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Posted by: AGelbert
« on: June 14, 2018, 10:37:31 pm »

US Congressmembers: Stop ‘Famine-Triggering Attack’ on Yemen’s Port City Hodeida, Which Could Starve Millions

By: Ben Norton | June 13, 2018

Lawmakers from both major parties have published a letter calling on the U.S. government to withdraw support for a military attack on Yemen’s port city of Hodeida, which would almost certainly unleash a humanitarian disaster that could starve millions of people.

The letter — which follows in full below — was signed by prominent Democratic and Republican congressmen, and is directly addressed to Secretary of Defense James Mattis.

With blessings from the United States, military forces led by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates launched an attack on Wednesday, June 13 on Hodeida, the site where some 80 percent of humanitarian aid enters Yemen, the poorest country in the Middle East.

The U.S. military is providing intelligence assistance to the Saudi- and Emirati-led forces in the battle. The U.S. has played a key role in the war in Yemen, since Saudi Arabia first launched its bombardment campaign in March 2015, selling the Gulf monarchy billions of dollars in weapons and providing in-air refueling and intelligence support.

The United Nations and humanitarian organizations vociferously spoke out against the assault on Hodeida, warning it could push Yemen over the brink into famine. A staggering 8.4 million Yemenis are already on the verge of starvation, and 10 million more could face starvation by the end of 2018.

Another 250,000 Yemenis are also in danger of losing their lives from the brutal fighting. The United Nations humanitarian coordinator in Yemen, Lise Grande, warned, “A military attack or siege on Hodeidah will impact hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians.”

“In a prolonged worst case, we fear that as many as 250,000 people may lose everything — even their lives,” Grande added.

The New York Times reported, citing diplomats who were involved in negotiations to try to stop the attack on Hodeida, that “the Emiratis, who are leading the push for an attack, are looking to launch their planned assault while Washington’s attention is focused this week on the summit meeting between President Trump and the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un.”

U.S.-backed Saudi bombing has already killed thousands of Yemeni civilians and unleashed the largest humanitarian catastrophe in the world. More than 100,000 Yemeni children have died from preventable causes — with a new death every 10 minutes.

The U.S.-Saudi coalition has repeatedly bombed civilian areas, including a newly constructed cholera treatment center on Monday, June 11.

The letter campaign was led by Wisconsin Democratic Representative Mark Pocan, who wrote, “The Saudi and Emirati assault on Yemen’s major port, with US logistical aid, could threaten 250,000 lives and force millions more to starve to death.”
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“Democrats AND Republicans are demanding the Pentagon to stop the operation and disclose unauthorized US participation this war,” Pocan said.

The Saudi and Emirati assault on Yemen's major port, with US logistical aid, could threaten 250,000 lives and force millions more to starve to death.

Democrats AND Republicans are demanding the Pentagon to stop the operation and disclose unauthorized US participation this war. pic.twitter.com/8m17mC7qgC

— Rep. Mark Pocan (@repmarkpocan) June 13, 2018

Rep. Pocan is the co-chair of the House Progressive Caucus. The letter was also signed by Michigan Republican Justin Amash, a self-described libertarian who chairs the House Liberty Caucus.

Happy to join @repmarkpocan on this letter. We must reclaim congressional war powers and stop these endless wars. https://t.co/2Yr6mRiHx2

— Justin Amash (@justinamash) June 13, 2018

The other signatories on the letter were Ro Khanna (D-CA), Thomas Massie (R-KY), Barbara Lee (D-CA), Walter Jones (R-NC), and Ted Lieu (D-CA).

The full text of the U.S. congressmen’s letter to Secretary of Defense Mattis follows below:


Urgent bipartisan call to Sec. Mattis to avert famine-triggering attack on Yemen’s major port and disclose full U.S. role in Saudi-led war

Dear Secretary Mattis:

As members of Congress closely following the war led by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates against Yemen’s Houthi rebels—and the humanitarian crisis that the conflict has triggered—we are deeply alarmed by the prospect of intensified and prolonged hostilities. We urge you to use all available means to avert a catastrophic military assault on Yemen’s major port city of Hodeida by the Saudi-led coalition, and to present Congress with immediate clarification regarding the full scope of U.S. military involvement in that conflict. We remind you that three years into the conflict, active U.S. participation in Saudi-led hostilities against Yemen’s Houthis has never been authorized by Congress, in violation of the Constitution.1

Just over a year ago, a bipartisan group of 55 members of Congress sent a letter to the Trump Administration raising serious concerns regarding a potential Saudi- and UAE-led coalition attack against the Houthi-controlled port of Hodeida, with the possible consent and support of the United States.2 Though the offensive was ultimately forestalled, the Washington Post reports that you had “asked for approval of the rejected Hodeida operation, including additional surveillance, intelligence and operational assistance.”3

A renewed push by coalition forces to cut off and capture Hodeida led the Washington Post to editorialize, “The world’s worst humanitarian crisis could get even worse,” and experts warn that such an assault would destroy the prospects for a peace settlement.4 Save the Children noted that a closure of Hodeida port would lead to a “devastating cut in the humanitarian and commercial supply chain just when it’s needed most,” and that an assault on the city could displace “an additional 340,000 people.”5 In light of your April 2017 remarks that the war must be resolved “politically as soon as possible,” we urge you to use all tools at your disposal to dissuade the Saudi-led coalition from moving forward with this offensive and reject the provision of U.S. logistical, military and diplomatic support for any such operation.6 As the Washington Post editorial noted, the United States should “use its leverage to stop this reckless venture.”

Additionally, in light of recent New York Times revelations that “late last year, a team of about a dozen Green Berets arrived on Saudi Arabia’s border with Yemen, in a continuing escalation of America’s secret wars,” we seek immediate clarification on U.S. participation in the coalition’s war against the Houthis. Despite “virtually no public discussion or debate,” according to the Times, “Army commandos are helping locate and destroy caches of ballistic missiles and launch sites” of Houthi rebels in Yemen—activities which “appear to contradict Pentagon statements.”7

In light of these operations, please explain the following remarks, which include sworn testimony and classified briefings by Pentagon officials to Congress:

During a classified Senate briefing in March 2018, Senators “pressed Pentagon officials about the military’s role in the Saudi-led conflict,” yet Defense Department representatives stated that “American forces stationed in Saudi Arabia only advised within the kingdom’s borders and were focused mostly on border defense.”8

On March 13, 2018, Gen. Votel, Commander of U.S. Central Command, told the Senate Armed Services Committee that CENTCOM is “authorized to help the Saudis defend their border. We are doing that through intelligence sharing, through logistics support and through military advice that we provide to them,” yet, he added, “we’re not parties to this conflict.”9

At the request of Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, William Castle, Acting General Counsel of the Department of Defense, sent a letter to the Senate asserting that U.S. support “does not involve any introduction of U.S. forces into hostilities.”10

On March 14, 2018 you wrote to the Senate that “neither President Obama nor President Trump authorized the use of U.S. military force against the Houthis. Our support takes the form of intelligence sharing, military advice, and logistical support, including air-to-air refueling. This non-combat support is focused on improving coalition processes and procedures, especially regarding compliance with the law of armed conflict and best practices for reducing the risk of civilian casualties.”11

We are concerned that in the midst of a Senate effort to exercise its constitutional authority to end unauthorized hostilities—including U.S. targeting and refueling assistance for Saudi-led airstrikes against Yemen’s Houthis—the Pentagon may have concealed key information from members of Congress regarding the full extent of on-the-ground U.S. military participation in the Saudi coalition-led war.

In violation of the War Powers Resolution of 1973, no specific statutory authorization exists for U.S. military personnel that coordinate, participate in the movement of, and accompany Saudi forces into hostilities against Yemen’s Houthis, or into circumstances where an imminent threat exists that Saudi forces will become engaged in such hostilities.12 The Houthis, reported the Times, “have not been classified by the American government as a terrorist group,” and are not covered by any existing Authorization for Use of Military Force.13

The New York Times editorial board concluded that “the Pentagon and the Trump administration apparently have misled Americans about growing military involvement in a war in Yemen that we should have nothing to do with.”14 The Saudi-led coalition, the editorial board added, is “the main driver of the misery” in Yemen, “with its air bombardments against civilian areas, and a land, air and sea blockade that is keeping large quantities of food, fuel and medicine from reaching millions of people.”15

We call on you to immediately disclose the full extent of the U.S. military role in the Saudi-led war against Yemen’s Houthis, including the use of special operations forces; disclose any role that the Pentagon is currently performing, has been asked to perform, or is considering performing regarding an attack on the port of Hodeida; and issue a public declaration opposing this impending assault and restating the Administration’s position that Saudi Arabia and other parties to the conflict should accept an immediate ceasefire and move toward a political settlement to resolve the conflict.

In light of a possibly disastrous offensive on Hodeida, we remind you that under Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution, Congress alone has the power to declare and authorize war, and the War Powers Resolution allows any individual member of Congress to force a debate and floor vote to remove U.S. forces from unauthorized hostilities. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee explicitly declared in 1973 that provisions of the War Powers Resolution were intended to “prevent secret, unauthorized military support activities” and avert “ever deepening ground combat involvement” in foreign conflicts, including via “U.S. ‘advisers’ to accompany” foreign armed forces into imminent hostilities.15 Your prompt responses will better enable us to exercise our exclusive constitutional responsibility to authorize and oversee the offensive use of U.S. military force.

Sincerely,

[Members of Congress]

CC: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo
Gen. Joseph Votel, head of United States Central Command
William Castle, Acting General Counsel of the Department of Defense
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer
Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chair Bob Corker
Senate Foreign Relations Committee Ranking Member Robert Menendez
House Speaker Paul Ryan
House Minority Leader Pelosi
House Foreign Affairs Committee Chair Ed Royce
House Foreign Affairs Committee Ranking Member Eliot Engel


[1] Ro Khanna, Mark Pocan and Walter Jones, “Stop the Unconstitutional War in Yemen,” New York Times, October 10, 2017. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/10/opinion/yemen-war-unconstitutional.html

[2] “Bipartisan Effort: 55 U.S. Representatives Call on Trump to Come to Congress Before Taking Military Action in Yemen,” Apr 11, 2017. https://pocan.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/bipartisan-effort-55-us-representatives-call-on-trump-to-come-to

[3] Karen DeYoung and Missy Ryan, “Despite U.S. warnings, Yemeni forces backed by UAE advance toward crucial port,” Washington Post, June 4, 2018. https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/despite-us-warnings-yemeni-forces-backed-by-uae-advance-toward-crucial-port/2018/06/04/08a1af40-6765-11e8-bf8c-f9ed2e672adf_story.html

[4] “The world’s worst humanitarian crisis could get even worse,” The Washington Post, May 28, 2018. https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/global-opinions/the-worlds-worst-humanitarian-crisis-could-get-even-worse/2018/05/28/cadc952e-6040-11e8-b2b8-08a538d9dbd6_story.html; “Martin Griffiths, Special Envoy for Yemen makes his first briefing to the Security Council,” April 17, 2018. https://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/martin-griffiths-special-envoy-yemen-makes-his-first-briefing-security-council-enar

[5] “Save the Children Statement on Hudaydah,” Save the Children, May 30, 2018. https://www.facebook.com/notes/save-the-children-yemen/save-the-children-statement-on-hodeidah/1930895286930016/

[6] “Bipartisan Group of 16 Lawmakers Threaten to Block U.S. Military Escalation in Yemen if not Briefed by Pentagon,” May 3, 2017. https://pocan.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/bipartisan-group-of-16-lawmakers-threaten-to-block-us-military

[7] Helene Cooper, Thomas Gibbons-Neff and Eric Schmitt, “Army Special Forces Secretly Help Saudis Combat Threat From Yemen Rebels,” New York Times, May 3, 2018. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/03/us/politics/green-berets-saudi-yemen-border-houthi.html

[8] Ibid.

[9] Eric Schmitt and Thomas Gibbons-Neff, New York Times, “Before Saudi Visit, Congress Questions U.S. Support for Yemen Campaign,” March 18, 2018, https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/18/us/politics/trump-saudi-yemen.html

[10] Akbar Shahid Ahmed, “Legal Scholars Trash Pentagon’s Effort To Prevent Senate Debate On Yemen War,” Huffington Post, March 6, 2018. https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/legal-scholars-trash-trump-pentagon-effort-to-prevent-senate-debate-on-yemen-war_us_5a9f0d99e4b002df2c5e895d

[11] Letter to Congressional leaders, March 14, 2008, http://apps.washingtonpost.com/g/documents/world/defense-secretary-jim-mattiss-letter-to-congressional-leaders/2837/

[12] U.S. Congress, War Powers Resolution of 1973, Section 8(c) 50 U.S.C. 1541–1548.

[13] Cooper, Gibbons-Neff, Schmitt, “Army Special Forces Secretly Help Saudis,” New York Times.

[14] Editorial Board, “Why Are American Troops in the Yemen War?” New York Times, May 3, 2018. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/03/opinion/american-troops-yemen.html

[15] Editorial Board, “America’s Role in Yemen’s Agony Can End on Capitol Hill,” New York Times, March 19, 2018. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/19/opinion/mohammed-bin-salman-america-yemen.html

[16] U.S. Congress, S.Rept. 93-220, p 24.

https://therealnews.com/columns/us-congressmen-stop-famine-triggering-attack-on-yemens-port-city-hodeida-which-could-starve-millions
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: June 13, 2018, 04:47:58 pm »



By Jake Johnson, Common Dreams

Published June 13, 2018

Human Rights • War & Peace

With Explicit US 🦀 Backing, Saudi 👹 Attack on Yemen’s Humanitarian Lifeline Begins ☠️ 😱

SNIPPET:

ith a “green light” from the Trump administration and essential military support from the US government, Saudi-led forces plowed ahead with an assault on the Yemeni port city of Hodeida on Wednesday, brushing aside dire warnings from international humanitarian organizations and a small group of American lawmakers that an attack on the key aid harbor could spark a full-blown famine and endanger millions of lives.

Responding to the early stages of the attack—which began with an estimated 30 Saudi airstrikes within half an hour, guided by US military intelligence—Win Without War wrote on Twitter that the attack is “a dark moment of shame for the United States. We could have stopped this.”

Hodeidah is currently home to around 600,000 civilians, and around 80 percent of all humanitarian aid that flows into Yemen arrives at the city’s port, which is currently controlled by Houthi rebels. International observers have warned that a military fight over the port city could halt life-saving food and medicine and cause the starvation of millions.

“Some civilians are entrapped, others forced from their homes,” Jolien Veldwijk—acting country director for the humanitarian group CARE, which is still operating in Yemen—told Reuters on Wednesday as the US-backed Saudi assault on Hodeida began. “We thought it could not get any worse, but unfortunately we were wrong.”


Full article:

https://truthout.org/articles/with-explicit-us-backing-saudi-attack-on-yemens-humanitarian-lifeline-begins/

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: June 11, 2018, 01:02:25 pm »


So, Italy turned this ship back to Malta, which now has also refused to let it dock and release its 600 plus refugees. They've got 1300 miles to go to reach Spain, which has decided to offer to take them.  That's a week's voyage, and they have enough food and water  for one day. Refugees don't want to go to Spain, because they know there's a lot more austerity there. The refugees who do land there typically try like hell to get to just about anywhere else in Europe as fast as they can......but Spain is better than dying on a tramp steamer deck in the Mediterranean's summer heat.

It's pretty much a given not all 629 of these poor people will make it out of this alive.


https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-06-11/spain-accept-refugee-boat-blocked-italy

This vessel is owned and operated by a couple of humanitarian NGO's who use it to rescue stranded refugees from their rafts. It looks like this might be a record for them, as far as bodies onboard. I'm not sure if they have any kind of way of getting more food and water for the unfortunates now in their care.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aquarius_(NGO_ship)

Thank you for posting this. There is too much going on out there that the propaganda infested press refuses to make public.

Yemen used to be famous for its exquisitely fine tasting bee honey. That's nostalgic history now.

At this moment over 18 MILLION people in Yemen are being slowly and deliberately (the Saudis make no secret of said "policy" ☠️) starved to death.

We are helping.  :(

US-Saudi-UAE War on Yemen Could Starve Millions of Civilians

June 8, 2018

As the UN warns 18.4 million Yemenis could soon face starvation, the US is considering more direct military intervention. Shireen al-Adeimi discusses with TRNN’s Ben Norton how a Saudi-UAE attack on the port city of Hodeida could lead to mass catastrophe


Eddie, in a world where THAT MASSSIVE LEVEL OF GENOCIDE is swept under the media rug, anyhting, no matter how heinous, no matter how unprincipled and no matter how barabaric and counterproductive to human civilization, is to be expected. 
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: June 10, 2018, 09:14:58 pm »

Israeli Police Brutality Reaches New Extremes Against Israeli-Palestinian Protesters (Pt 1/2)

June 9, 2018

Jafar Farah, the head of the Mossawa Center for equal rights for Palestinian citizens of Israel, speaks to TRNN about how police shattered his knee and how what happened to him fits into more general colonial practices among the Israeli police


PART 2

https://therealnews.com/stories/israeli-police-brutality-reaches-new-extremes-against-israeli-palestinian-protesters-pt-1-2
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: June 09, 2018, 03:46:27 pm »

Quote
June 6, 2018

James Perloff

@jamesperloff

Israel says shooting Razan al-Najjar, wearing a white paramedic's uniform, was “unintentional.” THAT’S EXACTLY WHAT THEY SAID ABOUT KILLING 34 SAILORS ON THE USS LIBERTY, WHICH WAS FLYING THE AMERICAN FLAG. U.S. INTERCEPTS OF ISRAELI-GROUND-TO-AIR COMMUNICATIONS PROVED THEM LIARS
https://jamesperloff.com/
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: June 09, 2018, 01:28:39 pm »

Protesters in India Are Massacred as Environmentally Destructive Corporations Have Impunity

June 8, 2018

Police in India killed a dozen protesters in the southern state of Tamil Nadu, after 100 days of demonstrations against the mining corporation Sterlite 👹. Journalist Kavitha Muralidharan tells TRNN’s Ben Norton how UK-based Indian parent company Vedanta Resources 👹 enjoys impunity, despite its role in environmental destruction, pollution, and violence like the Thoothukudi massacre

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: June 09, 2018, 01:24:15 pm »

US-Saudi-UAE War on Yemen Could Starve Millions of Civilians

June 8, 2018

As the UN warns 18.4 million Yemenis could soon face starvation, the US is considering more direct military intervention. Shireen al-Adeimi discusses with TRNN’s Ben Norton how a Saudi-UAE attack on the port city of Hodeida could lead to mass catastrophe

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: June 09, 2018, 01:21:11 pm »

Four More Palestinians Killed in Eleventh Week of Non-Violent Gaza Protests

June 9, 2018

Palestinian protesters honored Razan al-Najjar, the 21 year-old medic who the Israeli military murdered during last week’s protests, as she was giving first aid to the wounded along the Gaza border

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: June 09, 2018, 01:18:55 pm »

June 9, 2018

What is Gaza Unlocked?

For over a decade, two million Palestinians in Gaza have lived under a brutal military blockade imposed by Israel.

Media stories about Gaza primarily focus on violence and politics, while stories of how the blockade impacts everyday life remain largely untold.

Gaza Unlocked gives you access to first-hand accounts from Palestinians living in Gaza, information about the blockade, and opportunities to make a difference. Learn more.


Ezz Al Zanoon, 24 FREELANCE PHOTOGRAPHER

Learn about the blockade’s impact on: EMPLOYMENT MOVEMENT

I am a photographer. I see with my eyes, but I also speak by using my eyes. Now when I take photos I feel a need to change the landscape. I am tired of always seeing the same thing, but I can’t move or change the landscape. I do not know where to go to look for another landscape to capture.

The place we live in is small, extending only 40 kilometers in length. If you try to move beyond the horizon, you run into a wall, a tank, a plane, or a military ship that belongs to the occupation. You can drive from the top of Gaza to its bottom in one hour. If you reach the eastern or northern borders, you see a wall. If you come near that border, the Israeli soldiers there will shoot you immediately. The border with Egypt is also closed.

Each person deals with the situation in their own way. Me, I refuse to accept the blockade. What does it even mean to accept the blockade? How can I continue to live normally despite the blockade? I wake up every morning rejecting the reality that constrains me, that constrains my people, that constrains our ideas and our futures. We are under siege in a large prison. We are given food to eat, but it is like being fed in a zoo. We are kept alive and people – politicians and journalists – visit to have a look. But we stay in our cage.

Residents of Gaza are indiscriminately prohibited from traveling or moving to the West Bank, and West Bank residents are banned from entering or moving to Gaza—a violation of the Oslo Accords.

We reject the images of us that are being shown the world. We are humans. We are proud of our humanity. We are proud of our achievements despite the difficult circumstances. No one can achieve what we have done. Despite the blockade, the wars, and the structured destructions, we continue to live and fight for a dignified life. We fight against the imposed restrictions, being triggered by our desire for life.

We have a passion to meet our people in the West Bank, Gaza, and Palestinians inside Israel  but the occupation cuts the relationship between human beings. Israel fights us by fragmenting us, cutting the relations between one human and another.

Human nature cannot tolerate imprisonment because people are born to be free. When you imprison me, I will still find a place where I can express myself. I will find an exit and use it. You, as an occupier, cannot forbid me to do this.

As long as my brain functions, where I can think and analyze things, where I can create and do what I want. I can express my ideas. As an artist, I can express many things. I can reject what I don’t want both locally and from the occupation. I will defy the difficult circumstances here through my will to live. I will photograph life and publish these photos and give the chance to whoever wants to see to learn about life in Gaza. I will publish the reality that exists far from the media spotlight. I will use social media campaigns to reach out to people.  I will break the blockade, and I will live.   


http://gazaunlocked.org/content/ezz-al-zanoon-24
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: June 08, 2018, 09:53:06 pm »

Swedish Activist Makes Third Attempt to Break Israel’s Suffocating Gaza Blockade

June 4, 2018

Charlie Andreasson explains why he is sailing to Gaza again on the Freedom Flotilla

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: June 08, 2018, 09:39:31 pm »

Cousin of Palestinian Medic Killed by Israel👹 Speaks Out

June 5, 2018

Palestinian nurse Razan al-Najar was shot and killed by an Israeli sniper in Gaza while she was wearing a white medic’s uniform and had her hands raised. Dalia al-Najjar says her cousin “Razan showed everyone what it is to want freedom.” She tells TRNN’s Ben Norton, “Everyone is joining the protests because people want their freedom, and it’s a legitimate right for them to ask for it.”

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: June 05, 2018, 08:42:20 pm »

Truthdig

JUN 03, 2018

Israeli Forces Kill Palestinian Nurse, Injure 100 Protesters

SNIPPET:

Ma’an News Agency reports:

Israeli forces shot and killed a 21-year-old Palestinian woman paramedic on Friday, as she was treating injured protesters during ongoing demonstrations along the Gaza border with Israel, in the southern Gaza Strip. The Gaza Ministry of Health reported that 21-year-old Razan Ashraf al-Najjar, from the Khan Younis-area town of Khuzaa, was shot in the stomach as Israeli forces deployed near the border fence opened fire on a group of five paramedics, including al-Najjar, as they were aiding injured protesters near the fence. The spokesperson of the ministry, Ashraf al-Qidra, added that more than 100 protesters were injured on Friday, 40 of them with live ammunition, while the others suffered from tear-gas related injuries.

Al-Najjar was one of at least two medics who had been killed by Israeli forces since the “Great March of Return” began in Gaza on March 30th. Since then, over 110 more Palestinians have been killed, including journalists and children.


Full article that the US Main Propaganda outlets REFUSE to mention or publicize:

https://www.truthdig.com/articles/israeli-snipers-kill-palestinian-nurse-injure-100-at-gaza-march-of-return/
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: June 01, 2018, 07:03:05 pm »

Gaza: Grief, Horror, Outrage, Remembering

Published by  Richard Falk at  May 16, 2018

GRIEF 


How can one not feel intense grief for the young Palestinians who out of despair and fury joined the Great March of Return, and so often found death and severe injury awaiting them as they approached the border unarmed!!?

This was not a gratuitous event, or something that happened spontaneously on either side. After 70 years of Palestinian suffering, with no end of torment in sight, to show the world and each other their passion was what would be seen as normal, even admirable, demonstrating a spirit of resistance that endured after decades of repression, violence, humiliation, and denial of the most fundamental of rights. After 70 years of Israeli statehood, this violent confirmation of our worst fears and perceptions, seals a negative destiny for Israel as far as the moral eye can see.

HORROR 😱

When exposed to such visual images of resistance and sniper violence the scene expresses the horror of burning steel rubbing against raw flesh. There is no way to grasp this particular cartography of risk, vulnerability, and security than to have recourse the language and imagery of horror. Such a sad narrative of horror will linger on both sides to haunt both collective and individual memories, but one with tragic pride, the other with repressed shame.

The horror was magnified by coinciding with obscene celebratory events in Jerusalem where Americans representing the Trump presidency, including Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner, and the American Ambassador, David Friedman, brought infamy to the United States by this unseemly display of indifference to crimes against humanity being unabashedly committed as they spoke. Such moral and political insensitivity will not and should not be forgotten.

OUTRAGE 

Words are all we have, but they will do. As Thomas Merton taught, some crimes are situated in the domain of the unspeakable.

The occasions for outrage about the treatment of the Palestinian people are many, but the Israeli reaction to this Palestinian march reaches a new level of moral, political, and legal wretchedness. It recalls the cry of religious leaders of conscience in the last stage of the Vietnam War, expressed by their dutiful compilation of criminal acts of American violence committed in relatively defenseless Vietnam bearing the telling title—NOT IN OUR NAME.

As Jews, as Americans, as human beings, isn’t it about time to take a similar stand, and at least create symbolic distance between the perpetrators of these crimes and ourselves?

The feeble Israeli claims of its right of self-defense or attributing Palestinian martyrdom to Hamas are so shallow and lacking in credibility as to discredit further rather than provide justifications for this exhibition of homicidal violence on a massive scale not as isolated incident but as a series of arrogant reenactments.

REMEMBERING       

Not with words or argument, but with tears, and tears will not do.

Certainly as the Martyrdom of Gaza, and quite possibly seen as a kind of silent bonding by the Palestinian people with the African victims of the Sharpeville Massacre (1960)!

From this darkness will come an as yet undisclosed inspiration.

Richard Falk

https://www.wagingpeace.org/gaza-grief-horror-outrage-remembering/
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: May 19, 2018, 08:21:29 pm »

‘Killing Gaza’: A New Documentary on Palestinians Under Siege

May 18, 2018


In their new film “Killing Gaza,” journalists Dan Cohen and Max Blumenthal capture the harrowing stories of Palestinians who survived the 2014 Israeli assault, and their struggles to recover and persist under a crippling blockade. Watch video https://vimeo.com/ondemand/killinggaza/255266362


https://therealnews.com/stories/killing-gaza-a-new-documentary-on-palestinians-under-siege
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: May 18, 2018, 07:55:09 pm »



Jewish Americans Condemn US 🦀 Gov. Support for Israel’s 👹 Massacre of Gazans

May 17, 2018

Activists from Jewish Voice for Peace NYC and Jews Say No! held a Gaza solidarity protest outside the office of Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, condemning US support for Israel’s massacre of Palestinian protesters – Ben Norton reports.


https://therealnews.com/stories/jewish-americans-condemn-us-gov-support-for-israels-massacre-of-gazans

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: May 18, 2018, 02:29:23 pm »

The World Will Not Mourn The Decline Of US Hegemony 🦍😈 👹 💵 🎩 🍌 🏴‍☠️

Thu, 05/17/2018 - 21:25

Authored by Paul Street via TruthDig.com,

SNIPPET:

There are good reasons for any good progressive to bemoan the presence of the childish, racist, sexist and ecocidal, right-wing plutocrat Donald Trump in the White House. One complaint about Trump that should be held at arm’s-length by anyone on the left, however, is the charge that Trump is contributing to the decline of U.S. global power - to the erosion of the United States’ superpower status and the emergence of a more multipolar world.

This criticism of Trump comes from different elite corners. Last October, the leading neoconservative foreign policy intellectual and former George W. Bush administration adviser Eliot Cohen wrote an Atlantic magazine essay titled “How Trump Is Ending the American Era.” Cohen recounted numerous ways in which Trump had reduced “America’s standing and ability to influence global affairs.” He worried that Trump’s presidency would leave “America’s position in the world stunted” and an “America lacking confidence” on the global stage.

But it isn’t just the right wing that writes and speaks in such terms about how Trump is contributing to the decline of U.S. hegemony. A recent Time magazine reflection by the liberal commentator Karl Vick (who wrote in strongly supportive terms about the giant January 2017 Women’s March against Trump) frets that that Trump’s “America First” and authoritarian views have the world “looking for leadership elsewhere.”

Quote
“Could this be it?” Vick asks. “Might the American Century actually clock out at just 72 years, from 1945 to 2017? No longer than Louis XIV ruled France? Only 36 months more than the Soviet Union lasted, after all that bother?”

Full article (which will reveal to you why I posted this in "Genocide"):

https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-05-17/world-will-not-mourn-decline-us-hegemony
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: May 15, 2018, 10:11:24 pm »



                                 

58 Peaceful Protesters Murdered , 2,700 Injured in Gaza as US Embassy Opens in Jerusalem

May 14, 2018

Israeli military killed at least 58 Palestinians and injured 2,700 – 1,350 of them by gunfire. This is the highest death toll yet in Gaza. The great March of Return is also protesting the move of the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Noor Harazeen reports for TRNN


https://therealnews.com/stories/58-peaceful-protesters-murdered-2700-injured-in-gaza-as-us-embassy-opens-in-jerusalem


 
Gaza on the Brink (2/2)

May 11, 2018

We speak with Sari Bashi about how the occupation of Gaza and the de-development policies of Israel, denies Gazan’s electricity, water and right to produce and travel, making it an unlivable place


 
Can Gaza Survive the Occupation and Repression? (1/2)
May 11, 2018
In a new book, “Moment of Truth,” Sari Bashi discusses the 11-year blockade that has driven Gazans to the brink. With water unfit to drink, denial of education, healthcare and mobility, Gazans don’t have much to lose, she says.

 
Historian Ilan Pappe: ‘We Need Sustained International Pressure on Israel’
May 7, 2018
The Great Return protests in Gaza will culminate on Nakba, May 14th. This is also the day that Israel will celebrate the 70th anniversary of the State of Israel. Historian Ilan Pappe says we need international pressure brought upon the State of Israel on this occasion and we need to disengage the US as mediator

 
Sixth Consecutive Week of Friday Gaza Protests Leaves Over 160 Wounded
May 4, 2018
For the sixth consecutive week Palestinians in Gaza headed to the Israeli border to demonstrate the “Great March of Return.” Israeli soldiers continued their attacks on the protesters, wounding over 160. Special correspondent Noor Harazeen reports from Gaza

 
Manchester University Develops Israeli Drone Technology, Despite Growing Student Opposition
May 2, 2018
Students at the University of Manchester uncovered secret cooperation agreements between the university and Israeli arms manufacturers and now campaign to cancel the agreements, says Hudda Ammori, Chair of the Manchester BDS Campaign


Israel’s Massacres of Gaza Protesters Forces Liberal Zionists to Face Oppressive Reality
April 27, 2018
As Natalie Portman refuses to attend an award ceremony in Israel, journalist Ali Abunimah says liberal Zionists are increasingly unable to ignore the brutal oppression of Palestinians

 
How the Massacre in Gaza became an Opportunity to Sell Israeli Weapons
April 23, 2018
Germany’s Social-Democratic Party voted to lease Israeli attack drones, even though the German military does not need them and the deal is incredibly overpriced. TRNN’s Shir Hever explains what lies behind this deal

 
Israeli Forces Kill 4 Palestinians, Injure 40 on Israel’s Independence Day
April 20, 2018
Palestinians living in the Gaza Strip continue to demonstrate even though they know they put their lives at risk because life in the “cage” that is Gaza is intolerable, says Ali Abunimah of The Electronic Intifada

 
Israel Mows Down Unarmed Gaza Protesters for 3rd Week as US Blocks UN Investigation
April 14, 2018
Israeli soldiers wounded more than 900 peaceful Palestinian protesters on the Gaza border for the third Friday in a row, while the Donald Trump administration prevents any action by the United Nations – Ben Norton reports

https://therealnews.com/series/breaking-gaza-coverage

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: May 14, 2018, 05:09:06 pm »

On the 70th anniversary of the Nakba, a look back at the Palestinian struggle for their right of return

NEWS & COMMENTARY  |  BY MIKE MERRYMAN-LOTZE, MAY 14, 2018

https://www.afsc.org/blogs/news-and-commentary/70th-anniversary-nakba-look-back-palestinian-struggle-their-right-return
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: May 14, 2018, 02:20:54 pm »

Truthdig

MAY 13, 2018 TD ORIGINALS

Killing Gaza

By Chris Hedges —  Hunger, sickness, terror, despair and Israeli military violence routinely afflict and kill the entrapped people of Gaza. The new film “Killing Gaza” explains in heartbreaking detail why Palestinians have been risking their lives during seven weeks of nonviolent protests.

Full article:

https://www.truthdig.com/articles/killing-gaza/
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: May 09, 2018, 02:47:59 pm »

 


Trump’s🦀 Cancellation of Hondurans’ TPS Sends them into a ‘Very Dangerous Situation’

May 8, 2018

Over 50,000 Hondurans, plus their over 50,000 US-born children will face a very difficult choice of returning to one of Latin America’s most violent and poorest countries or becoming undocumented immigrants in the US, says Amnesty International’s Marselha Gonçalves Margerin


https://therealnews.com/stories/trumps-cancellation-of-hondurans-tps-sends-them-into-a-very-dangerous-situation
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: May 05, 2018, 05:50:32 pm »



May 4, 2018

Saudi Crown Prince 👹 Tells Palestinians to 'Shut up' as He Cozies up to Israel 👹

CIA Director turned Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visited Saudi Arabia and Israel as Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman abandons the Palestinians. Professor Asad AbuKhalil says this alliance has never been closer, noting Israel's political allies have frequently been anti-Semites


http://therealnews.com/t2/story:21714:Saudi-Crown-Prince-Tells-Palestinians-to-%27Shut-up%27-as-He-Cozies-up-to-Israel
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: May 05, 2018, 05:45:54 pm »



May 3, 2018
Natalie Portman's Boycott of Netanyahu 😈 Prompts Attack by Billionaire-Backed Right-Wing Rabbi Shmuley Boteach 😈

After Natalie Portman pulled out of an award ceremony in Israel, right-wing activist Rabbi Shmuley Boteach bought a full-page New York Times ad to attack the actress. Journalist Max Blumenthal details how billionaire Sheldon Adelson bankrolls Shmuley's World Values Network and conservative activism.





May 4, 2018

Sixth Consecutive Week of Friday Gaza Protests Leaves Over 160 Wounded

For the sixth consecutive week Palestinians in Gaza headed to the Israeli border to demonstrate the "Great March of Return." Israeli soldiers continued their attacks on the protesters, wounding over 160. Special correspondent Noor Harazeen reports from Gaza


http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=21724

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: April 30, 2018, 09:19:59 pm »

March 31, 2018

Israel Massacres Unarmed Gaza Protesters, Shooting 773 with Live Ammunition

The Israeli military brutally crushed a protest on the Gaza border led by tens of thousands of Palestinians, killing 16 and injuring 1,400. Journalist Max Blumenthal speaks of Israel's suffocating blockade of the strip and the biased media reporting on the "Great Return March."





April 11, 2018

Why is Israel so Threatened by Unarmed Gaza Protesters? (Part 1/2)

Despite the mounting Palestinian death toll, mass protests continue in the Gaza Strip. Why is Israel using lethal force on unarmed protesters? TRNN's Shir Hever explains why nonviolent protest is infuriating the Israeli government


http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=21550


April 20, 2018

Israeli Forces Kill 4 Palestinians, Injure 40 on Israel's Independence Day

Palestinians living in the Gaza Strip continue to demonstrate even though they know they put their lives at risk because life in the "cage" that is Gaza is intolerable, says Ali Abunimah of The Electronic Intifada

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: March 29, 2018, 04:51:08 pm »



Trump 🦀 Is Running a War Crime Recycling Program

Thursday, March 29, 2018

By Rebecca Gordon, TomDispatch | News Analysis

SNIPPET:

Indeed, Secretary of Defense James ("Mad Dog") Mattis has said that the president has the right to lock up anyone identified as a "combatant" in our forever wars, well, forever. In 2016, he assured the Senate Armed Services Committee that any detainee who "has signed up with this enemy" -- no matter where "the president, the commander-in-chief, sends us" to fight -- should know that he will be a "prisoner until the war is over." In other words, since the war on terror will never end, anyone the US captures in Afghanistan, Iraq, Niger, Somalia, Syria, Yemen, or elsewhere will face the possibility of spending the rest of his life in Guantánamo.

Recycling War Criminals 🐍

Speaking of Mattis and war crimes, there's already plenty of blood on his hands. He earned that "Mad Dog" sobriquet while commanding the US Marines who twice in 2004 laid siege to Fallujah. During those sieges, American forces sealed that Iraqi city off so no one could leave, attacked marked ambulances and aid workers, shot women, children, and an ambulance driver, killed almost 6,000 civilians outright, displaced 200,000 more, and destroyed 75% of the city with bombs and other munitions. The civilian toll was vastly disproportionate to any possible military objective -- itself the definition of a war crime.

One of the uglier aspects of that battle was the use of white phosphorus, an incendiary munition. Phosphorus ignites spontaneously when exposed to air. If bits of that substance attach to human beings, as long as there's oxygen to combine with the phosphorus, skin and flesh burn away, sometimes right into the bone. Use of white phosphorus as an anti-personnel weapon is forbidden under the Chemical Weapons Convention, which the US has signed.

In Iraq, Mattis also saw to it that charges would be dropped against soldiers responsible for murdering civilians in the city of Haditha. In a well-documented 2005 massacre -- a reprisal for a roadside bomb -- American soldiers shot 24 unarmed men, women, and children at close range. As the convening authority for the subsequent judicial hearing, Mattis dismissed the murder charges against all the soldiers accused of that atrocity.

Mattis is hardly the only slightly used war criminal in the Trump administration.

Full article:

http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/44006-trump-is-running-a-war-crime-recycling-program
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: March 09, 2018, 09:51:09 pm »




March 9, 2018

Saudi Prince 😈 Visits UK as Britain 🦀 Boosts Murderous Arms Sales ☠️

The UK gave a royal welcome to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, as Saudi Arabia wages a bloody war in Yemen. Analyst Ali al-Ahmed says the British government is making the humanitarian catastrophe even worse


http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=21298
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: February 21, 2018, 08:10:42 pm »


FEB 20, 2018 TD ORIGINALS

The World Will Not Mourn the Decline of U.S.
Hegemony

By Paul Street


SNIPPET:

That Trump murders with less sophistication, outward moral restraint and credible claim to embody enlightened Western values and multilateral commitment than Obama did is perhaps preferable to some degree. It is better for empire to be exposed in its full and ugly nakedness, to speed its overdue demise.


The U.S. is not just the top menace only to peace on Earth. It is also the leading threat to personal privacy (as was made clearer than ever by the Edward Snowden revelations), to democracy (the U.S. funds and equips repressive regimes around the world) and to a livable global natural environment (thanks in no small part to its role as headquarters of global greenhouse gassing and petro-capitalist 🐉🦕 🦖 climate denial 🦀).

Full article detailing the several bloody and cruel genocides the USA perpetrated for empire from 1945 until now:

https://www.truthdig.com/articles/world-will-not-mourn-decline-u-s-hegemony/
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: October 20, 2014, 10:21:30 pm »

Movie Trailers That Spark Activism from ‘Iolani School’s 7th Graders

Posted by Katie-Jay on Monday, October 20, 2014


A BIG mahalo to ‘Iolani School world geography teacher Mr. Epstein and his talented 7th graders. After Gabriel, KTJ, and Sara-Christine of Team i-ACT brought Camp Darfur to the ‘Iolani campus, Mr. Epstein and students went the extra mile to spark social awareness by using tools – like iMovie – to create short trailers to get the message across that WE (you and I) are the ones who can bring about change and hope for the defenseless victims of genocide.

Please take the time to view and experience all 7 short trailers below.  Each are different.  Some use the same music and photos, some have original content captured via smartphones, but each trailer has astonishing facts that will take your breath away. WARNING: Some of the images may be inappropriate for children due to the disturbing historical events captured on film, but each piece was created by ‘Iolani students with the intention of bringing the dark side of genocide to the attention of their peers, in order for them to understand that genocide and mass atrocities are STILL occurring and should never have to be experienced by anyone. 


What do you think? Which video resonates with you the most? Do you have a favorite video that compels you to act to end genocide?  Is there a particular video that made you realize how cruel and disgusting humans can be to other humans?  Vote below – the students of ‘Iolani School and Team i-ACT would love to hear what is effective. And the 7th grade production team with the most votes at the end of this month (October) will receive the infamous “Humanity Before Politics” t-shirts.  Mahalo!    

Short but RIVETING videos at link:  :o


http://stopgenocidenow.org/blog/2014/10/movie-trailers-spark-activism-iolani-schools-7th-graders/

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