Tuesday, 21 April 2009

Stop the War news

So far James Caspell, Farid Bakht (possibly) and I are going to the conference from GL. Jim Jepps from Cambridge is also attending as a Green Party delegate - we are entitled to four.


At last night's London Fed meeting, the Fed voted overwhelmingly to continue our affiliation to STWC. There is also supposed to be discussion about this in other regions. Can those based there report back to us on that?


Joseph Healy
Stop the War Coalition Steering Group Delegate




STOP THE WAR COALITION NEWSLETTER
No. 1091 20 April 2009
Email office@stopwar.org.uk
Tel: 020 7801 2768
Web: http://www.stopwar.org.uk


IN THIS NEWSLETTER:
1) LATEST ON STOP THE WAR CONFERENCE
2) HALF PRICE FILM OFFICER TO STOP THE WAR SUPPORTERS
3) FOLLOW STOP THE WAR ON TWITTER


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1) LATEST ON STOP THE WAR CONFERENCE


BOOK NOW FOR THE STOP THE WAR CONFERENCE
SATURDAY 25 APRIL 1.00AM - 5.30PM Registration from 9.00am
SOUTH CAMDEN COMMUNITY SCHOOL, LONDON NW1 1RG


TO REGISTER AS A DELEGATE OR AN OBSERVER:
Phone Stop the War on 020 7801 2768.


The conference will be a chance to discuss the state of the War on Terror and the next steps for the anti war movement In a heightened political atmosphere generated by the G20 protests, the movement for Gaza and police attacks on protestors, the conference will be addressed by key figures of the movement.


We will also be showing footage of the great Gaza demonstrations including video of brutal police attacks.


Latest additions to the list of speakers include DAUD ABDULLAH, Deputy General Secretary of Muslim Council of Britain, currently under attack from the government for his statements in support of the Palestinians and WALTER WOLFGANG ex-Labour Party NEC.


SESSIONS:
* Obama and the War on Terror introduced by TONY BENN
* Troops out of Afghanistan with ROSE GENTLE and others
* Palestine with KARMA NABULSI and others
* Muslims and Civil Liberties with GEORGE GALLOWAY MP and
others
* Iraq Briefing with SAMI RAMADAMI
* Building Stop the war.


Other speakers include film director KEN LOACH, Guardian journalist SEUMAS MILNE, National Stop the War Convenor LINDSEY GERMAN, National Stop the War Chair ANDREW MURRAY and JEREMY CORBYN MP.


BOOK YOUR PLACE: PHONE STOP THE WAR ON 020 7801 2768
The conference is open to all national members of Stop the War coalition, either as delegates from local Stop the War groups and affiliated organisations, or as individual observers.


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2) SPECIAL OFFER TO STOP THE WAR MEMBERS


Legendary photomontage artist PETER KENNARD, who has been producing world renowned anti-war images for over 30 years, has together with CAT PHILLIPS released a stunning film,
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"One of the most important artists of the late 20th century."
- John Pilger.


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1 comment:

BRIGHTONGENIUS said...

Mr Abdullah'S story,told at the Regent’s Park Mosque in 2002:

"Dear brothers and sisters, when I see gatherings like these, numbers of Muslims coming together on occasions like these, it reminds me of events which took place in Medina just around the advent of our prophet.

You know, in Medina, there were people of the book – Christians and Jews. The Jewish tribes in Medina, they used to say to the Muslims, that there will come a prophet, a prophet will be raised in the Arab peninsula, and we, the Jewish tribes, we will join with this prophet to fight against you Arab tribes.

So these Arab tribes, Avs and Hazrach, who constituted the majority, they met the prophet at the outskirts of Medina, around the eleventh year of the hijrah (migration to Medina), and then he told them that he was the messenger of Allah. So the Avs and Hazrach, they knew that this was the individual that the Jewish tribes were speaking about. So rather than wait until the Jewish tribes joined with the messenger and fight against them, they took the initiative and became Muslims before the Jews could do so.

Now what I am trying to say here is that the animosity, the hostility that was meted out against the Arab tribes in Medina by the Jews unintentionally made the Arab tribes move closer and more readily to Islam.

And that is exactly what is happening today. The more they persecute the Muslims, in Palestine, in Chechnya, in Afghanistan, in Gujarat, in Eritrea, in Sudan, wherever Muslims have been persecuted, this pressure upon Muslims is drawing the ummah closer together.

I can give you another example. You see, in Medina, what happened, there was this Jewish king called al Fityun. Every Arab tribe from Avs and Hazrach who married, this king, he had to deflower the bride as a matter of custom. The Arab had to bring his bride, on the night of the wedding, to this Jewish king al Fityun. This was the kind of viciousness, of bestiality, that was meted out to the people at the time. So when [the prophet] came with this message of deliverance, with this message of guidance, you see, they welcomed him. I’m saying, again, that it was the hostility, the aggression, the wrongdoing, which forced these people, drove them towards Islam. And this is exactly what we have seen here in the world today."