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with humanitarian and political reconstructions". This clearly shows the true motives, which were purely for reshaping Iraq and exploiting its resources according to the interests of the crusaders.

devastated Kobe in western Japan in 1995 and left 6,430 dead. The quake has 'shaken' the political fabric of Algeria and exposed to the world what the people of Algeria have always known. The fact that the government is not concerned to invest money and facilities or develop programs to look after the affairs of the general public. El Watan newspaper wrote, "Lives could have been spared had the government put in place effective legislation and oversight measures. We have witnessed quite the opposite." Not only has the Algerian regime let the Muslims down, but we did not see a single other Muslim government race to help the victims of this disaster by sending rescue teams or donating money for desperately needed clean water, basic food and medical supplies. Shamim Ghani

BLAIR'S 'HISTORIC' VISIT TO BASRA

Meanwhile, the latest report from Amnesty International condemns the US and UK for their ‘human rights’ abuses since the 'war on terror' began. "What would have been unacceptable on 10 September 2001 is now becoming almost the norm", said Irene Khan, Amnesty's secretary general. "We have exposed the hypocrisy, selectivity and double standards of governments, and the situation where the US and UK attack Iraq supposedly because of weapons of mass destruction but continue to sell deadly weapons to known abusers of human rights. The US continues to pick and choose which bits of its obligations under international law it will use, and when it will use them." The report said that in the UK thirteen (Muslim) foreign nationals had been interned without charge in "inhuman and degrading conditions" in highsecurity prisons under the Antiterrorism, Crime and Security Act. Despite all the attempts by the crusaders to conceal their true agenda in the so-called 'war on terror', even their own organisations like Amnesty International, whose criteria are based upon the same liberal values, are exposing their crimes. It should be perfectly clear to us that the West does not act upon an altruistic basis and does not 'liberate' people, as Islam did in the past. Rather committing atrocities and genocides to fulfil materialistic interests are intrinsic to Capitalism.

authorisation. This is based on the two main pillars of international law, the Geneva Convention and the Hague Regulations. The Attorney-General also stated: "My view is that a further Security Council resolution is needed to authorise imposing reform and restructuring of Iraq and its Government." A spokesman later said: "we would point out that the Attorney-General is on record saying the military action in Iraq was legal and is satisfied that the Government has acted in accordance with international law." The UN and its members have now accepted the new resolution on Iraq putting the US and UK in control of the region and resigning the UN to just a consultative role. This is the case even though Britain and America went against the UN and went to war without its approval and used lies and deception to attack Iraq. Day by day the true motives of these nations are becoming more and more apparent. It is very clear the UN and such institutions are imperialist institutions designed to legitimise the interest of nations such as the Britain and America. History is continuously showing such nations do not believe in the concept of international law and the UN when they do not fall in line with the nation's own interest. Fawzi Jeeachee

ABU MAZEN AND SHARON MEET

concessions to the Israeli's are well known. Herein lies the secret to their joy behind his appointment. US Assistant Secretary of State Richard Armitage told reporters that Abbas is America's choice, because, the United States would want to see a leader who could "speak authoritatively for the Palestinian people." A good prime minister, Armitage added, "would be a great help to the Palestinian people and also allow them to talk to Israel." Yet Abu Mazen is widely despised throughout Palestine. Shortly after his ascension to power he began work on a $1.5 million villa for himself, funded by 'unknown' sources. It stands amongst some of the world's most desperate poverty - hardly the actions of an altruistic leader. The distrust does not stop there. He has been known to have authored several of the proposed peace plans having worked alongside Israeli generals in the process. In them he openly calls for the relinquishing of political rights of the Palestinians, and advocates maintaining the occupation intact. It would appear that whilst those whom he is supposed to represent, the Palestinians, despise him it is the Israeli press who are keen to celebrate his new role. They have noted his willingness to repudiate Palestinian refugees' right of return to occupied territories. Hence Sharon was more than willing, when offered the opportunity to meet with Abu Mazen. He represents no threat to the Zionist agenda and will do little to reverse the current plight of the Palestinians. Arafat could simply no longer be regarded as competent in securing the Israeli objectives. Sharon will now be hoping that where Arafat has failed Abu Mazen can succeed.

Wakil Ahmed Shiraz Maher

Tony Blair visited the British crusading forces in Basra in an attempt to boost their morale and called this crusade "one of the defining moments of the century". While Blair and Bush made Saddam's weapons a central part of their case for taking action against Iraq, it appears that the issue of WMD had been nothing but a cheap lie. Tony Benn, an ex-Labour MP spelt out the feelings prevalent amongst many, "I believe the Prime Minister lied to us. The whole war was built upon falsehood."

In the latest chapter in the tale of the US-UK occupation of Iraq, some issues regarding the nature of the occupation have arisen. Within the UK the debate on the actions pre-war and post-war in Iraq was intensified following the remarks of Lord Goldsmith, the Attorney-General, warning that any occupation would be illegal without approval from the United Nations Security Council.

Since there are probably no WMD to be found to validate this crusade, the focus has been diverted from this issue. Blair said, "Our priorities in Iraq are less to do with finding WMD and more to do

In the memo to Tony Blair, Lord Goldsmith made clear that all post-war US and British activity in Iraq, beyond essential maintenance of security, would be unlawful without UN

Having branded the Palestinian Authority as irrelevant the Israeli Premier, Ariel Sharon, has now expressed cautious optimism following the recent appointment of Abu Mazen. Yet why has his appointment to the role of 'Prime Minister' been so enthusiastically received when Sharon's government has repeatedly refused to meet any Palestinian representatives for months? The entire idea of having a Palestinian Prime Minister is the brain child of Israel whose suggestion was quickly taken up by Washington. Having been handpicked for the role Abu Mazen's political views and repeated

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