The Real Threat Aboard the Freedom Flotilla – Noam Chomsky

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(InTheseTimes) – Israel’s violent attack on the Freedom Flotilla carrying humanitarian aid to Gaza shocked the world.

Hijacking boats in international waters and killing passengers is, of course, a serious crime.

But the crime is nothing new. For decades, Israel has been hijacking boats between Cyprus and Lebanon and killing or kidnapping passengers, sometimes holding them hostage in Israeli prisons.

Israel assumes that it can commit such crimes with impunity because the United States tolerates them and Europe generally follows the U.S.’s lead. Continue reading

UN warns climate change could trigger ‘mega-disasters’

(AFP) – Weather-related catastrophes brought about by climate change are increasing, the top UN humanitarian official said Sunday as he warned of the possibility of “mega-disasters”.

John Holmes, the UN Under-Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs, said one of the biggest challenges facing the aid community was the problems stemming from changing weather patterns.

“When it comes meteorological disasters, weather-related disasters, then there is a trend upwards connected with climate change,” Holmes, who is in Australia for high-level talks on humanitarian aid, told AFP.

“The trend is there is terms of floods, and cyclones, and droughts.”

Holmes, who is the UN’s emergency relief coordinator, said it had been a tough year due to January’s devastating earthquake in Haiti, which killed more than 250,000 people. Full article here

America’s Complicity in Evil – Paul Craig Roberts

(OpEdNews) – As I write at 5pm on Monday, May 31, all day has passed since the early morning reports of the Israeli commando attack on the unarmed ships carrying humanitarian aid to Gaza, and there has been no response from President Obama except to say that he needed to learn “all the facts about this morning’s tragic events” and that Israeli prime minister Netanyahu had canceled his plans to meet with him at the White House.

Thus has Obama made America complicit once again in Israel’s barbaric war crimes. Just as the US Congress voted to deep-six Judge Goldstone’s report on Israel’s war crimes committed in Israel’s January 2009 invasion of Gaza, Obama has deep-sixed Israel’s latest act of barbarism by pretending that he doesn’t know what has happened. Continue reading

Video: Fears of humanitarian crisis in Marjah

(Aljazeera) – More than a week into the Nato-Afghan military offensive against the Taliban in the southern Helmand province town of Marjah, warnings of a humanitarian crisis are growing.

Members of a fleeing family tell Al Jazeera they fled the fighting because they could stop neither the Taliban nor US soldiers from entering their homes. Continue reading

Haiti Earthquake Hides the Cracks of Hypocrisy

A major destruction caused by an earthquake has caused an humanitarian situation and has brought the world together to help those in need. Donations through cell phones, non-profit organizations and governments have been pouring in. Nations have sent military and medical aid to help secure and get the needed supplies, food and water into the places where it is needed. People are helping move rubble away to get survivors out, and mass graves have been set up in order to handle the number of casualties. This has been a quick response and all of those who have been helping, donating and providing assistance should be commended. The United States has been a big pusher of a lot of this, the US news media has basically become a 24 hour ad like the ones you see asking for donations to help the orphaned children. Israel has been a big medical supplier and it has not gone unnoticed by the media either. Continue reading

The Militarization of Emergency Aid to Haiti: Is it a Humanitarian Operation or an Invasion?

(MichelChossudovsky) – Haiti has a longstanding history of US military intervention and occupation going back to the beginning of the 20th Century. US interventionism has contributed to the destruction of Haiti’s national economy and the impoverishment of its population. Continue reading

Audio: The Invasion of Gaza – Interview with Michel Chossudovsky

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Guns and Butter – The Invasion of Gaza

“The Invasion of Gaza” with Michel Chossudovsky discussing Israel’s broader military-intelligence plan, “Operation Justified Vengeance” (Ariel Sharon 2001) of which “Operation Cast Lead” is part; the assassination of Yaser Arafat; the humanitarian crisis; strategic gas reserves offshore from Gaza; and Israel’s energy transport corridor along the coast of the eastern Mediterranean.  Encore broadcast to mark the one-year anniversary of the attack on the Gaza strip.
This program was originally broadcast on Jan 14, 2009.

War in the Congo. An Ongoing Humanitarian Catastrophe

After a week in Kinshasa talking about war in Congo, it was time to see it, or at least visit its epicenter in the East. This is where rape is used as a weapon of war, where rebel groups challenge government forces militarily and occupy territory. 1.8 million people have been displaced causing a major humanitarian crisis; territory seems to change hands regularly and, as they say, tension is high. Continue reading

U.S. Starves Children in Somali War

(Uruknet) – Three years after creating the “worst humanitarian crisis” in Africa by encouraging Ethiopia to invade Somalia, the U.S. now unleashes the food weapon on starving people. “Forty million pounds of American-donated food is sitting in warehouses in Mombasa, Kenya, but U.S. officials won’t allow aid workers to deliver the food to the Somalis that need it.” Continue reading

Self-defence Stories from Gaza

According to Amnesty International, some 1,400 Palestinians were killed in the 22-day Israeli offensive between 27 December 2008 and 17 January 2009, which agrees broadly with Palestinian figures. More than 900 of these were civilians, including 300 children and 115 women. Continue reading

Red Dawn 2010

Is it predictive programming or just another cheesy Hollywood remake? Dan Bradley’s remake of the classic 1984 movie Red Dawn is now underway in Detroit, Michigan. It will be released next September. Continue reading

Weekly Report: On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory

This report on Israeli human rights violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT) coincides with the 9th anniversary of the al-Aqsa Intifada, which erupted following the former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s provocative visit to the al-Aqsa Mosque (the Holy Sanctuary) in occupied Jerusalem. Continue reading

The Free Gaza Movement – Dr. Mahathir Mohamad

We all remember the brutal Israeli attacks against Gaza last year. Many of us were outraged by the killings of some 1,300 Gazan Palestinian, men, women, the disabled, the children, the sick and the maimed.Hospitals and schools were destroyed. Continue reading

European campaign warns of mass thirst and poisoning in Gaza

The European campaign to end the siege on Gaza warned Friday that Gaza people would suffer from mass thirst and poisoning as a result of the contamination of drinking water. Continue reading

Links: 2009 Severe Drought News

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What Happens In Palestine: Babies, Bodies & Bombs

Some of the following pictures are extremely graphic and I suggest those who do not feel comfortable at the sight of blood, dead bodies etc not read this post.
All the pictures are from events which have taken place in: Jenin,Gaza,Bethlehem,Nablus etc
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Drones and Democracy in Afghanistan

With elections just around the corner in Afghanistan, it might be timely to reflect on the US engagement with that stricken nation and consider just how much foreign intervention has contributed to the prospect and possibility of free and democratic elections. More, it is fitting to consider what kind of example the US and its allies have given to the people of Afghanistan, if they have bestowed any wisdom and guidance for a nation facing a turbulent and uncertain future, to say the least. Continue reading

ICRC: Israel Traps Gazans in Deprivation and Despair

Founded in Geneva, Switzerland in 1863, the International Committee of the Red Cross is an “impartial, neutral and independent organization whose exclusively humanitarian mission is to protect the lives and dignity of victims of armed conflict and other situations of violence and to provide them with assistance.” It also tries “to prevent suffering by promoting and strengthening humanitarian law and universal humanitarian principles.” Continue reading

Egypt stops Gaza-bound medical convoy

Egyptian authorities have refused to allow ‘Viva Palestina’ activists trying to carry humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip to cross into the Sinai Peninsula. Continue reading

MSM: ‘Hundreds dying’ in Sri Lanka camp

(Aljazeera) – About 1,400 people are dying every week in a camp set up in Sri Lanka to detain Tamil refugees from the country’s civil war, a British newspaper reports. Continue reading

How Cynthia McKinney honored America on the 4th of July from an Israel Jail

Former Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney returned home today after 6 days being held by the government of Israel while attempting with 21 colleagues to deliver humanitarian aid to Gaza on the vessel, the Spirit of Humanity. Continue reading

Red Cross issues harrowing report on situation in Gaza

A report from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), “Gaza: 1.5 million people trapped in despair,” paints a harrowing picture of a humanitarian catastrophe. Continue reading

McKinney released, returning to United States

Cynthia McKinney’s mom said she’s learned that her daughter is on the way home. Continue reading

Video: Cynthia McKinney calls WBAIX from Israeli prison

Cynthia and 20 others were detained after being seized by Israeli Navy while in international waters. They were attempting to deliver humanitarian aid to Gaza. Continue reading

US remains silent over McKinney arrest by Israel

Nearly a day after the detention of former US lawmaker Cynthia McKinney by Israeli forces, Washington has yet to make a reaction. Continue reading

Video: Mike Rivero on Alex Jones – Cynthia McKinney “Kidnapped” by Israel

A humanitarian aid ship which set sail for the Gaza strip has been seized by occupying Israeli forces today. The Israeli military abducted 21 human rights workers from 11 countries including former U.S. Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney and Noble laureate Mairead Maguire. Continue reading

MSM: Cynthia McKinney Demands Immediate Release After Her Gaza-Bound Boat is Seized by Israeli Navy

(Fox) – Former U.S. lawmaker and Green Party leader Cynthia McKinney, a longtime activist for the Palestinians, says her boat, the Spirit of Humanity, was carrying medical supplies, cement, olive trees and children’s toys to Gaza when it was seized by an Israeli navy ship. Continue reading

Humanitarian Aid Worker: Torture Only Stopped When I Pretended I Was In Al Qaeda

Lakhdar Boumediene worked for a humanitarian relief agency – the equivalent of the Red Cross in the middle least (the Red Crescent). Continue reading

Film: Torturing Democracy

Documentary showing how at the request of the Bush administration, the legal staff pushed the envelope and redefined torture in an attempt to stay out of trouble. No war crimes for this administration and so far with help from their friends, they have gotten away with it Continue reading

The Human Rights Situation in Occupied Palestine

On March 15, 2006, the UN General Assembly voted overwhelmingly 170 to 4 (with only the US, Israel, the Marshall Islands and Palau against) “to establish the Human Rights Council (HRC), based in Geneva, in replacement of the Commission on Human Rights, as a subsidiary organ of the General Assembly….responsible for promoting universal respect for the protection of all human rights and fundamental freedoms for all, without distinction of any kind and in a fair and equal manner.” Continue reading

American Amnesia: We Forget Our Atrocities Almost As Soon as We Commit Them

(Noam Chomsky) – Historical amnesia is a dangerous social phenomenon because it lays the groundwork for crimes that still lie ahead. Continue reading

Int’l organizations: Tens of thousands of Gazans are still homeless

A coalition of international humanitarian organizations in the Gaza Strip warned that tens of thousands of Gaza citizens are still homeless and do not have access to many basic services such as clean drinking water months after the end of the Israeli devastating war on Gaza. Continue reading

Death By the Numbers: Pakistan Counts the Toll of the Bush-Obama Drone War

As we all know, the Terror Warriors in the White House (of whatever political stripe) don’t do body counts. They just kill people, make unsupported claims of “clean hits” on “militants,” backtrack a bit later when eyewitness reports confirm extensive civilian casualties, promise “investigations” that kick the PR can way down the road — and carry on killing. Continue reading

America’s Imperial Wars: We Need to See the Sickening Reality

my country’s army was killing civilians. And it wasn’t just killing them. It was killing them, and maiming them, in ways that were almost unimaginable in their horror: napalm, phosphorus, anti-personnel bombs the threw out spinning flechettes that ripped through the flesh like tiny buzzsaws, the gunships that spew out random fire that kills or maims anything within the area of several football fields. I learned that scientists like what I at the time wanted to become were actually working on projects to make these weapons even more lethal, for example trying to make napalm more sticky so it would burn longer on exposed flesh. Continue reading

Latest Score: Gazans 600, Israelis 5 (4 from “friendly” fire)

No, this is not the latest score of some football match, and the higher numbers do not mean that one side is doing better than the other!

The title of this article is designed to emphasize how one sided the Gaza conflict is. We can not be absolutely sure about the Gazan deaths, but the figure of 600 does not sound too far off the mark. However, we can be sure that the Israeli figures are 100% correct. This excludes the countless injuries, which are probably equally lopsided. Continue reading

Video: Dr. Ron Paul On Israel’s Invasion of Gaza

Dr. Paul discusses the invasion of Gaza on January 3, 2009 and its implications for America.

“The palestinians are virtually in a concentration camp. They have a few small missiles, but its so minor compared to the firepower of israel, who has nuclear weapons, and they can turn off all the food and all the water and do whatever they want to the people of palestine.” Continue reading

Northcom Combat Team Conducts “Humanitarian Support” Exercise in Maryland

The Armed Forces Press Service has initiated a propaganda campaign designed to convince the American people that deploying the 3rd Infantry Division in the United States in violation of the Posse Comitatus Act is a good thing. The propaganda piece appeared on the Hinesville, Georgia, Coastal Courier’s website on December 26.

“The first active-duty unit dedicated to supporting U.S. civilian authorities in the event of a nuclear, biological or chemical attack recently wrapped up three days of intensive training its members hope they never have to apply in real life,” Donna Miles reports for the Armed Forces Press Service. “Soldiers from the 3rd Infantry Division’s 1st Brigade Combat Team got hands-on training in skills they would depend on to provide humanitarian support during a chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear or high-yield explosive incident, known here as a CBRNE.” Continue reading