Archive | May 9, 2016

Italy’s Supreme Court Rules Stealing Food Is Not A Crime If the Person Is Poor and Hungry*

Italy’s Supreme Court Rules Stealing Food Is Not A Crime If the Person Is Poor and Hungry*

By Amando Flavio

The Supreme Court of Italy has ruled that stealing to satisfy a vital need for food—one of the basic needs of life—should not be a crime in the country.

In 2015, a court in the country sentenced a poor and homeless man to six months in jail for stealing common cheese and sausages worth $4.50 from a supermarket in the city of Genoa.

Roman Ostriakov is said to have migrated from Ukraine to Italy, but life had been very difficult for him. He sleeps on the streets and begs for food. In 2011, he visited a supermarket and bought breadsticks. When the supermarket attendant was not looking, Mr Ostriakov picked up two pieces of cheese and a packet of sausages and put them in his pocket.

A customer who was in the supermarket at the time, saw what Mr Ostriakov had done. When Mr Ostriakov attempted to leave, the customer reported him to officials of the supermarket. Mr Ostriakov was searched and arrested. The stolen items were retrieved from him.

The case, which had begun back in 2011, ended when Mr Ostriakov was sentenced to six months in prison and received a fine of $114. When this ruling became public, many condemned the ruling. Activists urged for the ruling to be appealed, because Mr Ostriakov was stopped and the stolen items were confiscated by officials of the supermarket.

On May 2, 2016, the Supreme Court of Cassation ruled that the theft of a small amount of food by the hungry and poor is not a crime in the country. The court therefore ruled that Mr Ostriakov be freed. The Supreme Court of Cassation reviewed the application of the law on Mr Ostriakov and not the facts of the case. That is the mandate of the court.

The court said it was clear that Mr Ostriakov could not live without feeding himself, so acted out of necessity, and that is not a crime.

Local media outlets quoted the court as saying:

“The condition of the defendant and the circumstances in which the seizure of merchandise took place prove that he took possession of that small amount of food in the face of an immediate and essential need for nourishment, acting therefore in a state of necessity.”

The court also boldly said that the judgement

“reminds everyone that in a civilized country not even the worst of men should starve.”

Local observers criticized the first ruling, saying that the judge should have applied common sense to stop the case from travelling up to the highest court of the land.

A commendation of the ruling was highlighted in the daily newspaper La Stampa. The paper said in its editorial that the judges of the Supreme Court have made it clear to everybody that the right to survival prevails over property. It praised the judges for making such a bold decision, and urged other countries to adopt similar laws in order to protect the poor and homeless in their societies.

The poverty level in Italy has been rising. Official statistics in the country suggest that about 615 people are added to the ranks of the poor every day. Observers say the country needs to do more in order to reduce poverty in the country.

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Heavy Fighting in Aleppo Province Results in Victory for Syrian Forces*

Heavy Fighting in Aleppo Province Results in Victory for Syrian Forces*

By Ian Greenhalgh

The fighting in Aleppo province has been quite intense in recent days and it is the mercenary, head chopping ‘rebel’ scum that has been on the losing end.

As Fars reports, Syrian forces backed by Russian and Iranian forces in the air and on the ground respectively have been beating back the ‘rebels’ which has lead to high casualties

Syria: Al-Qaeda Reports Loss of Tens of Militants in Khan Touman

Al-Qaeda-affiliated websites confirmed on Sunday that 30 more of their militants were killed and 12 others were wounded during clashes with the pro-government forces in the strategic town of Khan Touman on Sunday.

The Syrian army and its allies increased their missile and artillery attacks on terrorists’ positions in Khan Touman in the Southern parts of Aleppo today, forcing the militants to request help from their comrades in other terrorist groups.

According to military sources, the terrorists’ positions in Khan Touman were pounded by over 100 missiles around midday and forced a large number of Jaish al-Adl terrorists to withdraw from the region.

After the terrorist groups confirmed the death of tens of their members in Khan Touman, two teams of al-Qaeda-affiliated groups and the so-called Turkmen Islamic Party came to their aide in Khan Touman and Khalediya, but they were caught in the Syrian army forces’ ambush in Tal Bastawi region.

The Syrian Army announced a few minutes ago that its troops and their allies continued to push back the terrorist groups from their strongholds in the Southern part of Aleppo province and seized control over more territories near Khan Touman following several hours of non-stop battle.

The Syrian government forces, including the Iraqi and Lebanese Hezbollah, stormed the defence lines of the terrorist groups near Tal Bastawi and inflicted heavy casualties on the Takfiri terrorists before they fled the battlefield.

The Syrian military forces captured Tal Bastawi and started to fortify their positions there.

The pro-government forces, meantime, repelled the terrorists’ offensive near the village of Abu Reil and killed at least 25 of them.

Sun May 08, 2016

Syria: Terrorists’ Tanks Targeted in Battle with Gov’t Forces near Khan Touman

Several tanks and armoured vehicles of the terrorist groups were destroyed by the Syrian Army troops’ heavy missile fire in the Southern part of Aleppo province near Khan Touman battlefield.

The Syrian army’s missile units hit a T72 tank of terrorists and two more tanks of al-Nusra Front and a BMP vehicle, whose crew also were killed or wounded.

In the meantime, most of the supply lines of the terrorist groups in the Western part of Khan Touman to Rashedeen 4 and 5 and al-Khalediyeh were bombed by the heavy fire of the Syrian air fleet and the army’s artillery and missile units.

Scores of the terrorists were killed or wounded in the shelling and several vehicles of the terrorists were destroyed in the attacks too.

The Syrian government force, including army men, the Iraqi and Lebanese Hezbollah fighters and the National Defense Forces, have significantly advanced against the Takfiri terrorists in Khan Touman battlefield.

Reports said earlier today that the Syrian Army troops and their allies continued to push back the terrorist groups from their strongholds in the Southern part of Aleppo province and took full control over more territories near Khan Touman following several hours of non-stop battle.

The Syrian government forces, including the Iraqi and Lebanese Hezbollah, stormed defence lines of the terrorist groups near Tal Bastawi, which ended in the killing or wounding of tens of the Takfiri terrorists who fled the battlefield.

The Syrian military forces captured Tal Bastawi and started to fortify their positions there.

The pro-government forces, meantime, repelled the terrorists’ offensive near the village of Abu Reil and killed at least 25 of them.

The Al-Nusra and units of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) claim to have taken back Khan Touman, but government forces say they are still in charge of key centres and blocks in the town.

The Syrian army alongside the National Defence Forces and Hezbollah fighters regained full control over the town of Khan Touman in December. Ever since then the city has fallen back to the terrorists twice, with the second time being this weekend.

Following an unsuccessful truce that was repeatedly violated by the terrorist groups, the Al-Nusra Front – the Syria arm of the Al-Qaeda terrorist group – could relocate some 20,000 terrorists to Northern Aleppo via Turkey’s soil to launch a large-scale attack on pro-government positions in several key cities in Aleppo province, including Khan Touman in the Southwest.

 

Khan Touman: Scores of Terrorists Killed in Battle with Syrian Army, Hezbollah

At least 60 terrorists were killed and many more were wounded in a joint offensive of the Syrian Army troops and the Lebanese Hezbollah fighters in the Southern part of Aleppo province, army sources said Monday.

“The Syrian government forces engaged in a tough battle with the terrorists of Jeish al-Fatah near Khan Touman, which ended in the killing of at least 60 Takfiri militants, and destroyed the group’s military hardware in large scale,” the sources said.

Military sources announced earlier today that at least 400 terrorists were killed or wounded in the pro-government forces’ offensives in the Southern part of Aleppo province in the last two to three days.

“The entire anti-terrorism movements and offensives of the Syrian army and its allies are based on military logic and are not based on any emotional decisions, that is why the government forces are carrying out their operations in Khan Touman battlefield step by step,” the sources told FNA, adding, “The most important matter is that the Syrian military forces have been capable of changing their positions in Khan Touman from defensive to offensive.”

“The Syrian soldiers have prevented Jeish al-Fatah, al-Nusra Front and Ahrar al-Sham from moving towards al-Zarbeh and the neighbourhoods of Rashedeen 4 and 5 from the Western and Northeastern sides of Khan Touman,” they added.

“At least three tanks and several vehicles of the terrorist groups have been destroyed in the past two-three days and the Takfiri terrorists’ centers in Kahn Touman, al-Zarbeh, Damascus-Aleppo highway, al-Eis and Rashedeen 4 have been heavily bombed by the Russian and Syrian fighter jets,” the sources went on to say.

“In the meantime, the Syrian army’s artillery, missile and mortar units have been pounding the terrorists’ position in Khan Touman battlefield to weaken the defensive abilities of the militants and pave the group for safer and easier ground operation,” they added.

“The Syrian army tracked and targeted a U.S.-made TOW anti-tank missiles launching-pad near Khan Touman, which ended in the destruction of the site and the killing of the entire militants in the site,” the source said.

The Al-Nusra and units of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) claim to have taken back Khan Touman, but government forces say they are still in charge of key centres and blocks in the town.

The Syrian army alongside the National Defence Forces and Hezbollah fighters regained full control over the town of Khan Touman in December. Ever since then the city has fallen back to the terrorists twice, with the second time being this weekend.

Following an unsuccessful truce that was repeatedly violated by the terrorist groups, the Al-Nusra Front – the Syria arm of the Al-Qaeda terrorist group – could relocate some 20,000 terrorists to Northern Aleppo via Turkey’s soil to launch a large-scale attack on pro-government positions in several key cities in Aleppo province, including Khan Touman in the Southwest.

Mon May 09, 2016

Syrian, Russian Warplanes Bomb Terrorist Centres in Khan Touman

Syrian and Russian Air Force strikers, in a fresh series of joint combat flights, targeted the terrorist groups’ positions in a key neighbourhood of the town of Kahn Touman in the Southern part of Aleppo province and inflicted heavy death toll on the militants.

Strongholds of the Takfiri terrorists in al-Rashedeen neighbourhood’s Southern farms were massively targeted by the Syrian and Russian fighter jets.

The terrorists suffered a heavy death toll and their military equipment sustained major damage in the attacks.

In relevant developments on Sunday, Several tanks and armoured vehicles of the terrorist groups were destroyed by the Syrian Army troops’ heavy missile fire near Khan Touman battlefield.

The Syrian army’s missile units hit a T72 tank of terrorists and two more tanks of al-Nusra Front and a BMP vehicle, whose crew also were killed or wounded.

In the meantime, most of the supply lines of the terrorist groups in the Western part of Khan Touman to Rashedeen 4 and 5 and al-Khalediyeh were bombed by the heavy fire of the Syrian air fleet and the army’s artillery and missile units.

Scores of the terrorists were killed or wounded in the shelling and several vehicles of the terrorists were destroyed in the attacks too.

The Syrian government force, including army men, the Iraqi and Lebanese Hezbollah fighters and the National Defence Forces, have significantly advanced against the Takfiri terrorists in Khan Touman battlefield.

The Al-Nusra and units of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) claim to have taken back Khan Touman, but government forces say they are still in charge of key centres and blocks in the town.

The Syrian army alongside the National Defense Forces and Hezbollah fighters regained full control over the town of Khan Touman in December. Ever since then the city has fallen back to the terrorists twice, with the second time being this weekend.

Following an unsuccessful truce that was repeatedly violated by the terrorist groups, the Al-Nusra Front – the Syria arm of the Al-Qaeda terrorist group – could relocate some 20,000 terrorists to Northern Aleppo via Turkey’s soil to launch a large-scale attack on pro-government positions in several key cities in Aleppo province, including Khan Touman in the Southwest.

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Challenging the MSF Narratives and Bias in Aleppo*

Challenging the MSF Narratives and Bias in Aleppo*

By Vanessa Beeley

Open Letter to MSF/Doctors Without Borders

Dear MSF International President Dr. Joanne Liu,

Your organization is well regarded and influential.  I appreciate that many good people work for and support MSF/Doctors Without Borders.  However, I need to inquire about your independence and the consequences of your work in Syria. I believe an objective look will reveal that while you are helping in some areas, you are causing harm in others.

Following are questions on this important issue:

1: As you know, Aleppo is a large city with the government forces holding western Aleppo while other parts of the city are dominated by armed opposition groups, primarily Nusra/Al Qaeda.  About 1.5 to 2 million people live in the government areas with about 200 to 250 thousand in the areas controlled by armed opposition. So 80-90 % of the population is in government-controlled areas. This is rarely mentioned but seems important.  Given this fact, is it true that you provide aid and support only to the opposition held areas?

2: On April 21 the Western and Gulf backed “High Negotiations Committee” announced they were quitting the Geneva negotiations. The next day, hundreds of mortars and bombs started being launched into western Aleppo from the zones controlled by Nusra and other terrorist groups.

These bombs are powerful, wounding and killing indiscriminately. Syrian journalist Edward Dark noted that western media and groups such as MSF were silent on this even though hospitals were being hit, dozens of children and civilians killed. On twitter he reported day by day …..

“West Aleppo is simply being obliterated by rebel shelling. A city of 2 million people is being butchered.”

“Carnage and devastation as ‘moderate rebel’ bombs fall on west Aleppo like rain”

“Terrorist rebel bombs are still falling like rain on west Aleppo. 15 people murdered at a mosque in Bab Faraj after Friday prayers”

“This is the hospital where my son was born. Dabeet Hospital in W.Aleppo completely destroyed by rebel shelling.”

Has MSF denounced these killings and attacks on hospitals in western Aleppo?

3: The unconcern about indiscriminate attacks and killing in government-held areas of Aleppo has also been denounced by Syrian-Canadian physician Dr. Nabil Antaki. He has recently written:

“With regards to recent events in Aleppo, I state very clearly that the mainstream media are lying by omission… All of us here in Aleppo are disgusted by their lack of impartiality and objectivity.

They only talk about the loss of life in east of Aleppo which is entirely controlled by Al Nusra…. These are their ‘moderate rebels’ …This same media remains silent on the daily losses and suffering endured in the Western areas of Aleppo living under the rain of mortar fire from these terrorist factions.

This media never mentions the continuous bombardment and the carnage we have witnessed in western Aleppo where every single sector has been targeted. On a daily basis we see dozens of people murdered…..

For three days now, these media outlets have been accusing the “Assad regime” of bombing an MSF hospital to the east of Aleppo and of killing the last pediatrician in the city. This demonstrates that, for these media, the only priority is this pocket of the city where terrorists are embedded. The three quarters of Aleppo under Syrian government control, where numerous paediatricians are practicing, is of no consequence.”

Dr. Liu, will you meet with Dr. Antaki?  Perhaps he could give you a tour and confirm to you what he says. He is a well known and respected doctor in Aleppo and fellow Canadian citizen.

4: There are many discrepancies in reports about the April 27 attack on Al Quds Hospital.  MSF Middle East Operations Manager Pablo Marco, interviewed the next day on CNN and PBS Newshour, said “there were two barrel bombs that fell close to the hospital …. then the third barrel bomb fell in the entrance of the hospital”.

Barrel bombs are only delivered by helicopters. In contrast, your press release the same day says “the hospital was destroyed by at least one airstrike which directly hit the building, “reducing it to rubble.”

A CBC report continued this version, claiming “An MSF-supported hospital in the northern Syria city of Aleppo is now a pile of rubble. Airstrikes brought down the building on Wednesday.”

The hospital photograph indicates it is not a “pile of rubble” and it’s unclear where the damage is. The sandbag reinforcement and damaged car in front indicate it might have been a battle scene but the rest is unclear.  Which story is correct and accurate?

The number of fatalities has varied from initial death counts of 14 to later reports of over 50. How are these numbers verified?

5: MSF representatives Pablo Marco and Muskilda Zancada suggest is was a deliberate and intentional attack on the hospital.  In an interview Ms. Zancada says “Al Quds Hospital has been functional for more than 4 years so it was basically impossible that this information was not known… The facts are pointing to this being a deliberate attack.”

In contrast with Ms. Zancada’s assertions, most Aleppans have never heard of “Al Quds Hospital”. The “hospital” did not exist before the conflict and the photo shows an unidentified apartment building.  Is it accurate to call this facility a “hospital”?

Mr. Marco claimed that MSF supported personnel visited the hospital every other week so there must be many reports, documents and photos confirming whether it was a 34 bed hospital. Otherwise, it seems fair to say this was actually a medical clinic in the ground floor of an unmarked and largely abandoned apartment building.

6: Can Mr. Marco or Ms. Zancada please identify the damage inflicted by the airstrike (or barrel bomb) at Al Quds Hospital on April 27?  The Russian Ministry of Defense has released a photograph indicating the building had similar damage in October 2015.

7: As you know, Nusra/Al Qaeda is considered ‘terrorist’ by all parties including the U.S., French, and Canadian governments.  Does the Al Quds Hospital primarily or significantly serve Al Qaeda and/or other terrorist fighters? If so, are your supporters aware they are assisting fighters who launched bombs attacking western Aleppo as shown here and previously destroyed the once prized Al Kindi Hospital with a huge truck bomb as shown here? I appreciate you have a commitment to the hippocratic oath but given the widespread medical needs, why are you prioritizing assistance to Nusra/Al Qaeda?

8: Many videos from Al Quds Hospital feature members of the “White Helmets”.  Are you aware the White Helmets was established by the U.S. and U.K. with initial training in Turkey by a U.K. military contractor?  Are you aware the organization is not independent or neutral and has explicitly called for western intervention in Syria? The origins of the “White Helmets” is documented here . There is an online petition denouncing this clever but cynical marketing campaign here.

9: Can you you please compare and contrast the videos showing attacks at MSF- supported Al Quds Hospital with videos showing attacks in western Aleppo? The videos from Al Quds Hospital are here and here with an animated one here. The attacks in western Aleppo including an attack on Al Dabeet Hospital are here, here and here. Do you see the difference between videos from armed opposition area vs. those from western Aleppo? Some look authentic and some look possibly staged.

10: We know that many Western and Gulf countries are providing funds to help the armed opposition in Syria.  For example in 2012 the Canadian government said “the reason the $2 million was being channeled through Canadian Relief for Syria instead of the U.N. or International Committee of the Red Cross was because it was intended for Syrian opposition groups and was not humanitarian aid.” Is MSF directly or indirectly receiving grants or funds from the Canadian, French or U.S. governments to serve Syrian opposition groups?

11: There has been a wave of media coverage of Al Quds Hospital and the death of Dr. Moaz (sometimes spelled Maaz). Some of the reports are clearly intended to tug at the heart and natural sympathy of people. Unfortunately propagandists can be effective in this area as they seek to manipulate public opinion.

There are many examples with the Kuwaiti babies and incubators being one of the most famous frauds as it successfully won public support for Gulf War 1. Both Amnesty International and the International Red Crescent were (unwittingly) part of the fraud.

My point is this: Some of the Al Quds Hospital stories are questionable and may be fraudulent.  For example the letter from a fellow physician acclaiming Dr Moaz was published by “The Syria Campaign” which is the marketing creator of the “White Helmets”.

The letter is supposedly from a fellow doctor who might or might not be real. They use a false name yet claim he “manages the Children’s Hospital in Aleppo”. Another questionable piece of ‘evidence’ of the death of Dr. Moaz is the video supposedly taken just before the building was hit by missile or bomb.

It’s curious that the building would be destroyed and the CCTV cameras (several of them) survive and be ready for editing. Is this real or is it just another example of the “moderate rebel’ social media propaganda?

12: Biased media coverage on Syria serves to demonize the Assad government and prolong the conflict. It has made it easier for foreign aggressors to continue funding the proxy armies such as Nusra/Al Qaeda.

There is danger of vastly increased conflict and bloodshed if foreign governments or NATO intervene directly. In fact, calls for greater aggression are increasing in the wake of publicity around the attack at Al Quds Hospital.

Are you aware that the Foreign Minister of Saudi Arabia seemed to threaten an escalation of the conflict as he said

The world is not going to allow them to get away with this.”?

Dr. Liu, we agree with your insistence that medical personnel and facilities should not be attacked. That is in keeping with the Geneva Conventions on War.

There are other international laws, including laws against aggression and the right of self-defence.  It is clear that the Syrian government is being attacked by proxy armies funded by a coalition of foreign governments in violation of international law and the U.N. Charter.

Will you investigate whether the criticisms expressed in this letter are accurate and take appropriate action? It seems that current MSF actions and statements on Syria are biased and effectively serving the coalition of governments waging war on Syria in violation of international law.

The bias and propaganda sustain the conflict and threaten to make it even worse.

Best regards,

Rick Sterling

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