Islamist site on Mugabe, Kerbala
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Here's an "issue" on the on-line Islamist "magazine"
New Trend put out by the Pakistani I met at David
Irving's conference last September. The two articles
-- on Mugabe and the Shiite meeting in Karbala are
both quite interesting.
New Trend Magazine (www.newtrendmag.org) [Biggest
Islamic web site in the U.S.]
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Mugabe: A New Mandela from Africa Speaks out
Calls Attack on Iraq "Grave, Criminal Act"
Mugabe tells US govt to 'go hang'
Posted Tue, 22 Apr 2003
Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe on Monday told the
US government to "go hang" and said the US-led
coalition's operations in Iraq were "a grave
Mugabe, in an Easter interview broadcast on state
television to mark the nation's 23rd anniversary of
independence from British colonial rule, said
Western countries described him as a dictator in the
mould of Saddam Hussein.
"When you stick to your principles they say you are a
I am not a dictator," he said.
In Iraq, "you have a death toll of children, you have
people without limbs, you have in international crime
that is being committed ... a grave criminal act,"
Mugabe accuses Bush of vote rigging
Mugabe castigated the State Department's top official
on Africa, Walter Kansteiner, and President George W.
Bush over US criticisms of last year's presidential
elections in Zimbabwe.
Mugabe narrowly won a vote condemned by independent
observers as swayed by political violence and vote
"Who is Kansteiner to denounce the validity of our
election? If he doesn't listen, let him go hang. Bush,
of all people, is saying so. We stick by our
election verdict. What happened in Florida? Who of the
two of us cheated on elections? It was obviously
Bush," Mugabe said.
The United States and the European Union, along with
Zimbabwe's oppositionMovement for Democratic Change,
have refused to accept the results of last year's
The US government has imposed travel restrictions on
Mugabe and officials in his government and ruling
Mugabe acknowledges hardship but defends policy
Mugabe acknowledged the southern African nation was
facing its worst economic crisis since independence in
1980 and had experienced "three years of suffering"
since he launched an often violent program to
confiscate thousands of white-owned farms. But he
defended the land-reform policy.
"We are delighted at last our land is now the people's
land. The white man has been displaced by the black
man. We are strong politically," he said.
Mugabe described the opposition as "neo-colonialist
extensions of Britain" and "agents of imperialism"
nurtured by British Prime Minister Tony Blair and
white farmers, the descendants of British colonial-era
"Let it be known we are not totally independent until
we take over our land.
Now the land is in our hands, we have the capacity to
improve the lot of our people. These hardships are
going to go," he said.
Zimbabwe suffers acute shortages of food, gasoline and
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[Report by our Iraq Monitor]
U.S. Media's Coverage of the Karbala Gathering:
Covering Up the Tragedy of Iraq
There was something eerie about the U.S.
media's three day coverage of the Shia gathering in
Karbala. Muslims have always complained about the
difficulty of getting their activities reported in the
Historic anti-U.S., anti-Bush, anti-war rallies in
Indonesia, Morocco and many other countries did not
get more than passing reference in the U.S. media.
Pakistan's unprecedented marches by millions in
Karachi, Rawalpindi, Lahore, Peshawar, Quetta and
Hyderabad got near ZERO coverage. [The only above
zero report was negative, with the false claim that
70,000 had turned up in Lahore.]
Atrocities against Iraqi and Palestinian
Muslims, even when reported by the Arab media, have
been kept off the air in America. No one here saw
what happened to Kurds of Ansar al-Islam or the people
of Basra or to Baghdad's civilians owing to the U.S.
Rachel Corrie, the sweet rose of America, a
household name among people of conscience from San
Francusco to New York, has yet to appear on U.S. TV.
Why? She gave her life in trying to stop Israeli
atrocities against Palestinians, crushed by an Israeli
bulldozer intent on demolishing a Palestinian home.
Then came the gathering in Kerbala. EVERY MAJOR
TV CHANNEL, both cable and the evening network news,
reported it for three days. Note the main points:
1. The U.S. media were enthusiastic about the
gathering. NOT ONE NEGATIVE WORD WAS SAID ABOUT THE
GATHERING. No snide comments about Shi'ism!
2. CNN, MSNBC and others insisted, REPEATEDLY,
that there were at least a million people there. Some
remarks were also made about TWO million being there.
[Compare with how much difficulty anti-war marchers
have had WITHIN the U.S. in getting the media to
report marches of 100,000 or more people.
CNN has tended to whittle down half a million people
to one hundred thousand.]
3. The photography, however, gave the lie to the
figure of one million. The crowd at Kerbala did not
appear to be more than 30 to 50 thousand.
Not a million!
4. The media insisted that THERE WERE AT LEAST
SOME people calling for removal of U.S. troops from
Iraq. These very few anti-U.S. banners, specially
prepared in English for the media, were given extra
5. Just in case Americans really thought that
these people were anti-U.S., there was an interview
with the ayatollah in charge who made it very clear
that he and his people were very grateful to the U.S.
[6. CNN HEADLINE NEWS almost gave the game away by
saying that in Saddam's time too such gatherings were
held but then "people used to come in buses and
cars and there was high security."]
Our Analysis: A gathering in Kerbala is nothing
strange or unusual. All Muslims honor the grandson of
the Prophet (pbuh). However, the media gave it
maximum coverage to create the impression that IRAQ IS
NOW FREE. Thus, bleeding, torn, looted, pillaged Iraq
was presented as "free and liberated" through this
filming of crowds at Kerbala.
People no longer have to think that B-52s and
B-1s were used to bomb a crowded city like Baghdad,
that thousands of civilians were killed and maimed,
that Iraq was defenseless against American tanks, and
fidayeen and mujahideen gave their lives trying to
stop tanks with RPGs and AK47s.
People no longer have to question the burning of
the Qur'an library, the looting of museums, the
desecration of the resting place of Shaikh Abdul
Qadir Jilani, the attack on the mosque of Imam Abu
Hanifa. All that is to be replaced with crowds
celebrating in Kerbala.
The extra touch by the organizers of the show
were the handful of anti-U.S. banners to provide
"authenticity" and give credence.
The Shias are allowing themselves to be used,
throwing salt on the wounds of the Ummah. They will be
used and discarded but will have successfully aroused
suspicion against themselves. [Compare with the
situation in Mosul where U.S. troops fired on civilian
demonstrators, killing 11 and wounding more than 100.
The U.S. entered Mosul with a tremendous show of
military power, tanks and Apaches, to quell the
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