Archive | October 31, 2014

Boycott Successful: Israel’s Sodastream to Close*

Boycott Successful: Israel’s Sodastream to Close*

SodaStream to benefit from Israel’s displacement of Palestinians in Naqab Retailers and investors dropped SodaStream over BDS pressure

Palestinian boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) activists today welcomed the news that SodaStream has announced it is to close its factory in the illegal Israeli settlement of Mishor Adumim following a high profile boycott campaign against the company.

“SodaStream’s announcement today shows that the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement is increasingly capable of holding corporate criminals to account for their participation in Israeli apartheid and colonialism,” said Rafeef Ziadah, a spokesperson for the Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions National Committee (BNC), the broad coalition of Palestinian civil society organisations that leads and supports the BDS movement.

“BDS campaign pressure has forced retailers across Europe and North America to drop SodaStream, and the company’s share price has tumbled in recent months as our movement has caused increasing reputational damage to the SodaStream brand,” she added.

The news of this major success against a company famed for its role in illegal Israeli settlements broke amidst intensifying demonstrations against Israel’s policies of colonisation in Jerusalem.

Grassroots boycott activism saw SodaStream dropped by major retailers across North America and Europe including Macy’s in the US and John Lewis in the UK.
SodaStream was forced to close its flagship store in Brighton in the UK as a result of regular pickets of the store.

Soros Fund Management, the family office of the billionaire investor George Soros, sold its stake in SodaStream following BDS pressure.

SodaStream’s share price fell dramatically in recent months as sales dried up, particularly in North America.

After reaching a high of $64 per share in October 2013, the stock fell to around $20 per share this month. SodaStream has estimated its third quarter revenue will be $125 million, down almost 14 percent from the same period last year.

But Ziadah warned that SodaStream will still remain actively complicit in the displacement of Palestinians and will remain a focus of boycott campaigning.

“Even if this announced closure goes ahead, SodaStream will remain implicated in the displacement of Palestinians. Its new Lehavim factory is close to Rahat, a planned township in the Naqab (Negev) desert, where Palestinian Bedouins are being forcefully transferred against their will. Sodastream, as a beneficiary of this plan, is complicit with this violation of human rights,” she said.

SodaStream’s participation in Israel’s forced displacement of Palestinians gained international notoriety when A-list celebrity Scarlett Johansson signed up to be a brand ambassador for the company. Following an international campaign urging Oxfam end its relationship with Johansson for endorsing SodaStream, the actor decided to quit Oxfam.

Comment: So much for Ms. Johansson’s humanitarian impulses.
SodaStream has also come under fire for its treatment of Palestinian workers in its West Bank factory, as Ziadah explains:

“Any suggestion that SodaStream is employing Palestinians in an illegal Israeli settlement on stolen Palestinian land out of the kindness of its heart is ludicrous.”

“Palestinian workers are paid far less than their Israeli counterparts and SodaStream recently fired 60 Palestinians following a dispute over food for the breaking of the Ramadan fast. Workers have previously said they are treated ‘like slaves'”.

“Palestinians are forced to work inside settlements in sub-standard conditions because of Israel’s deliberate destruction of the Palestinian economy. There’s an urgent need for the creation of decent and dignified jobs within the Palestinian economy.”

SodaStream have said all workers will be offered jobs at its new plant, although Israel’s apartheid wall and severe restrictions on movement will make the commute to the new plant difficult for its Palestinian workers.


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Ask Senator McConnell Why the War-on-Drugs was never a ‘War’*

Ask Senator McConnell Why the War-on-Drugs was never a ‘War’*

By Michael Krieger

Though Foremost has played a pivotal role in McConnell’s life, bestowing the senator with most of his personal wealth and generating thousands in donations to his campaign committees, the drug bust went unnoticed in Kentucky, where every bit of McConnell-related news has generated fodder for the campaign trail. That’s because, like many international shipping companies, Chao’s firm is shrouded from public view, concealing its identity and limiting its legal liability through an array of tax shelters and foreign registrations. Registered through a limited liability company in the Marshall Islands, the Ping May flies the Liberian flag.

From the Nation article: Mitch McConnell’s Freighted Ties to a Shadowy Shipping Company

Well this is interesting. Particularly with the Senate Majority Leader (and major Republican establishment crony) fighting for his life in the Kentucky Senate race.

From the Nation:

Before the Ping May, a rusty cargo vessel, could disembark from the port of Santa Marta en route to the Netherlands in late August, Colombian inspectors boarded the boat and made a discovery. Hidden in the ship’s chain locker, amidst its load of coal bound for Europe, were approximately 40 kilograms, or about 90 pounds, of cocaine. A Colombian Coast Guard official told The Nation that there is an ongoing investigation.

The seizure of the narcotics shipment in the Caribbean port occurred far away from Kentucky, the state in which Senator Mitch McConnell is now facing a career-defining election. But the Republican Senate minority leader has the closest of ties to the owner of the Ping May, the vessel containing the illicit materials: the Foremost Maritime Corporation, a firm founded and owned by McConnell’s in-laws, the Chao family.

Though Foremost has played a pivotal role in McConnell’s life, bestowing the senator with most of his personal wealth and generating thousands in donations to his campaign committees, the drug bust went unnoticed in Kentucky, where every bit of McConnell-related news has generated fodder for the campaign trail. That’s because, like many international shipping companies, Chao’s firm is shrouded from public view, concealing its identity and limiting its legal liability through an array of tax shelters and foreign registrations. Registered through a limited liability company in the Marshall Islands, the Ping May flies the Liberian flag.

McConnell’s ties to the Chaos go back to the late 1980s, when James Chao began donating to the senator. In 1993, McConnell married James’s daughter, Elaine Chao, a Republican activist and then-former Reagan administration official who would later serve as Secretary of Labor in the George W. Bush cabinet. James Chao emigrated to the United States from Taiwan, and founded the Foremost Maritime Corporation upon settling in New York. The company has grown significantly over the years, from acting as maritime agent during the Vietnam War to controlling a fleet of approximately 16 dry bulk cargo ships in operation today.

Nothing like a neo-feudal love story to make the eyes well up.

The firm, however, leaves a faint online trace. Foremost’s website is blank. 

Records and court documents obtained by The Nation show that the ownership of the company’s vessels—with names such as Ping May, Soya May, Fu May, and Grain May—is obscured through a byzantine structure of tax entities. Most of Foremost’s vessels are flagged in Liberia, which ensures that crew members of Foremost’s ships work under Liberia’s maritime labor laws, which critics note allow for intimidation in the workplace and few protections for labor unions. In addition, a Liberian “flag of convenience” allows ship owners to pay lower tonnage taxes than ships that fly the U.S. flag. Maritime companies have increasingly used the Marshall Islands to register their vessels. The jurisdiction boasts of “no taxation, lax regulation, and no requirements for disclosure of many corporate details—even to the United States government,” according to a report in the World Policy Journal.

Mitch McConnell’s father-in-law, James Chao (second from right), at the christening of the Ping May in Shanghai (Image: Shanghai Mulan Education Foundation)

The recent seizure of cocaine on a Foremost coal ship came as authorities in Colombia have stepped up anti-drug trafficking enforcement in the region. The Nation spoke to Luis Gonzales, an official with the Colombian Coast Guard in Santa Marta, who told us that the Ping May’s crew were questioned as part of an ongoing investigation, but that no charges have yet been filed. His team found the cocaine in forty separate packages.

The Republican Senate minority leader’s personal wealth grew seven-fold over the last ten years thanks in large part to a gift given to him and his wife in 2008 from James Chao worth between $5 million and $25 million (Senate ethics forms require personal finance disclosures in ranges of amounts, rather than specific figures). The gift helped the McConnells after their stock portfolio dipped in the wake of the financial crisis that year, and ensured they could pay off more than $100,000 in mortgage debt on their Washington home.

The generous gift made McConnell one of the wealthiest members of the Senate, with a net worth averaging around $22.8 million, according to the Washington Post’s review of his financial disclosures.

Just in case you didn’t think these sorts of relationships have a direct effect on U.S. foreign policy, think again…

The ties between McConnell and his in-laws have come under scrutiny before. In 2001, they were probed in depth by The New Republic in an article that charged that McConnell led an effort to soften his party’s criticism of China. Through James Chao, who was a classmate of Jiang Zemin, the president of China in the 90s, McConnell and his wife met with Jiang several times, both in Beijing and in Washington. McConnell subsequently tempered his criticism of Chinese human rights abuses, and broke with hawks like Senator Jesse Helms to support Most Favored Nation trading status with China.

As Foremost established closer ties with mainland China, McConnell endorsed the position that the United States should remain “ambiguous” about coming to the defense of Taiwan. In 1999, McConnell and his wife appeared at the University of Louisville with Chinese Ambassador Li Zhaoxing. Li used the opportunity to bash congressional leaders for rebuking China over its repression of the Falun Gong religious sect.

“Any responsible government will not foster evil propensities of cults by being over-lenient,” Li reportedly said at the event with McConnell and Chao. Rather than distance himself from the remarks, McConnell reportedly spoke about his “good working relationship” with Li.

Requests for comment to the McConnell team about the Ping May cocaine incident have gone unanswered.

McConnell has positioned himself over the years as a tough on drugs politician. In 1996, McConnell was the sole sponsor of the Enhanced Marijuana Penalties Act, a bill to increase the mandatory minimum sentencing for those caught with certain amounts of marijuana. A press release noted that his bill would make “penalties for selling marijuana comparable to those for selling heroin and cocaine.”

In recent weeks, McConnell has touted his role in calling for more federal money to be used for drug enforcement.

Readers of Liberty Blitzkrieg will know that I do not think there is such a thing as a “victimless crime,” and I am completely against the government led “war on drugs,” “war on terrorism” and “war on poverty.” Whenever the state declares “war” on something, you naturally get more of it.

All that said, the article above gives voters some important information on McConnell, particularly with regard to how the source of his wealth and his family ties actively impact his policy choices in Washington.

Like the Democratic Party leadership, the Republican Party establishment consists of a cadre of cronies merely trying to enrich themselves. McConnell is a huge part of the problem, and the American public should know more about him.


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Germany: “Punishment Interest” Meaning We want your Money*

Germany: “Punishment Interest” Meaning We want your Money*

By Wolf Richter

Deutsche Skatbank, a division of VR-Bank Altenburger Land, which was founded in 1859, is not the biggest bank in Germany, but it’s the first bank to confirm what German savers have been dreading for a while: the wrath of Draghi.

Retail and business customers with over €500,000 on deposit as of November 1 will earn a “negative interest rate” of 0.25%. In less euphemistic terms, they have to pay 0.25% per annum to the bank for the privilege of handing the bank their hard-earned money or their business cash.

Inflation has had a similar effect in the zero-interest-rate environment that the ECB and other central banks have inflicted on savers, but this time it’s official, it’s open, it can’t be hidden. Instead of lending your moolah to the bank so that the bank can lend it out to businesses and retail customers for all sorts of economically beneficial purposes, you’re financially better off hiding it in the basement. Grudging respect is due the ECB and other central banks: through the perverse regime of ZIRP, they have succeeded in transmogrifying “cash in bank” from an income-producing asset to a costly liability.

“Punishment Interest” is what Germans lovingly call this. It’s the latest and most blatant step of the central-bank strategy to confiscate in bits and pieces and over time the wealth that prudent people and businesses have accumulated, and that should have re-entered the economy via the intermediation of the banks.

Last summer, the ECB imposed negative deposit rates on member banks. At first, it was 0.1%, which has now doubled to 0.2%. The reason? The ECB dragged out its “mandate,” which is, as it said, “to ensure” that “price stability” is “below but close to 2% inflation,” which in turn is “a necessary condition for sustainable growth in the euro area.” Whatever, there is not a scintilla of evidence that inflation is required for economic growth; however, there is plenty of evidence that economic growth can stir up inflation. The good folks at the ECB know this. It’s just the official pretext for using inflation to eat up debt – along with savers.

“There will be no direct impact on your savings,” the ECB announced five months ago.

“Only banks that deposit money in certain accounts at the ECB have to pay.” But it added ominously,

“Commercial banks may of course choose to lower interest rates for savers.”

And that would be good for savers:

The ECB’s interest rate decisions will in fact benefit savers in the end because they support growth and thus create a climate in which interest rates can gradually return to higher levels.

Thank you hallelujah, ECB, for helping out the savers!

This is in line with its policy, as it says, to “punish savers and reward borrowers.” No kidding. To bring some perspective to it all, it adds, “This behavior is not specific to the ECB; it applies to all central banks.”

Now the wrath of Draghi is hitting German savers and businesses. The first bank is already trying it out. Other banks haven’t yet jumped in line. They’re taking a wait-and-see stance but refuse to exclude the possibility.

“There is no planning in that direction,” Direktbank ING Diba told the Welt.

“We believe that negative interest rates on deposit accounts – whether for private or business customers – are a dangerous signal…” said a spokesman of the German Savings Banks and Giro Association (DSGV). But he did not rule out either that some member banks might not follow the same example in the future.

“The banks will try to avoid negative deposit rates,” explained the Federal Association of German Cooperative Banks, but in this zero-interest-rate environment imposed by the ECB, negative rates on large deposits “cannot be excluded.”

“At the moment, we are not imposing negative interest rates on retail customers,” said the second largest bank in Germany, Commerzbank. At the moment….

“We cannot earnestly rule out punishment interest in the future,” said Frank Kohler, CEO at the Sparda-Bank Berlin, the largest cooperative bank in Germany in terms of membership. He pointed out that the banks that are the most susceptible to punishment interest are those whose business model relies on pure banking with individuals and businesses, and whose earnings cannot be improved by investment banking, risk-taking, gambling, market-rigging, and other big-bank activities that “have triggered the financial crisis in 2007.”

“So precisely those banks suffer the most that have never put the financial system at risk,” he said. “This is unfortunately not free of bitter irony….”

The door to punishment interest has been cracked open. It starts with large deposits and small rates. Then step by step, deposit amounts get smaller and punishment interest rates get larger until everyone gets smacked with it, and no money is save. It’s all part of the time-honored central-bank strategy to flog savers until their mood improves.

Germans don’t get to do this, but the lucky Swiss get to: they get to go to the polls and tell their central bank what to do about gold. A yes-vote will send shock waves through the gold market and other central banks. Read… What the Swiss Gold Referendum Means for Central Banks


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Britain’s Guardian Newspaper now Owned by a Jewish Supremacist*

Britain’s Guardian Newspaper now Owned by a Jewish Supremacist*

The daily that once covered issues in depth that exposed NSA/Big Brother, that Americans preferred to read in order to ascertain the truth is dead – in spirit at least, and has been made apparent in its coverage in recent months…

A longtime and well-known Jewish Supremacist and ethnic activist Jonathan Freedland has been appointed executive editor of Britain’s Guardian newspaper, strengthening Jewish control over that nation’s mass media once again.

The Guardian is one of Britain’s national daily newspapers, whose online edition was the third most widely read in the world as of June 2012. Its combined print and online editions reach nearly 9 million readers.

An overview of Freedland’s activities and background has been provided by the Occidental Observer’s Andrew Joyce:

Now executive editor at the Guardian, the work of Jonathan Freedland, may not be greatly familiar to readers, at least when compared to some other high-profile Jewish journalists active in the United States.

Journalism and a strong sense of Jewish identity seem to run in the Freedland blood. Jonathan is the son of Michael Freedland (1934– ), a biographer and journalist who specializes in Hollywood biographies and recently produced the scathing anti-McCarthy screed Witch Hunt in Hollywood: McCarthyism’s War on Tinseltown.

The basic thesis of Witch Hunt in Hollywood is that Sen. Joe McCarthy and the House Un-American Affairs Committee were engaged in an irrational and purely “anti-Semitic” purge of Hollywood.

The elder Freedland wrote:

“For Communist read Jew. … The hearings were as (some would say more) anti-Semitic as anti-Communist. Hollywood was chosen for the attack because of the great publicity value the movie capital offered. It was also a great opportunity to get at the Jews of Hollywood.”

Freedland Senior is also one of those Jews who, as Kevin MacDonald elucidates in Culture of Critique, viewed supporters of McCarthy as “intellectual and cultural primitives.”

The younger Freedland began his own writing career at the short-lived Sunday Correspondent, a London newspaper backed by Rothschild Ventures, and which also launched the career of current Newsnight editor Ian Katz.

In 1990 Freedland joined the BBC, working as a news reporter across radio and television. In the summer of 1992, he was awarded the Laurence Stern fellowship at The Washington Post, serving as a staff writer on the national news section.

In what almost appears like the choreography of their careers, Freedland’s Sunday Correspondent cohort Ian Katz received the same fellowship the following year.

Freedland became Washington Correspondent for The Guardian in 1993, remaining in that post until 1997.

On his return Freedland launched an attack on British traditions and the system of constitutional monarchy, in his Bring Home the Revolution: The Case for a British Republic (1998).

One of Freedland’s primary inspirations was that he felt that, unlike most European states, America “most — though not all — of its citizens feel like they belong.”

The “old” Britain, symbolized in the monarchy and out of touch with its citizens, should be annihilated.

Between 2002 and 2004, Freedland was an occasional columnist for the Daily Mirror and from 2005 to 2007 he wrote a weekly column for the London Evening Standard.

Freedland has maintained a very strong Jewish identity. In 2005 he produced Jacob’s Gift, a memoir recounting the lives of three generations of his own family.

In 2008, he broadcast a two-part series for BBC Radio 4 — British Jews and the Dream of Zion. Although it is not mentioned in his Wikipedia entry, and his Jewishness is only extremely rarely made explicit in his articles for the major British or American newspapers, Freedland is also a regular contributor to the Jewish Chronicle.

Freedland has published six books: two non-fiction works and four thrillers under the assumed name Sam Bourne. The Righteous Men, published in 2006, is a trashy religious thriller which derives from Jewish folklore and has “a faction of the Christian Church” in the “bad guy” role.

The book was later followed by The Final Reckoning (2008), a revenge fantasy about a group of so-called “Holocaust survivors” who set out to assassinate former National Socialists.

Jewish interests permeate Freedland’s journalism, most obviously in his ardent advocacy for the end of White ethnic predominance in Britain. He is highly active in promoting the demographic decline of Whites in England.

At the conclusion of the 2012 Olympics, Freedland responded to the 2011 British census, pointing out that “the country is now less white and less Christian. In 2001, white people accounted for 91% of the total population. In the latest census, that figure is down five points to 86%.”

He expressed the belief that 1948 was a pivotal year in British history, because it “saw the arrival of the Windrush, the ship bearing the Caribbean migrants who would change the face of Britain.”

He cajoles his readers into the belief he is a jolly old Anglo-Saxon with clever references to “we” and “us,” arguing that “we should love the country we have become — informal, mixed, quirky — rather than the one we used to be.”

Freedland was part of the multicultural journalistic establishment which lavished panegyrics on the Mogadishu-born runner Mohamed Farah, and insisted on the skeletal Somali’s ‘Britishness’ even when the opportunistic African moved to Portland, Oregon as soon as his profile reached a level sufficient for him to gain a US visa.

Freedland was also part of the large-scale propaganda effort to inculcate in the British the notion that because the mixed-race athlete Jessica Ennis was capable of running a certain distance at a certain speed, that mass miscegenation would be a progressive step for the nation.

In the same article, Freedland reported gleefully that “White Britons have become a minority in London, accounting for only 45% of the city’s population,” and ended with the astonishing remark that “the main story is surely that this country has undergone a radical transformation in this last decade and the ones before — and it has done so with relative peace and relative calm. No one will hand out any gold medals for that, but it’s a kind of triumph all the same.”

Just to repeat: Freedland is stating openly, in the internationally circulated Guardian, that the decline of European-descended Britons to minority status in the capital of their own ancient nation is a “triumph.”

Freedland lays special emphasis on the fact that the British have allowed this to happen without reaction, and with “relative peace and relative calm.”

But Freedland has himself been part of the ‘System’ which maintains calm among the slowly diminishing Whites of Britain. We have commented extensively on the victimization of young White girls in Rotherham by vast networks of Pakistanis, and the disgraceful neglect of these children by White enablers.

Eventually the events came to be seen as evidence of “political correctness” taken to the point of insanity, and many Whites began to grow vexed at the way in which “acceptable” discourse effectively gagged them from criticizing minority groups.

In August this year, however, Jonathan Freedland waded into the debate with a Guardian article which argued that “political correctness is blamed for Rotherham, but that betrays a contempt for those of Pakistani heritage.”

According to Freedland, the statement that Rotherham was enabled by “PC gone mad” “is itself a form of racism.”

The message Freedland was conveying boiled down to: “You might believe that it was a lack of ‘getting mad’ because of fears of accusations of racism that led to Rotherham — but if you get angry now you will still be guilty of racism.” So shut up, stay quiet, and let Britain be transformed with “relative peace and relative calm.”

Freedland is also, to use Henry Ford’s term, a “watchful agent” when it comes to remarks or actions deemed ‘anti-Semitic.’

In October 2013 he wrote another Guardian article titled “Antisemitism doesn’t always come doing a Hitler salute.” Freedland was apparently provoked to write by a Daily Mail article on the late Jewish Marxist, and father of the current Labour Party leader, Ralph Miliband. The article was headed “The Man Who Hated Britain,” and explored the bitterness with which Miliband resented the nation which had ostensibly given him refuge from the tumult of Continental Europe.

For example, aged just 17 Miliband had written: “The Englishman is a rabid nationalist. They are perhaps the most nationalist people in the world.?.?.?.?[Y]ou sometimes want them almost to lose (the war) to show them how things are.”

Miliband’s bitter hatred of the English, simply for having pride and identity, was almost pathologically irrational — he loathed it so much he was prepared to countenance a National Socialist victory.

Although the article on Miliband only mentioned his Jewishness once and in passing, and was in fact penned by the Jewish Geoffrey Levy, Freedland took the opportunity to rail against “anti-Semitism” in British society.

To Freedland “the Mail’s insistence that Miliband Sr was not only disloyal but actively hated his country fits comfortably” into a “traditional” belief that Jews are disloyal. The facts, and Miliband’s own diary entries are discarded, and Freedland instead raged: “In the anti-Semitic imagination, Jews are constantly working for some other, hidden goal.”

Freedland was apoplectic that the Mail article had highlighted Miliband’s links to Eric Hobsbawm and Harold Laski, writing that “of all Miliband’s many colleagues and comrades, the paper highlighted two who happened to be Jewish.”

But they didn’t just “happen” to be Jewish. Both Hobsbawm and Laski were the intellectual leaders of the radical Left in Britain at that time. Miliband had other colleagues, many of whom were also Jewish, but the trifecta of Hobsbawm, Laski and Miliband was the engine-room of the anti-positivist, counter-cultural Left in Britain during the 1960s. All three played the public role of secular, atheist, unattached cosmopolitans while at the same time marrying and socializing exclusively within their race and pursuing Jewish interests with every written and spoken word.

By their deeds and their works, Hobsbawm, Laski and Miliband were known. And so it is also the case with Freedland, whose works and writings epitomize the Jewish journalist.

To finish, we might once more cast an eye over Freedland’s work — his call for the dissolution of the monarchy and of the “old” Britain. We might ponder his cajoling appeal for an “informal, mixed, quirky” Britain. We might pause for reflection over his soothing palliatives over Rotherham, and his urge to maintain that “relative peace and relative calm.”

And having done so, we might think once more about the words of Hermann Goedsche in his allegory on the Jewish attack on Western values:

We shall dictate to the world what it is to have faith in, what it is to honor, and what it is to curse. … Once we are absolute masters of the press, we will be able to transform ideas about honor, about virtue, about uprightness of character, we will be able to deal a blow against the family, and we will be able to achieve its disintegration. … We shall declare open war on everything that people respect and venerate.


Comment: This is what Zionists do so well when they infiltrate the mainstream, remove reason from commonsense, and use every means to dismantle society without the citizens even realizing why it just doesn’t make sense…

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Iraqi – Syrian Gains and Losses with ISIS/L*

Iraqi – Syrian Gains and Losses with ISIS/L*

Iraqi Gains and Losses with ISIS/L*

Iraq army regains full control of Baiji oil refinery

Iraqi troops have retaken full control of the country’s biggest oil refinery on the outskirt of the northern town of Baiji in Salahuddin Province, Iraqi army sources say.

A senior Iraqi officer, speaking on condition of anonymity, said on Friday that Iraqi soldiers have regained control of “more than 70 percent” of the strategic town, including its oil refinery, after heavy fighting with the ISIL Takfiri militants in the area.

He added that the Iraqi troops are battling to recapture the rest of the town.

An army brigadier general also said Iraqi forces have made “major progress” in the town, and the country’s flag has been raised over major buildings, including the police headquarters.

According to Iraqi officials, the advances and operations to fully liberate Baiji are a bit slow because of the large amount of explosives planted by militants on the roads.

Iraqi forces began their operation in Baiji in late October. The town has been under ISIL control for months.

The town is located on a main road to the northern city of Mosul, which is being controlled by the ISIL militants. The liberation of the town can choke off the militants’ supply lines.

The Iraqi Defense Ministry said in a statement on Thursday that the Iraqi air force had carried out “effective strikes” on ISIL positions in the oil-rich town.

The ISIL terrorists are in control of large areas across eastern Syria and northern and western Iraq.

The Iraqi army has so far managed to make numerous gains in the fight against the ISIL militants, pledging to continue the battle against the extremist group.

Syrian army retakes strategic gas field in Homs Province

Syrian army troops backed by pro-government fighters have recaptured a strategic gas field in the central militancy-stricken province of Homs.

Syrian state television, citing an unnamed military source, reported that Syrian forces retook control of Shaer gas field and its surrounding area on Thursday.

Shaer gas field had fallen into the hands of Takfiri ISIL terrorists on October 30, when the terrorists launched an attack that killed dozens of pro-government forces and security guards.

Earlier on Wednesday, the Syrian army regained control of the Jhar and Mahr gas fields, as well as the Hayyan gas company in the east of Homs Province.

On Thursday, Syrian government forces carried out an operation near the northeastern city of al-Hasakah, located approximately 650 kilometers (400 miles) northeast of the capital, Damascus, killing scores of ISIL members.

Syrian army units also took control of the eastern part of the town of Sheikh Meskin in the southwestern Dara’a Province, and inflicted heavy losses on the militants there.

Meanwhile, the army said a militant attack on one of its posts near the city of Homs, located 162 kilometers (101 miles) north of Damascus, was repelled and several militants were killed in the battle.

Syria has been gripped by deadly violence since 2011. Western powers and some of their regional allies – especially Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Turkey – are reportedly supporting the militants operating in Syria.

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Zeid al-Hussein has said that more than 200,000 people have died in the Syrian conflict since March 2011.

By Hassan Al-Obaidi in Baghdad – 2014-10-30

Iraqi Kurdish forces gesture as they take position at a post near Zumar in September. [Ali al-Saadi/AFP]

Iraqi Kurdish forces gesture as they take position at a post near Zumar in September. [Ali al-Saadi/AFP]

The Iraqi army alongside Kurdish forces on Saturday (October 25th) retook the northern town of Zumar — some 40 kilometres from Mosul — from the “Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant” (ISIL), the Ministry of Defence said.

The joint offensive continued for two days and inflicted heavy losses on ISIL, a ministry statement said.

“The Iraqi special forces under the command of the army’s ground forces and Peshmerga forces participated in the liberation of the city of Zumar in Ninawa province after honourable battles in which the liberators showed heroism and determination for victory,” Defence Minister Khaled al-Obaidi said at a press conference held at the parliament building Wednesday.

“Kurdish forces succeeded in their pursuit of the remnants of ISIL, who fled the city centre to nearby villages in the direction of Mosul, and arrested and killed dozens of them,” he said.

Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Mohammed al-Askari credited air cover by the international coalition with taking down enemy defences and destroying the sources of heavy gunfire.

“The army and Peshmerga forces formed a model striking force for the joint defence of Iraqi lands and cities,” he told Mawtani.

“We will continue this co-operation and co-ordinate progress into other towns after securing the current areas which are now completely under our control.”

The recapture of Zumar is key to blocking ISIL’s supply line of weapons and fighters, said Hama Khalil, a member of the parliamentary security and defence committee.

Zumar “is located at the crossroads between Mosul and the Sinjar mountains in addition to Qaraqosh and the borders of Erbil and Dohuk provinces”, he said. “Through this, ISIL’s most important road for movement has been disconnected.”

The liberation of Zumar followed the liberation of Jurf al-Sakhr, he told Mawtani, adding that such victories will raise the morale of Iraqis in general and lower it for ISIL and its supporters.

Continuing work

The battle for Zumar killed 86 ISIL elements and led to the arrest of 47 others, including 18 gunmen of different foreign nationalities, Col. Haji Saleh Khoshnaw, commander of the Kurdish forces’ 2nd Brigade, told Mawtani.

The joint forces also seized weapons, armour and heavy equipment from ISIL, he said.

The Kurdish forces “dismantled more than 150 explosive devices and there are still a lot of explosives devices the Iraqi special forces and the Peshmerga are working to dismantle”, he said.

The bombs that cannot be dismantled will be detonated remotely, he added.

Khoshnaw said some families will be allowed to return to Zumar on Saturday as three neighbourhoods in the city have been cleared of mines and explosives.

The remaining families will be able to return home after the security forces clear the remaining area, he added.

“We hope this will be soon as citizens are suffering from poor conditions in the camps with the increasingly cold weather,” he said.

“ISIL booby-trapped its wounded and other dead people before they fled,” he said. “They also booby-trapped sites in which they were barricaded.”

Honouring fighters’ sacrifices

Erbil Kurdish forces spokesman Ghiath Surja remembered the sacrifices of Kurds killed in the line of duty.

Three brothers were killed during the Zumar fight after they insisted on advancing towards ISIL locations, he said.

“The three brothers are Ahmed Mulla Osman, Farast Mulla Osman and Mawlood Mulla Osman, who died in one hour among a number of other martyrs who sacrificed their lives for the liberation of the city,” Surja said.

Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister Saleh al-Mutlaq said the recapture of Zumar marks the beginning of Iraq’s recovery from “the current terrorist crisis”.

“We are talking about the blood of thousands of innocent people who were killed by ISIL and hundreds of thousands of people displaced through injustice and aggression,” he told Mawtani by telephone.

“Their round is over and now it is the round of righteousness.”

The Iraqi cabinet, he said, decided to allocate 20 billion Iraqi dinars ($17 million) to Zumar to rehabilitate its public institutions, departments, schools and infrastructure.

Iraqi army recaptures industrial city in Baiji


The Iraqi army backed by tribesmen overnight on Thursday (October 30th) recaptured the industrial city in Baiji district, Salaheddine province, from the “Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant” (ISIL), the Defence Ministry said Friday.

“The Iraqi army’s 1st and 6th Divisions, supported by a tribal force, managed to recapture the industrial city in Baiji district, one of the largest industrial cities in Iraq,” ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Mohammed al-Askari told Al-Shorfa.

ISIL had turned the city into a centre for making improvised explosive devices, bombs, guided weapons and car bombs, al-Askari said.

During the operation, the army killed many ISIL elements and seized various weapons and equipment, he added.

He said retaking the city would pave the way for an offensive on Baiji to reach its main centre.

With Jurf al-Sakhr recapture, Iraq inches closer to defeating ISIL

Iraqi special forces advance in Jurf al-Sakhr on October 30th after they retook the area from ISIL. [Haidar Hamdani/AFP]

Iraqi special forces advance in Jurf al-Sakhr on October 30th after they retook the area from ISIL. [Haidar Hamdani/AFP]

Joint Iraqi forces this week retook the strategic town of Jurf al-Sakhr from the “Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant” (ISIL), followed by another joint offensive that defeated the group in the northern town of Zumar.

Backed by air support, three Iraqi combat brigades, two federal police regiments, the popular mobilisation forces and tribesmen carried out the operation to retake Jurf al-Sakhr.

The operation, dubbed “Jurf of Victory”, lasted three consecutive days during which the Iraqi forces stormed the city, destroyed ISIL’s defences and inflicted heavy losses on the group, according to Iraqi officials.

“Jurf al-Sakhr is once again in Iraqi hands, Iraqi flags have been raised and everything black has been removed from it,” said Iraqi Ministry of Defence spokesman Maj. Gen. Mohammed al-Askari, in reference to ISIL’s black banners.

“The operation to liberate Jurf al-Sakhr came about as a result of concerted efforts by the Iraqi armed forces and volunteers, both individuals and tribes,” he told Mawtani.

“The operation was important since the city is a crucial point connecting Baghdad, Babil and Karbala provinces and serves as a link between the cities of central and southern Iraq,” he added. “ISIL had seized it for that reason and was trying to expand the area under its control.”

During the operation, the security forces killed 130 ISIL elements — including 39 non-Iraqi gunmen of seven different nationalities — and arrested 58 others, al-Askari said.

“Tens of improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and landmines, which ISIL had placed around the city in an attempt to impede the advance of the Iraqi forces, have been dismantled,” he said.

Iraqi forces also freed 400 families who had been forced to remain in the city, army commander in Jurf al-Sakhr Brig. Gen. Karim Jabr Nehmeh told Mawtani.

“ISIL had forced them to stay in the city to delude the world into believing they were satisfied with that gang’s rule,” he said.

The joint forces launched the military operation from three directions, “from Sunaidij in the north, al-Farisiya in the south and al-Buhairat in the east at the same time, causing ISIL elements to lose the initiative and the ability to keep fighting as the aerial bombardment persisted and forces on the ground advanced”, Nehmeh said.

The bodies of ISIL elements killed in the operation were kept for identification while dozens of others fled the fighting in the direction of Fallujah and the Ramadi desert, he added, noting that army forces in those areas were tracking them down.

Teams from the Red Crescent and humanitarian organisations are currently providing emergency humanitarian aid to families in the city after the Iraqi forces entered and began searching homes, commercial and government buildings, and markets in the city, he said.

‘Iraqis displayed bravery’

Nehmeh praised the performance of the Iraqi forces and those who supported it, noting that in some places, the fighting lasted more than 20 hours.

Iraqis displayed bravery in liberating their captive city, he added.

“The liberation of Jurf al-Sakhr will be the first step in freeing the rest of Iraq’s cities from the filth of terrorism,” Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister Saleh al-Mutlaq told Mawtani.

The sacrifices made by the Iraqi forces will not be in vain and now Iraq is clearly starting to reap the fruits of those sacrifices, he said, noting that raising the Iraqi flag once again on the city’s buildings was a happy event and a reason for optimism.

Al-Mutlaq said citizens would return to their houses in Jurf al-Sakhr once bomb squads finish clearing the city and service teams from the ministries of municipalities, electricity and construction restore services.

The Babil provincial council announced Monday it would hold its next meeting in the heart of Jurf al-Sakhr with all of the members of the local government, in celebration of the victory that achieved against ISIL.

“The council decided to hold the meeting in a building [ISIL] previously controlled and used for a headquarters in the heart of the city,” deputy provincial council chairman Aqeel al-Rubaie told Mawtani. “During the meeting, a plan will be devised for the reconstruction and rehabilitation of the city and for the return of students to school,”

Dozens of activists in Babil province held a party in al-Hilla to celebrate the recapture.

“ISIL has stolen a piece of Iraq and today it has returned to its right place. This operation showed we are able to defeat ISIL by coming together, Sunnis and Shias,” 32-year-old activist Ahmed Talal told Mawtani.


(ISIL) has executed 94 civilians from Albu Nimr and al-Obaid tribes at a public square and an outdoor market in central and western Heet, Anbar province, police in the province said Thursday (October 30th).

Earlier media reports had put the number of executed tribesmen at 46.

“A large number of ISIL fighters on Wednesday and Thursday stormed Albu Nimr and al-Zawiyah in Heet, west of Ramadi, and executed 94 citizens in two batches in a gruesome way,” Anbar policemen spokesman Marwan Mohammed told Al-Shorfa.

The victims included teenagers and elderly men, he said.

The executions took place at the town’s public square and an outdoor market in al-Bakr neighbourhood, he said.

ISIL also expelled the victims’ families from their homes as punishment, he said

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The not so Peaceful Jerusalem*

The not so Peaceful Jerusalem*

By Gregg Carlstrom

Israeli border policemen prevent the Mufti of Jerusalem Mohammed Hussein (C) of entering the Al Aqsa mosque compound in the old city of Jerusalem on October 30, 2014 after Israeli authorities temporarily closed the compound, Islam’s third holiest site but also the most sacred place in Judaism (MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP/Getty Images) (MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP/Getty Images)

The press here has been talking recently of a “silent intifada”: the city has been convulsed by violence for months, but most of it happens at night, bottled up inside the Palestinian districts of occupied East Jerusalem.

By Thursday afternoon, though, after two shootings and a day of clashes, the situation in Jerusalem had become anything but quiet.

Thursday’s riots were sparked by the killing of Mutaz Hijazi, a Palestinian man accused of shooting a right-wing Jewish activist on Wednesday night. A pre-dawn raid by Israeli security forces to arrest him ended in gunfire, and for much of the day his neighborhood, Abu Tor, was blanketed in tear gas as security forces fought with local youths.

The activist, Yehuda Glick, remains in stable condition at Sha’are Tzedek hospital.

Just a week earlier, a Palestinian man drove his car into a crowd of passengers disembarking from the city’s light rail, killing two people, including an infant. Police killed him during a raid later that night.

Both attacks offer some insight into the grievances fueling the violence in the holy city. But while they may have escalated the violence in Jerusalem, the truth is that tensions have been rising for months.

Back in July, Palestinian teenager Mohammed Abu Khdeir was abducted and burned alive in an act of revenge for the killing of three Jewish Israelis in the occupied West Bank.

His murder set off a week of riots in his neighborhood, Shuafat, which ended with hundreds of people injured or jailed. Violence has continued at a lower level ever since: nightly clashes, buses and trains attacked with stones and firebombs. More than 700 people have been arrested in the past four months.

Palestinians point to a range of grievances, from the most recent Gaza war — in which 2,104 Palestinians died, including 1,462 civilians, along with 66 Israeli military personnel and six Israeli civilians — to ongoing home demolitions and arrests in the east.

One of the key issues is the status of the Temple Mount/Haram al-Sharif, the most hotly contested religious site in the city. It is the most sacred spot for Jews, who believe it to be the site of the biblical temple, and the third holiest place in Islam, since it houses Al-Aqsa mosque.

Glick worked with an organization called the Temple Mount Faithful, which campaigns for the construction of a new Jewish temple on the plateau.

Jews are currently banned from praying on the esplanade, to avoid confrontations, a status quo that many right-wing Israelis have long worked to change. Moshe Feiglin, a deputy speaker of the Knesset who witnessed the shooting, encouraged his followers to respond by showing up at the complex on Thursday morning. His announcement, and others by right-wing groups, prompted the authorities to shut the compound entirely.

Local activists said the closure was the first since the outbreak of the Second Intifada in 2000; Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas called it a “declaration of war.”

A police spokesman said the complex will reopen on Friday, the Muslim holy day, but men under the age of 50 will be barred from attending prayers.

Tension has not been limited to the Old City. To the south, perched on top of a steep hill overlooking Abu Tor, lies the neighborhood of Silwan — a focal point for conflict in recent weeks.

Earlier this month dozens of Jewish settlers moved into nine buildings there. Economy Minister Naftali Bennett, from the national-religious Jewish Home party, praised the settlers for helping to ensure a “Jewish majority” in Silwan. In truth, the neighborhood is still overwhelmingly Palestinian.

Palestinian grievances in Jerusalem also have much deeper roots. Israel occupied the east of the city in 1967, and the vast majority of its residents elected not to become Israeli citizens. They are free to work and travel, but cannot vote in Knesset elections, and are subject to lose their status if they move out of the city.

Neighborhoods in the east receive less funding than the predominantly Jewish west, and municipal services are scarce. Building permits are expensive and difficult to obtain, and Palestinians who build illegally often have their homes destroyed.

Even the justice system, they say, treats Jews and Palestinians differently, a belief reinforced by the killings of the suspects in Silwan and Abu Tor.

In both cases, police spokesmen said the suspects were armed, and opened fire on security forces; in both cases, neighbors disputed the official account, and cited the peaceful arrest of Abu Khdeir’s killers as a counterexample.

“They would treat us much differently if it was a Jewish man who shot a Palestinian,” said Samir Natsheh, a resident of Abu Tor watching the clashes on Thursday.


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The ICC for Chevron’s Crimes against Humanity*

The ICC for Chevron’s Crimes against Humanity*

By Sarah Lazare

 Chevron’s repeated refusal to clean up its toxic contamination of Ecuador’s Amazon rainforest constitutes an “attack” on civilian populations and should be investigated by the International Criminal Court in the Hague, impacted indigenous and farming communities charged this week in a formal complaint (pdf) to the global body.

“In the context of international criminal law, the decisions made by Chevron’s CEO, John Watson, have deliberately maintained—and contributed to—the polluted environment in which the people of the Oriente region of Ecuador live and die every day,” states the complaint, which was submitted to the ICC’s Chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda on Thursday on behalf of approximately 80 affected communities, totaling tens of thousands of people.

In 2011, impacted communities won a judgment in an Ecuadorian court against Texaco (acquired by Chevron in 2001) for its toxic waste dumping in the Lago Agrio region in northeastern Ecuador between 1964 and 1992, which created an ongoing environmental and public health crisis, including high cancer rates and reported birth defects among residents. Last year, Ecuador’s National Court of Justice upheld the verdict but cut the initial mandated payment from $18 billion to $9.5 billion.

Chevron has repeatedly refused to pay the $9.5 billion ordered by Ecuadorian courts and even took the step of removing most of its assets from Ecuador in an apparent effort to avoid paying. Petitioners slam what they call “multiple collateral attacks against the judgment and the lawyers who represented the affected communities.”

After years of legal battles, impacted peoples have not seen any reparations.

“The health conditions imposed on the indigenous and farmer communities that live in the Oriente constitute a serious and sustained attack on the population that has lived there peacefully for centuries,” states the ICC complaint. “The damages, which have been documented and confirmed in countless inspections conducted for the Ecuadorian case, brought various consequences, including water contamination, ground contamination, cancer, forced displacement, extermination of two ethnic groups, and many other disastrous conditions that are described in the annexes to this communication.”

The petition charges that the systemic harm inflicted by Chevron constitutes a “crime against humanity” and therefore is of concern to the international community.

“It is critical that all legal mechanisms be fully utilized to put an end to what is effectively impunity for a major American oil company that is committing human rights crimes against vulnerable populations,” said Pablo Fajardo, lead lawyer for the impacted communities.


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