Mariusz Leś – September 9, 1:20 PM
My Guantánamo Nightmare
By LAKHDAR BOUMEDIENE
January 10, 2012 „NY Times“ – January 07, 2012 — On Wednesday, America’s detention camp at Guantánamo Bay will have been open for 10 years. For seven of them, I was held there without explanation or charge. During that time my daughters grew up without me. They were toddlers when I was imprisoned, and were never allowed to visit or speak to me by phone. Most of their letters were returned as “undeliverable,” and the few that I received were so thoroughly and thoughtlessly censored that their messages of love and support were lost. Some American politicians say that people at Guantánamo are terrorists, but I have never been a terrorist. Had I been brought before a court when I was seized, my children’s lives would not have been torn apart, and my family would not have been thrown into poverty. It was only after the United States Supreme Court ordered the government to defend its actions before a federal judge that I was finally able to clear my name and be with them again.
I left Algeria in 1990 to work abroad. In 1997 my family and I moved to Bosnia and Herzegovina at the request of my employer, the Red Crescent Society of the United Arab Emirates. I served in the Sarajevo office as director of humanitarian aid for children who had lost relatives to violence during the Balkan conflicts. In 1998, I became a Bosnian citizen. We had a good life, but all of that changed after 9/11.
…. please, read more: ICH or NYTimes
By Fidel Castro
I feel the duty to convey to those taking the trouble to read these Reflections the opinion that all of us, with no exception, are obliged to create awareness about the risks that humankind are running in an inexorable manner, towards a final and total catastrophe as the consequence of irresponsible decisions made by politicians who fate, rather than talent or merit, has placed the destiny of humankind in their hands.
Whether they are citizens of their country or not, whether they are followers of some religious belief or unbelievers, no human being in their right mind would agree that their children or closest kin should perish precipitously or as victims of atrocious and torturous misery.
On the heels of the repugnant crimes that are being increasingly committed by NATO under the aegis of the United States and the wealthiest countries in Europe, the gaze of the world focused on the G-20 meeting where the profound economic crisis affecting every nation today should have been analyzed. International opinion, especially in Europe, was awaiting an answer for the profound economic crisis that, with its serious social and even climatic implications, is threatening every inhabitant on the planet. At that meeting, it was being decided whether the Euro would be able to be kept as the common currency for most of Europe and even whether some of the countries would be able to remain in the community.
Please, read more: InformationClearingHouse
Since 2003 No More Victims has secured treatment for children injured by US forces. After ten years of war, it’s time for Americans to act decisively: we must end the wars and commit our resources to creating jobs and rebuilding the ramshackle infrastructure of our own country. As Eisenhower said: „Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and not clothed.“
Posted October 12, 2011
|“We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth… For my part, I am willing to know the whole truth; to know the worst; and to provide for it.”– Patrick Henry|
October 11, 2011 „Boiling Frogs“
Yesterday I came across a video clip depicting a gruesome hospital scene in Libya. I watched the video, and then watched it again. The children in a literal blood bath; torn limbs and ripped bodies. The excruciating pain. The ear-scratching wailings. The realities of a war. Not a declared war or a justified one. Not one waged in self defense or induced by any conceivable necessity. More like a one-sided assault waged by a big fat bully with heavy bats and sticks against unarmed little ones- an assault inside the victims’ home after a forceful break in. I believe this pretty much sums up the ugly truth depicted in the video clip – representative of thousands more that were never filmed and distributed.
I saved the video. I made a note. I thought about publishing it here at Boiling Frogs Post. But then I paused. I considered the reaction; at least the reaction of the majority. The same ole common reaction to be expected whenever ugly truths and uncomfortable realities are presented. The despise and hatred targeted at the bearer of the bad news and the illustrators of the ugly truths.
It was only a pause; a momentary pause. The quick recovery came with the reminder of why this website came about and what it really is about. It has been the media’s modus operandi to pass when it comes to ugly truths not easily digestible by the majority. It’s been the pseudo alternatives’ practice to avoid uncomfortable realities most can’t stomach… or don’t want to stomach…or maybe have never been forced to stomach.
I am sharing this clip with you here at Boiling Frogs Post as the bearer of uncomfortable realities and ugly truths. I am not attaching any warning notes on the graphic nature or disturbing effects of this clip. It is the truth; the ugly truth. This is reality; the uncomfortable kind. This happens to be an ugly truth of our own making; it is our ugly truth. It certainly is the reality of what we have become as uncomfortable as it may be. And it is way past time for us to face this ugly truth and uncomfortable reality, and own up to it – because the alternative is worse for us, and far worse for ‘our’ little victims.
“Ah yes, truth. Funny how everyone is always asking for it but when they get it they don’t believe it because it’s not the truth they want to hear.”-Helena Cassadine
©2009 Sibel Edmonds‘ Boiling Frogs All Rights there Article is published also with InformationClearingHouse.org Thank You so much for sharing this so important message!
HRI has grave concerns, not only for dark-skinned people in Libya generally, but also for pro-Gaddafi tribes including the Gaddafa. We also have particular concern for the Tuareg of southern Libya who are being accused of being ‘mercenaries’ and under attack from NATO and rebel forces. But the greatest concern is perhaps for the Tawergha.
AfghanistanArmeniaAzerbaijanBalkansBelarusGeorgiaIranIraqKazakhstanKyrgyzstanMoldovaNorth CaucasusPakistanRussiaTajikistanTatar-BashkirTurkmenistanUkraineUzbekistanOur AffiliatesRFE/RL Radio
In 28 Languages
Christian Caryl On Drone Warfare In ‚The New York Review Of Books‘
Washington Bureau Chief Christian Caryl reviews two books on drone warfare for „The New York Review Of Books.“
More More ArticlesWorth Watching
New Life At Ground Zero
The U.S.S.R.’s Last Gasp
Remembering The 1991 Coup
Writing On The Wall
Political Graffiti In Belarus
We’re RedesigningWe’re hoping that rferl.org will soon get a new look and feel. We want to hear from you, our audience, about how we can make a better website. What new rubrics or features could we add? What do we do well and what can we improve on? Please leave your comments on this forum or e-mail us here. We look forward to hearing from you.
Remembering 9/11, And Other Days Like It
News / From Our Bureaus
Afghan Children Being Sold Into Forced Labor
Four-year-old Farid was sold by his mother to a relative eight months ago.
September 12, 2011
KABUL — Endemic poverty in parts of Afghanistan is forcing many poor families to sell their children in order to survive, RFE/RL’s Radio Free Afghanistan reports.
Human rights officials say dire economic conditions have forced many families in the northern Jawzjan Province — one of the most undeveloped regions in Afghanistan — to sell their kids.
The International Save the Children Alliance, an NGO dedicated to eradicating child labor worldwide, said in a 2010 report that some 28 percent of all children between the ages of 5-15 in Jawzjan have been sold by their parents or guardians.
Farid, a 4-year-old boy in Jawzjan, was sold to a relative eight months ago following the death of his father. His mother, who remarried, received 12,000 afghanis ($280) for her son with the expectation that he would work for the relative.
Farid currently lies on a bed in the children’s hospital in Jawzjan with severe burns to his arms and feet. Covered in bandages, he cries in pain.
„When he was brought to the hospital a week ago, the burns on his body were badly infected and swollen,“ Dr. Khalil Hidari, the head of the hospital, told RFE/RL. „He was suffering from malnutrition and was in very poor health.“
Farid’s grandmother told RFE/RL the family was not responsible for his poor health or current condition, maintaining that the boy sustained his injuries when he accidentally set a plastic bag alight.
But doctors at the hospital are skeptical of that explanation, with some believing someone may have tried to kill Farid because he was not useful or they could no longer afford to feed and care for him.
„Unfortunately, many Afghans do not know their own rights or those for children and women,“ says Maghferat Samimi, head of the provincial office in Jawzjan for Afghanistan’s Independent Human Rights Commission. „The resulting levels of violence that accompany this are very concerning to us all.“
Despite being a signatory of the UN Convention on Children’s Rights, child labor in Afghanistan is rampant, with impoverished families selling their children into forced labor, sexual exploitation, and early marriage. Many of the children — who can be as young as 3 — are overworked and are subject to malnutrition and disease.
The Afghan government, which is obliged to stop the selling and trading of children under the convention, is ill-equipped to curb the increasing trend of children being sold into child labor.
Former 4-star U.S General admits to America Foreign Policy Coup
Former four star general and NATO commander Wesley Clark talks about the neocon plan to invade seven countries in five years. Included in the plan was an attack on Libya. Clark mentions the plan at two minutes, 26 seconds into the video.
Posted September 14, 2011
| // // 0)