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1 Muharram,1436/October 26, 2014 Issue # 43, Newsletter # 1573

Hadith of the Week

Abi Bakra, Allah be pleased with him, narrates about Prophet Muhammad, pbuh):

He said : Your blood, your goods and your honor are as much protected and safe (forever) as is this day (of Arafa) in this month (of Hajj). Be aware and those of you who are here (today) should pass this on to those who are not here.

(Sahih of Imam Bukhari)


Legendary Islamic leader Professor Golam Azam just Passed away in Prison
by Shamim Siddiqi

Inna Lillahe was Inna elahey Rajeoon

A luminary of the Islamic Movement of the subcontinent has passed away to meet His Lord with flying colors and left behind eternal marks of devotion and dedication on the rock of time for generations to come to follow his foot prints.

A valiant Muslim has died in prison for no fault of his own except struggling in the way of Allah towards establishing His authority on this earth. It is the Fellah [success] of both the worlds.

Mohtram Professor Ghulam Azam Merhoom was a legend of the Islamic Movement in true sense of the term. He joined the IM before me quite in early fities of the last century. He was groomed by another legendary of Tehreek-e-Islami Mohtram Choudhry Ali Ahmad Saheb Merhoom, the then Amir of JI East Pakistan.

Since then, he sacrificed his entire life, devoted his total talents and energeis for the promotion of the Movement in every nook and corner of EP/BD and became a brilliant trustworthy model for all of us. He learned Urdu which he opposed during his Jahiliyah time as he used to say and went through the entire literature of Maulana Maudoodi Merhoom in depth. I had very good undersatnding with him and we all worked at all fronts under his friendly leadership with total devotion and dedication.

It is a cursae for Bangla PM Hassina to keep him in jail upto his last moment. His death, I am sure, will not go in vain. It will produce many Ghulam Azams to fight the secular forces of BD and galvanize the Movement to greater and greater heights in masses till Islam becomes the law of the land. He will be rememberd like TUTU Mian of the first IM of Bengal.

May Allah be pleased with him as he was pleased with his fate in prison of Zalim rulers of his time. May Allah give Tawfeeq to all the workers of Jamaate Islami Bangladesh to be emboldened by his his death in captivity and commit to carry on the Islamic Movement to its logical success in Bangladesh.

Shamim Siddiqi

Health Notes

About your kidneys.
Nature cure and natural methods of treatment

10 Common Habits That Damage Your Kidneys:

Kidney disease is one of the costliest illnesses in the world and managing kidney disease is very expensive. Each year, lots of people die of kidney disease all over the world, and the number of people suffering from chronic renal failure,and need dialysis or kidney transplantation to stay alive keep increasing. Statistics have it that, worldwide, more than millions patients are waiting for kidney transplants,but only a few thousands will receive transplants because of shortage of suitable organ donors. Patients usually felt surprised when they are diagnosed of Kidney Failure.

Experts have found the explanation from your daily life habits. Here are the top habits which lead to your kidney failure:

  1. Not emptying your bladder early: Maintaining a full bladder for a long time is a quick way of causing bladder damage.That the urine stays in the bladder for a long time can cause the bacteria breeding in urine to multiply quickly.

    Once the urine refluxes back to ureter and kidneys, the bacteria can result in kidney infections, then urinary tract infection, and then nephritis, even Uraemia. So, no matter how busy you are, remember to drink a lot of water and urinate regularly. Once you form the habit of holding back urine, it will ultimately damage your kidneys.

  2. Not drinking enough water: The main functions of the kidneys are to regulate erythrocyte balances and eliminate metabolic wastes in urine. If we do not drink enough water, the blood will be concentrated and the blood flow to the kidney will not be adequate, thus the function of eliminating toxins in from blood will be impaired.

  3. Taking too much salt: 95% sodium we consume through food is metabolized by the kidneys.

    Exceeding the salt intake will make the kidneys work harder to excrete the excess salt and can lead to decreased kidney function. This excess sodium will cause water retention, causing oedema. Oedema usually elevates blood pressure and increases the risk of developing kidney disease. The daily salt intake should be controlled within 6g per day.

  4. Not treating common infections quickly and properly: Common infections, such as pharyngitis, tonsillitis, common cold etc., usually trigger or aggravates kidney damage. They do this by causing an acute attack of acute glomerulonephritis or chronic nephritis. So, you will see that people who get kidney disease for the first time or whose illness condition becomes worse usually present in hospitals with a history of cold or sore throat.

    If after having cold, symptoms like blood in urine, swelling, headache, nausea, vomiting, fatigue, poor appetite appear, you should consult your doctor immediately, to assess your kidney functions, and start treatment if compromised.

  5. Eating too much meat: Eating too much meat and protein can increase the metabolic load of the kidney.

    For those suffering from proteinuria, meat consumption too may aggravate protein leakage, worsening renal pathological lesion. It is suggested that protein intake should be 0.8g/kg per day. This means that a person with 50 kg should consume 40g of protein per day. Meat consumption per day should be limited within 300g.

  6. Not eating enough: This is equally as dangerous as eating too much, both of them will lead damages to your digestive organs where is full of mucosal tissues. Mucosal tissues relates closely to your immune system. This is why many kidney failure patients are diagnosed with "autoimmune kidney damages".

  7. Painkiller abuse: The use of analgesics for a prolonged duration may reduce the flow blood and greatly affect kidney function. In addition, patients with analgesic-induced renal failure are more likely to suffer from bladder cancer. Use analgesics only when it's absolutely necessary, learn to rest instead of taking to the bottles. If you have been on pain killers for a long term, it's about time you had a test to access you renal function done.

  8. Missing your drugs: Hypertension and diabetes have been shown to precipitate or accelerate kidney damage, so if you are diagnosed as having any of these diseases don't live your life in denial, USE YOUR DRUGS. This will ultimately help control your condition while also helping to preserve your kidneys.

  9. Drinking alcohol: Drinking alcohol may cause the deposition of uric acid in renal tubules, causing tubular obstruction and increasing risks of kidney failure.

  10. Not resting enough: In our society, hypertension as a severe threat to life is largely due to stress. A common symptom of stress is insomnia. Blood pressure may increase by an average of 2-5mg/Hg because of insomnia. Chronically elevated blood pressure can cause damage to kidney capillaries giving rise to kidney problems. Thus, we need to develop a good attitude to life and strike a good balance between work and rest to protect your kidneys and live a healthy life.

At the early stage of kidney diseases, there are usually no the special symptoms, so lots of patients are not diagnosed until the acute attack appears or the illness condition develops into the late stage. So you should endeavor to do kidney function test from time to time to assess how healthy your kidneys are. Never ignore the soreness of waist, swelling of the feet, changes in urine color or volume, increase in night urination, pallor, high blood pressure and other such symptoms. Once found, you should go and see your doctor immediately.


How did Shi'ism Begin?

Thank you for an interesting account of history of how Shiahism began.

The account starts suddenly with "When the shias realized there was no armed force to defend Medina, they entered the city and besieged the mosque and the home of Usman, r.a"

I feel the writer should have first explained who these shiah people were, where they came from and why they wanted to kill the Caliph. The article seems truncated.

Kindly publish a paper that introduces the problem of shiahism from its beginning.

Mir Salim Ullah, Malaysia

Response from Kaukab Siddique:
Leaders through family line and claimed appointment by Allah [!] are not Islamic.

My article focused on the tragic murder of the Third Caliph Usman, r.a., which for the first time shed Muslim blood by people with Muslim names. The issue of why Shi'ism appeared is much deeper and beyond the scope of one article.
Here I will pinpoint the most important idea behind Shi'ism.

Shi'ism is based on the idea of hereditary rule, the son succeeding the father. It can also be called family rule. The people who came to be known as Shias believed that though the Prophet, pbuh, did not have a son, Ali, r.a., was like a son to him and was married to his daughter Fatima, r.a.,

Although Ali, r.a., was himself too pious to claim the caliphate, there were aspects of his behavior which indicated that he thought he did have a better right to the caliphate than anyone else.

Those who wanted to use Ali,r.a., to overthrow the caliphate were encouraged by the visit of Fatima, r.a., Ali's, r.a., wife to the first Caliph, Abu Bakr, r.a., in which she demanded that the Prophet's inheritance of the garden of Fadak should be handed over to her. Abu Bakr, r.a., explained to her that there is no inheritance from the prophet, pbuh, and quoted authentic hadith. Also, his daughter Ayesha, r.a., the Prophet's, pbuh, wife too did not receive inheritance because of the rule that prophet did not leave inheritance. He stressed that she would continue to receive the stipend from Fadak which the prophet, pbuh, gave her.

Fatima, r.a., being the pious woman she was, accepted the hadith and went home, though she was visibly unhappy.

Abu Bakr, r.a., the great Calph, later went to her home and stood in the sun though he was old, and would not leave until Fatima, r.a., forgave him for any mental anguish she might have felt.

Fatima's, r.a., demand and unhappiness were weaved into ugly stories and slanders against the rightly guided caliphs till the stories peaked to the claim that Umar, r.a., had threatened to break the door of her home and set fire to the house!

Fabrication of slanders and projection of ugly stories has become typical of Shiism though the rules of hadith show these are fake. . Under Usman, r.a., the Islamic armies became so successful that the only way public opinion could be turned against him was through the publication and distribution of gossip.

The shias taught that Allah Himself had appointed Ali, r.a., as the rightful Caliph and all other Caliphs were "usurpers." Such teachings violate the Qur'an which teaches leadership through SHOORA [mutual consultation] and consent. Leadership through appointment by Allah is only for prophets which certainly does not apply to Ali, r.a.
[To be continued.]

Juma' Khutba

 Kaukab Siddique

Islamic New Year 1436: Message of Striving & Struggle. Ebola and Healthy Lifestyle: Teachings from Hadith vs Racism & Zionism.

On October 24, 2014, Br. Kaukab Siddique gave the juma' khutba at Masjid Jamaat al-Muslimeen in Baltimore,MD.

The masjid was packed with African American, African, Pakistani, Bengali and Arab Muslims. . The main points of the khutba are summarized here for countrywide distribution.

Narrated Abu Huraira, r.a: The Prophet said, "There is no disease that Allah has created, except that He also has created its treatment." [Sahih Bukhari Volume 7, Book 71, Number 582: ]

Narrated Abu Huraira, r.a: Allah's Apostle said: "The cattle suffering from a disease should not be mixed up with healthy cattle, : "Do not put a patient with a healthy person)" [Sahih Bukhari: Volume 7, Book 71, Number 665]

  1. The new Islamic year begins on Saturday or Sunday. As the Qur'an has taught, 2:189, it should be after the sighting of the new crescent.

  2. We must be aware of the Islamic calendar because all our history is related to the Islamic calendar.

  3. Our calendar was started by Umar, r.a., the second rightly guided Caliph of Islam and he began it from the hijra or the Prophet's, pbuh, journey with his life in danger from Makka to Madina. Hijra or a flight away from evil is a central concept in Islam, 3:195. It includes the physical movement and also the mental journey from evil to good.

  4. Hijra is connected to jihad, or struggle against the forces of kufr, nifaq and shirk. For instance see the Qur'an, 9:73. Almost every chapter of the Quran, particularly all the longer chapters, teach jihad, be it armed struggle in some contexts and use of abilities, wealth and time against injustice in others.

  5. The anniversary of Umar, r.a., who started the calendar is also on Mohurram 1. The hadith says, there would be no prophet after Muhammad, pbuh, but if there had been one, it would have been Umar,r.a. [Sunan of Tirmidhi.]

  6. Also the start of Mohurram is the anniversary of the Caliphate of Usman, r.a., known for his modesty, generosity and humbleness. He is the compiler of the Qur'an, which he brought together in one volume from the scattered pages in the possession of numerous Companions of the Prophet, pbuh, cross referenced with the memories of those who had memorized it and compared with the one copy which was with the daughter of Umar, r.a., Hafsa, r.a.

    Part II After salutations to Muhammad, pbuh, and his family:

  7. As aware Muslims, it is our responsibility not to let the ummah be led astray by the constant drama of lies and deception being played out on the corporate/Zionist media.

  8. Thousands have died of the Ebola epidemic in three west African countries. Why are proper health facilities not extended to those countries, considering that they have close relations with the USA?

  9. Only ONE person has died of Ebola in America and the media have spread an epidemic of fear and panic here. The regime here has been able to take care of Americans who contracted Ebola. Isn't there an element here of putting African human beings below American human beings? It is indeed a very weak argument that those Americans who received proper medication got something which is still experimental. When lives are in great danger, the medicine should be mass produced and given to the African people.

  10. We must adopt the Islamic lifestyle to be able to deal with these sudden eruptions of diseases. Some of the teachings of hadith are very practical and simple. Wash your hands five times a day for the obligatory prayers. Also, washing hands before and after meals is Sunnah.

  11. Quarantine is not a new procedure. It was taught 1400 years ago by the Prophet, pbuh, and is documented in Sahih Hadith.

  12. Notice that these terrible diseases start in countries which are most open to European and American influences, Before this, there was the AIDS epidemic which too rampaged through African countries most open to the West: South Africa, Uganda and Kenya. It was genocide!

  13. Most of Africa is Muslim and is unaffected by these outbreaks though they are starting to affect the big cities which have intercourse with the West.

    1. The world is literally a global village now owing to Internet & airlines. If we ignore the world, we'll be taken by surprise.

  14. We must learn to RELY on ALLAH. It is called TAWWAKUL. Do not be stressed out, do not be anxious. We belong to Allah and unto Allah are we returning.

  15. One hadith which Imam Jamil taught about was: DO NOT BE ANGRY. The Prophet, pbuh, said it three times. This stress syndrome which afflicts America is often connected to irrational anger. Imam Jamil even in prison is "cool" as compared to us.

  16. The media are fully controlled by corporate interests and Zionist operatives. See how they swing between Ebola and ISIS. Before that it was focusing for weeks on the missing Malaysian plane. Two days back they started behaving as if Canada is going down because two of Canada's soldiers were killed.

  17. All this propaganda against ISIS is a bunch of lies. There is no evidence against ISIS. Anyone who tries to set up an Islamic caliphate will be treated the same way.

  18. The western powers are aghast that the false borders set up between Syria and Iraq by an Englishman and a French man, Sykes-Picot, are being erased by the Islamic State, IS,

  19. Look at Africa: All these "countries" have been created by the European powers, so that Europeans can divide and rule and plunder Africa.

  20. Seek guidance from the Qur'an and the authentic Hadith.

Du'a: [Supplication]
O Allah give victory to the Islamic battle formations around the world, be it in Syria and Iraq, or in Afghanistan, Somalia and Nigeria.

Spotlights and Guidance


Imam Badi Reflects on the Tragic Situation in Palestine & the Muslim World

  1. Assume your responsibility toward Palestine, defend al-Aqsa and confront injustice.

  2. Remember that Palestine will be free from the river to the sea. The clash is coming, it is imminent, and the ummah should be prepared for it.

  3. The objective of occupation is occupation.

  4. Jihad and struggle are natural and legal response to occupation.

  5. Lack of response is nothing but betrayal and cowardice.

  6. The Zionists and their friends need to remember that the Palestinian people will become mightier and gain their rights in spite of their suffering.

  7. With acts of faith and courage we will change history, inshaAllah.

  8. Superpowers are using sophisticated bombs to kill the poor, the ill and the hungry. Why not use this wasted wealth to help the poor, cure the sick and feed the hungry?

  9. Stereotyping is evil. Media are using stereotyping and are blind to the harm they are doing.

  10. The media and all good Americans should pay attention to Palestine, A total denial of Palestine is a form of terrorism and racism.

Imam Badi Ali is a Palestinian American who leads a large congregation in Greensboro, North Carolina


 Pakistan Flag

Critical Review of Pakistani Politicians and their Overseas Supporters.

Munir Khalili writes in chaste Urdu. He is not linked to any political party party or religious group. He notes that the sit in carried on for week after week in Islamabad by Imran Khan and Tahir-ul-Qadri have disappointed Pakistanis who expected a change in Pakistan's political climate. The gathering aimed at the corruption and wrong doings of the government led by Nawaz Sharif gradually because a nightly entertainment and dance/song party.

He pinpoints overseas Pakistani supporters of the sit in. These long distance supporters are themselves conservative, religious people but they misunderstood what Imran and Qadri were doing. Pakistan's situation for the great majority of the people is so grim and dismal that any sign of hope, even from adventurers makes people optimistic.

Not only have the sit ins failed in their proclaimed mission of revolution and transformation, they are now creating great disillusionment. Now we see, Khalili notices, that in elections in the city of Multan [central Punjab], Imran's party cleverly, indirectly, supported one of the most corrupt politicians.

Even Jamaate Islami blundered here and probably in the effort to oppose the regime, supported the wrong side, thus ignoring Islamic principles.

Pakistanis need columnists like Khalili to give readers the unvarnished truth.



Kashmir Beyond Platitudes: The Responsibility to Protect; Kashmir: An occupied people
by Dr. Ghulam Nabi Fai
Secretary General, World Kashmir Awareness

Oh let the sun beat down upon my face, stars to fill my dream / I am a traveler of both time and space, to be where I have been / To sit with elders of the gentle race, this world has seldom seen / They talk of days for which they sit and wait and all will be revealed"... --lyrics by Jimmy Page from the song Kashmir, performed by Led Zeppelin

Why, after 67 years of dispute, is the question of Kashmir, land of the "gentle race," still lurking in the shadows of international relations, still unresolved, despite its seemingly relative unimportance to global interests in matters of resources and international trade?

Reasons for the conflict over Kashmir are argued among contenders on a number of points, more often than not to serve globalist interests rather than the fundamental needs or desires of the Kashmiris themselves. Why, after 67 years, the problem continues to fester is the challenge those who talk of peace, stability, and democratic rights must sooner or later confront.

The most pertinent evidence of that conflict is that India has in recent years had as many as 700,000 military and paramilitary forces stationed on a piece of land no larger than the state of Tennessee. By comparison, during the height of the Iraq war, in October 2007, U.S. Troop strength was only a little over 166,000. Iraq compares in size to the state of California. Obviously, the number of troops stationed in Kashmir is highly significant. There is no war taking place there. There is no imminent external threat of a foreign invader, with troops amassed at its border. Why so many troops?

India frequently justifies its military presence, first, by asserting that Kashmir is an 'integral part' of India, and, second, that Pakistan, just across the border, is a threat. Both are nuclear-armed, and cross-border skirmishes occur periodically among a handful of troops stationed along the UN-established Cease-fire Line. However, to whatever extent such a threat exists, such an enormous volume of troops is well beyond whatever need there might be to resist such incursions. The best way to make sure that there is no such infiltration is to let the United Nations be allowed to monitor the Cease-fire Line.

"The barrier itself consists of double-row of fencing and concertina wire eight to twelve feet (2.4-3.7 m) in height, and is electrified and connected to a network of motion sensors, thermal imaging devices, lighting systems and alarms. They act as "fast alert signals" to the Indian troops who can be alerted and ambush the infiltrators trying to sneak in. The small stretch of land between the rows of fencing is mined with thousands of landmines." Wikipedia

The truth is that the people of Kashmir themselves have always been hostile to the presence of India's troops on their soil and have resisted to such oppression, and over hundred thousand Kashmiris have died within the past 22 years alone. Long standing agreements in place have in fact afforded the Kashmiri people the right to determine their own destiny.

What we have, then, is a case of a large country bullying a small nation into submission in violation of not only their right to sovereignty but international agreements and two dozen UN resolutions giving them the right to determine their own political fate. The purpose of so many troops stationed in this small country is for no other purpose but blatant oppression. Their presences make Kashmir the largest army concentration anywhere in the world.

You would think that the international community would be up in arms over such abuse, particularly in view of the fact that the Kashmiris have shown an iron determination to resist tens of thousands of killings, and thousands of rapes, disappearances and torture inflicted upon the population at the hands of these foreign occupiers.

In a more idealistic mood and swept up in the rhetoric of election campaigning, on October 30, 2008, on the eve of his election, President Barack Obama did, in one his rare moments of candor on the issue, address the problems of Kashmir. "We should probably try to facilitate a better understanding between Pakistan and India, "he announced," and try to resolve the Kashmir crisis." It wasn't long after Obama's newly anointed status, however, that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was in New Delhi shuffling cards, engaging in toasts, and making deals on Boeing aircraft. Little more, if anything, was ever said about Kashmir. Trade between India and the U.S. has since become a $100 billion dollar business, with growth estimated in the near term as high as $500 billion.

Given such platitudes, while American foreign policy is supposed to be grounded on moral values, democratic ideals and universal principles, it would appear that wherever the crowd of commercial interests get VIP status, such ideals and principles are easily set aside, relegated to the back of the room, where it's standing room only. Money talks; ideals walk. Situation ethics is the name of the play.

It is quite conspicuous that the world powers feel awkward and unequipped to intervene in any international conflict because the country concerned is too powerful and does not listen to morals and ethics when everyone has his wallet on the table. In addition, India's refusal to accept international assistance for the recent flood seems to shut the door on any kind of international dialogue regarding Kashmir. The Kashmiris are shut in, and the outside world out.

Doesn't the world community recognize such double standards? How is international credibility and trust engendered by such behavior? For whom does this bell toll but for last vestiges of all that we hold dear, while the corrupt and cynical become more emboldened, and does it not sow the seeds of hatred and deeper more lasting conflict among those who suffer because of it?

"Bigger nations should not be able to bully smaller ones... people should be able to choose their own future," President Barack Obama said, when he spoke to the United Nations General Assembly on September 24, 2014. "Too often, " he added, "we have failed to enforce international norms when it's inconvenient to do so."

It would have been nice if he had mentioned Kashmir in the same breath. However, speeches by a U.S. President on foreign policy usually engage issues that are relative to immediate concerns and objectives, and he seemed much more interested in pointing fingers at Russia for supporting the separatist fight in Ukraine and the need to impose sanctions. "America and our allies will support the people of Ukraine as they develop their democracy and economy." he said. "We will reinforce our NATO allies, and uphold our commitment to collective defense. We will impose a cost on Russia for aggression, and counter falsehoods with the truth."

So while the U.S. imposes sanctions on Russia for interfering in stability and peace in a country more than 5,000 miles away which is of no strategic pertinence to American safety or freedoms, it engages in trade with India and says nothing about India's failure to enforce "international norms" where it is apparently inconvenient to do so. India's transgressions in Kashmir are clearly far more relevant to the issue of international norms, given their history, than anything now occurring in Eastern Europe.

If, in Indian Prime Minister Modi's address to the same United Nations forum in September 2014, he proposed that "We should put aside our differences and mount a concerted international effort to combat terrorism and extremism, " then perhaps he ought to look rather carefully into the mirror of his own country's actions in Kashmir. He went so far as to say, "As a symbol of this effort, I urge you to adopt the Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism....We should work together to ensure that all countries observe international rules and norms."

A grand statement, to be sure, but it has little credibility in the face of persistent policies by India against the defenseless people of Kashmir. Nevertheless, we accept Prime Minister Modi's challenge, "Our efforts must begin here - in the United Nations." The point of departure for resolving Kashmir dispute has to be the same - to go back, yes, back to the United Nations which has prescribed the resolution of the Kashmir problem through a democratic method of a free and fair plebiscite.

Perhaps the Prime Minister might indeed demonstrate his sincerity by also withdrawing troops from Kashmir. The presence of such a large number inevitably provokes unnecessary incidents of violence which further enflames the populace, serves as an excuse for lockdowns and curfews that last days at a time, and makes absolutely no sense at all, particularly now that the country has been deeply burdened with unimaginable social and economic losses as a result of the worst flood that Kashmir has ever experienced in its recorded history. The soldiers stood by, equipped with substantial resources, making selective rescue operations, and left the Kashmiris -- many just teenagers in small makeshift rafts -- to fend for themselves.

And how do the world powers, the U.S. among them, justify the inclusion of India as a permanent member of the UN Security Council when all the world sees that it is in violation of the UN's own charter? This makes the mockery of the international obligations.

On the other side of this coin, we have Pakistan, which also controls one third of Kashmir. The two countries have traded barbs and bullets over possession of this land for over six decades.

Mr. Nawaz Sharif, the Prime Ministry of Pakistan articulated his country's policy on September 26, 2014 during his speech at the United Nations, "The core issue of Jammu and Kashmir has to be resolved. This is the responsibility of the international community. We cannot draw a veil on the issue of Kashmir, until it is addressed in accordance with the wishes of the people of Jammu and Kashmir."

But his advisor, Mr. Sartaj Aziz was extremely cautious and reluctant even to accept this principle policy of Pakistan. He was unenthusiastic and apathetic when he said on September 28, 2014, that the timing of a meeting between Hurriyat leaders and Pakistani High Commissioner Abdul Basit was "probably not right." The problem apparently was that talks on a broader level between India and Pakistan had not been initiated, and that setting such an agenda with the Kashmiri resistance movement was premature. He was equally apologetic and repentant by saying "I think if the request (from India) had come earlier.....then probably it could have been reconsidered." Obviously, if Pakistan wants to be taken serious by the world powers, then she has to have a strategic vision and unified approach for the Kashmir dispute. Its policy must be based on solid foundation and not on a shaky one.

Isn't it also time that Mr. Ban Ki-Moon, the Secretary General of the United Nations brings the situation in Kashmir to the attention of the Security Council under the provision of the Article 99 of the United Nations Charter. It is here in the region of South Asia that the two nuclear powers have been eyeball to eyeball for the last four weeks? The Article 99 authorizes the Secretary General to 'bring to the attention of the Security Council any matter which in his opinion may threaten the maintenance of international peace and security'.

Indeed, the United Nations doctrine of the principle of 'responsibility to protect,' the international understanding to intervene to stop atrocities from taking place, was adopted at the 2005 World Summit. All the heads of State and government at the 2005 World Summit, without reservation, committed to the doctrine, and subsequent unanimous adoptions of General Assembly and Security Council resolutions reaffirmed the principle.

"Sometimes known as 'R2P' - the doctrine holds States responsible for shielding their own populations from genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing, and related crimes against humanity, requiring the international community to step in if this obligation is not met.

Ms. Vannina Maestracci, spokesperson of Ban Ki-Moon, the Secretary General of the United Nations said on October 9, 2014 that the Secretary General "encourages the governments of India and Pakistan to resolve all differences through dialogue and to engage constructively to find a long-term solution for peace and stability in Kashmir."

"Encouragement" to India and Pakistan through numerous resolutions have been taking place for the last 67 years. Perhaps it is time that the authority entrusted to the United Nations be taken a little more seriously.

Lastly, the world powers and the saner elements in both India and Pakistan need to realize that the bilateral talks between India and Pakistan have always remained barren. And trilateral dialogue between Governments of India, Pakistan and the leadership of Kashmir -- without any precondition from any side -- is the only way to resolve the issue of Kashmir once for all. Participation of Kashmiri leadership in the dialogue process is the sine qua non that will help to achieve the lasting peace and tranquility in the region of South Asia.

War News


Egypt: General Sissi's troops Guarding Pipeline to Israel Slaughtered. Saudi Consulate too.

October 24: Near Al-Arish, northern Sinai, a martyrdom operator hit Egyptian dictator Sissi's troops gathered at a checkpoint. It was a direct hit: 31 of the troops were killed in the huge explosion and 28 injured. The same day, a hit and run attack killed 3 more Egyptian tropps in Al-Arish itself.

Also on October 24, masked men set fire to two cars belonging to the Saudi consulate in Suez. [Reuters]

General Sissi has declared a national emergency and three days of mourning. The General is supported by Saudi Arabia and Israel directly, and by the US indirectly.

Over the last two years, his special forces killed more than 2,000 unarmed demonstrators opposing Sissi's coup against the rightfully elected president Muhammad Morsi. Another 10,000 peaceful demonstrators have been injured by Sissi's troops. Several thousand more have been imprisoned, many of them sentenced to death.

The people of Egypt seemed totally helpless but now a mujahideen group named for the liberation of Jerusalem, and being advised by the Islamic State, has struck the hardest blow at the dictator.

Syria: Why are US Air Strikes Unable to Stop Islamic State?
Here is What Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi did.
with thanks to Jamaat a Muslimeen, Virginia

ISIS implements countermeasures to dodge coalition strikes

Kobane: Most of it is in Mujahideen hands.

As of October 26. the Islamic State mujahideen have captured most of the city of Kobani [aka Ain al-Arab]. Only the corridor into Turkey with a small Kurdish enclave remains, safeguarded by US air strikes. Three brigades of FSA Syrians controlled by western powers helped to stiffen the defense but could not make a significant difference.

Another 1500 FSA are being transported to the corridor into Kobane but have not reached as yet. Peshmarga from Iraq are also coming. Under US pressure, Turkey seems to have okayed these reinforcements.

US bombing continues but the story is almost over with a terrible defeat for the Communist Kurds, ypg, backed by US air power, [The BBC has lost interest in the story.]

October 22: Bashar Assad's information minister stated that the regime has been providing military and logistical support to the Communist Kurdish defenders of Kobane.

Homs Neighborhood Under Siege: Prisons, Mass Graves filled with Assad's victims.
by Sis. Karin Friedemann

The Al-Waer neighborhood in Homs, an area full of refugees from other neighborhoods of Homs, is experiencing ongoing fierce shelling after the violent attack led by Assad forces and Shiite militias a week ago, in order to control the city.

Al-Waer neighborhood is currently a haven to more than three hundred thousand civilians. It has become a daily target for the missiles, artillery and explosive barrel bombs from Assad forces and allied sectarian militias. Within 3 days last week, more than 24 civilians were killed, most of them women and children.

A Turkish foreign ministry spokesman denounced the Iranian regime for siding with Assad, saying, "Iran should remain silent out of shame over its support for Damascus which is the true terrorism," according to the Anatolia News Agency.

The western media is focusing only on "Kobanî," a Syrian town near the Turkish border where armed Kurds, including many women fighters, are battling against ISIS.

"US air strikes have hit ISIS targets near the town in recent days but do not appear to have stopped the militants' advance," reports the Independent.

However, activists in Homs, condemning the silence of the international community, insist that "people's lives in Al-Waer are as precious as those of Kobanî." The residents of Al-Waer have been suffering under siege for more than a year. The activists insisted that the international community should intervene to save civilians regardless of their race or origins.

This author interviewed 22 year old Mahmoud Allouz in Homs about the situation. The young man, who identifies with the Free Syrian Army said that "Homs is the capital of the Syrian revolution."

He explained that the first neighborhood in Homs to be destroyed in 2011 by Assad was Baba Amr. The military campaign continued for months in the southern countryside. The violent battles were "dominated by the help of the Lebanese Hezbollah after [Baba Amr] was destroyed," stated Allouz. "They want to serve their project [of] sectarian Shiite fighting. They brutally destroy and commit crimes. There are fighters from Iran who are also taking part in the ranks of the Assad regime."

Although anti-government rebels fought long and valiantly, as of May 2014, the city of Homs is now completely under control of the government, whose snipers continue to shoot civilians including children in a sadistic manner like Zionists. For example, some video footage was recently released of a dead or dying person, who was just laying in full view on the road, but because of all the sniper shooting, no one could go collect him. Assad's soldiers take these videos as trophies to brag about their accomplishments.

Al Waer neighborhood "gets the daily massacres," said Allouz. However, "The countryside north of Homs is still under the control of the rebels," he explained. When asked about the rumored opium fields, Allouz stated that they are located mostly in the middle of Syria and are now under the control of ISIS.

"Who do you think ISIS are?" I inquired.

Allouz stated that they are a "takfiri criminal gang" whose murders are "working in favor of the Assad regime." He observed that ISIS is more interested in fighting other rebels than against the regime. "More [ISIS] battles were against the FSA, trying to control the positions held by FSA and the oil fields and assaults on civilians... They are battling the Free Syrian Army, and slaughtering Syrian civilians as does the Assad regime."

I asked him, "Do you think ISIS is a local movement or are they foreign employees?"

He answered that the gang is not being paid by any country but is "self-financing" through seizure of oil fields, theft of territory and stealing money. They are "trying to lure poor people with money to join them, placing ideas in their mind" about committing "criminality and murder."
Al Jazeera put ISIS into context, reporting this week that Mexican drug cartels have murdered exponentially more people than ISIS including 57 journalists and almost 300 Americans visiting Mexico. They have beheaded hundreds of people and displayed mutilated corpses in public squares and on social media in order to intimidate detractors. It is truly astonishing how Americans are more concerned about criminal gangs in Syria than violence happening next door.

When asked about the city of Hama, Mahmoud Allouz said it has not been destroyed like Homs. "In the countryside of Hama, there are battles. But the city of Hama is under the control of the Assad regime, and there are many cases of arrests and [human rights] violations."

However, the following day, there are reports of renewed fighting in Hama.

Shocking photos have been leaked of the regime's 215 Intelligence Branch in Damascus, where detainees are sent to die. Many are summarily executed without any formal charges or military trial.

The Violation Documentation Center in Syria shows satellite photography of the regime's detention centers near Damascus, documenting the growth of cemeteries and "irregular digging." The report states that "many of the locals testified about the burying operations that required bulldozers and about the arrival of big refrigerated lorries (fruits and vegetables refrigerator trucks)." This led to the VDC's confirmation of mass graves.

[New Trend Editor comment: The 20 year old FSA man being interviewed here knows his own city well but by making random comments against ISIS he can fuel bad blood between the two groups. He is being irresponsible. New Trend certainly does not endorse differences between the fighting groups but does not want to censor Sis. Karin's report.]

Syria: Assad's air force puts in biggest effort to bomb civilians. About 300 killed, including women, children.

From Monday October 20 to October 25, the Syrian regime's air force carried out 533 air strikes on civilian populations in areas controlled by Islamic forces. The areas hit are all the way from Quneitra to Dera to Damascus to Aleppo to Idlib and Deir ez-Zor. Nearly 300 civilians were killed in the attacks, including scores of women and children.

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Photo of one of Assad's jet bombers launching a missile.

Assad's military supported by Hizbullah and Shia militias tried to advance on the ground particularly against Aleppo but was successfully resisted by al-Nusra and other Islamic groups. Both sides suffered a steady list of dead and wounded. It appears that the Alawites have captured the town of Monek in central Syria.

US Air Force bombed oil wells and related facilities controlled by ISIS. Some oil outlets were severely damaged and at least 32 civilians were killed.

Iraq: US Bombing: IS Advances: Iraqi-Kurdi Moves. Slaughter of Iraqi troops.

October 25:
A martyrdom operator from IS hit Iraqi forces near Baghdad, killing 10 troops. In the north, fighting is going on in Zumar where Kurdish Peshmarga have advanced with cover from US air force bombing raids

Iraqi forces with US air support are mobilizing to advance towards Mosul.

October 23:
The new Iraqi Prime minister, chosen with the support of the US and Shia religious authorities, visited Iran and received promises of total support.

October 23:
Islamic State, IS, mujahideen captured the village of Zraiyat Nimr. Iraqdi troops supported by Sunni tribal fighters were slaughtered and their bodies littered the streets. The remaining Iraqi troops escaped by helicopter. [Reuters report.]

October 22:
a force of 300 Islamic State mujahideen moved towards Mount Sinjar. They captured the surrounding villages. Mt. Sinjar is defended by 1200 Yazeedi troops. Yazeedi commander Al-Shaikh Khayri, brought in from Germany where many Yazeedis live, was killed in the fighting.

Yemen: US-Shia Houthis-Secular Regime Unite against al-Qaida: Ambushed.

October 24: Shia Houthis militia, said to be armed by Iran, and in coordination with the secular regime in Sanaa and the US moved southwards to tackle al-Qaida which controls most of the south east.

At Rada, the advancing Houthi force was ambushed by al-Qaida and suffered heavy losses [not disclosed]. Meantime further south, a US drone attacked Islamic fighters killing 10.

Afghanistan: An Extensive visit to Wardak province under Taliban rule.

On October 24, BBC TV showed a detailed report on an entire province being ruled the Taliban under the command of Mullah Umar. Wardak is south west of Kabul. Looks like it is a good example of Sharia law. There is complete peace, law and order, education, justice and economic development.

There are numerous schools run by the Taliban, including one with 1500 students. The only thing lacking are schools for girls.The Taliban have learned how not to concentrate their fighters in any one area and hence they avoid attacks by US drones which are patrolling overhead every day.

Kabul is not far from Wardak and the threat of Taliban attack has turned the capital into a fortress constantly on the alert.

[New Trend Editors comment: BBC does this kind of honest report on Muslims once in a while which retains its credibility. New Trend readers should go to the BBC web site and check the archive for October 24.]

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Why is Imam Hasan still in Prison:?
Via Jeff in Columbus, Ohio

Imam Siddique Abdullah Hasan is a staunch activist and revolutionary who is on Ohio's death row for challenging and protesting inhumane prison conditions and policies at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility (SOCF) in Lucasville, the infamous maximum-security prison where violence—assaults, rapes, stabbings, and murders—were the norm.

In 1993 the prison authorities were forcing all prisoners to take a mandatory TB test (Mantoux tuberculin skin test). This test contained phenol, an alcoholic substance which is forbidden for those of the Islamic faith to either consume or have injected under their forearm. Instead of adhering to the U.S. Supreme Court ruling which asserts that prisoners have a right to an alternative test that does not infringe upon their First Amendment beliefs, the prison authorities were unsympathetic toward their beliefs. Knowing that alternatives were available, in an attempt to galvanize outside attention and support, some Muslims spontaneously opted to stage a peaceful protest. It inadvertently got out of hand and a full-scale rebellion ensued when non-Muslims began to attack prison guards due to the long- standing insults and abusive treatment guards had inflicted upon them.

In the aftermath of the SOCF uprising, scores of "eyewitnesses" appeared out of nowhere, accusing Imam Hasan of masterminding the insurrection and ordering the execution of a white prison guard. Inmates whose credibility normally would be in doubt, were presented as highly trustworthy. Without a shred of physical evidence to prove any of the preposterous allegations against him, the State was able to secure Imam Hasan's conviction. This should come as no surprise when one considers the fact that he was tried in Cincinnati, a city sweltering in racism and Imam Hasan is an innocent man, and we should consider it our moral and patriotic duty to make sure his life is not cut short. His exoneration is our freedom, in that it frees our conscious of the shameful guilt that would forever trouble our minds had we remained neutral and not reach out to this freedom fighter. Our collective voice will send a disquieting signal to the criminal (in)justice system that it cannot ignore both exculpatory evidence and expert testimony that point towards his innocence.

Courageous people like Imam Hasan are rare occurrences. He represents an endangered species of men who we cannot allow to fall into extinction. Will he live or will we allow his life to be ended tragically and prematurely like that of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and countless others?

Our actions hold part of the answer.

Those ready and willing to learn more about Imam Hasan's case, and how they can help, can reach him at the address below.
Imam Siddique Abdullah Hasan, R130-559
878 Coitsville-Hubbard Road
Ohio State Penitentiary
Youngstown, Ohio 44505

NEW YORK: A racial element to Ebola+Man Attacks policemen with hatchet
by Sis Aisha [Jamaat al-Muslimeen, New York City]

There was breaking news tonight, 10/23/2014, about a White doctor, Craig Spencer, being the first case of Ebola in New york City. He traveled to and from New Guinea, West Africa. Spencer has traveled through the New York City public transportation system, used cabs, and enjoyed time bowling along other activities! Today, he had a 103 degree fever and was subsequently removed from his Harlem Heights apartment and taken to Bellevue Hospital. A Latino maintenance worker was given orders to disinfect the entire building where this doctor lived. Residents of Dr. Spencer's building have stated that there are still no signs on his door indicating that he has Ebola. Spencer is a gentrifier and lives in a Black neighborhood in Harlem. The negative changes stemming from White gentrification of Black areas is the glorification of Halloween and homosexuality.

It is very strange how: White doctors go to Africa to "treat" Ebola patients but, run back to the United States for treatment after they've contracted the disease themselves!

They claim that the disease is ONLY spread through the exchange of bodily fluids, just like AIDS, but they are quarantining people who have the most minimal contact with these infected people! There are photos of Dr. Spencer wearing protective gear in Africa!

Thousands of Africans have died from Ebola but, people are easily cured in the Western world! Dr. Craig Spencer is a member of Doctors Without Borders. Many politicians are urging the U.S. to close its doors to West African countries but, why aren't African leaders wise enough to rid itself of all the U.S. Embassies and Christian missionary groups working there under the guise of spreading the Word? Europeans have NEVER wished Africa well. Human bodies can be littered all over the desert and the Europeans' biggest mission is to save Africa's animal kingdom!

Ebola surfaced in Africa around the same time AIDS did, over 30 years ago. Many suspect that Ebola is also bio-warfare.

Second Story:

A man was killed by police in Jamaica, Queens after using a hatchet to attack police! Reports are that his blog had snippets of verses from the Holy Qur'an. However, they do not believe that he was solely inspired by so-called Islamist rhetoric. There were other quotes from various sources against White imperialism and oppression. Zale H. Thompson attacked four cops hitting two of them. One was hit in the arm and the other in the head. the other two officer, who were not hit, started shooting and killed Thompson. They also shot a female bystander in the back. She is being treated at a Queens, NY hospital. Thompson was discharged from the Navy for misconduct.

This attack comes on the heels of the October 21st killing of one Canadian soldier and the injuring of another in a hit and run incident by Martin Rouleau Couture in Canada. He is being referred to as a radicalized Muslim. The New York Police Department was on heightened alert because of this attack in Canada.

Sis. 'Aisha

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Canada, At War for 13 Years, Shocked That 'A Terrorist' Attacked Its Soldiers
By Glenn Greenwald, The Intercept

22 October 2014 In Quebec on Monday, two Canadian soldiers were hit by a car driven by Martin Couture-Rouleau, a 25-year-old Canadian who, as The Globe and Mail reported, "converted to Islam recently and called himself Ahmad Rouleau." One of the soldiers died, as did Courture-Rouleau when he was shot by police upon apprehension after allegedly brandishing a large knife. Police speculated that the incident was deliberate, alleging the driver waited for two hours before hitting the soldiers, one of whom was wearing a uniform. The incident took place in the parking lot of a shopping mall 30 miles southeast of Montreal, "a few kilometres from the Collège militaire royal de Saint-Jean, the military academy operated by the Department of National Defence."

The right-wing Canadian government wasted no time in seizing on the incident to promote its fear-mongering agenda over terrorism, which includes pending legislation to vest its intelligence agency, CSIS, with more spying and secrecy powers in the name of fighting ISIS. A government spokesperson asserted "clear indications" that the driver "had become radicalized."

In a "clearly prearranged exchange," a conservative MP, during parliamentary "question time," asked Prime Minister Stephen Harper (pictured above) whether this was considered a "terrorist attack"; in reply, the prime minister gravely opined that the incident was "obviously extremely troubling." Canada's Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney pronounced the incident "clearly linked to terrorist ideology," while newspapers predictably followed suit, calling it a "suspected terrorist attack" and"homegrown terrorism." CSIS spokesperson Tahera Mufti said "the event was the violent expression of an extremist ideology promoted by terrorist groups with global followings" and added: "That something like this would happen in a peaceable Canadian community like Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu shows the long reach of these ideologies."

In sum, the national mood and discourse in Canada is virtually identical to what prevails in every Western country whenever an incident like this happens: shock and bewilderment that someone would want to bring violence to such a good and innocent country ("a peaceable Canadian community like Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu"), followed by claims that the incident shows how primitive and savage is the "terrorist ideology" of extremist Muslims, followed by rage and demand for still more actions of militarism and freedom-deprivation. There are two points worth making about this:

First, Canada has spent the last 13 years proclaiming itself a nation at war. It actively participated in the invasion and occupation of Afghanistan and was an enthusiastic partner in some of the most extremist War on Terror abuses perpetrated by the U.S. Earlier this month, the Prime Ministerrevealed, with the support of a large majority of Canadians, that "Canada is poised to go to war in Iraq, as [he] announced plans in Parliament [] to send CF-18 fighter jets for up to six months to battle Islamic extremists." Just yesterday, Canadian Defence Minister Rob Nicholson flamboyantly appeared at the airfield in Alberta from which the fighter jets left for Iraq and stood tall as he issued the standard Churchillian war rhetoric about the noble fight against evil.

It is always stunning when a country that has brought violence and military force to numerous countries acts shocked and bewildered when someone brings a tiny faction of that violence back to that country. Regardless of one's views on the justifiability of Canada's lengthy military actions, it's not the slightest bit surprising or difficult to understand why people who identify with those on the other end of Canadian bombs and bullets would decide to attack the military responsible for that violence.

That's the nature of war. A country doesn't get to run around for years wallowing in war glory, invading, rendering and bombing others, without the risk of having violence brought back to it. Rather than being baffling or shocking, that reaction is completely natural and predictable. The only surprising thing about any of it is that it doesn't happen more often.

The issue here is not justification (very few people would view attacks on soldiers in a shopping mall parking lot to be justified). The issue is causation. Every time one of these attacks occurs — from 9/11 on down — Western governments pretend that it was just some sort of unprovoked, utterly "senseless" act of violence caused by primitive, irrational, savage religious extremism inexplicably aimed at a country innocently minding its own business. They even invent fairy tales to feed to the population to explain why it happens: they hate us for our freedoms.

Those fairy tales are pure deceit. Except in the rarest of cases, the violence has clearly identifiable and easy-to-understand causes: namely, anger over the violence that the country's government has spent years directing at others. The statements of those accused by the west of terrorism, and even the Pentagon's own commissioned research, have made conclusively clear what motivates these acts: namely, anger over the violence, abuse and interference by Western countries in that part of the world, with the world's Muslims overwhelmingly the targets and victims. The very policies of militarism and civil liberties erosions justified in the name of stopping terrorism are actually what fuels terrorism and ensures its endless continuation.

If you want to be a country that spends more than a decade proclaiming itself at war and bringing violence to others, then one should expect that violence will sometimes be directed at you as well. Far from being the by-product of primitive and inscrutable religions, that behavior is the natural reaction of human beings targeted with violence. Anyone who doubts that should review the 13-year orgy of violence the U.S. has unleashed on the world since the 9/11 attack, as well as the decades of violence and interference from the U.S. in that region prior to that.

Second, in what conceivable sense can this incident be called a "terrorist" attack? As I havewritten many times over the last several years, and as some of the best scholarship proves, "terrorism" is a word utterly devoid of objective or consistent meaning. It is little more than a totally malleable, propagandistic fear-mongering term used by Western governments (and non-Western ones) to justify whatever actions they undertake. As Professor Tomis Kapitan wrote in a brilliant essay in The New York Times on Monday: "Part of the success of this rhetoric traces to the fact that there is no consensus about the meaning of 'terrorism.'"

But to the extent the term has any common understanding, it includes the deliberate (or wholly reckless) targeting of civilians with violence for political ends. But in this case in Canada, it wasn't civilians who were targeted. If one believes the government's accounts of the incident, the driver waited two hours until he saw a soldier in uniform. In other words, he seems to have deliberately avoided attacking civilians, and targeted a soldier instead - a member of a military that is currently fighting a war.

Again, the point isn't justifiability. There is a compelling argument to make that undeployed soldiers engaged in normal civilian activities at home are not valid targets under the laws of war (although the U.S. and its closest allies use extremely broad and permissive standards for what constitutes legitimate military targets when it comes to their own violence). The point is that targeting soldiers who are part of a military fighting an active war is completely inconsistent with the common usage of the word "terrorism," and yet it is reflexively applied by government officials and media outlets to this incident in Canada (and others like it in the UK and the US).

That's because the most common functional definition of "terrorism" in Western discourse is quite clear. At this point, it means little more than: "violence directed at Westerners by Muslims" (when not used to mean "violence by Muslims," it usually just means: violence the state dislikes). The term "terrorism" has become nothing more than a rhetorical weapon for legitimizing all violence by Western countries, and delegitimizing all violence against them, even when the violence called "terrorism" is clearly intended as retaliation for Western violence.

This is about far more than semantics. It is central to how the west propagandizes its citizenries; the manipulative use of the "terrorism" term lies at heart of that. As Professor Kapitan wrote yesterday in The New York Times:

Even when a definition is agreed upon, the rhetoric of "terror" is applied both selectively and inconsistently. In the mainstream American media, the "terrorist" label is usually reserved for those opposed to the policies of the U.S. and its allies. By contrast, some acts of violence that constitute terrorism under most definitions are not identified as such — for instance, the massacre of over 2000 Palestinian civilians in the Beirut refugee camps in 1982 or the killings of more than 3000 civilians in Nicaragua by "contra" rebels during the 1980s, or the genocide that took the lives of at least a half million Rwandans in 1994. At the opposite end of the spectrum, some actions that do not qualify as terrorism are labeled as such — that would include attacks by Hamas, Hezbollah or ISIS, for instance, against uniformed soldiers on duty.

Historically, the rhetoric of terror has been used by those in power not only to sway public opinion, but to direct attention away from their own acts of terror. At this point, "terrorism" is the term that means nothing, but justifies everything. It is long past time that media outlets begin skeptically questioning its usage by political officials rather than mindlessly parroting it.

 Glenn Greenwald

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Intercept journalist and founding editor: Glenn Greenwald.
(photo: ABC News)

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