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TORTURE/WAR CRIMES

Oct 03 09:46

When Did Congress Vote to Aid the Saudi’s Yemen War?

The bill introduced by a bipartisan group of House members last week to end the direct U.S. military role in the Saudi coalition war in Yemen guarantees that the House of Representatives will vote for the first time on the single most important element of U.S. involvement in the war—the refueling of Saudi coalition planes systematically bombing Yemeni civilian targets.

In doing so, moreover, the bipartisan bill, H. Con. Res. 81, will provide a major test of Congressional will to uphold the War Powers Act of 1973, which reasserted a Congressional role in restraining presidential power to enter into wars without its approval in the wake of the Vietnam War debacle.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US government's collusion in Saudi war crimes in Yemen, sickens me, morally. And what the Saudis are doing here, in this no-win military conflict, is pretty damned horrific.

The Saudi bombing runs are indiscriminately killing Yemeni infants and children; the Saudi royals, including Prince Salman, are probably laughingly referring to it as "pre-emptive birth control."

Because, with US military assistance, Yemeni ports are closed, no food can get it. This is causing massive malnutrition, leading to death, particularly among Yemen's children.

And if that were not enough to add insult to injury, there has been a huge (perhaps weaponised) explosion of a cholera outbreak, said by the Red Cross to probably exceed one million cases by the end of this year.

The joint US/Saudi genocide in Yemen reminds me very much of the response to one of the Vatican Legate, upon hearing that women and children were with the men at the seige of Montsegur, France, where the Church's army was in the process of exterminating the Cathars. His remark was: "Kill them all: God will find his own."

Oct 03 07:11

America:The Dictatress of The World

When the Constitution called the federal government into existence, the last thing the American people wanted was a powerful military. They were overwhelmingly opposed to what they called “standing armies,” which was a term used describe a big, permanent military establishment. That was why there was Pentagon, no big, permanent military-industrial complex, no CIA, and no NSA for more than 100 years after the country was established. The American people didn’t want those types of governmental apparatuses to be part of our nation’s political system.

The reason Americans were so opposed to standing armies is because they believed that standing armies constituted a grave threat to their freedom and economic well-being. They knew, from both first-hand experience and through history, that dictators and despots used powerful military establishments to destroy the freedom and prosperity of the citizenry, oftentimes in the name of keeping them safe, secure, and prosperous.

Sep 28 09:12

Israel covers up role in Myanmar crimes against Rohingya

Israeli attorney and human rights activist Eitay Mack has long campaigned to force Israel to reveal and halt its arms sales to various violent regimes.

This week, Israel’s state attorney asked the high court to retroactively classify all the records and proceedings related to Mack’s latest suit, which attempts to compel the government to end its arms sales to Myanmar.

In an emailed statement, Mack likened the request to the methods of a “dictatorial regime.”

The judges rejected the sweeping censorship request, but agreed to place a gag order on a ruling in the matter that they were due to deliver on Wednesday.

Mack said that the judges decided to classify their ruling without giving him and other parties a chance to respond to the state’s request.

Sep 26 21:31

Washington Has Initiated Military Conflict With Russia

Sooner or later it will dawn on the Russian government that Washington is not a rational government with which diplomacy can be practiced, peace pursued, and agreements reached......

Sep 26 11:03

Enough evidence of civilian deaths, US self-investigation of Syria strikes insufficient – HRW to RT

The US-led coalition is underreporting the civilian casualty figures in Syria, the deputy director of terrorism and counterterrorism division at Human Rights Watch has told RT, criticizing the US's secretive and insufficient self-investigation methods.

On Sunday, Human Rights Watch (HRW) revealed that the US-led coalition fighting Islamic State in Syria killed at least 84 civilians, including 30 children, when it carried out two lethal airstrikes near Raqqa in March. The US-led coalition, however, insists that there was no civilians present at the time of the attacks.

Sep 24 08:53

US special ops forces & hardware spotted at ISIS positions north of Deir ez-Zor – Russian MoD

The Russian Ministry of Defense has released aerial images which they say show US Army special forces equipment north of the town of Deir er-Zor, where ISIS militants are deployed.

Sep 23 10:38

Trump, Ghani agree U.S. can help develop Afghanistan's rare earth minerals

Hate to agree with Karl,but wars are economic,actually criminal. Somebody wants what someone else has and they figure the best way to get it is to steal it,using various nebulous reasons to motivate the cannon fodder. Like religion,nationalism,race or my favorite from Gullivers Travels;"They open their eggs from the wrong end!"

(Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Thursday backed having companies from the United States develop Afghanistan’s reserves of rare earth minerals, despite formidable obstacles to industrial mining in the country.

The comments, at a meeting in New York, were the latest in a series in which both U.S. officials and the Afghan government have emphasized the potential strategic value of Afghanistan’s vast and largely untapped mineral reserves.

Sep 23 08:14

AIRPORT POLICE DEMANDED AN ACTIVIST’S PASSWORDS. HE REFUSED. NOW HE FACES PRISON IN THE UK.

It was not the first time Muhammad Rabbani had problems when returning to the United Kingdom from travels overseas. But on this occasion something was different — he was arrested, handcuffed, and hauled through London’s largest airport, then put into the back of a waiting police van.

Rabbani is the 36-year old international director of Cage, a British group that was founded in 2003 to raise awareness about the plight of prisoners held at the U.S. government’s Guantanamo Bay detention site. Today, the organization has a broader focus and says it is working to highlight “the erosion of the rule of law in the context of the War on Terror.” Due to its work campaigning for the legal rights of terrorism suspects, Cage has attracted controversy, and Rabbani has faced the government’s wrath.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am quite sure that the Occupied Unhinged Surveilled States of Amerika still tortures, or outsources torture; they just don't want the world to know about it.

I hope that Mr. Rabbani makes the information he recieved from the formerly tortured individual public, just as soon as is reasonably, and legally, possible.

Sep 22 09:04

Not one of the 400 Brits who fought alongside ISIS charged with war crimes or deported

MI5 estimates that 850 Brits have slipped into Iraq and Syria to fight for Islamic State – but only half have ruturned to Britain

Sep 22 07:29

Trump Alone Threatened War in His UN Address

The UN is a venue for promoting world peace and stability. Trump used his General Assembly address for hostile chest-thumping, threatening North Korea, Iran, Venezuela and Syria’s Bashar al-Assad – a disgraceful jingoistic display.

The only language he understands is belligerence, escalating wars he inherited from Bush/Cheney and Obama, plotting new ones, threatening possible nuclear confrontation on the Korean peninsula.

He’s a national disgrace and a world menace, a rogue leader. Addresses by his counterparts and other officials representing their countries shamed him.

Sep 21 09:30

UK military shows off footage of drone strike on ISIS that caused ‘civilian injuries’

Footage has emerged showing a controversial British drone strike on a sniper in Syria last May.

The British military claimed the attack prevented a public execution, but monitors on the ground say civilians were injured.

Sep 20 10:59

Trump Gives CIA More Autonomy on Drone Strikes

Stupid is as Stupid does!

In this case, Trump told CIA Director Mike Pompeo and other officials that he wants an even more aggressive drone posture from the CIA, and granted them broad autonomy in who to kill and when. This included allowing CIA strikes in Syria, something which heretofore hadn’t been mentioned.

Sep 18 13:25

President Trump: Rescind and Declassify Presidential Decision Directive 51 (PDD-51)

President Trump can start to push back against the Deep State. The is rescind and Declassify PDD-51. The People need to know what is in these documents sign by President Bush that makes him a dictator and congress a ceremonial body with no authority.

Sep 18 12:37

Removing Offensive Monuments

The eyesore presidential libraries

The social justice warrior charge to purge the United States of all monuments relating in any way to the Confederacy has been rapidly expanding to include the scourge represented by all white people all through history.

Now, I would suggest that turnabout is fair play so if we are all agreeing that monuments must be destroyed to right historic wrongs, I am interested in making up my own little list based on the things that I disapprove of. As readers of this site are aware, I am a critic of illegal behavior by the United States government, to include torture, targeted assassinations by drone and starting wars without any reason to do so, so that would be a good place to start.

Sep 18 08:25

US coalition admits Deir ez-Zor strike, promises to investigate 12 reported civilian casualties

The US-led coalition has admitted to carrying out an airstrike in Deir ez-Zor province, which reportedly killed at least 12 Syrian civilians. While the coalition did not acknowledge the casualties among locals, it promised to launch an investigation into the incident.

Sep 17 09:06

SENATE CAMPAIGN FACES SCRUTINY OF STRATEGIST’S WORK FOR SAUDIS

A U.S. Senate campaign faces controversy after the Boston Herald published a story on a key strategist’s participation in a Saudi lobbying campaign against the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA).

Massachusetts state representative Geoffrey Diehl, who is running for the 2018 Republican nomination to oppose incumbent senator Elizabeth Warren, hired Holly Robichaud to serve as a campaign strategist. 28Pages.org previously reported that Robichaud, a political consultant and columnist for the Boston Herald, registered in October 2016 as an agent of the Saudi government.

JASTA cleared the way for 9/11 victims and insurers to sue the kingdom for its alleged support of the September 11 attacks. Robichaud was among some 70 political influencers across the nation pressed into service by Qorvis MSLGroup as the firm scrambled to unleash a broad attack on JASTA on behalf of Saudi Arabia.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

During this campaign, Geoffrey Diehl needs to be asked hard questions regarding the joint commision of war crimes by Saudi and US troops in Yemen.

And please do mention that:

1. Saudi troops have methodically killed, and maimed for life, innocent Yemeni children, women, and the medically fragile elderly with their bombing runs.

Yemeni children killed and maimed for life from Saudi bombing runs in Yemen

2. Saudi troops have closed all Yemeni ports, so no food can get in. Now, Yemeni children are starving to death from malnutrition.

Images: children dead and dying from the consequences of malnutrition

3. With starvation comes disease, so cholera has swept up hundreds of thousands in an epidemic of huge proportions.

Images: Yemeni children dying from cholera

You may want to ask Diehl if the cholera was weaponised, courtesy of the Occupied Unhinged Surveilled States of America (The OUSSA, which is the only way I can refer to this country at this point in its history.)

4. The Saudi troops have used depleted uranium weapons, causing massive cancers, still births, and horrific birth defects in Yemeni children.

Images: massive premature births and horrific birth defects, due to Saudi use of depleted uranium weapons in Yemen

You might also want to ask Holly Robichard (politely, NO PROFANITY< NO THREATS, PLEASE!!) faxing the above images to her office) why she is morally comforable, doing work for a country which commits these atrocities. Her contact info can be found here:
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Sep 16 21:34

Syria’s Victory in Deir Ezzor

The Tide is Turning against the Deep State NWO.

The Syrian Arab Army have achieved yet another dramatic victory this time lifting the ISIS siege of the heroic city of Deir Ezzor. For years Deir Ezzor has been surrounded by enemies and under siege first by the FSA and Al Nusra and then by ISIS. They have withstood repeated attacks by the US-NATO air force most infamously last fall when the Americans bombed Deir Ezzor right after agreeing to a ceasefire, a treacherous move that paved the way for a nearly successful ISIS offensive to capture the city. The brave defenders of Deir Ezzor withstood these endless attacks becoming a symbol of the heroic resistance of all of Syria. For years Syrians and their friends around the world have dreamed that one day this siege would be lifted. Our dreams have finally come true and faster then anyone could have imagined.

Sep 16 10:11

Government Won on 9/11… The rest of us lost…

16 years later, the War on Terror™ has yielded hundreds of thousands of dead and injured Americans, Iraqis, and Afghans, ongoing and intractable wars disguised as nation building, the Patriot Act, illegal executive actions, trillions in new federal debt, vastly increased federal surveillance powers, rubber stamped FISA court warrants, TSA at the airports, a useless Department of Homeland Security, overflowing VA hospitals, and increasingly militarized police here at home. More importantly, it has yielded a distressing complacency toward grotesque federal power. -- It has not yielded peace, or liberty, or security. But liberty vs. security was never the choice.

Sep 16 07:43

Germany Launches Probe After Pentagon's Syrian Arms Smuggling Story Goes Viral

The German government has opened a probe into an illegal Pentagon arms trafficking operation after a bombshell investigative report on the secret program went viral this week.

On Wednesday we reported on the continuing Pentagon arms pipeline to Syria which runs through Europe, the Balkans, and Caucuses, and which is based on a shady network of private contractors and altered US government paperwork. The Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) and the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network (BIRN) produced conclusive evidence and internal memos proving that not only is the Pentagon currently involved in shipping up to $2.2 billion worth of (mostly old Soviet) weapons from private dealers to US-backed Syrian militants, but is actually manipulating paperwork such as end-user certificates in order to conceal the ultimate destinations of the weaponry (in this case Syria).

Sep 16 07:33

US sent weapons to Syria through Ramstein military base - report

Washington's air base in southwest Germany was used for a time to store and send weapons to Syrian rebels, according to a German news daily. If the report proves true, the US could have violated German law.

Sep 15 13:49

U.S. Senate Betrays Constitution, Fails To Stop Perpetual War Policy

“We have been there for 16 years. It is time for the wars to end. It is time for Congress to vote on whether or not they should end,” Paul said on Monday.

Sep 15 12:02

The Latest: UN says 389,000 Rohingyas have fled in 3 weeks

Rohingya Muslims, who crossed over from Myanmar into Bangladesh, carry an elderly woman in a basket and walk towards a refugee camp in Shah Porir Dwip, Bangladesh, Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017. Nearly three weeks into a mass exodus of Rohingya fleeing violence in Myanmar, thousands were still flooding across the border Thursday in search of help and safety in teeming refugee settlements in Bangladesh.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This... is the ugly face of ethnic cleansing, writ large.

Sep 15 06:53

EU refuses to condemn Israeli genocide plan

A party with members in Israel’s government has just endorsed a plan to force Palestinians out of their homeland.

A prominent Holocaust scholar previously called the plan potentially genocidal and likened the values of its chief proponent to those of the Nazi SS.

Yet the European Union, which claims a moral mission to combat extremism, racism and xenophobia, is refusing to condemn it.

The National Union faction, which has members in Israel’s parliament as part of the Jewish Home party, approved the plan at a conference this week.

Sep 14 09:19

New U.N. Report Cites Terrorists, Blames Assad For Chemical Weapons With No Real Evidence

By Brandon Turbeville

The United Nations is marching ahead with its task of acting as the Anglo-Financier administrative arm of the world corporate-financier government structure with its recent “report” aimed at the Syrian government. According to Western corporate media outlets who are reporting the story with unconcealed glee, the United Nations “war crimes investigators” produced a report blaming the Syrian government for chemical weapons attacks at Khan Sheikhoun and nearly two dozen other incidents.

The United Nations team stated that there had been 33 incidents investigated; 27 were the fault of the Syrian government and perpetrators had not yet been identified in the other seven. In other words, all of the alleged chemical weapons incidents were the fault of the Syrian government except for the ones they have yet to determine.

However, there are many problems with the stance of the report, its methodology, and its purpose...

Sep 14 07:52

16 Years Ago, We Began A “War On Terror” That Will Never End

On the 16th anniversary of 9/11, a prescient Hunter S. Thompson column from the day after the attacks was shared on social media. Thompson wrote at ESPN on Sept. 12, 2001:

The towers are gone now, reduced to bloody rubble, along with all hopes for Peace in Our Time, in the United States or any other country. Make no mistake about it: We are At War now — with somebody — and we will stay At War with that mysterious Enemy for the rest of our lives.

>>>

(*If nothing else we get a clearer understanding of the suiciding of Thompson)

Sep 11 09:16

2,100 bodies of civilians discovered in aftermath of Mosul

Since July, over 2,000 bodies have been excavated in the western part of Mosul, after the city was cleared from Daesh in June, an Iraqi official said on Friday.

Speaking to an Anadolu Agency correspondent, the civil defense official of Iraq’s Ministry of Interior, Saad Hamid, said that more than 2,100 civilian bodies were found under the ruins.

Hamid said that during their work the team faced “lack of equipment and various security problems such as Deash members firing from hide outs, bunkers, tunnels or basements”.

Sep 11 09:13

FLASHBACK - DUMBING US DOWN WITH BEX: The 9/11 Report A graphic adaptation

By Sid Jacobson and Ernie Colón

The 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks is approaching. In 2006, Sid Jacobson and Ernie Colón published part of their graphic novel, The 9/11 Report: A Graphic Adaptation, in Slate. The book interprets the 9/11 Commission Report with images. To mark the annivesary, Slate is reprinting the first chapter below.

Here is a primary example of the condescending mentality that infects the so called eatablishment!

Sep 11 08:18

9-11 Research: An Attempt to Uncover the Truth About September 11th, 2001

We all know the official story of September 11th: four jetliners were hijacked by groups of four and five Arabic men armed with box cutters, who proceeded to fly three of the four jets into the Twin Towers and the Pentagon. Subsequently the World Trade Center Towers, weakened by the impacts and fires, collapsed into piles of rubble. The FBI had compiled a list of hijackers within three days, and it was so obvious that Osama bin Laden had masterminded the operation from caves in Afghanistan, that there was no need to seriously investigate the crime or produce evidence. The "retaliatory" attack on the Taliban would soon commence.

Sep 09 10:44

AT HOME IN GAZA

Wissam Nassar, a Gaza-born photojournalist who has worked in the coastal enclave for the past eight years, has seen it all. He lives a life surrounded by war and reconstruction but finds the most authentic images he makes as a photographer in the subtler moments of reprieve.

“My family and I are refugees,” Nassar tells TIME, as he recalls growing up in Gaza as one of eight children from what he calls a very “working class family.” Nassar was first inspired to begin documenting Gaza’s most turbulent times while in college. He began his professional career covering the past three Israeli-Hamas wars in 2008, 2012 and 2014.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Please share these images with everyone you know, and ask them: why is the US government supporting a wretchedly apartheid Israel, a bristlingly nuclear and conventional weapons-armed nation, which persists in generating this open-air misery for the people of Gaza from which they cannot escape?!?

Sep 07 12:00

'Horrific' accusations of torture, sex abuse in Bahrain

Bahrain has brutally cracked down on opponents over the past year with security forces jailing, torturing, and sexually assaulting more than 160 government critics, rights groups said on Thursday.

Between June 2016 and June 2017, at least 169 Bahrainis have also been threatened, harassed, and banned from leaving the Gulf island nation, Amnesty International said in its report, 'No one can protect you': Bahrain's year of crushing dissent.

"We have heard horrific allegations of torture in Bahrain. They must be promptly and effectively investigated and those responsible brought to justice," said Philip Luther, Amnesty's research and advocacy director for the Middle East and North Africa.

"The government of Bahrain has managed to crush a formerly thriving civil society and reduced it to a few lone voices who still dare to speak out."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Mr. President, a word, please.

Today you held a press conference with Emir Al-Sabah from Kuwait.

You also mentioned Bahrain by name, as being one of America's BFFs in the region.

So here is what must be the quid pro quo for you: you have bonded our country, geopolitically, to a barbaric dictatorship which rapes, beats, hangs, and tortures peaceful demonstrators, in return for the continued use of its housing the US Navy's 5th Fleet.

Historically, those in the bowels of power in the Deep State of the Unhinged, Surveilled, States of Amerika, have had absolutely no qualms about getting in bed with dictators, if those country's dictators suit Amerika's needs. Look at Pinochet's Argentina, and the Shah's Iran, for unequivocal proof of this.

But Mr. President, at what moral cost to your Presidency, have you done this?!?

The realities of the brutality of the Sunni Al-Khalifa monarchy toward their Shiite minority have been thoroughly documented; there is no room for saying that this is not happening.

When this country gets cozy with dictatorships, for various geopolitical gain, it broadcasts that those alleged American ideals of democracy, human rights, and freedom of speech are simply a charade, to be well and truly flushed, when a "deal" can be made with a foreign dictator; the US relationship with Bahrain, given its appalling human rights record, is one of those moments when the hypocrisy of such actions is laid absolutely bare, for all the world to see, Mr. President.

Sep 07 11:33

HRW: Egypt torture likely 'crime against humanity'

Human Rights Watch in a report released on Wednesday accused Egyptian security services of widespread torture of detainees in a probable "crime against humanity."

The New York-based rights group said security services in the North African country used torture as a "systematic practice" against suspected opponents of the government.

Rights groups have regularly accused Egyptian security services of practising torture, something the interior ministry has denied.

The government has acknowledged there have been "individual" cases of torture, and several policemen have been tried and sentenced for violent deaths in detention in recent years.

"Human Rights Watch believes the torture epidemic in Egypt likely constitutes a crime against humanity, due to its widespread and systematic practice across Egypt," the group said in the report.

It said it had interviewed 19 former detainees who detailed the methods of torture, which include electrocution.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

How reminiscent of Americans torturing Iraqis at Abu Ghraib!!

I just have to wonder; where did the Egyptian military learn about these techniques of torture, which the US government has sanctioned, and used, or outsourced the use of, against prisoners of war?!?

Sep 05 15:56

The Plight of Rohingya: Myanmar Authorities Are Deliberately Overlooking Atrocities

As maintained by Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, Iran is prepared to help adoption of collective strategies by international organizations and Muslim countries in order to solve the ongoing crisis plaguing Myanmar’s Muslim community. This comes as Myanmar’s military has intensified attacks on Rohingya Muslims.

This is while the Muslim community has long been under a military siege in Rakhine since October 2016. The government claimed that its border guards had come under a militant attack and used it as the pretext to enforce the lockdown without substantiating its claim. The Rohingya had already been subject to communal violence by extremist Buddhists for years.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I will not be silent, about this ongoing genocide, thank you very much!!

And Ahn Sang Su Ki, Nobel Peace Prize Winner, WHERE THE HELL ARE YOU RIGHT NOW?!?

Cowering and hiding behind the weight of your office, will not resolve the problem.

The world is watching, and seeing the enormity of this calamity, courtesy of of a highly nationalistic Buddhist military, cannot be allowed to continue.

And Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, my hat is off to you, sir, and all other Muslim countries looking for ways to help end this religious persecution of Myanmar's Rohingya.

If Buddha is watching this from whatever enlightened spiritual space to which he may have ascended, his spirit is sobbing right now.

Sep 05 07:03

Stop working with Israeli torturers, Palestinians urge EU academics

Palestinian academics are urging their European counterparts to end their cooperation with a European Union project that funds Israeli torturers.

The Palestinian Federation of Unions of University Professors and Employees and PACBI, the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel, are calling on Belgium’s KU Leuven university and Portugal’s INESC-ID research institute to pull out of the EU-funded LAW-TRAIN program.

They also urge three British academics listed as advisors – Portsmouth University’s Claire Nee and Jo Taylor and William Finn, both of the College of Policing – to end their roles in the project.

Sep 05 06:25

SHOCK VIDEO: THE GOVERNMENT LOCKED THESE KIDS IN A GAS CHAMBER AND FILLED IT WITH DEADLY ORGANISMS TO TEST GAS MASK EFFECTIVENESS

A chilling video showing gas masks being tested on schoolchildren by government scientists using deadly organisms paints a disturbing picture of life in the Cold War.

The unsettling footage, which was taken in 1960, shows a classroom full of children no older than 10 being given a lecture about the biohazard safety devices by a visitor.

The youngsters, who are the children of soldiers, are then led into a chamber where the mask’s effectiveness is tested using a potentially deadly mix of microbial organisms.

The children stay in the chamber for 10 minutes before being removed, with the narrator noting that ‘a concentration much greater than could be reasonably expected during any biological attack’ is being tested on them.

Sep 02 10:28

Turkey's Erdogan Calls Killing of Rohingya in Myanmar Genocide

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday that the death of hundreds of Rohingya in Myanmar over the past week constituted a genocide aimed at Muslim communities in the region.

Nearly 400 people have died in fighting that has rocked Myanmar's northwest for a week, new official data showed, making it probably the deadliest bout of violence to engulf the country's Rohingya Muslim minority in decades.

"There is a genocide there. They remain silent towards this... All those looking away from this genocide carried out under the veil of democracy are also part of this massacre," Erdogan said at his ruling AK Party's Eid al-adha celebrations in Istanbul.

The army says it is conducting clearance operations against "extremist terrorists" to protect civilians.

Erdogan, with his roots in political Islam, has long striven to take a position of leadership among the world's Muslim community. He said it was Turkey's moral responsibility to take a stand against the events in Myanmar.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Erdogan is correct in his assessment here; and although he is not a politician for whom I have a great deal of respect, after watching the repression under which the Kurdish Turks have had to live under his watch, he is right to make this statement.

But it is going to take concerted efforts on the part of Myanmar politicians and military, to ratchet the tensions down here. I am quite certain that there have been atrocities on both sides of the conflict. And if the Rohingya Muslim minority are fighting back, it is because they are at the end of their collective rope, at the violence visited upon them by the Myanmar military.

And please note: I am not agreeing with this violence; I am simply stating that I understand how this can happen.

And this morning, we have the following disturbing story, posted at the South China Post On-line:

Rohingya Refugees heeding the Call to Arms, and Returning to Myanmar

And I call out to Aung San Suu Kyi; because of the terrible prosecution against the Myanmar Rohingya by your Buddhist military, they are now ready to take their fight to Naypyidaw, the capital of your state.

So if you do not want a civil war in your country, there need to be cease-fire talks, and immediately, creating an unbreakable assurance the Rohingya will be treated as brother and sister human beings, and not "less than."

The world is watching what is going on in Myanmar, Aung San Suu Kyi: and the world is waiting to know how you will create a peace between both the Rohingya Muslims, and the majority Buddhists.

Sep 01 09:32

U.S.-led forces acknowledge killing 61 more civilians in Iraq, Syria

The U.S.-led coalition fighting Islamic State militants said on Friday it had confirmed another 61 likely civilian deaths caused by its strikes in Iraq and Syria, raising to 685 the number of civilians it has acknowledged killing since the conflict began.

The coalition said in a statement that during July, it had investigated 37 reports of civilian casualties. It found that only 13 of the reports were credible and there were an estimated 61 unintentional civilian deaths.

The coalition is investigating another 455 reports of civilian casualties caused by its artillery or air strikes, the statement said. It has now acknowledged at least 685 civilian deaths due to its air and artillery strikes since the conflict began in August 2014.

Aug 30 17:27

No End to Coverups — Paul Craig Roberts

Just like the assassination of JFK. Just like the assassination of RFK. Just like the assassination of Martin Luther King. Just like 9/11. Just like Saddam Hussein’s “weapons of mass destruction.” Just like “Iranian nukes.” Just like the “Gulf of Tonkin.” Just like Gaddafi and Libya. Just like Assad’s “use of chemical weapons.” Just like . . .It is endless, isn’t it?

Aug 29 14:00

57 Rights Groups Demand UN Probe into Yemen Abuses

Dozens of rights groups from around the world urged the United Nations Human Rights Council to launch an independent investigation into the rights violations committed in Yemen since a Saudi-led military coalition invaded the country. In a letter to members of the Human Rights Council, 57 Yemeni and international rights groups urged the establishment of an independent body to probe violations and abuses of international human rights and humanitarian laws in Yemen, presstv reported. “Serious violations of international humanitarian law and violations and abuses of international human rights law by parties to the conflict have continued to be committed with impunity,” Human Rights Watch (HRW), one of the 57 signatories, said in a statement on Tuesday.

Aug 29 11:14

Netanyahu Faces Arrest Charges If He Sets Foot in Spain

Israeli Prime minister Benyamin Netanyahu and other government officials are to be arrested if they ever show up in Spain.

Former PM and minister of Army, Ehud Barak, current minister of army Avigdor Lieberman, former minister of strategic affairs Moshe Yaalon, former interior minister Eli Yishai, israel geologist and politician Benny Begin and vice admiral Maron Eliezer, were also named in the list of arrest.

Reportedly, Spanish national court judge Jose de la Mata ordered the Spanish police to alert him if Netanyahu or any of the other government officials come to Spain.

This is after Israeli forces attacked Gaza Freedom Flotilla in 2010 which is affiliated to a humanitarian solidarity movement that stands in solidarity with Gaza against human rights violations.

Aug 29 09:14

Here is one of those “horrible, horrible” things published by WikiLeaks

5th April 2010 10:44 EST WikiLeaks has released a classified US military video depicting the indiscriminate slaying of over a dozen people in the Iraqi suburb of New Baghdad — including two Reuters news staff.

Reuters has been trying to obtain the video through the Freedom of Information Act, without success since the time of the attack. The video, shot from an Apache helicopter gun-sight, clearly shows the unprovoked slaying of a wounded Reuters employee and his rescuers. Two young children involved in the rescue were also seriously wounded.

Aug 26 08:33

In Defense of Lee And Jackson

Published: Thursday, August 24, 2017

Ever since the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, took place, memorials and statues of the great men of the Confederacy--along with the flags of the Confederacy--are being vandalized or taken down by municipal governments.

History revisionists flooded America's public schools with Northern propaganda about the people who attempted to secede from the United States, characterizing them as racists, extremists, radicals, hatemongers, and traitors.

Aug 26 06:48

US Dismisses UN Plea: Won’t Stop Bombing Civilians in Raqqa

The soaring civilian death toll form US airstrikes against the ISIS capital city of Raqqa has gotten so bad that yesterday, it actually fueled a statement from the UN requesting the US pause their airstrikes to allow more civilians to flee the city.

US officials are rejecting this call, however, with Special Envoy Brett McGurk insisting that the war against ISIS is going very well, and that the “number one thing that we have to do to” to help civilians in Raqqa is continue the war and defeat ISIS outright.

McGurk went on to say that President Trump is “focused like a laser destroying ISIS,” and that the war is going well, but that they will take the UN call to pause the strikes “under advisement.” It’s clear, however, they aren’t taking the call seriously.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This event very much reminds me of the statement by the Papal Legate at the siege of the Cathars at Montsegur, France.

When informed that women and children were with the men, taking refuge here, the Papal Legate's command was: "Kill them all; God will find his own!!"

Given this bloodlust for killing everyone still breathing in Raqqa, allegedly to take out ISIS, I am completely astonished that Special Envoy McGurk has not requested the use of several MOAB bombs against the city.

Because it has become painfully apparent that in US diplospeak, "helping people" now means "assassinating civilians".

Aug 24 06:38

How We Know The So-Called “Civil War” Was Not Over Slavery

Paul Craig Roberts

When I read Professor Thomas DiLorenzo’s article ( http://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2017/08/21/lincoln-myth-ideological-co... ) the question that lept to mind was, “How come the South is said to have fought for slavery when the North wasn’t fighting against slavery?”

Two days before Lincoln’s inauguration as the 16th President, Congress, consisting only of the Northern states, passed overwhelmingly on March 2, 1861, the Corwin Amendment that gave constitutional protection to slavery. Lincoln endorsed the amendment in his inaugural address, saying “I have no objection to its being made express and irrevocable.”

If the South’s real concern was maintaining slavery, the South would not have turned down the constitutional protection of slavery offered them on a silver platter by Congress and the President. Clearly, for the South also the issue was not slavery.

Aug 23 09:06

Depleted Uranium and Radioactive Contamination in Iraq: An Overview

Information revealed about a severe illness known as the ‘Gulf War Syndrome’ which spread amongst US Army veterans who were exposed to DU while using theseweaponry, helped Iraqi researchers and Medical Doctors to understand the nature of the effect of these weapons, and the means required to investigate further into this issue.

DU is a chemically toxic and radioactive heavy metal produced as waste by the nuclear power industry. It is used in weapons because it is an extremely hard material capable of piercing armor.

The synergistic impact on health due to the 1991post-Gulf War1 economic sanctions, and DU related radioactive and toxic contamination, raised the number of casualties in contaminated areas such as in Southern Iraq.

Aug 23 09:05

Report: Trump Admin to Invest Nearly $500M on Guantanamo Construction

U.S. President Donald Trump’s Pentagon is reportedly expected to spend nearly half a billion dollars on new construction at the American military detention center in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, a sign that the commander-in-chief may keep his campaign promise to use the prison to house newly captured jihadists.

Aug 23 08:50

Is There Any Difference Between Those Who Fell Victims of Terrorist Attacks and US-led Air Raids?

It seems that the whole world expresses its condolences in the aftermath of these brutal attacks, while demonstrating sincere support toward efforts in fighting international terrorism aimed at stopping the continuous bloodshed at the hands of extremists groups like ISIS. People gather in large numbers in mosques, synagogues and cathedrals across the world to pray for the victims and express their resilient opposition to those taking innocent souls in a bid to spread terror across the world, while demanding the harshest punishment laws can provide for the perpetrators of these attacks. International organizations, law enforcement agencies and the special services of a handful of states have recently intensified their activities and mutual cooperation, introducing additional measures to prevent new attacks from ever occurring again.

Aug 23 06:40

Raqqa: US-led attacks 'kill 100 civilians' in 48 hours

At least 100 civilians have been killed over the past 48 hours by US-led air attacks targeting fighters in Raqqa, the de-facto capital of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) in Syria.

Residents told Al Jazeera on Tuesday that at least 100 civilians had been killed since Sunday, with 55 civilians killed in the eastern neighbourhoods of Bedou and al-Sukhani on Monday.

Aug 21 10:29

Psychologists Who Developed CIA Torture Reach Secret Deal to Avoid Trial

By Derrick Broze

The two psychologists credited with creating the CIA’s torture program have reached a confidential settlement with victims of the brutal techniques ... and the CIA (the American taxpayer) picked up the tab...

Aug 21 09:11

Trump Officials Trying to Finalize Legal Language to Expand Gitmo’s Use

While President Trump has made clear he intends to not only keep Guantanamo Bay open, but refill it with a new round of detainees, the administration has been struggling with the legal obstacles surrounding a new influx of captives.

The goal is to come up with an executive order that not only reverses President Obama’s 2009 pledge to eventually close the facility,but to provide some sort of basis for putting newly captured people into the facility, after years of trying to release most of those already there.

The initial executive order, which President Trump nearly signed back in late July, would’ve allowed ISIS and al-Qaeda members to be held there, despite warnings from legal officials about the consequences this would have for the broader ISIS war.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

First, a little definition of who these "detainees" are; they are, by every international code of conduct, prisoners of war, and as such, deserve basic humanitarian treatment.

And President Trump, a word, please: Gitmo, as it currently exists, is a blot and stain on the American moral character, and should be closed down.

The torture done here; the force-feeding through NG tubing, when prisoners don't want to eat, is an affront to what we are supposed to be as a nation.

And we understand full well why COs at Guantanamo are so eager to keep their prisoners alive; because through an autopsy process, it would be discovered that water boarding, to get these people to falsely confess to crimes they may have never committed, wasn't the worst thing which had happened to them.

It not only happened at Gitmo; it happened at other facilities in places like Morocco and Pakistan, where torture was outsourced. As reported at the independent.co.uk, regarding the case of Binyam Mohamed:

He was arrested in Pakistan in April 2002 travelling on a false passport and handed over to US interrogators who he says turned nasty when he mentioned a website he had seen with instructions for building a nuclear bomb. The website included instructions such as refining uranium by whirling it in a bucket above an individual's head. What followed, he insists, was a catalogue of encounters with foreign intelligence agents in Pakistan and later Morocco while being subjected to tortures that included being chained to a gate for 22 hours and being cut on his genitals 20 or 30 times during interrogation sessions over two years. Last month, it emerged in a High Court judgment that an MI5 officer visited Morocco three times during the time Mr Mohamed was being held there. MI5 insists it was unaware of his rendition to Morocco in 2002.

When the US government tortures, or outsources torture, it broadcasts to the world that it doesn't care about the rule of law; human dignity, or human rights; it observes those values only in their breach, through the use of torture.

There are compelling reasons not to torture.

It is counterproductive in the extreme, and rarely produces actionable intelligence, because those tortured are saying whatever they can think of in order to get the torture to stop.

And lastly, it also gives carte blanche to countries which don't very much like the US to torture American military and civilians.

Aug 21 03:01

Taking Advice From the Jihadists, the Coalition Forces Raid a Village and Kill More than 40 People in Northeastern Syria

The US-led international “anti-ISIS” coalition has committed a new massacre, this time in the village of Jazaa, located in the southeastern countryside of the northeastern Syrian province of Hasakeh. According to local sources, at least 41 people were killed and 35 left wounded, after coalition jets targeted mosque in the village of Jazaa, located 35 km east of the town of Al Shaddadi. The total number of ISIS terrorists, said to present in the village and its surrounding, is estimated to be less than 15. Prior to that, the village was considered to be a safe place and has never witnessed any clashes as is relatively far from direct contact lines between the Syrian Army and the so-called “Syrian Democratic Forces.” It is noteworthy that the coalition forces, when identifying potential ground targets in the area, often rely on information, provided by the so-called “Revolutionary Commando Army”, a jihadist group backed by the US.

Aug 18 12:37

ACLU Settles Torture Case With CIA-Contracted Psychologists

The ACLU has declared a “historic victory” following the settlement of its lawsuit against two CIA-contracted psychologists involved in torturing suspects and developing the agency’s ‘enhanced interrogation program.’ The terms are confidential.

Aug 18 08:28

SURVIVORS WIN CONFIDENTIAL SETTLEMENT IN LAWSUIT AGAINST CIA TORTURE PSYCHOLOGISTS

Two psychologists, James Mitchell and Bruce Jessen, who were contracted by the CIA to develop torture techniques, agreed to a confidential settlement with torture survivors.

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) sued Mitchell and Jessen on behalf of Suleiman Abdullah Salim, Mohamed Ahmed Ben Soud, and the family of Gul Rahman. The lawsuit alleged the CIA contractors committed crimes that included water torture, forcing prisoners into boxes, and chaining prisoners in painful stress positions to walls.

“We brought this case seeking accountability and to help ensure that no one else has to endure torture and abuse, and we feel that we have achieved our goals,” the plaintiffs said in a joint statement posted by the ACLU.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

In a just world, these two pieces of work should be cooling their heels in a jail cell, and not in a Club Fed, for the rest of their miserable lives.

But this is not a just world, and those who purvey torture techniques are honored, and protected, by the governments who put their practices in place with impunity.

The only penalties imposed were financial, and most probably, easily paid off.

Mitchell and Jessen should be shunned, henceforward and forever, by the profession of psychology: they are among the true monsters among us, and the fact that the Bush administration embraced what they offered, makes them monsters as well.

I would like to politely point out the following; when a country signs off on torture, or outsources it, that telegraphs to the world that for all the codswallop about valuing human rights, human dignity, and the protection of prisoners of war, that country observes those values in the breach, and not in the observation, of those values.

It also gives countries which do not like the United States carte blanche to torture US civilians and military personnel.

So please, all of those with family and friends in the military, please chew on that last one for a little while, OK?!?

Aug 16 08:08

Video: Israeli forces bring terror to Jerusalem hospital

This video shows Israeli occupation forces bringing terror and violence inside East Jerusalem’s Al-Makassed hospital.

At one point, Israeli occupation forces tried to seize a critically wounded man who was being taken to surgery.

The video shows medics and civilians attempting to protect the man, Muhammad Abu Ghanam, from being seized. But the 20-year-old died about 20 minutes after the commotion.

Aug 15 08:54

ARMED TO KILL WITH ‘NON-LETHAL’ WEAPONS

While Palestinian protesters are generally armed with rocks and a few sporadic Molotov cocktails, Israeli forces are armed with some of the world’s leading crowd control weapons.

Live bullets larger than .22 caliber are the only ammunitions used during clashes that are considered lethal by Israeli standards, but the classifications of tear gas, rubber-coated steel bullets, sponge rounds and .22 caliber live bullets as non-lethal, is, according to medical professionals, misleading.

Aug 12 08:57

Kissinger’s Deplorable Worldview

Unlike America, its rogue NATO allies and Israel, seeking dominance by naked aggression and conquest, Russia, China and Iran foster cooperative relations among all nations, abhorring war, supporting world peace and stability.

Not according to Henry K, still making mischief at age 94, a sinister architect of new world order harshness, guilty of horrendous high crimes of war, against humanity and genocide.

Symbolizing imperial ruthlessness, his rap sheet includes involvement in endless wars of aggression and state-sponsored terror. Just societies long ago would have imprisoned him.

Aug 11 10:00

Why the Saudi War on Yemen Is Seen as US State Terrorism

The US/Saudi war on Yemen is now in its third year, and the indiscriminate Saudi bombing campaign has destroyed much of the country’s infrastructure, left thousands dead and millions starving in a man-made famine, and triggered a cholera epidemic that has infected almost half a million people.

On July 23, the International Committee of the Red Cross warned that more than 600,000 people were expected to contract cholera in Yemen this year.

Most Americans are not aware of their country’s role in this war on the Middle East’s poorest country, but the Yemenis know very well that Washington supplies the weapons and sponsors the Saudi bombing campaign responsible for their suffering. In the capital Sanaa, anti-American graffiti are plastered on walls throughout the city screaming “USA kills Yemeni people,” and they see the war as not just as a Saudi war, but as a US war on their country.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

In Yemen, in its enabling the Saudis, the Unhinged, Surveilled States of America is colluding in Saudi war crimes, and state-sponsored terrorism against the Yemeni people. The following images are very graphic, but I believe, critically in need of being seen, in order to start some level of dialogue with the American people, as to whether these actions should be funded with their tax dollars, and performed in their names.

The Saudis are assassinating, and maiming non-combatants for life.

Images: Yemeni children killed and maimed for life, courtesy of Saudi bombings

Because the Saudis, aided by the US military, have closed the ports, so no food can get in, children are dying from the complications of malnutrition:

Images: Yemeni children dying from malnutrition.

And then, there's the cholera epidemic, potentially brought on by a weaponised form of the disease:

Yemeni children art trapped in the worst humanitarian disaster in modern history.

I am morally ashamed of my country's war crimes in Yemen; I wish Mike and I could emigrate to a country which doesn't indulge in this kind of behaviour, but we are far too old - and too broke - to do so.

Aug 11 07:44

EU funds firm supplying Israel with banned cluster weapons

The European Union is giving millions of dollars of “research” funding to a company that is helping Israel evade an international ban on cluster weapons.

Israel has specifically chosen the company, Elbit Systems, to supply new artillery cannons because a European manufacturer would restrict Israel from using cluster munitions.

Yet the European Commission, the EU’s executive bureaucracy, is shrugging its shoulders, insisting to The Electronic Intifada that the funding follows ethical guidelines.

Aug 09 09:10

Police Are Killing Citizens at Highest Rate Ever While Govt and Media Ignore It

Police have killed an average of over 3 people per day in 2017, and the numbers will only increase under the rhetoric used by the Trump Administration

Police in the United States are breaking records in 2017 by killing a record number of the same people they claim to serve and protect, and there is no change in sight under the current administration.

In 2017 alone, police have killed 746 people in the U.S., according to the Killed By Police database, which puts this year on pace to become the deadliest year on record. In contrast, in the first seven months of 2016, police killed 714 people; the number was slightly higher in 2015 with 725 killed; and it was noticeably lower in 2014 with 663 killed and in 2013 with 353 killed.

Aug 09 09:08

Farmer Heartbroken After Cop ‘Feared for His Life’ and Killed His Prize Goat

Portland, OR — Matt Minnick is a small farmer in Portland who is now very upset after a Washington County Sheriff’s Office Deputy shot and killed his top breeding goat Sunday morning.

Because of the new construction by Minnick’s property, some damage was caused to a portion of his fence that his $1,200 prized New Zealand goat named Volt managed to escape through.

Volt was not some pit bull or rabid German Shepard — he was a goat.

As a friendly reminder, when children go to petting zoos, they are surrounded by these animals. There are thousands of petting zoos throughout the country at which children interact with goats on a daily basis. Amazingly enough, none of these children ‘fear for their lives’ and kill any of these goats

Aug 09 07:49

UN War Crimes Prosecutor Quits Commission After Unable To Frame, Prosecute Assad – Blames Russia

By Brandon Turbeville

An international war crimes prosecutor has resigned from her position on the U.N.’s Investigative Panel into human rights abuses in Syria over her frustration regarding the perceived impotence of the commission and the lack of ability to prosecute war criminals. Essentially, Carla Del Ponte is resigning because she and her panel have not been able to overcome Russian objections to framing Bashar al-Assad for crimes committed by America’s terrorists...

Aug 06 08:42

Iraqi Troops Discover Suspected Mass Grave in Ramadi

The Iraqi army found in the province of Anbar a mass grave containing the bodies of 40 people who were probably executed by the ISIL militants, Iraqi security forces said.

Aug 06 08:13

Book Review: David J. Dionisi, Atomic Bomb Secrets

In 1952, Major George Racey Jordan, a Lend-Lease expediter during the war, revealed that the Roosevelt-Truman administration had shipped the Soviet Union both the blueprints and materials for making the atomic bomb. This high-level treason, done on express orders from Harry Hopkins (White House front man for Zionist bankster Bernard Baruch), was detailed in Jordan’s book From Major Jordan’s Diaries.

Aug 06 07:44

Police departments forced to take back hundreds of officers fired for misconduct

Since 2006, the nation’s largest police departments have fired at least 1,881 officers for misconduct that betrayed the public’s trust, from cheating on overtime to unjustified shootings. But The Washington Post has found that departments have been forced to reinstate more than 450 officers after appeals required by union contracts.

A San Antonio police officer caught on a dash cam challenging a handcuffed man to fight him for the chance to be released was reinstated in February. In the District, an officer convicted of sexually abusing a young woman in his patrol car was ordered returned to the force in 2015. And in Boston, an officer was returned to work in 2012 despite being accused of lying, drunkenness and driving a suspected gunman from the scene of a nightclub killing.

Aug 06 01:58

Russian vice-speaker urges UN to discuss US-led coalition’s strike on Raqqa hospital

Earlier on Saturday, reports came that on August 3 the coalition’s forces used phosphorus bombs to attack a hospital in Raqqa. The hospital bombarded with 20 shells was flattened. Nearby vehicles were also destroyed. No terrorists were reported to have been present in the hospital at the time of the air strike. The United Nations should have discussions about the US-led coalition’s attack on a hospital in the Syrian city of Raqqa, Deputy Speaker of the State Duma (lower house of Russia’s parliament) Irina Yarovaya said on Saturday. "It is time to conduct post-flight analysis both in literal and figurative meanings and work out whether it was either total incompetence and criminal negligence or a disguised intention to destroy those who are not terrorists," the lawmaker said. Another air strike of the coalition’s warplanes on a civilian facility raises a question "how long will the coalition help terrorists to bomb and destroy Syria?

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