Protests over US-S Korea trade deal


 

JNN 09 Dec 2010 : Thousands of South Korean farmers have protested against a free trade deal with the United States, demanding that the government scrap the agreement.

Some 2,000 farmers wearing red headbands staged a rally against Seoul and Washington’s Free Trade Agreement on Wednesday.

The protestors burned a rice sack and chanted anti-US slogans at the rally in Seoul.

South Korean farmers have expressed fear that the deal would harm agricultural producers as well as cattle raisers in the country.

The angry protestors called on the South Korean government to abolish the deal and send surplus rice to North Korea to help increase the price of rice.

“We have suffered from the low price of rice since last summer. The government should solve the problem and abolish the FTA (Free Trade Agreement) they agreed with this time (with the US),” Reuters quoted Lim Bong-jae, a protest leader, as saying.

Following a three-year impasse, Seoul and Washington reached a tentative free-trade agreement early in December.

If ratified by US Congress and the South Korean Parliament, the agreement would eliminate tariffs on over 95 percent of industrial and consumer goods within five years.

 

'Russia claims its power , It disrupts US-Japan war games'


 

JNN 09 Dec 2010 : Russian jet fighters flying over the Sea of Japan have reportedly forced the US and Japanese military to halt their ongoing joint war games in the region.

According to Japanese officials, the incident took place on Monday when the US and Japanese fighter jets staged dogfight drills over the Sea of Japan.

“It is a fact that as part of the continuing Japan-US joint exercises, there was training taking place in the Sea of Japan on the sixth of this month,” Japanese government spokesman Yoshito Sengoku was quoted as saying by state-run BBC.

Russian authorities confirmed that the jets were flying above the Sea near the drills site.

“The aircraft carried out a planned flight in an area of the Russian Pacific Fleet’s regular activity,” a Russian military spokesman, Roman Markov, said.

“Our pilots did not violate any rules of international airspace.”

Moscow and Tokyo have recently locked horns over a disputed island chain they both claim.

The archipelago of some 56 islands, which are home to about 19,000 people, has been controlled by Moscow since it was seized by Soviet troops in 1945.

The incident comes as the top US and South Korean military officials have announced plans to hold more joint military exercises.

US Admiral Mike Mullen and South Korea’s General Han Min-koo held talks on the Korean peninsula in Seoul on Wednesday.

Both military officials described North Korea’s recent attack on Yeonpyeong Island as deliberate and illegal. During the meeting, Mullen gave reassurances of Washington’s commitment to defend South Korea.

Tensions are high on the Korean peninsula after last month’s deadly clash between South and North Korean forces along the Koreas’ disputed sea borders.

The fighting left four South Koreans dead with each side blaming the other for initiating the fighting.

North Korea has warned that the war games could bring the Koreas closer to the brink of war.

Pyongyang accuses US President Barack Obama of plotting with regional allies to topple the country’s government, insisting that its nuclear program is a deterrent against US forces in the region.

 

‘Russia claims its power , It disrupts US-Japan war games’


 

JNN 09 Dec 2010 : Russian jet fighters flying over the Sea of Japan have reportedly forced the US and Japanese military to halt their ongoing joint war games in the region.

According to Japanese officials, the incident took place on Monday when the US and Japanese fighter jets staged dogfight drills over the Sea of Japan.

“It is a fact that as part of the continuing Japan-US joint exercises, there was training taking place in the Sea of Japan on the sixth of this month,” Japanese government spokesman Yoshito Sengoku was quoted as saying by state-run BBC.

Russian authorities confirmed that the jets were flying above the Sea near the drills site.

“The aircraft carried out a planned flight in an area of the Russian Pacific Fleet’s regular activity,” a Russian military spokesman, Roman Markov, said.

“Our pilots did not violate any rules of international airspace.”

Moscow and Tokyo have recently locked horns over a disputed island chain they both claim.

The archipelago of some 56 islands, which are home to about 19,000 people, has been controlled by Moscow since it was seized by Soviet troops in 1945.

The incident comes as the top US and South Korean military officials have announced plans to hold more joint military exercises.

US Admiral Mike Mullen and South Korea’s General Han Min-koo held talks on the Korean peninsula in Seoul on Wednesday.

Both military officials described North Korea’s recent attack on Yeonpyeong Island as deliberate and illegal. During the meeting, Mullen gave reassurances of Washington’s commitment to defend South Korea.

Tensions are high on the Korean peninsula after last month’s deadly clash between South and North Korean forces along the Koreas’ disputed sea borders.

The fighting left four South Koreans dead with each side blaming the other for initiating the fighting.

North Korea has warned that the war games could bring the Koreas closer to the brink of war.

Pyongyang accuses US President Barack Obama of plotting with regional allies to topple the country’s government, insisting that its nuclear program is a deterrent against US forces in the region.

 

UK released Al-Megrahi under pressure


 

JNN 09 Dec 2010 : Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi was influential in the release of the Lockerbie bomber by Scottish officials, the newly published WikiLeaks cables show.

The British government has emerged to have given its full support to the Scottish officials over the release of Abdelbaset al-Megrahi for fear of “harsh and immediate action” by Libya if he died in prison.

The Leaks claim Gaddafi pressured London by raising the possibility of scrapping mutual trade deals while imposing limitations on the British embassy staff in Tripoli unless Megrhi was let out of jail.

Libya is also said to have proposed “treats” to the Scottish devolved government to facilitate the bomber’s release.

“The Libyans have told HMG [Her Majesty’s Government] flat out that there will be ‘enormous repercussions’ for the UK-Libya bilateral relationship if Megrahi’s early release is not handled properly,” wrote American charge d’affaires in London Richard LeBaron to Washington in October 2008.

Based on the WikiLeaks files, the source of the information passed by LeBaron to his bosses were Britain’s North Africa Advisors at No 10 and the Foreign Office.

Al-Megrahi was released in August last year with Scottish officials justifying their decision saying he is suffering from terminal prostate cancer and has just a few months to live. More than a year after his release, al-Megrahi is still living in his home country.

 

A Novel aspect to commemorate Muharram ‘40 Islamic Centres in 40 Days’


JNN 09 Dec 2010 : “Only those shall maintain Allah’s mosques, who believe in Allah and the Last Day, and establish prayer and give zakat, and fear no one except Allah. They, hopefully, will be among the guided.” (Holy Qur’an, 9:18)

The months of Muharram and Safar offer the annual opportunity to commemorate the martyrdom of Imam Husayn ibn `Ali (AS). In the spirit, of keeping the message of Imam Husayn (AS) alive, The World Federation of KSIMC in Partnership with The Africa Federation, The Council of European Jamaats and NASIMCO are launching the MUHARRAM 1432 APPEAL:  40 ISLAMIC CENTRES IN 40 DAYS.

THE STATE OF RELIGIOUS CENTRES IN PAKISTAN
Over 40 Shia religious centres including Mosques, Imambarghas and Madrasahs were ruined in the 2010 floods that devastated Pakistan. These institutions were once the nucleus of our communities and were instrumental in meeting the religious, spiritual and educational needs of so many men, women and children. Today, these very centres are either submerged in water or crumbled to the ground; those that are still partially standing are unsafe and deserted.

ABOUT THE APPEAL
The 40 ISLAMIC CENTRES IN 40 DAYS APPEAL is a 40-day campaign led by the Islamic Education team of The World Federation of KSIMC to raise funds to rebuild the damaged Islamic Centres in Pakistan. By re-establishing these institutions, it is our goal to keep the message of the Ahlul Bayt (as) alive. Working together with Hussaini Foundation, 40 damaged centres have been identified across Pakistan which need rebuilding:

MUHARRAM 1432 APPEAL:  40 ISLAMIC CENTRES IN 40 DAYS

 

CAMPAIGN GOAL

 

To rebuild 40 Islamic Centres across Pakistan

 

FINANCIAL TARGET

 

To raise £216,000 GBP / $340,000 (USD/CAD) in 40 Days

 

CAMPAIGN PERIOD

 

1st Muharram to 10th Safar 1432

 

COST

 

Cost of rebuilding one Islamic Centre is about

 

£5,400 GBP / $8,500 USD / $8,500 CAD

 

HOW YOU CAN HELP
As we draw together in these days and nights to remember the sacrifices of Imam Husayn (AS) and the martyrs of Karbala, The World Federation of KSIMC is calling upon the support of all Jamaats, Islamic Centres, Madrasahs and community members from around the world to help rebuild 40 Islamic Centres in Pakistan by:

SPONSORSHIP / DONATION OPPORTUNITIES

 

Keeping the message of Imam Husayn (as) alive is in your hands.

 

SPONSOR

 

THE CONSTRUCTION OF A CENTRE(S)

 

  • As a community initiative, Jamaats and Madrasahs can fundraise this Muharram/Safar to sponsor the reconstruction of 1 (or more) Religious Centres in Pakistan in the name of your Jamaat/Madrasah.

 

  • Family members or friends can combine donations to sponsor a Centre in the name of your family or in the memory of marhum/marhumeen.

 

  • Individuals can sponsor a Centre(s) personally.

 

  • As a sponsor, we will have a personalized plaque in the name of your Jamaat, Madrasah, family or in the memory of a marhum/marhumeen made and put up in the Islamic Centre you helped to build.

 

MAKE A DONATION

 

Join our 40-Day Campaign by making a personal donation.

 

 

 

 

THE WORLD FEDERATION OF KSIMC HAS BEEN GIVEN AUTHORIZATION BY

 

AYATULLAH SISTANI (RA) TO USE THE SEHME IMAM PORTION OF KHUMS

 

FOR PAKISTAN FLOOD RELIEF EFFORTS.

 

 

 

 

TO DONATE
Donate on The World Federation website
Donate in Canada or USA, (via NASIMCO)
Donate in Europe (via CoEJ)

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video clip

For more information, please email relief@world-federation.org

Suicide attack in Kohat kills 17 Shia Passengers


PESHAWAR: A teenage suicide bomber killed 17 people at a busy Pakistani bus terminal on Wednesday, the third attack in three days as the country stepped up security for the holy month of Muharram.

The bomber blew himself up in Kohat, home to at least half a million people and one of the main garrisons for the Pakistan military, in the northwestern province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

“It was a suicide blast. The death toll has risen to 17,” Kohat police chief Dilawar Bangash told AFP, adding that 25 others were wounded, seven of them seriously.

Police said the bomber blew himself up at the door of a bus carrying passengers to the nearby tribal district of Orakzai, where Pakistan has encouraged displaced civilians to return after an anti-Taliban offensive.

“We have found the head and legs of the suicide bomber,” said Bangash. The bus terminal is in Tirah bazaar, the main market in the town.

The attack coincided with the start of Muharram, which traditionally is seen as the Shia Religious Month when every shia is active in his/her religious activities , where they try to propagate the injustices of Yazid , the worst ruler in the history of Islam , who for his worldly affairs , contradicted the norms of Islam ,and tried to molest the true Picture of Islam up to such an extent , that Imam Hussain has to come & stand in his way , but even then Imam didnt tried to force him , but he didnt bowed to his demands , for which he knew he may have to sacrifice his most lovable family members , but to save the true Islam , and to dont  let the future generations of Muslims be misguided by the Norms and standards laid by the evil Yazeed Ibn Mavia, He accepted to give the sacrifice of his loved ones and faithful friends , During the Month of Muharram and specially in this period of time , the evil forces of the west , and there local collaborators following the evil practices of there leaders like Yazid Ibn Mavia, try  there level best to disintegrate the Muslim Brother Hood and  instigate hatred between the Sunni Muslim and  Shiite Muslim community, By attacking the Religious activities of the Shiites , and claiming them , and introducing them selves as Sunnis , while they are not Sunnis , as now they have been very much identified by all the sections of the World and especially Pakistani Public that they are Wahabis , who are heavily funded by the Wahabi Government of Saudi Arabia , Which they are doing on the Instructions of there American Masters ,as they are More afraid of Americans then the AlMighty Allah .

Todays Suicide attack on the Bus carrying the Shite Muslims is also a part of the same Conspiracy . Police said the target was not immediately clear.

“It is true there were more Shiites killed in the attack but there were a number of Sunnis also who died in the blast. So we cannot say who was the target,” said Bangash, adding the suicide bomber was aged 15 to 16.

On Monday, a pair of suicide bombers killed 43 People, attacking anti-Taliban militiamen and pro-government elders in Mohmand, part of the tribal belt that Washington considers the global hub of Al-Qaeda.

The Pakistani Taliban purportedly claimed responsibility for that attack, threatening death to anyone who forms militias against the Islamists.

On Tuesday, a suicide bomber tried to assisinate the chief minister of Pakistan’s southwestern province of Balochistan, damaging his motorcade and wounding nine people but leaving the minister unhurt.

A purported spokesman for the banned extremist group Lashkar-e-Jhangvi claimed responsibility, saying the official had been targeted for efforts to provide security to Shiite Muslims, who are frequently attacked in Balochistan.

Around 4,000 people have died in suicide and bomb attacks across Pakistan since government forces raided an extremist mosque in Islamabad in 2007. The attacks have been blamed on networks linked to the Taliban and Al-Qaeda.

The northwest has been particularly hard hit. Pakistan last year fought to wrest back control of the northwestern district of Swat from the Taliban and are fighting against homegrown insurgents along the Afghan border, who are traitors of Pakistan , and are the Even the enemies of Islam & Muslims .