Rajab 4, 1425/ August 20, 2004 #83
Letter to "Fresh Air," National Public Radio
anti-Islam Diatribe is not a Recipe for Peace
Dear Producer of "Fresh Air"
Your August 19 interview with Presidential Adviser John Prendergast on the
situation in Dharfur (Western Sudan) showed
that the man is a bitter propagandist against Islamic Sudan. There were big
holes in his story
which should have disqualified him as a serious commentator on Sudanís
Here are a few points you should consider before you decide to invite him
He claimed to have visited Dharfur but could not mention the name of
even one village or
location in the area during 40 minutes of talk.
He admitted that he visited the area with the armed rebels. Obviously he
went with them
where they took him and saw what they wanted him to see. Itís amazing that
he saw nothing
wrong with such a slanted viewpoint and yet claimed to be objective.
The atrocity stories he told seemed to have been borrowed wholesale from
rebel story tellers.
He was not an EYE WITNESS to ANY of the alleged atrocities, yet he spoke
glibly about them
without any evidence whatever. Iíll take two examples from
Mr. Prendergastís narrative to show
his inability to think for himself:
He claimed that as soon as the village women rushed out of their huts,
the militia started
RAPING THEM ON THE SPOT. Does Mr. Prendergast know anything about rape?
study the rapes of Muslim women in
by Hindu military forces, by the Serbs in former
Yugoslavia, and by the Hindus in Gujarat,
Rape is not "push button" kind of activity: the
woman is usually put into a helpless position before she is raped.
The people who told Mr.
Prendergast the story of "instant" rape must have sensed that heíll believe
Mr. Prendergast claimed that he was shown (again we are not told by WHOM
and WHERE) a
mass grave and then he told the story about how the young men were lined
up and shot and then
their bodies dumped in the mass grave. He is willing to make such serious
allegations without a
shred of evidence, and does not have even a photograph of the alleged
Mr. Prendergast tried to play with horrifying statistics to be able to use
the "g" word
(genocide). He claims one million refugees and 30,000 killed. Such play
with UNVERIFIED and
UNVERIFIABLE statistics clearly indicates Mr. Prendergastís agenda. He has
genocide! Anyone who knows about Dharfur would realize that it is not like
can easily arrive at some idea of the extent of suffering in spite of
control. Dharfur is a
vast area where basic travel is difficult. The possibility of a census
mission, with the structure it
requires, which could produce genuine statistics, is physically impossible.
For Mr. Prendergast, the Sudanese people, other than the rebels, have no
humanity. He does
not consider how much those opposed to the rebels might have suffered.
He does not provide
any statistics at all for them. According to the Sudan government,
the rebels are heavily armed and in their very first onslaught wiped out
the police stations in the area, thus causing a breakdown of civic order.
Islam in the form of a political force, such as the government of Sudan,
however diluted, is
anathema to Mr. Prendergast. For him, the Sudanese government is not
civilized BECAUSE it
aims at implementing Islam in Sudan. Thatís the real issue in
Mr. Prendergastís bigoted mind.
Because he sees Islam as the problem, he does not ask the obvious question:
WHO ARMED THE REBELS? Sudan has put the blame on Israel.
Thus the cause of the suffering could be the distribution of weaponry to
the rebels by Israel.
Conclusion: There can be little doubt that Mr. Prendergast is an anti-Islam,
and NPR squeezed all the hate it could out of him to attempt a smear
campaign against the
biggest African nation. Itís the "slavery in Sudan" fabrication all over
again, this time in the guise of "genocide."
Kaukab Siddique, Ph.D
Another Letter to NPR
U.S. AMBASSADOR KHALILZAD, REPRESENTATIVE OF AN OCCUPYING POWER MISLEAD
NATIONAL PUBLIC RADIO
I listened with interest to TOTN's 8/12 interview with Mr. Khalilzad, U.S.
Ambassador to Afghanistan. Khalilzad's creative and grandiose claims of
progress for Afghanistan, and particularly for Afghan women, were
accepted without question by the TOTN host . One might ask what
veracity does one expect from the appointed representative of an
occupying power? Neil Conon might instead have asked Khalilzad
how many Afghan civilians, men and women are killed daily
in bombing raids by the U.S. air force, or even questioned him on the
rapes of Afghan women under U.S. occupation, or on the treatment of
Afghan prisoners, very similar to that of Abu Ghraib. Progress under
occupation is not progress but a delusion.
veteran journalist Ather Masood.]
[Br. Ather has been travelling to Georgia and California.]
CYNTHIA MCKINNEY'S VICTORY: PLUS HELP FOR
Black Power Pioneer
[Kwame Toure's Birthday June 29, 2004]
Black Power! I remember you said.
In Antebellum South like homstead.
Like Huey, Bobby, and yes Fred.
Stokely Carmichael in watershed.
Even on Depaul's campus did u lead.
A White man's closet near not ur bed.
SNCC in hearts is alive and not dead.
Black Panther Party shall never dread.
63rd and Kedzie where gangsters bled.
Folllowing something of ur way to led.
In Gahna may you rest in Peace ahead.
Mississippi roads you have enough tread.
With a fist to skies as all these Devils fled.
Angela Davis of you said it best in all red.
Power to the People for Kwame instead.
HELP BROTHER FROM SUDAN IN GEORGIA
Brother Hassan Musa is orignally from the Sudan.
Unfortunately he was one of the many brothers caught
up with immigaration issues after
Living barely on low income, he is seeking some way to maitain a halal
form of employment in the state of Georgia. The State has also taken his
family away from him because he is not able to support them, due to his
Immigration status. The brother is in need of Legal support as well as
Prayers and duas. If anyone can assist this brother in maintaining
employment or legal assistance, please call him at 678-851-4245.
This information is being written with his permission
My Trip to Los Angeles: How People Perceive Muslims
God Blessed me to take a trip to Los Angeles. It was my first time there as
part of a diversity conference. Clearly the climates in and around
California is very hot. But the diversity conference turned up the heat
even further. I met a famous actress from the old movie "West Side Story."
During her speech she referred to the Shia and Sunni Muslims as ethnic
groups. She also went on to describe the conflict in Falasteen as a purely
economic concern. After her presentation, I went up to the esteemed and
activist. I tried to get her attention and explained that the "Shia" and
"Sunni" groups are not ethnicities, but in fact two schools of thought
among believers in Islam. Either she didn't hear or did not want to.
I further tried to express how the conflict in Falasteen cannot be described
in purely "economic," terms. But in fact has an religious, political,
social, and economic dimension.
I then met one of the actors from Star Trek. He was very gracious and full
of knowledge about things that have taken place in the past regarding
Asian-Americans. Later on I went to speak to him which was a total honor.
We spoke about what Muslims must do in this nation to prevent their
Civil Liberties from being take. The esteemed gentleman told me that
Muslims must condemn Terrorism. He felt that American-Born Muslims had
indeed failed to condemn acts of Terrorism in the world. I tried to explain
that this was not the case and many many Muslim organizations expressed
similar viewpoints. However he didn't seem to believe. He once again
reiterated the need for Muslims in America to condemn kidnappings and the
killing of innocents which he hasn't seen.
The last guest that came was a Native-American gentleman. He had a
wonderful disucssion full of very moving points, Some of which is rarely
thought of. In his topic and answering a question he used the name Mohammed
as part of his presenation while imitating an East Indian man. While this
was a joke, I later spoke to this gentleman about his presentation and asked
him to not use the name Mohammed in any sort of joke.
He explained to me that this was done in jest and is a form of speaking he
carries on with family. It was in NO WAY in referrence to the Prophet but
someone named as such from India. Even so I made it a point for him to know
my viewpoint on this matter, which was enough for the time being.
The reason for all this is that we need to know how people are perceiving us.
Natrually it is not surprising to see some speakers express completely
inaccurate views on Islam. At the same time others are in many cases
misinformed. It would be interesting to see how others would have responded
if the name of other revered figures was mentioned as part of a joke.
Cynthia McKinney raises the hopes of
Muslims in America
The heat in Georgia is very different. It can get quite steamy. Georgia has
lots of different types of trees, like California which has different blends
of Palm trees. Never seen poisonous snakes in real life until this week in
Decatur County. We walked house to house street to street and person to
person for Cynthia. And.....everyone knew.
Wearing blue and white t-shirts we forced ourselves up forgotten roads,
where MLK walked with many many others, re-living in our own ways things
long forgotten but yet still understood. Our skins were torched in the sun,
with the "Georgia air," all around us.
We may have knocked on a hndred or more homes, full of Muslims, Black people,
and many many more. I must tell you, I lost count Tuesday evening. The
hundreds of people came from the most ancient of homes to the most wealthy.
Black people in all their glory. Everywhere. Jamaicans, Hebrew Israelites,
Muslims, Pan-Africanists, Hyderabadis, Falasteenis, All of us the
oldschoolers and newschoolers.
We made our way to the Omni Center. We stood on stage with Cynthia.
Usher's song "Oh Yeah" was playing loud and proud on every speaker.
She won getting 51%. Every pundit was expecting a run-off.
The opposing forces vigoursly supported whosever came against Cynthia.
Of course the
camp now is pretending they never gave Georiga's race much importance.
After being called Anti-American, Anti-Patriotic, Anti everything,
and pro-terrorist, under the sun, mocked and scorned by
Capitol Hill news, and the Republicnan and democratic parties,
Cynthia defied everything and rode a wave of support that broke every
record in Georgia's history. They had to admit it in the end. First time
in hisotry a candidate came back from defeat and reclaimed what was
rightfully under the name McKinney.
I was surrounded by people in a place that was despised and rejected by many.
Without a cause. And yet it was thru Cynthia everything has now changed.
Even though eggs, milk, and defening words were thrown our way we never
gave up in two years. Never. Despite being called everything by the
administration for defying him , Cynthia stood tall with each of us Tuesday
Many of us stood in the Omni center remembering Harold Washington. How far
some things have come. With Muslims voting in droves around Decatur, GA
the elections were completed. Fate was sealed. Black people came out like
never before. The old and new. We all came for Cynthia never ever giving up
One man threw an egg at me and stated "Cynthia will never win! Get ready to
go back home you foreigner." Cynthia's relative wiped the egg off my shirt.
But I stopped her. The stains are still there. To be hated, misundertood,
reviled, rebuked without a cause is unfortunate. But it is the road of
every prophet and anyone that follows them. We will preservere.
I wonder how he feels now.
Sitting there on Andrew Young Avenue I thanked Allah for all of the
blessings. One wonders often how even the smallest of things are indeed a
blessing from the most high.
It is hard to describe what I am feeling. But the Muslim and Black nations
changed the world Tuesday night.
Let it be known that it was Cynthia who was the FIRST to condemn Mr Bush for
his 9/11 antics. She was the FIRST to come out and stand up openly, as a
member of Congress, for the rights of Falasteeni people. Cynthia was the
FIRST person to condemn the Pro-Indian lobby which manuvered against her
for standing up for Indian minorities.
ON IMAM JAMIL: I spoke with Cynthia who was gracious enough to listen
about Imam Jamil Al Amin. After much discussion on the current status of
Imam Jamil, the newly elected offical would like to help affect his current
condition. It is truly a blessing to have someone like Cynthia McKinney
standing up for Black people and Muslims. This writer calls on Imam Jamil's
Defence committee to enter into conversation with Cynthia for our beloved
Imam. If needed I can and will facilitate.
Cynthia still needs donations for her campaign They can be sent to:
THE HISTORY TRAIN IS BACK ON TRACK.
Or regular mail at Cynthia McKinney for Congress: PO Box 371125 Decatur, GA.
The movement to bring our troops home from
has now begun with Cynthia!
ISRAELI VIEW OF KERRY
Excerpted from the
[Sent by Dr. Ismail Zayid, Nova Scotia,
is diminished in the eyes of the world, it does Israel no favor," said
Levine, who as John Kerry's newly appointed top adviser on the Middle East
is expected to play a major role in shaping the Democrat's policy on region.
During an interview in his law office, the former congressman from West Los
Angeles was addressing himself to concerns that Kerry's advocacy of a
multilateral US foreign policy might mean greater pressure on Israel for
concessions to the Palestinians and surrounding
Not so, said Levine, "but if we cannot convince Europe,
and other countries to keep nuclear weapons away from
to fight terrorism, and to exert greater leverage on Arab countries,
we will fail," and thereby weaken Israel.
To gauge Kerry's attitude toward Israel, one need only look at his votes
during 20 years in the US Senate, according to Levine.
"By every rating and criterion, Kerry's votes have shown 100 percent solid
support for Israel,"
he said. "That's well understood in his home state of Massachusetts, but
not yet throughout the rest of the country."
Levine's appointment as chair of the Kerry campaign's Middle East Policy
Working Group has been hailed by Jewish spokesmen and organizations as a
reassurance that Israel's interests will have an eloquent voice in Kerry's
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