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Dr Kaukab Siddique | Editor-in-Chief Rajab 10,1434/May 18, 2013 # 21

Did Angelina Jolie, Famous American Actress, commit a serious error?
A note from Nadrat Siddique

Source: Gary Null: Angelina Jolie did not have to get a double mastectomy. Presence of BRCA-1 or BRCA-2 genes does not necessarily mean one will get breast cancer. There are many epigenetic factors which must be considered..

Jolie did a gross disservice to herself and the public by getting the double mastectomy, as her iconic stature will make the procedure much more palatable to the public.
Meanwhile, stocks for Myriad Corporation, which holds the patents for the BRCA-1 and BRCA-2 genes, have shot up..

Breaking News:
Nigeria: Islamics take over three states. Army launches all out offensive:

On May 16, Nigerian military forces [backed by the US and Israel] launched an all out offensive against Islamic forces known as Boko Haram which have taken over the border states of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa. The army has killed hundreds of civilians in the city of Maiduguri itself in random executions. The killings have had the effect of mass support for the Islamic fighters and general revulsion against the military which are Christians and "Muslim" mercenaries.

On May 17, BBC reported that the Nigerian air force is bombing the areas supporting the Islamic fighters. Nigeria admitted killing 21 people but the actual deaths and injuries are in the hundreds. However, the people of ALL THREE states are supporting the mujahideen. For the first time the mujahideen hit a Nigerian plane with rifle fire and it crash landed.

Also, May 18, the mujahideen, showing great resilience, launched an attack in Katsina state to divert the attention of the military. The military and police suffered heavy losses and banks and government buildings were set on fire.

The US has expressed concern that the human rights violations by the military may bring more support for the Islamic fighters. {Muslims are no longer cowed down by the use of overwhelming force.]
For a map of the area of the fighting and the outline of the states now in Islamic hands, please scroll to end.
[Boko Haram is Nigeria's mujahideen group which wants to put an end to western influences in Nigeria. It also opposes the occupation of Mali by France.]

Breaking news #2
Russia and USA working together to save the Assad regime but mujahideen have most of Syria...

May 18: Raqqa in central Syria and the areas around it leading to Iraq are now [since March 9] firmly in the hands of the mujahideen, the biggest group among them being al-Nusra. Sharia courts have been set up and bakeries have been re-organized to feed the people after Assad's jets destroyed them. [British paper the Independent published details.]

From Aleppo to the Turkish border, the area is in largely Islamic hands, mostly al-Nusra and smaller groups.

From Damascus to the Jordanian border there is a mix of mujahideen control broken by Assad's tank attacks and jet fighter attacks. Al-Shabiha Alawite death squads have retaken parts of Homs and killed many people.
Assad's flight route to the Alawite coast line has been secured for the time being by Hizbullah forces coming in from Lebanon but the mujahideen may break through here and support for the mujahideen is growing in Lebanon.

Assad's forces have successfully resisted the encirclement of Damascus with the use of tanks and jets which have inflicted losses on the mujahideen and taken back two of the suburbs but two others remain in the nands of al-Nusra although it is running out nof ammunition and medical supplies.

Both the US and Russia are concerned about the victories of the mujahideen, especially after al-Nusra's formal acceptance of the leadership of Dr. al-Zawahiri, the successor to Osama bin Laden. Top reps of Russia and USA are in talks to save the Assad regime if it is willing to make concessions. Large sums of money have been sent to the Free Syrian Army by Britain and seemingly Qatar. The FSA is the secular opposition to Assad and Senator MCcain has been calling for a year that it should be quickly armed to counter the Islamics but to no avail. Russia is pumping re-supply to Assad.
Assad's agents apparently blew up parts of the Turkish border town of Reyhanli to stir up the Turks against Syrian refugees but with only some success. The Turks have been the most generous in their support for the people of Syria and have even allowed small arms to be smuggled to the resistance.

Our humble Web Site,, got astounding number of hits on ONE day.

On May 13, our web site received 122423 hits and 1663 visits.

Also, Dr. Kaukab Siddique's report on the slaughter of unarmed Bengali Muslims in Dhaka, by 10,000 military forces of the pro-India regime in Bangladesh, has been picked up by at least 4 American blogs and one Muslim blog. These, which published our report uncut, are:

America 20XY

Thanks go to Br. Rich, our web master in Nebraska.

Our sister web site:

This specialized web site on Dr. Kaukab siddique's writings about women in hadith and related matters has completed one year and has received 13039 hits.
Thanks go to the web architect who wants to remain anonymous.
It's a very well organized web site with beautiful graphics.

Outreach in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Area

On May 17, Jamaat al-Muslimeen literature was given to 25 Muslims after Juma' at the Islamic center of Ambridge, a suburb of Pittsburgh.
The brother who is doing this is a "white" convert to Islam. The 25 people are of Egyptian origin.

Malcolm Shabazz

On May 9, Malcolm Shabazz, the grandson of Malcolm X [al-Hajj Malik Shabazz], was murdered in Mexico. He published a statement before he was murdered. It raises the fear that it was not a murder but an assassination. Dr. Abdulalim Shabazz, Sis. Aamira Ibrahim and others deserve thanks for the info they sent us.

Young Malcolm had fallen on bad ways and was doing things which Islam absolutely does not permit. However, those who knew his potential as the grandson of the great Malcolm X and his strong inclination towards Iran, may have decided to silence him. Hadith says that Allah forgives sins like drinking if one asks sincerely for forgiveness; shirk or taking loyalty to anti-Islam forces is not forgiven.

We have published young Malcolm's complete statement, uncut, followed by New York Times report blaming the murder on two waiters in a tavern. Intelligent readers can see the holes in the New York Times report, which is a flagship publication of Zionism. ["Cameras were turned towards the walls."]

Please scroll to end to read both reports uncut.

Our America
Jamaat al-Muslimeen, New York
Rally to Support Lynne Stewart, Attorney for the Blind Shaikh
by Abu Talib

May 15: I attended the vigil for Lynne Stewart today at the federal court in downtown Manhattan. Several hundred people were there to show support for sister Lynne. Her husband was very active.
There were many signs supporting Lynne which the people were holding. There was one that said:
Free all Political Prisoners

and the chant was

"today Lynne Stewart ,tomorrow you"

which is true.When I was there at the start there were only about twenty five people but people kept going and coming till its finish at 600 pm. So more people came after work.The Muslims were not there except myself. It's sad to see this but the struggle continues.

Our America
Pharoah, Let my People Go! [Says the placard]. Dr. Jayyousi was imprisoned on bogus charges.
Dr. Siddique Speaking in Support of Dr. Kifah Jayyousi.
Br. Kifah's Daughter is holding her father's Photo
 Dr Siddique and Br Kifah's Daughter is holding her father's Photo
Photo was taken at a rally in front of the "Justice" Department in Washington, DC organized by Br. Saalakhan, and a non-Muslim civil rights group. Dr. Kifah's wife and daughters had come from Detroit, Michigan and Kaukab Siddique spoke at their request.

Photo: Nadrat Siddique

With thanks to Br. Ali & Sis. Ayesha in Richmond, Virginia
US Citizen Held in Iraq since 2004 without charge

Shawki Ahmed Omar has been detained in Iraq since 2004. He was arrested and tortured by US forces before being handed over to Iraqi authorities. His health has rapidly deteriorated as the result of a recent hunger strike. Instead of looking after and helping one of its own citizens abroad, the US government has left Shawki Omar to languish behind bars where he has faced years of torture and abuse at the hands of both US and Iraqi forces. He is yet to be charged with a crime. The wife of Shawki Omar has been protesting alone, with her daughter, outside the US Embassy in London every Saturday for the past 3-4 weeks.
The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said that the Muslims are like one body, and if any part of it is in pain, the other parts work together to relieve the pain. For this reason, Help the Oppressed has organised an emergency demonstration outside the US embassy in London this past Saturday in order support our oppressed sister, raise awareness and demand the immediate release of Shawki Ahmed Omar.

Please help this family, who have been suffering in silence, by sharing this message and supporting this demonstration.
Contact: 07852 251566

Pakistan Today.
Jamaate Islami's Seeming Lack of Success in Pakistani Elections:
Why?After those huge gatherings?

Analysis by Kaukab Siddique, PhD

Overseas Pakistanis are puzzled at the apparent defeat of Jamaate Islami in Pakistan's May 11 elections. My tools of analysis provide the following answers:

  1. Pakistani elections are seemingly held at the behest of America. Pakistan is under the control of the USA. Here is the evidence:
    1. USA targets its enemies within Pakistan with predator drones. Several thousand people, mostly civilians and including women and children have been killed in these drone attacks.Pakistani regime has taken no action against these attacks although the public is riled up.

  2. Pakistan's military, which is the main factor in Pakistani politics, is funded, armed and ordered by USA. When Pak Taliban and sharia supporters became strong in Swat and other frontier areas, America expressed alarm. The Paki army then launched an all out offensive. The entire population of Swat ewas evicted by the army to provide a free fire zone against the Islamic fighters led by Fazlullah.

  3. In Punjab, huge sums of money were spent by Nawaz Sharif to win a landslide victory. Sharif is supported both by the US, the Saudis and of course the USA. Jamaate Islami could not come anywhere near the money needed to reach voters in Punjab.

  4. In Karachi and Hyderabad, MQM, a fascist ethnic party hooked up with the previous General [Musharraf] and has been ruling with terror, murder and kickbacks-bribery. Large areas of Karachi have become "no go" areas where entrance is only by permission of MQM. The leader of MQM is the darling of the West and lives in luxury in London from where he orders terror strikes against opponents in Karachi and Hyderabad.

  5. The rest of Sindh is feudal and is controlled by the PPP, whose leader Zardari is a puppet of the West. He is the outgoing president and looted the country during his regime.

  6. For the US, the real problem was Frontier province. Here Imran Khan was used. He suddenly received huge sums of money and travelled in the difficult terrain by helicopter and private jet. Looks like the military helped him. He used anti-drone slogans and ate off the anti-American sentiment mobilized by Jamaate Islami.

  7. In Baluchistan, the military is trying to crush an insurrection. The murder of Nawab Bugti , a top Baluch leader during Musharraf's regime, and the disappearance of hundreds of Baluch activists, many said to be tortured by the army and killed, has inflamed Baluchistan to near outright rebellion.

So, why did Jamaate Islami contest the elections?

Jamaate Islami is a non-violent movement, non-sectarian, which wants to create an Islamic state by peaceful means.
A well crafted campaign led by Syed Munawar Hasan had a ONE POINT agenda: America must withdraw from the region.
Beyond Jamaate Islami's expectations and way beyond its resources, the people of Pakistan flockerd to its call. Some of the meetings Munawar Hasan addressed were the biggest in Pakistan's history.
When elections approached, Jamaate Islami issued a radical manifesto which promised an end to feudalism. A women's movement sprang up to support JI.
MQM was seriously challenged by JI in Karachi.
Thus all the established forces were determined not to let JI win even a decent number of seats.
Suffice it to say that JI knew it would not win. Its leadership is aware that real change must be preceded by a REVOLUTION, otherwise in conventional politics those who have the money, the military and the police plus the gangsters on their side, win.
Jamaate Islami is not shocked or demoralized by the results of the elections. It is trying to work with Imran Khan and sending greetings to the winners and calling for new elections in Karachi.
JI won only 7 provincial assembly seats and a pathetic 3 seats in the national assembly but it reached huge numbers of people who had never heard of JI before.
Previous JI leaders used to work with other political parties and its ideology never had a real impact. This time JI stood alone and considering its pitiful resources did very well indeed.

This is the most important point:
If Prophet Muhammad, pbuh, had participated in elections in Makka when 365 idols were in the Ka'aba,, who would have won?

If Prophet Muhammad, pbuh, had participated in elections in all of Arabia after the Islamic community was established in Madinah and the backward tribes had risen against Islam with Persian & Roman empire support, who would have won?

Obviously Truth, Justice and end to Oppression can only happen AFTER a revolution. Those who struggle for righteousness are always a minority but they are the ones who change the course of history.

Why is Munawar Hasan a worthy Successor to Maulana Maudoodi as Jamaate Islami leader?
by Kaukab Siddique, PhD

Br. Saleem Khalid, from Pakistan, has brought to our attention attacks on Munawar Hasan by one of Maudoodi's sons who went astray years back . Some of Jamaate Islami's old guard too think that Munawar Hasan has not stayed within the traditional Jamaate Islami way of doing things set by Maudoodi. Here is my response to these old timers.
Maulana Maudoodi was a great scholar and he laid the foundations of JI. We already know that. But he was a human being who encouraged dissent and criticism. In one of his numerous letters to me, he wrote : "I have never considered myself above criticism."

It would not surprise me that young Br. Munawar Hasan criticized him. Inner party criticism was much encouraged. Those who did not understand, criticized Maudoodi and then LEFT, such as Maulana Islahi and Dr. Israr. They should not have left. It was their weakness, not his. Munawar Hasan did not leave and Alhamdulillah today JI is a force all over the country.
I would consider this Maulana Maudoodi-Munawar relationship like that of the Prophet, pbuh and Khalid, r.a. Do you get it?

Munawar challenged America by peaceful means. He challenged supply of NATO thru Pakistan. He challenged the drone attacks. He went back to Karachi again and again to break MQM's grip and drew HUGE crowds. For the first time in JI history, JI has drawn the support of tens of thousands of women.
I know because I visited Pakistan repeatedly after 9.11. I saw tens of thousands, including women, giving DHARNA [sit down strike] in 120 degree summer heat to oppose America and Zardari. I saw the emergence of a new JI calling for electricity and help for flood victims.

This is a new JI, built on the foundations laid by Maulana Maudoodi but way beyond anything he could do.
This peeri-muridee attitude towards Maulana Maudoodi which you and the old guard have was repulsive for Maulana sahib. When he was dying, he said to me: Inhone mujhe zinda mazar bana lia hai. ["They have made me into a living tomb."]
Remember I travelled a thousand miles to translate the speech he gave in Toronto.

Without Munawar, JI was just a pietistic group of do gooders. Mian Tufail Muhammad was a very pious man but as a good friend said to me: A good SECOND man can never be a good FIRST man. He turned JI into a reactionary group.

Munawar wants a revolution but by peaceful means. It is a very difficult task.

What Will Happen Now after "elections" in Pakistan
No one can know the future but here are some prognostications.

  1. Nothing will change except for the worse.

  2. Corruption and nepotism will continue.

  3. Tremendous poverty of the great majority will continue.

  4. The great wealth of the few will continue.

What could get worse?
  1. Indian influence will increase with the inflow of Hindu ideas about the inferiority of women.

  2. Deserts will increase owing to Indian control of rivers.

  3. Floods and natural disasters will also increase owing to environmental erosion.

  4. The military will go all out to crush the uprisings in Frontier and Baluchistan.

  5. Karachi will descend into an inferno of gangsterism and drugs.

Any hope?
  1. Millions of Pakistan's people believe that Islam is the truth and stands for justice.

  2. There is a chance that the believers will unite and join hands with the mujahideen.

  3. There is a chance that the poor and the oppressed will rise up without waiting for the next elections.

  4. There is a chance that lower ranks of the military may join the mujahideen. [A slim chance, but it could happen]

  5. Public demand that General Kayani resign and be brought to trial.

  6. Alliance with Mullah Umar after the victory of the Taliban in Afghanistan.

  7. Successful uprising in Kashmir and secessionist movements in India.

  8. A Maulana Bhashani type leader may emerge to lead the masses against the power structure.

Most probably nothing will change but with God's people you never know!

Statement of Malcolm Shabazz before he was assassinated.
Grandson of Malcolm X felt that he was being targeted.
 Malcolm Shabazz and Malcolm X
I sincerely appreciate the care & concern of the People over my well-being after Press TV's report of the most recent events which have transpired regarding the F.B.I.'s harassment of me.

Given the storm of lies, and half-truths that come with being associated with being the descendant of El Hajj Malik el Shabazz, also known as Minister Malcolm X, any and everything that I do; great or small, good or not so good, real or imagined is subject to controversy. However, in this missive I will take this opportunity to properly & fully disclose what transpired.

In the beginning of 2012 I had been informed that I was under investigation by the F.B.I.'s Counter Terrorism Task Force Unit located in Goshen, N.Y.

The agents of this division-and in collaboration with others-have visited several residences of which I was known by them to frequent. However, they would never come when they knew me to actually be there. They would leave their cards with the residents asking them to tell me to call them, and then would tell surrounding residents to observe the house and to notify them if they saw me.

These are the homes of long-time friends, and very close supporters. Yet, when federal agents begin knocking on someone's door on multiple occasions to snoop, and ask questions, whether one is guilty of an offense or not, it's enough to coerce people into distancing themselves from you. This cheap tactic employed by the F.B.I. is a means of agitation & harassment. They seek to neutralize my networking abilities.

They have visited locations in California, Chicago, Miami and most aggressively in New York.

People were advising me that if I had nothing to hide, then I should just contact them as requested and cooperate. Though I must say that in these kind of matters I am of a particular ethic. For one, I have been engaged in no criminal activity of their concern, and they could have located me if they so chose. Secondly, I don't recognize the authority in them beckoning me.

It wasn't even until my mother informed me that they had been contacting her that I truly became agitated. She advised me to see what they had to say, and so I obliged the next time they came around looking for me. My encounter was with 2 federal agents of Goshen, N.Y.'s Counter Terrorism Task Foci Unit. The primary agent identified himself as Special Agent Tom Brozicky.

They expressed concern over-as they put it-my "international travels"; I have lived & studied in Damascus, Syria for over a year, and now the U.S. is instigating conflict within the very same region; I went on ex-congresswoman/former presidential candidate Cynthia Mckinney's delegation along with Dr. Randy Short to Libya, and met with Leader Muammar Gadhafi one week prior to N.A.T.O. intervention and I was most recently getting ready to travel to Tehran, Iran to be a participant of the International Fajr Film Festival and give a lecture addressing the issues of Hollywood and viole

I was picked up by authorities after I filed for a visa to Iran, and 2 days prior to my departure. A detective squad from the City of Middletown Police Department surrounded me in the street about 2 blocks from where I was residing. They asked me my name, and I gave them an alias, but they were already well aware of who I actually was. I didn't tell them my real name because I didn't know what was going on. When I was brought before a Judge of City of Middletown court I was surprised to be informed that I was being charged with Grand Larceny, and False Impersonation charge. Then I was sent to jail, and told to appear again 7 days later. Then following court date the bogus charge of Grand Larceny, which they only put to justify stopping me in first place, was dropped. And they left me to face the False Impersonation. I was offered 90 days for the offense of giving the authorities the wrong name which I declined before bailing out after 2 weeks.

When I was being held within the belly of the beast on trumped up charges, to my rescue came the journalist at Press TV based in Iran. My relationship with powerful & progressive news outfit began in April of 2012, and prior to that I had discussions with their journalist regarding current events internationally. I developed a positive rapport with some of them, and as a result was invited to travel to Iran to discuss the impact of Hollywood in stereotyping Muslims, Iranians and African people. From January 15th through 18th, 2013, I was a featured interviewee for the Press TV documentary "The Facade of the American Dream". And prior to my date of departure to Iran, Lifetime television released a television bio-picture called "Betty & Coretta" which was a sensationalistic misrepresentation of my grandparents, my mother and me. This film aside from being poorly acted, and shallow in depth also threatened to inflame old controversies, and open unhealed wounds and to remind the public of sad outcomes without ever identifying B.O.S.S.I., the C.I.A., F.B.I. and other forces that set the climate for my grandfather's assassination, and made my family a long-suffering casualty of COINTELPRO, and other anti-Black repression programs. Naturally, anything done to stir up old hatred of The Shabazz Family will impact me as the name-sake, and first male heir of Malcolm X, and whether I am high or low in fortunes does not exempt me from this reality.

The formula for a public assassination is: the character assassination before the physical assassination; so one has to be made killable before the eyes of the public in order for their eventual murder to then deemed justifiable. And when the time arrives for these hits to be carried out you're not going to see a C.I.A. agent with a suit & tie, and a badge that says "C.I.A." walk up to someone, and pull the trigger. What they will do is to out-source to local police departments in the region of their target, and to employ those that look like the target of interest to infiltrate the workings in order to set up the environment for the eventual assassination (character, physical/incarceration, exile) to take place.

For several months prior to my arrest in late January, 2013 I faced a pattern of harassment from law enforcement which is usually reserved for important figures.

[[On Thursday, November 1, 2012 @ 11:53pm in the park circle area of Middletown, N.Y. I was stopped by officers of the Middletown Police Department, and given a ticket for "J-Walking" (crossing in the middle of the street), which then escalated into a "Disorderly Conduct" supposedly because of the exchange of words that I had with the officers. I told them that they couldn't possibly be serious for writing me a "J-Walking ticket", that I didn't appreciate how they were treating me and that they shouldn't be looking at me as less of a man because they were in police uniform. For this I was arrested, the officers stole the little amount of money that I had on me, they then stripped me and threw me in a freezing precinct cell for the remainder of that early morning. I was finally taken before the "Judge Steven Brockett" around 1:30pm. He gave me an unreasonable bail, and then ordered that I be remanded to the Orange county Jail.

This penalty may seem a bit extreme or harsh to most of you, but here is where it gets worse: On Tuesday, October 30th, exactly 2 nights prior to this incident, the same officer "J Berman" who wrote me the ticket for "J-Walking" & "Disorderly Conduct" stopped me coming from out of a store in the same area, and questioned me as to what I was doing. I told him that I was coming out of the store. He asked to see what I bought which was a pack of sun flower seeds. I had actually just so happened to be eating a few while he was talking to me, and I spit one of the shells on the ground. At this point officer "J Berman" threatened to write me a ticket for littering. Needless to say, I was dumbfounded, but I went home that night.

Yet, it still doesn't even begin there. I had an encounter with other officers of the Midletown Police Department one week prior to officer "J Berman's" threats to write me a ticket for spitting a sun flower seed on the ground: I was coming out of a restaurant with my mother, and her friend. As the 3 of us entered the car to leave 2 police cars converged on our vehicle, and boxed us in. My mother was petrified. With guns drawn I was then ordered to step out of the back seat. I asked them why to which they replied that I had several warrants for my arrest. I told them that they were mistaken, but I still complied with their request. Humiliated in front of all on-lookers I was then thrown on the car while the officers ripped through my pockets. After they were done they said that it was my lucky day because I actually didn't have any warrants at all, and so I was free to go! One of these officer's name was "R. Ribeiro"...

You may wonder if it could possibly get any worse than this. Well, it does! Approximately 3 weeks prior to the public humiliation of my mother, and me by "R Ribeiro" and another officer of the Middletown Police Department I found myself subject to the discrimination & prejudice of Mayor Joseph M. Destefano of Middletown, N.Y. himself. A friend, and I went out to eat at a restaurant in Middletown, N.Y. which is owned by the Mayor, and to our surprise he appeared from nowhere and asked us to leave. When we inquired as to why he stated that officials of the Middletown Police Department told him not to let us patronize his establishment. Mind you that this goes without incident. As I stand for the people, God-Willing, I would pray that the same people wouldn't hesitate to stand for me. If these unjust & heinous actions are tolerated & allowed to be done to me without recourse, then no one is safe. Just as Huewy P Newton of the Black Panther Party stated that police are in the white community to protect & serve, yet occupy ours like a foreign troop... I tell you that we shouldn't fall victim to the conditioning of feeling inferior or fearful at the presence of law enforcement for no apparent reason.]]

With that being said, I was not arrested by federal agents. I was taken in by a squad from the City of Middletown, N.Y.'s Police Department. I was not being held in an "undisclosed location" so to speak. I was actually being held in the Orange County Jail in Goshen, N.Y. However, from the time that I was booked at the precinct, to standing before a Judge the next day who told me to come back in 7 more, to being processed at the Orange County Jail and up until 7 days later I was not permitted to make any calls to notify anyone of my status; as though I had just been kidnapped from of the street.

Unfortunately, until this day my family hasn't been fully abreast of my situation as I haven't had the opportunity to properly consult with any of them. Dr. Randy Short who notified Press TV of my situation is a close comrade of mine who was on our delegation in Libya. Media reports from Press TV about my situation were not intended to create controversy. In reality, I have a few associates that are affiliated with this reputable International media outlet, and they had expected to meet with me in Iran. So when I disappeared, and rumors spread, the inability to get concise information from a credible source prompted them to rouse public attention on my behalf, for which I am grateful. In April of 2012 I had the opportunity to be a guest analyst/contributor on Press TV. This network has a large following all over the world, and millions find it's news, documentaries and programming to be both an educational, and insightful alternative to the conglomerated, and highly biased mainstream American & British news media. Regarding the Source magazine, nothing that they published was vetted by me, and was made by persons, at best, vaguely familiar with my situation. Further, I have never had an affiliation or relationship with The Source, nor have they ever directly consulted with me about anything.

2 Waiters Arrested in Killing of Malcolm X's Grandson
New York Times Report. [Uncut]
 prosecutor Rodolfo Fernando Rios Garza addresses press
Mario GuzmN/European Pressphoto Agency

Rodolfo Fernando Rios Garza, a prosecutor, left, said he saw no evidence that Malcolm Shabazz's attackers knew his background.

MEXICO CITY - The police here arrested two men on murder and robbery charges on Monday in the beating death last week of Malcolm Shabazz, the grandson of Malcolm X, though many questions about the case remained unresolved.
 Malcolm Shabazz
Malcolm Shabazz
Xiomara Michel/the Shabazz Family, via Associated Press

 Manuel Alejandro Perez de Jesus
Manuel Alejandro Perez de Jesus
Procuraduria General de Justica del Distrito Federal, via Associated Press

 David Hernandez Cruz
David Hernandez Cruz
Procuraduria General de Justica del Distrito Federal, via Associated Press

The men taken into custody, David Hernandez Cruz and Manuel Alejandro Perez de Jesus, worked as waiters at the Palace Club, a downtown bar where Mr. Shabazz, 28, was beaten, in what the city prosecutor called a dispute over an excessive bill.

Two other bar employees who the authorities said participated in the beating, which left Mr. Shabazz with fatal skull, jaw and rib fractures, were being sought.

The body of Mr. Shabazz, who for years had wrestled with living in the shadow of his grandfather's fame, was still at a city morgue on Monday while American consular officials worked to have it returned to the United States. A family spokeswoman said they would have no comment, and no funeral plans have been announced.

Mr. Shabazz arrived in Mexico City from Tijuana, the prosecutor, Rodolfo Fernando Rios Garza, said at a news conference. He went to the bar on Thursday with a man whom friends identified as Miguel Suarez, a Mexican labor activist whom Mr. Shabazz had befriended in the United States and who had been recently deported.

When the argument over the tab broke out around 3 a.m. as they prepared to leave, the two were separated by bar employees, but, for reasons the prosecutor said had not yet been determined, only Mr. Shabazz was beaten. A blunt object was used but no other details were given.

Mr. Shabazz's companion was taken to another part of the bar and robbed but said he managed to escape and call for help.

The pair disputed a tab that came to around $1,200, Mr. Rios Garza said. Two young women had approached them on the street and invited them to the bar, but although Mexican newspapers have identified the bar as a known brothel, Mr. Rios Garza waved off questions regarding prostitution. Many of the bars in that rundown area charge customers for even a conversation with their female employees, according to Mexican news reports.

Mr. Shabazz consumed several drinks; a prosecutor's office statement said he had a blood alcohol concentration more than three times the legal limit for driving in most American jurisdictions. But the prosecutor, while not offering details on how much liquor was consumed, said the bill was excessive and was part of the effort to rob Mr. Shabazz and his companion.

He said he found no evidence that race or any motive other than robbery was in play, and there was no indication that the attackers knew Mr. Shabazz came from a famous family.

The investigation, however, has had its stumbles.

There were security cameras in the bar, but after a search of the property two days after the attack, video recording equipment was missing and the cameras were turned toward the walls, the prosecutor's statement said. It was unclear why the search was delayed, but justice reform advocates have long complained that Mexican investigators do not always move with the speed and forensic acumen of the police in the United States.

The police have interviewed Mr. Suarez, who could not be reached for comment.

Mr. Shabazz was 12 when he set a fire in Yonkers that killed his grandmother, Betty Shabazz. After serving prison time, he walked an erratic path away from his troubled youth.

He had gone to Mexico City with Mr. Suarez with plans to draw media attention to his deportation, Mr. Suarez said on Facebook.

Karla Zabludovsky contributed reporting from Mexico City, and Kia Gregory from New York.

Map of north eastern Nigeria where Islamic fighters are confronting huge Nigertian military offensive. Inset shows Katsina, where Boko Haram launched a successful diversionary attack. Yobe, Borno and Adamawa are now in Islamic hands. The christian leader of Nigeria has declared an emergency.
 Nigeria Map

2013-05-19 Sun 06:09:24 cdt