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21 Safar,1436/December 14, 2014 Issue # 50, Newsletter # 1580
Hadith of the Week
And he said, "Allah the Most High says, 'I am with my slave
when he thinks of Me and I am with him when he mentions Me.
For if he mentions Me to himself, I mention him to Myself;
and if he mentions Me in a gathering, I mention him in
superior gathering. If he approaches Me by a hand's width, I
approach him by an arm's length, I approach him by two arms
length. And if he comes to me walking, I hasten to him
chapter 8, hadith 171]
Kashmiris worst victims of HR abuses: Aasiya
Srinagar, Dec 10: Dukhtaran-e-Millat chairperson Aasiya
Andrabi hasexpressed deep concern over 'the human rights
violations of oppressed and
suppressed nations' throughout the world by strong and
powerful regimes aswell as organizations including NGOs,
etc."It is irony that this day is celebrated and different
programs are organized by oppressors and values
and merits of human rights are discussed in highest tones by
these rights abusers," Aasiyeh said in a statement today,
adding that "Kashmirs are the worst victims of these
violations at the hands of armed forces, local
police and agencies from last 68 years."
Published in Greater Kashmir on December 11, 2014.
Islamabad, Dec 11: Pakistan today said India has no "choice"
implementing the UN resolutions on the Kashmir issue and
demanded an "impartial plebiscite"."In any case, the UN
Security Council resolutions on
Jammu and Kashmir were accepted by India as well. They are
relevant and applicable. Hence it is not a matter of
choice," said Foreign Office
spokeswoman Tasnim Aslam. "Pakistan firmly believes that the
final disposition of the Jammu and Kashmir issue should be
in accordance with the will of the Kashmiri people, to be
determined through a free and impartial plebiscite under the
UN auspices, as enshrined in relevant Security Council
Resolutions," she said. Aslam said Kashmir issue remains on
the agenda of the UN Security Council and the UN observers
are present on the Line of
Control and in the two countries."This unresolved issue
remains the root cause of tension between Pakistan and
India, and it's just resolution is of
paramount importance for ensuring peace, stability and
development in the region," she said.The spokeswoman said
there were various measures and steps through which this
dispute is highlighted and "we remain engaged with the UN
both in New York and in Geneva. "She also mentioned the
speech of Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif during the UN
General Assembly annual
meeting and termed it a manifestation of highlighting the
Kashmir issue at the UN forum. She said Pakistan welcomes
the statement by UN Secretary
General Ban Ki-moon, offering his good offices, to assist in
resolving the long outstanding issue of Kashmir, if
requested by both India and Pakistan.
Published in Greater Kashmir dated December 12, 2014.
From a Reader
Will Muslims Wake up or Die not knowing what Hit them?
Mohtram Kaukab Bhai, Salaam
It appears from your exhaustive coverage of anti- Islam
policies at global level that America and China stand at the
same level whereas Israel and India are its black shadow and
the secular countries are their camp followers.
Can Muslims form a united front against this devastating
situation? Can some Muslim journalists and statesmen see the
dignitaries of the Muslim world and convince them to form a
united front against this growing global evil. What do you
think about this move?
Simultaneously a delegation should contact the Islamic
forces, the so-called Jihadists to mend their way that they
shouldn't talk of Sharia before establishing a proper
Islamic System in their occupied lands, failing which they
are providing a ridiculous situation before the world. I am
at a loss how to check the situation where horse is being
put behind the cart.
How to correct this anomalous situation? Kindly think over
Long Island, New York
Jamaat al-Muslimeen activity.
6 page Document given to 67 Muslims after Juma'
After Juma' salat in Newark, Delaware. the following 6 pages
were given to 67 Muslims, mostly Arab Americans and
Imam Badi Ali's thoughts on anti-Semitism, the liberation
of Palestine and importance of al-Aqsa.
Jamaat al-Muslimeen statement in support of Ferguson
Br. Kaukab's khutba on Why Muslims fight each other
and how to face attacks on Islam in America.
How the people of Egypt were fooled by General Sissi.
Kobane battle, bombing of Raqqa by Assad, bombing of
Tirah valley by Pakistani jet air craft.
Top Choices for 2014
New Trend's Top Islamic Choices for the year 2014
These choices do not indicate that we fully or partially
agree with them. The choices are based on New Trend's study
of their impact on their audiences and communities.
Top People of the Year:
The children of Gaza for their endurance of brutal Israeli
attacks which "beheaded" entire housing blocks. The children
showed unequalled resilience after countless bombing and
shelling assaults by the Jewish entity and kept going back
to their schools and their "childish" games. They even
played on the rubble of their homes. The loyalty of these
children to Palestine, Gaza and Allah Almighty indicates
that the Zionists will not be able to defeat the future
generations of Gaza, inshaAllah.
The peaceful demonstrators in Egypt of the Muslim
Brotherhood [Ikhwan] and others who supported the rightful
President Dr. Muhammad Morsi who was removed by a military
coup led by General Sissi and backed with billions of
dollars by Saudi Arabia, UAE and USA. More than 1500
peaceful demonstrators were slaughtered by the Pharaoh's
army, more than 25000 injured and 20,000 arrested. These
protestors showed the highest moral courage and faith in
Allah unequalled in modern times, as day after day they went
forth to face "security forces" bent on killing them.
The people of Syria who have endured the horrific
brutalities inflicted on them by the tyrant Bashar Assad and
his sectarian forces. Almost 200,000 people have been killed
by the air, artillery and tank assaults and the death squads
of the tyrant Bashar. The surviving people in their millions
have chosen to give up all they had and become refugees in
Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan rather than live under the mass
Top Islamic leaders of the year
President Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey.
Erdogan is slowly by steadily releasing Turkey from the
slavery of secularism and military rule. He has made
important, though only symbolic moves, against Israel. If he
succeeds, Turkey may once again become the sword arm of
Islam as it was under the Ottoman caliphate.
Caliph Abu Bakr al-Qureshi al-Hussaini al-Baghdadi.
He has been the target of the biggest campaign of abuse from
the western powers and their allies. To check the rebuttal
of all the abuse, point by point, here is a YouTube video:
Ameer Sirajul Haq of Jamaate Islami Pakistan.
Jamaate Islami's new leader is working for peace within
Pakistan and is getting the Nawaz Sharif regime and the
supporters of Imran Khan to talk to each other. He is
mobilizing the people for their basic rights and striving to
help the million or so people ejected by the army from North
Top Islamic women leaders.
Aisha Syed, Jamaate Islami Member of the National Assembly
of Pakistan, educator, organizer, pioneer of women's
Asya Andarabi, organizer of Dukhtarane Millat, Kashmiri
woman leader who teaches rights and education of women and
uprising against India. She has spent more than a year in
Palestinian women, like this grieving mother, are all
leaders of the resistance. They inspire their children to
live for a free Palestine.
Top Islamic activist in America- Al-Hajj Mauri Salakhan
for his endless efforts to work for the rights of Islamic
political prisoners all the way from Imam Jamil and the
Blind Shaykh [Dr. Abdel Rahman] to Dr. Aafia Siddiqui
Top Imam in America - Imam Badi Ali, Islamic Center of
the Triad, North Carolina
Top scholar and Da'ee of the Islamic message in America.-
Shamim Siddiqi, Long Island, New York,
Top spiritualist and interfaith communicator in USA.
-Imam Ali Siddiqui, California
Top female mosque leader and humanitarian.- Sis. Ashira
Naim, Baltimore, Maryland.
Top ALS scientist and Iqbal scholar- Dr. Teepu Siddique,
Top activist in Hispanic communities.- Br. Roberto
Solano, Brownsville, Texas.
Top activist against domestic violence & for homeless
women- Sis. Hadayai Majeed, Atlanta
Spotlights and Guidance
Thoughts about the Torture Report and Related Issues.
A righteous person without enemies is a a person who
For a speaker of truth, all that is needed is one truth.
For a seeker of falsehood, thousands of proofs will not be
Under Zionist occupation, every Palestinian is a target,
be it child or adult, man or woman, rich or poor, even those
who work for them or are their agents.
Under occupation, you do not have a choice. You have to
Most evil is done by people on their own people and they
justify their objectives and even claim that they have a
mission of mercy and peace.
The difference between falsehood and truth is that
falsehood uses all means to accomplish its ends, even
torture and humiliation. In Islam, all means cannot be used.
Principles are clear.
Torture is evil and is used by evil..
It is easy to denounce evil but it takes a strong and
faithful human being to confront evil.
Oppression and occupation occurs in the Muslim world not
because of the superpowers but because we don't confront
Lack to response to evil and ignorance of evil by the
ummah, in its results will be equal to evil.
Imam Badi Ali is a Palestinian American who leads a large
congregation in Greensboro, North Carolina
Iran, Iraq, Syria to continue cooperation against IS
The foreign ministers of Iran, Syria and Iraq met in Tehran
on Tuesday, saying that they would carry on working together
to battle radical Sunni Muslim militants, Syrian and Iranian
state media reported.
Iran has thrown its weight behind Syrian President Bashar
al-Assad during Syria's three-year-old civil war and has
also acknowledged sending military advisers to Iraq to help
the Iraqi army in its battle against Islamic State fighters.
However, it is not part of a U.S-led coalition carrying out
airstrikes against the radical Sunni Muslim militants who
control swathes of Syria and Iraq, and has cast doubt on
Washington's reasons for launching the attacks.
The Iraqi and Syrian foreign ministers attended a conference
in Tehran on violence and extremism, local media reported,
taking advantage of the occasion to hold rare, three-way
talks with their Iranian counterpart, Mohammad Javad Zarif.
"At the end of the meeting ... it was confirmed that
communication and coordination would continue, especially in
fighting Da'esh and Nusra and other terrorist
organizations," Syrian state TV said, referring directly to
the Islamic State and Syria's al Qaeda offshoot.
"Iran has always stood by the Syrian and Iraqi people from
the beginning to fight this threat. Our support will always
continue," Zarif was quoted as saying.
US Funding Ongoing Pakistani Military Operations
US acknowledges N. Waziristan operation has disrupted
The United States affirmed on Wednesday Pakistan's claim
that the military operation in North Waziristan had
disrupted militants. At the 23rd meeting of the US-Pakistan
Defence Consultative Group, the two countries also stressed
the need for creating a mechanism for reimbursing Pakistan
after the expiry of the Coalition Support Fund. The fund
expired this year.
"Both delegations affirmed the significance of the Pakistan
military's ongoing North Waziristan operation, which the US
side affirmed has disrupted militants," said a joint
statement issued after the meeting.
The two sides also agreed to "continue providing Pakistan's
counter-terrorism and counter-insurgency requirements which
will inform the provision of security assistance".
The United States and Pakistan also "discussed the
importance of a mechanism to reimburse Pakistan for
operational expenses after Coalition Support Funds expire at
the end of fiscal year 2015," the statement said.
The DCG, which is a joint working group under the Strategic
Dialogue framework, was held in Washington on Dec 9 and 10.
Defence Secretary Lt Gen (Retired) Alam Khattak led the
Pakistani delegation at the talks while Christine E.
Wormuth, Under Secretary of Defence for Policy, led the US
The DCG is the primary forum for exchanging views and
coordinating defence policy for promoting security interests
of the two allied nations.
The DCG last met in November 2013 in Washington.
At the meeting, both sides welcomed the continued positive
trajectory of the US-Pakistan bilateral relationship and
agreed that bilateral cooperation was essential to promoting
regional peace and stability and defeating Al Qaeda and
other terrorist elements in the region. They also reaffirmed
their mutual commitment to a strong defence relationship,
which they stressed should focus on achieving common
During the plenary session, DCG participants shared their
respective assessments of bilateral relationship and
discussed each country's strategic priorities, and agreed on
areas for future defence cooperation.
The Pakistani delegation provided an update on its military
campaign along its border with Afghanistan. The US side
briefed the Pakistani delegation on the security transition
in Afghanistan, including plans for US forces to help train,
advise, and assist Afghan national security forces over the
Both sides expressed appreciation for the efforts by their
respective militaries to improve operational coordination,
and "deep appreciation for the sacrifices of all military
personnel and civilians in the common fight against all
forms of violent extremism".
Both sides reviewed the challenges facing regional security,
and shared their views regarding the importance of regional
peace and stability. Recognising the enduring security
requirements on both sides of the Pakistan-Afghanistan
border, the delegations reaffirmed that the DCG remained an
invaluable forum to discuss strategic defence policy issues
and exchange views on shared security concerns; they
committed to continue working together to implement a
framework for defence cooperation based on areas of
convergence between their interests.
Major Libyan cities are in Islamic hands: Advancing on oil
Islamist fighters clashed with pro-government forces for the
second consecutive day Sunday as they pressed an advance on
a key oil region in eastern Libya, sources on both sides
Separately, at least four Fajr Libya militiamen were killed
and 10 wounded in an air strike by pro-government forces
near the Ras Jedir border crossing with Tunisia, a military
Fajr Libya, an anti-government coalition of Islamist
militias, said its men were advancing on Al-Sidra oil
terminal in Al-Hilal region, which is also home to the Ras
Lanuf and Brega terminals.
A news agency linked to the group quoted Islamist commander
Tareq Shanina as saying his men "advanced toward Al-Sidra"
and were coming under air attack from pro-government forces.
Shanina said Fajr Libya fired anti-aircraft guns in
An official with a unit guarding oil installations said
clashes were underway around Al-Sidra, Libya's largest oil
On Saturday, Fajr Libya launched a three-pronged attack to
seize control of Al-Hilal but pro-government forces backed
by air force jets and helicopters repelled the assault.
The air raids were followed by clashes on the ground that
tapered off in the evening only to resume again Sunday.
There were no immediate reports of casualties from Sunday's
fighting. On Saturday five government soldiers were wounded
and Fajr Libya reporting that two of its fighters had been
The source, who declined to be named, said the raid was
carried out by forces loyal to anti-Islamist ex-general
Khalifa Haftar who is fighting to crush Islamists who
control swathes of Libya.
More than three years after dictator Moamer Kadhafi was
toppled and killed in a NATO-backed revolt, Libya is still
awash with weapons and powerful militias, and has rival
parliaments as well as governments.
Islamists have seized Tripoli and second city Benghazi in
the east, and forces loyal to international recognised Prime
Minister Abdullah al-Thani are fighting to regain control of
On Sunday, seven police stations closed five months ago
during fighting between Islamists and Haftar's forces
reopened in Benghazi, a spokesman for security forces told
First Lieutenant Tareq al-Kharraz said other facilities
would be relocated from areas of Benghazi that are still
under Islamist control to those where pro-government forces
Aleppo, Kobane, Idlib, Raqqa, Deir el-Zor
A Syrian regime [Assad] armored column is advancing to
Aleppo, trying to cut off a supply route which keeps a large
population alive who might flee if the Alawites break
through. Hizbullah is leading the way.
In Kobane [on the Turkish border] Islamic State [IS] forces
are holding on to half the city in spite of seriously
damaging air attacks by US bombers.The Kurdish defenders are
in bad shape too because IS is constantly trying to take the
In Idlib province, al-Nusra Front and other Islamic groups
have captured four Syria regime check points and are
advancing towards Idlib city.
Owing to strict Islamic law in Raqqa province, a man and a
woman were whipped in public after being caught for
fornication. There is also a report that a homosexual has
Assad's major air base near Deir al-Zor is in shambles after
Islamic State [IS] launched a major attack.
Deir al-Zor and Raqqa are the biggest provinces of Syria and
are both in IS control. Raqqa has suffered heavily from
Syrian regime and US air craft bombing.
Stalemate after US and Shi'ite regime air activity.
Approaching Dohuk. British & More US troops.
Heavy US bombing from the air has stopped the Islamic
advance on Baghdad.
However, one third of Iraq remains under Islamic State [IS]
The twenty mile road to Beiji oil fields is under Shi'ite
regime control now but the road going south for 20 miles is
under IS control. The road to Beiji is dangerous owing to IS
Kurds are fleeing to Dohuk as IS fighters advance to the
In the latest fighting, an Iraqi regime helicopter was shot
down, the regime says, and both pilots killed.
USA has announced that another 1000 US troops will be going
there in addition to the earlier 3100.
Britain has also announced that "several hundred" British
troops will be going to Iraq after January 1.
Australian, Canadian and Iranian aircraft are also bombing
IS positions in Iraq.
Flurry of Taliban attacks after US announced 11,000 troops
will stay after January 1.
In Helmand province, 11 Kabul regime troops
were killed by Taliban fighters while they were clearing
mines laid by Taliban to stop movement of Kabul tanks.
In Kabul, a bomb attack killed 6 regime troops and wounded
The head of the supreme court secretariat in Kabul was
killed in a hit and run gun attack.
In Bagram district, near Kabuk, two US troops
were killed in a Taliban bomb attack.
In Kabul, a martyrdom operator killed 5 regime
troops and wounded 12.
Also in Kabul, the Taliban attacked a French cultural show
against the Taliban while the show was going on, killing a
number of actors including a German. The French president
has condemned it as an attack on culture.
Hundreds at funeral for woman burned alive.
About 400 mourners packed a chapel in Mississippi on
Saturday to say goodbye to a 19-year-old woman who was
burned alive. Among them classmates who used permanent
markers to write heartfelt messages on her white metal
"Fly high, Jessica," said some, a reference to the former
cheerleader's aerial acrobatics, according to the Rev. Eric
Greggs, one of three speakers at the 45-minute service.
Chambers graduated from South Panola High last year and
worked in sales at a Batesville clothing and gift shop.
Alabama author Linda Oliver said Chambers had recently asked
her to help write a book about her life. Oliver, of
Birmingham, said Chambers approached her while she was
packing up after a speech about her own book at an Oct. 25
church conference in the Batesville area.
"She thanked me for sharing some of the horrible facts of my
own story" and then asked for help with hers, Oliver said.
"She said, 'I want my story to be told.'"
Contacted later by email, Oliver was asked by an Associated
Press reporter if she spoke with Chambers long enough to
learn her story. "No, sadly - there was not enough time that
day for a long visit," Oliver replied.
The Rev. Larry Kilgore of Crowder Baptist Church, about 15
miles from the funeral home where Chambers' funeral was
held, said she talked with him about personal problems, but
had a relationship with Christ.
"Jessica was a young lady who just loved to be loved," he
He didn't talk about Chambers' problems: "I will not expose
her in death," he said. Greggs preaches at Community Church
of God in Charleston, about 25 miles from Wells Funeral Home
in Batesville, which live-streamed the service. He said a
church member called last Sunday, the day Chambers' body was
found, to tell him about her death. "I was struck with a
heavy heart," he said. "I got off the phone and told my
wife, 'I don't even feel like preaching anymore.'"
But, he said, resurrection is the "good ending to the
"We will see you on the other side. Hallelujah."
The chapel where Chambers' funeral took place seats about
400 and was full, said owner Tommy Wells. Police are
reconstructing the last few hours of Chambers' life and are
asking the public to come forward with information. So far,
they have few solid leads, in spite of $11,000 offered in
She was still alive when a passing motorist saw her lying
near her burning Kia Rio sedan about 8:15 p.m. Dec. 7, and
she spoke to rescue workers, District Attorney John Champion
"We're not releasing what she said, but we're acting on it,"
The horrific Torture Report Hides more than it reveals.
Mark Udall, who lost his seat in Colorado last month, said
the still-classified portions of the Senate report on CIA
torture, represented a 'smoking gun'
A recently defeated senator described portions of a
still-classified CIA overview of torture on the Senate floor
as a "smoking gun", accusing the CIA and the White House of
lying about brutal CIA interrogations and continuing to
cover them up.
A day after the Senate intelligence committee released 500
pages of its voluminous 6,700-page inquiry into CIA torture,
Senator Mark Udall called upon Barack Obama "to purge his
administration of high-level officials" complicit in the
Bush-era torture program.
That purge, he said, should include the CIA director, John
Brennan, a confidant of Obama whom Udall said the president
had declined to rein in during a long clash with the Senate
intelligence committee. Udall first called on Brennan to
resign in August, after Brennan conceded that agency
officials had inappropriately accessed emails and work
product of Senate torture investigators on a shared network.
With a tone at points mournful and angry, Udall, who lost
his re-election last month, said "the CIA has lied to its
overseers and the public", and blasted the White House for
not holding anyone "to account".
"Director Brennan and the CIA today are continuing to
willfully provide inaccurate information and misrepresent
the efficacy of torture. In other words, the CIA is lying,"
Udall said in what may be his final major Washington
address. Udall did not follow through on his post-election
threat to read the entire classified report into the Senate
record, a parliamentary gambit famously used in the 1970s by
Alaska senator Mike Gravel to reveal the Pentagon Papers. He
called on the CIA and the Obama White House to reverse what
he called a record of obstruction over torture and reveal
the report in its entirety.
But Udall did publicly reveal, in outline, a secret and
hotly disputed historical examination of CIA torture by
ex-CIA director Leon Panetta, which has come to be known as
the "Panetta review". The CIA contends that the review was
little more than an index and "short summaries" of documents
and other records the agency provided its Senate overseers,
as Panetta's former chief of staff, Jeremy Bash, told the
New York Times. But like outgoing committee chairwoman
Dianne Feinstein, Udall considered the Review to
substantively support panel Democrats' assessment that CIA
torture was more brutal and less effective than the agency
"In my view, the Panetta review is a smoking gun," Udall
said, saying it "directly refutes" information in the CIA's
formal response to the Senate torture report and is
"refreshingly free of excuses, qualifications, or caveats".
Contradicting a central point of the CIA's response,
according to Udall, the Panetta Review unequivocally said
the CIA misrepresented the efficacy of torture to the Bush
administration, Congress and the public.
Back in March, Feinstein said on the Senate floor, the CIA,
perhaps accidentally, provided the Panetta review in 2010 to
the committee. It played a major role in the acrimony
between the committee and Langley.
Once Senate investigators noticed about 1,000 documents
mysteriously disappearing from the firewalled network it
shared with the CIA, they took portions of a printed copy of
the Panetta review back to the Senate, prompting allegations
- later scotched by the CIA inspector general - that the
Senate inappropriately accessed classified CIA information.
But the discrepancy between the Panetta review's apparent
criticism of torture and a response offered by the CIA in
2013, and released Tuesday, prompted the committee to fear
the CIA, Udall said, "knowingly provided inaccurate
information to the committee in the present day, which is a
serious offense and a deeply troubling matter for the
committee, the Congress, the White House and our country".
"The Panetta review corroborates many of the significant
findings of the committee's study. Moreover, the Panetta
review frankly acknowledges significant problems and errors
made in the CIA's detention and interrogation program,"
"The CIA continued not only to defend the program and deny
any wrongdoing, but also to deny its own conclusions to the
contrary in the Panetta review." Sections of the review,
Udall said, remain in the committee's hands, but not the
whole document, which he called on the CIA to turn over.
The CIA declined to respond to Udall directly and referred
instead to the 2013-era response to the committee.
Expressing disappointment in Obama and the current White
House chief of staff, Denis McDonough, Udall said that White
House complicity in obscuring the CIA's torture record
jeopardized Obama's anti-torture stance and undermined
Obama's pledge to run a transparent administration.
"Actions speak louder than words," Udall said.
Thug Kills White Prosecutor and Wife in Texas
by Steven D Follow [From Sis. Hamdiyya, Jamaat al-Muslimeen,
Charlotte, North Carolina] [We urge readers to be patient
to the end of this article. It might help in the current
situation in America,]
This is the tale of a fiend, a true murdering devil. Not
only did he ruthlessly kill Michael "Mike" McClelland, 63,
the the Prosecutor of Kaufmann County and his wife Cynthia,
65, but also the assistant prosecutor, Mark Hasse. Hasse was
ruthlessly gunned in the street in January, 2013, while
walking home. The McClellands were callously shot down like
dogs in their home in March of the same year.
All three, were viciously butchered by a large, ugly brute
who calls himself Eric Williams. It goes without saying he
was a felon who had a prior record of burglary and theft.
Yet somehow he had amassed a veritable arsenal of weapons as
prosecutors during the penalty phase of his trial revealed:
On Tuesday afternoon, prosecutors assembled the arsenal of
weapons found in Williams' storage unit in the courtroom.
The guns were displayed on three wooden racks in the middle
of the courtroom, 42 handguns in the middle and 22 long guns
flanking each side.
In front of the racks were boxes of ammunition — thousands
of rounds were recovered — and a crossbow. Bullets were
loose in bags, as well as still packaged in boxes.
By the way, this is the face of the killer of these three
upstanding citizens, a true animal (if I may say so) with no
sense of morality and little if any respect for human
Yeah, he's a white guy.
Still, he got a trial. He wasn't shot by the police when
they went to arrest him. Sure he didn't steal "cigars"
(allegedly) or sell loose cigarettes in public. Williams
wasn't caught carrying a toy air rifle around Walmart (John
Crawford) or playing with a BB gun in a park (Tamir Rice) or
dressing up like his favorite Anime character (Darrien
He only stole county equipment and hoarded enough guns to
arm a small militia. Unlike the young men and boys listed
above, no one had to gin up evidence of his wicked
character, or post facto justifications for why he should be
killed by officers of the state. I'll bet I'm the first
person to label him a "thug" or a "brute" or an "animal."
That's because the use of those terms have been reserved for
young African American males of late. These terms, such as
thug, are acceptable code words for a certain racial slur
that starts with the letter N. They are used to reinforce
racial stereotypes among whites regarding African Americans
- that they are criminals, a brutish, dangerous, amoral,
drug infested people who represent a threat to civil
So while Eric Williams is one sick, evil SOB, he does have
the color of his skin going for him. You won't hear of any
Fox News host or right wing radio jocks calling him a thug.
They probably won't mention him at all, and if they do,
there won't be any discussion of white on white crime. They
sure as hell won't touch the subject of his gun collection,
which is every white American's God given right under the
White people with strong political agenda can walk around
the street and in stores carrying their semiautomatic "long
guns" and nothing happens to them. A drunken, angry white
man stand outs in the street pointing a loaded rifle at
passersby, and law enforcement treats him with respect and
spend as much time as they need to "de-escalate the
situation." Black boys play in an empty park with a fake
gun, or carry a fake samurai sword and get shot shortly
after police arrive on the scene.
And let's not forget the masses of white men who took their
guns to Cliven Bundy's Ranch in Nevada to protect the rights
of a common criminal. They threatened and intimidated local
law enforcement, Federal officials and the people of Clark
County, but not one of Bundy's numerous supporters who
endangered the lives of everyone withing the range of their
high powered rifles was arrested or charged with a crime,
much less fired upon by law enforcement - with the possible
exception for Jerad and Amanda Miller who were kicked out of
the Bundy compound and then went on a shooting spree in Las
Vegas, killing two police officers and an armed civilian at
a local Walmart before killing themselves.
So, my friends, who are the real thugs? The armed white
people who shoot to kill, such as Mr. Eric Williams, or the
unarmed black men and boys killed by police and left to die?
Michael Brown, Eric Garner, John Crawford, Darrien Hunt,
Tamir Rice and so many more have been labeled "thugs," their
reputations smeared in the National news media. In the case
of 12 year-old Tamir Rice, his parents' past history and
their alleged bad parenting were blamed for his death by
cop. Protestors in Ferguson and elsewhere these past few
months have been described as looters, rioters, criminals,
et cetera, who deserved the massive militarized police
response to what were primarily peaceful protests.
Words matter. They define how we interpret events, and how
we judge the character and actions of individuals. They
reinforce existing bias, prejudice and stereotypes. They
justify violence against innocent people when those people
are labeled with words that have negative and sinister
connotations. Native Americans were constantly called
savages in the 19th century. European Jews in the 20th
century were labeled cockroaches and vermin. African
Americans, especially males, in the 21st Century are now
called "thugs." Words that dehumanize their subjects. Words
that lead to fear and loathing. Words that make it easier to
kill and/or tolerate, and in some quarters of our society
celebrate, the deaths of those so named.
Words like "Thug."
Silver Spring, MD
The Best Discussion yet about Police Brutality.
What can Obama do about Eric Garner?
Political scientist Dr Wilmer Leon explains
Was the Story of the Boston Marathon Bombing a Fake. False
Bombings Questioned in Art Exhibit
[sis. Karin Friedemann]
An installation of political art was put on display this
week at the Black Indian Inn, an art gallery in the
Dorchester neighborhood of Boston. The December 9, 2014
opening of the exhibit coincided with an event organized by
the Boston Chapter of The Jericho Movement, 'Artistic
Hospitality in the Hood,' which presented a film about Abu
Mumia Jamal and discussed the silencing of all prisoners,
especially our political prisoners. "From Ferguson to Boston
- Its' Time to Resist !"
The exhibit consists of 13 panels questioning the official
story about the Boston Marathon bombing that took place in
April 2013. These panels, designed by Amber Bishop and Elena
Teyer, were held by protesters in front of Boston's federal
courthouse on October 20, 2014. Elena Teyer, mother in law
of Ibrahim Todashev, who was murdered by a Boston FBI agent
in his Florida home in May 2013 while writing a forced
confession implicating himself and Tamerlan Tsarnaev in a
triple homicide, was present at the demonstration. One of
the panels on display shows photographs from Todashev's
The most immediately noticeable panel of the display shows
the accused Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's face coming out of the
darkness and the words, "I'm not asking for mercy, I'm
asking for justice." The word JUSTICE really sticks out.
Many of the panels discuss the logistics of what happened
when the first and second bombs went off. One poster shows
photographic evidence that "Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was not even
standing at the site of the 2nd bomb. He was next door at
Atlantic Fish Restaurant."
Crowning the display is a collection of photos of young men
who are currently being held in solitary confinement,
basically because they knew the Tsarnaevs.
One section of the display concentrates on the "bomb squad
practice" that was going on at the same time as the actual
bombs, and official media assurances that these explosions
were only a "training exercise." Bomb sniffing dogs at the
finish line, snipers on the roof wearing protective gear, a
tweet from the Boston Globe: "Officials: There will be a
controlled explosion opposite the library within one minute
as part of bomb squad activities."
Three panels focus on the issue of "the backpack."
Photographic evidence clearly demonstrates that Dzhokhar
Tsarnaev did not have any kind of pressure cooker or
anything heavy in his light colored backpack. The exploded
backpack shown in the media bears close resemblance to that
worn by men who are believed to be Craft International
employees, who were photographed standing around with heavy
black backpacks near the time of the blasts.
One panel discusses the conflicting accounts of what
happened that night when the brothers were on the run. Early
media reports said they had robbed a 7-11. Surveillance
photos show they just bought snacks. Similar discrepancies
exist regarding the story about the shooting of MIT police
officer Sean Collier. Early police reports stated they were
looking for a dark skinned male. Tsarnaev was first accused
of this cop killing a few weeks later at his grand jury
One poster shows multiple images of the unconstitutional
behavior of police raiding homes in Watertown,
The point of the display is to awaken the part of the mind
that questions details about a crime scene and allows a
"shadow of a doubt" to penetrate the consciousness.
"Meet Jahar..." reads a statement on the most prominent
poster of the exhibit. It shows the boy's downcast face as
he was captured in the boat after being shot multiple times
by police despite being unarmed. Police had even thrown
grenades, causing smoke that was then said to be him
One thing that is clear is that his face in this most
terrifying of circumstances for a 19 year old - even if he
was guilty of blowing stuff up - looks alarmingly handsome,
calm, resolved, and in submission to the Reality he now
It is rumored that he is ready to accept death penalty
before he will plead guilty for a crime he did not commit.
He is placing his fate in the hands of Allah.
Nearby, we see the innocent boy on a happier day with a
carnation in his lapel. The public has never before been
exposed to the image of him with a flower! We learn that
this "terrorist" sounds like the kid we wish we could say
was our son.
"Immigrated to America at age 8. Was granted refugee asylum
and became an naturalized American citizen.
"He got straight A's after his first year of school, became
the captain of his wrestling team, and learned to speak
English so well, most people thought he was born here. He
entered and attended UMass on scholarships.
"After school he volunteered with the "Best Buddies"
program, to help kids with Down's Syndrome. He worked as a
lifeguard because in his words, 'Helping people brings me
joy.' He openly advocated for civil liberties and human
rights. No history of violence. No prior convictions."
The most terrifying aspect of this young man's situation is
that despite an endless stream of media content vilifying
him and his Islamic religion, we the public have never been
allowed to hear him say more than "Not Guilty," which he
said seven times at his arraignment. Not even his sisters
are allowed to sit with him without an FBI officer present
in the room. The defense is gagged - prevented from saying
publicly that their client is innocent!
Got reasonable doubt?
Chaos and political instability greatest threat to country.
Sirajul Haq's Comments on Dialogue, Polio renewal and Quaide
Azam and Islam.
LAHORE, Dec. 14: Ameer, Jamaat e Islami, Pakistan, Sirajul
Haq, has said that internal chaos and political instability
were greater threats to the country than the foreign
enemies. He was addressing the Ulema, madrissa students and
notables attending an all Pakistan declamation contest
organized by the Majlis e Sautul Islam, Peshawar, on Sunday.
Sirajul Haq said there was no other way out of the present
political crisis except dialogue and the political parties
should try to push the things forward with tolerance and
cool mind and ensure the success of the Government-PTI
talks. He said the political differences could be overcome
only through political means and dialogue. If the political
parties went on fighting with one another and did not adopt
the path of reconciliation, the third force could step in as
would bring great harm to the entire country.
He said that the break-up of Pakistan in 1971 was the
biggest event of terrorism, and the national leadership must
stand united to forestall the repetition of the tragedy. He
also urged the religious parties and leaders not to allow
their sectarian and factional differences obstruct the
establishment of an Islamic, welfare Pakistan.
The JI chief said the US had done great damage to the
anti-polio campaign in Pakistan which used its agents like
Dr Shakil Afridi to advance its war plans for tracing Osama
bin Laden. . He said the Ulema and religious scholars could
play a great role in motivating the masses to get their
children polio drops.
Sirajul Haq refuted the propaganda by the secular elements
that the Quaid e Azam wanted Pakistan to be a secular state,
and pointed out the Quaid e Azam had on more than one
hundred occasions, clearly stated that the Pakistan would be
an Islamic state and the Quran and the Sunnah would be its
constitution. He said the JI was determined to build the
country an Islamic welfare state in accordance with the
Quaid's vision which would be free from exploitation and
inequality. He was confident that the masses in the country
would inflict a deadly blow to the present system based on
exploitation and tyranny.
Christians Prepped for Wars on ISIS, Part 1
By Charles E. Carlson
NT urges Pakistani readers not to laugh.
This is a critique of a missionary who claims to have set up
300 churches in Pakistan and is collecting funds. Charles
Carlson is a trustworthy friend of New Trend who also wrote
against the fabricated story of slavery in Sudan.
[Chuck Carlson gives further insights on this article in our
podcast: Missionary Preps Mainline Christians for War on
Christians in mainline churches are now being targeted by
guest speakers from several outside sources that have the
effect of promoting new wars on Islamic states, currently,
the mysterious ISIS. The most self-serving among these
messengers are professing missionaries to Muslim controlled
countries, including Pakistan and the African state of
Sudan. Among those propagandized and targeted for donations
are traditional Lutherans, Methodists, Presbyterians,
Evangelical Covenant, and Churches of Christ congregations.
Israel lobbies, Including AIPAC, are also organizing Rabbis
from local Jewish synagogues to solicit invitations to speak
in local Christian churches to tell Israel's side of its
several attacks on, and occupation of Gaza.
Perhaps, most inexplicable is an effort to bend the mainline
Christian churches toward Israel by a benevolent
organization that provides mainline pastors with costly,
free junkets to Israel, with no strings attached. Almost
every hour of these tours is said to be smoothly controlled
by the Israel Military, which presents its agenda.
For over two decades, Christian Zionist occultists like Pat
Robertson, the late Jerry Falwell and John Hagee's
Christians United For Israel [founded in 2006], have
systematically targeted dispensational teaching churches
with anti-Muslim propaganda in the guise of loving Israel.
The largest is the Southern Baptist Convention. It, plus the
Pentecostal and Assembly of God movements and Independent
mega-churches, have become the Israel-first cult's largest
supporters. All these Zionist friendly churches have in
common the belief that, "the Political State of Israel is
the fulfillment of Old Testament prophesy," which invariably
leads to the support of US wars against Islamic states,
including Iraq, Afghanistan and now the undefined state of
ISIS. Mainline churches, in contrast, believe and teach that
Jesus is the fulfillment of the Old Testament and that God's
plan does not involve politics or real estate. Zionists,
including John Hagee, have been all but locked out of the
doors of the mainline churches on account of this giant
chasm in theology.
Lately, touring Mail-order missionaries have learned to
avoid the phraseology that marks them as dispensational,
such as remarks about a coming rapture, battle of
Armageddon, and end of the world theology. They are
increasingly penetrating mainline churches where they raise
money for themselves, while painting Islam as a vicious
enemy of Christianity. Some traditional churches, spurred by
publicized Muslim brutality by ISIS, and hoping to learn
what is going on in the Middle East, are beginning to accept
both self-promoting Missionaries and Jewish speakers into
churches. Congregations are subjected to exaggerated, war
incitement, and Muslim vilification, in high-powered
fund-raising presentations. Muslims are painted to be brutal
slave owners holding Christians. Unwittingly, mainline
church leaders, by listening to them, are playing into the
hands of American business and military factions that
benefit and prosper from each successive war. Jesus called
his followers to be "peacemakers," to love one's neighbor,
even our enemies.
These principles are being sublimated to self-serving,
hatred of Islam in some church presentations. Using an
alias, "Pastor" Mujhid El Masih speaks on behalf of Voice of
A case in point is Pastor Mujahid El Masih, who says he
lives in Aurora, Colorado and states he is associated with
the $40 million Voice of the Martyrs, and was an invited
guest for two performances at a Colorado, Church of Christ
on Sunday, Nov 23, 2014. He set the tone of mistrust and
hatred of Muslims by announcing he was compelled to appear
under an alias, and did not allow a video recording (only
the audio and his PowerPoint presentation ). He suggested
that he is a man marked by Islam. In his private session,
which the church did not record, but which this writer did,
Masih told a story of spotting an Imam from a mosque in
Colorado, while flying home. He said he feared and prayed
that his plane would not be blown up. The suggestion was,
clearly, that this Muslim congregation leader was, possibly,
a potential suicide bomber.
Masih told his spellbinding story of persecution as a
non-Muslim in Pakistan, 13 1/2 years ago, when he was about
25. He claims to be a naturalized US Citizen, and calls
himself "Pastor." According to his own 2013, Mission Report
on his own Faith Covenant International,  he has started
"almost 300 new churches throughout Pakistan"...and "36
families (averaging 6-7 members each) were freed from
slavery in the brick factories." The report further claims,
presumably during 2013, "12,845, made a decision for Jesus
Christ to be their savior...2397 were baptized...9011
experienced physical healing." Masih's claim of faith
healing is found in his literature, but is clearly a
Pentecostal belief that Masih did not mention at the
Colorado, Church of Christ.
The congregation where Masih appeared is primarily a
mainline, traditional one. Speakers there do not preach
about, or wait for a future "rapture," nor speak of end of
the world prophesy and its beliefs, nor do not teach that
its pastors and elders have power to heal sick people,
though they assert that Jesus and some apostles did. In
broad general theology, traditional churches teach that
Jesus is already here, and that they are required to take
His words seriously and attempt to follow them here and now,
which leads to active missions.
Clearly, Masih's focus was on building his mailing list and
raising money, which he wrapped around his repeated and
bombastic professions of his faith. Pastor Masih claims to
have told his story to some 500 churches, making him a very
busy fellow. He leveled denunciations at Muslims in general,
and he attacked local Denver Muslims specifically. He
preached to the assembly in typical Pentecostal style,
soliciting "Amen" after many of his most controversial
statements. He claimed Jesus personally called him to
service in a "loud voice" with instructions, "just as he did
to Paul in the New Testament." At the sermon end, Masih
solicited a donation and the church helped by taking a
special collection for him. Each one present was faced with
a decision: should he write a check to Pastor Masih, or does
one dare to doubt his story, which is truly miraculous, if
A friend asked me later if it is possible to verify Mujahid
El Masih's story. Masih operates his mission ten thousand
miles away in a place where few have contacts, nor speak the
language. How does one verify that he has 300 churches
operating in Pakistan and 50 in India, or if one gives
$1500.00, as he requested, is there really a family of six
or seven brick-making slaves who will, in fact, be freed?
There is no practical way to know if any such charity as his
exists in Pakistan. Charity watch organizations only report
financial data from federal tax filings, and do not
authenticate on-the-ground mission activities. Charity
Navigator, does not list Masih's Faith Covenant
International, but it does keep track of Voice of Martyrs.
There is but one way to test Masih's mission for
truthfulness, and that is by examining his words. Is he
telling the truth about the little things? Pastor Mujahid El
Masih fails the truth test. Several statements he made about
US Muslims and the Qur'an are provably false, or outrageous
and flagrant exaggerations. Pastor Masih runs to hyperbole,
as do many mail-order missionaries. The more dangerous
Muslims can be made to look, the more exciting their
missions become. Let us look at a few bold statements Masih
made about two verses he claimed to be from the Qur'an that
were displayed on the screen in Arabic, which he translated
to English. The passages he displayed were titled Surah 9:29
and Surah 98:6, both from the Qur'an. Masih spoke,
translating as follows: "the Qur'an promises those who die
in Jihad will be rewarded with 72 virgins for wives in
However, in this author's Arabic and English Qur'an, as well
as, in the searchable, online Noble Qur'an, neither of the
displayed Arabic text say anything about jihad, Paradise or
"72 virgins." Furthermore, a search of the online Qur'an
brings up a few sites that mention "virgins" but none
remotely like the context Mr. Masih quoted as a reward for
killing. It would seem he simply depended on no one present
being able to read Arabic and he told us what he wanted the
Arabic text to read.
Masih's next statement, alleged to be on the screen in
Arabic was: "Murder the Christians and Jews and keep them in
(unintelligible)...Christians and Jews are animals."
But nothing close to this is found in the English version of
either Qur'an texts displayed on the screen. Surah 9: 29:
comes closest, translated to English, reads: "Fight against
believe not in Allah,
nor in the Last Day,
nor forbid that which has been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger
and those who acknowledge not the religion of truth (i.e. Islam)
among the people of the Scripture (Jews and Christians),
until they pay the Jizyah with willing submission,
and feel themselves subdued."
This may not sound like religious freedom to us, but it is a
far cry from ordering Muslims today to "Murder the
Christians and Jews." At best, Pastor Masih grossly
What is Surah 98:6? It is generally about spiritual death,
punishment and rewards from God, (the Arab word for God
being "Allah.") Para (6) reads in English in the searchable
Noble Quran: "Those who disbelieve among the people of the
book and among the polytheists will be in hellfire to dwell
there for aye, for they are the worst of creatures." Para:7
those who have faith and do righteous deeds they are the
best of creature."
Thus, the Qur'an says non-believers will go to hell, much as
many Christians claim. These verses are reminiscent of the
sheep and goats parable in Matthew 25 of our own New
Testament. But it does not say Christians are to be
"murdered" as Pastor Masih claimed.
Masih's written appeal for cash for "slave redemptions" is
all too familiar and has been in the past shown to be a
major fraud in Sudan at the very time when Mujahid El Masih
says he was first associated with Voice of Martyrs 13 1/2
years ago. The story of the slave repatriation was
enormously profitable for certain missions and churches and
was first exposed in our own 1999 edition, Missionaries,
Mercenaries, Missiles and Money.
Masih made several aggressive and dubious statements about
local Muslims in his pre-sermon, closed session with the
Colorado Church of Christ bible study group. Pastor Masih's
website is named For Love Of Muslims, and he repeatedly
proclaims how much he loves Muslims, while interspersing
statements about Islam, which included each of the
*Masih stated that the Parker, Colorado Mosque (the largest
mosque in Denver) "operates a Al-Qaeda cell within".
Since Al-Qaeda is on the official FBI Terrorist organization
list, and Masih says he is a US citizen, he should be
obligated to report it to the FBI, if true. The FBI
maintains a website soliciting tips about terrorism. If the
mosque does not have such a cell, his public statement is
un-Christ-like, and probably slanderous and legally
*Masih asserted decisively that: Mohamed was a "pedophile"
because he "married his 2nd wife when she was six years
old." He suggests modern Muslims are trained to think this
is OK, thus making them a danger to children. Masih simply
states the prophet of a billion Muslims is a sex criminal
based on an ugly and indecent assumption.
*Masih stated that President Obama is a Muslim (has "seven
Muslims on his personal staff, with himself that makes
eight"). This politically charged, and reckless statement
has been a common, never supported, internet rumor for
*Masih stated the Ohio election (did not say which one) used
flip software to steal votes, suggesting President Obama was
elected by fraud. Does Masih have hard and fast proof, or is
this a reckless statement he thought would be politically
popular in a Church of Christ?
*Masih warned those present not to trust "your Muslim
friends, they will cut your throat when they get power." I
ask, what would Jesus say to this?
*Masih stated, the "Qur'an says Jesus will come back to kill
the Jews." He did not say where one can find this statement,
and It turns out not to be in the Qur'an. A search of the
online Quran for "kill Jews" or "kill Christians" or the
like is not found.
"Pastor" Masih's message about his own mission, while
possible, is not believable because his statements about
himself and Islam are laced with many untruths. Masih's
statements about Muslims, whom he claims to love, are
similar to John Hagee's, of Christians United for Israel,
who has been filmed praying for war and calling for a
preemptive bombing of Iran.  The one difference is that
Masih's pitch for money omits any significant mention of
Israel, either positive or negative. Hagee delivers a
similar message but he lauds Israel in every other sentence.
Hagee tailors his message to evangelical, dispensational
Protestant churches that put Israel on the throne next to
Jesus. Hagee accepts "Christian Zionist" as a label. Masih
has tailored his message to mainline churches who are not
particularly partial to Israel from any misapplied
scriptural belief, and probably would not allow Hagee in the
parking lot. If Christ followers would observe Jesus'
admonition to love others as we love ourselves, they would
enjoy more peace of mind and probably would want to make a
Muslim a friend.
Part II will discuss: Jewish Rabbi's speech to Christ
followers and its impact on peace as well as on the captive
people in Gaza.
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