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Video – Great October Socialist Revolution

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Thursday 7th November 2013 marked the 96th Anniversary of the Great October Socialist Revolution, and this little introductory video is just to give you a flavour of the celebration that was held by the CPGB-ML at a packed meeting in Saklatvala hall, Southall on Saturday 9th November 2013.

Great speeches from the representatives of Cuba, Venezuela and North Korea, as well a Katt Cremer from the Party and Angela and Dan from Red Youth.

This video explains why we celebrate, what we are trying to achieve and why we have every reason to be optimistic about the future.

 

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Libya almost Imploding, Status Quo Unsustainable: Oil Industry Target of Violent Attacks

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Global Research

 

More than two years on since the “revolution” of Feb. 2011, the security crisis is exacerbating by the day threatening Libya with an implosion charged with potential realistic risks to the geopolitical unity of the Arab north African country, turning this crisis into a national existential one. Obviously the status quo is unsustainable.
“Libya is imploding two years after the former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi” was captured and killed on October 20,” Patrick Cockburn wrote in British The Independent on last Oct. 10.
Libya’s oil industry has become the target of violent attacks and civil protests, closing export terminals in east and west or/and creating an oil black market. “Security guards” at the country’s main ports are on strike and selling oil independently in spite of a 67% in pay for employees of the state oil sector on last Oct. 31. Libyan oil minister, Abdulbari Ali al-Arousi, told the Financial Times on last April 29 that disruptions to production and export cost the country about $1bn over the previous five months only.
On this Nov. 11 Reuters reported that Protesters shut Libya ‘s gas export pipeline to Italy , its only customer, in the Mellitah complex, some 100 km west of Tripoli , after shutting down oil exports from there as well. A day earlier, Reuters reported that the separatist self-declared autonomous Cyrenaica government set up a regional firm called “Libya Oil and Gas Corp” to sell oil independently after seizing several ports in the east of the country, where Libya’s two most important oil ports, Sidra and Ras Lanuf, were blockaded by protestors.
Libya is Europe ’s single largest oil supplier. Cutting the Libyan oil and gas supplies to Europe on the eve of a winter that weather forecasts predict to be a very cold one would be an excellent pretext for inviting a European military intervention in the country, which seems the only option left for the transitional government of Prime Minister Ali Zeidan that ran out of options for its survival.
It is noteworthy here that while the U.N. Support Mission in Libya can obviously “support” nothing, France, Italy, the UK and the U.S., who spearheaded the NATO campaign to topple the former ruling regime, in a joint statement on this Nov. 8, expressed their concern “at the instability in Libya and the threat that (it) poses to the successful achievement of the democratic transition” and reiterated their “support to the elected political institutions,” i.e. to Zeidan’s government.
Ironically, Zeidan on this Nov. 10 warned his compatriots of a possible “intervention of foreign occupation forces” in order to protect civilians under Chapter VII of the U.N. Charter because “the international community cannot tolerate a state in the middle of the Mediterranean that is a source of violence, terrorism and murder,” which was the same pretext for the NATO military intervention that contributed mainly, if not created, the security crisis in the first place by destroying the military and police infrastructure of the central government and turned the country practically into a sponsor of regional terrorism in general and an exporter of arms and “Jihadists” to Syria in particular.
Zeidan’s warning of foreign “intervention” could also be interpreted as an implicit threat to ask for it to help rein in the security crisis lest it boils to an implosion of the country.
Forbes on last Aug. 30 reported that Libya’s “energy protection” was failing and quoted PM Zeidan as saying that his government would impose “order by force” when it came to protecting the oil and gas industry and expanded the Petroleum Facility Guards (PFG) to 18,000 members.
Months on, his efforts and threats failed to deter targeting pipelines, refineries and export terminals. His renewed threats since early last September to “bomb from the air and the sea” any oil tanker entering Libya’s territorial waters illegally and trying to pick up illicit Libyan oil have proved hollow and without teeth.
Libya is the second largest oil producer in Africa and the continent’s fourth largest natural gas supplier and already dominates the Southern Mediterranean ’s petroleum sector. According to the Libyan National Oil Corporation (NOC), more than 50 international oil companies were already present in the Libya on the eve of the “revolution.” The country’s potential is more promising; Austria’s OMV said on last Oct. 21 it had struck oil in Libya in its first new discovery since 2011.
On last Oct. 18, CNBC.com quoted Paolo Scaroni, the CEO of the Italian oil and gas firm ENI, which is Libya’s largest foreign partner, as saying: “Everyone is going to be wealthy” in Libya, citing statistics of what could be: “Five million people and 2 million barrels of oil (per day), which means that this country can be a paradise, and I am doubtful that Libyans will not catch this opportunity of becoming the new Abu Dhabi, or the new Qatar or the new Kuwait.”
Libyan Copy of Iraq ’s “Green Zone”
Yet Libyans seem determined to miss “this opportunity.” “Revolutionary” Libya, reminiscent of the U.S. – engineered “democratic” Iraq after some ten years of the U.S. invasion, is still unable to offer basic services to its citizens. Real unemployment is estimated at over 30%. Economy has stalled and frustration is growing. Gone are the welfare days of Gaddafi’s state when young families could get a house with benefits for free, people’s medication and treatment were paid by the state and free education made available to everyone. About one million supporters of the Gaddafi regime remain internally displaced; hundreds of thousands more fled for their lives abroad.
Remnants of the destroyed institutional infrastructure of law, order and security is hardly capable of protecting the symbolic central government in Tripoli , reminiscent of its Iraqi counterpart, which is still besieged in the so-called “Green Zone” in Baghdad . Late last October Libya ’s central bank was robbed of $55m in a broad daylight robbery. More than one hundred senior military and police commanders were assassinated.
“ Libya isn’t just at a crossroads. We are at a roundabout. We keep driving round in circles without knowing where to get off,” Libya’s Minister of Economy, Alikilani al-Jazi, said at a conference in London last September, quoted by The Australian on last Oct. 14.
On last Aug. 30, the Swiss-based group Petromatrix said: “We are currently witnessing the collapse of state in Libya , and the country is getting closer to local wars for oil revenues.” Four days later Patrick Cockburn reported in British The Independent that “Libyans are increasingly at the mercy of militias” and that the “Government authority is disintegrating in all parts of the country.”
Ironically, an estimated one-quarter of a million heavily armed militiamen, who are the main obstacle to creating and empowering a central government, are on government payroll.
Writing in The Tripoli Post on Oct. 31, Karen Dabrowska said that, “Local notables, tribal groups, Islamists and militias are all vying to keep the centre from extending its authority to their fiefdoms and this explains why disparate social groupings can only unite temporarily to prevent the centre from gaining power over them.”
It “goes without saying that the post – Moammar Gaddafi Libya is purely a failed state” governed by militia, Adfer Rashid Shah of the Jamia Millia Islamia, Central University in New Delhi, wrote on last Oct. 15.
Following the heavy infighting in the Libyan capital on this Nov. 7, Italian foreign minister Emma Bonino told newspaper La Republicca that the country was “absolutely out of control” and the situation is worsening, hinting that Italian oil and gas firm ENI was prepared to close its oil wells.
Zeidan’s abduction from his Tripoli ’s Corinthia Hotel on last Oct. 10, which the British Economist described as “the shortest coup,” highlighted the country’s deteriorating security crisis. It was interpreted as a “reprisal” for kidnapping five days earlier of Abu Anas al-Libi on suspicion of links with al-Qaeda by U.S. special forces, an act which exposed the inability of the central government to cooperate and coordinate with the American “ally” in his arrest on the one hand and on the other exposed its failure in protecting Libya’s sovereignty against a flagrant U.S. violation thereof.
Last July Zeidan threatened that his government may have to “use force” in Benghazi, the cradle of the “revolution” and the current focus of insecurity, tribalism, separatism, Islamist rebels, decentralization of government, assassination of regular army and security officers and attacks on foreign diplomatic missions who mostly closed their consulates in Libya’s second largest city, where the U.S. ambassador was killed in September last year.
Ahead of his visit to the eastern city on Monday, when he promised reinforcements and logistical support to the security forces there, Zeidan launched a show of force into the city the previous Friday with hundreds of armored troop carriers and army trucks mounted with guns.
But Zaeidan’s threat to “use force” will inevitably be counterproductive, not only because his government’s lack of “force” would compromise his credibility, but because, within the current balance of power between his government and the militias, it will make the security situation worse if it does not ignite a civil war.
Zeidan said his government would give the “revolutionaries” who have turned into rival and vying militias and warlords until next Dec. 31 to join the regular army and police or they will be cut from government payroll, that is if his coffers could afford to sustain their payroll if they accepted and if they did not accept his offer it will be another reason for more mutiny and rebellion.
More likely the government payroll may not be rolling because the government is facing a budget crisis and “from next or the following month, there could be a problem covering expenditure” according to Zeidan himself, as the security crisis has brought oil production to a standstill or out of its control because the “militia groups are behaving like terrorists, using control over oil as political leverage to extract concessions,” according to Dr. Elizabeth Stephens, head of political risk at insurers Jardine Lloyd Thompson, quoted by British The Telegraph on last Aug. 29.
An imminent constitutional crisis could create a power vacuum that in turn would worsen the security crisis. Published by RT on this Nov. 7, analyst Nile Bowie wrote: “In accordance with the transitional roadmap adopted by the transitional government in May 2011, the mandate of the current government in Tripoli is set to expire on February 8, 2014. Failure to implement a new constitution by then would either force Tripoli into extending its mandate – a move which is seen as highly unpopular – or a potential power vacuum scenario which could set off a chain of events that could lead to a civil war or dissolution.”
Pentagon’s Plans No Help
Short of western “boots on the ground” it is doubtful that Zeidan’s government will survive. The U.S. administration of President Barak Obama was repeatedly on record against any U.S. boots on the ground in the Middle East . With the exception of France , which might be ready for the appropriate price to repeat its recent limited and temporary military intervention in Mali , Europe seems against it too.
Zeidan, with less than three months remaining for him in office, seems relying on Pentagon’s plans to arm and train, through “AFRICOM,” a new Libyan army called “a general purpose force.”
But “the case of a separate and underreported U.S. effort to train a small Libyan counterterrorism unit inside Libya earlier this year is instructive,” Frederic Wehrey wrote recently in Foreign Affairs, adding: The absence of clear lines of authority — nearly inevitable given Libya’s fragmented security sector — meant that the force’s capabilities could just have easily ended up being used against political enemies as against terrorists. In August militias launched a pre-dawn raid on the training camp which was not well-guarded. There were no U.S. soldiers at the camp, but the militia took a great deal of U.S. military equipment from the site, some of it sensitive. The U.S. decided to abort the program and the U.S. forces supposedly went home.
The obvious alternative to Zeidan’s western supported government would be a stateless society governed by militia warlords, while the survival of his government promises more of the same.
At the official end of the NATO war for the regime change in Libya on Oct. 31, 2011 U.S. President Obama proclaimed from the White House Rose Garden that this event signaled the advent of “a new and democratic Libya,” but more than two years later Libya is recurring to the pre-Gaddafi old undemocratic tribal and ethnic rivalries with the added value of the exclusionist terrorist religious fundamentalism wearing the mantle of Islamist Jihad.
In the wake of late Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi’s death on October 20, a Saudi Arabian Arab News’ editorial said: “The point about Qaddafi’s death is that it makes the next transition stage that much easier, that much safer. As long as he remained at large, he would have been in a position to destabilize the country.”
More than two years after Gaddafi’s death, Libya is more destabilized, insecure and fractured that its future is now questionable enough not to vindicate the Saudi daily’s prediction.

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Obama’s Secret Treaty Which Will Merge America More Deeply Into The Emerging One World Economic System

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Michael Snyder | Economic Collapse Blog
The Trans-Pacific Partnership is being called ”NAFTA on steroids”

President Barack Obama (R) talks with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper following the 'family' group photograph at the G8 venue of Lough Erne on June 18, 2013 in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland.

ENNISKILLEN, NORTHERN IRELAND – JUNE 18: US President Barack Obama (R) talks with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper following the ‘family’ group photograph at the G8 venue of Lough Erne on June 18, 2013 in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland. The two day G8 summit, hosted by UK Prime Minister David Cameron, is being held in Northern Ireland for the first time. Leaders from the G8 nations have gathered to discuss numerous topics with the situation in Syria expected to dominate the talks. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

Did you know that the Obama administration is negotiating a super secret “trade agreement” that is so sensitive that he isn’t even allowing members of Congress to see it?

The Trans-Pacific Partnership is being called the “NAFTA of the Pacific” and “NAFTA on steroids”, but the truth is that it is so much more than just a trade agreement.  This treaty has 29 chapters, but only 5 of them have to do with trade.  Most Americans don’t realize this, but this treaty will fundamentally change our laws regarding Internet freedom, health care, the trading of derivatives, copyright issues, food safety, environmental standards, civil liberties and so much more.

It will also merge the United States far more deeply into the emerging one world economic system.  Initially, twelve nations will be a party to this treaty including the United States, Mexico, Canada, Japan, Australia, Brunei, Chile, Malaysia, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam.  Together, those nations represent approximately 40 percent of global GDP.  It is hoped that additional nations such as the Philippines, Thailand and Colombia will join the treaty later on.

There are some very good reasons why Obama does not want the American people to know anything about what is in this treaty.  This agreement will impose very strict Internet copyright rules on the American people, it will ban all “Buy American” laws, it will give Wall Street banks much more freedom to trade risky derivatives and it will force even more domestic manufacturing offshore.

It contains a whole host of things that Obama would be unable to get through Congress on his own.  But he is hoping to spring this on Congress at the last minute and get them to agree to this “free trade agreement” before they realize all of the things that are contained in it.

The secrecy surrounding these treaty negotiations have really been unprecedented.  The following is an excerpt from a recent article by Kurt Nimmo

“Since the beginning of the TPP negotiations, the process of drafting and negotiating the treaty’s chapters has been shrouded in an unprecedented level of secrecy,” Wikileaks notes in a statement on the release of the TPP draft. “Access to drafts of the TPP chapters is shielded from the general public. Members of the US Congress are only able to view selected portions of treaty-related documents in highly restrictive conditions and under strict supervision. It has been previously revealed that only three individuals in each TPP nation have access to the full text of the agreement, while 600 ’trade advisers’ – lobbyists guarding the interests of large US corporations such as Chevron, Halliburton, Monsanto and Walmart – are granted privileged access to crucial sections of the treaty text.”

And Obama reportedly is seeking “trade promotion authority which would give him the ability to sign this treaty before Congress even votes on it…

Normally free -trade agreements must be authorized by a majority of the House and Senate, usually in lengthy proceedings.

However, the White House is seeking what is known as “trade promotion authority” which would fast track approval of the TPP by requiring Congress to vote on the likely lengthy trade agreement within 90 days and without any amendments.

The authority also allows Obama to sign the agreement before Congress even has a chance to vote on it, with lawmakers getting only a quick post-facto vote.

This is so insidious that it is hard to find the words to describe it.

In essence, Obama is trying to make a giant end run around Congress on dozens of different issues that are addressed by this treaty.

Fortunately, there are at least some members of Congress that are waking up to this.  Earlier this week, a small group of Republicans and a small group of Democrats both sent Obama a letter condemning this “free trade” agreement…

Separate groups of House Republicans and Democrats on Tuesday condemned the Obama administration’s proposed sweeping free trade agreement with 11 Pacific nations, known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

Strongly worded letters to President Barack Obama Tuesday were signed by hardline tea partiers, true-blue progressives, and moderate, corporate-friendly lawmakers in both parties, indicating political trouble for a trade deal the administration had hoped to seal by year end.

This is one of the most important political issues facing our nation here at the end of 2013, and yet you hear next to nothing about this treaty on the mainstream news.  If this treaty is approved, the United States will be permanently bound by the provisions of this treaty and will never be able to change them unless all of the other countries agree

Countries would be obliged to conform all their domestic laws and regulations to the TPP’s rules—in effect, a corporate coup d’état. The proposed pact would limit even how governments can spend their tax dollars. Buy America and other Buy Local procurement preferences that invest in the US economy would be banned, and “sweat-free,” human rights or environmental conditions on government contracts could be challenged. If the TPP comes to fruition, its retrograde rules could be altered only if all countries agreed, regardless of domestic election outcomes or changes in public opinion. And unlike much domestic legislation, the TPP would have no expiration date.

Are you starting to understand just how dangerous this treaty is?

Let me give you just one example of how this treaty could directly affect you.

Do you remember SOPA?

There was a huge public backlash when the very strict Internet copyright provisions of SOPA were revealed to the public, and the American people loudly expressed their displeasure to members of Congress.

But now the provisions of SOPA are back.  Most of them have reportedly been very quietly inserted into this treaty.  If this treaty is enacted, those provisions will become law and the American people will not be able to do a thing about it.

And according to an article in the New York Times, there are all sorts of other disturbing things that have been slipped into this treaty…

And yet another leak revealed that the deal would include even more expansive incentives to relocate domestic manufacturing offshore than were included in Nafta — a deal that drained millions of manufacturing jobs from the American economy.

The agreement would also be a boon for Wall Street and its campaign to water down regulations put in place after the 2008 financial crisis. Among other things, it would practically forbid bans on risky financial products, including the toxic derivatives that helped cause the crisis in the first place.

Are you starting to grasp why the Obama administration is so determined to keep this treaty such a secret?

In addition, this “free trade” agreement will push the ongoing deindustrialization of America into overdrive.  Every year, we buy hundreds of billions of dollars more stuff from the rest of the world than they buy from us.  Tens of thousands of American businesses have been lost as a result, and millions of good jobs have been shipped overseas.

If you are not familiar with our “trade deficit”, you really should be.  It is one of the issues at the very heart of our economic problems.  Posted below is a short 3 minute video that briefly discusses the trade deficit and why it is so important…

Slowly merging our economy with the rest of the planet has been absolutely disastrous for America.  Just consider the following statistics…

-Overall, the United States has run a trade deficit of more than 8 trillion dollars with the rest of the world since 1975.

-The United States has lost more than 56,000 manufacturing facilities since 2001.

-Back in the year 2000, there were more than 17 million Americans working in manufacturing.  Now there are less than 12 million.

-There are less Americans working in manufacturing today than there was in 1950 even though the population of the country has more than doubled since then.

-Back in 1950, more than 80 percent of all men in the United States had jobs.  Today, less than 65 percent of all men in the United States have jobs.

-When NAFTA was pushed through Congress in 1993, the United States had a trade surplus with Mexico of 1.6 billion dollars.  By 2010, we had a trade deficit with Mexico of 61.6 billion dollars.

-Back in 1985, our trade deficit with China was approximately 6 milliondollars (million with a little “m”) for the entire year.  In 2012, our trade deficit with China was 315 billion dollars.  That was the largest trade deficit that one nation has had with another nation in the history of the world.

-According to the Economic Policy Institute, America is losing half a million jobs to China every single year.

-According to Professor Alan Blinder of Princeton University, 40 million more U.S. jobs could be sent offshore over the next two decades if current trends continue.

Once upon a time, our great manufacturing cities were the envy of the entire planet.  In fact, at one time Detroit actually had the highest per capita income in the United States.

But now Detroit is a rotting, decaying, festering hellhole that is completely bankrupt.  And there are dozens of other formerly great manufacturing cities that are heading down the exact same path.

These “free trade” agreements are neither “free” nor “fair” when you really examine them, and they are absolutely eviscerating the middle class.

Please urge your representatives in Congress to block the Trans-Pacific Partnership.  If this treaty does get approved, it is going to make a lot of our problems a whole lot worse.

 

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Terrorists are not Martyrs

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By Sajjad Shaukat

People from different walks of life including politicians, religious scholars (Ulemas) and media

persons have expressed their feelings of grief on the recent comments of Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam

(JUI-F) Chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman and especially of Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) Ameer Syed

Munawar Hassan who evolved new theory on Shahadat (Martyrdom).

Maulana Fazlur Rehman in an interview with senior journalist Saleem Safi on November 5, this

year on a renowned TV channel program Jirga said, “Even a dog killed by the US is a martyr.”

In a separate interview conducted by Safi on November 7, JI Ameer, Munawar Hassan stated,

“If American soldiers being killed by the Taliban were not martyrs, how could Pakistani soldiers

killed by Taliban be declared martyrs.” In an earlier statement made on November 3, Hassan

had already triggered controversy when he declared Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) leader

Hakimullah Mehsud a martyr following his death in a US drone strike.

In this regard, a spokesman of the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) on November 10,

strongly condemned the irresponsible and misleading remarks of the JI Ameer Syed Munawar

Hassan, saying that he declared dead terrorists as Shuhada (Martyred), while insulting the

Shahadat of thousands of innocent Pakistanis and soldiers of Pakistan’s armed forces. The

spokesman explained, “Sacrifices of our Shuhada and their families need no endorsement from

Syed Munawar Hassan and such misguided and self-serving statements deserve no comments,”

demanding an unconditional apology from him.

Instead of apologizing for his derogatory and illogical remarks, Syed Munawar Hassan said on

November 10 that he was stuck to his opinion of considering Hakimullah Mehsud as martyr and

not viewing soldiers as such. General Secretary of Jamaat-e-Islami, Liaquat Baloch announced

on November 11 that its Ameer’s statement was correct and according to Sharia (Islamic

While denouncing the ill-conceived thoughts of Syed Munawar Hassan, various leaders of

Pakistan Peoples Party, Awami National Party and Muttahida Qaumi Movement including

law-makers and prominent figures pointed out, “We should salute to those mothers, widows

and orphans whose dear ones sacrificed their lives for the cause of the motherland. Besides, all

those personnel of the security forces who lost their lives for the integrity of the nation and all

those innocent people who were killed in bomb blasts, suicide attacks and other terror-incidents

are martyrs.” They reminded, “Every child in Pakistan knows that 7,000 security officials and

more than 40,000 innocent citizens including religious scholars have been killed by the TTP led

by Hakimullah Mehsud…the JI Ameer’s statement means to scorn the sacrifices of our great

martyrs who lost their priceless lives to save the lives of millions of Pakistani citizens in the

ruthless terrorist attacks carried out by these Taliban.”

Some leaders suggested that If JI Ameer did not beg forgiveness over his controversial

statement; the government should institute a case of treason.

In this respect, the members of Sindh Assembly in one voice also demanded from Jamaat-e-
Islami Chief Munawar Hassan to apologize over his irresponsible statement which questioned

the martyrdom of Pak Army and law-enforcing agencies.

Meanwhile, in order to clarify the controversy over martyrdom, Prime Minister Muhammad

Nawaz Sharif of the ruling party (PML-N) visited the General Headquarters (GHQ) of Pakistan

Army on November 12 and pad homage to the martyrs of the country. Afterwards, a statement

released from the Prime Minister House quoted the PM as saying, “Those who have fought for

Pakistan, Ghazis (living) and Shuhada (Martyred), have sacrificed their today for ensuring a

better tomorrow for our future generations and all of them are our benefactors.”

However, on the issue of martyrs and terrorists, the opinion of Ulemas has great importance. In

this context, on November 10, Chairman Sunni Ittehad Council (SIC) Hamid Raza Rizvi from a

fatwa issued by 30 scholars and religious clerics, and terming statements by Munawar Hasan and

Maulana Fazlur Rahman as “rubbing salt on the wounds of heirs of over 50,000 people killed in

terrorist attacks in Pakistan,” announced, “Hakimullah was involved in killing of thousands of

innocent people and army men. The fact that he was killed by a US drone could not purge him of

his sins and he was not a martyr.” On November 12, accepting the challenge of TTP spokesman

Shahhidullah Shahid on Shahadat-controversy, Hamid Raza replied that he was ready for debate

with the Taliban on any channel.

It is mentionable that in the past few years, the militants of the TTP and its affiliated outfits

killed thousands of persons across Pakistan through suicide attacks, bomb blasts, targeted

killings, beheadings, assaults on military troops, police stations, sectarian violence etc. Besides

blowing children schools and attacking the female teachers in order to deny education to girls,

they also targeted mosques, Imambargahs, mausoleums, and disgraced dead bodies. Their

nefarious acts resulted into deaths of several people in Pakistan. They continued their anti-social

and un-Islamic practices to impose their self-created ideology of Islam.

In the Khyber agency, they also indulged in murdering and torturing Shias in their majority

areas, forcing them to flee. Particularly, in some tribal areas and Swat these insurgents have been

involved in a number of crimes such as drug-smuggling, forced marriages, hostage-takings for

ransom and even car-snatching. They justify that they collect money through these unfair means

to wage their holy war and in eliminating the moderate dissidents.

When Pakistan’s armed forces successfully ejected the TTP militants out of these areas

by sacrificing their own lives, the new leader of the TTP Maulvi Fazlullah who had close

connections with Pakistan-based TTP leader Hakimullah Mehsud, had run to Afghanistan. Based

in the Afghan provinces of Kunar and Nuristan—with the support of Indian secret agency RAW,

Afghan spy service, the National Directorate of Security (NDS) which also have tactical backing

of the US, his insurgents intensified subversive activities in Pakistan by sending suicide bombers

Notably, the capture of a senior TTP leader Latifullah Mehsud by US Special Forces (USF)

from Afghan custody, confessed that Afghanistan and India were involved in promoting terrorist

activities inside Pakistan. He also revealed that while waging proxy wars in Pakistan, terrorist

attacks on Gen. Sanaullah Khan Niazi in Upper Dir, at Peshawar Church, in Qissa Khawani

Bazar and elsewhere had been planned by Indian and Afghan intelligence agencies. Especially,

regarding terror-attack at Peshawar church, TTP did not claim responsibility, but it proved when

the outfit misinterpreted Islam by indicating that it was in accordance with Sharia.

However, the militant groups also recruit very young boys, and after their brainwashing through

indoctrination, they train them for suicide bombings. The planners misguide these Muslims by

convincing that they will have a noble place in the Heavens in exchange of suicide attacks.

Nevertheless, Islam considers killing one innocent person equal to murdering the entire

humanity, while jihad is a sacred obligation, but its real spirit needs to be understood clearly, as

targeting innocent women and children is not jihad. These Taliban and their banned affiliated

outfits are defaming Islam which is the religion of peace, democracy, moderation and human

In this connection, in the recent past, more than 50 Islamic scholars declared “killing of innocent

people, target killings and suicide bombings in Karachi, Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa

along with sectarianism…is not Jehad” and “is against the spirit of Islam.” They explained, “The

terrorists’ self-adopted interpretation of Islam is nothing, but ignorance and digression from the

actual teachings of the religion…the suicide attacks and related violence smeared the name of

Everyone knows that besides responding to Indian military’s unprovoked firings at the Line

of Control (LoC) in Kashmir, which killed a number of soldiers of Pak Army and innocent

civilians, thousands of personnel of the armed forces and law-enforcing agencies lost their lives

in Khyber Paktoonkhwa, Karachi, Balochistan and tribal areas in coping with terrorists so as to

maintain the integrity and security of the country. So, they are the true martyrs.

Another notable contradiction is that when the JI workers were fighting the forces of the former

Soviet Union in the first Afghan war, sponsored by the US-led west, they were calling their

killed Mujadeen as Shaheed. But, now this party has forgotten the term of martyrdom.

Nonetheless, the JI Ameer’s self-created definition of Shaheed means that there is a state within

a state where Taliban could be allowed to slash the throats of security forces and to shed the

No doubt, Munawar Hassan’s statement has exposed the extremist thinking of JI and its

vilification propaganda campaign to harm, defame and denigrate the prodigious sacrifices of

Pakistan’s soldiers, with criminal object to glorify the enemies of the state, while terrorists are

Sajjad Shaukat writes on international affairs and is author of the book: US vs Islamic Militants,

Invisible Balance of Power: Dangerous Shift in International Relations

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America’s Chemical Weapons: Hypocrisy, Conspiracy and a Forgotten History

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“The individual is handicapped by coming face to face with a conspiracy so monstrous he cannot believe it exists.” (J.Edgar Hoover,1895-1972.)

Since the fairy tale about weapons of mass destruction that can be launched against Western targets “within forty five minutes” is well past it’s sell by date, the trans-Atlantic hasbara industry has dreamed up a new Grim Reaper for Syria, their latest quarry: chemical weapons.

Stephen Zunes succinct quote that: “ U.S. policy regarding chemical weapons has been so inconsistent and politicized that the United States is in no position to take leadership in response to any use of such weaponry by Syria”(i) hits the chemical warhead on the nose cone.

Never mind Israel’s lethal stockpiles, for ever, seemingly, blind eye territory, as apparently is the United States 5,449 metric tons chemical weapons arsenal, which cannot be disposed of until at least 2021 due to the hazards involved (Japan Times, 12th September 2013.).

However the storm troopers of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) joined the other insurgents in Syria and in under a month: “ … completed the functional destruction of critical equipment for all of its declared chemical weapons production facilities and mixing/filling plants, rendering them inoperable.”(ii)

President Assad, his country, this year alone, being five times an illegal target of Israel’s fearsome destructive power from just across the Golan Heights (iii) stated that his weapons were purely defensive – to use the cold war adage, a balance of terror. All nations have the legal right to self-defence – unless they are majority Muslim, it would seem.

Compared to the might of the countries threatening its destruction, Syria is now, if not quite a sitting duck, certainly a lamer one and must be mindful of the fate of Libya, when pressured and Iraq when forced to disarm.

Coincidentally, President Assad’s assertions are almost exactly those used by the United States regarding chemical weapons – at a time when the U.S. was certainly at no threat from external forces.

On 28th March 1990, the Los Angeles Times reported that: “The U.S. government is considering forcing two defiant chemical companies to sell the Pentagon a key ingredient for producing nerve gas, Pentagon officials said …”

Further: “The United States has said that it would need chemical weapons to deter the Soviets’ use of chemical weapons during a non-nuclear conflict in Central Europe – a prospect even (the then) Defense Secretary Dick Cheney (termed) ‘extremely remote.’ “

This was five months after the fall of the Berlin Wall (9th November 1989) and fifteen months after then President Gorbachev had committed, at the UN, to cutting Soviet troops by a massive 500,000, including withdrawing significant military presence in eastern Europe.(iv) A hand of reconciliation to the U.S., by any standards, after approaching fifty years of hostilities.

Given the circumstances, was the US really concerned about the “Soviet threat” or was an un-noticed elephant lurking round the corner? The LA Times article was headed: “Firms Balk at Selling Nerve Gas Element to U.S.: Two chemical companies cite corporate policy and ethics. But the Pentagon may invoke an old law and force them to deliver the compound.”

“The Occidental Chemical Corp., and the Mobay Corp., said company policies forbid sales that would contribute to the proliferation of chemical weapons. Both refused to fill Defense Department orders for thionyl chloride, a widely used industrial and agricultural chemical that is needed to make a lethal nerve agent.

Thus:

“The U.S. government is considering forcing two defiant chemical companies to sell the Pentagon a key ingredient for producing nerve gas …

“Defense officials said the two firms are the only ones in the United States that now commercially produce the chemical agent. The firms’ unwillingness to sell has brought the production of a new generation of U.S. chemical weapons, which began in 1987, to a halt.

“The Army needs 160,000 pounds of the ingredient by June to proceed on schedule, the Pentagon said. Government officials said they can compel the companies to sell the chemical under the Defense Production Act, a 1950 law designed to give the Pentagon first priority on war materiel.”(My emphasis.)

What war did the Pentagon have in mind, since the Administration of the President George H.W. Bush was working: “to negotiate a worldwide ban” on chemical arms production and just four months earlier Bush had also: “proposed to Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev that the superpowers sign an accord at their summit this June that would call for the destruction of 80% of their chemical weapons …”

Yet regarding the purchase of the potentially lethal chemicals: “If the United States invokes the Defense Production Act, the companies will get the message that this is important and that they should reconsider their policies”, said one official.

Occidental Petroleum Corp’s: “Chairman and chief executive officer Armand Hammer (was) a longtime champion of improved U.S. relations with the Soviet Union and has been critical of the pace of U.S. arms control efforts.”

A spokesman for Mobay, subsidiary of German giant, Bayer: “said the Pentagon approached Mobay with an order for 160,000 pounds of thionyl chloride …” It was needed by June (1990) for use in the production of the nerve agent Sarin, noted the New Scientist (7th April 1990.)

Mobay’s man was robust: “We have told the government . . . that we have no intentions of selling thionyl chloride for these purposes.”

So, to the lurking elephant. It seems it was less about deterring “the Soviets’ …” and more about an Iraq, financially on its knees and fiscally relentlessly undermined and targeted by the U.S. since the end of the Iran-Iraq war (September1980-August1988) in which the U.S. had backed Iraq (and armed both sides.)

During and after a U.S., driven war, devastating both countries, Kuwait, Iraq accused, had been slant drilling in to Iraq’s Rumaila oil fields. In addition, since the end of the war, Kuwait had hugely exceeded OPEC production quotas, costing, Iraq claimed, $14 billion a year, in addition to the $2.4 billion estimated loss from the war period extractions of “some millions of barrels” – additionally “capturing some of Iraq’s customers.”(v)

Saddam Hussein had told a session of the Arab League: “We cannot tolerate this kind of economic warfare. We have reached a state of affairs where we cannot take the pressure.” Whatever else, he was the proudest of men, the admission must have cost him dearly.

That America did not know something was about to give in the near future is unthinkable. The U.S. had flagged Kuwait’s oil tankers with U.S., flags in 1987, to protect the statelet with the world’s fifth largest oil reserves, from Iran – and they remained U.S. flagged. An attack on Kuwait would be an attack on a U.S., protectorate.

Interestingly, some in Washington were sympathetic to Saddam Hussein’s view: “Henry M. Schuler, director of the energy security program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, said that from the Iraqi viewpoint, the Kuwait Government was ‘acting aggressively – it was economic warfare.’ “

”Whether he’s Hitler or not, he has some reason on his side”, Mr. Schuler said, adding that: “American officials needed to appreciate the economic and psychological significance the Rumaila field holds for the Iraqis and why Kuwait’s exploitation of Rumaila, in addition to its high oil output in the 1980′s, was an affront to the Iraqis.

”It’s not just the emotional man in the street in the Arab world who finds the Iraq case appealing,” he said: ”So do many of those who are thinking, intelligent people. If the Iraqi people feel they are the victims of aggression, and that their legitimate claims are being stifled now by American intervention, they will hang in there a lot longer than if that were not the case.”

As recently as 2011, veteran, ten term Congressman Ron Paul talked in Congress on the slant drilling claims pointing out that: “Historian Mark Zepezauer notes that the equipment to slant drill Iraq’s oil illegally was bought from (US National Security Advisor to President George H.W. Bush) Brent Scowcroft’s old company. Kuwait was pumping out around $14-billion worth of oil from beneath Iraqi territory … Slant-drilling is enough to get you shot in Texas, and it’s certainly enough to start a war in the Mideast.”(vi) (Emphasis mine.)

However, it was not just Kuwait targeting Iraq’s frail finances, as Brian Becker wrote in a detailed account (vii.) The U.S., betrayal of their ally in the regional ravages of the Iran-Iraq war, was total:

“Having weakened Iran, the goal was then to weaken Iraq and make sure that it could not develop as a regional power capable of challenging U.S. domination. After the war ended, U.S. policy toward Iraq shifted, becoming increasingly hostile. The way it shifted is quite revealing; bearing all the signs of a well-planned conspiracy.

“The cease-fire between Iran and Iraq began on August 20, 1988. On September 8, 1988, Iraqi Foreign Minister Sa’dun Hammadi was to meet with U.S. Secretary of State George Schulz. The Iraqis had every reason to expect a warm welcome in Washington and to begin an era of closer co-operation on trade and industrial development.”

In the event, two hours before the meeting, without warning to Hammadi, State Department spokesman Charles Redman called a press conference charging that: “The U.S. Government is convinced that Iraq has used chemical weapons … against Kurdish guerillas. We don’t know the extent to which chemical weapons have been used but any use in this context is abhorrent and unjustifiable.We expressed our strong concern to the Iraqi Government which is well aware of our position that the use of chemical weapons is totally unjustifiable and unacceptable.”

“Redman did not allude to any evidence at all” and further mislead, since seemingly the Iraqi government was not informed of the charges.

When Hammadi arrived at the State Department for his meeting with Schulz, he was besieged by the media asking about the massacre and unable to give coherent answers. Bewildered, he repeatedly asked the journalists the basis for their questions.

The meeting with Schulz was a dismal: “with Iraq’s expectations of U.S. assistance in rebuilding after the Iran-Iraq war dashed.”

“Within twenty-four hours of Redman’s press release, the Senate voted unanimously to impose economic sanctions on Iraq which would cancel sales of food and technology.

Whilst the genocidal and ecocidal U.N. blockade on Iraq from August 1990 is remembered, this previous U.S. stab in the back to a former ally on its financial knees is forgotten.

Thus, in addition to Kuwait’s alleged fiscal sabotage was, from September 9th, 1988: “… a two year record that amounts to economic harassment of Iraq by the American State Department, media, and Congress.”

However, after the chemical weapons announcement, the near daily rhetoric regarding Saddam from Washington and Whitehall was that: “he gasses his own people”, “uses chemical weapons against his own people.” And the drums of war beat ever louder.

In fact: “US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld helped Saddam Hussein build up his arsenal of deadly chemical and biological weapons … As an envoy from President Reagan … he had a secret meeting with (Saddam) and arranged enormous military assistance for his war with Iran … a Senate committee investigating the relationship between the U.S. and Iraq discovered that in the mid-1980s – following the Rumsfeld visit – dozens of biological agents were shipped to Iraq under licence from the Commerce Department. (Emphasis mine.)

“They included anthrax, subsequently identified by the Pentagon as a key component of the Iraqi biological warfare programme … ‘ The Commerce Department also approved the export of insecticides to Iraq, despite widespread suspicions that they were being used for chemical warfare.’ “ (viii)

Pressure on Iraq accelerating, the U.S.-U.K., and “coalition” was handed another propaganda coup, when, on 15th March 1990, Iraq executed Farzad Bazoft, an Iranian born freelance journalist with a desk at London’s Observer newspaper.

After a massive explosion as al-Iskaderia military complex, south of Baghdad, Bazoft had persuaded Daphne Parrish, a British nurse, working in Baghdad, to take him to the perimeter of the site of the explosion. There he took photographs and two containers of soil samples. He attempted to leave Baghdad the following day, but was arrested, with the samples and photographs at Baghdad airport.

Iraq was again the Western media and governments’ mega demon. But an Iranian acting as he did, after the appalling eight year war would surely have led any country, in such circumstances to act similarly. Witness U.S. paranoia after the tragedy of losing three buildings. Daphne Parrish’s book: “Prisoner in Baghdad” gives the lie to any claims of Bazoft’s innocence.

Just two weeks later America was demanding the chemicals for weapons “by June.” On 25th July 1990, at the Presidential Palace in Baghdad, America’s Ambassador to Iraq, April Glaspie assured Saddam Hussein: “We have no opinion on your Arab – Arab conflicts, such as your dispute with Kuwait. Secretary (of State James) Baker has directed me to emphasize the instruction, first given to Iraq in the 1960′s, that the Kuwait issue is not associated with America.(ix) “ On 2nd August 1990, Iraq invaded Kuwait.

The response was the reduction of Iraq to a “pre-industrial age”, as threatened by James Baker, in the forty two day blitz from January 17th 1991. On February 15, in the preamble to cease-fire proposal, Saddam Hussein said “The years 1988 and 1989 saw sustained campaigns in the press and other media and by other officials in the United States and other nations to pave the way for the fulfillment of vicious aims (i.e., war.)

Had there been one more “vicious aim” though? Was the urging, indeed the threatening demands for chemical weapons ingredients been because the plan had been to use them and blame Iraq? Is it possible there was a plan to even sacrifice their own troops in a ploy that would have likely had U.N., backing invasion and overthrow Saddam Hussein’s government had it been thought to have used such appalling weapons?

In the event, the chemical companies stood firm and: “left without the supply of thionyl chloride necessary to meet the production deadline, five weeks later the Bush administration ‘offered’ to halt binary production during chemical disarmament negotiations with the Soviet Union.”(x)

The: “conclusion is that the US chemical industry’s refusal to produce necessary precursor chemicals, left the Bush administration with no other option than to fully commit to chemical disarmament.”

In the event, the chemical – and radiological – weapons the U.S., used were in up to 750 tons of depleted uranium weaponry.

We will have to wait for another trove of documents to be “liberated” from the U.S., Administration to affirm whether the theory regarding the pressure for the chemical weapons is correct. However, given the propaganda parallels in media, from governments with the current situation with Syria and the near certainty that chemical horrors are being used by the Western backed insurgents and blamed on President Assad’s policies, the all is well worth bearing in mind.

As Brian Becker concluded regarding Saddam’s accusations:

“The Washington Post’s story on the cease-fire proposal of February 15, 1991 was titled simply: ‘Baghdad’s Conspiracy Theory of Recent History.’ Some conspiracies theories just happen to be true.”

Notes

i. http://fpif.org/the_us_and_chemical_weapons_no_leg_to_stand_on/

ii.http://www.opcw.org/news/article/syria-completes-destruction-activities-to-render-inoperable-chemical-weapons-production-facilities-a/

iii. http://www.infowars.com/israel-attacks-syria-again/

iv. http://articles.latimes.com/1988-12-07/news/mn-1054_1_world-leaders

v.http://www.nytimes.com/1990/09/03/world/confrontation-in-the-gulf-the-oilfield-lying-below-the-iraq-kuwait-dispute.html?src=pm

vi. http://www.infowars.com/ron-paul-enters-evidence-of-bush-war-crimes-in-congressional-record/

vii. http://deoxy.org/wc/wc-consp.htm

viii.http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-153210/Rumsfeld-helped-Iraq-chemical-weapons.html#ixzz2kRCo4p5S

ix http://whatreallyhappened.com/WRHARTICLES/ARTICLE5/april.html

x. http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/dr-raj-persaud/chemical-weapons-us_b_3945933.html

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Were the Philippine Islands Attacked by an Advanced U.S. Weather Weapon?

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Staff Writer 

Some, like YouTuber dutchsinse, speculate that the Philippine Islands were attacked by weather weapons.

TACLOBAN, PHILIPPINES - NOVEMBER 14: A television set sits on a table on a road amongst debris in Tacloban City on November 14, 2013 in Tacloban, Philippines. Typhoon Haiyan which ripped through Philippines over the weekend has been described as on of the most powerful typhoons ever to hit land, leaving thousands dead and hundreds of thousands homeless. Countries all over the world have pledged relief aid to help support those affected by the typhoon however damage to the airport and roads have made moving the aid into the most affected areas very difficult. With dead bodies left out in the open air and very limited food, water and shelter, health concerns are growing. (Photo by Dondi Tawatao/Getty Images)

TACLOBAN, PHILIPPINES – NOVEMBER 14: A television set sits on a table on a road amongst debris in Tacloban City on November 14, 2013 in Tacloban, Philippines. Typhoon Haiyan which ripped through Philippines over the weekend has been described as on of the most powerful typhoons ever to hit land, leaving thousands dead and hundreds of thousands homeless. Countries all over the world have pledged relief aid to help support those affected by the typhoon however damage to the airport and roads have made moving the aid into the most affected areas very difficult. With dead bodies left out in the open air and very limited food, water and shelter, health concerns are growing. (Photo by Dondi Tawatao/Getty Images)

TACLOBAN, Philippines (INTELLIHUB) — YouTuber dutchsinse recently pointed out in a video posted on Nov. 8th, how it’s likely that a “microwave beam pulse” actually triggered the massive tropical storm Haiyan in a swath of the Pacific ocean just before the Philippine Islands were decimated by what some media is reporting as “the strongest storm ever to form”.

Just after the pulse “we see rotations begin to develop” said dutchsinse, explaining to hisYouTube viewers how it’s very likely that the deadly typhoon Haiyan was engineered. Later on in the video dutchsinse points out that the pulse probably originates from U.S. facilities in northern outposts such as “Missile Defense Space Command”, “Stanford VLF”. Dutch points out that there is not much in China.

At this time it’s just speculation. However, you may be on to something Dutch.

 

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Wikileaks Releases Texts on ‘Largest Secret Economic Treaty Ever’

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By Cassius Methyl

Today, on November 13th, WikiLeaks released the text containing secret agreements and disagreements between countries, on what they call the ‘largest-ever economic treaty’, the ‘Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement.

Wikileaks Logo (photo: Wikicommons)

Wikileaks Logo (photo: Wikicommons)

(INTELLIHUB) — Today, WikiLeaks published something that may shed much-needed light on the secret agreements of powerful officials and the people behind them.

In a press release concerning the released texts, consisting of negotiations between countries concerning the economic agreement, WikiLeaks said- ‘”The chapter published by WikiLeaks is perhaps the most controversial chapter of the TPP due to its wide-ranging effects on medicines, publishers, internet services, civil liberties and biological patents. Significantly, the released text includes the negotiation positions and disagreements between all 12 prospective member states.”

The press release from WikiLeaks and the secret text can be viewed at this link[1]

To sum it up, these agreements concern not the politicians or elected officials of countries such as the US, but corporate powers.

Lobbyists representing corporate powers are allowed to view what has now been leaked but was once secret, and the elected officials specifically cannot know what is going on.

Quoting the WikiLeaks press release  “Since the beginning of the TPP negotiations, the process of drafting and negotiating the treaty’s chapters has been shrouded in an unprecedented level of secrecy. Access to drafts of the TPP chapters is shielded from the general public. Members of the US Congress are only able to view selected portions of treaty-related documents in highly restrictive conditions and under strict supervision. It has been previously revealed that only three individuals in each TPP nation have access to the full text of the agreement, while 600 ’trade advisers’ – lobbyists guarding the interests of large US corporations such as Chevron, Halliburton, Monsanto and Walmart – are granted privileged access to crucial sections of the treaty text. “

This agreement may have very serious implications for our civil liberties, our subjection to mass surveillance, and more.

To again quote the WikiLeaks press release ” The longest section of the Chapter – ’Enforcement’ – is devoted to detailing new policing measures, with far-reaching implications for individual rights, civil liberties, publishers, internet service providers and internet privacy, as well as for the creative, intellectual, biological and environmental commons. Particular measures proposed include supranational litigation tribunals to which sovereign national courts are expected to defer, but which have no human rights safeguards. The TPP IP Chapter states that these courts can conduct hearings with secret evidence. The IP Chapter also replicates many of the surveillance and enforcement provisions from the shelved SOPA and ACTA treaties. “

You can read the text yourself at the following link.[1] Please share this with as many people as possible, because our concern and involvement with this may be the only thing that can prevent our rights being taken away, by the powers that conceived these secret agreements.

Sources:

[1] Secret Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) – Wikileaks.org

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PCHR is Deeply Concerned over the Summons and Arrest Campaign Launched by the ISS against Dozens of Civilians in the Gaza Strip

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Hamas Internal Security Service (ISS)

The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) is concerned over the summons and arrest campaign launched by the Internal Security Service (ISS) against dozens of persons, including members of Fatah movement and children, in the Gaza Strip in the past few weeks. This campaign included sometimes torture and degrading treatment. PCHR calls upon the government in Gaza to fully abide by the law and stop summonses and arrests on political grounds. PCHR as well calls upon the Attorney General in Gaza to open serious investigations into claims by released persons that they were subject to torture.

According to investigations conducted by PCHR during the past period and statements of victims, the ISS and the Palestinian Police (the Investigation Service) summoned dozens of civilians, including members of Fatah movement and children across the Gaza Strip.

Since the beginning of this week, these have been increasing summonses in coincide with the approach of the call of Tamarrud (Rebellion) Campaign[1] on 11 November 2013 and the anniversary of the death the late President Yasser ‘Arafat.  The summoned persons were held for long hours and sometimes on daily basis under degrading conditions and cruel treatment while other persons were detained for a couple of days.  These summonses were accompanied with house raids and searches of the houses of these persons and confiscation of their computers and other stuff.

In their testimonies, a number of detained persons who were released later stated to PCHR that during investigations, they were forced to sign oaths to abide by law, not to assemble (participation in demonstrations), not to be in areas of friction with the police, and not to incite people against the government, otherwise they will be legally liable and financially fined.  Others also said that they were subject to torture, including being hit on hands and feet by a stick; punched all over their bodies; shackled; and forced to stand for long hours.  In the same context, PCHR received statements from persons who were summoned on consecutive days waiting for long hour before investigations or interviews by security officers.

One of the released detainees[2] stated to PCHR that upon his arrival at the ISS office on 09 November 2013, they blindfolded him and sat him on a small seat.  He added that a security officer forced him to sit on his knees on the ground, held his hands and strongly pulled them back.  Meanwhile, another officer came and started interrogating him about Tamarrud movement and his activism in Fatah movement.  The released detainee said that the investigation was accompanied with punches in the abdomen and chest, and that he was transferred to a small room, where there was an iron chair and a video camera.  He was then forced to stand in the room and left in this condition until the next day afternoon.

Another one stated to PCHR that during the officers’ investigation about his alleged activism in Tamarrudmovement, he was blindfolded and hit on his hands and feet with a stick.  The officers tightened his hands to a small iron tube horizontally placed under his knees while he was lying on his back on the floor.  They then started sporadically beating him for around two hours.

A third one said that upon his arrival at the ISS office in Khan Younis, security officers blindfolded him and transferred him to an interrogation room.  He added that he underwent an approximately 2-hour investigation, during which he was hit on the face and chest by the officers, and was questioned about his political affiliation, his work, and Tamarrud campaign.

The latest summonses targeted Fatah movement leaders in the northern Gaza Strip and other Fatah movement activists in other governorates as they underwent investigations about the movement’s preparations for organizing events in commemoration of the late President Yasser ‘Arafat’s death.

It should be mentioned that the past two months have witnessed significant increase in summonses and arrests against dozens of civilians, including children, on the grounds of the call of “Tamarrud” campaign.  In the same context, a number of children in Rafah received summonses by the Anti-Drug Service.  When families of the children referred to the Anti-Drug Service, they found out that they were wanted by the ISS and they were being transferred by the Anti-Drug Services.  A 16-year old child’s father said to the PCHR staff that he received two summonses for his son by the Anti-Drug Services.  He added that he accompanied his son to the Anti-Drug office, where he met with the chief officer after waiting for half an hour to ask about the reason behind the summons of his son, and he was informed that his child was wanted by the ISS.  An ISS vehicle arrived and transferred him to the ISS office.

PCHR expresses its deep concern over these incidents, and:

1.     Points out that the way the summonses are conducted reflects the arbitrary use of law by the security service officers;

2.     Calls upon the government in Gaza to abide by law and completely stop summonses and arrests on political grounds;

3.     Calls upon the Attorney General to open a serious investigation into the severe beating of one of the detainees by security officers;

4.     Reminds of the Palestinian High Court of Justice ruling on 20 February 1999, which considers political detention illegal and demands all executive authorities to respect the Court’s ruling and stop illegal political arrests; and

5.     Calls upon Palestinian security services to fully comply with the constitution and other relevant laws and to respect human rights.

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One Year Following the Zio-Nazi Offensive on Gaza: Justice for Palestinian Victims Still Denied

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GAZA

Tomorrow, 14 November 2013, marks the first anniversary of the Israeli offensive on the Gaza Strip, codenamed “Operation Pillar of Defense,” which lasted for 8 days.  This offensive, like the preceding one, was characterized by brutality and the perpetration of systematic serious violations of international humanitarian law and war crimes.  One year following this offensive, Palestinian victims are still denied justice before the Israeli judiciary.

In the period from 14 to 21 November 2012, Israeli forces launched a large-scale offensive on the Gaza Strip. During the eight-day offensive, Israeli forces carried out thousands of airstrikes, attacks by gunboats, and artillery shelling.  Missiles with warheads weighing more than 1,000 kilograms were used in attacks on residential areas, flattening multi-storey homes and killing residents within the buildings. The extensive attacks targeted civilian facilities throughout the Gaza Strip, including civilian governmental institutions located in densely-populated areas. The impact of these attacks on property and victims, especially women and children, increased manifold, due to the targeting of civilian areas. Hundreds of airstrikes were launched at open spaces in residential areas to terrify civilians. In the last four days of the offensive, a marked increase in attacks on civilian places led to a corresponding increase in the proportion of civilians among the victims.

Throughout the period of the offensive, Palestinian civilians lived under extreme fear and threats to their lives due to direct attacks on civilians and their property throughout the Gaza Strip.  There was no safe place and the threat of death was felt by everyone with no exceptions.  The situation became more tragic when Israeli forces dropped leaflets onto Palestinian communities in the northern Gaza Strip and Gaza City ordering civilians to leave their homes.  Palestinian civilians were extremely terrified and thousands of them had shelters in UNRWA schools.

During the eight-day offensive, 171 Palestinians were killed. Of the victims, 102 were civilians, comprising 60% of the total number of victims. 35 of the civilian victims, or 34%, were children, while 14 of the civilian victims, of 14%, were women. The total number of people wounded was 648.  Of the wounded, 625 were civilians, including 214 children and 93 women. Among the wounded civilians were 16 people with various disabilities.

Entire families were wiped out as their houses were directly targeted with missiles with warheads weighing hundreds of kilograms.  The most horrible of these attacks was targeting the al-Dalu family’s house in Gaza City on 18 November.  The four-storey house and a number of neighboring houses were destroyed, and 12 civilians (5 children, 5 women and 2 young men) were killed and 6 others were wounded.  In a similar crime, on 19 November, an Israeli warplane bombarded a house belonging to Fu’ad Khalil Hijazi in Jabalya refugee camp in the northern Gaza Strip.  The house was completely destroyed and Hijazi and 2 of his children were killed. Additionally, 7 members of the family and 13 neighbors were wounded.  In another crime, on 20 November, an Israeli warplane bombarded an apartment belonging to Bassel al-Shawa in al-Shujaiya neighbourhood in Gaza City.  The apartment was completely destroyed and 4 civilians were killed. Additionally, 6 civilians were wounded in the nearby street.

Israeli forces targeted hundreds of buildings, destroying 126 houses completely. Those 126 buildings contained 191 residential units that housed 1,229 people, including 710 children. 243 more buildings were severely damaged.  Israeli forces also targeted 233 public facilities, including 88 educational establishments; 83 worshiping sites and cemeteries; 19 health facilities; 3 syndicates; 2 sports facilities; 4 media institutions; 41 service facilities; 6 recreational facilities; 4 banks; and 182 industrial, commercial and agricultural facilities.

This anniversary reminds of the scenes of killing, destruction and fear which Palestinian civilians suffered during “Operation Cast Lead” in the period 27 December 2008 – 18 January 2009, in which 1,419 Palestinians, including 1,167 civilians (82%), were killed and more than 5,300 others were wounded.

One year following “Operation Pillar of Defense,” Palestinian civilian victims are still denied justice and remedy.  Israeli authorities have imposed legal, physical and monetary barriers in the face of Palestinian victims to prevent the prosecution of suspected Israeli war criminals and compensation of victims. Nevertheless, in the context of its continuous efforts to ensure prosecution of suspected Israeli war criminals and remedy for victims, the Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) established legal files for Palestinian victims of “Operation Pillar of Defense,” to claim their rights at the criminal and civil levels.

PCHR lawyers submitted 246 civil complaints to the Israeli Ministry of Defense (according to the Israeli legal requirements) in order to initiate compensation claims on behalf of Palestinian victims of Israeli violations. These complaints were related to killing 72 Palestinian civilians and wounding 104 others, and destroying 75 houses during “Operation Pillar of Defense.”  PCHR submitted also 79 complaints to the Israeli Military Advocate General (MAG) demanding opening criminal investigations into these violations and bringing the perpetrators before justice.  In response to the 79 complaints submitted to the MAG, PCHR received 26 replies only, which were all negative.  The latest of these replies were the MAG’s decision to close the case of the Hijazi family, an attack in which 3 civilians were killed and 4 others were wounded and the family’s house was destroyed, and the negative reply in regards to the al-Dalu family case, an attack in which 12 civilians, including 5 children and 5 women, were killed and 6 others were wounded, while the family’s house and a number of neighboring houses were destroyed.  In the latter, the MAG claimed that there was no suspicion of criminal offences.

PCHR stresses that the MAG’s actions are part of a systematic policy to deny Palestinian victims their right to justice to provide a legal cover for Israeli war criminals and shield them from international prosecution.  PCHR points out that it submitted 490 criminal complaints to the MAG following “Operation Cast Lead,” but it received 19 replies related to 23 cases only.  A reply was limited to confirmation of receipt of a compliant and that it would be examined and PCHR would be informed of the results.  Additionally, the MAG has never referred any suspect to justice in spite of various international reports that confirmed the perpetration of war crimes, and even crimes against humanity against Palestinians in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt), especially during “Operation Cast Lead,” the most notable of which was the report of the UN Fact-Finding Mission on Gaza Conflict (Goldstone Report).

Palestinians have continued to be denied the right to justice and compensation through a series of Israeli legal and physical obstacles.  In this context, on 16 July 2012, the Israeli Knesset approved Amendment No. 8 to the Israeli Tort Law (State’s Liability) of 1952, which applies retroactively in regards to the Gaza Strip from 2005 onwards.  This amendment exempts the State of Israel of any liability arising from damages caused to a resident of an enemy territory during a ‘combat action’ or ‘military operation,’ thus exempting Israel of any liability for victims of the Israeli offensive in 2012 (“Operation Pillar of Defense”) and “Operation Cats Lead” in 2008-2009.  Consequently, PCHR has not been able to file any compensation claim on behalf of victims of “Operation Pillar of Defense.”

In addition to the aforementioned amendment, Israeli authorities have worked on imposing monetary, legal and physical obstacles in the last year to close the door completely before the Palestinian victims to get their rights to Justice.  These obstacles include, but not limited to, preventing victims and witnesses from appearing before courts, preventing meetings between victims and their lawyers and imposing unbearable financial court guarantees.  Additionally, the Ministry of Defense has ignored complaints submitted by PCHR to initiate civil claims on behalf of victims.  For instance, in the period 2009-2012, PCHR submitted 1,046 complaints to the Compensation Officer of the Israeli Ministry of Defense, but it received 16 replies in regards to 26 cases only.

PCHR stresses the need to confront these challenges and overcome such obstacles that deny Palestinian victims their right to justice and remedy, and:

1- PCHR calls upon the Palestinian Authority to ensure that Palestine accedes to all international human rights and humanitarian law instruments. PCHR calls for the immediate signing and ratification of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court of 1998 as it is the major guarantee for the prosecution of suspected Israeli war criminals.

2- PCHR calls upon the UN General Assembly to transfer the Goldstone Report to the UN Security Council for referral to the International Criminal Court in accordance with Article 13(b) of the Rome Statute.

3- PCHR calls upon the High Contracting Parties to the Geneva Conventions to fulfil their obligation to ensure the application of the Conventions, including extending the scope of their jurisdiction to prosecute suspected war criminals, regardless of the nationality of the perpetrator and the place of crime, and to pave the way for prosecuting suspected Israeli war criminals and end the longstanding impunity they have enjoyed.

4- PCHR calls upon the High Contracting Parties to the Geneva Conventions to fulfil their obligation to ensure the application of the Conventions, including extending the scope of their jurisdiction to prosecute suspected war criminals, regardless of the nationality of the perpetrator and the place of crime, and to pave the way for prosecuting suspected Israeli war criminals and end the longstanding impunity they have enjoyed.

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Russia Tells The Truth About The Decaying Dollar

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Jeff Berwick  The Dollar Vigilante

In 2006, Russia tried to ban the words “euros” and “dollars” from the media and official speech.  Now, one lawmaker wishes to ban the use of dollars in Russia at all. 

With the global economic system in slow motion — yet ever quickening — collapse, the nation-states of the world have been positioned antagonastically unlike in most of the post-Soviet period (hint: expect another war or two to keep the shame of the US economy going and to divert the masses from how much poorer they really are. If you are of draft age, then get your second passport now; it may save your life.). Currently, global tensions most clearly show themselves as a currency war of worthless fiat versus worthless fiat.

The most recent salvo in the currency war took place in Moscow against the US, where a Russian lawmaker submitted a bill to Russia’s parliament Wednesday that would ban the use or possession of the US dollar in Russia.

The lawmaker, Mikhail Degtyarev, said the dollar was like a Ponzi scheme. He warned that the Russian government would have to bail out Russians holding onto dollars in the event of dollar collapse.

“If the U.S. national debt continues to grow, the collapse of the dollar system will take place in 2017,” said Mr. Degtyarev of the Liberal Democrat Party. You have to wonder if he’s been reading TDV. That jibes with my prediction that the dollar would collapse in five to ten years, perhaps sooner.

“The countries that will suffer the most will be those that have failed to wean themselves off their dependence on the dollar in time. In light of this, the fact that confidence in the dollar is growing among Russian citizens is extremely dangerous.”

The bill harkens back to a Soviet-era ban on dollar use. The new version prohibits Russians from holding dollars in the country’s banks, and banks would be prohibited from transacting in the dollar.

Russians could still buy and sell dollars while abroad and hold dollar accounts in foreign banks.

The law would not apply to Russia’s Central Bank nor the Russian government.

So, the bill is just a form of tyranny, but tyranny with dual purpose: keeping the Russian slaves under the thumb of the monolithic russian state and antagonizing foes. It’s really just the US model in reverse.

Ah, the whole of the northern hemisphere is one big fasco-communist mess.

“The right to the free exchange of currencies is a fundamental element of capitalism,” said Moscow-based economics analyst Igor Suzdaltsev. “It allows citizens to leave the country when a dictatorship is imposed by selling their property and exchanging their assets for the necessary currency.”

It seems likely this bill won’t get very far in parliament. The move, more than anything, seems to be political theatre, and a definite headline grabber. It certainly underscores that nobody who is paying any attention and not brainwashed believes the dollar is worth a lick. But, if Russians wished to ban the dollar, then they’d have to ban the euro, too, with that currency’s trillions in debts.

While it’s tyrannical to ban the use of a currency, it’s also a major milestone in The End Of The Monetary System As We Know It. Russia is looking to deal with China and other countries directly in their own currencies instead of using dollars as some sort of international standard. Even if it is partly political theatre, partly to artificially raise demand for the ruble and entirely unlikely to happen at this point, it means things are going south for the dollar when politicians of other major gangs (governments) call the dollar out for the dying, overprinted currency of a hopelessly indebted nation-state that it really is.

 

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