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Tipping The Scales: Pleasing the Powerful Pro-Israel Lobby by Khalida
June 22, 2008, 4:58 am
Filed under: International, July Volume I- 2008, Politics | Tags: , , , , , ,

By Farhana Jamal, Islamic Post Staff Writer

WASHINGTON, D.C.-In a country often referred to as the “Land of opportunity,” the most recent race for the U.S. Presidency has turned into the prime chance for Israel to stake their claim on this great land by backing the presidential candidate who surrenders to their demands in order to be named the next president of the United States.
America’s leading pro-Israel lobby, American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), “…works with both Democratic and Republican political leaders to enact public policy that strengthens the vital U.S.-Israel relationship,” the organization’s website states.
Any U.S. relationship with Israel, the Zionist capitol of the world, reaps no benefit for the American people. Americans want change and the slogans for Democratic and Republican presidential nominees promise this change, but what changes can be made if promises are made to the government of a country which seeks only to annihilate all other countries who refuse to surrender their lands?
Senator John McCain, a former POW, and Senator Barack Obama, the first African American presidential nominee, are working diligently in their respective campaigns to become leader of the “free world.”
McCain openly accepts donations from lobbyists such as AIPAC to fund his campaign and in return agrees to terms and stipulations that contradict his promise of “Leadership you can believe in!” At the 2008 AIPAC Policy Conference, McCain said, “…I welcome you to Washington and your money and it’s–it’s a pleasure as always to be in the company of the men and women of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee.”
McCain talks to his fellow Americans of his desire to serve them, if elected president while making the policies of AIPAC American policies. “The threats to Israel’s security are large and growing and America’s commitment must grow as well. I strongly support the increase in military aid to Israel scheduled to begin in October. I am committed to making certain, Israel maintains its qualitative military edge.
“Israel’s enemies are too numerous, its margin of error too small, and our shared interests and values too great for us to follow any other policy,” he said in his speech at the conference.
In earlier speeches McCain said that the U.S. must remain in Iraq and Afghanistan until victory has been declared. As of today, no such victory has occurred. Is this the start of another war?
The U.S. military is stretched beyond capacity in the current wars, but due to Israel’s demands military support, McCain is willing to risk more lives – the lives of those in the military as well as those civilians who expect their military to be available to protect their own homeland.
For those who find his alliance with Israel deplorable, McCain says, ‘too bad.’
“If there are ties between America and Israel that critics of our alliance have never understood, perhaps that’s because they do not fully understand the love of liberty and the pursuit of justice. But they should know –they should know those ties cannot be broken.
“We were brought together by shared ideals and by shared adversity; we have been comrades in struggle and trusted partners in the quest for peace. We are the most natural of allies and like Israel itself–that alliance is forever,” he said.
McCain is not alone in making contradictory statements to the masses.
Barack Obama, who is known for statements about denying donations from lobbyists because they do not care about the American people, is also making promises to Israel.
While there does not appear to be any record of him accepting donations from AIPAC, he has allied the organization friends to his presidential campaign. “Our alliance is based on shared interests and shared values,” Obama said at the 2008 AIPAC Conference.
Obama, while admired by many around the world, is still a politician who will make necessary deals to secure his election.
Meeting behind closed doors with Senator Hillary Clinton, a known Zionist supporter, shortly after his nomination, assuredly benefited himself, as well as Clinton and Israel. Then there was the pressure from the media and Clinton supporters to take Hillary Clinton as his running mate or risk losing her supporters. Perhaps he really does want to change Washington, but in a political world governed by the Zionists, change comes at a hefty price.
“As President I will implement a memorandum of understanding that provides $30 billion in assistance to Israel over the next decade, investments to Israel’s security that will not be tied to any other nation,” he said.
With the economy in such a disastrous state, education and its funding below average, and the military being stretched thin, how can such an expensive promise be made?
Like McCain, he is also making similar statements and promises to the Zionists. How can he make changes in politics, but make promises to Israel?
Israel’s list of demands involves the death and destruction of all Muslim countries, including Indonesia where Obama lived for some time, and Kenya, the home of his father.
Unfortunately, Muslim countries are listed as terrorist strong-holds making them targets of the Zionists. Islam is their greatest enemy.
Because they have presented Muslim countries as a threat, Obama has stated that, “Those who threaten Israel threaten us; Israel has always faced these threats on the front lines and I will bring to the White House an unshakable commitment to Israel’s security.”
One would think that Senator Barack Hussein Obama, son of a Kenyan Muslim, would refrain from making alliances with AIPAC especially when those who are targeted by them are his Muslim family.
While he has tried to discourage making his campaign an issue of race, he has definitely avoided the Muslim aspect of it as well.
Although he is not a Muslim, he is familiar with Islam and those who practice its way of life and for that reason alone making any pacts with the Zionists is an insult to his Muslim family.
Working with Israel is the same as signing their death warrants.
Barack Obama sealed the deal by reaffirming his commitment to Israel’s security and its New World Order saying, “Now is the time to stand by Israel as it writes the next chapter in its extraordinary journey. Now is the time to join together in the work of repairing this world and I’m looking forward to being a partner with AIPAC in making that happen.”
Regardless of which person is voted into office, the Zionists will see to it that their plan is implemented. The Democrats and Republicans will continue to argue over which candidate is most worthy of the job and will vote accordingly, but they fail to realize that there is a third party voting in this election-the Zionist Party. Their candidate wins every election.

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UN: Muslim-Christian Rally For World PeaceUN: Muslim-Christian Rally For World Peace by Khalida
June 22, 2008, 4:56 am
Filed under: International, July Volume I- 2008, World | Tags: , , , , ,


By Umm Shadzia, Islamic Post Staff Writer

United We Stand. “On this day, we stand on common ground… we will no longer be duped or manipulated by a “hidden hand” into fighting or going to war with each other.” (R-L) The distinguished Ms. Mary Yele­nick of the Na­t’l Catholic Social Services Lobby; the Hon­orable Earnest Davis, former Mayor of Mount Vernon, NY;  Muhammad Haseeb Qadri, International Quranic Open University rally coordinator; the Hon­orable Khalifa Muhammad Atiq Qadri, President of Muslim Vet­erans of America; and the Honorable Khalifa Muhammad Hussein Qadri, Deputy Direc­tor of IQOU.

NEW YORK- An impres­sive crowd of over 3,000 Muslims and Chris­tians were not deterred by the warnings of severe thunderstorms and hail as they boarded buses, vans, trains and planes throughout the United States and Canada to participate in the Muslim-Christian ‘World Peace Rally’, held in New York City, USA. The participants gath­ered on the corner of 47th Street and 2nd Av­enue, and boldly marched toward the United Nations building. The Muslims and Christians joined by peace activists, humanitarian orga­nizations and politicians collectively initiated the first annual, “Rally for World Peace” of this type.
A newly established group, ”The United Muslim-Christian Forum” (UMCF), hosted the historic event as they publicized their aims which include but are not limited to, Muslim–Christian Unity, taking a decisive stand against worldwide suffering, and launching a vigorous and unyielding advocacy campaign for world peace and against war and terror. During the program, the crowd was awed and invigorated as it was announced that the lifelong humani­tarian and advocate for world peace, His Eminence, the Vice Chancellor of the International Quranic Open University, El Sheikh Syed Mubarik Ali Shah Gilani, called via telephone to send his regards and admiration for such efforts.
As they stood, at Dag Hammerskjold Plaza, in the shadow of the United Nation’s building, the theme of the gathering was encompassed in the opening remarks made by Mr. Muhammad Hasib Qadri, a ral­ly coordinator, when he stated: “On this day, we stand on com­mon ground. We serve notice to the world, that as Muslims and Christians we will no longer be duped or manipulated by a “hidden hand” into fighting, or going to war with each other.”
Amongst the distin­guished guests were: the Hon­orable Earnest Davis, former Mayor of Mount Vernon, New York, Mr. Naquan Muhammad, representative of “The Islamic Political Party of America”, the distinguished Ms. Mary Yele­nick, representative of the Na­tional Catholic Social Services Lobby, the Honorable Khalifa Muhammad Hussein Qadri, Deputy Direc­tor of the International Quranic Open University, and the Hon­orable Khalifa Muhammad Atiq Qadri, President of Muslim Vet­erans of America Inc.

Further into the program UMCF made its dynamic demands clear:

-We demand world peace and no more war!
-We demand that no more lives be wasted!

-We demand an independent inquiry into the absence of 4000 Jews from the World Trade Center on 9/11 and why it is being covered up.
-We demand to know who actually carried out the 9/11 at­tacks.
-We demand to know what happened to the 5 Israeli men, dressed in Arab clothes, dancing and jeering on the other side of the river and filming while the attacks were being carried out.
-We demand to know why Building 7 crumbled without being damaged in any way by the attack.
President of the Mus­lim Veterans of America Inc., Khalifa Muhammad Atiq in his forceful speech demanded to know why 4,000 Jews had prior warning of the devised attack on the World Trade Center and stayed home while Muslims and Christians were kept in the dark and left to perish.
The Muslim war vet­eran quoted from Andrew Car­rington Hitchcock’s popular book, The Synagogue of Satan which stated, “On September the 11th, the attack on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon is orchestrated by Israel with the complicity of Britain and America, under the orders of the Rothschilds (international bankers), which they in turn blame on so-called Muslim ter­rorists.
This is Stage One of get­ting the Western World, on be­half of the Jews, to go to war with the Arab world. Here lies another text­book Mossad false flag opera­tion; one should remember well their motto ‘By Way Of De­ception, Thou Shalt Do War’.”

The president of Muslim Veterans of America Inc., went on to show a glaring similar­ity with what transpired at Pearl Harbor when he quoted from the same book: “Interest­ingly, back in 1938, President Roosevelt tried his hardest to railroad the United States into the war in Europe to accom­modate the Jews in the United States and the world, but when that failed he knew he had to try a different tactic. That was, of course, what happened at Pearl Harbor.”
Today, many books state that the US had broken the Japa­nese code and had prior knowl­edge of the pending attack by the Japanese but allowed it to take place to bring about Amer­ica’s entry into the war.
Earnest Davis, the for­mer Mayor of Mount Vernon, New York, made note that the crowds stand against the rain was like unto their “stand for peace against war and terror and remarked, “Our commit­ments may not take shape and force today, or immediately, but it will take shape and the an­nals of history and will make note that today we started a move­ment that leaves behind all else and moves toward peace in the world.”
Mayor Davis was fol­lowed in the program by the distinguished Ms. Mary Yele­nick, representative of the Na­tional Catholic Social Services Lobby, who added, “What we do as a Catholic organization is what Muslims around the world have been, and still are do­ing: reaching out to others and standing strong for what is right and good and true.”
At the end of the pro­gram, as the rain came to an abrupt end, bringing forth the sun which shone fiercely, the Muslims and Christians joined hands and together with one voice repeated again, and again, Allahu Akbar (“God is Great!”)
It should be duly noted that, the inspiration for the rally took shape after both Muslims and Christians gathered earlier this year to celebrate the august birth of the Holy Last Messen­ger (peace be upon him).
It was then that both groups vowed that they were “fed up” and would stand to­gether against those who are actively instigating clashes be­tween Muslims and Christians any where in the world.
At this time, the interim board members of the United Muslim-Christian Forum are launching a worldwide mem­bership drive, and will be hold­ing a conference in the very near future.

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Pakistani Prime Minister Receives a Warm Welcome by Khalida
June 22, 2008, 4:55 am
Filed under: International, July Volume I- 2008, Politics, World | Tags: , , ,

By Abu Rashid Qadri, Islamic Post Staff Writer

Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gillani (right) accompanied by President Pervez Musharraf (left). For the first time in sixty years, a member of such noble ancestry is holding a pivotal governmental position, in a country established as a place of refuge for Muslims the world over.
MURREE, Pakistan-Worshippers gathered at the Holy Khanqah Qadriyah Awliyyah, in the village of Holy Islamville, York, South Carolina, USA, to extend, on behalf of His Eminence, El Sheikh, Syed Mubarik Ali Shah Gillani, El Hashmi of Mian Mir Sharif, the warmest of congratulations to the newly elected Prime Minister of Pakistan, the Honorable Syed Yousuf Raza Gillani.
Worshippers, including those Muslim lady participants in the “Annual Banaatun Noor Reunion,” also celebrated the election of the Honourable Syed Yousuf Raza Gillani as the new Prime Minister of Pakistan. Syed Yousuf Raza Gillani is a direct descendent of the blessed, noble and purified family, the Ahli Bayt, of the Holy Last Messenger, Hazrat Muhammad (peace be upon him).  Notably, he is also a descendent of the esteemed family of Ghausul Azam, Sheikh Syed Abdul Qadir Gilani (Allah’s mercy upon him).
This is the first time in some sixty years that a member of such noble ancestry has held such a pivotal governmental position in a country  established on the blood of hundreds of thousands, to be a refuge for Muslims the world over.
Unfortunately, this Islamic Republic is better known for the disrespect, ill treatment and violence meted out to Ahli Bayt (peace be upon them)  and their dedicated followers and supporters; perpetrated against them by extremists and puppets of both domestic and foreign special interest groups.
Hence, we extend a caution to the new Prime Minister for him not  to become anyone’s agent, but rather he remains only the agent of his ancestor, Ghausul Azam, Sheikh Syed Abdul Qadir Gilani, of Baghdad (Allah’s mercy upon him). He must keep in mind that his success lies in his ability to be steadfast in upholding the principles, values and heritage of his noble family.
Throughout America members of our Sufi Lodges are making Du’a (Prayer) of support, hoping the Prime Minister will uphold the honour of the Ahli Bayt in every decision making instance.

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UPDATE FOR: Despite Attacks of Conscience, Guantanamo Arraignment, Tribunals Continue (full article posted on June 17) by Khalida
June 19, 2008, 5:57 pm
Filed under: July Volume I- 2008, Latino/Caribe, Politics, World | Tags: ,

Sen. Jack Reed Castigates William Haynes (clip from Cspan, additional information on the Detainee Interrogation Techniques Hearing here).

Testifying before the Senate Armed Services Committee yesterday, former Pentagon counsel William Haynes who (as posted on June 17) came up with a legal framework that would allow the military to ignore a law prohibiting American soldiers from engaging in torture, was rebuked by Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI) told Haynes that his advice “did a disservice to the soldiers of this nation. You empowered them to violate basic conditions which every soldier respects — the Uniformed Code of Military Justice, the Geneva Convention. … Don’t go around with this attitude of you’re protecting the integrity of the military. You degraded the integrity of the United States military.”  Watch it:

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Solidarity and Unity: American Muslims and Christians Celebrate the Birth of the Holy Last Messenger by Khalida
June 19, 2008, 11:17 am
Filed under: Interfaith, May Volume 2008, National | Tags: , , , , ,

By Islamic Post Staff Writer

Solidarity and Unity: American Muslims and Christians Celebrate the Birth of the Holy Last Messenger Muhammad (Peace be upon him) to view more pictures in pdf form, click here.

solidarity_pic.jpg In a show of solidarity, Muslims and Christians joined hands to send a strong message by celebrating together the blessed birth of the Holy Last Messenger (peace be upon him) at the 1st Annual Milad Un Nabi Parade and Festival hosted by the International Quranic Open University and held in scenic upstate New York, Binghamton.

BINGHAMTON- Early last month, Muslims and Christians stood on the courthouse lawn at City Hall in Binghamton, New York to celebrate the Blessed birth of the Holy Last Messenger (Peace be upon him). The 1st Annual Milad un Nabi Parade and Festival was hosted by city officials and sponsored by the International Quranic Open University (IQOU), a group well known for their own humanitarian efforts and joint support of other charitable organizations. “This is a celebration of unity and common ground,” stated Mr. Hasib Abdul-Haqq, the Assistant Senior Public Relations officer for IQOU. “Both of these themes are values that were strongly upheld by the Holy Last Messenger (Peace be upon him) and all the other noble Prophets such as Abraham, Noah, and Jesus Son of Mary (May they all be blessed).” The Program heralded well known figures such as the Honorable Khalifa Hussein who gave the welcome address, the guest speaker, mayor of the city of Binghamton the Honorable Mr. Mathew Ryan, Reverend Douglas Taylor, Pastor Sue Shields and Diane Heron of Broome Community College. Each of the speakers discussed the significance of the gathering.

mayor_and_khalifah_sahib.jpgThe Mayor Mr. Mathew Ryan stated, “Thank you for inviting me here today and welcome to our community. Today I applaud your efforts to create a dialog, a dialog that celebrates diversity, tolerance, and understanding and unity, and I applaud the efforts of The International Quranic Open University.

I especially point to a letter from 138 Muslim scholars to the Christian community presented at the end of Ramadhan in 2007. It reads: ‘In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful a common word between us and you. Muslims and Christians together make up well over half the world’s population. Without peace and justice between these two religious communities, there can be no meaningful peace in the world.’
The future of the world depends on peace between Muslims and Christians. The basis for this peace and understanding already exists. It is part of the very foundational principals of both faiths, love of one God and love of our neighbor. The principals are found over and over again, in the sacred texts of Islam and Christianity. The Unity of God, the necessity of love for Him, and the necessity of love of the neighbor is thus the common ground between Islam and Christianity.
Of the necessity of the love of the neighbor, the Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him ) said: ‘None of you has faith until you love for your neighbor what you love for yourself.’ In the New Testament, Jesus Christ said: “Hear O Israel, the Lord thy God, the Lord is One and you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength. This is the first commandment, and the second like it is this: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself, there is no other commandment greater than this.’
So today, let us celebrate these two great commandments that are the basis of both religions; we must all make a commitment to fight against those who try to make religion a vehicle for violence. At the same time we must understand that without justice there can be no peace, so let’s go forward to fight for justice in this world and peace among us all. Thank you for coming.”

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Top Oil Execs Twist the Congressional Arm by Khalida
June 17, 2008, 11:43 am
Filed under: July Volume I- 2008, National, Politics | Tags: , ,

Deborah Tate from VOA News reported that Peter Robertson, vice chairman of the board of Chevron Corporation, criticized proposed legislation that would revoke tax breaks to major oil companies. “Punitive measures that will weaken us in the face of international competition are the wrong solution at this critical point in our history.”

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$36 billion in oil profits have been made in only the first three months of this year.

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Top US oil executives appeared before Congress recently to answer a claim, by Democrats, like Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy of Vermont and Senator Herb Kohl of Wisconsin, as to why there have been profits of $36 billion in only the first three months of this year.
Combined, the major oil companies: Exxon Mobil Corp., Royal Dutch Shell, BP PLC, Chevron Corp., and ConocoPhillips, made $123 billion last year alone, and are already slated to make billions more this year. This is at a time when US motorists are paying record prices at the pump – now averaging $3.29 a gallon amid talk of $4 a gallon this summer and one out of 8 Americans are on food stamps.
“It just doesn’t seem fair,” said Kohl.
Stephen Simon, senior vice president of Exxon Mobil, answered that their firms’ profits are invested back into the company and claimed that the oil conglomerate’s huge profits are in line with other industries.
The oil company officials also blamed soaring crude prices on rising global demand, urging lawmakers to end restrictions on exploration and production of oil in the United States by lowering the taxes involved.
Deborah Tate, from VOA News, reported that Peter Robertson, vice chairman of the board of Chevron Corporation, criticized proposed legislation that would revoke tax breaks to major oil companies.
“Punitive measures that will weaken us in the face of international competition are the wrong solution at this critical point in our history,” he said. “Such measures will only increase our dependence on foreign supplies of energy while resources at home are untapped.”
The oil company officials took issue with another bill, passed by the House in May, but awaiting Senate action, that would allow the United States to sue the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) on antitrust and price fixing grounds.
Critics say the measure could prompt a backlash from oil producers, and President Bush has vowed to veto the measure.

…read more from VOA NEWS

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Arizona Legislator Asks McCain to Meet on 9/11 by Khalida
June 17, 2008, 8:47 am
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Arizona state senator Karen Johnson (R) delivered a letter to the office of U.S. Senator John McCain asking him to meet with a group of professionals to discuss the events of –9/11 when terrorists hijacked four airplanes and attacked the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.
“Even the chairman of the commission has announced his dissatisfaction with the [official] report,” said Johnson in her support of a new, independent investigation. “Anyone who reads the report can see that much was left out and that there are many discrepancies,” she said.

(…article continues below)

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Architect Richard Gage (above), using a steel beam exhibit, alleges that thermite could have been used to collapse the Twin Towers. A number of researchers, Gage among them, have made the connection between the buildings’ collapses and a controlled demolition often used in the construction industry that would have required carefully placed explosives planted at a critical number of locations within the buildings.

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Johnson’s letter requests that McCain meet with Scottsdale professor, Blair Gadsby, who has been on a hunger strike outside McCain’s office on 16th Street for nine days. Gadsby has arranged for architect Richard Gage and physicist Steven Jones to meet with McCain, at his convenience to present evidence of controlled demolition gathered from the ruins of Ground Zero. Gage is the founder of Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth – a group consisting of hundreds of building professionals who want Congress to open up a new investigation of 9/11. Dr. Jones is a physicist who has done laboratory analysis of residue from the rubble of the World Trade Center and found evidence of explosives. Both Gage and Jones believe that the Twin Towers and Building 7 collapsed from explosives planted in the buildings before September 11.
The researchers allege there to be a connection between the buildings’ collapses and a controlled demolition used often in the construction industry which requires explosives to be placed in critical locations throughout the buildings.
“Their evidence is very significant,” said Johnson, “because it wasn’t presented to the 9/11 Commission when they did their original investigation, and it completely changes the conclusions of the Commission. There’s nothing wrong with going back and having another look. If the Commission didn’t have all the facts, then so be it, but we need to know what happened on 9/11. Nearly 3,000 Americans died that day, and we deserve to know the truth about what happened. It’s time to get to the bottom of this.”
“Senator McCain wants to be elected to the highest office in this country,” said Senator Johnson, “and he needs to know the truth about 9/11. Finding answers to 9/11 should be a significant part of this presidential campaign. The events of 9/11 led to this war with Iraq, to the creation of the Department of Homeland Security, to the loss of habeas corpus, the use of wiretaps, the push for a national ID and other legislation that deprives us of freedom. This is a very significant issue, and no one is discussing it. Our presidential candidates need to talk about this.”

…read Senator Karen S. Johnson’s full article

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