Troubled pop star Michael Jackson's brother JERMAINE has slammed America's foreign policy - dubbing Muslims "the new Negroes".

The former JACKSON FIVE singer has been on a tour of the gulf to promote understanding between Muslims and his fellow Americans following the US-led invasion of Iraq last year (03) - and his experiences has given him a dim view of his country.

He says, "I do not agree with the US government. What they are saying about Muslims and Arabs is all propaganda and brainwashing.

"I don't think it is right for us to go to someone else's country and tell them what to do and how to do it.

"I think Muslims have become the new Negroes in America. They are being mistreated at airports, by the Immigration - everywhere. Islam is a religion of peace. They are wrong."

20/04/2004 17:20