the Cities of Light- Rise and Fall of Islamic Spain

November 23, 2009 at 11:52 pm (History, Islam) (, )

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Islam-The Empire of Faith- The Ottomans

November 23, 2009 at 11:50 pm (History, Islam) (, , )

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Dr. Shahid Masood- Hidden Truth About End of Time

November 23, 2009 at 11:35 pm (Islam) ()

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Dr. Israr Ahmed – Prophetic Way of Revolution

November 23, 2009 at 9:15 pm (Islam) ()

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Dr. Israr Ahmed- Tauba ki azmat

November 23, 2009 at 8:57 pm (Islam) ()

 

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Solution to Pakistan’s Precarious Situation

November 23, 2009 at 6:06 pm (Islam, Pakistan) (, )

By Abid Mustafa

Lately, Pakistan has been rocked by unprecedented levels of violence, as the Pakistani army intensifies military operations against the Taliban in the tribal areas. The latest bomb blast near the Afghan border is the ninth in two weeks in and around Peshawar the capital city of Pakistan’s North Western Frontier Province (NWFP). Pakistan’s most populous province Punjab has also suffered a similar fate. Frequent bomb blasts have ravaged cities and have left people too scared to venture out. Only Karachi notorious for violence has witnessed relative calm in midst of the pandemonium that has enveloped the whole country.

The exceptional level carnage and the unusual pattern of bombing civilian targets have prompted many respected commentators to question Pakistan’s blind support for America’s war on Islam, and more importantly point the finger at the US embassy and the infamous US security contractor company called Blackwater or Xe as it now known. According to a report in the Pakistani English newspaper The Nation some 202 Blackwater mercenaries arrived in Pakistan on Tuesday, 3 November 2009. The paper also reported that ex-Army Chief of Staff, Mirza Aslam Beg, had claimed “that former President Pervez Musharraf had given Blackwater the green signal to carry out its terrorist operations in the cities of Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Peshawar and Quetta”. Other reports suggest that Blackwater personnel are staying at the Pearl continental in Peshawar. The hotel is earmarked to be bought out by the US embassy as part of a $1 billion programme to expand and fortify America’s footprint in Pakistan. Even the Taliban have blamed the upsurge in violence on Blackwater. On November 16 2009, Al Jazeera reported that a spokesman for the Pakistani Taliban claimed that the firm, was involved in an attempt to discredit the militants by staging deadly attacks.

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MQM’s 3800 Criminal Cases withdrawn under the NRO

November 23, 2009 at 5:41 pm (Pakistan, Politics) (, )

The NRO mudslinging competition continues to go on, each party/individual boldly underplaying his/her own association with the controversial bill. What seriously amazes me, is that we still do not have access to the full and complete list of beneficiaries and are at the receiving end of confusing reports where the totals have seemingly fluctuated from a mere initial 600 to a now whopping 8000, seriously that’s one hell’uva discrepancy. While our two-timing politicians undermine their own headcount to say its between 34 to 300 victims, probably they hope to rely on the confusing mess to numb out the issue from the minds of the people of Pakistan. Such rampant corruption which as literally debilitated this nation, it is probably their right to know was eligible for this executive presidential pardon issued by Pervaiz Musharraf and its all the more important to know who cashed it in and what precisely was waived off, in the name of politically reconciliation.

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The mudslinging is for now centered on some kingpins from the PPP but in the confusion it seems MQM is trying its damnedest to sneak under the media-frenzy hoping to walk away with mere statements like “National Accountability Bureau has no case against any MQM worker“. Karachi is a witness to the anarchy of the good ‘ol terror-filled days courtesy of the MQM. The time frame for pardoning of all criminal cases charged against them ironically range from 1986 and onwards.

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Shahid Masood’s show on GEO TV banned by UAE Govt

November 23, 2009 at 5:36 pm (Pakistan, Politics) ()

UPDATE: PkPolitics has recorded and has published the LAST EPISODE of Shahid Masood’s MERAY MUTABIQ – in this last episode he shares threats to his life with the possible reasons for having him blocked on Geo, he also sheds light on the level of corruption by the NRO – SHOCKING its a definite must watch

shahid-masood-meray-mutabiq-logoIt seems that in a ban has been imposed on the airing of Geo News’ program ‘Meray Mutabiq’ by Dr. Shahid Masood from Dubai. According to Geo.tv sources, high government officials from Pakistan have exerted pressure on the Dubai government to block the show from being telecast from Dubai

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Science and Islam

November 23, 2009 at 3:45 pm (Islam) (, )

Physicist Jim Al-Khalili travels through Syria, Iran, Tunisia and Spain to tell the story of the great leap in scientific knowledge that took place in the Islamic world between the 8th and 14th centuries.

Its legacy is tangible, with terms like algebra, algorithm and alkali all being Arabic in origin and at the very heart of modern science – there would be no modern mathematics or physics without algebra, no computers without algorithms and no chemistry without alkalis.

For Baghdad-born Al-Khalili this is also a personal journey and on his travels he uncovers a diverse and outward-looking culture, fascinated by learning and obsessed with science.

From the great mathematician Al-Khwarizmi, who did much to establish the mathematical tradition we now know as algebra, to Ibn Sina, a pioneer of early medicine whose Canon of Medicine was still in use as recently as the 19th century, he pieces together a remarkable story of the often-overlooked achievements of the early medieval Islamic scientists.

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Rethinking Afghanistan

November 23, 2009 at 3:32 pm (Global Issues, Interview, Politics) ()

Just last month, Matthew Hoh resigned from his position at the State Department to protest the Obama administration’s seeming determination to send tens of thousands more American troops to a disastrous war in Afghanistan. In that short time, Hoh has become one of the smartest, most compelling, articulate, and principled dissenters our country has seen against the failed Afghanistan occupation.

If the Obama administration doesn’t listen to Hoh now, his warnings of the tragedy that lies at the end of the path of escalation will come to haunt our nation in years to come.

Obama will announce a decision on escalation within weeks. But according to news reports, he is having second thoughts about the wisdom of throwing more American soldiers into a quagmire.

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Fareed Zakaria: There is unease between America and India

November 23, 2009 at 3:23 pm (India, Politics)

Here are some of the key points from Fareed Zakaria’s current column in Newsweek:

“India’s Prime Minister Manmohan Singh comes to Washington this week for the first official state visit of the Obama presidency. There will be toasts and celebrations and many nice words said in public about the ties between the two great democracies. But underneath this lies an unease about the state of the relationship…

                                               
Fareed Zakaria was named editor of Newsweek International in October 2000, overseeing all Newsweek editions abroad. The magazine reaches an audience of 24 million worldwide.

“The more lasting danger is that the Obama administration, now intensely focused on the war in Afghanistan, will look at South Asia largely through that prism. Since Washington desperately needs Pakistan’s cooperation in that conflict, it is tending to adopt Pakistan’s concerns as its own, which is producing a perverse view of the region.
In his leaked report, Gen. Stanley McChrystal warned that “increasing Indian influence in Afghanistan is likely to exacerbate regional tensions and encourage Pakistani countermeasures.” This is a bizarre criticism. India is the hegemon of South Asia, with enormous influence throughout the subcontinent. Its GDP is 100 times that of Afghanistan (that is not a typo). As Afghanistan opened itself up after the fall of the Taliban, the cuisine, movies, and money that flowed into the country were, naturally, Indian. This is like noting that the United States has had growing influence in Mexico over the last few decades…

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Saudi Source Says Obama Willing To Give Afghanistan To Taliban For Quiet

November 23, 2009 at 3:20 pm (Uncategorized) (, , )

By Michael Eden

Back in May of 2008, I wrote about the danger of appeasement that the election of a liberal Democrat to the presidency posed.

The trend of American casualties had been increasing, without question, but we have NEVER seen the kind of DOUBLING of fatalities (we’re now at 293 American fatalities, versus 155 last year, with more than a month to go) that we are seeing now under Obama’s leadership.  That’s because the Taliban and the terrorists now know that we have a dithering, indecisive, vacillating and appeasing weakling in the White House whom they will be able to push around.

And apparently their piling on is paying off big as “the leader of the free world” cringes before them.

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Secret files show UK courts were misled over 9/11 suspect Lotfi Raissi

November 23, 2009 at 9:38 am (Uncategorized)

By Paul Lewis

Guardian

Lotfi RaissiLotfi Raissi, the Algerian wrongly accused of training pilots involved in the 9/11 terrorist attacks in New York. Photograph: Martin Argles/The Guardian

British prosecutors failed to disclose crucial evidence to the courts in the aftermath of the September 11 terrorist attacks in a case that resulted in an innocent pilot being jailed for five months, previously unseen documents reveal.

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Why Pakistan Won’t Fight the Afghan Taliban

November 23, 2009 at 9:30 am (Pakistan, Politics) (, , )

By Omar Waraich

Time

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CIA Influence on the Mass Media: How Disinformation Campaigns Work

November 23, 2009 at 9:18 am (Media, Politics)

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Indian minister exhibits doubt about indian official story regarding Karkare’s death

November 23, 2009 at 9:15 am (India, Interview, Politics) ()

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Thoree si siyasat with Ansar Burney and Faisal Saleh Hayat

November 23, 2009 at 9:05 am (Interview, Pakistan, Politics) ()

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Ahmed Quraishi interviewed by diplomat

November 23, 2009 at 9:00 am (Interview, Pakistan, Politics) ()

The Diplomat

The Diplomat speaks with Pakistani commentator Ahmed Quraishi about the country’s current military offensive in Waziristan, relations with the US and what America should do to improve its image in Pakistan.

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was in Pakistan this month meeting key political leaders. What did you make of her comment that she finds it difficult to believe that nobody in the Pakistani government knows the whereabouts of top al-Qaeda members?

 Ahmed Quraishi: It was very surprising to even the most hardened skeptics here in Pakistan to hear a US secretary of state saying this, because despite all we heard during the eight years of President [George W.] Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney, no American official accused Pakistan or ‘rogue elements’ in the country of supporting or protecting al-Qaeda. If ever there were any grievances with Pakistan on this count, they were mostly focused on that Pakistan had done a very good job of cooperating with the Americans on al-Qaeda, but that progress was still lacking on the Afghan Taliban and its leadership. So in the entire eight years since September 11, no US official actually criticized Pakistan by saying Pakistan was somehow trying to protect al-Qaeda.

Second, the facts contradict what the secretary of state said. Everybody knows the vast number of al-Qaeda operatives that have been arrested have been arrested in Pakistan. And the big fish names, although there is close cooperation between the CIA and ISI [Inter-Services Intelligence], were arrested thanks to crucial information coming from Pakistani intelligence sources. This is, of course, natural seeing as it is our country, and it’s only to be expected that the ISI and other Pakistani government agencies should be at the forefront of finding these people. And they did.

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