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Lynchings without Nooses

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Protests Continue After Death Of Baltimore Man While In Police Custody

All across the United States, for the past few years, there’s been Unarmed-Civilian, after Unarmed-Civilian, murdered at the hands of Law-Enforcement. The reasons why these individuals were killed in cold-blood were never justified, the Police-Officers involved were always either acquitted of all charges against their victims, served with only minor-sentences, or not even indicted for their crimes against Humanity & Citizenry. When we observe these trends of violence, based solely upon ethno-cultural, socio-economic, socio-political circumstances, especially after the advent of the Obama-Era, an historic time in America where People have allowed themselves to believe that since there’s a Non-White President in the Oval-Office, that all is now right with our United States. But, then, ever since Obama’s been a President, it seems as though there’s been an even more blatant presence of Hate-Crimes against Citizenry, committed by Law-Enforcement, during the Obama-Years.

Which brings us to the title of this article: Lynchings without Nooses-Back in the days, from about the 1870’s to the 1970’s in America, the Noose was the most common scare-tactic & weapon of choice, for the racist White-Establishment in the United States, against all Non-Christian/Non-White Peoples, courtesy of the Ku Klux Klan. However, now, within the past 4-decades, it’s not been the Noose that’s killed significant numbers of Black/Latino/Non-White, Urban-Youth, instead, it’s been a Policeman’s Gun. Now, instead of People being fearful of the sight of a Klansman’s Burning-Cross, they’re afraid of the sight of a Policeman’s Badge.

From Florida, with the murder of Trayvon Martin…to Ferguson, MO, with the murder of Michael Brown…to Staten Island, NY, with the murder of Eric Garner…to Santa Rosa, CA, with the murder of Andy Lopez…to Cleveland, OH, with the murder of Tamir Rice…every channel you watch on the News, every article you read in the Papers, every Internet-Search: there’s something reported and/or written about yet another Person being shot/killed by Law-Enforcement. There’s several things wrong with this blatant “Open-Season” mentality, which Law-Enforcement has, when attacking Citizenry. And, I know that there are Community-Leaders, Politicians, members of Law-Enforcement, etc., who try to sweep this reality under the rug. But, things are just too obvious to ignore. And, the People who are members of the most demographically marginalized ethnic-groups in the United States are taking things to the streets, in almost every major city in America: there are rallies, protests, riots everywhere.

It’s very easy for People who aren’t members of these marginalized demographics, and/or hail from well-appointed places in Life to say, “Stop the Violence”, “Stop the Protests”, Stop the Rioting”, when these same People aren’t the ones being subjected to the atrocities that their fellow Humans across the United States face on a day-to-day basis, which is Racial-Profiling. You can sugar-coat the reality of Racial-Profiling with Police-Officers “just doing their duty” all you want. But, the news-stories don’t lie. Year after year, we hear the same types of stories: Unarmed-Person shot by Police. This story has been told for decades, and generations. How many more funerals for Unarmed-Civilians have to be attended, how Fathers & Mothers have to mourn the losses of their Children to Police-on-Civilian Violence, how many more Police-Officers are going to either get acquitted of any/all crimes against Citizenry or not even get indicted for these crimes?

The voices of Citizenry can be clearly heard, yet Politicians, Law-Enforcement Agents, Presidents, refuse to listen to the complaints & cries of the People, and this is exactly how revolutions begin. Even with the recent indictments & prosecutions of the Baltimore Police-Officers who held Freddie Grey against his will, and caused him to die in Police-Custody. How far will this really go: will these Officers receive another slap on the wrist, courtesy of yet another puppeteered Kangaroo-Jury, selected to acquit yet another group of Police-Officers, to send yet another message that Law-Enforcement is above the Law? Until then, let’s all just keep in mind that Justice for all requires us all to be impartial, unbiased, and willing to fight to erase Oppression from our Societies.

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It seems like Decency is gone completely from the World:

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Castro Kidnappers pic

Allah says, “Oppression is worse than Killing/Murder.”.(Noble Qur’an: Chpt.2, V.191)

Muhammad (Peace be upon him) quotes Allah, as He says, “Oh, My Property (Creation, Servants, etc.)!!! Verily, I have made oppression prohibited, (even) upon Myself, as well as between you. So, do not oppress one another.”.(an-Nawawi)

I was reading, in the paper, about these 3 young Women whom were abducted in 2002 to know. I was so very disgusted as to how: one, just the mere fact that it took place; two, that it took place, in spite of neighbors addressing their concerns to local Ohio authorities, about people nude, and held by dog-leashes, etc. All of these heinous, inhumane, acts of torture, humiliation, things in which no Human being should ever have to endure, for any reason, at all, were common-place, during their duration of captivity, for a decade.

It’s very ironic, how the U.S. government was around the World, chasing a global, phantom-enemy, whom were actually produced by our very own government, deceiving people, concerning the fallacy “Weapons Of Mass-Destruction”, when the true enemy, with the true weapons of destruction were right within the confines of our American borders, secretly wrecking havoc upon innocent, in Middle-America. The true enemies to our American way of life are perverts, like the Castro Brothers: Ariel, Onil, and Pedro, and their weapons of destruction are their sick, twisted pathologies to dehumanizes their fellow man.

For 10-years, these 3 Men (if you can even call them “Men” in the 1st-place) caused the suffering of not only these 3 Women, but, the anguish of their respective families, communities, not knowing whether these individuals were alive or dead, for all of that time. And, it wasn’t until a daring escape, by one of these Women, to someone’s home, in that neighborhood, where they were imprisoned, that alerted local Law-Enforcement, which compelled all to take their plight seriously.

Although, these Women were forced to succumb to unimaginable wretched acts, by their captors, even to the extent of one of them becoming pregnant & giving birth, as a direct-result of the sexual-abuse enacted upon them, while held hostage, against their will,  they still, in spite of all of this, displayed courage, and the will to make it out of this condition, which, by the mercy of Allah, they have.

The Castro Brothers have been arrested (even though only Ariel has thus far been officially charged with any counts of Abduction, Rape, etc.), detained and, their fate, according to the Ohio state legal-system, is not at all certain. But, whatever their fate is, they will not be able to escape judgement from Allah, the Creator/Lord of the Universe, and although the other 2 Castro Brothers: Onil & Pedro, haven’t been, officially, charged with any Abduction, Torture, or Rape charges, it’s pretty ridiculously-obvious that they must’ve had some, or a major, part to play in the abductions, rapes, torturing of these Women, at one point, or another, during the 10-year reign of terror inflicted upon them. And, for that Allah will, also, in turn, not only question Ariel Castro for his crimes against these Women, but, also, question his 2-brothers, for whatever contributions to this malicious brutality they made to it.

All in all, the most important thing is that all of the 3-abductees, along with the daughter of one of the victims, are alive, and have been able to escape the clutches of these 3-monsters. I’m personally, happy that they were able, by Allah’s permission to survive their ordeal, and it is my sincere hope that Allah guide them, to arrive at a much brighter place, than they were for the past decade, into a better, more fruitful life, able to place this dark chapter in their lives way behind them.

Gareth Bryant/2013

My thoughts on the Egyptian military:

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Author’s note:
This article has been written in light of the recent gruesome & shameful beating of several persons in Egypt, particularly one woman, who was not only beaten, but shamefully stripped publicly of her traditional Islamic-dress, exposing her private parts-The sad & horrible irony is that the ones who did this are Muslims, in a Muslims country. This is simply ridiculous!!! May Allah help the Muslims, because we are truly pitiful, Amen!!!

It’s bad enough that the history of modern Egyptian politics has been dominated by corrupt politicians. But, now, even the military are showing their true colors, of not having any regard for the sanctity of Human dignity. And, because they have the guns & martial authority, their oppression is left unchecked. Earlier in December, people were being beaten in the streets, which has not been unusual lately, unfortunately. But, then, someone caught on film, a very heinous beating & stripping of a woman in public, in broad daylight, by the same individuals who are supposed to ensure the safety of the people, not to use their authority to continue the legacy of tyranny that most Egyptians would die along with the power of Mubarak.

Truly, this is a very sad reality-The military has in fact not only continued where Mubarak left off, but they’re even more outlandish, as a result of the fact that there’s no governmental structure or bureaucracy which is holding people accountable. At present, the only personnel at the helm of the Egyptian government are the same military generals, whom are from the Mubarak old-guard, whom are also loyal to their troops & they to them. So, based upon these realities, it’s very safe to assume that nothing is going to be significantly done to see that due justice is served for the unnecessary violence unleashed against the recent victims of humiliation & brutality by the Egyptian military.

Of course, the international-community has had something to say about this. But, how can they put a stop to the abuses of a military that’s in control of a country which receives the most international U.S. foreign-aid in the world, with the exception of Israel? The irony, is that U.S.-aid has not been cut-off. Even while Mubarak was still in power, in spite of all of the known atrocities that he had personally co-signed, those foreign-aid checks kept rolling in.

This is something serious to think about. But, now, back to the military of Egypt. It’s very clear that the Egyptian military is being given a free-hand paint the town red, with the blood of their own people, quite literally, by the way. If the U.N. & U.S. really wanted to, they could’ve easily done the same thing that they’ve just finish doing in Libya, incite open rebellion & bomb the hell out of  this country. Why hasn’t that been done?!!!

It’s very obvious to me that the atrocities committed against Egypt’s people are deliberately being tolerated & accepted by the international community, to consolidate support & good-relations with the largest military in the Arab-World, to keep them at bay & prevent a revisit to the Egyptian-inspired Arab-Israeli conflicts/wars of the 50’s, 60’s & 70’s. And, because Egypt’s military is so massive, compared to the Israeli military, any incitement of a military still spells significant problems for both Israel as a nation & the U.S., which uses Israel, as a pitbull, against the keep the spaded & neutered Arab fat-cat rulers of the Middle-East in-check/under pressure.

However, the Egyptian military is not nearly as passive as the militaries of most of their regional neighbors. So, in light of that, in order to keep Israel safe & ensure that the level of stability that the U.S. & international-community requires is maintained, Egypt’s regime-indoctrinated military will continue to practice iron-curtain tactics, that are remnants of the Soviet Union’s iron fist, which America & her allies, past & present, have continually claimed to despise greatly, unless/until America decides that they want to invade, which I can clearly see Egypt being invaded by the U.S., depending upon who the Egyptian military decides to give governmental/bureaucratic allegiance to.

#I’m just tellin’ the truth!!!