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ABU DHABI — Depois do ocorrido com Tara Fares, ex-miss Bagdá com quase três milhões de seguidores no Instagram que foi assassinada no último mês, uma ex-miss iraquiana declarou ter deixado o país rumo a Jordânia após ser ameaçada. Uma das mensagens...

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IRNA – Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani said on Tuesday that some tries to disrupt friendly ties between the Islamic Republic of Iran and Iraq, but to no avail. Speaking to...
          Here's Why I Love Iran — Even When My Country Sees It as an Enemy      Cache   Translate Page      
Wondering about American indifference about the war we're ramping up for has had me thinking about why I love Iran.

I was living in Harlem.

It was a few weeks after 9/11 and when Mahsa rang and let me know that she would be in New York, I was happy and excited.

Her brother and I had been friends for over ten years.

We always said our meeting was destined.

As the only two kids of color—I am Black American and he is Persian—in an otherwise all-white Women in Religion class at DePaul University, something in my heart knew he would be my friend for life. I’ll never forget the look of agony in his big blue eyes when after opening the door to that crammed classroom he encountered a sea a white faces looking back at him, no one budging to indicate they would make room as he courageously closed the door behind him, turned and bared the stark gaze of the tall, lanky, pasty professor with the thick Eastern European accent, intensifying the mood with “Why don’t we wait to continue since some of us don’t know how to get to here on time.”

Somehow in that moment, our eyes locked and I hurriedly moved my bag and beckoned him to come sit next to me. Shaun made his way through the sea of kids, barely letting him through the tight aisles. By the time he sat down, sweat trickling from his brow, he was relieved and I was relieved for him and we both laughed under our breath. When he rifled through his bag looking for a pen and couldn’t find one—another long pause from our professor—we both laughed again as I handed him one of mine.

We become one in that moment, representing a warm cocoon of support to protect us through the white supremacist death by a thousand cuts that can choke and kill with its vicious silences and pauses that wither you from the inside out and have no balm but the knowing, empathetic understanding that laughter and friendship can heal.

Even though he was born in Iran, I here in America, we had many things in common. He was organized into his understanding of Whiteness in Wilmette and I got my credentials in Fairfield, Connecticut. Different places, same stuff. Our families were the only people of color in extremely affluent communities and the day to day experiences, that remind you every day of how alien and unlovable you are, would leave their mark on our psyches, well after we’d graduated high school and found one another in that classroom at DePaul University.

Getting together was healing. He and his cousins became fixtures at my house whenever there were barbeques, family get-togethers and parties. When I met Shaun I didn’t know much about Persian history and culture, just what I remembered from what became known as the “hostage crisis,” and the Shah of Iran, years before.

I was eight years old when a group of Iranian college students shut down a building in a place called Tehran. They were holding fifty or so Americans inside the embassy and wouldn’t release them until their demands were met. My mother said the students were standing up for themselves because America was “doing them like they do us” and “they know how it is.” My mom and the Iranian kids seemed to be on the same page because at some point, soon after the “crisis” began, the students released the women and the Black Americans, let them walk right out of the embassy. It made so much sense and I was so impressed with the reasonableness of their actions. “Women hold a special place in our society and Blacks live under American oppression and tyranny.”

Even though the white broadcasters tried to reduce the gesture to a publicity stunt, watching those people march out of the building, the women coming home to their children and the Black Brothers with their afros, coming home to their families, after that the students had my vote. And I got the message, for the first time in my life, that Black people in America had something in common with Black people and other people of color, all over the world.

We were one.

The students knew it. They said it for everyone to hear and now I knew it too.

Hanging out with Shaun reminded me of that. We had good times together and my mom and dad adored him, treated him like he was one of their own. We danced, partied, ate as much barbeque as we could hold, had great cocktails and just enjoyed life together. My parents taught him how to play Bid Whist, Black folk’s version of Bridge. Going to Shaun’s place, either his parents' house out in Wilmette or his apartment down the street from our place in Lincoln Park, was just the same. Just good times. When he cooked, my gosh, the food was magnificent! Well-seasoned meats with fresh, delicious herbs, perfectly cooked fluffy rice with these gorgeous, aromatic dips and sauces. The art on his walls was impeccable and the energy in his apartment was always flowing. Like my family, Shaun was hospitable, caring, a lovely conversationalist and knew how to have a good time, and he cared about people.

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We had so many things in common.

So of course, years later when his baby sister Mahsa came to New York, I was excited to host.

She arrived, smartly dressed like a low-key, genius poet in her well-tailored men’s sports jacket, a black turtleneck, jeans and expensive but understated loafers. Mahsa had always been elegant and gorgeous. We walked down to People’s Choice, the most delicious homemade Jamaican food in New York City. I think we got oxtails with peas and rice and cabbage. Neither one of us could get over how extraordinarily delicious the food was. We ate and we talked about her work and mine. We’d all since left Chicago, years ago. Shaun to Los Angeles, me to New York City and Mahsa to Tehran. She’d done a women’s magazine, Bad Jens, and had become a serious organizer of community over there. On this trip she was working at the UN with Shirin Ebadi, doing translation work for her papers, books and speeches. Even though Mahsa was really humble about it, which was her way, I knew from her proud brother that her work with Shirin Ebadi was a really big deal.

Since 9/11 had just gone down, and Bush was pushing us to go to war with Iraq, I took the opportunity to make sense of all that had happened in that part of the world. “Why are we always fighting and complaining about Iraq and Iran?” I asked as we chomped away. “And what’s the deal with Afghanistan?” I admitted to her something that I had hidden from myself, that even though I was pretty active in international situations that impacted Black people and people of color globally, Haiti, South Africa, Venezuela, that I knew very little about the Middle East. It just became something that was always already happening… so ongoing that I just tuned out. Mahsa was one of those people, that even though she was crazy smart, brilliant really, you didn’t have to pretend that you knew something that you did not.

She explained about the oil. She explained about the pipelines. She explained the grip of American imperialism, the destruction of the cities of Middle Eastern antiquity and the pillaging of museums and libraries by American armed forces throughout the years and the slow, steady march to Iraq that the U.S. was directing to Iran. That seemed outlandish to me, that Iran would ever be treated in that fashion. When she started talking about the incessant bombing, the destruction of Beirut came up and I informed her that back in the early '80s, Black folks likened the most cracked-out, left behind areas of our own communities to this city, “South Side of Chicago lookin’ like Beirut,” I’d hear brothers and sisters say.

Mahsa shook her head and smiled slightly and then gave me a glimpse of the history of the beauty and majesty of this gorgeous Lebanese city. She was clearly disturbed by the information, but her gentle, non-judgmental telling of these things, in a tone demonstrative of patience and inner peace, her deep intellect and elegance, amplified a sense of what Americans did not know or like to think about, that ours was a young, foolish country… a big, ignorant, bully baby and that we had lost our way. Completely. Most of us unaware of what was really happening in our names, and for oil, imperialism and what Bush kept calling “our way of life,” around the world, especially in the Middle East, with people, who like my mother’d said all those years ago “know how it is.”

We do not like to even consider what we have destroyed and in that destruction what has been lost, forever, to the world. What we have lost is friendship, culture, love, peace, endless possibilities and all of the wonderful things that come from life when you are trying to crush, kill, and control. Somewhere along the way, in a quest for assimilation, peace and acceptance, and just probably worn downness, Black Americans forgot too, that we have something in common with our brothers and sisters in the Middle East. The greatest blow from the War Economy is that it separates us. Eventually, it separated Shaun and I… understandably. After all, it is difficult to maintain friendships with folks when your country makes habit of lying, stealing, cheating, murdering and spreading hate, making their lives here and back home, a misery.

America was and still is running around, destructively taking… snatching things... from people, with whom Black folks, Native people, LatinX in the land known as the United States have something in common.

As I look at the bombed-out streets of the countries that the United States has attacked, and ripped apart, dusty, dirt heaps where gardens used to grow, I have to look at my own communities, here in the United States. Areas with no green spaces or parks and the prisons swollen with human energy relegated to slavery. Flint, Michigan, with no drinkable water source, Deep East Oakland with nowhere to buy living foods and soil so destroyed by pollution that you can’t grow any… children climbing out of tents in homeless encampments in downtown Oakland, while tech millionaires look down on them from their sprawling condo apartment windows. The United States is waging the same war on the people of the Middle East, that it is waging here on Black folks, LatinX, Indigenous people and poor Whites, here in our local communities.

This truth takes me back to that look on Mahsa’s face when she told me of the beauty of precious Beirut and the pure glory of what stood there before the dust and the rubble.

I have always had the sense that being reminded of what we have in common, (in addition to being targeted by the most destructive force on the planet… the American government…) would create a solidarity that could truly organize peace on its own, between the people most heavily enslaved, marginalized and victimized by the virus of War Economy which spreads by keeping us fearful of one another and separates us. I have always had the sense that if the Black and LatinX children on the South Side of Chicago understood that the bullets flying by and through their heads and the food deserts in which they reside are a construction of the engineers of the War Economy, which inflict death upon all that they cannot control, as they do today to the children of Yemen and Afghanistan, and God forbid, Iran, that they would have a different sense of their possibilities and self-worth in the world. I have always had the sense that if we remembered what the Iranian students were really saying and doing when they released the folks who “suffered under American oppression and tyranny,” just like they did… that we would all be unstoppable… together… because knowing that we all have something in common is the first step towards growing and sustaining a local peace economy.

The good news is that we get a chance to start again, everytime we open our eyes and begin a new day.

When I tell people that our government is ramping up to a war with Iran, a glaze comes over their eyes. It’s like yelling fire in a crowded theater but nobody moves because they’re too busy enjoying their buttered popcorn and watching the movie… so you have to start explaining that fire not only burns… but it can kill you.

Get up and run!

Are we that used to waging war in America that no one even bats an eye?

Photo Credit: CODEPINK

Or is it because Iran is this faraway place where they’re not like us... and practice a different religion… have different values… a place where the people have nothing in common with us? This glaze over the eyes thing has happened so much that I have to wonder what has happened in my life that makes me understand that loving the Iranian people is as natural as loving my own people... as natural as knowing that they are my people.

Wondering why my fellow countrymen and women do not connect in the same way has shaken me up a little… a lot... and had me thinking about why I love Iran.

I want to dedicate this piece to Mahsa Shekarloo, who left our world on September 5, 2014. May all the girls and women, around the world and especially Iran… Persia, know that she organized, loved and sacrificed so that they could be free. And to her dear brother, Arash, aka Shaun, who is my friend… for life.

Learn more and join CODEPINK's We Love Iranians campaign here.

This article was produced by Local Peace Economy, a project of the Independent Media Institute.

 

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I did open a position in VEGBX (Vanguard Emerging Market Bond Admiral Shares), Vanguard's active EM bond fund, when it went live last December.



Despite the fact that emerging market equities have tanked over that period, VEGBX has not. It is actually my best-performing bond fund over that period. (That is not saying much.)



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VWOB and VEGBX certainly approach Emerging Markets in different ways, and I think cap-weighted indexing may be problematic when it comes to EM bonds. VWOB is of course a "Government" index, but there are govt.-owned corporations issuing bonds which are also included in it. I suppose VWOB would fall under "USD sovereign" in Nisi's graphic above, contrary to VEGBX. Anyhow, here's a look at their holdings as posted in their respective Vanguard profile pages. Of course there's that elephant in the room - maybe call it a panda:



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Authored by Mike Krieger via Liberty Blitzkrieg blog,

And we recently discovered, if it was not known before, that no amount of power can withstand the hatred of the many.

– Marcus Tullius Cicero

Americans are brought up to believe all sorts of myths about the country we call home. We’re told our economy is a free market meritocracy governed by the rule of law. We’re told our civil liberties, enshrined in the Bill of Rights, are inviolable and protected by the most powerful military in the world. A fighting force entrusted with the admirable and monumental task of defending freedoms at home, and democracy and human rights abroad. We’re told we exist in a system of self-government, in which our votes matter and our voices heard. In practice, none of this is true.

The fact of the matter is American citizens in 2018 are just a nuisance for the real power players. Useful as consumers, but increasingly problematic as larger numbers start to ask questions about how things really work. For far too long, we’ve been ignorant and willing accomplices in our own bondage. This allowed the concentrated and unaccountable power that really calls the shots to go for broke in recent decades, with unsurprisingly tragic results.

Only recently have things started to shift. Increased levels of barbarism abroad and corruption at home during the 21st century — under both Republican and Democratic administrations — have shaken many Americans from a long stupor. Irrespective of where you sit on the political spectrum, most people know something’s not right. People don’t agree on the details of what’s wrong, and there’s certainly no consensus on solutions, but increasing numbers of us know something’s very broken.

I try to look at things from a big picture perspective, and from that angle I see too many people focused on the symptoms of cultural decay versus root causes. Not enough people seem to be taking a step back to see that at the core of today’s broken socioeconomic and political paradigm is an American citizenry fundamentally entangled in various abusive relationships with power. This post will highlight three of these relationships. The first with government itself, the second with central banking, and the third with the dominant political parties.

When it comes to the relationship of U.S. citizens to the politicians and bureaucrats in Washington D.C., there’s no indication that anything remotely resembling self-government is happening. Rather, the relationship is far more like that of a servant to a master. The powerful in this country have declared themselves above the law and beyond accountability on too many occasions for it to be an accident. Rather, it’s clearly unwritten public policy at this point. For starters, key players who pushed the Iraq war during the George W. Bush administration, such as John Bolton, are never held accountable. Instead, they’re promoted to even more influential roles many years later.

Equally troubling, leaders of intelligence agencies like John Brennan who supported torture during the Bush years, ran the CIA while it spied on a Senate investigation into torture and then lied about the spying, likewise face no consequences for their actions. Rather, Brennan ends up with a corporate media gig as an MSNBC/NBC “resistance” pundit. Same thing with former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper. He lied under oath about domestic government surveillance, gets caught following the Snowden revelations, and then nothing at all happens to him. He leaves government many years later, joins a think tank, and becomes a CNN contributor.

Of course, this whole above the law thing extends well beyond government officials. We saw how bankers who tanked the global economy as a result of systemic and extremely lucrative fraud schemes received bailouts instead of jail sentences. We should never forget that not a single bank executive went to jail. When a class of powerful super predators are placed above the law, society dies.

Let’s now dig a little deeper into the economy. It’s still a relatively under appreciated fact that the most powerful players commandeering and influencing the U.S. economy, in a fashion similar to a communist politburo, are a collection of unelected central bankers. These people can bring an economy to its knees via interest rate hikes at a moments notice, or bail out powerful financiers should that need arise as we saw explicitly in 2008/09.

Moreover, what’s most instructive about central bank policy is that it always seems to help connected speculators and Wall Street hooligans versus the general public. One thing you’ll notice if you watch the Fed steer the economy over the course of its cycle, is it doesn’t really get going with rate hikes until wage pressures emerge. In other words, once your average worker starts to get some leverage in the labor market the Fed ends the party. The same thing’s happening again right now.

Then, after asset markets crash and the economy enters a recession, central banks will rapidly lower rates to start the cycle all over again. Naturally, the people who benefit most from all this are speculators and those investors with access to low rates who buy assets on the cheap. Meanwhile, you probably got kicked out of your home and continue to face double digit interest rates on your credit card balance. Then years down the road, as soon as the labor market tightens and you get a couple of raises, the Fed again will hike rates and end the expansion.

The Fed makes up all sorts of excuses for why it doesn’t care about asset inflation or commodity price inflation, but the moment wage pressures emerge it jacks up rates and ends the cycle. As I mentioned earlier, it’s happening right now all over again, and it’ll become increasingly clear over the next year or so. This economy isn’t a free market in any real sense, it’s largely a rigged oligarchy. Another abusive relationship designed to enrich a particular type of charlatan.

Finally, I want to touch on America’s dominant political parties. Two corrupt organizations that fully support and defend the pernicious, abusive relationships described above. While they certainly disagree on many things, when it comes to supporting the existing paradigm that empowers politicians while in office, and enriches them when they leave to become lobbyists, they are united. Basically, the two parties bicker about how to deal with the symptoms of a rigged and systemically corrupt government, but never confront or oppose the structural root causes of it all.

What’s most incredible to me is how we continue to put up with this scam as a people. If you look over at Europe, the old political parties have been getting decimated at the polls. Political parties that barely had any support, or didn’t even exist a few years ago, are surging ahead and in some cases taking power. Meanwhile, we Americans are still playing footsie with the Democrats and Republicans. At least Trump was able to overcome establishment opposition and get the GOP nomination. Bernie Sanders was not so lucky, as his response to being the victim of a rigged primary has been to shepherd his supporters into the arms of the corrupt Democratic establishment that hates his guts. It’s a genuine national embarrassment.

That being said, the fact we remain stuck in this pathetic two-party political dungeon tells me something important. It tells me we’re still very early in the populist wave here in the U.S. It tells me that while people are increasingly fed up, they aren’t nearly as fed up as they could be. When people have finally had enough, you’ll know it. We’re steadily building up to that moment, but not there yet. There’s no way to know exactly how this period of time will play out, but I do know what emerges on the other side won’t look like anything like what we have today.

Unfortunately, even if we intelligently deal with all the abusive relationships described above, I still think political power in the U.S. is far too centralized to be healthy. Outside of essential civil liberties, I don’t think it makes any sense to assume we need uniform ways of doing most things, and decision making should be far more localized. Nevertheless, even at the local level, the abusive relationships described above can become problematic, so it’s always important to be cognizant of them.

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Heather Nauert
Spokesperson
Department Press Briefing
Washington, DC
October 9, 2018



Index for Today's Briefing
  • INDONESIA
  • DEPARTMENT
  • SAUDI ARABIA
  • SAUDI ARABIA/TURKEY
  • MIDDLE EAST PEACE
  • ISRAEL
  • IRAQ
  • NORTH KOREA
  • CHINA
  • UNITED NATIONS
  • CHINA
  • AFGHANISTAN

    TRANSCRIPT:

    3:12 p.m. EDT

    MS NAUERT: Hi, everyone. Good afternoon. Nice to see you all. Okay, a couple announcements to start before we’re able to take a few questions today.

    First, I’d like to address the earthquake and tsunami in Central Sulawesi in Indonesia, and I’d like to say that the United States is coordinating closely with the Government of Indonesia to respond to the earthquake and tsunami that struck there. Since I spoke to you last week, the United States, through USAID, is now providing a total of $3.7 million in assistance through our partners to deliver essential relief items, including shelter kits, blankets, hygiene kits, solar-powered lamps, and other lifesaving aid. USAID is also airlifting heavy-duty plastic sheeting to Indonesia to provide for emergency shelter needs of up to 110,500 people. USAID has deployed a team of disaster experts to coordinate our humanitarian response efforts and is supporting a U.S. Forest Service emergency operations expert who’s on the ground providing technical support to the Government of Indonesia’s disaster response.

    The Department of Defense has provided three C-130s and has already transported nearly 30 – 63 metric tons of disaster relief supplies into the affected areas. The U.S. Government has also provided advanced technologies to help the Government of Indonesia map the disaster area.

    In addition, American companies have also mobilized to respond with financial donations, heavy equipment, transportation, and other humanitarian supplies. The U.S. citizens we were aware of in the affected areas have been evacuated. We have no reports of U.S. citizens who have been injured or killed by the earthquake or the tsunami, and we urge any additional U.S. citizens in the affected areas to contact their loved ones directly and update them on their social media status. If you’re in the affected area and need emergency services, please contact the local authorities.

    Next, I want to address something that the Secretary raised last week because nothing has changed. There are still 65 State Department nominees sitting in the United States Senate. That’s over a quarter of all the senior-level confirmable positions that the United States Department of State is tasked with using to achieve its diplomatic outcomes. There is bipartisan agreement that a fully staffed State Department is critical to American national security. The State Department has been criticized for having gaps in leadership positions, but now we’ve done our part to fix that; now the Senate needs to do its part.

    As the Secretary has said, these candidates are quality candidates. They’re not sitting on the Senate floor because of objections with respect to their quality, their professionalism, or their excellence and ability to deliver American foreign policy. The Secretary had addressed this last week, and he said we have members of the Senate for whom partisanship has now driven delay and obstruction of getting America’s diplomatic corps into every corner of the world. What Senator Menendez and other members of the Senate are doing to hold back American diplomacy rests squarely on their shoulders.

    And with that I’d be happy to take your questions. Anne, you want to go ahead?

    QUESTION: I wanted to ask about Jamal Khashoggi.

    MS NAUERT: Mm-hmm.

    QUESTION: Have you received any response from Saudi Arabia since Secretary Pompeo registered concerns regarding his disappearance?

    MS NAUERT: Sure. Let’s start out – first, I’d like to say I imagine that most if not all of you saw the statement that we put out last night. You probably also heard the President’s comments about it yesterday and also the Vice President’s tweet that he put out yesterday.

    From the Secretary on down, we have been engaged in this matter. This is something that we’ve been following. I understand that the President intends to speak with the Saudis, so I’m not going to get ahead of that conversation that the President may be having.

    In the Secretary’s statement, he said that we’ve seen conflicting reports about his status. We’re not going to make any judgments about what had happened to him. The United States is certainly concerned about his whereabouts. Senior officials at the State Department have spoken with Saudi officials through diplomatic channels about the matter. We call on the Government of Saudi Arabia to conduct a thorough and transparent investigation.

    QUESTION: It was nearly a week between his – first reports of his disappearance and that statement from Secretary Pompeo. Why was there such a delay between those two events?

    MS NAUERT: So are you assuming that taking time to put out a statement means that the State Department has not been doing anything? Is that your assumption?

    QUESTION: What was the State Department doing before the statement came out?

    MS NAUERT: The State Department was engaged at the highest levels and also at the working level and having conversations with Saudi Government officials, and I’ll leave it at that.

    QUESTION: And then so what was the reason behind that delay in the statement coming out?

    MS NAUERT: I wouldn’t – I wouldn’t call it a delay. The United States Government, as we handle situations in other countries as well, sometimes we decide to conduct our conversations and to conduct our diplomacy more privately than publicly because we feel that that could have the best outcome, and I’ll leave it at that.

    Okay. Hi, Lesley. Go ahead.

    QUESTION: Hi. Welcome back.

    MS NAUERT: Thank you.

    QUESTION: You must be exhausted, having just arrived.

    MS NAUERT: Kylie is here, I’m here, so we’re doing okay for so far.

    QUESTION: Just arrived last night. Yes.

    MS NAUERT: Yes.

    QUESTION: Has the U.S. seen any evidence that Jamal might be alive?

    MS NAUERT: We don’t know what has happened to him. We don’t have any information on that. That’s why I want to say we don’t want to make any judgments about what happened, and we call for a thorough and transparent investigation.

    QUESTION: You’ve called for a thorough and transparent inspection from the – investigation from the Saudis, but what about the Turks? Have you asked them for their evidence, if they’ve seen --

    MS NAUERT: I don’t have any information on that. I think that would be in the FBI’s lane and local investigators’ lane.

    QUESTION: But you said you – they – that on these diplomatic channels you’ve spoken to the Saudis, but what about the Turks?

    MS NAUERT: I don’t have any information on that. I would imagine that through the course of our conversations with the Turkish Government – we have many conversations with the Turkish Government – that this has certainly come up.

    QUESTION: But that would be – that would be P, yes?

    QUESTION: Did the Secretary --

    MS NAUERT: Just hold on. Hold on.

    QUESTION: On Friday, I saw on the Public Schedule that Mr. Hale had a meeting with the Turkish ambassador here at the State Department.

    MS NAUERT: I was out on Friday, so I don’t recall what was on his private – on his public schedule. I’d have to just double-check on that, okay?

    QUESTION: Okay. So --

    MS NAUERT: I’m not saying it didn’t happen. I’m just not aware of it if it did. I was out on Friday.

    Go ahead.

    QUESTION: Since this happened on Turkish soil, wouldn’t speaking to the Turks and being part of their investigation be absolutely key to --

    MS NAUERT: I did not say that we have not spoken with the Turkish Government. I just don’t have any information on it at this moment. Okay? If I have anything in addition for you, I’ll let you know.

    Hey, Carol.

    QUESTION: Hi. Can I ask a follow-up on Jamal Khashoggi?

    MS NAUERT: Sure.

    QUESTION: So the UK foreign secretary has said that if the reports are correct, “We will treat the incident seriously.” I wanted to ask why can’t – or why has not Secretary Pompeo said that if the reports are true and the Saudis, our allies, turn out to be cold-blooded killers, that there will be repercussions?

    MS NAUERT: I think that would be entirely a hypothetical question, and so if the Brits decide to comment that way, they’re more than welcome to do so. But we’re going to wait until the facts come out, and we call again for a thorough and transparent investigation.

    QUESTION: Will there be repercussions?

    MS NAUERT: Carol, I’m not going to get ahead or assume that anything happened. We’re calling for a thorough and transparent investigation. And again, let me say this one more time: I’ll leave it at that. I don’t have anything more for you on this today.

    QUESTION: Can you just confirm if it was Pompeo?

    QUESTION: Does the Secretary plan to speak himself with his counterpart in Saudi Arabia, and did he raise this question when he spoke with the crown prince last week?

    MS NAUERT: I can confirm --

    QUESTION: There was a readout --

    MS NAUERT: I can confirm that the Secretary has had phone conversations, but I don’t have any of the details. And some of those would just be private diplomatic conversations, which I will not be able to read out. Last time I’ll say this: I don’t have anything more for you on this today. If and when I have more, I will bring it to you. Okay?

    Go right ahead.

    QUESTION: On the Palestinians.

    MS NAUERT: Yes.

    QUESTION: Two quick --

    QUESTION: Is it okay? Can I have one more follow-up on Khashoggi, please?

    MS NAUERT: Sir, I don’t have anything --

    QUESTION: It’s in relation to what you just said.

    MS NAUERT: I don’t have anything more for you on that.

    QUESTION: Let me just --

    MS NAUERT: When I do, I would be happy to give it to you.

    QUESTION: Let me just ask my question, and you decide if you don’t want --

    MS NAUERT: Okay, I’ve not met you before, but go right ahead. Welcome to the State Department. And tell me your publication.

    QUESTION: Fadi Mansour with Al Jazeera. I’ve been covering this place for 10 years now, thank you very much.

    MS NAUERT: Pardon me?

    QUESTION: I’ve been covering this place for 10 years. I don’t come every day because I cover other places.

    MS NAUERT: Okay. Well, it’s nice to meet you. You’re welcome anytime.

    QUESTION: Yes. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to ask questions. So --

    MS NAUERT: Go right ahead. And this will be the last question on this. Go ahead.

    QUESTION: Thank you. So the fact that you called on the Saudis to carry an investigation, is the State Department assuming that Saudi Arabia is responsible for the whereabout of Khashoggi?

    MS NAUERT: We’re not assuming anything. Only because it was their consulate, we’re asking them to conduct an investigation.

    QUESTION: Thank you.

    MS NAUERT: Said, go right ahead.

    QUESTION: Yes, very quickly, U.S. envoy Mr. Greenblatt said that the Trump plan, the deal of the century, is heavily focused on Israeli security. Does that mean that you guys are giving up on the two-state solution, or you see the – you don’t see any, like, contradictions between focusing on Israeli --

    MS NAUERT: This is something that we have talked about for a very, very long time. We support that if both parties --

    QUESTION: And this was --

    MS NAUERT: -- if both parties can agree to it.

    QUESTION: Right.

    MS NAUERT: That hasn’t changed.

    QUESTION: But this was only yesterday. I mean, he went out of his way to say that it is focused on Israeli security. What does that mean to you?

    MS NAUERT: I’m not going to parse his words. I’d just refer you back to his comments. But our position has not changed. As the President has laid out, as he did not too long ago at the UN General Assembly, that we support a two-state solution if both sides can agree to that.

    QUESTION: And one quick question on a young American student who has been detained in Israel for the past five days because she supports BDS. Are you – can you share with us if you’ve done anything? Has she contacted the American embassy, or are you in touch with her? Do you know her whereabouts?

    MS NAUERT: We are aware of her case. Our embassy is providing consular access, as we would to all American citizens. We value freedom of expression. You and I have talked about this many times.

    QUESTION: Right. Many times.

    MS NAUERT: Also in cases where people don’t agree with local policies or even the United States policies. Ultimately, it is up to the Government of Israel to decide who it wants to let into the country. I don’t have anything more for you on that.

    QUESTION: But she – this young woman, Lara Alqasem, she has a visa. She was accepted at the Hebrew University. She was going there to study and so on. She – all of the stuff that she should have done was already done. Are you not concerned about that?

    MS NAUERT: Said, it’s ultimately up to the Government of Israel, or any country for that matter, to decide which individuals, which Americans, it wants to let in. Okay?

    Hi.

    QUESTION: Heather, the issue is not that she wasn’t allowed in. It’s that she’s being detained.

    MS NAUERT: Excuse me. Or being detained. I don’t have any information beyond that. Okay?

    Laurie, go right ahead.

    QUESTION: Hi. Nadia Murad, the Yezidi woman who was captured by ISIS and help captive, just won the Nobel Peace Prize, as probably everyone knows, and she spoke yesterday. And she did note one positive point, the start of de-mining in Yezidi areas, which I assume is related to Secretary Pompeo’s announcement in July at the Religious Freedom conference of extra money for de-mining in the northern Iraq religious minority areas. So they’re very happy with that, but overall it was a grim picture, and among her complaints was no justice for Yezidis. And you and others, including the UN, have recognized ISIS’s assault on the Yezidis as genocide, but the Iraqi Government hasn’t. Are you prepared to put any pressure on them to do so?

    MS NAUERT: I’m not familiar with her remarks. Of course, I’m familiar with who she is. She was one of the guests at our religious freedom ministerial that was held over the summer, and we were so proud to have hosted her here. My understanding is that the Vice President is meeting with her – I believe it’s today. The Secretary and I had a brief exchange about her becoming one of the co-winners of the Nobel Peace Prize, and we’re really proud of her. She’s a very heroic woman, who’s done so much to advance the cause of not just religious freedom but also freedom for women, especially freedom from sexual crimes.

    I don’t have her comments. I don’t have those remarks, so I’m just not going to comment on it beyond that.

    QUESTION: How about her call for an international criminal trial for those members of ISIS who have committed these crimes against Yezidis?

    MS NAUERT: I’m afraid I just don’t have anything for you on that today. Okay?

    QUESTION: South Asia?

    MS NAUERT: Okay, hi.

    QUESTION: Heather?

    MS NAUERT: How are you?

    QUESTION: Thank you. Welcome from (inaudible).

    MS NAUERT: Thank you.

    QUESTION: Okay, on North Korea, this trip – has Kim Jong-un submitted a list of nuclear facilities, or you got anything from him for evidence of nuclear list?

    MS NAUERT: We sure did. We made a lot of progress. As you know, we just got back last night from three – four countries in I think it was three days. So it was a very busy time. The Secretary and Chairman Kim discussed the four pillars of the Singapore summit. That was something that was important for them to do. They spent considerable time together. The Secretary and the President, of course, have referenced that since – the Secretary just over at the White House, speaking about this.

    Among the things they also discussed was an upcoming second summit that would be attended by our President and also Chairman Kim, and we look forward to working on all of the details of that. They also agreed to instruct their respective working level groups, led by Steve Biegun, our special representative, and also his counterpart who was named in North Korea, to start intensifying discussions on some of those four pillars that were laid out in the Singapore summit.

    As you know, Chairman Kim had invited inspectors to visit the Punggye-ri nuclear test site to confirm that it’s been irreversibly dismantled. We were pleased with that. And President Trump looks forward to continuing to build upon the trust that was first established at the Singapore summit.

    So we view it as making a lot of progress. We’re pleased with that.

    QUESTION: But North Korea has already destroyed Punggye-ri nuclear site and Tongchang-ri missile site. They --

    MS NAUERT: I think we can say this: We can affirmatively say that they invited a group of journalists out to watch something take place. Inspectors have not been there yet. So inviting inspectors to join, to take a look, and do their work is entirely different from what we’ve seen already.

    QUESTION: Is that happen for denuclearizations?

    MS NAUERT: I’m sorry?

    QUESTION: Is this have for the denuclearizations, for what you – U.S. exactly needed to, but -

    MS NAUERT: That would be a positive step forward, and Chairman Kim agreed to that, to have inspectors at that site.

    QUESTION: Follow up on --

    MS NAUERT: Okay. Go ahead. Let’s just – hold on, I’ll come back to you. Hi.

    QUESTION: So you’ve made progress on a Trump-Kim summit. Do you have any idea of, like, the timing on that? Like, will it be before the end of the year or sometime afterwards?

    MS NAUERT: Well, as the President has said – and I’m not going to get ahead of the President, of course, but the President has said he looks forward to seeing Chairman Kim soon. As you all remember, when we were planning for the Singapore summit, that takes time. There are a lot of details that are involved in pulling together a summit of that magnitude. We need to find a place that both countries can get to. We have to compare schedules – Chairman Kim’s schedule, the President’s schedule, the Secretary’s schedule, probably National Security Advisor Bolton’s schedule – a lot of schedules. We also have to identify a place that has the infrastructure that is needed to accommodate 5,000 journalists. I believe there are 5,000 that were accredited last time.

    So there are a lot of things that come into play here, and so we are hard at work at that. I know Steve Biegun looks forward to having follow-on conversations with his counterpart about some of those details that go into the summit. And as soon as we have something for you, we’ll let you know. Okay.

    QUESTION: So would you say that the – what you’re waiting for to announce even a time or a location for that, is it all just logistical, then?

    MS NAUERT: Well, Michelle, as I just said, and I’ll repeat it again: A lot goes into this. We start with --

    QUESTION: I heard that. Yeah. You don’t have to repeat it.

    MS NAUERT: We start with comparing schedules.

    QUESTION: You don’t have to repeat it.

    MS NAUERT: Okay.

    QUESTION: I’m trying to save you some time. So are you saying that it’s all logistical before you announce a date and time, or are you waiting for North Korea to do something?

    MS NAUERT: We are looking forward to having our second summit. The President is looking forward to doing that. The timing of that will ultimately be announced by the White House. It’ll be a White House led meeting. And when we’re ready to announce that, we will.

    QUESTION: But the question is --

    MS NAUERT: Yeah.

    QUESTION: -- since you listed all the logistics involved, are you simply waiting for logistics, or are you waiting for North Korea to do something related to denuclearization?

    MS NAUERT: We have not said anything about waiting for North Korea to do anything more -

    QUESTION: Okay.

    MS NAUERT: -- in order to have that summit. Okay. Nick.

    QUESTION: And when you say a lot of progress, since Punggye-ri is by many accounts an aging facility that’s already been destroyed, by allowing inspectors to come there and see this, which is not necessarily key to North Korea’s current and future nuclear program, why would you characterize that as a lot of progress?

    MS NAUERT: Michelle, I think that’s a very good step. I’ll go back and say it one more time. What you have seen were a bunch of journalists brought out to that site and you saw some sort of an explosion. Sending in inspectors to take a look around is an entirely different step and a step in the right direction, and we think that that’s progress, along with the other things that were addressed in the meeting.

    Nick, go ahead.

    QUESTION: Just as a follow-up to that, I think one of the big questions is what exactly the administration, Secretary Pompeo, President Trump, actually want to achieve from this summit. What’s the main – the headline goal for --

    MS NAUERT: I’m not going to get ahead of the President. The Secretary firmly believes – and I know that this is much to your dismay, to reporters’ dismay – that our negotiations are best handled in public, so I’m not going to get – negotiate it here with all of you from the podium, and I’ll let our experts do the negotiating and do their work and not get ahead of that.

    QUESTION: Heather --

    MS NAUERT: Hi.

    QUESTION: Follow-on on that. The first summit was about general commitments, complete denuclearization by Chairman Kim. Do you expect from the next summit to achieve broader agreement with the ways and --

    MS NAUERT: I’m not going to get ahead of what is being discussed at that summit, okay.

    QUESTION: Not what is being discussed, but what you expect.

    MS NAUERT: My job is not – my job is not to lay out what our policy will be.

    QUESTION: Because we see your goal; we don’t see your method. So --

    MS NAUERT: And – okay, so that’s a fair point. You see our goal, but you don’t see our method. That is something --

    QUESTION: Do you want to do it – work in progress, step by step, or do you want to have a deal --

    MS NAUERT: That is something that we will discuss --

    QUESTION: -- with everything inside?

    MS NAUERT: We will discuss that with the North Koreans and not the broader public, not the media, because we believe that negotiations – some of these complicated negotiations – are best handled between our country and theirs. And our objective is to get to the fully, final, verified denuclearization of North Korea. We are working hard toward that goal. We think we’ve made progress and we’ll continue working toward that goal.

    QUESTION: Ambassador Haley --

    MS NAUERT: Hi. Go ahead. Hi.

    QUESTION: India.

    QUESTION: Welcome back.

    MS NAUERT: Thank you.

    QUESTION: So Secretary Pompeo did not meet with the Chinese President Xi Jinping on Monday. Could you please shed some light on what happened? And what is – what was the reason given – provided by Chinese Government? Because it’s a understanding that arrangements were being made for this meeting to happen.

    MS NAUERT: We never announced any specific meetings ahead of our trip to China. Is it not every time that the Secretary would go to any given country that he would be meeting with the president of that country. Sometimes he does; sometimes he doesn’t. And so that was just a reflection of this trip, but I know the Secretary had good, constructive meetings with his Chinese counterparts that he met with yesterday.

    QUESTION: Ambassador Haley --

    QUESTION: Has the U.S. asked to such meeting to happen? Has the United States asked China – ask Chinese Government to arrange a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping?

    MS NAUERT: Not to my knowledge. Anything going forward, we’ll let you know when we have that planned.

    QUESTION: Would you characterize U.S.-China relationship as a strategic competitor?

    MS NAUERT: Well, look, they’re certainly a competitor. It’s a complex and broad-based relationship that we have with China, as you all saw in the comments and exchanges between the Secretary and his counterparts. We have areas of common interest. North Korea is one of them. Working to combat illegal narcotics is another area where we work well together. We also have areas of disagreement and areas where we have challenges, and we’ll keep working together on that. It’s obviously an important relationship that we need to work hard to maintain. Okay.

    QUESTION: Ambassador Haley --

    MS NAUERT: Yeah. Yes, go ahead.

    QUESTION: Ambassador – very quickly. Was the Secretary surprised that Ambassador Haley resigned? Does he have any comment? Could you share with us what was his reaction?

    MS NAUERT: Well, I think the Secretary addressed that from the White House today, in which he talked about what a great partner Ambassador Haley has been. The Secretary and Ambassador Haley have worked very well together since the beginning of this administration, but I would say more closely once he became Secretary of State. At the working level, from my level, her team and Ambassador Haley have been wonderful to work with. Sorry to see her depart. This happens, of course, in administrations. The Secretary, I think, is sorry to see her depart as well.

    I’m not going to get into who knew what when and all of that. What is ultimately important is that the President knew about her decision well in advance. They had those conversations. I’m not privy to those conversations, so I’d have to refer you to the White House for that. We’re sorry to see her go and thank her for all her incredible service that she’s done on behalf of the U.S. Government and on taxpayers at the United Nations.

    QUESTION: May I just follow up?

    MS NAUERT: Okay. Okay.

    QUESTION: A follow-up?

    MS NAUERT: Last question. I’m going to have to go.

    QUESTION: So we saw the exchange of rhetorics when Secretary Pompeo was in China. Would you say those tensions now between United States and China would spill over to your cooperation on North Korea at this very critical time?

    MS NAUERT: We don’t think so, because China again and again has said to us, publicly and privately, that they are committed to the denuclearization of North Korea. They understand that; they recognize that. They recognize the importance of that matter. We don’t think they’re backing away. What we do say, though, is that countries including China and Russia can always do more. They can do more, but they are also one of the countries that had voted for UN Security Council resolutions, and so we expect those to uphold those.

    I’ll do one last question. Nazira, hi.

    QUESTION: Welcome back.

    MS NAUERT: Were you at the White House earlier today?

    QUESTION: Yes.

    MS NAUERT: Did I see you?

    QUESTION: Yeah.

    MS NAUERT: I thought I saw your yellow over there.

    QUESTION: Yeah.

    MS NAUERT: She gets around.

    QUESTION: Okay. Thank you.

    MS NAUERT: Thank you.

    QUESTION: Heather, I have two question, one question regarding Afghan delegation. Dr. Abdullah was here. What is their – do you think that they have any achievement? Do they meet any high officials, U.S. authority?

    MS NAUERT: I’m afraid I don’t have any information if – as to whether or not Dr. Abdullah was here at the State Department or here in Washington. I can look --

    QUESTION: He was in New York. I’m asking about General Assemblies at the – New York.

    MS NAUERT: Oh, he was in – oh, at the General Assembly.

    QUESTION: Did he have any meeting with the Secretary of State or either President Trump?

    MS NAUERT: I don’t recall that. It seems like that was a year ago even though that was only two weeks ago, so I’m so sorry. My apologies.

    QUESTION: (Off-mike.)

    MS NAUERT: I will have to check – double-check to see if he had any meetings with U.S. officials.

    QUESTION: Two weeks ago.

    MS NAUERT: Okay. I’ll check on that for you.

    QUESTION: Yeah. The next question, Ambassador Khalilzad.

    MS NAUERT: Yes.

    QUESTION: He is in Afghanistan and he traveled to Pakistan. Do you think that useful for Afghanistan, Khalilzad mission?

    MS NAUERT: I think it’s extremely helpful to have Ambassador Khalilzad out on travel. This is part of our team on the field, having our people do what they do best, and that is going out and conducting American diplomacy around the world. He is leading an interagency delegation to Afghanistan, to Pakistan, to the UAE, to Qatar, and also to Saudi Arabia. It’s a fairly lengthy trip. His mission there is to coordinate our U.S. efforts to bring the Taliban to the negotiating table. This is still Afghan-led, Afghan-owned. Our policy has not changed in any way. But we’re proud and pleased to have him out there advocating on this behalf and we’ll be working in close coordination with the Afghan Government.

    I’ve got to go, guys. We’ll see you again real soon. Thanks.

    (The briefing was concluded at 3:37 p.m.)


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  • The State Department has ordered buyers to cut oil imports from Iran by November 4.
  • Against a backdrop of falling output from other key OPEC countries, analysts say barrels could hit $100.
  • Watch oil trade in real time here.

Less than a month before another round of US sanctions against Iran take effect, analysts say hundred-dollar oil could be on the horizon. 

The Trump administration has called on buyers to cut off oil imports from Iran in efforts to pressure the third-largest OPEC producer to change its behavior, a move that could squeeze global supply and pressure prices that are already at four-year highs. Brent, the international benchmark, is currently trading at around $85 a barrel. 

"Higher oil prices seem inevitable and, in our view, $100 per barrel is easily within reach," economists from the Bank of America Merrill Lynch wrote in a recent research note, citing a looming dropoff in Iranian production.

Iran's crude exports have fallen more than expected ahead of the sanctions, even as the Islamic Republic offers Asian customers the cheapest prices in more than a decade versus Saudi grade. According to tanker data compiled by Bloomberg, shipments dropped by just over a quarter million barrels per day in September to the lowest level since 2016. 

In hopes of preventing Tehran from moving forward with its nuclear program, European officials have been working to protect Iranian oil sales from US sanctions. But the Trump administration has portrayed those efforts as implausible, threatening to penalize companies that try to circumvent its policy. 

"The European Union is strong on rhetoric and weak on follow-through," John Bolton, the national security adviser, said in a conference speech last month. "We do not intend to allow our sanctions to be evaded by Europe or anybody else."

President Donald Trump has looked to other oil producers to pick up the slack ahead of midterm elections, but output disruptions in key OPEC countries present limits. Helima Croft, a former CIA analyst who is now head of commodities research at RBC, said plummeting production in Venezuela and Angola leaves little room to balance other supply risks in Libya, Nigeria and Iraq. 

"The countries that can increase are very small in number," she said, adding that there are questions about how long Russia can keep raising output. "It's really only Saudi Arabia at this point." 

Following requests from the White House, Riyadh said earlier this year it could increase output by a "measurable amount." While Saudi Arabia accounts for the lion's share of OPEC production, some analysts are skeptical it has enough spare capacity to fill the gap while maintaining adequate reserves. 

Trump has repeatedly taken aim at OPEC for rising energy prices, even after it came to a rare agreement to ease production restrictions in June. The 15-member group has been coordinating output levels since 2016 in efforts to tackle a global oil glut.

"We protect the countries of the Middle East, they would not be safe for very long without us, and yet they continue to push for higher and higher oil prices!" the president said in a recent tweet. "We will remember. The OPEC monopoly must get prices down now!"

That strategy may have encouraged member countries to increase production in the past, Croft said, but will likely become less effective as the global oil cushion shrinks. Output from the 12 countries bound by the supply-cutting agreement actually fell by 70,000 barrels per day in September, a Reuters survey found. 

"With Trump and these tweets, I think there are diminishing returns," she said. "In terms of going forward, we're looking at an ever-shrinking pool of OPEC barrels. You can yell at them. But if they don't have the barrels, they don't have the barrels."

While the administration has said it may grant sanction waivers to avoid supply shocks, a tactic used in the Obama era, it has still maintained an objective of sending Iranian oil exports to zero. The White House did not respond to an email requesting comment.

At $100 a barrel, the Bank of America economists said oil costs would dampen consumer demand not only for gasoline but also for other goods and services. That level of energy prices is expected to shave two basis points from global growth in 2019. 

"This is not a major impact, but it isn’t trivial either," they said. "Moreover, with oil supplies so tight any further disruption could mean a major spike in oil prices, creating more nonlinear impacts on confidence and growth."

On Monday, the International Monetary Fund lowered its global economic growth forecast for this year and next. The international lender cited in its report "rising trade barriers and a reversal of capital flows to emerging market economies with weaker fundamentals, and higher political risk."

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🌍🌐Khulafaur Rasyidin , Sahabat Nabi » Biografi ABU BAKAR ASH SHIDDIQ Radhiallahu’anhu - Khalifah islam pertama

MUHAMAD NURDIN FATHURROHMAN 

Abu Bakar Ash Shiddiq Radhiyallahu’anhu adalah satu di antara empat khalifah yang diberi gelar Khulafaur Rasyidin atau khalifah yang diberi petunjuk. beliau termasuk di antara mereka yang paling awal memeluk Islam. Setelah Nabi Muhammad Shallallahu alaihi wa sallam wafat, Abu Bakar menjadi khalifah Islam yang pertama pada tahun 632 hingga tahun 634 M. Lahir dengan nama Abdullah bin ‘Utsman.

🌐Nama

Nama beliau -menurut pendapat yang shahih- adalah Abdullah bin ‘Utsman bin ‘Amir bin ‘Amr bin Ka’ab bin Sa’ad bin Taiym bin Murrah bin Ka’ab bin Lu’ay Al Qurasyi At Taimi.

🌐Kun-yah

Beliau memiliki kun-yah: Abu Bakar

🌐Laqb (Julukan)

Beliau dijuluki dengan ‘Atiq (عتيق) dan Ash Shiddiq (الصدِّيق).
Sebagian ulama berpendapat bahwa alasan beliau dijuluki ‘Atiq karena beliau tampan.Sebagian mengatakan karena beliau berwajah cerah.Pendapat lain mengatakan karena beliau selalu terdepan dalam kebaikan. Sebagian juga mengatakan bahwa ibu beliau awalnya tidak kunjung hamil, ketika ia hamil maka ibunya berdoa,
اللهم إن هذا عتيقك من الموت ، فهبه لي
“Ya Allah, jika anak ini engkau bebaskan dari maut, maka hadiahkanlah kepadaku”
Dan ada beberapa pendapat lain.

Sedangkan julukan Ash Shiddiq di dapatkan karena beliau membenarkan kabar dari Nabi Shallallahu ’alaihi Wasallam dengan kepercayaan yang sangat tinggi. Sebagaimana ketika pagi hari setelah malam Isra Mi’raj, orang-orang kafir berkata kepadanya: ‘Teman kamu itu (Muhammad) mengaku-ngaku telah pergi ke Baitul Maqdis dalam semalam’. Beliau menjawab:
 إن كان قال فقد صدق
“Jika ia berkata demikian, maka itu benar”

Allah Ta’ala pun menyebut beliau sebagai Ash Shiddiq:
وَالَّذِي جَاء بِالصِّدْقِ وَصَدَّقَ بِهِ أُوْلَئِكَ هُمُ الْمُتَّقُونَ

“Dan orang yang membawa kebenaran (Muhammad) dan yang membenarkannya, mereka itulah orang-orang yang bertakwa”(QS. Az Zumar: 33)

Tafsiran para ulama tentang ayat ini, yang dimaksud ‘orang yang datang membawa kebenaran’ (جَاء بِالصِّدْقِ) adalah Nabi Muhammad Shallallahu’alaihi Wasallam dan yang dimaksud ‘orang yang membenarkannya’ (صَدَّقَ بِهِ) adalah Abu Bakar Radhiyallahu’anhu.

Beliau juga dijuluki Ash Shiddiq karena beliau adalah lelaki pertama yang membenarkan dan beriman kepada Nabi Muhammad  Shallallahu’alaihi Wasallam. Nabi Shallallahu’alaihi Wa sallam telah menamai beliau dengan Ash Shiddiq sebagaimana diriwayatkan dalam Shahih Bukhari:
عن أنس بن مالك رضي الله عنه أن النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم صعد أُحداً وأبو بكر وعمر وعثمان ، فرجف بهم فقال : اثبت أُحد ، فإنما عليك نبي وصديق وشهيدان
“Dari Anas bin Malik Radhiallahu’anhu bahwa Nabi Shallallahu ’alaihi Wa sallam menaiki gunung Uhud bersama Abu Bakar, Umar dan ‘Utsman. Gunung Uhud pun berguncang. Nabi lalu bersabda:‘Diamlah Uhud, di atasmu ada Nabi, Ash Shiddiq (yaitu Abu Bakr) dan dua orang Syuhada’ (‘Umar dan ‘Utsman)”

🌐Kelahiran

Beliau dilahirkan 2 tahun 6 bulan setelah tahun gajah.

Ciri Fisik
Beliau berkulit putih, bertubuh kurus, berambut lebat, tampak kurus wajahnya, dahinya muncul, dan ia sering memakai hinaa dan katm.

Jasa-jasa
Jasanya yang paling besar adalah masuknya ia ke dalam Islam paling pertama.Hijrahnya beliau bersama Nabi *Shallallahu’alaihi Wasallam Ketegaran beliau ketika hari wafatnya Nabi Shallallahu’alaihi Wasallam Sebelum terjadi hijrah, beliau telah membebaskan 70 orang yang disiksa orang kafir karena alasan bertauhid kepada Allah. Di antara mereka adalah Bilal bin Rabbaah, ‘Amir bin Fahirah, Zunairah, Al Hindiyyah dan anaknya, budaknya Bani Mu’ammal, Ummu ‘UbaisSalah satu jasanya yang terbesar ialah ketika menjadi khalifah beliau memerangi orang-orang murtad Abu Bakar adalah lelaki yang lemah lembut, namun dalam hal memerangi orang yang murtad, beliau memiliki pendirian yang kokoh. Bahkan lebih tegas dan keras dari pada Umar bin Khattab yang terkenal akan keras dan tegasnya beliau dalam pembelaan terhadap Allah. Imam Bukhari dan Muslim meriwayatkan hadits Abu Hurairah Radhiallahu’anhu:

لما توفى النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم
واستُخلف أبو بكر وكفر من كفر من العرب قال عمر : يا أبا بكر كيف تقاتل الناس وقد قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم : أمِرت أن أقاتل الناس حتى يقولوا لا إله إلا الله ، فمن قال لا إله إلا الله عصم مني ماله ونفسه إلا بحقه وحسابه على الله ؟ قال أبو بكر : والله لأقاتلن من فرق بين الصلاة والزكاة ، فإن الزكاة حق المال ، والله لو منعوني عناقا كانوا يؤدونها إلى رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم لقاتلتهم على منعها . قال عمر : فو الله ما هو إلا أن رأيت أن قد شرح الله صدر أبي بكر للقتال فعرفت أنه الحق

“Ketika Nabi Shallallahu’alaihi Wasallam wafat, dan Abu Bakar menggantikannya, banyak orang yang kafir dari bangsa Arab. Umar berkata: ‘Wahai Abu Bakar, bisa-bisanya engkau memerangi manusia padahal Rasulullah Shallallahu’alaihi Wasallam bersabda, aku diperintah untuk memerangi manusia sampai mereka mengucapkan Laa ilaaha illallah, barangsiapa yang mengucapkannya telah haram darah dan jiwanya, kecuali dengan hak (jalan yang benar). Adapun hisabnya diserahkan kepada Allah?’ Abu Bakar berkata: ‘Demi Allah akan kuperangi orang yang membedakan antara shalat dengan zakat. Karena zakat adalah hak Allah atas harta. Demi Allah jika ada orang yang enggan membayar zakat di masaku, padahal mereka menunaikannya di masa Rasulullah Shallallahu’alaihi Wasallam, akan ku perangi dia’. Umar berkata: ‘Demi Allah, setelah itu tidaklah aku melihat kecuali Allah telah melapangkan dadanya untuk memerangi orang-orang tersebut, dan aku yakin ia di atas kebenaran‘”

Begitu tegas dan kerasnya sikap beliau sampai-sampai para ulama berkata:
نصر الله الإسلام بأبي بكر يوم الردّة ، وبأحمد يوم الفتنة
“Allah menolong Islam melalui Abu Bakar di hari ketika banyak orang murtad, dan melalui Ahmad (bin Hambal) di hari ketika terjadi fitnah (khalqul Qur’an)”
Abu Bakar pun memerangi orang-orang yang murtad dan orang-orang yang enggan membayar zakat ketika itu Musailamah Al Kadzab dibunuh di masa pemerintahan beliau Beliau mengerahkan pasukan untuk menaklukan Syam, sebagaimana keinginan Rasulullah Shallallahu’alaihi Wasallam. Dan akhirnya Syam pun di taklukan, demikian juga Iraq.Di masa pemerintahan beliau, Al Qur’an dikumpulkan. Beliau memerintahkan Zaid bin Tsabit untuk mengumpulkannya.Abu Bakar adalah orang yang bijaksana. Ketika ia tidak ridha dengan dilepaskannya Khalid bin Walid, ia berkata:والله لا أشيم سيفا سله الله على عدوه حتى يكون الله هو يشيمه
“Demi Allah, aku tidak akan menghunus pedang yang Allah tujukan kepada musuhnya sampai Allah yang menghunusnya” (HR. Ahmad dan lainnya)

Ketika masa pemerintahan beliau, terjadi peperangan. Beliau pun bertekad untuk pergi sendiri memimpin perang, namun Ali bin Abi Thalib memegang tali kekangnya dan berkata: ‘Mau kemana engkau wahai khalifah? Akan kukatakan kepadamu perkataan Rasulullah Shallallahu’alaihi Wasallam ketika perang Uhud:
شِـمْ سيفك ولا تفجعنا بنفسك . وارجع إلى المدينة ، فو الله لئن فُجعنا بك لا يكون للإسلام نظام أبدا
‘Simpanlah pedangmu dan janganlah bersedih atas keadaan kami. Kembalilah ke Madinah. Demi Allah, jika keadaan kami membuatmu sedih Islam tidak akan tegak selamanya‘. Lalu Abu Bakar Radhiallahu’anhu pun kembali dan mengutus pasukan.
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Keutamaan
*Tidak ada lelaki yang memiliki keutaman sebanyak keutamaan Abu Bakar Radhiallahu’anh

✅1. Abu Bakar Ash Shiddiq adalah manusia terbaik setelah Nabi Muhammad Shallallahu’alaihi Wasallam dari golongan umat beliau

Ibnu ‘Umar Radhiallahu’anhu berkata:
كنا نخيّر بين الناس في زمن النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم ، فنخيّر أبا بكر ، ثم عمر بن الخطاب ، ثم عثمان بن عفان رضي الله عنهم
“Kami pernah memilih orang terbaik di masa Nabi Shallallahu’alaihi Wasallam. Kami pun memilih Abu Bakar, setelah itu Umar bin Khattab, lalu ‘Utsman bin AffanRadhiallahu’anhu” (HR. Bukhari)
Dari Abu Darda Radhiallahu’anhu, ia berkata:
كنت جالسا عند النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم إذ أقبل أبو بكر آخذا بطرف ثوبه حتى أبدى عن ركبته فقال النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم : أما صاحبكم فقد غامر . وقال : إني كان بيني وبين ابن الخطاب شيء ، فأسرعت إليه ثم ندمت فسألته أن يغفر لي فأبى عليّ ، فأقبلت إليك فقال : يغفر الله لك يا أبا بكر – ثلاثا – ثم إن عمر ندم فأتى منزل أبي بكر فسأل: أثَـمّ أبو بكر ؟ فقالوا : لا ، فأتى إلى النبي فجعل وجه النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم يتمعّر ، حتى أشفق أبو بكر فجثا على ركبتيه فقال : يا رسول الله والله أنا كنت أظلم – مرتين – فقال النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم : إن الله بعثني إليكم فقلتم : كذبت ، وقال أبو بكر : صَدَق ، وواساني بنفسه وماله ، فهل أنتم تاركو لي صاحبي – مرتين – فما أوذي بعدها
“Aku pernah duduk di sebelah Nabi Shallallahu’alaihi Wasallam. Tiba-tiba datanglah Abu Bakar menghadap Nabi Shallallahu’alaihi Wasallam sambil menjinjing ujung pakaiannya hingga terlihat lututnya. Nabi Shallallahu’alaihi Wasallam berkata: ‘Sesungguhnya teman kalian ini sedang gundah‘. Lalu Abu Bakar berkata, “Wahai Rasulullah, antara aku dan Ibnul Khattab terjadi perselisihan, aku pun segera mendatanginya untuk meminta maaf, kumohon padanya agar memaafkan aku namun dia enggan memaafkanku, karena itu aku datang menghadapmu sekarang’. Nabi Shallallahu’alaihi Wasallam lalu berkata: ‘“Semoga Allah mengampunimu wahai Abu Bakar‘. Sebanyak tiga kali, tak lama setelah itu Umar menyesal atas perbuatannya, dan mendatangi rumah Abu Bakar sambil bertanya, “Apakah di dalam ada Abu Bakar?” Namun keluarganya menjawab, tidak. Umar segera mendatangi Rasulullah Shallallahu’alaihi Wasallam. Sementara wajah Rasulullah Shallallahu’alaihi Wasallam terlihat memerah karena marah, hingga Abu Bakar merasa kasihan kepada Umar dan memohon sambil duduk di atas kedua lututnya, “Wahai Rasulullah Demi Allah sebenarnya akulah yang bersalah”, sebanyak dua kali. Maka Rasulullah Shallallahu’alaihi Wasallam bersabda, ‘Sesungguhnya ketika aku diutus Allah kepada kalian, ketika itu kalian mengatakan, ”Engkau pendusta wahai Muhammad”, Sementara Abu Bakar berkata, ”Engkau benar wahai Muhammad”. Setelah itu dia membelaku dengan seluruh jiwa dan hartanya. Lalu apakah kalian tidak jera menyakiti sahabatku?‘ sebanyak dua kali. Setelah itu Abu Bakar tidak pernah disakiti” (HR. Bukhari)

Beliau juga orang yang paling pertama beriman kepada Rasulullah Shallallahu’alaihi Wasallam, menemani Rasulullah Shallallahu’alaihi Wasallam dan membenarkan perkataannya. Hal ini terus berlanjut selama Rasulullah tinggal di Mekkah, walaupun banyak gangguan yang datang. Abu Bakar juga menemani Rasulullah ketika hijrah.

✅2. Abu Bakar Ash Shiddiq adalah orang yang menemani Nabi Muhammad Shallallahu’alaihi Wasallam di gua ketika dikejar kaum Quraisy

Allah Ta’ala berfirman,
ثَانِيَ اثْنَيْنِ إِذْ هُمَا فِي الْغَارِ إِذْ يَقُولُ لِصَاحِبِهِ لاَ تَحْزَنْ إِنَّ اللّهَ مَعَنَا
“Salah seorang dari dua orang ketika keduanya berada dalam gua, di waktu dia berkata kepada temannya: “Janganlah kamu bersedih, sesungguhnya Allah beserta kita”” (QS. At Taubah: 40)

As Suhaili berkata:
 “Perhatikanlah baik-baik di sini Rasulullah Shallallahu’alaihi Wasallam berkata ‘janganlah kamu bersedih’ namun tidak berkata ‘janganlah kamu takut’ karena ketika itu rasa sedih Abu Bakar terhadap keselamatan Rasulullah Shallallahu’alaihi Wasallam sangat mendalam sampai-sampai rasa takutnya terkalahkan”.

Dalam Shahih Bukhari dan Muslim, dari hadits Anas bin Malik Radhiallahu’anhu, Abu Bakar berkata kepadanya:
نظرت إلى أقدام المشركين على رؤوسنا ونحن في الغار فقلت : يا رسول الله لو أن أحدهم نظر إلى قدميه أبصرنا تحت قدميه . فقال : يا أبا بكر ما ظنك باثنين الله ثالثهما
“Ketika berada di dalam gua, aku melihat kaki orang-orang musyrik berada dekat dengan kepala kami. Aku pun berkata kepada Rasulullah: ‘Wahai Rasulullah, kalau di antara mereka ada yang melihat kakinya, mereka akan melihat kita di bawah kaki mereka’. Rasulullah berkata: ‘Wahai Abu Bakar, engkau tidak tahu bahwa bersama kita berdua yang ketiga adalah Allah’”

Ketika hendak memasuki gua pun, Abu Bakar masuk terlebih dahulu untuk memastikan tidak ada hal yang dapat membahayakan Nabi Shallallahu’alaihi Wasallam. Juga ketika dalam perjalanan hijrah, Abu Bakar terkadang berjalan di depan Nabi Shallallahu’alaihi Wasallam, terkadang di belakangnya, terkadang di kanannya, terkadang di kirinya.

Oleh karena itu ketika masa pemerintahan Umar bin Khattab Radhiallahu’anhu ada sebagian orang yang menganggap Umar lebih utama dari Abu Bakar,maka Umar Radhiallahu’anhu pun berkata:

والله لليلة من أبي بكر خير من آل عمر ، وليوم من أبي بكر خير من آل عمر ، لقد خرج رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم لينطلق إلى الغار ومعه أبو بكر ، فجعل يمشي ساعة بين يديه وساعة خلفه ، حتى فطن له رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم فقال : يا أبا بكر مالك تمشي ساعة بين يدي وساعة خلفي ؟ فقال : يا رسول الله أذكر الطلب فأمشي خلفك ، ثم أذكر الرصد فأمشي بين يديك . فقال :يا أبا بكر لو كان شيء أحببت أن يكون بك دوني ؟ قال : نعم والذي بعثك بالحق ما كانت لتكون من مُلمّة إلا أن تكون بي دونك ، فلما انتهيا إلى الغار قال أبو بكر : مكانك يا رسول الله حتى استبرئ الجحرة ، فدخل واستبرأ ، قم قال : انزل يا رسول الله ، فنزل . فقال عمر : والذي نفسي بيده لتلك الليلة خير من آل عمر

“Demi Allah, satu malamnya Abu Bakar lebih baik dari satu malamnya keluarga Umar, satu harinya Abu Bakar masih lebih baik dari seharinya keluarga Umar. Abu Bakar bersama Rasulullah pergi ke dalam gua. Ketika berjalan, dia terkadang berada di depan Rasulullah dan terkadang di belakangnya. Sampai-sampai Rasulullah Shallallahu’alaihi Wasallam heran dan berkata: ‘Wahai Abu Bakar mengapa engkau berjalan terkadang di depan dan terkadang di belakang?’. Abu Bakar berkata: ‘Ya Rasulullah, ketika saya sadar kita sedang dikejar, saya berjalan di belakang. Ketika saya sadar bahwa kita sedang mengintai, maka saya berjalan di depan’. Rasulullah lalu berkata: ‘Wahai Abu Bakar, kalau ada sesuatu yang aku suka engkau saja yang melakukannya tanpa aku?’ Abu Bakar berkata: ‘Demi Allah, tidak ada yang lebih tepat melainkan hal itu aku saja yang melakukan tanpa dirimu’. Ketika mereka berdua sampai di gua, Abu Bakar berkata: ‘Ya Rasulullah aku akan berada di tempatmu sampai memasuki gua. Kemudian mereka masuk, Abu Bakar berkata: Turunlah wahai Rasulullah. Kemudian mereka turun. Umar berkata: ‘Demi Allah, satu malamnya Abu Bakar lebih baik dari satu malamnya keluarga Umar’‘” (HR. Al Hakim, Al Baihaqi dalam Dalail An Nubuwwah)

✅3.Ketika kaum muslimin hendak berhijrah, Abu Bakar Ash Shiddiq menyumbangkan seluruh hartanya. (Dalilnya disebutkan pada poin 8, pent.)

✅4. Abu Bakar Ash Shiddiq adalah khalifah pertam
Dan kita diperintahkan oleh Rasulullah Shallallahu’alaihi Wasallam untuk meneladani khulafa ar rasyidin, sebagaimana sabda beliau:
عليكم بسنتي وسنة الخلفاء الراشدين المهديين من بعدي عضوا عليها بالنواجذ
“Hendaknya kalian berpegang teguh pada sunnahku dan sunnah khulafa ar rasyidin setelahku. Gigitlah dengan gigi geraham kalian” (HR. Ahmad, At Tirmidzi dan lainnya. Hadits ini shahih dengan seluruh jalannya)

✅5. Abu Bakar Ash Shiddiq dipilih sebagai khalifah berdasarkan nash
Ketika Nabi Shallallahu’alaihi Wasallam sakit keras, beliau memerintahkan Abu Bakar untuk menjadi imam shalat berjama’ah. Dalam Shahihain, dari ‘Aisyah Radhiallahu’anha ia berkata:

لما مَرِضَ النبيّ صلى الله عليه وسلم مرَضَهُ الذي ماتَ فيه أَتاهُ بلالٌ يُؤْذِنهُ بالصلاةِ فقال : مُروا أَبا بكرٍ فلْيُصَلّ . قلتُ : إنّ أبا بكرٍ رجلٌ أَسِيفٌ [ وفي رواية : رجل رقيق ] إن يَقُمْ مَقامَكَ يبكي فلا يقدِرُ عَلَى القِراءَةِ . قال : مُروا أَبا بكرٍ فلْيُصلّ . فقلتُ مثلَهُ : فقال في الثالثةِ – أَوِ الرابعةِ – : إِنّكنّ صَواحبُ يوسفَ ! مُروا أَبا بكرٍ فلْيُصلّ ، فصلّى

“Ketika Nabi Shallallahu’alaihi Wasallam sakit menjelang wafat, Bilal datang meminta idzin untuk memulai shalat. Rasulullah bersabda: ‘Perintahkan Abu Bakar untuk menjadi imam dan shalatlah’. ‘Aisyah berkata: ‘Abu Bakar itu orang yang terlalu lembut, kalau ia mengimami shalat, ia mudah menangis. Jika ia menggantikan posisimu, ia akan mudah menangis sehingga sulit menyelesaikan bacaan Qur’an. Nabi tetap berkata: ‘Perintahkan Abu Bakar untuk menjadi imam dan shalatlah’. ‘Aisyah lalu berkata hal yang sama, Rasulullah pun mengatakan hal yang sama lagi, sampai ketiga atau keempat kalinya Rasulullah berkata: ‘Sesungguhnya kalian itu (wanita) seperti para wanita pada kisah Yusuf, perintahkan Abu Bakar untuk menjadi imam dan shalatlah’”

Oleh karena itu Umar bin Khattab Radhiallahu’anhu berkata:
أفلا نرضى لدنيانا من رضيه رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم لديننا
“Apakah kalian tidak ridha kepada Abu Bakar dalam masalah dunia, padahal, Rasulullah Shallallahu’alaihi Wasallam telah ridha kepadanya dalam masalah agama?”

Juga diriwayatkan dari ‘Aisyah Radhiallahu’anha, ia berkata:

قال لي رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم في مرضه : ادعي لي أبا بكر وأخاك حتى اكتب كتابا ، فإني أخاف أن يتمنى متمنٍّ ويقول قائل : أنا أولى ، ويأبى الله والمؤمنون إلا أبا بكر وجاءت امرأة إلى النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم فكلمته في شيء فأمرها بأمر ، فقالت : أرأيت يا رسول الله إن لم أجدك ؟ قال : إن لم تجديني فأتي أبا بكر

“Rasulullah Shallallahu’alaihi Wasallam berkata kepadaku ketika beliau sakit, panggilah Abu Bakar dan saudaramu agar aku dapat menulis surat. Karena aku khawatir akan ada orang yang berkeinginan lain (dalam masalah khilafah) sehingga ia berkata: ‘Aku lebih berhak’. Padahal Allah dan kaum mu’minin menginginkan Abu Bakar (yang menjadi khalifah). Kemudian datang seorang perempuan kepada Nabi Shallallahu’alaihi Wasallam mengatakan sesuatu, lalu Nabi memerintahkan sesuatu kepadanya. Apa pendapatmu wahai Rasulullah kalau aku tidak menemuimu? Nabi menjawab: ‘Kalau kau tidak menemuiku, Abu Bakar akan datang’” (HR. Bukhari-Muslim)

✅6. Umat Muhammad diperintahkan untuk meneladani Abu Bakar Ash Shiddiq
Nabi Shallallahu’alaihi Wasallambersabda,
اقتدوا باللذين من بعدي أبي بكر وعمر
“Ikutilah jalan orang-orang sepeninggalku yaitu Abu Bakar dan Umar” (HR. Ahmad, Tirmidzi, Ibnu Maajah, hadits ini shahih)

✅7. Abu Bakar Ash Shiddiq adalah salah seorang mufti (ulama yang memiliki wewenang untuk menginterpretasikan teks dan memberikan fatwa kepada umat) di masa Nabi Muhammad. Oleh karena itu Nabi Shallallahu’alaihi Wasallam menugasi beliau sebagai Amirul Hajj pada haji sebelum haji Wada’. Diriwayatkan Al Bukhari dan Muslim dari Abu Hurairah Radhiallahu’anhu:

بعثني أبو بكر الصديق في الحجة التي أمره عليها رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم قبل حجة الوداع في رهط يؤذنون في الناس يوم النحر : لا يحج بعد العام مشرك ، ولا يطوف بالبيت عريان

“Abu Bakar Ash Shiddiq mengutusku untuk dalam sebuah ibadah haji yang terjadi sebelum haji Wada’, dimana beliau ditugaskan oleh Rasulullah Shallallahu’alaihi Wasallam untuk menjadi Amirul Hajj. Ia mengutusku untuk mengumumkan kepada sekelompok orang di hari raya idul adha bahwa tidak boleh berhaji setelah tahunnya orang musyrik dan tidak boleh ber-thawaf di ka’bah dengan telanjang”

Abu Bakar juga sebagai pemegang bendera Nabi Shallallahu’alaihi Wasallam ketika perang Tabuk.

✅8. Abu Bakar Ash Shiddiq menginfaqkan seluruh hartanya ketika Rasulullah Shallallahu’alaihi Wasallam menganjurkan sedekah
Umar bin Khattab Radhiallahu’anhu berkata:

أمرنا رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم أن نتصدق ، فوافق ذلك مالاً فقلت : اليوم أسبق أبا بكر إن سبقته يوما . قال : فجئت بنصف مالي ، فقال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم : ما أبقيت لأهلك ؟ قلت : مثله ، وأتى أبو بكر بكل ما عنده فقال : يا أبا بكر ما أبقيت لأهلك ؟ فقال : أبقيت لهم الله ورسوله ! قال عمر قلت : والله لا أسبقه إلى شيء أبدا

“Rasulullah Shallallahu’alaihi Wasallam memerintahkan kami untuk bersedekah, maka kami pun melaksanakannya. Umar berkata: ‘Semoga hari ini aku bisa mengalahkan Abu Bakar’. Aku pun membawa setengah dari seluruh hartaku. Sampai Rasulullah Shallallahu’alaihi Wasallam bertanya: ‘Wahai Umar, apa yang kau sisakan untuk keluargamu?’. Kujawab: ‘Semisal dengan ini’. Lalu Abu Bakar datang membawa seluruh hartanya. Rasulullah Shallallahu’alaihi Wasallam lalu bertanya: ‘Wahai Abu Bakar, apa yang kau sisakan untuk keluargamu?’. Abu Bakar menjawab: ‘Ku tinggalkan bagi mereka, Allah dan Rasul-Nya’. Umar berkata: ‘Demi Allah, aku tidak akan bisa mengalahkan Abu Bakar selamanya’” (HR. Tirmidzi)

✅9. Abu Bakar Ash Shiddiq adalah orang yang paling dicintai Nabi Muhammad Shallallahu’alaihi Wasallam
‘Amr bin Al Ash Radhiallahu’anhu bertanya kepada Nabi Shallallahu’alahi Wasallam:
أي الناس أحب إليك ؟ قال : عائشة . قال : قلت : من الرجال ؟ قال : أبوها
“Siapa orang yang kau cintai?. Rasulullah menjawab: ‘Aisyah’. Aku bertanya lagi: ‘Kalau laki-laki?’. Beliau menjawab: ‘Ayahnya Aisyah’(yaitu Abu Bakar)” (HR. Muslim)

✅10. Abu Bakar Ash Shiddiq adalah khalil (nama untuk anak Laki-laki di mana nama tersebut berasal dari Arab dengan pengertian, definisiatau arti nama Kesayangan; Sahabat.) bagi Nabi Muhammad Shallallahu’alaihi Wasallam.
Imam Al Bukhari dan Muslim meriwayatkan hadits dari Abu Sa’id Al Khudri Radhiallahu’anhu, ia berkata:

خطب رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم الناس وقال : إن الله خير عبدا بين الدنيا وبين ما عنده فاختار ذلك العبد ما عند الله . قال : فبكى أبو بكر ، فعجبنا لبكائه أن يخبر رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم عن عبد خير ، فكان رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم هو المخير ، وكان أبو بكر أعلمنا . فقال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم : إن مِن أمَنّ الناس عليّ في صحبته وماله أبا بكر ، ولو كنت متخذاً خليلاً غير ربي لاتخذت أبا بكر ، ولكن أخوة الإسلام ومودته ، لا يبقين في المسجد باب إلا سُـدّ إلا باب أبي بكر

“Rasulullah Shallallahu’alaihi Wasallam berkhutbah kepada manusia, beliau berkata: ‘Sesungguhnya Allah Ta’ala memilih hamba di antara dunia dan apa yang ada di dalamnya. Namun hamba tersebut hanya dapat memilih apa yang Allah tentukan’. Lalu Abu Bakar menangis. Kami pun heran dengan tangisan beliau itu, hanya karena Rasulullah mengabarkan tentang hamba pilihan. Padahal Rasulullah Shallallahu’alaihi Wasallam lah orangnya, dan Abu Bakar lebih paham dari kami. Lalu Rasulullah Shallallahu’alaihi Wasallam bersabda: ‘Sesungguhnya orang yang sangat besar jasanya padaku dalam kedekatan dan kerelaan mengeluarkan harta, ialah Abu Bakar. Andai saja aku diperbolehkan mengangkat seorang kekasihku selain Rabbku pastilah aku akan memilih Abu Bakar, namun cukuplah persaudaraan se-Islam dan kecintaan karenanya. Maka jangan ditinggalkan pintu kecil di masjid selain pintu Abu Bakar saja’”

✅11. Allah Ta’ala mensucikan Abu Bakar Ash Shiddiq

Allah Ta’ala berfirman:
وَسَيُجَنَّبُهَا الأَتْقَى * الَّذِي يُؤْتِي مَالَهُ يَتَزَكَّى * وَمَا لأَحَدٍ عِندَهُ مِن نِّعْمَةٍ تُجْزَى * إِلا ابْتِغَاء وَجْهِ رَبِّهِ الأَعْلَى * وَلَسَوْفَ يَرْضَى
“Dan kelak akan dijauhkan orang yang paling takwa dari neraka itu, Yang menafkahkan hartanya (di jalan Allah) untuk membersihkannya, Padahal tidak ada seorang pun memberikan suatu nikmat kepadanya yang harus dibalasnya, Tetapi (dia memberikan itu semata-mata) karena mencari keridaan Tuhannya Yang Maha Tinggi. Dan kelak dia benar-benar mendapat kepuasan” (QS. Al Lail: 17-21)
Ayat ini turun berkenaan dengan Abu Bakar Ash Shiddiq. Selain itu beliau juga termasuk as sabiquunal awwalun, dan Allah Ta’ala berfirman:
وَالسَّابِقُونَ الأَوَّلُونَ مِنَ الْمُهَاجِرِينَ وَالأَنصَارِ وَالَّذِينَ اتَّبَعُوهُم بِإِحْسَانٍ رَّضِيَ اللّهُ عَنْهُمْ وَرَضُواْ عَنْهُ وَأَعَدَّ لَهُمْ جَنَّاتٍ تَجْرِي تَحْتَهَا الأَنْهَارُ خَالِدِينَ فِيهَا أَبَدًا ذَلِكَ الْفَوْزُ الْعَظِيمُ
“Orang-orang yang terdahulu lagi yang pertama-tama (masuk Islam) di antara orang-orang muhajirin dan Ansar dan orang-orang yang mengikuti mereka dengan baik, Allah rida kepada mereka dan mereka pun rida kepada Allah dan Allah menyediakan bagi mereka surga-surga yang mengalir sungai-sungai di dalamnya; mereka kekal di dalamnya selama-lamanya.  Itulah kemenangan yang besar.”(QS. At Taubah: 100)

✅12. Nabi Shallallahu’alaihi Wasallam memberi tazkiyah kepada Abu Bakar
Ketika Abu Bakar bertanya kepada Nabi Shallallahu’alaihi Wasallam:

من جرّ ثوبه خيلاء لم ينظر الله إليه يوم القيامة . قال أبو بكر : إن أحد شقي ثوبي يسترخي إلا أن أتعاهد ذلك منه فقال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم : إنك لست تصنع ذلك خيلاء

🍀“Barangsiapa yang membiarkan kainnya terjulur karena sombong, tidak akan dilihat oleh Allah pada hari kiamat. Abu Bakar berkata: ‘Sesungguhnya salah satu sisi sarungku melorot kecuali jika aku ikat dengan baik. Rasulullah lalu berkata: ‘Engkau tidak melakukannya karena sombong”(HR. Bukhari dalam Fadhail Abu Bakar Radhiallahu’anhu)

✅13. Abu Bakar Ash Shiddiq didoakan oleh Nabi untuk memasuki semua pintu surga

من أنفق زوجين من شيء من الأشياء في سبيل الله دُعي من أبواب الجنة : يا عبد الله هذا خير ؛ فمن كان من أهل الصلاة دعي من باب الصلاة ، ومن كان من أهل الجهاد دُعي من باب الجهاد ، ومن كان من أهل الصدقة دُعي من باب الصدقة ، ومن كان من أهل الصيام دُعي من باب الصيام وباب الريان . فقال أبو بكر : ما على هذا الذي يدعى من تلك الأبواب من ضرورة ، فهل يُدعى منها كلها أحد يا رسول الله ؟ قال : نعم ، وأرجو أن تكون منهم

يا أبا بكر

🍀“Orang memberikan menyumbangkan dua harta di jalan Allah, maka ia akan dipanggil oleh salah satu dari pintu surga: “Wahai hamba Allah, kemarilah untuk menuju kenikmatan”. Jika ia berasal dari golongan orang-orang yang suka mendirikan shalat, ia akan dipanggil dari pintu shalat, yang berasal dari kalangan mujahid, maka akan dipanggil dari pintu jihad, jika ia berasal dari golongan yang gemar bersedekah akan dipanggil dari pintu sedekah” (HR. Al Bukhari – Muslim)

✅14. Abu Bakar Ash Shiddiq melakukan banyak perbuatan agung dalam sehari

Imam Muslim meriwayatkan hadits dari Abu Hurairah, bahwa Nabi Shallallahu’alaihi Wasallam bersabda: :

 من أصبح منكم اليوم صائما ؟ قال أبو بكر رضي الله عنه : أنا . قال : فمن تبع منكم اليوم جنازة ؟ قال أبو بكر رضي الله عنه : أنا . قال : فمن أطعم منكم اليوم مسكينا ؟ قال أبو بكر رضي الله عنه : أنا . قال : فمن عاد منكم اليوم مريضا ؟ قال أبو بكر رضي الله عنه : أنا . فقال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم : ما اجتمعن في امرىء إلا دخل الجنة

🍀“Siapa yang hari ini berpuasa? Abu Bakar menjawab: ‘Saya’” “Siapa yang hari ini ikut mengantar jenazah? Abu Bakar menjawab: ‘Saya’” “Siapa yang hari ini memberi makan orang miskin? Abu Bakar menjawab: ‘Saya’” “Siapa yang hari ini menjenguk orang sakit? Abu Bakar menjawab: ‘Saya’” “Rasulullah Shallallahu’alaihi Wasallam lalu bersabda: ‘Tidaklah semua ini dilakukan oleh seseorang kecuali dia akan masuk surga’”

15. Orang musyrik mensifati Abu Bakar Ash Shiddiq sebagaimana Khadijahmensifati Rasulullah Shallallahu’alaihi Wasallam
Mereka berkata tentang Abu Bakar:
أَتُخْرِجُونَ رَجُلًا يُكْسِبُ الْمَعْدُومَ وَيَصِلُ الرَّحِمَ وَيَحْمِلُ الْكَلَّ وَيَقْرِي الضَّيْفَ وَيُعِينُ عَلَى نَوَائِبِ الْحَقِّ
🍀“Apakah kalian mengusir orang yang suka bekerja untuk mereka yang tidak berpunya, menyambung silaturahim, menanggung orang-orang yang lemah, menjamu tamu dan selalu menolong di jalan kebenaran?” (HR. Bukhari)

✅16. Ali Radhiyallahu’anhu mengenal keutamaan Abu Bakar Ash Shiddiq

Muhammad bin Al Hanafiyyah berkata, aku bertanya kepada ayahku, yaitu Ali bin Abi Thalib:
أي الناس خير بعد رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم ؟ قال : أبو بكر . قلت : ثم من ؟ قال : ثم عمر ، وخشيت أن يقول عثمان قلت : ثم أنت ؟ قال : ما أنا إلا رجل من المسلمين
🍀“Manusia mana yang terbaik sepeninggal Rasulullah Shallallahu’alaihi Wasallam? Ali menjawab: Abu Bakar. Aku berkata: ‘Kemudian siapa lagi?’. Ali berkata: ‘Lalu Umar’. Aku lalu khawatir yang selanjutnya adalah Utsman, maka aku berkata: ‘Selanjutnya engkau?’. Ali berkata: ‘Aku ini hanyalah orang muslim biasa’” (HR. Bukhari)

✅Sikap Zuhud

Abu Bakar Ash Shiddiq Radhiallahu’anhu meninggal tanpa meninggalkan sepeserpun dirham atau dinar. Diriwayatkan dari Al Hasan bin Ali Radhiyallahu’anhu:

لما احتضر أبو بكر رضي الله عنه قال : يا عائشة أنظري اللقحة التي كنا نشرب من لبنها والجفنة التي كنا نصطبح فيها والقطيفة التي كنا نلبسها فإنا كنا ننتفع بذلك حين كنا في أمر المسلمين ، فإذا مت فاردديه إلى عمر ، فلما مات أبو بكر رضي الله عنه أرسلت به إلى عمر رضي الله عنه فقال عمر رضي الله عنه : رضي الله عنك يا أبا بكر لقد أتعبت من جاء بعدك

☑“Ketika Al Hasan sedang bersama Abu Bakar Radhiallahu’anhu, Abu Bakar berkata, wahai ‘Aisyah tolong perhatikan unta perahan yang biasa kita ambil susunya, dan mangkuk besar yang sering kita pakai untuk tempat penerangan, dan kain beludru yang biasa kita pakai. Sesungguhnya kita mengambil manfaat dari itu semua saat aku mengurusi urusan kaum muslimin. Jika aku mati, kembalikanlah semuanya kepada Umar. Maka ketika Abu Bakar wafat, ‘Aisyah mengirim semua itu kepada Umar Radhiallahu’anhu. Umar pun berkata: ‘Semoga Allah meridhaimu wahai Abu Bakar, sungguh lelah orang yang datang setelahmu’” Sikap Wara’

☑Abu Bakar Ash Shiddiq Radhiyallahu’anhu adalah orang yang wara’ (menjaga diri atau sikap hati-hati dari hal yang syubhat & meninggalkan yang haram.) dan zuhud ( meninggalkan apa-apa yang tidak bermanfaat untuk kepentingan akhirat) terhadap dunia sampai-sampai ketika ia menjadi khalifah, ia pun tetap pergi bekerja mencari nafkah. Umar bin Khattab pun Radhiallahu’anhu melarangnya dan menganjurkan ia untuk mengambil upah dari baitul maal, menimbang betapa beratnya tugas seorang khalifah.
Dikisahkan pula dari ‘Aisyah Radhiallahu’anha, ia berkata:

كان لأبي بكر غلام يخرج له الخراج ، وكان أبو بكر يأكل من خراجه ، فجاء يوماً بشيء ، فأكل منه أبو بكر ، فقال له الغلام : تدري ما هذا ؟ فقال أبو بكر : وما هو ؟ قال : كنت تكهّنت لإنسان في الجاهلية وما أحسن الكهانة إلا أني خدعته ، فلقيني فأعطاني بذلك فهذا الذي أكلت منه ، فأدخل أبو بكر يده فقاء كل شيء في بطنه . رواه البخاري

🍀“Abu Bakar Ash Shiddiq memiliki budak laki-laki yang senantiasa mengeluarkan kharraj (setoran untuk majikan) padanya.
Abu Bakar biasa makan dari kharraj itu. Pada suatu hari ia datang dengan sesuatu, yang akhirnya Abu Bakar makan darinya. Tiba-tiba sang budak berkata:‘Apakah anda tahu dari mana makanan ini?’. Abu Bakar bertanya : ‘Dari mana?’ Ia menjawab : ‘Dulu pada masa jahiliyah aku pernah menjadi dukun yang menyembuhkan orang. Padahal bukannya aku pandai berdukun, namun aku hanya menipunya. Lalu si pasie

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🌍🌐PANDANGAN AHLUS SUNNAH WAL JAMA’AH TERHADAP SAHABAT NABI RADHIYALLAHU ‘ANHUM

Oleh
Ustadz Abu Ihsan Al Atsari

✅KEUTAMAAN SAHABAT NABI RADHIYALLAHU ‘ANHUM

Keutamaan para sahabat Nabi, tingginya kedudukan dan derajat mereka, merupakan perkara yang telah diketahui baik oleh kalangan kaum Muslimin, dan merupakan sesuatu yang sangat penting di dalam din Islam. Banyak ayat-ayat Al Qur`an dan Hadits Nabi yang menerangkan hal tersebut.

Allah Subhanahu wa Ta’ala telah berfirman,

مُحَمَّدٌ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ ۚ وَالَّذِينَ مَعَهُ أَشِدَّاءُ عَلَى الْكُفَّارِ رُحَمَاءُ بَيْنَهُمْ ۖ تَرَاهُمْ رُكَّعًا سُجَّدًا يَبْتَغُونَ فَضْلًا مِنَ اللَّهِ وَرِضْوَانًا ۖ سِيمَاهُمْ فِي وُجُوهِهِمْ مِنْ أَثَرِ السُّجُودِ ۚ ذَٰلِكَ مَثَلُهُمْ فِي التَّوْرَاةِ ۚ وَمَثَلُهُمْ فِي الْإِنْجِيلِ كَزَرْعٍ أَخْرَجَ شَطْأَهُ فَآزَرَهُ فَاسْتَغْلَظَ فَاسْتَوَىٰ عَلَىٰ سُوقِهِ يُعْجِبُ الزُّرَّاعَ لِيَغِيظَ بِهِمُ الْكُفَّارَ ۗ وَعَدَ اللَّهُ الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا وَعَمِلُوا الصَّالِحَاتِ مِنْهُمْ مَغْفِرَةً وَأَجْرًا عَظِيمًا

🍀“Muhammad itu adalah utusan Allah dan orang-orang yang bersama dia adalah keras terhadap orang-orang kafir, tetapi berkasih sayang sesama mereka; kamu lihat mereka ruku` dan sujud mencari karunia Allah dan keridhaanNya, tanda-tanda meraka tampak pada muka mereka dari bekas sujud. Demikianlah sifat-sifat mereka dalam Taurat dan sifat-sifat mereka dalam Injil; yaitu seperti tanaman mengeluarkan tunasnya, maka tunas itu menjadikan tanaman itu kuat lalu menjadi besarlah dia dan tegak lurus di atas pokoknya; tanaman itu menyenangkan hati penanam-penanamnya, karena Allah hendak menjengkelkan hati orang-orang kafir (dengan kekuatan orang-orang mukmin). Allah menjanjikan kepada orang-orang yang beriman dan mengerjakan amal yang shalih di antara mereka ampunan dan pahala yang besar”. [Al Fath/48 : 29].

Ayat ini mencakup seluruh sahabat Nabi Radhiyallahu ‘anhum, kerena mereka seluruhnya hidup bersama Rasulullah Shallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam.

Dalam tafsirnya, Ibnu Jarir berkata: “Bisyr telah menyampaikan kepada kami dari Yazid, dari Sa’id, dari Qatadah tentang firman Allah “berkasih sayang sesama mereka”, yakni Allah menanamkan ke dalam hati mereka rasa kasih sayang sesama mereka. Dan firman Allah “kamu lihat mereka ruku` dan sujud”, yakni kamu lihat mereka ruku` dan sujud dalam shalat. Firman Allah “mencari karunia Allah”, yakni mereka mencari keridhaan Allah dengan ruku` dan sujud tersebut, dengan sikap keras terhadap orang kafir dan saling kasih sayang sesama mereka. Hal itu merupakan rahmat Allah kepada mereka dengan memberi keutamaan atas mereka, dan memasukkan mereka ke dalam surgaNya. Firman Allah “dan keridhaanNya”, yakni Allah meridhai mereka semua”.

Allah berfirman,

وَالسَّابِقُونَ الْأَوَّلُونَ مِنَ الْمُهَاجِرِينَ وَالْأَنْصَارِ وَالَّذِينَ اتَّبَعُوهُمْ بِإِحْسَانٍ رَضِيَ اللَّهُ عَنْهُمْ وَرَضُوا عَنْهُ وَأَعَدَّ لَهُمْ جَنَّاتٍ تَجْرِي تَحْتَهَا الْأَنْهَارُ خَالِدِينَ فِيهَا أَبَدًا ۚ ذَٰلِكَ الْفَوْزُ الْعَظِيمُ

🍀Orang-orang yang terdahulu lagi yang pertama-tama (masuk Islam) di antara orang-orang Muhajirin dan Anshar dan orang-orang yang mengikuti mereka dengan baik, Allah ridha kepada mereka dan mereka ridha kepadaNya. Allah menyediakan bagi mereka jannah-jannah yang mengalir sungai-sungai di dalamnya; mereka kekal di dalamnya selama-lamanya. Itulah kemenangan yang besar”. [At Taubah/9 : 100].

Berkenaan dengan tafsir ayat di atas, Ibnu Katsir berkata: “Allah Yang Maha Agung mengabarkan bahwa Dia telah meridhai orang-orang terdahulu lagi pertama-tama masuk Islam dari kalangan Muhajirin dan Anshar, serta orang-orang yang mengikuti mereka dengan baik. Sungguh celaka orang yang membenci mereka, mencaci atau membenci dan mencaci sebagian dari mereka. Terutama penghulu para sahabat sepeninggal Rasulullah Shallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam, yang paling baik dan paling utama di antara mereka, yakni Ash Shiddiq Al Akbar, Khalifah A’zham Abu Bakar bin Abi Quhafah Radhiyallahu ‘anhu. Kelompok celaka dari kalangan Rafidhah telah memusuhi sahabat paling utama, membenci serta mencaci para sahabat. Kita berlindung kepada Allah dari hal itu.

☑Itu menunjukkan bahwa akal dan hati kaum Rafidhah terbalik. Dimanakah kedudukan iman mereka kepada Al Quran, sementara mereka mencaci orang yang telah Allah ridhai?

✅Adapun Ahlus Sunnah, mereka senantiasa mendoakan kebaikan bagi orang yang telah diridhai oleh Allah (dengan mengucapkan radhiyallahu ánhum), mencela siapa saja yang telah dicela oleh Allah dan RasulNya, membela siapa saja yang telah dibela oleh Allah dan RasulNya, memusuhi siapa saja yang memusuhi Allah. Ahlus Sunnah adalah orang yang selalu mengikuti (kebenaran), bukan orang yang membuat-buat bid’ah. Mereka selalu meneladani (Rasul), bukan orang yang mengada-ada. Oleh sebab itu, mereka adalah hizbullah yang pasti menang dan hambaNya yang beriman.

Hadits Nabi Shallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam yang menyebutkan keutamaan dan kesenioran para sahabat, telah diriwayatkan dari Abdullah bin Mas’ud Radhiyallahu ‘anhu, bahwasanya Rasulullah Shallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam bersabda:

خَيْرُ النَّاسِ قَرْنِي ثُمَّ الَّذِينَ يَلُونَهُمْ ثُمَّ الَّذِينَ يَلُونَهُمْ ثُمَّ يَجِيءُ قَوْمٌ تَسْبِقُ شَهَادَةُ أَحَدِهِمْ يَمِينَهُ وَيَمِينُهُ شَهَادَتَهُ

🍀“Sebaik-baik manusia adalah pada zamanku, kemudian zaman berikutnya dan kemudian zaman berikutnya. Lalu akan datang satu kaum yang persaksiannya mendahului sumpah, dan sumpahnya mendahului persaksian (yakni bersumpah dan bersaksi sebelum diminta, Pent)” [1].

🍀Rasulullah Shallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam menjelaskan, bahwa zaman beliau Shallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam dan para sahabat hidup adalah sebaik-baik keadaan secara mutlak. Tidak ada zaman yang lebih baik daripada zaman pada masa mereka. Barangsiapa mengatakan selain itu, maka ia termasuk zindiq.

Dalam hadits Imran bin Hushain Radhiyallahu ‘anhu, ia berkata, Rasulullah Shallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam bersabda:

خَيْرُ أُمَّتِي قَرْنِي ثُمَّ الَّذِينَ يَلُونَهُمْ ثُمَّ الَّذِينَ يَلُونَهُمْ

“Sebaik-baik umatku adalah pada kurunku, kemudian kurun berikutnya, kemudian kurun berikutnya” [2].

Dalam hadits ‘Aisyah Radhiyallahu ‘anhuma, ia berkata: “Seorang lelaki bertanya kepada 🍀Rasulullah Shallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam, siapakah sebaik-baik manusia?” Rasul Shallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam menjawab,”Kurun yang aku hidup saat ini, kemudian kurun berikutnya, kemudian kurun berikutnya” [3].

✅SAHABAT SEBAGAI PENGAWAS DAN PENGAMAN UMAT INI

Dalam sebuah hadits, Rasulullah Shallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam bersabda:

النُّجُومُ أَمَنَةٌ لِلسَّمَاءِ فَإِذَا ذَهَبَتِ النُّجُومُ أَتَى السَّمَاءَ مَا تُوعَدُ وَأَنَا أَمَنَةٌ لِأَصْحَابِي فَإِذَا ذَهَبْتُ أَتَى أَصْحَابِي مَا يُوعَدُونَ وَأَصْحَابِي أَمَنَةٌ لِأُمَّتِي فَإِذَا ذَهَبَ أَصْحَابِي أَتَى أُمَّتِي مَا يُوعَدُونَ

🍀“Sesungguhnya bintang-bintang itu adalah pengaman bagi langit. Jika bintang-bintang itu lenyap, maka akan datang apa yang telah dijanjikan atas langit. Aku adalah pengaman bagi sahabatku. Jika aku telah pergi, maka akan datang apa yang telah dijanjikan atas sahabatku. Dan sahabatku adalah pengaman bagi umatku. Jika sahabatku telah pergi, maka akan datang apa yang telah dijanjikan atas umatku”. [Hadits riwayat Muslim, no 2531, dari jalur Sa’id bin Abi Burdah dari ayahnya, yakni Abu Musa Al Asy’ari Radhiyallahu ‘anhu].

Sabda Nabi Shallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam ini menjelaskan keagungan dan posisi strategis para sahabat di tengah umat. Mereka adalah pengaman sekaligus pengawas umat ini sepeninggal Rasul Shallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam. Maksudnya, mereka selalu mengawasi, agar umat ini tidak tersesat dan tidak menyimpang dari jalan yang telah mereka tempuh bersama Rasulullah Shallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam.

✅SAHABAT SEBAGAI SUMBER RUJUKAN SAAT PERSELISIHAN & SEBAGAI PEDOMAN PEMAHAMAN
Oleh karena itulah

🍀Rasulullah Shallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam menganjurkan bila timbul perpecahan dan perselisihan di kalangan umat ini, agar kembali kepada Kitabullah, Sunnah RasulNya dan Sunnah Khulafaur Rasyidin, yakni para sahabat -radhiyallahu ‘anhum jami’an.

Diriwayatkan dari Al Irbadh bin Sariyah Radhiyallahu ‘anhu, ia berkata,”Rasulullah Shallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam menyampaikan nasihat yang membuat air mata kami mengalir, dan membuat hati kami bergetar.” Kami berkata: “Wahai, Rasulullah! Sepertinya ini merupakan nasihat pungkasan. Apa yang Anda wasiatkan kepada kami?” Beliau Shallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam berkata:

قَدْ تَرَكْتُكُمْ عَلَى الْبَيْضَاءِ لَيْلُهَا كَنَهَارِهَا لَا يَزِيغُ عَنْهَا بَعْدِي إِلَّا هَالِكٌ وَمَنْ يَعِشْ مِنْكُمْ فَسَيَرَى اخْتِلَافًا كَثِيرًا فَعَلَيْكُمْ بِمَا عَرَفْتُمْ مِنْ سُنَّتِي وَسُنَّةِ الْخُلَفَاءِ الرَّاشِدِينَ الْمَهْدِيِّينَ وَعَلَيْكُمْ بِالطَّاعَةِ وَإِنْ عَبْدًا حَبَشِيًّا عَضُّوا عَلَيْهَا بِالنَّوَاجِذِ فَإِنَّمَا الْمُؤْمِنُ كَالْجَمَلِ الْأَنِفِ حَيْثُمَا انْقِيدَ انْقَادَ

🍀“Sungguh saya telah meninggalkan kalian (yakni para sahabat) di atas jalan yang putih bersih, siang dan malamnya sama terangnya. Siapa saja yang menyimpang darinya (dari jalan putih bersih yang para sahabat berada di atasnya), pasti (ia) binasa. Barangsiapa yang hidup sepeninggalku, ia pasti melihat perselisihan yang amat banyak. Hendaklah kalian tetap memegang teguh sunnahku yang kalian ketahui dan sunnah Khulafaur Rasyidin (yakni para sahabat) yang berada di atas petunjuk. Hendaklah kalian selalu patuh dan taat, meskipun diperintah oleh seorang budak Habasyi. Peganglah erat-erat. Sesungguhnya seorang mukmin itu laksana unta yang jinak. Apabila diarahkan (kepada kebaikan), ia pasti menurut”* [4].

Juga Nabi Shallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam bersabda:

أَلَا إِنَّ مَنْ قَبْلَكُمْ مِنْ أَهْلِ الْكِتَابِ افْتَرَقُوا عَلَى ثِنْتَيْنِ وَسَبْعِينَ مِلَّةً وَإِنَّ هَذِهِ الْمِلَّةَ سَتَفْتَرِقُ عَلَى ثَلَاثٍ وَسَبْعِينَ ثِنْتَانِ وَسَبْعُونَ فِي النَّارِ وَوَاحِدَةٌ فِي الْجَنَّةِ وَهِيَ الْجَمَاعَةُ

🍀“Ketahuilah, sesungguhnya Ahli Kitab sebelum kalian telah terpecah-belah menjadi tujuh puluh dua golongan. Dan bahwa umat ini, juga akan terpecah menjadi tujuh puluh tiga golongan. Tujuh puluh dua di antaranya masuk neraka, dan satu golongan di dalam surga, yakni Al Jama’ah”. [HR Abu Dawud dan lainnya. Derajat hadits ini shahih]

Dalam riwayat lain yang dikeluarkan oleh Al Hakim dan lainnya telah disebutkan tafsir Al Jama’ah:

مَا أَنَا عَلَيْهِ اليَوْمَ وَ أَصْحَابِي

🍀“Pedoman yang aku dan para sahabatku berada di atasnya.

🍀Maksud Al Jama’ah ialah, siapa saja yang mengacu kepada pedoman yang dibawa oleh Rasulullah Shallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam, yakni Al Qur`an dan As Sunnah, serta menurut pedoman pemahaman sahabat beliau Radhiyallahu ‘anhum.

🍀Abdullah bin Mas’ud Radhiyallahu ‘anhu telah menjelaskan kepada kita, tentang alasan dipilihnya pemahaman sahabat sebagai pedoman acaun. Abdullah bin Mas’ud Radhiyallahu ‘anhu berkata: “Sesungguhnya Allah melihat hati para hambaNya. Dia dapati yang paling baik adalah hati Muhammad, maka Allah memilihnya untuk diriNya, dan Dia utus untuk membawa risalahNya. Kemudian Allah kembali melihat hati para hambaNya setelah hati Muhammad. Dia dapati yang paling baik ialah hati para sahabatnya. Maka Allah menjadikan mereka sebagai pembantu-pembantu NabiNya dan berperang untuk agamaNya. Segala sesuatu yang dipandang baik oleh kaum Muslimin (sahabat Nabi Shallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam), maka pasti baik di sisi Allah. Dan apa yang dipandang buruk oleh kaum Muslimin, pasti buruk juga di sisi Allah”. [Atsar shahih, riwayat Ahmad, no 3600; Al Bazzar, no. 1816 dan Ath Thabrani, no. 8582].

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Oleh
Ustadz Abu ihsan al atsari

✅BERPEDOMAN KEPADA SAHABAT, ADALAH JAMINAN KEMENANGAN

Dalam hadits riwayat Muslim, no 2523 dari jalur Abu Zubair, dari Jabir, dari Abu Sa’id Al Khudri Radhiyallahu ‘anhu, dia berkata, Rasulullah Shallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam bersabda:

يَأْتِي عَلَى النَّاسِ زَمَانٌ يُبْعَثُ مِنْهُمُ الْبَعْثُ فَيَقُولُونَ انْظُرُوا هَلْ تَجِدُونَ فِيكُمْ أَحَدًا مِنْ أَصْحَابِ النَّبِيِّ صَلَّى اللَّهم عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ فَيُوجَدُ الرَّجُلُ فَيُفْتَحُ لَهُمْ بِهِ ثُمَّ يُبْعَثُ الْبَعْثُ الثَّانِي فَيَقُولُونَ هَلْ فِيهِمْ مَنْ رَأَى أَصْحَابَ النَّبِيِّ صَلَّى اللَّهم عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ فَيُفْتَحُ لَهُمْ بِهِ ثُمَّ يُبْعَثُ الْبَعْثُ الثَّالِثُ فَيُقَالُ انْظُرُوا هَلْ تَرَوْنَ فِيهِمْ مَنْ رَأَى مَنْ رَأَى أَصْحَابَ النَّبِيِّ صَلَّى اللَّهم عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ ثُمَّ يَكُونُ الْبَعْثُ الرَّابِعُ فَيُقَالُ انْظُرُوا هَلْ تَرَوْنَ فِيهِمْ أَحَدًا رَأَى مَنْ رَأَى أَحَدًا رَأَى أَصْحَابَ النَّبِيِّ صَلَّى اللَّهم عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ فَيُوجَدُ الرَّجُلُ فَيُفْتَحُ لَهُمْ بِهِ

🍀“Akan datang suatu masa, yang saat itu ada satu pasukan dikirim (untuk berperang)”. Mereka mengatakan: “Coba lihat, adakah di antara kalian seorang sahabat Nabi Shallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam ?” Ternyata ada satu orang sahabat Nabi. Maka karenanya, Allah memenangkan mereka. Kemudian dikirim pasukan kedua. Dikatakan kepada mereka: “Adakah di antara mereka yang pernah melihat sahabat Nabi Shallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam?” Maka karenanya, Allah memenangkan mereka. Lalu dikirim pasukan ketiga. Dikatakan: “Coba lihat, apakah ada di antara mereka yang pernah melihat seorang yang pernah melihat sahabat Nabi Shallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam ?” Maka didapatkan satu orang. Maka Allah memenangkan mereka. Kemudian dikirim pasukan keempat. Dikatakan: “Coba lihat, apakah ada di antara mereka yang pernah melihat seorang yang pernah seseorang yang melihat sahabat Nabi Shallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam ?” Maka didapatkan satu orang. Akhirnya Allah memenangkan mereka

Hadits ini menjelaskan kepada kita, betapa mulia kedudukan sahabat Nabi Shallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam dan orang-orang yang mengikuti mereka. Allah memberi jaminan kemenangan bagi para sahabat dan orang-orang yang mengikuti sahabat. Tentu saja, yang dimaksud dalam hadits bukan hanya sekadar melihat dengan mata kepala saja, namun maksudnya ialah mengikuti pedoman mereka. Sebagaimana yang telah disebutkan tentang definisi sahabat Radhiyallahu ‘anhum.

✅SIAPAKAH YANG DIMAKSUD SAHABAT NABI SHALLALLAHU ALAIAHI WA SALLAM ?
☑Sahabat adalah, siapa saja yang melihat Rasulullah Shallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam, atau bertemu dengan beliau walau hanya sesaat lalu beriman kepada beliau dan ia mati di atas keimanan.

Diriwayatkan oleh Imam Muslim dalam Shahih-nya (249) dari hadits Al ‘Ala` bin Abdirrahman, dari ayahnya, dari Abu Hurairah Radhiyallahu ‘anhu, bahwa Rasulullah Shallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam melewati sebuah pekuburan. Lalu beliau Shallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam bersabda:

فَقَالَ السَّلَامُ عَلَيْكُمْ دَارَ قَوْمٍ مُؤْمِنِينَ وَإِنَّا إِنْ شَاءَ اللَّهُ بِكُمْ لَاحِقُونَ وَدِدْتُ أَنَّا قَدْ رَأَيْنَا إِخْوَانَنَا قَالُوا أَوَلَسْنَا إِخْوَانَكَ يَا رَسُولَ اللَّهِ قَالَ أَنْتُمْ أَصْحَابِي وَإِخْوَانُنَا الَّذِينَ لَمْ يَأْتُوا بَعْدُ

“Salam kesejahteraan atas kalian, wahai penghuni perkampungan kaum Mukminin. Dan aku Insya Allah akan menyusul kalian. Sungguh aku sangat merindukan untuk bertemu dengan saudara-saudara kita”. Para sahabatpun bertanya,”Bukankah kami ini saudara-saudaramu?” Beliau Shallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam menjawab,”Kalian adalah para sahabatku, sedangkan saudara-saudara kita adalah mereka yang datang kemudian”.

☑Hadits ini menunjukkan, bahwa yang dimaksud sahabat ialah, orang yang bertemu dengan Rasulullah Shallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam serta beriman kepada beliau Shallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam. Sedangkan yang datang sesudahnya ialah, saudara-saudara beliau Shallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam. Adapun orang yang bertemu dan beriman kepada beliau Shallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam, (ia) dinamak
an sahabat, baik pertemuan itu dalam waktu yang lama maupun sebentar.

Adapun dalil yang menunjukan bahwa orang yang bertemu dan beriman kepada Rasulullah serta mati di atas keimanan disebut sebagai sahabat ialah, sebuah hadits riwayat Ibnu Abi Syaibah (12/178) dari Zaid Ibnu Hibban, dari Abdullah bin Al ‘Ala’ bin ‘Amir, dari Watsilah bin Al Asqa’, dia berkata, Rasulullah n bersabda:
🍀“Kalian akan tetap berada dalam kebaikan selama di tengah-tengah kalian terdapat orang yang melihat dan menyertaiku. Demi Allah, kalian akan tetap berada dalam kebaikan, selama di tengah-tengah kalian terdapat seorang yang melihat orang yang melihatku, dan menyertai orang yang menyertaiku”.

Di antaranya ialah hadits yang diriwayatkan Ya’qub bin Sufyan, di dalam At Tarikh (2/351), dari Adam, dari Baqiyah bin Al Walid, dari Muhammad bin Abdirrahman Al Yahshabi, bahwa ia mendengar Abdullah bin Basar berkata, Aku mendengar Rasulullah Shallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam bersabda:

طُوْبَى لِمَنْ رَآنِي وَ طُوْبَى لِمَنْ آمَنَ بِي وَلمَ ْيَرَنِي وَ طُوْبَى لَهُ وَ حُسْنَ مَآبٍ

🍀“Sungguh beruntung orang yang melihatku, dan sungguh beruntung orang yang beriman kepadaku, sedangkan ia belum pernah melihatku. Sungguh baginya keberuntungan dan balasan yang baik”. [Hadits ini juga dikeluarkan oleh Ibnu Abi ‘Ashim di dalam As Sunnah, 1527, dari Ya’qub].

Ibnu Faris, seorang pakar bahasa, ia menjelaskan di dalam Mu’jamu Maqayisil Lughah (III/335) dalam pasal Sha-ha-ba: “Menunjukkan penyertaan sesuatu dan kedekatannya dengan sahabat yang disertainya itu. Bentuk jamaknya adalah shuhab, sebagaimana kata raakib bentuk jamaknya rukab. Sama seperti kalimat ‘ashhaba fulan’, artinya menjadi tunduk. Dan kalimat “ashahbar rajulu”, artinya, jika anaknya telah berusia baligh. Dan segala sesuatu yang menyertai sesuatu, maka boleh dikatakan telah menjadi sahabatnya”.

Ibnu Taimiyah rahimahullah menjelaskan di dalam Majmu’ Fatawa (IV/464): “Shuhbah adalah istilah yang digunakan untuk orang-orang yang menyertai Rasulullah Shallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam dalam jangka waktu yang lama maupun singkat. Akan tetapi, kedudukan setiap sahabat ditentukan oleh jangka waktu ia menyertai Rasulullah. Ada yang menyertai beliau setahun, sebulan, sehari, sesaat, atau melihat beliau sekilas lalu (ia) beriman kepada beliau. Derajat masing-masing ditentukan menurut jangka waktunya menyertai Rasulullah”.

Abu Hamid Al Ghazali berkata di dalam kitabnya, Al Mustashfa (1/165):
☑“Siapakah sahabat itu? Sahabat ialah, siapa saja yang hidup bersama Rasulullah Shallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam, atau pernah berjumpa dengan beliau sekali, atau pernah menyertai beliau dalam waktu sebentar maupun lama. Lalu berapa batasan waktunya? Predikat sahabat dinisbatkan kepada siapa saja yang menyertai Rasulullah. Cukuplah disebut sahabat, meski ia hanya menyertai beliau Shallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam dalam waktu sebentar saja. Namun secara urf (kesepakatan umum) (ialah), mengkhususkannya bagi orang yang menyertai beliau Shallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam dalam waktu lama”.

✅LARANGAN MENCELA SAHABAT NABI

Imam Muslim meriwayatkan dari hadits Abu Hurairah Radhiyallahu ‘anhu , dari Rasulullah Shallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam , bahwa beliau Shallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam bersabda:

لَا تَسُبُّوا أَصْحَابِي لَا تَسُبُّوا أَصْحَابِي فَوَالَّذِي نَفْسِي بِيَدِهِ لَوْ أَنَّ أَحَدَكُمْ أَنْفَقَ مِثْلَ أُحُدٍ ذَهَبًا مَا أَدْرَكَ مُدَّ أَحَدِهِمْ وَلَا نَصِيفَهُ

🍀“Janganlah mencela sahabatku! Janganlah mencela sahabatku! Demi Allah yang jiwaku berada di tanganNya, meskipun kalian menginfaqkan emas sebesar gunung Uhud, niscaya tidak akan dapat menyamai satu mud sedekah mereka, tidak juga separuhnya”*[5].

Hadits ini secara jelas melarang kita mencela sahabat Nabi. Larangan dalam hadits di atas hukumnya adalah haram. Yakni haram hukumnya mencela sahabat Nabi. Termasuk di dalamnya, yaitu semua bentuk celaan dan sindiran negatif yang ditujukan kepada mereka, atau salah seorang dari mereka. Sebab, mencela sahabat Nabi, berarti telah menyakiti Nabi Shallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam.

Imam Ahmad meriwayatkan dalam Al Fadha-il (19), dari jalur Waki`, dari Ja’far -yakni Ibnu Burqan- dari Maimun bin Mihran, ia berkata:
☑“Ada tiga perkara yang harus dijauhi. (Yaitu): mencela sahabat Muhammad Shallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam, meramal lewat bintang-bintang, dan mempersoalkan takdir”.*

Imam Ahmad juga menulis surat kepada Abdus bin Malik tentang Ushul Sunnah. Beliau berkata di dalam suratnya: ☑“Termasuk Ushul, (yaitu) barangsiapa melecehkan salah seorang sahabat Nabi, atau membencinya karena kesalahan yang dibuat, atau menyebutkan kejelekannya, maka ia termasuk mubtadi`, hingga ia mendoakan kebaikan dan rahmat bagi seluruh sahabat, dan hatinya tulus mencintai mereka”*[6].

Imam Ahmad meriwayatkan di dalam kitab Al Fadha-il, dari jalur Waki`, dari Sufyan, dari Nusair bin Za’luq, ia berkata, Saya mendengar Ibnu Umar Radhiyallahu anhuma berkata:
🍀“Janganlah kalian mencela sahabat Muhammad Shallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam. Sungguh, kedudukan mereka sesaat bersama Rasulullah Shallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam (itu) lebih baik daripada amal ibadah kalian sepanjang umurnya!”[7]

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🌍🌐SIKAP AHLUS SUNNAH WAL JAMA’AH TERHADAP PERSELISIHAN YANG TERJADI DI ANTARA SAHABAT

Banyak kita temui perkataan ahli ilmu yang berisi perintah untuk tidak mempersoalkan pertikaian yang terjadi di antara sahabat Nabi Radhiyallahu anhum. Bahkan telah disebutkan adanya ijma’ dalam masalah ini.

Abdurrahman bin Abi Hatim berkata,”Aku pernah bertanya kepada ayahku dan Abu Zur’ah tentang madzhab Ahlus Sunnah Wal Jama’ah dan para alim ulama yang pernah ditemui oleh keduanya di berbagai belahan dunia, seperti di Hijaz, Iraq, Mesir, Syam dan Yaman, dalam     
☑menyikapi para sahabat. Madzhab mereka ialah, mendoakan kebaikan dan rahmat atas segenap sahabat Muhammad, atas segenap keluarga beliau Shallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam, serta menahan diri dari memperdebatkan pertikaian di antara mereka.” Demikian pula dinyatakan oleh Imam Al Lalikai dalam Syarah Ushul I’tiqad (321) dan Abul ‘Ala Al Hamdani dalam bukunya yang berisi penyebutan aqidah Ahlus Sunnah dan celaan terhadap perpecahan di halaman 90-91.

Dalilnya ialah firman Allah Subhanahu wa Ta’ala,

وَالَّذِينَ جَاءُوا مِنْ بَعْدِهِمْ يَقُولُونَ رَبَّنَا اغْفِرْ لَنَا وَلِإِخْوَانِنَا الَّذِينَ سَبَقُونَا بِالْإِيمَانِ وَلَا تَجْعَلْ فِي قُلُوبِنَا غِلًّا لِلَّذِينَ آمَنُوا رَبَّنَا إِنَّكَ رَءُوفٌ رَحِيمٌ

🍀“Dan orang-orang yang datang sesudah mereka (Muhajirin dan Anshar), mereka berdoa: “Ya, Rabb kami, beri ampunlah kami dan saudara-saudara kami yang telah beriman lebih dahulu dari kami, dan janganlah Engkau membiarkan kedengkian dalam hati kami terhadap orang-orang yang beriman. Ya Rabb kami, sesungguhnya Engkau Maha Penyantun lagi Maha Penyayang”. [Al Hasyr/59 : 10].
🍀Juga sabda Rasulullah Shallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam : “Janganlah engkau mencela sahabatku …… ”

Abdurrazzaq meriwayatkan di dalam kitab Al Amali (51), dari jalur Ma’mar, dari Ibnu Thawus, dari Thawus, ia berkata, Rasulullah Shallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam bersabda:

إِذَا ذًُكِرَ أصحابي فَأَمْسِكُوْا و إِذَا ذًُكِرَ القَدَرُ فَأَمْسِكُوْا و إِذَا ذًُكِرَ النُّجُوْمُ فَأَمْسِكُوْا

🍀“Jika sahabatku diperbincangkan, maka tahanlah diri. Jika masalah takdir dipersoalkan, maka tahanlah diri. Jika ramalan bintang-bintang dibicarakan, maka tahanlah diri”.

Makna “jika sahabatku diperbincangkan, maka tahanlah diri …”, ☑menurut para ulama ialah tidak mengomentari mereka dengan penilaian miring dan negatif. Maksudnya, bukan larangan menceritakan apa yang terjadi, misalnya peperangan Shiffin atau Jamal. Sebab, perkara tersebut memang telah diberitakan oleh Rasulullah Shallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam, kemudian perkara itu merupakan catatan sejarah. Oleh sebab itulah, para ulama menyebutkannya dan menulisnya di dalam kitab-kitab sejarah dan lainnya, bahkan telah dikarang buku khusus yang membicarakan permasalahan tersebut. Begitu pula Ibnu Jarir, Ibnu Katsir dan Ibnu Hajar serta para alim ulama lainnya menceritakan panjang lebar kisah tersebut. Akan tetapi mereka tidak menghujat atau mencela para sahabat, wallahu ta’ala a’lam.

☑Ibnu Baththah rahimahullah berkata -berkaitan dengan larangan mencampuri pertikaian besar di antara sahabat-:
☑“Kemudian setelah itu kita harus menahan diri dari pertikaian yang terjadi di antara sahabat Rasulullah Shallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam. Sebab, mereka telah melalui berbagai peristiwa bersama Rasulullah Shallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam dan telah mendahului yang lainnya dalam hal keutamaan. Allah telah mengampuni mereka dan memerintahkan agar memintakan ampunan untuk mereka, dan mendekatkan diri kepadaNya dengan mencintai mereka. Semua itu Allah wajibkan melalui lisan RasulNya. Allah Maha Mengetahui apa yang bakal terjadi, bahwasanya mereka akan saling berperang. Mereka memperoleh keutamaan daripada yang lainnya, karena segala kesalahan dan kesengajaan mereka telah dimaafkan. Semua pertikaian yang terjadi di antara mereka telah diampuni. Janganlah melihat komentar-komentar tentang peperangan Shiffin, Jamal, peristiwa di kediaman Bani Sa’idah dan pertikaian-pertikaian lain yang terjadi di antara mereka. Janganlah engkau tulis untuk dirimu, atau untuk orang lain. Janganlah engkau riwayatkan dari seorangpun, dan jangan pula membacakannya kepada orang lain. Dan jangan pula mendengarkannya dari orang yang meriwayatkannya.*

☑Itulah perkara yang disepakati para ulama umat ini. Mereka sepakat melarang perkara yang kami sebutkan tersebut. Di antara ulama tersebut ialah: Hammad bin Zaid, Yunus bin Ubaid, Sufyan Ats Tsauri, Sufyan bin Uyainah, Abdullah bin Idris, Malik bin Anas, Ibnu Abi Dzi’b, Ibnul Munkadir, Ibnul Mubarak, Syu’aib bin Harb, Abu Ishaq Al Fazari, Yusuf bin Asbath, Ahmad bin Hambal, Bisyr bin Al Harits dan Abdul Wahhab Al Warraq; mereka semua sepakat melarang perkara tersebut, melarang melihat dan mendengar komentar tentang pertikaian tersebut. Bahkan mereka memperingatkan orang yang membahas dan berupaya mengumpulkannya. Banyak perkataan-perkataan yang diriwayatkan dari mereka, yang ditujukan kepada orang-orang yang melakukannya, dengan lafazh bermacam-macam, namun maknanya senada. Intinya, (mereka) membenci dan mengingkari orang yang meriwayatkan dan mendengarnya”* [8].

Apabila Umar bin Abdul Aziz ditanya tentang peperangan Shiffin dan Jamal, beliau berkata: “Urusan yang Allah telah mengeluarkan tanganku darinya, maka aku tidak akan mencampurinya dengan lisanku!”[9].

Al Khallal meriwayatkan dari jalur Abu Bakar Al Marrudzi, ia berkata: “Ada yang berkata kepada Abu Abdillah. Ketika itu kami berada di tengah pasukan. Dan kala itu datang pula seorang utusan Khalifah, yakni Ya’qub, ia berkata,’Wahai Abu Abdillah. Apa pendapat Anda tentang pertikaian yang terjadi antara Ali dan Mu’awwiyah?’ Abu Abdillah menjawab,’Aku tidak mengatakan kecuali yang baik. Semoga Allah merahmati mereka semua’”[10].

☑Imam Ahmad menulis surat kepada Musaddad bin Musarhad. Isinya surat tersebut: “Menahan diri dari memperbincangkan kejelekan sahabat. Bicarakanlah keutamaan mereka, dan tahanlah diri dari membicarakan pertikaian di antara mereka. Janganlah berkonsultasi dengan seorangpun (dari) ahli bid’ah dalam masalah agama, dan janganlah menyertakannya dalam perjalananmu”*[11].

☑Abu ‘Utsman Ismail bin Abdurrahman Ash Shabuni rahimahullah menyatakan di dalam Aqidah Salaf Ashhabul Hadits: “Ahlu Sunnah berpendapat, wajib menahan diri dari mencampuri pertikaian di antara sahabat Rasul. (Yakni) menahan lisan dari perkataan yang mengandung celaan dan pelecehan terhadap para sahabat”.

✅PERKATAAN ULAMA BERKAITAN DENGAN ORANG YANG MENCELA SAHABAT ATAU BERKOMENTAR MIRING TERHADAP SALAH SEORANG SAHABAT

Imam Al Bukhari  menulis sebuah bab dalam Shahih-nya berjudul “Bab : Larangan Mencela Orang Yang Sudah Mati”, kemudian beliau meriwayatkan sebuah hadits dari jalur Adam, dari Syu’bah, dari Al A’masy, dari Mujahid, dari ‘Aisyah Radhiyallahu anha , ia berkata, Rasulullah Shallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam bersabda:

لَا تَسُبُّوا الْأَمْوَاتَ فَإِنَّهُمْ قَدْ أَفْضَوْا إِلَى مَا قَدَّمُوا

🍀“Janganlah kalian mencela orang yang sudah mati. Karena mereka telah menyelesaikan amal perbuatan mereka”[12].

Nabi Shallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam juga bersabda:

لَا تَسُبُّوا أَصْحَابِي فَلَوْ أَنَّ أَحَدَكُمْ أَنْفَقَ مِثْلَ أُحُدٍ ذَهَبًا مَا بَلَغَ مُدَّ أَحَدِهِمْ وَلَا نَصِيفَهُ

🍀“Janganlah kalian mencela sahabatku. Karena sesungguhnya, meskipun kalian menginfaqkan emas sebesar gunung Uhud, niscaya tidak akan dapat menyamai satu mud sedekah mereka, tidak juga separuhnya”.

Di dalam Shahih Al Bukhari dan Shahih Muslim, diriwayatkan dari hadits Al Bara` bin ‘Azib Radhiyallahu ‘anhu, bahwa ia mendengar Rasulullah Shallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam bersabda:

الْأَنْصَارُ لَا يُحِبُّهُمْ إِلَّا مُؤْمِنٌ وَلَا يُبْغِضُهُمْ إِلَّا مُنَافِقٌ فَمَنْ أَحَبَّهُمْ أَحَبَّهُ اللَّهُ وَمَنْ أَبْغَضَهُمْ أَبْغَضَهُ اللَّهُ

🍀“Tidaklah mencintai kaum Anshar, kecuali seorang mukmin. Dan tidaklah membenci mereka, kecuali seorang munafik. Barangsiapa mencintai mereka, niscaya Allah mencintainya. Barangsiapa membenci mereka, niscaya Allah membencinya”*[13].

Ibnu Asakir menyebutkan, ketika dihadapkan kepada Umar, seorang Arab Badui menyerang sahabat Anshar dengan kata-kata, ☑beliau berkata: “Sekiranya dia bukan sahabat Nabi, niscaya cukuplah aku yang menyelesaikannya. Akan tetapi, ia masih termasuk sahabat Nabi”* [14].

Imam Al Lalikai meriwayatkan dari jalur Hambal bin Ishaq, dari Muhammad bin Ash Shalt, dari Qeis bin Ar Rabi`, dari Wa’il dari Al Bahi, ia berkata: “Pernah terjadi pertengkaran antara Ubaidullah bin Umar dengan Al Miqdam, lalu Ubaidullah mencela Al Miqdam, maka Umar berkata: ☑“Tolong, ambilkan besi tajam, agar kupotong lisannya, sehingga tidak seorangpun sesudahnya yang berani mencela salah seorang sahabat Nabi”*[15].

Al Lalikai juga meriwayatkan dari jalur Sufyan bin Uyainah, dari Khalaf bin Hausyab, dari Sa’id bin Abdirrahman bin Abza, ia
☑berkata: Aku bertanya kepada ayahku,”
☑Seandainya aku membawa seseorang yang mencaci Abu Bakar, apa kira-kira yang engkau lakukan?”
☑Beliau menjawab,”Akan kupenggal lehernya!” aku bertanya lagi: ☑“Bagaimana jika mencaci Umar?” Jawab ayahku,”Juga akan kupenggal lehernya!”[16].

Ibnu Baththah menyebutkan, bahwa ☑Sufyan Ats Tsauri berkata: “Janganlah engkau mencela Salafush Shalih, niscaya engkau akan masuk surga dengan selamat”.

☑Imam Al Lalikai meriwayatkan dari jalur Ma’n bin Isa, ia berkata: Saya mendengar Malik bin Anas berkata,”Barangsiapa mencela sahabat Nabi, maka ia tidak berhak mendapat harta fa’i,* sebab Allah berfirman: (Juga) bagi para fuqara Muhajirin yang diusir dari kampung halaman dan dari harta benda mereka (karena) mencari karunia dari Allah dan keridhaan(Nya) -QS Al Hasyr ayat 8-, mereka adalah sahabat Nabi Shallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam yang berhijrah bersama Beliau. Kemudian Allah berfirman: Dan orang-orang yang telah menempati kota Madinah dan telah beriman (Anshar) sebelum (kedatangan) mereka (Muhajirin) –Al Hasyr : 9-, mereka adalah kaum Anshar. ☑Kemudian Allah berfirman : Dan orang-orang yang datang sesudah mereka (Muhajirin dan Anshar), mereka berdoa: “Ya Rabb kami, beri ampunlah kami dan saudara-saudara kami yang telah beriman lebih dahulu dari kami, dan janganlah Engkau membiarkan kedengkian dalam hati kami terhadap orang-orang yang beriman. Ya Rabb kami, sesungguhnya Engkau Maha Penyantun lagi Maha Penyanyang.* –Al Hasyr:10. Itulah ketiga golongan yang berhak menerima fa’i. ✅Barangsiapa mencela sahabat Nabi Shallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam, maka ia tidak termasuk salah satu dari tiga golongan tersebut, dan ia tidak berhak menerima fa’i”* [17].

Al Khallal meriwayatkan dalam kitab As Sunnah, dari jalur Abu Bakar Al Marwadzi, ia berkata: “Saya bertanya kepada Abu Abdullah (yakni Imam Ahmad) tentang hukum orang yang mencela Abu Bakar, Umar dan ‘Aisyah Radhiyallahu anhum. Beliau berkata,’Menurut saya, ia bukan orang Islam.’ Saya juga mendengar Abu Abdillah berkata,
☑’Imam Malik mengatakan, siapa saja yang mencela sahabat Nabi Shallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam, maka ia tidak mendapat bagian apapun dalam Islam*

Al Khallal juga meriwayatkan dari jalur Abdul Malik bin Abdul Hamid, ia berkata: “Saya mendengar Abu Abdillah berkata,’Barangsiapa mencela sahabat Nabi, maka aku khawatir ia jatuh ke dalam kekufuran, seperti halnya kaum Rafidhah,’ kemudian beliau berkata,Barangsiapa mencela sahabat Nabi, maka dikhawatirkan ia keluar dari
agam
Al Khallal juga meriwayatkan dari Abdullah bin Ahmad bin Hambal, ia berkata: “Aku pernah bertanya kepada ayahku tentang orang yang mencela salah seorang sahabat Nabi, (dan) beliau menjawab,’Menurut saya, dia bukan orang Islam’.”

Al Khallal juga meriwayatkan dari jalur Harb bin Ismail Al Kirmani, dari Musa bin Harun bin Ziyad, bahwa ia mendengar Al Faryabi ditanya oleh seorang lelaki tentang hukum orang yang mencaci Abu Bakar. Beliau (Al Faryabi, Red) menjawab: “Kafir!” Tanyanya lagi: “Bolehkah jenazahnya dishalatkan?” Jawab beliau,”Tidak!” Aku bertanya kepadanya: “Bukankah ia telah mengucapkan La Ilaha illallah?” Beliau menjawab,”Janganlah kalian sentuh jenazahnya dengan tangan kalian, angkatlah jenazahnya dengan kayu, lalu kuburkan dalam lubang kuburnya.”

Imam Ahmad berkata dalam sebuah risalah yang diriwayatkan oleh ☑Ahmad bin Ja’far bin Ya’qub Al Ishthakhri: “Seorangpun tidak boleh menyebutkan keburukan para sahabat, dan janganlah mencela seorangpun dari sahabat karena aib atau kekurangannya. Barangsiapa melakukan hal itu, maka wajib bagi penguasa menjatuhkan hukuman dan sanksi atasnya. Kesalahannya itu tidak boleh dimaafkan. Pelakunya harus dihukum dan diminta bertaubat. Jika ia bertaubat, maka diterimalah taubatnya. Jika tetap bertahan, maka hukuman kembali dijatuhkan atasnya, dan dipenjara seumur hidup hingga mati atau bertaubat”.

Beliau (Imam Ahmad) berkata di awal risalahnya ini: “Itulah madzab ahli ilmu, ahli atsar dan ahlu sunnah yang teguh memegangnya, di kenal dengannya, yang masalah ini telah diikuti semenjak zaman sahabat Nabi Shallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam sampai sekarang ini. Saya telah bertemu dengan para ulama dari Hijaz, Syam dan daerah lainnya berada di atas madzhab tersebut” [18].

Al Qadhi` Iyadh berkata dalam Syarah Shahih Muslim [19]: “Mencela sahabat Nabi dan merendahkan mereka, atau salah seorang dari mereka, (itu) termasuk perbuatan dosa besar yang diharamkan. Nabi telah melaknat orang yang melakukannya”.

Diriwayatkan dari Ibrahim An Nakha-i, ia berkata: “Mencaci Abu Bakar dan Umar termasuk dosa besar”.

☑Demikian pula dinyatakan oleh Abu Ishaq As Sab’i. Dan disebutkan pula hal itu oleh Ibnu Hajar Al Haitsami dalam kitab Az Zawajir, ia berkata: “Dosa besar yang ke empat ratus enam puluh empat dan empat ratus enam puluh lima ialah membenci kaum Anshar, mencaci salah seorang sahabat Nabi –radhiyallahu` anhum [20].

✅Dari uraian di atas jelaslah, betapa besar dosa mencela sahabat Nabi atau salah seorang dari mereka. Karena Rasulullah Shallal telah melarang mencela orang yang sudah mati dan melarang mencela sahabat beliau. ‘Aisyah Radhiyallahu anha juga mengabarkan, bahwa mereka telah diperintahkan untuk memohon ampunan bagi sahabat Nabi, akan tetapi, mereka justru malah mencela sahabat.*[21]

✅Begitulah kenyataannya, mereka benar-benar mencela sahabat Nabi Shallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam. Orang-orang yang mencela sahabat Nabi itu sebenarnya meniru perbuatan seorang zindiq bernama Abdullah bin Saba’. Oleh sebab itu, mereka merupakan orang yang paling mirip dengan kaum Nasrani yang mencela kaum Hawariyun, pengikut setia Nabi Isa Alaihissallam.*

Imam Al Ajurri meriwayatkan dari jalur Ahmad bin Abdullah bin Yunus, dari Ibnu Abi Dzi’b, dari ☑Az Zuhri, ia berkata: “Belum pernah aku melihat orang yang paling mirip dengan kaum Nasrani selain pengikut Saba’iyah”. Ahmad bin Yunus berkata,”Mereka adalah kaum Syi’ah Rafidhah.” [22]

Syaikhul Islam Ibnu Taimiyah rahimahullah berkata di dalam kitab Ash Sharimul Maslul: “Sejumlah ulama dari kalangan sahabat-sahabat kami (yakni ulama madzhab Hambali) menegaskan kekafiran kaum Khawarij yang meyakini harus berlepas diri dari Ali dan Utsman, dan juga menegaskan kekafiran Rafidhah yang meyakini wajib mencaci seluruh sahabat, dan menegaskan kekafiran orang-orang yang mengkafirkan sahabat, mengatakan mereka fasik atau mencaci mereka”.

Abu Bakar Abdul Aziz berkata di dalam kitab Al Muqni’: “Adapun jika ia termasuk penganut paham Rafidhah yang mencaci
sahabat, maka hukumnya kafir dan tidak boleh dinikahkan (dengan wanita Ahlus Sunnah Wal Jama’ah). Sedangkan pendapat ulama lainnya, dan inilah pendapat yang didukung oleh Al Qadhi Abu Ya’la, bahwa jika ia benar-benar mencaci sahabat dan menjatuhkan martabat agama dan keshalihan mereka, maka ia kafir karena perbuatan tersebut. Namun jika ia mencacinya tanpa menjatuhkan martabat -misalnya mencaci ayah salah seorang dari mereka, atau mencacinya dengan maksud membuat marah, atau tujuan lainnya- maka ia tidaklah kafir karena hal itu”.

Itulah sikap yang harus dimiliki setiap muslim terhadap para sahabat yang mulia. Sebagaimana dimaklumi, Ahlus Sunnah Wal Jama’ah tidak mengatakan jika sahabat itu ma’shum dari dosa besar ataupun dosa kecil. Boleh jadi mereka melakukan dosa tersebut, akan tetapi mereka tetap yang paling utama, paling baik dan mempunyai kelebihan sebagai sahabat Nabi. Itulah sebabnya mereka mendapat ampunan atas kesalahan yang mereka perbuat. Bahkan mereka mendapat ampunan atas dosa dan kesalahan, yang barangkali, bila dilakukan oleh selain mereka, belum tentu diampuni. Setiap muslim wajib meyakini hal ini dan mempertahankannya. Sebab ini merupakan bagian dari ajaran agama yang diturunkan Allah.

Sebagai penutup tulisan ini, berkut adalah pernyataan Syaikhul Islam Ibnu Taimiyah di dalam kitab Ash Sharimul Maslul: “Dalam masalah ini, kami tidak mengetahui adanya perbedaan pendapat di antara para ahli fiqih dan ahli ilmu dari kalangan sahabat dan orang-orang yang mengikuti mereka dengan baik, serta (di kalangan) seluruh Ahlus Sunnah Wal Jama’ah. Mereka semua sepakat, bahwa kita wajib memuji para sahabat, memohon ampunan bagi mereka, memohon curahan rahmat bagi mereka, mendoakan mereka (dengan mengucapkan radhiyallahu`anhu), mencintai dan loyal kepada mereka, serta meyakini adanya sanksi yang berat atas orang yang berpandangan buruk tentang mereka”. Wallahul musta’an.

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Footnote
[1]. HR Al Bukhari, 3651 dan Muslim, 2533.
[2]. HR Al Bukhari, 3650 dan Muslim, 2535.
[3]. HR Muslim, 2536.
[4]. Musnad Imam Ahmad, IV/126-127; Abu Dawud, 4607; At Tirmidzi, 2676; Ibnu Majah, 42; Ad Darimi, 95. Hadits ini shahih. Dinyatakan shahih oleh At Tirmidzi, Ibnu Hibban, Al Hakim, Al Bazzar, Abu Nu’aim dan Ibnu Rajab ketika mensyarah hadits ini. Tambahan yang terdapat di akhir hadits “Sesungguhnya seorang mukmin ibarat unta yang jinak, apabila di arahkan kepada kebaikan ia pasti menurut” adalah tambahan yang mungkar.
[5]. HR Muslim, 2540.
[6]. Thabaqatul Hanabilah, I/345
[7]. Diriwayatkan oleh Ahmad dalam Al Fadha-il, 15 dan Al Baihaqi dalam Al I’tiqad dengan sanad shahih. Diriwayatkan juga oleh Ibnu Majah dalam Sunan-nya, 162
[8]. Al Ibanah, karangan Ibnu Baththah, hlm. 268. Bagi yang ingin penjelasan lebih lengkap, silakan lihat kitab As Sunnah, karangan Al Khallal. Beliau telah menulis sebuah bab dalam kitabnya itu tentang teguran keras terhadap orang yang menulis riwayat-riwayat yang berisi hujatan terhadap sahabat Nabi.
[9]. As Sunnah, Al Khallal 717.
[10]. As Sunnah, Al Khallal, 713.
[11]. Thabaqatul Hanabilah, I/344.
[12]. HR Al Bukhari, 1393.
[13]. HR Al Bukhari, 3783 dan Muslim, 75.
[14]. Ibnu Asakir dalam Tarikh Dimasyqi, 59/206 dan Al Ishabah I/11, lalu ia menyebutkan sanadnya sendiri, kemudian berkata: “Perawi hadits ini tsiqah”.
[15]. Al Lalikai, 2376.
[16]. Al Lalikai, 2378.
[17]. Al Lalikai, 2400.
[18]. Thabaqatul Hanabilah, I/24.
[19]. Syarah Shahih Muslim, VII/580.
[20]. Beliau telah menulis sebuah kitab yang sarat faidah dalam masalah ini, berjudul Ash Shawaiqul Muhriqah ‘Ala Ahli Rafdh Wad Dhalal Waz Zanadiqah.
[21]. Muslim, 3022.
[20]. Al Ajurri dalam kitab Asy Syari’at, 2028 dan 2030, sanadnya shahih


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October 9, 2018 (La Mesa) – The Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD) is continuing its support of community organizations that assist specialized populations in the East Region, including homeless and refugee groups, with recent grants to Crisis House and Survivors of Torture International.

A $6,500 grant to Crisis House will help the El Cajon-based organization present Project Homeless Connect-East County (PHC), a one-day event that will provide services to homeless individuals and families. Launched in 2013, the collaborative effort involves more than 35 organizations representing private and public enterprises, religious, civic and government agencies, as well as more than 100 individual volunteers. Free services provided at PHC include haircuts, clothing, identification paperwork, legal help, medical checkups, pastoral counseling, addiction treatment, and housing and employment assistance.

Over the past five years, PHC attendance has increased. Held in April, the 2018 PHC served 213 individuals, including 21 children. Attendance in 2018 was 27 percent higher compared to the previous year. The next PHC is scheduled for April 12, 2019, at the Ronald Reagan Community Center in El Cajon. Founded in 1970, Crisis House offers comprehensive housing and social services for the region's homeless and low-income populations.

“With the help of the Grossmont Healthcare District, we will have the opportunity to again make health care accessible and provide health-related services to an underserved and high-risk population,” said Mary Case, executive director, Crisis House. “Our goal with PHC is to break the cycle of homelessness and poverty and make it easy for homeless individuals and families to access necessary services for rebuilding their lives and remaining safe, healthy and self-sufficient.”

According to Case, Crisis House anticipates that next year’s event will deliver services to as many as 225 unsheltered homeless men, women and children. Case also indicated that the organization wants to expand services by making both vision and dental available to those who attend the event.

The GHD board also recently approved a $2,500 sponsorship to the Survivors of Torture International’s eighth annual fundraising “Helping Survivors Heal” luncheon held Thursday, Sept. 20 at the DoubleTree Hotel in Mission Valley.

The San Diego nonprofit assists adult and child refugees and asylum seekers who have fled from more than 80 countries where political torture and ethnic cleansing are common threats. Founded in 1997, Survivors of Torture offers a free holistic program that includes medical, dental, psychiatric, psychological and other social services, as well as employment, education and legal referrals. Top home countries of origin among clients include Iraq, Iran, Syria, Democratic Republic of Congo, and Mexico.

“Our mission is to facilitate the healing of survivors and their families and advocate for the abolition of torture,” said Kathi Anderson, executive director, Survivors of Torture. “We are grateful for the support from the Grossmont Healthcare District since our goal is to cover 100 percent of luncheon costs with sponsorship donations, so proceeds raised at the luncheon will go towards programs and services.”

GHD, formed in 1952 to build Grossmont Hospital, is a public agency that owns the hospital’s buildings and property on behalf of local taxpayers. Since 1991, GHD has leased the hospital’s operations and management to Sharp HealthCare via a public-private partnership. The District is governed by a five-member board of directors, each elected to four-year terms, who represent more than 500,000 people residing within the District's 750 square miles in San Diego's East County. For more information about GHD, visit www.grossmonthealthcare.org.


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Wondering about American indifference about the war we're ramping up for has had me thinking about why I love Iran.

I was living in Harlem.

It was a few weeks after 9/11 and when Mahsa rang and let me know that she would be in New York, I was happy and excited.

Her brother and I had been friends for over ten years.

We always said our meeting was destined.

As the only two kids of color—I am Black American and he is Persian—in an otherwise all-white Women in Religion class at DePaul University, something in my heart knew he would be my friend for life. I’ll never forget the look of agony in his big blue eyes when after opening the door to that crammed classroom he encountered a sea a white faces looking back at him, no one budging to indicate they would make room as he courageously closed the door behind him, turned and bared the stark gaze of the tall, lanky, pasty professor with the thick Eastern European accent, intensifying the mood with “Why don’t we wait to continue since some of us don’t know how to get to here on time.”

Somehow in that moment, our eyes locked and I hurriedly moved my bag and beckoned him to come sit next to me. Shaun made his way through the sea of kids, barely letting him through the tight aisles. By the time he sat down, sweat trickling from his brow, he was relieved and I was relieved for him and we both laughed under our breath. When he rifled through his bag looking for a pen and couldn’t find one—another long pause from our professor—we both laughed again as I handed him one of mine.

We become one in that moment, representing a warm cocoon of support to protect us through the white supremacist death by a thousand cuts that can choke and kill with its vicious silences and pauses that wither you from the inside out and have no balm but the knowing, empathetic understanding that laughter and friendship can heal.

Even though he was born in Iran, I here in America, we had many things in common. He was organized into his understanding of Whiteness in Wilmette and I got my credentials in Fairfield, Connecticut. Different places, same stuff. Our families were the only people of color in extremely affluent communities and the day to day experiences, that remind you every day of how alien and unlovable you are, would leave their mark on our psyches, well after we’d graduated high school and found one another in that classroom at DePaul University.

Getting together was healing. He and his cousins became fixtures at my house whenever there were barbeques, family get-togethers and parties. When I met Shaun I didn’t know much about Persian history and culture, just what I remembered from what became known as the “hostage crisis,” and the Shah of Iran, years before.

I was eight years old when a group of Iranian college students shut down a building in a place called Tehran. They were holding fifty or so Americans inside the embassy and wouldn’t release them until their demands were met. My mother said the students were standing up for themselves because America was “doing them like they do us” and “they know how it is.” My mom and the Iranian kids seemed to be on the same page because at some point, soon after the “crisis” began, the students released the women and the Black Americans, let them walk right out of the embassy. It made so much sense and I was so impressed with the reasonableness of their actions. “Women hold a special place in our society and Blacks live under American oppression and tyranny.”

Even though the white broadcasters tried to reduce the gesture to a publicity stunt, watching those people march out of the building, the women coming home to their children and the Black Brothers with their afros, coming home to their families, after that the students had my vote. And I got the message, for the first time in my life, that Black people in America had something in common with Black people and other people of color, all over the world.

We were one.

The students knew it. They said it for everyone to hear and now I knew it too.

Hanging out with Shaun reminded me of that. We had good times together and my mom and dad adored him, treated him like he was one of their own. We danced, partied, ate as much barbeque as we could hold, had great cocktails and just enjoyed life together. My parents taught him how to play Bid Whist, Black folk’s version of Bridge. Going to Shaun’s place, either his parents' house out in Wilmette or his apartment down the street from our place in Lincoln Park, was just the same. Just good times. When he cooked, my gosh, the food was magnificent! Well-seasoned meats with fresh, delicious herbs, perfectly cooked fluffy rice with these gorgeous, aromatic dips and sauces. The art on his walls was impeccable and the energy in his apartment was always flowing. Like my family, Shaun was hospitable, caring, a lovely conversationalist and knew how to have a good time, and he cared about people.

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We had so many things in common.

So of course, years later when his baby sister Mahsa came to New York, I was excited to host.

She arrived, smartly dressed like a low-key, genius poet in her well-tailored men’s sports jacket, a black turtleneck, jeans and expensive but understated loafers. Mahsa had always been elegant and gorgeous. We walked down to People’s Choice, the most delicious homemade Jamaican food in New York City. I think we got oxtails with peas and rice and cabbage. Neither one of us could get over how extraordinarily delicious the food was. We ate and we talked about her work and mine. We’d all since left Chicago, years ago. Shaun to Los Angeles, me to New York City and Mahsa to Tehran. She’d done a women’s magazine, Bad Jens, and had become a serious organizer of community over there. On this trip she was working at the UN with Shirin Ebadi, doing translation work for her papers, books and speeches. Even though Mahsa was really humble about it, which was her way, I knew from her proud brother that her work with Shirin Ebadi was a really big deal.

Since 9/11 had just gone down, and Bush was pushing us to go to war with Iraq, I took the opportunity to make sense of all that had happened in that part of the world. “Why are we always fighting and complaining about Iraq and Iran?” I asked as we chomped away. “And what’s the deal with Afghanistan?” I admitted to her something that I had hidden from myself, that even though I was pretty active in international situations that impacted Black people and people of color globally, Haiti, South Africa, Venezuela, that I knew very little about the Middle East. It just became something that was always already happening… so ongoing that I just tuned out. Mahsa was one of those people, that even though she was crazy smart, brilliant really, you didn’t have to pretend that you knew something that you did not.

She explained about the oil. She explained about the pipelines. She explained the grip of American imperialism, the destruction of the cities of Middle Eastern antiquity and the pillaging of museums and libraries by American armed forces throughout the years and the slow, steady march to Iraq that the U.S. was directing to Iran. That seemed outlandish to me, that Iran would ever be treated in that fashion. When she started talking about the incessant bombing, the destruction of Beirut came up and I informed her that back in the early '80s, Black folks likened the most cracked-out, left behind areas of our own communities to this city, “South Side of Chicago lookin’ like Beirut,” I’d hear brothers and sisters say.

Mahsa shook her head and smiled slightly and then gave me a glimpse of the history of the beauty and majesty of this gorgeous Lebanese city. She was clearly disturbed by the information, but her gentle, non-judgmental telling of these things, in a tone demonstrative of patience and inner peace, her deep intellect and elegance, amplified a sense of what Americans did not know or like to think about, that ours was a young, foolish country… a big, ignorant, bully baby and that we had lost our way. Completely. Most of us unaware of what was really happening in our names, and for oil, imperialism and what Bush kept calling “our way of life,” around the world, especially in the Middle East, with people, who like my mother’d said all those years ago “know how it is.”

We do not like to even consider what we have destroyed and in that destruction what has been lost, forever, to the world. What we have lost is friendship, culture, love, peace, endless possibilities and all of the wonderful things that come from life when you are trying to crush, kill, and control. Somewhere along the way, in a quest for assimilation, peace and acceptance, and just probably worn downness, Black Americans forgot too, that we have something in common with our brothers and sisters in the Middle East. The greatest blow from the War Economy is that it separates us. Eventually, it separated Shaun and I… understandably. After all, it is difficult to maintain friendships with folks when your country makes habit of lying, stealing, cheating, murdering and spreading hate, making their lives here and back home, a misery.

America was and still is running around, destructively taking… snatching things... from people, with whom Black folks, Native people, LatinX in the land known as the United States have something in common.

As I look at the bombed-out streets of the countries that the United States has attacked, and ripped apart, dusty, dirt heaps where gardens used to grow, I have to look at my own communities, here in the United States. Areas with no green spaces or parks and the prisons swollen with human energy relegated to slavery. Flint, Michigan, with no drinkable water source, Deep East Oakland with nowhere to buy living foods and soil so destroyed by pollution that you can’t grow any… children climbing out of tents in homeless encampments in downtown Oakland, while tech millionaires look down on them from their sprawling condo apartment windows. The United States is waging the same war on the people of the Middle East, that it is waging here on Black folks, LatinX, Indigenous people and poor Whites, here in our local communities.

This truth takes me back to that look on Mahsa’s face when she told me of the beauty of precious Beirut and the pure glory of what stood there before the dust and the rubble.

I have always had the sense that being reminded of what we have in common, (in addition to being targeted by the most destructive force on the planet… the American government…) would create a solidarity that could truly organize peace on its own, between the people most heavily enslaved, marginalized and victimized by the virus of War Economy which spreads by keeping us fearful of one another and separates us. I have always had the sense that if the Black and LatinX children on the South Side of Chicago understood that the bullets flying by and through their heads and the food deserts in which they reside are a construction of the engineers of the War Economy, which inflict death upon all that they cannot control, as they do today to the children of Yemen and Afghanistan, and God forbid, Iran, that they would have a different sense of their possibilities and self-worth in the world. I have always had the sense that if we remembered what the Iranian students were really saying and doing when they released the folks who “suffered under American oppression and tyranny,” just like they did… that we would all be unstoppable… together… because knowing that we all have something in common is the first step towards growing and sustaining a local peace economy.

The good news is that we get a chance to start again, everytime we open our eyes and begin a new day.

When I tell people that our government is ramping up to a war with Iran, a glaze comes over their eyes. It’s like yelling fire in a crowded theater but nobody moves because they’re too busy enjoying their buttered popcorn and watching the movie… so you have to start explaining that fire not only burns… but it can kill you.

Get up and run!

Are we that used to waging war in America that no one even bats an eye?

Photo Credit: CODEPINK

Or is it because Iran is this faraway place where they’re not like us... and practice a different religion… have different values… a place where the people have nothing in common with us? This glaze over the eyes thing has happened so much that I have to wonder what has happened in my life that makes me understand that loving the Iranian people is as natural as loving my own people... as natural as knowing that they are my people.

Wondering why my fellow countrymen and women do not connect in the same way has shaken me up a little… a lot... and had me thinking about why I love Iran.

I want to dedicate this piece to Mahsa Shekarloo, who left our world on September 5, 2014. May all the girls and women, around the world and especially Iran… Persia, know that she organized, loved and sacrificed so that they could be free. And to her dear brother, Arash, aka Shaun, who is my friend… for life.

Learn more and join CODEPINK's We Love Iranians campaign here.

This article was produced by Local Peace Economy, a project of the Independent Media Institute.

 

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US envoy celebrates “unprecedented” progress under the promise of more moderate Muslim rule.


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Saudi Arabia has made unprecedented strides toward religious tolerance just a year after its young new ruler pledged to bring more moderate Islam to the Sunni kingdom.

After a visit to the capital city of Riyadh last week, US officials reported the country has reformed its religious police—once tasked with enforcing shari’ah law on the streets and in homes—and has instituted new government programs to quash extremism.

“I was surprised by the pace of change in the country. It reminded me of the verse at the end of Book of Job which says, ‘My ears had heard ... but now my eyes have seen,’” said US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) commissioner Johnnie Moore, who has also served as an unofficial liaison between evangelical leaders and the Trump White House.

“It was the first time I have ever thought to myself, Wow, we could actually see religious freedom in Saudi. This is possible.”

Moore represents the highest-profile evangelical leader to meet with the Saudi government since 33-year-old Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman announced plans last October to return the restrictive Muslim country to “what we were before: a country of moderate Islam that is open to all religions and to the world.” The USCIRF official formerly worked with Mark Burnett and Roma Downey’s campaign to aid persecuted Christians in the Middle East.

Fewer than 5 percent of the 32 million people living in Saudi Arabia are Christians, according to Pew Research, and the kingdom ranks No. 12 among countries where it is hardest to follow Jesus, according to Open Doors. Likewise the State Department, at USCIRF’s recommendation, has designated Saudi Arabia a “country of particular concern” since 2004 due to its egregious religious freedom violations.

The government still does not sanction churches or any form public worship by non-Muslims, but progress is being made toward allowing private worship and protecting the rights of minority faiths. 


As the conservative Muslim nation instituted new social reforms—including lifting its infamous ban on women driving—bin Salman has recently hosted a string of Christian leaders.

“It should not be lost on us that the Crown Prince has—in the last six months alone—met with the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Maronite Patriarch, and met with the Coptic Pope in Cairo and that meeting took place in front of wall-sized piece of art honoring Jesus,” Moore told CT.

“There was also a very prominent visit by the recently deceased Cardinal Tauran [a Vatican diplomat] where he signed a joint agreement to promote peaceful coexistence with the General Secretary of the World Muslim League, Dr. al-Issa.”

During their visit, Moore and fellow USCIRF commissioner Nadine Maenza met with leaders across the government, including the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice, which promotes Islamic moral code.

According to Moore, the commission—once the greatest barrier to private worship—no longer has authority to go into people’s homes or to make arrests. He said Christians in Saudi Arabia have already felt the effects of the reform under bin Salman and support the changes.

Additionally, the USCIRF delegation met with the government ministries tasked with cracking down on religious extremism by establishing educational programs and monitoring teaching in mosques. Under a Muslim constitution, Saudi Arabia continues to have laws against apostasy and conversion, though there a signs they may be becoming less strict in their implementation.

The changes now coming to Saudi Arabia have been anticipated for over a year. “The days of a religious monopoly in Saudi Arabia are over,” Daoud Kuttab, a Christian Palestinian journalist, told CT last fall, noting mixed motivations—social and economic—for the changes. “No more pushing Islam down every citizen’s throat.”

Some of the reforms are obvious already. “I saw women driving, some guardianship rules being rolled back, and women and men increasingly mixing in public venues, including at a Cirque du Soleil concert in Riyadh,” Commissioner Maenza said in a press release.

“The question we continue to assess is whether this opening is extending to other parts of the country and the degree to which these reforms are impacting freedom of religion or belief in a country that still—for instance—officially bans public worship unless it is the state-sanctioned practice of Islam.”

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I’m praying for a day when I can travel to Saudi Arabia to proudly and publicly celebrate Christmas or Easter on a peninsula whose Islamic faith and culture owes, by its own admission, a great debt to “people of the book,” which preceded it.

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Você dificilmente saberia das notícias, mas estamos continuamente em guerra no Afeganistão desde 2001. A guerra silenciou 17 no dia 7 de outubro.
Infelizmente, a amnésia americana não impediu que o sargento major Tim Bolyard fosse morto no Afeganistão no início de setembro, durante sua oitava viagem de combate e 13º deslocamento .
Oito turnês de combate - que deveriam ser ilegais - mandaram Bolyard para baixo repetidamente em uma guerra que o presidente Obama supostamente acabou há três anos. Uma guerra que este país esqueceu muito antes disso.
Uma nação que não se lembra dos homens e mulheres enviados para lutar em seu nome não tem nada a fazer. E uma democracia que gasta mais tempo debatendo-se ajoelhada diante da bandeira do que a justificativa para emitir os dobrados precisa desesperadamente de se familiarizar com a Constituição - e sua bússola moral.
Nossos entes queridos não se inscreveram para servir um presidente. Eles se inscreveram para servir o povo americano, a maioria dos quais não tem idéia do que estão lutando.
Eu também não sei. Nem nenhum dos outros mais de 4.000 membros da Military Families Speak Out (MFSO).
Todos nós temos cônjuges, pais, parceiros, irmãos e filhos que serviram na era pós 11 de setembro. Fundada em 2002 por duas famílias de militares para se opor à invasão do Iraque, nossos entes queridos continuam servindo lá e no Afeganistão.
Passamos mais de uma década e meia enterrando crianças, pais enlutados, cônjuges e irmãos de luto, e cuidando de guerreiros feridos. Não temos mais ninguém querido para dar.
Vergonha em um país que continua a levar nossas tropas a guerras há muito declaradas, desperdiçando seu serviço e absolvendo a consciência coletiva com duas palavras: “Eles se voluntariaram”. 
O fato de os soldados usarem o uniforme por opção não deveria permitir que "o povo americano e seus representantes eleitos sejam indiferentes sobre a guerra no Afeganistão", disse o tenente-general Karl Eikenberry, do  New York Times .
O ex-comandante das tropas dos EUA no Afeganistão acrescentou: "Continuamos a lutar simplesmente porque estamos lá".
Esse "nós"  é um minúsculo 1 por cento da população que está pagando o custo humano do cheque de guerra deste país - o equivalente democrático de um jantar e uma corrida. contagem de corpos das tropas dos EUA no Afeganistão é de 2.414, além de mais de 20.000 feridos. Esses números chegam a centenas de milhares de soldados e civis afegãos.
Depois, há o custo financeiro: mais de US $ 1 trilhão, de acordo com TheBalance.com.
Mesmo assim, o Congresso reduziu repetidamente os impostos, especialmente para os ricos, desde o início das guerras. Nossa política fiscal é a de chutar a lata no caminho para as gerações futuras, que já estão pagando o suficiente por mudanças climáticas movidas a combustíveis fósseis.
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Nossas tropas e famílias de veteranos pagam o preço todos os dias. Antes de nossos entes queridos retornarem de suas primeiras turnês, nos disseram: "O combate é uma porta de mão única: uma vez que você passe por ela, você nunca poderá voltar."
Eu costumava pensar que só se aplicava aos veteranos. Eu sei melhor agora.
"É hora de esta guerra no Afeganistão acabar", disse o general John W. Nicholson recentemente, enquanto se preparava para deixar o país pela última vez. Nicholson passara um total de 31 meses - quatro turnos - no Afeganistão como comandante encarregado de uma missão de mudança de forma.
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In a move that could dial down tensions, Turkey's Defense Minister Hulusi Akar announced this week that joint patrols by Turkish and U.S. forces would start in Manbij. Erdogan had accused Washington of foot-dragging in honoring a commitment to begin the patrols,seen by Turkey as an essential step toward removing the YPG from Manbij. Despite Turkey's fiery rhetoric, analysts say cooperation with the U.S. is continuing in Syria, and as a senior Western diplomat pointed out, Turkey continues to accommodate U.S. forces' heavy reliance on its critical Incirlik airbase for Syrian operations.
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. hammered the President in 2016 over his access Hollywood tapes. Now, her old tweets have surfaced. This must be her version of locker room talk. Instead of saying, I said, I meant it, she claims it was ignorant comments and that she didn’t mean it. 🧐
 


Donald Trump is supposed to be an idiot.  What is Kaitlan Collins' excuse?  She has none.  She was in college and it was only a few years ago.  CNN really doesn't need her on the payroll.


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The crash you hear is Channing tossing everything on her desk against the wall.


LAST MAN STANDING would be a great TGIF program because the kids on the show are so popular.  And it is a hit Friday night program. 


If that doesn’t bother Channing, certainly the fact that this hit show used to be on ABC until she cancelled it has to bother her.


That’s right, ABC had the biggest hit of Fridays until Channing cancelled it.  Now FOX has the program and now FOX has the highest rated program on Friday nights.  And Channing?


Take it away, Rona.

Rona Barrett, “I am breaking the news today that an idiot is running – and ruining – ABC. . . ”


Channing is an idiot.  ABC needs to fire her.  She's ruining the network.  Are they really going to wait until the end of the season to fire her?  She's destroying the ratings.  She needs to go.  She doesn't know a damn thing about programming.  I think I'm going to sell off my stock because I'm not in the mood to take a big loss while Disney and company humor her.


"Iraq snapshot" (THE COMMON ILLS):
Tuesday, October 9, 2018.  The Iraq War continues, the US continues to occupy Iraq and the Iraqi people continue to suffer.  Useless idiots like Alyssa Milano pretend not to notice.  But we can make a difference with this month's March On The Pentagon.



I'm tired.

To the community and activists around the world, a 14 year old kid from was filmed being tortured, mutilated, and murdered. His last words were "I want to see my mother" Please raise awareness about this in order to pressure authorities to take action
 
 



Aren't you tired?

This is an important story.  Also an important story?  The attacks on Iraqi women which we've covered here repeatedly and made the topic of THIRD's "Editorial: If you are silent about the targeting of Iraqi women, you don't support women" yesterday.

That's a real story too.  As is this.


This is the Euphrates in & Unesco-listed Marshlands. Home to around 300,000 people, if they dry out people will have to leave. Under Saddam many fled to Tikrit etc. That's not possible with the security situation. So what next? We can't ignore this:
 
 
 



Look it, I'm real sorry that Alyssa Milano wasn't able to have a clitoral orgasm last week because Brett Kavanaugh was confirmed to the Supreme Court.  It must have been a real blow for her.  It must have been the worst thing that ever, ever happened in the whole wide world judging by her idiotic and incessant Tweeting.  And whining.

Let's not forget her whining or the whining of so many others.

As they naval gaze and pick the lint out of their own belly buttons, taking time to reflect on me-me-me-me-always-me.

How awful. How horrifying.  You do realize that nothing like this has ever, ever happened before.

Except maybe . . .

When John Roberts was confirmed to the bench.

Or when Samuel Alito was.

Or when Clarence Thomas was.

Or . . .

Oh, f**k, it happens over and over.

And guess what, Alyssa and you other useless bitches?  American women go on.  The real women.  The ones who do the real work.  Not the ones whining constantly.  (Including whining to the paid staff that actually works their Twitter feeds.)

Kavanaugh is not the end of the world.  Kavanaugh -- if he ends up as bad as so many believe he will be -- is not an aberration.  In the US, he is the historical norm.  And, over and over, we have addressed it and we have maintained our rights.  I think Alyssa and the other useless bitches are confusing their own desire to wallow in victimhood with living in HULU's HANDMAID'S TALE.  We don't live in that TV show (that bad TV show -- great novel, lousy TV).  We live in the United States of America and if the Alyssas would stop crawling, dust themselves off and stand the f**k up, they'd see millions of American women fighting real battles every day.

They might also be able to look beyond American shores and see that people in the world are suffering much more than we are and maybe we could recognize that?

The Iraqi people who suffer -- whether it's the women now being targeted or the LGBT community or those who have no where to flee to if their homeland cannot support them -- these people suffer because of the United States.

It is our government that promised (lied) freedom and delivered ongoing war.

And I know Alyssa has to spend a lot of time getting that hairy Italian mustache removed each month but it seems like even she could take a moment to grasp that the US government has not helped the Iraqi people and is not helping them.


Last month, at THE NATIONAL INTEREST, Bonnie Kristian observed:




The turmoil in Basra may be unsurprising given the living conditions locals face, but it should also be instructive. This is what regime change, fifteen years of intervention, occupation, and reconstruction in Iraq has wrought. This is what trillions of dollars borrowed and spent—and tens of thousands of American and Iraqi lives extinguished—have purchased.
The protests in Basra are just one moment of ongoing political turmoil in Iraq, with all the security risks and human suffering that entails. They are an indictment in microcosm of Washington’s failed reliance on military intervention and nation-building as a panacea to local political problems in distant lands that don’t threaten America’s security, prosperity, or way of life.
 

In Basra and Iraq more generally, Americans are presented with years of evidence that U.S. military intervention has failed to achieve strategically important, sustainable outcomes despite Washington’s best efforts. “Some might argue that trying harder, investing more billions, sending yet more equipment for perhaps another 15 years will produce more favorable results,” says military historian Ret. Col. Andrew Bacevich, but this is “a mug’s game.” There is nothing available to America in Iraq that might fairly be called a military victory, and repeating the mistakes of the past will not end differently the umpteenth time around.
The same thing over and over.  That's all the US government has to offer -- regardless of who heads it.  And the Iraqi people suffer.

And so many people try to raise awareness of it.  But we're up against little bitches who think that their bad plastic surgery and their advancing age that cost them roles is actually the greatest tragedy in the world.  This is what those of us who care about real issues have to compete with.

And before the Alyssa Lying Milanos start lying and saying, "You don't care about assault!"  Oh, but I do.  You're the one who doesn't, Alyssa.

I stood up for Illeana Douglas -- here, yes, but also in the real world.  I defended her.  I called out the hideous Leslie Moonves.  The Alyssa that pretends she invented MeToo never even managed to Tweet in defense of Ileana or, for that matter, against Leslie Moonves.  Because Leslie had power.  It's easy to go after Harvey Weinstein when he's bloodied and on the ropes, isn't it, Alyssa?  Not so easy to go after Leslie who, at the time, was in charge of CBS and could employ you.

The Alyssa Milanos are the worst people in the world.  She has numerous nannies to raise her children.  She has no career -- don't confuse the pity cameos her husband gets her with actual roles or a career.  She pays a person to Tweet for her.  She has nothing but free time and instead of using it effectively, she appears to just use it pondering more and more plastic surgery while fretting whether all of the entertainment industry knows her younger husband is cheating on her (we do know, Alyssa, we do).

Day after day, they pretend that they're doing something but they do nothing and apparently Professor Katherine Helmond, on the WHO'S THE BOSS CAMPUS,  wasn't able to teach her about I.F. Stone or the reality that all governments lie.  Alyssa blindly believes because she's a fool.  And maybe because Katherine's only real lesson is how to self-entertain -- I'll never forget the last time I saw her, 1999 in the lobby of a Marriott, plastered and hanging all over a young, 20-something male who looked uncomfortable and who ran for his life as soon as Katherine came over to say hello to me.

Poor Alyssa.  She got the life teacher she deserved.  And, goodness, does it show.

US has 800+ military bases & special ops deployed in 70% of nations. Pentagon is world's biggest polluter & exempt from int'l treaties. Time to build up real movement fighting empire. Join in DC Oct 20-21 to confront bipartisan war machine
 
 



What!  Abby Martin's not paralyzed like Alyssa!  Kavanaugh didn't bring her to her knees!  Oh my goodness.  And Abby's not the only woman who can stand up.  Here's some more.



Join us at the Pentagon on October 21st. Hear from YahNé Ndgo and others as we call for an end to the bipartisan war machine.
          CIA Democrats Call for Aggression Against Russia, Run Pro-War Campaigns in 2018 Congressional Races      Cache   Translate Page      

The 30 national-security candidates include six actual CIA, FBI or military intelligence agents, six State Department or other civilian national security officials, 11 combat veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan, all but one an officer, and seven other military veterans, including pilots, naval officers and military prosecutors (JAGs).

The range of views expressed by these 30 candidates is quite limited. With only one exception, Jared Golden, running in the First District of Maine, the military-intelligence Democrats do not draw any negative conclusions from their experience in leading, planning or fighting in the wars of the past 25 years, including two wars against Iraq, the invasion of Afghanistan, and other military engagements in the Persian Gulf and North and East Africa.

Golden, who is also the only rank-and-file combat veteran—as opposed to an officer—and the only one who admits to having suffered from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, criticizes congressional rubber-stamping of the wars of the past 20 years. “Over the past decade and a half, America has spent trillions on the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and on other conflicts across the globe,” his campaign website declares. “War should be a last resort, and only undertaken when the security interests of America are clearly present, and the risks and costs can be appropriately justified to the American people.”

These sentiments hardly qualify as antiwar, but they sound positively radical compared to the materials posted on the websites of many of the other military-intelligence candidates. In some ways, Golden is the exception that proves the rule. What used to be the standard rhetoric of Democratic Party candidates when running against the administration of George W. Bush has been entirely scrapped in the course of the Obama administration, the first in American history to have been engaged in a major military conflict for every day of its eight years.

All the other national-security candidates accept as a basic premise that the United States must maintain its dominant world position. The most detailed foreign policy doctrine appears on the website of Amy McGrath, who is now favored to win her contest against incumbent Republican incumbent Andy Barr in the Sixth Congressional District of Kentucky.

McGrath follows closely the line of the Obama administration and the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign, supporting the Iran nuclear deal that Trump tore up, embracing Israel, warning of North Korea’s development of nuclear weapons, and declaring it “critical that the US work with our allies and partners in the region to counter China’s advances” in the South China Sea and elsewhere in Asia.

But Russia is clearly the main target of US national-security efforts, in her view. She writes, “Our Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff has testified that Russia is the greatest threat to American security. Russia poses an existential threat to the United States due to its nuclear weapons and its behavior in the past several years has been disturbing. Russia’s aggression in Georgia, Crimea, Ukraine, and Syria has been alarming. It’s becoming more assertive in the Arctic, likely the most important geostrategic zone of competition in the coming decades. The US should consider providing defensive arms to Ukraine and exerting more pressure on Moscow using economic sanctions.”

She concludes by calling for an investigation modeled on the 9/11 Commission into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 elections.

Five other national-security candidates focus on specific warnings about the danger of Russia and China, thus aligning themselves with the new national security orientation set in the most recent Pentagon strategy document, which declares that the principal US national security challenge is no longer the “war on terror,” but the prospect of great power conflicts, above all with Russia and China.

Jessica Morse, a former State Department and AID official in Iraq, running in the Fourth District of California, blasts the Trump administration for “giving away global leadership to powers like China and Russia. Our security and our economy will both suffer if those countries are left to re-write the international rules.”

Former FBI agent Christopher Hunter, running in the 12th District of Florida, declares, “Russia is a clear and present danger to the United States. We emerged victorious over the Soviet Union in the Cold War. We must resolve anew to secure an uncompromising victory over Russia and its tyrannical regime.”

Elissa Slotkin, the former CIA agent and Pentagon official running in Michigan’s Eighth Congressional District, cites her 14 years of experience “working on some of our country’s most critical national security matters, including U.S.-Russia relations, the counter-ISIS campaign, and the U.S. relationship with NATO.” She argues that “the United States must make investments in its military, intelligence, and diplomatic power” in order to maintain “a unique and vital role in the world.”

Max Rose, a combat commander in Afghanistan now running in New York’s 11th Congressional District (Staten Island and Brooklyn), calls for “recognizing Russia as a hostile foreign power and holding the Kremlin accountable for its attempts to undermine the sovereignty and democratic values of other nations.” Rose is still in the military reserves, and took two weeks off from his campaign in August to participate in small-unit drills.

Joseph Kopser, running in the 21st District of Texas, is another anti-Russian firebrand, writing on his website, “As a retired Army Ranger, I know first hand the importance of standing strong with your allies. Given Russia’s march toward a totalitarian state showing aggression around the region, as well as their extensive cyber and information warfare campaign directed at the U.S., England, and others, our Article 5 [NATO] commitment to our European allies and partners is more important than ever.” He concludes, “Since the mid-twentieth century, the United States has been a principal world leader—a standard that should never be changed.”

Four national-security candidates add North Korea and Iran to China and Russia as specific targets of American military and diplomatic attack.
https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/10/03/ciad-o03.html

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, October 10th, 2018.]
          Iraq as a Conflict Arena between the United States and Iran      Cache   Translate Page      
The US administration blamed Iran for the September 2018 rocket attacks against the US consulate building in Basra, Iraq, claiming they were carried out by Shiite militia forces. The administration announced the transfer of its diplomatic staff to the ...
          17 năm cuộc chiến "không hồi kết" tại Afghanistan qua những bức ảnh tư liệu quý      Cache   Translate Page      

Năm 2001: Cuộc săn lùng Osama bin Laden bắt đầu

17 năm cuộc chiến không hồi kết tại Afghanistan qua những bức ảnh tư liệu quý  - Ảnh 1.

Các quân lính Mỹ đi lên máy bay tại một địa điểm bí hiểm. Cùng ngày, Tướng Richard Myers công nhận Mỹ sẽ hành binh về Afghanistan . Ảnh: AP/DoD

Chiến dịch Tự do Bền vững do Mỹ phát động bắt đầu vào ngày 7/10/2001.

Những tiên đoán ban sơ cho rằng cuộc chiến chống khủng bố tại đây sẽ phụ thuộc phần nhiều vào không kích và lực lượng đặc nhiệm. Điều này vẫn đúng cho tới ngày hôm nay - 17 năm sau cuộc chiến.

Chiến dịch bước đầu thành công với những căn cứ lớn của Taliban tuần tự sụp đổ trong vài tháng trước hết.

Tháng 12/2001, 20 cấp dưới của trùm khủng bố Osama bin Laden bị bắt giữ tại hệ thống hang động phức tạp Tora Bora bởi quân nổi dậy tại Afghanistan. Tuy nhiên, Bin Laden trốn thoát và Mỹ phải tốn nhiều thời kì để bắt được tên này.

Năm 2002: Chiến dịch Anaconda và thương lượng tái thiết

17 năm cuộc chiến không hồi kết tại Afghanistan qua những bức ảnh tư liệu quý  - Ảnh 2.

quân lính Mỹ tại Afghanistan. Ảnh: Reuters

Tháng 3/2002, Mỹ triển khai chiến dịch Anaconda với đích quét sạch 800 tay súng Taliban khỏi vùng thung lũng Shah-i-Kot.

Tại thời điểm này, Mỹ và cộng đồng quốc tế đã bắt đầu bàn luận về cách thức tái thiết Afghanistan trong khi Tổng thống Mỹ George W. Bush chuyển sự quan hoài sang Iraq.

Năm 2003: Mỹ tuyên bố "những trận chiến chính đã kết thúc" trong khi Taliban gây dựng lại lực lượng

17 năm cuộc chiến không hồi kết tại Afghanistan qua những bức ảnh tư liệu quý  - Ảnh 3.

Dân làng Afghanistan theo dõi quân lính Mỹ soát căn nhà để tìm các phần tử Taliban và Al-Qaeda. Bức ảnh được chụp trong những thời đoạn cuối của chiến dịch Viper tại tỉnh Helmand, miền nam Afghanistan vào ngày 24/2/2003. Ảnh: AP

Theo các quan chức Mỹ, "những trận chiến chính" đã chấm dứt và việc tái thiết có thể bắt đầu.

Tại thời điểm này, khoảng 13.000 binh lính Mỹ đóng quân tại Afghanistan.

Vào tháng 8/2003, NATO phụ trách vai trò của Lực lượng tương trợ An ninh Quốc tế (ISAF) được giao nhiệm vụ bảo vệ Kabul.

Taliban bắt đầu tập hợp lại lực lượng giữa lúc Iraq sang trọng nhiều biến động.

Năm 2004: Afghanistan thành lập chính phủ mới

17 năm cuộc chiến không hồi kết tại Afghanistan qua những bức ảnh tư liệu quý  - Ảnh 4.

Quân đội Mỹ và Afghanistan tăng cường an ninh tại điểm bầu cử tổng thống tại Kandahar. Tuy nhiên, Al-Qaeda không tiến công can thiệp bầu cử như các bên lo ngại. Ảnh: AP

Tổng thống Hamid Karzai trở nên nhà lãnh đạo dân chủ đầu tiên được bầu.

Hàng nghìn người Afghanistan đã khởi hành đi bỏ thăm lần trước nhất từ năm 1969. Cuộc bầu cử diễn ra trót lọt.

Vài tuần sau đó, một đoạn video về Osama bin Laden xuất hiện. Trùm khủng bố nhấn chịu nghĩa vụ cho vụ tấn công 11/9/2001.

"Chúng tôi muốn khôi phục lại tự do cho sơn hà của chúng tôi," bin Laden tuyên bố.

Sau đó, số binh lính Mỹ tại khu vực tăng lên 20.000 người.

Năm 2005: Sự ưu tiên đổ dồn sang Iraq, quân đội Mỹ tại Afghanistan cảm giác như "bị lãng quên"

17 năm cuộc chiến không hồi kết tại Afghanistan qua những bức ảnh tư liệu quý  - Ảnh 5.

Người cha Johnny Spann thăm mộ con trai Mike Spann vào tháng 2/2005. Mike Spann là lính Mỹ trước hết bỏ mạng trong chiến tranh Afghanistan. Ảnh: AP

Cuộc truy nã Osama bin Laden tiếp diễn giữa lúc Afghanistan tổ chức bầu cử quốc hội. Trong số 6 triệu người bỏ thăm, có hơn 500.000 đàn bà.

Năm 2006: Bạo lực tại Afghanistan ngày một gia tăng

17 năm cuộc chiến không hồi kết tại Afghanistan qua những bức ảnh tư liệu quý  - Ảnh 6.

Lính Mỹ đứng canh gác tại Qala Bost giữa lúc Đại sứ Mỹ tới Afghanistan. Ảnh: AP

Lực lượng an ninh của NATO mở mang chiến dịch tại miền nam Afghanistan trong khi nội bộ NATO bắt đầu có dấu hiệu rạn vỡ.

Cộng đồng quốc tế cam kết tương trợ 10.5 tỉ USD để giúp Afghanistan trong cuộc chiến chống ma túy, nghèo đói và cải thiện an ninh nhà nước.

dù rằng quân số của Mỹ vẫn duy trì ở mức 20.000 người, các cuộc tiến công bạo lực vào lính Mỹ có khuynh hướng gia tăng.

Năm 2007: Taliban bành trướng sức mạnh, Mỹ gửi thêm quân tới Afghanistan

17 năm cuộc chiến không hồi kết tại Afghanistan qua những bức ảnh tư liệu quý  - Ảnh 7.

Lính Mỹ hành binh trong chiến dịch tấn công Taliban tại tỉnh Paktika, Afghanistan vào tháng 11/2007. Ảnh: AP

Thủ lĩnh Taliban khét tiếng Mullah Dadullah bị tiêu diệt tại miền nam Afghanistan. Dadullah dẫn đầu một nhóm phiến quân nguy hiểm tại tỉnh Helmand - một trong những "chảo lửa" nóng nhất cuộc chiến và là một cứ điểm mạnh của Taliban.

mặc dầu Dadullah thiệt mạng, Taliban vẫn đấu tăng cường lực lượng trong khi quân đội của NATO rứa giành lại quyền kiểm soát cho quân đội của Afghanistan.

Số lượng lính tráng Mỹ tại Afghanistan tăng lên 25.000.

Năm 2008: Nhiều dân thường bỏ mạng, chỉ trích gia tăng

17 năm cuộc chiến không hồi kết tại Afghanistan qua những bức ảnh tư liệu quý  - Ảnh 8.

Quân đội Pakistan tấn công các vị trí của phiến quân tại vùng Bajur dọc theo biên cương Afghanistan. Lực lượng quân đội Mỹ và NATO giao đấu quyết liệt với khủng bố tại khu vực - nơi được cho là nơi ẩn nấp của Osama bin Laden và trợ lý Ayman al-Zawahiri. Ảnh: AP

Mỹ nối đưa quân sang Afghanistan, tới cuối năm con số đã lên tới 48.000 lính.

Nạn bạo lực và số dân thường thương vong cũng liên tiếp tăng trong năm 2008. Một xe bom phát nổ khiến 100 người thiệt mạng bên ngoài Kandahar.

Một cuộc đánh bom liều chết khác nhằm vào đại sứ quán của Ấn Độ tại Kabul khiến 58 người bỏ mạng, 141 người bị thương.

Theo các bẩm, những đợt không kích của Mỹ tại Herat khiến chí ít 90 dân thường bỏ mạng, 60 trong số đó là trẻ thơ. Hai đợt tiến công khác của Mỹ cũng vấp phải chỉ trích do làm thiệt mạng tổng cộng 150 dân thường.

Năm 2009: Ông Obama ưu tiên giải quyết chiến tranh Afghanistan, đưa nhiều quân hơn tới khu vực để tiêu diệt Taliban

17 năm cuộc chiến không hồi kết tại Afghanistan qua những bức ảnh tư liệu quý  - Ảnh 9.

Lính Mỹ phẳng gần trại Leatherneck, tỉnh Helmand, Afghanistan. Ảnh: AP

Tổng thống Barack Obama cam kết gửi thêm lính Mỹ tới Afghanistan và giảm sự hiện diện tại Iraq.

Tới tháng 12, gần 100.000 lính Mỹ đã có mặt tại Afghanistan.

Theo Liên Hợp Quốc, thương vong dân sự trong giai đoạn này tăng tới 24%.

Taliban ngày một mạnh tại cả Afghanistan lẫn Pakistan, buộc Mỹ phải tập kết lực lượng tại cả hai khu vực cùng một lúc.

Năm 2010: NATO đặt hạn vận thất thường cho quá trình chuyển giao an ninh

17 năm cuộc chiến không hồi kết tại Afghanistan qua những bức ảnh tư liệu quý  - Ảnh 10.

Một cậu bé Afghanistan đứng cạnh lính Mỹ tại tỉnh Helmand. Ảnh: AP

Các quốc gia thành viên NATO đồng ý đưa lực lượng an ninh Afghanistan trở về quân đội Afghanistan vào cuối năm 2014.

Số lượng lính tráng Mỹ tại Afghanistan giữ vững tại mốc 100.000.

Năm 2011: Cuộc truy lùng Osama bin Laden chấm dứt

17 năm cuộc chiến không hồi kết tại Afghanistan qua những bức ảnh tư liệu quý  - Ảnh 11.

Khu nhà tại Abbottabad, Pakistan, nơi đặc nhiệm Mỹ phát hiện và diệt Osama bin Laden vào tháng 5/2011. Ảnh: Reuters

Tháng 5/2011, nhóm đặc nhiệm SEAL của Mỹ phát hiện và xoá sổ Osama bin Laden - thủ lĩnh al-Qaeda và là kẻ thủ mưu vụ khủng bố 11/9.

Cái chết của trùm khủng bố khiến nhiều phía đặt ra câu hỏi về sự hiện diện và tầm hoạt động của Mỹ tại Afghanistan. Sự hiện diện của Bin Laden tại Pakistan cũng làm gia tăng căng thẳng giữa Afghanistan và nước hàng xóm phía đông.

Sau một thập kỉ tham chiến: 1.800 lính Mỹ thiệt mạng, Mỹ tiêu tốn 444 tỉ USD.

Năm 2012: dị đồng gia tăng bít tất tay

17 năm cuộc chiến không hồi kết tại Afghanistan qua những bức ảnh tư liệu quý  - Ảnh 12.

Một người đàn ông Afghanistan chỉ tay về lính Mỹ trong cuộc biểu tình bên ngoài cứ Không quân Bagram sau khi lính Mỹ bị cáo buộc đốt kinh Koran. Ảnh: AP

Vào tháng 2/2012, lính Mỹ tại căn cứ Không quân Bagram bên ngoài Kabul bị cáo buộc đốt kinh Koran và sách Hồi giáo khác. Vụ việc làm bùng nổ các cuộc biểu tình kéo dài nhiều ngày. Tổng thống Obama đã phải gửi lời xin lỗi chính thức tới người dân Afghanistan.

Số lính Mỹ tại đây bắt đầu giảm, nhưng vẫn có tới hơn 70.000 người tại Afghanistan.

Năm 2013: Mỹ - Taliban nối lại đàm phán

17 năm cuộc chiến không hồi kết tại Afghanistan qua những bức ảnh tư liệu quý  - Ảnh 13.

Một quân sĩ Afghanistan nghỉ ngơi sau khi làm sạch vũ khí trong buổi huấn luyện bên ngoài Kabul. Lực lượng quân đội Afghanistan tiếp tiến công Taliban tại 90% khu vực trên cả nước. Ảnh: AP

NATO không còn kiểm soát lực lượng an ninh Afghanistan, bắt đầu đảm đương vai trò cố vấn và tuyên bố kết thúc trách nhiệm tham chiến.

Các cuộc thương thuyết Mỹ - Taliban được nối lại. Tổng thống Afghanistan Karzai ngừng thỏa thuận với Mỹ. Trong khi đó, quân đội Mỹ tiếp chuyện rút lui và chỉ còn 34.000 lính tại Afghanistan.

Năm 2014: NATO bắt đầu sứ mệnh tương trợ Kiên quyết, Mỹ cam kết rút quân

17 năm cuộc chiến không hồi kết tại Afghanistan qua những bức ảnh tư liệu quý  - Ảnh 14.

Một cảnh sát Afghanistan chứng kiến xe tải bốc cháy tại khu vực bị Taliban tấn công ở ngoại ô Kabul. Cuộc tiến công nhằm vào 200 xe chở nhiên liệu cho lực lượng NATO tại Afghanistan. Ảnh: Reuters

Tổng thống Obama cam kết sẽ rút hết quân Mỹ khỏi Afghanistan vào cuối năm 2016.

Cuối năm 2014, chỉ còn dưới 10.000 lính Mỹ ở lại.

NATO chính thức kết thúc nhiệm vụ giao đấu, bắt đầu sứ mạng tương trợ cương quyết.

Năm 2015: Tổng thống Obama hoãn rút quân Mỹ, nhưng vẫn cam kết rút hoàn toàn khỏi Afghanistan vào năm 2016.

17 năm cuộc chiến không hồi kết tại Afghanistan qua những bức ảnh tư liệu quý  - Ảnh 15.

Lính Mỹ tại tỉnh Helmand. Ảnh: AP

Việc thoái lui của quân đội Mỹ không có tiến triển trong năm 2015. Tới cuối năm, Tổng thống Obama thay đổi quyết định với lí do Taliban đang quay trở lại.

Theo đó, khoảng 10.000 lính Mỹ vẫn sẽ nối ở lại Afghanistan và con số sẽ giảm xuống 1 nửa vào năm 2016.

Năm 2016: Tổng thống Obama nối hoãn rút quân

17 năm cuộc chiến không hồi kết tại Afghanistan qua những bức ảnh tư liệu quý  - Ảnh 16.

Lính Mỹ bắn đạn Howitzer tại tỉnh Kandahar, Afghanistan vào tháng 6/2016. Ảnh: Reuters

Tổng thống Obama tiếp kiến trì hoãn việc rút quân, giữ lại khoảng 8.000 lính ở Afghanistan cho tới cuối nhiệm kì của mình.

IS lên tiếng nhận bổn phận cho vụ tiến công vào Kabul vào tháng 7 khiến 80 người bỏ mạng và 200 người khác bị thương.

Năm 2017: Tổng thống mới thắng cử Donald Trump cho thả "Mẹ của Các loại bom"

17 năm cuộc chiến không hồi kết tại Afghanistan qua những bức ảnh tư liệu quý  - Ảnh 17.

Mẹ của các loại bom, hay MOAB, được thả xuống Afghanistan nhằm vào màng lưới đường hầm của IS vào tháng 4/2017. Ảnh: DoD/Reuters

Nước Mỹ phải tranh đấu với cả Taliban và IS tại Afghanistan.

Tổng thống Mỹ Donald Trump cho thả Mẹ của Các loại bom xuống tỉnh Nangarhar tại Afghanistan. Đây là loại vũ khí phi hạt nhân lớn nhất kho vũ khí của Mỹ với mục tiêu đánh sập hệ thống đường hầm ở miền đông Afghanistan giáp với biên giới Pakistan. Khoảng 96 tên khủng bố được cho là đã bị tiêu diệt.

Sau đó, Tổng thống Trump tuyên bố sẽ đưa thêm bộ binh tới Afghanistan theo lời khuyên của Bộ trưởng Quốc phòng Jim Mattis.

Năm 2018: Cuộc chiến vẫn chưa dừng lại

17 năm cuộc chiến không hồi kết tại Afghanistan qua những bức ảnh tư liệu quý  - Ảnh 18.

Lực lượng an ninh tìm nơi trú ẩn sau vụ tấn công liều chết tại Kabul vào ngày 30/4/2018. Vụ nổ bom giết chết 25 người và làm bị thương 45 người khác. Ảnh: AP

Tổng thống Trump cắt hàng tỉ USD trợ cấp cho Pakistan với lí do nước này đang tài trợ phiến quân Taliban.

Tới nay, cuộc chiến dài nhất của nước Mỹ vẫn tiếp diễn và chưa có dấu hiệu dừng lại.


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Với hơn 100 gian hàng, Triển lãm Quốc tế về An ninh năm 2018 (Home Security Expo – HSE 2018) đã quy tụ trên 50 doanh nghiệp trong và ngoài nước chuyên về công nghệ và thiết bị cho ngành An ninh.

Triển lãm có sự tham gia của các đơn vị sản xuất, phân phối trang thiết bị, vũ khí, dụng cụ tương trợ cho công tác An ninh - Quốc phòng đến từ các nhà nước hàng đầu thế giới như: Israel, Belarus, Nga, Ấn Độ và đặc biệt là Pháp.

Một số cái tên nổi trội của công nghiệp quốc phòng Pháp như MBDA, Safran Electronics & Defense hay Nexter… đã mang tới Việt Nam theo nhiều sản phẩm trội với mục đích lóng đơn hàng xuất khẩu.

Tập đoàn quốc phòng Nexter của Pháp là một trong nhiều nhà thầu quốc phòng lần trước tiên tham dự HSE 2018. nên chi, không có gì sửng sốt khi Nexter mang tới HSE 2018 bộ ba sản phẩm nổi trội nhất của mình là lựu pháo GIAT LG1, pháo tự hành Caesar 6x6 và Caesar 8x8.

Trong năm 2015, báo chí Pháp đã đăng tải thông báo Việt Nam có thể mua tới 108 tổ hợp pháo tự hành bánh lốp Caesar 6x6 để phục vụ kế hoạch hiện đại hóa lục quân. Tuy nhiên, kể từ khi xuất hiện thông tin ban đầu đến nay, có vẻ như thương vụ pháo tự hành CAESAR giữa Việt Nam và Pháp vẫn đang ở dạng tiềm năng chứ chưa được khai triển.

Do đó, khách tham quan HSE 2018 dành sự để ý đặc biệt tới mô hình hệ thống pháo tự hành Caesar - ứng cử viên tiềm năng của Binh chủng "chân đồng, vai sắt, đánh giỏi, bắn trúng" của QĐND Việt Nam.

Việc Nexter mang các hệ thống pháo Caesar tới dự triển lãm HSE năm nay đã cho thấy họ vẫn rất quan hoài tới đối tác tiềm năng Việt Nam. Ngược lại, phía Việt Nam cũng có thời cơ để luận bàn, tìm hiểu tính năng của các sản phẩm trên so với những đối thủ trên thế giới nhằm phục vụ mua sắm, trang bị trong ngày mai.

Pháp chào hàng phiên bản mới nhất của pháo tự hành CAESAR cho Việt Nam? - Ảnh 1.

Mô hình pháo tự hành Caesar 6x6 và Caesar 8x8 tại HSE 2018. Ảnh; Xuân Thu

Bố trí súng máy 12,7mm trên cabin pháo tự hành – Pháp học tập Việt Nam?

Quá trình sử dụng pháo tự hành CAESAR của Quân đội Ả Rập Xê Út cũng như trong các hoạt động giữ gìn hòa bình của Quân đội Pháp đã đặt ra đề nghị về một phiên bản đặt trên khung gầm 8x8.

Pháo tự hành Caesar 8x8 tại HSE 2018 đặt trên xe tải chuyên dụng loại 8 bánh chủ động, ở triển lãm là xe T-815 do hãng Tatra sản xuất. Động cơ của xe Tatra đến 420 sức ngựa, mạnh hơn loại xe 6x6 vốn có 240 mã lực, cho phép biến thể này mở mang khuôn khổ hành quân cũng như tầm tác chiến hiệu quả.

Tuy nhiên, phía công ty của Pháp cũng đề cập tới khả năng tùy biến, lắp đặt pháo trên các khung gầm khác như MAN, Sisu, Volvo hay cả Kamaz nếu phía Việt Nam có nhu cầu.

Điểm làm nên sự dị biệt lớn nhất của phiên bản Caesar 8x8 được ra mắt lần này, theo ông Jacques Bastogne, là chúng được trang bị buồng lái 4 cửa bọc thép vớ và trên nóc buồng tài xế pháo này còn gắn thêm 1 khẩu súng máy 12,7 mm, và xe còn có thêm bình nhiên liệu phụ.

Pháp chào hàng phiên bản mới nhất của pháo tự hành CAESAR cho Việt Nam? - Ảnh 2.

Cận cảnh cabin 4 cửa bọc thép hết thảy với súng 12,7mm trên nóc tại HSE 2018. Đây là đặc điểm khác biệt so với cấu hình phiên bản CAESAR 8x8 được trưng bày tại Triển lãm Quốc phòng Eurosatory 2016 chỉ có cabin 2 cửa và không bố trí súng liên thanh trên nóc (ảnh dưới). Ảnh: Xuân Thu.

Pháp chào hàng phiên bản mới nhất của pháo tự hành CAESAR cho Việt Nam? - Ảnh 3.

Việc bố trí súng máy 12,7 mm trên nóc xe của Nexter khá tương đồng với việc CNQP Việt Nam tích hợp súng máy phòng không 12,7mm lên xe chuyên chở quân sự Ural-4320.

Giải pháp này nhằm giúp kíp vận hành không những đánh địch trên mặt đất mà còn có khả năng tự vệ trước các đòn tập kích đường không của đối phương, nhất là cơ động triển khai thế trận phòng không, đánh tàu bay bay thấp và trực thăng trong cự ly khoảng 1.000-2.000m.

Pháp chào hàng phiên bản mới nhất của pháo tự hành CAESAR cho Việt Nam? - Ảnh 4.

Pháo tự hành 105mm của CNQP Việt Nam với súng máy 12,7mm trên nóc cabin

Mô hình CAESAR 8x8 được trung bày tại HSE 2018 là phiên bản mới nhất?

Pháo tự hành Caesar 8x8 có uy lực lớn hơn khi có thể mang theo đến 30 quả đạn loại 155mm, so với 18 quả đạn trên Caesar 6x6. Phiên bản nâng cấp của hệ thống pháo CAESAR được trang bị cánh tay máy nạp đạn tự động. Thời gian triển khai và thu hồi pháo mất chưa đầy 1 phút và chỉ cần tới kíp đương đầu 3 người.

Pháp chào hàng phiên bản mới nhất của pháo tự hành CAESAR cho Việt Nam? - Ảnh 5.

Cận cảnh cánh tay nạp đạn tự động trên mô hình Caesar 8x8 tại HSE 2018. Ảnh: Xuân Thu

Nói thêm về sự khác biệt của Caesar 8x8 với phiên bản trước, đại diện phía Pháp cho biết Caesar 8x8 được trang bị hệ thống chỉ huy, kiểm soát hỏa lực vi tính hóa FAST-Hit, radar đo sơ tốc đầu nòng Intertechnique ROB4, hệ thống chỉ huy SAGEM Sigma 30 và hệ thống định vị toàn cầu (GPS) cho phép CAESAR vận hành độc lập mà không cần lực lượng trinh sát viên pháo binh đi kèm.

Pháp chào hàng phiên bản mới nhất của pháo tự hành CAESAR cho Việt Nam? - Ảnh 6.

Hệ thống chỉ dẫn bắn bằng máy tính, radar, hệ thống định vị vệ tinh toàn cầu (GPS) và hệ thống dẫn đường quán tính của CAESAR được trưng bày tại HSE 2018. Ảnh: Xuân Thu

Pháp chào hàng phiên bản mới nhất của pháo tự hành CAESAR cho Việt Nam? - Ảnh 7.

Bản thuyết minh về tính năng kỹ - chiến thuật của phiên bản CAESAR 8x8 tại HSE 2018. Ảnh: Xuân Thu

Về hỏa lực, CAESAR có thể bắn đạn pháo chống tăng dẫn đường Bonus. Mỗi quả đạn Bonus mang 2 đạn con thông minh có tầm bắn 34 km, tầm bắn tối đa với đạn tăng tầm là 42 km hoặc lên đến 50 km nếu sử dụng đạn phản lực.

Pháo CAESAR còn được trang bị đạn Orge phát triển cho Lục quân Pháp, dùng để tiêu diệt các trọng điểm chỉ huy, trận địa pháo, xe bọc thép hạng nhẹ và khu vực hậu cần của đối phương. Mỗi quả đạn Orge mang 63 đạn con, một loạt bắn 6 đạn Orge sẽ rải 378 đạn, phủ lên khu vực rộng 3 hecta ở khoảng cách 35 km.

Pháp chào hàng phiên bản mới nhất của pháo tự hành CAESAR cho Việt Nam? - Ảnh 8.

Cận cảnh hai loại đạn dùng cho pháo tự hành CAESAR

Ngoài phiên bản 8x8, Nexter cũng không quên mang theo người anh em CAESAR 6x6 tới HSE 2018. Đây là phiên bản đã từng trải qua thực chiến tại Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Nigeria và Mali.

Pháp chào hàng phiên bản mới nhất của pháo tự hành CAESAR cho Việt Nam? - Ảnh 9.

Mô hình pháo tự hành CAESAR 6x6 tại HSE 2018. Qua quan sát, phiên bản 6x6 vẫn sử dụng cabin không bọc thép, không bố trí súng liên thanh và máy nạp đạn tự động. Ảnh: Xuân Thu

Pháp chào hàng phiên bản mới nhất của pháo tự hành CAESAR cho Việt Nam? - Ảnh 10.

Bản thuyết minh về tính năng kỹ - chiến thuật của phiên bản CAESAR 6x6 tại HSE 2018. Ảnh: Xuân Thu

Các nhà nước hiện trang bị pháo CAESAR gồm Pháp (hiện có 77 hệ thống trong biên chế và lên kế hoạch mua thêm 64 hệ thống khác), Ả Rập Xê Út (có 132 hệ thống và dự kiến mua thêm 136), Indonesia (37 hệ thống và dự kiến mua thêm 18), Thái Lan (6 hệ thống). Với phiên bản 8x8, Đan Mạch trở nên khách hàng đầu tiên khi đặt mua 21 hệ thống năm 2016.

Tuy hợp đồng mua pháo tự hành CAESAR giữa Việt Nam và Pháp vẫn chưa có những diễn biến mới nhưng trong những năm gần đây, quan hệ hợp tác quốc phòng giữa Việt Nam và Pháp đã có nhiều bước tiến khăng khăng và phía bạn luôn tỏ ý sẵn sàng cung cấp cho chúng ta những vũ khí đương đại.

nên, không loại trừ khả năng trong ngày mai, Pháo binh Việt Nam sẽ mua sắm và đưa vào biên chế dòng pháo tự hành hiện đại này của Pháp.

lính tráng Đan Mạch bắn pháo tự hành Caesar 8x8


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The Trump administration’s increased vetting of refugees has resulted in tens of thousands of people waiting in limbo, including Hadi Mohammed’s wife. “Mohammed, who worked as a security guard for the U.S. military in Baghdad, says he was initially told his wife would be reunited with him and the boys within a month,” the AP reports. “The wait has now dragged on for more than a year as she goes through stricter screening imposed by the Trump administration.”

Much like in the case of Mohammad Hamid Ayoubi, who worked as an interpreter for the military, having aided the U.S. seems to have made no difference to an administration led by a draft-dodger. Ayoubi had his interview more than a18 months ago, but “his case hasn’t progressed.” In Mohammed’s case, he and his two young sons are in Nebraska, but have spent more than a year waiting for his wife to be able to join them. “Every night he cries about mom, I need mom,” Mohammed said.

Refugees are already among the most vetted groups entering the U.S., but the Trump administration’s racist platform has shut out thousands of vulnerable people, many of them Muslim, from seeking safety here. The AP reports that officials admitted only 22,000 refugees in the last fiscal year, “less than half the maximum that the administration had said it would allow.” In the next fiscal year, the administration plans to admit only 30,000, “the lowest ceiling a president has placed on the refugee program since its creation in 1980.”

If the officials continue last fiscal year’s pattern, then we could see only around 15,000 refugees admitted, despite the “worst global refugee crisis in history,” Hannah Graf Evans of the Quaker Lobby said. “There were 140 Iraqis accepted during the just-ended budget year, down from 6,886 the year before,” the AP continued. This is happening as Trump’s administration is also barring asylum seekers at the U.S./Mexico border, punishing the most vulnerable in the name of his white supremacist agenda. “For my family to be at peace, I need to know that my wife is safe,” Mohammed continued. “But I would never change my decision and return to Iraq. Coming to the United States was an answer to my prayers.”


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The Trump administration’s increased vetting of refugees has resulted in tens of thousands of people waiting in limbo, including Hadi Mohammed’s wife. “Mohammed, who worked as a security guard for the U.S. military in Baghdad, says he was initially told his wife would be reunited with him and the boys within a month,” the AP reports. “The wait has now dragged on for more than a year as she goes through stricter screening imposed by the Trump administration.”

Much like in the case of Mohammad Hamid Ayoubi, who worked as an interpreter for the military, having aided the U.S. seems to have made no difference to an administration led by a draft-dodger. Ayoubi had his interview more than a18 months ago, but “his case hasn’t progressed.” In Mohammed’s case, he and his two young sons are in Nebraska, but have spent more than a year waiting for his wife to be able to join them. “Every night he cries about mom, I need mom,” Mohammed said.

Refugees are already among the most vetted groups entering the U.S., but the Trump administration’s racist platform has shut out thousands of vulnerable people, many of them Muslim, from seeking safety here. The AP reports that officials admitted only 22,000 refugees in the last fiscal year, “less than half the maximum that the administration had said it would allow.” In the next fiscal year, the administration plans to admit only 30,000, the lowest ceiling a president has placed on the refugee program since its creation in 1980.”

If the officials continue last fiscal year’s pattern, then we could see only around 15,000 refugees admitted, despite the “worst global refugee crisis in history,” Hannah Graf Evans of the Quaker Lobby said. “There were 140 Iraqis accepted during the just-ended budget year, down from 6,886 the year before,” the AP continued. This is happening as Trump’s administration is also barring asylum seekers at the U.S./Mexico border, punishing the most vulnerable in the name of his white supremacist agenda. “For my family to be at peace, I need to know that my wife is safe,” Mohammed continued. “But I would never change my decision and return to Iraq. Coming to the United States was an answer to my prayers.”


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On October 21st there will be a Women’s March on the Pentagon hosted by the Global Women’s Peace Action. My wife and many of our friends will be going and even I will tag along in support in spite of my gender. We participate with some reservations as we have only demonstrated publicly twice since 9/11, once opposing the then about to start Iraq War and once against the annual meeting of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC). All too often demonstrations morph into progressive exercises in flagellation of what are now referred to as “deplorable” values with little being accomplished either … Continue reading

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          Fox News draws a big(est) audience for final Kavanaugh vote (since Katrina)      Cache   Translate Page      
NEW YORK — The U.S. Senate’s vote confirming Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh was a time to celebrate at Fox News Channel. The network recorded its biggest Saturday audience in more than a decade. The Nielsen company said Fox reached 4.34 million viewers for the Senate vote, the biggest Saturday audience since Hurricane Katrina coverage in 2005. Saturday’s prime-time lineup did even better, drawing Fox’s largest crowd since the Iraq War in 2003. CNN and MSNBC viewers found something better to do. The two networks combined on Saturday reached just over 2 million viewers for the Senate vote. Things were...
          10/10/2018: Gulf / Region: Apply online for Iraq cabinet post      Cache   Translate Page      
Iraq’s prime minister-designate Adel Abdul Mahdi launched a website yesterday to allow candidates to apply for a ministerial position online as he struggles to form a government. The unprecedented measure comes as Abdul Mahdi, a former Iraqi vice...
          Iran’s ambassador appreciates efforts of former Iraqi president      Cache   Translate Page      
IRNA – Iran’s Ambassador to Iraq Iraj Masjedi appreciated Iraqi former president Foud Masoum’s four-year efforts to strengthen bilateral relations. Masjedi attended Masoum’s residence late Tuesday to thank his incessant...
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          Comentário em Trump e Bolsonaro: as provas vivas de que o capitalismo selvagem detesta a democracia por Paulo Marques      Cache   Translate Page      
"Em que estado o capitalismo selvagem instalou uma ditadura?" Honduras, Nicarágua, Chile, Argentina, Irão, Iraque, Líbia, Cuba, Filipinas, Alemanha, Egipto, Arábia-Saudita, Angola, África do Sul... Claro que a diferença entre uma ditadura e um regime que tem eleições sustentada em bater nas raças inferior para manter salários de sobrevivência é um bocadinho ténue, podia estar aqui um bocado se a pergunta fosse legítima. E ainda vale a pena falar nos estados quase falhados recentemente do México, Timor-Leste e Grécia. "Já agora, como está o desemprego no capitalismo selvagem de Trump? E a tax cut que ia ser o início do inferno?" Pergunte antes ao neo-liberal CBO onde está a inflação, já que quer defender a teoria económica dominante - não pode separar uma coisa da outra e ser coerente, tal como não pode dizer que o défice não conta quando gosta do cabelo do presidente. Quando admitir que neo-liberalismo não é capaz de prever que choveu ontem, nem quando disfarçado de neo-keynesianismo, a resposta é trivial. A economia disparou porque houve uma forte aposta no aumento do consumo interno, mas esta é temporária porque nem o emprego se tornou estável, nem os salários aumentaram. O tal inferno sempre foi dito que era indeferido, porque a outra parte não entrou em vigor, a que corta nos serviços públicos e protecção social. Esta fatia será paga a crédito, para acrescentar à bolha de um mercado financeiro entretanto re-desregulado - qualquer semelhança com 2007 é pura intenção. Não que o Bessa queira saber o que quer que seja, estará aí contente a pagar só para dizer mal pelos argumentos errados do António Costa, mas pode ser que alguém aprenda.
          Assyrian Priest Paints Grim Picture After Visit to Iraq      Cache   Translate Page      
Father Athanasis Toma at the old entrance of St. George Assyrian church in Dora, Iraq. ( AINA)(AINA) -- Father Athanasis Toma, who lives in Los Angeles, returned recently from a trip to Iraq, his country of origin.
          10/10/2018: FRONT PAGE: The ASSASSINATION of IRAQ’s feminists      Cache   Translate Page      

A former Miss Iraq beauty queen has fled the country following a spate of killings of highprofile women. Shimaa Qasim Abdulrahman said she left for Jordan after receiving death threats from a man purporting to be an Islamic State member who told her,...
          World War II and Epic Fantasy      Cache   Translate Page      
Epic fantasy is, arguably, a form of storytelling highly influenced by the Second World War. World War II remains unusual in military history for being a conflict which can clearly be divided between the “bad guys” (Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan) and the “good guys” (the plucky Brits, the brave French Resistance and the heroic-if-a-bit-tardy United States of America) with a minimum of moral uncertainty. Popular narratives of the Second World War show the heroic, democracy-loving Brits and Yanks storming the beaches of Normandy to save Europe from the diabolical and evil rule of the brutal Third Reich.

Christopher Lee as Saruman in Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings movie trilogy. Lee fought in the British special forces in WWII, in operations that he refused to discuss even decades afterwards.

This is of course monstrously simplistic, and ignores the morally murkier elements of the conflict, such as the Allied mass bombing campaign that was designed to slaughter as many German civilians as possible, and of course the involvement of the Soviet Union in the war. The USSR committed many atrocities of its own (including being complicit in Germany’s invasion of Poland which started the war in the first place) and was willing to accept staggering military and civilian losses to finally defeat the Germans and capture Berlin (a fact glossed over in western accounts of the conflict, which tend to suggest that the US and UK were the primary architects of Hitler’s downfall rather than relative bystanders). Still, the sometimes almost cartoonishly evil nature of the Nazi regime (“Are we the bad guys? If not, why do our uniforms have skulls on them?”) allows it to be presented as an irredeemable foe who must be destroyed at all costs with a minimum of moral qualms, very useful for propaganda, morale and rousing novels, films and video games.

Epic fantasy written in the post-war era feels like it is influenced by this conflict. People writing fantasy in this period either fought in the war directly, were children during it or were born in the aftermath of the conflict and grew up with stories of it from their parents and grandparents.

The fantasy saga sometimes said to have been most influenced by the war is The Lord of the Rings, although J.R.R. Tolkien was scornful of this. He started writing the book in late 1937, two years before the conflict even began, and the story and themes of the book developed out of The Hobbit, mostly written in 1930-32 or thereabouts. The titular One Ring itself is sometimes compared to a nuclear bomb (in its ability to end the War of the Ring in a single stroke rather than actual destructive power) and much is made of the Scouring of the Shire and its similarity to the military occupation of a formerly peaceful territory. However, the Ring was created for The Hobbit and its powers established long before the outbreak of the conflict. Tolkien himself was furious with the idea of the book being an allegory (noting he detested allegory wherever it was found), but did acknowledge the idea of “applicability,” and the disturbing feeling that real events were conforming (somewhat) to those in the book rather than vice versa. Tolkien did acknowledge a much greater influence on the book by his own experiences in World War I, particularly the several months he spent on the Western Front during the Battle of the Somme. The Frodo-Sam relationship is reminiscent of that between a gentleman soldier and his batman, and the Dead Marshes with their hordes of corpses (and semi-undead) lying face-up in the flooded marshlands being an image that stuck with Tolkien from the aftermath of bloody engagements.

Skipping ahead a few generations, Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman’s Dragonlance Chronicles feels like a revamp of the Second World War. The forces of evil gain a series of military advantages from the return of the dark goddess Takhisis and the ability to control evil dragons in battle. This allows them to overrun half the continent of Ansalon and push the remaining nations and our heroes to the brink of defeat. However, our heroes gain the favour of the god Paladine, the allegiance of the good dragons and then the ability to use the fabled dragonlances in battle. This turns the tide and routs the enemy. This can be seen as a reflection of the military technology in WWII: the Germans’ early innovation and technical ingenuity gave them a keen early edge that allowed them to defeat everyone they faced in battle, but later in the conflict the Allies first matched and then exceeded their technological advantage, which the Germans could not sustain and ultimately lost.

Many epic fantasies feature narratives not dissimilar to this. The Wheel of Time shows a growing threat from a powerful opponent who is allowed to go unchecked because the nations that should be unifying against them can’t stop their squabbles with one another, even when the threat becomes blatant. This is an echo of the way Hitler expertly exploited inter-war rivalries between nations such as Russia and Poland to stop opponents joining forces against him (and, indeed, struck an unlikely alliance himself with Russia which prevented them from joining France and Britain in the war). The decision of the forces of “Light” in the books to join forces with the morally highly dubious Seanchan to fight the Dark One can be seen as a reflection of the reluctance with which nations like Britain (whose leader, Churchill, held a deep and abiding hatred of Communism) allied with Russia to fight the greater threat, and the repeated warning that this alliance could sow the seeds of a greater conflict later on (as it very nearly did, with the Cold War almost going nuclear-hot on several occasions, and various visions in The Wheel of Time showing a future where the Seanchan and the other nations resume their conflict).

George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire is rather different, however. The conflict between the Great Houses is of course most strongly influenced by the Wars of the Roses, but there is also a strong influence from World War I: the Houses go to war against one another in a manner reflecting their inter-war alliances and fuelled by grievances (just and unjust) extending back generations, with Jon Arryn’s death and then Tyrion Lannister’s arrest setting in motion a series of falling dominoes leading to conflict as much as Franz Ferdinand’s assassination in August 1914.

The most notable fantasy novel series directly based on World War II is Harry Turtledove’s Darkness series, a six-volume series set on a continent resembling Eurasia which is riven by war. Technological developments are replaced by discoveries in the field of sorcery but every nation has its real-world analogue (albeit often inverted; the war in the desert in Africa is replaced by a war on a southern polar continent) and the conflict unfolds in a very similar manner. Turtledove of course likes to revisit WWII in his alternate history fiction, with his splendidly readable, pulp Worldwar series being set during a WWII interrupted by the arrival of an alien invasion fleet, and his darker Southern Victory series in which the Confederacy survives the Civil War as an independent state and becomes embroiled in further conflicts leading to the establishing of a North American theatre in WWII (which, due to a German victory in WWI and no rising of the Nazi Party, unfolds very differently).


A recent fantasy which directly echoes the war is the video game series Valkyria Chronicles. Set on the continent of Europa, the story charts the outbreak of war between the East Europan Imperial Alliance (a blending of Nazi Germany in ideology and Soviet Russia in size and manpower) and the Atlantic Federation (a mixture of western European nations such as Britain and France, and NATO of the Cold War period, albeit with an American analogue which is very reluctant to get involved in the fight). The war opens with the Empire invading the Federation and the small neutral nation of Gallia (based loosely on the Netherlands and Belgium), the latter both to seize its deposits of ragnite (a valuable ore which powers advanced technology) and to allow it to invade the Federation on a second front. Unlike the real war, where the Low Countries were overrun quickly, in the game the much smaller Gallian army is able to rally around the nation’s complex geography (particularly its rivers and canals) and prevent the numerically superior Imperial army from seizing the country. The Empire’s insistence on deploying increasingly insane and impractical tanks on the battlefield and its constant hunt for superweapons is an echo of Hitler’s insistence on deploying increasingly unreliable new technology during WWII rather than refining existing designs, not to mention his increasingly desperate search for “doomsday weapons” that could end the war quickly. Even the Mamota, an insane “land battleship” which the Empire uses at the end of the game, is based on a real idea, the Landkreuzer P.1000 Ratte, a 1,000-ton tank Hitler heartily endorsed but whose development was cancelled by Albert Speer on the reasonable grounds it was ridiculous.

Valkyria Chronicles (2008) is unusual in combining both direct WWII elements – guns, artillery, grenades, tanks, propaganda and pogroms against a scapegoated minority (the Darcsens replacing the Jews) – and traditional fantasy tropes. There is an ancient magical race, the Valkyrur, whose power lingers into the modern age and at key moments both protagonists and antagonists gain access to their power. There are magical items and hopeless struggles by a plucky band of up-against-the-odds heroes against monstrous enemies (although some of them are shown to have a code of individual honour at odds with the atrocities their forces commit). Surprisingly cynically, the Federation, which becomes prominent in Valkyria Chronicles 4 (2018), is shown to sometimes be brutal and cold as well, willing to sacrifice vast numbers of civilian lives and infringe the borders of sovereign nations in order to get an upper hand against the Empire and is secretly developing a weapon of mass destruction behind the scenes. The oddest element of the Valkyria universe, given how closely it parallels WWII, is the near-total absence of aircraft from the conflict, with the few aircraft mentioned or appearing being WWI-style biplanes.

Of course, the straightforward (if not exactly accurate) good vs. evil nature of WWII gave rise afterwards to much more morally murky conflicts where the notions of good, evil, justice and injustice became far more fluid: Suez, Vietnam, Bosnia, the Iraq War and clashes of religious fundamentalists. This can be seen in the type of fantasy fiction that has followed: the Black Company (by Vietnam vet Glen Cook) and Steven Erikson’s The Malazan Book of the Fallen (inspired by a lot of war fiction, and indeed The Black Company) are much less clear-cut tales where good and evil are less of an issue. Joe Abercrombie explores some of the same issues of morally flexible real politik in his First Law world. Scott Bakker’s Second Apocalypse series (including the Prince of Nothing and Aspect-Emperor sub-series) delves deep into religious fundamentalism and fanaticism. Mark Lawrence’s Broken Empire series presents the world with a monstrously damaged human being who commits atrocities but who, ultimately, may end up saving the world. The moral relativism of post-WWII conflicts has been well matched and explored by fantasy fiction, perhaps too much for some as we’ve also seen a re-emergence of throwback fantasy, more concerned with more straightforward tales of good vs. evil (such as Michael Sullivan’s Ririya series and Brandon Sanderson’s Cosmere works).

WWII will remain a rich source of inspiration for fantasy fiction, although it is refreshing (if perhaps a tad depressing) to see other, less clear-cut conflicts being mined for different kinds of stories.

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          10/09 Links Pt2: UNRWA teaches children to blow themselves up; Archaeologists unearth 2000-year-old Hebrew 'Jerusalem' inscription; Anti-Zionist Conspiracy Theories Seek the Mainstream      Cache   Translate Page      
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'UNRWA teaches children to blow themselves up'
In Jerusalem, Mayor Nir Barkat presented a plan to remove all UNRWA operations from the capital and begin providing full municipal services to the residents of Shuafat, where UNRWA operates schools and clinics without Israeli permission.

The Jerusalem move follows a decision by the US to cut aid to UNRWA because it is an organization that perpetuates the refugee problem instead of acting to solve the issue.

Arutz Sheva spoke to Bassam Eid, a human rights activist who has been studying UNRWA's schools and institutions for years, bringing the paralyzed Palestinian Arab voices that have been struggling for years under UNRWA, Hamas and the Palestinian Authority.

"I have been saying for years that UNRWA has become part of the problem and not part of the solution," said Eid, "For 70 years, UNRWA has been managing the affairs of the Palestinian refugees and has not managed to reduce the problem or resolve the refugee problem within seventy years. "I am interested in continuing to manage the issue of the Palestinian refugees."

"I support Trump's decision to stop UNRWA funds," Bassem Eid said, adding that "65 percent of UNRWA funds go to salaries and the renting of buildings and offices, salaries of $25,000 a month and luxury vehicles. I want to close this organization so that its employees will be unemployed and become refugees themselves."

Eid also criticized the education provided in UNRWA schools. "I worked in several UNRWA schools in the territories and in Jordan, and children aged 9-10 want to be killed and kill Jews and to release their people. "Who taught you that?" I asked. They said that was what they were learning in schools, and I asked teachers at UNRWA schools in Jordan if children were taught to blow themselves up and be killed. They said "of course. How else will they liberate the land from the Israeli occupation? " UNRWA is aware of this, and the international community knows that all UNRWA studies are full of hate and incitement. The international community continues to inject funds because it is against Israel."

Top UNRWA official says he champions both Israel and Palestinian refugees
Just a few years ago, Peter Mulrean was defending Israel in what is arguably one of the most hostile diplomatic environments for the Jewish state.

In 2013, as the US deputy ambassador to the United Nations Humans Rights Council in Geneva, he hailed Jerusalem for its “strong commitment and track record in upholding human rights, political freedoms and civil liberties.”

Today, Mulrean is a senior official at UNRWA, the UN agency dealing with Palestinian refugees, arguably the most hated organization in Israel and one the US government recently called “irredeemably flawed.”

From his office just across from UN headquarters in Manhattan’s Turtle Bay, Mulrean promotes the agency on the world’s largest international stage.

The director of UNRWA’s Representative Office in New York decries the recent budget cuts by the US administration and passionately rejects the often-made argument that the agency perpetuates the Palestinian refugee problem and stands in the way of a realistic solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Human Rights Council Elections Set to Deliver Another Record-High Number of Rights-Abusing Members
The U.N. holds annual “elections” for its Human Rights Council this week and, once again, none of the five regional groups are offering any competition for the vacant seats. Instead all five are putting up “closed slates” of candidates – a practice seen as one of the main reasons rights-abusing regimes are able to secure seats.

Indeed, the absence of competitive slates makes it possible to predict, three days before the U.N. General Assembly holds the exercise in New York, that next year the 47-member HRC will have 14 members – 29.7 percent – that are graded “not free” by the veteran democracy advocacy group, Freedom House.

That’s a record high for “not free” countries on the 13-year-old council, tied only with the 2018 membership.

Failing unexpected last minute developments, the 2019 HRC membership will comprise 23 “free” countries, 10 “partly free,” and 14 “not free.”

The presence on the U.N.’s top human rights body of regimes with poor human rights records was one of the main reasons cited by the Trump administration for its decision to withdraw over the summer, following what it said were unsuccessful attempts to reform it.



Anti-Zionist Conspiracy Theories Seek the Mainstream
Before Stephen Walt and John Mearsheimer lent their academic credentials to a widely discredited 2007 book, The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy, alleging an “Israel Lobby” that controls American foreign policy to the detriment of the U.S., conspiracy theories of this sort dwelt mostly within the fringe domain of white supremacists, neo-Nazis, anti-Semites, and their ilk.

These type of conspiracy theories evoked the notorious 1903 fraud, The Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion, purporting to document a nefarious Jewish plot for global domination, manipulating economies, and fomenting war. Despite its exposure as an anti-Semitic fabrication some 20 years later, the Protocol’s bogus charges continued to serve as a staple of anti-Semitic, Nazi and ZOG (“Zionist Occupied Government”) propaganda, inciting hatred, pogroms and massacres against Jews. Hitler referred to the Protocols in his early speeches and in his autobiography, Mein Kampf. It became an integral part of his anti-Jewish ideology and Nazi propaganda. Protocols is also embraced by Holocaust deniers, by Hamas, and is a bestseller among enemies of Israel.

Stephen Walt and John Mearsheimer, professors of international affairs at Harvard University and University of Chicago respectively, attempted to bring new acceptance to ‘Zionist-Control-of-Government’ charges by presenting them as a scholarly study far removed from the anti-Semitic claims of the Protocols. Positioning themselves as righteous truth-tellers, Walt and Mearsheimer hastened to assure readers that the Israel lobby is “certainly not a cabal or conspiracy that ‘controls’ U.S. foreign policy” but rather “a powerful interest group, made up of both Jews and gentiles, whose acknowledged purpose is to press Israel’s case within the United States.”

Undermining this disclaimer, however, was the authors’ disturbingly vague definition of the so-called “Israel lobby” as “a loose coalition of individuals and organizations” with “unmatched” power and “the ability to manipulate the American political system” against the interests and well-being of U.S. citizens. Beyond evoking the old claims of disproportionate and undue Jewish influence, the book’s supporting “evidence” was widely dismissed by academicians, reviewers and politicians across the spectrum, who exposed its shoddy scholarship, use of falsified quotations, distortion of facts, and untrue conclusions.
Miko Peled, playing to the antisemitic crowd that adores him
I recently returned from a short vacation in Israel. Visiting Israel should be a requirement for anyone actively engaged in the fight against antisemitism. It works like receiving an antidote. Nothing places the IHRA definition of antisemitism into perspective better than witnessing first-hand the enormous gulf between the democratic reality on Israel’s streets and the non-existent demon-state that is described in anti-Israel Facebook groups. It leaves with you a lasting clarity over the absurdity of the anti-Israel arguments.

Last week Israeli state TV ran a documentary on BDS (in Hebrew). I had given them access to my archives and was interviewed by them for the show. The team who made the documentary had met with Miko Peled in Israel. It is worth viewing this short segment to see how nasty Peled is in real life:


Most people know Peled’s backstory and I have no interest in repeating what others have written before. I was in the room when he spoke about giving Holocaust denial a platform. What always interests me is the support network. Miko Peled is an angry outcast, that nobody should have heard of. Instead he is given top billing at BDS events internationally. We know anti-Zionist Jews are a fringe group, so the question can be asked – just who is in the audience?

As my research into the Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign showed, when Jewish people stand up to claim there is no problem with antisemitism, half of the people in the room applauding are hard-core antisemites themselves (see case study on Jackie Walker event p91-110).

I argue that without this support network of antisemites, these fringe anti-Zionist Jews would not have an audience. By placing greater import on the antisemites than the few useful puppets they hide behind I also suggest that this is a more accurate way of looking at the problem. So when Miko Peled responded to my tweet of the video above, my natural instinct was to look at those people who were applauding him.

*It has to be said, that nobody is responsible for those that like, comment or share things they have written*. But that isn’t the point. I am not interested in individuals. Miko Peled is not responsible if one, two or five antisemites are in the audience, but when that level reaches 50% doesn’t it demand that we ask questions? Given the high levels of antisemitic thought present in his audience why is Miko Peled denying their existence?
Cary Nelson: Jasbir Puar Launches Women’s Studies on a Death Spiral
The National Women’s Studies Association (NWSA) has now crossed a further line in self-discreditation by honoring Jasbir Puar’s December 2017 book The Right to Maim: Debility, Capacity, Disability, a publication that discards evidentiary standards and instead bases its accusations against the Jewish state on its author’s personal fantasies. In September 2018 the NWSA awarded The Right to Maimits Alison Piepmeier Book Prize, describing the book as a “major milestone.” It has now officially endorsed an irresponsible and discriminatory research agenda for feminist faculty and students.

My book in manuscript—Israel Denial: Anti-Zionism, Anti-Semitism, & the Faculty Campaign Against the Jewish State—devotes its longest chapter (30,000 words) to an analysis of Jasbir Puar’s publications. Most anti-Israel faculty publications focus on debatable propositions. Not Puar. You can debate the claim that Israel discriminates against its Arab citizens, but so long as there is evidence of racism among some Israelis you cannot wholly discredit the accusation. Puar, however, makes arguments that can actually be proven factually right or wrong. They are consistently false.

Take one example: she claims that Israel has been stunting the growth of Palestinian children. Stunting (below normal height) means children are at greater risk for illness, reduced cognitive capacity, and premature death. The WHO, UNICEF, and other groups publish statistical reports on this and other health concerns. So does the Palestinian Authority. There are scores of published academic papers on the subject. All come to the same conclusion: comparing stunting rates across the world proves it is not a major health problem in Gaza or the West Bank. The WHO standard for classifying stunting as a major health concern is 20%. Stunting in the West Bank Gaza runs at 7-10% of children aged 1-5 years. By comparison, Egypt’s rate is 19.8%. Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia include countries with dramatically higher stunting rates: India (38.4%), Ethiopia (38.4%), Zambia (40%), Pakistan (45%), Madagascar (49.2%), Eritrea (50.2%), and Burundi (57.5%). Puar cites none of this research. If Israel is stunting the growth of Palestinian children it is doing a very poor job indeed.

To publish an anti-Zionist and anti-Semitic book without factual proof Puar did not have to find the long lost publisher of The Protocols of the Elders of Zion. She simply gave the manuscript to Duke University Press. There it would be judged by people within the echo-chamber of anti-Zionists who don’t care about facts. Their standard for original scholarship is “Tell us something bad about Israel we don’t already know.” Duke obviously did not do any independent fact-checking. It then added the Duke University imprimatur to a book that dishonors the University and should be withdrawn from publication. Instead, The Right to Maimwill probably earn Puar a full professorship at Rutgers. After all, distinguished scholars like Judith Butler have endorsed the book on its jacket. Credulous audiences in universities across the country applaud its arguments when Puar lectures. And now the book has a national award.
In Its Current Form, the Labor Party Threatens the Freedom and Safety of the UK’s Jews
Since Jeremy Corbyn became leader of the British Labor party in 2015, his indifference to anti-Semitism within his party’s ranks, friendliness with terrorists, and hostility toward Israel and Zionists have caused mounting public concern. Daniel Johnson assesses the state of affairs:

Corbyn’s long record of support for nations and organizations that are implacably opposed to the West is unprecedented. Rightly, the public is anxious about what this might portend, were he ever to occupy Downing Street. . . . Corbyn takes cognizance only of those Jews (a vanishingly small minority) who share his loathing of Israel—not unlike the [turn-of-the-century] anti-Semitic mayor of Vienna, Karl Lueger, who notoriously quipped: “I’ll decide who is a Jew.” . . .

Jeremy Corbyn is a guilty man who protests his innocence while presiding over a purge of any Labor MP who tells the truth. . . . And for what purpose? The Corbyn case is also about politics—electoral politics. In the words of Mehdi Hasan, now the political editor of the Huffington Post and a presenter for Al Jazeera, “anti-Semitism isn’t just tolerated in some sections of the British Muslim community; it’s routine and commonplace. . . . It’s our dirty little secret.” In the five years since Hasan made his confession, anti-Semitism has become the “dirty little secret” of another community: the left wing of the Labor party. And there is a connection: the left is targeting Muslim votes. No wonder Corbyn has greeted all accusations of anti-Semitism . . . with indifference or silence.

Instead of challenging this vile prejudice and demanding that Muslim community leaders address the canker in their midst, the Labor party has quietly acquiesced. It tolerates the Corbyn camp’s toadying to anti-Semitic preachers and demagogues. How different the outcome of the Corbyn case might have been if more Muslims had denounced the Labor leader to demonstrate their revulsion at anti-Semitism. . . .
'Corbyn anti-Semite who wants to return Britain to dark times'
Britain’s Parliament hosted Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations Danny Danon Tuesday.

In his address, the ambassador referred to statements made by opposition leader and Labour Party chairman Jeremy Corbyn, calling him “an anti-Semite who wants to return Britain to darker periods in its history.”

The ambassador added that “in his actions and statements, Corbyn gives oxygen to incidents of racism by embracing his terrorist friends and encouraging the activities of BDS. Israel stands by the Jewish community in England.”

Corbyn and the Labour Party have faced a string of scandals involving anti-Semitism and accusations of bigotry in recent months.

The Daily Mail has published photos of the Labour leader at a cemetery in Tunisia holding a wreath near the graves of some of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) terrorists who were responsible for the massacre of the 11 Israeli athletes at the 1972 Munich Olympics.

Days later, a picture emerged of Corbyn apparently making a salute linked to the Muslim Brotherhood organization.

That week, the Times of London published a picture of Corbyn meeting with the leader-in-exile of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) terrorist organization, only weeks before its members carried out an attack on a Jerusalem synagogue in which six people were murdered.
Non-Jews fight UK Labour anti-Semitism from the inside
Steeped in anti-Semitism accusations involving him and his supporters, British Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn has made many Jewish enemies — including inside his own party.

But one of his most effective critics is not Jewish. He is a meteorology student at the University of Reading who describes himself as “just a kid with a laptop.”

Denny Taylor, 20, has used that laptop to keep a running tally of party members who have flouted Labour’s own guidelines against hate speech and report them to the party’s ethics review panel.

Horrified at the revelations about Corbyn’s ties to anti-Semites, Taylor set up Labour Against Anti-Semitism, or LAAS, in 2016 with a few dozen non-Jewish and Jewish volunteers. He was 18 and had voted the previous year for Corbyn.
Denny Taylor founded the group Labour Against Anti-Semitism when he was 18. (Courtesy of Taylor/via JTA)

It was LAAS that last month reported to Labour’s ethics panel on an old recording in which Corbyn declared that Zionists “don’t understand English irony.” The group has flagged 1,200 alleged members who it said have breached the party’s guidelines against hate speech and has a backlog of about 2,000 additional cases of people engaging in what LAAS considers anti-Semitic rhetoric. LAAS has not reported the latter yet, according to its spokesman, Euan Philipps, who also is not Jewish.
Fliers on 4 college campuses blame Jews for Kavanaugh ruckus
Fliers blaming Jews for the sexual assault allegations against newly sworn-in Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh were posted on two University of California campuses, Berkeley and Davis, as well as at Vassar and Marist colleges, both located in the same city in New York state.

“Every time some Anti-White, Anti-American, Anti-freedom event takes place, you look at it, and it’s Jews behind it,” the fliers discovered Monday read.

The flier shows an image of Kavanaugh surrounded by caricatures of Jewish members of the US Senate with Stars of David drawn on their foreheads, as well as the Jewish billionaire George Soros, who has been accused of funding opposition to Kavanaugh. One of Kavanaugh’s accusers, Christine Blasey Ford, and the attorney for two others, Michael Avenatti, also are depicted with the words “Good Goy” written on their foreheads.

The fliers say they are “Brought to you by your local Stormer book club.”

According to the ADL, the Daily Stormer Book Club chapters, or SBCs, are “small crews of young white men who follow and support Andrew Anglin and his neo-Nazi website, the Daily Stormer.”

Petition Denouncing Upcoming Anti-Zionist Conference at UCLA Passes 2,000 Signatures
A petition urging the University of California, Los Angeles to reconsider hosting an upcoming anti-Zionist conference surpassed 2,000 signatories on Friday, amid a continuing outcry against the event.

The online petition — launched by the campus branch of the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America (CAMERA) — says the eighth annual National Students for Justice in Palestine (NSJP), which was first announced in August, “is designed to instill hatred towards and intolerance while proliferating lies about Israel.”

The event marks the largest annual gathering of NSJP activists, who help promote the boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel on North American university campuses — a campaign denounced by major Jewish organizations, and opposed by both UCLA and UC regents.

The conference will seek to remind students “that Zionism … can be destroyed,” according to its organizers, who define Zionism — the movement that supports the Jewish people’s right to national self-determination — as “ethnic cleansing, destruction, mass expulsion, apartheid, and death.”

These objectives have drawn criticism from the UCLA branch of Students Supporting Israel (SSI), as well as the groups Alums for Campus Fairness at UCLA and StandWithUs, all of which oppose the BDS campaign.
New York City's Islamist Grant
On August 21, the New York City Council announced $250,000 in grants made to 14 Muslim community organizations, in collaboration with the New York Immigration Coalition. Alarmingly, three of the grant recipients are linked to Islamic extremism -- the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), the Muslim American Society (MAS) and the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA).

Worse, it seems that ICNA, in particular, plans to use the money not for civic improvement but for religious proselytizing.

The grant announcement was made at ICNA's headquarters in Jamaica, Queens, after the jumu'ah prayer service. Present were the young speaker of the city council, Corey Johnson, and Councilman Daneek Miller, the sole Muslim member of the council.

Councilman Miller is no stranger to ICNA; his campaign website prominently features a photo of him speaking at the ICNA mosque.

ICNA was established in 1971, ostensibly as a "non-ethnic, non-sectarian" grassroots organization, with the aim of seeking the "establishment of the Islamic system of life as spelled out in the Qur'an."

In fact, it functions as the American arm of the Pakistani Islamist group Jamaat e-Islami (JI). Indeed, ICNA's international charity, Helping Hand for Relief and Development (HHRD), works closely with JI in Pakistan. Worse, in 2017 HHRD openly worked with the "political" wing of the murderous terror group Lashkar-e-Taiba.
Amazon Funnelled Cash to Salafist Org Founded by ‘Extremist’ UK-Based Saudi Scholar
Amazon has been funnelling cash to a Salafist ‘charity’ led by an Islamic scholar described as “one of the most dangerous men in Britain” by counter-extremists, a British newspaper has claimed.

The Jeff Bezos-led retail giant allowed the Muslim Research and Development Foundation (MRDF) founded by Saudi-born Haitham al-Haddad into its Amazon Smile programme, which allows customers to donate a percentage of their purchases to charity, according to a Times investigation.

Al-Haddad has been branded “dangerous” by the Quilliam counter-extremism think tank, and as “misogynistic, racist, and homophobic” by UK Government counter-extremism commissioner Sara Khan.

A series of controversial statements by the Salafist scholar — a graduate in Islamic law from the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) — have been compiled by The Times, advancing a range of hardline views.

These include claims that adulterous women should be stoned to death, and that he has, in fact, received “many requests from Western women… begging me to help them to find their way to a Muslim country to be stoned to death” so they could “avoid punishment in the afterlife” — although it is not revealed whether he actually did facilitate any voluntary executions of this kind.

“It is the Islamic punishment. What does the UK government want? Do they want Muslims to change their beliefs?” he demanded.
Bennett protests to University of Michigan over Netanyahu-Hitler comparison
Education Minister Naftali Bennett sent a letter to the University of Michigan’s President Mark Schlissel, urging him to oppose anti-Israel hatred on campus after a lecturer compared Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to Adolf Hitler, claiming both are guilty of genocide.

Bennett also raised a previous case of a University of Michigan professor who would not write a letter of recommendation for a student who wanted to study abroad in Israel, a spokesperson for the minister said in a statement Tuesday.

“The time has come for you as head of the university to make a strong stand against what has clearly become a trend of vitriolic hatred against the Jewish state on your campus,” Bennett wrote to the university president.

During a compulsory lecturer, speaker Emory Douglas, part of the “Penny Stamps Speakers Series Presentation” of the Stamps School of Art & Design, displayed a slide that showed a picture of Netanyahu and Hitler with the words “Guilty Of Genocide” written across their faces.

Below the photo was a definition of genocide as “The deliberate killing of a large group of people, especially those of a particular nation or ethnic group.”
Pamela Geller: Brown University Celebrates 'Palestinians' on 'Indigenous Peoples’ Day'
Last week, Brown University’s Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs sent out greeting for “Indigenous Peoples’ Day Weekend,” which has replaced Fall Weekend — Columbus Day weekend — in the uber-politically correct academic environment. Brown’s action is part of the larger effort by the academic left to cast Columbus as a villain and focus on Native Americans as sainted martyrs.

But as if this celebration weren’t politicized enough, Brown made it poisonously so by including the “Palestinians” among the “indigenous people” whose plight was being observed. But what makes this story extra insidious is the fact that the school took this anti-American movement and attempted to turn it into an anti-Israel day as well. The left is so desperate to attack Israel that they twisted their own attack on the U.S. to do so.

“Indigenous Peoples’ Day (IPD),” explained the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs, “celebrates the resilience and accomplishments of Indigenous people and acknowledges the contemporary struggles indigenous communities face today. Further, IPD is an intervention against erasure, a principle barrier to the improvement of indigenous sovereignty and health status.”

The struggling indigenous people in question, according to the Diversity Office, included “567 Federally Recognized tribes, 61 State Recognized tribes,” as well as “Hawaiians and the people indigenous to its territories in the Caribbean and Pacific Oceans.” Many of these groups, the announcement went on, “experience profound disparities in health care access and health status compared to the general population, resulting in elevated rates of diabetes, liver disease, and other chronic diseases,” which are “exacerbated by a significant shortage of primary care physicians in Indigenous communities and a long-standing mistrust of the American health care system rooted in a history of genocide and forced assimilation.”
Boycott's new target: Bulldozer companies
Anti-Israel boycott (BDS) organizations recently identified a new target. Following the planned evacuation of Khan al-Ahmar, BDS is looking to boycott the bulldozers used to demolish the illegal structures.

Strategic application of measured violence and international sympathy have protected the Bedouins of Khan al-Ahmar from expulsion, and "stopped bulldozers, produced by international corporations to demolish homes and schools," a BDS statement said.

"The strategic BDS campaign is critical, as the Supreme Court approved demolition of Khan al-Ahmar to make way for illegal settlements on occupied Palestinian land, including corporations that manufacture and sell the bulldozers involved in the this destruction by Israel: JCB (UK), Caterpillar (USA), Volvo (Sweden), Hyundai (South Korea), Hitachi (Japan) and Liogong (China)."

Another organization involved in the planned boycott is "Who Profits", which tracks companies that are "commercially involved in Israeli and international companies in the continued Israeli control over Palestinian and Syrian land." The same organization sent boycott warning letters to bulldozer manufacturers. The organization's website also stated that the bulldozers of these companies are used for constructing Jewish settlement in Judea and Samaria as another reason for the boycott.

Lev HaOlam organization founder Attorney Nati Rom, who fights the global boycott and BDS organizations, said: "The BDS organization appears to be boycotting itself, and their steps become more and more ridiculous, as they spread their frustration to giant corporations." Lev HaOlam sends thousands of product packages from Judea and Samaria to Israeli supporters all over the world and is in contact with thousands of foreign citizens.
Minister: If US student held at airport renounces BDS views, we might let her in
Strategic Affairs Minister Gilad Erdan (Likud) on Tuesday said a US student of Palestinian descent, who has been held at Ben Gurion Airport for a week and faces deportation for allegedly supporting an Israel boycott, can leave Israel whenever she wants.

Erdan, whose ministry is responsible for countering the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions Movement against Israel, known as BDS, also said that if Lara Alqasem were to renounce her past activities and publicly declare that boycott efforts are not legitimate, he would reconsider her case.

Alqasem, 22, who has Palestinian grandparents, was prevented from entering the country after arriving at Ben Gurion Airport last Tuesday, despite having received a student visa from the Israeli Consulate in Miami to study in a masters program at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She has been held in a airport detention facility ever since.

The Population Immigration and Border Authority has said the decision to stop Alqasem at the airport was due to her “boycott activity,” while Strategic Affairs Ministry officials said she was a member of the National Students for Justice in Palestine, a campus group that calls for boycotting Israel over its policies toward the Palestinians.

“They make a show as if Israel is imprisoning a student,” Erdan, who is also public security minister, told Army Radio on Tuesday morning. “She can go home to her country whenever she wants. This student stood at the head of a branch of an extreme organization, and it is not reasonable that she can come here and enjoy Israel’s academic benefits while she is trying to harm Israeli citizens.”
Government said to use Canary Mission blacklist to bar visitors
Reports by a secretive right-wing website that collects and publishes information about anti-Israel activity of university students and others are being used by Israeli authorities to question or ban people attempting to enter the country, according to a report Thursday.

Documents submitted by the Strategic Affairs and Public Diplomacy Ministry on Thursday show that an American student was barred from entering Israel because of “suspicion of boycott activity” based on four Facebook posts and information on the Canary Mission website, the Haaretz daily reported.

Canary Mission is an anonymous website that aims to name and shame anti-Israel activists on campus.

The site “documents individuals and organizations that promote hatred of the USA, Israel and Jews on North American college campuses,” according to its “About us” page.

Critics have accused it of seeking to intimidate pro-Palestinian college students and stifle their activism with the threat of a blacklist.

In August, the Forward newspaper reported that a number of activists believed their Canary Mission profiles were being used by border authorities when they were questioned while trying to enter Israel.
HRC Counterpoint In Chronicle Herald: Ben-Gurion Bashed Unfairly
Leech attacked Ben-Gurion as a Zionist terrorist and a promoter of the ethnic cleansing of Palestinians from Israel territory. He cited Ilan Pappe’s writings to support his own position. It would have been advisable for the Herald to have enlarged on Leech’s background: he’s a left-wing, vehement opponent of Israel and strong advocate of the BDS movement (Boycott, Divest, Sanction of Israeli goods and of Israel) — as is Pappe.

Leech is the editor of the on-line publication Palestine Journal which includes verbal attacks on Israel, and on Canada for supporting the latter. Among his articles, Leech has written, “Why Israel Should Not Exist” (2015), “Fighting Colonialism in Palestine and Canada” (2015) and “Canada’s support for Israel is a ‘hate crime’” (2015).

Palestine Journal, under Leech’s editorship, has links listed to several groups that are defined as terrorist groups by the Canadian government, as well as links to armed groups.

One questions why the Herald did not offer disclosure about Leech, why CBU proudly employs him to teach young college students, or why Leech’s use of settler colonialism (a deeply flawed historiographic and sociological paradigm) goes unanswered by Nova Scotia academics.

One is better served on the topic of Ben-Gurion and Israel by such books as Walter Laqueur’s A History of Zionism. Settler colonialism advocates among Canadian historians need to reappraise their stance, for this interpretative approach too readily lends itself to anti-Israeli treatises.


EU Civil Servant Convicted of Antisemitic Assault by Belgian Court Says He Will Appeal
The European Union civil servant found guilty last week of a vicious antisemitic assault in 2015 has said he will appeal the sentence handed down by a Belgian court.

Stefan Grech, a 49-year-old Maltese citizen, was convicted of incitement to hate or violence toward people of Jewish faith, violation of anti-racism laws, and assault aggravated by racial hatred following a violent altercation in a Brussels cafe in July 2015 — during which he violently attacked an Italian colleague, called her a “dirty Jewess,” and shouted that “the Jews are doing to the Palestinians what Hitler did to the Jews.”

On Oct. 2, Grech was given a three-year suspended sentence and ordered to pay his victim 500 euros in compensation by a court in Brussels. But over the weekend, the Times of Malta reported that Grech would appeal the sentence, accusing the Brussels-based Belgian League Against Antisemitism (LBCA) of launching a “witch-hunt” against him.

Prior to sentencing Grech — who holds a previous conviction for possession of child pornography — the court heard that on July 16, 2015, he had been celebrating his 10th anniversary as an employee of the European Commission with friends at L’Italiano cafe in the Belgian capital. After drinking heavily throughout the evening, Grech, who had been clutching a metal plaque commemorating the fascist leader Benito Mussolini, embarked on a tirade in praise of the late Italian dictator.

Confronted by a 50-year-old Italian woman who also works in a senior position at the European Commission, Grech attacked her when she pointed out to him that Mussolini had murdered thousands of Jews. Witnesses said that when she told Grech that she “could be Jewish,” he then struck her across the head with the metal plaque and attempted to strangle her. Throughout the assault, he yelled antisemitic epithets including, “dirty Jewess,” and, “You should have all been killed.”
Time's up - but no sign that the archive is moving
The deadline for the return of the Iraqi-Jewish archive - September 2018 - has come and gone, but there is still no sign of any movement on this issue.

Eylon Aslan-Levy has filed this report for i24 News: he interviews Harold Rhode, the man who found the archive in the flooded basement of the secret police headquarters in Baghdad in 2003.

The US shipped the random collection of documents, books and Torah scrolls - stolen by Saddam's regime - to the US to be restored, but promised to send it back to Iraq.

Rhode believes that to return the archive would be like returning stolen Jewish property to the Nazis. Iraqi-Jewish groups have been campaigning for the archive - which represents their community's history and heritage - to remain in the US. Four US senators have introduced a bill to this effect.


Inside Iron Dome's secret manufacturing plant
"Globes" visits the complex of bunkers where Rafael produces Israel's short range missile interceptors.

The complex of bunkers in which Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd. is producing the Iron Dome missile interceptors looks just like you would imagine: it is well protected and guarded, the safety procedures in it are rigorous, and access to it is strictly limited to people with authorization. Those entering are received at a locked iron gate opened only by arrangement after being properly identified, even if the person involved is the head of the project himself. There are illuminated signs on the high fences enclosing the secret bunkers reading, "Work with explosives is taking place in this compound."

The condition for entering the bunker in which final assembly of the missile takes place is leaving behind any device capable of broadcasting or creating static electricity. Cameras, telephones, and recording devices are out of bounds. A heavy door opens, showing long white corridor leading to workspace whose purpose is unmistakable: Tamir Iron Dome interceptor missiles that Rafael employees have been manufacturing for the past seven years are piled on a cart in the center of the room.

Only a few people working at Rafael and the Ministry of Defense know just how many of these missiles have been produced to date. They are keeping this number secret; they merely give a wink to the curious, as if to say, "Don't worry; we've got enough."

The well-built Tamir is colored in glittering silver and gold, weighing 90 kilograms with a three-meter length. It has earned great praise with 1,800 interceptions of rockets fired against vulnerable human and property targets in populous areas in southern and northern Israel.

"Every missile leaving here gets a pat and a kiss"
Sonia Orbuch, Who Fought the Nazis as a Teenager, Has Died at 93
As a teenager, Sonia Orbuch joined a group of partisans fighting the Nazis in Eastern Europe. She survived the war and settled in America. At 93, Orbuch died last Sunday at her home in Corte Madera, California.

In 1941 Orbuch was 16 years old and still known by her given name as Sarah Shainwald, when the Nazis occupied her hometown in eastern Poland and began killing Jews in Luboml’s ghetto. Shainwald and her family fled for the forests and after surviving the frozen winter, joined a band of Soviet partisans to fight back against the Nazis. Her fellow resistance fighters changed her name to Sonia because it sounded less Jewish.

The profile of Orbuch on The Jewish Partisan Educational Foundation (JPEF—a group Orbuch helped to found) website describes her actions as a Partisan and her family’s eventual decision to break with the resistance.

Sonia began her new life in the forest encampment that served as a base for missions of sabotage and resistance. Early on, Sonia was assigned to guard duty and providing first-aid on missions to mine enemy train tracks. With little training, Sonia learned the skills of a field-hospital aide, treating the wounds of injured partisans, using whatever makeshift supplies were available. To avoid possible torture and interrogation in the event of capture, Sonia carried two hand grenades: “One for the enemy, and one for myself.”

… In 1944, Sonia and her parents faced the decision of either leaving the partisans or joining the Red Army. They decided to leave the partisans and took refuge in an abandoned house infected with typhus, a condition they were unaware of at the time. The typhus soon claimed Sonia’s mother, leaving only Sonia and her father.


Towards the end of the war, as German forces retreated, Orbuch and her family returned to Luboml and found that of the 8,000 Jews who had lived there before the war, 50 remained.
Childhood friends separated by Holocaust reunite 75 years later
"Estike," Chaya Levy called out as her childhood friend Esther Sheinberg walked in through the door to her apartment and the two met in person for the first time in 75 years.

After greeting one another with warm embraces and kisses, the two sat down to reminisce about what it was like growing up in the Transylvanian village of Beclean, in what is now Romania.

Up until Sunday, neither of the childhood friends could ever have imagined the other had survived the Holocaust.

Both Levy, 91, and Sheinberg, 88, were deported to the Auschwitz death camp in Poland. At the end of the war, they both made the decision to move to Israel, where they unknowingly lived adjacent to one another in the central Israeli city of Bnei Brak for a short time.

The reunion between the two friends came about by accident when their daughters were introduced through a mutual friend and ended up spending the Sukkot holiday together in Safed. While there, they were surprised to discover that both their mothers had grown up in the same village in what was then Hungary. When the daughters later told their mothers about the other girl who had grown up in Beclean, Levy and Sheinberg immediately recognized the other's name and remembered their childhood friend.
France Awards Top Honours to Nazi Hunters Serge and Beate Klarsfeld
France’s most famous Nazi hunters, Serge Klarsfeld and his German wife Beate, received top honours in a ceremony led by French President Emmanuel Macron on Monday.

Serge Klarsfeld, 83, received the Grand Cross of the Legion of Honour, France’s highest award, while the 79-year-old Beate Klarsfeld received the National Order of Merit, having already been decorated with the Legion of Honour in 2014, with the rank of Grand Officer.

The Chief Rabbi of France Haim Korsia was among those who attended the ceremony at the Elysee Palace limited to family and close friends and associates.

Born September 17, 1935, in the Romanian capital Bucharest, Serge Klarsfeld escaped the Holocaust after his family moved to France but saw his father taken away to die in the Auschwitz Nazi concentration camp.

He was naturalised in 1950, and 10 years later, while studying at the prestigious Science-Po university in Paris, Klarsfled met Beate Kuenzel, the daughter of a former German soldier, on a metro platform.

The two, who married three years later, decided to bring fugitive Nazis to justice, a mission they pursued for more than half a century.
During visit to Israel, actor Gerard Butler says 'may decide to stay'
Gerard Butler's irresistible smile and hypnotizing blue eyes can almost convince anyone that he really is capable of saving the world, the way the Scottish actor often does in the movies ("Olympus Has Fallen"; "London Has Fallen") and that's precisely what he does in his latest film, "Hunter Killer," which will hit theaters on October 25.

On the occasion of the Israeli premiere of the film, Butler, 48, has arrived in Israel to attend the glamorous event. This is quite unusual, as Hollywood actors seldom attend premieres in Israel, but the film's Israeli producer, Avi Lerner, may have had a hand in convincing the Hollywood star to come this time.

"It is very challenging to bring an artist of this caliber to Israel," Lerner said. "He only came because I'm Israeli. I asked him to come. This is our sixth movie together, and I'm very pleased that he came."

In the film, which Butler also co-produced, Joe Glass, played by Butler, is the captain of an American submarine on a rescue mission. On the way to rescue a submarine in distress, Glass and his crew come across a Russian coup and must rescue the kidnapped Russian president from rebels who are threatening the world order. The film takes place almost entirely in the submarine.

When asked about the political undertones of the film, which are particularly relevant in the current climate, he says, "I am interested in politics, but I didn't come to Israel to talk about politics."
Jewish Actor William Shatner Talks About Facing a ‘Great Deal’ of Antisemitism as a Child
Jewish Canadian actor William Shatner opened up in a recent interview about being the target of antisemites during his childhood.

The 87-year-old, who is best known for his role as Captain James T. Kirk in Star Trek, told The Sydney Morning Herald that he experienced “a great deal” of antisemitism growing up in Montreal, a city that was mostly Catholic. Shatner said the discrimination that he faced for being Jewish was “very difficult” for him to deal with.

“I’m shaped by a lot of battles from six years old up until now,” he explained before revealing the kind of antisemitism he regularly faced. “Fights, every day, with one or more kids my size or bigger. Somebody recently showed me a high school graduation book. There I was — a nice-looking boy — and my nickname was ‘Toughie’ because I was always fighting and being attacked. Kids would all crowd around, yelling, ‘Fight! Fight! Fight!’”

During his time at McGill University in Montreal the antisemitism continued, he told The Sydney Morning Herald. He said, “The university I went to had a quota. How I made it through the quota, I don’t know. There was a limit to the number of Jewish kids who could go to that university, no matter how qualified they were.”


Archaeologists unearth 2000-year-old Hebrew 'Jerusalem' inscription
The earliest written inscription of the word Jerusalem written in Hebrew on a 2,000 year old column drum was unveiled on Tuesday at a press conference at The Israel Museum in Jerusalem.

The limestone column drum that dates back to the Second Temple period, was discovered 10 months ago on an excavation site near the International Convention Center in Jerusalem.

The words: “Hanania son of Dudolos from Jerusalem” was etched on the column which was part of a building that stood in a Jewish potters village near the entrance of the Jerusalem some 2,000 years ago.

Prior to this discovery, the city's name was written as Yerushalem or Shalem in Hebrew, this inscription was the first time the city was written as Yerushalayim in Hebrew characters.

The word Jerusalem was found on silver coins dating before the time of this column, but they were written in Aramaic.



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          Sydney man ‘went to engage in warfare’      Cache   Translate Page      
A Kurdish-born Australian travelled to the mountainous regions of southern Turkey and northern Iraq to engage in armed conflict for a listed terrorist organisation, a Sydney jury has heard.
          Yes, I believe Juanita Broaddrick      Cache   Translate Page      
YOU LYING HYPOCRITE My case was NEVER litigated!!That’s why I’m calling for an investigation now. IF I CAN GET 100k signatures, the WORLD will KNOW IT, Hillary. THEN where will you hide?



Sorry, Hillary, I believe Juanita Broaddrick.  Ava and C.I. have written many strong pieces about Juanita Broaddrick.  I found this one but can't find the one I'm looking for.  But they have written repeatedly about Juanita.

The piece I wanted to find was the first time they examined the issue.  Maybe it's a solo C.I. piece or maybe one that Ava and C.I. did for THE COMMON ILLS and I can't find it at THIRD for that reason.

But Juanita has been consistent in her remarks.  She has not changed her story.  Her story rings true.  I believe absolutely that she was raped.

She has my support.  In the piece I was looking for, Ava and C.I. spoke for a lot of us -- they were only trying to speak for themselves -- by noting the events of that time.

Juanita's interview was not aired until after the vote on impeachment.  NBC refused to air it.  Her rape had nothing to do with impeachment or Kenneth Starr.  She actually tried to stay out of all that mess. 

But the nation was exhausted.  All the women who had come forward, the blue dress, the impeachment, the vote to censure him in the Senate.  We just wanted to move on.

So Juanita coming at the end of that never got the fair hearing she should have.  We, as a country, just wanted to move on. 

I'm sorry because that was me.  It wasn't, "Juanita, I don't care about you!"  It was, "I've had it up to hear with all these details and all this discussion!" 

I'm glad she's told her story because it's allowed people like me who didn't hear it in real time to know what happened.  And I believe her.


Closing with C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"

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Tuesday, October 9, 2018.  The Iraq War continues, the US continues to occupy Iraq and the Iraqi people continue to suffer.  Useless idiots like Alyssa Milano pretend not to notice.  But we can make a difference with this month's March On The Pentagon.



I'm tired.

To the community and activists around the world, a 14 year old kid from was filmed being tortured, mutilated, and murdered. His last words were "I want to see my mother" Please raise awareness about this in order to pressure authorities to take action
 
 



Aren't you tired?

This is an important story.  Also an important story?  The attacks on Iraqi women which we've covered here repeatedly and made the topic of THIRD's "Editorial: If you are silent about the targeting of Iraqi women, you don't support women" yesterday.

That's a real story too.  As is this.


This is the Euphrates in & Unesco-listed Marshlands. Home to around 300,000 people, if they dry out people will have to leave. Under Saddam many fled to Tikrit etc. That's not possible with the security situation. So what next? We can't ignore this:
 
 
 



Look it, I'm real sorry that Alyssa Milano wasn't able to have a clitoral orgasm last week because Brett Kavanaugh was confirmed to the Supreme Court.  It must have been a real blow for her.  It must have been the worst thing that ever, ever happened in the whole wide world judging by her idiotic and incessant Tweeting.  And whining.

Let's not forget her whining or the whining of so many others.

As they naval gaze and pick the lint out of their own belly buttons, taking time to reflect on me-me-me-me-always-me.

How awful. How horrifying.  You do realize that nothing like this has ever, ever happened before.

Except maybe . . .

When John Roberts was confirmed to the bench.

Or when Samuel Alito was.

Or when Clarence Thomas was.

Or . . .

Oh, f**k, it happens over and over.

And guess what, Alyssa and you other useless bitches?  American women go on.  The real women.  The ones who do the real work.  Not the ones whining constantly.  (Including whining to the paid staff that actually works their Twitter feeds.)

Kavanaugh is not the end of the world.  Kavanaugh -- if he ends up as bad as so many believe he will be -- is not an aberration.  In the US, he is the historical norm.  And, over and over, we have addressed it and we have maintained our rights.  I think Alyssa and the other useless bitches are confusing their own desire to wallow in victimhood with living in HULU's HANDMAID'S TALE.  We don't live in that TV show (that bad TV show -- great novel, lousy TV).  We live in the United States of America and if the Alyssas would stop crawling, dust themselves off and stand the f**k up, they'd see millions of American women fighting real battles every day.

They might also be able to look beyond American shores and see that people in the world are suffering much more than we are and maybe we could recognize that?

The Iraqi people who suffer -- whether it's the women now being targeted or the LGBT community or those who have no where to flee to if their homeland cannot support them -- these people suffer because of the United States.

It is our government that promised (lied) freedom and delivered ongoing war.

And I know Alyssa has to spend a lot of time getting that hairy Italian mustache removed each month but it seems like even she could take a moment to grasp that the US government has not helped the Iraqi people and is not helping them.


Last month, at THE NATIONAL INTEREST, Bonnie Kristian observed:




The turmoil in Basra may be unsurprising given the living conditions locals face, but it should also be instructive. This is what regime change, fifteen years of intervention, occupation, and reconstruction in Iraq has wrought. This is what trillions of dollars borrowed and spent—and tens of thousands of American and Iraqi lives extinguished—have purchased.
The protests in Basra are just one moment of ongoing political turmoil in Iraq, with all the security risks and human suffering that entails. They are an indictment in microcosm of Washington’s failed reliance on military intervention and nation-building as a panacea to local political problems in distant lands that don’t threaten America’s security, prosperity, or way of life.
 

In Basra and Iraq more generally, Americans are presented with years of evidence that U.S. military intervention has failed to achieve strategically important, sustainable outcomes despite Washington’s best efforts. “Some might argue that trying harder, investing more billions, sending yet more equipment for perhaps another 15 years will produce more favorable results,” says military historian Ret. Col. Andrew Bacevich, but this is “a mug’s game.” There is nothing available to America in Iraq that might fairly be called a military victory, and repeating the mistakes of the past will not end differently the umpteenth time around.
The same thing over and over.  That's all the US government has to offer -- regardless of who heads it.  And the Iraqi people suffer.

And so many people try to raise awareness of it.  But we're up against little bitches who think that their bad plastic surgery and their advancing age that cost them roles is actually the greatest tragedy in the world.  This is what those of us who care about real issues have to compete with.

And before the Alyssa Lying Milanos start lying and saying, "You don't care about assault!"  Oh, but I do.  You're the one who doesn't, Alyssa.

I stood up for Illeana Douglas -- here, yes, but also in the real world.  I defended her.  I called out the hideous Leslie Moonves.  The Alyssa that pretends she invented MeToo never even managed to Tweet in defense of Ileana or, for that matter, against Leslie Moonves.  Because Leslie had power.  It's easy to go after Harvey Weinstein when he's bloodied and on the ropes, isn't it, Alyssa?  Not so easy to go after Leslie who, at the time, was in charge of CBS and could employ you.

The Alyssa Milanos are the worst people in the world.  She has numerous nannies to raise her children.  She has no career -- don't confuse the pity cameos her husband gets her with actual roles or a career.  She pays a person to Tweet for her.  She has nothing but free time and instead of using it effectively, she appears to just use it pondering more and more plastic surgery while fretting whether all of the entertainment industry knows her younger husband is cheating on her (we do know, Alyssa, we do).

Day after day, they pretend that they're doing something but they do nothing and apparently Professor Katherine Helmond, on the WHO'S THE BOSS CAMPUS,  wasn't able to teach her about I.F. Stone or the reality that all governments lie.  Alyssa blindly believes because she's a fool.  And maybe because Katherine's only real lesson is how to self-entertain -- I'll never forget the last time I saw her, 1999 in the lobby of a Marriott, plastered and hanging all over a young, 20-something male who looked uncomfortable and who ran for his life as soon as Katherine came over to say hello to me.

Poor Alyssa.  She got the life teacher she deserved.  And, goodness, does it show.

US has 800+ military bases & special ops deployed in 70% of nations. Pentagon is world's biggest polluter & exempt from int'l treaties. Time to build up real movement fighting empire. Join in DC Oct 20-21 to confront bipartisan war machine
 
 



What!  Abby Martin's not paralyzed like Alyssa!  Kavanaugh didn't bring her to her knees!  Oh my goodness.  And Abby's not the only woman who can stand up.  Here's some more.



Join us at the Pentagon on October 21st. Hear from YahNé Ndgo and others as we call for an end to the bipartisan war machine.
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Ensure that all shipping documents are vetted thoroughly by the Control Tower and conform to the Iraqi import requirements....
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          Gwynne Dyer: Iraqi parties still bickering      Cache   Translate Page      
Fifteen years after George W Bush invaded Iraq to destroy Saddam Hussein's imaginary "weapons of mass destruction", what have the Iraqis got to show for it?There was a great deal of death and destruction (around half a million Iraqis...
          Christie's to Offer a 3,000-Year-Old Assyrian Relief of a Winged Genius from the Palace of Ashurnasirpal II - 31 October 2018      Cache   Translate Page      

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An Assyrian gypsum relief of a Winged Genius, Reign of Ashurnasirpal II, circa 883-859 BC.; 7 ft 4 in x 6 ft 5 in (223.5 x 195.5 cm). Estimate on request© Christie’s Images Ltd, 2018.

New York – Christie’s announces an important Assyrian relief will highlight the Antiquities sale on 31 October at Christie’s in New York as part of Classic Week (estimate on request). The finest example of Assyrian art to come to the market in decades, the work will be sold on behalf of the Virginia Theological Seminary to underwrite a scholarship fund.

According to G. Max Bernheimer, International Department Head of Antiquities“This Assyrian relief is without question the most exquisite to come to the market in more than a generation, in terms of the style, condition and subject.  The last example, sold by Christie’s London, was the Canford School relief which depicted two figures that were only preserved from the waist up, while here we have a complete figure, perfectly-preserved from head to toe.  The Canford School relief set a world-record in 1994 when it sold for nearly $12 million.  The Virginia Theological Seminary acquired this relief through the American missionary Dr. Henri Byron Haskell (1781-1864) in 1859, who bought it directly from Sir Austen Henry Layard, the excavator of the royal palace at Nimrud. The relief arrived in Alexandria in 1860, making it one of the earliest-known examples of ancient art to reach American soil.”

The imposing large-scale Assyrian gypsum stone relief is over 7 feet tall and once adorned the walls of the massive Northwest Palace commissioned by King Ashurnasirpal II (883-859 B.C.) at Nimrud in modern-day Iraq. The royal palace was one of the largest in antiquity, reflecting Ashurnasirpal’s status as the most powerful ruler of the largest empire ever seen, spanning much of the “cradle of civilization.”

The relief depicts a Winged Genius, a deity also known as an Apkallu, holding a bucket and a cone-shaped object, signifying fertility and protection for the king. The Apkallu has feathered wings and wears elaborately detailed robes, a horned headdress, an earring, a necklace and armlets, and has two daggers and a whetstone tucked into fabric folds at his waist. The work is in excellent condition and skillfully carved with superb details, nearly all preserved, offering a glimpse into past – showing the human form, costume and jewelry from nearly 3,000 years ago.

One of the earliest-known works of ancient art sent to the United States, the frieze was acquired in Mosul in 1859 by an American missionary named Dr. Henri Byron Haskell from the English archaeologist Sir Austen Henry Layard, who had unearthed the royal palace at Nimrud. In addition to this relief, which has been housed at the Virginia Theological Seminary since 1860, Haskell also sent five other examples to Bowdoin College in Maine and another which is now housed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Other institutions and approximately 60 museums around the world contain reliefs from Ashurnasirpal’s palace, including the British Museum, the Brooklyn Museum and the Yale University Art Gallery. 


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again, this is scary.

The Intercept’s ongoing collaboration with the US & NATO backed intel dump Bellingcat is a clear example of the national security state co-opting adversarial journalism to insidiously advance its agenda and insulate itself from critical media scrutiny.




as i've said before, i like glenn greenwald.  i will note that he has publicly stated he was not part of that and was not asked about it ahead of time.

meanwhile, palestinians remain targeted.


In just 40 weeks, Israel has wilfully killed 44 Palestinian children — mostly by gunshot wounds to the head or chest







children.

killing children.


let's close with c.i.'s 'Iraq snapshot:'


Tuesday, October 9, 2018.  The Iraq War continues, the US continues to occupy Iraq and the Iraqi people continue to suffer.  Useless idiots like Alyssa Milano pretend not to notice.  But we can make a difference with this month's March On The Pentagon.



I'm tired.

To the community and activists around the world, a 14 year old kid from was filmed being tortured, mutilated, and murdered. His last words were "I want to see my mother" Please raise awareness about this in order to pressure authorities to take action





Aren't you tired?

This is an important story.  Also an important story?  The attacks on Iraqi women which we've covered here repeatedly and made the topic of THIRD's "Editorial: If you are silent about the targeting of Iraqi women, you don't support women" yesterday.

That's a real story too.  As is this.


This is the Euphrates in & Unesco-listed Marshlands. Home to around 300,000 people, if they dry out people will have to leave. Under Saddam many fled to Tikrit etc. That's not possible with the security situation. So what next? We can't ignore this:






Look it, I'm real sorry that Alyssa Milano wasn't able to have a clitoral orgasm last week because Brett Kavanaugh was confirmed to the Supreme Court.  It must have been a real blow for her.  It must have been the worst thing that ever, ever happened in the whole wide world judging by her idiotic and incessant Tweeting.  And whining.

Let's not forget her whining or the whining of so many others.

As they naval gaze and pick the lint out of their own belly buttons, taking time to reflect on me-me-me-me-always-me.

How awful. How horrifying.  You do realize that nothing like this has ever, ever happened before.

Except maybe . . .

When John Roberts was confirmed to the bench.

Or when Samuel Alito was.

Or when Clarence Thomas was.

Or . . .

Oh, f**k, it happens over and over.

And guess what, Alyssa and you other useless bitches?  American women go on.  The real women.  The ones who do the real work.  Not the ones whining constantly.  (Including whining to the paid staff that actually works their Twitter feeds.)

Kavanaugh is not the end of the world.  Kavanaugh -- if he ends up as bad as so many believe he will be -- is not an aberration.  In the US, he is the historical norm.  And, over and over, we have addressed it and we have maintained our rights.  I think Alyssa and the other useless bitches are confusing
          PM-designate lets Iraqis apply online for cabinet      Cache   Translate Page      
Aiming to overcome deep political divides, Adel Abdel Mahdi asks candidates to choose the ministry they wish to head and give a mission statement on effective leadership
          World's Most Powerful Passport Revealed As Countries' Global Rankings Shift      Cache   Translate Page      
Japan passport holders will find it easier than ever to travel the world, as their travel documents have just moved up in the global Henley Passport Index to take the top spot.

The Henley Passport Index is a ranking of all of the passports in the world based on the number of countries their holders can travel to visa-free.

Until now Japan had been sharing joint first place with Singapore, which gained visa-free access to Uzbekistan earlier this year bringing its total to 189 countries.

However, earlier this month Japan gained visa-free access to Myanmar bringing its total to 190 - once again taking it to the top spot.


It's still a milestone for both Japan and Singapore, as 2018 is the first year in the index's 13-year history that either of them has had the most powerful passport in the world.
Both are way ahead of the UK and US which share fifth place with Portugal, the Netherlands, Austria and Luxembourg - but it's worth noting that the top four spots are shared by 10 countries.

Experts had previously revealed that the UK ranking is unlikely to increase until there is certainty regarding Brexit.
Full Henley Passport Index 2018

    Japan (190 countries)
    Singapore (189 countries)
    Germany, France, South Korea (188 countries)
    Denmark, Finland, Italy, Sweden, Spain (187 countries)
    Norway, UK, Austria, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Portugal, USA (186 countries)
    Belgium, Switzerland, Ireland, Canada (185 countries)
    Australia, Greece, Malta (183 countries)
    New Zealand, Czech Republic (182 countries)
    Iceland (181 countries)
    Hungary, Slovenia, Malyasia (180 countries)
    Slovakia, Latvia, Lithuania (179 countries)
    Liechtenstein, Estonia (178 countries)
    Poland (175 countries)
    Monaco, Chile (174 countries)
    Cyprus (173 countries)
    Brazil (171 countries)
    Argentina, Hong Kong (170 countries)
    Croatia, Bulgaria, Romania (169 countries)
    Andorra, San Marino (168 countries)
    Brunei (165 countries)
    Israel, Barbados, UAE (161 countries)
    Mexico (158 countries)
    Bahamas (155 countries)
    Uruguay (154 countries)
    Seychelles (152 countries)
    St Kitts & Nevis (151 countries)
    Antigua (150 countries)
    Costa Rica (149 countries)
    Vatican City, Taiwan (148 countries)
    Trinidad and Tobago (147 countries)
    Mauritius, St Lucia (146 countries)
    St Vincent and the Grenadines (145 countries)
    Macao, Grenada (144 countries)
    Paraguay (143 countries)
    Panama (141 countries)
    Venezulea, Honduras (138 countries)
    Dominica, Guatemala, El Savador (137 countries)
    Peru (135 countries)
    Serbia, Solomon Islands (130 countries)
    Samoa, Vanuatu (129 countries)
    Nicaragua, Ukraine (128 countries)
    Colombia, Tuvalu (127 countries)
    Macedonia (125 countries)
    Marshall Islands, Tonga (124 countries)
    Kiribati, Montenegro (123 countries)
    Micronesia, Moldova (122 countries)
    Russia, Palau Islands (119 countries)
    Bosnia and Herzegovina (118 countries)
    Albania (114 countries)
    Georgia (112 countries)
    Turkey (111 countries)
    South Africa (102 countries)
    Belize (101 countries)
    Timor-Leste (98 countries)
    Ecuador, Kuwait (93 countries)
    Fiji (90 countries)
    Guyana (88 countries)
    Maldives (87 countries)
    Nauru (86 countries)
    Qatar (85 countries)
    Jamaica (84 countries)
    Papua New Guinea (83 countries)
    Botswana (82 countries)
    Bahrain (81 countries)
    Suriname (80 countries)
    Bolivia (79 countries)
    Oman (78 countries)
    Belarus, Thailand (77 countries)
    Namibia, Kazakhstan (76 countries)
    Saudi Arabia (75 countries)
    Lesotho, China (74 countries)
    Indonesia (73 countries)
    Swaziland, Kenya, Malawi (71 countries)
    Gambia, Tanzania, Zambia (68 countries)
    Tunisia, Azerbaijan, Philippines, Dominican Republic (66 countries)
    Cape Verde, Cuba (65 countries)
    Uganda, Zimbabwe (64 countries)
    Ghana, Kyrgyzstan (63 countries)
    Sierra Leone (62 countries)
    Armenia, Benin, Morocco, Mongolia (61 countries)
    India (60 countries)
    Uzbekistan (59 countries)
    Sao Tome, Mauritania, Mozambique, Tajikistan (58 countries)
    Burkina Faso (57 countries)
    Senegal, Cote d'Ivoire, Guinea (56 countries)
    Mali, Gabon, Bhutan (55 countries)
    Togo, Niger, Cambodia, Rwanda (54 countries)
    Chad, Madagascar, Guinea-Bissau, Turkmenistan (53 countries)
    Comores Islands, Equatorial Guinea, Haiti, Laos (52 countries)
    Vietnam (51 countries)
    Algeria, Jordan (50 countries)
    Central African Republic, Angola, Egypt (49 countries)
    Cameroon, Myanmar (48 countries)
    Liberia, Nigeria, Congo (Republic) (47 countries)
    Burundi (46 countries)
    Djibouti (45 countries)
    Kosovo (44 countries)
    Congo (Democratic Republic), Iran (43 countries)
    Sri Lanka, Ethiopia, North Korea (42 countries)
    South Sudan, Bangladesh, Lebanon, Libya (41 countries)
    Nepal (40 countries)
    Sudan, Eritrea, Palestinian Territory (39 countries)
    Yemen (37 countries)
    Pakistan (33 countries)
    Somalia, Syria (32 countries)
    Iraq, Afghanistan (30 countries)



          Dispatches From Colonel Kurt’s Cruise      Cache   Translate Page      
Quite a few old bloggers here tonight. Of the BLACKFIVE crew, me and Jim and Mr. Wolf. Ace of Spades is here. So is “Armed Liberal” of Winds of Change. [UPDATE: And streiff from Red State.] Lots of vets, lots of national security experts. Two Democrats [UPDATE: three], otherwise Republicans, but all are celebrating the day’s news. Great Ethiopian food thanks to one of the guests, an immigrant and friend. A quite respectable outlay of beer and wine [UPDATE: plus very fine bourbon and Laphroaig]. One professional comedian, one author of adventure fiction. One of Ted Cruz’s people, but otherwise no politicos that I’m aware of myself.

Colonel Kurt is a wild and crazy guy. Ace of Spades came dressed in a sailor suit.

UPDATE: A very pleasant evening. I spent most of it on one corner of Jim's patio that was staked out by myself and an old Iraq comrade, where we were joined by a rotating assortment of the veterans from the party. Jim traveled more widely, and probably has better stories -- or anyway stories he's more likely to repeat. Good times.
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Am seriously displeased with Mansfield trying to spin Hillary as some defender of human rights, after her support for the Saudi's (not really different to Handmaid's Tale in Saudi Arabia), opposition to universal healthcare and support of the death penalty, in addition to supporting racist crime policies and welfare reforms (cuts) back in the pre-Bush days when Bill was President, and support for military interventions abroad (not just Iraq, either). And I shall also mention that she also voted against a bill to ban partial birth abortion (intact dilation and extraction to use the medical term) back in 2005 while a Senator for New York, despite it having reasonably broad exemptions. (That's an objectively barbaric proceedure that kills the child as it's being born and banning it is one of the few times the Republicans actually did something good). You do not need to be even vaguely close to pro-life to support a ban on doctors doing that; it's obviously infanticide and did happen after fetal viability (indeed, it's a late 2nd/3rd trimester proceedure). She clearly hasn't learnt a thing from the general given that she seems more keen on attacking Trump/Republicans and saber rattling against Russia than saying how she plans to expand human rights herself (spoiler, she thinks military force the answer much of the time). Being objectively better than Toddler Trump does not mean she deserves to be praised, trusted to oppose the dodgy special interests that Trump was/is part of, or even voted for; not least when she even attended Trump's wedding to Melania back in 2005! (Though Trump was a self-professed Democrat then, he still had some nationalistic and authorotarian tendancies back then, and had done for quite some time.)
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Hay un pequeño pueblo en el sur de Italia que hace días se volvió el centro de una gran tormenta política. Su alcalde, que había sido distinguido como una de las figuras políticas más influyentes del mundo, fue arrestado en medio de una feroz disputa con el ministro del Interior, el derechista Matteo Salvini. El problema: la gestión de los migrantes. Mientras Europa dejó rugir en los últimos años su lado más xenófobo, el antiguo burgo de Riace, en Calabria, volvió a resurgir gracias al trabajo y el esmero de hombres y mujeres que llegaron a sus costas en barcazas precarias y que hoy son objeto de rechazo y desdén en todo el continente.

La historia moderna de Riace comienza en 1998. Todo lo que hubo en los 50 años anteriores, es una historia hecha de emigración y abandono. Los habitantes del pequeño poblado enroscado en las montañas de las costas calabresas migraron durante décadas hacia las ciudades industriales del norte, a otros países europeos, o a Australia y Argentina. Para mediados de los 90, Riace era una aldea despoblada, atrapada entre el olvido y la ‘Ndrangheta, la mafia calabresa.

Una noche de 1998, un desembarco cambió para siempre la historia del lugar: 66 hombres, 46 mujeres y 72 niños bajaron de una embarcación precaria hacia las playas de piedra de la zona baja de Riace. Quienes tenían algún tipo de papel, mostraban sus sellos: Iraq, Siria, Turquía. Tenían documentos de diferente origen pero una raíz e historia comunes, todos eran kurdos. En esos años, los países de Medio Oriente habían desatado una feroz represión en contra del pueblo kurdo, unas 40 millones de personas que reclamaban un Estado propio desde tiempos inmemoriales, y que eran perseguidos por cinco distintos gobiernos que los acusaban de terroristas. En Turquía era –y sigue siendo– particularmente cruel su represión. Les negaban la identidad –hasta hace muy poco se les llamaba oficialmente “turcos de la montaña”, para negar la existencia de un pueblo kurdo–, se les prohibió hablar su idioma y mantener sus costumbres culturales. En medio de la terrible ofensiva militar del gobierno turco contra el Partido de los Trabajadores de Kurdistán (PKK, en kurdo), miles de kurdos debieron emigrar de sus pueblos arrasados por la violencia. Y recalaron a las orillas de este pueblo italiano arrasado por la emigración, la pobreza y la desidia estatal.

Domenico Lucano, más conocido como Mimmo, tenía 40 años cuando esa barcaza soltó más de un centenar de personas que hablaban raro en la costa de su pueblo. Era uno de los jóvenes de Riace que había probado suerte en otras ciudades más al norte. Primero la facultad en Roma, luego algún empleo en Torino, pero las raíces fueron más fuertes y a finales de los 90 volvió a su pueblo natal. Él estaba ahí cuando parte de los 600 habitantes de Riace bajaron a llevar agua, comida y mantas a los que desembarcaban en sus playas. Había leído sobre los kurdos. Años después confesó que le fascinaba su historia, su cultura y que sentía una gran cercanía ideológica con su lucha histórica.

Comenzaron a tratar de ubicar a los recién llegados. Casas había de sobra, pero estaban abandonadas hacía décadas. Para los dueños, en ciudades del norte o en el extranjero, era más conveniente esperar que se convirtieran en ruinas, dejarlas caer y quizás un día venderlas como terreno baldío que tratar de mantenerlas en pie. Mimmo Lucano se enteró de la posibilidad de conseguir fondos de la Unión Europea (UE) para ayudar a quienes pudieran obtener el estatus de refugiado y para la puesta en valor del patrimonio arquitectónico de pueblos como Riace. Contactó uno por uno a los dueños de las casas abandonadas, quienes vivían en Milán, Roma, Munich, Sídney o Buenos Aires. Obtuvo su permiso para reestructurar las casas a cambio de un alquiler –más bien simbólico– a contratar en el futuro y consiguió los fondos para que, quienes remodelaran al pueblo, fueran esos mismos kurdos que habían llegado con necesidad de trabajar.

Città Futura y otras cooperativas y ONG generaron emprendimientos que, además de dar trabajo y contención a los migrantes, permitían el crecimiento de un pueblo condenado al abandono y el crimen organizado.

En 1999, la ONG “Cittá Futura”, que fundó con sus conciudadanos y los migrantes que habían decidido quedarse en Riace, comenzó a cambiarle la cara al vecindario. De repente, el pueblo envejecido y abandonado volvía a tener vida. Junto con los trabajos de refacción de los inmuebles, llegaron talleres de antiguos oficios de la región, restaurantes, cooperativas para la recolección de los residuos y la limpieza de las playas. Se crearon puestos de trabajo para migrantes y locales, y muchas otras familias de África y Asia se acercaron a Riace. La escuela del pueblo, que estaba a punto de cerrar por falta de matrícula, se convirtió en referencia en la región por la cantidad de idiomas que se enseñan y se hablan. Los oficios tradicionales que se iban perdiendo por la emigración volvían a florecer con nuevos nombres en árabe, francés, farsi.

De repente, el “modelo Riace de acogida” se volvió un símbolo en toda Italia y el mundo. A partir de los fondos públicos de la UE y la región Calabria destinados a la recepción de refugiados –unos 35 euros diarios por migrante inscripto en el proyecto–, Città Futura y otras cooperativas y ONG generaron emprendimientos que, además de dar trabajo y contención a los migrantes, permitían el crecimiento de un pueblo condenado al abandono y el crimen organizado. Lentamente, otros municipios cercanos comenzaron a implementar medidas similares. En las entrevistas que comenzaron a hacerse cada vez más frecuentes, Lucano explicaba que lo único que lo movía era el deseo de generar una convivencia justa, a la par, basada en lo más humano y simple que hay, la solidaridad.

En 2004 creó una lista vecinal con otros integrantes de Città Futura, que llamó “La otra Riace”, y ganó cómodamente las elecciones a intendente. Desde el municipio, logró amplificar el trabajo de acogida de manera estrepitosa. Podía facilitar trámites, otorgar permisos de residencia y documentos de identidad, regular las construcciones y el trabajo de las cooperativas de servicios públicos. La construcción y el negocio de los residuos son justamente dos de los sectores más sensibles en el sur de Italia. Se trata de los ámbitos más permeables para la infiltración mafiosa, y la ‘Ndrangheta ya tenía los ojos puestos en lo que podía llegar a generar un pueblo en franco crecimiento como Riace. En 2009 fueron envenenados los perros de Mimmo Lucano, y la sede de Città Futura amaneció un día con balazos en el frente. Pero los ciudadanos de Riace reaccionaron de manera muy distinta a la clásica omertà –el “yo no sé nada” de quienes saben muy bien cómo funcionan los mecanismos mafiosos– que se respiraba, y se respira, en toda Italia Meridional. Defendieron y respaldaron a su alcalde, y hasta el crimen organizado debió renunciar a asentarse en ese pueblo.

En 2010, el cineasta alemán Wim Wenders filmó allí “Il Volo”, un documental que retrata la experiencia de la aldea y sus habitantes, nuevos y antiguos. En 2016, la revista Fortune incluyó a Mimmo Lucano entre los 40 líderes más influyentes del mundo. Ese mismo año, figuras políticas de diferentes partes de Europa, como la alcaldesa de Barcelona, Ada Colau, visitaron Riace para interiorizarse de su modelo de acogida. Pero en un país donde las fuerzas más conservadoras estaban logrando un inesperado ascenso –que las llevaría luego hacia la cima del poder–, pronto comenzaron los problemas.

Cada tanto, por razones burocráticas, el dinero de la UE y la región quedaba bloqueado, inclusive por un año o dos, y luego llegaba todo junto. Para sobrevivir a estas suspensiones, Lucano y su gente llegaron a crear una moneda propia.

A principios de 2016, un inspector del Sistema de Protección para los Solicitantes de Asilo y Refugiados (Sprar, en italiano), ente encargado de distribuir los fondos europeos para la acogida de inmigrantes, elaboró un informe muy negativo sobre el modelo aplicado en Riace. Según este documento, el alcalde permitía la permanencia en el pueblo a los migrantes que habían terminado los proyectos financiados por la UE y no tenían papeles para quedarse. Además, el municipio debía una ingente cantidad de dinero en términos de impuestos por el otorgamiento de documentos que nunca se habían pagado. Como los migrantes no tenían dinero, la alcaldía se los daba gratis. Un verdadero “caos” según el informe del inspector.

El Sprar entonces suspendió el envío de nuevos fondos, algo a lo que, en realidad, en Riace estaban acostumbrados. Cada tanto, por razones burocráticas, el dinero de la UE y la región quedaba bloqueado, inclusive por un año o dos, y luego llegaba todo junto. Para sobrevivir a estas suspensiones, Lucano y su gente llegaron a crear una moneda propia. Bonos en forma de billetes, con las caras del Che, Gandhi y otros personajes que representaran el ideal de una sociedad nueva, que sustituían al dinero corriente y que, una vez llegados los fondos europeos, se podían cambiar por dinero en el municipio. Pero esta vez fue diferente. La Fiscalía abrió una indagatoria contra Mimmo Lucano por fraude fiscal y mal desempeño de funcionario público y supeditó la entrega de los fondos al esclarecimiento de esas causas. Una condición que, teniendo en cuenta los tiempos de la Justicia italiana, iban a hacer imposible el clásico reemplazo de los euros del pueblo por los bonos municipales.

Matteo Salvini, líder de La Lega, partido xenófobo que desde mediados de 2018 cogobierna Italia, lo mostró como el ejemplo del “business de la inmigración”.

Además, las condiciones en Italia y Europa habían cambiado. La “crisis de refugiados” se había convertido ya en la principal preocupación de la política nacional e internacional. El “problema” de la inmigración y sus posibles “soluciones” eran el gran tema de un debate adonde Lucano y el modelo de Riace eran vistos como una excepción no deseable. Figuras políticas de gravitación nacional comenzaron a cuestionar y hostigar el trabajo de Lucano. Matteo Salvini, líder de La Lega, partido xenófobo que desde mediados de 2018 cogobierna Italia, lo mostró como el ejemplo del “business de la inmigración”. Según esta teoría, existen asociaciones y grupos –irremediablemente ligados a la izquierda política– que reciben dinero público, europeo e italiano, para mantener a miles de inmigrantes sin trabajar y enriquecerse, mientras el común de los italianos debe trabajar y muy duro para llegar a fin de mes. Un pensamiento que, en realidad, siempre estuvo en buena parte de la población –inclusive en algunos pequeños grupos de Riace y alrededores–, pero que nunca había logrado tener una expresión orgánica con vocación de disputar los más altos cargos de la administración pública. Salvini lo logró, y desde hace meses es el nuevo ministro del interior.

El desarrollo reciente de los acontecimientos tuvo un desenlace inesperado. Mientras todos en Riace esperaban que se resolviera el conflicto judicial del intendente para que se destrabara el envío de nuevos fondos, el ministerio del Interior decidió avanzar hacia otros horizontes. El 2 de octubre pasado, Mimmo Lucano fue arrestado. Lo acusan de “favorecimiento de la inmigración ilegal” y de irregularidades en la concesión del servicio de recolección de residuos –que en Riace realizan dos migrantes en carretas tiradas por burros y que es el gran negocio al que apunta la criminalidad organizada de toda la región–. Se lo acusa de violar las normas de permanencia de migrantes y de organizar matrimonios arreglados para el otorgamiento de la ciudadanía italiana. Junto con su arresto, su compañera de vida, Tesfahum Lemlem, fue notificada de un acta de prohibición de permanencia en Italia en su contra.

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Manifestación en solidaridad con Mimmo Lucano del sábado 7 de octubre en Roma

La experiencia de Riace, que cautivó la atención y la admiración del mundo entero en los últimos 20 años, es así gestionada por la “nueva Italia” del gobierno de La Lega y el Movimiento Cinco Estrellas. Una decisión que suena a advertencia para los sectores sociales que anhelan nuevas formas de enfrentar lo que para el actual gobierno es un “problema”. Pero lo que preocupa aún más es el silencio de cierto progresismo institucionalista, ausente en las manifestaciones que denunciaban la persecución de Lucano. Si quienes quieren una realidad diferente son encarcelados, y quienes pregonan un cambio no reaccionan, ¿quiénes construirán una alternativa a Salvini y los 5 Estrellas?

Fuente: https://ombelico.com.ar/2018/10/08/riace-cuando-la-xenofobia-encarcela-la-utopia/

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          Oil producer Genel Energy sees 2018 output above target      Cache   Translate Page      
Iraqi Kurdistan-focussed oil producer Genel Energy expects 2018 output to be slightly above the prior target of 32,800 barrels of oil per day, as production ramps up at its cash generating Peshkabir field, it said on Wednesday.

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          Migrant boat capsizes: 4 killed, 30 reported missing      Cache   Translate Page      

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey’s Interior Ministry says a boat carrying migrants has capsized off Turkey’s Aegean coast, killing at least four people. Up to 30 others are believed to be missing. The ministry says an Iraqi woman who survived the capsizing made it back to shore and sought help from Turkish authorities after the […]
          OCTOBER 9TH IRANIAN ATTACK AND/OR INVASION OF IRAQ ALERT (OCT 9, 2018): CIA Headquarters Located Beneath Lake Geneva in Switzerland Plotting Iranian Attack on US Troops and/or Invasion of Iraq on October 9, 2018, Possibly Nuclear in Nature—ISIS Attack on Iranian Military Parade Exactly 17-Days Prior on September 22, 2018, Opening Salvo of Impending Iran vs US/Israel War Specifically Designed to Trigger World War III      Cache   Translate Page      
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          After Four Decades of Chaos is Iraq Finally Stabilizing?      Cache   Translate Page      
Changes of government in Iraq are often fiercely disputed and frequently violent. When the monarchy was overthrown in 1958, the young King Faisal II was machine gunned in the courtyard of his palace in Baghdad and his body later strung up from a lamp post. Few of his successors met peaceful ends up to the fall of Saddam More
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          Irak empieza a conocer a su DT      Cache   Translate Page      

Mientras que la Selección Argentina espera que terminen de llegar los convocados, Irak tiene a su plantel completo en Arabia Saudita. Sí, los dirigidos por el esloveno Srecko Katanec llegaron en la noche del lunes al país donde se medirán ambas selecciones el próximo jueves con los 23 convocados en la ciudad de Riyadh y empezaron a ultimar los detalles para el cruce en el Prince Faisal bin Fahd Stadium.

Mirá también: De ser tratado como "terrorista" a figura de Irak

Irak ya se entrena en Arabia Saudita.

Irak ya se entrena en Arabia Saudita.

Mirá también: "No me entra en la cabeza que alguien no quiera ir a la Selección"

Los asiáticos ya se habían visto las caras en Bagdad, la capital iraquí, donde realizaron su primer entrenamiento. Lo curioso es que cuando arribaron a Arabia, se realizó una reunión formal en donde muchos de los jugadores escucharon por primera vez al recién contratado entrenador (asumió oficialmente el 4 de septiembre)

Mirá también: Va llegando más gente al baile

Katanec es un técnico experimentado a nivel selecciones, al punto que arrancó su carrera en los bancos de suplentes con la Sub 21 de Eslovenia en 1996. Luego pasó al ND Gorica, hasta que se hizo cargo de la Mayor de su país y lo dirigió en el Mundial de Corea/Japón 2002 (quedó eliminado en primera ronda). ¿Sus siguientes pasos? Olympiacos, Macedonia, Emiratos Árabes Unidos y nuevamente Eslovenia.

Mirá también: Otamendi ya está en Arabia

Los jugadores de Irak se reunieron por primera vez con su entrenador.

Los jugadores de Irak se reunieron por primera vez con su entrenador.

Mirá también: El día que Irak le ganó a Argentina en Arabia

Mirá también: Scaloni tiene dos equipos

Mirá también: ¿Quién es Mohanad Ali, la joya de Irak?


          10/10/2018: NP: PAGEANT WINNER FLEES VIOLENCE      Cache   Translate Page      

BAGHDAD • A former Miss Iraq beauty queen has fled the country following a spate of killings of high-profile women. Shimaa Qasim Abdulrahman said she left for Jordan after receiving death threats from a man purporting to be an Islamic State member who...
          Book Review: The Fighters: A harrowing look at America’s wars of choice      Cache   Translate Page      
The underlying question throughout The Fighters seems to be: ‘Has this been worth it?’ Chivers’ stories certainly contain heroics, but for every jaw-dropping account of bravery on Iraqi highways or Afghan mountainsides, he relates the toll in the form of broken families, opioid addiction, attempted suicides and shattered aspirations.
          Turkish FM to pay 2-day visit to Iraq      Cache   Translate Page      
Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu is set to pay an official visit to Iraq on Oct. 11, according to his ministry.
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          Coexist: How a Muslim family defied ISIS to save ancient Christian manuscripts      Cache   Translate Page      
Amazing story: A Muslim family hid for three years two ancient Syriac Orthodox books in Mosul during the city’s occupation by the Islamic State (ISIS) group to prevent their destruction at the latter’s hands. They did so, putting their own lives at risk. Their courage and action show that Mosul and Iraq can be rebuilt […]
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(MENAFN - Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)) IRBIL, Oct 9 (KUNA) -- The General Directorate of Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) in Iraq's Kurdistan region announced on Tuesday the arrest...
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After five months of political wrangling, Iraq’s former oil minister Adel Abdul Mahdi was chosen last week to form a new government — the latest hope for reconstructing a county ravaged by war and hardship.

His predecessors came to power amid existential battles against Islamic State and a Kurdish...


          Here's Why I Love Iran — Even When My Country Sees It as an Enemy      Cache   Translate Page      
Wondering about American indifference about the war we're ramping up for has had me thinking about why I love Iran.

I was living in Harlem.

It was a few weeks after 9/11 and when Mahsa rang and let me know that she would be in New York, I was happy and excited.

Her brother and I had been friends for over ten years.

We always said our meeting was destined.

As the only two kids of color—I am Black American and he is Persian—in an otherwise all-white Women in Religion class at DePaul University, something in my heart knew he would be my friend for life. I’ll never forget the look of agony in his big blue eyes when after opening the door to that crammed classroom he encountered a sea a white faces looking back at him, no one budging to indicate they would make room as he courageously closed the door behind him, turned and bared the stark gaze of the tall, lanky, pasty professor with the thick Eastern European accent, intensifying the mood with “Why don’t we wait to continue since some of us don’t know how to get to here on time.”

Somehow in that moment, our eyes locked and I hurriedly moved my bag and beckoned him to come sit next to me. Shaun made his way through the sea of kids, barely letting him through the tight aisles. By the time he sat down, sweat trickling from his brow, he was relieved and I was relieved for him and we both laughed under our breath. When he rifled through his bag looking for a pen and couldn’t find one—another long pause from our professor—we both laughed again as I handed him one of mine.

We become one in that moment, representing a warm cocoon of support to protect us through the white supremacist death by a thousand cuts that can choke and kill with its vicious silences and pauses that wither you from the inside out and have no balm but the knowing, empathetic understanding that laughter and friendship can heal.

Even though he was born in Iran, I here in America, we had many things in common. He was organized into his understanding of Whiteness in Wilmette and I got my credentials in Fairfield, Connecticut. Different places, same stuff. Our families were the only people of color in extremely affluent communities and the day to day experiences, that remind you every day of how alien and unlovable you are, would leave their mark on our psyches, well after we’d graduated high school and found one another in that classroom at DePaul University.

Getting together was healing. He and his cousins became fixtures at my house whenever there were barbeques, family get-togethers and parties. When I met Shaun I didn’t know much about Persian history and culture, just what I remembered from what became known as the “hostage crisis,” and the Shah of Iran, years before.

I was eight years old when a group of Iranian college students shut down a building in a place called Tehran. They were holding fifty or so Americans inside the embassy and wouldn’t release them until their demands were met. My mother said the students were standing up for themselves because America was “doing them like they do us” and “they know how it is.” My mom and the Iranian kids seemed to be on the same page because at some point, soon after the “crisis” began, the students released the women and the Black Americans, let them walk right out of the embassy. It made so much sense and I was so impressed with the reasonableness of their actions. “Women hold a special place in our society and Blacks live under American oppression and tyranny.”

Even though the white broadcasters tried to reduce the gesture to a publicity stunt, watching those people march out of the building, the women coming home to their children and the Black Brothers with their afros, coming home to their families, after that the students had my vote. And I got the message, for the first time in my life, that Black people in America had something in common with Black people and other people of color, all over the world.

We were one.

The students knew it. They said it for everyone to hear and now I knew it too.

Hanging out with Shaun reminded me of that. We had good times together and my mom and dad adored him, treated him like he was one of their own. We danced, partied, ate as much barbeque as we could hold, had great cocktails and just enjoyed life together. My parents taught him how to play Bid Whist, Black folk’s version of Bridge. Going to Shaun’s place, either his parents' house out in Wilmette or his apartment down the street from our place in Lincoln Park, was just the same. Just good times. When he cooked, my gosh, the food was magnificent! Well-seasoned meats with fresh, delicious herbs, perfectly cooked fluffy rice with these gorgeous, aromatic dips and sauces. The art on his walls was impeccable and the energy in his apartment was always flowing. Like my family, Shaun was hospitable, caring, a lovely conversationalist and knew how to have a good time, and he cared about people.

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We had so many things in common.

So of course, years later when his baby sister Mahsa came to New York, I was excited to host.

She arrived, smartly dressed like a low-key, genius poet in her well-tailored men’s sports jacket, a black turtleneck, jeans and expensive but understated loafers. Mahsa had always been elegant and gorgeous. We walked down to People’s Choice, the most delicious homemade Jamaican food in New York City. I think we got oxtails with peas and rice and cabbage. Neither one of us could get over how extraordinarily delicious the food was. We ate and we talked about her work and mine. We’d all since left Chicago, years ago. Shaun to Los Angeles, me to New York City and Mahsa to Tehran. She’d done a women’s magazine, Bad Jens, and had become a serious organizer of community over there. On this trip she was working at the UN with Shirin Ebadi, doing translation work for her papers, books and speeches. Even though Mahsa was really humble about it, which was her way, I knew from her proud brother that her work with Shirin Ebadi was a really big deal.

Since 9/11 had just gone down, and Bush was pushing us to go to war with Iraq, I took the opportunity to make sense of all that had happened in that part of the world. “Why are we always fighting and complaining about Iraq and Iran?” I asked as we chomped away. “And what’s the deal with Afghanistan?” I admitted to her something that I had hidden from myself, that even though I was pretty active in international situations that impacted Black people and people of color globally, Haiti, South Africa, Venezuela, that I knew very little about the Middle East. It just became something that was always already happening… so ongoing that I just tuned out. Mahsa was one of those people, that even though she was crazy smart, brilliant really, you didn’t have to pretend that you knew something that you did not.

She explained about the oil. She explained about the pipelines. She explained the grip of American imperialism, the destruction of the cities of Middle Eastern antiquity and the pillaging of museums and libraries by American armed forces throughout the years and the slow, steady march to Iraq that the U.S. was directing to Iran. That seemed outlandish to me, that Iran would ever be treated in that fashion. When she started talking about the incessant bombing, the destruction of Beirut came up and I informed her that back in the early '80s, Black folks likened the most cracked-out, left behind areas of our own communities to this city, “South Side of Chicago lookin’ like Beirut,” I’d hear brothers and sisters say.

Mahsa shook her head and smiled slightly and then gave me a glimpse of the history of the beauty and majesty of this gorgeous Lebanese city. She was clearly disturbed by the information, but her gentle, non-judgmental telling of these things, in a tone demonstrative of patience and inner peace, her deep intellect and elegance, amplified a sense of what Americans did not know or like to think about, that ours was a young, foolish country… a big, ignorant, bully baby and that we had lost our way. Completely. Most of us unaware of what was really happening in our names, and for oil, imperialism and what Bush kept calling “our way of life,” around the world, especially in the Middle East, with people, who like my mother’d said all those years ago “know how it is.”

We do not like to even consider what we have destroyed and in that destruction what has been lost, forever, to the world. What we have lost is friendship, culture, love, peace, endless possibilities and all of the wonderful things that come from life when you are trying to crush, kill, and control. Somewhere along the way, in a quest for assimilation, peace and acceptance, and just probably worn downness, Black Americans forgot too, that we have something in common with our brothers and sisters in the Middle East. The greatest blow from the War Economy is that it separates us. Eventually, it separated Shaun and I… understandably. After all, it is difficult to maintain friendships with folks when your country makes habit of lying, stealing, cheating, murdering and spreading hate, making their lives here and back home, a misery.

America was and still is running around, destructively taking… snatching things... from people, with whom Black folks, Native people, LatinX in the land known as the United States have something in common.

As I look at the bombed-out streets of the countries that the United States has attacked, and ripped apart, dusty, dirt heaps where gardens used to grow, I have to look at my own communities, here in the United States. Areas with no green spaces or parks and the prisons swollen with human energy relegated to slavery. Flint, Michigan, with no drinkable water source, Deep East Oakland with nowhere to buy living foods and soil so destroyed by pollution that you can’t grow any… children climbing out of tents in homeless encampments in downtown Oakland, while tech millionaires look down on them from their sprawling condo apartment windows. The United States is waging the same war on the people of the Middle East, that it is waging here on Black folks, LatinX, Indigenous people and poor Whites, here in our local communities.

This truth takes me back to that look on Mahsa’s face when she told me of the beauty of precious Beirut and the pure glory of what stood there before the dust and the rubble.

I have always had the sense that being reminded of what we have in common, (in addition to being targeted by the most destructive force on the planet… the American government…) would create a solidarity that could truly organize peace on its own, between the people most heavily enslaved, marginalized and victimized by the virus of War Economy which spreads by keeping us fearful of one another and separates us. I have always had the sense that if the Black and LatinX children on the South Side of Chicago understood that the bullets flying by and through their heads and the food deserts in which they reside are a construction of the engineers of the War Economy, which inflict death upon all that they cannot control, as they do today to the children of Yemen and Afghanistan, and God forbid, Iran, that they would have a different sense of their possibilities and self-worth in the world. I have always had the sense that if we remembered what the Iranian students were really saying and doing when they released the folks who “suffered under American oppression and tyranny,” just like they did… that we would all be unstoppable… together… because knowing that we all have something in common is the first step towards growing and sustaining a local peace economy.

The good news is that we get a chance to start again, everytime we open our eyes and begin a new day.

When I tell people that our government is ramping up to a war with Iran, a glaze comes over their eyes. It’s like yelling fire in a crowded theater but nobody moves because they’re too busy enjoying their buttered popcorn and watching the movie… so you have to start explaining that fire not only burns… but it can kill you.

Get up and run!

Are we that used to waging war in America that no one even bats an eye?

Photo Credit: CODEPINK

Or is it because Iran is this faraway place where they’re not like us... and practice a different religion… have different values… a place where the people have nothing in common with us? This glaze over the eyes thing has happened so much that I have to wonder what has happened in my life that makes me understand that loving the Iranian people is as natural as loving my own people... as natural as knowing that they are my people.

Wondering why my fellow countrymen and women do not connect in the same way has shaken me up a little… a lot... and had me thinking about why I love Iran.

I want to dedicate this piece to Mahsa Shekarloo, who left our world on September 5, 2014. May all the girls and women, around the world and especially Iran… Persia, know that she organized, loved and sacrificed so that they could be free. And to her dear brother, Arash, aka Shaun, who is my friend… for life.

Learn more and join CODEPINK's We Love Iranians campaign here.

This article was produced by Local Peace Economy, a project of the Independent Media Institute.

 

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