‘Kiev forces shooting at civilians’: State Dept’s Psaki has no concerns

http://xrepublic.tv/node/9155
Despite dozens of bodies being taken to the morgue in Donetsk, the Ukrainian government is denying that innocent locals are among the casualties of the army operation. The army’s supporters in US also deny that government troops could be to blame.
Psaki says the puppet government has the right to kill civilians to maintain order, unlike previous legal administration

Eastern-Ukrainian resistance ‘terrorist’ children begging for cease-fire

http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=ae6_1401319881#flJhkDjiVhHDAtdb.99


For those who are not very informed or completely brainwashed:
I am from Donetsk and my mother’s line are all Ukrainians and Father’s Russo-Ukrainians who of course was also born in Ukraine.
Kiev junta and some political sluts illegally took over our capital and dictating their nonsense under cover of EU and US governments. Plan is simple: take over gas-rich east to later steal our people’s gas. Slovyansk is a town I’ve been to many times, because my God-mother lives there, so I get the best, unbiased and unprocessed info.
Terrorists are the ones who terrorise people and western-Ukrainians are the ones who came to our land to kill our people and our people defending themselves, because no one else is willing to help us.

Here is something I’d like to ask Russophobes of liveleak: How would it make you feel if people of different ethnic group in your country took over DC by force and next day would delegalize English language, cancel all of your television channels because they are in English. Then they would make you an enemy of a state if you didnt start speaking Spanish instead and on top of that, they would sent well-equipped army to your city to enforce these new fascist rules. How would it make you feel if they not only came over to your city, but also started to randomly kill innocent people that walk to store for bread or walk from work.
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North Korea disappoints New York Times comic, seems it’s not that bad after all

Girls playing on the beach, hair salons and bored commuters: Tourist who took camera inside North Korea expecting to find ‘really, really sad people’ is shocked to discover a happy country

  • Singaporean photographer Aram Pan visited North Korea last year
  • Gained permission for his 360 photography project after sending emails and faxes to North Korean contacts
  • A BBC Panorama documentary led him to believe he would see lots of starving people
  • Discovered healthy looking men and women shopping, playing volleyball and clocking off work at 6pm
  • Believes that ‘North Korea needs more friendly interaction with the outside world, even if it is just tourists’

When a man from Singapore had his wish to visit North Korea granted, he braced himself for the scenes of ‘barren lands’ and ‘really, really sad people’ that he had seen via a BBC Panorama documentary.

But what he found blew his mind – for all the right reasons.

Inside the communist enclave in 2013, photographer Aram Pan witnessed bustling markets, men and women enjoying themselves at a Western looking water park and miles and miles of crops ready for harvest, shattering all of his illusions about what a holiday to North Korea would entail.

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The Munsu Water Park in Pyongyang, North Korea, features colourful water slides, swimming pools and glass pyramids roofs. The complex opened in 2013 and appears popular with locals

The Munsu Water Park in Pyongyang, North Korea, features colourful water slides, swimming pools and glass pyramids roofs. The complex opened in 2013 and appears popular with locals

 

North Korean men wearing suits enjoy ice cream in the sunshine, contradicting the most commonly cited cliche that North Korea is a 'destitute, starving country'. One man perches on a kerb and waves in his white socks and sandals

North Korean men wearing suits enjoy ice cream in the sunshine, contradicting the most commonly cited cliche that North Korea is a ‘destitute, starving country’. One man perches on a kerb and waves in his white socks and sandals

Unlike other tourists who have visited the country, Mr Pan did not have to hide the photos and video he was taking from inside the country – he simply asked for permission.

‘I have been curious about North Korea for many years. The average person has probably seen more photos about outer space than of North Korea. It’s one of those great mysteries that I wanted to discover for myself and I figured it might just be possible,’ Mr Pan told MailOnline

He decided to set about planning a trip in 2012, by writing and asking permission to do a photographic project.

‘It was a spur-of-the-moment decision. I didn’t want to do a sneaky, undercover project as I didn’t want to get into any trouble,’ he said.

Explaining how he got inside the secretive state, he explained: ‘I sent several mails and faxes to multiple North Korean contacts, all of which are easily available online if you do a search. Then one day someone actually replied and I met their representative. It was a lot easier than I expected.’

Women in brightly coloured bathing suits throw sand on the beach, as others stand with their bicycles in the background. In June 2013 it was reported that, as part of his plans to turn North Korea into a 'world class' tourist destination, leader Kim Jong-un ordered the transformation of the industrial port of Wonsan into a beach resort town

Women in brightly coloured bathing suits throw sand on the beach, as others stand with their bicycles in the background. In June 2013 it was reported that, as part of his plans to turn North Korea into a ‘world class’ tourist destination, leader Kim Jong-un ordered the transformation of the industrial port of Wonsan into a beach resort town

Photographer Aram Pan stands in front of a bronze monument. He has now been on two visits to North Korea and plans to go on a third this autumn

Photographer Aram Pan stands in front of a bronze monument. He has now been on two visits to North Korea and plans to go on a third this autumn

Mr Pan, a commercial photographer by day who specialises in 360 degree panoramic virtual tours for real estate, hotels and automobiles, has now been on two visits to North Korea and plans to go on a third this autumn.

‘I was supposed to book my first trip in August 2012. Unfortunately I was suddenly unwell and had to postpone my first trip to August 2013. Later when I approached the local travel agency (Universal Travel Corporation) specialising in North Korea tours with my proposal, the manager was very excited about it and immediately offered to sponsor my first trip.

‘After that first trip, the manager of a second travel company (DPR Korea Tourism) based in Malaysia offered to sponsor my second trip.

‘Currently, talks are already underway to plan a third trip this autumn and I’ve been told that more travel agencies in Singapore and Malaysia are already interested in marketing exotic tours to North Korea.’

A stunning view from Mount Kumgang, a 1,638-metre-high mountain in Kangwon-do, North Korea

A stunning view from Mount Kumgang, a 1,638-metre-high mountain in Kangwon-do, North Korea

A woman in a pink gown gets her hair dyed at an old fashioned hairdressers. Mr Pan said: 'People seem to go about their daily lives and everything looks so incredibly normal.'A woman in a pink gown gets her hair dyed at an old fashioned hairdressers. Mr Pan said: ‘People seem to go about their daily lives and everything looks so incredibly normal.’

 

Consumer goods, such as electrical rice cookers and other kitchen appliances, have begun to flood North Korea via China

Consumer goods, such as electrical rice cookers and other kitchen appliances, have begun to flood North Korea via China

'The things I've seen and photographed tell me that the situation isn't as bad as I thought,' Mr Pan explained after he saw healthy looking men and women play volleyball together on the beach

‘Coming back from my second trip, many things still puzzle me. I’ve travelled from Pyongyang to Hyangsan to Wonsan to Kumgangsan, to Kaesong and back. The things I’ve seen and photographed tell me that the situation isn’t as bad as I thought,’ he said.

‘People seem to go about their daily lives and everything looks so incredibly normal. Some of my friends tell me that everything I’ve seen must be fake and all that I’ve photographed are a massive mock up.

‘But the more I think about that logic, the more it doesn’t make any sense… would anyone mock up miles and miles of crops as far as my eyes can see and orchestrate thousands of people to seemingly go about their daily lives?’

In the late 1990s, North Korea suffered a major famine that is thought to have led to between 500,000 and 600,000 deaths.

However, despite starvation no longer being a fact of life in North Korea, the most commonly cited cliche about the country is still that it is ‘destitute’ and ‘starving’.

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AIPAC: Public Enemy Number 1

http://www.shoah.org.uk/2014/05/29/aipac-public-enemy-number-1/

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Washington is under siege, America is under siege as more than 14,000 die hard Pro-Israel Americans Jews and Gentiles gather in Washington for the 2014 Annual Policy Conference.

They come from all 50 states and the number one State, Israel. They come from 500 US campuses. They come calling for War on America and the American people, calling for War on Iran, and certainly calling for their perpetual war on Palestinians and on peace. They are AIPAC.

They are the most powerful lobby in US history, a lobby that defines “loyalty” as that for Israel. They demand wars by America, yet they join and send their sons and daughters to the Israeli army.

They took us to wars that cost over $3 Trillions all for nothing, stupid senseless wars to secure Israel’s Eastern borders as far as Afghanistan and Iraq. Thousands of brave American died and these senseless wars and tens of thousands are maimed for life. Their wars put our country at risk endangering our national, international and domestic security.

They take us to wars over seas and then rob us of our lifetime savings through a criminally corrupt banking and financial system that destroyed whatever remained good and decent of America, they laughed all the way to the banks and we lost our homes, savings, retirement funds and jobs.

Who would believe that a country that spends over $3.5 billions on last year’s presidential, congressional and local elections can be bought lock, stock and barrel by an organization with a mere $70 millions in annual budget.

But then hold on here. It is not their money that controls America; it is their Fifth Column in the White House, in Congress, in media and public relations, on Wall Street and on America’s college campuses certainly at the Feds. They are all Israeli Loyalists and Israeli Firsters.

Keeping in Israeli practices of “secure checkpoints” America’s public officials elected and appointed they come marching in after being stripped of their clothing’s, their dignity and their American loyalty and patriotism. No other country in the world allows its politicians and elected officials to pledge allegiance to another country, a client state.

Indeed America and the American people have no sense of shame and no sense of dignity for allowing this organization to operate with free hands. Time to take back America for the American people. Time to put America and not Israel First. Time to put AIPAC and all Israeli Loyalists out of business

Just confirming what we already knew, Former Al-Qaeda Leader says that the CIA runs Al-Nusra, Al-Qaeda

The following is an interview of Osama bin Laden’s personal guard, Nabil Na’eem Abul Fattah. Na’eem tells Lebanon’s Asian News Agency in an interview that not only is the leader of Al-Qaeda, his former colleague Ayman Al-Zawahiri, a US double agent working on behalf of the interests of Washington, but that the leader of Jabhat Al-Nusra is a US agent fighting inside Syria.
He talks about the revolt of the Syrian branch of the Muslim Brotherhood against Hafez Al-Assad and explains that ideas about a new caliphate are a tool of US foreign policy. He also says that the foreign fighters in Syria are fools who are “fighting the war in Syria on America’s behalf.” Warning them that they will all be killed or put in prison after they serve their purposes “like what happened to us after Afghanistan.”

Source: The Asian News Agency

USA/Saudi armed terrorists in Syria enjoy feasts while civilians starve

Syrian fighters enjoy feasts while civilians starve http://english.al-akhbar.com/content/syrian-fighters-enjoy-feasts-while-civilians-starve

 

A handout picture released by the official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) on January 30, 2014 shows residents of Syria’s besieged Yarmuk Palestinian refugee camp, south of Damascus, receiving food parcels from the UN Palestinian refugee agency (UNRWA).
 

Damascus countryside: A video clip shot in the Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp south of Damascus shows the shrouding of an old man who died of hunger. A young man in his prime and in good health appears in the clip standing in front of the emaciated corpse. Looking upset, he mutters “God sufficeth me! Most Excellent is He in whom I trust.” “This is the situation in the Yarmouk camp,” says Amr Shihab, a Palestinian humanitarian relief activist. “Behind the cameras that shoot those dying of starvation and behind the barricades of al-Nusra Front and Aknaf Bayt al-Maqdis Brigades, stand individuals that never knew the taste of hunger during this war.”

The same is true in the various regions of the Damascus countryside where living standards vary dramatically. Al-Nusra Front fighters come at the very top because they receive a lot of money from their organization allowing them to buy goods at exorbitant prices in the flashpoint areas of the Damascus countryside. “Five hundred thousand Syrian pounds (about $3,000) which is the price of a 50 Kilogram (110 lb) bag of rice in the Yarmouk camp means nothing to al-Nusra fighters. With their wealth they have no problem securing their own food and drink,” adds Shihab.

Next in rank come the fighters of Jaish al-Islam (affiliated with the Islamic Front) who are mainly based in Eastern Ghouta. They too are paid large sums of money from their leaders but not in all areas. The fighters who receive the most aid are the ones from Douma where their headquarters are located (because their military leader, Zahran Alloush, is from Douma). Sharif al-Nabulsi who is close to the Free Syrian Army tells Al-Akhbar that Jaish al-Islam fighters in areas that lie further away in Eastern Ghouta are paid less. He adds: “In the smaller towns in Eastern Ghouta, most of the local fighters joined Jaish al-Islam out of economic need after making deals that determined the aid they receive from the organization’s leadership.”

The Free Syrian Army’s fighters are the “poorest and they often get their resources from theft while al-Nusra Front and Jaish al-Islam’s fighters refrain from stealing.” But the main reason, according to Nabulsi, is that the two other organizations “have no need to rob the poor as long as they receive large sums of money from abroad. This allows them to look down on those they have starved with false morals such as imposing hudud punishment (a punishment fixed in the Quran and hadith for crimes considered to be against the rights of God) on thieves.

 

It is commonplace for Jaish al-Islam and al-Nusra Front fighters to hold banquets during their meetings or on special occasions such as announcing a certain victory or establishing a new military group or merging with another group, “while hunger haunts the rest of the people only dozens of meters away from them.” A picture that was posted on social media sites shows Islamic Front fighters attending a banquet and fine dining in the Yarmouk camp at the height of the famine that struck the camp.

“Most of them stayed in their neighborhoods because they do not have the means to bear the burden of displacement.” The specter of famine is now threatening civilians in several areas in the Damascus countryside. While foodstuffs have disappeared in certain regions where they live and smuggled goods – that usually come to the “rich fighters living the high life” – are too expensive, their lives have become more like death. “Even the aid that the state tried to send in is seized upon by those who wield power in a given area,” according to an activist in the Syrian Red Crescent. There are two types of fighters that prevent food from getting to those in need. The first type consists of hungry fighters and the second type consists of fighters who profit from food smuggling.

Bringing aid to many areas and so called “aid” bestowed upon the hungry by charitable organizations “undercut the prices of the black market which prompted some businessmen to pay fighters working with them to thwart aid distribution operations.”

At the end of the day, the hungry – especially those who die from famine – become media fodder for the fighters. “Hundreds come out in their funerals and share their pictures on social networking sites after their death. But before they die, they do not give them as much as a sliver of bread.”

This article is an edited translation from the Arabic Edition.

 

Weekly report on israel’s terrorism against the State of Palestine

FULL REPORT 

PCHR Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory

In its Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territories for the week of 22 – 28 May, 2014, the Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) found that Israeli forces wounded 8 Palestinians, including 7 civilians and a child. Four of the aforementioned Palestinians were wounded in the West Bank, and the other four ones were wounded in the Gaza strip. Israeli naval forces fired at and chased Palestinian fishing boats in the Gaza Strip Sea. In addition, Israeli forces conducted at least 65 military incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank. During these incursions, Israeli forces arrested at least 46 Palestinians, including 10 children and a woman.

Salfit- Israeli forces confiscate lands in Kafr al-Deek village- Reuters
Salfit- Israeli forces confiscate lands in Kafr al-Deek village- Reuters

Israeli attacks in the West Bank & Gaza:

Shootings:

During the reporting period, Israeli forces wounded 8 Palestinians, including 7 civilians and a child. Four of the aforementioned Palestinians were wounded in the West Bank, and the other four ones were wounded in the Gaza strip. Israeli naval forces fired at and chased Palestinian fishing boats in the Gaza Strip Sea.

In the Gaza Strip, on 23 May 2014, Mohammed ‘Abdel Men’em Ahmed Abu Shehadah (16) from al-Msadar village was wounded by a bullet to the right shoulder causing him paraplegia when Israeli forces stationed along the border, east of Deir al-Balah, opened fire at 3 brothers, who were collecting straws in an agricultural area around 350 meters away from the border.

On the same day, a member of an Palestinian armed group was wounded by a bullet to the right thigh when Israeli forces stationed along the border between the Gaza Strip and Israel, north of al-Sifah area in the northwest of Beit Lahia in the northern Gaza Strip, opened fire at a group of a number of armed Palestinians who were present near the border.

On the same day, Israeli forces stationed along the border, east of Jabalia in the northern Gaza strip, opened fire and fired tear gas canisters at a group of young men who were near the border in attempt to throw stones at the Israeli soldiers. No injuries were reported.

Also on the same day, Israeli forces stationed on the watchtowers at Beit Hanoun Crossing (Erez) and in its vicinity, northwest of Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza Strip, opened fire at a group of workers who were collecting raw materials in the destroyed industrial zone to the west of the crossing near the border. No injuries were reported.

On 25 May 2014, Israeli forces stationed on the watchtowers along the northern border, northwest of Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza Strip, opened fire at a group of workers who were collecting raw materials near the border fence in the destroyed industrial zone near Beit Hanoun “Erez” Crossing. As a result, a Palestinian civilian was wounded by a bullet to the left leg.

On 26 May 2014, ‘Emad Shokri Salem (52) from Beit Lahia Housing Project was wounded by two bullets to the back and right hand when Israeli forces stationed along the border, northwest of Beit Lahia in the northern Gaza Strip, opened fire at a group of Palestinian civilians who were along the Beit Lahia shore around 300 meters away from the northern borders.

In the context of targeting Palestinian fishermen in the sea, on 24 May 2014, Israeli gunboats stationed off al-Waha Shore, northwest of Beit Lahia in the northern Gaza Strip, opened fire in the vicinity of the Palestinian fishing boats sailing 3 nautical miles offshore. No injuries were reported, but fishermen lost 4 nets which are 250 meters long.

On 27 May 2014, Israeli naval forces arrested 3 Palestinian fishermen while sailing 3 nautical miles off Rafah shore in the southern Gaza Strip.

In the West Bank, on 23 May 2014, Israeli forces wounded 3 Palestinian civilians who were participating in a demonstration organized in the vicinity of ‘Ofer Prison, southwest of Ramallah, in solidarity with the Palestinian administrative detainees who have been on hunger strike in the Israeli jails. The first civilian (19) sustained a bullet wound to the right leg, the second one (24) was hit by a tear gas canister to his chest, and the third one (23) sustained a rubber-coated metal bullet wound to his forehead.

On 24 May 2014, Israeli forces stationed on watchtowers established along the fence surrounding “Beit Eil” settlement, north of Ramallah, opened fire at a group of boys in the agricultural lands near al-Jalzone UNRWA School for Boys to the west of the aforementioned settlement. As a result, Mohammed ‘Ali Hasan Safi (‘Eishawi) (18) from the refugee camp was wounded by 3 bullets to the left and right legs. He was arrested and taken to Hadasa ‘Ein Karem Hospital in Jerusalem, where his wounds were described as critical.

In the same context, Israeli forces used excessive force against peaceful protests organised by Palestinian civilians, international and Israeli human rights defenders in protest at the construction of the annexation wall and settlement activities in the West Bank. As a result, dozens of protestors suffered tear gas inhalation, and others sustained bruises as they were beaten up by Israeli soldiers.

Incursions:

During the reporting period, Israeli forces conducted at least 65 military incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank. During these incursions, Israeli forces arrested at least 46 Palestinians, including 10 children and a woman.

On 22 May 2014, Israeli forces moved 200 meters into the east of Khaza’ah village, east of Khan Younis in the southern Gaza strip. They levelled lands along the border fence and then redeployed along the border fence.

Restrictions on movement:

Israel continued to impose a tight closure of the oPt, imposing severe restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem.

The illegal closure of the Gaza Strip, which has been steadily tightened since June 2007 has had a disastrous impact on the humanitarian and economic situation in the Gaza Strip. The Israeli authorities impose measures to undermine the freedom of trade, including the basic needs for the Gaza Strip population and the agricultural and industrial products to be exported. For 7 consecutive years, Israel has tightened the land and naval closure to isolate the Gaza Strip from the West Bank, including occupied Jerusalem, and other countries around the world. This resulted in grave violations of the economic, social and cultural rights and a deterioration of living conditions for 1.7 million people. The Israeli authorities have established Karm Abu Salem (Kerem Shaloum) as the sole crossing for imports and exports in order to exercise its control over the Gaza Strip’s economy. They also aim at imposing a complete ban on the Gaza Strip’s exports.

Israeli forces have continued to impose severe restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians throughout the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem. Thousands of Palestinian civilians from the West Bank and the Gaza Strip continue to be denied access to Jerusalem.

As part of using military checkpoints and border crossings as traps to arrest Palestinian civilians under the pretext they are wanted, Israeli forces arrested 5 Palestinian civilians at military checkpoints in the West Bank, and another 5 civilians along the border between the Gaza Strip and Israel.

Settlement activities:

Israel has continued its settlement activities in the oPt, in a direct violation of international humanitarian law, and Israeli settlers have continued to attack Palestinian civilians and property.

Attacks carried out by Israeli forces

On 22 May 2014, Israeli forces accompanied by a group of settlers moved into Thaher al-Soboh area, north of Kafr al-Deek village, west of Salfit. They surveyed tracts of lands in the area till at approximately 15:00. At approximately 09:00 on Sunday, 25 May 2014, Israeli forces backed by bulldozers moved into the area again and leveled tracts of lands in it. The lands threatened with leveling are located adjacent to “Brokhin” and “’Ali Zihav” settlements.

Attacks carried out by settlers

On 23 May 2014, settlers from “Mitsibi Ya’ir” settlement established on Palestinian lands, east of Yatta, south of Hebron, set fire to peals of wheat crops on a land belonging to Khaled Mousa al-Najjar (60), from Qawawis village, east of the city.

On the same day, four settlers from “Kokhaf Hashaher” settlement established on the lands of Deir Jarir village, northeast of Ramallah, attacked two civilians who were on the road between Mekhmas and al-Tibah villages, northeast of the city. During their attack, the settlers used plastic sticks, clubs and a knife causing injuries and bruises to them.

On 26 May 2014, settlers from “Hayofal” outpost established on the Palestinian lands, west of Qaryout village, southeast of Nablus, cut down 30 almond and olive trees from the aforementioned village lands. The attack was backed by the settlement guard, who claimed that the trees were cut for security reasons.

On 27 May 2014, when Fawzi Ibrahim ‘Abed Haj Mohammed arrived at his land in Khelet Abu Shabraqah area, southeast of Jaloud village, southeast of Nablus, he was surprised that settlers entered their sheep into the land and damaged the wheat crops, i.e. 45 dunums, causing a loss of around 45,000 NIS.

Israeli attacks on non-violent demonstrations:

During the reporting period, Israeli soldiers used excessive force against peaceful demonstrations organised by Palestinian civilians, international and Israeli human rights defenders in protest at the construction of the annexation wall and settlement activities in the West Bank.

(PCHR keeps the names of the wounded in fear of being arrested by the Israeli forces within its policy to oppress the peaceful protests and prevent Palestinian civilians from participating).

Demonstrations against the construction of the annexation wall and settlement activity

Following the Friday Prayer, 23 May 2014, dozens of Palestinian civilians and international and Israeli human rights defenders organized a peaceful demonstration in Bil’in, west of Ramallah, in protest at the construction of the annexation wall and settlement activities and in solidarity with Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike. Demonstrators took the streets raising the Palestinian flags and headed to the liberated territories near the annexation wall. Israeli forces stationed behind the wall, in the western area, and a large number of soldiers deployed along it, fired live bullets, tear gas canisters, rubber-coated steel bullets, sound bombs and skunk water at them and chased them into the olive fields. As a result, a number of demonstrators suffered tear gas inhalation and others sustained bruises as they were beaten up by Israeli soldiers.

On the same day, dozens of Palestinian civilians organized a peaceful demonstration in the centre of Ni’lin village, west of Ramallah, in protest at the construction of the annexation wall and settlement activities and in solidarity with Palestinian detainees on hunger strike. Demonstrators took the streets and headed to the annexation wall. Israeli forces closed the gates of the wall with barbwires and prevented the demonstrators from crossing to the land behind it before they responded by throwing stones. Israeli soldiers fired live ammunition, rubber-coated metal bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters at the demonstrators. They also sprayed waste water at them and chased them into the olive fields. As a result, many civilians suffered tear gas inhalation and bruises as they were beaten up by Israeli soldiers.

Around the same time, dozens of Palestinian civilians and Israeli and international human rights defenders organised a peaceful demonstration in Nabi Saleh village, northwest of Ramallah, in protest at the construction of the annexation wall and settlement activities, in solidarity with the Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike. Demonstrators took the streets raising the Palestinian flags and chanting slogans against the occupation and in support of the Palestinian unity, and they then headed to the lands that the settlers are trying to seize by force near “Halmish” settlement. Israeli forces closed all the entrances of the village since the morning to prevent Palestinian and international activists and journalists from participating in the demonstration. When they arrived at the aforementioned land, Israeli forces fired live bullets, tear gas canisters, rubber-coated metal bullets, sound bombs and waste water at the demonstrators and chased into the village. Moreover, many demonstrators suffered tear gas inhalation, and others sustained bruises due to being beaten up by Israeli soldiers.

At approximately 13:00 on the aforementioned day, dozens of Palestinian civilians and international activists organized a peaceful demonstration in the centre of Kufor Qaddoum village, northeast of Qalqilya, in protest at the closure of the eastern entrance of the village with a metal gate since the beginning of the second Intifada. Protestors threw stones at the Israeli soldiers who fired live bullets, tear gas canisters, rubber-coated steel bullets, and sound bombs in response. As a result, many civilians suffered tear gas inhalation and others sustained bruises due to being beaten up by Israeli soldiers.

Other Demonstrations

On Friday afternoon, 23 May 2014, dozens of Palestinian young men gathered near ‘Ofer prison, southwest of Ramallah, to organize a demonstration in solidarity with administrative detainees in the Israeli jails. Protesters headed towards the prison’s gate, so the Israeli forces closed the gate and large numbers of Israeli soldiers were deployed in the vicinity of it. Protestors set fire to tires and threw stones and empty bottles at the Israeli soldiers who fired in response live ammunition, rubber-coated metal bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters at them. As a result, 3 civilians sustained wounds and were taken to Palestine Medical Complex to receive the necessary medical treatment. Moreover, a number of civilians suffered tear gas inhalation. The first civilian (19) sustained a bullet wound to the right leg, the second one (24) was hit by a tear gas canister to his chest, and the third one (23) sustained a metal bullet wound to his forehead.

After the Friday prayer of the aforementioned day, dozens of Palestinian young men gathered at the western entrance of Selwad village, northeast of Ramallah on the road between Selwad village and Yabrod village near Street (60) to throw stones at the aforementioned street. The Israeli soldiers stationed in the area fired live ammunition, rubber-coated metal bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters at them and chased them into the village. As a result, a number of civilians suffered tear gas inhalation and others sustained bruises as they were beaten up by Israeli soldiers.

At approximately 13:00 on Saturday, 24 May 2014, activists from the Popular Committee against the Wall and Settlements and Hebron Defense Committee and other civilians residents organized a peaceful demonstration at the entrance of al-Fawwar refugee camp in solidarity with the Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike. Demonstrators took the streets raising the Palestinian flags and chanting slogans against the occupation. Israeli soldiers moved into the area and deployed in order to distance the demonstrators from the area. The Israeli soldiers then fired sound bombs and tear gas canisters at the demonstrators. As a result, some of them suffered tear gas inhalation. Meanwhile, youngsters gathered to throw stones and empty bottles at the soldiers who fired tear gas canisters in response. No arrests were reported.

Continued closure of the oPt

Israel continued to impose a tight closure on the oPt, imposing severe restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem.

Gaza Strip Israeli forces continuously tighten the closure of the Gaza Strip and close all commercial crossings, making the Karm Abu Salem crossing the sole commercial crossing of the Gaza Strip, although it is not suitable for commercial purposes in terms of its operational capacity and distance from markets. Israeli forces have continued to apply the policy, which is aimed to tighten the closure on all commercial crossings, by imposing total control over the flow of imports and exports.

The total closure of al-Mentar (“Karni”) crossing since 02 March 2011 has seriously affected the economy of the Gaza Strip. Following this closure, all economic and commercial establishments in the Gaza Commercial Zone were shut off. It should be noted that al-Mentar crossing is the biggest crossing in the Gaza Strip, in terms of its capacity to absorb the flow of imports and exports. The decision to close al-Mentar crossing was the culmination of a series of decisions resulting in the complete closure of the Sofa crossing, east of the Gaza Strip in the beginning of 2009, and the Nahal Oz crossing, east of Gaza City, which were dedicated for the delivery of fuel and cooking gas to the Gaza Strip, in the beginning of 2010.

Israeli forces have continued to impose a total ban on the delivery of raw materials to the Gaza Strip, except for very limited items and quantities. The limited quantities of raw materials allowed into Gaza do not meet the minimal needs of the civilian population of the Gaza Strip.

The cooking gas crisis has fluctuated for 9 months due to the closure of Karm Abu Salem for security claims. According to PCHR’s follow-up, Israeli authorities only allow an average of 98 tons of cooking gas into Gaza per day. This limited quantity is less than half of the daily needs, which is 200 tons per day of the civilian population in the Gaza Strip during winter. The crisis has unprecedentedly aggravated for around six weeks due to cold weather and overconsumption in addition to the power outage and using gas as an alternative in many instances of electricity. The lack of diesel and benzene led to the aggravation of the crisis as a result of using the gas cylinder for cars or as an alternative for benzene to run generators. As a result, the demand for gas further increased.

For almost 6 consecutive years, Israeli forces have continued to prevent the delivery of construction materials to the Gaza Strip. Two years ago, Israeli forces approved the delivery of limited quantities of construction materials for a number of international organizations in the Gaza Strip. On 17 September 2013, they allowed the entry of limited quantities of construction materials for the private sector. However, on 13 October 2013, they re-banned it claiming that these materials are used for constructing tunnels. Last week, Israeli forces allowed the entry of construction materials only for UNRWA and UNDP projects. As a result, construction works have completely stopped impacting all sectors related to construction and an increase in unemployment levels.

Israeli forces also continued to impose an almost total ban on the Gaza Strip exports, including agricultural and industrial products, except for light-weighted products such as flowers, strawberries, and spices.

Israel has continued to close the Beit Hanoun (“Erez”) crossing for the majority of Palestinian citizens from the Gaza Strip. Israel only allows the movement of a limited number of groups, with many hours of waiting in the majority of cases. Israel has continued to adopt a policy aimed at reducing the number of Palestinian patients allowed to move via the Beit Hanoun crossing to receive medical treatment in hospitals in Israel or in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. Israel denied permission to access hospitals via the crossing for new categories of patients from the Gaza Strip.

The Egyptian authorities allow the population of the Gaza Strip to travel via Rafah International crossing, which connects the Gaza Strip with the outside world. Only limited and specified categories are allowed, including patients, students, persons that hold residencies in Egypt or abroad, men over 40 years, females in all ages, children under 18, persons who hold Arab and foreign nationalities, and members of Arab and international humanitarian delegations. Supposedly the crossing opens seven days a week. Nowadays, the crossing is overcrowded due to the prolonged procedures from the Egyptian side, particularly after closing it for several days over the past weeks due to Egypt’s security conditions, which has affected the travelers’ movement in both directions.

Recommendations to the International Community:

PCHR emphasizes the international community’s position that the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, are still under Israeli occupation, in spite of Israeli military redeployment outside the Gaza Strip in 2005. PCHR further confirms that Israeli forces continued to impose collective punishment measures on the Gaza Strip, which have escalated since the 2006 Palestinian parliamentary elections, in which Hamas won the majority of seats of the Palestinian Legislative Council. PCHR stresses that there is international recognition of Israel’s obligation to respect international human rights instruments and the international humanitarian law, especially the Hague Regulations concerning the Laws and Customs of War on Land and the Geneva Conventions. Israel is bound to apply the international human rights law and the law of war sometime reciprocally and other times in parallel in a way that achieves the best protection for civilians and remedy for victims.

In light of continued arbitrary measures, land confiscation and settlement activities in the West Bank, and the continued aggression against civilians in the Gaza Strip, PCHR calls upon the international community, especially the United Nations, the High Contracting Parties to the Geneva Convention and the European Union – in the context of their natural obligation to respect and enforce the international law – to cooperate and act according to the following recommendations:

1. PCHR calls upon the international community and the United Nations to use all available means to allow the Palestinian people to enjoy their right to self-determination, through the establishment of the Palestinian State, which was recognized by the UN General Assembly with a vast majority, using all international legal mechanisms, including sanctions to end the occupation of the State of Palestine;

2. PCHR calls upon the United Nations to provide international protection to Palestinians in the oPt, and to ensure the non-recurrence of aggression against the oPt, especially the Gaza Strip;

3. PCHR calls upon the High Contracting Parties to the Geneva Conventions to compel Israel, as a High Contracting Party to the Conventions, to apply the Conventions in the oPt;

4. PCHR calls upon the Parties to international human rights instruments, especially the Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, to pressurize Israel to comply with their provisions in the oPt, and to compel it to incorporate the human rights situation in the oPt in its reports submitted to the concerned committees;

5. PCHR calls upon the High Contracting Parties to the Geneva Conventions to fulfil their obligation to ensure the application of the Conventions, including extending the scope of their jurisdiction in order to prosecute suspected war criminals, regardless of the nationality of the perpetrator and the place of a crime, to pave the way for prosecuting suspected Israeli war criminals and end the longstanding impunity they have enjoyed;

6. PCHR calls on States that apply the principle of universal jurisdiction not to surrender to Israeli pressure to limit universal jurisdiction to perpetuate the impunity enjoyed by suspected Israeli war criminals;

7. PCHR calls upon the international community to act in order to stop all Israeli settlement expansion activities in the oPt through imposing sanctions on Israeli settlements and criminalizing trading with them;

8. PCHR calls upon the UN General Assembly to transfer the Goldstone Report to the UN Security Council in order to refer it to the International Criminal Court in accordance with Article 13(b) of the Rome Statute;

9. PCHR calls upon the United Nations to confirm that holding war criminals in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict is a precondition to achieve stability and peace in the regions, and that peace cannot be built on the expense of human rights;

10. PCHR calls upon the UN General Assembly and Human Rights Council to explicitly declare that the Israeli closure policy in Gaza and the annexation wall in the West Bank are illegal, and accordingly refer the two issues to the UN Security Council to impose sanctions on Israel to compel it to remove them;

11. PCHR calls upon the international community, in light of its failure to the stop the aggression on the Palestinian people, to at least fulfil its obligation to reconstruct the Gaza Strip after the series of hostilities launched by Israel which directly targeted the civilian infrastructure;

12. PCHR calls upon the United Nations and the European Union to express a clear position towards the annexation wall following the international recognition of the State of Palestine on the 1967 borders, as the annexation wall seizes large parts of the State of Palestine;

13. PCHR calls upon the European Union to activate Article 2 of the EU-Israel Association Agreement, which provides that both sides must respect human rights as a precondition for economic cooperation between the EU states and Israel, and the EU must not ignore Israeli violations and crimes against Palestinian civilians;

14. PCHR calls upon the Palestinian leadership to sign and accede to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court and the Geneva Conventions, and calls upon the international community, especially the United Nations, to encourage the State of Palestine to accede to international human rights law and humanitarian law instruments.

Obama’s Foreign Policy: A US Military-Intelligence Agenda Which Seeks to Destabilize the Planet

 

http://www.globalresearch.ca/obamas-foreign-policy-a-us-military-intelligence-agenda-which-seeks-to-destabilize-the-planet/5384367

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It has been a busy weak for President Obama. On Memorial day he secretly flew off to Afghanistan just to let the troops know he genuinely cares and is thinking about them. Or so his PR advisors want it to appear as his ratings continue slumping and his disastrous foreign policy continues to come under heavy fire from all sides. A true characteristic of psychopaths is that everything they do is to self-servingly promote their own image and position. Currently finding himself on the defensive, what does Obama the psychopath do? He opportunistically rushes off as Commander-in -Chief to spend the day that America mourns its fallen warriors with the live ones still fighting his lost cause in Afghanistan.

Then as a lead-up to today’s foreign policy initiatives detailed in his graduation speech at West Point today, yesterday President Obama declared that America’s longest running wars in history in both Iraq and Afghanistan are over almost for the US military occupiers. But he did stipulate just under  10,000 US troops will remain in Afghanistan as “advisors” and counterinsurgency support forces for the national Afghan Army at least for the next two years until 2017.

Plus a small contingent of NATO forces will likely continue their deployment in Afghanistan as well. The two leading candidates facing off in the Afghan presidential runoff election on June 25th have both already pledged to sign the agreement for US security forces to remain as “unofficial” occupiers that Obama assures will no longer be engaging in combat missions and patrols. Meanwhile, a number of US military officers are expressing doubt that that amount of US troops will be enough to hold back the surging onslaught of a revitalized Taliban enemy.

It is also worth noting that Obama bragged in today’s speech to West Point cadets that “al Qaeda has been decimated.” That is just one more in an endless supply of lies from the lips of a psychopath who will never admit the truth nor ever admit error, two hallmarks of a psychopath. The truth is that the enemy al Qaeda now occupies more area in Iraq and the Middle East than ever before and the enemy in Afghanistan likewise holds more territory outside the cities in Afghanistan than any time since the Taliban government was overthrown twelve years ago.

Today Obama emphatically reiterated the rhetoric that “America must always lead,” which is nothing more than his invoking the stand-by foreign policy of exceptionalism – “do as I say, not as I do.” He formally announced moving away from the costly protracted wars with which the US has drained the national economy and middle class taxpayers for over a dozen years. Obama’s plan for the US to lead the world involves countless dirty little secret wars waged on every continent involving Special Operations forces consisting of Green Beret, Delta Force and Navy Seals. Nothing will change in terms of the US military’s role in foreign policy continuing to act as world policemen and bully, only using smaller elite counterinsurgency units deployed in at last count and rising
134 nations. Because their operations are covert, oversight and accountability is virtually absent.

The only truth we know is their funding is virtually unlimited because it is hidden from public awareness justified by secrecy under the familiar guise of national security. What we also know based on past history is these secret unlimited US taxpayer dollars will continue to be given away to warlords to “rat out” their fellow countrymen deemed anti-US, so called insurgent terrorists or al Qaeda (to be differentiated from the al Qaeda mercenary Islamic extremists in whose pockets more US tax dollars are going to fight US proxy wars in places like Syria and Libya). Outsourcing with al Qaeda thugs has become a new way America “leads the world” in its desire to destabilize and promote regime changes wherever the US does not want to bother placing black ops on the ground.

For convenience sake, the Obama administration embraces a policy of al Qaeda the enemy whenever Washington says so, but simultaneously supports, finances and allies with (ever since the pre-al Qaeda Mujahideen in the late 70’s) certain al Qaeda terrorists to oppose selected sovereign nations that Washington dislikes and is committed to the imperialistic agenda of regime changes – calling it US exceptionalism.

What’s good for the US government is good for the entire world like it or not, because the US as still the sole global superpower says so (despite the surging power of Russia and China in the renewed cold war challenge Obama instigated). Exceptionalism amounts to one set of international rules applying to the rest of the world subject to arbitrary US enforcement through bullying and extermination and another set that defies and remains immune from all international laws and governance that apply exclusively to the US only. Obama’s meta-message is that the US will continue our “might makes right” policy.

Obama’s graduation speech at West Point today in large part was a defensive maneuver to answer all his hawkish foreign policy critics, typical Republicans like McCain who have basically called Obama a wimp that has only weakened America’s global superpower status for not starting more major wars around the world. If they had their way, the US would have GI boots on the ground in Syria, Ukraine, Venezuela, Libya and God knows where else. Obama may be a psychopathic war criminal, but he is not quite that crazy – though that is debatable in view of last September when Obama was hell bent on launching a military strike on Syria until the whole world stopped him.

Basically Obama’s form of Teddy Roosevelt’s “walk softly but carry a big stick” means continued US night raids invading homes in secret unknown places all around the world, killing, detaining and torturing many innocent victims under the umbrage of counterinsurgency warfare. Or it might entail financing, training, accompanying and supporting death squad commando units doing the same thing in their own countries against their fellow countrymen.

Since the Bush days the US has maintained a standard foreign policy toward people in every nation, “either they are with us,” us including the US puppet government, allied warlords “or they are against us/US puppet government/allied warlords.” In this way, by design the US polarizes, destabilizes and otherwise stirs up civil wars everywhere the US goes at will. A more accurate way to describe Obama’s so called foreign policy initiatives is the King Midas touch in reverse. Cases in point include the ongoing civil wars that the US has purposely created in Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, Libya, Egypt, Ukraine, Sudan and to some extent Pakistan, Yemen, Mali, Somalia and Venezuela.

And based on recent revelations of how the CIA has lied for years to the pro-CIA Congressional Intelligence Committees and America, the CIA and Special Operations continue their practice of torture that no doubt includes waterboarding in secret detainment prisons around the globe, the most notorious one 90 miles from the US homeland in Guantanamo, Cuba. Despite a campaign
promise in both 2008 and again in 2012 to close Guantanamo Prison down once and for all, for over half a dozen years as president Obama continues failing to keep his word.

But then broken promises to the American people have become an Obama trademark. So somewhere in the world more innocent civilians who have been fingered by some informant being paid to lie with US taxpayer money is suddenly being apprehended in one of those counterinsurgency night raids and brought to a secret location in the Middle East, Africa, Europe, Central Asia or Guantanamo and without charges being tortured and imprisoned for years at a time. The US is still holding innocent victims at Guantanamo who have been cleared of all charges for at least a dozen years. If we know this is true of cases in Guantanamo, hidden from the public are likely hundreds if not thousands of other victims whose human rights have been violated for decades in numerous secret locations.

And then there is Obama’s favorite form of modern warfare that he personally prefers hand picking his targets himself that include Americans in the crosshairs of thousands of drone attacks. Obama’s   foreign policy signature calling card consists of launching missile strikes from his terror drones in the skies on mostly what turns out to be innocent victims in a number of nations. Drone warfare has been escalated over tenfold on Obama’s watch. His open admission that he could foresee killing Americans on foreign soil reflects his “world is changing” views. Today he simply repeated his past promise of turning drone deployments over from the CIA to the military to give the illusion of “more transparency.” Americans have heard that empty word before as just another broken promise since Obama’s track record has only demonstrated that he is the most secretive, least transparent president in US history.

Obama’s rhetoric today at West Point that the US will show restraint in looking for non-military solutions uttered in one breath, and then in the next breath that the US will continue to support “anti-terrorism” all around the world is just more psychopathic double talk. The bottom line is the US will continue leading by example as the world’s worst human rights offender while supporting regimes all over the planet that also have abysmal human rights records.

More of the same disastrous, unethical, haphazard and inconsistent, imperialistic foreign policy means that the US will continue financing corrupt weak puppet governments that permit transnational corporations to rape and steal their precious natural resources while enslaving its people that become even more exploited once their nations cannot repay IMF and world bank loans. In other words, there is absolutely nothing new that came out of Obama’s speech today. It will simply be business as usual, polarizing and destabilizing the world on the global chessboard stage ushering in more death, destruction and austerity paving the way toward the oligarch New World Order. Obama is simply doing his psychopathic doubletalk dance for his oligarch puppet masters.

Joachim Hagopian is a West Point graduate and former Army officer. His written manuscript based on his military experience examines leadership and national security issues and can beconsulted at http://www.redredsea.net/westpointhagopian/. After the military, Joachim earned a masters degree in psychology and became a licensed therapist working in the mental health field for more than a quarter century. He now focuses on writing

Ynet: Hezbollah Martyr Fawzi Ayoub Assisted, Trained Palestinian Resistance

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Martyr Ayoub

The Israeli newspaper, Yediot Ahronot, described Hezbollah martyr Fawzi Ayoub as a senior commander and mentioned that he was a member of the party’s unit which was formed by martyr leader Haj Imad Mughniyeh to assist and train the fighters of the Palestinian resistance.

Martyr Ayoub Arrested by Israeli Enemy

It added that martyr Ayoub had a role in training the Palestinian resistance fighter on planning attacks and manufacturing explosive devices.

Martyr Ayoub entered the occupied Palestinian territories in October 2000 in order to launch attacks against Israeli targets, Ynet quoted Zionist security sources.

The Israeli paper that martyr Ayoub remained in occupied Jerusalem for several days in search for a stash to hide weapons before he moved to the city of al-Khalil in the West Bank to train the fighters of Hamas and the Islamic Jihad.

Martyr Ayoub Released by Resistance

In 2002, he was arrested by the Israeli army before he was released in the context of one of the most complicated prisoners swap between the resistance and the Zionist enemy.

Source: Al Manar TV

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Blair being protected by censorship, Bush Iraq Conversations to Remain Secret

UK Inquiry: Bush-Blair Iraq Conversations to Remain Secret

Deal With US Allows Chilcot to Reveal ‘Gist’ of Conversations

http://news.antiwar.com/2014/05/29/uk-inquiry-bush-blair-iraq-conversations-to-remain-secret/

Sir John Chilcot, the head of a British inquiry into the invasion of Iraq, has conceded defeat on his efforts to release the details of over 130 conversations between former President Bush and former Prime Minister Tony Blair related to the plot to invade Iraq. Sir John admits now the records will never be made public.

Instead, under the terms of a secretive agreement between the Cameron government and the Obama Administration, the Chilcot Inquiry will only be allowed to give “the gist” of what was discussed in certain of the conversations, and that none of it can provide any information related to President Bush’s views.

Though Sir John himself made it clear this was quite a defeat for his struggling inquiry, the Cameron government tried to spin it as a major accomplishment, saying the gist would be a lot more than they had ever anticipated would be allowed by the US.

The Chilcot Inquiry was announced in June 2009 by the Gordon Brown government, but has stalled for years, with the government promising to “protect” the US from embarrassment in the release. Years later, even predictions of a 2015 publication still look extremely unlikely.

 

USA/Saudi armed ISIL terrorists massacre Syrian Kurds, children near Turkish border

http://en.alalam.ir/news/1598455

This file photo shows ISIL militants in Syria.
This file photo shows ISIL militants in Syria.
Terrorists from the Al-Qaeda breakaway group the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) have massacred 15 Syrian Kurds, nearly half of them children, amid an uptick in violence in Syria’s three eastern provinces.

The so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and several Kurdish media outlets said the attack took place in a village near the town of Ras al-Ain on the Turkish border, after militants stormed the village, The Daily Star newspaper reported.

It said of the 15, seven were children, one a young man, and three were women.

Video footage of the aftermath, circulated by activists, showed a man carrying the corpse of a young girl, and shouting, “They are criminals, not Muslims!”

ISIL militants have been accused of committing repeated atrocities against civilians as well as rebels fighting the government of President Bashar Assad.

Separately, the Observatory said that leaders from the Kurdish YPG militia denied having set off a car bomb in the city of Raqqa earlier this week in an attack that reportedly targeted a high-level meeting of ISIL terrorists.

The Observatory said the attack, against the Lazord Hotel, killed at least 10 ISIL militants and wounded an unspecified number of others.

“These accusations are wrong – the YPG does not engage in such criminal acts, even if it is in a state of war with ISIL,” a Kurdish militia leader was quoted by the opposition group as saying.

In the city of Hassakeh, a roadside bomb attack Thursday targeted a patrol belonging to a local Kurdish police force, the Observatory added, wounding two policemen.

In Deir Ezzor, militants from ISIL seized one village and part of another in the western part of the province, it said. The development came after ISIL terrorists skirmished with militants from the Nusra Front, the Al-Qaeda affiliate in Syria, and extremist militias from the region.

A number of casualties were sustained by both sides in the clashes, the Observatory said, while two civilians were also killed in the battle.

It said that a rebel commander died of his wounds sustained a few days earlier in clashes with ISIL, while the extremist group’s shelling of the village of Ibriha in Deir al-Zor led to fires that swept large tracts of agricultural land.

Al-Akhbar chief walks out of “illegitimate” STL hearing

Al-Akhbar editor-in-chief Ibrahim al-Amin speaks to Al-Jadeed from his office after walking out of his STL hearing. (Photo: Al-Akhbar)
Published Thursday, May 29, 2014
Updated 5:00 pm: Al-Akhbar editor-in-chief Ibrahim al-Amin appeared briefly before the International Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) by video-link Thursday where he told the court he does not recognize its legitimacy and excused himself.
“I reiterate today that I do not acknowledge the legitimacy of this tribunal. It was created by the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), which has never guaranteed the security of any country, secretly and in violation of Lebanese sovereignty,” Amin told the Hague-based court, ostensibly set up to investigate the 2005 assassination of former premier Rafik Hariri.
“The UNSC has never set up an international tribunal to prosecute Zionist war criminals,” Amin said during a preliminary hearing into charges related to Al-Akhbar‘s publication of a secret witness list.
“The security council established this tribunal as a political tool. I would like to remind you that shortly after the establishment of this tribunal Israel committed a massacre resulting in the deaths of 1,300 Lebanese in July 2006,” and no investigation was launched into that assault, he added.
After Amin finished his statement, the contempt judge Nicola Lettieri asked him what he wanted to plea in the case, to which Amin responded: “I do not recognize the existence of this tribunal so I can not allow it entitlement to charge me.”
“I would like to inform you that I will remain silent during all the proceedings and refuse to appoint any lawyer to represent me or Al-Akhbar, and I refuse that you appoint a lawyer to defend me or the company.
Amin then asked the judge if he was free to leave. Judge Lettiery affirmed that Amin was free to do as he pleased, after which he removed his headset and left his computer.
“We can at least say goodbye,” the slightly startled judge said after Amin had already disappeared from the screen. Lettieri then adjourned the session.
The STL has come under fire by media rights groups after announcing last month that it charged Amin, deputy director of Al-Jadeed TV Kharma Khayat, and their news organizations with two counts of obstruction of justice and contempt.
Prosecutors accuse the journalists of “knowingly and willfully interfering with the administration of justice” by publishing secret information about STL witnesses.
If found guilty, Amin and Khayat could face up to seven years in prison and a 100,000 euro fine.
Amin is shown in an image grab from a live stream of the STL session.
Judge Lettieri had pushed Amin’s appearance before the court, originally set for May 13, to May 29 after the newspaper chief asked for more time to assemble a defense team.
But the judge denied Amin’s request earlier this week for another postponement.
“I stand today 100 miles or more away from a land called Palestine. Palestinians are the only people on the face of earth who are not granted basic rights including entitlement to self-determination,” Amin told the judge during Thursday’s brief session.
“Crimes against Palestinians continue to get committed amid international silence as the UNSC never made a single move regarding this issue and did not set up international tribunals to prosecute the atrocities practiced by Zionists. Consequently, how is it possible for downtrodden people to trust this council and its decisions?”
Amin has been one the most vocal of the STL’s many critics, repeatedly accusing the court of carrying out Western and Israeli dictates in Lebanon and insisting its UN-mandated authority violates Lebanese sovereignty.
Those charges were supported earlier this month by a study conducted by Lebanese University legal experts who concluded that the STL bears no legal mandate in Lebanon.
For the court to be granted legal jurisdiction in Lebanon, the report said, it would need to be recognized as a legitimate body by local laws approved by Parliament, which has not happened.
The charges against Amin and Al-Akhbar relate to the paper’s decision in January 2013 to publish the names of 32 witnesses belonging to the STL’s prosecution.
Khayat and Al-Jadeed were charged over the broadcasting of reports in August 2012 on potential STL witnesses.
The STL prosecution accuses Khayat of having instructed Al-Jadeed journalist Rami al-Amin to meet with purported witnesses that had been contacted by STL investigators with the prosecution team and learn what information the witnesses provided them with.
The results of Al-Jadeed’s investigation were broadcast in five episodes in August 2012 before being uploaded to their website and YouTube channel.
Khayat and Al-Jadeed pleaded not guilty to the charges during their initial appearance on May 13.
The international media freedom watchdog Reporters Without Borders (RSF) earlier this month criticized the STL for the “grave” charges leveled against Amin and Khayat.
“We are concerned by the grave charges against these two Lebanese journalists and their news organizations and we stress the importance of freely reported and responsible news coverage in Lebanon’s tense political context,” RSF research director Lucie Morillon said in a statement.
The journalists have also received the support of Lebanon’s Press Syndicate and Parliament’s Media and Telecommunications Committee.
Online activists have also launched the #STLP hashtag, an abbreviation of “Support the Lebanese Press,” in solidarity with the accused.
(Al-Akhbar)


Ibrahim al-Amin speaks on a cell phone inside Al-Akhbar’s Beirut office after walking out of his STL session. (Photo: Al-Akhbar)

Al-Akhbar concerned with security conditions, requirements for fair trial

Prosecutor Norman Farrell of Canada takes notes on the first day of the delayed trial into the murder of former Lebanese Lebanese premier Rafiq Haririo at the Special Tribunal for Lebanon in The Hague on January 16, 2014. (Photo: AFP-Toussaint Kluiters)
Published Wednesday, May 28, 2014
Dear Judge Nicola Lettieri,
I am writing to you in my personal capacity and in my capacity as Chairman of Al-Akhbar Beirut S.A.L.
First of all allow me to thank you for understanding the special circumstances associated with forming a logical, realistic defense team and for your decision to postpone the May 13, 2014 hearing until Thursday, May 29, 2014, considering that the amount of time granted to me is insufficient to do what is required of me. You are aware that the laws of Lebanon, as in other countries, stipulate that I be granted a time period not less than two to three months. Here we are, though, before a recently – established court subject to special rules and which is besieged by much questioning and uncertainty.
I would like to inform you of my legitimate doubts as to whether the conditions of ensuring security and a fair trial are being met. My feelings in this regard can be broken down as follows:
1. The legitimate feeling that there is a possibility that the accusation and measures taken in connection with the trial could be seized upon to jeopardize my safety and that of my family members and the employees of the company.
Firstly, I would like to draw your attention to the fact that the international tribunal concerned with the assassination of Rafik Hariri constitutes the most divisive issue in Lebanon, and every formal statement it issues, especially indictments, produces formidable negative repercussions. This has grave effects on anyone named as an accused in such indictments.
Therefore, the claims made against me and Al-Akhbar S.A.L. are having dangerous effects on my personal safety and that of my family.
2. The legitimate feeling that the tribunal is arbitrary in violating the principle of nulla poena sine lege.
The principle of nulla poena sine lege, enshrined in the Lebanese Constitution and in international treaties, is fundamental in the avoidance of arbitrary rulings and ensuring minimal sentiments of confidence in justice. This allows the accused to identify in advance the laws applicable to him and the penalties which could be imposed.
Contrary to this principle – without a doubt the cornerstone of justice, and after having read the indictment, I have a significant amount of legitimate doubts as to which laws must be applied and what penalties could be imposed on me and the company.
These are questions to which no legal expert can provide answers. This results from a complete conflict between the principles of international law and its rules, the statutes of the Tribunal and many of the Rules of Procedure and Evidence. At the top of the list of contradictions figures the very basis of the prosecution, i.e. Article 60 bis, which is in complete violation of the Lebanese Criminal Code and Law on Publications, which must be applied pursuant to the very statutes of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon. Naturally, it is not enough to content that the accused can present his defense arguments before the tribunal by challenging its jurisdiction and the legitimacy of Rule 60 bis. The logic of justice requires, in order to guarantee a fair trial, that the principles and rules of the trial be specified and known prior to its commencement, as opposed to being hidden behind hazy formulations which could be revealed or disclosed during the trial. The accusation against me and my company exposes us to grave dangers, and it is supposed to be founded on clear texts specified in advance. We are not in an area of field testing.
These feelings that the trial is arbitrary are compounded by the fact that the indictment goes so far as to contrive new legal precedents which give rise to confusion and shake trust in international law as a whole. Directing an explicit accusation against an artificial person (Al-Akhbar Beirut S.A.L.), which I represent, is a precedent unique in its kind internationally and which violates international and domestic laws. This is particularly worrisome to the accused and heightens his fear of an arbitrary trial, given his being subjected to decisions which are in complete contradiction with all legal and judicial precedents and with his legitimate expectations. These sentiments and questions are greatly exacerbated by the fact that this indictment was not issued by a prosecutor-general (who acts as the contending party vis-a-vis the accused or the defense), but, rather, by the president of the tribunal himself, who, one would assume, should reflect the working spirit of the tribunal and be the most keen to safeguard the principle of neutrality of the tribunal.
3. Legitimate feelings that critical and dissenting media are being singled out:In light of the above, and given the selectiveness of prosecuting certain media companies and not others, I can not hide from you my strong feelings that there are latent intentions to target me and AI-Akhbar. In this regard, you can verify through the tribunal’s Beirut office the amount of political and judicial proceedings brought against Al-Akhbar and against me personally. Behind these proceedings are government officials and powerful forces, all of which happen to be part of the Lebanese political group which supported the establishment of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon in violation of the Lebanese Constitution and the laws in force in Lebanon. This is the group that utilised politically all of the mistakes committed by the tribunal and international investigation teams against its political and media adversaries in Lebanon.

This selectiveness heightens the feeling that the tribunal seeks to silence critical and dissenting media and prevent it from performing the necessary monitoring of the work of the tribunal. This feeling is compounded by the huge number of faults and attacks on the personal freedoms of the Lebanese citizens committed by the investigation and prosecution teams which succeeded one another in the Hariri assassination case investigations.
It is worth pointing out that I am not the only one to have these feelings. They are shared by a large number of those employed in the Lebanese media sector. This support is driven by a belief that my being summoned threatens their freedom of expression and their right to know and publish. I am sure the STL Outreach Office has informed you of the magnitude of the campaign of solidarity with us and of the extent of the angry reactions to the indictment, in addition to the letters you have received so far taking exception to the indictment as a whole.
Esteemed Judge Lettieri,
Accordingly, reaffirming the necessity for all of the conditions of fair trial and realistic, logical defense to be met, I am sending you the following inquiries:
First: the security measures taken by the Special Tribunal for Lebanon to protect its employees and anyone directly associated with its activities, whether in Lebanon or abroad, are the best proof of the necessity to take particular security measures for anyone whose name becomes involved in the work of the tribunal, whether judges, lawyers, employees, administrative staff, witnesses or accused. I am therefore asking you about the security measures taken for the safety of me and my family during and after the proceedings, bearing in mind that I am considered, at this very moment, and after the issuance of the indictment, a person hostile to Lebanese forces, which deals with any criticism of the STL’s work as a form of involvement in the attack on Hariri and others. These forces have their own uncontrolled security, military and militia arms.
Furthermore, I am in disputes with regional and international parties which possess significant capabilities to carry out dangerous acts and can, simply put, resort to the use of criminal gangs to carry out whatever acts it desires, using as a cover the proceedings being conducted by the tribunal seized with investigating a major political assassination.
I am therefore also entitled to ask what measures are being taken to protect all of the citizens working with me at Al-Akhbar, all of whom have felt concerned for their safety and future since the issuance of the indictment.
Second: the Special Tribunal for Lebanon is constantly seeking to make known its observance of the highest international standards in the pursuit of justice. In light of my legitimate feelings of doubt, and to counter the arbitrariness of the proceedings as evidenced by equivocal texts rife with contradictions, I am asking that you clarify the following matters:
a. Given my reservations that the Rules of Procedure and Evidence could contain a new offence and a new penalty (Article 60 bis), i.e. the offense with which the Prosecution has charged me, I am asking you directly: what is the extent of applicability of the Lebanese Code of Criminal Procedure and Law on Publications (Legislative Decree No. 104/77 and amendments) to this case, in particular to determine the criminal elements invoked and the penalties which could be imposed in case such elements are established. Are there limits on their application? In the event of a conflict between these criminal elements and penalties and those provided for in the above-mentioned article, which of the articles prevails?
b. Given my strong reservations vis-a-vis the accusation of a media company, and that the indictment contains equivocal wording in respect of the penalties which could be imposed, I suppose it is my natural right to have read in advance the legal basis and the mechanisms employed to identify the penalties which could be imposed on the company.
c. The Lebanese Law on Publications contains a complete, absolute guarantee as to the inadmissibility of detention on remand in respect of an offence enumerated in this indictment. Is this being enforced by the tribunal? If not, I ask that you inform me of the guarantees made by the Special Tribunal for Lebanon to ensure that I benefit from the same right enshrined in Lebanese law with regard to the inadmissibility of detention on remand.
d .What standards were observed in the appointment of the amicus curiae as prosecutor-general in the contempt case, in violation of the STL’s statutes, which requires consultation with the Lebanese government prior to the appointment of the Prosecutor-General? Here I must reiterate my complete reservation as to the legitimacy and constitutionality of the establishment of this tribunal and the jurisdiction in which it operates.
e. What rights do I enjoy to ensure I have the right to defend myself and Al-Akhbar, to appoint one or more lawyers, or to reach an agreement with a specialised law firm, in particular given that the financial situation of the newspaper does not permit it to assume the tremendous fees charged by lawyers in such cases?
Esteemed Judge Lettieri,
Based on the foregoing, and until I receive satisfactory answers to these legitimate questions, I am requesting that the hearing scheduled to take place on May 29, 2014 be postponed by a serious, sufficient period of time to carry out what is required of me. On the basis of the eventual answers you provide to my questions set out above, I will be able to take the appropriate decision in defending myself and the newspaper.
I must also draw your attention up front to the danger of dealing with my letter and questions with excessive passion, or interpreting them as an evasion of responsibility. I am certain that any negative interpretation of my questions could prompt you to take erroneous steps, further weakening the credibility of the tribunal. Moreover, resorting to a trial in absentia could cause all those concerned with human rights to have serious doubts about the justice of your tribunal. I will categorically reject the appointment of any person or party to act in my defense against my will. I would hold you responsible for such a move, were it to occur. Furthermore, I would hold anyone who accepted such an appointment against my will fully liable for the damages arising therefrom.
I do not believe that you need anyone to draw your attention to the fact that satisfying the prerequisite moral, humanitarian and professional conditions for establishing a just tribunal presupposes, ipso jure, that the conditions of defense of the accused are met. And yet, we find ourselves before a tribunal whose image and credibility have suffered greatly in light of the major doubts surrounding the circumstances of its creation, its working methods, its selectiveness in penalizing contempt and its transgression of international precedents in prosecuting media companies in Lebanon.
With full reservations
Ibrahim AI Amine
Beirut, May 26, 2014
This article is an edited version of the STL’s translation of the letter.

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Iran’s Supreme Leader: “Know thy enemy!”

Iran's Supreme leader is a man of unusual integrity

Iran’s Supreme leader is a man of unusual integrity

By Kevin Barrett, reporting from Tehran

Posted on29 May 2014.

At a speech attended by President Rouhani and former President Rafsanjani – as well as more than a dozen ambassadors from around the world, including Saudi Arabia – Supreme Leader of Iran Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said that most of the problems afflicting the Middle East and the world can be resolved reasonably and rationally. Citing the Qur’an, which urges people to reflect and use their God-given reasoning ability (al-’aql), Iran’s foremost political and religious leader urged his audience to reject violence and extremism. Much of the “violence in the name of Islam” in today’s world, including Boko Haram attributed attacks and kidnappings in Nigeria, are part of a divide-and-conquer campaign against the Islamic world, he added.

Though he did not directly mention Zionism and false flag attacks such as 9/11, Ayatollah Khamenei cited conspiracies against Islam and the Middle East, and proclaimed: “The Muslim world needs to know its real enemies.”

He said that Middle Eastern and Muslim countries should form a “united front” against those who are conspiring to dominate the region by inciting sectarian and ethnic division – an apparent reference to Israel’s Oded Yinon plan to smash Middle Eastern countries into feuding, Balkanized cantons that would be too weak to resist Zionist domination.

Referring to the Zionist elite’s campaign to dumb down populations and degrade traditional cultures, Ayatollah Khamenei spoke out against the propagation of public sexuality in the mass media. He also charged the Zionist-dominated Western corporate media with spreading Islamophobia and Iranophobia. (Films like Argo and 300 are widely viewed as Zionist propaganda here in Iran.) He added that “open attacks on Islam” – presumably meaning the Danish cartoons, Innocence of Muslims, and so on – are just one aspect of the wider conspiracy against Muslims and the Islamic world.

All of these attacks on Islam, the Middle East, and traditional culture and religion worldwide are simply obstacles that will be overcome, he said, ending with: “The Islamic awakening is unstoppable.”

According to Iran’s most popular talk show host, journalist and film director Nader Talebzadeh, the Supreme Leader’s speech was unusually calm and conciliatory. Talebzadeh said that the presence of former president Rafsanjani and current President Rouhani – both reformists who are trying to placate the West – may have led the Supreme Leader to moderate his fiery and impassioned tone so as not to undercut the current government’s message that Iran is seeking to build bridges to the West, and still hopes to achieve a “grand bargain” by way of the nuclear negotiations in Geneva.

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Okay, folks, that was the straight news story. Now here’s the commentary: This is the first political speech I’ve attended in person in many years…and just about the only one I’ve ever seen that was worth bothering with. Toned-down or not, there was more truth in five seconds of Ayatollah Khamenei’s speech than in five hours of Western politicians’ blatherings. Iran’s Supreme Leader is clearly a man of integrity who has a real concern for truth and justice. And that, dear readers, is why the Zionist-dominated corporate media wants you to hate Iran: Its top leaders are deeply spiritual people who cannot be easily subjugated and controlled – unlike the lying, bribe-sucking pedophiles who front for the banksters in most of the rest of the world.

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Obama to Announce Direct Training of Syria Rebels: Covert Training Programs Already Ongoing

May 27, 2014, Antiwar.com
Reports citing senior administration officials say President Obama is planning to announce direct training of Syrian rebels in the coming days, saying it would focus on “moderate” factions and aimed at stemming the power of al-Qaeda’s factions in the rebellion.
The US has already been organizing major training operations in Jordan and Qatar for the rebels, and the CIA has reportedly played a key role in the training.
A new PBS documentary on the training operation in Qatar is also bringing added focus to the policy as it already exists, with trainees saying they were being taught “how to finish off soldiers still alive after an ambush.”
The US has already poured hundreds of millions of dollars into training and arming the “moderate” factions, but they are increasingly irrelevant across Syria, as al-Qaeda in Iraq (AQI) and the Islamic Front dominate the north, and Jabhat al-Nusra, another al-Qaeda faction, controls most of the southern front.

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THE WORKLESS CLASS WOKE UP

La Une de "The Times" du 26 mai, avec Marine Le Pen, au lendemain des élections européennes.

By Gilad Atzmon 

The undeniable surge in the support for Euro Sceptics and right wing parties in yesterday’s European Parliament election, suggests that the European working class, isn’t as apathetic as the Zionised Left wants it to be.

The nationalist, patriotic and anti-immigration parties took the lead all over Europe last night. In France, Marine Le Pen’s National Front pushed the shameless Socialist Party into third place. In Britain the situation was similar. Nigel Farage’s UKIP has taken the lead and is now a major player in British politics. 

While the British conservatives were quick to react, advocating that immigration policy be reviewed and amended, the Left and its crony media  expressed shock at the rise of the “far Right” and “Nazis.”  Once again it is painful, but not surprising to witness the Left’s detachment from the working class.

French PM Valls who recently used every available tool to harass hugely popular black comedian Dieudonne in order to appease the French Jewish Lobby (CRIF), announced last night that the election results represented “a political earthquake in France.’ But can a popular vote on such a vast scale be an earthquake, a surprise or a shock?  Not really, a moment of truth or epiphany is a better description of the political shift. However, the Left’s evident surprise exposes the depth of its detachment from society and is tragically symptomatic of contemporary left thinking and politics. 

This state of alienation is easily understood. Advocacy of liberal immigration policies in the West has been supported for the last few decades by both Left and Jewish progressive institutions. The reasons are clear. The progressive Jew tends to believe that a multi ethnic and fragmented society made up of multiple  identities, is ‘good for the Jews.’ In such circumstances, Jews are merely one ethnicity among many. Open immigration also weakens the host nation. Jews, who have been subject to animosity and hostility throughout their history, understand that weakening the cohesive bond of their host nations is an effective strategy to protect Jews. 

The contemporary Left also invests in weakening society by means of fragmentation. It generally understood that the working classes often ally themselves with nationalist and patriotic ideologies. The British lower class, for instance, is far more excited these days by the Union Jack and the Queen than the remote possibility of a ‘communist revolution’ ahead.  For the Left, therefore, the migrant communities provide an oxygen supply that helps to counter Working Class cohesiveness. Support from immigrants also conveys an image of a bond between the Left and working people. However, as we learned yesterday, such an agenda puts the Left in clear conflict with  indigenous people and especially with the deprived underclass.   

Considering their mutual interest in ID politics and immigration, it is natural that Left and Progressive institutions  are maintained by funding from Jewish lobbies. When Tony Blair led Britain into a criminal war, the Zionist Lord ‘cashpoint Levy, was his chief fundraiser with help from the LFI (Labour Friends Of Israel). In France, the so-called ‘socialist’ government is more Zionist than Netanyahu’s government. But it goes further. Nick Clegg, the leader of the British Liberal Democrats, who was demolished in yesterday’s election, aired a desperate SOS call to the Jewish world in the week before the election. The short-sighted Liberal Democrat announced his full support for the Jewish manifesto for the European Parliament. He was evidently hoping that some rich Jews would be kind enough to bail him out.  He was obviously wrong. I guess the Jewish financers are slightly more sophisticated.  Yesterday the British voters sent Nick Clegg home. The third British party is on the verge of eradication.

George Soros and his Open Society Institute provide us with a spectacular view into the alliance between Jewish tribal interests and Left and Progressive politics. Soros, a funder of the Zionist light J Street, is the de facto funder of most Left and progressive institutions around the world. Soros invests a portion of his wealth in ID politics, pro immigration groups and even some Palestinians NGOs and you may ask why? Simple, he is a kind philanthropic person who supports a lot of very good causes that are also ‘good for the Jews.’ And, as mentioned above, a multiplicity of identities, ethnicities and a fragmented society is indeed very good for the Jews. 

The EU Parliamentary election results sent a clear warning to the Left and I hope that there is someone within the Left who is still capable of reacting and actually addressing the needs of the people. The election also delivers a clear warning to Jewish and Zionist lobbies. The situation in Europe is reaching a boiling point.

I am an immigrant myself. I love living in Britain, I want Britain to be strong and productive. I want my kids to enjoy the best of British education. For many years I was regarded by the Left  as a symbol of multi-culturalism,  but that was never my goal.  I have no interest in imposing my culture or ethnicity on others. I use my art as a means of communication. I believe that beauty is the medium as well as the message.  

I live in London, one of the most diverse cities in the world. In my city a lot of people from many places live in peace practicing their religions and celebrating their identities. We do not need The Guardian of Zion, the Labour Party or the Jewish lobby to teach us tolerance.  We do not need a Zionist organisation to monitor our speech or ‘correct’ our ‘politics. Instead the Left needs to reinstate its commitment to the working people, to labour, education and health. And in order to do so, the Left must first emancipate itself from its Zionist leadership and its Jerusalemite attitude.

 

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Patriarch Rai meets with SLA collaborators

‘Antoine Lahad (SLA) between Barak and Mofaz

By: Amal Khalil

Published Thursday, May 29, 2014

In the village of Kfar Nahum on the shores of Lake Tiberias, overlooking the southern Lebanese borders, Maronite Patriarch Beshara al-Rai met yesterday evening with former members of the South Lebanon Army (SLA)- Antoine Lahad’s militia that collaborated with Israel during its occupation of South Lebanon.

Assisted by the Maronite archbishop in the Holy Land, Moussa al-Hajj, and the parish’s priest, Maroun Abi Nader, Rai celebrated mass in Saint Peter’s Church at the town described in the Bible as “ Jesus’ city in the Holy Land,” with former SLA collaborators and their families who had fled to occupied Palestine following the Israeli army’s defeat in southern Lebanon 14 years ago.

People recited prayers and raised banners greeting the patriarch while SLA collaborators waved Lebanese flags as they welcomed Rai.

A report by Agence France Presse (AFP) shed light on the collaborators’ impressions about the visit. Kiryat Shmona resident, Sleiman Nakhle, did not expect much of Rai’s initiative, a position he shared with his friend Boulos Nohra from Karmiel who said Rai “won’t offer us anything.”

Julie Abu Araj, who works for an organization involved with the Lebanese community in Israel, in Naharya, said her father was “a martyr killed by Hezbollah,” adding “we were wronged; we were the victims of history and geography. We lost our identity so we need a moral compensation before a materialistic one.”

Meanwhile, Victor Nader, a former commander in one of the SLA’s special units, praised the visit, saying “it gave us some respect and boosted our morale.” However, he stressed that he doesn’t want to return to Lebanon and that he is very happy here and that his son serves in the Israeli army.

Collaborators had been hailing Rai’s visit since it was first announced about a month ago. The ‘Lebanese in Israel’ official website invited about 2,500 SLA members and their relatives to participate in the mass and the dinner banquet held yesterday in honor of Rai in a restaurant in Upper Nazareth. It posted the phone numbers of coordinators in Naharaya, Ma’a lot, Kiryat Shmona, Safed, Karmiel and Haifa, selling tickets for the event which proceeds will go to support “the [Lebanese] community.”

SLA collaborators did not wait for their turn on Rai’s schedule. Since arriving in Bethlehem on Sunday, they attended all the masses he celebrated in Yafa, Gethsemane, Jerusalem (on Monday), Beit Sahour (on Tuesday) and Kufr Birim whose residents were uprooted in 1948 (on Wednesday).

They are also expected to join his upcoming stops in regions neighboring the southern borders today and tomorrow, in Akka (Acre), Nazareth, Isfiya and Haifa.

The website posted the wishes of Lebanese in Israel and their requests from Rai, including an open letter signed by “a Lebanese citizen in Israel” discussing the situation of collaborators’ children who came to Israel with their parents and the children born in the occupied territories.

“The children are being tried with us although they committed no crime. They are stripped (of their identity) and Lebanese official departments refuse to acknowledge them,” the Lebanese citizen said.

He pleaded for Rai to reconsider the decision taken by his predecessor, Patriarch Nasrallah Sfeir “who prevented us from leaving to other countries so we would stay near Lebanon and return home.”

“Since the official attitude is still against us, take the decision and contact foreign countries to allow our children to live in Europe, America and Australia, and acquire new passports that would grant them an honorable return to Lebanon,” he added.

The website also posted an “official statement by the community,” praising Rai’s visit, saying “it answered our prayers in paving the way for our return to a country that we defended with our souls and bodies.”

Rai’s meeting with SLA collaborators was already on the schedule for his seven day visit to occupied Palestine. Prior to leaving Lebanon, Archbishop al-Hajj announced Rai’s program in a press conference at the Maronite Patriarchate headquarters in Haifa.

“The church is adopting a new approach with Rai’s visit. He is going to meet with Lebanese exiled in Israel since 2000, because Levantine Christians need patriarchs’ encouragement after all the wars and catastrophes that hit them, along with economic crises and closed doors that the new generations face” al-Hajj said.

Rai addressed former SLA collaborators, saying “you are paying the price of an international and regional game and we are following up on your issues with the Lebanese authorities.”

Rai had already celebrated mass in the ruins of Kufr Birim (a village four kilometers away from the Lebanese-Palestinian borders) whose Maronite residents were uprooted [by Israeli troops] in 1948 with only the church remaining intact.

Addressing the decedents of the village’s original residents, Rai said “preserve your existence and your lands, your right shall not fade if you keep pursuing it. We will work for your return through resolution and determination, not through violence.”

This article is an edited translation from the Arabic Edition.

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Military Operations Escalate in Syria Provinces, Chases Gunmen in Hasaka


Local Editor Syrian armyMore terrorists got killed during military operations Wednesday who have been wrecking havoc across the Syria and committing crimes against civilians.

In Hasaka countryside, an army unit dismantled an explosive device planted by terrorists on al-Basheriyeh roundabout in al-Qamishli city. A military source told SANA news agency that the IED weighed almost 5 Kg, and that it was set to be detonated remotely.

In Aleppo, an army unit destroyed a weapon and ammunition cache in Hreitan in the northern, killing all the terrorists there. Another army unit killed more than 25 terrorists in Kherbet al-Mashir, the military source said, adding that terrorists’ gatherings in Tal Sosin, Tal Refaat, Handarat, Tal Jabin, the industrial city, Atareb, Kafar Hamra and al-Kastello were targeted, killing many terrorists, injuring others and destroying their weapons. Other army units destroyed vehicles, killing all terrorists inside in Kweiris, Rasem al-Addoud, al-Jdeideh, Old Aleppo, Bani Zed, al-Rashideen, al-Lairamoun, al-Ameriyeh, Bab al-Hadid, Bustan al-Qaser, Andan, the Free Zone, Hreitan, Kafar Dae;, Khan al-Asal, al-Jandoul and Hanano.

In Homs, an army unit foiled a terrorists’ infiltration attempt from Talbisa towards al-Molouk point, inflecting heavy losses upon the terrorists, as another unit also foiled an infiltration attempt towards Tal al-Ansar in the countryside, killing many of the terrorists. A military source in the province said that other army units targeted gatherings of armed terrorist groups in al-Khattab, Onq al-Hawa, Ard al-Sheikh Ibrahim al-Hakim, al-Ghajar and Khalij Keesin, killing many terrorists and injuring others. The source pointed out that a big number of terrorists were killed or injured in al-Khaledyeh, al-Dweir, al-Dara al-Kabera, al-Ghassebiyeh villages.

In Damascus countryside, the army eliminated terrorists, some of them Saudis, and destroyed their hideouts north of al-Mleiha, in addition to eliminating terrorists near the town of al-Qasimiye in Eastern Ghouta. In Douma area, the army destroyed a terrorist gathering in Aaliya farms, while a series of operations were carried out in Jobar, resulting in the death of scores of terrorists. The army discovered a 150m-tunnel that links Douma farms with Harasta Highway. The tunnel, which was equipped with lights and ventilation, was destroyed by the army and two terrorists inside it were arrested. A number of terrorist hideouts were destroyed in the town of al-Zabadani, while army units pursued terrorist groups near Khan Danoun camp and the town of Kanaker in al-Kisweh area, resulting in the death of many terrorists, and clashes between the army and terrorist groups in the town of Daraya resulted in the death of many terrorists.

In Daraa, an army unit destroyed a terrorists’ gathering in Naheta in al-Hrak, killing eight terrorists including the Jordanian nicknamed Abu Khattab from the terrorist Jabhat al-Nusra group. Army units targeted armed terrorist groups in Tal al-Allaqiyeh- Tal Antar axis, in al-Hwejat, Kherbet Hamman, al-Waara and al-Najed farm, killing many terrorists and injuring others, as they destroyed a terrorists’ vehicle with all the terrorists inside in Atman town. Army units also confronted gunmen groups in the area surrounding Bilal Mosque that attempted to attack military checkpoints, inflicting heavy losses upon the terrorists. Other army units targeted terrorists’ gatherings in Beer Om al-Daraj and the surrounding area of Garaz prison in the city.

In Idlib, an army unit confronted a terrorists’ attempt of attacking a military checkpoint in Maar Hattat, inflicting heavy losses upon them. A military source said that army units targeted terrorists’ gatherings in Jefetlik Haj Hammoud, Adu al-Zobeir, Bales, the surrounding area of al-Arbaen Mountain, Maar Baalit, Mantaf and Kafar Lata in the countryside of the province, killing many terrorists and injuring others.

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Ukraine’s New President Poroshenko

 
He’s like his predecessor. Coup-appointed. In his case anointed. By electoral rubber-stamping. 
 
He’s anti-democratic. Fascist. Mega-crook. Neoliberal. Confrontational. Militant. Belligerent. Bellicose. Criminal.
 
Opposite what Ukrainians deserve. Straightaway he OK’d full-scale war without mercy. More on this below.
 
Russia wants Eastern Ukrainian military aggression halted. Obama wants it continued. He congratulated Ukrainians.
 
“(F)or making their voices heard,” he said. For “the efforts of the Ukrainian government to conduct these elections in the face (of) provocations and violence,” he claimed.
“This election is another important step forward in the efforts of the Ukrainian government to unify the country and reach out to all of its citizens to ensure their concerns are addressed and aspirations met,” he said.
 
He ludicrously called Ukraine’s fascist regime “democra(tic).” One fascist regime praised another’s sham process. 
 
John Kerry did the same way. He called Ukraine’s illegitimate election “historic.”
 
“The successful conduct of these elections reaffirms Ukraine’s commitment to the democratic process,” he said. 
 
“The United States will continue to work with the people of Ukraine and the newly elected president to build on this victory for democracy.”
At the same time, he condemned what he called “Russia’s occupation and attempted annexation of Crimea.”
 
He finds new ways to shame the office he holds. He’s headed toward becoming America‘s worst ever Secretary of State. Obama exceeds the worst of his predecessors. 
 
Poroshenko is Washington’s man in Kiev. He’s billionaire oligarch. He made his money the old-fashioned way. He stole it.
 
He cut deals. He greased palms. He entered politics. For good reasons. For power. 
 
For better connections. For friends in high places. For business opportunities. To avoid prosecution. 
 
Ukrainian pols have immunity. As long as they’re part of the system.
In 1998, Poroshenko entered politics. He won a Verkhovna Rada (parliament) seat. Initially he was a United Social Democratic Party of Ukraine member .
 
In 2000, he created a so-called independent Solidarity party. In 2001, he helped create the Party of Regions.
 
In 2001, he joined Viktor Yushchenko’s Our Ukraine Bloc opposition faction. In 2002 parliamentary elections, it won the largest popular vote share.
 
Poroshenko won a seat. He headed parliament’s budget committee. He was accused of “misplacing” around 47 million hrynias (nearly $9 million).
 
In 2004, he broke ranks with other Party of Regions members. He help bankroll Orange Revolution plotters. 
 
Viktor Yanukovyh was illegitimately ousted. Viktor Yushchenko replaced him. Washington backed him.
Poroshenko was appointed National Security and Defense Council Secretary. In 2005, he was accused of corruption. It stemmed from state enterprise privatizations.
 
Friends in high places got all charges dropped. In March 2006, he retained his Verkhovna Rada seat. He chaired its Finance and Banking Committee.
 
In 2009, he was reappointed National Security and Defense Council Secretary.
 
From 2009 – 2010, he was Foreign Affairs Minister. In 2012, he was Trade and Economic Development Minister. 
 
From 2007 – 2012, he headed Ukraine’s National Bank Council. In 2012, he returned to parliament. He did so as an independent member.
 
From November 2013  through February’s coup, he helped bankroll Kiev putschists.
On March 29, 2014, he announced he’d run for president. On May 25, he was elected with about a 54.4% majority.
 
He supports joining NATO. Not now. He favors later. “(S)o as not to ruin the country,” he said.
 
His business interests include food, automotive, shipping, and media. Bodgan Corporation is a leading Ukrainian car and bus manufacturer.
 
Roshen Confectionery Corporation earned Poroshenko the “Chocolate King” nickname. 
 
It’s the world’s 18th largest confectionery producer. Its products include chocolate and jelly sweets, caramel, chocolate, biscuits, waffles and cakes.
 
It’s most famous for its Kiev Vechirniy chocolate candy and cakes. Overall, it produces about 200 confectionery products. Its output is around 410,000 tons annually.
English language 5 Kanal television channel features news and other programming. It broadcasts to Ukraine, Europe and Canada.
 
Leninska Kuznya shipyard produces river ships, industrial ones, small fishing vessels, self-propelled barges, related products and various military equipment.
 
Ukraine’s changing of the guard changed nothing. Fascism defeated democracy. Full-scale war without mercy continues.
 
Scores of Donetsk area deaths were reported. According to its People’s Republic Prime Minister Aleksandr Boroday:
 
“We’ve lost more than 50 self-defense fighters. Many of the casualties are a result of two Kamaz trucks having been shelled by the Ukrainian army.” 
 
“The trucks were driving the wounded from the battlefield near the airport. Around 15 people died there.”
“Two of our Kamaz trucks were fired at from the air and from an ambush on the ground.”
 
They displayed medical assistance service flags. It didn’t matter. 
 
“Shooting the wounded runs contrary to all international conventions.” It’s a war crime. So is aggressive war without mercy.
 
Self-defense fighters “were wounded. The car was driving them from a battlefield. First snipers shot the driver.” 
 
“Then they fired point-blank at the rest from a shoulder-launcher.” 
 
“The survivors were then gunned down by Right Sector militants. No one in the truck survived.”
 
Ukrainian National Guard forces attacked an ambulance. It was transporting wounded self-defense fighters from Donetsk airport.
 
According to Donetsk People’s Governor Pavel Gurarev, Ukrainian forces crossed the line.
“The junta has finally and irrevocably taken the path of crimes against humanity,” he said. 
 
“Battle continues at the Putilov Bridge. The Right Sector fire mortar shells at anything that moves. Massive civilian casualties” followed.
 
Fighting continued Monday night into Tuesday morning. Helicopter gunships and warplanes are involved.
 
Ukrainian troops suffered losses. According to Boroday:
 
“They were on the offensive. That’s why their losses have not been that big.” 
 
“We intercept their conversations. They are demoralized, and are counting on breaking through from the airport.”
 
Two Ukrainian military helicopters were shot down.
Fighting raged elsewhere in Donetsk. Residential areas were attacked. At least three civilians were killed. Others were wounded.
 
Donetsk People’s Republic’s (DNR) press service reported about 200 May 26 and 27 deaths. 
 
They include freedom fighters and civilians. One regime sniper shot a woman. 
 
She was at a railway terminal. Two other civilians there were killed. A child was wounded.
 
The terminal was set ablaze. Apparently from shell fire. Everyone inside was evacuated.
 
DNR’s press service issued a report, stating: “Attention! We urgently need doctors, volunteers, donors.”
Fighting rages in Mariupol. People’s Republic of Donetsk headquarters there was targeted.
 
Attackers were either Right Sector thugs or foreign mercenaries. They wore unmarked black uniforms. No casualty count information was announced.
 
Sergey Lavrov issued a statement. He denounced ongoing hostilities. He wants them halted.
 
“Immediately stopping the use of the army against the population and ending any violence by all sides is the top priority task and ‘endurance test’ for the Kiev authorities,” he said.
 
“We will firmly insist on it, and we will insist on the implementation of all other principles of the adopted Geneva statement.”
“(I)t is absolutely necessary to immediately implement the agreements reached in the Geneva statement of April 17 and stop any violence.”
 
Poroshenko wants to visit Russia by around mid-June. As long as hostilities continue, he’s persona non grata.
 
“A Russian trip of Poroshenko is not being considered or discussed by diplomatic or any other channels,” said Lavrov.
 
“As to the recent events, let me remind you that Poroshenko made a promise to unite the country in his election campaign.” 
 
“He said yesterday his first trip would be made to Donbas but they have a real war there so far.”
 
“He said that the so-called counterterrorist operation should be rapidly brought to an end, but suggested that should be done through intensification.”
“If there are plans to suppress resistance in the southeast by the army powered with heavy armaments, the National Guard, Right Sector and their ilk before (his) inauguration…so that he comes to Donbas as a victor, I do not think that will create a good environment for the cordial welcome to the Donetsk region.”
 
“The military operations must be stopped immediately,” Lavrov stressed.
 
“We hope he will act in the interests of the Ukrainian people as a whole. If this is the case, he will find a serious and reliable partner in Russia.”
 
At the same time, Putin’s press secretary Dmitry Peskov said it’s “too early” to invite Poroshenko to Moscow.
 
It’s unclear whether Putin intends to congratulate him. If hostilities continue, most likely he’ll condemn him.
 
On May 27, a Kremlin press office statement said:
“Putin has emphasized the necessity of immediately stopping the tactical punitive operation in southeastern regions and introducing peaceful dialogue between Kiev and representatives of the regions.”
 
Fighting continues. It rages. More intensively than earlier. Until “self-defense units are neutralized,” according to Kiev putschists.
 
It doesn’t surprise. Fascist regimes operate this way. Ukraine is Europe‘s worst. 
 
Its most dangerous. Its most lawless. Its most ruthless. Poroshenko’s election changed nothing.
 
It bears repeating. On Sunday, fascism won. Democracy lost. So did Ukrainians. What follows remains to be seen
 

Here we go again, USA approves new sanctions on Venezuela

Just like Ukraine, the USA finances and organizes anti-government protests and then uses that as an excuse to impose sanctions and further interference

http://www.presstv.com/detail/2014/05/29/364587/us-house-passes-venezuela-sanctions-bill/

The US House of Representatives has approved the imposition of new sanctions on Venezuela over its handling of the ongoing anti-government protests.

The bill, passed by voice vote on Wednesday, instructs the Obama administration to prepare a list of alleged human rights abusers in the government of President Nicolas Maduro, freeze any assets they hold in American banks and ban US visits.

“The Venezuelan people have sent us a distress signal for help,” said the bill’s author, House Republican Ileana Ros-Lehtinen.

“Today, we answer that call by condemning the actions taken by the Maduro regime and showing our support to the people of Venezuela who are seeking liberty, freedom, human rights and justice,” she added.

A similar measure was approved by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and awaits a full chamber vote. Should it pass, the two versions would need to be reconciled by the administration.

The development has come despite objections from the White House, which says this is not the appropriate time to impose sanctions on Venezuela.

The opposition criticizes the government for the high crime rate and economic hardships in the country, claiming that the policies of the government have led to a shortage of essential goods and a high inflation rate.

The government of Maduro has said the violent protests are part of a US plot to bring about regime change in the oil-rich Latin American nation.

The Venezuelan leader ordered the expulsion of three US consular officials in February, accusing them of meeting with student protest leaders under the guise of offering them visas to destabilize the country.

In response, Washington declared three Venezuelan consular officials personae non gratae and asked them to leave the US.

Russia Leaks on 911 – Oops! Didn’t Think of That One!

http://armstrongeconomics.com/2014/05/25/russia-leaks-on-911-oops-didnt-think-of-that-one/

Didn’t Think of That One!

911-3

Russia is starting to fight back with leaking the evidence that the USA has worked with terrorists and knew about 911 if not help the terrorists organize the attack. The Saudi’s have controlled the terrorists and threatened Russia that their Olympic Games would be safe only if they agreed to the Saudi terms. It was the very terrorists being armed by the USA to take down the Syrian government. The Saudi connection and the USA was exposed with the Syria attempted invasion.

I reported that on the Benghazi Connection. The reliable story I got from behind the curtain was that John Christopher Stevens was supplying arms to the Syrian Rebels – terrorists we hated so much. That is why he was killed and the US had to step back and cover that up because the truth would expose the terrorist connection and how they used them for political purposes. I have stated all along there was an admixture here for it did not make sense.

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I  even reported that the two World Trade Center Attacks were curiously about 8.6 years apart. Not sure if that is significant but it does seem to fit the government cycle. The timing itself is very curious. It even took place precisely on the day of Pi from the peak of the 8.6 year wave at that time. It seems even conspiracies are on time.

WTC7

I have stated that the coincidence with WTC7 collapse was a wipe out of evidence. That is where they took our computer system and when I asked for my legal discovery, the SEC responded that everything was destroyed in 911. That includes the evidence against all the bank manipulations that are now just starting to be exposed. No government employees in that WTC7 building were in there. They were evacuated.

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I have stated I was there and felt the building shake when it was first hit before the collapse. I was several blocks away at that time. That was more like an explosion than just a collision. I have stated that I know for an absolute fact that the first World Trade Center bombers drew the twin towers on the wall of their cell with planes flying into them one year before. Does that mean it was purely a terrorist attack? No. Because that does not explain WTC7. There are no coincidences in the middle of such events.

I know the evidence they took from our offices. If there was a REAL prosecution in NYC, that would have led to the closure of the top five banks just as Solomon Brothers’ was rescued by part of the crew – Warren Buffet.

911-1

Were there really planes? Yes there were. Those claiming there were no planes are plants to turn this into a conspiracy theory so the media will never touch it. The bottom line is simple. There was a real terrorist attack that the US KNEW ABOUT. They used it to cover up the Pentagon missing money and what else was there in WTC7 beyond what we had that would have ended the market manipulations back in 1999.

Those who exaggerate this event PREVENT the public from listening. I cannot believe they are that stupid. These conspiracy-buffs have to be exaggerating this into purely a US plot with no planes for a reason. The Feds usurped the terrorists, perhaps helped them, that is enough. You do not have to go to extremes and say there were no planes for then you discredit the whole thing.

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There is already evidence that this is how government functions all the time. They point to the rich, but then hunt wires of $3,000. The multinational companies can keep their money offshore, but individuals cannot. This is the real world. It is all about money and retaining power. We do not need private groups. The real culprits are right before your eyes with the guns and tanks. Why invent undefined secret private groups behind the scenes who pull their strings. He who has the tanks makes the rules.

History always argues against these conspiracy theories. It has ALWAYS been government without a single exception throughout all of history. Never has some private group overpowered government. It is always government – look no further. Even if there was some private group, if they are that powerful, there is NOTHING someone could do so do not vote and let the real culprits retain power. That seems to be the purpose of creating sinister shadow groups to protect government and those who run it inside. Sorry – I just do not trust anyone who advocates such extremes for they could be doing so for money.

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