Archive | November 29th, 2018

‘Mark of Shame on All Our Societies’: UN Finds More Women Killed by Domestic Violence Than Any Other Crime

NOVANEWS

50,000 women around the world were killed by family members or intimate partners in 2017

A U.N. study found that violence perpetrated by family members or intimate partners is the leading cause of death for women worldwide. (Photo: CMY Kane/Flickr/cc)

In a quarter of the world’s countries, no laws exist protecting women and girls from what a new United Nations study says is the crime most likely to kill them: violence perpetrated by their intimate partners and family members.

Marking the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime on Sunday released a global study on homicide, focusing on gender-related killings, and revealed that out of 87,000 women who were murdered around the world in 2017, 58 percent of them were killed by family members or partners.

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called violence against women “a moral affront to all women and girls, a mark of shame on all our societies and a major obstacle to inclusive, equitable, and sustainable development.”

“Not until the half of our population represented by women and girls can live free from fear, violence and everyday insecurity, can we truly say we live in a fair and equal world.”  —Antonio Guterres, U.N. Secretary-General“At its core, violence against women and girls is the manifestation of a profound lack of respect—a failure by men to recognize the inherent equality and dignity of women,” Guterres said. “It is an issue of fundamental human rights.”

The study examined cases of women who were killed as a result of intimate partner violence and in “honor killings” and dowry-related killings in countries in the Middle East, East Asian, and South Asian countries, as well as women who were killed in armed conflicts and other situations not related to domestic violence. According to the study, six women around the world are killed by someone they know every hour.

The release of the study marked the beginning of the U.N.’s 16 days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, in which the U.N. has urged governments and communities to help “Orange the World,” bringing global attention to violence against women.

View image on Twitter

GIZ Ghana@giz_ghana

GIZ 16DaysofActivism campaign launched! Movie night ongoing. 2

View image on TwitterView image on TwitterView image on TwitterView image on Twitter

Belgium UN New York

@BelgiumUN

Thank you @UN_Women for hosting the Official Commemoration of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.

strongly supports the campaign to end violence against women & girls ??

View image on TwitterView image on TwitterView image on Twitter

UN in Brussels@UNinBrussels

The joins the global campaign by illuminating the iconic and @eu_eeas buildings in orange! @UN -EU together to advocate against !

U.N. Women gave credit to social justice movements including #MeToo for bringing attention to violence faced by women all over the world and setting the stage for a global campaign.

“For far too long, impunity, silence and stigma have allowed violence against women to escalate to pandemic proportions—one in three women worldwide experience gender-based violence. The time for change is here and now,” wrote the office on its website.

“In recent years, the voices of survivors and activists, through campaigns such as #MeToo, #TimesUp, #NiUnaMenos, #NotOneMore, #BalanceTonPorc and others, have reached a crescendo that cannot be silenced any more,” the group continued. “Advocates understand that while the names and contexts may differ across geographic locations, women and girls everywhere are experiencing extensive abuse and their stories need to be brought to light.”

As the U.N. noted on Twitter, in 49 of the world’s 195 countries, no laws prohibiting domestic violence exist.

United Nations

@UN

1 in 3 women has experienced physical or sexual violence – often at the hands of their partner. Yet, 49 countries don’t have laws criminalizing domestic violence. https://bit.ly/1r8cLUe  pic.twitter.com/YkqDQ29iwx

According to the report, deadly domestic and family-related violence against women appears to have increased over the last five years, with an estimated 48,000 women being killed by partners or family members in 2012, compared with 50,000 in 2017.

“Tangible progress in both protecting and saving the lives of female victims of intimate partner/family-related homicide has not been made in recent years, despite the many programs developed to eradicate violence against women and the amount of legislation adopted,” reads the report. “Many women still find themselves alone, not only in the face of violence in their home but also of criminal justice systems that fail to respond adequately or do not have the capacity and knowledge to do so.”

“Violence against women is tied to broader issues of power and control in our societies. We live in a male-dominated society. Women are made vulnerable to violence through the multiple ways in which we keep them unequal,” said Guterres. “Not until the half of our population represented by women and girls can live free from fear, violence, and everyday insecurity, can we truly say we live in a fair and equal world.”

Posted in USAComments Off on ‘Mark of Shame on All Our Societies’: UN Finds More Women Killed by Domestic Violence Than Any Other Crime

‘Tear Gassing Children Is Outrageous and Inhumane’: US Condemned for Violence Against Asylum Seekers

NOVANEWS

“Asking to be considered a refugee & applying for status isn’t a crime,” says Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez after U.S. Border agents fire tear gas into Mexico

Migrants gather outside a temporary shelter set up for members of the ‘migrant caravan’ on November 24, 2018 in Tijuana, Mexico. Around 6,000 migrants from Central America have arrived in the city with the mayor of Tijuana declaring the situation a ‘humanitarian crisis’. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

As legal experts and human rights advocates overnight and Monday morning continued to denounce the tear gassing of children and other asylum seekers by U.S. forces at the Mexico border on Sunday, Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was among Democratic lawmakers who slammed the Trump administration for its treatment of refugees as she issued a reminder that vulnerable people fleeing violence and persecution have the right, codified by domestic and international law, to apply for asylum protection.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

@Ocasio2018

Asking to be considered a refugee & applying for status isn’t a crime.

It wasn’t for Jewish families fleeing Germany.
It wasn’t for targeted families fleeing Rwanda.
It wasn’t for communities fleeing war-torn Syria.
And it isn’t for those fleeing violence in Central America.

NBC News

@NBCNews

A migrant family, part of a caravan of thousands traveling from Central America en route to the United States, runs away from tear gas in front of the U.S.-Mexico border wall in Tijuana, Mexico.

(: Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters)

View image on Twitter

“The migrants at our southern border include mothers and small children exercising their legal, human right to seek asylum,” declared the ACLU in a tweet on Monday morning, and told the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency, “Tear gassing children is outrageous and inhumane.”

As the Guardian reports, this is what it looked like:

The National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (NNIRR) said that with asylum seekers, including children, being choked by tear gas along the U.S. border with Mexico, “a humanitarian crisis becoming even more inhumane.” Echoing Ocasio-Cortez and other rights groups, NNIRR emphasized that both “U.S. and international laws say these migrants have the right to apply for asylum.”

Adding this perspective, Karen Attiah, global opinions editor for the Washington Post, tweeted:

Meanwhile, as Trump continued to demonize the migrants and refugees in Mexico—”many of whom are stone cold criminals,” he claimed without evidence Monday morning—Guardian journalist Bryan Mealer and photographer Hans-Maximo Musielik, who have travelled extensively with refugees that left Honduras months ago, published an up-close-and-personal account showing how “the most vulnerable among them,” risked their lives—braving terrifying and dangerous conditions—to reach safety.

Posted in USAComments Off on ‘Tear Gassing Children Is Outrageous and Inhumane’: US Condemned for Violence Against Asylum Seekers

Ireland/EU: New legal advice finds Occupied Territories Bill is ‘fully compliant with EU trade rules’

NOVANEWS

Despite government opposition, the Bill has cross-party support from Labour, Sinn Féin, Fianna Fáil as well as independent senators.

THE OCCUPIED TERRITORIES Bill is fully compliant with EU trade rules, according to new expert legal opinion given to Senator Frances Black.

The Bill, which is due to be voted on by the Seanad next Wednesday, aims to prohibit Ireland from trading in goods and services from Israeli-occupied territories by prohibiting “the import and sales of goods, services and natural resources originating in illegal settlements in occupied territories”.

Despite government opposition, the Bill has cross-party support from Labour, Sinn Féin, Fianna Fáil as well as independent senators.

Members within government such as Transport Shane Ross, Minister of State for Disabilities Finian McGrath and Junior Minister for Jobs and Skills John Halligan have all voiced their support for the Bill, causing a bit of a headache due to government stating it opposes the proposed legislation.

Voicing his concern about the Bill earlier this year, Tánaiste Simon Coveney recognised that to prohibit the import and sales of goods from the territories would “send an important signal to the Palestinian people”.

Government opposition 

However, he argued that the memory of such a signal may fade over time and Ireland’s reputation would be of a country willing to go it alone, rather than a country determined to influence, persuade and bring others with Ireland.

Questions were also raised about whether Ireland could act solo by banning the trade on goods from the region, with the government said to be relying on advice from the Attorney General that finds because trade is an EU competence, individual EU member states cannot impose trade bans unilaterally.

A number of legal experts, including Senator Michael McDowell, who is also a former Attorney General, disagree with that advice.

The new advice, written by Professor Takis Tridimas, an expert in EU law at King’s College London and a practicing barrister with an extensive record before the European Courts, concludes that the Bill is fully compatible with EU law.

The professor, who is regularly cited by the Irish Supreme Court, as recently as July 2018 by Mr Justice Peter Charleton, states in his opinion that the law is very clear.

He states that while trade is an exclusive competence of the EU, EU law also provides that individual Member States can introduce restrictions on trade when they can be justified as a matter of “public policy” (under Article 36, TFEU).

Violation of international law

He adds that the restrictions on trade in the Occupied Territories Bill are justified on this basis because the settlements violate international law.

“There is […] no doubt that the prohibitions included in the Bill seek
to promote the objectives of, and give effect to, fundamental rules of international law which also bind the EU,” Professor Tridimas writes in his 19-page opinion.

He adds the “prohibitions contained in the Bill are intended to provide effective protection to the right to self-determination and by no means exceed what is necessary for this purpose…”.

Speaking to TheJournal.ie, Senator Black said the government has strongly condemned the settlements, saying they are illegal under international law, constitute an obstacle to peace, and threaten to make a two-state solution impossible. This is also the longstanding position of the EU and the UN.

However, in opposing the Bill, the Tánaiste has relied on the unpublished advice from the Attorney General.

Black called on Coveney to publish the advice from AG, so that all parties could see the reasoning behind the government’s stance.

Professor Tridimas’ opinion shows that Ireland has the legal capacity to pursue this, she said, adding this can only be done “if the political will is there”.

“I would love to see it [the AG’s advice to government]‘, Black told TheJournal.ie.

Two-State solution 

Like the government, she said she too supports a two-State solution between Israel and Palestine, but she said peaceful negotiations are needed for that to become a reality.

“The settlements are illegal and that is just wrong. It is nearly an apartheid regime at this stage in Palestine,” she said, stating that people are being prevented from walking down their own road, with new settlements being built daily.

This week Airbnb said it would withdraw listings for rentals in Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank, ahead of the release of a Human Rights Watch report criticising the inclusion of settlements.

Israel strongly denounced Airbnb’s decision and threatened legal action against the company, while Palestinian officials welcomed it.

Senator Black said Airbnb is not a charity but a very big company which has chosen to take such action. “Even they are recognising the issue with the settlements,” she said, and questioned why the Irish government would not take its own action and support her Bill.

Speaking last weekend, Coveney said Ireland could be forced in to recognising the State of Palestine if there is no further progress on the Middle East peace talks.

“If we see no prospect of a movement in the direction of a real peace negotiation in an effort to ensure that we recognise that the only solution can be based on two-state solution we may have to reassess government’s approach in relation to recognition,” he said.

Dublin is to host a Middle East summit in the new year, dealing specifically with the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Posted in UKComments Off on Ireland/EU: New legal advice finds Occupied Territories Bill is ‘fully compliant with EU trade rules’

Attack on the Chinese Consulate: Main Target is Pak-China CPEC Project

NOVANEWS

                            By Sajjad Shaukat, for Veterans Today Lahore, Pakistan

Pakistan’s security forces successfully foiled an attack on the Chinese consulate in Karachi on November 23, this year.

In the exchange of firing, two policemen were martyred, including two civilians, as three gunmen tried to enter the consulate around 9:30am but were intercepted by security guards at a checkpoint. Karachi Police Chief Dr Amir Shaikh said,

“Three suspected suicide bombers were killed before they were able to enter the facility as forces successfully foiled the attack…They could not even get in the compound. They tried to get into the visa section…The men came to the consulate in a car which was loaded with explosives.”

The clearance operation was initially led by a female Police Officer Assistant Superintendent of Police Suhai Talpur. Her courage has been greatly appreciated by the top officials of Pakistan.

On the same day, Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said, “All staff members of the Chinese consulate remained safe in the attack…It was a cowardly attempt by terrorists.”

The Director General of the Inter Services Publication Directorate (ISPR), Maj. Gen. Asif Ghafoor also confirmed by saying, “Terrorists attempted to enter Chinese consulate. Rangers and police have got control. Three terrorists killed. All Chinese are safe”.

He also stated, “Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa expressed grief at the martyrdom of two policemen in the attempted attack on the Chinese consulate in Karachi’s Clifton area, hailing their sacrifice for the greater cause of protecting the citizens.”

While ordering an immediate inquiry regarding the assault on the Chinese consulate in Karachi, Prime Minister Imran Khan condemned the attack, terming it as a conspiracy against Pak-China economic and strategic relations. He stated, “The elements and motives behind this attack should be uncovered…the nation is proud of the prompt action of the Rangers and police…who were martyred foiling the attack.”

Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry condemned the assault on the Chinese consulate in Karachi and labeled it a “conspiracy”, targeting Pakistan-China socioeconomic and strategic ties.” He added, “Such incidents cannot hinder the friendship between the two neighbours.”

Almost all the leaders of the mainstream political and religious parties condemned the foiled assault on the Chinese consulate in Karachi and hailed the role of the security forces in this respect.

Besides, the Chinese Embassy in Pakistan, Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang stated on the same day of the incident, “China strongly condemned the attack on its consulate in Karachi all consular staff and their families were safe following the shooting…We highly appreciate the efforts of the Pakistani side…The Chinese embassy in Pakistan has extended condolences over the martyrdom of two Pakistani policemen and said any attempt to undermine China-Pakistan friendship is doomed to fail…the attack would not affect Beijing’s commitment to the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) which seeks to connect its western province Xinjiang with the Arabian Sea port of Gwadar, in Balochistan….China and Pakistan are all-weather strategic partners.”

It is notable that a separatist group of the Balochistan province, the Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA) claimed responsibility of the failed terror attempt on the Chinese consulate in Karachi through a tweet.  However, such claims of responsibility have no material value because all such anti-state elements always try to score numbers when an incident like this occurs.

Meanwhile, Pakistan’s media and reliable sources disclosed that mastermind of terrorist attack on the Chinese consulate in Karachi—Aslam alias Achu is a commander of BLA and is currently receiving medical treatment at Max Hospital in the Indian capital New Delhi.

Undoubtedly, it shows the connections of the Indian secret agency RAW in relation to the foiled attempt at the Chinese consulate of Karachi.

In other terror-related incident, on the same day, at least 35 people were killed and 50 wounded in a blast in Kalaya area of lower Orakzai district in Hangu.

It is of particular attention that armed forces of Pakistan have successfully broken the backbone of the foreign-backed terrorists by the successful military operations Zarb-e-Azb and Radd-ul-Fasaad which have also been extended to other parts of the country, including Balochistan.

And Pakistan’s primarily intelligence agency, ISI has broken the network of these terrorist groups by capturing several militants, while thwarting a number of terror attempts.

But, in the recent past and during the election-campaign of 2019, blasts in Balochistan and other regions of the country, including the latest ones in Hangu and especially at the Chinese consulate in Karachi show that the US-led India, Afghanistan and Israel have again started acts of sabotage especially to destabilize Pakistan and to damage the CPEC which is their main target— particularly of India and America.

Notably, the assassination of religious clear Maulana Samiul Haq, known as the “Father of the Taliban” on November 2, this year in Islamabad was part of the same scheme to weaken Pakistan, also due to the fact that Pakistan is the only nuclear country in the Islamic World.

It is mentionable that during the successful four-day visit of Premier Khan to China, Beijing on November 2, 2018, reportedly agreed to provide USD 6 billion in aid to cash-strapped Pakistan to minimise its dependence on an IMF bailout package.

A loan of USD 1.5 billion is also expected to be offered, along with an additional package of USD three billion for CPEC. The loan and the investments were reportedly part of the USD six billion package. According to the joint statement, released on November 4, 2018, the two sides also signed fifteen Agreements/MoUs on a range of bilateral issues.

Pakistan and China also agreed to trade in their local currencies in an effort to reduce dependence on the US dollar. Particularly, Pakistan will save more than 12 billion dollars annually by importing goods in its local currency.

It is noteworthy that it is first time in the history of Pakistan that on November 20, 2018, the government led by P.M Imran Khan refused to accept tough conditions laid down by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for a financial bailout package.

Besides, other tough conditions such as further increase in power tariffs, imposition of more taxes etc., especially, the condition of sharing details related to Chinese financial assistance was also rejected. In fact, IMF is controlled by America, which has always imposed tough conditions to release loans in order to further destabilize Pakistan by targeting the general masses.

It is also of particular attention that India was openly opposing the CPEC and China’s One Belt, One Road (OBOR) or BRI; the US also joined New Delhi. In this context, on October 3, 2017, US Defence Secretary James Mattis told the Lawmakers, “The United States has reiterated its support for India’s opposition to China’s One Belt, One Road initiative…the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) a part of which traverses Pakistan-Kashmir.”

Islamabad strongly dismissed the statement from the American defence chief that the multibillion-dollar road and rail network “CPEC which is part of China’s One Belt, One Road initiative, passes through a disputed territory of Kashmir”, urging “the international community to focus on blatant human rights violations and heinous crimes committed by Indian occupation forces in the Indian Occupied Kashmir” (IOK), and reminded the US that Washington had also participated in an OBOR summit.

Earlier, a statement from the Chinese foreign ministry also dismissed Mattis’ statement, saying that the OBOR plan was backed by the United Nations and that CPEC was an economic cooperation initiative.

In this regard, repeated threats of the US President Donald Trump and top American officials to Islamabad and other moves like suspension of latter’s aid were part of the same scheme to thwart the CPEC.

The fact is that Indian lobbies which are well-penetrated in the US administration and Europe, research centers, think tanks and so-called human rights groups utilize the media tools in defaming Pakistan internationally. Especially, Indian RAW is availing the opportunity of the US-led organized propaganda campaign against Pakistan. Now, CPEC is special target of these hostile entities.

The reality is that when Gwadar seaport becomes fully operational, it would connect the landlocked Central Asian states with rest of the world. Being the commercial hub, the port is likely to increase volume of trade, bringing multiple economic and financial benefits to Pakistan like the Suez Canal which changed the destiny of Egypt when Israel returned it to the former.

It will enable high-volume cargo vessels to move in the major oceans. Gwadar project which is backbone of the CPEC will uplift the impoverished people of Balochistan and Gilgit-Baltistan, including developments in other provinces by providing thousands of employment opportunities, particularly to the less developed areas by redressing their grievances.

The resulting prosperity in Balochistan and Gilgit-Baltistan would damp the separatist sentiments of the people, which the hostile elements, supported by the US, India and Israeli do not want. Therefore, these entities and their media describe the CPEC in negative terms.

As a matter of fact, since the occupation of Afghanistan by the US-led NATO forces, the country has become center of CIA, RAW and Israeli Mossad which are in connivance to obtain the covert designs of the their countries and some Western countries against Russia, China, Pakistan and Iran.

Under the cover of fighting terrorism, these foreign agencies which are also in collaboration with the Afghan intelligence agency National Directorate of Security (NDS), support the militants of ISIS and Afghanistan-based Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), including their linked outfits which have been conducting terror-assaults in Afghanistan and Pakistan as part of the secret strategy of the US-led countries.

Besides, these terrorist outfits are weakening Tibetan regions of China and Iranian Sistan-Baluchistan through subversive activities.

Notably, on March 24, 2016, Pakistan’s security forces disclosed that they arrested the serving agent of RAW in Balochistan. During investigation and in a video, shown on Pakistan’s TV channels, RAW agent Kulbushan Yadav confessed that “he was the agent of RAW” and “during his stay, he contacted various Baloch separatist leaders and insurgents, including Dr Allah Nazar Baloch, to execute the task to damage the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor” project. Yadav admitted that he spied for India and was “assigned with the task to create unrest in Karachi and Balolchitan.”

Nevertheless, one has to evoke as to who could be the prime beneficiary of such an action against the Chinese in Pakistan. These are those elements who do not want to see Pakistan– China cooperation which has put the country on the road to progress.

In this connection, P.M. Imran Khan’s very successful visit to China and the advancements in the CPEC are of great distress and discomfort for those who do not want to see such initiatives, taking place between the two countries. In simple words this attack at the Chinese consulate was an attack on the CPEC and Pak-China friendship.

It is worth-mentioning that Karachi, the financial capital of Pakistan, reportedly has number of sleeping cells being operated by RAW, NDS and other hostile intelligence agencies. It is evident that the terrorist were part of these sleeping cells. Pakistan’s investigation units and intelligence agencies have already pointed out that such cells are being operated by RAW, NDS and other hostile agencies in Karachi.

In the recent years, these anti-Pakistan secret agencies have been conducting frequent attacks on the Pakistani forces and Chinese manpower working in Pakistan as well as on projects being completed under CPEC is going to change the fate of the people of this region especially Pakistan.

China and the US are pitched against each other on trade war. Asia and especially this region, being the economic future of the world, have gained attention of the world powers. This is the reason, why America has been spending billions of dollars just to stay in Afghanistan, despite the tremendous reverses being faced by the Americans. This interest goes till the extent where the US is now ready to even negotiate with their biggest adversary, the Talibans, just to maintain their presence in Afghanistan under the nose of China and Pakistan.

India being the collation partner of the US has opened 22 consulates in Afghanistan to counter the economic prosperity of Pakistan and CPEC and for working hands in glove with the NDS to generate unrest in Pakistan through sabotage and terrorism.

It means that being the future economic hub, this region; particularly Pakistan could face more terrorism-related events in the coming days. So, it is in their collective interests that both Islamabad and Beijing should remain focused on their economic goals and remain steadfast to meet similar future challenges.

Again, it is pointed out that initial operation at the Chinese consulate was led by a female Police Officer ASP Suhai Talpur, which proves that Pakistani girls and women folks are on the forefront to defeat evil designs of CIA-RAW-NDS nexus.

We can conclude that the CPEC is the main target of the foiled attack on the Chinese consulate in Karachi.

Posted in China, Pakistan & KashmirComments Off on Attack on the Chinese Consulate: Main Target is Pak-China CPEC Project

Khashoggi, Yemen and……………9/11:  When Will The US Hold The Saudis Accountable?

NOVANEWS
Said to have drained Khashoggi’s blood into a sink at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, according to recordings, while listening to music.
                                                        by Rich Scheck

The conversation regarding the apparent murder of Jamal Khashoggi remains focused on the death of one journalist and Saudi dissident, allegedly at the instructions of Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman.

That has lead politicians and pundits to address the horrendous war in Yemen launched by the petulant prince 3 years ago that has created a needless humanitarian disaster in that impoverished, beleaguered nation.

Beyond the outrage of those two events that can be attributed to the KSA lies other, deeply disturbing matters including the funding of Al Qaeda and ISIS rebels who adhere to the Wahabbist faith of the Saudi Royals……………and the attack on 9/11.

The MSM and Congressional critics rarely go beyond Khasoggi’s murder or the monstrously inhumane war on Yemen.  But in addition to so much else that is wrong with our entangled relationship with the Saudis is the unanswered question of their role in 9/11.

Two years ago, Congress demonstrated enough testicularity to pass JASTA and demand accountability after releasing those mysterious 28 pages that ostensibly implicated the KSA.

Even candidate Trump jumped onto that bandwagon during the campaign by raising the issue that “we may well find out the Saudis brought down the towers” if he is elected.  But it was all a big tease, a charade designed to fool the public and get those who sincerely doubted the official narrative to hope the NY Wrecking Ball would go after the Deep State and its foreign allies.

Instead we got a big arms deal, that obnoxious sword dance and the murder of a dissident who was himself no angel being a pal of Osama bin Ladin and a cog in Saudi intelligence!

The Kushner/MbS bromance serves the interests of Israel and the Saudis as it strengthens the effort to destroy Iran’s current regime.  It is decidedly not about America First!

The disappearance of Khashoggi remains a mystery.  Is he even dead?  Who killed him and why?

The US backed war in Yemen by the Saudis is an abomination.  The 9/11 attack on America that served as a pretext for unending wars in the Middle East via our war on terror remains both a failure of policy and successful false flag, psychological operation that has so far cost us many trillions, thousands of American casualties and the loss of good will around the globe.

The question remains:  When will the US hold the Saudis accountable for their misdeeds?  And when, dear citizens, will we hold our elected officials responsible for their misguided policies, waste of resources and criminal acts?  https://stonecoldtruth.com/9-11-and-the-very-deep-state/

From the UK Daily Mail:

Saudi hit squad ‘drained Jamal Khashoggi’s blood into an embassy bathroom sink before dismembering him’

  • Glasgow trained medic allegedly drained Khashoggi’s blood into a sink

  • Salah Tubaigy flew into Istanbul with a suitcase full of scalpels to clean up

  • Reports say he stripped, drained and chopped journalist to pieces at consulate

  • The Washington Post journalist had been critical of the Crown Prince’s regime 

Tubaigy pictured at Istanbul's Ataturk airport having flown in by private jet on October 2; the day Khashoggi disappeared

Glasgow trained medic allegedly drained Jamal Khashoggi’s blood into a bathroom sink before dismembering the body at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

Salah Muhammad Tubaigy, a ‘forensics expert’, was deployed to clean-up the mess when the journalist was murdered.

‘Khashoggi’s body was undressed. Tubaigy drew blood from his veins and let it flow into the bathroom sink.’ The Hurriyet Daily News quoted from the Turkish Sabah newspaper.

The paper say it was Tubaigy who dismembered the body.

Posted in USA, Saudi Arabia, YemenComments Off on Khashoggi, Yemen and……………9/11:  When Will The US Hold The Saudis Accountable?

RT Going Underground: US Drone Operator Outs US Slaughter of Children in Yemen

NOVANEWS

On this episode, we speak with Brandon Bryant, a former US drone operator, on the horrific realities he faced as a drone operator, the development and danger of autonomous drones, veterans’ mental health, and drone strikes on Yemen. Next, we cover the Extinction Rebellion protests with Clare Farrell. Finally, we discuss the plight of Yemeni children dying of preventable causes, with UNICEF’s Meritxell Relano.

3 COMMENTS
  1. The U.S. Military Machine is being used /abused as the, “Attack Dog” for and in the interest of the Judeo-Nazi Zionist Apartheid Theocracy of the Terror State of Israel, on the World Stage! The Executive and Legislative branches of our Government are mostly, ‘prostituted’ individuals, who are providing a service, not for their constituents, but for an alien-foreign entity, the Zionist International Crime Syndicate! They are the new aristocracy, who are above international law, borders, they have no patriotism but, have cornered the Worlds’ Financial System, turned the U.S. into their PLANTATION, from where the Blood and TREASURE of our people, has been turned into the, ‘Sacrificial Lambs’ on the barbaric-bloody Altar of Zionism! Remember
    read more …

  2. Just from reading the intro, I just couldn’t watch the video. It’s so upsetting to me that these events are taking place now . . . and in my area they be pimping the “Holocaust” The local art museum has a massive photo gallery on display . . . and I’m thinking . . . those are images of people long gone. But among the “living,” the children, the displaced in Yemen . . . where is the art museum’s photo essay on this CURRENT EVENT!

    Meh.

    Life and death . . . it’s just a matter of perspective, and who’s holding the camera.

    Kodak moments for all!

Posted in USA, YemenComments Off on RT Going Underground: US Drone Operator Outs US Slaughter of Children in Yemen

Anonymous blows lid off huge psyop in Europe and it’s funded by UK & US

NOVANEWS

If there is any way they can lie, cheat or steal, they will do it

…from Russia Today

[ Editor’s Note: Anonymous breaks a year end story during a sleepy news period. It is, in general, an old one, where pseudo government operatives are infiltrating social media to play-act being the public.

VT began exposing “fake media” five years ago, something we felt was obvious, that the Intel agencies and the endless NGO beards would exploit it to its fullest.

We warned it would be done on an industrial scale, with most of the platforms only too happy to accommodate government intrusion to keep their inflated stock values flying.

The early genesis of all this began with the massive trolling of websites in their comment boards. When I came on to VT, there were not even any logins. We were getting 5000 spams a day, which ran the page hit numbers up, so webmasters did not mind the boost in traffic ratings.

The spam filters caught 90%, but that left 500 to be removed by hand. Gordon was spending three hours a day cleaning the comment boards up. I suggested that was a massive wast of his time, that one hour should be the most, which saved two hours every day for other VT promotion, like doing online talk radio.

He picked up the ball and ran with it and became an instant radio guest hit, especially with Rense, that has lasted to this day. He brought the rest of the VT mainliners in behind him, like yours truly; and that exposure led eventually into the international news Skype clips and features.

The old trolling manipulation jumped a thousand-fold when the partial sentence social platforms emerged. It was trolling on steroids time. I underestimated their impact, as I could not care less what anybody thought about anything if they can only communicate in guttural grunts. I stayed off social media out of fear that my IQ might go down 20 points after a few months.

We knew that with Twitter the “re-twit” numbers could be hyped via bot farms in third world countries after the Zionist West Bank housewives got bored with it all. But the early money was good – $25 an hour for a home-based job.

So it comes as no surprise to me to read that we have evolved to the point where the new spin tactic is to present yourself as a spin exposure group, playing the good guys, which the Intel agencies have jumped all over.

“Social psyopying”, once the national online sport for Israeli Lobby trolls, has gone mainstream. We at VT have just continued to do what we do, while watching the others crash and burn around us. There are not many of us left. Our competition eliminates themselves — something we have never wanted to copy … Jim W. Dean ]

– First published … November 23, 2018 –

Anonymous has published documents which it claims have unearthed a massive UK-led psyop to create a “large-scale information secret service” in Europe – all under the guise of countering “Russian propaganda.”

In a document dump on November 5, the group exposed the UK-based ‘Integrity Initiative’, said to have been established by the ominously titled Institute for Statecraft in 2015.

The main objective is “to provide a coordinated Western response to Russian disinformation and other elements of hybrid warfare.” The Institute for Statecraft is affiliated with the NATO HQ Public Diplomacy Division and the Home Office-funded ‘Prevent’ program, so objectivity is, of course, at the forefront of their work.

Operating on a budget of £1.9 million (US$2.4 million), the secretive Integrity Initiative consists of “clusters” of local politicians, journalists, military personnel, scientists and academics. The team is dedicated to searching for and publishing “evidence” of Russian interference in European affairs, while themselves influencing leadership behind the scenes, the documents claim.

The UK establishment appears to be conducting the very activities of which it and its allies have long-accused the Kremlin, with little or no corroborating evidence. The program also aims to “change attitudes in Russia itself” as well as influencing Russian speakers in the EU and North America, one of the leaked documents states.

At present, the vast network allegedly has clusters for Spain, France, Germany, Italy, Greece, the Netherlands, Lithuania, Norway, Serbia, and Montenegro… but there’s more!

According to the Anonymous leak, major plans to expand the sphere of influence throughout eastern Europe, the US, and Canada, as well as the MENA region, are allegedly underway.

The clusters’ work is apparently done under absolute secrecy via concealed contacts embedded throughout British embassies, the leak claims, some of which are listed as part of the documentation.

In the documents, the Integrity Initiative states that sharing analysis of alleged “Russian attacks” (citation needed) with other countries in the network at a governmental level would likely increase international “collaboration and Alliance cohesion.”

The initiative claims it is not a government body, of course, but does work with unnamed British “government agencies.” The initiative has received £168,000 in funding from HQ NATO Public Diplomacy and £250,000 from the US State Department, the documents allege.

Some of its purported members include British MPs and high-profile, “independent” journalists with a penchant for anti-Russian sentiment in their collective online oeuvre, as showcased by a brief glance at their Twitter feeds.

In one particular example given as a case study of the group’s activities, the docs reveal how effective the strategy could be. According to the documents, the ‘Moncloa Campaign’ was carried out by the group’s Spanish cluster to prevent the appointment of Colonel Pedro Banos as director of Spain’s Department of Homeland Security.

And all it took was just a seven-and-a-half hour campaign, kicked off by several high-profile Spanish journalists affiliated with the secretive group.

“The [Spanish] government is preparing to appoint Colonel Banos, known for his pro-Russian and pro-Putin positions in the Syrian and Ukrainian conflicts, as Director of the Department of Homeland Security, a key body located at the Moncloa,” Nacho Torreblanca began in an extensive Twitter thread.

Others joined in. Among them – according to the leaks – academic Miguel Ángel Quintana Paz, who wrote that “Mr. Banos is to geopolitics as a homeopath is to medicine.” Appointing such a figure would be “a shame.”

Spanish media, such as El Pais, then reported on these murmurings. Notably, members of the UK team, like MP Bob Seely, are also listed in the Banos op document. The latter lost out to Miguel Angel Ballesteros.

The case is being highlighted as one of the major examples, but similar operations can be carried out in numerous other EU states, Anonymous warns in their release.

RT.com has contacted the British Foreign Office and Statecraft and is awaiting their response.

Posted in UKComments Off on Anonymous blows lid off huge psyop in Europe and it’s funded by UK & US

Pakistan: Bleeding But Fighting Fit

NOVANEWS

By Samson Sharif, BG, VT Rawapindi

In the past four decades no country in the world has survived more turbulent and destabilising environments than Pakistan. The amazing facts are that during this time, Pakistan waded off multi directional offensives and grew stronger and stable: politically, economically and militarily.

The past fifteen years in particular were a relentless assault forcing Pakistan to fight wars on multiple reverse fronts. Pakistan successfully waded through alligator infested waters, shrunk the swamp, went for the kill and moved proudly into the third round of uninterrupted democracy. The next logical step is diplomacy and development.

Societally, the country is much more integrated, inclusive and tolerant. Certainly far more inclusive and tolerant than neighboring India where Hindu hardliners are seeping into every sinew of society. Corruption, the major scourge of the system and foreign sponsored economic manipulation is in the last throes of death. That Pakistan is up, running and rocking is not an understatement.

Look at it from any perspective, the end statement does not change.

Recent conflict history is replete where ‘Dogs of War’ have destroyed societies, countries and people in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Pakistan with far worse circumstances is an exception.

Middle East is in turmoil. Yemen, a hornet’s nest and at war imposed by multinational intrigues has become a land of human misery and starvation within three years. Yet such misery is neither visible in Pakistan nor Afghanistan. This proves another point. Pakistan and Afghanistan are societally, religiously and culturally the same construct.

Cambodia, a neutral country in a spinoff of Vietnam War got destroyed. In comparison, Pakistan first warded off the far more intense Soviet invasion for ten years and later withstood the US imposed ‘Shock and Awe’ and terrorism for fifteen years. Rather than crack at fault lines, all fibers of national power have stranded into more robust unity.

What is most remarkable is that despite a four decade conflict in Afghanistan, unrest in Kashmir, an aggressive India, a hot and cold Iran, waves of terrorism in terrain that supported insurgencies, a hotbed of international intelligence, covert operations, and international sanctions, Pakistan held its own and prevented the Afghan people suffer the fate of malnourished Cambodians and Yemenis. Pakistan has remained the bread basket of Afghanistan and provided shelter and employment to over 4 million Afghan refugees over a prolonged period. Afghan lives have certainly been lost to violence but not to hunger and starvation. Symbolically, Pakistan made Afghanistan a cricketing power house.

Come to think of it. Isn’t this a spectacular feat?

After the tragedy of 1971, Pakistan has grown stronger after every conflict. The Kashmir independence movement has grown in momentum. Handfuls of secessionists exist only in imagination. The theory of a destabilised Afghanistan to destroy Pakistan has failed. Balkanisation maps have become a figment of imagination. Even President Trump’s offensive tweets have a positive effect, galvanise people and bond the country. Most importantly, despite an apparent polarised political environment, the parliament of Pakistan is unanimous on national security.

Unfortunately, strategic research in the world too often falls to biases and wishes of a dominating international order. Free thinkers are seldom heard or acknowledged. Yet sometimes the truth despite visible efforts at appeasement to the international order oozes out. One such evaluation comes from an article ‘Battered but still afloat’ written by Anatol Lieven. Though he did identify the inherent rallying points of a robust Pakistani society to bounce back, he drifted away from the facts in later parts of his essay, to keep his thesis of ‘Pakistan: A Hard Country’ alive. He writes,

“I have always been struck by the contrast between the dramatic and often violent character of Pakistan’s public life and the relative resilience and stability of Pakistani society. This resilience is the central reason why crises that would have sunk other states have left Pakistan battered, but still afloat. It is striking that several Arab states that once looked much richer and stronger than Pakistan have collapsed completely, whereas Pakistan, in its own messy and infuriating way, continues to trundle along. And if Pakistan could survive the combination of US pressure and Islamist insurgency of the past decade, and defeat that insurgency, then there are good grounds to be confident that Pakistan will go on surviving for quite a long time to come.”

Though some of his conclusions in later part of his essay proved wrong, reality floats on the surface.

The realization of realities has reluctantly surfaced through independent strategists like Anatol Lieven and Bruce Riedel. It is as much an admission of Pakistan’s robustness as failure of US policies in Afghanistan and region.

Contrary to Lieven’s assessment, Imran Khan is now the prime minister of Pakistan. He took reigns of a tattered and battered battle field under siege by a vicious debt trap created over decades by home grown factors supported by the international financial system. Pakistan has won this battle.

It is a foregone conclusion that Pakistan has waded out of most crises within few months. Saudi Arabia, UAE, and Malaysia have become solid partners. Chinese remain Pakistan’s most dependable ally. Relations with Iran have improved and shall grow despite US sanctions. Pakistan is poised to play a constructive role in ending Saudi-Iranian hostilities and end to the Yemen Conflict.

Pakistan is already playing a role in sustaining the human resource in Afghanistan. Its role in bringing peace to Afghanistan cannot be undermined at the cost of Pakistan’s security. Nothing won in this hard fought battlefield is to be compromised in diplomacy. It is only Pakistan that can provide a face-saving to US failures in Afghanistan.

Domestically, the system is slowly being restored and rebooted. Given the speed of events, Pakistan will override the initial hiccups and return to economic indices it merits and deserves.

This factor is well understood by Pakistan’s political and military establishment. Pakistan’s parliament is in unison. Pakistan’s military diplomacy is playing a vital part in building strong allies that shall form the springboard for socio-economic development. At the same time, military has reiterated its centrality to development without any desire for political power.

Pakistan’s next challenge is to consolidate its inherent strengths into an institutionalised mechanism. The ‘never admit defeat’ trait of the Pakistani nation led by Imran Khan provides motivation for the evolution of a Systems Approach that will in due course become a force multiplier.

Two events yesterday in Karachi and Orakzai Agency are the last of popcorns. Swift elimination through FC and Police means Pakistan is fighting fit.

Given two years, Pakistan will be closer to the elusive summit.

Posted in Pakistan & KashmirComments Off on Pakistan: Bleeding But Fighting Fit

What you won’t hear from US govt: Iran is open to working with Saudi Arabia

NOVANEWS
Darius Shahtahmasebi is a New Zealand-based legal and political analyst, currently specializing in immigration, refugee and humanitarian law.
Russia Today:
Washington’s rhetoric regarding Iran paints the picture of an evil nation hellbent on destroying the world. In reality, it appears that Tehran would prefer dialogue with its rivals, which is unacceptable to the US.

Tuesday’s White House Statement from President Trump on “Standing with Saudi Arabia” was an outright condemnation of Iran and a total free pass for Saudi Arabia.

Iran is to blame for almost every issue in the Middle East, including the war in Yemen, according to the statement. The US-made and supplied bombs raining down on Yemeni school buses, with some 85,000 children dying in the process, is simply because of Iran. Not only is Iran responsible for the bloodshed in Yemen, Tehran has further helped “dictator Bashar Assad” in Syria kill “millions of his own citizens.” The official death toll of the Syrian war is under one million, and certainly the various jihadist groups, including Islamic State (IS), share responsibility for that figure.

“The Iranians” have also killed many Americans and other innocent people throughout the Middle East. Iran not only shouts “Death to America” and “Death to Israel” but it is also considered “the world’s leading sponsor of terror.”

It is curious enough that firstly, in a statement about Saudi Arabia, the term “world’s leading sponsor of terror” is not gifted to the prime sponsors of Al-Qaeda and IS. Secondly, the fact that Trump himself put that term in inverted commas seems to suggest that even he doesn’t quite believe that one to be true.

Remember, Saudi Arabia is the country that Trump, before becoming president, once accused of masterminding the 9/11 attacks. I wasn’t aware of this until reading the statement, but according to the White House, Saudi Arabia would gladly withdraw from Yemen if the Iranians would agree to leave. That’s right, Iran’s non-presence in Yemen must be removed in order for Saudi Arabia to cease blowing up children, hospitals, factories, food trucks, schools, agricultural land, strategic ports, and relinquish its complete stranglehold over the country.

If you were naive enough to take the White House statement at face value, you would surely think that Iran has much to answer for. Iran is, after all, public enemy number one and has been for some time. Conversely, Saudi Arabia has been a longstanding ally of the United States, a faithfully serving client state, and it should be protected at all costs especially if there is to be any hope at pushing back against Iran as it yells “Death to America” and “Death to Israel.”

But what if Iran was, despite all of its flaws, not interested in fighting a war with Saudi Arabia? What if we dug a little bit deeper and asked ourselves: is there another way of dealing with the “threat” that Iran poses?

In January this year, Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif wrote an article that was published in the Financial Times which laid out the country’s proposed framework for bringing stability to the Middle East. The article was widely ignored by the rest of the world, even though its implications were potentially life-saving.

“The objective of a strong region — as opposed to a quest for hegemony and the exclusion of other actors — is rooted in recognising the need to respect the interest of all stakeholders,” Zarif wrote. “Any domineering effort by one country is not only inappropriate but essentially impossible: those who insist on following that path create instability. The arms race in our region is an instance of this kind of destructive rivalry: siphoning vital resources into the coffers of arms manufacturers has contributed nothing to achieving peace and security. Militarism has only served to fuel disastrous adventurism.”

Zarif states that the usual modes of forming alliances have become “obsolete” and suggests that security networking to address issues is a much better practice. He proposes that instead of ignoring conflicts of interests, the countries in the region should accept their differences.

“The rules of this new order are straightforward: common standards, most significantly the purposes and principles of the UN Charter, such as sovereign equality of states; refraining from the threat or use of force; peaceful resolution of conflicts; respect for the territorial integrity of states; non-intervention in the domestic affairs of states; and respect for self-determination within states,” Zarif adds.

Zarif recommends opening up dialogue and blames a “dialogue deficit” for instability throughout the region. Such a dialogue, he argues, could help other nations understand that all parties have “similar concerns, fears, aspirations and hopes.” His eventual vision is that these countries will eventually adopt a “non-aggression pact.”

Now, Zarif did not explicitly state who he was talking about in this proposed path to peace and stability. But what if his intention was to work with Saudi Arabia, is this not something that should be talked about, particularly by the US commander-in-chief when releasing statements stoking the fire of an already volatile region while pitting two major regional players against each other?

In October last year, Zarif was quoted as saying that Tehran is willing and ready for rapprochement with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, adding that he does not believe the two countries should have the type of relationship they have right now.

In December last year, Iran’s president Hassan Rouhani further intimated that Tehran is willing to resume ties with Saudi Arabia if it halted its military campaign in Yemen and severed its ties with Israel.

“We don’t have any problem with the country that is our neighbor and unfortunately speaks a lot and speaks irrationally. Saudi Arabia, as our neighbor, should stop bombing Yemen from tomorrow, stop bowing to Israel, stand straight and rely on its nation,” Rouhani said.

In March this year, Zarif then took his ambiguous article one step further and openly saidthat Iran is willing to resolve its differences with Saudi Arabia’s as part of Tehran’s desire for stability in the region. As Zarif notes, this is not the first time Iran has reached out to the kingdom, yet the Saudis continue to reject Iran’s proposed dialogue.

In August of this year, Zarif further stated that Iran wants to restore relations with Saudi Arabia as well as the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain. Surprisingly, Saudi Arabia had just allowed the entry of an Iranian diplomat to head Iran’s interests in the Kingdom, a rare move since diplomatic ties had been cut almost two years prior.

Just last month, Zarif again called for Saudi Arabia’s cooperation to push back against the “repeated insults” made by the US president at the time.

“This is the reward of the illusion that security could be achieved through external support,” Zarif said. “We extend our hands to our neighbours, saying: let’s build a strong region to stop this arrogant pride.”

I could be wrong, but in its totality, it does appear that Iran is proposing a framework where Middle Eastern countries settle their disputes between themselves without outside interference, whereby the US would be left out completely. Such a suggestion is in itself a form of hubris so unacceptable to Washington that the proposal itself makes the country ripe for a targeted regime change operation. Despite this, Iran has been quite open about its blueprint for a new outlook to the Middle East.

“We don’t need foreigners to guarantee the security of our region,” Iran’s president saidearlier this year.

“When it comes to regional security arrangements, we are ready to talk to our neighbours and friends, without the presence of foreigners,” he added. “We are, have been and always will be good neighbours.” Yes – even Saudi Arabia.

In August, UN experts went even further and said that Iran might be willing to play a “constructive role” in ending the war in Yemen, something Iran has said it has beenwanting to do for years by working with Saudi Arabia.

Conversely, the Saudis and their US counterparts are not so willing to take the Iranians up on their offer.The Saudis always want to “fight the Iranians to the last American,”accordingto former Secretary of Defence Robert Gates. The Saudis have even openly abandoned the Palestinian cause in an attempt to cosy up to Israel and create a US-backed alliance that can confront Iran in the region. The Saudi Crown Prince also compared Iran’s supreme leader to Adolf Hitler, a brazen statement for a man who executes journalists and unarmed children with complete impunity. The kingdom continues to openly work with Al-Qaeda linked groups to prolong the fighting in Yemen, all because its anti-Iran hysteria cannot falter from its position.

A détente between Riyadh and Tehran appears to be a far cry away from happening any time soon, but we cannot continue to pretend we haven’t noticed the opportunity that continues to present itself, particularly from the Iranian side. Whether an Iran-Saudi relationship is a positive step or a disastrous one is an important question to ask; but we should at least consider it as an option if it can avoid a potential and unnecessary war between two regional powers, as well as its potential to diffuse an already devastating war which continues to kill thousands of people completely needlessly.  

Posted in USA, IranComments Off on What you won’t hear from US govt: Iran is open to working with Saudi Arabia

Wahhabist Attack Religious Gathering in Kabul, Duff on Press TV

NOVANEWS
Previous articleWhat you won’t hear from US govt: Iran is open to working with Saudi Arabia
Next articleVT Science: Anti Gravity Is Real (updated)

Gordon Duff is a Marine combat veteran of the Vietnam War. He is a disabled veteran and has worked on veterans and POW issues for decades.

Gordon is an accredited diplomat and is generally accepted as one of the top global intelligence specialists. He manages the world’s largest private intelligence organization and regularly consults with governments challenged by security issues.

Duff has traveled extensively, is published around the world and is a regular guest on TV and radio in more than “several” countries. He is also a trained chef, wine enthusiast, avid motorcyclist and gunsmith specializing in historical weapons and restoration. Business experience and interests are in energy and defense technology.

Gordon’s Archives – 2008-2013

Gordon’s YouTube Channel

Posted in Saudi ArabiaComments Off on Wahhabist Attack Religious Gathering in Kabul, Duff on Press TV

Shoah’s pages

www.shoah.org.uk

KEEP SHOAH UP AND RUNNING

November 2018
M T W T F S S
« Oct   Dec »
 1234
567891011
12131415161718
19202122232425
2627282930