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I just saw the first show in the World Tomorrow series by Julian Assange on the Russia Today channel and believe it to be an important precedent in decolonial sense-making.
Before me, two prisoners of circumstance, one stuck in the UK under house arrest for over a year pending extradition and another holed up in Lebanon evading Israeli death squad, engaged in dialogue over airwaves provided by Russia. To the snorus of 'you Russian stooge', Assange maintains that he had full editorial control, and Russia Today for its part is quite comedic in its use of historical montage.
|Yes, it was a little like listening in on a Skype call.|
Still, it beats the BBC World Service.
The two extraordinary gentlemen talked of Syria, Palestine, God, Tunisia, cryptography, liberation, courage under enemy fire and childhood, the kinds of things we the wee people talk about, but in somewhat more subversive, confident and powerful tones. It was a good half hour of viewing and also the first interview that the Lebanese leader has granted to the Occidental press since the last war he fought with Israel. He is an important leader of the Muslim world, the only one to have given an aggressor an ethical bloody nose in a while.
I remember being in Bangladesh during the 2006 Lebanon War and being happily surprised by Hezbollah's success at forcing out invaders who had killed over a 1000 Lebanese people, mostly civilians. The then Bangladesh government even named a new bridge over the Batakhali River after the group, though this solidarity was short-lived as it was renamed 'Hazrat Omar Farooq' shortly after.
I wonder why.
This is the crux of the matter, to work in politics, the media, or developmentia you are encouraged to blandly toe the line of power if you want to get ahead. You do not have autonomy over your own tongue, let alone your own mind. To get ahead in Labour, you need to tell the Muslim community what to do, especially if you are brown. Yes Mehdi, thanks Sukant.
We are interested in forward movement, not treading water, so establishing the ideas and human infrastructure to enunciate and be heard is a significant part of the battle.
As the UK government censors have pushed Iran's PressTV off our satellite boxes, and the diaspora continues to dissapoint, it is even harder for the interested public to hear what's going on. In this circumstance the Russian station is the natural place to go in a thoroughly unsatisfactory global sense-making ecology. The Guardian has published a predictably sneery and whiteously indignant review of the first show in Assange's series, and Al Jazeera's limitations are clear, let us all carry flames on in our hearts.
The picture of Nasrullah's mind that emerges is of a man who deserves a wider audience and has substantial back catalogue of inspirational achievements. I would have asked him about intra-ummah conflict resolution, but when pushed he did mention how he felt that the Tunisians were being
a bunch of pussies misled by incomplete information and wrong information in cutting ties with the Syrian Government. He also has a more nuanced approach to the Syrian oppositions than others at a time when Newtonian mechanics seems to be the framework that Muslims are seeing the problem space.
In fact he came across like a cuddly uncle figure, and you almost forgot that this chap sits at the head of such an important constituent of West Asian (Shia) Ummahstructure, and one that doesn't confine itself to prayer beads and conference halls.
I am not very good at paying attention sometimes and found myself drifting of on the tail of one of his statements alluding to Our moral disgust with drug trafficking. I remember how many Iranians had died in the war against drugs coming in from Afghanistan and got myself thinking how a nonsecular and ensouled polity would engage with the problem of escapism, hopelessness and exploitation behind the rampant drug trade.
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Today we received some bad news, it seeped into our heads through Twitter.
The European Court of Human Rights have decided that extradition of five UK terrorism suspects to the USA does not amount to ill-treatment (for now).
The ruling was greased by a Guardian legal affairs numpty who found the judgement to be the 'right call', then lauded by the Prime Minister, the Home Secretary, even the Opposition front bench and lapped up by the cheerleaders of our increasingly shrill ignocracy.
A few voices have remained firm in their insistence of a review of the lop-sided US-UK Extradition Treaty and investigation of the police failings that sent seized evidence to the US before the Crown Prosecution Service had a proper look. HT to MPs Caroline Lucas, Sadiq Khan, Menzies Campbell and Dominic Raab.
The corporate media led with the image of the hook-handed trouble-maker Abu Hamza, who must be the deep state's favourite tool by now, and the 1998 atrocity in East Africa. Some mentioned the South Londoner Babar Ahmad, the longest-serving of the detainees without trial (~8 years). Fewer still got round to Asperger's suffering poet Syed Talha Ahsan (~6 years). Those that did where generally in agreement with their mispelling of Syed as "Seyla". The Independent has published a sensitive piece on the matter that interview's the families of the 'not-even-properly-accused'.
|Courtesy of the British Boredcasting Corporation|
We the public are not told the detail's of Haroon Aswat's mental breakdown, or exactly what one must to do exhonerate oneself of terrorism charges by the biggest state terrorist in the history of humankind.. Instead we are treated to lame PR from the US embassy concerning how leisurely their Supermax 'Florence' prison is, how much TV and magazinery inmates get, and plan designs of cells.
Even in naming of institutions of torture, the euro-centrism remains. I wonder what Michelangelo would make of the space.
These battles are not over yet. Though dishearteningly expectation-matching regarding justice whilst Muslim, we should recognise what we can awaken through justice-based work. A friend agreed with me today that if the Bosnian War was the mobilising issue for Muslims in the West during the 90s, these issues will light us in the coming years.
Is this really surprising? This is a society that stitches up North African herbalists as Ricin plotters, who's injustice system drives its victims insane, and lets off its mass-murdering misleadership.
Our agency has grown in the past 10 years, we have developed individual and collective muscle and analysis of our situation. Through that petition, Nottingham University's anus-exhibiting treatments of Rizwaan Sabir and Hicham Yezza, ex-Guantamomo inmate Moazzem Begg's leadership of Caged Prisoners and Redoc's Soundings.
But now its Capoiera Time
In the summer of last year, Talha's poem 'Extradition' was performed at an event to commemorate his arrest (click the video clip below to hear Avaes Mo). He was in my equivalent year, or near about, at Soas and had graduated with a very good result before he was snatched. Although many have accused me of being one, I have not nor ever have been a Soas student. Yet I can remember him as the kind of bookish chap who would jump if you said boo. The more the public and the establishment is encouraged to humanise and appreiciate him the more readily justice and empathy will flow.
In recent years I have come to know Talha's brother Hamja, curator and founder of OtherAsias, who is a tireless advocate for Talha's case and the oppressed in general.
|You can write to Talha, be moved by his poetry, support him and his family through his campaign website|
The campaign for Babar Ahmad can be found on the web also, accompanied by the unfortunately ambitious slogan British Justice for British Citizens. It is manned by none other than Babar's father and a has a solid volunteer base. Last week BBC Newsnight won the right to to interview Babar from his prison. It was an engaging interview, and Babar appears to have aged considerably over the eight years he has been robbed of freedom. The following morning, I was disturbed to read some amongst the commenterati moaning about the 'outrageous' publicly borne costs of the interview.
Britain can't afford justice and the right to voice?