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BBC News – Azhar Ahmed convicted of offensive Facebook message

September 20, 2012 Leave a comment

Dual and ugly face of Western media and law.

BBC News – Azhar Ahmed convicted of offensive Facebook message.

Isn’t it really pathetic??

Muslims for Peace – Ahmadiyya Muslim Community

September 19, 2012 Leave a comment

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Ahmadiyya Times: Point of view: Inflammatory anti-Muslim film and the US Constitution

September 19, 2012 Leave a comment

A good read from Ahmadiyya Times about inflammatory anti-Muslim film ‘Innocence of Muslims’

Ahmadiyya Times: Point of view: Inflammatory anti-Muslim film and the US Constitution.

Source: Ahmadiyya Times

From ‘Desert Warrior’ to ‘Innocence of Muslims,’ a controversial YouTube video is both catalyst and scapegoat

September 19, 2012 Leave a comment
In early July, a YouTube user known as “Sam Bacile” posted a trailer for Innocence of Muslims, a vicious spoof of the Prophet Muhammad. The fourteen-minute video wasn’t a particularly good advertisement for anything — in fact, it failed to mention the title of the film. And for some time, it was all but ignored. Then, in September, dubbed Arabic versions began to appear in the Egyptian media. Protests broke out in several countries, denouncing both the video and the Pope’s upcoming visit to Lebanon. And in Benghazi, Libya, armed attackers set fire to the US Consulate, killing US Ambassador Chris Stevens and three others.
YOUTUBE SAID THE VIDEO WAS ‘CLEARLY WITHIN OUR GUIDELINES,’ BUT IT TOOK THE RARE STEP OF BLOCKING IT IN EGYPT AND LIBYA
The response was sudden. YouTube said the video was “clearly within our guidelines,” but it took the rare step of blocking it first in Egypt and Libya, then India, Indonesia, and other countries, sometimes after legal threats. YouTube itself was banned in some countries, most recently Pakistan. Although still available elsewhere, the English-language version was reposted several times with information about the protests or a simple “thumbs up for free speech.” The White House asked YouTube if it would review the video and remove it if necessary. Outlets from The Wall Street Journal toGawker tried to dig up information about Bacile, a mysterious figure who turned out to be Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, a Coptic Christian on parole for bank fraud. While the video is certainly drawing ire, it’s not clear that protests provided more than cover for the attack that killed Ambassador Stevens. Unnamed US officials have told CNNthe Consulate faced a “clearly planned military-type attack,” and that “the video or 9/11 made a handy excuse.” It’s also been suggested that the attackers used these protests as a diversion. Whatever happened, we’re left with the question of how a poorly produced YouTube video can spark global controversy and be credited with causing the death of a US official. The trailer for Innocence of Muslims is on par with a lesser Ed Wood film, its cast solemnly debating sexual ethics in face paint and pasted-on beards. Outdoor scenes were clearly shot in front of a green screen, making actors appear to float above stock footage of a desert. If anything, though, the poor quality makes it more effective propaganda. It may not be revealing, thought-provoking, or competent, but Innocence of Muslims is indubitably insulting, depicting Muhammad as a hypocritical and bloodthirsty philanderer in a truly terrible costume.
IF ANYTHING, THE TRAILER’S POOR QUALITY MAKES IT MORE EFFECTIVE PROPAGANDA
Since the trailer gained infamy, it’s become evident that almost no one involved knew it was meant to be about Islam. Casting calls show that it was described during filming as a period piece called Desert Warrior, with Muhammad given the name of “Master George.” In the trailer, he’s usually referred to as “Master,” and any direct references to Islam are clumsily dubbed in after the fact. It’s easy to believe the actors when they say they were misled. At the same time, the undubbed parts of Innocence of Muslims wouldn’t be nearly as effective if they didn’t play off existing fears and beliefs about Islam, including the frequently repeated claim that the Prophet molested children. The film fits into a long narrative about protests over the depiction of Muhammad. But unlike The Satanic Verses, which has also drawn criticism from Muslims, there’s no larger message or artistic flourish behind the trailer. And unlike the famous Danish political cartoons from 2005, Innocence of Muslims wasn’t professionally published or circulated much outside YouTube. Instead, it’s a disposable piece of internet trolling, created for the sole purpose of generating outrage. It’s just gained an extraordinarily wide audience.
ANY REFERENCE TO ISLAM IS DUBBED IN, BUT THE WHOLE TRAILER PLAYS ON COMMON FEARS AND STEREOTYPES
Given how unsympathetic Bacile / Nakoula is, it’s become easy to blame Innocence of Muslims for tension that may have already been building. When White House Press Secretary Jay Carney pushed for the video to be taken down, he told The Washington Post that “this is not a case of protest directed at the United States writ large or at US policy.” Recent events, he said, were “in response to a video, a film, that we have judged to be reprehensible and disgusting.” One YouTube user who re-posted the film described it as the movie “that caused Muslims to kill United States ambassador, J Christopher Stevens,” succinctly summing up popular perception. As others have pointed out, it’s also simplistic. Coptic Christians like Nakoula have a tense relationship with Muslims in Egypt, and they’ve faced violence before. Both Egypt and Libya are still in the midst of major political transitions. And rising food prices could be contributing to unrest worldwide.
THIS IS NOT A CASE OF PROTEST DIRECTED AT THE UNITED STATES WRIT LARGE OR AT US POLICY.
In some ways, Innocence of Muslims is the culmination of the internet’s role as a great leveler. YouTube can place tiny, self-published projects on equal footing with those made by traditional media outlets, and an anonymous or pseudonymous troll can claim to havestolen data from the FBI or hold Mitt Romney’s tax returns hostage. But the novelty and reach of online culture can also make it easy to exaggerate its importance, something that’s seen both in protesters’ insistence that the trailer is somehow condoned by the US and in the belief that Innocence of Muslims caused an attack that was likely planned for months. Even if YouTube bans Sam Bacile and his trailer, the numerous repostings, dubbed versions, and translations highlight the near impossibility of silencing offensive material once it has been released into the remix culture of the web. And the violence that followed is a reminder of how powerful online video can be at promoting an idea… or inciting populist outrage.
Source: http://www.theverge.com/2012/9/17/3346428/innocence-of-muslims-protests

Myanmar Muslims Always Faithful to Islam

July 24, 2012 Leave a comment
 
Myanmar’s Muslims who reside in the Rakhine State have always remained faithful to their religious identity and that has challenged the Buddhist leaders of Myanmar who have adopted an American identity, a political analyst said. 
 Myanmar Muslims Always Faithful to Islam

(Ahlul Bayt News Agency) – French political analyst and professor emeritus of University of Toulouse Pierre Dortiguier said Muslims in Myanmar have maintained their identity and protect their religion like a lasting heritage, adding that it has apprehended the Buddhist leaders of the country who have replaced their religious identity with an American identity.

“That is why they have supported or at least remained silent over the killing of Muslims in the country.”

He said Buddhist leaders work as American propagators and, like their masters, can not see the power of Islam and Muslims in the world.

Asked about the reason behind the silence of Arab countries over the massacre of Muslims in Myanmar, Dortiguier said Arab states have always had a contradictory political behavior. “It is not the first time these countries and the Arab League remain silent over the killing of Muslims. In fact, they lack geopolitical knowledge.”

He said Arab countries try to avoid anything that might bring about the resentment of the US and Britain.

Pointing to the US policies vis-à-vis Muslim countries, the political analyst said, “American leaders’ policy is that any country or group that acts against Washington’s views should be undermined or sidelined politically. But Muslims, by following the teachings of the Quran, have learned that they should stand up against oppression, injustice and colonialism and it is this resistance that has angered the arrogant powers.”

He said these powers have failed to weaken Muslims and are now trying to take ‘Western Islam’ to Islamic and Arab countries in order to change Muslims’ identity gradually. “When his policy also fails, they adopt the policy of silence and news boycott of the massacre of Muslims.”

Dortiguier noted that Western countries misuse the lack of democracy in Mynamar to impose their policies on the country. “For years, Western powers have made a lot of hype in political circles about lack of democracy in Myanmar.”

He referred to Britain’s support for opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi as an example of this, adding that Suu Kyi has always enjoyed the support of the British embassy in Myanmar without doing anything practical for her country.

Professor emeritus of University of Toulouse further criticized the stance of Buddhists over the killing of Muslims, saying that Buddhism advocates peace and Muslims and Buddhists peacefully coexists in many Asian countries. “However, what we are witnessing in Myanmar today is the result of Buddhist leaders’ mistake and their following of US policies.”

SOURCE:  http://abna.ir/data.asp?lang=3&Id=331246

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Muslim killings continuing in Burma: Amnesty International

July 24, 2012 1 comment

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London: Amnesty International has claimed that communal violence is continuing in western Burma six weeks after the government declared a state of emergency, with much of it directed at minority Muslim Rohingyas who have been beaten, raped and killed, media reported on Friday. According to reports, the rights group accused both security forces and ethnic Rakhine Buddhists of carrying out fresh attacks against Rohingyas, who are regarded as foreigners by the ethnic majority and denied citizenship by the government because it considers them illegal settlers from neighbouring Bangladesh. After a series of isolated killings starting in late May, bloody skirmishes spread quickly across much of Burma’s coastal Rakhine state. The government declared a state of emergency on 10 June, deploying troops to quell the unrest and protect both mosques and monasteries. Authorities said that at least 78 people had been killed and thousands of homes of both Buddhists and Muslims either burned down or destroyed. Violence in the past six weeks has been “primarily one-sided, with Muslims generally and Rohingyas specifically the targets and victims”, Benjamin Zawacki, a Bangkok-based researcher for Amnesty, told the Associated Press. “Some of this is by the security forces’ own hands, some by Rakhine Buddhists, with the security forces turning a blind eye in some cases.” Officials from Burma’s government could not immediately be reached for comment. Amnesty also said that security forces, including the police and the army, had detained hundreds of Rohingyas. “While the restoration of order, security, and the protection of human rights is necessary, most arrests appear to have been arbitrary and discriminatory, violating the rights to liberty and to freedom from discrimination on grounds of religion,” Amnesty said in a statement. The violence, which reached its bloodiest point in June, constituted some of the country’s deadliest sectarian bloodshed in years and raised international concerns about the fate of the Rohingyas inside Burma. The Burmese president, Thein Sein, said earlier this month the solution to ethnic enmity in Rakhine state was to either send the Rohingyas to a third country or have the United Nations refugee agency look after them. The UNHCR chief, Antonio Guterres, said, however, it was not his agency’s job to resettle the Rohingyas. Bangladesh also denies the Rohingyas citizenship, arguing that they have been living in Burma for centuries and should be recognised as citizens there instead. The UN estimates that 800,000 Rohingyas live in Burma. Thousands attempt to flee every year to Bangladesh, Malaysia and elsewhere, trying to escape a life of abuse that rights groups say includes forced labour, violence against women and restrictions on movement, marriage and reproduction that breed anger and resentment. Amnesty called on Burma to accept Rohingyas as citizens, something the government has staunchly opposed because it does not consider them an ethnic group native to Burma. “Under international human rights law and standards, no one may be left or rendered stateless,” Zawacki said. “For too long Myanmar’s [Burma’s] human rights record has been marred by the continued denial of citizenship for Rohingyas and a host of discriminatory practices against them.”
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Economic profits hush West over Muslim plight in Burma

July 23, 2012 Leave a comment
The West has turned a blind eye to the plight of the Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar in an attempt to maintain its economic interests in the Asian country’s lucrative market, a political analyst says. 
Economic profits hush West over Muslim plight in Burma

(Ahlul Bayt News Agency) – “The Rohingyas are currently undergoing one of the most violent episodes of their history, and their suffering is one of the most pressing issues anywhere in the world,” Ramzy Baroud wrote in an article.

“Yet their plight is suspiciously absent from regional and international priorities, or is undercut by giddiness over the country’s ample resources of hydrocarbons, minerals, gems and timber,” the analyst pointed out.

Over a dozen Muslims were killed on June 3 when a mob of ethnic Rakhines, who are mostly Buddhist, attacked a passenger bus in the Rakhine state in the west of the country that borders Bangladesh.

Over the past two years, throngs of ethnic Muslims have attempted to flee by boats in the face of systematic oppression by the government.

Baroud lashed out at the world’s mainstream media for their “passing and dispassionate coverage” of the Rohingyas’ ordeal, noting that such media blackout takes place against the backdrop of the minority group’s struggles “to escape imminent death, torture or arrest at the hands of the Ethnic Buddhist Rakhine majority, which has the full support of the Myanmar government.”

The analyst also slammed the Myanmarese pro-democracy groups, particularly Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy, for “staying on fence” and “sidestepping the hot-button issue.”

Baroud argued that the violent targeting of Burmese minorities arrived at a time when the US and Britain have called off their pro-democracy campaign against the country’s junta.

The West’s silence over the bloody crackdown on Rohingya Muslims comes as “Western companies jumped into Myanmar” in an attempt “to offset the near-exclusive Chinese influence over the Myanmar economy,” the writer said.

The analyst went on to say that the Western businesses’ “race for Myanmar” was ushered in following US President Barak Obama’s recent lifting of the ban on American investment in the country and Britain’s opening of a trade office in Rangoon on July 11.

Myanmar’s President Thein Sein insists that Rohingya Muslims must be expelled from the country and sent to refugee camps run by the United Nations.

Myanmar’s current government, run by military figures and accused of massive rights abuses, refuses to recognize nearly-one-million-strong Rohingya Muslims community, which the UN calls one of the world’s most prosecuted people.

Myanmar claims the Rohingya are not native and classify them as illegal migrants although they have lived in the country for generations.

SOURCE:  http://abna.ir/data.asp?lang=3&Id=329815

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