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ZIONIST REGIME IN EGYPT SINAI TORTURE CAMPS

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by Stephen Lendman

 

A November 30 Physicians for Human Rights/Israel (PHR-I) report explains “chilling evidence” of atrocities committed against sub-Saharan African refugees, migrants, and asylum seekers.

Titled, “Hundreds of Refugees Held Hostage in Sinai Torture Camps Need Rescuing,” it discusses their horrific ordeal in captivity, including torture, other physical abuse, male and female rapes, and killings.

Human traffickers mainly hold Eritreans for ransom. Relatives are pressured to pay. Tactics include phoning them to hear loved ones cry out in pain. Survivors report starvation, punching, slapping, kicking, whipping, burial in sand, electric shocks, hanging by hands or legs, branding with hot irons, as well as rape or other forms of sexual abuse.

Despite appeals for help, detention, extortion and torture continue. Hundreds remain captive.

A November 22 Amnesty International (AI) report discussed abuses committed against refugees, asylum seekers and migrants, including:

  • Egyptian security forces shooting unarmed individuals trying to reach Israel; deaths and injuries resulted, some serious;

  • others face arrest and prosecution in military courts, as well as imprisonment for trying to emigrate;

  • forcibly returning individuals to countries of origin where they risk “egregious human rights violations;” and

  • others abducted, held captive, tortured, raped, or killed by human traffickers, “while authorities have done little to protect them.”

Egypt is party to the UN Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees, its 1967 Protocol, and the 1969 Convention Governing the Specific Aspects of Refugee Problems in Africa. They require signatories protect refugees and prevent repatriation to countries of origin or third ones where serious human rights abuses may occur.

In addition, according to a 1954 Memorandum of Understanding between Egypt and UNHCR, authorities must grant asylum-seekers access to the agency and respect its determination of refugee status. Egypt systematically violates its obligations under international law. It also delays or limits UNHCR access.

AI received “numerous reports of hostages being shot dead by their captors to demonstrate to family members of other hostages the seriousness of their threats.”

This issue follows others about subjecting sub-Saharan African refugees to forced organ harvesting. Most often, victims don’t survive.

Egypt is also party to international conventions relating to human trafficking. They include the 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees; the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrants Workers and Members of Their Families; and the Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children.

It supplements the 2004 UN Convention against Transnational Organized Crime. Egypt’s statute laws also prohibit human trafficking and abuses relating to it. Its junta government ignores its legal obligations.

Current Status of Sinai Hostages

As of mid-November, one group of 165 Eritrean refugees are held hostage. Three contacted the Hotline for Migrant Workers, saying eight smugglers hold them, 13 women and 15 unaccompanied minors (aged 14 – 16) captive.

They’re secluded north of Mansoura, not Sinai. They’ve been tortured to pressure family members to pay $30,000 ransoms. Women are raped nightly. Abuse caused five deaths.

Another group of 59 hostages are held for $23,000 ransom. Similar abuses are being committed, including a seven-month pregnant women multiply raped.

A separate group number 111 hostages held for $28,000 ransom. Their whereabouts isn’t known. A Sudanese refugee in Israel told PHT/I about 17 others in Sinai. Captives demand $5,200 in ransoms. They’re part of a larger group released after payments were made. Some are currently in Israel.

The Eritrean Movement for Democracy and Human Rights (EMDHR) learned of 200 more Eritreans transferred from Sudan to Sinai. Prominent smugglers include Abu Abdullah, Abu Musa, Abu Ali Ibrahim, Khaled and Ahmed.

Refugees at times are sold from one smuggler to another. In 2011, PHR/I’s Open Clinic interviewed about 800 patients arriving in Israel via Sinai. Nearly 80% reported abductions, threats at gunpoint, abusive chaining, and torture. In addition, women and some men are raped.

Some involuntarily arrived in Israel after being held for months. In mid-November, Egyptian media reported violent tribal confrontations in central Sinai after accusations of involvement in organ trafficking.

Victim Accounts

One said:

“I paid $3,000 to the smuggler Abdullah to transfer me to Israel. He then demanded an additional $10,000 and tortured me – hooking up the metal chains to the electricity until we fainted. I went through torture like this for two and a half months, until my relatives from the USA, Europe, Saudi Arabia and Sudan managed to collect the additional $10,000.”

Another said:

“We, the men in the group, tried to protect the young women from the smugglers who wanted to rape them. They took us, put our legs and hands in chains and raped us as a punishment.”

A man said:

“Baha, the night guard, always looked at one of the women. We could tell that he wanted to rape her, but didn’t want to leave us unwatched. On night he ordered all of us to look the other way and raped her right next to us. We heard her cries. We couldn’t help her.”

Another one said:

“I didn’t know they were taking me to Sinai. In Sinai we were taken to Davit, from Eritrea, and two Bedouins: Khaled and Abdullah. They told us to pay to be smuggled to Israel. Only then did I understand that they wanted to transfer us” there.

A woman said:

“I was a virgin when I arrived in the desert. During the first few times that I was raped I cried and resisted, but that didn’t help. They wouldn’t leave me alone. After that I stopped resisting.”

Another woman said:

In Sudan, “I agreed to pay the smugglers $2,500 to transfer me to Israel. When I arrived in Sinai, the smuggler sold me (and others to) Abdullah. (He) demanded an additional $10,000.”

“I had no way to raise” the money. He “raped me for five days.” So did two other smugglers. “I wanted to resist but I had no strength and the smugglers nearly strangled me during the rape.”

“I got pregnant (now seventh months along). During this time, I was chained to another woman. We received food every few days and I managed to wash myself three times during the entire period.”

“Only after eight months was my father able to send the smugglers $5,000. They released me and allowed me to cross the border to Israel. I must have an abortion. My husband should not know what happened….and I must not give birth to this child.”

Other testimonies revealed similar horrors. Some were lucky to survive to tell them.

The Greater Human Toll

According to a Research and Information Center of the Israeli Parliament report, 11,763 people were smuggled for ransom into Israel in 2010. Many were Eritreans and Ethiopians. Dozens of testimonies revealed they were held under horrific conditions and tortured until released.

The EveryOne Group of Italian human rights organizations confirmed similar reports, including killings, male and female rapes, and organ trafficking.

PHR-I asked the Ministries of Health and Welfare to grant social residency status to refugees and asylum seekers so they’d have access to public health.

It also asked Egypt’s new government to help locate and free refugees and asylum seekers and not shoot those trying to enter Israel from Sinai.

No known actions have been taken. Neither country treats refugees or asylum seekers humanely under international law or their own.

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Pakistani PM Gilani Has Cooked His Goose

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by Asif Haroon Raja

 

It is now an established fact that PPP as a party claiming to be champions of democracy, rule of law and rights of the poor is in actuality anti-democratic, lawbreaker and anti-people. PPP and democracy repel each other since the two are synonymous.

PPP leaders have remained too engrossed in filling their coffers with ill-gotten money and in striving to complete their five-year tenure by hook or crook.

The only change the PPP leaders have brought in them from their deleterious conduct from 1988 till 1999 is to adopt a policy of selective reconciliation.

Under this policy, those cooperating with them or suiting their psyche are to be shielded and protected from the hand of law and rewarded.

They have been merrily working on the concept of making hay as long as the sun shines. Their closeness with Army leadership was a marriage of convenience to ensure their survival. The moment they suspected that they could be evicted from power by the Army, they became officious and belligerent.

Having remained out of power for 12 years and gone through trials and tribulations, PPP leaders have turned into hungry predators with ravenous appetite for power and wealth. They consider it their right to plunder because of their prolonged suffering. 12-year inaction has made them languid and inefficient.

They swing into action only when their self interests are involved. During their period of exile the runaways had developed contacts with foreign agencies and in their greed to return to corridors of power and to further their selfish interests they sold their souls and agreed to accept any number of demands howsoever injurious to national interests.

Pakistani Former General Musharraf

Among many blunders committed by Gen Musharraf during his nine-year rule, secret deal with Benazir Bhutto (BB) hatched by USA and UK in July 2007 which paved the way for issuance of black law known as National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO) on 5 October 2007 was his gravest sin.

It resulted in takeover of power by the NRO washed vultures as a consequent to massively rigged elections in February 2008. Notwithstanding her flaws, BB was charismatic, visionary and had earned a place among world comity.

Her sudden death generated a huge sympathy wave which enabled the PPP to capture power.

Those in good books of BB were sidelined and the hypocrites adept only in misusing power, disregarding rule of law and multiplying wealth through corrupt practices took up top slots.

They befool the jayalas by raising emotional slogans in BB’s memory but have taken no steps to locate her murderers or to fulfill her mission of providing food, shelter and clothes to the poor.

It was owing to over three million bogus voters and programmed pre-poll rigging that the dream team of the US comprising three liberal parties assumed power.

Although the manifestos and ideology of PPP, MQM and ANP were different, corruption became the unifying factor.

Above all, the master coordinator made the three bedfellows. JUI-F was also shoved in the same bed since greedy Fazlur Rahman was Maulana in name only. Since PML-N’s victory in Punjab was not in the script, Salman Taseer was appointed as governor to keep Shahbaz ministry under pressure.

No sooner the government was formed under PM Gilani; the legislators and bureaucrats pounced upon the body of Pakistan and started eating its flesh voraciously.

While PPP politicians feasted upon state corporations and foreign aid, MQM milked Karachi and ANP devoured railways. While ANP has remained a steadfast ally of PPP, MQM has been coming in and out of coalition quite frequently. Divided PML-Q is the recent ally.

In accordance with the given agenda by Washington, the ruling clique had consented to denuclearize and secularize Pakistan; minimize the role of military establishment in Pakistan’s decision making processes and to convert Pak Army into a counter terror force only; to place ISI under interior ministry.

They pushed for the Kashmir issue to back burner,  the Indian plan to make Line of Control as permanent border; and to accept India’s hegemony and virtually convert Pakistan into a compliant state.

They agreed to appoint Washington nominated persons on key posts. These included Maj Gen ® Mehmud Durrani as Defence & Foreign Affairs adviser to PM, Husain Haqqani as Ambassador in Washington, Wajid Shams as Ambassador in London, Rahman Malik as interior minister.

They agreed to make Pakistan’s economy subservient to IMF; to fight war on terror unquestioningly with full force; to allow drone strikes in FATA from Shamsi airbase; to abide by written and unwritten secret agreements between the US and Mush regime.

Making Zardari as the most powerful civilian president in August 2008, making the legislature under Gilani as a dummy and keeping judiciary under PCO judges were part of the plan to maintain one-window operation between Presidency in Islamabad and power centres in Washington.

The slogan of supremacy of parliament was designed to bring heads of three services and ISI completely under the effective control of executive head and supreme commander.

A grant of 3-year extension to Gen Kayani and one-year to Lt Gen Pasha on persuasion of Gilani were aimed at making them do as told to do and also to ensure safety of PPP’s fulltime tenure.

Generals Pasha and Kayani with Prime Minister Gilani

When Kayani thwarted government attempts to place ISI under Malik and not to restore sacked judges, and after Raymond’s arrest when he and Pasha started taking preventive measures to safeguard Pakistan’s security interests and that of the two premier institutions, ‘Operation Get Geronimo’ was conceived by CIA.

British PM, Zardari, Haqqani, Wajid Shams, Rahman Malik and Salman Faruqui were taken into confidence. False-flag operation was undertaken to belittle Army, ISI and PAF and to undermine the credibility of heads of these institutions so that they could be made pliant.

Rulers gladly accepted the US plan since they lacked moral authority to keep the military under their thumb because of their involvement in mal administration and mal practices and loss of confidence of the people.

Since the top leaders were part of the conspiracy, instead of feeling shocked and finding out who were responsible for the security lapse, Zardari and Gilani declared the US intrusion on 2 May as ‘historic’ and ‘great victory’. Haqqani and Wajid’s statements to the media were meaningful.

However, when they found that the Army and ISI had taken the incident too seriously and were groping for clues to get to the bottom of the stealth incursion by an ally, and the public was on a rampage, Zardari panicked fearing his involvement might not get exposed.

The reason why he got nervous was the intelligence fed to him on 4 May by US Ambassador Munter on the advice of CIA that Army was contemplating a coup. He suggested to him to approach Pentagon since in his view Admiral Mullen could be the only one to restrain Kayani.

When jangled nerved Zardari approached sneaky Haqqani, the latter suggested that unless the yearning desires of Washington were fulfilled it would be difficult for him to convince the US CJSC to twist Kayani’s arm and tell him to keep his hands off civilian government.

Admiral Mullen (on left) with Generals Kayani and Pasha

Getting a nod from him, Haqqani hastened to draft the memo containing six offers and took his old friend Mansoor Ijaz into confidence.

He selected him to deliver the explosive memo to Mullen since he like him was anti-Army/ISI and both had been exchanging notes since 2005. Mansoor had also written several articles in newspapers against Pak Army and ISI.

Another reason of confiding in him was his close associations with high officials of US military establishment.

Whether Haqqani himself chose him, or someone else advised him, or whether Zardari told Haqqani to draft and deliver the memo, or Salman Faruqui conveyed the message of Zardari to him, or Haqqani suggested to him; or Haqqani did it at his own accord, or Mansoor approached him and fed this idea to him at the behest of CIA are some of the puzzles yet to be solved.

My hunch is that memo was engineered by CIA to pitch Army against the government and compel Kayani to takeover power.

Whatever be the hypothesis, it is a proven fact that memo is a reality which was conceived and formulated in early May.

It is also a fact that Haqqani and Mansoor traveled to London on 9 May where their meetings with two British senior officials were arranged by Wajid Shams and they flew back to Washington the same day.

Mansoor delivered the memo to James Jones and the same was forwarded by him to Mullen on 10 May. Both Jones and Mullen have confirmed receiving the memo on prescribed dates. It is also known that Mullen didn’t take any action on the memo since he had not been fed with intelligence by CIA about the possibility of a coup as feared by Zardari.

Mullen was otherwise in no position to caution Kayani who in that timeframe was in black mood and Pak-US military relations had dipped low. Another known fact is that between 9 and 11 May, Haqqani and Mansoor had extensive chats on Blackberry cell phones and also exchanged messages on laptop.

Once the 2 May crisis cooled down and things began to normalize, Zardari and Haqqani forgot about the memo. In their bid to gain confidence of the two generals under fire of media and politicians, Gilani went out of the way to bail them out when they attended All Parties Conference and explained their point of view on 14 May. It was another attempt to make them submissive.

Raymond Davis – Three Deaths and Battered Pakistani Relations

Rather than getting defensive and acquiescent, Kayani and Pasha went about dismantling CIA’s network which had tentacles in all important urban centres and also got hold of CIA’s informers.

ISI had a mammoth task to locate thousands of CIA agents that had sneaked in on the quiet with the help of Haqqani and Malik and with the blessing of Gilani. Besides CIA, Blackwater and five other intelligence agencies operating from Afghanistan to destabilize Pakistan were also to be taken care of.

The US and UK trainers involved in espionage were booted out. Diplomats and NGOs engaged in subversive activities were kept under scrutiny.

Security forces continued to maintain offensive posture to keep foreign paid terrorists in FATA, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan on the run. Cross border terrorism from Kunar and Nuristan was plugged.

These tough measures were not to the liking of Pakistan’s adversaries who had spent colossal amounts to get closer to nuclear sites and destroy them.

Not only they were not succeeding in taming Pak Army and ISI, Afghan Taliban were getting more and more stronger. Series of offensive attacks by Taliban in and around Kabul in August-September unnerved the US military and intelligence leadership.

CIA then decided to play up memo that was lying in pending tray of the new CJSC. This time the purpose was to provoke the Army and ISI to topple the government or as a minimum spoil civil-military relations and then keep provoking both sides and create favorable situation for a headlong clash.

Fame hungry Mansoor was nudged to leak the story in Financial Times on 10 October and to gradually heat it up. His story came as a rude shock for Haqqani but he, Zardari and Gilani played it down thinking that Mansoor being a chronic Army basher would not pursue it and also that none will believe him.

However, memo case took a dramatic turn after Gen Pasha held a secret meeting with Mansoor in London on 22 October. The meeting convinced the spy chief that memo was not a fantasy but a reality and someone had made a dangerous plan to cause immeasurable harm to Pakistan with the help of US military.

Promises made by the architects of memo had grave implications upon security interests of Pakistan and gave an insight to vile intentions of the authors of memo. The very sovereignty and integrity had been bartered away just to restrain Gen Kayani from launching a perceived coup to let the gang of corrupt remain in power.

Playing the film fast forward, Haqqani has been sacked, put on exit control list and a three-member judicial commission is presently investigating the case in response to the petitions filed by seven petitioners including Nawaz Sharif who himself appeared before the SC to submit his petition. While Mansoor has surrendered his rights of his phones, Haqqani has not done so for obvious reasons and has hidden his Blackberry sets saying he has misplaced them.

Haqqani wants the case to be closed forthwith and allowed to proceed abroad since he imagines that he may be killed, but Mansoor wants the probe to reach its conclusion and is ready to come to Pakistan despite threats to his life.

The government is also striving hard to dissuade the Supreme Court (SC) to terminate the probe and is also creating hurdles for Mansoor to block his entry in Pakistan thereby heightening suspicions as to why it doesn’t want to ascertain the truth. Mansoor is expected to present himself on 26 January, but being a CIA man, he cannot be fully trusted.

When the memo case took an ominous turn for the schemers and not only put the government in the dock but also Haqqani – the blue-eyed boy of USA, and the Army kept up its defiance against the US dictates, the US military in collaboration with Afghan military attacked Salala Army border posts on 26 November killing 24 soldiers.

This blatant intrusion meant to intimidate the Army also backfired. Vital NATO supply lines to Afghanistan remain closed; military and intelligence cooperation has almost ceased.

Pakistan Army has rejected US military report on Salala terming it as biased and a mixture of half-truths. Closure of Shamsi base has drastically reduced drone strikes. In two months, only two strikes have taken place.

Parliamentary Committee has formulated new terms of engagement with USA. A strategic shift of the government is on the cards. This can be discerned from five-day visit of Gen Kayani to China and Foreign Minister Rabbani’s intended visit to Moscow.

Finding itself in a fix, the US once again fed false news to the government that Army had got aligned with the judiciary and was contemplating a coup. It baffled the already jittery duo owing to closing jaws of memo and NRO and on two occasions with short intervals Gilani spoke offensively against the COAS and DG ISI.

Sacking of Secretary Defence was also a knee-jerk reaction which reflected poorly upon Gilani’s conduct particularly when he blew hot and cold and chewed his own words repeatedly. While maintaining an aggressive posture against the Army, Gilani and his legal team also adopted a non-cooperative attitude towards the SC hearing implementation of NRO case.

Gilani and Babar Awan stubbornly maintained that no letter would be written to Swiss courts to reopen money laundering case pending against Zardari since he enjoyed immunity. The President emphatically stated that he will not allow trial of grave of Benazir Bhutto and that he will accept Parliamentary Committee’s decision on memo and not that of SC.

When the judicial commission gave itself six options to proceed against the delinquent on 10 January and fixed 16 January as the cutout date to deliver the hammer, Gilani tried to counter the dual threat of judiciary and Army by seeking fresh vote of confidence in National Assembly and to pass a resolution authorizing him to confront the two institutions frontally.

The allied parties however opted reconciliation over confrontation and rendered support for continuation of democracy only. On the 16th, the SC finally struck and issued a show cause notice to Gilani on the charge of contempt of court and asked him to present himself on 19th to explain his point of view before the final verdict was announced.

Cooked Goose – Hmmm, Looks Delicious!!

Gilani may either be disqualified or imprisoned unless he renders apology to SC and agrees to write a letter to Swiss court, or resigns.

Notwithstanding his last minute theatrics, for all practical purposes he has cooked his goose.

Chairman NAB who had been behaving arrogantly has come down to earth and submitted his unconditional apology to SC which has been accepted.

Babar Awan’s legal license has been temporarily suspended. Decisions of the SC have been hailed by all and sundry except for beneficiaries of NRO who number 8041.

Whatever the decision of the SC on the next hearing, it will not help in stabilizing the political situation which is in a flux, nor in steadying the continuously plummeting economy, or in alleviating the problems of the people, or in ending the war on terror.

Although SC will reestablish that it has teeth and can bite, but clash of institutions will benefit the adversaries of Pakistan only. It will be in fitness of things if the government honors the decisions and directives of SC gracefully rather than continuing with its confrontational attitude and making a mockery of itself.

Instead of wasting its energies in belittling premier institutions, the government should divert its defiance towards the adversaries of Pakistan. It should sincerely concentrate on solving multitude of problems of the state, or else throw in its towel and let a better team to steer the country out of multiple crises.

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The ongoing war against truth

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By Lawrence Davidson
 

Lawrence Davidson views the battle between truth-tellers and those who would suppress the truth, as reflected in the US-inspired prosecution of Spanish judge Baltasar Garzon for allegedly “abusing judicial powers” – a charge apparently prompted by his call for Spain to bring charges against six Bush Jr administration officials for clearing the way for the use of torture during the Iraq war.

Dangerous truth-tellers: the Spanish front

Among the numerous wars that are perennially being waged worldwide is the one between truth-tellers and those who would suppress the truth. I have alluded to this war in prior analyses (see, for example “The whistleblower as hero”) that took up the plight of such truth-tellers as Bradley Manning and Julian Assange. Their crime is not, as is sometimes suggested, the speaking of truth to Power. As Noam Chomsky once suggested, Power already knows the truth and doesn’t care about it. No, their crime is speaking the truth to the rest of us, or at least trying to do so. Disenchanting the public of official lies is what really rattles those in power. Of course, it is quite possible that most of the public, in the US and elsewhere, doesn’t care about the truth either; however, Power is not taking any chances in this regard.

Recently, a new front in this continuing war has opened up. On 17 January 2012  Al Jazeera reported that Spanish judge Baltasar Garzon had “gone on trial in the country’s Supreme Court on [three separate] charges of abusing judicial powers”.

Garzon is a very important truth-teller. He has conducted a number of investigations into violations of international law against torture. Using the principle of universal jurisdiction, Garzon went after Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet back in 1998, and in March 2009 he stated that Spain could bring charges against six Bush Jr administration officials for clearing the way for the use of torture during the Iraq war. At least four men who are Spanish citizens, and also former prisoners at the Guantanamo Bay prison, have accused the US military of torturing them. It was at this point that the US government appears to have placed Garzon in a category that would also include Manning and Assange: the category of the dangerous truth-teller.

“Their [the truth-tellers’] crime is not … the speaking of truth to Power… Power already knows the truth and doesn’t care about it. No, their crime is speaking the truth to the rest of us, or at least trying to do so.”

The US ambassador to Spain in 2009, Eduardo  Aguirre, describeshis actions (in a diplomatic cable made public by WikiLeaks in 2010) in relation to the Garzon investigation as follows: “…behind the scenes we have fought tooth and nail to make the charges disappear”. The significant word here is “disappear” for there are two approaches to suppressing an unwanted truth. The first is to create a counter-story that makes the truth appear untrue. The second is to simply suppress all evidence, all references, all interest so that the particular truth just “disappears”.

Aguirre managed to get the cooperation of Spain’s chief prosecutor, Javier Zaragoza, who is quoted in another US diplomatic cable (also made public by WikiLeaks) to the effect that he had a plan to “embarrass” Garzon into dropping his case against the Bush officials by misrepresenting Garzon’s actions in previous cases. This sounds like a bit of blackmail.

Garzon did not relent and now he is on trial for “abusing judicial powers” in this and other cases.

Garzon and his supporters, which include almost every human rights group on the planet, claim that the charges are politically motivated and, to be sure, the entire affair appears similar to the questionable rape charge facing Assange in Sweden. In the case of Garzon, the Spanish public prosecutor (different than the chief prosecutor) has recommended acquittal on all three charges and yet there is still serious doubt that this will happen. If he is found guilty on any of the charges, Garzon “could be banned from serving as a judge for 20 years, in what would be a career-ending blow to the 55-year-old”, according to Al-Jazeera. Just the outcome the US government would like to see.

The good news is that this battle to silence Garzon, has not yet intimidated all other Spanish judges. On 20 January 2012 another Spanish judge, Pablo Rafael Gutierrez, took up the case of the former Spanish citizens who allege torture at Guantanamo Bay. This judge again used the principle of universal jurisdiction, and noted that the United States government has consistently refused to investigate the Spanish citizen’s charges.

James Goldston, the executive director of Open Society Justice Initiative, described the situation this way: “These crimes [such as torture] are universal crimes and it is very clear that until the United States holds to account those responsible for these crimes, other judicial actors in other countries are going to press for accountability.” The most powerful and influential government in the world, the one with its capital in Washington, DC, is going to fight to halt these foreign efforts. And so, we have a war that seeks to replace the truth with either lies or historical black holes.

Big truths and little truths

One of the major themes of George Orwell’s classic novel, 1984, is the control of information. In Book 1, Chapter 3 of the novel we find this proposition: if government  controls all media and all public records it can either impose a lie as truth or simply make selected past events disappear from society’s collective memory. “Who controls the past… controls the future: who controls the present controls the past.” Is this not what the United States government is trying to do in the case of its use of torture (among other actions): manipulate and hide the truth so people will ignore it and then forget it? And is this not what almost every country tries to do relative to their present crimes or those embedded in their pasts?

“… historically, most alleged big truths turn out to be big lies. But by the time the citizenry realizes this it is too late. Then it turns out that the citizens’ historical memories are short and they forget past big lies, which allows them to swallow new ones a generation later.”

It is really amazing just how common this sort of manipulation is. And, the reason it is relatively easy for governments to get away with it is because the average man and woman cares mainly about little truths and not big ones.

Little truths are local truths. Don’t be misled to think that little means unimportant because that is not the case. Little truths are the truths that make possible successful daily interactions and that, of course, makes them very important indeed. Thus, one major reason life can go on relatively smoothly is that, most of the time, you can take as true what other local folks tell you. That this is so means we can rely on friends, have stable relationships with spouses and children, and maintain successfully operating offices, business arrangements, etc. When the little truths start to become lies, these relationships break down.

Alleged big truths are the ones governments and the major media outlets tell the masses. When the US government tells its citizens that unregulated capitalism will make the nation strong and prosperous, or that there must be a war to prevent Iraq from using weapons of mass destruction; when the major American media outlets tell their viewers and readers that Iran is pursuing nuclear weapons or that Israel is “just like us”, they are shaping perceptions that are not just local but regional and national. The problem is that, historically, most alleged big truths turn out to be big lies. But by the time the citizenry realizes this it is too late. Then it turns out that the citizens’ historical memories are short and they forget past big lies, which allows them to swallow new ones a generation later. And, finally, as long as the little truths work, most people either don’t notice or don’t care about the big lies.

Conclusion

Yet truth-tellers, like Manning, Assange and Garzon, have good historical memories and they do notice and do care. They realize that when big truths turn out to be big lies people suffer – they suffer in the millions, bombs rain down from the skies, economies falter and the public sphere of life becomes like a poisoned well. That is why accountability for the crimes hidden behind big lies is so important. That is why no government, no politician, no media organization should be allowed to manipulate the truth about the past or the present. On this the future depends.

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STATEMENT OF MAIKEL NABIL

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Dear,

Maikel Nabil Sanad gave a statement after his release which you can find at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fePfun2Gbg8&feature=share. Following you see a copy of the translation given in the video.

Regards    Rudi

 

The first statement after his release 2012/1/24. Maikel Nabil Sanad, the first political prisoner of conscience after 25 January 2011, the pacifist conscientious objector and the founder of No to Compulsory Military Recruitment Movement

 

Good Evening. I am speaking to you now and a few minutes remain for the 25th of January 2012 to start. This is the first time I would be able to talk to you directly since 302 days, this is the period I spent imprisoned by the command of the Supreme Council of Armed Forces.

Firstly, it is necessary to thank all the Egyptian and foreign activists who exerted extreme efforts in order to come back between you and to regain my freedom, my physical freedom, freedom of my pen, my freedom of opinion and my freedom of belief. If I have came back today free and I have had my day of freedom this is not only because of my hunger strike and not only everything I did, but also because of you standing by me and because all the efforts exerted for my freedom. And it is necessary that I thank you all on each exerted effort for my freedom.

I would like that all the people know that I strongly refuse the decision of the militarist dictator Mohamed Hussein Tantawi, pardoning me and I totally refuse the word “pardon” in every detail because I did not commit a crime, in order for the army chief to pardon me, but I was exercising my right to freedom of thought and expression and exercising my right to freedom of belief and exercising my right to promote and call for my thoughts and beliefs. I did not commit a crime.

I think that if the Supreme Council of Armed Forces were seeking to improve its image for the people it should have dropped the charges from the beginning and to announce my innocence from the false propaganda which the Morale Affairs had spread against me and the perverted intelligence agencies against me not that it leaves the false and the forged accusations in my penal record and to pretend that it pardons me when it was required from them to ask the people to pardon them.

If the military council imagined that when it would get me out today from prison and from the state of abduction and captivity which I was subjected to. If he imagined that it is a means to abort the revolution and that it is a means to convince some people not to go out tomorrow on 25 January chanting to oust the military rule and to chant to oust the militarist regime of July and to chant to oust the political dictatorship, no matter what its type and religion I would love to deny this image and to say that my release does not mean that militarist became good and it does not mean that the regime has changed. It does not mean that Egypt has now democracy or freedom of thought and expression.

I would like you to know that the 302 days which I lived in prison were all suffering and pain. All that suffering and pain were by direct commands from members of the Supreme Council of Armed Forces. Therefore, if we considered a prisoner of conscience suffering all that period by direct commands by the political leadership in the nation, it means that we are dealing with a corrupt, unjust, haughty, bloody political regime. We can not keep silent on it, not for one more day because that means that we are subjecting our lives and the lives of our siblings and the lives of all our beloved who are living on the land of Egypt.

I miss the political work and I miss to sit with you again at Tahrir. I miss writing again in my blog. I miss the good discussions between me and people, even if they disagreed with me. But, I ask your permission. I need to rest for exactly 2 days. During the 2 days, I would be able to regain my physical and psychological health and to be able to make the medical tests I need and to be able to get to know everything that because of my presence in prison and because of isolation and because of the media blockade forced on me to be able to get to know them and I will get back to the rows of the revolution as soon as possible as my health and my circumstances allow me.

Before I end my words, I would like to send a message to the Supreme Council of Armed Forces. I would like to tell them, as the Egyptian people coming out to streets tomorrow they (SCAF) need to look for good and clever lawyers to help them for the International Criminal Court at The Hague, very soon.

I have just finished my words. I do not have a word or a phrase to finish with it, except that I am sure that millions of Egyptians are going to chant tomorrow in Tahrir “Down with military rule”.

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Welcome to the world’s first bunker state: room for Jews only in IsraHell’s “villa in the jungle”

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By Jonathan Cook

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Jonathan Cook looks at the progress Israel is making in fortifying its status as the world’s first ethnically pure “bunker state” and thereby realizing the dream of its founders.

The wheel is turning full circle. Last week the Israeli parliament updated a 59-year-old law originally intended to prevent hundreds of thousands of Palestinian refugees from returning to the homes and lands from which they had been expelled as Israel was established.

The purpose of the draconian 1954 Prevention of Infiltration Law was to lock up any Palestinian who managed to slip past the snipers guarding the new state’s borders. Israel believed only savage punishment and deterrence could ensure it maintained the overwhelming Jewish majority it had recently created through a campaign of ethnic cleansing.

Israeli leaders “have been … slowly sealing off their state from the rest of the region at astronomical cost, much of it subsidised by US taxpayers. Their ultimate goal is to make Israel so impervious to outside influence that no concessions for peace, such as agreeing to a Palestinian state, need ever be made with the “beasts” around them.”

Fast-forward six decades and Israel is relying on the infiltration law again, this time to prevent a supposedly new threat to its existence: the arrival each year of several thousand desperate African asylum seekers.

As it did with the Palestinians many years ago, Israel has criminalized these new refugees – in their case, for fleeing persecution, war or economic collapse. Whole families can now be locked up, without a trial, for three years while a deportation order is sought and enforced, and Israelis who offer them assistance risk jail sentences of up to 15 years.
 
Israel’s intention is apparently to put as many of these refugees behind bars as possible, and dissuade others from following in their footsteps.
 
To cope, officials have approved the building of an enormous detention camp, operated by Israel’s prison service, to contain 10,000 of these unwelcome arrivals. That will make it the largest holding facility of its kind in the world – according to Amnesty International, it will be three times bigger than the next largest, in the much more populous, and divine retribution-loving, US state of Texas.
 
Israeli critics of the law fear their country is failing in its moral duty to help those fleeing persecution, thereby betraying the Jewish people’s own experiences of suffering and oppression. But the Israeli government and the large majority of legislators who backed the law – like their predecessors in the 1950s – have drawn a very different conclusion from history.
 
The new infiltration law is the latest in a set of policies fortifying Israel’s status as the world’s first “bunker state”– and one designed to be as ethnically pure as possible. The concept was expressed most famously by an earlier prime minister, Ehud Barak, now the defence minister, who called Israel “a villa in the jungle”, relegating the country’s neighbours to the status of wild animals.
 
Barak and his successors have been turning this metaphor into a physical reality, slowly sealing off their state from the rest of the region at astronomical cost, much of it subsidised by US taxpayers. Their ultimate goal is to make Israel so impervious to outside influence that no concessions for peace, such as agreeing to a Palestinian state, need ever be made with the “beasts” around them.
 
The most tangible expression of this mentality has been a frenzy of wall-building. The best-known are those erected around the Palestinian territories: first Gaza, then the areas of the West Bank Israel is not intending to annex – or, at least, not yet.
 
The northern border is already one of the most heavily militarized in the world – as Lebanese and Syrian protesters found to great cost last summer when dozens were shot dead and wounded as they approached or stormed the fences there. And Israel has a proposal in the drawer for another wall along the border with Jordan, much of which is already mined.
 
The only remaining border, the 260-kilometre one with Egypt, is currently being closed with another gargantuan wall. The plans were agreed before last year’s Arab revolutions but have gained fresh impetus with the overthrow of Egyptian dictator Hosni Mubarak.

“…Israel is sealing itself in with some of the very ‘animals’ the villa is supposed to exclude: not only the African refugees, but also 1.5 million ‘Israeli Arabs’, descendants of the small number of Palestinians who avoided expulsion in 1948.”

Israel is not only well advanced on the walls of the bunker; it is also working round the clock on the roof. It has three missile-defence systems in various stages of development, including the revealingly named “Iron Dome”, as well as US Patriot batteries stationed on its soil. The interception systems are supposed to neutralize any combination of short and long-range missile attacks Israel’s neighbours might launch.

 But there is a flaw in the design of this shelter, one that is apparent even to its architects. Israel is sealing itself in with some of the very “animals” the villa is supposed to exclude: not only the African refugees, but also 1.5 million “Israeli Arabs”, descendants of the small number of Palestinians who avoided expulsion in 1948.
 
This has been the chief motive for the steady stream of anti-democratic measures by the government and parliament that is rapidly turning into a torrent. It is also the reason for the Israeli leadership’s new-found demand that the Palestinians recognize Israel’s Jewishness; its obsessions with loyalty; and the growing appeal of population exchange schemes.
 
In the face of the legislative assault, Israel’s Supreme Court has grown ever more complicit. Last week, it sullied its reputation by upholding a law that tears apart families by denying tens of thousands of Palestinians with Israeli citizenship the right to live with their Palestinian spouse in Israel – “ethnic cleansing” by other means, as leading Israeli commentator Gideon Levy noted.
 
Back in the early 1950s, the Israeli army shot dead thousands of unarmed Palestinians as they tried to reclaim property that had been stolen from them. These many years later, Israel appears no less determined to keep non-Jews out of its precious villa.
 
The bunker state is almost finished, and with it the dream of Israel’s founders is about to be realized.

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Syria, the myth of Assad’s popularity and the media of disinformation

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By Nureddin Sabir
Editor, Redress Information & Analysis

21 January 2012

Nureddin Sabir views the misleading results of a flawed survey which suggests that more than half of the Syrian population want Bashar Assad to stay as president, and notes with dismay the uncritical coverage given to the survey by prominent mainstream and alternative media.

Could it be true that most Syrians are in favour of Basher Assad remaining president of Syria?

If Jonathan Steele of the Guardian newspaper is to be believed, the answer is yes. His counter-intuitive conclusion is based on a recent YouGov Siraj internet survey on Syria commissioned by Al-Jazeera’s Doha Debates, which are funded by the Qatar Foundation.

The claim

According to Mr Steele,

The key finding was that while most Arabs outside Syria feel the president should resign, attitudes in the country are different. Some 55 per cent of Syrians want Assad to stay, motivated by fear of civil war – a spectre that is not theoretical as it is for those who live outside Syria’s borders.

Eager to give the survey credibility, Mr Steele reminds us that the poll’s funders are no friends of the Assad regime:

Qatar’s royal family has taken one of the most hawkish lines against Assad – the emir has just called for Arab troops to intervene – so it was good that the Doha Debates published the poll on its website.

And he laments the fact that the survey was “ignored by almost all media outlets in every Western country whose government has called for Assad to go”.

But there is good reason why the YouGov Siraj survey on Syria was ignored. It turns out that the 55 per cent of Syrians wanting Assad to remain president are in fact 53 internet users!

The survey

According to Brian Whitaker, the survey asked just over 1,000 people across the Arab world about their opinion of Assad and an overwhelming majority –  81 per cent – thought he should step down. However, Al-Jazeera says the picture inside Syria is different: “Syrians are more supportive of their president with 55 per cent not wanting him to resign.”

But a closer look at the survey’s methodology reveals a different picture. Writing on his personal blog, Mr Whitaker’s says the methodology

shows that 211 of the respondents were in Levantine countries and that 46 per cent of those were in Syria. In other words, the finding is based on a sample of just 97 internet users in Syria among a population of more than 20 million. It’s not a meaningful result and certainly not adequate grounds for such sweeping conclusions about national opinion in Syria.

Fifty-five per cent of a sample of 97 is 53. That is, 53 of the 97 Syrian internet users surveyed wanted Assad to remain president.

Besides, as Chris Doyle, Director of the Council for Arab-British Understanding, says in a letter to the Guardian, how can any survey in Syria be taken seriously when every telephone, email, Facebook account and conversation is liable to be bugged?

The propagandists and peddlers

What about the propagators of this insidious myth?

We have little to say about Jonathan Steele, other than that a journalist of his seniority and experience should know better than base an argument on a superficial and uncritical reading of a statistically unsound internet survey.

Other peddlers of the myth, however, are more colourful. As Mr Whitaker reveals in another blog posting, one of these is Aisling Byrne, who has been rather busy trying to delegitimize the Syrian uprising by denying its authenticity and attributing it to an imaginary “Zio-American” plot, to use a phrase popular with the Syrian regime’s propagandists. She is projects coordinator for the Beirut-based Conflicts Forum, a body with contradictory stances whose director is a former British intelligence officer called Alastair Crooke.

According to the Conflict Forum’s website, “While facing increasingly intractable problems in Iraq, Afghanistan, Lebanon, Pakistan and elsewhere, we [the West] immobilize ourselves by turning away from the homegrown political forces that have the power to resolve these crises.” It’s a pity, then, that the Conflict Forum is strangely reluctant to engage with the “homegrown political forces” in Syria.

As Mr Whitaker says:

There’s an inconsistency and selectivity here that is also apparent among sections of the more traditionalist left. Pro-Western dictators like Ben Ali and Mubarak are considered fair game, but when it comes to toppling contrarian dictators like Gaddafi and Assad there’s lingering sympathy for them.

In Syria’s case this is further complicated by viewing the uprising through the prism of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. For instance, a briefing paper on Conflicts Forum’s website examining Hizbullah’s continuing support for the Assad regime says:

“Just as Hizbullah viewed the 2009 protests in Iran as a ‘bid to destabilize the country’s Islamic regime’ by means of a US-orchestrated ‘velvet revolution’, the protests in Syria are branded a form of ‘collusion’ with outside powers who seek to replace Assad’s rule with ‘another regime similar to the moderate Arab regimes that are ready to sign any capitulation agreement with Israel’…

“Echoing Hizbullah’s stance on the Iran protests is Nasrallah’s characterization of the US role in the Syrian uprising as an extension of the July war [2006] and the Gaza war [of 2009-10]. Since the resistance in Lebanon and Palestine had foiled the ‘New Middle East’ scheme in both these military aggressions, Washington was ‘trying to reintroduce [it] through other gates’, such as Syria.

“With this in mind, attempts to overthrow the Assad regime are considered a ‘service’ to American and Israeli interests.”

Such views are not confined to Hizbullah, however. But how realistic are they? Many neocons hoped the invasion of Iraq would deliver a pro-Israel government there. It didn’t, and instead it strengthened Iran.

Tunisia is no more favourably disposed towards Israel than it was under Ben Ali. Nor is Libya. Nor is Egypt – if anything, less so. And a democratic Syria would still have the same territorial issues with Israel – the occupied Golan Heights, etc – that it has now. In any case Israel seems an odd reason for denying Syrians a chance to determine their own future.

The alternative media

As campaigners for justice, it is our position that the likes of Aisling Byrne and Alastair Crooke are beyond redemption because they have knowingly chosen to adopt a stance that is at variance with the truth.

However, the positions adopted by others in the alternative media towards the Arab Awakening, especially as manifested in Syria and Libya, are harder to understand.

Indeed, it is with sadness, dismay and considerable revulsion that we observe websites that have traditionally stood for justice and the truth peddling false information and questionable arguments about the Arab Awakening.

For many years, activists and campaigners for justice unhappy with the mainstream media’s flawed and lopsided reporting, especially where Israel or big business are involved, have looked to the alternative media as potential means of redressing the balance of news and information available to the voting publics.

Far from it. At least as far as Syria and Libya are concerned, some of the holy cows of the alternative media, websites such as Counterpunch, Countercurrents and Information Clearing House, have opted instead to take the side of the oppressors and against the Arab people – people who are seeking nothing more than the civil and political rights that are taken so much for granted in the West.

This is not only painful but also hard to fathom. One likely explanation is ignorance: those in the alternative media who support Assad and Gaddafi understand little about Syria or Libya and therefore are blind to the contradiction of supporting fascist dictators on the one hand and the downtrodden and oppressed on the other.

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Gingrich and Adelson Forge Alliance

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Front of the Pack: Newt Gingrich is surging to the head of the Republican field. He doesn’t boast a large number of Jewish supporters, but has some big names in his corner.

GOP Frontrunner Boasts Israel Support and Netanyahu Ties

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In the battle for the Republican pro-Israel vote, Newt Gingrich lacks Mitt  Romney’s broad base of prominent Jewish donors. But he has something potentially  more powerful: the support of one of Benjamin Netanyahu’s most significant  American backers, and a relationship with the Israeli prime minister himself  that stretches back decades.

Billionaire casino mogul Sheldon Adelson, one of the wealthiest men in the  world and a major donor to Jewish and conservative causes, is widely known as a  Netanyahu stalwart. Less well known are his equally close ties to Gingrich, to  whom he has been a major giver in recent years.

BREAKING NEWS: Read the Forward’s coverage of Gingrich’s  vow to support Israel more strongly

Adelson’s faith in Gingrich hasn’t been particularly contagious. High-profile  Jewish supporters of Gingrich remain tough to find, even as Gingrich has  rocketed into the GOP lead in national polling. Still, the former House  speaker’s ties to Adelson, his relationship with Netanyahu and a foreign policy  team packed with neoconservatives leave him well situated in the competition for  pro-Israel voters.

Neither a spokesman for Adelson nor for the Gingrich campaign responded to  repeated requests for comment for this story. But the alliance of Adelson and  Gingrich is famous in Jewish Republican circles.

“They have been tremendous fans and supporters of Newt from day one,” Fred  Zeidman, a Texas oil executive and prominent Republican Jewish supporter of  Romney, said of Adelson and his wife, Miriam.

Sheldon Adelson
 
Adelson, who ranked eighth in Forbes’s 2011 list of the richest Americans, is  chairman and CEO of the Las Vegas Sands Corp., which owns casinos in Las Vegas  and Macau, China. He has been a major funder of Taglit-Birthright Israel, which  sends young Diaspora Jews on free trips to Israel, and has been among the most  significant American supporters of Netanyahu. In 2007 he launched a free  right-of-center newspaper in Israel called Israel Hayom.

At the same time, Adelson is among the largest political donors in the United  States. Adelson and his wife rank second among individual contributors to  federal candidates, parties and political action committees in the current  election cycle, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. Adelson has  given particularly heavily to Gingrich-associated organizations. Between 2006  and 2010 he donated $7 million to American Solutions for Winning the Future, one  of Gingrich’s political groups, according to a database maintained by the Center  for Responsive Politics.

American Solutions shut down in July. Around the same time, Gingrich’s  campaign nearly came to a halt as staff members in key states resigned en masse.  That same month, Tablet magazine suggested that Adelson had become less than  full-throated in his support of Gingrich’s presidential run.

Six months later, Gingrich still lags far behind Romney in terms of  fundraising. But with the successive polling collapses of Rick Perry and Herman  Cain, Gingrich has surged to the top among conservatives seeking an alternative  to Romney, who is perceived as a moderate. He now leads the GOP polls nationwide  and in Iowa, which will hold caucuses January 3.

In early August, according to federal election filings, Adelson and his wife  each donated to the Gingrich campaign $2,500, the federally mandated maximum for  individual contributions. Figures on donations to a new Gingrich super PAC,  which can raise unlimited amounts from individuals, have yet to be made  public.

Adelson, who announced a new $5 million gift to Birthright in late November,  has made no secret of his support for Gingrich. At a dinner in mid-November, as  Gingrich’s candidacy was beginning to surge, Zeidman asked Adelson if he was  concerned about Gingrich’s ability to defeat Obama. Conventional wisdom among  political pros on both sides of the aisle says that Romney could be a tougher  opponent for Obama because he might draw more support from middle-of-the-road  independent voters.

Adelson expressed no reservations. “He just is a firm believer,” Zeidman  said.

After the New York Jewish Week ran a story in May questioning Gingrich’s  appeal for Jewish Republicans, Adelson called the Jewish Week’s Gary Rosenblatt  to complain. Rosenblatt described the testy exchange in a blog post. Alleging  that the paper’s story had been unfair, Adelson told Rosenblatt, “There is not a  better advocate for Israel” than Gingrich.

Gingrich also boasts a longstanding relationship with the Israeli prime  minister. Ties between Gingrich and Netanyahu date back to the mid 1990s, when  both shared a goal of countering a drive by then-president Bill Clinton to  advance the peace process. Netanyahu, as leader of the opposition, maintained  close relations with Gingrich and the Republican leadership.

“At the time, Bibi used him [Gingrich] to pressure the president when it came  to issues relating to the peace process,” recalled Itamar Rabinovich, Israel’s  ambassador to Washington from 1993 to 1996.

Rabinovich, who described Gingrich as “very pro-Israel,” said that at times,  the Israeli Embassy staff would be busy “doing damage control” when Gingrich and  several other Republican lawmakers attempted to pass legislation that would  block aid to the newly formed Palestinian Authority or prevent the United States  from posting American monitors in the Golan Heights as part of a possible peace  accord with Syria.

Retired ambassador Yoram Ettinger, a former Israeli congressional liaison in  Washington known for his close ties with Netanyahu, said he could not think of  any other lawmaker as knowledgeable about Israel as Gingrich.

During his first 100 days as Speaker of the House, Gingrich refused to meet  with any world leader or politician not directly related to the agenda in his “Contract With America.” There was only one exception, Ettinger said. It was  Benjamin Netanyahu.

Beyond his relationship with Netanyahu, Gingrich himself has carved out a set  of hard-line positions on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and on Iran. In an  address to the Republican Jewish Committee in June, Gingrich called for the  United States to end talks with the Palestinian Authority and for the  dismantling of the United Nations refugee camps that currently hold 1.4 million  Palestinian refugees. Gingrich also vowed to move the American Embassy to  Jerusalem from Tel Aviv.

On December 6, following statements by the American ambassador to Belgium and  Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta that Obama opponents portrayed as betraying a  tendency to heap unfair blame on Israel, Gingrich excoriated the president. “Barack Obama must tell the American people today whether he condemns or  condones the deeply wrong statements by his secretary of defense and ambassador  to Belgium,” Gingrich said in a statement. “We have the right to know whether  Secretary Panetta’s harsh criticism of Israel is merely his own personal opinion  or a reflection of the policy of his commander in chief.”

Asked about Gingrich’s criticism, a Pentagon spokesman suggested that  Gingrich “read [Panetta’s speech] again and…read it closely….The Secretary said  there’s an unshakeable commitment to Israel’s security.”

Gingrich’s foreign policy team, announced in late November, may also  billboard an attempt to appeal to Jews. It includes Middle East hawks like  onetime Dick Cheney adviser David Wurmser and Iran expert Ilan Berman, editor of  a journal published by the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs, a  right-wing Israel-focused think tank.

Gingrich hasn’t cornered the market on right-wing, pro-Israel supporters.  Philip Rosen, former national chairman of American Friends of Likud, hosted a  $10,000-per-head fundraiser for Romney in September. And Romney’s foreign policy  team includes such neoconservative stalwarts as former defense policy advisory  board member Eliot Cohen and Dan Senor, former spokesman for the Coalition  Provisional Authority in Iraq.

Knowledgeable Jewish Republicans could name no other major Jewish Gingrich  supporters besides Adelson. A review of the list of donors who had made the  maximum individual donation to Gingrich as of December, a few hundred compared  with the thousands who have maxed out their giving to Romney, revealed  relatively few prominent Jews.

Kenneth S. Abramowitz, a general partner at the venture capital firm  NGN-Capital and current national chairman of American Friends of Likud, has  given the maximum allowable amount to Gingrich’s campaign. But he has also given  the maximum allowable amounts to the Romney and Perry campaigns.

“The fact that there’s vastly more prominent Republican Jews who have maxed  out and are actively raising money for Mitt says something,” said Lee Cowen, a  political consultant and Romney supporter. “There’s a greater number that view  Mitt as the better, well-rounded [candidate], but that he’s also more  electable.”

Cowen questioned how much of an impact Adelson’s support for Gingrich could  have.

“Mr. Adelson is very influential in the community, but he and his wife are  two individuals and they’re subject to the same individual caps that everybody  else is,” Cowen said, referring to the limits on individual donations to  candidate’s campaign committees. Individuals can give unlimited amounts to  independent super PACs.

“Gingrich is catching fire a little late,” Cowen continued. “People may have  already committed [to other candidates], both in terms of support and  dollars.”

In fact, Gingrich’s late surge may count against him in his effort to attract  major Jewish supporters.

“I love Newt, but I committed to Mitt a year ago,” Zeidman said. He added, “If I had any qualms at all about [Romney’s] sincerity with respect to support  for Israel, I wouldn’t have signed up in the first place.”

Read more: http://www.forward.com/articles/147533/?p=all#ixzz1kOR6SiJL

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Bedouin take control of Egypt holiday resort, demand $660,000 ransom

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Egyptian security forces, who have not taken action on the matter, claim they cannot operate in the region without Israeli permission.

 

ed note–remember as you see events and situations similar to this develop with increasing frequency over the weeks, months & years–it is all necessary in justifying Israel’s eventual military action in reclaming the Sinai for herself, which she considers to be part of ‘biblical’ Israel.

Haaretz

A squad of Egyptian Bedouin on Sunday took control of a resort complex in Sinai, for which they are demanding a ransom of four million Egyptian pounds (approximately $662,000).

According to reports by Egyptian media, the squad, armed with automatic weapons, took hold of “Aqua Sun”, situated about 30 kilometers south of Taba, Egypt.

There were no tourists at the site when the squad took it hostage, however, there were Egyptian staff members present. An Israeli source well aware of the situation and with ties to the Egyptian owners of the resort told Haaretz that there were only a handful of security guards present at the time, and that their lives are not in danger.

According to the reports, dozens of gunmen are threatening to destroy the site and steal the equipment if their demands are not met. Egyptian security forces have not prevented the action, claiming that they cannot act in the region without Israeli permission. The resort’s owner, who is currently hospitalized in Cairo, has called upon the Egyptian authorities to intercept, free the hostages, and bring an end to the episode.

The Israeli source emphasized that, while the resort is widely known among Israelis, it has not attracted Israeli tourists for the past few years.

According to the source, the Bedouin claim they own the land, despite that it was legally purchased from them years ago. “The Bedouin feel that they have been deprived, and that the state took control of their land, and now, after the revolution, they feel strong enough to take over tourist sites, to claim ownership of the land and take control of the [Egyptian] authorities,” he said.

On Wednesday, Egypt will mark one year since the revolution that toppled the reign of President Hosni Mubarak, and today (Monday) the new Egyptian parliament held their first meeting since the former regime, without the participation of Egypt’s National Democratic Party, which ruled for more than three decades.

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Imran Hosein on Economic Slavery of the 21st Century

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6 thoughts on “Imran Hosein on Economic Slavery of the 21st Century”

  1. The economic slavery had begun a long time ago when USURY was legalised and imposed upon the people and FIAT money used backed by nothing.

    At the time of my grand mother, she used to buy sovereign gold coins that she wore around her neck. In olden days, we all had gold coins and sovereigns in the house. Maybe not the African Mauritian working class that chose to waste its money on tobacco, drugs, alcohol, whores, etc. Those golden days are well gone!

    I walked into SAMUEL in London a couple of weeks ago and the price of gold, Strass and other high quality crystals, diamond and other precious stones (A BLOODY JEWISH MONOPOLY!) is no more within the reach of the working class people or people like me.

    Muslims and non Muslims alike have no other choice than return to the gold and silver standards or face the consequences. Nothing is happening by accident. Britain is the greatest economic and political planner (and mind controller) in the world which is meant to send all of us except a few (the Royals, the Rothschilds, the rich Jews and their acolytes, etc.) straight to hell right here on earth.

    ACT NOW OR DIE OR LIVE AS SLAVES FOR EVER!

    BAFS

     
  2. Vickie Jacobs says:

    I have not watched the video yet but we are seeing a repeat of history how people have become slaves to others.

    “And there was no bread in all the land; for the famine was very sore, so that the land of Egypt and all the land of Canaan fainted by reason of the famine. (14) And Joseph gathered up all the money that was found in the land of Egypt, and in the land of Canaan, for the corn which they brought: and Joseph brought the money into Pharaoh’s house. (15) And when money failed in the land of Egypt, and in the land of Canaan, all the Egyptians came unto Joseph, and said, Give us bread; for why should we die in thy presence? for the money faileth. (16) And Joseph said, Give your cattle; and I will give you for your cattle, if money fail…………………the people ended up giving everything they had ….even themselves to the government….(23) “….Behold, I have bought you this day and your land for Pharoah:……….”
    Joseph started the income tax system and the welfare system(24). Not good for the government owned them forever. They ended up only owning four parts of what they earned….(takes out the first four to six months of anyones income for taxes these days)
    You are not free. Unless you have been mind controlled to believe freedom is living under the terms of slavery. You don’t own your children….they are required by law to have shots, gov. schooling, and a social security number at birth. You have been marked by the beast.

     
  3. Gabriel Jones says:

    http://kauilapele.wordpress.com/2012/01/23/benjamin-fulford-1-23-12-secret-government-regime-change-in-asia-nears-completion-satanic-cabal-in-west-crumbling/

    Benjamin Fulford former Forbes Asia/Pacific Chef operating from Tokyo now spokesman for the White Dragon Society in this recent news: Interpol has frozen funds of Soros in Luxembourg, Norway, Sweden and Denmark; also Senator J. Rockefeller is getting a special treatment by them.

    (….) In the Middle-East, meanwhile, signs of the takedown of the Satanic cabal continue to
    proliferate. The United Arab Emrates and Saudi Arabia, for example, announced they were
    shifting their oil exports away from the US and the dollar and towards China…(…)

    (…)US Assistant Atorney General Lanny Breuer is ready to gopublic and demand that criminal Attorney General Eric Holder resigns immediately (…)

    Noteworthy, the site mentioned above posting this BF news is a fan of Obama and Eric H. Fulford however sees them for what they are: puppits of the satanic Red Shield Syndicat.
    that apparently finally swallows sand.

    Attacking Iran is Tel Aviv Samsom bluff poker. (anyway Israhell did Fukushima already)

    Google vidrebel horse 237

    CIA O

     
  4. Adalberto Erazo says:

    Thank God for men like Sheikh Imran Hosein, otherwise we’d be lost in the wilderness. May God protect him in these turbulent times.

     
  5. Snuffy says:

    Metals as currency is almost as fake as paper.

    When will people value what we need, rather than greed?

     
  6. Ingrid B says:

    January 25, 2012 at 4:01 am

    @Gabriel Jones, thanks for the link, hope khadija reads it..
    as I said previously, we must return to the land, I`m sure Rubina agrees..

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Pakistan Army Rejects US Report on November Killings

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Formal Rejection of Claim November 26 Attack Was ‘Self-Defense’

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The Pakistani Army today finally offered its formal rejection of the US military report claiming the November 26 US attack on a pair of Pakistani military bases, which killed 24 soldiers, was “self-defense.”

Unsurprisingly, the army rejected the US’s attempt to blame Pakistan. In its own report, the Pakistani Army said its firing from the attacked base targeted militants inside Pakistani territory, and not US troops inside Afghanistan as the Pentagon has claimed.

The US said the attack was “self-defense” and that the killings of the Pakistani soldiers were “justified,” blaming the Pakistani government for “poor communication” after the multi-hour US attack.

Pakistan’s military has insisted it was in contact with NATO within minutes of the attack’s start and that NATO was already apologizing for the attack while US bombs continued to fall.

5 thoughts on “Pakistan Army Rejects US Report on November Killings”

  1. 30.06 says:

     
  2. Ingrid B says:

    when the parasites kill children, they claim self defence..

     
  3. Adalberto Erazo says:

    Is it any wonder why everyone around the world is infuriated with America and IsraHell? The complete arrogance and pathological lying as well as hypocrisy and refusal to take responsibility for crimes they have committed causes everyone to turn against them. Rightfully so I might add.

     
  4. Isaac says:

    The parasites are always the victims no matter what. I hope those words are real and not like the Jew puppet Erdogan in Turkey.

     
  5. Adalberto Erazo says:

    Pakistan is in a similar situation to the rest of the Muslim countries but it still has some form of independence. The problem is the traitors in Pakistan who are trying to undermine the country and are in the service of the CIA/Mossad/Raw who are there to break up the country.Way too many politicians in the country such as the likes of Zardari who are paid to look the other way while their citizens are being murdered by drone strikes,abducted to be tortured, and being murdered by the TTP. The only line of defense protecting Muslims is Pakistan’s nuclear weapons. The only way out is for the Muslim countries is to unite in order to defend themselves from the predatory tendencies of outsiders who would do them harm(like the judeo-christian zionist crusaders). Pakistanis should thank God for men like Zaid Hamid who is out there warning his people of the danger and rallying them to unify under the banner of Islam especially in these troubling times. All I can say is that Zaid Hamid reminds me of Scotland’s William Wallace. I don’t know why but he does at least for me. This is an old video but it’s a powerful speech.

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