Norway’s secular democratic system and ‘Soldiers of Odin’

February 23, 2016

Nasir Khan, February 23, 2016

The Rule of Law in Norway’s Secular Democratic System

This is the story of Norway, a secular democratic country in which there is the rule of law; and the rule of law is applicable to all citizens irrespective of their colour, their religion or their social status.

Here in this country you will see people from all corners of the world living together in peace, despite having different religions including a growing number of humanists and atheists, people with different ethnic backgrounds, different political affiliations and identities. But no one harasses them for that. In the Norwegian socio-political system, they are treated equally and humanely, without any institutionalised discriminatory laws against religious minorities, which we see in many Islamic countries.

Can anyone point to any Islamic country where there is the rule of law for all without any regard to their social status, religion or religious beliefs? I have not been able to find any such country.

Finland’s anti-migrant ‘Soldiers of Odin’ street patrols extend to Norway
Members of the so-called "Soldiers of Odin" volunteer street patrol are pictured as they patrol through the streets of Drammen, Norway, on Sunday night, February 21, 2016.  © Heiko Junge / NTB Scanpix
The Soldiers of Odin group debuted in Norway this week as dozens of men patrolled the streets of several towns in the country, securing streets from “delinquency” that the police are “unable to address.”

Volunteer patrolmen wearing black bomber jackets emblazoned with the group’s Viking helmet logo were seen in Stavanger, Drammen, and Kristiansand over the weekend.

“We want the streets to be safe, we want to get rid of the delinquency we see in Norway today which the police are unable to address,” Ronny Alte, the Soldiers of Odin’s Norwegian spokesman, told AFP.

According to Alte, “drugs are being sold, girls are being touched, there are assaults and violence” as a result of the 31,000 asylum seekers that arrived in Finland last year.

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Roger Waters: Pink Floyd star on why his fellow musicians are terrified to speak out against Israel

February 20, 2016
Independent, February 20, 2016
Exclusive: ‘If they say something they will no longer have a career – I have been accused of being a Nazi and an anti-Semite’

American musicians who support boycotting Israel over the issue of Palestinian rights are terrified to speak out for fear their careers will be destroyed, according to Roger Waters.

The Pink Floyd star – a prominent supporter of the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) campaign against Israel since its inception 10 years ago – said the experience of seeing himself constantly labelled a Nazi and anti-Semite had scared people into silence.

“The only response to BDS is that it is anti-Semitic,” Waters told The Independent, in his first major UK interview about his commitment to Israeli activism. “I know this because I have been accused of being a Nazi and an anti-Semite for the past 10 years.

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Fight against anti-Semitism and Islamophobia

February 19, 2016

Nasir Khan, February 19, 2016

To blame all Jews for the crimes of the Zionist state of Israel is simply wrong and totally absurd. It is absurd in the same way as to blame all Muslims for the crimes of the Taliban, Muslim fanatics and Daesh.

Both anti-Semitism and Islamophobia are deceptive anti-human attitudes that bear extremely dangerous consequences for civilised people everywhere. These should not only be rejected by all but also be fought against by all. Zionists should be exposed for what they stand for and what have been doing in occupied Palestine; they should not be allowed to take shelter behind the smokescreen of ‘anti-Semitism’ that they sucessfully use to cover up their crimes against the occupied people of Palestine.


No Place For Anti-semitism

THE decision by Labour Students to hold an investigation into allegations of anti-Semitism at Oxford University Labour Club (OULC) is welcome.

There is no room for anti-Semitism or any other form of hatred based on ethnicity, colour or religion in the labour movement.

Anti-Semitism has traditionally been encouraged by powerful groups in society to divide working people. It ought to have breathed its last when Germany’s nazi regime was extinguished in 1945, putting an end to the Holocaust — the industrialised extermination of Jews, Gypsies and others designated “subhuman” by the nazis.

But this constantly mutating virus persists not only as the result of centuries of propaganda directed against Jews by some Christian denominations but also because of newer, and nonetheless false, rationales for such hatred.

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The Palestinians and their Struggle for Freedom

February 8, 2016

Nasir Khan, February 8, 2016

To murder any person, Israeli or Palestinian, is not just because of ‘human nature’! In normal circumstances, any act of premeditated homicide is a crime in any state where the rule of law prevails. There are also ‘abnormal’ political circumstances when a people occupy another people’s country and keep their occupation with the force of their military might, as Israelis have done for many decades, then the Palestinians are fighting for their freedom against a brutal occupier under extremely difficult conditions of subjugation and deprivation.

Nonetheless, they have also another degrading and abject option open to them. They can give up all struggle for freedom and just surrender all their rights and their national aspirations and prostrate themselves before their powerful occupiers. In that case, they can say that Israel can do whatever it wants to do with them but they will not raise a finger to resist the occupying power and will willingly accept slavery of the Zionist power forever.

The Zionists, the supporters of Zionism, warmongers and all anti-human reactionaries will be very happy if the Palestinians abdicated all their national rights because Israel and its main supporter, the United States of America, are militarily and politically too strong in the Middle East that is under their geopolitical domination. However, to take such a position in the eyes of the rest of the civilised world will mean surrendering the very basic instinct or impulse that makes people human, who have dignity and a sense of human values.

We who value human emancipation and seek an end to the Israeli brutal occupation stand with the people of Palestine in their struggle for freedom. The brave people of Palestine will never surrender their national rights and their legitimate struggle.

The following misleading article in ‘‘ is part of the Zionist propaganda strategy!

Is Murdering Israelis Just “Human Nature”?


India rules Kashmir with the help of bullets and bayonets

January 24, 2016

Nasir Khan, January 24, 2015

This is how the Indian state controls Kashmir. India has long claimed Jammu and Kashmir as being ‘integral part of India’. But when the people of Kashmir ask for the right to self-determination, the answer is the bullets. There are 700,000 Indian armed soldiers spread around every nook and corner of Kashmir. The call for freedom is treason and those demanding freedom are ‘terrorists’ according to the Indian state, who have to brutally crushed.
A helpless and voiceless people can only raise their hands to their God for help. But brutal killings and horrible crimes committed in Kashmir happen due to the actions of the Indian state authorities. They are the Indian soldiers who were ordered to crush the demands of freedom and have been killing people. In my view, no god is responsible for such a situation, whether anyone calls that god a Muslims’ god, Hindus’ god, or Buddhists’ god. These evil situations are created by human beings and only they can find some solution if they follow the way of our common humanity. The good will of Indian rulers can resolve the Kashmir conflict and bring peace to the long-suffering people.


A true warrior works for the good of others

January 9, 2016


Nasir Khan, January 9, 2016


This message of Chief Sitting Bull can stir the conscience of every human being. In any case, this is a hope and wish I have for the for common men and women in the world.

But the situation is not so simple. There are people who are immune to what he says. In a way, they are also prisoners of the conditions under which they live, operate and remain there because they see no way out. They include the rulers of imperial states, occupiers of other peoples’ lands, warmongers catering to the interests of weapon industries and special interest groups, political manipulators of religions, diehard religious fanatics, weapon producers, violators of human rights and the propagandists of imperialism and religious ideologies of fanaticism, etc.


What Chief Sitting Bull says is the essence of being human in a civilised society. How we classify his message and under which category is not so important. In essence, what he says relates to the welfare of human beings in general. In a broad sense, I regard his ideas being the bare essentials of Socialist Humanism.


Killing of innocent people by individuals and by states through wars

January 6, 2016

Nasir Khan, January 6, 2016

President Obamas shedding tears for the US children killed in gun violenceobama


Oh, what a sad sight! The kind-hearted and benevolent US president Obama has shed tears for the US children who were victims of gun violence! But he didn’t shed any tears on the cold-blooded killings of men, women, children and elderly by US drones, which he ordered. Is the gun violence worse than the drone killings and genocidal wars, which he and his predecessors have carried out remorselessly in Iran, Afghanistan and other places? To my knowledge, neither he, nor his predecessors shed any tears then!

For my part, I feel deep remorse and pain on the killing of any child by anyone whether that happens in the United States, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Gaza and the West Bank of the occupied Palestine or Syria, etc. When the killing of innocent people, men, women and children are undertaken by governments and their powerful armies, then the matter is not of some accidental shooting but is a result of state policies. Such killings on large scales are called genocides, and they are war crimes in international law. The United States of America tops the list of the militarist states that have committed genocidal wars and crimes against humanity after the end of the Second World War.

Anyone with common sense will accept that international law can only apply if there was the rule of law in the world. When there is the rule of bombs, guns, tanks and missiles, which the powerful states use to implement their political agendas and policies then the rule of law has no meaning any longer. What we should be doing is not to shed tears on this state of affairs but to find out ways and strategies that can be useful to implement rule of law and influence the militarist powers to seek peaceful ways to resolve conflicts. In this, the United States as the most powerful military power has a special responsibility in the world if it chooses an alternative course as a superpower. However, the chances of that happening are slim.


The need to renationalise the British rail

January 5, 2016

Nasir Khan, January 6, 2016

The privatization of the British rail (BR) has been a great disaster for the ordinary people of the United Kingdom. The only beneficiaries of the scheme that was unleashed first by the Tories, and then followed up by the Labour, were the private companies and their capitalist owners.

Whenever foreign tourists, including many from affluent west European countries, visit Britain and pay sky-high rail tickets they get a shock. They just don’t understand why the British government is so indifferent to the ordinary working class people and their families who have no option but to pay such high prices to travel. This utterly unfair system should be scrapped and the BR should be taken out of the clutches of the private capital and be renationalised. But who can do it? Tories? Blairites? The answer is, No. It can be done only by a government run by people who have concern for the welfare of its citizens.

It is difficult to say how things will develop. If Jeremy Corbyn succeeds to head a Labour government, then the chances of a much-needed change seem bright. He is a worthy and reliable person who can do it. But he has much difficult tasks within the Labour party, which has a hierarchy of the Labour establishment, practically indistinguishable from what the Tories have, who will obstruct him all the way.

Some have more than enough, others have nothing. Why is it so?

January 3, 2016

Nasir Khan, January 3, 2015

The host proudly says: “Thanks Almighty Allah for what what we have on our table! We have more than enough here; no one can go hungry from here!” One could hear a big roar of laughter of the revellers on hearing this.

An old man in his late seventies suddenly appears close to the dining table and politely says to the host: ” Sir! But there are so many hungry and needy people in various places who are your Muslim brothers and sisters including millions of innocent Muslim children.”

The host replies with a smile on his bearded face: “They should eat cakes! Anyhow that’s Allah who is the Provider. He gives to whom He wishes; He leaves some out of all this! Why? Only He knows his secrets. By the way, don’t question the Wisdom of Allah because He knows everything and He knows best. You can be beheaded for your rebellious views.”

“Guards! Show this ignorant man way out of our door and never let him come in again!” (Big laughter again!)

The questioner is pushed out of the premises. The party will go on as usual.

And then the questioner will turn to his computer and start writing his comments and ideas on such injustices he sees on his Facebook Timeline for others to read while the big parties go on.


On Martin Luther’s prescription to inculcate the Bible on the youth

January 2, 2016

— Nasir Khan, January 1, 2016

“I am afraid that the schools will prove the very gates of hell, unless they diligently labour in explaining the Holy Scriptures and engraving them in the heart of the youth.”

― Great church reformer Martin Luther (1483-1546).

The great church reformer, Martin Luther, would be glad to know if someone can pass on this information to him, no matter wherever he may be at present, or in whatever form he may be, that schools and the educational systems in many European countries have faithfully followed his ‘pious prescriptions’ for many centuries. However, some independent thinking was also allowed in European educational system because of the great struggles in the last century by educationists and thinkers.

Meanwhile in other parts of the world – especially in Asian and African countries – people have followed the age-old teaching methods where children and youngsters have been taught in their old dogmas and stories as eternal truths. Such a schooling had and still has a lasting effect on them that can’t be shaken off. Because of such a traditional indoctrination, for most people dogmas and dogmatic thinking are more like their second nature; they cannot liberate themselves from such ways of thinking. Any dogmas internalised at a young age take a permanent hold on the minds of the people.



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