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  • Zafar Khan
    Oct 3, 2005
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      Iraq war delayed Katrina relief effort, inquiry finds


      Relief efforts to combat Hurricane Katrina suffered
      near catastrophic failures due to endemic corruption,
      divisions within the military and troop shortages
      caused by the Iraq war, an official American inquiry
      into the disaster has revealed. The confidential
      report, which has been seen by The Independent,
      details how funds for flood control were diverted to
      other projects, desperately needed National Guards
      were stuck in Iraq and how military personnel had to
      "sneak off post" to help with relief efforts because
      their commander had refused permission.

      Insurgents guilty of war crimes against civilians


      Insurgent groups fighting US and British forces in
      Iraq are responsible for war crimes against civilians,
      says a report by an international civil rights group.
      Human Rights Watch details examples of shootings,
      bombings and beheadings which have claimed thousands
      of lives in the most extensive compilation of
      atrocities by rebel groups.

      ‘Will we be next?’
      U.S. prepares for terrorist attack many expect will


      With the Pentagon still in flames from the Sept. 11
      terrorist attack, Shawn Kelley arrived to survey a
      surreal scene: mangled metal, charred ruins and
      firefighters hosing the smoky roof, crawling over
      rubble, searching for survivors. Kelley had come to
      the Pentagon to help deal with a terrorist strike on
      America. Four years later, he’s working to prevent

      Hijabs conceal the hair but reveal the heart
      No, they are not oppressed. Yes, they will wear the
      scarves forever. And yes, this is what they want.


      It was the first day of school. She took a seat in
      English class by friends, who didn't seem to know her.
      Roll call began. "Nuri Wafayee?" the teacher said,
      raising her eyes from the paper. Wafayee raised her
      hand. Her friends gasped and looked confused.

      'The cardinal rule ... you don't target civilians'


      Brian Whitaker on a new Human Rights Watch report
      examining the aims and methods of the insurgency in

      EU breakthrough on Turkey


      EU foreign ministers reached a deal today aimed at
      clearing the way for formal membership talks to begin
      with Turkey, EU officials said. However, there was
      still some confusion surrounding the situation, with a
      spokesman for the Turkish prime minister, Tayyip
      Erdogan, saying later that Ankara had not yet agreed
      to a deal.

      Abbas told to form new government


      The Palestinian leader, Mahmoud Abbas, was today
      ordered to form a new government amid concerns over
      mounting militant violence. The Palestinian parliament
      voted 43-5 for Mr Abbas to reshuffle his government
      within two weeks. It had initially planned to vote on
      a no confidence motion against the government, but the
      vote was replaced by the speaker's proposal.

      Colonel blames Blair over Iraq 'catastrophe'


      Lack of political leadership from Tony Blair is
      putting British troops at risk in Iraq, according to a
      former commander of the British invasion force.
      Britain could lose the war against Iraqi insurgents
      and risks being driven into neighbouring Iran.

      Colonel Tim Collins - famed for the speech he
      delivered to his men in the 1st Battalion of the Royal
      Irish Regiment hours before they went into action in
      March 2003 - described the situation in Iraq now as "a
      right rollicking cock-up".

      A proud Turkey hesitates at the EU crossroads

      The ins and outs of joining Turks are growing angry at
      the tight conditions being imposed on their entry into
      Europe. As support for joining wanes, Jason Burke
      reports on the divisions besetting Istanbul

      Sunday October 2, 2005
      The Observer


      Just off the bustling Istiklal Street on a hill above
      the Golden Horn is a small art gallery. With its open
      space and whitewashed walls, it is an island of peace
      in a teeming, noisy city. At its centre is what looks
      like a straightforward piece of contemporary art -
      four huge fibreglass horses and a set of flat-screen
      video displays.

      US hits Iraqi villages near Syria


      More than 1,000 US troops, backed by helicopter
      gunships and jets, yesterday launched a major
      offensive against Iraqi villages on the Syrian border,
      claimed to be in areas used by al-Qaeda. The latest
      attack was launched just two weeks before a referendum
      on a controversial new constitution for Iraq and after
      a week that has seen more than 200 Iraqis, mainly
      Shias, die in gun and bomb attacks.

      Sunni death cult is pushing Iraq towards civil war


      A fundamentalist Islamic sect that slaughters Iraq's
      majority Shia community as heretics is pushing the
      country ever closer to civil war.

      Car bombs targeting Shias have killed 110 people, 25
      of them children, in the past five days. The latest,
      yesterday, was in Hillah, south of Baghdad: 12 were
      killed and 47 wounded.

      Hamas loses ground in West Bank election

      · Fatah dominates armed group in local poll
      · Israel launches raids after rocket attack from Gaza


      Fatah, the largest Palestinian political party, has
      maintained its dominant position over the Islamic
      group Hamas in local elections in the West Bank. The
      faction of the Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas,
      won 54% of the vote while Hamas received 26%. Fatah
      controls 61 out of 104 authorities and Hamas 28.

      Vote backs amnesty for Islamist guerrillas


      Algeria's government yesterday said it had won
      overwhelming support for a broad amnesty for Islamic
      guerrillas and would soon draft laws allowing fighters
      to be released. The interior minister, Noureddine
      Yazid Zerhouni, said there had been a 97% yes vote in
      Thursday's referendum, which is intended to bring an
      end to more than a decade of guerrilla war. He also
      said the turnout had been unusually high at around
      80%, despite the fact that polling stations in and
      around Algiers appeared largely empty for most of the

      After Demise Deedat's Legacy Lives on


      DURBAN, October 3, 2005 (IslamOnline.net) – As I
      entered the large room, I was overcome by awe. I could
      not believe that I was standing in the same place
      where hundreds of people received the message of Islam
      from the enigmatic icon who used to sit behind the
      very desk I was facing. This was the office in which
      late Sheikh Ahmed Deedat, armed with little more than
      a plate of bhajias (Indian chilli-bites) and samoosas,
      smilingly piloted many an indignant visitor to a state
      of total submission to Islam.
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