Thursday, July 31, 2014


Basheer Saahib: Shukria 
Here is a link to many Naushad/Rafi baithaks!!
  1. Mohd Rafi Rerecorded By Naushad - Jis Raat Ke Khuwab Aaye - Muhammad Rafi AsianAirRadio

    Radio Asian Air - Mohammad Rafi Background information Born 24 December 1924 Kotla Sultan Singh, Punjab, British India ...
  2. Naushad remembers the last days of Mohammad Rafi. Chale aaj tum jahan se

    Naushad Sahab remembers the last days of Mohammad Rafi. Chale aaj tum jahan se. Hum Fm UAE.

Iqbal  Quidwai   

On Thu, Jul 31, 2014 at 8:30 PM, Basheer M <> wrote:

forwarding as received

Hi all you Music Lovers!

 Most of you probably know that it is the 24th death Anniversary (July 31, 1980) of one of the GREATEST singers of the Indian Film Industry – Mohammad Rafi Sahab.

I don't think any of us, who have grown up listening to his melodious voice, will EVER forget him, as long as we walk this earth!! If you are an ardent fan of his, like I am, you will agree that his songs live in us, and in amazing ways and when trials and tribulations or joy comes into our lives, somehow and in some way these surface and we relate our situation to the wordings of a particular song – I am saying this from MY personal experience.  

Anyway, this morning I heard something really 'powerful' and 'intense' that Naushad Sahab had said about Rafi and I got tears in my eyes, because I felt it deeply touched my heart because it is SO appropriate and profound and apt for someone like him.  However, by the time I drove to work, I couldn't remember, it word for word, so I immediately went on GOOGLE and, to my amazement, FOUND it!!  So, I am sharing it with you.


Meri Sargam Mein Bhi Tera Zikr Hai

Mere Geeton Mein Teri Awaaz Hai

Apni Mosiqi Par Sab Ko Fakhar Hotaa Hai Magar

Mere Saathi, Aaj Mosiqi Ko Tujh Par Naaz Hai


Naushad Sahab had also said:



Thank you.
With Regards,
Basheer A. Mahar Cell: (949)278-8931

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A very IMPORTANT MAP showing the massive destruction of Palestinian villages and cities (English) - Palestine Remembered

A very IMPORTANT MAP showing the massive destruction of Palestinian villages and cities (English) - Palestine Remembered:

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

An exclusive interview with Khaled Meshaal, the political leader of Hamas|

Charlie Rose | "An exclusive interview with Khaled Meshaal, the political leader of Hamas.
Air Date 7/27/2014"

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NY times ​A Long Slate of Mayoral Candidates Hints at a Rapidly Changing Oakland


A Long Slate of Mayoral Candidates Hints at a Rapidly Changing Oakland

By JULY 30, 2014

    Mayor Jean Quan of Oakland, Calif., dogged by controversy, now appears tantalizingly vulnerable in the November election.CreditJim Wilson/The New York Times
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    OAKLAND, Calif. — There were 19 candidates on the scorecard for the mayoral forum at the Acts Full Gospel Church here last month. Fourteen of them actually showed up, primed to speak about their plans for public safety and job development, far in advance of the election in November. They are seeking to unseat the incumbent, Mayor Jean Quan, one of the few familiar faces on the panel. As for the others, it was sometimes hard to keep track.

    "There's too many of you all," an organizer griped, asking the candidates to keep their responses short and identify themselves often. "We are not remembering your names."

    The audience, all pastors, marked their scorecards to help evaluate the candidates, whose diversity mirrors that of the city they hope to represent: African-American, Asian-American, Christian, Jewish, gay, straight, marijuana promoter and marijuana abstainer. Oakland, across the bay from San Francisco and adjacent to Berkeley, has long been a hotbed of political and social activism, but even here, the booming number of mayoral contenders hints at a swiftly changing region and a potentially pivotal battle on Election Day.

    Rebecca Kaplan, a City Council member, entered the race last month.CreditJim Wilson/The New York Times

    The city, residents and observers say, is going through an identity crisis. Once a bastion for the working and middle classes, African-Americans and a spectrum of ethnic groups, it is now gaining a reputation as a gentrifying "hipster haven" with a booming real estate market. In a population of about 400,000, whites now outnumber blacks, notable in a city with a strong African-American identity that birthed the Black Panther movement.

    Like other places in the Bay Area, Oakland is experiencing the ripple effects of the technology boom, with a spillover of commuting app designers, artists and restaurateurs, even as the city retains the high crime rate, education gap, lopsided unemployment and other urban problems that have plagued it for decades. The popular First Fridays series, a downtown arts festival that has come to symbolize the new Oakland, had an unwanted spotlight on it after a shooting and homicide last year.

    Into this come the double-digit mayoral hopefuls, mostly left-leaning (some very left-leaning), all with blueprints to fix what they contend that Ms. Quan, the only female Chinese-American mayor of a major American city, has not. Controversy has dogged her, most recently over her handling of a lease extension deal on the stadium shared by the Athletics and the Raiders, with fans fearing the loss of both teams as the negotiations dragged on (they are done now — the A's will stay in Oakland). Facing low approval ratings and vociferous critics — last fall, an editorial in The Oakland Tribune asked her not to run again, faulting her leadership skills, budgetary planning and public safety record — Ms. Quan now appears tantalizingly vulnerable.

    "People think it's an open seat, and anybody can pull it off," said Dan Siegel, a former adviser to the mayor, who announced his candidacy in January.

    Bryan Parker, a corporate-executive-turned-port-commissioner, was one of five black candidates at the church forum. CreditJim Wilson/The New York Times

    Ms. Quan has attributed her poor ratings to negative news coverage, as she dealt with a budget deficit she inherited, the recession, the Occupy Oakland movement (which turned violent) and other issues, including bad polling, which she said underrepresented minority constituents.

    "Being the first woman and being the first Asian mayor has not been easy," she said at her campaign kickoff rally in June. The event included a stage-spanning line of progressive activists, spoken-word artists and rappers, as well as dance crews showcasing turfing, a local street style. One of Ms. Quan's re-election tactics has been to highlight her cultural reach.

    Nearly a quarter of the electorate here is African-American, and there were five black candidates, including the newcomer Bryan Parker, a corporate-executive-turned-port-commissioner, at the church forum. Mr. Siegel, a white civil rights lawyer who has known Ms. Quan since they were both student activists at the University of California, Berkeley, in the 1960s, is making a move, too. "I think I'm the African-American community's candidate," he said.

    Backers of Rebecca Kaplan, a City Council member whose entry into the race last month reordered the ranks, include cannabis sellers — she has spoken on their behalf — and gay men and lesbians; she married her girlfriend last weekend. Another Council member, Libby Schaaf, an Oakland native, a graduate of its public schools and a longtime civic fixture, speaks to the city's wealthy old guard, in leafy Oakland Hills.

    Joe Tuman, a professor at San Francisco State University with a business-management perspective, finished fourth in the 2010 mayoral race. CreditJim Wilson/The New York Times

    Up for grabs, perhaps, is the city's newest demographic: the creative and tech class — the gentrifiers. "It seems like this could be a defining election," said Corey Cook, a political scientist at the University of San Francisco, "where you start to see a clear political coalition emerge."

    Dr. Cook, who has studied the Oakland political scene and its voting system, known as ranked choice, added that, with its racial and ethnic mix, the city could serve as a national model. "These midsize, formerly industrial cities that are trying to grow their tech base in an equitable way, deal with housing and crime and incredible economic development opportunities, that's something that resonates across the country," he said.

    Across demographic groups, the issues with the most traction here are crime and the police. Though the rate of violent crime has dipped recently, it is still among the highest in the country. Oakland has fewer than 650 police officers; Miami, a city of similar size, has more than 1,000. All the candidates here are sparring over the numbers necessary for a healthy force. "It's like we're debating for the soul of the city," Ms. Quan said. "If I lose that debate, then I won't get re-elected."

    To expand her base, Ms. Quan is looking to all corners, setting up an Eritrean-language phone bank and speaking at an all-black motorcycle club. "The East Bay Dragons usually do not back anyone politically, but we respect Jean Quan," said a member, Clark Bowdry, a retired mechanical designer who came to her kickoff event.

    Candidates appeared at a mayoral forum at the Acts Full Gospel Church last month.CreditJim Wilson/The New York Times

    "A lot of people would come to our clubhouse and speak, but when we got out in public, they would ignore us, and she would always greet us," he added. One of the club's founding members, who gave his name only as Papa Joe, said he appreciated Ms. Quan's visibility. "She's not an office mayor," he said.

    Ms. Quan has prided herself on her event schedule. "I think if I can get my Asian vote out, I'll do very well," she said in an interview in June, still glitter-flecked after marching in the San Francisco Pride parade with her husband. "I also have a strategy for all the other little ethnic groups, because I work with people neighborhood by neighborhood, block by block."

    The sheer number of contenders sometimes results in awkward pileups: Ms. Schaaf and another candidate, Joe Tuman, bumped into each other greeting potential voters at a street festival in the affluent Montclair neighborhood. As the hopefuls move toward an August filing deadline, near-nightly house parties and meet-and-greets dot the city, especially in the sections where hip restaurants and co-working spaces have sprouted.

    The flush list of opponents is also bolstered by ranked choice voting, in which second- or even third-place finishers can be crowned the victors — as happened with Ms. Quan four years ago (she finished second in first-place votes, but won when the tallies of lower-ranking candidates were discounted). It makes for some unusual politicking.

    "For anyone who is supporting another candidate, I'm asking to be their second choice," Ms. Kaplan said. She also ran in 2010, placing third after Ms. Quan, who now views her as her chief competition. Ms. Schaaf, who has courted and won local supporters from the tech industry (among them Jennifer Pahlka, a former deputy chief technology officer in the White House), is considered a threat, too. "The girls," Ms. Quan said of these competitors, might split the vote, allowing some boys — mainly Mr. Tuman, a professor at San Francisco State University with a business-management perspective, who finished fourth in the 2010 race — to move up.

    For voters, though, the field may be too broad. "I heard so many voices," the Rev. Curtis O. Robinson Sr. said after the church forum. "There needs to be a winnowing down, so the real, legitimate voices can be heard."

    Tobey Kaplan, an educator who went to an event in June to meet Mr. Parker, said she was still undecided about her vote, but rejected the mayor, whom she supported in 2010. "She hasn't demonstrated the leadership qualities," Ms. Kaplan said. "I don't want to say she sold out, but she stalled out."

    Still, a recent poll put Ms. Quan in the lead. And if there are still more than a dozen choices on Election Day, it could help the mayor, said Dr. Cook, the political scientist. His take: "What you have is an incumbent who's likely to win because of the dispersal of other votes."

    Correction: July 30, 2014 

    An earlier version of this article misstated the name of an all-black motorcycle club whose members attended an event for Mayor Jean Quan of Oakland, Calif. It is the East Bay Dragons, not the Eastside Dragons.

    News from The Associated Press

    News from The Associated Press: " but the war could give the arrangement new and genuine life, especially if this comes with serious relief on the blockade. Hamas would find it especially hard to oppose this if major financial incentives were added, like billions in aid from the Gulf and the West, conditioned on the PA being in charge. After all, the support it finds among ordinary Gazans is about improving life for the people, not fighting Israel to the death. Last week, both the German and French foreign ministers said re-involving the PA in the administration of Gaza was the only way to guarantee a long-term cease-fire. Given Hamas' relative unpopularity in the region at the moment, and its money crunch, it's not inconceivable.

    A challenge for Israel, therefore: It will have to go along with such a game-changing ambitions to a degree. But what if militants from an Abbas-run Gaza still find a way to fire rockets? It may actually rue the day Hamas melted away, removing with it Israel's near-impunity to hit back as hard as the past month has seen."

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    Many links: I’m afraid the bitter truth is Iraq and Libya were better off under the tyrants toppled by an arrogant and naive West (Guardian, Dailymail)

    Naive with the CIA? Or, is it merely  too incompetent to make an accurate assessment despite all the $$$(black budget and all??)

    I'm afraid the bitter truth is Iraq and Libya were better off under the tyrants toppled by an arrogant and naive West

    Western liberations are grotesque experiments – just look at Libya
    I feel like I've been writing the same column for over a decade: humanitarian interventions by the west end up destroying the countries they try to save

    See the comment:
    I agree Anthony, and said the same thing as you at the time. I was in the country pre 2011 revolution, I'm a no-one, with no 'credentials' but I could see the outcome at the time of the UK government implementing the no fly zone. It is fucking depressing.
    I can no longer believe in plausible incompitence, because it is just not logical.

    Maybe he should read the article about the whistleblower in Afghanistan?
    "For Matthew Hoh, a former Marine, government official, and civilian contract overseer in Iraq, seeing "the racket" for the first time was a turning point that eventually led him to turn his back on a successful and heady career in Washington. He became a whistleblower by decrying a failing strategy in Afghanistan, and for a while, was a bone fide cause célèbre. But like others who have made similar leaps of conscience, Hoh has found out the hard way that Washington does not forgive."

    "Does he have advice for future whistleblowers? Hoh certainly doesn't want to discourage them. "Don't be naive about it and prepare yourself and your family and reach out for help," he said.
    Regrets? No. If anything, he now sees Washington for what it is—"a racket."
    "No one is going to hire you to tell them what they are doing is wrong. It's about the money. Money drives the policy," he said. "I don't think I'll ever get a job there but you know, it doesn't bother me anymore."

    Washington Doesn't Forgive Whistleblowers
    Matthew Hoh told the hard truths about Afghanistan that D.C. didn't want to hear, and he's still paying the price.

    US retreats post-haste from Libya

    "The report warns about the Wahabi/Salafi organisations and claims that "no country in the Muslim world is safe from their operations ... as they always aim to terrorise their opponents and arouse the admiration of their supporters."

    Jesse Ventura wins lawsuit

    News from The Associated Press: "How devastating isn't entirely clear. Ventura splits his time between his home in suburban St. Paul and a remote "off the grid" winter home in Baja California, Mexico. He testified he made about $11 million between 2002 and 2012, but his tax forms showed his income declining from a high of $3.8 million in 2003 to $190,378 in 2012.

    Ventura has long said his lawsuit wasn't about money anyway, it was about trying to restore his reputation. He told the Star Tribune that he's pleased with the decision, but wonders who will be next to throw him "under the bus."

    Ventura testified that since "American Sniper" was published in 2012, he no longer feels welcome at Navy SEALs reunions.

    Olsen, who did not immediately respond to requests for comment Wednesday, said Tuesday that the testimony of 11 SEAL community members called by the defense was hard for Ventura to hear.

    "Because he did have to listen to these young SEALs say all of these terrible things about him, and there's probably a lot more people like them out there in the SEAL community," Olsen said."

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    Revelations of German Pilot: Shocking Analysis of the “Shooting Down” of Malaysian MH17. “Aircraft Was Not Hit by a Missile” | Global Research

    Revelations of German Pilot: Shocking Analysis of the “Shooting Down” of Malaysian MH17. “Aircraft Was Not Hit by a Missile” | Global Research: "First, I was amazed at how few photos can be found from the wreckage with Google. All are in low resolution, except one: The fragment of the cockpit below the window on the pilots side. This image, however, is shocking. In Washington, you can now hear views expressed of a “potentially tragic error / accident” regarding MH 017. Given this particular cockpit image it does not surprise me at all.

    Entry and exit impact holes of projectiles in the cockpit area"

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    Red Flag: Al Qaeda and Islamic State flags in London's tunnels... - YouTube

    Red Flag: Al Qaeda and Islamic State flags in London's tunnels... - YouTube:

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    BBC News - Gaza conflict: 'Israeli market strike kills 15'

    BBC News - Gaza conflict: 'Israeli market strike kills 15': "Gaza conflict: 'Israeli market strike kills 15'

    1 hour ago

    An Israeli strike on a market near Gaza city has left at least 15 people dead and 160 injured, Palestinian officials say.

    The BBC's Martin Patience reports that though the attack came during a partial ceasefire, most people in Gaza were not aware which parts of the city were safe.

    Rocket fire from Gaza into Israel also continued during the temporary truce."

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    BBC News - Gaza crisis: Inside militants' tunnel

    BBC News - Gaza crisis: Inside militants' tunnel: "Gaza crisis: Inside militants' tunnel

    29 July 2014 Last updated at 20:50 BST

    Israel says its deadly offensive in Gaza will continue until the extensive Hamas tunnel network is neutralised.

    Palestinian militants have used the underground tunnels to gain access to Israel.

    The BBC's Orla Guerin was given access by the Israeli military to one tunnel near the Gaza border.

    Read more
    Gaza conflict: Hamas vows no Israel ceasefire"

    Using ALL the terminology of the Zionist occupiers!!

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    How long will it last? Gaza conflict by the numbers -

    How long will it last? Gaza conflict by the numbers - "$62,000 -- The cost of each missile used by Israel's Iron Dome defense system to block militants' rockets from hitting Israelis. More than 500 have been used, making the total more than $31 million.
    "We're confident we can continue to operate with that," Lerner told CNN's Wolf Blitzer. Each battery used by the Iron Dome system costs $50 million, IHS Jane's said.
    "Despite the improvements in Iron Dome's performance in recent months, it's clear Israel is on the wrong side of the cost curve," says Christoper Chivvis, senior political scientist at Rand Corporation. "The reality is that building sophisticated missile defense systems like Iron Dome remains much more expensive than acquiring missiles themselves.""

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    Tuesday, July 29, 2014

    2014 July 29 Breaking News Israel Jewish Crisis heaviest bombardment in war against Hamas - YouTube

    2014 July 29 Breaking News Israel Jewish Crisis heaviest bombardment in war against Hamas - YouTube: "2014 July 29 Breaking News Israel Jewish Crisis heaviest bombardment in war against Hamas"

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    Terrorists fire anti-tank missile from Al-Wafa hospital in Gaza | JPost | Israel News

    Terrorists fire anti-tank missile from Al-Wafa hospital in Gaza | JPost | Israel News:

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    Terrorists fire anti-tank missile from Al-Wafa hospital in Gaza | JPost | Israel News

    Terrorists fire anti-tank missile from Al-Wafa hospital in Gaza | JPost | Israel News:

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    IDF strikes Gaza power plant, Haniyeh’s home | JPost | Israel News

    IDF strikes Gaza power plant, Haniyeh’s home | JPost | Israel News: "On Monday night, Hamas gunmen shot some 20 Palestinians who were expressed their anger against the Islamist group for the destruction in their neighborhood of Shejaia, Channel 10 reported on Tuesday.

    Over the past few days, Hamas executed more than 30 people suspected of collaborating with Israel, unidentified Palestinian security sources told the Palestine Press News Agency in a report published on Monday. According to the report, Hamas detected “spies” in the area of Shejaia.

    They were executed after an investigation into some of them, which revealed weapons and communication devices."

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    Iran's Ayatollah Khamenei Calls For Arming Gaza To Fight Israel

    Iran's Ayatollah Khamenei Calls For Arming Gaza To Fight Israel: "TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's supreme leader on Tuesday called on Muslims from around the world to help arm Gaza Palestinians in their fight against Israel.

    The call by Ayatollah Ali Khamenei was his latest such message during the ongoing war between Gaza's Hamas rulers and Israel.

    Khamenei claims that while Israel and America seek to disarm Hamas, Iran says "the opposite ... the Muslim World has a duty to arm the Palestinian nation by all means."

    Iran, a staunch Hamas ally, does not recognize Israel and supports militant anti-Israeli groups such as the Palestinian Hamas and Lebanon's Shiite Hezbollah group.

    Iran does not recognize Israel and has considered the Jewish state its archenemy since the 1979 Islamic Revolution that toppled the Western-backed monarchy and brought clerics to power

    Khamenei spoke at a prayer ceremony in Tehran as Shiite Iranians marked the beginning of Eid al-Fitr holiday that follows the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan."

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    Hamas Commandos kill 10 Israeli troops לא מצונזר-חדירה נחל עוז - YouTube

    Hamas Commandos kill 10 Israeli troops לא מצונזר-חדירה נחל עוז - YouTube: "Hamas Commandos kill 10 Israeli troops לא מצונזר-חדירה נחל עוז"

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    Israel Hits Gaza With Heaviest Bombardment In 3 Weeks

    Israel Hits Gaza With Heaviest Bombardment In 3 Weeks: ""Everything was burned."

    The shutdown meant that Gaza has an 80 percent deficit of electricity, said Sari Bashi of the Israeli rights group Gisha. Widespread power outages also disrupt water supplies because electricity is needed to operate water pumps. In Gaza, about 1.2 million have no access to running water, she said.

    Maher Salem of the utilities department in the Gaza City municipality said about 600,000 of the city's 800,000 residents were facing water problems.

    "But the most catastrophic issue for us, which is the ticking bomb, is that once we have run out of fuel (for back-up generators), we have to shut down the waste water treatment," he said, adding that fuel would last up to four more days."

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    Election updates: Thousand Oaks City Council VC Star

    Election updates: Thousand Oaks City Council

    Thousand Oaks, Calif. - Thousand Oaks voters will select three City Council members in the Nov. 4 election. Incumbents are Claudia Bill-de la Peña, Andy Fox and Joel Price. The filing period opened July 14 and closes Aug. 8.
    Update: July 28, 2014
    Seven people have taken out candidate nomination papers but have not yet qualified for the ballot, according to the Ventura County elections office. They are incumbents Claudia Bill-de la Peña, Andy Fox and Joel Price, and challengers Gulshan Bardai, Eric Henderson, Chaise Maguire Rasheed and Raymond Sobrino Jr.