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On American crimes & the International Criminal Court

Posted by musliminsuffer on March 9, 2009

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=== News Update ===

On American crimes & the International Criminal Court

Body on the Line

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khalil bendib
March 6, 2009

one of the many reasons i love flashpoints so much and listen to the podcast every day is because they are the only news source in the u.s. that reports on news that no one else does and from a point of view that no one else shares. take, for instance, the recent interview dennis bernstein did with keith harmon snow. snow is a journalist who covers africa and provides a context for the situation in the congo and sudan that you will never read or hear in most other american news sources. snow has a website where some of his writings and other interviews are archived. i think it is especially important to consider his views in light of the international criminal court’s indictment of omar al-bashir:

The ICC on Wednesday indicted al-Bashir on seven counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity, which included murder, rape and torture.

The three-judge panel said it had insufficient grounds to consider charges of genocide, though the ICC said the non-inclusion of a genocide charge could change “if additional evidence is gathered by the prosecution”.

The US administration, which has imposed sanctions against Sudan, welcomed the ICC’s decision.

The UK and France have also been in favour of the warrant while the EU has urged Khartoum to fully co-operate with the ICC.

But their support has added fuel to the fire of those who see the ICC’s decision as “neo-colonialist”.

“They do not want Sudan … to become stable,” Mustafa Osman Ismail, an adviser to al-Bashir.

“The court is only one mechanism of neo-colonialist policy used by the West against free and independent countries.”

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Abu Ghraib Torturer Dies in Afghanistan

Posted by musliminsuffer on March 9, 2009

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In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

=== News Update ===

Abu Ghraib Torturer Dies in Afghanistan

Washington Post

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This Dec. 12, 2003, file image obtained by The Associated Press, shows Sgt. Michael Smith, left, with his black dog Marco, Sgt. Santos Cardona, second right, with his tan Belgian shepherd Duco, detainee Mohammed Bollendia and Pvt. Ivan L. Frederick II, right, during an incident at the Abu Ghraib prison in Baghdad, Iraq.
Former soldier involved in Abu Ghraib abuse dies in Afghanistan bombing

March 7, 2009

Santos Cardona, an Army dog handler involved in the abuse of Iraqi prisoners at Abu Ghraib prison, was determined to continue fighting overseas to erase the stain of his assault conviction, his family members said.

Those closest to him said his passion for doing what he loved in the service of his country led him to try to return to Iraq in 2006, but the military brought him home after his planned deployment was publicized. Late last year, Cardona, 34, got his chance to rejoin the fight.

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What Has Islam Got to Do with Al-Bashir?

Posted by musliminsuffer on March 9, 2009

bismi-lLahi-rRahmani-rRahiem
In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

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What Has Islam Got to Do with Al-Bashir?

08/03/2009

Once again we find ourselves facing the same situation in every Arab crisis and yet here we have Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani, in Khartoum, saying that the decision to issue an arrest warrant for Sudanese President Omar al Bashir is an “insult to Muslims”! And the irony as Hamas warned Arab leaders not to merely stand by and watch, reminding them that they have a role [to play] after what happened to Saddam Hussein.

From the beginning it must be said that this is a woe to rational-minded people in this part of the world, as there is no rationale or wisdom or understanding of the consequences, nor is value given to peaceful humans, whether rulers or the ruled; the proof of this lies in the streams of blood in our region.

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Eisenhower’s Holocaust – His Slaughter Of 1.7 Million Germans

Posted by musliminsuffer on March 9, 2009

bismi-lLahi-rRahmani-rRahiem
In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

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Eisenhower’s Holocaust – His Slaughter Of 1.7 Million Germans

Author Unknown

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“God, I hate the Germans…” (Dwight David Eisenhower in a letter to his wife in September, 1944)

First, I want you to picture something in your mind. You are a German soldier who survived through the battles of World II. You were not really politically involved, and your parents were also indifferent to politics, but suddenly your education was interrupted and you were drafted into the German army and told where to fight. Now, in the Spring of 1945, you see that your country has been demolished by the Allies, your cities lie in ruins, and half of your family has been killed or is missing. Now, your unit is being surrounded, and it is finally time to surrender. The fact is, there is no other choice.

It has been a long, cold winter. The German army rations have not been all that good, but you managed to survive. Spring came late that year, with weeks of cold rainy weather in demolished Europe. Your boots are tattered, your uniform is falling apart, and the stress of surrender and the confusion that lies ahead for you has your guts being torn out. Now, it is over, you must surrender or be shot. This is war and the real world.

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Pakistan militants shoot down drone: officials

Posted by musliminsuffer on March 9, 2009

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In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

=== News Update ===

Pakistan militants shoot down drone: officials

Pakistan militants shoot down drone: officials
AFP/HO/File – A US Air Force drone carries a missile. Taliban militants have shot down a suspected drone aircraft in …

MIRANSHAH, Pakistan (AFP) – Taliban militants on Saturday shot down a suspected drone aircraft in a Pakistani tribal area bordering Afghanistan, officials said.

Residents and a local police official said two drones were flying low over a village in the South Waziristan tribal district when one of them was hit by militant fire.

“We heard the firing by Taliban and then a drone fell down,” tribal police official Israr Khan told AFP.

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1 NATO soldier killed, 2 wounded in E Afghanistan

Posted by musliminsuffer on March 9, 2009

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In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

=== News Update ===

1 NATO soldier killed, 2 wounded in E Afghanistan

By: Xinhua on: 08.03.2009 [13:38 ]

KABUL, March 8 (Xinhua) — One soldier of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) was killed Sunday and two others got wounded in eastern region of Afghanistan, a press release of the alliance said.

“One International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) service member was killed and two others sustained injuries as a result of Improvised Explosive Device (IED) attack in eastern Afghanistan, a press release of ISAF issued here said.

However, it did not disclose the place of the incident. In the meantime, an Afghan official on the condition of anonymity said that the incident took place in eastern Paktia province Sunday morning.

The press release also said that ISAF will continue its work to defeat the IED tactics that threaten Afghans and international force soldiers, as the troops assist Afghans in their fight against the insurgency.

However, it did not identify the victim’s nationality and position. U.S. forces mostly are in service in the eastern provinces of Afghanistan.

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2009-03/08/content_10970604.htm

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Qardawi calls on Muslim leaders to shoulder responsibilities towards Jerusalem

Posted by musliminsuffer on March 9, 2009

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In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

=== News Update ===

Friday, March 6, 2009

Qardawi calls on Muslim leaders to shoulder responsibilities towards Jerusalem

http://uprootedpalestinians.blogspot.com/2009/03/qardawi-calls-on-muslim-leaders-to.html

Sabri warns of a third intifada against Zionist efforts to Judaize Jerusalem

[ 06/03/2009 – 11:09 AM ]

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)– Head of the Islamic Higher Committee, Sheikh Ekrema Sabri, warned of the outbreak of a third intifada in defence of occupied Jerusalem against Zionist campaigns of “transfer” and Judaization.

He said in a statement to the UAE-based al-Khalij newspaper on Friday that people’s uprisings against oppression are spontaneous and that the Israeli occupation practices against the Palestinian people, in general, and occupied Jerusalem in particular are pushing towards explosion.

He also pointed out that there is and evil Zionist plan against occupied Jerusalem which is being implemented in stages as conditions allow, explaining that the attempts to uproot and displace Palestinian residents of Jerusalem and the recent threats of demolishing Palestinian homes in various Jerusalem neighbourhoods are part of this evil plan.

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Al Mezan publishes a list of Palestinians killed by the IOF during the Israeli “Cast Lead” operation in Gaza

Posted by musliminsuffer on March 9, 2009

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In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

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Al Mezan publishes a list of Palestinians killed by the IOF during the Israeli “Cast Lead” operation in Gaza

Al Mezan Center for Human Rights

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07 Mar 2009

On 7 March 2009, Al Mezan published a list of Palestinians killed by the Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) during their military operation “Cast Lead” against the Gaza Strip, from 27 December 2008 to 18 January 2009.

The list included the names of 1342 people killed, including: 109 women (8% of the total rate of deaths); 318 children (24%); 127 elderly people (9%); 235 fighters – including 27 persons who were assassinated while unarmed and uninvolved in fighting activities (therefore the rate of those fighters, excluding those unarmed is 16%) – and 210 (16%) policemen and security apparatus members who were killed while performing their regular duties and were uninvolved in any combative activities.

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U.S. Military Aid to Israel

Posted by musliminsuffer on March 9, 2009

bismi-lLahi-rRahmani-rRahiem
In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

=== News Update ===

March 5 , 2009

The Ultimate Earmark

U.S. Military Aid to Israel

By KATHLEEN and BILL CHRISTISON

In these days of economic crisis, budget overruns, earmarks, and multi-billion dollar bailouts, when Americans are being forced to tighten their own belts, one of the most automatic earmarks—a bailout by any measure—goes to a foreign government but is little understood by most Americans.  U.S. military aid to Israel is doled out in annual increments of billions of dollars but remains virtually unchallenged while other fiscal outlays are drastically cut.

The United States and Israel signed a Memorandum of Understanding in August 2007 committing the U.S. to give Israel $30 billion in military aid over the next decade.  This is grant aid, given in cash at the start of each fiscal year.  The only stipulation imposed on Israel’s use of this cash gift is that it spend 74 per cent to purchase U.S. military goods and services.

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