Archive | July 6th, 2014

PAEDOS IN WESTMINSTER: ‘I’m Ready To Name Names’



“There must be a full inquiry” into claims of a Westminster paedophile ring, the former Tory children’s minister Tim Loughton declares today. Writing in the Daily Mail, Loughton says he is ready to ‘name names’ if an inquiry doesn’t happen:

“How long it will take before the Government is dragged, kicking and screaming, to agree to an inquiry, I don’t know… There will be those who will want to know why I and my colleagues do not use Parliamentary privilege to name and shame suspected paedophiles in the Commons. I call it the nuclear option, and it might come to that.”

Meanwhile, the Telegraph reports, on its front page:

“A senior Tory politician said to be part of a child sex ring was allegedly stopped by a customs officer with child pornography videos but got off scot-free, police have been told… He passed the material on to his superiors, but the MP was never arrested or charged. And, like a dossier of evidence compiled by the late Geoffrey Dickens MP, the videotapes and paperwork relating to the seizure have since gone missing. The latest disclosure will increase accusations of a cover-up, as no action was taken against the MP at the time the videos were seized. The same MP is understood to have been named in the Dickens dossier, which was handed to the then Home Secretary Lord Brittan but has since been lost or destroyed.”



From the Guardian’s splash:

“Labour is to raise the prospect of further parts of the rail network being taken back into public ownership when it announces plans to subject franchises to a competitive bid between the state and private sector as they come up for renewal. But Ed Miliband will anger rail unions and some Labour MPs in the announcement next week by ruling out proposals that all expired franchises under a Labour government be returned automatically to the public sector – which would amount to a form of staggered renationalisation. Senior shadow cabinet figures have agreed that a pragmatic choice between the state and private sector based on price, reliability and quality of service will provide a solution that allays commuter frustration, provides a fair deal for the taxpayer and does not amount to a return to British Rail.”

It’s classic Labour under Miliband – a radical move but not as radical as it could be. The Labour leader wants to be all things to all people…


Shadow chancellor Ed Balls may have said this week that it would be “silly” for Labour to match the Tories’ pledge to hold an in–out referendum on the UK’s membership of the EU but not all of his shadow cabinet colleagues think Labour is in the right place on this issue. From the Telegraph front page:

“Voters do not have ‘confidence’ that Labour has a ‘clear position’ on the issues of Europe and immigration, which will prove a ‘big hurdle’, Andy Burnham has said. The shadow health secretary suggested that Ed Miliband and his senior team need to ‘give people in the party a simple sense of confidence’ that Labour has strong immigration policies. His comments, made last month, come amid growing criticism of Mr Miliband’s leadership style.”

Meanwhile, loyal Milibandite Sadiq Khan, the shadow justice secretary, will say in a speech today that there will be a leadership contest next May… but it won’t be in the Labour Party.

“There WILL be a Leadership election after the general election,” he will tell Unison. “But you’ll only get to vote if you are a Tory or a Lib Dem. When we unceremoniously boot them out of office after just one term, the Tories and Lib Dems will dump their failed leaders and look for new ones.”

Khan, who ran Miliband’s leadership campaign in 2010, will call the Labour leader “a winner” in his speech.


Watch this week’s #mehdisminute video, my semi-serious take on the week’s big political stories, which sees me go up against the ‘dead hand’ of Miliband.


Chuka Umunna is taking a battering in the (Tory) papers for a simple mispronounciation – from the Express:

“Smoothie would-be Labour leader Chuka Umunna enlivened a dull radio interview – and turned himself into a laughing stock – with his comic failure to pronounce the word Worcester this week. Talking on the local BBC station about regional funding the shadow business secretary referred to ‘Hereford and Wichita’ – leaving listeners baffled as to why he was confusing the city with a place in Kansas 4,000 miles away.”


A Tory donor has forked out £160,000 for a game of tennis with Tory leadership rivals David Cameron and Boris Johnson. The Sun has the details:

“The match, auctioned at a summer fundraiser, will see the PM and London Mayor play doubles with the mystery donor. Mr Cameron seized the chance to tease an absent BoJo when he introduced the lot. He said: ‘Boris bends the rules, makes dodgy line calls and is renowned for his ability to psyche out opponents.’ Referring to their regular run-ins he added: ‘I’m really glad I’m on his side in this game.'”

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By: Mehdi Hasan
Say it ain’t so! From the Mail splash:

“A dossier detailing explosive claims of sex abuse by paedophiles within Westminster has gone missing. Given to Home Secretary Leon Brittan in 1983, the files allegedly exposed a vile network at Parliament and Whitehall. But there is no record of any subsequent criminal inquiry and the Home Office yesterday admitted the dossier is either lost or destroyed. Lord Brittan, 74, is now facing questions over his handling of the document and inconsistencies in his account of what he did with it. The Tory peer told journalists last year he had no recollection of being given the dossier. But in a statement yesterday morning, he changed his mind. He confirmed he was handed a ‘substantial bundle of papers’ by MP Geoffrey Dickens in November 1983 and passed them to his officials for further investigation.”

If true, it’ll be a rare case of a front-page Mail political story truly meriting the use of the word ‘explosive’.


If you were Jon Cruddas, you’d be a bit paranoid by now. Right? First the Sunday Times splash on his ‘dead hand’ remarks, secretly recorded at the supposedly ‘semi-private’ Compass meeting. Now, some new remarks from Labour’s policy chief, made at a Fabian Society event and, yes, secretly recorded, which could further undermine Labour leader Ed Miliband – the Telegraph has the details, on its front page:

“In a leaked recording passed to The Telegraph, Jon Cruddas, the Labour leader’s policy adviser, said ‘a lot of things haven’t really been reconciled’ and also warned that Mr Miliband was being ‘gamed out’ on a weekly basis.

The recording, said to have been made at last week’s Fabian conference is the second such warning to have been privately sounded by Mr Cruddas in recent weeks. Last month, he criticised ‘the dead hand’ of the Labour leader’s office on policy development… In the new recording passed to the Telegraph, Mr Cruddas said that Mr Miliband was battling to unite ‘different camps’ within the party, and struggling to manage the news cycle. ‘He’s actually trying to unpack it, he’s trying to unpack it,’ said Mr Cruddas. ‘But he just gets gamed out every day, every week because of the news cycle, the media, levels of intrusion, the party management side.'”

Cruddas can avoid further such ‘scandals’ by doing one of two things: (i) by avoiding giving talks at friendly thinktanks or (ii) by shutting his mouth. Either way, he needs to accept that there is (almost) always a tape recorder running.

Meanwhile, Miliband himself will hope tape recorders are covering his ‘big’ speech on the economy and infrastructure in London today – the BBC reports:

“Mr Miliband will say his vision for the country will not be achieved by ‘big spending by government, but with reform – reform of the way governments work and reform of the way markets work’. He will reiterate his call for more competition in the banking and energy markets, insisting Labour is ‘pro-competition’, but will overhaul markets that are not working so they are ‘better for the customer and better for businesses’.”


Is it my imagination or is Tony Blair in the headlines almost every other day? And almost every time for something bad and/or embarrassing? From the Guardian front page:

“Tony Blair has agreed to advise the Egyptian president, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, who came to power in a military coup last year, as part of a programme funded by the United Arab Emirates that has promised to deliver huge “business opportunities” to those involved, the Guardian has learned.”

Sisi, lest we forget, has the blood of thousands of peaceful protesters on his hands. His regime has also locked up tens of thousands of others, sentenced hundreds of Muslim Brotherhood activists to death and imprisoned Al Jazeera journalists. Blair doesn’t seem to care.

“The former prime minister, now Middle East peace envoy, who supported the coup against Egypt’s elected president Mohamed Morsi, is to give Sisi advice on ‘economic reform’ in collaboration with a UAE-financed taskforce in Cairo – a decision criticised by one former ally.”

The Guardian quotes a former political associate of the ex-PM’s:

“Tony Blair has become Sisi’s éminence grise and is working on the economic plan that the UAE is paying for. For him, it combines both an existential battle against Islamism and mouth-watering business opportunities in return for the kind of persuasive advocacy he provided George Bush over Iraq.”


Watch this funny video of a groom and his friends surprising the bride with an *epic* dance routine.


Nicolas Sarkozy isn’t happy and he’s blaming the left – from the Times:

“Nicolas Sarkozy last night accused leftwing judges of mounting a politically motivated crusade against him after the former French president was placed under formal investigation on charges of trying to gain information on inquiries into his campaign financing. Appearing on television, Mr Sarkozy broke two years of media silence following his election defeat in 2012 to stage a spirited counter-attack against a case that has jeopardised his hopes of a political comeback.”

Meanwhile, the Independent reports that Sarko’s son has come out fighting on his dad’s behalf on – where else? – Twitter:

“Louis Sarkozy, the youngest son of former French president Nicolas Sarkozy, has claimed the corruption investigation against his father is part of a plan to sabotage his political comeback and keep France ‘in the sh*t’. In a series of tweets, the 17-year old expressed his outrage and defended his father, who was arrested for alleged influence peddling on Tuesday, suggesting the investigation is part of a ‘relentless’ plan ‘to ensure that he doesn’t return to politics’.”

Daddy must be so proud…


From the Guardian:

“Dennis Skinner, the scourge of Tory prime ministers from Ted Heath to David Cameron who was dubbed the ‘Beast of Bolsover’, has been voted off Labour’s governing national executive committee, prompting an outcry from across the party. Hours after the veteran MP for Bolsover had taunted the prime minister as a member of the Bullingdon Club responsible for wrecking the NHS, the party announced he had been unseated… The Labour party denied reports that Skinner had been unseated after irritating Miliband’s office. A spokesperson said: ‘There is absolutely no irritation from Ed or anyone in his office at Dennis. This was purely a matter for the parliamentary Labour party.'”

Either way, it’s the end of an era…


“Loving your country means wanting the best for it – and for Scotland that is staying in the UK.” – from a speech David Cameron plans to give in Scotland today, in which he will call on the “silent majority” who want Scotland to stay in the UK to speak out against the Nationalists.

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Egypt won’t cure you


Author: Mohannad Sabry

In April 2012, I attended a news conference at which the Muslim Brotherhood’s powerful financier and strategist Khairat El-Shater announced both his candidacy in the presidential election and the “Renaissance Project,” which he claimed would put Egypt among the world’s richest countries within his first term as president. Weeks later, Shater was out of the 2012 presidential race and Mohammed Morsi became the Brotherhood’s second pick, dubbed by Egyptians the “spare tire.”

Morsi placed less emphasis on the Brotherhood’s Renaissance Project, but during another news conference I attended at one of Cairo’s poshest hotels in May 2012, he declared his “100-day plan.” Flanked by his aides, bodyguards and political lackeys, Morsi declared that within his first hundred days in office, he would resolve Cairo’s security, traffic, garbage, fuel and bread issues. I turned off my voice recorder, stopped taking notes and looked at the bearded liar as he shamelessly vowed to resolve the decades-old crises of a city of 20 million.

Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, Egypt’s new president and former defense minister, who put both Morsi and Shater behind bars, was much smarter. He let the lies be told by the propagandists surrounding him. That being said, the Sisi era’s lies are much more insulting than those of the Muslim Brotherhood. They targeted the most vulnerable and desperate Egyptians.

In the last week of February 2014, three months before Sisi became president, he sat in the front row of a massive news conference held by the Engineering Authority of the Egyptian Armed Forces as Gen. Ibrahim Abdel-Atti, an unknown man in military uniform, said he would take AIDS from the patient and give him back a kofta skewer.”

For weeks after the introduction of the “Complete Cure Device,” Sisi’s loyalists, affiliates and media partners continued to promote what a lot of people viewed one of the biggest scandals in the long history of Egypt. They said the device successfully detected and cured HIV, hepatitis C, cancer, diabetes and almost every other disease for which the world could not find a cure. Of course, whoever dared express doubt was branded a traitor.

The military’s Engineering Authority, which is responsible for manufacturing and operating the cloaked-in-secrecy device, said it would start curing people on June 30, 2014, the anniversary of the military intervention that toppled Morsi.

Fortunately, I never attended any of the news conferences for the Complete Cure fiasco. As a cancer survivor, the military’s claim offended me, like many other ill people capable of reading the nonsense published by the so-called scientists.

Meanwhile, I received a call from a dear friend, Muhammad Sayyed, informing me that his mother was suffering a serious case of hepatitis C accompanied by liver tumors. Lying in pain at Cairo’s Greek Hospital, the 54-year-old woman’s abdominal scans and blood tests showed a plight that afflicts hundreds of thousands of Egyptians: Her liver was almost destroyed. The hospital’s supervising doctors called it a hopeless case.

Being a cancer survivor with a firsthand experience with Egypt’s embarrassingly inept medical scene, I happily volunteered to accompany Sayyed in his search for a doctor who might give us some hope, any hope. We met some of Cairo’s top oncologists, clinical pathologists and liver and hepatitis C specialists.

The internationally respected oncologist who treated me between 2008 and 2011 said he could not intervene until her liver was stabilized, an impossibility at such a deteriorated stage, leaving us with nothing but incompetent doctors and the misleading promises echoing from the military’s ongoing propaganda.

Waiting at the clinic of Dr. Ibrahim Negm, a well-known liver specialist, on June 24, six days before the intended date for the military to start its “curing,” Sayyed and I looked up reports on liver treatments. The first to show were Abdel-Atti’s statements confirming that his device would be put into use as of June 30.

“To those who mock my invention, wait for the major surprise and a second slap. I trust God and the outstanding results between my hands,” said Abdel-Atti in his early June statement.

Coinciding with Abdel-Atti’s challenges to detractors, Egypt’s Health Minister Adel Adawi made his own statements regarding the US-made hepatitis C medication that Egypt “imported for 1% of its international price after prolonged negotiations.”

“I ordered the Medical Registration Authority to expedite the process of registering the new medication and provide it to the local market as soon as possible,” said the minister in statements to the local press.

No government official explained why Egypt was importing a US-made medicine for an illness it already invented a cure for, even if bought at a mysterious 99% discount.

On June 26, Negm, the liver specialist who was our last resort, told Sayyed and me that there was nothing to be done for his ailing mother. She was released from the hospital and went home with some basic medications. In my country, where 22% of the population suffers from hepatitis C and whose government claims to have invented a cure, my friend’s mother was told to go home and wait to die.

Sayyed’s mother, along with millions more who waited for their military to start treating them, was finally told on June 28, 20 days after Sisi’s arrival in office, that the Complete Cure Device required six more months of testing to assess its effectiveness.

The military’s news conference on Sunday was very reminiscent of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Shater, who several weeks after declaring his Renaissance Project told the media that it “wasn’t precisely an applicable project but rather some advice and recommendations by specialists,” and of Morsi, who on his 100th day in office told Egyptians that 70% of Cairo’s traffic and garbage problems were resolved at a time when the piles of garbage were as stifling as the traffic jams across the capital.

Morsi and Shater are both behind bars, despised by the millions they lied to, while Sisi, who managed their ouster, is a president whose regime walks a path very similar to that of the Muslim Brotherhood. Now, how far will Sisi’s regime take the Complete Cure lie?


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Collective Wisdom for North Waziristan Operation


By Sajjad Shaukat

In the immediate aftermath of the 9/11 tragedy in the US homeland, American government,

opposition, media and public had become one by showing collective wisdom, because the

country was at war against the non-sovereign entities, popularly called terrorists.

When the Pakistan Government decided to launch the ongoing military operation “Zarb-e-Azb”

against the militants in North Waziristan Agency (NWA), Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif took

the nation into confidence through parliament and senate, asserting that Pakistan would not be

allowed to become safe havens of terrorists. He further stated that military operation would

continue till achievement of ultimate objectives. Earlier, DG, ISPR Directorate, Major-Gen.

Asim Saleem Bajwa stated, “On the directions of the Government, Armed forces of Pakistan

have launched the operation against foreign and local terrorists…who had been waging a war

against the state of Pakistan by disrupting our national life in all its dimensions, stunting our

economic growth and causing enormous loss of life and property…with the support of the entire

nation, these enemies will be denied space across the country.” On June 16, 2014, Chief of Army

Staff, General Raheel Sharif also pointed out, “Operation Zarb-e-Azb has been launched with

the objectives of rooting out terrorists, eliminate their sanctuaries in NWA and rid the country of

Since June 15 when the military operation started, the jets of Pakistan Air Force have bombed

militants’ hideouts in North Waziristan, and killed more than 300 insurgents including foreign

militants, while Pak Army has also started ground offensive which has successfully been

achieving its goals. Recently, several militants of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) have

been killed and more than 20 surrendered before the Army.

Although Pakistan’s media, politicians, leaders of religious parties and general masses are

showing solidarity with the armed forces, which could be judged from the countrywide protests

and rallies in support of the North Waziristan operation, and assistance to the Internally

Displaced Persons (IDPs), yet incorrect impression is being created by some propagandists like

political parties—JI and JUI (F) that the government and the Army were not on the same page

regarding militancy, counter-terrorism and the military action in NWA. They are spreading

rumours that the present operation was started on the US pressure.

Meanwhile, some elements are also manipulating the statement of the former DG ISPR, Maj-
Gen. Athar Abbas who said on July 1, this year that the decision to launch a full scale operation

against terrorists in North Waziristan had been taken by the military leadership in 2010, but

it could not be initiated due to the indecision of the former Army Chief Gen. Ashfaq Parvez

It is notable that during the Chicago Summit, and when DG of Inter-Services Intelligence

agency, Lt. Gen. Zaheerul Islam met with CIA Director David Petraeus in 2012, some internal

and external entities, especially the US media were spreading disinformation that the two spy

chiefs agreed on joint operations in Afghanistan and Pakistan, and had named the planned

offensive in North Waziristan as operation, “Tight Screw.”

It was owing to the rumours spread by external media, and also unfortunately by our internal

political parties and media that reports of military operation in North Waziristan caused a lot of

panic among the majority of locals who had begun fleeing the area.

Taking cognizance of the baseless media reports, on August 17, 2012, Gen. Ashfaq Parvez

Kayani categorically dispelled the speculative reporting in foreign media regarding joint

operation in North Waziristan. He reiterated, “We might, if necessary, undertake operation in

NWA, in the timeframe of our choosing and requirements” as “determined only by our political

and military requirements. It will never be a result of any outside pressure.”

Earlier, while stressing upon national unity, Gen. Kayani especially stated on June 9, 2011,

“Any effort to create division among important institutions of the country is not in national

interest…the people of Pakistan whose support the army has always considered vital for its

operations against terrorists.”

While dispelling the misperception about the military operation in North Waziristan, DG, ISPR

Major-Gen. Asim clarified on June 27, this year, “It is solely a Pakistan Army operation and not

a joint Pak-US military offensive”, adding that “Pakistani security forces are capable of doing

However, it is our misfortune that certain political parties and religious groups in pursuance

of their political interests appear to have lost sight of collective wisdom which is essential for

obtaining national goals by fighting and eliminating the scourge of terrorism.

Now, a broad-based operation has been launched to smash terrorists’ hideouts in North

Waziristan areas and flush out all militants from Pakistani soil. This envisages provision

of consummating public support, backing by political parties, media and civil society. The

government has to maintain its resolve to eliminate terrorism, using assorted counter-terrorism

strategy, whereas politicians must maintain order by postponing rallies, train marches, relegating

politics of protest and deferring party programmes to hold political meetings.

In this respect, violent brawls between Punjab Police and members of Pakistan Awami Tehreek

(PAT) in Lahore, on June 17, which led to live firing and killing of innocent people including

women is absolutely deplorable and inappropriate. But, in wake of the present operation against

the militants, there is a need to remain peaceful, and render all available assistance to the

government so as to thwart all game plan of terrorists rather than opening new conflicting façade

Nevertheless, collective wisdom requires that the nation must remain united as the military

operation continues against terrorists in North Waziristan Agency. For this purpose, local dissent

and protests must be postponed to show solidarity with the rulers as well as the armed forces.

No doubt, media, political parties, religious scholars and civil society deserve appreciation for

showing cohesive harmony during testing times of the military operation. In this context, the

concerned authorities must prepare comprehensive plan to engage with media for its further

favourable support to the operation. Initial success of unity among different segments of society

must be capitalized by offering detailed briefings to media about progress of the operation and

Particularly, IDPs which are already being helped by the federal and provincial governments

including political and religious parties, and other renowned persons like Malik Riaz of Bahria

Town must further be accommodated—and those trapped in war zone be rescued by bringing

them to safe areas. Government must reach out to public of North Waziristan areas with a sense

of deep compassion and sympathy.

At this critical juncture, political parties and religious leaders must postpone their schedules of

train marches, protest rallies, political meetings, and show-off congregations till the objectives of

military operation are achieved. In this regard, postponement of train march by Sheikh Rasheed

Besides, violent police action against members of PAT, which resulted into killing of innocent

people including women, must be thoroughly investigated, and responsibility must be fixed

against all tiers of command and levels of the administration.

As the TTP-led terrorists had accelerated their anti-social, undemocratic and un-Islamic

practices, therefore, people from all segments of life wanted 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. So, the right hour has come that Pakistan’s media, politicians and leaders

of religious parties must show solidarity with the armed forces by also rejecting the propaganda

of these zealots against the security forces in relation to the ongoing military operation in North

Nonetheless, nation must be united in the face of threat posed by terrorism. The success of

the military operation and defeat of the terrorists will become assured, if the ruling and the

opposition parties including all the segments of society display practical unity not only with one

another, but also with the armed forces, which is also necessary to maintain order at this sensitive

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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Zio-Nazi Forces Kill Palestinian Civilian in Jenin, Destroy 2 Houses in Hebron and Launch Airstrikes on Targets in the Gaza Strip



Following the declaration of finding of the bodies of 3 Israeli settlers who had been missing since 12 June 2014, Israeli forces have escalated their attacks against Palestinian civilians in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt).  Last night and this morning, Israeli forces killed a Palestinian civilian in Jenin refugee camp in the north of the West Bank, destroyed 2 houses in Hebron in the south of the West Bank, and launched a series of air strikes against several targets in the Gaza Strip.  Thus, the number of Palestinians killed by Israeli forces since the disappearance of the three Israeli settlers has mounted to 12, including 9 civilians, one of whom is a child. This escalation, which has been ongoing since the disappearance of the three Israeli settlers, in accompanied by Israeli threats to expand the Israeli offensive against the oPt in retaliation for the deaths of the three settlers.

According to investigations conducted by the Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR), in the early morning of Tuesday, 01 July 2014, an Israeli undercover unit moved into Jenin refugee camp in the north of the West Bank, traveling in a civilian car with a Palestinian registration plate.  Members of the unit stationed in al-Samran quarter in the south of the camp.  At approximately 03:05, Yousef Ibrahim Ahmed Ibn Gharra “Abu Zagha,” 20, was going back home after buying some foodstuffs for the pre-fast meal of Ramadan Month. Immediately, members of the Israeli undercover unit opened fire at him.  He was instantly killed by 3 bullets to the heart and the left shoulder and forearm.  A number of civilians evacuated the victim’s body to Dr. Khalil Suleiman Hospital in Jenin.  According to eyewitnesses, the area was completely quiet when members of the Israeli undercover unit fired at the victims.

In a serious precedent, Israeli forces destroyed 2 houses belonging to the families of Marwan Sa’di al-Qawasmi and ‘Aamer ‘Omar Abu ‘Eisaha in Hebron, on the ground of suspicions that the two Palestinians were involved in the abduction of the three Israeli settlers, before arresting, questioning and convicting them.  Al-Qawasmi’s house is a 110-square-meter flat located on the first floor of a 3-story building owned by his father and brothers, while Abu ‘Eisha’s house is a 100-square-emter flat in a building belonging to his father.  PCHR stresses that the destruction of the two houses is part of the collective punishment policy and reprisals against Palestinian civilians in violation of Article 33 of the 1949 Fourth Geneva Convention Relative to Protection of Civilians in Times of War which provides that: “No protected person may be punished for an offence he or she has not personally committed. Collective penalties and likewise all measures of intimidation or of terrorism are prohibited.”

In the Gaza Strip, Israeli warplanes launched 11 airstrikes, in which they fired 44 missiles, against paramilitary training sites, agricultural stores.  The airstrikes were launched against targets in most areas in the Gaza Strip.  Three Palestinian workers sustained bruises, and Palestinian civilians were extremely terrified by the sounds of the heavy explosions.

PCHR strongly condemns this crime, which further proves the use of excessive force by Israeli forces against the Palestinian civilians in disregard for the civilians’ lives.  Moreover, PCHR condemns the destruction of the two houses in Hebron and the airstrikes against the Gaza Strip.  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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Moment of Truth: “Fascism As It Is” in Ukraine

Global Research

We bring to the attention of GR readers a film by Russian TV journalist, author and host of the “Moment of Truth” Andrei Karaulov

“Ukrainian fascism.” The film is dedicated to the tragic events in Ukraine.

The film’s title refers to the classic tape Mikhail Romm’s “Ordinary Fascism.”

In an interview with IA “Tatar-Inform” Andrei Karaulov said that work on the movie began 10 days ago.

“It turns out, there is still no documentary in our country, which would gather together at least some of the crimes that occurred in the south-east of Ukraine in April, May and June this year. Here we have done the job. And the most important thing in this film, of course, no questions asked Karaulova, and the testimony of those witnesses (over 10 people), who found the courage and strength to tell the truth, having gone through hell in Mariupol, Odessa, etc. “- he said .

The film is intended for Europe, United States, United Nations.

“I talked with the Foreign Minister of the country, and asked him for help – to make it look the ambassadors of all countries in the UN. Those ambassadors who have a conscience and a genuine interest in the events that are currently taking place in the People’s Republic of Donetsk “- said the journalist.

On Monday, June 23 disc with pictures will be on the table at the UN Secretary General. Andrei Karaulov also able to contact the Chief of Staff to Barack Obama and to deliver a letter and drive to U.S. President saw the movie and voiced his opinion on it. A similar request by the picture appealed to the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko.

“All Western media accredited in Moscow, ignored not only the picture, but that came to the show specifically leader Donetsk Republic, Chairman of the Presidium of the Supreme Council of the DNI Dennis Pushilin. Afraid to look! “- Said Andrei Sentries.” data-title=”Moment of Truth: “Fascism As It Is” in Ukraine”>
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Terror in the Skies. The Downing of Iran Air Flight 655

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On July 3, 1988, in an unprovoked move, US carrier USS Vincennes fired two missiles at an Iranian passenger plane, Iran Air flight 655 which was on route to Dubai. All 290 innocent civilians were killed. The Untied States did not apologize or admit to wrongdoing. Washington has always maintained that the shooting down of the passenger plane was an accident.

But was it? The Vincennes’ crew, without visual confirmation, fired at the Iranian passenger airliner believing it to be an F14 jet fighter descending towards it. The plane was not descending; it was fast ascending. Furthermore, a jet fighter is two-thirds smaller than a passenger plane.

This accident came on the heels of another incident in 1987 when a U.S. ship fired its machine guns at a fishing boat from the United Arab Emirates, killing one and injuring three. The fishing boat had been mistaken for an Iranian speedboat with hostile intent![i]

Addressing the Iran Air flight, David R. Carlson, commander of another U.S. ship in the region (Persian Gulf) stated that the conduct of Iranian military forces in the month preceding the incident was pointedly non-threatening,” and the actions of the Vincennes “appeared to be consistently aggressive. The Vicennes inclination to kill ruthlessly earned it the nickname Robo Cruiser[ii]

Not only was there no apology forthcoming, but also the incident would be the start of a string of sky-murders carried out by the United States against Iranian citizens. Thomas Whalen from the aviation law practice of Washington firm Eckert Seamans Cherin and Mellot had argued that sanctions on Iranian carriers are detrimental to airline safety and violate the commitment to airline safety made by the USA, Iran and most nations of the world in 1944 when the Chicago Convention was forged.

Immoral and blind to laws, Robo Cruiser gave way to Robo Sanctions. 17 planes crashed killing some 1,500 people. Terrorism in the skies had become another tool in Washingtons arsenal.

Encouraged, two experts, Michael B. Kraft, a counterterrorism consultant and Brett Wallace, research coordinator at the International Center for Terrorism Studies, actually endorsed acts of terrorism against Iranians. Writing for the Washington Times in 2007, they argued:

Most of the current sanctions, however, are relatively invisible except to bankers or the would-be exporter or importer. By contrast, suspending Iran Airs landing rights and cutting off spare parts and maintenance services would be a very visible and dramatic step to both the Iranian public and the mullahs.

A UN Panel on March 17, 2005 describes Terrorism as any act “intended to cause death or serious bodily harm to civilians or non-combatants with the purpose of intimidating a population or compelling a government or an international organization to do or abstain from doing any act.

Washington listened. Spare parts were denied. More crashes, more dead civilians.

Today, as Iranians commemorate the downing of Iran Air Flight 655 and mourn the death of 290 civilians, the world must be cognizant of the fact that the United States continues its policy of terrorism. When it comes to mass murder, for Washington, sky is the limit.

Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich is an independent researcher and writer with a focus on U.S. foreign policy and the role of lobby groups in influencing US foreign policy.


[i] Ronald O’Rourke, “The Tanker War,” Proceedings, U.S. Naval Institute, May 1988, p33

[ii] Commander David R. Carlson, “The Vicennes Incident,” letter, Proceedings, U.S. Naval Institute, Sept. 1989, pp. 87-88.

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Not the Iraq I remember

Abu-Bakr al-Baghdadi, leader of the so-called "Islamic State"

By Jamal Kanj

I remember once discussing with a friend the ill-advised decision by the American neo-conservative Zionist envoy to Iraq, Paul Bremer, following the doomed invasion.

“To dissolve the Iraqi army is irresponsible,” I said. I added: “The army is trained to maintain security for the fellow at the top – Saddam Hussein or whomever was brought on a US tank. Out of jobs, they know well how to undermine security.”

Shaking his head, my colleague responded, “For the Zion-cons, it was the right decision. Dismantling Iraq was the Zion-cons’ aim. It was never Saddam or weapons of mass destruction (WMD).”

Listening to Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s interview with NBC’s “Meet the Press” last week, I was reminded of the Zion-cons’ objectives. The presumptuous Netanyahu lectured the US president that when your enemies fight, “you work on both sides – as I say, you try to weaken both”.

The fact that three Israeli leaders, from three different political parties, delivered the same message to the US within days of each other underlines Israel’s resolve to complete the destruction of Iraq that was started by the US invasion in 2003.

In this fight, one of the sides is the US-installed Iraqi government. Although Netanyahu could argue that the Iraqis were his “enemies”, for him to assume they were also America’s adversaries is typical of the neo-cons’ hypothesis which portrays Israel’s foes as also the enemies of the US.

The message was reinforced days later in Paris by the Israeli foreign minister when he was quoted as telling the US secretary of state to accept that “Iraq is breaking up before our eyes”.

Israel’s president, Shimon Peres, delivered the same message to his US counterpart, Barack Obama, during his visit to the Oval Office in the same week.

The fact that three Israeli leaders, from three different political parties, delivered the same message to the US within days of each other underlines Israel’s resolve to complete the destruction of Iraq that was started by the US invasion in 2003.

The march to achieve Israel’s goal was fabricated and carried out from the dens of the Pentagon in 2003 by Israel firsters – from Paul Wolfowitz to Douglas J. Feith and many others posing as American patriots.

The first phase of the break-up of Iraq came at a huge price. Not to mention the enormous cost to Iraqis, the “made for Israel” war was paid for by almost a trillion US tax dollars and the life of more than 4,500 American soldiers.

The Zion-cons convinced a US president it will be an inexpensive war – paid for by oil money, Americans will be received as liberators, builders of democracy and get rid of supposed WMDs.

The march to achieve Israel’s goal was fabricated and carried out from the dens of the Pentagon in 2003 by Israel firsters – from Paul Wolfowitz to Douglas J. Feith and many others posing as American patriots.

Those claims turned out to be the only proven WMD in that war.

It is undeniable – except for Dick Cheney, Tony Blair and their likes – that the US invasion, combined with misguided decisions thereafter and the marginalization of a large part of the Iraqi population, created a receptive political environment for the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant – now calling itself the Islamic State.

Having stated the obvious, no one should, however, indulge too far in blaming the “outsider” for the problems of the Arab world. Many of the Arab leaders and political parties continue to exploit and feed the public divide across sectarian lines to preserve their power and influence.

This was not the Iraq I experienced at a young age while attending high school in Baghdad, where I was housed in a Sunni suburb and attended school in the Shi’i part of town. I was driven hundreds of miles to visit Shi’i holy places by a Sunni friend, and was given a tour of a Sunni mosque by a Shi’i Iraqi classmate.

Without a doubt, the American invasion seeded the division by bequeathing a sectarian “democracy”, but it is the Iraqi leaders from all political and religious spectrums who perpetuated the religious and ethnic divide long after the Americans have left.

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Were the Three Settler Kidnappings an I$raHell “False Flag” Operation?

Global Research

Evidence that came to light after Israel removed its gag order on information regarding the June 12 kidnapping and murder of three Jewish Israeli students suggests that it could have been an Israeli government operation that was intentionally used to punish Hamas and break up the new Palestinian unity government.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had immediately accused Hamas of the kidnapping — without presenting any evidence — and proceeded to “conduct a search” throughout the entirety of the West Bank until the bodies were reportedly found on June 30th.

The “search” entailed arresting and beating up about 600 Hamas members (including legislators) and trashing about 2100 homes; Israeli forces killed at least 7 Palestinians. Israel also heightened its daily air strikes on the Gaza Strip, which has been under the Israeli blockade since Sept. 2006. The Gaza government appealed to the UN for relief, which responded by condemning the kidnappings rather than the massive abuse of the Palestinian population. And then urging “all parties” to show restraint.

On July 1, Israel removed a gag order on information about the kidnapping that revealed shocking facts:

  • The Israeli government had informed members of the press around June 15th that it was aware that the students had been killed (1) but placed a gag order on that information: the government must thus have known where the bodies were. The brutal “search” was merely cover for punishment of members of Hamas, the democratically-elected party of Palestinians throughout the occupied territories. The Israeli media played along with the pretext for the abuse.
  • The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) were only called in 8-9 hours after the first call to report the kidnapping. One of the students placed a call to the police emergency hotline 10 minutes after they accepted a hitchhiking ride home, with the message that he was being kidnapped. The statement was followed by what sounded like several gunshots, groans and silence; the call lasted for 49 seconds. Police ignored the call. The teen’s father called police 5 hours later, at 3:30 am, to report his son missing. “Several hours” after that, after an exchange of 54 phone calls, the IDF and Shin Bet finally became involved. (2)
  • Despite possession of all of the evidence of the kidnappings and murders, the Israeli government has offered no evidence that indicates responsibility for the acts. Those with any direct connection to the phone calls or the finding of the bodies have remained unidentified.

Prime Minister Netanyahu has used this event for huge political gain:

  • to create divisions within the new “unity government” of Fatah and Hamas,
  • to physically punish Hamas members and the cause of Palestinian resistance,
  • to get legislation passed through the Knesset to block the return of East Jerusalem to Palestinians (1),
  • to try to foment a third intifada to legitimate further attacks on Palestinians (1) and
  • to whip up such hatred of Palestinians that it has become dangerous for them to be seen on Israeli streets.

The Israeli government is continuing to harass and attack Palestinians until it supposedly finds the killers. The two young Hebron men named as the accused have been missing since June 12th.

The uncovering of this deception should arouse world condemnation.

Karin Brothers is a freelance writer.


1. Lia TarachanskyIsraeli Government and Press Knew Teenagers Were Dead for Weeks. The Real News Network (TRNN). July 1, 2014.Accessed on July 1, 2014:

2. Amos Harel. Tapes reveal pleas of kidnapped boy’s father met with call center apathy. Ha’aretz. July 2, 2014. Accessed July 2, 2014 at:

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Palestine’s dead teenagers

Mohammed Abu Khdeir

Netanyahu’s criminal settlement policy put them in harm’s way

By Stuart Littlewood

The BBC, that paragon of broadcasting, repeatedly fails to give the necessary context when reporting events in occupied Palestine. The rest of the mainstream media are equally guilty but we still tend to look to the BBC as the standard setter, a lofty position from which it has slid a long way recently.

In its many reports about the three teenage Israeli squatters allegedly kidnapped and murdered by Hamas, I have never heard the BBC explain that the Fourth Geneva Convention, Article 49, forbids an occupying power to transfer parts of its own civilian population into the territory it occupies and that doing so constitutes a war crime.

So when it comes to pinning the blame for the triple killing the finger must surely point to Israel’s prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, and his delinquent government. By wilfully expanding their illegal settlement policy even when so-called peace talks were going on, and knowing full well that reprisals might follow, they deliberately put these youngsters in harm’s way.

…like all squatter-settlers, their very presence on Palestinian territory, let alone their arrogant behaviour, would have been provocative in the extreme and an affront to the rightful Palestinian residents.

We know that at least one of them lived in a settlement built on stolen land. Information on the others is hazy but WAFA, the Palestinian news agency, refers to all three as settlers. If that’s the case, they were trespassers in the West Bank. And like all squatter-settlers, their very presence on Palestinian territory, let alone their arrogant behaviour, would have been provocative in the extreme and an affront to the rightful Palestinian residents. The risks to the boys’ safety were painfully obvious.

Many suspect, with good reason, that the abduction and murder was a false flag operation, in which case the finger of suspicion stays pointed at Netanyahu. Of course, Netanyahu is determined to pin the blame on Hamas one way or another. There are many in the British parliament too who are eager to give Hamas a good kicking and seem to have made up their minds already. For example,

Robert Halfon (Harlow) (Conservative): The world has seen the tragic and brutal murders of three Israeli youngsters, most probably by Hamas. Will my right honourable friend give the Israeli government every possible support at this time? Does he agree that, far from showing restraint, Israel must do everything possible to take out Hamas terrorist networks, and will he give the Israeli Government support in that?”

The prime minister (David Cameron): “What I say to my honourable friend, who I know is passionate about these issues, and to everyone in the House [of Commons – parliament’s lower chamber], is that this was an absolutely appalling and inexcusable act of terror, and one can only imagine the effect on the families and friends of those poor teenagers, and what happened to them. It is very important that Britain will stand with Israel as it seeks to bring to justice those who are responsible. We also welcome the fact that President Abbas has firmly condemned the abduction and tried to help find those people. As my honourable friend said, it is important that all security operations are conducted with care so that further escalation is avoided. The people responsible for this should be found and brought to justice.

But Israel still hasn’t produced evidence that Hamas was responsible, as when Netanyahu’s spin doctor was challenged repeatedly by a lone BBC reporter in this video clip.

The British government, questioned in the House of Commons, says it has seen and heard no evidence that Hamas was involved. On 1 July Hugh Robertson, Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth, Office told MPs:

As for who is responsible, it is too early to say. The British government have no firm evidence… The Israeli government are very clear about the fact that Hamas was responsible. When I was in Israel 10 days ago, there was some indication on the Palestinian side that that might be correct, but we have no hard evidence in London to back that up.

Richard Burden (Birmingham, Northfield, Labour) asked:

Will he [Robertson] say to the House, in the appalling situation we are in at the moment, what he thinks are the responsibilities under international law of the Palestinian Authority and what are the responsibilities of the Israeli government as an occupying power in the West Bank, and will he confirm that collective punishment of the Palestinian people is a crime under international law?

But Robertson simply sidestepped the point about Israel’s responsibilities and the collective punishment inflicted on the Palestinians. It wouldn’t do to upset those nice racist friends of Mr Cameron in Tel Aviv.

What would the citizens of Witney in Oxfordshire or Kansas City, USA, make of gun-toting, foreign intruders swaggering down their high street causing mayhem, burning olive groves, driving residents from their homes, harassing shoppers, terrifying children on their way to school and even driving their cars at them?

Squatter-settlers are often armed, behave abominably and are protected by the Israeli military. Many are religious nutters. What would the citizens of Witney in Oxfordshire or Kansas City, USA, make of gun-toting, foreign intruders swaggering down their high street causing mayhem, burning olive groves, driving residents from their homes, harassing shoppers, terrifying children on their way to school and even driving their cars at them?

The death of any youngster is a tragedy. And it is obscene to claim, as some do, that one young person is more precious than another. So here’s another piece of context you won’t hear from the BBC or any other mainstream medium. Since the second Intifada(September 2000) 1,656 Palestinian women and children have been killed in the occupied territories by Israeli security forces and civilians. In the same period just 256 Israeli women and children were killed in Israel by Palestinians. The arithmetic puts the tragedy of the three Israeli teenagers in a more sobering light. The figures are supplied by B’Tselem, an Israeli information and human rights organization.

As of yesterday, at least 640 Palestinians had been arrested since the start of the Israeli military crackdown following the alleged disappearance of the three teen settlers, who were later found killed. These included 59 released prisoners in the exchange deal of 2011, including 11 pre-Oslo prisoners, bringing up the number of pre-Oslo prisoners in Israeli jails to 41, said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in a statement.

Eleven members of the Palestinian parliament had also been arrested, bringing up the number of imprisoned parliamentarians to 22. The number of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails now stands at over 5,800.

Yesterday, in a Commons debate Protecting Children in Conflict”, Grahame Morris (Easington, Labour) said:

There is a danger that the current climate of vengeance and retribution will worsen the situation. Uri Ariel, the Israeli housing Minister, has called for a “proper Zionist response”, meaning an acceleration of Israel’s illegal expansion of settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem and a programme of punitive house demolitions. The Israeli deputy minister of defence, Danny Danon, said that Israel should make the entire Palestinian leadership pay a heavy price for the killing of the three Israeli teenagers, and Mr Lieberman, the Israeli foreign minister, advocated a full-scale invasion of Gaza as a legitimate response. In the name of security, rights, justice and peace, the demands of these politicians must be rebutted, resisted and challenged by the international community.

He might have added, the international media. But the BBC and the rest still treat those animals with utmost reverence.

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