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Dr Kaukab Siddique | Editor-in-Chief Safar 27 ,1435/December 30, 2013 # 53

We have an excellent selection of political and military news from Citizens for Legitimate Government [CLG]. After reading the breaking news, please scroll down to the end to this great selection.

Breaking News: Bangladesh in tumult

December 29: People from all over Bangladesh moved on Dhaka, the capital, to protest the pro-India regime's plan to hold elections after terrorizing Jamaate Islami and killing more than 300 Islamic youth. The big impetus came from Khaleda Zia, a Bangladeshi nationalist woman leader who supports Jamaate Islami.

The regime successfully mobilized military and police to cut off all transportation to Dhaka. So most people were stranded.

However, within Dhaka itself, several thousand people clashed with security forces in various parts of the city. Khaleda Zia herself was not allowed to leave her home. Several times the police opened fire killing several people and injuring many others.

Hasina Wajed, the leader of the pro-India ruling party has successfully mobilized the 10 million Hindu minority with lurid propaganda tales of Jamaate Islami killing Hindus 40 years back.

Breaking News: Daily bombing of Aleppo by Assad's Alawite Air Force: Retreat from Adra.

December 15 to December 30: Every day Syria's air force, led by officers of the Alawite sect drop barrel bombs on the seven major regions of Aleppo under control of Islamic forces. Observers say these bombs are specially prepared to kill civilians. BBC and other monitors of the conflict say that these daily bombings have killed 517 people, of which 155 are children, 46 women, 46 Muslim fighters and the rest civilian males. Assad bombs civilians in the hopes that the mujahideen will retreat although the people he hit with chemical weapons in the suburbs of Damascus are still supporting the mujahideen.

Meanwhile, the Syrian Assad military gave up after ferocious attempts to take back the industrial town of Adra. Hizbullah joined the Alawites but the mujahideen repulsed them. So on December 29, for once Assad agreed to let the civilian population be evacuated instead of hitting them with artillery fire as his generals usually do.

Also, the mujahideen are trying to capture Assad's military air port in Deir al-Zour and have captured the village of Jafar in an attemptb to outflank the airport.

[In Lebanon, a leader of Sunni unarmed political movement, Mohamed Chattra, has been assassinated, most probably by Hizbullsh. He had written to Iran to get Hizbullah to withdraw from Syria.]

[On the "Israel"-Lebanon border, some mujahideen elements have been firing at the Israelis. Israel replied with heavy artillery. Hizbullah has not fought Israel for many years. During the two Israeli invasions of Gaza, Hizbullsah didn't fire a shot.]

Breaking News: Iraq's US Installed regime, supported by Iran, nearing collapse.

December 30: Large areas of western Iraq and north eastern Iraq are now in the hands of al-Qaida, reports indicate. America is rushing the most sophisticated weaponry to the Baghdad regime to stop further advances by the Islamics.. For details, please scroll down to the news selection by CLG.

Breaking News: Islamic woman hits Russian Transportation hub.

December 30: In the city of Volgagrad [once known as Stalingrad], an Islamiic woman carried out a martyrdom operation. Her body was too shattered to be found but her head has been found. At least 14 Russians were killed and 35 wounded. She put a stop to the transportation hub for several hours.

The people of Chechnya and Ingushetia and neighboring areas have been resisting Russia and trying to set up an Islamic state. Russia has destroyed entire cities, including mosques and medressas [just as it did in Afghanistan. Both Islamic men and women are involved in the Jihad against Russia, reports indicate.

The Struggle in Turkey: Pseudo-religion being used against resurgent Islam.
Gulen movement trying to destabilize the Islamic Erdogan movement.

by Prof. Suleyman Kurter [Wisconsin]

The report below describes fairly well what is going on in the clash between Gulen and Erdogan. The article makes a good point that we have to look at the global level of the emergence of conflicting Turkish politics toward Western powers particularly US and Israel. Especially Turkey's stand on Gaza, Iran, Syria and Egypt made America and Israel very uncomfortable. In recent years the Western powers used to see a subservient Turkey for their causes. However Turkey's move toward independent decision making or safe guarding its interest has caused alarm in US, Israel and Western powers. They are afraid to see the emergence of Panislamist ideas and the reemergence of Ottoman political thought. Thus these powers have activated their allies in Turkey to create chaos and marginalize the present government and its leader, Erdogan. Unfortunately, a few Muslim journalists and even one or two Muslim groups see this chaos in a very simplistic way, They think this fight is between Erdogan and Gulen.
[ Scroll way down please. ]

Our America: Durham, North Carolina
Support Group for New Muslims: Creative Effort by African American Sister.

December 25: Where should Muslims go on Christmas? Darul Arqam has the answer. This is a support group for new Muslims ['reverts']. It has been initiated by Sis. Amatullah Abdel Karim, an African American sister totally devoted to the cause of Islam.

The most impressive aspect of the December 25, four hour long, program was the recitation of the Qur'an by young people. They were all young but some were incredibly young, 4 to 6 years old and one could never think they could recite the Qur'an correctly. One young "sister" recited all of sura Hashr.
A delicious halal lunch was catered from a major mosque in Raleigh.

Sis. Amah Shabazz presented the outline of an Islamic school which would use cognitive task analysis and bring Islam into the class room via all the modern technology which young people are already familiar with.

Dr. Kaukab Siddique was the keynote speaker: Some of his main points were:
  1. America needs Islam as never before. The value system here has collapsed and neither the churches nor the secular system can stop the rolling catastrophe.

  2. Many immigrant Muslims were invited to this program but did not turn up.

  3. While people in America are embracing Islam, the immigrant Muslims are rapidly assimiliating into the pagan culture of America.

  4. Christianity has been defeated by Santa Claus and widespread commercialism which has entered every home.

  5. The key to the victory of Islam is MARRIAGE across race and class lines.

  6. Marriage is no longer viable in Amerivca. It will work only if it's basis is fear of Allah & the Sunnah of Muhammsd, pbuh.

  7. Islam does not permit Muslims, men and women, to marry non-Muslims. Our Arab brothers are mistaken in thinking that sura Maidah permits them to marry non-Muslim women.

  8. Slavery and the subjugation of women exist in newly morphed shapes and forms among both Muslims and non-Muslims. Islam should target these fallacious mental contructs bring about Sunnah-oriented thinking.

[Readers are encouraged to help the project manager for this 'revert program' Sis. Amatullah. If you would like like to help, send checks and money orders to:
Darul Arqam c/o 804 Angier Ave., 212A, Durham, NC 27701

Our America
Two Islamic Centers: One extremely poor: the Other a Million Dollar Wonder

On December 27, 2013 Dr. Kaukab Siddiqque spoke at two Islamic centers, one in Augusta, Georgia, [downtown], the other in upscale Martinez, Augusta's twin town.

The first was Dr. Siddique's Juma Khutba at the Muslim Community Center in downtown Augusta, very clean, very Islamic but obviously extremely poor and run down. Dr. Siddique was personally welcomed by the imam of the masjid and his khutba drew appreciation from the mostly African American audience,

The second event was Dr. Siddique's presentation at the Islamic Community Center in Martinez, Georgia, which for its architectural beauty and size can compete with any of the million dollar mosques in America.

Both the Khutba and the presentation have been videotaped and will soon be available to the general public.

New Trend urges Muslims to support the downtown Islamic center. The address is:

Muslim Community Center, 1821 Slaton street, Augusta, Georgia 30904-4066
Phone: 706-481-8007

Gulen Movement is based in USA & Supported by pro-Israel Hawks.
It aims to minimize and undercut Islamic resurgence led by Erdogan

From World Bulletin

The clash of allies: The AK Party vs Gulen Movement II- Levent Basturk Seeing and reading the clash between the AK Party and the Gulen movement as a reflection of a fracture in the ruling grand coalition will be very misleading.
Levent Basturk-World Bulletin

Within the last few years, many commentators who wrote on the conflict between the AK Party and the Gulen movement focused mostly on the domestic factors because they mostly looked at the issue as a power struggle between the two. They even went further and claimed that an attempt to seek the causes of this conflict within the context of external factors is a conspiracy theory. This approach fails in several accounts.

The Gulen movement does not describe itself as a political movement or party. Besides, it claims that it is a methodological obligation for them to stay out of politics. On the other side, it is very clear that it is actually one of the formations deeply rooted in politics. Recently, the Gulenists try to explain this dilemma by emphasizing that their movement is a civil society formation working as a pressure group over the government; aimed to influence the decision making process. Although this reasoning makes sense at a first glance, considering that, the movement uses its followers in state security, intelligence and judicial bureaucracy to shape rather than affect policies, it becomes doubtful that their civil society argument holds any water.

In-fact, the Gulen movement is recently functioning as a formidable political force in Turkey without being organized in any form of political legal organization. It functions in a way unlike any formal political organization functioning in a democratic political system. Being a civil society organization or association merely functions as a cover to hide the real sources of political power the movement has, which is its extensions in various governmental branches that bypass formal and legal decision-making hierarchy of the state when the movement's vital interests are at stake. In reality, it is a deeply rooted political formation which is not subject to any set of rules in the political system. At the same time, it is also a political formation that does not play in accordance with any set of rules by the system.

Furthermore, the way the movement used its political power in the past by using its extensions in the state bureaucracy (arbitrary police-judiciary abuse of power against some suspects in various coup trials) to settle some of its political accounts with those whom it considered as contenders despite the government objections falsifies any claim that a democratic movement or social force objected a government tending to be more authoritarian every single day.


After the first part of my article on the clash between the AK Party and Gulen movement was published last week, the famous graft operation in Turkey launched by the pro-Gulen police- judicial apparatus opened a new debate about the tension between two sides. This debate, again, missed the points which we emphasized above.

Any analysis on the Gulen movement should not ignore the fact that we are dealing with a global movement whose leader and headquarters are in the US despite its Turkish origins. As we mentioned last week, being centered in the US, especially within the post-9/11 context, is not coincidental and not just related to Gulen's escape from possible persecution in Turkey in 1998. There is a considerable convergence of the interests between the US and the movement within the context of "war on global terror" that made "dirty wars" routine and the "world a battlefield" as investigative journalist Jeremy Scahill has showed us.

Moreover, Gulen's understanding of Islam and approach to matters were considered acceptable during post-9/11 by various segments in the US. A RAND Cooperation report, Civil Democratic Islam, written by Cheryl Benard, wife of Zalmay Khalilzad, a member of George W. Bush's foreign policy team during the post-9/11 era, categorizes Gulen as a modernist scholar whose works must be encouraged. According to this report, modernism is what worked for the West; so the West needs to advance their vision of Islam over the traditionalists. As of 2005, Daniel Pipes, a hardcore hawkish pro-Israel conservative who supported the so-called "war on terror" campaign of the Bush Administration, praised the "moderate" Gulen movement, with which, he claimed, he had good relations.

Although some hawkish (neo-)conservatives such as Pipes have changes their positions vis-à-vis the Gulen movement, the positive image of the movement still prevails in the US. Nevertheless, the movement had become convinced since 2010 that being seen as associated with the Erdogan government would hurt its image.

Despite the fact that the Gulen movement is proud to be so, being a global movement creates a sense of insecurity for the movement's leadership. Within the current geopolitical atmosphere of world politics, operating in more than 150 countries without facing with strong resistance as a Muslim formation requires a maximum level of conformity with the global status quo. The movement is being tolerated or even promoted to have worldwide visibility due to its "moderate" appearance. This moderate stance is not just related to its "Islamic" message. It is also about the position it takes on world affairs.


A close review of the movement's media will immediately reveal that a reader can hardly see any mention of the word "occupation" in any news or op-ed it published about Israel. If done at all, any criticism of Israel in the movement's media is handled in a very carefully with mild language, which usually accompanies a harsher criticism of the Palestinian side. If anyone who is not familiar with the Palestinian Question reads the movement's media, s/he will get the impression that Palestinians are the main obstacle in front of solving the decades old conflict in the region.

This is not to say that the Gulen movement is a pro-Israel Muslim formation. However, it is very clear that it does not want to antagonize Israel and does not want to be perceived as being anti- Israel. Moreover, it believes that not antagonizing Israel strengthens its moderate image in the eyes of the US and Europe, which is the key to movement's survival and expansion on a global scale.

It is this stance that caused the first serious rift between the Gulen movement and the AK Party as confirmed by Huseyin Gulerce, a veteran journalist who writes for the movement's daily Zaman. Mr. Gulerce said "It was the Mavi Marmara crisis [in 2010] that created the first cracks," in their relationship" and added, "Mr. Gulen's attitude was very clear, as he always suggested that Turkey should not be adventurous in its foreign policy and stay oriented to the West, and that it should resolve its foreign policy issues through dialogue", reported by The New York Times.


Gulen's desire to see Turkey oriented toward the West made him critical of Erdogan's foreign policy on other matters too. In 2010, the US and Turkey had also a disagreement on the issue of Iran's nuclear energy program. The US tended toward implementing a new set of sanctions to curb Iran's nuclear ambitions. On the other side, Turkey supported Iran's program to develop nuclear technology for peaceful purposes. In 2010, Turkey and Brazil together agreed to a fuel- swap deal with Iran in May 2010 in a failed attempt to avoid international sanctions against Iran. Rejection of this deal by the US and other permanent members of the Security Council led Turkey and Brazil vote against United Nations Security Council Resolution 1929 that imposed further sanctions on Iran.

Turkey's no vote against sanctions at UN SC together with the Mavi Marmara incidence on 31 May 2010 angered most of the political establishment in Washington, DC. Israel held a military operation against the Mavi Marmara and other five ships carrying humanitarian aid to Gaza with the purpose of breaking the Israeli-Egyptian blockade of the Gaza Strip. During the operation, nine Turkish citizens, one of whom was also a US citizen, lost their lives. This incidence led to a crisis in Turkish-Israeli relations. These two developments in May 2010 heated up the debate about the foreign policy orientations of Turkey. Many politicians and pundits in the US accused Turkey with the "shift of axis", a change in policy orientation from the West toward a pan- Islamist foreign policy, under the "Islamist" oriented AK Party rule.

At the time the AK Party government in general and Prime Minister Recep T. Erdogan and Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu in particular were intensely criticized, even attacked by various segments in the US capital. The US media, the Israeli lobby, both parties in Congress, and even the foreign policy establishment were part of the critical position taken towards the Erdogan government. These criticisms did not remain limited with the government's handling of the Mavi Marmara incident. The entirety of Turkish foreign policy was under scrutiny. The critics accused Erdogan and Davutoglu with deviating from traditional pro-Western foreign policy in favor of an Islamist one with the aim of becoming a regional power.

At this critical conjuncture, Gulen had an interview with the Wall Street Journal that shows his discontent with the way the Turkish government handled the incidence. In this interview, Gulen said the flotilla, which included the Mavi Marmara ship owned by IHH, a Turkish humanitarian charity organization, had to ask the permission of the Israeli authorities despite the fact that asking this permission was completely antithetical to the notion of breaking an illegal blockade enforced by an occupying army at the expense of depriving an entire population from access to basic needs.


The wave of Arab uprisings started in Tunisia and spread to the entire MENA region by the end of 2010 raised hopes and aspirations for the entire region. It also helped Turkey by changing the course of the debate from the "axis of shift" to the "Turkish model". Those who argued that Turkey could be a model for the "New Middle East", where authoritarian regimes were becoming anathema, as a country that has created a synthesis between Islam and secular liberal democracy.

The so-called "Arab Spring" brought to forefront Islamist formations that were willing to compete for political power in accordance with democratic rules. Their affinity to the AK Party, a political entity with roots in Islamist movement and ruling secular Western oriented Turkey, made the AK Party a center of focus again. In the first two years of "Arab Spring", the AK Party's role, position, and policy toward new developments were usually viewed positively in the West despite occasional ongoing criticisms caused by allegedly controversial steps taken by the government in some occasions.

In the third year of "Arab Spring", the AK Party's regional and overall foreign policy became a focal point of criticism again. The rising star of the region in 2011 began to be seen as the lonely wolf of 2013. Three factors primarily played a role in this change of course from optimism to severe critical position toward the AK Party rule: the Syrian stalemate, the military coup in Egypt that toppled President Morsi's government, and the new Iranian President Hassan Rouhani's opening toward the West.

The Gulenists' view of the AK Party's foreign policy during the course of the Arab Spring developed along the lines of Western attitudes toward the Erdogan government. In 2011 and 2012, they maintained a conditional optimism about the government's regional policy during these crucial years. At certain conjunctures, they remained critical of certain steps taken by the government.

When the Libyan uprising started, the Gulenists joined the critics of the government because of the government's unwillingness to join the interventionist camp against Gaddafi. During the early months of the Syrian uprising, the Gulenists tried to present the crisis from a sectarian perspective. They not only tried to urge the government to immediately cut the ties with the Assad regime, but also promoted a confrontational policy vis-à-vis Iran, the most important ally of Syria in the region.

The Gulenists were also concerned with the ties the government was developing with the new political actors in the Arap Spring countries. They found the government's policy of building strong relations with Islamist political parties objectionable. In the meantime, they constantly raised the issue of the necessity to improve political relations with Israel. After President Morsi was toppled by a coup in Egypt in July 2013, the Gulenists tended to criticize Erdogan because of his supposedly pan-Islamist foreign policy during the course of the Arab Spring.


Many tend to see the targeting of Turkish intelligence chief Hakan Fidan by the Gulenists as a domestic issue between the Gulenists and Erdogan government. The commentators usually present the case as the difference of opinion between the Gulenists and the government regarding how to solve the Kurdish problem. What disturbs the Gulenists mostly is that the US is critical of Turkey's overall approach to the Kurdish problem, which also includes Turkey's improved relations with Kurdish Regional Government of Iraq as an essential element. The increased interdependence between Turkey and KRG is not independent of AK Party's search for a solution to the decades-old conflict. On the other side, the US is worried that growing economic interdependence between Turkey and KRG is weakening the ties between the autonomous region and central government in Iraq by itching fault lines between the two. It is not totally unreasonable to think that completely disappointed with the central government in Iraq, the KRG may choose to break off with Baghdad in favor of a federation between Turkey and KRG whose economies are mutually interdependent.


Seeing and reading the clash between the AK Party and the Gulen movement as a reflection of a fracture in the ruling grand coalition will be very misleading. The Gulen movement is not just a religious movement originated in Turkey. It is a global movement that that defines its needs and interests at the global scale. Treating and comparing it with an ordinary domestic group with a popular following is totally misleading. It acts locally in Turkey after it does its calculations globally. Treating it as an interest and pressure group trying to affect the decision making process like any other civil society organization cannot read the real picture in Turkey. The Movement in fact had a great influence over the government and filled many government cadres with its followers. The clash is not because an authoritarian government denied any contributions recommended by a civil society formation that has deep interest in the democratization of political system. What the Gulen movement tries to do goes beyond a struggle to provide its input over the policies. Rather, in reality, it tries to force on the government its own policies determined in accordance with its global interests.

Peace with India Impossible without Freedom for People of Kashmir:
Syed Munawar Hasan talks to Kashmiri Delegation.

by Anwar Niazi

LAHORE, Dec. 28: Ameer, Jamaat e Islami, Pakistan, Syed Munawar Hasan, has impressed upon Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to convince India for the solution of the Kashmir issue which was imperative for a lasting peace in the region and for cordial relations between the two neighbours.

Talking to a delegation of Kashmiris led by Ghulam Muhammad Safi that called on him at Mansoora on Saturday, he said that talks with India could not be successful without solving the Kashmir issue. The Prime Minister should make it clear to New Delhi that peace talk would remain meaningless unless the issues of Kashmir and the river water were solved justly.

The JI Ameer said that every Pakistani child considered India an eternal enemy and this national outlook could not be changed. As such, the rulers in Islamabad should refrain from accepting Hindus' slavery.

Syed Munawar Hasan said that India had not accepted Pakistan from heart but the Pakistani rulers were crazy to declaring India as the Most Favourite Nation. India's secret agencies were involved in subversion and terrorism in Balochistan to destabilize this country. He said that the rulers might forget the India's role in the East Pakistan debacle but the nation could not forget that. India was now out to repeat the same story in Balochistan, he added.

The JI Ameer said that at the recent DGMO's meting with India, Islamabad should have lodged strong protest over the construction of boundary wall by the other side, and warned of serious consequences and higher tension if the project was not dropped. He said if India succeeded in completing the wall project because of the the rulers cowardice, the liberation of Kashmir would become difficult.

Syed Munawar Hasan said that Mian Brothers were keen to lift visa restrictions with India He said that at the time when a JI leader from Bangladesh was executed for his loyalty to Pakistan, the Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif was witnessing a Kabaddi match in an Indian town.

The JI Ameer was sure that the desire for friendship with India was only one sided as India attached little importance to this country. Indian rulers' statements regarding Pakistan were most humiliating as they were still talking of the Mumbai attacks and were trying hard to have Pakistan declared as a terrorist state.

The JI, he said, was not averse to normal relations or talks with India but this would be on equal footing. He pointed out that whereas India wants talks of trade and cultural exchange, and not of Kashmir or river water issue. He said that the Quaid e Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah had declared Kashmir as the life line of Pakistan. Therefore, the PML(N) government should give due weight to the Quaid words and give top priority to the Kashmir issue. He said the whole world was aware of Indian forces' atrocities in Kashmir but the US patronage of India and Israel was the main hurdle in the solution of the Kashmir and Palestine issues.

Human Rights in Kashmir
Indian Army's Occupation Cover-up vs Documentation of Atrocities by Monitors
With thanks to Khurram Pervez & Habib Yousufzai [Canada]

On the eve of the 10 December 2013 Human Rights Day, Lt. General Chachra ordered that there be "zero human rights violations" and claimed that the Northern Command of Indian army has received 1,524 allegations of human rights violations during the past 20 years and out of which 42 cases from Jammu and Kashmir involving 124 army personnel were found true following investigation into each of them by an "independent and autonomous body".

This Indian army position is an attempt to obfuscate the reality of the Indian States human rights record in Jammu and Kashmir. Over the last 23 years, there have been thousands of cases of enforced disappearances, extra-judicial executions, rapes, torture and other violations.

Additionally, over the last 23 years, only a fraction of cases against the armed forces have been recorded in the form of First Information Reports.

Against this background, 1524 allegations are miniscule and not even remotely close to the actual figure of allegations against the armed forces. It appears the Indian State is aware of this as it constantly contradicts itself: the former Chief of the Army Staff General N.C. Vij on 21 May 2004 stated that two thousand complaints of human rights violations were received during the last 14 years and that "Most of them were found incorrect. 35 armed forces personnel were punished which included eight officers. Some of them were dismissed from service and later on jailed." But, in a contradictory letter to the National Human Rights Commission [NHRC] dated 24 May 2004, he stated that 131 army personnel of various ranks were punished for human rights violations.

More recently, on 6 May 2012, army sources revealed to the media that 1532 allegations were received, out of which 995 were from Jammu and Kashmir, and 961 were found false and 59 personnel from Jammu and Kashmir were punished. Therefore, between 6 May 2012 and 9 December 2013, the total number of allegations in Northern Command inexplicably comes down by 8, but the number of personnel punished in Jammu and Kashmir goes up to 124 from 59 in just one year. The lies of the Indian army obviously have not been consistent as in 1st November 2007 the GOC 15 Corps, A. S. Shekon mentioned to the media that 85 army personnel have been punished between 1990 and 2007.

In the year 2000, the then National Conference Minister, Ali Mohammad Sagar claimed that in his party's rule 210 army personnel were convicted. It is surely in contradiction to what army has been claiming and therefore it can assumed that such politicians are promoting lies when it comes to army's culpability and misleading their own people.

It is clear that the Indian army only carries out court-martials when pushed to do so by public pressure that leads to police investigations.

Therefore, presumably, it is the investigations of the Indian State run police that have so consistently been disregarded by the Indian army i.e.

the Indian army agrees with only 3% of the police investigations.

There is no transparency. RTI applications for information relating to the court-martial processes are routinely ignored and/or dismissed. In fact, even the present army statement is not accompanied by any details: no names of victims, detailed allegations or record of court-martial proceedings. No information that could allow the public to critically analyze the human rights record of the Indian army. JKCCS has in its possession, and has already made public, the only information provided by the Indian army on court-martials between 1990-2011 in Jammu and Kashmir: two lists dated 28 March 2012 and 18 June 2012 pertaining only to the Rashtriya Rifles, and a separate communication dated 22 June 2012 relating to one Rashtriya Rifles court-martial. A total of 29 court-martials are provided in the first list, and 53 in the second. Accounting for overlaps between the lists, and adding the case in the third communication, the total number of court-martials is: 58*.*
*Based on information provided in the RTI, except in three cases, there is no way to discern whether these court-martial relate to violations against civilians or other army personnel. But based on other available information it appears only a total of 5 cases in these lists relate to civilians. *Only 9 Officers appear to be involved in all these court-martials. Further, what is clear is that of these 58 cases, 20 appear to be quite clearly related to more minor crimes i.e. *not* murder or sexual assault including rape. Of the remaining 38 cases, appropriate conviction/punishment *appears* [as there is no record to analyze] to have been provided in only 21 cases. Of particular note are two cases of rape, one against Captain Ravinder Singh Tewatia [for the rape of mother and daughter in February 2000], and the other against Major Rehman Hussain [for the rape of mother and daughter in November 2004]. Captain Tewatia was convicted by the court-martial and sentenced to imprisonment for seven years. Major Hussain was dismissed from service as he was reportedly only convicted for outraging the modesty of the victims. Both alleged perpetrators challenged their decisions in the High Court of Jammu and Kashmir and received verdicts in their favor. While Captain Tewatia's case is still pending further legal challenge, Major Hussain has reportedly returned to service. Therefore, the information provided by the Indian army would require further verification to ascertain whether the court-martial verdicts were subsequently overturned.

On 6 December 2012, IPTK/APDP released the report titled *alleged Perpetrators* that analyses cases of human rights violations in Jammu and Kashmir. The criminal role of 235 army personnel, including 96 from the Rashtriya Rifles is detailed in this report. *No substantive response has been received from the Indian army to date.*

*The human rights record of the Indian army stands for zero tolerance for any principles of justice. The fact that in 23 years the Indian State [Ministry of Home Affairs and Ministry of Defence] has not granted sanction for prosecution in a civilian court under AFSPA sends a clear message: the State forces will commit crimes, deny sanction for civilian prosecution, carry out their own court-martials in exceptional cases, and ensure zero transparency or accountability. Therefore, the recent statement of the Indian army must be understood to be nothing but a part of the 2011 army doctrine - WHAM [Winning Hearts and Minds] - an attempt to mislead the people of the true role and intentions of the Indian State, as the Indian State is institutionally responsible for the crimes perpetrated on the people of Jammu and Kashmir.*

Important News compiled by Citizens for Legitimate Government [CLG]
[New Trend checked the level of reporting here and it seems to be lof high quality.]

Mission not accomplished: U.S. Quietly Rushing Dozens of Hellfire Missiles and Surveillance Drones to Iraq

26 Dec 2013 The United States is quietly rushing dozens of Hellfire missiles and low-tech surveillance drones to Iraq to help government forces combat an explosion of violence by a Qaeda[CIAduh]-backed insurgency that is gaining territory in both western Iraq and neighboring Syria. In addition, 10 ScanEagle reconnaissance drones are expected to be delivered to Iraq by March. The Obama administration has given three sensor-laden Aerostat balloons to the Iraqi government, provided three additional reconnaissance helicopters to the Iraqi military and is planning to send 48 Raven reconnaissance drones before the end of 2014. And the United States is planning to deliver next fall the first of the F-16 fighters Iraq has bought.

US sends Hellfire missiles to Iraq

26 Dec 2013 The U.S. has sent Hellfire air-to-ground missiles to the Iraq's air forces, which is using them in an ongoing campaign against the country's branch of al-Qaida, officials in Washington and Baghdad said Thursday. Two intelligence officers and a military officer said that 75 Hellfire air-to-ground missiles arrived on Dec. 19 and more will be shipped in the future. They said the missiles are being used now by four Iraqi King Air propeller planes during a large-scale military operation in the western desert near the borders with Syria. Jen Psaki, a spokeswoman for the U.S. State Department, confirmed the missile shipment and also said that the United States was planning on sending ScanEagle drones.

US embassy in Kabul hit by rocket attacks

25 Dec 2013 A pair of rockets have hit the US embassy in the Afghan capital, Kabul, sending hundreds of US diplomats and aid workers into bunkers, Press TV reports. According to the US embassy, the incident took place early on Wednesday, leaving no casualties. This is while Afghan officials have said that another two rockets have struck the neighboring districts to the embassy and three police officers were injured, when one of the rockets, which had not gone off on impact, detonated. [Gee, what a shame! Maybe it's time for the U.S. to leave Afghanistan and let the CIA worry about protecting its own opi-m and gas routes.]

U.N. experts urge U.S., Yemen to explain erroneous drone strikes

26 Dec 2013 United Nations human rights experts told the United States and Yemen on Thursday to say whether they were complicit in drone attacks that 'mistakenly' killed civilians in wedding processions this month. The independent experts questioned the legitimacy of drone attacks under international law and said the governments should reveal what targeting procedures were used. Local security officials said on December 12 that 15 people on their way to a wedding in Yemen were killed in an air strike after their party was mistaken for an al Qaeda convoy. [Negative. USociopaths *love* to bomb wedding parties. The US has bombed countless wedding parties in Iraq and Afghanistan. It's done on purpose -- just look at the mathematical probability. --LRP]

U.S. Marines poised to enter South Sudan [for oil]

23 Dec 2013 About 150 U.S. Marines are poised to enter turbulent South Sudan to help evacuate Americans and provide security for the U.S. Embassy, two U.S. military officials said Monday. The troops are moving from Spain to Africa, probably to the nation of Djibouti, the officials told CNN on Monday. [See: Ah, then came the dawn. If there's oil for US predators to steal for its corpora-terrorist overlords, can the 'Americans are under attack' false flags/invasion/occupation be far behind? South Sudan rebels hold key oil-producing city 22 Dec 2013 South Sudan's central government lost control of the capital of a key oil-producing state Sunday, the military said, as renegade forces loyal to a former deputy president seized more territory in fighting that has raised fears of [CIA-engendered] full-blown civil war in the world's newest country. Bentiu, the capital of oil-rich Unity state, is now controlled by a military commander loyal to former Vice President Riek Machar, said Col. Philip Aguer, the South Sudanese military spokesman. The armed rebels were said to be in control days earlier of some of South Sudan's oil fields, which have historically been a target for rebel movements, 'endangering' the country's economic lifeblood.]

Here is why US Marines are being deployed to South Sudan: S. Sudan oil output down by 45,000 bpd due to clashes -minister 24 Dec 2013 South Sudan oil production has fallen by 45,000 barrels per day to 200,000 bpd after oil fields in Unity state were shut down due to fighting, the petroleum ministry told Reuters on Tuesday. "We have temporarily shut down oil production in Unity state which was producing 45,000 barrels of oil per day," Petroleum Minister Stephen Dhieu Dau told Reuters by telephone.

Edward Snowden says NSA spying worse than Orwell's 'Nineteen Eighty-Four'

25 Dec 2013 Edward Snowden says truth is scarier than fiction when it comes to Big Brother. The 30-year-old who revealed the NSA's massive spying programs claims the widespread surveillance is far beyond the ominous thought police of author George Orwell's dystopian novel "1984." "The types of collection in the book -- microphones and video cameras, TVs that watch us -- are nothing compared to what we have available today," Snowden said during "The Alternative Christmas Message," broadcast by Britain's Channel 4.

Bin Laden son-in-law pleads not guilty to new terrorism charges

23 Dec 2013 The son-in-law of Osama bin Laden entered not guilty pleas Monday to two additional terrorism charges filed against him last week, and a judge granted the prosecution's request that jurors chosen for the trial remain anonymous, even while they go through the selection process. The trial of Sulaiman Abu Ghaith is due to begin Feb. 3 and would mark the first time a terrorism suspect charged with crimes related to the [Bush-Cheney] Sept. 11, 2001, attacks has been tried in a U.S. civilian court.

Egypt arrests dozens under new anti-terror law --

Terrorism charges will also apply to anyone who finances or promotes the group "verbally and in writing". Egypt increased pressure on the Muslim Brotherhood on Thursday, detaining at least 38 of its supporters on suspicion of belonging to a terrorist organisation the day after it was declared one by the government, security officials said. General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, the army chief who led the overthrow of Islamist President Mohamed Mursi in July, said the country would be "steadfast" in the face of terrorism, after a small bomb went off in Cairo, wounding five people. Publication of the Brotherhood's newspaper, Freedom and Justice, was halted in response to the decision.

Egypt declares Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist group

25 Dec 2013 Egypt's military-backed interim government has declared the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist group, criminalising all its activities, its financing and even membership to the group from which the country's ousted president hails. The announcement on Wednesday is a dramatic escalation of the fight between the government and the Brotherhood, which has waged near-daily protests since the 3 July popularly backed military coup that toppled President Mohamed Morsi. An Egyptian court had banned the group in September .

2013-12-30 Mon 22:32:19 cst