NATO/ISAF Meeting In Brussels, No Withdrawal from Afghanistan before 2018

Afghanistan´s Defense Minister Bismillah Mohammadi. Photo by US Army Staff Sgt. Brandon Pomrenke

Afghanistan´s Defense Minister Bismillah Mohammadi. Photo by US Army Staff Sgt. Brandon Pomrenke

(nsnbc) – Afghanistan´s Defense Minister, General Bismillah Mohammadi, informed international media at the conclusion of a tro-day meeting at NATO in Brussel on Friday, that delegates of fifty NATO member states and states, contributing to ISAF, have declared that their nations will continue supporting the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF), well beyond 2014.

Defense Minister Mohammadi told the press, that Afghanistan was grateful to the global fraternity for continued assistance to the ANSF, and called the fifty nations pledge a golden chance. According to Mohammadi, the fifty nations had agreed to keep the Afghan forces at their peak strength of 325,000 troops until 2018.

Mohammadi´s message about the continued presence of foreign troops confirms analysts, who at the conclusion of NATO´s 25th Summit in Chicago, in 2012, had stated, that it is likely that NATO will maintain a presence in Afghanistan beyond 2014, and most likely also beyond 2025. 1)

Mohammadi stated, that it is predominantly Afghanistan´s lack of a full-fledged air force, limited intelligence resources, and casualties from roadside bombings that necessitate the foreign military presence. According to Mohammadi, NATO´s idea is to keep between 8,000 and 12,000 troops in Afghanistan.

Mohammadi also addressed regional cooperation and stated, that he believes, that peace will continue to elude Afghanistan unless it will get support from its neighbors, stating, that there lately had been solid signs which indicated that Pakistan would take more concrete steps to promote reconciliation and stability in Afghanistan.

The continued presence of international forces, and in particular US and NATO forces however, is unlikely to facilitate Pakistan´s ability to play a more constructive role in Afghanistan, as long as US drone strikes are predominantly executed in border areas controlled by Pakistan´s Defense Forces.  2)

Especially US covert attempts to destabilize Pakistan by supporting an insurrection in Baluchistan and other activities directed at balkanizing Pakistan, are likely to make peace in Afghanistan a very illusive prospect far beyond 2018. (ibid.) 4)

With the US/NATO presence in Afghanistan beyond 2018, peace is likely to remain illusive.

CL/nsnbc

Notes:

1) NATO`s 25th Summit in Chicago in Preparation of Global Full Spectrum Dominance, Interventionism, Possible Preparations for A Regional War Directed against Russia and China, and Developments in Global Security.

2) The volatility of Gas, Geo-Politics and the Greater Middle East. An Interview with Major Agha H. Amin

3) ibid.

4) The Baluchistan Belt. US-Saudi Funded Terrorists Sowing Chaos in Pakistan.

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The Baluchistan Belt. US-Saudi Funded Terrorists Sowing Chaos in Pakistan.

Baluchistan, Pakistan – long target of Western geopolitical interests, terror wave coincides with Gwadar Port handover to China.

(LD) – Quetta, the capital of Pakistan’s southwest Baluchistan province, bordering both US-occupied Afghanistan as well as Iran, was the site of a grisly market bombing that has killed over 80 people. According to reports, the terrorist group Lashkar-e-Jhangvi has claimed responsibility for the attack. Billed as a “Sunni extremist group,” it instead fits the pattern of global terrorism sponsored by the US, Israel, and their Arab partners Saudi Arabia and Qatar.

The terrorist Lashkar-e-Jhangvi group was in fact created, according to the BBC, to counter Iran’s Islamic Revolution in the 1980’s, and is still active today. Considering the openly admitted US-Israeli-Saudi plot to use Al Qaeda and other terrorist groups across the Middle East to counter Iran’s influence, it begs the question whether these same interests are funding terrorism in Pakistan to not only counter Iranian-sympathetic Pakistani communities, but to undermine and destabilize Pakistan itself.

The US-Saudi Global Terror Network

While the United States is close allies with Saudi Arabia and Qatar, it is well established that the chief financier of extremist militant groups for the past 3 decades, including Al Qaeda, are in fact Saudi Arabia and Qatar. While Qatari state-owned propaganda like Al Jazeera apply a veneer of progressive pro-democracy to its narratives, Qatar itself is involved in arming, funding, and even providing direct military support for sectarian extremists from northern Mali, to Libya, to Syria and beyond.


France 24’s report “Is Qatar fuelling the crisis in north Mali?” provides a useful vignette of Saudi-Qatari terror sponsorship, stating:

“The MNLA [secular Tuareg separatists], al Qaeda-linked Ansar Dine and MUJAO [movement for unity and Jihad in West Africa] have all received cash from Doha.”

A month later Sadou Diallo, the mayor of the north Malian city of Gao [which had fallen to the Islamists] told RTL radio: “The French government knows perfectly well who is supporting these terrorists. Qatar, for example, continues to send so-called aid and food every day to the airports of Gao and Timbuktu.”

The report also stated:

“Qatar has an established a network of institutions it funds in Mali, including madrassas, schools and charities that it has been funding from the 1980s,” he wrote, adding that Qatar would be expecting a return on this investment.

“Mali has huge oil and gas potential and it needs help developing its infrastructure,” he said. “Qatar is well placed to help, and could also, on the back of good relations with an Islamist-ruled north Mali, exploit rich gold and uranium deposits in the country.”

These institutions are present not only in Mali, but around the world, and provide a nearly inexhaustible supply of militants for both the Persian Gulf monarchies and their Western allies to use both as a perpetual casus belli to invade and occupy foreign nations such as Mali and Afghanistan, as well as a sizable, persistent mercenary force, as seen in Libya and Syria. Such institutions jointly run by Western intelligence agencies across Europe and in America, fuel domestic fear-mongering and the resulting security state that allows Western governments to more closely control their populations as they pursue reckless, unpopular policies at home and abroad.

Since Saudi-Qatari geopolitical interests are entwined with Anglo-American interests, both the “investment” and “return on this investment” are clearly part of a joint venture. France’s involvement in Mali has demonstrably failed to curb such extremists, has instead, predictably left the nation occupied by Western interests while driving terrorists further north into the real target, Algeria.

Additionally, it should be noted, that France in particular, played a leading role along side Qatar and Saudi Arabia in handing Libya over to these very same extremists. French politicians were in Benghazi shaking hands with militants they would be “fighting” in the near future in northern Mali.

Lashkar-e-Jhangvi is Part of US-Saudi Terror Network

In terms of Pakistan’s Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, as well as the infamous Lashkar-e-Taiba that carried out the 2008 Mumbai, India attack killing over 160, both are affiliates of Al Qaeda, and both have been linked financially, directly to Saudi Arabia. In the Guardian’s article, “WikiLeaks cables portray Saudi Arabia as a cash machine for terrorists,” the US State Department even acknowledges that Saudi Arabia is indeed funding terrorism in Pakistan:

Saudi Arabia is the world’s largest source of funds for Islamist militant groups such as the Afghan Taliban and Lashkar-e-Taiba – but the Saudi government is reluctant to stem the flow of money, according to Hillary Clinton.

“More needs to be done since Saudi Arabia remains a critical financial support base for al-Qaida, the Taliban, LeT and other terrorist groups,” says a secret December 2009 paper signed by the US secretary of state. Her memo urged US diplomats to redouble their efforts to stop Gulf money reaching extremists in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

“Donors in Saudi Arabia constitute the most significant source of funding to Sunni terrorist groups worldwide,” she said.

Three other Arab countries are listed as sources of militant money: Qatar, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates.

Lashkar-e-Jhangvi has also been financially linked to the Persian Gulf monarchies. Stanford University’s “Mapping Militant Organizations: Lashkar-e-Jhangvi,” states under “External Influences:”

LeJ has received money from several Persian Gulf countries including Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates[25] These countries funded LeJ and other Sunni militant groups primarily to counter the rising influence of Iran’s revolutionary Shiism.

Astonishingly, despite these admission, the US works politically, financially, economically, and even militarily in tandem with these very same state-sponsors of rampant, global terrorism. In Libya and Syria, the US has even assisted in the funding and arming of Al Qaeda and affiliated terrorist groups, and had conspired with Saudi Arabia since at least 2007 to overthrow both Syria and Iran with these terrorist groups. And while Saudi Arabia funds terrorism in Pakistan, the US is well documented to be funding political subversion in the very areas where the most heinous attacks are being carried out.

US Political Subversion in Baluchistan, Pakistan

 A screenshot of "Voice of Balochistan's" special US State Department message. While VOB fails to disclose its funding, it is a sure bet it, like other US-funded propaganda fronts, is nothing more than a US State Department outlet.

A screenshot of “Voice of Balochistan’s” special US State Department message. While VOB fails to disclose its funding, it is a sure bet it, like other US-funded propaganda fronts, is nothing more than a US State Department outlet.

The US State Department’s National Endowment for Democracy (NED) has been directly funding and supporting the work of the “Balochistan Institute for Development” (BIFD) which claims to be “the leading resource on democracy, development and human rights in Balochistan, Pakistan.” In addition to organizing the annual NED-BFID “Workshop on Media, Democracy & Human Rights” BFID reports that USAID had provided funding for a “media-center” for the Baluchistan Assembly to “provide better facilities to reporters who cover the proceedings of the Balochistan Assembly.” We must assume BFID meant reporters “trained” at NED-BFID workshops.

In addition to the annual Fortune 500-funded “Balochistan International Conference,” the US State Department's National Endowment for Democracy has been busy at work building up Baluchistan's "civil society" network. This includes support for the "Balochistan Institute For Development," which maintains a "BIFD Leadership Academy," claiming to "mobilize, train and encourage youth to play its effective role in promotion of democracy development and rule of law." The goal is to subvert Pakistani governance while simultaneously creating a homogeneous "civil society" that interlocks with the West's "international institutions." This is how modern empire perpetuates itself

In addition to the annual Fortune 500-funded “Balochistan International Conference,” the US State Department’s National Endowment for Democracy has been busy at work building up Baluchistan’s “civil society” network. This includes support for the “Balochistan Institute For Development,” which maintains a “BIFD Leadership Academy,” claiming to “mobilize, train and encourage youth to play its effective role in promotion of democracy development and rule of law.” The goal is to subvert Pakistani governance while simultaneously creating a homogeneous “civil society” that interlocks with the West’s “international institutions.” This is how modern empire perpetuates itself

There is also Voice of Balochistan whose every top-story is US-funded propaganda drawn from foundation-funded Reporters Without Borders, Soros-funded Human Rights Watch, and even a direct message from the US State Department itself. Like other US State Department funded propaganda outfits around the world – such as Thailand’s Prachatai – funding is generally obfuscated in order to maintain “credibility” even when the front’s constant torrent of obvious propaganda more than exposes them.

Perhaps the most absurd operations being run to undermine Pakistan through the “Free Baluchistan” movement are the US and London-based organizations. The “Baloch Society of North America” almost appears to be a parody at first, but nonetheless serves as a useful aggregate and bellwether regarding US meddling in Pakistan’s Baluchistan province. The group’s founder, Dr. Wahid. Baloch, openly admits he has met with US politicians in regards to Baluchistan independence. This includes Neo-Con warmonger, PNAC signatory, corporate-lobbyist, and National Endowment for Democracy director Zalmay Khalilzad.

A screenshot of a "Baloch Human rights activist and information secretary of BSO Azad London zone" Twitter account. This user, in tandem with look-alike accounts has been propagating anti-Pakistani, pro-"Free Baluchistan" propaganda incessantly. They also engage in coordinated attacks with prepared rhetoric against anyone revealing US ties to Baluchistan terrorist organizations.

A screenshot of a “Baloch Human rights activist and information secretary of BSO Azad London zone” Twitter account. This user, in tandem with look-alike accounts has been propagating anti-Pakistani, pro-“Free Baluchistan” propaganda incessantly. They also engage in coordinated attacks with prepared rhetoric against anyone revealing US ties to Baluchistan terrorist organizations.

Dr. Wahid Baloch considers Baluchistan province “occupied” by both the Iranian and Pakistani governments – he and his movement’s humanitarian hand-wringing gives Washington the perfect pretext to create an armed conflagration against either Iran or Pakistan, or both, as planned in detail by various US policy think-tanks.

There is also the Baloch Students Organisation-Azad, or BSO. While it maintains a presence in Pakistan, it has coordinators based in London. London-based BSO members include “information secretaries” that propagate their message via social media, just as US and British-funded youth organizations did during the West’s operations against other targeted nations during the US-engineered “Arab Spring.”

Why Baluchistan? Gwadar in the southwest serves as a Chinese port and the starting point for a logistical corridor through Pakistan and into Chinese territory. The Iranian-Pakistani-Indian pipeline would enter from the west, cross through Baluchistan intersecting China's proposed logistical route to the northern border, and continue on to India. Destabilizing Baluchistan would effectively derail the geopolitical aspirations of four nations.

Why Baluchistan? Gwadar in the southwest serves as a Chinese port and the starting point for a logistical corridor through Pakistan and into Chinese territory. The Iranian-Pakistani-Indian pipeline would enter from the west, cross through Baluchistan intersecting China’s proposed logistical route to the northern border, and continue on to India. Destabilizing Baluchistan would effectively derail the geopolitical aspirations of four nations.

And while the US does not openly admit to funding and arming terrorists in Pakistan yet, many across established Western policy think-tanks have called for it.

Selig Harrison of the convicted criminal, George Soros-funded Center for International Policy, has published two pieces regarding the armed “liberation” of Baluchistan.

Harrison’s February 2011 piece, “Free Baluchistan,” calls to “aid the 6 million Baluch insurgents fighting for independence from Pakistan in the face of growing ISI repression.” He continues by explaining the various merits of such meddling by stating:

“Pakistan has given China a base at Gwadar in the heart of Baluch territory. So an independent Baluchistan would serve U.S. strategic interests in addition to the immediate goal of countering Islamist forces.”

Harrison would follow up his frank call to carve up Pakistan by addressing the issue of Chinese-Pakistani relations in a March 2011 piece titled, “The Chinese Cozy Up to the Pakistanis.” He states:

“China’s expanding reach is a natural and acceptable accompaniment of its growing power—but only up to a point. ”

He continues:

“To counter what China is doing in Pakistan, the United States should play hardball by supporting the movement for an independent Baluchistan along the Arabian Sea and working with Baluch insurgents to oust the Chinese from their budding naval base at Gwadar. Beijing wants its inroads into Gilgit and Baltistan to be the first step on its way to an Arabian Sea outlet at Gwadar.”

While aspirations of freedom and independence are used to sell Western meddling in Pakistan, the geopolitical interests couched behind this rhetoric is openly admitted to. The prophetic words of Harrison should ring loud in one’s ears today. It is in fact this month, that Pakistan officially hands over the port in Gwadar to China, and Harrison’s armed militants are creating bloodshed and chaos, attempting to trigger a destructive sectarian war that will indeed threaten to “oust the Chinese from their budding naval base at Gwadar.”

Like in Syria, we have a documented conspiracy years in the making being carried out before our very eyes. The people of Pakistan must not fall into the trap laid by the West who seeks to engulf Baluchistan in sectarian bloodshed with the aid of Saudi and Qatari-laundered cash and weapons. For the rest of the world, we must continue to uncover the corporate-financier special interests driving these insidious plots, boycott and permanently replace them on a local level.

The US-Saudi terror racket has spilled blood from New York City, across Northern Africa, throughout the Middle East, and as far as Pakistan and beyond. If we do not undermine and ultimately excise these special interests, their plans and double games will only get bolder and the inevitability of their engineered chaos effecting us individually will only grow.

Via: LandDestroyer

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Libya, the Anniversary of a Fraudulent Season – A Pale Celebration for the revolutionary Succubae

Christof Lehmann (nsnbc) 17 Febryary 2013 the new Libyan regime celebrated the second anniversary of its Arab Spring Revolution. About 3,000 flag-waving celebrants marked the photo opportunity at Tripoli´s Green Square. It is a far cry from the tens of thousands of Libyans who marched to the Green Square to hear Muammar or Said Islam Ghadafi speak. The celebration looked pale in comparison, and so do the new “leaders” of Libya. The comparison with Succubae, who sap the life blood of Libya and Africa after their fraudulent victory in an even more fraudulent Season is unavoidable.

Libya 17 February 20133,000 flag-waving Libyans, the number is probably amounting to the number of card-carrying members of the local Muslim Brotherhood outfit plus a few Salafist Clerics, never too pale for a photo opportunity in Liberated Libya, were sending balloons of freedom and hope, and celebratory fireworks into the skies over Tripoli. Hope ? Yes Libya needs hope. Hope to recover from the menace that was brought upon Libya and with it, on all of Africa. Celebratory fireworks ? Well yes, but who is celebrating ?

Naturally, the car horns had to honk, sending shivers down the spines of the non-card-carrying-non-members of liberated Libya, who remember all too well, the 4×4 patrols,  capturing, lynching, raping, plundering, torturing, and killing while “honking in celebration“. I wonder how a black Libyan feels while hearing the honking and the fireworks, while seeing convoys of 4×4 in the streets of Tripoli. The Ecstasy has worn off, of the new Libya. What remains is a terrible hang-over.

The Ecstasy has worn off of the Libyan youth who were drugged by the Dutch Ecstasy Lab´s Discount Drugs. Amsterdam´s drug labs celebrate the death of billions of synapses while the “heroic youth” are left with hazy recollections of rape and murder.

The Ecstasy has also worn off for those new leaders, who were “group-thinked” enough to believe that the Libyan masses would receive them with open arms and celebrations. The other ones, the less blind, more cynical and realistic ones, could probably care less and think that 3,000 card-carrying members who celebrate the “revolution” on Green Square are just fine. What remains for the honest fools among Libyan leaders and the majority of the Libyan people , is to recover from the nightmares.

Prime Minister Ali Zidan had to face reality when he had to make his public appearance. The problem for him must have been how to “keep up appearances“. How stricken by reality Prime Minister Ali Zidan is, is reflected in celebratory speech. A bloodless speech after bloody murder, a pale speech from a “revolutionary“. Zidan had to sell the fresh breeze of the fraudulent season. It’s not an easy task, so there were issues which were to be avoided as much as humanly possible.

National unity in the light of diversity, respect for tribal traditions and structures in a united Libya, near democracy which empowers the people of Libya on a grass-roots level, the fair distribution of the country´s wealth.

The privilege of free health-care, free education, a free home for the newly wed. Pride in Pan-African ideals. An African currency for African nations. The unification of Africa rather than the neo-colonial administration called African Union.

The deep emotional scars, carried by those whose loved ones have been massacred because of the color of their skin, whose dignity as Libyans was raped and murdered long before their execution, when mainstream media sold them to a dumbed down western “media-consumerate” as “Ghadaffi´s African Mercenaries“. A narrative that was endorsed by the first African American President of the USA.

Prime Minister Ali Zidan had to do his very best to avoid these issues and many other; like the question, when the Tawergha will mercifully be allowed to return to their utterly demolished city, which was systematically taken down, burned down house by house. The problem for Libya´s Prime Minister must have been how not to deliver a celebratory speech that was utterly void of reality without stirring up a hornets nest, or ten, or more.

With limited opportunity with regard to celebrating a revolutionary reality, the only real choice Zidan had, was to “hail the martyrs and Libya´s State Security, which were wounded, or missing, or who gave the most noble sacrifice as revolutionaries”. Libya is proud of those brave young people and will depend on them in its prosperous future” he said. Right, but who is Libya ? And who prospers ? And yes, the post-fraudulentArab-Spring-Libya can only prosper with a strong State Security. Zidan is aware of it, his speech reflects acute awareness about whom the beloved revolutionary has to thank for his security.  In Zidan´s nightmares he may or not be haunted by the images of Muammar Ghadaffi driving through Tripoli while the masses are waving and cheering. How pale it makes him look in comparison.

The dictator was toppled and Libya triumphed. The election was successful, the General National Congress was elected, the government was formed, and we started to build state institutions based on modern foundations as per the principles and goals of the Fenruary 17 revolution“, Zidan said, like a perfect technocrat.

And what else should Prime Minister Zidan say ? After all, he needed to adhere to at least some reality and what better choice than to give credit to State Security. To Al Qaeda´s Libyan Islamic Fighting Group, whose commander became the Military Governor of Tripoli, Libya´s State Security. Celebrate our fraudulent spring with us or face State Security is as close to the reality of liberated Libya as one can possibly get.

Of course Zidan had to mention the toppling of Muammar Ghadaffi, and of course he had to make Ghadaffi look like a dictator. Some of the 3,000 card-carrying members who gathered at Green Square for celebrations probably believed him, the others knew better but could care less because – those who benefit won´t complain. The majority of Libyans knows better; nobody said Ghadiffi´s Libya could not have needed a fresh Spring-Breeze. All countries could; all genuine revolutions are continuous; but a fraudulent season sold by pale Succubae ?

Zidan´s celebratory speech was the speech of a pale technocrat;  not one of an African revolutionary. A western asset, a proxy, call it what ever you want to. Grasping to the straw of successful elections, the building of state institutions; carbon copies of western Plutocracies. No part of Prime Minister Ali Zidan´s celebration of the fraudulent season was worthy of the likes of a Lumumba, a Mandela, a Gbagbo, a Ghadaffi, or any other true African leader.

Ali Zidan´s celebration of the fraudulent season in the light of 3,000 card-carrying members of  liberated Libya, who sent balloons of hope into the skies over Tripoli, in the light of security patrols in the neighboring streets to prevent a real manifestation of the real Libya, let Prime Minister Zidan appear as what he is.

It is as if a ray of light had hit a vampire. A pseudo-revolutionary Succubus, who is desperately trying to sell a fraudulent season, and who looks alarmingly pale in comparison to the “Dictator” he claims to have ousted.

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Immediate action needed to ensure Israel respects hunger-strikers’ rights

(IMEMC) (Joint Press Release H.R. Groups) Ramallah-Jaffa, 20 February 2013 – Addameer, Al-Haq and Physicians for Human Rights-Israel (PHR-Israel) express their grave concern for the health of four Palestinian hunger-strikers and outrage at the continued use by Israel of administrative detention as a widespread practice to punish and suppress Palestinian dissent against the Israeli occupation.

Addameer LetterIn violation of international law, the Israeli Prison Service (IPS) has prohibited the hunger strikers from receiving family visits as well as denying them access to Addameer lawyers and independent physicians.

Due to Israel’s use of administrative detention, and the lack of due process afforded to Palestinians in the military court system, a hunger strike represents the singlemost non-violent tool available to administrative detainees and other political prisoners to fight for their basic human rights.

Each of the prisoners in question has been placed in isolation as a punitive measure at some point during their hunger strike as well as being subjected to other forms of ill-treatment and intimidation.

These include beatings, almost-daily cell and body searches and shackling to hospital beds. In addition, the IPS has confiscated all personal material belonging to the prisoners.

At a hearing yesterday, Samer Issawi, who is in a life-threatening condition and weighs less than 48 kilograms after being on intermittent hunger strike for more than 200 days, was denied release on bail by the Jerusalem Magistrate Court.

Samer is protesting his arbitrary re-arrest after his release in a prisoner exchange on 18 October 2011.

Using Military Order 1651, Article 186, the military prosecution is requesting that he serve the twenty years that remain from his previous sentence.

Samer is suffering from various health conditions including low blood pressure and irregular heart rate, severe pain in the kidney region, muscle pain and constant headaches.

Tarek Qa’adan and Jafar Azzidine have been on hunger strike for 86 days in protest against their detention without charge or trial.

Neither man has access to the information upon which his detention is based, therefore undermining their ability to effectively challenge the administrative detention order.

On 12 February, Tarek and Jafar told PHR-Israel’s lawyer that they were no longer taking any supplements or vitamins, adding further threat to their lives.

Tarek and Jafar were informed by the prison doctor that due to their rapidly deteriorating health, they were at risk of imminent heart attack unless they received adequate medical treatment.

Both men have expressed their wish to be monitored by and receive impartial medical consultation from physicians of PHR-Israel, however, this request has been ignored by the IPS. Tarek and Jafar are both being held under administrative detention orders, which are due to expire on 22 February 2013.

Ayman Sharawna has been on hunger strike since 1 July 2012, except for a brief reprieve in January 2013 when he believed that his case was moving in a positive direction.

He is protesting the Israeli prosecution’s attempt to have him serve the remaining 28 years of his previous sentence.

Ayman was released in the 18 October 2011 prisoner exchange but was re-arrested on 31 January 2012. Since then, he has been held without charge or trial, based on a “secret administrative file” which alleges that he breached the terms of the exchange deal.

Ayman and his lawyer have not been granted access to this secret file or allowed to know the nature of his alleged breach of contract.

At a Supreme Court hearing today to contest the legitimacy of his detention under Military Order 1651, Article 186, Ayman’s case was referred back to the Military Court, which will hear his case at a later date.

While in court, Ayman told Addameer’s lawyer that as of 16 January he had only been drinking water. Ayman has also been under continuous pressure from the Israeli General Security Service to end his hunger strike.

Israel’s widespread practice of administrative detention constitutes a serious breach of international humanitarian and human rights law.

While administrative detention is allowed under international humanitarian law, it must be used only under exceptional circumstances as it infringes upon basic human rights, including right to a fair trial.

There are currently 178 Palestinians being held under administrative detention orders, including five democratically elected Palestinian Legislative Council members.

Administrative detainees should at all times be entitled to habeas corpus remedy, be informed of the reasons for detention and be allowed regular family visits. This form of arbitrary arrest also contravenes Articles 9 and 14 of the
International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

In March of last year the United Nations (UN) Committee on the Elimination of all forms of Racial Discrimination urged Israel to end its current practice of administrative detention, which it referred to as discriminatory and constituting arbitrary detention under international human rights law.

Similarly, Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the European Union, this week called upon Israel to allow for the immediate restoration to the hunger strikers of family visiting rights and called upon Israel to bring formal charges against the hunger-strikers with a view to providing them with a fair trial without delay.

Also this week, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon reiterated the call to Israel for administrative detainees to be charged and granted a fair trial, or be promptly released.

Such calls for Israel to abide by its international law obligations echo countless others that have been issued by the international community over decades.

We are concerned that, like those before them, they will be ignored by Israel until the Member States of the UN begin to support their rhetoric with concrete action and ensure that Israel can no longer violate international law with impunity.

Addameer, Al-Haq and PHR-Israel demand that all hunger-striking prisoners are transferred to civilian hospitals immediately, where they should receive adequate medical care without being shackled.

The shackling of hunger-striking prisoners in civilian hospitals is in violation of medical ethics as well as the guidelines of the Israeli Ministry of Health, the Israeli Medical Association, and the IPS. In addition, family visits, along with regular access to independent medical care and lawyers should be fully reinstated.

In the absence of any formal charges against the hunger-strikers and administrative detainees in general, and bearing in mind that the Israeli court system does not offer a fair and transparent judicial process for Palestinians – a point that was reiterated by the UN Fact-Finding Mission on Settlements – Addameer, Al-Haq and PHR-Israel also demand that all four prisoners and the remaining administrative detainees be released without delay.

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Prisoner Support And Human Rights Association (Addameer)

http://www.addameer.org/

Alhaq Human Rights Association

http://www.alhaq.org

Physicians for Human Rights-Israel

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FARC rejects allegations of Torture in Case of released Policemen

FARC Febr 2013 3 nsnbc archivesChristof Lehmann (nsnbc) The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia – Peopes´Army, FARC-EP, has issued a communique, in which it rejects accusations, made by Colombian Minister of Defense Juan Carlos Pinzton, that the two policemen which were released last Friday had been subject to torture.

Jesus Santrich FARC-EP nsnbc archivesThe FARC has denied the accusations, stating that the use of physical torture is foreign to the revolutionary principles of the guerrilla, while it is a current practice that is used against revolutionaries held in military camps and prisons.  The communique continues with a statement, that the FARC has never tortured prisoners of war, which numerous captives freed by their organization have attested for.

The FARC communique furthermore stated, that the statements of Defense Minister Pinzton are in contrast to medical reports issued by the International Red Cross regarding the captured policemen and soldiers. The Red Cross stated that there were no signs of either physical or psychological torture. Further proof, so the FARC, were video recordings about the release of the captives, where they thanked the guerrilla for good treatment and the release.

The FARC has on numerous occasions complained about inhumane and even deadly conditions in Colombian prisons, and demanded that the Colombian government should allow the monitoring of prison conditions by independent monitors and organizations.

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Massive Blast Near Baath Party Headquarters kills Scores, FSA threatens Hezbollah.

Photo, SANA

Photo, SANA

Christof Lehmann (nsnbc) – A massive explosion in Damascus` al-Thawra Street, near the al-Mazraa area of Damascus and the headquarters of the Baath Party, has killed at least 31 and left dozens injured. The explosion was caused by a car-bomb which was exploded near a security roadblock. According to other reports, the “Free Syrian Army” has given an ultimatum to Lebanon´s Hezbollah, to stop shelling areas under FSA control, or to face attacks on Lebanese territory.

Photo, SANA

Photo, SANA

According to the Syrian Arab News Agency SANA, the bombing took place in a densely populated area and killed and injured a large number of civilians, including children. According to latest reports by RT, the blast killed 31 and injured dozens. The blast damaged several buildings in the neighborhood. Many cars caught fire. SANA reports, that the most of the victims of the blast were passers by, schoolchildren, students, and people passing the area in their cars. The attack was apparently planned and executed with the intent to cause the greatest possible number of casualties.

Damascus Police arrested a second bomber near the site of the explosion in al-Thwara Street and secured a car laden with explosives in cylindrical water heaters and most likely prevented another attack. Gunfire erupted near the blast site, shortly after the attack. It is not yet known whether the gunfire was related to the arrest of the second bomber.

Photo, SANA

Photo, SANA

nsnbc contacted an explosives expert who analyzed photos from the blast site. According to the experts opinion, the blast-crater in the street as well as many other signatures indicate, that military grade high-explosives have been used in the attack. “It is impossible to cause this kind of damage with nitrate based explosives, mixed in a garage, or even with other commercial explosives. An explosion like this one and some of the previous bombings in Damascus are only possible because of the proliferation of military grade explosives from some of the countries who finance and arm the insurgents” he said.

Photo SANA

Photo SANA

As the national reconciliation process under the leadership of Syria´s Prime Minister al-Halaki is making ever more progress, the attacks of the insurgents in Syria seem to become ever more desperate in their attempt to derail national reconciliation and reform, and the attempts to widen the conflict.

The recent FSA ultimatum to Hezbollah, ending tonight, demanding that Hezbollah should stop shelling FSA positions in Syria or face attacks on Lebanese territory, seems to be designed as an attempt to widen the conflict before progress in national reconciliation can derail plans for a wider Middle East conflict.

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Fidel Castro´s Letter to Hugo Chavez at Chavez Return to Venezuela

Fidel Castru RuzFidel Castro Ruz, the leader of the Cuban revolution and former President of Cuba, has written a letter to his friend, comrade and colleague Hugo Chavez, at Chavez return to Venezuela. Castro wrote the letter, after Chavez has spent months in Cuba, undergoing treatment for cancer, and for respiratory problems which arose due to post-operative complications.  Rachael Boothroyd has translated the letter into English for Venezuelanalysis.com where it is published. I have decided to publish the letter for nsnbc readers, because it is, In my opinion, a historic document. Rather than interpreting it any further, I want to let “Fidel” come to word and let the reader reflect on its historical and not least inspirational value.

Christof Lehmann – nsnbc

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Dear Hugo,

I am extremely satisfied that you have been able to return to that piece of American land which you love so much, and to our brother people who support you so much.

A long and agonising wait, as well as your astonishing capacity for physical resistance and the total dedication of a team of doctors, as has been the case over the last 10 years, were necessary to achieve this objective.

It would be totally unfair not to mention the insurmountable dedication of your closest family members, your colleagues in the revolutionary leadership, the Bolivarian Armed Forces, who were re-armed and re-equipped by you, and the honest people of the world who have shown their support.

The breath the Venezuelan people offered you also deserves a special mention, who saluted you with their daily demonstrations of enthusiastic and unshakeable support. It is to this which your happy return to Venezuela is owed.

You learned a lot about life, Hugo, in those difficult days of suffering and sacrifice. Now that we will not have the privilege of receiving news of you on a daily basis, we will go back to the method of correspondence which we have used for many years.

We will always live to fight for justice for human beings, consciously and humbly, without fear of the years, months, days or hours that we might have left to live in the most critical era of the history of our humanity.

Our people, who are also your people, will know tomorrow of your return to Venezuelan via this message. Everything had to be done with much discretion, so as not to give an opportunity to the fascist groups to plan any of their cynical actions against the Bolivarian revolutionary process.

When the socialist camp collapsed and the USSR disintegrated, and imperialism with its sharpened knife tried to drown the Cuban Revolution in blood, Venezuela, a relatively small country in divided America, was capable of preventing that. Due to time restraints, I have not mentioned the numerous countries in the Antilles, Central and South America that Venezuela has helped, on top of its great economic and social programmes. That is why all honest people of the world have followed closely the “health and news of Chavez”.

Until victory always!

A firm hug!

Fidel Castro Ruz
8.35 p.m.
February 17 2013

Originally published at Venezuelanalysis.com

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