Iraq: US dropped nuclear bomb near Basra in 1991, claims veteran

October 9, 2008

An American veteran of the first Gulf War in Iraq claims that the United States dropped a five-kilotonne nuclear bomb in 1991 in a deserted area outside the southern city of Basra on the Iranian border.

The claim by US war veteran Jim Brown was made during an interview included in a 30-minute current affairs report to be broadcast by Italian state news channel RaiNews24 on Thursday.  Brown told the Italian news channel that the bombing took place on the last day of the war in Iraq on 27 February 1991. >>>>>

How ironic and despicable if true.  We attack a whole country and kill more civilians than a non-culpable military many times over in order to ‘seek out weapons of mass destruction;’ only to find that there were no WMDs; and upon defeating the people we wrongfully attacked, we make our point by actually unnecessarily and criminally dropping a nuclear bomb.  When people around the world here this, it brings about a greater sense of urgency for justice and disdain for the cheerleaders for terms like “human rights,” “democracy,” “freedom,” “we only seek to offer humanitarian aid…”

Guantanamo techniques applied on US soil: civil rights groups

October 9, 2008

The military documents, including regular emails between military officers, were obtained under the Freedom of Information Act, and detail the detention and interrogation at naval prisons in Virginia and South Carolina.

They focus on three “enemy combatants:” two US citizens, Jose Padilla and Yaser Hamdi, and a legal resident, Ali al-Marri.  >>>>>

Former ambassador of Taliban to Pakistan, Mull Abdul Salam Zaeef rejected the reports of talks between Taliban and Afghan government in Saudi Arabia

October 8, 2008

Asked what was the solution of the problem, Zaeef said, “I believe talks should be held without putting any condition by either sides. Putting condition by Afghan government for talks with Taliban is not right. The government’s condition means to recognize the government which Taliban will not accept.”

“The talks should be unconditional and the US should also present their stance while the withdrawal of foreign troops, the future of Afghanistan and several other issues should be discussed,” he stated. >>>>>

Should not that have been the position taken from the onset, when the Taliban were the government and others would not accept them?  Someone is not being honest.  Who or what were to be gained by falsely reporting the original story?

Seven Years in Afghanistan: From “War on Terror” to “War of Terror”

October 7, 2008

October 7, 2008. Seven years ago today the U.S. began the assault on Afghanistan that toppled the Taliban regime and produced the present mess. Abetted by U.S. bombing and commando operations, the Northern Alliance took Kabul on November 13, 2001. This was the initial U.S. response to 9-11, an assault on the U.S. by Saudi Islamist fanatics based in Afghanistan. The al-Qaeda attacks killed 3000 people. By March 2002 the U.S. bombing had produced that many Afghan civilian fatalities. This was just the beginning. >>>>>

Woman Describes Experience Under Wahhabi Islam in Book

October 7, 2008

“You realize at once how insignificant a human being really is in the scale of creation, and at once you realize the vastness of your creator,” Dr. Ahmed said. “But for me especially I realize the diversity in Islam. And it’s so extraordinary that that diversity is manifested year after year in the cradle of Islam, in the kingdom of Saudi Arabia, which does not espouse diversity broadly in its own society.”

Dr. Qanta speaks of the orthodox version of Islam that is the kingdom’s state religion. She links Wahhabism, as it is called, to militant jihadists such as Osama bin Ladin, which some scholars dispute. “This is not Islam,” Dr. Qanta said. “This is a bastardization of Islam, a horrendous word to use. I’m not going to make any friends doing that, but that’s what it is.” >>>>>

Without saying what my personal opinion is on Wahhabism, the interviewer gives quotes of two people, who are anti-Wahhabi.  They are both presumably of Indo-Pakistani descent, living in Western countries that are involved in the attacks of ‘non-Wahhabi’ nations, and are intent on continuing with the War on Terror in Iran, and even Pakistan (our ally) – and the other hijab and non-hijab wearing nations.

With the lack of quotes from anyone who is pro-Wahhabi and possibly lives in Saudi Arabia, it is difficult to see this book as something more than a propaganda piece pandering to the West.

While most Muslims around the world may agree that the niqab (a more conservative covering for women than hijab) is something that is not required Islamically, those very same Muslims would agree that not wearing hijab (something the author displays in her interview) is clearly a sin in Islam.

This book acts as the debate toward ‘moderate Islam,’ something that leaves room for grave innovations, bida. Her interview even seeks to go as far as seeking to modernize Islam.

While recognizing that it is her personal choice, her public display of moderation and modesty is actually contrary to even moderate Muslims, for she doesn’t wear hijab.  This would not be of public importance, except that she is pushing for a moderation while she seems to be at the other extreme, not center of the issue.

Aside from her physical, non-modest appearance, it is her notion of jihad that disturbed me.  If it was a given (and it’s not), that Osama bin Laden and all the other Muslim terrorists (patsies) of the world were indeed guilty of the all the crimes alleged since 9/11, she ignores the Western ‘Crusade’ that has killed and maimed people tens-of-thousand-times over more Muslims than those acts have — and most of those victims were non-combative civilian men, women and children.

Jihad in the minds of Muslims includes anyone defending their homeland, and even own homes from tyranny, occupation and murder.  The pre-emptive attacks by the West are somehow justified in their own jihad, which is a term not recognized by themselves simply because it is a word that comes from a different language.  But whatever the West understands the term jihad to be — their actions and intentions have superceded even the widely-misunderstood, yet accepted corrupted definition of the term jihad.

The interview alone, without having read the book, is one that speaks volumes of the author’s perspective.

Sources: Taliban split with al Qaeda, seek peace

October 6, 2008

The talks — the first of their kind aimed at resolving the lengthy conflict in Afghanistan — mark a significant move by the Saudi leadership to take a direct role in Afghanistan, hosting delegates who have until recently been their enemies.

They also mark a sidestepping of key “war on terror” ally Pakistan, frequently accused of not doing enough to tackle militants sheltering on its territory, which has previously been a conduit for talks between the Saudis and Afghanistan.  >>>>>

This story actually legitimizes the notion that Al-Qaeda and the Taliban had a marriage.  In effect, there is no al-Qaeda.  There is merely a response to an invasion, ethnic cleansing, torture and other horrors against humanity.  These very same people who have been defending their own homeland, have been conveniently lumped together to be identified by the West as Al-Qaeda.

The Taliban, or the government of Afghanistan at the time of that country’s invasion and occupation, are a group of people whom have been focusing internally – and simply desire to live out their own culture, under their own sovereignty.

The continued connection between the two groups, with Osama bin Laden purported to be acting as liaison, is something that the West needs in order to continue its marching orders on the War on Terror.  Interestingly enough, Pakistan and Afghanistan are commencing to ‘flip-flop’ on roles that neither wanted to take on, regardless of which side of the spectrum they fall on.

Muslim cleric wants one-eyed veil

October 6, 2008

Sheikh Muhammad al-Habadan has said that Saudi Arabian women are encouraged to use eye makeup and look seductive when allowed to wear a veil that exposes both eyes.

How much of their face Muslim women expose differs from country to country and is an area of contention.  >>>>>

Taliban Set Conditions before Serious Negotiations

October 3, 2008

Tashakkuri expressed to Asharq Al-Awsat his belief that trusted clerics from the Taliban visited Saudi Arabia to perform the minor pilgrimage during the month of Ramadan and said that Kabul is in discussions regarding 11conditions stressed by Taliban movement before holding serious negotiations, most notably the foreign forces’ withdrawal from Afghanistan, appointment of ministers from the fundamentalist movement in the principal ministries, and drawing up a new constitution for the country which underlines the importance of establishing an Islamic state on the land of Afghanistan. >>>>>

Coca-Cola takes a pop at Vimto in the Middle East

September 2, 2008

Coca-Cola takes a pop at Vimto in the Middle East“In a globalising world, Ramadan presents an opportunity to showcase the true values of Islam and what it stands for,” said Coca-Cola when it announced the can. “Because no other brand is as inclusive as and no other company is as diverse as Coca-Cola, we have a unique opportunity to play a valued role as an international bridge-builder and facilitator of dialogue during Ramadan.”  >>>>>

Looking for answers in Islam

September 2, 2008

Frank Griffel, professor of Islamic studies at Yale University, said the Islamic University of Madinah is one of the most respected in Saudi Arabia and it’s unfair to judge it by the actions of a few graduates. Although the university teaches very traditional Islam, he says it’s not extremist.

“I’ve met great scholars who have studied there,” he said. “We wouldn’t want Yale to be judged by what one graduate comes up with in terms of ideas. The way people teach there is different from American universities but, by and large, it has produced very good scholars and their academic output is something that is even internationally respected.” >>>>>

Gulf People Gain Weight in The Fasting Month of Ramadan

August 31, 2008

In order to balance the food intake and weight gain, exercise is a vital factor in the month of fasting, he suggested. In addition, people should pay more and more attention to the quality and amount of food they eat. They should intake salads and fruits, as well as green tea at the end of each meal.

Dr Bu Abbas is strictly against the habit of sleeping after breakfast, which is common amongst people in the Gulf, and also warns against excessive eating and suggests that one should eat only in case of hunger.  >>>>>

Pro-Palestinian Activists Expected to Reach Gaza

August 23, 2008

…Gaza’s Hamas Prime Minister, Ismail Haniyeh welcomed the activists. “We call for more activities to break the unfair siege imposed on our people,” Haniyeh said.  >>>>>


For the moment, we can continue to allow the world to know – and more importantly, keep your people in our prayers.

Saudi Arabia let’s foreigners buy shares through locals

August 21, 2008

RIYADH – Saudi Arabia said on Wednesday it would allow foreigners to buy shares listed on its stock market through licensed intermediaries, a major step toward opening the largest Arab bourse to foreign capital.

The stock market, Tadawul, has been the least open among Gulf Arab bourses to foreign investors, up to now giving foreigners access to stocks only through select funds. >>>>>

Iran Warned Not To Allow War Pretext

August 18, 2008

Following a meeting this weekend between Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and Saudi King Abdullah, Iran was told not to allow the U.S. and Israel to create a pretext for a military attack, a warning interpreted by Tehran that an impending attack is on the horizon.  >>>>>

All in the name of War on Terror

August 17, 2008

Detainee number 063, Mohamed Al-Kahtani, was one of the many hundreds housed in the Guantanamo (known as “Gitmo”) Bay detention camps who was subjected to 20 hours of interrogation on only four hours of sleep. >>>>>

Veils swapped for bikinis on Egypt’s women-only beaches

August 17, 2008

MARINA, Egypt — Islamic hymns fade out giving way to Arabic pop music as women remove their veils to reveal bikinis or one-piece swimsuits at a religiously correct beach for women only in Egypt.  Welcome to “La Femme,” French for “The Woman,” in the posh resort of Marina, where women can lounge on sun beds, tan, join in a daily belly-dance contest, or breastfeed their babies shielded by barriers of palm tree branches from the prying eyes of men.  >>>>>

Court: Saudi Arabia not liable in Sept. 11 attacks

August 15, 2008

A federal appeals court ruled Thursday that Saudi Arabia and four of its princes cannot be held liable in the Sept. 11 attacks even if they were aware that charitable donations to Muslim groups would be funneled to al-Qaida.  >>>>>

Maybe they can’t be held liable because they were simply not responsible.  More than maybe, there isn’t any proof; a lot of evidence – but no proof that Muslims, Arabs or Saudis committed the act.  There is however, evidence and even proof of other nations committing the crimes against humanity; and Afghanistan is not on that list.



Moroccan wants to stop religious practice by blaming ‘tourorists’

August 10, 2008

…But the rising decibel level is deepening fault lines between a government drive to modernize and a wave of rigorous political Islam. >>>>>

And hence, since this politician is a feminist and former Communist shows why Islam has a problem with secularism.  The secularists constantly want to implement laws to impede the practice of religion.  Hence, forget about whatever fundamental freedoms they claim to honor.

Saudi dignitaries wash Muslim sacred structure Kaaba

August 7, 2008

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — Early last Saturday, senior members of the Saudi royal family and religious establishment took up brooms and cloths perfumed with rosewater to wash the interior of the Kaaba, the sacred stone structure that Muslims face during their five daily prayers.  >>>>>

Islamic Bloc Backs War Crimes Trials, But Not for Muslim Leader

August 7, 2008

Islamic nations trying to prevent the handover of Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir to the International Criminal Court have been pressing for the ICC to try Israeli leaders. They recently endorsed the trial of fugitive Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic before a different war crimes tribunal.  >>>>>

It appears that Muslim nations seem to be the ones respecting international law the most.  Like in Western court systems, the ICC is being used as a tool for other purposes.