March 7, 2014 at 6:59 am (Current Affairs)
Tags: Current Affairs
Director: Alex Gibney
Writer: Alex Gibney
An in-depth look at the torture practices of the United States in Afghanistan, Iraq and Guantanamo Bay, focusing on an innocent taxi driver in Afghanistan who was tortured and killed in 2002.
A documentary that takes a critical look at the Bush administration’s policy on torture by investigating the death of an Afghan taxi driver who, after being taken into the custody of American soldiers at Bagram Air Force Base, suffered fatal injuries at the hands of U.S. soldiers. In 2002, American soldiers accused an Afghan taxi driver of taking part in a deadly rocket attack. Five days after being handed over to the U.S. military for questioning, the man was found dead — the victim of a brutal bout of torture and abuse according to the medical examiner who inspected his body. The examiner concluded that the taxi driver’s hands had been bound to the ceiling, forcing him to stand for hours on end as his assailants repeatedly — and relentlessly — kicked him. Compelled to finally unearth the truth about the mysterious fate of the deceased taxi driver, filmmaker Alex Gibney takes viewers on an illuminating journey from a tiny Afghani village to Guantanamo Bay to Abu Ghraib, and ultimately the White House, to explore why the man who turned up in the morgue wasn’t the only victim to fall prey to the Bush administration’s controversial foreign policy. By examining the sad fate of the wrongly accused, the toll that the War on Terror has taken on an exhausted United States military, and Justice Department official John Yoo’s internal memo concerning interrogation techniques, the filmmakers behind Taxi to the Dark Side encourage viewers to weigh out the issues for themselves, and never accept what’s told to them on face value. The film won the Oscar for Best Documentary Feature at the 80th Annual Academy Awards. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
March 6, 2014 at 12:35 pm (Food for the soul)
Tags: Food for the soul
قال ابن مسعود رضي الله عنه:
لأن أعض على جمرة حتى تبرد أحب إلي من أن أقول لشيء قد قضاه الله: ليته لم يكن
كتاب الزهد أبي داود
Abdullaah Ibn Mas’ood (radiyAllahu’anhu):
“It is more beloved to me to bite onto a red coal until it cools, than for me to say about something that Allaah has preordained, ‘Only if it didn’t happen.‘ “
[Az-Zuhd, of Aboo Daawood, p. 136]
Translated by: Sayings of the Scholars
March 4, 2014 at 9:58 am (Current Affairs)
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March 3, 2014 at 4:56 pm (Current Affairs)
Tags: Current Affairs
Three-strikes laws are statutes enacted by state governments in the United States which mandate state courts to impose harsher sentences on habitual offenders who are convicted of three or more serious criminal offenses. In most jurisdictions, only crimes at the felony level qualify as serious offenses. Twenty-four states have some form of habitual offender law. The name comes from baseball, where a batter is permitted two strikes before striking out on the third.
The three-strikes law significantly increases the prison sentences of persons convicted of a felony who have been previously convicted of two or more violent crimes or serious felonies, and limits the ability of these offenders to receive a punishment other than a life sentence. Violent and serious felonies are specifically listed in state laws. Violent offenses include murder, robbery of a residence in which a deadly or dangerous weapon is used, rape and other sex offenses; serious offenses include the same offenses defined as violent offenses, but also include other crimes such as burglary of a residence and assault with intent to commit a robbery or murder. Depending on the seriousness of the current and the prior crimes committed by the offender, the sentence can range from a minimum of 25 years to a maximum of life imprisonment (typically the defendant is given the possibility of parole with a life sentence).
Three-strikes law – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
March 1, 2014 at 9:46 am (Books to read, Current Affairs, Non-Muslim)
Tags: books to read, Current Affairs, Non-Muslim
Twenty-five years ago, when Pat Robertson and other radio and televangelists first spoke of the United States becoming a Christian nation that would build a global Christian empire, it was hard to take such hyperbolic rhetoric seriously. Today, such language no longer sounds like hyperbole but poses, instead, a very real threat to our freedom and our way of life. In “American Fascists, ” Chris Hedges, veteran journalist and author of the National Book Award finalist “War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning, ” challenges the Christian Right’s religious legitimacy and argues that at its core it is a mass movement fueled by unbridled nationalism and a hatred for the open society.
Hedges, who grew up in rural parishes in upstate New York where his father was a Presbyterian pastor, attacks the movement as someone steeped in the Bible and Christian tradition. He points to the hundreds of senators and members of Congress who have earned between 80 and 100 percent approval ratings from the three most influential Christian Right advocacy groups as one of many signs that the movement is burrowing deep inside the American government to subvert it. The movement’s call to dismantle the wall between church and state and the intolerance it preaches against all who do not conform to its warped vision of a Christian America are pumped into tens of millions of American homes through Christian television and radio stations, as well as reinforced through the curriculum in Christian schools. The movement’s yearning for apocalyptic violence and its assault on dispassionate, intellectual inquiry are laying the foundation for a new, frightening America.
“American Fascists, ” which includes interviews and coverage of events such as pro-life rallies and weeklong classes on conversion techniques, examines the movement’s origins, its driving motivations and its dark ideological underpinnings. Hedges argues that the movement currently resembles the young fascist movements in Italy and Germany in the 1920s and ’30s, movements that often masked the full extent of their drive for totalitarianism and were willing to make concessions until they achieved unrivaled power. The Christian Right, like these early fascist movements, does not openly call for dictatorship, nor does it use
physical violence to suppress opposition. In short, the movement is not yet revolutionary. But the ideological architecture of a Christian fascism is being cemented in place. The movement has roused its followers to a fever pitch of despair and fury. All it will take, Hedges writes, is one more national crisis on the order of September 11 for the Christian Right to make a concerted drive to destroy American democracy. The movement awaits a crisis. At that moment they will reveal themselves for what they truly are — the American heirs to fascism. Hedges issues a potent, impassioned warning. We face an imminent threat. His book reminds us of the dangers liberal, democratic societies face when they tolerate the intolerant.
–This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
February 19, 2014 at 8:03 am (Current Affairs, Non-Muslim, Refutations)
Tags: Current Affairs, Non-Muslim, Refutations
Mr. Little John
INCITEMENT OF RELIGIOUS HATRED AND INFLAMMATORY REMARKS BY RICHARD LITTLEJOHN IN THE DAILY MAIL
The image above was publish in an article today (18th February) in the Daily Mail and has caused outrage in the Muslim community. The article is replete with inaccuracies and seeks to stereotype Muslims as, extremist, terrorists and repeats the Islamophobic stereotypes of the likes of the EDL and other bigots.
It incites hatred and in an atmosphere of growing hostility to Muslims and the rise of Islamophobia, such articles serve to deliberately stoke hatred and instigate violence against minorities.
An extract of the article refers to the author’s account of what will take place with children on the day at a theme park:
“4.30pm All girls to report to the Kingdom of the Pharaohs for full FGM inspection. All boys to report to the Al-Aqsa recruiting tent outside the Land of the Vikings for onward transportation to Syria.”
SEE THE ARTICLE HERE:
What is the author known for?
A short web search will give you hundreds of examples, but here are 2:
In December 2010, Littlejohn “satirised” an incident in which a 20-year-old man with cerebral palsy was thrown out of his wheelchair by police at a protest. Littlejohn argued that the young man involved should not have attended the protest, and compared him to Andy Pipkin from Little Britain.
In December 2012 the Daily Mail published an apology following a piece written by Littlejohn which insinuated that ethnic minority staff had got their jobs through discrimination and had threatened to sue the EHRC.
We all, Muslims as well as non-Muslims, need to take stand against this vile article and demand an immediate retraction and apology from the author and the Daily Mail for making such degrading and disgusting comments.
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
1. EMAIL/CALL THE EDITOR OF THE DAILY MAIL COMPLAINING OF INSULTING AND INCITEFUL ARTICLE – DEMAND A RETRACTION OF THE ARTICLE AND A PUBLISHED APOLOGY.
- CALL – 020 7938 6000 Ask for Paul Dacre or Alex Bannister
2. FILE A COMPLAINT WITH THE PRESS COMPLAINTS COMMISSION STATING THE SAME. IT BREACHES CLAUSE 12, DISCRIMINATION OF THE PCC’S EDITORS CODE OF PRACTICE.
3. Sign this petition calling for the Daily Mail to make a public apology on it’s front page.
Visit the petition page here
February 19, 2014 at 8:00 am (Food for the soul, Seeking Knowledge)
Tags: Food for the soul, Seeking Knowledge
Self Image Psychology expounds on some of the harmful messages promoted by the western media. The speaker points out how these common messages damage the Muslims’ self-image psychology. Among the many things discussed in this presentation are examples of proper self-respect and self-reverence from the lives of the Companions of the Prophet Muhammad (s). In addition, the speaker mentions common acts that entail lack of self esteem, such as the changing of Muslim names to non Muslim ones and the changing of the Islamic identity in general. The mere nature of this discussion reveals how Muslims today really view themselves.
February 10, 2014 at 9:56 pm (Food for the soul)
Tags: Food for the soul
Its people like this who deserve to be rulers over nations…