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Iran & Terrorism: An Islamic Perspective

National Interest, Quarterly Magazine, Spring 2005, Page 22- 40
Word Count : 7603

The event of September 11 has changed the atmosphere dominating international scene. The US exploited these events to fill the vacuum created following the collapse of the Soviet Union. It tried to replace the danger of Communism with struggle against terrorism to promote US hegemonic aspirations. Advancing the so-called "axis of evil" by President Bush pursued this goal. Along these lines, the US charged the I.R.I with accusations of supporting terrorism.

This article tries to study the main roots of terrorist actions, Islamic view on violence, theoretical foundation of al-Qaeda group and finally the stance of the I.R.I toward international terrorism

Today's world is a dangerous place, both for governments and for people.
Terrorism with its various forms has become a great concern for every state all over the world. On the other hand, modern technology has radically transformed the nat…

'We Are Like The Jews'

'We Are Like The Jews'

Politics apart, Brahmin-bashing is rampant in literary and cultural
worlds too


The acclaimed Tamil writer opens his heart to S. Anand on the
experience of being a Brahmin in Tamil Nadu.

For the Tamil Brahmins, it has been one century of being on the
defensive. The community feels castrated. The Brahmins have never
anyway been the placard-holding type; they have rarely expressed their
feelings openly. The Tamil Brahmins have been used to taking insults.
Hence perhaps the lack of visible protests or reactions. Theirs is a
guilt-ridden existence, their spirit has been killed by a negative
self-perception… They have been driven to a quiescent state. Their
situation is very similar to that of the Jews in the 1930s.

With the anti-Brahmin movement dictating the terms, the urban Brahmins
began to eschew ethnic markers that revealed their identity. They gave
up the kudumi (tuft), began to sport moustaches like non-Brahmins,
changed the manner in which they spoke…


Rogue elements within the Indian Government fed false information to deceive the U.S. State Department. Their agenda to sabotage growing Indo-U.S. relations in the war against terrorism.

N.S. Rajaram

Diplomatic gaffe
There is an influential group of rogue elements that has wormed its way into the Indian Government that is bent on sabotaging growing Indo-American relations in defense and anti-terrorism. That is the picture emerging from individuals close to the Indian government as well as U.S. diplomatic sources.

The newly appointed Secretary of State Dr. Condolezza Rice is known to be friendly towards India. Yet, on the heels of her maiden visit to the region as Secretary of State, she found herself embroiled in a major controversy over a relatively minor issue like visa to a local politician. She had more important things to do. But as a result of this inadvertent diplomatic gaffe, the State Department is now engaged in a damage control exercise, no matter what its public po…

Crisis in the Catholic Church

DER SPIEGEL 13/2005 - March 26, 2005
Crisis in the Catholic Church

The Pope's Contradictions

By Hans K√ľng

Outwardly Pope John Paul II, who has been actively involved in
battling war and suppression, is a beacon of hope for those who long
for freedom. Internally, however, his anti-reformist tenure has
plunged the Roman Catholic church into an epochal credibility crisis.

Don't be fooled by the crowds: Millions have left the Catholic Church
under Pope John Paul II's leadership.

The Catholic church is in dire straits. The pope is deathly ill and
deserves every bit of sympathy he can get. But the church must live
on, and in light of the selection of a new pope, it will need a
diagnosis, an unadorned insider analysis. The therapy will be
discussed later.

Many marvel at the staying power of this highly fragile, partially
paralyzed head of the Roman Catholic church, a man who, despite all
medications, is barely able to…

Indian 'Kayada' (Law) or Al Qaeda

Author: Vijaykumar Bandal

Publication: Vivek Weekly (Marathi) - Free translation

Date: April 3, 2005 (From advance copy)

"I have read the manual of Al Qaeda and that night I could not sleep up
3 a.m. It is terrible is spreading hate among castes and religions". It
is great misfortune of our country that a Mumbai Judge had to state
this firmly in the Court. By this hard slap, now at lease our rulers must
get up fully awake.

Police again arrested Senior Superintendent of CID Prafulla Bhosale and
his 4 colleagues on the charge of murdering Sayyad Khwaja Yunus, an
accused in the Ghatkopar Bomb explosions. There is a suspicion that this
is being done on the changing depositions of another accused in the
explosion Dr Abdul Mateen. In this questionable action, the brave Police
have accused the investigating officers of acting as per the Al Qaeda

While arguing before the Mahanagar Magistrate A. V. Kulkarni, Adv.
Satish Maneshinde claimed that the CID Police are following Al …

India specific US report-- by a neo-Jayachand


This a trivial and embarrassingly bad report, not something that the
Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice would presnt before the U.S. Senate or
the Congress.

The following points are worth noting:

1. It gives a certificate of good conduct to the UPA government, but
expresses impatience for not doing enough, especially with regard to the
Gujarat Cm Modi.

2. It complains about rewriting history books! To quote: "Following
its electoral victory in May, the Government began to address a number of
human rights concerns that have arisen in recent years. For example, it
moved quickly to rewrite school textbooks (which the previous Government had
rewritten to promote the BJP's Hindu nationalist propaganda) in order to
stress the contributions of the Muslim, Sikh, Buddhist and Christian
minority communities. However, the rewrite of the textbooks has not been
completed, and the state of Gujarat has not recalled its old tex…

USA meddling in India praises 'rewriting' textbooks

Press Trust of India

WASHINGTON, March 29. — Despite being a “vibrant democracy”, India’s human rights enforcement record has been “poor” and needs improvement, the USA has said in a report.

In its second such report in a month, the US State Department yesterday criticised New Delhi’s human rights record but said the new UPA government at the Centre has started addressing rights concerns that have “arisen over the years”.

While lauding the Centre for “rewriting school textbooks” and “addressing the aftermath of the Gujarat riots”, the 293-page report, titled “Supporting Human Rights and Democracy,” reiterated concern over the situation in Gujarat.

“Following its electoral victory in May, the government began to address a number of human rights concerns that have arisen in recent years. For example, it moved quickly to rewrite school textbooks... in order to stress the contributions of the Muslim, Sikh, Buddhist and Christian minority communities,” it said. However, it said, the rewriti…