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Military Resistance 11I9
Troops Oppose Attack On Syria By 3-1 Margin:
“The Results Suggest That Opposition Inside The Military May Be More Intense Than Among The U.S. Population At Large” “‘I Haven’t Heard One Single Person Be Supportive Of It,’ Said An Army Staff Sergeant”
[Thanks to Felicity Arbuthnot, who sent this in.]
Sep. 11, 2013 By Andrew Tilghman, Navy Times [Excerpts] To the list of skeptics who question the need for air strikes against Syria, add another unlikely group — many U.S. troops. “I haven’t heard one single person be supportive of it,” said an Army staff sergeant at Fort Hood who asked not to be identified by name. A Military Times survey of more than 750 active-duty troops this week found service members oppose military action in Syria by a margin of about three to one. The survey conducted online Monday and Tuesday found that about 75 percent of troops are not in favor of air strikes in response to reports that the Syrian government used chemical weapons to kill civilians in that country. A higher percentage of troops, about 80 percent, say they do not believe getting involved in the two-year-old civil war is in the U.S. national interest. The results suggest that opposition inside the military may be more intense than among the U.S. population at large. About 64 percent of Americans oppose air strikes, according to a recent Washington Post-ABC News poll published Monday. For many troops, money is a key consideration. Troops question the cost of bombing Syria at a time when budget cuts are shrinking their pay raises, putting their benefits package at risk and forcing some of their friends to separate involuntarily. “We don’t have money for anything else but we have a couple hundred million dollars to lob some Tomahawks and mount an expensive campaign in Syria?” said Army Sgt. 1st Class Chris Larue, a 39-year-old maintenance expert at Fort Eustis, Va., referring to the precision-guided missiles that are likely to be used in any strike. “People are just sick of it,” said Lt. Cmdr. Jeffrey Harvey, a nuclear-trained officer who works at Newport News Shipbuilding in Virginia. “It’s like the old pre-World War II isolationism, I hear grumblings of that. People would rather withdraw all our troops and let the rest of the world figure out what to do. I think there is a lot of credence to that argument.”
AFGHANISTAN WAR REPORTS
Army Sgt. 1st Class Ricardo Young Of Rosston Killed In Afghanistan
Sgt. 1st Class Ricardo Young Sep 2, 2013 Magnolia, Arkansas News, A soldier from Rosston was killed on Wednesday in Afghanistan when insurgents attacked his unit with small arms fire, according to the Department of Defense. Sgt. 1st Class Ricardo D. Young, 34, was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom in Ghazni Province, Afghanistan, during the attack. Young was assigned to the 307th Engineer Battalion (Combat/Airborne), 20th Engineer Brigade, XVIII Airborne Corps, Fort Bragg, N.C. He was a 1997 graduate of Nevada High School. U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton issued a statement mourning the death of the sergeant from his congressional district. It read as follows: “John 15:13 says, ‘Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.’ Sergeant First Class Young courageously fought for our country and laid down his life for us, his fellow countrymen, so that we might live in freedom. We grieve his loss, yet we will always cherish and celebrate his bravery and patriotism. “My deepest condolences go out to his loved ones, who are in our prayers. We cannot fill the
emptiness they feel in their hearts. But as they mourn the loss of Sgt. 1st Class Young, let us comfort and care for them, and thank them for the nobility of his service. Our gratitude to them and Sgt. 1st Class Young will always endure.” Gov. Mike Beebe ordered that the Arkansas state flag be flown at half-staff until sundown on Sunday, September 1, 2013, to honor Sgt. 1st Class Young.
U. S. Foreign Fighters Suffered 38 Combat Casualties In The Week Ending Sept 11 As The Total Rose To 40,017.
Sep 12, 2013 www.michaelmunk.com [Excerpts] AFGHANISTAN THEATER: US foreign fighters suffered 38 combat casualties in the week ending Sept 11 as the total rose to 40,017. The total includes 21,070 dead and wounded from what the Pentagon classifies as “hostile” causes and 18,947 dead or medically evacuated (as of Dec. 3, 2012) from what it calls “non-hostile” causes. US media divert attention from the actual cost in American life and limb by reporting regularly only the total killed (6,756: 4,489 in Iraq, 2,267 in Afghanistan) but rarely mentioning those wounded in action (51,480: 32,230 in Iraq; 19,287 in Afghanistan). They ignore the 59,908 (44,607 in Iraq, 18,463 in AfPak as of Dec 3, 2012) military casualties injured and ill seriously enough to be medevac’d out of theater, even though the 6,752 total dead include 1,445 (961 in Iraq, 484 in Afghanistan) who died from those same “non hostile” causes, of whom almost 25% (332) were suicides (as of Jan 9, 2013) and at least 18 in Iraq from faulty KBR electrical work.
POLITICIANS REFUSE TO HALT THE BLOODSHED THE TROOPS HAVE THE POWER TO STOP THE WAR
“Militants Carried Out An Attack On The U.S. Consulate In The Western Afghan City Of Heart”
“The Growing Reach Of The Taliban”
Afghanistan security forces take up a position after an attack on the U.S. Consulate in Herat early Friday. (Aref Karimi / AFP-Getty Images / September 12, 2013) September 12, 2013 By Hashmat Baktash and Mark Magnier, L.A. Times & Sep. 13, 2013, By Amir Shah and Nahal Toosi, The Associated Press. [Excerpts] KABUL, Afghanistan --Taliban militants unleashed car bombs at the U.S. Consulate in western Afghanistan on Friday morning, triggering a firefight with security forces in an attack that killed at least two Afghans and wounded 17. The U.S. said its personnel from the mission were safe and that most of them were temporarily relocated to Kabul, while American forces secured the site. According to Gen. Rahmatullah Safi, Herat province’s chief of police, the attack began around 6 a.m. when militants in an SUV and a van set off their explosives-laden vehicles while others on foot fired on Afghan security forces guarding the compound in the city, 1,000 kilometers (625 miles) from Kabul. The explosion shattered the glass of the consulate building and structures in the surrounding area.
An Afghan police officer and an Afghan security guard were killed, though it was not clear whether they died in the explosions of the two vehicles or in the gunfire, Safi said. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, which started with the detonation of a car bomb approximately 60 yards from the consulate entrance, followed by gunfire from militants attempting to enter the compound. There were no immediate reports of American casualties. The gun battle between the militants and security forces lasted about two hours, said Sayed Fazlullah Wahidi, governor of Herat province. Four assailants were killed by Afghan and U.S. security forces, with one or two still unaccounted for, Wahidi said. The attackers may have managed to enter the first ring of the diplomatic compound, but the situation was under control and there was no damage to the consulate building, he said. A Taliban spokesman said his group killed 13 foreigners and two Afghan soldiers and wounded many more. The U.S. Embassy in Kabul tweeted that all consular personnel were safe. Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid said in a brief phone call to The Times that his group claimed responsibility for the attack. Footage broadcast on Afghanistan’s Tolo television network showed Afghan police dragging away from the scene. Rubble and twisted pieces of metal lay strewn in a seemingly wide area near the consulate, the footage showed. Video aired by the local Tolo television network showed Afghan police officers dragging a badly bloodied man away from the scene strewn with blood as rubble and mangled bits of debris lay around the consulate. It wasn’t immediately clear who the victim was or his medical condition. U.S. State Department deputy spokeswoman Marie Harf said in a statement that the assault began around 5:30 a.m., when “a truck carrying attackers drove to the front gate, and attackers — possibly firing rocket propelled grenades and assault rifles — started firing at Afghan forces and security guards on the exterior of the gates. Shortly after, the entire truck exploded, extensively damaging the front gate.” Rafi said U.S. special forces secured the compound and that no attackers managed to breach it. Harf’s statement said “American security personnel” were among the responders, and that “it appears American and contract security personnel addressed any attackers who managed to enter the compound.” Herat lies near Afghanistan’s border with Iran and is considered one of the better developed and safer cities in the country. Friday’s attack there underscored the growing reach of the Taliban, who once mostly concentrated their attacks in the east and the south, but in recent years
seem to be able to strike with more frequency in the once-peaceful north and west. The U.S. Consulate is located in a relatively sparsely populated part of the city, and the attack took place on Friday, a day of rest.
Sep. 13, 2013 By Amir Shah and Nahal Toosi, The Associated Press An attack on Friday morning took place in eastern Paktika province’s Sar Hawza district, said Mokhlis Afghan, a spokesman for the provincial governor. Police recognized a vehicle was dangerous and shouted at the driver to stop but he ignored them. Police then opened fire, and the bomber detonated the explosives, causing a powerful blast, the spokesman said. Four police were wounded as were three members of the Afghan national army, he said. The road was badly damaged, and windows on nearby buildings were shattered.
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“Munich Court Considering The Appeal Of A U.S. Soldier Seeking Asylum In Germany After Deserting His Iraq-Bound Unit In 2007”
He “Applied For Asylum In 2008, Speaking Vocally About His Opposition To The Iraq War”
[Thanks to Clancy Sigal, who sent this in.] Sep 11, 2013 by Steven Beardsley, Stars and Stripes
A Munich court considering the appeal of a U.S. soldier seeking asylum in Germany after deserting his Iraq-bound unit in 2007 has forwarded the case to a European Union court in Luxembourg for clarification of EU law, according to the soldier’s attorney. Andre Shepherd, a former helicopter mechanic stationed in Ansbach, Germany, claims his fears of persecution for refusing to deploy to Iraq, where he claimed a fear of being part of war crimes, were substantial enough to merit refugee status under European law. A German court disagreed in 2011, saying Shepherd couldn’t show enough evidence. Shepherd’s attorney, Reinhard Marx, says the court’s standard of proof was too strict. Instead of requiring Shepherd to show “beyond a doubt” that he had reason to fear involvement in war crimes, it should have permitted a “well-founded fear,” a phrase used in the text of the 1951 Geneva Convention on refugees. “This had to be clarified by the European court,” Marx said. “And the main issue is standard of proof -- what kind of standard of proof do deserters have to establish in the European asylum system.” Marx announced in January that the Munich court had accepted his request to appeal to the EU court; it formally suspended Shepherd’s case in recent days and sent his case files to Luxembourg, where they will be examined by the court and the 28 EU member states. The attorney said he also will seek an oral hearing on the issue in the future. He expects the court to return an answer to the Munich court, which will decide Shepherd’s appeal, in about two years. Shepherd, meanwhile, continues to live and work outside Munich as he awaits a resolution to his case. He left his unit, the 12th Combat Aviation Brigade, in 2007 and applied for asylum in 2008, speaking vocally about his opposition to the Iraq War. In an interview earlier this year, he said he would never return to the U.S. for fear of being imprisoned.
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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
Nothing has more revolutionary effect, and nothing undermines more the foundations of all state power, than the continuation of that wretched and brainless régime, which has the strength merely to cling to its positions but no longer the slightest power to rule or to steer the state ship on a definite course. -- Karl Kautsky; ‘The Consequences of the Japanese Victory and Social Democracy’
A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words
From: Mike Hastie To: Military Resistance Newsletter Sent: September 14, 2013 Subject: A picture is worth a thousand words Photo by Mike Hastie, Army Medic Vietnam. Display of Betrayal of U.S. military killed in Iraq and Afghanistan. Veterans For Peace National Convention in Seattle, Wash. 2006. Photo and caption from the portfolio of Mike Hastie, US Army Medic, Vietnam 1970-71. (For more of his outstanding work, contact at: (email@example.com) T) One day while I was in a bunker in Vietnam, a sniper round went over my head. The person who fired that weapon was not a terrorist, a rebel, an extremist, or a so-called insurgent. The Vietnamese individual who tried to kill me was a citizen of Vietnam, who did not want me in his country. This truth escapes millions. Mike Hastie U.S. Army Medic Vietnam 1970-71 December 13, 2004
“Assad’s Neoliberal Policies And Economic Liberalization To Redistribute The Wealth Severely Exacerbated The Inequality Between The Poor And The Rich”
“Crony Capitalists, Business Class, And Loyalists To Assad Were Able To Benefit From These Policies”
“The Regime Used Its Power To Benefit The Few On Top”
“As Their Leaders Celebrated Their Profits, The People Of Syria Were Left With Nothing”
The gap between the state and these areas, which were left disenfranchised, was filled by the hand of lower level and underpaid secret and security police, or Mukhabarat, who relied on coercion and corrupt behavior. These policies of Bashar al-Assad were directly intended to transfer the “public asset” into the hands of crony capitalists, privileged networks, and corporations in order to increase the wealth of his inner circle. Apr 8, 2013 by Majid Rafizadeh, The Daily Beast The media have paid a considerable amount of attention to political analyses that focus on the authoritarian, totalitarian, and corruptible character of Bashar al-Assad’s government.
However, scarce attention has been given to one of the crucial factors that have contributed to the ongoing revolt against the police-state of Syria and other Arab states. Assad’s neoliberal policies and economic liberalization—without the political reforms to redistribute the wealth—severely exacerbated the inequality between the poor and the rich. In middle-class areas and cities, the separation was especially felt. While a small portion of the crony capitalists, business class, and loyalists to Assad were able to benefit from these policies, the vast majority of the population was disenfranchised. The regime attacked the worker and peasant unions in the country, viewing them as obstacles to the neoliberal policies, by not providing them with funds that they needed to continue to function. When Assad, a Western-educated ophthalmologist, came to power, it was inevitable that internal clashes and tensions between him and the old guard, who were the founders of the Alawite-Baathist and socialist regime of Assad, were to occur. Men such as Ali Duba (the former head of the Syrian military intelligence and a close adviser to the Syrian president Hafez al-Assad), as well as hardliners such as Maher al-Assad (commander of the Republican Guard and the Army’s elite Fourth Armored Division, and also Bashar alAssad’s brother), held opposing views of their new leader. Bashar al-Assad favored the adoption of Western-promoted neoliberalism and economic liberalization. In order to pursue the capitalist and neoliberal agenda, he realized that political readjustments, development, and reforms were necessary to foster more popular support of economic liberalization and privatization. After the death of his father, Bashar al-Assad implemented the so-called Damascus Spring and the Committees of Civil Society, intended to introduce a limited amount of political reform so that the neoliberal policies of the state and accumulation of wealth would prosper. However, these changes were heavily criticized by the old guard. Syria under Bashar al-Assad’s rule tried very hard to join the World Trade Organization. When the U.S. lifted its opposition, the World Trade Organization’s 153 members granted the Syrian government an observer status. Although the state was still the main economic generator, privatization was encouraged; foreign entities such as private banks, joint Saudi-French bank of Bimo, Fransabank, Bank of Jordan-Syria, and the Saudi Islamic bank, joined the Syrian market. The road also began opening for other credible international banks such as Citibank and HSBC to come to Syria and lend money at higher interest rates. The Syrian government attempted to satisfy the demands of the international banks, which urged Syria to raise the cap and limit on non-Syrian ownership of local banks from 49 percent to 60 percent.
In 2006, the Syrian regime of Assad and the new guard became the fourth-largest recipient of foreign direct investment, as well as of Arab Gulf states’ investments. The foreign and Arab investments ratcheted up from $115 million in 2001 to $1.6 billion in 2006. Assad replaced one of the old guards, the minister of economy, with a new economy and trade minister, Lamia Assi, who did not object to the new neoliberal policies. At this time, Assad’s policies were indistinguishable from Western neoliberalism. But he resisted parallel political liberations, and his main goal was capital accumulation while equality and distribution were neglected. While the regime used its power to benefit the few on top, the villages and medium-sized cities such as Daraa and Hama were abandoned. The gap between the state and these areas, which were left disenfranchised, was filled by the hand of lower level and underpaid secret and security police, or Mukhabarat, who relied on coercion and corrupt behavior. Islamic charities and schools stepped in to fill in the vacuum that the state created by shrinking the welfare facilities in these neglected areas. These policies of Bashar al-Assad were directly intended to transfer the “public asset” into the hands of crony capitalists, privileged networks, and corporations in order to increase the wealth of his inner circle. Unlike his father, Hafez, Bashar also sought to decrease the reliance of the Syrian regime on Russia and Iran by expanding the scope of the sweetening deals that the regime would receive from foreign and other Arab corporations. At this time, the regime’s policies and politico-economic and sociopolitical agenda departed heavily from the original Baath Party’s slogans voicing socialist and Arab nationalistic sentiments and aspirations. These sweeping changes left the Syrian people in a dire state of need and neglect. When the uprising erupted, the regime responded with a mixed reaction, on one hand offering promises and on the other enforcing mass repression. The uprising empowered and brought back the old guard and hardliners who were marginalized by Bashar al-Assad. For people such as Maher al-Assad and Ali Duba, who was one of the orchestrators of the battle of Hama, tolerance for dissidents and compromise meant encouragement of further revolt. Therefore, they believe that if enough force and repression is used—as in Hama in 1980 and the battle with the Muslim Brotherhood, which was viewed as a success for the state—then the opposition will be defeated.
However what the old guard did not consider was technology; videos, cellphones, satellite TV, and other social-media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, and instant messaging that were readily available in 2011. This disconnect from popular culture caused the regime to lose its legitimacy and credibility inside Syria as well as outside. There was an increase of pressure on the regime. The regime and the gilded circle of al-Assad, like those of Hosni Mubarak of Egypt, Zein Al-Abedin Ben Ali of Tunisia, and Ali Abdullah Saleh of Yemen, did gain short-term benefits in terms of wealth and capital accumulation from their privatizations and neoliberal policies—all without any of this wealth ever reaching the vast majority of the population. The flaw was that they neglected equality and distribution, political liberalization, without the foresight to realize what the eventual consequence of this imbalance of riches would be. As their leaders celebrated their profits, the people of Syria were left with nothing. This vast separation between the wealthy and the poor inevitably led to the revolt of the impoverished, not just in Syria but also in Egypt, Tunisia, and Yemen as well as in other Arab countries. Although Bashar al-Assad appeared to be successful, in that moment, with his method of gradual liberalization, authoritarian upgrading, and readjustment of the economy to the advantage of the few privileged, the neoliberal change failed to correspond and did not go hand in hand with redistribution and political liberalization.
Soldiers In Revolt: 1917
“‘Our Staff Printing Plant,’ Says The Soldier, Pereiko, ‘Performed A Great Service For The Revolution’”
“The Bourgeois Press, Although’ Supplied To The Front Free Of Cost In Millions Of Copies, Hardly Found A Reader”
Trotsky, Leon; The History of the Russian Revolution; Volume Two
How was it that with this weak apparatus and this negligible circulation of the party press, the ideas and slogans of Bolshevism were able to take possession of the people? The explanation is very simple: those slogans which correspond to the keen demands of a class and an epoch create thousands of channels for themselves. A red-hot revolutionary medium is a high conductor of ideas. The Bolshevik papers were read aloud, were read all to pieces. The most important articles were learned by heart, recited, copied, and wherever possible reprinted. “Our staff printing plant,” says the soldier, Pereiko, “performed a great service for the revolution. “How many individual articles from Pravda were reprinted by us, and how many small brochures, very close and comprehensible to the soldiers! And all these were swiftly distributed along the front with the help of air mails, bicycles and motorcycles ...” At the same time the bourgeois press, although’ supplied to the front free of cost in millions of copies, hardly found a reader. The heavy bales remained unopened. This boycott of the “patriotic” press at times assumed a demonstrative form. Representatives of the 18th Siberian division passed a resolution asking the bourgeois parties to stop sending literature, inasmuch as it was “fruitlessly used to boil the hot water for tea.” The Bolshevik press was very differently employed. Hence the coefficient of its useful – or if you prefer, harmful – effectiveness was incomparably higher.
By Charles Mackay
Old Tubal Cain was a man of might In the days when the Earth was young; By the fierce red light of his furnace bright The strokes of his hammer rung; And he lifted high his brawny hand On the iron glowing clear, Till the sparks rushed out in scarlet showers And he fashioned the sword and spear. And he sang “Hurra for the handiwork! Hurra for the spear and sword! Hurra for the hand that shall wield them well, For he shall be king and lord!” To Tubal Cain came many a one, As he wrought by his roaring fire; And each one prayed for a strong steel blade As the crown of his desire. And he made them weapons sharp and strong, Till they shouted loud for glee, And gave him gifts of pearl and gold, And spoils of the forest free; And they said, “Hurra for Tubal Cain, Who hath given us strength anew! Hurra for the smith, hurra for the fire, And hurra for the metal true!” But a sudden change came o’er his heart Ere the setting of the sun, And Tubal Cain was filled with pain for The Evil he had done; He saw that men, with rage and hate, Made war upon their kind, That the land was red with the blood they shed, In their lust for carnage blind. And he said, “Alas! that ever I made, Or the skill of mine should plan, The spear and the sword for men whose joy Is to slay their fellow-man.” And for many a day old Tubal Cain Sat brooding o’er his woe; And his hand forebore to smite the ore, And his furnace smoldered low. But he rose at last with a cheerful face, And a bright courageous eye,
And bared his strong right hand for work While the quick flames mounted high! And he sang, “Hurra for my handicraft!” And the red sparks lit the air; “Not alone for the blade was the bright steel made!” And he fashioned the first ploughshare. And men, taught wisdom from the past, In friendship joined their hands; Hung the sword in the hall, the spear on the wall, And ploughed the willing lands; And sang, “Hurra for Tubal Cain! Our staunch good friend is he; And for the ploughshare and the plough To him our praise shall be; But while oppression lifts its head, Or a tyrant would be lord Though we may thank him for the plough We’ll not forget the sword!”
Zionists Grab More Palestinian Land To Build Settlement Units In Salfit:
“Leshim Was Built Last Year On Privately Owned Palestinian Lands”
Leshim Settlement. Photo: Active Stills
September 01, 2013 by Saed Bannoura - IMEMC & Agencies Local sources in Salfit district, in the central part of the West Bank, have reported that Israeli bulldozers uprooted Palestinians lands, west of Salfit, in preparation for building new units in Leshim illegal settlement. The lands are located between Deir Ballout and Kufr Ad-Deek towns. Leshim was built last year on privately owned Palestinian lands. Israeli Housing Minister, Uri Ariel, placed the corner stone of the illegal settlement. The Salfit district is one of the most impacted districts due to Israel’s illegal settlement activities as it contains 23 Israeli settlements swallowing more than half of Salfit’s farmlands. It is worth mentioning that there are 18 Palestinian towns and villages in the Salfit District. Besides being illegal under International Law and the Fourth Geneva Convention, settlements are consuming large areas of Palestinians orchards and fertile lands, and are devastating the Palestinian economy.
Zionist Occupiers Force Palestinians To Destroy Their Own Homes And Pay For Doing So:
“35% Of Arab Owned Land In East Jerusalem Has Been Expropriated For Israeli Settlements”
“Ziad Ameira Was Forced To Demolish His East Jerusalem House Last Week In Order To Avoid The 73,000-Shekel Demolition Cost”
“Ziad Hired A Bulldozer And Truck, At A Personal Cost Of 25,000 Shekels, And Destroyed His Family’s Home”
September 02, 2013 By Sam Gilbert - The Palestine Monitor Ziad Ameira was forced to demolish his East Jerusalem house last week in order to avoid the 73,000-shekel demolition cost leveled by the municipality. On Monday, 19 August, Ziad hired a bulldozer and truck, at a personal cost of 25,000 shekels, and destroyed his family’s home, thus ending a 15-year battle with the Jerusalem Municipal Court and adding to the increasingly common phenomenon of selfdemolitions in East Jerusalem. Ziad, an East Jerusalem native, told the Palestine Monitor about the events preceding the eventual self-demolition. “The house was built 15 years ago [on land Ziad owned], after 20 days people from the municipality came saying that the house had been built without a permit.” The family of eight was able to postpone the demolition by paying multiple fines and hiring lawyers to contest the court’s ruling. “After 2 months we went to court and we had hearings for 2 ½ years. In the first verdict they gave me a fine of 35,000 shekels (500 shekels per month). After 2 ½ - 3 years, they made me pay other 27,000 shekels.” After that Ziad hired a lawyer, “It was better to postpone everything by hiring a lawyer and paying him every year around 1000 dollars. Like this I gained every time one more year until I couldn’t afford it any more.” Israel’s discriminatory policies and practices in East Jerusalem, coupled with exorbitant permit costs (250,000—300 000 shekels) lead many Palestinian to build illegally. According to the United Nations Office of the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs 2011 report, “at least 32% of all Palestinian homes in East Jerusalem lack building permits, meaning that some 93,100 residents are at risk of being displaced by having their homes demolished.” Ziad explains that for the 15 years leading up to the demolition, his family lived in constant fear of displacement. “It was difficult, we were constantly waiting. On every paper it was written that they could come and demolish the house at any time.” A continual process of Israeli land seizure compounds the difficulty and cost of attaining a permit. In East Jerusalem, 35% of Arab owned land in East Jerusalem has been expropriated for Israeli settlements.
Another 54% of the Palestinian owned land has been designated “open green space,” reserved for public purposes and forbidding Palestinian construction. This leaves 11% of East Jerusalem available for Palestinian construction, far below the needs of the 58% majority Palestinian population.
Zionist Mob Attacks Homes In Occupied Jerusalem:
Their Police Arrive And Arrest Palestinian Kid
[These Palestinians are dangerous. They defend themselves when attacked. T] 06/09/2013 Ma’an JERUSALEM -- Israeli police on Thursday night raided several houses at al-Sowana neighborhood east of the old city in Jerusalem, after a group of settlers arrived, locals said. Ahmad al-Ewiwi, a resident in the neighborhood, said the residents were shocked when they saw a group of settlers raiding the area. Settlers threw stones toward Palestinians and houses without reason, they said, and Palestinians threw stones Israeli police raided several Palestinian houses belonging to the al-Amouri, Barakat, Abu al-Hawa, and al-Imam families. They detained the boy, Mousa Abu al-Hawa, from his house.
“Despite Siege, Shelling, Death And Detainment, Our Palestinian Brothers And Sisters Have Stood Steadfast By Syrians And The Revolution”
“They Have Endured The Brutality Of The Assad Regime For As Long As We Have, And Have Not Wavered”
“The Nation Of Injustice Is One; Authoritarianism And Zionism”
“Freedom To All Our Detainees, In Zionist And Assadist Jails”
Khaled Bakrawi, Martyr. September 13, 2013 Saqet More than a month has passed since the actions of the Palestinian Camps in Syria, and the siege on Yarmouk Camp is still ongoing… Today, September 13, 2013, despite the crippling regime-imposed siege on Yarmouk Camp, Damascus, the people of the Camp went out and protested after Friday noon prayers. They began in front of Palestine Mosque and marched throughout the Camp. In their protest, the residents stressed Palestinian-Syrian unity throughout the ongoing conflict, called on the armed opposition to come to the front and break the siege.
They also repeated calls from their “Breaking the Silence Campaign” to the Palestinian Diaspora to aid by working to lift the siege on the Camp and the southern parts of Damascus. Following the protest, Yarmouk was shelled with rockets, a daily part of the ongoing siege imposed on the Camp. The people of Yarmouk have come out and protested following the receipt of heartbreaking news two days ago, regarding a well-loved activist: Khaled Bakrawi. Khaled Bakrawi was a 24-year old activist from Yarmouk Camp, born and raised in Syria but originally from Lubya, Palestine that was ethnically cleansed in 1948. Khaled Bakrawi played an integral role in rallying the masses in the struggle for justice. He was one of the founders of the Jafra Foundation and was extremely active in the Palestinian Youth Movement. During the commemoration of al-Naksa in 2011, Khaled was injured when Israeli Occupation Forces opened fire on the protestors. Despite his wounds, he remained steadfast in his struggles and organized for the internally displaced that made their way into Yarmouk. Khaled Bakrawi had been missing, thought to be in Assad’s jails, since January 19, 2013. This was confirmed on September 11, 2013 when news of his martyrdom broke; he had been tortured to death. Khaled leaves behind a legacy of Resistance and compassion, one that any Revolutionary against the universal struggle of tyranny should hope to emulate. Rest in Power, ya shaheed. Despite siege, shelling, death and detainment, our Palestinian brothers and sisters have stood steadfast by Syrians and the Revolution. They have endured the brutality of the Assad regime for as long as we have, and have not wavered. And neither should we, in our support of them. As such, it is the duty of Syrians in the Diaspora to say “NO” to normalization and partnerships with Zionists for the supposed sake of the Revolution. It is our duty as Syrians to stand against the regimes that have perpetuated the pain of our Palestinian brothers and sisters, to refuse “help” that surely comes at the cost of their freedom, their lives. It is our duty not to dirty our cause with the stain of collaboration, as our freedom and dignity will not arrive on the blood and pain of Palestine.
And lest we forget: “The nation of injustice is one; authoritarianism and Zionism Freedom to all our detainees, in Zionist and Assadist jails. Long live the people.
CLASS WAR REPORTS
Polish Capital Gripped By Antigovernment Rallies Organized By The Solidarity Trade Union:
“At Least 10,000 People Marched Through The Capital”
“Prime Minister, We’re Coming To Get You”
Trade unionists bang drums during a demonstration in Warsaw, Poland, Wednesday. European Pressphoto Agency September 11, 2013 By MARCIN SOBCZYK and PATRYK WASILEWSKI, Wall Street Journal [Excerpts] WARSAW — The Polish capital was gripped by antigovernment rallies Wednesday as thousands of people feeling squeezed by the country’s economic slowdown called for early elections. The protests, organized by the Solidarity trade union and set to continue through Saturday, come as the center-right government led by Prime Minister Donald Tusk teeters on the brink of losing its parliamentary majority. At least 10,000 people marched through the capital in several demonstrations that interrupted traffic and culminated at the Parliament compound. Protesters shouted “Prime Minister, we’re coming to get you,” while a union member leading a rally in front of the Economy Ministry demanded elections be held before the next ones are due in 2015. Mr. Tusk had said Tuesday he was ready to meet with the unions “but it would be hard to expect me to schedule talks with anyone about how he plans to topple me.” The protesters want higher pay as well as improved public services such as health care and education. Poland’s average take-home pay is equivalent to some $800 a month, way below the European Union average, despite more than two decades of uninterrupted growth.
Poland’s relatively low wages have been partly responsible for encouraging west European companies to relocate here to cut their labor costs, boosting the country’s exports and economic output. Most Poles back the protests, according to a poll by MillwardBrown for the private broadcaster TVN published Tuesday. It said 59% of those polled were in favor of antigovernment rallies and 31% against.
“Heavily Armed Riot Police Battled Thousands Of Striking Teachers Friday”
Protesters grab the shield of a police officer on the ground during a protest against President Enrique Pena Nieto’s education law in Mexico City September 11, 2013. Pena Nieto signed into law on Tuesday a government bill take away rights of teacher teachers’ union protests seeking to derail it. Thousands of teachers have marched in the capital in recent days to protest against the attack on their union rights. REUTERS/Oswaldo Ramirez [Thanks to Alan Stolzer, Military Resistance Organization, who sent this in.] September 13, 2013 Al Jazeera
Heavily armed riot police battled thousands of striking teachers Friday, forcing them out of a Mexico City square they had occupied for weeks over education reforms slated to become law on Tuesday. The government had promised to clear the square -- where Mexican Independence Day celebrations were scheduled to take place -- and moved in three days ahead of the festivities on Friday. Teachers -- many of them veterans of battles with police in poor southern states -armed themselves with metal pipes and wooden clubs and blocked off the Zocalo square with street grates and plastic traffic dividers. Police swarmed the square shortly after 4 p.m., shooting tear gas from speciallyequipped fire extinguishers, tossing sound bombs, and spraying water from armored trucks. Protesters hurled sticks and chunks of pavement broken from the streets. Activists reported several injuries among protesters, and city officials reported 15 police hurt as protesters seized some plastic riot shields from officers. Within half an hour, police had cleared the square and union organizers said they would reassemble away from the main plaza at the nearby Monument to the Revolution. Small knots of teachers, self-described local anarchists and other supporters hurled bottles and rocks at police on some of the main avenues of downtown Mexico City. According to local activist reports, the police planned to head to the monument to continue dispersing protesters. The teachers argue that because they are from poor states and don’t have the means to enact peaceful change, their main strength is the ability to shut schools and make life inconvenient in Mexico’s economic, political and cultural heart. Teachers have marched through the capital at least 15 times over the last two months against President Enrique Pena Nieto and his educational reforms, which reduce union power by hiring and promoting teachers based on standardized tests. Scores of students and anarchists have joined the teachers in protests against the president’s plan to overhaul the educational system. Congress has already passed changes to the constitution to overhaul the education system. The changes include requiring teachers to undergo mandatory standardized performance tests to get jobs or promotions, and ending unions’ power over hiring. Many protesters have joined in parallel demonstrations against Pena Nieto’s plans to allow private companies to explore and exploit Mexico’s vast oil and gas reserves. Leftist politician and 2012 presidential candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador called the oil reform the biggest theft “of all time” and a “robbery of the Mexican people,” in an
interview with Reuters last month, when tens of thousands of teachers and oil reform protesters clashed in the streets with riot police. Pena Nieto won the 2012 presidential election with 38.2 percent of the vote. The president’s approval ratings so far, around 50 percent, have been surprisingly low for a new president in Mexico -- where 70 or 80 percent popularity is not unusual.
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