Posted by: quiscus | April 3, 2010

April 3, 2010

1.  “Israel Gags News on Extrajudicial Killings

An Israeli journalist remains under house arrest and another lives abroad after they broke news on Israeli undercover units carrying out assassinations or “targeted killings” of non-combatant Palestinian political opponents.

“Since the outbreak of the second Intifada, Israel has increasingly avoided accountability for the serious violations of the human rights of residents of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip for which it is responsible,” says B’tselem.

“This avoidance is seen, in part, in its policy not to open criminal investigations in cases of killing or wounding of Palestinians who were not taking part in the hostilities, except in exceptional cases, and in its enactment of legislation denying, almost completely, the right of Palestinians who were harmed as a result of illegal acts by Israeli security forces to sue for compensation for the damages they suffered.”


“An 82-year-old North Caldwell man who for 1 1/2 years has desperately
tried to convince local officials to pass along “evidence” of treason on
Sept. 11, 2001 to a New Jersey judge got his day in court last week.

Meserlian, a forensic engineer who’s lived in North Caldwell for 45
years, has appeared before the borou…gh’s governing body several times
since September 2008 demanding they pass a resolution that states
there’s evidence there were bombs in the World Trade Center towers that
went off seconds before the planes hit.

According to Meserlian’s interpretation of a federal law, any citizen
can present evidence of treason in any jurisdiction. Local officials
must then make the information available to a state judge, who will pass
it along to the correct jurisdiction where a grand jury can be
convened. If officials refuse, Meserlian said, they can face up to seven
years in prison and a steep fine.”

3.  Of course not, since torture doesn’t produce usable info, and Muslims had nothing ot do with 9/11:

“CIA’s top spy: No losses from waterboarding ban”

4.  “The problem with alliances: Britain and the Falklands

Nearly 30 years ago Argentina and Great Britain fought an improbable war over the lightly populated British colonial outpost (called the Malvinas by Buenos Aires). The islands likely had been visited by Patagonian Indians but were uninhabited when first discovered by Europeans, probably either the Portuguese or Spanish.

France established the first known settlement, followed by Great Britain. The Spanish took over the French claim and demolished the British community. The two countries settled their dispute in 1771 and Britain eventually withdrew. Revolution caused Argentina to supplant Spain. The former established a settlement in 1828, which was attacked by U.S. warships after a seal-hunting dispute. The British returned in 1833 in force and re-established control.

So who “owns” the island?

The proper answer is: who cares? Alas, fishing rights and possible oil deposits are involved, as well as national pride.

32 Latin American governments expressed their support for “the legitimate rights of the republic of Argentina in the sovereignty dispute with Great Britain.”

The appropriate question for Washington is: what does this have to do with the U.S.? Alas, both Argentina and Britain want America’s support. And out of London has come the plaintive plea: aren’t we allies?

The U.S. has no discernible interest in the controversy. England controls the islands, but that doesn’t mean its control is legitimate: Washington’s position has been to support British administration, not sovereignty. Obviously, the dispute should be handled peacefully. But President Barack Obama, whose Kenyan grandfather apparently was tortured by British colonial overlords during the 1950’s “Mau Mau” revolt, has no reason to defend this vestige of Britain’s colonial past.”

5.  “U.S. and Colombia Cover Up Atrocities Through Mass Graves

6.  “Pakistan Moves Further Toward Democracy; Could become a Role Model for Other Muslim states

But US hawks and Neoconservatives are not celebrating this epochal bill in Pakistan. I ask myself why.

That is, the Pakistani public has conducted a ‘color revolution’ of its own, in the teeth of opposition or skittishness in Washington, and managed to overturn a military dictatorship that had been backed to the hilt by Bush-Cheney, restoring parliamentary governance.

But none of these achievements is being praised by the right of center US press or the liberal imperialists.

That is because the United States did not spur these developments. The Pakistani public (including humble street crowds) did it themselves, and if anything the US was nervous about losing its favorite military dictator”

7.  “Colombia: Killing Civilians to Justify Funding from the US Military

“Columbia has received $6 billion in US aid, 80 percent of it military,” said Pine. “Troops are paid for how many FARC insurgents they kill, so the military has started killing civilians to justify the funding they are getting from the US military.”

These accusations directly tie US aid to a massive human rights violation, yet the issue is not being covered in the mainstream media.

“I think the mainstream US media has an interest in not portraying the US government negatively,” said Pine. “The US government has been directly involved in training the Colombian military to root out insurgents. Over 10,000 Columbian soldiers have received training at the School of the Americas in Ft. Benning, Georgia.”

8.  “Washington Asserts Colonial-Style Control of Haiti at UN Donors’ Conference

Aside from setting up more garment sweatshops, the main component of the “reconstruction” plan submitted by Haitian President Préval with the blessing of Washington appears to center on relocating impoverished workers from Port-au-Prince to more rural areas. This would serve the two-fold function of permitting a gentrification of the capital, making it more attractive to foreign investors, and disaggregating the working class in the hope of dissipating its potential social and political power.”

9.  Every single one an American war crime:

Former IAEA Chief: Iraq War Killed “A Million Innocent Civilians”

10.  “U.S. Torturing Muslim Pre-trial Detainee in New York City”

11.  ““The Evil Scourge of Terrorism”: Reality, Construction, Remedy

The reasons why Reagan’s war on terror has been dispatched to the repository of unwelcome facts are understandable and informative – about ourselves. Instantly, Reagan’s war on terror became a savage terrorist war, leaving hundreds of thousands of tortured and mutilated corpses in the wreckage of Central America, tens of thousands more in the Middle East, and an estimated 1.5 million killed by South African terror that was strongly supported by the Reagan administration in violation of congressional sanctions. All of these murderous exercises of course had pretexts. The resort to violence always does. In the Middle East, Reagan’s decisive support for Israel’s 1982 invasion of Lebanon, which killed some 15-20,000 people and destroyed much of southern Lebanon and Beirut, was based on the pretense that it was in self-defense against PLO rocketing of the Galilee, a brazen fabrication: Israel recognized at once that the threat was PLO diplomacy, which might have undermined Israel’s illegal takeover of the occupied territories. In Africa, support for the marauding of the apartheid state was officially justified within the framework of the war on terror: it was necessary to protect white South Africa from one of the world’s “more notorious terrorist groups,” Nelson Mandela’s African National Congress, so Washington determined in 1988. The pretexts in the other cases were no more impressive. ”

12.  “The Next Civil War

Beck and his new Fox News associate, Sarah Palin, have appropriated the rhetoric used by the militia movement, language that suggests violence may be required to “save” America. Since Barack Obama became President there has been an unprecedented run on guns fomented by a right-wing rumor that Obama was going to restrict gun ownership. As documented in the Spring Report of the Southern Poverty Law Center, there has also been an explosive growth of hate and militia groups. “An astonishing 363 new Patriot groups appeared in 2009 — a 244% jump.” (On March 29th, nine members of one of these groups, the Hutaree, were charged with conspiring to kill police officers.)

The Republican Party’s embrace of militant extremism follows a grim logic. The GOP is losing members; a recent Washington Post/ABC News poll found that only 24 percent of respondents self-identified as Republicans — versus 34 percent for Democrats and 38 percent for Independents. Grasping for support, the GOP has abandoned traditional conservative ideology and allowed its message to be hijacked.”

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