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Sands of Sorrow (1950) Palestinian Arab Refugee Camps Video

Unseizing Gaza

For three years, Israel and Egypt, supported by the United States and the European Union, have restricted travel and trade and have allowed only the most basic humanitarian aid into Gaza as collective punishment for the Palestinians of Gaza electing Hamas as their government. The purpose of the siege, blockade, quarantine of Gaza is to put pressure on the people to overthrow the government of Hamas. But, sieges and sanctions seldom effect the change that other governments want. Instead, the sanctions make life miserable for the average citizen while the political elite live their lives with little impact. The United States has had a 50 year blockade on Cuba to get the people of Cuba to revolt against Fidel Castro and the revolution - and it didn't work. The ten years of sanctions on the people of Iraq didn't result in their taking up arms against Saddam Hussein's regime. And the ever increasing sanctions on the people of Iran are doomed to fail in the same way-they are all "ineffective" for the purposes for which they were created - putting such economic, medical and daily food pressure on civilians that they will take up weapons against their own heavily armed military force.

The miracle has been achieved… Abbas and Netanyahu agreed!

Finally, and after decades of suffering on both sides – equally or otherwise – the miracle has been achieved… President Mahmoud Abbas and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu agreed… … To meet again in two weeks… [Do not dare say oops] … WOW… What an accomplishment… Halleluiah… Praise the lord… Allahu Akbar… Now we know that bringing all those people all the way from the Middle East to Washington to witness the miracle in person was worth it… Not only that; but they have given the undisputable sign of their will to solve the conflict by agreeing to meet every two weeks thereafter. Finding nothing on which the two leaders could agree, they agreed to meet again in two weeks. ... All media outlets are reporting the great news. Aljazeera, Fox News, CNN, TV5, RT, ABC, BBC, CBC, MSNBC, CTV, NBC, CBS, and all combinations of the alphabet are reporting the miracle… Abbas and Netanyahu agreed… WOW… People are supposed to be speechless! To all the sceptics out there, I say… someone told you so… you should fold your tent, and join the tent of believers; for the great leaders of Palestinians and Israeli-Jews have agreed. In spite of your doom and gloom predictions of failure, they agreed. You were wrong, and you will always be proven wrong; as the great leaders will always meet and agree to meet again and again and again until the whole world knows that you are wrong. What happens in the meantime is irrelevant; the important thing is that the great leaders – with the grace of God Almighty – continue to agree to meet again, and again, and again, and again, and again. In spite of sceptics' doubts, many details must be addressed and dealt with; one detail at a time. If it takes a million years, it is not important; what is significant is that the great leaders continue to meet and hold meetings to discuss agreeing to meet again.

US Campaign Vigil Marking 2010 Restart of Negotiations

'We need peace talks, not photo ops'

Fiachra Ó Luain: Request for BBC Director General to Dismiss Members of Panorama Team

The casual description of passengers as ‘terrorists’ has gone without any challenge at all in the programme. There is not even an attempt to provide a definition of the term. One common definition is ‘violence used against civilians to achieve political ends.’ By this definition attacks on soldiers are not terrorism, although attacks by soldiers can be. According to the CIA ‘Terrorism is the unlawful use of force or violence against persons or property to intimidate or coerce a government, the civilian population, or any segment thereof, in furtherance of political or social objectives.’ Here the importance of legality can be seen and the complete avoidance of this issue is a serious failing of the programme. Clearly a ruling is required on this and the most eminent and highly qualified investigation currently appointed to do this is the UN Human Rights Council's fact finding mission, which Israel is determined to sideline and avoid at all costs. (Why? Turkey and the flotilla organisers have expressed no reservations about this committee.) Allowing Israeli military personnel, some of whom may have killed or wounded flotilla passengers, to freely use the word 'terrorist' against their civilian assailants, without consideration of the fact that under international law the Israeli operation may itself have been an act of state terrorism to which the defence was perfectly legal, is a serious failing on the part of the programme. This was biased, misleading and unfair reportage that was quite possibly inaccurate as well.

gaza moments


Collateral Murder

Upozorenje: snimke na linku sadrže vrlo uznemirujući sadržaj pa preporučam mlađima od 16 i osobama slabijih živaca da ih ne gledaju. S druge strane, gledanje snimki preporučam osobama koje razmišljaju o tome da zaposlenje potraže u vojsci ili da odu u neku NATO-ovu misiju širenja kapitalističkog tržišta u svijetu, kako bi na vrijeme odustale od takvih (kako po sebe tako i po ostale) štetnih ideja i poštedile se gledanja ovakvih prizora uživo.

5th April 2010 10:44 EST WikiLeaks has released a classified US military video depicting the indiscriminate slaying of over a dozen people in the Iraqi suburb of New Baghdad -- including two Reuters news staff. Reuters has been trying to obtain the video through the Freedom of Information Act, without success since the time of the attack. The video, shot from an Apache helicopter gun-sight, clearly shows the unprovoked slaying of a wounded Reuters employee and his rescuers. Two young children involved in the rescue were also seriously wounded.


A newly released Wikileaks “Collateral Murder” video has made international headlines showing a July 2007 shooting incident outside of Baghdad in which U.S. forces wounded two children and killed over a dozen people, including the father of those children and two Reuters employees. Two soldiers from Bravo Company 2-16, the company depicted in the video, have written an open letter of apology to the Iraqis who were injured or lost loved ones during the attack that, these former soldiers say, is a regular occurrence in this war.

„ ... Our government may ignore you, concerned more with its public image. It has also ignored many veterans who have returned physically injured or mentally troubled by what they saw and did in your country. But the time is long overdue that we say that the value of our nation's leaders no longer represent us. Our secretary of defense may say the U.S. won't lose its reputation over this, but we stand and say that our reputation's importance pales in comparison to our common humanity. We have asked our fellow veterans and service-members, as well as civilians both in the United States and abroad, to sign in support of this letter, and to offer their names as a testimony to our common humanity,
to distance ourselves from the destructive policies of our nation's leaders, and to extend our hands to you.“