In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful
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Genocide in Gaza, Ethnic Cleansing in the West Bank
A creeping transfer in the West Bank and a measured genocidal policy in the Gaza Strip are the two strategies Israel employs today. From an electoral point of view, the one in Gaza is problematic as it does not reap any tangible results; the West Bank under Abu Mazen is yielding to Israeli pressure and there is no significant force that arrests the Israeli strategy of annexation and dispossession.
Terror and starvation in Gaza
Pilger on the genocide that is engulfing Palestine as bystanders silently look on.
9/11 Torture and the Future : Perspectives from the Humanities
This series of events addresses the critical issues surrounding the use of torture by the most powerful democracy in the world. The series will focus on four areas: the devastating effects of torture conducted by democratic societies on the concept and practice of democracy; the consequences of state-sanctioned torture on the principles and practices of scholarship and education; the role of mass media in the increasing acceptability of the use of torture; and the relationship between torture used in US-run prisons abroad, and human rights violations on American soil. The series features scholars whose work on torture and human rights effectively crosses the disciplinary gap between the humanities and social sciences, as well as artists, activists and lawyers whose work is committed to an ethics and politics of response and resistance.
9/11 Strange Bedfellows: Torture & Democracy
cover_torture.jpgIn April 2004, vivid photographs of American military and intelligence personnel torturing Iraqi detainees at the Abu Ghraib prison facility were leaked to the press. Instantly iconic, the images became political rallying flags for terrorist recruitment throughout the Arab world, and within the United States they inspired shock and disgust.
Yet for all their brutal immediacy—or perhaps because of it—the Abu Ghraib photographs occupied only an isolated place in the American discussion of torture. Today, despite documented evidence of other American-ordered torture, Abu Ghraib is not just the signal scandal of the Bush administration’s extraordinary interrogation practices, but the only scandal. Journalist Mark Danner, who wrote what is now—and will likely remain—the authoritative account of Abu Ghraib in his book Torture and Truth: America, Abu Ghraib, and the War on Terror, described this curious fact in a recent essay
9/11 : New Pentagon detainee manual could lead to executions based on ‘hearsay evidence’
According to a breaking report on MSNBC, a new Pentagon detainee manual could allow executions based on “hearsay evidence.”
“We have learned that the Pentagon has just completed a manual for the coming detainee trials that would allow suspected terrorist to be imprisoned or executed using hearsay evidence or coerced testimony,” said Nora O’Donnell, the chief Washington correspondent for NBC News’ 24-hour cable news network. “In other words, could be put to death on hearsay evidence…”
Claim: Bin Laden Told Hamza Al-Qaeda Not Behind 9/11
Statement dovetails with Osama’s previous attempts to distance himself from attack responsibility
A claim attributed to a friend of one of the six men accused of plotting to detonate bombs on London’s underground tube system on July 21 2005, suggests that Osama bin Laden personally told hook handed cleric Abu Hamza that Al-Qaeda was not behind the attacks of September 11, 2001.
The London Independent today reports that Steven Bentley, a school friend of accused would-be suicide bomber Yassin Omar, was told by Omar that he did not think Bin Laden was behind 9/11. Omar based his conclusion on what he was told by extremist London cleric Abu Hamza, currently serving a seven-year prison sentence for soliciting murder and inciting racial hatred, who had personally met Bin Laden.
Bin Laden’s apparent attempt to distance himself from involvement in 9/11 dovetails with statements made shortly after the event in which he told a Pakistani newspaper that he was not involved in the attacks.
Dictatorship : Gonzales live, “The Constitution does not say that every citizen has the right to habeas corpus.”
gonzales : Are you shitting me?
Je repete: “[GONZALES:] The Constitution does not say that every citizen has the right to habeas corpus.”
Quote transcribed, live from the hearings before the Senate Judiciary Committee, which you should be listening to, if you aren’t (when it resumes at 2:00PM)
Gee, who decides when they don’t?
I like the expression that the guy in the background has. It’s one that I share (that is, when I’m not screaming or pounding my head on the desk).
War Criminal : The War Becomes More Unholy
FALLUJAH – A stepped up military offensive that targets mosques, religious leaders and Islamic customs is leading many Iraqis to believe that the US-led invasion really was a “holy war.”
Photographs are being circulated of black crosses painted on mosque walls and on copies of the Quran, and of soldiers dumping their waste inside mosques. New stories appear frequently of raids on mosques and brutal treatment of Islamic clerics, leading many Iraqis to ask if the invasion and occupation was a war against Islam.
Death Squads : USA Crime in Iraq
Digby has been talking about the fact that the US probably trained Shia death squads. Her particular article is from a year ago, but my take is that the accelerating use of death squads dates from Negroponte’s appointment. This is what I wrote just before his appointment, in April 2004, and while parts are wrong, the core holds up well:
The problem, of course, is that they’ve lost control of the death squads. Or… have they? People get all worked up about ethnic cleansing (as they should) but in this sort of warfare it’s very effective – if you know the Sunni insurection’s base of support is in Sunni neighbourhoods then getting rid of Sunni neighbourhoods in your strongholds – whether through straight cleansing or by example killings, makes perfect military sense. As Mao pointed out – guerillas swim amongst the people like fish in water – remove the water and they are easily dealt with or must themselves flee.
Al-Douri to increase resistance operations
For sure when I say Shiites, I don’t mean the real honest Iraqi Shiites, but I mean those who loyal to Iran and installed by the US occupation forces, so i don’t want to repeat this every time.
- Almalaf reported that Izzat Al-Douri, gave an order to former Iraqi army officer to escalate their operations against the occupiers and the traitors.
He also sent a letter offering a “truce” with Washington and reduce the armed operations against the American forces if the Americans crackdown Shiite militia supported by Iran
An Impartial Interrogation of George W. Bush
My question, Mr. President: If God asked you to bombard, invade and occupy Iraq for four years, why did he send an opposite message to the Pope? Did you not know that your father, George Bush, Sr., his Secretary of State James Baker and his National Security Advisor General Scowcroft were all opposed to your invasion? Wouldn’t you, our troops, the American people and the Iraqis all be much better off if you had listened to your more experienced elders including your earthly father? Instead of blaming God for the awful catastrophe you have unleashed in Iraq.
Return to Arab survival
Will the deception of historical progression — or the irony of fate — manifest itself in this region with the collapse of Arab nationalism, not at the hands of pan-Arab or pan-Islamic movements but by force of local kin and sectarian groupings, which had originally inspired the ideology of pan-Arab statehood in the colonialist mandate era? It seems that these forces, with the help of some petit politicians, are incapable of tearing down the edifice on their own. However strong the ambitions of their leaders are to free themselves from the constraints of ideology and to mobilise popular bases behind them, not on the basis of a political calling, but on the basis of blood ties and cries for vengeance without going so far as to exact revenge, not all countries are Somalia.
Western Complicity In The Halabja Massacre
Shocking clip from a French documentary exposing how governments and corporations in the west knowingly aided and abetted Saddam’s most ruthless crimes.
(SADDAM HUSSEYN) CONDOLENCE AND CONGRATULATION
Legitimate head of Iraq, Saddam Hussein who was enslaved by zionist occupiers, was executed and reach to the martry level in the first day of Eid al-Adha (the Feast of the Sacrifice) as a result of an illegitimate court process while defending his native country.
His dignified, glorious and virile posture during the execution of death sentence, annihilated the plans of Zionists to degrade all muslims with executing valiant and brave guy of Iraq and Islam and He became the symbol of courage, patriotism and jihadism even on the way of death.
Iraqi Resistance Report for events of Wednesday, 17 January 2007
- US erects spy cameras along Euphrates Riverbank near ‘Anah to try to curb increasing attacks on US gunboats.
- US helicopter gun ships back Shi’i sectarian death squads in attack on Hayfa Street in Baghdad Wednesday evening, sparking fierce battle with Iraqi Resistance.
- US soldier reported killed in bomb attack in al-’Amiriyah early Wednesday.
- Resistance ambushes, wipes out eight foreigners – some of them Americans – in afternoon ambush in Baghdad.
- Resistance marksman reportedly kills US soldier in Baghdad’s al-Jami’ah district.
- Resistance bomb kills puppet “Shock Troops” and bomb disposal expert in Baghdad Wednesday.
- US troops raid Sudanese embassy, detain guards for five hours Tuesday.
- Resistance sharpshooter kills driver of truck in American supply convoy south of Baghdad Tuesday.
- US soldier reported killed south of Baghdad Wednesday morning.
- Resistance bombing in at-Tarimiyah leaves US Marine reported killed.
- US arrests Brigadier General in puppet forces for distributing arms to Iraqi Resistance in Ba’qubah. General now accused of “treason” to US-imposed regime.
- Resistance sharpshooter reportedly kills US soldier in southwest al-Mawsil Wednesday morning.
- Shi’i sectarians murder Sunni youth trying to save his family from sectarian violence in al-Basrah.
Suicide attack kills one soldier, wounds 3 in occupied Afghanistan
A suicide bomber targeted a convoy of Afghanistan National Army (ANA) in the country’s eastern Paktika province Thursday, leaving one soldier dead and wounding three others, military sources said.
Zionism keeps Israelis, Palestinians apart
In hundreds of presentations we did at middle schools, high schools, colleges, universities and elsewhere, Andover was only the second time we were “disinvited.” We want to thank the teachers who invited us and the hundreds of students who worked diligently to make sure they hear us. The events went well at the classes and we received countless positive emails from students, teachers, parents and community members.
The Wheels of Justice brings eyewitness accounts to occupations in Iraq and Palestine. Our speakers come from various political backgrounds; the only requirement is that they support the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and support nonviolence as an alternative to war and injustice. We also recognize that to achieve peace anywhere in the world, the root causes of injustice, racism and oppression must be addressed. We also have speakers who are Jewish and even Holocaust survivors (e.g. 80 year-old Hedy Epstein).
Rattling the cage: The racism of Israeli youth
Consistently, a majority of Jewish teenagers in this country is found to view Arabs as dangerous, to dislike them, to consider them unworthy of equal rights as Israeli citizens, and to wish many of them, most of them or all of them, gone.
Israel’s ‘invisible hand’ in Gaza
Although Israel withdrew from Gaza more than a year ago, its control over the lives of Palestinians there is in some ways even tighter than before, a new report by an Israeli human rights organisation says.
Israel occupation forces kill Palestinian resistance fighter in Nablus
A Palestinian member of al-Awda Brigades linked to Fatah has been shot dead by Israeli soldiers in the West Bank city of Nablus.
Israel hands Abbas frozen funds
Israel has transferred to the Palestinians $100m (77.2m euros, £50.7m) of tax revenues withheld since Hamas won elections last year. The money has been paid directly to the Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, and not the Hamas-led government.
Is Energo-Fascism In Your Future? The Global Energy Race and Its Consequences
It has once again become fashionable for the dwindling supporters of President Bush’s futile war in Iraq to stress the danger of “Islamo-fascism” and the supposed drive by followers of Osama bin Laden to establish a monolithic, Taliban-like regime — a “Caliphate” — stretching from Gibraltar to Indonesia.
Dictatorship : Pentagon ‘detainee” manual may lead to executions based on ‘hearsay evidence’
“We have learned that the Pentagon has just completed a manual for the coming detainee trials that would allow suspected terrorist to be imprisoned or executed using hearsay evidence or coerced testimony,” said Nora O’Donnell, the chief Washington correspondent for NBC
Dictatorship : Gonzales warns judges not to meddle
Attorney General Alberto Gonzales on Wednesday warned federal judges not to meddle in cases involving national security, following a string of judicial rebukes of the Bush administration’s anti-terrorism initiatives.
Dictatorship : 2 U.S. Attorneys Quit, Critics Say Bush Forced Them Out
Two U.S. Attorneys in California announced they are stepping down, as critics alleged political pressure from the Bush administration was pushing them and others out of their jobs.
Dictatorship : ACLU Report Shows Widespread Pentagon Surveillance of Peace Activists
The American Civil Liberties Union today released a new report revealing that the Pentagon monitored at least 186 anti-military protests in the United States and collected more than 2,800 reports involving Americans in an anti-terrorist threat database.
Atheist Richard Dawkins on ‘The God Delusion’
In the last few years, Americans have seen the harm that results when political decisions are made in the name of religion. Now, the non-believers are fighting back.
In the last few years, Americans have seen the dark side of religion. The events of 9/11 brought home the extremes to which some radical Muslims would go to defeat infidels and attain virgins. At home, we’ve seen assaults on the separation of Church and State and attacks on the teaching of evolution and the distribution of life-saving condoms. And now, it appears the godless are fighting back.
Prophets, Apostles, and Mental Illness
I remember going with a minister to a home in Idaho once where the woman heard the voice of God often in her head. She had a young baby so the minister asked me to tend to the baby while he talked to her about her visions and voices. The baby had not had a diaper change in a pretty long time, so I took care of that in the kitchen while the minister tried to help her. Seems she was killing chickens on the farm and trying to resurrect them…without much luck. We never made any connection to the danger and I doubt either of us understood the symptoms of schizophrenia, but I do now. After that, I returned to Ambassador for my last year and was reading the LA Times in the lounge before breakfast. My eye fell on a small article about a woman in a small town in Idaho who was found sitting in her car on a Mountain top waiting for Jesus to return. I knew the name. They found the baby dead on the farm. Or should I say, still dead.
From the Bible we find a man once laid on his right side for 390 straight days and then flipped over for another 40 because the voice in his head told him to. He built little models of Jerusalem in the sand and laid siege to a stone with a pot (Ez. 4). He even cooked his food with human waste (Ez. 4:9) and dug a hole in his own home and squeezed himself through it with his possessions on his back (Ez. 12). His name was Ezekiel. Maybe he was traumatized by the captivity or the destruction of the symbol of all that was holy and stable to him, the temple. He died forever ago and lots of the stuff he said was going to happen never really did far as we can tell. I hear a lot of minister types quoting him 2500 years later as if you can read the newspaper and immediately see what Ezekiel was talking about. I guess if they lay siege to a rock, lay on their sides for a year or more and give up charcoal for human waste at cookouts, …well…ewwww. Time to find another church. I know most will say that God told him to do these things….but think about what you are saying. Would you say that about Andrea Yates who God told to drown her kids or Mijailo Mijailovic who killed the Swedish Foreign Minister, Anna Lindh, saying when asked who told him to do it, “I think it was Jesus. That he has chosen me”?
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