several representatives of prominent Islamic
organizations in the US including CAIR and ISNA. Part of the
criticism is that the vision and goals of HT are not shared
by the mainstream Muslims. It is the policy of HT not to
engage in counter attacks and criticism with Muslim groups.
However, HT is willing to debate, discuss and present its
views and vision about Islam at any platform. HT had
outlined its ideas, thoughts, and concepts in many books
available for free off the party's website and thousands of
leaflets and brochures which can be obtained through party's
representatives worldwide. HT will not respond to rhetoric
and attacks; but it will respond to criticism of ideas,
concepts and issues.
HT-America invites Muslims in the USA to participate in the
political dialogue which is increasing every day on the
plight of Capitalism and the aftermath of the collapse of
this old and crumbling system. The Muslims can not stay
outside the political dialogue. Prophet Mohammad (PBUH),
while he was in Mekkah, he engaged in the most civilized and
intellectual manner in debating, discussing and criticizing
the ailing practices of the elites of Mekkah. When he
migrated to Medinah, he engaged the Jewish and Christian
erroneous beliefs and practices. We believe that America and
the world at large are going through a major political and
economic transformation. If Muslims stay out of this
transformation, and leave the world to drop into yet more
fallacies and catastrophes, then the sins of the world will
fall upon the shoulders of those who know.
Chaman, Baluchistan [Pakistan]
A passerby reading a night letter posted by the Taliban
calling for Jihad. [Published in an Urdu language daily.]
This kind of posting was done by revolutionaries under Mao.
Later it was called Samizdat when the resistance to the USSR
spread and the media was in Soviet hands.
2009-09-22 Tue 19:58:01 cdt