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Pakistani artist wins £25,000 Jameel Prize 4

ghulam-mohammad1On June 7, 2016, Pakistani artist Ghulam Mohammad won the £25,000 Jameel Prize 4. His five works of paper collage, four Untitled and one with the title Gunjaan (2014) clinched him the prize, which was announced at the Pera Museum in Istanbul, Turkey (here).

Fady Jameel, President of Community Jameel International, said: “We would like to congratulate Ghulam Mohammad, the first artist from Pakistan to win the Jameel Prize. Using second-hand books, Mohammad’s intricate collages of paper cuttings of Urdu script pasted on Wasli paper create new meanings and celebrate the great heritage of Islamic art, craft and design. The vision of the Jameel Prize is to promote artists who explore traditional Islamic influences through contemporary art.”

Two other better known Pakistani artists, David Chalmers Alesworth and Rasheed Araeen who entered the completion – lost to Ghulam Mohammad.

Ghulam Muhammad creates delicate collages of hundreds of individually cut out Urdu alphabet letters that he pastes upon hand crafted wasli paper. The collages resemble dense miniature carpets created by beautiful calligraphic script. It is a difficult, time consuming procedure but the process is what Ghulam Muhammad loves. The resulting works are a mirage of letters, designed to draw in viewers and push them to peer in closely – perhaps to recreate stories and words from the multitude of letters. Watch an interview with Ghulam Muhammad below.

He speaks five languages including Saraiki, Balochi and Urdu, and is fascinated by this basic medium of communication. He finds that language simultaneously has the power to unite and divide people. The motivations behind his art are also reminiscent of his own difficult experiences of becoming acquainted with Urdu after growing up in Balochistan. He found that although the basic letters were the same, their combinations, pronunciations and meanings were not, widening the cultural gap between him and the rigid society within which he was trying to immerse himself.

Ghulam Muhammad’s work has been shown at Satrang Gallery, Islamabad (2014), Canvas Gallery, Karachi (2014, 2015), Rohtas Gallery, Lahore (2016), and Victoria and Albert’s Jameel Prize exhibition, Istanbul (2016).

Established in 2009, the Jameel Prize is awarded every two years by a panel of judges headed by renowned British architect, Iraqi-born Zaha Muhammad Hadid (died 2016). The prize, which is worth £25,000, honours contemporary artists and designers inspired by Islamic traditions. Past nominees from Pakistan include Aisha Khalid, Waqas Khan, Noor Ali Chagani, Hamra Abbas and Seher Shah.

Uzbekistan’s anti-Islam dictator goes to Hell

clintonkarimovIslam Karimov, president of Uzbekistan died at age 78, on Friday and was buried on Saturday.

Islam Karimov, a former Soviet KGB official-tuned nationalist ruled the country with iron fist for 27 years. He was a US-Israel ally against Islam re-emerging as a political force on the world arena. He was courted by anti-Muslim war criminals such as Dubya Bush, Hillary Clinton, Donald Rumsfeld, John Kerry, Tony Blair, Shimon Peres, Benjamin Netanyahu, Vladimir Putin, and Narendra Modi.

Craig Murray, former British ambassador to Uzbekistan and author of book, Murder in Samarkand, wrote: “Karimov was courted as the strong man who held Central Asia against Islamic fundamentalism. His methods – imprisoning, torturing and killing anybody who appeared religious – were viewed as admirable. That all reputable sources acknowledge that 10,000 people are imprisoned solely for their political and religious beliefs did not matter. That young men can be imprisoned or disappeared solely for growing a beard, or for praying five times a day, was viewed as effective”.

Some of Uzbekistan prisoners like Saudi prisoners are fighting along the US-Israel created ISIS.

The western pro-Israel pundits are having a field day guessing who would fit-into Karimov shoes. For example, Washington Post’s Jewish pundit Rick Noak on September 3, wished Karimov’s Harvard-educated cabinet minister, ambassador, pop singer (listen below), and businesswoman daughter Gulnara Karimov, presently under house arrest over allegedly money-laundering, to take her father place.

The other possible candidate is country’s current prime minister Shavkat Miromonovich Mirzaeyev, 58, considered more ruthless than Islam Karimov.

“The general consensus is that PM Mirziyoyev is the most likely successor at present,” David Lewis, the Jewish pundit at the UK’s University of Exeter told Jewish Politico eu.

There are over 70,000 Uzbek Jews living in Israel. Uzbekistan chief rabbi Baruch Abramzaiov told Jewish media that passing of Islam Karimov wouldn’t effect over 7,000 Jews still living in Uzbekistan.

Iran’s foreign minister Dr. Mohammad Javad Zarif attended Krimov’s funeral in Samarkand.

Israeli president Reuven Rivlin sent a condolence message to Mirzaeyev.

Uzbekistan has 30 million population – 90% of them being Muslims.

Pakistan Airline’s pilot sisters

On Wednesday, two Pakistan International Airline (PIA) pilots, Maryam Masood and Erum Masood, have made world history by becoming first pair of sisters to fly Boeing 777 jet plane together.

PIA spokesman Danyal Gilani said that Maryam Masood and Erum Masood have been flying different planes but finally ended up in the same plane.

PIA operates a fleet of 42 commercial aircrafts. In addition to Boeing 777, PIA operates Boeing 747, Airbus A310, Airbus 320, ATR42, ATR72, and old Douglass C-47.

The two sisters flew the planes concurrently from Lahore to Karachi, Manchester, New York and London.

The Boeing 777 family comprises of long-range, wide-body twin-engine airplanes. PIA was the first airline in the world to operate all the three variants of the 777 family: 777-200LR, 777-200ER and 777-300ER, all of them are well loved by PIA’s seasoned travelers for their spaciousness and comfort. PIA also holds the privilege of being the launch customer for 777-200LR, one of PIA’s aircraft which holds the record for the longest commercial jet flight in aviation history. At present PIA is serving destinations in USA, Canada, UK and Europe through its 777 fleet.

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PIA have survived many air disasters and financial problems like world’s any other national airline – but it’s still considered a safe airline to fly with. PIA is a sort of Pakistan’s ambassador to foreign lands.

Pakistani women have earned honors for the country in the aviation sector in the past as well. In 2006, seven women graduated as fighter pilots in the Pakistan Air Force. In November 2015, Marium Mukhtiar became the first female fighter-jet pilot to die in a crash during training.

In April 2016, Pakistan-born Namira Salim became the 2nd Muslim female astronaut after Iran’s Anousheh Ansari.

Kimia Alizadeh: Iran’s first female Olympian

On Friday, 18-year-old Hijab-wearing Kimia Alizadeh Zenoorin became Iran’s first Olympian by defeating Sweden’s Nikita Glasnovic 5-1 in the under-57 kg Taekwondo division to win a bronze at Rio 2016.

On Friday, Iran’s president Sheikh Hassan Rouhani, PhD, congratulated Zenoorin via tweeter, saying: “Kimia, my daughter, you made happy all Iranians, particularly women of the Iranian land. I wish everlasting happiness for you.”

Iranian athletes have won six medals so far; Gold (2), Silver (1), and Bronze (3).

Egypt’s Hijab-wearing Hedaya Malak won the bronze medal in the women’s taekwondo -57kg event as well.

Earlier, two Hijab-wearing female athletes; America’s fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad, and Egypt’s weightlifter Sara Ahmed won Bronze Medals at Rio 2016.

In Iran, there is no law to enforce wearing Hijab by women especially within non-Muslim minorities such as Christians, Jews, and Zoroastrians. Millions of secularist Muslim Iranian women don’t wear Hijab. However, bikini is banned at public places.

France is the first European nation to force Hijab ban on its largest (7-9 millions) non-Christian minority. Last week, French Jewish prime minister Manuel Valls threw his kosher support behind banning wearing Burkinis at French beaches.

Australia is another Jewish-controlled nation where Muslim women are condemned and harassed over wearing Hijab by government and media.

On August 18, 2016, professor Peter Hopkins (New Castle University, Australia) in an article, entitled, Five truths about the hijab need to be told tried to educate anti-Muslim Judeo-Christian bigots.

In the West, many regard traditional Muslim dress like the hijab as a sign of oppression, with women forced to wear the garments by men. But it is not as simple as that: many women choose to wear the hijab as a sign of faith, feminism, or simply because they want to,” Hopkins says.

Some women choose to wear the hijab because it is a national tradition of their country of origin, or because it is the norm in their local area, city or country. Others wear it to demonstrate their commitment to dressing modest and for religious reasons. Like any item of clothing, some women wear the hijab for specific occasions, such as for family or community events, or during particular times of day but take it off at other times, such as wearing the hijab to and from school or work but taking it off while studying or working,” Hopkins adds.

Many hijab wearers have said that they wear the veil not as a symbol of control by a man, but rather to promote their own feminist ideal. For many Muslim women, wearing a hijab offers a way for them to take control of their bodies and to claim a stance that challenges the ways in which women are marginalized by men,” says Hopkins.

US professor: Turkey may distance itself from Saudi Arabia

Last week, Donald Trump said that CIA was involved in Turkey’s failed military coup last month.

Iran-born professor Shireen Tahmaasb Hunter (Georgetown University) in a recent interview with the Tehran Times said that Turkey might reconsider its relations with some Arab states, including Saudi Arabia in the wake of the failed July 15 coup.

Dr. Hunter is a visiting scholar at ACMCU where she directs a project on Reformist Islam funded by the Jewish Carnegie Corporation Of New York, with Helene L. Kaplan (Jewish) as its Chairman. Listen below Hunter’s 2011 speech, entitled, The Winners and Losers in a Changing Middle East: is Iran really a winner?

During his recent visit to Russia, Turkish president Erdogan met his Russian counterpart. Both leaders vowed to repair their strained relations.

However Hunter says, “It is very unlikely that Turkey will change its basic Western orientation. To do so would incur heavy economic and political costs for Turkey. Therefore, Turkey will remain a NATO member and will try to ease tensions with the US and the EU which have resulted from the failed coup d’état. Meanwhile, Turkey will try –at least in the short term– to reduce tensions with neighbors such as Iran and Iraq. It might also reconsider its relations with some Arab States, including Saudi Arabia. However, any dramatic departures from the past should not be expected. This is because Turkey’s relations with its neighbors are affected by factors such as geography, history, sectarian affiliation and inter-state rivalry. For example, it is unlikely that in the long term Turkey will abandon its competition with Iran in the Middle East, Central Asia and the Caucasus.”

A few days ago, Austrian government threatened to veto Turkey’s EU membership as result of military coup failure.

Since the 2011 armed insurgency against Syrian president Bashar al-Assad, an ally of Russia and Iran, Erdogan built a very close relations with Saudi Arabia and the Zionist entity to bring an anti-Iran regime change in Damascus. The Saudi ‘royals’ promised $600 billions investment in Turkey while gave $16 billions to the Zionist regime to maintain Washington’s anti-Iran foreign policy.

Read American Jewish professor and former UNHRC envoy Richard Falk’s views on the failed military coup here.

The relations between Turks and Arabs go back centuries. Muslim Arabs began to conquer Turkic regions starting in 705 and Turks fought on the side of Arabs against the Chinese in the Battle of Talas in 751. This alliance developed a connection between Turks and Arabs. Turkic princes in Turkistan adopted Islam, and later, the people adopted Islam en masse.

Pakistan dedicates Independence Day to Kashmir

flag_of_Pakistan[1]On August 14, 2016, Pakistani nation commemorated 70th anniversary of its Independence Day with usual national zeal and fervor. All major public and private buildings, roads and avenues were decorated with illuminations, national flags, posters, and banners.

The main event of the day was the flag hoisting ceremony at the Convention Center in the federal capital Islamabad. President Mamnoon Hussain, the chief guest at the event, which was attended by country’s prime minister Nawaz Sharif, and Pakistan Army Chief. Mamnoon Hussain in his address expressed country’s undivided support for the liberation of Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir Valley.

On Sunday Pakistan’s ambassador to India Abdul Basit said in New Delhi that Pakistan was dedicating its Independence Day to the liberation of Indian occupied Kashmir.

As far as Jammu and Kashmir is concerned, we are dedicating this year’s Independence Day to the freedom of Kashmir. An we firmly believe that the sacrifices made by the people of Jammu and Kashmir will not go in vain,” Basit said.

Leaders of the ruling BJP has urged Indian prime minister Narendra Modi to expel Abdul Basit immediately.

Under British India Partition agreement, princely state of Jammu and Kashmir being a Muslim-majority (80%) was supposed to join Pakistan but Indian leaders backed-down from their promises – invaded and occupied 2/3 of the state in 1947.

On February 22, 2016, professor Nivedita Menon (Jawaharlal Nehru University) told her students: “Everyone knows that India is illegally occupying Kashmir. Everybody accepts it.” Listen below.

There were more than 200 incidents of rape in Doda in January 1994 alone. Rape continues to be a major instrument of Indian repression against the Kashmiri people while the majority of casualties in Kashmir are civilians. The Indian authorities have also steadfastly refused to allow any independent monitoring of the situation,” says professor Prasenjit Maiti (Rurdwan University, W. Bengal, India).

Ahmadinejad’s letter to Obama

نامه مهم دکتر احمدی نژاد به اوباما منتشر شد + تصاویر نامهOn August 8, 2016, former Iranian president Dr. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad sent a letter to Swiss embassy in Tehran addressed to the US ‘duck’ president Barack Obama. In the letter Ahmadinejad has accused Barack Obama for not living up to his 2008 campaign promise of CHANGE when it comes to the US-Iran relations during his 8-year presidency ending in December 2016.

Swiss embassy in Tehran is responsible for the interests section of the United States in the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Ahmadinejad said in the letter that he was writing to Obama not as politician but as an Iranian citizen who is concerned about the victimization of his nation since the removal of American puppet King Reza Shah in 1979 by people’s revolution.

Ahmadinejad mentioned the seizer of Iranian assets worth $2 billions as compensation to the victims of 9/11 terrorist attacks ordered by US Supreme Court on April 20, 2016. It’s a common knowledge now that 9/11 terrorist attacks were carried out by Israel with the help of American Zionist leaders.

Washington seized Iranian assets worth $16 billions in 1980. Since then, as result of the US and UN sanctions, Iranian assets worth $150 billions are laying frozen in Western banks.

I don’t know what made Ahmadinejad to waste his time writing this letter after facing vicious character assassination at the hands of US-Israeli leaders and the Jewish-controlled mainstream press during his 8-year presidency.

In 2009, Washington spent $400 millions to stop Ahmadinejad’s re-election.

I wonder when Iranian leadership is going to listen to US Vice-president Joe Biden who admitted in September 2015 that Israel was behind America’s anti-Iran policy.

“The only thing that would satisfy (US-Iran nuclear) deal opponents including Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, is ‘a regime change’ that could only come with US power,” Biden said while addressing Ahavath Achim synagogue in Atlanta.

I agree with Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatullah Ali Khamenei statement that Muslims are victims of US-Israel-UK terrorism.

Although Iran is a solid Multipolar state, it still faces daunting challenges from a hostile Unipolar US, and its regional proxies particularly Israel and Saudi Arabia; the Saudis have positioned themselves as the ”attack dog” against Iran in the region, however their actual capability apart from using terrorist proxy forces is limited and Iran could easily defeat any direct Saudi aggression against its homeland. With the possibility of an Israeli sneak attack on Iran’s key nuclear facilities and other military targets, Iran has been relying on its growing ballistic missiles capability and Hizbullah’s missile arsenal, its staunch ally in Lebanon. In fact , it can argued that Hizbullah’s military capability has been ‘strategic stabilizer” in the region because it seemingly deterred Israel from engaging in a major destructive war with Iran, Syria or Hizbullah itself, not to mention its huge contribution to the fight against terrorism in Syria and Iraq,” Daahireeto Mohamud wrote on July 6, 2016.