Archive for ‘Middle East & Africa’

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 29, 2011

British government secretly training Saudi and Bahrani forces to quell people power uprisings

  [Picture source Guardian: Saudi Special Forces trained in Mecca by the British military  for uprisings in Bahrain]
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[Diks Vanderpooter, Human Rights Contributor]
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Guardian: International human rights groups and British activists have been shocked by revelations by the British government that, whilst supporting people power uprisings in Libya and Egypt, its military has been secretly training Saudi Arabia‘s national guard  in public order enforcement techniques which had been used when they were assigned to quell the recent people power protests in Bahrain.

In the recent uprisings in Bahrain, the Bahraini royal family used more than 1,200 British-trained Saudi troops to assist in demolishing the demonstrations which they did brutally by all accounts killing more than 100 protestors and seriously injuring many more. The UK Ministry of Defence report, out yesterday, confirmed that Britain despatches around 20 training teams to Saudi Arabia each year which the Saudis pay for.

Nicholas Gilby of the Campaign Against Arms Trade said: Britain’s important role in training the Saudi Arabian national guard in internal security over many years has enabled them to develop tactics to help suppress the popular uprising in Bahrain.”

In acknowledgement of Britain’s training role in supporting the undemocratic Bahrain and Saudi regimes, Defence minister Nick Harvey said to the British parliament last week: “It is possible that some members of the Saudi Arabian national guard which were deployed in Bahrain may have undertaken some training provided by the British military mission.”..

May 18, 2011

“Why I love white women”, by Dr. Satoshi Kanazawa, London School of Economics, “Black women are scientifically ugly”

[Samantha Templeton-Brewster, Celebrities Contributor]

MailOnline:  The announcement by Dr. Satoshi Kanazawa, top management lecturer at the posh London School of Economics in London, that ‘black women are ugly’ and their lighter skinned counterparts simply divine, may well be music to the ears of counsel for the disgraced IMF chief, Dominique Strauss Kahn, now in prison facing a trial for forced oral and anal sex upon a black chambermaid at a posh New York Hotel.  However, for many others, it is proving quite offensive.

Satoshi’s research claims that black women are scientifically ugly.  In fact, so much so he says, that white, Asian and practically all other racial mixtures, beat them at the beauty rankings.  The top management lecturer at the prestigious London school says that his findings are justified by scientific methods which details were published today on a hastily withdrawn (after the predictable backlash) blog in the journal Psychology Today.

He says his findings can be backed up by data from a study by Add Health which results he claims are conclusive of the matter that:Black women are… far less attractive than white, Asian, and Native American women”. 

However, sadly, the learned Doctor’s findings may well be autobiographical and indicative of the inherent racism of the Japanese towards black people and Japanese males’ obsession with white skinned women.

Satoshi’s report goes on to say: “Black women are on average much heavier than non-black women…..However, this is not the reason black women are less physically attractive than non-black women… [it is because] they have existed much longer in human evolutionary history, Africans have more mutations in their genomes than other races”.


But doesn’t that go against the finding of the report that black men are more attractive than those of other races?  He chugs on uncomfortably: “But since both black women and black men have higher mutation loads, it cannot explain why only black women are less physically attractive, while black men are, if anything, more attractive”.  Ah.. hormonal reasons: “The only thing I can think of that might potentially explain the lower average level of physical attractiveness among black women is testosterone….Africans on average have higher levels of testosterone than other races… women with higher levels of testosterone have more masculine features and are therefore less physically attractive”.

Imagine that this posh university college is paying Japanese, white-women-slavering idiots like this to vent his sexual frustrations on students who are paying good money for an education.  I tried getting a copy of his CV on the  Internet to work out what kind of degrees he had qualified him to utter such “scientific” idiocies.  Nothing, just a pile of other useless articles purporting to expose myths about intelligence and race.

Watch this doctor as he is sure to be an expert witness for Dominique Strauss-Kahn.

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 12, 2011

“We will hunt you down and kill you wherever you are”, President Obama authorises international death squads

[Kim Treadweather, Political Contributor]

BBC:  President Obama, in his defence of  his assassination of Osama Bin Laden in Abbottabad, Pakistan recently, has sent a clear message to those who cause trouble for the USA, their associates and those perceived to be connected with them: “Wherever you are, we will hunt you down and kill you”. 

The president’s message effectively legalises the USA’s right to perpetrate extra-judicial killings on foreign soil. In particular, having declared that ‘justice has been done’, upon hearing the news of  Bin Laden’s assassination by Navy SEALS in Pakistan, the president had commented that the execution had been: “Within the bounds of our customs and traditions”.

Although, the death of the man who had been widely held to have been the architect of the the 11 September 2001 attacks on the USA which killed around 3000 people, was welcome news for most worldwide, questions are starting to emerge about the legality of the assassination.

BBC World Service said that according to Benjamin Ferencz, an ex Nuremburg trials prosecutor: “The issue here is whether what was done was an act of legitimate self-defence.. it would have been better to capture Bin Laden and send him to a court….killing a captive who poses no immediate threat is a crime under military law as well as all other law….”.  Adding to this, British law professor, Phillipe Sands QC told the BBC:  “As a matter of international law, one country is not free to enter another country apparently without the authorisation of that country, and intervene, whether to kidnap or kill a national of a third state”.

This concern has also been tabled by the UN special rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, Christof Heyns as well as the special rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms while countering terrorism, Martin Scheinin. They said:-

“In certain exceptional cases, use of deadly force may be permissible as a measure of last resort… including in operations against terrorists …however, the norm should be that terrorists be dealt with as criminals, through legal processes of arrest, trial and judicially decided punishment …actions taken by states in combating terrorism, especially in high profile cases, set precedents for the way in which the right to life will be treated in future instances”.

Following from this, international law analysts are saying that if the USA situation is recognised as legal, there is nothing to stop other countries, with total impunity, as in the case of Bin Laden’s assassination by the USA, authorising their own death squads to hunt down and kill in foreign countries those they perceive to be their enemies, or who have committed acts of terror, or those who are perceived to be assisting them.

That, they say will create a world whereby the rights of  all for criminal justice before a court, will disappear entirely and encourage regimes to summarily dispose of anyone perceived to be a threat to them, or their interests.

In that regard, it is important, they are saying, that the USA is made to account before an international tribunal for its assassination of Bin Laden, who by all accounts was unarmed man and had offered no resistance to the SEALS who had killed him and who had subsequently disposed of his body without the order of any court, effectively preventing a post-mortem examination as to the circumstances of his death.

May 7, 2011

Update 7th May 2011 – killings in Syria, Afghanistan, Nigeria and Bin Laden’s plans to attack the USA

[Military Analyst Contributor, Sam Trowell]

Afghanistan

Kandahar, Afghanistan is a hotbed of fighting between militants and government supporters. They have attacked the governor’s office, the country’s spy agency (AIA) and a police station. Around 22 people have been killed in the attacks which have included at least six suicide blasts. The Taliban have claimed responsibility.

Nigeria

Attackers burn many houses in the village of Bauchi state, Nigeria killing at least 16 people who are believed to have been Christians. As Bauchi belongs to Nigeria’s region which separates the Muslim north and the Christian south, it is an area of much tension between the two sides involving power struggles.

Syria

Reports on the Syria people protests situation are claiming that troops and tanks are moving into the Syrian city of Baniyas which has been the hub of anti-government protests. More than 800 protestors have been executed by the Syrian government since the demonstrations started two months ago.

Bin Laden

US Officials studying material taken from Bin Laden’s apartment are confirming that after 10 years of no attacks upon the USA, he had been planning to put the American railway system under 911-type attacks imminently and it is feared that if he had not been killed in Abbottabad, the USA and the world would have been in the greatest danger.

After further study of the Bin Laden materials, the US Officials plan to debrief their administration and the world on the other attacks that had been planned by Bin Laden. In the meantime, various blogs purposting to be Jihadist, or from the leadership of Al’ Qaeda, are confirming Bin Laden’s death which, according to the US Officials are more or less conclusive that he was killed in the daring raid by unnamed Navy SEALs at his private quarters near the Pakistani military training college and the Pakistani security services headquarters in Abbottabad.

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 6, 2011

Obama in trouble with ‘deathers’ as controversy abounds over the death of Bin Laden

[Joan Tollings, Politics Contributor]

According to BBC News, it seems that since the announcement of the death of the Al’Quaeda leader Osama Bin Laden, Pakistani police has not had a lot to do as there have been few protests and demonstrations. However, all is not that well, as negative opinions about the assassination have widely been voiced within the country as well as outward threats have come from the most radical Muslim ranks.

Many Pakistanis believe the whole operation was just a cunning move in order to rubbish Pakistan’s image worldwide. “We don’t know whether Osama was there – we never saw their bodies or the bodies of the others killed in the attack,” said during the interview Shaista Bukhari, a Pakistani housewife, and by far she is not the only one thinking along these lines.  While ordinary Pakistanis are voicing disbelief in the authenticity of the story, some radical Muslims have expressed outward anger with the US.  Mohammad Younis, a young Taliban member who has fought in Ghazni, Helmand and Kandahar, says Bin Laden was ‘like my father. We will make all those responsible for his death pay – in Afghanistan and across the world’. In the meantime, the prime minister of Britain James Cameron has warned the country of the necessity to ‘stay more vigilant than ever‘.

The journalist, Paul Craig Roberts in ‘Osama Bin Laden’s Useful Death’  published in Rense.com yesterday, comments that the Obama administration’s publication of the death of Osama Bin Laden is a: “..propaganda piece reeking of US Triumphalism”. That is because, he says, the two alleged journalists, Adam Goldman and Chris Brummitt of the Associated Press had originally published a White House or CIA press release saying that: “Osama bin Laden, the terror mastermind killed by Navy SEALs in an intense firefight, was hunted down based on information first gleaned years ago (emphasis added) from detainees at secret CIA prison sites in Eastern Europe, officials disclosed on Monday.”  However, the ‘firefight’ part has now been debunked also the ‘detainees information’ part. He considers this to be suspect.

Mr. Roberts claims that this report was meant to justify CIA prisons and torture as the implications are that without secret prisons and torture “the terror mastermind” would still be running free, despite via widely accepted reports that he had died from renal failure in 2001.

He comments: “…. how many Americans will have the wits to wonder why the “terror mastermind” ­ who defeated not merely the CIA and the FBI, but all 16 US intelligence agencies along with Israel’s Mossad and the intelligence services of NATO, who defeated NORAD, the National Security Council, the Pentagon and Joint Chiefs of Staff, the US Air Force, and Air Traffic Control, who caused security procedures to fail four times in US airports in one hour on the same day, who caused the state-of-the-art Pentagon air defenses to fail, and who managed to fly three airliners into three buildings with pilots who did not know how to fly ­ has not pulled off any other attack in almost ten years? Do Americans really believe that a government’s security system that can so totally fail when confronted with a few Saudi Arabians with box cutters can renew itself to perfection overnight?”

Mr. Roberts’ view is that as the Guardian and European newspapers have now confirmed that the photo of the dead Bin Laden is a fake and as the alleged body has been buried at sea according to the word of the US government, which had lied to the American people about the weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, about Iranian nuclear bombs, the US administration simply cannot be believed on the matter.

He says that the logical interpretation of the faked bin Laden death was that Mr. Obama needed  good excuse to bring the Afghan war to an official end in order to address the problems with the huge US budget deficit and also his lagging popularity. It also justifies the utilisation of the US’s rendition and secret prisons/ Gitmo program as well as giving all Americans (which it certainly has) a feeling of ‘payback’ for the 911 attack.

My own view is that on the balance of evidence available, the ‘deathers’ have it. But even if they are right, Americans had deserved some rest from the bogeyman-like story of Bin Laden and in that regard, Mr. Obama, I think, was courageous to attempt to bring closure to this issue which had started before him and which had committed the USA to battles on foreign soil which has so far cost each American taxpayers thousands of dollars to fund and the loss of lives of American service personnel.

May 3, 2011

US lawyer, John J Maalouf of New York City, achieves national award for excellence for the sixth year running

[US Law & Courts Contributor, Dr. Edward Lestrade]:  John J Maalouf is a US lawyer to reckon with for setting the highest standards possible for delivery excellence in the international trade and financial services industry in the USA.  That is because, for the sixth year running John has won the distinction of being in the top ten international trade and finance lawyers in the USA according to United States Lawyer Rankings.

John’s dedication to quality of service to all clients, small, or large, has earned him a reputation that only few in his demanding field are able to achieve consistently.  He is also a registered arbitrator of the Online International Arbitration Court (‘OIAC’) which operates out of Wyoming and provides commercial disputes settlement by mediation and arbitration 100% online.

Complimenting his personal high standards of delivery, John’s law firm, Maalouf Ashford & Talbot, has been recently being named “Oil & Gas Law Firm of the Year” for 2010 by Corporate International Magazine in New York.  The firm operates throughout the USA and internationally and represents some large reputable clients in high-profile matters concerning international mergers and acquisitions, public offerings, private equity, oil & gas transactions and cross-border deals in China and the Middle-East.