Archive | July 20, 2011

Libyans Dancing in the Streets

Libyans Dancing in the Streets

By Timothy Bancroft-Hinchey

Pravda.Ru sources inside Libya have confirmed that the people of Tripoli are dancing in the streets in joy, celebrating a great victory, because NATO has ceased its bombing campaign. Sources in Libya state that negotiations are ongoing with France and meanwhile there has been a cessation of hostilities.

The beleaguered people of Libya have every reason to celebrate this situation, if it holds. The sources used in this article are reliable and are based inside Libya. They will not be named until they give their permission to do so, however, the information has been passed to Pravda.Ru for us to be the first to break the news, for which I thank my sources most sincerely.

While there exists a lot of conjecture as to what exactly is going on, we can confirm that in Tripoli people are dancing on the streets: “I can only tell you that the people in Libya are on the streets, singing and celebrating the peace”.

The first point is that something tangible has happened; the second point is that talks are being held.

“One of the Libyans tells me he has talked to somebody high in the government by the tribe net and he confirms this”.

“I called to the non-governmental fact finding committee in Tripoli and he says that no official confirmation exists but it looks like there is agreement in between France and Libya in conversations”. *

Eye witnesses inside Libya have confirmed to the Pravda.Ru source that Libyan TV has stated that the forces have withdrawn from the flashpoints along the battle lines. France itself has denied holding direct talks with the Libyan Government but has admitted that messages are passed.

The French Defence Minister, Gerard Longuet, has claimed that the position of France now is that NATO will stop the campaign as soon as the Libyans start speaking to each other – something the Gaddafi government has been offering from the beginning and something which NATO, and the terrorists it protects, has refused.

Regarding Gaddafi himself, the position of Paris is now that he must “eventually leave power” – something which he had been preparing anyway, as he was devoting more and more time to building the African Union institutions.

It appears that NATO is frustrated with the lack of progress made by the terrorist forces, even though they are being openly supported, and now apparently by French troops on the ground in Western Libya, in open breach of the UNSC Resolution 1970. On Sunday the terrorists told the French forces they were in Al Assabha, but when Libyan TV went there to check, there was no sign of them and the residents confirmed they were not in the vicinity.

Meanwhile, BBC Arabic declares that the French Defence Minister has confirmed that the French will suspend their aggression in Libya, long before any talks take place. The BBC quotes a speech from Longuet made in Paris on Sunday where he stated that the opposition should not wait for the downfall of Gaddafi.

Time will tell what exactly is going on, but it is clear that by now the international community knows very well that the “opposition” is composed by corrupt people from the dregs of Libyan society, terrorists and Islamist fanatics and Benghazi separatists dying to get their hands on Libya’s oil wealth, which Colonel Gaddafi had begun distributing among the African Union and the people of Libya.

This earned him few friends among certain elites in Libyan society, namely the racist element (black Libyans have been slaughtered in the streets in the East) and his positions against Shari’ah Law have earned him few friends among Islamist fanatics who wish to impose that law in Libya. Meanwhile his energy behind the African Union will have done little to endear him among the western bankers who have lost millions in interest payments as a result.

As I say, time will tell but it does seem there is some movement going on behind the scenes.

Source: Leonor,


Keep Ramadhan Simple!

Keep Ramadhan Simple!


By Hwaa Irfan

As we approach the blessed month of Ramadhan at a time when there seems to be no end to the global economic crisis and the food price crisis, when it becomes apparent that the man-made laws that exist are applied when convenient, when the world looked and accepted the lies about Ghadaffi because they do not ‘like’ him, when natural disasters are increasing in unexpected places, when the Horn of Africa is going through a famine and while the rest of us are caught up in our own personal, societal, regional problems, there is one thing every Ramadhan serves to remind us of – KEEP IT SIMPLE!

All of the above problems and more are a result of excess or greed, and as Muslims in general, we have fared no better in our excess. Even two months before, in the month of Rajab, people are thinking and preparing for ‘Eid, and ‘Eid ul Adhaa. Preparations can only go so far without undoing any of the blessings we hope to obtain at a time when Earth Changes have also been shouting – KEEP IT SIMPLE!

The Earth Changes is bringing everything we have done to the surface – if we are experiencing injustice it is because we have been unjust, if we experiencing neglect, it is because we have been neglectful, if we are experiencing hate it is because we perpetuate hate, if we are experiencing selfishness it is because we have been greedy, if we are experiencing frequent obstacles it is because we are not ready and/or not listening.

{We will soon show them Our signs in the Universe and in their own souls, until it will become quite clear to them that it is the truth} (Al-Fussilat, 41: 53)

Even if we are not listening, the heat of the summer should tell us that water matters more than food!

We have stopped exploring the wealth and the depth of Islam for ourselves, and we wonder why there is no longer any satisfaction in being Muslims – we may carry out the religious acts out of habit or some misguided conviction that we are actually being Muslim. We have lost the spirit of Islam when our actions have stopped reflecting, sharing, showing compassion regardless of the circumstances or the people we are with. We have lost the spirit of Islam when we started taking Islam as a label to sanctify our actions and beliefs. One asks the question if Islam has always been from prophet Adham/Adam until Prophet Muhammed (SAWS) then what does Islam mean? Was Islam selective of the Prophets or did Islam include all the prophets. If Islam is a mercy to mankind, where is the mercy? If someone does not behave, act or believe as we do, where is the mercy? If we hate a part of ourselves, where is the mercy?

I asked a fruit seller the price of bananas, and he told me 7 pounds a kilo, I remember not so long ago when it was 2 pounds a kilo. I asked him why the prices go up daily, and that did he know how many people cannot afford to buy bananas. He told me “God is with them?”

It is this lack of mercy that has created so many polarities amongst Muslims, pushing far too many to the corner wanton and helpless, and increasingly turning to the other side. I asked the fruitseller if he was a servant of God?” at which point his body and mine went on hold. Are we servants of God only when it suits us? If Prophet Muhammed the boy who was born an orphan, was born today, what chance that he would end up a street beggar?

And as I enjoyed quenching my thirst with ice cold water, a street urchin turned to me on the train totally parched as I re-capped the bottle. Her thirst was greater than mine, but they are clever children. Then she asked for some, and in that spilt second the child she is and the devil she has become, I had to decide which to respond to even though I needed every drop. I responded to the child, and gave her all that I had – quite literally, but she was not to know that – that split second between my selfishness, and her need.

If one is frightened to invite someone round for iftar because of lack of food, invite a few people, and ask each person to bring something that could contribute to the iftar. For some this may be fashionable (dish party), and not the thing to do in Ramadhan, but it is a practice I learnt of this from a small West African community who did just that, and that was a loving community. What is more important the love or the show?

Halal is that which has been honestly earned, and spent in a conscious way. Haram is that which is achieved by deception…




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