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Hizb ut-Tahrir held ‘Shoe carrying' protest demonstrations in Islamabad, Lahore, Karachi and Peshawar against American military bases and Black Water

Hizb ut-Tahrir held protest demonstration in Islamabad, Karachi, Lahore and Peshawar carrying shoes which were inscribed with the slogan of "End American Raj, Close US embassy & bases". The aim of this shoe carrying demo is to assure the masses that America can only be kicked out of this region.


 Press Release The secular government that believes in capitalism and works as the agent of the imperialists has completely failed to secure the right and honour of women

 In a press release issued today the official spokeswoman of Hizb ut-Tahrir in Bangladesh Fahmida Farhana Khanam condemned and expressed deep concern regarding the recent incident of raping a minor girl of class ten and selling the video of that disgusting immoral act by Ahsan Kabir alias "Tiger Mamun" who is a leader and notorious cadre of Chatra League and loyal company of Awami league MP from Pirojpur. Awami league cadre Tiger Mamun raped the minor girl and sold the secretly taken video as pornography in the market. Besides this, gang rape of another college girl was led by Tariqul Islam Sentu, president of Chatra League, Najirpur College from the same district. But the police and the authority kept quiet about the matter for an unknown reason.

Fahmida Farhana Khanam said that the heinous and animalistic actions under the nose of the authority and the police department when the prime minister, the foreign minister and the interior minister of this country are women prove that the imperialist agents, believers in democratic values and the secular grand alliance government have completely failed to secure the honour of the women of this country. Moreover, the so called women's right organizations have kept silent about these incidents mysteriously.

Today women have become cheap commodity for personal benefit. As a result, abundant display of naked and half naked body of women in large billboards, magazines and both the electronic and print media have become the means of 

booming business. To attain personal gain, women are being forcefully raped and those criminal activities are sold in the market as high priced pornography. It doesn't matter how many laws are being legislated to secure the right of women, the capitalist government will never secure the honour of women. Also the borrowed solutions of "women empowerment, education and equal rights" by the so called women's organization from the west will never secure the honour and rights of women of this country. The increasing rate of women abuse in the west clearly proves their failure in this matter.  

Fahmida Farhana Khanam said in the history of mankind the honour, respect and the right of women at its utmost height were truly established only under the shade of Khilafah "Caliphate" state. The history is witness that according to the saying of Rasulullah (saw), women could travel great distances wearing valuable ornaments and the security of their lives, wealth and honour were not breached even in the slightest manner. Fahmida Farhana Khanam urged all Muslims including women not to get bewitched by the cheap slogans of the west. She called upon them to reject the present capitalist system of life and join the front line for re-establishing Khilafah "Caliphate" system which will guarantee women's honour, right and security.

Fahmida Farhana Khanam

Official Spokeswoman of Hizb ut-Tahrir in Bangladesh

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INTERVIEW: Hizb ut-Tahrir's view on Lebanese politics

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This interview was published on Asia Times Online.

By Mahan Abedin

Osman Bakhach is the deputy chairman of the Executive Committee of Hizbut Tahrir (HT) in Lebanon. Prior to 2007 he was in the media office of HT Lebanon. He was born in 1960 in Tripoli, north Lebanon. He joined HT in 1977 when he was at high school. Bakhach completed his university studies in medical engineering and is currently the head of the biomedical engineering department at a major hospital in Beirut.

Hizbut Tahrir was founded in 1953 in Palestine by Sheikh Taqieddin Nabhani. Since then the party has spread all over the Muslim world and amongst Muslim communities in the West and according to conservative estimates it has hundreds of thousands of members worldwide. As a trans-national and Pan-Islamic party HT is committed to re-establishing the Islamic Caliphate and as such it regards all the nation-states and regimes in the Muslim world to be illegitimate.

Mahan Abedin: What is HT's analysis of the recent Lebanese elections (June 2009) and its aftermath?

Osman Bakhach: Lebanese politics is intermixed with the regional politics of the Middle East, which, in turn, reflects the chess game of international politics and the major power's quest for domination and influence in the region. The June 2009 election was the latest episode which showed that Lebanon has never been a viable independent state since its creation by the colonial French in 1920. Lebanon is the place where conflicting political interests in the Middle East clash. Lebanese politics has always been shaped by regional and international players, and the latest election merely confirmed this fact.

Although the so-called 14 March coalition [led by Saad Hariri's Future Movement] won the elections they have been unable to form the government while the losers, the so-called March 8 coalition [led by Hezbollah] continue to wield their veto power, which is the continuation of the status quo forged by the Doha Agreement of May 2008. This balance of power - which flies in the face of notions of a national unity government - reflects competing geopolitical interests in the Middle East. Meanwhile, the Lebanese people continue to put up with tough economic conditions and in fact their living conditions are steadily deteriorating.

MA: Conventional wisdom in the West regards the March 14 coalition as pro-Western and conversely views the Hezbollah-led March 8 coalition as anti-Western. Does HT subscribe to this analysis?

OB: No, we don't. We consider both camps to be aligned with the West. On the surface the opposition is regarded as anti-Western because of its regional backers, namely Iran and Syria. Notwithstanding Syria's role as a major power-broker in Lebanon, we need to bear in mind that when Syria moved into Lebanon in 1975 it did so with the full backing of the United States government. Since then the Syrian role in Lebanon has been coordinated with that of the United States, and has fully served American interests.

MA: There has never been a conflict of interests between Syria and the United States in Lebanon throughout this period?

OB: Not a bit!

MA: What about Iran's strategic and ideological relationship with Hezbollah?

OB: Since the Iranian Revolution of 1979, Iran has striven to become the dominant player in the region. Iran has given full support to Hezbollah and recently even to Hamas. The question that we have for the Iranian regime, which claims to be Islamic and supportive of Islamic interests on a global scale, is where they stand vis-a-vis the American presence in the Middle East. Our position is that without active Iranian complicity, the United States would not have been able to occupy Iraq and Afghanistan, and on that basis we don't see any conflict between Iran and America.

MA: Does that mean that you don't see a deep rift between Hezbollah's role in Lebanon and American interests in this country?

OB: We don't say that Hezbollah is fully aware of the grand games being played out in the Middle Eastern setting. Hezbollah has heroically resisted Israeli aggression in Lebanon. No one can deny the sincerity of their sacrifice. But at the end of the day Hezbollah is no more than an instrument in the hands of the Iranian and Syrian regimes in their complex strategic positioning and deal making with the Americans.

MA: But surely you can't deny the fact that the Americans wish nothing but ill-will towards Hezbollah. They would like nothing better than to see the group disarmed and, better still, disbanded altogether.

OB: The Americans will have no problem in disarming Hezbollah when the group's mission expires. For now and until further notice, Hezbollah is a useful instrument in the hands of the Iranian and Syrian regimes and ultimately the Americans' requirement to balance Israeli hegemonic ambitions in the Middle East.

MA: Most experts believe that American and Israeli interests in the Middle East are virtually indistinguishable and your analysis flies in the face of all conventional wisdom.

OB: Indeed! Israel is useful as a springboard for the Western colonial project. Let's not forget that Israel was created by the British to serve a distinct colonial agenda. With the eclipse of British colonial interests in the Middle East, the Israelis served US colonial interests. But we need to bear in mind that the US has vast interests stretching from North Africa to Central Asia, in the so-called Greater Middle East. In this vast geo-strategic space Israel is merely a small player and American interests go far and beyond securing the Zionist entity. This point has been underlined more brazenly in recent years by senior American politicians and strategists who are concerned that unconditional American support for Israel is damaging long-term American interests in the so-called Greater Middle East region. The bi-partisan Baker-Hamilton report (also known as The Iraq Study Group Report) of December 2006 was a case in point. Indeed, none other than Zbigniew Brzezinski [1] has openly called for the US Air Force to shoot down any Israeli planes crossing Iraqi air space to attack Iran.

MA: There is broad international support - in the form of United Nations resolutions - for the disarmament of Hezbollah. Where does HT stand on this issue?

OB: We place Hezbollah's weapons within the greater context of fighting the Israeli aggression. We maintain that Israel is an illegal and usurping entity and must be eliminated. In this regard any and every force that counters the Israeli threat is legitimate and we are against their disarmament. In short, we are against the disarmament of Hezbollah.

MA: But Hezbollah has shown a propensity to use its weapons against internal political actors in Lebanon. Where does HT stand on the armed conflict that erupted in Beirut and elsewhere in May 2008?

OB: Sadly, the events of May 2008 exposed the Achilles' heel of Hezbollah. Hezbollah suffers from myopic strategic vision. The events of May 2008 exposed Hezbollah's weakness and brought its dependence on Iranian and Syrian strategic maneuvering into sharp relief. We hope that Hezbollah learns from its mistakes and develops a more comprehensive long-term strategy. A strategy based upon the reversal of the colonial legacy of the Sykes-Picot mutilation of the Muslim nation. We maintain that any other vision is doomed to fail, and is no more than knee-jerk reaction to the rules imposed by the Western colonial order. From the Islamic perspective, nothing can justify Hezbollah sitting idle during the last Israeli aggression against Gaza in December-January 2009.

MA: To what extent did the events of May 2008 heighten sectarian tensions in Lebanon?

OB: Not surprisingly, Hezbollah's blunder re-opened old wounds and divisions. We at Hizbut Tahrir completely reject sectarian notions of Shi'ite and Sunni, especially insofar as they militate against Islamic unity.

MA: How can you call it a blunder when you consider the fact that Hezbollah's armed intervention achieved the movement's goals, at least in the short-term? They managed to annul two controversial government decisions and more importantly won the veto concession at Doha. Most people would say that is a resounding success.

OB: On the surface your analysis is trenchant. However, when you look at the reality and dynamics of Lebanese politics, the [Fouad] Siniora government did not have the ability to enforce the two decisions. They were just ink on paper. Hezbollah committed a strategic blunder to secure an empty tactical victory. It traded its reputation as a fearless and heroic anti-Israeli movement for a pyrrhic tactical victory. Even the Doha agreement did not give anything substantial to Hezbollah since Hezbollah has had a veto power all along.

MA: You mentioned earlier that HT rejects sectarianism in Lebanese politics. But does HT reject sectarianism on wider religious and ideological levels as well?

OB: HT categorically rejects any sectarian and nationalistic categories and descriptions. We refuse any such distinctions between Muslims. Our position is that such categorizations serve the interests of the enemies of Islam and the Muslim Umma [community]. It is no secret that the colonial West has used the "divide and conquer" strategy to split the Muslim nation into dozens of feuding mini-nations. The recent catastrophes in Afghanistan, Iraq, Sudan, Yemen and Palestine are vivid examples of this strategy.

MA: How does HT propose to bridge the deep religious divide between Shi'ite Muslims and Sunni Muslims?

OB: We have successfully bridged this gap within our organization. We have Sunni and Shi'ite Muslims in our ranks. Indeed, the chairman of HT's Executive Committee in Lebanon (the effective leader of the organization in Lebanon), Dr Mohammad Jaber is a Shi'ite Muslim.

MA: But HT is widely regarded as a predominantly - if not exclusively - Sunni organization.

OB: It depends where you are; in Iraq that may not be the case.

MA: But take Lebanon where Shi'ites and Sunnis are evenly balanced; what percentage of your members in Lebanon are Shi'ite Muslims?

OB: We don't base our statistics on such categories.

MA: HT was born in Palestine, which is in the Sham [Levant] region; would you say that more than 50 years later this region remains your center of gravity?

OB: In a way you could say so, without at the same time belittling the impact and strength of our mission throughout the Muslim Umma. We have a strong presence throughout the Muslim Umma, from Indonesia to Morocco. To give you an example, we planned for a major conference in Turkey on July 26, yet two days before that the Turkish government launched a massive crackdown on HT members and arrested more than 200 members of the party in 23 Turkish provinces.

MA: Why has the Turkish government been harsh to HT lately?

OB: The Turkish police made a childish allegation when they arrested some HT members on weapons charges. This was a childish gimmick, especially since everyone knows that since day one HT has been recognized as a completely non-violent party. In the atmosphere created by the so-called war on terror, the Turkish government has tried to present HT as a security threat in order to justify a crackdown. However, it has only succeeded in relinquishing its last fig leaf of legitimacy by claiming to be a democratic state led by a supposedly "Islamic" party.

MA: Would you agree that the project to re-create the caliphate is further away than ever?

OB: You should review HT's last global conference, held on July 21, 2009, in Indonesia [2] where 5,000 scholars and Ulama [legal scholars of Islam] from all corners of the Umma issued a call to Muslims everywhere to work for the re-creation of the caliphate. This is strong evidence that the party's work is strengthening and day by day we are getting closer to achieving our goal.

MA: It is one thing to hold a conference in Jakarta, but what resonance does that have on national politics in different Muslim countries?

OB: Islam supersedes any national reference. The conference in Indonesia gathered scholars from most countries in the Muslim world. It is part of the party's annual global drive to commemorate the collapse of the caliphate in 1924. In 2007, the conference in Jakarta attracted over 100,000 participants, with many not able to participate due to the stadium reaching full capacity. Other conferences were held in Lebanon, the United Kingdom, Denmark and Sudan. In Turkey, the conference was scheduled to be held on July 26 but the Turkish government aborted it by the massive crackdown it unleashed on July 24, 2009. Hizbut Tahrir also held an international conference in February 2009 in the Sudanese capital Khartoum to address the international financial and economic crisis.

MA: There is a growing academic discourse in the West that Islamism and Islamist groups are in crisis and decline. How do you counter this argument?

OB: The fact that local regimes in Syria, Saudi Arabia and even Turkey, which is supposed to be a democratic state, resort to harsh crackdowns to stem the appeal of the Islamic message, clearly demonstrates the growing appeal of this message. If Islamist groups were really in decline then there would be no need for these brutal and costly police and security tactics.

MA: HT has been known to have a dogmatic and unfavorable attitude towards other Islamist groups. Have you revised your opinions and are you now willing to consider some of these groups as equal partners in the grand project of re-establishing the Islamic caliphate?

OB: The project to re-establish the caliphate is not a monopoly of HT; this is the mission of the Muslim Umma. As such we call on every Muslim, at an individual and group level, to join in the effort. We believe that recent geopolitical events, namely the occupations of Afghanistan and Iraq and the on-going Israeli occupation of Palestine, have strengthened the unity of the Umma and driven home the urgency to create a global state that can protect Muslims from their enemies. Surely we would have preferred for the Muslim nation to accept our vision decades ago, without going through the endless suffering and humiliations. Events over the past few decades have proven both the correctness of our diagnosis of the ills besetting the Muslim Umma and our vision to restore her dignity and pride. Once the idea of Muslim unity is deeply entrenched nothing can prevent its manifestation in reality.

1. See How Obama Flubbed His Missile Message
2. For more details see Conference of the Ulema - Indonesia

Mahan Abedin is a senior researcher in terrorism studies and a consultant to independent media in Iran. He is currently based in northern Iraq, where he is helping to develop local media capacity.


Views on the News 1/10/09

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Is Europe about to be overrun by Muslims?
A number of prominent European, American politicians and journalists seem to think so. The historian Niall Ferguson has predicted that "a youthful Muslim society to the south and east of the Mediterranean is poised to colonize a senescent Europe ". And according to Christopher Caldwell, an American columnist with the Financial Times, Muslims are already "conquering Europe 's cities, street by street". So what if Muslims account for only 3 percent to 4 percent of the EU's total population of 493 million? In his book Reflections on the Revolution in Europe: Can Europe Be the Same With Different People in It? - Caldwell writes: "Of course minorities can shape countries. Another worry is the growing Muslim population in Europe . Caldwell claims in his book, "have a long track record of underestimating their vulnerability to ‘primitive' ones". As the London Daily Telegraph, quoting Caldwell, asserted last weekend, Britain and the EU have simply ignored the "demographic time bomb" in their midst. Caldwell is convinced that

"Muslim culture is unusually full of messages laying out the practical advantages of procreation." Many Western thinkers are advocating radical measures to deal with this problem. Bruce Bawer, whose book While Europe Slept: How Radical Islam Is Destroying the West from Within suggests that European officials, who are "in a position to deport planeloads of people everyday", "could start rescuing Europe tomorrow".

So much for tolerant Europe - the harbinger of freedom and pluralism. Clearly when it comes to Muslims both at home and abroad, their ideals give way to demagoguery and bigotry. How can Europe claim to possess values that are universally applicable?

UK pushing for an attack on Iran
This week MI6 intelligence Chief Sir John Scarlett has been told that Saudi Arabia is ready to allow Israel to bomb Iran 's new nuclear site. The head of MI6 discussed the issue in London with Mossad chief Meir Dagan and Saudi officials after British intelligence officers helped to uncover the plant, in the side of a mountain near the ancient city of Qom . The site is seen as a major threat by Tel Aviv and Riyadh . Details of the talks emerged after John Bolton, America 's former UN ambassador, told a meeting of intelligence analysts that " Riyadh certainly approves" of Israel 's use of Saudi airspace. Foreign Secretary David Miliband acknowledged that the danger of a nuclear arms race in the Middle East was "particularly potent" and refused to rule out military action altogether but he insisted: "We are 100 per cent focused on a diplomatic solution." Gordon Brown, US President Barack Obama and French President Nicolas Sarkozy have warned Iran 's leader Mahmoud Ahmadinejad that he must allow in weapons inspectors or face more sanctions.
Contrary to public perception it is Britain and not the US that is pushing for a strike on Iran . America concessions over the past year or so, and its efforts to resume dialogue with Iran have angered Israel . Britain seeks to exploit this anger and instigate an attack on Iran 's nuclear plants.

Saudi praises Obama's peace overtures towards Muslims
Underscoring the widening reach of interfaith dialogue, a senior Saudi official praised the US president Barack Obama yesterday for infusing discussions among the faithful of various religions with new vigour. On the opening day of a two-day interfaith conference Abdullah al Turki, the secretary general of the Mecca-based Muslim World League, said the US leader had "contributed in creating an atmosphere of more understanding between the followers of religions and cultures through bridges of dialogue". The tribute to Mr Obama appeared to be a reciprocal gesture, for in his prepared remarks, Mr al Turki noted that the US leader, in his June speech to the Muslim world in Cairo , had singled out Saudi Arabia 's King Abdullah for undertaking his interfaith initiative. The conference, notably taking place in the heart of Protestant Christian Europe, is the fourth such meeting sponsored by Saudi Arabia and comes a week after King Abdullah dedicated a sprawling, state-of-the-art university for science and technology in the desert 80km from.

Afghanistan: Tensions between EU and US lead expulsion of UN official
As American troops move deeper into southern A senior United Nations official has been removed from his post after rowing with his superior and the Afghan government about how to deal with the fraud-riddled election. Peter Galbraith, the number two UN official in the country, agreed to temporarily leave Afghanistan earlier this month after a dispute with Kai Eide, the organisation's senior diplomat in Afghanistan . The American diplomat, who is a close friend of US envoy Richard Holbrooke, had angered the Afghan government by demanding a wholesale recount of votes in a heated meeting with electoral officials. State-owned Afghan newspapers went on to attack Mr Galbraith for interfering in Afghan affairs leaving Mr Ban to decide his position was untenable. The split between the top two in the UN Afghan mission has mirrored deep divisions in between the US and EU on over how to deal with an election mired in fraud.

US threatens to expand its war inside Pakistan
This week the US has told Pakistan that it may start launching drone attacks against the Taliban leadership in the city of Quetta in a major escalation of its operations in the country. The US State department and intelligence officials delivered the ultimatum to Asif Ali Zardari, Pakistan 's president, last week as he visited the US for the United Nations' Security Council sessions and the G20 economic summit. US Ambassador to Pakistan Anne W Patterson has said, amid reports that Washington may start drone attacks on Balochistan's capital. "In the past, we focused on Al-Qaeda because they were a threat to us. The Quetta Shura mattered less to us because we had no troops in the region," Ambassador Patterson was quoted as saying in the course of a dispatch in The Washington Post, which says that Taliban insurgents have a haven in Pakistan .
"Now our troops are there on the other side of the border, and the Quetta Shura is high on Washington 's list," she said.

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