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Returned exiles offer Somalia its last chance

One is an ex-teacher. Another is Rageh Omaar’s brother. Daniel Howden meets Mogadishu’s makeshift government



Tuesday, 30 November 2010



A bureaucrat from Buffalo, a primary school teacher from Birmingham and the Oxford-educated brother of broadcaster Rageh Omaar. These are, respectively, Somalia’s new Prime Minister, Women’s Minister and Foreign Minister. And collectively they represent their country’s last chance for a generation of piecing together a central government in the war-torn Horn of Africa nation.



Sounding like a politician anywhere else in the world, Prime Minister Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed talks of his first 100 days. Then he checks himself and changes that to 80 days, because “we don’t have time to waste”. Speaking in the favored political clichés of his adopted country, he says the new “team” is made up of “professionals and scholars” with the “energy to bring change”.



Eight months from now, the mandate for the UN-backed transitional federal government (TFG) will run out. The international community warns that it is ready to give up on the administration unless clear progress is demonstrated. Diplomats admit that it will take “a miracle in Mogadishu” to turn things around and nobody is sure what might come next.



A walk through the wreck of the old parliament in central Mogadishu offers a warning to anyone who thinks they can make politics work in this divided country. Goats wander through the rubble of its hallways, while African Union soldiers are camped under canvas among its smashed walls. On the second floor is the amphitheater where MPs once sat. The roof has been blown away and a mural featuring a woman breaking chains above a crowd of Somali faces has been blasted to a faint outline by the sun.



Parliament now meets in the basement function room where the plastic chairs – in blue and white, to reflect the Somali flag – offer the only hint of a national purpose. To date, the internationally funded peace process has delivered a succession of expensive governments in exile, a boon for the five-star hotels of the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, and nothing for most Somalis.



Despite the reassuringly familiar accents of many of the new ministers, politics in Mogadishu is nothing like anywhere else. Government officials live as virtual prisoners in the compound of Villa Somalia – the city’s presidential palace – traveling to meetings in the back of armored personnel carriers mounted with machine guns. The vehicles reverse to the door of meeting rooms to shield their VIP cargo. Five Somali cabinet ministers have been killed in attacks by Islamic extremists, al-Shabaab, in the past year.



This is the world Dr Maryan Qasim has just stepped into. For the past eight years she has been working at a primary school in Birmingham. After less than a week back in her home city after an absence of more than 20 years, the softly spoken former doctor is struggling to adjust.



She speaks of the problems facing Somali immigrants in the UK before seeming to remember where she is now. “Everything has changed,” she says. “After 20 years of civil war I could imagine what I would find but there is no word to define the suffering here.”



Only a fortnight ago the telephone rang in her “nice house” in Britain’s second city. It was the new Prime Minister’s office asking her to come home. “My family begged me not to go,” she admits.



She says she is still getting used to going to sleep to the sound of heavy weapons. The university where she earned her degree in the 1970s is now in ruins, stuffed with sandbags and razor wire for its new life as headquarters for the Burundi contingent of the African Union Mission in Somalia force, Amisom. Like anyone else visiting the capital, the new Women’s Minister sees no evidence of international support. “Where is Unicef?” she asks. In an effort to describe things in terms that would make sense in Britain, she says that Somalia needs its own “Sure Start” program for families.



With the impeccable manners of a bygone era, the Foreign Minister Mohamed Abdullahi Omaar concedes that the international community has supported past governments to little effect and that Somali politics has been sunk in a mire of corruption and infighting. But he insists “clean government” has arrived. He believes that the TFG can defeat al-Shabaab in the capital within four months and this will “provide proof positive of change”.



The Prime Minister has been in the country less than a month and speaks as though he were a local party hack for the US Democrats. A little over a month ago he was still a commissioner for ethnic minority rights in Buffalo, New York. He says: “We need good government and reconciliation. Without them we are wasting time.” Overflowing with his can-do attitude, he says: “We have energy and fresh ideas. A lot of people are buying that.”



But not everyone. The decades-long bid to restore some measure of central government to Somalia has disappointed everyone involved. “We’ve heard it all before,” says a senior UN official, speaking on condition of anonymity. “What these people have to demonstrate is that they can change lives of the people of Mogadishu. Posturing is not enough.”



In the coming weeks, the UN Security Council will sanction the expansion of the Amisom force from 8,000 to 12,000 troops at international expense. A senior diplomat from one of the main donor countries says: “There will be no extension of the TFG’s mandate if they fail. It’s definitely over.”



For its part, the government of expats is hoping its willingness to come to this war-torn city will prompt international agencies in cosy Somalia postings in Nairobi to follow suit. The UN said in July it would be returning to Mogadishu “within six weeks”. But a suicide bombing followed and that timeline was quietly abandoned. The man who oversees the closest that Mogadishu has to a “green zone” is Ugandan Major-General Nathan Mugisha, head of the Amisom mission. He says the time has come for aid agencies to leave the comfort of Kenya and risk return. “There’s no reason why the biggest shots shouldn’t come here,” he says. He points to the weekend visit by the Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, the first of its kind in two decades, as evidence of improved security. “The military has done its part,” General Mugisha says. “We need them to come and fill the gaps.”



The “plan B” for Somalia being discussed if the new cabinet of “outsiders” doesn’t work boils down to recognizing that parts of the country have continued to work despite anarchy in central and southern areas. The northern breakaway, Somaliland, is not internationally recognized but it carried out arguably the most successful African election this year. The semi-autonomous province of Puntland has fared better in the war against al-Shabaab.



A Western diplomat working with the new government says that some governments were already switching focus: “The new strategy will mean directing support to the parts of the country which work and containing the parts that don’t.” Optimism, like everything else in Somalia, is in short supply.



Source: The Independent.

Islamic Army in Afghanistan Operations (November 29 2010)

Islamic Army in Afghanistan Operations (November 29 2010)



Monday, November 29, 2010



In the Name of Allah, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful.



All Praise and thanks are due to Allah, the Lord of all that exists and may peace and prayers be upon the Messenger of Allah, his family, companions in entirety.



* Mujahid Izatullah kills 6 US-NATO invaders, wounds 7 in Nangarhar. Nov. 29 – Mujahideen officials say the martyr Mujahid Izzatullah joined the police force of stooge regime in pursuit of an opportunity to eliminate any number of US-NATO invaders until he got one today (Nov. 29) at about 2:45 pm, local time, taking the advantage of the enemy doing routine military training in their base in Pachir Agam district of Nangarhar, Mujahid Izzatullah, who had been looking the very moment, with careful planning and indomitable bravery shot at the enemy and killed at least 6 US-NATO cowardly invaders in addition to wounding 7 more, nevertheless, the Afghan Mujahid, apparently severing as a policeman, got shot by the other enemy soldiers and was left martyred. His Jahidic courage and selfless sacrifice will not be forgotten. Reported by Zabihullah Mujahid


* Mujahideen fight 7-hour-long battle with US-NATO invaders in Kunar. Nov. 29 – The fighting continuing through much of Monday (Nov. 29) erupted after the enemy force airdropped by the helicopters to pot an offensive in Asmar district Kunar province. The US-NATO invaders came under a bloody attack by Mujahideen as the enemy disembarked the helicopters which lasted for more than 7 hours in which the enemy forces sustained deadliest losses and severest damages, nevertheless, there are no reports on how many invaders have been killed or wounded during the battle. Reported by Zabihullah Mujahid


* Bloody explosion in Laghman kills 3 American invaders. Nov. 29 – Some three US invaders were killed as Mujahideen of the Islamic Emirate got their tank exploded using IED in Alishang, Laghman on Monday, at approximately 2:00 pm. Reported by Zabihullah Mujahid


* 9 US invaders killed, 3 wounded while on raid against civilian. Nov. 29 – The clash took place when the enemy, having arrived at Mamzu area in Zurmat, Paktia, wanted to invade a civilian house on Monday, at 5:00 pm. According to the report, as many as 9 US invaders were killed in firefight with another 3 wounded, whereas 3 were martyred and two were slightly hurt in cross-fire. Reported by Zabihullah Mujahid


* 3 US invaders killed or wounded in Paktia. Nov. 29 – A roadside bomb explosion tore through the US invading forces’ tank, leaving it split open and killing two American cowards with another one on board in Zazi Arub, Paktia on Monday. Reported by Zabihullah Mujahid


* Mujahideen kill 2 French invaders in Kapisa. Nov. 29 – Mujahideen of the Islamic Emirate, in an ambush attack in Tagab, Kapisa killed two French invaders and wounded some on Monday at 11:00 am, local time. Reported by Zabihullah Mujahid


* Two NATO supply trucks burned down in Wardag. Nov. 29 – Mujahideen of the Islamic Emirate conducted a surprise attack on the NATO convoy, torching two oil trucks in Sayedabad, Wardag province on Monday. Reported by Zabihullah Mujahid


* Two puppets killed in clash with Mujahideen. Nov. 29 – Mujahideen of the Islamic Emirate, in a clash in Jilgah, Baghlan, killed two cowardly minions of ANA and wound several more on Monday, while a Mujahid is said to have been martyred in cross-fire. Reported by Zabihullah Mujahid


* Supply vehicle packed with container torched in Nangarhar. Nov. 29 – On later Monday, a roadside bomb blast struck the NATO logistical vehicle filled with container while was left on fire and was completely consumed in Jalalabad, the capital of Nangarhar province at about 6:00 pm. Reported by Zabihullah Mujahid


* Attack on puppet commander vehicle: 3 killed or wounded. Nov. 29 – In Balkh’s Char Bolak district, Mujahideen of the Islamic Emirate attacked the vehicle of a puppet commander killing two of his gun man and wounding one more, however, the there is no information on whether the primary target has been killed or wounded. Reported by Zabihullah Mujahid


* 8 puppets captured during clash with Mujahideen in Kabul. Nov. 29 – In the province’s Kabul, Mujahideen of the Islamic Emirate captured 8 minions in ANA with their weapons and ammo who have been carried by Mujahideen, while no Mujahid has been harmed during the clash. Reported by Zabihullah Mujahid


* 2 invaders tanks blown apart in Maiwand. Nov. 29 – Reports from Maiwand district say that 2 US invaders tanks were destroyed by IED blasts while trying to conduct an operation against Mujahideen in Band Timor area late yesterday afternoon. Mujahideen say that all 13 invaders onboard the tanks were killed and wounded. An ebony skinned navy officer was also said to be amongst the dead. Band Timor area has been under full Mujahideen control for the past 7 years. Reported by Qari Muhammad Yousuf Ahmadi


* Powerful Marjah explosions take out 2 American tanks. Nov. 29 – 2 US tanks were destroyed by powerful land mines while the enemy’s convoy was coming out of its base in Sistani desert of Marjah district at around 03:00 pm yesterday afternoon. All invaders onboard were killed and wounded but their exact numbers are not known. Reported by Qari Muhammad Yousuf Ahmadi


* Roadside bombs destroy 2 tanks in Arghandab. Nov. 29 – A US invaders tank was destroyed by an IED, killing and wounding all inside at around 05:00 pm yesterday in Arghandab’s Marnijan area. Reports add that later that night at around 10:00 pm another tank was destroyed by an IED blast while trying to take the previous tanks wreckage away from the mentioned area. All terrorists onboard were killed and wounded. It is said that the invaders dog was also killed by the blast. Reported by Qari Muhammad Yousuf Ahmadi


* Delaram bomb obliterates invaders tank. Nov. 29 – A US invaders tank was obliterated by an anti-tank mine, killing and wounding all onboard near Delaram district center at 11:45 am this morning. Reported by Qari Muhammad Yousuf Ahmadi


* 11 invaders killed and wounded in Marjah. Nov. 29 – At least 2 American terrorists were killed and 3 seriously wounded after a mine exploded on their foot patrol in Marjah’s 2nd Block area at 10:00 pm last night. Similarly another 3 more invaders were killed and 3 others wounded at 07:00 am when another mine detonated on their foot patrol in the mentioned area. Reported by Qari Muhammad Yousuf Ahmadi


* US tank destroyed during attack in Gerishk. Nov. 29 – A US invaders tank was destroyed by RPG fire when the invaders tried to carry out an operation in the area between Gerishk bazaar and Band-e-Barq areas at 11:00 am but came under fierce Mujahideen attacks. A Mujahid was also injured in the firefight. Reported by Qari Muhammad Yousuf Ahmadi


* IED eliminates American tank. Nov. 29 – Reports from Sangin district say that at 07:00 am a US tank was destroyed when it hit an IED planted in Gharhgi area of Sarwan Kala. All invaders onboard were killed and wounded. Reported by Qari Muhammad Yousuf Ahmadi


* UNAMA vehicle destroyed in Ghor Nov. 29 – Mujahideen of Islamic Emirate detonated a remote-controlled mine on a vehicle belonging to UNAMA in Ghalmeen area of Ghor district at around 07:00 pm last night. 1 enemy inside the vehicle was killed and the rest seriously wounded. Reported by Qari Muhammad Yousuf Ahmadi


Source: Theunjustmedia.

Ottoman Should Become Language of Caucasus Emirate, Activist Says

November 29, 2010



Paul Goble



Staunton, November 28 – Ottoman Turkish rather than Russian or Arabic should become the language of the Caucasus Emirate once that state is formed because it can not only unite the peoples of that region but link them to the broader Turkic world and make their study of Arabic, the language of the Koran, easier, according to one emirate supporter.



While many supporters of the Emirate want to retain Russian as the language of inter-ethnic communication and others hope to jump immediately to Arabic, Said-Magomed Tokayev writes, Ottoman Turkish for a variety of reasons is a far better choice for the peoples of the future state.



The choice of language is “an interesting question,” Tokayev writes, exceeded in political importance only by the selection of the name Caucasus Emirate. For a millennium, people have talked about the Caucasus as a region at the dividing point between Asia and Europe, but “no one ever called by this name any state formation.”



Of course, he concedes, declaring the existence of something is one thing, and creating it is quite another. But if the Emirate is to come into existence, there must be “a correct and precisely developed ideology which will be mentally close for the peoples populating such a single state.”



There have been discussions about what the language of inter-ethnic communication should be in that state, Tokayev notes. And at present, “there are not a few supporters of preserving [this status] for the Russian language,” an idea that is based on “completely logical arguments.”



But Tokayev says, it is his view that this issue requires answering a variety of questions, including “historical, religious, ethnic, linguistic, political, geostrategic and other” ones, and he suggests that a consideration of these leads him to conclude that it would be “completely logical” and more useful to adopt the Ottoman language as the common language of the Emirate.



“Our fathers and grandfathers in the Caucasus for many centuries communicated with each other in Kumyk,” he says, a pattern connected with the rule of the Ottoman khalifate, “which left a deep trace in the culture and language of the peoples of the Caucasus,” contributing vocabulary to all the languages of that region.



Indeed, Tokay continues, “even the name Ichkeria [which is what Chechen nationalists call their republic] is a Turkish word which means ‘internal’ in translation from the Kumyk language.”



After Russia conquered the Caucasus in the 19th century, he writes, “the Russian administration replaced Kumyk with Russian as the international language, introducing it by means of schools and trade. From the point of view of the empire, this was a correct step.” And if the Caucasians want a single state, they too much find a single language.



The Russian Empire used force to impose this change, but the Caucasus Emirate will not find such a method very “effective.” But “nevertheless, in uniting the Caucasus into a single state, we are obligated to adopt and introduce a state language for a single state, in our case, the Caucasus Emirate.”



In addition to those who support retaining Russian, there are others in the Emirate movement who want to go over to Arabic, “arguing with justice that there cannot be any better language of the Koran.” But despite that, “there is reason to consider another variant as well, namely the Ottoman,” Tokayev argues.



Arabic is important because of its religious uses, but Tokayev suggests that there should be two state languages for every resident of the Caucasus Emirate – a local ethnic one and Ottoman, “a state language” and also “a language for communication among the peoples of the Caucasus.”



The basic reasons for that are first of all, “more than half of the Ottoman language consists of Arabisms, which means that whoever masters Ottoman is already halfway to mastering Arabic.” Moreover, those who speak one of the six Turkic languages of the region are already able to move to Arabic.



Second, Ottoman was earlier spoken in “today’s Turkey, Central Asia, Arab countries, Persia, the Caucasus, the Middle Volga (Idel-Ural), and the Crimea. Peoples who lived on this enormous territory understood one another thanks to the Ottoman language.” Moreover, while using Ottoman, they never lost their own languages but only saw them “enriched.”



Thus, by adopting Ottoman, the Caucasus Emirate can reach out to all these peoples with all the benefits that will entail.



Third, while Ottoman is not the official language of Turkey, it is taught in law faculties of that country because the terminology it supplies for legal and political issues is so rich. Consequently, the future Caucasus Emirate could only benefit by gaining access to that vocabulary.



And fourth – and Tokayev says this is “the chief argument” in its favor – the adoption of Ottoman will not only link students with the pre-Russian pasts of their own peoples but make it easier for them to learn Arabic in the future not only because of the Arabisms in Ottoman but also because Ottoman uses the Arabic script.



Source: Georgian Daily.

‘WikiLeaks revelations reflect consistency of Jordan’s policies’

By Hani Hazaimeh



AMMAN – Documents pertaining to Jordan released by WikiLeaks on Sunday do not contradict the Kingdom’s stated positions on regional issues and reflect only the opinions of US officials, a statement issued by the government on Monday said.



“Jordan’s policy on regional issues, which the documents referred to, is clear and has been reiterated publicly by His Majesty King Abdullah in his meetings with US and international officials. This declared policy has been restated by several government officials who alone represent the official positions of Jordan,” the statement quoted a government official as saying.



The unnamed official said Jordan has always called for a peaceful diplomatic resolution to the dispute over Iran’s nuclear program, and the need to have a Middle East zone free of all weapons of mass destruction, provided that all countries in the region abide by the relevant international laws and conventions in that regard.



The official highlighted “Jordan’s consistent position, which has been stressed by the King on multiple occasions, stating the Kingdom’s rejection of any military action against Iran, and warning of the disastrous results of such an act on regional security and stability”.



“Jordan has always stressed the importance of having relations among nations based on mutual respect and non-interference in the internal affairs of the other, which will ensure good neighborly relations prevail in accordance with these principles,” the official said.



With regards to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, the official said Jordan’s position has and will always remain that the conflict should be resolved on the basis of a two-state solution that ensures the establishment of a viable and independent Palestinian state as part of a comprehensive regional peace.



“These stances and positions are reiterated and made clear in all meetings between Jordanian officials and Americans or any other international officials. Everything indicated or interpreted by the American officials and mentioned in the documents reflect their personal readings and analysis,” the statement concluded.



The whistle-blowing organization Wiki-Leaks on Sunday began publishing more than 250,000 US State Department documents on its website and through reports in selected newspapers in the US and Europe.



The documents, which contain confidential correspondence between Washington and US missions around the world, shed unusually bright light on US foreign policy strategy and its communications with the governments of other countries.



Included among the leaked material is alleged correspondence between US Ambassador to Jordan Robert. Beecroft and the State Department in Washington regarding meetings with senior Jordanian officials, as well as those of other US officials visiting the Kingdom.



In a cable sent in April 2009, the leaked document says, Beecroft confirmed the Kingdom’s opposition to US military action against Iran.



“Jordan’s leaders believe such engagement would reward regional hardliners while undermining Arab moderates – without convincing Iran to cease its support for terrorism, end its nuclear program or drop its hegemonic aspirations,” Beecroft was quoted as saying.



“Jordanian officials argue that the best way to counter Iran’s ambitions is to weaken the salience of its radicalism on the Arab street by fulfilling the promise of a ‘two-state solution’, resolving other Arab-Israeli disputes, and making sure that Iraq’s political and security institutions are not overwhelmed by Iranian influence when the US drawdown is complete,” the document continued.



The US government has strongly condemned the publication of the documents by WikiLeaks, and the US embassy in Amman declined to comment on their content.



“As a matter of policy, the Department of State does not comment on allegedly leaked documents,” embassy spokesman Karl Duckworth told The Jordan Times yesterday.



“The disclosure by WikiLeaks of classified information is an irresponsible attempt to wreak havoc and destabilize global security. It potentially jeopardizes lives and we condemn it,” he added.



Shortly before the documents were published on Sunday, the White House press secretary said in a statement made available to The Jordan Times that the release of the documents was “reckless” and put US diplomatic and intelligence staff at risk.



The UK Foreign Office also condemned the unauthorized leak.



Leaks of classified material “can damage national security, are not in the national interest and, as the US has said, may put lives at risk. We have a very strong relationship with the US government. That will continue”, said the statement, a copy of which was sent to The Jordan Times by the UK embassy in Jordan.



30 November 2010



Source: The Jordan Times.

برلمان الأردن يبدأ بتزكية رئيسه

29/11/2010 م

محمد النجار-عمان

فاز رئيس الوزراء الأردني الأسبق فيصل الفايز برئاسة مجلس النواب لمدة عام بالتزكية بعد انسحاب كافة منافسيه من السباق الانتخابي، في سابقة تعد الأولى منذ عودة الحياة البرلمانية للمملكة عام 1989.

وانسحب النائب محمود الخرابشة -آخر المرشحين لمنافسة الفايز- من السباق الانتخابي، ليخلي الساحة للفايز الذي جاء فوزه متوقعا ودون مفاجآت.

وانسحب أبرز المنافسين للفايز, النائبان عبد الكريم الدغمي ومفلح الرحيمي الخميس من السباق، بينما انتقل الصراع بين النواب والكتل الست التي تشكلت الأيام القليلة الماضية على مقاعد نائبي ومساعدي الرئيس.

وفاز النائب عاطف الطراونة بمنصب النائب الأول بعد أن تنافس مع النائب ناريمان الروسان.

وبات جناحا البرلمان (الأعيان والنواب) تحت قيادة رئيسي وزراء سابقين، هما طاهر المصري الذي عينه الملك الخميس رئيسا لمجلس الأعيان، وفيصل الفايز رئيسا للنواب الذي انتخب مطلع الشهر الجاري الذي يغيب الإسلاميون عنه بعد أن قرروا مقاطعته.

وترأس المصري -الذي تعود أصول عائلته لمدينة نابلس الفلسطينية- الحكومة في عهد الملك الراحل الحسين بن طلال خمسة أشهر عام 1991، في حين شكل الفايز الحكومة الخامسة بعهد الملك عبد الله الثاني.

واعتبرت المعارضة الإسلامية تولي الفايز منصب رئيس النواب بمثابة “سيناريو مرتب”.

وقال الأمين العام لجبهة العمل الإسلامي حمزة منصور للجزيرة نت “الأمور كانت مرتبة ، فمنذ أعلن السيد فيصل الفايز رغبته بالترشح لمجلس النواب كان الجميع يتحدث بأنه قادم لرئاسة البرلمان”.

لكن منصور اعتبر أنه ومنذ أن بدأ تطبيق قانون الصوت الواحد كانت أمور رئاسة مجلس النواب تحسم قبل الجلسة الأولى “وفي مرات قليلة شاهدنا تنافسا لم يكن وفق أسس برامجية سياسية”.

وذهب القيادي الإسلامي للقول إن المشهد السياسي “غير مبشر بالإصلاح” وتابع “نحن لا نرى إصلاحا في البلاد إلا بانتخاب برلمان يكون أكثر تمثيلا للشعب الأردني، وأن تكون هناك حكومة منتخبة تستطيع مواجهة التحديات الكبرى داخليا وخارجيا”.

غير أن النائب في البرلمان عن كتلة التجمع الديمقراطي جميل النمري نفي وجود “سيناريو مرتب” لانتخاب الفايز.

وقال للجزيرة نت “بعد انسحاب النواب الذين كان يمكنهم منافسة الفايز جاء المشهد بانتخابه بالتزكية” ويضيف “لا دلالة سياسية لتولي الفايز رئاسة البرلمان بالتزكية”.

وقال النمري إنه كنائب يحمل برنامجا سياسيا يجد صعوبة في الحكم على مجلس النواب الجديد وأدائه كون 80% من أعضائه من النواب الجدد، غير أنه اعتبر أن هناك مناخا عاما يتجه نحو التغيير في البرلمان.

واعتبر محللون أن تشكيلة مجلس الأعيان (الغرفة الثانية للبرلمان) زادت من تمثيل الأردنيين من أصول فلسطينية بعد تراجع تمثيلهم بمجلس النواب إلى أقل من 9%.

أقل من المتوقع

ويرى المحلل السياسي لبيب قمحاوي أنه رغم هذه الزيادة فإن هذا التمثيل “مازال أقل من المتوقع حيث إن ثلث الأعيان من أصول فلسطينية وفي سنوات سابقة كانت نسبتهم النصف، ولكن ما جرى خطوة للأمام ويجب دعمها”.

وأضاف قمحاوي للجزيرة نت “سبب تراجع الفلسطينيين في البرلمان هو أن قانون الانتخاب مصمم للحد من تمثيلهم ومن تمثيل الإخوان المسلمين”.

واستطرد بالقول أن الأسابيع الأخيرة شهدت “بعض الانفراج في الواقع المأزوم يعالج ضعف المشاركة الفلسطينية بالقرار ضمن سياسة متأنية لأصحاب القرار”.

وفي كلمته بافتتاح البرلمان، دعا الملك الحكومة ومجلس النواب للاعتراف بأن “علاقة السلطتين التنفيذية والتشريعية شابها الكثير من الأخطاء، التي أعاقت مسيرتنا الإصلاحية، وألحقت الضرر بمصالح شعبنا، وتلك أخطاء يجب أن يعمل الجميع على إزالتها”.

وقال أيضا إنه وجه الحكومة إلى أن تعيد تقييم آليات تعاملها مع مجلس النواب لتصحيح علاقة السلطتين، بحيث تقوم على التعاون والتكامل، وبحيث تمارس كل منهما صلاحياتها، من دون تغول سلطة على أخرى، أو اللجوء إلى تفاهمات مصلحية، تجعل من تحقيق المكتسبات الشخصية شرطا لاستقرار هذه العلاقة.

وطلب عبد الله الثاني من الحكومة إحالة قانون الانتخاب لمجلس النواب بصفة الاستعجال ليصدر كقانون دائم بعد ذلك، حيث تجري الانتخابات البرلمانية منذ عام 1993 وفق قانون الصوت الواحد المؤقت.

المصدر: الجزيرة.

WikiLeaks reveals reality of Abbas & Egypt




Al Qassam website- Famous WikiLeaks website revealed on Sunday November 28th a shameful documents exposing the dirty role of Abbas, the senior leader of Fatah movement and the Egyptian government in the Zionist war on Gaza 2008-2009.



WikiLeaks revealed that Zionist occupation forces (ZOF) has cooperated with Abbas and Egypt before the Zionist war against the Palestinian people in Gaza.



Most of the documents simply confirm reports previously published in media by Hamas and Palestinian media sources, but the significance of the leaked cables is that they offer hard evidence.



It is generally assumed that Egypt and the Palestinian Authority, headed by Mahmoud Abbas, would be happy with any Israeli action that would weaken Hamas.



Documents of WikiLeaks explained why Fatah leader Mahmoud Abbas was silent during the Zionist war on Gaza in 2008-2009.



In telegrams to U.S. deputy ambassador Luis Moreni, Occupation Minister Ehud Barak “explained that the GOI [government of Israel] had consulted with Egypt and Fatah prior to Operation Cast Lead (war on Gaza), asking if they were willing to assume control of Gaza once “Israel” defeated Hamas.”



Barak added that the answers were “not surprisingly” in the negative. The crowded and poor Gaza region has been considered an unwanted area even before the Six-Day War in 1967 when it was part of Egypt, which happily refused offers to take it back, WikiLeaks revealed.



All previous evidences provided by the Hamas movement relating to Zionist war on Gaza confirm that Abbas authority and Egypt were aware of the Zionist war that what so-called “Israel” intending to wage against the innocent people in Gaza at that time.



No doubt that Egypt and Abbas played an essential role in consulting the Zionist occupation who committed bloody massacres against the civilians in Gaza, and now their hands are stained with the blood of the Palestinians in Gaza.



Source: Ezzedeen al-Qassam Brigades – Information Office.

Islamic Army in Afghanistan Operations (November 28 2010)

Islamic Army in Afghanistan Operations (November 28 2010)



Sunday, November 28, 2010



In the Name of Allah, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful.



All Praise and thanks are due to Allah, the Lord of all that exists and may peace and prayers be upon the Messenger of Allah, his family, companions in entirety.



* 27 US-Afghan cowardly soldiers killed or wounded. Nov. 27 – At least 27 American invaders and their local minions were killed and wounded in an encounter with the Mujahideen of the Islamic Emirate during while the US accompanied by the their local puppet were about to plot a raid on civilians when they met with Mujahideen strong resistance, however, the enemy helicopter bombed the area during the fighting as result of which 15 Mujahideen and 8 civilians became martyrs in Sharzad, Nangarhar. Reported by Zabihullah Mujahid


* Mujahideen kill 4 puppets in Ghazni. Nov. 28 – According to a report from Ghazni province, Mujahideen of the Islamic Emirate targeted one of the puppets’ vehicle with rocket-propelled grenades killing 4 puppets’ on board. Reported by Zabihullah Mujahid


* US invaders martyr 4 noncombatants civilians in Ghazni. Nov. 28 – Yet gain in a heinous terrorist act, the US-NATO invaders, as usual, desecrated and burned the Holy Quran and other religious book wickedly besides burring other food stuff available in the civilian house during a night raid on the house of the non-combatant civilians and barbarically shot four innocent civilians in Andar, Ghazni province on Friday night. Reported by Zabihullah Mujahid


2 US invaders killed with 3 more wounded in Ghazni. Nov. 28 – A roadside bomb blast ripped into the US invading force’s tank Sunday evening, killing 2 US terrorists as well as wounding another 3 traveling in the tank in Khogainu district of Ghazni provide. Reported by Zabihullah Mujahid


* 4 US-NATO invaders killed or wounded in blast. Nov. 28 – Some 3 US-NATO invaders were killed with another one injured in bombing targeted the enemy tank Sunday morning in Andar, Ghazni. Reported by Zabihullah Mujahid


* Two police officers shot dead in Takhar. Nov. 28 – A Mujahid sniper in Taluqan, the capital of Takhar province sniped and killed two police officers of puppet ANP on Sunday. Reported by Zabihullah Mujahid


* Mujahideen attacks in Paktika kill 7 NATO-Afghan cowardly soldiers, wound 3. Nov. 28 – Mujahideen of the Islamic Emirate, in got one of the NATO tanks blown apart which killing about 4 NATO invaders on Sunday at about 12:00 pm in Argun, Paktika. Also Sunday, at least 3 puppets were killed and 4 more injured in bombing that hit and destroyed the enemy vehicle in the same district. Reported by Zabihullah Mujahid


* Mujahideen mortar strikes hit border outpost. Nov. 28 – As many as 15 mortar shells struck the enemy border out post known as Shah Kot Sunday in Naziiyano district of Nangarhar, however, the size of human and martial losses is not clear yet. Reported by Zabihullah Mujahid


* NATO patrol attacked in Parwan. Nov, 28 – Mujahideen attacked the foot patrol of the NATO invaders Sunday in Koh-e-Sahfi district of Parwan, while the scope of the losses is yet to be known. Reported by Zabihullah Mujahid


* 4 puppets killed in bombings in Khost. Nov. 28 – Some 4 minions were killed in two separate bombings in Kost’s Khulbisat district on Sunday, the report said, adding that a civilian, too, wounded in one of the blasts, but is said to be in stable condition. Reported by Zabihullah Mujahid


* Enemy check post overrun in Samangan, 5 killed or wounded. Nov. 28 – Mujahideen of the Islamic Emirate in the provincial capital of Samangan overran puppets’ check post, killing 3 cowardly minions besides wounding another 2 yesterday night. Reported by Zabihullah Mujahid


* 2 US invaders’ supply trucks torched in Kunar. Nov. 28 – Mujahideen of the Islamic Emirate, in an attack on the invading American supply convoy in the province’s Asmar district, burned down two logistical trucks, while there are no reports of the size of the losses. Reported by Zabihullah Mujahid


* Member of provincial council killed in Logar. Nov. 28 – Abdullah Ahmadzai, member of the provincial Capital along with his brother and gunmen got killed in a surprise attacked conducted by Mujahideen on his vehicle near the capital of Logar province on Sunday morning at approximately 8:00 am. Reported by Zabihullah Mujahid


* Puppet commander along with 3 soldiers killed n Baghlan. Nov. 28 – There is a recent report from Baghlan province that Mujahideen clashed with the minions of ANA in the province’s Poli Khomri district, according to the report from the area, some 5 puppets were killed along with their commander during the fighting last night. Reported by Zabihullah Mujahid


* 3 invading American killed, 3 injured. Nov. 28 – At 3 US invades were killed with 3 more badly hurt in separate attacks on the US invading forces n Kharwar, Logar province on Sunday. Reported by Zabihullah Mujahid


* 6 NATO invaders killed in Ghazni. Nov. 28 – At least 6 NATO invaders were killed when Mujahideen of the Islamic Emirate attacked the enemy foot patrol in Andar district of Ghazni on Saturday. Reported by Zabihullah Mujahid


* NATO invaders’ tank destroyed, 3 killed. Nov. 28 – A roadside bomb blast tore through the NATO invading forces’ killing three invaders on board in Sayedabad, Wardag on Saturday. Reported by Zabihullah Mujahid


* 5 US invaders killed, 3 severely hurt in Mujahideen attack. Nov. 28 – Some 5 US invading terrorists were killed and 3 more wounded in Mujahideen attack carried out on the enemy foot patrol in Sayedabad district of Wardag on Saturday. Reported by Zabihullah Mujahid


* 3 killed as puppets’ vehicle targeted in Juzjan. Nov. 28 – In the province’s Faizabad district, Mujahideen of the Islamic Emirate shot puppets’ vehicle killing 3 policemen in the vehicle on Saturday. Reported by Zabihullah Mujahid


* 3 NATO invading troops killed in Mujahideen attack. Nov. 28 – Mujahideen of the Islamic Emirate, in an attack on the NATO invaders in Faizabad district of Juzjan, killed 3 invaders as their tank rocketed by Mujahideen on Sunday (Nov. 28) at 12:00 pm. Reported by Zabihullah Mujahid


* District center attacked in Ghazni. Nov. 28 – Mujahideen of the Islamic Emirate carried out heavy and small arms attack on the district center of Giro, Ghazni yesterday night without knowing the size of the losses. Reported by Zabihullah Mujahid


* Shindand explosions take out 2 enemy logistical vehicles. Nov. 28 – 2 NATO logistical supply vehicles were destroyed at 10:00 pm yesterday when Mujahideen of Islamic Emirate detonated mines on their convoy in Shoz area of Shindand district. It is said that the security puppets flipped his vehicle due to fear from the deafening blast, killing and wounding all onboard. Reported by Qari Muhammad Yousuf Ahmadi


* Another US tank blown apart in Marjah. Nov. 28 – Another US tank was destroyed by an IED at 11:00 am in Marjah’s Dahfatad Durahi area as a result all onboard were killed and wounded. Reported by Qari Muhammad Yousuf Ahmadi


* Gerishk blast kills puppet contractor. Nov. 28 – A puppet contractor was killed along with 5 of his bodyguards when the puppets vehicle was obliterated by an IED in Gerishk’s Da Adam Khan Desert at 12:00 pm. Reported by Qari Muhammad Yousuf Ahmadi


* 13 puppets killed in Maiwand clash, 3 vehicles destroyed. Nov. 28 – Reports from Maiwand district say the since yesterday Mujahideen of Islamic Emirate have been fighting US-Afghan soldiers who wanted to carry out an operation in Band Timor area. Mujahideen officials from the area say that so far 3 enemy Ford Ranger vehicles have been destroyed along with 13 enemy soldiers killed and tens of others wounded due to fierce Mujahideen attacks and ambushes. Mujahideen add that dozens of other enemy have also been killed and wounded from deadly blasts throughout the day but their exact numbers are not known. Reported by Qari Muhammad Yousuf Ahmadi


* American terrorist shot dead by a sniper. Nov. 28 – A Mujahid of Islamic Emirate shot dead an American terrorist yesterday late afternoon while on duty on the watch tower of their base in Haji Fath Muhammad Aka Paich area of Sangin district. Reported by Qari Muhammad Yousuf Ahmadi


* 4 invaders killed and wounded in Marjah. Nov. 28 – At least 2 US invaders were killed and 2 wounded at around 05:00 pm after an attack on their foot patrol on the road between Wakil Wazir Charahi and Pump Charahi areas of Marjah district. A Mujahid was also injured in the firefight. Reported by Qari Muhammad Yousuf Ahmadi


* Marjah blast obliterates puppets vehicle. Nov. 28 – Mujahideen detonated an remote-controlled mine on the vehicle of ANA puppets in Sistani area of Marjah at 10:00 am this morning as a result 4 minions were killed and another 4 severely wounded. Reported by Qari Muhammad Yousuf Ahmadi


* Deadly Herat blast kills and wounds 25 enemy terrorists. Nov. 28 – Mujahideen from Rabat-e-Sangi district say that at least 25 invaders and their puppets had gathered around a powerful IED to try and defuse it in Toghi area at 12:00 pm when it blew up. Mujahideen add that only one enemy soldier was seen walking after the massive explosion and the rest were either killed or wounded. Reported by Qari Muhammad Yousuf Ahmadi


* Blast hits US tank in Nad Ali. Nov. 28 – A US invaders tank was blown apart while on a patrol on Nad Ali’s Shawal area at 06:00 am this morning. All terrorists inside were killed and wounded. In another report, at least 2 more S invaders were killed and 2 wounded after an IED exploded on their foot patrol in the mentioned district’s Se Waik Gharbi area at around the same time. Reported by Qari Muhammad Yousuf Ahmadi


* Kandahar city shook by Mujahideen attacks. Nov. 28 – Zirgar, a worker in Milli Amniat intelligence agency was shot dead this afternoon by Mujahideen in Chawni area. Another report says that Mujahideen torched 2 enemy logistical vehicles in Clinic area at around 12:00 am this morning. Mujahideen add that they also attacked a NATO logistical convoy 07:00 am near Terenkot Hada but the extent of damage and number of casualties caused is not known. Reported by Qari Muhammad Yousuf Ahmadi


Source: Theunjustmedia.

Islamic Army in Afghanistan Operations (November 27 2010)

Islamic Army in Afghanistan Operations (November 27 2010)



Saturday, November 27, 2010



In the Name of Allah, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful.



All Praise and thanks are due to Allah, the Lord of all that exists and may peace and prayers be upon the Messenger of Allah, his family, companions in entirety.



* Two martyr attacks rock police headquarter in Paktika: 56 NATO-Afghan cowardly terrorists killed, several dozens wounded. Nov. 27 – The first martyrdom attack came on Saturday at around 12:00 pm, when a lone martyr-seeking Mujahid of the Islamic Emirate, Aris, the resident of Ghazni province with indomitable courage and selfless sacrifice entered the police headquarter armed with explosive vest and approached the police training center where more than 100 US-NATO trainers and the Afghan trainees were busy doing the routine military training and set off his explosive-packed vest, killing some 6 US-NATO invading trainers besides 28 cowardly Afghan policemen and wounding several more, the report from Paktia said, adding that shortly thereafter, a second martyr attacker detonated himself as soon as the enemy forces gathered around the dead and wounded from the first explosion, killing about 21 Afghan-NATO cowardly terrorists and wounding as many as 57 more. Reported by Zabihullah Mujahid


* 3 invading American soldiers killed, 3 wounded in clash with Mujahideen. Nov 27 – At least US invaders were killed with two more wounded in 3-hour long fighting with Mujahideen of the Islamic Emirate in Logar’s Kharwar district on Saturday at about 12:00 pm, according to a report from Logar province. Reported by Zabihullah Mujahid


* Massive blast in Paktia kills 5 US invaders, destroys tanks and vehicle. Nov. 27 – A powerful blast in Paktia’s Shwak district hit and destroyed a US invading forces’ tank and a vehicle, killing 3 American terrorists and wounding two on board on Saturday. Reported by Zabihullah Mujahid


* A dozen US invaders wounded, 2 killed in Mujahideen attack. Nov. 27 – In Laghman’s Alishan district, Mujahideen of the Islamic Emirate, clashed the US forces. According to the report from Laghman province, the clash took place on Saturday at about 12:00 pm after the enemy patrol came under Mujahideen surprise attack, in which two US invaders were killed with a dozen more terribly wounded. Reported by Zabihullah Mujahid


* 5 American invaders killed, 2 wounded as two US tanks destroyed in Wardag. Nov. 27 – At least 5 US invading soldiers were killed and two more wounded with two of their military tanks blown apart in Mujahideen bombings in the province’s Sayedabad district on later Saturday morning. Reported by Zabihullah Mujahid


* 4 puppets killed as enemy check post attacked by Mujahideen. Nov. 27 – Some four puppets of what is called ANA were killed with their check post overrun near the Samangan city, the capital of this province on Saturday. Reported by Zabihullah Mujahid


* 6 invading American killed, 3 tanks eliminated in Mujahideen attack. Nov. 27 – Some 6 US invading terrorists got killed with 3 of their tanks destroyed in a clash with Mujahideen which broke out in Khas Kunar district of Kunar provinces on Friday evening. Reported by Zabihullah Mujahid


* Attack on NATO invaders’ patrol: 2 terrorists killed or wounded. Nov. 27 – Mujahideen of the Islamic Emirate, in an encounter in Laghman’s Alishang district, killed 1 NATO invaders and wounded another one on later Saturday morning. Reported by Zabihullah Mujahid


* 3 US invaders killed, 1 hurt when IED hits tank. Nov. 27 – At least 3 invading American terrorists were killed with another killed Saturday morning at around 7:00 am when a Mujahideen IED struck and annihilated the enemy tank in Faizabad, Juzjan. Reported by Zabihullah Mujahid


* Cowardly besieged Americans flee from Zhiri. Nov. 27 – Reports from Zhiri district say that the American’s that had landed by helicopters in Nalgham area to carry out an operation have fled after taking on deadly casualties from IED blasts and attacks for the past 5 days. Mujahideen from the area say that they have seized equipment which was left by the cowardly invaders however their body parts and limbs have are still lying at the blast sites. Reported by Qari Muhammad Yousuf Ahmadi


* 10 NATO logistical vehicles destroyed as convoy comes under attack. Nov. 27 – Mujahideen from Farah Rod district say that they ambushed a NATO logistical convoy at 10:00 am this morning in Chakab area as a result 8 security gunmen were killed and 5 wounded along with 7 supply vehicles and 3 security vehicles destroyed. Reported by Qari Muhammad Yousuf Ahmadi


* Firefight reported from Marjah. Nov. 27 – Mujahideen of Islamic Emirate inflicted heavy casualties to the US invaders who were coming out of their base in Qari Sada’s Maktab area located in Marjah at 09:00 am but their exact numbers are not known. Reported by Qari Muhammad Yousuf Ahmadi


* Mujahideen in Zhiri kill 2 invaders. Nov. 27 – Some 2 US invaders were killed and one of their puppets wounded at 12:00 pm in Sang-e-Sar area of Zhiri district. Reported by Qari Muhammad Yousuf Ahmadi


* Police convoy comes under attack. Nov. 27 – Reports from Gerishk district say that Mujahideen attacked police convoy in Nahr-e-Siraj’s Spina Posta area in which the enemy’s vehicle was destroyed along with 4 puppets killed. 1 Mujahid was also injured in the ambush. Reported by Qari Muhammad Yousuf Ahmadi


* IED takes out US invaders tank. Nov. 27 – A US invaders tank was blow apart in Marghab district’s Akazo area at 10:00 am this morning. All terrorists onboard were killed and wounded. Reported by Qari Muhammad Yousuf Ahmadi


* Land mine hits American tank. Nov. 27 – Mujahideen from Delaram say that an IED hit and destroyed a US invaders tank, killing and wounding all onboard at 04:00 pm in Spin Koto area. Reported by Qari Muhammad Yousuf Ahmadi


* 2 cowardly invaders killed in clash with Mujahideen. Nov. 27 – At least 2 cowardly American terrorists were killed and 2 others wounded at 11:00 am after Mujahideen attacked their foot patrol in area between Gerishk bazaar and Band-e-Barq area. 2 Mujahideen were also injured in the 4 hour firefight. Reported by Qari Muhammad Yousuf Ahmadi


* Powerful Maiwand blast obliterates invaders tank. Nov. 27 – A powerful IED blast in Mira Khor Durahi of Marjah district obliterated an American tank at 12:00 pm as a result all 5 terrorists onboard were killed and wounded. Reported by Qari Muhammad Yousuf Ahmadi


* Uruzgan blast kills 5 puppets. Nov. 27 – A Land Cruiser of police was annihilated at 09:30 am in Shah Mashad area of Charchino district as a result all 5 puppets inside were killed which included their commander. Reported by Qari Muhammad Yousuf Ahmadi


* 2 police killed in Terenkot. Nov. 27 – A mine blast killed 2 police in Terenkot city’s Garmawok Manda area at 10:00 am this morning when the puppets tried to defuse the mentioned mine. Mujahideen say that another puppet was also seriously wounded in hit explosion. Reported by Qari Muhammad Yousuf Ahmadi


* Firefight takes place in Dawlatabad. Nov. 27 – Mujahideen of Islamic Emirate attacked a puppet convoy in Charshinki area of Dawlatabad district at 10:00 am yesterday. It is said that a puppet police was killed and another wounded in the firefight. 1 Mujahid was also injured in the clash. Reported by Qari Muhammad Yousuf Ahmadi


* Puppets vehicle blown apart in Delaram. Nov. 27 – A puppet police vehicle was destroyed when it hit an IED in Durahi area of Delaram district center while on a patrol at 08:00 am this morning. Reported by Qari Muhammad Yousuf Ahmadi


Source: Theunjustmedia.

One killed as Seven Indonesians shot in Nafri, West Papua

There was a shooting in Nafri village Abepura District, Jayapura, West Papua (Papua Province) on Sunday 28 November 2010, 9.30am (Papua local time). The shooting incident is reported to have continued for 5 minutes.

The victims of the shooting were all Indonesian. One man Riswandy Yunus was shot dead in the incident. A number of different vehicles were shot at including public transport, rubbish truck and motorcycles, including the one driven by Riswandy Yunus.

This incident superficially appears, as though, it was carried out by Pro-independence guerrillas. Paula Makabory, from Institute for Papuan Advocacy and Human Rights, believes that the Indonesian military are most likely responsible for the incident. An Independent investigation is necessary as the Indonesian Police, alone will be unable to investigate what appears to be an Indonesian military ‘black operation’.

Dead Victim:

Riswandy Yunus, male 35 years old from Ternate/Indonesian.

Suffered a bullet wound on his chest went through his shoulder, grazed wound on his right leg, and bruised on his face. He died in the crime scene. He was shot while driving passing the crime scene from Abepura District toward Yoka.

Wounded victims:

1. Baharuddin (male/35YO), from Java/Indonesian.

Suffering of bullet wound on his right palm. He was shot while driving a public transport (Yotefa-Arso) passing the crime scene from Abepura District toward Yoka.

2. Zaenal (male/9 YO), Indonesian.

Elementary/primary student who was one of the passengers in the public transport. Bullet wound on his left palm and a grazed wound on his right chest.

3. Sahari Bowo (female/38YO), Makassar Indonesian.

Passenger of the public transport. Suffering of grazed wound in both of her knees because she jumped out from the public transport.

4. Alex Nongga (male/32YO) from Manado/Indonesian.

Bullet wound on his right arm and grazed wound on his face.

5. Dian Novita (female/28YO) Indonesian.

Scratched of bullet on her helmet. She was the passenger of the motorbike drove by her husband, Riswandi Yunus.

6. Deby Diana Rumansah (female/21YO) Indonesian.

Bullet wound on her hand.


On Sunday 28 November 2010, at 9.30am (local Papua time) all the victims were passing the crime scene from Abepura district direction toward Koya district, when a group of unidentified armed men shot at them, many times.

At around 10.00am the police security forces arrived at the crime scene and secured the place and took the victims to Abepura hospital.

At around 1.10pm, the victims Alex Nongga and Zaenal were transferred to Dok II Public hospital in Jayapura.

Other evidences:

1. Rubbish-truck Police number DS 5754 AD, was shot at the front, windscreen wiper broken, three sharp bulled holes at the front bumper.

2. Motorbike Honda Tiger Police number DS 2337 AP, belongs to Riswandy Yunus (dead victim)

3. Motorbike Jupiter Z Police number DS 5244 AR, was shot from the left side.

The situation around the crime scene was reported ass secured by Police and no further incidents have occurred.

A Incident requiring independent investigation

This incident requires independent investigation. It is doubtful that the Indonesian Police can carry out such an independent investigation, without involvement of a more impartial institution.

The incident superficially appears as though was carried out by Pro-Independence guerrillas. The event occurs just days before December 1 which is the usual day raising day the outlawed ‘Morning Star’ flag by Pro Independence Papuans.

The incident is similar to the shootings at Freeport as in that it has occurred in a highly militarized area. The region between Jayapura and the PNG border has quite a number of military camps, is one of the most militarized and secure regions in West Papua. The possibilities for Pro-Independence guerrillas to carry out an attack and then to disappear are very limited.

Those responsible for the incident are most likely to the Indonesian military and either the Kopassus or the military backed Pro-Indonesia militia. The Indonesian military has a long operational agenda of ‘black operations’, which continue, exacerbate and justify the armed conflict in West Papua.

Pro- Papuan groups within West Papua are currently working to establish a Peace building process with Indonesia Government. Whoever is behind this incident it is an attempt to this subvert the process to make Peace in West Papua.

Reported by Paula Makabory, Institute for Papuan Advocacy & Human Rights

‘We must learn from the lessons of the past’

Following is the official translation of His Majesty King Abdullah’s Speech from the Throne at the opening of the 16th Parliament’s first ordinary session on Sunday:

Honourable Senators,

Honourable Deputies,

Peace, God’s mercy and blessings be upon you.

In the name of God, and with His blessings, we inaugurate the first ordinary session of the 16th Parliament. With the inauguration of this session, we reaffirm our commitment to fulfilling the constitutional requirements of our democratic process. We also emphasise our utmost care for the participation of our people in decision making, and in building the future that befits their tremendous sacrifices and their right to live freely and with dignity, in a homeland whose strength, progress and prosperity are?exemplary.

On this occasion, I wish to congratulate the respectable deputies who have won the confidence of our people in the recent parliamentary elections, which we did our utmost to hold in a transparent and impartial manner. We hope these elections and this assembly, will further strengthen our democratic process.

Honourable Senators,

Honourable Deputies,

Over the last few years, we have been working within a transparent vision of reform and modernisation, to rectify deficiencies and to achieve comprehensive development. We have made many achievements. But it is imperative to assess our efforts and evaluate their outcome, with a view to maximising achievements, correcting mistakes and ending shortcomings.

This appraisal process is not the sole responsibility of only one authority. Neither is the responsibility of advancing reforms. These are a collective responsibility. And only through institutional cooperation among all branches of government, cooperation guided by the Constitution and the recognition of the central roles of all of them, will we be able to shoulder these responsibilities and build the bright future that our people deserve.

We must learn from the lessons of the past. We must rectify mistakes made. And we must admit that relations between the executive and legislative authorities suffered from numerous shortcomings that hindered our reform efforts, to the detriment of the interests of our people.

The legislative authority has a pivotal constitutional role. We do not accept any situation in which the role of the House of Representatives is undermined. And we do not accept any distortion of its image among the people. We face tremendous challenges, and we have great aspirations for our people. A strong Parliament that exercises its constitutional responsibilities in legislation and monitoring is essential for the realisation of our vision for our people. A real and institutional partnership between P?rliament and government is also essential for moving forward and for consolidating people’s trust in their public institutions.

I have directed the government to reassess the mechanisms through which it conducts its relations with the House of Representatives. This assessment must lead to improving the relationship between the two authorities, so that it becomes a relationship of cooperation and complementarity, whereby the government and Parliament perform their duties and exercise their authorities fully. Neither authority should encroach on the role of the other. And the relationship between government and Parliament must not be?hostage to vested interests. Its stability should not be conditional on realising private gains.

In order to avoid past mistakes, it is imperative that the two authorities agree on a binding set of principles, consistent with the Constitution and laws, that defines the basis on which the government will conduct its interaction with members of the House. Such clear guidelines for this interaction will assure our dear people that the government-Parliament relationship is a true partnership intended to serve public interests.

Honourable Senators,

Honourable Deputies,

Our directives to the government have stressed the need to conduct its work through a well-defined institutional mechanism that sets clear objectives and timelines. We have further emphasised the need for assertiveness and transparency, and for the need to make decisions without reluctance or fear. And there should be no room for policies of appeasement that had strongly hindered the achievement of necessary and positive change. The government is committed to these guidelines as it works to advance our dev?lopment process through seven areas of priorities.

Political, economic, social and administrative reforms are interconnected. We have emphasised, therefore, that economic reform should be accompanied with political reform that increases public participation in the decision-making process. Accordingly, the government will work to ensure conditions necessary for the development of all aspects of political life. In this regard, the government will refer the temporary Elections Law to the House of Representatives. Parliament will then study and amend it as ne?essary to render this central legislation more conducive to advancing our democratic reforms, and adopt it as a permanent law. The government will also refer to you the draft Decentralisation Law, which seeks to build capacity in the various governorates, and to ensure a larger role for the people in building their future and determining the development priorities for their governorates.

The government will work in partnership with your respectable assembly to modify and update legislation governing political work and relating to the rights and liberties of our citizens, in order to create an environment that can move comprehensive political development forward.

Political development cannot, however, be fully attained without the participation of civil society organisations and national political parties that build credibility through convincing the people of the viability of their programmes and their ability to contribute to the development of the country. In this regard, my government will continue to work to encourage the emergence of political parties that adhere to the Constitution and the law. It will work to remove all obstacles facing them.

My government will continue to invest in developing a professional relationship with the media. It will respect the right of media institutions to work freely and independently, and to have access to information. Law, as well as the Code of Conduct that was adopted by the previous government, will govern this relationship. But it is necessary to consider any legislative amendments that can lead to the development of an independent professional media industry, and protect citizens and their rights from unpr?fessional practices that falsify facts and harm our country.

In view of the significance of the role of our youth, on whose shoulders lies the responsibility of building our future, the government is working towards implementing a comprehensive plan to develop the role of the youth sector and to equip our youth with necessary skills and knowledge. Likewise, the government will continue to strengthen and reinforce the role of women in society, and will take all necessary measures to protect women’s rights.

Honourable Senators,

Honourable Deputies,

Improving the performance of our public institutions is a requisite for confronting challenges. Hence the government has adopted key performance indicators, and has empowered institutions mandated with monitoring performance, ensuring transparency and fighting all aspects of corruption and redundancy. It has also set a unit to monitor the implementation of executive plans and adopted a code of ethics by which all Cabinet members will abide. It has prepared a special programme to develop the efficiency of p?blic administration. Furthermore, the government has improved the quality of services extended to our citizens, particularly in the fields of health, education and housing, to help make suitable accommodation available to citizens. It has increased the number of healthcare centres and built more schools. The government also worked on enhancing municipality services and providing more support to cultural activities.

And since justice is the pillar of governance, we are committed to strengthen the independence of the judiciary. The government will make available all the requirements the judicial authority needs to improve its performance and to ensure justice among people. It is imperative to develop and modernise legislation, recruit the best trained professionals and invest in their training so that the judicial authority maintains its record of efficiency and impartiality.

Honourable Senators,

Honourable Deputies,

Jordan faces enormous economic challenges. Overcoming these challenges dictates the adoption of viable economic policies that can fulfil our aspirations to provide a better life for our citizens. Therefore, improving the performance of the economy will continue to top our priorities due to the direct impact such an improvement will have on the quality of life of our people.

The global economic conditions have been extremely difficult and our economy has been affected by this global crisis. But despite these difficult conditions, the government has achieved positive results; and the major economic indicators have shown improvement. There has been positive growth in the gross domestic product and the budget deficit has been reduced. The fiscal policies will continue to be geared towards curbing the budget deficit and consolidating financial stability. The government will also f?cus on improving the investment environment, stimulating economic growth and developing self-sufficiency.

We have directed the government to give due attention and care to all vital sectors, specially the educational sector. We have emphasised the necessity of improving the living standards of teachers and protecting their social standing. We have further directed the government to pay due attention to the agricultural sector and workers, and to increase investment in the tourism sector. And as we want Jordan to remain a pioneer in the communication and information technology, we have directed the government t? support this sector, which plays a major role in enhancing the performance of various public institutions.

Honourable Senators,

Honourable Deputies,

Our citizens are our primary asset. They are the engine of development; and their well-being is its objective. It is the government’s duty, therefore, to be committed to maintaining economic and social justice and equality. The government’s policies will seek to expand the middle class, and to protect and support the poor. Poverty and unemployment are two evils that we should fight by all possible means. In this regard, the government will improve the current mechanism for helping the poor, and will seek t? enhance the role of civil society organisations and the private sector in providing parallel support programmes.

Honourable Senators,

Honourable Deputies,

The government’s work in the seven areas of priorities, that it has identified, represents a comprehensive development programme to improve performance in all sectors. This programme entails specific projects and practical procedures. And the government will present this programme to you for detailed discussion and consultation on how to improve it. Cooperating on implementing this comprehensive programme and its objectives of improving our performance and preserving and developing our achievements is esse?tial for success.

Honourable Senators,

Honourable Deputies,

Our country would not have realised all its achievements without the blessings of stability and security, which have been safeguarded by our brave comrades-in-arms in the armed forces and our security agencies. These men and women are a source of pride for all Jordanians. We will continue to extend all support to our brave Arab Army and our security agencies, providing them with the training, equipment and weapon systems they need to carry out their responsibilities. We will also work to improve standards ?f living for all members of the army and security agencies, who put their lives on the line in defence of our country and its achievements.

Jordan, which will remain strong, stable and secure, will continue to support our Arab brethren in defending Arab and Islamic just causes. First among these is the Palestinian cause. Jordan has always been and will continue to be the strongest supporter of our Palestinian brethren, and we will do all we can to help them put an end to occupation, to lift the injustice, and to establish their independent state on their national soil, with East Jerusalem as its capital, in accordance with the Arab Peace Initi?tive and international law, and within a regional context that ensures comprehensive peace.

Jordan will also spare no effort in supporting our Iraqi brethren to preserve the stability and security of their country, and to regain Iraq’s pivotal role in the region and the world at large.

Honourable Senators,

Honourable Deputies,

Many are the challenges we face. But the opportunities are greater. We have always overcome challenges, and our history is a record of victoriesة A record that was achieved through the will, unity and knowledge of Jordanians. And so, God willing, will the future be: New achievements that we will make through hard work and belief in our abilities. There is no time to waste. Let everybody work as a team that places the common good above all other considerations; that abides by the law; that nurtures the cult?re of democracy; that builds viable institutions, and that is armed with knowledge, education and wisdom. Let everybody work as a team that protects national unity; that stands firmly against all voices of division and negativism; that carries our reform process forward towards new horizons of achievement; that builds on the accomplishments of our forefathers, and protects Jordan as a beloved and proud homeland.

May God guide us to what is best to our country and the people, and to our Arab and Islamic nation.

Peace, God’s mercy and blessings be upon you.



29 November 2010



Source: The Jordan Times.

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