Posts tagged ‘Syria’

June 9, 2011

Germany denies America drug for killing its citizens

[Tom Hopper, US News Contributor]

Spiegel Online International: With more than 3000 American death row inmates in the 34 US states that  employ the death penalty not-so-eagerly awaiting their killing by lethal injection, America is running out of the lethal injection drugs to despatch the prisoners as US firms stop producing the deadly drug.

America’s desperate attempts to import the drugs though are not proving to be successful as country after country is refusing to supply the deadly drugs. The latest slap in the face for US executioners was from Germany which point-blank refused to supply the drug. Recently, India, UK and Denmark have done the same.

As a result, many executions have had to be delayed and the US is currently considering the employment of more primitive methods to cull its waiting list for executions.

Not a good time to be on death row in the USA it would seem. Perhaps the USA should be looking to get the lethal drugs from countries more amenable to killing their citizens which include Libya, China, Syria, Yemen, DRC as it is unlikely then that it would face any opposition for the importation of the necessary drugs.

In America, offences that carry the death penalty include:

  • Treason
  • Use of weapon of mass destruction resulting in death
  • Espionage, terrorism, certain violations of the Geneva Conventions that result in the death of one or more persons,
  • Aggravated rape in Louisiana, Florida and Oklahoma;
  • Extortionate kidnapping in Oklahoma;
  • Aggravated kidnapping in Georgia, Idaho, Kentucky and South Carolina;
  • Robbery and and aircraft hijacking in Alabama;
  • Drug trafficking resulting in a person’s death in Connecticut and Florida;
  • Train wrecking which leads to a person’s death and perjury which leads to a person’s death in California.

In addition, under the US Uniform Code of Military Justice, execution can be ordered for many more offences including: desertion, mutiny, spying, and misbehaviour before the enemy.

Many of those executed in the USA have received posthumous pardons.

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 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.

April 22, 2011

Carnage on Good Friday in Syria as security forces open fire on protestors

[Aziza Sourris, Middle East News Contributor]

According to Telegraph.co.uk, around 50 protestors around Syria were executed today when the security forces of the country’s dictatorial ruler, Bashar al-Assad, opened fire on peaceful demonstrations.

The latest executions bring the security forces’ such killings to more than 200 since the disturbances began.

April 20, 2011

Syria’s cancellation of ’emergency’ law, unlikely to save government

[Michael Harris, Middle East and Africa News Contributor]

BBC News reports that the Syrian government has now cancelled its emergency law which allowed it to detain without charge and torture thousands of its citizens. It has also passed a new law allowing peaceful protests and it special court for prosecuting political activists has now been abolished.

Analysts are commenting that the moves by the current regime seems merely intended to placate the onlooking international community in the main judging from the regime’s security forces’ ongoing harsh treatment  of the anti-government protestors which have resulted in hundreds of their deaths and injuries.  As such the moves are unlikely to keep the government in power, even though the two items were key demands of the protestors.

On Monday, joining country-wide demonstrations against the government, more than 5,000 anti-government protestors were in Hom demanding for the current regime to step down.

April 9, 2011

Syria’s ‘people power’ protesters pay with their lives as 100 killed and up to 500 injured on Friday

[Aziza Sourris, Middle East and Africa News Contributor]

New York Times: Throughout Syria in the past few days, thousands have been in public protest against the ruling regime’s oppressive rule which  responded with gunfire, resulting in the deaths of more than 100 protestors.

On Friday, in Dara’a, southern Syria, security forces had fired on protestors openly according to the witnesses. The government is also claiming that armed protestors had also shot at police officers resulting in the death of at least 19 of them.  According to the New York Times, Ammar Abdulhamid, a US-based Syrian dissident who had assisted in organizing the protests, said that around 100 of the Dara’a protestors had been killed and up to 500 injured by the Syrian security forces.

In Damascus, in addition, around 15 protestors had been killed by security forces on Friday.

It is reported that President Obama has condemned the Syrian government’s actions and at the same time has condemned any violence on the part of the protesters.

Ausama Monajed, a London-based political activist who is in frequent touch with protesters in Dara’a and other cities said that the attack on the protesters in Dara’a was a “a massacre…what happened is that after Friday Prayers, the marchers started to chant, ‘Freedom! Freedom!’ and security forces opened fire….when the protesters tried to collect the dead and wounded, the security forces opened fire again.”

March 25, 2011

Syria in revolt as more than 60 protestors are killed by security forces

BBC News: Syrians are angry and want the oppressive ruling regime to step down following its brutal response to pro-democracy demonstrations all over the country during which it has been reported that more than 60 protestors have been killed.

A wave of demonstrations is now engulfing the country including its capital, Damascus, despite the government’s announcement on Thursday of changes designed to placate the protestors.

Regime’s brutal response to the demonstrations

Syrian government forces so far had killed 40 protestors in various parts of the country and this week in the southern city of Deraa, a further 60 people have been reported shot dead. Many more have been arrested, beaten and seriously injured by the regime’s forces.

Deraa is now posing a formidable contest for the control of the current regime as its residents are incensed against the regime’s recent brutalities and are vowing to continue the protests. Thousands are now demonstrating in the city.

This evening, more than 1,000 Syrians are are also marching the streets of Damascus pledging to continue up to the time that their demands for the ruling regime to step down are met. Many have been brutally beaten by the government’s security forces and many more are feared will be killed.

[Middle East & Africa Contributor]

March 20, 2011

A long war rages in Libya – in the meantime, Syria is going the way of Egypt

Huffington Post/AP: Libya – US and coalition warplanes assisted by Tomahawk cruise missiles are in action now in aid of the rebels in Libya. Air force B-2 stealth bombers have also been made operational, according to the US military. However, the incumbent Libyan leader, Muammar Gaddafi, is pledging a “long war” against what he is describing as a colonialist attack upon Libyans.The entrenched Colonel has promised to arm every Libyan in the country to join him in his fight against the ‘international oppressors’.

So far, there have been murmurings of disapproval of the coalition attacks from the Arab league, Russia and China which is not surprising as  considering their positions, the attacks may well fuel uprisings in their own states which have democratic and human rights issues in play currently.

By the accounts of Libyan state TV, 48 people had perished from the US and coalition strikes and have effectively neutralized the Colonel Gaddafi’s military power against the rebels. Benghazi, the first city to be taken by the rebels, is now back under their control as a result of the coalition’s intervention.

Huffington Post: Syria: Meanwhile in Syria, thousands marched against their government for a third day running and so far five protesters have been killed. Experts are saying that this is a sure enough sign that another Arab country is well on the way to a full-scale rebellion.  The protestors are asking for democracy and the end of repression in their country as well as justice against those responsible for the killing of the 5 protestors.

[Middle East & Africa Contributor]