I am found of what happens in Middle East. Here I recollect and comment such eventsa.
Israel deliberately attacking medical workers in Gaza, Amnesty says (Charlotte Silver) - 28-aug-2014
August 9, 2014 - "We were on our way back to Nasser hospital, driving with the lights and sirens on as always. The ambulance was clearly marked as such. The doctor, nurse and I were all wearing medical uniforms. When we reached the Islamic University I heard an explosion right next to us and the front and back windows of the car fell out," Gaza ambulance driver Mohammad Abu Jumiza told Amnesty International about a terrifying 24 July chase between him and Israeli artillery as he was transferring injured people in Khan Younis to the hospital.
"As I was turning another missile hit next to us, and then a third one. When the fourth missile hit, I lost control and we crashed, so we ran out of the car and found shelter in a building. Then there were two more missiles fired and some people were injured."...
Democrat youth wing fires members who criticized Israel’s child killings (Rania Khalek) - 28-aug-2014
August 9, 2014 - The College Democrats of America (CDA), the youth wing of the Democratic National Committee, forced two of its members to resign from leadership positions following a right-wing smear campaign this week.They were branded anti-Semites after expressing anger at Israel’s assault on Gaza in a heated social media exchange. Christopher Woodside, a twenty-year-old student at Catholic University of America, says he was fired 6 August from his position as Communications Director with the DC Federation for College Democrats, CDA’s Washington DC branch...
Syria News - August 8, 2014 (Local Coordination Committees of Syria) - 28-aug-2014
August 8, 2014 - By the end of Friday, LCC had documented the fall of 60 martyrs including 2 women, 3 children and 3 martyrs under torture. 22 martyrs were reported in Deir Ezzor, 14 in Damascus and its suburbs, 13 in Aleppo, 5 in Daraa, 4 in Hama, 1 in Idlib and 1 in Homs...
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Surgeon Mads Gilbert Gives a Powerful Speech about Gaza after Returning Home to Norway (PalestineChronicle) - 28-aug-2014
August 8, 2014 - In a powerful 25 minute speech on his return home to Tromsø, Norway from 15 days treating the wounded in Gaza, the Norwegian emergency surgeon Dr Mads Gilbert said: "The heart of the Earth beats in Gaza now. It bleeds, but it beats."He went on to say: "The Palestinian people’s resistance in Gaza today is admirable, it is fair and it is a struggle for all of us. We do not want a world where raw power can be abused, to kill those who struggle for justice."Below is the first few minutes of the speech transcribed from the video which is subtitled in English. In an appeal to Norwegian citizens, he asks them to imagine what their country would be like today if they had not struggled for its liberation from German occupation...
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Israel broke all taboos in attacking civilians, says Gaza doctor (Nora Barrows-Friedman) - 28-aug-2014
August 8, 2014 -...Just like the attacks in 2012, they have noticed a new pattern of injuries where the patients are received in relatively good condition and then they deteriorate after one or two days. On examination, there are no shrapnels inside their body, but then one or two days later, they deteriorate as they receive massive shrapnels. Upon operation, you cannot find any missile fragments — there are speculations that this might be new types of weapons, for example the infamous DIME weapons, so far there is no evidence as far as they know. But we doctors take pieces of evidence from the patients when they died or had operations for later documentation if possible. There are international teams who are interested in investigating this matter...
Hashtag Genocide: Why Gaza Fought Back (Ramzy Baroud) - 28-aug-2014
August 8, 2014 -My old family house in the Nuseirat refugee camp in Gaza was recently rebuilt by its new owner, into a beautiful three-story building with large windows adorned by red frames. In Israel’s most recent and deadliest war on Gaza, the house sustained significant damage. A large hole caused by Israeli missiles can be seen from afar, in a part of the house where our kitchen once stood.It seems that the original target was not my house, however, but that of our kindly neighbour, who had spent his entire working-life toiling between manual jobs in Israel, and later in life as a janitor for UN-operated schools in Gaza. The man’s whole lifesavings were invested in his house where several families lived. After "warning" rockets blew up part of his house, several missiles pulverised the rest...
Israel’s target is not Hamas, but Palestinian statehood (Dan Glazebrook) - 28-aug-2014
August 8, 2014 - All colonial settler states are based on the violent dispossession of the native peoples – and as a result, their fundamental and overriding aim has always been to keep those native peoples as weak as possible. Israel’s aim for the Palestinians is no different. Palestinian statehood is clearly an obstacle to this goal; a Palestinian state would strengthen the Palestinians. Genuine sovereignty would end Israel’s current presumed right to steal their land, control their borders, place them under siege, and bomb them at will. That is why Netanyahu’s Likud party platform "flatly rejects the establishment of a Palestinian Arab state west of the Jordan river."; that is why Yitzhak Rabin was assassinated for even suggesting some limited self-governance for the Palestinians; and that is why every proposal for Palestinian statehood, however limited and conditional, has been wilfully sabotaged by successive Israeli governments of all hues...
Bob Dreyfuss betrays Syria in The Nation (Bill Weinberg) - 28-aug-2014
August 8, 2014 - ....The stateside Bashar Assad fan club rarely plays its hand so openly as he does in his new exercise in dictator-shilling, unabashedly entitled "US Should Back Syria's Assad Against ISIS"! Dreyfuss favorably quotes former US ambassador to Iraq and Afghanistan Ryan Crocker's obscene remarks in the New York Times a few months back that "Assad Is the Least Worst Option." He also similarly endorses recent comments to the same effect from Leslie Gelb in the same NY Times that "leftists" once derided as an organ of the imperial elite....This is another example of what we may now call the pseudo-left (or, emphasizing its utter lack of analysis, Idiot Left) in political convergence with the paleocon right—that faction of the Beltway elite that have their money on Bashar Assad.... As Syrians put their lives on the line to oppose a genocidal regime, the best "leftists" in the US can do is call for Washington to back the dictatorship? Just maddening...
Blown Chances in Gaza (By Sandy Tolan) - 27-aug-2014
August 8, 2014 - ...In other words, the destruction of Gazan neighborhoods and significant aspects of the area’s infrastructure should be seen as part of Israel’s larger objective: dividing Palestinians from one another and so deep-sixing the possibility of genuine self-determination. As early as 1973, Ariel Sharon, one of the founders of the Likud party and a champion of the settler movement, described his aim as putting so many settlements on the West Bank that they would become impossible to remove....On July 11th, Prime Minister Netanyahu more formally clarified Israel’s intentions. "There cannot be a situation, under any agreement, in which we relinquish security control of the territory west of the River Jordan," Netanyahu stated. For anyone weak on his or her Middle Eastern geography, that is an area that includes all of the West Bank. In other words, Israel, finally, officially has no interest in a two-state solution.,,
The Snowden Hoax
How a Lie Traveled Around the World Before the Truth Could Get Its Boots On (Alan Kurtz) - 27-aug-2014
August 8, 2014 - In mid-July 2014, Time attempted an antiviral intervention against the first Internet hoax involving NSA leaker Edward Snowden..."Conspiracy theories are nothing new in the Middle East…." This particular rumor, said Time, had "assumed truthlike proportions through multiple reposts and links." It postulated a secret U.S., British and Israeli op—codenamed "Hornet's Nest"—hatching the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) to attract terrorists worldwide to so vex the region that Israel's enemies would be in Biblical disarray. Time traced the hoax to Iran's official Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA), which Time accused of "concocting an obviously fictional fake Snowden interview to bolster the narrative." Six days later, IRNA reacted testily, complaining that Time (which it called "Times") had smeared IRNA's report as "fabricated" without once referring to its original source, The Intercept. The problem is that journalist Glenn Greenwald's online startup The Intercept, which since its February 2014 launch has posted 295 pages of NSA documents leaked by Snowden and numerous articles based on those leaks, hasn't said a word about Israel's national intelligence arm, the Mossad, grooming ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi as chief stinger for the Hornet's Nest...
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#SaveOurYazidi (in Iraq) (By: Peter Van Buren) - 27-aug-2014
August 8, 2014 - Show of hands: anybody out there who heard much of the Yazidi in Iraq before a day or two ago? Because our president is going to re-engage in combat in Iraq to save them. Airstrikes are now authorized! Once upon a time placing America’s service people in harm’s way, spending America’s money and laying America’s credibility on the line required at least the pretext that some national interest was at stake. Not any more. Anytime some group we don’t like threatens a group we could care not so much about, America must act to save a proud people, stop a humanitarian crisis, take down a brutal leader, put an end to genocide, whatever will briefly engage the sodden minds of the public between innings and spin up some new war fever. Some of these crisis’ get a brief moment in the #media (Save our girls!), some fizzle and fade (The Syrian people!) and some never even made sense (Somebody in the Ukraine!) With some irony, "freeing the Iraqi people from an evil dictator" was one of the many justifications for the 2003 invasion...
Syria war refugees allowed in Jordan, except if they’re Palestinian (Maureen Clare Murphy) - 27-aug-2014
August 8, 2014 - Even though they are fleeing the same violence, Jordan is discriminating in its treatment of people escaping the Syria war depending on their nationality. A report by Human Rights Watch released this week finds that Jordan’s practices of refusing entry and forcibly deporting Palestinian refugees fleeing Syria constitutes a "clear breach of its international obligations."This is in contrast to its treatment of Syrian nationals, "upon whom Jordan has not placed any formal entry restrictions," according to the report, titled "Not Welcome: Jordan’s Treatment of Palestinians Escaping Syria." More than half a million Syrians have fled to Jordan since the beginning of the crisis in 2011....
Israel, Gaza, and the False Face of Barack Obama (by PAUL STREET) - 27-aug-2014
August 8, 2014 - ....During the 2008 presidential campaign, Obama repeatedly told voters that "it’s time to stop spending billions of dollars a week trying to put Iraq back together and start spending the money putting [the US of] America back together" (Janesville, Wisconsin, February 15, 2008). The candidate was far too knowledgeable and intelligent to have honestly believed that the US was engaged in a benevolent nation-building project in Iraq. He was too smart not to have understood that the criminal US invasion of that country had killed hundreds of thousands and destroyed vast swaths of social and technical infrastructure and fanned the flames of violent sectarian conflict there. (The horrible consequences of the US invasion are evident in current news reports from devastated Iraq – reports that rarely if ever acknowledge Washington’s critical role in the crippling of Mesopotamia.)..
How We Scapegoat Children From Gaza to the US-Mexico Borderlands (By Todd Miller) - 27-aug-2014
August 8, 2014 - A week ago was when I first saw the picture that appeared in the The Telegraph of children in the Gaza Strip trying to break the Guinness world record for kite-flying. The kites floating mid-air off the Mediterranean shore were a sight to behold. I was taken with the photo and the happiness of the Gazan children on the beach, considering that all the news had been about the sustained Israeli bombardment of that besieged Palestinian territory. At first glance, it seemed like a triumph of the human spirit, or at least of the joy of childhood in the face of war. But then I realized that the picture had been taken at a previous time...
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The Blurring of Cause and Effect
Israel and Illegally Occupied Gaza (by WILLIAM E. ALBERTS) - 27-aug-2014
August 8, 2014 - But the 1.8 million enclosed Palestinians have no place to go, and no bomb shelters in which to be safe. Even the supposedly recognized neutrality of UN shelters, to which over 200,000 Palestinians sought refuge, is violated. A number of the shelters have been bombed, killing families who had fled to them for safety after being warmed to leave their homes by "the most moral army in the world." ("At Least 15 Dead as Israel Strikes Gaza Market," by VOA News, Voice of America, July 30, 2014; "Gaza crisis: Rafah school strike 'criminal’ – UN chief," BBC News, Middle East, Aug. 3, 2014) Originally driven by Israeli military forces to a strip of land the size of Detroit, the Palestinians in Gaza not only live in one of the densest places on earth, they are crowded into what is condemned as the world’s "largest open-air prison." So, for the IDF, it is almost like a barbaric shooting fish in a barrel...
Killing Lt. Goldin...and 150 Innocents
The IDF’s ‘Hannibal Protocol’ and Two Criminally Insane Governments (by DAVE LINDORFF) - 27-aug-2014
August 8, 2014 -The sickness of present-day Israel, on display over the past horrible month of the one-sided slaughter of nearly 2000 Palestinians (including over 400 children) in the fenced-in ghetto of Gaza, has finally reached its nadir with the ugly case of the deliberate Israeli Defense Force murder of captured IDF 2nd Lt. Hadar Goldin. According to an article in the Israeli newspaper Haaretz, once it was determined that Goldin had been captured by Hamas fighters in the Gaza town of Rafah, the IDF initiated what it calls the "Hannibal Protocol" — the deliberate liquidation of the captive — to prevent his being used as a hostage to win concessions from Israel in future truce negotiations with the Palestinians. One reason for the almost instantaneous and ruthless Israeli decision to kill Goldin rather than attempt to rescue him, is that this captured soldier had the misfortune of being related to Israel’s defense minister, Moshe Yaalon, making him a valuable prize indeed for Hamas...
How Israel's lies are used to justify mass slaughter of civilians in Gaza (Chris Hedges) - 27-aug-2014
August 8, 2014 - ALL GOVERNMENTS lie, including Israel and Hamas. But Israel engages in the kinds of jaw-dropping lies that characterize despotic and totalitarian regimes.It does not deform the truth; it inverts it. It routinely paints a picture for the outside world that is diametrically opposed to reality. And all of us reporters who have covered the occupied territories have run into Israel's Alice-in-Wonderland narratives, which we dutifully insert into our stories -- required under the rules of American journalism -- although we know they are untrue. I saw small boys baited and killed by Israeli soldiers in the Gaza refugee camp of Khan Younis. The soldiers swore at the boys in Arabic over the loudspeakers of their armored jeep. The boys, about 10 years old, then threw stones at an Israeli vehicle and the soldiers opened fire, killing some, wounding others. I was present more than once as Israeli troops drew out and shot Palestinian children in this way....
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How US Leaders Aid and Abet Israeli War Crimes (by MARJORIE COHN) - 27-aug-2014
August 8, 2014 - According to the Congressional Research Service, in 2007, the Bush Administration agreed to provide Israel with $30 billion [PDF] in military assistance from 2009 to 2018, provided in annual increments of $3.1 billion. During his March 2013 visit to Israel, Obama pledged that the US would continue to provide Israel with multi-year commitments of military aid subject to the approval of Congress. Since 2012, the US has sent $276 million worth of weapons and munitions to Israel, not including exports of military transport equipment and high technologies. From January to May 2014, the US transferred to Israel almost $27 million for rocket launchers, $9.3 million worth of parts of guided missiles and nearly $762,000 for bombs, grenades and munitions of war. On July 20, 2014, Israel requested additional ammunition, including 140mm tank rounds and 40mm illumination grenades, and the Defense Department approved the sale three days later....
The Enclosure of the Palestinians
The Occupation is Forever (by EVAN JONES) - 27-aug-2014
August 8, 2014 - The 'two-state solution’ is perennially misunderstood. The solution envisaged has nothing to do with a possible spatio-political division of Israel-Palestine and the ending of the Occupation. Rather it is a public relations device to quell the qualms of those bleeding hearts who find the current impasse unsavory, to deny the necessity (indeed the inevitability) of a 'one-state solution’, and ultimately to ensure the continuation of the Occupation. Ditto the 'peace process’. There is a hierarchy of groupings behind this long-time fraud. There are the blackguards – those who have formulated the objectives and are running the show. There are the flunkeys – those who perform the legwork publically for the blackguards (the execrable Quartet emissary Tony Blair as Exhibit A) or who cravenly bring up the rear (Europe); add the complaint media...
Reviving Our Heroes: Challenging Palestinian dehumanization (Bayan Abusneineh) - 27-aug-2014
August 8, 2014 - ...Israel’s indiscriminate bombings and mass killings of whole families reflects its cruel and genocidal tactics. This offensive, however, is not an isolated incident. The barbaric nature of the State is reflective of the broader Zionist settler-colonial project, through its siege on Gaza, confiscation of land, demolition of homes, restriction of movement, and arbitrary imprisonment of Palestinians. Israel has simultaneously constructed itself as part of the ambiguous "West," alongside the United States and Europe, where colonialism, racism, and imprisonment are inherent to the establishment of the State. Israel defends its policies by painting itself as the "only democracy in the Middle East," placing itself as exceptional. Western media assists in constructing Israel as a sovereign (read: civilized) state and Palestinians as stateless (read: uncivilized), which allows Israel to justify its actions as "self-defense" while denouncing Palestinian acts of resistance as "terrorism....
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Academic heavyweights slam Univ. of Illinois firing of Steven Salaita for Palestine views (Ali Abunimah) - 27-aug-2014
August 8, 2014 - There has been a strong and unified response from prominent academics, as well as academic and civil rights organizations, condemning the decision by University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) Chancellor Phyllis Wise to summarily terminate the appointment of Professor Steven Salaita.One professor has publicly announced his refusal to visit UIUC over the affair. Wise terminated Salaita after off-campus anti-Palestinian websites and organizations began to agitate against him over his Twitter postings condemning Israel’s massacre in Gaza....
Jordan: Palestinians Escaping Syria Turned Away
Others Vulnerable to Deportation, Living in Fear () - 27-aug-2014
August 8, 2014 - Jordan refuses entry to or forcibly deports Palestinian refugees escaping Syria, in clear breach of its international obligations, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. Jordan has officially banned entry to Palestinians from Syria since January 2013 and has forcibly deported over 100 who managed to enter the country since mid-2012, including women and children. The 44-page report, "Not Welcome: Jordan’s Treatment of Palestinians Escaping Syria," is based on interviews with more than 30 people affected by the non-admission policy. Human Rights Watch also documented Jordan’s withdrawal of Jordanian citizenship from some Palestinians who had lived in Syria for many years and who have been detained or deported to Syria without identity documents. Jordan’s uncompromising treatment of Palestinians fleeing Syria contrasts with its treatment of Syrian nationals, at least 607,000 of whom have been accepted into the country since the beginning of the Syrian conflict....
Syria News - August 7, 2014 (Local Coordination Committees of Syria) - 27-aug-2014
August 7, 2014 - By the end of Thursday, the coordination committees were able to document 63 martyrs including 9 martyrs under torture, 6 women, and 2 children: 22 martyrs were reported in Damascus and its suburbs; 14 in Aleppo; 7 in Idlib; 6 in Daraa; 5 in Deir Ezzor; 5 in Homs and 4 in Hama....
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During Humanitarian Truce, Bodies of Victims Recovered from Invaded Areas amidst Unprecedented Destruction (The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR)) - 26-aug-2014
August 7 , 2014 - At 08:00 on Tuesday, 05 August 2014, the 30th day of the Israeli offensive of the Gaza Strip, a 72-hour humanitarian truce entered into force between the Palestinian and Israeli sides. Since then, all areas of the Gaza Strip have been calm, and a number of forcibly displaced Palestinian civilians have been able to return to their home, which were not completely destroyed, amidst concerns that Israeli shelling may be resumed. Over the past two days, the civil defense and medical crews have continued to recover bodies of victims from the areas that were invaded by Israeli forces, and a number of Palestinian have died of previous wounds. Based field tours carried out by PCHR’s staff in all areas that were invaded by Israeli forces, PCHR is shocked by the scenes of destruction caused by Israeli forces in the areas which had not been accessible. Hundreds of Palestinian families have become homeless....
An attack on the essence of democracy: the case of Omar Khadr (Andrew Lodge) - 26-aug-2014
August 7, 2014 - The Canadian government won't allow Omar Khadr to speak. Numerous media outlets have requested to interview him. They have repeatedly been turned down, most recently the Toronto Star. Why have these efforts been denied?
To recap, Khadr was a child soldier fighting in the Afghan theatre. He was captured in a firefight after having killed an American soldier with a thrown grenade. Khadr was also injured during the exchange. He was 15 at the time.
He was then transported to Guantanamo Bay where he spent 10 years while being tortured....
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