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Let us See through Our Victims’ Eyes

Western culture prides itself on its civilized behavior, its distaste for vulgarity, its abhorrence of horrid violence, its protection against pornographic disquieting images and, consequently, seeks to hide such unpleasant, uncivilized behavior by blurring disquieting images, removing the vulgar with omissions of letters or blocking the uncultivated or the smutty or the risqué with bleeps, […]

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Not Silence but Gloating over Galloway

WHY THE SILENCE OVER THE ASSAULT ON GEORGE GALLOWAY? – asks Peter Oborne in an article in The Telegraph. British MP George Galloway was recovering on Saturday after being attacked in the street in Notting Hill, west London, and taken to hospital and treated for a suspected broken rib and bruising to his head. He had been posing […]

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Ukrainians — Who Blinded Them?

This is a very affecting video filmed in Novorossiya. Ordinary people lining up to get humanitarian aid sent by Russia and bread, some elderly, people who have lost family in the attacks by Poroshenko’s army, whose houses, hospitals and schools have been destroyed and who are left without water and electricity, ask their attackers: WHY? […]

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The Holocaust™/Anti-Semite© Card

The Holocaust™/Anti-Semite© Card, Don’t Leave Home without it!   Adverts occasionally sneak into blogs disguised as comments. We realize what they are and simply scroll over them. I found this one, posted by someone who signs ‘LeseMajeste,’ appended as a comment to the Holocaust Triptych article initially published elsewhere. I realized immediately that it actually […]

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Do not be fooled by China’s propaganda on Tibet and Tibetan people

  Dharamshala: – As Tibetans and peace loving people, we realize that there is a Chinese propaganda waged to capture the hearts and minds of Tibetans. It is now waged using not only their modern weapons, but also their state-run television, radio and other types of media. While we fight using the method of freedom, […]

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Human Rights in Our Name

Human Rights in Our Name Clive Hambidge Under international law all parties involved in a conflict, must whether state or non state armed actors, respect international humanitarian law. The aim of which is to regulate conduct during hostilities and respect for human rights law. bilgrimage.blogspot.com “The Human Rights Act 1998 is an Act of Parliament […]

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War of the Shia – Iran gags Shia scholars in Iran –

Written by Catherine Shakdam – While western media, or rather corporate media have faced harsh criticism over the past weeks on their bias coverage of Gaza in keeping with their network’s political discourse and affiliations, it so happens that Iran has conducted a comprehensive media repression campaign against Shia media outlets that are independent from […]

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Palestinian Life under Israeli Occupation

The Private is a short movie, the debut of  Italian director Saverio Costanzo, superbly acted by Hend Ayoub and Mohammad Bakri, describing a few days in the life of a Palestinian family whose house, near a ‘settlement,’ is occupied by IDF soldiers. It is the stuff of everyday Palestinian life under Israeli occupation. And this […]

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A wish-list for the brave Palestinians

What more horrors are in store for Gaza? A wish-list for the brave Palestinians I wonder what Hamas and Israeli leaders are thinking as they survey the devastation in Gaza and review the death-toll and casualty figures? Or course, neither has to live among the ruins and clamber over the devastation. Neither has the stench […]

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Britain dies of shame

Britain dies of shame as Her Majesty’s Government plays the useful idiot to Israel’s crazed ambition Today in London crowds are gathering to vent their anger in a mass demonstration and march to Parliament to “stop the massacre in Gaza” and call for an arms embargo against Israel. This follows last weekend’s huge protest outside […]

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The Lancet: Leading doctors and scientists denounce Gaza violence

Read the full letter in The Lancet [Ed note: Readers are urged to read the full letter and circulate widely as possible to everyone and anyone who has some influence to speak up for Gaza such as Politicians, press, institutions, professional groups, activists, concerned friends] More than 20 leading doctors and scientists* from the UK […]

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It’s the new ‘self defence’

Carry on slaughtering the men, women and children you illegally occupy and daily humiliate… It’s the new ‘self defence’ Britain’s newly-minted foreign secretary Philip Hammond has lost his shine already. A few days ago he warmly welcomed Egypt’s bogus Gaza ceasfire proposal which hadn’t even been shown to Hamas. Yesterday he was asked three times […]

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Disproportional Response?

The Israeli military assault on Gaza is frequently referred to in the mainstream media as a ‘disproportional response’. It is not. It is a deliberate act of war, strategically planned to undermine the fledgling reconciliation taking place between Hamas and Fatah. It is the homemade rockets from Gaza that are the ‘disproportional response’ because they […]

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Dear PLO… Take your case to the ICC

As I write, the Israelis have slaughtered 160 Palestinians in their latest mad-dog military adventure, the vast majority being civilians including 35 children. 934 others have been wounded, including 280 children. And still the mighty international community shuffles and mumbles. The Israeli onslaught has brought a flurry of press releases from the Palestinian authorities. One […]

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Save Gaza Today

Reading Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich’s plea to the world reminded me of what has bothered me in recent days about the protests held in the US against the Israeli criminal onslaught against the people in Gaza. The photos showing demonstrators in New York City, like the one below, show too many Arab/Muslim/Middle Eastern faces. Where are the […]

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Dead teenagers: Netanyahu’s criminal settlement policy put them in harm’s way

The BBC, that paragon of broadcasting, repeatedly fails to give the necessary context when reporting events in occupied Palestine. The rest of the mainstream media are equally guilty but we still tend to look to the BBC as the standard setter, a lofty position from which it has slid a long way recently. In its […]

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Breaking the wall of corruption in Yemen – It takes a village …

Written by Catherine Shakdam – Earlier this month Eurasia Review published a report on Mogib Hassan, a rights activist and journalist working with AWAM, the body charged with investigating and recuperating Yemen Looted Funds. Mogib, who was appointed AWAM international relation and coordination officer in 2013 fell victim to a plot to discredit his work […]

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two snapshots of a rogue state

those who take pictures vary in the degree to which they are willing to represent the blemishes of the object depicted. from this point of view the two snapshots shown below are markedly contrasting. Jonathon Freedland appears as a reluctant witness to something he would rather not have to know about. Jonathon Cook has no […]

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Hitler’s ‘Barbarossa’ Proclamation

May the Lord God help us especially in this fight! Seventy three years ago this past Sunday, Germany’s Reich Minister Joseph Goebbels announced to the world the startling news that German forces, together with Finnish and Romanian troops, had struck against the Soviet Union. This article is reproduced from The Institute For Historical Review’s website. […]

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Timid US Presbyterians shun BDS and let Israel off the hook

Timid US Presbyterians punish American companies, shun BDS and let Israel off the hook Pro-Palestinian campaigners are cock-a-hoop over the Presbyterian Church USA’s vote to divest from Caterpillar Inc, Hewlett-Packard and Motorola Solutions. Hailed as amazing, brave and miraculous in some quarters, it was actually a very close-run thing: 310 to 303 against, with no […]

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The Military Industrial Complexity

The Military Industrial Complexity Clive Hambidge (Part 1) “Congress shall make no law … abridging … the right of the people peaceably … to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” It is a pernicious fact that “Pentagon contracts awarded in the 2000s have been concentrated in the hands of just five contractors- Lockheed […]

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Yemen corruption wall stands strong in the face of the Arab Spring

As Yemen Minister of Religious Endowments and Guidance, Hamoud Abad announced the launch of a national anti-corruption campaign, entitled, “Together to fight all forms and types of ill-gotten gains,” one activist is fighting alone against injustice, overpowered and outnumbered for those who ought to support him, have instead deserted him. Mogib Hassan, a prominent rights […]

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Samarra siege – the unreported killing of Shia Muslims in Iraq

While international media have reported on the surge of violence which, since last Wednesday at dawn, has plagued Samarra, an Iraqi city lying directly north of the capital, Baghdad, in what is known as the Sunni triangle, few have actually spoken of the true nature of the clashes. Samarra which is a predominantly Sunni city, […]

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Administrative Detention: Unfair, Unjust and Illegal

Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Newark, Samidoun is taking the leading edge on the issue of Palestinian prisoners on their hunger strike inside Israeli jails. According to the group’s website, On April 24, 2014, approximately 90 Palestinians held in Israeli jails launched a hunger strike. These Palestinians are held under administrative detention, a policy under which Palestinians […]

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Rights activists’ calls for help remain ignored

A veteran activist who has seen his life and safety be put on the line often due to his advocacy work and determination to see Yemen’s most influential figures held responsible for their actions, Mogib Hassan said to have been chocked at Yemen rights community’s apathy and sheer disinterest to his appeal. As AWAMinternational relation […]

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Bahrain anti-Shia policy takes sombre turn as children become targets

As most of the world’s media remain forever silent before the atrocities and infringement on human rights which Bahrain regime imposes on its people, Shia Rights Watch – prominent rights organization in the defence of the world Shia community – strongly condemned King Hamad bin Issa Al Khalifa for allowing the judicial authorities to persecute […]

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Sowing religious tensions in Bahrain as a defence strategy – a King’s tale

Amid yet more reports of grave human rights violations against Bahrain Shia community, a rather worrying development has come to light in the kingdom island as King Hamad bin Issa Al Khalifa is attempting to sow discord amid the Christian and Shia Muslim community, intent on pitting two friendly and traditionally peaceful communities against each […]

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Saudi Arabia professes a regime of terror against the Shia community

  While 2011 certainly marked a sudden increase in violence against Saudi Arabia’ Shia community, human rights violations and acts of anti-Shiism have been many over the past decades, a by-product of Al Saud tyrannical rule and dogma. Treated as social pariah in their homeland, Saudi Arabia’ Shia Muslims continue to endure the most vicious […]

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Questions of Power and Slavery

Questions of Power and Slavery Clive Hambidge “If it’s a neurotic superpower you’re looking for, then America’s your one”  Robert Kagen    “In questions of power, let no more be heard of confidence in man, but bind him down from mischief by the chains of the Constitution.” All governments encroach, creep into our lives, and […]

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Activists in Bahrain denounce anti-Shia Policies

Early last week political activists affiliated with Bahrain’s opposition groups delivered a letter to UN Secretary General Ban Ki moon calling for his office to take a stand against Bahrain’s systematic targeting of the Shia community. Ever since Bahrainis rose against the government in 2011, emboldened by the Arab Spring, to demand social and judicial […]

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Yemen’s Information War

Increasing access to the Internet and civil activism are eroding the government’s attempts to control the media, but also offer a new lifeline to extremists Regardless of their political affiliation, ever since the events of 2011, Yemenis have lobbied for stronger, more modern civil institutions, keen to see the reforms so many of their compatriots […]

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No one knows Tibet better than the Tibetan people

Dharamshala: – The Communist regime of China in February said it will win the West’s opinion regarding Tibet, vowing with unusual language to ignore international pressure on the Tibet crisis. This includes a disregard for the decades of widespread and gross human rights abuses in the region. “As China becomes more involved in international affairs, […]

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Dolgyal followers making baseless allegations: Sikyong of Tibet

  Dharamshala: – Mainly non-Tibetans who associated with the propitiation of Dolgyal are making baseless allegations against His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Dr Lobsang Sangay, Sikyong or the democratically-elected political leader of the Tibetan people said in a statement dated May 8, Thursday. ‘The Central Tibetan Administration strongly condemns the protests against His Holiness the […]

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World War I : A Century of Carnage

ROTHSCHILD’S WAR “Corral the 50 wealthiest Jews and there would be no war”. Henry Ford Event: World War I (28th July 1914- 11th November 1918) Death toll: Approximately 37 million people. Outcome: Great Empires dismantled (i.e. Ottoman, Russian, German, Austro-Hungarian). Rothschild central bank becomes the dominant world power with Britain, the United States, Russia and […]

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Why freedom of speech matters: The silenced struggle in Tibet

Dharamshala: – Despite strong international criticism for the lack of press freedom and freedom of speech, including Internet access, in Chinese-occupied Tibet, Chinese officials have claimed that the number of people with access to the internet in the Himalayan region was “2.03 million at the end of 2013,” according to a recent report by state […]

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More threats from Palestine’s nasty neigbour

Israel to extract a heavy price if Palestinians join UN bodies, says minister US-brokered negotiations with Israel, which started on 29 July 2013 and were to last nine months, are nearing their ignominious end. And Israel, the serial defaulter that it is, has reneged on the agreed release of 104 pre-Oslo prisoners in exchange for […]

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