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Pakistan’s State of Denial

December 27th, 2013

By  TAHMIMA ANAM

DHAKA, Bangladesh — It was a Pakistani journalist, Anthony Mascarenhas, who gave the world the first detailed account of Bangladesh’s war of independence. In April 1971, soon after the army of Pakistan started suppressing the secessionist movement in what was then still the eastern part of the country, it invited Mr. Mascarenhas to report on the conflict, believing he would buttress the false propaganda of a just war. Mr. Mascarenhas promptly moved his family, and then himself, to Britain knowing that soon he would no longer be able to live in Pakistan.

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China hasn’t earned a spot on Human Rights Council

November 3rd, 2013

By Yang Jianli

Yang Jianli is founder and president of Initiatives for China. He was imprisoned in China from 2002 to 2007 for attempting to observe labor unrest.

While it is debatable whether the United States should intervene in criminal cases in China, such as that of the recently executed street vendor Xia Junfeng, it is unacceptable for Washington to ignore China’s human rights record when it can raise the issue without being accused of “interfering in internal affairs.” Washington will have such an opportunity when the U.N. General Assembly chooses new members of its Human Rights Council this month.

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North Korea | Why the end is near

May 20th, 2013

By Jim Davis

The death of Kim Jong Il in December of 2007 did little to give the International community hope that a new leader would help ease tensions in the region. Kim Jong Il’s successor, Kim Jong Un, his youngest son, seems to be a carbon copy protégé of his father, the “Great Leader”.

The heir apparent, Kim Jong Un, has continued to test nuclear weapons in his father’s absence as recently as this past Saturday. A South Korea government official has reported that North Korea launched three short-range missiles into the sea. Such missile tests are routinely performed by the North Korean military, but this particular launch comes at a time of heightened tensions as the United States and other western nations are attempting to defuse the fallout of a North Korean state funded video that depicted New York City being hit with a nuclear weapon.

That isn’t the only propaganda video the DPRK government is distributing. Another video claims to show America as it really is – a nation of gun nuts who shoot children for target practice. A place where everyone sleeps on a bench and the only way to stay alive is to eat birds and melt snow for sustenance.  Of course the DPRK [Democratic People’s Republic of Korea as it prefers to be called] also claims to send the poor Americans yummy cakes, compliments of the Kim family.

Victor Cha, former Director of Asian Affairs in the White House’s National Security Council who served under President Bush stated:

“If you open your paper at your doorstep tomorrow morning, or turn on your computer with your morning coffee, and find a headline that informed you the DPRK had collapsed, I would have to admit I wouldn’t be surprised. But if ten years from now the regime has outlived my predictions of serious crisis, I would also tell you that I’m not surprised. The range of probability regarding the DPRK’s ultimate fate is that wide. In this sense, it is truly the impossible state.”

Keeping in mind Cha’s comments, — I have faith in the collapse of North Korea, along with all its poverty, Holocaust-style concentration camps [one of which increased its camp size by 20 km’s last year], tales of starvation, cannibalism, and government sanctioned torture for those who are accused of anti-government sentiment.

A people free to choose, will always choose peace. Right now the people of North Korea aren’t free, but soon they will realize their potential.

The lies and fear the Kim family imposes on the people of North Korea to maintain their control will eventually come to an end. The truth, like the sun, and the moon, can’t be hidden.

Domestic disturbances in North Korea, contrary to popular belief aren’t uncommon.

In 1981, there were reports of armed clashes between soldiers and workers in Chongjin leaving as many as 500 dead. In 1983 similar clashes occurred in Sinuiju. In 1985, there were reports of a massacre of hundreds of civilians demanding food. In 1990, students at the Kim Il-Sung University were arrested and tortured for organizing anti-government protests. In 1992 there was a failed attempt by officers in the State Security Department’s bodyguard bureau to stage a coup preventing Kim Jong Il from assuming the position as commander of the Korean People’s Army [KPA]. In 1993 thirty military officers tried unsuccessfully to stage a rebellion against their superiors. In 1996 leaflets were found in front of Kim Il-sung mausoleum, criticising the cost of the mausoleum when citizens were starving. In 1997 a statue of Kim Il-sung was found vandalized and anti-government graffiti left behind. In 1998 there was that famous plot to assassinate Kim Jong Il by one of his body guards; the same scenario played out again in 2002. In 2004 a terrorist bombing of a train station killed 170 people, narrowly missing Kim Jong Il. In 2005 large banners were erected by a freedom youth league that denounced the “Great Leader”. In 2007 when women under 50 were banned from trading at farmer’s markets large protests sprang up in Chongjin. In 2011 reports of many “Down with Kim Jong Un” graffiti sprang up at North Korean Universities.

Although these accounts of brave dissension are rare, I predict it is more common than we know due to the immense secrecy of the regime.

In a convoluted way, the Nuclear weapon threats by the North speed up their own demise. If it weren’t for the Kim family constantly provoking the U.S. and the surrounding region, the country wouldn’t be the impossible state, but the forgotten state.

Have faith in North Korea, I do… The end is near.

Harper’s Real Hidden Agenda Exposed

March 15th, 2013

By Raheel Raza

On Sun., Feb. 24, I read an editorial in the Toronto Star by Haroon Siddiqui, Harper’s real agenda on religious freedom.

It seems that Siddiqui either did not see or hear [Prime Minister Stephen] Harper’s entire speech at the launch or had misunderstood the mandate of the Office of Religious Freedom (ORF) and therefore has presented confused and contradictory statements in his article, some of which are troubling.

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Former Dean of Qatar University gives a refreshing viewpoint from an Arab perspective

March 8th, 2013


Former Dean of Islamic Law at Qatar University Abd Al-Hamid Al-Ansari Speaks Out in Support of US Presence in the Middle East.

A refreshing and extremely rare admission of reality from the middle east.  An Arab Muslim who unlike the majority concedes that the pathetic state of Arabs is down to their own failings and not the fault of anyone else.

Among other things Al-Hamid Al-Ansari speaks of the fantasy world Arabs seem to inhabit concerning such things as their imaginary victories over Israel and touches on the marginalisation of women in Muslim societies.

 

The Many Faces of Evil

March 8th, 2013

By Marina Nemat

In 1977, a 21-year-old political prisoner, Ali Moosavi, was tortured in Evin prison in Tehran, Iran, by SAVAK, the Shah’s secret police. Ali was a devout follower of Ayatollah Khomeini, whom the vast majority of Iranians, including Marxists, Islamists, liberals, seculars, etc., came to support during the revolution as the only leader who could unite everyone against the monarchy. Ali was hung from a ceiling in a torture room in Evin. He was beaten for hours and then repeatedly electrocuted. He believed in his cause, which, according to him, had to do with bringing justice and democracy to Iran. To many people, he was a hero.

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