Tuesday, July 05, 2005

Looks to me like the world has finally,finally awakened. A whirlpool of activities have been taking place across the world .

The live 8 rocked the world on July 2 . 150 bands performed across 8 countries
And appealed to the G-8 leaders to cancel the debt the African countries owe them,
double the aid they are already receiving and trade justice.It is told that by signing one piece of paper the G-8 leaders can save upto 30,000 people everyday in Africa.
Hats off to BOB GELDOFF on his amazing initiative.
But whether this has been worhwhile only time will tell. On July 6 the G-8 Summit will take place.
In other developments, USA has agreed to reduce the amount of greenhouse gases which it emits into the atmosphere.Coming from The US this is a major relief for all those concerned about global warming.

Saturday, May 14, 2005

Guantanamo Bay

'No attempts to desecrate Quran'Source: IANS.Washington, May 13: Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has deplored any attempt to desecrate the Quran while outlining President George W. Bush's agenda of reaching out to befriend Muslim populations around the world.In a testimony before the US Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations and Related Programmes on the $33 billion allocated to the State Department, Rice prefaced her remarks by denouncing any alleged desecration of the Muslim holy book.She said that President Bush emphasises religious freedom and that an investigation would be carried out regarding a Newsweek article's allegations that interrogators at Guantanamo Bay prisons had flushed the Quran down a toilet."Disrespect for the Holy Quran is not now, nor has it ever been, nor will it ever be, tolerated by the United States," said Rice in an attempted damage control caused by the Newsweek article to Washington's already bruised image in the Islamic world."We honour the sacred books of all the world's great religions. Disrespect for the Holy Quran is abhorrent to us all."

She appealed to Muslims around the world not to give in to attempts by Islamic fundamentalists to portray America as the bad guy. "I am asking that all our friends around the world reject incitement to violence by those who would mischaracterise our intentions," she urged.Rice also outlined Bush's foreign policy agenda during her testimony and dwelt on her recent trip to India.She said she had congratulated both India and Pakistan on behalf of President Bush for the steps they had taken in building warmer relations."In Islamabad, I discussed the need to chart a democratic path for Pakistan, including the holding of national elections in 2007," she said in line with Bush's foreign policy priority of building free and democratic nations around the world."With India, the world's largest democracy, we are cooperating on a global strategy for peace, and on defence, energy and growth," she said, adding, "A few weeks ago, India's foreign minister met with President Bush and they discussed ways we might accelerate our cooperation still further and we look forward to a July visit by Prime Minister (Manmohan) Singh."

I DON'T BUY THE CRAP YOU ARE SELLING,LADY.My heartfelt congragulations to NEWSWEEK on this enlightening article.

Friday, May 13, 2005

Pakistan and usa

Cartoon in US daily angers Pakistan
Source: IANS.
Image Source: embassyofpakistan.org
Islamabad, May 9: A cartoon in The Washington Times lampooning Pakistan's role in the US war on terror has turned into a rallying point for nationalist passions and hidden anti-American sentiments here.

The "offensive" cartoon (published May 6) shows a US soldier patting a dog (Pakistan) that holds Abu Faraj Al Libbi (a terrorist linked with Al Qaeda) and saying: "Good boy ... now let's go find bin Laden."President George W. Bush had described the arrest of Al Libbi -- the third-ranking leader in Al Qaeda who was arrested in Pakistan this month -- as "a critical victory in the war on terror". A survey carried out by Online news agency revealed hurt national pride, with people cutting across the class divide vocally demanding that the government quit supporting the US in its war against terrorism."I think the Pakistan-US relations on the war against terrorism would not continue any more. The US is wary of admitting that Pakistan helped the US to find out its enemies," said Nazeer Ahmed, a lawyer. For Muhammad Ali, a student of Quaid-e-Azam University, the cartoon belittles Pakistan' anti-terror efforts and exposes how much the US values Pakistan's role in the war in terror. Many students of this university are so sore with the US "assault on national pride" that they will settle for nothing less than an apology from US President George Bush. It's not just the capital's chattering classes that are affronted; ordinary shopkeepers too have not shied away from registering their outrage against what they see the US duplicity in its relations with Pakistan. On the diplomatic front, the Pakistan Embassy in Washington wasted no time in registering its protest against this insensitive cartoon. "We are disgusted with the insensitivity of the editors of the Washington Times. They have insulted the 150 million people of Pakistan," said Mohammed Sadiq, Pakistan's charge d'affaires in Washington.In another instance, the government expressed its dismay over a news report carried by Newsweek magazine in its latest edition about the reported desecration of the holy Quran and inhuman treatment meted out to the detainees at the Guantanamo Bay detention centre.Said Muttahida Majlis Amal (MMA) deputy secretary general Liaqat Baloch: "Our rulers are bending backwards to please Western rulers through propagating the concept of enlightened moderation while they (Western rulers) are heaping insult on the country and nation through their media." His party observed a nation-wide protest day on the issue on Friday. "This should serve as an eye-opener for government, which is reflects that Islamabad has no status in the comity of nations specially in the eyes of the US," Baloch rued.

This may show what the Americans think of the Islam community in general.
Ignorance sure is bliss.