Archive for August, 2014

Mizher: Palestinian resistance in Gaza has rehabilitated the Palestinian national cause

Press Release
Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP)

Jamil Mizher, member of the Political Bureau of the PFLP and leader of the Gaza branch

Jamil Mizher, member of the Political Bureau of the PFLP and leader of the Gaza branch

The victory of the Palestinian resistance in Gaza “has had many important achievements that have rehabilitated the Palestinian national cause after many years of decline, through legendary steadfastness in the face of the Zionist war machine, the achievements of the resistance on the battlefield, and the accomplishments of the united Palestinian delegation…that continued to insist on the demands of our people and the resistance,” said Comrade Jamil Mizher, member of the Political Bureau of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine and leader of its branch in Gaza, speaking on Al-Jazeera satellite channel as part of a political seminar called “Gaza victorious.” Read more »

The Ascent of Ahmet Davutoğlu

by Richard Falk
Source: Global Justice in the 21st Century

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So far most commentary on Ahmet Davutoğlu’s selection as Turkey’s new Prime Minister has been focused on what will be his relationship with the country’s new president, Recip Teyyip Erdoğan. Especially opponents of the Justice and Development Party (AKP) tend to portray Davutoğlu as certain to play second fiddle to Erdoğan who is both fiercely resented and feared, and regarded as a ‘Turkish Putin.’ The fact that Erdoğan seems to have handpicked Davutoğlu to succeed him at party leader and prime minister, and acted deliberately to sideline the popular prior president, Abdullah Gul, adds to the concern about what to expect from a government led by Davutoğlu. I believe that such speculation is profoundly wrong, that Davutoğlu is an admirable person of strong beliefs and an adherent of a political vision that has evolved over the years on the basis of study and experience. In my view Davutoğlu will turn out to be a historically significant Turkish leader by virtue of his thoughtful style of governance and through the assertion of his own priorities and programs. Few countries can claim leadership of the quality provided and record achieved by Erdoğan, Davutoğlu, and Gul over the last twelve years. Read more »

Gaza is Israel’s Vietnam, with Hamas victorious

by Mike Carlton
Source: Crikey

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Benjamin Netanyahu has ensured that no Israeli will ever again know peace, writes former ABC war correspondent and naval historian Mike Carlton.

So Hamas wins. No matter how Israel and its friends spin it, the raw fact is that this “indefinite ceasefire” leaves Hamas unbeaten in Gaza.

Bloodied and battered, yes, with an echelon of its senior military and political leadership killed by Israeli airstrikes. But it is only down, not out. It lives to fight another day, which means that Benjamin Netanyahu and his hard-Right Likud-coalition government have failed, and disastrously so, in their stated aim of ensuring Israel’s security by a crushing military and economic dominance of the Palestinian people. They rolled the dice. They lost. Read more »

MOH Gaza Final Report

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UN: Syria’s war threatens international peace and security

Press Release – UN News

27 August 2014 Mass atrocities by Government forces and non-State armed groups continue to take place in Syria, causing immeasurable suffering to civilians and contributing to a spillover of violence affecting international peace and stability, … Read more »

What to Do About ISIS

Article – David Swanson

Start by recognizing where ISIS came from. The U.S. and its junior partners destroyed Iraq, left a sectarian division, poverty, desperation, and an illegitimate government in Baghdad that did not represent Sunnis or other groups. Then the U.S. armed and … Read more »

On ‘Israeli’ Assassination Policy: 13th Anniversary of the Martyrdom of Abu Ali Mustafa

Press Release
Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP)

On the thirteenth anniversary of the assassination of Comrade Abu Ali Mustafa, the General Secretary of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, on August 27, 2001, by the Zionist occupation forces with US-funded and US-made weaponry, it must be noted that the Zionist policy of assassination has been in constant use against Palestinian national leaders and leaders of the resistance since the inception of Zionist colonization in Palestine.

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“There is a constant Zionist policy to assassinate Palestinian leaders since the founding of the state of ‘Israel’ and even before,” said Comrade Khaled Barakat. “In fact, before the establishment of the Zionist state, Zionist forces carried out assassinations against Palestinians and even against the representative of the United Nations. When you study the history and the politics of the occupation state, you will find that major leaders of the state were involved in assassinations personally. It is a state led by assassins – Begin, Rabin, Shamir, Barak, Livni – all participated physically in not only shaping the policy of assassinations, but in executing this policy.” Read more »

Gaza: Crisis will repeat unless restrictions are lifted

Press Release – Oxfam NZ

Israeli and Palestinian leaders must seize the opportunity of the new ceasefire to end the violence once and for all. Lasting peace for all civilians will only be possible if Israel permanently lifts its restrictions on Gazas economy and people, Oxfam … Read more »

Egyptian Crossing Used to Bring Food Aid to Gaza

Press Release – UN News

Using Egyptian Crossing for First Time in Seven Years, UN Convoy Brings Food Aid to Gaza Read more »

UN Chief Welcomes Egyptian-Brokered Ceasefire for Gaza

Press Release – UN News

A young girl walks through a severely damaged street in Gaza. Photo: UNICEF/Eyad El Baba Read more »

Children Tear Gassed as School Year Begins

Press Release – International Solidarity Movement

Israeli forces fired 15 tear gas grenades and canisters, as well as five stun grenades, at children as they waited to go to school yesterday morning in Hebron. Children in the West Bank have begun their new school year, while children in Gaza have so … Read more »

UN Seeks Access to Israel for Assessment Mission

Press Release – UN News

On 12 August, 18-month-old Mohammed Ali Wahdan lies on a cot in the paediatric ward of Al-Shifa Hospital, in Gaza. He is recovering from burns and injuries he sustained during a blast that reportedly killed 12 members of his family, including his mother. … Read more »

When Catholics Become a Peace Church

Article – Deacon James Rauner and Pax Christi Michigan

When Catholics Become a Peace Church By Deacon James Rauner and Pax Christi Michigan 28 August, 2014 Read more »

SOS: Hospital Ships Needed to Save Gaza’s Children

Article – Franklin Lamb

SOS: Hospital Ships Needed to Save Gazas Children By Franklin Lamb 28 August, 2014 Read more »

Fearing Political Islam: Why Was Gaza Betrayed

Article – Ramzy Baroud

Ask any Arab ruler, and they will tell you of the great sacrifices their countries have made for Palestine and the Palestinians. However, both history and present reality are testaments, not only to Arab failure to live up to the role expected of them … Read more »

Fearing Political Islam: Why Was Gaza Betrayed

Article – Ramzy Baroud

Ask any Arab ruler, and they will tell you of the great sacrifices their countries have made for Palestine and the Palestinians. However, both history and present reality are testaments, not only to Arab failure to live up to the role expected of them … Read more »

The Iranian Cyber Offensive during Operation Protective Edge

Article – INSS Insight

The Iranian Cyber Offensive during Operation Protective Edge By Gabi Siboni and Sami Kronenfeld August 26, 2014 Read more »

Losing Losers and the Pentagon That Hires Them

Article – David Swanson

http://warisacrime.org/content/losing-losers-and-pentagon-hires-them At the 200th anniversary of the jackasses of 1812 getting the U.S. capital burned by the British in 1814, I found myself watching a new film by Rory Kennedy called Last Days in Vietnam … Read more »

NZ’s UN Security Council bid hangs by a nuclear thread

Article – Bob Rigg

New Zealands UN Security Council bid hangs by a nuclear thread By Bob Rigg 27 August, 2014 Read more »

Ebola, Gaza-Israel conflict, Day of the Disappeared

Press Release – NZ Red Cross

New Zealand Red Cross nurses in Sierra Leone describe the realities of nursing in an Ebola epidemic – assessing patients over a fence 1.5 metres away, under layers of hot protective equipment. Read more »

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