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Controversy Clouds 9/11 Anniversary!

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  1. Buchanan

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    The US is preparing to mark the ninth anniversary of the attacks on September 11 amid controversies over a planned Islamic centre near Ground Zero and a Florida pastor's plans to burn Qurans.

    A series of commemorations were planned on Saturday to honour the nearly 3,000 people killed when members of al-Qaeda hijacked four planes, crashing two of them into the World Trade Centre and another into the Pentagon.

    In New York, the names of the victims who died there were to be read out - as they are every year -at the so-called Ground Zero site, against a background of somber music.

    Barack Obama, the president, was to attend a memorial service at the Pentagon, while Joseph Biden, the vice-president, was to be in New York. A third service was taking place in Shanksville, Pennsylvania where the fourth hijacked airliner crashed into a field.

    Quran-burning row

    The events have been overshadowed by a row over the pastor's threat to publicly burn hundreds of Qurans on Saturday to "send a message" on the anniversary. However, on Thursday he offered to scrap the plan if an Islamic centre being built two blocks away from Ground Zero was relocated.

    Thousands of Muslims in countries including Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Indonesia and the Palestinian territories have taken to the streets to protest against the pastor's threat.

    On Saturday, thousands rallied in the Afghan provinces of Badakhshan and Logar.

    Terry Jones, who leads a small congregation of around 50 people, confirmed on Friday that he had "no plans to go ahead with the event" after pleas from Obama, the Vatican and several other world leaders warning of a catastrophe for Western-Muslim relations.

    "There will be no Quran burning tomorrow," Jones' son, Luke Jones, told reporters outside his father's Gainesville church on Friday.

    The pastor flew to New York to hold talks with Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, the leader of the planned Manhattan Islamic centre and mosque.

    Rauf, however, denied both that developers of the project, currently called Park51, had agreed to move the centre and that he was meeting Jones. But he said on Friday that he was open to seeing anyone "seriously committed to pursuing peace".

    A number of other small congregations and protesters also said they would burn Qurans on Saturday.

    The US president has warned that the burning of Islam's holy book could provoke al-Qaeda suicide bombings and incite violence around the world.

    Meanwhile, rival rallies by groups supporting and opposing the Park51 project were scheduled to take place nearby Ground Zero soon after the official ceremonies on Saturday.

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    The site, which is already used for Muslim prayer services, has been closed until Sunday. Police were standing guard outside the block, and worshippers were being redirected to a different prayer room 10 street blocks away.


    Source: Aljazeera.
     
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    Hawa jamaa wanaotaka kujenga msikiti wana utani mbaya sana!

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    Hawa jamaa wanataka kuinonyesha America kuwa mahali ilipokuwa fahari yao sasa pamekamatwa (PANAKALIWA) na nguvu ya kiarabu. hii ni kuthibitisha kuwa hatimaye magharibi itamezwa na utamaduni wa Waarabu. Ni CONQUEST. Haya Waamerika kazi mnayo baada ya kuingia iraq kwa mizinga sasa Waarabu wana take over kwa ideology.
     
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    !

    Ndio maana yake! Waliolipua ni wao, wanataka kujenga mahali walipolipua, kama sio dharau ni nini?
     
  6. MziziMkavu

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    [​IMG] AP – Visitors to the temporary Flight 93 memorial in Shanksville, Pa., participate in a sunset memorial service …





    By VERENA DOBNIK, Associated Press Writer Verena Dobnik, Associated Press Writer – 28 mins ago
    NEW YORK – A day of mourning for nearly 3,000 Sept. 11 victims began Saturday with moments of silence and tears near ground zero, and with observers bracing for protests over a mosque planned blocks away on what is usually an anniversary free of politics.
    Chants of thousands of sign-waving protesters both for and against the planned Islamic center were expected after — and perhaps during — an annual observance normally known for a sad litany of families reading names of loved ones lost in the 2001 terrorist attacks.

    Family members gathering at observances in New York and Pennsylvania brought flowers, pictures of loved ones and American flags, but no signs of opposition or support for the mosque. Reading victims' names along with rebuilders at ground zero in New York, they urged a restrained tone.

    "Let today never, ever be a national holiday. Let it not be a celebration," said Karen Carroll, who lost her brother, firefighter Thomas Kuveikis. "It's a day to be somber; it's a day to reflect on all those thousands of people that died for us in the United States."
    Bagpipes and drums played to open the ceremony, followed by brief comments by Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

    "Once again we meet to commemorate the day we have come to call 9/11. We have returned to this sacred site to join our hearts together, the names of those we loved and lost," Bloomberg said. "No other public tragedy has cut our city so deeply. No other place is as filled with our compassion, our love and our solidarity."
    Moments of silence were held at 8:46 a.m. and 9:03 a.m., the times hijacked jetliners hit the north and south towers of the World Trade Center. President Barack Obama and first

    lady Michelle Obama were attending separate services in Washington and Shanksville, Pa., for victims at the Pentagon and a rural field.
    But the rallies planned in New York embroiled victims' family members in a feud over whether to play politics.

    The heated mosque debate — pitting advocates of religious freedom against critics who say putting an Islamic center so close to ground zero disrespects the dead — led Obama to remind Americans on Friday, "We are not at war against Islam."
    In his Saturday radio address, he alluded to the contentious atmosphere.

    "This is a time of difficulty for our country," he said. "And it is often in such moments that some try to stoke bitterness — to divide us based on our differences, to blind us to what we have in common.
    But he added, "we do not allow ourselves to be defined by fear, but by the hopes we have for our families, for our nation, and for a brighter future."
    A threat to burn copies of the Muslim holy book on the anniversary — which had set off international protests — was apparently called off. The Florida pastor who made the threat flew to New York on Friday night and appeared Saturday on NBC's "Today" show.

    He said his church would not burn the Quran, a plan that inflamed much of the Muslim world and drew a stern rebuke from Obama.
    "We feel that God is telling us to stop," he told NBC. Pressed on whether his church would ever burn the Islamic holy book, he said: "Not today, not ever. We're not going to go back and do it. It is totally canceled."
    He said that he flew to New York in the hopes of meeting with leaders of the Islamic center but that no such meeting was scheduled.


    Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, leader of the planned mosque, said Friday that he was "prepared to consider meeting with anyone who is seriously committed to pursuing peace" but had no meeting planned with Jones.

    There was no immediate reaction to Jones' comments in Afghanistan, where on Saturday shops and police checkpoints had been set afire as thousands of people protested the planned burning and chanted "Death to America" in Logar province. At least 11 people were injured Friday in similar protests in Badakhshan province.

    In Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim country, cleric Rusli Hasbi told 1,000 worshippers at Friday prayers that whether or not Jones burns the Quran, he already has "hurt the heart of the Muslim world."
    Activists in New York insisted their intentions were peaceful. More than 1,000 protesters on both sides of the issue were expected to converge at the mosque site, a former clothing factory two blocks north of the trade center site.

    "It's a rally of remembrance for tens of thousands who lost loved ones that day," said Pamela Geller, a conservative blogger and host of the anti-mosque demonstration. "It's not a political event, it's a human rights event."
    Four red, white and blue balloons rose early Saturday from a public telephone booth near the building. Police cars lined the blocked-off street in front of the building.

    Rosario Piedrahita, arriving with a bouquet of flowers and a photograph of her nephew, victim Wilder Alfredo Gomez, said she opposed using the site for a mosque.
    "I say it's not good," she said. "It's like people standing up to celebrate after a victory."
    John Bolton, who was U.S. ambassador to the United Nations under President George W.

    Bush, was expected to send a videotaped message of support to the anti-mosque rally, as was conservative blogger Andrew Breitbart. Anti-Islam Dutch politician Geert Wilders, who advocates banning the Quran and taxing Muslim women who wear head scarves, planned to address the crowd in person, as do a handful of Republican congressional candidates who have made opposition to the mosque a centerpiece of their campaigns.

    Muslim prayer services are normally held at the site, but it was padlocked Friday and closed Saturday, the official end of the holy month of Ramadan. Police planned 24-hour patrols until next week. Worshippers on Friday were redirected to a different prayer room 10 blocks away.

    While the president was at the Pentagon service Saturday and the first lady was to join former first lady Laura Bush at Shanksville, Vice President Joe Biden spoke at the New York ceremony, where 2,752 people were killed when two jetliners flew into the trade center. Bells were to toll to mark the times that each tower collapsed.

    Source: Islam controversies cast shadow over 9/11 events - Yahoo! News
     
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    Not only the message was sent but also delivered!
     
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    Yani leo tena nimeangalia movie ya World Trade Center na docum. ya 9/11 The Falling Man, hadi machozi!..Aisee kifo kile kilikuwa cha mateso sana,rip wahanga!!!
     
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    Buchanan unapenda kusambaza habari za Terry Jones kiongozi wa kundi la watu 35-40.
    Nimekuonyesha ushahidi kamili kuwa T Jones ni mtapeli, alihukumiwa kama mwongo kuhusu cheo chake katika mahakama ya Ujerumani akafukuzwa kulekule kama kiongozi wa kanisa kutokana na jinsi alivyoshughulika pesa ya waumini.

    Bado nasubiri jibu lako: kwa nini unasambaza habari za Mtapeli huyu??????
     
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    Waandikie Aljazeera, CNN, BBC, nk waache kuandika habari zake na mimi nitaacha kuzisambaza!
     
  11. MziziMkavu

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    Obama commemorates 9/11 with appeal for tolerance



    [​IMG] AP – President Barack Obama hugs an unidentified woman as he greets family members of victims after speaking …





    By ERICA WERNER, Associated Press Writer Erica Werner, Associated Press Writer – Sat Sep 11, 2:13 pm ET
    WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama appealed to an unsettled nation Saturday to honor the memory of the Sept. 11 attacks by hewing to the values of diversity and tolerance. "We will not sacrifice the liberties we cherish or hunker down behind walls of suspicion and mistrust," the president declared.
    Speaking at the Pentagon, where nine years ago a hijacked plane smashed into the west side of the building and killed 184 people, Obama conjured a solemn remembrance of that horrible day but also spoke strongly in defense of religious freedom.
    "As Americans we are not — and never will be — at war with Islam," the president said. "It was not a religion that attacked us that September day — it was al-Qaida, a sorry band of men which perverts religion."
    His comments came on a Sept. 11 anniversary unlike others. In years past, the day was devoted to remembrances of the nearly 3,000 who died in jetliner attacks here, in New York City and in Pennsylvania, and to vows to serve in their honor and continue to pursue the terrorists behind the attacks.
    This year, the common bonds rekindled by the memory of the attacks threaten to fray amid growing suspicion of Muslims in this country and controversies about a mosque planned near ground zero in New York and a pastor's threat to burn the Muslim holy book.
    As Obama, joined by Defense Secretary Robert Gates, laid a wreath at the Pentagon memorial where American Airlines Flight 77 crashed, New York City braced for protests for and against the proposed Islamic cultural center.

    Rev. Terry Jones called off his widely denounced plans to burn copies of the Quran, but damage was already done. In Kabul, Afghanistan, protesters set fire to tires in the streets and shouted "Death to America." Obama and Gates had warned that Jones' planned Quran burning threatened U.S. servicemembers and interests abroad.
    Against that backdrop Obama spoke forcefully.
    "The highest honor we can pay those we lost, indeed our greatest weapon in this ongoing war, is to do what our adversaries fear the most," the president said. "To stay true to who we are, as Americans; to renew our sense of common purpose; to say that we define the character of our country, and we will not let the acts of some small band of murderers who slaughter the innocent and cower in caves distort who we are."
    Obama did not mention the New York City mosque, or the Florida pastor, but his message was clear. "We champion the rights of every American, including the right to worship as one chooses — as service members and civilians from many faiths do just steps from here, at the very spot where the terrorists struck this building," he said. The Pentagon houses a chapel where people of different religions can pray.
    Obama also has sought to cast Sept. 11 as a day of service to others, and he participated himself by traveling to the Ronald H. Brown Middle School in northeast Washington to take part in Armed Services YMCA: Operation Kid Comfort. At the school, Obama helped paint a multipurpose room, and chatted with volunteers making quilts for children of deployed troops decorated with pictures of servicemembers.
    First lady Michelle Obama appeared with Laura Bush in Shanksville, Pa., where the fourth plane crashed after passengers rushed the cockpit. Vice President Joe Biden and his wife, Jill, were in New York for the ceremony at ground zero.
    The White House said Obama began the day by privately observing a moment of silence at 8:46, the time when the first plane crashed into the World Trade Center.

    Source: Obama commemorates 9/11 with appeal for tolerance - Yahoo! News
     
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    Buchanan anawapenda Watu wakorofi kama huyo Terry Jones inaonyesha Buchanan yupo sawasawa na huyo Mkorofi Mchungaji Terry Jones kiongozi feki wa Watu 50 nchini Florida
     
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