The hunger strike by prisoners at Guantánamo Bay has entered its 100th day. The U.S. military now says 102 out of 166 prisoners are on strike, while lawyers for the prisoners maintain the number is higher. Thirty hunger strikers are being force-fed through nasal tubes pushed into their stomachs. Three have been hospitalized. The prisoners launched their protest against indefinite detention in early February. Most have been held for more than a decade without charge or trial.
“I have seen death so many times… Everything is over, life is going to hell in my situation… America, what has happened to you?”
A brother’s poem for his 17 year old brother martyred by Indian Police,
Ab pukarein kise, bata Fida…?
My neigbour, a PSA detainee
An account of repression and torture by Indian security forces. Thousands of Kashmiris have been detained under the PSA(Public Safety Act) law, a law which has been termed by Amnesty International as the “Lawless Law”. Thousands of Kashmiris including children as young as fifteen ‘disappeared’ into the custody of indian security forces where they have been and are being tortured mercilessly.
Hollywood and popular culture paints an image of Buddhist monks etc. as peace loving, spiritual, enlightened and so forth. However, the Buddhists of Burma are anything but that. In the case of these particular buddhists, the reality belies the perception. A state sponsored genocide of innocents is being perpetrated in Burma/Myanmar.
The eye-opening attitude is encapsulated in expressions such as these about the Rohingya Muslims who are being massacred,
An educated Rakhine woman, visiting Maungdaw from the US where she has lived for 20 years, spoke bitterly when asked if the human rights she enjoys should be granted to Rohingya to ease tension between the communities.
“Human rights are for human being only. Are Rohingya humans?” she told Al Jazeera.
Did you know that G4S which is currently in the news for its failure to fulfil its commitment to provide enough security personnel for London Olympics is also a supporter of human rights violators. G4S provides security equipment and personnel to illegal israeli settlements, prisons and checkpoints. The everyday gross violations and torture of ordinary Palestinians at the hands of israeli military and its contractors is a well documented fact. It does make one think why a firm such as G4S was awarded security for London Olympics in the first place, given its complicity with israel in flouting international law and human rights in occupied Palestine.
“How can you put the security of the Olympic Games in the hands of a company that contracts with an occupation state and violates human rights?”
Wave the Flags, Salute the troops, Celebrate the murderers & torturers. USA! USA!
US has been actively supporting a warlord in Afghanistan who not only is involved in drug running, corruption but also in COLD BLOODED MURDER OF INNOCENT CIVILIANS. US knows the credibility of the crimes of this murderer, but continues to support him as the Police Chief of Kandahar. What are his credentials? Well, he fights the Taliban; so the US is perfectly happy to turn a blind eye to his killing ways and other ‘transgressions’. About how he murdered his rivals in cold blood and then tried to stage it so that it appeared as if they were insurgents crossing from Pakistan. And that is the story of Afghan Army and Police and other institutions being touted by Americans as the future controlling bodies operating in Afghanistan. So, the US keeps harping about Taliban, human rights, terrorism, murder etc. But it is all a sham. As long as the murderers serve US interests and goals, there is no crime that can’t be ‘overlooked’.
Democracy Now’s interview about General Abdul Raziq,
U.S. Continues to Back Afghan Warlord Linked to 2006 Massacre and Torture of Prisoners
The story in The Atlantic,
Our Man in Kandahar
(includes graphic photos)
USA is demonizing Haqqani network, Pakistan and ISI. Pretty convenient fall guys. These are the same Haqqanis and mujahideen that were lauded by Charlie Wilson as “goodness personified” and you can find the pics of them being hosted in the White House by none other than President Ronald Reagan. Typical US strategy. When they were fighting soviet occupation, they were heores. But, resist against the US occupation and they are all terorists, a danger to the whole free world. As long as US interests are protected, then the Zardaris, Saddams … are pals and friends. When they have outlived their utility, then suddenly the US feels the need to talk about human rights and other crimes as if it has only now learned of these misdeeds.
These warlods and murderers are the ones running the Afghan Army/Police and they are being touted as the FUTURE of Afghanistan. Shame on USA. But oddly it is probably appropriate. Murderers and Killers being supported and propped by up the murdering American Govt. and Military. A fitting alliance. From top to bottom, from Karzai to such ‘police chiefs’, these are drug runners, murderers and criminals. But, then again when you look at the Bushes, Cheney, Obamas, the Mullens, the Petraeus, down to the soldiers collecting finger trophies and killing children for sport, then this unholy marriage makes perfect sense.
A 12 min interview of Michael Ratner by Paul Jay.
The debunking of the absolutely incorrect assertion that Gaza Blockade is legal. Human Right Crimes of the worst kind in the form of Collective Punishment. Who were the members of the commission? The answer might just shock you. If you answered neutral technocrats/experts/judges, sorry, you answered incorrectly. Watch the video and learn the identity of the four members of the commission.
NEW DELHI: As the Indian government scurried to deal with a growing outrage about unmarked mass graves unearthed in Kashmir, it deported an American journalist on Friday who was known for his critical reporting of human rights violations in the Himalayan region.
Airport sources said David Barsamian, a radio journalist who has worked closely with Noam Chomsky, Eqbal Ahmed and Edward Saeed, was deported on his arrival at Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport
Mr Barsamian has visited India regularly for more than three decades and speaks fluent Hindi and Urdu. He has reported extensively on the Kashmir resistance against Indian rule in their Himalayan homeland.
He is an accomplished sitar player.
Last November India deported Prof Richard Shapiro, an American academic, on charges of continued “political activism in the state while on a tourist visa”. More recently it has proactively blocked the entry of Indian journalists and human rights workers into Kashmir.