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December 2009

One Day We’ll All Be Terrorists   http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/one_day_well_all_be_terrorists_20091228/   Posted on Dec 28, 2009   By Chris Hedges Syed Fahad Hashmi can tell you about the dark heart of America . He knows that our First Amendment rights have become a joke, that habeas corpus no longer exists and that we torture, not only in black sites such as those at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan or at Guantánamo Bay, but also at the federal Metropolitan Correctional Center (MCC) in Lower Manhattan. Hashmi is a U.S. citizen of Muslim descent imprisoned on two

Our heart felt condolences to the family of the respected journalist Najeeb Ahmed (1961 - 2009).   The family of Dr. Aafia Siddiqui would like to express our shock and deepest condolences to the family of Mr. Najeeb Ahmed who passed away suddenly on Thursday, Dec. 10, 2009 in Karachi.   Ironically, Mr. Ahmed's last public statement (video) on Human Rights Day (Wednesday, Dec 9th) focused  on the case of Dr. Aafia and he made a public announcement testifying to her abduction and stated that specific military intelligence agencies

December, 2009 As time passes and Aafia remains caught in the shackles of captivity, her plight has not receded into memory. Instead the momentum for her release, the recovery of her missing children and the demands to bring her tormentors to justice has only grown. But as the delays and legalistic games go on, the frustration of the public is approaching rage – at least in many sections of the Pakistani population. We share the agony and pain. After all, we are the most closely

On this occasion of Eid Al-Adha, marking the competition of the rites and rituals of the Hajj pilgrimage, we would like to wish all people and especially our supporters a blessed and happy time. This is an enlightening holiday, Hajj teaches us of the meanings of simplicity, endurance, sacrifice, and humility – among the great tests that God puts us all through.  As we reflect on the trials of the prophet Abraham, his son Ismail and Ismail’s mother, Hagar, so too we should be

  ‘Rulers are a humiliation for Pakistanis’   By Tahir Niaz   ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s rulers have become a source of humiliation for its citizens worldwide, Senator Talha Mahmood, chairman of the Senate Standing Committee on Interior, said on Thursday. To a question about Dr Aafia Siddiqui at a press conference, Mahmood said the country’s leaders had failed to protect the self-esteem of the nation at the international level.  On the Pakistani family detained in Saudi Arabia on drug charges, he said his committee would take notice of all the circumstances which

ISLAMABAD, Aug 8 (Associated Press of Pakistan): Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani on Saturday assured Dr Fauzia Siddiqui that his government would make every possible effort for the release of her sister Dr Aafia Siddiqui, detained in the United States. The Prime Minister said the government had already approved US $ two million to hire a three-member panel of lawyers for Dr Aafia Siddiqui in consultation and consent of her elder brother Muhammad Ali Siddiqui. Gilani expressed the hope that Dr Afia Siddiqui

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