So, a war looms with Syria and I find myself having the same conversations with so called progressives about why we shouldn’t attack Syria as I had ten years ago with so called conservatives as to why we shouldn’t attack Iraq. I would have never guessed that progressives and conservatives were so alike. They like to think of themselves as different parts of the political spectrum, but when it comes to war it appears they are both equally easy to lie to and fool. War is ok as long as it’s their side that’s promulgating it. It’s ok as long as it’s their respectables with their suits and ties making the case and telling the lies. READ MORE »
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The man on the frontline of the information battle, Wikileaks editor Julian Assange, has given a Christmas address. He has delivered his speech from the balcony of the Ecuadorian embassy in London, where he’s been ensconsed for six months, after being granted political asylum – READ MORE http://on.rt.com/ptfxo7
Sobbing and shaking with unbearable grief, Jihad Masharawi is pictured cradling the body of his murdered 11-month-old son Omar yesterday.
As the might of Israel’s military – gunboats, tanks, and aircraft – pounded the Gaza Strip in pursuit of Islamic militants, Omar was one of 11 young Palestinians killed on a day of brutal fighting in the seemingly interminable conflict in the Middle East.
They included a chief of militant group Hamas, the Iranian-armed selfstyled “Islamic Resistance Movement” that governs Gaza.
Today the cycle of revenge continued as three people were killed in southern Israel by rockets fired from Gaza. Masharawi is a picture Editor for BBC Arabic.
His son is the latest innocent victim of a recent escalation in violence, with days of rocket fire prompting Israel to launch Operation Pillar of Defense, which Hamas said in return would “open the gates of hell”.
A NATO airstrike killed eight women and girls in eastern Afghanistan, local officials reported. The alliance said the strike targeted 45 armed insurgents but admitted some civilians may have been killed.
The women were gathering firewood when they were killed by the strike, spokesperson for the Laghman provincial government Sarhadi Zewak said. Several women were also injured during the NATO strike, he added.
Villagers brought the victims’ bodies to the local governor’s office on Sunday in the wake of the attack, amid cries of “Death to America!” said Zewak.
Seven females are now in nearby hospitals receiving treatment, some of whom are as young as ten years old, AP reports.
Initial reports claimed that as many as 45 armed insurgents were killed in a “precision air strike,” NATO spokesperson Jamie Graybeal said. However, Major Adam Wojack, a spokesman for the Isaf later told the BBC that between five and eight civilians may have been caught in the crossfire in a “tragic loss of life.”
(CNN) — South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu said Sunday that Tony Blair and George W. Bush should be “made to answer” at the International Criminal Court for their actions around the Iraq war.
Writing in an op-ed published by The Observer newspaper, the Nobel laureate accused the former leaders of the United Kingdom and the United States of fabricating a motive to invade Iraq, namely that it possessed weapons of mass destruction, and said that they had acted like “playground bullies.”
“The immorality of the United States and Great Britain’s decision to invade Iraq in 2003, premised on the lie that Iraq possessed weapons of mass destruction, has destabilised and polarised the world to a greater extent than any other conflict in history,” wrote Tutu. “In a consistent world, those responsible for this suffering and loss of life should be treading the same path as some of their African and Asian peers who have been made to answer for their actions in the Hague.”
“Truth is so hard to tell, it sometimes needs fiction to make it plausible.”
Sometimes as a writer of science fiction and fantasy I have to depend on my imagination to come up with a good storyline. Of course the bad guys and the good guys have to be clearly defined. Usually the bad guys are some people, or humanoids, or beings with human qualities of some sort, that wish to exercise power over other people, or humanoids, or beings with human qualities of some sort. The good guys are people, et al., who wish to empower themselves and fend off the influence of the power seeking evil. In the telling of a good versus evil story it makes it interesting if there is a small group of good guys who realize that the bad guys are manipulating the innocent masses of people in horrendous ways. It then becomes incumbent upon the good guys to alert the populous to the manipulations, or at least to try to save the innocent even if they go unrecognized. READ MORE »
Pentagon Refusing To Explain Why Sgt Bales Is Charged With 17 Counts Of Murder When 16 Were Reported
WASHINGTON — A US soldier will be charged with 17 counts of murder stemming from the killings of civilians in a rampage in southern Afghanistan, a US official said Thursday.
The official, confirming the murder charges on condition of anonymity, also said Army Staff Sergeant Robert Bales would be charged with six counts of assault and attempted murder.
Bales, 38, is alleged to have walked out of his base in the southern province of Kandahar under cover of darkness March 11 and killed 17 people in two nearby villages, including women and children, and burning their bodies.
Can you hear them? The dogs of war are barking. They’re getting very loud. These guys want to fight. They want to fight bad. They’re growling, snarling and salivating as they think about all the glorious death and destruction they can cause. These animals can’t wait to see the people melt. They hunger for the human misery they can cause,. They long to feast upon the mangled and dismembered bodies of their victims and wallow in the radioactive glow of rubble where fabulous cities once stood. This is the mentality of the sub-human leadership in a couple of well known nations. These vicious animals plan on being safe in their hardened bunkers while the peoples of their nations suffer from their arrogance and inept statesmanship. READ MORE »
The SS indulged their bloodlust on men, women and children alike. While homes and shops blazed around them like some hellish inferno, women were violated and those who were pregnant were stabbed in the guts. Small babies were bayoneted in their cribs. The village priest was beheaded.
By the time Hitler’s men had left the Greek village of Distomo near the ancient town of Delphi on that bloody day in June 1944, 218 people were dead.
The Waffen-SS was pleased with its work: the local partisans who had dared to attack a German unit had been taught a bitter lesson in revenge.
The slaughter at Distomo was such an outrage that, in 2003, even a German Federal Court judge described it as ‘one of the most despicable crimes of World War II’.
But he refused to grant the families of the victims any compensation for their suffering, and not a single German soldier was ever punished for what he and his comrades had done.
The Distomo massacre is just one example of the terrible suffering endured by the people of Greece during World War II and, some would say, of the German government’s reluctance to pay for the crimes committed against the Greeks in their nation’s name.
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2056400/Greece-debt-crisis-Greeks-believe-Germans-owe-60bn.html#ixzz1cYMa3hnh
B.C.’s Criminal Justice Branch has blocked an attempt by a human rights group to prosecute former U.S. president George W. Bush.
The Canadian Centre for International Justice filed the private prosecution last Thursday, the same day Bush was in the Vancouver suburb of Surrey for a speaking engagement along with former U.S. president Bill Clinton.
The group submitted the case on behalf of three former and one current Guantanamo Bay detainees, who accuse the former commander-in-chief and his administration of orders that led to their torture.
Neil MacKenzie, spokesman for the Justice Branch, which makes decisions on criminal charges, says the proceedings were stayed because there was “no realistic prospect” the federal attorney general would grant consent.
The higher-level permission is required in cases involving people who are not Canadian citizens.