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Dr Kaukab Siddique | Editor-in-Chief Safar 14,1431/ January 30, 2010 # 5

Breaking News: January 29, 2010. Syed Munawar Hasan, leader of Pakistan's biggest Islamic movement, condemned the London Conference as a plot against the Taliban and full of disinformation. Scroll way down.
Also see below a photo of General Kayani buddy buddy with the NATO chief.

From Imam Badi Ali [Jamaat al-Muslimeen North Carolina]:
Spotlight #1: USA is bringing in many immigrants from Muslim countries who are poorly educated, unable to deal with American realities, uneducated in Islam, steeped in superstition. Their "quality" is aversion to their own people. Some of them even worked for Black Water. Muslims must be aware of this effort to undermine Muslim communities in the US.

These four great articles you must not miss. Please scroll way down.

Haiti: The facts behind the disaster. The role of the occupiers. Document prepared by Rev. Wright. Thanks go to Dr. Abdulalim Shabazz [ ] for sending it to New Trend. Must read!

Friendly advice to President Obama by our dear friend Dr. Wilmer Leon. Why the Massachusetts election stunner for the Democrats?

The Forgotten Uighur Muslims of China. Imam Ali Siddiqui [California] reminds us.

Who are the Ismailis? From Canada, Br. Akbarally Meherally's famous "introduction" to the Agha Khan. A looming threat to Pakistan. Remember that an Agha Khani was chosen by Bush to represent US Muslims!

Just Published
Return to Pakistan
Media Perspectives on Bush's Iraq & Afghanistan Wars

by Kaukab Siddique

200 Pages. $14.95+ $1.50 Postage and Handling

For the first time, an American Muslim's analysis of the sensitive issues from Fallujah to the Red Mosque. Factual and hardhitting.

Other books New Trend recommends:

Al-Fateha & its Significance by Shamim Siddiqui, a must for understanding the message of the five daily prayers. $6

The Case of Lynne Stewart. A Justice Department Attack on the Bill of Rights. $5

Hamas: Unwritten Chapters by Azzam Tamimi. Most people don't know that Hamas is not part of the Muslim Brotherhood movement which works with kings and tyrants. How did Hamas slowly but surely disengage itself from the MB and became an independent movement? A fascinating step-by-step study. $15

The Power of Israel in the United States by James Petras. A rare endorsement of Islamic resistance. $8

Hitler's War by David Irving. The most authentic book on Hitler by the greatest historian of World War II.
Massive documentation from original documents of the war. $50. A must for libraries.

None of the books are for profit.
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America's Muslims, Silent,Terrified face layers of Oppression

By Kaukab Siddique, PhD

Part I.

There are an estimated 7 to 9 million Muslims in the USA. However, when it comes to issues related to their rights and the duties Islam makes obligatory for them, most of them have nothing to say in public. Think of any issue related to Muslims which would irritate the White House in the slightest and the Muslims dare not say anything. Be it Fallujah or the Red Mosque, be it Imam Jamil and the Blind Shaikh Dr. Abdel Rahman, be it homosexuality and the exploitation of women, be it the "droning" of Pakistan or US backing for Egyptian tyrant Mubarak, King Abdullah, the Nigerian army, General Kayani, the puppet regimes in Kabul, Baghdad, Mogadishu, US Muslims have bnothing to say. Hardly any Muslim dare say in public that Israel is an illegitimate, terrorist entity.

Yet when Jamaat al-Muslimeen reaches out from mosque to mosque, we find that the great majority of Muslims agree with us and are strongly opposed to US-Israeli policies.

Muslims of America are being terrorized into silence at four levels of oppression:

1. US Government's Oppression, bogus charges, bogus trials, extensive use of informants, horrendous sentences based on flimsy "evidence."

2. Fear generated by the corporate-zionist media, FOX, MSNBC, CNN, PBS, the three evening news channels, the funny late night shows, the chain of "mainstream" [actually pro-Zionst] newspapers, and a variety of movies.

3. Puppet Muslim groups linked to the FBI, the White House, the State Department, the Pentagon, etc which encourage Muslims to conform to the government's view of what good Muslims should be like. CAIR, ISNA, ICNA, MAS etc openly state that they are in bed with the oppressors. Mediocrities like Nihad Awad, Mahdi Bray, Johari Abdul Malik, Abdul Malik Mujahid, Hamza Yusuf, Zaid Shakir etc are presented to the Muslims as "leaders."

4. Occasional attacks on Muslims and mosques by deranged individuals. Though quite insignificant, with no fatalities, these are used by CAIR and other lackeys to create fear and a sense of helplessness among Muslim communities. CAIR and ISNA etc then present the US governent as the friends and protectors of the Muslims. Most mosques have been discouraged from exploring self-defense, legal and professional. The government lackeys urge them to "leave it to CAIR."

Our America
Crimes Against Women, Children and Defenseless People Have Reached Horrific Proportions
by Sis. Abigail Anthony

The editor of New Trend asked Sis. Abigail, who recently joined the New Trend research group: Many of the citizens in Pakistan want to be like Americans and when I return for a visit, they often ask me about America.

Her Answer: Have you ever thought about telling them something like: Well, it's about the same as it has been for many years, There is still a murder every 32 minutes, a violent crime every 6 seconds, 1 robbery every 57 seconds, 1 physical assault every 7 seconds, 1 burglary every 10 seconds, 1 rape/sexual assault every 2 minutes (excluding the assaults on children), a female victimization every 1.2 seconds.

One in every 32 citizens are either on probation, on parole or currently in jail or prison, 5 children die each day from child abuse (and 3 out of 4 of them are under the age of 4), a case of child abuse is reported every 10 seconds, and 1 in every 6 women have been molested.

That is just the reported cases...experts estimate that if we included the non-reported cases of molestation, it would bring the number to 1 in every 3 women in America have been molested.

The links for the stats are:

ICNA & CAIR Must pay for ruining 5 lives.
Five US Muslims Betrayed by ICNA & CAIR, Followed by FBI, Arrested by Corrupt Pakistani police, Allegedly Tortured.

New Trend is putting together the story of five young American Muslims who were arrested in Pakistan.

We must admit that without the efforts of famous Pakistan human rights activist, Br. Khalid Khawaja, a long time reader of New Trend, the five youths would have been rotting in a US prison by now.

Don't forget how the Zionist American government treats Muslims. Very recent is the case of Bangladeshi brother Shifa El-Sadequee. Poor Shifa was kept in prison for 1300 days in SOLITARY CONFINEMENT before he was convicted and sentenced. He had gone to Bangladesh to help the people and to get married. Of course he does not like the bombing of Iraq and Afghanistan, the occupation of Palestine by the US-Israel. For that he is punished. He is certainly not a terrorist like Hosni Mubarak, Olmert, Musharraf, King Abdullah and other friends of the White House.

The five youths too wanted to go to Pakistan and help those who are working for Islam.

We have been tracing what happened. Here is the process of betrayal.

From here we let Khalid Khwaja, in Islamabad, pick up the story: [The next 8 points.]

Obama: A Hawk On Military Spending
Steve Chapman
Anyone who was hoping the administration would bring a modest downsizing of the nation's defense establishment and global military role has to be feeling like Bernard Madoff's investors. Escalation is underway in Afghanistan, the Army is expanding and the Pentagon is on the all-you-can-eat diet .. .. Anyone looking back 50 years from now at objective indicators would have trouble identifying a meaningful difference between the current president and the previous one .. .. Obama's policy on the war he once opposed is not similar to George W. Bush's: It is identical.

Pakistan: Powerful Islamic Response to London Conference on Afghanistan

Defeated NATO is spreading Disinformation, says Syed Munawar Hasan.

by Shamsuddin in Lahore
[On January 29, 2010, Jamaate Islami's ameer, Munawar Hasan addressed a large juma' prayer gather at Mansoora on the outskirts of Lahore. Here are its main points.]

Syed Munawar Hasan said that masses would have to rise against the present socio-political system based on exploitation that was widening the difference between the haves and the have-nots, making the life of the poor miserable. Oppressive forces were knocking at every door and the oppressed have to rise against tyranny, he added.

The US, he said, was projecting the Muslims especially the Pakistanis as terrorists and extremists/fundamentalists and denying them even the right to live whereas the Zionists, Hindus or the Christians who were carrying on the genocide of the Muslims in different areas were not labeled as terrorists or extremists.

Referring to the London Conference on Afghanistan, the JI chief said the US and the Western powers owed an explanation to the world community for pulling down the Taliban government and the tons of bombs dropped on Afghanistan over the years.

He said that the Taliban had denied any talks with the West or its representatives in Afghanistan. The Taliban, he said, have announced that there won't be any talks unless the US and NATO forces pulled out of Afghanistan. The defeated NATO forces were only spreading disinformation, he added.
He said the United Nations had removed five Taliban commanders from Black List. The question, he said, was why had their names been put on the list if they were not terrorists, or why were their names removed from the list if they were terrorists.

Pakistan: Deeply Infiltrated

Photo below: General Kayani's latest move.

Photo shows Pakistan's top military General Kayani with NATO's chief military officer. This meeting was on January 28, 2010. Kayani regularly gets his orders from NATO in Brussels and has visited the CIA in USA. Pakistanis do not realize that Kayani is the main agent of imperialism and zionism in Pakistan. Zardari and Gilani are secondary players. The USA has cleverly divided Pakistani attention to let Kayani continue his assault on Islamic populations in Swat and Waziristan, Mohmand, Adam Khel, Hangu and numerous other area. His latest meetings with NATO relate to his desire to let NATO let him participate in operations not only against Pak Taliban but also inside Afghanistan.

War News: Afghanistan

Imam Killed by US Troops: He Was Waiting to take his Children to School

Kabul. January 28, 2010. Troops in a US-NATO convoy fired at and killed an imam named Muhammad Yunis while he was sitting in a car with three of his children while waiting for a 4th child to take them to school.

Washington Post reports from witnesses that the imam had not made any threatening gestures. The troops did not stop to see whom they had killed. He was not with the Taliban and had come from his home in Laghman province to teach in Kabul. He was the only bread earner for his brother's children too, reports Washington Post.

There was a protest rally at nearby Camp Phoenix [US military base] after the atrocity but it was soon called off for fear US troops may kill more people.

War News: Pakistan

Five Islamic Villagers Killed in Latest US strike in Pakistan.

North Wazirista: January 29, 2010: A US drone fired three missiles into the homes of Pakistanis suspected by the US of supporting the Haqqani Islamic resistance group backing the Taliban. At least 5 villagers were killed in the strike.

NATO Supply Trucks Hit Near Karachi

January 28, 2010: In the Baldia area of Karachi, Islamic raiders hit three large trucks carrying supplies for the NATO occupation forces in Afghanistan. All three truck drivers were wounded. The trucks went up in flames.

Two Us Drones Shot Down by Villagers

North Waziristan: January 26, 2010: A US drone hovering over the Afghan-Pakistan border looking for targets was shot down by Islamic Pakistani villagers using automatic rifles.

Earlier on January 24, a US drone was hit by armed villagers firing rifles near Miranshah in North Waziristan. It burst into flames and crashed into the trees on the border.
[Jamaate Islami says US drones have killed hundreds of Pakistan's civilians and have hit Islamic schools and mosques.]

A disturbing message for the US & Iran: Analyzed by New Trend
Shaykh Usama Focuses on Gaza and Threatens New Attempts to hit the US:
Strong Response from US-Israeli Authorities

Shaykh Osama's message: "From Osama to Obama." "It is unfair for you enjoy a safe life while our brothers in Gaza suffer greatly... Our attacks will continue as long as you support Israel."
"America will never dream of security unless we will have it in reality in Palestine."

Just when the US thought everything was under control in the Middle East, along came a message from the leader of the Islamic resistance. Evidently Shaikh Osama is not only alive and well but is directing global moves against the US.

The message was transmitted by al-Jazeera and in it Osama took credit for the attempted bombing of an air liner on December 25 by a baby faced Nigerian Muslim who readily admitted on being arrested that he was with al-Qaida. Although the attack was aborted, it has already caused huge economic losses and has messed up air travel.

The American response to Osama bin Laden's message has been almost hysterical.

Obama's spokesman called Shaykh Osama a "thug." President Obama was disturbed by this voice from the wilderness.

The Israeli government called his message "absurd" and "despicable."

A self-styled expert on Shaykh, a Hindu named Gunaratna said:

"The Palestinian conflict was never part of the al-Qaida original mandate, but Osama is clearly exploiting it," Gunaratna said.

Gunaratna has been misleading Americans for a decade. The fact is that Palestine has been dear to Shaykh Osama from the very beginning of his career in the Islamic resistance.

Gunaratna does not know that the messages of Shaykh Osama till 2005 are now available in English. They were collected and published by a professor at Duke University in North Carolina under the title: Messages to the World. The Statements of Osama Bin Laden.

The very first statement, published in December 29, 1994 is titled: "The Betrayal of Palestine."


The Iranians pretend that Osama does not exist and al-Qaida is an American invention. Iran's came out with the shaikh's message by repeating the word "alleged" throughout the report. Iran's also wanted to know how al-jazeera got the message.

According to reports in a Saudi Arabian anti-terrorism conference, more than 50 web sites are distributing the messages of al-Qaida. Iran seems to be under the impression that perhaps someone on horseback has to come to al-Jazeera's offices to deliver the message.

Iran sees Shaykh Osama as a big threat to its efforts to infiltrate the Muslim world. It is holding the Shaykh's son and other fighters under arrest in Iran.

Massachusetts Senate Election - A Beacon for the Democratic Party

Dr. Wilmer J. Leon III

A great deal of Massachusetts' history is tied to the sea. Because of this, Massachusetts is also known for its lighthouses. Lighthouses were once the trusted tool that guided navigators through treacherous waters enabling them to avoid coastal rocks and running aground. Like the lighthouse, the election to fill the U.S. Senate seat from Massachusetts should serve as a beacon to the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and the Obama administration.

As the Democrats navigate through these treacherous and rocky political waters the election of Scott Brown as the Senator to replace Ted Kennedy should serve as a warning to the DNC of the dangers of arrogance, complacency, and disorganization. It should also serve notice to the Obama administration of the dangers of failing to articulate a consistent message and failing to deliver what was promised to his supporters.

First, the DNC should recognize that Scott Brown did not run a great campaign insomuch as Martha Coakley, like Cree Deeds in Virginia, ran a terrible one. Coakley ran an elitist campaign, failing to reach out to the communities that helped to elect Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick and President Obama. According to the Boston Globe, "The lapses were particularly noticeable in minority communities, traditionally bastions of Democratic votes, which did not turn out in high numbers..." As a demonstration of her arrogance, Coakley took a week off and vacationed during the campaign. According to The Hill, "Martha Coakley's New Year's vacation may reign as one of the costliest political blunders of all time." Even if you've "got it in the bag" you never leave the bag unattended!

Second, President Obama's failure to rally the troops for Coakley in Massachusetts, Cree Deeds in Virginia and Jon Corzine in New Jersey is not as much of a repudiation of President Obama and his agenda as Senator Mitch McConnell and other Republicans would have us believe. It's more of a statement about Obama's base refusing to respond to his clarion call due to his failure to deliver on his campaign promises.

Republicans, political pundits and even some democrats are misinterpreting and misrepresenting Scott Brown's victory in Massachusetts as a rejection of President Obama's agenda and expecting this to reverberate throughout the country. Republican Senator Mitch McConnell has mistakenly said, "This was in many ways a national referendum principally on the major issue we're wrestling with here in the Congress, which is whether or not the government should take over one-sixth of our economy, slash Medicare by a half-trillion dollars, raise taxes by a half-trillion dollars and drive insurance rates up for most of the rest of our country..."

Actually, according to a Research 2000 poll commissioned by Democracy for America, MoveOn, and the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, respondents said if Democrats enact tougher policies on Wall Street, they'll be more likely to come back to the party in the next election. The poll also provides some clarity on the role that health care played in the election.
The poll showed, 39 percent, said "not enough," 25 percent said "about right, while only 12 percent believe Democrats have been too ambitious.

The President said publicly on July 7, 2009 "I am pleased by the progress we're making on health-care reform ..., as I've said before, that one of the best ways to bring down costs, provide more choices and ensure quality is a public option ..." Then in October, according to the Huffington Post, "Obama has indicated a preference for an alternative policy, favored by the insurance industry, which would see a public plan "triggered" into effect in the future by a failure of the industry to meet certain benchmarks." The perception is he rolled over on the public option before the fight even started.

In terms of unemployment the administration has made tremendous progress on slowing the rate of job loss but has yet to turn the corner on job creation. The simple equation is; job's created equals votes cast.

The President supported and implemented a bail out for the banks but has failed to bail out the American homeowner. At the same time that banks are recording record profits and paying out record bonuses, they have failed to increase lending to small businesses (the real engine of this economy), raised interest rates for consumer credit, and continue to foreclose on peoples homes. That is not the "change" Americans voted for.

The DNC should see the beacon of light from Massachusetts and head the warning. Quality candidates running quality campaigns are what win elections.

The recent election in Massachusetts is not a national referendum or repudiation on the Obama agenda. It's a repudiation of President Obama's failure to stand by the "change" he promised the American people; his failure to fight for "change", and his seemingly inability to deliver.
During the election candidate Obama borrowed from Dr. King when he reminded us of "the fierce urgency of now!" Now is the time for President Obama to once again look to Dr. King and heed his warning that, "This is no time to engage in the luxury of cooling off or to take the tranquilizing drug of gradualism. Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy." Now is the time to deliver what you promised.
The Obama administration needs to follow the beacon and heed its warnings. The majority of Americans do not want the country to go backwards as Senators McConnell, Graham, and Lieberman want to take it. Americans want to move forward and are looking for the President to fulfill his campaign promises by navigating these rocky political waters and safely delivering the country ashore.

Dr. Wilmer Leon is the Producer/ Host of the Sirius/XM call-in talk radio program "On With Leon," and a Teaching Associate in the Department of Political Science at Howard University in Washington, D.C. Go to or email: .

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Ismailis - followers of the Aga Khan : He claims that he is god incarnate. A Great Danger Lurking within Muslim Countries.
A Letter from a former Ismaili

As-Salaamu Alaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuhu
May I for the sake of Allah (swt), His Deen and the Muslim Ummaah, request you to please consider the following facts very carefully and decide on your responsibility before Allah (swt) in this matter.
I am a revert to Islam. I was an Ismaili before - a follower of the Aga Khan. And I perceive an important Da'wah responsibility which the majority of Muslims are for some reason or other are ignoring. I am not getting you into petty sectarian issues, but a very important matter - please judge for yourself:
1. The Ismailis (followers of the Aga Khan) all professedly believe that the Qur'an was time bound and was not meant to be a Universal message for all times. They believe that their spiritual leader, Karim Aga Khan, is the "walking - talking Qur'an" and his "religious pronouncements" , whatever they may be, are the "guidance" for the present times. The fundamental article of faith that there will not be any NEW revelations or "wahy" after the Qur'an, is being completely violated by the Ismailis.
2. The Aga Khan has officially Declared himself, before his followers, as the "Mazhar of Allah on earth". The word "mazhar" means "copy" or "manifest". Consequently, these Ismailis who call themselves Muslims do "sujood" before him. So even the primary axiomatic principle of Tawheed is being fundamentally and formally violated by them.
3. The Ismailis are not instructed to offer the Islamic Salaah, observe Saum or perform Hajj. They have replaced Salaah with certain shirk-infested Dua'as (thrice a day). They are told that their Hajj is a personal "Glimpse" (Deedaar) of Karim Aga Khan.
4. The Aga Khan and his appointees 'forgive the sins' of the followers on regular basis. Ismailis are misled into believing that they will not be questioned on the Day of Judgment for the sins that are already forgiven in their Jamatkhanas (community centers). Forgiving of sins is the exclusive prerogative and privilege of Allah (swt) alone. Qur'an 3:135.
5. Against this backdrop, most of the poor (spiritually poor) Ismailis who are not introduced to al-Furqan are confused and misguided. Hence, Ismailis are very easy prey to missionary efforts by various Christian groups and Baha'is. I have known a couple of young ex-Ismailis who are today preaching "Pauline Christianity" to Ismailis as evangelical missionaries.
6. Karim Aga Khan's own daughter Zahra having married a practising Christian has opened the gates for young Ismailis girls to follow the footsteps of a family member of their beloved Imam-e-Zaman. The parents of the Ismaili girls who wish to marry outside of Islam have no recourse but to let them go.
7. The Aga Khan has made Halaal for the Ismailis that which Allah has made Haraam for the humans. Taking of interest (usury) is not forbidden by the religious instruction classes run by the "Tariqaah" board of the Ismailis. As a matter of fact, the much publicized "Venture Capital" program (details on the website of FORBES Magazine - search under "Aga Khan"), of loaning funds on interest by the AKFED (Aga Khan Fund & Economic Development) , has been a great success. Similar entrepreneurial projects are now being actively promoted and introduced to poor Muslims of Tajikistan and neighboring areas.
8. The Muslim Ummaah and the various Muslim leaders are not fully aware of these Un-Islamic acts and beliefs of this community of less than two million members, who claim to be the Ismaili Muslims. Surprisingly, their leader Aga Khan claims himself to be a spiritual leader of 15 million Muslims and a Direct Descendant of Prophet Muhammad (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam).
9. Earlier, one did not have authentic books on Ismailism, but it is not so anymore. There are two authentic books as well as one comprehensive web site exposing the inner practices of the Ismailis and the Proclamations (Farmans) of the Aga Khans. Hence, now you have no "hujjah" argument or excuse left before Allah (swt) for not taking up the task of inviting the misguided "Ismaili Muslims" towards the Deen of Allah (swt) and not safeguarding them from committing unpardonable sin of Shirk.
10. The Aga Khan in collaboration with so many Western powers and aid, has set up the world-wide Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) which runs several institutions and service companies both in the profit and not for profit sectors. This network is very actively operating in Pakistan, India, Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya and Bangladesh, and has now started concentrating its efforts in Tajikistan and the neighbouring areas where there is a concentration of Muslims who have not known or openly practised Islam for the decades. By taking up economical, social, educational and rural development efforts through NGOs (Non-Govt. Organizations) within the AKDN, the Ismailis and the Aga Khan have gained wide acceptance amongst these countries and masses. Hence this urgent appeal.
11. Now all these beneficiaries are "obliged and grateful" to the Aga Khan and his followers and his organizations for the much-needed schools, medical centers, hospitals, various projects and programmes. In this manner they are penetrating and infiltrating the support system - and one fine day, the Muslim Ummaah will wake up to the unexpected realization that they have a community of so called Muslims, practicing the Un-Islamic Tariqaah, in charge of all core and support activities. Each of these much-needed projects will have the photos of Aga Khan decorating the walls.
In the name of Allah (swt) and Islam, kindly urge our Brothers and Sisters to do Da'wah to the Ismailis, who otherwise will, on the day of judgement, hold us responsible for not conveying the Revealed Truth to them. Dear Brother/Sister, you know much more on the subject than what little I have learnt since reverting to the Deen of Allah (swt). It hurts to see the misguided simple minded people die on SHIRK because we did not amply warn them before their deaths.
I am aware of your stature as a religious leader of repute, respectability and acceptance among Muslim Masses, and hence have sought to put this appeal to you. I request you to seriously consider this request and initiate all steps that you consider Wajib and appropriate. To spread the "Truth" and eradicate "Tagoot" is a significant, major Sunnah of the prophet (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam).
May I also request you to please forward this e-mail to at least five (if not all) of your Muslim friends and activists so that greater awareness of this issue is created, and this request reaches a wider audience. Please do so. JazakAllah."
In case you wish to seek any further clarification please feel free to e-mail a message. I will Insh'allah respond. I apologize in advance, if this happens to be a repeat message.
May Allah (swt) shower His Choicest Blessings on the entire Muslim Ummah. May Almighty Allah bless you and keep you in the service of Islam and Muslims. Aameen.
Jazak'Allah and Was Salaam,

Yours in the Service of Islam,
Akbarally Meherally

Who are the Uighurs? - World Blog - - Pass the Word!

See yourself, how Chinese government and its Han majority treated Muslims (aka Uighur) for over two centuries. Also realize the fact that after culture revolution, forced assimalation, loss of their language and culture, economic onslaught, rape of their resources including oil, gas, and now Uranium, lack of development in their areas except for Han Chinese settlers and businessmen, religious persecution and allowing only elderly to attend masajid, Muslims have survived in the Western territories of China. Please support these forgotten Muslims with your prayers, becoming aware of their plight, and raise your voices in support of Uighurs rights for self-determination.

Click on VIDEO: Who are the Uighurs

Was Salaamu Alaikum,
Imam Ali Siddiqui
California Muslim Institute & Center for Interfaith Studies
2001 Range Ave, Suite 26
Santa Rosa, CA 95401

A Document Prepared by Rev. Wright
[We thank Dr. Shabazz for sending it to us.]
Haiti: A reminder

While I was watching the news today (01/13/2010) concerning the earthquake, reporters constantly reminded us of Haiti's poverty. It is the poorest country in this hemisphere was repeated. Let us look back at the history of why Haiti is such a poor country. I doubt the media will inform us of this.

I will quote extensively from two books by Randall Robinson "An Unbroken Agony: Haiti, From Revolution to the Kidnapping of a President". The other book "Quitting America: The Departure of a Black Man from his Native land"

From "An Unbroken Agony", page 21;

"As punishment for creating the first free republic in the Americas (when 13 percent of the people living in the United States were slaves), the new Republic of Haiti was met with a global economic embargo imposed by the United States and Europe. The embargo was strengthened by a further demand from France for financial reparations of roughly $21 billion (2004 dollars) as compensation from the newly freed slaves for denying France the further benefit of owning them. It would be the first time in history that reparations would be imposed by a defeated nation on the nation that had defeated it."

"American economic sanctions against Haiti would not end until the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863, nearly sixty years after the founding of the free Haitian republic."

"In 1825, twenty-two years after L'Ouverture's death, the Haitian army was no longer the feared fighting force it had once been. France, threatening to reenslave Haitians, imposed an ordinance requiring from Haiti a payment of 150 million francs and a 50 percent tariff reduction for all French ships docking in Haiti.* To meet the first payment of 30 million francs under the terms of the ordinance, the government of Haiti was constrained to borrow the full amount from a private French bank, MM Ch Ternaux Grandolphe it Cie."

"After extended negotiations, in 1838, under the Traite' d'Amitie' (Treaty of Friendship), the original obligation of 150 million francs was reduced to 90 million francs, with the government of Haiti required to make thirty annual payments of 2 million francs in order to pay off the 60 million franc balance. Haiti had to make these payments in addition to payments it had been making to a succession of private banks from which it had to borrow at onerous interest rates in order to meet the terms of its original obligation to France."

"And forcing slaves who had won their freedom to compensate their former masters for their lost property was recognized, even in the 19th century, as a violation of human rights and international laws. By the time of the 1825 Ordinance, the international slave trade had been abolished and the reintroduction of slavery into free territories forbidden by the Second Treaty of Paris and the Congress of Vienna - both of which France had signed in 1815. Human Rights Advocates

*From a statement by Human Rights Advocates, an American organization that supports efforts to win restitution from France for the Haitian people: "Compare the (French-) imposed cost of Haiti's independence - 150,000,000 francs - to the price paid by the United States to France for the Louisiana purchase - 80,000,000 francs for an area of land seventy-four times that of Haiti and one can only begin to sense the enormity of the reparations burden and the extortionate terms imposed."

"As late as 1915, 111 years after the successful slave revolt, some 80 percent of the Haitian government's resources were being paid out in debt service to French and American banks on loans that had been made to enable Haiti to pay reparations to France."

"In 1922, seven years into a nineteen-year American military occupation of Haiti that resulted in 15,000 Haitian deaths, the United States imposed a $16 million loan on the Haitian government to pay off its "debt" to France."

"The American loan was finally paid off in 1947. Haiti was left virtually bankrupt, its workforce in desperate straits."

"The Haitian economy has never recovered from the financial havoc France (and America) wreaked upon it, during and after slavery."

Agony, page 57;

"On April 7, 2003, The Bicentennial of Toussaint L'Overture's death, President Aristide announced the findings of a restitution commission formed by his government. The commission determined that France owed Haiti $21 billion, the value in current dollars of the money France extorted from Haiti following its successful slave rebellion. On October 12, 2003, the president convened a four-day international conference of experts at Haiti's National Palace to further discuss Haiti's restitution claim against France for repayment of the debt. Among the participants were French historian, human rights commissioner, and author of The Crime of Napoleon, Claube Ribbe, and Tulane law school professor Gunther Handl, a respected authority on international law."

Indeed, much of Haiti's current problems are directly attributable to the exploitation and repression during France's colonial rule, as well as the brutal, far-reaching measures imposed on Haiti by the major powers in response to Haiti's declaration of independence... Arguments supporting France's right to have drained Haiti's treasury were not persuasive 200 years ago, and they are not persuasive now. As legal scholars and litigants, we are willing to work with Haiti to seek redress from France, and this deserves broad-based international support."

Professor Charles Ogletree
Harvard Law School

"France was not the only Western society that would capitalize an industrial economy with proceeds amassed from slave labor. The United States, Spain, Holland, Denmark, and Great Britain would do much the same."

"The personal and public wealth of Britain created by slave labour was a crucial element in the accumulation of capital that made the industrial revolution possible, and the surviving profits have remained a bold element with specific families and within British society generally, cascading down from generation to generation, in John Major's felicitous phrase. In this context, the demand for reparations is a serious position, similar to the claim put forward by the nations of Holocaust survivors for the return of property stolen by the Nazis. Black people whose forebears were slaves, victims of that other Holocaust [Maafa], are simply asking for the stolen fruits of their ancestors' labour power to be given back to their rightful heirs."

Richard Gott
January 17, 2007

"If Britain owes reparations to the descendants of the enslaved Africans whose uncompensated labor, in large part, financed Britain's industrial revolution, France owes Haiti a great deal more than the $21 billion Haiti applied for in late 2003."

"Over a century and a half, France not only appropriated the worth of Haiti's enslaved population's toil but also forced Haiti to pay reparations to France following the Haitian revolution. France's real debt to Haiti thus amounts to the $21 billion France exacted, in addition to the assessed value of the labor of the Africans France enslaved in Haiti from the mid-seventh century to the end of the slave revolt in 1804."

"One month after the conference, in December 2003, French foreign minister Dominique de Villepin sent his sister to Port-au-Prince to tell Jean-Bertrand Aristide, the democratically elected president, that it was time for him to step down."

From "Quitting America", Randall writes, page 200;

"I'll try to make this as painless as possible, but Americans really must learn that one needs to know, at least, a little of what went on in the past to have any chance at all of understanding the present. Between Toussaint's heroic rebellion of 1791 and Aristide's stunning election in 1991 (with 67 percent of the vote to the U.S.-supported candidate, Marc Bazin's, 14 percent), the United States has done documentably some quite awful things to the people of Haiti:"
Now you know that the aid being given to Haiti is no more than reimbursement. Aid tends to make money for U.S. companies because goods and services are paid by taxpayers' money to these companies providing the goods and services.

Now we know.

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