Indian engineer builds glaciers to stop global warming

By    siliconindia news bureau
Wednesday,28 October 2009, 15:14 hrs

New Delhi: A retired Indian engineer, Chewang Norphel, 76, has built 12 new glaciers already and is racing to create five more before he dies, and by then he hopes to train enough new ‘icemen’ to continue the work he is doing to save the world’s ‘third icecap’ from being transformed into rivers, reports Telegraph.

His race against time is shared by Manmohan Singh, the Indian Prime Minister, who called on the region’s Himalayan nations, including China, Pakistan, Nepal and Bhutan, to constitute a united front to tackle glacial melting.

The Himalayan glaciers, including Kashmir’s Siachen glacier, feed the region’s most important rivers, as they irrigate farm lands in Tibet, Nepal and Bangladesh and throughout the Indian subcontinent. The acceleration in glacial melting has been blamed as the reason for the increase in floods that have destroyed homes and crops.

But Chewang Norphel, the “Iceman of Ladakh”, believes that he has an answer.

By diverting melt water through a network of pipes into artificial lakes in the shaded side of mountain valleys, Norphel states that he has created new glaciers.

A dam or embankment is built to keep the water in, which freezes at night and remains frozen in the absence of direct sunlight. This water remains frozen until March, when the start of summer melts the new glacier and releases the water into the rivers downside.

His glaciers have been able to each store up to one million cubic feet of ice, which in turn can irrigate 200 hectares of farm land. This can make the difference between crop failure and a bumper crop of more than 1,000 tons of wheat for the farmers.

Norphel says that he has seen the effects of global warming on farmland as snows have become thinner on the ground and ice rivers have melted away.

His work has now been recognized by the Indian government, which has given him 16,000 pounds to build five new glaciers. But time is his enemy, he told The Hindustan Times. “I’m planning to train villagers with instruction CDs that I have made, so that I can pass on the knowledge before I die,” he said.


The 87-year-old Raja Valiyathampuran of  Kodungallur in Central Kerala is a descendant of King Cheraman Perumal, the first Indian to embrace Islam in the early 7th century. Talking to him is like talking with history. In the following interview taken by A U Asif  in Ernakulam, he dwells in detail upon his great early ancestor and the oldest mosque (above) of the sub-continent. He also asks North Indians to come to Kerala and see how people of different religions are living here for centuries in an atmosphere of harmony, fraternity and peace.

How do you take your great great grandfather Cheraman Perumal?

Cheraman Perumal was not only a king and my ancestor, but the first Indian to come into the fold of Islam. He was actually the person who gifted Islam and the first ever mosque to the Indian sub-continent. This happened much before the advents of Muhammad bin Qasim and Mahmood Ghaznavi. This shows that Islam didn’t come to India with the sword. 

Is it a fact?

As is well known in Kerala, on a moon-lit night the king while walking on the rooftop of his palace along with the queen saw the moon suddenly splitting into two halves. Later he came to know through the Arab traders that that a prophet called Muhammad had wrought a miracle on that fateful night and sundered the moon before a crowd of dazed spectators. Impressed by this new messenger of God in Arabia, the king set out for the holy land after dividing his kingdom and assigning various territories to local chieftains to ensure smooth governance. In Arabia he met the Prophet and embraced Islam in the presence of Abu Bakr Siddique, who later became the first caliph. Cheraman, who took a Muslim name, Tajuddin, died on his way back to India and was buried on the shore of the Arabian Sea at Salala in the Sultanate of Oman. It is said that he had earlier written letters to the local rulers of Malabar and sent it through his ministers along with Malik bin Dinar, a companion of the Prophet. In the letters he had asked them to “receive the bearers of the letters and treat them well and help them to construct mosques at Kodungallur and elsewhere”. The rulers of Kerala honoured the letters and permitted Malik Bin Dinar and his fellow Arab traders to build mosques in Kerala. The mosque built in the early 7th century at Kodungallur, known as Cheraman Malik Masjid, still exists with its original structure and is said to be the oldest mosque in the sub-continent. It is named after both Cheraman Perumal and Malik bin Dinar. 

Is the mosque intact with its original structure?

Yes, the original structure, including the sanctum sanctorum, remains intact. However, there have been a few extensions in the past. Its front portion is new while the back portion with its sanctum sanctorum, mehrab, mimbar  (pulpit), wooden work on the roof of mimbar  and traditional lamp as well as the ancient ceremonial pond, is still untouched.     

Anything more about Malik bin Dinar?

After the construction of the mosque at Kodungallur, Malik bin Dinar moved towards Mangalore and died at Kasaragod, now in Karnataka, where rests in peace. Interestingly, Cheraman Perumal and Malik bin Dinar are buried on two sides of the Arabian Sea, one at Salala in the Sultanate of Oman and the other at Kasaragod in India. In other words, their graves are interlinked by the waters of the sea. There exist 14 mosques of the same pattern and design from Kodungallur to Mangalore. 

How do you see all this?

We see all this with pride. There is no question of any ill-feeling about Cheraman Perumal. We have high regard for him. He was our patriarch. He embraced Islam but could not come back from Arabia as he fell ill and died on way. I hail from his lineage and have faith in Hinduism. 

How do the general people, particularly Hindus consider Cheraman and his gift in form of the first ever mosque in the Indian sub-continent? 

People belonging to different religions, including Hindus, hold him in high esteem and the mosque built as per his wish as a historical monument. The historic mosque has been visited by numerous dignitaries over the centuries and decades.

President Dr A P J Abdul Kalam was recently here. He was given a warm reception in the mosque. I was also among those present on the occasion.

Unlike north India, there is no communal strife over places of worship in South India?

No, not at all. In this part of land exist India’s oldest places of worship. The first synagogue, the first church, the first mosque and the ancient Bhagwathi and Mahadeva temples are located in this region. We have maintained a record of exemplary communal harmony here. I often wonder about the sudden eruption of controversy over places of worship. Unlike north, people of all faiths have high regard for all places of worship. My suggestion is: People in the north should come to Kerala and see and learn how we belonging to different religions live here for centuries without any communal hatred, animosity and strife. g

[The interviewer is a Delhi-based senior journalist. He can be contacted at]

Batla and post-Batla incidents in Azamgarh were planned years ago: rights activists

By Mumtaz Alam Falahi,,

On the first anniversary of Batla House encounter, two young Azamgarh human rights activists — from two different religions – recall the post-encounter incidents in their district. Neither Batla nor post-Batla incidents were accidents, rather the results of well-thought out politically motivated conspiracy hatched out years ago, Rajiv Yadav and Tariq Shafique tell Mumtaz Alam Falahi of

Was post-Batla incidents in Azamgarh were planned or just accident?

Rajiv Yadav: It was not an accident. It was a well-thought out politically motivated conspiracy hatched and execution of which began a year ago – coincidentally a year before the Lok Sabha elections. The post-Batla situation in Azamgarh and eastern UP was used by certain political parties. And this was not new. Gujarat and UP itself have witnessed such political conspiracies. Several encounters were staged in Gujarat just before elections. As all encounters were said to be carried out to save Narendra Modi, he got the dividends in elections. Same has happened in UP where many encounters took place in the name of protecting Mayawati. What happened in Azamgarh post-Batla was planned and being executed gradually for the last 10 years.

Why conspiracy against Azamgarh Muslims?

Rajiv Yadav: In the last one decade or so, the standard of living of Muslims in Azamgarh rose up, and big houses and madrasas came up. This was because of the affluence brought to the district by local Muslims living abroad mainly in the Middle East (in thousands). The local Muslims’ affluence was projected as the direct fruit of terrorism in which they are alleged to be involved. Then Batla House was executed and scores of people, mostly young and educated, were picked or arrested from Azamgarh and outside. Azamgarh was presented as a hub of terrorism.

Political parties and media wanted to show that Muslims in India are not merely assisting terror outfits working from foreign land but also hatching and executing terror attacks in the country.

Post-Batla, how many people were arrested from Azamgarh in connection with terror cases?

Tariq Shafique: Of 18 persons only one was arrested from Azamgarh. All the 17 people have been arrested from some other districts – at railway station, outside railway station or sometimes in trains. Only Hakeem Tariq was arrested in 2007 in Azamgarh.

According to charge sheets, 11 people are missing. There is no information about them.

Are people still living in fear in Azamgarh or the situation has changed?

Tariq Shafique: There is very slight improvement in the situation in the district. People still fear while venturing out. They fear that they may be picked. I fear whether I would reach home.

Every year more than 10,000 students would go out of town to get higher education. Bu this year only about 2000-2500 could go out. They fear they may be picked. Another problem they are facing is that they are not getting accommodation as they belong to Azamgarh. They are facing the situation in Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore and other cities.

About two dozen youths from Azamgarh are in jails facing multiple terror charges with charge sheets in several thousand pages and witnesses in hundreds. As human rights activist are you sure the cases will reach natural conclusion?

Tariq Shafique: We have no option but to hope for justice. What is disturbing is that these accused are being tortured and denied of basic human and civil rights even in jails. On the day of Eid this year, the Muslim inmates were beaten up in Jaipur jail and not allowed to offer Eid prayers. Similar atrocities were meted out to the prisoners in Sabarmati Jail in March 2009. They were also not allowed to offer Eid prayers. The jail authorities have also banned letters in Urdu.

How do you see the experiment of Ulema Council which got about 2.5 lakh votes in the last Lok Sabha elections?

Rajiv Yadav: Ulema Council was created by some other political party. While Peace Party was created in Trai region of UP, Ulema Council in Azamgarh region. And this is clear from the rise of Congress in these areas after several decades that these two are politically sponsored parties.

Tariq Shafique: Muslims had joined and supported Ulema Council not on political issues but actually they joined the movement on the Batla House encounter. Now the Ulema Council has wrapped up the movement and thus Muslims have gone away from it. Ulema Council got everything – money, fame, honor — from Batla House but Batla House victims got nothing from the Council. Today Batla House has become a secondary issue for the Council, and the murder of their man by Ramakant Yadav supporters has become the top issue.

When they started the movement a lot of people including rights activists had joined them but as soon as they went political, people went away from them. And media also started to ignore the Batla issue.

Azamgarh speaks: TCN special series.

Azamgarh speaks

A special series on Azamgarh

In recent month, Azamgarh has seen many journalists; and the world has seen many reports, coverage, and opinions on Azamgarh and its connection with terrorism. Mumtaz Alam Falahi of visited Azamgarh to let the area and its residents speak for themselves. In this special series on Azamgarh you will hear Hindus and Muslims, Young and Old, Students and Intellectuals speak their mind.

We are thankful to Kaleem Kawaja of Washington DC for sponsoring this series. Thanks to those in and around Azamgarh who let us speak to them and helped us in this series.


Shadow of fear:
This MBA youth from Azamgarh fearing returning to Delhi
Sanjarpur still living in fear, hasn’t lost hope
A conspiracy to halt progress of Azamgarh Muslims: ex-SIMI chief
No Azamgarh Muslim is terrorist: local Hindus

No Azamgarh Muslim is terrorist: local Hindus
Hindu-Muslim relations in Azamgarh remain intact

Where did Azmis working abroad spend their money?
Top doctors in Azamgarh are Muslims
Muslim girls in Azamgarh getting higher education, giving tough fight to boys

Batla House encounter: what do Azamgarh Muslim intellectuals say?



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Timeline: Siege of Srebrenica

In the summer of 1995, two years after being designated a United Nations Safe Area, the Bosnian town of Srebrenica became the scene of the worst massacre in the Bosnian war.

This is an account of the critical days leading up to the killings.

6 – 8 July 1995: Bosnian Serb forces had laid siege to the Srebrenica enclave, where tens of thousands of civilians had taken refuge from earlier Serb offensives in north-eastern Bosnia.

Refugees flee Srebrenica

Survivors from Srebrenica fled to Muslim-held territory

They were under the protection of about 600 lightly armed Dutch infantry forces. Fuel was running out and no fresh food had been brought into the enclave since May.

Serb forces began shelling Srebrenica. Bosnian Muslim fighters in the town asked for the return of weapons they had surrendered to the peacekeepers but their request was refused.

The Dutch commander called UN Headquarters in Sarajevo asking for “close air support” after shells and rockets landed close to refugee centres and observation posts manned by peacekeepers.

9 July 1995: The Bosnian Serbs stepped up their shelling and thousands of refugees fled to the town from southern camps ahead of advancing Serbs, who attacked Dutch observation posts, taking about 30 soldiers hostage.

One peacekeeper was fatally wounded when Bosnian Muslims fired on retreating Dutch troops.

10 July 1995: Dutch Commander Colonel Karremans filed a request for UN air support after the Bosnian Serbs shelled Dutch positions. UN Commander General Janvier initially refused, but agreed after another request from the colonel. Serb attacks stopped before the planes arrived and strikes were postponed.

Some 4,000 refugees were in the town by the evening and there was panic on the streets. Large crowds were gathered around the Dutch positions.

The Dutch commander told town leaders that Nato planes would launch massive air attacks against the Serbs if they had not withdrawn from the safe area by 0600 the following morning.

11 July 1995: The Serb forces did not withdraw, but at 0900 Colonel Karremans received word from Sarajevo that his request for close air support had been submitted on the wrong form. At 1030, the re-submitted request reached General Janvier, but Nato planes had to return to base in Italy to refuel after being airborne since 0600.

By midday, more than 20,000 refugees – mostly women, children and the infirm – fled to the main Dutch base at Potocari.

At 1430, two Dutch F-16 fighters dropped two bombs on Serb positions surrounding Srebrenica. The Serbs responded with a threat to kill their Dutch hostages and shell refugees, causing the suspension of further strikes.

The Bosnian Serb commander Ratko Mladic entered Srebrenica two hours later, accompanied by Serb camera crews. In the evening, General Mladic summoned Colonel Karremans to a meeting at which he delivered an ultimatum that the Muslims must hand over their weapons to guarantee their lives.

12 July 1995: Buses arrived to take women and children to Muslim territory, while the Serbs begin separating out all men from age 12 to 77 for “interrogation for suspected war crimes”.

Ratko Mladic (left) drinks with Dutch Col Ton Karremans

Ratko Mladic (left) drank with Dutch Col Ton Karremans on 12 July

It is estimated that 23,000 women and children were deported in the next 30 hours. Hundreds of men were held in trucks and warehouses.

About 15,000 Bosnian Muslim fighters had attempted to escape from Srebrenica overnight and were shelled as they fled through the mountains.

13 July 1995: The first killings of unarmed Muslims took place in a warehouse in the nearby village of Kravica.

Peacekeepers handed over about 5,000 Muslims who had been sheltering at the Dutch base at Potocari. In return, the Bosnian Serbs released 14 Dutch peacekeepers who had been held at the Nova Kasaba base.

16 July 1995: Early reports of massacres emerged as the first survivors of the long march from Srebrenica began to arrive in Muslim-held territory.

Following negotiations between the UN and the Bosnian Serbs, the Dutch were at last permitted to leave Srebrenica, leaving behind weapons, food and medical supplies.

In the five days after Bosnian Serb forces overran Srebrenica, more than 7,000 Muslim men are thought to have been killed.

A Muslim-dominated colony in New Delhi waiting for roads, water for 25 yrs

By Mumtaz Alam Falahi,

New Delhi: If you are a stranger and airdropped in this locality, I
am sure you won’t even imagine that you are in the National Capital of
India. You will be more surprised when told that you are a few
kilometers from the Parliament House and Rashtrapati Bhawan and at
equal distance from the Delhi State Assembly House. You are in Kacchi
Khajuri, a Muslim-dominated colony in North-East Delhi. The government
is spending over Rs 800 crore on infrastructure for Commonwealth Games
2010, just a few kilometres from here, but this locality has been
waiting for road and drinking water for over a quarter century.

Kacchi Khajuri is a predominantly Muslim locality in New Delhi, but
like many other Muslim-dominated areas in the country, this too is
highly neglected in terms of civic amenities, drinking water, roads,
schools and hospitals.

People started living here in 1983. Most of them came, and are still
coming, from Western Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. They are mostly from
labor classes or do small businesses. 25 years on, and they are living
without pucca roads and drinking water facility – electricity reached
here very recently. With no roads, there is no drainage system, making
the area a big drain or pond of garbage in rainy season. Interestingly,
the Kacchi Khajuri area, now populated by about 80,000 people (80-90%
Muslims), is surrounded by deep long drain from one side and a pond
from other side, yet there is no proper drainage system connecting the
lanes and bylanes of the locality to the drain or pond.

“Labor class people are living here. Very few have their own
businesses. Illiteracy is rampant. Government has shown little interest
in this locality. Since the colony came into existence, there has been
no drinking water facility. There is no pucca road either. With no
drainage system, lanes and bylanes are littered with filth and garbage,
causing various diseases among the residents,” says Muhammad Abdullah,
Imam, Jama Masjid Tayyeba – the oldest mosque of the colony.

To keep an area clean is certainly the responsibility of a civic
body but how the residents as Muslims can shy away from their
responsibility to keep their homes and the bylanes clean by sparing an
area for garbage rather than letting a heap of garbage piling just in
front of their home.

The government here has just two things that it can claim to be its
own: a primary school – for an area of 80,000 population, denoting how
sincere the State is about education of the largest minority of the
country; and a police station, clearly exposing the mindset of the
government about the Muslim community — they need no road, no drinking
water, no ration shop and no hospital but they surely need a police

Yes, besides road and water, Kacchi Khajuri has also no government
ration shop and no state-run dispensary or hospital. This is no
Bengali-speaking Muslim dominated area over which hovers a cloud of
suspicion about their being Indian citizens, and thus door of
development is shunted on such areas. They are Hindi-speaking people
from Bihar and Uttar Pradesh, genuinely Indian citizens beyond any
shred of doubt. They have extended families in their native states.
They have election IDs here and cast votes in elections to choose their
representatives, religiously. And yet, they are living as second-class

Economic conditions

Muhammad Abdullah, Imam, Jama Masjid Tayyeba, has been leading
prayers in this mosque since 1992. He is paid about Rs 2000 per month
by the locals. The mosque, where Friday prayers are also held, is as
old as the colony. The mosque isn’t yet complete as it is half covered
by roof and the floor out of the roofed area is not even plastered. The
Imam is from Gorakhpur in UP.

Meet this boy from Darbhanga in Bihar. He has been living here with
his family for over one year. He sells cold water for Re-1 per glass,
and thus supports his family.

Muhammad Waris is from Bijnore in UP. He shifted here three years ago. He has six children. He works at a small printing shop.

This is the normal pattern of the socio-economic condition of this locality – either they are laborers or do small businesses.

Educational condition

Though poor, Waris wishes to give good education to his children but
fears he can’t. The area with about one lakh population has just one
primary school run by Municipal Corporation of Delhi, and no other
government school. So, people are forced to send their children to
private schools if they can afford, or just drop the idea to educate
their children.

“I have four daughters. I want to educate them and make them big
people like Indira Gandhi, Sonia Gandhi and Mayawati, but I lack
resources. If I could have money I would educate them at good schools,
otherwise will drop the idea altogether to educate them,” says Waris.

This is Abdur Rahman from Bijnore. His family is here for over 10
years. The 17-year-old boy Abdur Rahman learns Arabic and Persian at
Jama Masjid Tayyeba where a temporary madrasa is run by the masjid
committee. He has completed 10th from open schooling system.

There are about 23 mosques in the colony but no formal madrasa or
community run school. Yes, some maktabs are being run in some mosques.

One reason for low education rate here is poverty. “People are
mostly laborers, and so need earning hands as early as possible and
thus very few send their children to school,” says the Imam. After
primary schooling, fewer send their children to high school or senior
secondary school that are in Pucci Khajuri, a Hindu-dominated area on
the other side of the Pushta Road that divides Khajuri Khas area into
Kacchi Khajuri and Pucci Khajuri.

A road that divides an area into two – one developed, another backward

Kacchi Khajuri and Pucci Khajuri are part of Khajuri Khas area. The
Pushta Road linking Delhi with Uttar Pradesh divides Khajuri Khas into
two localities, not only geographically but also development-wise. The
Hindu-dominated Pucci Khajuri has all facilities including High
Schools. Boys from the dominating community of Gurjars in Pucci Khajuri
harass boys and girls from Kacchi Khajuri – the Muslim-dominated area.
And here lies the second reason why literacy is low in Kacchi Khajuri.

Pucci Khajuri has Government Boys and Girls Senior Secondary School.
It has Government Sarvodaya Boys and Girls School. A deadly stampede at
government senior secondary school on September 10 – in which five
girls (three Muslims) from Kacchi Khajuri area were killed and scores
others injured – has further alienated Kacchi Khajuri residents from
Pucci Khajuri. An independent fact-finding team has concluded that the
stampede was caused by sexual harassment of girls from Kacchi Khajuri
by the boys from Pucci Khajuri. Now the area of victims demands
upgradation of the lone government primary school into senior secondary
school, at least for girls, at this stage. Otherwise, many have made up
mind to withdraw their girls from the school.

On the surface there is no communal tension between the two
localities. However, one can feel anger and disappointment in residents
of Kacchi Khajuri.

The two colonies came into being almost at the same time but one,
dominated by Gurjars, got progress and development very fast while the
Muslim area was left to lurch. Besides schools, the Pucci Khajuri area
has drinking water facilities, government ration shop, a hospital and
pucca roads, leaving Kacchi Khajuri seething with anger. Their women
and children have to cross accident-prone Pushta Road to fetch drinking
water and ration from Pucci Khajuri. While Pucci Khajuri got status of
authorised colony long ago, Kacchi Khajuri got the same only recently.

The ward councilor of the area (Mr Ranbeer) is from Congress while
the MLA (Mr Mohan Singh Bisht) – who has more power and grants at his
command for developmental work in his area – is a BJP man. When people
of Kacchi Khajuri approach the BJP MLA he does not listen to them
saying they did not vote for him, say the residents. The area falls in
the Karawal Nagar Assembly segment in Northeast Delhi, a minority
concentration district, with a population of 17,63,712 (Census 2001).
The MP of this Lok Sabha constituency is Mr Jaiprakash Aggarwal, a

While the people of Kacchi Khajuri elect their representatives
regularly as a religious duty development has so far eluded them. They
don’t know how long this will go on.


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KAchi KAhjuri

those pictures were bad; it points to one thing. Why cannot we
ourselves keep our streets clean? There were newspapers, plastics,
garbage all around– agreed government does not care; do we care? Could
not people collectively take responsibility for maintaining a clean
street? That trash be dumped in one place, that people take turns to
dump them in remote city designated places etc etc.

If we decide to live in filth; we are only responsible for that!

You are right..

Mr. Shoeb, You are right.
We (the people) only want govt to spoon feed us and also wash our
backs. I said ‘we’ because everyone is one way or other responsible –
either we do not have time, do not care, love the filth to live in,
expect govt to take care, expect some NGO to take care. There are
always some people who with their tunnel vision sit in comfy location
throw filth (worst than the one seen here) from their mouth against the
govt not taking care and how country is going to dogs.

Education is most important in such cases. If the people were
educated about cleanliness, they wouldn’t have seen so much filth. We
don’t have to be sympathetic with the people, saying oh those are so
poor and no funds from govt, how can they take care..? type of attitude.

I would recommend one thing. Lets make it compulsory for the kids
in high schools to go to hose localities and educate the public about
the health problems. The children can become good leaders at the
sametime imparting education.

Similar stories

stories every where. Many times I struggle to keep my strict national
instinct fighting it out with the sensitive Muslim in me as to creation
of Pakistan was atleast emancipation of few. Atleast the discrimination
of poor or rich is the only reason everywhere in India but here the
communcal discrimination too is applicable.
There would be many Muslims who are ready to counter my contention
because of the unrest in Pakistan. This unrest again is assigned to
lack of democracy and religion. But the fact is not so because here in
out country we find that we too have our have-nots who are dismissed as
Moist and of no-consequence because they are poor. Mind it how much
nuisance they create will determine whether they are consequential or
not. Already a few killings of officials made them ‘terrorist’ despite
not being Muslims while the State terrorism of keeping agigators as
non-tried ala ‘enemy combatatnt’ of Gitmo. Have we forgotten that the
enemy combatants were alien to the US of A but these people are our
own. The double whammy is that they are not he famous whipping boys,
Muslims, not has India been ruled by Military even for a single
No amount of progress by India or Pakistan will solve these problems.
Dismissing all problems of Pakistan as being ‘Islamic’ or Indian one
being of Muslims or Leftist does not make South Asia any safer. To
those who have kept my first few sentences in mind, might ask me to
leave for Pakistan, but they are in for a shock, shock of their life,
that people like me are not to leave our place, not even after we are
no more, because we have taken on ourselves, the task of setting things
right. If there is shedding of blood in our land, we’ll try to lessen
it. Even if one official or a moist or a Muslim or a Hindu is saved, it
would be our gain. By arithmatics is not x-1
Long live India!!

Rise of the Turkish crescent

Erdogan said Turks supported his decision to cancel military exercises with Israel [REUTERS]

Since the Israeli war on Gaza last January, Turkey’s role in Middle Eastern politics has become significantly more prominenft.

When Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s
Justice and Development (AK) Party took office in 2002, it pledged that
it would not forsake its historic, religious and cultural bonds with
other Muslim countries.

During the Gaza conflict, the
party made good on its promise. Turkey’s government did not hesitate to
voice its displeasure at Israel’s military actions, which it said were
targeting the civilian population of Gaza. 

Last week, the Turkish government demonstrated its loyalties again, banning Israeli warplanes from participating in an international military air exercise. 

The Anatolia Eagle exercise has been held since 2001 under the auspices of a Turkish-Israeli military agreement signed in 1996. The war-game usually
involves Turkish, Israeli and US troops, and has been seen by Israel as
a golden opportunity for its pilots to practise over
a much larger air-space than usual.  

The Turkish decision raised
eyebrows in Israel, where Turkey has long been seen as an ally, and has
prompted concerns about future relations between the two countries.

“It raises the question: What
direction is Turkish policy taking?” wondered Binyamin Netanyahu, the
Israeli prime minister, after Turkey’s decision was made public. 

Revived role 

Turks have traditionally supported the Palestinians’ right to their homeland

Observers believe that Turkey’s new attitude toward Israel is part
of a plan to revive the role it believes it should play as the leader
and guardian of the Muslim World.

“The new Turkish policy is interesting, in terms of trying to regain
its ties with the Arab and Muslim world,” said Mounzer Sleiman, the
director of the Centre for American and Arab Studies.

“It is not the first Turkish
government that has tried to do this, but the aspiration to join the EU
was an obstacle. This government realises that the road to the EU is
rough and complicated, so it chose to go with its strategic plans in
its Muslim environment instead of waiting indefinitely.”

Turkey also believes it is
traditionally and historically linked to the rest of the Middle East –
the Turkish Ottoman Empire ruled large parts of Asia, Africa, and
Europe for almost five centuries, until its defeat in the first world

The new policy, aimed at placing
Ankara at the centre of the Middle East’s geopolitics and
regaining Turkey’s former power and influence over the region, makes
conscious reference to the country’s imperial past. The trend is even
known as Neo-Ottoman, a term coined by Ahmet Davutoglu, the Turkish
foreign minister and architect of the policy. 

It is a popular approach.
Erdogan says that the decision to exclude Israel from the Anatolia
Eagle drill was based on Turkish public opinion.

“Anyone who exercises political
power has to take account of public opinion … It is a question of
sincerity… I want people to know that Turkey is a powerful country
which takes its own decisions,” he said. “We do not take orders from

Erdogan believes that the
Turkish people back his goals to use the country as a
counter-weight in relations between Israel, the West and the Muslim
World. This viewpoint is shared by many observers.  

who looks at the Turkish press and listens to people in the street
would realise how much the Turkish public opinion is in support of the
government’s new approach toward Israel,” says Yousef al-Sharif, Al Jazeera’s correspondent in Turkey.

“Also, the nature of the current Israeli government, which
consists of conservative figures like Netanyahu and [foreign minister
Avigdor] Lieberman, makes it easier for Erdogan to take such a tough
approach against Israel.”

History matters

Since it took office,
Erdogan’s government has been keen to show that Israel is no
longer the only serious power in the region. During the Palestinian intifada uprising in 2000,
Turkey condemned Israel’s use of force and cancelled a proposed water deal with Tel Aviv.

By the end of 2008, the neo-Ottoman doctrine was more advanced. When Tel Aviv launched a war on Gaza in late December 2008, Erdogan squarely blamed the Israelis.

But he also invoked the shared
history of Jews and Turks to make his point: “We are speaking as the
grandsons of Ottomans who treated your ancestors [Jews] as guests in
this land [Turkey] when they were expelled from Europe,” he said.

But such references will also remind Israel that the
cash-strapped Ottoman Empire turned down an offer by the Zionist leader
Theodor Herzl to cede Jerusalem to the Jews in return for huge loans
and a personal reward for Sultan Abd al-Hamid II (1842-1918).

Erdogan’s coded historical message was clear: Turkish policy towards
the Middle East is no longer led by political expedience, but by

Regional mediator?

Erdogan, left, convinced Bashar al-Assad, the Syrian president, to resume Israel talks [AFP]

Until recently, political analysts and observers characterised the
relationship between Turkey and Israel as one based on mutual interests.

Israel needed a strong regional Muslim ally, and Turkey needed the
Jewish lobby in the US to prevent Greek and
Armenian groups from securing a congressional condemnation against
Turkey for its alleged role in the deaths of more than a million
Armenians in the early 20th century.

Some observers, however, now believe that Erdogan’s current
Middle East approach could jeopardise the delicate balance of power in
the region.

Elter Turkmen, a former Turkish foreign minister, warned earlier
this year that the short-term benefits may be outweighed by the
long-term disadvantages. “I do not think Turkish-Israeli relations
would reach the point of clash,” he said. 

“Both sides will lose, Israel will lose a reliable partner and Turkey would lose the backing of Jewish lobby in Washington.”

Still, others question whether Turkey still needs the US Jewish lobby.

Turkey and Armenia signed a landmark peace accord earlier this
month, pledging to restore ties and open their shared border after a
century of hostility stemming from what Armenians said was the mass
killing of their people by Ottoman forces during the first world war.

Some believe that Israel and the US will nevertheless continue to
need Turkish help in brokering indirect talks between Israel and
Syria, widely seen as a crucial but difficult step in the Middle East
peace process. 

In June 2008, and after years of diplomatic effort, Turkey succeeded
in kick-starting indirect Syrian–Israeli talks. In Iraq, Turkey
maintained balanced relationships with almost all Iraqi factions. The
culmination of that successful policy was the visit of Muqtada al-Sadr,
the Iraqi Shia leader of the al-Mahdi Army, in May 2009.

Turkey also played a pivotal role in brokering a strategic deal
between al-Sadr, the Iraqi government, the UK and the US. Al-Mahdi
Army militias laid down their arms and released US and British hostages
they had been holding since 2007.

In return, the Iraqi government stopped the arrest campaign against
the al-Mahdi Army and released some of its jailed leaders such as Abd
al-Hadi al-Darraji, in 2009.

Middle East powerhouse

Bashir Nafie, a Palestinian historian specialising in Turkish
politics, believes that Ankara is adopting a multi-directional policy,
simultaneously resolving conflicts directly linked to its history
(rapprochement with Armenia and resolving its Kurdish problem), and
tackling the tensions in the greater region.

He said: “Turkey has realised that its future [is] not only with the
EU, but more importantly with its Arab, Muslim and Caucasian
neighbours. It also realises that Western arrangements imposed after
the first world war are the core of many problems the region is
suffering, and it is willing to solve the problems of that heavy

Hasan Koni, a former adviser to the Turkish
National Security Council, agrees that Turkey is likely to play an
increasingly important role in Middle Eastern politics in coming years. 
the fact that there are no more neo-cons in the White House, and that
the new US administration is attempting to get out of Iraq, the US will
need Turkey to stand against Iran in Iraq and the Middle East in
general,” he says. 

“Turkey is qualified to play that role since it is a Muslim state that maintains ties with both Israelis and Arabs.”

 Source: AlJazeera and agencies

Goldstone dares US on Gaza report

The war left about 1,400 Palestinians dead and prompted a UN-led investigation [File: EPA]

Goldstone, the jurist who authored a UN report accusing Israel of war
crimes and crimes against humanity during its war on Gaza, has
challenged the US to justify its claims that his findings are flawed
and biased.
Goldstone told Al Jazeera on Thursday that he had
not heard from the administration of Barack Obama, the US
president, about the flaws Washington claims to have identified in the

have yet to hear from the Obama administration what the flaws in the
report that they have identified are. I would be happy to respond to
them, if and when I know what they are,” Goldstone said.

Obama administration joined our recommendation calling for full and
good-faith investigations, both in Israel and in Gaza [by Hamas], but
said that the report was flawed.”

‘Personal attack’

Goldstone said the attacks on him had become personal and that he believed most critics had not even read the report.

“I’ve no doubt, many of the critics – the overwhelmingly majority of critics – have not read the report,” he said.

In video

Interview with Al Jazeera

“And, you know, what proves that, I think, is that the level of criticism does not go to the substance of the report.

still have not been responses to the really serious allegations that
are made. People generally don’t like to be accused of criminal

“So it didn’t surprise me that there was criticism, even strong criticism, and it has come from both sides.”

Goldstone said he regretted the “extremes from which some of the criticism has come and the fact that it has been so personal”.

The remarks follow US criticism of the report, which it says is one-sided.

The US was among countries which voted against a UN human rights
council resolution on the report passed in Geneva by 25 votes to six
with 11 countries abstaining.

Palestinian support

But other UN diplomats have vowed to support Goldstone.

Riyad Mansour, the Palestinian ambassador to the UN, has said that
he expects the Goldstone Report to be given serious consideration at
the UN Security Council.

“We know that there are certain members in the Security Council that
prefer that the [UN] council on human rights and the [UN] General
Assembly deal with this issue [and] not the Security Council. But we
will not take “no” from anyone.

“We will contact all members of the Security Council and we expect
the Security Council to shoulder its responsibilities with regard to
the implementation of the recommendations in the report addressed to
the Security Council.”

The Goldstone report also accuses Hamas, the Palestinian faction
in control of Gaza, of war crime violations, but it reserved most of
its criticism for Israel.

Israel’s three-week offensive on Gaza between last December and
January killed about 1,400 Palestinians, a majority of them women and
children, and 13 Israelis.

Israel said it attacked the coastal territory to stop Hamas fighters firing rockets into southern Israel.

 Source: Al Jazeera

Israel cutting Palestinian water

Amnesty said the water situation in the
Gaza Strip has reached a “crisis point”

is denying Palestinians adequate access to clean, safe water while
allowing almost unlimited supplies to Israeli settlers in the occupied
West Bank, human rights group Amnesty International has said.

“Swimming pools, well-watered lawns and large irrigated farms in
Israeli settlements… stand in stark contrast next to Palestinian
villages whose inhabitants struggle even to meet their domestic water
needs,” the group said in a report released on Tuesday.

said between 180,000 and 200,000 Palestinians in West Bank rural
communities have no access to running water, while taps in other areas
often run dry.

“Israel allows the Palestinians access to only a fraction of the
shared water resources, which lie mostly in the occupied West Bank”,
Donatella Rovera, an Amnesty researcher, said.

daily water consumption per capita is four times higher than the 70
litre per person consumed in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip,
according to the report entitled: Troubled waters – Palestinians denied fair access to water


Israel, which itself faces unprecedented water shortages, controls
much of the West Bank’s supplies, pumping from the so-called Mountain
Aquifer that bridges Israel and the territory.

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Amnesty report: Troubled Waters (PDF)

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The Amnesty report said Israel uses more than 80 per cent of water
drawn from the aquifer and while Israel has other water sources, the
aquifer is the West Bank’s only supply of water.

In the Gaza Strip, several repair works were under way to improve sanitation before the Israeli blockade was imposed in 2007.

But the projects have been on hold under the siege, as Israel is preventing repair materials from coming into the Strip.

Adding to an already dire situation, Israel’s war on Gaza early this
year left water reservoirs, wells, sewage networks and pumping stations
severely damaged.

The Amnesty report said Gaza’s coastal aquifer, its sole fresh water
resource, has been polluted by infiltration of seawater and raw sewage
and degraded by over-extraction.

The water situation in Gaza had now reached a “crisis point,” with
90 to 95 per cent of the water supply contaminated and unfit for human
consumption, Rovera said.

Israel’s water authority called the report “biased and incorrect, at
the very least” and said that while there is a water gap, it is not
nearly as big as presented by Amnesty.

The authority said Israel had met its obligations under the Oslo
peace agreement but said the Palestinian authorities had failed to meet
their own requirements to recycle water and were not distributing water

 Source: Agencies

Iran hails Turkey’s nuclear support

Ahmadinejad, left, thanked Erdogan, right, for his support on Iran’s nuclear programme [EPA

Ahmadinejad, Iran’s president, has said that he “appreciates” the
support shown by Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey’s prime minister, over
Tehran’s nuclear programme.

Erdogan, who arrived in Tehran for
bilateral talks on Tuesday, has accused Western nations of hypocrisy in
criticising Iran’s uranium enrichment programme while remaining silent
on Israel, which is believed to have an undeclared nuclear arsenal.

told Erdogan: “When an illicit regime possesses nuclear arms, one can
not talk about depriving other nations from the peaceful nuclear

“Your clear stance towards the Zionist regime had a positive effect
in the world, especially the Islamic world, and I am sure that everyone
was satisfied,” he said, according to the Iranian presidential website

‘Peaceful’ programme

had told journalists travelling with him to Iran that the country’s
nuclear programme, which Western nations say could be a cover for
building weapons,
“is an energy project with peaceful, humanitarian purposes”.

their [Iran’s] positive attitude is answered with a positive attitude,
this will bring forward the process in the positive direction”

Recep Tayyip Erdogan,
Turkey’s prime minister

He said talks between Tehran and world
powers in Geneva on October 1 showed that it “can work with” the United
States and Russia on uranium enrichment. 

“If their positive
attitude is answered with a positive attitude, this will bring forward
the process in the positive direction,” Erdogan said.

His latest remarks came after an interview in Britain’s The Guardian newspaper in which he accused Western powers of treating Iran unfairly and referred to Ahmadinejad as a “friend”.

Ties between Israel and Turkey have deteriorated since the December-January war on Gaza.

Ankara had previously attempted to mediate relations between Israel
and other Middle Eastern nations, but earlier this month, Turkey banned
Israel from an international air exercise because of the Gaza conflict. 

Gas ‘co-operation’

Turkish prime minister has brought a 200-member delegation, comprising
ministers, members of parliament and business leaders, to Iran to
discuss a wide range of bilateral, regional and international issues.

Isna, the Iranian students news agency, said that Ahmadinejad had
told Erdogan there were no limitations to Iranian-Turkish co-operation.

Yildiz, Turkey’s energy minister, said that one of the areas in which
the two neighbours would work together was gas exploration.

said that Turkey would start exploration work at Iran’s South Pars gas
field next month as part of a project to sell gas to Europe, the
state-run Anatolian news agency reported.

“Turkish Petroleum
will be exploring in the South Pars Field … The work will have
started by the first or second week of November,” Yildiz said.

was not immediately clear whether the gas would go through the planned
$11.76bn European Union-backed Nabucco pipeline, which was agreed with
ankara in July.

Erdogan on Tuesday said he supported Iran’s presence in the Nabucco
project and added: “I believe that sooner or later, the project will
understand the importance of Iran’s participation”.

Iranian-Turkish trade stands at around $12bn a year and the two nations are seeking to expand it to $20bn in the next two years.

Erdogan is
also expected to hold talks with Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran’s supreme
leader and Ali Larijani, the parliamentary speaker during, his visit.

 Source: Agencies

Veiled Muslim woman turned away by Cooper Street Farmers Market shopkeeper

11:18 AM CDT on Monday, October 26, 2009


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Jim Douglas reports

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ARLINGTON — The Cooper Street Farmers Market sits in a highly diversified community in central Arlington — a tossed salad of cultures, colors and accents.

But when Latifa Aimaq went into the market, she found trouble from the proprietor.

“He was very intimidating. He began to yell: ‘Get out! Get out! Get out! We don’t allow people with a face veil in here!'”

Aimaq covers all but her eyes and hands in when in public, but signs posted in the market say faces must be visible.

“I tried to explain to her it’s for our safety and the safety of our customers,” said store manager Chris Perez.

Perez said women in full veil rarely come in, and usually when they do, they discreetly show their faces to his mother. But Perez said there were no women working the day Latifa Aimaq came in.

“We don’t discriminate, period — based on race, religion, color, or any other thing,” Perez maintined.

Each accuses the other of over-reacting. “I said, ‘We’re Muslim; this is the way we dress,'” Aimaq recalls having told Perez. “He did not care.”

Aimaq said Perez made it clear why he wanted her out. “He said, ‘I don’t want the Muslims to shop here.'”

Perez disputed that account. “Muslims are probably 40 to 50 percent of my business,” he said. “I’m not turning them away.”

Terence Ali, a frequent customer at Cooper Street Farmers Market, overheard the explanation from Perez and joined in.

“If you’re shopping in a store, obviously they’re going to want to see your face, or want to be able to see your face to protect other customers,” Ali said. “I don’t think it’s wrong for a business owner to say that.”

Ali — who is a Muslim — said he has shopped here every week for years, and shopkeepers know he is a Muslim. “There’s never been a problem,” he said.

But Latifa Aimaq is urging Muslims and others to boycott the store. She said she has never encountered hostility at an airport, bank or the department of motor vehicles, where she does discreetly reveal her face when the law requires.

“I began to cover fully three years ago,” she said. “It’s not mandatory to cover your face, but it’s highly recommended.”

Aimaq is an English teacher at an Islamic school and says she covers for modesty.

Chris Perez says he wants to honor her beliefs and customs if she will honor his store rules.

After all, Perez says — he needs her more than she needs him. “In today’s economy, why would I turn down anybody’s money?”


The trial of a man who stabbed a pregnant Muslim Doctor to death inside a German courtroom has begun in the city of Dresden.

The defendant, 29-year-old Alex W, had earlier been fined for calling Marwa Sherbini “a terrorist” and “Islamist”.

He smuggled a kitchen knife into an appeal hearing where Ms Sherbini was killed.

The attack in July sparked outrage in the Muslim world, with protests in Egypt, Iran and Turkey.

The defendant is accused of murder, attempted murder and dangerous bodily harm.

He was fined 50 euros ($75; £46) by the judge, Birgit Wiegand, for
refusing to remove his sunglasses although he conceded to lower his

Tight security

He faced another fine after refusing to confirm his name and place of birth, the AFP news agency reported.

The trial is taking place in the same courtroom as the stabbing and security is tight.

Two hundred police are securing the courthouse and bullet-proof glass has been installed in the courtroom.

Elwy Ali Okaz

Elwy Ali Okaz tried to protect his pregnant wife from her attacker

Anyone attending the hearing has to undergo strict security screenings similar to that in airports.

The defendant has been the subject of internet death threats.

Ms Wiegand told the court that the trial would try to get “to the bottom of the circumstances” surrounding Ms Sherbini’s death.

The case began with an argument in a playground in 2008.

Ms Sherbini, a pharmacist, is said to have asked the defendant to let her child use a playground swing he was sitting on.

He allegedly refused and instead called her abusive names.

Ms Sherbini took the defendant to court and he was fined 780 euros ($1,170; £718) for defamation.


But when he returned to court for the appeal on 1 July this year,
prosecutors say he smuggled a seven-inch (18cm) kitchen knife into the
courtroom and stabbed Dr. Sherbini at least 16 times with it.

The 31-year-old, who was three-months pregnant with her second child, bled to death.

Dr. Sherbini’s three-year-old son was with the family in court when she was killed.

Her husband Elwy Ali Okaz was stabbed as he tried to protect his wife.

He was also accidentally shot in the leg by German police who initially believed him to be the attacker.

Mourners at a public funeral service for Marwa Sherbini

A public funeral was held for the pharmacist in Dresden in July

He arrived at court on crutches wearing a badge showing his wife’s face.

say the defendant – an unemployed Russian-born German national – was
motivated by a “hatred of non-Europeans and Muslims”.

reportedly suffers from depression. However, court-appointed
psychiatric experts said they had not found any evidence of diminished
responsibility, the AFP news agency reported.

Newspapers in
Egypt and other Islamic countries have expressed outrage at the case,
asking how the fatal attack could have happened. Ms Sherbini, who wore
a headscarf, has been dubbed “the martyr of the Hijab”.

Muslim leaders accused Germany of Islamophobia and German officials of being far too slow to react to the killing.

Egyptian government has hired lawyers for Ms Sherbini’s family and has
called for a life sentence if the defendant is convicted – the maximum
penalty possible.

Axel Koehler, president of the German Central Council of Muslims, said his community expected a “strong conviction”.

“We are looking at this trial with great anticipation because our women and girls are obviously scared”, he said.

Ex-Maharashtra IG smashes India’s “Islamic terrorism” myth in a new book

Book: Who Killed Karkare? The Real Face of Terrorism in India

Author: SM Mushrif

Price: Rs 300/ USD 25

Pages: 319

Publisher: Pharos Media (, New Delhi

By M Zeyaul Haque,

A new book curiously titled Who Killed Karkare? says a nationwide
network of Hindutva terror that has its tentacles spread up to Nepal
and Israel is out to destroy the India most Indians have known for ages
and to remould it into some kind of Afghanistan under the Taliban.

The writer, a former IG Police of Maharashtra, SM Mushrif, has
reconstructed a fearsome picture out of former Maharashtra ATS chief
Hemant Karkare’s chargesheet against alleged Hindutva terrorists like
Lt. Col. Purohit, Sadhvi Pragyasingh Thakur and others.

The chargesheet pointed towards a mind-boggling nationwide
conspiracy with international support to destabilise the constitutional
order and the secular democratic Indian state that upholds it, to be
replaced by a Hindutva state run according to a new Constitution. For
that the conspirators were prepared for a massive bloodbath, using bomb
attacks on religious places to trigger an anti-Muslim holocaust.

Mushrif, who has over three decades of diligent policing behind him
and whose feats include exposing the Telgi scam, has made an elaborate
case out of nearly a dozen blasts over a large area of the country
conducted by Hindutva terror groups of different stripes. His case: a
section of India’s intelligence services, a miniscule group in the
armed forces and a section of different state police forces have been
compromised and infiltrated by these elements, a development that bodes
ill for the future of the country.

In Hemant Karkare’s net (of investigations, of course) many big and
small fishes of VHP, RSS, Bajrang Dal and Sanatan Sanstha (which has
been found to be involved in Diwali-eve blasts in Goa last week) had
been trapped. Serving and retired army officers, academics, serving and
retired officials of India’s premier intelligence service were ensnared
in Karkare’s fishing net. The menacing power of the latter groups,
inspired by sustained anti-Muslim hate campaigns of the last six
decades, gave the plot a sinister and highly destructive character.

Among the plans unearthed by Karkare was a blueprint for the
assassination of 70 prominent Indians who could by a hindrance to the
project of Hindutva. Interestingly, most of the persons marked for
elimination would, naturally, be Hindus because it is they who
primarily run the dispensation. The conspirators were also unhappy with
organisations whose Hindutva they suspected to be less virulent than

Mushrif, who very well knows the power of the Intelligence Bureau
(IB) to make or mar lives and careers, says he is prepared to face the
consequences of hostility of this power hub. He musters “evidence” to
show that the IB has regularly been interfering with regular police
investigations to let Hindutva terrorists slip out of the net and
replace them with random Muslim youth. To fudge the issues further
obliging police officers in the states would not mind exterminating a
few Muslim youth to be branded posthumously as “terrorists”.

There are quite a few number of such cases where such extra-judicial
killing of Muslim youth has turned out to be false police encounters.
All this is done to cover tracks of Hindutva terror. Mushrif says a
“Brahminist” network that has its origins in Maharashtra, and is
closely knit across political parties, government services, including
IB, and other vital sectors of life is behind the terror that seeks to
destroy the secular, democratic state. He hastens to clarify that very
few Brahminists are Brahmins. Many are from other high Hindu castes,
some from middle and lower castes.

Most Brahmins are fair-minded and would not like to associate
themselves with hate ideologies. Hemant Karkare, too, was a Brahmin,
Mushrif says. So is Mushrif’s son-in-law.

It is pertinent to note that “Brahminism” and “Brahminical order”
first appeared in Dalit protest vocabulary in the Dalit uprising
movement in Maharashtra towards the turn of the 20th century. Mushrif,
who appropriates part of this vocabulary for the present discourse,
says that Maharashtra still remains the centre of this ideology that,
among other things, has the dubious distinction of killing the Father
of the Nation.

The power establishment that really runs the affairs of this country
(Mushrif says it is not Sonia Gandhi, Manmohan Singh or Rahul Gandhi)
does not want to expose the Hindutva terrorists. One example is the
blasts in Samjhauta Express, which the IB said was carried out by
Pakistan’s ISI. Mushrif quotes a report in The Times of India that
said, “the Centre had blamed the ISI on the basis of the IB’s
findings.” However, during a narco-analysis test under Karkare, Lt.
Col. Purohit had admitted having supplied the RDX used in the blast.
The IB, which draws its power from its proximity to the Prime Minister
(its director briefs the PM every morning for half an hour), did not
want Karkare’s investigation that blew the cover off the IB’s
shenanigans, to continue.

Once Karkare was removed from the scene, the IB moved in to fill his
position with KP Raghuvanshi, a pliant police officer with extremely
low credibility among Muslims for his record of letting off known
Hindutva terrorists and implicating innocent Muslim youth even in bomb
attack cases on mosques.

There are quite a few interesting vignettes here, like Raghuvanshi
and Col. Purohit’s association with Abhinav Bharat in Maharashtra,
whose hand was evident in a series of blasts across the country. It has
old connections with men like Veer Damodar Savarkar (whose relative
Himani Savarkar leads the Abhinav Bharat movement), Dr Munje, who led
the Hindu Mahasabha, and other Hindutva luminaries. It is at the
Bhonsala Military Academy run by these groups that Purohit trained
police officers, including Raghuvanshi. Mushrif asks a pertinent
question: Will Raghuvanshi pursue the investigation against Purohit,
his guru? A plausible answer is, perhaps no. Already charges have been
dropped by a special court under MCOCA against 11 accused, including
Purohit, on the grounds of insufficient evidence produced in the court
by the prosecution.

This was just the beginning of the undoing of Karkare’s painstaking
investigation. Mushrif says slowly the system is working to undo all of
Karkare’s work and let off the terrorists who over the years destroyed
scores of lives and wreaked irreparable economic damage. The ATS team
under Karkare had pointed out VHP leader Praveen Togadia’s role in the
blasts. The ATS under Raghuvanshi dropped the investigation against him
saying (please hold your laughter) they do not know who Togadia is!

A number of investigations have been thus sabotaged by the powers
that be and the tracks of the Hinduta terrorists duly covered. The
319-page book is crammed with such information.

But what about who killed Karkare? Mushrif says two teams were at
work on 26/11 – one which did the maximum damage, and was from outside.
The smaller team took advantage of the confusion of the moment and
acted only on the relatively small CST-CAMA-Rangbhavan stretch that
killed Karkare. It was a desi unit that wanted Karkare and his men out
of the way.

(Courtesy: The Milli Gazette)

Namaz at India Islamic Cultural Centre

Photo & text by Kashif-ul-Huda,

The building of the India Islamic Cultural Center (IICC) takes your
breath away. The beautiful dome, intricate calligraphy and delicate
design in beautiful Persian tiles make you spellbound. The
administration of IICC can be forgiven for taking 22 years to complete
its construction.

Between Indira Gandhi laying the foundation stone of the Centre on
August 24, 1984 and her daughter-in-law inaugurating it on June 12,
2006, it took many people and much money to see to its completion. It
is a beautiful example of Muslim’s and the Indian government coming
together to give shape to an institution.

With the objective to “promote understanding among the people of
different religion and help the promotion of the cause of national
integration,” IICC has quickly become an important institution.

Last year, it saw a bitter fight between businessman Sirajuddin
Qureshi and present Minority Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid for the
post of the president. Though Mr. Qureshi was able to win the election
easily, the quarrel symbolizes the prestige of the institution.

Though it has become a hub of Muslim related activities like
seminars, conferences, and meetings, the space allocated for namaz
(prayers) seems to be an after-thought. You have to go down a flight of
stairs to get to the place. Though there is a proper wuzu-khana the
musalla (prayer place) is neatly tucked away from important parts of
the building. It is out in the open with only a few rows with overhead
covering. During winter the musalla moves in-doors in the basement. I
did not see any place for women to offer prayers. There is no mihrab,
dome or beautiful columns as is found in other masaajid of India. In
short, the building does a wonderful job of hiding an important pillar
of Islam.

Namaz at IICC [IICC photo]

So, a premier institution of Indian Muslims that have the backing of
some of the biggest names of the community comes up short in the
“Islamic” part of its name, let’s hope it holds up to the “Indian” tag.

IICC in daylight [Photo by s.prigge]


There is need to make a space for Masjid also..

is one of the marvelous building, it takes 22 years and it has
Indo-Iranian art and all the important seminars, symposium, Islamic
activities are organised there very fine, but where is our Masjid. Its
mean as muslim who did not want to pray with execuse that i am busy
that kind of people had planned that culture centre. In every nonmuslim
home they have a little space of Mandir but we people are so uncontious
about our prime goal and future plan. We build this for the development
for our own community who doest feel that Salat (Namaz) is the Farz
(Duty)…. what a good example of our Elite class muslim… this things
will be written in history and our new generation will learn more and
hate us…where is our Islamic value….


have been to this centre, located in the posh neighbourhood of the
capital- it should be renamed Indian Muslim Centre, as it is that only
– a meeting place for elite Muslims, sort of like a social club.
Perhaps some people are embarrassed to pray in the open, so they have
tucked away the prayer hall at the bottom of the monument.

Further the membership fee is out of bounds for a commoner, so I don’t
know what kind of Islam is being represented to the Indian masses.
Apart from being located in Delhi, there doesn’t seem anything Indian
either here.

Namaz at India Islamic Cultural Centre

it is surprizing a Islamic Cultural Centre does not have proper Masjid
for prayer. If you are not able to show one of the important amd
mandatory functions of Islam properly what kind of Islamic Culture you
want to show to the people of the world. The place marked for the
prayer is very small. There is urgent need to construct a proper Masjid
at IICC.

Islam In China 2

the 3rd Caliph(the leader of the Islamic nation/s) dispatched a
delegation to China in 29 AH inviting the Emperor to embrace Islam.
Prior to this Islam reached China by way of the Silk Route (land and
sea trading route)
Muslims virtually dominated the import/export business in China during
Sung Dynasty (960 – 1279 CE). The office of Director General of
Shipping was consistently held by a Muslims during this period. During
the Ming Dynasty
(1368 – 1644 CE), a period considered to be the golden age of Islam in
China, Muslims fully integrated into Han society by adopting their name
and some customs while retaining their Islamic mode of dress and
dietary restrictions.

Currently there are 22 million Chinese Muslims according to the 2009 Pew Forum Report.
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Xinign Masjid in China

phrases from the Koran start appearing ‘spontaneously’ on baby’s skin

Miracle or hoax? Russians puzzled as phrases from the Koran start appearing ‘spontaneously’ on baby’s skin

Mail Foreign Service
Last updated at 10:17 PM on 19th October 2009

A baby is sparking a wave of speculation in Russia after phrases from the Koran allegedly began appearing on his skin.

from the Muslim holy book are said to appear on nine-month-old Ali
Yakubov’s back, arms, legs and stomach – before apparently fading away
and being replaced with new sayings.

Russian medics claimed they are puzzled over the cause of the marks
on a baby’s skin, which started when the word Allah apparently appeared
on his chin within weeks of his birth.

Human Koran: Sacred sayings from the Muslim holy book apparently appear spontaneously on nine-month-old Ali Yakubov's body

Human Koran: Sacred sayings from the Muslim holy book apparently appear spontaneously on nine-month-old Ali Yakubov’s body

One of the markings on the child's skin, which medics and his family say are genuine apparitions

One of the markings on the child’s skin, which medics and his family say are genuine apparitions

Medics deny that the marks are from someone writing on the child’s skin.

His mother, Madina, said that she and her husband were not religious until the writings started appearing on his skin.

they did not show anyone the unexplained writings, she said, until
revealing them to their doctor and the imam in their village of Red
October which is in a strongly Muslim region.

Now the boy has
become a focus of Muslim homage in his troubled home province of
Dagestan, close to war-ravaged Chechnya in the south of Russia.

MP Akhmedpasha Amiralaev said: ‘This boy is a pure sign of God. Allah
sent him to Dagestan in order to stop revolts and tension in our

The boy’s mother claimed: ‘Normally those signs
appear twice a week – on Mondays and on the nights between Thursdays
and Fridays.

‘Ali always feels bad when it is happening. He cries
and his temperature goes up. It’s impossible to hold him when it’s
happening, his body is actively moving, so we put him into his cradle.
It’s so hard to watch him suffering.’

The phrases regularly replace each other on the baby’s skin, she said.

imam Abdulla has told locals that the Koran forecasts that before the
end of the world, there may be people with its sayings on their bodies.

He said that one sign read: ‘Don’t hide these signs from the people.’

The story has attracted considerable attention from the Russian media and online.

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ദളിത്‌ സംരക്ഷണ ആക്ഷന്‍ പ്രവര്‍ത്തകര്‍ക്ക് നേരെ നടന്ന ബി.ജെ.പി ആക്രമണത്തില്‍ സോളിഡാരിറ്റി പ്രതിക്ഷേധിച്ചു

തിരുവനന്തപുരം: സെക്രട്ടേറിയറ്റ് ധര്‍ണ്ണ നടത്തിക്കൊണ്ടിരുന്ന സ്ത്രീകളും കുട്ടികളും അടങ്ങുന്ന ദളിത്‌ സംരക്ഷണ ആക്ഷന്‍ കൌണ്‍സില്‍ പ്രവര്‍ത്തകര്‍ക്ക് നേരെ ബി.ജെ.പി നടത്തിയആക്രമണത്തില്‍ സോളിഡാരിറ്റി സൌത്ത് സോണ്‍ ശക്തമായി പ്രധിക്ഷേധിക്കുന്നു. തീവ്രവാദ മുദ്ര ചാര്‍ത്തി ഭരണകൂടം നടത്തിക്കൊണ്ടിരിക്കുന്ന ദളിത്‌ വേട്ടക്കെതിരെ സമാധാനപരമായി സമരം ചെയ്യാനുള്ള അവകാശം പോലും നല്‍കില്ല എന്ന സവര്‍ണ്ണ മനസ്ഥിതിയാണ് സ്ത്രീകള്‍ക്ക് നേരെയുള്ള ആക്രമത്തിലൂടെ ചൂണ്ടിക്കാണിക്കപ്പെടുന്നത്. പോലീസും ഹിന്ദുത്വ ശക്തികളും ഒത്തൊരുമിച്ചു ദളിത്‌ വേട്ട എന്ന നുഷ്യാവകാശ പ്രവര്‍ത്തകരുടെ ആരോപണത്തെ ശരിവയ്ക്കും വിധമാണ് പോലീസ് നോക്കി നില്‍ക്കെ ഇന്നു നടന്ന അതിക്രമങ്ങള്‍ . ഇത്തരം അതിക്രമങ്ങളെ അപലപിക്കാന്‍ സാമൂഹ്യ പ്രതിബദ്ധതയുള്ള എല്ലാ ജനവിഭാഗങ്ങളും തയ്യാറാകണം. ജനകിയ ചെരുതുനില്‍പ്പുകള്‍ കല്ലെറിഞ്ഞു അവസാനിപ്പിക്കാമെന്ന മോഹം നടക്കില്ല . അക്രമികളെ പിടികൂടി മാതൃകാപരമായി ശിക്ഷിക്കാന്‍ തയ്യാറാകണംസോളിഡാരിറ്റി ആവശ്യപ്പെട്ടു. ബി.ജെ.പി ആക്രമണത്തില്‍ പരിക്കേറ്റു ചികിത്സയില്‍ കഴിയുന്ന ഭവാനി, തുളസി, രത്നമ്മ, വസന്തകുമാരി, ലീലാമണി എന്നിവരെ സോളിഡാരിറ്റി മേഖല സെക്രട്ടറി കെ. സജീദ് സന്ദര്‍ശിച്ചു

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Israel Alarmed over Show Portraying Soldiers Shooting Children

Israel Alerted over Show Portraying Soldiers Shooting Children

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soldiers shoot at Palestinian children: a scene that takes place in a
daily basis. Yet, a TV show portraying such scene is enough to make the
Zionist entity be put on alert…
According to the Israeli
media, Naor Gilon, deputy head of the Europe Department in the Israeli
Ministry of Foreign Affairs, “reprimanded” the acting Turkish
ambassador to Israel over a TV program portraying Israeli soldiers
shooting at Palestinian children.
“We cannot stand by as
blatant incitement against Israel and its soldiers is being aired which
could lead to physical harm to Jews and Israelis,” Gilon told Jailan
Ozen during their meeting Thursday.
“The use of stereotypes
by a TV show that is viewed by children and adults alike must concern
anyone who strives for peace and coexistence among nations and
religions in the region and all over the world,” Gilon claimed.
“The soldiers who are depicted as bloodthirsty killers are the same
ones who rushed to the aid of the Turkish people in the wake of the
devastating earthquake in 1999,” he told the Turkish envoy.
The series is broadcast on the state-run TRT1 channel.
The producer of the fictional TV series “Ayrilik”, which shows Israeli
soldiers shooting innocent Palestinian children, said Thursday that he
has nothing against Israel.
On Wednesday, Israeli Foreign
Minister Avigdor Lieberman summoned the acting Turkish ambassador to
Israel to a meeting with high-ranking ministry officials. “Broadcasting
this series is a serious case of state-sponsored incitement. Such a
series, which doesn’t even have a weak connection to reality, and
which presents the Israeli soldiers as murderers of innocent children,
is unworthy of being broadcast in enemy states, let alone in a country
which had full diplomatic relations with Israel.”
Previously ties between Israel and Turkey have deteriorated somewhat
since Israel’s offensive in the Palestinian Gaza strip. Turkey barred
Israel from participating in a NATO war exercise this week and Prime
Minister Tayyip Erdogan said the move was a result of public concerns
over the Gaza war.

Source: AJP

Turkey’s prime-time TV shows Israel’s operation in Gaza

Deception, spin and lies

21/10/2009 03:00:00 PM GMT   Comments (show_art_comments_count(‘286996’);12)     Add a comment     Print     E-mail to friend

(AFP) Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman

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By Gilad Atzmon

Less than a week after Ankara cancelled an air exercise with Israel, Turkey’s state-sponsored channel TRT1 broadcast
“Ayrilik” (“Farewell”), a new prime-time TV show that depicts the true
image of Israel’s genocidal military operation in Gaza last January.

Israelis are not happy. “Broadcasting this series is a serious case of
state-sponsored incitement. …,” said Israel’s Foreign Minister Avigdor
Lieberman. “Such a series, which doesn’t even have a weak connection to
reality, presents the IDF’s soldiers as murderers of innocent

wonder whether one should remind hardliner Lieberman, who happens to be
an enthusiastic ethnic cleanser and a proud Judeo supremacist racist,
that the reality on the ground last January was ‘connected enough’ to
establish a genocidal war crime inquiry and a crime against humanity.

left over 1400 fatal casualties. It also left thousands more injured,
most of them children, women and elders. However, for once Lieberman
happens to read the map. The Turkish TV-show indeed depicts the IDF’s
soldiers as murderers of children, women and elders for this is what
Israeli soldiers are and this is exactly what Israel stands for
politically, symbolically, ideologically and practically.

Lieberman tries to appease his Israeli crowd and may even be successful
in doing so, his chances to mount pressure on Turkish TV and government
are rather limited. By now we all happen to know Israel is all about
the establishment of a ‘Jew-only state’ in a stolen land named

it happens we tend to spend a lot of time writing and analysing the
Israeli-Palestinian conflict. But the facts on the ground are actually
very simple. Zionism is an ideology aspired by the plunder of
Palestine. Israel has put the robbery of Palestine and the Palestinians
into practice. We are talking here about a national revival project
that is taking place at the expense of another people. It is a
murderous project inherently inspired by the bible and an unethical
plundering project of ‘home coming’. It is a lethal combination of some
deadly interpretations of the Old Testament together with a non-ethical
present. The only question to be asked is how have they got away with
it? How do they continue to get away with plunder, murder, spreading
white phosphorus and piling up nuclear weapons?

  • Spin, deception and lies are the answer

few weeks ago, Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu stood in front of the UN
waving the Wannsee Conference’s protocols suggesting that he was
holding the ‘proof for the Nazi extermination of European Jewry’. With
typical histrionics, he pleaded for the nations’ empathy. “Is this a
lie?” he cried out. Embarrassingly enough, though the document he
presented to the assembly was genuine, he was actually spinning the
usual Zionist lines.

Wannsee protocol refers in a rather general manner, to the deportation
to the East of the entire Jewish population from Germany and German
occupied territories. Though the document refers to ‘Final Solution’,
the very ‘solution’ it prescribed is rather different from the common
interpretation offered by the Zionist Shoa narrative. The Wannsee
protocol refers basically to a sinister plan to exhaust the deported
Jews in hard labour in roadwork.

much as Wannsee document is devastating, its relevance to the history
of the holocaust is rather limited for the ‘Wannsee plan’ has never
materialised into an actual operative program. It has actually nothing
to do with the historicity of Jewish extermination known as the Shoa.
It doesn’t set any plan for death camps or gas chambers whatsoever.
a legal document, it proves nothing but general Nazi inclinations. As a
historic document it by no means ‘proves’ the Shoa and the
extermination of the Jews, it just affirms that the Nazi regime was
committed to the idea of Judenreine (Jews Free).

this fact is well established and widely accepted even by most if not
all holocaust revisionists. As much as Netanyahu insisted to boost the
Holocaust with some fresh credibility, he ended up waving a relatively
insignificant paper in front of the nations. Needless to say, he got
away with it.

far more crucial is the fact that the Wannsee Protocol lines out a
program that is not that different from Lieberman’s deadly plan for the
Palestinians. In reality it is the Jewish state that murders
Palestinians en masse and starves those who survive. Moreover, it is
very interesting also to elaborate on the following questions: how is
it that the leader of the Jewish state is standing in front of the
nation and spins in broad daylight in the name of Israel and the name
of the Jewish people? What can we learn from the fact that an Israeli
leader tries to fool the entire UN assembly? How is it that as Israeli
PM manages to divert the attention so easily from his own crimes
against humanity that are taking place in the present into a relatively
insignificant historical document? In short, how does he get away with

answer may be pretty trivial. Like in the case of the Mossad motto,
they make their wars by deception. The entire Jewish revival project is
grounded on sets of lies. The entire tale of Jewish ‘home coming’ is
nothing less than a daylight collective crime based on false argument
and lies again. Initially Zionists were deceiving their fellow Jews but
as time passed by they have been extending their tactics. For more than
a while they have been spinning us all.

Israelis and Zionists are born into a lie, they live their life through
a lie, they tend to believe that they can get away with lies and
deception and the sad truth must be said. As far as world leaders are
concerned, they actually do. As we know, not a single world leader
challenged Netanyahu’s spin at the UN. More disturbing is the fact that
not a single historian or intellectual tried to point out to the
Israeli PM that more than anything else, the Wannsee Protocol actually
describes his own policies at home.

few World Leaders have the guts to oppose the Zionist spin operation.
Recently we have witnessed the courageous Iranian Mahmud Ahmadinejad,
Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez and Turkish PM Tayyip Erdogan. This is not a
lot considering the level of colossal atrocities committed by the
Jewish state. However, it is better than nothing.

good news is that Humanism and Humanity is not exactly in the
possession of politicians or so called ‘world leaders’. It is actually
our property, the members of the human race, the people out there who
happen to witness the emerging evil. True Humanity and Humanism is
delivered by kindness and an aspiration for ethics and truthfulness. In
most cases it is actually artists and ordinary people who transform
Humanism into a vivid message. Our elected interventionalists, for some
reason insist on dragging us all into more and more Zionist wars in the
name of the holocaust, democracy and liberation’.

enough, our Western leaders are still silenced or at least ‘captivated’
by Zionist lies. But this shouldn’t be a major concern anymore. The
betrayal of Western ideologies (left, right and centre), politicians
and institutions are an established fact. Succumbing to Zionist lies is
apparently just one symptom amongst too many. Not only that truth will
win, it is actually winning already. The identification of the Zionist
spin is becoming common knowledge. As the foggy cloud of the Zionist
brutality expands we all develop a growing yearning for some beams of
truth and grace. We are beginning to grasp that they make their wars by
the means of deception. They may win a few more pyrrhic battles but
they are losing the war.

Atzmon ( is an Israeli-born writer and jazz musician living
in London. He had previously served in the Israeli military but he is
currently an anti-racism campaigner. His latest CD is In Loving Memory
of America.

Source: Middle East Online

Can Turkey help bridge East and West?

20/03/2009 06:00:00 PM GMT   Comments (show_art_comments_count(‘221890’);42)     Add a comment     Print     E-mail to friend
(AFP) It was no surprise when Erdogan played a pivotal role in the negotiations between Israel and Syria

By Dallas Darling

In the early 20th Century when Mustafa Kemal-who was given the grand title Ghazi or Fighter of the Islamic Faith, led an uprising and Turkish
national army against the Western Powers and Russia’s attempt to
dismember the Anatolia Peninsula, he probably never envisioned that
someday Turkey would help bridge East and West. Nor did he realize that
in creating the nation of Turkey, he was subverting an empire. (1)

Therefore, it was no surprise when Turkey’s Prime Minister (PM) Recep Tayyip
Erdogan of the Islamist Justice and Development Party played a pivotal
role in the negotiations between Israel and Syria over Israel’s
occupation of the Golan Heights. Neither was the disclosure of Turkish
Foreign Minister Ali Babacan’s statement that Turkey would like to
bridge the differences between the United States and Iran a major
revelation. (Note: Syrian’s president just announced that Israel will
return the Golan Heights.)

When Turkey’s PM Erdogan recently walked off the stage at the World Economic
Forum in Switzerland, he did so to protest and admonish those who
applauded Israel’s justification of its invasion of Gaza which killed
1,300 civilians. He said he was very saddened so many people had been
killed and thought it was wrong and “not very humanitarian.” In a
follow-up interview, PM Erdogan condemned the brutal Israeli invasion
and Israel’s punitive economic blockade against Gaza.

While challenging Israel to listen more intently to surrounding Arab nations,
he is also working to bring Hamas’ conditions for a permanent ceasefire
to the United Nations. Can Turkey intervene and help free Israeli
soldier Gilad Shalit and hundreds of Palestinians wrongly
imprisoned-who have no name? A plan for Turkish peace keeping forces in
and along Gaza and the Israeli border is also being considered. Mr.
Erdogan has also called on the U.S. and the world to initiate a new
round of Middle East peace talks on behalf of Palestinian Statehood.

When President Barack Obama telephoned Turkish President Abdullah Gul and PM
Erdogan, both agreed to strengthen U.S. support for Turkish-Iraqi
relations and address the Kurdish Question. At the same time, they
encouraged the newly elected president to review America’s military
policies in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Western Powers, especially the
U.S., can learn from the Turkish-Ottoman Empire and how armies and
massive rearmament programs unfortunately create empires by subverting

While visiting the U.S., Turkish PM Erdogan cautioned that “All countries are
passengers on the same ship” and “if we sink, we will all go down
together.” PM Erdogan then challenged U.S. and European leaders to turn
their attentions to other “ticking time bombs” like the unsettled
border disputes between Turkey’s neighbors Russia and Georgia and
Armenia and Azerbaijan, and the hypocrisy of America’s nuclear policies
in relation to Iran’s nuclear enrichment program.

Turkey’s PM Erdogan warned that “Nuclear weapons are being harbored in many
countries” and “taking a stand against one country and forcing them to
disarm is not an honest approach.” He challenged all nations, including
the U.S., to eradicate nuclear weapons once and for all. Back at home,
PM Erdogan has called for lifting a ban on Muslim women wearing head
scarves in universities. He also plans a future meeting with Armenian
President Serzh Sargsyan to discuss the Armenian Diaspora.

It appears the “sick man of Europe” (as Britain and Czar Nicholaus I
referred to the declining Turkish-Ottoman Empire) is today the “strong
man of Eurasia” and is becoming a vital bridge between East and West.
Due to disastrous wars in the Middle East and a tarnished human rights
record, the U.S. has currently forfeited its bridge in the 21st
Century. Russia, Turkey’s powerful neighbor to the north, also too
experienced trouble.

This power vacuum has left Turkey as being a vital link between East and
West. NATO‘s predominantly secularist and Christian forces could
improve its peace keeping operations by using more Turkish Muslim
soldiers. Since the European Union (EU) has accepted Turkey as a
potential candidate and if admitted, Islamic economic values could help
improve wasteful and fledgling Western capitalist societies.

Turkey’s proximity to Europe in the West and Russia, Iran, Iraq, and Syria in
the East, makes it an important bridge for peace and understanding. As
Turkey revaluates the impact of secular institutions on religion,
extreme individualism on the ummah, globalization on economic
stability, and modernization on Islam, it would be well to remember the
words of Ataturk Mustafa Kemal: “Surviving in the world of modern
civilization depends upon changing ourselves.” (2)

This also goes for citizens in other countries around the world and what
type of bridges they are encouraging their governments and leaders to

Dallas Darling is the author of The Other Side Of Christianity:
Reflections on Faith, Politics, Spirituality, History, and Peace, and
is a writer for You can read more of his articles at


Archer, Christon I., John R. Feris, Holger H. Herwig, and Timothy H.E.
Travers. World History Of Warfare. Lincoln, Nebraska: University of
Nebraska Press, 2002. p. 475.

Ellis, Elisabeth Gaynor and Anthony Esler. World History Connections To
Today. Needham, Massachusetts: Prentice Hall, 1999. p. 745.

Source: AJP

Israel plans to devour the world: Hungarian MP

19/10/2009 03:30:00 PM GMT   Comments (show_art_comments_count(‘279153’);4)     Add a comment     Print     E-mail to friend

(press tv) Israeli soldiers

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A Hungarian lawmaker has voiced worry over Israel’s expansionist policies, saying Israel is trying to take over the world.

a Hungarian nationalist. I love my homeland, love the Hungarians and
give primacy to Hungarian interests over those of global capital –
Jewish capital, if you like – which wants to devour the entire world,
especially Hungary,” Oszkar Molnar said in a television interview.

Molnar’s comments come as there are reports of a mass Jewish exodus from Israel to Hungary, Haaretz reported.

proof of his assertion that Israel is plotting to take over Hungary,
Molnar claimed to have discovered that the language of instruction in
Jerusalem’s ( al-Quds’) schools is Hungarian, and when asked why,
students said they were “learning their future homeland’s language.”

Molnar’s party, Fidesz, has not condemned his remarks saying they “did not violate the party’s bylaws.”

According to the polls, Fidesz party is expected to take power when elections are held this spring.

Source: Press TV

Muslims are the problem and Islam is the solution

by Mohamed Khodr

“I, strongly, believe that we as Muslims must blame ourselves for our
state of affairs and avoid the usual scapegoating that “powerful
forces” such as Israel, the E.U., and America hinder our progress or
our justified right to reclaim our lands and resources. Our
“intellectuals” have adopted and imitated the Western mantra that
progress can only come if one abandons religion. Rather than Islam
being the problem, Muslims are the problem and Islam is the solution.”

“On the morrow of a persecution in Europe in which they had been the
victims of the worst atrocities ever known… the Jews’ immediate
reaction to their own experience was to become persecutors in their
turn… In 1948, the Jews knew, from personal experience, what they were
doing; and it was their supreme tragedy that the lessons learnt by them
from their encounter with the Nazi German Gentiles should have been not
to eschew but to initiate some of the evil deeds that the Nazis had
committed against the Jews”

— Famed British Historian Professor Arnold Toynbee


I wholeheartedly agree with Professor Vasillopulos’s
[1] on the hypocrisy, double standard, and marked subjugation of U.S.
foreign policy vis a vis Palestine to Israel’s interests and its
powerful American lobbies who have unprecedented influence on Congress.
Israel’s very creation arose out of western colonialism, first the
British who had the audacity to gift a land they did not own, a land
under Ottoman rule, to European Jews out of domestic political
expediency, followed by America, a government ruled by corporations and
special interests, in this case the powerful Jewish lobby. Israel’s
ethnic cleansing of 750,000 Palestinians from their land in 1948 –
1949, its total destruction of 450 Palestinian villages, including
mosques and churches, was simply accepted by western colonial powers as
a necessary consequence of an Arab military onslaught on the small
Jewish state, a blatant proven lie as documented by Israel’s own
documents. Tragically Israel’s brilliant propaganda, media campaigns
and effective political public relations to indoctrinate western
population were successful. The Arabs were too incompetent to even
understand the use and power of such instruments. Israel’s prowess to
influence and determine western public opinion has allowed it to defy
all international agreements, laws, U.N. Resolutions, world opinion,
even U.S. policy as evidenced by Obama’s forced backtracking on his
initial call for Israel’s freezing illegal settlements. Obama’s silence
on the Goldstone Report once again shows who runs U.S. foreign policy
in the Middle East.

While Israel can tell the world “No”, the Arabs sadly don’t even know the word exists.

In 1949, President Truman was so outraged (the man responsible for
Israel’s creation) by the mass expulsion of Palestinian refugees he
convened the Lausanne Conference in Switzerland to pressure Israel to
stop its ethnic cleansing and accept UN Resolutions 181 (Partition of
Palestine) and 194 (right of return of Palestinian refugees).

Israel rejected Truman’s proposal while the Arabs accepted it prompting
his envoy Ambassador Mark Etheridge to write Truman: ” Since we gave
Israel birth we are blamed for her belligerence and her arrogance and
for the cold-bloodedness of her attitude toward refugees…Israel must
accept responsibility….her attitude toward refugees is morally
reprehensible….Her position as conqueror demanding more does not make
for peace.”

Since then many U.S. politicians have quietly expressed their anger and
frustration at Israel’s continued Zionist expansionism in the Holy
Land, but none have ever had the courage to stand up to this little
nation while in office that manipulates the most powerful nation on
earth to pay and die for Israel’s wars from Lebanon, to Iraq, Saudi
Arabia, Yemen, the Gulf, Afghanistan, and now the deja vu campaign to
“bomb, bomb, bomb” Iran.

Yet, while we as Arabs and Muslims can reiterate the historical
facts regarding the rogue nation of Israel and its chosen method of
existence that wholly depends on wars, assassinations, terrorism, mass
imprisonment and the wholesale starving siege of Gaza, we should be
honest with ourselves and proclaim that Arab political and economic
incompetence, paralysis, hypocrisy, backbiting, and self sabotage
regarding Palestine is the other side of the coin to decades of
Palestinian suffering. Fifty seven Muslim nations, 1.6 Billion Muslims,
50% of the world’s oil wealth, 60% of its gas wealth, trillions of
dollars of investment in western governments and institutions, are
shamefully paralyzed to face one small nation of 6 million Jews.
Western politics revolves around money, media manipulation, myths,
lies, and propaganda, something Arabs are well accustomed to in their
own nations.

There is no true political, economic, social or media presence for
Arabs and Muslims in America. They are silent, fearful, uneducated and
inexperienced in living and dealing with America’s culture, tend to
herd themselves by ethnic group and fight whether there should be a
barrier between men and women in the mosques, or whether Muslim men and
women can gather for a lecture, yet allow such women to mingle, work,
and go to school with Non-Muslims.

I, strongly, believe that we as Muslims must blame ourselves for our
state of affairs and avoid the usual scapegoating that “powerful
forces” such as Israel, the E.U., and America hinder our progress or
our justified right to reclaim our lands and resources. Our
“intellectuals” have adopted and imitated the Western mantra that
progress can only come if one abandons religion. Rather than Islam
being the problem, Muslims are the problem and Islam is the solution.

That is why as a Muslim I am deeply proud of the Turkish government
and the Turkish people for being the sole Muslim nation to publicly
repudiate Israel on its slaughter in Gaza. While Arab leaders convene
“summits” on Palestine their private agenda is to attack Hamas and
Hezbollah, the only two resistance parties in the entire MidEast
against Israel. The shame and betrayal of Mahmoud Abbas to withdraw
consideration of the Goldstone Report is another hallmark that even
Arabs don’t value Arab blood as long as their chairs are protected.

Muslim wealth is bailing out western economies and not benefiting the
current confused Muslim generation lost between little faith and
overwhelming American cultural influence. Why is our wealth not
building schools, hospitals, roads, better roads, working on finding
precious water, creating manufacturing jobs, building sewage plants,
collecting garbage and using the media to improve our knowledge of
Islam, its morals, and goodly behavior. We build towers, buy luxurious
toys such as planes, cars, and camels, while neglecting the betterment
of human lives. Arab Satellite channels open their programs with
readings from the Quran only to follow up with a music video of barely
dressed women gyrating their bodies to the most obnoxious simplistic
drum beat.

Each of us as Muslims is responsible for learning, implementing, and
protecting our faith. Each of us is responsible for ourselves, our
families, our neighbors, community, nation, and Ummah. Our silent
acceptance of our corrupt till death do we part rulers has led to our
failed societies.

We need a renaissance of intellect, of education, scientific and
analytical and skills, in fact, a rebirth of a highly motivated Ummah
that rejects the status quo and begins the journey to a faith based
enlightenment that can only result in our victory against our own
demoralizing failures and the ultimate victory of salvation in the

I share the pessimism of Muslims around the world that we’re not ripe
for a personal and nationalistic revolution, but what’s the
alternative? Should Muslim blood saturate the earth to replace our
stolen oil before we awaken to our demise?

Either we change, die, or die trying.


[1]. Obama and Palestine: Predictable disappointment
by Christopher Vasillopulos, October 12, 2009, Today’s Zaman


by courtesy & © 2009 Mohamed Khodr

Analysis: Turkey gets tough on Israel

ISTANBUL — Turkey’s decision to scrap a military exercise involving
Israel has sparked concerns in Israel about threats to its close
military and economic ties with a key Muslim nation and a NATO member
not always willing to follow the Western line.

The weekend move
by Turkish premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government comes at a time
that the country is seeking to expand its influence in the Mideast and
Europe. It is also the latest reflection of widespread anger —
especially in Muslim countries — over the deaths of hundreds of
Palestinian civilians in last winter’s Gaza conflict.

It could
have broad relevance because of Turkey’s growing regional clout, and
strategic position as a nation of more than 70 million that borders
Iraq and Iran and is embroiled in a sputtering effort to join the
European Union.

“Turkey is trying to reposition itself in the
world,” Carina O’Reilly, Europe analyst for London-based Jane’s Country
Risk, said Monday. “It’s trying to establish itself as a power in its
own right.”

In Turkey, analysts see a complex situation with a
government deeply rooted in Islam trying to balance an emerging role as
a voice for Muslims with a continuing alliance with the West.

approach to Israel reflects a “double-faced policy” that began when
Erdogan scolded the Israeli president over Gaza casualties at an
international forum in Switzerland, said Huseyin Bagci, professor of
international relations at Middle East Technical University.

Turkish government, since the Davos incident, (tried) to become the
consciousness of the Middle East,” Bagci said. Behind the scenes,
though, ties with Israel are largely “business as usual,” he said.

furor began Sunday, when Israeli defense officials said Ankara had
called off the international stage of the Anatolian Eagle drills, which
were to have included the U.S. and NATO, because it opposed Israel’s
participation. The U.S. and NATO have not commented on why the exercise
was scrapped.

Turkey itself insisted the reason it “postponed”
the exercise to have been held this week in the Turkish city of Konya
was not political, saying only that it was the result of talks with
participant countries. It urged Israel to exert “good sense in its
approach and statements.”

However, Foreign Minister Ahmet
Davutoglu linked the exercise’s cancellation to the Gaza war in an
interview with CNN on Sunday. Asked why Israel was excluded, he said:
“We hope that the situation in Gaza will be improved, that the
situation will be back to the diplomatic track. And that will create a
new atmosphere in Turkish-Israeli relations as well.”

good ties with Turkey — a mostly Muslim nation — have been a boost for
Israel over the years, easing its isolation in the region at a time of
tension between the Jewish state and much of the Muslim world. Israeli
tourists flocked to Turkey and Ankara benefited from a strong defense
alliance with Israel’s powerful, high-tech military.

But these
ties — always brittle — have started to fray since Israel’s Gaza war in
January, when the deaths of Palestinian civilians outraged opinion
worldwide. Use of Konya as a location for the exercise was sensitive:
during the war, pro-Islamic media in Turkey published stories alleging
Israeli pilots who bombed Gaza targets had been trained in exercises

Some Israeli commentators have raised concerns that the
cancellation of the exercise is part of a gradual policy that will
shift Turkey closer to fundamentalist Iran. Still, despite Turkey’s
improving relationship with Iran, it covets its ties with the West and,
like its allies, has deep concerns about Iran’s nuclear activities.

the background is an increasing skepticism among Turks that their
country, a secular state where tradition is nonetheless strong, will
ever be admitted into the European Union as a full member. Talks have
sputtered for several years and there is persistent opposition in key
EU nations like France and Germany.

In fact, Turkey doesn’t want
to side with any one camp or category, given its complex identity: a
Muslim country with a secular political system, a deeply nationalist
place with a rich imperial history that is still insecure and crafting
its place in the world.

These traits shape its dispute with
Israel, and drive its campaign to become a regional heavyweight with a
web of intricate, overlapping alliances, from NATO to Europe, the
Middle East, the Caucasus and the Balkans. It seeks reconciliation with
Armenia after a century of hostility, and is trying to solve its long
conflict with its own Kurdish citizens.

For decades, Turkey was a
junior player in the West’s Cold War alliance, run by military
generals; now it has its own voice and enough clout to spar at times
with its NATO partners.

Despite harsh rhetoric, Turkish
pragmatism has kept military business with Israel largely intact.
Israel is involved in two major military projects — tank and fighter
plane upgrades — worth more than US$1 billion in Turkey. The Turkish
military has also bought Israeli drones to help fight Kurdish rebels,
whose strength has waned since their heyday in the 1990s.

between Israel and Turkey are strategic and decades-old,” said Israeli
Defense Minister Ehud Barak. “Despite the ups and downs, Turkey
continues to be a key player in our region. We shouldn’t be drawn into
frenzied statements about it.”

Alon Liel, who was Israel’s No. 1
diplomat in Turkey in the 1980s, described the situation as a “crisis”
and said Israel had received “very harsh signals” from an increasingly
assertive government.

“Today there is a new foreign policy that
doesn’t rely only on the West. They see themselves as a player in many
regional circles,” he said. “All this assertiveness in the region gives
Turkey a self-confidence that allows it to be tougher to us.”


EDITOR’S NOTE: Christopher Torchia is the Associated Press bureau chief in Turkey.

Associated Press writer Amy Teibel in Jerusalem contributed to this report.

Nobel Prize is not too early to help Obama

By Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf

Commentary by
Tuesday, October 13, 2009

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a few months into office, President Obama has won the Nobel Peace
Prize. Even the White House was stunned by the announcement. Two other
sitting presidents have won the prize. But Theodore Roosevelt had to
broker a peace agreement to end a war between Russia and Japan to get
his, and Woodrow Wilson had to create the League of Nations. 
got his for a vision of world peace. But it is a vision that has
captivated the world, even if it has not yet produced the desired
bestowing the award, the Nobel committee is saying the United States
again is the leader of the world and Obama holds the bully pulpit. The
award should be a catalyst that motivates other world leaders to help
committee also is endorsing the American people, who overcame centuries
of slavery and racism to fulfill the ideals of the Declaration of
Independence to elect the first African-American president. Martin
Luther King won a Nobel Peace Prize for his vision of an end to racial
discrimination. Obama almost sounded like Martin Luther King in his
speeches outlining his foreign agenda. He, too, talked about a dream –
to end terrorism, eliminate nuclear weapons, bring peace to the Middle
East, promote democracy and encourage economic development. He said:
Here’s my dream, I will do my part, but I need your help. The world –
and the Nobel committee – responded to that dream. 
his first day in office, Obama established an ambitious agenda to bring
affordable health care to all Americans while salvaging the nation’s
financial systems and stimulating the economy. 
he did not ignore international issues. He has transformed US foreign
policy. He committed the United States to end the proliferation of
nuclear weapons and even to ban them altogether. He pushed from Day One
for a Middle East peace agreement. He reached out to America’s
traditional enemies – to jaw-jaw rather war-war, as Winston Churchill
famously said. 
has caught the attention of people around the world who had come to
fear unilateral US military action. Obama’s speeches to the Muslim
world in Ankara and Cairo were truly historic. Never before had a US
president spoken directly to the Muslim people in the capital of an
Islamic country. 
displayed a sensitivity to Islam and its central role in Muslim
countries that no other president had acknowledged. And he shattered
the paradigm of a “Clash of Civilizations” – that Islamic countries and
the West were destined to constant warfare. 

have asked, where are the results? The Middle East is no closer to
peace. Iran continues to defy the US. The war in Afghanistan is
way too early yet. I can tell you from my travels around the Muslim
world in the last few months, even in Iran, I have been told that every
Muslim leader wants to work with President Obama. While they must be
constant to their own policies, they need to show their people that
they want to improve relations with the United States. That’s a major
Even Iran
sent its foreign minister to Washington. Anything that can be done to
resolve the conflict between Iran and the United States would have huge
repercussions in resolving the conflicts from Palestine, through Iraq
and Afghanistan to Pakistan. 
announcement comes just as Obama must decide what to do about
Afghanistan. The president is not rushing to add more troops. He
recognizes that a large part of General Stanley A. McChrystal’s
strategy calls for engaging the Afghans within their own culture and
religion to win their hearts and minds. Peace in Afghanistan can only
come this way. 
US government recognizes that even with the combined power of NATO it
cannot resolve all of these conflicts. My hopeful expectation is that
the United States will invite other Muslim leaders, who understand the
underlying cultural issues, to help in resolving these conflicts. 
choosing Obama for the Nobel Prize, the committee chose hope over
despair. They chose the ideals of the United States over cynicism. And
they chose to support a young, visionary leader at a crucial moment in
world history when so much can be gained or so much can be lost. 
Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf is
chairman of the Cordoba Initiative, an independent, non-partisan and
multi-national project that seeks to use religion to improve
Muslim-West relations. ( He is the author of
“What’s Right with Islam is What’s Right With America.”He wrote this
commentary for

New Jewish organ theft gang busted – New Jewish organ theft gang busted

09/09/2009 01:16:00 PM GMT

New reports have surfaced on the arrest of yet another Jewish organ trading gang in the United States involved in the abduction of Algerian children.

Dr. Mustafa Khayatti, the head of the Algerian National Committee for the Development of Health Research, revealed on Sunday that the New York city police have arrested members of a Jewish gang who abducted Algerian children for their organs.

Khayatti said the arrests came after Interpol found that children in western Algeria were abducted and taken to Morocco to have their kidneys harvested.

Their organs were later trafficked to the United States and Israel and sold for $20,000 to $100,000 each. The group is said to be connected to Israeli rabbi Levi Rosenbaum, who was recently arrested in New Jersey for direct involvement in importing human organs. Following Rosenbaum’s arrest, US authorities detained some 44 others, including rabbis and mayors in New Jersey, who were prosecuted for money laundering and human organs trade. Last month, a report published in the Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet, accused Israeli soldiers of kidnapping Palestinians in the occupied West Bank and the Gaza Strip for their organs, indicating a possible link between the Israeli military and the mafia of human organs detected in the US. Some Arab countries have called for an international inquiry into the allegations.
Source: Press TV

Imagine Mecca


Jamarat Project in Mina / Mecca after Completion

الجمرات في منى بعد ماتكتمل

مكة المكرمة بعد 12 سنة
Mecca after 12 Years

Electric Trains will be started Next Year from Haram to Mina, Mina to Muzdalifa, Muzdalifa to Arafat.

قطار المشاعر

Holy kaaba’a Mataaf Covered with 4 umbrellas

صورة مقترحة لمضلات الصحن

After Three Years   Haram Mosque will Look Like This

A big housing project started near the Holy Haram

World 2 nd Tallest building starting in Jeddah K.S.A

Madena Haram Masque After four Years

حرم المدينة بعد 4 سنوات





  لا إلـــــه إلا الله محمد رسول الله  

  Al-haram Imams


مالا تعرفه عن مشايخ الحرم المكي بالصور


انتباه أي مسلم الحرم الشريف و من ثم أئمة الحرم فلهم شهرة و مكانة عند
قلوب الملايين و لأن الكثير يتسآل عنهم متى يصلي الإمام فلان ؟

  فأردت أن أعرض جدول الأئمة الشبه دائم و نبذه مختصرة عن كل إمام


عدد الأئمة الدائمين 6 و هم مقسمون على هذا الفروض الخمسة و لهم واحد احتياط


1- صلاة الفجر

الشيخ الدكتور : سعود بن ابراهيم بن محمد آل شريم القحطاني


العمر : 40

مكان الميـــلاد: الرياض – شقراء

الوظيفة : قاضي سابقاً + مدرس في الحرم المكي + قسم الدراسات العليا بكلية الشريعة جامعة أم القرى

تاريخ التعيين في الحرم : 1414هـ

يمتلك قطيعاً كبيراً من الإبل يقضي بعض من وقته فيه

 و يهتم بشرح كتب التوحيد و رسائل الإمام محمد بن عبد الوهاب في الحرم المكي

و معروف بالشعر و الكلمة الرقيقة

عدا فجر واحد في الشهر و هو فجر الجمعة يصليه


الشيخ الدكتور : صالح بن عبدالله بن محمد آل حميد الخالدي



العمر : 57

مكان المــيلاد : بريدة

الوظيفة : رئيس مجلس الشورى سابقاً + رئيس مجلس القضاء الأعلى + عضو هيئة كبار العلماء

تاريخ التعيين في الحرم : 1404هـ

و يهتم بتفسير القرآن الكريم .



2- صلاة الظهر

الشيخ الدكتور : صالح بن محمد آل طالب



العمر : 33

تاريخ التعيين في الحرم : 1423هـ



3- صلاة العصر

  الشيخ الدكتور : أسامة بن عبد الله بن عبد الغني خياط


العمر: 51

مكان الميـــلاد: مكة المكرمة

الوظيفة : مدرس في الحرم + عضو في مجلس الشورى سابقاً

تاريخ التعيين في الحرم : 1418هـ

معروف بأسلوبه الخطابي القوي الذي يزلزل القلوب




4- صلاة المغرب

  الشيخ الدكتور : عبد الرحمن بن عبد العزيز بن عبد الله آل سديس العنزي



العمر : 44

مكان الميــــلاد: البكيرية في القصيم

الوظيفة : استاذ مساعد بكلية الشريعة في جامعة ام القرى

تاريخ التعيين في الحرم : 1404هـ اي قبل 22 سنه وعمر الشيخ حينذاك 22 سنه..




5-   صلاة العشاء

  الشيخ : محمد بن عبدالله آل عثمان السبيّل من قضاعة من قحطان



العمر : 81

مكان الميلاد : البكيرية في القصيم

الوظيفة : الرئيس العام لشئون الحرم المكي والحرم المدني سابقاً  + عضو هيئة كبار العلماء

تاريخ التعيين في الحرم : 1385هـ اي قبل 41 سنه..

معروف بعلمه و فتواه التي تركن إلى الدليل من الكتاب و السنه  أطال الله عمره …آمين


يتناوب على صلاة العشاء مع الشيخ السبيل أحيانا الشيخ / صالح بن محمد آل طالب


الشيخ صالح بن حميد هو إمام الإحتياط و ذلك لإنتقاله إلى الرياض إذ يقضي
أغلب الشهر فيها لمسئولية مجلس الشورى و يأتي إلى مكة مره واحده بالشهر
لخطبة الجمعة


المؤذنين عددهم 17 مؤذن ، خصص لكل مؤذن فرضين في الأسبوع ، وشيخ المؤذنين هو


 الشيخ المؤذن علي أحمد ملا


ويبلغ من العمر حوالي 65 سنه

القرآن كاملا بمختلف الأصوات


بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم


لا تدعها تقف عندك أنشرها ستنفعك

يوم لا ينفع مال ولا بنون فخير ما نشرت جزاك الله خيراً

ولا تنسونا ومن ساهم ومن نشرها من صالح دعائكم


إنشرها ….. وقل لخلق الله

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اللهم صلي وسلم وبارك وأنعم على سيدنا محمد وآله


عدد خلقك ورضا نفسك وزنة عرشك ومداد كلماتك


اللهم صلي على محمد وعلى آل محمد
كما صليت على ابراهيم وعلى آل ابراهيم

وبارك على محمد وعلى آل محمد
كما باركت على ابراهيم وعلى آل ابراهيم
في العالمين إنك حميد مجيد



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Lisbon Treaty Referendum: Is the European Union an example for the Islamic World?

Lisbon Treaty Referendum: Is the European Union an example for the Islamic World?

By Yamin Zakaria

Lisbon Treaty established on 13th of December 2007,
is another step towards cementing European unity. Almost all the member
states of the European Union have ratified the treaty through the
parliamentary process. Ireland is the only country to have done this
through a referendum. Once the treaty comes into effect, Europe will
have its first President, Tony Blair looks set to occupy that position.

It all started back in 1957 with the treaty of Rome;
six European countries formed the EEC (European Economic Unity). The
small economic club has now increased to 27 member states, which is
increasingly asserting itself beyond an economic entity. It is only a
matter of time that we may see a call for the creation of a European
army, controlled by the European Parliament, headed by the new
President of Europe. To a spectator, it seems they are moving
inexorably towards a Federal Europe or some kind of super state. Is the
new Roman Empire on the rise again? Many would view this power as a
positive force to counterbalance the negative situation of having a
lone super power.

Only 70 years ago, Europe was at war, and despite
their historical animosity, diversity of language, culture and race,
they are gradually moving forward with greater unification. One can
argue the formation of European unity has been one of the main factors
that have prevented wars breaking out in the continent. This period of
stability is slightly tainted by the limited air raids carried out over
Serbia by the NATO forces. However, this is seen in the fringes of
Europe, and hardly constituted a full-scale war.

Rational justification for unity is self-evident. It
gives more strength by pooling the resources of various nations. A
unified European economy is one of the largest economies in the world
that is competing with the US and the Japanese economy. The Euro looks
set to replace the US Dollar as the dominant currency.

The tide of European unity is opposed by those who
are concerned about sovereignty of their nation. The counter argument
is the old notion of sovereignty of territorial or national integrity
is outdated, has to be modified to conform to the globalised world.
Increasingly the nation’s ability to determine its own economic or
political policy is being limited by the rising tide of globalisation.
Sovereignty is redefined as the ability of a nation to determine the
welfare of its own citizen.

As an example, the European powers have collectively
relinquished some level of political and economical sovereignty for the
increasing collective benefit. Hence, if the UK were to pull out from
the EU it would be more sovereign to determine its economic and
political policies internally, but its influence would be reduced
significantly in the international arena. Consequently, this would harm
the welfare of its own citizen significantly. If it loses power and
influence, in effect it is losing real sovereignty.

Nation states are supposed to be inherently divisive
as each nation seeks to promote its interests. Yet, these European
states have overcome these barriers and forge unity, propelled largely
by the mutual economic benefit, which is reinforced by cultural and
political cohesion brought through education, open debates and

Unity does not mean uniformity in every aspect.
Different nations within Europe maintain their cultural identity,
language and religion. In this age, mass participation is a feature of
most society; this implies unity should come from within through mutual
consultation, rather than the imposition of force, like the good old
days of Napoleon. European Union reflects that ethos, and it seems to
be working well.

Many of the Muslim countries and the respective
minorities can learn from European countries like the UK, which has
different nations (Scotland, Wales, Irish) flourishing within. The
minorities retain their cultural identity, there is no ban imposed on
the Celtic or Cornish language or the Scottish Kilt. In fact, the
central government encourages all minorities, including the recent
migrant populations to express their cultural identity; it adds
character to the nation and enriches the culture.

The case for unification of the Islamic world is
even greater. Apart from the rational justification of increasing
material benefit, there is a religious obligation to be unified. Our
values are identical, from Morocco to Indonesia. The cultural
similarities are stronger than our regional differences.

However, the Islamic world is more divided than ever
before, and to blame this entirely on the west is simply being in
denial of our failure. We were colonised argument has passed its sell
by date. Other countries have made considerable progress since
independence, whereas the Muslims countries are constantly falling

Take the example of India and Pakistan (and
Bangladesh), both countries have gained independence in 1947, yet India
has made far more progression, despite having far greater levels of
disparity in terms of language, race, religion and culture. To blame
the British for the stagnation and corruption that exists within
Pakistan and Bangladesh is ludicrous. Whenever, I have travelled
through these parts of the world, just the experience with the airport
officials seeking bribes tells the story. When you peek under their
cover, you see nepotism and bribery is a way of life. There is no
evidence to suggest the west is dictating or influencing the Muslim
countries to behave in this manner. Why should they?

Those who argue the absence of Caliphate is the
reason for our failure are missing the point. The progression does not
start with the Caliphate but rather Caliphate would embody the result
of our progression, which should begin before that. The existence of
the Caliphate should not be a prerequisite to have the basic level of
civility and some level of progression even within secular
dictatorships or monarchs.

The stable European model and the volatile Islamic
world shows, unity in the modern age has to be achieved gradually
through mutual consultation, rather than the imposition of force. It
has to be cultivated in the minds of people. The various organisations
have failed to create any form of unification, even in terms of close
cooperation between the various Islamic nations. There is deep-seated
racism amongst various racial groups; the Turks see themselves as
superior to Arabs, and the Arabs in turn looks towards the Pakistanis
with disdain, and so on. The example of Iraq clearly illustrates this
fracture, each group based on racial and sectarian motive pursued its
interests, and thus the war was lost even before the US invaded Iraq.

Even the smaller experiment of Arab nationalism has
failed at every level because the same prejudice is replicated amongst
the various Arab states. It is no secret, many of the Arab states are
eager to delete the Palestine issue, rather than collectively confront
Israel. All they can offer is some token economic aid to the
Palestinians after watching the routine Israeli massacres.

The world is moving on, but the Muslims seem to be
stuck in the past literally. You see the endless lectures of what the
Muslims achieved in the 12th century, failing to see the scientific
advances made by the west in the last 500 years have left us behind in
another galaxy!

‘Allah will never change the situation of a people unless they change what is within themselves’ (Quran – 13:11)

Palestinians barred from Old Jerusalem

Israel has deployed extra troops around
the al-Aqsa compound [AFP]

police have barred Palestinians protesting in defence of the al-Aqsa
mosque compound from gaining access to Jerusalem’s Old City.

increased restrictions on the mosque compound in occupied East
Jerusalem followed a series of clashes that started late last month.  

Men under the age of 50 were prevented from accessing the mosque for the past six days.

the end of Friday, Israel lifted its curfew, but for most of the day
several hundred Palestinians were denied entry to the mosque.

Many performed Friday prayers just outside the gates of the Old
City, while the heavily armed Israeli police deployed extra troops.

leaders called for a one-day strike, as some suggested that the Israeli
actions could spark a third uprising, or intifada, against the

Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian president who heads the Fatah movement, called the strike “to peacefully protest”.

‘Holy places’

The protest also
sought to “proclaim the attachment of the Palestinian people to their
holy places and to Jerusalem as the eternal capital of the independent
Palestinian state”.

in depth

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  Video: Praying for al-Aqsa access
  Video: Jerusalem remains an obstacle

Fatah accused Israeli forces of allowing rightwing Jewish extremists to
enter the mosque compound while denying access to Muslims.

forces set up checkpoints around and within the Old City and were seen
turning back Palestinians who do not live or work there.

But they were allowing in tourists and Jews wanting to pray at the
Western Wall – also known as the Wailing Wall – just below the mosque
Most shops in the Old City shut down, though some shop-owners complained about the strike.

“We need to strengthen our presence in Jerusalem, not weaken it,”
said Ramdan Abu Sbeeh, 32, a sweets-seller who defied the strike call.
senior police official told public radio: “We have deployed thousands
of people in Jerusalem and in the north of Israel following incitation
by extremists.”
Israeli police have accused the Islamic
Movement of inciting tension and this week briefly detained its leader,
Sheikh Raed Salah, whom they said had made “inflammatory statements”.
who previously spent two years in Israeli prison, has repeatedly called
in recent days for Muslims to “defend” al-Aqsa against Israel.

Ongoing clashes

Tadros, Al Jazeera’s correspondent in East Jerusalem, said: “Despite
the heavy police presence around the Old City we have still been
hearing of skirmishes and clashes taking place around occupied East

“We’ve also heard of a brewing situation taking place not far from
the Old City where dozens of Palestinian protesters have been clashing
for more than an hour with Israeli police forces. There are at least
four Palestinians and five Israeli soldiers who  were injured in those
clashes. The protesters were subjected to tear gas by the Israeli
police, that situation we are hearing has calmed down.

“All of these protests and skirmishes have been taking place today,
as they have been throughout last week, because of Israel’s continued
restrictions on the al-Aqsa mosque. This has caused outrage not just in
the territories but across the Muslim world.

“The Palestinians say it is yet another example of Israel asserting
its occupation and presence here in the Old City. The Israelis are
saying this is simply a security measure to keep the area safe,” she

 Source: Al Jazeera and agencies

Muslim Scientists

Paul Vallely 

coffee to cheques and the three-course meal, the Muslim world has given
us many innovations that we take for granted in daily life. As a new
exhibition opens, Paul Vallely nominates 20 of the most influential-
and identifies the men of genius behind them

taken from: http://www.independ news/science/ how-islamic- inventors- changed-the- world-469452. html

The story goes that an Arab named Khalid was tending his goats in the
Kaffa region of southern Ethiopia , when he noticed his animals became
livelier after eating a certain berry. He boiled the berries to make
the first coffee. Certainly the first record of the drink is of beans
exported from Ethiopia to Yemen where Sufis drank it to stay awake all
night to pray on special occasions. By the late 15th century it had
arrived in Mecca and Turkey from where it made its way to Venice in
1645. It was brought to England in 1650 by a Turk named Pasqua Rosee
who opened the first coffee house in Lombard Street in the City of
London . The Arabic qahwa became the Turkish kahve then the Italian
caffé and then English coffee.

The ancient Greeks thought our eyes emitted rays, like a laser, which
enabled us to see. The first person to realise that light enters the
eye, rather than leaving it, was the 10th-century Muslim mathematician,
astronomer and physicist Ibn al-Haitham. He invented the first pin-hole
camera after noticing the way light came through a hole in window
shutters. The smaller the hole, the better the picture, he worked out,
and set up the first Camera Obscura (from the Arab word qamara for a
dark or private room). He is also credited with being the first man to
shift physics from a philosophical activity to an experimental one.

A form of chess was played in ancient India but the game was developed
into the form we know it today in Persia . From there it spread
westward to Europe – where it was introduced by the Moors in Spain in
the 10th century – and eastward as far as Japan . The word rook comes
from the Persian rukh, which means chariot.

A thousand years before the Wright brothers a Muslim poet, astronomer,
musician and engineer named Abbas ibn Firnas made several attempts to
construct a flying machine. In 852 he jumped from the minaret of the
Grand Mosque in Cordoba using a loose cloak stiffened with wooden
struts. He hoped to glide like a bird. He didn’t. But the cloak slowed
his fall, creating what is thought to be the first parachute, and
leaving him with only minor injuries. In 875, aged 70, having perfected
a machine of silk and eagles’ feathers he tried again, jumping from a
mountain. He flew to a significant height and stayed aloft for ten
minutes but crashed on landing – concluding, correctly, that it was
because he had not given his device a tail so it would stall on
landing. Baghdad international airport and a crater on the Moon are
named after him.

5 Washing
and bathing are religious requirements for Muslims, which is perhaps
why they perfected the recipe for soap which we still use today. The
ancient Egyptians had soap of a kind, as did the Romans who used it
more as a pomade. But it was the Arabs who combined vegetable oils with
sodium hydroxide and aromatics such as thyme oil. One of the Crusaders’
most striking characteristics, to Arab nostrils, was that they did not
wash. Shampoo was introduced to England by a Muslim who opened
Mahomed’s Indian Vapour Baths on Brighton seafront in 1759 and was
appointed Shampooing Surgeon to Kings George IV and William IV.

6 Distillation,
the means of separating liquids through differences in their boiling
points, was invented around the year 800 by Islam’s foremost scientist,
Jabir ibn Hayyan, who transformed alchemy into chemistry, inventing
many of the basic processes and apparatus still in use today –
liquefaction, crystallisation, distillation, purification, oxidisation,
evaporation and filtration. As well as discovering sulphuric and nitric
acid, he invented the alembic still, giving the world intense rosewater
and other perfumes and alcoholic spirits (although drinking them is
haram, or forbidden, in Islam). Ibn Hayyan emphasised systematic
experimentation and was the founder of modern chemistry.

The crank-shaft is a device which translates rotary into linear motion
and is central to much of the machinery in the modern world, not least
the internal combustion engine. One of the most important mechanical
inventions in the history of humankind, it was created by an ingenious
Muslim engineer called al-Jazari to raise water for irrigation. His
1206 Book of Knowledge of Ingenious Mechanical Devices shows he also
invented or refined the use of valves and pistons, devised some of the
first mechanical clocks driven by water and weights, and was the father
of robotics. Among his 50 other inventions was the combination lock.

Quilting is a method of sewing or tying two layers of cloth with a
layer of insulating material in between. It is not clear whether it was
invented in the Muslim world or whether it was imported there from
India or China . But it certainly came to the West via the Crusaders.
They saw it used by Saracen warriors, who wore straw-filled quilted
canvas shirts instead of armour. As well as a form of protection, it
proved an effective guard against the chafing of the Crusaders’ metal
armour and was an effective form of insulation – so much so that it
became a cottage industry back home in colder climates such as Britain
and Holland .

The pointed arch so characteristic of Europe ’s Gothic cathedrals was
an invention borrowed from Islamic architecture. It was much stronger
than the rounded arch used by the Romans and Normans , thus allowing
the building of bigger, higher, more complex and grander buildings.
Other borrowings from Muslim genius included ribbed vaulting, rose
windows and dome-building techniques. Europe ’s castles were also
adapted to copy the Islamic world’s – with arrow slits, battlements, a
barbican and parapets. Square towers and keeps gave way to more easily
defended round ones. Henry V’s castle architect was a Muslim.

Many modern surgical instruments are of exactly the same design as
those devised in the 10th century by a Muslim surgeon called
al-Zahrawi. His scalpels, bone saws, forceps, fine scissors for eye
surgery and many of the 200 instruments he devised are recognisable to
a modern surgeon. It was he who discovered that catgut used for
internal stitches dissolves away naturally (a discovery he made when
his monkey ate his lute strings) and that it can be also used to make
medicine capsules. In the 13th century, another Muslim medic named Ibn
Nafis described the circulation of the blood, 300 years before William
Harvey discovered it. Muslims doctors also invented anaesthetics of
opium and alcohol mixes and developed hollow needles to suck cataracts
from eyes in a technique still used today.

11 The
windmill was invented in 634 for a Persian caliph and was used to grind
corn and draw up water for irrigation. In the vast deserts of Arabia ,
when the seasonal streams ran dry, the only source of power was the
wind which blew steadily from one direction for months. Mills had six
or 12 sails covered in fabric or palm leaves. It was 500 years before
the first windmill was seen in Europe .

12 The
technique of inoculation was not invented by Jenner and Pasteur but was
devised in the Muslim world and brought to Europe from Turkey by the
wife of the English ambassador to Istanbul in 1724. Children in Turkey
were vaccinated with cowpox to fight the deadly smallpox at least 50
years before the West discovered it.

13 The
fountain pen was invented for the Sultan of Egypt in 953 after he
demanded a pen which would not stain his hands or clothes. It held ink
in a reservoir and, as with modern pens, fed ink to the nib by a
combination of gravity and capillary action.

The system of numbering in use all round the world is probably Indian
in origin but the style of the numerals is Arabic and first appears in
print in the work of the Muslim mathematicians al-Khwarizmi and
al-Kindi around 825. Algebra was named after al-Khwarizmi’s book,
Al-Jabr wa-al-Muqabilah, much of whose contents are still in use. The
work of Muslim maths scholars was imported into Europe 300 years later
by the Italian mathematician Fibonacci. Algorithms and much of the
theory of trigonometry came from the Muslim world. And Al-Kindi’s
discovery of frequency analysis rendered all the codes of the ancient
world soluble and created the basis of modern cryptology.

15 Ali
ibn Nafi, known by his nickname of Ziryab (Blackbird) came from Iraq to
Cordoba in the 9th century and brought with him the concept of the
three-course meal – soup, followed by fish or meat, then fruit and
nuts. He also introduced crystal glasses (which had been invented after
experiments with rock crystal by Abbas ibn Firnas – see No 4).

16 Carpets
were regarded as part of Paradise by medieval Muslims, thanks to their
advanced weaving techniques, new tinctures from Islamic chemistry and
highly developed sense of pattern and arabesque which were the basis of
Islam’s non-representationa l art. In contrast, Europe ’s floors were
distinctly earthly, not to say earthy, until Arabian and Persian
carpets were introduced. In England, as Erasmus recorded, floors were
“covered in rushes, occasionally renewed, but so imperfectly that the
bottom layer is left undisturbed, sometimes for 20 years, harbouring
expectoration, vomiting, the leakage of dogs and men, ale droppings,
scraps of fish, and other abominations not fit to be mentioned”.
Carpets, unsurprisingly, caught on quickly.

The modern cheque comes from the Arabic saqq, a written vow to pay for
goods when they were delivered, to avoid money having to be transported
across dangerous terrain. In the 9th century, a Muslim businessman
could cash a cheque in China drawn on his bank in Baghdad .

By the 9th century, many Muslim scholars took it for granted that the
Earth was a sphere. The proof, said astronomer Ibn Hazm, “is that the
Sun is always vertical to a particular spot on Earth”. It was 500 years
before that realisation dawned on Galileo. The calculations of Muslim
astronomers were so accurate that in the 9th century they reckoned the
Earth’s circumference to be 40,253.4km – less than 200km out. The
scholar al-Idrisi took a globe depicting the world to the court of King
Roger of Sicily in 1139.

19 Though
the Chinese invented saltpetre gunpowder, and used it in their
fireworks, it was the Arabs who worked out that it could be purified
using potassium nitrate for military use. Muslim incendiary devices
terrified the Crusaders. By the 15th century they had invented both a
rocket, which they called a “self-moving and combusting egg”, and a
torpedo – a self-propelled pear-shaped bomb with a spear at the front
which impaled itself in enemy ships and then blew up.

20 Medieval
Europe had kitchen and herb gardens, but it was the Arabs who developed
the idea of the garden as a place of beauty and meditation. The first
royal pleasure gardens in Europe were opened in 11th-century Muslim
Spain. Flowers which originated in Muslim gardens include the carnation
and the tulip.

http://www.1001inventions. com.

Egyptian Pregnant Doctor Murdered in German Court for Wearing Hijab

German courtroom killer allegedly driven by hate of Muslims

Image: Crowds at Egyptian funeral procession
of Egyptians surround the coffin of a 32-year old pregnant woman who
was stabbed to death in Germany as she was about to testify against a
man who allegedly called her an Islamist. 
Nasser Nouri / AP

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– Egyptians are horrified by the brutal slaying of a pregnant Muslim
woman stabbed repeatedly inside a German courtroom, calling what they
see as a lack of outrage in Germany evidence of racism and anti-Islamic

Monday, thousands of mourners marched behind the coffin of Marwa
al-Sherbini, 32, in her Mediterranean hometown of Alexandria where her
body was buried after being flown back from Germany.

is no god but God and the Germans are the enemies of God,” chanted the
mourners, while others carried banners condemning racism. Her brother Tarek el-Sherbini told The
Associated Press by telephone from the mosque where prayers were being
recited in front of his sister’s coffin. “In the West, they don’t
recognize us. There is racism.”

Courtroom erupts into violence
who was about four months pregnant, was involved in a court case
against her neighbor for calling her a terrorist and was set to testify
against him when he stabbed her 18 times inside the courtroom in front
of her 3-year-old son.

husband, who was in Germany on a research fellowship, came to her aid
and was also stabbed by the neighbor and shot in the leg by a security
guard who initially mistook him for the attacker, German prosecutors
said. He is now in critical condition in a German hospital, according
to al-Sherbini’s brother.

guards thought that as long as he wasn’t blond, he must be the attacker
so they shot him,” al-Sherbini told an Egyptian television station.

man, who has only been identified as 28-year-old Alex W., remains in
detention and prosecutors have opened an investigation on suspicion of

Driven by a deep hatred
Avenarius, the prosecutor in Dresden where the incident took place,
described the killer as driven by a deep hatred of Muslims. “It was
very clearly a xenophobic attack of a fanatical lone wolf.”

added that the attacker was a Russian of German descent who had
immigrated to Germany in 2003 and had expressed his contempt for
Muslims at the start of the trial.

its regular news conference on Monday, a German government spokesman
Thomas Steg said if the attack was racist, the government “naturally
condemns this in the strongest terms.”

killing has dominated Egyptian media for days, while it has received
comparatively little coverage in German and Western media.

‘Meager’ response from government, media
A German Muslim group criticized government officials and the media for not paying enough attention to the crime.

incident in Dresden had anti-Islamic motives. So far, the reactions
from politicians and media have been incomprehensibly meager,” Aiman
Mazyek, the general secretary of the Central Council of Muslims, told
Berlin’s Tagesspiegel daily.

commentators said the incident was an example of how hate crimes
against Muslims are overlooked in comparison to hate crimes committed
by Muslims against Westerners. Many commentators pointed to the uproar
that followed the 2004 murder of filmmaker Theo van Gogh by a
Dutch-born Islamic fundamentalist angry over one of his films
criticizing the treatment of Muslim women.

Azeem Hamad, chief editor of the independent Egyptian daily el-Shorouk,
said that if the victim had been a Jew, there would be have been in an

“What we
demand is just some attention to be given to the killing of a young
innocent mother on the hands of fanatic extremist,” he wrote in his

An Egyptian blogger Hicham Maged, wrote “let us play the ‘What If’ game.”

imagine if the situation was reversed and the victim was a Westerner
who was stabbed anywhere in the world or — God forbid — in any Middle
Eastern country by Muslim extremists,” he said.

The Egyptian Pharmacists’ Association called for a boycott of German drugs.

to numerous interviews in Egyptian local papers with el-Sherbini
family, the man who stabbed al-Sherbini used to accuse her of being a
“terrorist,” and in one incident, he tried to take off her headscarf.

Victim couldn’t find work
Shams, al-Sherbini’s mother, told the el-Wafd daily that her daughter
said she’d difficulty finding a job in Germany because of her head

“One (employer) suggested she remove her head scarf to get a job. She said no,” she said.

from a German Muslim group and the country’s main Jewish group made a
joint visit Monday to the Dresden hospital where the victim’s husband
is being treated.

“You don’t have to be a Muslim to act against anti-Muslim behavior, and
you don’t have to be a Jew to act against anti-Semitism,” said Stephan
Kramer, the general secretary of the Central Council of Jews.

Israel Deploys Thousands of Police; Outrage Grows Among Palestinians

05 October 2009

Israeli border police officer, masked plainclothes police officers detain Palestinian youth during clashes in east Jerusalem, 5 Oct 2009
border police officer, masked plainclothes police officers detain
Palestinian youth during clashes in east Jerusalem, 5 Oct 2009

Israel has deployed thousands of police around Jerusalem’s Old City,
following several recent clashes between Jews and Palestinian Muslims
at the compound that houses sites holy to both groups.  

police deployed thousands of additional officers at entrances to the
Old City leading to the compound containing the Al Aqsa mosque – sacred
to Muslims and the Western Wall – Judaism’s holiest site.

have erupted during the past week between Muslims and Jewish
worshippers, fueled largely by rumors that Jews were planning to storm
the compound.

Israel national police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld
says Monday was especially sensitive as 30,000 Jewish worshippers
approached the compound – known to Jews as the Temple Mount – at the
start of the week-long Jewish holiday of Sukkot.

“The Temple
Mount was open to Muslims that wanted to come and pray only from the
age of 50 upwards, and women of all ages,” Rosenfeld explained. “This
was necessary to prevent any disturbances from taking place on the
Temple Mount.”

Among those prevented from approaching the area
was 36-year-old Dmitri Diliani, a member of the Revolutionary Council
of the ruling Palestinian Fatah faction of Palestinian President
Mahmoud Abbas.  

“This is pure provocation of the Palestinian people since this is one of the holiest Muslim sites,” Diliani said.

a Christian, serves as the Fatah spokesman for Jerusalem. He told VOA
that Fatah is encouraging Palestinian Muslims to resist what he views
as Jewish efforts to take over the compound.

“Fatah stands at
a point where it will continue to organize the process of defending the
holy sites through popular effort and grass-roots mobilization,” he

Monday saw mobilization by Palestinians against their own
leadership, as anger mounts over a decision by the government of
President Abbas to suspend efforts to bring war crimes charges against
Israeli officials involved in the assault on militants in the Gaza
Strip 10 months ago.

Hundreds of Palestinians protested
peacefully in the West Bank town of Ramallah near Jerusalem. The
protesters included Mustafa Barghouthi, a prominent commentator, who
said the Palestinian leaders’ decision showed little regard for the
people they represent.  

“They lack the ability to have
collective decision,” Barghouthi said. “There was no consultation and
I think they made a grave mistake against the interests of their own

Israel says it will maintain heightened security in Jerusalem until the tension around the holy sites subsides.  

2000, confrontations at the site of the al-Aqsa mosque and the Western
Wall sparked a bloody, Palestinian uprising known as the Second
Intifada, which lasted for several years. 

The Tesla Roadster is a rocket. And all-electric, too

Sep 22, 2009 04:00 PM in Energy & Sustainability |

By Mark Fischetti



tesla-roadster“Are you ready?” the young driver beside me asked, as we sat in the two-seat Tesla Roadster
convertible, facing a straight, steep, quarter-mile road that rises
from the water of San Francisco Bay up the headland to the Golden Gate
Bridge. Then he floored the accelerator. I was driven into the
seat-back behind me—and I mean driven, like I was strapped into some
insane amusement park ride—for several full seconds as the car
accelerated and accelerated like a rocket up the climb. Only there was
no screaming flame blasting behind us. There was no engine roaring
either. I was being shot up this road so fast my emergency senses were
on full alert, yet all was eerily quiet.

The Tesla Motors roadster is an all-electric vehicle. Which means zero
emissions. There’s no engine, no fuel tank, just a deep bank of lithium-ion batteries
and a single-gear, direct-drive motor that hits maximum torque
instantly (that’s the beauty of electric propulsion). The car is
blistering fast; the sport edition goes from zero to 60 miles per hour
in 3.7 seconds. Not up on car specs? The Chevy Corvette, with a monster
6.2 liter, eight cylinder, 430 horsepower engine takes 4.6 seconds. The
Tesla accelerates faster than the Porsche 911. Faster than the Ferrari
Spider. The typical sedan takes a good 6.0 seconds or more to reach the
same speed.

The Tesla is not a one-trick pony, however. It has a range of 244 miles on a full charge,
which it has proven in real-world driving tests. It meets all the
standard safety requirements and looks and handles like any other
exotic roadster, particularly the Lotus: it is a low-slung, two-door,
hard-top convertible with tight cockpit seats and little room for much
else. The price tag is $128,500, which sounds like a lot until you
start looking up exotic roadsters, which can cost even more. If you
want to save some money for sushi lunches on the pier, you can buy the
regular Tesla Roadster for $101,500, but you’ll have to wait a full 3.9
seconds to hit 60 miles per hour.

Few people can afford this car, of course, but the pin-drop quiet
Tesla makes a loud statement: an all-electric car can compete with
gasoline roadhogs. And if they can do that, they can certainly make it
as mainstream vehicles. The Roadster is much more than a proof of
technology; it proves to the world that all-electric automobiles are
for real. The company has begun offering a four-door sedan for $49,900
that will be delivered in 2011.

Sales manager Dan Myggen gave me my ride outside the GoingGreen conference
in Sausalito, Calif. All day he took passengers for a spin around the
half-mile circle in front of the Cavallo Point hotel, then up the steep
road to the bridge. Every person who returned climbed out of the car
with a big smile on his or her face. It was impossible not to grin. The
car looks hot and rides hot. It’s a smile machine. Whether Tesla will
succeed commercially remains to be seen, but other startups are making
their own all-electric models, and the major car companies are diving
in too. Whether the standard claim that volume production will bring
down cost proves true also remains to be seen, but I can say with
certainty, now, that if anyone doubts whether all-electric cars can
compete: they can.

Credit: Courtesey of Tesla Motors

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