Monthly Archives: June 2011

Shaykh Raed Salah arrested, but did you hear about Rabbi Dov Lior?

Palestine’s Shaykh Raed Salah was due to speak at a meeting of pro-Palestinian MPs in the House of Commons. Instead, he was taken to Paddington Green Police station to be deported out of the UK after a pro-Israeli MP accused him of anti-Semitism (without any evidence).

Zionist Rabbi Dov Lior (and many of Israel’s war criminal army commanders) have come and gone through the UK borders with ease.

Rabbi Dov Lior was wanted for questioning after he endorsed the controversial book “Torat Hamelech,” which justifies the killing of non-Jews. Here’s an extract from his book, The King’s Torah:

The prohibition ‘Thou Shalt Not Murder’ applies only “to a Jew who kills a Jew,” write Rabbis Yitzhak Shapira and Yosef Elitzur of the West Bank settlement of Yitzhar. Non-Jews are “uncompassionate by nature” and attacks on them “curb their evil inclination,” while babies and children of Israel’s enemies may be killed since “it is clear that they will grow to harm us.”

I know what you’re thinking, this must be a lone nutcase rabbi in Israel, who calls for such actions, yet Israel’s two chief rabbis, Yona Metzger and Shlomo Amar, yesterday released a joint statement decrying “the severe damage to the dignity of an important rabbi and rabbinic judge, one of Israel’s greatest rabbis.”

Zionist Rabbi Dov Lior endorses a book which justifies the killing of non Jews, yet his arrest is condemned by Israels two chief Rabbis?

It probably makes them feel better about the Palestinians they murder everyday.

Understand, that taking a non-violent, political path is one that is the correct way to go. Yet, also understand this, the pro israeli zionist machine has a 100 year head start on us, and they will use their ideologically brainwashed minions sitting here in the UK to do their bidding.

This is why the Gandhi of Palestine, Shaykh Raed Salah gets locked up, and israeli war criminals and those that blatantly misuse their religion to justify genocide get to walk around scot free.

Muslims in the UK, by getting politically active, you have the chance to shape a better, more just future for those who are oppressed in Palestine.

When will you get you involved?

Sheikh Raed Salah’s detention is based on media smears he has strongly refuted.

Meeting tonight will go ahead as planned

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How Rupert Murdoch’s dinner party for the British political elite got him ownership of SKY

Zionist media magnate Rupert Murdoch has yet again successfully reminded Britain’s political elite who’s running the show, by getting them all to his summer party in the days when a decision is likely to be made on his News Corp’s 100% ownership bid of Sky TV.

I’ve stated on many an occasion that Rupert Murdoch has a pervasive and damaging effect on British democracy through his ownership of printed & television media channels. The politicians are so scared of the “King Maker” that instead of challenging his position, they kowtow to his every demand.

Vince Cable was removed from his post as business secretary after he declared he would not bend over for Murdoch:

“I have declared War on Mr Murdoch and I think we are going to win…I have blocked it using the powers that I have got”

Murdoch’s News Corp were ripe for a severe dressing down of their corporate prowess after the phone hacking scandal.

Last Thursday, David and Samantha Cameron as well as Labour leader Ed Miliband and shadow chancellor Ed Balls drank Moet & Chandon champagne and ate oysters with Rupert Murdoch.

Despite the Sun’s high-profile decision to back David Cameron in 2009, the Labour leadership know that alienating Murdoch would be foolish. There were more Labour figures at the party than Conservative ministers, a reflection, perhaps, of Labour’s continuing obsession with winning over Murdoch when they can, and trying to neutralise his title’s most venomous attacks when they fail. As well as Miliband and two of his closest advisers, Tom Baldwin and Stewart Wood, shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper and shadow foreign secretary Douglas Alexander also partied.

Tory backbenchers were represented by David Davis and Nick Boles. Labour peer Lord Sugar, who had attacked NI over phone hacking earlier that day, was also there,

With Murdoch himself present, Cameron gave an early-evening keynote speech to the “CEO summit” organised by the Times – although the event programme published on the newspaper’s website coyly described him as an unnamed “senior cabinet minister”.

If you analyse what Murdoch and his News Corp have pulled off, despite being almost dead and buried, it’s quite remarkable how they have achieved their objectives:

By endlessly criticising the European Commission via their media outlets, News Corp managed an unconditional approval for their bid for Sky, effectively going over the heads of the line manager (the British Government) straight to the big boss’s office in Brussels.

Reduced the debate around media plurality to news ownership. This was a tactical master stroke. Fleet Street rivals are incredibly worried about the potential for News Corp/Sky to use online sports rights to help lift audiences for the Times and Sun websites with bids beyond the means of newspaper budgets. News Corp insists it has no such plans, but then, News Corp would say that wouldn’t it.

Kept Labour quiet. Labour may not be gaining that much from the Sun or the Times right now, but there is the promise that one day, those titles might change sides. That is the most likely motivation for the decision by the Labour leadership not to pursue Murdoch over the phone hacking issue.

Knew the rules inside out. Takeover law in Britain works like this: it is for the would-be acquiror to propose undertakings in lieu of a referral to the Competition Commission. It is, in the case of media at least, for the minister to decide whether to accept or reject them. That gave the Murdoch organisation a key advantage: it could propose a concession it could perfectly well live with (a spun-off Sky News) rather than risk having one imposed on it didn’t care for (a sale of the Times titles).

Make no mistake for the prize is worth it. When completed, the News Corp/Sky deal would result in an unassailable position in the UK media scene, with full control of a company that is expected to double operating profit from last year’s £845m to £1.7bn in 2015, contributing 30% of income to a company that is already the world’s largest media group.

What we have in the UK is a coming together of the political elite and the media in a way that makes people outside these elite circles feel disenfranchised and powerless.

With an unassailable grip on the British media, News Corp has the ability to dictate to our elected political class as never before, no one in their right minds wants Fox News style propaganda being beamed on to our screens.

The question remains, how do WE compete with that?

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HipHop Provides the Soundtrack to The Arab Spring

Since December, musicians have been responding to — and provoking — the protests in countries like Egypt and Tunisia, and much of the music being made about these movements is hip-hop.

Some of these songs have played a direct role in popular uprisings, while others have helped galvanize international support. Songs are rapped in both English and Arabic, and international collaborations have helped to spread the music over the Internet, via Facebook and YouTube.

If you go back to the early days of rap, its whole culture was created by the era’s disaffected inner-city youth. Nowadays, this outspoken form of entertainment has itself been distorted and made redundant by the very street culture that implemented it; instead of expressing a disenfranchised youth, hip hop artists exploit it.

It’s interesting to see how artists are adopting the former approach, to use their voices to wax lyrical about modern-day political strife – except on a global level rather than urban.

Here’s five of the best tracks:

Khaled M, Libya: “Can’t Take Our Freedom (feat. LowKey)”

Rapper Khaled M was born in the U.S. after his parents fled the regime of dictator Moammar Gadhafi. For “Can’t Take Our Freedom” he raps in English, drawing on the story of his father, a poet imprisoned by Gadhafi who fled with his family to Lexington, Kentucky, while also referencing the revolutions in Egypt and Tunisia.

Omar Offendum: “#Jan25 Egypt (feat. The Narcicyst, Freeway, Ayah, Amir Sulaiman)”

“#Jan25 Egypt” was made by Arab-Americans, African-Americans and Canadians, most of whom were living in the U.S. at the time of the Egyptian Revolution. Syrian rapper Omar Offendum told Al Jazeera he contributed to the song to show “solidarity with the Egyptian people” and told NPR that the “true music of the revolution” was made by protesters on the fly. “#Jan25 Egypt” begins by refuting Gil Scott-Heron’s oft-repeated line: “I heard them say the revolution won’t be televised / Al Jazeera proved them wrong.”

Ibn Thabit, Libya: “Benghazi II”

Rapper Ibn Thabit’s website says he “has been attacking Gaddafi with his music since 2008.” On the site he offers dozens of songs for free, many of which were produced in collaboration with other Libyan rappers, producers and singers, musicians from Egypt and producers and engineers from the U.S.

Arabian Knightz, Egypt: “Rebel (feat. Lauryn Hill)”

Arabian Knightz trade a verse in Arabic for one in English, then allow their song to devolve into a sample of Lauryn Hill singing “I Find It Hard To Say (Rebel)” during her 2002 MTV Unplugged performance, in which the singer rasps “Rebel, rebel, rebel, rebel,” over and over again. According to the group’s YouTube channel, they recorded the song in late January, and weren’t able to release it until the government stopped blocking the Internet a couple of weeks later.

El General, Tunisia: “Rayes Le Bled”

Hamada Ben Amor performs under the name El General. His song, “Rayes Le Bled,” which hit Facebook in late December, is a direct indictment of then-president Ben Ali’s rule, specifically, widespread hunger. Ben Amor’s arrest in early January sparked further protests in the already turbulent country, and when the revolution ended, “Rayes Le Bled” could be heard on radio stations across the country.

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Afghanistan – A War Without End, Inventing Enemies to Buy Bombs

With Obama’s declaration that “Combat Activities” will cease in Afghanistan & 33,000 US troops will be leaving it’s yet again time to separate the media propaganda from the truth.

Last night’s BBC documentary “Afghanistan – War Without End?” showed many a half truth in discussing the “Great Game V.2.0”. Then again, what can we really expect from John Ware, one of the pro israeli journalists embedded within the BBC.

Already Obama is under pressure from the military industrial complex to keep the troop numbers high. Despite Obama’s approval ratings riding high after the “deading” of Osama Bin Laden, what are the real chances of him still being President in 2013? seeing US presidential elections are due next year. This of course comes from a man who said Guantanamo would be closed as part of his election campaign – four years later, we’re still waiting.

The entire premise of foreign troops, especially American troops leaving a country they have invaded is an entirely false one. The media maybe reporting it as that, but what’s being said is that “Combat Operations” will cease. Just like combat operations ended in Iraq years ago, hasn’t led to a drawdown of troop numbers, Afghanistan will be precisely the same. No one builds the world’s largest “embassy” compound to leave it behind. The Second World War ended in 1945, yet American bases remain in the countries they invaded, principally Germany & Japan.

Listening to Radio 4’s Today Show this morning was far more revelatory than a whole hour’s worth of BBC programming.

Simply listen to what Michael Semple, former Deputy to the EU Special Representative for Afghanistan and a key proponent of talking to the Taliban had to say on the subject:

I’ve lost count the amount of times I’ve had to explain to people that western military theory is based primarily on Carl von Clausewitz’s teachings, what is taught in every single military academy is;

“War is not merely a political act, but also a political instrument, a continuation of political relations, a carrying out of the same by other means”

War is a conduit to achieve a political objective, if you have no political objective to achieve, or the remit is changed regularly as has been the case in Afghanistan, then you are in a perpetual state of war, a never ending war, that has no end game in sight.

While negotiating a settlement with the Taliban is probably the only option left to “The West”, it’s a bit hard to be taken seriously if you are talking peace, yet continue to kill the people you want to bring to the negotiating table.

The Afghan War Logs showed the true nature of the Afghan War, one that the media doesn’t report on.

As Simon Jenkins, writing in The Guardian pointed out recently, it is not democracy that keeps western nations at war, but armies and the interests now massed behind them. Eisenhower’s farewell message to America was a simple warning against the “disastrous rise of misplaced power” of a military-industrial complex with “unwarranted influence on government”.

A burgeoning defence establishment, backed by large corporate interests, would one day employ so many people as to corrupt the political system. (His original draft even referred to a “military-industrial-congressional complex”.) This lobby, said Eisenhower, could become so huge as to “endanger our liberties and democratic processes”.

I wonder what Eisenhower would make of today’s US, with a military grown from 3.5 million people to 5 million. The western nations face less of a threat to their integrity and security than ever in history, yet their defence industries cry for ever more money and ever more things to do. The cold war strategist, George Kennan, wrote prophetically: “Were the Soviet Union to sink tomorrow under the waters of the ocean, the American military-industrial complex would have to remain, substantially unchanged, until some other adversary could be invented.”

The war on terror fulfilled all Eisenhower’s fears, as America sank into a swamp of kidnapping, torture and imprisonment without trial.

The belligerent posture of the US and Britain towards the Muslim world has fostered antagonism and moderate threats in response. The bombing of extremist targets in Pakistan is an invitation for terrorists to attack us, and then a need for defence against such attack. A self fulfilling perpetual cycle of violence.

Meanwhile, the opportunity cost of appeasing the complex is astronomical.

Eisenhower remarked that “every gun that is made is a theft from those who hunger” – a bomber is two power stations and a hospital not built. Likewise, each Tomahawk Cameron drops on Tripoli destroys not just a Gaddafi bunker (are there any left?), but a hospital ward and a classroom in Britain.

As long as bullets are fired in war, there will be a company profiting from their sale, with the invention of the global war against terrorism, it provides a blank cheque opportunity for the defence industry – the military industrial complex – the scenery maybe variable – Iraq or Afghanistan – the money source remains the constant and the end result remains constant.

Muslims die.

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Brian Haw – A man of unshakeable belief & conviction

The Akh was saddened to hear of the passing of veteran peace campaigner Brian Haw , inna lillah wa inna ‘ilayhi raji’un.

Brian Haw was a man of unshakeable belief & conviction and led a peaceful protest in Parliament Square since 2001.

He was a thorn in the side of the Government who tried to have his peace camp banned. Brian saw off the initial legal challenges but the process continued during his illness. Not many of us enrage the Government so much they pass a law specifically aimed at outlawing them.

He was persecuted by successive governments for standing up to their foreign policy and waved the flag proudly for the people of Iraq, Afghanistan & Palestine and he reminded us that one person with determination can show principles whilst lies and distortions abound.

The Akh bumped into Brian at so many anti war demo’s over the last decade & remember when he stayed overnight in my area when walking up to the Oxford Union to debate a motion.

May Allah have mercy on his soul.

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If the Ulema & Muslim Scholars do not defend peopleʼs rights, who is going to do so?

For my Jumma khutbah (Friday reminder) I had to go back to Shaykh Muhammad al-Yaqoubi’s last Friday sermon he delivered before being arrested by the Syrian authorities. I covered this a few weeks back but now the full khutbah is available with English subtitles, so please do view it.

The entire English transcript is also available to download as a PDF below:

shaykh muhammad al yaqoubi the problem the solution english transcript of friday sermon damascus syria may 6 2011 courtesy of the team over at sacred knowledge

Unfortunately our scholars in the west spout the saudi doctrine at every turn, to never question your leaders.

If we are silent then the news speaks; if all people are excused for their silence, the ulema, imams and public speakers are not excused.

For sure, in silence there is safety, but it is incumbent upon us to speak the truth.

If the ulema and Friday speakers do not defend peopleʼs rights, who is going to do so? They are indeed the tongue of the people. Allah Az’Wajjal says:

“And remember when Allah took a covenant from the people who were given the Book to make it clear to people and not hide it.”

[Qurʼan 3:187]

And the Prophet SAW said:

“If one is asked and does not answer while he has knowledge, Allah will put in his mouth a rein of fire.”

We have reached to this state because of the silence of the ulema and public speakers, and there is a reason for that silence; anyone who says a single word against the government will be called for interrogation. A few weeks ago, I had to sign a pledge for the political branch of the secret service not to tackle any political subject during Friday sermons; I say, this is part of our religious duty and is not politics.

It won’t be until the boot is placed firmly on the necks of western scholars, will they then begin to speak out, sadly in the process of that happening, how many Muslims will have to die for their malfeasance?


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