Archive | February 21st, 2014

Students Push Divestment in UK: ‘It’s Time to Break Up With Fossil Fuel Industry’

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FossilFreeFriday day of action sweeps UK as youth sound alarm on climate crisis

– Sarah Lazare

Students across the UK demanded that their colleges and universities divest from the fossil fuel industry in a Valentine’s Day of Action to curb the climate crisis.

(Image: People and Planet)

At over 40 campuses across the UK, including Oxford, Glasgow, and Leeds, students pulled off rallies and creative actions to urge their schools to join the global divestment movement. This included a sit-in at the student union of Hull University, as well as a public display of over 1,000 signatures on a divestment petition at Glasgow University.

“Today we gave our petition of more than 1380 signatures to the University Secretary asking for divestment from both the fossil fuel and arms industries,” said Hannah Roques, a campaigner from University of Edinburgh People & Planet. “We also gave Valentine’s Day’s cards with poems inside asking that the University break up with the fossil fuel industry as we don’t think this relationship is working out.”

The Friday events are part of Go Green Week, aimed at raising awareness and sparking action to curb the climate crisis.

In an open letter and petition to “Every Vice-Chancellor and member of Universities” students write:

We believe that investing in fossil fuel companies runs completely counter to the strong commitments made by all UK Vice-Chancellors to reduce the Higher Education sector’s climate impacts. However, UK universities still invest over £5.2 billion in the very companies doing most to cause the climate crisis.

We believe that not only are these investments financially unsound due to the looming ‘carbon bubble crisis, but also that it is deeply immoral and hypocritical to profit from those knowingly destroying a safe future for us all.

So far, Edinburgh and Glasgow universities are the only ones that have agreed to reconsider their investments in the fossil fuels industry, the Guardian reports.

Commentary and reports from the day of action were being published on Twitter by those using the hashtag #FossilFuelFree:

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Freed Anti-Drone Activist: I Was Tortured, Beaten, Interrogated

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Kareem Khan, who was missing for over a week, says his freedom is due to ‘efforts of activists’

– Sarah Lazare

Kareem Khan pictured June 6, 2013 (Photo: AFP/File, Aamir Qureshi)Pakistani anti-drone campaigner Kareem Khan was released Friday more than a week after he was abducted from his home — surviving what he describes as a harrowing ordeal in which he was chained, tortured, beaten, and interrogated about his investigations of U.S. drone strikes. He credits an international public pressure campaign on the Pakistani government for his freedom.

Khan was kidnapped from his home on February 5th in front of his wife and young children by 15 to 20 men wearing police uniforms and plain clothes, and for over a week his whereabouts were unknown.

“When I was picked up I thought I would never see my family again, that I would never be free again because of all the stories I have heard about disappeared people,” Khan said on Friday following his release. “Now that I have been released and have seen the news, the efforts of activists, I know it is because of them that I am free, and I would like to thank them.”

Upon his abduction, Khan says he was moved from one undisclosed location to another, with a blindfold placed over his eyes during transport. According to UK-based charity Reprieve, “While detained, Mr. Khan was interrogated, beaten and tortured. He was placed in chains and repeatedly questioned about his investigations into drone strikes, his knowledge of drone strike victims and his work advocating on their behalf.”

“They tortured me. They punched me on the head, they slap my arms and they beat me with a stick,” Khan told reporters Friday night, according to AFP.

Khan says he is unable to identify his kidnappers, telling reporters, “It is difficult to say if they were army, police or civilians.”

Yet, his release follows an order by a Pakistani judge on Wednesday that the country’s intelligence forces, which are overseen by the Ministry of the Interior, produce Khan.

Khan’s supporters are asking whether the U.S. played a role in ordering Khan’s abduction, given this summer’s revelation that the Obama administration directly pressed the government of Yemen to continue to jail Yemeni Journalist Abdulelah Haider Shaye, who uncovered a U.S. drone strike that killed dozens of Yemeni civilians.

“In addition to investigating what happened to [Khan], we should be asking about the role of the U.S. government,” said Robert Naiman, policy director for Just Foreign Policy, in an interview with Common Dreams. “The Yemeni journalist who was held was done so at the hands of U.S. government. Journalists should be asking about this.”

At the time of his abduction, Khan was already a victim of a U.S. drone strike. He lost his 35-year-old brother, Asif Iqbal, and his 18-year-old son, Zaneullah Khan, when a U.S. drone leveled his home in Machikhel, a village in North Waziristan, on December 31, 2009.

In the years since, Khan has been a prominent campaigner and witness against drones. He previously took legal action against the CIA demanding a halt to U.S. drone killings. At the time of his abduction, he was in the midst of legal proceedings against the Pakistani government for its failure to investigate the murder of his son and brother.

Khan was scheduled to travel to Europe to meet with German, Dutch and British parliamentarians later this week to testify on his personal experience and journalistic reporting of U.S. drone strikes. He says that, despite his ordeal, he plans to move forward with his trip.

“The lesson learned though this experience is that we must always raise our voices,” said Shahzad Akbar, who is Khan’s lawyer. “We need to take this stand for each and every person who disappears, it is the only way to force those in power to listen. That is why I am so thankful to all the local and international activists who spoke out for Kareem.”

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Pakistan: Why Deadlock in Peace Dialogue?

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Pakistan

By Sajjad Shaukat

Pakistani jets bombed militants’ hideouts in some tribal and surrounding areas of North

Waziristan, killing 35 terrorists including foreigners. On February 20, this year, Interior Minister

Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan clarified that Pakistan’s armed forces are undertaking strikes in FATA

In fact, while the committee of the Pakistan Government was conducting peace dialogue with

that of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), a deadlock occurred when Taliban claimed

responsibility for the brutal massacre of the 23 personnel of the Frontier Constabulary in

Mohmand Agency. This heinous act which was strongly condemned by the Prime Minister

Nawaz Sharif, leaders of other political and religious parties including Imran Khan and Munawar

Hassan who are sympathizers of these Taliban, came as a blow from the sky, giving a greater

setback to the peace process. It exposed the secret intentions of the Taliban who are employing

dual tactics. Although the government has suspended the peace dialogue, yet it is still optimistic

in restoring the same, as it demanded the TTP to give explanation and clearly condemn this

Earlier, Taliban militants targeted the Rangers, Police and anti-polio workers in Karachi in wake

of the peace talks. On the one hand, TTP spokesman has condemned the latest terror-events

which also took place in Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa, on the other; he has accepted responsibility,

while stating that the outfit will continue assaults on the security forces and law-enforcing

agencies. So, contradictory statements of the TTP-led Taliban have endorsed that the militant

group is sabotaging the peace dialogue by playing double game because it is being supported by

some anti-Pakistan foreign powers.

In this regard, a report of the Interior Ministry said on February 19, this year that Islamabad is at

high risk and has become target of the banned organizations-TTP and Lashkar-e-Jahngvi (LeJ).

The report disclosed, “Arms and terrorists are making their way into the country through Eastern

and Western borders, and cross border terrorists are also conducting terror activities in Pakistan.”

It is notable that when the TTP Chief Hakimullah Mehsud was killed by the US drone strikes

on November 1, 2013, leaders of the ruling and opposition parties including prominent figures

and Ulemas (Religious scholars) took the event as a plot to thwart the peace process with the

insurgents. In this context, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali openly stated that that killing of

Hakimullah Mehsud was a conspiracy to sabotage peace talks with the Taliban.

Now, some political and religious entities—even Imran Khan and Munawar Hassan have been

pointing to some external elements which are thwarting the peace process between the TTP and

the government. In this connection, without naming US, some are hinting towards the “third

power”, and some are saying that Indian secret agency RAW is castigating these peace talks.

It is of particular attention that the TTP new Chief Maulana Fazlullah had dismissed the

proposed peace negotiations with the government as a “waste of time”, and vowed to target the

prime minister, chief minister, chief of army staff and corpse commanders. During Swat and

Malakand military operations, Fazlullah fled Swat and took shelter in Afghanistan.

Well-established in Afghanistan, with the tactical support of the US, in connivance with Indian

RAW and Afghan spy service, the National Directorate of Security (NDS) and Pakistani Taliban,

Maulana Fazlullah—and these foreign agencies have been conducting target killings, bomb

blasts, suicide attacks, beheadings, assaults on civil and military personnel, installations and

forced abductions including ethnic and sectarian violence. By sending heavily-equipped militants

in Pakistan, these entities are also assisting Baloch separatists.

Particularly, the captured TTP leader Latifullah Mehsud by US Special Forces (USF) in

Afghanistan confessed that Afghanistan and India were waging proxy wars in Pakistan, and

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.

Unfortunately, terrorists led by the TTP use Islam as their most effective mask. Their main

demands include enforcement of Islamic system of governance by imposing Shariah laws

(Islamic jurisprudence) in the country, ending diplomatic relations with US and western world

and undertaking Jihad against the non-Muslims. They have become self-proclaimed campaigners

of Islam, rejecting all dissenting views.

Notably, the victims of terror-attacks in Pakistan have been innocent men, women, and children.

While ruthless beheadings of the people, assaults on security personnel and prominent religious

figures—blowing children schools and attacking the female teachers in order to deny education

to girls, the militants also targeted cinemas and the places of worships. Their nefarious acts

resulted into killings of several persons in Pakistan.

However, Jihad is a sacred obligation, but its real spirit needs to be understood clearly, as

murdering innocent women and children is not Jihad. In fact, by implementing the instructions

of their external masters, these Taliban and their banned affiliated groups are defaming Islam,

concept of Jihad, and are weakening Pakistan.

As terrorists have accelerated their anti-social, undemocratic and un-Islamic practices, therefore,

people from all segments of life and majority of politicians want that a handful of terrorist

elements must not be allowed to dictate their agenda and to impose their self-perceived ideology

on the majority of Pakistanis, while supporting military action against these culprits.

During the peace process, our domestic media bluntly opined that dialogue would not succeed.

Some of them cynically commented that both Taliban and the government seemed to buy

time, as military operation was imminent against the former. The aim was to dishearten the

mediators and the public. Media was projecting trivial details which permitted the extraneous

elements to promote their own agenda through acrimonious arguments so as to spread a sense

of discontentment. Consequently, the secrecy of dialogue was exposed to compromising risk.

Media reports resorted to hasty coverage of all happenings, neglecting the confidentiality of

contents and sometimes objective reporting was also overlooked.

On the other hand, negotiating process is likely to confront intricate impediments and

extraordinary encounters for which the mediators need to develop the stamina and skills to hold

information and avoid over-indulgence of media leaks of dialogue process. Thus, due to media

trial, the dialogue process runs into contemptuous ridicule. It also serves the agenda of anti-

Pakistan forces which have been propagating against the peace dialogue.

Since media is not suitable instrument to contest issues to reach a settlement, therefore, it must

be kept away from future dialogue process. Surely, maturity and negotiating skills could enable

the negotiators to decently handle media and be able to maintain confidentiality of vital aspects.

Live coverage and indication of the location of the government’s dialogue committee also

created security hazardous situation, therefore extra-care needed to be exercised to keep the

location secret. Media must also realize that the state is confronted with complex dilemma of

terrorism. An opportunity had emerged to give peace a chance.

Nevertheless, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had initiated peace process with the Taliban in

accordance with the decision of the All Parties Conference (APC) in which leaders of the

mainstream political parties had participated. Contrarily, now, situation has entirely changed

after the fresh wave of terror-attacks by the TTP and its ambivalent approach which shows its

connections with the external enemies of Pakistan. So, instead of wavering between fact and

scepticism by following the policy of appeasement towards all the militant groups, especially

the TTP, our rulers need to devise a comprehensive strategy to deal with the terrorists with

iron hands, while declaring a full-fledged military operation against terrorism, as any delay in

this respect will further embolden these militants who will further intensify their subversive

No doubt, deadlock in the peace dialogue is owing to dual policy of the Taliban because they

are quite non-serious to observe ceasefire or to conclude any agreement with the government, as

TTP is pursuing the agenda of anti-Pakistan powers to destabilize our country.

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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Foreign Designs against Balochistan

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Balochistan, Pakistan

 

By Sajjad Shaukat

Located on the southwestern coast of Pakistan, Balochistan’s Gwadar deep-seaport is close

to the Strait of Hormuz from where more than 17 million barrels of oil passes every day. Its

ideal location among three key regions, South Asia, the oil-rich Middle East, and oil and gas-
resourced Central Asia has further increased its strategic significance. Its development with

Chinese assistance and latter’s bilateral agreements with Islamabad has shifted the great game of

Besides, Balochistan’s abundant mineral resources like gas, coal and gold, entailing Pakistan’s

close ties with China pinches the eyes of the US, India, Israel and some western countries which

intend to destabilize Pakistan for their collective aims. These hostile powers are trying to create

fissures between Islamabad and Beijing so as to sabotage their strategic alliance.

In this regard, Balochistan’s business and trade opportunities have also made it important for US,

EU, Russia, China, India, Iran, Afghanistan and Central Asian Republics to play the great game,

while anti-Pakistan powers are secretly working to create conditions to control and influence the

resource-rich zones, disregarding the compulsions of mainland integration.

While terror-acts and human rights violations are already keep on going in Balochistan, but

without grasping reality, and using the existing political predicament in the province as a pretext

to encourage separatism, external enemies raise voice on human rights violations over projection

of mass graves which were found in Tootak area of Khuzdar on January 25, 2014. And Baloch

Sub Nationalists (BSNs) have unleashed false allegations against Pakistan by purporting

fabricated figures of bodies over 150 and declaring these bodies as missing Persons—articulated

voices of external enemies to alleged enforced disappearances, holding Pakistan’s security forces

and law-enforcing agencies responsible for every wrong which takes place in Balochistan. It

seems ridiculous when some of them allegedly say that security agencies are behind terrorist

activities in Balochistan. Nevertheless, on 30 January 30, 2014, US Congressman Louie Gohmert

delivered a highly venomous speech at US House of Representatives on Balochistan Situation,

citing his meeting with BSN leadership, which was broadcasted live on Cable Satellite Public

Affairs Network in US. Senator Gohmert also read out the article of Tarek Fateh (Canada based

BSNs’ sympathizer), published by Toronto “SUN” on January 28, criticizing US for ignoring the

mass graves issue during US Senator John Kerry’s meeting with Pakistan’s National and Foreign

Affairs Advisor Sartaj Aziz.

Notably, India, US and Israel have been internationalizing the Balochistan issue in accordance

with their secret goals. In this respect, in connivance with the Baloch separatist leaders who

have taken refuge in Switzerland, Sweden, US and London, these external elements use media,

various NGOs and human rights organizations for false propaganda against Pakistan’s security

agencies in relation to extrajudicial killings, mutilated bodies and the missing persons.

As regards the deteriorating situation of Balochistan and the missing persons, everyone knows

that Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA) and their affiliated outfits including another group,

Jundollah (God’s soldiers) which have been fighting for secession of the province gets logistic

support from American CIA and Indian RAW—these militants kidnapped and killed many

innocent people and the security personnel in the province. They also massacred many persons

through suicide attacks, bomb blasts, targeted killings and sectarian violence. Therefore, they

are responsible for dumped bodies and extrajudicial killings in the province. On a number of

occasions, these insurgent groups claimed responsibility for their subversive acts. A majority of

the disappeared individuals are also in the detention centers (Farrari Camps) which are being run

by Baloch feudal lords (Sardars) who want to continue old system of feudalism in the province.

Unfortunately, BLA and BSNs are also in collusion with some US Congressmen to get foreign

support so as to animate the scheme of separatism in Balochistan. In this context, dissidents

like Khan of Kalat Mir Suleman Khan, Hyrbyair Marri, Mehrab Sarjov and others are busy in

Europe and US to project Balochistan issue on international level. For the purpose, these leaders

and especially, Baloch feudal lord, Khan of Kalat planned to take the issue of Balochistan to

International Court of Justice (ICJ) and expected that India would pay $2.4 million lawyers’ fee

to contest their case in ICJ. As Indian support did not get materialized, these leaders contacted to

US officials to forward their case.

In February 8, 2012, three Republican Congressmen including Dana Rohrabacher, Louie

Gohmert and Steve King tabled a bill before US Congress stating, “Balochistan is currently

divided between Pakistan, Iran and Afghanistan with no sovereign rights of its own. In Pakistani

Balochistan the people are subjected to violence and extrajudicial killings.” The bill favoured

Baloch rights of self-determination, having a sovereign state—and must be afforded the

opportunity to choose their own status.

Earlier, the US subcommittee on ‘Oversight and Investigations of the House Committee on

Foreign Affairs’ convened a hearing on extrajudicial killings and violation of human rights in

Baluchistan. Rohrabacher chaired the meeting, while Lt. Col. (R) Ralph Peters testified. Lt.

Col. (R) Peters is the architect of infamous 2006—New Middle East map and is an advocator for

the disintegration of Muslim states on sectarian and religious lines. His map shows a number of

Islamic countries including Pakistan as truncated. While writing in the June 2006 issue of The

Armed Forces Journal of the US, he had suggested Washington about the creation of a “Greater

Balochistan” which would integrate the Baloch areas of Pakistan with those of Iran—and the

Frontier Province (Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa) should be incorporated into Afghanistan.”

Although the US Administration quickly distanced itself from Congressional hearing by

Rohrabacher and Peters’ testimony, yet US denial does not augur well with ground reality,

as American think tanks, NGOs and websites go on instigating the separatist elements in

Baluchistan. US State Department which funded National Endowment for Democracy

(NED) and Voice of Baluchistan (VOB) have been instrumental in fomenting dissension and

nationalistic feelings in the province. It has been pressurizing Pakistan to allow opening of a US

consulate in Quetta. The aim is to execute US covert designs against Islamabad.

It is mentionable that the Tea Party members in US Congress, especially Dana Rohrabacher,

Louie Gohmert and Steve King are reportedly working to create an independent Balochistan.

Their leaders are angry with Pakistan on the self-created presumption of sheltering Osama-bin-
Laden, and intend to teach a lesson to Islamabad by assisting the Baloch separatists. These Tea

Party members who currently back the idea of a sovereign Balochistan were in the forefront of

Afghan Jihad against the former Russia. They also held meetings with dissidents in London.

As a result of the general elections 2013, the government led by a nationalist leader Chief

Minister Balochistan Dr Abdul Malik Baloch was established. And on December 7, 2013; local

bodies elections were largely held in a peaceful manner in Balochistan. However, these elections

proved that majority of the Baloch are loyal to the federation, as they have rejected the case of

separatists, being projected by Dana Rohrabacher including other entities.

Now, the right hour has come that Pakistan’s internal entities, particularly media must expose

the foreign sinister aims against Balochistan. They must indicate that Baloch dissidents are

being supported by external forces which are actually having devouring eyes on Balochistan’s

mineral deposits. US Congressmen must also not encourage separatist elements in the province

to advance their own agenda to usurp resources of Balochistan. US government must not muddle

in the internal affairs of Pakistan, otherwise it will lead to dangerous consequences.

Pakistani media, civil society, political parties and judiciary must realize that Balochistan is

being plotted as part of the great game in which US and its allies plan to fulfil their strategic

interests at the cost of Pakistan and China. Hence, all Pakistanis must get united to negate and

defeat the greedy designs of US, EU and India.

Political instability in Balochistan must come to an end and present government in Balochistan

must be supported by media, civil society and political parties.

Our media must denounce the intriguing designs of US members of the Tea Party, who are

showing their hypocrisy and double face regarding Balochistan. Media should point out that

these hostile members draw sanctified reference from British colonial era of the 18the century

when a protest in Boston against absurd taxation on Tea (product) was held by a Tea Party as a

measure of raising voice for human rights. The situation in Balochistan presents an internal issue

of Pakistan which has mainly been addressed by the political leadership.

The issue of mass graves is under court investigations and official findings are being completed

through DNA testing. Hostile propaganda by BSNs that actual number of bodies found was

much higher than 13, as officially reported, must be countered. Foreign propaganda should not

be allowed to encourage the separatists who are in minority.

Media must also indicate that besides protecting mega projects, and promoting other

developments works, Pak Army set up a number of institutes in Balochistan, which have been

providing especially technical training to thousands of Balochis. Pak Army has also been

imparting military training to the Baloch youth. The purpose is to bring the Baloch people in the

mainstream of the country.

Particularly, our missions abroad must counter foreign designs and denounce meetings between

Baloch dissidents and US Congressmen by exposing the connivance of anti-Pakistan forces

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

Invisible Balance of Power: Dangerous Shift in International Affairs

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Zio-Nazi forces continue systematic attacks against Palestinian civilians and property in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt)

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  • Israeli forces continued to open fire at border areas in the Gaza Strip.

–       4 civilians were wounded in the northern Gaza Strip.

  • A member of an armed group and 2 civilians were wounded in an extra-judicial execution attempt in the central Gaza Strip.

–       7 Palestinian civilians, including 2 children, were wounded in different shooting incidents.

  • Israeli forces continued to use excessive force against peaceful protesters in the West Bank.

–       4 Palestinian civilians were wounded in Kofur Qaddoum protest, northeast of Qalqilia.

–       20 civilians were wounded in other protests in the West Bank.

  • Israeli forces conducted 74 incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank and a limited one in the Gaza Strip.

–       At least 28 civilians, including 4 children, were arrested.

  • Israel has continued to impose a total closure on the oPt and has isolated the Gaza Strip from the outside world.

–       Israeli forces established dozens of checkpoints in the West Bank.

–       At least 5 Palestinian civilians, including 4 children, were arrested at checkpoints.

  • Israeli navy forces continued targeting Palestinian fishermen at sea.

–       Israeli naval forces opened fire 6 times at Palestinian fishing boats. Three fishermen, including a child, were arrested and 2 fishing boats were confiscated.

  • Israel is continuing to create a Jewish majority in occupied East Jerusalem.

–       A house and a truck used as a store were demolished and 7 family members became homeless.

–       The Israeli occupation municipality approved a plan to build a Talmudic school and a settler centre in Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood.

  • Israeli forces continued to support settlement activities in the West Bank and Israeli settlers continued to attack Palestinian civilians and property.

–       The settlers cut off 450 olive and almond seedlings in the north of Ramallah, and 200 olive seedlings in the south of Hebron.

Summary

Israeli violations of international law and international humanitarian law in the oPt continued during the reporting period (06 – 12 February 2014).

Shooting:

During the reporting period, Israeli forces wounded 38 Palestinian civilians, including 4 children, in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. 31 of whom, including the 4 children, were wounded in the West Bank and the 7 others were wounded in the Gaza Strip. Israeli forces also launched 3 airstrikes on the Gaza Strip, 2 shooting incidents along the border fence and 6 shooting incidents at fishing boats.

In the Gaza Strip, on 07 February 2014, 4 civilians were wounded when Israeli forces stationed along the border fence, east of al-Shuhada’ cemetery, in the northern Gaza Strip, opened fire at young men near the said fence.

On 09 February 2014, in an extra-judicial execution attempt, a member of an armed group and 2 other brothers were wounded when an Israeli warplane fired a missile at a motorbike in the central Gaza Strip. The attack also resulted in damaging windows of 7 houses and electricity cables around.

On 11 February 2014, an Israeli warplane fired a missile at a military training site belonging to al-Qassam brigades (the armed wing of Hamas movement), in the south of Gaza City. However, no casualties were reported. On the same day, an Israeli warplane raided an open area in al-Nusairat refugee camp, resulting in crop damage in neighbouring areas.

 

On 06 February 2014, Israeli forces stationed along the border fence, in the southern Gaza Strip, fired sound and flare bombs, east of al-Qarara village, but no casualties were reported.

In the context of targeting fishermen, on 06, 08, 09 and 11 February 2014, Israeli navy forces opened fire 6 times at Palestinian fishing boats. As a result, 3 fishermen, including a child, were arrested and their 2 fishing boats were confiscated.

In the West Bank, on 06 February 2014, a Palestinian was seriously wounded in al-Aroub refugee camp, north of Hebron, when Israeli forces moved into the camp and fired at a group of boys, who were throwing stones and empty bottles at Israeli soldiers.

On 11 February 2014, a child was wounded in Beit Ummar village, north of Hebron, when the village residents had a funeral procession in the village’s cemetery and Israeli forces fired sound bombs and tear gas canisters at them.

On the same day, a 48-year-old male sustained a rubber-coated metal bullet wound to the head when Israeli forces opened fire at him while he was going home from his work, northwest of Beit Ummar village, north of Hebron.

On 12 February 2014, 4 civilians, including a child, were wounded when Israeli forces moved into Mothallath al-Shuhada’ village at the southern entrance of Jenin.

In the same context, Israeli forces used excessive force during peaceful demonstrations organised by Palestinian civilians, international and Israeli human rights defenders in protest at the construction of the annexation wall and settlement activities in the West Bank. As a result, 4 civilians, including a child, were wounded during Kofur Qaddoum protest, northeast of Qalqilia.

In addition, 20 civilians, including 2 children, were wounded during 3 other demonstrations at the entrance of al-Jalazoun refugee camp, north of Ramallah; Selwad village, northeast of the city; and Qalandia checkpoint, at the northern entrance of occupied Jerusalem.

 

The full report is available online at:

http://www.pchrgaza.org/portal/en/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=10108:weekly-report-on-israeli-human-rights-violations-in-the-occupied-palestinian-territory-06-12-february-2014&catid=84:weekly-2009&Itemid=183

 

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PLF Central Council condemns Zio-Nazi settlements in occupied Palestine

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Central Council of Palestine Foundation of Pakistan (PLF) has demanded of the United Nations to punish the Israeli regime for continued constructions of Jewish settlements that are not allowed under international law.

The PLF central council met here at Jamat-e-Islami (JI) Karachi office where Muzaffar Hashmi,(Former MP), Allama Qazi Ahmed Noorani of Jamiat Ulema Pakistan (JUP), Sabir Karbalai of Palestine Foundation Pakistan (PLF), Mehfooz Yar Khan of Pakistan Awami Muslm League (PAML) and Allama Aqeel Anjum Qadri of Famous Sunni Barelvi Scholar discussed the current situation of Palestine and inaction of world bodies against the Zionist occupiers.

They reiterated that Pakistani nation expressed its solidarity with the oppressed Palestinians. They said that Zionist occupation on Palestine was also illegal, let alone the Jewish settlements.

They demanded of the Muslim governments to voice their protest and condemnation at the world forums against the Zionist Israeli brutalities. They warned that a worldwide movement could be launched to press the UN and OIC for due action against the Israeli regime.

They said that Gaza was under attack and even the Palestinian Authority was not given the control of whole of West Bank.

غاصب اسرائیل فلسطین میں صیہونی بستیوں کی تعمیر فی الفور بند کرے، فلسطین فلسطینیوں کا وطن ہے۔مظفر ہاشمی
مشرق وسطیٰ میں جاری بحرانی صورتحال کا ذمہ دار عالمی دہشت گرد امریکہ اور اس کی ناجائز اولاد اسرائیل ہیں۔علامہ قاضی احمد نورانی
خطے کی بگڑتی ہوئی صورتحال کے نتیجے میں سب سے زیادہ نقصان فلسطینی مزاحمت اور فلسطینی کاز کو پہنچ رہا ہے ۔صابر کربلائی

کراچی( )فلسطین فاؤنڈیشن پاکستان کے مرکزی سرپرست رہنماؤں نائب امیر جماعت اسلامی کراچی اور سابق رکن قومی اسمبلی مظفر احمد ہاشمی، جمعیت علماء پاکستان کراچی کے صدر اورملی یکجہتی کونسل پاکستان سندھ کے صدر علامہ قاضی احمد نورانی صدیقی اور فلسطین فاؤنڈیشن پاکستان کے مرکزی سیکرٹری جنرل و ترجمان صابر کربلائی، پاکستان عوامی مسلم لیگ کے مرکزی رہنما محفوط یار خان ایڈووکیٹ اور جمعیت علماء پاکستان صوبہ سندھ کے جنرل سیکرٹری علامہ عقیل انجم قادری نے فلسطینی سر زمین پر غاصب صیہونی ریاست اسرائیل کی جانب سے قائم کی جانے والی صیہون بستیوں کی شدید مذمت کرتے ہوئے عالمی برادری سے مطالبہ کیا کہ عالمی برادری غاصب اسرائیل کو فلسطینیوں کی سر زمین پر صیہونی آباد کاری سے باز رکھے ، ان خیالات کا اظہار انہوں نے ’’ادارہ نورحق‘‘ میں منعقدہ فلسطین فاؤنڈیشن پاکستان کی مرکزی کونسل کے اجلاس سے خطاب کرتے ہوئے کیا۔ 
اجلاس سے خطاب کرتے ہوئے نائب امیر جماعت اسلامی کراچی اور سابق رکن قومی اسمبلی مظفر احمد ہاشمی کاکہنا تھا کہ اسرائیلی چیرہ دستیاں روز بروز بڑھتی چلی جا رہی ہیں تاہم ضرورت اس امر کی ہے کہ امت مسلمہ انسانیت کے دشمن اور عالم اسلام کے قلب میں خنجر کی مانند اسرائیلی وجود کو جڑ سے اکھاڑ پھینکے، اس موقع پر علامہ قاضی احمد نورانی صدیقی کاکہنا تھاکہ پاکستان کے غیور عوام فلسطینیوں کے ساتھ ہیں اور امریکہ سمیت اسرائیل اور دیگر قوتوں کو متنبہ کرتے ہیں کہ وہ فلسطینیوں کے حقوق کی پائمالی کا سلسلہ فی الفور بند کر دیں۔
اجلاس سے خطاب کرتے ہوئے فلسطین فاؤنڈیشن پاکستان کے مرکزی سیکرٹری جنرل و ترجمان صابر کربلائی کا کہنا تھا کہ فلسطینی علاقے غزہ پٹی پر حملوں سمیت فلسطینی سر زمینوں پر صیہونی آباد کاری کے عمل کو اگر نہ روکا گیا تو پاکستان سے صیہونی بستیوں کی آباد کاری کے خلاف احتجاجی تحریک کا آغاز کریں گے، اس موقع پر انہوں نے مشرق وسطیٰ میں جاری بحرانی صورتحال کا ذمہ دار عالمی دہشت گرد امریکہ اور اس کی ناجائز اولاد اسرائیل کو قرار دیا اور خطے کی غیر مستحکم صورتحال کا ذمہ دار اسرائیل کو قرار دیتے ہوئے کہا کہ خطے کی بگڑتی ہوئی صورتحال کے نتیجے میں سب سے زیادہ نقصان فلسطینی مزاحمت اور فلسطینی کاز کو پہنچ رہا ہے تاہم ضرورت اس امر کی ہے کہ مسلم امہ متحد ہو کر اپنے مشترکہ دشمن کے خلاف قیام کرے۔

 

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عماد المغنیہ: الشھید العظیم لتحریر الفلسطین

NOVANEWS

Dear brothers & Sisters
Greetings,
I am sending you an article regarding Martyr Great Leader of Hezbollah Haaj Rezwan (Ammad Moghniey) on his martyrdom anniversary, i do request you to publish at your websites and papers, if possible, Thank You
بقلم صابر کربلائی 
الممثل العام لمؤسسۃ الفلسطین بباکستان
من کان عمادالمغنیۃ؟وماکان عمادالمغنیۃ؟ولبحث عن الجواب لھذین السؤالین عسی أن تمضی مدّۃ طویلۃ ولٰکن الأسرار الھامۃ من عمرہ الرابع والعشرین انکشفت بعد استشھادہ بعدمالوحظت واستمعت یتوضح أنہ من جنوداللّٰہ
الغالبین الّذی مضت حیاتہ کافۃ لحمایۃ المظلومین فی العالم ولنصرتھم حتی أنہ انتقل من الدنیاالفانیۃ ملطّخاًجسمہ بدمہ الطاھر کما یودّ جنداللّٰہ استشھاد فی سبیل اللّٰہ، أن عمادمغنیۃ تلقی ربّہ رضاءً لقضاۂ تسلیما لأمرہ، فی الیوم الثانی عشرمن فبرائیر بعام۲۰۰۸ء لما صوب الارھاب الاسرائیل بعد الجھد الطویل وفاز فی محنتہ وقتل عمادمغنیۃ۔ 
أن الشھید عماد مغنیۃ کان یلقب بحاج رضوان وکان شھیراً بھذاللقب طول حیاتہ،ولدالحاج عماد المغنیۃ بمنطقۃ التائر الدبۃ بجنوب اللبنان بالثانی عشر من السنۃ ألف وتسعمأۃ واثنین وستین میلادیہ فی بیت فیّاض المغنیۃ،وکان أخوان لعماد المغنیۃوھما فواد المغنیۃ وجھادالمغنیۃ استشھدافی المقاومۃ مع الاسرائیل الغاصب۔کان تربّی ترعرع فی عماد المغنیۃ فی الجوالدینی وبلغ الی حدالشباب ثم وصل الی مرحلۃ الاستشھاد۔کان جوّ بیت الشھید متدیناً کلہ وبالنتیجۃ أنہ مضی حیاتہ الکاملۃ فی حمایۃ المظلومین ونصرتھم وجدّ واجتھد لتحریر الفلسطین ۔
موت الحاج عمادالمغنیۃ حیث ھزّالحرکۃ الاسلامیۃ وکذالک مزج وخلط بعزائم وھمم المجاھدین،ولما قتل قدبکی اللبنان والفلسطین کآفۃً وکان دعاء کل أحدٍلیکذب ھذالخبرالفاجع ولٰکن اللّٰہ شاء صدقہ۔
علی کل حالٍ موت عمادالمغنیۃ ماکان عجباً لقیادۃالحرکۃالمقاومۃ ولشبانھم لأن الأحبۃ الّذین یعرفونہ کانوامدرکین أنہ سیستشھد ولٰکن من طرف آخر أن الأمیرکاوالصھانیۃ کانوامسرعین فی قتلہ لأنھم قدجرّبوا مرارا فی الماضی ولعل مکرھم قد فاز فی ھذہ المرّۃ ولذالک کانوا فی انتظارعاجل لصدق ھذالخبرولیصدق لأن جواسیس أمیرکا قدبذلوامھجھم لاعتقالہ ولقتلہ أکثرمن مرّۃٍ ولٰکنھم کانوافشلوا ۔نعم، أن ھٰؤلاء زعمواعن فوزھم فی ھذہ المرّۃ لعلھم لایعرفون أن المجاھد فی سبیل اللّٰہ یتمنیٰ الشھادۃ ولم لا؟ لأن المجاھد یفوز بعد القتل والشیاطین الّذین یصدون سبیل اللّٰہ ویقتلون أن یفشلون۔ 
ألحاج عمادالمغنیۃ ھو الّذی قضی حیاتہ فی سبیل اللّٰہ
والاسلام فی حمایۃ المظلومین وقد ربّی ألآف عمادالمغنیۃو أعدّ المجاھدین لخدمۃالاسلام۔وھوکان مشتھراً فی شبابہ حتی الشھادۃ بولاء الناس ولذالک أن الشباب کانوایحبونہ ویحترمونہ کل فرد وکان یدرّسوینصح الشباب أن القتال مع أعداء اللّٰہ والرسول فریضۃ علینا۔ولذالک أنہ ھو أول من جعل أمیرکا ارھابیا فی العالم والصھانیۃ ھی أم الفساد وأزمۃ الفلسطین ھی أزمۃ العالم واجتھدعازمالعتقہ من الصھاینۃ۔ 
بعدماتفرغ عماد المغنیۃ من المدرسۃ فی اللبنان بعام ألف وتسعمءۃ وخمس وسبعین فی الحرب الأھلی التحق بالحرکۃ الفتح وخدم مھاجری الفلسطین ومعھم اللبنانین وقام لحفظھم عن ھجمۃ الصھاینۃ بالرغم أنہ أصغرأصدقاءھم ،ترقی سریعا فی الحرکۃ الفتح ومن ھنا أنہ امتھن بالمزید من مھارتہ وحصل علی تربیۃ المقاومۃ۔وفی أقل المدّۃ ترأس علی قسم من الحرکۃ الفتح حیث ربّی بعض الشباب داموامستعدین علی أمر وحکم الحاج الرضوان۔
وفی أصعب الحالات،فی المعارک أن الحاج المغنیۃ لم یتساھل فی أمورالدین حیث کان یؤدی الصلاۃ فی المسجد ویواظب دروس الأخلاق لآیۃ اللّٰہ السید محمد حسین فضل اللّٰہ ویحضر فی محاضرات أخریٰ۔أن الحاج المغنیۃ کان رئیساً الحرّاس المأمور علی السید محمد حسین فضل اللّٰہ من ۱۹۸۰م الی ۱۹۸۲م حتی ھاجم الاسرائیل علی اللبنان وفی مقابلہ أنہ قام کالجبل الراسخ ولم یعط فرصۃ النجاح لأعداء قط۔ 
لما انقبض الاسرائیل علی عاصمۃ اللبنان بیروت وحیّزہا أن الحاج مغنیۃ اتخذ الاجرآت مع أصدقاءھم ضدّ الأعداء وقدخسر الاسرائیل فیہ خسارۃ کبیرۃ وأوجبت ترک البیروت،وھذاکان فوزا عظیما للمجاھدین ،أن الحاج المغنیۃ أول مجاھدٍ الّذی قام ضدّ الأعداء وأعلن الجھاد وأفشلھم بعدماقبض الاسرئیل علی اللبنان۔ثم التحق بحزب اللّٰہ بعدما أسست بعام ۱۹۸۲م وفوّضتہ وظیفۃ مدبّر الخطّۃ وفازحزب اللّٰہ فی مقابلۃ الاسرائیل بأکثرمن
الجبھات۔ 
الحاج مغنیۃ ھو الّذی عمل بالاجرآت ضدّ المحتل الاسرائیل وقام مباشرۃ قدامہ وھوکان مؤسس النجاحات الّتی حصل علیھا المجاھدون مقابل الأعداء أن الحاج المغنیۃ کان أسس مدرسۃ المقاومۃ حیث تربّی فیھا
الشباب دینیا وأخلاقیا وفنّیّاً۔ 
قداعترفت وکالۃ السریۃ لأمیرکا عن الاستعداد لحاج المغنیۃ وقال أحد ضابط العسکریۃ بأن أمیرکا قدفشل امام تکتیکہ فی لبنان وخابت مشایعہ فیہ۔ وبنتیجۃ استعدادالحاج الرضوان فرّت قوات الاسرائیل الغاصب من جنوب اللبنان خاسئین فی عام ۲۰۰۶م وکذالک کان الحاج امام اسرائیل فی الحرب التموز بعام ۲۰۰۶مواقفا کالجبل الراسخ وخاب الغاصب ولم یتسلط علی حزب اللّٰہ۔
أن الأمین العام لحزب اللّٰہ السید حسن نصراللّٰہ أکشف کثیراًمن الأسرار بعد استشھاد الحاج مغنیۃ منھا أن سماحۃ السید اعترف استعدادہ الّتی رأھا فی الحرب التموز فی العام ۲۰۰۶م وقد وضع تاج الفوز علی رأسہ وأضاح فی خطابہ التاریخی مخاطباً لاسرائیل وأمیرکا ’’ أنکم قتلتم الشیخ الراغب الحرب ونحن أخرجناکم من مختف المناطق اللبنانیۃ،وأنکم أرقتم دم قائدنا السید عباس الموسوی فی جوابہ أخرجناکم من جمیع المناطق اللبنانیۃ الآن قتلتمو الحاج عماد مغنیۃ وسلبتم منا ولذالک واللّٰہ
العظیم! سنحطتک ونزیلک یا اسرائیل!‘‘ یشھدوھذا معروف عن السید المقاومۃ بأنہ لن یکذب ویقول مایفعل وقد شھد اعلام الاسرائیلی 

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Zionist Billionaire George Soros made a $1.3 billion bet that the stock market will collapse

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This week The Wall Street Journal reported that, Soros Fund Management has doubled up a bet that the S&P 500 is headed for a fall.  As many of our readers know George Soros is famous for betting on crashing markets, and more often then not, he wins.  Due to this reputation, when Soros makes a bet, people start paying attention.

Just over 2 decades ago Soros made his most famous investment by shorting the British pound and pocketing a billion dollars in the process.

While he is hedging against the stock market, he is still betting on the banks, with news also coming this week that he was buying large stock in Citigroup.

Soros’ book, The New Paradigm for Financial Markets (May 2008), described a “superbubble” that had built up over the past 25 years and was ready to collapse. This was the third in a series of books he has written that have predicted disaster. As he states:

I have a record of crying wolf … I did it first in The Alchemy of Finance (in 1987), then in The Crisis of Global Capitalism (in 1998) and now in this book. So it’s three books predicting disaster. (After) the boy cried wolf three times … the wolf really came.

In February 2009, Soros said the world financial system had effectively disintegrated, adding that there was no prospect of a near-term resolution to the crisis. “We witnessed the collapse of the financial system … It was placed on life support, and it’s still on life support. There’s no sign that we are anywhere near a bottom.”

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CIA Agent Captured In Ukraine Helping Ukranian Protesters – Video Here

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A CIA agent has allegedly just been captured in the Ukraine as shown on the video below. This video was just emailed to Before It’s News at the request that we publish this information immediately. Is this MORE PROOF that the CIA and US government are fomenting revolution in the Ukraine or propaganda from ‘the other side’? More below video.

The Special Activities Division (SAD) is a division in the United States Central Intelligence Agency‘s (CIA) National Clandestine Service (NCS) responsible for covert operations known as “special activities”. Within SAD there are two separate groups, SAD/SOG for tactical paramilitary operations and SAD/PAG for covert political action.[1]

Special Operations Group (SOG) SOG is the department within SAD responsible for operations that include the collection of intelligence in hostile countries and regions, and all high threat military or intelligence operations with which the U.S. government does not wish to be overtly associated.[2] As such, members of the unit (called Paramilitary Operations Officers and Specialized Skills Officers) normally do not carry any objects or clothing (e.g., military uniforms) that would associate them with the United States government.[3] If they are compromised during a mission, the government of the United States may deny all knowledge.[4]

SOG is generally considered the most secretive special operations force in the United States. The group selects operatives from other tier one special mission units such as Delta ForceDEVGRU andISA, as well as other United States special operations forces, such as USNSWCMARSOCUSASF and24th STS.

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TEPCO Blasted for Withholding Data as Fukushima Radiation Levels Soar

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‘This is not an appropriate way to deal with the desire of the public for transparency’

– Jacob Chamberlain

Nuclear regulators inspect Fukushima storage tanks (Reuters)On the same day that new measurements from the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant show an unprecedented surge in one kind of radiation, new charges surfaced Thursday against TEPCO, the plant’s owner, that it has been withholding vital data on a second radioactive substance.

Five months ago, measurements taken by TEPCO showed surging levels of the highly radioactive strontium-90 at a groundwater well. However, despite requests from the country’s Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA) for all such data, TEPCO withheld that information until Wednesday.

“We did not hear about this figure when they detected it last September,” Shinji Kinjo, NRA’s taskforce on contaminated water issues at Fukushima, told Reuters. “We have been repeatedly pushing TEPCO to release strontium data since November. It should not take them this long to release this information.”

“This is not an appropriate way to deal with the desire of the public (for transparency) and in particular, the regulator, which is now very closely regulating issues related to public health, the environment and so on,” said Martin Schulz, a senior research fellow at the Fujitsu Research Institute.

Meanwhile, adding to this week’s news, TEPCO also announced that samples taken from a separate groundwater well near the plant are now detecting a record 54,000 becquerels per liter of another radioactive substance, cesium.

This level more than doubles all previous records of cesium in groundwater near the plant, the last being 22,000 becquerels detected in a separate observation well in July 2013, The Japan Times reports.

In a separate bit of bad news Shanghai Daily reports that there may be a new leak at the site of the well containing cesium, which is located just 50 meters from the Pacific Ocean.

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