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Australian Racism July 29, 2007

Posted by Some Muslim in News Commentry, War on Terror.
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It’s good to see Dr Mohammed Hanif’s innocence has been proven, and he does not have any links with terrorist organisations and the bombings carried out in the UK earlier this month.

The BBC reports:

The doctor who was accused in Australia of links to failed bomb attacks in the UK says he is relieved to have been cleared and denies any terrorist links.

Indian Mohammed Haneef said he felt “great… my Lord has restored my honour back to me, that I am innocent”.

It is sad then, that despite his innocence, that Australian Immigration Minister, Kevin Andrews, has decided to stick by his decision to cancel Dr Hanif’s visa, thereby stopping him from from returning to live and work in Australia.

Mr Andrews said on Sunday that he still harboured suspicions against the Indian doctor.

The fact that Dr Haneef decided to leave the country “actually heightens rather than lessens my suspicion”, he said.

It’s absurd that a government official can act in this way. Dr. Hanif has gone through the Australian legal system, his story has been checked, and he has proved he had good reason to be leaving the country (to go and see his new-born daughter).

Hopefully, the world hasn’t gone completely crazy, and action will be taken against Kevin Andrews for using his position of power to enforce his own personal prejudices against Muslims. Such a person does not deserve to be in a position of power.

Having said that, it’s a widely held view that Australia is racist. Having their Immigration Minister behave in this way just re-enforces that perception to the world.

I’d certainly think twice about visiting Australia now. They aren’t worthy of my tourist dollars.


World owes US a debt, says Brown July 29, 2007

Posted by Some Muslim in News Commentry, USA, War on Terror.
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Unsurprisingly, Blair’s replacement is wasting no time getting ‘in bed’ with George Bush saying that the world owes the US a debt.

The world owes a debt to the United States for its leadership in the fight against international terrorism, Gordon Brown has said.

The prime minister described the link with the US as the UK’s “most important bilateral relationship” ahead of his first talks with President George Bush.

Which is strange as the BBC article also says:

A foreign office minister had suggested the two countries would no longer be “joined at the hip” on foreign policy.

Analysts will be looking for signs of the Brown regime distancing itself from the US during the trip.

As BBC political editor Nick Robinson said, Brown is walking a very, very thin line. It’s hard to believe that the countries will no longer be joined at the hip, or that things will be any different under Brown’s leadership, when he says:

… Mr Brown described himself as an “Atlanticist and a great admirer of the American sprit”.

“As Prime Minister I want to do more to strengthen even further our relationship with the US,”

“It is firmly in the British national interest that we have a strong relationship with the US, our single most important bilateral relationship”

It sounds like he has every intention of serving George Bush without question, just as his predecessor did. I’m going to be very surprised if there is any change in the UK’s interactions with the US under this new leader.

US ‘ignored’ UK rendition protest July 25, 2007

Posted by Some Muslim in Iraq War, News Commentry, USA, War on Terror.
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The BBC reports:

British concerns appear to have had no “material affect” on US actions in its “war on terror”, the UK’s intelligence and security committee has said.

The committee, which reports to the prime minister, was probing possible UK involvement in rendition flights.

Does this tell us anything new? It’s no secret that the US doesn’t particular care what the UK thinks. Rumsfeld was prepared to go to war with Iraq without Blair’s support

As Labour MP, Graham Allen said:

“He’s made it very clear that the US can and will go to war without the UK. Our participation is not necessary,”

Why the UK continues to maintain this so called special relationship between itself and the US is anyone’s guess.

US Business ‘terror list’ July 6, 2007

Posted by Some Muslim in Israel, News Commentry, USA.
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More US stupidity.

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has listed firms on its website with business connections to Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan, and Syria.

Unsuprisingly, Israel is missing from the list, which is supported by many companies.  The Boycott Israel campaign has a list of of brands and products which should be avoided.