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Al Zarqawi and the Security Council

The information leaked from Geneva is that Kofi Annan is negotiating with Abu Musaab AlZarqawi to offer him permanent seat at the Security Council in return of stopping his war on the world.
The view of Mr. Annan is that if such man can strike in Fallujah, Mosil, Anbar, Najaf, Karballa and Basra simultaneously killing daily more than 100 people and injuring another score of hundreds, then he should be recognized as "super power".
If we add to all this that this man could strike not only in the war-torn country of Iraq, but also in Jordan, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Syria and other countries in addition to his well-established connections in Afghanistan, England, Spain, USA, Indonesia, Malysia and the Australian suburb of Auburn, we can understand why Mr Annan is anxious to negotiate with this "emerging super power".
If the American administration wants to convince us (and apparently MrAnnan has been convinced) that this man is responsible for suchsophisticated attacks on th…

My racist Parrot

My beloved cockatoo bird took advantage of my busy day and opened the cage door and ran-away.

I definitely did not expect him to escape; otherwise I would not put him on the balcony and turn my back on him.

I thought that my good treatment of him, giving him a big cage, a lot of food and talking to him constantly would make him more friendly and recognize my love and respect.

So what went wrong?

I start now to remember how he was getting angry anytime I spoke with him in Arabic. He would get upset, shout and try to bite. Then he would turn his back on me and start to shout out what sounded like “piss-off!”

I started to remember also how he was getting angry when my friends tried to speak with him in Arabic.

This was not his attitude when my Anglo friends tried to approach him and talk to him in English. He would be very happy, singing, talking and jumping around. He even tried to talk to them.

I also noticed how he was unhappy when I was giving him home-made Arabic food I cooked. He would th…

Where to escape?

I was thinking that if things got worse in Australia, racism grew further, martial laws were imposed, violence against us escalated and life became daily suffering, I thought always that I still had safe country to go to.
Jordan was my country of living from the time I was 5 until I migrated to Australia. Jordan was neither democratic nor easy to live in, but was at least safe.
Except for the major massacres against Palestinian refugees in September 1970, Jordan was pretty calm and safe. Even during the cold war era, where almost all neighbouring countries suffered major unrest, military coups and revolutions, acts of violence and civil wars, Jordan was the most stable state there.
It was not until the Bush declaration of "war on terrorism" (which terrorism?) that anyone could imagine that such acts on this large scale could happen in Jordan.
The Jordanian government was highly cooperative with Bush's crusade"war on the world" for the last few years. But this war w…

Plot unfoiled

First I would like to congratulate John Howard for the successful media circus yesterday. The farce was played very well, and the message got through to the Australian people. The talent of Howard in deceiving the masses cannot be denied by anyone in this continent.

After last night’s circus, I remembered straight away the similar circus performed by the same actors (Howard, Ruddock, Costello) before the last election by arresting innocent men (Zac Mallah, Bilal Khazal, Izhar Alhaq…) for similar claims of belonging to terrorist organizations and planning terrorist acts. Until now none of them was charged. On the contrary, many of them were cleared of such charges.

Then I remembered Tampa, the kids overboard farce, Iraqi weapons of mass destruction lies, and before that the lies of illegal migrants and queue jumpers.

I must admit here again that the talents of the Howard-Ruddock twin team of lying and deceiving people should be recognized.

What amazed me is the fact that these lies are ver…

My speech at Newtown-Marrickville peace group's forum about "scapegoating Muslims" - 28/9/05

First I would like to acknowledge the traditional owners of the land.

What are we dealing with today? What are the real issues we should be alarmed about?
We are dealing today with draconian laws (as described by one of the premieres agreed on them Mr. Peter Bettie), that could transform Australia from a model of democracy into a police state, where innocent Australian could be detained for 2 weeks without charges, track devices could be used on them for no crime they committed.
In the last few years, this government detained many Muslim youth for charges of terrorism. To date, none was charged. So why there is need for new draconian laws?
We should remember that Australia, before this government, was immune from any violence in the world. Australians were not targeted during the last few decades. We should also remember that there were no information or signals lately that Australia will be a target of any violence. So why these laws.

The answer is very simple. John Howard was seeking to …

Multiculturalism in Australia - written on 18 July 05

I am sick to death of been inforced to answer stupid questions every time I meet new person, who will discover after hearing me speaking odd accent that I have beard and mostache and odd name.
I am sick to death of confirming that I am Muslim after such an event, which will lead to cycle of the person been "alarmed and alerted" after knowing this fact.
I am sick to death to explain all the time that though I am Muslim, but I do not go to mosque, do not fast Ramadan and do oppose women's genital mutilation.
I am sick to death to be "victim" of the same people who calim to be "clever, progressive and secular", but still asking me "Are you Muslim?"
I am sick to death of poeple pretending to "understand my feelings", then to hurt the same feelings that they understood!.
I am sick to death of all this and want all of you to know this, so that if I tell you at some stage that I do not believe "you" and ask you to stop bullshitting, …

Iran's President call to wipe out Israel from the map

With the intense debate about Iran's president's comments (which is again were taken out of context, as usual) none of the leaders of the “free nations” dared to remember the quotes from Israeli leaders over time, which called for destruction of Palestine and Palestinians, destruction of neighbouring countries and urging to disregard the international laws.May be Iran's president called for the urgency of destruction of "Israel" as disgrace phenomena in the contemporary history, but the Israeli leaders were carrying out their declared and undeclared objectives of destroying other states. In the process to achieve this, they totally disregarded more than 70 UN resolutions - what a wonderful "democracy". Yet “Israel” dared to call for expulsion of Iran.
Iran to date did not violate any of UN resolutions. It did not and does not occupy any other nation's land. It also does not, till now, possess any weapons of mass destruction.
We need here to remember t…

Protest as Gore speaks to Jews - Article in The Australian (8/11/05)

AL Gore's first visit to Australia for 2 1/2 years started in controversy last night when the former US vice-president addressed a fundraising event for the Jewish National Fund.More than 1000 members of Australia's Jewish community attended the dinner, held at Sydney's Randwick Racecourse.
But the former presidential candidate was greeted by a small group of pro-Palestinian protesters gathered at the front gate to the racecourse, waving flags and calling for the federal Government to strip the fund of its tax-deductible charity status.
The Coalition for Justice and Peace in Palestine said the funds raised at the event would be spent supporting the construction of new Jewish settlements in disputed territories.
Jamal Daoud, interim convenor of the coalition, called on the Howard Government to put a stop to the Jewish fund's use of its status as a tax-deductible charity to support construction activity in the arid Bnei Shimon region in North Negev.
"We are concerned th…

John Howard had done it again.

It seems that John Howard had done it again.

Yesterday, his approval rate was the lowest since the Tampa, and the problems with corruption claims of wasting millions of dollars deceiving Australians about his Industrial Relation Vandalism (he calls them “reforms”).

His notorious minister, Philip Ruddock, was facing a hard time trying to sell Australians the needs to rush through the Anti-Terrorism laws, when there is no immediate need for them.

So today we woke up at about 3 am to the noise of the “Apache” to learn later on in the morning about the cowboy-like raids on homes of “suspected terrorists” in the poor suburban Muslim Ghettoes.

Peter Costello, whose eyes are still on the job of PM, declared that the new amendments last week to “strengthen” Anti-Terrorism Laws were crucial in such raids to “foil major terrorist attacks on Australian soil”. We learnt later that the suspects will be tried under the normal criminal code, and there was no need for the new amendments!

Do we need great …

Submission to the People's Inquiry into Migration Act – November 2005 - was originally submitted to the senate committee about the same issue.

1- Processing and assessment of visa applications

By comparing statistics and numbers we can reach very clear conclusions that the processing of applications (for many categories of visas not only for protection ones) is not according to consistent regulations and procedures. The government treats many holders of certain visa categories as criminals, liars and law-cheaters as a general principle. This is why the rejection of the applications by people seeking protection and spouse visas was very high at the departmental level, yet the acceptance of the same cases by the RRT or MRT was very high.

The regulations and directions seem to have been that the applicants for these categories are liars and need to be rejected without reason, ie the applicants were not innocents until proven guilty but the way around.

The issue here is why these inconsistencies were not investigated to determine why there was a high rejection rate for genuine refugees at the departmental level then the opposite at…

The Australians needed to be alert and alarmed - was published on Sydney Indymedia on 15 June 05

The detention of Australian resident Cornelia Rau, deportation of the other Australian Vivian Alvarez and unjustified detention of more than 200 Australian citizens or permanent residents have made me definitely both alert and alarmed.

I am now taking all precautions not to go out alone, I inform somebody of my whereabouts, and keep two mobile phones with me. I now carry at all times my driving licence, Medicare card, bank card, and my Australian passport... I am armed to the teeth with documents to prove that I am not “illegal”. I have also started to be very disciplined and take my place in the queue everywhere I am going to. I am even considering now getting married (or at least have a permanent girlfriend) just in order to not be alone at any time. After all, being in the wrong place at the wrong time could end up with me in the hands of DIMIA officials; then it will be difficult to locate me again for years!!

It seemed, just few years ago, that holding Australian citizenship wo…