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TV Inggris Tayangkan Serial “The Seven Wonders Of The Muslim World”

Posted by musliminsuffer on July 15, 2008

bismi-lLahi-rRahmani-rRahiem
In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

=== News Update ===

TV Inggris Tayangkan Serial “The Seven Wonders Of The Muslim World”

Selasa, 15 Jul 08 10:50 WIB

Stasiun televisi Channel 4 Inggris menayangkan acara serial baru bertajuk “The Seven Wonders of the Muslim World”. Acara ini menampilkan kisah tentang pengalaman rohani enam Muslim dari berbagai negara saat menunaikan ibadah haji ke Tanah Suci.

Serial ini mulai disiarkan hari Senin kemarin dengan masa tayang dua minggu. Serial yang setiap episodenya berdurasi 90 menit itu, adalah kombinasi antara film dokumenter dengan cerita pengalaman berhaji enam orang Muslim yang ditampilkan di serial tersebut. Channel 4 merekam perjalan enam orang Muslim itu mulai dari negaranya masing-masing sampai ke kota suci Makkah di Arab Saudi untuk menunaikan ibadah haji. Ibadah yang menjadi impian semua umat Islam. Keenam Muslim itu berasal dari Spanyol, Paletina, Pakistan, Turki, Mali dan Iran.

Sutradara “The Seven Wonders of the Muslim World” Faris Kermani pada surat kabar Telegraph mengungkapkan, pihaknya ingin membuat sebuah serial tentang salat dan ibadah haji bagi warga Muslim pada umumnya. “Apa yang menarik dari keenam orang itu adalah, mereka orang-orang Muslim biasa, bukan orang yang merasa perlu mengatakan bahwa mereka salat lima waktu sehari semalam dan harus berjanggut, ” kata Kermani. Read the rest of this entry »

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Kubu Liberal Versus Islam, Pasca Monas

Posted by musliminsuffer on July 15, 2008

bismi-lLahi-rRahmani-rRahiem
In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

=== News Update ===

Kubu Liberal Versus Islam, Pasca Monas

Sabtu, 14 Jun 08 06:04 WIB

Tanggal 9 Juni 2008 Surat Keputusan Bersama (SKB) antara Menteri Agama, Menteri Dalam Negeri, dan Kejaksaan Agung yang ditunggu sejak pertengahan April lalu akhirnya keluar. Namun, “Tidak ada pembubaran atau pembekuan (Ahmadiyah, red.). Bila melanggar SKB, baru dibekukan, ” ujar Jaksa Agung Suparman Supandji (10/6/08).

Hal senada disampaikan Menteri Agama Maftuh Basuni. Keputusan dalam SKB itu di antaranya berbunyi: Memberi peringatan dan memerintahkan kepada penganut, anggota, dan/atau anggota pengurus Jamaah Ahmadiyah Indonesia (JAI), sepanjang mengaku beragama Islam, untuk menghentikan penyebaran penafsiran dan kegiatan yang menyimpang dari pokok-pokok ajaran Islam, yaitu penyebaran paham yang mengakui adanya nabi dengan segala ajarannya setelah Nabi Muhammad saw.

Tanggapan Terhadap SKB

Pertama: kelompok Ahmadiyah dan Aliansi Kebangsaan untuk Kebebasan Beragama dan Berkeyakinan (AKKBB) memandang SKB tidak adil. Karenanya, mereka akan mengajukan judicial review (uji materi) ke Mahkamah Konstitusi. Juru Bicara Ahmadiyah, Syamsir Ali, menyayangkan keluarnya SKB. Dalam wawancara di TV One dia menuduh Majelis Ulama Indonesia (MUI) sebagai ‘tidak ahli’, ‘musuh kami’, dan ‘fatwa MUI merupakan biang dari kisruh terkait Ahmadiyah.’ (TV One, 10/6/2008).

Kedua: pihak yang menerima isi SKB dengan catatan harus dilaksanakan secara konsisten. Ketua MUI Amidhan (9/6/2008) menyatakan, “Saya mengimbau kepada umat untuk menerima SKB. Namun, pelaksanaannya harus konsisten.” Untuk itu, lanjutnya, negara harus: (1) Mengontrol jamaah Ahmadiyah, termasuk pengurusnya, supaya tidak menyebarkan ajaran sesat Ahmadiyah; (2) Menarik buku-buku yang dikeluarkan Ahmadiyah dari peredaran; minimal ada 46 buku yang telah diteliti MUI dan ternyata menyimpang dari Islam; (3) Menghentikan program relay TV Ahmadiyah yang merupakan sarana penyebaran ajarannya; (4) Menghentikan pengiriman dai yang dilakukan Ahmadiyah ke daerah-daerah untuk mendakwahkan ajaran Ahmadiyah.

Ketiga: pihak yang menghargai keluarnya SKB, namun tetap pada tuntutan pembubaran Ahmadiyah. Pihak ini merupakan mayoritas umat Islam yang sejak awal menuntut pembubaran Ahmadiyah. Pasalnya, SKB tersebut belum menyentuh substansi persoalan, yaitu penodaan/penistaan agama Islam oleh Ahmadiyah¡½yang menetapkan ada nabi setelah Nabi Muhammad saw. dan pengacak-acakan al-Quran. Keyakinan demikian tidak dapat dipisahkan dari Ahmadiyah. Karenanya, Ahmadiyah harus dibubarkan dan pengikutnya diminta bertobat dan kembali ke ajaran Islam yang benar. Read the rest of this entry »

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Rakyat Sudan Tolak Tudingan Genosida Oleh Mahkamah Internasional

Posted by musliminsuffer on July 15, 2008

bismi-lLahi-rRahmani-rRahiem
In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

=== News Update ===

Rakyat Sudan Tolak Tudingan Genosida Oleh Mahkamah Internasional

Senin, 14 Jul 08 11:42 WIB

Ribuan rakyat Sudan menggelar aksi protes di Khartoum, ibukota negeri itu terkait rencana International Criminal Court (ICC)untuk menangkap Presiden Omar al-Bashir atas tuduhan kejahatan perang di Darfur. Rakyat Sudang menuding rencana ICC itu sebagai hasil konspirasi negara-negara Barat yang dimotori AS.

“Seluruh rakyat Sudan menolak tudingan itu. Sudan sedang menjadi target Amerika. Kami tidak akan mengirim Bashir. Kami bersedia mati untuk itu, ” kata Awad Ahmed, seorang pegawai di kementerian pertanian Sudan.

Para pengunjuk rasa meneriakkan slogan-slogan anti-Barat di sepanjang jalan Khartoum menuju kantor perwakilan PBB di kota itu. Mereka juga membawa spanduk-spanduk bertuliskan “Down, Down USA” dan “You are joking Ocampo.” Ocampo atau nama lengkapnya Luis Morno-Ocampo adalah jaksa penuntut di ICC. Hari ini, Senin (14/7) ia akan mengeluarkan surat perintah penangkapan terhadap Bashir atas tuduhan kejahatan perang di Darfur. Read the rest of this entry »

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Dunia Gaib Jawa dan Cara Menyikapinya

Posted by musliminsuffer on July 15, 2008

bismi-lLahi-rRahmani-rRahiem
In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

=== News Update ===

Dunia Gaib Jawa dan Cara Menyikapinya

Oleh Hartono Ahmad Jaiz


Ada tulisan yang menguraikan dunia gaib Jawa, isinya bercampur kemusyrikan. Tulisannya sebagai berikut:

Bagaimana orang Jawa memandang kegaiban? Clifford Geertz dalam Abangan, Santri, Priyayi dalam Masyarakat Jawa, menyatakan, umumnya orang Jawa memahami dunia makhluk halus atau gaib dihuni oleh memedi, lelembut, dan tuyul.

Geertz sambil menyelami kontruksi komunikasi orang Jawa, dia juga melihat lembaga yang mempertemukan makhluk halus dan orang-orang awam. Lembaga-lembaga itu disebut sebagai dukun yang meliputi tabib, juru sihir, dan spesialis keupacaraan. Selain itu, secara mengejutkan Geertz menyebut keberadaan dukun santri.

Itu berarti ada dukun-dukun yang sekadar menggunakan ilmu-ilmu leluhur untuk mengatasi persoalan klien (dukun abangan). Namun ada dukun-dukun yang selain menggunakan ilmu leluhur juga menggunakan cara-cara bernuansa Islam (dukun santri). Seorang dukun santri, misalnya, akan melontarkan mantra:

Dengan nama Tuhan yang Pengasih dan Penyayang!

Semoga Nabi Adam memperbaiki (orang ini)

Semoga Siti Hawa memerintahkan (orang ini)

Melancarkan urat-urat yang kusut

Membetulkan tulang-tulang yang salah letak

Membuat semua cairan dalam tubuh terasa enak…

Sehat, sehat, sehat, dengan kehendak Allah…

Geertz juga menunjukkan memang ada jenis-jenis dukun yang berfungsi sebagai medium (prewangan), dukun calak (tukang sunat), dukun wiwit (ahli upacara), dukun temanten, dukun petungan, dukun susuk, dukun jampi, dukun siwer, dukun japa, dan lain-lain. (Data ini dipetik dari tulisan (Triyanto Triwikromo-35) Copyright 2004 SUARA MERDEKA, huruf tebal dari pengutip (Hartono Ahmad Jaiz), dari sebuah artikel berjudul Saat Kegaiban Bicara dengan sub judul Dunia Gaib Jawa, yang diambil di tulisan ini datanya saja, tanpa mengikutkan opininya).

Hal-hal yang berkaitan dengan kegaiban di Jawa dalam uraian ini, data diambil dari tulisan seorang yang membela perdukunan dan dimuat di media yang pro perdukunan pula. Namun yang dijadikan data untuk pembelaan terhadap perdukunan itu adalah tulisan orang Belanda, Clifford Geertz, lalu diberi opini untuk menjunjung perdukunan. Karena opini model itu tidak sesuai dengan Islam, namun data tentang bagaimana kondisi pemahaman masyarakat Jawa tentang kegaiban yang kaitannya dengan perdukunan itu perlu, maka kami ambil datanya saja, sedang opininya tidak. Kemudian untuk mendudukkan masalahnya sesuai dengan ajaran Islam, maka kami komentari sebagi berikut. Read the rest of this entry »

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FENOMENA PENGHANCURAN BANGSA (2 selesai)

Posted by musliminsuffer on July 15, 2008

bismi-lLahi-rRahmani-rRahiem
In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

=== News Update ===

FENOMENA PENGHANCURAN BANGSA (2 selesai)

Merknya Pendidikan, Isinya Penjahiliyahan

Oleh Hartono Ahmad Jaiz

Apakah semuanya sudah rusak?

Pertanyaan itu terbalik. Tentang kerusakan, jangan ditanyakan, apakah semuanya sudah rusak. Tetapi tanyakanlah, apakah ada pintu-pintu yang menuju kerusakan?

Lha, tetapi kan masalahnya sudah berada di dalam kerusakan! Bukan lagi hanya di pintu kerusakan?

Ya memang. Yang normal sesuai kaidah, adalah pintu-pintu atau jalan-jalan yang menuju bahaya itu wajib ditutup. Sebelum adanya bahaya, pintu yang menuju bahaya sudah harus ditutup, istilahnya saddu dzaroi’ (menutup jalan-jalan yang menuju bahaya). Bahkan kalau ada manfaat namun mengandung mafsadat (kerusakan/ bahaya) maka harus didahulukan menolak bahaya itu. Istilahnya, dar’ul mafaasid muqoddamun ‘alaa jalbil masholih. Menolak kerusakan itu didahulukan ketimbang mengambil manfaat.

Kaidah-kaidah itu telah dilanggar. Justru kerusakan pun kalau ada duitnya maka diambil. Manfaat pun kalau tak ada duitnya maka tak diambil. Bahaya pun kalau ada duitnya (biasanya orang kafir dari dalam maupun luar mensponsori) ya diteruskan. Maka yang tersisa justru pertanyaan terbalik yang bunyinya; Apakah semuanya sudah rusak? Read the rest of this entry »

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FENOMENA PENGHANCURAN BANGSA (1)

Posted by musliminsuffer on July 15, 2008

bismi-lLahi-rRahmani-rRahiem
In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

=== News Update ===

FENOMENA PENGHANCURAN BANGSA (1)

Merknya Pendidikan, Isinya Penjahiliyahan

Oleh Hartono Ahmad Jaiz

Pendidikan di sekolah bahkan sampai perguruan tinggi sekarang ini merupakan sentral pembinaan generasi. Karena seakan para orang tua sudah mempercayakan lembaga pendidikan untuk membina anak-anaknya. Apalagi sang bapak dan ibu di zaman sekarang belum tentu sepenuhnya mengasuh dan mendidik anak-anaknya, karena dari segi untuk punya anak saja mereka sudah mengikuti bujukan buruk bahkan haram –tetapi anehnya diprogramkan secara massal–, yaitu membatasi kelahiran anak; maka ujung-ujungnya adalah ada rasa kurang mau tanggung jawab terhadap pendidikan agama anak.

Dari semula sudah lebih tunduk kepada bujukan yang bertentangan dengan agama, ya tentu saja lebih pilih menjauhi agama. Dalam hal mendidikkan anak pun lebih pilih kepada yang tidak begitu mempedulikan agama. Padahal Nabi saw sudah wanti-wanti, mengingatkan dengan serius:

عن أبي هريرة عن النبي صلى الله عليه و سلم قال : (كُلُّ مَوْلُودٍ يُولَدُ عَلَى الْفِطْرَةِ فَأَبَوَاهُ يُهَوِّدَانِهِ أَوْ يَنْصُرَانِهِ أَوْ يُمَجِّسَانِهِ) صحيح ابن حبان – (ج 1 / ص 336)

قال شعيب الأرنؤوط : إسناده صحيح

Setiap bayi itu dilahirkan atas fithrah (Islam), maka dua orangtuanya lah yang meyahudikannya atau menasranikannya atau memajusikannya. (Shahih Ibnu Hibban, juz 1 halaman 336, kata Syu’aib al-Arnaut: isnadnya shahih).

Sebaliknya, sangat bergairah dalam mendidikkan anaknya dalam ilmu-ilmu yang dianggap berguna untuk cari makan, lantaran takut mati kelaparan atau takut miskin hingga khawatir hidupnya tak bergengsi. Dari awalnya sudah mengikuti bujukan haram, maka saat mau menyekolahkan anak atau menguliahkan pun ikut janji syetan yang menakut-nakuti kefakiran.

الشَّيْطَانُ يَعِدُكُمُ الْفَقْرَ وَيَأْمُرُكُمْ بِالْفَحْشَاءِ وَاللَّهُ يَعِدُكُمْ مَغْفِرَةً مِنْهُ وَفَضْلًا وَاللَّهُ وَاسِعٌ عَلِيمٌ(268)

Syaitan menjanjikan (menakut-nakuti) kamu dengan kemiskinan dan menyuruh kamu berbuat kejahatan (kikir); sedang Alloh menjanjikan untukmu ampunan daripada-Nya dan karunia. Dan Alloh Maha Luas (karunia-Nya) lagi Maha Mengetahui. (QS Al-Baqarah: 268). Read the rest of this entry »

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Artis Pengumbar Aurat “Hewan” Tak Punya Malu

Posted by musliminsuffer on July 15, 2008

bismi-lLahi-rRahmani-rRahiem
In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

=== News Update ===

Artis Pengumbar Aurat “Hewan” Tak Punya Malu

Oleh Hartono Ahmad Jaiz

Para artis pengumbar aurat ibarat “hewan” tak punya malu. Perempuan seperti itu dan kebanyakan artis tampaknya adalah jenis orang-orang yang sudah tidak punya malu lagi. “Urat malunya sudah putus”, kata orang Betawi/ Jakarta.

Rasa tidak punya malu itu kemudian “dikampanyekan” kepada umum. Akibatnya, sebagian orang umum menirunya. Bahkan tidak sedikit “calon-calon artis” yang ingin menyusul atau malahan menandingi artis ngetop lantaran tak punya malu itu, kemudian sang calon artis lebih berani lagi untuk mempertontonkan ketidak punyaan malunya. Padahal menurut hadits, malu itu sebagian dari iman.

حَدِيثُ أَبِي هُرَيْرَةَ رَضِيَ اللَّهُ عَنْهُ : عَنِ النَّبِيِّ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ قَالَ الْإِيمَانُ بِضْعٌ وَسَبْعُونَ شُعْبَةً وَالْحَيَاءُ شُعْبَةٌ مِنَ الْإِيمَانِ *.

Diriwayatkan dari Abu Hurairah r.a katanya: Rasulullah shallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam bersabda: Iman terdiri dari lebih dari tujuh puluh bahagian, dan malu adalah salah satu dari bahagian-bahagian iman. (HR Al-Bukhari dan Muslim).

حَدِيثُ ابْنِ عُمَرَ رَضِيَ اللَّهُ عَنْهُمَا : سَمِعَ النَّبِيُّ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ رَجُلًا يَعِظُ أَخَاهُ فِي الْحَيَاءِ فَقَالَ الْحَيَاءُ مِنَ الْإِيمَانِ .

Diriwayatkan daripada Ibnu Umar radhiyallahu ‘anhu katanya: Nabi shallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam mendengar seseorang menasihati saudaranya dalam hal malu, yaitu melarangnya dan menganggap perbuatan itu buruk, lalu Nabi s.a.w bersabda: Malu itu sebahagian dari iman . (HR Al-Bukhari dan Muslim).

حَدِيثُ عِمْرَانَ بْنِ حُصَيْنٍ رَضِيَ اللَّهُ عَنْهُمَا : عَنِ النَّبِيِّ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ أَنَّهُ قَالَ الْحَيَاءُ لَا يَأْتِي إِلَّا بِخَيْرٍ * .

Diriwayatkan daripada Imran bin Husaini r.a katanya: Nabi s.a.w telah bersabda: Malu itu tidak datang kecuali dengan membawa kebaikan. (HR Al-Bukhari dan Muslim).

Demikian penegasan-penegasan Rasulullah shallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam. Read the rest of this entry »

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Do Muslim women need liberating?

Posted by musliminsuffer on July 15, 2008

bismi-lLahi-rRahmani-rRahiem
In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

=== News Update ===

Do Muslim women need liberating?

We certainly need more freedom to question our faith without being accused of rejecting it

Nesrine Malikguardian.co.uk,
Monday July 14, 2008

I attended a session at IslamExpo at the weekend on a topic that keeps coming up: “Do Muslim women need liberating?” I expected that there would be the usual preoccupation with defending the faith and restating that Islam does not oppress women. But I was pleasantly surprised to listen to open criticism of indigenous culture in the Muslim world and a more profound examination of the role Muslim women themselves play in their own oppression.

Merve Kavakçı – the former Turkish politician – claimed the modern evaluation of the situation of Muslim women was inherently biased. She believes there is a Western assumption that Muslim women are subjugated, which is attributed to Islam – a non sequiteur in her view, since while Muslim women do need to be liberated, it is not from the religion but from their indigenous culture. This is a crucial point: it’s worth noting, for example, that female circumcision – the biggest stain on Islam’s reputation – is predominant in Egypt, a secular country, and virtually non-existent in Saudi Arabia. The distinguishing factor is the different cultures in both countries. Read the rest of this entry »

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Dictatorship : The FBI’s Plan to ‘Profile’ Muslims

Posted by musliminsuffer on July 15, 2008

bismi-lLahi-rRahmani-rRahiem
In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

=== News Update ===

Dictatorship : The FBI’s Plan to ‘Profile’ Muslims

By Juan Cole


10/07/08 “Salon” — — T
he U.S. Justice Department is considering a change in the grounds on which the FBI can investigate citizens and legal residents of the United States. Till now, DOJ guidelines have required the FBI to have some evidence of wrongdoing before it opens an investigation. The impending new rules, which would be implemented later this summer, allow bureau agents to establish a terrorist profile or pattern of behavior and attributes and, on the basis of that profile, start investigating an individual or group. Agents would be permitted to ask “open-ended questions” concerning the activities of Muslim Americans and Arab-Americans. A person’s travel and occupation, as well as race or ethnicity, could be grounds for opening a national security investigation.

The rumored changes have provoked protests from Muslim American and Arab-American groups. The Council on American Islamic Relations, among the more effective lobbies for Muslim Americans’ civil liberties, immediately denounced the plan, as did James Zogby, the president of the Arab-American Institute. Said Zogby, “There are millions of Americans who, under the reported new parameters, could become subject to arbitrary and subjective ethnic and religious profiling.” Zogby, who noted that the Bush administration’s history with profiling is not reassuring, warned that all Americans would suffer from a weakening of civil liberties. Read the rest of this entry »

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Crumbling The West Laugh By Laugh

Posted by musliminsuffer on July 15, 2008

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=== News Update ===

Crumbling The West Laugh By Laugh
By: poiuytr on: 12.07.2008 [08:57 ]
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Compilation of recent major news highlights punctuating the growing west woes.

Collection of the recent wooden pegs driven through the west vampire heart from news all around this soon to be liberated planet compiled for the sole purpose of laughing at the west growing woes.

1) US loses another 1T, that’s 1000000000000. Poof, gone, just like that, just as fast as they once scribbled all those zeros in they’re all gone today. The stocks are fiscal stocks, meaning that it’s the US fiscal industry that’s been vapourised in the academic aftermath of the 2006 dollar monopoly death.

2) US baboons are getting booted out of their hovels now at a 53% higher rate this year. And that’s how fast are the US shanty towns growing. Note here that the fiscal house of cards of the west is crumbling from both the bottom and top alike further squeezing the living daylights out of the still enslaved US middle class making them liable for bank losses as well as bottom tax eroded base. This is classic “log” curve of a standard textbook collapse. It’s lovely to see this once purely academic concept in real life, as the west collapse unfolds daily in the US.

3) Sticking to the US fiscal wipe out, IndyMac Bank joins the zapped bank list. And a major US mortgage lender, F&M joins them also. Reaching 5B USD in debt, even by the strange US debt standards, which allow for 5B debt, this mortgage US lender is in “insolvency” today. It has to be understood here what’s between the lines. US folks are losing homes to banks and no one’s buying. As such, beside banks losing paper cash, the US governance is losing a serious tax base. No wonder US cities are filing bankruptcies. Read the rest of this entry »

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Is the 9/11 “Pentagon Hole” a Psyop to Distract from Real Questions?

Posted by musliminsuffer on July 15, 2008

bismi-lLahi-rRahmani-rRahiem
In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

=== News Update ===

Is the 9/11 “Pentagon Hole” a Psyop to Distract from Real Questions?

July 14, 2008 at 14:23:15

Diary Entry by Better World Order

It’s understandable some believe “no 757” hit the Pentagon due to the heavy promotion of that idea, but there’s no actual evidence. The theory is being used to mock and discredit the 9/11 Truth Movement, & to give Congress and the media a reason to avoid real questions about 9/11. The military drilled for 9/11-style attacks, & they came after years of warnings that Al Qaeda intended to hijack planes for missiles.::::::::

Since 9/11 happened, theories have been circulating on the internet, and by DVDs andbooks, that something other than a 757 hit the Pentagon. If all someone had to look at was certain DVDs, books and websites, it’s understandable why they might think a jumbo jet didn’t crash there; in certain photos, the “hole” appears to be too small to accommodate a 757, and there is not much debris visible in photos of the Pentagon taken soon after the attack. Read the rest of this entry »

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Collateral Ceremonial Damage

Posted by musliminsuffer on July 15, 2008

bismi-lLahi-rRahmani-rRahiem
In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

=== News Update ===

Collateral Ceremonial Damage

Tom Engelhardt

babies_fired_upon_by_us_helicopter.jpg
Babies killed in the US attack on wedding party in Makr-al-DeebJuly 13, 2008

The Wedding Crashers

A Short Till-Death-Do-Us-Part History of Bush’s Wars
By Tom Engelhardt
It was a tribal affair. Against a picture-perfect sunset, before a beige-colored cross and an altar made of the very Texas limestone that was also used to build her family’s “ranch,” veil-less in an Oscar de la Renta gown, the 26 year-old bride said her vows. More than 200 members of her extended family and friends were on hand, as well as the 14 women in her “house party,” who were dressed “in seven different styles of knee-length dresses in seven different colors that match[ed] the palette of… wildflowers — blues, greens, lavenders and pinky reds.” Afterwards, in a white tent set in a grove of trees and illuminated by strings of lights, the father of the bride, George W. Bush, danced with his daughter to the strains of “You Are So Beautiful.” The media was kept at arm’s length and the vows were private, but undoubtedly they included the phrase “till death do us part.”

That was early May of this year. Less than two months later, halfway across the world, another tribal affair was underway. The age of the bride involved is unknown to us, as is her name. No reporters were clamoring to get to her section of the mountainous backcountry of Afghanistan near the Pakistani border. We know almost nothing about her circumstances, except that she was on her way to a nearby village, evidently early in the morning, among a party 70-90 strong, mostly women, “escorting the bride to meet her groom as local tradition dictates.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Afghan survivors tell of wedding bombing

Posted by musliminsuffer on July 15, 2008

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=== News Update ===

Afghan survivors tell of wedding bombing

Alastair Leithead, BBC

July 13, 2008

Medical staff help a boy injured in Sunday's attack

Many women and children were killed or injured in the attack

The BBC’s Alastair Leithead is the first journalist to reach the scene of a US air raid which Afghan authorities say killed about 50 civilians in the east of the country on 6 July. He reports on what he found:

On a hillside high in the mountains of eastern Afghanistan there are three charred clearings where the American bombs struck.

Scattered around are chunks of twisted metal, blood stains and small fragments of sequinned and brightly decorated clothes – the material Afghan brides wear on their wedding day.

After hours of driving to the village deep in the bandit country of Nangarhar’s mountains we heard time and again the terrible account of that awful day.

What began as celebration ended with maybe 52 people dead, most of them women and children, and others badly injured.

The US forces said they targeted insurgents in a strike. But from what I saw with my own eyes and heard from the many mourners, no militants were among the dead. Read the rest of this entry »

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USA President and Vice President charged with genocide in Iraq

Posted by musliminsuffer on July 15, 2008

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=== News Update ===

USA President and Vice President charged with genocide in Iraq
A satirical look at today’s Associated Press bullshit and the real deal

June Terpstra, Press Writer and Editor, Liberation Central

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July 14, 2008

Chicago, Illinois, USA – The People’s Collective of the International Criminal Court for Liberation Central filed genocide charges Monday against the President and Vice President of the United States of America, accusing them of masterminding attempts to wipe out the people of Iraq with a campaign of murder, rape and torture.

The filing marked the first time the people, not the elites and their puppet presidents and prime ministers have established a permanent, global war crimes court to counter the Kangaroo Court established in the Netherlands after WWII. The people have issued charges against the talking heads of state but Bush and Cheney are unlikely to be put on trial any time soon. The USA rejects the court’s jurisdiction, and senior US officials said the people were politically motivated to file the charges in an attempt to stop the murders, tortures, rapes and thefts of the US invasion and occupation. Read the rest of this entry »

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Iraqi Resistance Report for events of Sunday, 13 July 2008

Posted by musliminsuffer on July 15, 2008

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=== News Update ===

Iraqi Resistance Report for events of Sunday, 13 July 2008

Translated and/or compiled by Muhammad Abu Nasr, member, editorial board, the Free Arab Voice.

Sunday, 13 July 2008.

· Bomb reportedly targets US military vehicle near ‘Anah.

· Shabak minority representative accuses US-backed Kurdish separatist party of Saturday’s murder of Shabak activist near al-Mawsil.

Al-Anbar Province.

‘Anah.

Bomb reportedly targets US military vehicle near ‘Anah.

In a dispatch posted at 4:45pm Baghdad time Sunday afternoon, the Yaqen News Agency reported that a high-explosive bomb went off by a US military patrol near ‘Anah, 300km northwest of Baghdad.

Yaqen reported witnesses as saying that the attack took place on Water Project Road south of the city.  Fire trucks and Iraqi police together with tribal “Awakening” police rushed to the scene and surrounded the area, after which mass arrests of local residents were carried out.

The last week has witnessed an increase in attacks on US and Iraqi regime forces in the areas of Rawah, al-Hadithah, and ‘Anah – an area that has largely been passive for a year and a half thanks to cooperation between local tribes and American occupation forces against the al-Qa‘idah organization.  In recent weeks al-Qa‘idah has reportedly been reviving its activities and improving its relations with tribes in western Iraq. Read the rest of this entry »

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