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28 Words of Hate: Rotting In Guantánamo/Hell

Monday, February 09, 2015

byAbby Zimet, staff writer



For the first time since the release of the Senate's infamous torture report, a flurry of developments on Guantánamo reveal the enduring obstacles to real movement on closing the travesty that even the chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff calls "a psychological scar on our national values."


Enter freshman wacko winger Sen. Tom Cotton, who was actually elected. Cotton seemed to stun military officials with his bizarre, pretzel-logic that because terrorism pre-dated Gitmo, how could Gitmo possibly inspire yet more terrorism and anger at the U.S., as opponents often argue. The astute Cotton also seems to have missed the possible connection between the orange jumpsuits worn by ISIS terrorists and prisoners at Guantánamo. Showing a startling level of acumen and empathy, he went on to declare, “In my opinion the only problem with Guantánamo Bay is there are too many empty beds and cells there right now...As far as I’m concerned, every last one of them can rot in Hell, but as long as they don’t do that they can rot in Guantanamo Bay.”

Some reported the room seemed "oddly quiet" after he spoke those "28 words of hate." Later, lawyers for some of the detainees noted that Cotton in his "reflexive hatred" of their clients didn't seem to get that Guantánamo is, in fact, the same as hell for them. The lawyer for Tariq Ba Odah noted his client arrived at Gitmo in 2002, was on hunger strike for eight years, and has since then been subjected to solitary confinement, violent cell extractions and daily forced feedings through his nose, all without ever being charged with a crime, tried, or allowed to know the length of his sentence. "The anguish this uncertainty produces is hellish indeed," he notes.

In 2010, Tariq Ba Odah was unanimously cleared for release by all six relevant federal agencies, which over time have likewise cleared for transfer or release at least 54 other men still held. One is Fahd Ghazy, who arrived there at 17. In the video below, his family tells of their grief, despair and abiding hope they will one day see him again. There are at least 120 more stories from Guantánamo. Sen. (sic) Cotton should try listening to them.



Full article: http://www.commondreams.org/further/2015/02/09/28-words-hate-rotting-guantanamohell

'Rotten Core of Banking' Exposed: Global Outrage Follows HSBC Revelations

Published on
Monday, February 09, 2015
byCommon Dreams

'These bankers are too big to fail and too big to jail, so they just keep engaging in illegal activity.'

byDeirdre Fulton, staff writer

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"It's time we ensured banks were working in the public's interest instead of conspiring against us," says David Hillman of the Robin Hood Tax campaign. (Photo: Gyver Chang/flickr/cc)

New details about how HSBC bank helped tax evaders and money-launderers—from political figures to celebrities to arms dealers—conceal billions of dollars in assets have sparked international condemnation, from elected officials as well as public interest groups around the world.

Documents leaked by whistleblower Hervé Falciani, who worked for HSBC, show how a Swiss division of the U.K.-headquartered bank routinely allowed clients to withdraw bricks of cash, often in foreign currencies of little use in Switzerland; aggressively marketed schemes likely to enable wealthy clients to avoid European and U.S. taxes; colluded with some clients to conceal undeclared "black" accounts from their domestic tax authorities; and provided accounts to international criminals, corrupt businessmen, and other high-risk individuals.

"This exposes once again the rotten core of banking—it would be shocking if it weren't for the frequency with which we hear of such scandals," said David Hillman, spokesperson for the U.K.-based Robin Hood Tax campaign. "It shows a sector not content with dodging its own obligations, but also conniving to help the richest people shirk their responsibilities to society as well."

"It's clear our...approach to the banking sector is wholly inadequate," Hillman continued. "It's time we ensured banks were working in the public's interest instead of conspiring against us."

"These bankers are too big to fail and too big to jail, so they just keep engaging in illegal activity."
—James Henry, Tax Justice Network


Full article: http://www.commondreams.org/news/2015/02/09/rotten-core-banking-exposed-global-outrage-follows-hsbc-revelations

'Deeply Unsettling': Allegation of Translator Link to CIA Torture Site Halts 9/11 Hearing

Published on
Tuesday, February 10, 2015
byCommon Dreams

At Guantánamo Bay hearing, accused men say court translator was present at "black site" where they were tortured.

byAndrea Germanos, staff writer

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"The courtroom at Guantánamo Bay is piling further injustice on top of impunity for torture," stated Amnesty International's Anne FitzGerald. (Photo: Justin Norman/flickr/cc)

The pre-trial hearing for five men suspected of plotting the September 11 attacks was suspended on Monday after two of the men said that a courtroom interpreter was also present at a CIA "black site" where they were tortured.

Amnesty International said the incident marked "just the latest in a string of serious incidents that have marked the inherently unfair military commission process at Guantánamo Bay."

According to media reports, the allegation first came from 42-year-old Ramzi bin al Shibh, who told presiding judge Col. James Pohl soon into the hearing taking place at the U.S. prison in Guantánamo Bay, "I cannot trust because he was working at the black site with the CIA and we know him from there."

Carol Rosenberg reported for the Miami Herald:


Full article: http://www.commondreams.org/news/2015/02/10/deeply-unsettling-allegation-translator-link-cia-torture-site-halts-911-hearing

Iran’s Khamenei throws support to a Practical Nuclear Deal with West

By Juan Cole
Source: Informed Comment
February 10, 2015

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran’s clerical leader, gave a speech on Sunday in which he said he supports an agreement with the West on Iran’s nuclear enrichment program that is practical and can be achieved, but added, “I will not accept a bad deal.”

The speech is being seen as a sign that Khamenei is throwing his support behind President Hasan Rouhani and Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in the latter’s go-for-broke attempt to conclude successful negotiations with the UN Security Council plus Germany (P5 + 1) regarding Iran’s civilian nuclear enrichment program. The P5 +2 are seeking an agreement tat would allow Iran to continue to enrich for reactor fuel but would include safeguards to prevent Tehran from ever militarizing the program.

Khamenei said,

“I concur with the continuation and progress of the negotiations and the reaching of a good agreement. And the Iranian nation is also with any agreement that is consistent with its honor and respect. It is not opposed.”


Full article: https://zcomm.org/znetarticle/irans-khamenei-throws-support-to-a-practical-nuclear-deal-with-west/

Veteran tired of government making him prove he lost his legs

Angela Mulholland, Staff writer
@AngeMulholland

Published Monday, February 9, 2015 8:51AM EST
Last Updated Monday, February 9, 2015 12:03PM EST

Retired Master Cpl. Paul Franklin, who lost both legs in in Afghanistan, says every year he has to prove to Veterans Affairs that he still has no legs and needs a wheelchair. Now, he’s waging a fight against the department on behalf of all veterans.

Franklin says his fight with Veterans Affairs is typical of so many of the bureaucratic battles that thousands of injured veterans have with the department, and he wants them to end.

Franklin lost both his legs in a January 2006 suicide bombing. After his injury, he had no trouble receiving help from the Department of National Defence, he says. But things went downhill when he chose to retire from the Canadian Forces.

Master Cpl. (retired) Paul Franklin speaks to Canada AM from CTV studios in Edmonton on Monday, Feb. 9. 2015.
"It's been an ongoing battle ever since my retirement in 2009," he told CTV's Canada AM from Edmonton.

http://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/veteran-tired-of-government-making-him-prove-he-lost-his-legs-1.2227180

Searchers hoping for second chance to find missing climber

http://www.ctvnews.ca/polopoly_fs/1.2225506.1423336087!/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_620/image.jpg
Sgt. Mark Salesse, 44, is seen in this photo wearing the blue jacket, far right, provided by a friend. Salesse was on a routine mountain training exercise Thursday when he was caught in an avalanche.

The Canadian Press

Published Tuesday, February 10, 2015 4:17AM EST

LAKE LOUISE, Alta. - Crews will try again today to reach a missing search and rescue technician believed to be buried in deep snow in Alberta.

Searchers and dog teams were finally able to access the site in Banff National Park on Monday after being held off for days by the threat of avalanches.

But after just two-and-a-half hours, the hunt for Sgt. Mark Salesse had to be called off due to the threat of further slides.

Parks Canada says no trace of Salesse was found at the Polar Circus ice-climbing area and that their effort is now a recovery mission.


http://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/searchers-hoping-for-second-chance-to-find-missing-climber-1.2228797

Iran’s Khamenei throws support to a Practical Nuclear Deal with West

By Juan Cole
Source: Informed Comment
February 10, 2015

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran’s clerical leader, gave a speech on Sunday in which he said he supports an agreement with the West on Iran’s nuclear enrichment program that is practical and can be achieved, but added, “I will not accept a bad deal.”

The speech is being seen as a sign that Khamenei is throwing his support behind President Hasan Rouhani and Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in the latter’s go-for-broke attempt to conclude successful negotiations with the UN Security Council plus Germany (P5 + 1) regarding Iran’s civilian nuclear enrichment program. The P5 +2 are seeking an agreement tat would allow Iran to continue to enrich for reactor fuel but would include safeguards to prevent Tehran from ever militarizing the program.

Khamenei said,

“I concur with the continuation and progress of the negotiations and the reaching of a good agreement. And the Iranian nation is also with any agreement that is consistent with its honor and respect. It is not opposed.”


Full article: https://zcomm.org/znetarticle/irans-khamenei-throws-support-to-a-practical-nuclear-deal-with-west/

K&R.

I've heard the very few psychiatrists available in Afghanistan say the same, the children are traumatized to the point they're suffering severe, at times, mental illness including constant anxiety, depression and ptsd.

This poor boy. Not much of a childhood, when you live in fear every second of your life. It's beyond sad, it's heartbreaking.


"Go to Sleep or I Will Call the Planes"

—By Adam Serwer| Wed Apr. 24, 2013 6:01 AM PDT

A week ago, activist Farea al-Muslimi was live-tweeting the aftermath of a drone attack on his childhood village of Wessab in Yemen. Monday, he was testifying before a Senate subcommittee on the legality and impact of the Obama administration's targeted killing program. It was the first time Congress has heard from a witness with anything close to first-hand experience with being on the receiving end of a drone strike.

"Women used to say go to sleep or I will call your father," Muslimi said. "Now they say go to sleep, or I will call the planes."

http://www.democraticunderground.com/1014659598

A Chronology of the Ukrainian Coup

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10024613019

You'll enjoy this.

I don't beg anything, and hey ....... I have videos too!








Ukraine Crisis Today: Democracy caught on camera (Mass murder at the heart of Europe)

The Paet-Ashton Transcript

Eric Zuesse, 3 Feb. 2015

Here is a complete transcript of the extraordinarily revealing phone conversation,


that occurred on 26 February 2014, in which the foreign-affairs chief of the European Union, Catherine Ashton, was informed by her investigator, Urmas Paet, into his findings regarding what had been the cause of the violence that brought down the Ukrainian Government of President Viktor Yanukovych — whether it was Yanukovych himself, or the people who had opposed Yanukovych and who had supported Ukraine’s joining the EU (which Yanukovych had finally decided not to do).

This conversation makes absolutely clear that the EU had not participated in bringing down Yanukovych and was shocked to learn that Yanukovych had not been behind the violence on that historic occasion, which had occurred only days prior.

http://fortruss.blogspot.ca/2015/02/the-paet-ashton-transcript.html

An older post - Who's Who:

The Crimean people had excellent reasons for organizing self –defense militias and calling for Russian military aid. According to analyst Brian Becker(“Who’s Who in Ukraine’s New Semi-Fascist Government”, Global Research 05/09/2014), prominent neo-Nazis and right-wing extremists occupy key positions in the Kiev junta. Fascists hold the two top positions in the National Defense Council (controlling the army, police, intelligence and the judiciary); head the Ministry of Defense; control the Prosecutor General; and include one of the Vice Presidents. The Prime Minister, Arseniy Yatsenyuk (‘Yats’), was ‘hand-picked’ by Washington, (as revealed by a secretly recorded conversation between US Under-Secretary of State Victoria Nuland and the US Ambassador to Kiev). He is the ‘front man’ of Ukrainian fascism and NATO penetration.

Dmytro Yarosh, Right Sector neo-Nazi commander who said “our revival begins with our Maidan,” is now second-in-command of the National Defense and Security Council (covering the military, police, courts and intelligence apparatus).

Andriy Parubiy, co-founder of the fascist Social National Party, which later changed its name to Svoboda. He is the new top commander of the National Defense and Security Council.

New Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk, a powerful right-wing banker (and opponent of gay marriage, btw), meets with neo-con John McCain. Pictured center is neo-Nazi Svoboda leader Oleh Tyahnybok, now one of the most powerful figures in the country.

Ihor Tenyukh, member of neo-Nazi Svoboda party, now Minister of Defense.

Oleksandr Sych, member of neo-Nazi Svoboda, is one of three Vice Prime Ministers.

Oleg Makhnitsky, member of neo-Nazi Svoboda, now Prosecutor-General (Attorney General), and has immediately set out to indict the leaders of Crimea who do not want to live under the new order in Kiev.

The new Secretary of the powerful National Defense and Security Council is Andriy Parubiy, is also listed as being from the Fatherland party. But here the murky divide between the right-wing and fascist parties comes into view.

Parubiy’s deputy is Dmytro Yarosh, who was the leader of the fascist Right Sector’s para-military forces in Maidan. In a recent BBC video, a Right Sector leader said: “National socialist ideas are popular here…We want a clean nation, not like under Hitler, but a little bit like that.”

The new Defense Minister is Ihor Tenyukh, former head of the Ukrainian navy and from the Svoboda party. Oleksandr Sych, also from Svoboda, is one of three Vice Prime Ministers.

Another key post held by an open Svoboda member is that of Prosecutor-General. Oleg Makhnitsky is now the equivalent of Attorney General in the U.S., and has immediately set out to indict the leaders of Crimea who do not want to live under the new order in Kiev.

The new, self-appointed government in Kiev is a coalition between right-wing and outright fascist forces, and the line between the two is often difficult to discern.

Svoboda also holds the ministries of ecology and, especially critical in the Ukraine, agriculture in the new government.

Though not named as a government minister—clearly by choice—Oleh Tyahnybok is the leader of Svoboda, of which he was also a co-founder when it was known as the Social National Party. Now he is one of the most powerful figures in the country.

While Tyahnybok sought to moderate Svoboda’s public image beginning with the name change in 2004, a speech he gave the same year showed just how paper-thin that cover was.

Speaking at memorial to a commander of the Ukrainian Insurgent Army (UIA) that collaborated with the Nazis and massacred tens of thousands of Poles, Jews and communists, he called for Ukrainians to fight the “Muscovite-Jewish mafia” which he claimed were running the country.

Tyahnybok praised the UIA and the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists led by Stepan Bandera, who “fought against the Russians, Germans, Jews and other scum who wanted to take away our Ukrainian state.” (For the terms “Russians” and “Jews,” he substituted extremely derogatory slurs).

In 2005, Tyahnybok signed an open letter to Ukraine leaders denouncing the “criminal activities” of “organized Jewry” who, he claimed, wanted to commit “genocide” against Ukrainian people.

Support for the fascists is surging in the Ukraine. In 2006, Svoboda received .36 of 1 percent in the elections; in 2012 it became the fourth largest party in the Rada (parliament) with 10.45 percent of the vote and 37 seats out of 450. In a public opinion poll taken at the beginning of February, 54 percent said they would vote for Tyahnybok for president if he ran against Yanukovych. (The poll was held three weeks before the overthrow of Yanukovych.)

The smiling faces of Victoria Nuland and Sen. John McCain, among other U.S. officials, have appeared in countless photos with Tyahnybok in recent months.

http://alternative-news-network.net/whos-who-in-ukraines-new-semi-fascist-government-meet-the-people-the-u-s-and-eu-are-supporting/





http://voiceofdetroit.net/2014/03/02/is-the-u-s-backing-neo-nazis-in-ukraine/






http://www.democraticunderground.com/?com=view_post&forum=1016&pid=87592

Catherina (34,318 posts)
44. +1. In late 2012 the EU classified Svoboda as neoNazis. This year they're suddenly acceptable

and in charge of 4 ministries including National Security and Defense now headed by the co-founder of the Neo-Nazi Social-National Party of Ukraine (renamed Svoboda) which is officially incorporating the bat-wielding, goose-stepping militia into the ministry. And Svoboda is only one group. There's also Tryzub, Bratsvo, Pravy Sektor, who call for "racial hygiene" and specifically "the expulsion of all Jews from Ukraine."

Texts adopted
Thursday, 13 December 2012 - Strasbourg

European Parliament resolution of 13 December 2012 on the situation in Ukraine

8. Is concerned about the rising nationalistic sentiment in Ukraine, expressed in support for the Svoboda Party, which, as a result, is one of the two new parties to enter the Verkhovna Rada; recalls that racist, anti-Semitic and xenophobic views go against the EU's fundamental values and principles and therefore appeals to pro-democratic parties in the Verkhovna Rada not to associate with, endorse or form coalitions with this party;

http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?pubRef=-//EP//TEXT+TA+P7-TA-2012-0507+0+DOC+XML+V0//EN

From your article

According to the Nation, the Svoboda Party wants to ban abortion, gun control, foreigners’ adoption of Ukrainian children, and “the Communist ideology.” It has organized violent attacks on gay pride events.

Party leader Oleh Tyanhybok, a member of Parliament, routinely trashes “the Kikes” and calls for the liberation of Ukraine from the “Muscovite-Jewish mafia.” He idolizes the OUN. “They did not fear,” he declared in 2004, “but took up their automatic rifles, going into the woods to fight Muscovites, Germans, Jewry and other filth which wanted to take away our Ukrainian nationhood. It’s time to give Ukraine to the Ukrainians.”

Tyanhybok visited Germany in 2010 to stand in solidarity with John Damanjuk, the Ukrainian-American convicted of abetting mass murder in death camps in Poland. Around that time close aide Yuriy Mykhalchyshyn established a think tank originally called “the Joseph Goebbels Political Research Center.”

...

http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/03/10/ukraine-the-sovereignty-argument-and-the-real-problem-of-fascism/

In addition to the complex historical relationship between Crimea and Ukraine, the Council itself has also had a complex and historical fragile relationship with the Ukrainian national government as it cannot appoint the Prime Minister of Crimea by its own, amongst other things. The Council must, instead, appoint the Prime Minister with the advice and consent of the President of Ukraine; something that does not bode well with the Council and its constituents which have been historically pro-Russian for the past decades.

As of 6 March 2014, amidst rising tensions in the region caused by the Ukrainian revolution, the Council has formally rejected the newly installed Ukrainian government by denouncing it publicly as illegitimate and calling for a referendum on the secession of Crimea. The Ukrainian government, in turn, has formally rejected the legitimacy of the newly installed local government of Crimea, and declared the referendum unconstitutional and illegal under Ukrainian law, to which Crimea and the Council are subject. Many nations, such as Germany and the United States, agree with Ukraine, while Russia, in contrast, supports the Crimean Council.



In this photo taken Aug. 19, 2007 soccer fans show German Nazi flag with a swastika during an Ukrainian League Championship soccer match between Dynamo Kyiv and Karpaty in Kiev, Ukraine. Kiev and Warsaw on Tuesday May 29, 2012 decried a BBC report that portrayed Ukrainian and Polish soccer fans as racist ahead of next month's European championship as unfair, vowing that all foreign guests would be safe to attend matches in the two Eastern European countries.

https://www.kyivpost.com/opinion/op-ed/is-ukraine-racist-or-not-1-128529.html

In 2012 the presence of a violent and highly organised far-right in Ukraine and Poland became global news ahead of the Euro 2012 tournament.

The dominance of racist chants, Nazi salutes and neo-Nazi banners among football fans provoked controversy ahead of the tournament, prompting President Yanukovych to promise matches would be closely watched by security services.

Anti-Semitic attacks

The World Jewish Congress has called for Svoboda to be banned for its hardline anti-Semitic stance, and public Jewish events celebrating hanukkah were cancelled last month due to fears of violence, with Jewish leaders urging people to "increase security everywhere".

An ultra-Orthodox Jewish student, Dovbear Glickman, was stabbed while leaving a synagogue last week, suffering massive blood loss. It is the second anti-Semitic assault this month after a Hebrew teacher was followed home from synagogue by a gang before being beaten.

http://www.channel4.com/news/kiev-svoboda-far-right-protests-right-sector-riot-police



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