Monthly Archives: April 2010

The Muslim Struggle In Britian

The Brother Hassan’s documentary “The British Muslim Struggle” was aired on Press TV earlier this week.

The documentary explores the role of Muslims in Britain countering Islamophobia and engaging in the political process to bring about a situation in which they are properly represented in the fields of politics and media.

A must watch if you wish to understand the political game and how it impacts on Muslims in the UK.

Well done Hassan, The Akh salutes you on a job well done.

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Filed under Arts & Media, Documentary, Great Britain, Islam, Islamophobia, Operation Muslim Vote 2010, Positive Relations Islam & West, Reports & Findings, UK General Election 2010

Analysing The Media’s Sanctimonious False Fury

You would have thought that Gordon Brown had boiled a cat alive and eaten it with cheese and crackers, if you believed the way in which the sanctimonious media have carried the story. I have no love for Brown or the new labour project, but will this crass remark make labour lose the election?

Time for a bit of analysis, I’ve pointed out previously that Rupert Murdoch’s News International Media Conglomerate supports the CONservatives the only party they haven’t got into bed with is the Liberal Democrats.

It should come as no surprise whatsoever that the comment was captured by Rupert Murdoch’s SKY News. Brown should have his media point of contact shot, seeing you know that SKY are backing your opponent, your guard needs to be tighter then Bernard Hopkins’, so why allow yourself to be caught out by a sucker punch of your own making?

The Scum leads with:

While Murdoch’s broadsheet, The Times runs with:

A selection of the Non-Murdoch owned press show:

SKY “News” have been salivating like a rabid dog over its coverage over what I would call a non incident, but of course being in the home straight of an election campaign, electioneering comes into it’s own.

Anyone remember Murdoch’s media getting into such a furore when over a Million people died in Iraq?

No.

A little perspective wouldn’t go amiss.

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Filed under Great Britain, Media Unspeak, Operation Muslim Vote 2010, UK General Election 2010, UK politics

Malcolm X’s Killer Released From Prison

The only man to have admitted his role in the killing of Malcolm X has been released from prison on parole.

Thomas Hagan, 69, was released from a New York jail 45 years after the assassination, officials confirmed.

Hagan was one of three men convicted of killing Malcolm X, The two other gunmen were previously paroled. Hagan, who was shot in the thigh while trying to flee, was arrested outside the Audubon carrying a clip from the .45 caliber pistol he used during the attack.

First-person accounts of the shooting were provided to investigators by a variety of witnesses, including a Queens man, William Parker, who was struck with a stray bullet, and Betty Shabazz, Malcolm’s wife, who testified before a Manhattan grand jury. An NYPD report details the results of an autopsy performed at the Bellevue Morgue: “Cause of death: Multiple shotgun and other caliber bullet wounds of Heart and aorta.”

Perhaps it’s time that the truth was laid bare, and the CIA admitted it’s role in the assassination of the shaheed Al-Hajj Malik Al-Shabaz.

It was only after returning from performing the Hajj in 1964, did the black nationalism of the NOI be replaced with the correct form of Islam. Malcolm X was close to agreeing a co-operative movement with the other great civil rights leader Martin Luther King.

The CIA were well aware of the impact that of the concerted platform these two heavyweights would forge in uniting the black & impoverished communities, and the threat it would pose to the “American Way”.

Martin Luther King was assassinated 4 years after Malcolm X.

Gone but never forgotten, the example of brother Malik Al-Shabaz continues to inspire people around the world on the quest for truth, justice and love for their fellow man.

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Iranians Defecting As New Middle East War Promoted

The Manufacturing of Consent to invade Iran continues, the consensus being built should be noted for its unreliability in its content, an even more grave consequence is that these “facts” are getting major airtime where it counts, if you read my post yesterday, then you’ll know all about how the media can frame the discussion.

The Washington Post states:

“Iran’s political turmoil has prompted a growing number of the country’s officials to defect or leak information to the West, creating a new flow of intelligence about its secretive nuclear program.

Some of the most significant new material has come from informants, including scientists and others with access to Iran’s military programs, who are motivated by antipathy toward the government and its suppression of the opposition movement after a disputed presidential election in June, according to current and former officials in the United States and Europe who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss the intelligence gains.

In recent weeks, U.S. officials have acknowledged that an Iranian nuclear scientist defected to the West in June. Shahram Amiri, 32, vanished while on a religious pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia and has provided spy agencies with details about sensitive programs, including a long-hidden uranium-enrichment plant near the city of Qom, intelligence officials and Europe-based diplomats said.

Amiri is described by some as the most significant Iranian defector since Brig. Gen. Ali Reza Asgari, a former deputy defense minister and Revolutionary Guard Corps commander who switched sides during a 2007 trip to Turkey.”

The Israeli, Arutz Sheva added:

“An Iranian nuclear scientist has asked for asylum in Israel, Deputy Minister Ayoub Kara, of the Druze community.

My office has received a request from an Iranian scientist who is currently staying in a friendly country, by means of an Israeli Jewish woman of Iranian birth, Kara revealed in a interview panel appearance in Ramat Gan. I am making an effort to assist in this matter because I believe in helping anyone to remove the strategic and nuclear threat upon the enlightened and democratic world.”

While the Wall Street Journal ran with:

“Israel weighs merits of solo attack on Iran”, alongside a fully interactive demo of the routes Israeli attack jets can fly to attack Iran. They all would require Israeli planes to fly through U.S.-controlled airspace in Iraq or through the airspace of U.S. allies such as Saudi Arabia or Turkey, which could cause serious political consequences for Israel.

David Schenker of The Washington Institute, A U.S.-based (Pro Israeli) think tank, has issued a report saying that a new Middle East war may be looming on the horizon.

Pro Zionist commentators in America are pushing for an attack on Iran by rounding on President Obama:

“The President is more interested in trying to mollify Islamist fanatics who continue their war preparations.”

Whilst elsewhere they conflate Israel’s pro war stance with America’s domestic woes, adding:

“A third factor is whether Israeli planes would need to fly over Iraqi air space to reach Iran. The U.S. still has air bases around the region, and might not want to recognize Israeli planes as friendly. Thus Obama instills uncertainty into foreign policy just he prolongs the recession by instilling uncertainty into domestic policy on medical costs and taxes.”

To say that The Akh is dismayed by this propaganda would be an understatement of immense proportions.

The facilitator of every major violent event thus far in the twenty-first century have been based on lies told by democratic governments. The lies are continuing to be told, about the supposed “existential” menace posed by Iran to Israel, America and (if you believe some European leaders) to Western Europe.

The American invasion of Iraq in 2003 was motivated by the neo-conservative illusion that the Iraqi people would welcome invasion and become a force for democracy, and friends to Israel. Instead, the death of Saddam Hussein and destruction of his government, the wrecking of Iraqi urban society and the country’s infrastructure and industry, which will take years to reconstruct, ignited anarchic insurrection and sectarian conflict, delivering the country into the power and influence of a much larger and more important enemy of both the United States and Israel, Iran. Another lesson about lies, one might have thought.

U.S. Secretary of Defence Robert Gates is reported to have sent a secret letter to President Barack Obama last January reviewing the military options available if diplomacy and the new American attempt to intensify international sanctions on Iran fail to produce the desired halt in Iran’s effort, if that is what it is, to build a nuclear deterrent.

If Iran does pursue a nuclear capability, once again it is to deter attack. Precisely the same objection exists to theories of Iranian aggression as to those lies put forward in 2002-2003 about Iraq posing a nuclear menace to the world.

Once more the threat is a polemical invention, intended to frighten American, Israeli (and European) voters, and prompt a pre-emptive attack on Iran. The reason Mr. Gates reports his uncertainties to the president is that he too recognizes that the conflict with Iran is constructed from fictions – which, as with the lies about Iraq, may turn into another war, whose consequences are sure to be worse for all concerned than the fiasco and tragedy of the Iraqi invasion and subsequent slaughter.

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Rupert Murdoch To Be Locked Out of Next Government?

Back in October 2009, I pointed out how Rupert Murdoch and his News International media empire were switching their alliance from the Labour Party to the Conservatives.

David Yelland was Murdoch’s editor at The Sun The Scum between 1998 & 2003. In a recent article in the Guardian, Yelland described the threat posed to his former bosses at News International by the Lib Dem “surge” whilst taking shots at the media’s Tory bias propaganda.

Yelland went on to state:

“Make no mistake, if the Liberal Democrats actually won the election – or held the balance of power – it would be the first time in decades that Murdoch was locked out of British politics.

In so many ways, a vote for the Lib Dems is a vote against Murdoch and the media elite.

I can say this with some authority because in my five years editing the Sun I did not once meet a Lib Dem leader, even though I met Tony Blair, William Hague and Iain Duncan Smith on countless occasions. (Full disclosure: I have since met Nick Clegg.)”

The “King-Maker” role of the Pro Zionist Murdoch-owned media should be apparent to everyone, it is one that has supported the Labour-Tory nexus in recent decades.

Murdoch’s continuous switch hitting from Conservative to Labour back to Conservative, reflects the corrosive power that lends itself to British journalism.

Yelland continued:

“Over the years the relationships between the media elite and the two main political parties have become closer and closer to the point where, now, one is indistinguishable from the other. Indeed, it is difficult not to think that the lunatics have stopped writing about the asylum and have actually taken it over.

We now live in an era when very serious men and women stay out of politics because our national discourse is conducted by populists with no interest in politics whatsoever. What we have in the UK is a coming together of the political elite and the media in a way that makes people outside London or outside those elites feel disenfranchised and powerless. But all that would go to pot if Clegg were able to somehow pull off his miracle.

For he is untainted by it.

Mehdi Hassan rightly points out:

The fact is these papers, and others, decided months ago that Cameron was going to win. They are now invested in his victory in the most undemocratic fashion. They have gone after the prime minister in a deeply personal way and until last week they were certain he was in their sights.

I hold no brief for Nick Clegg. But now, thanks to him – an ingenue with no media links whatsoever – things look very different, because now the powerless have a voice as well as the powerful.

Murdoch’s News International has a portfolio of titles in the UK including SKY Broadcasting and newspaper titles icluding The Scum, The Times & News of the World.

Through these he is able to influence public opinion, which Chomsky described in his book “Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media” as being “The Five Filters of the Propaganda Model”.

In the run up to the Iraq invasion, Rupert Murdoch and his 175 newspaper editors worldwide all backed Bush’s policies in the Middle East, and were prominent in whipping up a frenzy to go to war.

It got even stranger when a FOI request showed that Rupert Murdoch had phoned Downing Street on several occasions to speak with Tony Blair, the very week it was decided that Britain would invade Iraq.

This came on the back of Murdoch saying, that invading Iraq would be of a benefit if:

“The greatest thing to come out of this for the world economy, if you could put it that way, would be $20 a barrel for oil. That’s bigger than any tax cut in the any country.”

I was there at all the Anti War demo’s, and I remember hearing George Galloway’s speech.

Blair’s relationship with Murdoch makes for interesting reading.

On Tony Blair’s departure from number 10 Downing Street, he promptly agreed a book deal on his autobiography, for the princely advance, rumoured to be in the region of 6-7 Million Pounds.

The deal was struck with Random House Publishing, a title owned by Rupert Murdoch’s News International.

I wouldn’t blame you for thinking this was Murdoch’s payback to Blair for services rendered. After all there is no other way this can be viewed, other than with the greatest of suspicions.

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Filed under 4GW, Great Britain, Iraq, Islamophobia, Manufacturing Consent, Media Unspeak, Operation Muslim Vote 2010, Reports & Findings, UK politics, War

Being A Muslim & A Rapper

American rapper “Freeway” talks about Islam and how it impacts on his life as a recording artist in America, is living the “THUG LIFE” all it’s cracked upto be?

Find out as he speaks on The Deen Show.

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An Idiots Guide To Voting

Not sure who to vote for in the forthcoming elections?

Have the leaders debate’s left you confused?

Can’t tell the difference between the parties manifesto’s?

Well, follow the flow chart below to help you decide.

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