Friday, 14 September 2012

US, Zionism prime suspects over anti-Islam movie: The Ayatollah

Ayatollah Khamenei

Nicodemus Minde and various sources
The Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has slammed the antagonistic policies of Zionism and the US as the root cause of the recent production of an American movie desecrating Prophet Mohammad (PBUH). 

This message comes after the US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton publicly said that the movie has nothing to do with the US government. Clinton goes on to say the film is "disgusting and reprehensible." She calls it a cynical attempt to offend people for their religious beliefs. Clinton says the U.S. would never stop Americans from expressing their views, no matter how distasteful. And she says the film is no justification for violence or attacks on U.S. diplomatic facilities and personnel. 

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
There is no doubt that the film has been badly received in the Muslim Arab world. Many commentaries have been written on the turnout of the events leading to the storming of various American embassies in the Arab nations and the protests after with. But one thing stands out clearly. There is still a deep seated enmity between the Arab world and the US. Watching one of the leading cable news networks, a protestor in Egypt analyzed the tensions in a very unique way. He publicly condemned the film saying it was an affront to their Prophet (PBUH) and their religion but he also denounced the violent protests. Egyptian President has come under intense criticism for not condemning the violent attacks aimed at the US embassy in Cairo.  As the Ayatollah says, the US and their ally Israel remain as prime suspects.  

Thursday, 13 September 2012

Wednesday, 12 September 2012

9/11: My thoughts to 1M Iraqi war victims

Iran President Mahamood Ahmadinejad asks critical questions on 9/11. When Americans commemorate the ‘9/11’ attacks, there are over one million Iraq war victims who suffered the brunt of American neocon invasion. My thoughts are to the war victims in Afghanistan and Iraq.

“The materialistic view of Zionists has destroyed the sacredness of media and today media no longer regulate the relations among humans, but have turned into a means of domination and gaining power,”-Ahmadinejad

“Why have the media that provoked public sentiments and emotions during the September 11 incident, remained silent regarding more than one million victims that have been killed in the aftermath of the attack?”-Ahmadinejad asks.

Monday, 10 September 2012

Brahimi starts Syria Mission

Via Press TV
The UN and Arab League Joint Special Representative for Syria Lakhdar Brahimi has embarked on his mission by holding talks with the Arab bloc's officials in the Egyptian capital, Cairo. Brahimi, who replaced Kofi Annan, arrived in Cairo late on Sunday and is scheduled to meet with Egypt's President Mohamed Morsi, Foreign Minister Mohammed Kamel Amr and Secretary General of the Arab League Nabil al-Arabi on Monday. Brahimi is due to leave Cairo for the Syrian capital to meet with President Bashar al-Assad on the second leg of his trip. Annan, the former Joint Special Envoy of the UN and the Arab League on the Syrian crisis, announced on August 2 that he was quitting because of the lack of international support for his peace plan.

On August 17, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon announced the appointment of Brahimi as the new joint special representative of the UN and the Arab League for Syria to replace Annan.  Brahimi, who was Algeria's foreign minister from 1991 to 1993, also served as the UN envoy in Afghanistan after the September 11, 2001 attacks in New York and in Iraq after the 2003 US-led invasion.

Syria has been experiencing unrest since March 2011. Damascus says outlaws, saboteurs, and armed terrorists are behind the unrest while the opposition accuses the security forces of killing protesters. The Syrian government says that the chaos is being orchestrated from outside the country, and there are reports that a very large number of the insurgents are foreign nationals.

I dreamt of a Holiday to Somalia

Somali MPs chose a new president today. This comes after periods of relative calm in the Horn of Africa country. After decades of civil war brought about by clan based violence and later Islamic insurgency, Somalia is coming to birth. After the election of new Members of Parliament late last month, the newly-elected MPs are convening at a police academy in Mogadishu for the secret ballot to elect a new president. This comes after the passing of a new constitution which has laid the foundations of building a new Somalia. 

I remember telling my friends that I will one day go to Somalia for holiday. My friends brushed me off in such a sarcastic manner. For me, I saw that Somalia will one day abandon their guns and go to the ballot. Somalia is a great nation with beautiful people. Filled with vibrancy, the Somali people are renowned for their business grit and strong entrepreneurial acumen. I know they will build their nation. I wish them well.