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US Military and CIA Leaders May Be Investigated for War Crimes

A US Marine Corps V-22 Osprey aircraft prepares to land at forward operating base Nawa in Helmand province, Afghanistan, Dec. 17, 2010. (Image: Mass...
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Video: UK FM Boris Johnson committing mass Yemen war crimes – backing £4.3bn Saudi...

Save the children slams UK arms sales to Saudi PressTV News Videos Published on 4 Oct 2017 While Britain says it continues to send...
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Video: ‘Selective approach’: UNSC failed to investigate war crimes in Iraq – HRW

Human Rights Watch has accused the UN Security Council of failing to investigate war crimes and rights abuses by anti-ISIS forces in Iraq. The...

War crimes? Third of Britons want Tony Blair tried over Iraq invasion

A third of Britons want former Prime Minister Tony Blair to be tried over his...
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Video: Amnesty Accuses U.S. Coalition of War Crimes in Mosul: Scale of Death Much...

https://democracynow.org - Amnesty's new report entitled "At Any Cost: The Civilian Catastrophe in West Mosul, Iraq" states the U.S. coalition may have ... Via Youtube

Japan’s Legacy of War Crimes in China

During World War II, Japan’s imperialist military invaded Northeast China and afterward spread throughout Southeast Asia, then on to an ill-fated attack on Pearl...
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Video: ‘Collective punishment & war crimes’: HRW condemns forced relocation of ISIS families in...

Forced relocations of alleged Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) terrorists' families to a “rehabilitation camp” in Iraq are an act of collective punishment, Human...

Special forces officers accused of war crimes against unarmed Afghan civilians

Britain’s Royal Military Police are investigating allegations that SAS soldiers executed unarmed Afghan civilians. ...

Arms Deal Stories Omit War Crimes Arms Will Be Used For

Reports on the Trump/Saudi arm deals focused on who would get paid–and ignored who it would cost. The Trump administration wrapped up a weapons deal...

U.S. Officials Risk Complicity in War Crimes in Yemen

A  well being dug in a small village in Yemen was nearing completion last September when it was bombed by the Saudi Arabia-led coalition. The bomb...

US Senators call for ‘hybrid tribunal’ for Syrian war crimes

Published time: 8 Apr, 2017 11:16 US Senators have introduced a bipartisan bill in a bid to...

Yemen war crimes inquiry launched by Met Police as PM sets out to woo...

Published time: 3 Apr, 2017 13:28 As Prime Minister Theresa May sets out to charm Saudi...
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Video: ‘Chief apologist for Yemen war crimes’: Saudi General dodges citizen’s arrest in London

Saudi military spokesperson Brigadier General Ahmed Asiri narrowly avoided an attempted citizen's arrest in London on Thursday. RT LIVE http://rt.com/on-air ... Via Youtube
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Video: Trump Admin. Covers Up Saudi War Crimes in Yemen, Exaggerates Iran’s Role

Ben Norton tells Paul Jay that the U.S. and Saudis are overwhelmingly responsible for the atrocities committed in Yemen Help support The Real News...
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Video: No war crimes in Aleppo can be attributed to Russian Forces – UN...

A new report on the Syrian city of Aleppo, published by UN investigators, accuses both the Syrian Army and opposition forces of war crimes,...

UK tracking 257 possible Saudi war crimes in Yemen

Published time: 23 Feb, 2017 15:41Edited time: 23 Feb, 2017 15:41 Britain is tracking 257 alleged...

The Cancer of War Crimes

Despite vowing not to use depleted uranium (DU) weapons in its military action in Syria, the US government has now admitted that it has...

UK activists detained for disarming Saudi-bound warplanes to prevent ‘war crimes’ in Yemen

Two men have been arrested in Lancashire, UK for trying to disarm and prevent Saudi-bound...
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Video: Investigation: Did Trump’s Defense Secretary Nominee James Mattis Commit War Crimes in Iraq?

http://democracynow.org - Today, President-elect Donald Trump's pick for defense secretary, James "Mad Dog" Mattis, faces his Senate confirmation hearing. Via Youtube

Did Trump's Defense Secretary Nominee James Mattis Commit War Crimes in Iraq?

Today, President-elect Donald Trump's pick for defense secretary, James "Mad Dog" Mattis, faces his Senate confirmation hearing. Mattis reportedly received his nickname "Mad Dog"...

British MPs urge independent inquiry into claims of Saudi war crimes in Yemen

British politicians have called for an independent investigation into possible breaches in humanitarian law in...

Commando’s murder appeal could 'define future' of war crimes trials

A new appeal for a royal marine convicted of carrying out a battlefield execution in...
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Video: US forces in Afghanistan may have committed ‘war crimes of torture, cruel...

The US may have committed war crimes of torture, cruel treatment and rape, when it interrogated dozens of people in Afghanistan between 2003 and...

Iraq war crimes investigators sacked for falling asleep on job, impersonating police officer

A number of investigators working for the controversial Iraqi Historic Allegations Team (IHAT) have been...

‘Not appropriate’: US rejects ICC report alleging war crimes by military, CIA in Afghanistan

The US has dismissed the ICC’s investigation of potential war crimes committed in Afghanistan as being not “warranted” or “appropriate.” Washington praised its own...

‘War crimes of torture’: ICC Prosecutor Signals Charges Against US Armed Forces, CIA

The US may have committed war crimes of torture, cruel treatment and rape, when it interrogate dozens of people in Afghanistan between 2003 and...
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Video: Propaganda for tots: Children’s program on German radio accuses Putin of war crimes

If you want your kids to believe that Russian President Vladimir Putin is waging wars in defiance of international law and bombing hospitals, a...

US servicemen may be charged for ‘aiding and abetting war crimes’ in Yemen –...

US military personnel may be subject to war crimes probes if the Saudi-led coalition hits civilian...

International Criminal Court ‘about to probe US war crimes in Afghanistan’ – report

Over the next few weeks, the International Criminal Court (ICC) could open an investigation into war crimes and crimes against humanity in the Afghan...
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Video: UK govt admits training Saudi pilots despite Yemen war crimes allegations

The UK is still training the Saudi Air Force despite growing evidence of the Saudi-led coalition's crimes against civilians in Yemen, Defence Secretary Michael...
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Video: Russia accused of committing war crimes in Syria (PROMO)

Russi accused of committing war crimes, direct attacks against civillians in Syria RT LIVE http://rt.com/on-air Subscribe to RT! Via Youtube

Outrage after UK govt admits training Saudi pilots despite Yemen war crimes allegations

The UK is still training the Saudi Air Force despite growing evidence of the Saudi-led coalition’s crimes against civilians in Yemen, Defence Secretary Michael...
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Video: ‘Deeply Disturbed’: Kerry accuses Russia of war crimes while Syrian rebels shell civilians...

US Secretary of State John Kerry has described the situation in Aleppo as "the worst humanitarian disaster since World War Two." He added that...

Stop! Decency demands we smoke out the real perpetrators of war crimes against...

As Western outrage erupts over the relentless destruction of Aleppo and its people, why is there no similar clamour for a halt to the...

UK ministers supporting Saudi-coalition in Yemen could be implicated in war crimes

British MPs supporting the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen could be liable as war criminals if...

US concerned over Yemen war crimes complicity, issues no-bomb lists to Saudis – report

The Obama administration is worried about potential complicity in war crimes in Yemen and tried to...

Syrian, Russian actions beg for war crimes investigation – Kerry

Washington has intensified saber-rattling rhetoric towards Russia, with US Secretary of State John Kerry calling for...

NY Times Attacks Gary Johnson for Equating US, Syrian War Crimes

Following an interview with the New York Times, Libertarian Party presidential nominee Gary Johnson is coming under fire for noting a moral equivalence between...
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Video: Human Rights Council withdraws independent probe into Yemen war crimes

An EU-backed resolution demanding an independent inquiry into human rights violations during the Yemeni war has been withdrawn at the UN Human Rights ... Via...
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Video: ‘It’s betrayal of Yemeni people’: Outcry as Britain blocks UN inquiry into...

Human rights groups have accused the UK of blocking an international inquiry into the war in Yemen, where the Saudi-led coalition is implicated in...

Blair v Corbyn: Labour leaders past & present clash over Iraq war crimes claims

Iraq War-era Prime Minister Tony Blair has said he is sorry that UK troops are facing war crimes allegations, while Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn...

‘I want to face war crimes trial,’ says British Army major over Iraq allegations

An Iraq War major alleged to have been connected with the 2003 drowning death of...

Boris v Theresa May? PM & FM at odds over arms sales to Saudi,...

British Prime Minister Theresa May and her foreign secretary, Boris Johnson, appear to be split...

Will Israel be put on trial for war crimes?

An expected visit by ICC delegation could increase the risk of Israeli officials being tried for war crimes Israel has agreed to allow the International...

Iraqi Woman Uses Chilcot Report in War Crimes Lawsuit Against George W. Bush

President George W. Bush discusses the Iraq war in Washington, May 24, 2007. (Photo: Stephen Crowley / The New York Times) Sundus Saleh,...
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Video: Israel, the Bully of the Middle East continues to cover up war crimes

The Israeli military on Wednesday closed seven alleged war crimes cases in which its forces were accused of causing civilian deaths. The decision came...
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Video: As Kerry Plans to Visit Saudi Arabia, Activists & NGOs Demand U.S. Stop...

http://democracynow.org - Secretary of State John Kerry is heading to Saudi Arabia as the Obama administration is facing increasing pressure for its support of...

Nicholas Kristof: War Crimes Enabler

We all saw the little Syrian boy in besieged Aleppo, wiping blood from his forehead, covered in dust and clearly...

US War Crimes or ‘Normalized Deviance’

The U.S. foreign policy establishment and its mainstream media operate with a pervasive set of hypocritical standards that justify war...

Boris Johnson wants more data on war crimes by ‘cancer’ Islamic State

Boris Johnson wants to gather evidence on Islamic State’s (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) war crimes to stop the “cancer” of terrorism, the new foreign secretary...

Tony Blair’s Political Epitaph and Looming War Crimes Trial?

The banners and placards outside London’s Queen Elizabeth 11 Conference Centre – where the findings of the seven year awaited Chilcot Inquiry into the...
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Video: Outrage as ICC claims Blair won’t go on trial for war crimes

The long awaited Chilcot report on the UK's role in the Iraq war is due to be released on Wednesday after seven years of...

Legal loophole likely to offer Tony Blair escape from any war crimes trial

Former British Prime minister Tony Blair might never have to face trial after the publication...

Did Labour MPs launch Corbyn coup to rescue Blair from war crimes charge?

Scottish MP Alex Salmond says the coup against Jeremy Corbyn was launched by a core of right-wing Labour MPs because they fear the anti-war...
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Video: Latest CIA Torture Docs Show “Evidence of War Crimes” & Level of Brutality...

http://democracynow.org - Shocking new details have been made public about the CIA's torture program as the agency has declassified dozens of once-secret ... Via Youtube

When Phoenix Came to Thanh Phong: Bob Kerrey and War Crimes as Policy in...

On May 16, 2016, former Nebraska Senator Bob Kerrey was named chairman of Fulbright University, a US-backed college with ties to the State Department in...

The Untold History of US War Crimes

Atomic cloud over Nagasaki, August 9, 1945. (Photo: Hiromichi Matsuda) In this interview, professor Peter Kuznick speaks of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and...

‘Yemen war crimes’: BAE evicts human rights activists from shareholder AGM

BAE Systems evicted a number of shareholders from its AGM on Wednesday who decried the...
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Video: US and UK Arms Sales Fueling War Crimes in Yemen

Prof. Sheila Carapico says many humanitarian groups have implicated the US and other Western countries in war crimes in Yemen. Via Youtube

CIA torture psychologists face court hearing over ‘war crimes’ by black site detainees

Former detainees tortured by the CIA at the agency’s notorious black sites are suing the psychologists hired to help design the controversial enhanced interrogation...
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Video: Rebecca Gordon “Cheney, Bush & Rumsfeld Must Answer For Evil Post 9/11 War...

Please Support The Show – http://richieallen.co.uk/ https://www.facebook.com/therichieallenshow http://www.youtube.com/RichieAllenShowMedia Tune in at ... Via Youtube

Activists were preventing war crimes by blockading world’s biggest arms fair – judge

Eight activists standing trial for disrupting the world’s biggest arms fair, held in London last...

UK Home Office thinks Saudi committing war crimes in Yemen, Foreign Office doesn’t!

Britain’s Home Office now believes Saudi Arabia’s war in Yemen is breaching international human rights...

US-backed Colombian peace treaty grants impunity for war crimes

Via WSWS. This piece was reprinted by RINF Alternative News with permission or license. Neil Hardt Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos on March 26 told a...

Human Rights Lawyer Francis Boyle on US War Crimes, the Refugee Crisis in Europe...

Migrants sit near a fire at a camp in Idomeni, Greece, March 11, 2016. The camp -- a padlocked waiting room for...
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Video: Sevgi Akarcesme: Turkish dictator Erdogan crushes free press via NATO’s Middle East war...

Recep Tayyip Erdogan's Despotic Zeal By SEVGI AKARCESMEMARCH 8, 2016 ... Via Youtube

Should Hillary Face War Crimes Charges Over Libya?

Will Hillary Clinton be indicted for storing classified materials on an unsecure server in her house while Secretary of State? Will President Obama call...
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Video: ‘Gross violation of law’: US panel condemns Russian role in Syria, accuses of...

US lawmakers are trying to put new pressure on Russia over Syria. The House Foreign Affairs Committee has passed a resolution accusing the Syrian...
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Video: Donald Trump Wants to Commit War Crimes and Neocons Still Think He’s Too...

http://democracynow.org - Republican front-runner Donald Trump's campaign has come under fire from high-level military officials, including former CIA Director ... Via Youtube

Saudi war crimes evidence could be fabricated by Houthis – UK minister

Evidence from a UN report that suggests the Saudi-led military campaign in Yemen has targeted innocent civilians may have been falsified by Houthi rebels,...

When Robots Commit War Crimes

The use of robots in combat will be accompanied by a lengthy learning curve – and, likely, many civilian casualties. (Pictured: Modular Advanced Armed...

US Abets Saudi War Crimes in Yemen

U.S. officials are quick to decry “human rights violations” in “enemy” states, but different rules apply to “allies” such as Saudi Arabia, which is...
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Video: 8000+ civilians dead: UK troops are helping with Saudi’s war crimes in Yemen

Exclusive: UK Helping Saudi's Yemen Campaign http://news.sky.com/story/1618646/exclusive-uk-helping-saudis-yemen-campaign British military experts are ... Via Youtube

Leading Republicans Are Promising to Commit War Crimes – and Their Base Loves It

(Photo: mashleymorgan / Flickr) They’re back! From the look of the presidential campaign, war crimes are back on the American agenda. We really shouldn’t be surprised, because...

American War Crimes: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow

They’re back! From the look of the presidential campaign, war crimes are back on the American agenda. We really shouldn’t be surprised, because American officials...

UK veterans may be prosecuted over Iraq ‘war crimes’ as claims grow tenfold

Allegations of unlawful killings and torture committed by British troops in Iraq have multiplied tenfold over the past five years, with the head of...

Video: James Scott On Reporting David Cameron For War Crimes & Why Scottish Referendum...

Please Support The Show — http://richieallen.co.uk/ https://www.facebook.com/therichieallenshow http://www.youtube.com/RichieAllenShowMedia Tune in at ... Via Youtube

Israeli officer detained in London for Gaza war crimes

A retired officer of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) has been arrested in Britain for alleged war crimes committed in Gaza during “Operation Protective...

Child porn, war crimes & fraud: Internal CIA probes reveal shocking findings

Documents released by the CIA show details of over a dozen investigations into serious allegations of misconduct by agency employees, including child pornography, torture...
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Video: Rejecting U.S. Claims, MSF Details Horrific Bombing of Afghan Hospital & Demands War...

Democracynow.org - Doctors Without Borders (MSF) continues to demand an independent war crimes probe of the U.S. bombing of its hospital in Kunduz, ... Via...
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Video: ‘Crystal clear case for Tony Blair war crimes in Iraq’

Amid the rhetoric surrounding the conflict in Syria, former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair admitted that there are 'elements of truth' in the accusation...

Hillary Clinton should be prosecuted for war crimes over her role in destroying Libya:...

Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton should be prosecuted for war crimes over her admission under oath that she played a part in...
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Video: U.S. Sells New Warships to Saudi Arabia Despite Warnings of War Crimes &...

The Obama administration has approved an $11.25 billion deal to sell four advanced, Lockheed Martin-made warships to Saudi Arabia. The move comes as ... Via...

US Sells New Warships to Saudi Arabia Despite Warnings of War Crimes in Yemen

The Obama administration has approved an $11.25 billion deal to sell four advanced, Lockheed Martin-made warships to Saudi Arabia. The move comes as Amnesty...
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Video: Saudi Arabia Silences UN Human Rights Council Over Its War Crimes in Yemen...

Omer Aziz says the Saudis are blocking an inquiry into one of the worst humanitarian disasters in recent times. Via Youtube
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Video: Saudi Arabia Silences UN Human Rights Council Over Its War Crimes in Yemen...

Omer Aziz says the Saudis are blocking an inquiry into one of the worst humanitarian disasters in recent times. Via Youtube

Activists Urge UN to Independently Investigate Alleged War Crimes in Sri Lanka

As the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) opens its 30th session in Geneva this week, 62 leading human rights activists have signed an...

Obama’s war crimes in Yemen

By Niles Williamson  Speaking before the Human’s Rights Council in Geneva, the United Nation’s High Commissioner for Human Rights, Prince Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, called for...

Video: Fmr. US Army Colonel Ann Wright On Israeli War Crimes, Freedom Flotilla...

Please Support The Show — http://richieallenshow.com/donate/ http://richieallenshow.com/ https://www.facebook.com/richieallenshow ... Via Youtube
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Video: “Africa’s Pinochet”: Former U.S.-Backed Chadian Dictator Hissène Habré Faces War Crimes Trial

http://democracynow.org - In news from Africa, the trial of Hissène Habré, the former dictator of Chad, began in Senegal on Monday but took an...
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Video: Ukraine: Self-proclaimed Donbass republics call for UN war crimes probe

The heads of the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Lugansk Republics in eastern Ukraine have asked the United Nations Security Council to establish an ... Via Youtube

US, Saudi must be held accountable for war crimes: Peace activist

The international community must hold the United States and Saudi Arabia accountable for their war crimes and violation of human rights, peace activist in...

War Crimes? Us???

War is the business of killing the "enemy", in order to impose your will on them. Therefore, "humane war" is an oxymoron. War itself is a crime....

Obama blatantly protecting Israel from justice for war crimes

The Obama administration is “hamstrung” by the Israel lobby into opposing a Palestinian bid to bring Israel to the International Criminal Court for war...

UN report details Israeli war crimes in Gaza

Via WSWS. This piece was reprinted by RINF Alternative News with permission or license. By Jean Shaoul The report into Israel’s war on Gaza last summer by...

Legalising war crimes: USA has gone too far

The US Department of Defense has released a book of instructions on the rules of war, detailing acceptable ways of killing the enemy and...

UN Suggests Top Officials Sanctioned Israel’s War Crimes Against Gaza

(Common Dreams) - A widely-anticipated United Nations inquiry into the 2014 attack on Gaza released Monday suggests that the Israeli government may have deliberately targeted...
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Video: Oxfam, charities condemn Saudi war crimes: would Saudi army revolt if sent in...

Devastation in Yemen: historic district of Sana'a before and after — in pictures A Saudi-led air strike killed at least six civilians and destroyed...

Why We Shouldn’t Look the Other Way on Bush’s Iraq War Crimes

Donald Rumsfeld is this generation's Robert McNamara. Over 12 years after overseeing and helping to design the 2003 invasion of Iraq - the former secretary...

In the Same Week, the US and UK Hide Their War Crimes by Invoking...

Colonel Ian Henderson was a British official dubbed “the Butcher of Bahrain” because of atrocities he repeatedly committed during the 30 years he served as...

40 years after Vietnam, the military industrial complex continues its rampage of war crimes

It was 40 years ago today that the last troops from America's criminal war against the people of Vietnam scurried ignominiously onto a helicopter...

Palestinian funds seized: Israel accused of more war crimes

A human rights group in Ramallah has dubbed Israel's seizure of nearly $400m of funds belonging to Palestinians - for acceding to the International...

‘Dirty Brigades’: US-Trained Iraqi Forces Investigated for War Crimes

U.S.-trained and armed Iraqi military units, the key to the American strategy against ISIS, are under investigation for committing some of the same atrocities...

Murder Holes and Hooligan Chants on the Walls of Gaza: Images of Israel’s War...

As well as killing more than 2,200 Palestinians and causing huge economic and environmental damage, the Israeli military left messages on the walls of...

Head of Gaza War Crimes UN Inquiry Received ‘Personal Attacks, Death Threats’

The head of a UN inquiry into last summer’s Israeli military offensive in Gaza, who sent the UN a resignation letter on Monday after...

Activists Attempt to “Arrest” Henry Kissinger for War Crimes

Activists from the antiwar group CodePink attempted to perform a citizen’s arrest on former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger when he testified on global...

CIA medical professionals accused of committing war crimes

Federal investigators in the United States should considering weighing whether or not health workers involved in the interrogation tactics highlighted in the recent CIA...

Strikes on Gaza high-rises were ‘war crimes’

Israeli airstrikes on four multi-storey buildings towards the end of its 50-day military assault on Gaza this summer amounted to war crimes, rights group...

Israeli Government To Refuse Entry to UN Team Investigating War Crimes in Gaza

'It's business as usual,' says critic, for Netanyahu government 'to commit severe human rights violations and war crimes and refuse to be held accountable.' Sarah...

UN Appoints Lead on Israel War Crimes Investigation

Israel has been accused of committing war crimes in its latest assault on Gaza. On Monday, the United Nations (U.N.) named the head of an...

Nazi NATO, but No War Crimes Tribunal? Why?

Eric Zuesse The above is from a video discussed below, about what “our people” are doing to “their people.” A friend who lives in Ukraine sent...

Congress Utilizes Myth of “Human Shields” to Justify War Crimes

Today in a report from Truthout, Stephen Zunes, a professor of politics and international studies at the University of San Francisco, draws attention to the...

America’s Insane Policy of Committing War Crimes in the Name of Preventing Other War...

Nicholas JS Davies Post-Cold War U.S. war policy can be roughly divided into two periods. From 1990 until 1998, in a rational response to the...

Israel Is Put on Trial for War Crimes

Max Blumenthal On September 25, in Brussels, Belgium, the Russell Tribunal gathered to examine allegations of war crimes and genocidal intent by the Israeli military...

Israel’s Deadly Attacks on Gaza Schools Constitute War Crimes: Human Rights Watch

“Israel has offered no convincing explanation for these attacks on schools where people had gone for protection and the resulting carnage.” Sarah Lazare Israel's military attacks...

Amnesty International Diverts Attention Away from Ukrainian Armed Forces Responsibility for War Crimes

David Garrett Analysis of the 738-word Amnesty article reveals clear bias in the NGO’s reporting on the conflict in Eastern Ukraine. Amnesty makes more than...

Stop Israel’s Ongoing War Crimes Against the People of Gaza

On August 5, World Can't Wait put out a call to Stop Israel's War Crimes & Crimes Against Humanity on the People of Gaza. The mission...

US And Israel Justifying Heinous War Crimes

Marjorie Cohn The National Lawyers Guild (NLG), Center for Constitutional Rights, International Association of Democratic Lawyers, Arab Lawyers Union, and American Association of Jurists (Asociacion...

Outrage: Israel avoids war crimes charges

RINF Alternative News As expected, it looks like Israel will yet again avoid war crimes charges. Speaking to IPS, John Quigley, professor emeritus at Ohio State...

Mainstream Media Ignores Ukraine War Crimes

Extensive war crimes in Donbass committed by Poroshenko and his army of murderers from July 27 to August 14, 2014. Kiev's warmongers/Zionists continue genocide...

How To End The War Crimes In Gaza

Bernie Suarez  RINF Alternative News Some people may read this and say, no way, this is not a solution but I challenge your belief and I...

Will Israel’s War Crimes Go Unpunished?

Brian J. Trautman Israel’s month-long military barrage of Gaza known as “Protective Edge” included numerous attacks on civilian-populated sites, including on homes, hospitals, mosques, markets...

War Crimes: Is Obama Looking for a Bailout?

Jeff Bachman On Aug. 1, President Barack Obama stated in an oddly casual manner that “we tortured some folks.” As Obama is well aware, torture...

Israeli Backlash Follows UN Appointment of Gaza War Crimes Commission

Israeli officials slam 'kangaroo court' looking into possible violations of international law during assault on Gaza Andrea Germanos The United Nations Human Rights Council on Monday...

UN names Gaza war crimes probe panel

Israel dismisses the investigation into possible human rights violations during Gaza war as a 'kangaroo court'. The United Nations has named experts to an international...

US Leaders Aid and Abet Israeli War Crimes, Genocide & Crimes Against Humanity

Marjorie Cohn By sending vast amounts of military aid to Israel, members of the US Congress, President George W. Bush, President Barack Obama and Defense...

Netanyahu Urges US Lawmakers to Defend Israel Against ICC “War Crimes” Prosecution

As calls grow for additional investigation and possible prosecution, nation's prime minister looks to allies in US Congress for support Jon Queally According to U.S. Congressman...

The War Crimes of Nuclear Weaponry

“The rights and wrongs of Hiroshima are debatable,” Telford Taylor, the chief prosecutor at Nuremberg, once said, “but I have never heard a plausible...

Florida Group Bypasses Media to Get Word Out on Israeli War Crimes

Donn Marten in Tampa, FL RINF Alternative News A central Florida based activist group, St. Pete for Peace has taken the initiative to circumvent a corrupt and biased...

Palestine pushing for Hague Court probe into Israeli ‘war crimes’ in Gaza

Palestinian Foreign Minister Riad al-Malki has said that Israel must be prosecuted at The Hague court for war crimes it committed during the offensive...

Israel Continues to Commit War Crimes and Genocide against the Population of Palestine

Steven MacMillan As the incessant killing of innocent Palestinian civilians continues at the hands of the Israeli establishment, no end is in sight to the...

Washington Pays Lip Service to Israeli War Crimes: U.S. Veto Power Ensures Israel’s Impunity...

"The United States’ veto power in the United Nations Security Council is the single most important factor in enabling Israel’s decades long impunity from...

The Gaza war crimes and the bankruptcy of nationalism

The Palestinian territory of Gaza is the scene of war crimes committed by the state of Israel that defy words. What is to be...

Hiding War Crimes Behind a Question

Daniel C. Maguire Doesn’t Israel have a right to defend itself? Though it is hard for a question to be wrong, this is a dead...

Extensive War Crimes in Eastern Ukraine. The Voices of the Innocent: “We Haven’t Got...

Lana Zoricheva Today, not only the Russian mass media has raised the issue of the investigation of war crimes in Ukraine, but delegates of European...

US Taxes Pay for Israeli War Crimes

Ida Audeh With numbing regularity, Israel bombs the Gaza Strip, home to 1.8 million Palestinians, from the air, land, and sea, and the excuse is...

American and Israeli War Crimes

Margaret Kimberley How should one describe the U.S.-Israeli relationship? “Co-conspirators”? “Co-dependents”? “Frenemies”? “The corporate media in the United States and other western nations ignore, minimize...

Washington’s War Crimes Spread From Africa and the Middle East to Ukraine

Paul Craig Roberts RINF Alternative News A person might think that revulsion in “the world community” against Washington’s wanton slaughter of civilians in eight countries would...

Israeli war crimes in Gaza provoke global outrage

Patrick Martin As the Israeli onslaught on Gaza enters its second week, more and more evidence of atrocities is being made public, producing widespread expressions...

Leadership, Genocide and War Crimes. An African Perspective

"Protocol on Amendments to the Protocol on the Statute of the African Court of Justice and Human Rights." John Bart Gerald On June 30th the African...

US Media Re-frames Israel’s War Crimes

Peter Hart When Israel attacked Palestinian targets following the discovery that three kidnapped Israeli teenagers had been murdered, the way TV outlets characterized the Israel...

Washington’s War Crimes Spread from Africa and the Middle East to Ukraine – Paul...

Washington’s War Crimes Spread from Africa and the Middle East to Ukraine Paul Craig Roberts A person might think that revulsion in “the world community” against Washington’s wanton slaughter of civilians in eight countries would have led to War Crimes…

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Why Bush and Blair Should be Prosecuted for War Crimes

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair recently stated that air strikes and drones should be used once again on Iraq to stem recent gains...

Why Bush and Blair Should Be Prosecuted for War Crimes

César Chelala Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair recently stated that air strikes and drones should be used once again on Iraq to stem recent...

Croatia Whitewashes War Crimes After Joining EU

“It is indisputable that six elderly people were killed in the village of Grubori and that these killings were committed by members of the...

The Chilcot Inquiry on Iraq, Instigated by the Perpetrators of War Crimes: The Greatest...

Just about every day in Iraq at least one person, if not scores more lose their lives wrecking family after family as a direct...

Richard Clarke: Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld Committed War Crimes

Richard Clarke, the nation’s former top counterterrorism official, tells Democracy Now! he believes President George W. Bush is guilty of war crimes for launching...

British Government Coverup and Whitewash of Iraq War Crimes: The Chilcot Inquiry

Amidst howls of “whitewash” from media commentators and interested observers of all political hues, it seems the findings of the Chilcot Inquiry in to...

ICC & British war crimes: The trial of Tony Blair?

Several years ago, a British television channel ran a film entitled The Trial of Tony Blair. Not only was it pretty funny, with the former...

Could High-Ranking UK Officials Face Charges for War Crimes in Iraq?

ICC announces it is opening a preliminary investigation into allegations of atrocities 'involving systematic detainee abuse' Sarah Lazare  RINF Alternative News Eleven years after the U.S.-led invasion...

Tony Blair, George W. Bush, and David Cameron – Using “God” As An Excuse...

Felicity Arbuthnot  RINF Alternative News There must be something in the water at No 10 Downing Street, currently inhabited by Prime Minister David Cameron. When Tony Blair...

Ignoring Obama’s War Crimes

Jeffrey Bachman  RINF Alternative News While Western media focuses almost exclusively on events in Russia and Ukraine, it continues to ignore the growing calls for transparency...

Israeli Supremes Endorse War Crimes

Israeli Supremes Endorse War Crimes

by Stephen Lendman

They didn't surprise. They're like US Supremes. They support wealth, power and privilege. They rubber-stamp war crimes when asked.

They ignore fundamental rule of law principles. Israel High Court justices declined to hear petitioner Marwan Dalal. 

He's an Israeli Arab jurist. Earlier he served as a Hague International Criminal Court senior prosecutor. He's the only Palestinian ever to serve in this capacity.

On April 2, Israeli Supremes heard evidence of IDF war crimes in Lebanon and Gaza. A previous article explained.

Dalal filed a 52-page petition. He addressed Israel's:

  • preemptive 2006 Lebanon war;

  • its Operation Cast Lead Gaza aggression (December 2008 - January 2009,) and

  • murdering nine Turkish Mavi Marmara Gaza humanitarian mission activists in May 2010 in cold blood.

Evidence against Israel is damning. It's overwhelming. It's indisputable. It's incontestable. Systematic coverup followed.

Israel remains unaccountable for high crimes too grave to ignore. On April 3, Israeli Supremes rubber-stamped approval. 

They ruled crimes of war and against humanity are OK. Their terse statement lied saying:

"The petitioner didn't provide enough evidence that could prove the connection between the respondents and the events that, as the petitioner sees them, could be called 'war crimes.' "

From July 12 - August 14, Israel attacked Lebanon preemptively. It blitzkrieged large areas mercilessly. It did so lawlessly.

It killed over 1,000. It caused vast destruction. It displaced around one-fourth of Lebanon's four million population. It willfully targeted civilians.

It admitted doing so. It called them legitimate targets. It defined its Dahiya Doctrine strategy. It's named after a Beirut suburb. Israel destroyed it entirely.

At the time, it said it's how future wars would be fought. Disproportionate force will be used against civilians and non-military-related infrastructure.

Doing so reflects prohibited collective punishment. International law forbids attacking non-combatants and targets unrelated to military necessary.

Beirut, Tyre, Sidon, and other Lebanon cities and towns were attacked.

Terror bombings destroyed or damaged ports, Beirut International Airport, roads, bridges, other infrastructure, schools, hospitals, power stations, commercial sites, factories, dams, civilian neighborhoods, government buildings, mosques, churches, radio and TV stations, an orphanage, Sidon's refugee camp and other non-military targets.

Jiyeh’s utility plant south of Beirut was struck. Doing so caused  massive oil spillage. Over 90 miles of coastal waters were affected. 

Biodiversity was damaged. Heightened cancer risk followed. Many thousands of Lebanese remain vulnerable.

A land, sea and air siege was imposed. Illegal weapons were used. They included depleted uranium, chemical agents, as well as white phosphorous bombs and shells. They burn flesh to the bone.

So-called thermobaric bombs were dropped. They contain polymer-bonded or solid fuel-air explosives. They penetrate buildings, underground shelters and tunnels. 

Their blast pressure sucks oxygen out of affected areas. It horrifically affects people in them. It’s a terror weapon designed to kill and destroy monstrously.

On July 19, a bus carrying Israeli tourists and others was attacked. Eight deaths were reported. 

It bears repeating. Israeli war crimes were indisputable. Lawless collective punishment is longstanding Israeli practice. It persists daily. It does so in multiple ways.

From December 27, 2008 - January 18, 2009, Israel waged lawless aggression on Gaza. On September 15, 2009, Goldstone Commission findings were damning.

It reported "evidence indicating serious violations of international human rights and humanitarian law committed by Israel during the Gaza conflict, and that Israel committed actions amounting to war crimes, and possibly crimes against humanity."

"While the Israeli Government has sought to portray its operations as essentially a response to rocket attacks in the exercise of its right of self defence, the Mission considers the plan to have been directed, at least in part, at a different target: the people of Gaza as a whole." 

Defensive rocket attacks responded to repeated Israeli provocations. Israel lawlessly used them as a pretext for naked aggression. Operation Cast Lead followed.

On September 21, 2010, the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) said:

It's clear "that the IDF had not distinguished between civilians and civilian objects and military targets." 

"Both the loss of life and the damage to property were disproportionate to the harm suffered by Israel or any threatened harm. Israel's actions could not be justified as self-defense."

"The IDF was responsible for the crime of killing, wounding and terrorizing civilians (as well as) wonton(ly) destr(oying) property and that such destruction could not be justified on grounds of military necessity."

HRC members called IDF crimes so grave, "it was compelled to consider whether (genocide) had been committed." 

It said Israel "committed war crimes, crimes against humanity and, possibly genocide in the course of Operation Cast Lead."

On May 31, 2010, lawlessly interdicted Freedom Flotilla vessels in international waters. Doing so constitutes piracy. They were bringing vitally needed aid to besieged Gazans.

Nine Turkish nationals were aboard the Mavi Marmara mother ship. They were massacred in cold blood. Dozens of other activists on board were wounded. Everyone was arrested.

At the time, UK-based Stop the War Coalition activists called it "(y)et another act of Israeli barbarism." Thousands of Gazans protested angrily.

Mass anti-Israeli protests followed in Amman, Cairo, Damascus, Tehran, Ankara, Istanbul, Beirut and other regional cities.

Israel's propaganda machine reached new highs of duplicity. Damage control prioritized coverup. Big Lies drowned out truth.

Forensic evidence was damning. Victims were shot multiple times at close range. Some in the back.

A Human Rights Council (HRC) investigation criticized Israel's "outrageous attack on aid ships attempting to breach a blockade on the Gaza Strip."

It called doing so "piracy, (an) act of aggression, (a) brutal massacre, (an) act of terrorism, (a) war crime, (a) crime against humanity, unprovoked...unwarranted...atrocious, (and) brutal."

It said humanitarian activists onboard were "peaceful, innocent, noble, unarmed, (and) defenseless."

Attacking them "was unnecessary, disproportionate, excessive, inappropriate and resulted in the wholly avoidable killing and maiming of a large number of civilian passengers." 

"Israel made "a deliberate attempt...to suppress or destroy evidence." Its own version of events was fabricated. Fake videos were used. So were other falsified materials.

Crimes against humanity were committed. So was piracy. HRC members called Israeli guilty as charged.

It said "a series of violations of international law, including international humanitarian and human rights law, were committed by the Israeli forces during the interception of the flotilla and during the detention of passengers in Israel prior to deportation."

"The preponderance of evidence from impeccable sources is far too overwhelming to come to a contrary opinion."

Attacking Mavi Marmara activists was well-planned in advance. Premeditated murder was indisputable. 

Israeli commandos had photos of Turkish nationals marked for death. They murdered them in cold blood. 

They remain unaccountable. So do Israeli commanders and responsible government officials.

No Israeli official or military commander was held accountable for Lebanon and Cast Lead war crimes. None for earlier acts of aggression.

None for daily crimes against humanity. None for ongoing ones. None since Israel was established in 1948.

None for decades of systematic slow-motion genocide. Israeli Supremes continued a longstanding tradition. 

They turned a blind eye to high crimes too grave to ignore. They endorsed what demands accountability. Perhaps one day. For sure not now.

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Israel to consider war crimes case

Al-Jazeera – 29 March 2014

For the first time Israel’s Supreme Court is set to consider evidence on April 2 that senior Israeli political and military officials committed war crimes in relation to major military operations in Gaza and Lebanon.

Former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and his Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni, the current justice minister, are among the high-level figures accused of breaking the laws of war when they launched attacks on Lebanon in 2006, and on Gaza in the winter of 2008-09.

The allegations have been levelled by Marwan Dalal, the only Israeli lawyer to have served as a senior prosecutor in one of the international criminal courts at The Hague in the Netherlands.

Dalal, who spent three years as a prosecutor at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, belongs to Israel’s Palestinian minority, which comprises a fifth of the country’s population.

He said he had based his petition to the court on “strong factual and legal findings” from public sources, including the reports of Israeli official inquiries.

His evidence includes statements from senior Israeli officials in which they appear to implicate themselves in actions – including killing, collective punishment and attacks on civilian infrastructure – not justified by military necessity. Such acts are breaches of the Fourth Geneva Convention as well as Israeli law.

Dalal will argue before the court that the Israeli police are required to investigate the evidence in preparation for possible indictments for war crimes.

“The evidence is in the public realm and obliges Israeli prosecutors to order investigations,” he said. “The failure to do so is unreasonable conduct and the court must rectify the matter.”

Official ‘impunity’

The action is the first brought by Dalal under the auspices of Grotius, an organisation he founded last year to collect information on war crimes. Although Grotius’ focus is on Israel and the occupied territories, it has also provided information to the special tribunal for Lebanon, investigating the killing in 2005 of Lebanon’s Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri.

The 52-page petition relates to three major military operations launched by Israel over a four-year period, in which many of the same officials were involved: the war against Lebanon in summer 2006, Operation Cast Lead in Gaza in late 2008, and a naval attack in international waters on a humanitarian aid flotilla to Gaza in May 2010.

Israel has become increasingly fearful that its officials may face prosecutions for war crimes, either in third countries or, since the United Nations’ vote in 2012 to upgrade the Palestinians’ membership status, at the International Criminal Court in The Hague.

One of the conditions insisted on by Israel and the US before launching the current peace talks, was that the Palestinian leadership under Mahmoud Abbas promise not to apply for membership of international bodies, including The Hague court.

The Israeli legal system has launched a handful of criminal investigations into the actions of relatively low-ranking soldiers involved in Cast Lead. The three-week operation killed some 1,400 Palestinians, of which only 400 have been identified as fighters.

Of the criminal prosecutions, the longest sentence, at seven and a half months, was imposed on a soldier who stole a credit card.

Israeli prosecutors have so far not considered the evidence of war crimes committed by its leaders.

‘No discussion’

Sarit Michaeli, a spokeswoman for B’Tselem, an Israeli organisation that documents human rights abuses in the occupied territories, said the impunity of senior Israeli officials was a great concern.

“There has been no discussion in Israel of the responsibility of high-ranking officials for issuing apparently illegal orders such as using white phosphorus in built-up areas, the adoption of flexible open-fire regulations, and a policy of targeting certain population groups, such as males over a certain age.”

Dalal has had previous high-profile successes against the Israeli military in Israel’s Supreme Court. In 2005, the court ordered the Israeli army to stop the practise of using Palestinians as “human shields” during military operations.

Grotius has sent an advisory paper to the Palestinian Authority in Ramallah detailing the status of Israeli settlement-building in the occupied territories as a war crime.

Palestinian chief negotiator Saeb Erekat told Al Jazeera in February that the Palestinians’ first approach to the International Criminal Court (ICC) would be to ask it to investigate Israeli officials for sanctioning the construction of settlements and moving Israelis into the occupied territories.

Sharon Weill, an international law expert at the Sciences Po in Paris, said that the ICC is only authorised to consider war crimes that occur after a party ratifies its establishing treaty, the Rome Statute.

“It seems clear that in international law the settlements are a war crime and an ongoing one as they are being continuously built and expanded. So the Palestinians could bring a case after they decide to join the ICC.”

Dalal conceded that he expected “judicial resistance” in Israel to his current petition.

In 2003, the Supreme Court rejected a petition from Yesh Gvul, a group of Israeli combat veterans who refuse to serve in the occupied territories, which argued that the head of the Israeli air force should be investigated for breaches of international law.

Israel Defense Forces (IDF) Deputy Chief of Staff Major General Dan Halutz had approved dropping a one-tonne bomb on a residential district of Gaza in 2002 that killed 14 people, many of them children.

However, Dalal and other leading lawyers note that refusal by the court to order an investigation could suggest that Israel lacks a reliable domestic procedure for holding officials accountable for war crimes.

Universal values

Several countries, including most prominently, the UK, the Netherlands and Spain, have adopted the principle of universal jurisdiction, which allows them to prosecute war crimes that took place outside their territory and did not involve any of their nationals.

Michael Sfard, an Israeli lawyer who was involved in the Yesh Gvul petition, said: “A case that indicates Israel is unwilling to seriously investigate or bring to justice officials whose decisions appear to have violated international law can help outside actors seek their own legal remedies.”

In addition to Olmert and Livni, the petition names two former military chiefs of staff, along with a former domestic intelligence chief and a former minister of defence.

According to Dalal, factual evidence of war crimes is provided in official Israeli reports produced by the Winograd inquiry into the 2006 Lebanon war and the two Turkel inquiries into the 2010 attack on the aid flotilla.

Dalal also drew on the extensive research of UN-appointed investigations, including the Goldstone commission into the attack on Gaza in late 2008, and two commissions, led respectively by Karl Hudson-Philips and Geoffrey Palmer, into the flotilla attack.

In the case of the 2006 Lebanon war, for example, Dalal cites several statements that implicate Halutz, the then-military chief of staff, in policies of collective punishment and targeting civilian infrastructure.

Some 1,200 Lebanese were killed in the month-long war, of which the majority were civilians. The UN children’s charity UNICEF has estimated that nearly a third of the dead were children under the age of 13.

In the Winograd inquiry, Halutz is quoted as saying, shortly after two soldiers were captured by the Lebanese militia Hezbollah, his forces “should operate on two levels, against the state of Lebanon and against Hezbollah without leaving anyone immune from targeting. This is the meaning of deterrence.”

The same day, the media reported him issuing similar threats to “turn back the clock in Lebanon by 20 years”, unless the soldiers were returned.

The Winograd report cited him telling the prime minister the next day: “The main objective is to make Lebanon take a stance [against Hezbollah] by targeting infrastructure.”

Dalal said: “The Winograd report clearly shows that the military and political leadership either intended to hurt civilians in Lebanon or at the very least had a disregard for their safety. From their statements we can show both an intention and operational results that accorded with that stated intention.”

Halutz and Olmert, who ordered the attacks on Lebanon and Gaza, recently announced that they would be setting up a new consultancy firm expected to offer advice on defence matters.

‘Uncomfortable’ allegations

The UN’s Palmer Commission into the killing by Israeli naval commandos of nine humanitarian activists aboard the Mavi Marmara aid ship to Gaza in May 2010, found evidence that suggested most of the victims had been executed.

In its prepared response to the court, the Israeli justice ministry stated: “Our position is to recommend the rejection of this petition because the accusations are too general, they lack a minimal foundation in factual evidence, while the events are now far in the past, as well as being unrelated to each other.”

Israel has claimed that efforts to prosecute its officials are part of a campaign of delegitimisation it terms “lawfare“.

It has also pressured European countries to change their universal jurisdiction laws. Its concerns were heightened in 2009 by the decision of a London court to issue an arrest warrant for Livni in connection to Operation Cast Lead. The warrant was revoked when it emerged that Livni was not in the UK.

Earlier, several senior Israeli military commanders, including Halutz, were forced to cancel visits to the UK for fear of being arrested.

Under pressure from Israel, Britain altered its rules in 2011, giving the head of the state prosecution service the power to overrule a court decision to issue an arrest warrant for a visiting official.

Weill said it would be difficult to get either the ICC or countries with universal jurisdiction laws to investigate Israel because political considerations tended to overshadow legal ones.

“It is hard to persuade Western countries that a state like Israel, which is seen as a similar kind of democracy, has a failing legal system, incapable of conducting proper investigations.”

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On March 22, 1979, the UN Security Council passed Resolution 446. 

It determined that Israeli settlements in Occupied Palestine and other Arab territories "have no legal validity and constitute a serious obstruction to achieving a comprehensive, just and lasting peace in the Middle East."

It deplored Israel's refusal to comply with numerous other Security Council resolutions.

It called on Israel, "as the occupying Power, to abide scrupulously by the 1949 Fourth Geneva Convention, to rescind its previous measures and to desist from taking any action which would result in changing the legal status and geographical nature and materially affecting the demographic composition of the Arab territories occupied since 1967, including Jerusalem, and, in particular, not to transfer parts of its own civilian population into the occupied Arab territories."

It established a "Commission consisting of three" Security Council members. It was charged with examining and assessing the situation with regard to settlements. On July 1, 1979, it reported its findings. They condemned illegal settlement construction.

On March 1, 1980, the Security Council passed Resolution 465. It affirmed that Fourth Geneva provisions relating to protecting civilians in time war apply to Occupied Palestine.

It deplored "the decision of the Government of Israel to officially support Israeli settlement(s) in Palestinian and other Arab territories occupied since 1967."

It commended the work of its Commission. It accepted its conclusions and recommendations. It called on Israel to cooperate with its findings.

It determined "that all measures taken by Israel to change the physical character, demographic composition, institutional structure or status of the Palestinian and other Arab territories occupied since 1967, including Jerusalem, or any part thereof, have no legal validity and that Israel's policy and practices of settling parts of its population and new immigrants in those territories constitute a flagrant violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War..."

Doing so is a war crime. Responsible Israeli officials are war criminals. To this day, they remain unaccountable.

Resolution 465 called on Israel to rescind its illegal measures, "dismantle the existing settlements and in particular to cease, on an urgent basis, the establishment, construction and planning of settlements in the Arab territories occupied since 1967, including Jerusalem."

On December 16, 1981, the General Assembly reported on "the Special Committee to Investigate Israeli Practices Affecting Human Rights of the Population of the Occupied Territories."

It "condemned the failure of Israel as the occupying Power to acknowledge the applicability of (Fourth Geneva) to the territories it has occupied since 1967, including Jerusalem."

It demanded strict Israeli compliance with Fourth Geneva provisions. It called on Member States to take all necessary measures to assure it. 

It expressed grave concern about the seriousness of the situation in Occupied Palestine. It held Israel fully responsible.

From 1967 to 1977, around 30 settlements were established. They were mainly in Jordan Valley locations. Population numbered about 5,000.

Under Prime Minister Menachem Begin (1977 - 1983), things escalated. Heartland/central ridge West Bank settlements were established. Construction tempo increased.

Dozens of new settlements were added. Increasing amounts of Palestinian land were stolen. Construction continues unabated.

Since 1967, Israel established 124 West Bank settlements, 100 outposts, and 12 neighborhoods.

Settler enclaves were built in East Jerusalem areas. They include the Old City's Muslim Quarter, Silwan, Sheikh Jarrach, Mount of Olives, Ras al-Amud, Abu Dis, and Jabal al-Mukabber.

In 20 years since Oslo, settler population tripled from about 200,000 to over 600,000. Numbers increase daily. Dispossessed Palestinians have no say.

Their land is stolen. They’re ethnically cleansed. They're denied all rights. They have none now. They have no credible peace partner. They have no legitimate negotiators representing them. Talks are worthless. They're on their own.

Land theft continues daily. Israel's Separation Wall plans annexing around 12% of West Bank/East Jerusalem territory. It'll do so when completed. Building it has nothing to do with security. Israel lies claiming otherwise.

It expropriates a sizable share of PA tax revenues. It does so without fulfilling agreed on obligations. It controls about 60% of West Bank territory.

It does so through expanding settlements, outposts, closed military zones, tourist sites, commercial areas, no-go ones, increasing East Jerusalem encroachment, Israel's apartheid wall, Jews only roads, and numerous checkpoints and barriers.

Palestinians are increasingly isolated. They're denied fundamental rights. They have no say. 

Collective punishment remains official Israeli policy. So does stealing all valued Judea and Samaria areas. Israel wants them for exclusive Jewish development.

A previous article discussed Palestinian prisoner releases. Doing so affords Israel political leverage. Concessions were extracted. 

Palestinian negotiators agreed not to object to settlement expansions during talks. Israel took full advantage.

Since negotiations began in late July, numerous Israeli settlement projects were announced. On August 11, plans for 1,200 new West Bank/East Jerusalem units became known.

On August 25, another 1,500 were announced. On October 25, Israeli sources said tenders for 1,700 units would be issued. Various smaller projects are planned.

According to Peace Now, more than 16,000 settlement units in various planning and development stages were being discussed by Israeli officials throughout 2013.

Housing Minister Uri Ariel calls settlement expansions core Israeli policy. He remains adamant, saying:

"No country in the world accepts dictates from other countries where it is permitted to build and where it is not. We plan to continue to market apartments (in settlements) and to build in all parts of the country."

Hours after Israel's Tuesday prisoner release, four new projects were announced. Included are 1,500 Ramat Shlomo East Jerusalem units.

Development of an archeological and tourism site near Jerusalem's Old City will accompanying them.

On October 30, Israel announced plans for 5,000 new units. They include 1,500 East Jerusalem ones.

According to Haaretz, planned construction is intended to "offset the release of the Palestinian prisoners earlier this week."

"The announcement was made public in the middle of the night." It was done to minimize publicity.

Establishing a Mount Scopus Slopes National Park is included. It'll be built on land between the Isawiyah and A-Tur Palestinian neighborhoods. Doing so further isolates them. Stolen land prevents their expansion.

Planned construction involves immediate work on 860 units. They're slated for major settlements. They include Ariel, Ma’aleh Adumim, Givat Ze’ev, Betar Ilit, Karnei Shomron and Elkana.

Plans for 1,400 units were submitted to Israel's Civil Administration planning committee. Some are intended for major settlements.

Others will be built in Shiloh, Talmon, Alei Zahav, Almog and other smaller ones.

Plans for 1,100 units were submitted earlier. They'll advance to the next stage of the process.

According to Likud MK Ofir Akunis, "building in Judea and Samaria will continue and be intensified."

Doing so puts a lie to so-called peace talks. They were dead on arrival anyway. Continued settlement construction clarifies it for doubters.

On October 31, Maan News headlined "Official: Israel to demolish homes of over 15,000 East Jerusalemites," saying:

"Municipality officers escorted by Israeli soldiers issued demolition warrants for thousands of Palestinian homes in the East Jerusalem neighborhoods of Ras Khamis and Ras Shahada on Friday, a local Palestinian official said."

Other earmarked buildings include a mosque and newly built school.

Jamil Sanduqa chairs a Ras Khamis development committee.

"The orders came very shortly after incumbent mayor Nir Barakat has been elected for a new term," he said.

According to OCHA, Israel destroyed over 500 West Bank Palestinian properties this year. They're mostly in East Jerusalem.

They're on Palestinian land. They're to make way for exclusive Jewish development. 

Doing so involves ethnically cleansing Palestinians lawlessly. It's longstanding Israeli policy. World leaders turn a blind eye to brazen violations of international law.


Abbas spokesman Nabil Abu Rdeneh issued a disingenuous statement. He intended it solely for angry Palestinians, saying: 

Settlement expansions and other exclusive Jewish development show "Israel is a state that doesn't abide by international law and continues to put obstacles in the way of peace."

It bears repeating. Abbas sold out. He agreed to let construction continue during talks. They're excluded from discussions. 

Abbas surrendered to US/Israeli demands. He sold out his own people in the process. 

He's a longtime Israeli collaborator. He tells constituents one thing. He does another behind their backs. He's done it for many years. 

Israel knows he's reliable. Israeli settlement expansions go unimpeded on his watch. He shamelessly agreed to sham peace talks.

They're rigged. They're doomed to fail. They assure no peace in our time. Palestinians have coup d'etat officials representing them. 

Daily Israeli crimes of war and against humanity continue during talks. It's hard keeping track. Dozens of weekly neighborhood incursions terrorize residents. Innocent victims are beaten and arrested.

On October 31, Israeli soldiers murdered 22-year-old Ahmad Imad tazaz'a. They did so in cold blood. At time same time, they broke into dozens of homes.

They did it violently. They ransacked them. They destroyed personal possessions. They kidnapped four Palestinians. 

Seven others were abducted in a nearby community. Two more were lawlessly arrested in Bethlehem and the Deheisha refuge camp south of the city.

These type incidents occur daily. So-called peace talks exclude discussing them. Abbas prefers disingenuous photo-ops.

On Tuesday, he "welcomed" released Palestinian prisoners. He did so in Ramallah. He's done nothing throughout his tenure to demand  release of thousands held solely for political reasons.

He collaborates with Israel. He does so in numerous ways. He does it by targeting Palestinians Israel wants detained. 

Innocent victims languish in Palestinian jails. They remain as long as Israel wants them held. Daily crimes against humanity continue. 

Injustice defines Israeli policy. Abbas and co-conspirators collaborate on what demands condemnation.

A Final Comment

New York Times pro-Israeli bias is longstanding. On August 12, Times editors deceived their readers. They stopped short of full disclosure. 

They called timing new settlement construction with releasing 26 Palestinian prisoners a delicate balancing act. 

They claimed doing so "mollif(ies) right-wingers" opposed to prisoner releases. They failed to explain longstanding Israeli policy. 

It's standard practice to use them for political leverage. New settlement construction announcements usually accompany them.

On the one hand, Times editors asked "(w)hy complicate already complicated negotiations? (W)hy add (to) distrust?

On the other, they lied saying Abbas negotiates in "good faith." Most important is what they left unsaid. International law is clear and unequivocal. Israeli settlements are illegal.

Security Council Resolution 465 called for their dismantling. It said building them constitutes a war crime. Times editors didn't explain. 

Omitting, sanitizing, or misreporting what readers most need to know is longstanding Times policy. Readers are best served by choosing reliable sources of news, information and analysis.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at [email protected] 

His new book is titled "Banker Occupation: Waging Financial War on Humanity."

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The twelfth anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan was marked by a peace vigil at Shannon on Oct 13th that was attended by close to 40 people. Gardai maintained an overt presence, despite the peaceful nature of this and all previous vigils. They were reminded of their responsibilities to uphold the law by those attending the vigil, and to end the practice of turning a blind eye to the warplanes passing through Shannon. As always, they maintained a stony silence when asked if they were concerned in any way about who or what might be on those planes.

Tens of thousands of lives have been lost in Afghanistan over the last twelve years, and hundreds of thousands more have been destroyed because of the direct consequences of war and the war-induced breakdown of public health, security, and infrastructure. Shannon has had a central role in all this, as over the last twelve years millions of armed troops have turned the airport into a staging post for U.S. military operations abroad. The occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan, for which Shannon provided logistical support, have been characterised by war crimes, human rights abuse (including kidnapping and torture by the U.S. authorities) and costs mounting to trillions of dollars. And these costs have of course been borne by the people of the U.S., Ireland and every other country now suffering the pain of austerity.

Support for today’s anti-war demonstration at Shannon was evident as passers-by acknowledged and encouraged those taking part. This was hardly surprising, given the findings of the recent PANA poll which showed that over three quarters of Irish people believe Ireland should have a policy of neutrality.

Given the behaviour of the Gardai at Shannon over the last twelve years, and given the numerous references by members of the force to “advice” and “instructions” and “protocols” relating to the searching of planes and the policing of anti-war demonstrations, their attitude was sadly also not surprising. For the duration of the vigil they erected barriers at an arbitrary point before the airport entrance, and refused to let demonstrators past it. When asked why they were doing so, they simply refused to answer.

What was even more bizarre was the spurious arrest of two members of Shannonwatch prior to the vigil today, under the Public Order Act. They were at the airport taking photographs, which is not illegal, but were handcuffed, taken into custody and released around an hour later. There were no U.S. military aircraft evident at the airport at the time, so the bizarre behaviour of the Gardai may have more to do with the presence of two luxurious Middle East VIP jets, registrations N777AS and N757MA.

If the Airport Police and Gardai had anticipated a security risk from someone taking photos of one of these aircraft someone in authority could have declared the car park in which the arrests took place to be a temporarily restricted area. They are entitled and empowered to restrict certain areas for a limited time but they didn’t do that, Nonetheless the arresting officer did his best to convince the Shannonwatch members that the place was permanently restricted (which it isn’t) and that they had broken the law by being there (which they hadn’t).

It’s not the sort of security that the U.S. military would expect at one of their airbases, but it’s what they’ve got at Shannon.

About the authors: Shannonwatch is a group of human rights and anti-war activists based in the mid-West of Ireland. Email: [email protected]

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© Truthdig.com Tomas Young

The 33-year-old, who was the subject of Phil Donahue’s 2007 documentary “Body of War,” continued:

I joined the Army two days after the 9/11 attacks. I joined the Army because our country had been attacked. I wanted to strike back at those who had killed some 3,000 of my fellow citizens. I did not join the Army to go to Iraq, a country that had no part in the September 2001 attacks and did not pose a threat to its neighbors, much less to the United States. I did not join the Army to “liberate” Iraqis or to shut down mythical weapons-of-mass-destruction facilities or to implant what you cynically called “democracy” in Baghdad and the Middle East. I did not join the Army to rebuild Iraq, which at the time you told us could be paid for by Iraq’s oil revenues.

Young believes he was injured fighting the wrong war:

I would not be writing this letter if I had been wounded fighting in Afghanistan against those forces that carried out the attacks of 9/11. Had I been wounded there I would still be miserable because of my physical deterioration and imminent death, but I would at least have the comfort of knowing that my injuries were a consequence of my own decision to defend the country I love. I would not have to lie in my bed, my body filled with painkillers, my life ebbing away, and deal with the fact that hundreds of thousands of human beings, including children, including myself, were sacrificed by you for little more than the greed of oil companies, for your alliance with the oil sheiks in Saudi Arabia, and your insane visions of empire.

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He said, “This way, instead of committing the conventional suicide and I am out of the picture, people have a way to stop by or call and say their goodbyes,” Young said. “I felt this was a fairer way to treat people than to just go out with a note.”

Open War Crimes: US and British-Backed Weapons Airlift From Croatia to Terrorists in Syria

It’s well known by now that the NATO and Gulf States' initial plans to overturn the sovereign state of Syria has been running behind schedule since their operation was launched two years ago. They had hoped for the sort of slam dunk which they enjoyed in overturning the country of Libya in late 2011.

This same formula could not be applied again however, so Plan B, a ground war using proxies has meant a longer drawn out conflict, with western backed terrorist groups sustaining heavy losses in their fight to topple the Assad government on behalf of NATO and its Gulf allies.

The main obstacle with Plan B is that the very idea of directly arming terrorists in Syria is not one which can be sold openly in either the US or Britain. Plan C is to draw in the UN by creating a ‘chemical weapons’ crisis in Syria, but thanks to a prominent online leak of documents relating to UK DOD contractor Britamthe British have been caught brokering a deal transferring ex-Gaddafi stocks from Libya to Syria to be blamed on Assad, paid for by Qatar. The WMD threat still remains a hard sell for western voters…

From the NATO Allied corner, something drastic needed to be done.

Whilst politicians in the West, namely those in Washington DC, London and parts of Europe, have been publicly denying that they were helping to organise running arms into Syria and issuing very public pleads for ‘humanitarian aid’ for those they identify as the Syrian Opposition, activity back stage has been furious. The debate in government and the media has been mere window dressing for the real operation being quietly carried out.

NATO Gun-running via Croatia

It can now be revealed that NATO allied nations were busy using proxy states to drive their war in Syria – putting together one of the biggest international black operation transfers of military supplies in recent history. So it’s official: large caches of hardware from the West have been transferred to the Syrian jihadist mercenary collective known as the ‘Free Syrian Army’ , ‘Syrian Rebels’, or ‘Syrian Opposition’ – depending on who you ask, a brash move which may be vehemently opposed by other UN Security Council members – namely Russia and China.

Multiple media sources reveal the details of this massive airlift comprised of 75 airplanes, and an estimated 3,000 tons of military weaponry on board has left Croatia and has already been delivered… to Syria.

It is also confirmed from these reports that Saudi Arabia has financed a large portion of this purchase secretly transported to al Qaeda and other FSA fighters – who are working with the support of the CIA, MI6 and others, along with other financial and material support of Qatar and Saudi, to further destabilise and overthrow the Assad government in Syria.

Croatia’s daily newspaper Jutarnji List reported:

From the start of November last year, till February this year, 75 planes flew out from Zagreb Airport with over 3,000 tons of weapons and ammunition bound for Syrian rebels…

The newspaper, quoting diplomatic sources, says that besides Croatian weapons the planes were full with weapons from other European countries including the UK. The weapons were organised by the United States of America.

Sources say that the first few flights to leave Croatia bound for Syria with weapons were operated by Turkish Cargo, which is owned by Turkish Airlines. After those flights, Jordanian International Air Cargo took over the flights. The deal to provide arms to the rebels was made between American officials and the Croatian Ambassador to the US.

In addition to this huge gun-running operation, Croatia also appears to be guilty of either having advanced knowledge, or possibly coordinating with Syrian terrorists as evidenced by their recently withdraw all of troops from the UN observer mission in Golan Heights, indicating that the recent kidnapping by Free Syrian Army Terrorists of at least 20 UNIFIL peacekeepers in the Golan Heights was known in advance by Croatia.

The kidnapping incident may have been designed to test the UN, but also to pull Syria’s southern neighbor, Israel, even closer to the conflict, a development which would almost surely prompt the UN to declare this as trigger to a regional crisis, followed by an authorised military intervention. Pulling Israel in would also risk involving Hezbollah from Lebanon, who are already engaging in assisting Assad in training a new specialist paramilitary force in Syria to deal with urban warfare.

If it was known by Croatia, then one can only conclude that this was also known by US and British operatives as well. Both the US and Britain will naturally claim deniability as their legal out in this case, by deniability through the use of proxies makes no innocent parties when the prospect of a multi-regional war beckons as a result of the west’s financial, logistical, political, and now material involvement in the overthrow of a sovereign state and internationally recognised government.

Much worse, however, is that by employing proxies like Jordan, Croatia, Turkey,and others, the NATO allies have guaranteed long-term retribution down the road, should Syria prevail in this fight. For Syria, it is now known which countries collaborated with the West to dismantle their country. This fact alone will ensure conflict in the region for a generation.

US officials are on record as admitting to helping arrange the weapons airlift, as cited in this Feb 25, 2012 article in the New York Times:

“An official in Washington said the possibility of the transfers from the Balkans was broached last summer, when a senior Croatian official visited Washington and suggested to American officials that Croatia had many weapons available should anyone be interested in moving them to Syria’s rebels.”

Terrorist receive recoilless guns from the former Yugoslavia

Revelations are not limited to the Croatian news report, as we see the US and Europe’s mainstream media wall of silence has begun to crack, including here a recent report from London’s Daily Telegraph sent across Syria’s borders with Jordan and NATO-member Turkey. The article entitled, “US and Europe in ‘major airlift of arms to Syrian rebels through Zagreb’“ goes on to give further details of direct European involvement in illegal weapons running:

The United States has coordinated a massive airlift of arms to Syrian rebels from Croatia with the help of Britain and other European states, despite the continuing European Union arms embargo, it was claimed yesterday…

Decisions by William Hague, the Foreign Secretary, to provide non-lethal assistance and training, announced in the past week, were preceded by much greater though less direct Western involvement in the rebel cause, according to a Croat newspaper.

The shipments were allegedly paid for by Saudi Arabia at the bidding of the United States, with assistance on supplying the weapons organised through Turkey and Jordan, Syria’s neighbours.

as from Croatia, weapons came “from several other European countries including Britain”, without specifying if they were British-supplied or British-procured arms.

British military advisers however are known to be operating in countries bordering Syria alongside French and Americans, offering training to rebel leaders and former Syrian army officers…

… The weapons, including rocket launchers, recoil-less guns and the M79 anti-tank weapon, have been seen in rebel hands in numerous videos, and were first spotted by an arms expert Eliot Higgins, who blogs under the name Brown Moses. He traced them moving from Dera’a in the south, near the Jordanian border, to Aleppo and Idlib provinces in the north.

Hague: Denies Britain’s involvement in gun-running

It is also no big secret that Britain has deployed a significant contingent of troops and support personnel to Jordan at least as far back as Autumn 2012 as part of its ongoing ‘joint military exercises’ with the Jordan military, but this latest revelation puts into clearer perspective the overwhelming likelihood that high level British military operation have actually been involved in the transfer of arms from Jordan into the hands of the international terrorist confab of mostly foreign fighter running under the west’s media banner of “Syrian Rebels”.

Consequences for Croatia, and Britain

What Britain may be guilty of here, is cynically – and illegally, trying to side-stepping the EU embargo on arms into Syria by using the fledgling EU state of Croatia as their delivery mechanism, because Croatia does not officially join the EU until July 1, and has not implemented any binding EU legislation. This flagrant violation of both EU and international law should mean that Croatia’s entrance into the EU could be appealed by other members states willing to raise an objection, with what are now clear grounds to mount a legal challenge against Croatia.

Regardless of any EU outcomes however, Croatia at least –  is guilty of international war crimes.

International and EU Sanctions Against the US, Britain, Turkey, Qatar and Saudi Arabia

As expected, Britain’s Foreign Office denies all of the claims connecting it to the Croatian gun-running program, but if Britain is involved – even indirectly, through a proxy like Croatia, or if British military personnel are aiding and abetting these known terrorist fighters in Syria through the transfer of weaponry, then Britain can also be brought into the international legal framework to answer for what it has done behind the public’s back.

The international war crimes which are now in the public view could test the legal framework of the EU, the UN and the ICC in the Hague. The legal door is now open for charges against state actors including US, Britain, Qatar and Saudi Arabia – for the crimes of illegally arming a force of foreign fighters and known terrorists in Syria – designed to destroy the country from within. Many UN resolutions, including the recent Resolution 1973 applied in Libya by the UN, have been implemented on much more spurious and shaky grounds than the overwhelming evidence available regarding Syria.

Consequences for NATO and the UN

Despite any denials in Brussels, NATO are involved through their member states Turkey and Croatia, as well as US, UK, and France from behind. Any involvement should question these country’s NATO status, or at least it begs the question what is NATO for, or even the UN, if their member states are conspiring together to subvert international law?

Moreover, Israel’s unwarranted airstrike against a Syrian Military Research facility last month was also ignored by the UN, but this is not surprising as Israel has long been allowed to operate outside of international law and norms.

If the international community does not act in this instance, then it opens the door to more brazen criminality sans borders, which could spawn similar illegal operations against Iran, opening the door to a Third World War.

US uniformed Personnel Training Rebels in Jordan

Der Spiegel also reports this week that, despite denials by Washington DC, Americans are definitely training Syrian rebels in neighboring Jordan. The reports goes on:

It is not clear if the Americans are members of the US armed forces or are part of a private contracting firm, but the trainers wear uniforms, the paper reported.

It added that the training, which also involves Jordanian intelligence officers, had been going on “for some time,” and that the rebels were being taught how to use anti-tank weaponry.

France sends ‘aid’ for Syria to Jordan

France played an integral part in the destruction of Libya in 2011, and they might also have an interest in their former colonial possessions in Syria, but it’s not clear as yet if France’s commitment to overthrowing the Assad government is on par with the US and Britain’s efforts. Back in August 2012, France had also been sending large shipments designated for Syria via Jordan, claiming that these shipment contained ‘aid and medical supplies’ – intended for Syrian refugees. Real Syrian News reported:

An Antonov 124 cargo aircraft landed at the Marka military airport in Amman on Saturday. The cargo is said to include a field hospital and medical supplies for the refugees in the Zaatari camp near the Syrian border. An A310 airliner carrying 85 French military staff and medical equipment arrived in Jordan on Thursday.

After the Croatian airlift, it’s now not a stretch to suspect that other countries could be involved in similar operations under the cover of supplying ‘humanitarian aid’.

Consequences for Jordan

The overwhelming body of evidence proves that Jordan is playing the key role as proxy and facilitator for the West’s wishes and desires to destroy the country of Syria. The consequences for Jordan, should the West’s efforts fail, is that Jordan has now exposed itself as a provocateur and enemy of both Syria, and Lebanon, and indeed Iran also. It is not know how much Jordan has been paid for its services, or what promises have been made to its royal family in exchange for facilitating the Syrian upheaval, but it cannot compensate Jordan for playing the crucial role in possibly fomenting a regional or multi-theatre global war.

Syria Crisis Planned by the US and NATO Allies Before the ‘Arab Spring’

Despite previous denials and avoiding the issue by states persons like Hillary Clinton and William Hague, it is certain that ‘al Qaeda’ terrorists are operating in Syria and receive various kinds of support from the West and their Gulf allies, and that these are many of the same terrorist who are responsible for violence and killing in Iraq. The New York Times confirmed this fact recently:

Iraqi officials said the extremists operating in Syria are in many cases the very same militants striking across their country. “We are 100 percent sure from security coordination with Syrian authorities that the wanted names that we have are the same wanted names that the Syrian authorities have, especially within the last three months,” Izzat al-Shahbandar — a close aide to the Iraqi prime minister, Nuri Kamal al-Maliki — said in an interview on Tuesday. “Al Qaeda that is operating in Iraq is the same as that which is operating in Syria,” he said.

Bangkok based analyst, Tony Cartalucci, from Land Destroyer blog, adds another important piece of evidence in this mix, pointing out the fact that the US and its NATO operatives have been engineering the crisis in Syria well before the official ‘uprising’ began in 2011:

Pulitizer Prize-winning journalist Seymour Hersh, in his 2007 New Yorker report titled, “The Redirection: Is the Administration’s new policy benefiting our enemies in the war on terrorism?“stated explicitly that: “To undermine Iran, which is predominantly Shiite, the Bush Administration has decided, in effect, to reconfigure its priorities in the Middle East. In Lebanon, the Administration has cooperated with Saudi Arabia’s government, which is Sunni, in clandestine operations that are intended to weaken Hezbollah, the Shiite organization that is backed by Iran. The U.S. has also taken part in clandestine operations aimed at Iran and its ally Syria. A by-product of these activities has been the bolstering of Sunni extremist groups that espouse a militant vision of Islam and are hostile to America and sympathetic to Al Qaeda.

Cartalucci provides further background to support the west’s own knowledge and involvement is the current crisis:

Is there any doubt that the US has executed this plot in earnest, arming and funding sectarian extremists “sympathetic to Al Qaeda” on both Syria’s northern and southern border? Where else, if not from the West and its regional allies, Israel, Saudi Arabia and Qatar, could extremists be getting their weapons, cash, and logistical support from?

And of course, Syria’s borders with Jordan and Turkey have been long-ago identified by the US Army’s own West Point Combating Terrorism Center (CTC) as hotbeds of sectarian extremist/Al Qaeda activity – hotbeds that the West is purposefully funneling thousands of tons of weaponry through, while disingenuously claiming it is attempting to prevent such weapons from falling into the hands of extremists.

The CTC’s 2007 report, “Al-Qa’ida’s Foreign Fighters in Iraq,” identified Syria’s southeastern region near Dayr Al-Zawr on the Iraqi-Syrian border, the northwestern region of Idlib near the Turkish-Syrian border, and Dar’a in the south near the Jordanian-Syrian border, as having produced the majority of fighters found crossing over into Iraq throughout the duration of the Iraq War.


Image: (Left) West Point’s Combating Terrorism Center’s 2007 report, “Al-Qa’ida’s Foreign Fighters in Iraq” indicated which areas in Syria Al Qaeda fighters filtering into Iraq came from during the US invasion/occupation. The overwhelming majority of them came from Dayr Al-Zawr in Syria’s southeast, Idlib in the north near the Turkish-Syrian border, and Dar’a in the south near the Jordanian-Syrian border. (Right) A map indicating the epicenters of violence in Syria indicate that the exact same hotbeds for Al Qaeda in 2007, now serve as the epicenters of so-called “pro-democracy fighters.” These areas are now admittedly the epicenters of fighting, and more importantly, despite being historical hotbeds of Al Qaeda activity, precisely where the West is flooding with cash, weapons, and military “advisers.”

Just like in Libya where the West literally handed an entire nation to sectarian extremists, we are watching a verbatim repeat in Syria – where we are told Al Qaeda terrorists are “pro-democracy” “freedom fighters” that deserve US cash, weapons, and support, when it couldn’t be any clearer they aren’t.  

Not only has the US and UK lied to the world about their policy toward Syria and their current level of support for increasingly overt terrorists committing an array of atrocities – their latest act including the taking of over 20 UN peacekeepers hostage in the Golan Heights - but have revealed once again the manufactured facade that is the “War on Terror…”

Terrorist Groups Currently Active in Syria

Known terrorist groups are operating in Syria and are receiving the full backing of NATO Allies and Gulf states Qatar and Saudi Arabia. They include – but are not limited to, Saudi Intelligence-backed Jabhat al-Nusra or ‘al Nursa Front’, the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group,  Abdullah Azzam Brigades and Al Baraa ibn Malik Martyrdom Brigade, the jihadist group Ahrar al-Sham, the PKK (in northeast Syria), Kata’ib Mohadzherin from the Russian Caucus region - to name only a few.

Earlier reports of rogue Russian and Chechen terrorists filtering into Syria appear to be preceded by Salafists killing Sufi leaders in the Russian Federation. The Pakistan Christian Post reports:

Recently in Dagestan the Sufi spiritual leader Said Efendi Chirkeisky was killed by a suicide bomber along with a few followers. This happened in late August and the closeness to the recent attack against Sufi leaders in Tatarstan is a clear reminder that Salafism is a potent force within parts of the Russian Federation. Therefore, not surprisingly the Russian Federation is extremely alarmed by major Western powers once more working in collusion with the FSA, al-Qaeda and a whole array of Salafi terrorist organizations.

It’s worth noting also that like Libya’s new militant governor of Tripoli, Abdel Hakim Belhadj, terrorist group Kata’ib Mohadzherin’s leader Airat Vakhitov was also imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in 2002 after being captured by U.S. forces in Afghanistan. Both were released and filtered back into fighting regions to organise al Qaeda-type Islamist groups – both active in countries which the US and NATO have been actively vying for regime change, in Libya and Syria respectively. You can draw your own conclusions here about what Guantanamo is in reality.

The same New York Times article (above) also mentions terrorists’ theocratic designs of establishing some caliphate in the region:

One Qaeda operative, a 56-year-old known as Abu Thuha who lives in the Hawija district near Kirkuk in Iraq, spoke to an Iraqi reporter for The New York Times on Tuesday. “We have experience now fighting the Americans, and more experience now with the Syrian revolution,” he said. “Our big hope is to form a Syrian-Iraqi Islamic state for all Muslims…"

It’s important to understand that such claims by any shadowy ‘al Qaeda’ figures must also be balance with the reality that these militants have been historically, and are still today, directed and funded at the highest levels of both US and Saudi intelligence, and others. When you see terror spokesman like Ayman al-Zawahri, the alleged leader of Al Qaeda, praise the Syrian fighters by referring to them as “the lions of the Levant,” in messages released exclusively via a known CIA media dissemination outlets like SITE, or INTEL CENTER, then readers should be suspicious of why it’s been released and what political effect it is designed to have.

Now that some of the scope of NATO Allies operation in Syria has been exposed to the public, perhaps political representatives, media journalist, and editors will be able to report more accurately on the Syrian crisis, and demand a withdrawl of NATO, Arab League and others country’s support for the growing and highly dangerous paramilitary and other al Qaeda-linked terrorist groups who are currently working to take power by destabilising the country of Syria.

It’s all happening out in the open now.

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AFP has reported that a recent NATO airstrike in Afghanistan has killed over 10 civilians in an all-too-familiar headline glossed over by the Western media in an exercise of both depravity and hypocrisy. RT’s article, “NATO airstrike kills 10 Afghan civilians, mostly women and children – officials,” notes in particular that up to 11,864 civilians were killed in Afghanistan between 2007 and 2011, and that civilian deaths before 2007 were not even tracked by the UN.

Such facts reveal alarming hypocrisy as the UN keeps almost daily, inflated tallies of civilian deaths elsewhere, in particular, in nations like Libya and Syria where Western interests have been heavily involved in regime change and in dire need of manipulating public perception worldwide. The United Nations had in fact pieced together a dubious report crafted from “witness accounts” compiled not in Syria, or even beyond its borders in a refugee camp, but instead, in Geneva by “witnesses” supplied by the so-called Syrian “opposition.”

Worse yet, that UN report was co-authored by Karen Koning AbuZayd, a director of the US Washington-based corporate think-tank, Middle East Policy Council. Its board of directors includes Exxon men, CIA agents, representatives of the Saudi Binladin Group (Osama Bin Laden’s family business), former ambassadors to Kuwait, Oman, and Qatar, US military and government representatives, and even the president of the US-Qatar Business Council, which includes amongst its membership, Al Jazeera, Chevron, Exxon, munitions manufacturer Raytheon (who supplied the opening salvos during NATO’s operations against Libya), and Boeing.

In other words, the very underwriters of the armed militancy that is consuming Syria are sitting along side the head of the UN commission producing reports portraying the Syrian government as guilty of “war crimes and crimes against humanity.

The hypocrisy does not end there. The pretense the US and NATO have used for over a decade to occupy, subjugate and slaughter the people of Afghanistan – in a conflict increasingly creeping over both Afghanistan’s borders with Pakistan and Iran – is supposedly to fight “terrorism.” Western interests have been allowed to fight this “war on terrorism” with impunity, and even without UN monitoring for years, while Syria was immediately condemned for fighting against Al Qaeda terrorists overtly flooding into their nation with NATO assistance.

Indeed, as NATO claims to fight terrorism in Afghanistan, it has already handed over the North African nation of Libya to Al Qaeda terrorists, specifically the the US State Department, United Nations, and the UK Home Office (page 5, .pdf)-listed terrorist organization, the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG). The US in particular oversaw the rise of the Al Qaeda terror-emirate Benghazi, even having a US ambassador slain there by the very terrorists it had armed, funded, trained, provided air support for, and thrust into power.

These same terrorists have been documented extensively as spearheading the invasion of northern Syria via NATO-member Turkey, with NATO cash and weapons in cooperation with Saudi Arabia and Qatar.

The glaring hypocrisy of so-called “international law” and “international institutions” is on full display. Nations like Russia, China, Iran, India, Pakistan, Indonesia, Brazil, and many others should give serious thought to peeling away from the United Nations, the compromised International Criminal Court, and other corrupt, Western-serving institutions that will, and in many cases already are, being turned against them, their interests, and national sovereignty.

For the people of the world, we must realize that these institutions were created for and by big-business special interests, and the legitimacy they are portrayed as having is a mere illusion created by the corporate media. We must begin identifying these special interests, boycotting and replacing them permanently at a local level. If it is peace we want, it is clear that the UN, NATO, and all institutions in between, sow only death and destruction amidst a myriad of hypocrisy, double standards, and immeasurable corruption, and we must move into the future without them.

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Although ignored by all major news media, one of the most important parliamentary speeches was made recently by Laurent Louis, a young Belgian deputy in the Chamber of Representatives (la Chambre des Représentants).

In his speech Louis denounced the French invasion of Mali which he described as “neo-colonialist”.

Mr. Louis also pointed out that the mainstream media are simply organs of state and corporate propaganda. 

“The leaders of Western countries are taking their people for fools, with the help and support of the press, which today is nothing more than the propaganda organ of the powers that be.”

Not mincing his words, the intrepid Belgian politician lambasted the foreign policy of Belgium and the European Union:

Everywhere in the world, military operations and destabilizations of regimes are becoming more and more frequent. Preventive war has become the rule. Nowadays in the name of democracy or the war on terrorism our states appropriate the right to violate the sovereignty of independent countries and to overthrow legitimate leaders. There was Iraq, Afghanistan, the wars of American lies, followed by Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and thanks to your decisions, our country participated in the front line in crimes against humanity in order to overthrow, every time, every time, progressive and moderate regimes and to replace them with Islamist regimes, whose first desire was to impose Sharia law

Louis went on to accuse the Belgian government of sponsoring terrorism in Syria.

“It’s the same right now in Syria, where our government is shamefully financing the arming of Islamist rebels who are trying to overthrow Bachar Al-Assad; this in the middle of an economic crisis while Belgian citizens have difficulty paying their rent and eating correctly and keeping warm. And our Foreign Minister decides to offer 9 million Euros to the Syrian rebels!”

Louis lashed out at the hypocrisy of the French government, pretending to fight terrorism in Mali while funding and supporting it in Syria. He also condemned NATO’s war in Afghanistan where he accused the latter of making money from drug trafficking.

The Belgian politician did not mince his words:

“ I dismiss all the so-called do-gooders whether they are on the left, the centre or the right who are at the heart of this corrupt power and who like to ridicule me. I piss of our leaders who play with their bombs like children in the playground, and who pretend to be democrats while they are nothing but low-life criminals. I have no respect either for the journalists who have the cheek to treat dissidents as madmen while they know that these dissidents are perfectly correct.”

Louis predicted that NATO’s next target would be Algeria before the final showdown with Iran. He noted that NATO could also decide to wage a terrorist campaign in Europe to justify more repression and foreign wars. This was the reason, he said, for the attacks of 911.

Louis was no doubt alluding to Operation Gladio, a covert terrorist campaign carried out by NATO intelligence in Europe from the 1960s to the 1980s in order to criminalize left-wing groups and increase the power of the capitalist state. Although, investigated by the Belgian and Swiss governments, as well as confessions by many involved to the BBC, many aspects of the terrorism campaign remain mysterious and unresolved.

Before concluding Louis gave the Belgian parliament a brief lesson on Mali’s abundant natural resources, in particular uranium, which the French nuclear energy multinational Areva will now be able to exploit as Malians die of hunger and malnutrition, while the French military will occupy the country with military bases to prevent any revolt of the people.

The thirty three year old politician said more for the ordinary man in one speech than all the parliamentary waffle of the last few decades. In these lugubrious times of ubiquitous lies and obscene evil, Louis’ courage and integrity should serve as an example to other politicians who tread in the corridors of power to speak out and denounce this tyranny now before it destroys all possibility of denunciation.

Listening to Louis’ passionate oratory brought to mind these lines from W.H Auden written in September 1939, on the eve of World War II:

“Defenseless under the night
Our world in stupor lies;
Yet, dotted everywhere,
Ironic points of light
Flash out wherever the Just
Exchange their messages:
May I, composed like them
Of Eros and of dust,
Beleaguered by the same
Negation and despair,
Show an affirming flame”

10 Awful Crimes That Get You Less Prison Time Than What Aaron Swartz Faced...

Think Progress / By Ian Millhiser

The young hacker faced a harsher prison than that for manslaughter, bank robbery, or selling slaves.

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On Friday, Internet pioneer and open information activist Aaron Swartz  took his own life at the age of 26. At the time of his death, Swartz was  under indictment for logging into JSTOR, a database of scholarly articles, and rapidly downloading those articles with the  intent to make them public. If Swartz had lived to be convicted of the charges against him, he  faced 50 years or more in a federal prison.

To put these charges in perspective, here are ten examples of federal crimes that carry lesser prison sentences than Swartz’ alleged crime of downloading academic articles in an effort to make knowledge widely available to the public:

  • Manslaughter: Federal law provides that someone who kills another human being “[u]pon a sudden quarrel or heat of passion”  faces a maximum of 10 years in prison if subject to federal jurisdiction. The lesser crime of involuntary manslaughter carries a maximum sentence of only six years.
  • Bank Robbery: A person who “by force and violence, or by intimidation” robs a bank faces a  maximum prison sentence of 20 years. If the criminal “assaults any person, or puts in jeopardy the life of any person by the use of a dangerous weapon or device,” this sentence is upped to a maximum of 25 years.
  • Selling Child Pornography: The maximum prison sentence for a first-time offender who “knowingly sells or possesses with intent to sell” child pornography in interstate commerce is  20 years. Significantly, the only way to produce child porn is to sexually molest a child, which means that such a criminal is literally profiting off of child rape or sexual abuse.
  • Knowingly Spreading AIDS: A person who “after testing positive for the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and receiving actual notice of that fact, knowingly donates or sells, or knowingly attempts to donate or sell, blood, semen, tissues, organs, or other bodily fluids for use by another, except as determined necessary for medical research or testing” faces a  maximum of 10 years in prison.
  • Selling Slaves: Under federal law, a person who willfully sells another person “into any condition of involuntary servitude”  faces a maximum prison sentence of 20 years, although the penalty can be much higher if the slaver’s actions involve kidnapping, sexual abuse or an attempt to kill.
  • Genocidal Eugenics: A person who “imposes measures intended to prevent births” within a particular racial, ethnic or religious group or who “subjects the group to conditions of life that are intended to cause the physical destruction of the group in whole or in part” faces a  maximum prison term of 20 years, provided their actions did not result in a death.
  • Helping al-Qaeda Develop A Nuclear Weapon: A person who “willfully participates in or knowingly provides material support or resources . . . to a nuclear weapons program or other weapons of mass destruction program of a foreign terrorist power, or attempts or conspires to do so,  shall be imprisoned for not more than 20 years.”
  • Violence At International Airports: Someone who uses a weapon to “perform[] an act of violence against a person at an airport serving international civil aviation that causes or is likely to cause serious bodily injury” faces a  maximum prison sentence of 20 years if their actions do not result in a death.
  • Threatening The President: A person who threatens to kill the President, the President-elect, the Vice President or the Vice President-elect faces a  maximum prison term of 5 years.
  • Assaulting A Supreme Court Justice: Assaults against very senior government officials, including Members of Congress, cabinet secretaries or Supreme Court justices are  punished by a maximum prison sentence of just one year. If the assault “involved the use of a dangerous weapon, or personal injury results,” the maximum prison term is 10 years.

It should be noted that Swartz faced such a stiff sentence because prosecutors  charged him with multiple federal crimes arising out of his efforts to download and distribute academic papers. Similarly, a person who robbed a bank, sold a slave, and then rounded out their day by breaking Justice Scalia’s nose would also risk spending the next 50 years in prison, just like Aaron Swartz did.

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10 Awful Crimes That Get You Less Prison Time Than What Aaron Swartz Faced

Think Progress / By Ian Millhiser

The young hacker faced a harsher prison than that for manslaughter, bank robbery, or selling slaves.

January 14, 2013  |  

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On Friday, Internet pioneer and open information activist Aaron Swartz  took his own life at the age of 26. At the time of his death, Swartz was  under indictment for logging into JSTOR, a database of scholarly articles, and rapidly downloading those articles with the  intent to make them public. If Swartz had lived to be convicted of the charges against him, he  faced 50 years or more in a federal prison.

To put these charges in perspective, here are ten examples of federal crimes that carry lesser prison sentences than Swartz’ alleged crime of downloading academic articles in an effort to make knowledge widely available to the public:

  • Manslaughter: Federal law provides that someone who kills another human being “[u]pon a sudden quarrel or heat of passion”  faces a maximum of 10 years in prison if subject to federal jurisdiction. The lesser crime of involuntary manslaughter carries a maximum sentence of only six years.
  • Bank Robbery: A person who “by force and violence, or by intimidation” robs a bank faces a  maximum prison sentence of 20 years. If the criminal “assaults any person, or puts in jeopardy the life of any person by the use of a dangerous weapon or device,” this sentence is upped to a maximum of 25 years.
  • Selling Child Pornography: The maximum prison sentence for a first-time offender who “knowingly sells or possesses with intent to sell” child pornography in interstate commerce is  20 years. Significantly, the only way to produce child porn is to sexually molest a child, which means that such a criminal is literally profiting off of child rape or sexual abuse.
  • Knowingly Spreading AIDS: A person who “after testing positive for the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and receiving actual notice of that fact, knowingly donates or sells, or knowingly attempts to donate or sell, blood, semen, tissues, organs, or other bodily fluids for use by another, except as determined necessary for medical research or testing” faces a  maximum of 10 years in prison.
  • Selling Slaves: Under federal law, a person who willfully sells another person “into any condition of involuntary servitude”  faces a maximum prison sentence of 20 years, although the penalty can be much higher if the slaver’s actions involve kidnapping, sexual abuse or an attempt to kill.
  • Genocidal Eugenics: A person who “imposes measures intended to prevent births” within a particular racial, ethnic or religious group or who “subjects the group to conditions of life that are intended to cause the physical destruction of the group in whole or in part” faces a  maximum prison term of 20 years, provided their actions did not result in a death.
  • Helping al-Qaeda Develop A Nuclear Weapon: A person who “willfully participates in or knowingly provides material support or resources . . . to a nuclear weapons program or other weapons of mass destruction program of a foreign terrorist power, or attempts or conspires to do so,  shall be imprisoned for not more than 20 years.”
  • Violence At International Airports: Someone who uses a weapon to “perform[] an act of violence against a person at an airport serving international civil aviation that causes or is likely to cause serious bodily injury” faces a  maximum prison sentence of 20 years if their actions do not result in a death.
  • Threatening The President: A person who threatens to kill the President, the President-elect, the Vice President or the Vice President-elect faces a  maximum prison term of 5 years.
  • Assaulting A Supreme Court Justice: Assaults against very senior government officials, including Members of Congress, cabinet secretaries or Supreme Court justices are  punished by a maximum prison sentence of just one year. If the assault “involved the use of a dangerous weapon, or personal injury results,” the maximum prison term is 10 years.

It should be noted that Swartz faced such a stiff sentence because prosecutors  charged him with multiple federal crimes arising out of his efforts to download and distribute academic papers. Similarly, a person who robbed a bank, sold a slave, and then rounded out their day by breaking Justice Scalia’s nose would also risk spending the next 50 years in prison, just like Aaron Swartz did.

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