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Friday, April 18, 2014

Unprecedented Statement by Top US Officer: Putin is Lying, Russian Troops in Eastern Ukraine

The highest ranking US officer in Europe, who is also the Supreme Commander of NATO, released an unprecedented statement yesterday.

On his personal NATO site General Philip Breedlove unmasked Russian tactics and tradecraft in Eastern Ukraine. Behaving as senior ranking officers of old, without obfuscation or any political packaging of his words, the General was prepared to talk truth to the propaganda of the Kremlin. His bosses: President Obama, the heads of state of NATO nations, and even the Secretary General of the Alliance, have only said that Russia “may” be behind the most recent incidents of masked gunmen taking over facilities in Eastern Ukraine. The Commander of NATO says there are. (CONTINUED)

GEN BREEDLOVE'S STATEMENT HERE

FULL ARTICLE HERE: Unprecedented Statement by Top US Officer: Putin is Lying, Russian Troops in Eastern Ukraine

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

CONGO ON THE COME UP: Omekongo w/ JD Stier Lindsay Samakow - YouTube

From Hip-Hop star Omekongo Dibinga:

My latest hip-hop video featuring NFL quarterback Aaron Rodgers and Hollywood actress Emmanuelle Chriqui. JD Stier and Lindsay Samakow are also featured on the track. Please spread the word and let's elevate Congo! You can purchase the song right here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/con...



DIRECT LINK: CONGO ON THE COME UP: Omekongo w/ JD Stier Lindsay Samakow - YouTube

Sunday, April 13, 2014

If We Can Let Syria Burn, Have We Learned Anything at All from Rwanda?


When we think about Rwanda today, it is not the genocide that began 20 years ago that we are likely to recall, but the much more recent incidents of repression which President Paul Kagame is alleged to have perpetrated against opponents at home and abroad, and his exploitation of the chaos in next-door Congo. Kagame has undermined Rwanda's reputation, and its victim status.
We should not, however, allow Kagame's misdeeds to obscure the extraordinary achievement of the Rwandan people over the last two decades -- thanks in part to Kagame himself. At an event at Yale University commemorating the mass killing, I had a long conversation with Yvette Rugasaguhunga, a Rwandan diplomat who as a Tutsi teenager had survived the killings by hiding with a succession of Hutu families, almost all of whom were at the same time actively slaughtering her own people. Her father, her brother, and her grandparents were murdered. (CONTINUED)

FULL ARTICLE HERE: If We Can Let Syria Burn, Have We Learned Anything at All from Rwanda?

Friday, April 11, 2014

Out-of-state groups ride in to stand with Nevada rancher in battle with feds over grazing rights | Fox News


Cliven Bundy said his family's herd has always grazed on public land. (Courtesy Bundy Ranch)
Groups from as far away as New Hampshire are riding out to Nevada to join the cattle rancher whose standoff with the federal government is growing tenser by the day.
The groups said they were going to the ranch, some 80 miles north of Las Vegas to stand with Cliven Bundy, who property is surrounded by federal agents. Bundy's herd, which once numbered nearly 1,000, is being thinned out by private contractors under the watch of dozens of armed federal agents in SUVs and helicopters, the government says, he has refused for two decades to pay fees to allow the cattle to graze on federal lands.
“Our mission here is to protect the protestors and the American citizens from the violence that the federal government is dishing out.”
- Jim Landy, West Mountain Rangers
 “Our mission here is to protect the protestors and the American citizens from the violence that the federal government is dishing out,” Jim Landy, a member of the West Mountain Rangers, who made the journey from Montana to Nevada, told Fox News Channel. “People here are scared.”
FULL ARTICLE HERE: Out-of-state groups ride in to stand with Nevada rancher in battle with feds over grazing rights | Fox News

Sunday, April 6, 2014

▶ Afghanistan's Eastern Voters Embrace Democracy Despite Taliban- YouTube



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The Afghan elections are being hailed a success after more than seven million people turned out to vote. That's three million more than last time and a third of them were women. In the more conservative east of the country, the city of Jalalabad, men and women defied threats to participate.

LINK: ▶ Afghanistan's eastern voters - YouTube

Thursday, March 20, 2014

▶ Peace One Day 18 March Press Conference -- Goma, DRC - YouTube



Jeremy Gilley and Peace One Day held its highly anticipated press conference in Goma, DR Congo on Tuesday, March 18th, with some significant dignitaries, including Mary Robinson, UN Special Envoy for the Great Lakes region of Africa, Barbara Bentein, head of UNICEF in the Congo and also a number of Congolese officials.
 

Jeremy has announced that Peace One Day is, as of March 18th, launching a three year collaborative campaign to bring peace and progress to the Congo and will, furthermore, hold their annual UN Peace Day concert in Goma this September 21st. 

This campaign will bring considerable international attention to the Congo. Please watch this video of the press conference and pass it along.

▶ Peace One Day 18 March Press Conference -- Goma, DRC - YouTube

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Land Grab at Ile a Vache: Haiti’s Peasants Fight Back | NEWS JUNKIE POST

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Before Haiti’s Prime Minister declared all of Haiti’s offshore islands to be Zones of Tourism Development and Public Utility, he did not consult with the residents of the islands whose lands would be appropriated. Instead Mr. Laurent Lamothe went to a favorite online magazine in December 2012, to promote his plans. 

We have decided to take the tourism development to the island of Ile a Vache, so there we’re going to build an international airport, and then the tourism [infrastructure] to attract investors — we have several investors already…. I think Ile a Vache has great potential, and it doesn’t present the challenges for land title that you might face on the mainland.”

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As Ile a Vache, a 20-square mile island off of Haiti’s southern coast was promoted to investors in Qatar, the Dominican Republic, China, the wider Caribbean, the United Kingdom, and United States as being a jewel of the Caribbean and a potential draw for eco-tourists, the residents of the island, mostly small farmers who had cultivated food crops and fished sustainably for centuries and who occupied homes that had been in their families for many generations, were ignored. The islanders’ requests for meetings with government representatives went unanswered, even while Tourism Minister Stephanie Villedrouin found ample time to report the details of the $230 million project in March 2013, once again, to a magazine.

- See more at: http://newsjunkiepost.com/2014/03/01/land-grab-at-ile-a-vache-haitis-peasants-fight-back/#sthash.6oaq7lSU.dpuf

FULL ARTICLE HERE: Land Grab at Ile a Vache: Haiti’s Peasants Fight Back | NEWS JUNKIE POST

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

▶ Russia Today Anchor Quits on Air over Whitewash Propaganda- YouTube


RT anchor Liz Wahl said she could no longer be "part of a network that whitewashes the actions of Putin."
 

March 5, 2014
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LINK: ▶ RT Anchor Quits on Air - YouTube

POWERFUL VIDEO MIRRORING PLIGHT OF SYRIAN CHILDREN▶ Most Shocking Second a Day Video - YouTube



A young girl's life gets turned upside-down in this tragic second a day video. Could this ever happen in the UK? This is what war does to children. Find out more at http://bit.ly/3yearson

LINK: ▶ Most Shocking Second a Day Video - YouTube

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Hangin' with the Manatees - YouTube



Lynnhaven Dive Center from Virginia Beach went on a dive trip to Crystal River, Florida Feb 14-17 and went snorkeling with the manatees off a pontoon boat, compliments of Birds Underwater. Great time!



LINK: Hangin' with the Manatees - YouTube

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Syria: Thousands of Houses Unlawfully Razed | Human Rights Watch

 Mezzeh area, Damascus


Extensive demolition of dozens of high-rise residential and commercial buildings along the main road between Mezzeh Air Base and the neighborhood of Daraya.
 



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Satellite imagery, witness statements, and video and photographic evidence show that Syrian authorities deliberately and unlawfully demolished thousands of residential buildings in Damascus and Hama in 2012 and 2013, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today.

The 38-page report, “Razed to the Ground: Syria’s Unlawful Neighborhood Demolitions in 2012-2013,” documents seven cases of large-scale demolitions with explosives and bulldozers that violated the laws of war. The demolitions either served no necessary military purpose and appeared to intentionally punish the civilian population or caused disproportionate harm to civilians, Human Rights Watch found. 

“Wiping entire neighborhoods off the map is not a legitimate tactic of war,” said Ole Solvang, emergencies researcher at Human Rights Watch. “These unlawful demolitions are the latest additions to a long list of crimes committed by the Syrian government.” ................

FULL ARTICLE HERE: Syria: Thousands of Houses Unlawfully Razed | Human Rights Watch

Monday, January 27, 2014

SPIEGEL Reporting Supports Accounts of Torture and Execution in Syria - SPIEGEL ONLINE

By Christoph Reuter and Christoph Scheuermann

Photo Gallery: Syria's Suffering
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Photos released last week show that the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad tortures, starves and murders its prisoners. The images provide grisly evidence to support what witnesses have been telling SPIEGEL for months.

He says he was never witness to executions, nor did he see torture taking place. That wasn't his job. His task was that of taking photos of the corpses afterwards. He would snap four or five images per body -- of the face and other parts of the person -- documenting the cause of death, insofar as it was possible to determine. He did so tens of thousands of times between March 2011 and August 2013 -- when he finally fled Syria, taking some 55,000 photos with him on a USB stick. The images are of starved, strangled and tortured men, primarily young and mostly naked. Some have no eyes. The defector, who has been cited under the alias "Caesar," worked for Syrian security, and says that he and his colleagues were called on up to 50 times a day to photograph corpses, each of which was given a number for documentation purposes....... (continued)


FULL ARTICLE HERE: SPIEGEL Reporting Supports Accounts of Torture and Execution in Syria - SPIEGEL ONLINE

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Human Rights Watch: SYRIA 2013 - YouTube





LINK: ▶ SYRIA 2013 - YouTube

Syria’s Polio Epidemic: The Suppressed Truth by Annie Sparrow | The New York Review of Books




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A health worker talking with a family in Aleppo before administering polio vaccinations, January 2014
One way to measure the horrific suffering of Syria’s increasingly violent war is through the experience of Syrian children. More than one million children are now refugees. At least 11,500 have been killed because of the armed conflict, well over half of these because of the direct bombing of schools, homes, and health centers, and roughly 1,500 have been executed, shot by snipers or tortured to death. At least 128 were killed in the chemical massacre in August.............

FULL ARTICLE HERE: Syria’s Polio Epidemic: The Suppressed Truth by Annie Sparrow | The New York Review of Books

BBC News - US and UN express horror at Syria torture report

The US and UN have reacted with "horror" to allegations in a new report that Syria has systematically tortured and executed about 11,000 detainees since the start of the uprising.

The US said the reports underscored the need to remove the regime of President Bashar al-Assad.

A Syrian spokesman said the report had no credibility as it was commissioned by Qatar, which funds rebel groups.

The report comes a day before peace talks are due to begin in Switzerland.

Delegations are now arriving for the talks, known as Geneva II, which open in Montreux on Wednesday, and continue in Geneva two days
later.


FULL ARTICLE W/VIDEO HERE: BBC News - US and UN express horror at Syria torture report

Sunday, January 19, 2014

UN Live United Nations Web TV - - Voices from Syria - Special event



17 Jan 2014 - For the first time at the United Nations, the international community will have an opportunity to hear survivor accounts of the UN documented massacres that occurred on August 2012 in Darayya and August 2013 in Ghouta.

LINK: UN Live United Nations Web TV - - Voices from Syria - Special event

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Starving Palestinians | HonestReporting

How many times have you seen a story in the major media claiming that Israel has turned Gaza into an “open-air prison?” How often does the media discuss seemingly arbitrary restrictions that Israel places on specific goods entering the Gaza Strip? Forget about the fact that convoys of trucks carrying humanitarian aid enter and leave the strip every day. Israel even transferred an emergency supply of gas for home heating during the recent winter storm.
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No, the story of Israel blockading Palestinians is part of a narrative that many journalists are obsessed with, despite the lack of accuracy.

How much more useful these journalists would be if they reported on how Syria is starving Palestinians to death with a complete blockade on a refugee camp. But that is exactly what is happening. From The Media Line:  

More than 40 Palestinians have now died of starvation in the Yarmouk refugee camp in Damascus, say activists who are calling on the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) to intervene............

FULL ARTICLE HERE: 
Starving Palestinians | HonestReporting

Exclusive: With Muslim Brotherhood crushed, Egypt sets sights on Hamas | Reuters

Exclusive: With Muslim Brotherhood crushed, Egypt sets sights on Hamas

 
CAIRO Tue Jan 14, 2014 1:51am EST

Palestinian members of the al-Qassam brigades, the armed wing of the Hamas movement, stand guard as they wait for the arrival of Hamas chief Khaled Meshaal in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip in this December 7, 2012 file photograph/Credit: Reuters/Mohammed Salem/Files 

(Reuters) - After crushing the Muslim Brotherhood at home, Egypt's military rulers plan to undermine the Palestinian militant group Hamas, which runs the neighboring Gaza Strip, senior Egyptian security officials told Reuters.

The aim, which the officials say could take years to pull off, includes working with Hamas's political rivals Fatah and supporting popular anti-Hamas activities in Gaza, four security and diplomatic officials said.......

FULL ARTICLE HERE: Exclusive: With Muslim Brotherhood crushed, Egypt sets sights on Hamas | Reuters

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Emma Thompson and Colin Firth call on Cameron to offer safe haven to Syrian refugees | Mail Online

Emma Thompson and Colin Firth among British stars calling on Cameron to offer safe haven to refugees fleeing Syria

  • Stars have signed Refugee Council letter pleading for refugees' entry
  • Actors say they are 'ashamed' the UK has not offered resettlement places
  • The United Nations has urged Western nations to take in 30,000 refugees
By Mail Foreign Service

British Hollywood stars Emma Thompson and Colin Firth have called on the Prime Minister to offer a safe haven to refugees fleeing the bloodshed in Syria.

Monty Python star Michael Palin and fashion designer Dame Vivienne Westwood have also signed a letter backing the Refugee Council’s plea for the UK to open its doors in response to an international effort to provide shelter for 30,000 of the most vulnerable Syrians fleeing the civil war.

The celebrities, including Firth’s wife Livia, artist Grayson Perry and actress Juliet Stevenson, say they are 'ashamed' that the UK has not pledged any resettlement places.
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Actors Colin Firth and Emma Thompson are among the British stars calling on David Cameron to provide safe havens to Syrian refugees

FULL ARTICLE HERE:
Emma Thompson and Colin Firth call on Cameron to offer safe haven to Syrian refugees | Mail Online

Sunday, January 12, 2014

‘Lone Survivor’ Review | Washington Free Beacon

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Director Peter Berg opens his latest film with a montage of real footage of Navy SEALs pushing their bodies to the limit. We see them go to the point of exhaustion and push through, limbs shaking, eyes glazing over, lungs screaming for air. The trainees aid each other, buoying the spirits of their brotherly band. Not everyone will make the final cut—the training is hellish and the body can only take so much—but no one wants anyone else to wash out.

These scenes are crucial to understanding what follows and a handy reminder that the quartet of heroes we follow for most of the film—Marcus Luttrell (Mark Wahlberg), Michael Murphy (Taylor Kitsch), Danny Dietz (Emile Hirsch), and Matt Axelson (Ben Foster)—are real people. Without those sequences we might have trouble believing these soldiers would have the fortitude to literally throw themselves down a mountain, bouncing off of boulders and crashing into trees, in order to keep fighting a horde of Taliban sadists......
FULL ARTICLE HERE: ‘Lone Survivor’ Review | Washington Free Beacon

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Syria and the banality of evil

Violence and human loss in Syria became completely normalized in 2013

Bashar al-Assad speaks to a Venezuelan TV audience

To borrow a cliché, in 2013 the violence and suffering in Syria came to embody the banality of evil. The tragedy has grown to such proportions that it has become repetitious – without variation, respite, or hope.

In much the same way, the mass of humanity that has fled Syria has also become banal. So omnipresent are the beggars and peddlers in neighboring countries, that one looks not at their misery but at the inconveniences they have created. In Dante’s Divine Comedy, the center of hell is distinguished not by fire but ice. So, too, the inferno faced by Syrians – one of absolute, frigid, unalterable immobility.

The past year has also reaffirmed what we knew about Hezbollah, but which the party’s devotees always sought to play down: that it is an obedient branch of Iran’s security and intelligence apparatus, one that will willingly offer up its children to secure the interests of its sponsors in Tehran. Though the party’s leaders are competent and its intelligence services efficient, ultimately, like others in Lebanon, their role is that of employees advancing the political agenda of their paymasters...............

FULL ARTICLE HERE: Syria and the banality of evil
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