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Iraq's Yazidis in Crossfire In Baghdad (By: Ali Abel Sadah) - 21-may-2013
May 19, 2013- On the evening of May 14, 2013, dozens of people had gathered in front of a small shop in Baghdad to buy alcohol. Rabie Square — a vital commercial center in central Baghdad — was filled with the sounds of cars and shoppers as unidentified assailants emerged from four-wheel drive vehicles and opened heavy fire on alcohol vendors and workers, the majority of whom were Yazidi youth. In a phone conversation with Al-Monitor, an officer on the federal police force said: "A group of armed assailants emerged from four vehicles in the Ghadeer neighborhood in eastern Baghdad. They entered a shop that sells alcoholic beverages and opened fire on those in the shop using guns fitted with silencers. This resulted in 12 people being killed, 10 of whom were Yazidi."...
Military Resistance 11E12; a View From Kabul (Thomas F Barton) - 21-may-2013
May 19, 2013 - Alex Thier, the official in charge of the scandal-racked USAID mission in Afghanistan, is being promoted. That is the stunning news from Washington, D.C. Mr. Thier is currently the Assistant to the Administrator for the Office of Afghanistan and Pakistan Affairs at the U.S. Agency for International Development. His new job will be as a Deputy Assistant Administrator in charge of USAID’s Bureau for Policy, Planning and Learning. The seemingly endless list of audit reports that revealed that USAID programs in Afghanistan are ineffective and waste billions in taxpayer funds, has had no impact on USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah. Not only has Mr. Shah refused to impose accountability on any culpable official, but he continues to promote them. Alex Thier is but the latest example. Journalist Rajiv Chandrasekaran extensively in vestigated USAID failures in Afghanistan. He gave an example to PBS’ Newswatch. In 2010, USAID attempted to spend $4 billion in Afghanistan ..
Rise Up or Die (By Chris Hedges) - 21-may-2013
May 19, 2013 - Joe Sacco and I spent two years reporting from the poorest pockets of the United States for our book "Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt." We went into our nation’s impoverished "sacrifice zones"—the first areas forced to kneel before the dictates of the marketplace—to show what happens when unfettered corporate capitalism and ceaseless economic expansion no longer have external impediments. We wanted to illustrate what unrestrained corporate exploitation does to families, communities and the natural world. We wanted to challenge the reigning ideology of globalization and laissez-faire capitalism to illustrate what life becomes when human beings and the ecosystem are ruthlessly turned into commodities to exploit until exhaustion or collapse. And we wanted to expose as impotent the formal liberal and governmental institutions that once made reform possible, institutions no longer equipped with enough authority to check the assault of corporate power...
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Africa & U.S. Imperialism: Post-Colonial Crises and the Imperatives of the African Revolution (By Abayomi Azikiwe, Editor, Pan-African News Wire) - 21-may-2013
May 19, 2013 - May 25, 2013 represents the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Organization of African Unity (OAU), the forerunner of the present African Union which formed in 2002. This conference today is taking place at a critical time within the history of Africa and the Diaspora.Even though there has been tremendous progress in Africa and throughout the African world since 1963, the imperialists have devised mechanism to continue and expand the exploitation and consequent oppression of African people on the continent and indeed throughout Europe, North America and Latin America. This conference sends congratulatory messages to the AU in the midst of this anniversary...
If Our Re-elected Prez is WarCriminal, What Are We? King would have asked! (By Jay Janson) - 21-may-2013
May 19, 2013 - Cornel West, professor of African American Studies at Princeton and of Religious Philosophy and Christian Studies at the Union Theological Seminary in New York, the most outspoken anti-imperialist lecturer and writer, the most well known defender of Black and minority civil rights since Martin Luther King Jr. and prominent member of the Democratic Socialists of America, has been for years a severe critic of the Obama administration. This week he came to say flat out that the president is a war criminal.West had criticized President Obama when Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2009, saying that it "would be difficult for Obama to be a war president with a peace prize." Turned out that it was not difficult at all for Obama be "a war president with a peace prize." ...
This Is What Winning Looks Like
My Afghanistan War Diary (By Ben Anderson) - 21-may-2013
May 19, 2013 -"All it is now is about getting out and saving face. We're not leaving because we achieved our goals. We're leaving because we've given up on achieving those goals," he says. "All the fighting has been to introduce a hated and feared government, who in some areas make the Taliban look like the good guys."...
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Video: Protesting on the Day 100 of the Guantanamo Hunger Strike (Johnny Barber) - 21-may-2013
May 19, 2013 - The majority of the men detained at Guantanamo are on hunger strike. Friday May 17, 2013 marks 100 days since the inception of the hunger strike. 30 men are being force-fed. Several are hospitalized, several are near death. They are demanding a return of dignity and respect. The 86 men cleared for release need to go home. Those that remain should be charged and tried...
Libya: Angry Misratans threaten to attack Tawarghans if they attempt to return (By Nancy Porsia.) - 21-may-2013
May 19, 2013 - Tension is mounting in Misrata over plans for a peaceful return by Tawargha people to their town on June 25, announced by the community’s elders 12 days ago. Two days ago, an estimated 1,000 Misratans protested in front of the city’s House of Martyrs against the plan, their anger exacerbated by the discovery of two mass graves near Tawargha a week after the announcement of the return. "They’ll never reach their city, because we will attack them with every means at our disposal," one man shouted when he saw of a camera... Fore their part the Tawerghans say that the bodies in the grave are not Misratans but Tawerghans...
The Children of Gaza’s Tunnels (By: Khaled Kraizim) - 21-may-2013
May 19, 2013- Inside a long corridor less than two meters wide, a dim ray of light sneaks through a small opening at the top of the basement where a border tunnel begins. A Palestinian child named Mohammad enters the tunnel in Gaza and walks thousands of meters in the dark to the other end, in Egypt. Dozens of Gaza's children repeatedly pass through these "crossings of death" — the tunnels separating the border between Egyptian Rafah and Palestinian Rafah. They do so because they are poor. They do so despite the danger that the tunnels might collapse. Lately, Egyptian security forces have been flooding the tunnels with sewage...
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5 Worst Obama Assaults on Civil Liberties Besides the AP scandal (By Steve Rosenfeld) - 21-may-2013
May 19, 2013 - Is anyone really surprised that Attorney General Eric Holder said that the Justice Department followed the rules in seizing two months of telephone records from 20 Associated Press journalists to investigate a CIA leak aas he recused himself from a FBI investigation? The Obama era has been one of the worst for domestic civil liberties. It has become the status quo for law enforcement at every level to spy on Americans. Los Angeles police track tens of thousands of cars daily. Seattle police read text messages without search warrants. California police look at old e-mails the same way. Internet companies say they will protect users’ privacy, but have policies that still give police what they want. ...
Taliban Kill 10 Police as Latest Surge of Afghan Violence Continues (Jason Ditz) - 21-may-2013
May 19, 2013- Violence is once again on the rise in Afghanistan, with at least 10 police reportedly killed Sunday in attacks across the nation. Taliban overran a Ghazni border post, and blew up a border patrol vehicle in Nangarhar. The attacks are just the latest round in several days of attacks centering around police targets, with two dozen killed in the past few days and indications that the annual "spring offensive" is really getting underway in earnest...
Nerds, Jocks & Conscientious Objectors: The Hidden World of Israel’s High School War Resisters (by Sarah Lazare) - 21-may-2013
May 19, 2013 - When the 19-year-old Israeli war resister Noam Gur attends weekly demonstrations against the occupation of Palestine, the soldiers who suppress the protestors—with tear gas, stun grenades, and occasionally live fire—aren’t just strangers in uniform. Among them are her former high school classmates, who have been conscripted into the Israeli army. Gur was supposed to serve, too, but instead joined the shministim. This is a Hebrew term meaning high school students in their senior year, who face conscription into the army. But the word is also used to refer to students who publicly refuse conscription on ethical grounds...
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Israeli archive file shows that Israel's founder tried to erase Palestinian Nakba (Saed Bannoura) - 21-may-2013
May 19, 2013- A new report published in the Israeli newspaper Ha'aretz describes the information found in a newly-uncovered document in the government archives, which reveals that the first Israeli government, including the first Prime Minister David Ben Gurion, worked to re-write the history of Israel's founding in 1948 to deny the fact that over 750,000 Palestinians were forcibly expelled. The file, number GL-18/17028, was apparently missed by the Israeli military censor, who has sealed all other historical documents related to Israel's creation in 1948. With the advent of historians like Benny Morris, who went through previously de-classified documents in detail and found strong evidence of massacres of Palestinians by Israeli armed militias as well as the forced expulsion of most of the indigenous population of Palestine in 1948, documents that had been de-classified were sealed again and remain so until today.
Official statement from people and activists in Homs about Al Qusayr () - 21-may-2013
May 19, 2013 - ...We assure everyone that the regime's propaganda that it has entered the city are all false. The regime's mediatic disinformation that it has opened safe passages for the exit of inhabitants is all false. The blockade is choking Qusayr by both the Syrian regime and the Lebanese Hezbollah. The inhabitants of the area will be defending the city against any invader and will expulse any foreigner what tries to divide the syrian land or help Asad divide it, sooner or later...
A Call to Release the WHO Report on Iraqi Birth Defects (Various undersigned) - 21-may-2013
May 19, 2013 - To the World Health Organization and the Iraqi Ministry of Health: "All studies done by the Ministry of Health prove with damning evidence that there has been a rise in birth defects and cancers" in Iraq.
This is quoted directly from a senior official at the Iraqi Ministry of Health. This senior official was speaking on-camera during a BBC documentary, called "Born under a bad sign", which aired on March 22, 2013. During the same interview, two other Ministry of Health researchers confirmed that the situation with cancers and birth defects constitute a "big crisis" for the "next generation" of Iraqi children. The studies they refer to are the joint project between the Iraqi Ministry of Health and the World Health Organization which began in May/June 2012. The publication of the final report, most recently scheduled for early this year, has been delayed for unknown reasons...
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UPDATE WITH VIDEO: 13 year-old Palestinian boy shot at by settlers, tortured by soldiers, denied medical attention (International Solidarity Movement) - 21-may-2013
May 19, 2013 - The 13-year-old Qaryut boy attacked by settlers on 16 May completed an operation on his lower leg and foot on Friday and has since been released to recover at home. He also provided a full account of his attack and the time he spent in an Israeli jeep untreated and tortured for information he neither had nor could speak of due to the pain from his untreated injury.The boy said he was alone on his land near the illegal settlement of Eli when he was attacked. His friend was coming to join him when settlers began shooting at the boy. He ran, but fell from a big drop in the land, being on the mountainside. Settlers pursued him but he dragged himself on his stomach by some bushes. He was in great pain but kept quiet, afraid of settlers or soldiers finding him and continuing to attack him. After some time, his phone rang when his sister and friend called him. The soldiers then found and descended on him, threatening him with their guns while he lay, unable to move, on the ground...
Iraqi Police Targeted As Attacks Claim 44 Lives (Margaret Griffis) - 21-may-2013
May 19, 2013- Although Iraq is enjoying a respite from major bombings, small arms attacks appear to be on the rise. Anbar province, in particular, saw gun violence targeting police. Also, two more kidnappings were reported. Overall, at least 44 people were killed and 25 more were wounded. The bodies of six policemen who were kidnapped yesterday were discovered on a highway in Anbar province. Also in the province, gunmen killed a policeman while he was pursuing them. Gunmen killed ten policemen in Rawa; at least two more were wounded. A provincial councilman’s home was also targeted. Seven gunmen were killed in the attack...
Guatemalan genocide got assist from US, Christian Right, and Israel (by Donald Johnson) - 21-may-2013
May 19, 2013 - The conviction of Rios Montt for genocide in Guatemala during his short rule (1982-1983) has brought that episode back into the news. The death toll during the Guatemalan civil war was estimated at 200,000 by a UN commission, with the overwhelming majority of these casualties (93 percent) committed by the army, though only a portion during the reign of Rios Montt. The record is one of mass slaughter, mass rape, and possibly the worst human rights violation in the Western Hemisphere in the last 50 years...
Drones Over the Homeland: From Border Security to National Security (By Tom Barry) - 21-may-2013
May 19, 2013 - The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) says it is the "leading edge" of drone deployment in the United States. Since 2005, DHS has been purchasing Predator drones - officially called unmanned aerial systems (UAS) - to "secure the border," yet these unarmed Predator drones are also steadily creeping into local law enforcement, international drug-interdiction and national security missions - including across the border into the heart of Mexico.,,,
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Negev demolitions 'war in the full sense' (Ma'an news) - 21-may-2013
May 19, 2013 - "What I have seen was like post-war footage rather than home demolition as the Hebrew media misleadingly describe it," says the head of the Islamic movement in northern Israel Sheikh Raed Salah. Salah's remarks Sunday came during a visit to the Bedouin Negev village of Attir where Israeli municipal staff demolished 18 houses. "Demolishing 18 houses, uprooting 460 olive saplings, cutting down olive trees and sycamore fig trees, destroying roads, power generators and solar cells is war in the full sense of the term," Salah added...
How Egypt lost the Suez Canal (Wael Gamal) - 21-may-2013
May 19, 2013 - When built, the Suez Canal contributed to transforming desert into an economic hub. But capitalist-imperialist schemes prevented Egypt from benefiting from the infrastructure it created... The impact of the Suez Canal cannot be denied in transforming the desert into an economic hub, accompanied by cities, ports and workforce, and the region was connected to the rest of the country via a network of roads. Nonetheless, concessions prevented the country from benefiting from the infrastructure it created. The Canal served the financial and strategic interests of the company, not the domestic economy, and therefore the Suez Canal is a model of all the discrepancies of the franchise system. It gives the country modern infrastructure but at the same time prevents the development of the local economy..
Syria News - May 18, 2013 (Warning: Graphic Videos) (Local Coordination Committees of Syria + Videos) - 21-may-2013
May 18, 2013 - By the end of Saturday the Local Coordination Committees documented 116 martyrs including 11 women, 9 children and 5 under torture; 37 martyrs in Damascus and its Suburbs; 29 martyrs in Aleppo; 27 martyrs in Homs; 6 in Hama; 6 in Idlib; 6 in Daraa; 3 in Deir Ezzor; 1 in Banias and 1 in Qunaitera.The Local Coordination Committees has documented 301 points of shelling including in 36 points warplanes the most violent was in Qosair Homs and the cities of East Ghouta Damascus Suburbs, Cluster bombs were reported in Kaferlata, Idlib and Halfaia Hama, Steric bombs were reported in Halfaia as well, explosive barrels were reported in four points in East Ghouta Damascus Suburbs, in Salma Latakia, Halfaia Hama, and in Raqaa. Surface-to Surface missiles were reported in Raqqa. The shelling using rocket launchers was reported in 58 points, mortar shelling was reported in 82 points, and artillery shelling was reported in 110 points in different areas in Syria...
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Afghanistan’s sovereignty, a bad joke (By Linda S. Heard) - 20-may-2013
May 18, 2013 - The truth is out, much to the embarrassment of the Barack Obama administration. NATO’s presence in Afghanistan is scheduled to end in 2014 when an approximate 34,000 US troops are supposed to be pulling out on the basis of mission accomplished. However, if that mission was to eradicate the Taliban’s hold on this war-torn country—which is highly debatable in the first place—not only has it not been accomplished, but the Americans are not even planning to leave any time soon. Instead, the US is doing all it can to put on a grand show to give Afghans the impression they will soon be captains of their own destiny without foreign interference...
Iraq: Now the Bombs Are Every Day (By Cathy Breen) - 20-may-2013
May 18, 2013 - ...Even before we left yesterday to visit the families, we heard of an explosion about 12 kilometers from our house, and a second in the same area later in the afternoon! The news this morning is equally grim: 160 Killed in Three Days of Iraqi Sectarian Violence. It seems evident that Sunni areas are being targeted. One bomb went off at a Sunni mosque in Baquba after Friday prayer. When people gathered frantically at the explosion site, another bomb went off claiming even more innocent lives."Yes, there is an increase in violence" said one of the fathers we visited, "but we don’t know who is behind it… it used to be bombs and then a week’s rest because of increased security at checkpoints. But now it is every day—a different strategy— and the checkpoints are useless." This family of six are being forced to vacate their simple two-room apartment as the owner says his daughter’s family has been targeted and they need to move in. They wonder if this is true...
The caring facade of French imperialism (By David Cronin) - 20-may-2013
May 18, 2013- The "public relations" accompanying wars has become wearily predictable. Whenever one of its governments or allies conducts a military action, there is a near certainty that the European Union will host or participate in a "donors’ conference". One of these grotesque events has been dedicated to Afghanistan each year since it was invaded by the US in 2001. After Gaza was bombed for three weeks in late 2008 and early 2009, the EU rushed to foot the bill for damage caused by Israel (often to infrastructure previously built or equipped with Western aid). And now the European taxpayer is expected to pick up the tab for destruction wrought by France during its military expedition in Mali. Let me be absolutely clear: I’m fully in favour of increasing aid to healthcare and education in Mali, one of the world’s poorest countries. Yet this Wednesday’s donors’ conference - jointly organised by France and the EU - is not really designed to reduce hardship in Africa. Rather, its purpose is to cover French imperialism with a veneer of benevolence....
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