Archive for ‘Civil Unrest’

June 1, 2011

Syrian security officials destroy penis of thirteen year old boy demonstrator and kill him

[Abdul Goldstein, Middle East and African Contributor]

MailOnline Syria’s officials are going all out on the people power demonstrators as shown up by the recent horrific execution of thirteen-year-old Hamza Ali al-Khateeb, which had involved Syrian security forces acting under the orders of the country’s beseiged president, Bashar al-Assad, to destroy the boys penis.

The child had been picked up by Syrian officials in Jiza, a village in Dar’a province of Syria, around a month ago and later on his body punctured like sieve and minus his penis, was returned to his anguished parents. His knees has been destroyed and his  neck broken also.

The family was warned by Syrian police against talking too much, but apparently not enough to persuade them to go along with the unspeakable act of cruelty out of fear of being hurt. As a result, the father has been arrested and might probably be facing the same fate as his son.

The news of the boy that shocked the world was posted on YouTube, apparently by a family member, as after the rebellion against the president which in fact had turned into a civil war, Syria was shut to the members of  the international press.

However, it seems that instead of daunting the rebels, the murder has inspired a wave of fierce protests against the injustice of the current regime. According to expatriated human rights activist Radwan Ziadeh and as reported by the Washington Post, the child has already become one of the most powerful symbols of the revolt.

‘(His death) is the sign of the sadism of the Assad regime and its security forces,’  Radwan said.

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May 30, 2011

In breach of UN resolution forbidding ground support in Libya, CIA and British secret service agents fight Gadaffi with rebels

[TRIPOLI:  Capt. Ahmed Akabu, Military News Contributor]

As far back as March 30th 2011, the National Journal had reported that following the green light from the White House for the US’s direct ‘prejudicial engagement’ on the ground with the Libyan regime in aid of the rebels, CIA and British secret (and not so secret, from  recent accounts), operatives have been on the ground fighting with the rebels to overthrow the intrenchant and wily  Libyan dictator, Col. Muammar-el-Qaddafi.

According the National Journal’s report in March, more than 12 covert operatives were active in Libya working on the ground with the rebels to overthrow Qaddafi.  Also on the ground at that time were many Special Air Service commandoes and M16 agents.

Guardian: Today video footage from Al Jazeera confirms sightings of foreign armed operatives openly interacting with rebel forces on the ground. This kind of intrervention, of course,  is in contravention of the UN resolution which specifically forbids this kind of enagement by foreign military operatives, but who cares anyway. Isn’t it the same UN whose 30 or so resoultions have been openly thrown out by the Jews vis a vis the Palestinian issue? So Libya is in for some interesting times it would seem.

However, Libyans rebel forces are becoming increasingly worried that the problem with foreign troops on the ground is that as they do not take directions, or orders from local forces, they become in due course, nothing less than an occupation force which then has the potential to create the same problems as for Viet Nam, Iraq and Afganistan in terms of world and local perception of their presence.

May 17, 2011

Breaking News: Fukushima Nuclear Facility, an act of international terror by Japan

[Daisy Chung, Human Rights Contributor]

It seems from the conclusions of analyst, Paul Watson, that the Fukushima nuclear plant construction equates to nothing less than an act of terror by the Japanese government. 

That is because even before the nuclear plant was constructed at Fukushima, earthquakes had been striking the Honshu region, which encapsulates Fukushima, on a daily basis – some more severe than others. Therefore, the Japanese government which had been motivated by commercial greed, would have known that it was highly predictable that a disaster of the kind that struck the facility recently, due to seismic activity, was just a matter of time.

Despite knowledge of this highly likely disaster, no contingency plans had been made for this by the Japanese government to protect its citizens in such an event. Furthermore, in particular, it had known, even before constructing the plant that the nuclear reactor design was known to be susceptible to fracture and leakages under stress.

Today, the situation is far worse for the world and the Japanese people than it was at the start of the eventTEPCO now admits that the areas surrounding the Fukushima prefecture – up to 100 miles away, are severely contaminated. As a result, villages and towns are being evacuated and livestock is being culled on a daily basis.

Drinking water in cities as far away as Tokyo, now have radioactive contamination far above the safe limit and there is concern by international organisations that the radioactive pollution in the atmosphere in all of Japan now poses a serious risk for the health of the Japanese.  Additionally, the Pacific ocean facing the plant is now dangerously contaminated and the reactors in spiralling meltdown.   The international scale of Japan’s irresponsibility has been reflected in the radioactive contamination from the disaster  spreading beyond its shores to the USA, UK and most of Europe where risk-level radioactive substances from the plant have been found in milk and livestock.

However, despite it having no plan to contain the problem, the Japanese government has not been forthcoming in admitting the extent of the catastrophe and in fact has been working actively with media organisations to downplay the true scale of the horror it has perpetrated.

Japan, by its colossal act of horror brought about by its commercial greed, has perpetrated an act of pure evil upon its citizens  equivalent to that inflicted upon their people by the regimes in Africa and the Middle East, now under ‘people power’ uprisings which have international support.

It seems clear that Japan should be now brought to account by the UN for having inflicted this deliberate and unlawful risk deliberately upon its citizens and for endangering the world by its act of criminal terror in the construction of the nuclear plant in Fukushima despite the known and predictable risks of the disaster that struck the plant which has affected not only the Japanese, but the entire world.

May 16, 2011

Colonel Gadaffi under arrest by International Criminal Court

[Kamil Fuker, Middle East and Africa Contributor]

BBC News:  The word is out that the International Criminal Court (‘ICC’) has  issued an arrest warrant for Colonel Gadaffi and two other members of his regime this week for crimes against humanity.

Although the Colonel’s regime has said that it will disregard the warrant as Libya is not a contracting member of the court and as such is outside its jurisdiction, it seems that the constitution of the ICC does empower it to issue arrest warrants in circumstances where the matter under conderation is referred to it by the UN’s Security Council. In March this year, the UN’s Security Council had approved military action to assist and protect the Libyan rebels.

It is not clear whether a bounty has been put on the warrants, or whether US Navy SEALS will be drafted in on an “engage and kill” mission in Libya, but analysts are commenting that these are options that are likely to be investigated by the court.

The ICC is a permanent tribunal based in Hague set up to prosecute genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes, and the crime of aggression. The court has jurisdiction in all instances where the state in question is a contracting party, or the alleged crime took place on the territory of a contracting state, or where the circumstances of the crime is by referral to the court from the United Nations Security Council. 

May 7, 2011

UK Muslims angry over death of Bin Laden

[Joan Tollings, Politics Contributor]

UK MailOnline: The US Embassy  in London was in uproar yesterday as hundreds of  Muslim activists surrounded the buildings in theatrical mourning of the Al’ Qaeda leader’s death. Placards and slogans like ‘Islam will dominate the world’ were abound and direct terrorist attack threats to the US were voiced.

The central figure in the mass protest action was a scandalous priest Anjem Choudary, a former (now dismissed) UK solicitor and a fierce supporter of the Islamic movement in the United Kingdom, who has publicly announced his approval of the September 11 attacks and July 7 London bombings.

The capital is on full alert now, as protestors’ are threatening that it is only a matter of time’ before a new terrorist attack takes place and that the ‘West is the enemy’.

May 3, 2011

G20 Protester, Ian Tomlinson, gets justice after his unlawful killing by UK Police

 

[Samuel Evans, UK  News Contributor]

New Statesman: The jury giving the verdict upon the death of Ian Tomlinson, who had been knocked to the ground in an unprovocked attack by the British police during the G20 protests in London in 2009, has concluded that he had been unlawfully killed.  The not-totally-unexpected verdict has made many red faces in the UK Crown Prosecution Service which had decided earlier that there had been no case to answer upon the circumstances of Mr. Tomlinson’s death.

In a blistering attack upon the British police involved in anti-protest control, the jury concluded that it was ‘sure’ that the action of the policeman causing Mr. Tomlinson’s death, was: “excessive and unreasonable…[that Tomlinson had] posed no threat” to the police.

The policeman, PC Harwood, who had been instrumental in the death of Mr. Tomlinson, first said at the hearing that Tomlinson had been obstructing police and had refused to move away at which point, he had  “engaged” him. However, after the evidence had been considered, he agreed that Tomlinson had been obeying officers and had his back turned when he had struck him violently with a baton.

May 2, 2011

Ugandan security forces kill 2 people power protestors and injure 120 more

HuffPost World:  In Kampala  on Friday, security forces fired live bullets directly at protestors killing at least 2 and injuring around 120 in the biggest anti-government demonstration sub-Saharan Africa has seen this year. The police arrested around 360 people according to government reports.

The recent protests in Uganda are directed toward the removal of the country’s despotic president Yoweri Museveni who has ruled the country for twenty five years. The president though, is refusing to go and international observers fear that Uganda is likely to go the way of Egypt with increasing deaths and a bloody end to the conflict.

The intensity of Uganda’s recent anti-government demonstrations seems to have been precipitated by the brutish rendition of Uganda’s primary opposition politician, Dr. Kizza Besigye, when police recently penetrated the window of his vehicle with guns, smothered him with tear gas and took him off into their vehicle.  Besigye had been the president’s personal doctor and was sacked from the job in 1999 when he said that the government had become a ‘one man dictatorship’.  He had commented to the Associated Press  last week that Uganda was in dire economic difficulty with a broken down health care system and rising rates of employment.

Uganda is a country in Africa of some 35 million people of which more than half are under the age of 15.  Around 1.2 million have HIV/ AIDS.   The average daily wage for Ugandans is around $3.5 per day.  The country has recently discovered that it has oil reserves.

[Vuzo Kenlos, Middle East and Africa Contributor]

April 30, 2011

Bristol in flames over Tesco

[Paul Goddaddie, Courts & Legal Affairs Contributor]

MailOnline: reports that the British city of Bristol is up in arms about the monopolizing antics of the Tesco stores company. It seems that residents are angry that the proliferation of the company’s shops all over the city is stifling local competition and amounts to an oppressive monopoly.

A peaceful protest this Friday by more than 400 people turned nasty as scuffles broke out with police. Two men were arrested and charged with public order offences and more than 15 are in police custody. Bottles, stones and roof tiles were thrown at the police by protesters and some officers were injured.

April 30, 2011

President of Yemen promptly executes 12 protestors after promise of immunity for war crimes by European Union

[Timothy Wills, Middle East and Africa News Contributor]

EU Observer: From the ‘poisoned chalice’ of the sanctioning of the deployment of cancer-causing depleted uranium ordinance in Libya in support of the rebels, to the endorsement of a plan proposed by the Gulf Co-operation Council (‘GCC‘) to give the Yemeni president, Ali Abdallah Saleh, immunity from prosecution for war crimes, the EU’s bumbling diplomacy is proving to be a disaster in the Middle East.

A glaring recent example, is that  shortly after the endorsement by the EU of the immunity plan for the Yemeni president, whose forces have taken more than 100 lives since the conflicts began, his forces promptly shot 12 protestors and injured more than 100.  Notwithstanding, the EU has said that the deaths do not change its position. However, international human rights groups are saying that the deal for the Yemeni president will be a bad example for other world dictators.

Under the GCC plan, Saleh will enjoy total immunity from any prosecution for wrongdoings if he goes in 30 days, arranges new presidential elections two months thereafter and arranges for more power to be given to opposition activists in a newly formed national unity government.

April 26, 2011

The poisoned chalice of NATO’s aid to the Libyan rebels

Depleted Uranium birth defects and cancers in Iraq, Afganistan and the Former Yugosalvia

[Akif Brownlie, Libya News Contributor]

International reports suggest that it is a well known secret that NATO forces assisting the rebels in Libya are using depleted uranium ordinance (‘DU‘) in their bombing strikes on Col. Gaddafi’s forces.

Whilst DU weapons are effective tools for wearing down the wily Colonel, there are serious questions now by the international community concerning the devastation on the health of all Libyans that the use of these weapons will bring.

DU is highly toxic as a radioactive substance and because of that analysts and international public health monitors, like the World Health Organisation, are echoing the view of the international community that there will be serious and wide-ranging permanent effects on the health of Libyans for many years to come from radiation contamination brought about by NATO’s shelling of their country.  That is because DU is proved to have devastated the health of residents in countries such as Iraq, Afghanistan and the former Yugoslavia, where it has been used in bombing attacks by NATO forces.

It was in 1991, that the US military, in a real war for some time and keen to test out its new super toxic DU amour piercing artillery deployed the use of DU material in its military invasion of Iraq.  Later on and delighted by the apparent usefulness of DU to create weapons of serious destruction in Iraq, the USA used DU ordinance again to pound peace into the conflict in the former Yugosalvia.

But questions began to pile up with regard to the usefulness of DU in war as cancer rates began to increase in more than 5 provinces in southern Iraq which had been shelled by the Americans. Chilling facts had emerged for the World Health Organization which found that the DU shells had contaminated the air, water and soil in the areas with highly toxic radiation which was linked to the increased cancer cases.  As such, by 2003, leukemia south of Baghdad had skyrocketed and by 2009, cancer rates had increased by the rate of thousands year by year. In 2011, reports suggest that the problem is getting worse.

In Yugoslavia too, where the ordinance had been used, leukemia symptoms became epidemic and in some parts of the country radiation levels had risen to up to 1000 times above normal. Even NATO troops suffered from the use of DU and more than 250 Italian force members have since died from DU-related cancer. As for civilians, cancer rates went up from 1 per 1000 per each new-born baby to more than 15 per 1000.

Analysts are saying that there is no need for US, or NATO forces to use DU as there is nothing to indicate that non-DU bombs can be less effective. Furthermore, as DU-inflicted wounds on humans are practically impossible to treat and present hazards for not only the victims, but also the medical personnel treating them who are likely to be seriously contaminated with radiation, there is a strong case that they should not be used whatsoever by any civilized military force.

Furthermore, where DU shells explode in non-residential areas, the problem does not go away but becomes a deferred sentence of death for residents in the target country, or region as such explosions have been found to contaminate the soil and water permanently and to cause untold misery and deaths from cancer upon residents.

According to United States’ former Justice Secretary Ramsey Clark, DU utilisation is: “An unacceptable threat to life and a violation of international law”.