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Posted by: AGelbert
« on: August 15, 2018, 12:43:04 pm »


Yemeni Children Massacred With US-Made Bomb

SNIPPET:

Thousands have gathered in Yemen for the funerals of the 51 people killed in a Saudi-UAE-US military alliance airstrike, including 40 children traveling on a school bus.

Even after a Raytheon-made MK-82 bomb was found in the wreckage, Defense Secretary James Mattis said that the US is “not engaged in the civil war.”


Full Story Transcript:

https://therealnews.com/stories/yemeni-children-massacred-with-us-made-bomb




Posted by: AGelbert
« on: August 13, 2018, 08:57:55 pm »

World Beyond War

Canada vs. the Rule of Law

By David Swanson, August 12, 2018.

I’m aware that Canada, unlike its southern neighbor in which I live, has just recently, ever so slightly, stood up to certain of the horrors of the Saudi government. I’m aware of the role Canada has played, albeit imperfectly, as refuge for people fleeing U.S. slavery and U.S. wars and general U.S. backwardness. I’m aware of how many times through history the United States has attacked Canada. I’m aware that just several yards in front of me as I sit in my outdoor office (the downtown mall of Charlottesville) a small army is gleefully creating a police state on the anniversary of a Nazi rally at which similar numbers of soldiers, similarly armed, stood by and watched fascist violence last year. I agree with Robin Williams’ characterization of Canada as a nice apartment over a meth lab.

But here’s the thing. I’m a world citizen not owned by the Pentagon. When we hold World BEYOND War’s annual global conference in Toronto next month, Canadians will, if they are like most people on earth, be eager to discuss Canada’s shortcomings, not its highpoints. I’ve been reading about some of those shortcomings, and they are not insignificant. Canada is a standout player when it comes to environmental destruction, and in the colonial brutality that still feeds that destruction.

The theme of our upcoming conference is the rule of law, its uses, its abuses, and its potential as a local and global tool. I’ve just read Tamara Starblanket’s Suffer the Little Children: Genocide, Indigenous Nations, and the Canadian State. This is a lawyer’s view of the Canadian history and present practice of forcibly removing children from families. While the U.S. removal of immigrant children from their families has been in the news of late, it’s not been newly invented. Both settler-colonist Canada and Nazi Germany learned from the U.S. practice of removing Indigenous children from their families in order to “educate” them into another culture.

A major focus for Starblanket is the legal and linguistic case for applying the term “genocide” and the crime of genocide to the forcible removal of Indigenous children in Canada and their placement in so-called residential schools. It ought to be no mystery that kidnapping is evil and criminal, just as it ought to be no mystery that murder is evil and criminal. But “genocide” is something different from those crimes — different not in quantity or grandeur, but in type. Genocide is an act “committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group.” Such an act can involve murder or kidnapping or both or neither. Such an act can “physically” harm no one.

It can be any one, or more than one, of these five things:

(a) Killing members of the group;

(b) Causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group;

(c) Deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part;

(d) Imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group;

(e) Forcibly transferring children of the group to another group.[/i]


The actions in item “e” can transfer children to a materially better condition where they are educated in a culture that views itself as dramatically superior, and yet genocide have been clearly committed. That is a clear matter of international law. It is not a claim that all acts of genocide are equally evil, that all victims are equally tragic, that all types of genocide can best be prevented in the same way, or any other such unstated claim.

But the idea of removing children to a materially better condition is a theoretical one irrelevant to the Canadian context, at least when viewed as a whole. The Indigenous children removed from their families in Canada were forced into “schools” where over 40% and likely over 50% of them quickly died, from disease, starvation, torture, r a p e, suicide, and physical and mental abuse. Of those forced into Dachau by the Nazis, 36% died, Buchenwald 19%, Mauthausen 58%. The Canadian “schools” employed a list of torture techniques that could make a CIA agent drool with envy.

A survivor, Emily Rice, is quoted by Starblanket:

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” I clung to Rose until Father Jackson wrenched her out of my arms. I searched all over the boat for Rose. Finally I climbed up to the wheel house and opened the door and there was Father Jackson, on top of my sister. My sister’s dress was pulled up and his pants were down. I was too little to know about sex; but I now know he was r a p  i n g her. 😱   He cursed and came after me, picked up his big black Bible and slapped me across the face and on top of the head. I started crying hysterically and he threw me out onto the deck. When we got to Kuper Island, my sister and I were separated. They wouldn’t let me comfort her. Even today, all my sisters are strangers to me.”

Numerous top Canadian officials over the years stated clearly that the intention of the child-removal program was to eliminated Indigenous cultures. Placing their words and Heinrich Himmler’s words about a similar Nazi program side-by-side finds them virtually interchangeable. In the words of various Canadians, the intent was to utterly remove “the Indian problem.” I suspect, though Starblanket doesn’t discuss it, that part of why U.S. as well as Canadian genocidists perceived an “Indian problem” was that it was impossible to persuade Indigenous adults to adopt the settler-colonist culture, while numerous settlers happily adopted the Indigenous culture and refused to give it up. In other words, fierce methods were needed to destroy cultures precisely because of their desirability — making the acts crimes against humanity, and not-incidentally against the rest of the natural environment.

Proving the crime of genocide does not require the statement of intent, but in this case, as in Nazi Germany, as in today’s Palestine, and as in most if not all cases, there is no shortage of expressions of genocidal intent.

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There is also no shortage of genocidal results. Indigenous cultures of Canada were devastated — in no small part because the children subjected to the “schooling” who survived it lacked parenting skills, as well as cultural and linguistic knowledge — in addition to being traumatized, dehumanized, and demonized in their own eyes.

When the treaty to ban genocide was being drafted in 1947, at the same time that Nazis were still being put on trial, and while U.S. government scientists were experimenting on Guatemalans with syphilis, Canadian government “educators” were performing “nutritional experiments” on Indigenous children — that is to say: starving them to death. The original draft of the new law included the crime of cultural genocide. While this was stripped out at the urging of Canada and the United States, it remained in the form of item “e” above. Canada ratified the treaty nonetheless, and despite having threatened to add reservations to its ratification, it did no such thing. But Canada enacted into its domestic law only items “a” and “c” — simply omitting “b,” “d,” and “e” in the list above, despite the legal obligation to include them. Even the United States has included what Canada omited.

Thus, when Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper in 2008 apologized for Canada’s crimes, he didn’t indicate any awareness that they were crimes, much less that they were the crime widely understood to be the greatest of all: “genocide.” (At Nuremberg, of course, the chief prosecutor characterized something else as the greatest international crime: war.) In fact, while Harper’s apology certainly looks like a positive step in the right direction, it also reads a little like a Ken Burns Vietnam documentary where “mistakes” flow from “good intentions.” Harper says that children were tortured and killed “partly in order to meet [Canada’s] obligation to educate Aboriginal children.”

Starblanket notes that Indigenous children today are frequently forcibly removed to provincial child “welfare” systems, and that as recently as 2014 (six years after the apology) St. Anne’s School in Ontario was torturing children with electric chairs.

Of course, in the United States, Canada, and other countries, non-Indigenous children are sometimes removed from families believed to be abusive, and sometimes these families are abusive indeed. But one wonders whether the tendency to remove children rather than to aid families in caringly keeping them originated in practices directed against Indigenous peoples, just as every “security” technique I’m now watching in downtown Charlottesville was first justified for use against foreign “enemies.”

Much of the Canadian crime of genocide predates the Genocide Convention, although consisting of numerous other recognized crimes then extant. Current continuations of Canadian genocide may not in all instances any longer constitute, in isolation, genocide. But that genocide is a major element in the story of Canada, as in the story of the United States, as in the culture of Europe and most of its offshoots, there should be no doubt. Bringing ourselves to say the word is not the most important thing we can do about it. But our reluctance to say the word is indicative of the primary problem at the root of it.

I would offer Starblanket the friendly amendment of dropping her proposed use of the term “brainwashing” because of its origins in the CIA-driven propaganda used to claim that U.S. pilots engaged in biological warfare in Korea were telling lies magically implanted in their minds. And I would urge the merging of honest Indigenous understandings of genocide with honest anti-imperialist understandings of war, with the combination opposed to the academic view of genocide as something non-Westerners do, and of war as something noble Westerners use to combat genocide. The fact is that war and genocide are Siamese twins. The slaughters that coated North America with blood were both genocides and wars, and the application of either term to them meets similar resistance. The slaughter of Iraqis by Westerners in recent years has been both war and genocide, and recognizing and understanding both is part of the solution. It is helpful to the antiwar cause when Indigenous North Americans apply their understanding to global peace.

The Kellogg-Briand Pact, which first clearly banned war globally in 1928, as documented in The Internationalists, largely put an end to the acceptability of new wars of conquest. The rule of global law that may be needed for human survival will draw on the wisdom of Indigenous, not colonial, precedents, and will respect local rights in Canada as in Nicaragua, in Crimea as in Kosovo. The changes in law and culture that are most needed are those that will address root causes of suffering and prevent violence and force. But the “forward looking” lawlessness advocated by Barack Obama and even Andrés Manuel López Obrador must be replaced with non-vengeful accountability equally applied to all.

That means law for the powerful as for the weak. That means kidnapping is kidnapping even when in line with colonial views. Murder is murder even when committed by drone or when part of a war. Torture and land-theft are torture and land-theft even when committed on large scales. Prison camps are prison camps when on actual U.S. military bases as when in Hollywood movies set in Nazi Germany. Canadian horrors are horrific even when the Prime Minister is a handsome liberal bowing and scraping to the same oil companies and NATO warmongers.

Canada should seek out the best in its history. There are rich veins there too. Canada should lead by example, add restitution to apology, and make peace at home rather than exporting violence in the name of its supposed “responsibility to protect.” Protect us from such protectors!

https://worldbeyondwar.org/canada-vs-the-rule-of-law/
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: August 13, 2018, 05:27:08 pm »

As Victims' Families Fight for Justice, Secret Report Details How Israel Used Armed Drone to Kill Gazan Children






https://truthout.org/articles/secret-report-details-how-israel-used-armed-drone-to-kill-gazan-children/

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: August 04, 2018, 09:40:09 pm »

The Saudi-US Agenda 🐉🦕🦖👹 Behind Destroying Yemen (Pt 1/2, 2/2)

August 3, 2018

A Saudi-led airstrike has killed dozens ☠️ in Yemen’s port city of Hodeida amid UN warnings of another catastrophic cholera outbreak. Professor Isa Blumi of Stockholm University and author of “Destroying Yemen,” discusses the motives and impact of the unrelenting US-backed assault





https://therealnews.com/stories/the-saudi-us-agenda-behind-destroying-yemen-pt-1-2
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: August 04, 2018, 07:28:47 pm »

Israeli Commandos 🦍 Brutally Attack Freedom Flotilla Activists 🕊 in International Waters 🤬

August 3, 2018

Indigenous leader Larry Commodore returns to Canada after being released from an Israeli prison


https://therealnews.com/stories/israeli-commandos-brutally-attack-freedom-flotilla-activists-in-international-waters
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: July 28, 2018, 06:17:56 pm »

Israeli Activist 🕊 Who Grew Up In A Kibbutz Sails To Gaza On The Freedom Flotilla

July 27, 2018

Zohar Regev Chamberlain says the injustice she witnessed as a child in Israel moved her to defend Palestinian human rights

Story Transcript

DIMITRI LASCARIS: This is Dimitri Lascaris, reporting for The Real News Network from Palermo, Sicily.

I’m here today with Zohar Regev Chamberlain. She’s an Israeli national and she is the representative for the Spanish campaign for the Freedom Flotilla. Thank you very much for joining us today.

ZOHAR REGEV CHAMBERLAIN: Thank you.

DIMITRI LASCARIS: So I understand you, you were born and raised in a kibbutz. And I’m curious to know about your evolution from, you know, a child growing up on the kibbutz to what you are today, which is a human rights activist for the Palestinian cause. Could you sort of explain that?

ZOHAR REGEV CHAMBERLAIN: Okay. The evolution is, you know, part of me growing up. And I can say that as a child, already I’ve encountered injustice in the treatment of Israelis towards Palestinians. And one of the incidents I remember is my own kibbutz being, very much pushing for a Palestinian family’s house to be demolished quite close to us, and my parents helping those people by bringing them a tent, and you know, just showing solidarity with them, and how my peers on the kibbutz reacted to that. So saying, like, why are you helping these people? They’re, you know, sort of like, coming in towards us. And you know, they are human beings that we’re building on their land. They don’t have a house. There were children my age, and I just felt, you know, this wasn’t right.

So this was, you know, part of my family history, always being a part of the demonstrations against the settlements. I remember in ’82, 1982 after the Sabra and Shatila massacre, part of that demonstration asking, you know, demanding that there will be an investigation, and a lot of similar actions they have participated in. So my family’s always been, like, a dissident family. And it wasn’t accepted, it was a little bit nonconformist. And for me it was natural to grow from that. And as the situation gets worse, become more of an activist, try to do something more.

DIMITRI LASCARIS: And ultimately you emigrated to Spain, where your feelings about the Palestinian cause and the way that Palestinian people were being treated, part of your motivation for leaving the country.

ZOHAR REGEV CHAMBERLAIN: Yes. I left in 2004. And this was after or during the Second Intifada, depending on how you look at it. But you know, I could see that Israelis were sort of, like, claiming their right to go to a cafe while the Palestinians were maybe using violence. But they were just resisting, you know, occupation that’s been going on for too long. And the frustration after the Oslo Accords never actually, were never implemented.

And the feeling that I had was that if you stay in that situation as an Israeli citizen, with all the privileges that a Jew in Israel has, you’re collaborating. You pay taxes, but you also just accept living normally in a situation that shouldn’t be accepted by anyone. So by moving away, I was just trying to keep my own sanity, keep the sensitivity towards the suffering. But actually, it’s, of course I feel as a human being that, you know, this injustice inflicted on the Palestinians is a problem. But as part of, you know, the group that’s oppressing them I feel a double obligation to do something about it, or to, you know, to try out.

I was raised with the, you know, history of the Holocaust, and saying how could the world be silent when we were, you know, being taken to the gas chambers. And I say, you know, you don’t have to go to the gas chambers. It’s enough when you dehumanize somebody that ultimately you’ll get there. So you need to cry out way before. And now when people criticize Israel they’re being blamed, being anti-Semites, or whatever. I just feel that it’s totally hypocritical against the way I was brought up.

DIMITRI LASCARIS: What’s your assessment of the state of the Zionist project, and your prediction, acknowledging it’s very difficult to predict the sorts of things, about the future of the Zionist project?

ZOHAR REGEV CHAMBERLAIN: I think, first of all, the work we do here as the Freedom Flotilla, direct action to try to challenge the blockade, is all about human rights. But I think the fact that Zionism has neglected to respect the human rights of the indigenous people, you, know, the original residents of Palestine, makes it impossible to create a safe place for Jews, which was the original reason for Zionism. So I think it’s doomed to fail, and I just hope that it wouldn’t cause too much suffering before it ends.

DIMITRI LASCARIS: Lastly, I’d like to talk to you about the country you currently reside in. Spain seems to be, in many ways, on the forefront of the battle for Palestinian rights within the European Union. A number of communities, I believe you’re from Cadiz, and Cadiz is an example of a community that has taken a strong stand in defense of Palestinian rights. I believe it may have actually expressed some support for sanctions, the boycott movement. Valencia, a very large city in Spain, has declared itself an apartheid-free zone, Barcelona. And other cities, of course.

So on a local level there appears to be very strong support, and burgeoning support for the Palestinian cause in Spain. However, the national government doesn’t seem to be particularly interested in taking concrete measures to protect the rights of the Palestinian people. How do you explain that disparity between the grassroots support and the policies of the national government?

ZOHAR REGEV CHAMBERLAIN: I don’t think Spain is so much different to other countries in this respect. I think Western democracies 💵 🎩 🍌 😈 👹 don’t really listen to their people. 😟 I think people in Spain generally support the Palestinian cause, or at least traditionally supported. I think with time Israeli propaganda has filtered. And it’s true that we have a big network of local government and civil society groups that support human rights, defend human rights through the BDS movement. And there’s a whole network of Israeli apartheid-free zones in Spain.

But it’s still to be seen whether they’ll be able to put pressure on the central government to actually sanction Israel, because Israel is not held accountable. If they don’t feel the consequences of their policies. I don’t think there will be an end to it. And I think it needs to come from international pressure. I don’t believe that Israeli society itself can bring this change from within.

DIMITRI LASCARIS: I’d like to thank you very much, Zohar, for joining us today.

ZOHAR REGEV CHAMBERLAIN: Thank you.

DIMITRI LASCARIS: And this is Dimitri Lascaris, reporting for The Real News from Palermo, Sicily.

https://therealnews.com/stories/israeli-activist-who-grew-up-in-a-kibbutz-sails-to-gaza-on-the-freedom-flotilla


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Micah 2 New International Version (NIV)

1 Woe to those who plan iniquity,
    to those who plot evil on their beds!
At morning’s light they carry it out
    because it is in their power to do it.

2 They covet fields and seize them,
    and houses, and take them.
They defraud people of their homes,
    they rob them of their inheritance.
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: July 18, 2018, 05:54:02 pm »

Obama 😈 Abandoned Palestinian Rights, Will Ocasio-Cortez?

July 17, 2018

Ali Abunimah of the Electronic Intifada discusses Barack Obama’s abandonment of Palestinian rights and why, after recent comments that drew concern, new progressive star Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez should be encouraged to defend them


Story Transcript

AARON MATE: It’s The Real News. I’m Aaron Mate. We’re talking to Ali Abunimah, who is co-founder of the Electronic Intifada.

So, Ali, in the first part we were discussing Gaza, the ongoing Israeli 👹🦍 attacks there. And you mentioned that the Obama administration, during the last major Israeli assault, we armed Israel. Which reminded me of a recent piece in the New Yorker that was called “The Maps of Israeli Settlements that Shocked Barack Obama.” And it’s a piece basically saying that Obama was presented with some maps of the West Bank near the end of his presidency showing massive settlement growth cutting up Palestinian land. And it includes this line. It says, “Ben Rhodes, one of Obama’s longest-serving advisers, said the president was shocked to see how systematic the Israelis had been at cutting off Palestinian population centers from one another.” And he talks about how this led to concern amongst the Obama administration officials and a strong desire on their part to to to address it.

So, Ali, you were critical of this piece when it came out. As someone who was critical all along of the Obama administration’s policy when it comes to Israel-Palestine, I’m was wondering your thoughts upon hearing that someone claiming that Obama was shocked at the massive Israeli settlement growth during his tenure.

ALI ABUNIMAH: I find the notion that Barack Obama suddenly learned in 2015, you know, seven years into his presidency, about the extent of Israeli colonization and was shocked by it to be utterly absurd and incredible, and an insult to our intelligence. And it’s, it’s entirely untrue that Obama learned something in 2015 that he didn’t know for many, many years. And my shock comes from having known Obama in the years before he was president, when he was my local state senator in Chicago, and having attended a number of sessions with him where these issues were talked about, and knowing that he was very well-informed. Remember his first envoy was George Mitchell, who had, who was very familiar with the realities on the ground. Who had written a report on Israeli settlements some years earlier for the U.S. government.

So Obama was very well informed. What this article seems to be doing, I think, is to somehow whitewash Obama and absolve him of his direct complicity in and support for Israel’s deepening of its occupation, settler colonialism, and apartheid. And I think what’s critical to understand, too, is I don’t think this was somehow negligence on the part of the Obama administration. I think that the Palestinians were used as sacrificial lambs for the bigger policy of the Obama administration, which was securing the Iran nuclear deal. And the dynamic was simply that the more Israel and its lobby whined and cried about the Iran deal, the more Obama 😈 you know tried to assuage their anger by letting them go wild on the Palestinians. I think that is essentially the dynamic. And now they’re trying to whitewash their horrific complicity, which includes not only rearming Israel while it was slaughtering 11 children a day in Gaza during the summer of 2014, but also just a few months before he left office signing with Israel the biggest military aid package, the biggest military aid giveaway in human history; $38 billion dollars with which Israel can continue its occupation and colonization, but also expand its aggression and war in the region.

It’s been using, for example, the F-35 fighter jets that Obama gave Israel in its attacks in Syria. That’s Obama’s legacy. He knew all this, and it was all done willfully and with with malice of forethought, let’s say.

AARON MATE: And speaking of legacy, and placating a Middle East ally, I mean, we know that that dynamic you described was also on display when it comes to Saudi Arabia and Yemen. We know from reporting that basically the Obama administration gave early support for the Saudi attack on Yemen as a way to placate it for its, its rejecting Saudi Arabia’s objections to the Iran nuclear deal. So as a way to sort of buy off the Saudis, Obama gave intense support to the Saudi attack on Yemen.

But in terms of Obama, I remember you were one of the first people to sound the alarm about him. Many people, myself included, were feeling optimistic back in the day when he was first coming up. And I recall you relaying a conversation that you had with him where, if I remember right, he seemed to acknowledge to you that, you know, that the Palestinian issue was a very real one and a serious one. But I believe he even said to you in private conversation that he was constrained in how much he could say publicly.

ALI ABUNIMAH: That’s right. That happened in 2004, when he was running for the Democratic primary, for the U.S. Senate. And he eventually, of course, did win that seat. And that happened at the home of a mutual friend of ours in Chicago. And I wrote that account in an article that is easy to find called “How Barack Obama Learned to Love Israel” that I wrote in 2007, laying out some of Obama’s relationship with the Palestinian community in Chicago. He was close to a number of people.

I wasn’t and never claimed to be a close friend of Barack Obama. There are some sort of right-wing nutty websites that claim he was. My relationship with him was as someone who lived in his neighborhood, who attended some of the same events as him, who met him on a number of occasions at different people’s homes, and who had several conversations with him about Palestine. And he was well informed and concerned. I mean, he might not have been a world expert, but he knew what the basic issues were. And I think he made a calculated choice that in order to climb up the rungs of power, the Palestinians, like so many other causes he once claimed to support or feigned supporting, the Palestinians, like them, had to be thrown under the bus. And I think that’s really the story of Barack Obama, is, is that he always climbs up the next rung, and leaves the people who helped him get there behind. Yeah. So I don’t think it’s more extraordinary than that. It’s the story of a quite cynical politician.

AARON MATE: And that’s why to me it’s not just a story about Barack Obama, but just about politicians in general. That it’s a lesson, I think his lesson is one we can apply to many Democratic politicians, that for them to be able to recognize basic Palestinian human rights, as was the case with Bernie Sanders, it’s not a realization that they came to on their own. That took place because of intense grassroots pressure.

ALI ABUNIMAH: That’s, that’s the key point. I mean, let’s look at what’s happening now with Alexandrea Ocasio-Cortez, who won this stunning victory in the primary in the 14th District in New York despite, or maybe even because, she had made statements condemning the Israeli massacre in Gaza, and had stood with Palestinians. And that was really quite significant, I think, that she was able to defeat an establishment incumbent while supporting Palestinians.

But look what’s happened since that primary, where the whole full weight, the crushing weight of the Democratic establishment and the media is coming up against her. And she made these comments on the PBS NewsHour sort of backing away from some of her support for Palestinian rights.

SPEAKER: You used the term ‘the occupation of Palestine.’ What did you mean by that?

ALEXANDRIA OCASIO-CORTEZ: Oh. I think what I meant is the settlements that are increasing in some of these areas, and places where more Palestinians are experiencing difficulty in access to their housing, and homes.

SPEAKER: Do you think you can expand on that?

ALEXANDRIA OCASIO-CORTEZ: Yeah. I mean, I think I’d also just-. I am not the expert on geopolitics on this issue. You know, for me, I’m a firm believer in finding a solution on this issue, and I’m happy to sit down with leaders on both of these. For me I just look at things through a human rights lens. And I may not use the right words. I know this is a very intense issue.

ALI ABUNIMAH: I think that’s, you know, again, my advice to people is don’t make it about Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, don’t make it about Bernie Sanders whose record has been very spotty. The key issue is to keep up the pressure from the grassroots to hold all of these politicians accountable, and to change the paradigm so that talking about Palestinian human rights, talking about Palestinians as humans, becomes not only possible but necessary in order to win political power. That’s, I think, the lesson we have to take from Obama, as well.

AARON MATE: And on a possibly encouraging note, in that same PBS interview I believe Ocasio-Cortez also said that she doesn’t know very much about the issue, and she’s open to learning. It was striking to see the interviewer press her for calling the occupation of the West Bank and Gaza an occupation, as if that was somehow a questionable thing to say. But I saw, personally, in Ocasio-Cortez an openness to learning more about the topic. And that’s exactly where I think what you’re describing comes in. It will take grassroots pressure and activism to be able to help educate her on the topic, and resist the temptations and pressure she’ll face from right-wing, anti-Palestinian interests, of which there are many in Washington. Ali Abunimah, final thoughts, as we wrap.

ALI ABUNIMAH: I think that’s right. I’m sure that Ocasio-Cortez and Bernie Sanders and any number of other politicians are going to say things that, that you know, those who support Palestinian rights don’t like. I think the key message is eyes on the prize, keep up the pressure, keep building the campaign, you know, building the campaigns for Palestinian human rights. And that is what is changing the atmosphere and changing the political landscape. That’s making it possible for people to talk about these issues. And it’s work that people have been doing for many, many years on the margins, being ignored, being pushed to the side, being maligned, being smeared. But it is work that is now really helping to change the national landscape in conversation. To me, that is the good news story out of this.

AARON MATE: Ali Abunimah, co-founder of the Electronic Intifada, thank you.

ALI ABUNIMAH: Thank you, Aaron.

AARON MATE: And thank you for joining us on The Real News Network.

https://therealnews.com/stories/obama-abandoned-palestinian-rights-will-ocasio-cortez
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: July 18, 2018, 05:42:58 pm »

Freedom Flotilla: Swedish MP Calls on Sweden’s Government to Impose Sanctions on Israel

July 18, 2018

Jeanette Escanilla of Sweden’s Left Party says protecting Palestinian rights requires Sweden to go beyond recognition of the State of Palestine


Story Transcript

DIMITRI LASCARIS: This is Dimitri Lascaris, reporting for The Real News from the port in Naples, Italy. I’m seated here in front of the one of the ships to Gaza with Jeannette Escanilla. She’s a member of the Swedish parliament for the Swedish Left Party, and also the chair of the Swedish Boat to Gaza, I understand. Thank you for joining us.

JEANNETTE ESCANILLA: Thank you, Dimitri. [Good to] meet you.

DIMITRI LASCARIS: So you’ve, you recently, in your capacity as a member of the Swedish parliament, you had an interaction with Sweden’s foreign minister about the flotilla. Could you please explain to us what happened?

JEANNETTE ESCANILLA: Yes. For me is very important to act like a member of the Swedish Parliament, because the situation of Gaza is very difficult. I ask the government and the foreign minister Margot Wallstrom in Sweden to answer me, the people of Sweden and everybody who can see that, to answer the question about the situation of Gaza and what Sweden can do, or are doing, for the human rights of the people in Palestine in Gaza. And also to, to know that we are going to Gaza with our boats, four boats, three from Sweden. And so what she thinks about that, and what they are going to do to protect our boats and the people who are going there.

DIMITRI LASCARIS: And how did she respond to your inquiry?

JEANNETTE ESCANILLA: Well, I get an answer, a very good answer. But I hope that she is going to act after this answer, because the Swedish government, she answered that we are protecting the human rights of the people of Gaza. We are against the blockade, and this has to stop. And the answer about our trip to Gaza with the boats, that they have already and conversations with the Israelis to protect are boats in the international sea. We are, the Swedish government are protecting the international sea, the law about, to be in thee free to be in the sea, international water. So it’s a very good answer, but I hope that they really make action when the boats are near Gaza.

DIMITRI LASCARIS: So Foreign Minister Wallstrom has previously angered the Israeli government. Could you tell us why, and what the consequences have been for her?

JEANNETTE ESCANILLA: Well, Sweden have a tradition of solidarity country for many, many years. In Sweden when the Social Democrats won the elections for now, so they decide together with the Left Party and the Green Party to recognize Palestine. And this was not good news for the Israelis. And then after that saw Margot Wallstrom and the Swedish government there are consequently in the position of, they are against the blockade and against their occupation of the, of the land of the Palestinians. So that’s why she’s not welcome to Israel. And it’s a big mistake of the Israelis to don’t have, to not listen to the government of Sweden, because the government of Sweden tries even to work around the world to make the world open their eyes and stop the criminal state of Israel. They are killing the Palestinian people.

DIMITRI LASCARIS: So despite the efforts of the Swedish government and Foreign Minister Wallstrom, do you think that the Swedish government should be doing more, and in particular on the question of sanctions? You know, in the last few days the Irish Senate passed a bill that I think is unprecedented in the European Union, the West really, banning the importation of products made in Israel’s illegal settlements. There is virtually no form of economic sanction, as I understand it, being imposed by any government, and Sweden-. With that possible exception in Ireland. Do you think that the sanctions are really what we need here? Do you think the Swedish government should be doing more in that regard?

JEANNETTE ESCANILLA: Yes, the Swedish government can do more. The sanctions is very important to make, stop this, this criminal action of Israel. So yes, but just now Sweden has not taken this, this decision to make sanctions official. So it could be my, my next step to make a new question asked about that. But just now they’re, we are doing something. We are sending the boats. It’s also a good action to do, in practical things to show the world and to break the silence about the situation in Gaza. So everything we can do. Yes. And we can do more. So I’m going to prepare a question to Margot Wallstrom about this to do more. The sanction is very important.

DIMITRI LASCARIS: I’d like to thank you very much for joining us today, Jeannette, and I wish you an excellent voyage.

JEANNETTE ESCANILLA: Thank you very much, Dimitri.

DIMITRI LASCARIS: And this is Dimitri Lascaris, reporting from the port of Naples, Italy for The Real News Network.

https://therealnews.com/stories/freedom-flotilla-swedish-mp-calls-on-swedens-government-to-impose-sanctions-on-israel
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

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