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as-Shaheed

One paramilitary soldier was killed as he tried to tackle the suicide bomber. In Karachi, Pakistan.

Inna lillahi wa inna ilayahi wa raji’un.

I wonder why the so called “Pakistani Taliban” is doing everything possible for people to hate them. It’s almost as if they intend to be hated. I am also surprised at that they are being described as religious.

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It’s a shame that the Indian government does not allow this wonderful channel to downlink. What are they afraid of? Truth?

Please sign, and spread the word:
Allow alJazeera English to Download in India Petition

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Please allow George Galloway to pass into Gaza, and do not stain your hands in the blood of Gazans- a people under seige. Muslims and non-Muslims.

It’s a tremendous crime to cause death of innocents, if you fear the last day.

*I am not sure if any from the government will ever read this. But that I leave to Allah.

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It’s not a good decision to allow Rupert Merdoch, one of the most Islamophobic figures in the world to buy into Rotana media, owned by one of the Saudi princes.

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After Fort Hood, came the Virginia Five, and then the attack by another Nigerian man.

What more the right wingers could hope for? They got their perfect weapons to move the country in a more reactionary direction.

It’s sad to see these incidents that nothing but harm the ummah.

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Israel-US relations is complex. Israel, in 1972 attacked an American military ship. Almost sank it. Last year, several cases of spying was uncovered against suspected Israeli agents. One would imagine how come they are still allies?

Obama’s administration put it’s reputation at stake when it said in public that they demand a full settlement freeze. In response, Netenyahu (the Israeli prime minister) recently authorized newer settlements in East Jerusalem.

One would imagine that the relation between Washington and Israel would waver, and US will reduce it’s lever of support for Israel. There should be some blowback.

There hasn’t been anything like it. Instead, the US secretary of state Hillary Clinton retreated from her earlier position. Hence the puzzle.

Why is Netenyahu is doing such things? Yes he is a fanatic, but he’s no stupid. He knows if the support of the US is lost, then Israel will not be able to continue what it’s doing, including the occupation of Palestine. The reason they think they “need” to continue occupying Palestine, I believe, are mainly twofold-

  • One- it gives them a strategic military depth vis-a-vis it’s neighbors, namely Syria and Jordan. Israel is a tiny country surrounded. If it ever comes to war, the first place to take hits will not be Israeli cities where it’s economy, it factories and it’s socio-political fabric is located. Instead, the first place hit will be Palestine and the Israeli settlements- losing which does not significantly alter the strength of the Israeli government.
  • Two- the occupied Palestinians actually contribute to Israeli prosperity. The starving Palestinians make cheap labours. It’s one of the reasons why Israeli leadership is doing everything they can to break the Palestinian businesses that are independent of Israel. Farming is one example. It’s being broken by snatching lands and denying water. Did you know that it is illegal to build water tanks in their farms by Palestinians?

However, in spite of all this, maintaining US support is a higher priority (than occupying Palestine) for the Israeli government. Without it, they will have to deal with the neighbors as equals, and accept an Palestinian state on the 1967 borders.

Here is one possible reason why Israel is not cooperating with the present US government-

Netenyahu’s real allies in Washington are the neo-cons. Netenyahu knows that his racist government is fundamentally at odds with Obama’s (at least overtly) non-racist government.

The neo-cons on the other hand are trying to discredit Obama as a leader.  Their ally and tool in this is the veritable Netenyahu and his racist government.

In showing the US government a big banana, Netenyahu is essentially saying- Obama is an ineffective leader, taking his halo away, making it easier for his allies in Washington to take over. They can hope to come back to office and finish the unfinished “jobs.”

Why is Obama tolerating this? Because the are strong lobbyists on whom his party depends for funds. Probably the pro-democrat lobbyists also are unhappy with Netenyahu’s policies, but they will not accept US government taking actions against the Israeli government. Obama can berate Netenyahu, but not take action against Israeli government.

It’s a deadlock, if that’s the case.

Obama and his team are smart people, and I hope they find a way.

One of the ways to get out of this crisis would be to develop strong ties with countries such as Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia and not aiding the repressive regime in Egypt.

How does that help?

It’ll send a message to Israel (without hurting it- thus no lobbyists could object) that US does not depend on Israel solely in the middle east.

That’ll soften Netenyahu.

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At least the worst has not happened at Copenhagen. The developing countries stood together, and prevented a bad deal pushing the poor countries to pay for the rich ones.

Sadly, my own country used to be with the poor and now it serves the rich. Although we are one of the poorest countries. For shame.

Obama, on the other hand lectured everybody on what they should do while his country pledged only 3.6 billion dollars. Remember how much he paid for the bailouts? Approx a trillion. Even japan pledged to pay 11 billion dollars. In his country, when the rich make mistakes, they are rewarded. Actually Wall street did not make mistakes. It is more like crime when they committed.

In one Hadith, the Prophet (SAW) reminded us, one of the things that devastated past nations is their different treatment of the poor and the rich.

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Please watch this.

Obama’s Afghan-Pakistan Syndrome.

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From Wikipedia:

The Union Carbide (now Dow Chemical) disaster – also known as the Bhopal disaster or the Bhopal gas tragedy – was an industrial catastrophe that took place at a Union Carbide pesticide plant in the Indian city of Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh on December 3, 1984. Around 12 AM, the plant released methyl isocyanate (MIC) gas and other toxins, resulting in the exposure of over 500,000 people. Estimates vary on the death toll – the official immediate death toll was 2,259, which rose greatly over time. The government of Madhya Pradesh has confirmed a total of 3,787 deaths related to the gas release.[1] Another source says that a few days later the death toll had doubled. Over the next few years, the lingering effects of the poison nearly doubled the toll again, to about 15,000, according to government estimates.[2] Local activists say the real numbers are almost twice that. Others estimate 8,000-10,000 died within 72 hours and 25,000 have since died from gas-related diseases.[3][4]

Some 25 years after the gas leak, 390 tonnes of toxic chemicals abandoned at the Union Carbide plant continue to leak and pollute the ground water in the region and affect thousands of Bhopal residents who depend on it [5][6][7][8][9][10], though there is some dispute as to whether the chemicals still stored at the site pose any continuing health hazard.[2] There are currently civil and criminal cases related to the disaster ongoing in the United States District Court, Manhattan and the District Court of Bhopal, India against Union Carbide, now owned by Dow Chemical Company, with arrest warrants pending against Warren Anderson, CEO of Union Carbide at the time of the disaster[11][12]. No one has yet been prosecuted.

Please do something today.

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