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Rabi' al-Thani 30,1431/ April 15, 2010 # 16
Latest Israeli desecration of a masjid.
Please scroll down.
President Obama is ignoring his key constituency as he goes
"right.". See Dr. Wilmer Leon's analysis below.
Two important reports from Africa: A Mauritanian Muslim was
in GTMO for 9 years. Totally innocent. Was cited as top
Somali mujahideen surging.
Please scroll way down.
From Imam Badi Ali [National Shoora leader], Jamaat
al-Muslimeen North Carolina
Spotlight #1: Do not compare the Qur'an with other books.
It's like comparing God with man!
Spotlight # 2: These explorations of outer space, the
instruments sent to the moon, the scouting of Mars, do not
make sense. What's the point of space travel when we are
busy dropping huge bombs, missiles and explosives on the
planet earth? Is this anything other than ego tripping and
display of power?
Spotlight #3: Muslim elites do not realize that without
clear objectives they cannot progess. What do these Muslims
want? They don't realize that they have enemies who want the
destruction of Islam and Muslims. In fact if Islam did not
have enemies, it would not be the Truth. Look at the
confusion of Muslim leaders about Jerusalem. Instead of
preparing to liberate it, they want talks which do not and
cannot lead anywhere.
Notes from Jamaat al-Muslimeen Anti-Zionist movement;
Boycott Businesses which Support Israel. Among them:
3. Coca Cola
6. Home Depot
7. Estee Lauder
8. All KOSHER items.
10. Sara Lee
Muslim Demonstrators at the Anti-War Rally in Washington DC
in memory of the tragic US invasion of Iraq. [Photo by
US-backed Pakistan Regime Admits Mass Murder in Bombing
Raids on April 10
[From New Trend's Monitor of Urdu language media]
April 14, 2010: The Pakistani government has admitted that
on April 10 the PAF [Pakistan Air Force] bombed peaceful
villages in the Khyber Agency killing 71 civilians who had
no connection with Islamic "militants." After the first
bombing raid, when rescuers were removing the rubble, a
second wave of Pakistani jets attacked, killing all the
rescuers. Some of those killed and wounded were recruits in
the Pakistani paramilitary force FC and the government is
giving their relatives cash handouts of $125,000 each
received from the US.
Jamaate Islami Leader Sirajul Haq Condemns Bombing: Visits
Families of Victims
Photo below: Sirajul Haq, Deputy Ameer of Jamaate Islami
addressing families and relatives of the bereaved.
Sirajul Haq said that it is unprecedented in Muslim history
that the air force bombs Pakistan's own people and then does
not even apologize. He said the bombers did not spare the
funeral of the victims. He said that this is a deliberate
policy of genocide aimed at alienating the people and
turning them against Pakistan.
Afghanistan: Latest [3 items from New Trend monitor]
Martyrdom Operator Hits British "Project" in Kandahar City:
Brits Wiped Out
April 15, 2010. A Taliban mujahid blew up a new British
project in a heavy security area of Kandahar city. Seven
Brits were killed and several others wounded. [Reuters
report.] The nature of the "project" has not been revealed.
The explosion was huge and was heard miles away.
Germans Lose daylong Battle with Taliban
April 15: In the northern province of Baghlan, mujahideen
battled German armored units, killing 4 elite German troops
and wounding 5. There were no Taliban losses. Germany
admitted its loss.
US Military Admits Defeat in the Korengal Area of Kunar
April 15: According to AFP, the US military admitted that it
has withdrawn from the rugged Korengal area of Kunar
province. It's a strategically important area bordering
Pakistan which will allow the Taliban free access to its
supporters among the Pakistani people.
The retreat happened after a steady series of Taliban
mujahideen attacks which kept the Americans awake around the
The Taliban are ecstatic and have issued these
"The Taliban, the main insurgent group that controls several
districts in southern and eastern parts of the country, were
quick to seize on the US withdrawal, after years of fierce
fighting in the sparsely populated valley.
"It's a great victory for us," Taliban spokesman Zabihullah
Mujahed told AFP by telephone from an undisclosed
"The area is very, very important for us. Its mountains
provide us a good hideout, it can be used as a training
ground and lead our operations across the region from
there," he said.
"US troops fled under our constant attacks."
Why are the Taliban seen as saviors of Afghanistan?
Widespread Child Molestation & Homosexuality by
NATO-supported Karzai-Shi'ite-Communist Forces Fanning
Hatred of the Occupation
[New Trend thanks a reader in Iowa for sending us this
important report. The sarcastic comments in the introduction
are by the sender, followed by the actual report. It will
be difficult to blame the Taliban if they hang or behead all
these miscreants after trial by Islamic courts. Notice that
Ahmed Rasheed, the Pakistani Islam hater, turned the
American public against Mullah Omar by reporting that the
Islamic leader had executed a child rapist and ordered the
same for all homosexual criminals.. Editor] [Published only
for education and information of the American public. Ed.]
[Emphasis in red by our reader.]
[Notice how the American Shi'ite who wrote the Kite Runner
totally distorted the reality of Afghanistan. He tried to
blame the Taliban and went to the extent of saying that they
are the same as the Nazis. America's Zionists have turned
the Kite Runner into a best seller! -Ed.]
The joys that the Western Democracies brought back to
Afghanistan after such civilized practices had been banned
and its modernizing "moderate" practitioners had been hung,
crucified or stoned to death by the savage Sharia following
"Moozlem fundamentalist terrorists" known as the Taliban.
The first thing that the civilizing democracies do when they
conquer a benighted savage Moozlem country is that they
bring to power enlightened groups like pedophiles,
prostitutes, pimps, thugs, gangsters and other such lights
of humanity. These are the moderate and modernizing people
that the savage Mullahs and followers of Sharia are always
killing and persecuting. The problem is the savage beast
like mentality of the Moozlems and their primitive religion
that they can never appreciate these people, and resort to
resistance and terrorism against them, instead of feeling
thankful, and acting grateful. They must be taught, on the
point of a gun if necessary to love and hug the predators
who prey on them. That will civilize them.
The Rape of the Afghan Boys
by Kelley B. Vlahos, April 13, 2010
We talk about the possibility of losing the war in
Afghanistan, but what if we lose our soul in
Indirectly, Frontline will be asking that very question on
April 20 with an underground report on the resurgence of
bacha bazi or "boy play" among the wealthiest and most
powerful men in northern Afghanistan. It's the pustule
threatening to burst all over the righteousness of our
humanitarian effort there, and just the tip of the sick fact
of how poor Afghan children are systematically used, abused,
and tossed away by the ruling elite and even Afghan soldiers
living, training, and fighting alongside our own.
Bacha bazi is an old Afghan tradition of taking young boys,
dressing them up like girls, and making them perform for
older men in tea rooms, weddings, and other private venues.
The boys are "owned" by single or married men who trade or
keep the boys as concubines. According to reports, the boys'
ages range from eight to 19, when they "age out" of the
practice and are released.
"The bacha dancers are often abused children whose families
have rejected them," said the Guardian's Ghaith Abdul-Ahad,
who wrote about the practice in September. He described one
boy who was sexually assaulted by a mechanic in his town.
The boy's family blamed him and turned him out. He was
forced to live with the man who attacked him. "Now I am with
someone else, and he taught me how to dance," the boy, now
16 years old, said.
Other reports describe bacha bazi as an increasingly
lucrative business, in which the boy slaves are seen as
important status symbols of the elite. "Everyone tries to
have the best, most handsome, and good-looking boy," a
former mujahedin commander told Reuters back in 2007.
A 42-year-old landowner in Baghlan province named
Enayatullah told Reuters, "I was married to a woman 20 years
ago, she left me because of my boy. ... I was playing with
my boy every night and was away from home, eventually my
wife decided to leave me. I am happy with my decision
because I am used to sleeping and entertaining with my young
The boys, who often know no other life but as chattel, call
the men "my lord." Attempting escape could result in severe
physical punishment, or even death. The family of a dead
15-year-old boy told Frontline that a policeman was
eventually thrown in jail in connection with his murder. But
they believed the boy's former owner, a wealthy drug baron
whom he was escaping, bribed local officials to set the
policeman free after only "a few months" of jail time.
"If only these people were punished, this kind of thing
wouldn't happen," the boy's mother said. "Whoever commits
these crimes doesn't get punished. Power is power."
I remember the first time I ever heard of bacha bazi. A
soldier friend of mine who had been in Kabul told me of a
disconcerting evening when he stumbled into a tea room in
which a group of well-dressed Afghan men were gathering. His
Afghan interpreter yanked him by the arm and out of the
place, warning of danger. That was bacha bazi, he explained,
in which young boys are forced to dance for men. He had
better move on and forget.
He moved on, but he never forgot. Like me, my friend had
grown up in a working class New England town, and these were
horrors that men were beaten and even killed for in prison.
We call it pedophilia, and most here would say is worth an
eternity of damnation for its perpetrators, not a high
social rank and adulation among the town's elite.
"It's gotten limited attention," admitted Rachel Reid of
Human Rights Watch. "There's been some Afghan investigative
journalists who have tackled it, though in areas where the
perpetrators are also local 'commanders' whether official or
unofficial, there will always be fear of reprisals."
Approaching the issue as Americans we are flummoxed, as if
it occurs on another planet. Reprisals for exposing the
sexual abuse of children? The Catholic Church spent more
than a half-century hiding its abusive priests because it
feared that reprisals from the outside might destroy the
institution. Here, we have authority figures - former
commanders and warlords - flaunting their dancing slave
boys, practically daring interference from outside.
"What was so unnerving about the men I had met was not just
their lack of concern for the damage their abuse was doing
to the boys," said Najibullah Quraishi, the Afghan
journalist who was escorted through the underground by one
of the bacha bazi pimps for six months. His harrowing
footage and reporting was broadcast by Australia's Four
Corners in February and will make its American debut via
Frontline. "It was also their casualness with which they
operated and the pride with which they show me their boys,
their friends, their world. They clearly believed that
nothing they were doing was wrong."
The behavior of these modern slave owners belies an endemic
problem that human rights advocates and even NATO military
personnel operating in Afghanistan have observed for some
time now, according to reports. (The U.S. State Department
included the rape, abuse, and exploitation of Afghan
children in its 2009 annual human rights report, released in
But observers say the age-old ritual of man-boy predatory
sex, which is obliquely condoned throughout Afghanistan
because of a pervasive fear or indifference about
prosecuting it on any serious level, according to numerous
reports, has proliferated after decades of poverty,
corruption, and a lack of enduring social institutions. All
reports indicate that while bacha bazi and the abuse is
illegal, perpetrators rarely pay for their crimes.
Meanwhile, poor families sell their children, and orphans
are snatched off the street. They are the meekest, preyed
upon by the strongest - the kind of wealthy, powerful men
who have benefited most from the Western occupation and
generous foreign aid.
This has put us in a moral and ethical quandary too painful
and perhaps too shameful to contemplate more openly.
Take the military, for example. First, there seems to be a
tacit acknowledgment on the part of Western soldiers that
Afghans they serve with in the field are engaging in
homosexual activity (no irony there, of course). Many have
written about how the strict segregation of Afghan men and
women (who are also treated as property in traditional
Afghan society) before marriage prevents the course of
natural physical and emotional relationships between the
sexes, and as one Afghan historian told me, "Straight guys
find that their sexuality is flexible in these sorts of
situations ... soon [sex between men is] widely accepted
with a wink and a nudge."
But it is when Afghan soldiers move beyond consensual
"man-love Thursdays" with each other to procuring young boys
in broad daylight that the flood of revulsion, resentment,
and awkward questions comes to bear. Do they have the right
to discipline? Would there be reprisals if they
In 2008, apparently fed up, Canadian soldiers and chaplains
did begin to complain.
In June that year the Toronto Star reported that a Canadian
soldier said he witnessed in 2006 injuries sustained by a
boy he had heard was raped by an Afghan soldier at one of
the Canadian outposts in Kandahar. These injuries included
the boy's intestines falling out of his body, a "sign of
trauma from anal rape." The Canadian's testimony, in
addition to other complaints, including an eyewitness
account of the rape of a boy by two Afghan military
personnel at Canada's Forward Operating Base Wilson in 2006,
formed the basis of an official investigation into whether
the brass were ignoring complaints about systematic abuse up
According to the press, an initial military investigation
concluded in 2008 that the allegations were unfounded.
Another investigation, launched by the Canadian Forces
National Investigation Services (CFNIS), concluded in May
2009 that Canadian Forces Military Police in Afghanistan
"did not receive any complaints on the alleged sexual abuse
of Afghan male children." It did not answer the question of
whether there had been any abuse, and it curiously noted
that "the CFNIS has no jurisdiction over Afghan National
Army or locally contracted interpreters in Afghanistan."
Nevertheless, subsequent testimony from Canadian personnel
and newly released documents shed light on an utterly
confusing landscape of conflicting official statements and
reports, and they raise the question of who knew what and
when, and whether the chain of command was listening or
passing the buck. There are more than a few
official/unofficial acknowledgments that Afghan police and
military members were "having anal sex with young boys,"
plus disturbing allegations that the Canadian brass were
told about the rapes and pressed soldiers to ignore them.
A new board of inquiry was opened last year, but what will
it conclude? Is the military so afraid of overstepping
cultural and political boundaries that it is paralyzed from
doing the right thing?
The Ottawa Citizen described the soldier who had witnessed
the intestines falling out of the boy's body as now
suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. If anecdotal
evidence now surfacing that our own troops are witnessing
similar things is true, we can only imagine the kind of
moral and ethical hell they can be living out every day they
risk their lives for this still largely undefined mission.
In writing about the rape of boys and its implications on
the sustained Western alliance with the Afghan government
and military in the Long War, journalist Patrick Cockburn
commented in September, "one reason Afghan villagers prefer
to deal with the Taliban rather than the government security
forces is that the latter have a habit of seizing their sons
at checkpoints and sodomizing them."
The Taliban reportedly banned these practices when it was in
power. Today, clerics we would consider radical openly and
regularly condemn bacha bazi and sex with children. "Under
Islamic law, those who practice this would be stoned to
death," Mawllawi Mohammaed Sadiq Sadiqyar, a prayer leader
and scholar in the city of Mazar-i-Sharif, told Reuters.
Nothing is ever black and white, and Taliban soldiers
certainly don't always "practice what they preach," as one
source pointed out to me. But the Western mission sure gets
complicated under these conditions. As usual, there are more
questions than answers.
If the U.S. mission is to kneecap the Taliban, a radical
religious movement that at one point managed to ostensibly
restrain the cruel and morally abominable activities of
creepy pimps/masters who liked to dominate and play with
boys when they weren't warring with one another and shaking
down the weakest among them, what in the end, does it all
mean for the Afghans whom President Obama has vowed to
uplift? If Hamid Karzai sits on the top of this
worm-infested confection without one word about prosecuting
these crimes or protecting the children of his country, what
does it say about the billions of dollars we have poured
into his government to assist him?
What do we really know about the former mujahedin commanders
we view as allies against the Taliban? What do they do at
night while their wives wait patiently at home? Does it turn
your stomach to think that American money went to train the
police who now stand shoulder-to-shoulder each night with
Afghan men gaping at underage boys dancing in silk with
bells on their feet?
Are we the world's biggest chumps or the world's biggest
Cockburn made a practical point about what turning a blind
eye may mean for Western soldiers in the long term:
"[T]he fact that male rape is common practice in the Afghan
armed forces has, unfortunately, a great deal to do with the
fate of British soldiers.
"There was a horrified reaction across Britain last week
when a 25-year-old policeman called Gulbuddin working in a
police station in the Nad Ali district of Helmand killed
five British soldiers when he opened fire with a machine gun
on them. But the reason he did so, according to Christina
Lamb in The Sunday Times, citing two Afghans who knew
Gulbuddin, was that he had been brutally beaten, sodomized,
and sexually molested by a senior Afghan officer whom he
regarded as being protected by the British.
"The slaughter at Nad Ali is a microcosm of what is
happening across Afghanistan."
If winning the war against the "evildoers" means ignoring
evil among our allies, then we have truly lost our soul.
Cockburn argued that our governments should not put another
Western soldier into Afghanistan while there is such obvious
corruption snaking through the Afghan security services, not
to mention the Karzai government. Too late. The U.S.
military is set to expand its footprint of 100,000 by the
end of the summer. Complaints within the ranks about Afghan
military's worthiness in the field will continue to simmer,
while most of this stuff about debauchery, man-love
Thursdays, sexual abuse, and the like will be left to
percolate on the milblogs and in the tales soldiers bring
home. Forget the State Department reports and the undercover
investigative journalism; until the military (which is, like
it or not, the face of America in Afghanistan) starts
publicly condemning bacha bazi and the abuse of Afghan
children with all the force and authority it can muster,
then we might as well be putting our red scrawl on a pact
with the devil.
No doubt the military cannot and will not seriously envisage
withdrawing from that country now, but it should nonetheless
consider this: take a long look at the boys shackled in the
prisons, the orphans in the streets, the blank resignation
of the victims of rape - they will no doubt be history's
next mujahedin, and they will be coming for the devil's
LATE DR ISRAR AHMAD SAHEB MERHOOM
by Shamim Siddiqui [Long island, New York]
Dr Israr Ahmad Saheb is no more in this world but he left a
name that will always be associated in rendering eloquent
services to the Qur'an and its introduction at mass level
through his "Daroose Qur'an", lectures, cassettes, Friday
sermons, presenting in easy and understandable language the
meanings of the entire Qur'an during Taravih in Ramadan for
years together, addressing mass meetings of hundreds and
thousands of people in India and Pakistan and writing
Tafseer-e-Qur'an in fluent Urdu and English both for the
common man and the students at large.
This all was possible for him to do because of the fact that
he was a Da'ee Ilallah through and through with all its
inherent qualities of heart and mind. He was born in 1932,
was an active Muslim Youth during Pakistan Movement and then
joined Islami Jameeat -e-Tulaba, Pakistan and became its
vibrant President in early fifties. That paved his way to
become an active Rukn [Member] of Jamaat-e-Islami and moved
to Lahore, the hub of Pakistan politics.
Jamaat participated in the Provincial Elections of Punjab
and could not do well. The controversy started that it
should not participate in elections. It became a crisis and,
therefore, to resolve the issue an all Pakistan Conference
of Jamaat's Arkan was held at Machigot in Rahimyar Khan
district of Punjab in a ginning factory in February 1958.
1035 Arkan [Members of JIP] attended this meeting,
including 15 from East Pakistan and fortunately I was one of
them, to decide whether JIP should participate in elections
or not? The meeting continued for five days where Merhoom
Israr Saheb opposed and presented his paper that took three
hours undisturbed to complete. Maulana Maududi (RA) replied
his view points in six hours with logical arguments by
threadbare discussion of the history of JIP till that time
and soundly proved that election participation was correct
for the change of leadership of the country. Out of 1035,
Arkan 1015 supported Maulana's viewpoint and the Resolution
was adopted to continue the Methodology that JIP was
pursuing towards the change of leadership through election
Late Dr Israr Saheb differed and resigned from JIP along
with Maulana Amin Ahsan Islahi Merhoom and seven other
members of Jamaat. Later on he published his speech of
Machigot Ijtemaa and started his own Movement In the name of
Tanzeem-e- Islami, Pakistan and published Magazines like
Meesaque, Hikmat-e Qur'an and many other Institutions to
augment his movement and establish Khilafah in Pakistan to
serve the cause of the Qur'an and the Movement.
He used to visit the USA on regular basis but stopped
subsequently after the unfortunate tragedy of 9/11. He
started an extended organization of TIP as TINA in the USA
which is alive still in some pockets of this country. He has
a great desire that I should join TINA but I asked him: has
he any Program for the USA? He replied in negative. I,
therefore, declined respectfully. However, I am a regular
subscriber of his papers and periodicals that help in
understanding the on-going Islamic Movements of Indo-Pak
One may differ from his political views but his contribution
to popularize the message of the Qur'an in Pakistan, India,
ME and around the world is voluminous and a record by
itself. The young generation can reach to the message of
the Qur'an directly through his various efforts and eloquent
cassettes in different languages of the world.
His legacies will be paramount for centuries to come. He
has left behind a team of trained and trusted workers like
Dr Sami Ali and his entire family which he groomed patiently
for the Iqamah of Allah's Deen in Pakistan and elsewhere in
May Allah pardon his sins if any, multiply reward for his
good deeds manifold, place his soul in Jannatul Firdaus and
give Tawfeeq to Br. Hafiz A'kib Sayeed who is now the
current Amir of TIP to continue his legendary work
incessantly and try to cooperate with his parent body, the
JIP, to get his agenda of Iqamatuddeen fulfilled. It was his
earnest desire and he put me to that task to materialize in
early eighties by developing a working cooperation between
the two Movements but it could not materialize due to
negative attitude of some of Jamaat's leaders. The field is
wide open in the context of Pakistan and he should explore
every opportunity to that end. This is the need of time.
Dr Israr Ahmed's Service to Invite Young Generation Towards
The Way of Qur'an Would Always Be Remembered : SIO
New Delhi 14/04/10: National Secretariat of Students Islamic
Organization of India (SIO) expressed deep sorrow over the
death of renowned Islamic scholar Dr Israr Ahmad. The demise
of such an outstanding scholar is a great loss particularly
for the Islamic activism of our times. Dr Israr Ahmed shall
be long remembered for his life long effort to invite young
generation towards Islam through his brilliant
interpretations of the Holy Qur'an. His Dars-e-Qur'an guided
many lives towards true spirit of Islam as in his young days
he was guided and trained by great Islamic Scholar Maulana
Syed Abul Ala Maududi. His services as scholar as well as
preacher of Islam would always be remembered. May Allah
Almighty shower his blessings on the departed soul and give
courage and fortitude to his family members and associates
of his organization Tanzim-e-Islami, to bear this
irreparable loss with equanimity (Ameen).
Shahnawaz Ali Raihan
SIO of India
A note on World Wat II history by Kaukab Siddique
Censorship: Zionist Control of Major Book Stores Keeps David
Irving's Books Away from the American Public
David Irving is undeniably the greatest historian of the
Second World War. His books such as Hitler's War, Goebbels,
Churchill's War and others are meticulously documented from
primary sources of information. He found that there is no
documentary evidence for Hitler's alleged orders to
exterminate the Jews; nor were there any gas chambers in
Auschwitz. His honesty earned him the undying hatred of
International Jewry leading to his imprisonment in
During his recent trip to the USA, he was attacked by the
Zionists in a Chicago restaurant in an attempt to do him
serious injury. Unfortunately for the assailants, bold and
rapid action by a German woman who supports Irving brought
the police to the scene and the thugs were caught red handed
in the process of destroying books and vandalizing Irving's
Photo below: Dr. Kaukab Siddique [left] with British
historian David Irving at a reception in Arlington,
Virginia.[Photo courtesy N.]
With thanks to Dr. Ismail Zayid, Canada
Jewish Settlers deface mosque in West Bank
Wed, 14 Apr 2010 13:19:05 GMT
A Palestinian cleans a graffiti of the star of David and a
word reading in Hebrew 'Mohammed' from the wall of a mosque
in the West Bank village of Hawara, south of Nablus,
Wednesday, April 14, 2010.
Jewish settlers have desecrated a mosque in the flashpoint
West Bank town of Nablus and set afire two vehicles outside
the Muslim worship house.
Unknown vandals forcibly entered the Bilal Ben-Rabah Mosque
in the village of Hawara overnight Wednesday and sprayed
graffiti, including a Jewish Star of David alongside the
name of Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) written in Hebrew on the
The Palestinians say residents of the nearby Yitzhar
settlement ascended upon the village at 2 am local time
(2300 GMT) and committed the offenses.
Local council chairman Samer Uda said a complaint had been
filed with Israeli authorities. "We call on human rights
groups and Israeli authorities to do everything possible in
order to put an end to the repeated harassments by
settlers," he said. "A few weeks ago they set a truck on
The Israeli military commander for the West Bank, Brigadier
General Nitzan Alon, called for a probe into the
sacrilegious act and "promised" to punish anyone found
The incident is the latest in a spate of anti-Muslim
violence in the area, which has also seen the eviction of
Palestinians by Israeli settlers in the West Bank.
In December, extremist settlers vandalized a mosque in the
West Bank village of Yasuf just before dawn. The vandals
burned prayer mats and a book stand with sacrosanct, Islamic
texts and sprayed slogans on the mosque walls reading, 'Get
ready to pay the price.' Another was accompanied by the more
direct threat, 'We will burn all of you.'
Hard-line Jewish settlers have said they will attack
Palestinians in retaliation for any measures by the Tel Aviv
regime that they deem threatening to Jewish settlements. It
is part of what they describe as the "price tag" policy.
All Jewish settlements in the West Bank, including East
Jerusalem (al-Quds), are illegal under international law,
though Tel Aviv denies this.
Our America: Obama, leaning to the right, ignores his core
Unemployment Statistics: A Tale of Two Cities
By Dr. Wilmer J. Leon III [Silver Spring, Maryland]
The Bureau of Labor Statistics recently released employment
data for March. Many analysts agree that the numbers show
the first substantial gain for payrolls since December 2007.
Nonfarm payroll employment increased by 162,000 and the
unemployment rate held steady at 9.7 percent. According to
Mark Zandi, chief economist of Moody's Analytics, "The U.S.
economy has "turned the corner," but it will still take up
to five years to regain all the jobs lost since the economic
This is encouraging news on a number of fronts. However, a
closer look reveals some frightening realities that lay
behind the positive indicators. For African Americans in
many regions of this country the numbers reflect a tale of
two cites, "It was the best of times, it was the worst of
times; ... it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of
despair." In March 2010 while the unemployment rate for the
country was 9.7 percent; the national unemployment rate for
African Americans was almost double at 16.6 percent. On the
state level, according to the Economic Policy Institute's 4Q
2009 numbers, the unemployment rate in Michigan for African
Americans was 22.3 percent, California 15.5, and New York
As disturbing as the unemployment numbers are for African
Americans, they don't begin to tell the whole story. When
these numbers are viewed in the context of other factors
such as the disparity in median family income, wealth
accumulation, and poverty levels they indicate that an
entrenched systemic social policy problem exists for African
Americans that a jobs recovery will not address.
According to 2007 U.S. Census Data, White families made 62%
more than Black families. The median family income for White
families was $54,920 while the median income for Black
families was $33,916. Based on data from the 2002 Survey of
Income and Program Participation, White median household net
worth was about $90,000, compared to a mere $6,000 for the
median Black household. 8.2% of White families were (this
is data from 2007) living in poverty compared to 24.5% of
Black families. As Dr. Ronald Walters explains in White
Nationalism Black Interests, these indicators of greater
social instability loom large for a substantial portion of
the Black community that has not benefitted from the
Some members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) are
expressing concern that they are not receiving a significant
level of support from President Obama and his staff,
claiming that the administration has not done enough for
African Americans. According to POLITICO, House Judiciary
Committee Chairman John Conyers (D-MI) said that White House
officials are "not listening" to black lawmakers and Rep.
Alcee Hastings (D-FL) said "there's not enough attention to
According to the Washington Post, other members of the CBC
such as Emanuel Cleaver II (D-MO) and Donald Payne (D-NJ)
are expressing their frustration regarding how to address
these issues. "How can you express criticism of the
administration without eventually confronting the man at the
top?" The article continues, "Some (CBC members) say that
any public airing of their disagreements with Obama runs the
risk of politically damaging the president and ultimately
slowing the advancement of other African Americans."
Why is holding the president accountable a problem? What
are members of the CBC afraid of? With 24.5% of African
American families living in poverty, a median household net
worth of $6,000, and a national unemployment rate for
African Americans almost double the national average, how
much slower can African Americans advance? Are the same
figures that were unacceptable for a white president somehow
acceptable under an African American president?
Why should they be concerned about political damage to a
president who by their own admission feels that key members
of the Obama administration, "have taken them for granted,
in the belief that Black members of Congress have no stomach
for a fight with the country's first Black president."
According to POLITICO, A CBC aide said that senior aid
Valerie Jarrett has "canceled lunch plans with the caucus
eight times and that her office is slow to return calls and
pays more attention to longtime supporters than to senior
Since the CBC is so frustrated and confused, here are a few
suggestions for them to consider proposing to President
1) Work with the SBA and insurers such as AIG to back
African American owned business that are having difficulty
meeting bonding requirements as they pursue government
contracts (stimulus package projects) as prime and
2) Resurrect the '98 Clinton Administration SBA plan to
enhance access to debt/equity capital via SBA guaranteed
loans for African American owned businesses.
3) The Senate and House Small Business Committees
should mandate that the SBA enforce federal agency
subcontracting plans. Liquidated damages have rarely if ever
been enforced against a non compliant government contractor.
CBC members probably have numerous African American owned
firms in their districts that would benefit from enforcement
efforts in federal contracting.
Members of the CBC chair four committees and 18
subcommittees. If they can not leverage their power and
effectively develop legislation and social policy that
address the systemic ills impacting African American
progress, an increasing number will continue to experience
the worst of times in a season of darkness.
Dr. Wilmer Leon is the Producer/ Host of the nationally
broadcast call-in talk radio program "On With Leon," and a
Lecturer in the Department of Political Science at Howard
University in Washington, D.C. Go to www.wilmerleon.com or
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With thanks to Sis. Hamdiyya, Jamaat al-Muslimeen,
Charlotte, North Carolina
"Highest Value Detainee" was not a mujahid but an ordinary
Corrupt Mauritanian, Jordanian and Afghan Regimes worked
with US to Put an Innocent Muslim in GTMO Cages for NINE
Guantanamo Detainee Ordered Freed
NEW YORK, 12 Apr (IPS) - After nine years in captivity, a
U.S. federal court has ordered the release of a Guantanamo
prisoner once described as the "highest-value detainee at
the facility" - and set off a firestorm of protest from
Federal District Judge James Robertson ruled in Washington,
D.C. that the U.S. could not continue to detain Mohamedou
Ould Salahi (sometimes spelled "Slahi"), a Mauritanian
citizen who has been in U.S. custody since 2001.
Judge Robertson's opinion, providing the reasons for the
granting of Salahi's habeas corpus petition, was released
last week after undergoing a classification review. Some
portions were withheld as classified.
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and private
attorneys challenged Salahi's detention, arguing that the
government had no reliable evidence that he was part of al
Qaeda when he was seized in 2001.
Salahi became the 34th Guantanamo detainee whose
imprisonment has been declared illegal.
Jonathan Hafetz, staff attorney with the ACLU National
Security Project, told IPS, "Salahi's case is a national
disgrace - rendition, brutal torture, and eight years of
arbitrary detention without charge or any reliable or
credible evidence. Regrettably, rather than ending this
shameful episode that flouts the rule of law, and
repatriating Salahi, the government is seeking to prolong
his illegal imprisonment."
"The district court's decision invalidating that detention
and ordering Salahi's release is an important step towards
restoring the rule of law," he added.
After Salahi was arrested in Mauritania on suspicion of ties
to al Qaeda, the U.S. government illegally rendered him to
Jordan, where he was detained, interrogated and abused for
eight months. He was then rendered to Bagram, Afghanistan
and finally to Guantánamo, where he has been held in U.S.
custody since August 2002.
While at Guantánamo, Salahi was held in total isolation for
months, kept in a freezing cold cell, shackled to the floor,
deprived of food, made to drink salt water and forced to
stand in a room with strobe lights and heavy metal music for
hours at a time.
He was threatened with harm to his family, forbidden from
praying, beaten and subjected to the "frequent flyer"
programme, during which he was awakened every few hours to
deprive him of sleep. The government falsely told him that
his mother had been arrested and was being sent to
Salahi's abuse was documented in a 2009 report by the Senate
Armed Services Committee.
Marine Corps Lt. Col. Stuart Couch, the military lawyer
originally assigned to prosecute the case against Salahi in
the military commissions, determined that Salahi's
self-incriminating statements were so tainted by torture
that they couldn't ethically be used against him.
Couch told his supervisors that he was "morally opposed" to
Salahi's treatment and refused to participate in the
prosecution. In his decision, Judge Robertson wrote that
there is "ample evidence in this record that Salahi was
subjected to extensive and severe mistreatment at
Congressional Republicans expressed outrage over the
decision. The Hill newspaper reported that Sen. Kit Bond of
Missouri, the ranking member of the Intelligence Committee,
stated, "While (Attorney General Eric) Holder's Justice
Department should appeal this outrageous decision, I'm not
holding my breath. Holder seems more intent on closing
Guantánamo Bay than keeping terrorists locked up where they
The Hill also reported that Rep. Lamar Smith, a Texas
Republican, sent a letter to Holder asking him to appeal the
ruling, in which he wrote, "It is certainly possible, if not
likely, that Mr. Salahi will re-engage in efforts to commit
terrorist attacks against innocent Americans if allowed to
go free. This ruling clearly puts the American people in
danger and should not be allowed to stand."
The Department of Justice said it would appeal Judge
Robertson's decision. However, even if the government's
appeal is unsuccessful, it is unclear that Salahi could be
released until another country offers to take him in.
Salahi was subjected to several years of torture, which
began soon after he was taken in by the Mauritanian
authorities on November 20, 2001, at the request of the Bush
administration. "My country turned me over, shortcutting all
kinds of due process of law, like a candy bar to the United
States," he said in his combatant status review tribunal at
Guantánamo in 2004.
Salahi was transferred by the U.S. from Mauritania to
Jordan. He was held there for eight months and said what
happened to him was "beyond description". He was then
transferred to the U.S. prison at Bagram airbase in
Afghanistan for two weeks and arrived in Guantánamo on Aug.
Historian Andy Worthington reports that, "as the
highest-value detainee at Guantánamo - in the days before
Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and 13 other high-value detainees
were flown in from secret CIA prisons in September 2006 -
Salahi was again subjected to torture, which included
prolonged isolation, prolonged sleep deprivation, beatings,
death threats and threats that his mother would be brought
to Guantánamo and gang-raped."
This programme, he says, was implemented in May 2003 and
augmented with further "enhanced interrogation techniques"
authorised by Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld.
It culminated in August 2003 in an incident when Salahi was
taken out on a boat, wearing isolation goggles, while agents
whispered, within earshot, that he was "about to be executed
and made to disappear". As the German magazine Der Spiegel
explained in an article in 2008, "He was so terrified that
he urinated in his pants."
US sanctions target fighters
Somalis Declare Baidoa an Islamic Province.
Barack Obama, the US president, has issued an executive
order to freeze assets of individuals with ties to Somalia's
Obama's directive allows the US treasury department to
sanction or freeze the assets of individuals with suspected
links to the piracy off Somalia's coast or those who have in
any way been involved in threatening Somalia's
The piracy and eroding security in Somalia "constitute an
unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security
and foreign policy of the United States," Obama said in his
executive order on Tuesday.
The decree specifically targets anyone who threatens the
peace, interferes with the delivery of humanitarian
assistance or violates the United Nations arms embargo in
the lawless nation.
Sheikh Hassan Dahir Aweys, a prominent Somali opposition
figure, is one of those targeted by the new sanctions.
Last year Aweys said he was working to unite his Islamic
Party with al-Shabab.
Al-Shabab is battling to overthrow the US-backed Somali
Meanwhile, al-Shabab fighters are claiming to have gained
full control of the city of Baidoa in southern Somalia,
which they have declared to be an Islamist province.
According to reports, the group's fighters last week
disarmed guards at a UN World Food Programmes (WFP) base in
Wajid, near Baidoa, and also seized control of the nearby
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