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Harrath charges dropped

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(source: VOC/SAPA)

The CEO of Islam Channel in the United Kingdom who was arrested at OR Tambo Airport in January on alleged terror charges walked out of the Kempton Park Magistrates Court a free man on Monday after all charges against him were dropped. According to the Media Review Network (MRN), Tunisian-born Muhammad Ali Harrath returned to South Africa to appear in court on Monday morning and the fact that all charges against him was withdrawn serves as a vindication of the fact that he had been innocent of all so-called "terror charges".

Harrath has been residing in the UK for the last few years where he heads Islam Channel which broadcasts on DSTV. According to the MRN, he has gained a great deal of respect as a well-known Muslim personality. On January 24 upon arriving in SA for a business visit on a flight from the UK, he was detained at the OR Tambo International Airport under mysterious circumstances.

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The pRice of courage

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By Ramzy Baroud

(source: Palestine Chronicle)

In his report on Gaza issued late last year, prominent South African jurist Richard Goldstone accused Israel and Hamas of committing war crimes. His language also showed awareness of the fact that the former is an occupying power with the most sophisticated weapon arsenal imaginable (as reflected in the number of Palestinian victims), and the latter is a besieged, occupied faction in a state of self-defence. Although Goldstone must have been aware of the kind of hysteria such a report would generate, he still did not allow ideological or ethnic affiliation to stand between him and his moral convictions.

Despite some initial apprehension — owing to the fact that Goldstone is a self-declared Zionist with links to Israel — many justice and peace advocates were comforted by the man’s past record. He was a former judge of the Constitutional Court of South Africa and former prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunals of the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda.

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Resistance is the essence of islamism

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esistance: The Essence of the Islamist Revolution
By Alastair Crooke

‘Resistance’ is the essence of Islamism
By Rami G. Khouri


Once in a while a wave of ideas sweeps across societies and countries, and when combined with political and social activism it changes global history for a time. We are living through such wave now in the global Islamist movement that has swept across much of the Arab world and Asia, as well as pockets of other societies since the late 1970s. Many different forms of Islamist movements have come and gone; some have endured for decades; most have embraced non-violent change that starts within the hearts of pious men and women; a few have veered off into violent confrontation or terrorism; and all have generated significant opposition, especially after the 9/11 attacks by Al-Qaeda against the United States.

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