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"We don’t have my husband who was praying all day during Ramadan or my son who was happy to help me at the kitchen," the Baghdad resident said in grief. Sarah Mohammed, whose husband and son was killed in Iraq 4 months ago


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like Bush, Sarah Palin demonstrates her utter ignorance on Iraq and Afghanistan
US forces kills Civilians yet again and avoid prosecution.
Israel will win no matter which administration gets into power
Democracy under fire: An Iraqi freelance photographer working for Reuters has been kidnapped by U.S
US a laughing stock as police arrest peaceful demonstrators


Number Of Iraqis murdered by the US and UK Governments as a direct result of the Occupation "1,255,026"



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Ramadhan Resources:
Healthy eating in Ramadhan
Ramadhan: The Month of Opportunity
Ramadhan Address
Rulings for Iftar (Breaking the fast after sunset)
Rulings for Sahoor (The Pre-dawn meal)
Dua for each day in Ramadhan
Zakat ul-Fitr explained
The Last Ten Days of Ramadan: Drawing Closer to Allah


Iraq's Absent Ramadan
BAGHDAD — Sarah Mohammed used to be very busy on the first day of Ramadan, making elaborate dishes for her family members who would gather around the table to break their fast together. This year, the iftar table will be half empty. "Since they are gone, we don’t have reasons to celebrate anything," the mother of two, whose husband and son were killed by militants four months ago, told IslamOnline.net. for Mohammed, 43, what is left of the usual Ramadan joy is the bitter memories of warm family gatherings.
"We don’t have my husband who was praying all day during Ramadan or my son who was happy to help me at the kitchen," the Baghdad resident said in grief.

'US troops are committing war crimes' :

AN AFGHAN human rights organisation has accused the United States army of committing war crimes in Afghanistan.

Afghans protest against continuous civilian death by Int`l troops
Hundreds of citizens in Afghan capital Kabul rushed into streets and burnt tires on the Kabul-Jalalabad highway on Monday protesting against the death of a Kabuli family caused by the raid of U.S.-led Coalition forces.

Innocent civilians mistaken for Taliban????
British occupation force soldiers kill 200 Taliban:

British commanders estimate that more than 200 Taliban were killed as they tried to prevent the convoy of 100 vehicles from getting the machinery to Kajaki hydroelectric dam where it will provide a significant increase in energy for up to two million Afghans.

Act of war

U.S. Troops Kill 20 in Pakistan Attack

By Hafiz Wazir

"Suspected" U.S. commandos from Afghanistan killed 20 people, including women and children, in a pre-dawn raid inside Pakistan, officials said, an attack branded as an assault on the nation's sovereignty.

Foreign troops 'kill four civilians' in Kabul :

FOREIGN forces have sparked more mass protests after soldiers allegedly stormed a residential house in Kabul and killed a husband, his wife and two of their children.

Occupation troops kill another 3 children, add to Afghan strain:

At a time of rising public outrage over civilian casualties, Western troops killed three Afghan children and wounded seven other noncombatants in an errant artillery strike on Monday, military officials said.

500 civilians killed, injured in Afghanistan':

At least 500 civilians were killed or wounded during the five-day US-led troops` ground and air operation in the Sangin district of Helmand province, a member of Afghanistan`s parliament said on Sunday.

White House strategy is to help McCain win in November

The Fake U.S. Victory in Iraq

By Patrick Cockburn

Political events in Iraq are seldom what they seem. The hand- over by the US military of control of Anbar province, once the heartland of the Sunni rebellion, to Iraqi forces is a case in point. The US will keep 25,000 American soldiers in Anbar, so the extent to which the Iraqi government will really take over is debatable. But the future of Anbar is a crucial pointer to the fate of Iraq. It is a vast area and one of the few parts of Iraq that is overwhelmingly Sunni.

Army: 30 militants killed in NW Pakistan: -

Pakistan's security forces Wednesday killed at least 30 militants and injured 35 others in fresh attacks in northwest Pakistan, the army said in a statement.


Act of war: US Troops Attack / Kill Civilians in Pakistan :

Mowaz Khan, an official in South Waziristan tribal district, said on Wednesday that helicopters dropped troops into the border village of Jalal Khel, and that the troops shot civilians who had left their homes upon hearing the helicopters.

Zardari (Mr. 10%) may be Pakistan's new president:

Four years ago, Asif Ali Zardari was languishing in prison, derided throughout Pakistan as "Mr. 10 Percent" because of the numerous corruption allegations against him.

Palin: God tasked us with Iraq war:

"Pray for our military. Pray for our military men and women who are striving to do what is right for this country - that our leaders, our national leaders are sending them out on a task that is from God," the Alaska governor said in her address posted on the website of the Wasilla Assembly of God.

Israeli generals behind Georgia's failed invasion of South Ossetia

The Farce Continues:

Despite babbling about "staying the course" and "keeping the process going," Condoleezza Rice's latest visit to Israel/occupied Palestine was a belated tacit acknowledgement of the failure of the Bush administration's approach toward the Palestinian issue.

Obama might pursue criminal charges against Bush administration
Friday 05th September 2008
Congressional Democrats have issued a flurry of subpoenas this year to senior Bush administration aides as part of a broad inquiry into the authorisation of torturous interrogation tactics used at the Guantanamo Bay prison camp. Three Bush White House veterans have been held in criminal contempt of congressional committees for refusing to respond to subpoenas in an inquiry on the firing of federal prosecutors: former counsel Harriet Miers, former political adviser Karl Rove, and current chief of staff Josh Bolten. The battle over Miers's and Bolten's testimony is currently before a federal court. It is about time that Bush and his cronies are charged for the greater crime of the illegal invasion of Iraq. 020 7650 3000


Pakistani Tortured, Her Attorney Says:

The attorney for an American-trained behavioral scientist charged with trying to kill U.S. personnel in July said in court Thursday that she believes that her client was imprisoned and tortured for several years before the incident and now could be mentally incompetent.

Pakistani woman suspect refuses US strip search:

She was due to appear in Manhattan federal court Thursday where her lawyer, Elizabeth Fink, said Siddiqui was "unbelievably damaged" and in need of psychological care. The lawyer also denied allegations that Siddiqui was plotting to attack New York City landmarks.

Bush Quietly Seeks to Make War Powers Permanent

By declaring indefinite state of war

By John Byrne

As the nation focuses on Sen. John McCain's choice of running mate, President Bush has quietly moved to expand the reach of presidential power by ensuring that America remains in a state of permanent war.

Super Imperialism

Mike Whitney Interviews Michael Hudson

"Dollar hegemony enables the US to own indirectly but essentially the entire global economy by requiring its wealth to be denominated in fiat dollars that the US can print at will with little in the way of monetary penalties.

Robert Fisk: Why do we keep letting the politicians get away with lies?:

How on earth do they get away with it? Let's start with war between Hizbollah and Israel - past and future war, that is.

London mayor unveils climate crisis plan:

Some 15 percent of London is deemed at high risk from flooding due to global warming -- an area including 1.25 million people, 480,000 properties, 441 schools, 75 underground and rail stations, 10 hospitals and one airport.

Palin meets with AIPAC leaders:

Sarah Palin met with pro-Israel lobbyists to express her support for U.S.-Israel ties.


And the winnner is? Israel:

Biden: Obama and I will be strong on protecting Israel:

U.S. Senator and vice presidential nominee Joe Biden assured older Jewish voters Tuesday that Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama would be strong on protecting Israel, which he said is less secure now than when President George W. Bush took office.

David Kelly's closest female confidante on why he COULDN'T have killed himself

Mystery Behind Aafia Siddiqi's 'Arrest' Deepens
Zofeen Ebrahim
KARACHI - "For you it's just another story. If you want the truth go to Ghazni where you will get more than I can ever tell you about my sister," said a distraught Fouzia Siddiqi, speaking with IPS, in a voice breaking with helpless desperation.

Bush Covered up Musharraf Ties with Qaeda, Khan
Analysis by Gareth Porter
WASHINGTON - Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf's resignation Monday brings to an end an extraordinarily close relationship between Musharraf and the U.S. administration, in which Musharraf was lavished with political and economic benefits despite policies that were in sharp conflict with U.S. security interests.

IRAQ: U.S. Officials Admit Worry over a "Difficult" al-Maliki
Gareth Porter
WASHINGTON - U.S. officials privately admit being concerned that Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al- Maliki has become "overconfident" about his government's ability to manage without U.S. combat troops, according to an Iraq analyst who just returned from a trip to Iraq arranged by U.S. commander General David Petraeus.

One-Fifth of Iraq Funding Paid to Contractors
William Fisher
NEW YORK - As a new report forecasts that the 190,000 private contractors in Iraq and neighbouring countries will cost U.S. taxpayers more than 100 billion dollars by the end of 2008, an under-the-radar Florida court case suggests that U.S. President George W. Bush -- a staunch contractor supporter -- is preparing to throw security contractors such as Blackwater under the political bus.

Excerpt: 'The Dark Side'
by Jane Mayer
If anyone in America should have been prepared to respond to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, it ought to have been Vice President Dick Cheney. For decades before the planes hit the Pentagon and World Trade Center, Cheney had been secretly practicing for doomsday.

PAKISTAN: Flour shortages cause despair ahead of Ramadan

In |Depth


TERRORISM -- GIULIANI: BY REFUSING TO USE THE TERM 'ISLAMIC TERRORISM,' LIBERALS ARE TRYING NOT TO INSULT TERRORISTS: Last night, in his address to the Republican National Convention, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani criticized Democrats for refusing to use the term "Islamic terrorism." "For four days in Denver, the Democrats were afraid to use the term 'Islamic terrorism.' ... I think they believe they will insult someone. Please tell me, who they are insulting if they say, 'Islamic terrorism,'" he said. He concluded, "They are insulting terrorists!" Experts, including those in the Bush administration, disagree; such religious rhetoric is actually counterproductive in combating terrorism. The Department of Homeland Security argues that U.S. officials who invoke references to Islam in describing terrorism may be "unintentionally portraying terrorists, who lack moral and religious legitimacy, as brave fighters, legitimate soldiers or spokesmen for ordinary Muslims." The National Counter Terrorism Center urges public officials to "avoid labeling everything 'Muslim'" because "it reinforces the 'U.S. vs. Islam' framework that Al-Qaeda promotes."

EXTREME CLUELESSNESS ON IRAQ: Like George Bush before he became president, Palin has barely traveled outside the United States. She has never been to Iraq or Afghanistan and admitted last year, "I haven't really focused much on the Iraq war." In an interview with Time magazine last month, she seemed completely unaware of McCain's Iraq plan. She said she did not know "what the plan is to ever end the war." She later said it's "tough" to "talk about the plan for the war" because her son will be deployed to Iraq. "Let's make sure we have a plan here," she said. Palin then added, "respecting McCain's position on that too though." Eschewing any substantitve analysis of the war, she asserted simply that U.S. soldiers are "out on a task that is from God." She also seems to believe the Iraq war was about oil, saying that "in many [ways] the reasons for war are fights over energy sources." In another interview, she argued, "we better have a real clear plan for the war," adding, "And it better not have to do with oil."



Anti War Protester Offers Flower To Police

Pepper Sprayed As Thank You.


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Amy Goodman Arrested at Republican National Convention


Democracy Now's Amy Goodman, Sharif Abdel Kouddous and Nicole Salazar were arrested by the Minneapolis Police Department. Charged with conspiracy to riot. Footage from Rick Rowley and Brandon Jourdan.

Gitmo News - Kidnapped and held without charged

Government Missed Deadline in Detainee Cases
Miliband Gets Further Week Over Terror Case Disclosure
US To Hand Over Papers Supporting Binyam Mohamed's Torture Claim
US Lawyers Urge Retrial of al-Shaiba
Detainee Suicides Prompt Suit
Judge Fears Secret Hearings Over Guantanamo Bay
Two Extradited Prisoners From Guantanamo Bay Subject To Cross Examination in Algeria
Ex-Guantanamo Detainees Appeal To US Supreme Court
U.S. Navy Closes Case on 3 Guantánamo Suicides
Guards' Lapses Cited in Detainee Suicides
6 Algerian Guantanamo Prisoners To Be Referred To Civil Court By Next October
Algerian Prisoner at Guantanamo Bay Says He Was Waterboarded

How three Guantanamo Bay prisoners killed themselves under guards' noses

U.S. military investigative documents outline how the men simultaneously committed suicide in June 2006.



"An Iraqi freelance photographer working for Reuters has been kidnapped by U.S. and Iraqi forces south of Baghdad," after U.S. military officials said he was "assessed to be a threat." In April, the U.S. military freed AP photographer Bilal Hussein, after holding him for more than two years.

64 percent: People concerned that Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) "would pursue policies that are too similar to what George W. Bush has pursued," according to a new USA Today/Gallup poll. Forty-seven percent fall into the "very concerned": category and 17 percent rate themselves "somewhat concerned."

And finally: The Huffington Post claims to have caught former president George H.W. Bush checking his watch last night during First Lady Laura Bush's speech at the Republican National Convention. The site has posted the "nostalgia-inducing video" here.

In Case You Missed It


The CIA, Contras, Gangs, and Crack

History of CIA Involvement in Drug Trafficking

By William Blum,

"In my 30­year history in the Drug Enforcement Administration and related agencies, the major targets of my investigations almost invariably turned out to be working for the CIA." -- Dennis Dayle, former chief of an elite DEA enforcement unit.

May Allah bless you all for the good work Inshallah
2007-12-26 15:35:36

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