Saturday, April 2, 2011
Friday, April 1, 2011
Reducing Control Making Light of Arab Uprisings! - Younus Abdulllah Muhammad - Islam Rising Conference 2011
source BOCA RATON, FL, March 30, 2011 /24-7PressRelease/ -- A registered Republican that voted for President Barack Obama announces the launch of www.ObamaEndYourWar.com. The nonpartisan website is dedicated to ending the U.S. military involvement in Afghanistan. Americans are urged to drive with their headlights on during the day to illuminate a bright pathway for President Obama to find his way out of Afghanistan.
ObamaEndYourWar.com will serve to focus public attention on the 10 year old war. The call to action, driving with your headlights on during the day, gives Americans a simple method to express their opposition to continuing the war. According to the website, many compelling reasons have been overshadowed by other world events.
The China Solution:
The website offers a new exit strategy for the U.S. to leave Afghanistan entitled The China Solution. According to a U.S. Government report published in the NY Times, "The United States has discovered nearly $1 trillion in untapped mineral deposits in Afghanistan, far beyond any previously known reserves and enough to fundamentally alter the Afghan economy and perhaps the Afghan war itself, according to senior American government officials."
"There is stunning potential here," Gen. David H. Petraeus, commander of the United States Central Command, said in an interview on Saturday. "There are a lot of ifs, of course, but I think potentially it is hugely significant."
The website founder, Greg Washio, comments, "The discovery presents a historic opportunity for China and Afghanistan to negotiate a long term security and development treaty. China has the military, capital and mining expertise to help Afghans rebuild their nation. In exchange for the minerals rights, China would rebuild infrastructure and a new railroad system to ship the minerals. They would also eradicate the opium crop to avoid a heroin epidemic in China. Opium growers would get jobs in mining or participate in other areas of the expected economic boom."
He argues that "China is in a much better position to help Afghanistan than the U.S. China has close proximity, a huge army with non-Christian solders and can earn a reasonable profit for their effort."
ObamaEndYourWar.com asks for volunteers and contains a blog where others can share views and ideas. Pages provide information about the history of Afghanistan, opium production and related topics.
Greg Washio commissioned an art poster to support the effort. The colorful poster features President Obama in the foreground with U.S. troops, a burned-out village and the Afghan mountains in the background.
OUR ARTICLE FOLLOWS *please encourage the site to include it in their coverage by sending a copy of it to the founder's email at i :
High Time Progressives Support the Insurgency and End this War
The Real Battle for Hearts and Minds in Afghanistan - As Ground is Laid for Resource Plunder
By Younus Abdullah Muhammad
October 27, 2010 "Information Clearing House" ---- A recent interview conducted for Forbes online entitled In the Shadow of the Taliban, Afghanistan Mining Sector Open for Business (HERE) documents the pillar points of the elite establishment's post-occupation policy for the war-torn country. In remarks that represent initial efforts to usher in an era of multinational exploitation of Afghanistan's vast resources, the latest economic dimensions of the conflict become clear.
In parallel efforts to what was witnessed in Iraq as the war there grew more complicated, the new Afghan elite are now being pressured to assume more indigenous responsibility for the fiscal strings that propel the war. Because there is no present flowing crude, gas, or pipeline, the country has been destroyed (again), and the people do not represent a reliable or sufficient tax base to maintain the civil wars and looting coming after occupation, the nation's mineral wealth will become the subject of focus for potential corporate plunder.
Pressure for heavy returns and limited regulation will allow foreign investors to make a killing on high risk investments while labor costs will be as low as anywhere in the world and the absence of financial regulation will allow for all kinds of new corruption, speculation and embezzlement. Regular Afghans will never see a dime. It is the latest attempt to implement the neoliberal economic policies that are the norms of 'globalization' as America, on behalf of the corporations and international elite it serves, tries to turn a profit and sustain control of the corporatist world order.
The interview was conducted with Afghan Minister of Mines, Wahidullah Shaharani, during his recent trip to the United States where he held bilateral and multilateral meetings with the US Departments of State, Treasury, and Commerce; USAID; the World Bank; IMF and others before engaging on a month long tour with fellow diplomats holding conferences and public speakings that touted the economic prospects of Afghanistan and the 'successes' of the American partnership. The quotes included by Forbes, a magazine largely in favor of the international elite, are troubling in some prominent ways. Here is a selected section with comments,
Forbes: The Aynak project had allegations of corruption. How is Hajigak going to be different?
Shahrani: There was a lengthy bidding process for Aynak for which the government received support from the World Bank. We recognize there have been reported allegations. But the process was very transparent and MCC was the clear winner. Companies’ bids are public for everyone to see. The process for awarding the Hajigak deposit will be transparent and open.
The Aynak project refers to copper mines that were granted to a Chinese State Corporation so enthusiastic about the prospects it outbid its competitors by $1 billion. The contract represented the first major international exploitation of Afghanistan in the post-American era. As in Iraq, Chinese State Corporations were authorized to receive initial contracts so to play down speculation that the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan were of the imperialist variety. The press plays along; the New York Times critically commented that, "while the United States spends hundreds of billions of dollars fighting the Taliban and Al-Qaeda here, China is securing raw material for its voracious economy. The world’s superpower is focused on security. Its fastest rising competitor concentrates on commerce." In truth of point the occupation itself is commerce for many American individuals and corporations.
The report titled "Global Economics Paper No: 153", issued by the Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. on March 28, 2007, says 11 emerging economies dubbed as "N-11" countries, including Bangladesh, Egypt, Indonesia, Korea, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Turkey, Vietnam and the Islamic Republic are expected to notch up striking economic growth rates between 2015 and 2025.
According to the US-based banking group, Iran has the strong possibility of becoming one of the world's largest economies in the 21st century, thanks to its relatively stable and steady economic rise, and a marked increase in the country's Gross Domestic Product (GDP), which is estimated to reach about $716 billion in 2025.
Thursday, March 31, 2011
Saad Al-Faqih - I am anticipating movement but with caution. The supporters for change are ready to move. Organisation is taking place behind the scenes. The events of recent weeks have all been in favour of the opposition. But what works against the opposition is the near absence of the culture of demonstrations, vigil and civil action in Arabian society. Moreover, the regime has successfully employed the sectarian card and even utilised the international broadcasting media to portray the opposition as Shia-based. We are working very hard to neutralise this message and tell the people inside the country that the Shias have nothing to do with the events planned for Friday and that the Shias have their own activities which are scheduled to take place on different dates.
Mahan Abedin - You readily admit that the Saudi regime is brazenly using the sectarian card to divide and weaken its opponents. But as one of the key opposition groups shouldn't you be doing the exact opposite? Shouldn't you be bringing the Shias under a national umbrella and thus pose a united front to the regime?
Saad Al-Faqih - We would like to but the problem is that sectarian polarisation runs deep and the people in Arabia and elsewhere in region are highly charged about the sectarian issue. The Saudi regime and some Sunni groups have worked very hard in recent years to convince many Saudi Sunnis that all our problems are linked to Iran and the Shias. So the problem is not dictatorship, corruption, poverty, lack of opportunity, not even Israel but it is Iran! That is the propaganda of the Saudi regime and its domestic, regional and international allies. There is an incendiary sectarian media battle in the region with about six TV channels mobilised on either side and they are constantly fanning the flames of sectarian hatred and misunderstanding. This is the prevailing environment in which we all have to operate.
Nevertheless, we try to avoid portraying Shias in a negative light by presenting them as a minority with a unique set of grievances which should be respected. I have publicly urged some Saudi Shia leaders to reduce their voice for the time being, until we achieve our core objective.
Mahan Abedin - They are not listening?
Saad Al-Faqih - No, they are not listening!
The Federal Reserve released an avalanche of files Thursday detailing—for the first time ever—its loans to banks under its emergency funding facility known as the “discount window.”
But investors and bank customers won’t find it very useful.
The disclosure came in the form of computer disks handed to reporters in Washington, DC. Those disks contained nearly 900 PDF files that must be individually opened and read. The files include tables with loans made by the Fed, as well as emails between Federal Reserve officials. The disks aren’t searchable and the Fed didn’t include an index.
The release of the data in such a user-unfriendly manner is reminiscent of the way Goldman Sachs dumped tens of thousands of documents on the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission. The commissioners publicly scolded the investment bank for the document “dump.”
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Rabi-us-Sani 23, 1432 A.H, Tuesday, March 29, 2011
In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious and the Most Merciful.
by Hunzala Mujahid
The start of 2011 has been an auspicious time for the Islamic World. Almost ten years since America and its eastern and western allies declared a Crusade against the Islamic World to destroy the light of Islam once and for all, the tides of history have turned once again. When the Americans started their war of ‘Infinite Justice’ all parties knew that this clash of civilisations will have far-reaching consequences for the coming century. But few could have guessed how unforeseen they were to be.
Today, the great might of America, the greatest western power since the Roman Empire, has been brought to its knees. Its allies are abandoning the banner of falsehood from left and right. And everywhere, the dictators of Muslim countries, so complicit in these crimes against the Islamic Ummah, are facing the wrath of our Muslim populaces.
The rulers of the Muslim nations have proven to be the greatest enemies of Islam in this war against the Muslims. They have not only been complicit in all the atrocities and war-crimes being perpetuated by the Westerners against Muslims, but have even out-classed their masters in killing and torturing the Muslim citizens. They faithfully carried out the orders given to them by White House in arresting, imprisoning, torturing, and murdering tens of thousands of their citizens in the so-called ‘war against terrorism’. It seems that the sole purpose of these governments is to suppress their own populace and advance the interests of America and Israel in these regions.
Most of these rulers came to power through force, and for them insuring the survival of their barbaric regimes has always been of paramount importance. To achieve this end, they were even willing to subservient not only the national interests and aspirations of their people but also of the entire Islamic Ummah. They built ruthless security apparatuses and cruel intelligence services, not to defend their people and country from external threats, but rather to suppress their very own citizens. They sold their faiths and their people for the small price of ensuring a few more days in their empty palaces.
Alhamdulillah! alhamdulillah! It is with great joy that we hear about our Muslims brothers and sisters in these distant lands rising to challenge these agents of the West, and seeking to replace them with leaders that will rule them with justice and Islamic principles. There are many in the West (and their followers in the east) that have given a twist to this narrative and claimed that these protests are a great victory for the West and a loss for quote Islamists unquote.
Nothing could be further from the truth than this distortion of the realities. The Muslim populaces of these countries rose against their rulers precisely because these leaders prioritised the wishes of their Western masters over the aspirations of their people. The laws implemented by these rulers over the past ten years, in the name of fighting terrorism (but in reality to suppress their people even further) were one of the main catalysts for these rebellions.
The Muslim people of Tunisia, Egypt and Libya did not seek to remove their corrupt leaders only to elect, in their places, other equally corrupt leaders who will seek the same policies of neglecting their own nation, transferring all the wealth of their nation to foreign banks, and aligning their foreign policies according to directives from Washington and Langley.
No! The Islamic Ummah has spoken, and they have spoken overwhelmingly for independence and self-sufficiency from foreign powers. The martyrs of Tunis, Benghazi, and Tahrir Square gave up their lives for their beliefs and their people. Their main demands were resonant throughout. They want their governments, to work for the people, not against them. They want police, security forces, and intelligence services to protect the people from external threats, not to suppress them for foreign interests. They want a just social order. They want their governments to provide basic education for their children, employment opportunities, a fair and Islamic justice system, accountability for corrupt officials, and some measure of equality and redress for the poor and the oppressed. They are tired of their governments forcing its people to flee their country and live a life of servitude and hardship in foreign lands so that their families at home do not die from starvation. They are tired of their governments implementing policies that benefit American, France and Israel, and bring only misery and privation for its people.
By the Grace of Allah the revival within the Islamic Ummah is manifesting itself more clearly every day. We, the Muslim people of Afghanistan, send our messages of felicitation and support, to all our Muslim brothers throughout the Islamic world, in their efforts to rid themselves from the shackles of slavery and corruption. Any Muslim nation, that wishes to build their country into a strong and independent nation, must first rid themselves from their corrupt and too often drunk, leaders and replace them with pious, accessible and accountable leaders to will work hard to serve their people, and establish the rule of Allah in their country.
The only way in which the Islamic nations can regain their rightful position as the leading, most powerful and advanced nation of the world is, if it abandons its slavery to foreign notions such as dictatorship, democracy, nationalism, nation-state, and other equally fallacious ideas. These are ideas that were transplanted on our nations to continue the slavery of Muslim nations to their colonial masters long after they had physically left these lands. One only has to look at the colonialist policies of Britain in India, Iraq, Palestine, Egypt, and of Italy in Northern Africa and France in Western Africa to understand how much they tried, and focussed on educating an elite class within these societies who were completely enslaved and brainwashed with these notions. It was these very same elitists who were then left by their colonial masters in charge of affairs after they exited the countries. For over half a century, these elitist have bombarded our children with ideas of democracy, human rights, separation of politics and religion, and secularism; all in the name of enlightenment and modernism. But the conduct of these leaders has been far from enlightened or modern. Their enslavement to these foreign notions has prevented them from seeking any original solution to the issues facing their nations, and all they have to done is to hold to the tails of their former masters and say: ‘Take us to hell and back, and you will find us steadfast in your path’.
How can anyone expect to live a life of dignity and advancement with such leaders in charge?! The only option for Muslims is to throw these elitist leaders from positions of power and replace them with leaders that will resolve all issues in accordance with Islam. Islam is the fountain through which we will gain back our dignity and honour. It is the only system of government that looks at the needs of its people and responds to those needs. It is better than dictatorship because its does not protect the corrupt elites, and it is better than democracy because it does not rule on behalf of the rich. It is the only system of law before which, the powerful and the weak, the rich and the poor, the black and the white are all equal. It is the only system that takes from the rich what they have taken unlawfully and gives to the poor what is lawfully theirs. In short, it is the only system through which we can achieve dignity, glory, and social justice.
The Muslim people of the world, your Afghan brothers say to you, that we have seen every system of government possible under the face of this earth; from kingship to dictatorship to communism to democracy to Islam. We can tell you that none of these can compare with Islam. Islam is the only system of government that works at the grassroots, from the houses, the local masaajid, and local shuras, its permeates up all the way to the Ameer ul Mu’mineen, who is always in contact with the people, responding to their needs and addressing their concerns. Anyone who doubts this has only to look at the lives of the Four Righteous Caliphs. The Arabs were the most backward people on the face of earth until Allah blessed them with Islam, and then they became the vanguard for the most powerful and advanced Ummah on this earth. If the Muslims want to find dignity, glory and social justice again, then the only option for them is to return to Islam.
As a final note, I would like to remind us of the quote of Umar (R.A) the second Righteous Caliph, who said: “We are people whom Allah exalted by Islam. If we still seek exaltation in things other than Islam, Allah will humiliate us.”
The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan