Friday, June 27, 2008

Views on the news - 26/06/08

Europe: Christian values can only be protected by Islam

On 23/6/2008 conservative Anglican leaders opened talks in Jerusalem on the future of the Church of England. At the heart of the dispute between conservative and liberal church leaders is how to make the bible more appealing to secular audiences. This includes recognizing homosexuality and other practices condemned by the bible. “The Communion is in a state of brokenness,” said Nigerian Archbishop Peter Akinola. Ever since the birth of secularism in the 17th century, Christian values have been repeatedly revised by secular fundamentalist to make them more palatable with their version of the world. Gay bishops, women priests, illegitimate children, and the commercialization of Christmas are now commonly accepted by many Christian denominations. However, if conservative Christians still want to retain their values then they should look towards Islam.

In the past, when Islam was implemented practically -for instance in Islamic Spain- Jews, Christians and Muslims living in the Spanish cities of Toledo , Cordoba and Granada , enjoyed unrivalled tolerance and prosperity. Their respective values were never debased. Today the Islamic world is experiencing a radical transformation. Muslims across the Islamic world are rebelling against the secular orders to re-establish the Khilafah. With the establishment of the Khilafah, millions of Christians who were previously denied their rights under the secular regimes will have their rights restated in full. And like in the Khilafah of the past, Christian beliefs and teaching will be protected. So it is about time Christians stopped their opposition towards political Islam and join hands with Muslims who are working to re-establish the Khilafah.

Middle East: US-Tehran relations improving

Despite the imposition of new sanctions and the threat of an Israeli attack, the US is contemplating on how best to improve its relations with Iran . On 23/6/2008, US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said, “The United States has been for some time trying to reach out to the Iranian people in various ways. We want more Iranians visiting the U.S. We are determined to find ways to reach out to the Iranian people.” In a parallel development The Washington Post, reported that senior officials at the State Department were considering a proposal to open an interest section in Tehran, similar to the one the United States has operated in Havana since 1977. These reports come hot on the heels of a number of meetings between US and Iranian officials in recent months. It appears that the Bush administration has finally come round to implementing the recommendations set out in the Baker-Hamilton report in 2006. This is not unexpected, as America has used Iran to secure its interests from Afghanistan to Lebanon. America, is now exploring ways of normalizing relations with Iran and securing her gains in Iraq.
Africa: France signs a new colonial deal with Algeria

On 21/6/2008 France and Algeria signed an agreement on civil nuclear co-operation during a visit to Algiers by the French Prime Minister, Francois Fillon. Mr Fillon described the agreement as a sign of “transformation” in the countries’ ties. However, behind the charade of nuclear cooperation it was increasingly clear that France had signed a new military pact and banking agreements with Algeria . Clearly the transformation Fillion has in mind is the complete subjugation of Algeria ’s military and economy. This is nothing short of France longing to make Algeria its colony again. It was also reported that Fillon is trying to persuade Algerian President, Abdelaziz Bouteflika, to sign up to a union of Mediterranean countries, being launched at a summit in Paris next month. How could the rulers of Algeria agree to such oppressive pacts? Have they not heard the words of Allah (SWT):” Allah only forbids you, with regard to those who fight you for (your) Faith, and drive you out of your homes, and support (others) in driving you out, from turning to them (for friendship and protection). And whoever will befriend them, then such are the wrong doers.” (60:8-9)

South Asia: Pakistan declared dysfunctional

According to the Failed State Index report, Pakistan is placed at number 9. All along President Musharraf maintained that by supporting America’s war against terror he was putting Pakistan ’s interests first, but in reality he has made Pakistan a dysfunctional state. Likewise, other Muslim states that have blindly followed Western governments have ended up at the top of the list of failed states—for instance Somalia, Afghanistan, Sudan, Chad and Iraq .

Far East: North Korean declaration may prove to be a non-starter

On 26/6/2008 the BBC reported that North Korea may finally declare full details of its nuclear programme and facilities. The announcement is 6 months overdue and was part of a deal, North Korea agreed in February 2007 in return for aid and political incentives.

It has since closed its Yongbyon reactor, but reaching agreement on the next stage of the deal - the declaration - has proved a tough task. America insists that North Korea should provide information on its secret programme to enrich uranium for weapons purposes, and whether it has transferred nuclear technology overseas. However, there are no guarantees that a declaration now will bring the matter to a close. Throughout the 6 party talks, the US has employed a variety of tactics to keep China and its surrogate North Korea embroiled in on-going negotiations. It is unlikely that this declaration will be the end of the matter.

26 June 2008

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