18-06-13

'Syria Has Used Chemical Weapons, Israel Says'

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November 2, 2010

‘IDF intelligence chief: Israel’s next war will see heavy casualties’

In farewell meeting at the Knesset, Gen. Amos Yadlin says next conflict will hit Israel far harder than recent wars in Lebanon and Gaza – and hints for first the time at Israeli involvement in a 2007 strike on a nuclear plant in Syria.

In a final meeting at the Knesset, outgoing Military Intelligence chief Amos Yadlin warned on Tuesday that Israel’s next war would be fought on several fronts – causing far heavier damage and casualties than other recent conflicts. A new war would be far deadlier than Israel’s last two, relatively short, conflicts in Lebanon in 2006 and Gaza in 2008-9. Syria, particularly, posed a greated military obstacle to Israel than at any time in the past three decades, Yadlin said, having amassed advanced Russian-built antiaircraft missiles that seriously limited the operational freedom of the Israel Air Force. Yadlin also hinted at Israel’s involvement in attacking a Syrian nuclear facility in September 2007. That strike has been widely attributed to Israel, but the government has never officially taken responsibility for the operation. The veteran soldier, who turns 60 next year, told the committee that during his position as MI chief he had contended with two enemy nuclear programs – apparently a reference to Iran and Syria. Yadlin also warned of a growing threat from the Iranian nuclear program, saying Iran now had enough highly enriched uranium to build a bomb.

Source: http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/idf-intelli...

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May 6, 2013 - May 21, 2013

May 6, 2013 - 'Israel used depleted uranium in airstrike on Syria: Report':
http://www.presstv.com/detail/2013/05/06/302129/israel-hit-syria-using-depleted-uranium/
May 21, 2013  - ‘Israel forces fired at target in Syria’:
http://www.presstv.com/detail/2013/05/21/304611/israel-forces-fired-at-target-in-syria/

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June 17, 2013

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Vietnamese victims of American chemical warfare (Agent Orange, Monsanto)

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Gaza 2009 - Victim of Israel's use of white fosfor bombs

10-04-13

Margaret Thatcher dead: Thatcher bashed miners but backed yuppies

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Margaret Thatcher 1925-2013: How she bashed miners and the unions but backed yuppies

9 Apr 2013

Margaret Thatcher's second term saw Britain's economy boom... but prosperity for the rich was paid for by millions of working men and woman.

The result was that the 80s saw Britain under Thatcher bitterly divided - while champagne corks popped in the City, the unions reeled from her assault on organised labour.

In the spectacular stock-market boom of the late 80s, Britain's rich became even richer.

Half of all the tax breaks brought in during Thatcher's 11 years in office went to the top 10%.

The Big Bang which revolutionised the way the City of London operated, throwing out hundreds of years of safeguards, brought untold riches to City spivs as Thatcher sold off the family silver, privatising state-run utilities such as British Gas and British Telecom.

A flurry of privatisations followed - of electricity and airlines - which raised a fortune for the Treasury.

City whizzkids, nicknamed yuppies, short for Young Upwardly-mobile Professionals, made huge bonuses by shifting money around the globe, contributing nothing but their ability to play a market.

All the while, government-backed ad campaigns like "Tell Sid" promised more easy money by urging ordinary folk to become shareholders and gamble their savings on the stock market roller-coaster.

"Loadsamoney" was the mantra of the era and, in a move that would decimate social housing for decades to come, Thatcher encouraged tenants to buy their homes at knock-down prices to cash in on the property boom in the hope that former council renters would be transformed into Tory voters.

But before she could bring in these changes, Thatcher had to rid the country of worker power - the Enemy Within, as she scandalously described ordinary members of trade unions.

With a landslide majority, she ruthlessly attacked the trade-union movement, leaving British workers exposed to exploitation, and destroying whole industries.

For some, it remains the greatest achievement of her years in office. She was a free marketeer and to achieve her aim she cared little for the lives of theworkers and their families.

Problems with the unions were endemic: Labour governments suffered from them as much as the Tories. But they had more difficulties dealing with them, as any action against the unions was seen as treachery. Thatcher had no such divided loyalties.

But she knew the pitfalls - she had served under Edward Heath and seen his government ground down by the unions.

So she started her industrial reforms slowly, with small changes. She did not want to confront the unions, she wanted to outflank them by appealing above the heads of their dyed-in-the-wool left-wing leaders to the rank-and-file membership. She marginalised their leaders, refusing to meet them.

The first legislation in 1980 banned secondary picketing but not secondary strike action.

It did not go far enough for her right-wingers - there was no withdrawal of benefits from strikers' families, no opting in to the political levy for the Labour Party.

But it was clever. It was mild enough to leave the union leaders, baying for confrontation, isolated. A call for a "Day of Action" failed dismally as the vast majority went into work.

But when the steel unions started a bitter strike against the British Steel Corporation's plans to rationalise the industry and cut jobs, she defied her cabinet by announcing plans to cut strikers' benefits, and from then on her attack on the unions escalated. More legislation followed in 1982, 1984, 1988 and 1990.

The biggest beast in the union jungle was the National Union of Mineworkers. From the moment Thatcher took office, she started laying down plans to defeat them. She backed down from a confrontation in 1981, finding funds to keep uneconomic pits open, biding her time until she was battle-ready.

She won the minor skirmishes. In 1982, both the NHS workers and the railwaymen lost out after lengthy strikes and it seemed, for a time, as if some of the other unions were scared of taking her on. The NUM three times rejected the calls of their new President Arthur Scargill to strike, and British Leylandworkers also voted to accept a pay offer their leaders wanted to reject.

But in 1984, the gloves came off. Thatcher's government had secretly built up large stocks of coal at the power stations and had converted as many as possible to burn oil.

Fleets of road hauliers were recruited to move coal if the railwaymen came out on strike with the miners. The strike was precipitated by the appointment of Ian McGregor, a hardliner who had been running British Steel and who had a track record in America of beating a two-year mineworkers' strike.

To stem £250million-a-year losses, he proposed closing pits in Yorkshire, Scotland and South Wales. Scargill came from Yorkshire, his equally left-wing deputy, Mick McGahey, came from Scotland. Battle was inevitable.

Yorkshire, Scotland and the small Kent coalfield were solidly in favour of strike action. When Scargill called for an all-out strike, he set miner against miner, pit village against pit village.

In some cases he even set father against son, brother against brother. What followed was appalling. Police were recruited in huge numbers from forces across the UK.

There were pitched battles between them and the striking miners. Newspapers and television showed picture after picture of battered and injured men.

Miners' wives, in the meantime, set up soup kitchens and appeals were launched nationally for food to feed their children.

The worst fighting happened at Orgreave, near Sheffield, where 5,000 pickets tried to stop coal being moved to the Scunthorpe Steelworks. Even greater numbers of police, many on horseback, battled with them daily for three weeks. On the first day alone 104 police officers and 28 pickets were injured.

By the end, several hundred, including Scargill, had been arrested.

Tony Benn, MP for Chesterfield at the time of the strike, said: "They were skilled and courageous men who had built the prosperity of Britain. They were treated like criminals by Mrs Thatcher, and they were right economically as well. It's a story that will never be forgotten."

And Dennis Skinner, Labour MP for Bolsover, said: "It was an honourable dispute. It was the only strike I can recall that wasn't about pay but was about saving jobs for other people."

While there was much sympathy for the strikers, Scargill attracted hostility. He was too rabid, too unprepared to reason, too much of a bully. When he was discovered to have asked for money from Libya's notorious Colonel Gaddafi, it was a spectacular own goal. Labour leader Neil Kinnock and the TUC joined Thatcher in condemning him.

While Scargill and his men remained isolated, Thatcher knew she could win. There was enough coal at the power stations for 18 months' electricity: she was confident the NUM would crack by then. Although other unions expressed support, few did anything to actively help the strike, largely because many miners were still working.

The Government treated their pay claims leniently to keep them sweet.

By the end of October 1985, the miners started to drift back to work. It was clear the Government could sit out the winter, and they were given deferred bonuses for returning to work. But it was not until the following March, a whole bloody and bruising year since it started, that the union ordered the rest of its men back to the pits.

Thatcher had prolonged the strike by her unwillingness to compromise: she was as stubborn as Scargill. The difference was, she was the winner.

The following year more battles broke out between police and pickets, this time outside Rupert Murdoch's newspaper plant in London's Docklands.

Murdoch, a long-standing ally of Thatcher's, moved the workforce for his four newspapers, The Times, The Sunday Times, The Sun and the News of the World, to Wapping without including the print workers in the deal. It provoked another bloody and violent struggle, which again lasted for a year. Before it began, Thatcher had assured Murdoch he would have the police manpower needed to ensure victory.

While manufacturing industries went to the wall, Britain became the bargain basement where third-world countries came to buy machinery that was standing idle.

But a year after the miners' strike ended, a rare attempt by Thatcher's government to save a British company split her cabinet apart. Her legendary intransigence forced Defence Secretary Michael Heseltine, her long-standing Conservative Party foe, to resign over the notorious Westland affair.

Heseltine stormed out of a meeting at No10, saying his views on the future of the struggling Westland helicopter company, which had attracted rescue packages from the US and Europe, were being ignored.

Two weeks later Thatcher's trusted Trade and Industry Secretary Leon Brittan was forced to resign after admitting he had authorised the leaking of a government law officer's letter which criticised Heseltine.

Thatcher won the battle but in some ways Heseltine won the war. In 1990, he unsuccessfully challenged Thatcher for the Tory party leadership, triggering the series of political events that would ultimately lead to her downfall.

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/margaret-thatcher-dead-how-bashed-1819966

08-04-13

Margaret Thatcher: Iron Lady who remade Britain

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The UK is a democratic country; its citizens enjoy freedom and equality. It is both one of the richest countries in the world and one of the most expensive countries to live in. You may think that a country such as this would be practically free of poverty. However, almost one-quarter of the population lives in poverty – this accounts for nearly 13 million people, including a third of all children. At the same time some of the richest people in the world live in the UK. Does this make Britain an equal society?

What is poverty?

The United Nations defines poverty as a 'lack of capabilities to live a long, healthy and creative life, to be knowledgeable, and to enjoy a decent standard of living, dignity, self-respect, and the respect of others'.

If someone's household income in the UK is below 60% of average household income, then they are considered to be living in poverty.

Effects of poverty in the UK

Children living in poverty are less likely to do well in their education than children who are from wealthier households.

They are also more likely to suffer from health problems, lower life expectancy and low employment prospects. 18% of children go without two or more essential items such as warm clothes and three meals a day. Just under ten million people can't afford safe, warm housing and have to live in cold, damp conditions.

Children, women and the elderly are the worst hit by poverty. Those living in poverty often have to face humiliation and a feeling of helplessness as they are judged and seen as second-class citizens, with many people expressing the view that those in poverty are to blame for their difficulties.

Photo: Children living in poor conditions in Stetchford, Birmingham, UK

http://www.channel4learning.com/sites/lifestuff/content/w...

16-11-12

Pro-Palestinian demonstration in London

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Pro-Palestinian activists have held a demonstration outside the Israeli embassy in London to protest the ongoing strikes by the Tel Aviv regime against the coastal territory.

The protest, which took place on Thursday evening, had been called by Stop-the-War Coalition, a UK group that campaigns against what it believes are unjust wars. Calling for the rally, the group warned against the incidence of a “Gaza massacre,” the DigitalJournal.com global media network reported.

“Unless something is done to stop the violence…we could see yet another humanitarian crisis…,” the coalition warned amid the continuation of Israel’s new wave of attacks against the enclave, which started on Wednesday and has so far killed at least 21 people.

Also on Thursday, the Arab Organization for Human Rights in Britain, an NGO that works on human rights issues in the Arab World, called on Egypt to “take urgent action” to save the Gaza Strip in the face of Israeli strikes.

The Israeli military frequently carries out airstrikes and other attacks on the Gaza Strip, saying the acts of aggression are being conducted for defensive purposes. However, in violation of international law, disproportionate force is always used and civilians are often killed or injured.

The attacks rage on while Israel keeps up its crippling blockade on Gaza, which it imposed on the enclave in 2007.

http://www.islamicinvitationturkey.com/2012/11/16/pro-palestinians-protest-in-london-amid-israel-attacks-on-gaza-strip/

16-10-12

Middle East: 'American Peace Process'...

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'Group of Arab States call on UNSC to take action against Israel'

The Group of Arab States in the United Nations has called on the UN Security Council (UNSC) to act on Israel’s violation of human rights against the Palestinian people.

"The Arab Group deplores the continuous Israeli violations against the Palestinian population in the occupied Palestinian territory, including the blockade, aerial bombardments and extrajudicial killings,” said a Monday statement read out by the Egyptian permanent representative to the United Nations Mootaz Ahmadein Khalil.

Addressing the UNSC in an open meeting on the latest developments in the Middle East, particularly the issue of Palestine, Khalil reiterated that the aggressions against the people of Palestine by Israeli settlers has “reached unprecedented levels.”

Israeli settlers, mostly armed, regularly attack Palestinian villages and farms and set fire to their mosques, olive groves and other properties in the occupied West Bank under the so-called “price tag” policy. However, the Tel Aviv regime rarely detains the assailants.

"The desecration of Christian and Muslim shrines in the occupied territories including the recent 'price tag' attacks against churches and the storming of al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem this month, deserve special attention,” Khalil said.

“The recent threats to launch a full military operation against Gaza are additional reminders about the intentions of the occupying power," he added.

More than half a million Israelis live in over 120 illegal settlements built since the 1967 Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories of the West Bank and East al-Quds (Jerusalem).

The Israeli settlements are considered illegal by the UN and most countries because those territories were captured by Israel in a war in 1967, and are hence seen as being subject to the Geneva Conventions, which forbids construction on occupied lands. 

AO/HMV

http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2012/10/16/266936/arab-state...

Note: The US. government made a deal with Israel.  That's why all the UN-resolutions critical of Israel, are blocked...

24-09-12

Human Rights First ! Russian aid arrives in Syria

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Sep 20, 2012

DAMASCUS, (SANA)- A Russian aircraft on Thursday arrived in Damascus International Airport carrying on board 38 tons of food supplies in aid to the families affected due to the crisis in Syria.

Deputy Director of Emergencies Department at the Russian Ministry of Extraordinary Situations, Alexander Bogdanov, said the Russian government decided to send humanitarian aid to Syria out of the friendly relations between both countries.

He noted that another aircraft scheduled to arrive tomorrow with a second batch of humanitarian aid will also be carrying 38 other tons of food supplies, indicating to the arrival of a third batch at a date to be determined later.

Bogdanov said that the cargo of today's aircraft included sugar, meat, milk and canned fish.

"This aid is an evidence of Russia's principled stances towards Syria and the strong and solid relations between the Syrian and Russian governments and peoples," said Assistant Minister of Social Affairs and Labor, Hassan Hijazi.

He highlighted that the distribution of the food materials will be carried out through cooperation with the Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) and the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor, in addition to the civil and non-government organizations.

For his part, Bassel Salah-Eddin, from the Public Relations Department at the SARC, stressed on coordination with the Ministry and civil organizations to ensure delivering the aid supplies to the affected people at the shelter centers and housing gatherings in the various provinces.

H. Said

http://sana.sy/eng/21/2012/09/20/442621.htm

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Who's responsible for terrorist attacks and the suffering of the Syrian people ?

Obama signed a secret order authorizing U.S. support for Syrian terrorists seeking to depose Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his government.  Obama’s order, approved earlier this year and known as an intelligence “finding,” broadly permits the CIA and other U.S. agencies to provide support that could help the terrorists oust Assad.  C.I.A. officers are operating secretly in southern Turkey. The weapons, including automatic rifles, rocket-propelled grenades, ammunition and some antitank weapons, are being funneled mostly across the Turkish border by way of a shadowy network of intermediaries including Syria’s Muslim Brotherhood and paid for by Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar. The United States is setting up joint military, intelligence and medical working teams with Israel, Turkey and Jordan.

British Foreign Secretary William Hague said Britain would step up its support for the armed groups in Syria, providing them with an additional £5 million (US$7.8 million). The money is used for bomb attacks in Syria.

16-09-12

Who's arming Syrian terrorism ?

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Who's responsible for terrorist acts in Syria ?

1) Obama signed a secret order authorizing U.S. support for Syrian terrorists seeking to depose Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his government.  Obama’s order, approved earlier this year and known as an intelligence “finding,” broadly permits the CIA and other U.S. agencies to provide support that could help the terrorists oust Assad.  C.I.A. officers are operating secretly in southern Turkey. The weapons, including automatic rifles, rocket-propelled grenades, ammunition and some antitank weapons, are being funneled mostly across the Turkish border by way of a shadowy network of intermediaries including Syria’s Muslim Brotherhood and paid for by Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar. The United States is setting up joint military, intelligence and medical working teams with Israel, Turkey and Jordan.

2) British Foreign Secretary William Hague said Britain would step up its support for the armed groups in Syria, providing them with an additional £5 million (US$7.8 million). The money is used for bomb attacks in Syria.

3) An official source told a SANA reporter that the seized arms included Nato sniper rifles, machineguns, hunting rifles, explosive devices of various weights, devices for remote control detonation and an amount of batteries and electrical wires.

4) Belgian Senator Nele Lijnen said that she intends to launch a discussion at the Belgian Senate regarding the fact that the terrorists in Syria possess weapons made in Belgium. 

5) The Swiss Authorities announced that they are investigating into information published by Sonntags Zeitung newspaper about hand grenades used by armed terrorist groups in Syria.

6) The weapons and military equipment recently discovered and seized by the Syrian Army in Idlib province proves NATO's arms and logistic support for terrorists in Syria.

7) The seized weapons in Salqain district in Idlib included 7.26 guns along with other weapons as well as boxes of gunshots with the words "NATO BALL" carved on them.

8) The Lebanese army intelligence has seized a large quantity of wea Lutfallah II container pons hidden inside cars aboard an Italian ship at Tripoli port, north of Lebanon, Lebanese security sources told Al-Manar TV.

9) This comes just days after the Lebanese Army Marines confiscated Lutfallah II arms shipment off the Lebanese port of Batoun while it was carrying 300,000 pounds of weapons within three containers. Reports said the cargo ship, which was flying the flag of Sierra-Leone, had left Libya and was bound to Syria.

10) Lebanese terrorist Mohammad Hussein Fares confessed to participating in smuggling weapons, militants and journalists into Syria and committing terrorists acts against Syrians.

11) Fares said that they smuggled assault rifles, RPG rounds, sniper rifles, LAW missiles, machineguns and cases of ammo, delivering them to Amoun, with al-Jarban coming later to distribute them among terrorists.

12) US, Qatar and Saudi Arabia are arming AL-QAEDA Terrorists to commit Terrorism in Syria

13) Over 30,000 various weapons have been channelled to Syria since unrest flared up there in April last year, Amin Khteit says. The overall amount of explosives makes up 300 tons. The deliveries were made by Qatar and Saudi Arabia. They depend on the United States, which is making every effort to overpower Syria.

14) The authorities seized weapons smuggled from Turkey in Tal Abyad area on the Syrian-Turkish borders in Raqqa countryside.

15) A Turkish parliamentarian has stressed that Turkish ambulances are transporting weapons to terrorist groups in Syria, expressing their opposition to Ankara's policies on the Syrian case.

12-09-12

Human rights first: the right to self-determination

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The right of nations to self-determination (from GermanSelbstbestimmungsrecht der Völker), or in short form, self-determinationis the principle in international law that nations have the right to freely choose their sovereignty and international political status with no external compulsion or interference. 

Photo: American drone, bombing.

11-09-12

Human rights first: Who's arming terrorists for bomb attacks in Syria ?

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- Obama signed a secret order authorizing U.S. support for Syrian terrorists seeking to depose Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his government.  Obama’s order, approved earlier this year and known as an intelligence “finding,” broadly permits the CIA and other U.S. agencies to provide support that could help the terrorists oust Assad.  C.I.A. officers are operating secretly in southern Turkey. The weapons, including automatic rifles, rocket-propelled grenades, ammunition and some antitank weapons, are being funneled mostly across the Turkish border by way of a shadowy network of intermediaries including Syria’s Muslim Brotherhood and paid for by Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar. The United States is setting up joint military, intelligence and medical working teams with Israel, Turkey and Jordan.

- Belgian Senator Nele Lijnen said that she intends to launch a discussion at the Belgian Senate regarding the fact that the terrorists in Syria possess weapons made in Belgium. 

 

- British Foreign Secretary William Hague said Britain would step up its support for the armed groups in Syria, providing them with an additional £5 million (US$7.8 million). The money is used for bomb attacks in Syria.

- An official source told a SANA reporter that the seized arms included Nato sniper rifles, machineguns, hunting rifles, explosive devices of various weights, devices for remote control detonation and an amount of batteries and electrical wires.

- The Swiss Authorities announced that they are investigating into information published by Sonntags Zeitung newspaper about hand grenades used by armed terrorist groups in Syria.

08-08-12

Syria: Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah calls for a dialogue

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Nasrallah: US, Western Countries and Israel Want to Destroy Syria… Israel and Takfiri Mind Real Threats to Stability in the Region

August 8, 2012, BEIRUT, (SANA) – Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said that the US, Israel and some western and regional countries prevent the Syrian opposition from dialogue to achieve their project of destroying Syria.

Speaking during the annual iftar banquet organized by the women’s activities department of the Islamic Resistance Support Association on Monday Nasrallah indicated to the efforts exerted to start dialogue between all opposition and the government but all are in vain because dialogue in Syria is prohibited since the western countries and Israel want to destroy Syria no matter what happens to the armed groups, opposition forces or the Syrian army.

He reiterated that halting violence and returning to dialogue without preconditions are the solution for what is taking place in Syria, adding that those who put conditions reject dialogue.

Nasrallah stressed that Israel and the takfiri mentality are the real threats to the security and stability in the region, adding that many countries and governments are involved in funding this murderer takfiri mind with billions of dollars, deepening wounds in the region and pushing things to the worst.

R. Raslan/ al-Ibrahim

Photo: Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah

30-07-12

Syria: Committee for Supporting Golan Prisoners Resists

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Committee for Supporting Golan Prisoners: Resistance Will Remain despite Israeli Practices against Syrian Prisoners

July 30, 2012 - QUNEITRA, (SANA) – The Committee for Supporting Golan Prisoners in Israeli Prisons stressed the continuity of resistance despite the Israeli occupation's arbitrary practices against the Syrian prisoners who spent more than 25 years in the Israeli jails.

In a statement on Monday, the Committee hailed the sacrifices of the Syrian army and people in the face of those who conspire against their unity and homeland.

The Committee congratulated the liberated prisoner, head of Apple Marketing Committee in occupied Golan, Yousef Saleh Shams.

In a statement to SANA reporter , Chairman of the Committee for Supporting Syrian Prisoners in Israeli prisons, Ali al-Younes hoped the international organizations to pay more attention to the issue of Syrian prisoners and the difficult circumstances in the Israeli jails, indicating to the deteriorating health conditions of many prisoners due to the deliberate medical negligence by Israeli occupation authorities.

R. Raslan/ al-Ibrahim 

16-07-12

Human Rights Watch: instrument of the U.N. Council and Washington

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From 1964 through 1973, the United States flew 580,000 bombing runs over Laos — one every 9 minutes for 10 years. More than 2 million tons of ordnance was unloaded on the countryside, double the amount dropped on Nazi Germany in World War II.

Nearly half of Laos is now contaminated with unexploded ordinance, explosive weapons such as bombs, grenades and land mines.

'Promoting freedom and democracy and protecting human rights around the world are central to U.S. foreign policy' (U.S. Department of State http://www.state.gov/j/drl/ )

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Hillary Clinton, Amnesty International, American State Department, Human Rights Watch and the wars against Libanon, Serbia, Iraq, Libya, Syria and Iran.

 
 
Suzanne Nossel Richard Holbrooke when he was UN ambassador and current assistant to Hillary Clinton for international organizations, is Executive Director of Amnesty International United States. She applied in office at the State Department to instrument the human rights to serve the imperial ambitions.

Ms. Nossel had previously worked for Human Rights Watch, as well as Bertelsmann Media Worldwide and the administration of the Wall Street Journal.

The Board of Directors of Amnesty International considered that the United States commitment to Suzanne Nossel in the Clinton and Obama administrations was a guarantee of competence and has not held against the crimes committed in Yugoslavia, Afghanistan, Iraq, Lebanon etc. .

Ms. Nossel has led various campaigns against Iran, Libya and Syria. In recent months she has shown in intoxicating the Council of Human Rights in Geneva in order to be adopted by the Security Council resolution authorizing a war against Libya. The imputations of Ms. Nossel has been denied since.

http://enricpatrick.over-blog.org/article-an-assistant-to-hillary-clinton-takes-the-head-of-amnesty-international-united-states-91921246.html

25-05-12

Human Rights Watch: Only 72 victims of 'potentially unlawful air strikes'

 

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Russia hopes that the International Criminal Court will consider all cases of NATO airstrikes in Libya that caused civilian casualties, Foreign Ministry human rights spokesman Konstantin Dolgov said in the statement published on the ministry’s website.

“We welcome the decision of ICC Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo to consider alleged violations of international humanitarian law," the statement said. "We presume that the ICC will consider all cases of NATO bombing that caused civilian casualties.”

“The issue of civilian casualties during the NATO Libyan campaign has been repeatedly raised at the UN Security Council and the UN Council on Human Rights.”

“An impartial international investigation into the effects of NATO air strikes during Operation United Defender in Libya is necessary to prevent such tragedies in the future,” the statement said.

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Human Rights Watch: Only 72 victims of 'potentially unlawful air strikes'...

Posted by David Cenciotti in 'Libyan Uprising'

'Libya: NATO must acknowledge and compesate 72 civilian victims of potentially unlawful air strikes, Human Rights Watch says'

May 14, 2012

Last year’s Libya Air War saw the coalition of NATO and non-NATO members, operating within Operation Unified Protector, dropping some 3,644 LGBs, 2,844 GPS-guided, 1,150 precision-guided direct-fire weapons, to enforce the UN Security Council resolutions 1970 and 1973 and get rid of Gaddafi.

However, in spite of the exclusive use of PGMs (Precision Guided Munitions) and a 30-minute process to perform identification and accurate Collateral Damage Estimate before any weapons could be dropped against a target (even a time-sensitive one) in order to prevent civilians from being either injured or killed by the strike, NATO was unable to achieve the standard of “zero expectation” of death or injury to civilians.

Unfortunately, when you are at war, you can use the most advanced weapon system ever produced and take all the precautions to reduce collateral damage, but you will never be able to completely remove civilian harm when you drop bombs in urban scenarios.

As already highlighted by the UN report issued in March 2012, NATO has failed to acknowledge several civilian casualties from air strikes during the 2011 air campaign and has not investigated possible unlawful attacks. That’s the conclusion of “Unacknowledged Deaths: Civilian Casualties in NATO’s Air Campaign in Libya” a Human Rights Watch 76-page report released on May 14.

Eight airstrikes that resulted in 72 deaths were investigated on the field during and after the conflict by the HRW that did not find evidence of clear military target at seven of the eight visited sites.

The most serious incident occurred in the village of Majer, 160 kilometers east of Tripoli, the capital, on Aug. 8, 2011, when NATO bombs fell on two family compounds killing 34 civilians and wounding more than 30.

A second strike outside one of the compounds killed and wounded civilians who witnesses said were searching for victims. HRW believes that the infrared system used to guide the bomb (most probably an LGB) should have indicated to the pilot the presence of many people on the ground. If the pilot was unable to determine that those people were combatants, then the strike should have been canceled or diverted.

As reported by the UN report, HRW found that NATO officials were unwilling to investigate some incidents: “They were forthcoming about all the general measures they took to protect civilians, such as the exclusive use of PGM and the rigorous target review process, but they refused to give any details about some specific targets in which civilians died. The standard answer was that all targets were military objects, and they usually called them “command and control nodes” or “staging areas.” But they never gave detailed evidence to support those claims” said Fred Abrahams, special adviser at Human Rights Watch and principal author of the report.

“That evidence matters. We looked at 8 sites and, at seven of them we found no or only possible evidence of Libyan military activity. This is consistent with the UN commission of inquiry. At the eighth site, the target may have been a Libyan Brig General. But that attack also killed three women and four children from the family. The strange part of all this is that NATO is undermining its own successes in reducing civilian casualties. The overall numbers are quite low, but they are refusing to examine the mistakes that took place” Abrahams said.

Obviously, the problem is not linked to a possible violation of the laws of war (under which parties to a conflict may only direct attacks at military targets and minimize harm to civilians) or to lessons that could be learned to minimize casualties in future wars; most probably the real issue is that governments could be compelled to compensate victims of unlawful attacks (admitting a direct involvement they might not want to publicize….) as done in Afghanistan, where a program provide payments to civilian victims of NATO attacks without regard to wrongdoing.

http://theaviationist.com/2012/05/14/hrw-report-libya/

Tags: Civilian casualties, Human Rights Watch, Libya, Libya Air War, NATO, Operation Unified Protector, PGM, United Nations

 

20-03-12

Pursuit of 'terrorists'...

The nazi's called the members of the French resistance movement 'terrorists'.  And the French government called the members of the Algerian resistance movement 'terrorists'.  The French army in Algeria used the same horrible practices as the Americans.  They killed someone who was very important within the Algerian resistance and they made photos of his mutilated body.

 

Pursuit of terrorists is ‘like a tiger hunt’, said British general

 

Gaeilge: Bearaic Constáblacht Ríoga Uladh (RUC...

Gaeilge: Bearaic Constáblacht Ríoga Uladh (RUC), Crois Mhic Lionnáin, Contae Ard Mhacha. English: Police station of Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) in Crossmaglen, County Armagh, Northern Ireland. Suomi: Royal Ulster Constabularyn (RUC) poliisiasema Crossmaglenissa Armagh'n kreivikunnassa Pohjois-Irlannissa. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Army commander's choice of words at a sensitive time provoked protest from his colleagues

The campaign against terrorists was described as "like a tiger hunt" by Britain's top military officer in Northern Ireland at the height of the Troubles.

Lieutenant General Sir John Waters urged Army commanders in the province in June 1989 to view terrorists like the quarry in "an old-fashioned tiger hunt". His directive declared that police and army units should work together like beaters and experienced hunters to drive targets "on to the guns".

His words, at a time when the British military were accused of operating a shoot-to-kill policy, provoked protests from his colleagues. Major General Charles Guthrie, now a peer, complained that "the references in the letter to tiger hunting and killing are ill-advised".

Full details of the document, which became known as the "Tiger in the Jungle" paper, emerged amid renewed criticism of the Army's role during the Troubles, as SAS officers faced questioning over the deaths of two IRA men in Loughgall in 1990. However, the special forces officer in charge of the operation that ended with the deaths of Martin McCaughey and Dessie Grew said his men opened fire only if life was endangered.

Lt-Gen Waters, who was General Officer Commanding the British Army in Northern Ireland from 1988 to 1990, sent all his commanders a "concept of operations" paper detailing what was expected from them during their time in Ulster. The paper dealt with the issue of "police primacy" – which had become a bone of contention between the security forces at the time – stating that "wherever possible, the maintenance of public order and anti-terrorism are conducted by the police".

But the seventh of his 17 points caused consternation among his superiors. "The way that the standard units and the specialist units should work together to get success can be compared with an old-fashioned tiger hunt," Lt-Gen Waters declared in the document, released by the Ministry of Defence under Freedom of Information legislation. "The most experienced hunters are placed in what is judged to be the very best position from which to get a shot.

"The beaters surround the area of the jungle where the tigers are expected to be and drive them on to the guns. Beating requires great skill and coordination to prevent the tigers breaking out of the cordon, or killing some of the beaters.

"Frequently the tigers break back, make a mistake, and expose themselves to the beaters. This is the opportunity for the beaters, who also carry guns, to get a tiger."

Maj-Gen Guthrie asked his colleague to moderate his language. He wrote, in August 1989: "My main worry is that, whatever caveats are attached to the documents, their contents will leak out in a way which will cause embarrassment to you, the Army Department and Ministers. Bitter experience suggests that such quotable phrases become so widely discussed that they are almost bound to reach unauthorised ears sooner or later."

The Labour MP Paul Flynn said: "I am all in favour of letting sleeping dogs lie, but this type of leadership is much worse than I had ever expected."

The Tory MP Patrick Mercer, who served briefly under Waters in Northern Ireland, said his senior was handling the row over the relationship between police and military units.

He said: "It's worth remembering that he wrote this at the height of the disease of political correctness. At that time, military operations would be put off because the police decided that killing terrorists would likely cause more trouble than it solved."

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