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Syria News - October 20, 2014 (Local Coordination Committees of Syria) - 22-dec-2014

October 20, 2014 - By the end of Monday, LCC were able to document 41 martyrs including 5 martyrs under torture, 3 children, and one woman: 10 martyrs reported in Damascus and its Suburbs , 7 martyrs in Daraa , 7 martyrs in Idlib , 6 martyrs in Aleppo , 6 martyrs in Deir Ezzor , 3 martyrs in Homs , 2 martyrs in Hama...

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Iraq: Alarming rise in use of death penalty – UN report (United Nations) - 21-dec-2014

October 20, 2014 - A report published Sunday by the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) documents the alarming rise in executions carried out by Iraq since the restoration of the death penalty in 2005. The report documents that the number of executions carried out in Iraq rose substantially between 2005 and 2009. In 2009, 124 people were executed. Despite a drop in the implementation rate in 2010, the number of executions significantly increased between 2011 and 2013, culminating in the hanging of 177 individuals in 2013. Between 1 January and 30 September 2014 at least 60 people have been executed. Executions are often carried out in batches in Iraq – on one occasion in 2013, up to 34 individuals were executed in a single day...
 

B’Tselem video: Israeli soldiers blindfold and detain 11 year old disabled child (Annie Robbins) - 18-dec-2014

October 20, 2014 - atch as settlers from the Jewish settlement of Kiryat Arba, near Hebron, clap, shout and cheer as an Israeli soldier binds the hands of a child behind his back and fastens a blindfold over his eyes as another soldier stands on guard before they lift the frightened boy into the back of their military jeep enclosing him in darkness as the settlers’ cheering continues. The boy is eleven and developmentally disabled. The scene, captured on video by a B’Tselem volunteer, is another all too familiar scene of life under occupation...

 

My Father Was Killed by a Computer, Says 7-Year-Old Afghan Child (Dr. Hakim) - 18-dec-2014

October 20, 2014 - Imal, a 7-year-old Afghan student in the 2nd grade, came to visit us in Kabul.As Imal grew up, he kept asking his mother where his father was. His mother finally told Imal that his father had been killed by a drone when he was still a baby.If you could see Imal in this video you would want to hug Imal immediately. If Imal were a white American kid, this tragedy would not have befallen his father. Which American would allow any U.S. citizen to be killed by a foreign drone? ...

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The Dark Alliance of Media and Empire: The ‘Dissident’ Smear of Gary Webb (Chris Floyd) - 18-dec-2014

October 20, 2014 - I assume that most of the rapidly dwindling number of people who read this blog have already read Tarzie’s takedown of The Intercept’s curiously CIA-slanted smear of Gary Webb, who revealed the Agency’s instrumental involvement in the 1980s crack epidemic that devastated America’s inner cities in order to fund the illegal Contra war in Nicaragua... Anyway, in his original piece, Tarzie committed the increasingly rare sin of genuine journalism by investigating and debunking, point by point, The Intercept’s ugly spin on Webb’s work — work which was later confirmed by the CIA itself. Now Tarzie is back with a follow-up on the continuing disparagement of Webb’s work by the Establishment media (covering its own spotty posterior for its original collaboration with CIA smears) in a new piece, with links to several other important stories on the case. Both pieces are well worth reading, if you haven’t already...
 

Family of Mohammed Abu Khdeir continues to wait for justice as Israeli court again postpones trial for his killers (Allison Deger) - 18-dec-2014

October 20, 2014 -Four months after the grisly slaying of Mohammed Abu Khdeir, his killers faced Jerusalem district court judges today to enter their pleas. Instead of responding to the charges, Yosef Haim Ben-David, the 29-year old settler from the Adam settlement and ringleader of the abduction, and two 16-year-old Israeli accomplices were all granted continuances. The trial was set to begin over the summer, however it was pushed back after defendants switched representation. Today, lawyers for the three accused each presented their own arguments to stymie the court again..
 

Israeli Settlers jeapordise the fate of UNESCO heritage site (Ismail Patel) - 18-dec-2014

October 20, 2014 - For three weeks, Palestinian Muslims have been denied access to one of the holiest sites in Islam. Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem has become the site of frequent assaults by occupation forces and efforts to breach the complex by Zionist extremists.Clashes between unarmed protesters and Israeli forces armed with stun grenades, tear gas and rubber coated steel bullets have left dozens of Palestinians wounded, and has resulted in fires that threaten the stability of the 1300 year-old complex. Intent on destroying the mosque and rebuilding the lost Temple of Solomon, more than a thousand Zionist settlers have entered the area in the past week under the protection of the occupation army, and have been given carte blanche to intimidate and harass Palestinians worshipping at the site...

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Israeli army shoots and kills 13-year-old Palestinian child (By Emily Mulder) - 18-dec-2014

October 20, 2014 - Israeli military forces shot 13-year-old Bahaa Samir Badir in the chest from close range Thursday night. According to eyewitness, Ahmad (name changed for security reasons) the confrontation began after the Israeli army raided Beit Laqiya, a village on the outskirts of Ramallah. A group of boys tried block the road in an attempt to prevent the army jeeps from exiting the village.In response to stones and Molotov cocktails thrown by the group, Israeli soldiers reportedly used sound bombs and tear gas, followed by live fire. As Badir and a group of friends walked home from an after school game of football, they cut onto the main road where the clashes were occurring...
 

The Obama-Khamenei alliance (By Michael Ledeen) - 18-dec-2014

October 20, 2014 - ...President Obama and Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei have arranged a working relationship throughout the Middle East that effectively puts American policy at the service of Iran. Long the goal of Obama, who sent a private emissary to Tehran as early as the 2008 election campaign to tell the Khamenei regime he wanted to be their friend, there is now a de facto alliance between the two countries. Notwithstanding the often nasty rhetoric from the two capitals, the United States is very careful not to challenge Iranian interests in hot spots like Syria, Iraq and Yemen... The Obama administration officially denies it is working closely with Tehran. As Michael Doran has pointed out, the White House and State Department have jumped through very high linguistic hoops to obscure the closeness of U.S.-Iranian coordination..
 

“The Alawite Tide Has Exploded” – A “Secular” Song For a “Secular” Regime? (Ben Allinson-Davies) - 18-dec-2014

October 20, 2014 - When bearing in mind the allegedly "secular" nature of Bashar al-Assad’s regime… It might also be worth bearing in mind that Assad’s regime has utilised Alawi and Shiite sectarianism for decades (Assad’s own family hails from the Alawite sect, in an attempt to shore up the regime’s power base, and give it a reliable supply of cannon fodder from the minorities, fearful of repression should the regime fall. This it has done with considerable success; frightening Alawites everywhere into believing that evil Sunni terrorists will somehow slaughter them wholesale if it falls. In many Alawite villages, practically every young man has joined regime militias, which, although they ostensibly have a secular, inclusive mentality, are actually vicious Alawite militia which genuinely believe that they are fighting an existential battle, such as the "National Defense Force" or the "Syrian Resistance"...

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Palestinian man successfully harvests olives for the first time in 14 years (International Solidarity Movement) - 18-dec-2014

October 20, 2014 - Today in al-Khalil (Hebron) Hashem Azzeh, a Palestinian man living in the Tel Rumeida neighborhood was able to successfully harvest his olives, on a certain part of his land, for the first time in 14 years. Hashem and his family live in H2 (the area of Hebron under full Israeli military civil and security control), right next to the illegal settlement in the heart of Tel Rumeida.Since the year 2000, Hashem has applied for a permit from the Israeli authorities to harvest his own olive trees but has been either denied, or received "permission", and had his olives stolen by Zionist settlers. This year, Hashem received a permit to harvest six trees today, and along with his brother and activists from ISM and Christian Peacemakers Team – Palestine (CPT), he began to work on his land. Two colonial settlers soon arrived an attempted to convince the Israeli police and army present that Hashem´s land belonged to them and that he should not be picking olives on "their land"...
 

Arab fear of the "extended arm of Iran" (By Ali Sadrzadeh) - 17-dec-2014

October 20, 2014 - "The Islamic revolution already controls three capital cities. Very soon they will be followed by Yemen's capital; then Saudi Arabia will be next!" Does this sound like the victory announcement of a proud field officer on the brink of the successful conclusion of a military campaign? Or does it sound like the gleeful exclamation of someone who will soon be in possession of all the pieces of his puzzle? On 18 September last, the Iranian parliamentarian Alireza Zakani gathered students from the paramilitary organisation known as the Basij around him in the city of Mashhad in north-eastern Iran to explain to them the Iranian offensive in the region...
 

US Government Moves to Dismiss Lawsuit Against ‘Suspicious Activity’ Program Which Keeps Files on Innocent People (By: Kevin Gosztola) - 17-dec-2014

October 20, 2014 - The United States government has moved to dismiss a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) on behalf of five US citizens who say they were victims of a domestic surveillance program, which involves the collection of "suspicious activity reports" on individuals. According to the ACLU’s filed complaint [PDF], a National Suspicious Activity Reporting Initiative (NSI) "encourages state and local law enforcement agencies as well as private actors to collect and report information that has a potential nexus to terrorism in the form of so-called 'suspicious activity reports [SARs].’"...
 

Israel excluded from war games in Italy following protests (Stephanie Westbrook) - 16-dec-2014

October 20, 2014 - The Israeli air force has been removed from the list of armed forces now taking part in multinational military training exercises on the Italian island of Sardinia following a campaign by anti-war activists.During Israel’s deadly 51-day bombing campaign on Gaza in July and August, anti-militarization and Palestine solidarity groups mobilized against the military drills in general, and Israel’s participation in particular.Palestinians in Gaza, standing in the rubble of destroyed homes, posted photographs appealing directly to Italy not to "train the pilots who bombs us."...

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ISIS is latest US ‘bogeyman’ to justify regional ‘War on Terror’ strategy: FSA officer (All4syria.info) - 16-dec-2014

October 20, 2014 - Free Syrian Army officer Colonel Ismail Ammar said in an interview published on Monday that the US-led international coalition’s current actions in Kobani aim to involve in Turkey in a strategy aimed not at weakening or overthrowing the Assad regime but at making it the primary beneficiary of coalition airstrikes. In the interview with a Kuwaiti newspaper, Col. Al-Ammar (pictured) said that the ISIS is the international community’s current scapegoat of choice, adding that the group is the creation of the Assad regime, which continues to coordinate closely with US and other nations’ intelligence agencies, with Washington needing a 'bogeyman’ like the ISIS in the Middle East in order to implement its 'War on Terror’ strategies for the region....
 

Israeli Attacks on Fishermen in the Gaza Sea (The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR)) - 16-dec-2014

October 20, 2014 - Israeli Naval forces continued to carry out attacks on Palestinian fishermen in the Gaza Strip during the reporting period[1] (1 – 30 September 2014), including 18 shooting incidents that resulted in the injury of a fishermen while fishing; 4 chasing incidents that led to the arrest of 11 fishermen; and confiscation of 4 fishing boats and 22 pieces of fishing nets belonging to Palestinian fishermen in the Gaza Strip. The Israeli naval forces did not comply with the ceasefire agreement concluded between Israel and Palestinian armed groups under Egyptian auspices on 26 August 2014. This agreement includes allowing Palestinian fishermen to sail within 6 nautical miles in the Gaza Sea. According to PCHR's investigations, all attacks took place within the distance of 6 nautical miles, which proves that Israeli forces' policies aim to tighten restrictions on the Gaza Strip's fishermen and their livelihoods...
 

For near identical crimes, an Israeli and a Palestinian’s fate couldn’t be more different (By John Brown* (translated by Sol Salbe)) - 16-dec-2014

October 20, 2014 - Three months ago, on July 25, Raed al Jabari, a 35-year-old a father of five, was driving on Route 60 through the West Bank. He apparently fell asleep at the wheel (having earlier taken painkillers). Near the Gush Etzion Junction he hit a woman standing on the road. The woman was slightly injured. Immediately afterwards, he veered sharply back onto the road and turned himself in to Israeli authorities. There he explained what is outlined above. Al Jabari was arrested and taken to the Ofer military prison. He was brought to the military court within the complex, where in light of these facts, the military judge released him on NIS 8,000 bail ($2140), having decided that he was not dangerous and his action wasn’t a deliberate terrorist act...

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Gaza and the Bipartisan War on Human Rights (by Stephen Zunes) - 16-dec-2014

October 20, 2014 - Israel’s seven weeks of attacks this summer on heavily populated civilian neighborhoods in Gaza has led to unprecedented concern among Americans who, while still broadly supportive of Israel, found the attacks to be disproportionate and unnecessary. Close to 1,500 Palestinian civilians in Gaza were killed in the Israeli attacks – more of 500 of whom were children – and 18,000 homes were destroyed, leaving over 100,000 people homeless. Despite this devastating civilian toll, leading Democrats in Washington have joined Republicans in claiming that Israel’s actions were legitimate acts of self-defense against military targets, dismissing reports by reputable Israeli and international human rights groups saying otherwise...
 

IS, coalition, regime: 'They're all criminals' (Syria Direct) - 16-dec-2014

October 20, 2014 - Since beginning airstrikes across Syria in August, the US-led international coalition has focused heavily on the Islamic State-controlled Iraqi border town of Al-Bokamel, which sits between Syria's Deir e-Zor and Iraq's Anbar provinces. There, coalition airstrikes targeted, among other locations, oil fields and refineries, paralyzing economic activity in a town whose residents rely on fuel supplies for personal business, Abu Zeid Abdullah, a member of the Syrian LCC Union, the umbrella group for the country's local coordination committes, told Syria Direct's Mohammed al-Haj Ali earlier this month.Now, Abdullah says the coalition is targeting grain silos and mills. For Syrians living in these towns, the airstrikes are part of a larger plan to destroy Syria....
 

Syria News - October 19, 2014 (Local Coordination Committees of Syria) - 15-dec-2014

October 19, 2014 - By the end of Saturday, LCC were able to document 49 martyrs including 6 martyrs under torture, 2 children, and one woman: 17 martyrs reported in Aleppo; 10 in Hama; 9 in Daraa; 9 in Damascus and its Suburbs; 6 in Idlib; 3 in Deir Ezzor and 3 in Homs....

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Identities of minors who admitted to killing Mohammed Abu Khdeir to be revealed Monday (Allison Deger) - 13-dec-2014

October 19, 2014 - On Monday three Israelis who admitted to the killing of Mohammed Abu Khdeir, the 16-year old Palestinian who was burned to death over the summer after being abducted from behind his East Jerusalem home in a revenge killing for the unrelated kidnapping and slaying of three Israeli youths a month prior, will give their pleas in district court.Yosef Haim Ben-David, a 29-year old settler is expected to plea insanity and is the assumed ringleader. The other defendants identities have been sealed by a gag order as they are minors. However, an Israeli judge will allow media and the public to attend tomorrow’s hearing, in effect lifting the ban on concealing their identities...

 

Los Angeles activists block unloading of Israeli cargo ship for two days (Charlotte Silver) - 13-dec-2014

October 19, 2014 - The Block the Boat coalition of Los Angeles claimed another victory this weekend after an Israeli cargo ship, the Zim Savannah, delayed docking at the port of Long Beach for at least 34 hours. Cookie Partansky, an organizer with the LA Block the Boat coalition, told The Electronic Intifada that approximately 150 activists gathered at the Los Angeles port at 6am on Saturday, 18 October. The morning’s action followed weeks of communication with the longshoremen’s union and educating workers about Israel’s brutal occupation of Palestine, as well as the group’s reasons for targeting Zim, an Israeli shipping line...

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Obama Could Reaffirm a Bush-Era Reading of a Treaty on Torture (By CHARLIE SAVAGE) - 13-dec-2014

October 19, 2014 - When the Bush administration revealed in 2005 that it was secretly interpreting a treaty ban on "cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment" as not applying to C.I.A. and military prisons overseas, Barack Obama, then a newly elected Democratic senator from Illinois, joined in a bipartisan protest....But the Obama administration has never officially declared its position on the treaty, and now, President Obama’s legal team is debating whether to back away from his earlier view. It is considering reaffirming the Bush administration’s position that the treaty imposes no legal obligation on the United States to bar cruelty outside its borders, according to officials who discussed the deliberations on the condition of anonymity....
 

Edward Snowden and the Golden Age of Spying
A TomDispatch Interview With Laura Poitras
(Tom Engelhardt) - 12-dec-2014

October 19, 2014 - Here’s a Ripley’s Believe It or Not! stat from our new age of national security. How many Americans have security clearances? The answer: 5.1 million, a figure that reflects the explosive growth of the national security state in the post-9/11 era. Imagine the kind of system needed just to vet that many people for access to our secret world (to the tune of billions of dollars). We’re talking here about the total population of Norway and significantly more people than you can find in Costa Rica, Ireland, or New Zealand. And yet it’s only about 1.6% of the American population, while on ever more matters, the unvetted 98.4% of us are meant to be left in the dark....
 

Anti-semitism charge is increasingly being leveled against Israel’s mainstream critics (Philip Weiss) - 12-dec-2014

October 19, 2014 - Maybe you saw that a top minister in Israel’s government accused John Kerry, the US secretary of state, of anti-Semitism? John Kerry made the mistake of saying that if only Israel made peace with the Palestinians, that would cut down on extremism in the region. From Haaretz: Economy Minister Naftali Bennett attacked U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry over his comments Friday connecting the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and extremism in the Middle East. "It turns out that even when a British Muslim decapitates a British Christian, there will always be someone to blame the Jew," he said.....

 

Foreign Secretary ignores concerns over Guantanamo Brit abuse
 (Reprieve) - 12-dec-2014

October 19, 2014 - Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond has dismissed concerns over the abuse of British cleared detainee Shaker Aamer, in a letter to his lawyer at human rights charity Reprieve. In August 2014 Clive Stafford Smith wrote to the Foreign Secretary after a fellow detainee had described what he called a new 'standard procedure’ of abuses at the prison. Yemeni Emad Hassan, cleared for release and detained without charge since 2002, wrote that "an FCE [Forcible Cell Extraction, where a team of guards in riot gear manhandle a detainee] team has been brought in to beat the detainees […] On Sunday, Shaker ISN 239 was beaten when the medical people wanted to draw blood."...

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