There are unmistakable signs that the US is turning away from the Middle East to focus of the Asia-Pacific region in its new policy to contain China. Uncle Sam’s withdrawal from the Middle East has caused panic among its client regimes, not least the one in Saudi Arabia.
After 10-years of a brutal war launched through mercenaries that came close to destroying the Syrian state, the Syrian army is on the verge of liberating all its territory. The latest example was Deraa. Only Idlib remains under Daesh control. How long will the terrorists last?
The US pivot to China has opened up space for Islamic self-determination to reassert itself to determine its own future and indeed that of the rest of the world. Afghanistan’s Muslim neighbours, especially Iran, Pakistan and Turkey must not lose this opportunity.
Given the 43-year-long war to which the Afghans have been subjected, it is easy to think of Afghanistan as merely a land of warriors. While its warrior culture is true, Afghanistan has also produced some great mystics, including Rumi.
Economic pressure and exploiting political differences among the Taliban are tools the US-Nato combine will use to undermine Afghanistan. The doom and gloom projections, however, are not likely to come true.
Once the US occupation army fled Bagram air base, the Taliban released the estimated 5,000 prisoners held there. Incredibly, the former prisoners have expressed no hatred toward the Americans. The torture chamber at Guantanamo Bay, however, remains open still holding 40 prisoners most of whom have not been charged with any crime whatsoever.
The vast majority of Canadians feel Israel should be sanctioned because of its oppression of Palestinians. The pro-Israeli organizations, among them B’nai Brith brand anyone criticizing Israel as an anti-Semite and supporter of terrorism. One Canadian lawyer challenged B’nai Brith in court and won an important landmark decision.
The Zionist state of Israel does not belong to Africa yet the gatekeeper of the African Union, one Moussa Faki Mahamat took it upon itself to grant it “observer status”. South African human rights organizations have launched a legal challenge against this decision.
Iraq is trying to play a significant regional role to try to reduce tensions. It also serves Iraq’s interests, as the Baghdad summit showed.
Diverse political groups in Iraq are increasingly demanding the withdrawal of all foreign forces from the country. Their focus is the US presence that is at the root of all of Iraq’s problems.
It would be reasonable to assume that Western regimes that never tire of lecturing others about human rights would be eager to attend an anti-racism conference. Instead, they have boycotted it because of what they allege is the focus of Zionist crime that they call ‘anti-Semitism’.
The gift of knowledge, understanding, practical guidance, and political analysis I got from Ustad Syed Jawad Naqvi’s Islamic lectures—which covered everything from instructing wives to dress up for their husbands only, to urging Muslims to decolonize their minds—I could not find cohesively anywhere else.
Sectarianism is dangerous for Muslims at any time but certain sectarians may cause even more harm than others without their realizing it.
The West in general and the European Union in particular take pride in their liberalism, freedom of expression and dress yet when it comes to Muslims, especially Muslim women, all such freedoms evaporate.
America has an army of paid agents in Pakistan. These people cannot imagine life without American patronage and approval. They want every Pakistani to say, “how high sir” when the US says jump. These agents are upset because Imran Khan refused military bases to the US.
Since the Hindu fascist regime led by Narendra Modi in India abrogated Jammu and Kashmir’s special status in August 2019, the Kashmiris’ plight has turned grim. While they are struggling to survive on a day-to-day basis, Hindu settler colonialists are flooding the state to take over.
The West uses the terrorist label against anyone or any group that opposes its hegemonic policies. Groups that actually indulge in terrorism but serve the West’s agenda are taken off this list. The terrorist outfit, MKO is the West’s favourite terrorist and patronized by it.
Saudization has long been touted as a policy to replace expatriate workers with the Saudis. Given the Saudis’ laziness and incompetence, the policy is not making much headway. The only thing the regime has achieved is the expulsion of expatriates without any Saudis replacing them.
The neo-cons may be less visible today but they are not inactive. Their disastrous policies have inflicted colossal losses on the US economy but they remain unrepentant. They continue to plow ahead with their evil policies causing immense harm to people in distant lands.