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  1. Muslim Threats Force Buddhists To Flee Villages

    What's the big deal about the links? Do you think he made the story up? Evidently you think it is biased in some way and you are searching for any way to discredit it. So here's a link to a similar story: (www.)"kabar-irian/pipermail/kabar-indonesia/2006-October/005265.html"]kabar-irian/pipermail/kabar...ber/005265.html[/url] “Since 2004, militants in Thailand's predominantly Muslim south have waged a bloody separatist insurgency against the cultural elite of this largely Buddhist nation, targeting teachers, monks, community leaders and government officials. So far, 1,700 people have been killed, yet the campaign of almost-daily bombings, arson attacks, kidnappings and assassinations has gone largely unnoticed in a Western world fixated on higher-profile Islamic terrorism campaigns in Iraq and elsewhere.†In the first six months of 2006, two people died every day, on average: A Buddhist teacher was gunned down in front of his fourth-grade class by men dressed as students. A salesman was beheaded outside a crowded teashop. The owner of an elephant troupe was shot seven times by assailants who had lined up with children to buy tickets for a show. In August, 22 small bombs exploded nearly simultaneously in banks throughout southern Yala province, killing one person and bringing commerce to a standstill. Two months earlier, 50 bombs went off in a single day at government offices and police stations. Last year, 15 militants stormed a Buddhist temple and hacked two monks to death before setting fire to their bodies. Thai officials believe that 30,000 Buddhists have fled the south since the attack. Insurgents also have targeted fellow Muslims suspected of conspiring with a military known for its brutality in dealing with the Islamic militants.â€
  2. Need Detailed Critical Feedback......

    Well, we can start off with these suggestions: This says that you are trimming the email AS you are opening the blue scrapbook. Try this: Having printed Adam’s final email, I trimmed it and opened the thick (no comma) blue scrapbook he’d sent me and glued it onto (a, the first, the) page. OR I printed and trimmed Adam’s final email and opened the thick blue scrapbook he’d sent me and glued it onto the page. OR I printed and trimmed Adam’s final email and opened the thick blue scrapbook that he’d sent me. I glued it onto (a, the first, the) page. If you’re going to use one “my†try it in front of “Aunty†instead of in front of “cousin†or leave it out completely. Try this: I was raring to go, but I felt guilty for leaving Aunty, Uncle and cousin Abraham because they weren’t coming with me on my adventure. (trip) (journey) OR Although I was raring to go, I felt a sense of guilt because I was leaving my Aunt, Uncle, and cousin Abraham behind. I would have liked to have them accompany me on this adventure. OR I was raring to go, but because they weren’t coming with me, I felt guilty for leaving Aunty, Uncle and cousin Abraham behind. Remove the period and replace it with a comma. You can’t ponder ON something but you can ponder SOMETHING such as: As it continued, I pondered the circumstances of my parent’s deaths, which had occurred 20 years ago. ----- Try this: Abraham and I had great fun with them while gallivanting in the rich streets of Basra, south of Baghdad. ------- Try this: Uncle nudged me and I woke from my reverie. Softly he said, “Come Yusuf, let us start the dawn prayerâ€. ----- Try this: Abraham grabbed me and gave me an Arabic hug. [a traditional (Arab hug? – Arabian hug?)] “He was stronger than me and so squeezed me hard.†OR He is stronger than I am and he squeezed me tightly and said, “Have fun Yusuf and take plenty of pictures for me!†Try this: We walked toward (no “sâ€) Uncle’s car, a small silver Nissan that he had inherited from my father. AND? What happened next? How about - We got into it and drove off to the airport. I was on my way. There is a space in the time-line – the trip to the airport – the airport – taking off – the flight – the landing - etc. Your friend gets in the car and the next thing we know he’s getting off the plane. Much can be made of the missing time. His feelings about leaving, his reservations if any, his anticipation, was this his first time on an airplane, and whatever else he thought and felt. Eyes don’t burn with curiosity. Eyes can burn with hatred or burn with vengeance or burn with desire but not curiosity. Try this: ….my eyes were wide with curiosity. ….my eyes brimmed with curiosity. ….my eyes were full of curiosity. Try this: I entered the terminal and was amazed to see people of all colours and sizes milling about. I’ll answer any questions you and he have, so ask away.
  3. Al Jazeera International?

    It's too bad that Dave Maresh has sunk to such a depth that he has gone to work for al ja zero. Be that as it may, we already have al jazeera west here; it's called cnn. cnn - "News Distortion at it's 2nd best!" - al ja zero is far and away #1.
  4. Kofi Annan Chides Us

    Kofi Annan who, along with his crew, have turned the UN into a joke.
  5. Merry X-mas?

    This subject is rather interesting. It is sad that a Muslim is not allowed to wish a non-Muslin happyiness on a holiday or even attend a Christmas party. Are they afraid that you are going to convert to Christianity by eating some cookies and drinking some coffee and talking to people? A Christmas party is NOT a religious event. It's just an excuse to have a party. You get to hobnob with the bosses and the other workers that you may only know from memo's or telephone conversations. When people ask where you are and are told that you're not there because you are Muslin, they'll certainly not have a higher regard for Islam. Mabye for you, for following your belief, but not for Islam. In fact the opposite is more probable. Muslim's wonder why other people are suspicious of them and their religion. Separating yourselves from everyone else could be one of the reasons. Dec 10, 1:22 PM EST Hamas Vows $50K for Bethlehem Christmas By DIAA HADID Associated Press Writer BETHLEHEM, West Bank (AP) -- Islamic militants may be in charge, but that doesn't mean there won't be Christmas this year. The cash-strapped Hamas government is promising $50,000 to dress up Jesus' traditional birthplace for the holiday, more than twice the amount spent in previous years. Yet even the extra cash - if Hamas pays up - may not be enough to bring Christmas cheer to Bethlehem, hit hard by the last six years of israeli-Palestinian fighting. The biblical town is now walled in by israel's West Bank separation barrier, poverty is deepening and Christians are leaving Bethlehem in droves. Palestinian Tourism Minister Joudeh Morkos has modest expectations. Last year, only about 2,500 foreign visitors came on Christmas, but he's counting on the usual busloads of Christians from Arab towns in israel to boost turnout. Before the outbreak of the Palestinian uprising in 2000, Bethlehem drew more than 90,000 pilgrims a month. With just two weeks until Christmas, Bethlehem is only sparsely decorated. Bethlehem Mayor Victor Batarseh, a churchgoing Catholic from a leftist party, said Saturday he will not start decorating until he has the money in hand. A few neon stars are nailed to storefronts on the main streets. The only decoration on the Lutheran Christmas Church in a busy market area is spray-painted graffiti below the pointed steeple that reads "Islamic Jihad" - a Muslim militant group. Just do a Goole search for "Hamas funding Christmas Bethlehem" and the whole story is there.
  6. Forgiving The Murderers

    Thanks for the update on this story. I'm glad to see that the murderous filth were caught and will be punished. Little girls murdered because of their religion in the name of another religion. Inhuman.
  7. I Cant Find A Title For It

    That's right. They look like they were out in the sun for awhile and were dehydrated. There is no way that white phosphorus could have done thatto those bodies. The guy in this "movie" Jeff Eglehart, was never in the town of Fallujah. He never set one foot in it. He sat in a Humvee outside of town with one of the commanders. That's where he says he overheard a radio communication that mentioned, as he says, "wiskey pete". Then he stumbles as he partially decribes the rest of the message and says that the answer was "roger. 10....". He was about to say - roger 10-4 - but stopped himself because he realized that the millitary does not use 10-4 in radio communications. It is a civilian term used by the police and citizens band radio. Also, white phosphorus or WP is called Willie Peter or Willie Pete and has been called that since the Second World War. Not "wiskey pete".
  8. New Taliban Rules

    They are also trying to introduce safron as a replacement crop. I know I would buy it to put in my Arroz con Pollo.
  9. New Taliban Rules

    In answer to yasnov post # 21: Opium poppy crop to be sprayed From Times Wire Reports December 10, 2006 The top U.S. anti-drug official said Afghan poppies would be sprayed with herbicide to combat an opium trade that produced a record heroin haul this year. The Afghan government has not publicly said it will spray, but John Walters, the director of the U.S. Office of National Drug Control Policy, said President Hamid Karzai and other officials had agreed to ground spraying. Afghanistan's opium poppies will be sprayed, says US drugs tsar · Calls for herbicide use follow record harvest · Fears sensitive move will boost support for Taliban Declan Walsh in Kandahar Monday December 11, 2006 Afghanistan has agreed to poppy-spraying measures in a desperate bid to deflate the soaring drugs trade, America's anti-narcotics tsar announced at the weekend. The move was urgently needed to prevent Afghanistan becoming a narco-state, said John Waters, the head of the White House's Office of National Drug Control Policy. "We cannot fail in this mission." But the prospect of herbicide use aroused criticism from other western officials, who are sceptical of its benefits and fear it will push farmers into the arms of the Taliban. "Nobody in the international community is loving this," said one.
  10. Interesting Poll

    Very interesting information. It seems that the main way that the Iraqi's have used their freedom is to go out and kill each other. If that's what they want - let them. I'm getting tired of U.S. troops being security guards.
  11. I Cant Find A Title For It

    First thing. Has anyone watched the whole thing? It took me 8 hours to download it. One thing that I find interesting about this compilation of scenes from many different sources and many different time periods is that none of the scenes bear any relation to any of the others. The very first sentence of it is a lie and it continues from there. It starts off with a napalm drop in Vietnam then it goes to a B-52 strike in Vietnam, to napalm being dropped from an airplane in Vietnam (looks like footage from around Khe Sanh). When the napalm canisters are dropped there are big mountains behind the plane – then the mountains disappear and the “movie†shows a looooooong ½ mile wide finger of land with huge bodies of water on either side and NO MOUNTAINS. It looks like a video game. Another funny thing – the explosions occur BERORE the 2 napalm canisters hit the ground – while the napalm is STILL IN THE AIR!!! Then it shows Phan Thi Kim Phuc, the little girl who’s picture became famous when she was burned by napalm while running from her village Trang Bang, which was under attack and occupied by the Viet Cong and North Vietnamese Army. In case anyone is wondering what happened to the little girl, here’s her story: Kim Phúc was a resident of the village of Trang Bang, Vietnam. On June 8, 1972, South Vietnamese planes dropped a napalm bomb on the road out side of Trang Bang, which was under attack from and occupied by Viet Cong and North Vietnamese forces. She joined a group of civilians and ARVN soldiers fleeing from the Cao Dai Temple located in the village along the road to safe ARVN positions. A South Vietnamese VNAF pilot mistook the group as a threat and diverted to attack it. Along with other villagers two brothers and two cousins were also injured. Associated Press photographer Nick Út earned a Pulitzer Prize for the photograph. The image of her running naked amidst the chaotic background became one of the most remembered images of the Vietnam War. In an interview many years later, she remembers yelling "it's hot, it's hot" in the picture. After taking the photograph, Út promptly took Kim Phúc to a hospital in Saigon where it was determined that her burns were so severe that she would not survive. However, after a 14-month hospital stay and 17 surgical procedures, she returned home. Út continued to visit until the fall of Saigon three years later when he was evacuated. When she was an adult, due to pressure from people to use her as an anti-war symbol, she requested permission from the Vietnam government to go to Cuba to resume her studies. By this time, she had converted from her family's religion of Cao Dai to Christianity. Pham Van Dong, the then Prime-Minister of Vietnam, became a friend and patron of hers. After receiving permission, she then moved to Cuba, and met Bui Huy Tuan. In 1989 Út went to Cuba to meet her and her fiance. Kim Phuc and Bui Huy Tuan married and, in 1992, they went on a honeymoon. During the airplane refueling in Gander, Newfoundland, Canada, they got off the plane and defected to Canada. They now live in Ajax, Ontario and have two children. In 1996, she again met the surgeons who saved her life. Film footage of Kim Phúc running from her village was shot by British news cameraman Alan Downes, then on assignment for ITN. On November 10, 1997, Kim Phúc was named a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador. On October 22, 2004, she was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Laws from York University in Toronto, Ontario, Canada for her work to aid child victims of war around the world. In 2004, she was awarded the Order of Ontario.
  12. Bomb attacks kill 71 in Baghdad BAGHDAD, Dec 12: Insurgents set off two bombs in a main square of central Baghdad where scores of Iraqis were waiting for jobs as day labourers on Tuesday, killing at least 71 people and wounding 151, police said. The carefully coordinated attack in Tayaran Square at 7am involved a parked car bomb and a suicide attacker who drove up in a minibus, pretending to hire day labourers, then set off his explosive as they got into his vehicle, said police Lt Bilal Ali. The simultaneous explosions, which occurred about 30 meters apart, shattered windows in store fronts, left craters and blood stains in the road, and set fire to about 10 other cars. At least 71 Iraqis, including seven policemen, were killed in the attack and 151 people wounded, said police Lt. Bilal Ali Majid and Capt. Mohammed Abdul-Ghani said. Ali said most of the victims were Shias from poor areas of the capital such as Sadr City. “In the first explosion, I saw people falling over, some of them blown apart. When the other bomb went off seconds later, it slammed me into a wall of my store and I fainted,†said Khalil Ibrahim, 41, a shop owner. He was interviewed at a local hospital where he had been rushed to be treated for shrapnel wounds to his head and back. When the attack occurred, police at a nearby checkpoint fired random shots in several directions, but residents soon rushed to the devastated area to see if friends or relatives had been killed or wounded. In one area, mangled bodies were piled up at the side of the road and partially covered with paper. Two Iraqi men sat on a nearby sidewalk crying and sometimes covering their faces with their hands. “The driver of the minibus lured the people to hire them as labourers, and after they gathered he detonated the vehicle,†said another witness, Ali Hussein. Taking hold of an older man who was walking by in a daze with a bloody bandage tied around his head, Hussein said: “Look at this injured man. He comes from a big family.†Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, a member of Iraq's Shia majority, blamed the attack on Saddamists and Takfiri (Sunni extremists). “We condemn this horrible crime and Iraq's security forces will chase the criminals and present them to the justice,†he said in a statement. In a speech, Parliament speaker Mahmoud Al Mashhadani, a Sunni, said: “Today, there was a massacre, the kind that Iraqis are used to every morning.†He said the attack targeted poor people who were trying to feed their families, “turning them into pieces of flesh. God's curse upon those who are behind this.†He urged the divided legislature “to find a solution†to Iraq's many problems.—AP (www.)"http://dawn/2006/12/13/top3.htm"]dawn/2006/12/13/top3.htm[/url]
  13. New Taliban Rules

    Re: Poppies Afghans probe 'poppy spray' claim By Pam O'Toole BBC News The Afghan government has said it is investigating reports that an unidentified aircraft sprayed opium poppies with herbicide. It comes amid continuing controversy over how to curb Afghanistan's booming drugs trade. s. Full story here: (www.)"http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/4248217.stm"]news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/4248217.stm[/url] Opium poppy crop to be sprayed From Times Wire Reports December 10, 2006 The top U.S. anti-drug official said Afghan poppies would be sprayed with herbicide to combat an opium trade that produced a record heroin haul this year. The Afghan government has not publicly said it will spray, but John Walters, the director of the U.S. Office of National Drug Control Policy, said President Hamid Karzai and other officials had agreed to ground spraying. No link necessary – that’s the whole story. Afghanistan's opium poppies will be sprayed, says US drugs tsar · Calls for herbicide use follow record harvest · Fears sensitive move will boost support for Taliban Declan Walsh in Kandahar Monday December 11, 2006 Afghanistan has agreed to poppy-spraying measures in a desperate bid to deflate the soaring drugs trade, America's anti-narcotics tsar announced at the weekend. The move was urgently needed to prevent Afghanistan becoming a narco-state, said John Waters, the head of the White House's Office of National Drug Control Policy. "We cannot fail in this mission." But the prospect of herbicide use aroused criticism from other western officials, who are sceptical of its benefits and fear it will push farmers into the arms of the Taliban. "Nobody in the international community is loving this," said one. Article continues Link: (www.)"http://guardian.co.uk/international/story/0,,1968978,00.html"]guardian.co.uk/international/st...1968978,00.html[/url] You can check out what's going on in Afghanistan here: (www.)"http://pajhwak/"]pajhwak/[/url]
  14. Taliban Death Count.one Dead Becomes 10 In Media

    Actually, the report by the bbc did NOT say that NATO lied. They said that NATO REVISED the report. The original report was released on December 4, 2006 and NATO revised it on December 10, 2006. The Dec. 4 report said 70 to 80 taliban were killed – the revised report of Dec. 10 said 7 or 8 taliban were killed. Someone put zero’s where they didn’t belong. This is the bbc article that is partially qupted by the OP: (www.)"http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/6166577.stm"]news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/6166577.stm[/url] Taliban death toll rectified by NATO forces Only seven or eight Taliban insurgents instead of 70 to 80 were killed by NATO forces in a recent clash in southern Afghanistan, the NATO forces said in a statement on Sunday. Based on after action reports, NATO troops now believe soldiers repelling an attack killed seven or eight Taliban militants between Musa Qala and Nawzad districts in Helmand province on Dec. 2, the statement said. NATO forces had said shortly after the clash that up to 80 insurgents were killed. That figure was based on "incorrect early reports," the statement noted. It also denied some media reports, which said the conflict occurred in the district center of Musa Qala and violated a security arrangement between local elders and the government reached in October. The arrangement agreed both NATO troops and Taliban militants pulled out of the district center and the elders would keep security there. (www.)"http://english.peopledaily#####.cn/200612/11/eng20061211_330887.html"]english.peopledaily##### .cn/200612/1...211_330887.html[/url] Source: Xinhua
  15. New Taliban Rules

    Anthony, Because they're pretty long and would take up a lot of space. Well here they are: Layeha (book of rules) for the Mujahideen From the highest leader of the Islamic Emirates of Afghanistan. Every Mujahid must abide by the following rules: 1) A Taliban commander is permitted to extend an invitation to all Afghans who support infidels so that they may convert to the true Islam. 2) We guarantee to any man who turns his back on infidels, personal security and the security of his possessions. But if he becomes involved in a dispute, or someone accuses him of something, he must submit to our judiciary. 3) Mujahideen who protect new Taliban recruits must inform their commander. 4) A convert to the Taliban, who does not behave loyally and becomes a traitor, forfeits our protection. He will be given no second chance. 5) A Mujahid who kills a new Taliban recruit forfeits our protection and will be punished according to Islamic law. 6) If a Taliban fighter wants to move to another district, he is permitted to do so, but he must first acquire the permission of his group leader. 7) A Mujahid who takes a foreign infidel as prisoner with the consent of a group leader may not exchange him for other prisoners or money. 8) A provincial, district or regional commander may not sign a contract to work for a non-governmental organization or accept money from an NGO. The Shura (the highest Taliban council) alone may determine all dealings with NGOs. 9) Taliban may not use Jihad equipment or property for personal ends. 10) Every Talib is accountable to his superiors in matters of money spending and equipment usage. 11) Mujadideen may not sell equipment, unless the provincial commander permits him to do so. 12) A group of Mujahideen may not take in Mujahideen from another group to increase their own power. This is only allowed when there are good reasons for it, such as a lack of fighters in one particular group. Then written permission must be given and the weapons of the new members must stay with their old group. 13) Weapons and equipment taken from infidels or their allies must be fairly distributed among the Mujahideen. 14) If someone who works with infidels wants to cooperate with Mujahideen, he should not be killed. If he is killed, his murderer must stand before an Islamic court. 15) A Mujahid or leader who torments an innocent person must be warned by his superiors. If he does not change his behaviour he must be thrown out of the Taliban movement. 16) It is strictly forbidden to search houses or confiscate weapons without the permission of a district or provincial commander. 17) Mujahideen have no right to confiscate money or personal possessions of civilians. 18) Mujahideen should refrain from smoking cigarettes. 19) Mujahideen are not allowed to take young boys with no facial hair onto the battlefield or into their private quarters. 20) If members of the opposition or the civil government wish to be loyal to the Taliban, we may take their conditions into consideration. A final decision must be made by the military council. 21) Anyone with a bad reputation or who has killed civilians during the Jihad may not be accepted into the Taliban movement. If the highest leader has personally forgiven him, he will remain at home in the future. 22) If a Mujahid is found guilty of a crime and his commander has barred him from the group, no other group may take him in. If he wishes to resume contact with the Taliban, he must ask forgiveness from his former group. 23) If a Mujahid is faced with a problem that is not described in this book, his commander must find a solution in consultation with the group. 24) It is forbidden to work as a teacher under the current puppet regime, because this strengthens the system of the infidels. True Muslims should apply to study with a religiously trained teacher and study in a Masjid or similar institution. Textbooks must come from the period of the Jihad or from the Taliban regime. 25) Anyone who works as a teacher for the current puppet regime must recieve a warning. If he nevertheless refuses to give up his job, he must be beaten. If the teacher still continues to instruct contrary to the principles of Islam, the district commander or a group leader must kill him. 26) Those NGOs that come to the country under the rule of the infidels must be treated as the government is treated. They have come under the guise of helping people but in fact are part of the regime. Thus we tolerate none of their activities, whether it be building of streets, bridges, clinics, schools, madrases (schools for Koran study) or other works. If a school fails to heed a warning to close, it must be burned. But all religious books must be secured beforehand. 27) As long as a person has not been convicted of espionage and punished for it, no one may take up the issue on their own. Only the district commander is in charge. Witnesses who testify in a procedure must be in good psychological condition, possess an untarnished religious reputation, and not have committed any major crime. The punishment may take place only after the conclusion of the trial. 28) No lower-level commander may interfere with contention among the populace. If an argument cannot be resolved, the district or regional commander must step in to handle the matter. The case should be discussed by religious experts (Ulema) or a council of elders (Jirga). If they find no solution, the case must be referred to well-known religious authorities. 29) Every Mujahid must post a watch, day and night. 30) The above 29 rules are obligatory. Anyone who offends this code must be judged according to the laws of the Islamic Emirates. This Book of Rules is intended for the Mujahideen who dedicate their lives to Islam and the almighty Allah. This is a complete guidebook for the progress of Jihad, and every Mujahid must keep these rules; it is the duty of every Jihadist and true believer. Signed by the highest leader of the Islamic Emirates of Afghanistan (Editor's note: this Book of Rules was distributed initially to the 33 members of the Shura, the highest Taliban council, at their meeting during Ramadan 2006.)
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