Friday, April 20, 2012

HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH : “I Had To Run Away” The Imprisonment of Women and Girls for “Moral Crimes” in Afghanistan

Now that it appears the Taliban are headed back into power thanks to Obama, Clinton and Panetta, among others, this report is especially pertinent and timely

Human Rights Watch
04/28/2012

This 120-page report is based on 58 interviews conducted in three prisons and three juvenile detention facilities with women and girls accused of “moral crimes.” Almost all girls in juvenile detention in Afghanistan had been arrested for “moral crimes,” while about half of women in Afghan prisons were arrested on these charges. These “crimes” usually involve flight from unlawful forced marriage or domestic violence. Some women and girls have been convicted of zina, sex outside of marriage, after being raped or forced into prostitution. 
 
 
The fall of the Taliban government in 2001 promised a new era of women’s rights. Significant improvements have occurred in education, maternal mortality, employment, and the role of women in public life and governance. Yet the imprisonment of women and girls for “moral crimes” is just one sign of the difficult present and worrying future faced by Afghan women and girls as the international community moves to decrease substantially its commitments in Afghanistan.
 
ISBN: 1-56432-877-5
 


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US Within an Inch of War Everyday in Korean Peninsula: Panetta : Video

Panetta obliquely threatens Americans with war if he is prosecuted, Obama criminal regime continues to threaten war, any war, to draw attention away from their crimes; so now it's North Korea that is #1 threat:  What happened to Iran?

PRESS TV
04/19/2012

U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta has hinted at the high potential of Washington engaging in another war in the near future, saying the US is “within an inch of war almost every day” in the Korean Peninsula.


Panetta needs a war to cover for his $864,000 plane trips to CA
The United States is prepared for "any contingency" when it comes to dealing with North Korea, the Pentagon chief said in an interview with the CNN on Wednesday.

"Unfortunately these days, there's a hell of a lot that keeps me awake. But that's one that tops the list," he added in reference to North Korea.

On Tuesday, Pyongyang warned of taking "necessary retaliatory measures" following a US decision to call off plans to ship thousands of tons of food products to North Korea.

In the statement, the North Korean foreign ministry said that it is no longer bound by a bilateral agreement agreed with the US in February to halt the testing of nuclear weapons and long-range missiles in return for food.

The statement came after the UN Security Council condemned the recent failed rocket launch by North Korea and ordered a tightening of the existing sanctions. 

 

Obama's Secret Service could use a good war too right about now, to cover for their use of taxpayer money to buy whores and so could GSA party animal Jeff "We Gonna Pawty" Neely, to draw off the hounds for spending $823,000 worth of U.S. taxpayer funds for his party vacations while homeless American Senior Citizens eat dog and cat food to beat starvation

However, Pyongyang rejected the condemnation, saying "nothing can stand in the way of (North Korea’s) space development for peaceful purposes."

Pyongyang had said the rocket launch was aimed at putting a satellite into orbit for peaceful research objectives, marking the centenary of the birth of its founding leader Kim Il-Sung.

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Oil Sanctions on Iran will Rock Global Economy: Iran Minister - Video

Like him, hate him, either way this man is correct

PRESS TV
04/19/2012

Iranian Oil Minister Rostam Qasemi says if the Western sanctions against the Islamic Republic’s oil sector are not lifted, world energy markets will face “serious challenges.”


Iran has repeatedly stated it will retaliate against any attack
“The mere announcement of the sanctions against Iran’s oil industry has led to an 18-percent hike in the oil prices in the global markets,” Qasemi said on Thursday.

The senior Iranian oil official said despite the sanctions, the country has inked “new contracts with new customers.”

“Iran has no problem in exporting its oil,” he added.

Last month, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) warned that if Iranian oil supplies are disrupted, crude prices may spike by up to 30 percent, sending shockwaves through the global economy.

"Clearly it would be a shock to economies if there was a major shortage of exports of oil out of Iran [and] it would certainly drive up prices," IMF Director Christine Lagarde said on March 20.

Tehran decided to cut crude exports to certain European countries after EU foreign ministers agreed on January 23 to ban oil imports from Iran and freeze the assets of the country’s Central Bank across the EU.



U.S. carriers especially vulnerable to Iranian anti-ship missiles

Iran has already cut oil exports to France and Britain as part of its countersanctions.

Last month, crude prices reached a peak after Tehran’s decision to adopt the counter-sanction measures, pushing gasoline prices in the US and the UK to record highs.

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2 Years Later : Fish Sick Near BP Oil Spill Site - Video

Dead, poisoned, mutated  marine life, human illness puts the lie to BP's assertions that everything is just fine in Gulf they destroyed forever

Associated Press
By Cain Burdeau
04/20/2012

BARATARIA BAY, La.  —

When fishermen returned to the deep reefs of the Gulf of Mexico weeks after BP's gushing oil well was capped, they started catching grouper and red snapper with large open sores and strange black streaks, lesions they said they'd never seen and promptly blamed on the spill.


BP, Obama regime continue to LIE about permanent damage
Now, two years after the Deepwater Horizon rig exploded and sank, killing 11 men and touching off the worst offshore spill in U.S. history, the latest research into its effects is starting to back up those early reports from the docks: The ailing fish bear hallmarks of diseases tied to petroleum and other pollutants.

Those illnesses don't pose an increased health threat to humans, scientists say, but they could be devastating to prized species and the people who make their living catching them.

There's no saying for sure what's causing the diseases in what's still a relatively small percentage of the fish, because the scientists have no baseline data on sick fish in the Gulf before the spill to form a frame of reference. The first comprehensive research may be years from publication. And the Gulf is assaulted with all kinds of contaminants every day.

Still, it's clear to fishermen and researchers alike that something's amiss.

— A recent batch of test results revealed the presence of oil in the bile extracted from fish caught in August 2011, a year after BP's broken well was capped and nearly 15 months after it first blew out on April 20, 2010.


All in all, BP says everything is just fine; these parents should have their children taken away for even letting them near this poison

"Bile tells you what a fish's last meal was," said Steve Murawski, a marine biologist with the University of South Florida who was chief science adviser for the National Marine Fisheries Service until November 2010 when he began working on oil spill studies for USF. "There was as late as August of last year an oil source out there that some of those animals were consuming."

Bile in red snapper, yellow-edge grouper and a few other species contained on average 125 parts per million of naphthalene, a compound found in crude oil, Murawski said. Scientists expect to find almost none of the toxin in fish captured in the open ocean.


There will be no recovery from this
"Those levels are indicative of polluted urban estuaries," he said.

— Last summer, a team of scientists led by USF has done what experts say is the most extensive study yet of sick fish in shallow and deep Gulf waters. Over seven cruises in July and August, the scientists caught about 4,000 fish — from Florida's Dry Tortugas to central Louisiana — using miles-long fishing lines dragged from close to shore out to depths of 600 feet. The work was funded with a federal government grant and help from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute.

About 3 percent of the fish they caught displayed gashes, ulcers and parasites symptomatic of environmental contamination, according to Murawski, the lead researcher. The number of sick fish rose not only as scientists moved west away from the relatively clean and oil-free waters of Florida but also as they pushed into deeper waters off the coasts of Alabama, Mississippi and especially Louisiana, near where the Deepwater Horizon sank.


Will Americans feed mutated shrimp to their children
 About 10 percent of mud-dwelling tile fish caught in the DeSoto Canyon, to the northeast of the well, showed signs of sickness.

"The closer to the oil rig, the higher frequency was" of sick fish, Murawski said.

Past studies off the Atlantic Seaboard found about 1 percent of fish suffering from diseases, Murawski said. For now, he's taking that as a historical reference point; but he says it's not possible to directly apply that baseline to the Gulf, which is warmer and because of that an incubator for bacteria and parasites that could be the cause of lesions and sicknesses. Other important differences are that oil and natural gas have been pouring out of fissures from the floor of the Gulf for centuries, and the muddy waters of the Mississippi River flush into the same spots where scientists and fishermen are finding sick fish.

— Laboratory work over the past winter on the USF samples indicates the immune systems of the fish were impaired from an unknown environmental stress or contamination. Other researchers say they have come to similar conclusions over the past year.


U.S. military C-130 spraying BP dispersant Corexit on Gulf oil slick from BP's Deepwater Horizon:  Who ordered U.S. military to assist BP is spreading poison on gulf, who will be responsible for human deaths, mutations, deformities

"Some of the things I've seen over the past year or so I've never seen before," said Will Patterson, a marine biologist at the University of South Alabama and at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab. "Things like fin rot, large open sores on fish, those were some of the more disturbing types of things we saw. Different changes in pigment, red snapper with large black streaks on them."

All of this has biologists — and many fishermen — worried.

James Cowan, a reef fish expert at Louisiana State University doing long-term sampling for the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, received his first report of fish with what looked like ulcers in November 2010. He began reading up on what scientific literature was available on oil spills and fish.

"There is so much in the literature that links exposure to PAHs (the compounds in oil) to exactly what we are seeing: sicknesses, lesions and everything else," Cowan said.

Even if oil could be pinpointed as a contaminant, however, it's difficult to definitively tie it to BP's Macondo well. The Gulf is littered with natural oil seeps, pipelines and oil wells and pollution from passing ships. In addition, there are the discharge of the Mississippi River, salinity and temperature fluctuations and other ecological factors to consider.

These early findings with fish are not out of step with what researchers are turning up all over the Gulf two years after the spill: The oil disaster whacked the Gulf. In the past year, research has emerged showing deep-water corals, seaweed beds, inshore bait fish, dolphins and other species were injured by the spill.

"There is lots of circumstantial evidence that something is still awry," said Christopher D'Elia, the dean of LSU's School of the Coast and Environment. "On the whole, it is not as much environmental damage as originally projected. Doesn't mean there is none."

Portions of a few bays remain closed because of the spill.

For the second year, fishermen like Wayne Werner, a 53-year-old Louisiana captain who catches red snapper commercially, are calling in with reports of lesions.

He and other fishermen said they want to get to the bottom of a problem that's forcing them to take longer trips to fishing spots outside the spill zone and perpetuating their fear for their livelihoods.

"Every time we talked about bad fish, everybody kind of went nuts on us. Just like, 'You're hear-saying,' you know? And we're saying, 'Well, they're there,'" he said this week.

"They're still there. Now that the water is getting warm again, we're starting to see more and more again."







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Did Los Angeles Times Make Right Call on Photos of Dead Afghans?

They sure as hell did, and the publisher, editors and reporters are to be commended for having the balls to publish the images and resist the Obama criminal regime in taking a stand on First Amendment rights and publishing illegal Afghan war atrocities

Christian Science Monitor
By Daniel B. Wood
04/19/2012

Photos released Wednesday by the Los Angeles Times – showing smiling US troops in Afghanistan posing with the remains of suicide bombers – are reigniting a debate about the ethics of publishing such photos during wartime.


Awww... Obama's propaganda minister Carney busted - by LA Times
The question: What is the newspaper’s responsibility to national security weighed against informing the public?

US military officials asked the newspaper not to publish any of the photos, concerned about the possibility of "inciting violence and perhaps causing needless casualties” among US troops abroad, Pentagon spokesman Capt. John Kirby told the Times.

Times Editor Davan Maharaj responded that the photos "fulfill our obligation to readers to report vigorously and impartially on all aspects of the American mission in Afghanistan, including the allegation that the images reflect a breakdown in unit discipline that was endangering US troops.”


Are LA Times images any "worse" than this?  Americans own the Iraq and Afghan illegal wars, and they have the "right" to see what their tax dollars have bought them

Interviews with media experts and ethicists show that editors faced with such decisions are in a tough, and far from clear position. This is partly because of the graphic nature of the photos.

Two of 18 received photos are published in Wednesday's newspaper, and others are only described. A Page 1 photo shows the eyes-open head of a deceased Afghan insurgent, and one on Page 4 shows soldiers of the 4th brigade of the Army’s 82nd Airborne Division – along with Afghan police – holding up the severed legs of a corpse. US soldiers are grinning in both photos.


Americans have the right to see how every damned dollar was spent
Not shown are pictures of two soldiers who reportedly pose holding a dead man’s hand with the middle finger raised, and another with a soldier clutching the hand of a bearded corpse next to other remains where someone placed an unofficial platoon patch reading “Zombie Hunter.”

The Times's Mr. Maharaj notes that the paper chose to publish only a "small but representative selection of the photos."

The graphic nature of the photos is part of their significance, says Ben Agger, director of the Center for Theory in the sociology department of the University of Texas at Arlington.

“The war in Vietnam ended because US journalists depicted grotesque death, which turned Americans against the war and drove [President] Johnson from office," he says via e-mail, suggesting that today's photos could have a similar effect on the Afghan war.

Backing the Times decision is Robert Steele of The Poynter Institute, a school in St. Petersburg, Fla., that aims to promote quality journalism.


Every... damned... dollar

“The Times made a thoughtful, deliberate, and justifiable decision to publish those images,” he says. “They make a justifiable case for the journalistic purpose in publishing those photos. I believe they honored the ethical principle of revealing the truth as fully as possible.”

Part of the Times's purpose apparently comes from the motivations of the soldier who gave the paper the photos. He said he wanted to draw attention to the safety risk of a breakdown in leadership and discipline. He notes that virtually all of the soldiers in the photos had friends who were killed or wounded by homemade bombs or suicide attacks. “They were frustrated … their buddies had been blown up by IEDs. So they sort of celebrated,” he told the Times.


Every... Damned... Dollar   :  Americans have the right to see everything their money has "bought," every story, every photo

But other experts say the Pentagon had a compelling case.

"Printing the photos is ill-advised because they show American soldiers in a negative light, are inflammatory, and will speed to the Middle East virally on the Internet, endangering the lives of other solders," says Sally Mounts, president of Auctus Consulting Group, a public relations strategy firm.


Every murder, every rape, every atrocity - ALL OF IT
“In anyone's mind, posing with dead bodies looks suspiciously like gloating over dead bodies. People take pictures of events they are proud of and want to remember," she adds. "Any soldier who wants to remember the killing he did is not exactly a poster boy for the American ideals we're trying to further in the Middle East."

The Pentagon has stressed that point. The conduct “most certainly does not represent the character and the professionalism of the great majority of our troops in Afghanistan,” Captain Kirby told the Times.

As a result, Ms. Mounts says, the L.A. Times “action is at worst disingenuous and at best unethical. Does the L.A. Times seriously think their need-to-know policy trumps the cost of retaliatory fallout? If even one life is lost as a result of these photos, it is an appalling and thoroughly preventable tragedy.”

For his part, Doug Spero, an associate professor of mass communication at Meredith College in Raleigh, N.C., is torn. He was once a news director and a reporter covering military installations, which gives him some sympathy for the Pentagon's position.


Once this would have been considered too graphic to publish, but is now an average image coming out of Obama's illegal war in Afghanistan

“If I received a call and [military officials] made any practical or logical sense on why this would endanger troops – and the story value wasn’t that high – I’d cooperate. Not only for future relationships, but if there is going to be an error made, I’d would rather it be on the side of national security and pro-defense," he says. "Sometimes there is a higher calling. This is a very sticky issue, and journalists need to evaluate each situation individually without any prejudice.”

IN PICTURES: The Growing US, Afghanistan Divide.


 
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New TSA Plan Subjects Bus Passengers to "Random" Questioning, Searches

Unbelievable:  What's next, "random cavity searches" on buses?  In your bedrooms, America?  Your TENTS?

PRESS TV
04/19/2012


The US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has launched a program that subjects bus passengers in Houston, Texas, to random questioning and searches.
 
 
This is not exaggeration:  forgotten after only 67 years
The so-called ‘BusSafe’ program, a joint initiative by the TSA Visual Intermodal Prevention and Response (VIPR ) and three different local and county-level police departments, was launched on Friday in Houston and is expected to be implemented in other metropolitan cities, the Guardian reported.


Following the implementation of the plan, which is not in response to any specific threat, bus passengers in the city reportedly faced random bag checks and sweeps by drug-sniffing and bomb-sniffing dogs.

It is not the first time the TSA is involved in what is widely considered as a violation of US citizens’ rights.

Ever since 2010, the TSA has instituted body-revealing scanners and enhanced pat-down techniques at airports across the country.

About 1,000 full body scanners were expected to be in place in the US airports by the end of 2011. 



Americans had TSA on he ropes once and didn't finish the job as the holidays were too important, will now pay the price as TSA comes raging back with a vengeance as The 5th Estate predicted at the rime

The new airport security measures include the use of X-ray scanners that take a graphic image of a person's naked body. Those passengers who refuse to pass through the scanner must undergo a full-body search.

Some travelers argue that the scanners are too revealing while those who have been frisked by the TSA agents say they feel violated after the search.

However, the US Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano has repeatedly announced that full-body scanning and invasive pat-downs at airports will stay in force despite mounting criticism over the measures.

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ANDREW KREIG: EXPERTS REJECT FIRE AS CAUSE FOR 9/11 WTC COLLAPSES

The real truth on 9/11 slowly continues to bleed out

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Technical experts are mounting major challenges to official U.S. government accounts of how three World Trade Center skyscrapers collapsed in near-freefall after the 9/11 attacks 15 years ago.

Many researchers are focusing especially on the little-known collapse of

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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.

Like nearly all of the peoples of North and South America, most Americans are not originally from the territory that became the United States.

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Geopolitics Of The United States Part 2: American Identity And The Threats of Tomorrow

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

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We have already discussed in the first part of this analysis how the American geography dooms whoever controls the territory to being a global power, but there are a number of other outcomes that shape what that power will be like. The first and most critical is the impact of that geography on the American mindset.

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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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THE 5TH ESTATE UNEQUIVOCALLY WARNS THE PUBLIC NOT TO TAKE OR GIVE THIS PROVEN DANGEROUS, INEFFECTIVE DRUG TO ANYONE

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The 5th Estate has just purchased a library on H5N1 "Novel" virus pandemics, there are dozens of PDF and Exel documents we feel will assist you in saving lives following intentional releases of the H5N1 and now MERS viruses; we will begin by printing those that appear to be extremely relevant here: H5N1 Kobe-Kawaoka-Ernala series continues soon with more "Smoking Gun" e-mails from Teridah Ernala to The 5th Estate . . .

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By Robert S. Finnegan

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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