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Aljazeera buckles to
pressures again


MER - Mid-East Realities - MiddleEast.Org - Washington - 7 Sept 04:
Aljazeera, under continuing pressure, has caved in again.

Coerced self-censorship and forcing the media to constantly be wary of offending the powers that be is a long-time hallmark not only in the Middle East, Russia, and China, but also in the West and the United States. The techniques and methods are different, especially when it comes to the American scene, but in many cases the results are similar.

It was last Thursday, 2 September, that Aljazeera published a story about revered Egyptian Islamic scholar Shaikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi. Included in that story this important paragraph:
" 'All of them (US military personnel and civilians) are invaders who came from their country to invade our country and fighting them [in Iraq] is a duty,' said (Shaikh al-Qaradawi's) office director Essam Talima on Thursday, quoting a fatwa or ruling on religious law by al-Qaradawi."

Then a day later Aljazeera not only published a different story without any comment on the pressures brought on both Shaikh al-Qaradawi and itself, but completely removed from publication its previous story and photos.
Aljazeera's succumbing to pressures was reminiscent for MER of the time MER's publisher in Washington was asked to appear on the channel. He was already in the studio in front of the camera, miked, and ready to discuss current developments and the real situation in Washington when he was told they had changed their mind and it wasn't going to be live but would be screened and edited. He then asked for assurances that the fact that he was publisher of MER and the web-address MiddleEast.Org would definitely be mentioned and put on the screen under his hame; and when they refused he simply took off his the microphone and left.

Whatever kinds of pressures, how and by whom, were put on Shaik al-Qaradawi, as well as on Aljazeera, are in important part of the real story about what is going on these days. The American Secretary of State is known to have personally and repeatedly pressured Qatari authorities that fund the Channel to rein-in Aljazeera; and recently the U.S. and its Baghdad regime has expelled Aljazeera from Iraq, while at the same time setting up and sponsoring competing Channels, U.S.-funded media organizations, and glitzy on-the-take websites.

A careful reading of both stories from Aljazeera shows that the Shaik denied specially calling on Muslims to attack Americans -- but then he also denied that he hadn't called on Muslims to attack all occupiers. The details of just what happened in the short time the original Aljazeera story was published and its disappearance are unknown. What is known is that without telling its viewers and readers Aljazeera simply eliminated its original story and a few days later replaced it with another far milder one. Both stories follows:





RESPECTED MUSLIM CLERICS
DECLARE
RELIGIOUS DUTY TO
FIGHT THE U.S.
OCCUPIERS


"All of them (US military personnel and civilians) are
invaders
who came from their country to invade our
country and
fighting them [in Iraq] is a duty."

"Al-Qaradawi was one of 93 prominent Muslim figures
who in August called on Muslims around the world to
support resistance against US forces in Iraq and its
apppointed interim Iraqi government."


MER - Mid-East Realities - MiddleEast.Org - Washington - 3 Sept: The old southern evangelicals -- Senator Zell Miller a good example as he gave the keynote address at the Republican Convention Wednesday night more preacher than statesman -- keep proclaiming the U.S. is not an occupier but rather a liberator. The Republicans cheered wildly but their proclamations are applauded only by themselves; few worldwide beyond Crusading American shores endorse such a view, except in Israel.

But these repeated crusading declarations coming from the prominent Americans are generating a growing chorus of counter-declarations from leading Arab and Muslim intellectual and political figures further escalating the 'Clash of Civilizations' now very much already underway.

Remember General Boykin on the Pentagon Evangelical side?
"My God is bigger than their god" he proclaimed in uniform from Christ's pulpit.

Remember Prime Minister Mahathir of Malaysia speaking to the Organization of Islamic Conference?
"Powerful Jews control the world..."

The Israelis and their extensive political armies have in fact worked long and hard to help ignite this clash for reasons and ideology of their own. Journals and organizations, officials and writers affiliated with them and now nick-named in part 'the neocons', have been pushing this thesis for a long time, long before 9/11 in fact. They and theirs are the primary beneficiaries in the crucial Middle East region, at least in the short term. The American evangelicals and theirs -- including the military-industrial complex and key media organizations they control ranging from Fox News to the Washington Times to the 700 Club -- are the primary beneficiaries in the U.S. as both power and wealth are redistributed away from other segments of society and social concerns, at least in the short term.

In the longer term we are all the loosers, the hatreds and dangers are escalating all around us, worldwide arms production and arms sales are increasing, social programs are being drained, and crucial issues and problems are being short-changed and short-discussed while the 'War on Terrorism' and 'security' become all dominant -- as both American political conventions in recent weeks have made so miserably evident. MER






Revered Egyptian Cleric:
Muslims should fight US in Iraq

Al-Qaradawi wants French journalists freed immediately

Thursday 02 September 2004 7:23 PM GMT
An Egyptian cleric based in
Qatar and often described as a moderate has ruled that it is a religious duty for Muslims to fight Americans in Iraq , including US civilians, his office director has said.

But the cleric, Shaikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi, said that two French journalists kidnapped in Iraq should be freed immediately.

Al-Qaradawi gave his opinion at a meeting on Tuesday evening at the Egyptian journalists' syndicate in Cairo .

"All of them (US military personnel and civilians) are invaders who came from their country to invade our country and fighting them [in Iraq] is a duty," said his office director Essam Talima on Thursday, quoting a fatwa or ruling on religious law by al-Qaradawi.

Revered

Al-Qaradawi is revered in the
Muslim world

Al-Qaradawi is revered in much of the Muslim world for his intellectual rigour and ability to adapt the fundamental tenets of Islam to the modern world.

The cleric was quoted by pan-Arab daily newspaper Al-Hayat as saying during the Tuesday meeting that the French journalists should be freed.

"If those kidnappers care about the reputation of Islam they should free the two French journalists," the newspaper quoted him saying.

Al-Qaradawi said the presence of the French journalists "broke the American monopoly on relaying information and facts (on the situation in Iraq ) to the outside world".

Example

He also referred to France 's foreign policy in dealing with the Islamic and Arab worlds, which he said could serve as an example to other countries.

"If those kidnappers care about the reputation of Islam they should free the two French journalists"

Shaikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi

The kidnapping of Georges Malbrunot and Christian Chesnot on 20 August by a group called the Islamic Army in Iraq has deeply shocked France which was a fierce opponent of the US-led invasion and has no troops in Iraq .

The kidnappers have demanded that Paris rescind a law banning Muslim headscarves and other conspicuous religious symbols from state schools. The deadline passed on on Wednesday and France enforced the ban from Thursday.

Al-Qaradawi was one of 93 prominent Muslim figures who in August called on Muslims around the world to support resistance against US forces in Iraq and its apppointed interim Iraqi government.

After the 11 September 2001 attacks al-Qaradawi urged Muslims worldwide to donate blood to help the victims and also condemned the 2002 Bali bombing as barbaric and immoral but he caused controversy during a visit to Britain in July after condoning some attacks by human bombers against military targets. Aljazeera, 3 September 2004.

http://english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/626A8CFB-EE21-4C5E-B929-6ACC10988F0C.htm



Muslim scholar denies media reports

Al-Qaradawi is a leading Muslim theologian (file photo)

Friday 03 September 2004 10:37 PM GMT - Egyptian Islamic scholar Shaikh Yousif al-Qaradawi denied media reports suggesting he had called for Americans, including civilians, to be killed in Iraq.

In a telephone interview with Aljazeera.net, Shaikh al-Qaradawi said his words were taken out of context.

"I said that the occupation of any Muslim country should be resisted, I never used the words Americans and civilians."

"Wherever and whenever there is an occupation, there would be a resistance. That is natural," he said.

Described as a moderate, al-Qaradawi was one of 93 prominent Islamic figures who in August called on Muslims around the world to support resistance against the US occupation of Iraq and its proxy Iraqi government.

After the September 11, 2001 attacks on US cities, Qaradawi urged Muslims worldwide to donate blood to help the victims. He also condemned the 2002 Bali bombing as barbaric and immoral but he caused controversy during a visit to Britain in July after condoning some human bomber attacks.

He is a prominent poet; writer, public speaker and preacher who attracts a wide audience.

Al-Qaradawi is revered in much of the Muslim world for his intellectual rigour and ability to adapt the fundamental tenets of Islam to the modern world.

Mediation

The Qatar-based Shaikh al-Qaradawi headed a delegation to Sudan to start mediation between warring parties in Darfur.

He met on Friday with Sudanese interior minister and representative of the president of Sudan Abd al-Rahim Muhammad and held talks about Darfur.

The revered scholar hopes to use his good relations with all parties to try to reach a settlement in the war torn province of Darfur.

Release French journalists

Al-Qaradawi is also involved in efforts to release the two French journalists held in Iraq.

"If those kidnappers care about the reputation of Islam then they should free the two French journalists," he said.

Al-Qaradawi said the presence of the French journalists "broke the American monopoly on relaying information and facts (on the situation in Iraq) to the outside world."

He also referred to France's foreign policy in dealing with the Islamic and Arab worlds, which he said could serve as an example to other countries.

The kidnapping of Georges Malbrunot and Christian Chesnot on August 20 by a group called the Islamic Army in Iraq has deeply shocked France which was a fierce opponent of the U.S.-led invasion and has no troops in Iraq.

The kidnappers have demanded that Paris rescind a law banning Muslim headscarves and other conspicuous religious symbols from state schools.

The deadline passed on Wednesday and France put the ban into force on Thursday.

Aljazeera - Friday 03 September 2004 10:37 PM GMT
http://english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/7451987C-9E6B-4CBA-9ABA-CEA53318D4B4.htm

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Iran and Syria now Targeted
(September 30, 2004)
Now the Americans and Israelis have Iran and Syria in their sights.

MER Warned About Jewish Neocons and Israeli Lobby Years Ago
(September 30, 2004)
Think back now to the days before the Bush/Cheney regime took power in Washington, before the term 'neocon' and the policy of 'pre-emption' were in wide use, and to before 9/11 was even imagined by all but a very few. MER was already long ago raising the warning flags, explaining what was really happening in Washington as well as in the Middle East, previewing what has since come to be; all while so many others were proclaiming the 'peace process is irreversible' and Yasser Arafat was the most frequent foreign guest at the American White House!

MER Articles - Sept 1998
(September 30, 2004)


Intifada II Enters Year Five
(September 28, 2004)
The figures for the Intifada are brutal. Adjusted for the size of the U.S. population, that is if the Israeli occupation were taking place in the U.S., over 300,000 Americans would have been killed in just the past 4 years alone, well over a million seriously injured, many millions imprisoned and tortured, plus considerable land confiscated, homes destroyed, and occupying Jewish 'settlers' taking over.

MER Articles - September 1997
(September 28, 2004)
These MER Articles were published in September 1997. The perspective they offer on events since is crucial.

Maps tell the Real Story 'on the ground' where it counts
(September 26, 2004)
The Israelis now control all Palestinian areas through hundreds of military Checkpoints, No-go zones, By-pass 'Jews only' Roads, Settlements, Outposts, and in recent years Fences, Walls, and Electronic Monitoring systems throughout the West Bank similar to what was done in the past to Gaza. In addition all Palestinians must even receive Israeli military permission to travel from one city and village. The situation is today far worse than Apartheid was in South Africa. As a result, no real, contiguous, and even minimally sovereign Palestinian State is possible any longer in the area that was Palestine in 1947.

Anglican group calls for Israel sanctions
(September 24, 2004)
A few months ago the American Presbyterians officially took the first major Church steps to sanction Israel, recalling how South Africa was treated in the days of Apartheid not that long ago. Now an influential Anglican group is pushing for a combination of boycott and divestment from Israel when their senior Church leaders next meet.

USA at MOMENT of NATIONAL CRISIS
(September 24, 2004)
"Over the last three years, practicing a philosophy of deliberate deception, fear-mongering and abuse of authority, the Bush administration has done more to undermine the republic of Lincoln and Jefferson than the cells of al-Qaida. It has willfully ignored our fundamental laws and squandered the nation's wealth in bloody, open-ended pursuits.... We have arrived at a moment of national crisis."

Sy Hersh - Readers' Comments
(September 23, 2004)
Important articles and exclusive insights like this would not be easily available, or oftentimes available at all, but for MER. These Readers' Comments this week concern the recent MER article about Washington journalist Seymour Hersh and his recent interviews and talks about his new book Chain of Command:

ARAB AMERICANS - REALITIES NOT DECEPTIONS
(September 22, 2004)
The real message to the tough-minded politicos in Washington is this: There's nothing to worry about from Arab Americans...working overtime they can only mobilize quite few in numbers...they are not even protesting against the upcoming agreement itself likely to be soon signed across the street...they know nothing about the power of civil disobedience...they have no powerful or even significant allies...their leadership is naive and oftentimes foolish...and the Arab organizations we work with can be counted on to keep them under control come what may.

IRAN - The U.S. and Israel Prepare to Attack
(September 22, 2004)
The new massive arms sale of 'bunker busting' bombs to Israel has two major purposes at this point in addition to furthering the Bush/Cheney election campaign -- to prepare for real war with Iran sooner rather than later, while at the same time attempting to further intimidate one more time those in Tehran to 'comply, resistance is futile'.

About MER - Please Read and Contribute Today
(September 21, 2004)
Reorganizing and overcoming all the obstacles has come at a considerable price in time, effort, and funds. We have to appeal now for your substantial financial support; for a truly independent and hard-hitting organization must have truly independent funding or it cannot continue and have impact. Please contribute today to make MER possible and of growing impact. Thank you!

Sy Hersh - Israeli Disinformation and Cover-Up?
(September 21, 2004)
In fact, the more one thinks about this, the more one reaches the possible conclusion that while Hersh is on target (though incomplete) when it comes to the torture scandal, when it comes to the geostrategic, especially when it comes to matters relating to Israel, Hersh may well be being used for disinformation and continually engages in a kind of self-censorship and cover-up.

Journalists and Professors With Chilling Warnings
(September 20, 2004)
"Every generation has its test of principle in which people of good faith can no longer remain silent in the face of authoritarian ambition. If we cannot join together to fight the abomination of American camps, we have already lost what we are defending."

The 'Fucking' Crazy and Stupid Washington Neocons
(September 19, 2004)
Of course they only talk this way when they've really had it and when they think the befuddled largely ignorant general public won't hear. But the reality is these two top American Generals who have been saluting to power their whole lives, and who themselves are very much a part of the terrible corrupted system, are known to feel the senior neocons empowered by Bush and Cheney are out of control and sometimes a little fucking out of their minds!

Feith of Israel
(September 18, 2004)
MER 'Washington Scene'EXCLUSIVE: Click to Listen to Douglas Feith at an Israeli lobby White House rally while Bill Clinton was still President, Feith was not yet back in government, and more than a year before 9/11 was to happen. For some time in Washington Feith has been a prominent member of the extended Israeli-Jewish lobby speaking at times as harshly and unrelentingly as any Israeli propagandist. Persons in the media should contact MER for more extensive information and additional audio and video clips of Feith - 202 362-5266 and press@MiddleEast.Org

Crude Politics: How Bush's Oil Cronies Hijacked the War on Terrorism
(September 17, 2004)
But, when writing about the situation in Washington and the linkages between persons and groups that brought about the Iraqi invasion/occupation, Sperry makes significant contributions in his book Crude Policies that need to be understood.

Washington's Pathetic Arabist Hustlers - National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations
(September 16, 2004)
But the most tragic reality of all is that in the process of what they have done for themselves this pathetically incestuous Washington cabal of 'Arabists' has squandered crucial decades, all together more than a hundred million dollars, and even now with the Middle East on fire and Washington gripped by policy warfare very very few even want to bother to come and get their free lunch with them.

Iraqi Debacle, Iraqi Disaster
(September 16, 2004)
Most senior US military officers now believe the war on Iraq has turned into a disaster on an unprecedented scale

EYEWITNESS TO SLAUGHTER IN BAGHDAD
(September 15, 2004)
On Sunday as the details of this murderous U.S. attack on a Baghdad crowd were first being reported, MER asked an officer on Commanding U.S. General Abizaid's staff how could the U.S. be using attack helicopters to fire on crowds in Baghdad and still think Iraqis wouldn't hate the Americans. He suggested it must have been to protect troops still in the damaged vehicle. A few hours later when told that was not the case, that the troops had already been rescued, he suggested maybe there was a need to destroy the vehicle for 'intelligence' reasons. When told the vehicle was already destroyed and on fire he could only shrug... How telling... This unusually gripping first-hand report from the exploding streets of Baghdad:

Bin Laden More Popular Than Bush in Egypt
(September 14, 2004)
With Iraq exploding, the Americans attacking street crowds in Baghdad with bombs and missiles, and the U.S. military already stretched to the breaking point both in terms of manpower and credibility, Washington's propaganda machine is in overdrive both at home and abroad. Even so, even in long-time American ally Egypt, Osama Bin Laden and al-Qaeda are considerably more popular than George W. Bush and the U.S.

Iraq Exploding in Rebellion and Death
(September 12, 2004)
At least 37 people were killed in Baghdad alone. Many of them died when a U.S. helicopter fired on a disabled U.S. Bradley fighting vehicle as Iraqis swarmed around it, cheering, throwing stones and waving the black and yellow sunburst banner of Iraq's most-feared terror organization.

'Fucking Crazies' Powell Explodes - Withdraw from Iraq Financial Times Editorializes
(September 12, 2004)
The U.S. policy in the Middle East is already a disaster of historical proportions. In a new book being published in a few days no less an authority than U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell himself is quoted describing the top neo-conservatives in the Bush administration as 'fucking crazies' during the build-up to war in Iraq.

9/11 - 'War of the Worlds'
(September 11, 2004)
Immediately when 9/11 occurred the publisher of MER was asked to quickly write about it's meaning and ramifications for the about-to-be-published October issue of a European Edition of Playboy Magazine.

9/11 began a long time ago and for very real reasons
(September 11, 2004)
Those who were reading MER six years ago were giving a prescient foretaste of what has since come, and why. This MER article was originally published on 25 August 1998. Read it now keeping in mind that what has been happening since was being caused and was foreseeable then; just as what is being done now is creating the still bleaker future now ahead if today's course in Washington is not significantly altered...and soon.

Chechnya - Crucible for Hatred and Terrorism
(September 10, 2004)
It is a genocidal war Vladimir Putin is personally responsible for more than any other. But then neither the U.S. nor the European powers nor the U.N. for that matter have had the vision, the determination, and the courage to step in. And thus the fingers of responsibility and blame should be pointing in many simultaneous directions at this time.

Israeli Spying in USA Fox Series Spiked and Covered-Up
(September 10, 2004)
AIPAC and Israel's many official and unofficial lobbyists are now mounting a major campaign to bring the FBI investigation to an end with only minor charges involving 'mishandling' of classified documents. The pressures on everyone in Washington are no doubt intense; especially in this election year. And so what happened in November 2002 should be especially instructive; and in view of the most recent charges and investigations should be resurrected:

Chechnya - Crucible for Hatred and Terrorism
(September 8, 2004)
This look back on the terribly brutal Russian war in Chechnya to prevent Chechnyan independence must be understood to be the crucible in which the horrifying events of recent days were brewed. It is a genocidal war Vladimir Putin is personally responsible for more than any other; but then neither the U.S. nor the European powers nor the U.N. for that matter have had the vision, the determination, and the courage to step in. And thus the fingers of responsibility and blame should be pointing in many simultaneous directions.

Aljazeera Caves Again
(September 8, 2004)
Coerced self-censorship and forcing the media to constantly be wary of offending the powers that be is a long-time hallmark not only in the Middle East, Russia, and China, but also in the West and the United States. The techniques and methods are different, especially when it comes to the American scene, but in many cases the results are similar.

Chechnya, Palestine, Iraq, Kashmir - Occupations All
(September 7, 2004)
Brutal occupations all -- Palestine, Chechnya, Iraq, Kashmir. All examples of when overwhelming military force is used by a major power to put down popular resistance to historical subjugation and injustice.

IsraelGate +
(September 6, 2004)
Major efforts are now underway in Washington to head off, cover up, derail, what we earlier today for the first time called ISRAELGATE. IsraelGate is potentially the most significant scandal to rock relations between the U.S. and Israel ever -- since the Lavon Affair and 1956 war when President Eisenhower faced down the Israelis, then 1967 with the attack on the U.S.S. Liberty, and then the Pollard spy affair nearly twenty years ago now. But now the stakes are much much higher than ever for the following three reasons:

ISRAELGATE!
(September 5, 2004)
Now that the new Israeli spy scandal has broken into public view, the top-level connections between the Jewish neocons at the Pentagon and the National Security Council -- among them Paul Wolfowitz, Douglas Feith, and Elliott Abrams -- the following and associated stories first published earlier this year deserve much more than a second look. They should in fact be the basis for a full-fledged journalistic investigation into what could yet be called ISRAELGATE.

Israel, Neocons, Lobby, and Spying
(September 4, 2004)
For there are those in Washington and in the media who know very well that it was the Israelis and the Jewish neocons, working in tandem, who worked relentlessly to push the U.S. into the invasion and occupation of Iraq. And there are those who are well aware that the Israelis and the Jewish neocons are now working in tandem to push and cajole the U.S. to take on Iran, Syria, and all who stand in the way of their plans for the U.S. and Israel in partnership to control the Middle East strategically, politically, and economically.

Revered Muslim Cleric Calls On Muslims To Fight The U.S.Occupier
(September 3, 2004)
"Al-Qaradawi was one of 93 prominent Muslim figures who in August called on Muslims around the world to support resistance against US forces in Iraq and its apppointed interim Iraqi government."

Bush Speaks, Eocons (Christian Evangelicals + Jewish Neocons) Rule
(September 2, 2004)
As George W. Bush prepares to outline his 'vision' and 'agenda' to the American nation tonight from besieged New York City he today published the following appeal to American Jews in The Forward newspaper. Ironically, in the same issue of The Forward, the latest Israeli and Jewish Lobby spy scandal gets much play including the additional article below:




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