Moazzam Begg - Guantanamo Bay

Written by Birmingham UK Com

Channel 4 ( UK )paid Moazzam Begg an undisclosed sum to attend an interview to discuss his imprisonment in Guantanamo Bay which was aired at 7pm on 24th February 2004. Begg, one of nine British men who were held atrepparttar military camp in Cuba, was released on 25th January 2005 along with Feroz Abbasi, Martin Mubanga and Richard Belmar. Five others were released in March.

Moazzam Begg from Sparkbrook has admitted that he did attend training camps in Afghanistan in 2001 in order to teach as a charity worker at a school. However, this was notrepparttar 125866 first time that Begg had travelled abroad to war torn hot spots. He has openly admitted to supportingrepparttar 125867 Chechnyan rebels which might raise some eyebrows and memories of Beslan.

Begg was seized in September 2001 byrepparttar 125868 CIA. Whilst captive at Guantanamo Bay he signed a statement admitting to financial payments with possible connections to Al-Qaeda. His family claim that this is a case of mistaken identity. This statement could have been signed under duress. No access to legal representatives was allowed byrepparttar 125869 US authorities who regardrepparttar 125870 prisoners as detainees of a war against terrorism and therefore outsiderepparttar 125871 jurisdiction of normal USA law and rights.

After his arrest in Islamabad Begg was held at Bagram Airbase for about a year before his transfer to Guantanamo Bay where Begg claims he was treated badly and witnessed torture and two possible deaths whilst in captivity. Claims that he was tied up, a sack placed over his head and then kicked and beaten were made allrepparttar 125872 more confusing by his statement claiming thatrepparttar 125873 US did not actually torture him personally.

This story raises a number of important issues. Firstly, Begg was already under surveillance and attractingrepparttar 125874 attention ofrepparttar 125875 British Government as early as 1998. He was arrested in 2000 under British anti-terrorism laws during a raid on his Islamic Bookshop in Birmingham. Moazzam Begg, by his own admission has met several extremist muslim clerics such as Abu Hamza, cheeleader for Osama bin Laden. Begg was quick to point out that he did not necessarily agree with all their views but was not specific and neither did he deny that he had instigated a meeting with them.


Written by Candas Emcioglu

Withrepparttar collapse ofrepparttar 125865 USSR andrepparttar 125866 end ofrepparttar 125867 Cold War,repparttar 125868 political and economic power relations that had been in place sincerepparttar 125869 end of World War II were rendered obsolete. What we are observing today is a shift inrepparttar 125870 global power dynamics, which will eventually allign to a new axis of world order.

Althoughrepparttar 125871 mainstream media channels all overrepparttar 125872 world have successfully managed to disinformrepparttar 125873 general public into believing that what has been taking place sincerepparttar 125874 September 11 attacks is a “War On Terror”, a growing number of people are starting to suspect that there are other political and economic dimensions torepparttar 125875 causes ofrepparttar 125876 9-11 Attacks,repparttar 125877 bombing of Afghanistan, andrepparttar 125878 current invasion of Iraq.

Ever sincerepparttar 125879 Bretton Woods Agreement of 1944, which establishedrepparttar 125880 rules of commerce and financial relations amongrepparttar 125881 major industrial states andrepparttar 125882 independent nation-states,repparttar 125883 US has been enjoying an artificial privilage inrepparttar 125884 global economy through its ability to adoptrepparttar 125885 US dollar asrepparttar 125886 currency of global exchange. When President Nixon liberatedrepparttar 125887 US fromrepparttar 125888 gold standard in 1971,repparttar 125889 dollar becamerepparttar 125890 denominator ofrepparttar 125891 world reserve currency, andrepparttar 125892 global economy became fully dominated byrepparttar 125893 US dollar atrepparttar 125894 expense ofrepparttar 125895 rest. Although this fact has been known by those in financial and political circles, it is hardly ever mentioned inrepparttar 125896 media.

International institutions, such asrepparttar 125897 IMF andrepparttar 125898 World Bank, has been giving loans exclusively in dollars up to this day, and thus,repparttar 125899 rest ofrepparttar 125900 world has been forced to build their dollar reserves for repayment of debt and international trade for over sixty years. Today, over two thirds ofrepparttar 125901 world trade is conducted in dollars conferring onrepparttar 125902 US an economic advantage.

However, as well as being an advantage,repparttar 125903 same system has also created a very fragile US economy that is fully dependent onrepparttar 125904 faithrepparttar 125905 rest ofrepparttar 125906 world has inrepparttar 125907 stability ofrepparttar 125908 dollar. Analysts know perfectly well that, as strong asrepparttar 125909 US economy may appear, it could collapse very abruptly ifrepparttar 125910 trust inrepparttar 125911 stability ofrepparttar 125912 dollar is broken, or if there is an alternative means of pricing instead ofrepparttar 125913 dollar.

Whenrepparttar 125914 US buys goods and services produced by other countries,repparttar 125915 pricing andrepparttar 125916 payments are made in dollars. Asrepparttar 125917 US does not have a corresponding need to accumulate foreign reserve, it enjoysrepparttar 125918 privilage of spending more than it earns, and can afford to run a trade deficit year after year, whilerepparttar 125919 rest ofrepparttar 125920 world earns more than it spends as a result of this artificial monetary system.

Currently,repparttar 125921 huge trade deficit inrepparttar 125922 US indicates thatrepparttar 125923 US economy has a “need” to “borrow” two billion dollars per day fromrepparttar 125924 rest ofrepparttar 125925 world to keep its economy from collapsing. Naturally, ifrepparttar 125926 dollar remainsrepparttar 125927 dominant global currency, there would not be any risks, andrepparttar 125928 US could continue to enjoy its privilage without any complications. Onrepparttar 125929 other hand, any tendency to move away fromrepparttar 125930 dollar towards another currency would spell disaster and would demolishrepparttar 125931 global hegemony thatrepparttar 125932 US has been enjoying for nearly sixty years.

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