Archive for the ‘Society’ Category

Tired of primitive living? try Civilization

January 24, 2008

Civilization! – *Some Restrictions Apply3 Minute Video – Satire

Tired of primitive living? Why not try Civilization

 

Advertisements

Musharraf imposes emergency rule

November 3, 2007

Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf (file photo)Pakistan’s President Pervez Musharraf has declared emergency rule, state-run TV has reported, as independent channels went off air. Paramilitary troops have been deployed inside state-run television and radio stations in Islamabad, witnesses said.

Gen Musharraf is awaiting a Supreme Court ruling on whether he was eligible to run for re-election last month while remaining army chief.

Pakistan has been engulfed in political upheaval in recent months.

The security forces have suffered a series of blows from pro-Taleban militants opposed to Gen Musharraf’s support for the US-led “war on terror”.

The BBC’s Barbara Plett reports from Islamabad that fears have been growing in the government that the Supreme Court ruling could go against Gen Musharraf.

Private channels Geo News and Dawn News earlier quoted unnamed sources as saying the government had made up its mind to declare emergency rule. Shortly afterwards they came off air.

A special cabinet meeting is expected shortly.

One TV channel reported that emergency rule may involve the suspension of the constitution.

Parliamentary elections are due in January.

Former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, who recently returned to the country after years of self-exile to lead her party in the elections, is currently in Dubai on a personal visit.

Islamic Movements & their Agenda

May 25, 2007
The Islamist Agenda
Posted: May 25, 2007 12:30 AM

 

In broad terms, all Islamist groups share a common objective-building a society where the government’s domestic and foreign policy reflect Islamic values and beliefs. Rather than “modernizing Islam,” they seek to “Islamicize modernity” by constructing a polity where Islam is not only respected by the state but is reflected in all aspects of society.

http://www.islamonline.net/english/Contemporary/2002/05/article14-c.shtml

The whole series is worth a read for those who wish to understand. So an article with links is provided below:

Islamic Movements: the Present in-between ‘Future’ and ‘Past’

By IOL editorial staff

Seeing the condition of the Muslim world, it is more important than ever to focus on the future. But we can not look into the future only with a forwards gaze, leaving behind us the essence of our existence from the ‘past’. We also can not walk into the future with the backward gaze that wants to shape and retailer a ‘future’ after a particular history. Both approaches are amiss. We will have to start by what’s under our feet. We do not really live on a abyss. And even if we do we will have to start by looking under our feet, first, and decide on a destination.

It is the present explains the ‘past’–not vise versa; and, hence, it is future that will describe the ‘present’ with the best valid account. For, without an honest consideration (stripped  from self-righteousness) and self-criticism (away from outside misconceptions and misunderstanding) the future—just as the present—will be at stake.

Here is a compiled file made by IOL editorial staff on assessing Islamic movements (please note both the analogous ‘Islamic’ and ‘movement’). Denial is not a cure. And so are self-determination, counter-terrorism or (or sometimes terrorism), and victimization; they are not isolated syndromes.

Our eyes are fixed on a better condition of the Muslim world and, equally, a humanity. If we pinpoint, we are not only condemning; we want a resolution. If we criticize, we are not only asking for reformation; we care for right realization. Hence, we introduce this file on Islamic movements.

Unlike what many think, ‘movement’ is not particular to armed resistance, per se; there are many messianic, pacifist, and populists. Also not all are ‘Islamic’, per se.

Should we blame ourselves only? Should Western and American hegemony get all the blame? Are ideological flaws within them? Are they a reflection of how ‘Muslims’ want to ‘move’ towards their objectives? We are trying to answer all such questions.     

The following are other articles and live dialogues by experts on the subject at hand which are relevant to the question at hand.

Youth activism – Amnesty International

May 19, 2007

Youth activism in the Balkans

Nadja Dizdarevic, wife of Guantánamo detainee Boudella al-Hajj, attends the workshop
Nadja Dizdarevic, wife of Guantánamo detainee Boudella al-Hajj, attends the workshop
© Boban Stojanovic

Thank you for every second you spend dealing with this case. You have no idea how it feels looking at your children, crying and writing letters to their father. Letters which I am afraid to send him, as they are full of sorrow and pain. These pictures [of the workshop] are really beautiful and they show that together we can do a lot

Young, energetic, and campaigning for human rights in the Balkans. Men and women who recently attended an activism workshop organized by Amnesty International in Ljubljana, Slovenia, had these three characteristics in common.

The objective of the meeting was to encourage and support activism in the Balkans against human rights abuses committed in the name of counter-terrorism. Some twenty attendees came from Albania; Bosnia and Herzegovina; Croatia; Macedonia; Serbia, including Kosovo; and Slovenia.

The activists were particularly inspired to campaign against detentions in Guantánamo – part of Amnesty International’s global campaign against abuses in the US-led “war on terror”.

They were also motivated by violations carried out closer to home. Balkan governments have been directly and indirectly involved in the transfer of terrorist suspects to secret detention centres as well as rendition flights. These cases include six Bosnian Algerians who were illegally transferred, despite a court ruling, to the US detention facility at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba.

Nadja Dizdarevic, wife of Guantánamo detainee Boudella al-Hajj, also attended the workshop and spoke about her experience campaigning for the rights of Guantánamo detainees.

a letter to jang group

March 18, 2007

Dear Sir

As usual, compensation has been promised to the Jang group for the recent attack by Punjab Police on its Islamabad offices, and I have no doubt that compensation will be paid to them, the Jang group being very powerful and influential. However, I am wondering about something:

This compensation will be paid out of the Government Funds, which eventually boils down to the ordinary citizen having to foot the bill.

May I request that the compensation be paid out of the personal wealth of those responsible. If their properties are insufficient, then out of the personal wealth of the President, the Prime Minister, the Law Minister, the Interior Minister, the Chief Minister Punjab, and relevant Ministers of the Punjab Government, the Federal and concerned Provincial IGs, DIGs, SSsP, SPs, SSPs.

Now that would be justice and portray a soft image of Pakistan.

Will the Jang group take this up, and insist on compensation from those responsible, and not from the already overburdened citizens?