Archive | August 12, 2014

Protests and a 60k Signatures Despatches Royal Navy Hospital Ship to Gaza*

Protests and a 60k Signatures Despatches Royal Navy Hospital Ship to Gaza*

Tens of thousands of people have signed a petition demanding the British government send hospital ship RFA Argus to Gaza to help treat the escalating number of causalities. Downing Street has so far committed a small team of NHS medics.

Currently moored in Falmouth, Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) Argus is a 100-bed nautical hospital, which has a “four-bay operating theatre with a 10-bed Critical Care Unit, a 20-bed High Dependency Unit and a CT Scanner,” according to the Ministry of Defence website.

Campaigners are pushing the UK government to increase its humanitarian aid to the region as the death toll in Gaza broaches 2,000. Their goal is 75,000 signatures. Israel launched operation Protective Edge on July 8. While the international community works toward a ceasefire, protesters have marched worldwide against the Israeli military operation.

A team of NHS medics will soon be deployed to Gaza to help treat the wounded. Downing Street announced it is sending doctors, paramedics, surgeons and anaesthetists, who will initially be stationed with Medical Aid for Palestinians at Al Mokassed Hospital in East Jerusalem until they are able to enter Gaza itself.

Petitioners, however, argue the prime minister’s commitment doesn’t go far enough, as they continue to call for the ship’s deployment.

“A team of 15 medical staff will barely scratch the surface,” campaign organizer Veronica Vickery said. “Around 10,000 people have been injured in the conflict and much of the medical and other vital infrastructure necessary for treating casualties has been destroyed.

“News reports during the conflict have told of UK volunteer doctors being held up at the border for a fortnight before being allowed in to do their jobs in Gaza,” Vickery added.

London – 20,000 protesters out on #GazaDayofRage 09th August 2014

West Cornwall Liberal Democrat MP Andrew George has backed the petition and has called upon the Prime Minster to condemn Israel’s actions and to lend greater support to the aid effort.

In a statement, George said he wrote to David Cameron “to urge the government to act quickly to deploy UK MOD assets in support of the humanitarian effort to help the beleaguered people of Gaza.”

“Even those who do not agree with me – and, indeed, Baroness Warsi, and other notables – that the UK should do more to condemn the actions of Israel and to demonstrate international leadership in criticizing the disproportionate and indiscriminate nature of their military campaign, would, nevertheless, support such a humanitarian initiative,” he added.

Hundreds of Italians have signed a similar online petition calling Israel’s actions in Gaza a “slow genocide” of the Palestinians and demanding a “Nuremberg trial” for Israel over the “destruction” of Palestine.

The petition calls for Israel to face an international tribunal – a Nuremberg-like trial – for war crimes. Italian activists believe that not only the Israeli military and the government, but also the entire state of Israel and “its accomplices” should be brought to trial over current events, as well as those in the past and “the foreseeable future.”

Meanwhile, British aid agencies have begun an emergency appeal to help the thousands of Palestinians caught up in what they call “a humanitarian emergency affecting virtually every man, woman and child in Gaza.”

The Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) said “even before the conflict began the people of Gaza were close to breaking point.” They called on the public to make charitable donations to aid those blighted by the conflict.

Hundreds of thousands of Palestinians have fled their homes with many needing not only shelter, but also food, water, household items and urgent medical care.


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Global #GazaDayofRage as Israel Resumes Destruction of Gaza*

Military Expert: Israel is Using Three Internationally Banned Weapons*

Operation Protective Edge: The Dead Have Names*

Operation Protective Edge: Life without Water and Electricity*

Bolivia Revokes Visa Agreement with Israel*

Former Israeli Foreign Minister, Livni, Reveals Israel – Egypt Pact to Strangle Hamas*

US. Whitewash of Israel Didn’t Curtail 20,000 Protesters March on White House*

From Violent Video Games to Real War, Father Gives Sons a Field Trip*

Trial of Murder Most Horrid of Palestinian boy starts in Israel*

From the Apartheid South to the Apartheid North: Solidarity of the Spirit with Palestine*

WWI and the Fruits of Victory in Middle East

Demilitarization or Conditional Aid, the Goal Remains the Same for Gazans*

Boycott Israeli Products App Gets 350,000 Supporters*

Priest with Ebola Dies Despite Zmapp*

Priest with Ebola Dies Despite Zmapp*

By Tyler Durden

Sadly, the Spanish missionary priest who became infected with Ebola treating patients in Liberia has died in hospital in Madrid. As AP reports, Father Miguel Pajares died despite receiving the experimental drug ZMapp, and is one of 3 patients to receive it (the American doctors in Atlanta being the other 2).

This morning the WHO confirmed the use of “experimental, unproven” Ebola drugs such as ZMapp was ethical in this situation, as the death toll tops 1000 in what WHO called the “most severe and most complex outbreak of Ebola virus disease in history.” Perhaps most concerning of all this morning is news that China is quarantining 8 of its West African nurses (as the death toll among health workers surges).

As AP reports:

Spain’s Health Ministry said a day earlier that it had obtained a course of the U.S.-made experimental Ebola drug ZMapp to treat Father Miguel Pajares, 75.

Pajares died Tuesday at Carlos III Hospital, the hospital and his order said. The hospital would not confirm that he had been treated with the drug, but his order said earlier that he would be.

He is one of only three Ebola patients thought to have received the experimental drug. The others are two Americans evacuated to Atlanta.

Pajares, who was treating people with Ebola at the San Jose de Monrovia Hospital in Liberia when he became infected, was evacuated to Spain on Thursday. He worked for the San Juan de Dios hospital order, a Spain-based Catholic humanitarian group that runs hospitals around the world.

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The World Health Organization confirms use of experimental and unproven Ebola drugs is ethical:

  • *WHO: APPEARS THAT ZMAPP HAD `DRAMATIC’ EFFECT ON 2 AMERICANS (but not on the Spanish priest)

An ethics panel ruled that the drugs, which have not yet passed clinical trials but have shown early promise in combating the virus, could provide a “potent asset” in the battle to contain the epidemic, which it called the “most severe and most complex outbreak of Ebola virus disease in history.”

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Perhaps even more concerning is China’s quarantining its West African nurses (as the death toll among health workers surges):

Eight Chinese medical workers who treated patients with Ebola have been placed in quarantine in Sierra Leone, Beijing’s ambassador said Monday, but would not be drawn on whether they were displaying symptoms of the disease.

In addition, 24 nurses have been quarantined, health officials said, while a senior physician had contracted Ebola but was responding well to treatment.

The nation’s sole virologist, who was at the forefront of its battle against the epidemic, died from Ebola last month.

As countries around the world were on alert, Japan said it was evacuating two dozen staff from Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

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And here is Bloomberg’s roundup of the latest Ebola headlines:

  • Latest WHO death toll: 1,013
  • Spanish priest Pajares dies in Madrid hospital
  • WHO panel says ethical to use unproven Ebola drugs
  • Africa’s biggest city fights “wicked lies” on Ebola myths
  • U.S. approves experimental Ebola drugs for 2 Liberian doctors
  • Turkish Air sick passenger not suspected of Ebola: Official
  • Rwanda Health Ministry says suspected Ebola case tests negative
  • Japan pulls aid staff from West Africa: ENCA
  • Experimental Ebola drug supply exhausted, manufacturer says


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Robin Williams a Blessed Soul Whose Acting was Full of Wonderful Life Lessons*

Robin Williams a Blessed Soul Whose Acting was Full of Wonderful Life Lessons*

Many good souls have passed on this year, and each one gave of themselves to these very difficult times. They have been living history books that remind us of the right to be.

“He has been battling severe depression of late. This is a tragic and sudden loss…” said Mara Buxbaum, president of his PR firm.

Robin Williams, an actor-comedian who remained true to himself and the art of inspiring others died in his California home Monday 11 August aged 63.

His wife, Susan Schneider, issued a brief statement: “This morning, I lost my husband and my best friend, while the world lost one of its most beloved artists and beautiful human beings. I am utterly heartbroken,” she said.

The county coroner suspects the death was “a suicide due to asphyxia,” but an investigation ensues.

By Samantha Rullo

Life Lessons Robin Williams Taught Me That I’ll Always Remember

It is not just the worlds of comedy and film that will be affected by the tragic death of Robin Williams. It’s not just those fans who have followed his long and respected career that will feel the loss. Anyone who has ever seen one of Williams’ movies or heard one of his jokes or read an interview with him has suffered the loss of a great man.

While he will always be remembered for his career, which included excellent performances in both comedies and dramas, Williams touched our lives by doing more than entertaining us in films, TV shows, and stand-up specials. In all of those mediums and his personal life, Williams imparted important lessons that have resonated with many people, and will undoubtedly continue to help others’ lives. Here are just some of the lessons that Williams taught me throughout his 63 years that I will always remember.

Never Underestimate the Power of Laughter

Williams’ many comedic works should serve as proof enough that he loved to make people laugh, and clearly he was great at doing just that. But why did he love to make us laugh? He’s said many things about the power of comedy, calling it ”the only weapon we have” and lauding it for its optimism.

The Importance of Freedom 

As the voice of Genie in Aladdin, Williams taught me how important freedom is, and no, not just from the magical lamp that you’ve been living in for centuries. Williams taught me about creative freedom, by pursuing many different types of films and acting projects — and in his constant, contagious silliness, he taught me about freedom from self-doubt.

Always Be a Kid at Heart

In Hook, it was much easier to believe Williams as the flying leader of the Lost Boys than the more serious Peter of the beginning of the film, who had lost sight of the more loving, fun side of life. If anyone kept the perfect amount of youthfulness throughout their life, it was Williams, and he encouraged others to do the same. Somehow, Williams did a much better job of teaching me this lesson than the actual Peter Pan.

Accept Help When You Need It

Williams was open about his struggles with alcoholism and drug use, and in 2006, after being sober for 20 years, he checked into rehab for alcoholism. After attempting to deal with it on his own, Williams told ABC he realized he needed help and so he went and got it. It takes a lot of courage to not only realize you need help but to seek it out, and by sharing his struggles, Williams showed a tremendous amount of strength that I will always be reminded of when dealing with any struggles I may face.

Believe In Yourself, Even If Others Doubt You

Considering Williams’ many inspirational movies, such as Dead Poets Society and Good Will Hunting, Flubber may seem like an odd choice for the source of a life lesson. But as a kid, I just loved it, and I don’t think it’s just because of how hard Williams could make me laugh when chasing green goo. At first, no one really believed in Williams’ character, Professor Philip Brainard, until he proved them all wrong. It was a great message wrapped in comedy (a common theme in Williams’ films), and one that has stuck with me since.

There Are Different Types of Happy Families

Could Mrs. Doubtfire have given a better lesson than showing a positive outcome after divorce? Rather than reunite the parents to create a happy ending, this movie showed me that a family can survive a divorce and come out happy on the other end. It’s often remembered for its lighter side, Williams’ posing as a nanny and the ensuing hijinks, but the emotional side of the movie deserves more credit for truly helping children of divorce.

It Will Be Okay

Even though it was just a few weeks before my fourth birthday, I can still remember going to see Jumanji in theaters — mostly because I got so scared that I had to leave in the middle of the movie. I don’t remember exactly what scene it was, but at some point while animals were terrorizing the town, I freaked out and my mom took me home. It wasn’t until a few years later that I finally saw the end of the movie. I was thrilled to see that it had a very happy ending, but also mad at my three-year-old self for not getting a chance to see that the first time. I should’ve known that Williams wouldn’t leave me upset, his other movies I saw as a kid proved that much. Still, that’s how he taught me what might just be his most important lesson, that everything will be okay — even if there are scary monkeys chasing you.


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Former Israeli Foreign Minister, Livni, Reveals Israel – Egypt Pact to Strangle Hamas*

Former Israeli Foreign Minister, Livni, Reveals Israel – Egypt Pact to Strangle Hamas*

By, Dr. Daud Abdullah

Tzipi Livni may no longer be Israel’s foreign minister but she still has a capacity to cause diplomatic tremors. Last weekend she did just this by declaring that there was an agreement between Israel and Egypt to strangle Hamas. Since there was no official affirmation or denial from Cairo, despite calls from Hamas to do so, Livni’s remarks evoked a flood of commentary. Few doubted that there is indeed an Israeli-Arab axis, spearheaded by Egypt, whose immediate aim is to dismantle Hamas’ control over the Gaza Strip. Ultimately, it also seeks to eradicate from the region all structures of what they call ‘political Islam’.

In her heyday as foreign minister Livni secured in December 2008 what was perceived as the green light from the Mubarak regime to launch Israel’s Operation Cast Lead against the Gaza Strip. Standing beside Egypt’s then foreign minister Ahmad Aboul Gheit, the former MOSSAD operative vowed to retaliate against Palestinian rocket attacks. ‘This is something that has to be stopped, and this is what we’re going to do.’ This, to all intents and purposes, was the declaration of war which began two days later.

Despite the absence of an explicit, official response from the Egyptian authorities there were indicators of how Livni’s remarks went down. Supporters of the regime dismissed them saying that they were so accustomed to such Israeli claims that these latest didn’t merit a response.

Notwithstanding, an item posted by the military spokesman Lt. Col. Muhammad Samir on his Facebook page the day after Livni made her declaration did highlight to some measure the current level of collaboration between Egypt and Israel. He noted that the Egyptian army had destroyed a total of 1,659 tunnels in the border area between Gaza and Egypt; a feat which the Israelis themselves could not have pulled off from their position on the northern and eastern borders of Gaza.

What the officer did not concede, however, was that this was largely due to American assistance. Since 2008 the US had given the Egyptian army equipment worth $23 million to identify and destroy the tunnels, which for the past eight years have been the lifeline for Gaza’s population.

Furthermore, in one year since the overthrow of Egypt’s civilian President Mohamed Morsi the regime in Cairo have closed the Rafah crossing for a total of 320 days. The reason, they claim, is to counter security threats in the Sinai.

Apart from the tunnels and Rafah crossing, the Egyptian authorities had yet another lethal weapon in its arsenal. That was the state-backed media, which during the same period revelled in an orgy of anti-Hamas vitriol that reached its climax with their wholehearted support for the latest Israeli onslaught on Gaza. In a country where press freedom has long been dead and buried, such ranting could not take place without official approval and support.

Undoubtedly, the easiest way for Egypt to dispel Livni’s claim and reassure the besieged Palestinians would be to open the Rafah crossing. Until this is done they will be seen as complicit in the crime of collective punishment of the Palestinians in Gaza. Their only offence is that they voted for and continue to support Hamas, an off-shoot of the Muslim Brotherhood, which the Sisi regime is determined to destroy.

With this outlook Cairo, like Tel Aviv, was never favourably disposed to the recent reconciliation between Hamas and Fatah. Not that they favoured Abbas any more than Hamas. So instead of encouraging Palestinian unity they not only played on the differences between Fatah and Hamas, but equally between Mahmoud Abbas and his arch-rival Muhammad Dahlan.

While Egypt had nothing to gain from this connivance, Israel remained the sole beneficiary.

For their part the Palestinians have never concealed their unease with current Egyptian policy. Instead of supporting them against the Israeli occupier they have acted, at best, as hired intermediaries and at worst as willing partners in Israeli crimes.

In the aftermath of the military campaign the political battle will be long and protracted. Having failed to achieve their declared objectives the Israeli government will rally its regional and international allies, as Livni suggests to secure maximum political advantage.

Meanwhile, in Israel the long daggers are already out for Netanyahu. His opponents maintain that victory cannot be measured by the number of Palestinians killed but in the achievement of stated objectives. Israel’s declared objectives were; the destruction of the tunnels; ending the rockets; and destruction of Hamas. By their own admission none of these have been accomplished.

As for their unannounced goals, they are to do with the unfulfilled Zionist dream in Palestine. A reading of Israel’s media during the last month was dominated by the rhetoric of ethnic cleansing and territorial expansionism that has long been associated with the Greater Israel project. It is simply mind-boggling that Egypt’s rulers, and those who support them, are oblivious to the fact that their countries are also slated for occupation given that Greater Israel expands from the Euphrates to the Nile.


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Operation Protective Edge: The Dead Have Names*

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Demilitarization or Conditional Aid, the Goal Remains the Same for Gazans*

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Mass Incarceration: Behind the Ferguson Uprising*

Mass Incarceration: Behind the Ferguson Uprising*


Glen Ford is a distinguished radio-show host and commentator. In 1977, Ford co-launched, produced and hosted America’s Black Forum, the first nationally syndicated Black news interview program on commercial television. In 1987, Ford launched Rap It Up, the first nationally syndicated Hip Hop music show, broadcast on 65 radio stations. Ford co-founded the Black Commentator in 2002 and in 2006 he launched the Black Agenda Report. Ford is also the author of The Big Lie: An Analysis of U.S. Media Coverage of the Grenada Invasion.


JAISAL NOOR, TRNN PRODUCER: Protests are continuing in St. Louis after the fatal police shooting of unarmed African-American teenager Michael Brown.

LESLEY MCSPADDEN, MOTHER OF MICHAEL BROWN: You took my son away from me. You know how hard it was for me to get him to stay in school and graduate? You know how many black men graduate? Not many! Because you bring them down to this type of level, where they feel like they don’t got nothing to live for anyway, they’re going to try to take me out anyway.

NOOR: On Saturday, August 9, St. Louis, Missouri, police shot dead Michael Brown, and unarmed African-American teenager. Authorities say officers were defending themselves, but eyewitnesses offered a different account.

FRIEND OF MICHAEL BROWN: He shot again. And once my friend felt that shot, he turned around and he put his hands in the air, and he started to get down, but the officer still approached with his weapon drawn and he fired several more shots.

NOOR: After hundreds attended a peaceful vigil on Sunday, headlines were dominated by the burning and looting of several area businesses. The Brown family released a statement condemning those actions:

“I just want everyone to know and understand that the stealing and breaking in stores is not what Mike will want, it is very upsetting to me and my family.

“Our family didn’t ask for this but for Justice and Peace…. Please let my family grieve in Peace and stop the violence in the street tonight”

–Brown Family

The Associated Press is reporting the FBI is now investigating Brown’s death. As The Real News has previously reported, such actions are not isolated incidents. The Malcolm X Grassroots Movement released a report titled Operation Ghetto Storm, which found one African-American is killed every 28 hours.

KALI AKUNO, ORGANIZER, MALCOLM X GRASSROOTS MOVEMENT: … roughly about 40% if you add it all up, were folks whose basically family members or they themselves were in some form of distress and called the police seeking aid for someone who was disturbed, off their medication, dealing with some health issues or health-related crisis.

And how the police were trained to respond to the situation is what really, I think, kind of transformed it from a moment of I’m here, I’ve called you in for you to help me, to we are now here to first and foremost establish order, which means maximum force, the utilization of maximum force, and ask questions later. That is the vast majority of how all the people who are in this report, that’s how the vast majority of them became these extrajudicial killing kind of statistics, if you will. But it really speaks to the very aggressive and militaristic nature of how the police are trained to operate within black and other oppressed communities.

NOOR: The officer responsible for the teenager’s death has reportedly been suspended. But a group calling itself the Ad Hoc Committee for Justice on Behalf of Michael Brown released the following demands:

  1. “The officer involved in the shooting death of Michael Brown be IMMEDIATELY identified.
  2. “The same officer should be immediately fired and charged with murder.
  3. “The Ferguson Police Department ‘Protocol Handbook’ be distributed throughout the Ferguson community.
  4. “The racial composition of the Ferguson Police Department should reflect the racial demographics of the community.”

Now joining us to discuss this from Plainfield, New Jersey, is Glen Ford. He’s the cofounder and executive editor of The Black Agenda Report and author of The Big Lie: An Analysis of U.S. Media Coverage of the Grenada Invasion.

Thank you so much for joining us, Glen.


NOOR: So, Glen, it seems like the media is grappling with these protests, which in a few instances turned violent in St. Louis. And they can’t understand why they resulted from the killing of Michael Brown. Can you shed some light on that?

FORD: Well, the U.S. corporate media seems to have a need to reinvent history every day. Actually, police violence against blacks is the constant factor in black life. And every black rebellion since 1935 has been sparked–virtually every rebellion has been sparked by some kind of police atrocity. And that has included 1917 in St. Louis, where a mob of white people rushed across the bridge to East St. Louis, Illinois, which was a big black community, attacked that community, and killed as many as 200 people. During that era when people referred to race riot, they didn’t mean black people rioting; they meant white people rioting against blacks. And the Harlem riot of 1935 was the first time that black folks, in reaction to police brutality, did the rebellion on their own.

NOOR: And this is also the 49th anniversary of the Watts Rebellion.

FORD: Yes, and that was a big one, that is, in terms of the national consciousness in the ’60s, although, as I said, black rebellions had been occurring since 1935. But that was the one that introduced to the United States the prospect of long, hot summers. And they became–as the weather would heat up during the ’60s, the national mood would turn ominous: what are the black people going to do? And it seems like your reporters, who are so curious as to what’s happening in St. Louis today, are experiencing that same kind of ominous feeling.

NOOR: It also seems like the conversation around the killing of Michael Brown is happening in a vacuum, especially in the context of mass incarceration in the United States.

FORD: Yes. This is been a mass incarceration regime since the early ’70s, since the end of the black freedom movement. The ’60s also saw a tremendous beefing up of police forces by both the Lyndon Johnson and Richard Nixon administrations. This is when the SWAT team was invented. This is when the police began to be militarized. And this is when every year the numbers of blacks in the nation’s prisons continued to rise, until now there are probably more than nine times as many black folks in prison as back in 1970. And to put that many people in prison, you have to do a whole lot of provocation on the street. And that’s what was happening with Michael Brown when he met his death, when he was doing nothing except living while black, which appears, if not to be illegal, a kind of state that requires the intervention of police.

NOOR: And the deep antagonism you see between police officers and the African-American community, how can we solve that? Is training enough? Or is the problem more systemic?

FORD: Well, they’ve been training these police forces for 50 years. Apparently training does not work. What needs to happen is an abolition of the regime that criminalizes black people, that is, the mass incarceration regime. If the police were not led to believe all across the nation–not just in the big and heavily black cities, but all across the nation–that their job is to contain a potentially dangerous and subversive population of black men, then they would behave differently. But that in fact is what they believe is their mission. And so until the mission changes, we will continue to have these kinds of confrontations and fatalities–and rebellions.

NOOR: And even one of the demands I read earlier from the Ad Hoc Committee for Justice on Behalf of Michael Brown, they’re demanding for a more racially inclusive police force. Is this an answer?

FORD: We hoped so, many decades ago, but we have found that that is not the case. If the mission, as I said, is to contain and incarcerate masses of black men, then even if lots of black and brown people are recruited into the police force, if they are given the same mission as their white counterparts and white predecessors, they will carry it out. And the racist regime continues even if the officers enforcing it are not white.

NOOR: And finally, Glen, so I’ve been reading some of the comments online and on Twitter and on blogs and websites from the white community, and even those that say they sympathize with the family of Michael Brown, they seem to say or imply, I would suggest, that things are dangerous for police officers. They have to defend themselves. They have to be given the benefit of the doubt when they’re in these dangerous situations. What’s your response?

FORD: Well, actually, being a police officer in the United States is not one of the most dangerous occupations, although you hear constant propaganda saying that it is. The numbers don’t lie. It would be far less dangerous if they were far less provocative, if/when they stopped being so provocative, then the situations in which death can result–death to them can result–will be fewer.

NOOR: Glen Ford, thank you so much for joining us.

FORD: Thank you for the opportunity.

NOOR: Thank you for joining us on The Real News Network.


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Giving Up on Yourself to be White

China Criminalizes 25 more Uyghurs*

China Criminalizes 25 more Uyghurs*

A court in China’s unruly far western region of Xinjiang (East Turkestan) has sentenced 25 more people to jail terms ranging from three years to life for “terror-related offences”, state media said on Tuesday, as the government clamps down on a surge in violence.

China has blamed attacks on separatists in the region, the traditional home of the Muslim Uyghurs people, who, it says, want to establish an independent state called East Turkestan.

The official People’s Court Daily said the 25 were all found guilty on charges related to their involvement in organising, leading or participating in terror groups in Xinjiang.

All 25 were Uyghurs, judging by their names.

The paper said they set up an illegal religious group which preached “jihad and other extremist ideologies.”

One of the group was responsible for buying knives and explosive devices and for planning attacks on police posts and government officials, the paper said.

Others were responsible for raising funds for their holy war or helping fugitives flee from justice, it added.

Hundreds of people have died in violence in Xinjiang in the last two years or so, and the past few weeks have seen dozens of people jailed, some at mass public sentencing reminiscent of China’s revolutionary-era rallies.

Exiled Uyghurs groups and human rights activists say the government’s own repressive policies in Xinjiang, including controls on Islam, have provoked unrest.

“In China’s special repressive environment, it is impossible for Uyghurs to receive fair legal help,” said Dilxat Raxit, spokesman for the main exile group, the World Uyghur Congress.

“China’s accusations and hefty punishments lack transparency and are used for political aims,” he added, in emailed comments.


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Mexico signing away a Sustainable Energy Future*

Mexico signing away a Sustainable Energy Future*

Mexico’s president signed new energy reforms into law on Monday, claiming they will allow the country to secure its own energy supplies for the future.

The laws signed by President Enrique Pena Nieto at an event in the National Palace will reform energy companies’ powers and financial structure, giving them more freedom to associate with foreign companies.

“Those laws have been the most discussed in the legislative history of Mexico,” said Pena Nieto.

“With this reform we can extract oil from deep waters and take our fields to generate more electricity at lower cost. The country will reduce its dependence on foreign energy and ensure its safety.”

He said the energy companies will remain public but the reform will give them a degree of greater autonomy that will help them increase their international competitiveness.

“We have experienced a refreshing period for the country’s history: we’ve achieved reforms in education, telecommunications, politics and fiscal matters,” said Gustavo Madero, head of the opposition National Action Party. “With this energy reform, great possibilities for Mexico, who had been denied for decades, will open.”

The reforms were approved in Congress last week after 170 hours of discussions and faced opposition from some on the political left, who believe the reforms will mean relinquishing control of the country’s resources.

The leftist Party of Democratic Revolution’s deputy Fernando Belaunzaran said it was “naive” to think that co-operation with transnational companies would allow Mexico to maintain control of its resources.

“With the energy reform, the Mexican State leaves the rectory of strategic resources to become a sales agent,” said Belaunzaran.

Another of the party’s politicians, Luis Esponoza said: “With this reform, there will some who benefit, but they are not the Mexicans.”


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