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Keryn Wells shared A Mighty Girl's photo.
at Dec 22, 2014 10:34:18 AM
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Kakenya Ntaiya, like many women in Kenya, was subjected to female genital cutting as a girl. For most girls, a marriage would soon follow, but Kakenya, then 14, had other plans: “I really liked going to school. I knew that once I went through the cutting, I was going to be married off. And my dream of becoming a teacher was going to end.” So Kakenya threatened her father with running away, but agreed to stay and submit to the ritual, often called female genital mutilation or FGM, if he let her finish high school.

Her father kept his word, and Kakenya excelled, earning a scholarship to a college in the US. Her Maasai village raised funds for her airfare, and in return she promised to come home to help her community. And, she did after earning her degree, working with the United Nations, and getting her doctorate in education. As Kakenya explains, “I came back so girls don't have to negotiate like I did to achieve their dreams."

In 2009, she opened the Kakenya Center for Excellence, a primary school that currently educates 150 Maasai girls. Originally a day school, students now live there to spare them miles of walking -- which includes the risk of sexual assault -- and the requirement of spending free time on chores instead of studying. “Now, they can focus on their studies -- and on being kids,” says Kakenya. “It's the only way you can give a girl child a chance to excel.”

Parents cover the cost of meals, but Kakenya covers any student who can’t pay. Parents also have to agree that girls will not be subjected to genital mutilation or child marriage, which is becoming easier as men start to see the benefits of their daughters staying in school. “They want to become doctors, pilots, lawyers,” Kakenya says. “Fathers are now saying, “My daughter could do better than my son.”

Even Chief John Naleke, a village elder, has gone from arguing against the needs for girls’ education in 2006 to supporting the school today: “We have several sons who have gone to the United States for school. Kakenya is the only one that I can think of that has come back to help us.... She brought a school and a light and is trying to change old customs to help girls get a new, better life.”

Kakenya admits that it is still difficult challenging male attitudes in her area, “[b]ut nothing good comes on a silver plate. You have to fight hard... When [the girls] start, they are so timid [but now] the confidence they have, it's just beyond words. It's the most beautiful thing.”

To learn more or to help support Kakenya's Dream - the Academy for Girls, visit their website at http://www.kakenyasdream.org/.

To watch an inspiring TED talk by Kekenya, visit http://bit.ly/ObaaLW

For over 450 true stories for children and teens about women trailblazers around the world, visit A Mighty Girl’s “Role Models" biography section at http://www.amightygirl.com/books/history-biography/biography

For two books for young readers about girls and the power of education, we recommend "A Girl Called Problem" for ages 9 to 14 (http://www.amightygirl.com/a-girl-called-problem) and "Nasreen's Secret School: A True Story from Afghanistan" for ages 6 and up (http://www.amightygirl.com/nasreens-secret-school).

For more books to help children understand the struggle for girls' access to education in many parts of the world, check out our blog post "Mighty Girl Books on Children's Fight for Education" at http://www.amightygirl.com/blog/?p=4057

For a highly recommended book for older teens and adults that discusses how girls and women are fighting back against oppression and transforming their communities, check out: "Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide" at http://www.amightygirl.com/half-the-sky

And, for two films that explore the transformative potential and power of girls and women in developing countries - both for ages 13 and up: the documentary based on the “Half the Sky" book (http://www.amightygirl.com/half-the-sky-documentary) and “Girl Rising” (http://www.amightygirl.com/girl-rising).
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Gerry Dobson
at Dec 22, 2014 10:31:05 AM
TODAY IN HISTORY dec 22

1715 - James Stuart, the "Old Pretender", landed at Petershead after his exile in France.

1775 - A Continental naval fleet was organized in the rebellious American colonies under the command of Ezek Hopkins.

1807 - The U.S. Congress passed the Embargo Act, designed to force peace between Britain and France by cutting off all trade with Europe.

1864 - During the American Civil War, Union Gen. William T. Sherman sent a message to U.S. President Lincoln from Georgia. The message read, "I beg to present you as a Christmas gift the city of Savannah."

1877 - The "American Bicycling Journal" went on sale for the first time.

1894 - The United States Golf Association was formed in New York City.

1894 - French army officer Alfred Dreyfus was convicted of treason in a court-martial that triggered worldwide charges of anti-Semitism. Dreyfus was eventually vindicated.

1895 - German physicist Wilhelm Röntgen made the first X-ray, of his wife's hand.

1910 - U.S. Postal savings stamps were issued for the first time. They were discontinued in 1914.

1939 - Gloria Jacobs became the first girl to hold a world pistol record when she shot 299 out of a possible 300 points. She was 17 years old at the time.

1943 - Sporting goods manufacturers received permission to use synthetic rubber for the core of baseballs.

1941 - British Prime Minister Winston Churchill arrived in Washington for a wartime conference with U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt.

1956 - Colo, the first gorilla to be born in captivity, was born at the Columbus, Ohio zoo.

1956 - The last British and French forces evacuated Egypt.

1961 - James Davis became the first U.S. soldier to die in Vietnam, while U.S. involvement was still limited to the provision of military advisers.

1976 - The last show of "Let’s Make A Deal" was aired.

1984 - New York City resident Bernhard Goetz shot four black youths on a Manhattan subway. Goetz claimed they were about to rob him.

1989 - Romania's hard-line Communist ruler, Nicolae Ceausescu, was overthrown in a popular uprising.

1990 - Lech Walesa was sworn in as Poland's first popularly elected president.

1991 - The body of Lt. Col. William R. Higgins, an American hostage murdered by his captors, was found along a highway in Lebanon.

1996 - A car bomb exploded in Belfast, injuring a known IRA supporter. Police suspected that Protestant loyalists were responsible for the attack.

1998 - A unit of RJR Nabsico pled guilty to attempting to smuggle cigarettes into Canada.

2001 - Thirty Afghans, including two women, were sworn in as part of the new interim government in Afghanistan. Hamid Karzai was the head of the post-Taliban government.
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Bamikola Adjaryieso shared Ayo Akinfe's photo.
at Dec 22, 2014 10:30:50 AM
NIGERIAN REPUBLIC: - JUSTICE by another Name.
- "The Mindsetting wags Tails at The Brains-setting"; and the gods and demigods of the lands are not Amused .
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[1] Do you know that America has only been attacked twice in its history? The first time was on December 7, 1941 when the Japanese attacked pearl Harbour and the second on September 11 2001 when the World Trade Centre in New York was hit
[2] At Pearl Harbour, 2,403 Americans were killed, which spanned over 60 years
[3] During 9/11, 2,996 people were killed
[4] Altogether, 5,399 people were killed in both attacks
[5] This is about half of the 10,000 estimated to have died from Boko Haram attacks since they started their war in 2009
[6] In both cases, however, the Yanks hit back so hard, the enemy could not believe it. They took the fight right to the heart of Japan and Afghanistan with devastating force
[7] What I still cannot get my head round about the war with Bioko Haram is how some people, especially the generals, can consider material gain as more important that military glory. Surely when you sign up to join the military what you have in mind is medals, being decorated and going down in history as a man who won glorious battles
[8] We now know that our soldiers are not properly equipped despite the fact that a quarter of Nigeria's budget goes on security. It is thus no surprise that the rank and file soldiers of the Nigerian Army have refused to engage Boko Haram knowing they will be easily out-gunned
[9] As can be expected from our corrupt leaders, their response has been to array these men a military court-martials. In September, 12 soldiers were sentenced to death by firing squad for mutiny, while earlier this week, a further 54 soldiers were sentenced to death in Abuja: See more at: http://goo.gl/BjNalu
[10] Now, my question here is this: If Nigeria's problem was just a case of corrupt rulers, where is the public outrage at these sentences? Where are the marches, demonstrations, protests and the public solidarity with the soldiers? For me, the silence of the public makes them just as culpable as the generals

“The future will have no pity for those men who possessing the exceptional privilege of being able to speak words of the truth to the oppressors, have taken refuge in an attitude of passivity, of mute indifference and sometimes of cold complicity” - Frantz Fanon — with Vivian Ngozi and 42 others.
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Rohit Kumar
at Dec 22, 2014 10:29:50 AM
Know thy neighbor: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka together make South Asia. A region with shared culture and history, divided by borders in recent past. This event hopes to share stories to build a more peaceful neighborhood in South Asia. The entry is free. Check out the event page for event details. You can also connect with Chintan Girish Modi for other details.
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Masood Kiyani shared a link.
at Dec 22, 2014 10:28:15 AM
RUSSIA'S WAR IN AFGHANISTAN - 10 YEARS OF THE SOVIET AFGHAN WAR - Discovery/History/Military...
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Masood Kiyani commented at Dec 22, 2014 10:29:49 AM
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Arun Chawla shared VrahnBharat - Action Plan for the Indian Government's video: Message 4 Muslims from Mosab Yousef (Son of Hamas leader Hassan).
at Dec 22, 2014 10:24:25 AM
Message 4 Muslims from Mosab Yousef (Son of Hamas leader Hassan)
I, Mosab Hassan Yousef (son of Hamas co-founder & leader Hassan Yousef) knew Quran inside out & realised the TRUTH about ISLAM & Quit Islam. Then I even helped Israel in avoiding attacks. Its not a holy war ! No God will ask you to kill people, Rape women & children (as small as 6 years old) & force people to accept a particular religion.

If Allah indeed gave the knowledge of Quran to the Prophet then Allah must be a gangster ! Islam is the only Bi-Polar Religion. It is a Religion which changes its stand to suit the situation. Islam teaches you to lie in situations.

Please do not get carried away by my post or video. Make an informed choice. I may get killed soon but only my body will die. My ideas will remain with you to guide you.

Also watch noted scholar Robert Spencer reveal "The Brutal Truth About Islam" in the video presented to you.

Dear Muslim Brothers & Sisters – After watching the video, you may like leave Islam at once. Every Muslim on earth must watch it. Come out of ignorance and leave the shallow & hollow Satanic Islam. Leave hatred, improve your Karmas & Live happily with the rest of the world.


We know we are going to attract lot of HATE POSTs. But nothing is more beautiful than TRUTH ! You may also refer to our following old posts for more,

https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=718745441536788

Kashmiri Muslim & Islamic Scholar Late Sheikh Anwar, Why I Reverted to Hinduism ? Talks about Various Facets of Islam.

Every Muslim must watch it and so does anyone who wishes to embrace Islam. I suggest you embrace Hinduism - Sanatan Dharma, The Eternal Truth. You will inherently feel purified & complete !

Those who are scared of Islam should watch too ! They will understand why their fears are right.


https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=718669731544359

The Gory Truth about Muhammad the Prophet of Islam – Jay Smith (New York, USA) – Guest Post.

Jay Smith talks with Facts & Evidences to bring out the TRUTH so that you & your future generations may live & pursue their own Religion.

Best way to avoid trouble is to understand the reason why trouble happens. Massacre of Hindus in Pakistan, Bangladesh, Afghanistan and that of YAZIDIs in IRAQ is a wake up call to the whole world.

We suggest, each of our reader reads about Muhammad, Quran and understands why Islam is at war with all Religions in the World ?

If you are Peaceful Today, you may not enjoy this peace tomorrow. Islamic Terrorists are killing infants, kids, young & old in the most gruesome ways. Young girls as young as 8 years are forced to convert to Islam & have sex with JIHADIs. Old Women are being raped and you all think that the world is Peaceful.

Wake Up Secularist before it is too late ! In future your grand children may face the same fate as Hindus faced in recent times in Afghanistan, Pakistan & Bangladesh and YAZIDIs in IRAQ.

Act, before it is too late. Arise, Awake and Do not let History Repeat the Gory Past.


https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=718486864895979

The Truth Behind Uthman Quran, The Satanic Verses By Salman Rushdie & Al-Rassooli + Evidence that disproves the Quran's authenticity.

Read any Quran Verse by Verse & you will realise the TRUTH.
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Our work is based on the work of Islamic Scholars who have been honest enough to share the Truth about Islam. We don't tell lies or manipulate the content. All evidences are 100% honest & correct.
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Becky Sigars shared A Mighty Girl's photo.
at Dec 22, 2014 10:20:26 AM
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Kakenya Ntaiya, like many women in Kenya, was subjected to female genital cutting as a girl. For most girls, a marriage would soon follow, but Kakenya, then 14, had other plans: “I really liked going to school. I knew that once I went through the cutting, I was going to be married off. And my dream of becoming a teacher was going to end.” So Kakenya threatened her father with running away, but agreed to stay and submit to the ritual, often called female genital mutilation or FGM, if he let her finish high school.

Her father kept his word, and Kakenya excelled, earning a scholarship to a college in the US. Her Maasai village raised funds for her airfare, and in return she promised to come home to help her community. And, she did after earning her degree, working with the United Nations, and getting her doctorate in education. As Kakenya explains, “I came back so girls don't have to negotiate like I did to achieve their dreams."

In 2009, she opened the Kakenya Center for Excellence, a primary school that currently educates 150 Maasai girls. Originally a day school, students now live there to spare them miles of walking -- which includes the risk of sexual assault -- and the requirement of spending free time on chores instead of studying. “Now, they can focus on their studies -- and on being kids,” says Kakenya. “It's the only way you can give a girl child a chance to excel.”

Parents cover the cost of meals, but Kakenya covers any student who can’t pay. Parents also have to agree that girls will not be subjected to genital mutilation or child marriage, which is becoming easier as men start to see the benefits of their daughters staying in school. “They want to become doctors, pilots, lawyers,” Kakenya says. “Fathers are now saying, “My daughter could do better than my son.”

Even Chief John Naleke, a village elder, has gone from arguing against the needs for girls’ education in 2006 to supporting the school today: “We have several sons who have gone to the United States for school. Kakenya is the only one that I can think of that has come back to help us.... She brought a school and a light and is trying to change old customs to help girls get a new, better life.”

Kakenya admits that it is still difficult challenging male attitudes in her area, “[b]ut nothing good comes on a silver plate. You have to fight hard... When [the girls] start, they are so timid [but now] the confidence they have, it's just beyond words. It's the most beautiful thing.”

To learn more or to help support Kakenya's Dream - the Academy for Girls, visit their website at http://www.kakenyasdream.org/.

To watch an inspiring TED talk by Kekenya, visit http://bit.ly/ObaaLW

For over 450 true stories for children and teens about women trailblazers around the world, visit A Mighty Girl’s “Role Models" biography section at http://www.amightygirl.com/books/history-biography/biography

For two books for young readers about girls and the power of education, we recommend "A Girl Called Problem" for ages 9 to 14 (http://www.amightygirl.com/a-girl-called-problem) and "Nasreen's Secret School: A True Story from Afghanistan" for ages 6 and up (http://www.amightygirl.com/nasreens-secret-school).

For more books to help children understand the struggle for girls' access to education in many parts of the world, check out our blog post "Mighty Girl Books on Children's Fight for Education" at http://www.amightygirl.com/blog/?p=4057

For a highly recommended book for older teens and adults that discusses how girls and women are fighting back against oppression and transforming their communities, check out: "Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide" at http://www.amightygirl.com/half-the-sky

And, for two films that explore the transformative potential and power of girls and women in developing countries - both for ages 13 and up: the documentary based on the “Half the Sky" book (http://www.amightygirl.com/half-the-sky-documentary) and “Girl Rising” (http://www.amightygirl.com/girl-rising).
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Ronnal Malcolm Scammahorn shared a link.
at Dec 22, 2014 10:19:17 AM
Make Wars History - IT IS A CRIME TO PAY TAX
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Do you have lots of spare time on your hands? Then why not have a look at the links section to see find the vast amount of information that is available.
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Omar Jalal shared a status update.
at Dec 22, 2014 10:18:36 AM
Omar Jalal
As religion were developing a new paradigm also developed which depends on analysis observation rather than believe and faith and that paradigm was science.both religion and science had same intrinsic utility.both to curb human angst and suffering.to ease life of hamans .the scientific inventions like vaccines and medicines and guns and bombs can be used both ways a potassium injection can kill and potassium as electrolyte can safe lives. Bombs can be used to kill and fusion and fission reaction to produce electricity.the same is with religions when genes want to propagate their similar genes it leads to altruistic behaviour by humans and when resources are at shortage the use various scapegoat for bloodshed like religions. So neither science nor religion can be blamed.so latest version of religion Islam can't to be blamed. Now comes to this century evil the terrorism.so terrorism is not any way related to any religion rather its byproduct of human modern endeavour related to industrialization globalization urbanization and the biggest dichotomy of resources distribution between elites and the labourers. The world most of resources are concentrated around elites and only tiny parts are distributed for poor people.so deprivement of resources put labourers gene on fight or flight mode. So they wear the veils of religion and start fighting.although elites can't be finished they are as important as labourers are.now there are many subcategories of labourers .from urban people who paid taxes mortgages medical insurance children education and revolve around that its various shades of middle class.they are drenched into wheel of urbanization .so this class utilized their sexual and aggressive instincts in the form of sublimation.so further down the ladder are people who strive for clean water and food shortage there genes are always are on flight and flight mode( people living in tribal peripheral area) throughout word.now the highest elite the Americans and westerns who constitute a minor percentage of most well fed genes were as comfortable and relaxed before word trade centre tragedy. This incident put these highest elites genes also on flight and fight mode and in this fit of power they bombarded Afghanistan thousands of children people died .the same policy spreaded to Iraq Syria Libya which rather calming down the survival instincts of labourers genes further fueled and lead to enhance diachotmy and global disorganization which leaded to global terrorism. So history of mankind clearly dictates bloodshed leads to further bloodshed n vicious cycle goes on.so its right time for elites to distribute resources to all humans today living on earth so that our selfish genes don't turn on fight mode and stop using these scapegoats of ethnicity race religion language(supermoon)
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Omar Jalal shared a status update.
at Dec 22, 2014 10:18:16 AM
Omar Jalal
As religion were developing a new paradigm also developed which depends on analysis observation rather than believe and faith and that paradigm was science.both religion and science had same intrinsic utility.both to curb human angst and suffering.to ease life of hamans .the scientific inventions like vaccines and medicines and guns and bombs can be used both ways a potassium injection can kill and potassium as electrolyte can safe lives. Bombs can be used to kill and fusion and fission reaction to produce electricity.the same is with religions when genes want to propagate their similar genes it leads to altruistic behaviour by humans and when resources are at shortage the use various scapegoat for bloodshed like religions. So neither science nor religion can be blamed.so latest version of religion Islam can't to be blamed. Now comes to this century evil the terrorism.so terrorism is not any way related to any religion rather its byproduct of human modern endeavour related to industrialization globalization urbanization and the biggest dichotomy of resources distribution between elites and the labourers. The world most of resources are concentrated around elites and only tiny parts are distributed for poor people.so deprivement of resources put labourers gene on fight or flight mode. So they wear the veils of religion and start fighting.although elites can't be finished they are as important as labourers are.now there are many subcategories of labourers .from urban people who paid taxes mortgages medical insurance children education and revolve around that its various shades of middle class.they are drenched into wheel of urbanization .so this class utilized their sexual and aggressive instincts in the form of sublimation.so further down the ladder are people who strive for clean water and food shortage there genes are always are on flight and flight mode( people living in tribal peripheral area) throughout word.now the highest elite the Americans and westerns who constitute a minor percentage of most well fed genes were as comfortable and relaxed before word trade centre tragedy. This incident put these highest elites genes also on flight and fight mode and in this fit of power they bombarded Afghanistan thousands of children people died .the same policy spreaded to Iraq Syria Libya which rather calming down the survival instincts of labourers genes further fueled and lead to enhance diachotmy and global disorganization which leaded to global terrorism. So history of mankind clearly dictates bloodshed leads to further bloodshed n vicious cycle goes on.so its right time for elites to distribute resources to all humans today living on earth so that our selfish genes don't turn on fight mode and stop using these scapegoats of ethnicity race religion language(supermoon)
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Deekho Fauji
at Dec 22, 2014 10:17:52 AM
On Wednesday the 17th of December, the leadership mantle of this country quietly slipped into the hands of the Chief of the Army Staff General Raheel Sharif.
No one made an announcement. No one even whispered it or dared a suggestion. But everyone felt — yes acutely felt — the informal and perhaps, unwilling transfer of real power from Mian Mohammad Nawaz Sharif to General Raheel Sharif.
It happened because just when this nation needed true leadership, the mandated leader fell short. He just was unable to grasp the moment. Yes, it happened as the prime minister sat in the Governor’s House in Peshawar surrounded by a galaxy of politicians, and began to unveil his reaction to the worst-ever act of terror in our nation’s history. His answer to the terrorists:
A committee.
A wounded nation on the edge of rage heard with sheer horror and disbelief as the mandated leader encapsulated the collective wisdom of the political parties in a committee that would take a week to decide what the plan of action should be. And then to ensure that no wound was deprived of any salt, Mr Sharif talked politics and joked with Imran Khan sitting next to him.
At that moment, it was all over. The shocked nation snatched perceived power from the mandated Sharif and gifted it to the commanding Sharif. The contrast could not have been more glaring: while Mr Sharif was cracking jokes in Peshawar, General Sharif was sitting in Kabul to plan for the annihilation of TTP bases in Afghanistan.
Something was painfully wrong. They came and butchered our children, and we did… what? This? A Juma bazar of assorted politicos boasting more about setting their differences aside instead of giving a clarion call to crush terrorists once and for all. This wasn’t misjudgement, or expediency, or even bad symbolism.
It was betrayal.
These politicians could not have chosen a worst time for their betrayal. Have you ever seen this nation so wounded? So traumatised? So emotionally cut up? And so furious?
This anger and rage is directed at the savages who inflicted this inhuman savagery of our children. But this anger is also shooting up like dragon fire against the hypocrisy of State and all governments. This loathing is pouring like acid rain on all those men (and women) who have nourished these monsters, and legitimised their murderous acts through sickening justifications. We Pakistanis have lived through decades of State villainy and outright criminality disguised as policy. We have watched this country brutally ravaged by small men for personal agendas, misplaced priorities and unrealistic designs. The State, and every government infested with every political party has done this because they have always considered we — the Pakistanis — as nothing more than fluffy, bleating sheep.
Well, no more. This sickness cannot endure. This shameful hypocrisy cannot last — must not last. This unaccountable mode of governance and unquestioned exercise of power cannot and must not sustain. For God’s sake, they slaughtered our children. Is that still not enough reason to stop this rot and cleanse this system of filth and cowardice?
Now is the time for action. Sharif the civilian is supposed to lead through decisiveness and boldness. He is not. Sharif the fauji is. And he’s connecting with the people. Yes, the people who have cried tears of blood. They have been pushed too far. Something has cracked. A line has been crossed. Now the people will digest lies and cowardice no more. Unimaginable grief can produce unbridled fury and unmatched courage. The brave citizens of this land have marched on to the Lal Masjid to take on the vile person who spews poison while growing fat on taxpayers’ salary. They are doing what no government dare do.
The Moment makes a Man, and Sharif the civilian had his moment. Instead of sitting in that colonial mansion surrounded by faces that exude failure and despondency, he could have addressed the nation from the gate of the Army Public School, and said:
“My dear Pakistanis: I stand before you the leader of a nation that today will display a resolve never seen before. Here behind me, in this school, we lost more than our beautiful children — we also lost our doubts, our ambiguity, and our wrong priorities. Yesterday these most vile terrorists inflicted on us a pain that will never go away. Now, here I promise to you that we will inflict on them a pain they will never ever forget. Today we are one nation, grieving together for an unimaginable loss. But together we shall rise from this grief with a determination never seen before. We will do whatever it takes, and however long it takes, to crush terrorism forever from this beautiful land of ours. We will not falter; we will not waver; and we will not fail. This is my promise to you, and this is my promise to those who did this to us. We shall never forget; and we shall never forgive.”
Instead, Sharif the civilian made a committee.
Which is why a devastated and furious populace is looking towards the man who can channelise its feelings into action. General Raheel has moved with lightning speed. We don’t know what he told the Afghans and Americans in Kabul, but we can conjecture: hand us over Fazlullah and his band of murderous thugs, or we will do the job ourselves.
Back at home he is said to have been instrumental in “convincing” the government to end the moratorium on capital punishment. Lo and behold, within a few days two terrorists have dangled from a short rope, and the others shall soon follow them. There is also talk of swift legislation to amend laws to fight terror. This sudden urgency, it is said, is a product of some more “convincing”.
All eyes — and perhaps hopes too — are pinned on Sharif the fauji. This is not how it should have been, but it is. While Sharif the civilian and his politicians smile for the cameras and play the committee game, Sharif the fauji is driving the national agenda by leading the war against the barbarians.
The outcome of this war will define the future of our land for generations to come. But this moment; this decisive turn; and this betrayal by the custodians of democracy will echo loudly as a reminder to all that when a nation roars, leaders better listen.
Published in The Expr ess Tribune, December 21st, 2014.
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Dawud Adebayo Agboola shared Akinola Dhikrullah Debo Oranmiyan II's photo.
at Dec 22, 2014 10:16:17 AM
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Why I drink garri with stew —Ajimobi

By Festus Adedayo

The morning of December 16, 2014 met him presiding over a meeting on state matters; 12 midnight, that is. He had earlier sat for about 12 hours meeting strategic stakeholders on the development of Oyo State and at about 10.00pm, demanded that the deliberations moved to his residence. The brows of the ‘meetingneers’ had gone drowsy and their feet heavy but, literally on a food fast and his voice ringing like a member of a Christmas orchestra, all that passed Abiola Ajimobi’s lips were cups of coffee and pieces of Tom Tom.

Many of his aides in the last three and a half years of his governorship of Oyo marvel at the Trojan strength and capacity of their seemingly super-human principal. On this particular day, the day he clocked 65, the meeting ended at exactly 5.03am.

At 10.20 a.m., he was at the Government House chapel to thank God for sparing his life to witness the day, fit as a fiddle. At 4.14 p.m., as the crowd was being entertained at a reception organised for him, all Ajimobi demanded was his favourite meal of gari which he drank, in company with mere stew. Amid wondering stares by those who hadn’t seen him in such Spartan dietary consumption, he joked that such sparse approach to food was probably responsible for his austere size!

“Maybe my not eating as I should is what gave me this small stature,” he said while maintaining that drinking gari with stew is a delicacy that gives him pleasure.

That Abiola Ajimobi is a man of history is certainly for historians of tomorrow to tell. Like Feyeureband and his against method philosophy, Ajimobi’s governance of Oyo State in the last three and a half years has been against the method prevalent among past runners of the state. Pained by the profiling the state acquired in the hands of all but one (Lam Adesina’s) of the governments that ran the state since the inception of the Fourth Republic as a state of bloodletting and gangsterism, Ajimobi’s peculiar governmental narrative had been to distance himself from thugs, thuggery, while displaying zero tolerance for violence. Before him, the only fitting synonym for Oyo state was Syria, Palestine or Afghanistan where life was nasty, brutish and short.

Anyone who didn’t live in Oyo State pre-May 2011 may see the prevailing peace in the state as intangible. But for those who know the quantum of blood and the number of citizens that the state lost to the era before May 29, 2011, anyone capable of bringing back the elusive peace of the state could only be a superman. And for Ajimobi, peace was not rocket science. He only needed to lead by example as a man of peace, which he has been doing.

Another Ajimobi’s against method governance style was to retrieve the state from its beggarly disposition which detracted from its integrity. Before him, unknowingly, the state lost its pride as one where the leadership frittered money on the streets like the notorious, Robin Hood. No one bothered where the leadership got this illicit money neither did they care that it could have been money meant for their development. When Ajimobi came, he redefined the concept, stating that an Oyo person was too proud to be doled alms, no matter its size, choosing instead to give the people “stomach infrastructure” from the sweats of their brows.

Ajimobi also inherited an inherently dirty state from his immediate predecessors. Indeed, a dirt ranking among the 36 states ranked Oyo second dirtiest in Nigeria. This was his greatest headache. How could he give the people of the state omelet and not break eggs? How does he remove the entrenched culture of dirt, street trading, environmental impunity of several decades without being name-called by the opposition? Not bothered by the generations of debris that mounted on the road and the profiling of the people as dirty and apparently afraid to take hard leadership decisions, governments before him walked past and allowed maggots swim round the soup plate of the state. So Ajimobi elected to hold the bull by the horns, for the tomorrow of the people. What egged him on was the age-long Yoruba aphorism that the process of circumcision is attended by pain and agony but the circumcised young man who was before now a victim soon flaunts the subject of the exercise about town.

So Ajimobi began a weekly environmental sanitation policy that was coupled with daily lifting of dirt from the streets. Huge money was pumped into getting rid of dirt on the streets. Every night, Ajimobi’s dirt collectors rarely sleep and are on the roads to shovel the mountains of debris off the streets. Before long, Ibadan began to wear a new look and commendations trickled in, with people wondering how a man could overnight turn a dirty town into a wondrous metropole. With the Federal Government starving states of funds now and Oyo having challenges of meeting its social obligations, the task of keeping dirt off the streets is becoming more Herculean but Ajimobi is unrelenting.

Ajimobi articulated a comprehensive urban renewal programme that involves environmental sanitation, road network and ability to sell the state to investors. Perhaps due to their depth, exposure and understanding of governance, persons before Ajimobi were too limited in knowledge to understand this complex network. He began a systematic process of constructing roads that link and have deep meaning. For instance, a naïve person who sees the transformation of the Toll Gate area of Ibadan into a gaping aesthetic wonder and sees a dualisation springing parri passu from the entrance of the state capital, which forks down to Ring Road, branches by Aleshinloye, goes to Agbarigo Road, down to Magazine Road, off to Eleyele, may think it was fortuitous. Deeper reflection would reveal that it is a product of scientific planning and painstaking design. It is this naivety that makes previous governments to compare themselves with Ajimobi’s.

Some even say, ‘Ajimobi constructed roads, we did same!’ failing to appreciate the mental rigour that went into the Ajimobi model of road construction. It was this same rigour that went into the quality of his roads. When they now say they constructed roads during their times in office, they leave selves open to banters from a sophisticated society. Give it to them: None of the previous governments ever had the aesthetic appreciation of the Ajimobi government and his vision of development. This is glaring in the area of city development.

Selling wares on roads was outlawed, as is done in every society with an eye on development. Even though he removed shanties built on flood planes and removed kiosks built right on the roads, he made alternative provisions that are firsts in the history of the state. For instance, he constructed the South Camp market and gave it to traders free of charge, as well as giving the traders loans to work with. This is novel and unprecedented. The Ladoja administration also drove traders from selling on the roadsides but was never cited in history as ever building a single stall for anyone. Alao-Akala never even saw that as part of development.

Ibadan and environs had lacked quality potable water for about 17 years now. The ones being supplied were lesser than the optimum. The Asejire water project refurbished by the Ajimobi government has ensured that water taps kicked out water again. The challenge to the government is now replacing rusty pipes that are generations old.

The environment of the workers was Ajimobi’s first port of call. His view was that you only have self worth if your workplace is pleasing to you. He has turned the secretariat into a wonder to behold, paid 13th month salary for three consecutive years, gave salary/remuneration increase to workers as the state is no longer the least-paying state and paid N2.2 billion as arrears of 142 per cent pension increase. He also exposed over 34,000 civil servants to training programmes, gives public servants car, housing loans and is promoting workers as at when due.

He has increased pensions for Heads of Service and Permanent Secretaries from as low as N4000 per month to N258,000. These are aside the free transportation to and fro office for workers and his promotion of over 1500 teachers. I had forgotten. This is not an avenue to shower praises on Ajimobi. I have come to salute a man of peace, not to praise him. The man of history, that is.

Adedayo is Special Adviser on Media to the Oyo State governor. — with Adabanija Qomarudeen Idowu and 47 others.
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Manasi Bapat shared VrahnBharat - Action Plan for the Indian Government's video: Message 4 Muslims from Mosab Yousef (Son of Hamas leader Hassan).
at Dec 22, 2014 10:15:02 AM
Message 4 Muslims from Mosab Yousef (Son of Hamas leader Hassan)
I, Mosab Hassan Yousef (son of Hamas co-founder & leader Hassan Yousef) knew Quran inside out & realised the TRUTH about ISLAM & Quit Islam. Then I even helped Israel in avoiding attacks. Its not a holy war ! No God will ask you to kill people, Rape women & children (as small as 6 years old) & force people to accept a particular religion.

If Allah indeed gave the knowledge of Quran to the Prophet then Allah must be a gangster ! Islam is the only Bi-Polar Religion. It is a Religion which changes its stand to suit the situation. Islam teaches you to lie in situations.

Please do not get carried away by my post or video. Make an informed choice. I may get killed soon but only my body will die. My ideas will remain with you to guide you.

Also watch noted scholar Robert Spencer reveal "The Brutal Truth About Islam" in the video presented to you.

Dear Muslim Brothers & Sisters – After watching the video, you may like leave Islam at once. Every Muslim on earth must watch it. Come out of ignorance and leave the shallow & hollow Satanic Islam. Leave hatred, improve your Karmas & Live happily with the rest of the world.


We know we are going to attract lot of HATE POSTs. But nothing is more beautiful than TRUTH ! You may also refer to our following old posts for more,

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Kashmiri Muslim & Islamic Scholar Late Sheikh Anwar, Why I Reverted to Hinduism ? Talks about Various Facets of Islam.

Every Muslim must watch it and so does anyone who wishes to embrace Islam. I suggest you embrace Hinduism - Sanatan Dharma, The Eternal Truth. You will inherently feel purified & complete !

Those who are scared of Islam should watch too ! They will understand why their fears are right.


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The Gory Truth about Muhammad the Prophet of Islam – Jay Smith (New York, USA) – Guest Post.

Jay Smith talks with Facts & Evidences to bring out the TRUTH so that you & your future generations may live & pursue their own Religion.

Best way to avoid trouble is to understand the reason why trouble happens. Massacre of Hindus in Pakistan, Bangladesh, Afghanistan and that of YAZIDIs in IRAQ is a wake up call to the whole world.

We suggest, each of our reader reads about Muhammad, Quran and understands why Islam is at war with all Religions in the World ?

If you are Peaceful Today, you may not enjoy this peace tomorrow. Islamic Terrorists are killing infants, kids, young & old in the most gruesome ways. Young girls as young as 8 years are forced to convert to Islam & have sex with JIHADIs. Old Women are being raped and you all think that the world is Peaceful.

Wake Up Secularist before it is too late ! In future your grand children may face the same fate as Hindus faced in recent times in Afghanistan, Pakistan & Bangladesh and YAZIDIs in IRAQ.

Act, before it is too late. Arise, Awake and Do not let History Repeat the Gory Past.


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Daniel Langhans shared A Mighty Girl's photo.
at Dec 22, 2014 10:12:08 AM
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Kakenya Ntaiya, like many women in Kenya, was subjected to female genital cutting as a girl. For most girls, a marriage would soon follow, but Kakenya, then 14, had other plans: “I really liked going to school. I knew that once I went through the cutting, I was going to be married off. And my dream of becoming a teacher was going to end.” So Kakenya threatened her father with running away, but agreed to stay and submit to the ritual, often called female genital mutilation or FGM, if he let her finish high school.

Her father kept his word, and Kakenya excelled, earning a scholarship to a college in the US. Her Maasai village raised funds for her airfare, and in return she promised to come home to help her community. And, she did after earning her degree, working with the United Nations, and getting her doctorate in education. As Kakenya explains, “I came back so girls don't have to negotiate like I did to achieve their dreams."

In 2009, she opened the Kakenya Center for Excellence, a primary school that currently educates 150 Maasai girls. Originally a day school, students now live there to spare them miles of walking -- which includes the risk of sexual assault -- and the requirement of spending free time on chores instead of studying. “Now, they can focus on their studies -- and on being kids,” says Kakenya. “It's the only way you can give a girl child a chance to excel.”

Parents cover the cost of meals, but Kakenya covers any student who can’t pay. Parents also have to agree that girls will not be subjected to genital mutilation or child marriage, which is becoming easier as men start to see the benefits of their daughters staying in school. “They want to become doctors, pilots, lawyers,” Kakenya says. “Fathers are now saying, “My daughter could do better than my son.”

Even Chief John Naleke, a village elder, has gone from arguing against the needs for girls’ education in 2006 to supporting the school today: “We have several sons who have gone to the United States for school. Kakenya is the only one that I can think of that has come back to help us.... She brought a school and a light and is trying to change old customs to help girls get a new, better life.”

Kakenya admits that it is still difficult challenging male attitudes in her area, “[b]ut nothing good comes on a silver plate. You have to fight hard... When [the girls] start, they are so timid [but now] the confidence they have, it's just beyond words. It's the most beautiful thing.”

To learn more or to help support Kakenya's Dream - the Academy for Girls, visit their website at http://www.kakenyasdream.org/.

To watch an inspiring TED talk by Kekenya, visit http://bit.ly/ObaaLW

For over 450 true stories for children and teens about women trailblazers around the world, visit A Mighty Girl’s “Role Models" biography section at http://www.amightygirl.com/books/history-biography/biography

For two books for young readers about girls and the power of education, we recommend "A Girl Called Problem" for ages 9 to 14 (http://www.amightygirl.com/a-girl-called-problem) and "Nasreen's Secret School: A True Story from Afghanistan" for ages 6 and up (http://www.amightygirl.com/nasreens-secret-school).

For more books to help children understand the struggle for girls' access to education in many parts of the world, check out our blog post "Mighty Girl Books on Children's Fight for Education" at http://www.amightygirl.com/blog/?p=4057

For a highly recommended book for older teens and adults that discusses how girls and women are fighting back against oppression and transforming their communities, check out: "Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide" at http://www.amightygirl.com/half-the-sky

And, for two films that explore the transformative potential and power of girls and women in developing countries - both for ages 13 and up: the documentary based on the “Half the Sky" book (http://www.amightygirl.com/half-the-sky-documentary) and “Girl Rising” (http://www.amightygirl.com/girl-rising).
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Kakenya Ntaiya, like many women in Kenya, was subjected to female genital cutting as a girl. For most girls, a marriage would soon follow, but Kakenya, then 14, had other plans: “I really liked going to school. I knew that once I went through the cutting, I was going to be married off. And my dream of becoming a teacher was going to end.” So Kakenya threatened her father with running away, but agreed to stay and submit to the ritual, often called female genital mutilation or FGM, if he let her finish high school.

Her father kept his word, and Kakenya excelled, earning a scholarship to a college in the US. Her Maasai village raised funds for her airfare, and in return she promised to come home to help her community. And, she did after earning her degree, working with the United Nations, and getting her doctorate in education. As Kakenya explains, “I came back so girls don't have to negotiate like I did to achieve their dreams."

In 2009, she opened the Kakenya Center for Excellence, a primary school that currently educates 150 Maasai girls. Originally a day school, students now live there to spare them miles of walking -- which includes the risk of sexual assault -- and the requirement of spending free time on chores instead of studying. “Now, they can focus on their studies -- and on being kids,” says Kakenya. “It's the only way you can give a girl child a chance to excel.”

Parents cover the cost of meals, but Kakenya covers any student who can’t pay. Parents also have to agree that girls will not be subjected to genital mutilation or child marriage, which is becoming easier as men start to see the benefits of their daughters staying in school. “They want to become doctors, pilots, lawyers,” Kakenya says. “Fathers are now saying, “My daughter could do better than my son.”

Even Chief John Naleke, a village elder, has gone from arguing against the needs for girls’ education in 2006 to supporting the school today: “We have several sons who have gone to the United States for school. Kakenya is the only one that I can think of that has come back to help us.... She brought a school and a light and is trying to change old customs to help girls get a new, better life.”

Kakenya admits that it is still difficult challenging male attitudes in her area, “[b]ut nothing good comes on a silver plate. You have to fight hard... When [the girls] start, they are so timid [but now] the confidence they have, it's just beyond words. It's the most beautiful thing.”

To learn more or to help support Kakenya's Dream - the Academy for Girls, visit their website at http://www.kakenyasdream.org/.

To watch an inspiring TED talk by Kekenya, visit http://bit.ly/ObaaLW

For over 450 true stories for children and teens about women trailblazers around the world, visit A Mighty Girl’s “Role Models" biography section at http://www.amightygirl.com/books/history-biography/biography

For two books for young readers about girls and the power of education, we recommend "A Girl Called Problem" for ages 9 to 14 (http://www.amightygirl.com/a-girl-called-problem) and "Nasreen's Secret School: A True Story from Afghanistan" for ages 6 and up (http://www.amightygirl.com/nasreens-secret-school).

For more books to help children understand the struggle for girls' access to education in many parts of the world, check out our blog post "Mighty Girl Books on Children's Fight for Education" at http://www.amightygirl.com/blog/?p=4057

For a highly recommended book for older teens and adults that discusses how girls and women are fighting back against oppression and transforming their communities, check out: "Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide" at http://www.amightygirl.com/half-the-sky

And, for two films that explore the transformative potential and power of girls and women in developing countries - both for ages 13 and up: the documentary based on the “Half the Sky" book (http://www.amightygirl.com/half-the-sky-documentary) and “Girl Rising” (http://www.amightygirl.com/girl-rising).
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Adnan Shahzad shared Beloved ''Zaid Hamid'''s status update.
at Dec 22, 2014 10:09:00 AM
Beloved ''Zaid Hamid''
Now the Khawarij will be hunted in streets, ambushed in tribal areas, hanged in jails and killed without mercy ! The day of reckoning arrives. TTP are now splits into many groups. Fazlullah group planned the slaughter of our children but now all groups will hang & pay for their crime. Other groups will blame Fazlullah for bringing this wrath of hell upon them. We expect infighting within them also. Total panic in Khawarij!
History has been created today! One should never underestimate the resolve, courage & dignity of Pakistani nation & armed forces. Yes, we Pakistanis are in rage & we will brutally crush these enemies now. Now we will NOT be hostage to the blunders of history & terrorists.
Pakistani nation is proud to have General Raheel & General Rizwan as our top commanders at this most watershed moment of our history! Nation is truly disappointed of the entire political leadership, which collapsed on all fours. By God, it is the army which is defending us!
There were idiots who would say that Pak army will never force the govt to hang the terrorists or form military courts. All must apologize! Though I am happy that now we are eliminating the Khawarij there is an excruciating pain in the heart that why we wasted 7 years to do this?
For the last 7 years, Pak army was fighting this most difficult war without the support of the government, judiciary & media & we suffered!
Since 2007, there is democracy in the country & army has abstained from politics but the democrats proved to be bloody rascal idiots only.
Army is doing a very smart move -- forcing the fearful political govt to take responsibility for the actions needed to crush this insurgency. Nawaz Sharif & the govt thought that they can live in peace without the dharnas but now a real serious life threatening fear engulfs them :)
Now I want to rub into my critics also :) They mocked my strategies & policies & tried to belittle me but today, I stand vindicated!
For the last 7 years, I was the only analyst aggressively pushing for hanging the terrorists, military courts & hot pursuits of TTP into Afghanistan.
The war is not over yet. In fact, it has just entered into a higher gear today. Coming days will be bloody & brutal but now no turning back!
TTP always wanted Sharia law in the country. Today, when two of their dogs have been hanged under Qisas, I am sure TTP would be happy :)
I will request the army to execute the Khawarij terrorists through firing squad or beheading or Crucifixion. Hanging is too merciful!
In China, they do it through a head shot. In Saudi Arabia, a sword does it. In Iran, they hang. But these animals deserve a painful death.
The two cut throat "dreaded terrorists" started to shiver, tremble & beg for apology & mercy from the "Kafirs" they so wanted to kill once :)
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10 questions Pakistan Army fans can’t answer?
Pakistan has lost 70,000 of its people to terrorism. The figure of policemen and jawans killed stands somewhere between ten and twenty thousands. Earlier this week, Taliban launched the deadliest of all attacks of Pakistan’s history which (to last counts) has killed 162 including 140+ children in APS&C Peshawar. There is no national consensus still and Pakistan Army and its cronies continue to confuse masses with their usual conspiracy theories and blaming neighboring India and Afghanistan while running away from any responsibility by trying to prove terrorists were not Muslim and came from some unknown place. The fact remains that the terrorism in Pakistan is an outcome of policy of strategic depth of Pakistan Army which is enabled by the Jihadi narrative popularised in Pakistan by Deobandi madressah network, on behest and funding of Pakistan Army. The chicken have now come home to roost but Pakistan Army continues its policy of good and bad Taliban and is not willing to reverse its narrative and take on extremism. What is more tragic is the unflinching support that Pakistan Army enjoys, specially in urban centers by young educated lot who find it unpatriotic and traitorous to question Pakistan Army. So, here are my ten questions to Pakistan Army fan boys and girls….,
5. How ISIS/Taliban head at stone’s throw away from ISIS HQ is safe and untouched?

Maulana Abdul Aziz of Lal Masjid has declared allegiance to ISIS and Taliban sitting just opposite ISI HQ

Maulana Abdul Aziz, current head of the notorius Lal Masjid and Jamia Hafsa has declared allegiance to ISIS and has on live TV said that his madressah students support ISIS and Taliban and has welcomed ISIS in Pakistan. From his madressah, the students run the world’s most dangerous online forum named Jamia Hafsa Urdu forum where videos of madressah students (working with Taliban and other outfits) butchering people are shared, as well as Jihadi propaganda is circulated. The cleric is regularly given airtime on live TV and has been untouched so far. Ironically, his madressah is at stone’s throw away from the premier intelligence agency ISI’s headquarter in the capital city. What stops ISI and Pakistan Army from taking action in the capital?

6. Who gives free hand to terrorists in cantonment called Quetta?
Quetta city in Baluchistan province is perhaps Pakistan’s biggest cantonment – the city is practically run by and under the control of Pakistan Army and FC for decades. Nothing moves in the city without the Armed forces knowing it. It is, in these circumstances, surprising to believe that terrorist outfits like Lashkar-e-Jhangvi can operate with impunity and mass murder Hazara Shias as and when they like and still remain untouched, while the Baloch rebels can not even run a Baloch newspaper. ASWJ, the terrorist sister outfit of LeJ was helped by Pakistan Army to establish a stronghold in Baluchistan and now Ramzan Mengal is one of the most feared terrorists in the region. Maulana Fazlur Rehman Deobandi’s jalsa was bombed by Mengal for the reason that he refused to invite him to the jalsa on instrucuctions of security forces. Army fan boys can let us know how these terrorists operate with impunity in biggest cantonment of Pakistan??
7. Do you get the value for 700 billion expenditure of Armed forces?

Pakistan Armed forces received 700 billion in last budget

Pakistan Armed forces received 700 billion rupees in the last budget – that’s almost 10 times Health and education combined. Pakistan Army also received 1800 billion rupees from 2002 to 2010 from coalition fund. The security institutions have also received further funding from international bodies/funders as well as from Pakistani Government in the name of fighting terror. Can the fans of Pakistan Army economically justify this massive expenditure considering the outcome? As citizens, Pakistanis have paid 10 times over their health and education and what have they received in return except bloodshed, death and destruction?

8. Which other Army runs an economic business empire?

Pakistan Army runs a business empire like no other Army

Pakistan Army is perhaps unique in the sense that it runs an economic business empire like no other Army in the world. It deals in all sort of businesses across the country, and perhaps that explains why they are so inefficient at the job we pay them to do – protect and defend us. An incomplete list of Pakistan Army business can be seen here but fan boys and girls kindly tell us which Army makes corn flakes, cement, ghee, shoes, oil guard and operates in over a dozen business like insurance, banks, real estate, CNG and fuel? — with Ali Ladda and 13 others.
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at Dec 22, 2014 10:08:16 AM
To many, Afghanistan was Fort Bragg's war
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Both the 82nd Airborne Division and 18th Airborne Corps have been repeatedly deployed in support of the war, while other Fort Bragg units, such as the 1st Theater Sustainment Command, have carried more than their share of the mission.
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Furqan Mahmud shared Deemi Zafar's status update.
at Dec 22, 2014 10:01:03 AM
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Courtesy Iftikhar Haider. Published in The Express Tribune, December 21st, 2014.

On Wednesday the 17th of December, the leadership mantle of this country quietly slipped into the hands of the Chief of the Army Staff General Raheel Sharif.
No one made an announcement. No one even whispered it or dared a suggestion. But everyone felt — yes acutely felt — the informal and perhaps, unwilling transfer of real power from Mian Mohammad Nawaz Sharif to General Raheel Sharif.
It happened because just when this nation needed true leadership, the mandated leader fell short. He just was unable to grasp the moment. Yes, it happened as the prime minister sat in the Governor’s House in Peshawar surrounded by a galaxy of politicians, and began to unveil his reaction to the worst-ever act of terror in our nation’s history. His answer to the terrorists:
A committee.
A wounded nation on the edge of rage heard with sheer horror and disbelief as the mandated leader encapsulated the collective wisdom of the political parties in a committee that would take a week to decide what the plan of action should be. And then to ensure that no wound was deprived of any salt, Mr Sharif talked politics and joked with Imran Khan sitting next to him.
At that moment, it was all over. The shocked nation snatched perceived power from the mandated Sharif and gifted it to the commanding Sharif. The contrast could not have been more glaring: while Mr Sharif was cracking jokes in Peshawar, General Sharif was sitting in Kabul to plan for the annihilation of TTP bases in Afghanistan.
Something was painfully wrong. They came and butchered our children, and we did… what? This? A Juma bazar of assorted politicos boasting more about setting their differences aside instead of giving a clarion call to crush terrorists once and for all. This wasn’t misjudgement, or expediency, or even bad symbolism.
It was betrayal.
These politicians could not have chosen a worst time for their betrayal. Have you ever seen this nation so wounded? So traumatised? So emotionally cut up? And so furious?
This anger and rage is directed at the savages who inflicted this inhuman savagery of our children. But this anger is also shooting up like dragon fire against the hypocrisy of State and all governments. This loathing is pouring like acid rain on all those men (and women) who have nourished these monsters, and legitimised their murderous acts through sickening justifications. We Pakistanis have lived through decades of State villainy and outright criminality disguised as policy. We have watched this country brutally ravaged by small men for personal agendas, misplaced priorities and unrealistic designs. The State, and every government infested with every political party has done this because they have always considered we — the Pakistanis — as nothing more than fluffy, bleating sheep.
Well, no more. This sickness cannot endure. This shameful hypocrisy cannot last — must not last. This unaccountable mode of governance and unquestioned exercise of power cannot and must not sustain. For God’s sake, they slaughtered our children. Is that still not enough reason to stop this rot and cleanse this system of filth and cowardice?
Now is the time for action. Sharif the civilian is supposed to lead through decisiveness and boldness. He is not. Sharif the fauji is. And he’s connecting with the people. Yes, the people who have cried tears of blood. They have been pushed too far. Something has cracked. A line has been crossed. Now the people will digest lies and cowardice no more. Unimaginable grief can produce unbridled fury and unmatched courage. The brave citizens of this land have marched on to the Lal Masjid to take on the vile person who spews poison while growing fat on taxpayers’ salary. They are doing what no government dare do.
The Moment makes a Man, and Sharif the civilian had his moment. Instead of sitting in that colonial mansion surrounded by faces that exude failure and despondency, he could have addressed the nation from the gate of the Army Public School, and said:
“My dear Pakistanis: I stand before you the leader of a nation that today will display a resolve never seen before. Here behind me, in this school, we lost more than our beautiful children — we also lost our doubts, our ambiguity, and our wrong priorities. Yesterday these most vile terrorists inflicted on us a pain that will never go away. Now, here I promise to you that we will inflict on them a pain they will never ever forget. Today we are one nation, grieving together for an unimaginable loss. But together we shall rise from this grief with a determination never seen before. We will do whatever it takes, and however long it takes, to crush terrorism forever from this beautiful land of ours. We will not falter; we will not waver; and we will not fail. This is my promise to you, and this is my promise to those who did this to us. We shall never forget; and we shall never forgive.”
Instead, Sharif the civilian made a committee.
Which is why a devastated and furious populace is looking towards the man who can channelise its feelings into action. General Raheel has moved with lightning speed. We don’t know what he told the Afghans and Americans in Kabul, but we can conjecture: hand us over Fazlullah and his band of murderous thugs, or we will do the job ourselves.
Back at home he is said to have been instrumental in “convincing” the government to end the moratorium on capital punishment. Lo and behold, within a few days two terrorists have dangled from a short rope, and the others shall soon follow them. There is also talk of swift legislation to amend laws to fight terror. This sudden urgency, it is said, is a product of some more “convincing”.
All eyes — and perhaps hopes too — are pinned on Sharif the fauji. This is not how it should have been, but it is. While Sharif the civilian and his politicians smile for the cameras and play the committee game, Sharif the fauji is driving the national agenda by leading the war against the barbarians.
The outcome of this war will define the future of our land for generations to come. But this moment; this decisive turn; and this betrayal by the custodians of democracy will echo loudly as a reminder to all that when a nation roars, leaders better listen.
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at Dec 22, 2014 10:01:00 AM
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Prince Harry visits No 26 squadron RAF Regiment

Prince Harry has praised a Suffolk-based RAF squadron for the vital role it plays in preparing for terrorist attacks in the UK.

He visited RAF Honington in Bury St Edmunds to present a new standard - a historic and ceremonial flag - to No 26 Squadron RAF Regiment.

Prince Harry, who spent Remembrance Sunday in Kandahar, Afghanistan, in honour of the fallen, was welcomed with a flyover by a Typhoon jet. He then inspected the troops ahead of a parade which he later told them was "fantastic".

During the official handover of the standard, the 30-year-old Prince stopped to collect a hat which had blown off the head of a servicewoman in the blustery wind.

Afterwards he spoke of No 26 Squadron's role as a specialist counter-chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) unit.

In a speech in front of the squadron and their families, he said: "This role is vital to UK defence and civil response capabilities; is is also highly valued by Nato.

"Alongside 27 Squadron, it is constantly committed at extremely high readiness to support the combined emergency service and military response to a CBRN terrorist incident in the UK.

"Indeed, such is the vital nature of this role that responsibility has been handed over to the remainder of the wing to allow the squadron to be on the parade."

He added: "It is clear that every member of the squadron possesses the determination and professionalism to succeed, even in the most arduous of circumstances.

"Traits which have ensured the squadron's success since its formation and that are embodied in this new standard and the proud history it represents."

A standard is presented to RAF Regiment squadrons every quarter of a century and represents hundreds of years of history of service to the monarch and to the country.

A handover ceremony is something that most RAF troops only take part in once in their career.

Prince Harry met both former and serving personnel from No 26 Regiment and their families at a reception in the base's new heritage centre.

Corporal Tobias Jamieson, 26, said: "For the whole squadron it's been quite an arduous four or five weeks training for this parade.

"The Standard Parade only happens every 25 years so it's a pretty historic day for the squadron that I'm proud and privileged to take part in.

"I spoke to His Royal Highness and he said 'well done'. We're all very honoured that he came today - especially because he's in the Army and has been to Afghanistan, it feels more personal."

Senior Aircraftman Richard Hislop said: "For His Royal Highness to take time out of his schedule to present our new standard is fantastic, a once-in-a-lifetime event."

RAF Honington is the RAF's centre of Force Protection and is the depot of the RAF Regiment - the ground-fighting force of the RAF.

The regiment protects air bases from attack and is trained in a wide range of protection roles.

The Queen appointed Prince Harry to be Honorary Air Commandant of RAF Honington in October
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Koushik Talukdar shared VrahnBharat - Action Plan for the Indian Government's video: Message 4 Muslims from Mosab Yousef (Son of Hamas leader Hassan).
at Dec 22, 2014 10:00:12 AM
Message 4 Muslims from Mosab Yousef (Son of Hamas leader Hassan)
I, Mosab Hassan Yousef (son of Hamas co-founder & leader Hassan Yousef) knew Quran inside out & realised the TRUTH about ISLAM & Quit Islam. Then I even helped Israel in avoiding attacks. Its not a holy war ! No God will ask you to kill people, Rape women & children (as small as 6 years old) & force people to accept a particular religion.

If Allah indeed gave the knowledge of Quran to the Prophet then Allah must be a gangster ! Islam is the only Bi-Polar Religion. It is a Religion which changes its stand to suit the situation. Islam teaches you to lie in situations.

Please do not get carried away by my post or video. Make an informed choice. I may get killed soon but only my body will die. My ideas will remain with you to guide you.

Also watch noted scholar Robert Spencer reveal "The Brutal Truth About Islam" in the video presented to you.

Dear Muslim Brothers & Sisters – After watching the video, you may like leave Islam at once. Every Muslim on earth must watch it. Come out of ignorance and leave the shallow & hollow Satanic Islam. Leave hatred, improve your Karmas & Live happily with the rest of the world.


We know we are going to attract lot of HATE POSTs. But nothing is more beautiful than TRUTH ! You may also refer to our following old posts for more,

https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=718745441536788

Kashmiri Muslim & Islamic Scholar Late Sheikh Anwar, Why I Reverted to Hinduism ? Talks about Various Facets of Islam.

Every Muslim must watch it and so does anyone who wishes to embrace Islam. I suggest you embrace Hinduism - Sanatan Dharma, The Eternal Truth. You will inherently feel purified & complete !

Those who are scared of Islam should watch too ! They will understand why their fears are right.


https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=718669731544359

The Gory Truth about Muhammad the Prophet of Islam – Jay Smith (New York, USA) – Guest Post.

Jay Smith talks with Facts & Evidences to bring out the TRUTH so that you & your future generations may live & pursue their own Religion.

Best way to avoid trouble is to understand the reason why trouble happens. Massacre of Hindus in Pakistan, Bangladesh, Afghanistan and that of YAZIDIs in IRAQ is a wake up call to the whole world.

We suggest, each of our reader reads about Muhammad, Quran and understands why Islam is at war with all Religions in the World ?

If you are Peaceful Today, you may not enjoy this peace tomorrow. Islamic Terrorists are killing infants, kids, young & old in the most gruesome ways. Young girls as young as 8 years are forced to convert to Islam & have sex with JIHADIs. Old Women are being raped and you all think that the world is Peaceful.

Wake Up Secularist before it is too late ! In future your grand children may face the same fate as Hindus faced in recent times in Afghanistan, Pakistan & Bangladesh and YAZIDIs in IRAQ.

Act, before it is too late. Arise, Awake and Do not let History Repeat the Gory Past.


https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=718486864895979

The Truth Behind Uthman Quran, The Satanic Verses By Salman Rushdie & Al-Rassooli + Evidence that disproves the Quran's authenticity.

Read any Quran Verse by Verse & you will realise the TRUTH.
_____________________

Our work is based on the work of Islamic Scholars who have been honest enough to share the Truth about Islam. We don't tell lies or manipulate the content. All evidences are 100% honest & correct.
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at Dec 22, 2014 9:58:00 AM
Today In History
December 22nd

1895 - German physicist Wilhelm Röntgen made the first X-ray, of his wife's hand.

1910 - U.S. Postal savings stamps were issued for the first time. They were discontinued in 1914.

1939 - Gloria Jacobs became the first girl to hold a world pistol record when she shot 299 out of a possible 300 points. She was 17 years old at the time.

1943 - Sporting goods manufacturers received permission to use synthetic rubber for the core of baseballs.

1941 - British Prime Minister Winston Churchill arrived in Washington for a wartime conference with U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt.

1956 - Colo, the first gorilla to be born in captivity, was born at the Columbus, Ohio zoo.

1956 - The last British and French forces evacuated Egypt.

1961 - James Davis became the first U.S. soldier to die in Vietnam, while U.S. involvement was still limited to the provision of military advisers.

1976 - The last show of "Let’s Make A Deal" was aired.

1984 - New York City resident Bernhard Goetz shot four black youths on a Manhattan subway. Goetz claimed they were about to rob him.

1989 - Romania's hard-line Communist ruler, Nicolae Ceausescu, was overthrown in a popular uprising.

1990 - Lech Walesa was sworn in as Poland's first popularly elected president.

1991 - The body of Lt. Col. William R. Higgins, an American hostage murdered by his captors, was found along a highway in Lebanon.

1996 - A car bomb exploded in Belfast, injuring a known IRA supporter. Police suspected that Protestant loyalists were responsible for the attack.

1998 - A unit of RJR Nabsico pled guilty to attempting to smuggle cigarettes into Canada.

2001 - Thirty Afghans, including two women, were sworn in as part of the new interim government in Afghanistan. Hamid Karzai was the head of the post-Taliban government.
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Steven D. Brewer Sr. shared A Mighty Girl's photo.
at Dec 22, 2014 9:56:47 AM
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Kakenya Ntaiya, like many women in Kenya, was subjected to female genital cutting as a girl. For most girls, a marriage would soon follow, but Kakenya, then 14, had other plans: “I really liked going to school. I knew that once I went through the cutting, I was going to be married off. And my dream of becoming a teacher was going to end.” So Kakenya threatened her father with running away, but agreed to stay and submit to the ritual, often called female genital mutilation or FGM, if he let her finish high school.

Her father kept his word, and Kakenya excelled, earning a scholarship to a college in the US. Her Maasai village raised funds for her airfare, and in return she promised to come home to help her community. And, she did after earning her degree, working with the United Nations, and getting her doctorate in education. As Kakenya explains, “I came back so girls don't have to negotiate like I did to achieve their dreams."

In 2009, she opened the Kakenya Center for Excellence, a primary school that currently educates 150 Maasai girls. Originally a day school, students now live there to spare them miles of walking -- which includes the risk of sexual assault -- and the requirement of spending free time on chores instead of studying. “Now, they can focus on their studies -- and on being kids,” says Kakenya. “It's the only way you can give a girl child a chance to excel.”

Parents cover the cost of meals, but Kakenya covers any student who can’t pay. Parents also have to agree that girls will not be subjected to genital mutilation or child marriage, which is becoming easier as men start to see the benefits of their daughters staying in school. “They want to become doctors, pilots, lawyers,” Kakenya says. “Fathers are now saying, “My daughter could do better than my son.”

Even Chief John Naleke, a village elder, has gone from arguing against the needs for girls’ education in 2006 to supporting the school today: “We have several sons who have gone to the United States for school. Kakenya is the only one that I can think of that has come back to help us.... She brought a school and a light and is trying to change old customs to help girls get a new, better life.”

Kakenya admits that it is still difficult challenging male attitudes in her area, “[b]ut nothing good comes on a silver plate. You have to fight hard... When [the girls] start, they are so timid [but now] the confidence they have, it's just beyond words. It's the most beautiful thing.”

To learn more or to help support Kakenya's Dream - the Academy for Girls, visit their website at http://www.kakenyasdream.org/.

To watch an inspiring TED talk by Kekenya, visit http://bit.ly/ObaaLW

For over 450 true stories for children and teens about women trailblazers around the world, visit A Mighty Girl’s “Role Models" biography section at http://www.amightygirl.com/books/history-biography/biography

For two books for young readers about girls and the power of education, we recommend "A Girl Called Problem" for ages 9 to 14 (http://www.amightygirl.com/a-girl-called-problem) and "Nasreen's Secret School: A True Story from Afghanistan" for ages 6 and up (http://www.amightygirl.com/nasreens-secret-school).

For more books to help children understand the struggle for girls' access to education in many parts of the world, check out our blog post "Mighty Girl Books on Children's Fight for Education" at http://www.amightygirl.com/blog/?p=4057

For a highly recommended book for older teens and adults that discusses how girls and women are fighting back against oppression and transforming their communities, check out: "Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide" at http://www.amightygirl.com/half-the-sky

And, for two films that explore the transformative potential and power of girls and women in developing countries - both for ages 13 and up: the documentary based on the “Half the Sky" book (http://www.amightygirl.com/half-the-sky-documentary) and “Girl Rising” (http://www.amightygirl.com/girl-rising).
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Obaid Ali Ahmed shared Syed Rizwan Qamar's status update.
at Dec 22, 2014 9:56:07 AM
Syed Rizwan Qamar
ARTICLE WORTH READING........... On Wednesday the 17th of December, the leadership mantle of this country quietly slipped into the hands of the Chief of the Army Staff General Raheel Sharif.
No one made an announcement. No one even whispered it or dared a suggestion. But everyone felt — yes acutely felt — the informal and perhaps, unwilling transfer of real power from Mian Mohammad Nawaz Sharif to General Raheel Sharif.
It happened because just when this nation needed true leadership, the mandated leader fell short. He just was unable to grasp the moment. Yes, it happened as the prime minister sat in the Governor’s House in Peshawar surrounded by a galaxy of politicians, and began to unveil his reaction to the worst-ever act of terror in our nation’s history. His answer to the terrorists:
A committee.
A wounded nation on the edge of rage heard with sheer horror and disbelief as the mandated leader encapsulated the collective wisdom of the political parties in a committee that would take a week to decide what the plan of action should be. And then to ensure that no wound was deprived of any salt, Mr Sharif talked politics and joked with Imran Khan sitting next to him.
At that moment, it was all over. The shocked nation snatched perceived power from the mandated Sharif and gifted it to the commanding Sharif. The contrast could not have been more glaring: while Mr Sharif was cracking jokes in Peshawar, General Sharif was sitting in Kabul to plan for the annihilation of TTP bases in Afghanistan.
Something was painfully wrong. They came and butchered our children, and we did… what? This? A Juma bazar of assorted politicos boasting more about setting their differences aside instead of giving a clarion call to crush terrorists once and for all. This wasn’t misjudgement, or expediency, or even bad symbolism.
It was betrayal.
These politicians could not have chosen a worst time for their betrayal. Have you ever seen this nation so wounded? So traumatised? So emotionally cut up? And so furious?
This anger and rage is directed at the savages who inflicted this inhuman savagery of our children. But this anger is also shooting up like dragon fire against the hypocrisy of State and all governments. This loathing is pouring like acid rain on all those men (and women) who have nourished these monsters, and legitimised their murderous acts through sickening justifications. We Pakistanis have lived through decades of State villainy and outright criminality disguised as policy. We have watched this country brutally ravaged by small men for personal agendas, misplaced priorities and unrealistic designs. The State, and every government infested with every political party has done this because they have always considered we — the Pakistanis — as nothing more than fluffy, bleating sheep.
Well, no more. This sickness cannot endure. This shameful hypocrisy cannot last — must not last. This unaccountable mode of governance and unquestioned exercise of power cannot and must not sustain. For God’s sake, they slaughtered our children. Is that still not enough reason to stop this rot and cleanse this system of filth and cowardice?
Now is the time for action. Sharif the civilian is supposed to lead through decisiveness and boldness. He is not. Sharif the fauji is. And he’s connecting with the people. Yes, the people who have cried tears of blood. They have been pushed too far. Something has cracked. A line has been crossed. Now the people will digest lies and cowardice no more. Unimaginable grief can produce unbridled fury and unmatched courage. The brave citizens of this land have marched on to the Lal Masjid to take on the vile person who spews poison while growing fat on taxpayers’ salary. They are doing what no government dare do.
The Moment makes a Man, and Sharif the civilian had his moment. Instead of sitting in that colonial mansion surrounded by faces that exude failure and despondency, he could have addressed the nation from the gate of the Army Public School, and said:
“My dear Pakistanis: I stand before you the leader of a nation that today will display a resolve never seen before. Here behind me, in this school, we lost more than our beautiful children — we also lost our doubts, our ambiguity, and our wrong priorities. Yesterday these most vile terrorists inflicted on us a pain that will never go away. Now, here I promise to you that we will inflict on them a pain they will never ever forget. Today we are one nation, grieving together for an unimaginable loss. But together we shall rise from this grief with a determination never seen before. We will do whatever it takes, and however long it takes, to crush terrorism forever from this beautiful land of ours. We will not falter; we will not waver; and we will not fail. This is my promise to you, and this is my promise to those who did this to us. We shall never forget; and we shall never forgive.”
Instead, Sharif the civilian made a committee.
Which is why a devastated and furious populace is looking towards the man who can channelise its feelings into action. General Raheel has moved with lightning speed. We don’t know what he told the Afghans and Americans in Kabul, but we can conjecture: hand us over Fazlullah and his band of murderous thugs, or we will do the job ourselves.
Back at home he is said to have been instrumental in “convincing” the government to end the moratorium on capital punishment. Lo and behold, within a few days two terrorists have dangled from a short rope, and the others shall soon follow them. There is also talk of swift legislation to amend laws to fight terror. This sudden urgency, it is said, is a product of some more “convincing”.
All eyes — and perhaps hopes too — are pinned on Sharif the fauji. This is not how it should have been, but it is. While Sharif the civilian and his politicians smile for the cameras and play the committee game, Sharif the fauji is driving the national agenda by leading the war against the barbarians.
The outcome of this war will define the future of our land for generations to come. But this moment; this decisive turn; and this betrayal by the custodians of democracy will echo loudly as a reminder to all that when a nation roars, leaders better listen.
Published in The Express Tribune, December 21st, 2014.
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Coral Johnson shared A Mighty Girl's photo.
at Dec 22, 2014 9:53:29 AM
Timeline Photos
Kakenya Ntaiya, like many women in Kenya, was subjected to female genital cutting as a girl. For most girls, a marriage would soon follow, but Kakenya, then 14, had other plans: “I really liked going to school. I knew that once I went through the cutting, I was going to be married off. And my dream of becoming a teacher was going to end.” So Kakenya threatened her father with running away, but agreed to stay and submit to the ritual, often called female genital mutilation or FGM, if he let her finish high school.

Her father kept his word, and Kakenya excelled, earning a scholarship to a college in the US. Her Maasai village raised funds for her airfare, and in return she promised to come home to help her community. And, she did after earning her degree, working with the United Nations, and getting her doctorate in education. As Kakenya explains, “I came back so girls don't have to negotiate like I did to achieve their dreams."

In 2009, she opened the Kakenya Center for Excellence, a primary school that currently educates 150 Maasai girls. Originally a day school, students now live there to spare them miles of walking -- which includes the risk of sexual assault -- and the requirement of spending free time on chores instead of studying. “Now, they can focus on their studies -- and on being kids,” says Kakenya. “It's the only way you can give a girl child a chance to excel.”

Parents cover the cost of meals, but Kakenya covers any student who can’t pay. Parents also have to agree that girls will not be subjected to genital mutilation or child marriage, which is becoming easier as men start to see the benefits of their daughters staying in school. “They want to become doctors, pilots, lawyers,” Kakenya says. “Fathers are now saying, “My daughter could do better than my son.”

Even Chief John Naleke, a village elder, has gone from arguing against the needs for girls’ education in 2006 to supporting the school today: “We have several sons who have gone to the United States for school. Kakenya is the only one that I can think of that has come back to help us.... She brought a school and a light and is trying to change old customs to help girls get a new, better life.”

Kakenya admits that it is still difficult challenging male attitudes in her area, “[b]ut nothing good comes on a silver plate. You have to fight hard... When [the girls] start, they are so timid [but now] the confidence they have, it's just beyond words. It's the most beautiful thing.”

To learn more or to help support Kakenya's Dream - the Academy for Girls, visit their website at http://www.kakenyasdream.org/.

To watch an inspiring TED talk by Kekenya, visit http://bit.ly/ObaaLW

For over 450 true stories for children and teens about women trailblazers around the world, visit A Mighty Girl’s “Role Models" biography section at http://www.amightygirl.com/books/history-biography/biography

For two books for young readers about girls and the power of education, we recommend "A Girl Called Problem" for ages 9 to 14 (http://www.amightygirl.com/a-girl-called-problem) and "Nasreen's Secret School: A True Story from Afghanistan" for ages 6 and up (http://www.amightygirl.com/nasreens-secret-school).

For more books to help children understand the struggle for girls' access to education in many parts of the world, check out our blog post "Mighty Girl Books on Children's Fight for Education" at http://www.amightygirl.com/blog/?p=4057

For a highly recommended book for older teens and adults that discusses how girls and women are fighting back against oppression and transforming their communities, check out: "Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide" at http://www.amightygirl.com/half-the-sky

And, for two films that explore the transformative potential and power of girls and women in developing countries - both for ages 13 and up: the documentary based on the “Half the Sky" book (http://www.amightygirl.com/half-the-sky-documentary) and “Girl Rising” (http://www.amightygirl.com/girl-rising).
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Lahouari Kenniche
at Dec 22, 2014 9:52:09 AM
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Prince Harry
Prince Harry visits No 26 squadron RAF Regiment

Prince Harry has praised a Suffolk-based RAF squadron for the vital role it plays in preparing for terrorist attacks in the UK.

He visited RAF Honington in Bury St Edmunds to present a new standard - a historic and ceremonial flag - to No 26 Squadron RAF Regiment.

Prince Harry, who spent Remembrance Sunday in Kandahar, Afghanistan, in honour of the fallen, was welcomed with a flyover by a Typhoon jet. He then inspected the troops ahead of a parade which he later told them was "fantastic".

During the official handover of the standard, the 30-year-old Prince stopped to collect a hat which had blown off the head of a servicewoman in the blustery wind.

Afterwards he spoke of No 26 Squadron's role as a specialist counter-chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) unit.

In a speech in front of the squadron and their families, he said: "This role is vital to UK defence and civil response capabilities; is is also highly valued by Nato.

"Alongside 27 Squadron, it is constantly committed at extremely high readiness to support the combined emergency service and military response to a CBRN terrorist incident in the UK.

"Indeed, such is the vital nature of this role that responsibility has been handed over to the remainder of the wing to allow the squadron to be on the parade."

He added: "It is clear that every member of the squadron possesses the determination and professionalism to succeed, even in the most arduous of circumstances.

"Traits which have ensured the squadron's success since its formation and that are embodied in this new standard and the proud history it represents."

A standard is presented to RAF Regiment squadrons every quarter of a century and represents hundreds of years of history of service to the monarch and to the country.

A handover ceremony is something that most RAF troops only take part in once in their career.

Prince Harry met both former and serving personnel from No 26 Regiment and their families at a reception in the base's new heritage centre.

Corporal Tobias Jamieson, 26, said: "For the whole squadron it's been quite an arduous four or five weeks training for this parade.

"The Standard Parade only happens every 25 years so it's a pretty historic day for the squadron that I'm proud and privileged to take part in.

"I spoke to His Royal Highness and he said 'well done'. We're all very honoured that he came today - especially because he's in the Army and has been to Afghanistan, it feels more personal."

Senior Aircraftman Richard Hislop said: "For His Royal Highness to take time out of his schedule to present our new standard is fantastic, a once-in-a-lifetime event."

RAF Honington is the RAF's centre of Force Protection and is the depot of the RAF Regiment - the ground-fighting force of the RAF.

The regiment protects air bases from attack and is trained in a wide range of protection roles.

The Queen appointed Prince Harry to be Honorary Air Commandant of RAF Honington in October
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Sameer Ansari shared VrahnBharat - Action Plan for the Indian Government's video: Message 4 Muslims from Mosab Yousef (Son of Hamas leader Hassan).
at Dec 22, 2014 9:49:24 AM
Message 4 Muslims from Mosab Yousef (Son of Hamas leader Hassan)
I, Mosab Hassan Yousef (son of Hamas co-founder & leader Hassan Yousef) knew Quran inside out & realised the TRUTH about ISLAM & Quit Islam. Then I even helped Israel in avoiding attacks. Its not a holy war ! No God will ask you to kill people, Rape women & children (as small as 6 years old) & force people to accept a particular religion.

If Allah indeed gave the knowledge of Quran to the Prophet then Allah must be a gangster ! Islam is the only Bi-Polar Religion. It is a Religion which changes its stand to suit the situation. Islam teaches you to lie in situations.

Please do not get carried away by my post or video. Make an informed choice. I may get killed soon but only my body will die. My ideas will remain with you to guide you.

Also watch noted scholar Robert Spencer reveal "The Brutal Truth About Islam" in the video presented to you.

Dear Muslim Brothers & Sisters – After watching the video, you may like leave Islam at once. Every Muslim on earth must watch it. Come out of ignorance and leave the shallow & hollow Satanic Islam. Leave hatred, improve your Karmas & Live happily with the rest of the world.


We know we are going to attract lot of HATE POSTs. But nothing is more beautiful than TRUTH ! You may also refer to our following old posts for more,

https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=718745441536788

Kashmiri Muslim & Islamic Scholar Late Sheikh Anwar, Why I Reverted to Hinduism ? Talks about Various Facets of Islam.

Every Muslim must watch it and so does anyone who wishes to embrace Islam. I suggest you embrace Hinduism - Sanatan Dharma, The Eternal Truth. You will inherently feel purified & complete !

Those who are scared of Islam should watch too ! They will understand why their fears are right.


https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=718669731544359

The Gory Truth about Muhammad the Prophet of Islam – Jay Smith (New York, USA) – Guest Post.

Jay Smith talks with Facts & Evidences to bring out the TRUTH so that you & your future generations may live & pursue their own Religion.

Best way to avoid trouble is to understand the reason why trouble happens. Massacre of Hindus in Pakistan, Bangladesh, Afghanistan and that of YAZIDIs in IRAQ is a wake up call to the whole world.

We suggest, each of our reader reads about Muhammad, Quran and understands why Islam is at war with all Religions in the World ?

If you are Peaceful Today, you may not enjoy this peace tomorrow. Islamic Terrorists are killing infants, kids, young & old in the most gruesome ways. Young girls as young as 8 years are forced to convert to Islam & have sex with JIHADIs. Old Women are being raped and you all think that the world is Peaceful.

Wake Up Secularist before it is too late ! In future your grand children may face the same fate as Hindus faced in recent times in Afghanistan, Pakistan & Bangladesh and YAZIDIs in IRAQ.

Act, before it is too late. Arise, Awake and Do not let History Repeat the Gory Past.


https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=718486864895979

The Truth Behind Uthman Quran, The Satanic Verses By Salman Rushdie & Al-Rassooli + Evidence that disproves the Quran's authenticity.

Read any Quran Verse by Verse & you will realise the TRUTH.
_____________________

Our work is based on the work of Islamic Scholars who have been honest enough to share the Truth about Islam. We don't tell lies or manipulate the content. All evidences are 100% honest & correct.
DP
Muhammad Farooq
at Dec 22, 2014 9:48:47 AM
the world needs to know that fake TTP is different from the original taliban (freedom fighters struggling against the illegal occupation of their land by foreign forces)....
Afghan Taliban condemns school attack by Pakistani Taliban - thenews.com.pk
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KABUL: The Afghanistan Taliban have condemned an attack by the Pakistani Taliban on a school in Pakistan that killed 141 people on Tuesday. "The intentional killing of inn ...
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Sadi Richards shared a photo.
at Dec 22, 2014 9:46:47 AM
Islamic State and a South Asian Caliphate
Islamic State has its eyes on South and Southeast Asia. The threat is long-term, but should not be ignored.
The Islamic Caliphate is no longer virtual reality; it’s a tangible experience. Islamic State (also known as ISIS and ISIL) has the basic essentials that make it a serious threat. It has territory, it has the military capability to hold on to its territory, and it has a system of governance, however demented it may be. Of course, its barely contested march has now been stalled by air strikes, the recapture of the Baiji refinery has been hailed by Iraqis as a changing of the tide, and the Peshmerga are gradually coming into their own at Kobani. Still, with the exception of Baiji, there has as yet there has been no substantial reversal of the gains that the Islamic state has made.
The caliphate’s leadership is ambitious, ruthless and singularly focused on spreading its distorted vision of political Islam. Al-Qaeda, for decades the beacon for Islamists, has taken a different approach to jihad, with a strategy that has involved widely dispersed cells that provided ideological guidance, arranged funding, training and administrative support while allowing local jihadi leaderships to marshal the men for operations. In contrast, Islamic State – which has split from al-Qaeda, creating a schism in the global jihad – raises its own forces, selects its own objectives, funds its own operations, and controls execution. While Al-Qaeda’s methods drew strength from covert operations, the operations of Islamic State are akin to a conventional battlefield.
Al-Qaeda has also not employed violence as extensively as Islamic State has done. Islamic State clearly has no reservations on that score. It has regularly posted grisly decapitation clips to the Web. It has provided captured women to its rank and file. It has proposed that the enslavement of prisoners would be within the tenets of its faith. It has stoned women to death for sex outside marriage. It has, in short, engaged in an endless litany of cruelty.
An ambitious leader like Abu Baku al-Baghdadi can hardly be expected to limit the caliphate’s geographical ambitions to parts of Syria and Iraq. An Islamic State map of the caliphate covers North Africa and extends through West Asia, south of the Black Sea and Caspian Sea to stretch across the Central Asian republics, the entire Indian sub-continent and beyond to Malaysia and Indonesia. South and Southeast Asia offer the Islamic State many choices, made more appealing by the fact that some of these countries already have their own homegrown Islamist insurgent movements and terror groups.
Although Islamic State’s ultimate aspirations are unrealistic, some of its targets in Asia are vulnerable, most notably that cradle and crucible of terrorism on the continent, Pakistan. Bordering Afghanistan, where terrorist violence is already resurgent with NATO thinning out, Pakistan is a promising base for Islamic State in South Asia. It also offers a huge bonanza that Islamist movements would willingly bleed for: nuclear weapons.
Although Pakistan’s nuclear weapons are guarded by a professional army, the degree to which the Pakistan Army itself has been radicalized is not easily quantifiable. After all, this is the same Army that sends its officers for tenures in the Inter Services Intelligence (ISI). Whether these officers return to the army with or without any radical leanings is anyone’s guess.
Pakistan-based terror groups seem to be leaning more and more towards Islamic State. Tehrik-e-Taliban, Pakistan (TTP) is a fractured entity today. More and more of its members are openly declaring their allegiance to Islamic State. The recluse Taliban supremo, Mullah Omar, and the staid al-Qaeda leader Ayman al Jawahri are losing ground.
Afghanistan also offers fertile ground for terror. The Afghanistan Taliban shares with Islamic State a strategic approach in which both prefer control and domination of territory as the prime objective. However, the Afghanistan Taliban would like to retain its primacy in Afghanistan. It may not want to be an Islamic State surrogate. Its long association with al-Qaeda is another obstacle.
Afghanistan also offers contiguity with Iran, a Shia nation. With its virulent anti-Shia bias, Islamic State would obviously see Afghanistan as an attracting base for launching attacks. But of course Iran could conversely play a greater role in halting the Islamic State surge; the success of the nuclear deal being a pivotal issue.
Bangladesh has been fighting terrorism vigorously for some time. It is unlikely that Islamic State will find purchase there. Similarly, Myanmar is unlikely to be hospitable. The regime’s handling of its Rohingiya minority reflects its stance, and other insurgent groups in Myanmar are unlikely to provide support to a group that is both culturally and religiously alien.
Further east lies Indonesia, home to the largest Muslim population in the world, with a history of terror groups trying to expand their presence and a state apparatus that has fought them relentlessly. Sizeable numbers of Indonesian youth have gone to join the Islamic State. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry visited Indonesia in October 2014 and emphasized the steps to be taken to ensure Islamic State does not draw fighters and funds from the region.
Malaysia, with its history of insurgencies, would also be on Islamic State’s radar. In August 2014, Malaysian police arrested 19 suspects on charges of plotting multiple attacks. Their vision was a Southeast Asian caliphate to include Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand, the Philippines and Singapore. There are reports of Malaysian youth joining the Islamic State and even a few women travelling to Syria to serve as comfort women. While Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak has denounced the movement, the undercurrent of sympathy for the terrorist outfit is certainly there.
As for India, it is home to the world’s third largest Muslim population. Kashmir has long been a festering issue. Although Indian forces have effectively broken the back of terrorist groups in Kashmir, these groups enjoy cross-border patronage, funding and support from Pakistan. With TTP displaying signs of another split there are distinct possibilities of sub-groups ready to provide a base in Pakistan for Islamic State to ultimately launch operations in India. To do that, however, the Islamic State will need to have arrangements with Lashkar-e-Taiba, the favored terror group of the ISI. Indian groups like Students Islamic Movement of India and Indian Mujahideen would surely offer support for Islamic State.
Every state in South and Southeast Asia with terror movements, either simmering or operational, is at risk of an upsurge in terrorist activity. Even the Uyghurs in China could find inspiration. Though Islamic State does not have the wherewithal to be expanding its operations so early, it would be unwise to ignore the potential threat.
The longer Islamic State is able to maintain its caliphate and fly its flag, the more acute the threat becomes. The flag inspires radicals to arms and spreads the message that ruthless violence is the most effective method for spreading the caliphate’s ideology and territory.
One important steps Asian countries could take to stymie the ambitions of Islamic State is to share intelligence. Regional governments must also come down heavily on the narcotics trade, which continues in the region and finances terror organizations.
It’s time for West Asian donor regimes that have for decades funded the growth of radical Islam to realize that their own survival is at risk. For some high net-worth people in these countries, funding political Islam is a combination of sport and atonement for having deviated from their own religious tenets. Large numbers of jihadi commanders meet with these billionaires and leave with millions of dollars to spread instability well beyond the Gulf. With Islamic State now at their gates, couple with American pressure, perhaps these financiers might be willing to scale back their funding.
Extreme poverty fans radicalism. The denial of basic human rights, disastrous economic conditions, and deprivation help to convert young people into radicals and terrorists. States will have to address such issues as the corruption that blocks government spending from reaching the targeted populace.
The most likely point of entry for the Islamic State into South and Southeast Asia is Pakistan, a nation already enflamed. The leading Pakistan newspaper Dawn recently published an editorial, “Miss the warning signs now, or fail to deny it space within Pakistan, ….” Space beyond Pakistan, too.
There is also a rationale for imposing sanctions on states that export terror or fund the growth of radicalism and intolerance. Until and unless the free world buries its differences and nations work together as partners in the quest to defeat radical Islamists then the fight against terrorism will only be at best a matter of shifting battlefields, without ever truly defeating radicalization and terror globally.
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Vasan Muthugani
at Dec 22, 2014 9:40:42 AM
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The Three Stages of Jihad, 1 - Stealth Jihad. 2 - Defensive Jihad. 3 - Offensive Jihad. – By David Wood
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Do not rush to like this post if you are sensible

You are a Hindu ? You are a Nationalist, a Patriot? You wish to protect your family from Terrorism ? Read the full post, watch the Video & then comment. If you are convinced help everyone you can.

We will explain with facts the following points,

• Why you can not trust even a single Muslim ?

• There is nothing like a good Muslim ! A good Muslim is behaving that way only according to the tenets of Quran. Even Sufis become a Militant when the final call for JIHAD is sent out !

• Islam is the only Religion which teaches you, encourages you to tell lies, all in the name of Islam – Taqiyya and Kitman. You can put it to test - Almost all Muslims will tell lies about genocide of Hindus in even in their own country Kashmir, India !

Remember, no good person can ever continue to practice Islam after reading the Quran. We refer Arabic Quran http://quran.com/

Last stages of Jihad is being been practiced unabated in Pakistan, Bangladesh & Afghanistan even in the modern times and most HINDUs have been eliminated or converted. Hindus of India have also seen all stages of Jihad in Kashmir. In present India, you can see first two stages of Jihad in many cities depending upon the population of Muslims.

Muzaffarnagar & Saharanpur are going through Stage Two of Jihad.

Why you should read this post? To protect yourself against the impending JIHAD &

1. Every person must have reasonable first hand understanding of four mainstream religions viz Hinduism, Buddhism, Christian, Islam and also Judaism. You should make a well informed choice to practice a Religion. We choose our life partner with great care, we choose our job with care & we make many informed choices. Why not make an informed choice about Religion which helps you evolve spiritually & face the unknown after death.

2. If you have Nectar, Choicest food, average food & rotten food / shit, as choices to eat, what you would eat ? We are sure you will choose Nectar and not choose under any circumstances. In fact, you will stop everyone from eating the rotten food / shit. Same goes for the Religion.


On November 5th, 2009, a Muslim Army Major named Nidal Malik Hasan opened fire at Fort Hood in Texas. Many innocent people died, and Hasan has been charged with thirteen counts of premeditated murder and more than thirty counts of attempted murder.

Shortly after the Fort Hood shooting, CNN posted an article titled “Murder Has No Religion” (by Arsalan Iftikhar), which claimed that such attacks are forbidden in Islam. The article began:

Most of the world's 1.57 billion Muslims know that the Holy Quran states quite clearly that, "Anyone who kills a human being ... it shall be as though he has killed all of mankind. ... If anyone saves a life, it shall be as though he has saved the lives of all of mankind."

Notice that the article portrays Islam as a religion that condemns killing of any kind. But is this what the Qur’an actually says? Unfortunately for CNN’s readers, the author didn’t give a reference, so readers were left to find the quotation themselves. Yet when we turn to 5:32-33 of the Qur’an (the source of CNN’s severely edited quotation), we get a surprisingly different picture of killing in Islam:
For this reason did We prescribe to the children of Israel that whoever slays a soul, unless it be for manslaughter or for mischief in the land, it is as though he slew all men; and whoever keeps it alive, it is as though he kept alive all men; and certainly Our apostles came to them with clear arguments, but even after that many of them certainly act extravagantly in the land.

The punishment of those who wage war against Allah and His apostle and strive to make mischief in the land is only this, that they should be murdered or crucified or their hands and their feet should be cut off on opposite sides or they should be imprisoned; this shall be as a disgrace for them in this world, and in the hereafter they shall have a grievous chastisement.

Two things are worthy of note in this passage. First, the teaching appealed to by CNN (“whoever slays a soul . . . it is as though he slew all men”) was given “to the children of Israel” (i.e. the Jews). It was not given to Muslims. Second, even if Westernized & Indian Muslims want to apply this verse to themselves, the verse obviously permits killing people who spread “mischief in the land.” Indeed, the very next verse commands Muslims to murder, crucify, and dismember those who wage war against Islam and “make mischief” in Muslim lands.

Since the United States is at war in two predominantly Islamic countries, knowledgeable Muslims understand that, according to Muhammad, U.S. soldiers meet the “mischief-making” criterion, and should therefore be killed. It’s no coincidence that Major Hasan targeted soldiers, many of whom were being deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan.

Thus, CNN quoted two carefully edited portions of a passage that justifies the killing of enemy combatants and used them to show that Islam condemns attacks such as the Fort Hood shooting. While deceptions like this are easily spotted, there is much confusion in the world concerning the role of violence in Islam. This short pamphlet will clear up some of the confusion.


I. PEACE, VIOLENCE, AND ABROGATION

Muslims in the West & India are quick to point to passages such as Qur’an 109:6 (“You shall have your religion and I shall have my religion”) and 2:256 (“There is no compulsion in religion”) as evidence that Islam is a religion of peace. When confronted with harsher passages such as 9:5 (“Slay the idolaters wherever you find them”) and 9:29 (“Fight those who believe not in Allah”), Westernized Muslims interpret these verses in light of the more peaceful teachings of the Qur’an, typically saying something like: “Well, the Qur’an can’t be commanding us to kill unbelievers, since it says that there’s no compulsion in religion.”

Hence, Westernized & Indian Muslims pick the verses of the Qur’an they find most attractive, and they use these verses to sanitize the rest of the Qur’an. But is this the correct way to interpret the Qur’an? Unfortunately, the answer is no. The Qur’an presents its own method of interpretation—the Doctrine of Abrogation.

Qur’an 2:106—Whatever verse we shall abrogate, or cause [thee] to forget, we will bring a better than it, or one like unto it. Dost thou not know that God is almighty?

Qur’an 16:101—When We substitute one revelation for another—and God knows best what He reveals (in stages)—they say, “Thou art but a forger”: but most of them understand not.

According to the Qur’an, then, when Muslims are faced with conflicting commands, they aren’t supposed to pick the one they like best. Rather, they are to go to history and see which verse was revealed last. Whichever verse came last is said to abrogate (or cancel) earlier revelations.

What happens when we apply this methodology to Qur’anic verses on peace and violence?


II. THE CALL TO JIHAD: THREE STAGES

When we turn to Islam’s theological sources and historical writings (Qur’an, Hadith, Sira, and Tafsir), we find that there are three stages in the call to Jihad, depending on the status of Muslims in a society.

STAGE ONE—When Muslims are completely outnumbered and can’t possibly win a physical confrontation with unbelievers, they are to live in peace with non-Muslims and preach a message of tolerance. We see an example of this stage when Muhammad and his followers were a persecuted minority in Mecca. Since the Muslims were entirely outnumbered, the revelations Muhammad received during this stage (e.g. “You shall have your religion and I shall have my religion”) called for religious tolerance and proclaimed a future punishment (rather than a worldly punishment) for unbelievers. This is the stage Muslims practice in USA, India …….

STAGE TWO—When there are enough Muslims and resources to defend the Islamic community, Muslims are called to engage in defensive Jihad. Thus, when Muhammad had formed alliances with various groups outside Mecca and the Muslim community had become large enough to begin fighting, Muhammad received Qur’an 22:39-40:
Permission (to fight) is given to those upon whom war is made because they are oppressed, and most surely Allah is well able to assist them; Those who have been expelled from their homes without a just cause except that they say: our Lord is Allah. . . .

Although Muslims in the West & India often pretend that Islam only allows defensive fighting, later revelations show otherwise. Presently in many places in India like Saharanpur, Muzaffarnagar, Hyderabad….. Stage two is under operation.

STAGE THREE—When Muslims establish a majority and achieve political power in an area, they are commanded to engage in offensive Jihad. Hence, once Mecca and Arabia were under Muhammad’s control, he received the call the fight all unbelievers. In Surah 9:29, we read:
Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, nor hold that forbidden which hath been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger, nor acknowledge the Religion of Truth, from among the People of the Book, until they pay the Jizyah with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued.

Notice that this verse doesn’t order Muslims to fight oppressors, but to fight those who don’t believe in Islam (including the “People of the Book”—Jews and Christians).

Not surprisingly, we find similar commands in Islam’s most trusted collections of a Hadith (traditions containing Muhammad’s teachings).
Sahih al-Bukhari 6924—Muhammad said: “I have been ordered to fight the people till they say: La ilaha illallah (none has the right to be worshipped but Allah), and whoever said La ilaha illahllah, Allah will save his property and his life from me.”

Sahih Muslim 30—Muhammad said: “I have been commanded to fight against people so long as they do not declare that there is no god but Allah.”

Here again, the criterion for fighting people is that these people believe something other than Islam.

It’s clear, then, that when Muslims rose to power, peaceful verses of the Qur’an were abrogated by verses commanding Muslims to fight people based on their beliefs. Islam’s greatest scholars acknowledge this. For instance, Ibn Kathir (Islam’s greatest commentator on the Qur’an) sums up Stage Three as follows: “Therefore all people of the world should be called to Islam. If anyone of them refuses to do so, or refuses to pay the Jizyah, they should be fought till they are killed.”


III. WHEN MUSLIMS REACH STAGE THREE

Abrogation also accounts for shifting attitudes regarding Non-Muslims in the Qur’an. While Muslims are to be friendly to Non-Muslims when the former are outnumbered, the Islamic position changes when Muslims reach Stage Three, at which point Non-Muslimsare to recognize their inferior status and pay the Jizyah (a payment made to Muslims in exchange for not being killed by them).

Muhammad never considered Hinduism to be a threat to Islam or a hurdle in his way of converting people to Islam. It was easy for him to wipe out traces of Hinduism from the Mecca area. Consider some of Muhammad’s later teachings about Non-Muslims:

Qur’an 5:51—O you who believe! do not take the Jews and the Christians for friends; they are friends of each other; and whoever amongst you takes them for a friend, then surely he is one of them; surely Allah does not guide the unjust people.

Qur’an 9:30—And the Jews say: Uzair is the son of Allah; and the Christians say: The Messiah is the son of Allah; these are the words of their mouths; they imitate the saying of those who disbelieved before; may Allah destroy them; how they are turned away!

Qur’an 98:6—Those who reject (Truth), among the People of the Book and among the Polytheists, will be in Hell-Fire, to dwell therein. They are the worst of creatures.

Sahih Muslim 4366—Muhammad said: “I will expel the Jews and Christians from the Arabian Peninsula and will not leave any but Muslim.”

Al-Bukhari, Al-Adab al-Mufrad 1103—Muhammad said: “Do not give the People of the Book the greeting first. Force them to the narrowest part of the road.”

Needless to say, these teachings can hardly be considered peaceful or tolerant.


IV. MUSLIMS IN THE WEST, INDIA & Other Tolerant Places

Since Muhammad obviously commanded his followers to fight unbelievers (simply for being unbelievers), why do Muslims in the West & India deny this? Here we must turn to Surah 3:28, which reads:
Let not the believers take disbelievers for their friends in preference to believers. Whoso doeth that hath no connection with Allah unless (it be) that ye but guard yourselves against them, taking (as it were) security.

According to this verse (which uses a variation of the word Taqiyya, meaning “concealment”), Muslims are not allowed to be friends with non-Muslims. However, if Muslims feel threatened by a stronger adversary, they are allowed to pretend to be friendly. Ibn Kathir comments: “In this case, such believers are allowed to show friendship outwardly but never inwardly.” Abu Darda, one of Muhammad’s companions, put it this way: “We smile in the face of some people although our hearts curse them.”
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Lying (Taqiyya and Kitman) – There are two forms of lying to non-believers that are permitted under certain circumstances, taqiyya and kitman. These circumstances are typically those that advance the cause Islam - in some cases by gaining the trust of non-believers in order to draw out their vulnerability and defeat them.

Qur'an (16:106) - Establishes that there are circumstances that can "compel" a Muslim to tell a lie.

Qur'an (3:28) - This verse tells Muslims not to take those outside the faith as friends, unless it is to "guard themselves."

Qur'an (9:3) - "...Allah and His Messenger are free from liability to the idolaters..." The dissolution of oaths with the pagans who remained at Mecca following its capture. They did nothing wrong, but were evicted anyway.

Qur'an (40:28) - A man is introduced as a believer, but one who must "hide his faith" among those who are not believers.

Qur'an (2:225) - "Allah will not call you to account for thoughtlessness in your oaths, but for the intention in your hearts" The context of this remark is marriage, which explains why Sharia allows spouses to lie to each other for the greater good.

Qur'an (66:2) - "Allah has already ordained for you, (O men), the dissolution of your oaths"

Qur'an (3:54) - "And they (the disbelievers) schemed, and Allah schemed (against them): and Allah is the best of schemers." The Arabic word used here for scheme (or plot) is makara, which literally means 'deceit'. If Allah is supremely deceitful toward unbelievers, then there is little basis for denying that Muslims are allowed to do the same. (See also 8:30 and 10:21)

Taken collectively these verses are interpreted to mean that there are circumstances when a Muslim may be "compelled" to deceive others for a greater purpose.

From the Hadith:

Bukhari (52:269) - "The Prophet said, 'War is deceit.'" The context of this is thought to be the murder of Usayr ibn Zarim and his thirty unarmed men by Muhammad's men after he "guaranteed" them safe passage (see Additional Notes below).

Bukhari (49:857) - "He who makes peace between the people by inventing good information or saying good things, is not a liar." Lying is permitted when the end justifies the means.

Bukhari (84:64-65) - Speaking from a position of power at the time, Ali confirms that lying is permissible in order to deceive an "enemy."

Muslim (32:6303) - "...he did not hear that exemption was granted in anything what the people speak as lie but in three cases: in battle, for bringing reconciliation amongst persons and the narration of the words of the husband to his wife, and the narration of the words of a wife to her husband (in a twisted form in order to bring reconciliation between them)."

Bukhari (50:369) - Recounts the murder of a poet, Ka'b bin al-Ashraf, at Muhammad's insistence. The men who volunteered for the assassination used dishonesty to gain Ka'b's trust, pretending that they had turned against Muhammad. This drew the victim out of his fortress, whereupon he was brutally slaughtered despite putting up a ferocious struggle for his life.

From Islamic Law:

Reliance of the Traveller (p. 746 - 8.2) - "Speaking is a means to achieve objectives. If a praiseworthy aim is attainable through both telling the truth and lying, it is unlawful to accomplish through lying because there is no need for it. When it is possible to achieve such an aim by lying but not by telling the truth, it is permissible to lie if attaining the goal is permissible (N:i.e. when the purpose of lying is to circumvent someone who is preventing one from doing something permissible), and obligatory to lie if the goal is obligatory... it is religiously precautionary in all cases to employ words that give a misleading impression...

"One should compare the bad consequences entailed by lying to those entailed by telling the truth, and if the consequences of telling the truth are more damaging, one is entitled to lie.

Additional Notes: Muslims are allowed to lie to unbelievers in order to defeat them. The two forms are:

Taqiyya - Saying something that isn't true.

Kitman - Lying by omission. An example would be when Muslim apologists quote only a fragment of verse 5:32 (that if anyone kills "it shall be as if he had killed all mankind") while neglecting to mention that the rest of the verse (and the next) mandate murder in undefined cases of "corruption" and "mischief."

Though not called Taqiyya by name, Muhammad clearly used deception when he signed a 10-year treaty with the Meccans that allowed him access to their city while he secretly prepared his own forces for a takeover. The unsuspecting residents were conquered in easy fashion after he broke the treaty two years later, and some of the people in the city who had trusted him at his word were executed.

Another example of lying is when Muhammad used deception to trick his personal enemies into letting down their guard and exposing themselves to slaughter by pretending to seek peace. This happened in the case of Ka'b bin al-Ashraf (as previously noted) and again later against Usayr ibn Zarim, a surviving leader of the Banu Nadir tribe, which had been evicted from their home in Medina by the Muslims.

At the time, Usayr ibn Zarim was attempting to gather an armed force against the Muslims from among a tribe allied with the Quraish (against which Muhammad had already declared war). Muhammad's "emissaries" went to ibn Zarim and persuaded him to leave his safe haven on the pretext of meeting with the prophet of Islam in Medina to discuss peace. Once vulnerable, the leader and his thirty companions were massacred by the Muslims with ease, belying the probability that they were mostly unarmed, having been given a guarantee of safe passage (Ibn Ishaq 981).

Such was the reputation of Muslims for lying and then killing that even those who "accepted Islam" did not feel entirely safe. The fate of the Jadhima is tragic evidence for this. When Muslim "missionaries" approached their tribe one of the members insisted that they would be slaughtered even though they had already "converted" to Islam to avoid just such a demise. However, the others were convinced that they could trust the Muslim leader's promise that they would not be harmed if they simply offered no resistance. (After convincing the skeptic to lay down his arms, the unarmed men of the tribe were quickly tied up and beheaded - Ibn Ishaq 834 & 837).

Today's Muslims often try to justify Muhammad's murder of poets and others who criticized him at Medina by saying that they broke a treaty by their actions. Yet, these same apologists place little value on treaties broken by Muslims. From Muhammad to Saddam Hussein, promises made to non-Muslim are distinctly non-binding in the Muslim mindset.

Leaders in the Arab world routinely say one thing to English-speaking audiences and then something entirely different to their own people in Arabic. Yassir Arafat was famous for telling Western newspapers about his desire for peace with Israel, then turning right around and whipping Palestinians into a hateful and violent frenzy against Jews.

The 9/11 hijackers practiced deception by going into bars and drinking alcohol, thus throwing off potential suspicion that they were fundamentalists plotting jihad. This effort worked so well, in fact, that even weeks after 9/11, John Walsh, the host of a popular American television show, said that their bar trips were evidence of 'hypocrisy.'

The transmission from Flight 93 records the hijackers telling their doomed passengers that there is "a bomb on board" but that everyone will "be safe" as long as "their demands are met." Obviously none of these things were true, but these men, who were so intensely devoted to Islam that they were willing to "slay and be slain for the cause of Allah" (as the Qur'an puts it) saw nothing wrong with employing Taqiyya in order to facilitate their mission of mass murder.

The Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) insists that it "has not now or ever been involved with the Muslim Brotherhood, or supported any covert, illegal, or terrorist activity or organization." In fact, it was created by the Muslim Brotherhood and has bankrolled Hamas. At least nine founders or board members of ISNA have been accused by prosecutors of supporting terrorism.

Prior to engineering several deadly terror plots, such as the Fort Hood massacre and the attempt to blow up a Detroit-bound airliner, American cleric Anwar al-Awlaki was regularly sought out by NPR, PBS and even government leaders to expound on the peaceful nature of Islam.

The Quran says in several places that Allah is the best at deceiving people. An interesting side note is verse 7:99, which says that the only people who feel secure from Allah are actually those who will perish in Hell. Taken literally, this would mean that those Muslims who arrogantly assume that they will enter heaven are in for a rude surprise (such are the hazards of worshipping an all-powerful deceiver).

The near absence of Qur'anic verse and reliable Hadith that encourage truthfulness is somewhat surprising, given that many Muslims are convinced that their religion teaches honesty. In fact, it is because of this ingrained belief that many Muslims are quite honest. When lying is addressed in the Qur'an, it is nearly always in reference to the "lies against Allah" - referring to the Jews and Christians who rejected Muhammad's claim to being a prophet.

Finally, the circumstances by which Muhammad allowed a believer to lie to a non-spouse are limited to those that either advance the cause of Islam or enable a Muslim to avoid harm to his well-being (and presumably that of other Muslims as well). Although this should be kept very much in mind when dealing with matters of global security, such as Iran's nuclear intentions, it is not grounds for assuming that the Muslim one might personally encounter on the street or in the workplace is any less honest than anyone else.
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Is Islam a religion of peace? No. Islam is a religion that pretends to be peaceful when Muslims are too weak to win a war. Of course, there are many Muslims who aren’t violent. Many Muslims in the West, India & elsewhere love peace and tolerance. But they didn’t get these values from Islam. They got them from other Religions, and now they’re reinterpreting Islam based on these acquired values.

For dedicated Muslims, however, there are only two possible situations to be in:
1. Fighting unbelievers, and
2. Pretending to be peaceful while preparing to fight unbelievers.

Either way, fighting non-Muslims and conquering the world in the name of Allah is always the goal.

Narendra Modi, Rajnath Singh, Arun Jaitley, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh : RSS, Dr. Subramanian Swamy, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, #Jihad, #MakeIndiaIslamicCountry,
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