“Be ashamed to
die until you have won some victory for humanity.” Horace Mann July
28, 2014 "ICH"
her acclaimed book “A Problem From Hell; America and
the Age of Genocide” (2003), Samantha Power, current
American Ambassador to the United Nations, sharply
criticized the United States deliberate inaction and
its failure to prevent a genocide in Rwanda where up
to one million lives were lost.
As she explains it, Washington simply was not
interested in stopping the death toll. The thinking in Washington was:
“Look, if something happens in Rwanda-Burundi,
we don’t care. Take it off the list. It’s not-
U.S. national interest is not involved and,” you
know, “we can’t put all these silly humanitarian
issues on lists like important problems like the
National Security Agency last year significantly
expanded its cooperative relationship with the Saudi
Ministry of Interior, one of the world’s most
repressive and abusive government agencies. An
April 2013 top secret memo provided by NSA
whistleblower Edward Snowden details the agency’s
plans “to provide direct analytic and technical
support” to the Saudis on “internal security”
Ministry of Interior—referred to in the document as
MOI— has been condemned for years as one of the most
brutal human rights violators in the world. In 2013,
GAZA, PALESTINE - 2014/07/20:
Palestinian medics carry the
body of a child killed in
Shijaiyah east of Gaza City,
after Israel expanded its ground
offensive on the Gaza Strip
(Photo by Ibrahim Khader/Pacific
Press/LightRocket via Getty
Those who turned Gaza into an internment camp for
1.8 million people should not be surprised when they
tunnel underneath the earth.
By Amira Hass
July 22, 2014 "ICH"
I’ve already raised the white flag. I’ve stopped
searching the dictionary for the word to describe
half of a boy’s missing head while his father
screams “Wake up, wake up, I bought you a toy!” How
did Angela Merkel, the chancellor of Greater
Germany, put it? Israel’s right to defend itself.
struggling with the need to share details of the
endless number of talks I’ve had with friends in
Gaza, in order to document what it’s like to wait
for your turn in the slaughterhouse. For example,
the talk I had on Saturday morning with J. from al-Bureij
refugee camp, while he w…
Gaza’s children, most likely to be killed, live in state of "shock and horror"Submitted by Nora Barrows-Fr... on Tue, 07/22/2014 - 20:47 140722-palestinian-boy-gaza.jpgIsrael’s indiscriminate attacks on Gaza have killed, injured and deeply traumatized Palestinian children.
Many children were killed or seriously injured in Israel’s massacre in Shujaiya on Sunday.
(Ashraf Amra / APA images) “We have never seen it this bad for children,” says Ivan Karakashian of Defence for Children International-Palestine.
(Mohammed Asad / APA images) Israel killed 19 children from one familyDCI-Palestine lists the names of the children from the Abu Jami’
family in Khan Younis. “All were sheltering in their four-storey house
when the strike occurred without warning,” the organization says.
This evening I gave an interview to Al Jazeera English (video above). I would like to develop some of the points I made.
If military victory and strength are measured in the number of civilians, especially children, that an army can deliberately target
and slaughter with sophisticated machines, then there is no doubt that
Israel is winning in Gaza, and has always been the winner in Palestine.
But even though it is still mercilessly killing civilians in Gaza as I
write these words, Israel has, in political and strategic terms,
already lost the “war” it launched on Gaza on the false pretext of
As I’ve argued repeatedly, and as the facts show, the easy and time-tested way for Israel not to receive rockets from Gaza is not to attack Palestinians in Gaza.
Israel’s defeat in Gaza will be as significant as its defeat in
Lebanon in 2006 (where it also “won” in terms of murdering civilians:
1,200 in total,…
The day before he was killed, “Ismail came home carrying fresh fish
and began joking with his brothers and sisters. He seemed unusually
cheerful and happy,” his mother Sahar Baker told The Electronic Intifada
at her home in Gaza’s Beach Camp just twenty-four hours after her son’s brutal slaying.
“I asked him, my son, why did you go to the beach while the situation
is dangerous? He answered, we were playing as we wanted to play, why
should we be afraid?” Sahar said.
Ismail Muhammad Baker, nine years old, was killed along with his
cousins Ahed Atif Baker and Zakaria Ahed Baker, both ten years old, and
eleven-year-old Muhammad Ramiz Baker when Israeli fire targeted them on a
beach near Gaza City’s seaport on 16 July.
“I want my father!”He was carried in by a paramedic and immediately rushed to the
intensive care unit, which is right next to the ER. He clung to the
paramedic, crying, “I want my father, bring me my father!” until he had
to be forced to let go.
July 17, 2014 "ICH"
- - Pulitzer
Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas put a
prominent, public face on the immigration crisis
this week when he was detained by the U.S. Border
Patrol in McAllen, Texas. After a number of hours
and a national outcry, he was released. He first
revealed his status as an undocumented immigrant
three years ago in a New York Times Magazine
article, and has since made changing U.S.
immigration policy his primary work. Vargas was in
Texas to support the thousands of undocumented
immigrant children currently detained there by the
U.S. Department of Homeland Security.Border Children: ‘They Don’t Speak English, But They Understand Hate’
received widespread praise for his brave and
innovative coverage of the conflict, has been told
by NBC executives to leave Gaza immediately.
According to an NBC source upset at his treatment,
the executives claimed the decision was motivated by
“security concerns” as Israel prepares a ground
invasion, a claim repeated to me by an NBC
executive. But late yesterday, NBC sent another
correspondent, Richard Engel, along with an American
The Palestinians of Gaza, naively, went to the polling station in
January 2006, mistakenly believing the Bush doctrine of bringing
democracy to the Middle East — in spite of him being responsible for the
brutal massacre of hundreds of thousands of innocent people in Iraq and
People voted, but not for the preferred choice of the Israelis, or
their American backers and the Arab dictators. The Palestinian choice
was against the peace process industry, against the fiction that is the ever-slippery two-state solution, against the corruption of the Oslo-era nouveau riche.
June 1967, Israel searched for a way to keep the
territories it occupied that year without
incorporating their indigenous Palestinian
population into its rights-bearing citizenry. All
the while it participated in a “peace process”
charade to cover up or buy time for its unilateral
colonization policies on the ground.
decades, Israel differentiated between areas it
wished to control directly and those it would manage
indirectly, with the aim in the long run of
downsizing the Palestinian population to a minimum
with, among other means, ethnic cleansing and
economic and geographic strangulation.
geopolitical location of the West Bank creates the
impression in Israel, at least, that it is possible
to achieve this without anticipating a third
uprising or too much international condemnati…
DIME bombs contain tungsten, a cancer-causing metal that helps to
produce incredibly destructive blasts which slice through flesh and
bone, often decapitating the lower limbs of people within the blast
Renowned Norwegian doctor Mads Gilbert,
who witnessed the horrific injuries caused by DIME bombs during
Israel’s 2009 Gaza onslaught, told The Electronic Intifada over the
phone from al-Shifa hospital in Gaza City that patients are showing up
with DIME-related injuries.
“A good number of the injuries seen here are consistent with the use
of dense inert metal explosives, or DIME, that we saw during the 2009
attack and also in 2006,” said Gilbert. “The bodies are pretty much
An online magazine has reported that the National Security Agency
(NSA) and the FBI covertly scanned the emails of five prominent
Muslim-Americans under the US government's secret surveillance programme
aimed at national security threats.
The article in the Intercept, a venture by journalist Glenn
Greenwald, said on Wednesday that the targets included a lawyer, a
Republican political operative, a university professor and two civil
The Intercept said all five denied any involvement in terrorism or espionage and had not been accused of any crimes.
The magazine questioned whether the government obtained legal permission for its surveillance.
The account said that a three-month investigation using classified
documents obtained from former NSA contract systems analyst Edward
Snowden showed that "the system for authorising NSA surveillance affords
the government wide latitud…
With over 150 killed,
including an alarming number of women and children, and the death toll
in Gaza rising by the hour, Israeli officials insist they are doing all
they can to avoid civilian casualties.
Using precision guided missiles, the Israeli army claims it is only bombing people and infrastructure “affiliated with Hamas terrorism” — and the international community is buying it.
What is not being discussed, however, is who and what constitutes a Hamas affiliate.
Hamas is more than just a militant organization, it is the political
party that was democratically elected in 2006 to govern the Gaza Strip
and West Bank. Hamas’s
control means that almost everyone and eve…
Facebook groups have been set up to call for the collective
punishment of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip. Others host incitement
against Palestinian students at Israeli universities, including posting pictures of and personal information about individual students.
The radical and violent anti-Palestinian climate in Israel is not divorced from reality.
After more than a week of Israeli government threats to do so,
commandos launched the first ground incursion into the northern Gaza
Strip early Sunday morning, reported Ma’an News Agency.
At the time of writing, there have been no Israeli deaths as a result
of rockets fired by armed Palestinian groups in Gaza, though much of
any purpose. Again with the certainty that after
it’s all over, everything will essentially be the
same as it was before.
But I can
hardly hear the sirens which warn of rockets coming
towards Tel Aviv. I cannot take my mind off the
awful thing that happened in Jerusalem.
IF A gang
of neo-Nazis had kidnapped a 16-year old boy in a
London Jewish neighborhood in the dark of the night,
driven him to Hyde Park, beaten him up, poured
gasoline into his mouth, doused him all over and set
him on fire – what would have happened?
the UK have exploded in a storm of anger and
the Queen have expressed her outrage?
the Prime Minister have rushed to the home of the
bereaved family to apologize on behalf of the entire
the leadership of the neo-Nazis, their act…
12, 2014 "ICH"
- This sentence
from Kagan’s Neo-Conservative Manifesto reads like
so much flotsam in a cesspool of scattered feces. It
emanates from a mindless, bloated root chakra that
has abandoned all except instinctive self-survival.
It is deficient in understanding and wisdom, a mind
surviving in an isolated tribe, a being guided only
by fear of everlasting victimhood. How does one read
need to read it, we are witnessing its last throes
today in Gaza as the consequences of
neo-conservative “superior power” unfurls before the
world once again and the desperation of
neo-conservative idiocy splashes over the screen for
the world to witness.
What is it
that we witness? Israel garbed in the armor of the
American flag, fielding America’s weapons of mass