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Mohurram 29,1431,/ January 15, 2010 # 3
Top Pakistani leader says: Palestine and Pakistan: One
Family of Faith: One Struggle.
Munawar Hasan warns, if Dr. Aafia is convicted by US,
Pakistanis will rise up in her support.
Good news: Our long time reader and human rights activist
Khalid Khwaja has made contact with the
attorney of the 5 US Muslim youths in Sarogodha, Pakistan,
who were victimized by CAIR-FBI. We have contacted some of
the families of the five in USA. They are too terrified to
Inshallah, the youths will not be easily extradited to the
tender mercies of the US. Look at what happened to
Bangladeshi Muslim youth Shifa Sadequee in similar
circumstances. We post Shifa's entire message. Scroll down
for this innocent son of Islam imprisoned in Atlanta.
Jamaat al-Muslimeen Urges Readers to Attend Dr. Aafia's
Hearing on 1.19
Innocence vs Arrogance.
Please scroll down for details.
From Imam Badi Ali [Jamaat al-Muslimeen, North Carolina]
Spotlight #1: The worldwide response to Haiti's cataclysm
shows thee fitra or goodness of human nature with which
Allah has blessed human beings. It is very natural that when
people see human suffering, they respond with compassion and
generosity. Unfortunately we Muslims do not have the global
power of TV to project our suffering. We are sanctioned and
starved and uprooted and multilated and killed in Somalia,
Sudan, Iraq, Afghanistan, Swat, Waziristan but the world
does not see our suffering.
Spotlight #2: We see a superpower mobilizing to help the
people of Haiti. We see the military forces red in tooth and
claw, streaming with our blood, now claiming to be saviors
of the oppressed people of Haiti. Kill there, help here, its
all part of the same game of deception. Till now even the
word GAZA has not been uttered by the people in power here.
They do not let the people see the broken bodies of our
children. We must use our media, like New Trend, to project
the ONENESS of HUMANITY. The suffering of Haiti is part of
the suffering of the oppressed worldwide, not separate and
specific as the oppressors would have us believe.
From the Secretary General of Jamaat al-Muslimeen, Sis.
We Urge the Muslim Ummah: Urgent Help for the People of
Haiti: Humanity is one in Suffering
"Feed the Hungry, take care of the sick, free the captives."
[Prophet Muhammad, peace be on him, Sahih Bukhari]
As we hear and see the news of the devastating earthquake
that has killed thousands and wounded an untold number, we
must be moved to action to lend a helping hand to ease the
suffering in whatever way we can. We know that there is
need for rebuilding of the shanty structures that provide at
least privacy and some semblance of a "home" to many of the
If we put just what we can together, Insha-Allah we can help
rebuild those houses. Jamaat representative in Brooklyn,
New York is in touch with Haitian communities for years and
your donations will not be wasted.
Allah has said to us: Holy Quran Sura Al-Ma'un ,107:1-7
THE NEIGHBORLY ASSISTANCE
1. Do you see the one who denies the Judgement (to come?
2. That is the one who repulses the orphan (with harshness)
3. And encourages not the feeding of the needy
4. So woe to the worshippers
5. Who are heedless of their prayers
6. Thos who want but to be seen (of men)
7. But refuse (to supply) (even) neighborly needs.
Let us not be like those spoken of in the above sura.
Remember, the peolple of Haiti are a symbol to us: These
people sit at the door of the wealthy US and have been in a
destitute need long before this earthquake which has brought
the country and its deplorable living conditions to our tv
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Masjid Jamaat al-Muslimeen Teaches the Spiritual Aspect of
Death & Destruction in Haiti
On January 15, 2009 the Juma khutba at Masjid Jamaat
al-Muslimeen was given by Br. Azzam, a young African
American brother who grew up with the masjid over the years.
The brother quoted from the Qur'an and Hadith to say that
Haiti shows us that we all have to pass away from this world
to the next. This can happen in a matter of seconds for
entire populations, he said, so we should not get too
attached tro our worldly pursuits and daily desires. We must
prepare for the Hereafter because that existence is much
more important and more lasting than the one we live in.
Br. Azzam quoted a beautiful hadith about what happens to
the believer after death and how one is transported from
this existence to the next in the fragrance and light of
After the prayers, the imam of the masjid, Br. Muammar, made
an impassioned plea to the Muslims to donate whatever they
can for the people of Haiti.
US-Zionist Power Structure is Responsible for the Horrific
Suffering in Haiti
Attempt to Rehabilitate War Machine and George Bush
by Kaukab Siddique, PhD
"... They treat men's oppression as if it were the wrath of
Allah!..." The Qur'an 29: 10
President Obama looks serious. He is promising all kinds of
help to Haiti. Haitian immigrants here illegally will not be
All this is well and good but we Muslims are not fooled.
Compare the funds Obama has promised to Haiti to what flows
EVERY YEAR to the terrorist entity known as Israel. There is
no comparison. In fact the aid USA gives to ALL of Africa
COMBINED is smaller than what it gives to Israel. poor
Haiti is next door to us but America's power structure
undermined its survival. America lives in luxury and
recognizes Haiti only when it is in its death throes!
The story is decades old. Remember the dictators of Haiti
who looted its wealth? Papa Doc. 'Baby Doc" etc were all
supported by the USA.
Remember the hatred spread against Haiti through the rumor
that Haitians carry AIDS when AIDS was strongest in the
White homiosexual groups.
A clearly discriminatory immigration policy was carried out
against Haiti. While rich Cubans poured in just because they
were opponents of Castro, the poorest Haitians were not
allowed to enter the USA even under desperate
Look at the area of earthquake devastation. The corrupt rich
Haitians had set up their palaces in the capital
Port-au-Prince. The UN military also settled there, bringing
corruption and oppression with them. The extreme wealth in
the capital attracted the poor and the disenfranchised but
they were kept deprived and lived in shanties. The
earthquake overwhelmed the capital city but little damage
has been done to the countryside. Is that a sign?
Haiti was deprived of a modern infrastructure. A similar
earthquake, 7.0 on the Richter scale killed 69 people in
California. It has killed tens of thousands [estimated] in
Haiti. One air strip in a country next door to America. No
facilities! Conditions worse than Bangladesh.
Obviously this a prime example of hidden racism rising up
from the depths of the agony of Haiti to remind us of the
criminal neglect of the American power structure. Obama is
part of the American power elite, the Zionist-capitalist
system. Could he not see for all these years of his
political life, the slow death of Haiti. Now he comes out to
express his superior morality. Is it because this is an
election year and Obama does not want Haiti to become his
Very impressively he announced a 100 million dollars. Very
impressive! but it is insignificant if 50,000 are dead and
3,000,000 are homeless. Obama is not doing his math. A
BILLION dollars are spent every week on the occupation army
in Iraq although the US is no longer in a position to carry
out military operations there and is preparing to
How cruel is this "funding" when trillions of dollars have
been given to Wall Street bankers. Do human beings matter or
everything is a political game?
The icing on the cake is Obama's bringing in George Bush to
help in the rehabilitation of Haiti. Looks like the only
people from whom Obama accepts pressure is the EXTREME right
wing. The mass murderer George Bush is now to be
rehabilitated as the joint savior of Haiti! American
politicians think they can fool all the people all the
Heavily Funded Jewish Group Attacks Jamaat al-Muslimeen &
[A reader in Chicago has informed us that the so-called
Anti-Defamation League, ADL, has updated its attack on
Jamaat al-Muslimeen and is still carrying it on its web
site. Readers might remember that this attack began when
Jamaat al-Muslimeen organized a Peace Conference in
Baltimore in 2008. The full text of ADL's attack is given
next followed by Dr. Siddique's response.]
[Jamaat al-Muslimeen (JAM) is a small Muslim organization
based in Baltimore that promotes Holocaust denial and
anti-Jewish conspiracy theories. Its leader, Dr. Kaukab
Siddique, is an associate professor in the English
department at Lincoln University in Pennsylvania.
[While Siddique claims that JAM is "not against the Jews as
a collective," JAM promotes anti-Semitic conspiracy theories
and portrays Jews as a pernicious global power. Siddique has
said, "Mohammed has taught us not to follow Jews but to go
against them in all things" and, "We are against the Jews
because they have usurped Palestine and they take interest
on loans and have built up the exploitative economic
While JAM claims to be an international movement, it appears
to be active mostly in the Northeast of the United States.
In addition to organizing events, JAM produces an online
newsletter, New Trend Magazine, which promotes the work of
David Irving and other Holocaust deniers.
Siddique, who met Irving on at least one occasion in
Baltimore in 2004, has also denied the Holocaust. "There is
no evidence available that Hitler planned or ordered the
wholesale decimation of Jews," Siddique has said. "The
Jewish narratives of the gassing of six million Jews too
cannot be substantiated." He has also called the Holocaust
"a Jewish milk cow."
JAM rejects Western style democracy, specifically American
governance, which it claims is "under Zionist control."
Siddique has described the U.S. as "satanic system," arguing
that "America's power structure does not accept the
SOVEREIGNTY of Allah."
JAM's Central Committee met in Greensboro, North Carolina on
May 24, 2008. During the meeting, at which Siddique
presided, the Committee passed several resolutions
"Israel is an illegal and illegitimate entity. We call for
global unity to defeat Israel. Groups engaged in trying to
gain authority under Israeli occupation are violating the
rights of the people. There cannot be ANY NEGOTIATIONS with
Israel, either DIRECT or INDIRECT, because Israel is an
"Racism, the exploitation of women and the corporate-Zionist
control of the media are three basic problems in America
which the Islamic movement must tackle."
One of JAM's main focuses is advocating on behalf of what it
calls "political prisoners" in the U.S. Among the prisoners
it supports is Sheik Omar Abdel Rahman, the Egyptian cleric
convicted of conspiring to bomb New York City landmarks. ]
Rebuttal by Dr. Kaukab Siddique: If Jamaat al-Muslimeen is a
small organization based only in Baltimore, why is the ADL
worried about it. ADL should read the Old Testament.
Probably the ADL missed the story of David and Golaith. We
have it in the Qur'an and we know that if a few people
follow the Truth from Allah, they will win regardless of the
odds. Muhammad, pbuh, was only ONE person against ALL of
kufr and he won.
A movement does not go around getting people to fill in
mermbership forms and getting huge crowds of thoughtless
people to congregate and have fun.
The Islamic movement begins by speaking against the false
gods [such as America's power structure and Jewish-zionist
control of America.] We are reaching more Muslims than
anyone else in America, be it through direct emails, or
through discussion groups, or through a million hits on our
web site or by way of private distribution. No wonder the
ADL is worried.
What ADL has tried to present is probably aimed at
non-Muslims, particularly the government, and aims at
directing their negative attention against us. However, most
Muslims would agree that Israel has usurped Palestine by
force of arms. Only craven little cliques like CAIR would
see Israel as a legitimate entity.
As for going against the Jews, that's a clear command of the
Prophet Muhammad, pbuh. Does ADL know anything about Islam
or is it learning "Islam" from CAIR.
The Jews do not accept Jesus, pbuh, or Muhammad, pbuh. Islam
As for the Holocaust story, why does the ADL consider it
sacrilege to respect and honor David Irving. After all
Irving is the greatest historian of the Second World War. I
am not a betting man , but if were I would bet that no one
in the ADL has read Irving's books. Censorship is ADL's
If the holocaust story is true, the ADL should send us the
copy of an order from Hitler commanding his forces to
exterminate the Jews. Irving gave that challenge long ago.
International Jewry couldn't provide an order from Hitler.
Nor is there any evidence of gassing.
Collaborators of the Jewish lobby, like CAIR, who have
infiltrated Muslim communities, claim that the holocaust
story should not be criticized. A man named Hamza Yusuf has
gone to the extent of saying that the Qur'an's authenticity
would be questionable if the holocaust is questioned. There
are a few allies of the Jews within Muslim ranks, but most
Muslims agree with me that the holocaust story is more of a
holohoax than a fact. It should be open to discussion and
critical analysis. The genocide imposed on Palestine by the
Jews is a fact which Israel denies. The ADL and
International Jewry are the real holocaust deniers.
ADL supports Israel which has usurped Palestine by force of
arms. Israel has no legitimiacy. Without the Zionist control
of US media, Israel would be condemned by the American
people themselves. ADL wants to abuse a "small" group like
Jamaat al-Muslimeen in spite of Zionist control of the
media. That's how weak the moral position of ADL's camp is.
These Jews are afraid that the American people will find
out what they are doing in Palestine.
ADL would have us believe that racism and the exploitation
of women are not facts. Go figure!
America treats its opponents as criminals. The Blind Shaikh
Dr. Omar Abdel Rahman is supposed to be a terrorist while
the tyrant of Egypt Hosni Mubarak is an honored guest in the
White House. Israel has used American power to suppress
Islam in America. All our leaders are in prison or turned
into non-persons through censorship.
Jamaat al-Muslimeen is the only Muslim organization at the
national level which has consistently opposed US imperialism
and Zionism. ADL is concerned because it would like US
Muslims to become clones of CAIR and other lackeys.
Brazil Cowed Down
Jewish Senator Pulls Power Play and Helps Fellow Jew Win
International Custody Battle
Why Allah Forbids Associating with the Kuffar
by Sis. 'Aisha [Jamaat al-Muslimeen New York City]
On December 17, 2009, David Goldman, of Tinton Falls, New
Jersey, was awarded custody of his nine year old son, Sean
Goldman. Sean had been living in Brazil with his
stepfather, Joao Paulo Lins e Silva.
In 2004, David's then-wife, Bruna Bianchi, took Sean to her
native Brazil for what David thought was a two week
vacation. During that time, Bruna divorced David and
married Joao Paulo Lins e Silva. The custody battle had
been brewing since. Bruna died while giving birth to a
daughter, in 2008.
Recently, David Goldman received the support of New Jersey
Congressman Chris Smith, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
and Barak Obama but, it did not seem as if there was any
likelihood of him getting his son back anytime soon or at
all. This Brazilian family is very wealthy and had many
ties to government agencies possibly owing to the fact that
Sean's stepfather, Joao Paulo Lins e Silva, is an attorney
from a powerful family.
However, in a series of blows over the course of the last
few weeks, many of the supreme court justices ruled against
the Bianchi's family's efforts to keep Sean. Many in Brazil
believe that these, unusually, quick rulings in Goldman's
favor was a result of New Jersey State Senator Frank
Lautenberg playing a key role in delaying a trade bill with
Brazil worth $2.75 billion dollars a year.
Bruna Bianchi's family has decided to drop all legal
pursuits in this case.
This is a prime example of a Jew using his position of power
to get the results he wanted for a fellow Jew. Many
politicians in these ethnic congressional caucuses (Black,
Latino, Asian Congressional Caucus) refuse to make these
types of moves, especially since the Zionist and White
supremacist lobbies worked so hard to rid political offices
of real activists such as, Atlanta, GA's Cynthia B. McKinney
and Harlem, NY's Adam Clayton Powell, Jr., respectively.
It would have been great to read headlines about higher
ranked African-American Senators or Congressmen delaying
votes on important bills until New Orleans was restored or a
more powerful civilian complaint review board was set up to
investigate nationwide accusations of police criminality
but, no such action has ever been taken.
Muslim politicians number even less in rank and population
in the House of Representatives. There is no code of law
for how to behave as an African-American or any other ethnic
group in the U.S. but, we Muslims have the Qur'an as our
guide. The roadblocks encountered and concessions these
boot-licking Muslim politicians feel compelled to make
serves as an excellent example for why Allah forbids Muslims
from associating with the kuffar.
The Qur'an also explains kuffar behavior and how they have
set up entire systems of operation that benefit ONLY them.
This explains how a Zionist like Sen. Frank Lautenberg can
delay important bills to promote HIS cause while
well-meaning politicians, who question America's
relationship with Israel, continue to encounter roadblocks.
This is why Cynthia B. McKinney is no longer in the
Pakistani Collaborator Justifies Genocide in Swat
Military Metaphysics and the Native Informer: The case of
By Muhammad Idrees Ahmad
During a talk in Dublin a few years back a respected left
luminary postulated that one cause of rising extremism in
Pakistan was the increasing number of young people turning
to seminaries instead of scientific academies for their
education. He attributed this insight—one that is sure to
leave most Pakistanis bemused—to 'a friend, a nuclear
physicist in Pakistan'. Anyone even remotely familiar with
Pakistan of course would know that the education system
there is highly stratified: people with money send their
children to private schools and those without to decrepit
public institutions. Further down are the underclasses who
are often forced to choose between educating their children
or feeding and sheltering them. The dilemma is often
resolved by sending children to seminaries, the
much-maligned madaris (plural of madrassa) where they get
food, shelter, and education. Few, if any, go to the madaris
by choice (though almost all except the Westernized elite
send their children to mosques at some point for basic
religious education). So the speaker's comment was odd, Mary
Antoinette-ish. And given its quality, it was not hard to
guess who its source, the nuclear physicist in question,
might be. After reading Pervez Hoodbhoy in Counterpunch on
December 14, 2009, one would have to be a fool to question
his familiarity with Riverside Drive. However, Hoodbhoy
would sound less fatuous if he were equally familiar with
In the title and conclusion of his article Hoodbhoy
sardonically asks where, if he is the tool of Western
embassies—as he says his critic M. Shahid Alam alleges—is
his cheque. All one can say in reply is that if he hasn't
received one, then that is a shame since he has certainly
earned it at least from Her Majesty's Government.
In April-May of 2009 the self-styled 'ex-extremist'
co-director of the Quilliam Foundation (QF) Maajid Nawaz
went on a British government-funded tour of Pakistan as part
of what the BBC described as the 'ideas' arm of the 'war on
terror'. The thinktank, whose operations are underwritten by
the UK government to the tune of £1 million, has links to
the neoconservative Centre for Social Cohesion (CSC).
Together their members run The Spittoon, a blog where under
various pseudonyms they smear opponents, mainly antiwar,
pro-Palestinian voices (one frequent contributor is
Alexander Hitchens, son of Christopher, who is trying to
forge a career in the lucrative 'terrorism expert'
industry). Its members also publish on Harry's Place, a
notorious Zionist weblog that has been described as 'a hard
right wing hate site...the UK equivalent of the US's Little
Green Footballs'. The thinktank also maintains good
relations across the Atlantic where Nawaz was earlier hosted
by the Washington Institute for Near East Policy (WINEP), a
spinoff of AIPAC, the leading Israel lobby institution.
Although the thinktank takes its name from a 19th century
Islamist Abdullah Quilliam, a British convert to Islam and
an anti-Imperial activist, its targets are mainly people who
fit that same profile: Muslim anti-Imperialists. British
author Ziauddin Sardar reports that at its launch advisor
Abdel-Aziz al-Bukhari argued that Muslims should 'love,
obey and respect' the government. One of the Foundation's
key functions is to cast doubt on the link between British
foreign policy and the rise of extremism. For these
'reformed' extremists, civil liberties are a dispensable
luxury. After it was revealed that the British government's
counter-radicalism programme was being used to gather
intelligence on innocent people, QF co-director Mohammed
Mahbub 'Ed' Husain defended the government's actions,
arguing that they were 'morally right'. This proved too
extreme even for CSC director Douglas Murray who accused
Husain of holding 'extreme views' that were 'appallingly
illiberal'. The foundation, Murray argued, is 'using public
money to advocate increasingly totalitarian attitudes'.
So who invited Nawaz and the Quilliam Foundation to
Islamabad? Pervez Hoodbhoy, of course—to 'reopen minds', you
Since Nawaz came with a foreign office security detail in
tow (suits and body armour courtesy of the British
taxpayer), Hoodbhoy can't claim innocence about the purpose
of the trip. At least the BBC's Tim Whewell was forthright:
'Backed by the British government,' he intoned dramatically,
'Maajid Nawaz is heading for the frontline in the war on
terror to fight the ideas he once promoted'. Whewell was
soon faithfully reproducing the Hoodbhoy meme, telling
viewers how more Pakistani children were forsaking secular
education for the madrassas. The clueless reporter took
viewers down a madrassa corridor where he found 'a sign of
radicalization before they [the students] have
left—Saudi-style head-dresses'! In his interview with
Whewell, Hoodbhoy spoke about the growing assertion among
students of their Islamic identity and then sagely mused:
'something...something has happened...something very
important, something fundamental has changed'.
Hoodbhoy however is no mere tool; he is equally adept at
taking his own message to foreign capitals. After attending
his lecture at the Middle East Institute in Washington, a
senior IPS journalist told me he was astounded by the
extreme hawkishness of Hoodbhoy's views. Counterpunch
readers could not have missed the fact that Hoodbhoy was
rather selective in choosing which war to condemn; he had
nothing to say about Afghanistan, a war he supports. He
speaks passionately about all the horrors that according to
him afflict Pakistan today, but makes no mention whence they
arise. In fact, for the past several years, Hoodbhoy has
been advocating vigorous military action to quell the
frontier unrest. During the years when the military was
devastating the tribal belt using airpower and artillery, if
Hoodbhoy had any objection at all, it was that Musharraf was
not going far enough. He then turned to Western audiences,
with alarmist stories about the looming Islamist threat to
enlist support for his domestic crusade. He didn't shrink
from maligning even his own colleagues, branding some the
'urban Taliban': 'There are indeed more than a few
scientists and engineers in the nuclear establishment with
extreme religious views', he told Counterpunch readers last
Under US pressure in May 2009 the Pakistani military
launched a major incursion into Swat precipitating the
largest refugee crisis since Rwanda. In his inimitable style
Hoodbhoy described the incident that triggered this utterly
avoidable human tragedy as 'a miracle of sorts'. He
denounced as 'apologists for the Taliban' all who urged
caution, chief among them 'opinion-forming local TV
anchors', and lamented that the 'government's massive
propaganda apparatus lay rusting'. Anyone who suggested that
the US presence next door or the indiscriminate drone
attacks as possible destabilizing factors he accused of
harbouring 'festering resentments which [produce] a paranoid
mindset that blames Washington for all of Pakistan's ills'.
At a time when most agreed that the problems were political
and needed to be resolved accordingly, Hoodbhoy was gung-ho,
advising the state to use 'all possible means, including
adequate military force'. In 2008 when eleven Pakistani
soldiers were killed by US forces at a border post, Hoodbhoy
described the resulting outrage as an instance of
'anti-Americanism'. An incredulous Hoodbhoy wrote in Dawn
that 'some newspaper and television commentators want
Pakistan to withdraw from the American-led war on Al Qaeda
and the Taliban, to stop US fuel and ammunition supplies
into Afghanistan, and hit hard against Afghan troops when
provoked'. That newspapers and television commentators
should reflect what according to an IRI poll is the wish of
80% of Pakistanis? Such temerity! (For background on
Pakistan's domestic 'war on terror' franchise, see my
'Pakistan creates its own enemy')
Pakistanis recognize that what they face is a political
crisis at its core, and a law enforcement issue at its
margins. The use of force on civilian populations is not
going to resolve it; it will only expose vulnerabilities,
swell the numbers of the aggrieved, and compound the threat
of retaliation. Already Hoodbhoy is holding up the
predictable—and predicted—blowback as confirmation of what
he calls the 'militant fanaticism of Pathan tribals'. This
is an unfortunate use of words, considering, as the former
CIA station chief in Kabul Graham Fuller notes, and the
former chief secretary of Pakistan's North-West Frontier
Province Rustam Shah Mohmand confirms, this is increasingly
seen as an ethnic war against the Pashtuns.
In Hoodbhoy's monochrome vision there are no shades of gray,
his worldview is Manichean: You are with us, or you are with
the terrorists. Opponents can only be driven by 'evil':
there are no innocents. Violence is its own explanation,
there is rarely a cause. To suggest one is to be an
'apologist for extremism'. This is no leftist talking, this
For someone who invokes Edward Said's name to demand
immunity from criticism, Hoodbhoy also appears remarkably
innocent of the concept of orientalism. In his writings he
never shies away from indulging in the essentialist culture
talk that characterizes the worst of the genre. His trope
about a modern, enlightened, rational West, and a
traditional, superstitious, irrational Islam would be
familiar to most readers of Said. For Hoodbhoy culture
explains why Islam has failed the test of modernity. History
never happened; 'colonialism' and 'empire' are frivolous
concepts used by Muslims to deflect attention from their own
Turning to the age-old question of Islam's alleged
incompatibility with science, in an article for the
Guardian, Hoodbhoy waxes wise about its 'arrested
development'. After acknowledging the golden era of Islamic
science, he distinguishes 'modern science' from 'ancient
science'. Far from being a narrative of progress, one
enabling the other, for Hoodbhoy, these are two distinct,
culturally determined, paradigms standing in binary
opposition. 'If a civilisation did great ancient science',
he writes, 'this does not automatically mean that it is
equally qualified for doing modern science'. Especially, if
it is a 'culture that questions rather than obeys'. One can
only guess what Said would have thought of this sapience.
Returning to the question of Pakistan, Hoodbhoy ends his
Counterpunch article by defending what he claims are among
'the finest people around'. Two of them—Najam Sethi and
Ahmad Rashid—he hails for having fought the Pakistani
military in the mountains of Baluchistan in their youth
(like the youth fighting in the mountains of Waziristan, one
might ask?). However, he is too polite to mention that all
of these fine people are presently at war with a more
formidable enemy: Pakistan's dashing, obstreperous, free
press. Earlier this year Sethi alleged:
the media created sympathy for the Taliban and support for
the Red Mosque terrorists...they made this "America's war"
by spreading the idea that if the US were to leave the
region, the Taliban and al-Qaida would dissolve...this same
media drummed up support for dangerous peace deals between
the Taliban and the army or government.
The media of course are 'supporters of the Taliban' in the
same sense that opponents of the Iraq war were 'supporters
of Saddam Hussein'. After the media failed to show Hillary
Clinton the deference that Sethi thought they should have,
in an interview with the New York Times, he denounced them
as 'part of the problem'. Ahmed Rashid, Pakistan's leading
apologist for the 'war on terror', is equally vehement,
dismissing the leading figures of Pakistan's lively,
muckraking media as 'untrained, semi-educated and
unworldly'. He also blasted the military for refusing to see
the war as their own, rather than as an American war.
More upset with the media's insolence toward Hillary Clinton
was Irfan Husain, a liberal columnist for Dawn. After
accusing Pakistan's leading television anchors of 'muddled,
ill-informed thinking', he compared 'how angry they all
looked' with 'Ms Clinton [sic]' who, according to Husain,
was 'relaxed and articulate...a patient adult, gently
chiding and cajoling a bunch of sulking teenagers'. Husain
once served on the advisory board of the Pakistan-Israel
Peace Forum, an Astroturf lobbying group co-founded by
Michael Berenhaus, a leading right-wing Israel lobbyist, to
advocate for the normalization of relations between Pakistan
and Israel. Husain argued that Pakistan should base its
foreign relations on 'enlightened self-interest', and the
only people who would oppose recognition of Israel were
religious parties who have failed to provide 'cogent
reasons... [t]he best they could do was to express their
anger over the treatment the Israelis have been meting out
to Palestinians under their occupation'. Husain is also not
averse to reproducing neoconservative propaganda in his
columns: he once wrote about the Muslim 'fifth column' in UK
and the Islamic menace in 'Londonistan', and approvingly
cited Christopher Hitchens for the insights. Like fellow
'finest people around', Husain is also a staunch advocate of
In his classic work The Power Elite, C. Wright Mills
described as 'military metaphysics' the cast of mind that
sees political problems as military ones, and deems force as
the sole means of resolving them. This mindset appears to
pervade the ranks of Pakistan's Westernized liberal
elite—rightly called the 'brown sahibs'—who have been baying
for blood since 2002. Yet, despite their unabashed
warmongering, they continue to receive platform in
progressive publications by invoking the names of leftist
luminaries that they have associated with. If past
associations rather than present deeds guarantee respectable
audience, we would have to be equally attentive to
Christopher Hitchens's pronouncements. Surely the layout of
Edward Said's Riverside Drive apartment is as familiar to
Hitchens as it is to Hoodbhoy. Western commentators have all
too often turned to people in their own image (Anglophone,
secular, liberal) when analyzing societies they know little
about; they would perhaps gain more if they looked for
interlocutors based on shared principles instead. Hoodbhoy
may have been a visitor to Edward Said's apartment, but in
his politics he is closer to his bete´ noire´ Bernard Lewis.
So long as he continues to consort with dubious outfits like
the Quilliam Foundation, or fails to restrain his extreme
militarism, there is good reason to doubt his left-liberal
credentials, past acquaintances notwithstanding.
Muhammad Idrees Ahmad is a Glasgow-based sociologist and the
co-founder of Pulsemedia.org. He can be reached at
-- Notes -
This indictment is particularly poignant coming from a
man who has himself been accused by James Brandon, a former
employee now working for Quilliam, of being one of the
leading 'preachers of hate', one of the right's 'non-violent
extremists' who has 'routinely demonised Muslims
 According to BBC's laudatory coverage, QF's tour
included bussing a group of students down from Peshawar
under the pretext that they were attending a 'seminar on
peace' only to be delivered as a captive audience for
Nawaz's rancid propaganda.
 Interestingly, in the immediate aftermath of 9-11
Hoodbhoy expressed similar concerns, however, his views had
evolved to their present position by the first anniversary
of the atrocity.
Dr. Aafia Siddiqui's hearing
Innocence versus Arrogance
A Biased Judge, Vicious Officers
"...U.S. marshals again forcibly removed her, physically
pushing her at times."
Free Dr. Aafia
LATEST NEWS & EVENTS
We would like to thank all the people in the New York area
and those who traveled from other cities to attend Dr.
Aafia's hearing on Monday, January 11th.
Despite the time changes, the court was filled with
supporters. Our family is deeply touched and humbled by the
tremendous solidarity and support that has been
demonstrated. Aafia continues to need the moral support as
the process of her trial continues in New York. The
following are the dates for the opening statements of the trial:
DATE: Tuesday, January 19, 2010
PLACE: Federal Court, 500 Pearl Stree, Manhattan, New
We would like to personally request that anyone who can
attend, please come to the proceedings. We know Aafia will
be pleased to know that she has not been forgotten.
U.S. Veterans Group - Injustices in Dr. Aafia's Case
WOMAN KIDNAPPED, RAPED AND HELD 5 YEARS IN SECRET BAGRAM
FACING TRIAL FOR ATTACKING CIA TORTURE SQUAD
By Gordon Duff/STAFF WRITER/Senior Editor
Next week, a mother of 3 children is facing trial for,
supposedly, wrestling an M-16 away from a CIA torture squad
and trying to kill them. How did the CIA get her? They
bought her. She was sold to them by a corrupt official in
Pakistan as a "terror suspect," a common problem and a well
known ploy in the George W. Bush phony war on
For more: http://www.veteranstoday.com/modules.php?name=News&file= article&sid=10088&mode=thread&order=0&thold=0
FROM THE COURT ROOM
Quote of the Day: "Why is there even a trial?" A spectator
commenting after hearing that there are no allegations of
terrorism and there is no forensic evidence to support the
Summary of Court Hearing from January 11:
Aafia Siddiqui vs USA
The following is a summary based on a compilation of
eyewitness accounts (It is not a transcript or complete
account of a hearing that lasted about 2 hours):
The hearing was held at 2:30PM in courtroom 21-B of the
federal court in Manhattan under presiding judge Richard
Approx 6 reporters and 25 -30 people where in attendance,
mainly supporters of Dr. Aafia.
Dr. Aafia was brought to court by two US marshals, this time
including one female officer.
The purpose of the hearing was to determine what evidence
will be allowed in the trial.
Upon arriving, Aafia made a public
appeal that "no revenge should be taken in her name,"
reminding the spectators that "Prophet Muhammad forgave
those who did injustice to him."
She also stated that she did not
accept the defense team as her lawyers and she relieves them
and is boycotting the trial.
Then she sat down, remaining
silent for the duration of the proceedings.
The key points made were:
Prosecution categorically stated that they will not be
alleging that Aafia is a member of Al-Qaeda or
organization, the Taliban or etc., but
they wanted to be
able to use these phrases in the context of the trial.
Defense objected to that as being highly prejudicial. Judge
Berman did not rule.
The prosecution also wanted to bring Aafia's education into
evidence to show that she studied at MIT and therefore had
knowledge of sciences and chemicals. The defense objected
that there is nothing in charges about any chemical weapons.
They reminded the court that the government had limited this
case to just the shooting and now wanted to bring in
selective outside information only to confuse and prejudice
the public and cover up the holes in their case.
Again the judge did not rule.
The defense wanted to exclude any items claimed to be on
Aafia person since the Afghan police who arrested Dr. Aafia
would not be brought to court and two of the Afghan police
officers were NOT even able to identify Aafia as the person
they arrested! The defense then argued that any materials
allegedly in Aafia's possession would be heresay.
The defense argued that Aafia simply did not do any of what
is in the charges. The forensic evidence showed the
The asserted that only shooting that occured was that Aafia
Siddiqui was shot.
No fingerprints on the gun
No bullets recovered
The defense stated that based on all the evidence they have
been shown, they are so confident that Aafia never even
touched the gun, that the would concede "intent" if it could
be proven that Aafia in fact picked up the gun.
They would question the credibility of any witness that
The defense wanted to limit expert testimony regarding
importance of fingerprints. Prosecution argued that lack of
fingerprints was not unusual.
The defense wanted to show video deposition of Afghani
police. The judge said he was uncomfortable with technology
but would consider it and he put the onus of providing
equipment on the defense.
The defense pointed out that one of the FBI agents who
initially went to the scene has a history of disciplinary
action and that history should be brought into the case. The
prosecution stated that it was not relevant.
The judge stated that he will issue his rulings on
Wednesday, January 13 at 9:00AM.
The jury selection is set to start on January 13 at 10:00am
after judge's rulings.
Judge Berman did not allow jury questionnaire and said he
will decide what questions the defense is allowed to ask
potential jurors. He wanted to limit the number and type of
questions to allow for quick jury selection. This will make
it hard for the defense to filter potentially prejudicial
The defense requested that any jurors with Indian or Hindiu
sensitivities be disqulified because some of Aafia's
statements could be misconstrued to seem unfavorable to
No Daubert hearing for expert witnesses will be held.
The prosecution's experts will be admitted despite defense
objections to their qualifications.
The defense complained that the prosecution has still not
turned over the list of witnesses they intend to call so
defense has no idea who those witnesses are. It had
previously been agreed that the defense would get those
names at least 1 week before the start of trial which meant
start of jury selection per the judge. The judge agreed, but
the prosecution argued that the judge moved the date up one
week and they now wanted start of trial to be defined as
start of opening statements so they will give the list of
names by end of day on jan 12. The judge let the
prosecution redefine the date. The prosecution also said
they would only give names, no other information. The
defense objected as that gives them no way to prepare
properly to examine the witnesses.
There were procedural issues that needed resolution between
defense and prosecution which the judge asked the 2 sides to
resolve among themselves.
The defense again asked about allowing Aafia to be spared
the strip searches and have a video link. The judge said he
wanted now for her to have the right to confront her accuser
so she must be forced to court.
(It should be noted that the defense made the argument that
if Aafia's ability to face her accusers is so paramount, why
is this not applied to the "evidence" when those who accuse
her of having this evidence are not being brought to court
and so she has no right to confront them? However she still
must be strip searched and brought to trial against her will
for the sake of this same right?)
At the conclusion of the hearing, Aafia made one appeal to
the public saying that she was for peace and wanted to help.
She said that she was not against America and many
injustices are being done to her. Many people in the
audience cried as the U.S. marshals again forcibly removed
her, physically pushing her at times.
The defense lawyers pleaded with the US marshals and the MDC
prison legal representative, Christa Colvin, to allow even a
5 minute meeting between Aafia and her brother but the US
marshals refused. When her brother attempted to say a few
words to her, the marshals turned Aafia's head away so she
could not respond.
Online Petition in support of Dr. Aafia
This is an online petition that was established by a
prominent Pakistani columnist.
Please sign on if you agree.
Stand for humane treatment and stand against injustice!
Standing for Dr. Aafia brings light to all missing persons,
victims of extraordinary rendition and people held in secret
prisons. It sends the message that all human beings,
especially - our sisters - Muslim women have rights!
The Free Dr. Aafia Campaign
The Suffering of Obama's Bangladeshi Victim: Shifa al-Sadequee
Greetings of Peace,
Hope this message reaches you well. Some folks have
contacted us to receive the statement Shifa made on his
sentence hearing day. As some of you may know, the Judge
did not allow him to complete his last statement and both
the media and the Judge twisted his statements. We have
obtained both the transcript and Shifa's hand written
statement which he had prepared to deliver and share on that
We ask that you keep a open mind as you read through the
documents and be patient with the PDF files. You may also
find the documents on www.freeshifa.com
Shifa's Hand Written Statement For the Sentencing Day (42
Court Transcript of The Sentence Hearing
Pakistan: Top Islamic leader Mobilizing the Masses
Information and photos by Shamsuddin in Lahore
Pakistan and Palestine: One Family: One Struggle
On January 11, Syed Munawar Hasan, Jamaate Islami leader,
addressed a large gathering on Multan road in Lahore.
He called for unity with Palestine and an end to the siege
of Gaza. He said the Muslims will not permit the US to
dictate policies to them although the leaders are
Munawar Hasan strongly condemned Egyptian building of a
steel wall to help Israes siege of Gaza. He praised
British leader Galloway for delivering supplies to Gaza and
for attempting to break the Zionist blockade.
In an extensive speech he also condemned the US drone
attacks on Pakistani villages and said that killing of
people by the US drones is a crime against humanity and a
violation of international law.
The crowd also chanted slogans against the Swiss ban on
mosqie minarets and French discrimination against Islamic
In a separate gathering, Munawar Hasan condemned the US
trial of Dr. 'Aafia Siddiqui. He said it is a kangaroo
which is oppressing this distinguished daughter of Islam. He
warned that if the US decides to "convict" Dr. Aafia,
Pakistani people will launch a countrywide movement for her
release. Thousands of people chanted: FREE DR. Aafia.
O Daughter of Islam: We will never abandon you.
Two photos of the large gathering follow.
2010-01-16 Sat 18:29:56 cst