Ayaz Amir: Punjab and Ranjeet Singh

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People have been predicting a Punjab centered political awakening for years and it hasnt happened, but this time may be different. Is the Punjabi elite going to recover from its one-unit hangover and get with the program? Why not trust the people and use their pent up energies? A democratic Pakistan suits Punjab more than anyone else, but direct links with the army and bureaucracy have long channelled Punjabi energies into self-defeating authoritarianism and its problem child, religious fundamentalism. Will that finally change?
This particular article, by the way, takes Maharaja Ranjit Singh’s name almost in vain. he starts the topic and then moves on to making snide remarks about Salman Taseer. – Omar.
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Punjab and the study of Ranjit Singh

Islamabad diary
Friday, January 16, 2009
by Ayaz Amir
At this juncture, when the seven tribal agencies along the Afghan frontier are lost to any form of government control, and Swat–once paradise on earth, now very much a picture of hell–is returning to the Middle Ages, and most of Balochistan is stricken with discontent, and the army no longer commands the moral authority it once did, does Punjab, elder brother in Pakistan’s besieged federation, understand its historic responsibility?

It is no manifestation of Punjabi chauvinism, and no disrespect to the other provinces, to say that Punjab is the pivot around which Pakistan revolves. This is a simple statement of fact based on geography, population and economic clout. For too long Punjab’s greater weight relative to the other provinces got translated into an argument for political domination which did Pakistan no good. In fact, Punjabi domination was one of the curses leading to East Pakistani alienation and the breakup of Pakistan.

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Sindhi dance competition- Koshi Lalvani Thirills Dubai

Dubai: Well known Sindhi singer/producer/ director( the awakening) Koshi Lalwani and friends organized a Sindhi dance competition in Dubai 15/1/2009 at high school. Koshi Lalwani the Dubai based producer of the crossover Sindhi film THE AWAKENING. The objective behind NACH NACH is to encourage inspire and provide credible platform to the youth to showcase their dance TELNET says Koshi, the beauty of the performance channelizes their efforts. We have invited noted personalities of the cinema to judge the performances, including PREETI JHANGIANI, SHABINA KHAN, NEETA LULLA, Koshi says.

January 17, 2009

Malaysia allocates 21/% of its overall budget to education as compared to 1.06% of Pakistan

by Azhar Ali Shah, University of Nottingham, UK
Indeed we need a person like Tunku Abdul Rahman (Malaysian First Prime Minister) to unite the people and launch new education and economic policies (as done by succeeding Malaysian PMs) giving education the highest allocation in the budjet rather than military.
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Malaysia allocates about 21/% (2007 budget) of its overall budget to education as compared to 1.06% of Pakistan (2008 Budget). I provide the sources of these figures bellow for comparison purpose: Malaysian Budget 2007 (V): Enough on Education?

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The frustration among people in Sindh has reached the breaking point, says Khalique Junejo

Pakistan: KARACHI, Sindh – “Helplessness and hopelessness in Sindh has reached the breaking point and there is a serious demand for change in the democratic set-up as people in the province have started thinking that under the present political dispensation they would not get their legitimate rights”, said Abdul Khalique Junejo, Chairman Jeay Sindh Mahaz, in an interview with The Nation.

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Pakistan India Peace: Join us in Sindh Assembly Event

pak-india-flagReport by: Zulfiqar Halepoto, zhalepoto@yahoo.com
Honourbale Speaker of Sindh Assembly, Nisar Ahmed Khuhro is leading an event of signature campaign in Sindh Asssembly building, Karachi. Please join us at 3 pm sharp on Saturday, January 17th, 2009.

Joint Signature Campaign by Citizens of India and Pakistan Against Terrorism, War Posturing and To Promote Cooperation and Peace From 8th January 2009 to 8th February 2009 (To be submitted to the Prime Minister of India and the President of Pakistan with Copies to important political functionaries and media houses of both countries.)

An appeal to Dr. Nilofer, VC Shah Abdul Latif University, Khairpur, Sindh

Dear Madam Dr. Nilofer, VC Shah Abdul Latif University, Khairpur.
The Shah Latif University is not a privately-owned business venture. It is a public institution funded by the taxpayers of this country. Any endeavor to improve its performance, academically as well as administratively, falls squarely within the domain of public interest , and more so of the academia.

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Mahmud Ghaznavi’s invasion and its consequences

People’s history of the Punjab: Sultan Mahmud Ghaznavi’s invasion and its consequences
by Dr Manzur Ejaz, USA
January 15th, 2009

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Punjab’s fate started changing in the 11th century when Abu Mansur Sebüktegin, a slave king of Ghazni, began invading Raja Jaypal’s Punjab empire which stretched from Kabul eastwards, covering most of northern India. After two inconclusive wars between Jaypal and Sebüktegin, the latter died and his son Mahmud (971-1030) ascended the throne in Ghazni. It was during Mahmud’s several incursions into the Punjab that Muslim rule was established and Lahore became the province’s capital.

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Pakistan will get out of this situation and become a stronger country under a democracy

by Yusaf Khan

..Pakistan will get out of this situation and become a stronger country. You have to look at the positives points; even after all the terrorism, death, destruction, dictatorships, earthquakes, IMF bailouts we are a thriving people looking to the future. Look at the lawyers movement and our awesome media – this is just a glimpse of the spirit of our people.

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Sindhi-American Get Together in Houston- Sindhis continue to play an important role in promoting peace, democracy, and human rights

On Saturday, January 17th, 2009, the G M Syed Memorial Committee and World Sindhi Congress are hosting a gathering in Houston, TX to commemorate the 105th birthday of G. M. Syed, a leader who waged a nonviolent struggle against  fundamentalism and strove toward the emancipation of Sindh, territory  that is now a province in Pakistan. It is our pleasure to invite you to this event. Your participation would let Sindhis know that people around the world support their struggle for human rights, democracy and secularism.

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World Sindhi Congress will celebrate Saeen G.M. Sayed’s birthday in England, Scotland and USA

Report by Ali Memon, Information Secretary, WSC
Press Release January 13th , 2009
WSC TO CELEBERATE 105th BIRTH ANNIVERSARY OF SAEEN G. M. SYED
London (UK): World Sindhi Congress will celebrate Saeen G.M. Sayed’s 105th birthday in England, Scotland and USA on Saturday 17th January 2009.
In England the ceremony will be held in London, in Scotland it will be in Hawick and in USA, World Sindhi Congress and G.M. Sayed Memorial Committee will conduct the celebrations in Houston. The events will include speeches, cake cutting ceremony and music. Saeen G. M. Syed (1904 -1995), a great Sindhi leader, who pioneered the Sindhi freedom movement, remains a beacon of light for the Sindhi people’s struggle for national self-determination. He was repeatedly detained and imprisoned by authorities, spending more than thirty years without trial or ever being charged. He died in custody in 1995. The Amnesty International adopted him as a Prisoner of Conscience. Mr. Sayed wrote extensively on Sindhi identity, history, and political conditions in Sindh. His views continue to inspire Sindhi writers, poets, political and civic leaders, and social and religious activists. He is widely respected for his forthrightness, courage, simplicity, and insightfulness.

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CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS IN APPOINTMENT AND PROMOTIONS

by Dr Ali Akbar Dhakan, Karachi, Sindh
With reference to a news item appeared in some local news paper regarding 13 ministries are working without Secretaries.In this regard it is added that during the Marshall Law rule of the Government of Pakistan, nothing constitutionally is observed in the field of recrimtments, promotions postings and placements in all the ministries, divisions and departments of the Faderal Government for the people of smaller provinces.In order to remove sense of deprivation and heart burnings from the minds of people of Pakistan, in all the ministries and departments working under the Federal Governmnet of Pakistan, ratio of Provincial Constitutional quota may be observed in recruitments, people from smaller provinces may preferably be selected as it has sorrowfully been observed that no provincial quota has been maintained in the past years and therefore no provincial representation is available in many departments, sections and offices of various ministries and divisions of federal Government.

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Don’t Block wichaar.com

“Everyone has right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.” – Article 19, Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Report by: Dr. Manzur Ejaz, USA
Email: manzurejaz@yahoo.com
Wichaar is facing a serious problem in Pakistan. It is randomly blocked and then unblocked. We have not yet determined if the authorities are giving us warning signals or it is a technical problem.
When Wichaar gets blocked in Pakistan it is fine everywhere else. We have checked with the service provider in the US and they say it is not related to them. We have tried to check in Pakistan service providers and they have no clues. So, we yet don’t know if the authorities are playing games with us or something else. We will keep you posted. If you know anything about it please inform/advise us at whichaar@gmail.com
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Opinion- Sindh-Punjab dialogue: Should Sindhi intellectuals speak with PML N?

by Iqbal Tareen, Washington, DC
The writer is the Chief Organizer, Forum for Justice and Democracy in Pakistan and he can be reached at: iqbal.tareen@gmail.com

I fully understand and appreciate why enlightened Sindhi folks are reluctant in returning a hand shake to PML. I believe Sindhi people must unconditionally support any movement or move against 17th Amendment and Restoration of whatever minimal constitutional freedoms are guaranteed in 1973 constitution. We must
accomplish this even if we have to team up with the devil.

It is a moral and national obligation to promote principled politics. There is no abstention from history. If people of Sindh, its leaders, and enlightened folks want to take control of their destiny, they better quit drifting like dead leaves. Democracy is neither about protecting power of political deities nor is its road paved with justification of an end.

Religious extremism, hate crimes, runaway non-state actors, exclusion based on gender, religion, nationality and ethnicity are casualties of top-down dictatorial rule that has not been the exception in Pakistan.

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Arab Israel conflict- Who is to blame?

by: Dr Nutan Thakur, Editor, Nutan Satta Pravah, Lucknow

So much has been written about the Arab-Israel conflicts. It is almost universally accepted that this small piece of the Land on the meeting point of the two continents of Asia and Africa is the greatest flash-point in the world- the most violent, volatile and dangerous one. While at the basic level, it is a dispute between Israel and Palestinians, on a broader level it can be extended and linked to the so-called “Clash of the Civilizations” as enunciated by Huntington. With wars in 1948 (the Arab-Israel war), 1967 (the six-day war),1973 ( Yom-Kippur war), 1982 (the Lebanese war), the first and the second Intifada (in 1987 and 2000 respectively) and an innumerable number of continuous attempts and counter-attempts, violent episodes, terrorist and extremist activities, civilian and military skirmishes one can easily gather the potentiality and intensity of these conflicts.

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Old shoes waiting for ex- President Gen (r) Musharraf in New York

According to BBC Urdu Service, the activists of Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaf, and Pakistan – US Freedom Forum would ‘welcome’ former army dictator General (r) Musharraf and his former Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz with old shoes.

PAKISTANI AMERICAN COMMUNITY EXPRESSED ANGER AND FRUSTRATION AGAINST THE GRAVE CRIMES OF MUSHARRAF REGIME BY PARTICIPATING IN A SHOE COLLECTION DRIVE FOR MUSHARAFF’S RECEPTION AT PAKISTAN TEHREEK-E-INSAF NEW YORK (USA) CALL. PAKISTANICOMMUNITY DEMAND FROM PAKISTAN GOVERNMENT TO HOLD HIM ACCOUNTABLE FOR HIS CRIMES .

Asma Bajwa

Pakistan tehreek-e-Insaf NY (USA)

SHOE COLLECTION DRIVE

PLEASE DROP YOUR OLD SHOES FOR GEN. MUSHARRAF’S WELCOME RECEPTION STOP BY BETWEEN 3-5 PM SATURDAY JAN 10.

ADDRESS: GORMAY RESTAURANT, 786 CONEY ISLAND AVE BROOKLYN NY

Sukkur’s misery

by: Altaf Hussain Qureshi

Sukkur, the third largest City of Sindh , because of its excellent geographical location, was considered to be one of the most prosperous, culturally, socially as well as economically, not only after partition of subcontinent but even before that. Unfortunately for some time this once beautiful city has been completely ignored by the very people who are made in charge of its civic affairs. As a result its entire roads and lanes are in complete shambles; sewerage gutters are flowing into the houses of low-lying areas where most the poor and middle class people live and multistory buildings have mushroomed with so much of speed with the active blessing of its Nazim that even pedestrians find it difficult to cross streets. One such building which was built few months back has collapsed due to substandard material used in the construction. This horrible incident has taken many innocent lives…

Of all the miseries, although Sukkur is on the bank of River Indus yet its residents have no potable water available, therefore they are forced to drink unhygienic water resulting in spread of hepatitis C.

I also urged the government, if it is really interested in the well-being of the people of Sukkur to please hold impartial audit of the funds allocated to city. But of course there should not be party politics involved so far audit of the funds is concerned.

11th January 2009

Hepatitis-B & C- Pakistan needs neither enemies nor a nuclear war. These epidemics can potentially wipe out the entire Pakistani population

Hepatitis B Virus- Millions will die in Pakistan if not controlled

Iqbal Tareen

With a HBV threat, Pakistan needs neither enemies nor a nuclear war. These epidemics can potentially wipe out the entire Pakistani population and population in the neighboring countries within a short time. There is no hiding from this weapon of mass destruction.

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Usman Deeplai: a valiant reformer

by Manzoor H.Qureshi, Karachi, Sindh
The writer can be reached at: mh.kureshi@yahoo.com
Courtesy and Thanks: The letters to the Editor, Daily Dawn, Karachi- 7.1.2009
“The greatest are the men who master our mind by the force of truth, and not those who enslave them by violence, that we owe our reverence” “Voltaire”
This old age maxim of 18th Century French thinker befits perfectly on a name like Muhammad Usman Deeplai whose ten re-printed books were launched recently at Shaikh Ayaz Auditorium of the Faculty of Arts, University of Sindh as reported by dawn (November 23). While speaking at the occasion the Provincial Minister for Education Pir Mazharul Haq rightly said that Late Usman Deeplai was a legend Sindh has produced. His entire life is nothing but ceaseless fight for the betterment of the society and uplift of the poor from the influence of nefarious designs of vested privileged class through the sword of his pen.

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Save the endangered Lakhyun-jo-Daro, the 5000 year old ancient site

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Lakhyun-jo-Daro, the 5000 year old industrial area settlement of Indus period, is now a modern day industrial site
By Yasir Babbar
Courtesy and Thanks: The News
Lakhyun-jo-Daro, a repository of nearly five thousand years of history, is a classic example of governmental neglect: The Archaeology Department has ignored it; the authorities of archaeology department of Shah Abdul Latif University (SALU) Khairpur have not properly documented the rich history of this ancient site; the announcement of a museum at the site made by ex-Chief Minister Sindh Dr Arbab Ghulam Rahim in 2006 has not been fulfilled either.

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The relevance of the Bhutto factor

sherryrehmanBy Sherry Rehman, Islamabad
Please note: The writer is the Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting, MNA, and Member the Central Executive Committee, Pakistan Peoples Party.
If Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto were alive today, he would have celebrated his 81st birthday on January 5, 2009. The enthusiasm his followers demonstrate on every birth anniversary of the Shaheed leader, thirty years after his judicial murder, remains a challenge for those looking for an academic understanding of the phenomenon of ‘Bhuttoism’. Perhaps the reason leaders like Shaheed Bhutto continue to live in the national memory is because of the dedication they commit to their cause. For Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, people’s empowerment was a cause so important that he refused to make any compromises even when his life was at stake.

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Israeli barbarism in Gaza

By Dekel Avshalom in Israel

In a surprise attack last week, Israel’s air force infiltrated the Gaza Strip and started blasting away. On Saturday, the air force was accompanied by blasting from the navy and infiltration of tanks and foot soldiers into the Strip causing death and destruction in horrifying dimensions. Up to this time, the death toll for Palestinians stands at 526 people, with 2500 injured. Israeli officials, in particular Defense Minister Ehud Barak, keep reminding us that “this is just the beginning”. Israeli media is overjoyed in stressing the claim that the “majority” of the victims are Hamas soldiers. We do not exactly know how they define a “Hamas soldier”, but the fact that 107 of the murdered victims were children, makes it very hard for us to believe such claims. This attack is overwhelming in nature. It has been reported that since the 1967 war Israel had never used such a massive air attack.

This attack was preceded by a series of deceptive manoeuvres on the part of Israel in order to keep Hamas off guard. Israel kept up the pretence of negotiations on the ceasefire and even allowed goods to enter the Strip. This deception should not come as a surprise to anyone who knows Ehud Barak’s tactical mind. Just a short while ago, Barak used the same deceptive tactics in order to lull some entrenched Rightist Jewish settlers in Hebron before evacuating them by force.

A statesman in such a high position does not normally use such tactics unless he is desperate. And Barak’s desperation is what lies behind such an unprecedented attack. Barak apparently saved the attack for a special moment in which he could improve his position in the polls for the upcoming national elections. These polls consistently show that the party under his leadership will receive its lowest number of votes to date.

For a long time Barak postponed the attack so it would not seem that he was working under the pressure of his opponents. He wanted the credit all for himself. Now, the Israeli masses, worked up by the media, got what the media told them they wanted: revenge. Barak plans to surf on a wave of Palestinian blood into a position of larger number of seats in parliament.

In many ways, this attack has similarities with the Lebanese fiasco in 2006. It also is a staggering failure for Israel from the very moment it was concocted in the twisted minds of Barak and the army generals. Just as in Lebanon, also here the army has failed to stop the rocket launching into Israel. Hamas launched hundreds of them uninterruptedly, killing 3 Israelis in one day and wounding several others. It would also not be surprising if it comes out that the army wanted this result in order to incite Israelis against the Palestinians and to maintain support for the current operation. Just as in Lebanon, also here the operation has no concrete purpose. It is obvious that it cannot destroy Hamas, which will surely rearm itself within a few months of the operation ending. So it all seems just like an unleashing of random violence by the army for no obvious reason other than crude revenge. The difference between the current operation and the Lebanese one is that now the media is full of praises for the Defense Minister and the army on the exact level of performance that was shown in Lebanon.

Collaborating democracy with imperialism

How do we explain a situation where the Israeli masses have been whipped up into such a state of mind of a vengeful and shortsighted focus of their political worldview on “getting back” at the Palestinians? What should not be underestimated here is the psychological warfare the Israeli ruling elite has been waging against the Israeli masses. The media, the military and the politicians have been collaborating to create the impression that the rocket launching from the Gaza Strip has made the surrounding Israeli settlements look like a war zone. In actual fact, since 2004 to just before the recent operation began, the number of Israelis killed by such rockets is less than 15. To put things in perspective, the number of Israeli workers that died because of accidents in their workplaces during this period, was over 10 times that number. This number also resembles the number of Israelis that die in traffic accidents in less than two weeks. So if Barak is really so eager to protect Israeli lives through military means, he should be mobilising the air force against the Israeli bourgeoisie and the state bureaucrats responsible for transport safety rather than against the Palestinian masses!

The military is making the lives of the Israelis in the settlements around Gaza as fearful as it can be. It is inducing a feeling of panic among the public using every means including loud sirens, arbitrary “defence” measures such as ducking and hiding, and forcing people into bomb shelters, all in response to rockets that pose a minimal security threat. All this horror show is designed with one aim in mind: to make ordinary Israelis support the continuity of Israel’s control over Gaza, and thus to pressure or to help democratically elected politicians to fall in line with imperialist interests.

In the current economic crisis, control over Gaza is crucial to Israeli imperialism more than ever since the first Palestinian uprising in 1987. First of all, it satisfies the military’s hunger for state spending on arms. The military, and the politicians under its influence, have proven themselves eager to do battle in any period in which their fiscal prerogatives are at jeopardy.

The most crucial thing for Israeli imperialism, however, is to maintain stability for the “moderate” PLO in the West Bank which provide Israel with numerous resources in terms of one of the cheapest workforces in the world, a captive market that is dependent on absorbing Israel’s surpluses, and land and water resources that Israel desperately needs. It requires the “pacifying” of Gaza in order to make sure that the terrorism it hosts will not slide over into the West Bank and undermine the PLO regime.

This is not to say that Gaza is meaningless to Israel in its own right. Despite its massive levels of poverty, the fact that the Gaza masses depend on goods coming through Israel gives the Israeli capitalists an advantage in terms of a captive market as well, that is, as a long-term perspective. This may also explain why the Israeli army has made much more of an effort to destroy the tunnels that smuggle goods from Egypt than it has to destroy the rocket launchers which were the formal reason for the operation in the first place!

What does Hamas want?

Unlike common-sense economic reductionism held by many on the Left, terrorist groups don’t simply grow out of poverty. Just as the PLO, Hamas emerged from within the Palestinian petty bourgeoisie. They use the masses and their plight mostly as a tool to achieve their class interests which in this context usually include more lucrative jobs and positions. After Israel co-opted the PLO into collaboration with it in exchange for jobs created especially for the PLO members (the jobs created under the cloak of the “Palestinian Authority”), Hamas wanted its peace of the pie as well.

It started to gather support from many frustrated Palestinians in the face of the PLO’s betrayal using, among other things, vengeful acts of terrorism against Israelis. In parallel, it used similar tactics of terrorism in order to lure Israel into negotiating with it, carrying the risk of Israel’s military, rather than diplomatic, retaliation.

Just like Israel’s ruling class, Hamas also benefits from the occupation. It uses it in order to gather support by the same populist means of violent rhetoric and actions used by the Israeli politicians. It also enjoys political and economic benefits via its control over smuggling commodities into the Strip: just like Israel, it to can benefit from the captive market in Gaza.

In such a situation it is puzzling why, some among the international Left are tempted to take a supportive stance towards Hamas. They usually state that despite Hamas’ reactionary ideology, it should be supported because of its “progressive fight against Israeli imperialism”. The folly of such an idea becomes obvious if we look at Hamas from materialistic lines and ask ourselves what would happen if Hamas were to win this conflict? Will it weaken Israeli imperialism as the idealistic Leftists assume? A victory for Hamas could only mean that Israel would be forced to negotiate with it and give it similar political concessions as it gave to the PLO. The imperial relation of Israel towards the Palestinians may take a different form, but it will remain intact. Because under capitalism Palestine cannot be completely cut off from Israel, and will always be dependent on it, a national liberation movement that limits itself to struggling within the confines of capitalism cannot go in any other direction.

Furthermore, bourgeois or petit bourgeois national liberation leaders have usually tended to push the proletariat in the oppressed nation into accepting their leadership because they became aware of the potential power of the workers. Such was the alliance between the South African workers and the ANC leaders who brought down the apartheid regime. But Here, Hamas has made very little effort to create an alliance with the Palestinian workers. Until now it has mostly just harassed their trade unions. Hamas thus have only the power of terrorism and collisions with the Israeli army to get concessions from Israel. Relying on this broken reed, its “anti-imperialist” credentials appear as somewhat exaggerated.

Is there a way out?

We are entering yet another cycle of violence between Israel’s ruling class and Hamas. Such cycles began with Israel’s opening up to the PLO in 1994. Each cycle brings Israel to a more violent response. However, the army has no intention of remaining entangled in the Strip for too long. This operation may last a bit longer and be much more violent than its predecessors because Barak’s election campaign has to be taken into consideration. Although it is also true that once it ends, the operation always leaves behind the preconditions for the next operation.

The Zionist chauvinism that characterized the first days of the operation is gradually being replaced by fear of yet another debacle such as in Lebanon. Journalists are constantly asking political and military leaders for the actual goals which this operation intends to achieve. The answers are always vague and illusive, such as “to radically change the array of deterrence”. In that background, the announcement of Barak on Saturday was especially alarming. He said that the operation would take a long time and would have numerous victims. With no one knowing what this operation is for, this holds a puzzling future for the stability of the political system in Israel: after the chauvinism fades away, the death toll will keep increasing and many questions will be raised by the masses.

To the dismay of the Israeli ruling class, thousands of Jews and Palestinians came this Saturday to Tel Aviv for a mass demonstration against the war (see video below). This is unprecedented. In the Lebanese war it took two months of bloody entanglement for so many protestors to show up. The protestors were constantly harassed by Zionist counter-protests which show just how frightened they are of the emerging protest movement in Israel. Small as it is now, the Zionists are instinctively aware of the fact that it holds the only real key to their downfall.

As this website has repeated many times over, there cannot be a solution within the confines of bourgeois politics to this or any other major political conflict in the world. However, for the moment Israel and Palestine are deprived of any other form of politics. As long as this situation persists, these cycles of violence will continue. We can be sure, though, that from the impossibility of a solution to the situation under capitalism, new political forces are bound to emerge on both sides. The nature of these new forces is impossible to predict at this stage. But if they do not base themselves on the revolutionary collaboration of Israeli and Palestinian workers and poor against their mutual oppressors, no progressive change can be forthcoming from within the Israeli-Palestinian borders.

Tuesday, 06 January 2009

Courtesy: http://www.marxist.com/israeli-barbarism-in-gaza.htm

Israel’s Flag Is Not Mine- Dr. Alfred M. Lilienthal: historian, journalist, and lecturer

History of Israel

For Jews as a human everything, For Jews as the Zionist nothing

Lilienthal was born in 1913 in New York City. He is a graduate of Cornell University and Columbia Law School. As an American of Jewish faith, he first became interested in the Middle East while in the U.S. military and stationed in Egypt during World War II. He later served with the Department of State and as a consultant to the American delegation at the organizing meeting of the United Nations in San Francisco. In 1949, his article, “Israel’s Flag Is Not Mine,” published in the Reader’s Digest, caused great controversy because of its anti-Zionist position.

Despite condemnation from many influential quarters, Lilienthal has remained in the forefront of the struggle for a balanced U.S. policy not dictated by favoritism toward Israel. He traveled over 25 times to the Middle East for firsthand investigation of events and authored several books including The Zionist Connection that was described by Foreign Affairs journal as “his culminating masterwork.” He continues today, after over a half century of effort, to defend the Palestinian people and to call repeatedly for an independent State of Palestine…

King Hussein (with help from Zia-ul-Haq of the Pakistani army) sent in his Bedouin army on 27 September to clear out the Palestinian bases in Jordan. A massacre of innumerable proportions ensued. Moshe Dayan noted that Hussein “killed more Palestinians in eleven days than Israel could kill in twenty years.” Dayan is right in spirit, but it is hardly the case that anyone can tch the Sharonism in its brutality…

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Courtesy: http://chagataikhan.blogspot.com/2009/01/history-of-israel.html

The self-delusion that plagues both sides in this conflict

Courtesy and Thanks: Daily Dawn
By Robert Fisk
During the second Palestinian “intifada”, I was sitting in the offices of Hizbollah’s Al-Manar television station in Beirut, watching news footage of a militiaman’s funeral in Gaza. The television showed hordes of Hamas and PLO gunmen firing thousands of rounds of ammunition into the air to honour their latest “martyr”; and I noticed, just next to me, a Lebanese Hizbollah member – who had taken part in many attacks against the Israelis in what had been Israel’s occupation zone in southern Lebanon – shaking his head.

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We should condemn the attack on Sindhi daily Awami Awaz

We must condemn the attack on daily Awami Awaz
by Aziz Narejo, TX, USA

The writer can be reached at:  anarejo@yahoo.com

You may have read about SNF’s armed leaders’ attack, threats and harassment of daily Awami Awaz. I think It is an attack on the freedom of media and should not be permissible. I have talked to Dr Jabbar Khattak, editor of daily Awami Awaz and on my behalf have condemned the attack and expressed solidarity with him, with Awami Awaz and with Sindhi media… I think no one – feudal, any political party, group or urban terrorists – should be allowed to dictate and harass media. All of us should support freedom of media.

Mirza Qalech Baig Chair

Forwarded by: Kureshi Mh
Courtesy and Thanks: Daily Dawn, 5.1.2009
AS reported in Dawn (Dec 17) the Board of Governors of the Qalich Baig Chair has decided to display the works of Shamsul Ulema Mirza Qaleech Baig, a literary giant Sindh has ever produced, at the Alama I. I. Kazi campus library of Sindh University.

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Another sad tale of discrimination against Sindhis in Pakistani embassies

by Khalid Hashmani, McLean, Virginia, USA
Here comes another heart-wrenching tale of discrimination against Sindhis in Pakistan’s embassies and the schools run by those embassies. I challenge any Pakistani to produce figures that could show if Sindhis are getting their due share (in proportion to their population) in Pakistan’s embassies and the institutions run by them.

Enough is enough! We have been demanding a fair and equitable representation of Sindhis, who contribute a substantial portion of revenues to Pakistan’s budget, for many many years. So far none of the past governments (except when Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto was Prime Minister) has taken any initiative to right this historic wrong bestowed on Sindhis by the exploiters.

Let us appeal to the present federal government that most Pakistanis claim is now run by Sindhis to take immediate steps to protect rights of Sindhis in Pakistan’s embassies and associated institutions. We must demand that the proportion of Sindhis in Pakistan’s embassies and schools must roughly be equivalent to their population within the next five years.

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Opinion- Attack on Sindhi daily Awami Awaz & Jabbar Khattak

by Zulfiqar Mirani
…There are certainly other reasons for arrest of Mumtaz Bhutto, which I do not know. But I and common man can never buy government’s story. Please investigate before reporting and act like responsible mediaman… This is simply government’s story which should not be supported…

Hamas, the liberal jewish view- Michael Weiss

Hamas as a Political Failure
by Michael Weiss, December 30, 2008
Courtesy and Thanks: Wichaar.com and Jewcy
Commentators in the American and European press too often succumb to a solipsistic way of thinking of the Arab-Israeli conflict, as if only one side had any autonomy or agency. The debate between supporters and critics of Israel is typically couched in the same grammar: Either the Jewish state is acting defensibly, in its own self-interest, or it is not. Thus Tom Segev writes in Ha’aretz that while the latest assault on Hamas military and political infrastructure is morally justified, it represents a strategic blunder. A major fallacy ensues from this one-sided premise, which is that Israel is the sole stimulus for Hamas response, and therefore it alone bears the responsibility for the undeniable misery in Gaza. Those quick to point out how Olmert’s miscalculations have hurt the people he governs will typically suggest that military incursions “radicalize” Arab sentiment, leading to more suicide bombers and more dead Israelis.

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