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    Posted: 19 October 2008 at 3:58am

Asalaamu Alykum dear friends:

It's been a while since my last post.  Thank you for reading and sharing with others.  Insha'Allah more of you will be less shy about sharing ideas in this section.  Let's increase the communal bond.  I apologize for the blue underline as I can't seem to delete it.  The news piece I'm sharing with you today is not a happy one despite Condeleezza Rice's position.  Here's why I feel this way (the news is posted below my views):

NukeSince our economy here in the U.S can not afford to continue in the nuclear industry, we are outsourcing dangerous jobs (a threat to all lands & people) to places like India.  This is a shameful decision on the part of the U.S. government. These jobs have cost people their lives and the security and safety of the environment in the U.S.  We can not continue to operate this way as a global community. 

The people of India would do well to start sending their children abroad to study environmental science, alternative energy, green building design, and become teachers in this field.  Otherwise they will need every citizen of their great nation to become doctors to treat the radiation sickness their citizens will be exposed to.  People of the world: learn from our mistakes as we here in the U.S. are having a difficult time cleaning our nuclear waste because of its radio active material.  We can't bury it, send it to space, dump it in the ocean, because it takes a million years for the uranium to be safe for disposal...so we're taking our waste to countries in Africa and Afghanistan, where the government is too poor to refuse the U.S. waste.  The worst part is that the labeling on the barrels are illegally marked as "safe" and no one questions them.

Read up on the Chernobyl accident that happened in Russia in the 80's.  Russia continues to lose their citizens to all sorts of health problems from radiation fallout because their government lied to them that nuclear power was safe.  Fight this tooth and nail.  The future of your people and the world are depending on it!

May Allah Guide, Protect, and Bless us All.


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http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/27122378/

U.S., India sign unprecedented nuclear deal


Rice hails accord as  'historic occasion'; critics fear arms race

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Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Indian Foreign Minister Pranab Mukherjee exchange documents after signing a nuclear cooperation agreement during a ceremony at the State Department on Friday.

Manuel Balce Ceneta / AP


 

 

WASHINGTON - The United States and India signed an accord Friday that allows American businesses to sell nuclear fuel, technology and reactors to India, reversing a three-decade ban on atomic trade with the fast-growing nuclear-armed Asian power.

The civilian nuclear cooperation agreement, the result of three years of often frustrating political and diplomatic wrangling, marks a major shift in U.S. policy toward India after decades of mutual wariness. India has faced a nuclear trade ban since its first atomic test in 1974 and has refused to sign nonproliferation accords.

"This is truly a historic occasion," Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice told a crowd gathered for the signing ceremony in the State Department's ornate Benjamin Franklin Room. "Many thought this day would never come, but doubts have been silenced now."

The two countries "now stand as equals, closer together than ever before," said Rice, with India's foreign minister, Pranab Mukherjee, sitting by her side.

The Bush administration portrays the accord as the cornerstone of a new strategic relationship with a friendly democracy that borders China and Pakistan and that supporters hail as a responsible nuclear power.

India's government hopes the deal will bring a new source of desperately needed energy as it works to lift millions out of poverty.

Mukherjee said his country looks forward to working with American companies eager to enter India's multibillion-dollar nuclear market. More access to nuclear power, he said, also will boost India's industry and rural development and help every sector of the economy grow.

He called the accord a sign "of the transformed relationship and partnership that our two countries are building together."

Nuclear proliferation
Indian critics say the pact could cap the country's nuclear weapons program and allow the United States to dictate Indian foreign policy.

Opponents in the United States say the extra fuel the measure provides could boost India's nuclear weapons stockpile by freeing up its domestic fuel for use in weapons. That, they say, could spark a nuclear arms race in Asia, where neighboring Pakistan and China also have atomic weapons.

U.S. lawmakers opposed to the plan have said it ruins the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, the global agreement that provides civilian nuclear trade in exchange for a pledge from nations not to pursue nuclear weapons and which India refuses to sign.

President Bush this week signed into law the congressionally approved plan to start nuclear trade in exchange for safeguards and U.N. inspections at India's civilian, but not military, nuclear plants. The accord marks a rare foreign policy victory for Bush in his final months in office.

Bush and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh announced their intention to pursue nuclear cooperation in July 2005. U.S. lawmakers overwhelmingly approved the deal in a conditional form in late 2006. It then overcame strong political opposition in India, where critics threatened to bring down Singh's government, denouncing the accord as a ploy to make India Washington's pawn.

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Wa'laikum Salam WRWB,
 
I don't check this section much. Thanks for notifying me.
 
Yes, finally the deal is done. After lots of discussions and debates, this bill was passed in India. Even the ruling govt was about to collapse. But thanks to the politics of India, that it was finally, sent
 
Even i were amongst those who opposed the deal. Anyways, now that it is done, its waste of time to oppose it. We are now to face the consequences.
 
Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “All the descendants of Adam are sinners, and the best of sinners are those who repent."
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