Tuesday, 30 December 2008
reply to the above: True it is not going too well.. but is it really because Hamas took over? and lets remember here that they didn't do it by force initially, they were democratically elected by the people of Palestine.
secondly, this is the only way to bring peace to the region. When will Israel ever stop attacking countries around it? Do you really think that if we decide to stop resisting for our basic rights that Israel will let us as arab states prosper and become great nations? in 1981 Israel bombed Iraqi nuclear facilities even though Iraq back then was an ally of the US in its war against Iran. The Palestinian authority has been negotiating with the Zionists for the past 30 years, from Oslo to camp david to finally placing a siege on Yasser Arafat and poisoning him.. did the Palestinians get anything? no.. is Mohmoud Abbas getting anywhere? no.. he failed to even remove one checkpoint in the west bank let alone solve the bigger problems between the two sides.
That is why Hamas is on the right track. Hizbullah accomplished to free the South of Lebanon by resisting not by meeting and talking with the Israelis. Israel was forced out of Gaza in the 2005 by resistance not by sitting and talking with the Israelis.. The whole concept of resistance is what Arab dictators are trying to fight, if the arab masses start to resist then Arab regimes will fall one after the other.
This is what I dont understand.. we praise those who resisted in order for their people to gain their simplest rights, people like Ghandi, Che Guivera, Fiedel Castro, Martin Luther King, Malcolm X, the Vietnamese, the Irish, the French and Russians, we look up to these people study them and buy their biographies, but when a Palestinian decides to resist in any form, when a Lebanese resists they are ridiculed by people like you (no offense) saying they are jeopardizing the entire nation when in reality they are the only ones that have prioritized the interest of their nation above their own well being.
Someone who has sacrificed his life in order for his people and the future generations to live better lives then he/she had should have more respect than what you are showing here, They should be respected because they are the ones who are martyred in the cause of their religion and their nations.
Monday, 29 December 2008
"You shouldn't throw stones if you live in a glass house"
This comment has been posted by many of those who feel that Egypt's actions/inaction has been too harshly criticized by other Arabs especially those from Syria, saying that the Syrians haven't done much either. I would just like to point out that it is Syria who supported Hizbullah during its war against Israel in 2006 when Egypt, Jordan and Saudi Arabia criticized Syria's role and their support of Hizbullah. It is also Syria who supports Hamas; Hamas's political leader Khaled Mishal lives in Damascus. Unlike Egypt which supplies the Zionist entity with oil and gas and has so far cooperated with the Zionist siege on Gaza blocking the Rafah crossing.
However Syria's response has been very weak by just stopping the indirect peace talks with Israel.
What is interesting to note here is that Olmert was in Turkey last week, Turkey being the mediator of the 'indirect' peace talks between the two countries, and what I am 'conspiracy theorizing (?)' is that the Syrians have negotiated over Hamas, weakening Hamas's armed wing, in return moving negotiations forward. A plausible yet far fetched explanation to the inaction of Syria's political leaders. Unlike during 2006 we have not yet seen Walid AlMualim, Syrias foreign minister saying Syria is ready for any war with Israel, and we have not seen Bashar AlAsad going live on TV and calling Arab leaders "Half men" or "men-like leaders" (أنصاف الرجال), even though later on Walid Almualim went on to explain that AlAsad didn't mean the Arab leaders, but other people within Syria and Syrians outside Syria who undermined the concept of resistance.
"What did Hamas really expect?"
A rhetorical question that has been asked by many people who are either supporters of Israel or have no idea what they are talking about. Here I ask another rhetorical question.. What did Israel expect?
It was Israel who decided to siege and starve to death the people of Gaza who were being punished for voting Hamas into power. If you read the article I posted below that should be sufficient as a reply.
Sunday, 28 December 2008
وقفة أمام نقابة الصحفيين في مصر تنديدا بالأوضاع في غزة وإشتباكات بين الأمن المصري والمتظاهرين تقرير/محمد شاكر عبد الله الشامي
Egyptians protest against the Zionist aggression in Gaza, holding Egyptian president Mubarak and his foreign minister Abu Alghait responsible for not being able to stop this aggression when they met Tsibi Livni.
While more than 20 children and 10 women have been martyred today by the Zionists.
On another story Mahmoud Abbas blames Hamas for what is happening while he sits with Mubarak in Egypt waiting for things to go their way. In a way what is happening today is very reminiscent of what happened in 2006, lets pray it ends in the same way.
Saturday, 27 December 2008
I want here to clear up some idiotic Zionist claims that what has happened today was a response to the "constant rocket attacks" the Zionist entity has been under by Hamas and other militant groups in Gaza, in order to clarify this misleading propaganda we have to look at who has been attacking who for the past year.
January 17: Israel imposes a blockade on Gaza.
February 27-March 3: More than 120 Palestinians killed in Israeli military's "Hot Winter" operation in Gaza.
March 6: Eight students killed in gun attack on a Jewish institute in west Jerusalem. Hamas claims responsibility.
June 19: A six-month truce negotiated by Egyptian mediators comes into force.
July 25: Five Hamas militants and a young girl killed in a bomb attack on the Gaza Strip.
November 5: Seven Palestinians are killed in an Israeli operation in Gaza, prompting the resumption of rocket attacks on Israel.
November 12: Four Palestinian militants are killed in a clash with Israeli soldiers in the Gaza Strip.
December 18: The Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) have escalates their military attacks on the Gaza Strip, killing a Palestinian and destroying houses and other civilian premises
December 19: Ceasefire between Hamas and Israel officially ends.
December 20: Israel targets and kills militant from Al-Aqsa brigade, the armed wing of Fateh.
December 27: Israel launches airstrikes on Gaza killing 205 and injuring around 700 people.
I think this point is clear.
Anyways the time of trying to prove who is right and who is wrong has already passed, if we are not able to act now and end the tyranny of such an entity that has oppressed, massacred, occupied, destroyed and tortured for the past 60 years then we might as well give up on everything and just live our empty lives with no dignity because that is what we really deserve, and to be honest that is what we have already been doing for the past 30 years.
If the Zionist entity believes that it can destroy Hamas (which was democratically elected by the Palestinians) by destroying their headquarters and security infrastructure then that is just utter stupidity. The Zionists tried that in 2006 when they tried to destroy Hizbullah, and what did that result in? A wider support for Hizbullah not only within Lebanon, but across the Arab and Islamic world. I really do think that the Zionists never learn from their mistakes, that you can never destroy or change an idea by force, that idea being Resistance. And if you try then it will just gain more support.
So when Olmert tries to explain to the people in Gaza that the Palestinians in Gaza are not the enemies of Isreal it is Hamas who are the enemies and that they are fighting Hamas who put them (the Palestinians in Gaza) in that position, then you fool its only going to make Palestinians in Gaza support Hamas even further, because believe it or not the Palestinians don't like you very much since you tried to starve them to death.
I pray to God to give our oppressed brothers and sisters in Palestine the strength to go through these tough times, and inshallah, God willing, one day we will ALL be martyrs in the cause of those who have been oppressed. If only we had leaders who were actually afraid of the day they will be questioned about their actions in this life.
Note: Anyone living in the UK demonstrations will be held in London infront of the Isreali Embassy at 2pm and in Manchester opposite the BBC on Oxford Road at 1pm.
Tuesday, 23 December 2008
The thing is, I found it to be really ridiculous that someone actually allocated A WEEK to blog about the occupied Golan, which really symbolizes our commitment, as Syrians towards our occupied lands. I believe that one week is more than enough to revive in the minds of Syrians that we actually have occupied territory, and inform those who don't know anything about "our struggle" to free the Golan that the Golan is actually part of Syria and we have a right to retrieve our occupied lands. That is one point.
Second point. Since we are so eager to liberate our occupied "Land" that we lost in the 1967 war, and since that "Land" means so much to us, then we should also remember that the Land occupied by Turkey known today as Hatay (Liwa'a Al-Iskandaron) is also part of the Syrian Territory before it was given to the Turks in 1939 by the French. Why are we discriminating between the two areas? Given that most people in Syria have not been to the occupied Golan, and have no direct relation to it, why are we so eager to have the Golan back, but not 'Hatay'? If our fight is for the land then both areas should be treated in the same way and we should be blogging about Liwa'a Iskandaron as much as we are for the Golan.
But the reason why we have so much feelings towards the Golan is not because we love that land, I bet that even when we get the Golan back the majority of Syrians will not even go there, but our feelings for the Golan are created from the anger and abhorrence towards the occupiers of that land since 1967, and the fact that the indigenous population, the PEOPLE of the Golan are discriminated and treated unfairly and unjustly by those occupiers (or at least that is what I hope we are fighting for, to give justice to those people). As long as we are fighting for land we are no better than the Zionists who are doing exactly that, fighting for land that is not theirs in the first place. I think it is important to point out the difference between fighting to free land and fighting to free people from oppression.
So if you agree with what I said, that we should be fighting to free the oppressed rather than freeing occupied land, then we are in a dilemma. In a post written by Maysaloon (Arabic), and to some extent in Tajreeds' post which happens to be more diplomatic compared to Maysaloons' post, both of which raise this point. If we are fighting for the oppressed then why are we not supporting and fighting with the Palestinians who are also being oppressed by the Zionists? If we are going to remove oppression from the people of the Golan, what about the Palestinians? Don't they also deserve A WEEK from us to blog about the injustice and cruelty they live under?
Gaza has been under siege by the Zionists (and the Egyptian Government) for more than a year and the world is watching (that is including Arab and Muslim states). People in Gaza are dying in Hospitals not because of a lack in doctors and medical care, but because there is no medicine at all, no electricity to power life support equipment, how would you feel if you had to manually pump air into your childs' chest because the breathing support equipment is not working!!? People are starving in Gaza, while we, their brothers supposedly in both islam and for the more nationalistic of you, in being of Arab origin, are sitting here and blogging about how much we miss our occupied Golan!!
I'm just saying, that if we are going to be standing up, Finally, for our people then we should do it properly, we should stand up for the oppressed people in Palestine in the same manner as we are doing for the People in the Golan. We also need to set our priorities straight, people are more important than land.
Wednesday, 17 December 2008
(Taken from The Times www.timesonline.co.uk)
Monday, 15 December 2008
An Iraqi journalists throws his shows at Bush during his unannounced visit to Iraq today. The perfect farewell from an Iraqi man to the murder Bush, who has not only been the reason for the death of thousands of Iraqis but also of Americans and Western soldiers in a war that is not meant to bring democracy but only to serve Americas interest in controlling the region and its resources.
Serves him right.. Well done Mr Journalist..
Tuesday, 9 December 2008
Canadian PM wins suspension of Parliament
OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper won a rare suspension of Parliament on Thursday, managing to avoid being ousted by opposition parties angry over the minority Conservative government's economic plans and an attempt to cut off party financing.
Governor General Michaelle Jean -- the representative of Queen Elizabeth, Canada's head of state -- agreed to Harper's request to shut down Parliament until Jan 26. Parliament was reconvened just weeks ago after the October 14 election.
From what I have been told a Governor General is a person appointed by the Queen of Britain to become head of state of the different commonwealth countries. There are 53 members of the commonwealth of which 16 have this Governor General who can shut down parliament and do other things that the Queen does not agree with.
Sunday, 7 December 2008
By Mike Whitney
"The Ethiopian invasion, which was sanctioned by the U.S. government, has destroyed virtually all the life-sustaining economic systems which the population has built for the last fifteen years." - Abdi Samatar, professor of Global Studies at the University of Minnesota.
Up until a month ago, no one in the Bush administration showed the least bit of interest in the incidents of piracy off the coast of Somalia. Now that's all changed and there's talk of sending in the Navy to patrol the waters off the Horn of Africa and clean up the pirates hideouts. Why the sudden about-face? Could it have something to do with the fact that the Ethiopian army is planning to withdrawal all of its troops from Mogadishu by the end of the year, thus, ending the failed two year US-backed occupation of Somalia?
The United States has lost the ground war in Somalia, but that doesn't mean its geopolitical objectives have changed one iota. The U.S. intends to stay in the region for years to come and use its naval power to control the critical shipping lanes from the Gulf of Aden. The growing strength of the Somali national resistance is a set-back, but it doesn't change the basic game-plan. The pirates are actually a blessing in disguise. They provide an excuse for the administration to beef up it's military presence and put down roots. Every crisis is an opportunity.
There's an interesting subtext to the pirate story that hasn't appeared in the western media. According to Simon Assaf of the Socialist Worker:.. continue reading..
"We have not sent you (O Muhammad) but as a universal (Messenger) to men giving them glad tidings and warning them (against sin) but most men understand not." (Quran: 34/28)
"Indeed in the Messenger of Allah (Muhammad) you have a good example to follow for him who hopes for (the Meeting with) Allah and the Last Day, and remembers Allah much." (Quran: 33/21)
Will we follow Allah's (swt) best guidance in the Quran on how to live this life, and the best of examples from the prophets (pbuh) life?
Or will we follow our desires in this world, and then hope that we don't regret it later on..?
After praising, and thanking Allah The Prophet (pbuh) said:
"O People, lend me an attentive ear, for I know not whether after this year, I shall ever be amongst you again. Therefore listen to what I am saying to you very carefully and TAKE THESE WORDS TO THOSE WHO COULD NOT BE PRESENT HERE TODAY.
O People, just as you regard this month, this day, this city as Sacred, so regard the life and property of every Muslim as a sacred trust. Return the goods entrusted to you to their rightful owners. Hurt no one so that no one may hurt you. Remember that you will indeed meet your LORD, and that HE will indeed reckon your deeds. ALLAH has forbidden you to take usury (interest), therefore all interest obligation shall henceforth be waived. Your capital, however, is yours to keep. You will neither inflict nor suffer any inequity. Allah has Judged that there shall be no interest and that all the interest due to Abbas ibn 'Abd'al Muttalib (Prophet's uncle) shall henceforth be waived...
Beware of Satan, for the safety of your religion. He has lost all hope that he will ever be able to lead you astray in big things, so beware of following him in small things.
O People, it is true that you have certain rights with regard to your women, but they also have rights over you. Remember that you have taken them as your wives only under Allah's trust and with His permission. If they abide by your right then to them belongs the right to be fed and clothed in kindness. Do treat your women well and be kind to them for they are your partners and committed helpers. And it is your right that they do not make friends with any one of whom you do not approve, as well as never to be unchaste.
O People, listen to me in earnest, worship ALLAH, say your five daily prayers (Salah), fast during the month of Ramadan, and give your wealth in Zakat. Perform Hajj if you can afford to.
All mankind is from Adam and Eve, an Arab has no superiority over a non-Arab nor a non-Arab has any superiority over an Arab; also a white has no superiority over black nor a black has any superiority over white except by piety and good action. Learn that every Muslim is a brother to every Muslim and that the Muslims constitute one brotherhood. Nothing shall be legitimate to a Muslim which belongs to a fellow Muslim unless it was given freely and willingly. Do not, therefore, do injustice to yourselves.
Remember, one day you will appear before ALLAH and answer your deeds. So beware, do not stray from the path of righteousness after I am gone.
O People, NO PROPHET OR APOSTLE WILL COME AFTER ME AND NO NEW FAITH WILL BE BORN. Reason well, therefore, O People, and understand words which I convey to you. I leave behind me two things, the QURAN and my example, the SUNNAH and if you follow these you will never go astray.
All those who listen to me shall pass on my words to others and those to others again; and may the last ones understand my words better than those who listen to me directly. Be my witness, O ALLAH, that I have conveyed your message to your people".
Saturday, 6 December 2008
War of Lebanon is a documentary about 13 hours long. In the beginning of this section a member of the Lebanese Forces militia, I forgot his name, recalls how Hafez Al Assad, Late president of Syria described Michel Aoun as a 'Patriotic man' a more literal translation would be a 'man for the nation', as the interviewee puts it this is the highest form of compliment anyone would expect to receive from Hafez Al Assad.
The turning point which ignited the fight between Aoun and the Syrian forces was when he said that 'Assads Head should be broken' in other words he was saying that he was going to teach Hafez Al Assad a lesson as he wanted the Syrian Army out of Lebanon. After that Aoun was exiled from Lebanon that was in 1989 and only returned in 2005.