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Insights of the Breathless Enthusiasts

November 8, 2012 Leave a comment

Hey Hey Hey…Whether explained with exuberant ebonics or with the solemnity of a sophomore philosopher, these insights are truly inspiring in the worst sense of the word….

100 Lashes If You Don’t Laugh

September 26, 2012 Leave a comment

 English teachers in Jakarta demand respect for regionally popular religion…

Freedom of Speech Alive and Well in Iran

April 18, 2010 Leave a comment

Dieudonne M’Bala M’Bala tells Iranian TV that most slave traders were Jews….that there’s more freedom of speech in Iran….and that the US is a country that is falling apart…

Mahmoud al-Mabhouh’s Fight Exposed the Operation

March 5, 2010 Leave a comment

In the ongoing case of  Mahmoud al-Mabhouh’s assassination, culpability can be  narrowed based on access to information.  Who would have risked the unusually vast resources expended in this operation without advance  information sufficient to elicit contingent approval?   Mabhouh willingly embarked on an itinerary assigned to him by trusted, familiar handlers;  an itinerary designed to result in  his eradication.  Over the last two years, Mabhouh had suffered two attempts on his life.   He was no dummy when it came to his own comfort level.  Stratfor has previously documented the extent of the Iranian intelligence network operating in Gaza, Lebanon and Syria.  Knowing who controls this netherworld of Hamas and Hezbollah makes it easier to deduce the most probable origin of  the operation.   Mabhouh had no reason to suspect that his hotel room assignment was predetermined.    Yet, the fact that his room was  located in an area blind to video surveillance and the coincident ability of the hit team to locate itself directly across from his room reveals both the coordinated agenda and the duplicitous nature of  Mabhouh’s orders.  This event clearly betrays itself  in the magnitude of expended effort. Effort that, without preoperative information, would not have been deemed a reasonable risk.  And that’s the point, there was very little risk compared to the very large benefits. One, al-Mabhouh would finally be removed from the payroll while, two, generating a classic “blame the enemy” opportunity. An appropriation of Stalin’s simple lesson as applied by the Ayatollah Ahmadinejad Khamenei.
The immediate release of information and videotapes regarding Mabhouh’s cause of death is simply an elongated  ruse to cover the team’s ultimate failure to successfully  “execute”  their assignment.  Suffocation and electric shock purported as causes of death are techniques taken straight from the jihadist curriculum of  death which seem incongruent in this case.   We reason that Mabhouh violently resisted the dose of succinylcholine that was intended to untraceably stop his heart.  Then, facing a noisy fight with Mabhouh,  the three assassins resorted to suffocation to accomplish the task, calculating that the combination of complexity, conspicuousness, and credit cards issued in the name of Payoneer,  would ultimately provide sufficient cover.
The Stratfor Article

Iranian Weapons interdicted on the way to the Hezzis:

The More Detail, The Bigger The Lie

February 27, 2010 Leave a comment

The recent assassination of  Mahmoud al-Mabhouh reveals  to us that  Hamas never wastes an opportunity to create a martyr of  whomever  it has decided to kill.   With revenge  for  Mabhouh’s  murder of  Ilan Saadon as the motive, a clumsy team of Hamas operatives was dispatched to Dubai by their Iranian handlers to eliminate Mabhouh who had entered the country under a  false passport on an assignment to procure weapons for Gaza.   When did Dubai become a center of weapons trade?  With whom was Mabhouh scheduled to meet?  An opportunity such as this, to discover and eliminate a covert supply of weapons represents a target of significantly greater value to the alleged perpetrators  than Mabhouh as an individual.  Thus,  revenge as the proposed  motive fails to agree with Mossad as the proposed perpetrator.  The scenario is irrational in light of the larger benefit contained in its construction.  It is far more credible to see this as an internal action in which Mabhouh was forwarded by Syria for his execution by Hamas  in an operation designed by Iran to exploit windfall propaganda out of what otherwise would have been another run of the mill intra-Hamas murder.  The selected location,  the  byzantine structure of the thing and the excessive number of people involved indicates that the real success of this mission was its conspicuousness.    There are chapters remaining in the design of the scenario’s play out, such as implicating the US, etc.  They’re just gravy to tempt a gullible press.  We’ll see….

Iranian Government Announces Next Astronauts

February 5, 2010 Leave a comment

Building on the success of their recent  launch of  a sub-orbital fireball “manned” by two turtles, a mouse and a can of worms, the Supreme Leader Ruhollah Khameini and The Council of Guardians have announced the crew specifically selected to participate in the upcoming  “Gemini”  phase of the Iranian space program….

Islam Absent in Haiti Disaster

January 18, 2010 4 comments

Neither  Hammas,   the Brotherhood of  Islam,  the PLO,   al-Qaeda,  the Taliban,   Jamaat ul-Fuqra,   bin Laden, the Quranic Open University, Muslims of  the Americas, Iran, Pakistan,  Syria,  Saudi Arabia,  Egypt,  Yemen,  Ethiopia, Venezuela, Cuba,  Sheik Mubarik Ali Gilani,  al Qaeda in the islamic maghreb,  the Gitmo occupants, bin Saud, the Nation of Islam, Louis Farrakhan, al Qaeda in the Arabian Penninsula, Khilafah,  Khalifah,  Hizb ut-Tahrir,   the Council on American-Islamic Relations,   nor Anwar al-Awlaki  have offered  assistance  in response to the crisis in Haiti.   No soldiers of allah have volunteered to help either.  There’s nothing like the fidelity of the Infidel in times of disaster, is there mon frere?

Update 2/23/10

We thank Mr. Abdul Baseer for this enlightening and welcome contribution.  We stand corrected and certainly appreciate both the ongoing efforts and generous contributions made by numerous Islamic relief organizations in response to the disaster in Haiti:

Author : Abdul Baseer (IP: 86.96.228.84 , 86.96.228.84)
E-mail : cute_baseer007@hotmail.com
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Comment:
I have a lot to say about your mentality but i hope this article will help shut your mouth.

Muslims Helping Haiti
By WAJAHAT ALI

Haiti is experiencing unimaginable suffering from its devastating earthquake, with more than 150,000 dead and one to three million individuals displaced. Individuals, groups and governments from around the world have stepped in to do what they can. United by their religious tradition of charity, Muslims have emerged as effective partners in aid and relief work.

The international effort to aid Haiti by individuals, Islamic relief organizations and the governments of Muslim-majority countries reflects a proactive generosity and empathy espoused by the Prophet Muhammad and the teachings of the Qur’an. Charity, in fact, is one of the five obligations for Muslims, and Muslim organizations have been working alongside other faith-based groups to fulfill this duty.

Islamic Relief, one of the most respected and successful disaster relief charities in the world, has used technology, new media and social networking sites to mobilize people. Along with “Seekers Digest”, a popular Muslim community blog run out of Canada, Islamic Relief hosted the “Muslim Online Haiti Fundraiser” and raised over $100,000 in two hours. The organization also used its existing partnership with the Mormon Church to send hygiene kits and temporary shelters to Haiti, in addition to pledging a total of $2.5 million.

Islamic Relief also sent an emergency response team to directly assist victims in Haiti. These Muslim aid workers have been updating a daily blog with sobering first-hand accounts of the tragedy.

Assisting Islamic Relief, Muslim American artists and community activists convened to put on a concert in New York City, hosted by the Inner-City Muslim Action Network (IMAN), and used the opportunity to raise donations for Haiti. In Chicago, IMAN partnered with a local synagogue and church to raise aid money.

Governments and non-governmental organizations (NGO) of countries that are more often known as recipients of aid have also reached out. Two Pakistani NGOs, Al-Khidmat Foundation and Edhi Foundation, are mobilizing relief efforts to help Haitians despite the country’s own political and economic volatility. Both organizations have considerable expertise in this area due to the massive 2005 earthquake that killed nearly 80,000 in northern Pakistan. The Edhi Foundation has already pledged $500,000 to assist Haiti.

Speaking on Haiti’s catastrophe, the president of Al-Khidmat Foundation, Niamatullah Khan, said, “Islam exhorts us to help those who are in trouble…. Humanity comes first.”

In the Middle East, Dubai Cares, a non-profit dedicated to ensuring education for young children, is providing immediate assistance to 200,000 children in Haiti through its international partners who are already on the ground. And the governments of Bahrain, Kuwait, Morocco and Turkey have each pledged $1 million in aid, in addition to sending cargo planes filled with medical supplies, food, tents and blankets.

Iran donated 30 tons of humanitarian aid, including food, tents and medicine through its Red Crescent Society. And Palestinians, through the Red Cross, have begun an effort to send donations.

Furthermore, Lebanon sent a plane with 25 tons of tents and three tons of medical supplies. And Indonesia, the most populous Muslim nation, sent $2.1 million in aid. “As a country that has been itself devastated by a similar situation, we are absolutely saddened by what’s happening in Haiti,” Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa said at an Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) meeting in Vietnam. “We call on the ASEAN community, including ourselves, of course, to do what we can do to assist them.”

According to Habiba Hamid, a Fellow of the Centre for the Study of Global Governance at the London School of Economics, this pattern of charity is not an aberration but the norm for Muslim communities. She says, “Without [Muslim countries], we would not have the United Nations World Food Program (WFP) today, which is proving critical in Haiti currently.” In 2008, when the WFP issued an urgent call for funds in light of increased food and fuel prices that raised global hunger and poverty levels, Saudi Arabia pledged $500 million, leading the WFP to recognize King Abdullah as a “Champion in the Battle Against Hunger.”

Although the journey to rebuilding Haiti is long and painstaking, Muslim relief efforts worldwide prove that sometimes our most reliable and effective partners in humanitarian endeavors are not always the ones we expect.

Wajahat Ali is a Muslim American of Pakistani descent. He is a playwright, essayist, humorist and Attorney at Law