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Sunday, March 30, 2014

Turkey: Best laid schemes of mice and men

More than 140,000 civilians and soldiers have died so far in Syria and the number is rising.  Millions have fled their homes and have been made refugees outside and within Syria.  The Turkish backed terrorist infiltrators consisting of the "Syrian opposition" are controlling some portions of Syria particularly several border crossings between Syria and Turkey.  But they have not been able to gain a single significant victory in 3 years, rather they've gotten extremely fragmented and wrapped up in their own infighting.  Turkey is itching to get involved directly by staging a false flag of course .. the most popular feature of the Zionist playbook which the Turkish government has been much too quick to pick.  In the meantime, as RT reports "Turkey's NATO allies will be on standby as Ankara plots Syria strike excuse."  The plan was for Turkey to stage a missile operation against itself - (preferably with the hope of killing some of its own people) as justification for carrying out a Turkish military offensive against Syria.

As luck would have it, the scheme discussed over a telephone conversation between senior Turkish officials leaked out and was uploaded on Youtube, leaving Turkey "red-faced," livid and dumbstruck.  Youtube was shut down immediately, barely a week after the closure of Twitter and Facebook, turning the country into a nationwide prison for its citizens.

Still wondering if Turkey intended to go it alone, or was it a maneuver for NATO intervention of Syria via itself?  Even if the ruse was for Turkey to act alone with assistance, what's undebatable is that the ploy itself involved all of Turkey's allies just as much as Turkey alone.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Possible ethnic cleansing of the Tatars in Crimea under Russian rule

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The possibility of another ethnic cleansing of the Muslim minority has arisen, this time in Crimea, after the peninsula's annexation to Russia.  Only time will tell whether or not the apprehension is justified.  However, it's not merely a fad;  it's based on specific factors.

As of 2012, there are 500,000 Muslims living in the region, and 300,000 (or about 60%) are Crimean Tatars.

With leftist and rightist analysts coming up with two opposite versions, it's confusing.   Pro-U.S. sources claim majority of the Tatars in Crimea boycotted the referendum.  They have been disturbed and panicky at the prospect of living under Moscow's rule soon after talks on a referendum began.  They have been haunted with fearful centuries-old memories of Russian soldiers and Cossacks coming to Crimea and their notoriously harsh treatment of the Tatars.  But various electronic media sources have labelled such claims as fear-mongering.  According to their argument, ethnic Russians make up to 60% of Crimea's total population.  But the votes in favor of seceding were 96% indicating that all major ethnic groups in Crimea voted in favor of seceding from Ukraine, not just the Tatars but the Ukrainians as well.  Then again, there are allegations from pro-U.S. sources that the votes were rigged and the referendum was conducted under Russian military presence in Crimea.  But pro-Moscow channels reject the story based on the reports of 135 international observers from 23 countries who were supposedly satisfied with the voting process without witnessing any irregularities.

In the post cold war era the United States, unopposed, leads the world in matters of injustice and lawlessness - occupying, bullying, killing, raping, partisanship, you name it - all of that is undeniable which has been distracting observers from the shortcomings of the rest of the world.  But if you focus just as much on various other powers independently without the shadow of the "superpower," you learn still more.  More often than not, Russia hasn't been squeaky clean either.  Be it pre or post cold war period, the two can be better described as partners rather than opponents in competing for economic benefits.  During the cold war, the partnership also involved a race for regional hegemony.  For decades Afghanistan was a peaceful and hospitable land, and a favorite tourist destination ruled by an harmless monarch.  That would never have changed if Russia (or call it Soviet Union) hadn't barged into Afghanistan to brag its cold war might in 1979.  It wasn't able to sustain its occupation for long and left Afghanistan within a decade.  But the harm was done with far-reaching consequences. The door of security and rule of law was broken; Afghanistan changed into a rowdy 'open house' free for all from a civilized and sober sovereign state.  Not to mention its fallout that has been devastating neighboring Pakistan for the last 34 years.  If the origin of this catastrophe is traced, the trail goes back quite straight to Russia. 

Despite the Western media being laden with tales, fear and concern of Tatar Muslims being under Russian rule cannot be dispelled altogether nor unjustified.  Various independent Muslim outlets which met and interviewed members of the Tatar community in Crimea have also reported their deep worries for the future.  IslamOnline.net reported 39-year-old Reshat Ametov, a Crimean Tatar who was an activist and had petitioned the separation referendum, was taken away before the referendum by unknown men in military-style jackets. A few days later, his body with marks of violence and torture was found in the nearby woods.  This incident provoked plenty of fear and sadness within the distraught Muslim society of Crimea.  Another Crimean Tatar citizen told the same source that for weeks prior to the referendum, masked men had been harassing the already intimidated Tatar community.

Historically it's true that Crimea had formerly been a part of Russia. Nonetheless one can understand why the referendum has been a cause for concern for the Tatar minority.   A pattern of abuse of the Muslim minority exists not only through medieval history but in more recent times as well.  And if they really boycotted the referendum, that itself could evolve into a cause for a backlash.

In 1944, Stalin ethnically cleansed Crimea of Tatar Muslims when some were killed and all were deported.  The Tatar population of approximately 300,000 were transported in brutal conditions thousands of miles away to Uzbekistan and other locations. Many died during the cumbersome journey.  In Crimea, the Soviets confiscated their properties and ravaged their mosques.  Most mosques were turned into warehouses and one was converted into a museum of atheism.  The New Yorker recently reported that Tatar Muslims already have "Xs" marked on their homes, reminiscent of the manner in which Muslims in Crimea were singled out and deported by Stalin over false allegations that they collaborated with the Nazis.
After the fall of the Soviet Union when Ukraine became independent in 1991, approximately a quarter of a million (250,000) Tatars who were the survivors of and descendents of those deported by Stalin returned to Ukraine and Crimea.  The Crimean Cossack population is still quite large.  They are an ancient Christian community with the historical reputation of being professional warriors and crude, somewhat like the Chetniks of Serbia.   Cossacks ethnically belong to the "East Slavic" region which presently includes Eastern Europe and some parts of Central Asia.  Often referred to as the "cowboys of Crimea," throughout the annals of history the Cossacks way of life has been one of disorder and a penchant for resistance to established authority.  As a Russian author mentioned that Putin's nightmare isn't the British bankers (he reportedly keeps his money in London), rather "the ghoul that keeps Putin awake at night is a Ukrainian Cossack."  Many of them have been settled in Russia, Ukraine and Crimea for centuries.  Crimean Cossacks have been outraged after the Tatars returned in 1991 and the peninsula's capital agreed to accept them as citizens of the land.  One more reason for a repetition of history with a bloody backlash by the Cossacks on the Tatar minority being a distinct possibility.  Many of the younger members of the Cossack community look like skinheads and swear an oath of loyalty to the Russian Orthodox Church.  Another worrisome sign.  The Tatars are sure that Cossacks have access to weapons, but the Cossacks say they "only"  carry their traditional long bullwhips tucked into their belts which which doesn't sound a whole lot better than carrying a gun!

Many Tatars fear because their homes are unregistered.  Being a minority, they are afraid and tense.  They are sure the Russian authorities will be very strict on such issues, resulting in demolitions as with Palestinian homes in the West Bank.

Post-Soviet Russia consists of many orthodox Christians with radicalized views.  Remembering the Balkan War of the 1990s, mass ethnic cleansing of Muslims was carried out in Bosnia and then in Kosovo at the hands of Serbia.  It's gone down into history as Europe's biggest genocide after WW2. After Bosnia when ethnic cleansing began in Kosovo, it was just as bad.  The Kosovars had to flee their homes in truckloads, pouring into no-man's land.  A panoramic view showed a sea of humans living in the most unthinkable conditions - no shelter, no food, no water, no electricity and no sanitation - making the heart of Europe look like the heart of Africa in crisis.  Lifting of the arms embargo from Bosnians and  Kosovars and thus allowing them to defend themselves  would probably have been a better option than NATO's intervention.  However, in the Balkans, NATO's role did comply with the treaty it stands for within Europe and North America - to intervene any act or event that jeopardizes the safety and well-being of those regions.  Unfortunately Russia firmly supported Serbia's stance despite the clarity of the situation exposing Slobandon Milosevic's blatant violation of human rights in both Bosnia and Kosovo.  In a period of five years it resulted in the killing, rape and displacement of at least 1.5 million Balkan Muslims.

Vladimir Putin has assured that his country has an obligation to protect the Crimean peninsula’s Russians.  The Tatars are asking, who will protect them?  They already had a tragic past and now an uncertain present.

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Sunday, March 23, 2014

Post Qaddafi Libya: Economy in the doldrums and a steady slide to anarchy

A peculiar and complicated mess  ....

Like Iraq, Libya too is loaded with wealth, yet the Libyans fear their country might be close to bankruptcy.

Ibrahim Jahtran and his supporters are fighting against the central government in Tripoli.  Jahtran's supporters were one of the rebel groups that helped NATO to topple Muammar Qaddafi.  They are now fighting the Libyan government for regional autonomy in eastern Libya and a sizable share in the oil wealth.  Ignoring govt warnings to surrender, they have also refused to negotiate and vowed to continue their struggle.  The city of Ajdabiya in northeast Libya is the base of Ibrahim Jahtran and his fighters.  Western powers have their agreement with the central government.  Allowing any of the rebel groups to independently claim Libya's oil is a strict "no no."

Ibrahim Jahtran has occupied and blocked several oil ports in eastern Libya which can be termed a self-declared autonomous region where dissidents are attempting to export oil without the involvement of the central government.  Buyers continue to smuggle out Libyan oil from the eastern part of the country.  Washington, fearing loss of its own share, is screaming that this amounts to "theft from the Libyan government."  Plenty of furor was recently stirred, including a vote of no-confidence against the Libyan PM,  when a North Korean tanker loaded more than 200,000 barrels of crude oil from one of the occupied eastern oil ports slipped away into the Mediterranean Sea dodging the Libyan naval vessels deployed to nab it.  It was later seized by US navy seals off Cyprus and handed over to Tripoli.  That's how much the Libyan government still counts on U.S. assistance.  Jahtran rebels called it "piracy" and have been accusing the U.S. of siding with the central government, which is no doubt true.  U.S. has been training the Libyan armed forces with plenty of efforts to cajole and unite the conflicting factions within the Libyan central government, but to no avail as yet.  Infighting is just as much within the parliamentarians in Tripoli as across the rest of the country.   There is division in Jahtran's power base at Ajdabiya as well, where some are opposed to the oil blockade fearing it could lead to a complete collapse in the country's economy.

The oil blockade has been going on for more than six months.  Billions of dollars worth of export has been stalled, and the sharp fall in oil production has created a serious budget crisis.

Ibrahim Jahtran claims he represents all Libyan tribes and they have collectively agreed to take control of Libyan resources for the benefit of the Libyan people.  So, now Jahtran refuses to share the oil wealth with the West.  How stupid of him to forget, NATO's help wasn't for naught so he could build up an autonomous state in eastern Libya and have all its oil revenue. 

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Eleven years after Saddam, poverty in Iraq a lot worse particularly among women

Like it or not, it's definitely true and awfully demoralizing for Iraqi women.

Unbelievable as it may sound, those few Iraqi women who work as government employees express even harsher views toward the female population than their male counterparts.  Minister of State for Women’s Affairs, Dr. Ibtihal al-Zaidi, the only female minister in Iraq out of 44 male ministers, does not want equal rights to be granted to Iraqi women and men. ”I am against the equality between men and women.  If women are equal to men they are going to lose a lot," was her shocking statement.  A female Iraqi MP, Dr. Jenan Al-Ubaidi, is still more appalling.  She has been far more enthusiastic than any of the male MPs to promote and justify the practice of beating women.

The private sectors are no better where only 2% of the total number of employees are women while more than 10% of Iraqi households in post-war Iraq are headed by women who are either widows, divorcees or caring for the sick or disabled.   According to Global Research, "they represent one of the most vulnerable segments of the population and are more exposed to poverty and food insecurity as a result of lower overall income levels."

In a country of an estimated 2 million widows, only 120,000 are currently receiving welfare assistance.  A widow's average monthly allowance is $85 while the average monthly rent is $210.

Plenty of widows live in trailer camps.  In a compound near a Baghdad park, there are more than 100 trailers in one of the two trailer camps for widows in the capital city.  These widows have lost their husbands either in sectarian violence or during operations carried by occupying forces.

The gross incompetence of Iraq's government offices is yet another curse.  Women have to wait for months, if not years, for their application forms to be processed by social welfare offices.  In the meantime the only way to meet their ends is to stand at the gates of mosques / religious organizations and literally beg for distributed items such as clothes, food, medicines, sweaters, blankets etc. or they're frequently seen on the streets selling cheap items of daily use.  Iraqi women begging on the streets has become a common post-2003 scenario.  What makes it still more shocking is the harsh government response.  Instead of looking upon it as a vital reason to alleviate poverty with welfare programs easily affordable from Iraq's huge oil wealth, these women are often picked up, arrested and imprisoned where they face ill-treatment, beating and rape.

Torture and sexual abuse that was commonplace in prisons such as Abu Ghareeb during the American occupation are now carried out by local Iraqi forces who were trained by the Americans and British.  Rape has become a common threat for female prisoners.  Women are detained for many alleged reasons without a shred of evidence such as terrorism, assisting potential terrorists or simply being "security threats."   As Global Research states, "some are taken as hostages to intimidate or force their male relatives to admit crimes that they had not committed."

Instead of working on welfare projects to help poor widows, officials, politicians and religious parties are encouraging polygamy.  Reportedly in the western province of Anbar, men are being paid for polygamy as an incentive.  It's a one time allowance to prospective husbands and no guarantee to bring women out of poverty.  Officially, main purpose of promoting polygamy is reportedly to reduce the dangers of prostitution, but in reality it's the government's modus operandi to save on social welfare.  Furthermore, polygamy is a personal decision; it's not supposed to be an official policy to tackle poverty among women. Widows and poverty stricken women need jobs, reasonable social allowances and micro-finance projects that would help them become independent, as it used to be during Saddam's time.  Temporary marriages are also getting far too common which, other than being thoroughly un-Islamic, resolve nothing.  Polygamy being the government's only idea to help women also carries the risk of increasing the financial burden on men, often more than they can handle, most of whom are middle-class men with limited resources.

Another lame excuse of the Iraqi government to encourage polygamy is the claim that with so many widows, the female population of Iraq far exceeds the number of men.  Not true.  According to the data of 2013, the total population of Iraq stands at 32,578,209, out of which 16,472,839 are men and 16,105,370 women.  Thus, the ratio of men and women is 50.56% and 49.43%, respectively.  Despite the war, men are still more than women in Iraq.  It's another evidence that the government's obsession with polygamy is only for the purpose of dodging its own responsibilities towards the poor.

Human trafficking for sexual exploitation and organ trafficking are also among the many other awful practices rampant in post-war Iraq.

 That's the American legacy, the "democratization" of Iraq !!

Everyone needs to read the report compiled by Global Research, Feb.2014.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Tragic story of Jahan amidst the genocide in Burma

This story is a lesson for all fussy and finicky ones among us who frown over insignificant issues of mundane life.  It tells us what pain and suffering can actually mean, both for the dying and their loved ones.

Jahan was a 48-year-old Rohingya Muslim woman.  Even before the genocide began, she wasn't in the best of health.  She was diabetic and suffered from kidney and liver ailments.

Before the ethnic cleaning started in Burma in June 2012, Jahan and her family lived comfortably in the heart of Sittwe town in the Rakhine state of southern Burma.  They were quite a wealthy family, owned five houses and ran a construction company.  When Buddhist mobs began attacking Muslim homes in Sittwe, Jahan's house was also torched and looted even though her family provided money to the police in lieu of protection.  In a haste, Jahan and her family fled their home with some jewelry and  $5,000 in cash.  They had no time even to take their identity cards with them because of which they could not withdraw more money from their bank accounts after the cash in their possession ran out.  Along with other displaced Muslims, Jahan and her family began living in a dirt-floor bamboo hut close to the sea, segregated behind barbed wires and security checkpoints - in plain terms, an awful concentration camp.  They were prohibited from leaving the concentration camp, often not even for medical emergencies.

It didn't take long for Jahan's health to deteriorate rapidly after they fled their home with limited money. Medication and food soon became commodities of short supply.   On December 2013, Jahan got so ill, she lost consciousness.  Her husband, Mohammed Frukan, managed to get permission to step out of the concentration camp and take her to a nearby government hospital which had no local doctors or staff and was run by the Red Cross.  The hospital was surrounded by Burmese guards who shouted racial slurs at them.  The Red Cross told Mohammed Frukan that his wife needed to see a specialist in the capital city of Rangoon.  But such a trip is a luxury for the Muslim minority of Burma as they require special permission to travel within the country and need to pay plenty of bribes to the Burmese authorities.  The couple didn't have that much money nor was Jahan in a condition to go through the hassles of the trip.  So, after a week or ten days, they returned to their bamboo hut.

The doctor working for Red Cross told Mohammed Frukan to bring his wife for a checkup after a week.  But that wasn't possible either as the security around their concentration camp tightened and didn't allow anyone to leave. Jahan's condition inside the bamboo hut worsened with labored breathing because of which, she could neither stand nor lie down.  Jahan's husband decided to stealthily take her for treatment to Bangladesh for which he paid $300 for a boat.  He was ready to carry Jahan through chest-high water for more than 40 minutes to reach the point where the boat waited for them.  But prior to that, when the captain of the boat looked at Jahan, he refused to take them as he didn't want to take the risk of someone dying in his boat.  Mohammed Frukan could now do nothing except break down into tears.  "Life is so miserable for us.  Sometimes I am out of my mind thinking about her, but she never knows that. Whenever I look at her, it just hurts so much, and it’s so painful," he said.  Their family is split like with many other Rohingya families.  Jahan's son-in-law and daughter escaped Burma on boat earlier.

Jahan died most likely in mid January of 2014.  A reporter spoke to Mohammed Frukan early March, mentioning it as two months after Mohammed's failed attempt to get Jahan to a doctor.  Associated Press reports 'Frukan walked along a dusty potholed road before sunset in a white skull cap and a crisp shirt. He had been praying for Jahan, whom he fell in love with and married 35 years ago. He would have handed over his entire fortune to save her.  Now all Frukan has left is his guilt and a mound of fresh dirt surrounding a large white concrete grave. The best he could give her.'  Quoting Mohammed Frukan, "She died in the middle of nothing.  We couldn’t do anything in the middle of nothing.  If I talk about her, I feel I will die.  I try to make myself comfortable by going to the mosque, but if I talk about what happened to her, I will die."


One million Syrian refugees in Lebanon

Syrian refugees pouring into Turkey has been of serious concern.  It seems still more intimidating in Lebanon, a small country of barely 5 million.  Lebanon is already facing the burden of 1 million Syrian refugees as the third anniversary of the Syrian war approaches, and that number is rising.   According to UNHCR in Lebanon, at least 12,000 Syrian refugees are entering the country every week scattered across 1,600 locations.

Al-Jarrah refugee camp, a little distance away from the Bekaa Valley, holds about 800 Syrian residents with 130 tents.  The residents call it "the camp of the deprived."  Refugees of Al-Jarrah settlement are reportedly paying several hundreds of dollars a year for renting that piece of land.  The money they brought with them while leaving Syria has shrunk.  They are struggling to find whatever odd jobs they can to pay the rent.  Moreover, mismanagement and inefficiency of UNICEF, UNHCR and various Lebanese authorities are only making life harder for the refugees.  It takes them forever to get themselves registered, running from pillar to post.  Even to obtain something as simple as a water filter installed within the premises of a refugee camp takes weeks.  If the filter fails to work, it could take months to have it repaired or replaced.  The Lebanese government appears to be taking no interest at all in the welfare of Syrian refugees.

The local volunteers comprising of both Syrians and Lebanese are helping a great deal more than the bureaucracy and the international organizations. A group of Syrian volunteers named Sawa4Syria recently got an oven for baking fresh bread and placed it at the corner of Al-Jarrah camp.  Commonplace as it may sound, it was a luxury for the residents considering their living conditions.  Sawa has also been distributing products and commodities of daily use.  Additionally, it's setting up educational programs for refugee children and counseling for emotionally traumatized women.

Sawa4Syria consists of the earliest Syrian refugees to Lebanon who arrived soon after Syria was invaded in the spring of 2011.  Most of them are young university students.  But now the group consists of Lebanese and Palestinian volunteers as well, a total of 50 members helping several thousand Syrian refugees within Lebanon.   Though hardly the time for such an attitude, the UN workers have virtually been looking upon Sawa volunteers as competitors or rivals.  Camp residents trust the local volunteers far more.   However, with the number of refugees proliferating on a daily basis, despite its inefficiency, the UNHCR needs to stay around and assist otherwise it could get too overwhelming for Sawa.  It's a dire situation and every bit of help is needed.

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Thursday, March 13, 2014

The last Muslim ruler of Al-Andalus (Spain)

Abu Abdallah Muhammad XII of the Nasrid dynasty was the last Muslim ruler of Granada (Spain).  The Spanish called him "Boabdil" which was probably the Spanish rendering of the Sultan's Arabic name.  He was proclaimed Sultan in 1482. By this period Muslims had lost almost the whole of Spain except Granada, which too was a "tributary state" subordinate to the stronger Catholic kingdom of Castile. According to this agreement, the Muslim emirate of Grenada was allowed to remain independent but there was a pressing condition.  To avoid invasion by Castile, Granada had to pay an annual sum in gold to the Castilian monarch, which meant the Muslims were forced to pay to expand the wealth of their enemies.  When Muhammad XII  invaded Castile in 1484 to regain the former ascendency of the Nasrids, he was taken prisoner at Lucena, a town in southern Spain in the province of Corboba.  He was held prisoner between 1484 and 1487. He  obtained freedom and was able to recover his throne in 1487 by consenting to continue holding Granada as a tributary kingdom.  However, in 1491 Muhammad XII was summoned by Ferdinand and Isabella to surrender the city of Granada.  When he refused, Granada was besieged by the Castilians. On 2 January 1492, Muhammad XII was compelled to surrender.  Granada was lost and the last Muslim emirate of al-Andalus fell.  Christian banners and crosses were forcibly displayed from the Alhambra Palace on the same day.

Despite all odds stacked up against them, militarily and otherwise, the Granadans fought valiantly. One Spanish chronicler expressed his respect for the Muslim soldiers, “the Moors (Muslims) put all their strength and all their heart into the combat, as a courageous man is bound to do when defending his life, his wife, and his children.”  The biggest problem with the Muslim hierarchy at Granada was infighting .. not too different from present regional politics in the Muslim world.  Unlike aforetime, the Christians remained unified in their war against Granada.  In contrast, a political turmoil was stirring up among leaders and governors in Granada, filled with intrigues and collaborating with the Christian kingdoms for wealth, power and land.  Treacherous plots and conspiracies went so far that the Sultan's uncle, Muhammad XIII, rebelled against his nephew, igniting a civil war in Granada.  King Ferdinand took complete advantage of the events. He supported the Sultan's uncle with weapons and soldiers to fight his own nephew and other members of his family.  Blinded by greed and ambition, the Sultan's uncle was unable to perceive that the Spanish King was only trying to weaken Granada and capture the last bastion of the Muslims in Spain.  With the fall of Granada, the culture of a cohesive multicultural society was over in Spain.  Ferdinand and Isabella were devout Catholics who staunchly supported the Inquisition.  They and their successors did everything to erase every bit of evidence of the long Muslim rule over Spain.  They moved to establish a traditional Christian society.  In reaction, when some remaining Muslims of Granada refused, they were brutally crushed.  Most of them fled.  Those who couldn't flee were forced to convert to Christianity.

According to information found in Christopher Columbus' handwritten journal referred to as 'Diario de las Derrotas y Caminos,' he was apparently present in Spain at the time Grenada surrendered to Ferdinand and Isabella.  The first page of his journal contains the following:  "After your Highnesses ended the war of the Moors who reigned in Europe and finished the war of the great city of Granada, where this present year (1492) on the 2nd January I saw the royal banners of Your Highnesses planted by force of arms on the towers of the Alhambra, which is the fortress of the said city.  I saw the Moorish Sultan issue from the gates of the said city and kiss the royal hands of Your Highnesses."

After Sultan Muhammad XII was exiled and as the royal party moved south on their way out of Granada, he reined his horse and stopped near a mountain pass to look back at his beloved city one more time, the Alhambra palace and the green valley beneath it. He was unable to contain himself and broke down into tears.  On seeing him cry, his mother, Ayesha, reportedly taunted him saying :  "You did weep like a woman for what you could not defend as a man." (ابك اليوم بكاء النساء على ملك لم تحفظه حفظ الرجال )  -  "Ibki l-yawma bukā'a n-nisā'i ʿalā mulkin lam taḥfuẓhu ḥifẓa r-rijāl."   A stone marker  still commemorates the spot where the Sultan stopped, looked back at Granada and wept - a landmark of history.

Muhammad XII was offered an estate in a mountainous area between the Sierra Nevada and the Mediterranean Sea.  But he refused to accept it, and instead, crossed the Mediterranean to Fez (Morocco) where he lived for the rest of his life.

Shortly after surrendering Granada, Muhammad XII sent a lengthy letter to the Marinid rulers of Morocco asking for refuge. The letter is lengthy, eloquent and beautifully worded.  As stated in Wikipedia, the letter "begins with a long poem praising the Marinids, followed by a prose where he laments his defeat and asks forgiveness for past wrongdoings of his forefathers against the Marinids."  The entire text was reported by al-Maqqari, a renowned 17th century Algerian historian.  Below is a portion of Muhammad XII's letter to the rulers of Morocco:

"The lord of Castile has proposed for us a respectable residence and has given us assurances of safety to which he pledged by his own handwriting, enough to convince the souls. But we, as descendents of Banu al-Ahmar, didn't settle for this and our faith in God does not permit us to reside under the protection of disbelief. We also received from the east many letters full of goodwill, inviting us to come to their lands and offering the best of advantages. But we cannot choose other than our home and the home of our forefathers, we can only accept the protection of our relatives, not because of opportunism but to confirm the brotherhood relationship between us and to fulfill the testament of our forefathers, that tells us not to seek any help other that of the Marinids and not to let anything obstruct us from going to you. So we traversed the vast lands and sailed the tumultuous sea and we hope that we would not be returned and that our eyes will be satisfied and our hurt and grievous souls will be healed from this great pain."

The Sultan's request was accepted.

Historical reports on the final years of Muhammad XII's life in Morocco are conflicting.  According to Al-Maqqari, when Muhammad XII left Granada, he crossed the Mediterranean to Melilla which was an autonomous Spanish city in the northern coast of Africa having a common border with Morocco.  From Melilla, he travelled to Fez in Morocco.  In Fez, he built a palace where he lived with his family until his final days in 940 AH or 1534 AD.   He was buried in Fez.  He left behind two sons, Yusef and Ahmed.  Al-Maqqari reported that he met both sons of the former Sultan in 1618 and found that they were living in a state of poverty, dependant on Zakat for their livelihood.  A Spanish chronicler named Luis del Marmol Carvajal who claimed to have lived for several years in the north African Berber regions with the former inhabitants of Muslim Granada wrote in his diary that Muhammad XII died somewhere close to the Black Sea region during the war between Marinids and Saadians.  The Saadians (originating from Bani Zaydan) were another Arab dynasty that ruled Morocco from 1554 to 1659.  The Spanish chronicler hasn't clarified whether Muhammad XII was killed in battle or died a natural death.  However, Al-Maqqari's version is considered much more reliable.

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Invasion of Grenada.


Farewell to Granada by the last Muslim King.


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Torture methods by the inquisitors in Spain after the fall of the Muslims.
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Al-Humbra Palace
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Taken in Andalusia (Spain), June 2012
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Architecture around the windows of Al-Humbra Palace.

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Ceiling of Al-Humbra Palace.

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Moorish Traces in Granada by Dorothy Boyer Watercolor ~ 18 1/2 ins x 15 7/8 ins 
Art by Dorothy Boyer - "Moorish Traces in Granada"
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Sunday, March 9, 2014

Zionist crimes against Moroccan Jews

Why did Zionists want Arab Jews to settle in Israel?

Do take the time to read a very interesting revelation of hidden history by Dr. Elias Akleh, one of the best Middle-East analysts and researchers.  The Jewish minority of Morocco were an ancient community.  Prior to the illegal creation of Israel in 1948, there were 300,000 Jews in Morocco.  Morocco was known as the Muslim country with the largest Jewish population.  However, today less than 3,000 Jews remain in Morocco.  The lives of many of them were wrecked by the Zionist mafia as were the lives of Palestinian Muslims and Christians.

Bin-Nun is originally a Moroccan Jew, who immigrated with his family to Israel. In his historical research he states that the Mossad, the Israeli secret service, had sent to Morocco in early 1960s a group of its agents, whose primary mission was to carry out terrorist attacks against the well-settled Jews, to convince them that they were the victims of persecution by the kingdom, and to encourage them to immigrate to, and to settle in Israel promising them all expenses paid throughout the whole process.

For many centuries Morocco (Al-Maghrib) had large prosperous Jewish communities, known as Mizrahi Jews, who lived peacefully with their Moslem Arab neighbors. This peaceful coexistence encouraged Spanish Jews (Sephardim) to escape to Morocco during the Spanish Reconquista period when Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand recaptured Spain in the 13th century, and ordered the Jews to either convert to Christianity or leave the country. After 781 years of flourishing existence under the Islamic Caliphate rule, many Spanish Jews escaped Christian persecution to the more welcoming Islamic Morocco.

Jews of Morocco enjoyed greater equality with Muslims. Many of them gained important positions in the government administration as officials and in courts of law as judges. The Jews had their own quarters in the main cities, where they had their own schools, their own synagogues, and even their own courts and judges. They comprised a large section of the middle class, who played large roles in the economy, trade, industry and educational system of the kingdom.

All this was changed with the invention of the Israeli state, especially after Zionist leaders had sent their agents to encourage and to bribe Moroccan Jews, among many other Arab Jews, to immigrate to occupied Palestine. Considering themselves Moroccan citizens of the Jewish faith, the Jews initially rejected Zionism. Yet some young Jews were seduced into enlisting into the Mossad. They were smuggled into Israel to receive military and terrorist training. They were sent back to Morocco to perpetrate terrorist attacks against both Jews and Arabs and to distribute hate inciting leaflets in order to incite conflict between the two groups.

Mossad had chartered an old worn-out Spanish ship to smuggle Moroccan Jews to Israel. After 13 successful journeys to Israel the ship was made to sink in its 14th journey with its load of 44 Jews and the entire Spanish crew. The Mossad made sure that the ship would sail into so unfriendly sea that the it would undoubtedly sink in the middle of its journey.  Israeli Foreign Minister, then Golda Meir, stated that Israel needs to take a drastic action that would shock Moroccan Jews into immigration even if it would cost the lives of many other Jews.

The Zionist controlled western media exploited the tragedy to incite world opinion against Moroccan King Hassan II. Mossad agents distributed leaflets encouraging the Jews to immigrate to the “Promised Land” and promising them all kinds of financial help. Zionist leaders had also bribed King Hassan II, who lifted all restrictions against Jewish immigration to Israel on the condition of dropping their Moroccan citizenship. About 160 thousand Moroccan Jews left the country; the very rich preferred to go to France on their own expense, while the majority poor were transferred to Israel.

Many other Moroccan Jewish historians had written about the Mossad’s terrorist crimes against Moroccan Jews to cause such mass immigration.

One may ask, here, the logical question of why would Zionists terrorize Arab Jews when Zionists’ main objective is to unite Jews in Israel.  David Hirst, a former Middle East correspondent for the Guardian, explains The reason for their indifference was that, historically, they, unlike persecuted European Jews, did not suffer persecution and discrimination in the Arab countries. Although some prejudice existed the Arab Jews lived, on the whole, comfortable life and had deep roots in the land. They enjoyed equal privileges and many of them gained high governmental positions. They enjoyed a sense of security and belonging they would not abandon for ambiguous militaristic life in Israel surrounded by many hostile Arab countries.

Zionist crimes against Arab Jews, in particular, is an open secret very well known to Arabs as well as to Arab Jews. Zionist terror against Moroccan Jews is just one example of other terrorist attacks against well-established and peacefully coexisting Arab Jewish communities in all Arab countries; including Egypt, Lebanon, Syria and Iraq, in order to persuade them to immigrate to Israel. 

The case of transferring over 100 thousand Iraqi Jews from Iraq is the most well-documented open secret plotted together by the newly formed Israeli government under Ben-Gurion and Nuri as-Said; the British puppet ruler of Iraq in late 1950s. Mossad agents testified to having planted bombs within the Jewish community in order to spread hatred and fear to provoke Jewish flight from Iraq.

On arriving to Israel the Arab Jews discovered the ugly realities of this misleading “Promised Land”. They have been humiliated, discriminated against, abused, neglected and enslaved. The main reason for such treatment is that Zionism is a colonial movement invented by European Jews (Ashkenazi Jews) for the benefits of the elite European Jews. After the establishment of the illegitimate Israeli state and the evacuation of Palestinians from the country, Israel needed more immigrants, specifically farmers, to cultivate the newly evacuated Palestinian farms to provide food for the country. Israel also needed young immigrants who could be conscripted in the military in order to accomplish its expanding dream. Ashkenazi Jews were more industrial than farmers and more political than soldiers. Arab Jews were the solution.

On their arrival to Israel, Moroccan Mizrahi Jews underwent many humiliating experiences; one of them is being sprayed with DDT.    ..... Tens of thousands of Jewish children, mostly from North African countries, received high doses of radiation resulting in the deaths of 6,000 of them, and the long-term effects that included seizures, infertility and cancer. The Mizrahi Jews then were usually placed into what is called Ma’abarot (transit camps) for months or years before being settled in evacuated Palestinian farm villages, or on the desolate borders with hostile Arab countries. They were allowed to start agricultural centers known as Moshavim. Their children were denied higher education, banned from official jobs, and were conscripted into the army. Comparatively, Ashkenazi Jews were settled in main cities, in new fully equipped homes, enjoyed higher education, and employed in important governmental positions. Mizrahi Jews were considered the uneducated cheap labor. They were discriminated against and looked down upon by Ashkenazi Jews as well as by the Israeli government. Israel had what was known as “Department of Jews from Islamic Countries”. This is a way of differentiating them from Ashkenazi Jews.  Mizrahi Jews fought for better living conditions, human rights, and equality through protest movement and organizations. 

Zionism is the latest brainchild of the elite rich western Jews to accomplish their thousands years old dream of building Greater Israel in the center of globe to control the whole world.  The regular every day Jew, as a human being, does not have any worth for Zionism besides being a tool.

Zionism had uprooted two people from their homelands: Palestinians out of Palestine and Arab Jews out of Arab world.

Ella Habiba Shohat, an Arab Iraqi Jew wrote “In Egypt, Morocco, Syria, Lebanon, Iraq and Tunisia, Jews became members of legislatures, of municipal councils, of the judiciary, and even occupied high economic positions … immigration to Israel had affected our uprootedness or ambiguous positioning within Israel itself, where we have been systematically discriminated against by institutions that deployed their energies and material to the consistent advantage of European Jews and to the consistent disadvantage of Oriental Jews.

A Moroccan Jew, who was a member of the Israeli Black Panther describes the Israeli discrimination against Arab Jews compared to European Jews. He finally asserts “I was born Moroccan and will die Moroccan.” Describing his 10 days visit to Morocco he explains: “10 days in Morocco were better than 62 years in Israel.” Finally he sums the Zionist/Arab conflict: “The Zionists will not bring peace … the essence of Zionism is occupation.”  (Youtube video in the link).

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Friday, March 7, 2014

Saudi / Qatar rivalry and al-Saud policy of abandoning their mercenaries

Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and UAE are at odds with Qatar is now official after they recalled their ambassadors from Qatar.  Reports say Saudi Arabia has also shut land borders, prohibited Qatari commercial planes using Saudi airspace and expelled Qatar from GCC and AL.   Relations between Saudi Arabia and Qatar have been simmering for the last century since the occupation of Qatar by Abdul Aziz 1913 and its annexation to Saudi Arabia’s eastern province for two years until Britain pressured the Saudi ruler to recognize Qatari borders.  But the immediate cause of the recent rift ensues from differences between the two gulf states over supporting their favorite bands of terrorists after a fragile “alliance of necessity” during the so-called Arab Spring which didn’t last long.

Qatar has been staunchly behind Muslim Brotherhood with massive financial and public support since the ouster of Hosni Mubarak.  Saudi Arabia, on the other hand, sees the present Muslim Brotherhood network as a threat to its al-Wahab power base in the Arabian peninsula.  

UAE has been furious with Qatar after Yusuf Qaradawi publicly criticized its government.  Bahrain can do little else other than second the decision of Saudi Arabia, whatever the Sauds decide, as the House of Saud is directly helping the Bahraini government to quell Bahrain's homegrown uprising.  The big reason UAE supports the ostracization of Qatar is because it views Muslim Brotherhood's power base on Qatari soil as a threat to its secular infrastructure and burgeoning economy.  However, Saudi Arabia is home to al-Qaeda which should be no less intimidating.  Yet UAE isn't fretting over Saudi support and its multi-billion dollar financing to terrorists.  There are some very convincing reasons for that.

In the spring of 2011 when Saudi Arabia and Qatar apparently got along well and were desperate to send mercenaries to Syria, numerous Saudi criminals were released from prisons, groomed in rehab centers and sent off as “jihadists” with monthly salaries, cigarettes, drugs and regular supplies of sophisticated weapons.  That went on for a while. 

By end 2013 rumors began circulating that the Saudi government was given a lengthy dossier containing evidence of Saudi Arabia’s terrorist involvements in Syria, Iraq and Lebanon.   This information was reportedly with the international community which could officially lead to Saudi Arabia’s classification as a state sponsor of global terrorism.  Consequently a lengthy royal decree was issued by the Saudi government early 2014 condemning all forms of terrorism and calling for severe sentences against those who indulged in it.  It was a message to the terrorists Saudi Arabia had been sponsoring and financing in Syria, Iraq, Lebanon and other places as well that if they returned they would be incarcerated and punished.  To avoid that, they must strictly respect the one-way ticket, stay out of Saudi Arabia and keep fighting outside Saudi borders until dead or killed. 

It doesn’t paint the Sauds as smart or intelligent.  They already tasted the bitterness of “jihadists” returning home after the Afghan war and would never allow anything similar to happen again.  But it does confirm that Al Qaeda is being used and dumped.  While in the process of rehabilitation and transformation into more seasoned convicts, their limited minds prevented them from thinking over the possibility of homecoming for survivors in case their “jihadist” mission failed.  So far, this episode has ended horribly for Al Qaeda in Syria.  The weapons being supplied to them worth billions haven’t yet helped them to make any significant headway; they failed to convince their ally, NATO, for military intervention as in Libya; their Saudi financiers have double-crossed them;  and infighting within their splinter groups is getting fierce.

History vividly highlights a pattern of using and dumping its own fighters by the House of Saud.  In 1902 (almost eighty years after being sacked by the Ottomans), Abdul Aziz Ibn Saud with some 60 of his brothers and cousins rode out into the desert to restore the rule of Al Saud. He re-captured Riyadh.  But to conquer all of the Arabian Peninsula he needed the help of the nomadic Bedouins called ‘Ikhwan’ or Muslim Brothers who were renowned warriors and fervent puritans wanting to spread their form of Islam throughout the Middle East. With the help of the Ikhwans, Abdul Aziz captured province after province of the vast desert with the sword and plenty of bloodshed!   But the Ikhwans were still restless and wanted to take over regions beyond Arabia.  When Abdul Aziz disagreed, the Ikhwans rebelled.  With the endorsement of al-Wahab religious authorities who have been the “moral guardians” of the Sauds since the beginning, Abdul Aziz crushed the Ikhwans, declared himself “king” in the 1930s and gave his name to the entire Arabian peninsula.  

At present, the Brotherhood network stretching across Egypt, Gaza, Jordan and Syria voicing its own school of Salafiism is seen as a formidable rival of al-Wahab’s Salafiist style of governance – the Saud/Wahab alliance which is the cornerstone of the kingdom’s ideology.  This alliance has permanently kept a wide gulf between its ruling elites and foot soldiers.  Accordingly, it’s now Al-Qaeda’s turn to be abandoned.

Based on this aspect of history and current reality, the view of some hasty observers who connect Saudi Arabia’s more cordial relations with post-Morsi Egypt to the latter's shift to the imperialist block is completely false.  Though Saudi Arabia is itself solidly in the imperialist block, its balancing game between the various “jihadists” is restricted within a particular sphere.  In fact, it bears a conflicting element with the U.S. perspective of the Syrian war as the West is more interested in assisting the indigenous group of Brotherhood fighters in Syria rather than the foreign fighters under the umbrella of various al-Qaeda groups. 

Saudi Arabia may offer help to any post-Morsi, non-Brotherhood, government in Egypt to crush Brotherhood militants.  But as smaller al-Qaeda groups begin to eye the Sinai region as their new base (e.g. Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis), Saudi Arabia could start financing them any time in future to help them become stronger militant groups compared to Muslim Brotherhood .. a move that would only add to the woes of the Egyptian government. 

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Cause behind attempted revival of the "Orange Revolution" 2014

Cause behind attempted revival of the "Orange Revolution" 2014.

Vladimir Putin's massive and resourceful territorial project has been to create the "Eurasian Union," a pan-Russian entity similar to the EU. The start of the agreement of this project is scheduled in spring 2014 and its official launching January 2015 that would include Russia, Ukraine, Armenia, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, and Belarus. Efforts to relight the fraudulent Orange Revolution of 2004 was the "allergic reaction" to this project to mar its future as stated by author Sabah Ayoub. Catch the resemblance. Libya was attacked by NATO after befriending al-Qaeda and in direct contravention to international laws and basic human rights when the Libyan leader, Muammar Qaddafi, began seriously planning a pan-African gold currency. It’s also reminiscent of the CIA’s attempted sabotage of the Beijing Olympics in 2008 by igniting riots in Tibet through its oldest agent, Dalai Lama.

To covet, disrupt and destroy has a distinct pattern with provocateurs, meddlers and incendiaries that cannot possibly be overlooked.

‘Eurasian Union nightmare for US and Europe’ by Sabah Ayoub.

Excellent read!

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Caught on tape: Rajab Erdogan's lessons on brigandry to his son

From maverick to a decrepit dictator and evil mentor, nothing seems to be improving for Erdogan in his country.  His corrupt image has become synonymous with money.  Three days ago, on February 26 in a demonstration against their government's massive corruption, fake money notes were flashed before the camera by Turkish children participating in the demo.

A few days ago, an audio tape popped up in which Erdogan's voice was heard telling his son "to get rid of millions of euros in cash on the day of the police raids" reported by Al-Akhbar.  More recently, just a couple of days ago, a second audio tape was posted online where Erdogan is heard suggesting to his son not to accept a certain amount of money offered by a businessman in order to extort more from him.  Al-Akhbar reports, ' "Don't take it. Whatever he has promised us, he should bring it. If he is not going to bring that, there is no need," the voice purportedly belonging to Erdogan says.  The others are bringing (the agreed amount of money). Why can't he? What do they think this business is?... But don't worry they will fall into our lap." '

Charges of corruption against Rajab Erdogan include, "bribery in construction projects, gold smuggling and illicit dealings with Iran," which is heading toward becoming a leading market for bootleggers run by double-talking, corrupt and autocratic mullahs with narcissistic personality disorder.  No surprise Erdogan's relations have suddenly begun improving with Iran like magic!

The draconian measures taken by Erdogan's party henchmen for silencing dissent and calls for the PM's resignation include shutting down over 300 internet sites, closure of private television channels airing independent political views, sacking of scores of police and prosecutors, and recently shutting down all private prep schools run by one of Erdogan's arch critic exposing his corruption, Fethullah Gulen.

Despite all of that, Rajab Erdogan continues to remain Washington's man - trump card of all thieves and killers.

Children collect fake money after a demonstration against corruption on February 26, 2014 at the Istiklal avenue in Istanbul. (Photo: AFP - Ozan Kose)
Children collect fake money after a demonstration against corruption on February 26, 2014 at the Istiklal avenue in Istanbul. (Photo: AFP - Ozan Kose)