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Afghan criminals and warlords : US Allies

Posted by musliminsuffer on November 9, 2007

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=== News Update ===

Afghan criminals and warlords : US Allies

Musa Khan Jalalzai

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The killings of innocent people and human rights abuses in Afghanistan are being committed by war criminals and warlords since 20 years. After the Soviet withdrawal, these warlords and criminals killed thousands of people in Kabul and molested over 0.3 million women all over the country. These criminals have hijacked Afghanistan. According to a report on human rights, violence, political intimidation, and attacks on women are discouraging political participation and endangering gains made on women’s rights in Afghanistan over the last year. The 101-page report, ‘Killing you is a very easy thing for us’, documents human rights abuses in southeast Afghanistan; the army and police troops kidnapping Afghans and holding them for ransom in private prisons; breaking into households and robbing families; raping women; and extorting shopkeepers and bus, truck and taxi drivers, the report revealed. The report also describes political organisers, journalists and editors being threatened with death, arrested and harassed by army, police and intelligence agents.

According to a RAWA report, 13-year-old Nahida Hassan became a symbol for Afghan women who were raped during the two decades of war. When a commander and his 20 troops broke into her Kabul apartment, killing her 12-year-old brother and gunning down her other male relatives, Nahida understood she was the next target. To avoid being sexually savaged, she leapt from the sixth floor window to her death.

A notorious war criminal of Mohammad Agha district Logar province Amaduddin Umary, according to Qazi Alwad have attacked innocent people and harassed women during the Mujahideen and the Taliban governments. Qazi Alwad said due to fear of persecution, Umary first went for asylum to Holland where he started a drug business. He escaped to the UK on a stolen passport to avoid being arrested. At present, Umary is a member of the Afghan Parliament. The Organisation against Afghan War Criminals in London has provided details about Umary’s criminal record to newspapers in London and New York. Many main people, like Amaduddin Umary, in the Karzai government and its allies are warlords who have been trying to become comprador bourgeois by importing foreign products and directly or indirectly involved themselves in exporting opium and other goods to the world market.

Karzai, the US-made ‘president’ of Afghanistan, is often portrayed as a man opposed to warlords and trying to bring them under control. The illicit drug trade ­ largely ended under the Taliban ­ has flourished under the US occupation, with opium production now accounting for 60 percent of the economy. The Afghan government approved the Action Plan on Peace, Reconciliation and Justice on December 12, 2005, but delayed implementing it in part because Kabul and its international backers feared that calling for justice would further weaken Afghanistan’s security situation.

The HRW in its comprehensive report of 2005 revealed that several war criminals and warlords are still active and engaging in widespread human rights abuses. Many highly placed members of the present government and legislature were implicated in war crimes during brutal fighting that killed or displaced hundreds of thousands of Afghans in the early 1990s and precipitated the rise of the Taliban, the report added.

Dostum, one of Afghanistan’s most formidable warlords, has had a hand in many regime changes that this war-torn country has seen over the last three decades. He was among the leaders who helped the US-led forces to overthrow the Taliban government in 2001. Until recently he was regarded as the strongman of the north but his role has been reduced to that of being a military adviser to Karzai.

The full story in
http://www.thepost.com.pk/Previuos.aspx?dtlid=126620&src=Musa%20Khan%20Jalalzai&date=03/11/2007

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Israeli soldiers admit government has spied on international phone calls since 1973

Posted by musliminsuffer on November 9, 2007

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=== News Update ===

Israeli soldiers admit government has spied on international phone calls since 1973

Saed Bannoura – IMEMC

Wednesday November 07, 2007

Israeli TV Channel 10 released a report on Tuesday revealing that Israeli authorities have been spying on citizens’ phone calls without warrants for over 30 years.

In the report, Channel 10 interviewed Israeli soldiers who described being part of an organization which was started by the Israeli military in 1973, and remains in place until today. The organization is part of the Military Censor’s Office, which monitors all work by foreign journalists working inside Israel.

According to Channel 10’s report, the military personnel involved in the phone tapping operation admit that, although their mandate was to listen to calls related to the security of Israel (which in itself is extremely broadly defined), they listened to many phone calls which were completely personal in nature — simply to entertain themselves.

According to the Israeli Government Press Office, which accredits all foreign journalists reporting from Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories, “The Military Censor is interested in information relating to the security of the State of Israel. All journalists applying for accreditation of Government Press Office cards are requested to sign a form whereby they undertake to abide by the rules of the Military Censor which are designed to safeguard this security.”

Journalists have challenged this policy as detrimental to their work, but the Government Press Office has responded by shutting out journalists who question the censorship order.

But if the Channel 10 expose is accurate, the phone tapping operations are not just limited to journalists, but include all foreign phone calls made from inside Israel or the Israeli-occupied Palestinian territories by anyone, calling anywhere outside Israel.

The full story in
http://uruknet.info/?p=m37947&hd=&size=1&l=e

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ISRAELI PRIME MINISTER REPORTEDLY THE MOST CORRUPT MEMBER OF GOVERNMENT

Posted by musliminsuffer on November 9, 2007

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=== News Update ===

ISRAELI PRIME MINISTER REPORTEDLY THE MOST CORRUPT MEMBER OF GOVERNMENT

(Ben Heine © Cartoons)

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Ehud Olmert is unique in that he is equally despised by both the right and the left in Israel. At no time in the history of this Desert Paradise has anyone else in government received such an ‘honour’.

His arrogance, dishonesty and corruptness has captured the attention of all… traits that were known about him when he was Mayor of Jerusalem. How he got to be Prime Minister is a question millions of Israelis are asking.

The following two articles from HaAretz gives details of these feelings….

Public poll: Olmert most corrupt member of gov’t
By Mijal Grinberg, Haaretz Correspondent

Prime Minister Ehud Olmert was judged the most corrupt member of government by the public for the second year in a row according to the Sderot Conference, an annual gathering of experts which published its yearly report Wednesday.

The Conference’s annual “corruption parade,” a poll based on public surveys conducted in the lead-up to the meet, found that Israelis believe Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni to be the Knesset’s “most honest” minister, as they did in last year’s poll.

The surveys found that 56 percent of participants are convinced Olmert is corrupt member of parliament according to the public. Runner-up to Olmert was former finance minister Abraham Hirchson of Kadima with 55 percent, while Haim Ramon of Kadima and Strategic Affairs Minister Avigdor Lieberman (Yisrael Beiteinu) shared third place with 33 percent. Defense Minister Ehud Barak (Labor) took fourth place along with Finance Minister Roni Bar-On (Kadima), both of whom were voted corrupt by 29 percent of participants.

The surveys showed public confidence in Livni (Kadima) was highest of all members of the government at 46 percent, with Education Minister Yuli Tamir (Labor) receiving 43 percent of the vote. Transport Minister Shaul Mofaz (Kadima) took third place with 34 percent, while Internal Security Minister Avi Dichter received 27 percent. Industry, Trade and Labor Minister Eli Yishai of the ultra-Orthodox Shas took fifth place with 25 percent.

Among members of Knesset who are not in the government, Tzachi Hanegbi of Kadima was considered the most corrupt with 40 percent of the vote, followed by opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu (Likud) with 38 percent and Esterina Tartman (Yisrael Beiteinu) with 32 percent. Former defense minister Amir Peretz and Eli Marciano, both of Labor, were voted corrupt by 31 and 24 percent respectively.

MKs seen as most trustworthy were Shelly Yachimovich of Labor with 44 percent, Knesset Speaker Dalia Itzik of Kadima with 41 percent and Meretz-Yachad’s Ran Cohen at 34 percent.

 

(Ben Heine © Cartoons)

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Author David Grossman snubs Olmert upon receiving prize

By Jonathan Lis, Haaretz Correspondent

Author David Grossman, upon receiving the Emet Prize for Arts, Science and Culture, did not shake the hand of Prime Minister Ehud Olmert or Supreme Court President Justice Dorit Beinisch at the awards ceremony Wednesday night in the Jerusalem Theater.

Grossman, whose son Uri was killed during fighting in the Second Lebanon War, said in a speech at last year’s rally commemorating assassinated former prime minister Yitzhak Rabin that “at this time there is no king in Israel… our leadership is hollow.”

In the speech, he addressed Olmert directly, saying, “Certainly I am grieving, but I am more pained than angry. This country and what you and your friends are doing to it pains me.”

The organizers of the awards ceremony were told in advance that Grossman did not intend to shake Olmert’s hand, and the prime minister was briefed beforehand. He did not stand or approach Grossman when he received his prize.

After the ceremony, the famed author said, “I don’t shake the prime minister’s hand. I assume you can understand the reason.” Beinisch said she was not surprised by Grossman’s silent statement, and said, “I shook Grossman’s hand earlier.”

The Emet Prize is a $1 million prize awarded by the Prime Minister’s Office and the Alberto M. Nissim Foundation. The prize was divided this year among 11 recipients, including former Supreme Court president Aharon Barak and writer Sami Michael.

The full story in
http://desertpeace.blogspot.com/2007/11/israeli-prime-minister-reportedly-most.html

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The Rape of 7 female detainees in the New Iraqi Democracy

Posted by musliminsuffer on November 9, 2007

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=== News Update ===

The Rape of 7 female detainees in the New Iraqi Democracy

Aliraq.news

November 6, 2007

On Monday, a responsible from the Office of Human Rights in Diwaniyah stated that 7 female detainees were raped in the prisons and detention centers of Diwaniyah whilst under torture.

The responsible who spoke on condition of anonymity affirmed that huge human rights violations are taking place the Diwaniyah prisons and in particular in the Anti Crime Bureau., the Directorate of Prisons, and the Deportation Bureau.

He said that arrested women are systematically raped and that one of them died under torture. He added that these women are raped and tortured in the most hideous of ways by the Police force.

There are confirmed reports that at least 7 of these women awaiting interrogation/investigations have been raped and one woman has died from torture.

That same source also added that the Office of Human Rights has toured some of the Diwaniyah prison and detention centers and visited both female and male detainees and has recorded their cases. Diwaniyah is situated 180 km south of the capital Baghdad.

The full story in
http://uruknet.info/?p=m37945&hd=&size=1&l=e

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Blair ‘knew Iraq had no WMD’

Posted by musliminsuffer on November 9, 2007

bismi-lLahi-rRahmani-rRahiem
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=== News Update ===

Blair ‘knew Iraq had no WMD’

David Cracknell, Political Editor

October 5, 2003

TONY BLAIR privately conceded two weeks before the Iraq war that Saddam Hussein did not have any usable weapons of mass destruction, Robin Cook, the former foreign secretary, reveals today.

John Scarlett, chairman of the joint intelligence committee (JIC), also “assented” that Saddam had no such weapons, says Cook.

His revelations, taken from a diary that he kept as a senior minister during the months leading up to war, are published today in The Sunday Times. They shatter the case for war put forward by the government that Iraq presented “a real and present danger” to Britain.

Cook, who resigned shortly before the invasion of Iraq, also reveals there was a near mutiny in the cabinet, triggered by David Blunkett, the home secretary, when it first discussed military action against Iraq.

He also reveals that Blair earlier gave President Bill Clinton a private assurance that he would support him in military action in Iraq if action in the UN failed “and it would certainly have been in line with his previous practice if he had given President Bush a private assurance of British support”.

Cook today opens a new controversy. He says that just days before sending troops into action, Blair no longer believed Saddam had weapons of mass destruction ready for firing within 45 minutes, the claim the prime minister had repeatedly made when arguing the case for war.

The full story in
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/article1166479.ece

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A funny list of dumb laws in the United States – California

Posted by musliminsuffer on November 9, 2007

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=== News Update ===

A funny list of dumb laws in the United StatesCalifornia

• A city ordinance states that a $500 fine will be given to anyone who detonates a nuclear device within city limits.
• Alhambra: You cannot leave your car on the street overnight without the proper permit.
• Animals are banned from mating publicly within 1,500 feet of a tavern, school, or place of worship.
• A regulation in San Francisco makes it unlawful to use used underwear to wipe off cars in a car wash.
• Arcadia: Peacocks have the right of way to cross any street, including driveways.
• A server in California can be convicted of selling to a minor if the purchaser uses a false or altered ID to buy the alcohol.
• Baldwin Park: Nobody is allowed to ride a bicycle in a swimming pool.
• Bathhouses are against the law.
• Belvedere City Council order reads: “No dog shall be in a public place without its master on a leash.”
• Blythe: You are not permitted to wear cowboy boots unless you already own at least two cows.
• Burlingame: It is illegal to spit, except on baseball diamonds; Carmel Ice cream may not be eaten while standing on the sidewalk. (Repealed when Clint Eastwood was mayor); Women may not wear high heels while in the city limits.
• California only fairly recently legalized the sale of alcoholic beverages in nudist colonies.
• Car wash attendants in San Francisco, California may not use old pairs of underware to wash or dry vehicles.
• Chico: Detonating a nuclear device within the city limits results in a $500 fine.
• Community leaders passed an ordinance that makes it illegal for anyone to try and stop a child from playfully jumping over puddles of water.
• Downey: It is illegal to wash your car in the street. (Passed 1995).
• Giving or receiving oral sex is prohibited.
• Hollywood: It is illegal to drive more than two thousand sheep down Hollywood Boulevard at one time.
• In 1838, the city of Los Angeles passed an ordinance requiring that a man obtain a license before serenading a woman.
• In Los Angeles courts it is illegal to cry on the witness stand.
• In Berkeley, Calif., you can’t whistle for an escaped bird before 7 a.m.
• In 1930, the City Council of Ontario passed an ordinance forbidding roosters to crow within the city limits.
• In an animal shelter, lizards and snakes are treated under the same guidelines as cats and dogs.
• In Baldwin Park, California nobody is allowed to ride a bicycle in a swimming pool.
• In California, community leaders passed an ordinance that makes it illegal for anyone to try and stop a child from playfully jumping over puddles of water.
• In California it is illegal to have caller ID
• In California it’s against regulations to let phones ring more than nine times in state offices.
• In California you may not set a mouse trap without a hunting license.
• In California, selling a gold piece without tooth marks in it is considered forgery.
• In California, animals are banned from mating publicly within 1,500 feet of a tavern, school, or place of worship.
• In Los Angeles, years ago it was legal to cook in your bedroom, but not to sleep in your kitchen.
• In Los Angeles a man is legally entitled to beat his wife with a leather belt or strap, but the belt can’t be wider than 2 inches, unless he has his wife’s consent to beat her with a wider strap. Consent should be given prior to the event, as is carefully stipulated.
• In Los Angeles, you cannot bathe two babies in the same tub at the same time.
• In the 1940’s, California law made it illegal to serve alcohol to a gay person.
• In Riverside, California, kissing on the lips, unless both parties wipe their lips with carbonized rose water, is against the local health ordinance. (Someone needed to be kissed!)
• In San Francisco it’s illegal to play poker in public or gamble in a barricaded room.
• In San Francisco, it’s illegal to beat a rug in front of your house.
• In Ventura County, California, cats and dogs are not allowed to have sex without a permit.
• It is a misdemeanor to shoot at any kind of game from a moving vehicle, unless the target is a whale.
• It is a violation of the California Alcoholic Beverage Control Act for producers of alcohol beverages to list the names of retailers or restaurants that sell their products in advertising or even in newsletters.
• It is illegal for a man to beat his wife with a strap wider than 2 inches without her consent.
• It is illegal for a secretary to be alone in a room with her boss.
• It is illegal to cry on the witness stand.
• It is illegal to drive more than two thousand sheep down Hollywood Boulevard at one time.
• It is illegal to eat an orange in your bath tub
• It is illegal to pile horse manure more than six feet high on a street corner.
• It is illegal to set a mouse trap without a hunting license.
• Lafayette: You are forbidden to spit on the ground within 5 feet of another person.
• Lodi: It is illegal to own or sell “Silly String”.
• Lompoc: It is illegal to posses, own or raise roosters. This is considered disturbing the peace.
• Long Beach: Cars are the only item allowed in a garage; It is illegal to curse on a mini-golf course.
• Los Angeles law forbids hunting moths under a street light.
• Los Angeles: It is illegal for a man to beat his wife with a strap wider than 2 inches without her consent; You cannot bathe two babies in the same tub at the same time; You may not hunt moths under a street light; It is illegal to cry on the witness stand; Toads may not be licked; It is a crime for dogs to mate within 500 yards of a church (Breaking this law is punishable by a fine of $500 and/or six months in prison); Zoot suits are prohibited.
• Many animals are illegal to own as pets, including snails, sloths, and elephants.
• Molesting butterflies can result in a $500 fine.
• No alcohol beverages can be displayed within five feet of a cash register of any store in California that sells both alcohol and motor fuel.
• No vehicle without a driver may exceed 60 miles per hour.
• Nobody is allowed to ride a bicycle in a swimming pool.
• Oakland, Calif., makes it illegal to grow a tree in front of your neighbor’s window and block his view. However, you’re off the hook if the tree is one that town officials consider an attractive tree, such as a redwood or box elder.
• One may not carry a lunch down the street between 11 and 1 o’clock.
• Ontario: Roosters may not crow in the city limits.
• Pacific Grove: Molesting butterflies can result in a $500 fine.
• Palm Springs: It is illegal to walk a camel down Palm Canyon Drive between the hours of four and six PM.
• Pasadena: It is illegal for a secretary to be alone in a room with her boss.
• Persons classified as “ugly” may not walk down any street.
• Prunedale: Two bathtubs may not be installed in the same house.
• Redlands: Motor vehicles may not drive on city streets unless a man with a lantern is wallking ahead of it.
• Riverside: One may not carry a lunch down the street between 11 and 1 o’clock.
• San Diego: It is illegal to shoot jackrabbits from the back of a streetcar; The owners of houses with Christmas lights on them past February second may be fined up to $250.
• San Francisco has an ordinance prohibiting “cane games.” City officials have no idea what cane games are. But when revising city laws recently, officials decided to keep the prohibition on the books, in case someday, somehow, cane games came back, they were deemed improper and the city needed the law.
• San Francisco is said to be the only city in the nation to have ordinances guaranteeing sunshine to the masses.
• San Francisco: Prohibits elephants from strolling down Market Street unless they are on a leash; It is illegal to wipe one’s car with used underwear; Persons classified as “ugly” may not walk down any street; It is illegal to pile horse manure more than six feet high on a street corner; Giving or receiving oral sex is prohibited.
• San Francisco bans any “mechanical device that reproduces obscene language.”
• San Francisco prohibits kerchoo powders and stink balls.
• San Jose: It is illegal to have more than two cats or dogs. -Ord. 7.08.595
• Santa Monica: You may not play percussion instruments on the beach.
• Sunshine is guaranteed to the masses.
• Temecula: Ducks have the right of way to cross Rancho California St. at all times.
• The Chico, California, City Council enacted a ban on nuclear weapons, setting a $500 fine for anyone detonating one within city limits.
• The city of San Francisco holds a copyright on the name “San Francisco.” It is illegal to manufacture any item with the name without first getting permission from the city. Since the Supreme Court upheld the copyright, San Francisco has had an annual $300 million surplus every year.
• The Santa Monica, Calif., City Council recently proposed that men be allowed to use women’s public restrooms when there’s a line of three or more at the mens’ room, and vice versa.
• Women may not drive in a house coat.
• You can be fined $500 if you bother a butterfly in Pacific Grove, Ca.

The full story in
http://www.bored.com/crazylaws/index.htm

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