THE PUBLIC HEARING AND COMMENTS ON ESKOM TARIFF HIKES.
Mrs Khuzwoya Celia ( Chairperson)
National Energy Regulator (NERSA)
Re : THE PUBLIC HEARING AND COMMENTS ON ESKOM TARIFF HIKES.
Dear Mrs Khuzwoya Celia
The South African Muslim Network (SAMNET) echo’s the sentiment of the majority of our people and civil society that the proposed tariff increases by Eskom are unacceptable and places a heavy financial burden on the vast majority of our people. We believe that there are feasible alternative models that Eskom can look at and while we are cogence’s of the need for increasing electrical generation capacity for present and future needs in a developmental state.
We believe that this cannot be at the expense of driving the vast majority of the people further into poverty. We believe that greater public awareness of the efficient use of electricity and reduction of wastage , greater efficiency in the production and transmission of electricity by Eskom and local municipality as well as other financial models can all contribute significantly towards the goal of financial feasibility and catering to needs of South Africa’s future needs. We therefor strongly urge National Energy Regulator (NERSA) to recheck Eskom’s tariff increases and force them to go back to the drawing board.
Best Wishes and Kind Regards
Dr Faisal Suliman
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 20 March 2013 11:41 )
The Sunday tribune newspaper
Re: ‘’The Gatekeepers.”
The Gatekeepers is a 2012 documentary film by director Dror Moreh that tells the story of the Israeli Shin Bet from the perspective of six former heads of Israel’s secretive internal security serviceA documentary featuring interviews with all surviving former heads of Shin Bet, the Israeli security agency whose activities and membership are closely held state secrets. It highlights
The story of Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian Territories, as told by the people at the crossroads of some of the most crucial moments in the security history of the country and surprisingly
for ex spy chiefs asserts that has Israel lost touch with how to coexist with the Palestinians as far back as the aftermath of the Six Day War of 1967. It highlights the destructive role of the Jewish extremists inside Israel – people like the Jewish Israeli who assassinated Prime Minister Yitzak Rabin, or the 1980 plot to blow up the Dome of the Rock Islamic shrine in Jerusalem.
A central theme of the documentary is the idea that Israel has incredible tactics, but lacks long-term strategy. That is to say, the security apparatus is able to pacify terrorists, but if operations do not support a move toward a peace settlement and that any criticism of Israel is conveniently labeled as anti-Semitic. Many uncritical supporters of Israel would do well to watch the documentary.
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 13 February 2013 13:50 )
SAMNET Wishes Madiba well
Zelda la Grange
Nelson Mandela Foundation
Re : Well Wishes Madiba
The South African Muslim Network (SAMNET) would like to enquire about the state of health of Madiba and would like you to pass our best wishes to Madiba ,Mrs Graça Machel and the Madiba’s extended family.
Best Wishes and Kind Regards
Dr Faisal Suliman
Last Updated ( Friday, 08 February 2013 09:27 )
“The Innocence of Muslims “: Blasphemy As A Political Tactic .
“The Innocence of Muslims “: Blasphemy As A Political Tactic.
The circulation on the Internet of the trailer for a film, The Innocence of Muslim’s, sparked demonstrations across the world and resulted in the killing in Ben-ghazi of the U.S. Ambassador to Libya and members of his entourage.
At first glance, these events can be located in the long line leading from Salman Rushdie’s Satanic Verses to the burnings of the Koran by Pastor Terry Jones. Nevertheless, this new attack differs from other incidents in that the film was not directed at a Western audience but instead was uniquely conceived as an instrument of provocation directed at Muslims.
In political terms, the affair can be analysed from two angles: from the tactical perspective as an anti-U.S. manipulation; or from a strategic one, as an anti-Muslim psychological attack.
The film was produced by a Zionist group composed of Jews of double Israeli-American nationality and by an Egyptian Copt. It was completed several months ago but was released at a calculated moment to provoke riots targeting the United States.
Israeli agents were deployed in several large cities with a mission to channel the rage of the crowd against American or Coptic targets (though not Israeli ones). Not surprisingly, their maximum effect was attained in Benghazi, the capital of Libya’s Cyrenaica region.
The population of Benghazi is known to harbour particularly reactionary and racist groups. It is useful to recall that at the time the cartoons of Mohammed appeared in September, 2005, Salafists attacked the Danish Consulate. In keeping with the Vienna Convention on diplomacy, the Libyan government of Muammar al-Gaddafi deployed troops to protect the diplomatic service then under attack. The repression of the riot resulted in numerous deaths. Subsequent-ly, the West, seeking to overthrow the Libyan regime, financed Salafist publications which accused Gaddafi of protecting the Danish Consulate because he had allegedly been behind the cartoon operation.
On February 15, 2011, Salafists organized in Benghazi a demonstration commemorating the massacre during which shooting erupted, an incident that marked the beginning of the Benghazi insurrection that opened the way to the NATO intervention. The Libyan police arrested three members of the Italian Special Forces who confessed to having fired from the rooftops on both demonstrators and the police to sew chaos and confusion. Held prisoner throughout the war that followed, they were released when NATO seized the capital and smuggled them out of the country to Malta in a small fishing boat on which I was also a passenger.
This time, the manipulation of the Benghazi crowd by Israeli agents had as its goal the assassination of the U.S. Ambassador, an act of war not seen since the Israeli bombardment of the USS Liberty by the Israeli Air Force and Navy in 1967. This constitutes the first assassination of an ambassador in the line of duty since 1979. The act is all the more grievous considering that in a country where the current central government is a purely legal fiction, the U.S. Ambassador was not merely a diplomat but was functioning as Governor, as the de facto head of state.
It should be emphasized that in the past few weeks, the highest-ranking U.S. military officers have entered into open conflict with the Israeli government. They have issued declarations signifying their intention to halt the cycle of wars begun after September 11 (Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and Syria) and which, in light of the informal agreements of 2001, will expand further (Sudan, Somalia and Iran). The first warning shot occurred in Afghanistan, in August 2012, when two missiles were fired at the parked plane of General Martin Dempsey, head of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff. This second warning turned out to be even more brutal.
If, on the other hand, we examine this affair from the viewpoint of social psychology, the release of the film and its aftermath appear to be a frontal attack on the beliefs of Muslims. In this regard, it is similar in nature to the Pussy Riot episode trampling on the freedom of religious practice inside the Orthodox Cathedral of Christ the Saviour in Moscow and the multiple performances of conceptual pornography the group engaged in afterwards. These are operations geared to violate societies that resist the project of global domination.
In democratic and multicultural societies, the sacred is seen as belonging to and being expressed within the private sphere. But a new collective space of the sacred has been in the process of elaboration. Western European states have passed “historical memory” laws which have transformed a historical event—the Nazi destruction of European Jews—into a religious occurrence: the “Shoa” in Jewish terminology or the “Holocaust” as expressed in Christian evangelical parlance. Nazi crimes are thereby elevated to the level of a unique event at the expense of the victims of other massacres, including other victims of the Nazis. Questioning the dogma, i.e. this religious interpretation of
Historical facts, subjects one to criminal penalties, just as blasphemy was punished in the past. Similarly, in 2001, the U.S., the European Union member states and a number of their allies imposed by decree that entire national populations must observe a minute of silence in memory of the victims of the September 11 attacks. This ruling was underpinned by an ideological interpretation of the causes of the massacre. In both cases, having been killed because one was
Jewish or because one was American confers a particular status on these victims before whom the rest of humanity must genuflect.
During the Olympic Games in London, both the Israeli and the American delegations attempted to enlarge their sacred space still further by imposing a minute of silence during the opening ceremony of the most-watched televised event in the world, this time on behalf of the hostages seized during the Munich Games of 1972. In the end, the proposal was rejected, with the Olympic Committee holding instead a separate ceremony. This is just a further indication of the effort to create a collective liturgy legitimating the global empire.
The Innocence of Muslims serves both as a device to bring Washington back into line at a moment when it may be stepping back from the Zionist agenda and as a means of pursuing it further by attacking the faith of still others who resist it.
Translated from French at Voltairenet.org by Michele Stoddard
Last Updated ( Tuesday, 18 December 2012 13:53 )
The South African Muslim Network (SAMNET) notes the rising anti Muslim sentiment in Europe resulting in increasing stereotyping and discrimination against Muslims, coupled with the introduction of various laws aimed at outlawing Muslim dress codes and historical symbols of Muslim places of worship.
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 04 August 2010 19:58 )