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Insurgents Inflict Heavy Losses On Assad Regime Across Country:
About 1000 Casualties Among Dictator’s Forces Since Last Friday:
State Media Confirmed The Death Of Hilal Al-Assad, The President’s Cousin;
Insurgent Offensive In Latakia Appears To Be Holding Gains
March 25, 2014 By Scott Lucas, EA WorldView [Excerpts] Pursuing a major offensive in Latakia Province and continuing other operations in northern and southern Syria, insurgents inflicted heavy losses on regime forces on Monday. Well-placed sources say that President Assad’s fighters have suffered about 1000 casualties since last Friday across fronts from Latakia to Idlib and Aleppo in the northwest to Quneitra and Daraa in the south. State media have confirmed the death of Hilal al-Assad, the President’s cousin who led the militia of the National Defense Forces in Latakia. The claimed deaths of two other Assad cousins, Ali and Kafeh, are still unconfirmed. In Aleppo, Brigadier General Samea Yusuf Abbas, the head of a Republican Guard unit, has been killed. The insurgents launched what appears to be a well-coordinated and long-planned offensive in Latakia in western Syria on Friday. They soon took the Kassab crossing, the regime’s last border link with Turkey. Opposition fighters also moved into the nearby village of the same name, although fighting continues. News of the southern front from Daraa to Quneitra, close to the Golan Heights and the demilitarized zone with Israel, is limited because of a media blackout by the insurgents. In Aleppo, however, gains by opposition forces on the northwest edge of the city and attacks on an Air Force intelligence base have been reported by websites linked to foreign fighters. Insurgents are now attacking Tell Shuwehneh, a hilltop overlooking western Aleppo city and close to several Syrian military facilities — Joanna Paraszczuk has a full account from the website of the Chechen faction Jaish al-Muhajireen wal Ansar:
UPDATE 1800 GMT: Insurgents have taken “Tower 45″, a key objective in their offensive in Latakia Province in western Syria. The tower is near Kassab village, claimed by insurgents at the start of the offensive last weekend. UPDATE 2100 GMT: Insurgents have taken the village of as-Samra. As-Samra is southwest of Kassab, the village on the Turkish border taken by insurgents at the start of the Latakia offensive last weekend.
“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 Social-Democrats ideal should not be the trade union secretary, but the tribune of the people who is able to react to every manifestation of tyranny and oppression no matter where it appears no matter what stratum or class of the people it affects; who is able to generalize all these manifestations and produce a single picture of police violence and capitalist exploitation; who is able to take advantage of every event, however small, in order to set forth before all his socialist convictions and his democratic demands, in order to clarify for all and everyone the world-historic significance of the struggle for the emancipation of the proletariat.” -- V. I. Lenin; What Is To Be Done
The Moving Wall In A Small Town In Idaho
Photograph by Mike Hastie 2004 From: Mike Hastie To: Military Resistance Newsletter Sent: March 25, 2014 Subject: The Moving Wall In A Small Town In Idaho The Moving Wall In A Small Town In Idaho Years ago I went to a small town in Idaho that had the Moving Wall displayed in a parking lot. I picked the parking space number 19 to take this picture.
It is said that the average age of American soldiers killed in Vietnam was 19 years and 10 months. Some people believe that number is incorrect. So, let's make it 20 years and 10 months to be on the safe side. After all, making them still teenagers doesn't look good for public consumption. Consumption... that's a good word. Average age 19, from the senior prom to Vietnam. Jesus... that's a lot for the American people to face. But then again, I can't imagine the American people facing anything. Anytime you threaten someone's belief system, there is an urgent instinct to deny its reality. As a medic in Vietnam, one of those U.S. soldiers was a 19 year-old heroin addict who blew his brains out with his M-16. I was there in the tent with him shortly after he pulled the trigger. There was blood everywhere. Afterwards, I threw my fatigue jacket away in a burning 55 gallon oil drum. Oil drum... something future American soldiers would die for. Suicide was one of those things in Vietnam that was unspeakable. Rampant heroin addiction by U.S. soldiers in Vietnam was another unspeakable truth. Murdering fellow soldiers in Vietnam was another unspeakable truth. A few weeks after I got to my unit in Vietnam, an enlisted man murdered his commanding officer with his M-16. In another incident, two fellow soldiers got into a gun fight, and one was killed with an M-16. I was there when he took his last breath. The war profiteering of billions and billions of dollars by American corporations was another unspeakable truth. Very few of these war capitalists sent their own children to war. Murdering Vietnamese civilians was another unspeakable truth. I helped take a young Vietnamese woman off of a helicopter who died shortly afterwards because an American soldier took his anger out on her. I was in the 1st Squadron 10th Cavalry, that had three fire bases with heavy artillery. Those guns fired into free-fire zones killing whatever happened to be there. The U.S. Government's insane policy of killing anything that moves.
There were the unfathomable number of American soldiers and Vietnamese who died as a result of Agent Orange exposure, and the birth defects that were passed on to their children. These notorious war crimes were My Lai's from the skies. Unspeakable... The horror that continues generation after generation. A year ago my brother-in-law died in a VA hospital as a result of cancer from being sprayed with the chemical agent Dioxin. I have a very good friend who can barely walk, because while he was in Vietnam he handled the 55 gallon orange drums that contained this highly poisonous herbicide. His grandson was born with a severe birth defect. Come to think about it... the whole U.S. terrorist war in Vietnam was and is still an unspeakable truth. We are all heroes according to the U.S. Government's plan to rewrite the history of the Vietnam War. When I left Vietnam to go back to America, I slithered back into my country of origin before anyone knew it. That was when silent betrayal became a deadly disease. The moral injury that talks to you everyday. So, it is over forty years later, and I am still writing about the magnificent lie called Vietnam. Why in the world would I do that? What is this obsession all about? As a survivor, you absolutely have to speak for the dead. You have to speak the unspeakable. The so-called luxury of silence has been removed. There is no rest for the survivor until the message has been delivered. Because our souls were murdered in Vietnam by the U.S. Government. Let alone all of the loved ones of those soldiers. The youth in this country have to be told the truth, so they don't become a folded flag in a casket. That is ultimately the gift that has to be given by the dead to the living. That is when the dead become free. I'm like a broken record when I write about the lies of the Vietnam War. A war the Vietnamese called the American War. Philip Jones Griffiths, a famous combat photographer in Vietnam had this to say about the American War: “ The Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. is 150 yards long. If the same memorial was built for the Vietnamese that were killed, it would be nine miles long.” The reason I write year after year about the same thing is because one day long after the Vietnam generation is dead and buried, there will be some trace of truth out there that is still breathing. Lying Is The Most Powerful Weapon In War. When I visited the Moving Wall that day in that small town in Idaho, there was something inscribed in large letters on the Wall that
reminded me of that American soldier who committed suicide. That something said: The Price Of Freedom Is Written On The Wall. And that is why more American soldiers have committed suicide than the 58,000 who died in Vietnam. That is why a good friend of mine who was a Vietnam veteran hung himself in a motel room several years ago. That is why I continue to write about the splendid resuscitation of shit that says: “The Price Of Freedom Is Written On The Wall.” That's a self-inflicted M-16 round to the head. Mike Hastie Army Medic Vietnam March 25, 2014 Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced. James Baldwin 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
“Events In Ukraine Were Surely Out Of Control Of EU, Russia, US, Or Any Other”
“Russian TV Can Be Full Of Commentaries From Western Fascists And Conspiracy
Theorists Claiming Contrary, But People On Maidan Weren’t Mobilized And Controlled By The EU”
“Being A Staunch Opponent Of The US Foreign Policy, I Have To Notice That Washington Didn’t Play Any Important Role In Ukrainian Regime Change, Contrary To Widespread Cliché”
“Ukrainian People Shouldn’t Side With Governments Neither In The West Nor In The East”
March 16, 2014 Interview with Denis Pilash of the Left Opposition in Kyiv; UKRTAZ The following interview with Denis Pilash of the Left Opposition in Kyiv was carried out by SYRIZA (the Greek “Coalition of the Radical Left”). ********************************************************* Question: The European Union has started a game that it is not able to finish. It (EU) couldn’t predict the reaction of Moscow? Pilash: People of Ukraine are trapped between Western and Russian imperialism but Ukrainian elite is itself an enough cynical player at this chessboard. And I’m not sure whether the EU started this game on its own. The ousted president Yanukovich, just as president Kuchma a decade ago, hesitated between pro-Western and pro-Russian orientation, but generally was convenient to both sides (for instance, his legacy includes endorsing Shell for eco-dangerous shale gas drilling in Ukraine).
His Party of Regions went on elections with slogans oriented on pro-Russian electorate, but in 2013 his government switched to an official campaign in favour of the free trade / association agreement with the EU. While finances and debt were deteriorating, Ukraine found itself under pressure of both IMF and Kremlin. Its leadership (Yanukovich and prime minister Azarov) canceled the prepared signing of the EU agreement hoping to get money from Russia. This is the point when the so-called ‘Euro-Maidan’ protests started. Two decades of brainwashing about the ‘paradise in the EU’ created in many clusters of Ukrainian society an idealized view of European integration as a solution to all problems (but some support it from a quite pragmatic point – huge amount of unemployed Ukrainians work in the EU). It was paradoxical how protestors, many of whom were driven by rage caused by social injustice and economic inequality, manifested under EU banners while throughout the EU people protesting for similar reasons burn these flags! However, it seemed like the Euro-Maidan would decline and disseminate on its own until the government showed itself foolish enough to disperse it with brutal force thus shifting the main message of anti-government protests from enthusiasm for EU association to condemnation of police violence and Yanukovich’s arbitrary rule. So this stage of protests was apparently less ‘pro-EU’ though different political actors from EU (be it Rebecca Harms, Carl Bildt, or Baroness Ashton) tried to intervene and use the situation to push their own interests. However, there wasn’t some steady ‘EU plan’ behind the events, and their proposals were rather moderate compared with the final outcome. And since the protests turned to violent clashes with riot police after the adoption of repressive 16 January laws limiting freedom of speech and protest then, events in Ukraine were surely out of control of EU, Russia, US, or any other. Russian TV channels can be full of commentaries from Western fascists and conspiracy theorists (from Marine Le Pen to Lindon LaRouche) claiming contrary but people on Maidan weren’t mobilized and controlled by the EU. As to the reaction of Moscow, it wasn’t predictable at all. A transparent approach from Russia would require joining its European counterparts, Ukrainian government, opposition and civil society in early tackling the crisis at round tables; instead Moscow chose to broker behind-the-scenes agreements with unclear provisions. Question: Even if the EU was able to “play stronger,” it seems to be trapped between its geopolitical and economic interests? (= because of its economic relations with Russia, the EU is not willing to oppose harder to Putin) Answer: Exactly. The reason why the EU (especially its main powers, Germany and France) is delaying the moment to impose economic sanctions is because they will affect its economic ties with Russia. Russia may be not the main trade partner but it’s
important in supplying gas and oil. Ironically, it’s precisely Gazprom that makes the most obvious gains in Crimea – it’s going to privatize the local petroleum resources. Question: How does Washington see its role in Ukraine (and the region in general) at this moment? What are the differences between the Republicans and the Democrats (concerning the US policy towards Ukraine)? Answer: Being a staunch opponent of the US foreign policy, especially of their intervention to Latin American affairs, I have to notice that Washington didn’t play any important role in Ukrainian regime change, contrary to widespread cliché. Obama and Kerry seem to combine seeking for diplomatic resolution with play on oil prices and other economic parameters sensitive to Russia. I’d attribute this not only to less aggressive politics of Democratic administration but also to the crisis of the US global hegemony. In the 2008 Russian offensive, Republicans were unable to effectively back their Georgian clients, so Democrats try to be less belligerent in their speeches but more clever in actions. Ultimately, the main points of the 2 parties are pretty the same. Lots of observers, in Ukraine and abroad, spoke extensively on John McCain visit to Maidan in December; however, few noticed that the old Republican warmonger was, in full accord, accompanied by another US senator – Chris Murphy – who is considered one of the most liberal Democrats. In more general approach towards the region, that Republicans are eager to rely exclusively at pro-American East European governments to counterweight both Russia and Germany/France while Democrats agree at more complex solutions satisfying interests of multiply powers. Therefore during ongoing crisis even Brzezinski, the hawkish advisor to Democrats, warned Ukrainians from joining NATO and proposed Finland-style neutrality instead. I’m afraid, however, that new Ukrainian establishment facing Russian military threat will intensively pull Ukraine towards NATO membership. So it’s an important task for anti-war activists to prevent Ukraine’s submission to any military bloc. Question: How important for Russia are Crimea and eastern Ukraine? How far do you believe that Putin will go? Answer: Putin is quite hypocritical when claims Russian troops in Crimea are defending Russian-speakers, compatriots etc. It’s an open intervention, and a very adventurous one. Yes, Ukrainian ultranationalists’ activity and failures of new Kiev leadership (like revoking the almost nonfunctional bill on regional languages – but not ‘banning Russian’ as is reported in pro-Kremlin sources) contributed to counter-protests in the (Russianspeaking) Southern and Eastern Ukraine. But the formal pretext of Russian invasion was forged and it’s a clear violation of international law. I support the right of self-determination but I can’t support a referendum carried out in a rush and at the point of bayonets.
Previously, many saw a war between Russians and Ukrainians less possible than, say, US and Canada. We used to be fraternal peoples but these actions seriously raise the menace of a war. In my opinion, the unanimous voting in the Federation Council providing President Putin the right to deploy Russian forces in Ukraine, was the major step towards this disaster. What’s even worse, nobody can predict how far the situation will deteriorate; violent clashes between Russia’s supporters and opponents occur in eastern regions of Ukraine. On the other hand, interests of Russia’s ruling class correspond with a relatively smooth capture of Crimea (with its Russian community and Sevastopol naval base) not a fullscale war for eastern Ukraine. Industrial cities of Kharkov, Donetsk and Dnepropetrovsk located there still have lots of Soviet-era factories (owned mainly by Ukrainian bourgeoisie) but, in reality, Ukraine, one of the poorest countries in Europe, isn’t too economically attractive for any foreign power. Russian intervention in Crimea seeks rather symbolic and irrational long-term aims of ‘re-establishing Russian empire’, and leads to dangerous race of nationalisms in both states: in Ukraine it gives even more legitimacy to the far right and its paramilitaries, in Russia thousands are forcefully driven to prointervention rallies while socialists and pacifists (even an old Leningrad siege survivor) are attacked and arrested for attending anti-war rallies. That’s why we need an international anti-war solidarity campaign like in 2003 against US-led invasion to Iraq. Question: What are the latest reactions of the people in Kiev towards the temporary government? Who is winning in Ukraine: one group of oligarchs, fascists, EU, USA, Russia…? Answer: Ordinary people in Kiev who overwhelmingly supported the Maidan protests against the corrupt and increasingly authoritarian Yanukovich are divided in relation to the temporary government. Some succumb to the patriotic hysteria and turn blind eye on the misdoings of the new authorities; but others feel betrayed by the politicians who used their uprising and death of more than 100 people (including an anarchist) killed by snipers to get into power. Many are definitely discontented with the composition of the government: they demanded it not to include the wealthiest or unprofessional people but it did. They say, at the core of the system, little has changed. Under Yanukovich, neoliberal reforms were launched in pension system, healthcare and education. Now Yatsenyuk, the new premier, calls for austerity and agrees to all IMF demands regarding increasing fees and cutting pensions in order to get the credit.
Under Yanukovich, the political system was under the control of the wealthiest oligarchs like Akhmetov, Firtash, Pinchuk, and the ruling Party of Regions represented their interests. Now the oligarchs just switched their allegiance and remained; two of them, Kolomoysky and Tatuta, were appointed governors to Dnepropetrovsk and Donetsk respectively and use restrictive measures to suppress discontent. Only one oligarch, Firtash, was detained – interestingly, not by Ukrainian authorities but by FBI in Vienna. So, in fact, groups of oligarchs still are the main force dominating in Ukraine. Contrary to Bosnian protests, even grassroots movements in Ukraine weren’t ready to demand recall of privatization process. Maidan was a contradictory mass movement not a ‘fascist coup’; but it really included strong far right elements (Svoboda, a party with 10% vote on last national elections, and Right Sector, a coalition of barely known fascist movements). Their militants still patrol some streets; Svoboda got several secondary posts in the mainly Batkivshchyna (Timoshenko-led party without clear ideology) government (now it’s an ‘EU-tolerant fascist party with ministers’ like LAOS was) – but it’s surely not the dominant force there. They joined the protest though being hostile to almost all proclaimed aims of the movement – political democracy, parliamentary republic, European integration (Svoboda even opportunistically started endorsing joining EU though its notorious foreign partners – National Front in France, National Democratic Party in Germany, Golden Dawn in Greece – are very Eurosceptical). At the other hand, they shared anti-Russian sentiment and tried to impose on the movement their own agenda and symbols: red and black banner of the Ukrainian Insurgent Army, chants ‘Glory to Ukraine’ and (more extreme and rejected by Maidan majority) ‘Death to enemies’, fierce anti-communism leading to destruction of monuments dedicated to Lenin. These dubious actions triggered by the Nazis naturally alienated the population of Eastern and Southern parts of Ukraine. Polls show that popular support of the two far right presidential candidates, Tyahnybok and Yarosh, is now below 2-3% each. But open neo-Nazis, namely C14 (affiliated with Svoboda) and SNA (part of Right Sector), remain a real threat. Nazis have repeatedly attacked left-wing activists and venues in last years, the previous government turned blind eye on their violence and even promoted Svoboda as a counterweight to mainstream opposition; in fact, nothing has changed dramatically for anti-fascists. Question: Should the Ukrainian people choose a side in this imperial game? (Is Putin really protecting the interests of the Russian speaking Ukrainians or…) Answer: Certainly not.
Ukrainian people shouldn’t side with governments neither in the West nor in the East; instead, they have to find their own way. But first, they need to overcome the vicious circle of oligarchs and fascists (both Ukrainian and pro-Russian). All Ukrainian parties are on the right; they are economically pro-capitalist, socially conservative and try to draw the social unrest away from the enormous cleavage between the narrow group of oligarchs and the working majority to different identity conflicts on the ground of language, ethnicity or historical memory. The trade unions are weak, and there is no genuine left force to represent the working class. Parliamentary ‘Communist’ party, a recent loyal satellite of the bourgeois Party of Regions, is communist in name only. It’s time for small new left initiatives like Left Opposition, Direct Action student union or Commons journal to propose a clear socialist alternative so that Ukrainians could join SYRIZA and other left movements throughout Europe against neoliberal austerity and nationalist prejudice; after all, Ukraine is not only Bandera’s birthplace but also Makhno’s and Trotsky’s. As to the international support, as Nikolas Kozloff, a progressive expert on Latin America, pointed out: ‘The left must continue to critique U.S. foreign policy while seeking out, identifying, and providing solidarity for progressive elements which are resisting Putin in both Russia and Ukraine’. And this is the point where Greeks could give Ukrainians a good lesson of class solidarity and struggle.
Solution To PTSD Crisis Only Couple Thousand Facebook Likes Away
LIKE THIS OR YOU HATE AMERICA.
March 25, 2014 By Epic Blunder, Duffel Blog WASHINGTON — The Department of Veterans Affairs revealed the solution to the crisis of veteran suicide and post-traumatic stress is only “a couple thousand Facebook Likes away,” according to an official statement released today. The Facebook “Like,” a tool that instantaneously conveys heartfelt appreciation, unyielding support and zealous fervor for distant and unheard-of causes, has revolutionized the bandwagon movement and proven instrumental in combating posttraumatic stress disorder, or PTSD. “The Facebook Like has virtually eliminated the need for physical and mental rehabilitation clinics, transition assistance programs, basic fellowship, and the loving embrace once provided by families,” said VA spokesperson Clyde Davies. “At the rate we’re going, PTSD will be cured by tomorrow.” The alarming number of suicides stemming from untreated cases of PTSD has garnered significant media attention within the past few years, pulling into question the adequacy of treatment provided to afflicted veterans. Fortunately, the sympathy of flag-waving Americans on the Internet has had a palpable impact on tormented service members worldwide. “All I really hoped for was a job, or something I could contribute towards to at least give me a sense of purpose,” said Greg Delhenney, a veteran of Fallujah and triple-amputee who suffers from severe post-traumatic stress and missing limb disorder. “I can’t even begin to describe how great it felt to know that fifteen complete strangers cared about me on Facebook. It gave me the strength I needed to press on.” Saying that one patriotic American “literally saved his life” by going above and beyond by “sharing” his status update, Delhenney said that due to Facebook, he never hesitates to share how he feels. “I certainly wouldn’t hesitate to vent my pent-up frustrations and the survivor’s guilt I relive every waking moment of my heretofore wretched existence, or share the vividly horrific nightmares that plague the sleepless fits of despair I succumb to every night,” he added. “These people get me.” Karey Jameson, a high school sophomore in the affluent neighborhood of Irvine, Calif., has been a staunch proponent of PTSD advocacy since last Tuesday. “It’s like, so wrong, how like, we ignore and mistreat people with PTSD. Like, corporate greed is like, totally responsible for how like, subdued the PTSD crisis really is,” Jameson sputtered. “(Joseph) Kony needs to be stopped!” “Our popularity on social media couldn’t come at a better time,” said VA Secretary Eric Shinseki, proudly wearing a Facebook-blue beret outfitted with a thumbs-up badge.
“With all these looming budget cuts, we can conquer PTSD with the greatest resource of all — the guilty human heart — and instead use our $150 billion budget to ensure our veterans get the benefits they deserve.” At press time, Jameson had posted a picture to Facebook of her new tattoo, a yellow ribbon with the caption, “Save Darfur,” on the small of her back. Delhenney is reportedly still 1,000 likes shy of earning a date with Taylor Swift.
CLASS WAR REPORTS
“Wall Street Banks Handed Out $26.7 Billion In Bonuses To Their Employees Last Year”
“Enough To More Than Double The Pay For All 1,085,000 Americans Who Work Full-Time At The Federal Hourly Minimum Wage Of $7.25”
March 12, 2014 by Sarah Anderson, Institute for Policy Studies [Excerpts] The New York financial industry's bonus pool exceeded the annual earnings of the more than 1 million Americans who work full-time at the federal minimum wage.
Wall Street banks handed out $26.7 billion in bonuses to their 165,200 employees last year. That amount would be enough to more than double the pay for all 1,085,000 Americans who work full-time at the current federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour.
Zionists Trash Palestinian Homes In Occupied Jerusalem
[Nothing New Here]
Palestinian children climb on rubble left after their house was demolished by Israeli government in East Jerusalem's A-Tur neighbourhood March 26, 2014. (REUTERS/Ammar Awad)
Zionists Trash Palestinian Cars In Occupied Jerusalem:
“Gentiles In The Country Are Enemies”
March 24, 2014 AFP JERUSALEM -- Jewish extremists punctured the tires of dozens of Palestinian cars in annexed East Jerusalem on Monday in the latest so-called “price tag” hate crime, police and an AFP correspondent said. The attack took place in Beit Hanina with Hebrew graffiti on a nearby bus reading “Gentiles in the country are enemies”. Police said the tires of 34 cars were punctured, but an AFP correspondent at the scene placed the number at 45, noting all four wheels of each car were slashed. Residents told Ma'an that the damage was discovered at 5 a.m. as locals left their homes to go to work. “Five settlers stormed the al-Samah square at around 2:30 a.m. coming from the direction of Pisgat Zeev settlement which is built on lands of Beit Hanina. Two of them positioned themselves at the main entrance to watch as the rest assaulted properties in the neighborhood,” local resident Muhammad Abu Sneina told Ma'an. In June, 21 cars were vandalized in a similar attack in Beit Hanina not far from Monday's attack. Last month, the tires of 31 cars were slashed in a Palestinian neighborhood in the southern sector of East Jerusalem.
Settlers Attack Palestinian Farmers In Their Fields, As Usual
24/03/2014 Ma'an NABLUS -- Clashes broke out Sunday morning after Jewish settlers attacked Palestinian farmers in their fields near the northern West Bank village of Burin south of Nablus. Ghassan Daghlas, a Palestinian Authority official who monitors settlement-related activities in the northern West Bank, told Ma'an that dozens of settlers from the nearby Bracha settlement attacked Palestinian farmers in the eastern fields of Burin. The farmers fought back and clashes broke out as both sides hurled stones at each other. As a result, 30-year-old Munir Qandus was injured by a stone and was evacuated to the hospital for treatment. Daghlas highlighted that Israeli settlers “use all means possible to prevent Palestinian residents from building agricultural roads which would help them access their lands.” The area around the villages south of Nablus is a frequent site of settler violence and Palestinian clashes with Israeli forces as it is located beside the notoriously violent Israeli settlements of Yitzhar and Bracha. In mid-February, local settlers threw rocks at Palestinian schoolchildren and attacked a local high school in two separate incidents that led to clashes. Settlers frequently attack a number of local villages and prevent farmers from reaching their lands, according to UNOCHA, in addition to attacks on local olive trees themselves. As a result, local youths sometimes respond by targeting vehicles belonging to settlers on the area's main roads. Settler violence against Palestinians and their property in the occupied West Bank is systematic and ignored by Israeli authorities, who rarely intervene in the violent attacks or prosecute the perpetrators. In 2013, there were 399 incidents of settler violence against Palestinians in the occupied West Bank, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.
Palestinians Treated To Gas Attacks By Zionist Occupiers As They Sleep:
85 Year Old Man Poisoned To Death;
“Captain Sabri, Walks Around Telling Village Residents That He Will ‘Teach Them A Lesson’”
March 10, 2014, +972 Blog. Written by Yossi Gurvitz in his capacity as a blogger for Yesh Din, Volunteers for Human Rights. A version of this post was first published on Yesh Din’s blog. An Israeli Defense Forces night raid on the West Bank village Qaddum left three family members in the hospital. Chances are we’ll never hear about it in mainstream Israeli news outlets. The security forces have a problem with the village of Qaddum – we’re not quite sure why. Perhaps it is because the residents hold weekly demonstrations against the occupation. Whatever the reason, it is clear that the security forces have decided to teach the village a lesson. Recently, a mysterious officer, who according to testimonies of the residents calls himself Captain Sabri, walks around telling village residents that he will “teach them a lesson.” Some of the residents suspect him of being a Shin Bet officer. Whatever Sabri’s organizational loyalty may be, he keeps his word. The Friday demonstrations are dispersed with an iron fist; beyond that the residents also report recurring attacks on the village, even on days when no demonstrations are held. These attacks include the throwing of stun grenades and CS gas canisters (a more aggressive form of tear gas). In one case, which actually made it to the Israeli media – of course, under the pretense that one more person killed by the IDF will make the kettle boil and bring about a new intifada – Saeed Gasser Nassar Ali, an 85-year-old resident of the village, died after inhaling tear gas, which seeped into his house following a demonstration. The doctor who treated Ali found it hard to give him the best treatment possible, since he too was suffocating from the gas. Let’s say that again: the man suffocated in his house and died in the hospital shortly thereafter.
Not during a demonstration. In his house. Three weeks before Ali died, M., a resident of Qaddum, woke up at around 1 a.m. His brother warned him that the army was raiding the village, and that all windows must be closed. Soon after, even though he thought he had closed all the windows, gas seeped into the house. The first to feel it was seven year old A., who began screaming that he couldn’t breathe. Then four year old R. began complaining that he was feeling ill. The gas came through the windows of the bathroom, which is close to the children’s room. M.’s wife was in the bedroom holding H., a-two-month-old baby, in her arms. When the gas reached the bedroom, she too had trouble breathing. M. noticed H. was turning blue and throwing up. He called an ambulance, and reached the village’s doctor – the same doctor that, a few weeks later, would have trouble treating the late Ali. The doctor gave H. an injection and hooked him up oxygen; soon afterwards he was evacuated to a hospital in Qalqiliya. The doctors told the parents that H. was in critical condition. Happily, by morning he was significantly better. None of this will make the news. No one died. It’s just two children and an infant, poisoned by tear gas in the comfort of their own home. That’s the way occupation works: it requires terror, and effective terror necessitates the knowledge that no place is safe; that even the peace of the children’s room may be violated at any moment. Don’t look away, my dears: this is what we finance. This is what the flying shards look like. Like the broken egg without which no omelet can be made, and all the other clichés we tell ourselves when we say “there is nothing we can do.” Perhaps we can begin by not suffocating babies with gas? Fear not: no IDF soldier will be harmed as a result of complaints filed after such events. As apparent in the case of Jawaher Abu Rahma, killed after inhaling gas three years ago (a case that Yesh Din is spearheading to force the IDF will begin an investigation into her death), the soldiers have nothing to fear.
They’re covered. In our case, M., the father, does not intend to lodge a complaint. The rhetoric of “the most moral army in the world” failed to convince him. He knows there is no point in making the effort. And who knows, if you complain, maybe you’ll be targeted for harassment. So what’s the point? Better to make sure all windows are properly closed. Maybe next time it won’t be your baby.
To check out what life is like under a murderous military occupation commanded by foreign terrorists, go to: http://www.maannews.net/eng/Default.aspx and http://www.palestinemonitor.org/list.php?id=ej898ra7yff0ukmf16 The occupied nation is Palestine. The foreign terrorists call themselves “Israeli.”
DANGER: POLITICIANS AT WORK
Inhuman Garbage At Work:
Mother Of Special Needs Son Arrested After Entering His School To Console Him
March 22, 2014 By Dominic Kelly, OpposingViews.com A mother in St. Louis was unknowingly the reason for a lockdown at her special needs son’s school. “I was lying in bed when I received a frantic phone call from the teacher, Michael was panicking,” said Niakea Williams -- whose young son Michael has Asperger’s Syndrome -- of the call she received before heading to the school. “I saw a teacher and she said Ms. Williams what is wrong? I said something is wrong with Mikey and proceeded to go straight to my son.” Once Williams got to her son’s classroom, she tried to calm him down and console him. The Walnut Groves Elementary School principal then entered the room to inform Williams that she failed to sign in at the desk and had therefore broken policy. “’I didn’t sign the book, but I had to check on my son. You can bring me the book.’ She said, ‘Oh no, I’ve already called the police,’’ recalled Williams. Soon after, local police arrived at the scene and arrested Williams in front of her son while the rest of the school was placed on a 12-minute lockdown. The school said the reason for the lockdown was “unauthorized entry to a school.” “They escorted me away from my son, who already has emotional distress,” said Williams. “Four officers told me to turn around and put my hands behind my back, I was under arrest.” Williams believes her arrest was unnecessary and that the school overreacted.
She says that everyone there already knows who she is, including the principal, claiming that they had actually met just a week prior to the incident. Williams is trying to fight the charges against her.
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Sent: March 25, 2014 Subject Orleans Parish Prison: urgent ACTION ALERT -- We need YOU to join us this WED at 10 AM
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We invite all those troubled by the horribly dangerous conditions at Orleans Parish Prison (OPP) to join with OPPRC this Wednesday March 26 at 10 am at the intersection of Tulane & Broad. Wear red or black if you are able.
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Why? Orleans Parish Prison (OPP) continues to be an inhumane, unconstitutional and life threatening environment for people who find themselves housed there, as well as for those who work there. The first report of the federal monitoring team found that inmates in OPP “continue to experience severe problems with shoddy medical care, violence and a general attitude of apathy toward their grievances.” There have been 25 in-custody deaths in OPP since 2009. Up to 73 inmates a month are sent to the emergency room, including for lacerations/punctures, fractures/dislocations, trauma, mental health crises, broken bones and sexual assault. OPPRC released an open letter to the City Council's Criminal Justice Committee over a week ago calling for the Committee to hold a hearing to determine steps which the city can take to immediately address the current crisis in OPP. We have yet to receive any response to our letter. You can see the open letter here. http://opprc.wordpress.com/2014/03/13/open-letter-to-criminal-justice-chair-guidry-reviolence-in-opp/ Yet another individual has died in custody since the release of OPPRC's open letter, highlighting that an urgent response is a life and death matter! The death occurred following a fight between prisoners in the jail's temporary housing unit known as “the tents,” and it has yet to be revealed whether there were any deputies in the tent at the time of the fight. What? Join with OPPRC and others in New Orleans to demand urgent action to address the human rights crisis at OPP. Wear red or black if you are able For more information, contact: Norris Henderson @ 504.453.4819.
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