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Afghanistan – the Shadow of Evil

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Pashtuns - North Waziristan

Pashtuns – North Waziristan

[Editors Note: It is a treat to introduce this first piece from Jack Heart, somewhat new to the trade and self taught, but you would never know that from what you will see below. We like to do a long piece every now and then, usually a historical one covering a complicated subject over many years.

We all did not have much East Asian history in American schooling so today we have a condensed course in the history of the Pashtuns up to present day. Jack did quite a job pulling all of this together which taught me a lot.

I did a special magazine layout as it was both  a challenge and fun to go hunting for the right mix of images to help bring Jack’s historical tour to life. I hope you enjoy. I sure did…Jim W. Dean]

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Press TV asks – “What do you think is the root cause of the violence in Kashmir and the ongoing crisis there? How do you think the crisis can come to an end?”

 

 by Jack Heart      … with Jim W. Dean editing

A rare historical photo of a Pashtun fighter

A rare historical photo of a Pashtun fighter

At the end of the summer of 1947, after century’s of exploitation by the British, Colonial India had finally broken free.

Through the Indian Independence Act ratified by King George on the Sixth of July in that same year the former colony became Islamic Pakistan in the predominantly Muslim northwest and Hindu India in its heartlands to the southeast.

The air had just began to turn crisp and the leaves in the apple orchards were showing their first hint of color in the high misty valleys of Kashmir, India’s enchanted northern crown. It was in this idyllic story book setting that the inhabitants of the Baramulla district awoke to find themselves under attack.

Hordes of hereditary warriors from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, an neighboring area claimed by Pakistan but traditionally controlled by the Pashtun tribe, rolled into the countryside from out of the west.

The Pashtun had declared their intentions for the entire Indian subcontinent. They were not about to confine their activity’s to their traditional battlefield in Afghanistan and the northwest frontier of Pakistan.

The British had not been gone a month before the Pashtun embarked on their interminable quest of war for God and Pakhtunwali.They would drag the fledgling Pakistani army, still commanded by recalcitrant British officers, into an attack which would end up carving out about forty percent of Kashmir for Allah, Pakistan and their self appointed partners; the Pashtun Tribe.

The area appropriated included five of the highest peaks in the world. Perhaps upon those peaks the Pashtun will find Zun the God of the mountain tops, the mysterious God before Allah in who’s name the Pashtun waged their perpetual war.

Almost twenty years later on the other side of Pakistan, by the shore of the Arabian Sea, lay the rapidly expanding city of Karachi. Millions of Mohajirs, Muslim refugees from India, had settled in the city since Pakistan’s independence.

Linguistically and ethnically isolated from the rest of the Sindhi speaking providence of Sindh, the Mohajirs had thrown their support to Mohtarama Fatima Jinnah the sister of Muhammad Ali Jinnah the founding father of Pakistan. It appeared the almost unanimous vote from the two and a half million residents of Karachi might carry Jinnah to victory in the country of then 45 million people.

But her opponent in the early 1965 election was military despot Muhammad Ayub Khan and he wasn’t ready to relinquish the control he had held over Pakistan since 1958. With the help of his son; Gohar Ayub Khan, he flooded the Mohajir neighborhoods of Karachi with truck loads of axe welding Pashtun tribesmen imported from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

Pakistan’s claims to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa are nebulous at best. Pakhtunkhwa literally means area of the Pashtun in the Pushto language.

The law of the gun ruled

The law of the gun ruled

It is a place that has always been the designated area, immune from governing, where the Pashtun kill each other when they don’t have guests to kill.

It was a field trip of mayhem and murder by the seaside as the tribesman ran amuck in the streets of Karachi using axes and knives to maim and slaughter hundreds of Mohajirs. Fatima Jinnah would lose to Ayub Khan in the blood soaked electoral results.

The legacy of a military dictatorship in Pakistan would last at least until 2008 when strongman Pervez Musharraf resigned under intense pressure from Britain and America over his impending impeachment trial. Asif Ali Zardari is the current President of Pakistan.

In December 2011 Ex-CIA official Bruce Reidel said in Washington DC that amid speculation over Zardari’s future he believed that “the creeping establishment of Pakistan’s fifth military dictatorship is underway right now.” On January 15, 2013, Pakistan’s supreme court ordered the arrest of Zardari.

It is believed they are planning to accomplish this through the military who will then appoint its own President establishing yet another military dictatorship de jour in Pakistan. Both the ethnic rioting in Karachi, a fifth military dictatorship, and the war between India and Pakistan over Kashmir, still simmer today.

They are the Pashtuns gift to the Indian sub continent. Meanwhile history’s eternal warrior wages yet another war with yet another super power on the home front in Afghanistan. This time its against America. As the time before, against the Soviet Union, the Pashtun call themselves the Taliban which in Pashto, the Eastern Iranian language of the Pashtun, means student.

Eighty five percent of the Taliban is Pashtun. They would like the world to believe they are students of Islam but history tells a far darker tale of what the Pashtun’s curriculum is and what it has always been.

Afghan policemen - Kabul 1879

Afghan policemen – Kabul 1879

Ostensibly the Pashtun heartland; Afghanistan, became a country in 1709 but it has always been a country, by default. In all of recorded history no power on earth has been able to conquer and hold it. Over two millennium ago the Pashtun were known as the Bactrian in the West. The first mention of them in western history was made in Greek. It was in reference to the suicidal charges they made against the Macedonian king; Antiochus.

Although the Bactrians lost the first battle they just kept coming back until the Macedonians were overwhelmed. According to the historian Apollodorus of Artemita, writing a hundred years before the common era, the Bactrian’s went on to conquer an even larger portion of India than Alexander himself did: “the revolt grew so powerful on account of the fertility of the country that they became masters, not only of Ariana, but also of India.”

Archeological artifacts indicate the Kushan Empire was founded in Bactria in the first century of the Common Era by Kujula Kadphises. At the height of its influence the Kushan Empire encompassed much of the Indian subcontinent. Justin, writing around the third century of the common era, in ‘Epitome of the Philippic History of Pompeius Trogus’ calls it: “the most powerful dominion of Bactria, peopled with a thousand cities.”

Many believe the Pashtuns are the legendary Aryan’s (àrya in Sanskrit; meaning noble, loyal to God).The Rig Veda refers to the Pakthas along with the Jadu, Kuru, Sivas, and Bhalanases, as the àrya tribes that fought unsuccessfully against King Sudàs in the Battle of the Ten Kings.

Some scholars debate this and consider it just a linguistic mistake that Pakthas and Pashtun sound similar but the Pashtun people themselves are firmly convinced, even naming Afghanistan’s air line; Ariana Afghan. Strabo’s; The Geography, written two thousand years ago clearly states “Apollodorus says that Bactriana is the ornament of Ariana.”

When there were no outsiders – Afghans fought themselves. When there were no outsiders – Afghans fought themselves.

The Kushan Empire fragmented in the fourth century and for a few century’s the Pashtun fought each other and the Hephthalite’s, or White Huns, that were sweeping in from Central Asia.

Later the Pashtun held their ground for hundreds of years against the the hordes of Mohammed as the prophets army’s swept everything else before them.

The tribesmen had their own God, a God they called Zun, depicted as a golden idol with eyes of ruby’s. When the Pashtun could hold out no more they accepted the God of Islam.

At the turn of the tenth century the Pashtun came under the rule of the legendarily ferocious Turkish prince, Mahmud of Ghazni, his successors were just as malevolent.

The Ghaznavid dynasty was overthrown in the middle of the twelfth century when the tribesmen could no longer take their insults. They were replaced by the Pashtuns own version; the Ghurid dynasty, which invaded and occupied what is now Turkey.

The Ghurid’s proceeded to build their edifices with bricks that were carried on the backs of the enslaved Ghaznavid noblemen. Its said the mortar was mixed from their blood.

The Pashtuns vengeance would last about a generation. In the early part of the thirteenth century the Pashtun’s Islamic fervor would bring genocide from no less formidable an adversary than Genghis Kahn himself. When the Khwarezmian Shah slaughtered Genghis Kahn’s emissaries in Iran the Pashtuns would pay the price. But initially they routed his expeditionary force.

The Pashtun could not hold the field because immediately after their victory they started fighting amongst themselves over the ownership of a horse. Genghis Kahn was not used to losing battles so he resolved to systematically exterminate the Pashtun.

In the aftermath the Mongols occupation even he was appalled at the level of violence he brought to the land of the Pashtun. It is said upon his old age that he confided in close friends that he thought he might have went to far in what is now Afghanistan. Never the less the Pashtun survived, they always do.

When the blood lust of Genghis Kahn was finally satiated the tribesman waged more war against Genghis Kahn’s Muslim descendant; Tamerlane. The tribesman then incarnated himself as a warrior poet; Khushal Khan Kattak, and fought the mighty Mogul empire for two more generations.

British Troops added to the foreign graves in Afghanistan

British Troops added to the foreign graves in Afghanistan

The Pashtun stood against the British Empire three times at the height of that empires power. The first war lasted from 1839-1842.In one incident alone twelve thousand civilians and thirty five hundred English and Indian soldiers were massacred.

Major General William George Keith Elphinstone was escorting civilians through thirty miles of mountain passes along the Kabul river and had been given safe passage by the tribesman.

Its said that only one man survived. The second war lasted from 1878 to 1880 and featured the battle of Maiwand, a battle made famous by poet; Rudyard Kipling. At Maiwand the tribesman inflicted a devastating defeat on the British, killing almost half their soldiers from a force of twenty five hundred.

The third war was in 1919. It was initiated by the tribesman over the Indian judicial systems perceived mistreatment of a sixteen year old girl. It ended with the Treaty of Rawalpindi in which the British finally recognized Afghanistan’s independence leaving Amir Amanullah Khan as the undisputed ruler of Afghanistan.

Amanullah Khan set about on a mission attempting to modernize Pashtun tribal life, pushing through Judicial reform, woman’s rights, and resting control of the military from the Mullahs. Although he was popularly supported in urban areas of Afghanistan he was deeply resented by the rural chieftains who ignited the Khost Rebellion from 1923 to 1924.

The rebellion eventually forced his abdication and exile in 1929. He was succeeded by a bandit; Bacha-i Saqqa. Saqqa was in turn hung by Mohammed Nadiq Shah. Nadir Shah ruled from 1929 to 1933 when he was assassinated by a schoolboy; Abdul Khaliq Hazara, at a high school graduation ceremony. Hazara’s family and friends were tortured, raped and killed, even though he acted alone.

President Najiibullah hanged by Taliban - 1987

President Najiibullah hanged by Taliban – 1987

After undergoing many months of interrogation and torture himself, Hazara was given a public execution.

The executioner asked Hazara which finger he pulled the trigger with, which eye he took aim with, and which foot he stepped forward with, then gouged out his eye and cut off the corresponding body parts. After dismemberment Hazara’s body was shred in pieces by a bayonet.

Nadir Shah was succeeded by his son Zahir Shah who introduced many reforms and ruled peacefully till 1973 when he left the country for medical treatment and was displaced by his cousin; Daoud Khan.

With the help of the military Khan abolished the monarchy and ruled for five more years until he was murdered by the communists in 1978. Afghanistan was invaded by the Soviet Union in 1979. The USSR would leave battered and defeated in 1989.

History bares irrefutable testimony that the Pashtun is hardwired for aggression and his immutable code of ethics; Pakhtunwali, morally equips him with the temperament of a rabid pit bull on steroids. The Pashtun is obligated by Pakhtunwali to avenge any wrong that has ever been done to him, and that does mean ever.

In Pashto this tradition and cultural requirement is called “Badal.” Many Americans labor under the mistaken belief that the saying ‘revenge is a dish that is best served cold’ was invented by the Sicilian Mafia. It was not. It is an ancient Pashtun proverb. It is for this very reason that the northern half of India will never be safe.

The Pashtun, many from the Yusufzai and Bangash tribal branch’s, had ruled for century’s in northern Indian lands called the Rohilla States or Rohilkhand. The Rohilla States extended to the city of Patna far in the east of India. The area that constituted them is currently known as Uttar Pradesh and is part of India. It has a population of over 200 million people.

Historic Pashtun forts litter Afghanistan

Historic Pashtun fortress

The Pashtun had first come to India during the Ghurid dynasty and stayed on as mercenary’s in the service of the Sultans of Delhi. Many became horse traders and wealthy landowners.

Parlaying their military talents with the disintegration of the Mughal Empire these itinerant warriors carved out their own independent principalities.

They were driven from these rich agricultural lands by an alliance of the British under the command of Colonel Alexander Champion and an army of Sikhs, Hindus and Shiite Muslims, under the command of Persian Shiite; Shuja-ud Daulah. The Sunni Pashtun were under the command of; Hafiz Rahmat Khan. The two sides met in an apocalyptic battle on April 23, 1774.

The Pashtuns were badly outnumbered and outmatched but they were game, they are always game. Iqbal Husain the historian and author of ‘The Ruhela chieftaincies. The rise and fall of Ruhela in India in the eighteenth century’ gives an account from a British officer saying,

“It is impossible to describe a more obstinate firmness of resolution than the enemy displayed; numerous were their gallant men who advanced and often pitched their colors between both armies in order to encourage their men to follow them.”

The battle ended when Hafiz Rahmat Khan was struck in the chest by a cannon ball killing him instantly. The Pashtun dispersed from a battlefield where thousands of their fellow tribesman lay dead.

What happened next would give rise to century’s of seething Pashtun hatred. Colonel Champion and Shuja-ud Daulah remained on the battlefield for three days dispensing raiding party’s to loot, pillage, and burn, Pashtun settlements throughout the countryside. Many of the Pashtuns that were not killed outright but were forced to convert to Sikh and Hindu.

Iqbal Husain describes Colonel Champion and Shuja-ud Daulah’s actions as “ethic cleansing.”As their code Pakhtunwali dictated the Pashtun never forgot this and it became immortalized in their folk songs and poems.

The incident would give rise to Ahmad Shah and his followers. Ahmad Shah was a early nineteenth century messianic figure from the Rohilla states who taught and waged a permanent Jihad against “the bondage of the infidels.”

Malala Yousafzai - Pashtun girl shot in the head by the Taliban

Malala Yousafzai – Pashtun girl shot in the head by the Taliban

It was said that when he was a child his mother would help him organize mock skirmish’s between the children of the villages with one side being the true believers and the other the infidels.

Charles Allen author of ‘God’s Terrorists: The Wahhabi Cult and the Hidden Roots of Modern Jihad’ writes Ahmad Shah’s followers were a Mahdis cult who proclaimed themselves “Mahdawis” or one who claims to know the secret meaning of the Quran. He notes they “always carried swords and shields, and all kinds of weapons.”

There would be war upon war of reckoning with the British and Sikhs and an abiding hatred kindled for the Hindus and Shiites. Sayed Ahmad Shah would be deposed by the Pashtun themselves when he tried to stop them from selling their daughters into marriage.

Eventually the Sikhs would “martyr” him. But his message of jihad against the infidel would live on when his students founded Deobandism and laid the foundation for todays Taliban. Pashtun “Badal” wearing its by now familiar disguise of Islamic fanaticism would result in the Sepoy Rebellion in 1857.

The rebellion came within a hair’s breadth of expelling the British from northern India and it led to the dissolution of the British East India Company in 1858 when British Parliament took direct control of Indian affairs.

Charles Allen insinuates that the Sepoy Revolt only failed because the Pashtuns of Sittana and Patna refused to cooperate with the mutineers from Oudh because Oudh’s long dead Shiite leader Shuja-ud Daulah had perpetrated the ethic cleansing in Rohilla almost a century before.

An Islamic school that was spawned in the Sepoy Revolt reopened in 1866 in the small country town of Deoband about 80 miles northeast of New Delhi. The school taught a blend of Sunni adherence to a Shari’a (law and moral code) that remained immutable after the tenth century.

Afghan Girl Scouts - 1950's

Afghan Girl Scouts – 1950′s

The students of the Deoband school blended their dark age philosophy with the Sufi mysticism espoused by Sayed Ahmad Shah and the mystic who had influenced him; Shah Wali Ullah.

Deobandi madrassa’s (schools) sprung up all over the Indian subcontinent but particularly among the Pashtun.

In 1919, the Dar-al-Ulum (sacred madrassa) at Deoband established a political wing called the Jamiyatul Ulama Hind. In 1970 Jamiyatul Ulama Hind won the largest number of national assembly seats in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and the second largest number in Balochistan; another Pashtun stronghold.

In 1971 the election would result in Civil war in Pakistan between the east and the west when the military president, upon learning of the election results, asked Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto as Sindhi chairman of the Pakistan Peoples Party to form a government. The Jamiyatul Ulama Hind is now the primary opposition to the moderate Pakistan Peoples Party in Pakistan.

According to The Heritage Foundation nearly 65% of the total madrassa’s in Pakistan are run by Deobandi’s. In India the hard-line Deobandi school of Islam has the support of only around 20% of India’s Muslims and the more moderate Sufi Barelvi school has a following of over 75 percent. But as any Muslim Indian can tell you it is the Deobandi school which is fawned over by India’s congress.

At the end of march 2011 in what can only be described as a shocking display of India’s cluelessness to the dangers of radical Islam India rolled out the red carpet for a state visit from Abdur-Rahman Al-Sudais the mad Wahhabi Mullah from Saudi Arabia who’s hate filled sermons are legendary throughout the Islamic world.

The arrival of Al-Sudais as the first-ever imam of the Haram to come to India was intended to impress Indian Muslims with the stability of Saudi Wahhabism and its solidarity with the Deobandism of the Taliban.The Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind requested that when he goes to the parliament, Al-Sudais should bespared a security examination.

Al-Sudais has been designated by the JUH as the supreme world authority for Sunni believers and therefore above the supposed indignity of a security check. At the time of Pakistan’s creation the Deobandi’s, landlocked in mostly Hindu India, worked furiously to spread their Naqshbandiyya-Sunni-Hanafi-Deobandi interpretation of Islam outside of India.

Pashtun Elders

Pashtun Elders

The Taliban is a direct result of those efforts. According to Deobandi teachings it is everybody else’s fault that Islam lags behind the rest of the world in practically every criteria of civilization.

When the British finally left the Deobandi’s shifted seamlessly from demonizing British imperialism and exploitation to demonizing the Indian Hindus who they said were oppressing Muslims in the disputed area of Kashmir.

Later when the Soviets invaded Afghanistan in 1979 the Deobandi’s demonized communism and when the Soviets left and the Americans entered they seamlessly switched to demonizing U.S. secularism.

On the behest of his God the Pashtun fights total wars. As a result, many of the most important relics of early civilization have been disappearing into private collections or, because they offensive to the Pashtuns medieval mentality, are being destroyed outright.

Right after the Kabul museum was hit by a “stray” Taliban rocket in 1993 the looting began. In 2001 it reached a crescendo in the Bamiyan Valley in the Hindu Kush mountains. When the “Students” blew up the world’s two largest standing Buddha’s, fifteen hundred years old each, one of them 165ft tall.

Taliban destroyed 1500 year old Buddahs

Taliban destroyed 1500 year old Buddahs

After the U.S. deposed the Taliban, through the Northern Alliance in November 2001, Afghanistan became a grave robbers paradise.

In refugee camps on Pakistan’s Northwestern frontier collectors take shopping forays through the camps and place orders with refugees to be passed on to local war lords in Afghanistan.

These warlords openly brag that the collections displayed in their living rooms rival those displayed in the Kabul museum.

One private collector named Martin Schøyen managed to smuggle 1400 priceless ancient Buddhist manuscripts out of Afghanistan and into his farmhouse in Norway.

The area encompassing Bactria, and where the Pashtun now live, was once called Gandhara by the indigenous people. Gandhara was an important seat of Buddhist learning and the Scholars of Gandhara traveled east to India and China where they were influential in the development of early Mahayana Buddhism. The inhabitants of Gandhara were first described in the Vedas thousand of years ago as cosmic beings.

The thirty second book of the Avatamsaka-siitra, now available only in Chinese and Tibetan translations says “In Afghanistan there is a dwelling place called ‘Producing Compassion’ where enlightening beings have lived since ancient times.” Some mystics have speculated that this is where the legendary subterranean kingdom of Agartha and the seat of the Melchizedek is located.

The European legend of Prester John, a great Christian civilization concealed in the east, is often cited as evidence. Gandhara is the only region which figures in the seven notes of Indian music: re, ga, ma, pa, dha, ni, and sa. Ga is Gandhara, symbolic of the vigor which flows through the blood of time. It eternalizes the youth of Gandhara.

Prester John depiction

Prester John depiction

As long as twelve thousand years ago;Zarathustra, founded the earliest religion based on a fixed scripture. He is said to have been born in Bactria.

The capital of Bactria was Bactra, known to have had a sanctuary dedicated to the Zarathustrian Goddess of water and fertility; Anahita. In the Avesta, the sacred texts of the Zarathustranism, Bactra was called “the town with the high-lifted banners.”

Before it was named Bactra by the Greeks the city was named Balkh. Balkh is one of the oldest cities in the world.

Balkh is considered to be the first city to which the Indo-Iranian tribes migrated from the North of the Oxus and Amu River. Archeologists have dated the beginning of Balkh civilization to five thousand years ago.

But to the south of Balkh in what is now Balochistan, lay Mehrgarh where eleven skeletons have been unearthed with dental drill holes in their teeth. The skeletons have been dated to be between 7500 and 9000 years old. A report in the April 6, 2006 issue of Nature said Italian researchers working at a cemetery discovered drill holes on at least eleven molars from people buried in a cemetery of Mehrgarh.

If nothing else the land of the Pashtun may be the most important archeological site in the entire world but what Afghanistan is really rich in is opium. In Afghanistan the per hectare poppy yields are more than three times greater than in Burma; the traditional supplier of the worlds opium before the twenty first century.

Forty eight and a half kilograms of opium per hectare are yielded in Afghanistan as compared to 15 kilograms per hectare in Burma. Two thousand five hundred and seventy five tons of opium were produced in Burma in 1993.

By 2007 Burma’s opium output would be down to two hundred and seventy tons. But in the meantime Afghanistan’s output, down to almost nothing by 2001 under the Taliban, steadily increased under American occupation reaching over 8000 tons by 2007. By 2009 Afghanistan controlled the production of over 90% of the world’s total opium supply.

In 1995 the Unocal Corporation signed an $8 billion deal with Turkmenistan, a country that borders both Afghanistan and Iran, to construct an oil and gas pipeline. The eight billion was part of a larger deal for two pipelines intended to transport oil and gas from Turkmenistan through Afghanistan and into Pakistan.

Early in 1998 in Washington DC testimony was given by John J. Maresca vice president of international relations for Unocal to the House Committee on International Relations, subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific. Maresca claimed there was anywhere between 60 and 200 billion barrels of oil and 236 trillion cubic feet of natural gas in the Caspian region.

Isabel hilton

Isabel hilton

As early as 1994 the American Petroleum Institute had been wildly asserting that there was 659 billion barrels of oil in the region.

Maresca estimated that with a pipeline through Afghanistan 870,000 barrels per day, the then current production of oil, could be increased to 200 million barrels a day by 2010.

In the wake of 9/11 THE PASHTUN CODE by Isabel Hilton, an article published in the The New Yorker at the end of 2001, may have been the last real attempt at professional Journalism on Afghanistan by the wests main stream media.

In a first hand account Hilton paints a tragic picture of a geographically untamable land ruled by tribal loyalties and warlords, where making rocket launchers is a cottage industry and the Taliban is viewed as the only functional force of law and order.

Although Hilton is sympathetic to the Pashtun to the point of naivety she minces no words when she writes: “Domestic violence is regarded as the main entertainment of village life.” She paraphrases cultural anthropologist Cherry Lindholm, who studied the Pashtun, describing their family life as a small scale internecine war with the strong learning from infancy to dominate the weak.

She writes that in Pashto “The term for a husband who does not beat his wife is “a man with no penis.””Women’s rights are traditionally nonexistent in Pashtun culture.

Woman have always been treated as a form of property, like land and wealth. They cannot inherit nor, according to the Taliban’s Deobandi interpretation of the Quran, learn to read and write. They are usually married off by arrangement at the age of fifteen.

Rough punishments for Afghan women

Rough punishments for Afghan women

In fact under the Taliban women were regularly beaten in public for walking to loudly.

Recently a Pashtun tribesman performed his patriarchal duties according to a Taliban edict andgunned his daughter down in the middle of the street for running off with the wrong cousin and about a hundred and fifty school girls ended up in a Kabul hospital because they were poisoned for having the audacity to want to be able to read.

It has never went well for Pashtun woman but under the reforms of Zahir Shah they had reached the status of human beings by the seventies. That all began to change on July 3, 1979 when President Carter, under the influence of madman; Zbignew Brzezinski, signed the first directive for secret aid to the opponents of the Soviet sponsored regime in Kabul.

The Soviets managed to keep Kabul relatively cosmopolitan until National Security Decision Directive 166 was passed six years later. Under this directive Afghanistan was flooded with money, stinger missiles and even textbooks for warlords, all earmarked for the Pashtun marauders. The Soviets were finally overwhelmed and the Pashtun triumphantly returned Kabul to the dark ages.

Isabel Hilton relates a Pashtun proverb by which they live in their preferred condition of war without end: “Me against my brother, my brother and me against our cousins, we and our cousins against the enemy.” Four hundred thousand of these savage tribesman have been armed and trained courtesy of Bush and Obama’s policy’s to build up what is euphemistically called the Afghan National Security Force.

Pashtuns have been fighting forevet

Pashtuns have been fighting forever

It must be a euphemism because the Afghan army has never once prevented an Afghan leader from being overthrown, or murdered.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai is likely to end up being overthrown by his own military, as is an Afghan tradition. Since he is widely viewed as a bandit chances are they will hang him like they did Bacha-i Saqqa.

Some estimates for Karzai’s life expectancy after substantial NATO withdrawals in 2114 range to as little as two weeks. The Afghan National Security Forces true purpose, in the meantime, appears to be killing NATO soldiers in what are called “green on blue incidents.” From January 1 of 2008 to April 10, 2013, a hundred and thirty NATO coalition deaths have occurred at the hands of their Pashtun “ally’s.”

Green on Blue incidents accounted for a full 15% of NATO soldiers killed in Afghanistan in 2112. There have been 76 separate attacks by Afghan National Security Forces on NATO coalition troops, forty four in 2012 when NATO announced it would be withdrawing in 2014.

Before the American military machine had even put a boot on Pashtun soil Hilton asked “Are the Pashtun loyal to the Taliban? (The majority of the Taliban are Pashtun.) Are they loyal to Pakistan? Or are they loyal only to themselves?” The answer was obvious then. Its now painfully clear.

A place where even the old men fight - and like it

A place where even the old men fight – and like it

The Pashtuns pretentions of being the mystical heirs to some enchanted Islamic code of ethics is made completely untenable by their preoccupation of prostituting economically disenfranchised young boys, called Bacha Bazi in Pashto. Bacha Bazi is a cultural practice which is equally sickening to Christians, Jews (the Pashtun consider themselves the lost tribe of Israel), Hindus and Moslems alike.

In Pashtun culture corruption is considered a virtuesecond only to the murder of ones enemies.

Over two years ago Drago Kos, head of an international watchdog committee that was set up to rein in official Afghan corruption, threw up his hands in disgust saying: “We will have no problem to leave as soon as possible.

If there are no changes, there is no point for us to stay. We are out of here!” Everybody wants out of Afghanistan and if everybody gets their way India and Pakistan will be left holding nuclear pistols to each others heads with the Pashtun clamoring for Pakistan to pull the trigger.

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Hindustani Fanatics, India’s Pashtuns,. Tribal Analysis Center, 2009. Web. 29 Apr 2012.http://www.tribalanalysiscenter.com/PDF-TAC/Hindustani%20Fanatics-Deobandism.pdf

Jones, Ann. “Playing the Game in Afghanistan: Dead Americans, Dead Goats, and Half a Million Gunmen on the Loose .” TomDispatch.com. 8 3 2012: n. page. Web. 29 Apr. 2012. http://truth-out.org/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=7155:playing-the-game-in-afghanistan-dead-americans-dead-goats-and-half-a-million-gunmen-on-the-loose.

Lévesque, Julie. “From Afghanistan to Syria: Women’s Rights, War Propaganda and the CIA.” Global Research. 4 4 2013: n. page. Web. 8 May. 2013. http://www.globalresearch.ca/from-afghanistan-to-syria-womens-rights-war-propaganda-and-the-cia/5329665.

Quraishi, Najibullah , dir. “Uncovering the world of “bacha bazi”.” Frontline. PBS: Television.http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/dancingboys/view/

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Rashidi, Zabi. “Afghanistan: Woman killed for “dishonoring” family.” Veterans Today. (5/1/2013): n. page. Web. 2 May. 2013. http://www.veteranstoday.com/2013/05/01/afghanistan-woman-killed-for-dishonouring-family/.

Rashidi, Zabi. “Over 150 Afghan school girls in hospital after suspected poisoning in Kabul.” Veterans Today. (5/1/2013): n. page. Web. 2 May. 2013. http://www.veteranstoday.com/2013/05/01/over-150-afghan-school-girls-in-hospital-after-suspected-poisoning-in-kabul/.

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Walk away, Palestinians!

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Choose new leaders and fight for justice under fair and decent procedural rules

by Stuart Littlewood

While a fanfare of trumpets announced the resumption of so-called peace talks between Israel and the trampled Palestinians, to be held under the watchful eye of America’s Zionist ‘facilitators’, the Israelis were awarding special priority grants and other government funding to a number of their outlying West Bank “settlements”.  http://www.irishtimes.com/news/world/middle-east/israel-moves-to-boost-west-bank-settlements-before-peace-talks-1.1484539

Settlement is a nice friendly word suggesting a peaceful pioneering enterprise. Israeli settlements are anything but. Let us call them what they really are: illegal colonizer squats on land seized at gunpoint.

Recipients of these special funds included four squats that were considered illegal even by Israel until the Tel Aviv government decided to change their status. Handing them more rewards makes a nonsense of Israel’s claim to be a peace partner and for that reason a small handful of ministers abstained. But even justice minister Tzipi Livni, who heads the Israeli side in the talks, could not bring herself to vote against this blatant endorsement of the illegal squats that scuppered earlier talks.

Settlements in West Bank (Photo : Dudi Vaknin)

Settlements in West Bank (Photo : Dudi Vaknin)

According to Ynetnews (Record number of settlements included in national priority list), the list passed the government vote unopposed. Towns on the list will receive a government injection for 30% of the cost of hotels and other tourist ventures, as well as reduced costs for housing and infrastructure and aid for culture and environmental projects.

So expect to see these frontier towns promoted as destinations on the Israel tourist trail when actually they are on stolen Palestinian land.

By now it must be obvious to all that the regime is no partner for peace, never was and never will be.

Bush’s “irreversible” peace process designed to fail

Here is how the situation looked nearly 5 years ago, as I noted at the time (December 2008)….

In a display of mutual admiration between US president Bush and Fatah’s president Abbas, Bush reportedly said: “People must recognise that we have made a good deal of progress” and Middle East peace talks are now “irreversible”.  Abbas, whose days are also numbered, praised the outgoing US president saying: “There is no doubt that we will continue these efforts and the peace negotiations, but everything will be based on the foundation, and that foundation was laid by you during your time in office.”

But when Abbas’s team was asked if Bush would press Israel to ease its blockade of Gaza, it seemed the US president would not commit to negotiating an end to the siege. So we can see how devoted they actually are to the cause of peace.

Meanwhile the Quartet – America, the EU, Russia and the United Nations – says there’s no turning back from US-led talks between Israel and the Palestinians, despite their spectacular lack of progress.

No reverse gear, and no forward gears either, it seems.

For peace to blossom…

It seems to me that at least six things need to happen before Middle East peace stands a chance.

First, the Palestinians must show some steel, walk away from these bogus talks and put the blame squarely where it belongs – on Israeli and US dishonesty.

Second, the Fatah and Hamas factions must unite so that Palestinians, finally, can pursue their quest for freedom and independence in a businesslike way.

Third, they must start proceedings at the UN for full membership and bring charges of war crimes against Israel in the International Criminal Court.

International Criminal Court, The Hague, Netherlands

Fourth, the Arab nations must show concerted support, likewise the civil society solidarity groups in the West.

Fifth, the Christian churches must wake up, throw off all Zionist influence and reclaim the Holy Land heritage so central to their beliefs.

And sixth, the European community must suspend Israel from the 1995 EU-Israel Association Agreement. The purpose of the Agreement is to promote peace and security, shared prosperity through economic co-operation, free trade and free movement of capital, and cross-cultural rapprochement. It governs not only EU-Israel relations but Israel’s relations with the EU’s other Mediterranean partners – which include the Palestinian National Authority.

EU, implement Article 2

To enjoy these privileges Israel undertook to show “respect for human rights and democratic principles”, described in Article 2 as “an essential element” of the Agreement.  Steps may be taken to enforce the contractual requirements regarding human rights, self-determination and fundamental freedoms for all. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights adopted by the UN in 1948, Article 13, states: (1) Everyone has the right to freedom of movement and residence within the borders of each state, and (2) Everyone has the right to leave any country, including his own, and to return to his country.

But Israel continues to show the same contempt for the rules of the Association as it does for international law.

In 2002 the EU Parliament did vote to suspend the Agreement, condemning the military escalation by the Sharon government and the oppression of the Palestinian civilian population by the Israeli army. But the un-elected EU Commission simply ignored the will of Parliament. Consequently there has been no improvement in Israel’s behaviour.

It is time to try again. Israel relies heavily on exports to Europe where it enjoys ‘favoured nation’ terms. By pulling the plug – as provided for under Article 2 of the Agreement – instead of continuing to reward Israel for its crimes, the EU could go a long way towards resolving the problem in the Holy Land.

Furthermore, toleration of Israel is wearing thin among Europeans. As far back as 2003 a European Commission poll of 15 member states named Israel as the top threat to world peace, ahead of North Korea, Afghanistan and Iran. The Simon Wiesenthal Centre branded the result “a racist flight of fancy that only shows that anti-Semitism is deeply embedded within European society”. http://www.jewishfederations.org/european-poll-israel-biggest-threat-to-world-peace.aspx

The EU has already fired warning shots by blocking the funding of entities within the illegal squats and requiring illegal squatter goods to be labelled as such. But these measures are not enough. The situation warrants a total ban on the trade.

In 2004 the International Court of Justice – that “principal judicial organ of the United Nations” – ruled that the Separation Wall is illegal and must be dismantled, and Israel must compensate the Palestinians. Furthermore, said the ICJ, all States are under an obligation not to recognize the illegal situation resulting from the construction of the Wall and to ensure Israel complies with international humanitarian law.

Apartheid Wall in Palestine

Israel is still building the Wall. And despite its huge leverage the international community, in 65 years, hasn’t even begun to rid us of the evil that engulfs the Holy Land. Who can blame those who now believe that the regime occupying Jerusalem “must vanish from the page of time”, as Ayatollah Khomeini so poetically put it, if peace is ever to blossom?

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How IsraHell Lobby Trained a US Diplomat

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Samantha Power, nominee to be U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations.

Samantha Power, nominee to be U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations.

Samantha Power, U.S. Ambassador-designate to the UN, once dared to suggest deploying a peace-keeping force to Israel to protect the lives on both sides, an idea that infuriated the Israel Lobby and taught Power a lesson in how she must temper her views on human rights.

by Paul R. Pillar

David Rieff’s commentary on Samantha Power’s confirmation hearing is a trenchant account of some of the worst in what we see in the process of confirming nominees for senior positions. Even by the standards of such hearings, Power’s performance was notably obsequious.

This was an abuse of the process by the nominee, in the sense that in a proceeding ostensibly intended to learn more about the nominee we did not learn much at all except that she really, really wants the job of ambassador to the United Nations and is willing to shape her testimony in whatever way it takes to get the job.

Rieff cites the experience of Robert Bork as the master lesson for all subsequent nominees on the need to trim their views if they expect to get confirmed. That history is no doubt a factor, but to understand the pathologies of the confirmation process we should take note of the variety of ways in which that process gets abused. Many of those ways are not the work of nominees, but in at least one respect, as Power’s case illustrates, they induce from nominees’ behavior that only adds to the dysfunction.

A conspicuous and recent abuse was the attempt to cripple the work of the National Labor Relations Board and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau by refusing to bring any nominees for those bodies to a vote in the Senate. Threats from the Senate majority leader about exercising a so-called nuclear option won a temporary reprieve from that tactic, although there is no assurance we won’t see it revived, and the chances are it will be.

Here he goes again...

Here he goes again…

One of the participants in that tactic, Senator Lindsey Graham, later acknowledged that the nominee to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau “was being filibustered because we don’t like the law. That’s not a reason to deny someone their appointment. We were wrong.”

Even when the objective is not to cripple an agency or effectively vacate the law that created it, it has become commonplace for the confirmation process to be the vehicle for pursuing policy agendas that have nothing to do with the nominee.

This is at best an irrelevance and a drag on the process. It becomes abuse when confirmation votes may be determined by it.

The same Sen. Graham started crossing this line last week when he used questioning of Admiral James Winnefeld, nominated for another term as vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, to push the idea that the Iranian regime is still an awful and extreme beast despite the election to the Iranian presidency of Hassan Rouhani.

At one point Graham said “this will determine how I vote for you” before asking whether Winnefeld thought Rouhani is a “moderate.” Even setting aside the issue of the substantive validity of what Graham was harping on, why should a military officer’s view on this question determine his fitness to serve as vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs?

Nominees, especially those already serving in the Executive Branch, have somehow to make their responsiveness to questions not run afoul of policies that have already been set by the president, and not to make it seem that they are getting ahead of the president, forcing his hand, or openly criticizing him. And yet senators repeatedly and knowingly put nominees in that difficult position.

At the same hearing last week of the Senate Armed Services Committee, John McCain did so with General Martin Dempsey, nominated for another term as chairman of the Joint Chiefs. McCain tenaciously tried to get Dempsey to say that the administration’s policy on Syria was one of “inaction.”

We should hope that the nation’s senior military officer is giving his best advice in private to the president on military aspects of an important problem such as Syria, and we should expect that officer not to offer discordant characterizations of the president’s policy in public. We should also hope that senior members of the Senate Armed Services Committee see the job of chairman of the Joint Chiefs in similar terms, regardless of their views about Syria or any other substantive issue.

The inherent vulnerability of nominees makes the confirmation process a vehicle for showing who’s boss. This is a form of abuse that goes beyond senators who do the voting, and it gets back to how Power conducted herself. Specifically, it gets to her comments about Israel, which as Rieff puts it were “so stridently one-sided as to be almost wholly indistinguishable from the talking points of Israeli diplomats.”

The now well-known background to this is an interview more than a decade ago, in which Power suggested that to quell Israeli-Palestinian violence at that time the United States should consider deploying a large protective force even though this might mean “alienating a domestic constituency of tremendous political and financial import.” The constituency in question, as is its custom, denounced Power as anti-Israeli.

Power’s later means of retaining her confirmability in the face of such accusations was to disavow, totally and tearfully, her own observations. A key event was a meeting with American Jewish leaders at which, according to the meeting’s organizer, she “became deeply emotional and struggled to complete her presentation as she expressed how deeply such accusations had affected her.”

This sequence has made Samantha Power a more valuable commodity to the Israel lobby than if she had never made any comments to offend the lobby in the first place. Sustaining the lobby’s power depends on repeated demonstrations of submission to that power. The lobby could not have gotten a better demonstration of submission than to have the nominated chief U.S. diplomat at the United Nations abandon all evidence of any independent thought on the issues concerned and to make herself indistinguishable from Israeli diplomats.

General James Mattis

General James Mattis

Besides making for more dysfunction in the confirmation process, this kind of response from a nominee, as when Power said at her hearing that the United States has “no greater friend in the world” than Israel, badly distorts the larger public discourse on important issues. To appreciate how much it is distorted, we have to listen to distinguished and experienced people who are not up for a confirmation vote, do not expect to be in the future, and thus can voice their observations in an honest and untrimmed manner.

One such person is retired Marine Corps General and former Central Command head James Mattis, who last weekend explainedsome of the cost to the United States of the festering Israeli-Palestinian conflict. “I paid a military security price every day as a commander of CENTCOM because the Americans were seen as biased in support of Israel,” said Mattis.

Moderate Arabs “who want to be with us,” he said, restrict their support for the United States because they “can’t come out publicly in support of people who don’t want to show respect for the Arab Palestinians.”

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Naziyahu to Kerry: Abbas is inciting against IsraHell

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Chutzpah

Times of Israel

In the wake of the chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat’s angry letter to US Secretary of State John Kerry about Israel’s new settlement building amid the resumption of peace talks, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sent his own letter to Kerry over the weekend, lambasting the Palestinians for failing to curb incitement against Israel.

Netanyahu wrote to Kerry that leading Palestinian Authority officials were calling for Israel’s destruction even after peace talks resumed on July 31 in Washington — the first major effort since negotiations broke down in 2008.

“Incitement and peace don’t go together,” Netanyahu wrote, explaining that new generations of Palestinians were being taught to hate Israel, further fueling the cycle of violence.

“Instead of educating the next generation of Palestinians to live in peace with Israel, the education of hate poisons them against Israel and lays the groundwork for continued violence and terror,” he wrote.

Netanyahu asserted, for example, that Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’s comment that a future Palestinian state wouldn’t have a single Israeli in it — which Abbas made as peace talks kicked off in Washington two weeks ago — was a form of incitement.

He also pointed out that an anchor on the PA’s official news channel stated, during a broadcast of the Barcelona soccer team’s visit to the West Bank last week, that the state of Palestine would extend from Rosh Hanikra to Eilat, i.e. the entire length of Israel, constituting another incendiary statement.

Last week, during a trip to Israel by a delegation of 36 House Democrats to Israel, Steny Hoyer (D-Maryland), the second-ranking Democrat in the US House of Representatives, addressed the issue of Palestinian incitement, particularly youth being taught hateful messages about Israelis.

“Erekat talked about the necessity to live together with mutual respect,” Hoyer said about his meeting with the Palestinian chief negotiator at a Jerusalem press conference. “I asked him whether their school curriculum would comport with that objective… He said they haven’t done so perfectly, but that he believes they’re working on reaching that objective.”

Speaking during the AIPAC-affiliated trip, Hoyer said that there has been “too much teaching of violence, too much perpetration of violence, and too much teaching of prejudice,” in the Middle East and that “no group on Earth” has been the object of as much discrimination and hate as the Jews.

Hoyer told reporters he would follow up on the issue with the State Department and other officials when back in Washington.

In his letter to Kerry Thursday, Erekat said the Palestinians have a hard time understanding how peace talks can move forward while settlements expand. He said the Palestinians see the move as direct defiance of the US role in facilitating negotiations.

Israel’s latest settlement announcements were an indication of “Israel’s bad faith and lack of seriousness” in the talks, Erekat stated. He urged Kerry to “take the necessary action to ensure that Israel does not advance any of its settlement plans, and abides by its legal obligations and commitments.”

Addressing Israel’s expansion of settlements during peace talks, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said US officials were speaking with the Israeli government to express concern about the settlements.

“We do not accept the legitimacy of continued settlement activity and oppose any efforts to legitimize settlement outposts,” Psaki said. “The secretary has made clear that he believes both of the negotiating teams are at the table in good faith, and are committed to working together to make progress.”

Settlements have long been a contentious issue between the Palestinians and Israelis.

The Palestinians want to establish a state in the West Bank, Gaza, and East Jerusalem — lands Israel captured in 1967. The renewed talks are to draw Israel’s borders with such a state. Since 1967, Israel has built dozens of settlements in the West Bank — deemed illegal by most of the international community. Some 560,000 Israelis live across the pre-1967 Green Line in East Jerusalem and the West Bank.

On Thursday, a military official confirmed that the Defense Ministry had approved construction plans for more than 1,000 new apartments in settlements. This means the plans move forward, but still require final approval before construction can begin.

Earlier last week, the Cabinet expanded its list of West Bank settlements eligible for government subsidies. The Cabinet approved a range of housing subsidies and loans for more than 600 Israeli communities deemed “national priority areas,” including poor towns and 91 settlements.

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At a crossroads

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by Aasim Sajjad Akhtar 
IT is a virtual truism these days to assert that Muslim societies are at a crossroads.

For the disciples of Maulana Maudoodi and Syed Qutb — the globally acknowledged fathers of modern Islamist thought — Muslim societies have been struggling against ‘jahiliya’ for decades. [[[[[[‘Secular’ Muslims, on the other hand, have become conscious much more recently of the decisive battle unfolding in Muslim societies between those like themselves and anti-civilisation ‘extremists’. On both sides of this impermeable ideological divide is a conviction in the absolute righteousness of the cause. Notwithstanding casual references made to historical events, each antagonist clings to an almost timeless perception both of oneself and the proverbial ‘other’.]]]]]] 
In fact, the history of Muslim-majority societies is not all that different from all others; conflicts of various kinds have come to the fore but their nature, the protagonists involved, and their outcomes have all changed with time. In the current period the range and scope of conflicts within Muslim-majority societies is quite staggering. It is not possible to view all of these myriad conflicts through predisposed lenses. If we do so we risk compromising political principles that we otherwise claim to be immutable. We need look no further than the so-called Arab Spring to recognise the complexity of contemporary political developments. In Egypt, 30 months after the euphoric scenes that culminated in(secular) (zionist pagan)Hosni Mubarak abdicating his throne, we have just witnessed the spectacle of popular forces demanding and then celebrating a military coup against an elected government. 
That the government overthrown was led by the Muslim Brotherhood presumably lends legitimacy to the generals. But where does that leave us? [[[[[[In Syria, where the (secular(?)) dictator everyone loves to hate has not even been overthrown yet, the so-called ‘Free Syria’ rebel army has been paraded as a beacon of hope. In fact it is an unholy concoction of imperialist powers and includes a healthy dose of radical Islamists. It was even reported recently in this country that the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) (they have been and are there on the ground for a while) was considering sending some of its men to join the fight against Bashar al-Assad. A simple case of ‘good’ versus ‘evil’?]]]]]] Libya is not even in the news anymore, despite the fact that a low-intensity civil war continues to rage there. Why did being repulsed by Qadhafi and his antics translate into support for an incredibly short-sighted ‘humanitarian intervention’ led by yet another group of despicable characters fronted by Italy and other Western governments? In all of these cases, and others, we take political positions on the basis of caricatures of society proffered by the corporate(zionist)media. While there are exceptions, the press within Muslim(GCC media is NATO
partnered,
see..http://thenakedfacts.blogspot.com/2011/12/kuwait-nato-mull-plans-to-set-up-centre.html ) and Western countries both tells us nothing about the real social conflicts unfolding in Egypt, Syria or Libya. Ethnicity, sect, class, gender and caste do not merit even a mention. There is only ‘them’ and ‘us’, defined civilisationally by the respective media outlets according to their political preferences. The writer teaches at Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad.

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‘Australian Sarah Palin’ withdraws from election race after stating ‘Islam is a country’

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Muslims attend a mass prayer session "Tarawih" marking the beginning of the holy fasting month of Ramadan at a mosque in Makassar of Indonesia's South Sulawesi province.(Reuters / Yusuf Ahmad)Muslims attend a mass prayer session “Tarawih” marking the beginning of the holy fasting month of Ramadan at a mosque in Makassar of Indonesia’s South Sulawesi province.(Reuters / Yusuf Ahmad)

An Australian parliamentary election candidate with the anti-immigration One Nation party has quit the race following an embarrassing interview in which she called Islam a country, confused the Koran with “haram,” and said that Jews worship Jesus Christ.

Twenty-seven-year-old Stephanie Banister – dubbed in the media as the “Australian Sarah Palin” – was running for the Brisbane seat of Rankin in next month’s federal election. However, the ultra-nationalist has announced that she has pulled out of the race just two days after kicking off her campaign.

The aspiring politician was widely ridiculed after her gaffe-laden interview with Seven News, which was aired on Wednesday night and quickly went viral.

I don’t oppose Islam as a country, umm, but I do feel that their laws should not be welcome here in Australia,” Banister stated.

 

Stephanie Banister.(Photo from www.facebook.com/stephiscrap)Stephanie Banister.(Photo from www.facebook.com/stephiscrap)

The would-be-MP also claimed that two per cent of Australians “follow haram,” apparently referring to the Koran – the central religious text of Islam.

Jews aren’t under haram. They have their own religion which follows Jesus Christ,” the mother of two said.

Banister also used the word “haram” – an Islamic term used for something forbidden or sinful – when she presumably meant to say “halal,” which means the complete opposite.

She later stated that the way the channel edited her interview made her look a “fool” and apologized “to One Nation, to my friends and family, for any embarrassment this has brought to them.

One Nation leader Jim Savage confirmed on Saturday that Banister decided pull out of the race, but underlined that she continues to have “the full support” of the movement, The Australian reported.

Stephanie has not been disendorsed and will not be disendorsed,” he emphasized.

Savage said that “threats” against Banister and her family, along with “the abuse she’s copped and the enormous pressure she’s been put under,” prompted her to quit the race.

Earlier, Banister was arrested for placing stickers on products in a Brisbane supermarket that read “halal food funds terrorism.” She is due to face charges in court for alleged “contaminating or interfering with goods.”

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FREEING PALESTINE,AN AWESOME ,ATTAINABLE SCENARIO WE SHOULD AND MUST MOBILIZE TO ACHIEVE NOW!!!

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LETS MAKE THIS HAPPEN!!

 

[ed notes; i ,2 have some critiques of Finkelstein,but thats a whole other topic,wich im too tired now to get into,however..this scenario he asks us to imagine,if it can be materialized,or even organized?then promoted?would make the zionist state implode!!!!Anyone not on board with this amazing idea,in my opinion is a traitor to the most noble cause in world today,the FULL AND FINAL LIBERATION OF OCCUPIED PALESTINE!(it should also be a determinant factor at least for me,to weed out those who truly seek concrete ideas like this, wich can cause a turn around from current status cuo, to stop me in process.
whereever i go i raise awareness,i feel for anyone who tries

 

(those who are faithful in seeking to acomplish a final and FREE PALESTINIAN outcome as soon as possible),and those who hijack,usurp,and promote themselves at expense of the Palestinian cause(some Palestinians included here in latter,ali abumminah for example,who sucks the zio-gulf breasts in their sectarian agendas attempting to attack countries wich have stood by Palestinians since day one,while abumminha promotes the gcc countries wich sell out Palestine ,and have not ever given one weapons towards its liberation.)Finkelsteins idea,a must implementable concept,starting NOW!!!“Imagine this scenario:It’s July 2014, ten years after the International Court of Justice advisory opinion declared that The Wall is illegal and must be dismantled. One million Palestinians march on the Wall. They hold in one hand a copy of the International Court of Justice opinion, and in the other hand they carry a hammer or pick.They make their intentions very clear to the World: “All we are doing, is what the International Court of Justice said was supposed to be done. We are dismantling the Wall.”

Zionists cant shoot 1 million Palestinians marching to wall

 

[ed notes;i also believe Palestinians should start to get,seek legal counsel,especially outside of Israhelli occupational jurisdiction,possibly,europe,and find out wether those affected by wall can bring lawsuits against world bank wich played a leading role in financing the project wich has separated families,usurped lands,livelihoods,caused unimaginable suffering to affected villages,towns,and cities,annexed by it… 
No to the torture of Palestinian children!

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Russia among countries atop NSA surveillance priority list

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The Russian Government House on Moscow's Krasnopresnenskaya Embankment. (RIA Novosti/Sergey Subbotin)The Russian Government House on Moscow’s Krasnopresnenskaya Embankment. (RIA Novosti/Sergey Subbotin)

Russia, alongside the EU, China and Iran, are on top of the NSA’s spying priority list, according to a document leaked by fugitive Edward Snowden and published by Der Spiegel weekly.

In the classified document, dated April 2013, countries are assigned levels of interest for NSA surveillance from 1 (the highest) to 5 (the lowest).

Among the top surveillance targets are China, Russia, Iran, Pakistan, North Korea and Afghanistan. The EU, as a whole is also ranking high, though individually its 28 member-states are of lesser importance to the US intelligence, with Germany and France representing mid-level interest, while countries like Finland, Croatia and Denmark are denoted as almost irrelevant in data gathering.

Specification is also provided on what areas of interest are to be mostly looked at in different countries. Der Spiegel, which published the leaked document on Saturday, focuses on which German issues interested US spying agency the most.

 

The new National Security Agency (NSA) Utah Data Center facility is seen under construction in Bluffdale, about 25 miles (40 km) south of Salt Lake City, Utah in this NSA file photo shot in May of 2013 and released to Reuters July 9, 2013. (Reuters/National Security Agency/Handout via Reuters)The new National Security Agency (NSA) Utah Data Center facility is seen under construction in Bluffdale, about 25 miles (40 km) south of Salt Lake City, Utah in this NSA file photo shot in May of 2013 and released to Reuters July 9, 2013. (Reuters/National Security Agency/Handout via Reuters)

 

The top ranking areas marked with a ‘3’ are the country’s foreign policy and economic issues. Arms exports, new technology, advanced conventional weapons and international trade were all assigned a lesser priority of ‘4’. When it comes to the whole of the European Union, the spheres of interest are almost identical.

This most recent leak is complementary to the earlier ones, stating that EU offices in Brussels, Washington and New York were under NSA surveillance and that Germany was the most spied upon of all EU countries.

Chancellor Merkel has been criticized for the lack of response to the leaks, suggesting that Germany was not only spied on extensively, but actually cooperated with the NSA in its surveillance programs.

Merkel first denied all knowledge of the NSA spying, but soon afterwards turned to justifying the US, saying “intelligence was essential for democracies”.

Germans are seemingly not convinced by this type of reasoning, as Snowden’s revelations have sparked massive rallies across the country.

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Ya’alon: IsraHell ‘respects Egypt’s sovereignty’

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ed note–what else needs to be said here except ‘LOL’?

Israel respects NO ONE’S ‘sovereignty’, especially not any countries in the Middle East and ESPECIALLY not those countries she considers to be part of ‘Greater Israel’.

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A day after international media reports claimed Israel struck a terrorist cell in the Sinai Peninsula, Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon issued a statement stressing that Jerusalem “respects Egypt’s full sovereignty.”

He added that Israel is aware of Egypt’s stepped-up activities to combat terrorism in Sinai, adding that the “Egyptian army is fighting first and foremost to protect Egyptian civilians, as well as Egyptian sovereignty.”

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“We will not allow rumors and speculations, as they developed over the past 24 hours, to harm the peace agreement,” Ya’alon added.

An Israeli Air Force drone reportedly struck a jihadist rocket launching site in the Sinai Peninsula near the Israeli-Egyptian border, killing four suspected terrorists who were planning to launch missiles at Israel, Egyptian security sources told Reuters on Friday.

Details of the strike remain unclear. Five different security sources told Reuters the strike was carried out by Israel, while an Egyptian army spokesman issued a statement on Facebook several hours after the strike denying Israel was behind it. Israeli officials, meanwhile, declined to comment on the reports.

While initial reports cited witnesses as saying at least five jihadists were killed in the strike, Reuters later reported only four died.

One source said that the Israeli aircraft had observed the militants preparing three rocket launchpads to hit Israel. It launched a missile, killing two men, then killed another pair who stepped up to the pads after the first strike.

Palestinian news agency Ma’an reported that a large explosion was heard on Friday afternoon in Rafah, near the Kerem Shalom border crossing. The Egyptian military said there had been two explosions west of the international border 3 km (two miles) from Al Agra on Friday evening but gave no further details.

Egyptian soldiers were searching the area in the north Sinai region to find out more, Egyptian army spokesman Ahmed Ali said in a statement.

AFP cited Egyptian sources as saying the IDF coordinated the attack with the Egyptian authorities, but an Egyptian military spokesman denied that report as well.

“The claim that there exists coordination between the Egyptian and the Israeli side in this matter is a matter completely void of truth,” he said.

Israel Radio reported the drone fired while still over Israeli airspace, and that residents saw Egyptian army helicopters flying over the area.

On Thursday, IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz ordered to close the Eilat Airport for two hours.

On Friday, Ma’an quoted an Egyptian security source as saying the IDF’s decision to close the airport was a precautionary measure taken by Israel based on Egyptian intelligence that terrorists in Sinai planned to target the Jewish state with missiles.

The IDF instructed the Israel Airports Authority to close down the airport in the southern city which borders Egypt due to a “security assessment.” The IDF did not release any specific details on the security reasons which prompted the closure.

According to the Egyptian official cited by Ma’an, Salafi terrorists in Sinai planned to target Israel with shoulder-launched missiles with a range of 70 km, which would put them in well in range of the airspace over Eilat Airport.

On Wednesday, the Egyptian army announced that it had killed 60 terrorists in the Sinai Peninsula in the month since the military overthrew Islamist president Mohamed Morsi. Citing widening “terrorist operations” in “recent times,” the Egyptian military said it was conducting an intensified campaign in Sinai in coordination with the country’s Interior Ministry to crack down on terrorists who “threaten Egyptian national security.”

Terrorists based mainly in north Sinai near Israel’s border have escalated attacks on security forces and other targets since July 3, when the Egyptian army deposed Morsi and installed a new government.

Ya’alon said last month that Egypt has inserted additional military forces – including assault helicopters – into Sinai after receiving permission from Israel, in line with the peace treaty between the two countries.

Maj.-Gen. (res.) Yisrael Ziv a former head of IDF Operations, said on Thursday night that he “couldn’t rule out the possibility” that there was a connection between the closure of the Eilat Airport and the US decision this week to shut a number of embassies in the region due to al-Qaida terrorist threats.

He suggested that a terrorist plot might have originated on the Egyptian side of the border, in the lawless Sinai Peninsula.

“It appears that we received information in recent hours that something is happening in Sinai,” Ziv told Channel 1 Television.

“Sinai has become a serious problem from a security point of view. Like Afghanistan, it has become an unmanageable territory.”

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Michael Oren justifies institutionalized racism on CNN

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Ben White

 

Two weeks ago, Israel’s outgoing ambassador to the US Michael Oren was interviewed by Fareed Zakaria on CNN. In the context of discussing renewed negotiations, Zakaria asked Oren about the demand that Palestinians recognize “Israel as a Jewish state”. Oren’s response is instructive and goes to the heart of the nature of the State of Israel as a settler colonial ethnocracy that practices an institutionalized racism Oren specifically denies, yet unintentionally highlights.

According to Oren, a “Jewish state” means ensuring that “refugees from 1948” will “will be repatriated to the Palestinian state and not to Israel” since, quite simply, Israel is “predicated on having a Jewish majority”.

A politician who, for example, said that the U.K. is predicated on having an Anglo-Saxon Christian majority would be roundly condemned and marginalized as a racist. Moreover, if Israel indeed depends on having a Jewish majority then it has only been made possible through the ethnic cleansing of those Palestinian refugees Oren says cannot return.

Following a question by Zakaria about the serious consequences for Palestinian citizens – who he says are rendered “invisible” – of Israel being defined as a Jewish state, the Israeli ambassador claims that “Jew” is a “national category” like “Bulgarians” or “Germans” and that the Jews “are a people and we are a nation state like most of the nation states in the world”.

Aside from the flaws in Oren’s familiar argument about self-determination, Israel is not, as the diplomat wishes to pretend, seeking merely a similar “arrangement” to what is already “very common” amongst European states. The formulation ‘France is the state of the French, every French person is a citizen of France and all citizens of France are French’ is not applicable in the case of Israel, which as a Jewish state is explicitly not the state of all its citizens.

Just since Oren’s appearance on CNN, a few examples have cropped up which highlight ways in which Israel’s definition as a Jewish state is problematic.

Firstly, on the 5 August, it was reported that Justice Minister Tzipi Livni plans to apply freedom of information regulations to the World Zionist Organization (WZO)’s Settlement Department. That is interesting – but what’s noteworthy for our purposes here is to note the very existence of the WZO and its relationship with the state.

The WZO, like the Jewish National Fund (JNF), is a body intended to primarily benefit Jews – yet is delegated responsibilities by a state that in theory should be acting on behalf of all its citizens. The WZO, which works in the West Bank as well as in the Negev and Galilee, receives funding direct from the government to further Jewish settlements.

Secondly, the mayor of Israeli town Upper Nazareth in the Galilee has made the headlines for once again advocating explicitly racist policies. His election campaign slogans include: “Upper Nazareth will be Jewish forever; no more shutting our eyes, no more grabbing on to the law allowing every citizen to live where he wants. This is the time to defend our home”, and “I will not allow the city’s Jewish character to be changed. I will block the establishment of an Arab school and will build neighbourhoods for Jewish residents … Upper Nazareth is a Jewish city!”

Gapso has form – only in April he was boasting of how he had acted “to preserve upper Nazareth as a Jewish city forever”. Upper Nazareth itself is a town established by the Israeli government in the 1950s with a settler colonial agenda. As I wrote in my book:

The director of the IDF Planning Department said that the role of Upper Nazareth would be to ’emphasize and safeguard the Jewish character of the Galilee as a whole’, while according to the Northern Military Governor, the final aim of the settlement was to ‘swallow up’ the Arab city through ‘growth of the Jewish population around a hard-core group’.

Thirdly and finally, there has been much discussion lately of Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s promise to hold a national referendum on any potential future deal with the Palestinians. Yet a poll whose results were published this week showed that almost half of the Jewish Israeli public – 49 per cent – think that only Jewish citizens should be granted the right to vote in such a referendum. Perhaps even more disturbingly, these kinds of ideas were legitimized by a cabinet minister, Silvan Shalom, who at the end of July said no government would be able to implement a deal after a referendum decided by non-Jewish citizens.

These are all manifestations – from many examples – of why Israel’s definition as a Jewish state is not conducive to the values of democracy and equality that the likes of Oren have to feign respect for when mounting hasbara offensives. Yet even Oren could not help but let the cat out of the bag: Israel is based on demography more than it is on democracy.

 

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