Archive for October, 2008

News and Analysis (10/31/08)

Friday, October 31st, 2008

McCain continues to campaign with ignorance and bigotry:

Illegally profiling of Muslim immigrants conducted by the Department of Homeland Security:

Using Sharia law for guidance, Islamic banking practices are quickly gaining popularity:

Hoping to reduce sectarian divisions, defense minister bans running for political office, working on political campaigns, attending political demonstrations, or join any political organizations:

Struggling to survive, street vendors express frustration with the Iraqi government and military:

The Bush administration must release Hamdan on December 31 or continue to imprison him as an “enemy combatant:

Insurgents have carried out a number of high-profile attacks despite heavy guard in Kabul:

News and Analysis (10/30/08)

Thursday, October 30th, 2008

With provincial elections scheduled in January, Iraqi politicians remain committed to specific demands which help ensure Iraqi sovereignty:

“We don’t object to filters in school, libraries, or public places, but it’s a problem to decide what is suitable for an entire population in a democracy”:

Virtually all “military-aged men” are subjected to a biometric screening when entering from Iran:

Conceding that IMF funds financially harm nations:

Tens of thousands rally at the US embassy in a government-orchestrated protest:

17 were freed in an act of goodwill for the upcoming Palestinian unity talks:

Wayne Gilchrist, Rudyard Kipling, and Jacob Brownosky

Wednesday, October 29th, 2008

Congressman Wayne Gilchrist (R-MD) was among the speakers at a gala dinner sponsored by the Council for the National Interest (CNI) to honor Congressman Paul Findley, author of They Dare to Speak Out. CNI seeks to re-orient American foreign policy to the benefit of the United States rather than foreign countries. Congressman Gilchrist, who recently lost his party’s primary bid for re-election to Congress, quoted Rudyard Kipling’s sober and depressingly timely observation: “Why did young men die? Because old men lied.”

Gilchrist reported that the ayatollahs of Iran told him that they consider America an Islamic country because its founding document, the Declaration of Independence, contains the statement “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

Consider the precarious situation of the world today. As old men lied about Iraq they now lie about Iran. How do we prevent more young men from dying? Gilchrist turned to Jacob Bronowski’s observation (in his PBS program “The Ascent of Man”) on ignorance, arrogance and dogma, of the three vices that throughout history together have been humanity’s greatest enemy. The cure, he said, is to replace ignorance with knowledge, arrogance with humility, and dogma with tolerance.

Amen.
Imad-ad-Dean Ahmad, Ph.D.
Minaret of Freedom Institute
www.minaret.org

News and Analysis (10/29/08)

Wednesday, October 29th, 2008

Only five provinces remain in US control:

“Without dialogue, we cannot have any sort of conclusion,” – Owais Ghani,  governor of the North-West Frontier Province

The falling price of oil increases pressure on Arab markets:

Women’s rights advocate remains detained by Iranian authorities with no formal charges made:

Commanders request 20,000 additional troops for the still undeclared war:

Refusing to back down from the Israeli government, ship arriving from Cyprus brings much needed medical supplies:

News and Analysis (10/28/08)

Tuesday, October 28th, 2008

As with with the cross-border raids into Pakistani, “the [U.S.] military’s argument is that ‘you can only claim sovereignty if you enforce it,'”–Anthony Cordesman

… but Iraq unexpectedly rebukes Washington’s actions and Syria accuses the US of “conducting a planned act of ‘criminal and terrorist aggression'”

Lily Munir advocates the “lost message in the Quran”:

Accusations that Guantanamo defendants experience mental and physical health problems allow access to Camp 7:

Weak alliances and mistrust threaten civil war:

Symbolizing the struggle for political influence:

News and Analysis (10/27/08)

Monday, October 27th, 2008

Reports indicate US forces illegally crossed into Syria to target insurgents:

“How can we possibly have a serious national unity dialogue with people who claim to be patriotic Palestinians in daylight hours while at night they coordinate with the Israeli army the next wave of arrests against our people?” – Hamas Official:

Misguided polices will lead to disaster for fragile Pakistani democracy:

Eighteen months after scheduled completion, budget tripled, sewage running in the streets, and most homes will never be connected:

West Bank settlers slashed car tires, defaced a Muslim cemetery and threatened Israeli troops:

“In the 21st century there is a real need for a film that emotionally engages audiences on the journey that led to the birth of Islam”:

Embodying the struggles of the Palestinian people, their national team plays the first home game in the West Bank:

Exploring Connections Between the Economy and Foreign Policy

Sunday, October 26th, 2008

Here are my answers to recent questions from Farspress about the relationship of the economic crisis on American foreign policy.

Q- The U.S economy supremacy suffered from the U.S invasion to Afganistan and Iraq and the alleged “development of democracy.” How do you see the future of this trend?

A. The disastrous collapse of the American economy at this time is partly due to the military interventions and “nation-building” you have mentioned, but it is mostly due to the expansion of credit in which the Federal Reserve Board engaged in order to support these adventures as well as a broad array of government programs. This trend can only be expected to get worse as the U.S. government faces the enormous unfunded obligations of Social Security and Medicare as the baby boom generation enters retirement.

Q. What do you think of the effects of these events on the U.S supremacy in international scene?

A. American military adventures have sorely hurt its image in the world and caused a loss of respect. Because the U.S. military cannot handle a war on more than two fronts at this time, it has no ability to respond to unanticipated threats as the unfolding of the Russian intervention into Georgia has demonstrated.

Q. Will the U.S continue to define its national interest globally or limit itself to a narrower definition of its national interest?

A. I do not believe that the United States has pursued its national interest in world affairs, but has rather subordinated its national interest in international affairs to the domestic interests of the politicians in currying favor to certain domestic interests, especially the Zionists and, to a lesser degree, corporate finance and the oil industry.

Q. What do you think about the fate of The U.S confrontations with countries like Iran?

A. America’s threatened confrontation serves neither nation’s interests. The damage done to America’s interest by its adventure in Iraq is neglegible compared to the damage a war with Iran would cause. All legitimate security concerns that America has with Iran would be better served by an opening of relations, especially of trade.

Yours truly,
Imad-ad-Dean Ahmad, Ph.D.
Minaret of Freedom Institute

News and Analysis (10/25/08 – 10/26/08)

Sunday, October 26th, 2008

An Israeli-linked non-profit that doesn’t disclose its donors or board members demonizes Muslims by distributing propaganda filmswith a pseudonymous producer and production manager:

Sunni group accuses US forces of killing senior party official “in his bed” and detaining five others:

General accused of inappropriately influencing the prosecution:

Hezbollah claims that “it is the only force that can defend the country against Israel” while a TV comedy depicts Americans “handing out socks and toy airplanes to Lebanese generals:”

“Nafie is viewed by many as one of the most influential and brutal security officials in Sudan”:

Flash floods destroy over 1700 homes and killed at least 65 people:

News and Analysis (10/24/08)

Friday, October 24th, 2008

“Lepers. Untouchables. Politically radioactive” among the terms Muslims use to describe their treatment:

Turkey continues to struggle between it’s liberal Islamic and authoritarian secular identity:

Researching her master’s thesis on the status of women in Iran, Esha Momeni is detained and her relative’s home searched after a traffic violation:

“Amana Income and sister fund Amana Growth are designed for U.S. Muslims who wish to invest according to their beliefs:”

Critical to success, Husain Haqqani attempts to balance the needs of a fragile government with the concerns of the US:

Strike organized on “United Nations Day” to protest the lack of progress on a peace agreement in Kashmir:

News and Analysis (10/23/08)

Thursday, October 23rd, 2008

Mirroring the “Awakening” movement in Iraq:

Refusal to release documents potentially proving claims of torture threatens damage to ties with Britain:

Babil province becomes the 12th out of 18 provinces that Iraqi forces hold primary responsible for security:

Seemingly ineffective, Karzai faces an uphill battle for reelection in a year:

The media called him “Jihad Jack,” but the court finds the Muslim convert’s interrogation was tainted by threats of execution and deportation to Guantanamo:

A retired Lebanese general doubts the drug bust has any connection to the Shi`a militia:

Serious dangers remain despite the overall drop in violence:

Following suit of other Middle Eastern nations, Kuwait begins the slow process to improve relations: