Thursday, November 19, 2015

UN condemns treatment of Muslim minorities

The UN condemns treatment of Muslim minorities in Myanmar. Here is a link to the news.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Spain issues arrest warrant for Israel's prime minister

Will the war criminals be ever tried for their horrendous crimes against humanity? It seems an untenable wish for many of our peace and human rights activists. But it does not harm to at least dream that our humanity will do what is right and things will one day become better for all of us so that we could all share this planet without hatred and violence and that the criminals would be locked up and serve the time in confined prison cells for their crimes.
The Spanish national court has reopened a 2010 case against seven current and former top Israeli leaders for a naval incident that resulted in the death of 10 Turkish activists.
A Spanish judge has issued arrest warrants for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and other former and current government officials for a deadly fight at sea in 2010. As long as the warrant is in effect, if Netanyahu and those officials set foot in the western European country, they could be detained and questioned.
You can read the full text of the news by clicking here.

Israel Approves Another 454 Settlement Homes in East Jerusalem

While the world attention is now diverted to Paris and Brussels, the criminal settler regime in Israel is doing its illegal activities in the occupied territories. You can read the news by clicking here.

A hugely controversial set of settlement expansion plans, mostly in the Ramat Shlomo settlement in occupied East Jerusalem, was announced today by the Israeli government, reviving a plan which was frozen back in 2012 under heavy international pressure.
The Ramat Shlomo plan was for 436 settlement housing units as part of a 660 unit plan back in 2010. This segment was frozen in 2012 amid harsh criticism from US and EU officials. Today’s announcement unfreezes these, and adds 18 m,ore units in Ramot.
Though the prime minister’s office didn’t offer any details on the reasoning, it is widely believed today’s move is “retaliation” for the European Union’s decision to label Israeli products differently if they come out of settlements in the occupied territories.
The settlements are considered illegal under international law, and that includes the ones in East Jerusalem, despite Israel’s attempted annexation of the region after its occupation. Though Israeli officials insist the settlements in East Jerusalem aren’t really settlements because of the annexation, they are still treated as such for foreign policy sake, and are still frozen as concessions and unfrozen out of spite.

False hope, no mercy for fleeing Rohingya migrants from Myanmar

Muhammad Selim was loaded into a sampan with other migrants “like chickens” as he sought better employment in Malaysia. Instead, he worked for six months at a Malaysian construction site before being rounded up by police, abused in prison and sent back home. Stories like this are not uncommon for many of the unfortunate Rohingyas fleeing genocide in Myanmar. Their situation seems hopeless.
Here is an article on this subject from the Globe and the Mail.

Fleeing refugees - an old report

In the aftermath of the terrorism in Paris, Syrian refugees are denied entry by many of the US states. Many of these states are governed by racists and bigots. Many of them found the Paris tragedy as a sufficient justification to object to the entry of these unfortunate refugees from war torn countries to whom the incidents like Paris had been a regular feature.
The Jews of Europe faced similar problems in the 1930s and 1940s. Here is a link to an article on fleeing Jews from Europe in the 1930s.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Robert Fisk on Paris Attacks

Here is an article from veteran journalist Robert Fisk on the Paris attacks.

How the West created Muslim extremism?

Here is an article from Ben Norton of Salon, which should be read by all. He writes, "History takes no prisoners. It shows, with absolute lucidity, that the Islamic extremism ravaging the world today was borne out of the Western foreign policy of yesteryear.
Gore Vidal famously referred to the USA as the United States of Amnesia. The late Chinese Premier Zhou Enlai put it a little more delicately, quipping, “One of the delightful things about Americans is that they have absolutely no historical memory.”
In order to understand the rise of militant Salafi groups like ISIS and al-Qaida... we must rekindle this historical memory.... A much-circulated photo of an article published in British newspaper the Independent in 1993 exemplifies the West’s twisted hypocrisy. Titled “Anti-Soviet warrior puts his army on the road to peace,” it features a large photo of Osama bin Laden, who, at the time, was a close Western ally...
The newspaper noted that bin Laden organized a militia of thousands of foreign fighters from throughout the Middle East and North Africa, and “supported them with weapons and his own construction equipment” in their fight against the USSR in the 1980s. “We beat the Soviet Union,” bin Laden boasted.
The mujahedin, this international Islamic extremist militia organized and headed by bin Laden, is what eventually morphed into both al-Qaida and the Taliban.
“When the history of the Afghan resistance movement is written,” the Independent wrote, “Mr Bin Laden’s own contribution to the mujahedin… may turn out to be a turning point in the recent history of militant fundamentalism.”
Click here to see how the western media and government felt about OBL in the 1900s and late 1980s.