Sunday, April 06, 2008

UK Christian & Muslim Peacemakers


Interviews with several Christian and Muslim leaders talking about their views on peacemaking and building relations between different faith communities.

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Saturday, April 05, 2008

Pepe Escobar on the Peace of Basra

Pepe Escobar tells us that the Iranians labeled as "terrorists" by the US are acturally "peace makers".

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Who won the battle of Basra?

Pepe Escobar: Iran is sufficiently powerful to broker a ceasefire deal

Tuesday April 1st, 2008

Based in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Pepe Escobar writes The Roving Eye for Asia Times Online. He has reported from Iraq, Iran, Central Asia, US and China. He is the author of the recently published Red Zone Blues. Pepe is a regular analyst for The Real News Network.


VOICE OF ZAA NKWETA, PRESENTER: After a week of heavy clashes, fighting in Basra has calmed down, Muqtada al-Sadr has pulled his Mahdi Army fighters off the streets, and Nouri al-Maliki declared the military operation to clear Basra of Shiite militia violence a success. But who won the battle of Basra? To answer this question, we go to Real News analyst Pepe Escobar.

PEPE ESCOBAR, THE REAL NEWS ANALYST: George W. Bush said that the battle of Basra was a defining moment in Iraq. Well, defining it was, but maybe not the way he intended. There was a ceasefire. Do you know the man who brokered a ceasefire? His name is Brigadier General Qassem Suleimani. He is the head of the Quds Force of the Iranian Republican Guard Corps. As everybody knows, the Iranian Government Guard Corps was declared as a terrorist organization by the US last year. So this man in Qom, religious capital of Iran, brokered a ceasefire between Muqtada al-Sadr's envoys who came from Iraq and Hadi al-Amri, which is the number two of the Supreme Islamic Council of Iraq. He is the head of the Badr Organization. He's part of the Baghdad government. So Muqtada's people come from Baghdad. Al-Hakim's people, Badr Organization, Supreme Islamic Council come from Baghdad. They go to Iran, in Qom. And the head of the Quds Force brokers a ceasefire, and the battle of Basra ends. So who are the winners and who are the losers? Okay. The winners are Iran and Muqtada al-Sadr; the losers are al-Maliki government in Baghdad and George W. "defining moment" Bush. This doesn't mean that Muqtada al-Sadr is in the pockets of Iran. What it means is Iran is sufficiently powerful to get the two most important religious parties in Iraq, the Sadrists and al-Hakim's Supreme Islamic Council, to Iran to broker a ceasefire organized by Iran. This means that the terrorists aren't exactly terrorists—the terrorists are in fact peacemakers.


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Friday, April 04, 2008

Muslim-Christian Initiative on the Nuclear Weapons Danger

Muslim-Christian Initiative on the Nuclear Wepons Danger

The Muslim-Christian Initiative on the Nuclear Weapons Danger (MCI) was developed by the Islamic Society of North America and the Churches’ Center for Theology and Public Policy to enable Muslims and Christians in this nation to work to end the nuclear weapons danger. It will do so in several ways:

  • The Muslim-Christian Statement on the Nuclear Weapons Danger
    The Initiative provides Muslims and Christians an opportunity to endorse a statement calling for an end to the nuclear weapons danger. Go to the statement.
  • Study Resources
    A design team of Muslims and Christians has developed study materials for study by individual Christians and Muslims, church groups, and Islamic centers. These materials are designed to help Muslims and Christians apply their faith to the nuclear weapons danger. Learn more.
  • Washington Seminars
    During the next two years there will be three meetings in Washington, DC for Muslims and Christians from particular states. The meetings will provide information on the nuclear weapons danger and opportunities to share concerns with U.S. senators and representatives. As they are scheduled, we will describe them on this website and our e-newsletter.
  • Organizing Assistance
    The MCI will approach Muslim and Christian organizations to ask them to endorse the Muslim-Christian Initiative on the Nuclear Weapons Danger. If you are a member of a Muslim or Christian organization and would like to get your group involved, please contact Patty Anton.

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Peace and understanding between Muslims and Jews

On February 25, world-renowned Muslim scholar Professor Tariq Ramadan publicly signed a statement to the world’s Jewish Community calling for peace and understanding. The letter has received the support of Muslim religious scholars and leaders from around the world and has been welcomed by international Jewish leaders.

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