This is for F.B.I. agent “Greg”

So I get stopped at the border every time I cross over from Canada into the United States. I’m made to sit for 4 hours, after which the agent (or in this case agents) come and talk to me. The total process is 6 hours. This time, 3 F.B.I. agents interviewed me. One of them started up a discussion about democracy and Iran. I was trying to explain that I don’t think Iran is perfect. No one claims this. Not even Iranian officials claim that Iran is perfect. But, Iran has an indigenously created system. The key to stability is an indigenously created system. During the course of conversation, I said that the Assembly of Experts (Majlis e Ghuburgan) is a directly elected body that has the power to remove the Supreme Leader. “Greg,” immediately interrupted me and said that the the Supreme Leader can remove members of the Assembly. This implied that there is actually no democratic characteristics to the system. Well. Greg. You’re wrong.

Here’s a very useful BBC page that beautifully explains the Iranian system. Please note that no where in the flow chart nor in the description does it indicate that the Supreme Leader has the power to remove a member of the Assembly of Experts.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/8051750.stm#president

Here is a page for the “United States Institute of Peace.” I put that in quotations because protection of Israel seems to be the real agenda for this institute not peace. They, too, do not mention anything about the Supreme Leader having the power to remove members of the Assembly of Experts.

http://iranprimer.usip.org/resource/assembly-experts

According to Article 110 of the Iranian constitution, the power of the Supreme Leader are as follows:

Following are the duties and powers of the Leadership:

1.Delineation of the general policies of the Islamic Republic of Iran after consultation with the Nation’s Exigency Council.
2.Supervision over the proper execution of the general policies of the system.
3.Issuing decrees for national referenda.
4.Assuming supreme command of the armed forces.
5.Declaration of war and peace, and the mobilization of the armed forces.
6.Appointment, dismissal, and acceptance of resignation of:
1.the fuqaha’ on the Guardian Council.
2.the supreme judicial authority of the country.
3.the head of the radio and television network of the Islamic Republic of Iran.
4.the chief of the joint staff.
5.the chief commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps.
6.the supreme commanders of the armed forces.
7.Resolving differences between the three wings of the armed forces and regulation of their relations.
8.Resolving the problems, which cannot be solved by conventional methods, through the Nation’s Exigency Council.
9.Signing the decree formalizing the election of the President of the Republic by the people. The suitability of candidates for the Presidency of the Republic, with respect to the qualifications specified in the Constitution, must be confirmed before elections take place by the Guardian Council;, and, in the case of the first term [of the Presidency], by the Leadership;
10.Dismissal of the’ President of the Republic, with due regard for the interests of the country, after the Supreme Court holds him guilty of the violation of his constitutional duties, or after a vote of the Islamic Consultative Assembly testifying to his incompetence on the basis of Article 89 of the Constitution.
11.Pardoning or reducing the sentences of convicts, within the framework of Islamic criteria, on a recommendation [to that effect] from the Head of judicial power. The Leader may delegate part of his duties and powers to another person.

So there you have it Greg. The body that has the authority to remove the Supreme Leader of Iran is directly elected by the Iranian people.

I’m sorely disappointed. You would think that the F.B.I. would have agents who would be more knowledgeable about basic stuff like this. Kinda sad. I wish the F.B.I. would stop harassing me. I have never done anything illegal, and they know it. But, if they are going to harass me, I would hope that I could talk to people who would be a little more up to date on basic stuff. Just saying.

I have to add that everyone is very polite and courteous. I appreciate that. But, I can’t help having the sinking feeling that the agents don’t give a damn about me and are looking for any opportunity to get me in trouble. They are asking  me the same questions over and over, hoping I contradict myself. Its a very unsettling and frightening process. They claim they are just “information collectors.” I hope thats the case. I just wish I weren’t harassed. It’s not fun. It won’t stop me speaking my mind either.

Message of Ayatollah Khamenei (h.a.) for the youth of Europe and North America

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To all those that are interested in peace and want to avoid conflict: What follows is a speech in which Ayatollah Khamenei (h.a.) specifically addresses the youth of Europe and North America. That means you. Please read with an open mind and heart. Step outside the framing of issues, events and people that the media has place around you.

 

Tehran, January 21, 2015

 

Message of Ayatullah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, Leader of The Islamic Republic of Iran

To the Youth of Europe and North America

In the name of Allah, the Beneficent the Merciful

Recent events in France and similar ones in some other Western countries have convinced me to talk to you directly about them. I am addressing you [the youth], not because I overlook your parents; rather it is because the future of your nations and countries will be in your hands, and also I find that the sense of quest for truth is more vigorous and attentive in your hearts.

I don’t address your politicians and statesmen in this message because I believe they have consciously separated the route of politics from the path of righteousness and truth.

I would like to talk to you about Islam, particularly the image that is presented to you as Islam. Many attempts have been made over the past two decades, almost since the disintegration of the Soviet Union, to place this great religion in the seat of a horrifying enemy. The provocation of a feeling of horror and hatred and its utilization has unfortunately a long record in the political history of the West.

Here, I don’t want to deal with the different phobias with which Western nations have thus far been indoctrinated. A cursory review of recent critical studies of history would bring home to you the fact that the Western governments’ insincere and hypocritical treatment of other nations and cultures has been censured in new historiographies.

The histories of the United States and Europe are today full of shame for practicing slavery, embarrassed by the colonial period and the oppression of people of color and non-Christians. Your researchers and historians are deeply ashamed of the bloodshed wrought in the name of religion between Catholics and Protestants or in the name of nationality and ethnicity during the First and Second World Wars. This approach is admirable.

By mentioning a fraction of this long list, I don’t want to reproach history; rather I would like you to ask your intellectuals as to why the public conscience in the West awakens and comes to its senses after a delay of several decades or centuries. Why should the revision of collective conscience apply to the distant past but not to current problems? Why is it that attempts are made to prevent public awareness regarding an important issue such as the treatment of Islamic culture and thought?

You know well that humiliation and spreading hatred and illusionary fear of the “Other” have been the common base of all those oppressive profiteers. I would like you to ask yourself why the old policy of spreading “phobia” and hatred has targeted Islam and Muslims with unprecedented intensity. Why does the power structure in the world want Islamic thought to be marginalized and remain latent? What concepts and values in Islam disturb the programs of the super powers and what interests are safeguarded in the shadow of distorting the image of Islam?

 

Hence, my first request is: Study and research the incentives behind this widespread tarnishing of the image of Islam.

My second request is that in reaction to the flood of prejudgments and disinformation campaigns, try to gain a direct and firsthand knowledge of this religion. The right logic requires that you understand the nature and essence of what they are scaring you about and want you to keep away from.

I don’t insist that you accept my reading or any other reading of Islam. What I want to say is: Don’t allow this dynamic and effective reality in today’s world to be introduced to you through resentments and prejudices. Don’t allow them to hypocritically introduce their own recruited terrorists as representatives of Islam.

Receive knowledge of Islam from its primary and original sources. Gain information about Islam through the Qur’an and the life of its great Prophet. I would like to ask you whether you have directly read the Qur’an that Muslims follow. Have you studied the teachings of the Prophet of Islam and his humane, ethical doctrines? Have you ever received the message of Islam from any sources other than the media?

Have you ever asked yourself how and on the basis of which values has Islam established the greatest scientific and intellectual civilization of the world and raised the most distinguished scientists and intellectuals throughout many centuries?

I would like you not to allow the derogatory and offensive image-buildings to create an emotional gulf between you and the reality, taking away the possibility of an impartial judgment from you. Today, the communication media have removed the geographical borders. Hence, don’t allow them to besiege you with fabricated and mental borders.

Although no one can individually fill the gaps thus created, each one of you can construct a bridge of thought and fairness over these gaps to illuminate yourself and your surrounding environment. While this preplanned challenge between Islam and you—the youth—is undesirable, it can raise new questions in your curious and inquiring minds. Attempts to find answers to these questions will provide you with an appropriate opportunity to discover new truths.

Therefore, don’t miss the opportunity to gain proper, correct and unbiased understanding of Islam so that hopefully, due to your sense of responsibility toward the truth, future generations would write the history of this current interaction between Islam and the West with a clearer conscience and lesser resentment.

Seyyed Ali Khamenei
21st January 2015

 

Netanyahu’s lie on ISIS

Are the Islamic Republic of Iran and the so called ISIS the same? That is what the arch deceiver, the Zionist thug the anti-American thief and instigator in chief the war criminal Netanyahu would have you believe. He says that though they are opposed to one another they are “branches of the same poisonous tree,” and “they all want to be king of the same hill” Here is an excerpt from a speech given by the Leader of the Islamic Revolution, Ayatollah Khamenei (h.a.) in 1996. The topic is women’s educations. As the criminal, corrupt and devious ISIS leaders print magazines claiming that the sexual enslavement of Yazidi women is justified, their arch foes, the ones that have been fighting them in Syria as America dithers, i.e. Iran and Hizbollah have the following views on Islam and women’s education. Please watch the video below carefully:


 

 

 

 

 

Quotable Quotes: Imam Khamenei (h.a.) on the issue of Israel

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The destruction of the Zionist regime does not mean the annihilation of the Jewish people in that region. (emphasis added by Muslim Perspectives) The logic used by Imam Khomeini when he said that Israel should be destroyed is humane logic. We have presented the practical implications of this to the world, and no one could criticize this in a logical way. We said that a referendum should be held among the people living there. The ruling regime there should be determined by a referendum. The people should decide this. This is the meaning of the destruction of the Zionist regime. This is the implication. This is the only solution for this barbaric and wolfish regime….until this regime is destroyed what is the solution…the solution is total armed resistance against this regime. This is the solution. 

 

 

On the murder of Alan Henning

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Rest in peace sweet soul

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Like millions others, we at Muslim Perspectives are aghast at the brutal murder of British aid worker Alan Henning.

Henning, from all accounts, is a beautiful soul, who wanted to help those less fortunate than him. He gave his life helping Muslims. Rest in peace beautiful soul, may you return to your Lord in a happy state.

ISIS is evil personified. The murder of Alan and thousands of Muslims and non-Muslims by ISIS is inexcusable. Period. You can put forth any excuse you wish (The Americans are bombing us, they British are killing our civilians so we can kill there’s etc), but none of them hold any water.

The Holy Prophet (p) instructed his (p) soldiers to avoid uprooting vegetation in enemy territory and to never harass civilians, especially women. He instructed them to never kill fleeing soldiers who were leaving the battlefield. When approached by someone, he famously said that Islam means to never get angry.

These fiends, these satanic perpetrators of evil in the name of Islam number about 30,000 at most. The total population of the Muslim world is at 1.6 billion as of 2010 (http://www.pewforum.org/2011/01/27/the-future-of-the-global-muslim-population/). That’s 0.00003% of the total Muslim population. Of course, Zionists and others are delighted because they have the perfect opportunity to malign Islam. The reality is that the existence of ISIS is proof of how peaceful Islam really is. If 1.7 billion Muslims believed that Islam=ISIS, one can imagine what would happen. The world can barely contain 30,000 of these brain washed ISIS cult members.

The fact is that Muslims have been at the forefront of fighting ISIS and dying in the process. Hizbollah, Iran, the Syrian army, the Iraqi army, Hamas (in Gaza) and many Sunni, Shia and Christian brethren in Syria and Iraq are fighting ISIS as we speak.

 

 

NYPD: Black kids must leave white neighborhood

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Racism in the United States is heavily institutionalized. And this latest incident highlights that fact in the most stark, undeniable terms imaginable. A group of black children were walking through a white neighborhood. An NYPD patrol car pulled up behind them. The officer, utilizing the car megaphone, told the kids to leave because they should not be there. Why? No reason. They were black, and they shouldn’t have been there. A resident who witnessed the event was upset. The story wouldn’t be that remarkable if the NYPD had consequently issued a statement promising to look into the accusation. But, here’s where the story gets unbelievable: when confronted with the incident, commanding Officer Captain Frank DiGiacomo defended his officer’s actions instead of promising to investigate them:

Most of the crimes that happen in our command are from outside people committing the crimes,” DiGiacuomo said, according to DNAinfo. “If [teens] are not playing basketball, you’re not playing soccer, you’re not doing something productive in the neighborhood, I can see [officers] moving them.

 

So, the question then arises: how did the officer know the kids were “outside” people? Because they were black of course. See? So easy. Unbelievable.

Of course, I can almost hear some Fox News anchor shake her coiffed, blonde hair and roll her eyes in disdain. If America is so racist, she will ask, how come we have a black President? The answer may be simple: Obama was voted into office by minorities and young people, both white and otherwise. Institutions in the country are run predominantly by white men aged 45-60 (Gardiner, 2004). Guess who runs American institutions? Yup. Older white men who voted for Romney and don’t care much for Obama. Thus institutional racism in the U.S. is well entrenched, and will remain around for at least another generation. It can also potentially be extended, because studies (look it up don’t have them at my finger tips) shown that people in general and white men in particular tend to become conservative as they grow older, and in the U.S. that means more racism.

You can read the full story here. 

 

References

Gardiner, Stephen M. “The Global Warming and the Dangerous Illusion of the Kyoto Protocol.” Ethics & International Affairs. 1. (2004):23-58. Web. 10 September 2014.

State department backhands Netanyahu

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Her hand note reads: Try not to call him a NetanYAHOO

“We don’t believe that Prime Minister Netanyahu or anyone else from Israel is suggesting that the United States launch a military campaign against Hamas.” (You can read the full story here).

Thus spoke U.S. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki, reflecting a spat between the Obama administration and the crazy loon with the appropriate phonetic “yahoo” at the end of his name, Zionist Netanyahu.

Now, before you get all excited about any rifts between the U.S. and Israel that would be game changing in terms of geopolitical realignment, please keep in mind that Presidential spats with crazy Zionists do not alter the basic framework of a decidedly pro Israeli American foreign policy. If you’re wondering why that is, there is plenty of reading material out there, foremost among which is “The Israel Lobby” by John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt and their brave predecessor and author of “They Dare to Speak Out” former Congressman from Abraham Lincoln’s district Paul Findlay. In fact, Obama’s disdain for Netanyahu (he was infamously caught on a hot mic telling Sarkozy how he truly feels) is nothing new in Presidential history. George Bush, (the father not the son) famously said that he lost his Presidential campaign against Bill Clinton for threatening to remove the Israeli parasite from mother America’s teat. Speaking of Clinton, he was recently caught on a mic expressing his true feelings about the mass murderer with the appropriate “yahoo” at the end of his name.  Even George Bush, the ardent Evangelical admitted in his book that he was “disappointed” in Israel’s performance against Hizbollah in 2006. Bush, has coincidentally, converted to Catholicism since, if rumors are to be believed.

However, Psaki is wrong in her assertion that Netanyahu or anyone else from Israel does not want the U.S. to attack Hamas. She knows better. It is in fact a fervent desire of every Zionist, a Ziono wet dream that would be the ultimate fulfillment of every Zionist fantasy. It ain’t happening. I predict an increasingly high pitched cry from the crazy Zionists as shifting demographics in the U.S. and Israel’s increasingly fascist society part ways. Thus, though our earlier assertion (backed by ample evidence from Mearsheimer, Walt and Findlay) is true for the short term, long term there is a potentially catastrophic (from a Zionist perspective) rift in the making.

 

 

Senior Syrian “opposition” official visits Israel

Kamal Al-Labwani, a senior figure in the so called Syrian opposition recently visited Israel and promised to give the Zionist entity the Golan heights in exchange for “aid.” In doing so, Lawbani has done openly what the Syrian opposition and Israel have been doing in secret for over two years. Simultaneously and not coincidentally, the Jerusalem Post, a Zionist newspaper quoted Israeli officials who warned that apartheid state would not stay out of the Syrian civil war, saying that the “Syrian war is not our conflict but day coming when that may change.” Again, the cooperation has been going on behind the scenes, but this openness is an acknowledgment of the Trojan horse of opposition to ISIS as an excuse to attack the Syrian regime. The problem with that of course, is that Russia and Iran have warned that they will not countenance any such action, thus the Israeli posturing and Labwani’s more open approach- Russian-Ira has no problems with the U.S. bombing ISIS, even if it entails indirect cooperation with the Syrian regime to appease the Zionist lobby in the U.S. and other places. However, the minute the Americans start to shift towards eroding the Syrian government’s power, they will have crossed a red line that will be actively enforced. Given all this, it makes sense that Israel is openly touting its possible intervention in Syria. The goal is o provoke Iran. The Holy Grail of Israeli foreign policy is to provoke a clash between Iran-Hizbollah and the United States. By intervening in the midst of US strikes on ISIS, the Zionist regime hopes to provoke a wider war. War, it must be remembered, is in the Zionist regime’s favor- so long as the killing and dying is done by the Americans, Iranians, Syrian, Russians, and others. The Zionist regime knows that it cannot take on Iran-it can barely take on Hamas and was defeated by Hizbollah.  Whatever the case maybe, the Syria opposition have been exposed for hypocrites.They have no problems helping the Zionist state that mercilessly slaughters the children of Gaza to secure political power, political power that they would have gotten through Iranian-Russian sponsored negotiations with Assad once the uprising started, especially when he felt vulnerable and the Syrian oppositions position was apparently stronger. However, Saudi Arabia in tandem with the United States made sure that opposition leaders who were willing to negotiate with Assad to avoid the further bloodshed of innocent Syrian children were ousted. Ahmed Moaz Al-Khatib, the former President of the Syrian opposition alliance had complained of foreign influence that sought to stymie any cooperation between the opposition and Bashar Al Assad. The Syrian opposition has exposed itself. If it cared even one bit for the sovereignty of Syria, for the dignity of Syria or the Syrian people, its senior members would not be slinking off to the apartheid Zionist regime that brutalizes the people of Palestine and offering pieces of sovereign Syrian territory in exchange for crumbs. The Syrian opposition are probably justifying their actions as expeditious- the way they see it, the enemy of my enemy is my friend, even if that friend is the devil himself. They, should, however, come to their senses and study history. Such partnerships exact a heavy price. They will come to regret their treason against the Syrian people, but by then it will be too late.