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Brother Leader Gaddafi blasts big powers at U.N.

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Muammar Gaddafi : 1971: Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi

Brother Leader Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi- in his first ever address to the United Nations- accused the veto-wielding powers of the Security Council of betraying the principles of the U.N. charter. -It should not be called the Security Council- it should be called the terror council– Gaddafi told leaders in .CLICK HER TO LISTEN.. Show More >>

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TRAITOR George Galloway’s Total Hypocrisy Exposed

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Iranian Student Exposes TRAITORS George Galloway as a Hypocrite and a Liar

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Palestine News

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06/09/2014

 

Israel`s fatal overreach: is the Salaita case a breakthrough moment? 

Andrew Levine – Counterpunch – The political class will be the last to break free from reflexive Zionist attitudes, but it can happen even there. The proof will come when someone has the courage to test the waters. […] This is why a welcome outcome in the protracted struggle ahead is not out of the question. If and when it comes, the Salaita affair will be part of the story.

Failure in Gaza

Assaf Sharon – The New York Review of Books – The historic conflict with the Palestinians will not be settled by a single agreement. Reconciliation between Israelis and Palestinians—overcoming decades of bloodshed and hatred—will require a long process of acceptance and forgiveness spanning years and probably decades. The armed conflict, however, can certainly be ended. (…) Netanyahu’s “conflict management” is a euphemism for maintaining a status quo of settlement and occupation, allowing no progress. [bz]

Report: Hamas’ Meshal agrees for Palestinian state based on 1967 borders

Jack Khoury – Haaretz – Throughout the meeting, Meshal demanded details from Abbas on his plans regarding any negotiations with Israel. “Don’t come to me only with updates and results, I want Hamas to be partners in the process of policy formation,” Meshal reportedly said. Abbas answered that there are few details to provide, since, in his eyes, things were straightforward: the only solution is the Israeli recognition of an outline for the creation of a Palestinian state based on the 1967 borders [bz]

God Wills It!
Uri Avnery – Gush Shalom – There may be very little time left to make peace with the Arab national movement, and especially with the Palestinian people – including both the PLO and Hamas – and join the fight against the Islamic State.
Palestinians march across West Bank against Israeli occupation
Ma`an – In Wadi Fukin protesters headed toward lands in the eastern part of the village that are under threat of confiscation [under the latest 4000 dunam land grab] and started planting olive tree saplings, but were subsequently assaulted by Israeli soldiers. [bz]

Muslim anti-Israeli views are not European anti-Semitism

Akiva Eldar – Al-Monitor “While the roots of anti-Semitism in Europe are deep, anti-Israel attitudes in the Muslim world can be changed with a solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.” ca

Ignoring the Arab Peace Initiative could cost Bibi
Ben Caspit – Al-Monitor “Unlike Ehud Olmert, Benjamin Netanyahu ignores the Arab League initiative, which will cost Israel its US backing at a crucial moment in the near future.” ca

Israeli right-wing politician: `Annex territories, grant Palestinians citizenship`

Ami Kaufman – +972 “Israeli right-wing politician and former IDF general Efi Eitam has made remarks that few would have expected to hear from him.” ca

Israel’s very own Putin

Yoel Marcus – Haaretz “There is not a smidgen of political or diplomatic reason to the Netanyahu of recent months. It’s all a matter of character. He hasn’t been advancing any policy other than things that create a residue of anger and a lack of trust. He has been running the country as if it were a Greek tragedy, with an ending that is known in advance.” ca

Bringing the boycott back home: Palestinian stores drop Israeli goods

Yael Marom and Jessica Devaney – +972 “A website launched under the title “Alternative Palestinian Products,” enables shoppers to find Palestinian alternatives to the Israeli-made products they are used to buying.” ca

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[AUDIO] TRAITORS George Galloway blasts Leader Brother Colonel Muammar al-Gaddafi

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TRAITORS George Galloway launches into a diatribe against Leader Brother Muammar al-Gaddafi, the ruler of Libya who has ruled the country  for 42 odd years. Gaddafi has stated that he would not stand down as leader of the country and would rather die with every last drop of his own blood has been. CLICK HER TO LISTEN.. Show More >>

 

 

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The issue of Musa al-Sadr and the evacuation of the truth?

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Year after year, salutes «Amal» remembrance «absence» Musa al-Sadr (Marwan Tahtah)
As’ad Abu Khalil

Year after year, salutes «Amal» remembrance «absence» Musa al-Sadr. Year after year, the person repeats the movement’s leadership, Nabih Berri, the Libyan authorities claim (Alqmafah, present and future) need to announce the fate of Moussa al-Sadr. But you exaggerate the movement in its advertising and its appeal and claim?Is this a product of that culture kinetic raised slogans in southern Lebanon under the image says _ Nabih Berri _ «O and Wilna after thee»? Do you suffer from motion absent a leadership crisis and current or promising?

Do you need to move the issue of Musa al-Sadr in order to justify its existence? The story attracted the disappearance of Musa Sadr, a number of researchers and university theses devoted to her, and there are a number of books about him. Likud Lebanese, Fouad Ajami, wrote a book about him made ​​him an outlet for Ohakadeh against the Palestinian people. Peter Thero and Majed Halawi wrote two books about him in English, and everyone interested in the circumstances of his disappearance. Is a story to tell and that young man retell a lot of superstitions and myths and propaganda allegations.

though Musa al-Sadr did not exist, because there was a need to find it. Is stepped up in the first era of the sixties in the item where sectarian Shiite absent altogether.Taúviac wrestled in Lebanon were not allowed to Shiite sectarian element in it. But the issue is not sectarian Vshab: The Shiite religious in Lebanon suffers from a huge vacuum after the death of Imam Abdul Hussein Sharaf al-Din. It was not the role of religion in honor of a purely religious role, he was a political leader and social reformer and is active in philanthropy. Jaafari enough school that Knyt his name and that immortalized. Lebanese state and the leaders of the Shiite feudalism lunches neglect the people of the south, but the school Jaafari contributed mainly _ are university scholarships in the countries of the socialist camp in the post _ in the renaissance of southern Lebanon and its people. No thanks to the Lebanese state in any of it at all.Abdul Hussein Sharaf al-Din a great aura when Shiite south, and even when the non-Shiites. Was a friend of my grandfather and was «Salon» my grandfather’s house in the picture carries pictures of my grandfather and my uncle happiest (who died at an early age) and the picture of the world in honor of religion. They were in the pictures describe kinship recipe for «Mufti» (his son, Mohammed Jawad) was allegedly «son of Mufti» or «Girls Mufti».

And attract charitable work Sharaf al-Din, as well as city leaders affluent. But traditional leaders (extinct) were absent from the acts of charity and welfare. Al-Assaad did not leave or Al-Zein Usseiran or any teacher or other school compares Jaafari, for example. On the contrary, it was the happiest full fear of science and educated, and was equal between the cultured and educated and between the Communist or the Baathist (and Baathist communism was scattered all over the South in the fifties and the sixties and seventies _ even to late). In this context, it appeared Musa al-Sadr. But al-Sadr was more a political phenomenon than a religious phenomenon Almaúah. Current followers of al-Sadr speaks about «thought of Imam Sadr», but did not leave a mark intellectually or religiously one, while leaving Sharaf al-Din references and books represented in the heritage of religious reference. But al-Sadr was brilliant in politics and regulation in reading the political conflicts of the Lebanese, and his aura charisma when people (though not seen her when I met him in my childhood).

were driving traditional political when the Shiites in Lebanon conflicting between Al-Assaad, and Al Hamada, and increased the intensity of the conflict that Sabri Hamadeh was married (his second marriage) Full sister-Assaad. Intermarriage did not increase the conflict between the two families, but separately, as it did intermarriage between Kamal Jumblatt, Arslan Lome. The two men clashing on the presidency of the Council in each period of the sixties that Assaad, including the arrival of a member of lumpiness («middle»), Suleiman Franjieh to the presidency. Sadr rose in that period.Hamada led him Assaad in the south, also led him Assaad Hamada in the Bekaa Valley.Sharing feudalism was characteristic of the conflict between the two families. And one allied with the meteor (despised Fouad Chehab full-Assaad) and other allied itself with the currents of the right-wing between Maronite leaders.
knew Musa al-Sadr that several factors meet in order to allow the emergence of the role of his new: 1) froze the conflict between Azaaamtin conditions of the south and the Bekaa and leave them vulnerable to the initiatives of symbolism by the state (most of which has not been implemented, such as «Project Litani» or «land reclamation» _ are advised to review the article Jafar Sharaf al-Din in uncovering the role of full-Assaad in freezing Litani project in the magazine «Sail» 0.30 September, 1991 _ or «Council of the South», which is around Asadi Amoli and corruption in the post to «pockets Council»). 2) lacked the south and the Bekaa to the strong religious leadership. It appeared in 1971 when he visited the Imam Al-Khoei Lebanon gave the Shiites of Lebanon from different regions in the demonstration drew the attention of the state because the idle complacency and Shiites were formal hypothesis when the people of politicians, has been fostered by the leaders of feudalism in Lebanon. And the death of Sharaf al-Din (apart from the speech is a binder that was said about it was recommended that his successor chest after a meeting and brief them on a short visit of the latter to Lebanon in the mid-fifties) increased the need for the city of Tyre _ at least _ to reference religious and social. 3) aggravated the neglect and impoverishment in southern Lebanon and the Bekaa. 4) the growing danger in the Israeli (and on) for Lebanon. 5) the expression of the popular move away from the leaders of feudalism in the south and the Bekaa through the emergence of the Palestinian resistance movements and the Lebanese National Movement (or parties that have flocked in the post in the context of that movement). 6) increased sectarian tension in the structure of the ruling elites sectarian (conflict between the ruling class of the features of the possibility of revolutionary change when Lenin).

Known as Sadr how to benefit from the conflict between Hamada and Assaad, and decided early on that is biased to the leadership of Hamada because the latter was easier to handle and conversational, and was open more than puritanical and cavalier, full-Assaad, which contributed to its shortcomings and disadvantages in ending the political feudalism when Shiites before the outbreak of the civil war.The project was the first season at the chest of the Shia sectarian representation and organization for the rest of the Islamic sects. Registered to him, usually, established in 1969 for the Higher Islamic Shiite Council, which apprehension Assaad him so much, and he was right, as it turned into a body contributed to the formation of a political alternative for traditional leadership Alosaadah. But was Sadr’s decision to form a separate board for the year right decision? Do you contributed to the division between the Muslims in Lebanon? It is known that the organizational leadership of religious Muslims were one before the appearance of the chest, and was the Grand Mufti of the Lebanese mufti of each Muslim men and women in Lebanon.

chest was the most brilliant in the politics of his skill in the production of religious thought (the so-called «works the chest is a set speeches and articles). Knew how to address the people and how to build support for himself in the city of Tyre and its suburbs before stretching his leadership to other areas in the south and the Bekaa. He also knew that early money is «milk policy» he says the people of Boston in America.Gathered around him a bunch of new business Shiites who were not entangled in the orbits of feudal leaders that did not belong to them: is benefiting from their money in campaigns and projects they Tmhawwa to play a political role in the event of success in the chest to break up the grassroots Zaamat Shiite feudalism. Known to all the families of the wealthy in the south, with the exception of those families which were calculated on the full-Assaad, who prevented any of his supporters to deal with al-Sadr, especially after playing the chest role politically prominent role in elections in 1972, and then in the by-elections in Nabatieh in 1974, which was harbinger of the end of the leadership Alosaadah.

resided chest early close relations with the Syrian regime, and this is what all the novels omissions renewable biography of Musa al-Sadr, and this is what omissions intentionally artificial nostalgia for him March 14. Sadr was one of the first of the new allies of the Syrian regime after the coup, Hafez al-Assad, did not limit the one-time support for the policies, decisions and actions of the system. Sadr was closer to the Syrian regime of all its allies, with the exception of «Organization of the Baath Party» in Lebanon. It is known that al-Sadr did a great service to the political system when he decided (politically, not from a religious reference) consider Alawites twelve decimal places, and this violates the history of isms. Were not the task of the chest in building a political movement easy, he was fighting on two fronts: the front of feudalism and the political parties to compete with the Front National Movement Lebanese and Palestinian resistance organizations. Since 1958, when he took control of the Arab Nationalist Movement on the city of Tyre general authority, did not stop the rise of nationalist movements and leftist in the city, despite the fact that fraud authority was guaranteed the survival of leaders of feudalism in the parliamentary elections (it was not the role of the conservative secret in managing fraud on the orders of the authority. Has L Assaad governor of the south in 1974 because it does not have a duty to do good). The training was in the ranks of the Palestinian organizations weather crossing for adolescents in southern Lebanon and the youth revolution was prevalent.

can not talk about the rise of al-Sadr, without mentioning the role of the newspaper «day» and Ghassan Tueni specifically. Tueni decided that the chest is acceptable Muslim, unlike the Muslims is accepted with him. Tueni and other members of the ruling class of the Christian community wanted since the establishment of the Republic of molding and forming Muslim acceptable. Muslim unacceptable is acceptable, such as black in the United States and which is fit for the role of the actor is provocative to race. Shafik Wazzan was Representative acceptable when much of the Phalange Party because he was content with, implemented and obey not ask. When I met him in the mid-eighties when the preparative for my thesis, I ask him about the years of his experience in government with Amin Gemayel and the various resolutions and the answer me: they make decisions without taking my advice or consent. I said to him: Why accept, and why not take? Should not. Newspaper «day» found in Musa Sadr image differs from the image of the negative stereotypes about Muslims, and especially for the Muslim cleric. I remember in the mid-eighties, I asked Mr. Mohammed Hussein Fadlallah for his opinion in Musa al-Sadr replied: I did not feel comfortable for the phenomenon because of the Maronite political promoted him as «Star» (He said the last word with the letter).

knew the chest that the language of the armed struggle is prevailing, Fastaan ​​Syrian regime The movement «open» to organize its own militia. But he did not elaborate on the nature of the task of arms, with the exception of «objects». Sadr was critical of the failure of the state to protect Lebanon generally repeated Israeli aggression, but did not specify the nature of the «Amal movement», Is it political or military or social? Sadr failed attempts to establish relationships with Dr. Kamel Assaad, because the latter does not assume any kind of competition. Re-Sadr him fight back in an election Nabatieh subsidiary in 1974 when he lost the candidate Asadi. That was the resounding election comma in the history of the South and the history of Lebanon’s Shiites. Assaad was not able to continue in a leadership role without the imposition of the state of Lebanon (and Syria after 1976). But the outbreak of the civil war undermined the leadership of the happiest and chest alike.
chest was close to Kamal Jumblatt, and allowed for «Amal Movement» (before the start of the militia) representation in the regular meetings of political parties and organizations «National Movement». There is no Erth to represent «hope» and there was charged with leaking the records of those meetings to the hostile parties in Lebanon. But «Amal» remained close to the atmosphere of the Palestinian resistance and «National Movement» until after the outbreak of the civil war. Civil war broke out was not for «hope» noteworthy role. People wondered about the fate of the militia, which was supposed to protect the south. All parties involved in the national movement of the war, but «hope» remained on the sidelines. There was a faction fight in Shiah calculated on «hope» (like «boys Ali») but its embarrassed movement that quickly disavowed them.

diminished role of Musa al-Sadr in the war years. No longer has a role after little overwhelmed parties armed Lebanese and Palestinian areas in the south and the Bekaa. The tens of thousands who attended Mehrjanath in 1974 in Baalbek and in the pictures, perhaps he realized that this was not an exclusive audience, but the audience was in the WIN parties «National Movement» and «Palestinian resistance». Influenced the war on the steady climb of the chest, and went on hunger strike in 1975 to protest the mosque global overwhelming violence. The initiative was alien to Arab culture and behavior Revolutionary prevailing at the time. Irhejh not received or popular attention.Visited supportive of some politicians and the media, but his movement has not received a response popularly.

, but the biggest challenge faced Sadr was in dealing with the Syrian military intervention in 1976 was al-Sadr had received before widespread criticism among the public national movement because «decision» delivery Nabaa to battalions, and conversations took place about the secret deals did not know anything about. Left chest on the close alliance with the Syrian regime, the width of his movement for a violent campaign in June 1976 when it was all militias inherent in the Syrian regime (such as the «Union of Forces for working people» and «Organization Baath» and «Thunderbolt» _ appeared Hanna Bathish, in charge of «Thunderbolt »on crutches to announce to fill it was treated well by the movement« open »_ and that he was arrested by the movement« hope ») to military defeat. Was closed all offices «hope» after less than a day of fighting, and this is evidence of the volume of traffic at the time. Left chest Lebanon to Syria is no longer to him only after the spread Arab Deterrent Force and joined the movement to «National Front», and was an alternative Syrian regime of «National Movement».

, but Sadr’s return coincided with other factors in the balance: war ended with the beginning of the fall of the project «National Movement ». Did not maintain «movement» Beragaha revolutionary, especially when he inherited the leadership of Walid Jumblatt. «Excesses» and corruption in the ranks of the Palestinian resistance, in addition to effective publicity campaigns of the Israeli team in East Beirut (especially of «Voice of Lebanon», which was subject to direct Israeli player) undermined the image of the Progressive team. It was al-Sadr network resides Arab relations contributed to strengthening the position of the Lebanese. But al-Sadr «disappeared» in his visit to Libya August 1978 It is noted that no one tells the reason for the visit al-Sadr to Libya, and that no one expands to talk about the relationship chest Libyan regime?

carried the movement «hope» the issue of the absence of the chest for years and contributed to strengthening the role and influence of the movement « Hope »in the south and the Bekaa. Maybe said «absence» (word used by the «Higher Islamic Shiite Council» established by the chest) Bgabh audience Shia Imam («Mahdi»), but the word did do. Hair audience Shiites in the south that the conspiracy hatched against their community in an era where the people of the south complain of mismanagement of the PLO to the areas under their influence in Lebanon. The victory «Iranian revolution» in Iran also contributed to the rise of the movement «hope». Movement is now the team’s rival sectarian Lebanese _ Palestinian WIN project in the confrontation with the forces of isolationism and patron of Israel.

but «truth» (each sect «reality» absent) was supposed to unfold after the fall of the Gaddafi regime. Introduced the new system (on the bad as) all the facilities to the Lebanese government in order to provide the answers. The Libyan government has provided a novel court for the killing by the system after hours of arrival. There in «Amal movement» of refusing to settle the issue and announce the death of al-Sadr.But for how long remains the case pending? It takes advantage of the non-declaration of the truth to the public? What is the truth that is still movement «hope» demanded by the system? Do not we know that the Libyan regime to kill him after his arrival in Libya?Why suggest leadership «movement» that there is a conspiracy going on to the absence of the Imam and the like still exists in a secret prison in the Libyan desert?

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Interview with a Militiaman – Part 1

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NOTE FOR MEDIA: Original material published on SLAVYANGRAD. Provided to us by the author, Ilja Degtjarov.

Preamble: As a basic principle we refrain from showing videos in which prisoners of war are questioned. However with this article we make an exception, because the video confirms what the interviewed insurgent states as well in the following text: that the Ukrainian army commits war crimes and buries their own dead in mass graves. So it is worthwhile to read both the text and to watch the video – two completely independent sources.

An interview with an insurgent from the Eastern Ukraine. He lives and fights in an area where the Ukrainian army was shattered three weeks ago, close to the Russian border in the Donetsk region. He stayed quiet about his name to me, but he was a wealthy businessman before the war. The interview was recorded mid-August and translated into German directly and from German. Some accuracy might have been lost when the German was translated to English.

Recorded by: Ilja Degtjarov

Why have you become an insurgent?

Because I do not agree with this Government and the things that are happening. I do not agree with this attitude towards the people. I could not bear it anymore to watch the people being tormented. Therefore, I have become an insurgent even though I’m already 53 years old. I do not agree that they came into my region. I will protect my trees, my stones, houses, children, women and everything else.

Where do you draw your optimism? You fight against the Ukrainian army and thousands of foreign mercenaries. The whole West backs the Ukraine. Why do you remain optimistic that you gain the upper hand?

We have a heroic people who have never knelt down. The victory will be ours, and if we still die, then better standing than on our knees. We have our vision, we have something that we want to fight for. Our grandchildren will grow up here. And if we die ourselves, our grandchildren will live as one must live, that is in a free country.

In much of the Western mass media it is reported that in reality the insurgents are composed of Russian special units or parts of the regular Russian army. What do you think?

We are not fighting for Russia, we are fighting for our people. Russia is a free country, a country where one can freely live without submissive bows to the United States and the EU. We know how you can live in Russia and we want to live like that as well. We do not want to bow before anyone, or worship anybody. We are a free people.

What do you think is wrong with the new Ukrainian Government? What caused this movement in the Donbass region?

These people have come to power through blood. Now they want to drown the whole Ukraine in the blood. Although they talk about the “free Ukraine” this country was never free, it always had to be subordinate to someone. Now the Ukraine is knuckling under to the United States of America, a country that suppresses all countries and is inciting wars everywhere. Actually, this country [USA] should be eliminated completely from the Atlas. Well, for the time being we will reach Poland, there we will wash our boots and then we will go on.

Back to the previous question: are the insurgents primarily local citizens or are they mostly Russian volunteers or even the nasty Russian army, dressed up with foreign uniforms, as some claim?

Insurgents are people who just yesterday were working with a hoe and a spade; who cared for their gardens. Then they laid down their tools and now they protect their gardens with machine guns. We are freedom-loving people. Even women, children and seniors go fight with us.

How would you describe the ideology of the people who have come to power in Kiev? In the West they say, of course, that they are flawless Democrats, who simply want to be different than Russians. Would you call them Democrats or perhaps something else?

I understand democracy in the way that one can express his will; and not that someone else speaks on your behalf. I still remember how you voted about the separation [of the USSR]: at that time also nobody cared to listen to us. Even now they are pursuing a unilateral policy. They want to see only that, what happens on the other side [in the Western Ukraine]. They are unaware of the suffering of our mothers and fathers. This is not a democracy, but fascism in its worst form. Not even fascists have killed children in this way, destroyed houses, poisoning the land with ecologically dangerous bombs. They bombard us with white phosphorous bombs and cluster munitions. They bombard us with cluster bombs, so that millions of small metal particles fly in all directions and on whole streets, everyone is killed, including women and children. After such bombings nothing is left, not even animals, but only burnt earth. Is this democracy? Do they fight this way for democracy? No, that is fascism.

Who fights on the side of the Ukrainian army? What is meant by foreigners?

We had prisoners of war from Poland. There are very many foreign instructors, granade launchers. Our [Ukrainian] soldiers do not want to fight, according to the prisoners of war, thus they are threatening them and their families with death. In the Ukrainian army they are even killing wounded.

So people in the vicinity of Kramatorsk were massacred, their organs have been retrieved; then their bodies were buried with tractors and compacted on top with armored cars. So they are hiding the evidence of their crimes. This also applies to Krasnodon: they destroyed their own people. (Editor’s note: compare with video)

The insurgents, the so-called “terrorists”, have left no one wounded in the lurch. They also help the civilians, the sick, all those in need.

So there are actually facts that they retrieved organs, apparently to sell them?

Yes. There is someone they can ask about this, can’t they? [ask to another insurgent]. We have people from Kramatorsk, who observed that.

Have you seen it with your own eyes?

Yes, with my own eyes. (Another insurgent in the background): We cannot reveal our sources.

You do not need to do. Such information before was at the level of “someone has heard that someone has heard” …

Why, yes! That has been seen even by our reconnaissance. Even prisoners of war confirm this. Bodies were buried with excavators.

Apart from the Polish, who else is fighting [against you]?

If we link up into their radio conversations, we hear foreign languages. But I don’t know which ones. And the Poles are found everywhere.

Why did they come? Are they mercenaries or regular units, sent here by force?

These are people, among others, who are even willing to pay to be allowed to hunt people. They pay that they may fire on living people with sniper rifles. If there are no insurgents, they shoot civilians. For example, there was a man driving to work with his bicycle and they have shot off his head just for fun.

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Do you mean a specific case?

Yes, a week ago. The man was completely harmless. A sniper shot him, for fun. (Another insurgent in the background): We’ve seen it, it was a hundred meters away from us. He was just going to work.

I have read about such cases, but I have not heard directly of that.

That was in Krasnopartisansk.

Why do the new leaders consider themselves entitled to kill such vast amounts of people? There used to whining all over the world, that allegedly some students on the Maidan were beaten. Now thousands are dying, and nobody cares. Why? Why the double moral standards – what ideology is it?

[About] these double standards, I understand the following: Ukraine executes commands from the West, it has no will of its own. Ukraine is eliminating people who are in the way for the coal and gas production of the Americans. They do not need our people here and destroy them therefore, area-wide. It is not a question of eliminating some of us, it is about to annihilate us comprehensively, using Grad [rocket] launchers, mines, surface-to-surface systems [ballistic missiles]. There are bombs, which leave a crater three metres deep and eight metres wide. Within a radius of 300 meters nothing is left alive. Thus, they destroy cities. Women and children are hiding in cellars and they burn them there with flame-throwers and explosives. They do not “only” kill families, but inhabitants of entire apartment buildings. The killing of insurgents’ wives is particularly enjoyed. Is it even possible not to fight against those guys? We are simply obliged to neutralize this contagious infection that is spreading in our country.

If we consider the situation realistically: at the end of 2013 the Ukrainian army had about 4,000 armoured cars according to official data. The insurgents have only a few of them, so you cannot compare the forces. This huge mass [the Ukrainian army] is overwhelming and additionally there are these, for example, Polish armored cars. How can you beat this endless mass?

They fight for the money or out of fear that their families may be hurt, if they fight badly, or something similar. We fight for the lives of our children, for our country. That is a big difference. They fight without a vision and we have one. This will always win. We do not feed ourselves as well, but our spirit is stronger than theirs. No doubt, we will win because we are fighting for our people, while they came to our region, to take it away from us.

Were there cases that the Ukrainian army shelled buses or cars in which were clearly refugees?

Several times – even if it was written in large letters [on cars] that there were children. They shot at big crowds before customs houses. They fired at a seven-kilometer queue with grenade launchers and howitzers. People were running in all directions and left their stuff. As a slightly different example, next to the border an alarm system responded very loud at something; the children from the Donetsk region, from Kramatorsk thought that they would soon be bombarded. Which psyche can such children have?

What else is the Ukrainian army doing that you definitely do not know in the West?

Even people from the Stone Age have not done anything like these people in the 21st century. They torture, they kill people, break arms, cut off fingers, chop off heads and see how long you can still walk without a head. Everything you can imagine as horrible at all, they already do. We speak the same language, we had the same ABC-books at the school, so it is incomprehensible to me, through what influence they became the way they are.

Can you give specific examples? Without a name.

They shot at refugees, i.e. people who are already scared, with grenade launchers; with machine guns as in a shooting gallery, if people were clearly visible on a street. They did not shot to warn, but to kill. By the side of the road cars are lying around and they [Ukrainian army] do not allow the bodies to be picked up. Accordingly it smelled noisome due to decomposition of the bodies. Only after the liberation of the area the corpses could be removed. So they are fighting so against children, against women; and yet once they see armed men they lay down their arms and surrender with a white flag.

Regarding Boeing [MH17]: In the West it was proclaimed immediately – without ifs and buts – that the insurgents shot down the aircraft. [They said] Putin had given both the money and the BUK [missile] system, so Putin is to blame personally. Anything you can say?

I know nothing about that, but it is clear that the insurgents would never shoot down an airliner. Insurgents are fighting for people’s lives and it is unimaginable to save people with one hand and to execute people with the other hand.

Were there cases, where the Ukrainian army shelled towns and villages, when there was no insurgency at all?

This is their action model: first they use mines and missiles and then they penetrate into the cities. First they destroy and then they begin to “protect” the destroyed. They destroy absolutely everything. They destroy the people as one chops down a forest. They do not care whether it’s women or children, disabled people in wheelchairs, no matter whether there are insurgents in the city or not.

What use is it to shoot peaceful cities and civilians? What do they want to achieve with this?

We have here the city of Molodogwardejsk. Although there are no rebels at all, this town has been destroyed from a safe distance with howitzers. For them it is simply to destroy cities and leave a desert. Why do they do it, you have to ask them yourself. In the meantime we can now not even trust their white flag. Under the white flag, they perform regrouping of their forces and then begin to shoot again. You can no longer trust them – neither the army nor the Government. This is scum of humanity. When you look at their resumes, it becomes clear that they belong in a zoo. Until they sit in cages, children don’t have to be afraid of them any more. That would be my only wish.

How can you explain that even in some areas of the South East [of Ukraine] the junta has currently de facto won, for example, in Dnepropetrovsk? Why have large parts of the population changed sides ideologically? Why isn’t there any significant resistance?

Our country is poor. At first poor people earned from participating at the Maidan. You just went there [to Kiev] to earn the money. There it took people, to create large crowds – I would say herds of people. There they were given drugs, e.g. in tea. By the way, after their return home they have detected withdrawal symptoms in them. In addition, they received a brainwashing at Maidan. And only the people from Donbass were not going there; they had to work in this industrial area, they had to earn the money for the whole country, feeding the country. Therefore they still cannot subdue us. We have endured it as long as we could it. But at some point we could not any longer, which led to the uprising. It was always so in Russia: they harness slowly, but they ride fast.

What will happen with these cities [outside of the Donbass] now? Certainly one can assume that the vast majority of them are also against the Kiev Government, but this majority is suppressed and stays silent. But in my opinion, they should also liberated, otherwise they will be taken sooner or later, so that they support the junta. Then they are lost forever.

But we will liberate these towns as well. We will not punish anyone; everybody can have his own opinion. We will present our point of view, but will not impose our opinion. If someone wants to follow us, just go ahead, but if not, then not. Then they can simply go to lead their lives, to work.

It is summer. It is still warm and the streets are well passable. But in winter it is cold, un-asphalted roads will become impassable dirt, so that you can hardly deliver humanitarian aid from Russia. In many cities there is now no electricity, no water, no heating. How will you survive then?

We are a strong people. We are used to difficulties. And we will overcome these obstructions as well, whether in rain or snowstorms. We are serious about what we have started, and we will not stop now just like that. We will fight to the end, there is no way back.

Is there evidence that Americans sit in the military administration and give orders?

I can say nothing about that. Everyone makes his task here and since I’m not a scout I am not able to answer the question.

To what extent does the local population support the insurgents: Is it 95%, 70%, 50%?

You can judge for yourself: people harvest potatoes and give us some of it. People harvest three tomatoes in the garden and give us two of them.

If we look back to the times when there were no armed insurgents, but the junta had already proceeded disproportionately; how did people fight against them back then?

They fought with sticks against machine guns. They quit their jobs, left their families and came to us from everywhere. This concerned those as well, who did ignore the whole thing. Meanwhile, they changed their mind and protected their country. Many changed their bad habits, abstaining from alcohol. Among the insurgents, generally, iron discipline reigns and it is strictly forbidden to drink alcohol. The people are not paid. They fight for an idea. They eat what they are given from the civilians. All are highly motivated, but the sooner the whole thing comes to an end, the better.

What has changed in the towns and villages under control of the insurgents? For example, I read that they close casinos and pursue drug traffickers…

The Ukrainian police fought for 23 years against such phenomena as corruption and drugs, but without success. We have fixed it immediately. Drugs have become the absolute rarity. Something is changing in people’s minds and even alcoholics and drug addicts are changing their habits. In our shops you can buy vodka easily, but nobody does. Addicts tell themselves – maybe as a joke – that they will take no more drugs before victory. Anyway, there are no more drugs.

Within the liberated towns, factories and coal mines are destroyed; there is no work. How can you live there?

We will rebuild it, as we did after the Great Patriotic War. Our enthusiasm will be enough for that. Even if our generation will live in poverty, the next generation will live better. We are not afraid.

From the Russian side you receive humanitarian aid, which is generally known. But who delivers this assistance: the State, any parties, the church, private individuals?

You have access to these packages. Take pictures, the packages are labeled.

In the store for humanitarian aid I’ve seen many packages by the Communist Party, from churches…

Also from veterans of the Afghan war, by Chernobyl veterans, by the Communist Party, from the people who know what a war is like.

Do western organizations also provide humanitarian assistance in South-East?

And how! They deliver mines and projectiles for the Ukrainian army. In this way they help the Ukraine and this assistance helps then to destroy normal people.

So, there is no real humanitarian aid [from the West]?

It does not exist, I’ve never seen any. The same applies for medical help.

Interview Video (English subtitles) – 8:15

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OCHA Protection of Civilians

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Please find attached the current OCHA Protection of Civilians weekly report on protection issues in the occupied Palestinian territory. This update covers the period from 26 August – 1 September 2014

http://www.ochaopt.org/documents/ocha_opt_protection_of_civilians_weekly_report_2014_9_4_english.pdf

HIGHLIGHTS:

●   38 Palestinians injured: the lowest  number in eleven weeks

●   16 homes demolished in area C and East Jerusalem, displacing 76 Palestinians

●   3,799 dunums in the vicinity of Gush Etzion settlement block, declared ‘state land’

●   Gaza Crisis: Click here for the daily reports and updates on the Gaza emergency.

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Published: 04 September 2014

Protection of Civilians Weekly Report | 26 August – 1 September 2014
Arabic English Hebrew

http://www.ochaopt.org/documents/ocha_opt_protection_of_civilians_weekly_report_2014_9_4_english.pdf

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We Did Not Go to War, the War Came to Us!

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Militiaman with the call name “Artem” – my old comrade from “Borotba.” Before the war, he organized the working-class youth of Donbass in the struggle against fascism and capitalism, built a local cell organization. When the war started, he could not stand aside and joined the militia. Now “Artem” is wounded in the hospital and I had a chance to talk to him.

– Comrade, tell me how you got into the militia?

– When Maidan events just started, I had a feeling that this time the opposition would move on into a more dangerous stage. Compared with the “Orange” revolution in 2004, in 2014 there were already many organized, prepared, nationalist youth with good financing. The Ultras’ groups had grown and matured. Therefore, there was a feeling that this time they will pass the brink, and civil war is brewing. A split in society existed before, but it was, so to speak, moral civil war, but now the nationalists got a real opportunity to beat, maim and kill dissidents, and do it under the protection of the State. When I saw the death of innocent civilians, and especially the approving mood of a few local “pro-Ukrainian” patriots, I realized that time has chosen us all. The only solution for how to deal with the situation was on us. In this situation, I just went out and started helping the militia.

– In which militia unit are you fighting?

– Joint Army of South-East.

– What kind of combat tasks performed?

– Misc. Let it remain a military secret for now.

– Was it difficult to move from left peace activist life to become a fighter?

– It was difficult to become aware of what was happening and build a system that would explain (again, for me) essence of this war. It became very easy when – right in Lugansk – I met communists, who refused to obey the decisions of the Ukrainian Communist Party and boldly embarked on the path of struggle. And I felt the spirit of Donbass between soldiers, who had always gravitated to the fight against the rich, gravitated toward socialism. In LPR it is very noticeable. And peaceful life was in fact not entirely peaceful. There were the threats of nationalists, who roamed the streets of Donetsk and Lugansk (aka football ultras). And there were painful thoughts – how to open people’s eyes to the looming threat of the establishment of the Nationalist regime. The war was already here, the prologue of the war, if you like. I badly wanted to return to a peaceful life, to begin building a new young country with my own hands.

– How did you get wounded?

– During the heavy artillery shelling of the hero-city of Lugansk. The fact is that the Militia is not only fighting on the front line, the Militia has a responsibility to protect the civilian population as much as possible during the shelling, even at the cost of their own lives. People are already largely used to shelling, but there is still some confusion, disorganization. We did not think that punitive volleys over the residential areas were random, and now there is no doubt. Therefore citizens of Lugansk become more disciplined.

– How do you assess the prospects of military operations in the Donbass?

– If you look at the chronology of opposition from the very beginning, you will see how the Militia has grown and strengthened. However, the forces have been unequal until now. But we got another ally, no less important and dangerous to the enemy. Real Bolsheviks will understand the importance of it. This ally – the agitation of Ukrainian soldiers against the war. The way Bolsheviks campaigned against the imperialist war exactly 100 years ago. If more and more Ukrainians, who are fighting for the interests of the Ukrainian and Western capitalists, will begin to refuse to fight or start to organize their soldiers’ committees against the war, the case will be resolved. And this trend exists, it is already apparent. There are two possibilities. Either Ukrainian troops will completely raze Donbass to the ground and will fill it with blood, or a radical turning point will happen and we will throw the punitive forces out of the young republics. You see, peace is no longer possible in the Donbas under the authority of the Junta. Because in case of the Militia’s defeat, a period of reaction, direct genocide and terror against the population will start. And the local “snitches” will be very helpful. Can you imagine a single State of Yugoslavia, after a total war has occurred there? It’s impossible. Only compare with the Yugoslav carnage. We have no hatred for any particular nation, as it was the Serbs and Croats to the Bosnians, and those – the Serbs. If punishers came to control Donbass, they would have to constantly keep ready military units here and sleep with guns. Because it is not a war of the Russian against Ukrainians, this is civil war, where “Juntists” are fighting against anti-fascists.

– Ukrainian army is not as weak as in the beginning of the war. How do you see it from the “inside” – can the Militia handle it? Will the People’s Republics be able to resist?

– The Militia can handle it, because the Militia is now not only the fighters, but also the rest of the nation. Unconsciously, almost every one has mobilized themselves for the fight. Any little thing can be an invaluable help, every detail – this is a common struggle of the people. Without popular support nothing would have happened. People no longer want to live the old way. People really want peace and calm, but they are beginning to understand that with the Ukrainian government there will be terror and poverty.

– Is it possible to go on the offensive?

– There will be a counterattack, but not as soon as everyone wants. We also want it. Defense tactics anger many. More time is needed.

– You were an active participant of Antimaidan, in a leftist organization “Borotba” which was de facto outlawed by the Ukrainian authorities. Now your city, where you lived with your family, has been occupied by the troops of the Kiev junta. Is there any danger to your relatives and friends? Have they stayed there or left?

– Of course I moved my relatives earlier. My Uncle stayed and helps the common struggle also. Some comrades have left, but a lot stayed.

– In the media there is a lot of information that the locals in the Donbas hesitate to join Militia, do not support it. Allegedly, most Militias – there are some alien fighters from Russia, Chechens, Ossetians, etc. What do you think, is there any reason for such messages?

– On this subject, I would like to give more detailed response. First, there are different residents in Donbass. It’s a civil war. The vast majority, of course, helps any way they can, or just passively support us. As an example, consider the reaction of the population to the appearance of LNR columns in a particular city. People wave their hands and shout words of gratitude to the men, and so on. Many grandmothers bless passing Militias. In general, we sense the unity with the people. We’re all our own for each other. But there is a tiny “percent” of those who are waiting for their chance to give their neighbor into the hands of a Ukrainian secret police, like they do in Mariupol. There is also a “percent” of those who simply do not care, as long as someone has already opened an ATM in the village. The general mood of the Donbass people is becoming radicalized. People are increasingly looking to the massacre of informers. But the Militia, of course, attempts to thwart any lynching.

About the ‘Internationals’ in the Militia… In the Militia yes, there are different people; Ossetians, Chechens, Russian and Ukrainian. We are all internationalists and we are very proud of it. Because if, God forbid, one of the brothers has trouble at home, the same Russian, Ukrainians, Serbs and Ossetians, for example, will come to help him. This is the essence of internationalism. The backbone of the Militia are local boys and men. They come constantly, and not all are accepted. Even some grandfathers, WW2 veterans, wanted to join. It did happen. We have always been a very peaceful people in Donbass. In the course of this war, many have become warriors, who know how to defend their land and their ideas. Therefore it’s impossible to defeat Donbass, even if cities are taken. The fight will not end until the Donbass acquire independence.

Yes, there are internationalists here, not mercenaries. They are at home. How is it? – You ask. Easily. Donbass – the cradle of nations. There are many nationalities here. Just as Serbs have few areas historically inhabited by them. Whoever comes here with peace, will find a home here. After that, he would never be able to forget the Donbass. We are all Donbass people. As we say sometimes – we are all different, we are all red (smiles).

– What prevents people of Donbass from joining the Militia in masse to protect their land?

– In my opinion, it is the lack of a clear ideological line that people would understand. There is also the fear of losing a mug of beer in the evenings, or fear of perishing under fire of “Grad”. But if there would be a clear idea like Bolsheviks had, for example, this would be different. Well, people used to live from election to election; to choose between the Eastern and Western oligarch. Nobody expected the war, and there were no organizations like combat committees in each village ready for such a turn. We do not live at the beginning of the twentieth, but in the early twenty-first century. Therefore, we have to respond to the challenges of the time differently. It is important to find this answer; necessary to find the correct answer. Recent appeals of “volunteer-communists” fully answer many questions and, I think, reflect the opinions of the majority of the Militia fighters. Yes, from the very beginning we are fighting against raging “Ukrainianity” and neo-Nazism. And under the maddened “Ukrainianity” I mean the ideology of a mass with an inferiority complex, which is led by their puppeteers, but not the ordinary Ukrainians – our brothers. There are many Ukrainians against the junta, but they are afraid and they do not have self-organization. The frightening events in Odessa on May 2nd that also killed my comrades, “helped” the Junta to strangle for a time the protests outside the Donbass. Finally, I will respond with the words of a “volunteer-communist”: “If we raise the red banner – we will win this war.” And, I will add, we will help our brother Ukrainians to strangle the fascist vermin, by giving them opportunity to build Ukraine without fascism. Feeling that we can fight the war machine, we now understand not only what we are fighting against, but also what for. This is the key that will open the minds of many of our countrymen, who will rise to fight, I’m sure.

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– How do you see the future of Ukraine and Donbass if you win?

– I believe that Ukraine should arrive at socialism without Donbass. We can be strong allies. But Ukrainians will be able to eradicate Banderism and find a way to socialism only when they stop using Donbass as a “soviet monster” who “occupied the whole country.” Bandera hysteria is always heated by incitement of hatred between East and West. Without Donbass, Banderists will quickly eat themselves, because they cannot do anything for the “prosperity of the nation” and cannot point to someone, blame “outsiders”. Then in the Western Ukraine may arise “Livy ruh” (Left movement) and Banderism will die. Right to self-determination – this is a common right of the people, is the same as the right to choose one or another city in which to live.

– Many people say that the DNR – and LNR – is a “white project”, led by monarchists, Russian nationalists and similar groups. You, as a communist and internationalist, support the People’s Republics. What do you think, is there any reason for the Left to support the Novorossiya? How strong is the position of Left in the leadership of the republic? Are there many Left in the Militia – between ordinary soldiers and commanders?

– This question probably becomes central. At the beginning the men went to defend their homes and families, without thinking seriously about ideology. Moreover, it was practically impossible then to interest people in a struggle for power of the Soviets. Even if internally almost all were, to some degree Socialists. I mean in some “ideal” sense, which ordinary Donbass people would like to bring to life. Even at the level of conversation “on the bench”.

There are many Militia fighters in LNR who consider themselves communists and internationalists. I would also note the role of the “Workers’ Front of Lugansk” (formerly the regional committee of the Communist Party), whose members refused to obey “the official leadership of the Party” and openly declared for the Republic. Therefore they renamed. There are also anarcho-communists who were upset that their “brothers” in Kiev colluded with neo-Nazis, and excitedly began to help them kill our compatriots. Many are not in any organization, but simply positioning themselves as communists and internationalists. Here it is such a mixed pot that no one even thinks of who belongs to what organization. Communist – and be done with it. There is no nationalism here in the LNR, none. Don Cossacks perfectly interact with the Communists. Most of the Cossacks I have met are more like those of the Cossacks who fought for the Don Soviet Republic. Only they remember the Russian tricolor, which had the inscription “Antifa” (smiles). This episode explains a lot. People rose up against the threat of Ukrainian nationalism, and sought allies against armed radicals. Russia has always been a “mother” here, anyway. Therefore the flag of Russia was raised. But the anti-fascist label symbolizes another side, the inner essence of the peoples of Donbass – not any form of nationalism but internationalism and anti-fascism.

About commanders, I don’t say that someone has openly stated I am communist. But it’s not just talking about their internationalist beliefs, their anti-fascist views. For example, Alexander Mosgovoy, the “Ghost” battalion commander, has repeatedly spoken openly about the struggle against the oligarchs for the interests of the people, and proved his words with deeds. There is no “white project”, no, because it would be complete failure in Donbass. Historically, workers fought against the Whites, and fully supported the Soviet power. Mentally – everybody is “red” and not “white”. War consolidates people, awakens their historical memory, and then the class interest.

In conclusion, I would like to say that it is not sectarianism, but dialectics helps internationalists to understand the essence of the situation, to see behind bizarre forms – to see the true content; to make the right, even a tough choice.

And I will add: Compatriots, fellow countryman, remember that your ancestors shed blood on this earth for the victory of the proletariat. Remember that modern Donbass was built by incredible efforts of the working class, the victory over the Nazis. Donbass – a real monument of socialist construction. Remember who you are. Do not mutate, do not stray. Glory to the Donbas and the international solidarity of the working people!

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