Sunday, December 18, 2011

Kapal Tenggelam Membawa 250 Imigran Afganistan dan Iran

War or economic refugees?


TEMPO
12/18/2011

TEMPO.CO, SURABAYA-

Kapal boat yang tenggelam di perairan Prigi, Jawa Timur membawa sekitar 250 orang warga Afganistan dan Iran menuju Pulau Chrismas, Australia kemarin malam. Operasi penyelamatan para imigran yang bermaksud menyelundup masuk ke Australia lewat Indonesia terus dilakukan.

Petugas regu penyelamat dari Kabupaten Trenggalek, Jawa Timur mengatakan, nelayan dan petugas penyelamat telah menemukan 33 orang, 30 laki-laki, seorang perempuan dan dua anak-anak, yang terapung-apung di laut akibat kapal mereka dihantam gelombang setinggi lima meter. Kapal saat itu sudah meninggalkan pantai Prigi sejauh sekitar 74 kilometer. 

Rescue boat crews assist survivors
“Saya merasakan air menyentuh kaki saya dan saya terbangun. Saat kapal tenggelam, orang-orang paik dan berteriak dan berusaha keluar,” ujar Armaghan Haidar, 17 tahun, warga negara Afganistan yang selamat, Minggu (18 Desember 2011).

Ia berusaha berenang dan berpegangan dengan badan kapal bersama 100 penumpang kapal lainnya. “Sekitar 20-30 orang menggunakan pelampung namun 100 lainnya terjebak didalam kapal,” ujarnya.

Juru bicara pemerintah Kabupaten Trenggalek, Yoso Mihardi mengatakan, kapal kelebihan muatan. Kapal itu berkapasitan 100 orang namun ditemukan ada 250 orang penumpang.

Setiap tahun, ribuan orang menuju negara-negara Asia Tenggara untuk menyelundup masuk ke Australia. Mereka memiliki jaringan dengan para penyelundup di Indonesia dengan situasi laut yang berbahaya.

Menurut seorang petugas penyelamat Kelik Purwanto, para imigran yang selamat mengaku diminta untuk membayar agen penyelundup sebesar US$ 2.500 hingga US$ 5.000 untuk masuk ke Australia.“Menurut pengakuan mereka, mereka terbang dari Dubai ke Jakarta dan naik bus ke satu lokasi yang tak diketahui di Jawa untuk naik kapal laut. Mereka menuju Pulau Christmas,” kata Purwanto.Australia menyebut peristiwa ini sebagai tragedi memprihatikan, namun sejumlah aktivis menuding kebijakan pengungsi Canberra ikut bertanggung jawab. Namun Clare mengatakan, fokus pemerintah saat ini pada pencarian dan penyelamatan korban kapal tenggelam. “Pikiran kita hari ini pada orang-orang yang tewas dan keluarga mereka yang masih hilang di laut,” ujarnya.

Australia dinilai telah gagal untuk membentuk satu pusat penanganan para pencari suaka bekerja sama dengan negara-negara tetangganya. Canberra justru membuat usulan kebijakan untuk memulangkan sekitar 800 pencari suaka yang datang dengan menggunakan jalur laut ke Malaysia. Sebagai gantinya, Australi menerima 4.000 pencari suaka yang terdaftar resmi di Malaysia. Namun, Pengadilan Tinggi Australia pada Agustus lalu menolak usulan kebijakan itu .

Lebih ari 5.500 orang yang kini berada di pusat tahanan imigran di Australia dan sejumlah kapal telah mendarat di Australia pada November lalu dengan membawa hampir 900 imigran. Dan, bulan ini sudah ada sedikitnya sembilan kapal tiba di perairan laut Australia membawa para imigran. 









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Indefinite Detention : Obama, Political Washington Abolishes Due Process Protections


If Americans do not challenge these "laws" they have only themselves to blame when martial law is declared and they are on the way to the camps - or worse; Exiled/expat Americans may kill any U.S. attackers under country of residence deadly force laws

Global Research
By Stephen Lendman
12/17/2011

Main Street Europe and America face protracted Depression conditions. As a result, millions lost jobs, homes, incomes, and futures. 
 
Human misery is growing. So is public anger. Rage across America and Europe reflect it. Gerald Celente explains the stakes, saying:

    "When people lose everything and have nothing else to lose, they lose it."

Occupation Wall Street
Draconian police state provisions were enacted to contain them. Hundreds of secret Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) camps may hold them. Martial law may authorize it, claiming "catastrophic emergency" conditions. Senators blew their cover calling America a "battleground."

During WW II, loyal Japanese Americans were lawlessly detained. Today, social justice protesters and others wanting change are at risk. Political Washington's targeting them to assure business as usual continues. Obama's fully on board.

   On December 14, the House passed the FY 2012 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). On December 15, the Senate followed suit - ironically on Bill of Rights Day.

    Obama will sign it into law. The measure ends constitutional protections for everyone, including US citizens. Specifically it targets due process and law enforcement powers.

    With or without evidence, on issues of alleged terrorist connections posing national security threats, the Pentagon now supplants civilian authorities. It's well beyond its mandate.

    Militaries exist to protect nations from foreign threats. Its Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) applies solely to its own personnel as authorized under the Constitution's Article I, Section 8, stating:

"The Congress shall have Power....To make Rules for the Government and Regulation of the land and naval forces."

    In America, state and local police, the Justice Department and FBI are responsible for criminal investigations and prosecutions. No longer on matters relating to alleged national security concerns.

Occupy Portland Patriots fighting cops
Henceforth, America's military may arrest and indefinitely detain anyone anywhere, including US citizens, based on suspicions, spurious allegations, or none at all if presidents so order dictatorially.



     Law Professor Jonathan Turley expressed outrage, saying:

    "I am not sure which is worse: the loss of core civil liberties or the almost mocking post hoc rationalization for abandoning principle. The Congress and the President have now completed a law that would have horrified the Framers."

    "Indefinite detention of citizens is something (they) were intimately familiar with and expressly sought to bar in the Bill of Rights."

    Other legal scholars agree about all alleged criminals having habeas, due process, and other legal rights in duly established civil courts.

    Military tribunals are constitutionally illegal. Since June 2004, America's (conservative) High Court made three landmark rulings.

Cops now have Marine Corps MOPP bio/chem gear
In Rasul v. Bush (June 2004), the Court granted Guantanamo detainees habeas rights to challenge their detentions in civil court. Congress responded with the 2005 Detainee Treatment Act (DTA), subverting the ruling.
 
 
 
    "In Hamdan v. Rumsfeld, the Supreme Court held that federal courts retain jurisdiction over habeas cases. It said Guantanamo Bay military commissions lack "the power to proceed because (their) structures and procedures violate both the Uniform Code of Military Justice and the four Geneva Conventions (of) 1949."

    In October 2006, Congress responded a second time. It enacted the Military Commissions Act (MCA). It subverted the High Court ruling in more extreme form.

   Undermining fundamental rule of law principles, it gave the administration extraordinary unconstitutional powers to detain, interrogate, torture and prosecute alleged terrorist suspects, enemy combatants, or anyone claimed to support them.

   It lets presidents designate anyone anywhere in the world (including US citizens) an "unlawful enemy combatant" and empowers him to arrest and detain them indefinitely in military prisons.

    The law states: "no (civil) court, justice, or judge shall have jurisdiction to hear or consider any claim or cause for action whatsoever....relating to the prosecution, trial or judgment of....military commission(s)....including challenges to (their) lawfulness...."

NYPD pigs molest girl protester
On June 12, 2008, the High Court again disagreed. In Boumediene v. Bush, it ruled that Guantanamo detainees retain habeas rights. MCA unconstitutionally subverts them. As a result, the administration has no legal authority to deny them due process in civil courts or act as accuser, trial judge and executioner with no right of appeal or chance for judicial fairness.

   Nonetheless, Section 2031 of the FY 2010 NDAA contained the 2009 Military Commissions Act (MCA). The phrase "unprivileged enemy belligerent" replaced "unlawful enemy combatant." Language changed but not intent or lawlessness to assume police state powers.

    So far, military commissions haven't tried Americans. Henceforth, based on alleged national security concerns, they will be under draconian FY 2012 NDAA provisions.

    Notably, Jose Padilla, a US citizen, was lawlessly held over three and a half years in military and civilian confinement as an alleged "enemy combatant." Charges against him were spurious. Yet he was denied due process, tortured, brutalized, dehumanized, and transformed in solitary confinement to mush.

    Emotionally destroyed ahead of his civil trial, his lawyer said he resembled "a piece of furniture," unable to represent himself properly in court. In military detention ahead of his court martial, Bradley Manning's barbaric treatment may have left him less than fully able.

A Final Comment

   For years, America's crept closer to totalitarian rule. Notably, the 1996 Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act eased surveillance and death penalty restrictions, eroded habeas protection, and smoothed the way for repressive measures to follow.

Disgust for cops registers on protester's face
Post-9/11, they proliferated. Constitutional protections have been systematically eliminated. FY 2012 NDAA provisions destroy fundamental Bill of Rights ones, including Fifth and Fourteenth Amendment due process rights.

The Fifth Amendment says, "No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury.."
 
Moreover, no one shall "be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb....be compelled (to bear) witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law...."
 
The Fourteenth Amendment says, "All persons born or naturalized in the United States and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are" US citizens.
 
"No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of (US) citizens..nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law...."

    Overall, America's Constitution protects against unreasonable, arbitrary, or capricious laws not based on rule of law principles.

    Supreme Court rulings affirmed Bill of Rights protections. In November 2008, Justice Anthony Kennedy sided with a majority ruling, saying:

"After carefully considering the relevance of the 10 inviolable rights that comprise the ideological foundation on which our nation is built, the court finds that these basic freedoms remain important for the time being, and should not be overturned."


"Until such time as it can be definitively proven that citizens no longer require the protections provided by the Bill of Rights, it shall remain the principal legal guidance for the United States of America."

    Under Obama and the 112th Congress, inviolability no longer holds. Tyranny replaced it. America's no different than other totalitarian states. As a result, no one challenging state power is safe.

    Denouncing imperial lawlessness can be criminalized. So can defending right over wrong. Constitutional protections no longer apply.

    People power alone can restore them. There's no other way.

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The Globalization of War: The "Military Roadmap" to World War III


Obama key figure to corporate push to enslave the world

Online Interacive
12/18/2011

The Globalization of War
The "Military Roadmap" to World War III 
Michel Chossudovsky and Finian Cunningham (Editors)
December 2011

INTRODUCTION

The Pentagon’s global military design is one of world conquest.

The military deployment of US-NATO forces is occurring in several regions of the world simultaneously.

The concept of the “Long War” has characterized US military doctrine since the end of World War II. The broader objective of global military dominance in support of an imperial project was first formulated under the Truman administration in the late 1940s at the outset of the Cold War.



In September 1990, some five weeks after Saddam Hussein’s Iraq invaded Kuwait, US President and Commander in Chief George Herbert Walker Bush delivered a historical address to a joint session of the US Congress and the Senate in which he proclaimed a New World Order emerging from the rubble of the Berlin Wall and the demise of the Soviet Union.

     Bush Senior had envisaged a world of "peaceful international co-operation", one which was no longer locked into the confrontation between competing super powers, under the shadow of the doctrine of "Mutually Assured Destruction" (MAD) which had characterized the Cold War era.

Looking wan and catatonic, Bush said to have advanced syphilis
Bush declared emphatically at the outset of what became known as "the post-Cold War era" that: “a new partnership of nations has begun, and we stand today at a unique and extraordinary moment. The crisis in the Persian Gulf, as grave as it is, also offers a rare opportunity to move toward an historic period of cooperation. Out of these troubled times… a new world order can emerge: A new era freer from the threat of terror, stronger in the pursuit of justice and more secure in the quest for peace. An era in which the nations of the world, east and west, north and south, can prosper and live in harmony.”

    Of course, speeches by American presidents are often occasions for cynical platitudes and contradictions that should not be taken at face value. 

    After all, President Bush was holding forth on international law and justice only months after his country had invaded Panama in December 1989 causing the deaths of several thousand citizens – committing crimes comparable to what Saddam Hussein would be accused of and supposedly held to account for. Also in 1991, the US and its NATO allies went on to unleash, under a “humanitarian” mantle, a protracted war against Yugoslavia, leading to the destruction, fragmentation and impoverishment of an entire country.

    Nevertheless, it is instructive to use Bush Senior’s slanted vision of a “New World Order” as a reference point for how dramatically the world has changed in the intervening 20 years of the so-called post-Cold War era, and in particular how unilaterally degenerate the contemporary international conduct of the US has become under the Clinton, G. W. Bush Junior and Obama administrations.

    Bush Senior's "promise" of world peace has opened up, in the wake of the Cold War, an age of continuous warfare accompanied by a process of economic dislocation, social devastation and environmental degradation.

   In a bitter irony, this concept of peaceful international co-operation and partnership was used as a pretext to unleash The Gulf War, which consisted in "defending the sovereignty" of Kuwait and “upholding international law” following the Iraqi 1990 invasion.

   We are dealing with a global military agenda, namely “Global Warfare”. Far from a world of peaceful cooperation, we are living in a dystopian world of permanent wars – wars that are being waged in flagrant contravention of international law and against public opinion and interest.

    Far from a “new era more secure in the quest for peace” we may see a world more akin to George Orwell’s 1984, dominated by perpetual conflict, insecurity, authoritarian surveillance, doublethink and public mind control.

   A problem for many citizens is that “doublethink and mind control” have become so deeply embedded and disseminated by the mass media, including the so-called quality free press, such as The New York Times and The Guardian.

The Post 9/11 Era

    Allegedly sponsored by Al Qaeda, the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon played a central role in molding public opinion. One of the main objectives of war propaganda is to "fabricate an enemy". The "outside enemy" personified by Osama bin Laden is "threatening America".

Dead or alive, Osama won war on America, West
Pre-emptive war directed against "Islamic terrorists" is required to defend the Homeland. Realities are turned upside down: America is under attack.

In the wake of 9/11, the creation of this "outside enemy" served to obfuscate the real economic and strategic objectives behind the American-led wars in the Middle East and Central Asia. Waged on the grounds of self-defense, the pre-emptive war is upheld as a "just war" with a humanitarian mandate.

   From the outset of the Soviet-Afghan war in the early 1980s, the US intelligence apparatus has supported the formation of the "Islamic brigades". Propaganda purports to erase the history of Al Qaeda, drown the truth and "kill the evidence" on how this "outside enemy" was fabricated and transformed into "Enemy Number One".

    The US intelligence apparatus has created it own terrorist organizations. And at the same time, it creates its own terrorist warnings concerning the terrorist organizations which it has itself created. Meanwhile, a cohesive multibillion dollar counterterrorism program "to go after" these terrorist organizations has been put in place.

  Instead of “war” or “state terrorism”, we are told of “humanitarian intervention” directed against "terrorists", instead of “offence”, we are told of “defense” or “protection”, instead of “mass murder” we are told of “collateral damage”.

   A good versus evil dichotomy prevails. The perpetrators of war are presented as the victims. Public opinion is misled: “We must fight against evil in all its forms as a means to preserving the Western way of life.”

   Breaking the "big lie" which presents war as a humanitarian undertaking, means breaking a criminal project of global destruction, in which the quest for profit is the overriding force. This profit-driven military agenda destroys human values and transforms people into unconscious zombies.

  In truth, as this new Interactive Reader from Global Research will demonstrate, we are living in an era hallmarked by “The Globalization of War” conducted by the very states that proclaim to be defenders of democratic rights and international law.

    The chief protagonist of this globalized war is the United States of America. The US, along with its allies in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), Britain, France, Canada and Germany among others, as well as an array of proxies – such as the Persian Gulf Arab states – is now emboldened to strike militarily in any region of the world.

    It should be remarkable that on a tour of Asia-Pacific in November 2011, US President Barack Obama’s rhetoric was laden with bellicose statements towards China, citing the latter as a military threat to the hemisphere that the United States was ready to confront. Obama’s aggressive rhetoric towards Beijing should have been widely seen as unprecedented and unacceptable. But from a reading of the Western mainstream media, the warmongering by the US president was somehow made into normal, reasonable discourse.

    This spawning militarism is rationalized with a variety of seemingly palatable pretexts: securing the world against "Islamic terrorism", as in Afghanistan; securing the world against "weapons of mass destruction", as in Saddam’s Iraq and currently Iran; defending human rights, as in Libya; humanitarian intervention, as in Somalia; and protecting small nations, as in confronting China on behalf of Southeast Asian states, or constructing a Ballistic Missile Defense system along the Eastern European borders of Russia. And again, the Western mainstream media plays a huge role in rationalizing the irrational, normalizing the abnormal, justifying the unjustifiable – akin to the Ministry of Truth in Orwell’s 1984.

    We may accept these pretexts at face value and attempt to “normalize” a world of seemingly chaotic conflicts, as the Western mainstream media would have us. Or we can choose to see the world as it really is, that is, one where such wars and war-making are correctly understood as abominations of international law and human relations.

    It is our objective in this Interactive Reader to help citizens free themselves from the indoctrinated doublethink of “wars as normal”. In a global survey, we will show that the US and its allies are fulfilling an agenda of “full spectrum dominance” in which no nation deemed to be obstructing that agenda for domination by the US and its allies is tolerated, and is in fact made a target for war.

    The dynamic for globalized war has deep historical roots in the imperialism of capitalist governments. Rivalry for the raw materials of capitalist economies and geopolitical control were at root of World Wars I and II. The same impetus lay behind countless invasions and proxy wars in Latin America, Asia and Africa by the US since World War II under the guise of “defending the free world from the Evil Soviet empire”.

    But with the collapse of the Soviet Union as a countervailing power, the US and its allies have become uninhibited over the past two decades to “go it alone” to assert imperial dominance. This dynamic has only been reinforced by the economic exhaustion of the capitalist powers since the onset of the financial crisis of 2008. Indeed, the rise of militarism can be seen as a compensatory corollary of their economic demise – a demise that is structural and deeply protracted beyond anything that may be deemed as the usual “end of business cycle”. We are perhaps witnessing an historic collapse in the capitalist system far greater in scope than the Great Depression. And with that, disturbingly, the rise of militarism takes on a much greater significance.

Tent city, California, USA
Crucial to the global control of resources are the raw materials of energy: oil and gas. Whether it is wars in Iraq, Afghanistan or Libya, or confrontation with Iran, China, Russia and Venezuela, the fundamental point of contention is control over this lifeblood of the capitalist economy. All other espoused pretexts are mere window dressing, regardless of what the mainstream media would have us believe.

World War III Scenario

    The launching of an outright war using nuclear warheads against Iran – which has the world’s third largest known reserves of oil behind Saudi Arabia and Iraq – has been on the drawing board of the Pentagon since 2005.

    If such a war were to be launched, the entire Middle East/Central Asia region would be drawn into a conflagration. Humanity would be precipitated into a World War III scenario.

    Incredibly, the very real danger of World War III is not front-page news. The mainstream media has excluded in-depth analysis and debate on the implications of these war plans. The onslaught of World War III, were it to be carried out, would be casually described as a “no-fly zone”, an operation under NATO’s “Responsibility to Protect” (R2P) with minimal “collateral damage” or as “surgical” punitive bombings against specific military targets, all of which purport to support “global security” as well as “democracy” and human rights in the targeted country.

    Public opinion is largely unaware of the grave implications of these war plans, which contemplate the use of nuclear weapons, ironically in retaliation to Iran's non-existent nuclear weapons program. Moreover, 21st Century military technology combines an array of sophisticated weapons systems whose destructive power would overshadow the nuclear holocausts of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Lest we forget, the United States is the only country to have used nuclear weapons against civilians.

    Militarization at the global level is instrumented through the US military’s Unified Command structure: the entire planet is divided up into geographic Combatant Commands under the control of the Pentagon. According to former NATO Commander General Wesley Clark, the Pentagon’s military road-map consists of a sequence of war theaters: “[The] five-year campaign plan [includes]... a total of seven countries, beginning with Iraq, then Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Iran, Somalia and Sudan.” Like a cancer, the US war unleashed in 2003 on Iraq is mutating into a global disease.

US military Unified Command structure
While The New York Times and other mainstream media outlets hailed 15 December 2011 as marking the “official” end of the nearly nine-year US war in Iraq, in reality that devastated country will remain an American war theater for the foreseeable future. Pentagon military advisers and contractors will continue to reside there and the people of Iraq will for generations be left with a legacy of US-imposed conflict and barbarity. The Pentagon’s “shock and awe” campaign in Iraq may have subsided, but its repercussions and criminal precedents are still very much extant, not only in Iraq but in the wider region and, increasingly, globally.

    The 2000 Project for the New American Century (PNAC), which was the backbone of the NeoCon's agenda, was predicated on “waging a war without borders”. The PNAC's declared objectives were to “fight and decisively win multiple, simultaneous major theater wars” in different regions of the world as well as perform the so-called military “constabulary” duties “associated with shaping the security environment in critical regions”. Global constabulary implies a worldwide process of military policing and interventionism, including covert operations and “regime change”.
 
 This diabolical military project formulated by the NeoCons was adopted and implemented from the very outset of the Obama administration. With a new team of military and foreign policy advisers, Obama has been far more effective in fostering military escalation than his White House predecessor, George Bush Junior, who has recently been condemned by the Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Tribunal for “Crimes against the Peace”.

    This continuum of military agenda testifies to the fact that the two governing parties in the US, Democrat and Republican, are but two sides of a centrally planned military-industrial complex that is impregnable to the opinions, desires and interests of the American electorate.

    Contrary to the myth of “the good war”, we show in this Interactive Reader that the US entry into World War II was a deliberate strategy for self-serving imperialist gains. While the men and women who fought that war may have had moral convictions, the planners in Washington were operating on calculations of geopolitical control that had little to do with morals or legal principles – see the essays by Jacques Pauwels. The dropping of atomic bombs on Japan by the US in August 1945, obliterating hundreds of thousands of civilians, was an act of heinous barbarity that reflected the callousness of America's imperial design. The nuclear holocaust also set the nefarious parameters of the subsequent Cold War that gripped the world for nearly five decades following World War II. Essays by Brian Willson, Alfred McCoy and Michel Chossudovsky illustrate how the Pentagon’s genocidal wars in Asia were a continuation of America’s imperialist design – albeit under the cover of the Cold War against the Soviet Union.

    The fall of the Soviet Union may have brought an end to the Cold War, but soon the US would find new pretexts for waging war on the world and asserting hegemony on behalf of its capitalist allies. These new pretexts included “upholding international law” as in the First Gulf War against Iraq that Bush Senior embarked on in 1990, presaging the Second Gulf War that Bush Junior would reprise in 2003. And the US planners innovated the “humanitarian” pretext for the invasion of Somalia in 1991 and NATO’s war on Yugoslavia – see the essay by Sean Gervasi among others. In many ways, the “humanitarian war” in Yugoslavia served as the prototype for NATO’s 2011 military attack on Libya and what appears to be an imminent onslaught against Syria – see essays by Rick Rozoff and Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya.

   To the Pentagon’s silo of propaganda justifying “wars without borders” we have the additional pretexts of “war on terrorism” and “pre-emptive strikes against weapons of mass destruction”. Fittingly, as Washington’s wars multiply, so too it seems have the phony pretexts for these wars.

    In the final part, which also serves as the title of this of this Interactive Reader , The Globalization of War, we show how American-led imperialism has evolved from bloody bouts of episodic militarism over several decades to the present day state of permanent belligerence, with wars or war-making stretching from North and East Africa into the Middle East and Central Asia and beyond to Eurasia (Russia), the Far East (China) and Arctic (Russia again) – See chapters by Petras, Rozoff, Engdahl and Cunningham.

    Of most immediate concern are the ongoing American-led war plans within the broader Middle East/Central Asian region involving coordinated actions against Iran, Syria and Pakistan – see chapters by Chossudovsky, Rozoff and Nazemroaya.

   Were these war plans to be carried out, this would lead to an extended regional war theater. The three existing and distinct war theaters (Iraq, Afghanistan and Palestine) would merge into a broad regional war extending from the Lebanese-Syrian East Mediterranean coastline to the Afghanistan-Pakistan border with Western China. Israel, Lebanon and Turkey would be engulfed in a conflict that would herald World War III.

Building an Effective Antiwar Movement

    Meanwhile, the antiwar movement is in crisis: civil society organizations are misinformed, manipulated or co-opted. A large segment of “progressive” opinion is supportive of NATO’s R2P “humanitarian” mandate to the extent that these war plans are being carried out with the “rubber stamp” of civil society.

    There is an urgent need to rebuild the antiwar movement on entirely new premises.

Occupy Wall Street
The holding of mass demonstrations and antiwar protests is not enough. What is required is the development of a broad and well-organized grassroots antiwar network, across the land, nationally and internationally, which challenges the structures of power and authority. People must mobilize not only against the military agenda – the authority of the state and its officials must also be challenged. Challenging and defeating the US/NATO global war agenda is profoundly predicated on the mass of people in Western countries asserting democratic governance and the genuine “rule of the people”. It will involve the mass of people breaking out of the two-party charade that hitherto passes for “democracy” – not only in the US but also in other Western states ­– to form new political organizations that truly represent the needs and interests of the majority of people. War-making, as with servile abeyance to corporate and financial elites, is endemic to the dominant political parties. It must be realized that voting for these same parties has become futile as a means to effect democratic change.

    One practical way forward is for citizens to empower themselves legally. It should be understood that whatever its justification, war is a “Crime against the Peace” under Nuremberg. George Walker Bush and former British Prime Minister Anthony L. Blair have been condemned by the Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Tribunal for waging a criminal war of aggression against Iraq. They are war criminals and citizens' initiatives that are growing across the world for the arraignment of Bush and Blair are one practical step towards mobilizing a popular challenge to the war system.

War Criminals:  Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Obama
War crimes, however, are not limited to the former US president and British prime minister. There are "New War Criminals on the Block". They include the current president of the United States, Barack Obama, among others. The acting heads of state and heads of government who support US-NATO-Israel wars of aggression are also war criminals under international law. This proposition, which consists in unseating the war criminals in high office, is central to the waging of an effective antiwar movement.

    It is also our intention to show citizens that the root cause of war lies in the prevailing, but failing, capitalist economic system – the very system that is not only destroying lives in foreign countries but which is destroying the material and moral foundations of Western society.

    We hope that this Interactive Reader, The Globalisation of War, will empower citizens to mount an all-encompassing social movement against this diabolical military agenda and for the establishment of real democracy.


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Scores missing after Indonesia ship wreck


Recovery operations continue, approximately 70 migrants rescued

The 5th Estate
By Robert S. Finnegan
12/18/2011

The ocean off Java Island in Indonesia yesterday was the scene of a ship sinking, the wooden boat allegedly carrying over 300 would-be migrants, many said by local sources to be Middle Eastern in nationality.

    Metro TV in Jakarta reports 33 people alive and around 215 missing.

Reports indicate that only 76 people have been rescued so far, and the operations is now transitioning from rescue to recovery of bodies.  An estimated 40 children were allegedly on board, their whereabouts and fate unknown.  Last month eight people died when another ship sank off Central Java transporting approximately 70 asylum seekers from Pakistan, Iran and Afghanistan and Saudi Arabia.   The Indonesian police indicate the ship was headed to Australia.

    Indonesia has over 17,000 islands which are extremely hard to patrol, and is a favorite of human traffickers for it's enormous, porous borders

     Sahrul Arifin, the head of emergency and logistics at the East Java Disaster Mitigation Centre said that weather was responsible for the sinking, noting high waves likely pounded the wooden ship to pieces.  "We are now transitioning to a recovery operation and efforts to identify and secure the bodies of the dead."

    Indonesian authorities are now focusing on the owner and origin of the ship, the identification of the migrants and their repatriation to their countries of origin and who will ultimately be held responsible for the trafficking, murder of humans.

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Reflecting on Iraq as US troops withdraw


U.S. military families need to reflect on who killed their kids, family members; demand prosecution of Bush, Obama et. al.

Khaleej Times
12/16/2011

“Three days after US tanks rolled into Baghdad in April 2003, I had my first encounter with an American marine. I opened my door to find him crouched on the street and holding a pump action shot gun.
Haditha, Iraq
 He wore full combat gear, with knee pads and a heavy pack. I couldn’t see his eyes through his black glasses. But he looked nervous. I asked him if there was a problem.

“He looked at me and said: ‘Sir, we are here to protect you. We are here to liberate you from Saddam’s regime and bring you elections to choose your president freely.’”

    Reuters Baghdad correspondent Ahmed Rasheed says it was just a day after that first meeting that he began to realize the price his country would have to pay for democracy.

    “I saw a US army humvee rushing by, carrying four Iraqi men blindfolded with their hands tied behind their backs. Nearby, looters were ransacking one of Saddam Hussein’s palaces and the headquarters of the Mukhabarat, the deposed dictator’s former intelligence service.

    “Looking nine years back, I cannot think of an Iraqi who has not been touched in some way or one who does not still struggle to avoid bombs or attacks, especially those conducted by assassins using silenced weapons - called ‘ghost bullets’ by Iraqis.

Infamous image of Lyndee England with Abu Grahib "prisoner"
“For me, my country is still in a distressing state. After all these years of suffering and hoping to see a peaceful Iraq, I still can’t get into my car without looking underneath to check if a magnetic sticky bomb is attached.”

As the last US troops prepare to leave their country, many Iraqis are remembering the U.S.-led invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein and wondering what the future holds for them after the soldiers go home.

    Like many of their countrymen, Iraqi journalists working for Reuters have experienced turmoil, suffering and loss. Here some of them reflect on the events that marked the US military presence for them.

    Saad Shalash, photographer:

    “Since the first day of invasion I was optimistic about the change we thought would happen. I thought we would be able to travel, I thought we would free, that the Iraqi economy would get better. I was wrong. A massive bomb attack in 2004 changed everything for me.

    I had seen other blasts, like an attack on the United Nations. But this was the biggest attack I had witnessed and the closest.

American torture at Abu Grahib galvanized opposition
I was working as a Reuters driver at the time. We were in the southern city of Kerbala when one blast went off. Another bomb exploded behind us. We tried to get away. We had just got around a corner when a third blast exploded. It was very close to me. Shrapnel hit my arm. I didn’t notice until someone told me I had blood on my shirt. We heard two more explosions further away. I thought I would die there on that day.

    I thought ‘That’s it, Iraq will continue with these bombings’. I was right. Even now I feel that car bombs can happen. I don’t like to take my family outside now. These bombings became a part of our daily life. I feel they will continue after the US troops pull out.

    It is out of the government’s control. We see no improvements in the standard of living, the power shortages, the infrastructure which is still destroyed - all these problems will just get worse. All I think about is keeping myself and my family safe and offering them the simple needs in life like water and electricity.”

    Suadad Al Salhy, journalist in Baghdad:

    “I have experienced all kinds of threats in this country from all sides after the 2003 US invasion, but for some reason I cannot get rid of two memories related to the US presence.

    The first was in August 2008 when US soldiers stormed my parents’ house after midnight, blocked us all in our rooms and arrested my youngest brother, just three days after the arrest of my father. He was arrested after the Iraqi translator with the soldiers got offended because my father had asked him to stop shouting because he frightened the children.

Terrified child screams as U.S. soldiers run amok
The Americans released my brother after 10 or 12 hours. He was detained after they stopped him and all the youths aged between 15 and 20 years old in the area. They asked a masked young man, an informant, to point out suspects to arrest.

    The second incident happened in January 2010 when I was working in Ramadi. I was with some colleagues working on a story covering the high rates of birth defects and the relationship with depleted uranium and phosphorus weapons used by the Americans in their fight against insurgents in Fallujah.

    My husband called me asking if I was okay. He did not tell me anything but his voice was wobbly.

    I called our office in Baghdad; they told me three large car bombs had hit well-known Baghdad hotels, killing at least 36 people and wounding another 71. One of the hotels housed my husband’s office at that time. The first blast occurred near an entrance, just a few meters away from his office. The office ceiling totally collapsed and the walls, which were mostly made of glass, crashed. My five-year-old daughter was with her ??father at that moment, playing in his office.

    I tried to contact staff who were with him, but communications were really bad. After an anxious 30 minutes I was told my daughter was okay after her father picked her up out of the debris. But no one could tell me if they were injured or not.

    The distance between Baghdad and Ramadi is not more than 100 km (60 miles). But the Americans closed all roads leading to the capital that day. I had to spend the longest and worst five hours one can pass as a mother.

Fun and games at Abu Grahib
Exhausted, I finally returned to the house. I was not even aware of the glass from all the shattered windows. It made no difference to me then. I found my husband there waiting for me, I rushed to his arms and collapsed crying. I could not believe the day was over and thank God my daughter and husband were alive.”

Aseel Kami, journalist in Baghdad:


    “I consider myself lucky so far because I was not forced out of my home, I was not shot at, I did not receive any direct threat, I was not wounded or maimed by an explosion like many Iraqis who suffered during the nine years of U.S. presence.

    But one of the distinguishing moments that still clings to my memory is a horrific day when a car bomb exploded near an Iraqi army checkpoint in 2006, meters away from my home.

    It was the holy Muslim month of Ramadan when my mother, my son and I were gathered around the table to break our fasting when all of a sudden a huge sound erupted and the glass of the windows shredded in all directions.

    Without realizing what had happened, we jumped from our chairs and ran to an inside corridor thinking it would be safer. I was shaking and holding my son. My mother was uttering some words from the Koran.

Minutes later, I thought I should go out to find out what had happened and what was the cause. I went out into our garden and I could not see anything because of the dust from the explosion, I only heard voices of people screaming.

Our neighbors told us a car bomb had exploded.

I remember this moment because only a few minutes before the explosion, my son, six years old at the time, had been playing with his friends in the road. I had called him back so he could wash his face and dirty hands before we had our meal.

    One of his friends, who stayed there longer, was injured in his stomach and the other lost the sight in one of his eyes.

    Security may be much better than six years ago but bombings still occur daily, and that makes me worried all the time, about myself, my son and my parents.

    A few months ago a mortar round landed near my son’s school near the Tigris river, just across the fortified Green Zone, home for the U.S. embassy and many Iraqi officials.

Responsible:  Rumsfeld, Bush, Cheney, Rice, Obama, Clinton
Another memory that stuck in my mind was the dark humor I used to share with our Baghdad stringer (freelance correspondent) to lighten a little the dark days of the sectarian violence in 2006-7.

Almost daily we used to report on dumped bodies found in Baghdad streets. One day we reported up to 60 bodies found bound, blindfolded and shot in the head and chest.

    Our stringer [and] I developed a code to describe those kind of corpses - he just used to say ‘full option bodies’.

    I know it is cruel to deal with these tragic events by making jokes but this is how we managed to pass these difficult days.”
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