What’s wrong with having a Muslim for president?

October 23, 2008

What about other groups? If the idea of a Latino or a Muslim in the White House is beyond belief, what does that say of American society? Either the White House is strictly reserved for those who profess to be orthodox Christians (that excludes Mormons like Mitt Romney) and the whole notion of plurality is a lie, or something has gone wrong.

If the US is the most progressive nation in these matters, what are the implications for western democracies? Is the idea of people being judged on merit, by the content of their character rather than on characteristics like race and religion just an illusion?  >>>>>


Bipartisan Islamophobia Frustrates Muslim Voters

October 23, 2008

Muslim-Americans are twice as likely as most Americans to be independents according to several polls. Most will vote for Barack Obama, but even supporters of the Democratic candidate express frustration at the rampant Islamophobia popping up throughout all sides of the presidential election.  >>>>>


Bush Decides to Keep Guantánamo Open

October 21, 2008

WASHINGTON — Despite his stated desire to close the American prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, President Bush has decided not to do so, and never considered proposals drafted in the State Department and the Pentagon that outlined options for transferring the detainees elsewhere, according to senior administration officials.  >>>>>>


There’s nothing wrong with being a Muslim — It’s wrong to think so

October 21, 2008

So Kudos to McCain for correcting a false statement. Barack Obama is indeed, not an Arab. That’s where my praise ends, and my issue begins. His ‘answer’ to this misguided woman made it sound like there’s a difference between being an Arab and being a decent family man… citizen. The two are not mutually exclusive. >>>>>


Powell Rejects Islamophobia

October 21, 2008

“I’m also troubled by, not what Senator McCain says, but what members of the party say, and it is permitted to be said. Such things as ‘Well you know that Mr. Obama is a Muslim.’ Well the correct answer is ‘He is not a Muslim, he’s a Christian, he’s always been a Christian.’ But the really right answer is ‘What if he is? Is there something wrong with being a Muslim in this country?’ The answer is ‘No. That’s not America.’ Is there something wrong with some 7-year old Muslim-American kid believing that he or she can be president? Yet I have heard senior members of my own party drop the suggestion he’s a Muslim and he might be associated with terrorists. This is not the way we should be doing it in America.  >>>>>


‘Muslim’ shouldn’t be a slur

October 15, 2008

In a “don’t worry, be happy” tone, I breezily noted that although the stoking of racial fear and xenophobia was a cherished tradition of American politics, I really didn’t think that this time around the candidates would permit the wholesale slander of Islam or Muslims.

Apparently, I was wrong. The undertones have become screaming overtones. And it is past time to object.  >>>>>

This is by design, in order to help keep the excuse(s) to continue the war on terror alive.  It helps that even the opposing party’s candidate also reject any future potential of exonerating Muslims in the public eye while at the same time, forcing the hand of democrats to continue to maintain their position on the Islamophobic bandwagon.


JACKSON ON OBAMA’S AMERICA

October 14, 2008

“The most important change would occur in the Middle East, where “decades of putting Israel’s interests first” would end.  Jackson believes that, although “Zionists who have controlled American policy for decades” remain strong, they’ll lose a great deal of their clout when Barack Obama enters the White House…

“Barack is determined to repair our relations with the world of Islam and Muslims,” Jackson says. “Thanks to his background and ecumenical approach, he knows how Muslims feel while remaining committed to his own faith.” >>>>>

While there is report that Obama’s camp is distancing itself from the statement, its probably moreso due to trying not to muddy waters more than about his convictions.  There is nothing wrong with what Jesse Jackson said.  However, the truth does seem to hurt.  Compared with the ‘Schlep’ talk all day, what’s wrong with putting the U.S. before any other nation; and dealing justly with other nations, even though we hold special favor of one over another?


Obama Camp Rejects Jackson’s Claim That He Would Diminish ‘Zionist’ Influence

October 14, 2008

“As he has made clear throughout his career and throughout this campaign, Barack Obama has a fundamental commitment to a strong U.S.-Israel relationship … As president, he will ensure that Israel can defend itself from every threat it faces, stand with Israel in its quest for a secure peace with its neighbors, and use all elements of American power to end Iran’s illicit nuclear program. >>>>>

This article is extremely biased as Iran doesn’t have an “illicit nuclear program.”  This sounds like projection of Israel’s position on its nuclear arsenal; which by virtually all standards of other nations outside of the U.S. and Israel, is illicit.  In the very same paragraph, the Obama camp seems to back off of Israel by noting that the U.S. and Israel are inseparable, regardless of deeds.  This is pretty ironic, and not very democratic from a nation that places rule of law above any other alliance, legitimate or corrupt.

By the very function of a sovereign nation, the U.S. should place the legitimate interests of its own country before the illegitimate interests of another; or based on a relationship with another.


‘Great Schlep’ pitches Obama to Florida Jews

October 14, 2008

For Selma Furst, voting for an African-American for president seemed unthinkable. “I grew up with Jewish people and Italian people, but I never lived in a neighborhood that was black,” she said. “Somebody said to me, ‘What do you object to about him?’ I said, well, truthfully, our colors are different.”

Overcoming the prejudices of his grandparents’ generation would be difficult, Bender realized. But he was not going to be alone.  Ari Wallach, co-executive director of Jews Vote, a Jewish advocacy group, also said he saw reluctance among some older, traditionally Democratic Jews to support Obama>>>>>

This has not been what has been portrayed in the media for the past decades.  The Jewish culture, of the same generation discussed in the linked article, regularly purported that blacks and Jews had the same struggle(s), shared the same things, and believed in similar values (Judeo-Christian, of course).  But when push comes to shove, I guess that those who were cynical, and consequentially labeled anti-Semitic, may have had a point in their angst about the others’ true colors.

It also goes to show that hatred and bigotry can lead to breaking loyalty to the leftist values of the Democratic Party and jump toward the far right of the Republican Party — the part of the party that has no problem praising Hitler, being anti-Semitic, burning crosses, killing abortionists, starting global war, and is the closest thing to fascism that we know. In other words, “for the sake of not voting for the black (or whichever expletive used in association of this word) guy, I’d rather vote for someone hell-bent on killing me if he could get away with it.”

The point is, both parties are so opposite each other, and in so many ways, that it is inconceivable for a person of sound mind to abandon the principles of morality, justice and policy for which it stands, for the sake of not supporting a party representative, albeit a potential president, merely because of the color of his skin–which should not have any form of measurement in his evaluation in the first place.

This actually falls in line with the phony reasons for allowing Ethiopians to immigrate into Israel, only to later be treated as second-class citizens; because while they were Jewish, they were also African, and of course, black.  This article begs for a re-evaluation of how the media played out the riots related to Watts, CA; Liberty City, FL; Rodney King riots; OJ Simpson trial and Crown Heights, NY.

This article alone should raise many questions regarding what is truly Judeo-Christian, and what is black and white.  In Islam, discriminating against someone on the basis of race is clearly forbidden.


Under Bush, US Influence in Latin America is Receding Before High Tide

October 12, 2008

The United States has also long served as chief educator to Latin America’s elite. Correa is among its presidents with a U.S. graduate degree – though that didn’t stop him from accusing the CIA of infiltrating his military, or refusing to renew a lease for U.S. counterdrug missions to fly out of Ecuador.

With the U.S. facing its own financial crisis, it’s unlikely to be able to leverage economic influence in Latin America anytime soon. Sen. Barack Obama’s senior adviser on Latin America, Dan Restrepo, acknowledges that his candidate is essentially proposing a symbolic shift in style – albeit adding a special White House envoy for the Americas. (In response to “US Influence in Latin America Wanes”):

Which is why false-flag operations would not be a surprise in the region aside from what has been conspired with regards to regional parties; for only the U.S. and Israel have a track record for containing the rise of the supposed “Islamo-Fascists.”  There are many Muslim and/or Arab enclaves in South and Central America.  The overwhelming majority have absolutely no Islamist-agenda within the respective countries they live.  Yet it would not take too much to get public opinion against this, while at the same time showing Latinos that the U.S. is still needed to champion ‘democracy and freedom’– just as the U.S. was needed to infiltrate and control select countries by way of the Drug Trade, and let’s not forget our own colonial history in the region.


Islam, Arab-Muslim world in American electoral speech

October 10, 2008

The marginalisation of Islam and Muslims has been spreading industry in the United States since the September 11, 2001 attacks. It lives on the relative ignorance of the American people in international issues and their sometimes strange relationship to the otherness, this ambivalent and complex relation with the other.

Among Republicans, this policy of fear is one of the major components of the winning electoral strategy since the departure of Bill Clinton. Charlie Black, one of McCain’s gurus, said in the June issue of Forbes magazine that “what we would need, is a good attack”.

In substance, it would be enough to have real or made-up terrorist attacks against American interests for the popularity of the republican candidate to pick up again.  >>>>>


Obama and McCain on the Middle East

October 6, 2008

Their advisers have also represented widely differing positions. Randy Sheunemann, McCain’s campaign foreign policy coordinator, seems to be mainly concerned with the threat from Iran and the security of Israel. In 2002, he was the founder of the Committee for the Liberation of Iraq, a pressure group which pressed for the overthrow of Saddam Hussein. >>>>>


Palin, Biden fight over change, economy, war on terror

October 3, 2008

On foreign policy, Palin and Biden disagreed over whether Iraq or Afghanistan was the “central front” in the US war against terrorism.  Biden guaranteed that if there was another terrorist attack on US soil, it would come from Al Qaeda remnants on the border of Afghanistan and Pakistan. Palin pointed to comments from Al Qaeda’s leadership that Iraq was the key battlefront.

The two also disagreed sharply over when and how to pull troops out of Iraq.

“We will end this war. For John McCain there is no end in sight,” Biden said, arguing the need for a strict timetable. “Your plan is a white flag of surrender in Iraq,” Palin retorted, saying the president must listen to commanders on the ground.  >>>>>


‘Obsession’ not based in reality

October 1, 2008

The Free Press and the Detroit News should be acknowledged for their decision not to distribute the hateful film, recognizing its divisive aims. Muslims and other supporters of peaceful, religious diversity are grateful. Both presidential hopefuls, Obama and McCain must also distance themselves from this type of election year tactic. It is time that the mainstream media and people of good will stand up to fear mongering and bigotry during the election season, especially when America is facing so many challenges at home and abroad.  >>>>>


Palin Contradicts McCain On Pakistan, Seems To Back Obama’s Position

September 28, 2008

Sarah Palin told a customer at a Philadelphia restaurant on Saturday that the United States should “absolutely” launch cross-border attacks from Afghanistan into Pakistan in the event that it becomes necessary to “stop the terrorists from coming any further in,” a comment similar to the one John McCain condemned Barack Obama for making during last night’s presidential debate. >>>>>


Obama condemns Ahmadinejad’s anti-Zionist UN remarks

September 24, 2008

CLEARWATER, Florida (AFP) — Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama on Tuesday condemned Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s anti-Zionist and anti-US remarks in his speech at the UN General Assembly.

“I strongly condemn President Ahmadinejad’s outrageous remarks at the United Nations, and am disappointed that he had a platform to air his hateful and anti-Semitic views,” Obama said in a statement. >>>>>

So, then does this mean that the change that Senator Obama has been seeking was from a just U.S. administration? Whatever points of change that Obama meant in his own campaign refers to precisely what Ahmadinejad was referring to. These are referred to as war crimes and violations of UN Resolutions, illegal occupations, murders, maiming, ethnic cleansing, kidnappings, false imprisonments, razing of lands, plunder and the list goes on. Aren’t people in Obama’s Democratic Party pushing for issues like impeachment; the withdrawal of troops from Iraq; war crimes indictments; restoring the previously removal of civil rights via the Patriot Act; and again the list goes on?

Is Sen. Obama pandering a bit too much? Where is the change he speaks about? If this is going to be the continuation of his efforts; then there will be little difference between the Republican and Democrat parties aside from a few collateral issues. As far as justice is concerned, Muslims are already at the bottom of that slope; they are just trying to avoid all others from avalanching on top of them.


Obama SHOULD NOT ‘support designating Iranian Revolutionary Guard a terrorist group’

September 23, 2008

And I think this speech — in this speech, you see a speech of clarity, of moral clarity, on international issues. She’s not a woman who needs 300 foreign policy advisers to tell her that the Iranian Revolutionary Guard is a terrorist group. She doesn’t need changing political winds to tell her that, as Obama did. And she’s a straight thinker, and a straight talker — >>>>>

There is a bigger problem than saying that Obama supports the Iranian Revolutionary Guard (IRG) is a terrorist group. If the IRG were a bonafide terrorist group, then the U.S. would be able to feel justified in committing the perpetual war crimes of detention, torture, rendition, etc., avoiding the Geneva Convention and other international laws against the Iranians and their own military service members. If they are not to be respected as a legitimate part of the defense forces of a sovereign nation (and are not occupying other lands by military force); then how is it that the U.S. military forces expect not to labeled as terrorist organizations, when the U.S. has already proven to be guilty of torture, murder (including women and children), illegal occupation, plundering, rape, and outright genocide?

The fact that these talking heads are spewing this loosely associated garbage is to help create some sort of tangible substance in continuing to defame and de-legitimize organizations around the world that may not be in lock-step with the imperial plans of the present U.S. administration and, of course, their helpers from abroad.

Before we get into the topic of our interpretation of their legitimacy, let us have a re-look at the criminal contract mercenaries we have in Iraq, approximately 240,000 of them and – who do not fall under the Uniform Code of Military Justice; and as of late, have a hard time following the U.S. and international laws, much less those of the Iraqis.  This does not include those same U.S. troops who are razing the lands, most of whom have no idea why.


Palin bans reporters from meetings with leaders

September 23, 2008

The campaign told the TV producer, print and wire reporters in the press pool that follows the Alaska governor that they would not be admitted with the photographers and camera crew taken in to photograph the meetings. At least two news organizations, including The Associated Press, objected and were told that the decision was not subject to discussion…

On Wednesday, McCain and Palin were expected to meet jointly with Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili and Ukrainian President Viktor Yuschenko. Palin was then to meet separately with Iraqi President Jalal Talabani, Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. >>>>>

Seems like she is padding her resume. It would be great to be able to announce, during any upcoming debates, that she has foreign policy experience by giving a laundry list of the cameo appearances of leaders visiting the UN.  The list that she intends to meet seem like a good ol’ boys network.  It would be real impressive if she met with President Ahmedinejad or other head of state where the leader is not going to be a ‘yes person’.  If she did, then this would be a more valid foreign-policy meeting to boast about when dealing with Senator Joe Biden or Senator Barack Obama.


Anti-Iran Rally Has Exponentially Double-Binded Messages

September 23, 2008

Politics and diplomacy were not a good mix at Monday’s protest rally against Iran at the United Nations. >>>>>

Two matters to be taken under consideration:

1. Major special interest groups are behind the coordination of public-relations events in order to continue the public and political brain-washing that keeps ‘our’ politics and the ‘Islamic enemy’ at odds. Either way, the association has long-term effects on the minds of Westerners.

2. This is a continuation of the hijacking of the Republican Party in order to help secure another set of years to have license to plunder other lands of the world, with a need to justify itself in doing so by brainwashing, or at least, getting the public on the bandwagon – in order to show how they too fell for it – or are co-conspirators: for the imperial powers were only following what the constituents wanted.


Obama Might Pursue Criminal Charges Against Bush

September 4, 2008

“If there has been a basis upon which you can pursue someone for a criminal violation, they will be pursued,” Biden said during a campaign event in Deerfield Beach, Florida, according to ABC.

“[N]ot out of vengeance, not out of retribution,” he added, “out of the need to preserve the notion that no one, no attorney general, no president — no one is above the law.” >>>>>

It’s a shame that our government believes it is not able to do this now.