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WAR CRIMES REPORT TRANSLATED AND PUBLISHED IN ARABIC : BRussells Tribunal

Posted by musliminsuffer on January 18, 2007

bismi-lLahi-rRahmani-rRahiem

In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

=== News Update ===

Dirk Adriaensens
Member BRussells Tribunal executive committee
Coordinator SOS Iraq

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

JANUARY 17, 2006

CONTACTS: Nick Mottern, Director of Consumers for Peace
914.806.6179; nickmottern@earthlink.net
Karen Parker , President of Association of Humanitarian Lawyers
415.533.1066; ied@igc.org

WAR CRIMES REPORT TRANSLATED AND PUBLISHED IN ARABIC

“U.S. War Crimes in Iraq and Mechanisms for Accountability” – published on October 11, 2006 by ten organizations concurrently, has now been translated into Arabic. The report is now fully accessible by Iraqis and other Arabic speakers in the Middle East.

“We are making ‘U.S. War Crimes in Iraq and Mechanisms for Accountability’ available in Arabic because we want to increase its accessibilty to the people of Iraq so that they may have knowledge of the scope and illegality of certain U.S. conduct there,” said Nick Mottern, Director of ConsumersforPeace.org. “We hope that this will assist the Iraqi people in preventing further war crimes and in getting reparations for what has been done.”

The Arabic language edition of the War Crimes Report is available for free download as a pdf file through these websites:

http://www.consumersforpeace.org/pdf/war_crimes_arabic_ed_011307.pdf
http://traprockpeace.org/war_crimes_arabic_ed_011307.pdf
http://vcnv.org/files/war_crimes_arabic_ed_011307.pdf
http://www.videos1.informationclearinghouse.info/pdf/war_crimes_arabic_ed_011307.pdf
http://www.brusselstribunal.org/pdf/war_crimes_iraq_arabic.pdf
http://www.uruknet.info

English language editions are available at these sites and the sites listed below. We thank Dahr Jamail for coordinating the translation, which includes all references in his extensively researched report.

Adobe Reader for pdf files is installed on most computers, or available for free at http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep2.html

The English language edition had been prepared by Consumers for Peace – http://www.consumersforpeace.org – with the advice of Karen Parker , noted lawyer in human rights and humanitarian law. Ms. Parker is President of the San-Francisco-based Association of Humanitarian Lawyers and Chief Delegate to the United Nations for the Los Angeles-based International Educational Development/Humanitarian Law Project (IED/AHL), an accredited non-governmental organization on the U.N. Secretary-General’s list.

Endorsements from the forward:

Howard Zinn, a historian, playwright, and social activist, is perhaps best known for A People’s History of the United States, which presents American history through the eyes of those he feels are outside of the political and economic establishment. He writes:

This report on the war crimes of the current administration is an invaluable resource, with a meticulous presentation of the evidence and an astute examination of international law.

Kathy Kelly, co-coordinator of Voices for Creative Non-Violence and three-time Noble Peace Prize nominee, has visited Iraq 28 times in the last 15 years. She writes:

“After spending four days in the fortified and secure Green Zone, in Iraq, during September ’06, former Secretary of State James Baker III assured that the investigative panel he led had not spent any time “wringing our hands over what mistakes might or might not have been created in the past.” (NYT, September 20, 2006). The “Consumers for Peace” report on war crimes committed in Iraq helps us understand our responsibility not to wring our hands but rather to demand accountability from elected representatives by delivering this report to them and to local media. How many people killed? How many families torn apart? How many homes destroyed? How many livelihoods gone? How many lives ruined? How many cities sacrificed? We bear responsibility to end the war in Iraq, insist on just reparations for suffering caused, and promote careful, legal scrutiny of the crimes committed. This report beckons all who read it to stop collaborating with illegal, immoral warmongers who recklessly afflict Iraq.”

Dahr Jamail, noted independent journalist who spent more than eight months reporting from occupied Iraq, writes the following about the report:

“I cannot endorse strongly enough this report prepared by Karen Parker regarding U.S. war crimes in Iraq. Having witnessed much of what is so well documented in this report, it is a clear and encompassing indictment of the Bush Administration for the war crimes they are directly responsible for in Iraq. Until evidence such as this begins to see the light of day in a court of law and the perpetrators brought to justice, the world remains unsafe and unstable from an administration determined to rule the world. After witnessing what they are capable of in Iraq, I have no doubt these people will not stop in their quest for world domination. Instead, they must be stopped. And the only way to do that is bring the guilty to justice. This document will help achieve that goal.”

Neil MacKay, multi-award winning Home Affairs and Investigations Editor of the Sunday Herald (Scotland), writes:

“What has happened in Iraq is a great sin and a great crime. The invasion and occupation have stained the concepts of democracy, freedom and liberty; and disgraced the good name of the people of both the United States of America and Great Britain. As a journalist who has investigated the roots of this war, and the on-going horror of what is happening in Iraq, I fully commend this report to readers. It is an important reminder of the blood which is on the hands of our leaders, and the shame that the governments of the UK and the USA have brought to the British and American people by perpetrating a criminal war in our name.”

Ann Wright, 29 year US Army veteran who retired as a Colonel and US diplomat who resigned in March, 2003 in opposition to the war in Iraq commented on the War Crimes Report:

“While in the US Army at Ft Bragg, NC, I taught to US military officers and non-commissioned officers the responsibilities of military forces under the Geneva Convention and the Law of Land Warfare, as well as the obligations of an Occupying Power.

The War Crimes Report is an extraordinarily comprehensive and important presentation of international law that governs the conduct of nations and their military forces. The Report documents the blatant violations of international and domestic law by the Bush administration and US military forces including the use of illegal military tactics and illegal weapons.

Because of a huge media failure in the United States, many Americans do not realize how many times the Bush administration has violated international law. But, the rest of the world knows very well the extent of these crimes.

As a retired military officer, I know that accountability is one of the foundation elements of the US military. The Bush administration has undercut the professionalism of our military forces by encouraging and condoning the violation of international and domestic war in treatment of detainees, torture and use of illegal tactics and weapons. For the sake of our own military we must demand accountability from civilian leaders, as well as our military forces. This report provides specific mechanisms for much-needed accountability of criminal behaviour by Bush administration policy makers and by US military forces.”

Charles Jenks, human rights attorney (1981), Past President of Traprock Peace Center (1998-2005) and Chair of its Advisory Board, and consultant to Consumers for Peace writes:

This war crimes report accurately and succinctly states the case that US officials in the Executive Branch and military have committed grievous war crimes in Iraq. Of course, this is not to say that US culpability stops at the Executive Branch and military. It was the US Congress that authorized the Bush Administration to go to war against Iraq and that has funded the war through every request made by the Executive Branch.

In addition to the fact that this was an illegal war to begin with, the war has been conducted in myriad ways that violate international humanitarian law, including the use of uranium munitions, chemical weapons (white phosphorus), cluster bombs, torture, the indiscriminate killing of civilians and laying waste to cities and the land.

No treatment of crimes, criminals or atrocities could completely describe the wrongs of this tragic conflict. This war crimes report strikes a balance. It manages to be concise at 37 pages, yet has sufficient scope, factual detail and exposition on the law to be useful in both considering the war crimes committed, and the grounds and theories of prosecution for those crimes. Further, it is a treasure trove of resources, with 120 notes and references.

War Crimes Report publishers (English edition):

Consumers for Peace
http://www.consumersforpeace.org

Association of Humanitarian Lawyers
http://www.humanlaw.org

Traprock Peace Center
http://www.traprockpeace.org

Voices for Creative Nonviolence
http://www.vcnv.org

Uruknet.info
http://www.uruknet.info

Information Clearing House
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info

AfterDowningStreet.org
http://www.afterdowningstreet.org

Socialist Worker newspaper
http://www.socialistworker.org

The Brussells Tribunal (for International Anti-Occupation Network)
http://www.brusselstribunal.org/

Stop the War Coalition (UK)
http://www.stopthewar.co.uk

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Charles Jenks
Chair of Advisory Board, Traprock Peace Center
Media Liaison, Consumers for Peace
Consultant, ExxonMobil War Boycott Campaign
http://www.traprockpeace.org
http://www.consumersforpeace.org

source:
http://www.albasrah.net/pages/mod.php?mod=art&lapage=../en_articles_2007/0107/brussells_170107.htm

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-muslim voice-
______________________________________
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Iraq Holocaust : 0.9 Million Violent + Non-violent Iraq Excess Deaths

Posted by musliminsuffer on January 18, 2007

bismi-lLahi-rRahmani-rRahiem

In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

=== News Update ===

Iraq Holocaust

0.9 Million Violent + Non-violent Iraq Excess Deaths

Dr. Gideon Polya, MWC chief political editor

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January 17, 2007

The following recent UN report of huge violent deaths in Occupied Iraq was published on 16 January 2007 in MWC News (see MWC News): “UN reports that 34,452 civilians have been killed in violence in Iraq over the past year and about 36,885 people have been wounded. Gianni Magazzeni, head of the UN human rights office in Iraq, accused the government in a press conference on Tuesday of failing to provide security and blamed some of the violence on militias colluding with or working inside the police and army. The figures are much higher than any statistics issued by Iraqi government officials. The government itself branded the UN’s last two-monthly report in November as grossly exaggerated and banned Iraqi officials from releasing data … the UN figures were compiled from information obtained through the Iraqi health ministry, the Baghdad mortuary, operations centres at hospitals across the country and other agencies.”

How do these UN estimates of post-invasion Iraq excess deaths compare with other authoritative estimates?

Excess deaths (excess mortality, avoidable mortality, avoidable deaths, deaths that should not have happened) can be violent (bombs, bullets, beating) or non-violent (through disease and deprivation). Overall, the excess deaths in a country is the difference between the actual deaths in a country and the deaths expected for a decently-run, peaceful country with the same demographics (see: here ).

Estimates of VIOLENT post-invasion Iraq excess deaths

Three major estimates of violent post-invasion Iraq excess deaths are outlined below.

(a) As outlined above, the UN reports 34,452 civilians killed in Iraq in the last year. Extrapolating over 47 months yields 135,000 violent deaths (however the annual death rate may well have varied from year to year). This estimate was based on institutional and agency data across Iraq – but will NOT include deaths NOT reported to officials.

(b) Iraq Body Count has an upper estimate of about 59,000 Iraqi civilians killed by military intervention since the US invasion. However this is based on media reports (notoriously deficient in this and other conflict zones) and as with (a) this will not include un-reported deaths.

(c ) Research from a group of top medical epidemiologists and biometricians from a top department (Bloomberg School of Public Health; first institution of its kind worldwide; largest school of public health in the world; receives 25.2% of all federal research funds awarded to the 37 accredited U.S. schools of public health😉 at a top US university (Johns Hopkins), peer-reviewed and published in the top medical journal The Lancet in October 2006 – and endorsed by 27 top Australian institution-linked medical experts – estimated 655,000 post-invasion excess deaths including about 601,000 violent deaths (for discussion see: here and here ). Extrapolating over 47 months yields 642,000 violent deaths (as of January 2007). This survey was based on household surveys and would have included both officially reported and non-reported violent deaths.

Estimates of TOTAL post-invasion Iraq excess deaths

Four independent estimates of total post-invasion Iraq deaths from authoritative data sets are outlined below.

(a) From UN Population Division Data using the death rate in Iraq’s peaceful but impoverished neighbours Jordan and Syria as a baseline, the post-invasion excess deaths in Occupied Iraq (as of January 2007) totals 0.6 million (by way of comparison, the corresponding post-invasion under-5 infant mortality figure is 0.5 million).

(b) Detailed analysis of infant mortality and avoidable mortality for every country in the world since 1950 reveals that for Third World countries “under-5 infant mortality” is about 0.7 times the “total avoidable mortality”. Checking the latest data on the UNICEF website, we see that 122,000 under-5 year old infants die each year (12 months) in Occupied Iraq i.e. 122,000 x 47/12 = 478,000 would have died over the 47 months since the invasion; dividing by 0.7 yields an estimate of 683,000 (i.e. 0.7 million) post-invasion avoidable deaths in Occupied Iraq (as of January 2007).

(c) Roberts et al (2004) in The Lancet in which they estimated a post-invasion annual death rate of 12.3 persons per 1,000 of population (for links see: here ). Subtracting the annual death rate in impoverished but peaceful neighbouring Syria and Jordan (about 4 deaths per 1,000 of population) we get a post-invasion annual avoidable death rate of 8.3 per 1,000. This yields an estimated post-invasion avoidable mortality of 845,000 (0.8 million) assuming an average population of 26 million (as of January 2007).

(d) Using the latest Johns Hopkins data indicating 13.3 deaths annually per 1,000 people and a Jordan/Syria baseline of 4 deaths per 1,000 gives an “annual excess death rate” of 9.3 per 1,000 and post-invasion excess deaths totalling 947,000 (0.9 million) (as of January 2007).

Conclusion: using the most comprehensive and authoritative medical literature and UN demographic data yields an estimate of 0.9 million post-invasion excess deaths in US-occupied Iraq. Coupled with UN estimates of 2 million Iraqi refugees, this constitutes an Iraqi Genocide, an Iraqi Holocaust in which the US and its Coalition allies are complicit through gross violation of the Geneva Conventions that unequivocally demand that Occupiers keep their conquered subjects ALIVE (see MWC News). The magnitude of this on-going Iraqi Holocaust urgently requires comprehensive inter-national and intra-national Sanctions and Boycotts against those complicit in order to halt this appalling Iraqi Genocide.

Dr Gideon Polya, MWC News Chief political editor, published some 130 works in a 4 decade scientific career, most recently a huge pharmacological reference text “Biochemical Targets of Plant Bioactive Compounds” (CRC Press/Taylor & Francis, New York & London, 2003), and is currently writing a book on global mortality

source:
http://mwcnews.net/content/view/11849&Itemid=1

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-muslim voice-
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THE STORM : USA War Criminal

Posted by musliminsuffer on January 18, 2007

bismi-lLahi-rRahmani-rRahiem

In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

=== News Update ===

THE STORM : USA War Criminal

Malcom Lagauche

amiriyahlagauche2.jpg

Victims of the Feb. 14, 1991 U.S. terrorist attack on Amiryah civilian shelter

January 17, 2006

January 17th marks the 16th anniversary of the first U.S. attack on Iraq, dubbed Desert Storm by the U.S. administration. The destruction and devastation were portrayed in the U.S. similar to that of a Hollywood movie. The reality was far different.

Because so much has happened to Iraq since 1991 (the embargo, the March 2003 invasion, the current chaos, etc.), many people may not recall the particulars behind the January 17, 1991 attack and the ensuing horror.

When the first bomb fell on Iraq at 2:00am on January 17, 1991, the United States began the military implementation of years of deceit and dirty tricks to attain a permanent foothold in the Middle East. George Bush I enlisted, coerced and paid 27 other nations to help massacre Iraq, depriving these newly-won allies of any ethical high ground.

If you look at some of the countries involved in the anti-Iraq coalition, you will see that they varied greatly in their reasons for becoming involved in the slaughter. Few came on board because they considered it the right thing to do. As with the “alliance of the willing” that participated in the 2003 invasion of Iraq, many of the “allies” of the 1991 campaign participated only to receive a payday from Washington.

Egypt, a long-time backer of Iraq, initially declined. After George Bush I told the Egyptians he would forgive a $7 billion debt, the once Iraq-friendly Egyptian government changed sides. Syria entered the alliance because of long-time animosities between its president, Haffas al-Assad, and the Iraqi president, Saddam Hussein. Coincidentally, Syria was on America’s list of countries that support terrorism, but that did not affect Bush. Al-Assad’s payday came after the cease-fire was signed between Iraq and the U.S. The Bush administration turned a blind eye to Syria’s sending over 30,000 military personnel to Lebanon, leaving Syria with a tremendous amount of influence in Lebanon, a country emerging from the devastation of a 15-year civil war. Ironically, the Bush II administration called for the exit of Syrian troops from Lebanon and threatened Syria with military force if the troops remained. The difference between then and now is that Syria’s former president al-Assad died and his son, Bashir, inherited the presidency of Syria. The young al-Assad did not share the same animosity with Iraq as his father and the two countries were experiencing flourishing trade and political relations up to the time of the March 2003 invasion of Iraq. Now, Syria has to pay a price instead of being given preferential treatment.

Saudi Arabia, a country not exactly known for its progressive government, quickly sided with the U.S. when Bush falsely told them that Iraqi troops were stationed in Kuwait just across the Saudi border waiting to pounce on the Saudis. On September 11, 1990, Bush told a joint session of Congress, “We gather tonight witness to events in the Gulf as significant as they are tragic. 120,000 Iraqi troops with 850 tanks had poured into Kuwait and moved south to threaten Saudi Arabia.” The Defense Department outdid Bush with an estimate of 250,000 Iraqi troops and 1,500 tanks. The only thing wrong with Bush’s and the Pentagon’s ominous warnings is that they were based on falsehoods.

Soyuz-Karta, a Soviet commercial satellite agency, had pictures taken by its satellite of Saudi Arabia on September 11, 1990, and of Kuwait on September 13, 1990 that portrayed a different scenario. They showed no Iraqi presence near the Saudi border and only a small percentage of Iraqi troops in Kuwait compared to the U.S. estimates.

In December 1990, the St. Petersburg Times of Florida purchased these photos from the Soviet agency. They had them analyzed by experts who agreed that the U.S. estimate was based on lies. According to Peter Zimmerman, who served with the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency during the Reagan administration, “The Pentagon kept saying, the Iraqi troops were there, but we do not see anything to indicate an Iraqi force in Kuwait of even 20 percent the size the administration claimed.”

Jean Heller wrote a report for the St. Petersburg Times in January 1991 about the quandary. However, the national media ignored the report and refused to publish it despite the newspaper’s editors approaching the Associated Press twice and the Scripps-Howard News Service. According to Heller:

    • The troops that were said to be massing on the Saudi border and that constituted the possible threat to Saudi Arabia that justified the U.S. sending of troops do not show up in these photographs. And when the Department of Defense was asked to provide evidence that would contradict our satellite evidence, it refused to do so.

      I think part of the reason the story was ignored was that it was published too close to the start of the war. Secondly, and more importantly, I do not think people wanted to hear that we might have been deceived. A lot of the reporters who have seen the story think it is dynamite, but the editors who have seen it seem to have the attitude, “At this point, who cares? If the war ends badly with a lot of casualties, more than the administration had led us to expect, you might hear of this story again.”

Coincidentally, the same photos that did not show proof of an Iraqi buildup portrayed an American presence that was not supposed to be in Saudi Arabia at the time. According to Zimmerman:

    • We could see five C-141s, one C5A and four smaller transport aircraft, probably C-130s. There is also a long line of fighters, F-111s or F-15s, on the ground. In the middle of the airfield are what could be camouflaged staging areas.

Several countries did oppose the overwhelming force that was brought against Iraq, but they paid a price for such a lack of pro-U.S. sentiment. Aid was quickly cut to Jordan. Its leader, the late King Hussein, was under strong pressure from his country-people not to support the U.S. and he followed their lead, even though he was at one time, and again later became a U.S. ally and informant in the region. When told about the cessation of aid, King Hussein stated, “We’re not that cheap.” In the years after Desert Storm, King Hussein was brought back on board the U.S. ship of influence in the Middle East. Jordan became, and still is, the main area for U.S. intelligence and other operations in the Middle East. For a short time, however, King Hussein asserted his independence from the United States and stood up for the principles and ideas of his people.

Tiny Yemen was hard hit by the immediate severing of U.S. aid after it voted in the United Nations against the use of force against Iraq. Cuba, a long-time U.S. “enemy,” brought the possibility of an invasion of the island closer after it voted in the United Nations against “U.S. interests.” Ironically, since 1959, the U.S. has criticized Cuba for its lack of democracy, yet when Cuba acted in a democratic institution (a vote in the U.N. Security Council), it was lambasted for voting the wrong way.

The U.S. version of democracy is selective — you are allowed to vote freely, as long as the vote is in favor of the U.S. A few years after the Gulf War, an incident occurred that depicted this U.S. murky view of democracy. The first democratic elections ever were held in the Serbian portion of Bosnia. When the results were announced, then U.S. Secretary of State, Madeleine Albright quickly negated the election. When she was asked by the press what made her decide to annul the results, she stated, “The wrong side won.” In occupied Iraq, we see the same manipulation of democratic ideas occurring. In the first year of control, U.S. authorities shut down many newspapers and magazines for printing stories that were critical of the occupation. Democracy came to Iraq in a watered-down version.

The concept of the U.S. using the United Nations as a forum was a sham. Until November 1990, the U.S. considered the U.N. a useless organization that catered to Third World interests. The U.S. was quite vocal about its distaste for the U.N. and had refused to pay a substantial amount of money owed to the U.N. Then, in an about-face, shortly before a November 1990 vote on the Iraq issue, the U.S. forked over $187 million to the U.N. This “enlightened” action only constituted a small portion of what it owed to the world agency.

Much of the U.S. seemed to have gone mad during the five weeks of massacre in 1991. We watched as politician-after-politician talked favorably about what was happening. At times, it appeared that a vast portion of the U.S. political establishment was euphoric when describing the destruction. Unfortunately, we did not see the millions of people, both inside and outside the U.S., who were aghast at such actions. Government ministers from France, Italy and Turkey resigned in disgust, but the U.S. media did not deem their opposition newsworthy. There was a virtual news blackout of dissent. We were not being told what was happening, and what we were being told was mostly lies because the U.S. military controlled the media. The day after the cease-fire was signed, Norman Schwarzkopf publicly humiliated the U.S. media by stating, “You guys were great. You printed everything just the way we said it.” He then went on to describe many incidents in which the U.S. lied to the media.

“No more Vietnams!” we heard as the slaughter was occurring. This definitely was not Vietnam. Iraq was a Third World country that happened to be America’s chosen enemy in exorcising the ghost of Vietnam. After the cease-fire, even some ardent supporters of Desert Storm felt empty and confused. As one caller to National Public Radio stated on March 5, 1991, “The United States isn’t going to save its soul by a massacre in the desert.”

Despite the seemingly simple victory over Iraq in 1991, the U.S. has seen the Vietnam analogy resurrected. After the 2003 invasion of Iraq, a strong resistance has taken hold and many now see “another Vietnam” taking place for the U.S. as the number of deaths of U.S. soldiers steadily increases.

source:
http://www.malcomlagauche.com/id1.html

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US Terrorize The World – 28 Dhul-Hijjah 1427 H (18.1.07)

Posted by musliminsuffer on January 18, 2007

bismi-lLahi-rRahmani-rRahiem

In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

=== News Update ===

Probable hate motivated vandalism extremely concerns Quebec’s Muslim and Arab organizations

From: Muslim Association of Canada (MAC), Canadian Muslim Forum (CMF), Regroupment Des Ageriens -Quebec (RAQ), Parole Arabe.

The negative propaganda Muslims and Arabs have been the target of, particularly since September 2001, cannot and should not be taken lightly. We are worried about the safety of our children and ourselves and call on all levels of government and law enforcement agencies in Canada to take appropriate actions to insure the safety of the Muslim and Arab communities.

Montreal Muslim News Network – http://www.montrealmuslimnews.net

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9/11 : Terror Suspect was terrorized in a U.S. Navy brig

The accused was held in extreme isolation for 1,307 days. Held in a nine-by-seven-foot cell. The only window blacked out. He was the lone prisoner on the two-tier cellblock. He was given food through a slot in the door. He slept on a steel mattress. No reading material. No calendar. No clock. Nothing to connect him to the outside world.
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article17205.htm

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9/11 : Pentagon Attacks Lawyers of Guantanamo Detainees

Guantanamo prisoners are entitled to protections under the Constitution, yet the government is trying to deny them due process.
http://www.alternet.org/rights/46755/

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WAR CRIMES REPORT TRANSLATED AND PUBLISHED IN ARABIC

“U.S. War Crimes in Iraq and Mechanisms for Accountability” – published on October 11, 2006 by ten organizations concurrently, has now been translated into Arabic. The report is now fully accessible by Iraqis and other Arabic speakers in the Middle East.

“We are making ‘U.S. War Crimes in Iraq and Mechanisms for Accountability’ available in Arabic because we want to increase its accessibilty to the people of Iraq so that they may have knowledge of the scope and illegality of certain U.S. conduct there,” said Nick Mottern, Director of ConsumersforPeace.org. “We hope that this will assist the Iraqi people in preventing further war crimes and in getting reparations for what has been done.”
http://www.albasrah.net/pages/mod.php?mod=art&lapage=../en_articles_2007/0107/brussells_170107.htm

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THE STORM : USA Criminal War

Victims of the Feb. 14, 1991 U.S. terrorist attack on Amiryah civilian shelter

January 17th marks the 16th anniversary of the first U.S. attack on Iraq, dubbed Desert Storm by the U.S. administration. The destruction and devastation were portrayed in the U.S. similar to that of a Hollywood movie. The reality was far different.

Because so much has happened to Iraq since 1991 (the embargo, the March 2003 invasion, the current chaos, etc.), many people may not recall the particulars behind the January 17, 1991 attack and the ensuing horror.

When the first bomb fell on Iraq at 2:00am on January 17, 1991, the United States began the military implementation of years of deceit and dirty tricks to attain a permanent foothold in the Middle East. George Bush I enlisted, coerced and paid 27 other nations to help massacre Iraq, depriving these newly-won allies of any ethical high ground.
http://www.malcomlagauche.com/id1.html

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Military judge: objector can’t raise questions about war legality

We should officially drop out of the Geneva conventions, and just tell the rest of the world that from now on, American soldiers must just “follow orders”, no matter how morally reprehensible those orders might be.
http://www.rawstory.com/showarticle.php?src=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.kgw.com%2Fsharedcontent%2FAPStories%2Fstories%2FD8MN2KBG0.html

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Iraq Holocaust : 0.9 Million Violent + Non-violent Iraq Excess Deaths

The following recent UN report of huge violent deaths in Occupied Iraq was published on 16 January 2007 in MWC News (see MWC News): “UN reports that 34,452 civilians have been killed in violence in Iraq over the past year and about 36,885 people have been wounded. Gianni Magazzeni, head of the UN human rights office in Iraq, accused the government in a press conference on Tuesday of failing to provide security and blamed some of the violence on militias colluding with or working inside the police and army. The figures are much higher than any statistics issued by Iraqi government officials. The government itself branded the UN’s last two-monthly report in November as grossly exaggerated and banned Iraqi officials from releasing data … the UN figures were compiled from information obtained through the Iraqi health ministry, the Baghdad mortuary, operations centres at hospitals across the country and other agencies.”
http://mwcnews.net/content/view/11849&Itemid=1

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Middle East : Is The U.S. Planning A Horrific Global Nuclear War?

At no point since the first atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima on August 6th, 1945, has humanity been closer to the unthinkable, a nuclear holocaust which could potentially spread, in terms of radioactive fallout, over a large part of the Middle East.
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article17206.htm

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The Big Battle of Baghdad #2

The events reported on “Haifa Street” just because the neighborhood was a total embarrassment for the “Green Zone” government and the occupation forces, actually if you stand in the street you can see the entrance of the “Green Zone”, but what is not reported is the same events are going on since then in every Sunni neighborhood in Baghdad.
http://www.roadstoiraq.com/2007/01/17/the-big-battle-of-baghdad-2/

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Iraq: UN death figures paint a grim picture

“Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and his cabinet have to move quickly and invest all they have to stop the bloodshed in Iraq, otherwise everything will collapse around them,” Dr Hafidh Jamil Mubarak, a professor of political science at Basra University, said on Wednesday.
http://www.reliefweb.int/rw/RWB.NSF/db900SID/EVOD-6XJHPQ?OpenDocument

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More dubious statistics from Iraq

The U.N. is claiming today that “34,452 civilians were killed – an average of 94 per day – and 36,685 were wounded last year [in Iraq].” Aside from the absolute numbers, which I’ve discussed many times, the relative numbers of killed and wounded are, to put it mildly, simply not credible. Here are the total (not just last year) U.S. statistics: 3020 dead, and 22,834 wounded – a 7.5:1 ratio. Granted that the U.S. soldiers receive far better medical care than Iraqis, so fewer of them die from serious injuries, but even given that, the claimed 1:1 ratio of deaths to injuries among Iraqis is just out-and-out impossible. The difference must certainly be that the alleged number of Iraqi wounded are only those who were treated in hospitals, as opposed to being treated by a doctor, at home, or not at all (whereas the U.S. statistics undoubtedly reflect all soldiers who are wounded).
http://lefti.blogspot.com/2007_01_01_lefti_archive.html#116897022169138012

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Iraq Sunni militant group urges war on Shi’ites

“Organise yourself in groups of four, each of which should cleanse their area from every spy, agent, traitor who stalks the mujahideen and all employees of the interior and defence ministries. Most of those are hateful rejectionists.”
http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/L17862862.htm

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How US is deferring war costs

As war spending on Iraq and Afghanistan nears the levels for Vietnam and Korea, concern is rising over the ‘borrow now, pay later’ approach.
http://www.csmonitor.com/2007/0116/p01s01-usfp.html

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Iraqi Resistance Report for events of Tuesday, 16 January 2007.

  • Resistance ambushes US Marine detachment in al-Hadithah Tuesday night sparking violent battle in the darkness.
  • Resistance bomb rips through Humvee in Abu Ghurayb midday Tuesday.
  • Resistance fighters battle US troops in western al-Fallujah late Monday night.
  • US forces arrest 40 in campaign of raids, searches, and arrests west of al-Fallujah.
  • Resistance blasts US base east of al-Fallujah with Katyusha rockets Monday night.
  • Resistance mortars blast checkpoint near al-Fallujah Monday afternoon.
  • Resistance ambushes puppet police car on its way to Saddam International Airport.
  • Mysterious bombs target students, civilians in bloody day in Baghdad.
  • Resistance bomb kills two puppet policemen Tuesday morning.
  • Resistance car bomber kills three puppet “Iraqi National Guards” Monday afternoon.
  • Pro-Iranian Shi’i sectarian Jaysh al-Mahdi militia, in cooperation with puppet regime forces, continue brutal murders of Palestinians in US-occupied Iraq.
  • US helicopters kill five villagers during late-night attack near ad-Dujayl.
  • Puppet “Iraqi National Guards” open fire on traffic jam to clear street in al-Ishaqi, killing civilian.
  • US admits four American troops killed in Resistance bombing near al-Mawsil Monday.
  • Resistance fighters kill officer in puppet police in Samarra’ Monday.
  • US, Iraqi puppet army troops arrest 50 youths and men in roundups in Balad Ruz Monday.
  • Puppet troops arrest 92 in house-to-house raids near al-Mahmudiyah Monday night.

http://www.albasrah.net/pages/mod.php?mod=art&lapage=../en_articles_2007/0107/iraqiresistancereport_160107.htm

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Three soldiers killed in blast

A ROADSIDE bomb killed three Afghani soldiers in an eastern part of the country that President Hamid Karzai visited, an army officer said.
http://www.news.com.au/story/0,23599,21077517-38197,00.html

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Gates may OK troop boost for Afghanistan

Defense Secretary Robert Gates suggested on Wednesday that he is likely to urge President Bush to send more troops to Afghanistan to fight the resurgent Taliban.
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070117/ap_on_re_as/us_afghanistan_17

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Blair signals UK will send more troops to occupied Afghanistan

During a private meeting in No 10 on Sunday, Robert Gates, the US Defence Secretary, asked the Prime Minister for additional British forces to keep up the military momentum against the insurgents.
http://www.theherald.co.uk/politics/westminster/display.var.1126958.0.0.php

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U.S. Commanders Ask for $6 billion

Military officials in occupied Afghanistan are proposing a surge of their own. Instead of troops, U.S. commanders here, hoping to counter a sharp rise in attacks by Taliban forces, are seeking as much as $6 billion to build roads and speed development of the Afghan army and police forces.
http://online.wsj.com/google_login.html?url=http%3A%2F%2Fonline.wsj.com%2Farticle%2FSB116900341533778499.html%3Fmod%3Dgooglenews_wsj

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Isreal Racist : The High Court of Justice is in no hurry

Starting on January 19, 2007, Israelis and foreigners will be prohibited from taking Palestinians as passengers in their cars throughout the West Bank?
http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/814345.html

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Zionist : Condi’s Middle East Junket; a new dose of cynicism

The administration has no interest in resolving the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. It’s a cynical attempt to manipulate Arab public opinion. The administration helped to enforce the Israeli boycott of food, water and medical supplies to Gaza, and they have stopped other donor-states from providing humanitarian relief.
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article17202.htm

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Pressure mounts on Olmert to resign

Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Defense Minister Amir Peretz came under renewed pressure to resign Wednesday after the Israeli army’s chief of staff stepped down in the wake of the flawed Lebanon war.
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070117/ap_on_re_mi_ea/israel_army

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