Monday, 26 September 2011

Muslims with a good idea

On the morning of Eid al-Fitr, the biggest festival in the Muslim world, I went to a mosque in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The mosque had taken over the street to accommodate the Eid crowd. Colorful prayer mats covered the asphalt. A thousand people sat down and raised their hands to pray.With rehearsed passion, the Imam pleaded for salvation for ourselves and the community, and prayed that we have the courage to do the right thing in life.
Then came the issue of Palestine.

“God,” implored the Imam, “Help Palestinians free themselves. They have suffered for decades under the yoke of oppression, their dream crushed by enemies awash in arms and money. God, help our brothers achieve a homeland.”

For a moment I thought of Palestine’s U.N. bid for statehood. Then I drifted to my school days, some twenty years ago. Even at that time the faithful would raise their hands to pray for brethren in Palestine.

Nothing has changed, neither the prayer, nor reality.

Those who don’t understand Muslims take such congregations as signs of fanaticism. Why else would people support others half a world away, year in and out, calling them brethren?

Modern Western sensibilities claim that our foremost political passion must be for the nation; political loyalties that transcend the nation are either utopian fluff, or, more likely, fanatic zeal.

In such sensibilities, there are essentially two types of Muslims, as Mahmud Mamdani of Columbia University put it. The Good Muslim is secularized and “rational,” and by and large a defender of imperialist interventions. The Bad Muslim is the nihilist, the militant, a brainwashed pawn who believes only in crazy conspiracies. The Good Muslim is an object of manufactured fascination, an exotic creature now enlightened. The Bad Muslim is the subject of wholesale vitriol.

Where, then, to place those praying hands for Palestine? Fluff or fanaticism? Good or bad?

One reason that Palestine draws many is the concept of a brotherhood that transcends man-made boundaries. For them, it’s normal to pray for others far away

It’s also been driven by the toothless inaction of fissiparous Arab leaders, America’s bizarrely lopsided policy on Palestine, and Israel’s self-congratulatory trumpeting of democracy while denying a people the right to live free.

The combined frustration felt from Dakar to Dhaka is not fanaticism. It’s a reasonable reaction to poisoned politics; it’s solace in the prospect of an uninterrupted global community when faced with barbed-wire borders.

But in the popular binaries of our time — good versus evil, us versus them — this type of reaction has no place. It doesn’t fit the model. You’re supposed to either accept, or react violently.

Consider Tony Blair’s recent reprise of a Bush-era refrain: “The reason why these people are radicalised is not because of something we’re doing to them. They believe in their philosophy.”

Blair’s message is not only ignorant of evidence, but also deeply conservative. If those radical Bad Muslims do crazy things regardless of policy, then there is no benefit to expediting permanent peace. Just maintain the status quo: occupation.

To dent that, pro-occupation hardliners are thumping down the good-bad card. Applying for U.N. membership, they insist, is bad behavior.

U.S. and Israeli diplomats, along with Tony Blair, are trying desperately to push Palestinians back into the mold, to the good-boy negotiation tables that have proven deceptive for decades.

Friday, 16 September 2011

Asia's Great Game

When geography changes -- as when the Suez Canal joined Europe to the Indian Ocean, or when the railroads transformed the American West and the Russian East -- old patterns of contact disappear and new ones take hold, turning strangers into neighbors and transforming backwaters into zones of new strategic significance. Entire groups decline or vanish; others rise in importance.
Over these next few years, Asia's geography will see a fundamental reorientation, bringing China and India together as never before across what was once a vast and neglected frontier stretching over a thousand miles from Kolkata to the Yangtze River basin. And Burma, long seen in Western policy circles as little more than an intractable human rights conundrum, may soon sit astride one of the world's newest and most strategically significant crossroads. Mammoth infrastructure projects are taming a once inhospitable landscape. More importantly, Burma and adjacent areas, which had long acted as a barrier between the two ancient civilizations, are reaching demographic and environmental as well as political watersheds. Ancient barriers are being broken, and the map of Asia is being redone.
For millennia, India and China have been separated by near impenetrable jungle, deadly malaria, and fearsome animals, as well as the Himalayas and the high wastelands of the Tibetan plateau. They have taken shape as entirely distinct civilizations, strikingly dissimilar in race, language, and customs. To reach India from China or vice versa, monks, missionaries, traders, and diplomats had to travel by camel and horse thousands of miles across the oasis towns and deserts of Central Asia and Afghanistan, or by ship over the Bay of Bengal and then through the Strait of Malacca to the South China Sea.  
But as global economic power shifts to the East, the configuration of the East is changing, too. The continent's last great frontier is disappearing, and Asia will soon be woven together as never before.
At the heart of the changes is Burma. Burma is not a small country; it is as big in size as France and Britain combined, but its population of 60 million is tiny compared with the 2.5 billion combined populations of its two massive neighbors. It is the missing link between China and India.
By the mid-1990s the view of Burma in the West became fairly set -- a timeless backwater, brutal and bankrupt, the realm of juntas and drug lords, as well as courageous pro-democracy activists, led by Aung San Suu Kyi. A place worthy of humanitarian attention, but unconnected to the much bigger story of Asia's global rise. China, however, viewed things differently. Where the West saw a problem and offered mainly platitudes and a little aid, China recognized an opportunity and began changing facts on the ground.  
Beginning in the mid-1990s, China began unveiling plans to join its interior to the shores of the Indian Ocean. By the mid-2000s, these plans were being turned into reality. New highways are starting to slice through the highlands of Burma, linking the Chinese hinterland directly to both India and the warm waters of the Bay of Bengal. One highway will lead to a brand-new, multi-billion-dollar port, facilitating the export of manufactured goods from China's western provinces while bringing in Persian Gulf and African oil, oil that will be transported along a new 1,000-mile-long pipeline to refineries in China's hitherto landlocked Yunnan province. Another, parallel pipeline will carry Burma's newfound offshore natural gas to light up the fast-growing cities of Kunming and Chongqing. And more than $20 billion will be invested in a high-speed rail line. Soon, journeys that once took months to make may soon be completed in less than a day. By 2016, Chinese planners have declared, it will be possible to travel by train all the way from Rangoon to Beijing, part of a grand route they say will one day extend to Delhi and from there to Europe.

China's leadership has also written about its "Malacca dilemma." China is heavily dependent on foreign oil, and approximately 80 percent of these oil imports currently pass through the Strait of Malacca, near Singapore, one of the world's busiest shipping lanes and just 1.7 miles across at its narrowest point. For Chinese strategists, the strait is a natural choke point where future enemies could cut off foreign energy supplies. An alternative route needed to be found. Again, access across Burma would be advantageous, lessening dependence on the strait and at the same time dramatically reducing the distance from China's factories to markets in Europe and around the Indian Ocean. That Burma itself is rich in the raw materials needed to power industrial development in China's southwest is an added plus.
Meanwhile, India has its own ambitions. With the "Look East" policy, successive Indian governments since the 1990s have sought to revive and strengthen age-old ties to the Far East, across the sea and overland across Burma, creating new connections over once impassable mountains and jungle barriers. Just north of where China is building its pipeline, along the Burmese coast, India is starting work to revive another seaport with a special road and waterway to link to Assam and India's other isolated and conflict-ridden northeastern states. There is even a proposal toreopen the Stilwell Road, built by the Allies at epic cost during World War II and then abandoned, a road that would tie the easternmost reaches of India with China's Yunnan province. Indian government officials speak of Burma's importance for the security and future development of their country's northeast -- while also keeping a cautious eye on China's dynamic push into and across Burma.
Watching these developments, some have warned of a new Great Game, leading to conflict between the world's largest emerging powers. But others predict instead the making of a new Silk Road, like the one in ancient and medieval times that coupled China to Central Asia and Europe. It's important to remember that this geographic shift comes at a very special moment in Asia's history: a moment of growing peace and prosperity at the conclusion of a century of tremendous violence and armed conflict and centuries more of Western colonial domination. The happier scenario is far from impossible.
The generation now coming of age is the first to grow up in an Asia that is both post-colonial and (with a few small exceptions) postwar. New rivalries may yet fuel 21st-century nationalisms and lead to a new Great Game, but there is great optimism nearly everywhere, at least among the middle classes and the elites that drive policy: a sense that history is on Asia's side and a desire to focus on future wealth, not hark back to the dark times that have only recently been left behind.
And a crossroads through Burma would not be a simple joining up of countries. The parts of China and India that are being drawn together over Burma are among the most far-flung parts of the two giant states, regions of unparalleled ethnic and linguistic diversity where people speak literally hundreds of mutually unintelligible languages, of forgotten kingdoms like Manipur and Dali, and of isolated upland societies that were, until recently, beyond the control of Delhi or Beijing. They are also places where ballooning populations have only now filled out a once very sparsely peopled and densely forested landscape. New countries are finding new neighbors. Whereas the fall of the Berlin Wall reopened contacts that had only temporarily been suspended, the transformations under way are enabling entirely new encounters. There is the possibility of a cosmopolitan nexus at the heart of Asia.
But is a modern-day Silk Road really in the making? Until earlier this year, it was difficult to be optimistic, with Burma at the heart of the transformations and the news from Burma remaining so bad. Ordinary people were as poor as ever, political repression was the order of the day, and the Chinese projects under way seemed to be doing more to fuel corruption and devastate the environment than anything else. Fresh elections were held late last year, but they were widelycondemned as fraudulent.
Over the past several months, however, there have been increasing signs that better days might lie ahead.
This March, the junta was formally dissolved and power handed over to a quasi-civilian government headed by a retired general, U Thein Sein. President Thein Sein quickly began to exceed (admittedly low) expectations, speaking out against graft, stressing the need for political reconciliation, appointing technocrats and businessmen to key positions, inviting exiles to return home, announcing fresh peace talks with rebel groups, and even reaching out to Aung San Suu Kyi, not long before released from house arrest. Poverty reduction strategies have been formulated, taxes lowered, trade liberalized, and a slew of new laws on everything from banking reform to environmental regulation prepared for legislative approval. Parliament, after a shaky start, began to take on a life of its own. Media censorship has been significantly relaxed, and opposition parties and Burma's burgeoning NGO community have been allowed a degree of freedom not seen in half a century.

50 Questions that the 911 Commission Never Answered

September 11 all over again – eight years on. The George W Bush
administration is out. The “global war on terror” is still on, renamed
“overseas contingency operations” by the Barack Obama administration.
Obama’s “new strategy” – a war escalation – is in play in AfPak. Osama bin
Laden may be dead or not. “Al-Qaeda” remains a catch-all ghost entity.
September 11 – the neo-cons’ “new Pearl Harbor” – remains the darkest jigsaw
puzzle of the young 21st century.

It’s useless to expect US corporate media and the ruling elites’ political
operatives to call for a true, in-depth investigation into the attacks on
the US on September 11, 2001. Whitewash has been the norm. But even
establishment highlight Dr Zbig “Grand Chessboard” Brzezinski, a former
national security advisor, has admitted to the US Senate that the post-9/11
“war on terror” is a “mythical historical narrative”.

The following questions, some multi-part – and most totally ignored by the
9/11 Commission – are just the tip of the immense 9/11 iceberg. A hat tip
goes to the indefatigable work of;;
architects and engineers for 9/11 truth; the Italian documentary Zero: an
investigation into 9/11; and Asia Times Online readers’ e-mails.

None of these questions has been convincingly answered – according to the
official narrative. It’s up to US civil society to keep up the pressure.
Eight years after the fact, one fundamental conclusion is imperative. The
official narrative edifice of 9/11 is simply not acceptable.

Fifty questions

1) How come dead or not dead Osama bin Laden has not been formally indicted
by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) as responsible for 9/11? Is it
because the US government – as acknowledged by the FBI itself – has not
produced a single conclusive piece of evidence?

2) How could all the alleged 19 razor-blade box cutter-equipped Muslim
perpetrators have been identified in less than 72 hours – without even a
crime scene investigation?

3) How come none of the 19′s names appeared on the passenger lists released
the same day by both United Airlines and American Airlines?

4) How come eight names on the “original” FBI list happened to be found
alive and living in different countries?

5) Why would pious jihadi Mohammed Atta leave a how-to-fly video manual, a
uniform and his last will inside his bag knowing he was on a suicide

6) Why did Mohammed Atta study flight simulation at Opa Locka, a hub of no
less than six US Navy training bases?

7) How could Mohammed Atta’s passport have been magically found buried among
the Word Trade Center (WTC)’s debris when not a single flight recorder was
[image: 8)] Who is in the possession of the “disappeared” eight
indestructible black boxes on those four flights?

9) Considering multiple international red alerts about a possible terrorist
attack inside the US – including former secretary of state Condoleezza
Rice’s infamous August 6, 2001, memo – how come four hijacked planes
deviating from their computerized flight paths and disappearing from radar
are allowed to fly around US airspace for more than an hour and a half – not
to mention disabling all the elaborate Pentagon’s defense systems in the

10) Why the secretary of the US Air Force James Roche did not try to
intercept both planes hitting the WTC (only seven minutes away from McGuire
Air Force Base in New Jersey) as well as the Pentagon (only 10 minutes away
from McGuire)? Roche had no less than 75 minutes to respond to the plane
hitting the Pentagon.

11) Why did George W Bush continue to recite “My Pet Goat” in his Florida
school and was not instantly absconded by the secret service?

12) How could Bush have seen the first plane crashing on WTC live – as he
admitted? Did he have previous knowledge – or is he psychic?

13) Bush said that he and Andrew Card initially thought the first hit on the
WTC was an accident with a small plane. How is that possible when the FAA as
well as NORAD already knew this was about a hijacked plane?

14) What are the odds of transponders in four different planes be turned off
almost simultaneously, in the same geographical area, very close to the
nation’s seat of power in Washington, and no one scrambles to contact the
Pentagon or the media?

15) Could defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld explain why initial media
reports said that there were no fighter jets available at Andrews Air Force
Base and then change the reports that there were, but not on high alert?

16) Why was the DC Air National Guard in Washington AWOL on 9/11?

17) Why did combat jet fighters of the 305th Air Wing, McGuire Air Force
Base in New Jersey not intercept the second hijacked plane hitting the WTC,
when they could have done it within seven minutes?

18) Why did none of the combat jet fighters of the 459th Aircraft Squadron
at Andrews Air Force Base intercept the plane that hit the Pentagon, only 16
kilometers away? And since we’re at it, why the Pentagon did not release the
full video of the hit?

19) A number of very experienced airline pilots – including US ally Egyptian
President Hosni Mubarak, a former fighter jet pilot – revealed that, well,
only crack pilots could have performed such complex maneuvers on the
hijacked jets, while others insisted they could only have been accomplished
by remote control. Is it remotely believable that the hijackers were up to
the task?

20) How come a substantial number of witnesses did swear seeing and hearing
multiple explosions in both towers of the WTC?

21) How come a substantial number of reputed architects and engineers are
adamant that the official narrative simply does not explain the largest
structural collapse in recorded history (the Twin Towers) as well as the
collapse of WTC building 7, which was not even hit by a jet?

22) According to Frank de Martini, WTC’s construction manager, “We designed
the building to resist the impact of one or more jetliners.” The second
plane nearly missed tower 1; most of the fuel burned in an explosion outside
the tower. Yet this tower collapsed first, long before tower 2 that was
“perforated” by the first hit. Jet fuel burned up fast – and by far did not
reach the 2000-degree heat necessary to hurt the six tubular steel columns
in the center of the tower – designed specifically to keep the towers from
collapsing even if hit by a Boeing 707. A Boeing 707 used to carry more fuel
than the Boeing 757 and Boeing 767 that actually hit the towers.

23) Why did Mayor Rudolph Giuliani instantly authorized the shipment of WTC
rubble to China and India for recycling?

24) Why was metallic debris found no less than 13 kilometers from the crash
site of the plane that went down in Pennsylvania? Was the plane in fact shot
down – under vice president Dick Cheney’s orders?

25) The Pipelineistan question. What did US ambassador Wendy Chamberlain
talk about over the phone on October 10, 2001, with the oil minister of
Pakistan? Was it to tell him that the 1990s-planned Unocal gas pipeline
project, TAP (Turkmenistan/Afghanistan/ Pakistan), abandoned because of
Taliban demands on transit fees, was now back in business? (Two months
later, an agreement to build the pipeline was signed between the leaders of
the three countries).

26) What is former Unocal lobbyist and former Bush pet Afghan Zalmay
Khalilzad up to in Afghanistan?

27) How come former Pakistani foreign minister Niaz Niak said in mid-July
2001 that the US had already decided to strike against Osama bin Laden and
the Taliban by October? The topic was discussed secretly at the July Group
of Eight summit in Genoa, Italy, according to Pakistani diplomats.

28) How come US ambassador to Yemen Barbara Bodine told FBI agent John
O’Neill in July 2001 to stop investigating al-Qaeda’s financial operations –
with O’Neill instantly moved to a security job at the WTC, where he died on

29) Considering the very intimate relationship between the Taliban and
Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), and the ISI and the Central
Intelligence Agency (CIA), is Bin Laden alive, dead or still a valuable
asset of the ISI, the CIA or both?

30) Was Bin Laden admitted at the American hospital in Dubai in the United
Arab Emirates on July 4, 2001, after flying from Quetta, Pakistan, and
staying for treatment until July 11?

31) Did the Bin Laden group build the caves of Tora Bora in close
cooperation with the CIA during the 1980s’ anti-Soviet jihad?

32) How come General Tommy Franks knew for sure that Bin Laden was hiding in
Tora Bora in late November 2001?

33) Why did president Bill Clinton abort a hit on Bin Laden in October 1999?
Why did then-Pakistani president Pervez Musharraf abort a covert ops in the
same date? And why did Musharraf do the same thing again in August 2001?

34) Why did George W Bush dissolve the Bin Laden Task Force nine months
before 9/11?

35) How come the (fake) Bin Laden home video – in which he “confesses” to
being the perpetrator of 9/11 – released by the US on December 13, 2001, was
found only two weeks after it was produced (on November 9); was it really
found in Jalalabad (considering Northern Alliance and US troops had not even
arrived there at the time); by whom; and how come the Pentagon was forced to
release a new translation after the first (botched) one?

36) Why was ISI chief Lieutenant General Mahmud Ahmad abruptly “retired” on
October 8, 2001, the day the US started bombing Afghanistan?

37) What was Ahmad up to in Washington exactly on the week of 9/11 (he
arrived on September 4)? On the morning of 9/11, Ahmad was having breakfast
on Capitol Hill with Bob Graham and Porter Goss, both later part of the 9/11
Commission, which simply refused to investigate two of its members. Ahmad
had breakfast with Richard Armitage of the State Department on September 12
and 13 (when Pakistan negotiated its “cooperation” with the “war on terror”)
and met all the CIA and Pentagon top brass. On September 13, Musharraf
announced he would send Ahmad to Afghanistan to demand to the Taliban the
extradition of Bin Laden.

38) Who inside the ISI transferred US$100,000 to Mohammed Atta in the summer
of 2001 – under orders of Ahmad himself, as Indian intelligence insists? Was
it really ISI asset Omar Sheikh, Bin Laden’s information technology
specialist who later organized the slaying of American journalist Daniel
Pearl in Karachi? So was the ISI directly linked to 9/11?

39) Did the FBI investigate the two shady characters who met Mohammed Atta
and Marwan al-Shehhi in Harry’s Bar at the Helmsley Hotel in New York City
on September 8, 2001?

40) What did director of Asian affairs at the State Department Christina
Rocca and the Taliban ambassador to Pakistan Abdul Salam Zaeef discuss in
their meeting in Islamabad in August 2001?

41) Did Washington know in advance that an “al-Qaeda” connection would kill
Afghan nationalist commander Ahmad Shah Massoud, aka “The Lion of the
Panjshir”, only two days before 9/11? Massoud was fighting the Taliban and
al-Qaeda – helped by Russia and Iran. According to the Northern Alliance,
Massoud was killed by an ISI-Taliban-al Qaeda axis. If still alive, he would
never have allowed the US to rig a loya jirga (grand council) in Afghanistan
and install a puppet, former CIA asset Hamid Karzai, as leader of the

42) Why did it take no less than four months before the name of Ramzi
Binalshibh surfaced in the 9/11 context, considering the Yemeni was a
roommate of Mohammed Atta in his apartment cell in Hamburg?

43) Is pathetic shoe-bomber Richard Reid an ISI asset?

44) Did then-Russian president Vladimir Putin and Russian intelligence tell
the CIA in 2001 that 25 terrorist pilots had been training for suicide

45) When did the head of German intelligence, August Hanning, tell the CIA
that terrorists were “planning to hijack commercial aircraft?”

46) When did Egyptian President Mubarak tell the CIA about an attack on the
US with an “airplane stuffed with explosives?”

47) When did Israel’s Mossad director Efraim Halevy tell the CIA about a
possible attack on the US by “200 terrorists?”

48) Were the Taliban aware of the warning by a Bush administration official
as early as February 2001 – “Either you accept our offer of a carpet of
gold, or we bury you under a carpet of bombs?”

49) Has Northrop-Grumman used Global Hawk technology – which allows to
remotely control unmanned planes – in the war in Afghanistan since October
2001? Did it install Global Hawk in a commercial plane? Is Global Hawk
available at all for commercial planes?

50) Would Cheney stand up and volunteer the detailed timeline of what he was
really up to during the whole day on 9/11?

Fifty questions on 9/11  By Pepe Escobar. Pepe Escobar is the author of
Globalistan: How the Globalized World is Dissolving into Liquid War (Nimble
Books, 2007) and Red Zone Blues: a snapshot of Baghdad during the surge. His
new book, just out, is Obama does Globalistan (Nimble Books, 2009).

Real Face of qadianis

توہین رسالت کا قانون
پاکستان میں قادیانیوں کی سرگرمیاں بڑھتی جارہی ہیں اور ان کی کوشش ہے کہ کسی طرح ملک سے توہین رسالت ﷺکا قانون ختم کرایاجائے تاکہ ان کو کھل کھیلنے کا موقع ملے۔ چونکہ توہین رسالت کا قانون اس کی راہ میں ایک بڑی رکاوٹ ہے اور اس قانون کی موجودگی میں وہ اپنے گمراہ کن عقائد کی اعلانیہ تبلیغ نہیں کرسکتے ہیں اسی لیے وہ توہین رسالت کے قانون کو ہدف تنقید بنائے ہوئے ہیں اورگزشتہ سال پنجاب میں ہونے والے دوواقعات کے بعد جس طرح گورنرپنجاب‘ نام نہاد این جی اوزاورایک اقلیتی رکن اسمبلی کی جانب سے اس قانون کی منسوخی کا مطالبہ کیاگیاہے اس سے ان شبہات کو
 تقویت ملتی ہے کہ ان واقعات میں کہیں قادیانی لابی تو ملوث نہیں ہے اور وہ اس طرح کے عیسائی مسلم فسادات کی آڑ میں اپنا مقصد حاصل کرنا چاہتے ہوں۔ جب بات قادیانیوں کی آتی ہے تو یہ بات بھی سامنے آئی ہے کہ بہت سے لوگوں کے نزدیک قادیانیوں کا مسئلہ صرف چند عقائد تک محدود ہے اور وہ لوگ ان کو مسلمان سمجھتے ہیں۔ ان لوگوں کے نزدیک قادیانیوں کے خلاف بات کرنا تفرقہ پھیلاناہے۔ ان حضرات کی خدمت میں یہی عرض کریںگے کہ قادیانیوں کو مسلمان سمجھنے کی غلطی کرنے سے پہلے ان کے عقائد ولٹریچرکا مطالعہ کریں اور اس کے بعد فیصلہ کریں کہ آیا یہ واقعی مسلمانوں کا
 گروہ ہے یا امت مسلمہ کے غداروں کا گروہ ہے۔ یادرکھیں کہ عقیدہ ختم نبوت اسلام کا بنیادی عقیدہ ہے اور بطور مسلمان ہمارا یہ عقیدہ ہے کہ نبی اکرمﷺآخری نبی ہیں آپ ﷺکے بعد نبوت کا دروازہ بند ہوچکاہے ۔ اور امت کا اس بات پر اجماع ہے کہ جو فرد عقیدہ ختم نبوت کو نہیں مانتا وہ امت مسلمہ سے خارج ہے کجا یہ کہ کوئی فردخودنبوت کا دعویٰ کردے۔ کراچی وحیدرآباد میں علماءکو مجبورکیاجارہاہے کہ قادیانیوں کے خلاف کوئی بات نہ کریں۔ گزشتہ سال کراچی میں لیاقت آباد دس نمبرپر واقع جامع مسجد شہداءکے خطیب قاضی احمدنورانی کو خطبہ جمعہ سے روک دیاگیا اور مسجدکمیٹی
 کو مجبورکیاگیاکہ وہ ان کو مسجد میں خطبہ کی اجازت نہ دے۔ قاضی احمد نورانی کا قصور یہ ہے کہ انہوں نے ایک جمعہ کو اپنے خطبے میں متحدہ کے قائد الطاف حسین کے بیان کی مذمت کی تھی اور لوگوںکو قادیانی عقائدکے بارے میں بتایاتھا۔ رواں ماہ لیاقت آباد دونمبرکی ایک اور مسجد رحمانیہ میں بھی یہی کہاگیاکہ جمعہ دواکتوبرکو نماز جمعہ کے بعد رحمانیہ مسجد کے خطیب کے ساتھ تلخ کلامی کی گئی اور ان کو زدوکوب کیاگیا۔ ان کا جرم بھی یہی تھا کہ وہ قادیانیوں کی مذمت کررہے تھے۔ اسی دن حیدرآباد میں بھی ایک مسجد میں خطیب صاحب کو اردومیں تقریرنہیں کرنے دی گئی
 اورنمازیوں کو جمعہ کی نمازکی ادائیگی سے روکاگیا اور صرف مخصوص لوگوں کو مسجد میں نمازاداکرنے دی گئی۔ (اخباری رپورٹ) اپریل 1974ءبمطابق ربیع الاول 1394ءمکہ مکرمہ میں تمام اسلامی ممالک ودیگر ممالک کی مسلم تنظیموں کا ایک عظیم الشان اجتماع منعقدہوا‘ اس اجتماع میں قادیانیت کے بارے میں جو قرارداد منظورکی گئی۔ اس کا متن ہم ذیل میں پیش کررہے ہیں۔ قادیانیت ایک باطل فرقہ ہے جو اپنے اغراض خبیثہ کی تکمیل کے لیے اسلام کا لبادہ اوڑھ کر اسلام کی بنیادوںکو ڈھاناچاہتاہے۔ اسلام کے قطعی اصولوں سے اس کی مخالفت ان باتوں سے واضح ہے۔ (الف) اس فرقہ کے بانی کا
 دعویٰ نبوت کرنا۔ (ب) قرآنی آیات کی تحریف (ج) جہاد کے باطل ہونے کا فتویٰ دینا۔ قادیانیت کی داغ بیل برطانوی سامراج نے رکھی اور اسی نے اسے پروان چڑھایا۔ وہ سامراج کی سرپرستی میںسرگرم عمل ہے۔ قادیانی اسلام دشمن قوتوں کا ساتھ دے کر مسلمانوں کے ساتھ غداری کرتے ہیں اور ان طاقتوں کی مدد سے اسلام کے بنیادی عقائد میں تحریف وتبدیل اوربیخ کنی کے لیے استعمال کرتے ہیں۔ مثلاً (1) دنیا میں مساجد کے نام پر اسلام دشمن طاقتوں کی کفالت سے ارتداد کے اڈے قائم کرنا۔ (ب) مدارس‘ اسکولوں‘ یتیم خانوں اور امدادی کیمپوں کے نام پرغیرمسلم قوتوں کی مدد سے انہی کے
 مقاصدکی تکمیل۔(ج) دنیابھرکی مختلف زبانوں میں قرآن کریم کے تحریف شدہ نسخوں کی اشاعت وغیرہ۔ ان خطرات کے پیش نظرکانفرنس میں طے کیاگیاکہ دنیابھرکی ہراسلامی تنظیم اورجماعتوں کا فریضہ ہے کہ وہ قادیانیت اور اس کی قسم کی اسلام دشمن سرگرمیوں کی ‘ ان کے معابد‘یتیم خانوں وغیرہ کی کڑی نگرانی کریں اور ان کی تمام درپردہ سیاسی سرگرمیوں کا محاسبہ کریں اور اس کے بعد ان کے پھیلائے ہوئے جال‘ منصوبوں اور سازشوں سے بچنے کے لیے عالم اسلام کے سامنے انہیں پوری طرح بے نقاب کیاجائے۔ نیز۔ (الف) اس گروہ کے کافر اور خارج ازاسلام ہونے کا اعلان کیاجائے اوریہ
 کہ اس وجہ سے انہیں مقامات مقدسہ حرمین وغیرہ میں داخلہ کی اجازت نہیں دی جاسکے گی۔ مسلمان قادیانیوں سے کسی قسم کا معاملہ نہیں کریں گے اور اقتصادی‘ معاشرتی‘ اجتماعی‘ عائلی‘وغیرہ ہرمیدان میں ان کا بائیکاٹ کیاجائے گا۔ (ب) کانفرنس تمام اسلامی ملکوں سے مطالبہ کرتی ہے کہ وہ قادیانیوں کی ہرقسم کی سرگرمیوں پرپابندی لگائیں۔ ان کے تمام وسائل وذرائع کو ضبط کیاجائے اور کسی قادیانی کو کسی اسلامی ملک میں کسی بھی قسم کا ذمہ دارانہ عہدہ نہ دیاجائے۔ (ج) قران مجید میں قادیانیوں کی تحریف کی تحریفات سے لوگوں کوخبردارکیاجائے۔ اور ان کے تمام تراجم
 قرآن کا شمارکرکے لوگوں کو ان سے متنبہ کیاجائے اور ان کے تراجم کی ترویج کا انسداد کیاجائے۔ قادیانیوں کی طرف سے یہ پروپیگنڈا کیا جاتا ہے کہ ان کے ساتھ امتیازی سلوک کیاجاتاہے اور ان کے ساتھ تعصب برتاجاتاہے۔ جب کہ قادیانیوں کے حامی وہمدرد لوگ اس پروپیگنڈے سے متاثرہوکر یاجان بوجھ کر یہ سمجھتے ہیں کہ ”انتہا پسندعلمائ“ نے اپنی اجارہ داری کے لیے اپنے مخالف فرقے کو امت مسلمہ سے خارج قراردے دیاہے۔ ایسی سوچ رکھنے والے دراصل مسلمانوں کے مختلف گروہوں اورغیرمسلم گروہ میں فرق نہیں محسوس کرتے ہیں۔ ان کے نزدیک جس طرح شیعہ‘ سنی ‘حنفی ‘ شافعی‘
 مالکی‘ حنبلی ‘بریلوی ‘ دیوبندی‘ اہلحدیث وغیرہ مسلمانوں کے مختلف فرقے ہیں اسی طرح قادیانی بھی ان کے نزدیک مسلمانوں کا ہی ایک فرقہ ہے۔ ان کی معلومات میں اضافے کے لیے یہ بات بھی عرض کردیں کہ مسلمانوں نے تو بہت بعد میں جاکر قادیانیوں کی ریشہ دوانیوں کا نوٹس لیا‘ اور کافی عرصے کے بعد اس گروہ کو غیرمسلم قراردینے کا مطالبہ کیا جبکہ خود قادیانیوں کی جانب سے روزاول سے ہی خودکو مسلمانوں سے الگ امت کا تصورکیاجاتاہے۔ 30 جولائی 1931ءکے الفضل میں خلیفہ صاحب کی ایک اور تقریر شائع ہوئی ہے جس میں وہ اس بحث کا ذکرکرتے ہیں جو مرزا غلام احمد کی زندگی
 میں اس مسئلہ پر چھڑگئی تھی کہ احمدیوں کو اپنا ایک الگ مدرسہ دینیات قائم کرنا چاہیے۔ یا نہیں؟ اس وقت ایک گروہ کی رائے یہ تھی کہ نہیں کرنا چاہیے اور ان کی دلیل یہ تھی کہ ”ہم میں اور دوسرے مسلمانوں میں چند مسائل کا اختلاف ہے‘ ان مسائل کو حضرت مسیح موعودنے حل کردیاہے اور ان کے دلائل بتادیے ہیں ‘ باقی باتیں دوسرے مدرسوں سے بھی سیکھی جاسکتی ہیں ۔“ دوسرا گروہ اس کے برعکس رائے رکھتا تھا۔ اس دوران میں مرزا غلام احمد آگئے اور انہوں نے یہ ماجرا سن کر اپنا فیصلہ سنادیا اس فیصلے کو خلیفہ صاحب ان الفاظ میں نقل کرتے ہیں ”یہ غلط ہے کہ دوسرے لوگوں سے
 ہمارا اختلاف صرف وفات مسیح یا چند اور مسائل میں ہے‘ آپ نے بتایا کہ اللہ تعالیٰ کی ذات‘ رسول کریمﷺقرآن ‘ نماز‘ روزہ‘ حج‘ زکوٰة‘ غرض آپ نے تفصیل سے بتایاکہ ایک ایک چیز میں ان سے ہمیں اختلاف ہے۔“ (رسالہ الفضل 30 جولائی 1931ءبحوالہ قادیانی مسئلہ ازمولانا ابوالاعلیٰ مودودی صفحہ 10)۔ ”حضرت مسیح موعودنے غیراحمدیوں کے ساتھ صرف وہی سلوک جائز رکھاہے جو نبی کریم نے عیسائیوں کے ساتھ کیا۔ غیراحمدیوں سے ہماری نمازیں الگ کی گئیں‘ ان کو لڑکیاں دینا حرام قراردیاگیا‘ ان کے جنازے پڑھنے سے روکاگیا‘ اب باقی کیارہ گیا جو ہم ان کے ساتھ مل کر کرسکتے
 ہیں؟ تعلقات دوقسم کے ہوتے ہیں۔ ایک دینی‘ اوردوسرے دنیوی‘ دینی تعلق کا بھاری ذریعہ رشتہ ناطہ ہے سویہ دونوں ہمارے لیے حرام قراردیے گئے ہیں۔ اگرکہوکہ ہم کوان کی ان لڑکیاں لینے کی اجازت ہے تو میں توکہتاہوں نصاریٰ کی لڑکیاں لینے کی بھی اجازت ہے‘ اور اگریہ کہو کہ غیراحمدیوں کو سلام کیوں کیاجاتاہے تو اس کا جواب یہ ہے کہ حدیث سے یہ ثابت ہے کہ بعض اوقات نبی کریم نے یہودتک کو سلام کا جواب دیاہے۔ (خطاب مرزا محمود الفضل جلد 9نمبر13 بحوالہ قادیانیت ایک دہشت گرد تنظیم ازمحمدخالد متین صفحہ نمبر55‘ قادیانی مسئلہ ازمولانا ابوالاعلیٰ مودودی صفحہ
 نمبر12) ۔ ”ہمارا یہ فرض ہے کہ غیراحمدیوںکو مسلمان نہ سمجھیں اور نہ ان کے پیچھے نمازپڑھیں کیونکہ ہمارے نزدیک وہ خدا تعالیٰ کے ایک نبی منکرہیں“۔(انوارخلافت 90 ازمرزا محمود حوالہ ایضاً) کیونکہ غیراحمدی بلا استثناکافرہیں تو ان کے چھ ماہ کے بچے بھی کافرہوئے اور جب وہ کافرہوئے تو احمدی قبرستان میں ان کوکیسے دفنایا جاسکتاہے“۔ (اخبارپیغام صلح جلد 24 نمبر49 تین اگست 1936ئ) ”کل مسلمان جو حضرت مسیح موعود(مرزا) کی بیعت میں شامل نہیں ہوئے خواہ انہوں نے حضرت مسیح موعودکانام بھی نہیں سنا وہ کافرہیں اور دائرہ اسلام سے خارج ہیں “۔ (آئینہ صداقت کا صفحہ
 35 ازمرزا محموداحمد) اور”ایسا شخص جو موسیٰ کو تو مانتاہے مگر عیسیٰ کو نہیں مانتا یا عیسیٰ کو تو مانتاہے مگر محمد(ﷺ) کو نہیں مانتا یا (محمدﷺ) کوتومانتاہے پرمسیح موعودکو نہیں مانتا وہ نہ صرف کافر بلکہ پکا کافراوردائرہ اسلام سے خارج ہے“۔ (کلمتہ الفضل صفحہ 110‘ مرزا بشیراحمد بن مرزا غلام احمدقادیانی مندرجہ ریو یوجلد 4 مارچ‘ اپریل 1915ئ) ”خداتعالیٰ نے میرے اوپر ظاہرکیاہے کہ ہرشخص جس کو میری دعوت پہنچی اور اس نے مجھے قبول نہیںکیا وہ مسلمان نہیں “ (تذکرہ صفحہ 600‘ الہام مارچ 1906ئ) مندرجہ بالا تحریروں سے یہ بات اچھی طرح ثابت ہوجاتی ہے کہ
 قادیانیوں کوغیرمسلم قراردینا‘ اورسمجھنا علماءکی انتہا پسندی نہیں ہے بلکہ ابتداءہی سے قادیانی فرقہ خودکو مسلم امت سے الگ سمجھتا آیاہے اور اپنے پیروﺅں کوبھی یہی تلقین کرتاہے کہ وہ غیراحمدی کو کافرسمجھیں۔ ان عقائد کے بعد کون ایسا مسلمان ہوگا جو ان کو کافر اور دائرہ اسلام سے خارج سمجھنے کے بجائے مسلمانوں کا ہی ایک گروہ سمجھے گا۔ اللہ تعالیٰ ہمیں فتنہ قادیانیت اور قادیانیت نوازوں کے شرسے محفوظ رکھے۔ قادیانیوں کی سازشوں کوناکام بنائے ۔ آمین

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Thursday, 15 September 2011

Advertising Standards Authority rules iPhone 4

Apple has gained another victory over Samsung, though this one has nothing to do with patents. The UK's Advertising Standards Authority has ruled that the iPhone 4 is indeed the thinnest smartphone in the country. Apple refers to the iPhone 4 as the "thinnest" smartphone in UK ads. That's something Samsung said was false advertising because their Galaxy S II smartphone is 8.71mm at its thinnest, while Apple's iPhone 4 is 9.3mm at it's thinnest.
However the ASA sided with Apple in the dispute, citing that though the Galaxy S II was indeed thinner than the iPhone at certain points of its body, the Galaxy S II has a hump near its base that measures 9.91mm thick. Both Apple and the ASA believe that a phone's thinness can only be judged by the thickest part of the device.

Sunday, 11 September 2011

UK Muslims pray for 9-11

Prayers are being said for the September 11 victims at mosques throughout Britain.More than 50 Muslim community groups have united to show their condemnation of the terrorist attacks which occured ten years ago on Sunday. Imams throughout Britain are giving special sermons at Friday prayers remembering the victims of the 9/11 attacks as well as other people affected by terrorism.
The British Muslim groups which have come together for the anniversary have said the 9/11 attacks were counter-productive to the terrorists’ aims.

“Those who seek to divide society have failed. Indeed their destructive actions have only brought communities closer together.

“Ten years on from the 9/11 attacks our communities are growing stronger and more resilient. Communities have come to together to find common ground and resolve differences.”

This is the first time such a diverse group of Muslim community organisations have come together.

Dilwar Hussain from the Islamic Society of Britain said: “Terrorism is an evil that no Muslim should feel the need to defend, or make excuses for.
The groups involved have acknowledged that the last ten years have not been easy.
They said that was partly due to other incidents, like the 7/7 London bombings, as well as conflicts which were prompted by the 9/11 attacks.

After prayers he told Sky News: “Those who are in the habit of misusing the name of religion, misquote some of the text and I felt that it is my duty to go to the text, so they can understand that Islam has nothing to do with the killing of innocent people in the world.”

After the sermon, young Muslims spoke to Sky News about their feelings that the community had had a difficult ten years in the aftermath of 9/11.

جدید صلیبی جنگ کے آغاز کا سیاہ دن

اسلام کے دشمنوں سن لو۔۔۔۔۔۔۔۔۔۔۔۔۔۔۔۔
بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
يُرِ‌يدُونَ لِيُطْفِئُوا نُورَ‌ اللَّـهِ بِأَفْوَاهِهِمْ وَاللَّـهُ مُتِمُّ نُورِ‌هِ وَلَوْ كَرِ‌هَ الْكَافِرُ‌ونَ ﴿٨﴾ هُوَ الَّذِي أَرْ‌سَلَ رَ‌سُولَهُ بِالْهُدَىٰ وَدِينِ الْحَقِّ لِيُظْهِرَ‌هُ عَلَى الدِّينِ كُلِّهِ وَلَوْ كَرِ‌هَ الْمُشْرِ‌كُونَ(9) 
سورة الصف
یہ چاہتے ہیں کہ خدا کے (چراغ) کی روشنی کو منہ سے (پھونک مار کر) بجھا دیں۔ حالانکہ خدا اپنی روشنی کو پورا کرکے رہے گا خواہ کافر ناخوش ہی ہوں (۸)
وہی تو ہے جس نے اپنے پیغمبر کو ہدایت اور دین حق دے کر بھیجا تاکہ اسے اور سب دینوں پر غالب کرے خواہ مشرکوں کو برا ہی لگے (۹)۔
They intend to put out the Light of Allâh (i.e. the Religion of Islâm, this Qur'ân, and the Prophet Muhammad SAW) with their mouths. But Allâh will bring His Light
to perfection even though the disbelievers hate (it).
He it is Who has sent His Messenger (Muhammad SAW) with guidance and the religion of truth
(Islâmic Monotheism) to make it victorious over all (other) religions even though the Mushrikûn (polytheists, pagans, idolaters, and disbelievers in the
Oneness of Allâh and in His Messenger Muhammed SAW) hate (it)
[]. (9

Saturday, 10 September 2011

Jihadists Take Over, As Warned

By------Muslim News World

 The official euphoria with which the U.S. and European governments celebrated the fall of the regime of Muammar Gaddafi in Libya has given way to growing concern that many among the new Libyan leadership are radical Muslims with links to al-Qaeda. Revelations are surfacing also of a close collaboration of Western governments with the deposed dictator.

The overwhelming presence of radical Muslims among the rebel Libyan leadership has been known in Paris at least since early March. But the dangers from this are now beginning to be discussed openly in Western capitals.

On Mar. 8, François Gouyette, ambassador to Tripoli until late February, told a select group of deputies at a closed session of the French parliamentary commission of foreign affairs that the rebellion, especially in the east of the country, comprised mostly "radical Muslims".

"In the east of the country, especially in the city of Derna, which was taken very easily by the insurrection, there is without question a high concentration of radical Muslims," Gouyette told the deputies. "Hundreds of Libyan combatants taking part in the international jihad in Afghanistan and in Iraq originate from this region.

"Many of these combatants are back in Libya," Gouyette warned. IPS has the minutes of the meeting.

Gouyette recalled that some 800 members of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG) banned by the United Nations after the terror attacks of Sep. 11, 2001, and who were recently released after being incarcerated by the Gaddafi regime for many years, "have joined the liberated areas of the country. They can represent a problem in the future."

Gouyette recalled that Gaddafi’s regime had "closely cooperated" with "all Western intelligence services in the fight against (Muslim) terrorism represented by al-Qaeda." Discussions at the meeting were not made available to French media.

Five months after the closed session in parliament, Gouyette’s warnings have been officially confirmed. It is now no longer a secret that four of the military leaders of the Libyan rebellion have had long-term links with radical movements.

On the other hand, secret documents found recently in Tripoli confirm that both the British and the U.S. governments collaborated closely with Gaddafi in the fight against radial Muslims.

The secret Gaddafi files were discovered by researchers from the Washington-based Human Rights Watch in the private offices of former Libyan foreign minister Moussa Koussa. Koussa fled Libya at the beginning of the insurrection last February, and has apparently found political asylum in Qatar.

Prominent among the radical rebel leaders is Abdelhakim Belhaj, also known as Abu Abdallah al-Sadek, founder of the LIFG, and veteran of the anti-Soviet war of the 1980s in Afghanistan. Following the triumph over Gaddafi, Belhaj is currently military governor of Tripoli.

U.S. secret services had captured Belhaj in Malaysia in 2003. They detained and interrogated him in a secret Bangkok prison until 2004, when he was handed over to the Gaddafi regime. Gouyette confirmed in the French parliament that Gaddafi released him in March 2010.

Among other well-known radical Muslims in the new leadership are Ismail as-Salabi of Benghazi, Abdelhakim al-Hasidi of Derna, and Ali Salabi, member of the Transitional National Council which now controls the Libyan government. All of them are founding members of the LIFG.

Salabi led the LIFG in negotiations with the Gaddafi regime that led to the release of practically the whole of the present rebel leadership from Gaddafi’s prisons.

Hasidi, who has admitted that some of his militia "are members of al-Qaeda…good Muslims and patriots fighting the invader (sic)", also has a long past as jihadist. Hasidi fought in Afghanistan against the U.S.-led intervention, was captured in 2002 in Peshawar in Pakistan, and handed over to the Libyan government in 2004.

According to the secret Libyan files found in Tripoli, the British MI6 foreign secret service delivered information to Gaddafi on exiled opponents over many years. The files confirm that the CIA captured several Libyan Muslim militants abroad, such as Belhaj and Hasidi, interrogated them in secret prisons, and later handed them to Gaddafi.

Peter Bouckaert, director of the emergencies division at Human Rights Watch, told journalists that the role of the CIA went beyond "abducting suspected Islamic militants and handing them over to the Libyan intelligence. The CIA also sent the questions they wanted Libyan intelligence to ask and, from the files, it's very clear they were present in some of the interrogations themselves."

Other evidence of Western collaboration with the former Libyan regime is the discovery of modern German-made machine guns in Gaddafi’s arsenals. The German government, which supposedly has stern controls over export of such weapons, has offered no explanation how the military equipment was delivered to Gaddafi.

Between 2007 and 2010 French President Nicolas Sarkozy regularly courted Gaddafi for military cooperation with France. Among Sarkozy’s plans was the export to Libya of Rafale military aircraft and other weaponry, as well as nuclear technology.

At the beginning of the negotiations in December 2007, then French deputy minister for human rights Rama Yade described Sarkozy’s plans during an official visit by the Libyan leader to Paris as an opportunity for Gaddafi to "wipe the blood off his crimes." But these deals did not materialise. (END

Hidden Cameras

Please Forward To As Many
Because All The Ladies Are
Friend / Sisters / Wife / Mother....ETC...
We Should Aware Them
About The Things Are Happening....
In Real Life.....
How To Detect Hidden Camera in Trial Room?

In Front Of The Trial Room Take Your Mobile & Make Sure That Mobile Can Make Calls........

Then Enter into The Trail Room,
 Take Your Mobile And Make A Call.....
If U Can't Make A Call......!!!!
There is A Hidden Camera......
This is Due To The interference Of Fiber Optic Cable During The Signal Transfer......

Please Forward This To Your Friends To Educate This issue To The Public......
To Prevent Our innocent Ladies From
 HIDDEN CAMERA........... 
Pinhole Cameras in Changing Rooms of Big Bazaar, Shoppers Stop?

A Few Days Ago,
I Received This Text Message:
Please Don't Use Trial Room Of BIG BAZAAR There Are Pinhole Cameras To Make MMS Of Young Girls.

So, Please Forward To All Girls.
Also Forward To All Boys
Who Have Sisters And Girlfriends.

Don't Be Shy in Forwarding This Message. Because its About Protecting The integrity Of All Girls & Ladies.


When We Visit Toilets,
Bathrooms, Hotel Rooms,
Changing Rooms, Etc.,
How Many Of You Know For Sure That The Seemingly Ordinary Mirror Hanging On The Wall is A Real Mirror,
Or Actually A 2-Way Mirror I.e.,
 They Can See You,
But You Can't See Them.
There Have Been Many Cases Of People installing 2-Way Mirrors in Female Changing Rooms Or Bathroom Or Bedrooms.

It is Very Difficult To Positively identify The Surface By Just Looking At it.
So, How Do We Determine With Any Amount Of Certainty What Type Of Mirror
We Are Looking At?

Place The Tip Of Your Fingernail Against The Reflective Surface And if There is A GAP Between Your Fingernail And The image Of The Nail,
Then it is A GENUINE Mirror.

However, if Your Fingernail
DIRECTLY TOUCHES The image of Your Nail,
 Then BEWARE,  IT  IS  A  2-WAY  MIRROR! (There May Be Someone Seeing You From The Other Side).
 So Remember,
 Every Time You See A Mirror,
Do The " fingernail Test. "
It Doesn't Cost You Anything.
It is Simple To Do.

This is A Really Good Thing To Do.
The Reason There is A Gap On A Real Mirror,
is Because The Silver is On The Back Of The Mirror UNDER The Glass.

Whereas With A Two-Way Mirror,
The Silver is On The Surface.
Keep it in Mind !
Make Sure And Check Every Time
You Enter in Hotel Rooms.

Share This With Your Sisters, Wife, Daughters, Friends, Colleagues, Etc. 

America ka India VS China,,,,,,,,,,,,,must read this artical

Friday, 9 September 2011

america killer of Muslims all over the world ............. Urdu

They Say Pakistan is a Military Dictatorship

An Interview With Arundhati Roy

By Arundhati Roy
September 06, 2011 "New Internationalist" - -

 Your writings have grappled with ruthless state violence which is often at the behest of corporate interests. Much of the corporate-owned media in India shies away from covering the civil war-like conditions in many parts of the country. The establishment tends to brand anyone who attempts to present the other side’s points of view as having seditious intent. Where is the democratic space?

You’ve partially answered your own question – newspapers and television channels do not make their money from subscriptions or viewership; in fact, corporate advertisements actually subsidize TV viewership and newspaper and magazine readership, so in effect, the mass media is run with corporate money. Some media houses are directly owned by corporations, some indirectly by majority share-holdings. Some media houses in, say, Central India, have a direct interest in mining and infrastructure projects, so they have a vested interest in the push to displace people in the huge, ongoing land-grab in which land and resources are forcibly taken from the poor and given to the rich – a process which goes by the name of ‘development’. It would be foolish to expect objective reporting: not because the journalists are bad people, but because of the economic structure of the organizations they work for. In fact, what is surprising is that despite all of this, occasionally there is some very good reporting. But overall we either have silence, or a completely distorted picture, in which those resisting their impoverishment are being labelled ‘terrorists’ – and these are not just the Maoist rebels who have taken to arms, but others who are involved in unarmed, but militant, struggles against the government. A climate has been created which criminalizes dissent of all kinds.
There are hundreds, maybe even thousands of the poorest people in jails across the country under charges of sedition and waging war against the state. Many others are just charged under the common criminal penal code. There are the other ‘seditionists’ too, of course – those who have been fighting for self-determination after being inducted into the Union of India without their consent, when the British left in 1947. I refer to Kashmir, Manipur, Nagaland… in these places, tens of thousands have been killed, hundreds of thousands tortured in the nightmarish interrogation centres and army camps all around the country. And now, the Indian army is migrating to the heart of the country – to fight the adivasi people whose lands the corporations covet. They say Pakistan is a military dictatorship, but I don’t think the Pakistani army has been actively deployed against its ‘own’ people the way the Indian army has been: Kashmir, Manipur, Nagaland, Hyderabad, Goa, Telengana, Punjab and now, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Orissa…
Anti-corruption campaigning has been at the forefront of media-reported news in India. Meanwhile, the relative silence on civil war conditions continues. How does one explain this gap in what makes the news?
I have mixed feelings about the anti-corruption campaign. It gathered momentum after a series of huge scams hit the headlines. The most scandalous of them was what has come to be known as the ‘2G scam’ in which the government sold telecom spectrum for mobile phones (a public asset) to private companies at ridiculously low prices. The companies went on to sell them at huge profits to other companies, robbing the public exchequer of billions of rupees. Leaked phone taps showed how everybody, from the judiciary to politicians to high profile journalists and low profit hit-men, were in on the manoeuvring. The transcripts were like an MRI scan that confirmed a diagnosis that had been made years ago by many of us.
The 2G scam enraged the Indian middle classes, who saw it as a betrayal, as a moral problem, not a systemic or a structural one. Somehow, the fact that the government has signed hundreds of secret Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs) privatizing water, minerals and infrastructure, and signing over forests, mountains and rivers to private corporations, does not seem to generate the same outrage. Unlike in the 2G scam, these secret MOUs do not have just a monetary cost, but human and environmental costs that are devastating. They displace millions of people and wreck whole ecosystems. The mining corporations pay the government just a tiny royalty and rake in huge profits. Yet the people who are fighting these battles are being called terrorists and terrorist sympathizers. Even if there were no corruption and everything were above board on these deals, it would be daylight robbery on an unimaginable scale.
On the whole, when a political movement is mobilized using the language of ‘anti-corruption’, it has an apolitical ‘catch-all’ appeal which could result in a hugely unfair system being strengthened by a sort of moral police force which has authoritarian instincts. So you have ‘Team Anna’: a sort of oligarchy of ‘concerned citizens’ – some of them very fine people – led by the old Gandhian Anna Hazare, who talks about amputating the limbs of thieves and hanging people and who has praised Gujarat’s Chief Minister Narendra Modi, who presided over the public massacre of thousands of Muslims in broad daylight. On the other hand, to shun the anti-corruption movement and set your eyes on a long-term political goal lets the corporate looters and their henchmen in the media, parliament and judiciary off the hook. So it’s a bit of a dilemma.
Recent Indian government legislation permits web content to be shut down for a variety of reasons. Film censorship is still widely used. Why does the state take such a paternalistic role towards what its citizens have to say?
I think overt censorship is slated to become a big problem in the near future. Internet censorship, surveillance, the project of the electronic UID (Unique Identity card)… ominous. Imagine a government that cannot provide food or water to its people, a government whose policies have created a population of 800 million people who live on less than 20 rupees [about 45 UScents] a day, a country which has the largest number of malnourished children in the world, which has, as a major priority, the desire to distribute UID cards to all of its citizens.
The UID is a corporate scam which funnels billions of dollars into the IT sector. To me, it is one of the most serious transgressions that is on the cards. It is nothing more than an administrative tool in the hands of a police state. But coming back to censorship: since the US government has pissed on its Holy Cow (Free Speech – or whatever little was left of it) with its vituperative reaction to Wikileaks, now everybody will jump on the bandwagon. (Just like every country had its own version of the ‘war on terror’ to settle scores.) Having said this, India is certainly not the worst place in the world on the Free Speech issue: the anarchy of different kinds of media, the fact that it’s such an unmanageable country and, though institutions of democracy have been eroded, there is a militant spirit of democracy among the people… it will be hard to shut us all up. Impossible, I’d say.
You have pointed out that nonviolent positions are difficult to hold on to when there is no audience to witness them, and when the opposing force does not blink at the moral challenge and responds with murder. Why do you think pointing that out caused such an uproar?
I have written at some length about this. I do not say that nonviolent satyagraha is an obsolete tool of resistance, not at all. It can be extremely effective; but has to be carried out in the public eye, in front of TV cameras, and for demands – like ‘anti-corruption’– which appeal to the sympathies of the middle class. However, I do believe that preaching ‘nonviolence at any cost’ from a safe distance to adivasi people who live in remote forest villages and have watched hundreds of security forces arrive, surround their villages, burn their homes and kill and rape their people, can also be pretty immoral. If the middle class were to join the battle, then of course nonviolent satyagraha would be an option. But of course it won’t. It can’t. That would be a political oxymoron.
Why does pointing this out cause an uproar, you ask? I think because of the fear that once those millions of people who have been so cruelly dispossessed of all they have in order to fire India’s ‘growth’ suddenly unshackle their imaginations and realize that they are not so defenceless after all, the Beautiful People know that no power on earth will be able to protect them. Sure, there may not be a perfect, synchronized revolution in which the masses will overthrow the ruling classes. Instead, there will be a messy insurrection, when all manner of brutality will occur. The poor may not win, but the rich will certainly lose. The feast will end. That’s why the uproar.
Are we talking about the narratives we like to make up and then believe in, regardless of the reality of the situation? What is your take on the narratives, especially those of the Western media, around the Arab uprisings?
Well, when the mainstream media begins to report enthusiastically about a series of uprisings – when they described the Arab uprisings as the Arab ‘spring’ – and when you know how loaded the reporting around the Israeli Occupation of Palestine is, then if you have your wits about you, you have to be on your guard, a little wary of swallowing the reports hook, line and sinker. If you follow what happened over the last three summers in Kashmir, for example, when tens of thousands of unarmed people faced down Indian security forces with as much courage and determination as the people of Egypt, Tunisia, Syria and Yemen, you can’t help but wonder why the Western media switches on the lights to cover some uprisings, and blacks out others. I found it a little disconcerting how enthusiastically the 19-day ‘revolution’ in Tahrir Square was being reported, how excited [New York Times foreign affairs columnist] Thomas Friedman was about it – but only a few months ago reports seemed to suggest that Hosni Mubarak was sick and dying… Then you had headlines like ‘Egypt free, army takes charge’ and you know that the army is intricately entwined with the US. I worry that the anger and energy of people who have been repressed for years by puppet dictators is being siphoned off, carefully defused, while the West jockeys to retain the status quo one way or another and replace the old despots with a more streamlined, less obvious form of despotism. The last I heard, people were beginning to gather in Tahrir Square again…
Surges of people power, as in Tunisia and Egypt, and earlier in the Philippines, are capable of forcing climactic moments and sudden change. But the aftermath often sees a return to old systems and old corruptions. Why is human social organization so resistant to the change we yearn for?
While people in these countries lived under repressive regimes and yearned for democracy, perhaps they didn’t know that real democracy has been taken into the workshop and replaced by the market-friendly version, which is a far more sophisticated form of despotism, not easy for beginners to decode. It might take a little time for people to realize they’ve been sold the wrong model. But meanwhile they have fought heroic street battles, faced down tanks, celebrated victory. They’ve been applauded all the way, while they let off steam. For them to build up that head of steam again isn’t easy. It’ll take years. Human society isn’t resistant to change: it wants change; but sometimes it isn’t smart enough to get what it wants.




Tuesday, 6 September 2011

Saudi Arabia's Mistake in Announcing Eid al-Fitr

Saudi Arabia's Mistake in Announcing Eid al-Fitr Angers Muslims Worldwide
TEHRAN (FNA)- The Jeddah Astronomy Society's mistake in sighting of the new moon in Saudi Arabia has angered the many Muslim nations who followed suit and pronounced Tuesday as Eid al-Fitr wrongly.

The society had said that people actually saw the planet Saturn and not the crescent moon that marks the beginning of the Islamic month of Shawwal.

Hatem Auda, director of the National Institute for Astronomical and Geophysical Research, had said that astronomical calculations by scientists of the institute noted that the first day of the Eid was Wednesday, August 31, making Tuesday, August 30 the last day of Ramadan for the Hijri year of 1432.

Various news agencies such as Al-Arabiya and Aljazeera have also reported that the planet Saturn has been mistaken for the Hilal (crescent moon), and this means that what was announced as the first day of Eid al-Fitr was supposed to be a day of fasting, rather than celebrations.

According to the Aljazeera report, the source of these problematic Hilal-sighting is from Sudair, a region located approximately 150km North of the capital Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

The vice-president of Jeddah Astronomy Society reassured that it is impossible to view the Hilal with the naked eye.

Saudi government officials have reportedly apologized to their nation and said that they would pay Kaffarah (an amount of money paid as expiation for breaking the fast during the holy month of Ramadan) for the entire Saudi nation.

While a number of Muslim countries like Iran announce the new crescent only on the basis of frequent sightings by the people, astronomy societies and clerics inside their borders, many others rely on the sightings done by Saudi Arabia and announcement of the Eid crescent by Riyadh.

Thus, those Muslim nations who have followed the Saudi suit as usual and celebrated the last Tuesday as Eid al-Fitr are now angry with the Saudis as Eid al-Fitr is the biggest eve for the worldwide Muslim community. 


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