Thursday, February 28, 2013

Ten Pakistanis doing great things for America | Blog | DAWN.COM

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U.S. Cities Face Threats From Federal Cuts to Revenues, Economies - NYTimes.com

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As Pope Departs, Discord Remains at Vatican - NYTimes.com

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Ventura city attorney launches criminal probe into hillside grading near Mint Lane » Ventura County Star

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Student Debt Nearly Tripled In 8 Years, New York Federal Reserve Reports

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Brothers in arms: the 10 brothers fighting for the Syrian uprising | World news | The Guardian

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Women are piling on the pounds because they have cut down on housework, study shows | Mail Online

Women are piling on the pounds because they have cut down on housework, study shows | Mail Online:

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Waste Watch: FBI spends millions on jets | WOAI: San Antonio News

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Julia Brownley's first bill would guarantee money for veterans health care » Ventura County Star

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Dorner Search Cost San Bernardino Sheriff’s $550K | KTLA 5

Dorner Search Cost San Bernardino Sheriff’s $550K | KTLA 5:

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Emerging Market $30 Trillion Opportunity For Growth - Business Insider

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India's wealthy voice concerns on economy - Asia - Al Jazeera English

India's wealthy voice concerns on economy - Asia - Al Jazeera English:

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Re: Ships Leaking $37 Billion Reflect Eisenhower’s Warning

Horrible!!!
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"A devastating series by our colleagues at Bloomberg News shows that "the defense budget contains hundreds of billions of dollars for new generations of aircraft carriers and stealth fighters, tanks that even the Army says it doesn't need and combat vehicles too heavy to maneuver in desert sands or cross most bridges in Asia, Africa, or the Middle East." Read this comprehensive expose and weep. Or read it as an implicit road map for how to shrink the military in a rational way."

Five Military Cuts That Would Fix Sequestration





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Erin Burnett Rumors Swirl As Jeff Zucker Shakes Up CNN

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BBC News - TED 2013: Uchek app tests urine for medical issues

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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Jahaiz, destroying families one wedding at a time – The Express Tribune Blog

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Exclusive interview: A peek into the Afghan Taliban mind – The Express Tribune

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Qadafi may be dead but his paid web site lives on The QATAR smoking gun in Syria

Iqbal  Quidwai
"Do not take life too seriously. You will never get out of it alive." 
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This is why the Syrian crisis has lasted so long: leaked documents proves the conspiracy and involvement of Qatar sending mercenaries and weapons in Syria, with the complicity of NATO who control the Libyan ports ~~~ Ecco perché la crisi siriana dura così a lungo: documenti trapelati rivelano la cospirazione e coinvolgimento del Qatar nell’invio di mercenari e armi in Siria, con la complicità NATO che controlla i porti libici ~ (Eng-Ita-Arab) | Libyan Free Press

This is why the Syrian crisis has lasted so long: leaked documents proves the conspiracy and involvement of Qatar sending mercenaries and weapons in Syria, with the complicity of NATO who control the Libyan ports ~~~ Ecco perché la crisi siriana dura così a lungo: documenti trapelati rivelano la cospirazione e coinvolgimento del Qatar nell’invio di mercenari e armi in Siria, con la complicità NATO che controlla i porti libici ~ (Eng-Ita-Arab) | Libyan Free Press:

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Taliban kill 17 Afghans in attack in east - Yahoo! News

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Depression, Autism & ADHD May Share Genes - Yahoo! News

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US Congressman Rohrabacher demands referendum in Balochistan | DAWN.COM

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US Congressman Rohrabacher demands referendum in Balochistan | DAWN.COM

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Thousand Oaks thanks park district volunteers with '50s-style party » Ventura County Star

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Cost-of-living increases » Ventura County Star

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Mobile Devices Have Become 'Prosthetic Brains,' Web Guru Says - Business Insider

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Supercomputers In The Living Room - Business Insider

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Samsung KNOX Is Brilliant - Business Insider

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Supreme Court Killing Voting Rights Act - Business Insider

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Voting Rights Act Supreme Court Case: Scalia Condemns The 'Perpetuation Of Racial Entitlement' (UPDATE)

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Andrew Sullivan, Gay Catholic Blogger, Speculates Pope Is Gay

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Speaker calms tempers as Shah turns on PPP | Pakistan | DAWN.COM

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BBC News - Chuck Hagel stirs up India-US storm over Afghanistan

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Urgent request 3 pm RDA succ-or mtg TODAY Question

Thousand Oaks Asst CM (making a killing in Ventura), J. Prescott/ Adams CFO!, Jackie lame Chair:

Any one can answer Reply ASAP would be appreciated:

The West side properties Total cost about $5 Mill I see maintenance cost but NO reversion to city in agenda on Items 7A or B.
Has this been transferred to the city? Owned by RDA (former)

This request is made under FOI act of State of Calif; I am in touch with Gov, Controller's offices as well as DOF!

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Hooters is seeking to expand to full-service bar in Thousand Oaks » Ventura County Star

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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Chuck Hagel's remarks against India bizarre and outlandish: BJP - Indian Express

Chuck Hagel's remarks against India bizarre and outlandish: BJP - Indian Express:

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U.S. moves toward providing direct aid to Syrian rebels - The Washington Post

U.S. moves toward providing direct aid to Syrian rebels - The Washington Post:

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Parents learn about teen parties at tours in Thousand Oaks » Ventura County Star

Parents learn about teen parties at tours in Thousand Oaks » Ventura County Star:

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Craig Murray » Blog Archive » Bahrain Opposition Meeting at Frontline Club

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Re: Please publicize--ACTION: The Massacre of Khojaly: a Crime against Humanity

Salaam Anwar: I agree sending emails is good but not enough!  Certainly does Little alleviate the sufferings of the oppressed. With so many injustices going around like Syria, Mali, Burma, Quetta it is hard to focus.
BUT THIS ATROCITY IS HUMONGOUS AND SHOULD NOT BE SHOVED UNDER THE CARPET.
I am taking the opportunity to copy this which I was lucky to get from Br. Nadir to much of our leadership in So Calif, HOPING they will pick the baton and RUN with it!

Best Regards,

Iqbal  Quidwai
"Do not take life too seriously. You will never get out of it alive." 
Newbury Park CA 91320-1821 USA  I.quidwai at gmail.com 
Cell 805-390-2857 
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On Tue, Feb 26, 2013 at 9:07 PM, anwar.siddiqui <anwar.siddiqui@aku.edu> wrote:

Dear Iqbal,

Thanks for enlightening us about this. I wonder if we can do anything other than just read and share with others.

Regards

Anwar

 

From: Iqbal Quidwai [mailto:i.quidwai@gmail.com]
Sent: Wednesday, February 27, 2013 4:19 AM
To: Pakistan_Futures
Subject: Please publicize--ACTION: The Massacre of Khojaly: a Crime against Humanity

 

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THE MASSACRE OF KHOJALY: A CRIME AGAINST HUMANITY



February 26, 2013 – Twenty one years ago on this date the people of Azerbaijan witnessed what the Human Rights Watch later called the "largest massacre to date in the conflict" between Armenia and Azerbaijan. Armenian soldiers backed by the 366th motorized infantry regiment of the former soviet army attacked the Azerbaijani town of Khojaly brutally murdering over 600 civilians, including women and children. Hundreds more were wounded; some are still missing.

As the Western media documented details of the gruesome massacre such as scalping and other forms of mutilation, the Armenian soldiers institutionalized the pattern of extermination and ethnic cleansing of the Azerbaijani civilian population. That pattern has since become an integral part of the Armenian policy in the region. The continuous illegal occupation of Azerbaijan's internationally-recognized territory, the lingering displacement of a million Azerbaijani civilians and Armenia's own handicapped development are among the consequences of the narrowly defined ethno-centric approach dominant in Armenia.

Recognition of the Khojaly massacre as a crime against humanity is a debt owed to the memory of those perished and a necessity for building long-term peace for the Azerbaijanis and Armenians alike.

Just as Azerbaijani-Americans and friends of Azerbaijan lead commemorations throughout the United States, both legislative houses of the states of Arkansas and New Mexico adopted resolutions honoring the victims of Khojaly.

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Thank you Nader Jaani for enlightening me  I did not know at all; What scoundrels!!

  1. Very nice sounding Persian song Some controversy about meaning. Also copied in Pak??! What has happened to Western Music; it is about fighting, pain? Look at their faces + in a foreign language is lyrics hard to tell!

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Through this book, I wanted to tell stories of starvation deaths: Harsh Mander — OneWorld South Asia

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Touch-screen technology transforms Ventura County classrooms + apps 4 elem school kids

http://www.vcstar.com/news/2013/feb/26/top-ipad-apps-elementary-school-children/   apps for elem kids

Touch-screen technology transforms Ventura County classrooms

First-grader Trevor Barton works with an iPad during class at La Mariposa Elementary School in Camarillo.

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First-grader Trevor Barton works with an iPad during class at La Mariposa Elementary School in Camarillo.

First-grader Tiana Stouch works with an iPad recently at La Mariposa Elementary School in Camarillo.

PHOTO BY TROY HARVEY, VENTURA COUNTY STAR

First-grader Tiana Stouch works with an iPad recently at La Mariposa Elementary School in Camarillo.

Santa came a month late to Foothill Technology High School in Ventura, where teachers and students got their hands on 67 iPads, retina and mini versions. He also visited La Mariposa Elementary School in Camarillo, delivering three dozen iPad 3s last fall.

In fact, schools across Ventura County have new digital toys that are transforming classrooms in surprising ways.

"Teachers are really excited because it's like they're reinventing teaching through this device," said Melissa Wantz, technology specialist for Foothill Technology.

At the Ventura high school this month, students in a social studies class used their iPad mini to make political cartoons about federal government agencies.

In a third-grade class at La Mariposa, pupils used an app to test their double-digit multiplication skills.

Kindergartners at a bilingual class at McKinna School used their fingers to trace the alphabet on their touch screens, which gave instant feedback when a letter was written in the wrong stroke order.

McKinna, an Oxnard school where more than 80 percent of students do not speak English, was recently recognized by Apple for its iRead program. The school began a literacy program in 2010 with two iPods. Today, with help from $484,000 in state grants received in a three-year period, the school has been able to buy iPods and iPads for all grade levels.

Anne Jenks, principal of McKinna, said students have to be prepared for an increasingly digitized world.

Third-grade teacher Christina Culp uses an iPad to give a lesson during her class at La Mariposa Elementary School in Camarillo. The iPad also is linked to a board at the front of the classroom, giving Culp the ability to walk around to the students while teaching.

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Third-grade teacher Christina Culp uses an iPad to give a lesson during her class at La Mariposa Elementary School in Camarillo. The iPad also is linked to a board at the front of the classroom, giving Culp the ability to walk around to the students while teaching.

"If you're not proficient in technology — and not just knowledgeable, but proficient — I don't know where you will be working," Jenks said. "Even at McDonalds, the computers are advanced."

Eleanor Crilly, a McKinna kindergarten teacher, was using a group of fluttering butterflies on the iPad to teach arithmetic. Pupils were dragging the butterflies into a basket to solve an addition problem.

"You can only review so many times with flash cards and cubes," Crilly said. "We had a heck of a time with addition last year. We didn't do it until the end of the year. Now we're doing it in January."

Pupils spend 15 to 30 minutes with the devices every day. The kindergarten class will soon work on a stop-action film on the alphabet, with pupils reading the letters and making the phonetic sounds.

Jenks said the technology is one reason why the school met all its state and federal targets last year.

"This isn't about being cool; it's about helping students get the best in education," Jenks said. "They're digital natives, and this is what they relate to."

Technology is arriving in more classrooms and used in all grade levels. Touch-screen technology and voice recognition in smartphones are giving the youngest learners Internet access. Many toddlers who aren't literate can now tap and swipe their way through these devices.

"Until we had the touch screen, there was not a way for young students to understand the software program. They were struggling so much with a mouse, struggling with the keyboard. That automatically closed the door to their understanding," said Lisa Guernsey, author of "Screen Time: How Electronic Media — From Baby Videos to Educational Software — Affects Your Young Child." "Now technology has opened that door."

First-grader Rachel Widofsky draws the letter

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First-grader Rachel Widofsky draws the letter "N" on an iPad during class at La Mariposa Elementary School in Camarillo.

While new gadgets can be exciting, they must accompany teacher training, Guernsey said.

"There's a lot of attention getting these tablets, but we need just as much attention paid to the teachers who are making these choices and the types of apps they're using," Guernsey said. "There certainly can be a novelty effect when they get new technology in their hands. If you have that in isolation, when you don't have teachers who are properly trained, that novelty can fizzle."

At La Mariposa, first-grader Trésor Huyghe, 6, used an iPad app tested by Jamie Alvarez, a teacher on special assignment at the Pleasant Valley School District. Trésor was playing a hangman-style game, trying to spell a word correctly in time to protect the snack of a cartoon cat.

"You write the right word to stop the mouse from trying to get the cheese," Trésor said.

"It's kinda like Tom and Jerry," said classmate Christopher Alvarez, 6.

Trésor likes to skip ahead to the challenging words from grade 10 and 11, guessing how to spell words he has never heard of, such as "nonchalant" and "evanescent."

"I do know one word," he said with pride. "Accelerate."

When it comes to technology, students are often the experts.

"The teachers spend more time learning the technology than the students," said La Mariposa Principal Jay Greenlinger. "This is the world they live in. It's the world they'll work in."

At Foothill Technology, physiology teacher Mika Anderson, who was not familiar with Apple products when she received her iPad two weeks ago, acknowledged she didn't even know how to turn it on.

Third-grader Brittany Widerburg does math on an iPad during class at La Mariposa Elementary School in Camarillo.

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Third-grader Brittany Widerburg does math on an iPad during class at La Mariposa Elementary School in Camarillo.

Anderson was a quick learner, spending nights researching apps before finding 3D Skeleton System Pro III, an app used by Stanford University medical students. With the teacher iPad synced to the classroom screen, Anderson can zoom into and out of the skeletal system, showing bones and muscles from all different angles.

"The difference between last year is this is more dynamic," Anderson said. "The students' understanding of the relationship between different bones is better. It's not just learning the anatomy but having an intricate understanding of physiology. And that's awesome."

But Anderson doesn't think the iPad will completely replace the textbook diagrams and skeletal model hanging in the back of the class.

"The iPad is one tool in my chest," she said. "If I overuse it, the kids are not going to be interested. I think there's something wrong when you're completely relying on technology."

Top iPad apps for elementary school students



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Jack Lew’s Grotesque Citi Employment Deal and the Institutionalization of Corruption « naked capitalism

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Why Computers Alone Can't Eliminate Corruption in Redistricting - Politics - The Atlantic Cities

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Art Bouvier: Man spots Jhaqueil Reagan walking 10 miles for job interview and gives him a job | Mail Online

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FDA halts clinical trials of Amgen drug Sensipar » Ventura County Star

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Monday, February 25, 2013

US Army Corps ‘to operate from Karachi airport’ | Latest-News | DAWN.COM

US Army Corps ‘to operate from Karachi airport’ | Latest-News | DAWN.COM:

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George Will: Sequester Numbers Are Wrong | RealClearPolitics

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Police seek connections between shooter, victims in rampage | police, syed, lewis - News - The Orange County Register

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Mother of man at center of rampage appears in court | syed, sarwat, week - News - The Orange County Register

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Oil giant sues Lake Forest councilman | nick, arco, contract - News - The Orange County Register

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Revealed: the bloodthirsty slave stealer of Mississippi who makes Django Unchained look tame | Mail Online

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'Desi' voices strengthen in South Bay - SFGate

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The Ehtisham Review

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Ventura City Council set to OK new city manager Mark Watkins' salary at $222,000 » Ventura County Star

Ventura City Council set to OK new city manager Mark Watkins' salary at $222,000 » Ventura County Star:

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Sunday, February 24, 2013

A different era, a different SEAL - 60 Minutes Overtime - CBS News

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About | Creeping Sharia

About | Creeping Sharia:

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Official Flashmob Señorita Kolaveri Madrid 2012 (Watch in 720p) - YouTube

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And you thought you had a bad job: Indian 'sewer diver' paid just £3.50 a day (plus a bottle of booze) to unclog Delhi's drains | Mail Online

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Major power breakdown plunges most of country into darkness | Pakistan | DAWN.COM

Major power breakdown plunges most of country into darkness | Pakistan | DAWN.COM:

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Protesters hit Ventura streets to support nationwide effort to protect gun rights » Ventura County Star

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India’s massive corruption is testing the strength of its democracy. - Slate Magazine

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How to stay private on Facebook in one easy step.

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Oscar under the influence of Washington politics - The Washington Post

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Tapping into the power of mindfulness - latimes.com

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Testing the TurboTax and H&R Block tax apps - latimes.com

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The fiscal cliff ... of 1932 - latimes.com

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Lawmakers expected income tax to fail — a bad deduction - latimes.com

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How California's pension system became so costly - latimes.com

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In-N-Out owner offers rare glimpse of burger empire | torres, company, snyder - Business - The Orange County Register

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Ann Coulter Battles Stossel, Calls Libertarians ‘Pussies,’ And Gets Booed By Room Full Of Students | Mediaite

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Japan probe finds miswiring of 787 battery - Asia-Pacific - Al Jazeera English

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Karzai expels US forces from restive province - Central & South Asia - Al Jazeera English

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Navy proposes establishing a drone center at Point Mugu » Ventura County Star

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Lang Ranch concept plan



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Saturday, February 23, 2013

For revenue, and fairness, Illinois must extend sales tax to services - In Other News - Crain's Chicago Business

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From: Syed Ehtisham syedmae@yahoo.com>
Subject: Shia-Sunni Conflict
To: "editor viewpoint" editor@viewpointonline.net>
Date: Saturday, February 23, 2013, 8:38 AM

Editor,ViewpointFor favor of publication.E

GENESIS
OF SHIA-SUNNI 

Conflict

  

  

           Islam like
all "divine" religions before it brought a message of peace, amity, tolerance,
equality and justice for all mankind. The messenger was chosen in a society
supposedly riddled with all kinds of social and moral evils. Contrast between
his religious teachings and realty on ground could not be greater. There was
bigotry, usury, intolerance, and slaves were treated worse than animals. Blood
feuds and tribal warfare were common.   

It is though a myth that women had no rights. Not quite at par with men,
they did enjoy a much higher status than their sisters at the time did in
Europe and other countries. They owned properties and businesses, proposed
marriage to men, The Prophets first wife proposed to him before the advent of
Islam, and a woman had offered a hundred camels as marriage portion to his
father before he married the prophet's mother.

            The
prophet preached equality of men, rich and poor. He forswore any compulsion in
faith. He forgave his enemies, persons who had tortured him and his followers.
When Mecca surrendered, he forbade any revenge. He enjoined protection of
non-believers[i].

             After
the prophets demise, there was some dispute over succession. Ansars (natives of
Madina) had actually chosen a successor who was prevailed upon to abdicate in
favor of Abu Bakr (RA). The latter nominated Umar (RA). 
Umar did not designate
a successor. There was a tussle between factions supporting Usman (RA) and Imam
Ali (RA). By this time, idealism had given way to pragmatism; Usman (RA) was
chosen as the third Caliph, by a procedure regarded by some as not quite above
board. He belonged to the Umayyad clan, who had been among the bitterest foes
of the prophet. On ascension to caliphate he surrounded himself with members of
his clan. Not many of them were as scrupulous as he himself was, but he was a
weak person and surrendered to his overpowering clan. Jobbery, favoritism and
nepotism reached unprecedented proportions. 
There was general disaffection. 
A huge delegation called on him and
demanded removal of satraps of Umayyad origin. He promised remedial measures.
The delegation on its way back intercepted a messenger from the caliph with
instructions to one of the governors to "take care" of the mischief makers; or
so the story goes. 
They returned and Usman was assassinated. Complete breakdown
of law order followed. Imam Ali, now reluctant to wear the mantle of Caliphate
was prevailed upon to accept the office. 

Muaviya, of the Umayyad clan, governor of a province, rebelled. Civil
war ensued in which close companions of the Prophet were pitted against each
other, and killed each other- in the name of Islam. Imam Ali was able to
suppress the rebellion, but the situation remained unstable and a faction of
his adherents (Kharjis-persons who wanted to completely exclude Umayyad from
body politic) was unhappy with the lenient hand the imam had dealt his
opponents. One of them assassinated the caliph.

            
Supporters of Ali (called Shian's Ali. Shia means votary) a political
group later metamorphosed into a religious sect. There is no evidence that, at
the time, Shias had religious beliefs different from other Muslims. 

              After
the demise of Ali Muaviya made a deal with Ali's elder son (Imam Hasan) that
the younger son Imam Husain will succeed him. He was thus able to take over
caliphate with out a tussle. Breaking his word, he designated his son Yazid to
the Caliphate. Imam Husain (RA) was enticed into an ambush and all male members
of the family except Imam Zainul Abedin (RA) were killed.

            Umayyad
rule lasted over a hundred and score years. What was left of the prophet's
family was closely watched, but otherwise left alone. They shunned politics and
kept themselves busy with spiritual and academic pursuits.

            Abbasids,
descendents of the prophets uncle, Abbas, invoking the name of prophets family,
incited a rebellion against Umayyad rule and overthrew them. They initially paid
lip service to the descendents of the prophet, going to the extent of offering
them caliphate and ostensibly ruled in their name. In actual fact, they were
more apprehensive of the clan than even Umayyads were and kept the family under
strict surveillance and once secure in power, put severe restrictions on them
and tortured them. The last Imam[ii],
a young boy at the time, went into hiding in a cave and was never seen again.

            Never at
ease with the high regard Muslims-Sunni and Shia- gave the members of the
prophet's family, Abbasids were always on the look out for means to under mine
the former's influence and hit upon the idea of coercing religious scholars
into concocting a lot of Hadith (sayings of the prophet) the thrust of which
was ostensibly to purge Islamic thought of pagan beliefs. End result was that
the religion was shorn of all tolerance, mercy, justice, arts and poetry and
equality of races. Veneration of the prophet's family was initially frowned
upon, later discouraged and finally condemned as un-Islamic. 

             I have
given a brief background of the genesis of the major sects of Islam[iii]
so one can understand better, that a political movement, evolved essentially
due to persecution of followers of Ali, led to divergence in the belief system.
and was used for political advantage. Fatimids (Shias) were thrown out of Egypt
by Sunnis. Shias took over Iran from Sunnis. Muslims rulers in India were
mostly of Sunni persuasion except for occasional prevalence of Shia doctrine,
mainly under the influence of Shia women imported as wives of Moghal
princes.  There were also several Shia
regional rulers, especially in Oudh (part of UP) where the capital Lucknow
became the Shia capital of all India.

The only period of sectarian and
religious intolerance during Moghal rule was the reign of Aurangzeb, who
actively discriminated against Muslims who did not agree with his beliefs,
imposed Jazia (poll tax) on non-Muslims, but he could not over turn centuries
of harmonious traditions; his own grand mother was a Hindu, his army chiefs
counted several Hindus among their ranks. In fact, there is good reason to
believe that he used religion to advance his political ends. He could not have
gotten the support of the Muslim establishment against his older brother the
Sufi crown Prince Dara Shikoh if he had not adopted the classic slogan of
"Islam in Danger" used more effectively and with disastrous consequences by
later demagogues.

              But the
common people, though disparaging each other's beliefs, lived peaceably
together, joining hands when faced with a foreign foe.

              
British take over changed all. Muslims went through a period of national
mourning and profound depression. They descended into introversion and gave up
education and other enterprises. They had lived on land and largesse of Nawabs.
The lands were confiscated and Nawab banished, leaving most Muslims in
North/East India destitute. Attempts at educating the them were dubbed
heretical. Sir Syed Ahmad and his cohorts were openly condemned as kafirs.

              
Decadent societies have a tendency to fissions. All kinds of sectarian
disputes came to the surface. At this time we come across a few instances of
overt intolerance between the two sects.

               Indian
national congress, brainchild of a liberal Englishman was founded in 1885.
Nationalism took root and within a few decades started challenging British
paramountcy.

               The
British who had conquered India by the Machiavellian techniques of divide and
rule, had not lost their touch. They actively incited inter and intra faith
conflicts. Extremists, Hindu, Muslim and the various sects among the two
religions played into British hands and went at each other's throats.

              Their
machinations against Muslim sects in Lucknow are well documented. They bought a
printing press for an extremist Sunni cleric Maulana Abdul Shakoor[iv]
(mentioned else where too) who published several highly inflammatory diatribes
against Shias. One was named "Qatilan e Husain ki khana talashi", house search
on killers of Husain. The book made the preposterous claim that it was Shias
who killed Imam Husain.

            But both Shias and Sunnis shunned
extremist bigots; I clearly recall my family (Sunni) refusing invitations to
the houses of fanatics, while we frequented both Shia and Hindu houses.

                Let
us go back about three centuries in history. We will find the root of current
sectarian conflict in the person of Abdul Wahab, a mediocre cleric who tried to
revive intolerant and exclusionary doctrines of Abbasid period enunciated at
the time by a religious scholar Ibne Tammayya. Wahab did not get anywhere, till
the house of Saud adopted his creed in a fight against fellow Muslims- Shareef
a descendent of the prophet and the ruler of Mecca and the Turkish caliphate.
His influence remained restricted to Saudi Arabia and a way ward fringe of
Muslims till oil was discovered. Wahabis objected to the lavish life style the
princes could now afford and adapted. They, in order to divert attention from
their debaucheries and luxuriant-deviant life style, started financing the
export of Wahabi belief.

               
Sporadic Shia-Sunni violence fuelled by extremists on both sides of the
divide has continued in India.  With the
advent of Zia, the Pakistani Machiavelli who in order to undermine peoples
party (of Bhutto) promulgated the so called "Islamisation" program, (and also
ordained   creation of ethnic parties[v].
Sowing dissension among Muslims, according to a generally accepted saying of
the prophet, entitles one to ever-lasting hell fire. Zia got a taste of it
right in this world.

                  As
a result of early uncertainty over the fate of Bhutto and economic sanctions
imposed after his assassination, the country on the verge of economic collapse.
Zia had to mortgage a years rice crop to pay government servants. His rule was
thus initially precarious. He found his political salvation in the American
sponsored Jihad against Russians in Afghanistan. That gave Pakistan a culture
of drugs and guns. After Russians were thrown out and a brief interregnum of
warlord rule, Saudi financed and Pakistan/ American trained, Taliban/Al Qaida
took over in Afghanistan.

              
Taliban unleashed a reign of fundamentalist terror, clubbing women
publicly for wearing high heels, inspecting pubic areas of men to see if they
were properly shaved, inspecting beards for proper length, closing girls
schools, dismissing female physicians, publicity stoning alleged adulterers,
and as though they had not gathered adequate international opprobrium,
demolishing millennia old statues of lord Buddha on the pretext that the
international community had not listened to their appeal for help[vi].

                 
With their roots in Pakistan, the economic/ moral morass the country was
in and with attendant illiteracy, export of Taliban theology to Pakistan was
inevitable. Add Al Qaida to it and the mixture became too rich.

                 
Shias, a small national minority were an easy target and with perversity
of a fanatic, Wahabis went after the educated among Shias- doctors, engineers
and professors, with a vengeance.

                  The
military, heavily infiltrated with fundamentalist revanchists and Jihadis
collaborated with their civilian counter parts. The other elements of the evil
quad (Feudal, Army, civil servant and Mullahs) aided and abetted the Jihadis,
as any progress- economic, educational, or industrial- all pre-requisites of
capitalism was anathema to them. The system would loosen their grip on the
country and would spawn democracy, which would threaten their interests.

                   
It is incumbent upon all rational people (not just for idealistic
reasons but in their own self interest, as fanaticism does not know national
boundaries and the virus of hatred will spread) to oppose, condemn and take
part in the struggle against the neo-Neanderthals (that the fanatics are), and
promote, aid and support, in every possible way, liberal movements in all
Muslim countries especially in Saudi Arabia.

  

[i] Women's
status was another matter. Polygamy was supposedly allowed as incessant warfare
had reduced many to widow hood and their children rendered orphans. Society was
not advanced enough for women to be able to look after themselves. Initially
marriage between Muslims and non-Muslims of either sex was proscribed. With the
influx of slave girls it became a problem. I suppose some men had qualms about
having sexual relations with them (women under your right arm as described in
the Quran). Muslim men were permitted to marry non-Muslim men but not the other
way around as long as the progeny-which was incidentally legitimized-was
brought up as Muslims. The prophet's only son was the product of such a liaison
with a lady slave Maria. In a patriarchal society half a vote as a witness and
half as much share in inheritance as that of boys must have a dramatic step
forward. 

[ii] Shias
believe that the last Imam is still alive, keeps himself from mortal eyes and
will one day reappear as the redeemer. Ayatollah Khomeini took over Iran in the
Imam's name and styled himself deputy to him, as did all Ayatollah's followers.
An interesting parallel is found in Hindu mythology. At the instance of his
wife, the stepmother of Lord Rama a Hindu god-prince, his father sent the
latter into exile for twelve years. The father died. Bharat, his younger step
brother put Rama's wooden sandals on the throne and ruled on his elder
brother's behalf till the period of exile was over. India's traditional name is
Bharat after the prince)

[iii] Shia-who
followed the Quran and teachings of Ali's direct descendents, the Imams and
Sunni-who followed Quran and Sunnah, a combine of the Prophet's sayings and
examples of his life

[iv] He once
took out a Madah e Sahaba- praise of the first four caliphs; Shias regard the
first three as illegitimate- procession through Shia localities in Lucknow.
Shakoor was riding in a palanquin followed by another Mullah Attalla Shah
Bukhari of the Punjab on an elephant. A raving chanting mob of fanatic
accompanied them. The British also financed a "Sunni" college to rival the long
established "Shia" college.  Shia Sunni
riots followed.

[v] The foremost
being Mohajir Qaumi Movement (immigrant national movement) and as counter foil
to it, Punjabi Pakhtoon Mohaz (Front) and Jiay Sindh (Long live Sind
movement).  To give the devil its due-
MQM did put a stop to Shia-Sunni riots during its hey day in Karachi.

[vi] Taliban
were so ignorant, I won't be surprised if they believed that the French,
Russian, and American presidents, the British Prime Minister and head of the
European union were all Buddhists. 

Dr. S. Akhtar Ehtisham
Blog syedehtisham.blogspot.com
All religions try to take over the establishment and if they fail, they collaborate with it, be it feudal or capitalist.
Iqbal  Quidwai
"Do not take life too seriously. You will never get out of it alive." 
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