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America’s hypocrisy shines bright in Egypt.

So funny to see Hillary Clinton saying that, “Our assessment is that the Egyptian government is stable and is looking for ways to respond to the legitimate needs and interests of the Egyptian people,”

http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,2044902,00.html#ixzz1COoCSMvg

while El Baradei has a different idea about this:

http://www.jpost.com/Headlines/Article.aspx?id=205272

Of course, it’s this cozy relationship our leaders and businessmen in the US have with dictators that gives us a bad name in the world. Clinton has been quoted as saying, “I really consider President and Mrs. Mubarak to be friends of my family. So I hope to see him often here in Egypt and in the United States.”

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/03/09/AR2009030902478.html

Idiotic.

Of course, Egyptians on the street are a bit upset that the gas cannisters being fired at them by their police have, “made in the USA,” inscribed on them. That is the least of our assistance to them though, we also give 2.2 billion dollars and all sorts of high tech weapons to the Egyptian dictatorship.

Bush had quite a cozy relationship with Mubarak as well: “Our friendship is strong. It’s a cornerstone of — one of the main cornerstones of our policy in this region, and it’s based on our shared commitment to peace, security and prosperity.  I appreciate the opportunity, Mr. President, to give you an update on my trip. And I appreciate the advice you’ve given me. You’ve seen a lot in your years as President; you’ve got a great deal of experience, and I appreciate you feeling comfortable in sharing that experience once again with me.  I really appreciate Egypt’s support in the war on terror.”

http://georgewbush-whitehouse.archives.gov/news/releases/2008/01/20080116-2.html

Here is Obama encouraging Mubarak to reform: “No, I tend not to use labels for folks. I haven’t met him. I’ve spoken to him on the phone.  He has been a stalwart ally in many respects, to the United States. He has sustained peace with Israel, which is a very difficult thing to do in that region.  But he has never resorted to, you know, unnecessary demagoging of the issue, and has tried to maintain that relationship. So I think he has been a force for stability. And good in the region. Obviously, there have been criticisms of the manner in which politics operates in Egypt.  And, as I said before, the United States’ job is not to lecture, but to encourage, to lift up what we consider to be the values that ultimately will work – not just for our country, but for the aspirations of a lot of people.”

http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/news/2009/06/090602_obama_transcript.shtml

Now the US calls for immediate reforms. This is why the US is hated around the world.

Now, there are rumors that Sunday, the army will crack down mercilessly on the protests after stirring up some staged violence on the part of the protesters and the US will likely condone the violence in favor of, “stability.” And so the story goes.

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We don’t fight against democracies do we Mr. President…

Ether 8
23 Wherefore, O ye Gentiles, it is wisdom in God that these things should be shown unto you, that thereby ye may repent of your sins, and suffer not that these murderous combinations shall get above you, which are built up to get power and gain—and the work, yea, even the work of destruction come upon you, yea, even the sword of the justice of the Eternal God shall fall upon you, to your overthrow and destruction if ye shall suffer these things to be.
24 Wherefore, the Lord commandeth you, when ye shall see these things come among you that ye shall awake to a sense of your awful situation, because of this secret combination which shall be among you; or wo be unto it, because of the blood of them who have been slain; for they cry from the dust for vengeance upon it, and also upon those who built it up.
25 For it cometh to pass that whoso buildeth it up seeketh to overthrow the freedom of all lands, nations, and countries; and it bringeth to pass the destruction of all people, for it is built up by the devil, who is the father of all lies; even that same liar who beguiled our first parents, yea, even that same liar who hath caused man to commit murder from the beginning; who hath hardened the hearts of men that they have murdered the prophets, and stoned them, and cast them out from the beginning.

Israel’s political prisoner becomes an adminstrative detainee.

Read this entry from Facebook on Mohammed Othman, how he is a politcal prisoner of Israel because of his peaceful efforts to encourage divestment, sanctions and boycott against Israel to pressure it to ease oppression of Gaza.  Before I paste in what was written about him, I’d like to point out that yes, I know there are political prisoners in Iran and in other parts of the world.  Why don’t I write about them and give them equal face time instead of being a “one trick pony?”  The reason I harp on Israel and the US is because, our media does not do it’s job in reporting on this sort of thing.  Anyone heard of Mohammed Othman from the US press?  Anyone heard of political prisoners in Iran from the US press?  Need I say any more?

I also write of Israel’s political prisoners rather than Iran’s political prisoners because, the US supports Israel massively with economic, military and moral support.  We do this while ignoring Israel’s massive human rights violations and murders.  Now for the news on Othman:

[Ramallah, 24 November 2009] On 23 November 2009, after 61 days 
of detention for the purpose of interrogation by Israeli Security 
Agency officers, human rights defender Mohammad Othman received 
his first administrative detention order. The administrative 
detention order is set for a three month period, during which 
time Mohammad will be held without charge or trial. The judicial 
review of the order is scheduled to take place on 25 November 
at the Military Court of Administrative Detainees in Ofer 
Military Base, near the West Bank city of Ramallah.

IMG_0119 (2)The administrative detention order against 
Mohammad comes just one day after a hearing on 22 November 
2009 at the Military Court of Appeals ended Mohammad’s 
interrogation period. In the Appeals Court hearing, the 
judge decided to release Mohammad because no measurable 
progress had been made during the two months he had been 
held in interrogation, no external evidence had been 
brought to the attention of the court and the military 
prosecution had been unable to formulate substantiated 
allegations or charges against him. The Appeals Court 
judge thus accepted Addameer’s appeal against the seventh 
extension of Mohammad’s detention, which had taken place 
five days earlier. At the same time, the judge ordered 
Mohammad’s release on 10,000 NIS bail (about $2,500 USD) 
and with the conditions that he not travel outside the 
occupied Palestinian territory, and that he regularly 
reports to the Israeli police. However, the military 
judge also gave the military prosecutor 24 hours to issue 
an administrative detention order against Mohammad, and 
remanded Mohammad to detention during this period. At 
6:30 p.m. on 23 November 2009, Addameer confirmed with 
the Israeli Security Agency that an administrative 
detention order had been issued against Mohammad, and 
that he would not be released.

Mohammad Othman, a long-time human rights defender and 
activist with the “Grassroots Stop the Wall Campaign”, 
was arrested at the Allenby Bridge Crossing between 
Jordan and the West Bank. On the day of his arrest, 
22 September 2009, Mohammad was on his way back to 
Ramallah from an advocacy tour in Norway where he 
had been engaged in a number of speaking events.

Addameer is alarmed by reports from Mohammad that 
he was repeatedly threatened with administrative 
detention during his two-month long interrogation 
period. Addameer believes that with these repeated 
threats, the Israeli interrogation police aimed to 
coerce Mohammad into giving a false confession to 
crimes he did not commit. Most recently, on 19 
November, after Mohammad was transferred back to 
Kishon detention center from Ohalei Keidar prison 
in Beersheba where he had been held in a so-called 
“collaborators’ cell”, he was told by one of the 
Israeli interrogators that his detention would not 
be extended again and that he would be placed under 
administrative detention if he failed to confess. 
Addameer therefore contends that Mohammad’s arrest 
and administrative detention are completely arbitrary 
and are a prime example of Israel’s use of 
administrative detention as a substitute for 
prosecution, rather than as a preventative measure 
allowed by international humanitarian law for “imperative 
reasons of security” or “if the security of the Detaining 
Power makes it absolutely necessary” (Fourth Geneva 
Convention, Articles 42 and 78).

Further, Addameer reiterates the position that 
Mohammad’s arrest constitutes a violation of a 
number of international human rights instruments, 
in particular the International Covenant on Civil 
and Political Rights and the UN Declaration on Human 
Rights Defenders. Considering that, sixty days after 
Mohammad’s arrest Israeli authorities have been unable 
to cite any legitimate suspicions or allegations to 
justify his detention, and that the Court of Appeals 
judge directed that Mohammad should be released, 
Addameer believes that Mohammad is being detained 
administratively as a punishment for his human 
rights activism. In addition, there is reason to 
believe that the Israeli military authorities use 
Mohammad’s continuous detention as an example to 
deter other activists, including those active against 
the occupation and the Annexation Wall in particular, 
from continuing their human rights work.

BACKGROUND ON ADMINISTRATIVE DETENTION
Administrative detention is a procedure that allows 
the Israeli military to hold detainees indefinitely 
on secret evidence without charging them or allowing 
them to stand trial. In the occupied Palestinian West 
Bank, the Israeli army is authorized to issue 
administrative detention orders against Palestinian 
civilians on the basis of Military Order 1591. This 
order empowers military commanders to detain an 
individual for up to six months renewable periods if 
they have “reasonable grounds to presume that the 
security of the area or public security require the 
detention.” On or just before the expiry date, the 
detention order is frequently renewed. This process 
can be continued indefinitely.

There is no explicit limit to the maximum amount of 
time an individual may be administratively detained, 
leaving room for indefinite legal detention. The 
grounds on which someone can be detained under 
Military Order 1591 are also unclear, leaving it 
up to the military commanders to decide what 
constitutes “public security” and “security of the 
area”. Detainees subject to administrative detention 
orders are rarely informed of the reasons for their 
detention; neither are their lawyers. At the judicial 
review of a detention order, which is held in a closed 
hearing before a military judge, the judge can uphold, 
cancel or shorten the order. In most cases, however, 
administrative detention orders are confirmed for the 
same periods as those requested by the military 
commander. Although the detainee can appeal the 
decision at the judicial review, in practice, the 
vast majority of appeals are rejected.

For more information about administrative detention 
and Addameer’s Campaign to Stop Administrative 
Detention please visit our website: 
http://www.facebook.com/l/89755;www.addameer.info. 
For more information about Mohammad’s arrest, please 
refer to previous statements and updates on the case 
issued by Addameer and “Stop the Wall”, or directly contact:
Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association
Tel: +972 (0)2 296 0446 / (0)2 297 0136
Email: info@addameer.ps
Website: http://www.facebook.com/l/89755;www.addameer.info

 

Israel, a partner for peace.

Murders of the Jews continued.

This story is so sickening and egregious.  However, I need to repost it here so that it can reach even just a few more people.  This kind of crap is happening all the time.  If it were Iran doing this sort of thing you’d hear about it non-stop from the US media.  However, this sort of crime is being done by the sacred Israeli government/military apparatus.  It’s horrible.  Read how this Palestinian driver was severely beaten by Israeli soldiers for no apparent reason.  This was posted on B Tselem:

I live in Beit ‘Amra, which is next to Yatta. For many years, I have been transporting workers from the communities near Yatta and a-Samu’ to Khirbet Jinba, from which they go to their work sites in Israel. Some of the laborers have permits and some don’t. Over the past year, there has been a lot of this work. Every Sunday morning, I drive five laborers in my vehicle, a Mazda. Each of them pays me 70-80 shekels. When I transport laborers who don’t have a permit [to enter Israel], they sneak in through the fence and then Beduin drivers from the Beersheva area take them to where they work in Israel.

Yesterday [6 September], around 4:30 A.M., I collected five laborers from a-Samu’, one of them a boy fifteen years old. He was the only one of the five who did not have a permit. I drove along the bypass road that runs east of a-Samu’ and from there to a-Tuwani.

We decided to say morning prayers at the Tuwani Mosque, and I parked the car next to the mosque. Following prayers, I went back to the car and got in. Two of the laborers also got in and the other three were on their way to the car. Suddenly, an army Hammer jeep pulled up. It came from the bypass road and entered the village. Four soldiers got out, one of them an officer. The officer appeared very agitated. He came over to my car, opened my door and forcibly pulled me out by the neck. I fell to the ground. He grabbed my right arm, stepped on my neck and cuffed my hands behind my back. At first, he didn’t speak to me. He asked another soldier to pick me up. The officer told me to give him my identity card. I told him it was in my pocket. He took it out and kept it.

The soldier grabbed my arms from behind with force. He put his knee against my back. The officer said to me: “I killed four Gazans and you’ll be the fifth.”

Before I answered or said anything, he gave me three hard, quick blows to the stomach with his rifle. I cried out in pain and felt I was losing my balance. The soldier kneed me in the back from behind. I fell to the ground, face down. I don’t remember what happened after that. I think I was unconscious for about fifteen minutes, until somebody threw water on my face. When I awoke, I saw the officer checking the identity cards of the laborers, who were two or three meters from me. I saw the officer slap them all hard. He gave them back their identity cards and told them to get out of there.

Then the officer cut the handcuffs and told me to get into my car. He told me to follow the jeep to the checkpoint. I got into the car and sat behind the steering wheel. I was exhausted and my stomach hurt a lot. The officer got into the passenger’s seat next to me, and another soldier sat in the back. The officer put the barrel of his rifle to my head and told me to start driving.

I drove about 100-150 meters. Before we even left the village, I felt I was about to lose consciousness again. I told the officer that I couldn’t drive any further. He pulled up the hand brake and the car stopped. He yanked me to the seat next to the driver’s seat, moved into the driver’s seat, and began to drive. I don’t remember what happened then. I only know that we were approaching the Shani (“Congo”) checkpoint. I woke up after somebody threw water onto my face again. I was at the checkpoint. The officer stopped the car. A Hammer jeep was parked in front of us. It was around 7:30 or 8:00.

The officer got out and opened the door next to where I was sitting. He got back into the driver’s seat and kicked me hard, out of the car. I fell to the ground. The officer called to two soldiers in the Hammer to take me to a place where there was gravel, a few meters from the car. The two soldiers helped me get there. I wasn’t able to walk and fell to the ground. The two soldiers kicked me in the stomach and back. I cried out and said to one of them: “Bastard, why are you beating me?”

The soldiers got real upset. They continued to kick me in the back and stomach for about ten minutes. I shouted loudly and asked them to stop. While I was lying there on the ground, the officer and the first soldier took pictures of me on their mobile phones.

I saw a female soldier run toward me from inside the checkpoint. I heard her tell the two soldiers that she was in charge of the checkpoint and that they should stop beating me. The officer, who was standing next to the two soldiers, told her not to interfere, and that it was his responsibility. She suggested calling an ambulance to check me and treat me, but the officer said he would do it himself, and again told her not to interfere.

The two soldiers stopped kicking me after the female soldier intervened. I was lying on the ground, crying out in pain and asking for first-aid. The officer ignored me.
At some point in time, I heard the officer tell the soldiers that a police van had arrived. I saw a van approach the checkpoint from the east. The officer told the soldiers to move me so that the police wouldn’t cause them any problems.

Two soldiers grabbed my legs and the officer and another soldier grabbed my shoulders and they took me into the army tower inside the checkpoint. My head was outside the tower and I was still shouting. The two soldiers who had beaten me previously kicked me and told me to shut up.

The police van stopped very close to me. A policeman and policewoman got out. The policeman asked me what happened and I told him that the soldiers had brutally beaten me. I begged him to help me, for the sake of his children. He had compassion for me and promised to help me. He told me to wait five minutes. I waited more than half an hour, and then a Red Crescent ambulance crew arrived. Two members of the crew came into the tower. I heard them ask the officer who was standing in front of the tower to help them take me to the ambulance. The officer refused, saying the matter didn’t interest him. The two paramedics brought a stretcher, put me on it, and took me to the ambulance.

Just then, I saw my father, my brother Usama, my uncle Abu Faisal, and my cousin running toward the ambulance. My father said to me, “Muhammad, Muhammad,” but I couldn’t answer. My uncle, who is sixty years old, got into the ambulance, and we drove fast to Aliyah Government Hospital, in Hebron. I felt like my stomach was about to burst, and I had sharp pains. At the hospital, the doctors said they would open my abdomen to make sure I had no internal bleeding or injury to internal organs, especially my spleen. At first, I didn’t agree, until my father arrived and signed the consent forms for surgery. When I woke up after the operation, my father, my uncles, and other relatives were around me.

My father told me that he and Usama had asked an officer at the checkpoint why the soldiers had done this to me. The officer told him that he was in charge of the checkpoint and that he didn’t assault me; that it was the soldiers in the Hammer who did it. My father said another officer arrived in an army jeep and that my father turned to him in Hebrew, and the officer replied in good Arabic: “You should thank Allah that your son is alive. Take him and take care of him. He could have died or ended up in jail.”

I’m still hospitalized. I have a feeling of fatigue and have stomach pains. The X-rays, tests, and operation indicated that I had damage to my intestines and other internal organs. The doctors told me to rest for a few days in the hospital, during which they’ll monitor my condition before releasing me.

Muhammad Mahmud Id’is Id’is, 27, married with two children, is a driver and a resident of Beit ‘Amra in Hebron District. His testimony was given to Musa Abu Hashhash at Aliyah Hospital, in Hebron, on 7 September 2009.

http://www.btselem.org/English/Testimonies/20090906_Soldiers_assault_Muhammad_Ides_in_a-Tuwani.asp



Human rights are trampled in Honduras but the US remains silent and complicit.

One honduran democracy advocate was shot and killed and 5 others were shot and wounded in Tegulcigalpa.  Thousands of others were terrorized outside the Brazillian embassy as they were attacked by riot police with tear gas and batons.  Many were treated for bruises and broken bones.  Peaceful democracy advocates are being beaten and terrorized as the usurping coup elite (secret combination) trample the rights of their citizens and the USA stands idly by only giving lip service to true democracy in the Honduras.

A man was shot dead in a clash between police and supporters of the ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya, as international pressure mounted on the de facto government to allow the leftist back in power.

It was the first reported death in political violence since Mr Zelaya, who was forced into exile by a coup on 28 June, slipped back into Honduras this week and sought refuge in the Brazilian embassy.

The man, a Zelaya supporter aged 65, was killed in the poor Flor del Campo district of the capital on Tuesday night, a source at the coroner’s office said. Five other pro-Zelaya protesters were shot and wounded in another part of the city, a doctor at the Escuela hospital said.

Hundreds of soldiers and riot police, some in ski masks and toting automatic weapons, have surrounded the Brazilian embassy where Mr Zelaya is sheltering with his family and a group of about 40 supporters.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/protester-shot-dead-in-honduras-clashes-1792298.html

The Washington Post reports:

The coup in small, impoverished Honduras has brought unified condemnation from a hemisphere determined to prevent a return to the military takeovers of the past. But Honduras’s neighbors — and its most important trading partner, the United States — have appeared impotent in the face of the crisis.

On Tuesday, Honduran soldiers used truncheons, water cannons and tear gas to disperse thousands of Zelaya supporters outside the Brazilian Embassy in Tegucigalpa, according to news reports from the country. Zelaya, who was inside with about 70 friends and relatives, told reporters, “We are ready to risk everything, to sacrifice.”

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/09/22/AR2009092200279_pf.html

Amnesty International reports on alarming attacks against a group of human rights defenders after the Brazillian embassy crowd was attacked:

Amnesty International reported today that police beatings, mass arrests of demonstrators and intimidation of human rights groups have risen sharply in Honduras since the June coup d’etat, including the firing of tear gas at the building of a prominent rights group on Monday with 100 men, women and children inside.Two days after President José Manuel Zelaya Rosales returned to Honduras following a June coup, Amnesty International warned that fundamental rights and the rule of law in the Central American nation are in grave jeopardy.

According to reports received by Amnesty International on Monday morning, about 15 police officers fired tear gas canisters at the building of the prominent human rights organization COFADEH. Around 100 people, including women and children, were inside the office at the time. Many had come to denounce police abuses during the break up of a demonstration earlier outside the Brazilian Embassy in Tegucigalpa, where ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya has taken refuge.

“The situation in Honduras can only be described as alarming,” said Susan Lee, Americas director at Amnesty International. “The attacks against human rights defenders, suspension of news outlets, beating of demonstrators by the police and ever increasing reports of mass arrests indicate that human rights and the rule of law in Honduras are at grave risk.”

“The only way forward is for the de facto authorities to stop the policy of repression and violence and instead respect the rights of freedom of expression and association,” said Lee. “We also urge the international community to urgently seek a solution, before Honduras sinks even deeper into a human rights crisis.”

Following the break up by police of a mass demonstration outside the Brazilian Embassy yesterday, numerous demonstrators were reported to have been beaten by police and some several hundred detained across the city. Reports also indicated similar scenes of human rights violations across the country.

Amnesty International received information that dozens of protestors were taken to unauthorized detention sites across the capital last night. Although most of those detained have been released, mass arbitrary arrests may make those detained vulnerable to human rights abuses such as ill-treatment, torture or enforced disappearance.

Amnesty International has documented the limits which have been imposed on freedom of expression since the coup d’état, including the closure of media outlets, the confiscation of equipment and physical abuse of journalists and camerapersons covering events. Radio Globo and TV channel 36 yesterday suffered power stoppages or constant interruptions to their transmissions which prevented them from broadcasting.

http://www.amnestyusa.org/document.php?id=ENGUSA20090924002&lang=e

The Sydney Morning Herald reports that the curfew has been lifted, but the Brazillian embassy is still under seige:

But fear and hunger intensified inside the embassy, still a temporary home to the ousted leader renowned for his white cowboy hat, dozens of his supporters and several Brazilian embassy staff.

“They’re rationing our food, they don’t let our families in. They’re sending degrading messages to our mobile phones,” Zelaya told AFP inside the embassy late Wednesday.

“We only sleep for short moments. They attack us with noises, threats.”

A Honduran priest inside the embassy told AFP that many had received mobile phone threats of an imminent invasion of the embassy on Wednesday night.

A loud explosion was also reported outside.

Zelaya has told several media outlets that he feared mercenaries would attack the embassy to assassinate him.

“I’m quite worried… the regime hasn’t accepted dialogue,” Zelaya told AFP, vowing to fight on.

Security forces on Thursday extended a cordon around the embassy.

The de facto leaders have insisted it will not be taken by force and denied they were responsible for power and water cuts.

Limited supplies — with a diet of small portions of rice and beans — have added to the pressure.

http://news.smh.com.au/breaking-news-world/back-to-business-but-president-still-besieged-in-honduras-20090924-g3hr.html

Notice that there was a pro-coup demonstration today in which thousands marched on the UN building.  Of course this was not spontaneous as the anti-coup demonstrations were.  Also, notice that none of them received broken bones or bullet wounds from the police.

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2009-09/25/content_12108314.htm

Of course, if the government doing this were in Iran, this would be plastered all over the headlines of US news outlets, but in the US we hear precious little of the severe abuses propogated by the unoficial US favorites in Honduras.

Out of the mouths of babes…


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