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Dr Kaukab Siddique | Editor-in-Chief Rajab 12,1435/May 12, 2014 # 19

Our America
Notes from Nadrat Siddique
Reception for Eddie Conway who was Released after 44 years.

Unique evening: Met Marshall 'Eddie' Conway, newly released political prisoner at Baltimore's famed Sojourer-Douglass College. Good to see my beloved NBUF and Jericho brothas and sistas, as well as my solid, consistant independents like Luci Murphy and Nkechi Taifa out there..

Our America
This is where they Manufacture their Stories on Nigeria
via asqfish

Naomi Wolf's status

I was at a major TV network yesterday. The network was running coverage of the Nigerian girls held hostage, around the clock. I asked PRODUCER where they were sourcing the information from. She said, I quote, "I don't know." She said most of it came from The White House. She was unaware of the TENS OF THOUSANDS OF OTHER GIRLS HELD HOSTAGE AS SEX SLAVES IN AFRICA RIGHT NOW and had no plans to cover those stories. She had no plans to interview aid workers on the ground who specialize in GETTING THOSE OTHER GIRLS OUT OF THEIR HOSTAGE SITUATIONS...another producer, a newcomer, said as we walked away, "this is not journalism, they don't research anything here.'

Breaking News

May 5 to 8
The biggest offensive launched by the regime in Baghdad failed. Heavy artillery assault against the city, copying Syria's Bashar, killed scores of civilians in indiscriminate attacks.

May 10:
The Islamics tried a diversion by attacking Shi'ite troops in the northern city of Mosul. At least 20 Baghdad troops were killed.

Breaking News Yemen:
May 11:
US drone attack killed 5 suspected Islamics in Marib province.

Al-Jazeera reports widespread revulsion against drone attacks in Yemen. A committee has been formed to condemn drone attacks. See detailed treport below.

May 11:
A "suicide" bomber from al-Qaida attacked a Yemeni government military police post in al-Mukalla. At least 11 troops were killed in the explosion.

May 9:
The presidential palace in the capital Sanaa came under al-Qaida attack. A number of security forces were killed.

Breaking News: Syria
May 11:
In a major break through, Kurdish fighting brigades joined al-Nusra in a ceremony in Deir ez-Zor and gave oath of allegiance to Dr. al-Zawahiri. [Scroll down for report.]

May 8:
One of Assad's strong points still held by his troops in Aleppo was blown up in a huge explosion. Reuters, BBC etc report that al-Nusra had tunnelled under the Carlton Hotel which had become a heavily armed hub of the Assad military. The explosion is estimated to have killed all 50 of the Alawite troops in it.

May 7 to 9:
The armed civilians who had been resisting Assad forces in Homs for TWO YEARS have withdrawn under a deal with Assad brokered by Iran. All 2000 fighters and their families left safely and later released 40 Iranians and Syrian troops in exchange. Also, the resistance allowed food into two Shi'ite vilages which they have been besieging.

First journalists into Homs narrate that the old city center was reduced to rubble by Assad's artillery. Mosques were also destroyed. Indiscriminate bombing and starvation by Assad forced almost the entire civilian population to flee. Assad has declared it a victory.

May 5:
In Deraa, the gas pipeline serving Assad's centers has been set on fire.

Even the children of Syria are preparing to fight Assad. For the youngest syrian female "terrorist" opposing Assad, scroll down. [video]

Michelle Obama blundered?
She took a strong stand vs Boko Haram without Evidence?

US Muslims countered the President's wife when she made a big move to support US intervention in Nigeria. {How much stronger US Muslims have become in spite of lackey groups! Remember when Hillary Clinton signalled the assault on Afghanistan on the fake claims against the Taliban? There was hardly any Muslim response. The four letter groups had Ramadan iftar with Hillary's husband! ugh!}

Here is a counter from facebook.
 counter from facebook to Obama's Bring Back Our Girls
Here is a spoof.
 spoof of Obama's Bring Back Our Girls

Khutba on Boko Haram
What are the Islamic Requirements for understanding attacks on Islam Passing as News?
Africa is rising up with the banner of Islam against Oppressors & Exploiters

On May 9, Dr. Kaukab Siddique gave the Juma khutba at a masjid in central Baltimore. The mosque was packed but as the subject of the khutba is very important, the main points are listed here for countrywide distribution on line. This is probably the only khutba of its kind in all of America,
Text #1:
"O you who believe! If a FASIQ [corrupt person, liar, wrong doer] comes to you with any news, investigate it, lest out of ignorance you harm people and afterwards become regretful for what you have done."
[The Qur'an 49:6]

Text #2:
"The messenger lof Allah, pbuh, said, do not seek guidance from the People of the Book [Christians and Jews] in any matter. They are not capable of guiding you because they are themselves astray. If you do, you will end up affirming falsehood or you will reject the truth. In fact if Moses had been alive today, it would not have been halal for him to do anything other than to follow me." [Hadith of Muhammad, pbuh, narrated by Jabir ibn Abdullah, r.a. in Musnad ibn Hanbal, vol. 3, page 338.]

  1. All prophets faced opposition and rejection from their own people.

  2. Noah, pbuh, was opposed by his own son and by almost his entire nation.

  3. Moses' people violated the covenant with God and had to wander in the desert for 40 years.

  4. Jacob was betrayed by his own sons.

  5. The Jews not only opposed Jesus, pbuh, in spite of his great miracles but tried to crucify him. [The Qur'an says they failed to crucify him.]

  6. Muhammad, pbuh, came near to being killed by his own people.

  7. In the cave of Thawr, the mission of Muhammad, pbuh, was about to end as the unbelievers stood right above the cave. The only human with him was Abu Bakr, r.a.

  8. In that situation of near death in the cave came the revelation: "Do not be afraid. Allah is with us."

  9. Islam teaches oppressed people to fight back. Small numbers, the Qur'an teaches, can prevail against big forces. David, pbuh, killed the giant Goliath. At Badr, an Islamic victory changed the course of history.

  10. Part 2

  11. In northern Nigeria, in recent years, a man named Muhammad Yousuf initiated a movement known as Boko Haram against the spread of western ideas and imperialist influences. Crowds of people joined him, set up mosques and medressas and started teaching Islam as a revolutionary message with its own mission and integrity.

  12. The Nigerian government's military, which is supported by the US and Israel, attacked Boko Haram in the most brutal and ruthless way possible. Hundreds of Muslims were slaughtered by the Nigerian forces inside their Islamic schools. Tanks of the Nigerian army smashed their way into mosques.

  13. Several thousand supporters of Boko Haram were arrested, tortured, humiliated and executed without any trial of any sort.

  14. Among those killed mercilessly after being brutalized was imam Yusuf himself. A Nigerian soldier photographed Yusuf's execution and the photo reached external news agencies including the BBC. Yusuf was holding up his finger to witness TAWHEED even as he lay dying of his wounds.

  15. All these horrific acts of oppression were ignored by the western media. Only New Trend published the photo of Yusuf's last act of defiance. Like Bilal, r.a., he was witnessing TAWHEED. [There is only one God, Allah].

  16. That was 2009. Over the years, Boko Haram reorganized itself and gradually challenged the Nigerian army . For 4 years the Nigerian army rampaged all over northeastern Nigeria killing hundreds of suspected supporters of Boko Haram. The atrocities enraged the poor masses and more and more of them joined Boko Haram.

  17. The army has been engaged by Boko Haram through guerrilla warfare it has steadily defeated the army in small engagements.

  18. The Nigerian army now wants the DIRECT HELP of the western powers to crush Boko Haram. Thus suddenly the story of the "kidnapped school girls" was brought up."

  19. The story has big holes in it. Note this carefully:

    1. The source of the girls story is CNN, the arm of US cultural imperialism.

    2. The Nigerian army itself is confused about the story it wants to spread.

    3. The Nigerian army is not allowing ANY JOURNALISTS, let alone independent journalists, to enter the area of conflict.

    4. The government first said 239 girls had been kidnapped.

    5. Then it said all the girls had been recovered except one.

    6. Then it said: no, no, the girls have disappeared and they are 259.

    7. Then the Nigerian president's wife said that the girls' parents have started this story to gain reparations from the government.

    8. The government organized "demonstrations" in Abuja, 500 miles south of Chibok from where the girls were allegedly abducted.

    9. The "demonstrators" were evidently government women, Christians, dressed in western clothes and carrying placards in English obviously professionally printed.

    10. President Obama then revealed that the US HAS SENT specialist forces to find the girls.

    11. The US said only 10 specialists had gone in. Then it said the number is 50. The latest number is not clear.

    12. The British announced that they too have sent in some forces.

    13. The latest is that the girls have disappeared into the jungles of neighboring Cameroon. The army has helicopters and latest jet fighters which have carried out air strikes against the Islamic fighters. Somehow they cannot see the "convoys" carrying the girls.

  20. Africa has been exploited and enslaved and robbed by the West for centuries. Now Africa is rising up under the banner of Islam: the genuine Islam of the Qur'an and Hadith.

  21. Be it Somalia. or Libya, or Mali, or Nigeria, or Sudan or Ethiopia or Niger or Egypt, Islam in Africa is rising up.

  22. Muslims in America should teach their children the truth. Do not be misled by informants and lackeys of the government who have Muslim names.

  23. Retaliation is allowed in Islam though forgiveness is recommended.

  24. Why do Muslims retaliate against the allies of the US? Is it craziness or have the US and its allies committed great atrocities against Muslims? See the destruction of Iraq, the assault on Afghanistan, the occupation of Palestine, the genocide in Syria, the massacres in Egypt and the slaughter of thousands in Nigeria. In Jos, Nigeria, hundreds of Muslims were killed and their bodies stuffed into the central mosque.

  25. If the women of Boko Haram are "arrested," assaulted, abused, killed, along with their children, it is not even news in the West.

  26. Always check the context. Videos can be doctored. CNN showed 20 seconds of an hour long video. We are not told what was in it.

  27. CNN is the source for naïve Muslims and tool for the 4 letter "Muslim" groups. Muslims must learn to question, to investigate, to criticize and to debunk the propaganda pouring out of CNN which is then picked up by the TV of the West's puppet rulers.

Use peaceful means to educate Americans about the lies pouring out of mass media. A regime which can legitimize homosexuality and Israel can tell any lie on any issue.

Pray for the victory of Islam and the overthrow of tyrants and dictators, foremost among them Bashar al-Assad, the mass murderer of Syria, General Sisi of Egypt, the executioner of unarmed demonstrators, and all the munafiqueen, tawagheet and sectarians.

Peaceful Movement in Americs
The obligation of Dawah in America can now be accomplished through following the fundamentals of Dawah as detailed below.
by Shamim Siddiqui [Long Islan, New York]
  1. Calling the Humanity to the fold of its Creator and Sustainer; presenting himself or herself as its model clarifying:

  2. Taking care of your neighbors through rendering various human services for their benefit;

  3. Doing Dawah around the Masjid as per Program';

  4. Tarbiyah and explain it humbly with extreme politeness. You will then win over your shortcomings both of ILM and that of character and behavior and, in return. your contactees will become your bosom friends as foretold by Allah in Verse # 34 of Surah Fussalat.In terms of Mohtram Maulana Merhoom: Dawah and Tarbiyah go together and the best means of Tarbiyah is through your Dawah in the field.

I wish JM, ICNA, other national Organizations and Masajid could undertake this process to meet the urgencies of Dawah Ilallah in American perspective. ICNA and JM could set a model of Islamic Movement in this country working on these lines.

The "Dawah Around Masjid Program" is not only a Dawah Program but is relatively the Political Agenda of Muslim Ummah of America and how to accomplish it. It should, therefore, be studied in the same perspective.

Kindly confirm receipt with comments, if any
Shukrun wa Jazakallah
Shamim Siddiqi

Yemenis affected by U.S. drone strikes to launch victims' union
National organization aims to support communities affected by U.S. drone program and lobby government for policy changes
March 31, 2014 1:15PM ET
by Amel Ahmed @amelscript

Friends and family members of victims of U.S. drone strikes in Yemen are launching a national drone victims' organization Tuesday to support affected communities and lobby for a change in Yemeni government policy regarding the covert program.

The National Organization for Drone Victims (NODV), with the assistance of UK-based legal charity Reprieve, will conduct investigations of drone strikes and highlight the civilian impact of the U.S.' controversial drone program in Yemen.

Baraa Shiban, the project coordinator for Reprieve, told Al Jazeera that the constant presence of drones in Yemen is devastating communities. "We are talking almost 50 percent of the country — ten provinces in total — who suffer from the constant hovering of drones."

Shiban said that NODV will assist affected communities in the aftermath of drone strikes by focusing on the economic impact of the loss of families' primary bread-winners, psychological trauma and physical injuries.

NODV is the brainchild of Mohammad al-Qawli, an adviser to the Ministry of Education who lost his brother, an elementary school teacher, in a 2013 drone strike.

Frustrated with the Yemeni government's refusal to provide any answers or explanations for his brother's death, he began reaching out to other families impacted by drone strikes with the aim of establishing a large support network and coordinating public resistance.

Human rights groups have denounced the drone campaign as illegal, maintaining that the majority of victims have been innocent civilians.

In a report released Thursday, the United Nations Human Rights Committee called for more oversight and transparency in the program and expressed concern that the U.S. government had not clarified the criteria or legal basis for drone strikes.

The stories of our innocent should be made public.

Faisal bin Ali Jaber

Environmental engineer

While the Yemeni parliament passed a resolution in 2013 criminalizing drone strikes, they continue with the approval of the Yemeni administration.

The past year has seen a surge in drone strikes in the country and there have been at least 17 such attacks in the past two months alone, Shiban said.

To date, there have been 293-430 people killed by confirmed drone strikes in Yemen and 311-499 people killed by possible drone strikes, according to estimates by The Bureau of Investigative Journalism, an independent nonprofit organization based in London.

The White House has stressed that its policy is in line with domestic and international law, and carried out in close partnership with the Yemeni government.

Caitlin Hayden, spokeswoman for the White House's National Security Council, said that in advance of any strike there had to be "near-certainty" that no civilians would be killed or injured.

In situations where civilians have been killed, the U.S. investigates "thoroughly" and makes condolence payments "where appropriate and possible," she added.

NODV will largely focus its efforts on getting the Yemeni government to investigate these strikes, Shiban said. "Under Yemeni law, the attorney general is required to investigate these deaths. That hasn't happened yet. We hope to open a number of legal cases challenging the drone program," he said.

Social cost

Reprieve began investigating the social costs of the U.S. drone program in Yemen several months before the launch of NODV. "Researchers documented a number of troubling issues including increasing numbers of children dropping out of school, high numbers of miscarriages, and other signs of trauma," Shiban said.

Their findings are buttressed by a 2013 study that looked at the psychological impact of drones on civilians in Pakistan. The study, commissioned by Reprieve, found that civilians experienced "anticipatory anxiety," a constant fear that they might come under attack. The report goes on to note that interviewees described emotional breakdowns, fainting, nightmares, insomnia, loss of appetite and other physical symptoms.

Faisal bin Ali Jaber, an environmental engineer who lost two relatives in a 2012 drone strike, told Al Jazeera that leading a normal life "when you have a drone hovering above your neighborhood" is impossible. "Yemen is losing an entire generation to drones," he said, adding that the U.S. is alienating the very communities it should be working with.

Jaber lost his brother-in-law, Salim bin Ali Jaber — an influential anti-Al-Qaeda cleric — to a drone strike just hours after he had finished delivering a sermon critical of the group. "Salim was worried that he would be targeted by Al-Qaeda for his work. Instead, he was killed by the Americans," Jaber said.

He added, "The stories of our innocent should be made public."

Rooj al-Wazir, an anti-drone activist and co-founder of SupportYemen media collective, told Al Jazeera that NODV will give impacted families the opportunity to play an independent and leading role in their struggle against the drone campaign.

"The ongoing drone strikes and the increasing civilian toll have turned public apathy into anger," she said. "Mohammed and many families I spoke to feel that there is a missing ingredient in the drone debate and that was their voices."

The organization will seek to counter misinformation about the drone campaign, al-Wazir added, including the "myth" that every victim who is labeled a militant by the U.S. government is a terrorist. "The U.S. definition of militant is any male over the age of 16 — that's nearly half the population of Yemen," she said. "Causalities of drone strikes are forced into a militant/civilian binary that reinforces a huge misunderstanding of who is a 'militant' in the first place."

Al Wazir told Al Jazeera that the only real, long-term solution to terrorism is to work with people like Salim bin Ali Jaber. "You can't just kill your way to security and think you've figured out the solution to combatting terrorism. They might go unnamed in media reports, but those murdered are mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, and lovers."

The best way to combat Al-Qaeda is by investing in Yemen's future, added Jaber. "Instead of investing in drones, invest in civil projects and institutions. Encourage development to absorb the large numbers of unemployed youth," he said. "If you ask any person in my village what do you know about America, they will simply say drones."

"Build trust, build a relationship. This is what will defeat Al-Qaeda."

Sirajul Haq Promises End to Feudalism and Capitalism

LAHORE, May 11: Ameer, Jamaat e Islami, Pakistan, Sirajul Haq, has said that he had decided to wage a war against the ruling feudal lords and capitalists and to bring them to task , and the nation should support him in this struggle.

Addressing a big civic reception hosted in his honour in the city on Sunday afternoon, he said that the time was coming soon when a Day of Judgment would be set either in Islamabad or at the Minar e Pakistan ground in Lahore and the ruling elite would have to account for its corruption and plunder of the public wealth.

JI Secretary General, Liaqat Baloch, JI Punjab chief, Dr Syed Waseem Akhtar also addressed the gathering also attended by thousands of women.

The JI chief said that the agents of the British had been ruling the country that had been achieved through the sacrifices of the masses. He said he had personally experienced poverty and therefore, was struggling for the restoration of the rights of the poor.

Sirajul Haq said that the party which came to power through the catchy slogan of Roti, Kapra and Makan , was responsible for the break up of the country. Later, a military dictator deceived the people through the slogan of Pakistan First.

He said that the PPP and the PMLN() had been ruling the country turn by turn and their leaders had plundered billions. However, they had never thought of bringing each other to book on account of corruption. As a result, the rich were getting richer and the poor, poorer.

He said there were many people in the assemblies who actually deserved to be in Udyala jail or in some stable.

Sirajul Haq referred to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's statement on return from London that some elements wanted to sabotage talks with the Taliban, and urged the Premier to expose these elements who wanted to pit the armed forces against the masses and thus plunge the country into turmoil.

The JI chief said that certain elements were trying to give an impression that Pakistan had not come into being in the name of Islam. He asked these people then why the Quaid e Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah had resigned from the Congress. He said in about one hundred of his speeches, the Quai d e Azam had stated that the Quran and the Sunnah would be the constitution and the law in he new state.

He said, the mosque occupied the centre place in an Islamic society, and everything revolved around it. He said time was not far off when the mosque would be our headquarters, and it would serve as the assembly hall, the court, and the central bank.l

[Courtesy Br. Hyder Shaikh]
Strategic Pakistani Port
Insurgency stunts Gwadar progress
By Syed Fazl-e-Haider

KARACHI, Pakistan - Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, during his visit to Gwadar Port in southwestern Balochistan on April 24, said he wished to see the port one day rival Dubai, Singapore and Hong Kong, and he registered disappointment over the slow pace of its development.

Setting the premier's wishes aside, practically speaking, the development of Gwadar into a fully functional deep-sea port remains elusive. A Chinese firm took operational control of it last January but still has been little progress.

China has invested hundreds of millions of dollars into the Gwadar Port project since it launched it with Pakistan in 2001. The port, near the mouth of the Gulf of Oman and close to the Strait of Hormuz, will provide Beijing with its the shortest access to to Iranian and Middle East oil.

However, no construction work has yet been started to connect the port, as was planned, with western China through road and rail links. There is one principal reason behind the delay - the deteriorating law and order situation in insurgency-hit Balochistan.

One should keep in mind that development does not bring peace, rather it is peace that brings development. Balochistan province has not been safe for Chinese engineers and workers, with several attacked and killed in the past decade.

It is no secret that the development of Gwadar into a regional hub port also upsets many geopolitical players. Some observers believe that the 2004 killing of three Chinese engineers in Gwadar indicates international interference.

For some countries, a fully operational Gwadar port under Chinese management would present a threat to their interests. This is why they are conspiring to destabilize Balochistan.

Pakistan's intelligence agencies have repeatedly accused India of using bases in Afghanistan to fuel unrest in Balochistan. India's Research Analysis Wing is accused of training and arming Baloch separatists and of financing the separatist insurgency in the province.

A fully functional Gwadar would provide Islamabad with an alternative naval base that would not be within easy reach of the Indian Navy and Air Force, in case of another war between the arch-rivals. It was during the India-Pakistan wars of 1965 and 1971 that strategic planners in Islamabad considered development of an additional port on the Balochistan coast (away from Karachi) to be very important from a defense point of view.

New Delhi also likely frets about the value of Gwadar Port for China's strategic interests, since it would also provide important access for Beijing's increasingly powerful navy to the Indian Ocean.

India and China are competitors in the global energy game. India is rated as the world's number six energy consumer, and is developing Chahbahar port in Iran, which would provide access to Central Asia and Afghanistan that bypasses Pakistani territory. New Delhi sees Chahbahar port an alternative to Gwadar.

Dr Robert G Wirsing in a monograph, "Baloch Nationalism and the Geopolitics of Energy Resources" published by the US Strategic Studies Institute (SSI) in April 2008, pointed out that the context of today's Baloch separatist-motivated insurgency differs in important respects from that of its 1970s predecessor, most fundamentally in terms of energy resource developments in what some are calling the "Asian Middle East" (encompassing parts of South, Central, and Southwest Asia):This change in the energy context exerts a powerful threefold impact on the insurgents' prospects - first, by lifting Balochistan and Baloch nationalism to a point much higher on the scale of central government priorities, warranting, as the government sees the problem, zero tolerance and a crushing response; second, by arming the Baloch insurgents both with greater incentives for reclaiming control of Balochistan and with the capacity to drive up the economic and political costs to the government of continuing insurgent activity; and third (on a more hopeful note), by creating major opportunities - specifically, by turning Balochistan into an important energy conduit in the region - to address Baloch nationalist demands in a positive and mutually acceptable manner."

Gwadar could emerge as a seaport of immense economic importance, opening up the hinterland of Balochistan for trade and industrial activities.

As a natural choice for major shipping lines, this means Gwadar port has emerged as a threat to many hub ports of the region located on its western and eastern sides. It was due to this fact that the handing over of the operations of Gwadar port to Dubai Port World (DP World) was opposed by some local analysts.

The dream of a fully functional Gwadar port will only come true if peace and stability returns to Balochistan. One should resolve the issues at local level first by redressing the grievances of the Baloch masses. If the local people had some reservations about the developments taking place on their soil, then these should have been addressed and removed rather than ignored or suppressed by force.

Syed Fazl-e-Haider ( is a development analyst in Pakistan. He is the author of many books, including The Economic Development of Balochistan, published in May 2004.

Brigades of Kurdistan pledge allegiance to the leader of Al- Qaeda's Sheikh Ayman al-Zawahiri

Sources in Syria reported that Brigades of Kurdistan pledged allegiance to Emir of Al- Qaeda, Sheikh Ayman al-Zawahiri.

Meanwhile, a new Islamic brigade called Umar bin Abdul-Aziz has been formed in the city of Deir az-Zor. Its fighters are closely cooperating with Al-Qaeda in Syria (Jabhat an-Nusra/Victory Front (VF)).

In turn, Mujahideen of the VF destroyed a convoy of Assad's troops in the town of Tel al-Jabiya - dozens of Shabihas were eliminated (see the video).

And here the Mujahideen are at the top of the liberated hill in Tel al-Jabiya in Daraa province (see the photo).

Department of Monitoring
Kavkaz Center

[Courtesy Jamaat al-Muslimeen Virginia] [May 9] Syria
Youngest Syrian Female ""terrorist"

2014-05-12 Mon 18:39:47 cdt