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Saudi Funded Jihadist Charities Pay Pakistani Parents $6,500 per son

Posted by alanmirs on May 27, 2011


The Raw Story has a report that Islamic charities in Saudi Arabia and the UAE are reported to pay poverty-stricken parents $6,500 per son to turn them into Jihadist fighters and suicide bombers.

The Raw Story continues:

Islamic charities from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates financed a network in U.S. ally Pakistan that recruited children as young as eight to wage holy war, a local newspaper reported on Sunday, citing Wikileaks.

A U.S. diplomatic cable published by WikiLeaks said financial support estimated at $100 million a year was making its way from those Gulf Arab states to a jihadist recruitment network in Pakistan’s Punjab province, Dawn newspaper reported.

The November 2008 dispatch by Bryan Hunt, the then principal officer at the U.S. consulate in Lahore, was based on discussions with local government and non-governmental sources during trips to Punjab, Pakistan’s most populous province.

It said those sources claimed that financial aid from Saudi and United Arab Emirates was coming from “missionary” and “Islamic charitable” organizations ostensibly with the direct support of those countries’ governments.

Asked to respond to the report, Saudi foreign ministry spokesman Osama Nugali said: “Saudi Arabia issued a statement from day one that we are not going to comment on any WikiLeaks reports because Saudi Arabia is not responsible for these reports and we are not sure about their authenticity.”

Saudi Arabia, the United States and Pakistan heavily supported the Afghan mujahideen against Soviet occupation troops in the 1980……..

The Raw Story continues:

http://www.instmed.org/imed/2011/05/saudi-funded-jihadist-charities-pay-pakistani-parents-6500-per-son.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+IMEDblog+%28Institute+for+Middle+Eastern+Democracy%29

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Bahrain Crackdown Puts Pressure On U.S. Diplomacy

Posted by alanmirs on May 23, 2011


Bahrain Crackdown Puts Pressure On U.S. Diplomacy NPR

Bahraini police fired tear gas to disperse protesters gathered at Pearl Square in Manama on March 13. The square was the epicenter of anti-government protests.

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May 22, 2011

When popular uprisings swept through Tunisia, Egypt and Libya, President Obama openly threw his support behind the protesters, trumpeting the dual ideals of democracy and freedom.

But that was not the case when the unrest reached Bahrain. The demonstrators, mostly from the majority Shiite population, were calling for reforms in the tiny island kingdom ruled by Sunnis.

The protests quickly turned nasty — scores of people were killed, hundreds wounded. Neighboring Saudi Arabia sent in about 1,000 troops to help quell the demonstrations.

Since then, Bahrain has faced a reign of terror, says Brian Dooley with Human Rights First, who has just returned from a research trip to the country. He says those involved in the protests are subject to arbitrary arrest and detention, sometimes for months…….

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Rep. Rothman Asks Clinton About Iran, Libya, Bahrain

Posted by alanmirs on May 21, 2011


U.S. Rep. Steve Rothman (D-9)—a Fair Lawn resident as well as a member of the House Appropriations Subcommittees on State and Foreign Operations; and Defense—questioned Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at a hearing of the House Appropriations State and Foreign Operations Subcommittee on Thursday.

Secretary Clinton:

Thank you, Congressman. And I appreciate your raising the continuing threat we see from Iran. While we are focused on the developments in North Africa and the Middle East, we have to continue to keep focused on Iran. And we certainly are. What we see happening right now – and I can only give you that snapshot, because our assessment now is that the internal discord in Bahrain is a domestic phenomenon that comes from the demands by the 70 percent Shia population for greater political rights, greater economic opportunities, and it requires a domestic solution. So what we’ve been doing is working with Bahrainis to work with themselves to try to come up with a way forward. Now, there is no doubt, as we have publicly and privately expressed, all people, according to our values, have a universal right to express themselves, to associate…assemble freely. And so, we have urged the government of Bahrain to respect those rights. At the same time, we have also credited what the government is trying to do through a national dialogue to come up with some agreed-upon reforms that would be implemented. You know, Bahrain is a friend, they are an ally, we deeply value their long-time association with us. King Hamad has announced that Crown Prince Salman is to lead this national dialogue, and we are encouraged by some of the steps we have seen recently, that this can result in a genuine dialogue.

Rothman:

Madam Secretary, are we keeping an eye on Iran and their attempts to gain influence in that region?

!Notice Iran is not mentioned in the reply but he repeats short question about Iran again

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While Bahrain demolishes mosques, U.S. stays silent

Posted by alanmirs on May 9, 2011


By ROY GUTMAN

McClatchy Newspapers

In the ancient BahrainivillageofAali, where some graves date to 2000 B.C., the Amir Mohammed Braighi mosque had stood for more than 400 years – one of the handsomest Shiite Muslim mosques in this small island nation in thePersian Gulf.

Today, only bulldozer tracks remain.

In Nwaidrat, where anti-government protests began Feb. 14, the Mo’men mosque had long been a center for the town’s Shiite population – photos show it as a handsome, square building neatly painted in ochre, with white and green trim, and a short portico in dark gray forming the main entrance.

Today, only the portico remains.

“When I was a child, I used to go and pray with my grandfather,” said a 52-year-old local resident, who asked to be called only “Abu Hadi.” “The area used to be totally green, with tiers of sweet water wells.

“Why did they destroy this mosque?” Abu Hadi wailed. “Muslims have prayed there for decades.”

In Shiite villages across this island kingdom of 1.2 million, the Sunni Muslim government has bulldozed dozens of mosques as part of a crackdown on Shiite dissidents, an assault on human rights that is breathtaking in its expansiveness.

http://www.kansascity.com/2011/05/08/2858559/while-bahrain-demolishes-mosques.html

 

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Is Ahmadinejad Islamic Enough for Iran?

Posted by alanmirs on May 4, 2011


Foreign Policy / Abbas Milani

03-May-2011

 

While most of the Middle East region has been risking life and limb for the sake of a democratic future, in Iran, different factions in the regime have been busy debating the virtues of the ancient Persian King Cyrus the Great. Neither side brings any new historical insight, but it hasn’t been an exercise in mere navel-gazing — in Iran, debates on ancient history have been a high-stakes affair. Today, the question is whether the Islamic Republic should pay closer attention to the country’s pre-Islamic Iranian heritage; the answers recently offered by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad threaten the collapse of the current regime.
The dispute itself is nothing new. For decades, if not centuries, the twin enigmas of Iran’s identity and the nature of Islam in Iran have bedeviled Iranian scholars and politicians alike. Iranian identity is bifurcated, split between the pre-Islamic traditions of Zoroastrian and Manichean millennium before Islam, and the Islam-influenced developments of the last 1,300 years.
But there has never been a consensus about which side of this bifurcation should be privileged. Even in the first centuries after the arrival of Islam in Iran, though Iranians had a decisive role in formulating Islamic laws, governance, and literature, there was considerable tension between Arabs and Persians: The former routinely referred to the latter with the pejorative moniker Ajam. Some Arabs (and some Iranians) even questioned whether Shiism — the dominant sect… >>>

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Who cares about the Iranian people?

Posted by alanmirs on May 2, 2011


by Kourosh Ziabari
(Monday, May 2, 2011)

“The new sanctions against Iran have nothing to do with the government of Iran which the Western leaders are entangled in a tedious and uninteresting conflict with. These sanctions, and any kind of unpremeditated actions like this, will only injure the ordinary people of Iran who should suffer from the effects of power game between the governments.”

The world countries are competing with each other in imposing new financial sanctions against Iran. While the Iranian people still hasn’t forgotten the bitter memory of 8-year war with the Baathist Iraq which was masterminded and fostered by the United States and its European allies, new rounds of crippling sanctions directed against the most strategic industries of Iran come after one another in what is claimed to be the international movement of preventing Tehran from acquiring nuclear weapons.

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After crushed protests Bahrain is accused of deepened oppression of Shiites

Posted by alanmirs on May 2, 2011


By JEFFREY FLEISHMAN
Los Angeles Times

After crushed protests, Bahrain is accused of deepened oppression of Shiites

Published: Sunday, May. 1, 2011 – 1:00 am

Last Modified: Sunday, May. 1, 2011 – 7:44 pm

MANAMA,Bahrain– Hassan Mohamed ran his finger over bumps of birdshot beneath his skin. He is nearly blind in his left eye, but is scared to go to the emergency room. The wounds would betray him as a protester. His sister arranged to sneak him into a hospital to visit a doctor she trusts. Mohamed was worried.

“The police are watching,” he said. “I don’t want them to take me.”

Helicopters hover over this island kingdom as doctors are rounded up, university students expelled, teachers fired, houses bombed, mosques destroyed and political opponents silenced. What began as a crackdown on a Shiite Muslim population that rose in protest against the Sunni royal family two months ago has become something more pervasive and sinister.

Opposition parties say the government is systematically pressuring majority Shiites, trying to turn a call for wider political freedoms in Bahraininto a regional struggle between Sunni countries and Shiite-controlled Iran. Much of the strategy is driven by Bahrain’s dominant ally, Saudi Arabia, which fears pro-democracy movements will upset the balance of power in the Persian Gulf.

Talk shows and state-controlled newspapers portray protesters as terrorists who have damaged Bahrain’s image and spoiled its economy. Commentary echoes with an air of “us” versus “them.” Influential Shiite voices, including writers, activists and sports stars, have been harassed in what increasingly appears to be institutional repression by hard-liners to set back years of reform.

“It’s apartheid,” said Mansoor Jamri, who was forced to resign as editor of the independent Al Wasat newspaper. “They’ve made a decision that half the population is not wanted and they want to instill fear in this population and dehumanize them.”

Large demonstrations were violently crushed in March when 1,500 troops crossed from Saudi Arabiato bolster Bahrain’s security forces. The protests for better jobs and an end to discrimination briefly captivated the world, including theU.S., which has its 5th Fleet based here, but the spreading unrest in the so-called Arab Spring shifted attention toLibya,Syria andYemen.

Bahrainquickly and quietly moved to purge dissident Shiite elements it claims are backed and trained by Iranand the militant group Hezbollah in Lebanon. Martial law reigns and Manamahas turned into a capital of fear and suspicion dotted with military tents and armored personnel carriers. Security forces sweep through roundabouts, lights flashing, as Shiites vanish and reappear before military courts.

Human rights groups say 32 people, including four in police custody, have died and that more than 830 have been arrested. Shiites make up about 65 percent of the population, and nearly all of the dead and detained. Four Shiite demonstrators were sentenced to death last week for killing two police officers during the protests.

The country has slipped into an eerie array of contrasting images. The government attempts to conjure an air of normalcy as construction cranes swing over the sea, shopping malls gleam and Western expats party in luxury hotels. But beneath this artifice the police state reaches across layers of Shiite society and into thousands of lives.

Mattar Ebrahim Mattar, a member of parliament with the Shiite opposition Wefaq party, said retribution against the ruling family’s opponents is harsh. His brother was fired from a university; his sister robbed; his wife, a doctor, insulted at her hospital. His personal assistant and campaign manager have both been arrested.

“The government wants to maximize this time,” Mattar said. “They know this crackdown can only last so long before pressure builds for theU.S.and West to step in.”

Bahrainhas accusedIranof instigating the unrest. Foreign Minister Sheik Khalid ibn Ahmed Khalifa said the “external threat” from Shiite-controlledIranis aimed atBahrain,Saudi Arabiaand other Sunni Muslim countries in the oil-rich region. The crisis escalated recently whenManamaexpelled the Iranian ambassador.

“The ruling family is attempting to give the protest a sectarian dimension to frighten other Sunni nations,” said Nabeel Rajab, head of theBahrainCenterfor Human Rights. “It’s not a Sunni-Shiite issue. It’s the people versus the government. But I believe the government wants to smash the Shiite, remove them from all institutions.”

Much of the government focus has been on the Salmaniya Medical Complex, where the wounded arrived and protesters gathered during the demonstrations. Police, some of them masked, guard the hospital’s entrance and patrol its corridors. More than 32 health care workers, including doctors, have been arrested in a campaign to portray Salmaniya’s staff as radicals.

“Doctors are disappearing as part of a systematic attack on medical staff,” according to a report released last week by U.S.-based Physicians for Human Rights. The organization added that the “excessive force” against health care workers and patients, including some who it says were tortured, was “extremely troubling and is cause for an immediate investigation.”

The government denied the accusations, calling them “wholly false.”

Abdulnabi Alekry, a writer and activist, said he visited one doctor who had been blindfolded and punched during detention: “When I saw him, he could not stand. He wept. He was so much humiliated and broken.”

That sense of degradation has widened, especially as bulldozers have destroyed about 20 Shiite mosques, including one that sat in a crumple of tin and mortar on the capital’s outskirts. The government said the mosques were “illegal constructions,” but people here say that even during previous uprisings the government never targeted places of worship.

The collapsed mosque’s caretaker, who would give only the alias Abu Hassan, unfolded blueprints and documents to show that the mosque had received municipal approval as a temporary structure. Such practice is common as communities rely on makeshift mosques while they spend years raising money for a permanent building.

“They tore it down because it was a Shiite mosque,” said Hassan, who sat beneath a picture of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the leader ofIran’s 1979 Islamic Revolution. “They want to show us that they can do whatever they want to us and nobody can stop them. When you destroy a mosque, it’s like they’re killing your father right in front of you.”

Those tactics have spurred anger and worry among Shiites. The tens of thousands who marched in downtown’sPearlSquare two months ago have retreated in the face of arrests and rolling checkpoints. Opposition and human rights groups say that about 1,500 Shiites have been fired from their jobs. The government, which had denied mass firings, has sent officials to schools and other institutions to have Bahrainis sign pledges of allegiance to the king.

“The regime is frightened. They’re becoming fascists,” said Munira Fakhro, a Sunni and a member of the National Democratic Action Society. “They’re trying to say the Shiite are betrayingBahrainand the Sunni.”

She sat in the dusk of her living room. Smoke from five Molotov cocktails splotched her front porch and outside walls. Her home had been attacked twice in recent weeks. The bomb stains and the police car parked at the curb spoke to the complexity of her predicament: Moderates in the ruling party seek to protect a fellow Sunni, but hard-liners want to silence a potent voice against them.

“Even if I’m worried about violence, I can’t stop and lock my door,” she said. “I have a feeling the rest of my life will be like this. When you see people harassed, you need to speak for them and tell the world that a big mistake is happening here.”

She and other protesters have called for a constitutional monarchy to openBahrainto more political voices. But many here ruefully joke thatBahrainis aprovinceofSaudi Arabia, its much larger and powerful neighbor. The Saudi fundamentalist Islamic kingdom, which has a minority Shiite population, has long opposed pluralism.

“We can’t modernize unless the Saudis let us. But the big guy (Saudi Arabia) is too conservative,” she said. “TheU.S.doesn’t want to get involved. It doesn’t want to makeSaudi Arabiaangry. The cash, the oil, theU.S.needs it all.”

Hassan Mohamed sat behind a metal door in a poor part of the city. The pellets his family and friends removed from his back and face were saved in a plastic vial. Birdshot, they said, has become a marker, a source of pride but also a way for police to identify dissidents.

“I will go out and protest again when I heal,” he said. “We won’t stop until we get what we want.”
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Bin Laden 2011, the “War” Paradigm, and Iran 1980

Posted by alanmirs on May 2, 2011


Bin Laden 2011, the “War” Paradigm, and Iran 1980

The operation that killed bin Laden was not a gigantic military mobilization like the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. It was a precise commando raid made possible by intelligence, planning, and diplomacy. Of all America’s military enterprises since the Second World War, the one it most resembles—if I may be forgiven for saying so—is the attempted rescue of the American hostages in Iran on April 24, 1980

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Holocaust a grave tragedy

Posted by alanmirs on May 2, 2011


Practice of prejudice, hatred, deception, and invert the truth, has been propaganda apparatus to validate injustice in the region, holocaust a grave tragedy, and no one denies, but the plot to form Zionist regime is the question

For centauries through out the history the natives lived together dominated by majority rule in harmony, and they respected each others heritage, related to one another through intercourse, association, socializing and being part of it, as one family

Israelis not a Jewish state, and not because they are or not Jews but because they don’t belong to the environment and since the circumstances is not like the new world, they don’t understand the heritage, culture, and the history of the land

The Arabs are in Arabian Peninsula, the Arab speaking nations lost their native tongue after they became Muslims, many other Muslim nations kept their native tongue as Persians, Tajik, Turk, Urdu, The natives in Israel are not the settlers; the natives are Jews, Christians, and Muslims, who were Jews or Christians before becoming Muslims this artificial phenomenon has been created to divide and rule

 

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Condemn NATO assassination of Gadhafi son and three grandsons! U.S., Britain and

Posted by alanmirs on May 1, 2011


Condemn NATO assassination of Gadhafi son and three grandsons! U.S., Britain and France: Hands off Libya! Get out of Africa! U.S., British and French imperialism have escalated their military intervention in Libya beyond the criminal bombardment of Libya, begun on March 19. The one dominant imperialist power and the two former colonial rulers of the world jointly stated their intentions in a open letter published on April 15 in the Washington Post and other media. U.S. President Barack Obama, British Prime Minister David Cameron and French President Nicolas Sarkozy wrote that their goal was to remove Moammar Gadhafi, the leader of Libya. for good. That’s what they call “regime change.” This is even in violation of the resolution rammed through the UN Security Council. It is international lawlessness on a grand scale. …

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