22.4.14

HappyMuslimsGate: Because Muslim Cultural retardation and regeneration matter

As we grow nauseous of HonestyPolicy786's recent Happy British Muslim branding exercise, it is fair to ask whether the matter is worth the attention it is being given. A lot of the sufi-media-establishment types, socially closer to the perpetrators, having realised the blunder, are encouraging people to move on.

I mean, it is not as if we don't have enough on our hands already

After all, racists on the 'left' and 'right' as well as the ruling Awami League of Bangladesh are gunning at the only brown Mayor of a London borough on spurious grounds, with the backing of the British state media. Meanwhile, in Birmingham a most likely fabricated "Muslim Plot to take over schools" has provided a pretext for an unrelenting attack on the communities there. Internationally we have the Bangladeshi establishment and its global partners (BBC, DfID et al) still covering up a hideous massacre in Dhaka last May and  Muslim communities in CAR and Burma under cruelties I can't even fathom.

Its worth  dwelling on three individual #BritishMuslims whose circumstances are anything but happy. A leading poetical voice of the UK, Talha Ahsan, has been extradited to the USA, and is locked up 23 hours a day in a torturous Supermax prison Connecticut, braving it through Aspergers and many years of detention without trial. Down the road community worker Mahdi Hashi is locked up in solitary in New York City for refusing to spy for the British intelligence agencies. To top it all, the brave and eloquent, Moazzam Begg has been detained in the UK on bullshit terrorism grounds in a clear attempt by the government to intimidate its faithful critics.

Why HappyMuslimsGate is a critical, if not terminal issue

There is a lot to decode in the choice of the video, and the stories and reactions of the people behind and in front of the camera. There are lessons here and the more it is analysed the more we can learn about how not to do things. Although it appears to be a silly video, it has produced a genuine conference of the community, which is rare and instructive. Off the top of my head, the proceedings are as follows,
  • What is this Bull Shit? Where's my book of 70 odd excuses?
  • Hey everybody, look at me!
  • Haraaam.
  • No I'm nothing like Maajid Nawaz.
  • You detractors are puritans, This is Genuine Islam's Brighton Rock!
  • Erm. I did it as a bit of fun, not a political template for anything.
Pir Karam has been having fun too,



The song itself is by an artist called Pharrell, known for his role in the group N. E R.D. and tracks like Lapdance, with raunchy videos, and currently for collaborations with people like Miley Cyrus. It is ironic that the HappyMuslims are vehement in crying misogyny when they can get the airtime, but are happy to blow wind into this guy's sails, if it gets them attention. Perhaps we can next look forward to the Lapdance Muslim edit.

How much the actors knew, cared, or were able to cognitively handle about this video is interesting. Although many have expressed smug pride at the millions of views of this expression of cultural consumerism and lobotomy, and some have applauded any PR impact from it, others are trying to mitigate the political revulsion from large sections of their community. We had the strange case of conflicting apparent statements from Abdal Hakim Murad, followed by a thoughtful argument for why its important to be down with the kids. It was sad to see how he was being manipulated by that media gatekeeper group, again.

It is reasonable to presume that the group behind the camera overlaps with that in front of it. There is a bit of a fightclub air to their self-image, and a strong whiff of post islamic society frat pack in their discourse and methods of shutting down debate. All the people you would expect to be recruited for such a project were there, and decolonial salutations to the people, the creatively aware, who declined to be involved.

Responses

Happy Muslims represents a failure of imagination, cultural degeneracy, aesthetic autism, subculture of sycophancy and poor judgement amongst some folks in the media scrum. It is now a matter of public record and an actant in of itself.

this meme is doing the circuit. 
Inspired by the successful movement against the neocon Henry Jackson Society's Student Rights organisation on UK campuses, and Mister Moo's inimitable satire of Ed Husain The Islamicist , a counter site called The Real Honesty Policy has been set up, mainly by sufi's to offer dialogical company to our narcissistic web 2 chums, who promise us more shenanigans.

Much of the response to it, from the seven seas of salafism to the outer Hebrides of HT, are very much concerned with the legalistic arguments. However, the murky politics, aesthetic and cultural lenses are  much more pertinent here.

I don't believe that all music is haram. I am an advocate of cultural jihad, which has a vector direction towards a place called justice. Shit music that doesn't engender wrong doing probably isn't haram either. There is no legislating against bad taste, but enculturing and enacting superior creativity is hardly going to hurt. Sometimes I imagine a 1990s Zia Sardar might write about this video

For me, putting aside the political duplicity of it, the demonstration of cultural wastage, mimicry and aesthetic autism is worth reflecting on. The civilisations that have given the world Iqbal, Ghazals, Rumi and Ghalib, think that shooting a video like Happy Muslims is worthy.


Now what?

DIY Cultures 2014 is where, A day-long festival of zines, artist books, comics, artists-run spaces, talks, films, animation, video art, exhibition, workshops - the spirit of independence, autonomy & alternatives.


17.4.14

The things moderator Muslims do to appear unthreatening


It was an epic bumwave,
Anodyne cultural capitulation, 
Inspiring - like rabies.

Harmless fun
for my Neoliberalistani hun.
Ye Olde Cowering Musalman

A pop video rendition
of the root and branch cooption
of mourgeois Ummahstructure
for 13 years - shoved in my face. 

I salute you Mark Porest
and Aki Nawaz
and Hamja - for the yeast.

25.3.14

Oh My Golden Bengal

Oh Bengal
Its not gold its battery acid
The people they killed tonight are cringing in their graves
Just like Iqbals generation must feel about pakland

Forever your lies seem to extend,
Your massacre last May set our hearts in harmony
A chorus of Shariatian whistles.
We woke up.

In spring, Oh sweet child of mine,
The fragrance from your donor developmented dungheaps
Acts like a perpetual aromatic facepalm,
Ah, somebody pass us the buckets!
In autumn, Oh fabled construct of Calcutta
In the genetically modified paddy fields
I have seen sweet subaltern smiles spread over your poverty pornographs.

Oh children of Hawa,  what about the day when there will be no shade but our deeds?
What a sight all this flag worship and cheap jatra?
What a guilt have you miscast
At the feet of the innocent?
And you sing about your fucking rivers!
Like muppets on a string.

Oh fake feminist representatives of shaytanarchy, words from your lips
Are like black magic to the masses.
Ah, take some more pills!
It wont be long
Multitudes may join your stupid, uninspiring song
Nevertheless soon you will be gone.

24.3.14

[New Word] White Highlighting

A photochemical treatment to bring your colour down to a strict vanilla for the nation's viewing pleasure and ease. The costs for this pretty radical procedure have been brought down in recent decades by a skilful interplay of government policy, narcissism and spinelessness which has encouraged patients to apply bleach before even walking into the studio.




13.3.14

The Comedy Genius of Abu Eesa

On the 8th of March 2014, 
A teacher tweeted nine times.
They were funny.
Not quite Anchorman, 
but funny.

As promised in Tweet 1
it was a Big Moment for 
A snorus of Whiteous Indignation.
A satire of Sultana's Nightmare,
called "When Ummah 2.0 went #PussyRiot"
except there was little punk
but deodorized transatlantic discourse.
And statesticles of collective shame.

Some started a hashtag against the man,
to fire him from his job.
This tool is called Character Hersassination,
Others wrote lengthy treatments on the nuances of feminism
and lumped the teacher with blame for all sorts of ghastly stuff.
The institutional tack
of the attack
felt sectarian.
Fajr, Zur, Asr, Magrib, Isha.



TWEET 1
Today is my favourite bakwas day of the year: Int'l Women's Day.

Be warned feminists. Prepare to earn your big moment.


TWEET 2

In honour of International Women's Day, today's updates will be generated by my highly developed feminine side.



TWEET 3

Yes, Int'l Women's Day has officially started. Or as it's more widely known, "Men not giving a monkeys that it's Int'l Women's Day."



TWEET 4

"So today is International Women's Day. It was actually meant to be yesterday but they took too long getting ready."



TWEET 5

Int'l Women's Day is great, but starting tomorrow, it's 364 International Men's Days again, so stick that in your oven and cook it.



TWEET 6
Anyway I don't care how much you hate it or think amazing International Women's Day is, y'all still can't drive.

Ay na'm.


TWEET 7

The sole objective of Int'l Women's Day is to see whether we, as men, can avoid being sexist for at least a day.



RETWEET 1 - TWEET 8
Women, nobody can make you feel inferior without your permission.


TWEET 9
So that's a wrap guys - don't try to understand cos' it's like trying to understand women. Not worth it. =)


-

11.3.14

[New Word] Character Hersassination

A tactic of our times, of perhaps some benefit and not exclusively feminist, to gun somebody on a peripheral utterance, a joke, a clearly political character assassination, or character defence in order to make discursive space for your politics, which trumps everything else, because of course, its yours.

7.3.14

Bengali Mental Shutters

The overweight mole operates
In dim ambient national conditions.

She holds the burrow map
her uncle left behind from the war
With an iron grip
Just in case she looses sight
Of the familiar dead ends
In which she likes to party.
And play badminton.

Images of the first rays
of the rising sun
Are painted over an old exit in her cave.
A tribute to Hendrix, And When We Was Fab.

Nostalgia for a a Golden Age
That never was. Hers.

"Its not her fault"
Said Advocate Hingshar Malik.
"Its patriarchy, not false herstory".

Bipolar bindihood,  with
Octahedral ovaries
The geometry of the gigolo
Collapses in on itself.
As liberation mortgaged white power
Is found to empower
the gravitational attraction
that ensures this revolution

This actual black hole of calcutta.
(Not the one whitey made up)
Configures those bengali mental shutters.

On the bookshelf, to the web.
To the person in your bed.
But it is you that covered up the dead.

3.3.14

[New Word] Flatterati

Usually socially present, but exaggeratedly so these days on social media, the flatterati are an essential part of delusion, confusion and misdirection.

26.2.14

The British Police State strikes us all when it commits such outrages: #ReleaseMoazzam

Countless innocent people have become caught up in unjust War on Terror justified laws and practices of authorities at home and abroad. Precious few are as articulate, gentle and courageous as Moazzam Begg of CAGE, who was arrested yesterday in what looks to be the another case of the British State crossing another rubicon in violating the rights of its citizens.

Its an immoral act that is worthy of creative and transformative resistance, but first I think we need to read, liaise and take stock.

A recent report from CAGE, called The Prevent Strategy: A Cradle to Grave Police State shows, with evidence, how every aspect of our lives has been rendered legitimate to control and intimidate to this policy. From healthcare to primary education, to mosques, universities, airports and financial transactions., education. It is more comprehensive than McCarthyism.

One useful tool that emerges form the report is the following depiction of how this nonsense engine works and harms.
Rrom page 29 of The Prevent Strategy: A cradle to Grave Police-State (CAGE, 2014)

We can test the effectiveness of this model by the case of Moazzam's unjust state kidnap.  He stands accused of 'terrorism related offences' by the West Midlands Police, who state that arrest is not necessarily about guilt and that they were acting on intelligence.
MOBILISE: There was a twitter storm at 10pm last night
there will be another at 6pm tonight (26th)

We know that innocence until proven guilt doesn't apply to Muslims, wherever we might be. We know that the authorities in particular like to target Muslims who challenge them through democratic processes for their rights, especially if they are getting somewhere.


CAGE is a worthwhile and justice-making organisation that I recommend distributing Zakat through.  They have condemned the arrest and are holding a demonstration this Saturday in Birmingham at NOON. Their website http://cageuk.org/
provides a humanising portal for people to see what Muslims, especially conservative ones are going through these days, its staffed by a pretty diverse bunch who I have learned much from over the years. Theres a new microsite on Schedule 7 Stories contains vivid case studies of ordinary lives, humiliated and obstructed by the state.

Moazzam's last facebook status update was as follows, he was onto something, and duas for his condition, family and support.


This state kidnap is not the first time Moazzam has been intimidated by the UK authorities. 'Security' services have been complicit in his detention, render and torture before. A couple of weeks ago he wrote about why the British state was so obsessed with his passport. I append the article below.

I do hope justice loving people will lend thir soulful minds and stamina to the collective effort to #ReleaseMoazzam.  We shall also see what nasty people are lurking out there wetting themselves with glee over this. Gita Seghal CHECK, Quilliam Foundation CHECK.


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The real reason behind the confiscation of my passport

The real reason behind the confiscation of my passport

Moazzam Begg reveals why the British government has been continually harassing him since his return from Guantanamo, and took his passport for the second time in eight years.
In the summer of 2012 I wrote about the first of my two visits to Syria to investigate leads into cases of British and American complicity in the rendition of terrorism suspects to the regime of Bashar al-Assad[1].
This followed on from something I learned first-hand from CIA and US military intelligence agents who threatened to send me to Egypt or Syria if I failed to co-operate with them during my time in the Bagram prison. I made British MI5/MI6 agents, who were present at every leg of my unlawful imprisonment, fully aware of these threats[2]. Their response was that I had to co-operate with their US counterparts.
On my eventual return to the UK from Guantanamo, along with three other British citizens I received a letter from the Home Office informing me that my ability to apply for a passport had been restricted by the Home Secretary under the powers of the ‘Royal Prerogative’[3].
Having returned from three years of separation from my loved ones, spent mostly in solitary confinement and after suffering the effects of regular human rights violations, I didn’t challenge the decision immediately. Instead, I tried to rebuild my lost connection to a traumatised family, including a son I’d never seen.
UK torture complicity
As part of my work for CagePrisoners, however, I soon began campaigning for prisoners detained at Guantanamo and others held in secret detention sites or who had disappeared after being rendered to countries like Libya[4], Egypt, and Syria. We conducted numerous investigations[5] into recurrent reports of extreme torture carried out by the Syrian regime and discovered the complicity of the governments of the US, Canada, France, Sweden, Germany, Denmark and Britain.
I was also constantly being invited to speak all over the world about issues pertaining to Guantanamo, torture, the rule of law and the war terror. Thus, in 2009 I mounted a successful challenge to get my passport back.
My subsequent extensive travel abroad was greeted simultaneously by meetings with people in power[6]—including unexpected praise[7] from US ambassadors in Luxembourg—to armed police escorting me off planes in order to deny me entry to Canada[8] (where I’d gone to meet with Canadian rendition victims sent to Syria).
Returning to the UK airports was often an ordeal in its own right as I would be stopped almost every time and questioned under Schedule 7 of the Terrorism Act 2000. This happened even on visits to Brussels where I was invited to speak at the European Parliament by British MEPs as well as trips to Malaysia where I had been giving evidence in war crimes tribunals[9] set up by the former prime minister there. Often British police would ask me if I had gone to these places to further my claims about British complicity in torture.
During this period three very important things happened which I believe the British intelligence services have been unable to recover from:
1. A major civil action was taken by 16 former Guantanamo prisoners against the British government and intelligence services for complicity in torture and false imprisonment.
2. Prime Minister David Cameron ordered a judge-led inquiry to be launched into allegations that the UK was complicit in torture
3. The Metropolitan police began a criminal investigation against British intelligence services into recurrent allegations of complicity in kidnap, torture and false imprisonment
In 2010 we won an out-of-court settlement[10] against the government after it was compelled to hand over documents that showed how British government ministers had decided we should be consigned to Guantanamo, despite evidence of mistreatment.
At the end of the discussions with the government the then Justice Minister, Kenneth Clarke QC, sat with us and listened. Several of the world’s supposedly most dangerous terrorists sat in a room with a senior Tory minister discussing the previous government’s wrongs. I handed Clarke a copy of my book hoping there might be some proper understanding after this but, all the while the government was preparing the Justice and Security Bill[11]—which was passed as law earlier this year—that would ensure damaging and embarrassing civil actions such as ours would henceforth be heard in secret under colour of ‘national security concerns.’
The inquiry into torture by Sir Peter Gibson was shelved last week in favour of the Intelligence and Security Committee but in his interim report Gibson concluded that MI5 had at best ‘turned a blind eye’[12] to our abuse.
The criminal investigation is still on-going but I have sat for hours with the Metropolitan Police giving testimony to them about what happened in Bagram and Guantanamo and, they have gone to meet with rendition victims in Libya[13] and continue to investigate the claims of Shaker Aamer[14] who has been in Guantanamo without charge for twelve years.
Last year several former Guantanamo prisoners, including me, met with Asa Hutchinson, who had served as US Undersecretary for Homeland Security while we were captives. In a report by the Constitution Project’s Task Force on Detainee Treatment, which included him and two former senior US generals, the practice of torture by the US administration was described as “indisputable”. The report[15] also stated bluntly that our treatment and indefinite detention was “abhorrent and intolerable”. There was also no escaping the fact that the British government had colluded in sending and keeping us there.
Visiting Syria
Following the uprisings of the ‘Arab spring’ I was able to make several visits to the Arab world and follow up cases of rendition, including the shocking case of a man whose tortured false testimony[16] was used as a justification by both the US and UK to invade Iraq.
In July last year, I visited Syria where I met numerous former prisoners who had been held by the Assad regime as well as a few victims of US and UK rendition. One of the men, a Libyan who had resided in Syria, had been rendered to Libya after a phone call by a British Libyan dissident had been intercepted by MI5 and its contents disclosed to Assad’s Mukhābarāt (intelligence agency). Documents[17] found in the headquarters of Gaddafi’s Mukhābarāt after the fall of Tripoli clearly prove British involvement.
A few months later, in October 2012, I was called by an MI5 officer who said they wanted to talk to me about my views on the situation in Syria after having read my article[18]. I told them that they must be aware that I was investigating several leads regarding British and American complicity in rendition and torture in Syria. They called back after consulting with their lawyers and said they understood that and would still like to meet. I agreed to speak to them and meet at a hotel in East London. Both MI5 and I had our lawyers present.
MI5 was concerned about the possibility of Britons in Syria being radicalised and returning to pose a potential threat to national security. I told them that Britain had nothing to worry about, especially since British foreign policy, at the time, seemed in favour of the rebels. At the end of the meeting I was assured by MI5 that my proposed return to Syria to continue my work would not be hindered, and it wasn’t.
Subsequently, I travelled to Syria without incident. I spent much time accumulating testimony and information for a report on the situation of the current prisoners as well as the accounts of those who had been detained and tortured in the past. I witnessed the squalid refugee camps, I visited the wounded, young and old, some of whom I buried, I saw the carnage of Assad’s killing machine and I saw the beautiful young faces of children aged beyond their years. I witnessed the harsh winter and saw farmers chop down their olive trees to warm themselves and I heard the horror stories of torture under the rule of both Bashar and Hafiz al-Assad. However, I also saw aid coming in from all over the Muslim world which included British ambulances, British fire engines, British garbage disposal trucks; British aid centres and hospitals with British doctors (one of whom was killed[19] saving lives a few months ago) and volunteers from Britain’s Muslim community. And yes, there were some British fighters too. I do not believe any of them posed any kind of threat to the UK.
I returned home without hindrance, except for the customary Schedule 7 stop. I was briefly questioned about my visit by border police and returned home shortly after. I came back ‘radicalised’ enough to speak at numerous events for various charities working out in Syria. I also conducted interviews[20] with people on the ground that are close to the fighters to answer questions about any tangible threat to the UK to help allay the fears of the British public and intelligence services.
Schedule 7 stops
Since then I have been ‘randomly’ stopped[21] more times than I can recall under Schedule 7 while travelling.
The last time this happened, last month, I was en route to a conference[22] in Turkey about the mass-imprisonments and torture occurring in Egypt following the military coup. British police suggested that I might be going to Syria, despite showing them details of itinerary and return flights for the following weekend.
I was made to miss my flight but the police were prepared to rebook me for the next available one meaning that they were neither preventing me from going to Turkey, or even potentially to Syria. I refused their offer as I would have had missed the conference by then and opted to returned home. However, they took possession of my iPad and phone and kept them for a week. Both items contained sensitive information and documents pertaining to CagePrisoners’ investigations on both complicity in torture and responses to the British government’s measures in tackling extremism.
In anticipation of future harassment at airports I began legal proceedings to challenge the constant harassment at airports under Schedule 7 and informed the Home Office, the border police and British airports about my intended travel via my lawyers. We received a response from their lawyers, which acknowledged the letter but did little else.
Change of language
The language and attitude of the British government has steadily changed towards the Syrian opposition especially since much of it has openly chosen an Islamic path, something the west has been unwilling to engage with and unprepared to accept. Britain went to war based on the falsehood that Iraq may have possessed weapons of mass destruction. Clear evidence of the use of chemical weapons, in addition to over 120,000 dead through the use of conventional ones in Syria has not elicited any such response, and most people are grateful for it. No one wants to see British involvement in Syria, especially the Syrians who know well what happened next door in Iraq.
As a result, however, the Assad regime is now regarded as the better of the two choices. That is why last month the decision to stop[23] even non-lethal aid for western-backed factions in Syria was taken by Britain. But, despite there being no evidence of a tangible threat from British fighters returning from Syria (the contrary[24] in fact) and certainly not the type that might have been posed from the same in Iraq or Afghanistan because of the presence of British troops, the government now wants to remove not just the passport but the nationality[25] of Britons suspected of being involved in fighting in Syria. The government’s myopic insistence on this point cannot fathom that this is simply about Syria, not Britian. The counterterrorism industry, it seems, has too many vested interests for the language to be tempered with reason.
Instead of easing the arduous journeys for the numerous convoys leaving with aid from Britain for Syria every month, border authorities detain the aid workers for hours on end—both on exit from and re-entry to the UK. On several occasions volunteers have been turned back, vehicles confiscated and money and goods collected by the community for the beleaguered Syrian people seized.
Britain has refused[26] to take any Syrian refugees despite the unprecedented crisis facing millions fleeing the war. It also did next to nothing for the British Muslim Dr. Abbas Khan[27] and has been heavily criticised for shirking its duty regarding one of its own citizens while he was horrifically tortured and murdered.
Simply speaking, the British government has lost all touch with the reality on the ground and the enormous sentiments in the Muslim community, and beyond, regarding the Syrian conflict.
Losing my passport – again
After a trip to South Africa[28] last month—which had coincided with the funeral of Nelson Mandela—where I spoke extensively about the complicity of the British government in rendition and torture, I was met upon arrival at Heathrow by officials who served me with a notice to seize my passport under the ‘Royal Prerogative’ stating that it was assessed my previous visits to Syria had constituted involvement in terrorism. No explanation other than that was given.
I am certain that the only reason I am being continually harassed—something that began long before any visit to Syria—is because CagePrisoners and I are at the forefront of investigations and assertions based on hard evidence that British governments, past and present, have been wilfully complicit in torture.
How logical is it to stop me from travelling anywhere in the world simply because they want to prevent me from going to Syria? Numerous British citizens have been prevented from entering Turkey (the key entry point to Syria) at the behest of the British authorities. They could have done the same with me.
It is these government-shaking issues that are the real reason why I have been continually harassed and targeted by the authorities in this country. I am not and never have been in anyway a threat to them, unless words seeking accountability are a threat.
At a time when Islam and the Muslim community is facing an unprecedented attack via politicians, the media and ultimately some sections of the public susceptible to this onslaught, it has been the aim of CagePrisoners and myself in trying to empower the community that is being purposefully undermined.
The struggle for reason and justice is clearly a longer one than I once imagined but since our aim is a good and just one, I do not believe our detractors will succeed.
Source: www.islam21c.com
This article was cross-posted from www.cageprisoners.com
Notes: 
[1] http://www.cageprisoners.com/our-work/opinion-editorial/item/4758-syria-my-journey-to-the-land-of-blessing-and-torture
[2] http://www.theguardian.com/world/2010/feb/12/moazzem-begg-speaks-binyam-mohamed
[3] http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/4266609.stm
[4] http://www.cageprisoners.com/our-work/opinion-editorial/item/2425-some-deaths-are-more-convenient-than-others
[5] http://www.cageprisoners.com/our-work/opinion-editorial/item/3496-fara%E2%80%99-falastin-%E2%80%93-syria%E2%80%99s-proxy-us-prison
[6] http://www.cageprisoners.com/our-work/alerts/item/454-luxembourgs-olive-branch-to-former-guantanamo-detainees
[7] http://www.theguardian.com/world/2010/nov/30/wikileaks-cables-us-guantanamo-moazzam-begg
[8] http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/cifamerica/2011/oct/13/canada-guantanamo-bay-camp-guard
[9] http://www.cageprisoners.com/our-work/opinion-editorial/item/4175-bush-convicted-of-war-crimes-evidence-from-cageprisoners-director-crucial”
[10] http://www.cageprisoners.com/our-work/opinion-editorial/item/861-settlement-are-the-guantanamo-cases-closed
[12] http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2013/dec/19/gibson-report-mi6-detainees-torture-cooperated
[13] http://www.theguardian.com/world/2012/jan/12/libya-rendition-torture-abduction-mi6
[14] http://www.theguardian.com/uk/2010/feb/19/police-claims-shaker-aamer-torture-mi5-complicit
[16] http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/libertycentral/2009/may/13/ibn-al-sheikh-al-libi
[17] http://www.theguardian.com/world/2011/sep/04/libyan-commander-demands-apology
[18] http://www.cageprisoners.com/our-work/opinion-editorial/item/4758-syria-my-journey-to-the-land-of-blessing-and-torture
[19] http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-22684151
[21] http://www.cageprisoners.com/our-work/opinion-editorial/item/7059-just-a-job-how-uk-border-police-target-muslims-at-airports
[22] http://www.thecordobafoundation.com/news.php?id=1&art=160
[23] http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/syria/10510498/Britain-and-US-suspend-non-lethal-aid-to-Syrian-rebels.html
[24] http://news.sky.com/story/1183820/syria-sky-news-gains-access-to-uk-jihadists
[25] http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/exclusive-no-way-back-for-britons-who-join-the-syrian-fight-says-theresa-may-9021190.html
[26] http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/former-liberal-democrat-leader-sir-menzies-campbell-joins-labour-in-condemning-uk-for-turning-its-back-on-syrias-refugees-9026083.html
[27] http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-25517356
[28] http://www.ciibroadcasting.com/2013/12/10/moazzam-begg-obama-tributes-to-madiba-ironic/

22.2.14

Baishey February: The Ekushey Hangover and the Dawning of Fuller Futures

It is the 22nd of February, and  Ami chetonar gaan gayna,  is the refrain from a growing number of maturing deshi activists and observers, openly rejecting the out of tune Ekushey Murti Puja (21st Idol Worship) of the Bengali Nationalists.

The people who died and were injured in the police firing of 1952 would be disgusted at what blood capitalism, intellectual lobotomy and middle class danda fikir has been prosecuted in their names, again and again and again. Its about  an epistemic equality and pluralism, not Banglawash. Idiots.

This time last year, the hypernationalist Shahbag was in full delusion in . It had began openly lying about what was occurring in front of its very nose. The government, which it is now accepted, had planned the Shahbag from the onset, fired on Friday prayer protesters, who were voicing their opposition to deeply insulting statements coming out of bloggers involved with the Shahbag movement. Corrupt journalists belonging to the CPJ crying wolf to the international gallery, making out like the events were all about them.

We know what this was gearing up for.

  • Mass firings on Jamaat e Islami processions on 28th February 2013 protesting the verdict against arguably their most innocent leader, Delwar Hussain Sayeedee. See JI supporter's feb28.info  movement website for more.
  • Unprecedented government brutality upon unarmed protesters during 5th and 6th May 2013. See the Motijheel Massacre Archives for more
  • An IDF style attack on Jamaat stronghold Satkhira district in December 2013 . 
  • The immoral and illegitimate electoral coup of 5th January 2014

Below is a blog post from last year, this date and significance needs to be raised in a dynamic way.


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This is hard to explain, but important that you understand, at least slightly.

Today (friday) after Jummah in Bangladesh there were a lot of demonstrations flowing out of mosques in Bangladesh.  A day after the exploitative commemoration of students shot and killed by government forces in 1952, four people are reportedly killed by the police and scores if not hundreds injured.

Protestors were objecting to insulting antiIslamic writings on the web somewhere, from authors quite close to the centre of the Shahbag movement. The Shahbag movement consists of a large trendy mob demanding executions of prominent leaders of political Islam accused of war crimes, and the exclusion of political Islam from the body politic. The Awami League government is broadly aligned and supportive of this movement. One of its student leaders, Dr Imran H Sarkar in fact is one of Shahbag's defacto spokesperson.

The picture below shows police firing at people in Baitul Mukkarram, the national mosque. Maybe you've prayed there or seen it in your namaz time calenders, or visited the Islamic Foundation on a trip to Dhaka. There are other pictures, of brothers bloodied and lying motionless, other cowering as police fired indiscriminantly at them.


It is the kind of image we are used to seeing coming out of Palestine or Chechnya, not an independant Muslim majority country.

My thinking is now that the wheels are starting to come of the Shahbag Bandwagon more sensible heads will prevail. We hear this as more reasonable figures for fromm inside the awami camp distance themselves from the offending bloggers and Shahbag. 

The religious establishment is a lot larger than jamat, and the party has pissed a lot of people off in its history.The processions across the country today were not pro jamat but more an alliance against a common threat, the autocratic awami league. 

Decolonial duas for all who live and die.