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Militarization of Africa: AFRICOM to Deploy “Rapid Reaction” Strike Force in Spain directed against West Africa

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In early April,  The United States and the Spanish government agreed to station AFRICOM’s “Rapid Reaction” strike force to Moron de la Frontera air base for one year.  It involves 500 marines and 8 aircraft that will be used to respond to countries located in Northwest Africa.  According to the Associated Press on April 19th, The U.S. Embassy in Madrid said Friday that “following the tragedy in the Libyan city of Benghazi,” where four U.S. citizens were killed, the U.S. recognized the need for a force able to respond quickly to crises in northwest Africa.” The area of focus is in the Maghreb region in Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia, Libya and Mauritania.

All located in close proximity to Northern Mali.  AFRICOM is also planning to respond to the current situation in Mali where a civil war between secular Tuareg rebels and Arab militants erupted as reported by the Associated Press on April 21st, that “An official in northern Mali says clashes have broken out near Timbuktu between secular Tuareg rebels and Arab militants.” After the announcement of Spain’s decision to host US troops, violence resumed in this volatile area. “The violence underscores the tensions that remain in northern Mali three months after a French-led military operation largely ousted radical Islamic fighters from the area. 

The sidelining of the al-Qaida-linked fighters has allowed for the Tuareg rebels from the National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad to regain a presence in the area” the report said.  This comes as Mali’s interim president President Dioncounda Traore also announced to his supporters this past Friday that Mali “will be ready to hold democratic elections by July as promised” according to an Associated Press report titled ‘President: Mali will be ready for July vote’ it also stated the following:Security also remains a key concern ahead of elections, especially in the northern cities of Gao, Kidal and Timbuktu, where remnants of the terror groups have staged suicide bombings in the months since they were ousted from power by the French-led military operation that began in January.

The meeting in Mali’s capital also is aimed at how to best secure these cities ahead of July. France has said it intends to have only about 1,000 soldiers in the country by yearend from a deployment peak of about 4,000. About 6,000 troops from African countries are presently in Mali serving as part of a force known as MISMA, though Chad says it is pulling its 2,000 soldiers.

It is most likely that AFRICOM will want to fill the vacuum if Chadian forces were to pull its troops. The US will then send its “Rapid Reaction” forces if Islamic fighters were to disrupt elections with new attacks.  AFRICOM can use the developing situation in Northern Mali to stage an invasion just in time for July’s elections.

Spanish citizens will protest their government’s actions.  The Spaniards are already suffering through a dire economic situation through new austerity measures imposed by the European Union.  There are some Spaniards in favor of the US base claiming it brings jobs and it increases economic activity to small businesses in the area.  Under Spanish Dictator Francisco Franco, Spain and the United States signed several agreements to house US military forces in Rota and Moron de la Frontera to help local economies.

More importantly, it was also to support Franco’s regime.  Franco, along with Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini was supported by American corporations, owned and operated by Charles Lindbergh, John Rockefeller, Andrew Mellon who was a banker and Secretary of Treasury, Allen Dulles (later head of the CIA) and Prescott Bush (father of  George H. Bush, grandfather of and George W. Bush Jr).  Major corporations such DuPont, General Motors, Standard Oil, Ford, ITT, National City Bank, and General Electric operated throughout most of Europe.  The Spanish Civil War was the start of World War II. Franco was also militarily and financial supported by Hitler and Mussolini while General Motors, Ford, DuPont, and Standard Oil were supplying materials to all of the fascist powers (Germany, Italy and Spain) of Europe.

Spaniards have protested against US bases in Madrid throughout the years.  For instance, back in mid-1980, more than 50,000 Spaniards marched to Madrid to demand the government to shut down all US bases in its territory and to pull out of NATO.  Spaniards have also protested against the invasion of Iraq and Afghanistan in recent years.  Will Spaniards protest against US intervention in Northwest Africa?  Along with protests against austerity measures and many other issues they face in both the short and long term, it is most likely.

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Demand An End To Nazi Abuse of Palestine’s Children

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Posted to by Zahi Damuni

 

Demand An End To Israel’s Abuse of Palestine’s Children 

The Declaration of the Rights of the Child, adopted by the United Nations in 1959, states that every child (regardless of race, color, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status, whether of himself or of his family) shall be protected against all forms of neglect, cruelty and exploitation (articles 1 and 9).

Furthermore, The International Convention on the Rights of the Child, which came into force in 1990, sets out to further protect the rights of children. The Zionist state has not only neglected the rights of the child, but has imprisoned and used Palestinian children as human shields, and targeted playgrounds and schools. Since its imposition in Palestine in 1948, Israel has killed thousands of Palestinian children, and wounded many more including with serious physical and psychological injuries. Since the 1967 occupation of the West Bank and Gaza more than 8000 Palestinian children have been detained and held as prisoners often without charge and subjected to institutionalized torture, mistreatment and abuse by the occupation without protection. As of this moment, there are 236 Palestinian children detained in Israel’s prisons.

Please take a moment to write to President Obama and demand that the US administration put a stop, at all costs, to Israel’s abuse, mistreatment and torture of Palestine’s children. Use the form at http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/submit-questions-and-comments

Also please Call the President at 1-202-456-1111 and demand the administration use its considerable financial and military aid to Israel to end its abuse of the fundamental human rights of Palestine’s children.

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WATCH OUT!! THE ZIO-NAZI’S ARE THE REAL TERRORISTS AND THE DEVILS FORCES!!

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The Zionists are terrorizing and torturing Palestinians as well as committing Genocide against the Palestinians, creating Palestinian Holocaust, stealing their lands and properties as well as destroying their homes on daily basis with the US full support (financially, economically, politically and militarily) to the tune of three to five billion dollars a year, while at the same time, they continue to complain to the world especially the Washington regime and the US-led western regimes — their captive markets for their propaganda stuffs — that the Palestinians are terrorists!
.......... they had developed a very oppressive anti-Palestinian children policies, that are aimed at intimidating, terrorizing and traumatizing Palestinian children, whose families dared to stay in the country.   

Israeli War against Palestine Children!!!!
http://www.countercurrents.org/akleh180912.htm
they had developed a very oppressive anti-Palestinian children policies, that are aimed at intimidating, terrorizing and traumatizing Palestinian children, whose families dared to stay in the country.

Nazi War against Palestine Children!!!!
http://www.countercurrents.org/akleh180912.htm

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Bloomberg Says Interpretation of Constitution Will ‘Have to Change’ After Boston Bombing

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Mayor Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Ray Kelly. (Photo John Moore/Getty Images)

Mayor Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Ray Kelly. (Photo John Moore/Getty Images)

In the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Monday the country’s interpretation of the Constitution will “have to change” to allow for greater security to stave off future attacks.

“The people who are worried about privacy have a legitimate worry,” Mr. Bloomberg said during a press conference in Midtown. “But we live in a complex world where you’re going to have to have a level of security greater than you did back in the olden days, if you will. And our laws and our interpretation of the Constitution, I think, have to change.”

Mr. Bloomberg, who has come under fire for the N.Y.P.D.’s monitoring of Muslim communities and other aggressive tactics, said the rest of the country needs to learn from the attacks.

“Look, we live in a very dangerous world. We know there are people who want to take away our freedoms. New Yorkers probably know that as much if not more than anybody else after the terrible tragedy of 9/11,” he said.

“We have to understand that in the world going forward, we’re going to have more cameras and that kind of stuff. That’s good in some sense, but it’s different from what we are used to,” he said.

The mayor pointed to the gun debate and noted the courts have allowed for increasingly stringent regulations in response to ever-more powerful weapons.

“Clearly the  Supreme Court has recognized that you have to have different interpretations of the Second Amendment and what it applies to and reasonable gun laws … Here we’re going to to have to live with reasonable levels of security,” he said, pointing to the use of magnetometers to catch weapons in city schools.

“It really says something bad about us that we have to do it. But our obligation first and foremost is to keep our kids safe in the schools; first and foremost, to keep you safe if you go to a sporting event; first and foremost is to keep you safe if you walk down the streets or go into our parks,” he said. “We cannot let the terrorists put us in a situation where we can’t do those things. And the ways to do that is to provide what we think is an appropriate level of protection.”

Still, Mr. Bloomberg argued the attacks shouldn’t be used as an excuse to persecute certain religions or groups.

“What we cant do is let the protection get in the way of us enjoying our freedoms,” he said.  “You still want to let people practice their religion, no matter what that religion is. And I think one of the great dangers here is going and categorizing anybody from one religion as a terrorist. That’s not true … That would let the terrorists win. That’s what they want us to do.”

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Turkey Spurns US Calls for Delay, PM Will Visit Gaza

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No Change to Plans for May Visit

by Jason Ditz

Despite calls from the United States to delay the visit indefinitely, Turkey says that the travel plans of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan are unchanged, and he will visit the Gaza Strip in May.

Analysts say that Erdogan’s visit is driven primarily by an attempt to improve his political standing domestically, facing a voting public that is not at all sold on recent attempts to broker a solution to the long-standing Kurdish conflict.

Secretary of State John Kerry told Erdogan that visiting the Gaza Strip would “threaten” the peace talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority. Since those talks aren’t going on anyhow, and there is no sign of them starting any time soon, the complaint was dismissed pretty quickly.

Erdogan has been talking up a possible visit to Gaza since the Mavi Marmara killings in 2010, but the logistics of such a visit remain difficult. It may be more readily done, however, after Qatar’s emir made a similar visit in October.

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FBI Caught in a Web of Lies in Boston

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Please help us ID them. Oops, we already knew exactly who they were.

Why did the FBI make a spectacle out of releasing the photos of the alleged Boston bombing suspects to the public feigning ignorance on who they were, asking for the public’s help to identify them, when they knew all along who they were?

Remember the FBI saying the following:

 


 

These photos should be the only ones the public should view to assist us. Other photos should not be deemed credible. They unnecessarily divert the public’s attention in the wrong direction, and create undue work for vital law enforcement resources.

 

 

The FBI originally denied first meeting with the bombing suspect two years ago (lie #2), according to CBS. That was until they were forced to admit their involvement with the suspects.

CBS reported “The FBI admitted Friday they interviewed the now-deceased Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev two years ago and failed to find any incriminating information about him.”

The suspects’ family also state that they were well aware of an ongoing relationship between the FBI and the boys. Family members said they were “monitored” and “counseled” at every step, and the FBI was “controlling” and “following” them for years.

Their mother, Zubeidat Tsarnaeva, in an interview with RT, said that the FBI had made contact with the family on multiple occasions:

 


 

“They used to come [to our] home, they used to talk to me … they were telling me that he was really an extremist leader and that they were afraid of him,” Tsarnaeva said.

“They told me whatever information he is getting, he gets from these extremist sites… they were controlling him, they were controlling his every step…and now they say that this is a terrorist act!”

 

 

So the FBI, after first denying monitoring them, says yes, we did meet with him (Tamerlan) but “failed to find any incriminating information about him” while telling their mother that “he was really an extremist leader and that they were afraid of him.” (lie #3)

There are only two possible conclusions to explain the FBI’s blatant lies; either they’re covering up their complete incompetence to stop attacks that they were monitoring, or they’re covering up the fact that they were spurring and handling the bombing plot in the first place, as they’ve done in countless other fake terror plot cases.

 

 

History would indicate that the lies are a little of both: direct involvement and incompetence. It’s apparent they had a direct hand working with the suspects, but complete incompetence in pulling off the plot without their fingerprints all over it.

This deception in the Boston bombing case was premeditated and not just some fog-of-war, we-don’t-have-all-the-facts-yet confusion. That much is now clear.

And since these significant lies have been revealed, how are we to believe in wild car chases, car jackings, police shootouts, and the rest of the crazy narrative spewing out of the FBI’s PR department?

It’s beyond convenient for covering up their deception that the Tsarnaev brothers have been rendered incapacitated with one mutilated and killed, and the other in critical condition waiting for justice without Miranda Rights. It will surprise no one if Dzhokhar (suspect 2) winds up dead, because dead men tell no tales.

Fact: the FBI has been involved in staging numerous fake terror plots using patsies to make themselves look like heroes when they stop the attack. Now they’ve been caught in a web of lies surrounding one that went live and resulted in the deaths of Americans.

Question: In what world are they not the prime suspects here?

Their days of terrorizing the American public into giving up civil liberties with false flags are numbered as the truth becomes more difficult to hide.

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GUANTANAMO HUNGER STRIKERS REPORTED IN CRITICAL CONDITION

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Written by Nu’man Nasif

Guantanamo, 15 Jumadil Akhir/24 April 2013 (MINA) – Four of the inmates on hunger strike at the Guantanamo military prison and torture camp are in critical condition and have been transferred to the prison’s hospital, a US military official reported.

“17 out of the 84 inmates currently on hunger strike at the notorious prison facility are being forced-fed through the nose to prevent further deterioration of their health conditions,”  Lieutenant Colonel Samuel House announced on Tuesday (23/4), according to Press TV reported as monitored by Mi’raj News Agency (MINA).

The media reported despite the official’s claim that only 84 Guantanamo inmates are on hunger strike, a number of the inmates’ defense attorneyshe have reported that all of the 166 detainees at the military prison have joined the hunger strike.

The inmates are protesting their indefinite detention by the US military without any charges and with no right to a legal trial.

One of the Guantanamo hunger strikers who has been held captive at the infamous military camp for nearly 11 years without any charges offered a graphic account of his own participation in the hunger strike in an April 14 article, titled “Gitmo is killing me,” published by the US daily The New York Times.

The 35-year-old Yemeni detainee Samir Naji al-Hassan Moqbel, who wrote the article with the help of an Arabic translator and his US-appointed lawyer, said he had lost over 30 pounds since starting his hunger strike on February 10 and experienced severe pain when force-fed by Guantanamo staff.

“Last month, on March 15, I was sick in the prison hospital and refused to be fed. A team from the ERF (Extreme Reaction Force), a squad of eight military police officers in riot gear, burst in. They tied my hands and feet to the bed. They forcibly inserted an IV into my hand. I spent 26 hours in this state, tied to the bed,” he wrote in part.

“I will never forget the first time they passed the feeding tube up my nose. I can’t describe how painful it is to be force-fed this way,” he added.

The hunger strikes began in early February, when the detainees complained that prison authorities searched their copies of the holy Quran for suspected contraband.

Most of the Guantanamo inmates have been picked up by American military forces in Afghanistan and Pakistan in the aftermath of the US-led occupation of Afghanistan under the pretext of removing the Saudi- and Pakistani-backed Taliban regime and bringing stability to the country.(T/P05/P03)

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PCHR opens international legal conference in Malaga

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This morning, on Tuesday 23 April 2013, the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) opened the international legal conference it organizes in Malaga, titled “Pursuing justice and redress for Palestinian victims: developing strategies for advocacy and litigation”. This is the fourth conference of its kind organized by PCHR, in close cooperation with international partners, especially Al Quds Malaga, and attended by Palestinian, Israeli, and international human rights organizations and lawyers.

During the first day, the participants offered their analysis of the procedures in place in the Israeli civil and criminal legal systems. Through sharing their experiences of litigating on behalf of Palestinian victims of Israeli violations, the participants in the conference aim to develop effective legal and advocacy strategies.

This conference relates, amongst other issues, to recent developments within the Israeli legal system, which are effectively blocking nearly all avenues for access to justice for Palestinian victims. The most recent of these developments is Amendment No. 8 to the Israeli Tort Law, which came into force in 2012. This amendmentabsolves the State of Israel of any liability arising from damages caused to a resident of an enemy territory during a “combat action”, and has led to the dismissal of a number of civil complaints submitted by PCHR on behalf of victims of Israeli military attacks in the Gaza Strip

Discussion also centred around other legal, practical, and procedural obstacles that have been put in place over a number of years, and which have made it practically impossible for victims to pursue accountability and their right to redress

PCHR is convening the conference with the aim of developing possible legal and advocacy strategies  for moving forward. These challenges to access to justice must be addressed through in-depth discussions involving many human rights organizations and lawyers who should adopt a unified position. If it is concluded that the domestic legal system is blocked, this means international legal mechanisms for justice are the only available alternatives available to victims, such as the International Criminal Court, following the recognition of Palestine as a State by the UN General Assembly.

 

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Thomas Friedman mourns demise of “Fayyadism

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Submitted by Ben White

Salam Fayyad shares a platform with Israeli war criminal Tzipi Livni at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

(Andy Mettler / swiss-image.ch)

In his latest column for The New York Times, Thomas Friedman mourns the untimely demise of his neologism Fayyadism, an unfortunate consequence of Salam Fayyad’s resignation from his role as prime minister for the Palestinian Authority.

Friedman likes Fayyad because he apparently offered “noncorrupt, institution-focused leadership.” In fact, Friedman goes so far as to say:

Salam Fayyad was the “Arab Spring” before there was an Arab Spring.

Friedman knows what the Arab Spring© is all about, because a number of taxi drivers have told him. It is about “an Arab leader’s legitimacy” not being based on “slogans or resistance to Israel and the West or on personality cults or security services” — or, in the case of Fayyad, an electoral mandate.

Respect from Israel

Friedman’s potted history of Fayyad skips over the 2006 Palestinian Legislative Council elections, when his Third Way party secured 2.41 percent of the vote. Nor does it dwell on exactly how Fayyad became prime minister.

Friedman cites International Monetary Fund data to praise Fayyad’s impact on economic growth — yet mentions in the same article that a withdrawal of foreign aid “tanked the Palestinian economy.” Indeed. the World Bank had noted in 2011 that “the impressive growth of the West Bank economy over the past two years” was “largely a result of donor-driven public spending,” a warning repeated in 2012.

So, here we had an unelected leader dependent on foreign subsidies, who oversaw the “rebuilding” of “security services” which the Israeli occupation forces “grew to respect.”

But perhaps Friedman is not primarily upset about his neologism. A chat with Fayyad had become part of the itinerary for tours organized by pro-Israel outfits, the same kind of lobby groups now mourning his departure. Maybe what’s most depressing Friedman is best understood by recalling his observation two years ago: that right now, “Israel’s best defense is to strengthen Fayyadism.”

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“I’m Just a Patsy”

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by Keith Johnson

Isn’t it interesting how things change…yet all remains the same.

Here’s a screenshot of what is believed to be Boston bombing suspect Dzhokar Tsarnaev’s last Facebook message to his father:

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In case you can’t read it, here’s what it says:

“This will be the last message before the police will get me. I never done it, they set me up. Father please forgive me. I am sorry it has come to this.”

How eerily familiar this all sounds.

In case you didn’t hear it:

“I didn’t shoot anybody” and, “They’ve taken me in because of the fact that I lived in the Soviet Union. I’m just a patsy!”

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