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Who is America to judge?

Posted by musliminsuffer on March 15, 2009

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=== News Update ===

Who is America to judge?

Mark Weisbrot

guardian.co.uk, Wednesday 11 March 2009 18.00 GMT

The US state department’s annual human rights report got an unusual amount of criticism this year. This time the centre-left coalition government of Chile was notable in joining other countries such as Bolivia, Venezuela and China – who have had more rocky relations with Washington – in questioning the moral authority of the US government’s judging other countries’ human rights practices.

It’s a reasonable question, and the fact that more democratic governments are asking it may signal a tipping point. Clearly, a state that is responsible for such high-profile torture and abuses as took place at Abu Ghraib and Guantánamo, that regularly killed civilians in Afghanistan and Iraq and that reserved for itself the right to kidnap people and send them to prisons in other countries to be tortured (“extraordinary rendition”) has a credibility problem on human rights issues.

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US forces kill five civilians in Logar: officials

Posted by musliminsuffer on March 15, 2009

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=== News Update ===

US forces kill five civilians in Logar: officials
The four sons of Rashid, who were killed by the foreign forces, left behind their children in despair and poverty, relatives said.

Shahpur Arab

March 14, 2009

PUL-I-ALAM: Officials in central Logar province say five members of the same family were killed in a raid by the US-led coalition forces last night.

Spokesman for the provincial governor, Din Mohammad Darvish, told Pajhwok Afghan News Saturday that the US forces raided the house of one Abdul Rashid last night, killing him and his four sons in Naw Khar village of the Charkh district.

However, a statement issued by the coalition here Saturday said that the combined Afghan and coalition forces conducted operations against militants associated with IED facilitation in Charkh district, approximately 80 km southwest of Kabul.

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US Occ. Forces Execute Two Civilians in Samarra

Posted by musliminsuffer on March 15, 2009

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=== News Update ===

US Occ. Forces Execute Two Civilians in Samarra

Association of Muslim Scholars in Iraq (AMSI)

Friday, 13 March 2009 17:46

American enemy forces killed two people in Jallam area of southern Samarra City in Saladin Province on Friday morning.

Eyewitnesses told that American occupation forces executed two innocent civilians who were farmers in the area and shot dead at the hand of enemy soldiers.

Two victims carrying bullets from their heads and chests were transfered to the al Davr General Hospital Forensic Department.

HEYET Net – Agencies


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Link: www.heyetnet.org/eng/iraq-news/4042-us-occ-forces-execute-two-civilians.html

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Secret emails show Iraq dossier was ‘sexed up’, Intelligence chiefs criticised ‘iffy drafting’ of key document

Posted by musliminsuffer on March 15, 2009

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=== News Update ===

Secret emails show Iraq dossier was ‘sexed up’
Intelligence chiefs criticised ‘iffy drafting’ of key document

By Nigel Morris, Deputy Political Editor

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Tony Blair and Alastair Campbell during the run-up to war
March 12, 2009Secret Whitehall emails released yesterday provide damning new evidence that the notorious dossier making the case for invading Iraq was “sexed up”.

They disclose that the intelligence services were sceptical over the “iffy drafting” of government claims that Saddam Hussein could mount a missile strike on his neighbours within 45 minutes of ordering an attack.

Officials privately mocked assertions that the Iraqi president was covertly trying to develop a nuclear capability and wisecracked that perhaps he had recruited “Dr Frankenstein” to his supposed crack team of nuclear scientists.

The release of a series of confidential memos and emails, following a protracted Freedom of Information battle, reignited the controversy over accusations that Tony Blair’s government “spun” Britain into war.

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Guantánamo’s faceless victims, Few prisoners are as well known as Binyam Mohamed. US detention policy is designed to strip prisoners of their identities

Posted by musliminsuffer on March 15, 2009

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=== News Update ===

Guantánamo’s faceless victims
Few prisoners are as well known as Binyam Mohamed. US detention policy is designed to strip prisoners of their identities

Karen Greenberg

March 12, 2009

When Binyam Mohamed set foot last week onto British soil after seven excruciating years of imprisonment in Pakistan, Morocco and Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, he left the airport with his hand shielding his eyes, obscuring the rest of his features as well. The facelessness of Mohamed is but a reminder of the overall facelessness of the detainees in US custody.

Few detainees are as well known by name as Binyam Mohamed – whose civilian lawyer Clive Stafford Smith has periodically publicised details of his torture, including the use of razors to cut his client’s penis. Yet even in this case, we don’t have a widely known face before us when we hear his name. Startlingly, not a single photograph of a Guantánamo detainee is imprinted on public consciousness in America. After seven years, 800 prisoners and valiant efforts by human rights advocates, pro bono lawyers and an outraged minority of citizens, we are still talking about detainees in the abstract.

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French soldiers killed in Afghanistan rocket strike

Posted by musliminsuffer on March 15, 2009

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=== News Update ===

French soldiers killed in Afghanistan rocket strike

(AFP)

15 March 2009

PARIS – A French soldier was killed and six Afghan troops wounded Saturday during a skirmish with insurgents in eastern Afghanistan, the French military said.

The corporal from the 27th Alpine fighter battalion (BCA) was among 400 soldiers taking part in an operation with the Afghan army in Alasay valley, northeast of Kabul, Captain Christophe Prazuck told AFP in Paris.

“Night had already fallen when an insurgent fired an anti-tank rocket on a French armoured vehicle in the front whose driver, a corporal from the 27th BCA, was killed,” he said.

A half-dozen Afghan soldiers were wounded and another French soldier was slightly wounded in the fighting, he added.

The insurgents were “pushed into their sanctuaries” in the operation, which aimed to “retake ground held by insurgents,” Prazuck said.

The operation was backed by coalition Predator drones, A10 and F15 fighters jets and Kiowa helicopters, he added.

The new death brings to 26 the number of French soldiers killed in Afghanistan since January 2002.

France has 2,800 troops in Afghanistan as part of a 55,000-strong NATO force.

source: http://www.khaleejtimes.com/DisplayArticle.asp?xfile=data/international/2009/March/international_March1222.xml&section=international&col=

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20 NATO trucks burn in Pakistan

Posted by musliminsuffer on March 15, 2009

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=== News Update ===

20 NATO trucks burn in Pakistan

Sun, 15 Mar 2009 02:49:37 GMT

About 20 vehicles have been destroyed when unknown militants fired several rockets at a NATO supply terminal in northwestern Pakistan.

Local police officials told Press TV correspondent that unknown militants launched several rockets at a terminal in Peshawar in the North-West Frontier Province. They said that the attack started at midnight on Saturday and continued through Sunday.

Fire broke out after the attack and burnt twenty vehicles, which were expected to deliver supplies to NATO forces in Afghanistan.

Meanwhile, Pakistan suspended truck shipments of US military supplies through the famed Khyber Pass after lawyers and political parties launched their anti-government campaign dubbed “Long March” for the restoration of deposed judges.

The suspension of the key supply route came amid tensions between ruling PPP party and the two-time former premier Nawaz Sharif’s PML-N over a number of issues which include a court ruling that bars Nawaz and his brother from holding public office, Press TV’s Nasir Kazmi reported on Saturday.

source: http://www.presstv.ir/detail.aspx?id=88652&sectionid=351020401

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Pakistan Taliban say 24 dead in US drone attack

Posted by musliminsuffer on March 15, 2009

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=== News Update ===

Pakistan Taliban say 24 dead in US drone attack

Alamgir Bitani, Reuters

Peshawar, March 13, 2009

Taliban militants recovered 24 bodies and were searching for more on Friday, hours after suspected US drones destroyed a camp in Pakistan’s northwestern region, militants and officials said.

Four missiles believed to have been fired by at least two pilotless U.S. drone aircraft on Thursday evening hit a militant hideout and training camp in the Kurram ethnic Pashtun tribal region on the Afghan border.

Soon after the attack a villager in the Barjo area said 14 people had been killed but an intelligence official and a Taliban official said on Friday the toll had gone up as militants sifted through the rubble of the seven-room training compound.

“We’ve so far found 24 bodies in the debris and we’re still looking,” a Taliban official in the region said by telephone. He declined to be identified.

US drones have carried out more than 30 drone strikes since early 2008 when the United States, frustrated by an intensifying insurgency in Afghanistan getting support from the Pakistani side of the border, began attacking with greater frequency.

source: http://www.hindustantimes.com/StoryPage/StoryPage.aspx?sectionName=NLetter&id=6d03187a-8b69-41c8-b042-e42391748397&Headline=24+dead+in+US+drone+attack%3a+Pak+Taliban

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CIA report: Israel will fall in 20 years

Posted by musliminsuffer on March 15, 2009

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=== News Update ===

CIA report: Israel will fall in 20 years

Fri, 13 Mar 2009 14:44:41 GMT

International lawyer Franklin Lamb

A study conducted by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has cast doubt over Israel’s survival beyond the next 20 years.

The CIA report predicts “an inexorable movement away from a two-state to a one-state solution, as the most viable model based on democratic principles of full equality that sheds the looming specter of colonial Apartheid while allowing for the return of the 1947/1948 and 1967 refugees. The latter being the precondition for sustainable peace in the region.”

The study, which has been made available only to a certain number of individuals, further forecasts the return of all Palestinian refugees to the occupied territories, and the exodus of two million Israeli – who would move to the US in the next fifteen years.

“There is over 500,000 Israelis with American passports and more than 300,000 living in the area of just California,” International lawyer Franklin Lamb said in an interview with Press TV on Friday, adding that those who do not have American or western passport, have already applied for them.

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Israel’s new defence minister accused of war crime

Posted by musliminsuffer on March 15, 2009

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=== News Update ===

Israel’s new defence minister accused of war crime

March 15, 2009

A HAWKISH general, who cancelled a trip to London four years ago because he feared being arrested on war crime charges, is expected to become Israel’s new defence minister.

Moshe “Boogie” Ya’alon, 58, former chief of staff of the Israel Defence Forces, is reported to have accepted an invitation from Binyamin Netanyahu, the incoming prime minister, to serve in the new government.

Renowned as a tough-minded commander, Ya’alon’s legal problems stem from a decision in July 2002 to assassinate Salah Shehadeh, the commander of the military wing of Hamas, the hardline Islamic organisation that now controls Gaza.

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Calls for investigation into Gaza attacks Israel’s war crimes

Posted by musliminsuffer on March 15, 2009

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=== News Update ===

Calls for investigation into Gaza attacks
Israel’s war crimes

Richard Falk

March 13, 2009

Israel blamed its earlier wars on the threat to its security, even that against Lebanon in 1982. However, its assault on Gaza was not justified and there are international calls for an investigation. But is there the political will to make Israel account for its war crimes?

For the first time since the establishment of Israel in 1948 the government is facing serious allegations of war crimes from respected public figures throughout the world. Even the secretary general of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, normally so cautious about offending sovereign states – especially those aligned with its most influential member, the United States – has joined the call for an investigation and potential accountability. To grasp the significance of these developments it is necessary to explain what made the 22 days of attacks in Gaza stand shockingly apart from the many prior recourses to force by Israel to uphold its security and strategic interests.

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Israeli settlers attack homes and stores in East Jerusalem

Posted by musliminsuffer on March 15, 2009

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=== News Update ===

Israeli settlers attack homes and stores in East Jerusalem

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Thursday March 12, 2009

Palestinian sources reported on Wednesday that a group of extremist Jewish settlers attacked dozens of Palestinian homes and stores in East Jerusalem.

The settlers were marching in the city and chanting slogans against Arabs and Palestinians, calling for their expulsion from the Holy City.

The Israeli police did not attempt to intervene, and allowed the settlers to continue their march, which encouraged them to attack Palestinian property, local sources reported.

The settlers chanted “death to Arabs” and other racists slogans while marching in Arab markets and the alleys of the Old City.

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‘Conspiracies against Sudan’

Posted by musliminsuffer on March 15, 2009

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=== News Update ===

‘Conspiracies against Sudan’

AlJazeera.net

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March 14, 2009

The arrest warrant issued by the International Criminal Court (ICC) against Omar al-Bashir, the president of Sudan, could tear the country apart, Middle East experts have warned.

In 2006, Khartoum and the Darfur rebel groups began negotiating a resolution – the Darfur Peace Agreement (DPA) – to end the conflict.

Badri Shafai, an Egyptian expert on African affairs, believes that the ICC indictment threatens to undermine the DPA and existing peace agreements with rebel groups in other Sudanese provinces.

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Behind arresting Al-Bashir, The West is attempting to do in Sudan by criminal indictment what it did by force in Iraq, Afghanistan and Palestine

Posted by musliminsuffer on March 15, 2009

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=== News Update ===

Behind arresting Al-Bashir
The West is attempting to do in Sudan by criminal indictment what it did by force in Iraq, Afghanistan and Palestine

Galal Nassar

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March 13, 2009

The warrant issued by the International Criminal Court (ICC), or perhaps we should call it the Western political criminal court, for the arrest of Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir is not meant to exact justice for the acts it claims were perpetrated against Sudanese people in Darfur. Nor is its purpose to bring Al-Bashir, Ahmed Haroun and Ali Koshib to trial in order to uphold and restore respect for international and humanitarian law and justice. Rather, it is a stage in the process of the political and moral assassination of the Sudanese president and the Sudanese government in implementation of a strategy of “constructive chaos” or recourse to “soft force” as an alternative means to bring about regime change. This is the crux of the West’s assault against Sudan, spearheaded by the prosecutor of the ICC, and it is this that should shape a counter-strategy.

The warrant, which is the latest phase of developments that have passed through the UN Security Council to the court, raises a number of legal and procedural issues. For one, Sudan is not a signatory to the Rome Statute that led to the creation of the ICC. Secondly, there is the question of the legality of the Security Council filling in this missing legal link. Thirdly, there is the matter of the Security Council’s ability to defer the pursuit of the Sudanese president for a year after the issuance of the warrant.

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