Thursday, 17 August 2017

‘International law clearly on the side of Palestinians’


‘International law clearly on the side of Palestinians’

Ex-UN rapporteur Richard Falk, who co-wrote report accusing Israel of imposing ‘apartheid regime’, spoke in Istanbul

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A former United Nations human rights investigator and emeritus professor of international law at Princeton University in the U.S. said it was “clear that [on] all the major issues international law is strongly on the side of Palestinians”.
“Looking at Israel-Palestine from the perspective of international law is interesting on its own independent of how one views the substantive issues,” Richard A. Falk said during a conference titled “Palestine, Apartheid and Future” at Istanbul Sebahattin Zaim University on Wednesday.
“It is interesting because on the one side it is clear that [on] all the major issues international law is strongly on the side of Palestinians whether it is a matter of the illegal settlement, the blockade of Gaza, the annexation of Jerusalem, the diversion of water, the use of excessive force, very important issue, the right of return of refugees,” Falk told a crowd of mostly students in Istanbul.
Israel occupied the Palestinian territories, along with Syria’s Golan Heights, after defeating Egypt, Jordan and Syria during the 1967 six-day war, later annexing East Jerusalem, claiming the entire city as its “eternal and undivided” capital.
Israel has since made peace with Jordan and Egypt — returning the captured Sinai Peninsula to the latter — and now boasts of improved ties with other Arab states, which have offered to recognize Israel in return for a Palestinian state based on pre-1967 borders.
This proposal for a Palestinian state, with East Jerusalem as its capital, has long been demanded by the Palestinians and is generally accepted by the international community.
Numerous rounds of peace talks, however, have so far failed to make it a reality.
“Every important issue is rather clearly and decisively in favor of the Palestinian position. And that’s has been true for decades now for at least the 70 years that Israel has existed as a state and a member of the United Nations,” Falk said.
“And yet nothing has happened to implement the international law as it should be implemented if it is to be in force against the strong and weak equally,” he added.
According to the former UN human rights investigator this is a “precondition of any kind of real legal system”.
“Law is not really a law if it is not applied to all that are subject to its authority. So you have this sense that this international law favors the Palestinians but it does not make any difference,” he added.
“Their situation has gotten worse and worse over the years,” he said.
Falk added international law still remained “extremely important” for the Palestinians as an instrument for achieving their goals of self-determination and sustainable peace.
The former UN human rights rapporteur for the occupied territories, Falk is the co-writer of a UN report, which accused Israel of imposing an “apartheid regime” on the Palestinian people — the first time a UN agency had leveled such an allegation.
The report commissioned by the Beirut-based UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) said Israel had “established an apartheid regime that dominates the Palestinian people as a whole”. It said there was “overwhelming evidence” of Israel’s guilt of the “crime of apartheid”.
UN Under-Secretary-General Rima Khalaf resigned from her post after UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres forced her to withdraw the report.

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صابرين دياب: صوت الكرامة ودموع أمي وأبي


صوت الكرامة ودموع أمي وأبي


أغسطس 17, 2017

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ليست المرة الأولى، التي يقودنا فيها جموح عاطفتنا إلى البكاء الجميل! حين يصدح صوت رسول الكرامة، في بيتنا الصغير، وفي معظم بيوت جليلنا المحتلّ… وليست هي المرة الأولى التي أكتب فيها بعاطفة طاغية، ولا أبغي إلا التعبير، عن مدى امتناننا للبنان الشقيق الحبيب الذي أنجب للأمة رسول الكرامة

سمعنا في الفترة الأخيرة، خطابات متعاقبة لسيد المرحلة، وجميعها تبعث في وجداننا ما يتوق إليه من آمال وبشائر، بيد أنّ ما ميّز خطابه الأخير بالنسبة لطغيان عاطفتنا – هو دموع أبي الحبيب! فأبكت عينَيْ أمي فعينَيّ أنا! وحين هفت نفسي الى التمعّن في عيني والدي، قال لي وهو يمسح دموعه المنهالة غير المتوقفة: عبد الناصر يعود حياً، ها هو يتجدّد في لبنان، ويمسح عنّا عار وخزي أوغاد الأمة، وفي تلك اللحظة ارتفعت وتيرة صوت السيد، فقال لي أبي: ارفعي الصوت أكثر، رغم قوة صوت التلفاز أصلاً! وفعلت وسط موقف سوريالي مهيب، الأب والأم والابنة، يدمعون وحشة للكرامة، كالظماء إلى الشموخ والاعتزاز في وطننا المحتلّ، تحت وطأة عربدة الاحتلال وعنجهيته، واستخفافه بحقنا المشرّع وحلمنا في التحرّر من براثنه، وقد أكد السيد على الحقيقة الدامغة، بأنّ المحتلّ يقيم وزناً ضخماً لزئير المقاومة اللبنانية، فلم تختف بسمتي اليوم عن وجهي، أثناء متابعتي لوسائل إعلام دولة الاحتلال على أشكالها كافة، التي تتحدث عن زئير رسول الكرامة…

إنها الحقيقة التي لا يستطيع أحد أن يجادل فيها، إلا إذا كان غبياً أو صهيونياً بهيئة إنسان! المحتلّ لم يقم حساباً جاداً لأيّ حاكم عربي، ليس لأنه يضمن انبطاحهم ونصال غدرهم فحسب، بل لأنه يدرك جيداً بأنهم أشباه رجال، لا يفقهون أدبيات التحدي والمواجهة والبسالة! وهذا ما يؤكده شعبنا الفلسطيني البطل، بأنّ دولة الاحتلال لم تطمئن على سلامتها في البلاد العربية، إلا بعد رحيل الزعيم عبد الناصر، ولم ترتدع إلا بعد قدوم رسول الكرامة الذي مرّغ أنف العدو في التراب، يوم اندحاره من الجنوب اللبناني، ثم تمريغ أنفه المتغطرس في حرب 2006، مروراً بكلّ عدوان على غزة هاشم، وأضيف إلى ذلك، فشل المحتلّ في ضرب وعي الشباب الفلسطيني المقاوم، الذي يستمدّ طاقاته المعنوية الكبيرة من قائده الروحي، ولا زال الزئير المهيب يقضّ مضاجعهم..

روى لي والدي كيف كان الاحتلال، يُحدث اضطراباً ويشوّش على إذاعة «صوت العرب»، عندما كانت تنقل خطابات عبد الناصر، كي يُحرم الفلسطينيين من حقهم في الشعور بشيء من العزّة والقوة وزاد من العزائم، وحين رحل الزعيم الخالد بعد فترة قصيرة، تلاشى التشوّش! وصدح صوت السادات، وحسين حاكم الأردن، من دون أيّ اضطراب!

وأتساءل بموضوعية وعاطفة في آن:

ما الذي جعل فلسطينيّي الجليل والساحل شمال الوطن المحتلّ، أن يعتلوا أسطح منازلهم ابتهاجاً، كلما سمعوا صفارات الإنذار، التي كانت تدوّي يومياً في شمال فلسطين في حرب 2006! في حين كان كلّ المستوطنين يسكنون جوف أرضنا وترابنا ومنهم من هرب إلى جنوب الوطن، وبعضهم غادر فلسطين هرباً!؟

ما الذي كان يدعوهم للنزول إلى الشوارع، ومشاهدة مواقع سقوط صواريخ المقاومة في وطنهم المغتصب!؟

لماذا لم يبالوا بالخطر المحدق بحياتهم وتجاهلوا الخطر، وفضّلوا الاستمتاع بصوت صفارات الإنذار ومشاهدة صواريخ الشرف!؟

ما فسّر سقوط عدد من الشهداء الفلسطينيين إكراماً وتكريماً للمقاومة وفرسانها الأشاوس.

ولست أعتقد أنّ الإجابة على التساؤلات المذكورة آنفاً، تحتمل تحليلاً أو فلسفة، إنه ببساطة – الحنين للشرف وللكرامة، الشرف الأغلى والأقدس من الروح!

هذا الشعور بالكرامة الذي وُهب لنا بمنتهى الإيثار والسخاء، فُقد بعد الزعيم جمال عبد الناصر والأسد الخالد حافظ الأسد، وبُعث مع قدوم سماحة رسول الكرامة، الفقد والحنين واتساع الأمل معاً، فسّروا لي دموع أبي الغالية الحبيبة، وفسّروا لي جموحي بالتعبير عما يجول في نفوسنا، في نفس كلّ فلسطيني ينتمي بالولاء المطلق لفلسطين، ويحلم بالتحرّر والكرامة الوطنية، راجية المعذرة ذلك أنني قرّرت، أن أكون كاتبة عاطفية فقط في مقالي القصير هذا.

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خالد مشعل: لملم ربيعك وانصرف عنا.. صابرين دياب

يبدو ان ما يسمى “بالربيع العربي” الاخواني بامتياز, بلغ في صفاقة مطبلّيه الزبى، نتساءل بمرارة العلقم نحن ابناء وبنات الوطن المحتل المسروق المغتصب, باْي حق يخرج على دماء شعبنا ,وعلى معاناتنا وصبرنا على محتلنا ,ومغتصب ارضنا من يتحدث او من تاْذن له ذاته باْن يتحدث باسمنا,من خارج الحدود!!, يتنقل من قصر الى قصر,والاشد غرابة او انسجاما مع هذا الربيع التنقل من عرين الاسود الى حظائر النعاج!

لعلها هي عربدة “الربيع العربي” , الربيع الذي تشيد في ازلامه دولة الاحتلال,, فحين خرج خالد مشعل يمجّد باْخوانه في مصر ويجتهد بوضوح في رفع منسوبهم السياسي بدماء ولحم وعظام شعبنا ,ويهزّ من على كرسي متحرك مريح قائلا باْن “اسرائيل” ارادت اختبار مصر الجديدة, لم يكن يعرف الرجل او انه تغاضى مضطرا باْن السيد شمعون بيرس رئيس “دولة اسرائيل” رد على خطابه الكرنفالي سلفا واثنى على جهود الرئيس مرسي الجبارة “للتهدئة”,أي لاخماد الثورة الفلسطينية التي كلما انطلقت شرارتها اجتمع القاصي والداني من رجعيين واطلنطيين تحت مظلة كامب ديفيد لاخمادها, وكان قد سبق بيرس , عمير بيرتس وزير الحرب الاسرائيلي في حرب تموز 2006 حيث قال حرفيا:

” الرئيس مرسي افضل بكثير من مبارك لقد فاجاْنا بشدة ونحن بحاجة لوسيط مثل مرسي”..

فضلا عن الاعلام الاسرائيلي الذي ابدى ارتياحه الشديد من اداء الرئيس الجديد صناعة “الربيع العربي”, غير ان ضرورة المصلحة الاخوانية التي ارتمى بعارها السيد مشعل كانت عصمته في اختياره وفي مؤتمره الصحفي في القاهرة يوم امس, وللاسف فقد تجلّى وتوضّح تغليب حماس السياسية انتماءها الايدولوجي باعادة تموضعها السياسي والفكري بالانتماء الى الاخوان المسلمين على الانتماء الوطني المقاوم!,

ايا سيد مشعل:

اين تبخرت كلمة “تحرير الوطن المحتل” في خطابك! لا زلنا نتذكر مؤتمرك الصحفي في دمشق عام 2008 يوم كانت دمشق تحميك وتاْويك من تنكر العرب لحضرتك, لماذا لم تناشد من امتدحتهم باسم صمود شعبنا البراء من نذالتهم وجبنهم بارسال السلاح وفتح حدودهم للمجاهدين الحقيقيين لمحاربة المجرم الاسرائيلي؟!

اليست فلسطين اولى بالسلاح والعتاد والمجاهدين من جبهتها الشمالية التي تصون قضية شعبها؟! ثم هل ما تحتاجه غزة الان باقات الزهور وصبغ اطراف ثياب “النعاج” بدماء اطفال غزة!؟

لماذا فصلت اراضي ال48 واختزلت تحرير فلسطين واستقلالها في غزة والضفة!؟

لماذا ايها “التقي” لم تتق الله بمن احسن الينا والى كرامتنا والى صمود مقاومتنا وزود ابطال شعبنا بالسلاح والذخيرة ولم تقل بحق وفائهم لقضيتنا كلمة حق!؟

لعلك لم ترغب في احراج النظام المصري الربيعي الجديد الذي لا زال يقوم بدور الوسيط وليس الطرف وصاحب القضية,والذي لا زال يصافح الاسرائيلي قاتل ابناء شعبنا,ويستقبله للتفاوض والذي لا زال يصدر الغاز باْبخس الاسعار لدولة الاحتلال, والذي اثر ان يطمئن “اسرائيل” ان النظام الجديد سيواصل احترام اتفاقيات الخزي والعار بين النظام المصري والكيان المجرم,

ها هي سفارة كامب ديفيد في تل الربيع تواصل برامجها ولم توقف اعمالها فهي تستقبل الزائرين من الساعة الثامنة صباحا حتى الحادية عشر ظهرا ما عدا الجمعة والسبت !, كما اكد الاعلام الاسرائيلي ان السفير الاسرائيلي لم يطرد من مصر بل تم استدعاءه من قبل دولة الاحتلال حرصا على سلامة سفيرها وزملائه,,

بربك يا رجل, الا تستحون من هذا الاستهبال!! ولا بد لنا من لفت رعاية سيادتك انك لم تخرج بمؤتمرك تحت مظلة 25 يناير بل تحت مظلة كامب ديفيد, أي ربيع هذا يسقط ادبيات الثورة وابرزها تحرير الوطن المحتل كل الوطن من شماله الى جنوبه!

أي ربيع هذا تبتسم له الدولة العبرية! أي ربيع هذا لو كان قائما تتجراْ “اسرائيل” تحت كنفه على العدوان على غزة او أي ارض عربية! ايا سيد مشعل, كف عن محاولات الالتفاف على وعينا, فلسطين والفلسطينيون, المقاومة والمقاومون ليسوا شخصك ,فلا تاْخذك الهالة وتسمح لك ذاتك باْن تتحدث باسم القضية والوطن , تحدث كما شئت باسمك وباسم من تمثلهم فقط, الفلسطينيون والمقاومون اجدر بالحديث عن انفسهم من صميم الثبات والتجذر في الوطن وتحدي المحتل ومشروعه, نحن يا مشعل ابناء وبنات الجليل وجنين والخليل لا يمثلنا الا من تشبث بالارض وصمد ومن تشبث بثوابت القضية وحفظ عهوده وصان ثورته وحلفاءه… لقد بقي في الوطن ملح الارض ومن تحدى وصان شرف وهوية الثرى فابقَ في حظائر النعاج خطيبا باسم حدودك انت, فلا تتجاوزها ولملم ربيعك ونعاجك وانصرف عنا….

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US report on religious freedom in Iran ‘false, biased, politicized’

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 TEHRAN, Aug. 16 (MNA) – Iran’s Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Ghasemi said the US State Department’s annual report on international religious freedom is unrealistic, unfounded, and biased with certain political goals.
“The US report once again has presented a distorted and politicized picture of religious freedom in the Islamic republic of Iran with unfounded and unacceptable accusations leveled against the country,” Bahram Ghasemi said in a statement on Wednesday.
He went on to add, “making subjective and unfounded interpretations of religions and religious beliefs ultimately leads to the escalation of inter-religious crises and conflicts with no positive outcome.”
“In order to resolve religious differences and bridging gaps, it is necessary to avoid politicizing this issue and move along this path only through dialogue and respect for one another’s beliefs based on transcendental human values and respect for the followers of all divine religions,” Ghasemi stressed.
“The US government seems to have forgotten this important goal and only seeks political exploitation of the existence of religious diversity in some countries across the world,” Ghasemi said, adding “I assume that the United States does not even have a realistic assessment of the internal situation of these countries, especially their demographic and religious conditions.”
The Iranian diplomat went on to stress, “the great Iranian people exercise their religion and worship rituals according to the progressive principles of the Constitution, freely and within the framework of law which is in line with protecting religious freedoms.”
“In the age of communication and interconnection, it is a well-known fact that racial and religious discrimination, Islamophobia and xenophobia have become a widespread phenomenon among American politicians,” Ghasemi said, adding “Muslims living in US are daily targeted with violent and discriminatory measures by the country’s governmental institutions such as the police and security forces, as well as anti-Islam propaganda from particular media and religious institutions.”
“Instead of judging the status of religious freedom in other countries, the US government is expected to take legal and practical measures to protect religious freedom, especially in the case of Muslims, in the United States,” Ghasemi concluded.

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NATO ‘s War Crimes: The Crime of Propaganda

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1335 Journal NEO CollageThe NATO military alliance is a world encompassing threat. It is now conducting various forms of hybrid warfare against Russia, China, Iran, North Korea, Venezuela, Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, and most of Africa. They have destroyed directly or are largely responsible for the destruction of the socialist nations of the USSR, Yugoslavia, Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria and too many to name in Latin America, Africa and Asia. Destruction is the fate that each nation on earth can expect unless it pays homage and obeisance to these neo-feudal overlords who promise protection in return for national servitude, in return for the complete surrender of their people and natural resources to increase the rate of profit for the capital that controls the NATO military machine. For NATO is first and foremost the armed fist not only of the United States and its allies as nations, but is the armed fist of the capitalists of those nations who are prepared to strike against any nation, capitalist or socialist, that stands in their way of obtaining profit.
The primary concern they have, in order to preserve their control, is for the preservation of the new feudal mythology that they have created; that the world is a dangerous place, that they are the protectors, that the danger is omnipresent, eternal, and omnidirectional, comes from without, and comes from within. The mythology is constructed and presented through all media; journals, films, television, radio, music, advertising, books, the internet in all its variety; all the information systems available are used to create and maintain scenarios and dramas to convince the people that they, the protectors, are the good and all others are the bad. We are bombarded with this message incessantly. They have succeeded into luring us to all their communication platforms, so that no one is able to ignore the constant flow of information into their consciousness and their subconscious. They have us locked to our screens. They have our attention. They have us hypnotised and under this state of hypnosis we are fed so many images we cannot take any of them in and so we drown in the river of information washing over us, barely able to breathe, unable to think, blind from looking.
The use of propaganda, and by propaganda I mean here the use of lies, inventions, fabrications, distortions and misrepresentations of reality in order to evoke an emotional response in the receiver of the desired type and desired action to follow, is a primary pillar of the mythology they create. The immediate means of delivery is through the news media. To turn on the television these days to watch the political, national and world “news” is a surreal experience. You have a dissociative experience as the presenters present not “news” but carefully crafted scripts inventing scenarios out of whole cloth that have nothing to do with what is really happening in any given situation. Even the weather “news” is moulded to keep mention of abrupt climate change to a minimum and sports “news” seems like a rehearsal for war news to come as our team smashes their team with our catastrophic weapons, erases them from the earth, never to play again.
But whatever form the propaganda takes it is a crime against the people, a crime against the republic, a crime against democracy, and since it is a part of the hybrid warfare campaign being conducted and because it is used to provoke a large aggressive general war, it is a war crime.
It is a crime against the people because the people are in essence the state, the nation. The leaders of our nations are merely our representatives placed in positions of power through various, more or less “democratic” mechanisms to act for our benefit, on our behalf. But when these leaders instead represent secret cabals of financiers and industrialists who want to use the government machinery for their private benefit against the interests of their people then they have betrayed the people, have sold them out to the highest bidder. Their lies flow from this betrayal for if their wars were just they would not need to use propaganda. But their wars are not just, they are the actions of gangsters writ large and so to get the people to go along, to fool them, they, by necessity, have to lie to the people.
It is a crime against democracy for the same reason, for democracy means that representatives of the people put in positions of power have a duty to inform the people honestly on all issues, to present all the facts and arguments, and most importantly, fulfil their duty to preserve the peace and to seek peaceful resolutions of differences between nations. But again, their wars for the profit of a few are always against the interests of the people and so the lies become part of the system of control, and with each lie the grave of democracy is dug deeper and deeper.
It is a crime against the republic because the republic is the people ruling themselves, in the name of the people, not the people ruled by a monarch or emperor, who rule in their own name. So when the leaders of a republic lie to the people of the republic they repudiate the republic and act against its interests and for the private interests of those who control them. They subvert the republic and destroy it.
It is a war crime because propaganda is used to provoke war, to sustain war, to turn other people, declared to be the enemy, into beings that need to be killed. It robs them of their humanity, of their kinship with us, their desires and dreams, and makes them into vermin to be destroyed with ease and even joy in the killing. It turns us into salivating monsters calling for death of the other and cheering when the bombs explode; turns us all into the Hilary Clinton lunatic who cackled like some satanic demon as she watched a great man cut to pieces before her eyes.
I could give dozens, hundreds, thousands of examples of how the propaganda is being used. The New York Times, BBC, CNN, CBC and the rest of the western media are full of it every day and every day worse than the day before, against Russia, China, North Korea, Iran, Syria Venezuela, all the known targets. We all sense that the intensity if it is increasing, the vitriol becoming more hysterical and absurd with every headline.
The journalists who write these propaganda pieces and the presenters who read them on television are among the worst of criminals as they sit there looking attractive, with their fake smiles and fake concern, while taking lots of money to lie to our faces every day. It takes a very low person to sit there and lie to their fellow citizens so easily. It takes someone who has no sense of morality whatsoever. One could say they are sociopaths. But criminals they are and they deserve to be in the dock with the leaders that hand them the scripts they read so willingly.
For propaganda is a threat to peace itself. It is not only necessary to eliminate nuclear weapons and armies, it is also necessary to eliminate the psychological weapons that are used to justify, provoke and prolong war. Lenin once said that “disarmament is an ideal of socialism” and it was, we must not forget, the USSR that developed ideals of international peace and responsibility for wars of aggression. The successor state of Russia still relies on these principles.
On the second day of the creation of Soviet power the Decree on Peace was issued that made it a matter of state policy that aggressive war is a crime. Up until then it was assumed that nation states had an inherent right to go to war for their own interests. War propaganda is a way of preparing for aggressive war and consequently is a war crime. This was confirmed at the Nuremberg Tribunal in 1946.
This was echoed in the Resolution of the General Assembly of the United Nations of November 3, 1947 that denounced war propaganda;
“The General Assembly condemns all forms of propaganda, in whatsoever country conducted, which is either designed or likely to provoke or encourage any threat to the peace, breach of the peace, or act of aggression.”
A Soviet draft definition of aggression presented to the General Assembly in 1957 defined war propaganda as ideological aggression. Their draft stated that a state has committed ideological aggression when it “encourages war propaganda, encourages propaganda for the use of atomic or other weapons of mass extermination and stimulates nazi-fascist views, racial or national superiority, or hatred and disdain for other peoples.”
But before that the Supreme Soviet on March 12, 1950 passed a law on the defence of peace that stated:
“The Supreme Soviet of the USSR is guided by the high principles of the Soviet peace policy, which seeks to strengthen peace and friendly relations between the peoples, recognises that human conscience and the concept of right of the peoples, who, during one generation suffered the calamities of two wars, cannot accept that the conduct of war propaganda remain unpunished, and approves the proclamation of the Second World Congress of the Partisans of Peace, who expressed the will of the entire progressive mankind concerning the prohibition and condemnation of criminal war propaganda.
“The Supreme Soviet decrees,
  1. To recognise that war propaganda under whatever form it is made, undermines the cause of peace, creates the threat of new war and is the graves crime against humanity.
  2. To bring to court person guilty of war propaganda and to try them as having committed a most grave criminal offense.”
The western powers blocked a Russian UN resolution at that time to denounce war propaganda even though it was in accord with the principles of the United Nations Charter which makes it a duty of all member states to preserve the peace. The west relied on arguments of “free speech” arguments that do not hold water since war propaganda is not designed to enlighten people but to twist their minds into thoughts of hatred and war.
The Rome Statute today contains a clause that arguably encompasses these principles in Article 5, dealing with aggression, though this clause is not yet in effect. It is one of the grave problems with the International Criminal Court, that aside from being controlled effectively by the US and European Union for their purposes, its statute does not include a specific section on war propaganda. But then the United States and its allies prevented the inclusion of such a clause just as they prevented the adoption of the resolution at the UN in the 1950’s so that they could continue using war propaganda as part of their arsenal of world control.
So, the criminal dossier against NATO grows with the crimes committed. One day we can hope that those responsible for the war propaganda used against us will face the peoples’ justice but in the meantime we have to be aware that when we are confronted with it, when we open a newspaper, turn on the television, or radio, click that link on the internet, we are the victims of a war crime, the use of war propaganda as part of the crime of aggression, each and every one of us. And if that does not make you angry then what hope is there for peace in this world?
Christopher Black is an international criminal lawyer based in Toronto. He is known for a number of high-profile war crimes cases and recently published his novel “Beneath the Clouds. He writes essays on international law, politics and world events, especially for the online magazine “New Eastern Outlook.”

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Being in Virginia in Time

By Gilad Atzmon
In my recent book Being in Time – a Post Political Manifesto, I pointed out that the West and America in particular have been led into a disastrous Identity (ID) clash. This week in Virginia we saw a glimpse of it.
In the book I argue that the transition from traditional Left ideology into New Left politics can be understood as the aggressive advocacy of sectarian and divisive ideologies. While the old Left made an effort to unite us all: gays, blacks, Jews or Whites into a political struggle against capital, the New Left has managed to divide us into ID sectors. We are trained to speak ‘as a…’: ‘as a Jew,’ ‘as a black,’ ‘as a Lesbian.’ The new left has taught us to identify with our biology, with our gender, sex orientation and our skin colour, as long as it isn’t ‘White’ of course.
In Being in Time, I noted that it was question of time before White people would also decide to identify with their biology. And this is exactly what we saw in Virginia last weekend.
Tragically, ID politics is a vey dangerous political game. It is designed to pull people apart. It is there to introduce conflict and division. ID politics doesn’t offer a harmonious vision of society as a whole. Quite the opposite, it leads to an increasingly fractured social reality. Take, for instance, the continuous evolution of the LGBT group. It is constantly expanding to include more and more sectarian sexually oriented social subgroupings (LGBTQ, LGBTQAI and even LGBTQIAP ).
In the New Left social reality, we, the people are shoved into ID ghettos that are defined by our biology: skin colour, sexual orientation, the Jewish mother, etc.
Instead of what we need to do: fight together against big money, the bankers, the megacorporations, we fight each other, we learn to hate each other. We even drive our cars over each other.
I am opposed to all forms of ID politics, whether it is White, Black, Jewish, Gender or sex oriented. But, obviously if Jews, Gays and others are entitled to identify with their ‘biology’, white people are entitled to do the same. I think that universalism is what we used to call it when we still cared about intellectual integrity.
The problem created by ID politics is extremely grave.
ID politics doesn’t offer a prospect of peace and harmony. Within the context of ID politics, we cannot envisage a peaceful resolution of the current ID clash. Can anyone foresee the LGBT community embracing KKK activists into their notion of ‘diverse society?’ The same can be said about the KKK, are they going to open their gates to cultural Marxists?
ID politics equals ID clash, an irreconcilable conflict with no end, the complete destruction of American and, to a certain extent, Western civilisation.  This may explain why George Soros and his open society are invested in this battle. As long as the working people are fighting each other, no one bothers to challenge the root cause of our current dystopia, namely the banks, global capitalism, wall street, Mammonism and so on.
The remedy is clear. America and the West must, at once, break away from all forms of ID politics. Instead of celebrating that which separates us, we must seek what unites and makes us into one people.  I am advocating a radical spiritual, ideological and metaphysical transition. Whether or not we like to admit it, these moments of unity are often invoked by waves of patriotism, nationalism and religious figures. But they could also be inspired by the spirit of justice, equality compassion and love.  Neither the New Left or the Alt Right offers any of the above. They are equally invested in Identitarian ideologies. The electoral success of Trump, Corbyn and even Sanders or Le Pen points at a general human fatigue.  Readiness for change is in the air.

The Identitarian Shift & the Primacy of the Symptom  

(Being in Time – a Post Political Manifesto  pg. 49)
ID politics manifests itself as a set of group identification strategies. It subdues the ‘I’ in favour of symbolic identifiers: the ring on the appropriate ear, the nose stud, the type of skullcap, the colour of the scarf and so on.
Within the ID political cosmos, newly emerging ‘tribes’ (gays, lesbians, Jews, Blacks, Whites,vegans, etc.) are marched into the desert, led towards an appealing ‘promised land’, where the primacy of the symptom (gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, skin colour etc.) is supposed to evolve into a world in itself. But this liberal utopia is in practice a sectarian and segregated amalgam of ghettos that are blind to each other. It has nothing in common with the promised universal, inclusive cosmos.
‘The personal is political,’ as the common feminists and liberal preachers have disseminated since the 1960s, is a phrase designed to disguise the obvious; the personal is actually the antithesis of the political. It is, in fact, the disparity between the personal and the political that makes humanism into an evolving exchange known as history. Within the Identitarian discourse, the so-called ‘personal’ replaces true and genuine individualism with phony group identification – it suppresses all sense of authenticity, rootedness and belonging, in favour of a symbolism and imaginary collectivism that is supported by rituals and empty soundbites.Why are we willing to subject ourselves to politics based on biology, and who wrote this new theology found in pamphlets and in the growing numbers of ID Studies textbooks? Is there a contemporaneous God? And who created the ‘pillar of cloud’ we are all to follow?
It is clear that elements within the New Left, together with Jewish progressives and liberal intelligentsia, have been at the heart of the formation of the ideological foundation of ID politics. At least traditionally, both Jewish liberals and the Left were associated with opposition to any form of exclusive political agenda based on biology or ethnicity. Yet, one may wonder why does the New Left espouse such an exclusivist, sectarian and biologically driven agenda?
Gilad Atzmon’s book Being In Time: A Post Political Manifesto is available now on: Amazon.co.ukAmazon.com and gilad.co.uk.   

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Promised Land - Shattered Lives (must watch and shared)

This is a powerful short  deconstruction of the Biblical ‘promised land’ myth By Dan McGowan.
More Americans believe than do not believe Israel was given to the Jewish people by God, according to a 2013 Pew Research poll: http://pewrsr.ch/1wB0M85 Daniella Weiss, a leader of Israel’s Jewish settler movement, clearly stands with the believers.

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When it comes to Health Provision, the USA could learn a lot from North Korea


North Korea: “Their Health System Sucks”, Do They have Schools and Hospitals… In America, We’ve Got Medicare…

Global Research, August 16, 2017

The North Korean government, according to the Western media is said to be oppressing and impoverishing its population.
Here in the USA we have medicare, all our kids are educated, we are all literate, and “we want to live in America”.
And in the DPRK, the health system sucks, they don’t have schools and hospital beds, they are all a bunch of illiterates,  
You would not want to live there! 
Beneath the mountain of media disinformation, there is more than meets the eye. Despite sanctions and military threats, not to mention the failed intent of “respectable” human rights organizations (including Amnesty International) to distort the facts, North Korea’s “health system is the envy of the developing world” according to the Director General of the World Health Organization:
“WHO director-general Margaret Chan said the country had “no lack of doctors and nurses””.
Screen shot of April 2010 BBC report
Health. DPRK vs. USA
While praising North Korea, the WHO admonishes the USA for “not having a universal health coverage”:
Screenshot CNBC Report, February 2017 quoting a study by the WHO and Imperial College London
Lets look at the figures. The Library of Congress Federal Research Division quoting official sources concurs:
North Korea has a national medical service and health insurance system. As of 2000, some 99 percent of the population had access to sanitation, and 100 percent had access to water, but water was not always potable. Medical treatment is free. In the past, there reportedly has been one doctor for every 700 inhabitants and one hospital bed for every 350 inhabitants
“In 2006 life expectancy was estimated at 74.5 years for women and 68.9 for men, or nearly 71.6 years total.”
Higher than in most developing countries. Lower than in the United States.
Can we trust official US-UN sources?
In America we have medicare.
Education: DPRK vs. USA
What about their run down schools, serving an illiterate North Korean population?
According to UNESCO, Public Education in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) is universal and fully funded by the State. According to US official government sources (Library of Congress Federal Research Division):
“Education in North Korea is free, compulsory, and universal for 11 years, from ages four to 15, in state-run schools. The national literacy rate for citizens 15 years of age and older is 99 percent. (Library of Congress, Federal Research Division, p. 7)
In contrast in the USA, according to the US Department of Education Surveysthe Adult Illiteracy rate (16 and older) is of the order of 13.6% and 14.5%  depending on the criterion (2003 data).
There is a 99% percent adult literacy rate in North Korea compared to about 86% in the USA.
That sounds crazy! Who is fiddling with the data? These are all official UN-US statistics.
“The national direct estimates of the percentages of adults lacking BPLS (Basic Prose Literacy Skills) are 14.5 percent for the 2003 NAAL and 14.7 percent for the 1992 NALS. In comparison, the national direct estimates of the percentages Below Basic in prose literacy are 13.6 percent for the NAAL and 13.8 percent for the NALS. (National Center for Education Statistics)
Educational achievement measured in terms of adult literacy in the DPRK is higher than in the United States of America?
And how did they reach this performance with an economic sanctions regime extending over a period of more than 20 years?
History: Up to thirty percent of the population of North Korea was killed during the Korean War (1950-53)
Just a couple of additional statistics concerning “life expectancy” in the DPRK resulting from US led wars (1950-53), not to mention Trump’s “fire and fury”.
“After destroying North Korea’s 78 cities and thousands of her villages, and killing countless numbers of her civilians, [General] LeMay remarked,“Over a period of three years or so we killed off – what – twenty percent of the population.” (See War Veteran Brian Willson. Korea and the Axis of Evil, Global Research, April, 2002)
According to Dean Rusk, who later became secretary of state, the US bombed“everything that moved in North Korea, every brick standing on top of another.”  
It is now believed that the population north of the imposed 38th Parallel lost nearly a third its population of 8 – 9 million people during the 37-month long “hot” war, 1950 – 1953, perhaps an unprecedented percentage of mortality suffered by one nation due to the belligerence of another.” (See Brian Willson. Korea and the Axis of Evil, Global Research, April, 2002)
Even Newsweek tacitly acknowledges that the US committed extensive war crimes against the Korean people:
Screenshot Newsweek 4 May 2017
While Newsweek in this article is telling the truth, more generally the US media has failed to inform Americans regarding the extensive war crimes committed against the Korean people by successive US administrations.
Collective Memory of the People of North Korea
It is not in America’s collective memory as pointed out by Newsweek, but it is certainly in the collective memory of the people of the DPRK.
There is not a single family in North Korea which has not lost a loved one during 37 months of extensive US carpet bombing (1950-53). Put yourself in their shoes.
Pyongyang capital of North Korea, in 1953, almost entirely destroyed by U.S. bombing during the Korean War.
Pyongyang today, rebuilt.
Pyongyang today rebuilt: Dispels the myth of a backward urban society. Trump wants to reduce Pyongyang to rubble.
Do the Pyongyang towers (see image above) compete with Manhattan’s Trump Tower? Ask Donald Trump.
WE NEED AN ORGANIZED AND UNIFIED PROTEST MOVEMENT ACROSS THE LAND, NATIONALLY AND INTERNATIONALLY
SAY NO TO TRUMP’S “PREVENTIVE” NUCLEAR WAR AGAINST NORTH KOREA.
SAY NO TO WORLD WAR III.  
CALL FOR THE US TO SIGN A PEACE AGREEMENT WITH NORTH KOREA.
The original source of this article is Global Research

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The fall of the Kurdish project in Syria سقوط المشروع الكردي في سورية

The fall of the Kurdish project in Syria

أغسطس 16, 2017
Written by Nasser Kandil,
It is necessary for the Kurdish leadership in Syria to stop carefully in front of the variables which experienced by the war and in which it is a party, since it derived an additional importance and strength for its own project from the growing size of its participation with America in the title of this war; to eliminate ISIS. If the Kurdish leadership is aware that the privacy which it wants to get in Syria is fluctuating between the Syrian and the Turkish positions, then its winning in weakening the Turkish pressures by getting clear American bias will not mean getting rid of the subsequent presence of Turkey in confronting this privacy, and most importantly it will not mean the repetition of the same scenario on the Syrian bank, since its effectivity seems nonsexist at this level. Every bet on the Russian understanding and its considering a support of unacceptable formulas to Syria is a hasty bet because the ceiling of Russia will be drawn by the major balances where there is no place for tampering, and the ceiling of the Russian understanding is to open the door of dialogue and negotiation to reach a consensual solution.
The ideal scenario of the Kurdish leadership is to succeed individually in resolving the presence of ISIS in Syria, and to have control on the Syrian north-east areas under American support and the absence of Syrian-Russian participation. Thus the question that will be proposed on the next day will be about the fate of the Kurdish areas ad how to manage them; the speech of force is not useful in front of Russian-Syrian-Turkish-Iranian position that refuses to separate these areas militarily and security from Syria. So there will be for any negotiating solution one result: to end the special military formations and to integrate them in a certain formula under the leadership of the Syrian army and considering the ceiling of any political formula the consensus on a new constitution that is determined by a referendum, where the Kurdish will not have enough presence or alliances likely to win. The Americans will not hesitate to wage a war against Russia, Syria, Iran, and Turkey that they know that it will lead to Kurdish canton, they did not do that for something that is more important, but in case of stubbornness and going to confrontation the result will  bad consequences on the Kurdish aspiration, and a loss of everything achieved as a presence, which  if it was well employed it will lead to gains and political role in the equation of the unified Syrian country and privacies which will not affect its unity.
The Kurdish leadership knows that the ideal scenario is no longer possible, since the separating war with ISIS is out of its hands, and it became in Deir Al Zour. The battle of Raqqa has been hampered for more than a moth, so the need for the intervention of the Syrian army to resolve it has become necessary. The talk about the negation of the seeking to separate or to promote the idea of federalism is an ignorance of the fact related to a consensual negotiating solution as a form of rule chosen or refused by all the Syrians. The Kurdish leadership knows as well that this is refused by the majority of the Syrians and by the Syrian leadership in particular. Therefore the question about the following step in case the negotiation about federalism has failed is will the Kurdish leadership make separating steps or will it try to reduce the ceiling of negotiation towards a political solution that reserves the unity of Syria and achieves the available privacies under its ceiling.
Making a progress by one party has been experienced by the Kurdish leadership in the city of Afrin through an experience that revealed strange political childhood that was represented by changing the numbers of the cars and replacing them by special numbers for the Kurdish area, but in few hours there was a decision by Aleppo province to prevent the cars which do not have Syrian numbers to enter and to exit from and to Aleppo, so the Kurdish leadership was obliged to withdraw this decision within hours. This was a simple test for the availability of the reasons for the independence from the rest of the Syrian areas. The areas controlled by the Kurdish groups have Arab majority but they do not have neither economic nor geographical, nor popular basics that allow talking of such independence, especially because it locates on the borders with Turkey and Iraq and the Syrian depth, in the middle of a triangle that will not deal positively with this privacy and the boycotting will be the first reaction for the exit from the Syrian country. It knows that its electricity, the salaries of the employees, the phone networks, flour, and fuel are Syrian resources. So will the Kurdish leadership hasten to join Geneva talks for the political solution early and will it employ its military presence to exert pressure in order to coincide ending the special formations with the exit of the Turkish army from Syria and ending the presence of the terrorist formations?
Translated by Lina Shehadeh,


سقوط المشروع الكردي في سورية

أغسطس 7, 2017


ناصر قنديل

– من الضروري أن تتوقّف القيادة الكردية في سورية بعناية أمام المتغيّرات التي تشهدها الحرب التي تشكل طرفاً فيها، والتي استمدّت لمشروعها الخاص وزناً إضافياً وقوة من تنامي حجم مشاركتها في عنوان هذه الحرب أميركياً، وهو القضاء على تنظيم داعش، وإذا كانت القيادة الكردية تدرك أنها الخصوصية التي تريد الحصول عليها في سورية تتحرّك بين دفّتيْ الموقفين السوري والتركي، فإنّ فوزها بإضعاف الضغوط التركية بالحصول على انحياز أميركي واضح، لا يعني التخلص من حضور تركيا اللاحق في مواجهة هذه الخصوصية، ولا يعني بصورة أشدّ، وهذا الأهمّ تكرار السيناريو ذاته على الضفة السورية وفعاليته تبدو معدومة على هذا الصعيد، وكلّ رهان على التفهّم الروسي وتصوّره سنداً لصيغ لا ترتضيها سورية يبدو مراهقة متسرّعة لأنّ سقف روسيا سترسمه التوازنات الكبرى، حيث لا مكان للدلع والترف، وسقف التفهّم الروسي هو فتح باب حوار وتفاوض لبلوغ حلّ رضائي.

– في السيناريو الأمثل للقيادة الكردية، وهو أن تنجح بمفردها بحسم وجود داعش في سورية والسيطرة على مناطق سورية الشمالية الشرقية، بدعم أميركي وغياب مشاركة روسية وسورية، سيكون السؤال المطروح في اليوم الثاني، عن مصير المناطق الكردية وكيفية إدارتها. وهو أمر لن يفيد فيه حديث القوة أمام موقف روسي سوري تركي إيراني رافض لفصل هذه المناطق عسكرياً وأمنياً عن سورية، وسيكون لأيّ حلّ تفاوضي نتيجة واحدة هي حلّ التشكيلات العسكرية الخاصة ودمجها بصيغة معينة تحت قيادة الجيش السوري، واعتبار سقف أيّ صيغة سياسية هو التوافق على دستور جديد، سيقرّره استفتاء لا يملك فيه الأكراد حضوراً كافياً ولا تحالفات مرجّحة للفوز، ولن يقف الأميركيون لحظة واحدة لخوض حرب يعرفون أنها ستصير مع روسيا وسورية وإيران وتركيا لفرض قيام كانتون كردي. وهم لم يفعلوا ذلك لما هو أهمّ بالنسبة إليهم. في حال العناد والذهاب للمواجهة ستكون النتيجة وبالاً على التطلعات الكردية وتفريطاً بكلّ ما تحقق من حضور يسمح إذا أحسن توظيفه بالحصول على مكاسب ودور سياسي في معادلة الدولة السورية الموحّدة، وحفظ الخصوصيات التي لا تمسّ وحدتها.

– تعرف القيادة الكردية أنّ هذا السيناريو المثالي لم يعُد وارداً، فالحرب الفاصلة مع داعش خرجت من بين أيديهم، وصارت في دير الزور في حضن الجيش السوري، ومعركة الرقة تتعثر منذ أكثر من شهر، وتبدو الحاجة أشدّ قوة لتدخل الجيش السوري لحسمها، والحديث عن نفي السعي للانفصال والترويج لفكرة الفدرالية تجاهل لحقيقة أنها مشروطة بحلّ تفاوضي رضائي كشكل للحكم يختاره أو يرفضه السوريين كلهم، وهي تعلم أنه مرفوض من الأغلبية السورية، ومن القيادة السورية، والسؤال عن الخطوة التي تلي فشل التفاوض لأطروحة الفدرالية، هل تذهب القيادة الكردية نحو خطوات انفصالية أم نحو تخفيض سقف التفاوض باتجاه حلّ سياسي يحفظ وحدة سورية ويحقق ما يُتاح من خصوصيات تحت سقفها؟

– الذهاب للخطوات من طرف واحد جرّبته القيادة الكردية في مدينة عفرين بتجربة كشفت مراهقة سياسية لافتة، تمثلت بتغيير أرقام السيارات واستبدالها بترقيم جديد خاص للمنطقة الكردية، وكانت النتيجة خلال ساعات بقرار محافظة حلب منع السيارات التي لا تحمل الأرقام السورية من الدخول والخروج من حلب وإليها، لتضطر القيادة الكردية للتراجع عن القرار خلال ساعات. وهذا اختبار بسيط لمدى توافر أسباب ومقوّمات كافية للاستقلال عن سائر المناطق السورية، والمناطق التي تسيطر عليها الجماعات الكردية، فيها أغلبية عربية، ولا تملك مقوّمات اقتصادية ولا جغرافية ولا سكانية تتيح الحديث عن مثل هذا الاستقلال، خصوصاً أنّها تقع على حدود تركيا والعراق والعمق السوري، وسط مثّلث لن يتعامل مع هذه الخصوصية بإيجابية وستكون المقاطعة أولى الخطوات لكلّ مفردات الخروج من عنوان الدولة السورية. وهي تعلم أنّ كهرباءها سورية ورواتب الموظفين وشبكات الهاتف والطحين والمحروقات موارد سورية، فهل تسارع القيادة الكردية إلى التموضع عند سقف الانضمام لمحادثات جنيف للحلّ السياسي مبكراً، وتضع حضورها العسكري للضغط من أجل تزامن حلّ التشكيلات الخاصة بخروج الجيش التركي من سورية وإنهاء وجود التشكيلات الإرهابية؟

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