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Libya: Level of Ongoing Torture Forces Doctors Without Borders to Leave

Libya: Level of Ongoing Torture Forces Doctors Without Borders to Leave

Courtesy of FPA

MSF has been working in Misrata’s prisons in Libya to provide medical care to war-wounded detainees who have not been treated by the Libyan medical system.  However, MSF has seen numerous cases of torture of detainees in those prisons following interrogation sessions. Very often, MSF’s medical care to these prisoners has been interrupted, and sometimes even denied, because of interrogation sessions.

Despite MSF’s repeated demands to the Libyan authorities, there has been no clear commitment by Libyan officials to stop this ill-treatment.  MSF refuses to be exploited to repeatedly treat the same patients between interrogation sessions and has therefore decided to suspend its medical activities in the detention centres in Misrtata.

Press Release from Doctors Without Borders

 Libya: Detainees Tortured And Denied Medical Care

MSF Suspends Work in Detention Centres in Misrata

TRIPOLI/BRUSSELS, JANUARY 26, 2012 – Detainees in the Libyan city of Misrata are being tortured and denied urgent medical care, leading the international medical humanitarian organisation Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) to suspend its operations in detention centres in Misrata, MSF announced today.

MSF teams began working in Misrata’s detention centres in August, 2011, to treat war-wounded detainees. Since then, MSF doctors were increasingly confronted with patients who suffered injuries caused by torture during interrogation sessions. The interrogations were held outside the detention centres. In total, MSF treated 115 people who had torture-related wounds and reported all the cases to the relevant authorities in Misrata. Since January, several of the patients returned to interrogation centres have even been tortured again.

“Some officials have sought to exploit and obstruct MSF’s medical work,” said MSF General Director Christopher Stokes.

“Patients were brought to us in the middle of interrogation for medical care, in order to make them fit for further interrogation. This is unacceptable. Our role is to provide medical care to war casualties and sick detainees, not to repeatedly treat the same patients between torture sessions.”

MSF medical teams were also asked to treat patients inside the interrogation centres, which was categorically refused by the organisation.

The most alarming case occurred on January 3, when MSF doctors treated a group of 14 detainees returning from an interrogation centre located outside the detention facilities. Despite previous MSF demands for the immediate end of torture, nine of the 14 detainees suffered numerous injuries and displayed obvious signs of torture.

The MSF team informed the National Army Security Service—the agency responsible for interrogations—that a number of patients needed to be transferred to hospitals for urgent and specialised care. All but one of the detainees were again deprived of essential medical care and were subjected to renewed interrogations and torture outside the detention centres.

After meeting with various authorities, MSF sent an official letter on January 9 to the Misrata Military Council, the Misrata Security Committee, the National Army Security Service, and the Misrata Local Civil Council, again demanding an immediate stop to any form of ill treatment of detainees.

 “No concrete action has been taken,” said Stokes.

“Instead, our team received four new torture cases. We have therefore come to the decision to suspend our medical activities in the detention centres.”

MSF has been present in Misrata since April 2011, in the midst of the Libyan conflict. Since August 2011, MSF has worked in Misrata’s detention centres, treating war wounded, performing surgeries, and providing orthopaedic follow-up care to people who had suffered bone fractures. MSF medical teams have carried out 2,600 consultations, including 311 for violent trauma.

MSF will continue its mental health support activities in schools and health facilities in Misrata, as well as its assistance to 3,000 African migrants, refugees and internally displaced persons in and around Tripoli.

MSF is an international humanitarian medical organisation that has worked in Libya since February 25, 2011. To ensure the independence of its medical work, MSF relies solely on private donations to finance its activities in Libya and does not accept any funding from governments, donor agencies, or military or political groups.

For more information contact:

nihal.shafik@msf.org

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Not Gonna Fight No War No More!

From Infowar.comNot Gonna Fight No War No More!

 

From UNAC

At no time since the Iranian people rose up against the hated U.S-installed Shah has a U.S./Israeli military attack against Iran seemed more possible. Following three decades of unrelenting hostility, the last few months have seen a steady escalation of charges, threats, sanctions and actual preparations for an attack. These are just a few of the most recent developments:

  • Beginning in late October, Israeli media began widely speculating that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin
  • Netanyahu was heavily lobbying for military strikes against Iran’s nuclear energy sites.
  • On Nov. 2, Israel test-fired a missile said to be able to both carry a nuclear warhead and reach Iranian territory.
  • Britain’s armed forces have reportedly stepped up contingency planning for potential military action against Iran.

These developments followed widely challenged U.S. allegations of an Iranian plot to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to the United States; an attack that top U.S. officials claim was to be carried out by a hit-man hired from the Zeta drug cartel, known to be deeply infiltrated by U.S. anti-drug agents.

Congressional bill promoted by the American Israel Public Affairs Committee would forbid the President from speaking to Iranian officials without explicit permission from Congress a restriction unprecedented in U.S. history.

In November, the Boeing Company sent the U.S. Air Force the first of 20 bunker-busting bombs, designed to destroy underground facilities such as those housing Iran’s nuclear energy program. The bombs, which cost a total of about $314 million, are each nearly five tons heavier than anything else in the military’s arsenal.

Both the U.S. and the U.K. have imposed new sanctions against Iran’s banking system, hoping to economically strangle the country’s economy.

Meanwhile, the Pentagon is hard at work strengthening its military alliance with the Persian Gulf states that, together with U.S.-occupied Iraq and Afghanistan, form a military semi-circle around the Islamic Republic.

The central charge against Iran has been that it is trying to develop a nuclear weapon. Iran denies the charge, and the simple fact is that there is no evidence to support it. (9) But that doesn’t stop the U.S. and its allies, along with the major news media, from relentlessly repeating the accusation as if it were a proven fact.

On Nov. 8, the U.N.’s nuclear watchdog International Atomic Energy Agency released its latest report on Iran’s nuclear program, a program Iran insists is solely designed to produce electricity, not atomic or nuclear weapons, as is claimed by the U.S. and other Western powers. The report does not say that Iran is developing a nuclear bomb. It repeats past charges; it introduces new evidence it says it received from 10 countries, but never names the countries and refuses to show Iran the actual evidence it quotes from intelligence sources it does not identify; and it uses innuendo and political spin to leave the impression that Iran is about to construct nuclear weapons “ but it tellingly never makes that charge.

It is important to note that IAEA reports on Iran have become much more critical since the departure of its former Director General, Dr. Mohamed El-Baradei of Egypt. Since Dec. 1, 2009, the agency has been led by Yukiya Amano, a career diplomat with the Japanese Foreign Ministry nominated for the position by the government of Japan, a close U.S. ally.

Meanwhile, almost never mentioned is the fact that, as a signatory to the international Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, Iran has an internationally recognized right to develop and use nuclear energy for peaceful purposes. Whether or not we agree that nuclear power is a safe energy option, the fact is that Iran’s pursuit of it is legal. Meanwhile, Israel, a country with 200-300 nuclear weapons that is threatening to attack Iran, is one of only three countries that still refuse to sign the NPT.

 

What is crystal clear is that Washington wants a regime change in Tehran. Why? Because the Iranian government controls the world’s third largest oil reserves, refuses to open them to exploitation by Western oil companies and is the last real obstacle to U.S. military, economic and political control over the critically strategic Middle East. While activists may hold different views of Iran’s internal political system, we must all agree that the U.S. government, which has blatantly lied about the threats posed by other nations, has no right to impose its will on countries formerly colonized and exploited by the West. This is a simple question of the right of oppressed nations to self-determination.

When Iraq controlled its own oil and insisted on pursuing its own political path, the U.S. falsely accused it of developing weapons of mass destruction, ties to al-Qaeda and responsibility for the 9/11 attacks, paving the way for a brutal and entirely unjustified nine-year war. Now more than 5,000 U.S. soldiers and contractors and hundreds of thousands of Iraqis are dead, millions have been wounded and a third of the population has been displaced. But Iraqi oil is now open for Western exploitation.

Opinion polls show the U.S. public is opposed to the ongoing wars, let alone a new one. Instead, we are waking up in a mass way to the fact that a tiny 1% of the population owns and runs this country the 1% that promotes and profits from war.

We don’t want another war, we can’t afford another war, we won’t accept another war. And we don’t have to. Like the millions fighting for freedom and justice around the world, we too can make a difference. In whatever struggle you are engaged, please find the strength and determination to raise one more sign, one more banner, one more critical slogan:

No War, No Sanctions, No Internal Interference in Iran!

https://nationalpeaceconference.org/

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Bush and Blair Found Guilty…

Bush and Blair Found Guilty…

 

Press TV

A Malaysian tribunal has found former US President George W Bush and former British Prime Minister Tony Blair guilty of committing crimes against humanity during the Iraq war.
The Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Tribunal found the former heads of state guilty after a four-day hearing. A seven-member panel chaired by former Malaysian Federal Court judge Abdul Kadir Sulaiman presided over the trial.

The five panel tribunal unanimously decided that the former US and British leaders had committed crimes against peace and humanity, and also violated international law when they ordered the invasion of Iraq in March 2003.

The prosecutors at the hearing ruled that the invasion of Iraq was a flagrant abuse of law, and act of aggression which amounted to a mass murder of the Iraqi people.

“Bush and Blair are found guilty under the same law that applied to the Nazis after the end of the World War II. So, they are international (war) criminals guilty of Nuremberg crimes against peace; and they should be prosecuted by any state in the world that gets a hold of them. We will continue our efforts to bring Bush and Blair to justice and put them in jail,” Francis Boyle, an international law expert and prosecutor, told Press TV.


Source:
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Palestine: Game Change

Palestine: Game Change

 

From AVAAZ

In the next few hours, history could be made in Palestine. A small number of brave Palestinians will risk attack and arrest to commit a forbidden act — they will board a public bus.

Lacking their own state, Palestinians are forbidden to use buses and roads reserved for non-Arabs — part of a host of race-based rules that US President Jimmy Carter has called “apartheid”. 50 years ago, African-Americans in the US challenged these rules by simply and non-violently refusing to follow them. In a few hours, Palestinians will take the same approach, and their
actions will be live webcasted by Avaaz teams at the link below.

As diplomats stall in the fight for a Palestinian state, the Palestinian people are taking the fight into their own hands, one public service at a time. And they’re doing it with the simple, elegant and unstoppable moral force of non-violence in the tradition of Gandhi and Martin Luther King. The Palestinian spring begins right now – click below to watch it LIVE, register
support, and give these brave activists the global solidarity and attention they urgently need to win:

Non-violence is the game-changing force in this long-standing conflict. Boarding buses is a symbolic act, but so was Gandhi’s salt march, and Rosa Park’s own courageous ride on a segregated bus in the US. Just as non-violent protest was able to topple dictators in Egypt and Tunisia, so can it finally free the Palestinian people from 40 years of crippling military oppression by a foreign power.

There are many dangers. Israel has been arming the extremist settler population, a tactic which is likely, if not intended, to provoke awful violence that will draw the news cameras away from the brave acts of non-violence. Even the Palestinian authorities are pushing back on the action which they fear will start a democratic protest movement that they cannot control. But these few brave Palestinians have had enough, and if we stand with them now, we can help them ignite a flame that will burn its way all the way to a free and peaceful Palestinian state:

We have no idea what will happen in the next 24 hours. Maybe the authorities will crush this brave action. Maybe it will spark into a massive conflagration. Maybe it will sow the first seed of an unstoppable movement with tremendous integrity. But we can watch it live, and lend our voices to the effort. And maybe one day, we can tell our grandchildren that we were there when Palestinians boarded the buses that would ultimately take them to freedom.

With hope and determination,

Ricken, Emma, Alice, Raluca, Pascal, Diego and the rest of the Avaaz team

Sources:

I Woke Up This Morning with My Mind Set on Freedom
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/clarence-b-jones/i-woke-up-this-morning-wi_b_1087407.html

Freedom Riders: 1961 and the struggle for racial justice
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/03/19/books/review/19foner.html

Palestinian Freedom Rides echo the Civil Rights Movement
http://www.alternativenews.org/english/index.php/topics/news/3888-freedom-rides

‘Freedom Rides’ to Resume in Palestine
http://www.palestinechronicle.com/view_article_details.php?id=17242

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Israel Preparing to Take on the World

Israel Preparing to Take on the World

 

There is nothing new about this, in fact the Ashkenazi and other European descendents of Jews have been preparing since they occupied Palestine in 1948, and is what Western powers have secretly feared ever since, but the price can no longer be the liberty and freedom of a people.

Now MissileThreat.com announces that following a successful launch of the missile Jericho-3 on Wednesday 2nd November 2011, those fears are rising to the surface. Keeping mum about Israel’s nuclear program was far from being a wise decision; instead Western powers have focused on imaginary scenarios in Iraq and Iran. Jericho-3 an intercontinental ballistic was launched at the Palmahim airbase. Jericho-3 is a 3-stage missile capable of delivering a 750 kilo warhead at 10,000 kilometers, which implies it can reach as far as Tokyo and New York. It is apparently also able to carry multiple independent targetable re-entry vehicles. It has the potential to be launched from a mobile platform, and its speed at the moment makes it difficult to intercept according
to Pravdu.

Following Turkey’s blocking Israeli from opening an office at NATO, an attempt that if it had been successful would have given Israel access to documents on other countries, Germany may follow through verbal threats against Israel’s further incursion into Palestinian territory via the
settlements program.  Given that Israel’s naval might has been at the hands of cooperation with Germany, one wonders what effect the current threat will have if Germany were to postpone supplying Israel with more German submarines, yet if it  goes ahead will make Israel have the most powerful naval fleet in the Middle East as Turkey and Iran increase their presence in the Mediterranean.

Has Germany paid its price for its crimes against the Jews in WWII!? Maybe from Israel’s point of view the world will always owe the Jews.

Unlike France, Britain and the U.S, Germany has comparatively less colonialistic tendencies towards the Middle East, but moreso towards Africa.

At first glance, the Germans had no particular interests in the Middle East. Unlike France that
cannot abandon its neo-colonialist interests in Asia and Africa, Germany prefers to pursue a balanced policy, staying out of the most acute conflicts between East and West. For all parties concerned, the worry is over the Palestinian bid for sovereignty of their own soil, hence why negotiating one’s land with  a people who have occupied it, destroyed ones villages and farms, stolen land and property, prevented the right and the means to work, have reduced the population through a program of ethnic cleansing (which is a bit difficult considering they are of the same race) and expulsion, and held them under siege deprived of food, medical aid, and
electricity has reached the point of being unacceptable, but this is what the West wants because they have reason to fear Israel whereas the boundaries of fear have been pushed far back for the Palestinians for over 60 years while everyone else got on with their lives!

Sources:

“Israel launches new missile that can reach New York and Tokyo.”
http://english.pravda.ru/news/world/03-11-2011/119521-israel_jericho-0/

Sosinsky-Semikhat, Y.  “Germany Deprives
Israeli Navy of Power” http://english.pravda.ru/world/asia/04-11-2011/119530-germany_israel-0/

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UNESCO: Hope Prevails as Courage Outshines U.S. Threats

UNESCO: Hope Prevails as Courage Outshines U.S. Threats

 

The UN cultural and educational agency Unesco has granted Palestine full membership against Israeli and U.S. threats. Palestine is now a full member of the UN cultural and educational agency despite U.S. threat to withhold U.S$80m (£50m) annually from the U.Ns Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO).

A round of applause ensued from the decision (107 votes to 14 with 52 abstentions), and “Long live Palestine!” shouted one delegate, in French.

Who said anything is possible when done by the willing!

From 2010, UNESCO had voted to support the religious significance of the old city of Jerusalem, which means the city that was for Muslims, Christians, and Jews, a very significant vote when party politics and the foreign policies of U.S. and allies has promoted significantly religious polarization. As such, UNESCO is not in support of the ongoing Israeli excavations on significant monuments like Al-Aqsa Mosque, which is also in contravention of UN and Security Council resolutions. UNESCO voted that al-Haram al-Ibrahimi/Tomb of the Patriarchs in al-Khalil/Hebron and the Bilal bin Rabah Mosque/Rachel’s Tomb are intrinsically a part of  Bethlehem, which have been deemed by Israel as Israeli heritage sites. UNESCO also voted to protect the Gaza Strip, and remaining true to the original ethos of the Old City of Jerusalem supported the Israeli Elishia Park/Ain El-Sultan oasis at the heart of the Judean desert, which overlooks the ruins of the first fortified city mentioned in the Bible where it is believed prophet Jesus/Issa (SAW) battled with Shaytan for 40 days.

Source:

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A Libyan in London Speaks About Libya

A Libyan in London Speaks About Libya

Russia Today refers to Hilary Clinton on a Libyan trip two days before Ghaddafi/Al-Qathafi’s assasination as the “Wicked Witch of the West”, indeed on news of his death it is commonly known that she laughed.

Many people of the Middle East are sickened by the manner of his reported death,a manner that is symbolic of the whole NATO operation that has left over 30,000 deaths (while the media focuses on Syria’s 2,000+ deaths), have razed towns and villages, and have left many mass graves.

Asiel, a young Libyan in London, from the Ghaddafi/Al-Qathafi town of Sirte, where former President Muammar Qattafi/Al-Qathafi the African Union was signed into existence reflects on the realities of what has happened while the corporate, and Middle Eastern media focuses on the few Libyans celebrating portraying them as representative as the whole of Libyan.

Asiel equates the NATO operation to the 1911 invasion and occupation of Libya by Italy!

PT.II

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