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“bacha bazi” Homosexuality, Pedophilia, and Slavery in the Muslim World

The term “Homosexuality” wasn’t  invented until the late 19th Century by European scholars attempting to categorize people into subsets. Much like racial theories at the time listed characteristics of each race, which had little to do with any reality, and a lot to do with racist stereotypes.

The Koran makes no specific condemnation of same sex relationships. Further, Islam is like Christianity in that there are many different sects with different belief sets. In some, neither homosexuality or pedophilia is condemned.

Taliban use ‘honey trap’ boys to kill Afghan police


The Taliban are using child sex slaves to mount crippling insider attacks on police in southern Afghanistan, exploiting the pervasive practice of “bacha bazi” — paedophilic boy play — to infiltrate security ranks, multiple officials and survivors of such assaults told AFP.

The ancient custom is prevalent across Afghanistan, but nowhere does it seem as entrenched as in the province of Uruzgan, where “bacha bereesh” — or boys without beards — widely become objects of lustful attraction for powerful police commanders.

The Taliban over nearly two years have used them to mount a wave of Trojan Horse attacks — at least six between January and April alone — that have killed hundreds of policemen, according to security and judicial officials in the province.

“The Taliban are sending boys — beautiful boys, handsome boys — to penetrate checkpoints and kill, drug and poison policemen,” said Ghulam Sakhi Rogh Lewanai, who was Uruzgan’s police chief until he was removed in a security reshuffle in April amid worsening violence.

“They have figured out the biggest weakness of police forces — bacha bazi,” he told AFP.

The assaults, signifying abuse of children by both parties in the conflict, have left authorities rattled, with one senior provincial official who echoed Rogh Lewanai’s view saying “it’s easier tackling suicide bombers than bacha attackers”.

The killings illustrate how bacha bazi is aggravating insecurity in Uruzgan, a remote province which officials warn is teetering on the brink of collapse, unravelling hard-won gains by US, Australian and Dutch troops who fought there for years.

“These bacha attacks have fuelled deep mistrust within police ranks,” Seddiqullah, a police commander at a checkpoint near the provincial capital Tarin Kot, told AFP.

The insurgents are using boys as honey traps, said 21-year-old Matiullah, a policeman who was the only survivor from an insider attack in Dehrawud district in spring last year.

He said the attacker was the checkpoint commander’s own sex slave, a teenager called Zabihullah. Late one night, he went on a shooting spree, killing seven policemen including the commander as they slept.

“He brought the Taliban inside and poked all the bodies with rifle butts to see if anyone was alive. I pretended to be dead,” said Matiullah, who now works as a tailor, pointing out a gash on his forehead.

“As his Taliban accomplices gathered our weapons and ammunition, Zabihullah declared: ‘Everyone is dead’.”

– ‘Addiction’ to boys –

The Taliban, who banned bacha bazi during their 1996-2001 rule, roundly denied deploying any underage boys for insider attacks.

“We have a special mujahideen brigade for such operations — all grown men with beards,” a Taliban spokesman told AFP.

The insurgents have long denied using children in combat, a claim repeatedly debunked by rights groups and the government.

Survivors of insider attacks who spoke to AFP, including Matiullah, suggest the Taliban are exploiting the institutionalisation of bacha bazi in police ranks for military gain.

Practically all of Uruzgan’s 370 local and national police checkpoints have bachas — some up to four — who are illegally recruited not just for sexual companionship but also to bear arms, multiple officials said.

Some policemen, they said, demand bachas like a perk of the job, refusing to join outposts where they are not available….More Here




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Charles Blow Eviscerates conservative Bigotry

A teachable moment. Trump continues his racist based attack on President Obama…

To conservative bigots it isn’t about the 100 lives destroyed, because those lives were “others”, and to conservatives less than fully human. It is to conservatives about advancing their hatred of another group of “others” – in this case Muslims. There is little difference between evangelical or fundamentalist christian hatred of Gays, whether it is “Praying away the Gay” or beating it out of them – and the fundamentalist and radical Islamic. They are both rotten fruit from the same diseased tree. You don’t have to be Gay to respect human life. There is no morality or respect for shared humanity in the Chump’s vein of the right wing…Only evil. Hatred and bigotry against one – is hatred against all.

“Like an unchecked cancer, hate corrodes the personality and eats away its vital unity. Hate destroys a man’s sense of values and his objectivity. It causes him to describe the beautiful as ugly and the ugly as beautiful, and to confuse the true with the false and the false with the true.” ― Martin Luther King Jr.

Watch Charles Blow teach Donald Trump a life lesson on spreading hatred in 30 seconds

CNN commentator Charles Blow asserted on Tuesday that Republicans were allowing hate to spread by downplaying the idea that homophobia contributed to the terrorist attack on the Pulse nightclub in Orlando.

On Monday, presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump suggested that President Barack Obama was complicit in the attack on Pulse nightclub in Orlando, saying, “Look, we’re led by a man that either is not tough, not smart, or he’s got something else in mind,”

Speaking on CNN’s New Day, Blow pointed out that Donald Trump had always questioned President Barack Obama’s “identity, his religion, his kind of fealty to this country.”

“If you put it into that sort of context, it is very clear that he means to question his loyalty, his patriotism, whether he has some sort of intimate knowledge of Islamic terror,” Blow said. “And that is outrageous.”

The commentator argued that it was “not sufficient” for Trump supporters to condemn the billionaire’s words while continuing to support him.

“This is a zero sum game, either you fight against hatred or you advance it,” Blow insisted. “Is it correct to say people are distorting a particularly religion, Islam, the Muslim faith? Absolutely. Is it correct to say there is a strand in the faith of people exploiting it to turn people into weapons? Absolutely.”

Blow observed that Americans who hate Muslims contribute to the radicalization of Muslim Americans. He also noted that the people who were criticizing Obama for not saying the words “radical Islam” were same people who refused to bring themselves to say that the attack occurred at a “gay” nightclub.

And then in only 30 seconds, Blow delivered a lesson on how hatred spreads:

We cannot downplay the idea of homophobia being linked to other phobias and other hatreds and other isms, that all of these things are connected, that once you allow yourself to hate one person, once you allow that into your spirit, once you allow that to become part of your and normalized in you, it allows you to hate anyone, to hate everyone, to be able to hurt anyone.”


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The Nexus between Islamophobia and Racism

For a long time non-black Islamics ran away from other minority groups, especially black folks. Indeed after the Shah of Iran fell and Iranians emigrated to the US, their political arm lobbied Congress to be classified as white. Arabic people are classified as white in the US. What Muslims have since learned is like the way Jews were treated in this country for a long time, what you are classified as, and what bigots in America see you as are two very different things.

This writer suggests that Muslim people join in the struggle along side other minority groups.

Don’t Worry!

The Entanglement of Islamophobia and Anti-Black Violence

Social justice activists working on issues related to Islamophobia must intensify their efforts to align with activists focused on anti-Black violence.

Blacks form a large portion of the Muslim population in the United States. Muslims from Pakistan, India, the Middle East, etc. who joined them later and/or who are now first or second-generation Americans, however, have maintained separate spaces of worship and recreation. This has created fissures within the American Muslim community along the lines of race and ethnicity – in addition to differences of interpretation of Islam.

In fact, there have been moments when non-Black Muslims have actively sought to set themselves apart from their Black brothers and sisters in order to partake in the racial hierarchy. South Asian Muslims, for instance, have benefited from being marked as a ‘model-minority;’ Iranian Muslims from passing as White. Others have benefited from labels such as ‘moderate or progressive Muslims.’

This self-segregation by non-Black and/or immigrant Muslims can also be read as a mode of self-preservation as they struggled to establish themselves in a new host nation. However, such actions are no longer tenable.

Non-Black Muslims in the United States, like myself, have to understand that our everyday experiences of Islamophobia today are intimately linked with the racism that our Black brothers and sisters have been experiencing for centuries.

To understand this connection, we have to first recognize how racial discrimination operates and how marginalization is an effect of institutional practices.

‘Race’ is a social construction – that is, bodies that look differently (complexion, phenotype, etc.) have historically been categorized and placed into different buckets (namely black, white, brown, etc.) as part of a societal consensus.

This social production of race entails placing certain bodies in superior positions when compared to others (such as Whites over Blacks). It also includes allocating particular characteristics to legitimize such placements (Asians are hardworking; Muslims are backward, etc.). These characteristics are often presented as ‘natural.’

For this hierarchy to be maintained day after day, a range of institutional practices and structures have to reproduce it constantly. These include policing, schooling, gentrification, employment policies, etc. Together, these practices limit the opportunity set available to Blacks, for instance, and hence reproduce the cycle of poverty and marginalization.

There is no conspiracy here – marginalization is an effect of a large number of unjust practices that work together day after day.

Thus, the oft-repeated slogan that ‘Blacks are criminals, look at the crime rates’ only points to the effect of what happens when a people are systematicallymarginalized and discriminated against. If this happened to Brown people or White people then they, too, would experience similar lived realities.

Marginalization of Blacks, hence, is a social and political process and has to be understood as such.

So why should non-Black Muslims care about racism and anti-Black violence? Because the very marginalizations that Muslims are feeling today in the era of Trump – the everyday racism, bullying, violent attacks – are part of the larger institutional processes that keep non-Whites at the periphery. Because Islamophobia is yet another aspect of structural oppression – oppression of Blacks, Latinos, women, disabled people, sexual minorities, etc.

Islamophobia, therefore, can never be understood – let alone addressed – if we do not understand how systemic oppression works.

Non-Black Muslims (and look-alikes, such as Sikhs and Hindus) have, of course, experienced racism before the recent GOP fear mongering. What is different today is the loud call to unite with other marginalized groups.

Anti-Islamophobia work must not erase the anti-racism struggles of Black American Muslims. In fact, good allyship entails sharing privileges, knowledges, and working together towards racial justice.



Posted by on February 19, 2016 in The Post-Racial Life


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Farrakhan Unloads on the Trumpazoid!

Terrorists in the Middle East are using Trumps racism to recruit new bombers and terrorists in the Middle East and America.

Minister Louis Farrakhan is just reflecting what more than a few people think

Farrakhan: A President Trump Would Take America Into ‘The Abyss Of Hell’

“When you get leadership that is not rooted in justice, then they begin to make the people just like themselves,” he went on. “Be careful, America. You’re headed into the abyss of hell, and if you make a mistake in choosing your leaders, maybe you’ll go there faster.”Besides comparing Trump to biblical villains and claiming he’ll take the country to Satan’s realm, Farrakhan also asserted that the mogul’s father was a criminal who was allowed to pass wealth onto his son because they were both white.

“White folk are allowed to be criminals and pass on money to their children to be clean,” he stated.


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Posted by on January 3, 2016 in Domestic terrorism, The Clown Bus


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Charlie Hebdo – “We Have Champagne”

Translated … “They have the weapons. F$%k Them! We have the Champagne!”

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Posted by on November 17, 2015 in General, News


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Paris Imams Offer Prayer and Sing La Marseillaise at Site of Terrorist Attack

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Posted by on November 16, 2015 in General


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How Republicans Aid and Abet ISIS

ISIS wants to turn the rhetoric on their terrorist attacks into a religious war against Islam. But the real fact is that ISIS are pretty equal opportunity murdering scumbags…

  1. They have killed and/or executed thousands, if not tens of thousands of their fellow Muslims.
  2. They have destroyed Mosques.
  3. They have destroyed cultural and historic sites.
  4. They have conducted forced marriages and mass rape of Muslim women.

None of which have anything to do with so-called right wing “christians” in the US.

Now America certainly has the capability to turn any stretch of landscape in the Middle East into “temporarily uninhabited” with conventional means as demonstrated in WWII in Dresden, or uninhabitable for periods in excess of 5,000 years as demonstrated by the relatively primitive weapon which devastated Hiroshima. All without reaching deep down into the arsenal of the “unthinkable” and with less than 20 minutes notice. The consequences of which aren’t likely to solve the “problem”.

Making Republicans ISIS’s dumbest “useful fools” of all.

Texas whack-job Ted Cruz – one of the biggest ISIS “Useful Fools”.

Taking the bait: How Republicans help ISIS spread their propaganda about the ‘war against Muslims’

The distended Republican presidential field’s (AKA The Clown Bus) response to the terror attacks in Paris is a conglomeration of policy proposals that look something like this: a ground invasion of Syria and Iraq that will explicitly be less careful about killing civilians, combined with a policy of relief for refugees only if they’re Christians.

One can almost see the Islamic State’s top ideologues and propagandists celebrating. And why not? Muslims the world over, which Isis views (wrongly) as a sea of potential recruits, could be forgiven for viewing the Republican rhetoric as a declaration of holy war against their coreligionists.

I wish my thumbnail descriptions of Republicans’ talking points were a joke, but they’re not. And the policies described by the candidates line up almost exactly with the image of America that Isis seeks to portray in its propaganda. The target for Isis’s messaging was made abundantly clear in a statement last month from the group: “Islamic youth everywhere, ignite jihad against the Russians and the Americans in their crusaders’ war against Muslims”, said Isis spokesman Abu Mohammad al-Adnani.

Florida Senator and Republican presidential hopeful Marco Rubio might as well have had this very idea in mind when he said repeatedly, of the fight against Isis: “This is a clash of civilizations”. Rubio relished in his identification of Isis as an “Islamic” group – a notion President Barack Obama has disavowed. Florida Governor Jeb Bush, who has otherwise taken to defending his brother’s legacy, however ahistorically , evendisavowed George W Bush’s proclamations that the “global war on terror” wasn’t “against Islam , or against faith practiced by the Muslim people”.

Rubio even challenged Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton’s reluctance to use the term “radical Islam” with an inapt comparison: “That would be like saying we weren’t at war with Nazis because we were afraid to offend some Germans who were members of the Nazi Party but weren’t violent themselves”. The Nazis, in this comparison, would be Isis – but no one is contending that any Isis members should be spared the fight.

That the American fight against Isis is one aimed at Muslims, rather than a particular extremist group, was reinforced when the Republican candidates blamed Europe’s acceptance of Syrian refugees for the Paris attacks. Subsuming the news from Paris into their extremist platforms, Republican hopefuls moulded their usual anti-immigrant stances into positions against allowing any Syrian refugees into the country – on the rare occasion that they could demonstrate any knowledge of the specifics of Obama’s plan to settle 10,000 Syrian refugees in the US.

Donald Trump, for his part, couldn’t quite grasp the scale of Obama’s plan: “Our president wants to take in 250,000 from Syria. I mean, think of it. 250,000 people”, Trump told a rally in Texas. But Texas Senator Ted Cruz and Jeb Bush , usually considered a moderate among the zany Republican field, took it a step farther: they urged that only Syrian Christians be allowed to come to America as refugees. (Cruz hasstaked out this position before .)

That callousness not withstanding, Bush told NBC : “I think we have a responsibility to help, but ultimately the best way to deal with refugees is to have a strategy to take out Isis”, nodding to a declaration of war against the militant group and calling for a plan to “eradicate Isis from the face of the earth”. Other Republicans echoed the call for a stepped-up US military intervention .

So how would America wage this total war? We should “go in on the ground and destroy their caliphate”, said South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham. Ben Carson, the famed neurosurgeon seeking the Republican nomination, said American troops on the ground would “ probably ” help the anti-Isis effort, but was short on other specifics: he said the fight should utilize American “covert resources, military resources, things-that-they-don’t-know-about resources”…


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