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Report: Zionist’s Gestapo ‘ Mossad’ Spy Network in Egypt Exposed

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Egypt’s Al-Ahram newspaper claims Jordanian engineer smuggled phone chips to help Zionist Gestapo ‘Mossad’ intercept incoming calls on senior officials’ phones

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Over six months after Egypt announced that Israeli citizen Ofir Harrari, and Jordanian citizen Ibrahim abu-Zaid would be put on trial for espionage, new details were revealed Friday in Egypt’s Al-Ahram newspaper.

According to the newspaper, the two agreed to intercept incoming international calls to Egypt in order to allow Israeli intelligence to listen in on the conversations. Cairo suspects that the intercepted calls included those made by senior officials in Egypt.

The affair came to light when abu-Zaid allegedly made contact with “Israeli intelligence operative” Ofir Harrari. The Israeli will be tried in absentia as Egyptian authorities failed to capture him.

Abu-Zaid will be charged with “spying for a foreign country with the purpose of harming Egyptian national interest,” over his suspected smuggling of cellular phone chips which were used to transfer international calls.

Moreover, it was claimed that Harrari asked the Jordanian engineer to purchase 300 cellular phone parts belonging to the Egyptian Mobinel cellular network and send them to Israel. The Egyptians claim that the Jordanian sent the parts to Israel last March, hidden in toys.

The engineer’s interrogation led to the arrest of four more people employed by the cellular company, one of whom is an American citizen. The four are accused of agreeing to establish a relay station just two kilometers away from the Egyptian border without first receiving the proper licenses and authorization.

The indictment also states that they placed a 70 meter antenna to help in intercepting the international calls.

The Egyptian authority’s suspicions were raised due to the fact that the relay station was placed in an isolated area with a population of less than 600 people. The indictment claims that there is an Israeli closed military zone nearby.

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Syrian Rebels Captured With Zionist Weapons

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Afghanistan demands NATO put Koran-burners on tria

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by crescentandcross

ed note–WE CAN JUST IMAGINE

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Afghanistan wants NATO to put on public trial those who burned copies of the Koran at a NATO base, President Hamid Karzai’s office said on Thursday, after a third day of bloody protests over the incident.

It said NATO had agreed to a trial, but that could not be immediately confirmed.

Karzai had earlier accused a U.S. officer of “ignorantly” burning copies of the Koran, in an incident that has deepened anti-Western sentiment in a country NATO is trying to stabilise before foreign combat troops leave by the end of 2014.

Demonstrations have drawn thousands of angry Afghans to the streets, chanting “Death to America!” amid violence that has killed 11 people including two U.S. service personnel.

“NATO officials, in response to a request for the trial and punishment of the perpetrators … promised this crime will brought to court as soon as possible,” Karzai’s office said in a statement.

President Barack Obama sent a letter to Karzai apologising for the burning of the Korans, after Afghan labourers found charred copies while collecting rubbish at the sprawling Bagram air base.

Obama told Karzai the incident was not intentional.

The letter, which the White House said was a follow-up to a phone call earlier this week between the two leaders to discuss a “long-term partnership” between Washington and Kabul, was delivered to Karzai by U.S. Ambassador Ryan Crocker.

Karzai’s office said in a statement Obama had promised to investigate those involved in the incident.

Karzai said the American officer had acted “out of ignorance and with poor understanding” of the Koran’s importance, a presidential statement said.

TALIBAN CALL

The Taliban urged Afghan security forces to “turn their guns on the foreign infidel invaders”, it said on its site shahamat-english.com.

A U.S. official in Washington said two NATO soldiers killed by a man in Afghan army uniform were Americans.

NATO confirmed a man in Afghan army uniform had killed two of its troops in the east, but declined to say if the shooting was connected to the protests.

Muslims consider the Koran the literal word of God and treat each copy with deep reverence. Desecration is considered one of the worst forms of blasphemy.

A protest of around 500 people turned violent in the capital Kabul, with police and plain-clothes intelligence officers charging demonstrators wearing bandanas and hurling rocks and sticks, firing low above their heads and sending them fleeing.

A wounded youth lay on a road, blood pouring from his side. Crouched over and cradling him, a relative appealed to the Afghan government.

“Ministry of the Interior! Don’t you see we are fighting NATO?” said the man.

Masked men sped by on a motorcycle blasting a battle song played by the Taliban insurgency, while police in machinegun-mounted pick-up trucks picked up the wounded.

“Our brave people must target the military bases of the invaders, their military convoys and their invader forces,” read an e-mailed Taliban statement released by the insurgency’s spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid.

“They have to kill them (Westerners), beat them and capture them to give them a lesson to never dare desecrate the holy Koran again.”

FOREIGN BASES ATTACKED

Most Westerners were confined to their heavily fortified compounds, including the sprawling U.S. embassy complex and other embassies in central Kabul.

Around 400 protesters hurled rocks and set fire to cars at a Norwegian-led military base in Faryab province on the Turkmen border, which is centre for around 500 soldiers and civilians from Norway, Latvia, Macedonia, Iceland and the United States.

Twelve protesters were wounded in the attack, the head of the regional hospital Abdul Alim said , but Norway’s ambassador to Kabul, Tore Hattrem, told Reuters no one was hurt and there was minimal damage.

A small number protested at a French military base in the eastern Kapisa province but police deterred them successfully, its police chief Abdul Hamid said.

The uproar could complicate efforts by U.S. and NATO forces to reach agreement with the Afghan government on a strategic pact that would allow a sharply reduced number of Western troops to stay in the country, well beyond their combat exit deadline, to oversee Afghan forces.

Hundreds of protesting students in Jalalabad rejected any strategic pact with the United States, saying they would “take up jihad” if one were sealed.

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Even If You Don’t Like Ron Paul You Should Watch This – Its only 1 minute

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 You can change the future. Stop the spending its bankrupting America!

 

 “Banned” Commercial: Ron Paul 2012 (Unofficial) With Commentary From Viewers In China

 


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I had an email conversation with an American who lives in China and I asked him about what the Chinese thought of our “Banned” Commercial: Ron Paul 2012. Here is his reply which is quite moving:

Well I showed it to my wife (who is Chinese). The translations don’t match 100%, I saw the original afterwards and was like “okay that’s better”. But, I’ll actually share something with you very true.

When I first came to China I lived in a place called XiaoShan( a rich district of Hangzhou) and made a few friends with business owners. Last month I met up with them at a convenient store and on the TV there was talk about U.S. politicians. XiaoCun (her name) was very excited talking about a politician that was really good, he was even in the newspaper (here in China) and that most Chinese people thought he’d be the one to beat Obama. I honestly thought it was Rick Perry but when I showed her a picture of him on my Laptop she said nope. I showed her Ron Paul and she knew exactly who he was.

The question that followed her face afterwards was priceless, she said “Why don’t you Americans listen to him, the words he says are so good, we never get a chance to have something like that in China.” Afterwards a huge debate arose about how sick they were about the Chinese government, how they wanted Ron Paul’s idea of freedom in China but it’d never happen. And the obvious “you guys get a choice but don’t take it, we get no choice and it’s what we want.”

It ended in a somebody else would win because Americans don’t understand and care anymore. My wife constantly says when I’m watching Ron Paul videos on Youtube “He looks like such a good man, I wish I could vote to help you.”

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Edited By:  Christian Malazarte

I really had to share the letter above, it is an enlightening revelation. That instead of the Chinese people feeling discusted with us because of this video. They kind of feel sorry for us for forgetting the freedom that they so dearly want.

Ron Paul 2012
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Somalia: Warring Parties Put Children at Grave Risk

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Al-Shabaab Rebels Impose Forced Marriages, use Students as ‘Human Shields’


  • Children recruited by the armed Islamist group al-Shabaab, at a training camp in the Afgooye Corridor, west of Mogadishu, southern Somalia, in February 2011.
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For children in Somalia, nowhere is safe. Al-Shabaab rebels have abducted children from their homes and schools to fight, for rape, and for forced marriage.
Zama Coursen-Neff, deputy children’s rights director

(London) – Somalia’s warring parties have all failed to protect Somali children from the fighting or serving in their forces, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The Islamist insurgent group al-Shabaab has increasingly targeted children for recruitment, forced marriage, and rape, and attacked teachers and schools, Human Rights Watch said.

“For children in Somalia, nowhere is safe,” said Zama Coursen-Neff, deputy children’s rights director at Human Rights Watch. “Al-Shabaab rebels have abducted children from their homes and schools to fight, for rape, and for forced marriage.”

The 104-page report,No Place for Children: Child Recruitment, Forced Marriage, and Attacks on Schools in Somalia,” details unlawful recruitment and other laws-of-war violations against children by all parties to the conflict in Somalia since 2010. The report is based on over 164 interviews with Somali children, including 21 who had escaped from al-Shabaab forces, as well as parents and teachers who had fled to Kenya.

Human Rights Watch called on all parties to the conflict, involving Somalia’s Transitional Federal Government (TFG) and African Union forces (AMISOM) against al-Shabaab, to release any child soldiers in their ranks, protect children formerly associated with fighting forces, and protect schools, teachers, and students from attack.

Since Somalia’s conflict intensified in 2010 and 2011, al-Shabaab has increasingly forced children, some as young as 10, to join its dwindling ranks. After several weeks of harsh training, al-Shabaab’s child recruits are then sent to the front lines, where some serve as “cannon fodder” to protect adult fighters, Human Rights Watch found. Others have been coerced into becoming suicide bombers.A 15-year-old boy told Human Rights Watch that in 2010, “Out of all my classmates – about 100 boys – only two of us escaped, the rest were killed. The children were cleaned off. The children all died and the bigger soldiers ran away.”

Al-Shabaab has also abducted girls for domestic and front-line service, as well as to be wives to al-Shabaab fighters. Families who try to prevent their children’s recruitment or abduction by al-Shabaab, or children who attempt to escape, face severe consequences and even death.

The TFG military and militias aligned with it are deploying children in their forces despite commitments from Somali officials since late 2010 to end the recruitment and use of children, Human Rights Watch said. To date, the TFG has failed to hold anyone to account for this abuse. It has also detained children perceived to be supporters of al-Shabaab instead of providing them with rehabilitation and protection in accordance with international standards.

“Al-Shabaab’s horrific abuses do not excuse Somalia’s Transitional Federal Government’s use of children as soldiers,” Coursen-Neff said. “The TFG should live up to its commitments to stop recruiting and using children as soldiers, and punish those who do. Governments backing the TFG should make clear that these abuses won’t be tolerated.”

Al-Shabaab’s violations of the laws of war include attacks on schools, teachers, and students, Human Rights Watch said. The armed grouphas deployed its fighters and heavy weapons in schools, often packed with students, and used children as “human shields.” Terrified students described to Human Rights Watch being locked in schools, awaiting often indiscriminate return artillery fire from TFG and African Union forces.

In schools in areas under their control, al-Shabaab officials have recruited children and teachers and imposed their harsh interpretation of Islam on the school curriculum. Students and teachers told Human Rights Watch that al-Shabaab banned English, science, and other subjects, and even killed teachers who resisted. As a result, many schools have shut down, after teachers fled and many children dropped out. Schools that have remained open provide little or no substantive education.

Human Rights Watch also called on the TFG, its allied militias, and the African Union troops to identify schools in areas of their military operations, including outside of Mogadishu, to minimize the risk to them.

International supporters of the TFG, including the United Nations, European Union, African Union, and the United States, have not paid sufficient attention to human rights violations by the government, including recruitment and use of children as soldiers, Human Rights Watch said.

Human Rights Watch urged intergovernmental institutions and governments, including states in the region, to place children’s protection and other human rights concerns high on the agenda when they meet in London to discuss the Somalia crisis on February 23, 2012. They should increase support for human rights monitoring and reporting and use any leverage they have on warring parties to protect children and their secure access to education.

“If world leaders meeting in London want to address Somalia’s future, it’s crucial for them to protect this shattered generation of children from further horror and invest in their education and security,” Coursen-Neff said.

Selected accounts from the report: 

My 13-year-old friend was in my class. When al-Shabaab tried to take him to the camp, he said he was the only son of his mother. They said he would be killed before he could even explain. They hit him with a gun butt and forced him out of the class. The teacher intervened and al-Shabaab said he was the one telling the kids not to come. They then shot him in front of our class.

– 15-year-old boy describing a 2010 killing in El Ashabiya.

 

 

Then they took us to fight. It was between al-Shabaab and the TFG. All the young children were taken to the first row of the fighting. I was there. Several of the young children there were killed, including several of my classmates. Out of all my classmates –about 100 boys – only two of us escaped, the rest were killed. The children were cleaned off. The children all died and the bigger soldiers ran away.

– 15-year-old boy recruited by al-Shabaab from his school in Mogadishu in mid-2010.

 

 

In mid-2010 al-Shabaab took me from my house. They were controlling the entire neighborhood and locked me in a house. They told me, “We will marry you to our leader.” I was in that house for a month. I was crying day and night. Then I said they should go and ask my father. They released me. I told my mother I didn’t want it. After that I went to live with my grandmother in a different neighborhood controlled by the TFG, Hamer Wayne. After that when they came to our house, they took my two brothers.

– 16-year-old girl from Bondhere, Mogadishu.

 

 

I was always worried when they were at school. You always worried when the day ended to see if your boy was recruited or your girl was kidnapped. Every day you get your child back at the end you are thankful. Every day there were incidents reported from the school.

– Mother whose 17-year-old daughter was taken by al-Shabaab during a school tea break in Bakara, Mogadishu.

 

 

One day al-Shabaab entered the school and went up to the first floor. They were shooting big guns from the school…. 15 to 20 al-Shabaab entered the first floor and fired. They closed the door and we stayed in the class. We were locked in from 10 or 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. – there was continuous fighting. We heard return fire but it did not hit the school, it hit all around us.

– 18-year-old student from Hawlwadag, Mogadishu describing an incident from October 2010.

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Marie Colvin Killed in Syria, and the Story She Paid With Her Life to Tell

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by:  Peter Bouckaert
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  • Residents rest in a shelter in Baba Amro near Homs on February 8, 2012.
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Marie was a legend to all of us who cover conflict, and universally beloved for her inspiring courage and deep commitment to the work of reporting.

She took to wearing a black patch over the eye she lost when shot in the civil war in Sri Lanka in 2001, and always seemed to have a notepad and a pen in her hand. She was inevitably in the midst of war’s chaos before the rest of us got there, proudly filing,as she did on Tuesday, as “the only British newspaper journalist” at the scene. She was a legend to all of us who cover conflict, and universally beloved for her inspiring courage and deep commitment to the work of reporting.

On Tuesday, after she filed her horror-filled account from Homs for her paper, The Sunday Times, she got in touch on Facebook to tell me just how horrific the situation in Homs was. We had worked closely together in Libya for the past year, strengthening an occasional friendship over the years into a deep and affectionate bond. As she was preparing to enter Syria last week, we compared notes several times, looking at the routes into the besieged city of Homs and assessing the risks she would face. Her drive and determination to report—to witness—overcame all of her fears, and she was absolutely determined to get in, somehow.

Our conversation reminded me of what a unique person Marie Colvin was—an amazing journalist for sure, always first on the scene, but also a deeply caring human being who was never overcome by the cynicism and egotism that plagues the world of war reporting.

Her story for The Times was behind a pay wall, so many could not read her powerful account of atrocities in Syria. She first encouraged our Facebook group of conflict journalists and rights reporters to post her latest story from Homs, saying she wasn’t technically competent enough to do it, and saying that she’d face “the firing squad” at her paper for the lost revenue, explaining “I don’t often do this, but it is sickening what is happening here.” Many of us commended her for her courage, and then a journalist, believing she had already left Homs, expressed his relief that she was safe. She responded in her usual funny fashion, relishing the dark humor of war correspondents:

“I think the reports of my survival may be exaggerated. I’m in Babo Amr. Sickening, trying to understand how the world can stand by and I should be hardened by now. Watched a baby die today. Shrapnel, doctors could do nothing. His little tummy just heaved and heaved until it stopped. Feeling helpless. As well as cold! Will keep trying to get out the information.”

I think the reports of my survival may be exaggerated. I’m in Babo Amr. Sickening, trying to understand how the world can stand by and I should be hardened by now.

It was just vintage Marie Colvin. I can see her now, happily chatting online and typing away with us as the shells fell around the building, and being completely in her element.

For Marie, covering war wasn’t about doing a few quick interviews and writing up a quick story: she experienced war alongside those who suffered in war, and her writings had a particular vividness because of what she had dared to see and experience.

But despite everything she had seen and experienced, first and foremost she remained a wonderful human being, and it always put a smile on my face to run into her in one of the world’s rough spots. She contacted me yesterday not because she wanted to boast about reaching Homs, but because she wanted to reach out to people she thought could make a difference to the people of Homs.

The story Marie risked her life to tell—the story that she paid with her life to tell—is one of the brutal, indiscriminate bombardment of a densely populated city, using some of the most powerful explosive weapons we know. Homs today is a city under siege where the daily civilian death toll frequently runs in the double figures.

For the people of Homs, there is nowhere to run—and no one to help them. For even the most courageous humanitarian organizations, groups like Médecins Sans Frontières (who were active in the Libyan city of Misrata during last year’s siege of that city, which Marie also reported on), the situation is too dangerous to put people on the ground to assist a population in desperate need.

Marie was a legendary reporter—she lived to report from war zones. The situation on the ground in Homs left her deeply shaken and feeling powerless, frustrated with the international politics that were paralyzing any coordinated international response to stop the horrific civilian casualties. On her last day of life, she watched a baby’s life slowly drift away, a casualty of the same shelling that would rob us of her just 24 hours later.

Not many of us have the courage and strength to experience war at such close range, and her powerful, loving voice is now forever silenced.

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Libya: Displaced People Barred from Homes

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Misrata Authorities Failing to Stop Destruction of Nearby Villages

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  • A street in the abandoned town of Tawergha. Some homes are ransacked, some are burned. Green flags showing support for Muammar Gaddafi flutter above the homes on September 4, 2011.
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Tomina and Kararim are ghost towns because Misrata officials are blocking thousands of people who fled from returning home. Armed groups from Misrata are openly looting and destroying their homes, as they have been doing for months in Tawergha.
Peter Bouckaert, emergencies director at Human Rights Watch

(Tripoli) – Authorities in and around Misrata are preventing thousands of people from returning to the villages of Tomina and Kararim and have failed to stop local militias from looting and burning homes there, Human Rights Watch said today.

The abuse mirrors the treatment of roughly 30,000 displaced people from the nearby town of Tawergha, who have also been blocked from returning home for at least five months, Human Rights Watch said.

Officials in Misrata have sought to justify the violations to Human Rights Watch, contending that people from Tomina, Kararim, and Tawergha fought with Gaddafi forces and committed atrocities against Misratans during the 2011 conflict.

“Tomina and Kararim are ghost towns because Misrata officials are blocking thousands of people who fled from returning home,” said Peter Bouckaert, emergencies director at Human Rights Watch, who recently visited the villages and met with displaced residents. “Armed groups from Misrata are openly looting and destroying their homes, as they have been doing for months in Tawergha.”

Video: Militias from the city of Misrata terrorized the displaced residents of the nearby town ofTawergha in October, 2011.

The Misrata authorities should issue immediate orders to the militias they control to stop the looting and home destructions, and should deploy a protective security forces in the affected area to facilitate the return of displaced people, Human Rights Watch said.

The transitional Libyan government and its international supporters should press the Misrata authorities and militias to cease their abusive conduct against displaced people, Human Rights Watch said. Commanders and members of the militias responsible for crimes, including preventing people from returning home, should be investigated and prosecuted.

The National Transitional Council and transitional government have been unable to assert control over the hundreds of militias operating in Libya, Human Rights Watch said. But in Misrata local military authorities, including the military council, appear to have influence over many of the city’s 250 militias. The Misrata Military Council apparently operates checkpoints, including one 80 kilometers south of the city.

“The Misrata authorities can definitely do a lot more to allow returns now and to protect civilian property,” Bouckaert said. “They are required to take action to stop these crimes under international law.”

Ramadan Zarmuh, head of the Misrata Military Council, told Human Rights Watch in early February that the problems in Kararim and Tomina are between the residents of the towns, or “between neighbors.” He said that solving the problems will require the former residents of the two villages to surrender their “criminals” so they can be brought to justice.

The National Transitional Council chairman, Mustafa Abdeljalil, made a similar point  in February, telling media that families could return to the areas around Misrata “as soon as those who are wanted face justice.”

Allowing communities to return to their homes should not be linked to the prosecution of individuals who may be implicated in wrongdoing, Human Rights Watch said. Action is needed now to ensure that displaced people can return before their homes are occupied or destroyed and their displacement becomes permanent. Preventing the return of an entire community amounts to unlawful and arbitrary collective punishment, Human Rights Watch said.

In Tomina and Kararim, Human Rights Watch saw militia members looting and burning homes on two visits in late January. In both villages, Human Rights Watch saw spray-painted signs on at least a dozen homes saying that the Security Committee (Lejna Amniya) of Kararim had reassigned the homes to new “owners.” Other homes had the names of the original owners replaced with new names.

In Kararim, 25 kilometers south of Misrata, Human Rights Watch found a few dozen families who had remained during the conflict or returned afterward, apparently because they had supported anti-Gaddafi forces.  A significant militia presence was in the town, consisting of Kararim residents who had fought with the anti-Gaddafi militias. In Tomina, about 10 kilometers south of Misrata, Human Rights Watch saw no inhabited homes, although officials there said that 20 percent of the former population had returned. Tawergha remained completely abandoned.

Displaced residents of Tomina and Kararim told Human Rights Watch that Gaddafi forces had ordered the civilian residents of both villages to evacuate their homes on May 12, 2011. The residents of Tawergha fled with retreating Gaddafi forces in mid-August.

Some residents of Tomina and Kararim who tried to return to their homes in recent months told Human Rights Watch that Misrata militia members had stopped them at the checkpoint 80 kilometers south of Misrata. Gunmen checked the villagers against lists of those wanted for collaboration with Gaddafi forces or direct involvement in crimes committed during the war, they said. The villagers interviewed by Human Rights Watch said they were not on the list, but they were still prevented from going home. Instead, militia members took them to a fenced-in complex just outside Tawergha called the Emirates apartments, where the displaced villagers have remained.

Human Rights Watch visited the apartment complex in late January 2012 and saw between 60 and 100 families there guarded by militia members from various cities. A militia commander there said his men protect the residents and help them get food and other assistance. His men prevent residents from leaving without an escort to protect them from attacks, He said.

The villages of Tomina and Kararim previously had about 5,000 residents each, many of them loyal to the former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, displaced villagers said. Many villagers lived on small farms that their families had owned for about 60 years. Gaddafi forces used the two villages, Tawergha, and other towns and villages near Misrata, as staging grounds for attacks on rebel-held Misrata during the war, including a siege in April and May that gravely impacted civilians.

The situation for the estimated 30,000 residents of Tawergha is even worse than in Tomina and Kararim, Human Rights Watch said. The town is empty, and displaced Tawerghans have been harassed, attacked, and arrested by Misrata militias, sometimes leading to deaths in detention, as previously documented by Human Rights Watch. On February 6, a group of militias attacked a camp of displaced Tawerghans in the Janzour district of Tripoli. According to 10 witnesses, seven men, women, and children were killed and more than 15 were wounded.

On more than a dozen visits to Tawergha by Human Rights Watch between September and January, Human Rights Watch researchers saw Misrata militia members burning and destroying homes. In late January, Human Rights Watch found almost no properties in Tawergha that were undamaged by fire.

“Deportation” or the “forcible transfer of population” can be a crime against humanity by virtue of Article 7(d) of the Rome Statute establishing the International Criminal Court. It is defined as the “forced displacement of the persons concerned by expulsion or other coercive acts from the area in which they are lawfully present, without grounds permitted under international law.” Preventing a displaced population from returning could be a “coercive act” leading to forced displacement. This is a crime against humanity if committed on a widespread or in a systematic manner, as part of a deliberate policy by an organized group such as the military councils.

Under the law of armed conflict, the evacuation of a population during an armed conflict is permitted under limited circumstances, but the evacuated people must be permitted to return once the conflict has ceased. Ordering the displacement of a civilian population,the wanton destruction of civilian property, and the collective punishment of civilian populations can amount to war crimes.

Libya’s transitional government, as well as the Misrata authorities and local military commanders, are under an international obligation to prevent and investigate such crimes, and to facilitate the post-conflict return of civilian populations to their homes, Human Rights Watch said. Military and civilian officials with command responsibility, who fail to stop these ongoing crimes, could find themselves investigated and prosecuted domestically or by the International Criminal Court.

“The new Libya is not a safe place if you are from Tawergha, Tomina, or Kararim,” Bouckaert said. “Some Misrata militias took up arms to get rid of oppression, and they are now bringing it back by oppressing others.”

Evidence from Tomina and Kararim

Human Rights Watch interviewed six residents of Tomina and Kararim separately, and dozens more in four groups. They all said that Gaddafi forces were present in their villages during the siege of Misrata in April and May 2011. They said that Gaddafi forces ordered the mass evacuation of both villages on May 12, giving residents a few hours to leave their homes.

Most Tomina and Kararim residents fled with just a few of their possessions, residents said, leaving their livestock behind. Because of fierce fighting at the front line between their towns and rebel-held Misrata, and the control exerted over their area by Gaddafi forces, the residents said they had no choice but to flee southward into Gaddafi-held areas, such as al-Hisha, Wadi Zam-Zam, and Sirte.

Most of the village residents remain displaced in these areas today, living in extremely difficult conditions, because Misrata officials refuse to allow them to return home.

“Mustafa” (not his real name), a 40-year-old farmer from Tomina who now lives in a tiny rented apartment in Sirte, explained to Human Rights Watch that 35 people from six families had lived together on a 10-acre farm in Tomina. He said that when Gaddafi forces arrived at the beginning of the siege of Misrata in April, they let the families stay, but said the families would be held responsible for any shooting from the area of the farm. Because of ongoing fighting, the families decided to flee on April 14. “We couldn’t move toward [rebel-held] Misrata because of the heavy fighting on the front lines,” Mustafa said. “The only direction to leave was [south], so we all left and came to Sirte.”

Mustafa said his family left behind some 250 sheep, representing virtually their entire wealth. After the war, the family members returned home, Mustafa said, but a Misrata militia forced them to the Emirates Apartment building outside Tawergha and told them they needed written permission from all their neighbors before they could go home. Three neighbors gave their permission, but a fourth, whose son had fought with the rebels and was killed, refused to sign.

“Ahmed” (not his real name), 45, a farmer with three children, told Human Rights Watch that his family fled their five-hectare farm in Tomina, owned by his family since 1966, on May 13, fleeing toward Sirte. “We didn’t flee in this direction because we were loyalist; it was impossible to cross the front line, so we had to flee [south],” he said. In late January, Ahmed was living in the Emirates Apartment building. The Military Council in Kararim refused to allow him and his neighbors to return home, he said:

I have been here since November 24. None of us can go back to our land. If I try to go back to my farm, they will arrest me and send me to prison. They say we are displaced traitors. There is a security committee in Kararim, and they refuse anyone permission to return. Everyone who tries to return is refused. Even those who are living in Misrata cannot go back to their farms.

Ahmed said he tried once to return home from Sirte but Misrata officials stopped him at the 80-kilometer checkpoint, and took him to the Emirates Apartment compound, which he and others were rarely allowed to leave:

I came back from Sirte in my own private car [on November 24]. At the [80-kilometer] checkpoint, the officials stopped us and took us here to the apartments. They only allow us to leave this place in the cars of the [militia guarding us], not on our own. The militia brings us food, but it is very basic, no meat or fruits…. We have lost everything – our cars, houses, land, agricultural machines, household properties, and animals. And all of this [looting and destruction] took place after the liberation, not during the war.

“Ibrahim” (not his real name), a 60-year old man from Kararim with 12 children, said he had rented a farm from the government since 1948. When Gaddafi came to power in 1969, his family was granted title to the land, he said. He told Human Rights Watch what happened in the first half of 2011:

Between February and May things were fine. The soldiers didn’t stay on my farm; they were about two kilometers away, so we were in the middle. I didn’t give the soldiers any information about my neighbors, and they didn’t demand any food.

On May 12 the army came to my place and ordered me to leave. We left in my own cars; we just took a few clothes and left everything else behind. We were given no time; they ordered us to leave right then and there. We thought we would just be gone for two or three days and go back, so we didn’t take anything. So we went to al-Hisha…

We haven’t tried to go back because of the checkpoints. Only the city of Misrata has all of these checkpoints[surrounding the city], and the checkpoint officials do not allow our people through them. Even if I try, I’d have to go live in a burned-out house. They looted everything. I also lost 150 sheep, 7 cows, and 3 horses. But even now, if I had the choice, I would return, even though the houses are burned. All of us just want to return.

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Zionist Media Domination: The Jewish Suicide Bomber That You Never Heard Of

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by Martin Iqbal

www.empirestrikesblack.com

In 1983 American police foiled a significant terror attack that most Americans to this day are utterly oblivious to.  On October 18, 1983, a suicide bomber strapped with explosives was caught in the spectators’ gallery of the US House of Representatives, attempting to blow up the US Capitol.(1)  The reason most Americans know nothing of this plot, is that the terrorist was a Jewish Israeli named ‘Israel Rabinowits’.  The astounding ignorance of Americans is owing to the supreme control that Zionist Jews wield over the American press.  Michael Collins Piper reports(1) that this event was mentioned

just once in The Washington Post – the so-called newspaper of record in the American capital – and only once, in passing, in The New York Times.

A search of the New York Times online archive mirrors Piper’s findings, and it reveals the staggeringly trivial and obfuscatory nature of the NYT’s reportage.  The November 2, 1983 article(2) titled “BOMB CARRIER IN U.S. HOME PROMPTS TIGHTENED SECURITY” is significant for a number of reasons.

First and foremost it must be acknowledged that the article appeared not on the first page (as would be expected for a suicide bomb attempt on the US Capitol), but on the paper’s Late City Final Edition, Section A,Page 22, Column 1.  After searching the archive from 1981 to the present day, I can say confidently that there is no other mention of this event, even on the day of or following the attempted attack.

This is consistent with Michael Collins Piper’s findings with respect to the Washington Post:(1)

And for the record, even though it was certainly qualified as “big” news, even The Washington Post buried the story in its local news section – across from the obituaries.

The title of the NYT article is purposefully misleading and deceptive.  The terrorist is described as a ‘bomb carrier‘, (no mention of ethnicity or religion) and the U.S. House is referred to as ‘home‘ in what on the face of it seems to be a mistake, but what is likely intentional.  This euphemistic description of the event (buried on page 22) is clearly meant to make the article less of a ‘grabber’ so that readers pass over the information.  One can only imagine what the (front page) headline would have been if the Jewish terrorist had been Muslim: Islamist Suicide Bomb Attempt Prompts Tightened Security at U.S. House.

Reading further into the article we see that the terrorist’s name is eventually revealed in the fifth paragraph, and the fact that he is Jewish is completely omitted from the entire text.  Conversely, reportage on terror attacks perpetrated (allegedly or otherwise) by Muslims consistently pivots on and emphasises the perpetrator’s ethnicity and religion (information which is always conveyed in the headline).

Despite publishing not a word on the terrorist’s potential motives, the NYT also actually tries to humanise the terrorist in indirectly suggesting that Rabinowits had moralistic ambitions.  The article reveals that Rabinowits’s lawyer told a court that his client “wanted to address Congress about world hunger“.

The very fact that most Americans know nothing of this event is a telling indictment of the Zionist-controlled nature of the ‘free’ media in the United States.  This important event has been barely covered, and where it hasbeen covered, it has been documented in a deceptive, misleading, and trivial manner.  What is even more sickening and telling is how this Zionist media outlet in particular actually attempted to humanise the terrorist – no doubt purely because he was a member of the tribe.

Notes

1) ‘The Confessions of an anti-Semite’ by Michael Collins Piper, Chapter 18 2) ‘BOMB CARRIER IN U.S. HOME PROMPTS TIGHTENED SECURITY’ – New York Times, November 2, 1983

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TRAITORS!!!!! Syrian opposition warns outside military intervention may be ‘only solution’ to crisis

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Syrian opposition warns outside military intervention may be 'only solution' to crisis

telegraph.co.uk

The   deaths of veteran war reporter Marie Colvin and French photographer Remi   Ochlik, together with those of at least 24 civilians in Homs raised   the stakes ahead the first “Friends of Syria” meeting due to be   held on Friday.

The international gathering in Tunis is likely to see further calls for   financial and technical assistance to be provided to the armed Syrian   resistance, if not yet for outright intervention from either Nato or Arab   League forces.

However, Bassma Kodmani, a senior figure in the SNC, on Wednesday suggested   her group was close to abandoning its opposition to such action.

“We are really close to seeing this military intervention as the only   solution. There are two evils, military intervention or protracted civil war,”   she told a press conference.

Without progress on the political front, she said the Friends of Syria should   allow individual members to support the opposition logistically, technically   or militarily.

 

Washington has already hinted that it may be willing to pursue such an option,   though it has been ruled out by William Hague, the Foreign Secretary.

On Wednesday Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and his Iranian counterpart   Mahmoud Ahmadinejad discussed the crisis in a telephone call, but agreed to   reject foreign intervention in Syria.

“The sides spoke out in favour of the quickest resolution of the crisis   by the Syrian people themselves through exclusively peaceful means and   without foreign intervention,” a Kremlin statement said.

As the Syrian regime’s bombardment of Homs continued for a 19th straight day   yesterday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that 7,636 people   had been killed since anti-regime protests erupted last March, including   5,542 civilians.

In a further example of the regime’s brutality, activists also claimed that   troops and militia loyal to Syrian president Bashar al-Assad’s government   had summarily executed 27 young men on Tuesday in northern villages.

Several YouTube videos taken by local activists in the northern Idlib area,   which could not be independently confirmed, showed the bodies with bullet   wounds to the head or chest and hands tied lying dead in streets.

Simon Collis, Britain’s ambassador to Syria, has returned to the country after   being withdrawn for consultations, indicating the Government’s eagerness to   exhaust every option for political pressure.

The SNC, the largest opposition group, will ask the conference to support a   seven-point plan for establishing “humanitarian corridors” to   cities and surrounding areas under sustained assault by President Bashar   al-Assad’s forces where food, water and electricity are becoming scarce.

It proposes establishing safe passages from Lebanon to the besieged city of   Homs, from Turkey to Idlib and from Jordan to Deraa.

Russia, one of the regime’s few remaining allies, said it now supported a Red   Cross proposal to allow limited daily access for aid convoys, though not   fully fledged “corridors”.

“Our initiative is aimed at providing safety of humanitarian cargo   deliveries. We are actively working with Syria and countries around it,”   said Alexander Lukashevich, a foreign ministry spokesman.

Gennady Gatilov, Russia’s deputy foreign minister, was however quick to   underline his government’s hostility towards the Friends of Syria meeting,   which Russia will not attend, for failing to invite representatives of the   Syrian government.

Russia and China earlier this month vetoed United Nations Security Council   backing for an Arab League plan that asks Mr Assad to hand over power and   hold elections.

Louay Hussein, one of Syria’s leading dissidents, said the opposition inside   the country felt abandoned by the international community as the regime had   become even more brutal since the failure of the UN resolution.

“No one is able to predict how bad it will become in Syria. The regime is   moving further and further away from diplomacy. It is refusing to consider   any political initiative,” he said on a visit to London.

A senior Western official said that Russia was still not exerting any   meaningful pressure on the Assad regime.

“We would like Russia to be part of the solution but they are not   presenting themselves as such. They are delaying diplomacy to help Assad   carry out the level of atrocities he is undertaking,” he said.

The SNC’s lack of cohesion meanwhile remains a stumbling block for Western   powers, which have yet to recognise it as the legitimate representative of   the Syrian people.

“The SNC is the group that has the momentum but it is far from, and   doesn’t claim to be, the only representative of the opposition.

“We want to push for a coming together of those groups, perhaps through a   Congress, so that there is a collective moving forward.

“We would like to see a shared statement of principles and secondly some   kind of transition plan for a viable political future,” said the   official.

Meanwhile, The European Union is set to impose fresh sanctions on Syria,   including a ban on Syrian-run cargo flights into the 27-nation bloc, EU   diplomats said yesterday.

Other measures include a freeze on the European assets of the Syrian central   bank and restrictions on trade in gold and precious metals.

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The Real Aggressor–Zionist approves 695 homes in West Bank settlement, outpost

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monstersandcritics.com

Tel Aviv – Israel on Wednesday approved the construction of  695 new housing units in and near the Jewish settlement of Shiloh, in  the heart of the West Bank, north-east of Ramallah, a settlement  watchdog group said.

Some 121 of them already exist – 93 in an outpost, Shvut Rachel,  set up just outside the settlement without government authorization,  said the Israeli group Peace Now.

They were retroactively ‘legalized’ by the Israeli authorities, in  a deal negotiated with settler leaders.

The remaining 574 units OK’d by a West Bank planning council are  yet to be built and need further approval.

The United Nations special coordinator for the Middle East peace  process, Robert Serry, issued a statement condemning the blueprint.

‘Today’s announcement by Israel to approve a large number of new  units deep inside the occupied Palestinian territory in the  settlement of Shilo and retroactively legitimize (several) in a  nearby outpost is deplorable and moves us further away from the goal  of a two-state solution,’ he said.

Peace Now condemned the move a ‘victory for law breakers.’

‘They legalized the illegal and on top of that they gave them a  bonus of more construction,’ a spokesman, Lior Amihai, told dpa.

Under international law, all settlements built on occupied land  are illegal, but Israeli law regards only unauthorized outposts –  built without permits – as illegal.

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