5 July, 2022

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Hamber Dates: A Racial Slur Now Has A Price Tag In Sri Lanka During Ramadan

At least thanks to Cargills, ingrained racism in Sri Lanka now has a price tag. 1kg of ‘Hamber’ dates costs Rs. 547. Surely, the ‘lowest price’ for the defamation of a community, ‘on your way home’, writes the Groundivews.

We were surprised to see, especially during Ramadan, ‘Humber’ dates for sale at Cargills Food City, which on the bill of sale comes up as ‘Hamber’ dates. We are told these dates are on sale at a number of Cargills Food City supermarkets across Colombo, and bought ours at the outlet down Duplication Road, the Groundviews said. The term hambaya and its variant hamba, in Sinhalese, is a well-known and highly derogatory term referring to Muslims

The word ‘Hamba’ or ‘හම්බ’ certainly smacks of a racist slur. It’s been used enough of times in recent hate campaigns by the Bodu Bala Sena and affiliated groups to bring it permanently out of the rather murky folds of history it had retreated to, giving way to the more civilized slur (if such a thing exists) ‘Thambiya’ , writes Abdul Halik .

“For one thing the spellings, ‘Humber’ smacks more of an English Lord than a coastal Moor. The ‘er’ at the end brings it. A packager’s attempt at adding some refinement to the brand perhaps? completely failing due to a lack of cultural awareness or utter ignorance? Or a sinister attempt at a subtle disguise and fallback? And Cargills hedging and dodging the matter could be a simple case of PR paralysis. Sri Lanka isn’t alien to those,” Abdul Halik wrote in his Blog Going Global .

When the Vikalpa.org called the Cargills seeking a clarification for the usage of the word ‘Humber’, but no clear answer was given. Listen here.

In the video below you can hear a Buddhist monk was making racist remarks against Muslims and Tamils. The Buddhist monk who threatened police officers and used ‘Sudda Sinhala filth’ including the word ‘Hambaya’ . The monk was identified as Kirulapona Nanda.

 

Photo courtesy Groundviews.

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    i saw this story’s link on facebook, and on reading the title, two things went through my mind:

    a) “way to make a mountain out of a molehill”
    b) “making mountains out of molehills is usually Groundviews’s job, not CT’s… strange CT’s involved in it now”

    and lo and behold, Groundviews IS the source for this utter tosh!

    CT, there’s a reason I and quite a few like me gave up on GW, and that’s because of their childlike sensationalizing of the slightest thing. While any rational man accepts that there’s a lot of ethnic issues plaguing Lankan society, do you honestly expect your readers to accept that “Humber” here is a racial slur simply because it’s on a package, and you and this rumor-mongerer Mr. Halik claim it’s racism? Am I to understand, then, for example the Humber Hawk car of yesteryear was an anti-muslim conspiracy too simply by virtue of the name “Humber” being part of it? Please.

    Until you have some actual evidence to the contrary, maybe stop stooping to the level of the state media? We’ve had quite enough of coincidences being touted as “conspiracies”.

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      We were surprised to see, especially during Ramadan, ‘Humber’ dates for sale at Cargills Food City, which on the bill of sale comes up as ‘Hamber’ dates.

      THE issue lies here my friend. It is right there for u to READ…

      ” the Invoice says HAMBAR NOT HUMBER…” yes that is an attempt by CARGILLS employees or just an employee, not the Importer…. whose address is 29 old moor street… Now tell me its a coincidence that HAMBAR only came up during Ramadan… Oh pls….

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        GREASE YAKA’s too came on during Ramadan 2 years back… again a co incidence? yeah right…

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          MANY ‘MUSLIM’ COUNTRIES ARE NO BETTER AND CAN BE ABUSIVE TO OTHERS

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        WITHOUT CREATING ANY PROBLEMS GET TO THE IMPORTER AND FIND OUT WHETHER HE SELLS IT UNDER THIS NAME WHOLESALE TO FOOD CITY.
        THE GENERAL MANAGER OF FOOD CITY IS A MUSLIM, SO CONTACT HIM AND CLEAR THIS MATTER,WITHOUT CREATING ANOTHER PROBLEM IN RAMADHAN.
        UNTIL CARGILLS GIVES AN EXPLANATION, JUST DO NOT BUY THESE DATES
        AND THEN TAKE THE NEXT STEP.

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        Saudi Arabian Muslims think that Women maids are their slaves and so they deserved to be raped.

        I can believe why you are not surprised about ii ?

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          Jim softy

          “Saudi Arabian Muslims think that Women maids are their slaves and so they deserved to be raped.”

          Saudi Arabian Muslims only think that Women maids are their slaves whereas the Sinhala/Buddhists treat their daughters as their sex slaves and rape them while the woman folks are away toiling away their lives to feed the lazy husbands.

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            Well Said Brother…

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          And sinhala buddhist share one woman with five brothers this is thier culture!! Jim if you test your DNA may be you are connected to “Humber” group. You don’t know who is your real father.

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          HALO …..Jim sof

          ARAB GUYS NEVER EVEN THINK TOUCHING YOUR BUDDHA WOMEN AS THEY ARE SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO DIRTY AND UGLY , LIKE YOUR DAUGHTER AND SISTERS.
          …….. ARAB WOMEN ARE THE WORLD MOST BEAUTIFUL AND CLEAN …..

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        invoices misspell things all the time, especially in a country where english is regarded as a language one does not need to be fluent in- the less fluent in it you are, the more “sinhala” or “sri lankan” one is, according to people.

        your assertion that a misspelling of the “humber” on the bill and that that is somehow a racial slur makes you no better than our “hela jathika” crowd, who see conspiracies everywhere. maybe this is, maybe this isnt. either way, this is all speculation without a shred of hard fact. in light of the more real issues surrounding the same topic, i think this one is the least of the problems.

        as to your comment about grease yakas emerging during ramadan last time, i would remind you that the majority of GY attacks were against sinhala folks. so i dont know where you were planning to take your poorly thought out, sarcastically-framed comment.

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          There may be something in the above. Just check how many different ways Hampden Lane (Colombo 6) is spelt on the name boards. People nowadays spell ‘by ear.’ Can’t blame them though. A couple of generations of English deprived people.

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      Totally agree with you.. articles like these without any solid proof are just going to make the sentiments that are already at boiling point just spill out of the pot…
      This is such a joke… The media has to be more responsible, its they who actually have a major influence on how people react to a certain situation… so spicy stories like this will sell with majority of the foolish public, but the consequences could be devastating..

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      Ditto.

      I am not sure if this should be construed as a racial slur. First, I don’t care what others think of Muslims or call us. If they are happy calling other religions and races names, that ‘s their problem.

      There used to be a a very offensive term, South African whites used on the blacks. In the US they use the “N” word. Blacks have taken offense in both countries, and Caucasians seem to have done away with these offensive references.

      With or without assertive action, I am happy racial slur is looked down in Caucasian countries. We wait with bated breath to see what happens in Sri Lanka.

      Maybe if we label beef as humber, Sinhalese wouldn’t touch it leading to a natural decline in beef consumption and the BBS can have a sabbatical until they come up with another grouse!

      Grow up CT, we have bigger issues to debate!

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        Oh Sinhala Nabil, how are you? ;)

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      Well said, This is just another brand.

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      Fully agree with you. Disappointing that CT had to follow GV merely to raise a controversy. Credibility and integrity at stake.

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    Looking forward to the next article in this series targetting Niger :-)

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    This is the best example of sensationalist journalism. From all the issues we face today, is this the most important one of them all to write about? Groundviews should be ashamed. Utterly ridiculous!

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      It’s media which add fuel to the fire. There is a problem between Muslims and Sinhala Buddhist these days but this kind of media want to escalate it.

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    Should the names of villages/ township of Hambegamuwa and Hambantota be changed now because it has a racial slur? Hamba has historical connections, and part of history.
    Brand referred to here is Humber and not Humba. Humber really is a name of a place. It is in England and also in Canada. How the name of Humber Hawk came from England. Strangely there is a Humbe in Angola. It is business practice to use popular names for their products and businesses. We find famous names used for businesses (having no connection to the original)in SL like, Oxford, Cambridge, Sussex, Texas, Harvard, Manchester, etc. So what is this big deal here, inventing a racial slur? I feel we are going too far.

    What the terms super markets use in their computers at times is hilarious. There is one item called “Butt Mangoes” What is Butt Mangoes? I have never heard any mangoes by that name. My understanding is that it could refer to budded mangoes. Then it makes sense. (It is not a variety but a process of growing trees.) In local jargon specially in work places some English words are corrupted for easy usage or of ignorance, like ‘oll time’ (Overtime), “intibal” (Interval), “irun” (Iron), “soket-sobur” (Shock absorber) etc.
    When the managerial staff fail to check these (may be they themselves don’t know) they become laughing stock.

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    Don’t make it a big issue. find out who is the dealer of this dates; No:29, Old Moor street, Colombo – 11. Cargills is only a reseller.dealer may be a Muslim or Tamil. some time it should be a spelling mistake. we have more thing to speak and argue. if Muslim take this as an issue others laugh on us. forget this silly matters.

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      Yes! Who is the importer? Are the dates of Superior Quality? If so, what is the real problem? Media should be more responsible.

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    This is the idiocy of the ‘Hoo Man Rite Wallahs’ and it is the outcome of ideology replacing intelligence.

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    I don’t see any truth in this. Please do not arouse feelings among communities. Baseless reports like this will undermine the factual reports of CT.

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    I have a very old bicycle called “Humber”in my store shed.(Used by father in his childhood but still running ) & Made in England.

    What a co-incidence!!!!

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    Media is famous for making a mountain out of a mole-hill; they are also those who incite and watch the fun, they need news, news, news and they would stoop to any level to achieve these. Let anyone call anyone by any name, but interestingly muslims dont get incited, they are a peaceful lot and we are the aggressors and thats being known worldwide, and its a case of spitting into the air and the man on the road and our country suffers – like the taxi meter the dollar is also ticking by the minute! B’ onions now 120, potatoes 160; double the price due to an increase of Rs 15 per kg; The government knows we are the number one fools in the world and they are killing with a smile and we modayas “tokku waethee, waethee maerenawaa”!

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      Another way of putting it. The government is raising the bar on our living standards. They need the cash to stage the CHOGM sham party and we, the ordinary folks will be made to pay dearly for this extravaganza. Unfortunately it is going to get much tougher in the times to come, and no sight of the proverbial silver lining in the gathering dark clouds.

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    Now imagine if someone wanted to open a bar or night club called the Buddha bar which happens to be a global brand….imagine what the BBS, RB, AND JHU would have to say to that

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      Buddha Bar is a high end bar. Gnanasara thug will not dare open his mouth. All their thuggery is only in this tiny weeny country.

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    This is a real waste of bandwidth to post some rubbish and try to connote racism, making the connection with food eaten by Muslims to break the fast and its packaging label, which bears a close resemblance to a slur word used to denigrate them. There are far more serious issues brimming in the country at the moment for those having a change or ‘soft heart’ on Muslim interests, where the Masjid in Mahiyangana was not allowed to conduct its usual Friday Jumma prayers in this month of Ramadan, through threat and intimidation by BBS, which incidentally deserves greater publicity.

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    Don’t buy these commentators using Muslim names, we know who they are. Pretending always like Muslims. I’m a real Sinhala kolla, I can say this a racial slur no issue. CT or GV has done nothing wrong reporting this. If not reported how can we prevent this kind of things in future?

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      because it’s speculation, kollo. no proof. [Edited out] :P

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    We are living in an Advanced World; it is not a “Child work” to ignore. Things are happening in SL very calculatedly and systematically targeting Muslims. Muslims must boycott Cargill’s food city

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    You Muslim why are you getting offended and making a big issue. you should not get provoked by this labels. you muslims are tolerant people,this is the month of Ramadhan, leave everything in the hands of your Almighty Allah he knows what what is happening to your community in Sri Lanka and all over the world. do you think your God is blind? you may have to go through and suffer like your Prophet Muhammad. It is said in your Koran, victory will be yours. so do not worry. just close your eyes and submit everything to God.

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    GOTA & BBS SHOULD NOW INCREASE ‘MORAL’ POINTS BY TELLING BUDDHISTS TO ALSO FAST, EAT ONLY ONE MEAL (fat Mahinda willing, sons too !!)

    EVEN BETTER BAN MUSLIM FASTING

    MUSLIMS SAYING THEIR RELIGION IS BETTER AS THEY ARE FASTING.

    AT LEAST IT MAKES A BIT OF SENSE THAN ‘ALLAH IS SAYING’.

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      It is better to make everyone eat clean halal beef including Tamilians. Then there will be peace in sharing one clean meal.

      When I visited Jaffna last time I saw tremendous potential for beef production in Jaffna grass lands. With Buddhists shutting doors to beef industry in the “south”, it can flourish in the “north”.

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        Sorry- We are going to eat imported beef and not from Jaffna.

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    Yum yum Humber dates.

    What’s best is it comes from 29, Old Moor Street. Moor means Muslims.

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      New Moor street and old moor street are names. All communities are there on that street.

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    This is cheap journalism. When it suits they make molehill out of a mountain and other way about. Humber dates are non issue for the Muslims. We have many more issues.
    Of course this controversy is an advertisement for the dates sold by Food City

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    There are so any other ways theyre ridiculing Islam an Muslims have been tolerant as Islam is peace.and we srilankan Muslims will not resort to. Unruly behaviour.Muslim in srilanka love this country therefore we are only praying for peace and since we are moving on it makes people froth with anger they are awaiting to see us flare up and match up to their level of madness. They will be brought to justice. Due to our patience

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    After this hate campaign began, I think mid last year when I was in Sri Lanka I went around Colombo for routine check for myself wearing A shirt , sarong and cap. I can still remember the way I was treated by Cargill’s girls at one of the outlet. This is my message for people who has this RACIST temptations. “This is one world and one mankind, also we are living in 21st century, may be racism had some power earlier but mankind has rejected it e.g.: SA. I also believe that even these people try their best they will not be in a position to succeed anything because it is hard for everyone from top to bottom from its effects”.

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    Zaneera Farook – -Just keep saying it day & night , will keep you in your Hallucination ,Until the same Kings win the next General elections & Presidential after that will come the Thambiya orwer Hambaya BLACK jULY , BE PREPARED FOR CONSEQUENCES Until then ,lala byes for the moda mee harak thabyas and Hambayas.. say Thank you to CT you blind women..The only Daring site that really dared exposed and made it possible to suppress the planned Island wide hamering , but you Just wait — and hear The woody wood pecker,, kukura ku ku kuuuuuuuuuuuuu

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    This time Ramadan Festival if falls on pri dai , The King will be v,v ishakared & tell Azar thambi to change to sat,

    Double peri dai ,no good for rulers and foot rulers ..

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    @ Pandith did you come from pandee? , go to bangala all you singala bangala

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    dis nabil is [Edited out] ,not [Edited out]..

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    M.. Jamal .. u Idiot you talking to yourself?

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    Gamaal the camel has come for pew days and visited one gargils he took such trouble wearing sarong and Cap , go back to middle east job and tell the camels may be they believe you ,you blady pool , in 2016 – whe n your house also burn in July ,you understand, wat happen to many goods imported by Tambiyas all burn ,you know? you having anser for this I am trying ispeeking englis?

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    Haniff change your name ,you insulting prophet Ibrahaim ,u Pool, you blind poool, u sihscared cho much of bbs? u curyfing with shingala bangala?

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    The word that appears in the package is ‘Humber’ and not ‘Hamber’. The extract below clearly explains how the word ‘Humber’ has come into use and its meaning:
    ‘The Humber /ˈhʌmbər/ is a large tidal estuary on the east coast of Northern England. It is formed at Trent Falls, Faxfleet, by the confluence of the tidal rivers Ouse and Trent. From here to the North Sea, it forms part of the boundary between the East Riding of Yorkshire on the north bank and North Lincolnshire and North East Lincolnshire on the south bank. Although the Humber is an estuary from the point at which it is formed, many maps show it as the River Humber.[1]
    Below Trent Falls, the Humber passes the junction with the Market Weighton Canal on the north shore, the confluence of the River Ancholme on the south shore; between North Ferriby and South Ferriby and under the Humber Bridge; between Barton-upon-Humber on the south bank and Kingston upon Hull on the North bank (where the River Hull joins), then meets the North Sea between Cleethorpes on the Lincolnshire side and the long and thin (but rapidly changing) headland of Spurn Head to the North.
    Ports on the Humber include Kingston upon Hull (better known as simply Hull), Grimsby, Immingham, New Holland and Killingholme. The estuary is navigable here for the largest of deep-sea vessels. Inland connections for smaller craft are extensive but handle only one quarter of the goods traffic handled in the Thames.[2]’

    The term actually used when referring to a section of Muslims in Sri Lanka is ‘Hamba’ and not ‘Hamber’ or ‘Humber’. So this has nothing to do with Muslims and the use of the name ‘Humber Dates’ in the package does not make any reference to this section of the Muslims. This issues
    has been raised to make some mischief out of it. So let us Musllims forget. We do not even discuss or enter to dialogue on this.

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      Further there were ‘Humber’ bicycles, ‘Humber’ cars, ‘Humber’ this and that. So their being ‘Humber’ dates should not be a problem.

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    there were CARs by the name HUMBER – e.g. HUMBER HAWK.

    that is also prejudiced ?

    Hawk ?

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    THANK YOU & LONG LIVE CT……………………Keep up the good work..

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    Hey you guys , all of you ,Just go to this Link & read it –Remember 30 Years Since Black July: British Tamils To Rally Opposite The Number 10
    July 19, 2013 | Filed under: Colombo Telegraph,News,STORIES | Posted by: COLOMBO_TELEGRAPH

    British Tamils are particularly hurt by the UK government’s decision to participate in this meeting, which will help Sri Lanka further cleanse its image abroad, while the persecution of Tamils on the island continues unabated and justice for the victims of past atrocities is nowhere in sight, says the British Tamil Forum.

    Issuing a statement the BTF says; “In spite of this escalating persecution, the Sri Lankan state continues to be held in esteem by its international peers; indeed, it has even been awarded the opportunity to host the forthcoming Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in November, despite facing severe censure by human rights organisations and in the UN for the atrocities it has committed in recent times.”

    We publish below the statement in full;

    British Tamils Forum will hold a mass rally opposite Downing Street from 4pm to 7pm on Tuesday 23 July 2013 to mark the 30th anniversary of the Black July anti-Tamil pogrom of 1983.-,

    & If you or parents were an eye witness of Black July & also know how it all start since Independence , then you or your parents who know it will tell you,yes it is coming slowly but surely to The Muslim community too ,only sad thing will be , the Muslim rich smugglers( Who constantly under Value their Invoices of imports), drug peddlers, under world operators (goons of The Politicians) Politicians – will pay the way out for them & their families , it is the middle class the most peaceful and the poor who is going to face the lashing out , yes this time it will be worst as they have been waiting for a long time for this, so if you want to live in a dream world go a head & do it, but remember no country will come for your aid , at least for tamils there is India , for Christians The whole West is there , (& remember God only helps those who help themselves & their community ) so there you are not even God may Help you — They came house to with the Voters List and in some areas their one time best sinhala neighbour friends were seated on the walls & directing the mobs towards Tamil homes….

    Do not forget how The Dutch UN peace keeping forces handed over the whole Muslim Population to The Serbs to be slaughtered & nothing was ever done by any Muslim countries , they ate , enjoyed life as there was nothing going on , even watched the news of The Bosnian slaughter everyday while enjoying the luxury of life , & today you saw what happened to the poor rohingya Muslims of Burma , the media openly says They are the worst persecuted people in the world today , they are been kept like animals in Bangladesh Thailand , they are abused on a daily basis for decades now & still so far only Turkey took some initiative to offer some help ,but not even months later again anther town was burn to ashes & people burnt a live and chased and killed..

    Openly lies are spread that The Quran says you spit into the food before you give it to none Muslims, what has Rauf or any Muslim Politician done regard this ? ask your self, if you can not get out , then at least send your children out ,or you are going to regret it one day.. hope The CT will keep this comment safely in their archives so when the big bang happens they can republish this.
    God Only helps those who help themselves & support their believing communities…

    So stop pretending & fooling your own self as if nothing is wrong , there is a huge international conspiracy by our Local extremists to gain an excuse to start the fire works , so do no be blind, deaf, and dumb when ,God has blessed you with Hearing,sight & speech. the bombing in India is hoax & everyone knows Burma was behind it to gain excuse to start on the Muslims who are Minorities in Buddhist countries ,Burma is the Culprit behind & stop blaming Israel for everything ,,,,

    It is time you sit and contemplate & ask yourselves many questions , why did the local extremist go to USA ? a big question still not answered , even after US knowing the situation here and Burma at its worst , why such light bombs like child play of fire works and why a bomb kept so high as 20 ft above the Statue in India’s latest bombing ? remember CTVV cam filming can be edited and redone any way one wants ,just like how the knew soft wares can copy anyone’s Voice and duplicate it on smart phones and also sms can be edited and saved as one desires- all latest technologies can do wonders..so do not even for a moment fall asleep and believe everyhting is under control and forgotten ,in fact it is going to get worst.. wait & see ..

    May God wake you up ( only if you stop pretending & stop fooling your selves he might)

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    Thank you CT & Press TV for all the support ,God Bless you both.

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