Sunday, February 26, 2012

BREAKING : Israeli Jets Attack Southern Gaza



Israeli warplanes have fired two missiles at a site on the outskirts of the southern Gaza Strip town of Rafah, causing serious damage to a cement factory; Israeli forces clash with Palestinian mourners in al-Quds

PRESS TV
Sat Feb 25, 2012 11:22PM GMT

Israeli forces have clashed with Palestinians in the West Bank after a funeral for a Palestinian man who died in an earlier confrontation in the holy city of East al-Quds (Jerusalem). 
Israeli forces fired tear gas and both live and rubber bullets to disperse the crowd of mourners returning from the funeral of Talat Ramia, a 23-year-old Palestinian man who died during surgery of the wounds he sustained in the clashes near the Qalandia checkpoint on Friday.

The clashes took place after the Palestinians’ Friday prayers, when Israeli police clashed with Palestinians at al-Aqsa Mosque in East Jerusalem al-Quds, killing one protester and injuring at least 15 people.




Confrontations have been ongoing since dozens of Israelis entered the al-Aqsa compound, one of Islam's holiest shrines, and scuffled with the Palestinian worshippers on Sunday.

The holy site of al-Aqsa Mosque has been the scene of clashes between Israeli troops and Palestinian worshipers since the occupation of Palestinian lands.

Since the occupation al-Quds, Israel has been trying to change the identity of the city by measures including building illegal settlements for Israelis, eviction of Palestinians and demolition of their houses.




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BREAKING : Bahraini Forces Attack, Arrest Protesters; The King Must Go, Bahraini mourners Say


Bahraini regime forces attack protesters in several villages of the Persian Gulf kingdom and make arrests; funerals of innocents slain by Saudi mercenaries enrage Bahraini protesters

PRESS TV
Sat Feb 25, 2012 10:38PM GMT

Bahraini mourners attending the funeral of a woman who died due to tear gas inhalation fired by Saudi-backed security forces have called for the ouster of the king and the Al Khalifa regime.

The 68-year-old woman, who died after regime forces fired tear gas at her house in Bilad al-Qadim, was one of the many victims of the Saudi-backed crackdown on demonstrators over the past year.

Meanwhile, on Saturday anti-regime protesters blocked major highways and streets and set tires ablaze in order to cause traffic jams to raise awareness and show solidarity with a detained human rights activist.

The campaign, dubbed Mourning Sky Two, was organized by the February 14 Youth Coalition to support jailed activist Abdul Hadi al-Khawaja, who is serving a life sentence. Khawaja has been on a hunger strike for two weeks.

The February 14 Youth Coalition says the action was also taken in memory of Hussain al-Bakali who was martyred during the revolution.



In a popular revolution, thousands of anti-government protesters have been staging demonstrations in Bahrain since February 2011, demanding that the Al Khalifa dynasty relinquish power.

On March 14, 2011, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates deployed troops to the Persian Gulf kingdom at Manama's request to help Bahraini security forces' efforts to crush the nationwide protests.

Scores of people have been killed and many more arrested in the Saudi-backed crackdown on peaceful protests in Bahrain -- a longtime ally of the United States and home to the US Navy's Fifth Fleet. 













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Corporate Killers : Should Corporations Have More Leeway to Kill Than People Do?


This is cute; remember this the next time you believe in the U.S. justice system, it should not even be up for discussion; more desensitization for eventual complete immunity granted to corporations

New York Times
By Peter Weiss
02/23/2012

Next week, the Supreme Court will hear a case with many potential ramifications for American and international law, and for corporate responsibility for human rights around the globe. The justices will be asked to decide whether the corporations to which they have been extending the rights of individuals should also be held accountable for crimes against human rights, just as individuals are.

Union Carbide tries to avoid responsibility for deaths, illness
The story behind the case begins in 1980, when my colleagues at the Center for Constitutional Rights and I helped obtain the first semblance of justice to the family of a slain 17-year-old Paraguayan youth named Joelito Filártiga.

A police inspector general in Asunción, the capital, had tortured the boy to death in retaliation for his father’s opposition to Paraguay’s brutal dictatorship. But the case was decided in New York, far from Paraguay, where the crime had occurred and where justice had proven impossible for the Filártiga family; the boy’s murderer was ultimately ordered to pay the family $10.4 million in damages.

The precedent-setting case was made possible by a remarkable decision by the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, which allowed it to be brought under a long-obscure law enacted by Congress in 1789. Known as the Alien Tort Statute, the law has been interpreted to mean that foreigners who commit heinous crimes abroad in violation of international law can be held accountable in the United States if they are present or do business here; the Supreme Court upheld its constitutionality in 2004.

Since that decision, dozens of successful alien tort claims have been brought in American courts — at first against individuals, and eventually against corporations. As a result, many foreign victims of egregious crimes — ranging from torture and slave labor to the execution of loved ones — that were sanctioned, endorsed or commissioned by corporations have found justice in our courts.

Murdered with cyanide gas:  Bones of Union Carbide victims
Yet in September 2010, a divided Second Circuit — the very court that had rendered the Filártiga decision — held that only individuals, and not corporations, can be sued under the statute.

That ruling, in a case known as Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum, came less than a year after the much more famous — and criticized — Supreme Court decision in Citizens United, which removed restrictions on political spending by contributions and wildly expanded the concept of corporate personhood.

Together, these decisions have triggered a wave of outrage among advocates for human rights, which see in them a signal from the courts that corporations have extensive rights but few responsibilities under American law.

On Tuesday, the Supreme Court will hear arguments on the alien torts ruling, which could produce its first decision regarding corporate personhood since Citizens United.

Burial of unknown child, Union Carbide victim
The question of whether foreign corporations doing business in the United States can be sued here for crimes committed elsewhere has arrayed international businesses against human rights advocates, with many “friend of the court” briefs filed on both sides. Four governments have also chimed in: Britain, the Netherlands and Germany for the corporate defendant and the United States on the side of the Nigerian plaintiffs.

The story behind the Kiobel case is compelling: The plaintiffs are members of the Ogoni people in Nigeria’s Niger Delta, where Royal Dutch Shell had extensive oil operations in the 1990s through contracts with the brutal military dictatorship that held power at the time. The region is widely considered a zone of calamity, in terms of both environmental and human rights. In the suit, Royal Dutch Shell was accused of assisting the Nigerian government in torturing and, through sham trials, executing Ogoni activists who had threatened to disrupt Shell’s operations because of the devastating health and environmental effects of unregulated drilling practices. The plaintiffs are either victims of torture themselves or had relatives who were executed. Esther Kiobel, the plaintiff after whom the suit is named, is the widow of a victim.

If the Supreme Court rules in favor of Royal Dutch Shell and against the plaintiffs, multinational corporations — particularly in mining and other extractive industries — could draw the lesson that it is now safer to forge alliances with autocratic regimes that have poor human rights records because they will not be judged culpable in the way individuals can be.

Union Carbide victims blinded by the gas
In fact, many “friend of the court” briefs filed by corporations in this case contend that the companies are committed to voluntarily complying with human rights norms — but that standards set by the United Nations and other public and private organizations are mere guidelines that are not enforceable as legal norms. What they are really saying is that there are legal norms against torture and such, but that they can’t be enforced against corporations because they have never been enforced under international law — a claim the plaintiffs strongly contest.

This leaves the Supreme Court with an extraordinary choice to make, in juxtaposition to its previous ruling in Citizens United: whether to accept an argument that, in effect, leaves corporations less culpable than individuals are for human rights violations committed abroad — or whether to hold that if a 200-year-old law can be used to hold individual violators to account, it can be used against corporate violators as well.

A decision affirming that Shell should go unpunished in the Niger Delta case would leave us with a Supreme Court that seems of two minds: in the words of Justice John Paul Stevens’s dissent from Citizens United, it threatens “to undermine the integrity of elected institutions across the nation” by treating corporations as people to let them make unlimited political contributions, even as it treats corporations as if they are not people to immunize them from prosecution for the most grievous human rights violations.

A more startling paradox is difficult to imagine.

Peter Weiss, a retired lawyer, is a vice president of the Center for Constitutional Rights.









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Obama apology aimed to support ‘safety’ and ‘welfare’ of troops in Afghanistan


This moronic, traitorous, illiterate asshole is not even capable of apologizing correctly

The Ticket
02/24/2012

President Obama was worried about the safety of American troops and civilian workers in Afghanistan when he apologized to that country's president, Hamid Karzai, over the burning of Qurans at the largest US military base there, the White House said Friday.


This DOOFUS could screw up a wet-dream
"The president believed it was in the best interest of their safety to make it clear that an apology was appropriate, and that the American people -- and the American military, in particular -- does have respect for the religious views and the religious practices of the Afghan people," spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters.

There was no sign that Obama's apology -- or Karzai's subsequent appeal for calm -- was having much of an effect on public anger in Afghanistan, where a fourth straight day of violent protests left 7 more people dead—bringing the overall toll to at least 20.

But Earnest insisted that the clashes would not imperil overall US goals in Afghanistan, saying "we will work through these difficult circumstances and remain on track."

Obama's apology drew fire from at least one of the Republican candidates for president.

"It was the president's view that an apology was appropriate," to safeguard "the best interests, and safety, and welfare of our service members and our civilians who are currently serving in Afghanistan," Earnest said. "We have seen a spike in violence around this mistake."

Asked about reports that US commanders in Afghanistan had responded with a fresh round of training on how to handle the Quran, Earnest replied "It's my understanding that there are some new training methods that are being put in place" but referred reporters to the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan.





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FUKUSHIMA : Another Government Owned Media "First Strike" This Time By AFP : MSM Scramble to Cover Their Asses


Reuters, now AFP;* Obama, Japanese governments panic as real numbers begin to slowly emerge in Independent Media and now "mainstream" media is forced to pick it up as one of the main perpetrators in the coverup

Agence France Presse
02/24/2012

Japan on Friday said some areas surrounding the Fukushima nuclear power plant that was wrecked last year by a massive tsunami will likely remain permanently off-limits. 
Fukushima has irradiated the world - deaths already occurring
Measurements taken between November and January confirm earlier results which show a level of radioactivity of 470 millisierverts per year when the average, under normal conditions, is less than one per year, according to a government report released Friday.

Some of the highest readings were taken in the town of Futaba, to the northwest of the plant wrecked on March 11.

Contamination however did not spread evenly over the town, with some areas hardly affected, the report added.

The government has cordoned off a 20-kilometre (12-mile) area around the plant, in northeast Japan, but is expected to redefine this in line with levels of radioactive contamination.

A final report by the environment ministry, expected in the coming weeks, is expected to declare as permanently off-limits to human habitation any area with contamination of more than 50 millisieverts per year.

The government is expected to pinpoint areas where contamination hovers between one and 20 millisieverts per year which will be thoroughly decontaminated.

"In between" areas are expected to be declared no-go for many years, but decontamination work will take place with a view to allowing repopulation in the long term.




* The 5th Estate recommends Crimes Against Humanity and Genocide charges be filed against all "mainstream" media that participated in this unprescedented cover-up of the poisoning and outright premeditated murder of millions of civilians worldwide, they can take their place in the dock at The Hague War Crimes Tribunal along with Obama, the entire Japenese government and all TEPCO employees, among others.
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The real truth on 9/11 slowly continues to bleed out

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The Geopolitics Of The United States, Part 1: The Inevitable Empire

The Empire and the inevitable fall of the Obama criminal regime

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STRATFOR Editor’s Note: This installment on the United States, presented in two parts, is the 16th in a series of STRATFOR monographs on the geopolitics of countries influential in world affairs.

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A look back at 2011 predictions for the future in order to put events of today into perspective

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By Robert S. Finnegan

This e-mail outlines and confirms the acts of espionage against Indonesia and Indonesians by Akiko Makino and the others involved both in Kobe University and in AI Lab at University of Airlangga, Surabaya; Bahasa Indonesia original follows English translation...

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On October 12, 2002 the Indonesian island of Bali experienced a terrorist attack that rocked the world. It was unquestionably well-coordinated and executed, the largest in the country's history.

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