Sunday, 28 December 2008

DYAB ABOU JAHJAH'S CALL FOR GAZA

Israeli massacre in Gaza:

International call for action!

Projected back to the middle ages, the Israeli killing machine is
slaughtering my Arab people in Palestine while the whole world is
enjoying its Christmas shopping and when Europe just decided to raise
its level of partnership with the Zionist state in spite of a
negative advice from the European Parliament.

The aggression is so barbaric and flagrant with hundreds of bodies
torn to pieces. I don’t know what western TV is showing but on Arabic
television it is a stuning scene. The answer of the resistance must
be hard and resolute.

We know that an invasion is on it’s way, at least a partial one
unless “Israel” is planning once more to fight its typical cowardly
war from far in the sky.

Moubarak gave his blessings to this attack by allowing Livni to boast
that she will destroy Hamas during her visit yesterday to Cairo. And
also by starving the people of Gaza through the Egyptian-Israeli
blockade for long months now.

The Arab official regime is compliant and partner in Crime. Europe is
a direct partner in this crime through its push in the back of Israel
through upgrading the partnership.

The U.S. is a partner in crime through its continuous material and
moral support to the Zionists.

I see now a little baby cut into pieces, how can we retaliate is the
only thought on my mind. I embrace the cycle of violence because we
are facing extermination, and Livni made no secret of her plans to on
the one hand transfer the last remaining Arabs in Palestine and the
other hand destroying Hamas. What was taken by force can only be
liberated by force, and the battle is one of existence and not of
borders. There is no place for Zionists on our Arab national soil,
there is no place for colonialism and racism and murder here, the
more they kill us the more we are determined to make every single
Zionist vanish from the face of the earth.

I call upon our Arab Nationalist youth everywhere to retaliate by any
means necessary.

I call upon Moslim youth everywhere to reatliate by any means
necessary.

I call upon the Socialist youth of the world to retaliate by any
means necessary.

Let it be known. Let it be done.

Monday, 15 December 2008

PENDING REAL JUSTICE, BUSH GETS HUMILIATED










'FROM THE ORHPANS AND WIDOWS OF IRAQ'


LA Times

Reporting from Baghdad -- President Bush looked slightly
bemused after he ducked to avoid a shoe hurled at him.
Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Maliki looked mortified, and as
the assailant's second shoe came flying Sunday, he did what
any gracious host would do: reached out and tried to catch
it before it hit his American guest.

Maliki missed, but so did the shoe, landing like the first
one with a loud thud against the wall behind the two
leaders, who held their ground as other journalists and
security officials at a news conference wrestled the
shoe-thrower to the ground. Later, Iraqi journalists
identified him as Muntather Zaidi, a correspondent for
Baghdadiya, a satellite TV channel that broadcasts from
Cairo.

Colleagues said Zaidi has done extensive reporting from
Baghdad's Sadr City district, the stronghold of anti-U.S.
cleric Muqtada Sadr, and was rescued by Sadr's Mahdi Army
militia after being abducted by an unidentified group in
November 2007.

Zaidi was one of several Iraqi journalists attending the
Sunday evening news conference in Baghdad's heavily secured
Green Zone. His outburst came without warning as Bush and
Maliki prepared to answer questions.

The first shoe flew over the heads of other journalists and
might have hit Bush square in the face had he not ducked to
avoid it.

"This is a gift from the Iraqis. This is the farewell kiss,
you dog," the man said, according to a pool translation.

Seconds later, the journalist hurled his other shoe with
similar precision as another Iraqi journalist reached over
in an attempt to stop him.

"This is from the widows, the orphans and those who were
killed in Iraq," he said, according to the translation.

Maliki flung his arm in front of Bush's face, his hand
outstretched like a baseball player reaching for a line
drive in an attempt to block the flying object as it sailed
over Bush's head.

After being pinned to the ground, the shoe-thrower was
dragged out by security guards. Officials from Baghdadiya
refused to comment.

White House Press Secretary Dana Perino reported suffering
a minor eye injury during the melee.

Bush played down the incident.

"All I can report is it is a size 10," he said jokingly.

"So what if a guy threw his shoe at me," the president
added, dismissing it as "one way to gain attention."

Thursday, 11 December 2008

BUSTA RHYMES APOLOGISES FOR 'ARAB MONEY' SONG

When I first heard the Arab Money song, I kept thinking to myself it was just a matter of time before some of the cats within the Arab Hip Hop community were gonna raise and eyebrow and say something. Yeah, we all have seen news clips and heard the stories of kings and shieks in some of Arab nations who are just wylding out in money earned from their vast oil reserves. We've all heard the news reports about how America is in a financial tailspin because of so called 'Arab Money'.

How that translates in certain Hip Hop circles where money and power is often prized, bragging about being rich like the folks who run shit in places like Dubai is the ultimate goal. Its the ultimate symbol of power. It says I'm richer than Donald Trump. I got Arab Money!!!. Keep in mind, Hip Hop is no stranger to this phenomenom. We have always been in search of power.

I can recall the early days of Hip Hop when cats started off taking on fancy titles like Grandmaster, Grandwizard, King,Queen, Prince etc. Hip Hop pioneer Afrika Bambaataa would bestow the title 'King' and 'Queen' on early followers of his Zulu Nation in an attempt to help young wayward brothers and sisters feel good about themselves. Bam's approach was in the tradition of the freedom fighters from previous generations who wanted Black people to no longer be known as Negro or colored. It was rooted in those who wanted us to connect back to African centered consciousness.

Sadly what Bam was trying to do was in steep competition with the early Black exploitation movies where Black men would take on defeat white gangstas. That wasn't so bad but eventually that aspect gave way to Superfly movies and that would be an inspiration for early Hip Hop cats to show up at gigs and display their monetary prowess.

I recall the early days when cats would show up to early gigs being driven in fancy OJs. They would make it a point to have those rides pull up so they could step out sporting expensive sheep skin coats and other fancy threads purchased at places like Dapper Dans. If you didn't have the loot for Dapper Dan than you got your shit from the 'Jewman' on Delancey or JujU's or Onyx up in the Bronx. As I said a lot of that early swagger was a hold over from pimp culture personified by the Superfly image. Others say it was a hold over from the Harlem drug culture best personified by Nicky 'Mr Untouchable' Barnes, Guy Fischer and their ilk. As things evolved Hip Hop carved out its own signature fashion statements which included everything from fat gold chains to collections of expensive suede sneakers or shoes i.e. Pumas or British Walkers. Being fly, street savy or being a hardrock was the goal back then as it is today in many of our hoods.

Over the years I've seen Hip Hop embrace and emulate Italian Mafia culture, Columbia Drug cartel culture, Foreign dictatorship culture. We embraced the Jiggy era and became enamoured with the Donald Trumps of the world and started embracing the business tycoon, big money mogul culture. You name it, if it represented power, good or bad we found a way to embrace it.

Folks may recall it was just recently that Hip Hop mogul Jay-Z tried to one up his competition who were all up in the club making it rain with dollars, by making it rain with Euros. When he did that it was reported that the stock market took notice of his move. I guess we should not be surprised that a guy like Busta comes along and decides he'll skip making it rain English pounds or some other foreign currency and just go for the zenith-Arab Money.

AS I'm writing this, I wonder if Busta would've been allowed to do release a song called 'Jewish money'? How long do you think that would be tolerated? Folks forget that Diddy tried to flip a rhyme in his song 'All About the Benjamins' where he bragged about 'stacking chips like Hebrews'. The story goes, Clive Davis who headed up the label that distributed Diddy's Bad Boy heard it and was having no parts of it. He put a stop to that quick, fast and in a hurry. That line was omitted from both the radio edits and non radio edits of the song. I'm wondering who was tghe record executive who greenlit 'Arab Money'. How did that get by? But lets not digress.

This quest for power has not been limited to rap stars. As a radio guy I can tell you first hand that the balling mentality was fully embraced and oftentimes fueled by record label executives and their promotional staff. I'm sure there are deejays reading this who can tell stories about how the promo guy who was working the records seemed determined to be more of a star then the artists he was pushing. I recall how cats would show up at the station sporting the latest gear and exuding a swagger that sometimes resulted in the promo guy getting more air time than the artist. This mentality was aided by cats whipping out the record label expense card which allowed him to rent fancy rides, get suites in 5 star hotels and take an entire radio station's staff out on the town to drink bottles of Crystal or Hennessy. Keep in mind all this was always at the artist's expense. All that money spent would later be recouped, but lets not digress.

The larger point I'm making here is that many in Hip Hop have always been in search of acceptance and power. Such sentiments may not be directly articulated, but collective actions speak volumes. One has to wonder why else would a generation of rappers aspire to be like former Mafia boss John Gotti at a time when the people associated with Gotti as well as those in his old Queens neighborhood were making it quite clear that they had no love for Hip Hop and the 'NIGGERS' who did the music. I clearly recall those days when we would get clowned for trying to be Italian.

The quest for Arab Money was obviously an attempt to pay homage to the perception of all Arabs being rich. The are in many people's minds the ultimate ballers. However, people who understand their culture won't stand for the nonsense, and so when Busta's song dropped you heard the grumblings. You heard the upset from many Arabs who clearly understood that the majority of their folks are barely getting by. Cats simply aren't balling in places like occupied Palestine. Just like we here in the states have a few ballers in our midsts they too have ballers but how many of us ordinary folk really ball? Not many.

I recall when I went to Beruit a few years back and having to explain that Black folks in America are not like the folks in the video throwing money at the cameras. It a gross corporate backed stereotype which cast us all in a false light. Well, many of us here are subjected to constant barrage of media images that have us believing all Arabs are ruthless terrorists or rich oil owning sheiks.

So as I noted I knew it was just a matter of time before there would be a response. Members of the group Arab Summit dropped a song called 'Real Arab Money' and took Busta to task. There was talk others would soon follow up songs. Before it got too far out of hand a conversation was had, Busta explained himself, cleared the air and apologized. He called for his song to be pulled, the Arab Summit cats pulled theirs and we are now celebrating the maturity of rappers for resolving a dispute peacefully.

I appreciate what took place, but I couldn't help thinking to myself, that over the past 20 years I seen everyone from Diddy to Public Enemy apologize to groups they offended. The Jewish community brought PE to task for remarks made by Professor Griff. The end result was the group breaking up for a while and Chuck taking a tour of the Holocaust museum.

A few years ago Diddy apologized to Japanese women for offending them. Several years ago Cypress Hill was forced to endure a year long radio ban in San Francisco resulting in them issuing an apology to the Gay community for offensive remarks their opening act made during a concert. A hype man tried to amp up the crowd by yelling out 'what are we men or fags?'.

Andre 3000 was forced to apologize to the Native American community when he came on TV during an awards show doing some sort of dance dressed native headgear. Folks weren't having it and he made attempts to smooth things over.

Many rappers were taken to task for remarks they were deemed insensitive to the victims of 9-11. Remember how Jadakiss caught heat for suggesting George Bush knocked down the Twin Towers in his song 'Why'? Not sure if Jadakiss apologized, but I do know the radio stations around the country bleeped out Bush's name.

Kanye West may not have apologized to white men or white women but I do know radio outlets around the country bleeped out the words white man when he suggested that white men profit off our misery in the song 'All Fall Down'. In his song Gold Digger they bleeped out the word 'white girl'

Personally I have no problem with folks trying to clear the air and make amends for wrong doings. My question is when will Hip Hop apologize for the foul things rappers say everyday about sistas? When will folks apologize for the foul things we say about each other in songs? Can we get a moratorium on rapping about violence? Moving weight? Pimping? or balling at a time when everyone is losing their jobs?

Could you imagine if Busta and all other artists held a press conference and publicly apologized to Black women for all the foul shit that has been said in our songs and all the foul shit shown in our videos? Could you imagine if they said that all artists will put a a moratorium on these offensives things? Could you imagine that? Imagine if all those guys came together and compiled all the songs that artists like Paris, Jungle Brothers, Nas, NY Oil and others where they have uplifted women and put that out for the world to embrace?

My fear is that such a thing would happen and the corporate backers of this music and culture would shut it down. For example, even though Busta has apologized, Arab Money is still being played on radio. Maybe those in power are holding on to those offensive Arab stereotypes. I recall when Brand Nubian did a song called 'Sincerely' where they apologized to Black women on their Foundation album. I spoke with Lord Jamar at the time and he explained that the group was overruled by their label Arista/BMG which at the time was headed up by Clive Davis who didn't want that released as their first single. I recall commercial radio at the time refused to play it even on the anniversary of the Million Man March which is when Brand Nubian's album came out.

I guess at the end of the day it is what it is... Like I said, I'm glad Busta cleared the air with the Arab community and apologized. I'd like to see more artists do the same as it pertains to the one group of people I feel endure the most hurt from rappers-Black women.

Thats some food for thought

Wednesday, 3 December 2008

Iraq’s Islamic Mujahideen Profiled by Jihadi Websites: Part One

November 26, 2008


The profiles of a number of Iraqi jihadi groups were prepared and
released by al-Haq news agency (haqnews.net August 7). According to
al-Haq, the material was collected through interviews with field
commanders, jihadi forums and pertinent websites. The files
accumulated by al-Haq, entitled, “The Media Jihad: a Reading of the
Jihadi Media in Iraq,” were also distributed in some jihadi forums,
prompting forum participants to add their corrections, additions and
revisions (alboraq.info, November 8). Al-Haq decided to release these
profiles in the jihadi forums after Arab media refused to publish
them. Terrorism Focus will cover these profiles in two issues. Part
One will discuss the Islamic Resistance Movement / 1920 Revolutionary
Brigades, the Ansar al-Sunna Army, and al-Jaysh al-Islami in Iraq.

Islamic Resistance Movement / 1920 Revolutionary Brigades

The core members of this group are a mixture of Salafis, Muslim
Brothers and independent Islamists, backed by a few Iraqi tribesmen
and the Association of Muslim Scholars. The group claims no alliance
with any political party and has an independent decision-making
process. The political wing, the Islamic Resistance Movement (IRM),
includes a political office, an Islamic decrees office, a jihad
security office and a media section. The military wing is called the
1920 Revolutionary Brigades (1920-RB) and is comprised of over thirty
battalions (according to al-Haq). The name of each brigade and its
field of operations are given. The profile does not give the name of
the group’s general leader, called only “the Amir,” but names the
head of the political office, Mujahid Abdul Rahman, and the official
spokesman, Abdullah al-Omari.

• Ideology

The group emphasizes its Islamic identity and religious justification
for fighting the occupiers by relying on the teachings of the holy
Quran and Sunna as a source of guidance in their religiously
mandatory “defensive jihad” to evict the enemy from Iraq before
moving on to “occupied” neighboring Muslim countries. The main
objectives of the group are to expel the enemy and establish an
Islamic Caliphate in Iraq.

The IRM reiterates that its jihad is complimentary to other groups’
jihads against occupiers. The group says, “We don’t claim to be the
only jihadi group, but ask all our members to obey the leadership.”
Abu Qodama, one of the field commanders of 1920-RB, says, “We
cooperate with all jihadi groups, except the Baathist groups whom we
deem non-Islamic polytheists.” Although an al-Qaeda onslaught on the
IRM/1920-RB resulted in the death of some of the group’s leaders, the
movement opted not to retaliate (ktb-20.com July 3, 2007).

The movement rejects the political process in Iraq and does not
recognize the Iraqi government that resulted from this process. The
group’s Amir believes peace is not possible in Iraq under U.S.
occupation; therefore, any elections or referendums are irrelevant.
Along with four other jihadi organizations, the IRM/1920-RB released
a statement declaring any Iraqi government illegal during American
occupation.

The movement affirms that their jihad is conditioned on not harming
any civilians and rejects the principle of “the end justifies the
means.” The group aborts any attack on U.S. forces that might result
in killing innocent bystanders. The group also renounces all forms of
sectarianism and judges people individually on the degree of their
collaboration with the occupiers.

• Military activities

1920-RB fighters are deployed in the Sunni governorates of Iraq,
using rocket and mortar attacks, light weapons ambushes, sniper
attacks and roadside bomb attacks. The group also claims the downing
of a British C130 Hercules in February, 2005, and the kidnapping of
the American director of the Baghdad airport in April 2005
(Telegraph, February 2, 2005).

• Media activities

The group’s statements and video messages are broadcast by
Arabic-language satellite channels such as al-Jazeera, al-Zawra and
al-Rafidayn. The group also releases communiqu├ęs, video clips and
al-Katayb, an internet magazine covering its military and political
activities. Besides using jihadi websites such as al-hesbah.info,
alboraq.info, hanein.info and muslm.net, 1920-RB has websites of its
own - kataeb20.com and ktb-20.com.

Ansar al-Sunna Army

Founded in 2003 as a Salafi-Jihadi movement, this group is considered
an outgrowth of the Kurdish-Sunni Arab Ansar al-Islam. The group
includes former members of Ansar al-Islam and volunteers from Arab
countries, although the original core was formed from members of
al-Taifa al-Mansoura Mujahideen Brigades (TMMB). The TMMB later
withdrew from Ansar al-Sunna and joined al-Jaysh al-Islami (see
below). Abu Abdullah al-Hassan Bin Mahmoud is the Amir of the group
and Shaykh Abdul Wahab al-Sultan is the religious mentor.

• Ideology

As the name implies, Ansar al-Sunna is a Sunni group following the
Salafist path. The legitimacy of its insurgency operations is based
on the religious duty of “defensive jihad.” In the founding
declaration of the group, Amir Abu Abdullah Mahmoud said, “after the
occupation of Iraq, jihad became a divine obligation on every Muslim.
The objective of jihad is to expel the enemy and implement an Islamic
Sharia government.”

Ansar al-Sunna’s operations and objectives are in conformity with all
other Sunni jihadi groups, and, like many other groups, Ansar
al-Sunna refrained from retaliating against al-Qaeda’s attacks on the
group members.

In a statement released in June 25, 2006, Ansar al-Sunna rejected the
democratic process in Iraq as illegitimate and blasphemous,
condemning Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki’s national reconciliation
initiative and identifying members of Iraq’s parliament as apostates.

• Military activities

The group is militarily active in northern Iraq, the Sunni
governorates and in some southern cities, where it targets national
guards, police and the militias of the two Kurdish parties led by
Jalal al-Talibani and Masoud Barazani. The group claims the bombing
of offices belonging to Kurdish political parties in February 2004;
the bombing of an American military base in Mosul on December 21,
2004; and the bombing of the Turkish Embassy in Baghdad in October
2003.

• Media activities

Like many other Iraqi jihadi groups, Ansar al-Sunna does not have
continuous coverage of its activities in major news channels other
than al-Jazeera, al-Zawra and al-Rafidayn satellite television
channels. The group publishes Ansar al-Sunna magazine, the Mujahideen
Harvest news bulletin and has its own website (ansar11.org). Ansar
al-Sunna posts almost daily reports of allegedly successful attacks
on U.S. forces in Iraq, along with other political and religious
statements. Ansar al-Sunna rejected the U.S.-Iraqi security agreement
in a religious decree released by the group on November 20.

Al-Jaysh al-Islami in Iraq

The existence of this Salafi-Jihadi group backed by Sunni tribes and
ex-military officers was first announced in late 2003, but the group
claims it was actually formed before the occupation of Iraq. The
group’s “defensive jihad” aims to rid Iraq of the U.S. occupation
before setting up an Islamic Sharia government. Regardless of discord
with some jihadi groups and internal fighting with al-Qaeda, al-Jaysh
al-Islami declares it has no animosity with any jihadi group, but
rather endeavors to unite with them under a single leadership. Dr.
Ibrahim Yusuf al-Shamari is the group’s official spokesman, Dr. Ali
al-Naimi the media spokesman, and Imad al-Din Abdullah the director
of central media information.

• Ideology

Like many other Sunni groups, al-Jaysh al-Islami rejects the current
political process in Iraq but accepts any process within the
framework of Islamic constraints. It also believes the occupier
should compensate Iraqis for moral and physical damage inflicted by
the occupation.

• Military activities

Al-Jaysh al-Islami is considered the biggest jihadi group in Iraq and
deploys in the Sunni governorates in Baghdad, al-Anbar, Salah al-Din,
Mosul, Kirkuk, Diyala, Babel, central Basra, and al-Amara. The
group’s military targets include U.S. forces, the Iraqi military,
Iraqi police and the Badr (Shiite) militias. The group is well-known
for it use of roadside bombs, snipers and rocket attacks. The
intelligence unit of the group is responsible for a number of
notorious hostage-takings and the kidnapping and killing of American
civilians working with Iraq’s housing ministry. Abu Moshtaq
al-Zebaidi is the group’s military commander.

• Media activities

The group has a number of regular publications of its military
operations under names such as Aydo (Prepare); Sout al-Jihad (Voice
of Jihad); Fi thikra al-ihtilal (On the Anniversary of Occupation)
and Alyoum wa ghadan ya Amerika (Today and Tomorrow, O America).
Special publications of the group cover unique subjects, such as
weapons of mass destruction and the activities of the “Baghdad
Sniper.” The different formations of al-Jaysh al-Islami also release
their own accounts of attacks on the occupiers with videos bearing
titles such as Sawaeq al-Fallujah (al-Fallujah Detonators) and
Istamiro Ya Asood al-Anbar (Continue al-Anbar Lions). The group’s
best-known regular publication is al-Fursan magazine, with 16 issues
so far. Al-Jaysh al-Islam probably leads all Iraqi jihad groups in
the number of websites and internet forums it maintains. Its official
website, iaisite.org, is run by the group’s media corps, along with
alboraq.info, alboraqmedia.org, baghdadsniper.net and lee-flash.com.