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Military Resistance 11E20
AFGHANISTAN WAR REPORTS
Two Italian Soldiers Wounded By Kansak Bomb
28 May, 2013 PakTribune FARAH CITY: Two Italian soldiers were injured when a bomber detonated his explosives-laden car near a convoy of the troops in the western province of Farah on Monday, officials said. The attack took place around 8:30am in the Kansak area of Bala Baluk district, the governor’s spokesman, Abdul Rahman Zhwandai, told Pajhwok Afghan News. The attacker targeted a military convoy of foreign troops, injuring two soldiers and as many civilians, he said, adding a vehicle in the convoy was damaged.
Afghan Police Who Defected To Insurgents Return And Kill 7 Policemen
May 28, 2013 Reuters Two Afghan police officers who had recently rejoined the force after defecting to the Taliban, shot dead seven of their sleeping colleagues on Tuesday, a police chief said. Kandahar Afghan National Police chief Abdul Raziq said the two police officers had defected to the Taliban months ago but returned several days ago asking to rejoin. They were accepted back. “As soon as the policemen fell asleep, the pair grabbed weapons and opened fire, killing all seven,” Raziq said. The attack occurred in the early hours in the Arghistan district of the southern province of Kandahar. A hunt was on to find the pair, Raziq said, adding that he suspected they have again joined the Taliban. The Taliban, fighting to expel Western forces and establish Islamist rule in Afghanistan, claimed responsibility in a text message from spokesman Qari Yousuf Ahmadi. “An infiltrated Taliban killed 12 policemen including a commander. He brought a police vehicle, weapons and ammunition to Taliban,” Ahmadi said.
Nationwide Taliban Offensive Kills 26 More Afghan Government Soldiers And Police
May 28 (Xinhua) & Reuters & Associated Press & CBS Five government soldiers were killed during an attack in the remote northeast province of Badakhshan and two in Kandahar. A bomb killed four bodyguards of the head of a private communication company in the central province of Parwan.
Seven insurgents wearing police uniforms and bomb-laden vests attacked a government compound in Panjshir, a usually secure province in eastern Afghanistan. One police officer was killed and another was wounded. “Three Afghan army soldiers died and two others wounded when their patrol was struck by an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) in Zharay district of Kandahar province 450 km south of Kabul at around 10 a.m. local time Tuesday,” commander of army corps 205 Abdul Hamid told Xinhua. Earlier on Tuesday, three Afghan National Police (ANP) members were killed and seven others wounded in a Taliban ambush attack in the country’s northern province of Jawzjan, according to the deputy provincial police chief Sayed Zamanuddin. Two police vehicles were also set ablaze in the attack in the province 390 km north of Kabul. In Kandahar’s Arghistan district, three Afghan Local Police (ALP) members were killed and one ALP cop was wounded when an IED hit their vehicle on Monday night, a provincial official Jawid Faisal said. In addition, seven ANP cops were killed and one was wounded when a man who visited an ANP checkpoint as a guest opened fire against the policemen overnight in Tora Gharri area of Arghistan district, the administrative chief of the district, Abdul Ghani Muslimyar, told Xinhua. An Afghan lawmaker says a roadside bomb under a bridge has hit his convoy on a major highway north of Kabul, killing five people. Obaidullah Ramin is a lawmaker from northern Baghlan province. Three of Ramin’s relatives were among the dead. A senior Afghan official said security forces rescued seven foreigners working for the International Red Cross on Wednesday after a two-hour-long gun battle with insurgents at a guest house in the eastern city of Jalalabad.
Insurgents Kill Afghan Senate Chairman Secretary In Nangarhar
28 May 2013 By Khaama Press
According to local authorities in eastern Nangarhar province of Afghanistan, unknown gunmen assassinated secretary of Afghan senate chairman in Chaparhar district. The report has also been confirmed by Chaparhar district governor. A spokesman for Nangarhar police department Hazrat Hussain Mashriqi said, “Shafiqullah, secretary of Afghan senate chairman Fazal Hadi Muslimyar was shot dead by unknown gunmen in Lalma area in Chaparhar district on Monday.” In the meantime Chaparhar district governor Sediqullah Dawlatzai said Shafiqullah was followed and approached by unknown gunmen when he left Jalalabad city and was shot dead in Chaparhar district.
POLITICIANS REFUSE TO HALT THE BLOODSHED THE TROOPS HAVE THE POWER TO STOP THE WAR
Former Soldiers With Severe Injuries Are Losing Their Benefits And Being Told They Are Fit To Work:
“He Asked If I Was Right Handed And When I Said, ‘Do You See A Right Hand On My Body?’ He Said, ‘I’ll Take That As A No’”
“Once We Are No Use To Them, They Just Turn Their Backs. They Don’t Want To Know”
Lance-Corporal Mark Dryden “Once we are no use to them, they just turn their backs. They don’t want to know,” agreed former Sgt Jean Reno, 39, who has also been told his benefit is being withdrawn as he is fit for work despite severe brain injuries that have left him with no short-term memory, double vision, anxiety attacks, pain, an inability to focus for long periods and depression. [Thanks to Mark Shapiro, Military Resistance Organization, who sent this in.] 27 May 2013 by Terri Judd, The Independent [UK] [Excerpts] When former Lance-Corporal Mark Dryden walked in to be assessed for the new incapacity benefit, the doctor asked him if he was right-handed. If it was a joke, it was lost on the soldier, whose right arm was blown off in Iraq by a roadside bomb that killed a close friend. Eight years after being promised that Britain would honour its duty to him as an amputee war veteran, Mr Dryden, 35, who has severely limited use of his other arm and post-traumatic stress disorder, was told his benefit was being withdrawn because he was considered fit for work.
“If I am fit for work, why can’t I join the Army again?” said the former noncommissioned officer in the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers. “When they said I had to go back to work, I had an anxiety attack, the depression sank back in. When it (the injury) happened I felt let down by the Army, not my unit or my mates, but the military and now I feel let down by the Government. “It is not that I am idle. I would love to work – be a plumber or a joiner – but I physically can’t.” Those once entitled to incapacity benefit must now be reassessed for employment and support allowance (ESA) and severely injured veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan are being told they have to undergo tests. Injured soldiers insist it makes a mockery of David Cameron’s promise to “respect and revere” veterans with special treatment. “People in the military don’t get an easier ride than anybody else,” said Michael Ivatt, of the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association, who suggested that servicemen and women were pushing themselves through the pain barrier to complete tasks, only to find it meant they were “fit for work” and no longer eligible for benefits. This month, Greg Wood, a former Royal Navy doctor, resigned from Atos, saying the system was “unfair and skewed against the claimant”. Atos, which carries out the assessments for the Department for Work and Pensions, has been criticised by campaigners but insists it operates a professional and compassionate service. For Mr Dryden, who has no index finger, being told to pick up a £1 coin by the Atos healthcare practitioner was humiliating. He said having to go cap in hand for benefits made him feel like “scum”, adding: “It was utterly degrading. He asked if I was right handed and when I said, ‘Do you see a right hand on my body?” he said, ‘I’ll take that as a no’.” “Once we are no use to them, they just turn their backs. They don’t want to know,” agreed former Sgt Jean Reno, 39, who has also been told his benefit is being withdrawn as he is fit for work despite severe brain injuries that have left him with no short-term memory, double vision, anxiety attacks, pain, an inability to focus for long periods and depression. After 16 years in the Royal Artillery and tours of Northern Ireland, Bosnia and Afghanistan, Sgt Reno returned from Iraq in 2005 with depression and alcohol problems. He crashed his car and suffered multiple fractures and brain damage. “I served Queen and country and was willing to make the ultimate sacrifice fighting all their conflicts. Now in my time of need they have just turned their back. If it hadn’t been for the military charities I would probably be on the street,” he said. “We just want recognition for what we have done, serving our country.”
Mr Dryden applied for incapacity benefit after being advised by a social worker that he would need it to make national insurance payments towards a pension. Along with Mr Reno, he is taking his case to tribunal but it could take months.
“At a time like this, scorching irony, not convincing argument, is needed. Oh had I the ability, and could reach the nation’s ear, I would, pour out a fiery stream of biting ridicule, blasting reproach, withering sarcasm, and stern rebuke. “For it is not light that is needed, but fire; it is not the gentle shower, but thunder. “We need the storm, the whirlwind, and the earthquake.” “The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppose.” Frederick Douglass, 1852
A revolution is always distinguished by impoliteness, probably because the ruling classes did not take the trouble in good season to teach the people fine manners. -- Leon Trotsky, History Of The Russian Revolution
“Strategy Was Torpedoed By A Massive Antiwar Movement Among The Sailors”
“In San Diego On November 10, I Found Five Aircraft Carriers Tied Up, All Forced Out Of Combat In The Gulf Of Tonkin By Their Crews, Each Of Which Was Publishing An Antiwar — And Increasingly Revolutionary— Newspaper On Board”
“Not Since Pearl Harbor Had The U.S. Navy Been So Crippled”
Excerpts from Vietnam And Other American Fantasies; H. Bruce Franklin; University Of Massachusetts Press; Amherst, 2000 Meanwhile, the United States poured even more massive amounts of money and arms into South Vietnam, giving the Saigon government overwhelming superiority in numbers, firepower, and modern weapons, including the world’s fourth-largest air force. But in the spring of 1972, “Vietnamization” took a body blow when the DRV [North Vietnam] launched a major offensive that routed Saigon’s army, despite all its numerical and technological advantages, and captured large sections of South Vietnam. All that saved Saigon’s forces from total collapse was U.S. airpower. But with no reliable army on the ground, U.S. strategy was forced to shift almost entirely to aerial technowar. One main component was to be a flotilla of Seventh Fleet aircraft carriers (twice as many as in 1971) massed in the Gulf of Tonkin, bringing warplanes closer than the fighterbombers based in Thailand and the B-52s on Guam to targets all along the narrow land of Vietnam.
This strategy was torpedoed by a massive antiwar movement among the sailors, who combined escalating protests and rebellions with a widespread campaign of sabotage. The actions of these sailors cannot be written off the way some revisionist historians have tried to explain away the fraggings, sabotage, and mutinies of the ground troops as merely attempts at self-preservation. The sailors could not be motivated by any desire to avoid wounds or death because their ships were not in any danger of enemy attack. So what were their motives? Many of them shared the same revulsion that had inspired those first antiwar actions by hundreds of merchant seamen in 1945, a revulsion now immeasurably intensified by the kind of war being waged by the United States against the people of Vietnam. In 1970 and 1971 ships had been sporadically forced out of action by outbreaks and even sabotage by crew members. Occasional inconspicuous newspaper articles allowed perceptive members of the general public to get inklings of what was happening to the fleet. An early example was the destroyer Richard B. Anderson, which was kept from sailing to Vietnam for eight weeks when crew members deliberately wrecked an engine. Toward the end of 1971, the sailors’ antiwar activities coalesced into a coherent movement called SOS (Stop Our Ships/Support Our Sailors) that emerged on three of the gigantic aircraft carriers crucial to the Tonkin Gulf strategy: the USS Constellation, the USS Coral Sea, and the USS Kitty Hawk. (One early act was a petition by 1,500 crew members of the Constellation demanding that Jane Fonda’s antiwar show be allowed to perform on board.) On these three ships alone that fall, thousands of crew members signed antiwar petitions, published onboard antiwar newspapers, and supported the dozens of crew members who refused to board for Vietnam duty. In March 1972 the aircraft carrier USS Midway received orders to leave San Francisco Bay for Vietnam. A wave of protests and sabotage swept the ship, hitting the press when dissident crewmen deliberately spilled three thousand gallons of oil into the bay. In June the attack carrier USS Ranger was ordered to sail from San Diego to Vietnam. The Naval Investigative Service reported a large-scale clandestine movement among the crew and at least twenty acts of physical sabotage, culminating in the destruction of the main reduction gear of an engine; repairs forced a four-and-ahalf-month delay in the ship’s sailing.
In July the aircraft carrier USS Forrestal was prevented from sailing by a major fire deliberately set by crewmen, which caused millions of dollars of damage to the captain’s and admiral’s quarters of the ship. In September and October the crew of the Coral Sea, which had been publishing the antiwar newspaper We Are Everywhere for a year, staged renewed protests against the war, with over a thousand crewmen signing a petition to “Stop Our Ship.” It was forced to return to San Francisco Bay, where crew members held a national press conference and helped organize support rallies and other demonstrations. Almost a hundred crew members, including several officers, refused Vietnam service and jumped ship in California and Hawaii. In September crew members of the aircraft carrier USS Ticonderoga organized their own “Stop It Now” movement, and navy intelligence tried unsuccessfully to break up the SOS movement on the showpiece carrier USS Enterprise, home of the antiwar paper SOS Enterprise Ledger. A bloody September battle between groups of marines on the amphibious landing ship USS Sumter in the Gulf of Tonkin off Vietnam was not made public until the following January. One of the most serious outbreaks took place in October on the Kitty Hawk, where organized antiwar activities (including publication of the antiwar paper Kitty Litter) had continued during its eight-month tour off Vietnam. When the ship was ordered to return to Vietnam from Subic Bay instead of continuing its voyage home, African American members of the crew led a major rebellion, fought hand-to-hand battles with the marines sent to break up their meeting, and reduced the ship to a chaos of internal fighting for several hours. Four days later, fighting spread to the Kitty Hawk’s oiler, the USS Hassayampa. The Kitty Hawk was forced to retire to San Diego, whence it sailed to San Francisco in early January, where it underwent a “six-month refitting job.” The sailors’ movement had thus removed this major aircraft carrier from the war. Especially damaging were the synergistic effects of the protests, sabotage, and rebellions on the aircraft carriers central to Pentagon strategy. For example, when the House Armed Services Committee investigated the hundreds of reports of “successful acts of sabotage,” one conclusion reached in their report was that the rebellion on the Kitty Hawk had been precipitated by the orders to return to Vietnam, orders mandated because two other aircraft carriers had been disabled: “This rescheduling apparently was due to the incidents of sabotage aboard her sister ships U.S.S. Ranger and U.S.S. Forrestal” In October and early November, incidents of sabotage and an open revolt brewing on the Constellation forced it to return to San Diego, where 130 sailors prevented
the ship’s departure for two months by refusing to reboard and staging a militant demonstration onshore, resulting in their discharge from the crew. The media called this a “racial outbreak,” but the picture in the San Francisco Chronicle, captioned “The dissident sailors raised their fists in the black power salute,” shows mainly white sailors with upraised arms and clenched fists. When I went to speak in San Diego on November 10, I found five aircraft carriers tied up, all forced out of combat in the Gulf of Tonkin by their crews, each of which was publishing an antiwar — and increasingly revolutionary— newspaper on board. That night I addressed hundreds of these crew members in San Diego antiwar movement centers, where men from the different aircraft carriers and their attendant vessels were getting together to build a fleet-wide organization. In December the Ranger, all repaired now, finally made it to the Gulf of Tonkin, where it was immediately disabled by a deliberately set fire. The navy admitted that this was the sixth major disaster on a Seventh Fleet carrier since October 1. Meanwhile, the internally embattled Constellation was not even able to sail from San Diego for Vietnam until January 5, 1973, three weeks before the signing of the Paris Peace Accords; the rebellious crewmen had in effect permanently removed another major aircraft carrier from the war. Not since Pearl Harbor had the U.S. Navy been so crippled, and then the damage had been done by an enemy defeated in combat.
“During The Work Stoppage There Were Cheers Whenever A B-52 Was Shot Down”
Individual pilots — one with more than two hundred previous combat missions — refused on moral grounds to participate in the bombing. After the first nights of heavy losses, many of the B-52 crews voiced their opposition to the kinds of risks they were being asked to take in a conflict that had obviously been decided. The most serious actions took place among air crews of the supersecret 6990th Air Force Security Service based on Okinawa, whose mission was eavesdropping on North Vietnamese air defense communications in order to give timely warnings to the B-52 crews. Because they had firsthand knowledge of the DRV’s [North Vietnam’s] preparations for peace and were outraged by the nature of the bombing, they staged a work stoppage verging on open mutiny.
According to Seymour Hersh, who interviewed at least ten members of the unit in early 1973, during the work stoppage there were cheers whenever a B-52 was shot down. Some of the men were later court-martialed under stringent security.
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“I Have A Neighbor Who Insists On Working On The Sabbath”
“Am I Morally Obligated To Kill Him Myself, Or Should I Ask The Police To Do It?”
[Thanks to Ward Reilly, Veterans For Peace, for passing this one along.] Thank you for doing so much to educate people regarding God’s Law. I have learned a great deal from you and understand why you would be for banning same sex marriage. As you said “in the eyes of God marriage is based between a man a woman.” I try to share that knowledge with as many people as I can. When someone tries to defend the homosexual lifestyle, for example, I simply remind them that Leviticus 18:22 clearly states it to be an abomination... End of debate. I do need some advice from you, however, regarding some other elements of God’s Laws and how to follow them. 1. Leviticus 25:44 states that I may possess slaves, both male and female, provided they are purchased from neighboring nations. A friend of mine claims that this applies to Mexicans, but not Canadians. Can you clarify? Why can’t I own Canadians? 2. I would like to sell my daughter into slavery, as sanctioned in Exodus 21:7. In this day and age, what do you think would be a fair price for her? 3. I know that I am allowed no contact with a woman while she is in her period of menstrual uncleanness - Lev.15: 19-24. The problem is how do I tell? I have tried asking, but most women take offense. 4. When I burn a bull on the altar as a sacrifice, I know it creates a pleasing odor for the Lord - Lev.1:9. The problem is, my neighbors. They claim the odor is not pleasing to them. Should I smite them? 5. I have a neighbor who insists on working on the Sabbath. Exodus 35:2. clearly states he should be put to death. Am I morally obligated to kill him myself, or should I ask the police to do it? 6. A friend of mine feels that even though eating shellfish is an abomination - Lev. 11:10, it is a lesser abomination than homosexuality. I don’t agree. Can you settle this? Are there ‘degrees’ of abomination? 7. Lev.21:20 states that I may not approach the altar of God if I have a defect in my sight. I have to admit that I wear reading glasses. Does my vision have to be 20/20, or is there some wiggle-room here? 8. Most of my male friends get their hair trimmed, including the hair around their temples, even though this is expressly forbidden by Lev.19:27. How should they die? 9. I know from Lev. 11:6-8 that touching the skin of a dead pig makes me unclean, but may I still play football if I wear gloves?
10. My uncle has a farm. He violates Lev.19:19 by planting two different crops in the same field, as does his wife by wearing garments made of two different kinds of thread (cotton/polyester blend). He also tends to curse and blaspheme a lot. Is it really necessary that we go to all the trouble of getting the whole town together to stone them? Lev.24:10-16. Couldn’t we just burn them to death at a private family affair, like we do with people who sleep with their in-laws? (Lev. 20:14) 11. And one of my real concerns is that gay lobsterman who wears clothes made of two or more fabrics and hauls lobsters on the Sabbath....Four abominations in one day....Wow...... I know you have studied these things extensively and thus enjoy considerable expertise in such matters, so I am confident you can help. Thank you again for reminding us that God’s word is eternal and unchanging. Bible Readers of America
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At Naval Academy Graduation, Obama Lauds Future ScandalRidden, Sexual-Assaulting, Drunk Divorcées:
“The Few Of You That Will Be Any Good At Your Job At All Will Get Out”
“The Rest Of You Will Be Pushed Through A Broken Promotion System That Rewards Mindless Compliance With
Outdated Standards Over Anything Even Vaguely Resembling Conscious Human Thought”
Doomed. 28 May 2013 by Juice Box, The Duffel Blog ANNAPOLIS, MD — From a podium in the United States Naval Academy’s storied Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, President Barack Obama offered hearty congratulations and a bit of advice to an exultant field of 1047 graduates about to take their first step into lives of substance abuse, scandal, and despair. “Today – in this single, fleeting moment – we all are just so proud you,” the president said in his commencement address. “Remember this, because it’s probably all downhill from here.” Citing countless reports of adultery, alcoholism, rape, and dumbfounding incompetence discovered in the military’s officer corps, Obama painted a candid picture of what the nation’s best and brightest could look forward to upon entering the fleet as Navy ensigns and Marine Corps second lieutenants. “Let’s face it,” the president told the expectant young officers. “The few of you that will be any good at your job at all will get out.
“The rest of you will be pushed through a broken promotion system that rewards mindless compliance with outdated standards over anything even vaguely resembling conscious human thought. “As you rise through the ranks, you’ll receive awards and honors you don’t deserve and develop a wildly inflated sense of self, until finally you arrive in a position to grossly abuse the power and people in your charge. Give yourselves a round of applause.” The president went on to describe the great faith he put in the future leaders to renew public trust in military institutions but stated that they would likely fail miserably. “As I look out at your bright, naïve faces, I see criminals on the cusp of realizing that none of this shit is anything like what you’ve seen in the movies. “You all are in for crushingly early mornings and truly meaningless bureaucratic nonsense that will suck your soul dry. “Life will suddenly seem very gray, and you’ll probably start needing a drink just to get through the day.” “But still, a tip of my cap for the bang-up job you’ve done here at Annapolis.” The president was joined on stage by a number of senior military officials, including Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus and Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert, who himself graduated from the Academy. “Cherish these first years of your career,” Mabus advised the midshipmen. “Work hard but don’t forget to breathe in that fresh ocean air, because in the blink of an eye, twenty years will be gone and you’ll find yourself on the front page of the Navy Times for fucking an enlisted person.” “Oh, and to the 80 percent of you fools who will be married in the next month, a heartfelt Mazel Tov,” Mabus added. “Enjoy it while it lasts.” “Frankly, if last year’s figures were any indication, an overwhelming number of you are headed for broken hearts and drawn-out custody battles – which makes sense when you consider the frequent deployments, dollar handjobs in Guam, and the fact that you’ve basically been prisoners on this campus for the last four years and have developed no social skills to speak of whatsoever.” After reciting the oath of office, amid cheers from family and friends, the proud disastersto-be filed across the stage to receive their diplomas and shake hands with their Commander-in-Chief. “I’d tell you not to disappoint us,” Obama told one future naval aviator, “but at this point it’s probably inevitable.”
“Mom, What Happened To My Legs”
“Shot In The Back By Israeli Soldiers, The Bullets Hit His Spine Causing Paralysis”
“He Bought Coke And Sat In Front Of The Shop To Drink It” “He Suddenly Then Fell Onto The Ground, And Could Not Get Up”
Ata Sharaka - 13 - WAFA News
“What did my son do to them to be shot like this, he did not even participate in protests, his only fault is that he went to retrieve his bag”, she continued, “Is he guilty because he wanted to get ready for his final exams of his seventh grade, is this a crime, is humanity gone, where are human rights groups”. by WAFA News - Translated By Saed Bannoura – IMEMC Ata Mohammad Sharaka is only 13 years old, last week he was shot in the back, by a live round fired by Israeli soldiers at him near the Al-Jalazoun refugee camp, north of the central West Bank city of Ramallah. He was then moved to the Hadassah Israeli hospital in Jerusalem, suffering serious injuries, after the bullets hit his spine causing paralysis. “Last Sunday, April 19, Ata came back home without his schoolbag after Israeli soldiers took it from him when they detained several students of the UNRWA school in the camp” his mother, I’timad Yassin, who stays next to him at his hospital bed, told WAFA, “They told him he’ll get his bag the next day from the school principal.” The next day, Ata went to get his school bag, the situation in the refugee camp was calm, no clashes or confrontations, and then he bought Coke and sat in front of the shop to drink it. He suddenly then fell onto the ground, and could not get up, he did not know what hit him, and shouted at some children playing nearby who rushed to help him, but they did not know what is wrong, and asked a young man to help. The young man carried Ata, who was bleeding from his back, and took him to the Palestine Medical Center in Ramallah. “I returned to the camp back from work, and some children told me that Ata was shot by the army, at first, I did not believe them because the situation was calm, and no clashes have taken place with the Israeli army”, the mother said, “I then called his father who has a store in Jifna nearby village, he said he did not see Ata today, I then just rushed to the hospital and the doctors told me that my son was shot, and is under surgery”. The doctors said that Ata was shot in the back, the bullet hit his spine, shattering it, and penetrated his lung. “They told me that my son will not be able to walk, at least for now, I was crying and screaming”, the mother said. “My son was then moved to the Hadassah Hospital, the doctors said he was in a critical condition, and that the doctors in Ramallah did what was necessary to save his life”, the mother added, “They told us that he will remain hospitalized for at least two weeks before he can start physical therapy.”
The mother, with a low fragile tired voice and tears flooding her cheeks, tired restless eyes and body, continued, “Ata wakes up from time to time, he keeps telling me about what happened, then he always repeats the same question ‘Mom what happened to my legs, why can’t I move them’, the doctors try to keep him sedated for now due to intense pain he suffers”. She said that the doctors told her that he is now is a stable condition, his life is not in danger anymore, “but his condition is not improving, yet it is not worsening”, the mother added. “What did my son do to them to be shot like this, he did not even participate in protests, his only fault is that he went to retrieve his bag”, she continued, “Is he guilty because he wanted to get ready for his final exams of his seventh grade, is this a crime, is humanity gone, where are human rights groups”. The soldiers claim that they shot him during clashes, and that he was trying to climb a settlement wall. “But my son was shot while sitting in front of the shop, trying to drink his coke, in an area that is far away from the settlement and its walls…”, the mother said. The child will be hospitalized for nearly two more weeks, before he is moved to a rehabilitation center, his only “fault” is that he went to school, and went back to retrieve his bag that was taken away by the soldiers, soldiers of an illegitimate occupation, soldiers who run and maintain one of the most cruel and brutal forms of apartheid.
[To check out what life is like under a murderous military occupation commanded by foreign terrorists, go to: www.rafahtoday.org The occupied nation is Palestine. The foreign terrorists call themselves “Israeli.”]
DANGER: POLITICIANS AT WORK
Enemy Occupation Forces Kill Unarmed Handcuffed Texas Man:
“He Had His Hands Behind His Back The Whole Time”
“Darden Was Shocked With A Taser At Least Twice; Then Stopped Breathing And Died”
May 27, 2013 CBSDFW.COM FORT WORTH - Relatives of a man who was killed after police entered his home and tased him are struggling to come to terms with how he died. “They physically pulled him off the couch because, like I said, he was asleep. They pulled him off the couch and they tried to put him on his stomach. He can’t breathe on his stomach. He don’t even lie on the bed on his stomach,” said Donna Randle, the mother of victim Jarmaine Darden, 34.
Zero tolerance officers were executing a search warrant at his southeast Fort Worth house on May 16, searching for cocaine, when according to police reports the incident happened. The same report states that Darden resisted arrest. But family members said the 350 pound father of two was a chronic asthmatic and had to sleep sitting up. “He had his hands behind his back the whole time. But me and about five other people were hollering the whole time, ‘He cannot breathe like that. Please handcuff him on his side,’” said Randle. Darden’s brother said the officer warned his brother that if he didn’t get on his stomach, they were going to taze him… and then they did. That’s when Darden started having trouble breathing, according to his brother Eric. Witnesses said Darden was shocked with a taser at least twice; then stopped breathing and died. Police records show five arrests were made but there isn’t any mention of police finding cocaine. Family members of the man who has left behind two teenage sons said they can’t believe he’s dead. “I’m not even accepting the fact that he’s gone. I’m waiting for him to drive up any minute. Its just not believable,” said Randle. The Fort Worth police department has yet to respond to CBS 11 with any comment in regard to this incident.
CLASS WAR REPORTS
Cambodian Police Attack Garment Workers Protesting Low Pay At Factory That Makes Clothing For U.S. Sportswear Company Nike:
“The Injured Included A Woman Who Was Two Months Pregnant And Who Had Lost Her Child After Military Police Pushed Her To The Ground”
“She Lost Blood And Then She Lost The Baby”
They want the company, which employs more than 5,000 people at the plant, to give them $14 a month to help pay for transport, rent and healthcare costs on top of their $74 minimum wage. May 27, 2013 Reuters. Reporting by Prak Chan Thul; Additional reporting by Amy Sawitta Lefevre in Bangkok; Editing by Alan Raybould and Robert Birsel) At least 23 workers were hurt in Cambodia on Monday when police using stun batons moved in to end a protest over pay at a factory that makes clothing for U.S. sportswear company Nike, a worker and a trade union representative said. Police with riot gear were deployed to move about 3,000 mostly female workers who had blocked a road outside their factory owned by Sabrina (Cambodia) Garment Manufacturing in Kampong Speu province, west of the capital, Phnom Penh. Sun Vanny, president of the Free Trade Union (FTU) at Sabrina, told Reuters the injured included a woman who was two months pregnant and who had lost her child after military police pushed her to the ground. “There was a pregnant woman among them. She lost blood and then she lost the baby,” he said. According to the International Monetary Fund, garments accounted for 75 pct of Cambodia’s total exports of $5.22 billion in 2011.
Low-cost labor has attracted manufacturers making clothes and shoes for Western brands but strikes over pay and working conditions have become common. This month, two workers were killed at a factory making running shoes for Asics when part of a warehouse fell in on them. Police revised down the original death toll of three given by a minister. Sun Vanny said the workers making the Nike clothing had been staging strikes and protests since May 21. They want the company, which employs more than 5,000 people at the plant, to give them $14 a month to help pay for transport, rent and healthcare costs on top of their $74 minimum wage. “Police used an electric baton to hit me on the head and if other workers hadn’t pulled me away, I would be dead,” Leng Pros, a 28-year-old male worker, told Reuters from his hospital bed. “I didn’t know what happened next, I fell to the ground.” Police and military police officials declined to comment on the clash, saying they were still collecting reports. No immediate comment was available from Nike Inc.
Thousands Of Workers Keep Up Protest Strike At Cambodian Nike Factory:
“We Will Continue The Strike. We Want To Know Why Violence Was Used Against The Woman And Workers, We Want To Know Who Hired These Officers To Come”
“Chief Of Administration For Sabrina (Cambodia) Garment Manufacturing,
Said The Company Could Not Afford To Raise Workers’ Pay”
“She Said Workers Made Up To $102 A Month”
May 27, 2013 Reuters. Reporting by Prak Chan Thul; Writing by Amy Sawitta Lefevre; Editing by Alan Raybould and Robert Birsel) About 3,500 workers protested on Wednesday at a factory in Cambodia that makes clothing for U.S. sportswear company Nike, refusing to give up their campaign for higher pay despite a crackdown by police this week. At least 23 people were injured on Monday when police with riot gear and stun batons were deployed to disperse about 3,000 workers, most of them women, who had blocked a road outside the factory owned by Sabrina (Cambodia) Garment Manufacturing in Kampong Speu province, west of the capital, Phnom Penh. One woman who was two months pregnant lost her child after military police pushed her to the ground, according to a trade union representative. The workers walked out on strike on May 21. Sun Vanny, president of the Free Trade Union (FTU) at Sabrina, said about 4,000 workers were expected to join the protest on Thursday. “We will continue the strike to demand what they want,” Vanny said, adding that union representatives had been invited for talks on Wednesday but no agreement had been reached. “We want to know why violence was used against the woman and workers, we want to know who hired these officers to come,” he added, referring to Monday’s clash. A Nike spokeswoman in the United States told Reuters by email on Monday that the company was “concerned” about the allegations that workers had been hurt and was investigating. Nike requires contract manufacturers to respect employees’ rights to freedom of association, the spokeswoman added Hong Luy, chief of administration for Sabrina (Cambodia) Garment Manufacturing, said the company could not afford to raise workers’ pay. She said workers made up to $102 a month and the strike had forced the factory to shut down until Friday. Kheng Tito, spokesman for military police, who were deployed on Monday, denied that his men had used violence. He said some policemen had been hurt by workers throwing stones and he denied that any women had lost a baby.
Many Western brands, attracted by cheap labor, have turned to Asia to get their garments made at a cost that will make them attractive to customers in the troubled economies of Europe and North America looking for discounted clothing. A series of deadly incidents at factories in Bangladesh, the world’s biggest clothing exporter after China, including the collapse of a building last month that killed more than 1,000 people, has focused the world’s attention on safety standards. Strikes over pay and working conditions have become common in Cambodia, where garments accounted for 75 percent of total exports of $5.22 billion in 2011, according to the International Monetary Fund. This month, two people were killed at a factory producing running shoes for Asics when part of a warehouse fell in on them.
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