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Forfeit Day
From: Dennis Serdel To: Military Resistance Newsletter Sent: May 25, 2013 Subject: Forfeit Day Written by Dennis Serdel, Vietnam 1967-68 (one tour) Light Infantry, Americal Div. 11th Brigade; United Auto Workers GM Retiree ****************************************************************

Forfeit Day Memories like mouse turds sweep away by mega-mall memorial sales americans camping eating hotdogs made from dead soldiers guts

all ground up & sent as plastic american flags an eyeball here an asshole there ground up soldiers devoured by bright pinky cheeky american kids who may have a future of war when they grow older so others can eat their ground up bodies guts & welcome checks to parents that only spend the money on themselves & salute the rathole war profiteers dug in the ground of graves to eat like worms the meat of dead soldiers leaving only bloody bones like a scene from a horror movie where puffed up gargoyles sinks their teeth into the fresh stomachs of the dead soldier fools who suffered & died from the stress & rapid fire holes in bodies where only the heartless ignorant public of war crash beers against their teeth & drunkenly fall down near but not in like fireflies near hell & only black funeral volunteers fill up the carcasses of stomachs eaten out & faces blown & wrapped against a tree & american flags with maggots for their brains they seek & hide within the shoulders of the war where only other soldiers rip the worm filled flags of deceit from the anchors of non-retreat like books with only blank pages & movies for the blind who can not ever preach the swollen names upon the cheap government headstones spelling all the names backwards like a puzzle never to be found among the tall grass & sunken skulls of manmade

treacherous guns firing into the air dismissing all the gods except pagan where taps flow through the air.

writing by Dennis Serdel for Military Resistance

AFGHANISTAN WAR REPORTS

Hacienda Heights Soldier William Gilbert Killed On 1st Afghanistan Tour
May 17, 2013 by Amy Powell, KABC MARINA DEL REY, LOS ANGELES COUNTY – Kris Ellenberg is grieving the death of her nephew, 24-year-old William Gilbert. The Hacienda Heights resident was killed this week while serving his first tour of duty in Afghanistan. "I feel like I’ve not just lost a part of my family, but I’ve lost a friend, a really good friend of mine," she said. Gilbert, Sgt. Jeffrey Baker from Hesperia and another soldier died when their unit was attacked with an improvised explosive device. "And he’d been through so much adversity, but he never got down. He really always had his chin up," Ellenberg remembered. Ellenberg and her two young daughters are struggling to find comfort as they remember Gilbert, nicknamed Willie, described as a fun-loving guy who was looking forward to the birth of his first child. "His wife’s due with their first baby in two weeks, a baby girl. He was going be there on Skype for the birth and then be home. He was supposed to be home in August," Ellenberg said. Gilbert was just 14 when his own father died. Ellenberg says Gilbert was proud to join the Army and serve his country. She also says he was very close to his grandfather, who served in World War II. "When I asked him about his favorite memories of my dad, after my dad passed away at 90, he said the times that he’d just been able to sit and talk with his grandfather that really meant a lot to him," she said.

"He was just a sweet, sensitive, strong, fun -- everybody loved Willie."

POLITICIANS REFUSE TO HALT THE BLOODSHED THE TROOPS HAVE THE POWER TO STOP THE WAR

“Almost Nothing Went According To Plan”
“American Soldiers Were Climbing The Steep Ridgeline When Their Afghan Allies Up Ahead Took Off Without Warning”
“The Sudden Detour Left Them Vulnerable To Ambush, The High Ground Abandoned”
“They Discovered The Commander, Col. Mohammad Zazai, Asleep In His Truck Midmission”
May 25, 2013 By AZAM AHMED, The New York Times Company [Excerpts] CHAMKANI, Afghanistan — The American soldiers were climbing the steep ridgeline, fractured shale cracking underfoot and sweat pouring off their faces, when their Afghan allies up ahead took off without warning. They scanned the mountainside below for movement before spotting one of the Afghan policemen heading straight down into the valley below. Exhausted from the uphill hike, the Afghans had evidently decided to try a shortcut. The Americans reluctantly followed.

“You can’t fight it,” said the American company commander, Capt. Scott Harra, stepping through a narrow creek bed flanked by stone walls. The joint team had hours of hiking still ahead before reaching the villages they were supposed to search, but now the sudden detour had left them vulnerable to ambush, the high ground abandoned. An intensive effort to train the Afghan security forces — soldiers, policemen, intelligence officers — to be self-sufficient has become a focus for the remaining American units like the Third Brigade Combat Team of the 101st Airborne Division. A week in April spent with the brigade, accompanying Afghan forces in the eastern provinces of Khost and Paktia along the Pakistani border, offered a direct look at the evolving training mission, for better or for worse. The brigade, known as the Rakkasans, has again and again been at the vanguard of the American war effort in some of the toughest parts of Afghanistan and Iraq over the years, and some of its soldiers and officers have had as many as six combat tours. The troops began their steep climb at dawn, more than 40 American soldiers trudging behind roughly a dozen Afghan policemen. After two hours, the men had scaled 2,000 feet. The collective gasps of soldiers carting body armor, weapons and ammunition meshed with the crunch of the rocky soil below their feet. By the time the Afghan forces had abandoned the ridgeline, the trek was less than a third of the way finished, setting a tone for the rest of the mission, in which almost nothing went according to plan. The soldiers navigated the narrow valley for nearly an hour, slipping along the stone as a crystal stream gushed by. The men scanned the tree line above for snipers as a pair of Apache attack helicopters hovered overhead.

The valley fed into a gravel path leading to the village they were meant to search. The Americans suggested resuming the mission, but the Afghans had another idea: they wanted to clear a different compound, where they believed insurgents might be storing weapons. A short walk later, the men arrived at a barren hill leading up to a sun-bleached rock spur. Four Afghan policemen began scaling the loose earth, the Americans, again, reluctantly following. After a halting half-hour hike to the top, the prize was an abandoned donkey stable — no contraband to be found. One of the brigade’s other companies had a similarly distracted day on patrol with the Afghan forces. The American soldiers left before daybreak. The cold night air lingered over the men as they concluded a final mission briefing. When they arrived at the Afghan base, in the Syed Khurram district of Paktia Province, they found the soldiers and policemen sipping chai, spread out across the compound, a series of modular buildings clustered on a barren patch of sloped land. The planned departure time came and went, as the predawn haze cleared to show gray sky. “The hardest part is letting go,” Capt. Jeff Scott, the American company commander, said with a chunk of tobacco tucked in his lower lip. “This is the mission. We leave when they’re ready.” The Americans joined up with an Afghan intelligence officer near the village of Barah Sejenak, a collection of mud homes surrounded by fields of grass and stone. They searched caves for weapons caches but found nothing except litter here and there. Returning to meet the Afghan forces an hour later, they discovered the commander, Col. Mohammad Zazai, asleep in his truck midmission. Nearby, an Afghan soldier straddled a creek, washing his hair, sending a trail of shampoo suds down the meandering stream.

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MILITARY NEWS

NOT ANOTHER DAY NOT ANOTHER DOLLAR NOT ANOTHER LIFE

The casket of Staff Sgt. Marc Scialdo March 22, 2013 at Palm Royale Cemetery Mausoleum in Naples, Fla. Staff Sgt. Scialdo was killed March 11 when a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter he was traveling in crashed in Afghanistan. Photo by COREY PERRINE, Naples Daily News

Lebanese Hezbollah Militia Suffers Heavy Loses In Battle For Qusayr:
The Tyrant Assad’s Allies Unprepared For Battle;
“Casualty Numbers Ranging From 30 To 40 Dead After The First Day Of Fighting Alone”

A screen shot shows the battle of Qusayr. (Image via AFP) May 23, 2013 By Tony Badran, NOW News [Excerpts] It’s been five days since Hezbollah and Assad regime forces launched their joint offensive on the town of al-Qusayr in the Homs countryside. Hezbollah and regime media were quick to claim major advances, confidently predicting that the town would fall swiftly. These pronouncements have proven premature. The attack on al-Qusayr has been long in the making.

Assad’s forces, limited in manpower, are now acting more in concert with irregular sectarian militias trained by Iran. But the string of tactical gains in the Homs countryside, starting in April and leading to the current battle in al-Qusayr, is tied directly to Hezbollah’s lead role in spearheading ground operations. As it became clear that the Syrian opposition was putting up fierce resistance, Hezbollah began adjusting its story about the battle for al-Qusayr. The group was now making it known that it was sending in reinforcements from its elite units, and that the fighting might last at least another week. More troublesome for Hezbollah, however, was the news about the severe losses its units were sustaining, with casualty numbers ranging from 30 to 40 dead after the first day of fighting alone. By Tuesday, Syrian activists in al-Qusayr were claiming another 25 dead Hezbollah fighters. This, of course, is not counting those who had been killed prior to the latest assault, going back to last year. The number and make-up of the casualties raise some interesting questions about Hezbollah’s fighting force post-2006. It is generally estimated that Hezbollah lost 500-600 soldiers during the July 2006 war with Israel. Not only was that a high percentage of its regular fighting force — thought to be anywhere around 2,000 men at the time — but also, it represented a loss of operational memory, as many of those fighters had gained combat experience against Israel and its proxy (the South Lebanon Army) in southern Lebanon. Some observers at the time maintained that many of Hezbollah’s best fighters “never saw action” in 2006, as local village fighters, and not Hezbollah “regulars,” handled much of the defense. But this was mainly party propaganda attempting to put a brave face on what was by any measure a major blow to the resistance. It’s been reported since that, after the war ended, Hezbollah embarked on a major recruitment effort, and sent new recruits to Iran for training in order to rebuild its elite units. These new members, however, have not seen actual combat. Judging from the death notices of Hezbollah fighters in al-Qusayr and Damascus, many of them seem to be in their early to mid-20s. In other words, these are fighters unlikely to have participated in the fighting in 2006, and who are part of the post-2006 recruitment drive. Accompanying these untested fighters are older experienced fighters and unit commanders, several of whom have been killed as well, as obvious from the various posters of the fallen released by the group.

Last year, for example, one such senior military commander, Ali Nassif (Abu Abbas), was killed near al-Qusayr. Shimon Shapira, an authority on Hezbollah and a retired Brigadier General now at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, thinks that there are several hundred Hezbollah fighters in Syria, “most of them from the elite units.” This description fits with what some local sources in Dahiyeh have told NOW Arabic about the Hezbollah soldiers in Syria. However, these sources applied that description to the young fighters who are trained but not battle tested. Shapira explains that these younger soldiers “are well trained, some of them in Iran, and are considered elite in Hezbollah standards” – the operative words here being “Hezbollah standards.” In other words, as noted earlier in reference to the 2006 war, while there has been a tendency, carefully nurtured by Hezbollah, to mythologize the outfit’s elite fighters, their capabilities should be kept in perspective. What, then, does it mean that Hezbollah is now sending “elite” units to reinforce its fighters in al-Qusayr? Does it mean more of the same younger, untested fighters? Or does it mean sending even more of the experienced, if older, soldiers? Each option exposes a different set of vulnerabilities. A high casualty rate of newly trained “elite” fighters, recruited to replace those killed in 2006, means a waste of precious time and resources. The loss of even more battle-hardened soldiers, on top of the 500-600 from 2006, means further loss of operational memory and combat experience in the party’s fighting corps. If the casualty rate stays this high even for another week, it could prove devastating. For instance, according to a party official who spoke to the Kuwaiti al-Rai, many of those killed on the first day in al-Qusayr were cut down by landmines and IED’s prepared by the Syrian rebels. A Lebanese source who follows the group closely says that a company of 200 Hezbollah fighters attempted the initial assault but ran into the hidden explosive devices, resulting in the high death toll. The source reveals that the Syrians received assistance from certain Palestinian factions in planning the defense of the town. Already, prior to the latest onslaught on al-Qusayr, Hezbollah’s former secretary general, Subhi Tofeyli, stated that the group had lost 138 members in Syria. Shapira believes that “from the hundreds” they have deployed, “they have lost over 200. Some are commanders, over 30-35 years of age.”

As many as 65 – ten percent of the total lost in the 2006 war – were killed in just two days of fighting. There’s another key issue to consider: Even if in the end Hezbollah manages to take the town, it remains unclear who would hold it. Indeed, this has been a problem for the Assad regime throughout the two-year conflict: Assad forces can capture ground from the rebels but they don’t have enough manpower to hold it. The likelihood, then, of a renewed Hezbollah engagement in al-Qusayr further down the road is likely – provided the rebels continue to receive steady shipments of ammunition and are able to secure supply lines. The severity of this overall picture explains why Hezbollah’s chief Hassan Nasrallah had to travel to Tehran and meet with Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and Quds Force commander Qassem Soleimani. There, he was reportedly told to go all in, regardless of the cost. It was Iran’s call. After all, not only were these fighters trained in Iran, but also they were prepared in order to serve in the next ground war with Israel. In fact, over the last three years, Hezbollah has been putting out leaks in the media about its intention to have its commando infantry units go on the offensive and take the fight to northern Israel in any future conflict. By publicly taking the lead in the assault operations in Syria, Hezbollah was to show its military capability to decisively and swiftly win battles – first in al-Qusayr, then on other fronts in the country. The problem for Iran, however, is that, regardless what happens next in al-Qusayr, the performance of Hezbollah’s elite forces is signaling the opposite of the message Iran sought to communicate. As more of the group’s elite units are called up from Lebanon to reinforce their comrades in Syria, Iran has to be concerned about more than just seeing its strategic weapons caches blown up by Israel. It also has to be worried about how Hezbollah’s vulnerabilities are being exposed not by the IDF, but by Syrian rebels that the Party of God was supposed to dispatch easily. If the Iranians have overestimated Hezbollah’s capabilities against an adversary like the Free Syrian Army, one wonders what else about their power they’ve misjudged.

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“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

The Nixon administration claimed and received great credit for withdrawing the Army from Vietnam, but it was the rebellion of low-ranking GIs that forced the government to abandon a hopeless suicidal policy. -- David Cortright; Soldiers In Revolt

Memorial Day
[2008]

[From GI Special, May 22, 2008] From: Dennis Serdel To: GI Special Sent: May 22, 2008 5:07 PM Subject: Memorial Day by Dennis By Dennis Serdel, Vietnam 1967-68 (one tour) Light Infantry, Americal Div. 11th Brigade, purple heart, Veterans For Peace 50 Michigan, Vietnam Veterans Against The War, United Auto Workers GM Retiree, in Perry, Michigan ******************************************** Memorial Day Depression is crashing down on the Soldier from clouds in the air reflecting dead heroes he can’t seem to shake anything off it has seeped into his body and brain like hounds on the loose chasing enemies inside himself that won’t come out that can hardly be seen except for Americans who send him cards and packages that he doesn’t open anymore because he doesn’t know them or his family or himself or anybody anymore as the dust flies behind his Humvee waiting for their death, his death it doesn’t matter anymore, nothing is important driving into his death he hopes because he can’t take it anymore he needs to be rescued but helicopters never land until it is too late everybody dead except him or everybody is alive except him as he screams in the air of the desert but he is only screaming at himself as the needle goes in and the doctor tells him not to worry he will be with his fellow Soldiers in no time, no time at all but time has stopped there is no history nothing in the future except for now and dead heroes between nothingness and nothingness between half life and half death he no longer cares about going on living for what, this ugly world is just evil the way it takes people, squeezes happiness, feelings of love out of them, leaving empty cartridges on a highway in Baghdad motors running full speed ahead and as he cries to God but God is dead and the highway he has traveled is bloody red and black, black and red

a game of dangerous his family doesn’t know him anymore as he sits on the porch and stares with dead eyes waiting for someone to give him a gun again.

ANNIVERSARIES

May 27, 1963: One For Our Side
“Masters Of War Released”

The record album, “The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan,” with the song “Masters Of War,” was released. Masters of War By Bob Dylan Come you masters of war You that build all the guns You that build the death planes You that build the big bombs You that hide behind walls

You that hide behind desks I just want you to know I can see through your masks You that never done nothin’ But build to destroy You play with my world Like it’s your little toy You put a gun in my hand And you hide from my eyes And you turn and run farther When the fast bullets fly Like Judas of old You lie and deceive A world war can be won You want me to believe But I see through your eyes And I see through your brain Like I see through the water That runs down my drain You fasten the triggers For the others to fire Then you set back and watch When the death count gets higher You hide in your mansion As young people’s blood Flows out of their bodies And is buried in the mud You’ve thrown the worst fear That can ever be hurled Fear to bring children Into the world For threatening my baby Unborn and unnamed You ain’t worth the blood That runs in your veins How much do I know To talk out of turn You might say that I’m young You might say I’m unlearned But there’s one thing I know Though I’m younger than you Even Jesus would never Forgive what you do Let me ask you one question Is your money that good

Will it buy you forgiveness Do you think that it could I think you will find When your death takes its toll All the money you made Will never buy back your soul And I hope that you die And your death’ll come soon I will follow your casket In the pale afternoon And I’ll watch while you’re lowered Down to your deathbed And I’ll stand o’er your grave ‘Til I’m sure that you’re dead

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OCCUPATION PALESTINE

Palestinian Resident Of Occupied Jerusalem Found Himself Dehydrated In A Hebron Hospital:
“Border Policemen And Soldiers Handcuffed, Blindfolded And Abandoned Him In A Car On A Hot Day In May”
“A. Is Suspected Of Nothing”
May 23, 2013 Written by Yossi Gurvitz in his capacity as a blogger for Yesh Din, Volunteers for Human Rights; +972blog A Palestinian resident of East Jerusalem found himself dehydrated in a Hebron hospital after border policemen and soldiers handcuffed, blindfolded and abandoned him in a car on a hot day in May. About two weeks ago, A. was on his way from Hebron to Jerusalem. A is a resident of Abu Dis, and married to a resident of East Jerusalem; as such, he enjoys Israeli residency. But as he was about to find out, that didn’t help him all that much. On his way home, A. passed through a checkpoint charmingly named “the humanitarian checkpoint,” where he ran into a surprise roadblock, manned by a mixed force of soldiers and border policemen. The soldiers asked A. to turn off his engine, leave the car, and hand them his papers. A. noted they spoke “poor Arabic.” The soldiers first searched A. before searching his vehicle – they found nothing suspicious. But then the all-too-common occurrence turned surreal. A. says that two border policemen told him that he must speak Hebrew. A., who does not, denied it. The two began laughing, and then someone (A. was with his back to him, so he can’t say if it was a soldier or a policeman) held him from behind, handcuffed him, blindfolded him, put him in the vehicle and left him there.

The time of the year is May, and the days are hot. A., left blindfolded and handcuffed in the car, asked the person to speak with him in Arabic, saying he was in pain. There was no response, but A. remembers hearing them laughing. That’s the last thing he remembers from the incident. A. woke up in a hospital in Hebron, after an IDF ambulance transferred him to a Red Crescent ambulance. A. reached the hospital in a state of total disorientation, likely as a result of dehydration and sunstroke. He was given a fluid infusion in the IDF ambulance. A. is suspected of nothing. He was not detained. His vehicle was not confiscated but rather left near the checkpoint. A family member drove to the checkpoint and found the vehicle there. There, the family member asked the soldiers about the whereabouts of the vehicle’s owner. “The owner stopped the vehicle because he felt unwell,” they responded. A man handcuffs himself, blindfolds himself (what is that routine good for, except intimidating the detainee?) and climbs into a hot vehicle. Sounds reasonable. A needless handcuffing is a kind of torture. A needless detainment is abuse of power. Think about how much noise would be made if an Israeli citizen were detained by soldiers or police officers, handcuffed without any reason or explanation, and placed in a hot vehicle where he loses consciousness. This happens to people who are Israeli residents, by armed Israeli men, without so much of a squeak. We’ve gotten used to that.

Three Palestinians Construction Workers Attacked By Zionist Dogs:

“One Of The Dogs Caught Up With Mohammad And Attacked Him, Pushing Him To The Ground And Biting His Neck”
“The Soldiers Then Began To Beat The Two Palestinian Men Who Were Already Bleeding As A Result Of The Dogs’ Attack”
“The Soldiers Kicked Mohammad, Stomped On His Back And Punched Him”

Bitten By Attack Dogs 23 May 2013 Al-Haq In the past week, Al-Haq documented the case of three Palestinian construction workers who, after entering Israel through a breach in the Annexation Wall, were fired at by Israeli soldiers and brutally assaulted by police dogs. As highlighted by the World Bank’s March 2013 report Fiscal Challenges and Long Term Economic Costs, restrictions imposed by Israel have severely paralysed the Palestinian economy. Such limitations include: restrictions on movement; the deterioration of infrastructure in various sectors such as water, transport, and telecommunications; and

restrictions on trade. As a result, the unemployment rate among the Palestinian population remains alarmingly high. The World Bank estimated that unemployment amongst youths in the last quarter of 2012 reached 27.9 per cent in the West Bank and 48.9 per cent in the Gaza Strip. Due to the lack of job opportunities in the West Bank, some Palestinians are forced to look for employment in Israel in order to make a living. However, entrance into Israel requires that Palestinians from the West Bank apply for entry permits, which are virtually impossible to obtain. As a result, Palestinian workers from the West Bank regularly attempt to cross the Wall without a permit, putting them at risk of being arrested or attacked by Israeli soldiers. Mohammad, 28, has been working in the construction industry in Israel for the past 12 years and is the sole breadwinner for his family of five. Two years ago, after years of working without any documents, Mohammad obtained a permit allowing him to enter and work in Israel. However, approximately three months ago, while Mohammad was on his way to work, Israeli soldiers seized his permit at the military checkpoint in north Bethlehem without explanation. Ever since, Mohammad has entered Israel through holes in the Wall. On 15 May at approximately 7:00 pm, Mohammad and his friends ‘Umar Mohammad ‘Amleh, 31, and Jihad ‘Issa ‘Adam, 34, arrived in Wadi al-Qalamoun area, west of Beit Ula, where the Wall consists of a metallic fence. The three men had planned to enter Israel through a breach in the Wall and stay there over night in order to start work early the following morning. Mohammad and ‘Umar went through the fence first and reached the security road, which is reserved for the exclusive use of the Israeli military vehicles that patrol the area. When the Palestinian men reached the western side of the Wall, they noticed a group of seven soldiers approximately ten metres away from them and another eight soldiers some 70 metres north of the gap in the fence. The soldiers ordered the Palestinian men to stop and immediately began shooting at them. The second group of soldiers also unleashed police dogs on Mohammad, ‘Umar and Jihad, who were running away. One of the dogs caught up with Mohammad and attacked him, pushing him to the ground and biting his neck. Mohammad started screaming from severe pain and unsuccessfully attempted to free himself. ‘Umar, ran towards his friend to try and help him but was bitten on his right arm by another dog. Meanwhile, Mohammad saw that dogs were also chasing Jihad, along with two soldiers who were running after him and shooting at him.

Only after approximately ten minutes from the attack, the soldiers began beating the dogs in order to separate them from Mohammad and ‘Umar. The soldiers then began to beat the two Palestinian men who were already bleeding as a result of the dogs’ attack. The soldiers kicked Mohammad, stomped on his back and punched him. They then tied Mohammad’ and ‘Umar’s hands with plastic cuffs and blindfolded them, and eventually managed to catch Jihad. The soldiers forced the three Palestinian men into a military vehicle and drove them to the Israeli military checkpoint of Tarqumiya, where they were ordered to get out of the vehicle and get down on their knees. Mohammad felt pain in his back, neck, and his wrist, due to the tight handcuffs. Approximately one hour later, some military first-aiders arrived at the checkpoint, and cleaned Mohammad and ‘Umar’s injuries. Another half an hour later, Mohammad and ‘Umar were transferred into an Israeli ambulance and taken to the Barzilay hospital in Ashkelon, while Jihad was kept at the checkpoint. Throughout the journey and at the hospital, Israeli soldiers guarded the two Palestinians. The next day, at approximately 7:00 pm, Israeli soldiers transferred Mohammad and ‘Umar to the main Israeli police station next to ‘Kyriat Arba’ settlement, in Hebron governorate. They waited until about midnight, when a police interrogator began asking them questions. When he accused the two men of having cut the fence, they firmly denied the charges and explained what had happened. On 17 May at approximately 4:00 am, Mohammad and ‘Umar were eventually released after paying a bail of NIS 1,000 each (approximately USD 270). Before leaving the police station Mohammad and ‘Umar received a summons to Ofer Israeli military prison, near Ramallah, for 1 December 2013. Later the same day, Mohammad and ‘Umar went to the governmental hospital in Hebron, where they received additional medical treatment and returned home the following day at 1:00 pm. The third Palestinian, Jihad, had been injured by a rubber coated metal bullet fired at his left leg by the soldiers and was released after midnight on 15 May. (Al-Haq Affidavit No. 8642/2013) Al-Haq’s 2010 case study Economic and Physical Oppression: The Wall, the Occupation, and Palestinian Workers illustrates more in detail the human rights violations perpetrated against Palestinian workers who attempt to enter Israel without a permit. Al-Haq condemns the pervasive ill-treatment and assaults of Palestinians attempting to enter Israel without a permit and reiterates that Israel, as the Occupying Power, must comply with its obligations under international law to ensure the livelihood of the Palestinian population in the OPT and to guarantee their rights to work and to an adequate standard of living.

[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

‘Kiss Protest’ At Turkey Subway Station Against Reactionary Freaks

Demonstrators carried signs reading "Free Kisses" and chanted slogans [EPA]

[Thanks to Alan Stolzer, Military Resistance Organization, who sent this in.] 5.26.13 AP Dozens of couples have locked lips at a subway stop in Turkey’s capital, Ankara, to protest subway authorities’ admonishment of a couple that kissed in public. Some 100 people in the station kissed for several minutes in protest on Saturday. Demonstrators carried signs reading "Free Kisses’’ and chanted slogans. Turkish media reported that, earlier in the week, Ankara subway officials made an announcement asking passengers "to act in accordance with moral rules" after security cameras spotted the couple kissing. The issue prompted an opposition lawmaker to question the ruling party, which many secularists fear wants to expand the role of Islam in Turkey, about whether subway officials were authorised to make such demands. A conservative group of some 20 people staged a counter-protest. Police set up barricades between the groups.

CLASS WAR REPORTS

“In The Past Twenty Years, Corporate Profits Have Quadrupled While The Corporate Tax Percent Has Dropped By Half”
“The Payroll Tax, Paid By Workers, Has Doubled”
May 12, 2013 By Paul Buchheit, AlterNet [Excerpts] In the past twenty years, corporate profits have quadrupled while the corporate tax percent has dropped by half. The payroll tax, paid by workers, has doubled. In effect, corporations have decided to let middle-class workers pay for national investments that have largely benefited businesses over the years. The greater part of basic research, especially for technology and health care, has been conducted with government money. Even today 60% of university research is government-supported. Corporations use highways and shipping lanes and airports to ship their products, the FAA and TSA and Coast Guard and Department of Transportation to safeguard them, a nationwide energy grid to power their factories, and communications towers and satellites to conduct online business. Corporations have used numerous and creative means to avoid their tax responsibilities. They have about a year’s worth of profits stashed untaxed overseas. According to the Wall Street Journal, about 60% of their cash is offshore. Yet these corporate ‘persons’ enjoy a foreign earned income exclusion that real U.S. persons don’t get. Corporate tax haven ploys are legendary, with almost 19,000 companies claiming home office space in one building in the low-tax Cayman Islands. But they don’t want to give up their U.S. benefits. Tech companies in 19 tax haven jurisdictions received $18.7 billion in 2011 federal contracts. A lot of smaller companies are legally exempt from taxes. As of 2008, according to IRS data, fully 69% of U.S. corporations were organized as nontaxable businesses. There’s much more.

Companies call their CEO bonuses “performance pay" to get a lower rate. Private equity firms call fees "capital gains" to get a lower rate. Fast food companies call their lunch menus "intellectual property" to get a lower rate. Prisons and casinos have stooped to the level of calling themselves “real estate investment trusts" (REITs) to gain tax exemptions. Stooping lower yet, Disney and others have added cows and sheep to their green space to get a farmland exemption. The revenue loss from tax havens approaches $450 billion. Subsidies from special deductions, exemptions, exclusions, credits, capital gains, and loopholes are estimated at over $1 trillion. Expenditures overwhelmingly benefit the richest taxpayers. So who has to pay? Middle-class families: The $2 trillion in tax losses from underpayments, expenditures, and tax havens costs every middle-class family about $20,000 in community benefits, including health care and education and food and housing. The average sentence for cheating with secret offshore financial accounts, according to the Wall Street Journal, is about half as long as in some other types of tax cases.

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[THEY STOPPED AN IMPERIAL WAR]

Edited by Vietnam Veteran Jeff Sharlet from 1968 until his death, this newspaper rocked the world, attracting attention even from Time Magazine, and extremely hostile attention from the chain of command. The pages and pages of letters in the paper from troops in Vietnam condemning the war are lost to history, but you can find them here. Military Resistance has copied complete sets of Vietnam GI. The originals were a bit rough, but every page is there. Over 100 pages, full 11x17 size. Free on request to active duty members of the armed forces. Cost for others: $15 if picked up in New York City. For mailing inside USA add $5 for bubble bag and postage. For outside USA, include extra for mailing 2.5 pounds to wherever you are. Checks, money orders payable to: The Military Project Orders to: Military Resistance Box 126 2576 Broadway New York, N.Y. 10025-5657 All proceeds are used for projects giving aid and comfort to members of the armed forces organizing to resist today’s Imperial wars.

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