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Views on the news - 25/6/09

UN call to reform IMF and WB will fall on deaf ears "The world institutions created generations ago must be made more accountable, more representative and more effective," UN Secretary General Ban said at the opening of a three-day meeting of the U.N. General Assembly on the global financial crisis and its impact on the developing world. "I regret that financial institutional reform has divided (U.N.) member states," he said. The question of reforming the IMF, World Bank and other international financial bodies was one of the issues that the 126 nations participating in this week's financial crisis had struggled to agree on during months of negotiations on a set of proposals for reforming the global financial system. A 15-page draft obtained by Reuters, said nations “recognize that it is imperative to undertake, as a matter of priority, a comprehensive and fast tracked reform of the IMF ... to increase its credibility and accountability, its legitimacy and eff

The Crisis in Iran

1.What has caused the current crisis leading to huge demonstrations on the streets of Tehran? The crisis has been caused by the outcome of the elections which took place on June 12th 2009. The results of the elections were announced on June 13th 2009 by the Interior Minister Sadiq Mahsouli. He confirmed that Mahmoud Ahmadinejad had been re-elected to a second term after gaining 62% of the votes. Leading reformist candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi gained a mere 33%. Mahsouli added that the turnout approached 85%, with a little more than 39 million of 46.2 million eligible voters casting their ballots. Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei immediately issued a statement in which he praised the turnout and called on the public and the challengers to support the winner. The European Union and several western countries expressed concern over alleged irregularities during the vote, and some analysts and journalists from the United States and European based media voiced doubts about

Q&A: North Korea's Nuclear Tests

(This is a translation of an Arabic article) بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم Question: North Korea announced on 25th May, 2009, that it carried out a successful nuclear test. It had earlier (on 8th May) warned that it was strengthening its nuclear arsenal, and accused the Obama administration of hostile actions against it. It had also refused to resume the six-party negotiations. Then on 27th May, 2009, it declared that North Korea was 'not committed to the ceasing of hostilities' signed with the United States. This refusal was in response to South Korea's participation in the American initiative to prevent nuclear proliferation. [al-Jazeerah: 31.05.09]. What is the reaction of the international community towards these events? Are these leading to an escalation of tensions and war, or is a war ruled out; will negotiations be resumed? Answer: Yes, indeed there is escalation of tension especially after North Korea's refusal to back away from the armistice which was signed b

Protest in Mauritius against the PK govt's actions in Swat

The following are photos of a demonstration that took place outside the embassy of Pakistan in Mauritius by Members of Hizb ut-Tahrir in Mauritius on Friday 29th May 09.

Obama “conquers” Muslim countries, beginning with Turkey, through Egypt and on to Saudia!

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم Not even two months have passed since Obama visited and spoke in Istanbul, and now he has crossed the entire breadth of Egypt and the Arabian Peninsula. The Egyptian regime laid out a red carpet welcome for him, this morning, Thursday, 4th June, 2009, as if a victor was being received! Right from nine in the mornning when his plane landed, or even before that, there was an unprecedented level of maximum security in and around the airport. The security forces were everywhere and so were the elaborate protocols in honour of the President of the United States of America, the head of Kufr (disbelief), whose hands are still stained with blood of Muslims from Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan etc…. The Egyptian regime prepared an elaborate convoy for President Obama, who was flanked on all sides by the elite cavalry guard and accompanying luxury limousines, replete with music bands. He was received at the presidential palace al-Qubba’s entrance, by the president of the Eg

Q&A: The Game Behind the Agreements between Sudan and Chad

بِسْمِ اللّهِ الرَّحْمَنِ الرَّحِيمِ On 4th May 2009, Sudan signed an agreement with Chad in Doha, under the joint auspices of Qatar and Libya. This agreement aims to cease mutual hostilities and prevent use of arms as a means of settling disputes between them as well as to operationalise their previous agreements. But the very next day Chad accused Sudan of sending an armed group to its eastern part, while on 15th May, 2009, Sudan charged Chad of firing two missiles from air on its territory. Chad acknowledged these raids and said that these were aimed at rebel mercenaries in Sudan who operate against Chad. This Doha agreement is the 7th such agreement between the two countries, the earlier ones were signed in Tripoli (Moracco), Makkah, Riyadh and Dakar. Often it has so happened that whenever an agreement was signed, or such an understanding was reached, one of these parties has breached the agreement even before the ink on such papers dried. Each has accused the other of violating

Foreign Embassies in Muslim Lands

The US plans to build a huge embassy in Islamabad that will rival the recently completed US embassy in Baghdad. Historically, such foreign embassies were used by the colonial powers to destroy the Khilafah. Today, they continue this work by wreaking havoc in the affairs of the Ummah. Allah (swt) has commanded us to deal with other states in a specific manner and He has ordered us to admit foreign ambassadors into Muslim lands by giving them diplomatic immunity ONLY in their capacity as an ambassador and for the mission they were sent. The foreign embassies as they currently operate are haram and must be rejected by the Ummah. We must explain the reality of foreign embassies to our fellow Muslims, especially family members living in the Muslim world so that they may be aware of the danger they pose to our lands. Last week, the media reported that the United States is planning to build a massive embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan. According to the Miami Herald, "the plan calls for the

The way to work for Khilafah

It has today become an indisputable reality that this Ummah yearns for the return of the Islamic Khilafah. She has witnessed much that solidifies this desire. Today, we find that Allah (swt) has brought back the desire in the hearts of the Muslims and this Ummah to return to the rule of Islam. Amongst them are those who are willing to dedicate their time and effort for the service of Islam. This article seeks to explain how such people can work for Islam and work for its noble aims. Knowledge before action Hazzam bin Hakeem narrated from his uncle from the Messenger of Allah (saw) who said: “You are in a time of many jurisprudents (fuqaha), few speakers/lecturers, many who give and few who ask; so action in this time is better than knowledge. There will soon come a time of few jurisprudents, many speakers, many who beg and few who give; so knowledge in this time is better than action.” This noble advice by the Messenger (saw) builds the principle that Islam has always placed knowle

Views on the news - 05/06/09

Jim Rogers: Dollar headed for a major crisis A currency crisis is imminent, so investors should avoid shorting the market, said Jim Rogers, veteran investor and chairman of Rogers Holdings. "I’m afraid they're printing so much money that stocks could go to 20,000 or 30,000," Rogers said. "Of course it would be in worthless money, but it could happen and you could lose a lot of money being short."Rogers called the US dollar a "terribly flawed currency," adding that it could be the starting point for the next currency crisis. "I would suspect that somewhere along the line...someone's going to say, 'I'm going to start selling mine before everybody else does,'" Rogers said. "That's when you have a currency crisis." Israel determined to scupper Obama’s overtures of peace to Iran For the first time since 1980, the US has authorised its embassies around the world to invite Iranian diplomats to Independence Day recep

"I am free to do what I want"

In this society, many of us really believe we are free to do what we want with our lives. And being a teenager or young adult, brings with it a whole different perspective. Soon as we enter into the world of being a young person in this society, we are tempted to take on a whole outlook on the way we live life. Whether its going out to clubs and pubs, looking for no-strings-attached romance or being typically rebellious with family and authority; the attitude of just living by whatever takes ones fancy or gives one pleasure is a common one for teenagers. In Western society, the youth have created as well as have been pushed into a niche where responsibility is a far concern as seeking pleasures is the only concern. Thus being sexually active without responsibility has grave consequences – Alfie Patten, the 13 year old who became a father was a shocking example of this. This is no surprise as a survey conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates International in 2005 revealed that