Archive | October 22nd, 2010




October 22, 2010by Debbie Menon

By Tim King – Salem-News

Today would have been the young man’s 19th birthday.


19 year old Furkan Dogan

 (SALEM, Ore.) – Furkan Doğan shot the Israeli military first, then they shot back, and ultimately executed him on the deck of the Gaza Freedom Flotilla ‘Mavi Marmara’ last May. The problem, is that Furkan was only using a video camera.

Furkan Dorgan’s family, after hearing the news of his murder:

YouTube – Veterans Today –

The Israeli commandos who “bravely” stormed this humanitarian aid vessel with unarmed peace activists, used 9mm pistols and sub machine guns to shoot back. The end result was a tragedy and not just for the Turks, but also for the Yanks.

As Ralph G. Loeffler in Kayseri, Turkey wrote two days ago in his article, Remembering Furkan Doğan, “Furkan was filming the Israeli assault when an Israeli commando fired his first shot pointblank hitting Furkan squarely in the face. Four more shots were fired into Furkan leaving him dead and unrecognizable.”

Ken O’Keefe, who is a former U.S. Marine and a writer, personally disarmed two of the three Israeli commandos who raided their ship at 3:40 a.m. It is not clear if the soldiers Ken subdued and captured were the specific individuals who killed Furkan and eight others, shooting and injuring dozens of other unarmed activists at the same time; but it is just as likely they were.

“When we got them below these brave Israeli commandos turned into a bunch of scared little children. They thought we were going to do the same thing to them that they did to us,” O’Keefe said.

But as his captain and shipmates had said from the start to international media, they were not going to Gaza with a goal of hurting or killing anyone. Their goal was to break the blockade, or ‘siege’ that Israel maintains around Gaza, choking its 1.5 million residents off from aid and help. They were enroute to deliver supplies that ranged from medicine and food, to wheelchairs and construction supplies.

These items are badly needed in Gaza because of Israel’s frequent attacks on this historic place; the last stronghold of Palestinian resistance to Israeli oppression and occupation.

When the soldiers stormed the Mavi Marmara, they opened fire with deadly rounds from boats that chased the ship. As the helicopters hovered overhead depositing Israeli Defence Force soldiers, snipers secure in the aircraft indiscriminately killed activists with a scope. It was a real, profound act of cowardice. Like Ken, I am a former U.S. Marine. Honorable military groups do not attack unarmed civilians, at least by accepted policy, but Israel does.

According to the United Nations General Assembly Human Rights Council’s Report of the international fact-finding mission to investigate violations of international law, including international humanitarian and human rights law, resulting from the Israeli attacks on the flotilla of ships carrying humanitarian assistance*

Gareth Porter reports on The Real news Network

YouTube – Veterans Today –

Deaths occurring on the top deck (roof) Furkan Dogan , a 19-year-old with dual Turkish and United States citizenship, was on the central area of the top deck filming with a small video camera when he was first hit with live fire. It appears that he was lying on the deck in a conscious, or semi-conscious, state for some time. In total Furkan received five bullet wounds, to the face, head, back thorax, left leg and foot.

All of the entry wounds were on the back of his body, except for the face wound which entered to the right of his nose. According to forensic analysis, tattooing around the wound in his face indicates that the shot was delivered at point blank range. Furthermore, the trajectory of the wound, from bottom to top, together with a vital abrasion to the left shoulder that could be consistent with the bullet exit point, is compatible with the shot being received while he was lying on the ground on his back.

The other wounds were not the result of firing in contact, near contact or close range, but it is not otherwise possible to determine the exact firing range. The wounds to the leg and foot were most likely received in a standing position -UN Report

As Ralph G. Loeffler shares in his report, Furkan Doğan is as American as one can be. He was born in the Albany-Troy area of New York, but had gone back to live in his family’s hometown of Kayseri, Turkey.

Loeffler wrote: “His family knew the names of the eight Turkish nationals who had been killed on the Mavi Marmara but one casualty had not been immediately identified. In their normal pattern of lies and misinformation the Israelis had not identified Furkan because he was an American. They waited until the initial impact of their murderous attack on innocent, defenseless humanitarians subsided a bit before confirming the ninth victim was Furkan.”

Sadly,, when Furkan’s father, Ahmet Doğan, an accounting professor, went to meet the Mavi Marmara’s survivors and casualties- he did not yet know that his son had been murdered. The Israeli government directed him to the morgue to identify his son’s disfigured remains. I agree wholeheartedly with Loeffler’s sentiment. “Surely such a day defies description.”

Reaction worldwide to this murder of nine innocent people was sharp; the incident brought harsh criticism of Israel from the offset. But the more recent announcement from the UN Human Rights Commission, cited above, that Israel specifically violated international law and executed several of the activists, is increasing pressure on the Jewish state and its seemingly endless list of over the top military reactions toward the Palestinian people.

Ralph Loeffler says one immediate reaction to the Mavi Marmara massacre, was Viva Palestina’s announcement of plans for another humanitarian aid mission to Gaza. Viva Palestina, a UK-based charity founded by former Member of British Parliament George Galloway, launched a land aid convoy in March 2009 shortly after the Israeli attack on Gaza known as “Operation Cast Lead” ended

On 18 September 2010, the Viva Palestina 5 Convoy was launched. Loeffler says it arrived in Kayseri late on 29 September. They spent the night on a mountain overlooking the town.

“We had come to Kaseyri for the sole purpose of visiting Furkan’s gravesite and extending our condolences to his family.

The following morning we were told that our convoy would be passing by the high school from which Furkan had graduated and that students from the school would be waiting for us. As we began our slow journey down the twisting mountain road the convoy took on the air of a funeral procession. Suddenly, there they were. The students lined both sides of the road standing for who knows how long. Each one sadly, silently, proudly held up Furkan’s picture as the convoy rolled by.”

He explains how beautiful, moving words were spoken at the gravesite. The group then met with Furkan’s family at the recently built community center named in Furkan’s honor.

“The grandfather and uncle bore their grief perhaps with the acceptance of mortality that comes with age. But the older brother’s grief was palpable. Deep, dark lines were etched under his eyes and he seemed detached from his surroundings. The despair evident on his face made a statement greater than words could ever do.”

Such is the handiwork and motivation of the Israeli government. There was a time when they were the culture under threat. Today they have fully turned the tables. Ralph G. Loeffler says any country should be proud to have a promising young man such as Furkan as one of its own.

“Intelligent and mature beyond his years Furkan had already dedicated his life to the struggle for Palestinian justice. Such a course bears no import with the US Congress, which allows for the US bankrolling of the occupation. And the Israeli thug who gunned down Furkan is no more responsible for murdering him than Furkan’s own country which paid for the bullets.”

Today is Furkan’s birthday; he isn’t here to celebrate it, but it is nonetheless. I greatly appreciate this poem written by Funda Cetin.


Today in 1991 a baby was born in Troy, New York.
With his blonde hair, lovely, pure face and nice black eyes, he was a very cute baby.
He was the youngest member of Dogan family and was the source of happiness and joy.
They called him ‘Furkan’ meaning ‘distinguishing reality from superstition’.
As he was born there, he was an US citizen.
He was two when his family had gone back to live in their hometown of Kayseri, Turkey.
Furkan completed his education in Kayseri.
He was a very smart and hardworking student.
He was loved and respected by all his friends…
He had always a smile on his lovely face.
He would care his clothing and tidiness.He was a very generous teen.
He would love participating in charity organizations.
Last time, he and other voluteer student in his school gathered considerable amount of money for Gaza.
He would spend his pocket money for charity organizations.

Furkan had a passion… to be a doctor.
As he loved helping people, he wanted to be ‘cure’ for sufferers.In the exams he got a successful level.
His dream of becoming a doctor would become true…
But… but, there were some ‘killers’ in the Mediterranean Waters on May 31.
They killed ‘dreams, hopes of an idealistic young man’ – ruthlessly.

By Funda Cetin

Ralph G. Loeffler is an activist with the International Action Center in New York City.

Remembering Furkan Dogan – Ralph G. Loeffler –

UN General Assembly Human Rights Council Report of the international fact-finding mission on Israeli attacks on the flotilla of ships carrying humanitarian assistance*

American Teenager Furkan Dorgan, 19 Killed in Israeli Raid of Gaza Aid Convoy – Care2

USA: Mourning the Loss of American Furkan Dogan, Killed on Flotilla – English Global Voices

Citizen’s death may push US to review probe options into raid – Today’s Zaman> 

Tim King is a former U.S. Marine with twenty years of experience on the west coast as a television news producer, photojournalist, reporter and assignment editor. In addition to his role as a war correspondent, this Los Angeles native serves as’s Executive News Editor. You can send Tim an email at this address:




October 22, 2010

by Dr. Ashraf Ezzat  

The plot of al Qaida story was so simple, few Muslim mujahideen with a militant edge targeting any western object. In that way we lately began to hear of al Qaida’s affiliates

By Dr. Ashraf Ezzat

al Qaida`s affiliates; the myth lingers 

Bin Laden`s character in a comedy film

I believe the discussions and debates about 9/11 is unlikely to cease in the near future. The horrific attacks of 9/11 did not only target the towers of WTC, it also managed to hit our sensibility and considerably damaged our objectivity and sense of judgment. 9/11 left us not only scared but also confused and bewildered. 9/11 left us not only victims to militant terrorists but also victims and preys to deception and exploitation that is still taking place till this moment.

On 9/11 the American nation had been deeply traumatized and nothing would have worked for the grieving nation except revenge. It was time for the might of a superpower to be on display. But revenge needed an enemy – a villain- who should be proved guilty beyond any reasonable doubt.

Al Qaida and the 9/11 official story

 The American administration wasted no time on tedious investigations; it had already pointed the finger at Osama Bin Laden- the one and only – suspect of carrying out 9/11.  They didn’t even bother with technicalities like considering more than one suspect especially for a major operation such as 9/11.

Few Arab passports that miraculously escaped the explosives inferno of the controlled demolition of the WTC towers were conspicuously placed to be easily detected and kept as damning evidence. Few hours, that’s all it took to come up with astonishing list of suspected perpetrators, denoting the work of a high caliber intelligence and detective work. But why the American counter terrorism apparatus- with all the abundance of data and surveillance- failed to predict and pre-emptively abort the 9/11 attacks …this quickly swelled into the shape of a gigantic question mark that filled the void once occupied by the towers. But the masses of Americans couldn’t see through the clouds of dust and agony left behind the collapse of towers except the face of Osama bin Laden.

Shortly after 9/11, the mainstream media were franticly engaged in the terrific job of letting the people out of their bewilderment and suspense. A terrorist group had been finally held responsible for the attacks, namely al Quaida. The media machine was ready to go.

Al Qaida- an Arabic name for “base” – out of obscurity began to hit the mainstream media. People inside and outside the United States never heard of it before. Even in the Arabic and Muslim world the name failed to ring any bell.    So, the American administration and intelligence embarked on the task of acquainting the people with al Qaida.

Al Qaida’s high-tech underground lair

We were led to believe that it was an international terrorist network of organizations and individuals dedicated to jihad -”struggle” or “holy war”- for the cause of Islam. According to various estimates, there were somewhere near 15,000 individuals active in al-Qaida cells in as many as 60 countries across the globe in Asia, Europe, the Middle East, North Africa, North America, and South America led by the new world media star Osama Bin Laden.

Bin Laden was making the news on daily basis, he was everywhere, stories were being told of his orchestration of 9/11 and of his network legendary capabilities of carrying out large scale operations using weapons of mass destruction. The press even went so far as to describe bin laden’s headquarter as an unassailable fortress buried deep under a mountain in Afghanistan and exactly at a place called Tora Bora. 

al Qaida`s affiliates; the myth lingers

On November 27th, 2001 the London-based Independent newspaper came out with this headline: “Al-Qa’ida almost immune to attack inside its hi-tech underground lair.” In the story, its correspondent Richard Lloyd Parry, in Jalalabad, described a vast redoubt burrowed deep under a mountain, with labyrinthian tunnels sealed by with iron doors. “It has its own ventilation system and its own power, created by a hydro-electric generator.

Its walls and floors in the rooms are smooth and finished and it extends 350 yards beneath a solid mountain.” It was therefore tunneled almost as deep as the World Trade Center was high. It was also “so well defended and concealed that – short of poison gas or a tactical nuclear weapon – it is immune to outside attack. And it is filled with around 2000 heavily armed followers of Osama bin Laden, with a suicidal commitment to their cause and with nothing left to lose.”

The idea that Osama and his followers had entombed themselves in an unassailable fortress under a mountain immediately embedded itself into the imagination of the American press especially after the Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld verified the story and even certified that there was more than one of these fortified lairs for al Qaida in other countries.

In December 2001, US Special Forces and their allies occupied Tora Bora. They painstakingly searched Gree Khil mountain and the surrounding area. They found no underground fortress, no hydro-electric power plant, no 2000-room hotel, no iron doors, and no ventilating shafts. The unassailable Lair of Bin Laden turned out to be mythic.

Most of you have probably heard this story before.  It is history now. But we should learn from history. We tell the stories of yesterday so we won’t fall into the same trap nor repeat the same mistakes again.

Al Qaida is a fabricated name made in USA

 Tora bora legendary fortress of bin Laden was not the only myth connected to al Qaida. Others and more imaginary tales have been linked to al Qaida.

First of all the name of Bin Laden,s group which we all came to know as “ al Qaida” is fabricated, it was made in U.S.A during the FBI  investigations of 1998 bombings of U.S. embassy in Kenya and Tanzania that relied solely on the misleading information given by a key prosecution witness by the name of Jamal al-Fadl, a Sudanese militant who -the FBI gave witness protection in America and hundreds of thousands of dollars -claimed to be with bin Laden in the early 90s. al-Fadl`s fabricated elaboration and FBI`s eagerness to buy into whatever fit the American previewed picture of an international terrorist organization built the myth of al Qaeda that never really existed. 

 JASON BURKE  the AUTHOR of “AL QAEDA” wrote in his book “There is no evidence that bin Laden used the term “Al Qaeda” to refer to the name of a group until after September the 11th, when he realized that this was the term the Americans have given it”?

and in The BBC documentary “The Power of Nightmares” Burke reveals more about the al Qaida myth and says “The idea—which is critical to the FBI’s prosecution—that bin Laden ran a coherent organization with operatives and cells all around the world of which you could be a member is a myth.

There is no Al Qaeda organization. There is no international network with a leader, with cadres who will unquestioningly obey orders, with tentacles that stretch out to sleeper cells in America, in Africa, in Europe. That idea of a coherent, structured terrorist network with an organized capability simply does not exist”

 I myself remember that All Muslims and Arabs used to refer to the Muslim warriors in Afghanistan who fought the Russians back in the late 1980s as “Mujahideen” and amongst them was Osama Bin Laden, Ayman Zawahiri and others whom the Arab media looked upon as a group of dissidents and disillusioned Islamist militants who clustered around Bin Laden for funding and assistance. Bin Laden was not a leader; rather he was seen as a wealthy brother Muslim amongst others of mujahideen.

As a matter of fact, Jamal al-Fadl was on the run from bin Laden for having stolen money from him, a thing that would compromise his testimony.

History is not only about when and where things happened in the near or remote past. It is also about why and who was behind them.  

Al Qaida`s myth is not so hard to discover

A tale of al Qaida organization has been neatly tailored to fit into the prosecution procedures of 1998 bombings in Africa and later served as the prime suspect of 9/11 attacks.

You don’t have to be one of the liberal intelligentsia to discern the absurdity of buying into this myth of al Qaida international organization. You can do that just by looking back at what Bin Laden had to say after 9/11 and apply some critical thinking to it. Terrorists don’t commit atrocities for fun. They don’t kill and get killed for free. They do it because they seriously mean it and because they have demands to be met. No professional terrorist could have pulled a major operation like 9/11 without having prior and predetermined major demands but that was not the case with al Qaida. Whoever carried out 9/11 got what he wanted and doesn’t need to videotape himself rejoicing over it, this he has left for the Arab fools to temporarily enjoy and forever suffer.

In the wake of 9/11 and after pointing the finger at al Qaida, and when bin laden finally got the chance to speak, he- as the leader of the terrorist group- was expected to capitalize on the unparalleled success of the planes operation and make extravagant demands that would somehow justify the costly 9/11.

 Bin Laden has not made specific demands to the United States or to any other country, but instead has issued accusations and complaints. Bin Laden had no demands, he only saw 9/11 as his -once in a lifetime- opportunity to publicly criticize U.S diplomacy like the U.S. military presence in Saudi Arabia; U.S. sanctions against Iraq; and U.S. assistance to Israel.

A leader of a terrorist group would have utilized his position to bargain and would have threatened to carry out another similar attack if his demands were not promptly met. But all Bin Laden did was to air out another video tape then another and another…with nothing in it except endless political grievances and accusations.

9/11 is a mere act of God

In one of bin laden`s post-9/11 Aljazeera videos, he and his fellows were rejoicing at the news of 9/11 and they were all ears as bin Laden explained how Allah caused the WTC towers to crumble into its basements like a house of cards.

A mere act of God, this was Bin Laden’s idea of why the towers came down at free fall speed. This is how much he knew, this how much he was allowed to know. He never heard of using Nano-thermite or knew of preplanned controlled demolition. His role in 9/11- if any- was so little, so it is no wonder he only knew this much. All the rest that he couldn’t make sense of, he attributed to Allah’s will.

The fabricated name and identity of that terrorist group along with the nonsense grievances that Bin Laden has been feeding us with since 9/11 should let us make no mistake in recognizing the myth of al Qaida.

Al Qaida myth- to be continued

But unraveled mysteries and myths tend to turn into beliefs and facts over time especially that there is an almost universal quest for easy answers and half-baked solutions. That’s why most people find comfort in buying- without thinking for themselves- into the al Qaida story. And this consequently gave way to the myth to be continued. The plot of al Qaida story was so simple, few Muslim mujahideen with a militant edge targeting any western object. a theme that has lately been the funniest plot for talented filmmakers throughout the world from England cinema to Bollywood India.

 In that way we lately began to hear of al Qaida’s affiliates. They don’t have to do much to prove it, all they have to do is to be Muslim, dress like Bin Laden and kill or kidnap or engage in fighting against any western or west-supported regimes and let the media do the rest.

 So the sectarian war in Yemen between the government forces and the Houthis- separatist Shia group- has turned into a fight against terrorism represented by al Qaida’s affiliate in the Arabian Peninsula. And this time CIA analysts -having learned their lesson- have warned, for the first time since the 9/11 terror attacks in 2001, that one of the offshoots of al-Qaeda in Yemen has become the most urgent threat to U. S. security. Unfortunately those analysts have failed to issue any warning of a tangible and imminent threat coming not so far from Yemen or may be the offshoots of the Israeli aggression and expansion on Palestinian land is looked upon by CIA as collateral damage that has nothing to do with yet another possible 9/11.

 And similarly the violence by al- shabab sufi movement in Somalia has been seen as al Qaida’s affiliate in the African horn. And recently we are confronted with Hostage-taking by a militant Islamist group which likes to be called Al-Qaeda in The Islamic Maghreb (AQIM). it is on the rise in the Sahel region which spans across several countries in the north of Africa from Chad and Algeria to Mauritania.

Now, the myth breeds more myths. We have a new situation where many parties claim affiliation to al Qaida. it proved a profitable buisness with media coverage-and exaggeration guaranteed. Meanwhile al Qaida doesn’t react to this situation, not because it doesn’t care to comment but simply because al Qaida doesn’t exist, What a comedy.


YouTube – Veterans Today -Al Qaida`s plot in a Bollywood comedy


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How easy was that? Visit Syria and see for yourself

22 Oct 2010

Behold a rarity.

An Australian commentator, Richard Ackland, visits Syria and writes sympathetically about Iraqi and Palestinian refugees.

Not allowing private firms to run our brutal wars

22 Oct 2010

Who can blame the Afghan government, as corrupt as it is, resisting the onslaught of unaccountable private military contractors, teams increasingly relied upon by Western states in their futile battle against an indigenous “enemy”?

The Afghan president on Wednesday rejected pleas from the international community to reverse his order to disband all private security companies, saying money spent on those firms should be invested in the national police force instead.

President Hamid Karzai ordered Afghan and international security companies — which protect everything from development projects and NATO supply convoys to private houses — to disband by the end of the year. The decision has drawn criticism from the U.S. and others who worry the Afghan security forces are not ready to assume the burden.

But Karzai told reporters he was tired of hearing complaints from embassies about the order, and said his decision to shut them down was final.

“We hope that our international friends will not get back to us or try to put pressure on us or talk about it in the media because none of these are going to work,” he said. “These companies are closed — that is it.”

Settlers making up crack force of Zionist racism

21 Oct 2010

A country striving for peace?

As US-sponsored peace talks have stalled over the issue of settlements, Israel’s national police force has revealed that it is turning to the very same illegal communities in its first-ever drive to recruit officers from among the settlers.

The special officer training course, which is chiefly aimed at discharged combat soldiers, includes seven months of religious studies in an extremist settlement in the occupied West Bank.

The program has provoked widespread concern among Israel’s 1.3 million Palestinian citizens, a fifth of the population.

“The police have already repeatedly demonstrated their hostility to Palestinian citizens, but this move proves that the authorities want to extend and deepen our oppression,” said Jafar Farah, the director of Mossawa, an advocacy center for the Palestinian minority.

“Is it really credible that these religious extremists who have been educated to hate Palestinians in the West Bank are going to behave differently when they police our communities inside Israel?”

The first 35 cadets in the officer-training program — known as “Believe in the police” — are to start their studies next month. More than 300 settlers are reported to have expressed an interest in the course so far.

A one-eyed view of Sri Lanka

21 Oct 2010

My following article appears today in ABC’s The Drum Unleashed:

A Western journalist visits the Sudanese capital Khartoum to interview President Omar al-Bashir. The reporter, after calling him “controversial” due to his “bloody” record in fighting terrorism, gives the leader a platform to explain his views and tactics. The only other voice featured in the piece is a commentator who backs the government wholeheartedly. The fact that Bashir has been charged in 2010 by the International Criminal Court for genocide in Darfur is glossed over in the story.

This piece would be rightly called propaganda, the lack of enquiry revealing an inability to understand the reasons Bashir wanted to speak to a Westerner. Bashir is undoubtedly a legitimate person to interview but the skill is painting an entire picture of the people suffering under his rule, not least the minorities and those in Darfur.

Sadly, The Australian’s Rowan Callick was easily seduced by the allure of an exclusive chat with Sri Lanka’s Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa and this week published a number of articles from his lightning visit. His trip was “not paid for by the Sri Lanka government or by anybody in any way associated with Sri Lanka”, Callick told me but it appears he engaged with nobody other than officials while in the country.

Amazingly, Callick didn’t even mention that Gotabaya has consistently said that no civilians were killed by the Sri Lankan government in the final phases of its brutal war against the Tamil Tigers despite every major human rights group in the world detailing a litany of war crimes against the top echelons of the Colombo regime. Up to 40,000 Tamil civilians were murdered, according to former UN official in Colombo, Gordon Weiss. Britain is now calling for a fully independent war crimes investigation into the serious allegations.

Callick published a story that claimed Sri Lanka was again safe for all its citizens and Australia should “get tough” on Tamil asylum seekers. Singapore based terrorism expert Rohan Gunaratna, a Sinhalese like Sri Lanka’s leadership, claimed without evidence that “70 per cent of Tamils granted asylum in Australia and Canada had returned to Sri Lanka for a visit.”

The article concluded with this curious paragraph:

“The government has invited opinion leaders of that Diaspora to visit Sri Lanka as it emerges from the war, and to visit centres of past conflict. Those who had gone, including some from Australia, had ‘returned pleased.’”

In other words, Callick was happy to be shown around parts of Sri Lanka the government wanted him to see.

This fit perfectly with the regime’s enthusiasm to restore its battered image. In the UK, public relations firm Bell Pottinger has been hired to “counter the Tamil Diaspora campaign work” and white-wash alleged crimes committed by the Rajapaksa authorities.

I asked Callick by email about his trip and he said that he was “briefly in Colombo” to “interview the country’s second most powerful figure… His views [Gotabaya] are clearly of considerable interest.” The Murdoch journalist told me that his paper “has covered a range of views on Sri Lanka issues” over time and this is certainly true.

Despite the newspaper featuring stories over the last years about the Sri Lankan government’s Israeli-style blitzkrieg on the Tamil population, this is utterly irrelevant to the impression this week’s stories have falsely created in the public mind. Letters to The Australian in the last days show readers are outraged that 70 per cent of Tamil refugees granted protection are supposedly returning to Sri Lanka within a year of arriving here. Yet there is no documented evidence that this is true.

Callick’s full-page feature of his time with Gotabaya merely added insult to injury. Titled, “Brothers who tamed the Tigers”, the article again only featured two voices, Gotabaya and Gunaratna. Claims about protecting civilians were accepted without challenge. No mention of the extensive reports by Human Rights Watch, the UN and Amnesty International that found alleged crimes against humanity by the Sri Lankan forces towards both Tamil civilians and the Tamil Tigers (who also stand accused of committing war crimes). Callick accepted Gotabaya’s claims without hesitation or challenge.

Callick followed up his series of stories with a more balanced piece the next day but this also barely mentioned Sri Lanka’s slide into authoritarianism.

The International Crisis Group, Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International recently declined an offer from Colombo to appear before a sham commission to investigate any alleged abuses during the country’s war with the Tamil Tigers. The letter to the commission read in part:

“While we would welcome the opportunity to appear before a genuine, credible effort to pursue accountability and reconciliation in Sri Lanka, the LLRC [Sri Lanka’s Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission] falls far short of such an effort. It not only fails to meet basic international standards for independent and impartial inquiries, but it is proceeding against a backdrop of government failure to address impunity and continuing human rights abuses.

Our three organizations believe that the persistence of these and other destructive trends indicates that currently Sri Lanka’s government and justice system cannot or will not uphold the rule of law and respect basic rights.”

Sri Lanka’s External Affairs Minister Prof. G.L. Peiris called the refusal of the groups reminiscent of an “attitude that is almost colonial, patronizing and condescending“.

Colombo is following the Israeli model, dismissive of international opinion towards its crimes and excesses and relying on the largesse, military backing and diplomatic cover of a handful of major powers.

Another fundamental flaw with the Callick articles was his reliance on Rohan Gunaratna, the ubiquitous terrorism expert. The Singapore-based analyst’s disturbing ability to blur academic studies and political opinions has been challenged for years but the mainstream media continues seeking his views. Gunaratna’s understanding of Asia’s Islamist threat has often be inaccurate and excessive and his use of unsourced and unproven intelligence leaves open the possibility of distortions. A number of terrorism experts told me that very few, if any, serious terrorism experts take his claims seriously.

I asked Callick about his use of Gunaratna and the questions around his credibility. He responded that his “views are often interesting and well informed. That he has a close connection to governments does not necessarily undermine those elements.”

It would be like solely using a former Israeli intelligence officer and expecting him to speak frankly and honestly about the role of Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza. His former association would cloud his view unavoidably.

The Australian has used Gunaratna as its only source on Sri Lanka and Tamil refugee issues for months. He is always guaranteed to issue apocalyptic predictions of doom about the prospects of a re-formed Tamil Tigers in Australia and Canada despite no evidence to back the claims.

Gunaratna told me via email that he had “no financial relationship whatsoever” with the Sri Lankan intelligence services or the Sri Lankan government. He railed against “disinformation produced by the LTTE front and sympathetic organisations overseas including in Australia”. The implication was that any allegation of government-led war crimes by Tamils was suspect by definition despite the overwhelming eyewitness testimony of Sri Lanka forces firing on hospitals and civilian areas during the war.

He acknowledged that there was, like in Iraq and Afghanistan, “civilian deaths and injuries” and encouraged an “investigation… No life is cheap. It is a son or a daughter, a mother or a father, brother or a sister of someone.”

When challenged on Colombo’s holding of 11,500 former Tamil Tigers suspects in detention – condemned by Human Rights Watch as a prison without international monitoring or investigation – Gunaratna denied that Sri Lanka was holding Tamils “without access to international bodies. It is a lie spread by the LTTE and its supporters and sympathisers. There are 11,500 LTTE terrorists in custody. They are undergoing rehabilitation before they are released.”

This is the same logic deployed by America and Israel with its illegal holding of countless prisoners without trial or judicial process. Terrorists are simply called terrorists because a government says so.

Gunaratna told me that he had “personally interviewed several thousand detainees” – a claim that stretches credibility – and praised the Sri Lankan “rehabilitation program as one of the best terrorist rehabilitation programs in the world… [that] should be emulated by other governments.”

Despite no independent monitoring to assess the claim, he said that authorities “treat detainees with respect, promote moderation, toleration and co-existence and given a second chance to start a life.”

Such unbelievable claims are by the man who is often the main source of expertise in The Australian‘s coverage of Sri Lanka.

Antony Loewenstein is an independent journalist and author of My Israel Question and The Blogging Revolution.

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We hear all about the sudden danger of Sharia Law coming to America, Fox News causes hives for regular viewing audiences. Sometimes I get it confused with Shakira law. They sound so similar.
I had a recent conversation with a seemingly intelligent, successful businessman, and was astonished to learn what he claimed about the religion of Islam. He had ‘studied’ it astutely, he assured me. Sadly but not surprisingly, Tom is a regular Faux News viewer.
In the course of our conversation, He said with disdain how the prophet Mohammed married a 13 year old girl. This in his mind is tantamount to pedophilia.

So When I reminded him that  in Connecticut legal age of consent to marry is 13 under some circumstances, he seemed unnerved.
And when I told him that many US States the legal consent is 16 (Ohio, Kentucky, Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Iowa etc, he was even more unnerved and perplexed, neurons were not connecting, nor were some of the facts I brought up, I surmised.

Many Mormons marry quite young in Utah, and in Mexico the consent age is from 12-14, and at puberty in some Mexican states. In Mexico City, the legal age ofconsent age is 12, among the lowest in the world, but this seemed to cause just confusion in his head….I wasnt getting through. (Canada recently raised their age of consent in 2008 from 14 to 16. Those Canucks sure got it together dont they? Take off. eh? Oh, I digress.)
So naturally I told him I had no concerns of Sharia Law in the uSA, after all we have only 4-6 million Muslims living in America, but well over 30 Million Mexican Illegals and Nationals, who incidentally have killed over 50,000 Americans since 911, but why let facts get in the way of a good argument?

No, I dont fret of ‘Shakira’ Law or this time when the musical hit ‘Hips Dont Lie’ will be blast ad infinitum, 5 times per day, and we are all forced to hide our womens and ‘chillens’ (that’s Ebonic urban dictionary talk for kids) and run for our lives.
Yes, It is with a heavy heart that I write this. We Americans sadly hear of the many prosperous, peaceful and successful Muslims that have contributed so postively in our past and present world. That the fastest group of successful entrepreneurs and millionaires in America is among Arab and Persian Muslims. So many Lies, so little time.
Its interesting to note that During the centuries when the West was considered to be ‘asleep’, many developments took place; including The Discovery of Pulmonary Circulation, The First Complete Medical Encyclopedia, The First successful surgeries, The Founding of chemistry, Founding of Algebra, Discovery of the laws of refraction, Determination of the Solar Year. This all took place in the Middle East, and were dsicovered and invented BY Muslims.
There are many more discoveries that took place during the 6th-16th century that shaped up the world immensely. In researching this topic (all of a few hours), I learned that the discoveries that took place between 6th-16th century by Muslims, could be also called The Golden Era of the World.
Coffee, Checkbooks, The Crankshaft, Pre Fab Housing, High Rise Architecture, Advanced Mathematics, Optics, to name just a few. How can this be?

How can our media and ‘advanced’ school curriculum forget to mention or note that any of these inventors and inventions, relative to this group of people, are Muslims!?  I smell Bagels…..
Apart from Science, Islam has produced Great number of Leaders, that shaped our history. Among these leaders were also some Muslims thinkers, inventors, artists, scientists, sports icons and warriors.
Those that have added to our culture, have influenced us in postitive ways. I wonder why Fox News and the Neo-con establishment media is remiss in mentioning their contributions? Perhaps it doesnt serve the agenda, on the course they’ve charted for us in the near future. And this has nothing to do with peace, either. Oh contraire.

Its blood that vampires feed on, our foreign policy directives from Israel have indeed made a blood junkie of us. Household and recognizeable names like Muhammed Ali, Kareem Abdul Jabbar, Prince Haseem Hamed, Cricket great and Guinness Record holder Imran khan, Musical Great CAT Stevens, revered for their talents, but live their lives as Muslims so quietly as to be almost enigmatic.
Great men and women like: The Father of Chemistry: Jabir Ibn Haiyan , ABU ABDULLAH AL-BATTANI (Astronomy) , Great Optician: ABU ALI HASAN IBN AL-HAITHAM , ABU AL-NASR AL-FARABI( Sociologist, philosopher) , Master Physician: ABU MARWAN IBN ZUHR (Averroes) , Doctor of Doctors: Ibn Sina (Avicenna) , ALI IBN RABBAN AL-TABARI (Physician , Mathematician, sociology) , Greatest Botanist and Pharmacist of the Middle Ages: IBN AL-BAITAR , AL-FARGHANI (Astronomer) , Ibn Battuta – The Incredible Traveler , ABUL HASAN ALI AL-MASU’DI (Traveler) , Father of Surgery: ABU AL-QASIM AL-ZAHRAVI, ALI IBN RABBAN AL-TABARI (Physician) , Discoverer of Pulmonary Circulation : IBN AL-NAFIS , IBN RUSHD (Philosopher ,Logic) , MOHAMMAD IBN ZAKARIYA AL-RAZI (Chemist, Philosopher) , One of the Greatest Mathematicians: MOHAMMAD BIN MUSA AL-KHAWARIZMI , NASIR AL-DIN AL-TUSI ( Philosopher, Mathematician, Astronomer, Theologian and physician) , Thabit Ibn Qurra (Mathmatician) , OMAR AL-KHAYYAM (Mathematician, Astronomer, philosopher, physician) , YAQUB IBN ISHAQ AL-KINDI (philosopher, mathematician, physicist, astronomer, physician) , AL-IDRIS (Botony) , ABUL WAFA MUHAMMAD AL-BUZJANI (Mathematician) , Gamal Abdul Nasser( Egyptian Revolutionist that gave his country freedom,tried to combine Arab power) , Benazir Bhutto (First Muslim female Head of state in Pakistan, assasinated by Israeli Mossad and CIA).
All of these legends and greats are are basically ‘anonymous’ in our history books and lamestream media today. Yet the aforementioned names were All influential and successful people in their own right, whose contributions have made lasting impression on most, if not all of us. But Seldomly are their names uttered.

Rather their respective religion is blasphemed, shamed and mocked and all Muslims are vociferously smeared with the same broad brush so as to demonize these human beings, Gods own Children, as purveyors of hatred,; bloodlust and war, when it is their own lands that have been Invaded and Occupied On Lies. (1) (2).

When their own families have become refugees, political prisoners, or ‘statistics’, otherwise forgotten.

(1) ‘Iraq did not have the weapons our intelligence believed were there.’
-Bush 10/7/2004

(2)’The CIA gave us bad intelligence.’
~George W. Bush, July 11, 2003

Enough is enough..I beg of my Christian and Muslim brothers and sisters to counter the lies, with the sword of Truth. I beg of you To continue your efforts to Blog, to operate websites that proudly display your culture in the perspective of its own reality, not the perverted fictional lies that our Kosher western media has protrayed of you. To undermine the efforts of those that Christ called ‘snakes, serpents, liars, hypocrites and Of Their Father the Devil.’

My own religion has been demonized and it is heart breaking to see it now a bad parody of what it once was, sad to see that in less than 2 generations since its overt assault on our cultre, Western traditional families and values are no more.
I cannot stand to watch yet another, proud and noble people be blamed and forced to succumb to the lies that are prostrated forth to the American populace. Stay well my brothers and sisters-Christian and Muslim alike.
May God be with you.
Bill in Ohio

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(NEW YORK, NY, 10/21/10) — The New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY) today called on the FBI to investigate a nail attack on a mosque in that state as a possible hate crime.

CAIR-NY said someone threw a jar of nails near the entrance of a Huntington, N.Y., mosque Wednesday night. The jar broke and nails were scattered in the area of the mosque’s driveway. Suffolk County police are investigating the incident as a possible hate crime. Representatives of the mosque say other possibly bias-motivated incidents have occurred in recent months.

Cops: Suspect Threw Jar of Nails at Huntington Mosque

“State and national religious and political leaders must address the rising number of hate incidents targeting American Muslims and their institutions,” said CAIR-NY Community Affairs Director Faiza N. Ali. “We urge the FBI to add its resources to the investigation of this troubling incident.”

Ali noted that CAIR’s Washington State office today held a news conference in Seattle with two Muslim women who were allegedly attacked at a gas station by an assailant shouting racial and religious slurs.

SEE: Woman Charged with Hate Crime Against Two Muslim Women
CAIR-WA: Hate Crime at the ARCO: Two Muslim Women Attacked
CAIR-WA: Burien Woman Charged with Hate Crime

Other recent anti-Muslim incidents include an attack on a New York Muslim mother and child, the arrest of New York teens who allegedly harassed a Muslim student because of his faith and the defacement of a South Carolina mosque.

Mosques in California, Tennessee, New York, Illinois, Wisconsin, Arizona, Louisiana, Kentucky, Texas, and Florida have faced vocal opposition or have been similarly targeted by hate incidents in recent months.

SEE: CAIR-NY Seeks Hate Crime Charges in Attack on Muslim Mother, Child
CAIR-NY Seeks Federal Charges for Hate Attacks on Muslim Student
FBI Meets with Members of S.C. Mosque Defaced with Pork
Hate Packages Sent to U.S. Mosques

CAIR’s national office recently announced the launch of a department devoted to addressing the alarming rise of Islamophobic sentiment in American society. American Muslim individuals and institutions are being urged to review advice on security procedures contained in CAIR’s “Muslim Community Safety Kit.”

CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
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A Palestinian state – despite serious obstacles – could become the true democracy of the Middle East, if only Israel would let it.

The world is abuzz with the news that Palestinian leadership is talking about soliciting support from the UN for a declaration of statehood (hey, remember when pre-Israel did that in 1947?). The US has kept mum on the topic so far – good for them – but Israeli spokespeople have been adamantly critical of the motions. Their main argument is that it would violate the terms of the Oslo agreements. Ignoring for the moment that the main conclusion to come out of Oslo was the agreement to keep talking and discuss the real issues later, this is a serious case of the pot calling the kettle black.

I do not have enough fingers or toes or strands of hair on my head to count the number of times Israel has violated international law, UN resolutions, UN conventions, or its own responsibilities to peace agreements. Since I have neither the time nor the space nor the patience to go through all of these misbehaviors, I will mention simply the current administration’s failure to fully cease settlement construction, de facto stopping the most recent “peace talks” in their tracks.

It sounds like Israel is just grasping at its last threads of hypocritical hope, trying to hold the Palestinian Authority accountable to a seventeen-year-old document to which Israel itself has not been the best at adhering to.

So what would happen if the Palestinians gained recognition of a state within the 1967 borders of the West Bank and in Gaza? Palestine would become the first true democracy in the Middle East.

I will acknowledge up front that I think this state will be impoverished and vulnerable: the territories’ current economic status can be described as one in which there is a severe wealth gap – there is money, but it, like the power, is in the hands of few. Its police force, though clad in the interesting choice of blue camouflage and carrying machine guns to rival those of every 18-year-old Israeli, does not seem to be that interested in doing much other than standing around in the shade of their armored trucks. Ah well, such is the Middle East. And then there is the map issue.

In an ideal world, the geographical isolation of the West Bank and Gaza would be no hindrance to governance and political unity (in fact, today’s world of instantaneous communication via magic squiggly lines in the air behaves much like this ideal world), but this world is not ideal. (Tangential topic: why don’t Gaza and the West Bank declare as separate countries?)

But the Palestinian Authority has successfully held elections. Putting any personal feelings about Hamas aside, they did win an election in Gaza. Though Fatah, also elected (sort of), is ineffective and certainly no longer “the party of the people”, they at least have figureheads, the infrastructure, and the know-how to be elected and participate in democratic processes. As much cynicism as there is surrounding Palestinian politics, and as much of a struggle as it may be, I have to say this is one area in which the Israeli occupation and influence has done them a huge favor. Palestinians know and understand the importance of a government by the people, for the people, and are familiar with these processes and principles. Seeing the dysfunction of a broken system will only help them build a better one.

I see a Palestinian state whose politics are more all-inclusive than those of Israel. Pitting “democracy” against democracy, a Palestinian state would win. The primary reason? “Palestinian” describes a place-allegiance and a national identity. Palestinians are Muslim and Christian, religious and secular. They are from cities and they are from villages. What unites them is a shared history and a shared land – but a Palestinian state can never be religious because the Palestinian people are not unified under any one theological doctrine, even broadly defined (as Judaism can be applied, in some broad way, to the majority of Israelis).

So while Israel struggles to be recognized and to function as both a Jewish state and a democracy, a Palestinian state would be just that: a Palestinian and democratic state. Rabbis, priests, and imams need not apply.

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Fitting in should not have to cost Muslims their dignity

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October 22, 2010

by crescentandcross Quantcast

by  Dr. Mohamed Elmasry 
I am worried about the future of Muslims in Western countries, especially since 9/11. A number of news reports point to the phenomenon of a people trying so hard to fit in that they end up losing their self-respect and the respect of others. 

We are familiar with this phenomenon in schools, where those who are ostracized because of color, race, physical appearance, religion, or even high academic achievement will do anything to be accepted by a group.
Here are two recent examples of Muslims making the mistake of trying too hard to be acceptable:
A Canadian Muslim is invited to give a talk by our extreme right-wing government, and is suddenly disinvited. He understandably feels insulted, but why did he accept the invitation in the first place?
Why should Muslims in Canada have to issue Islam-against-terrorism joint statements every few months, and other Muslims go around giving “Jews are not my enemy” talks?
For that matter, why does any Muslim have to say day and night that he is a moderate, when “moderate” is subjective? Besides, our corporate media labels all Muslims who advocate for social justice issues in Canada and peace through justice around the world extreme and radical, and never discusses their views.
An American Muslim woman announces in front of TV cameras and reporters that she will lead Friday prayers.
Last summer, a Canadian Muslim woman was “invited” in front of TV cameras to lead Friday prayers in England. Why the wide publicity?
Is challenging 1400 years of tradition the highest priority of a Muslim woman today, given that Muslims in the U.S. and Canada have been steadily losing their civil liberties since 9/11?
Because Islam does not have a Church, every Muslim can do what he or she thinks it is right, so why did she not lead the prayers privately among her followers. There was no need for a media circus.
Muslims in Canada have replaced blacks as the number-one racially profiled group, and have replaced Jews at the number-one target for hate crimes.
Not a single place of worship in Canada or the U.S is spied on more than mosques.
Only the Muslim holy book is threatened with being burnt in front of TV cameras.
Only Islamic centers must get media approval before they are built.
Young Canadian Muslims have lost the basic right to worship in mosques without RCMP and CSIS intimidation.
Muslims who are made to feel “foreign” because of their religion are significantly less active in political life, and feel less politically effective than those who feel socially and psychologically equal.
To be political effective, Muslims need to stop acting like foreigners, and come out of the mental ghetto of subordination they feel because of their religion.
Just as Canadian Muslims must speak out against Israel’s injustices against the Palestinians, NATO’s injustices against Muslims in Afghanistan and Iraq, and the drumbeat to war against Iran, they must also speak out against discrimination and deprivation among First Nation peoples, refugees, the poor, the needy, children, the sick and elderly, and other marginalized minorities.
Canadian Muslims must speak out against Islamophobia in the media, in schools, in the work place and in government, and they should not rush to condemn those who are arrested on terrorist charges before they are judged in a court of law.
Finally, Canadian Muslims must show how they contribute to Canadian wealth. I have taught thousands of Canada’s top engineers over the last 40 years, and they have created millions of jobs.
To my fellow Muslims: please do not sacrifice your dignity as you try to fit in—Zionist Jews, Christian fundamentalists, racists and extreme right-wing politicians and media will never accept you—never.

Dr. Mohamed Elmasry Dr Mohamed Elmasry is Professor Emeritus of Computer Engineering, University of Waterloo.
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Global giant Gems joins the gold rush for academy profits

Gems, a profit making education supplier based in Dubai is the latest firm lining up to make profits out of Academies and ‘Free’ schools. Gems made a loss from its 12 British-based private schools last year, but believes this can be offset by profit from the Government’s moves towards more independence in state education.
This comes at a time when the Swedish government is looking into limiting the profits that education providers can make. The Swedish government will be discussing for-profit education and to what extent free schools should be allowed to withdraw profits if they are found to not live up to minimum quality standards.
The debate remains controversial after a series of high profile cases in recent years of large dividends paid to owners of schools and pre-schools in the private sector.

National Agency for Education (Skolverket) figures which show that teacher/student ratios vary significantly.
While municipal-run schools had the equivalent was 7.9 students per 100 teachers, for-profit free schools only had an average 6.8 teachers per 100 students.
New Literature from the Education unions

NASUWT on charter schools
NASUWT on Free Schools
NUT Academies toolkit
NUT on Free schools

The following amendment was tabled by Wandsworth Council Labour Group
“This Council supports the provision of additional secondary school places where this is

warranted by demand.  If this cannot be provided by expanding existing LA schools, then

we support the establishment of a new Local Authority Funded school.  Any proposal for

establishing a new school should be financially viable and not at the expense of existing LA schools.”

The Tories withdrew their original motion so the amendment was never put, but it is a formulation

other council groups may wish to follow.
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Academies to cut staff pay?
‘Free’ schools in pubs, cinemas or bookies?

How billionaire donors harm public education


Plan for ‘free’ school in Redbridge splits town hall parties

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October 22, 2010

by Paul Fitzgerald & Elizabeth Gould

Afghanistan:  The Strategy’s Not Working

Nearly a year into the Obama administration’s new AfPak strategy the only thing that is clear is that it’s not working. Little has changed except the severity of the insurgency. General Petraeus has shifted back to a confused mix of counterterrorism and counterinsurgency (that failed the first time); backing “reconciliation” talks with Taliban leaders while pounding them with overwhelming firepower in the hopes of getting a better deal at the bargaining table.

The war in Afghanistan

Matthew Green of the Financial Times doesn’t believe the conditions exist for reconciliation given that, “The Taliban and allied Haqqani network, hunkered down in Pakistani havens, believe they can outlast the west.” According to David Ignatius at the  Washington Post, this “strategy” derives from the idea “that wars in tribal societies are inevitably a mix of talk and shoot,” and “With Petraeus in the political-military driver’s seat, he can steer a process to push the disparate Taliban groups toward a political settlement.”

Never mind that the same basic approach of bomb and talk proved useless in Vietnam.

The North Vietnamese knew the U.S. would have to give up and go home for domestic political reasons just like the French had before them. The only difference between the two was the delusional conviction that the U.S. had a workable technological solution when it was actually fighting a war in didn’t understand.  

Neither has Washington caught up with the fact that General Petraeus’s strategy of making back-channel deals with insurgents as he did in Iraq simply disintegrates in favor of Al Qaeda and fractured tribal politics once the pressure of American firepower is withdrawn. Then there is the issue of Pakistan’s support for the very same extremists that the U.S. is trying to defeat. Can Petraeus really hope to work with Pakistan as an ally while still overcoming their assumption that they have a right to control Afghanistan’s internal politics and foreign policy?

In the minds of Washington’s most influential Beltway pundits, General Petraeus’s strategy of ushering in Taliban factions and despised rebel leaders like Gulbuddin Hekmatyar for reconciliation into the Afghanistan government of Hamid Karzai is a stroke of genius because it gets the U.S. out of a bad jam. In reality, it is a plan that will ultimately make the administration’s current predicament and its frustrations with the corrupt Karzai government seem like a walk in the park. 

From 1973 to the present, Gulbuddin Hekmatyar has been nurtured and supported by a host of outsiders including Pakistan, Iran, Saudi Arabia, the United States and China whose ultimate goal is to reshape the ethnic-political and religious structure of Central Asia. But despite that support, his failure resulted in civil war and the creation of a Taliban movement from Pakistan that outdid Hekmatyar’s extremism with new levels of violence.

Reconciliation itself isn’t the problem. Giving reconciled criminals a legitimate place in the Afghan government – who are paid by foreign interests, are directed by Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence Directorate and have never been held to account for their crimes against the Afghan people – is the problem.

As Khalil Nouri of the New World Strategies Coalition,  an Afghan-American organization seeking to implement a de-militarized tribal solution to the conflict puts it, “If this is the reality, then can reconciliation work? The Answer is ‘NO’ it will never work in the long term; first the country has not healed from its past 35 years of war, the ethnic divide has widened and has complicated the path to nationalism, and there is not a unifier figurehead to calm the country down.”

Nouri believes that the only solution that will work before NATO withdraws its troops is a traditional Afghan tribal council (Jirga) free of the kind of outside interference that brought Hamid Karzai and the warlords to power in 2002. The irony remains that today’s crisis occurred not because the Jirga failed, but because the will of the Jirga was overridden by the political desires of the Bush administration.

Nouri foresees that if this “All Afghan Jirga,” is assembled by Afghans for Afghans it can return Afghanistan to a stable state by creating a traditional government that is acceptable to all Afghans regardless of their tribal or ethnic affiliations.

According to Nouri, “The Taliban will succeed in ruling neither the country, – proven by their reign from 1996 to 2001 – nor the puppet government of Hamid Karzai. Nor will the Northern Alliance’s endeavor bear any fruit. Afghans who brainstorm together on how to coexist in an “All Afghan Jirga” can neutralize the warlord’s grip on power by restoring memories of a time when Afghanistan’s own political process enabled the people to live in harmony and peace.”

As the U.S. and NATO countries attempt to force-fit another ill-considered solution onto a tribal Afghanistan plagued with social unrest by ushering the “Taliban Elite” into Kabul for Peace Talks, it might do well to recall that western nations were once tribal too and are now in an advanced stage of suffering from what the 1960s pop guru and social prophet, Marshall McLuhan referred to as “re-tribalization.”

McLuhan spoke in a 1969 Playboy interview. “As man is tribally metamorphosed by the electric media, we all become Chicken Littles, scurrying around frantically in search of our former identities, and in the process unleash tremendous violence. As the preliterate confronts the literate in the postliterate arena, as new information patterns inundate and uproot the old, mental breakdowns of varying degrees–including the collective nervous breakdowns of whole societies unable to resolve their crises of identity–will become very common.”

As domestic protests grow over the failure of globalist economic policies within the same western countries that seek to impose their will on Afghanistan, the time may have come to accept that whatever the outcome of the latest effort to make “peace” with the Taliban, it will not succeed until the Afghan people are allowed to make their own choices through a system of their own choosing and not someone else’s.

Paul Fitzgerald and Elizabeth Gould are the authors of Invisible History: Afghanistan’s Untold Story published by City Lights. Their next book  Crossing Zero The AfPak War at the Turning Point of American Empire will be published February, 2011. Visit their website at 

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Williams’ firing- Just Another Psy-op Against America In Masking Jewish Power

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October 22, 2010

 by crescentandcross

At the risk of appearing cheeky, nevertheless I’ll say it–Damn, I’m getting’ good at this. The difficulty associated with figuring out the next move on the part of the Kosher Kabal is now tantamount to figuring out who’s buried in Grant’s tomb. A sign from God that I should start playing the ponies at the track? We shall see.

Anyway, on to my prognostication. As soon as it had hit the airwaves–meaning the comments made by Fox News Dude Juan Williams, to wit–

“When I get on the plane, I got to tell you, if I see people who are in Muslim garb and I think, you know, they are identifying themselves first and foremost as Muslims, I get worried. I get nervous.”

–I asked myself–

“Ok, HOW MANY MICROSECONDS before he gets fired in a VERY media-intensive way in order to give the various professional shriekers in the Jewish controlled media all the Prima Facie evidence they need in re-propagandizing Americans into believing that ‘THEM MOOOZLEMS’ control everything and that soon America will be succumbing to Sharia Law?”

Well, as the narrative has proven, I wasn’t to be at all disappointed. Faster than a person could utter “By way of deception, thou shalt do war” (motto of Israel’s Mossad) it was a done deal… Juan was gone and the sirens of the pro-war/anti-Muslim crowd had all the ammunition they needed in changing the tune from “them Jooz” who control everything in the U.S. (as events prove on a daily basis) back to “THEM MOOOZLEMS”.

See, they simply HAD to do it. A few weeks ago, when CNN anchor Rick Sanchez was given the Kosher jackboot for making the unarguably-true comment concerning the “demographic makeup” of media ownership in America, he was basically proven correct in the court of public opinion. It stood out there like a hastily-disposed of body bobbing up and down in the water indicating that a murder had taken place and everyone knew who the culprits were.

And this at a time when professional Jewish groups (tasked with casting spells of confusion over the American people) are working OVERTIME these days dealing with all those “old canards” linking Jews to money, financial manipulation & ruin, control of the media, control of politics, etc, etc, etc, to say nothing of other petty, little, and unimportant items such as Israel’s direct involvement in getting the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan going and the overtly-Jewish drive to see Iran destroyed.

Furthermore, every other day it seems some nice Jewish guy or gal is being arrested for trafficking in human organs, sex slaves, espionage against the US, financial swindles and just about every other Old Testament-sanctioned business against non-Chosenoids imaginable. Absent that, we have creatures such as Rabbi Ovadiah Yosef making off-the cuff comments about how non-Jews exist for one purpose and one purpose only (i.e. serving the master race) and therefore what all this means is that there is big trouble in little Jerusalem, meaning the U.S. The cat might not be totally out of the bag yet, but he’s got one heavily-clawed arm out and is swinging it wildly and it won’t be long before the guy holding the bag drops it and Mr. Kitty is a free agent.

Gawd! I mean LOOK AT the timing of it all! Within days of each other–2 guys with Hispanic names, one who gets fired for factually stating that Jews run the media and the other getting fired for opinionating that Islam and terrorism are synonymous. No doubt, those sitting in the board rooms at various Jewish interest groups were dealing with a dilly of a pickle when it came to firing Sanchez, in that it HAD to be done, because if he had been allowed to get away with making statements like those more were sure to follow from others. At the same time however, they knew by firing him that he would basically be proven correct, so how to negate it? Simple–

Have another commentator say something bad about Islam and get fired for it and then get the show back on the road that Muslims and their “pervasive influence” in America pose a mortal danger to America’s freedoms.

So, in order to keep the same American people (“blessed” with the privilege of expending every drop of blood and treasure they possess in fighting Israel’s wars for her) asleep as to WHO controls their world and why, Juan Williams simply HAD to go. If he had been allowed to remain, well then, people would see the obvious double standard so much a part of how things are done in the land of the free and home of the brave these days. Then, before you know it they will begin putting 2 and 2 together in coming up with 4, and then 4 and 4 with 8, and so on and so on and the next thing you know, they have figured out the game being played against them and are madder than hell about it. Pretty soon, it’s not “THEM MOOZLEMS” and their Sharia law Americans are biting their fingernails down to the bone over, but rather “THEM JOOZ” and their Talmudic Law stinking the place up like a dead fish.

As easy as pouring water out of a boot with the directions on the heel, Americans then figure out WHO is really responsible for the near-total ruination of their country, and with all the predictable results that the lessons of history have offered ever since a guy named Abraham was kicked out of Egypt after selling his wife into prostitution to the Pharaoh.

Now, having just won on that hand, I’d be willing to up the ante one further in saying that Williams was more than likely TOLD to make the comments he did, with the assurance that after he lost his place at NPR he would be given an even BIGGER ONE with Fox, which is exactly what has taken place.

Bets have been placed everyone. Any takers?

© Mark Glenn

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