Global Economic Crisis – The Mirage of Economic Recovery

November 22, 2009 at 2:42 am (Economics)

By Adnan Khan

On the 60th anniversary of the Great depression the US Commerce Department Bureau of Economic Analysis released advance estimates that the US economy (GDP) had grown after four consecutive quarters of decline. If correct the US economy has posted economic growth for the first time in a year. America joins Japan, China, Germany and France as the world’s leading economies that appear to have emerged from recession and averted economic collapse. Some are arguing that this signals the end of the ‘great recession’ and a return to economic growth.

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Guilty Muslims or Guilty Government?

November 22, 2009 at 2:39 am (Islam)

Source: Hizb ut-Tahrir Australia

A verdict was finally handed down last week in Sydney’s largest ‘terror trial’. Five Muslim men, originally arrested in November 2005, were found guilty. Surprisingly however, for a matter of such importance, discussion within the community has predominantly been private and low-key; a mixture of eerie silence emanating from some quarters, and some not too well thought out opinions from others. An expected scenario perhaps given the overarching environment of misinformation, paranoia and apprehension. Deeper reflection however paints a clearer picture.

A fundamental point of departure on this topic is that of context. The issue at hand is not the current case itself. The pertinent question is not, ‘were they guilty or not?’ For one, we are simply not privy to all the evidence in the case. More importantly, this particular case is a product of the anti-terror regime. It cannot be divorced therefrom. No discussion of it should be had in isolation of that regime as a whole. If anything this case is a case in point which illustrates the numerous problems with the anti-terror regime. Problems which are at two broad levels: legal and political.

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Voting for failure in Afghanistan

November 22, 2009 at 2:28 am (Uncategorized) (, )

By Stephen Kinzer

guardian.co.uk

By forcing a flawed model of democracy on Afghans, the US has made Afghanistan less stable and less democratic

The fiasco of the elections in Afghanistan has been widely lamented. Most laments focus on a single obvious fact: by winning a new term through fraud at the polls, President Hamid Karzai has weakened his legitimacy, endangered the already tepid support he enjoys in Washington DC, and handed the Taliban another piece of evidence, if one is needed, that his regime is corrupt.

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CIA ‘put pressure on Britain to cover up its use of torture’

November 22, 2009 at 2:17 am (Uncategorized)

By David Rose

 

Binyam Mohamed‘Sensitive information’: The treatment of Binyam Mohamed is at the centre of a security row

The CIA has been secretly pressuring the British Government to help it cover up its use of torture, documents filed in the High Court have revealed.

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Why Pakistan is winning ITS war against the Taliban

November 22, 2009 at 2:12 am (Pakistan, Politics) ()

By David Rose

Daily Mail UK

In Mingora, the city of 250,000 people that was until recently the headquarters of Pakistan’s Swat valley Taliban, the shopping centre is heaving.

‘Bloody Chowk’, the crossroads where the militants used to leave the butchered bodies of their victims every night, is once again merely a mini-roundabout, surrounded by camera and shoe shops.

Further up the valley, a scenically idyllic 100-mile seam of fertility dividing the Northwest Frontier mountains, the girls’ schools that were blown up by the Taliban are reopening, with lessons taking place in tents. 

PakistaniSuccess: Pakistani army soldiers with captured militants at Lower Dir in the Swat valley

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REFLECTIONS: Unity of The Muslim Ummah

November 22, 2009 at 1:55 am (Uncategorized) (, )

By Shark

As millions of Muslims travel to Makkah this month to perform Hajj, we congratulate them on their journey, and ask Allah سبحانه وتعالى to bless them with the completion of their obligation. May Allah سبحانه وتعالى shower His سبحانه وتعالى rewards and blessings upon them and return them home safely.

The Ibadat of Hajj is an amazing event where millions of Muslims gather from around the world: wearing the same clothes and exerting their effort to fulfill this pillar of Islam. Contemplating upon the Hajj, our attention is drawn to one of the vital issues of this Ummah. Muslims with different backgrounds, from distant places, speaking different languages and of different colours and cultures; all come together to the same place and at the same time to perform an act of worship out of total obedience and submission to the one and only ilah: Allah سبحانه وتعالى. As all the differences disappear, Hajj illustrates the unity that Islam naturally brings about to Muslims. Islam makes it an obligation upon all Muslims to unite not just in Ibadat, like Hajj and Fasting, but rather it seeks a true and complete unity of the Ummah in all aspects of life. We will, inshAllah in this issue, shed some light on the type of unity that Islam calls for.

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The Valley under Siege

November 22, 2009 at 1:49 am (India, Pakistan, Politics) ()

By Ahsan Nawab

Road to Kashmir Road to Kashmir

In modern times, there two issues that have hijacked the the world peace – the Palestine and Kashmir disputes. Interestingly both stemmed almost at the same time into the history and have similar cause – injustice to the indigenous people. The Palestinians and the Kashmiris have since been denied to have their own homeland and their voice for independence from the shackles of slavery is being brutally silenced. The very issue has brought the Arabs and Israel, and Pakistan and India to the battle fronts three-four times, but the deadlock continues. This site is focused on the Kashmir dispute, its genesis and the present position. However, the irony of the matter is that while the world community has tried to resolve many such issues by active involvement including the UN, the fate of Kashmir is left to be resolved mutually between India and Pakistan.

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Dr. Israr Ahmed- Responsibilities of a Muslim towards Quran and Islam

November 22, 2009 at 1:32 am (Islam) ()

part 1

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Dr. Israr Ahmed- Swat main baghawat

November 22, 2009 at 1:26 am (Politics) ()

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Dr. Israr Ahmed- End of Time, The Last Front

November 22, 2009 at 1:21 am (Islam) ()

these are audio lectures

1-Secularism

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Dr. Israr Ahmed- Dajjaliyat ka aakhri hamla

November 22, 2009 at 1:11 am (Islam) ()

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Dajjal (Antichrist), A Person or A System

November 22, 2009 at 1:02 am (Islam) ()

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Dr. Israr Ahmed-Message of Quran

November 22, 2009 at 12:54 am (Islam) ()

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Thoree Si Siyasat with Syed Abuzar Bokhari

November 22, 2009 at 12:46 am (Interview, Pakistan, Politics) ()

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Capitalism in crisis

November 22, 2009 at 12:40 am (Economics) ()

By Brian Cloughley

Daily Times

Capitalism is in crisis, courtesy of greedy amoral American bookies and their evil associates around the world. Let them be the ones to be penalised. Why the blazes should anyone else suffer?

Capitalism is wonderful, or so we are told by those who prosper mightily by using other people’s money to gamble in financial markets to make immense profits. But capitalism hasn’t been working so well of late, and countless thousands of ordinary people are poorer or even ruined because they were sucked into disaster by sleek, fast-talking con-men.

In the film Trading Places, one of the leading characters tells a pair of self-satisfied, pompous, scheming, amoral money-manipulators that “you’re nothing but a couple of bookies”, and rarely have more appropriate words been uttered to describe the frantic antics of those whom Tom Wolfe so ironically dubbed ‘Masters of the Universe’. You and I would call them squalid spivs — those who, according to the dictionary, “make a living by underhand dealings or swindling”.

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Training the Afghan army

November 22, 2009 at 12:18 am (Global Issues, Pakistan, Politics) ()

By Brian Cloughley

Daily Times

In Afghanistan the training course is ten weeks, and 90 percent of recruits are illiterate and language-incompatible with their peers, let alone the foreigners. Afghan instructors are keen but barely effective and the logistics system is a tattered joke

In Kabul last week, “an American service member and an Afghan police officer got into an argument because the American was drinking water in front of the Afghan police, who are not eating or drinking…because of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan…[The policeman]

shot the American and seriously wounded him, while other American troops responded and seriously wounded the [policeman].”

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Weapons, Oil and South America

November 22, 2009 at 12:17 am (Global Issues, Politics) ()

By Brian Cloughley

Daily Times

Exxon Mobil is a classic case of rampant corporate greed. Its executives and shareholders prosper mightily, while citizens of the many countries which the company exploits are kept in direst poverty

On September 4, the US Congressional Research Service published details of US arms’ sales worldwide. It reported that the United States was responsible for 68.4 percent of global sales of arms in 2008, making $37.8 billion, up from the previous year’s former record of $25.4 billion. Weapons deals for the first half of 2009 totalled $27 billion.

That’s an awful lot of weaponry being sold around the world — and enormous profits for America’s arms manufacturers.

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Israel’s war on Palestine

November 22, 2009 at 12:14 am (Global Issues) ()

By Brian Cloughley

Daily Times

Israel’s war on the Palestinians will continue with the support of Washington. Obama is a good, decent man. But with enemies like AIPAC and its Congressional pawns, he hasn’t a hope of achieving justice for Palestinians in the occupied territories of their own country

President Obama is trying to find a way out of the Israel-Palestine predicament. He can’t resolve it, because that is beyond anyone except Israelis, and they are not going to permit the problem to be dealt with in accordance with international law and human decency. Such a course would mean that Israelis would have to evacuate the 121 settlements, housing over a quarter of a million people, and scores of “outposts” they have built illegally on Arab-owned land.

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Proud and dishonourable generals

November 22, 2009 at 12:12 am (Uncategorized)

By Brian Cloughley

Daily Times

 It seems that honesty doesn’t pay, career-wise. The last US commander in Afghanistan, General David McKiernan, asked for 10,000 more troops than seemed suitable for White House policy. He was sacked and replaced by General McChrystal

The famous and eventually infamous American General Douglas MacArthur imagined that he had won the Second World War in the Pacific single-handedly and was much given to public declamation. He loved an audience and it didn’t matter much who the audience was, provided they revered MacArthur, which most Americans did for a very long time.

When he was US Theatre Commander in the Pacific, and thus chief of United Nations troops fighting the war in Korea in the early Fifties, he disobeyed his president, whom he despised.

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Wrecking Iran

November 22, 2009 at 12:11 am (Global Issues) ()

By Brian Cloughley

Daily Times

Determined to do the bidding of Israel, US legislators are intent on wrecking Iran by being even more malignantly coercive. The fact that sanctions will disadvantage America’s own devitalised economy does not matter to these grovelling puppets

India and Pakistan suffer from a lack of power sources. Their energy generation capabilities are being overtaken by consumer demand, and the trend will continue, perhaps to the point of crisis, if there is not swift action to acquire more energy sources.

The Delhi-based India Energy Portal records that “India’s consumption of natural gas has risen faster than any other fuel in the recent years…consumption has been met entirely through domestic production in the past. However, in the last 4-5 years, there has been a huge unmet demand for natural gas in the country.”

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