Afghan strike ‘kills civilians’

October 17, 2008

At least 18 civilians have been killed in an air strike by foreign forces in the southern Afghan province of Helmand, reports say.

A BBC reporter in the provincial capital Lashkar Gah saw the bodies – three women and the rest children – ranging in age from six months to 15. >>>>>


Philippine Muslim rebels to take case to UN

October 15, 2008

He criticized President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo’s government for backing out of the deal after 11 years of negotiations, and said militants within the rebel ranks who are opposed to the peace process may stage fresh attacks.

“After long years, we came to a point that seemed to bolster what the anti-negotiation groups are saying: that the government could not be trusted,” Iqbal said.  >>>>>

Pak warns US against border violations

October 14, 2008

Pakistani Government sources were quoted by the Dawn News channel on Monday as saying that Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari had told British officials on the same day that violations of Pakistan’s frontiers would not be tolerated...

Islamabad says the strikes are an infringement of its sovereignty and are counterproductive in the battle against militants. Pakistani civilian and military leaders have frequently protested over the US incursions into Pakistan’s tribal region, with Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani terming the attacks as an ‘act of terrorism’. >>>>>

Playing Palestinians off Against Each Other

October 7, 2008

Now, however, and judging by its behavior, Israel seems comfortable with Hamas’ control over Gaza. In addition to undermining Palestinian aspirations for independence and statehood, the split between Hamas in Gaza and Fateh in the West Bank is causing each to compete with the other over who can better prevent Palestinian violence against Israel. The split, moreover, and Hamas’ control over Gaza are reducing international pressure on Israel. Israel is thus free to continue its violations of international law, avoiding its responsibility to implement United Nations Security Council Resolutions 242 and 338, expanding and building more illegal Jewish settlements in occupied territory and maintaining its draconian and inhuman closure policies in both the West Bank and on Gaza.  >>>>>

Somalia: UN delegation visits Jowhar’s Islamist rulers

October 7, 2008

The delegation met privately with Islamic Courts rulers in Jowhar, the capital of Middle Shabelle region which is located 90km north of Mogadishu.

The media was excluded from the meeting, but the Islamists’ top leader in Jowhar, Sheikh Dahir Addow Alasow, told reporters afterwards that the meeting was intended to inform UN officials about the security situation in Middle Shabelle region. >>>>>

US Mounting Effort To Counter Limits on Speech Critical of Islam

October 4, 2008

The debate focuses on a United Nations resolution called “Combating Defamation of Religion,” sponsored by the 57-nation Organization of the Islamic Conference. The resolution was adopted by the U.N. General Assembly in 2005 and is up for renewal in the next couple of months. While the resolution stresses the need to fight defamation against all faiths, Islam is the only one explicitly mentioned.  >>>>>

The major push against this is actually coming from Zionists and Americans in cahoots with Zionists.  In this case, all faiths would be welcomed on the platform of defamation on something constructed and sponsored by an ‘Islamic’ organization.

Their generosity and sense of justice in their resolution is unlike the push for anti-Semitism, where the push for anti-defamation is touted to be that which represents and is aligned with the suffering of others, but has special privileges automatically bestowed on those who are considered Semites.  The argument regarding the monopolization of the term ‘holocaust’ is also considered poorly representative to Gentiles around the world whom have suffered sometimes losses in greater numbers.

The actual term ‘Semitism’ and ‘anti-Semitism’ are capitalized by a small group of people that many argue are not even Semites; but definitely excludes people who are Semites like the people(s) who speak:  Akkadian, Amharic, Arabic, Aramaic, Ge’ez, Hebrew, Maltese, Phoenician, Tigre and Tigrinya among others.  (source

Flirting with Palin earns Pakistani president a fatwa

October 1, 2008

Though the fatwa, issued days after the Sept. 24 exchange, carries little weight among most Pakistanis, it’s indicative of the anger felt by Pakistan’s increasingly assertive conservatives who consider physical contact and flattery between a man and woman who aren’t married to each other distasteful. Though fatwas, or religious edicts, can range from advice on daily life to death sentences, this one does not call for any action or violence.  >>>>>

Something tells me that Pakistanis have a lot of other primary concerns than the media focus on than Zardari’s unprofessional diplomatic and Islamic protocol.