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Arab League: Likud vote scraps condition for peace talks

By: Sultan Ahmad

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia: The Arab League said Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's Likud party's vote against the creation of a Palestinian state essentially scrapped one of the conditions for Arab-Israeli peace talks, and called on Sharon to publicly disassociate himself from the vote.

Talking to reporters in Riyadh, League secretary general Amr Mussa said: "The decision by the extremist Likud party is a very dangerous development because it controls the Israeli government and draws up its policies."

Sunday, the 2,600-member central committee of the right-wing Likud party voted overwhelmingly to block the establishment of a Palestinian state.

Sharon opposed the hard-line motion, saying it would damage ties with Israel's top ally United States, which favors an independent Palestinian state.

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Two Palestinian officials martyred during West Bank raid

By: Ahmad Hammadi

HEBRON: Two Palestinian intelligence officials were martyred early Tuesday when Israeli forces made an incursion into the autonomous Palestinian area of Khakhoul north of Hebron.

According to an Israeli army spokesman troops martyred the local commander of the Palestinian Authority's General Intelligence Apparatus, Khalid Abu Knam, and his deputy, Ahmed Abdel Aziz Zomare.

In other parts of the West Bank, soldiers also arrested 14 'wanted Palestinians' overnight, the army said.

Meanwhile, Israeli Premier Sharon said he - not his Likud Party - would set Israel's policy toward the Palestinians. His remarks came after Likud Party ignored his plea and passed a non-binding resolution, rejecting the idea of a Palestinian state.

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NATO, Russia to launch new security relationship

By: Special Reporter

ICELAND: NATO and Russia are preparing to launch a new security relationship, reports said on Tuesday.

NATO foreign ministers holding their two-day session in Iceland, and Russia are expected to form new NATO-Russia Council, where Moscow will have a say in decision-making on issues such as security, terrorism and the spread of weapons of mass destruction.

In opening remarks to the NATO meet, alliance Secretary-General George Robertson said the terror attacks on the US were a "wake-up call" for NATO to develop new military capabilities to deal with new threats.

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Delay in trade talks with EU disappoints Iran

By: Sheikh Muhammad Khurasani

TEHRAN, Iran: Iran has expressed disappointment on Tuesday with the delay in the start of negotiations with the European Union on a trade and cooperation accord.

State radio said: "If the negotiations had been started, it would have opened great possibilities for widening political relations and the prospect of big markets."

"If the Europeans had signed the document, the international position of Iran would have been strengthened compared to the past," Iran's main daily the moderate Hamshahri said.

EU foreign ministers late Sunday deferred a decision on starting talks with Tehran on the accord for one month.

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Dutch professor flays US policies

By: Mohsin Hemani

PESHAWAR, Pakistan: Dr Jan Naderveen Pieterse, professor of sociology at the University of Illinois, Holland said the US strengthened religious organizations to counter communism during the Cold War, but under the new scheme of things, the same organizations have become its enemy.

At a seminar "Globalization and War on Terrorism" which was jointly organized by the Peshawar University Teachers Association (PUTA), Department of International Relations and Department of political science on Friday, Dr Pieterse told the participants: "Terrorism cannot be overcome with the use of force alone. We need to address the social, political and economic problems of the world. Extreme poverty proliferates terrorism."

Dr Pieterse, critical of the global policies of the US, specifically its war against terrorism, said while commenting on the crisis in the Middle East: "The coalition partners, i.e. US and Israel, robbed the Palestinians of their independence. It is a wanton destruction that evaporated legitimacy of the US war on terrorism. The US policy in the Middle East is biased."

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Demonstration for Palestine to held on May 18

By: Samir Al Haidari

Saturday 18th May, 12, 02
12 pm speakers corner
March from Marble Arch to the Rally at Trafalgar Square!
For further details contact 020 77006123

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Angel of death

By: Mohsin Hemani

It was early in the morning at four, 
When death knocked upon a bedroom door, 

Who is there? The sleeping one cried. 

I'm Malkul Mawt, let me inside. 

At once, the man began to shiver, 

As one sweating in deadly fever, 

He shouted to his sleeping wife, 

Don't let him take away my life. 

Please go away, O Angel of Death! 

Leave me alone; I'm not ready yet. 

My family on me depends, 

Give me a chance, O please prepense! 

The angel knocked again and again, 

Friend! I'll take your life without a pain, 

This your soul Allah requires, 

I come not with my own desire. 

Bewildered, the man began to cry, 

O Angel I'm so afraid to die, 

I'll give you gold and be your slave, 

Don't send me to the unlit grave. 

Let me in, O Friend! The Angel said, 

Open the door; get up from your bed, 

If you do not allow me in, 

I will walk through it, like a Jinn. 

The man held a gun in his right hand, 

Ready to defy the Angel's stand. 

I'll point my gun, towards your head, 

You dare come in; I'll shoot you dead. 

By now the Angel was in the room, 

Saying, O Friend! Prepare for you doom. 

Foolish man, Angels never die, 

Put down your gun and do not sigh. 

Why are you afraid! Tell me O man, 

To die according to Allah's plan? 

Come smile at me, do not be grim, 

Be Happy to return to Him. 

O Angel! I bow my head in shame, 

I had no time to take Allah's Name. 

From morning till dusk, I made my wealth, 

Not even caring for my health. 

Allah's command I never obeyed, 

Nor five times a day I ever prayed. 

A Ramadan came and a Ramadan went, 

But no time had I to repent. 

The Hajj was already fard on me, 

But I would not part with my money. 

All charities I did ignore, 

Taking usury more and more. 

Sometimes I sipped my favorite wine, 

With flirting women I sat to dine. 

O Angel! I appeal to you, 

Spare my life for a year or two. 

The Laws of Quran I will obey, 

I'll begin SALAH this very day. 

My Fast and Hajj, I will complete, 

And keep away from self-conceit. 

I will refrain from usury, 

And give all my wealth to charity, 

Wine and wenches I will detest, 

Allah's oneness I will attest. 

We Angels do what Allah demands, 

We cannot go against His commands. 

Death is ordained for everyone, 

Father, mother, daughter or son. 

I'm afraid this moment is your last, 

Now be reminded, of your past, 

I do understand your fears, 

But it is now too late for tears. 

You lived in this world, two score and more, 

Never did you, your people adore. 

Your parents, you did not obey, 

Hungry beggars, you turned away. 

Instead of making more Muslims, 

You made your children non-Muslims. 

You ignored the Mua'dhin Adhaan, 

Nor did you read the Holy Quran. 

Breaking promises all your life, 

Backbiting friends, and causing strife. 

From hoarded goods, great profits you made, 

And your poor workers, you underpaid. 

Horses and cards were your leisure, 

Moneymaking! was your pleasure. 

You ate vitamins and grew more fat, 

With the very sick, you never sat. 

A pint of blood you never gave, 

Which could have a little baby saved? 

O Human, you have done enough wrong, 

You bought good properties for a song. 

When the farmers appealed to you, 

You did not have mercy, its true. 

Paradise for you? I cannot tell, 

Undoubtedly you will dwell in hell. 

There is no time for you to repent! 

I'll take your soul for which I am sent. 

The ending however, is very sad, 

Eventually the man became mad 

With a cry, he jumped out of bed, 

And suddenly, he fell down dead. 

O Reader! Take moral from here, 

You never know, your end may be near 

Change your living and make amends 

For heaven, on your deeds depends. 

If this poem inspires you, 

It can help someone too. 

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Muslims are good folks

By: Charley Reese

Courtesy: AL-ISLAAH PUBLICATIONS

I wish more Americans had an opportunity to get to know Muslims. Then they would not be susceptible to the silly anti-Muslim propaganda that is floated by some right-wing Christians.

Muslims are good folks. One fellow e-mailed me quite convinced that Muslims lop off the heads of every infidel they meet. I've been a guest in the homes of many Muslim friends, and the only thing they lopped off were extra servings of lamb.

People believe such nonsense because they are ignorant of the facts. The oldest Christian communities in the world are in Muslim countries. Some of the oldest Jewish communities in the world are in Muslim countries. The deputy foreign minister of Iraq is a Christian. Saddam Hussein donated $1 million to help build a Christian church in the United States. There are Christians in practically all Muslim countries, and there have been for centuries. I've said all this before, but when lies blow strong, truth bears repeating.

In my travels in Muslim countries, sometimes among the poorest of the poor, I was never panhandled or attacked. As far as crime goes, you'll find cities like Beirut or Damascus or Amman or Ramallah much safer than most American cities.

Islam is not a religion with a hierarchy such as the Roman Catholic Church. In that respect, Muslims are much like Southern Baptists, only more so. Any group of Muslims can build a mosque and hire themselves an imam, or teacher. They are independent. There is no Muslim pope or College of Cardinals. There are no bishops. When an imam somewhere issues a fatwa, which is a sort of formal opinion on a subject, it is not binding. Like Protestant Christians, Muslims interpret their holy writings themselves and consider themselves answerable directly to God - or, to use the Arabic word, Allah.

Most of the disputes in the Middle East are secular and political. Hamas' quarrel with Israelis is not about the fact that they are Jews but about the fact that they occupy Palestine.

The objections some Muslims have to Western culture are the same as those some Christians have. They don't like the violence, the immorality, the pornography and the greed. The conflict one sees between the religious and the secular in some Muslim countries is similar to the conflict in this country between religious and secular folks.

There are 6 million or 7 million American citizens who are Muslims. Muslims have been in this country since the late 19th century. If you don't already, you should make an effort to get to know Muslims. You'll find that they don't fit the stereotypes created by mean-spirited propaganda or superficial news coverage.

Racism is a monstrous injustice because it imposes a stereotype on millions of innocent individuals. The only real solution is education and broad experience. It seems to me that God creates individuals one at a time, and it is the human mind that insists on grouping and classifying them. We should resist that temptation.

Charley Reese can be contacted at briarl@earthlink.net. 2002 by King Features Syndicate, Inc.

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Muntakheb Ul  Aqwaal
"Knowledge is better than wealth because it protects you while you have to guard wealth. it decreases if you keep on spending it but the more you make use of knowledge ,the more it increases . what you get through wealth disappears as soon as wealth disappears but what you achieve through knowledge will remain even after you." MORE..
(Hazrat Ali Ibne Abi Talib (A.S)
 




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