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JORDAN: طالبة آل البيت.. قتلها بعد أذان الفجر وغسل يديه وتوجه إلى عمله في شركة الكهرباء بالمقابلي

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طالبة آل البيت.. قتلها بعد أذان الفجر وغسل يديه وتوجه إلى عمله في شركة الكهرباء بالمقابلين

تصوير نيوز- أكدت مصادر مطلعة، أن المتهم بقتل طالبة كلية الشريعة في جامعة آل البيت، نور علي محمد العوضات، اعترف بارتكابه لجريمته النكراء، وجاء في أقواله أن الدافع للجريمة هو “السرقة”.

أهالي وأقارب المغدورة “نور” أعلنوا استنكارهم لتكييف المدعي العام للقضية على أن الدافع للجريمة البشعة هو السرقة، معتبرين أن هذا التكييف يقصد منه تخفيف العقوبة عن الجاني، موضحين أن ما جاء في التحقيق في إفادة الجاني هو محض كذب وافتراء وربما وجد من يلقنه هذا الافتراء والكذب محاولة منهم لتخفيف العقوبة عنه رغم اعتراف الجاني بجريمته وبقتله للشهيدة المغدورة.

كما أكد أهالي “نور” أن الجريمة وقعت فجر يوم الثلاثاء الموافق 3-12-2013م وبعد آذان الفجر مباشرة، حيث كانت “نور” قد خرجت من منزل أهلها في منطقة السُخنة، وتوجهت إلى مجمع الزرقاء الجديد للذهاب إلى جامعة آل البيت بمدينة المفرق، حيث أنها طالبة بكلية الشريعة سنة ثالثة، وإن ما جاء على لسان بعض المصادر أنها قتلت مساء الاثنين هو عاري من الصحة تماما.

وحسب المصادر، فإن المتهم، وهو من عشيرة الخزاعلة “بني حسن” مواليد 1992م، يعمل في شركة الكهرباء في منطقة المقابلين – عمان، وكان يعمل كنترول باص على خط باص “الزرقاء-المفرق”، وتم القبض عليه في مكان عمله بشركة الكهرباء في المقابلين، في وقت قياسي، وبعد مرور 6 ساعات فقط من العثور على جثة “نور”.

وقد اعترف المتهم أثناء التحقيق معه بجريمته، كاشفاً أنه قام بتوجيه أكثر من عشرة طعنات في مناطق مختلفة من جسم “نور” حيث كانت تصرخ وتستنجد، إلى أن خارت كل قواها، وبعدها لم يسمع لها أي صوت ولم يرى لها أي حركة، وتركها بعد أن غسل يديه من ماء في الباص حسبما ذكر بإفادته وذهب إلى عمله بشكل طبيعي.

وحسب شهود عيان، فإن سائق باص على خط الزرقاء-المفرق، بوجود “نور” هي بكامل ملابسها الشرعية والمحتشمة على الكرسي الثاني من الباب الخلفي للباص، وهي مضرجة بدمائها وجروح بليغة في وجهها، فأخذ يصرخ بشكل هستيري، إلى أن تجمع عدد من سائقي الباصات والعاملين في المجمع، حيث تم إبلاغ الشرطة على الفور، والتي حضرت إلى المكان، وبمعاينة أولية للجثة تبين وجود عدة طعنات في بطنها وظهرها ومناطق متفرقة بجسدها بشكل وحشي وإجرامي .

 

 

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Why Mother Agnes was kicked off the Stop the War platform

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‘Left’ imperialism over anti-imperialism every time.

 

Stop the War’s ‘international anti-war conference’ on 30 November had a big gap in its line-up of speakers, thanks to the persistence of the pro-war lobby and the spinelessness of its own leadership.

These leaders have recently been trying to take credit for the heroic work of the Syrian people’s resistance and of diplomats from a number of countries, principally Russia, who between them managed to stall the all-out war plans of US and British imperialism. StW has been quick to claim a victory for itself, however, insisting that ‘anti-war activity’ by its members stopped the invasion.

If only that were true! In reality, meaningful mobilisation by StW against the barbaric assault on anti-imperialist Syria, and in support of the Syrian people’s desperate struggle to maintain their freedom from superexploitation, has been notable only by its complete absence.

What ‘anti-war’ activity there has been (the odd meeting and petition) was rendered worse than useless by the StW leaders’ hysterical repetition of all the imperialists’ lies about how evil and tyrannical Syria’s leaders are – a repetition that plays right into the hands of imperialism by seeming to justify its hoped-for invasion on ‘humanitarian’ grounds

In reality, far from being an evil ‘dictator’, Bashar al-Assad is a popular leader, head of a freely elected, national-unity coalition government that firmly opposes imperialist meddling in Syria. In Britain, however, where imperialist moguls reign supreme, such simple facts are never aired in the corporate mass media.

Not so much with the peace and love

In line with imperialism’s ‘no tolerance’ policy towards the truth, the initially publicised list of speakers for the StW conference was nearly all firmly anti-Assad. One unexpected and notable exception was Mother Agnes, a carmelite nun who lives in Syria, and who has been working to establish temporary ceasefires between government and terrorist forces in order to help civilians escape from battle zones.

Living in Syria, she understands that the vast majority of Syrians support their government against the proxy terrorist forces that have been armed, funded and directed by western imperialism. Living in Syria, she can see through the claims of the terrorists and their backers that the Syrian government launched poison-gas attacks on its own people, and so has asked some very pertinent questions about the spurious claims of the warmongers.

Why, asked Mother Agnes, were there no terrorists among the dead? Why were there so many children in an area that had been mostly cleared of civilians? Why were the same dead children appearing in pictures of gas victims that were supposed to be from different sites? And why were parents of children that had been kidnapped by terrorists many miles away able to identify their children in the gory pictures that were served up to the world’s media as proof of President Assad’s ‘brutality’?

This first-hand knowledge of the situation in Syria has led Mother Agnes to ask another, entirely logical, question: Why would the Syrian government need to use poison-gas attacks when it is clearly winning the war using conventional weapons, and when its soldiers are welcomed as heroes and liberators by Syrians who have been forced to live under terrorist control?

Such an outrageous adherence to facts and logic has made Mother Agnes a target for all kinds of scurrilous attacks, with her many detractors in the imperialist world claiming that she is everything from anti-muslim and an apologist for war crimes to just plain stupid. Human Rights Watch, a thoroughly pro-imperialist organisation, has been particularly vocal in trying to besmirch Mother Agnes’s motives and reputation.

Labour careerists run for cover

Another equally pro-imperialist outfit that has been indulging in a frenzy of abuse against Mother Agnes is political weblogpulsemedia.org. The man who runs Pulse is Muhammad Idrees Ahmad, a fervent supporter of FSA and al-Qaeda terrorists in Syria who has openly called for imperialist bombing of the country.

In a piece for Al Jazeera US, he opposed the idea of ‘non-intervention’ and concluded that an “externally imposed solution is less egregious than dooming Syria to prolonged war”. So rabidly pro-war is Ahmad that he has even accused StW’s supine leaders of a “dogmatic opposition to western intervention and disregard for suffering Syrians”!

Pulse targeted the two ‘biggest’ names (in that they both make a living as high-profile ‘left-of-centre’ commentators in the corporate media machine) on the conference platform, subjecting Jeremy Scahill and Owen Jones to a tweeting assault that they did not even attempt to resist. Ahmad told these career-minded worthies that they would be sharing a platform with a ‘supporter’ of the ‘tyrant Assad’: a woman who ‘lies’ for the cruel regime that is murdering thousands of Syrians daily – a war criminal, no less!

Scahill and Jones didn’t take much pushing. All their ‘anti-war’ convictions were quickly overcome when faced with the prospect of national media headlines linking them to the stated enemies of imperialism, and they went running for the exit with all haste. These two fearless activists were not going to share a platform with an apologist for war crimes, the conference organisers were told. In double-quick time, Mother Agnes was off the list and Scahill and Jones were back on.

We are not sure how Mother Agnes came to be invited by StW in the first place, but she would have been the only speaker to have brought the authentic voice of the Syrian majority to this supposedly ‘anti-war’ event.

Having big ‘names’ and acceptable politics is much more important to Corbyn, German, Murray, Rees and the rest of the clique that runs StW, however. None of them want to risk getting labelled as ‘pro-Assad’, either! Clearly, that would be a total career killer in an imperialist country like Britain, whose rulers are still desperate for the overthrow of Syria’s fiercely independent government – by whatever means necessary.

Let us suppose for a minute that Mother Agnes really is just a mouthpiece for President Assad, and that Assad himself is every bit the demon that imperialism paints him as – would that really be enough to stop Jones and Scahill from speaking alongside her?

Owen Jones, like StW chair Jeremy Corbyn, is a member of the Labour party. Both men call on British workers to support, join and vote for a party that is drenched in the blood of millions of innocents – victims of imperialist wars their party has launched while in office or has supported when playing the role of Her Majesty’s loyal opposition.

Not to mention the blood of untold millions who have died as a direct result of the looting of their countries by British corporations – or even the thousands who have died in our own country as a result of NHS privatisation and other welfare cuts. Whether in or out of office, Labour has consistently supported all these murderous activities of our ruling class.

The idea that someone from this filthy stable is really fussy about sharing platforms with war criminals is laughable. After all, Jones has shared platforms with Labour politicians who were key architects of the invasions and genocides in Iraq and Afghanistan – some of the worst crimes of the modern era.

New leadership needed

Far too many ‘leaders’ in the trade-union, labour and peace movements in Britain are of the same ilk. Are they merely gutless seekers of ‘pelf and place’ who dare not stick their necks out for fear of losing existing or anticipated careers? Or have they intentionally worked their way into positions of leadership just so they can hold back the development of a realstruggle against imperialism in Britain?

In the end, it doesn’t really matter. In politics, motivations are irrelevant; it is the outcome of their actions on which our political leaders and activists must be judged. What we need to understand is that, whether accidentally or on purpose, StW’s leaders always manage to come down on the side of imperialism, helping to demonise the victims of imperialist aggression and to neutralise the opposition to imperialist war at home.

Mother Agnes has single-handedly demonstrated that Stop the War is not about stopping the war; it is about keeping the anti-war movement within limits that are acceptable to the imperialist warmongers. It is about the warmongers keeping the masses of anti-war activists under tight control.

Until we have exposed and replaced these bankrupt careerists who control our movement, we will be unable to mobilise British workers to fight effectively against imperialist war, no matter how genuine we are in our desire to do so, nor how much the British people might agree that the wars are wrong.

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Editorial: Typhoon Haiyan – a disaster compounded by imperialism

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Typhoon Haiyan, known in the Philippines as Typhoon Yolanda was one of the deadliest ever to hit the southeast Asian nation. It struck in early November, and has left a trail of suffering and devastation, whose effects will doubtless be felt for years to come.

According to still incomplete figures, at least 5,500 people are dead. Around 15,000 people are thought to be missing and the possibility that they may yet be alive decreases with each passing day. Tens of thousands more are injured and tens of millions of people, in mostly impoverished parts of the country, have been adversely affected by the typhoon and its aftermath.

Speaking of the great famine that hit that country in the 1840s, there is an Irish saying that ‘God sent the potato blight but the English sent the famine’. Typhoon Haiyan is another example of how a natural disaster has been grossly compounded by imperialist depredations.

The increasing prevalence and severity of such natural disasters is widely believed to be connected with climate change. Yet the developed capitalist countries – those most responsible for the problem – meeting at an international conference in Warsaw at the very time that the typhoon hit, once again refused to shoulder their responsibilities to the majority of humanity and the planet by agreeing to realistic emissions cuts. As even the New York Times put it:

From the time a scientific consensus emerged that human activity was changing the climate, it has been understood that the nations that contributed least to the problem would be hurt the most.” (‘Growing clamour about inequities of climate crisis’ by Steven Lee Myers and Nicholas Kulish, 16 November 2013)

What the US imperialists have rushed to do – under the guise of lending a humanitarian ‘helping hand’, of course – is toput their boots back on Filipino soil as part of their strategic attempt to encircle socialist China and to defeat the Filipino people’s war.

Under the guise of ‘relief work’, some 13,000 US military personnel and some 50 US warships and military aircraft, including the nuclear-powered super-carrier USS George Washington, have been dispatched to the former US colony, along with more than 1,000 Japanese troops. The US was forced to close its giant military bases in the Philippines in 1992, but the reactionary government has hosted 72 visits by US warships and submarines to Subic Bay in the first six months of this year alone.

Yet despite this massive military presence, the New York Times reported:

But while hard-hit urban areas are finally getting adequate supplies to stave off hunger and thirst, the region’s rural hinterland has been largely left to fend for itself …

Rural areas, however, are still neglected. Perhaps most desperate are the far-flung islets whose residents, isolated from the country’s main islands, already live from hand to mouth.” (‘Relief supplies pour into Philippines, but remote areas still suffer’ by Andrew Jacobs, 16 November 2013)

The New People’s Army, by contrast, has declared a unilateral ceasefire and is focusing all its efforts on mobilising the people to help themselves in rebuilding their lives. A local chapter of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) noted:

We condemn the gross incompetence and unreadiness of the Aquino government, even though weather forecasts had already warned days in advance of the category 4 superstorm and the expected massive flooding from the storm surge …

There are more than 10,000 military and police troops in Eastern Visayas, but the Aquino regime is loath to shift them away from ‘counterinsurgency’ operations and make them actually useful by clearing roads, building shelters, repairing infrastructure, and restoring agricultural production.

A true end to the misery of the Filipino masses will only come with the victory of the revolutionary forces led by the Communist Party of the Philippines, the New People’s Army and the NDFP.

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US retreat from Syria sends shock waves through the Middle East

 

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“If the trumpet give an uncertain sound, who shall prepare himself to the battle?” (1 Corinthians 14:8, King James Bible)

 

Right now, the key link in the chain of developments in the Middle East is the humiliating failure of imperialism to overturn the progressive and secular Arab state of Syria by means of either proxy or direct war.

This setback for Anglo-American and French imperialism is creating enormous opportunities for anti-imperialist forces to assert themselves throughout the region and beyond. This is so whether the context is the continuing rout of terrorist forces in Syria itself, the related progress of the Egyptian revolution, the improving relations between Hamas and Iran, the mounting contradictions between Washington and Saudi Arabia, the appearance of a nervously conciliatory US stance towards Iran, Ankara’s growing irritation with the antics of its former jihadist protégés and the complex interplay with and between various Kurdish forces in Syria, Iraq and Turkey.

In every case, Washington’s failure to overturn the Syrian nation either by proxy war or by boots on the ground is sending shock waves throughout the region, weakening the very structures of oppression that imperialism has sought to bolster.

The joke Syrian National Council (SNC) continues to fiddle whilst its fond hopes of lucrative ministerial posts go up in smoke, announcing yet more preconditions that ‘must’ be met before these nobodies will condescend to attend the long-avoided peace conference in Geneva. Meanwhile, 13 anti-Assad brigades under the leadership of the al-Qaeda-endorsed al-Nusra Front have denounced the SNC and are pushing for the imposition of sharia law.

Abrupt moves to pull the plug on some of the material support given to even the so-called ‘moderate rebels’ have forced such a somersault on the CIA that at least one high-ranking official has resigned in high dudgeon.

Bombing Syria: Israel pushes its luck

Israel is continuing its sporadic bombing raids into Syria, with the sixth attack this year coming at the end of October. Such attacks, the latest supposedly aimed at ‘Russian missiles destined for Hizbollah’, are, as ever, flagrant breaches of international law, which Israel will ‘neither confirm nor deny’ and which the supine UN is ignoring.

But such random acts of brigandage, whilst strong meat and drink for a section of the Israeli electorate, are doing nothing to alter the strategic balance of the war, and could end by inviting unwelcome consequences for the warmongers.

This is now starting to raise qualms in some domestic quarters. Gideon Levy wants to know: “How far can Israel stretch the rope until it snaps, hitting it in the face? Will Russia stay silent forever in the face of the bombing of weapons of its manufacture, in the possession of its allies? Will America always remain quiet when Israel interferes in Syria, inciting the war there – especially at a time when President Bashar Assad keeps his word meticulously in getting rid of his chemical weapons ..?” (Haaretz, 3 November 2013)

Whilst the zionist tail may sometimes appear to be wagging the White House dog, in reality, the tail has little or no future without its imperialist paymaster.

Saudi puppets left to dangle

Much the same applies to the rotten comprador sheikhdoms propped up by imperialism, with Saudi Arabia lolling at their head.

Assorted feeble scions of the royal house of Saud have been venting their spleen against Washington, whingeing that the deal on chemical weapons is designed “to give Mr Obama an opportunity to back down” and that Obomber “had failed to act effectively against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and [on] the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, was growing closer to Tehran, and had failed to back Saudi support for Bahrain when it crushed an anti-government revolt in 2011”.(‘Saudi Arabia warns of shift away from US over Syria, Iran’, Reuters, 24 October 2013)

But when Saudi Arabia turned down the chance of a two-year stint on the UN Security Council in a fit of pique over Obama’s inaction, this self-defeating grand gesture only confirmed Riyadh’s enraged impotence. The only remaining trump card – messing with the oil supply – could also be the last card these superannuated relics ever get to play.

Erdogan left to clean up the mess

US imperialism’s retreat from war with Syria appears also to have triggered a significant shift in Turkey’s role. Having previously been leaned on to provide logistical back-up for the proxy war, thereby turning its border areas into a playground for terror gangs, Turkey is now waking up to the grim morning after, with Washington rapidly upping sticks and Ankara left to clear up the mess on its own.

In mid-October, Turkey actually shelled the positions in Syria of the same jihadist headbangers it had only yesterday been backing. Whilst Ankara’s stated position is still for the overthrow of President Assad, Erdogan is only too keenly aware how deeply unpopular Turkey’s involvement has been with his own people.

Now that Obama is seen to be throwing in the towel, the pressure is on for Ankara to reconsider its policy of blind loyalty to imperialist interests. Rumours that Turkey has taken steps to mend fences with Iran, turning over to the government Iranians found to be spying on behalf of Israel, suggest at the least that Erdogan is hedging his bets.

More worrying still for the West is Turkey’s announcement that it is thinking of buying a long-range air defence system, not from any of its Nato ‘allies’, but from a Chinese defence company subject to US sanctions on account of its alleged cooperation with the DPRK.

These straws in the wind, suggestive of the decline of the US as a global power and China’s corresponding rise, can offer little cheer to Uncle Sam.

And of course, to cap everything else, all these cracks opening up in the axis of oppression are being faithfully mirrored closer to home in a veritable firestorm of mutual recrimination unleashed in the wake of revelations that Washington has been routinely spying on all its continental European allies without exception.

Hamas mends fences with Tehran?

Whilst the US retreat spreads mutiny and disarray in the imperialist ranks, there are some hopeful signs that the axis of resistance, weakened in some measure by the imperialist manipulation of sectarian frictions, now has the opportunity to emerge stronger.

Israel and its friends have long gloated over the confusion within anti-imperialist circles spread by the position adopted by Hamas in relation to Syria, Egypt and Iran. Swayed by confessional ties, some in Hamas were moved to support the armed struggle against Syria, continued to stand with the Muslim Brotherhood after the Egyptian revolution had succeeded in overthrowing it, and leant succour to the islamist terror gangs roaming the northern Sinai – in the process compromising the tunnels upon which the besieged Gazan population depends for its survival. (See related article in this issue.)

But here, too, the steadfastness of Syria in seeing off the threats and bluster of imperialism may be having a salutary effect. According to WorldTribune.com, on 14 October, Mussa Aby Marzouk, the deputy chief of the executive council of Hamas, acknowledged on Syrian TV station al-Mayadeen that the organisation had been wrong to oppose Assad’s government, in consequence of which Hamas decamped from Damascus in 2011. It is also reported that Iranian assistance to Hamas, apparently cut back earlier, has once more been increasing in recent months.

Try as it might to weaken and divide the resistance forces that rise up to confront its criminal wars of oppression, the imperialists will find that it is their axis of oppression that will disintegrate under the dual pressure of economic crisis and anti-imperialist pressure, and the axis of resistance that will triumph.

Death to imperialism!
Victory to the axis of resistance! 

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F.I.S.T. delegation tears up stars and stripes in show of opposition to US imperialism

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Eventful day for Red Youth in Quito

 

Red Youth and FIST with the remnants of the flag after the days events

Red Youth and FIST with the remnants of the flag after the days events

Red Youth was proud to meet up with our comrades from the US organisation Fight Imperialism, Stand Together (FIST) during and after the opening ceremony in Quito. To huge applause from the crowd (and to the absolute horror of the US Trotskyite class traitors in Pathfinder) our comrades in FIST ceremoniously tore up the stars and stripes.

Speaking to Red Youth the FIST delegates explained that it was an act of solidarity with all those around the world standing up to US imperialism, including the workers and oppressed back home in the United States. Just like the butchers apron, the stars and stripes of the USA is a hated symbol of colonialism, flying in many occupied cities and countries around the world. After a long day at the festival our delegations spent the evening relaxing together and discussing contemporary political issues over a glass of pop.

Syrian delegation

Syrian delegation

The delegates from the Syrian Baath Party also received enthusiastic cheers as their delegation arrived carrying with them large Syrian national flags and portraits of President Assad. Other highlights for our delegation on this opening day included listening to and getting a wave from Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa. Here’s a new video and a few more photo’s:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FbgJ57lgVUI

 

Red Youth with Syrians delegation

Red Youth with Syrians delegation

Delegations from across the America's including Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Venezuela and Colombia are in attendence

Delegations from across the America’s including Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Venezuela and Colombia are in attendance

Comrades from the RKU

Comrades from the RKU

Delegates from the Workers Party of Korea

Delegates from the Workers Party of Korea

Communist Party of Cuba arrive

Communist Party of Cuba arrive

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CORRUPTION PERCEPTIONS INDEX 2013

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CHILE
2013 Score
71
Rank
22 / 177
2012 Score
72
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CORRUPTION REMAINS A GLOBAL THREAT

The Corruption Perceptions Index 2013 serves as a reminder that the abuse of power, secret dealings and bribery continue to ravage societies around the world.

The Index scores 177 countries and territories on a scale from 0 (highly corrupt) to 100 (very clean). No country has a perfect score, and two-thirds of countries score below 50. This indicates a serious, worldwide corruption problem. Hover on the map above to see how your country fares.

The world urgently needs a renewed effort to crack down on money laundering, clean up political finance, pursue the return of stolen assets and build more transparent public institutions.

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It is time to stop those who get away with acts of corruption. The legal loopholes and lack of political will in government facilitate both domestic and cross-border corruption, and call for our intensified efforts to combat the impunity of the corrupt.”

– Huguette Labelle, Chair, Transparency International

FULL TABLE AND RANKINGS

The Corruption Perceptions Index ranks countries and territories based on how corrupt their public sector is perceived to be. A country or territory’s score indicates the perceived level of public sector corruption on a scale of 0 – 100, where 0 means that a country is perceived as highly corrupt and 100 means it is perceived as very clean. A country’s rank indicates its position relative to the other countries and territories included in the index. This year’s index includes 177 countries and territories.

RANK

COUNTRY

SCORE

SURVEYS USED

CI: LOWER

CI: UPPER

2012 SCORE

1
Denmark
91
7
87
95
90
1
New Zealand
91
7
87
95
90
3
Finland
89
7
86
92
90
3
Sweden
89
7
85
93
88
5
Norway
86
7
82
90
85
5
Singapore
86
9
82
90
87
7
Switzerland
85
6
81
89
86
8
Netherlands
83
7
80
86
84
9
Australia
81
8
79
83
85
9
Canada
81
7
77
85
84
11
Luxembourg
80
6
75
85
80
12
Germany
78
8
74
82
79
12
Iceland
78
6
73
83
82
14
United Kingdom
76
8
74
78
74
15
Barbados
75
3
63
87
76
15
Belgium
75
7
71
79
75
15
Hong Kong
75
8
71
79
77
18
Japan
74
9
70
78
74
19
United States of America
73
9
66
80
73
19
Uruguay
73
6
71
75
72
21
Ireland
72
6
65
79
69
22
The Bahamas
71
3
69
73
71
22
Chile
71
9
68
74
72
22
France
71
8
67
75
71
22
Saint Lucia
71
3
70
72
71
26
Austria
69
8
64
74
69
26
United Arab Emirates
69
7
61
77
68
28
Estonia
68
9
64
72
64
28
Qatar
68
6
56
80
68
30
Botswana
64
7
61
67
65
31
Bhutan
63
4
59
67
63
31
Cyprus
63
5
57
69
66
33
Portugal
62
7
57
67
63
33
Puerto Rico
62
3
52
72
63
33
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
62
3
53
71
62
36
Israel
61
6
58
64
60
36
Taiwan
61
7
54
68
61
38
Brunei
60
3
43
77
55
38
Poland
60
10
56
64
58
40
Spain
59
7
51
67
65
41
Cape Verde
58
4
50
66
60
41
Dominica
58
3
54
62
58
43
Lithuania
57
8
51
63
54
43
Slovenia
57
9
51
63
61
45
Malta
56
5
52
60
57
46
South Korea
55
10
51
59
56
47
Hungary
54
10
48
60
55
47
Seychelles
54
4
41
67
52
49
Costa Rica
53
5
46
60
54
49
Latvia
53
8
47
59
49
49
Rwanda
53
5
44
62
53
52
Mauritius
52
5
50
54
57
53
Malaysia
50
9
44
56
49
53
Turkey
50
9
46
54
49
55
Georgia
49
6
38
60
52
55
Lesotho
49
5
43
55
45
57
Bahrain
48
5
39
57
51
57
Croatia
48
9
43
53
46
57
Czech Republic
48
10
43
53
49
57
Namibia
48
6
42
54
48
61
Oman
47
5
34
60
47
61
Slovakia
47
8
39
55
46
63
Cuba
46
4
39
53
48
63
Ghana
46
9
41
51
45
63
Saudi Arabia
46
5
35
57
44
66
Jordan
45
7
41
49
48
67
Macedonia FYR
44
6
36
52
43
67
Montenegro
44
4
40
48
41
69
Italy
43
7
39
47
42
69
Kuwait
43
5
37
49
44
69
Romania
43
9
38
48
44
72
Bosnia and Herzegovina
42
7
37
47
42
72
Brazil
42
8
36
48
43
72
Sao Tome and Principe
42
3
34
50
42
72
Serbia
42
7
36
48
39
72
South Africa
42
9
37
47
43
77
Bulgaria
41
9
36
46
41
77
Senegal
41
9
39
43
36
77
Tunisia
41
7
38
44
41
80
China
40
9
35
45
39
80
Greece
40
7
33
47
36
82
Swaziland
39
4
36
42
37
83
Burkina Faso
38
7
32
44
38
83
El Salvador
38
6
35
41
38
83
Jamaica
38
6
35
41
38
83
Liberia
38
7
33
43
41
83
Mongolia
38
7
34
42
36
83
Peru
38
7
34
42
38
83
Trinidad and Tobago
38
4
30
46
39
83
Zambia
38
8
35
41
37
91
Malawi
37
8
34
40
37
91
Morocco
37
8
32
42
37
91
Sri Lanka
37
7
34
40
40
94
Algeria
36
6
31
41
34
94
Armenia
36
6
30
42
34
94
Benin
36
6
30
42
36
94
Colombia
36
7
33
39
36
94
Djibouti
36
3
22
50
36
94
India
36
10
32
40
36
94
Philippines
36
9
32
40
34
94
Suriname
36
3
31
41
37
102
Ecuador
35
6
29
41
32
102
Moldova
35
8
30
40
36
102
Panama
35
6
31
39
38
102
Thailand
35
8
33
37
37
106
Argentina
34
8
30
38
35
106
Bolivia
34
7
28
40
34
106
Gabon
34
5
32
36
35
106
Mexico
34
9
31
37
34
106
Niger
34
5
28
40
33
111
Ethiopia
33
8
29
37
33
111
Kosovo
33
3
29
37
34
111
Tanzania
33
8
29
37
35
114
Egypt
32
7
27
37
32
114
Indonesia
32
9
26
38
32
116
Albania
31
7
28
34
33
116
Nepal
31
5
29
33
27
116
Vietnam
31
8
27
35
31
119
Mauritania
30
5
23
37
31
119
Mozambique
30
7
27
33
31
119
Sierra Leone
30
8
26
34
31
119
East Timor
30
3
25
35
33
123
Belarus
29
5
22
36
31
123
Dominican Republic
29
6
23
35
32
123
Guatemala
29
6
25
33
33
123
Togo
29
5
23
35
30
127
Azerbaijan
28
6
22
34
27
127
Comoros
28
3
16
40
28
127
Gambia
28
5
17
39
34
127
Lebanon
28
6
23
33
30
127
Madagascar
28
8
25
31
32
127
Mali
28
6
23
33
34
127
Nicaragua
28
7
24
32
29
127
Pakistan
28
8
23
33
27
127
Russia
28
9
24
32
28
136
Bangladesh
27
7
20
34
26
136
Ivory Coast
27
8
23
31
29
136
Guyana
27
4
22
32
28
136
Kenya
27
8
23
31
27
140
Honduras
26
6
22
30
28
140
Kazakhstan
26
8
21
31
28
140
Laos
26
4
18
34
21
140
Uganda
26
8
21
31
29
144
Cameroon
25
8
20
30
26
144
Central African Republic
25
4
16
34
26
144
Iran
25
6
19
31
28
144
Nigeria
25
9
20
30
27
144
Papua New Guinea
25
5
18
32
25
144
Ukraine
25
8
22
28
26
150
Guinea
24
7
18
30
24
150
Kyrgyzstan
24
6
20
28
24
150
Paraguay
24
5
19
29
25
153
Angola
23
7
18
28
22
154
Republic of Congo
22
6
16
28
26
154
Democratic Republic of the Congo
22
5
15
29
21
154
Tajikistan
22
5
16
28
22
157
Burundi
21
5
17
25
19
157
Myanmar
21
6
15
27
15
157
Zimbabwe
21
8
14
28
20
160
Cambodia
20
7
15
25
22
160
Eritrea
20
4
2
38
25
160
Venezuela
20
7
16
24
19
163
Chad
19
5
13
25
19
163
Equatorial Guinea
19
3
15
23
20
163
Guinea Bissau
19
4
15
23
25
163
Haiti
19
5
14
24
19
167
Yemen
18
6
14
22
23
168
Syria
17
4
11
23
26
168
Turkmenistan
17
3
12
22
17
168
Uzbekistan
17
6
14
20
17
171
Iraq
16
4
12
20
18
172
Libya
15
6
10
20
21
173
South Sudan
14
3
11
17
0
174
Sudan
11
6
5
17
13
175
Afghanistan
8
3
3
13
8
175
North Korea
8
3
2
14
8
175
Somalia
8
4
5
11
8

In the table above, CI refers to Confidence Interval. The confidence interval reflects some of the uncertainty associated with a country’s CPI score. It is calculated by looking at the range of scores given by all the data used to calculate that country’s score, such that a wider interval reflects a wider variation in the data for that country. For more information on the CPI methodology and data sources, download our CPI information package.

CORRUPTION PERCEPTIONS INDEX 2013 BROCHURE

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The Fukushima Coverup: “Biggest Industrial Catastrophe in the History of Mankind”

NOVANEWS
Global Research

We knew the world would not be the same. Few people laughed, few people cried, most people were silent. I remembered the line from the Hindu scripture, the Bhagavad-Gita. Vishnu is trying to persuade the Prince that he should do his duty and to impress him takes on his multi-armed form and says, “Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds.” I suppose we all thought that, one way or another.”

-Robert Oppenheimer, scientific director of the Manhattan Project which created the first atomic devices. [1]

The harnessing of the power of the atom was one of the signature technological achievements of the twentieth century.

The awesome possibilities of nuclear energy presented humanity with an opportunity to mature beyond the need for endless war and conquest with ever more potent weapons, or to destroy itself in a blaze of neutronic hubris.

An opportunity to evolve or perish.

One thousand days now separate us from the earthquake and tsunami that wrought what former nuclear industry senior vice president Arnold Gundersen called `the biggest industrial catastrophe in the history of mankind.` [2] It would appear that our species has not only failed to vanquish the nuclear dragon, or tame it. Our civilization seems to remain wholly subservient to it, surrendering to its promise of military mastery and industrial supremacy in the here and now at the cost of toxic waste that will survive far beyond the extinction of our species.

The guests on this week`s Global Research News Hour speak of cover-up. Yoichi Shimatsu spoke to the Global Research News Hour about the misleading statements coming from the Japanese government and the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) about the explosions from March of 2011, the radiative effects, and the secretive role of Fukushima as a storage site for Plutonium and nuclear weapons.

Hatrick Penry goes even further. Penry utilizes documents disclosed from unimpeachable documentary sources, attained through Freeedom of Information requests, to show that much more radiation was released into the atmosphere than is generally recognized.

Moreover, the exercise of removing spent fuel rods from a waste pool at Fukushima`s Unit 4 would seem to be a fabrication.

Mainstream media and government officials have apparently done a better job containing the truth of the Fukushima disaster, than they have the radio-active debris the catastrophe has generated.

THe Fukushima cover-up is about more than mendacious and criminal behaviour on the part of corporate and government officials. It shines a spotlight on the power and clout of the trans-national nuclear industry, and how they co-opt not only media, but whole sectors of economic and military endeavour.

Yoichi Shimatsu is a veteran investigator and former editor of the Japan Times Weekly. He has travelled to the fukushima exclusion Zone on several occasions since the accident.

Hatrick Penry is otherwise known as Tony Muga. He uncovered documents revealed through Freedom of Information requests with which he essentially discredits current and ongoing claims about the state of the facility. His site is http://hatrickpenry.wordpress.com

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Misapprehensions of the ‘Minister’ about ISI

NOVANEWS

By Sajjad Shaukat

After a US drone attack which killed six students at a Madrassa (Religious seminary) in Hangu

on November 21, this year, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) halted the NATO supply across

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to Afghanistan through sit-in protests and various rallies in order to

denounce that these strikes are violation of Pakistan’s territorial integrity and are illegitimate

acts of killing innocent people, while causing collateral damage to the property. Besides, on

November 22, PTI-led government in the province also filed First Information Report (FIR) to

nominate US and the CIA in connection with the deaths of innocent people in the Hangu-strikes.

PTI also decided to register a FIR against CIA Director Johan Brennan and a man identified as

the agency’s Station Chief in Islamabad.

Unfortunately, some leaders of the ruling party, PML (N) used the FIR issue as a plea to score

political points against PTI. In this regard, while showing his misapprehensions, Punjab Law

Minister Rana Sanaullah issued derogatory remarks against Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence

agency (ISI) by stating that ISI might have revealed the name of CIA Station Chief in Islamabad.

But when media reporters contacted the US Embassy in Islamabad, its spokesperson did not

confirm the self-created statement of Rana Sanaullah. Even, PTI did not blame the ISI in this

However, Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah’s statement about ISI is entirely irresponsible,

offending and thoughtless. He has been opposing the legal protest of the PTI against the CIA-
operated drone attacks. While showing contradictory remarks and his resentment against the PTI

move, earlier, Rana Sanaullah said, “the whole nation mourns over the childish step taken by PTI

to implicate CIA director who sits in Washington DC.” While, he, himself, indicated childish

approach by linking ISI and CIA Station Chief in Islamabad in connection with the strikes of

pilotless aircraft in Hangu. In his pro-American tilt, he also forgot to grasp ground realities by

ignoring the facts that various segments of civil society, political and religious leaders, and the

experts of international law have opined that these attacks by the spy planes are illegal, unethical

and violation of Pakistan’s sovereignty as well as the UN Charter. In this context, he also set

aside the parliament resolution, the trip of Director General of ISI, Lt. Gen. Zaheerul Islam to

America, various rallies and processions in Pakistan, while ignoring the recent report of Amnesty

International and the decision of the All Parties Conference (APC) against the drone strikes.

Notably, key leaders of his own party, PML-N like Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Federal

Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan who did not link ISI and CIA, have strongly

condemned the attacks by the US manless aircraft on Pakistan’s tribal areas. But surprisingly,

Rana Sanullah’s statement against the superior spy agency, ISI has exposed his ill-conceived

thoughts which need special analysis, so that general masses must know the real face of this

politician who is still serving as the law minister in the Punjab province.

It is of particular attention that some politicians have already pointed out that Punjab Law

Minister has connections with the banned extremist outfits. Regarding general elections 2013,

while commenting on a statement by Maulana Mohammad Ahmed Ludhianvi of Ahle Sunnat

Wal Jamaat that the PML-N had approached him for seat-adjustment, a PTI spokesman had

disclosed on February 25, this year, “PML-N government in Punjab has links with the militant

groups, requesting the Taliban of Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) not to target them because the

PML-N and Taliban had the same ideology.” The spokesman elaborated, “People remembered

how the Punjab law minister had accompanied leaders of the banned Sipah-i-Sahaba Pakistan

and attended its rallies.” However, TTP did not target the leaders of the PML-N during the

In 2010, a large number of civil society activists staged a rally from Sindh University’s old

campus to the press club to condemn terror attacks on worship places of Ahmadis in Lahore.

They raised slogans against Taliban and urged the Punjab government to dissociate itself from

banned outfits and remove its irresponsible minister Rana Sanaullah who has given shelter to the

country’s most violent Islamist militant groups.

It is notable that on March 3, 2013, the deadly twin blasts killed more than 50 people in the Shia-
dominated Abbas Town of Karachi, and on February 17, same year, the deadly suicide attack

killed more than 100 persons of the Hazara Shias in Quetta at Kirani Road. Lashkar-e-Jhangvi

(LeJ) claimed responsibility for these terrorist acts.

Regarding these two major terror-attacks, the former Federal Interior Minister Rehman Malik

said in the National Assembly on March 5 that four activists of the LeJ, involved in Karachi’s

Abbas Town bomb blasts have been arrested, and assured the Assembly that he would present a

fact sheet that apart from the TPP, some other outfits like Lashkar-e-Jhangvi were also involved

in recent terrorist activities, while LeJ is openly holding its meetings in Punjab. Earlier, he

revealed that Punjabi Taliban of the Lashkar-e-Jhangvi which had its headquarters in Punjab

were behind the terror attacks in Karachi’s Abbas Town and Quetta’s Alamdar Road and Kirani

Road. He explained that the Punjab government’s ruling party, the PML-N was in an electoral

alliance with the banned organisation. Therefore it had taken no action against the militant group.

Former Governor, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Barrister Masood Kausar expressed similar thoughts on

Besides, in its report, submitted to the Supreme Court of Pakistan on February 20, 2013, ISI

stated that the agency had already shared information with the civil administration about

procurement of explosives by terrorists from Lahore to Quetta and possibility of fresh terror

attacks on Hazara community.

It is worth-mentioning that in the 2010, Punjab Governor Salmaan Taseer (The Late) had also

disclosed that Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah had links with Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistan and

Lashkar-e-Jhangvi. Therefore, he was not taking effective measures against these banned outfits

to curb extremism and sectarianism.

At this critical juncture when foreign elements like the CIA, Indian RAW and Israeli Mossad

have accelerated their conspiracy against the integrity of Pakistan in order to complete their

hidden agenda, the media of the US, India and some western countries have also intensified

anti-Pakistan propaganda, especially targeting ISI. But, it is regrettable that without taking

cognizance of the ground realties, and without knowing the functions of the ISI, some political

leaders, media anchors and so-called human rights groups of our country have developed

misperceptions about this agency. And since the Supreme Court of Pakistan has been dealing

with various cases like the memogate scandal, mehrangate scandal and that of missing persons,

our internal entities have continuously been maligning ISI.

In these terms, while speaking in the tone of external enemies, Punjab Law Minister Rana

Sanaullah has followed stereotypes about ISI, which are likely to misguide the general masses.

Instead of manipulating the country’s key spy agency, he must better know its functions,

performance and role regarding protection of country’s the national interests.

Rana Sanaullah should know the ISI services such as capture of renowned Taliban commanders,

castigation of pre-terror attacks, sacrifices of ISI personnel, suicide attacks on agency’s premises

in various cities of the country, blockage of the activities of Blackwater including CIA agents

and submission of pre-information about terror assaults.

In the recent past, very differences started between Pakistan and America as ISI interrupted covet

activities of the so-called diplomats. In this regard, on the information of this top spy agency,

Pakistan’s establishment expelled several American spies operating in the country in the guise of

diplomats. On the other side, US withheld $800 million in military aid to punish this agency ISI.

ISI has always preferred the external and internal security of Pakistan. Externally, through its

invisible mechanism, it thwarted the anti-Pakistan plot of the US, India and Israel—also against

China and became an obstacle in the secret strategic designs of these hostile elements.

Nonetheless, if PTI is creating some kind of pressure on US to stop drone attacks in Pakistani

territory, then it should not be made controversial by Rana Sanaullah by damaging the very

reputation and esteem of ISI. Pakistan’s media must condemn Rana Sanaullah for accusing ISI

without any proof due to his misapprehensions about this spy agency which has been severing as

the first defence line of the country in safeguarding country’s national interests, particularly in

wake of the war against terrorism.

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

Email: sajjad_logic@yahoo.com

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تكبير تكبير .. أيها البقر أيها الحمير …؟؟

NOVANEWS

من قلم:  بلال فوراني
———————-


تكبير تكبير
لا يعرفون سوى التكفير
وعند القتل يصدح صوتهم بالتكبير
كأنهم صاروا ملوكاً من ملوك الاساطير
وهم لا يعرفون الفرق بين الطحين والشعير
وهم لا يعرفون المرأة سوى عاهرة فوق السرير
وهم مرضى يظنون أنفسهم علماء وهم في الاصل حمير
تكبير تكبير
لا يعرفون سوى الاستحمار والتنظير
يدعونك للجهاد ولكن فلسطين محرمّ عليها التحرير
يدعونك للنكاح ولا يهم إن كانت أمك أو أختك أو طفل صغير
يدعونك للدين بالسيف والسلاح والقتل والذبح والاجرام والتدمير
يدعونك للسلام وكأن السلام خرج يوما من جهنم ومن نار السعير
يدعونك للإسلام كأن الله في عرشه نصبّ أحدهم علينا رسولا أو سفير
تكبير تكبير
لا يعرفون سوى التطبيل و التزمير
هذا دين الوهابية دينّ كل أتباعه من الخنازير 
لا رب يعرفونه ولا رسول يقدمون له الاحترام أو التقدير 
فتاويهم قذرة وعقولهم نجسة غير قابلة للتعديل أو حتى التطوير 
كلامهم نفاق وكبيرهم معاق وشرحهم للدين يحتاج ألف ألف تفسير
يدعونك للتقشف في الحياة وطعامهم لحوم وأسماك وملبسهم كله حرير
تكبير تكبير
لا يعرفون سوى التشويه و التحوير
حورّوا كلام الله وجعلوه على مزاجهم الحقير
حرفّوا دين محمد فصار دين فلان وأبي فلان الأمير
شوّهوا الاسلام حتى صار الاسلام يحطّ منهم ولا يطير
كيف لأمة أن تنجو من كلام الاموات ومن حظيرة الحيوانات
اذا كان شيوخها المرضى حتى اليوم يدعون الى شرب بول البعير
على حافة الدين 

   تكبير تكبير أيها البقر أيها الحمير 

هذا ديننا صار لعبة كل شيخ حقير
هذا ديننا صار للقتل والذبح والتكفير
هذا ديننا صار للجنس والنساء والسرير
لن تنجو أمة من النباح ولا جهاد النكاح

طالما الحق في حناجر هؤلاء الكلاب أجير

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In Excessive Use of Force, Nazi Forces Kill Palestinian Child in al-Jalazoun Refugee Camp, North of Ramallah

NOVANEWS

According to investigations conducted by the Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR), at approximately 16:30 on Saturday, 07 December 2013, dozens of Palestinian children gathered at the southern entrance of al-Jalazoun refugee camp, north of Ramallah, near the UNRWA school, nearly 300 meters from the fence of “Beit Eil” settlement.  They set fire to rubber tires and threw stones at Nazi soldiers.  Nazi soldiers who got out of the Nazi settlement and those stationed on an observation tower at the fence opened fire at the children.  As a result, Wajeeh Wajdi Mustafa al-Ramahi, 15, was seriously wounded by a live bullet to the left side of his back. The child was evacuated in a private car to Palestine Medical Compound in Ramallah, where he underwent a surgery, but he succumbed to his wound.  Medical sources declared his death at approximately 17:10.

PCHR is deeply concerned over this crime, which further proves the use of excessive force by Nazi forces against Palestinian civilians in disregard for the civilians’ lives. Therefore, PCHR calls upon the international community to take immediate and effective actions to put an end to such crimes and reiterates its call for the High Contracting Parties to the Fourth Geneva Convention of 1949 to fulfill their obligations under Article 1; i.e., to respect and to ensure respect for the Convention in all circumstances, and their obligation under Article 146 to prosecute persons alleged to commit grave breaches of the Fourth Geneva Convention.  These grave breaches constitute war crimes under Article 147 of the same Convention and Protocol (I) Additional to the Geneva Conventions.

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