Archive | October 6, 2015

‘All Burned Alive’: Kunduz Medic Describes How Staff and Patients Died*

‘All Burned Alive’: Kunduz Medic Describes How Staff and Patients Died*

There were no foreigners among those killed by the airstrike because the foreign specialists left the hospital prior to the attack, a doctor working in the Medecins Sans Frontieres hospital in Kunduz said.

A doctor working in the Medecins Sans Frontieres hospital in Kunduz that was recently bombed by U.S. forces told Sputnik on condition of anonymity that the foreign medical personnel had left the medical facility prior to the airstrike without offering any kind of explanation.

None of the doctors at the hospital survived the airstrike, they were all burned alive,” said the medic who was on his day off during the attack.

“They were my colleagues, citizens of Afghanistan. Their bodies are currently being identified, which is not an easy task because the corpses are severely burned and some of the victims’ relatives have already fled Kunduz due to the Taliban attacks. But I know for certain that there were no foreigners among those killed by the airstrike because the foreign specialists left the hospital prior to the attack without any explanation.

He added that the hospital was indeed captured by the Taliban forces which seized Kunduz last week, but was swiftly liberated and resumed operations. The doctor also pointed out that despite some media reports, the Taliban fighters did not take any members of the hospital staff prisoner. In fact, Taliban forces had seized another medical facility — the Kunduz regional hospital — where they captured several patients who worked for the Afghan government.

“Due to all the fighting, the hospital was treating those wounded in action during the last few days, and most of the injured were members of the Taliban,” the doctor said.

“We treated them because our organization works ‘without borders’ and political preferences. We treat all who ask us for help.”

UPDATE: This contradicts the official MSF statement obtained by Sputnik. According to the MSF, “nine international MSF staff members and 1 international ICRC staff member were present in MSF’s trauma hospital in Kunduz when the air strike was carried out in the early hours of Saturday morning on October 3. Later that day, following the attack, the international staff members were evacuated from Kunduz.”

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Anti-Racist Activists Win as Seattle Council Votes to End Youth Incarceration*

Anti-Racist Activists Win as Seattle Council Votes to End Youth Incarceration*

The resolution, which passed unanimously, endorses the goal of having no kids in detention in Seattle. It’s a move that chips away at the school-to-prison pipeline.

By Marcus Harrison Green

After a three-year crusade of protest, agitation, and organizing, a Seattle City Council meeting on September 21 brought a major victory to a diverse coalition of youth-prison abolitionists and anti-racist organizers.

In a 9-0 unanimous decision, Seattle’s City Council passed a resolution that fully endorses the goal of zero-percent detention of youth, and called for the city to develop policies eliminating the necessity of their imprisonment.

While Council Member Mike O’Brien introduced the resolution in a committee meeting last week, it originated with three organizations that advocate for the abolition of juvenile incarceration: Ending the Prison Industrial Complex (EPIC), Youth Undoing Institutional Racism (YUIR), and the Seattle branch of the anti-racist organization European Dissent.

We wouldn’t be here today if it wasn’t for the youth activists,” said Council Member Nick Licata prior to the resolution’s passage.

They’re the ones who created the huge pressure on the county and also the city.”

Seattle’s movement for ending youth incarceration picked up speed after the same city council in 2012 voted overwhelmingly (8-1, with only Kshama Sawant opposed) to fund the replacement of an existing youth detention facility with a new one. What struck organizers at that time was the $210 million poured into the facility.

“I was here the day all except Council Member Sawant voted to build a youth jail with $200 million of our tax money,” asserted white anti-racist organizer James Kahn, addressing the city council.

“The movement did not stop after those defeats. The movement could not stop or end until we stop putting children in cages.”

African Americans make up about 8% of Seattle’s population, yet account for more than 50% of the city’s incarcerated adolescents on any given night, according to a letter by King County Executive Dow Constantine.

Organizers drummed up support not just against the prison, but also toward ending juvenile imprisonment anywhere in the 206 area code by knocking on doors, frequenting city council hearings, and speaking out at community meetings.

Besides pushing for a moratorium on juvenile incarceration, the resolution also calls for the city to fund community-based organizations that are already engaged in anti-racist work and have been working to eliminate youth detention. The amount of funding was not specified.

“This resolution could be seen by some as an act of good faith, that nothing else changes. And I think that’s absolutely right,” O’Brien said, speaking to those in attendance moments before the vote.

This is a very important step today for the city to take this action, but it by itself does nothing to change the reality.”

O’Brien was referencing that, as a resolution, the measure is nonbinding, meaning the city isn’t legally mandated to enact it. However, to attendees, many of them organizers who had dedicated the last three years of their lives to this movement, there is a moral and human imperative that its promises be fulfilled—not just for the city but also for the United States.

“I think the city council members are gatekeepers, just like anyone else, and if they’re committed to an anti-racist vision, they’re going to have to make sure they’re centering themselves in the community,” said Senait Brown, one of EPIC’s lead organizers, who could barely contain her jubilation after the resolution passed.

“Our job is to build our community, to build our analysis, to build our strength, to build our resilience, to keep tight about what standard it is that we want to see for black youth in Seattle, and that’s what we’re going to continue to do, to continue to hold every institutional body accountable to that.”


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Citizens of Dominican Republic Disconnect and Return Smart Meters*

Citizens of Dominican Republic Disconnect and Return Smart Meters*

Hail to the People of DR! They do not consent!

Yet in America, home of the brainwashed, we see rude comments like this under the video…

dynosaur 1 day ago

When you give people with dirt floors anything that’s technologically advanced this sort of thing can happen. Except for cell phones. They will stick one of those to their heads for hours at a time yet they are scared of an electric meter that has a tiny transmitter that is used to send your monthly consumption readings back to the power company? Ridiculous…

He clearly knows next to nothing about Smart Meters. As if the SIZE of a transmitter has anything to do with the crime.

And that’s why “dynosaurs” are extinct. They thought it couldn’t happen to them. LOL

But there is hope. Others make a point of sharing the truth where they can…

WirelessFreeZone 2 days ago

Internationally hated ‘smart’ meters are removed by hundreds of citizens in the Dominican Republic. These awful devices are installed on homes and businesses without informing the occupants that their: — electric bills will go up, — appliances will arc, — homes may catch fire (people have died in these fires) — personal living data will be collected, — health will be impacted as strong constant non-stop bursts of RF microwave radiation from the meter and related infrastructure are all wireless (cellular). Zero benefit to the paying consumer. All benefits to the utility who pays nothing.

How far we’ve come.

Eleven years ago we still had a cowgirl meter-reader come in a pickup truck and physically record our consumption on paper. Who gets her salary now, I wonder…  I imagine the big wigs at the power companies got hefty bonuses when they agreed to distribute and install these spying/irradiating devices.

Can you dismantle a Smart Meter without cutting your power supply? I thought they would have made it so if you disconnected the meter, you wouldn’t have any power, but I don’t imagine all the people in the video are going to go without electricity.

If we could get everyone organized via Facebook to do that all on one day and dump the meters in the parking lots of the power companies—what fun we could have!  A disconnection party… I like it!


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3,000 Terrorists Flee Syria Following Russian Airstrikes*

3,000 Terrorists Flee Syria Following Russian Airstrikes*

An estimated 3,000 Islamic State fighters as well as militants from other extremist groups have fled Syria for Jordan fearing a renewed offensive by the Syrian army in addition to Russian airstrikes, a military official has told RIA news agency.

“At least 3,000 militants from Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL), al-Nusra and Jaish al-Yarmouk have fled to Jordan. They are afraid of the Syrian army having stepped up activities on all fronts and of Russian airstrikes,” the RIA source said.

The official added that on Sunday the Syrian army had carried out a number of attacks on Islamic State and al-Nusra fighters on the outskirts of Damascus as well as in the provinces of Deir ez-Zor and Homs.

In Deir ez-Zor, 160 militants were killed in an army assault that aimed at driving extremists away from several settlements.

In the province of Homs, the army destroyed two IS convoys near the city of Palmyra and 17 terrorists were reported killed in an artillery barrage.

Syrian artillery also attacked several extremist groups, including al-Nusra, in the province of Homs where, according to the military source, a conflict between Syrian and foreign fighters erupted. Syrian militants insisted on retreating from a number of settlements fearing a large-scale offensive by the Syrian army and Russian airstrikes, while the foreigners refused to withdraw.

Russia’s military operation in Syria has provoked a strong reaction from the terrorist groups, Syrian information minister Omran al-Zoubi has said, as cited by the Syrian TV.

“Russian airstrikes have led to strong statements from terrorist groups and their backers. At the same time terrorist groups said nothing when the US-led coalition launched its operation,” he said. He also added that the US airstrikes against the IS are not effective as the coalition wants terrorists to stay in Syria as long as possible”.

Russia launched its military operation against IS and other terrorist groups at the request of the Syrian government on September 30. It has been carrying out airstrikes in close cooperation with the Syrian army to ensure the attacks are maximally effective.


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European Court of Justice rules Facebook-U.S. Spy Web Data Agreement Invalid*

European Court of Justice rules Facebook-U.S. Spy Web Data Agreement Invalid*

The European Court of Justice has said an agreement that gave U.S. spy chiefs access to the online data of millions of citizens is invalid.

Austrian privacy campaigner Max Schrems challenged the Safe Harbour treaty in his fight to expose what information Facebook gave to American intelligence agencies.

The court found that legislation allowing the authorities access to the content of electronic communications compromised the fundamental right to respect for private life.

Austrian privacy campaigner Max Schrems (pictured) took a case against Facebook in Ireland claiming that their terms of service run contrary to E.U. law.

The case centres around the ‘Safe Harbour’ treaty which allows personal data to be transferred out of the .EU. to the U.S., where is can be monitored by the National Security Agency (NSA).

Simon McGarr, a solicitor who represents Digital Rights Ireland, said the agreement was made before the levels of spying by the NSA were made clear.

“The E.U’s decision that Safe Harbour was adequate protection was taken before it became clear that the U.S. government and surveillance systems were actually taking full copies of foreign citizens’ data and sequestering them under the desert in Nevada as part of the NSA’s full-spectrum Prism system,” he said.

The European Court of Justice will issue its final ruling less than a fortnight after its legal officer advised that the agreement was invalid and amounted to “mass, indiscriminate surveillance”.

The ramifications could be immense, Mr Schrems’s Irish lawyer said.

Not only are European Union officials trying to rewrite the agreement but a decision in favour of online privacy could further strain EU-US relations already damaged by the revelations of spy whistleblower Edward Snowden.

The Luxembourg-based court does not have to follow the advice it receives from its Advocate General, the ECJ legal officer, but more often than not it does.

Gerard Rudden, Mr Schrems’s lawyer, said there is also the potential for lawsuits over Safe Harbour.

“If it is held that Safe Harbour is invalid and Facebook have been transferring data, that could open the door to compensation claims,” he said.

Mr Schrems’s legal battle over Safe Harbour was sparked by Mr Snowden’s revelations over the US National Security Agency (NSA)’s Prism surveillance system which allowed spies to access enormous amounts of data from global tech companies.

He initially took a lawsuit in Ireland after failing to secure an investigation into Facebook by the country’s Data Protection Commission, which has the authority to audit the social media giant.

Mr Schrems claimed Ireland’s data watchdog had an onus to uncover what information Facebook held on users and ultimately what was being transferred to the US under Safe Harbour and being accessed through Prism.

The case was taken in Dublin as every Facebook user outside the U.S. and Canada has a contract with Facebook Ireland.

The ECJ judgment will be sent to the High Court in Dublin where the judge will use it as the basis for deciding on Mr Schrems’s legal challenge for Facebook to be audited.

Mr Snowden, a former NSA contractor now in exile in Russia, triggered a wave of controversy when he leaked tens of thousands of documents about surveillance programmes run by the US intelligence services and foreign counterparts, including Britain’s GCHQ, in 2013.

He fled to Hong Kong where he met journalists to co-ordinate a series of articles that exposed mass surveillance programmes such as the NSA’s Prism and GCHQ’s Tempora, which involve “hoovering up” vast volumes of private communications.


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U.S. University Sues the CIA over War Crimes in El Salvador*

U.S. University Sues the CIA over War Crimes in El Salvador*

Human right advocates in the U.S. are working alongside Salvadorans to end the system of impunity in the Central American country.

The University of Washington filed a lawsuit to force the CIA to release declassified documents that could help bring to justice a U.S.-backed army officer suspected of killing hundreds of civilians during El Salvador’s brutal crackdown on left-wing rebels, local news outlets reported Monday.

The University’s Center for Human Rights filed the lawsuit under the Freedom of Information Act alleging that the CIA is illegally withholding information on retired Salvadoran Army officer, Col. Sigifredo Ochoa, who is currently under criminal investigation for complicity in the 1981 Santa Cruz massacre in El Salvador.

The lawsuit hopes to support justice-seeking survivors of the U.S-backed counterinsurgency against left-wing rebels that left more than 75,000 people dead and over 30,000 disappeared between 1980 and 1992.

“Access to the documents requested by the [University of Washington Center for Human Rights] could facilitate justice proceedings in these and other cases of grave rights abuses,” the lawsuit claims.

Ochoa was a high-ranking officer in a country ruled by a small elite and guarded by the military, who “adhered closely to the United States’ suggested wartime strategy,” according to the legal proceeding.

There is “ample evidence,” the suit claims, that he led troops that opened fire on unarmed civilians at Santa Cruz on Nov. 14, 1981, and again in the town of El Calabozo in August 1981. It alleges hundreds of civilians died in the attacks.

It also claims Ochoa was complicit in blocking humanitarian aid to areas allegedly occupied by left-wing rebels, and set up “free-fire zones” where troops could shoot and bomb with impunity, despite civilian populations.

While the CIA has previously declassified 20 documents relating to Ochoa, the agency responded it can “neither confirm nor deny” the existence of records, citing national security exemptions.

U.S. Role in Supporting Justice in El Salvador

Since 2013, the UW Center for Human Rights has filed over 200 Freedom of Information Act requests to shed light on the large-scale massacres and kidnappings that were carried out during the Salvadoran civil war and hold accountable those responsible for the crimes.

For Angelina Snodgrass Godoy, the center’s director, the United States “has a debt with El Salvador to help clarify the events that transpired in the country” since it “heavily promoted the war.”

Consequently, the centre works directly alongside Salvadoran human rights advocates to obtain the information they need to attain justice in their home country, Godoy told teleSUR.

Access to information, which can be crucial evidence in a court case against perpetrators of war crimes, stands central in this international partnership according to Mirla Carbajal, a Salvadoran lawyer who represents survivors of human rights violations, including the 1981 Santa Cruz massacre.

“What military officials are saying now is that all the information has been destroyed and that there are no archives on what happened,” Carbajal told teleSUR English.

“We know everything was recorded by the U.S. because Salvadoran military did not act without it being registered by the United State since they were financing the war. They needed to have clarity on what they were doing,” she added.

Salvadoran System of Impunity: Past & Present

In a country commonly associated with gang violence and the absence of the rule of law it is easy to assume El Salvador has greater concerns than investigating war crimes from two decades ago.

Godoy disagrees, however.

“Many people think it’s old news, old history,” the researcher said about the civil war, “but the issues of the past have never been resolved; for people and communities affected by these massacres the pain is still palpable and the need for justice still very present.”

For Godoy, the present issues that El Salvador faces, like criminal violence, is directly linked to a larger “structure of impunity” that has made it possible for yesterday’s war criminals to be today’s top business executives and leading politicians.

“It is not surprising that a justice system that has stood idly by numerous atrocities and has allowed those crimes to go uninvestigated now for decades, that that same justice system struggles under the burden of contemporary crime,” Godoy explained.

“Until the Salvadoran justice system eradicates the root of impunity, they are not going to be able to deal with neither the crimes of the present or the past. Addressing these issues that happened in the war is actually a key part in restoring the rule of law in El Salvador,” she added.


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