Jailed sponsor pays SR70,000 in back wages for Indian maid

Average’s Comment: This poor maid was in confinement for 20 years and all she gets is 70 thousand Rials???? That means that she was getting 3500 Rials per year. That is less than 300 Rials per month!!!!! I know. I have heard it before. She should be lucky she is getting anything. She is at fault. If the foreigners don’t like Saudi why do they come….etc. People this is slavery without the lynching!
Published: Apr 14, 2012 01:12 Updated: Apr 16, 2012 00:43

A Saudi sponsor paid SR70,000 in salary dues to an Indian maid who was in a virtual jail for two decades, the Indian Embassy said yesterday.

Mumtaz Begum,45, of Anna Nagar in Tanjore district of Tamil Nadu, came to the Kingdom 20 years ago to support her family. The Saudi sponsor gave her salary only during the first 12 months of her stay in the Kingdom. She did not get a single riyal for the 19 years she spent in the household looking after her sponsor’s 20 children born to his two wives.
Mohammed M. Aleem, information and labor welfare officer of the Indian Embassy, told Arab News that the mission started taking action on Begum’s matter following a complaint sent by a Muslim organization in Tamil Nadu.
Pleace India-Pravasi Indian Aid Cell, an Indian social service organization based in Riyadh, also brought this matter to the notice of Indian Ambassador Hamid Ali Rao at the open forum organized by the mission in February this year. Pleace India also took up the matter with the Saudi Human Rights Commission, which raised the issue with the governorate in Hail.
The diplomat said the mission took up the case with the Hail governorate and the respective police station in the region.
“Lt. Col. Basheer Ahmed Al-Anzi from the Hail police station took a special interest in locating the sponsor and through determined efforts took him into custody,” Aleem said, adding that such cooperation from the security authorities made the task of the mission easier.
During her stay in the Kingdom, Begum lost her father Saliya Sahab, her mother Naveera Bibi and finally her brother Sheikh Dawood. It was reported that every time a death occurred, Begum complained to the nearest police station and her sponsor readily agreed to send her back home with her salary dues, but he never complied with the police directives.
Aleem said Begum’s plight saddened the Indian expatriate community in the Kingdom and the people of Tamil Nadu.
“The sponsor has not obtained her an iqama and he had never thought of sending her back home,” Aleem said, adding that the jailed sponsor had paid SR70,000 to the police station in Hail. However, the diplomat said the sponsor has to incur additional expenses in penalty for not renewing her resident status for 19 years.
The embassy official said the mission hopes to complete all these formalities in a week and Begum would be repatriated home to see her surviving relatives. Begum is not married.
According to sources, the woman’s only known living relative is her sister-in-law, Sithy Sadira, who lives in Ramnathapuram in Tamil Nadu.

An Up and Coming Female Breivik


by Keith Johnson
How do you cook up something like Ann Barnhardt?
Here’s a simple recipe:
Take two parts Pamela Geller
One part Michelle Bachman
Add a tablespoon of Terry Jones
Throw in a dash of Anders Breivik
Let chill
Notice the glazed over eyes and the lobotomized glare.
Where have I seen that look before? Oh, yeah…now I remember…

Like Breivik, Ann Barnhardt is the poster child for a new generation of Muslim haters who want to take their fight to the next level. She is the byproduct of incessant anti-Islamic propaganda that has destroyed her quality of life, stripped her of her feminine attributes and has rendered into a groveling servant of the Zionist construct.
In this video, Ann goes out of her way to provoke Muslim retaliation by inserting strips of bacon between pages of the Holy Qur’an. She then reads verses taken completely out of context as she pulls out the pages and stuffs them into a fire bowl.
Most of you don’t know who I’m talking about. Those who do might wonder why I’m wasting my time. Indulge me.
First of all, for those not familiar with this creature, I’ll try to give you a brief rundown. Ann Barnhardt is a failing commodities broker (ie: the the same kind of money changer that Christ railed against) from Colorado whose company website reads less like a serious business enterprise and more like a venue for her political rantings. She’s the kind of angry American that has become the new face of this ever-devolving thing known as the “patriot movement.” Like most other pseudo-patriots who subject themselves to the overwhelming stream of disinformation that is propagated over the Net, Ann is unfocused—misinformed—paranoid—delusional—and quite convinced that she is the only one who has a firm grasp of what’s going on.
But don’t take my word for it. Just ask her and she’ll tell you:
“Hello, my name is Ann Barnhardt, and I’m apparently one of the very, very last people left in Western civilization who possesses any quantity of brains and balls simultaneously.”
If you read her material, you will come to realize that Barnhardt considers herself an expert on just about everything: Islam, Judaism, Christianity, Nazism, Communism, genetics, astronomy, finance, world history, American history, foreign policy, law, politics, physics, forensics, animal husbandry, survivalism…even Saturday Night Live. And believe me, her expertise does not stop there.
Ann made a recent splash in the wake of the MF Global scandal after she announced to her clients that she was closing her doors.
“The reason for my decision to pull the plug was excruciatingly simple: I could no longer tell my clients that their monies and positions were safe in the futures and options markets – because they are not. And this goes not just for my clients, but for every futures and options account in the United States. The entire system has been utterly destroyed by the MF Global collapse. Given this sad reality, I could not in good conscience take one more step as a commodity broker, soliciting trades that I knew were unsafe or holding funds that I knew to be in jeopardy.”
In the same announcement, Ann points her finger at the culprits:
“A firm, led by a crony of the Obama regime, stole all of the non-margined cash held by customers of his firm. Let’s not sugarcoat this or make this crime seem “complex” and “abstract” by drowning ourselves in six-dollar words and uber-technical jargon. Jon Corzine STOLE the customer cash at MF Global. Knowing Jon Corzine, and knowing the abject lawlessness and contempt for humanity of the Marxist Obama regime and its cronies, this is not really a surprise.”
This announcement was widely circulated on the Internet and was discussed on both the Glenn Beck Program and the Rush Limbaugh Show. As a result, Ann has emerged as a minor celebrity in the patriot community. Some may say that her fifteen minutes of fame are all used up. But I say they’re wrong.
I love reading Ann’s diatribes because they put into context everything that is wrong with the mainstream “patriot movement.” For example, Ann—like most patriots—is quite capable of spotting a crisis, as she does here:
“China is not going to lend us this money because they simply don’t have anything close to that much money to lend. This $2 Trillion is going to come from the Federal Reserve. Where is the Federal Reserve going to get $2 Trillion? They are going to print it out of thin air. We are in the midst of the largest currency debasement ever seen in human history. There is only one result that can come of currency debasement: hyperinflation and total economic and societal collapse.”
But when it comes to identifying the source of the problem, Ann’s brain cells hit a brick wall.
“Obama is the enemy. Obama is a Marxist-Communist usurper and puppet front for a cabal of Marxist-Communists who are actively trying to destroy the United States of America. Everything they have done, are doing, and will do has the single goal of collapsing and destroying the U.S. economy, military, constitutional government and culture. What part of “Marxist Revolution” do you not understand?”
Get it? “Obama is a Marxist-Communist usurper and puppet.”  How does that in any way translate into Islam? Marxist-communism is a Jewish construct, and Ann’s business failures are a direct result of Jewish usary, though she fails to make that distinction.
Instead, she insists that the Jews are the tits on a false portrait of Christ’s swimmer’s physique:
“Now everyone listen up, Jew, Christian, atheist – everyone. The foundational premise of the Jewish people and of Israel is that Israel is the representative proxy for humanity. This is why the Jews are called “the chosen people”, because they are. God chose Israel to stand in representation of all people everywhere. This is an honor, but it is a taxing and dubious honor due to the Fall of Adam and Eve and the inherent tendency that all people have for sin, which is called concupiscence. God chose Israel to stand at the fore of humanity and be the people with whom the historical narrative of Salvation History is played out. This began with a married couple, Adam and Eve, and then expanded to a family unit through Noah, then the expansion moved to the tribal level through Abraham, the national level through Moses, then to the level of a kingdom through David, and finally in the fullness of time the expansion moved beyond Israel to cover all people everywhere through Jesus Christ. BUT, the only way to fully understand God’s relationship with us as individuals is to understand God’s interaction with Israel through history.”
Christ to Ann on Judgment Day: Matthew 7:23–”I never knew you; depart from me.”
More on Ann:

This is the must read (and view):
This is her website…scroll down to “ONE YEAR LATER, AND I STILL HAVEN’T BEEN KILLED”:
Ann on Halal Meat:
Ann’s connection to Rabbi Jon Hausman:

A bit about Hausman:
Ann’s lecture on Sex and Islam (1st of 4):Note: In one of the four segments, she refers to “The Thursday Night Club,” where she alleges that Thursday is designated for Muslims to engage in any deviant sexual practice they want. She appears to be the only source on this.

How does AIPAC endanger America? Workshop videos now online

PR Newswire – Tue, Apr 24, 2012

WASHINGTON, April 24, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The following is being released by the Institute for Research: Middle Eastern Policy:
Video from the March 3, 2012 Occupy AIPAC workshop “AIPAC: What it is, who its allies are, why it’s dangerous and how to stop it” sessions are now available over the Internet. Turn off HD (high definition) for faster video streaming.
AIPAC History Proto-AIPAC’s incubation in the Israeli embassy in 1948. Strategic direction-setting by the Mossad and Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Confrontations with the Eisenhower and Kennedy Administrations and the secret battle over registration as an Israeli foreign agent. FBI espionage investigations of AIPAC. AIPAC and the clandestine Israeli nuclear weapons program. The grassroots fight for transparency, regulatory oversight and accountability. Presented by Grant F. Smith, Director of IRmep. http://vimeo.com/40544530
AIPAC Political Power US politicians and the Israel lobby campaign finance network. Why Israel political action committees use confusing and misleading names. How ostensibly independent political action committees are coordinated to avoid contribution limits imposed on other industries. How AIPAC has directed PAC contributions to chosen candidates. How to track stealth Israel PAC contributions to your representative. Presented by Janet McMahon, Managing Editor of the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs. http://vimeo.com/40563081
AIPAC and the Media Why establishment media outlets consistently fail to present an accurate picture of Palestinian vs Israeli casualties in the ongoing conflict. Why the background and motives of key Middle East reporters prevents Americans from receiving accurate reporting. Enduring myths about Israel’s value as a US ally. How to counteract the disinformation network. Presented by Alison Weir, President of the Council for the National Interest and Founder of If Americans Knew. http://vimeo.com/40562968
Promoting Islamophobia AIPAC’s role in promoting Muslim “otherness.” The Clash of Civilization policy framework, why is it of strategic value to Israel, especially after the Cold War? Who funds Islamophobia in the United States? What can be done about it? Presented by Hatem Bazian. http://vimeo.com/40588460
Exposing, Challenging and Stopping AIPAC Why aren’t operatives and their organizations (WINEP, FDD, FPI, AEI, JINSA) ever properly identified in the mainstream media? Are AIPAC and the larger network of organizations vying to operate as an “alternative government?” How can proven tactics to confront dangerous policy be implemented in the Internet age? Presented by Jeffrey Blankfort. http://vimeo.com/40627216
“Occupy AIPAC” and “Move Over AIPAC” are annual Washington DC gatherings of over 100 organizations organized by Code Pink to challenge and present alternatives to dangerous and costly Middle East policies. The Institute for Research: Middle Eastern Policy (IRmep) is a Washington, DC based organization that studies US Middle East policy formulation. The Council for the National Interest works for U.S. Middle East policies that serve the national interest. If Americans Knew is dedicated to providing Americans with everything they need to know about Israel and Palestine. The Washington Report on Middle East Affairs is a magazine published to provide the American public with balanced and accurate information concerning U.S. relations with Middle Eastern states.
SOURCE Institute for Research: Middle Eastern Policy

Massacre in Norway: Israel Strikes Back

By wmw_admin on August 17, 2011

Joe Quinn – War is Crime July 26, 2011

As a rule, Israel (”that shitty little country” according to a former French diplomat), only wages conventional war as a last resort, and even then, unlike the US of A, it lacks the manpower to invade and occupy foreign nations and must limit itself to blunt force bombing runs (or attacking Palestinian fishermen with gunboats). But the fact is that Israel doesn’t need to expend vast resources on conventional war, because there is another, equally (or perhaps more) effective way for such a pathologically-driven apartheid state to achieve its twisted objectives – deception.
 Yep, that’s right, ‘by way of deception’, or the ‘horse’s head in your bed’ school of diplomacy. To say that the Israelis are rather adept at this particular ‘art’ form is something of an understatement. Over the last 60 years, the Israeli elite have done more than any other group to successfully portray (to white Westerners) every single Muslim as potential ’suicide bomber’. Their chosen method to achieve this screwed up state of affairs has been to manufacture ’suicide bombings and then conveniently allow (or help) the blame to fall on some Muslim group. Of course, they’re also experts at covert assassination of innocent people, like Iranian scientists.
 Basically, while the Americans’ chosen form of coercion is bombs, the Israelis believe that inducing psychological terror is the best way to achieve an objective. Israeli efforts at manipulating public perception involve the use of violence of course, but it is violence wrapped in a lie so insidious that even the victims are hoodwinked as to the identity of their aggressors.
Which brings me to Oslo. I’ll go out on a limb here and assume that you’re not naive enough to buy the ‘lone nut’ explanation and just move on to the evidence for an Israeli signature all over the attacks a few days ago.
The bomb in Oslo targeted the Norwegian oil ministry building. Less than a year ago, the Norwegian government announced that it would no longer be using Norway’s massive oil income (the Norwegian people’s money) to invest in Israeli companies involved in building Israeli settlements on Palestinian land.
Over the past few years, the ruling Norwegian Labour party has been taking an increasingly vocal stand against Israeli aggression against Palestinians. For example, as far back as 2006 the then Norwegian finance minister was backing a planned consumer boycott of Israeli goods. Which provoked Condi Rice to threaten Norway with “serious political consequences”.
The teenagers who were camping on Utoya island were members of the AUF (Norwegian Labour party’s youth movement). Two days before Anders Behring Breivik would run amok and kill many of the teenagers in cold blood, they met with Foreign Minister Gahr Stoere and demanded he recognise Palestine. On the same day the AUF’s leader Eskil Pedersen gave an interview to the Dagbladet, Norway’s second largest tabloid newspaper. The newspaper described the AUF in this way:
“The AUF has long been a supporter of an international boycott of Israel, but the decision at the last congress, demands that Norway imposes a unilateral economic embargo on the country and it must be stricter than before.”
The AUF leader is quoted as saying:
“The [Middle East] peace process goes nowhere, and though the whole world expects Israel to comply, they do not. We in Labour Youth will have a unilateral economic embargo of Israel from the Norwegian side. I acknowledge that this is a drastic measure, but I think it gives a clear indication that we are tired of Israel’s behaviour, quite simply”.
Norway is not alone in toying with the idea of a consumer boycott of Israel, nor is it alone in its support of Palestinian statehood (several other Nordic nations have followed suit in recent months) but Norway does stand alone (in the Western world) in the fact that it has vast oil reserves and appears to have been toying with the much more threatening (to Israel) idea of what amounts to an oil boycott of Israel.
As for the mass murderer Breivik, all the evidence suggests that he is indeed a ‘crazy person’, but that in no way explains how he could have pulled off these highly coordinated attacks alone. What it does suggest is that he fits the profile of a ‘mind programmed patsy’ who had lots of help from people with a lot of resources and a thinly veiled agenda to send a strong (if covert) message to the Norwegian government and people.
The judge hearing the case against Breivik said that Breivik wanted to create “the greatest loss possible to Norway’s governing Labour Party”, which he accused of failing the country on immigration and opening the door to the “Muslim colonization” of Norway and all of Europe. We’ve already established that Israel has a serious beef with Norway’s governing Labour party, and who, pray tell, has been at the forefront of, and has most to gain from, the claims of an Islamic take-over of Europe? Who has the most to gain from the demonization of Muslims? Who has the most to gain from delivering an extremely traumatic message to the Norwegian Labour party and the Norwegian people, both of whom were growing increasingly anti-Israel?
There is also the interesting fact that initial reports claimed there were at least two shooters and that one of them had been arrested. All such reports have since disappeared from the mainstream media. Breivik was also wearing police uniform. Where did he get it? And why has no one linked the shooting two days later of a 27 year old man in his home in Sandnes, Norway by two masked men in military uniform?
I could go on about how, immediately after the attacks, the mainstream media zombie pundits blathered on about ‘al-Qaeda’ being the culprits, or how some Mossad agent accepted responsibility for the attacks in the name of ‘Helpers of the global jihad’, but I trust you all already know that the ‘al-qaeda’ business is just so much bullshit.
BUT! In case that isn’t enough circumstantial evidence to convict, here’s another (admittedly more tenuous) piece of data. The attacks in Oslo and Utoya island came 65 years, to the day, after the original Zionist terror group Irgun, bombed the King David Hotel in Jerusalem. While all the other details strongly suggest an Israeli hand behind this particular act of inhumanity, perhaps the timing is the real Israeli ’signature’. The bombing of the Kind David hotel was an attempt by Zionist terrorists to prevent foreign intervention in their plans for covert global domination. The attacks in Oslo and Utoya island fit the same profile.
So yeah, enough said. In fact, I’ve probably said too much, and could have just summed it all up by borrowing the words of a friend who opined on the topic:
“Something about this whole thing doesn’t make sense.
Let me put it like this: you are a citizen of country A and you deeply hate and resent the citizens of countries B, C and D for ‘destroying’ your country. Your whole political discourse is based around defending Country A from B, C and D. So in what universe does it making ANY sense to go on a shooting spree against the citizens of country A??
This is like a white supremacist going off his rocker and then shooting white people. Or a Jew who hates Palestinians going postal in a Synagogue!
You may say ‘the guy was mad, he didn’t know what he was doing, don’t look for sense in this’ but such politically motivated fanatical madmen have at least one basic and obvious method to their madness: they attack the object of their hate and not everything else apart from the object of hate…
It sounds to me like Breivik was most probably a ‘patient’ of ‘Dr. Greenbaum’ but one that ‘went off’ at the wrong time or in the wrong way to such an extent that the ‘excuses’ the PTB are coming up with don’t even make basic sense.”

One messed up cult: Honey-pot sex is kosher for female Mossad agents

Rabbi Ari Schvat’s ruling appeared in a study, ‘Illicit sex for the sake of national security,’ published by the Tzomet Institute, which studies the interface between religion and modernity.


An Israeli rabbi has given his blessing to female agents of Israel’s foreign secret service, Mossad, who may be required to have sex with the enemy in so-called “honey-pot” missions against terrorists.

Rabbi Ari Shvat’s ruling appeared in a study, “Illicit sex for the sake of national security,” published by the Tzomet Institute, which studies the interface between religion and modernity.
But Schvat wrote that honey-pot missions are not just a thing of modern-day espionage – such as the late 1980s capture of Mordechai Vanunu, the Israeli nuclear technician who revealed details of Israel’s nuclear program, or the January 2010 assassination of terrorist Mahmoud al-Mabhouh in Dubai. Both cases reportedly involved a Mossad female lure.
In fact, honey-pot missions are rooted in Biblical lore.
Queen Esther, who was Jewish, slept with the Persian king Xerxes around 500 BC to save her people, Schvat noted. Yael, wife of Hever, slept with the enemy chief of staff Sisra to tire him and cut off his head, according to tradition.
There is a catch, however, for married honey-pots. “If it is necessary to use a married woman, it would be best [for] her husband to divorce her. … After the [sex] act, he would be entitled to bring her back,” Schvat wrote.
“Naturally, a job of that sort could be given to a woman who in any event is licentious in her ways.”
Male agents in Mossad apparently have no limitations on sleeping with the female enemy, as they were not mentioned in the writings.
Schvat’s study was praised by Tzomet’s director, Rabbi Yisrael Rosen, who added that “women employees of the Mossad are probably not going to come consult with a rabbi” before their missions.

Saudi Arabia: Dancing to Israel’s tune

Recent WikiLeaks reports suggest that Saudi officials have been working closely with Mossad to step up pressure against Iran.

(TEHRAN) – The fact that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has joined the vicious triangle of the United States, Israel and Britain to destabilize the Islamic Republic of Iran and put pressure on Tehran over its nuclear program is not a secret anymore. The Saudi officials have openly stated their opposition to Iran’s access to peaceful nuclear energy and even have boastfully promised to make up for the amount of crude oil which the EU member states will be losing after imposing a multilateral oil embargo against Iran which is seen as an effort to force Iran into giving up its nuclear rights.

The Saudis are officially considered to be among the Muslim states which don’t recognize the Israeli regime; however, they haven’t hesitated to publicize their ties with the Israeli officials during the recent years, especially when it comes to their cooperation with Tel Aviv against Iran.

Allying with the Zionist regime and betraying a Muslim friend with which it had long maintained sound and reasonable ties can be considered as a manifestation of Saudis’ miscalculations and their erroneous analyses about the position of Iran in the international community; a position which has been bolstered with the unexpectedly massive participation of Iranians in the recent parliamentary elections in early March, showing people’s solidarity and steadfastness in the face of harsh economic sanctions and paralyzing political pressures.

Recent WikiLeaks reports suggest that Saudi officials have been working closely with Mossad to step up pressure against Iran and gathering intelligence about the country’s nuclear program.

In the Stratfor (a Texas-based global intelligence firm) emails leaked by WikiLeaks and obtained by the Beirut-based Al Akhbar newspaper, it was revealed the Saudi Arabia reached out to the Mossad, which assisted the Kingdom with, as Al Akhbar reports, “intelligence collection and advice on Iran.”

According to a source quoted in the emails, “Several enterprising Mossad officers, both past and present, are making a bundle selling the Saudis everything from security equipment, intelligence and consultation.”

There are also credible reports indicating that Mossad chief has recently visited Saudi Arabia and talked to Saudi officials about the possible plans for attacking Iran’s nuclear facilities and the role the Arab nation can play in this dangerous anti-Iranian scenario.

As written by Ha’aretz, “the talks conducted in Saudi Arabia with the head of Israel’s espionage agency dealt with Iran and its nuclear program. The account follows a series of recent reports on increasing secret cooperation between Israel and the Saudis, including defense coordination on matters related to possible military action against Iran’s nuclear facilities.”

Another report by the Times of London revealed that in 2010 and during the course of a Saudi military exercise, air defense system operations were halted for a few hours to rehearse a scenario whereby Israeli fighter planes would cross Saudi Arabian air space en route to an attack on Iran.

Other independent media reports also confirmed that Israeli air force planes and helicopters have recently landed in Saudi Arabia for the purpose of positioning warfare and equipment there to be used in a possible military assault on Iran. Actually, it’s one of the plans of the Israeli officials to use the airspace of Saudi Arabia, Iran’s southwestern neighbor, for launching an attack against the country’s nuclear installations and seemingly, the Saudis are not reluctant for giving a green light to Tel Aviv in this regard.

In retrospect, the Saudi officials have expressively and explicitly denounced Iran’s nuclear program and called on the U.S. and its European officials to tighten the noose of economic sanctions around their Muslim neighbor as if they’re unaware of the fact that several IAEA and NIE reports have confirmed that Iran is not, and has not been after nuclear weapons and has never diverted from the path of using nuclear technology for peaceful ends.

Two years ago, in a joint press conference with his American counterpart, the Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saudi al-Faisal said that economic sanctions cannot guarantee that Iran will retreat from its nuclear program and a more effective solution is needed for the “threats posed by Iran’s nuclear ambitions.”

Al-Faisal described sanctions as a long-term solution and said the perceived threat coming from Iran is more pressing. “We see the issue in the shorter term because we are closer to the threat. We need immediate resolution rather than gradual resolution,” he said. The Saudi prince did not specify any short-term resolution, but it seems that his implied option, which he did not rule out, is a military intervention in Iran.

The Saudis are also trying to convince the U.S. and Europe that Iran’s nuclear program poses a threat to their security and should be hindered as soon as possible. That’s why many U.S. and European officials state in their bilateral meetings with the Saudi officials that a “nuclear-armed Iran” is harmful to the security of the Persian Gulf.

“I understand the Arab world cannot allow that Iran continues to develop nuclear weapons,” said Frank-Walter Steinmeier, the leader of opposition party in the German parliament and former foreign minister in a February meeting with the Saudi Foreign Minister Saud al-Faisal.

The Saudi kingdom’s hostility toward Iran, however, has gone beyond the pale. In the recent months that war rhetoric and economic sanctions against Tehran have been swaying in the sky, the Saudi officials have sent signals that they’re ready to offset any shortfall that may happen in the crude oil market after the EU member states’ foreign ministers reached an agreement to impose an oil embargo on Iran which will come into effect in early July.

According to an Associated Press report, Saudi Arabia’s oil minister said on March 14 that his country and other oil exporters are ready to offset any shortfalls in supply because of market volatility, an apparent reference to showdowns with Iran over its nuclear program.

At any rate, the stance which Riyadh has adopted against Tehran is absolutely in line with the anti-Iranian policies of the Israeli regime. They’re dancing to Israel’s tune and performing what Tel Aviv desires the most: isolating Iran, ramping up pressure against the people and creating discord between them to persuade them to rise against the government. However, what is clear is that such pressures cannot bring Iranians to their knees and will only unveil the true face of the enemies of this nation. Over the course of three decades since the victory of Islamic revolution, Iran has been constantly the target of enmity and belligerence by the global superpowers and their allies, so the recent antagonistic policies and hostilities of Saudi Arabia are nothing new or surprising.


A Rare Admission From Israel

By Teymoor Nabili

April 14, 2012 “Information Clearing House” — Was it a momentary lapse of concentration or an honest admission?

Last week, in an interview with Israel’s Deputy Prime Minister Dan Meridor in Jerusalem, I heard something I have not heard before.

Let’s start with the background.
With the P5+1 (the US, UK, France, Russia, China and Germany) talks on Iran’s nuclear programme about to kick off, and the air thick with talk of a military attack on Iran, it seemed appropriate to try to gain some perspective from the Israeli establishment.

As Minister of Intelligence and Atomic Energy with a background in Iran issues, Meridor was the perfect man to talk to to.

An able and experienced politician, Meridor was mostly happy to skirt the direct questions and recite approved talking points.

It’s when I challenged him on the biggest talking point of all, Iran’s supposed determination to “wipe Israel off the face of the map,” that Meridor seemed to stumble outside the lines of the agreed narrative.

Meridor: [Iran’s leaders] all come basically ideologically, religiously with the statement that Israel is an unnatural creature, it will not survive. They didn’t say ‘we’ll wipe it out‘, you are right, but [that] it will not survive, it is a cancerous tumor, it should be removed;
Nabili: Well, I am glad you acknowledged they didn’t say they will wipe it out, because certainly Israeli politicians…

Meridor: … they say it will be removed, needs to be removed …

The minister spent much of the ensuing conversation arguing that for Iran to simply question Israel’s long term future amounts to an existential threat; there are many who agree with him.

But it’s his acknowledgement that there’s nuance in Iran’s position that’s so significant, and so rare.

Politicans from Binyamin Netanyahu through Britain’s William Hague and most of the US congress won’t do it; they have invested a great deal of political capital in arguing just the opposite, claiming incessantly that Iran will launch a nuclear weapon on Israel because, in their minds, Iran’s president has more or less said so.

As Gary Leupp, Professor of History at Tufts University in the US points out, this position has remained unmoved by contradictory facts:

Ahmadinejad himself has repeatedly said that his remark was misinterpreted. In January 2006, complaining about the ‘hue and cry’ over his statement, he said: ‘Let the Palestinians participate in free elections and they will say what they want.’ In July 2008, he told a meeting of the D-8 nations (Bangladesh, Egypt, Indonesia, Iran, Malaysia, Nigeria, Pakistan, and Turkey) that his country would never initiate military action but that the Israeli regime would eventually collapse on its own.

But there’s little doubt which opinion is most heard, and most listened to.
The Guardian of April 13, 2012, contained a remarkable example of this.
This article, questioning the legality of an attack on Iran, is unusual anyway, simply because it addresses the issue of international law at all.
But more surprising are the statements in it, made by some fairly learned lawyers, which are not so much legal analysis as verbal callisthenics.
That Alan Dershowitz gives Israel the legal green light to bomb Iran is to be expected, but here’s Anthony D’Amato, a professor of international law at Northwestern University:

Iran says it wants to push the Israelis into the sea and that they are constructing nuclear weapons. That’s enough for me to say that cannot be allowed. If the US or Israel takes the initiative to block that action, it can hardly be said to be violating international law. It can only be preserving international law for future generations.

The combination of factual error and partisan analysis here is remarkable.

Firstly, his characterisation of Tehran’s policies is almost unique.
If “Iran” (and he doesn’t actually clarify who he means here) has ever actually said that it wants to “push Israelis into the sea” he doesn’t point us to the source.
Secondly, he doesn’t explain why such comments from Iran should cause more existential anguish than similarly belligerent comments made by Israel’s Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman in reference to Palestinians, or by Hillary Clinton in reference to Iran. 
As for the concept of “preserving international law for future generations,” he does not clarify his thoughts on whether Russia and China might also be justified in unilaterally attempting such a feat, or in deciding what can and cannot be allowed in international politics.
But what’s most bizarre is his completely erroneous belief that Iran itself has said it’s constructing nuclear weapons.
It hasn’t

There’s no reason to believe that a man of D’Amato’s standing should lie, bare-faced, to an internationally respected newspaper; therefore it’s more likely that he’s simply accepted what someone with an anti-Iran agenda has told him.
So if a man who “has argued cases before the European Court of Human Rights” can fall prey to hearsay and mis-information, can we be surprised that the average consumer of mainstream media can buy into this “big lie”?
Let’s hope, as the latest round of nuclear talks gets under way, the people around the table will, like Meridor, admit the existence of nuance and allow for alternate opinions.
Because if Harvard’s Stephen Walt is right, and the P5+1 is intent on sabotaging the negotiations before they start … well …

Let’s just hope.
This article was first published at Al- Jazeera

Dr. Tarek Mehanna’s Statement to the Court – April 12, 2012

11006 Veirs Mill Rd, STE L-15, PMB 298
Silver Spring, MD. 20902
(April 14, 2012)
Assalaamu Alaikum (Greetings of Peace):
On April 12, 2012, in a federal courthouse in downtown Boston, a Muslim-American political prisoner (and prisoner of war) by the name of Dr. Tarek Mehanna delivered a speech that can be described as both elegant and defiant. J.W. Carney, Tarek’s lead defense attorney, stated at the press conference that followed the sentencing:

“When the history of Islam [in America] is written, I wonder what impact the speech by Tarek Mehanna will have on future generations.”
I couldn’t agree more. What happened in that Boston courthouse, from start to finish, was something truly, truly amazing. Despite years of unwarranted and brutal pre-trial imprisonment, Dr. Tarek Mehanna was not broken by the state; and when he finally had his opportunity to address the powers-that-be, he said what needed to be said!
I will have more to say on the powerful significance of what took place this past Thursday. For now, I am pleased to present the defiant and principled message of Dr. Tarek Mehanna. May ALLAH Ta’ala continue to strengthen and fortify this well informed and committed young Muslim. Ameen.
El-Hajj Mauri’ Saalakhan

In the name of God, The Most Gracious, The Most Merciful
Exactly four years ago this month I was finishing my work shift at a local hospital. As I was walking to my car I was approached by two federal agents. They said that I had a choice to make: I could do things the easy way, or I could do them the hard way. The “easy way,” as they explained, was that I would become an informant for the government, and if I did so I would never see the inside of a courtroom or a prison cell. As for the hard way, this is it. Here I am, having spent the majority of the four years since then in a solitary cell the size of a small closet, in which I am locked down for 23 hours each day. The FBI and these prosecutors worked very hard—and the government spent millions of tax dollars – to put me in that cell, keep me there, put me on trial, and finally to have me stand here before you today to be sentenced to even more time in a cell.
In the weeks leading up to this moment, many people have offered suggestions as to what I should say to you. Some said I should plead for mercy in hopes of a light sentence, while others suggested I would be hit hard either way. But what I want to do is just talk about myself for a few minutes.
When I refused to become an informant, the government responded by charging me with the “crime” of supporting the mujahideen fighting the occupation of Muslim countries around the world. Or as they like to call them, “terrorists.” I wasn’t born in a Muslim country, though. I was born and raised right here in America and this angers many people: how is it that I can be an American and believe the things I believe, take the positions I take? Everything a man is exposed to in his environment becomes an ingredient that shapes his outlook, and I’m no different.  So, in more ways than one, it’s because of America that I am who I am.
When I was six, I began putting together a massive collection of comic books. Batman implanted a concept in my mind, introduced me to a paradigm as to how the world is set up: that there are oppressors, there are the oppressed, and there are those who step up to defend the oppressed. This resonated with me so much that throughout the rest of my childhood, I gravitated towards any book that reflected that paradigm – Uncle Tom’s Cabin, The Autobiography of Malcolm X, and I even saw an ethical dimension to The Catcher in the Rye.
By the time I began high school and took a real history class, I was learning just how real that paradigm is in the world. I learned about the Native Americans and what befell them at the hands of European settlers. I learned about how the descendents of those European settlers were in turn oppressed under the tyranny of King George III. I read about Paul Revere, Tom Paine, and how Americans began an armed insurgency against British forces – an insurgency we now celebrate as the American Revolutionary War. As a kid I even went on school field trips just blocks away from where we sit now. I learned about Harriet Tubman, Nat Turner, John Brown, and the fight against slavery in this country. I learned about Emma Goldman, Eugene Debs, and the struggles of the labor unions, working class, and poor. I learned about Anne Frank, the Nazis, and how they persecuted minorities and imprisoned dissidents. I learned about Rosa Parks, Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, and the civil rights struggle. I learned about Ho Chi Minh, and how the Vietnamese fought for decades to liberate themselves from one invader after another. I learned about Nelson Mandela and the fight against apartheid in South Africa. Everything I learned in those years confirmed what I was beginning to learn when I was six: that throughout history, there has been a constant struggle between the oppressed and their oppressors. With each struggle I learned about, I found myself consistently siding with the oppressed, and consistently respecting those who stepped up to defend them -regardless of nationality, regardless of religion. And I never threw my class notes away. As I stand here speaking, they are in a neat pile in my bedroom closet at home.
From all the historical figures I learned about, one stood out above the rest. I was impressed by many things about Malcolm X; but above all, I was fascinated by the idea of transformation, his transformation. I don’t know if you’ve seen the movie “X” by Spike Lee, it’s over three and a half hours long, and the Malcolm at the beginning is different from the Malcolm at the end. He starts off as an illiterate criminal, but ends up a husband, a father, a protective and eloquent leader for his people, a disciplined Muslim performing the Hajj in Makkah, and finally, a martyr. Malcolm’s life taught me that Islam is not something inherited; it’s not a culture or ethnicity. It’s a way of life, a state of mind anyone can choose no matter where they come from or how they were raised.

This led me to look deeper into Islam, and I was hooked. I was just a teenager, but Islam answered the question that the greatest scientific minds were clueless about, the question that drives the rich & famous to depression and suicide from being unable to answer: what is the purpose of life? Why do we exist in this Universe? But it also answered the question of how we’re supposed to exist. And since there’s no hierarchy or priesthood, I could directly and immediately begin digging into the texts of the Qur’an and the teachings of Prophet Muhammad, to begin the journey of understanding of what this was all about; the implications of Islam for me as a human being, as an individual, for the people around me, for the world; and the more I learned, the more I valued Islam like a piece of gold. This was when I was a teen, but even today, despite the pressures of the last few years, I stand here before you, and everyone else in this courtroom, as a very proud Muslim.
With that, my attention turned to what was happening to other Muslims in different parts of the world. And everywhere I looked, I saw the powers that be trying to destroy what I loved. I learned what the Soviets had done to the Muslims of Afghanistan. I learned what the Serbs had done to the Muslims of Bosnia. I learned what the Russians were doing to the Muslims of Chechnya. I learned what Israel had done in Lebanon – and what it continues to do in Palestine – with the full backing of the United States. And I learned what America itself was doing to Muslims. I learned about the Gulf War, and the depleted uranium bombs that killed thousands and caused cancer rates to skyrocket across Iraq. I learned about the American-led sanctions that prevented food, medicine, and medical equipment from entering Iraq, and how – according to the United Nations – over half a million children perished as a result. I remember a clip from a ‘60 Minutes’ interview of Madeline Albright where she expressed her view that these dead children were “worth it.”
I watched on September 11th as a group of people felt driven to hijack airplanes and fly them into buildings from their outrage at the deaths of these children. I watched as America then attacked and invaded Iraq directly. I saw the effects of ‘Shock & Awe’ in the opening day of the invasion – the children in hospital wards with shrapnel from American missiles sticking out of their foreheads (of course, none of this was shown on CNN).  I learned about the town of Haditha, where 24 Muslims – including a 76-year old man in a wheelchair, women, and even toddlers – were shot up and blown up in their bedclothes as they slept, by US Marines. I learned about Abeer al-Janabi, a fourteen-year old Iraqi girl gang-raped by five American soldiers, who then shot her and her family in the head, then set fire to their corpses.
I just want to point out, as you can see, Muslim women don’t even show their hair to unrelated men. So try to imagine this young girl from a conservative village with her dress torn off, being sexually assaulted by not one, not two, not three, not four, but five soldiers. Even today, as I sit in my jail cell, I read about the drone strikes which continue to kill Muslims daily in places like Pakistan, Somalia, and Yemen. Just last month, we all heard about the seventeen Afghan Muslims – mostly mothers and their kids – shot to death by an American soldier, who also set fire to their corpses. These are just the stories that make it to the headlines, but one of the first concepts I learned in Islam is that of loyalty, of brotherhood – that each Muslim woman is my sister, each man is my brother, and together, we are one large body who must protect each other. In other words, I couldn’t see these things being done to my brothers & sisters – including by America – and remain neutral. My sympathy for the oppressed continued, but was now more personal, as was my respect for those defending them.
I mentioned Paul Revere – when he went on his midnight ride, it was for the purpose of warning the people that the British were marching to Lexington to arrest Sam Adams and John Hancock, then on to Concord to confiscate the weapons stored there by the Minuteman. By the time they got to Concord, they found the Minuteman waiting for them, weapons in hand. They fired at the British, fought them, and beat them. From that battle came the American Revolution. There’s an Arabic word to describe what those Minutemen did that day. That word is: JIHAD, and this is what my trial was about. All those videos and translations and childish bickering over ‘Oh, he translated this paragraph’ and ‘Oh, he edited that sentence,’ and all those exhibits revolved around a single issue: Muslims who were defending themselves against American soldiers [who were] doing to them exactly what the British did to America.
It was made crystal clear at trial that I never, ever plotted to “kill Americans” at shopping malls or whatever the story was. The government’s own witnesses contradicted this claim, and we put expert after expert up on that stand, who spent hours dissecting my every written word, who explained my beliefs. Further, when I was free, the government sent an undercover agent to prod me into one of their little “terror plots,” but I refused to participate. Mysteriously, however, the jury never heard this.
So, this trial was not about my position on Muslims killing American civilians. It was about my position on Americans killing Muslim civilians, which is that Muslims should defend their lands from foreign invaders – Soviets, Americans, or Martians. This is what I believe. It’s what I’ve always believed, and what I will always believe. This is not terrorism, and it’s not extremism. It’s the simple logic of selfdefense. It’s what the arrows on that seal above your head [over the head of Judge O’Toole] represent: defense of the homeland. So, I disagree with my lawyers when they say that you don’t have to agree with my beliefs – no. Anyone with commonsense and humanity has no choice but to agree with me. If someone breaks into your home to rob you and harm your family, logic dictates that you do whatever it takes to expel that invader from your home. But when that home is a Muslim land, and that invader is the US military, for some reason the standards suddenly change. Common sense is renamed “terrorism” and the people defending themselves against those who come to kill them from across the ocean become “the terrorists” who are “killing Americans.”
The mentality that America was victimized with when British soldiers walked these streets 2 ½ centuries ago is the same mentality Muslims are victimized by as American soldiers walk their streets today. It’s the mentality of colonialism. When Sgt. Bales shot those Afghans to death last month, all of the focus in the media was on him—his life, his stress, his PTSD, the mortgage on his home—as if he was the victim. Very little sympathy was expressed for the people he actually killed, as if they’re not real, they’re not humans. Unfortunately, this mentality trickles down to everyone in society, whether or not they realize it. Even with my lawyers, it took nearly two years of discussing, explaining, and clarifying before they were finally able to think outside the box and at least ostensibly accept the logic in what I was saying. Two years! If it took that long for people so intelligent, whose job it is to defend me, to de-program themselves, then to throw me in front of a randomly selected jury under the premise that they’re my “impartial peers,” I mean, come on. I wasn’t tried before a jury of my peers, because with the mentality gripping America today, I have no peers. Counting on this fact, the government prosecuted me – not because they needed to, but simply because they could.

I learned one more thing in history class: America has historically supported the most unjust policies against its minorities – practices that were even protected by the law – only to look back later and ask: ‘what were we thinking?’ Slavery, Jim Crow, the internment of the Japanese during World War II – each was widely accepted by American society, each was defended by the Supreme Court. But as time passed and America changed, both people and courts looked back and asked ‘What were we thinking?’ Nelson Mandela was considered a terrorist by the South African government, and given a life sentence. But time passed, the world changed, they realized how oppressive their policies were, that it was not he who was the terrorist, and they released him from prison. He even became president. So, everything is subjective – even this whole business of “terrorism” and who is a “terrorist.” It all depends on the time and place and who the superpower happens to be at the moment.
In your eyes, I’m a terrorist, I’m the only one standing here in an orange jumpsuit and it’s perfectly reasonable that I be standing here in an orange jumpsuit. But one day, America will change and people will recognize this day for what it is. They will look at how hundreds of thousands of Muslims were killed and maimed by the US military in foreign countries, yet somehow I’m the one going to prison for “conspiring to kill and maim” in those countries – because I support the Mujahidin defending those people. They will look back on how the government spent millions of dollars to imprison me as a “terrorist,” yet if we were to somehow bring Abeer al-Janabi back to life in the moment she was being gang-raped by your soldiers, to put her on that witness stand and ask her who the “terrorists” are, she sure wouldn’t be pointing at me.
The government says that I was obsessed with violence, obsessed with “killing Americans.” But as a Muslim living in these times, I can think of a lie no more ironic.

-Tarek Mehanna