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Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Brief about Me

Dear Reader,

I have been questioned to write a brief about my self, to introduce the reader and to show about my activity.

My name is Romi Adetio Setiawan bin Ibrahim, my native place is Bengkulu, Indonesia, I am a graduate student from Aligarh Muslim University, India. Alhamdulillah, I possess the first topper at my department and eligible to receive the Gold Medal on my convocation at April 10th 2007, at Aligarh, India. It was the first time for having a gold medal in my life.

Me and my Brother
Now a day, I am active in writing the poets and article mostly related to the development of Islam in the world today.

Me, Prof. Shibtey Hasan and doughter, Dudi Rochman

My Gold Medal, the proof of keen in learning
I love the Green
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Romi Adetio Setiawan b. Ibrahim

Graduate Student of A.M.U. India

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Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Halal is Harmony

Social and harmony must be compelled within the frame of Islamic society, Islam encourage the people to live struggle and following the action which is correctly maintain in the Islamic tradition, making their life could be controlled and to compare between halal and haram, halal means every meal, or action which is allowed by Islamic law, and haram is every meal or action which is not allowed or condemned in Islam.

To live harmony in Islam is to live accordingly to the concept of halal, where every action and any transaction in the bank, market or to any events must be halal. If the follower could be consequently perform this basic, there would be agreement to each other, and no contradiction will be created in the society.

The harmonies within Islamic society created when the rich and the poor can be stable, and realization of the possibility to be together. The rich realizes the need of poor for them like wise, the poor realizes the need of rich man.

Another way to reach harmonism is to call the people to do for the sake of goodness, and to leave the awful habitual action which is so called as "Jahiliyah". And to toughen the believe of oneness of Allah, the Islamic society believe that Allah the only their destiny. We believe that every action which is done consequently and with regard to the Islamic ways would not create any trouble in the society, the people would be satisfied and no one is lost.

Thus, the concept of Halal is the symbol of harmonies in Islam; the concept was performed very well during the prophet caliphate, after the winning of Islam over the unbeliever, and against the infidelity. Within a very short period the empire economy is bombing and the people live in harmony.

Now a day, it is important to understand the concept of Halal in the life, especially to those who seeks for the career, the concept of halal could demolish the corruption in the country, and decrease the quantity of the poor people in the society, it also could develop the economic of the country. Subhanallah, wallahu'alam.

Written by:
Romi Adetio Setiawan
Graduate Student of Aligarh Muslim University, India.

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Monday, July 2, 2007


Invoking emergency provisions, Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas has sworn in a new government that is backed by Israel and the United States. The new Cabinet does not include any members of the Hamas, which has been engaged in pitched battles with Mr. Abbas’ Fatah party.

Salam Fayyad was sworn in as the new Prime Minister under a presidential decree issued by Mr. Abbas. Mr. Abbas ensured that Fatah heavyweight are not part of the new Government.

Once it became evident that the new Cabinet would not include Hamas members, Israel announced that afresh opportunity for peace had been created. The United States, on its part, also said that obstacles in the path of engaging the Palestinian government had been eliminated.

A statement by a Hamas spokesman promptly said Mr. Abbas was “involved in the U.S. – Israeli conspiracy, along with some Arab parties, to bring down the Hamas movement.”
With rival camps now ruling the Palestinian territories, a humanitarian crisis is looming over Gaza’s 1.3 million residents. Israeli fuel company dor alon announced it had snapped all fuel supplies to the Gaza strip with the exception of an electricity generation plant. The move is likely to trigger petrol and cooking gas shortages. Food and other essential supplies in Gaza are already running low.

*(From the Hindu published on June 18, 2007)

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The Real Coup Plotters

Those who denied the results of the Palestinian elections did the damage.

Here is how democracy works in the Alice in wonderland world of Palestinian politics under the tutelage of the United States and the international community. After years of being hectored to hold elections and adopt democratic norms, a year and a half ago Palestinians duly elected Hamas with 44 percent of the vote, ahead of Fatah on 41 percent.

It was a good election as the former U.S. President, Jimmy carter, observed at the time, a free, fair and accurate expression of the desires of a Palestinian people sick of the uselessness, corruption, and gangsterism of Fatah. The problem was that it didn’t quite reflect the wishes of Washington and the international community.

And while there can be no denying that Hamas, which refutes the existence of Israel and has baked suicide bombings, is a threatening organization, there was no attempt at engagement, in the way that Fatah, whose militants have perpetrated scores of attacks, has been engaged with for years.

Now, after the months of financial embargo of the Hamas-led government by the U.S. and Europe, after the funding and propping up of Fatah’s president Mahmoud Abbas, after the slow, crushing squeeze on Palestinian society that encouraged its social disintegration, what have we got? Virtual civil war in gaza, the polarization of Palestinian society, a government dissolved by decree, and a new Prime Minister, Salam Fayyad, appointed with the explicit blessing of the U.S.

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Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Olmert’s Decision of Attacking Hamas is fatal

Olmert’s decision of attacking Hamas group could brake the relation between the leaders, and notably will cause the chaos to the lower levels. The two groups Israel and Palestinian might not be ended by the "sword" from a very long time the these groups of Abrahamic were collapsing, now is the moment on making how the two could stay together and coordinate each other. The statement made by Israel Prime Minister Ehud Olmert on Sunday of new strike against the radical Islamist Hamas movement is announced after another missile attack on the Israeli border town of Sderot. From this statement we could take into account that reason of Olmert’s decision is not for the defensive purpose but for revenge and attack on the Palestinian side. "We decide when, how and where we act without accepting any conditions from outside", Olmert said in the cabinet meeting. The meeting is due to the rocket attack on Sderot and killed a thirty six year old Israeli when the missile launched from the Gaza Strip hit his car in the town center on Sunday morning May 27, 2007, and injuring another Israeli. The military arm of Hamas took responsibility for the attack. Though Hamas is a radical Muslim, we believe they could make coordination to Israel part, and make an agreement on how to create a peace between the two. They would accept the agreement with conditions. There would be a loss to each other when the Israel’s military strikes to Palestinian, because the Palestinian will attack on them by the rocket fire. The statement made by Olmert without accepting any conditions from outside, also could destroy the relation to other countries, and may broke their economy and bilateral relation at the external level. Hamas and other Islamic radical groups are appointing their missile towards the Israelian parts are due to the attack from the Israel’s military and for the defensive purpose, their missile is not high-tech like what the Israel’s military posses. Furthermore, to restore the peace of the two groups could not be done by the "swords", it should be done by the co-relation and agreement, we all hope that the collapse in Jerusalem could be solved and reduce the lost of innocent civilians.

By Romi Adetio Setiawan

Graduate Student of Islamic Studies from Aligarh Muslim University. India

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Friday, May 25, 2007


The Palestinian national unity government set up under the terms of the Makkah agreement could collapse if President Mahmoud Abbas and Prime Minister Ismail Haniya do not succeed in their efforts to stop the fighting between Hamas and Fatah. Nearly 40 people, including many civilians, have died in the clashes since the second week of May. While Mr. Abbas and Mr. Haniya met on May 22, it is far from certain that the armed men belonging to their political groups will step back from the brink of a civil war. The conflict broke out when the Palestinian security services, made up mostly of Fatah loyalists, erected barricades in the Gaza strip without consulting Hamas or getting the go-ahead from the neutral interior minister, Hani al-Qawasmeh. When the executive force and the Qassam Brigades, two militias run by the Islamist party, retailed violently, other Fatah men came to the aid of their comrades.

The latest round of fighting has exposed the structural weaknesses of the Palestinian authority. Its uniformed security services have come under the nominal control of Hamas after it won the parliamentary election in January 2006. It was mainly because the commanding officers of these security services would not follow the orders of an Islamist minister that the facilitators of the Makkah agreement pushed the idea of appointing a neutral person to the post. The whole arrangement seems to have come unstuck when Mr. Abbas picked a die-hard Fatah man Mohammed Dahlan as his national security adviser. As expected, Israel has jumped into the fray by carrying out a series of bomb attacks on Hamas targets ostensibly because the Islamists fired rockets into its territory. It is possible that the Islamist party, adopting the tactics followed by Lebanon’s Hisbollah in 2006, deliberately invited the Israeli attacks in order to rally the Palestinian masses to its side. A stronger government than that of Prime Minister Ehud Olmert might have examined other options before deciding to use violence. The governments of Egypt and Jordan could have persuaded to use their influence over the Palestinian factions to quell the civil strife and stop the barrage of rockets. Instead, an Israeli government discredited by the Lebanon war chose a course of action guaranteed to make the situation worse – and divert attention from Palestine’s internal political crisis. It is the responsibility of Palestinian leaders urgently to resolve this unfortunate crisis, which leads them nowhere and only weakens the resolve of Palestinian people to focus on their real demands. Published by the editorial at THE HINDU newspaper, India.

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Saturday, May 5, 2007

Something good may come of Olmert’s failure

The crisis triggered by Israel’s report on its war with Lebanon may end up putting the Arab league initiative centre stage. *

Let’s hope lords Hutton and Butler (authors of two UK.. reports into the circumstances surrounding the invasion of Iraq) were taking notes. An 18-year-old retired judge, Eliyahu Winograd, has just given a master-class in how to conduct a genuine, fearless, and plainspoken inquiry into a government failure. While the U.K. own inquisitors into aspects of the Iraq war retreated either into whitewash (Hutton) or polite circumlocution (butler), Mr. Winograd delivered it straight, and right between the eyes. Asked by Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert to probe the country’s “second Lebanon war” last summer, he issued an interim verdict on April 30, which required no translation from the mandarin code of euphemism. Mr. Olmert was, said Mr. Winograd, guilty of “a severe failure” of judgment, rushing into a “hasty” war with no clear plan, setting “overambitious and unobtainable goals.” Others were at fault but, as Prime Minister, Mr. Olmert bore “supreme responsibility.” Short of handing the Prime Minister a revolver, Mr. Winograd could not have been harsher.

Israel is shaking from the shock of it, but it should also allow itself a pang of pride in the Winograd process. Handpicked by Mr. Olmert himself, this government inquiry was assumed to lack the independence of a state probe staffed by Supreme Court judges. But Mr. Winograd and his team were nobody’s patsies: instead they dared to speak uncomfortable truth to arrogant power. Israel’s boast that it is the only democracy in the Middle East is often met with a snort. But this exercise has shown that – at least within its own borders – Israel is capable of a democratic accountability entirely absent in its region. Image for a moment a panel of Syrian wise men or Egyptian elders delivering a similar message to Bashar Assad or Hosni Mubarak. They could expect to receive not plaudits, as Mr. Winograd has, but at best a lengthy spell in prison.

Grim moment
That, and the possibility that the Winograd report will shock the Israeli political and military establishment, even Israeli society itself, into a desperately needed shake-up is the crumb of comfort. Otherwise, it is a grim moment for the country. The report lays into the incompetence and hubris of the men at the top, the decay that has been allowed to eat away at the Israel Defense forces, even the individualistic hedonism of a nation that once placed a great premium on collective solidarity. Not since the Agranat report into the 1973 war has there been such a comprehensive indictment.
This round of self-flagellation was not prompted by concern that the 2006 pounding of Lebanon was “disproportionate,” to recall the word of that hour. Israelis still believe they had every right to take on Hizbollah, which had abducted two Israeli soleires from Israeli soil and had thousands of rockets aimed at Israeli civilian towns. The criticism is not that Prime Minister Olmert fought the war but that he fought it badly. That he did not achieve his stated aims of freeing the soldiers and defanging Hizbollah; that he sent troops in harm’s way with no coherent plan and insufficient protection; and that a non-victory against a mere guerilla movement has shattered the IDF aura of invincibility essential to deter Israel’s enemies. It is for that series of failures that he has been slammed.
As a result, Mr. Olmert is a dead man walking. An instant poll for Israel’s Channel 10 sought to discover how many people would vote for Mr. Olmert if elections were held today. The answer was 0 percent, surely a political first in any country at any time. Thirty three years ago, the Agranat commission drove Golda Meir from office and Mr. Winograd seems set to do the same to Mr. Olmert – if not now, then with his final report this summer.
What could save him? The answer might just be his old rival, Bibi Netanyahu. Antipathy to Mr. Netanyahu is the glue which currently binds Mr. Olmert’s coalition together: the different parties fear that if they bring down the government and trigger elections, they will only lose seats – and let Mr. Netanyahu win. That fear could allow Mr. Olmert to cling on.
But not for long. At the end of this month, Labour, the main partner of Mr. Olmert’s Kadima party, will choose a new leader. Already the frontrunner, former intelligence chief Ami Ayalon, has called for Mr. Olmert to quit and promised to withdraw Labour from the coalition if he does not. His rival for the leadership, the former Prime Minister Ehud Barak, may feel obliged to follow suit.

Frantic Plotting
That would leave Kadima with little choice but to topple Mr. Olmert, replacing him with a new leader who might keep the government together without fresh elections. Frantic plotting is already under way, with Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni the name in the frame. “She won’t wield the knife, she won’t be Brutus,” one ally told me on Tuesday night, safe in the knowledge that she won’t have to. (If Mr. Olmert is pushed, that will leave the government temporarily headed by Kadima’s acting leader, none other than the Methuselah of Israeli politics, Shimon Peres, returning to the Prime Minister’s office on the eve of his 84th birthday.)
It adds up to a turbulent time for Israel, a period in which almost the entire political class is besieged by accusations of corruption of incompetence.
The optimists hope that this is the crisis that precedes regeneration: one government insider on Tuesday cited Italy and Ireland as examples of societies that had come through similar transformations. But no one is under any illusion that the current paralysis is simply an internal problem. What happens in Israel affects its neighbors, with the Palestinians first in line.
The sunniest view would have Mr. Olmert Making a diplomatic move, if only to give some meaning to his remaining in office. In recent weeks he has had long, one-on-one talks with leading peaceniks, including the acclaimed writer Amos Oz. And he has spoken positively of the Arab League initiative, renewed in Riyadh in March, which offers Israel full normalization with the Arab world in return for a full Israeli withdrawal to the 1976 borders. Such a tactic would have a precedent. When Ariel Sharon was mired in corruption scandals in late 2003, he too tackled leftward, by announcing the pullout from Gaza.
The more pessimistic outlook sees the Israeli authorities mirroring the Palestinians, who have themselves cobbled together a coalition unable to conceal their deep, underlying disagreement over the way a head. On one side stands an Israel which, as Hussein Agha and Robert Malley write in the current edition of the New York Review of Books, cannot decide “whether to respond to Syria’s peace overtures or to spurn them, whether to deal with (Palestinian president) Abbas or to forget him.” On the other, stands a Palestinian unity government repressing a civil war between Fatah and Hamas. This is the current tragedy of both the Israeli and Palestinian peoples. To be led by those too paralyzed to lead.
And yet, a middle, hopeful thought is possible. Perhaps the current Israeli upheaval will force a realignment, not immediately, but in an election 12 or 18 months from now. The central question of that contest could be: how should Israel respond to the Arab initiative? After all, as Mr. Olmert himself once said, Israelis are tired of fighting. And because all the other methods, including both bilateral talk with the Palestinians and the policy of unilateral territorial withdrawals, on which he was elected, have failed. That, then, may be Mr. Olmert’s legacy, to bequeath the failure that forces something better. –

*By Jonathan Freedland
Published in Newspaper of THE HINDU
@Guardian Newspapers Limited 2007

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