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BY: ATHER MASOOD
AUGUST 23 RALLY AGAINST
MOTHERS OF TROOPS CONDEMN the WAR
In a show of force as many as 200 local Illinois
organizations marched downtown against the war in
Iraq. It was so massive that by 1PM the
marchers had swelled and began to stand in the
streets near Federal Plaza.
Located near Jackson and lasalle street marchers
called one by one for the
withdrawal of troops. Perhaps the most moving
speakers were mothers of the troops
themselves, who publicly came out to condemn the
war as well as the incorrect
feelings of their own family member now fighting
The Chicago coalition against War and
brought together a wide range of
people to stand united against Iraqi occupation.
speakers included Mr. Rafiq Jabber, Mr. Faisal
Hammoudah, Roger Patterson, former
death row inmate in Chicago, The
Community, the Uhuru movement, the
Puerto Rican Independence Movement, and many
After the discussions protestors took to the
streets jamming the streets from
Madison to the famous Magnificent Mile. Entire
sections of the area were
blocked off, as police clearly expected outbreaks
of violence. However, the
overwhelming number of people could not be
stopped or provoked. Even non-marchers
began to join and shouted taunts at police
officials in the area. At two
separate points police officers lined the street
with horse manure in the attempt to
prevent the marchers, who simply moved around the
mess and continued pushing
onward. VERY FEW PEOPLE opposed us.
It was a very successful event despite the
media's attempt to block coverage.
showed it's bias nature by not
even mentioning the scale of
the protest. Shouts of ALLAH-AKBAR were coupled
AND US TROOPS OUT OF IRAQ.
Mr. Bush is coming to Chicago in September. We
intend to greet him warmly and
report the details in New Trend.
CHALLENGING REGIONAL FBI DIRECTOR ON
IMAM JAMIL AL-AMIN
WHO DID THE BALLISTICS EXAMINATION?
After much thought and prayer I have decided to
make this event public. Quite
recently at a private banquet for special guests,
this writer encountered the
regional FBI director. In a very frank and heated
discussion, this writer
discussed the imprisonment of Imam Jamil-Al -Amin
with the FBI representative. It
was very clear to me from the discussion that the
HIMSELF did not know about the case.
On the allegation that Imam Jamil was imprisoned
for killing a police
officer, I reminded the representative that only
one witness claimed to have seen
this take place. This one person in the last
court case publicly recanted his
testimony. I also remind the FBI representative
that the person claiming to have
seen Imam Jamil has publicly stated that his
statement were induced by force
and later sought forgiveness for his statements.
To this the FBI director responded by saying
ballistic evidence revealed that
the Imam was holding a gun which matched the
bullets, supposedly found on the
police officer's dead body. To this my response
was where is the body ? And
who investigated the ballistic information? WE
HAVE A RIGHT TO ASK THIS
QUESTION. The public was never informed about the
actual bullets that were found on
the body. The public was simply told that the
bullets were studied and found to
be that of those belonging to a weapon the Imam
was carrying. ALSO WAS THE
PUBLIC ALLOWED TO SEE WHO AND WHAT EXAMINED THOSE
I informed the FBI representative that Imam Jamil
was previously also charged
with killing but it was later found that people
were "set up" to make false
statements. Based on this past history, I argued,
HOW CAN WE TRUST WHAT WE ARE
NOW BEING TOLD NOW?
After much arguing publicly, the FBI
representative agreed to meet for
further discussion on this issue. I hope they
will stay true to their word. We hope
to inform the Muslim community thru New Trend
once this actually takes place.
It is my belief that this information need to be
made public, fearing nobody
MUSLIM LEADERS ARE RUSHING TO JOIN
Just last week
about Muslim nations wanting to
join the recent WTO meetings in Cancun, Mexico.
It was reported the The
refused to allow Saudi
In both articles Muslim governmental officials
were quoted to have complained
about being denied access to the World Trade
Even some Imams have begun to give fatwas in
favor of World Trade Policies
by speaking of their benefits.
We would like to publicly ask these people WHAT
IN THE WORLD ARE YOU DOING? To
begin with why is the Saudi and Misrian
Governments begging to be included in
such a destructive organization? Do the so called
"Muslim" Governments have
any self-respect left? YOU SHOULD BE HAPPY THAT
MUSLIM NATIONS WERE NOT
INCLUDED at such pathetic events.
After 14 years of WTO policies in Latin America
where has it gone ? Has it
Malaysia? It is VERY
CLEAR that the
mult-corporations in America have used the WTO to
suck economic lives of entire nations, only
to benefit the rich and elites of those very same
countries. Can the Muslim
leaders not see this? ONCE AGAIN THE MUSLIM
NATIONAL LEADERSHIP REMAINS SILENT
BUT WE WILL NOT BE!!!!
The economic policies of the World Trade
Organization has increased poverty
in Latin America, drained the natural resouces
(water, mineral wealth, timber,
etc) of both Mayalsia and Indonesia and left
entire forests depopulated
creating deaths in animal life. Is this the
sunnah of the prophet? Is this the way
of Quran and Sunnah? Clearly the governments are
ONLY thinking of making
themselves more rich at the expense of their very
own national resources.
The people in Arabia, Egypt, Malaysia, and
Indonesia deserve better. There
are some good aspects of the WTO. HOWEVER, JUST
GO TO MEXICO, AND SEE THAT THERE
IS MORE HARD THAN GOOD. After over a decade of
slash and burn policies the
WTO organizational leadership has created
unhospitable working conditions for
people, paying them slave labor wages, working
laborers in damp, unhospitable,
and unhealthy work environments, and destroying
the natural reserves of each
country. Look at what is happening in Columbia.
The only solution to such devilish activities, is
for each nation to develop
their own economies. Each nation must say no to
WTO members and develop their
own arts, crafts, shops, labor, skills, talents,
and mechanized industries AS
IT FIT INTO THAT PARTICULAR NATION and bring
their unique resources into the
world stage. That is the only way. Corporate
America HAS NO RIGHT telling
Egyptain, Mexican, or Indonesian Labor Unions
what to do and what not to do. IT IS
NOT THEIR NATION.
This writer openly condemns any Muslim government
who begs to be included
into the WTO. We call on the Muslim people in
Egypt Saudi Arabia to not accept
any introduction of WTO policies in their
countries. We also call on the Muslim
representatives in Indonesia and Malaysia to see
what is taking place and
rebuff the WTO out of their lands before it is
too late. IT MAYBE ALREADY.
2003-09-06 Sat 16:02ct