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The Torturers Among Us
Envoyé par Siriel Admin
le 2004 juin 11 - 5:35am
Reflections (En) | USA (États-Unis) | •Démocratie | •Impérialisme & Néocon. | •Propagande mensongère | ::Droits humains:: | ::Justice inter. (DIH):: | Media: commercial

Published on Wednesday, June 9, 2004 by the Boston Globe
Textes autres que des nouvelles - Texts other than news by Robert Kuttner
WHAT HAVE we learned so far about officially sponsored torture by the US government?

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[US-Iraq] Veterans For Peace: Open letter to President George W. Bush and Vice President Richard Cheney
Envoyé par Siriel Admin
le 2004 Mai 27 - 4:50pm
Reflections (En) | Irak | USA (États-Unis) | •Impérialisme & Néocon. | ::Droits humains:: | ::Justice inter. (DIH):: | Communique

Textes autres que des nouvelles - Texts other than news May 2004.

Excerpts :
(...) Last not least, the reprehensible hypocrisy of sending prisoners out of our country and jurisdiction to countries where torture is practiced, dishonors our nation and makes a mockery of our claims to occupy the moral “high-ground” amongst the Nations. It is also curious how so many who pride themselves on being Christians can opt for torture over the admonitions of Jesus of Nazareth [Matthew 5:43].

(...) “ignorance of, or not having read” major investigative reports on matters as crucial as these torture subjects, should not be allowed to be used as an excuse for non-action, particularly when such reports are known to have been circulating for several months.

(...) We, consequently, respectfully request that Defense Secretary Rumsfeld and General Meyers be summarily fired.

:: The Veterans For Peace letter follows…

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Gaza: Occupation and anger (BBC)
Envoyé par Siriel Admin
le 2004 Mai 19 - 5:03pm
Reflections (En) | Israël | Palestine | •Causes & solutions | ::Droits humains:: | ::Justice inter. (DIH):: | Media: commercial

Source : BBC News, Wednesday, 19 May, 2004

A very good summary of the situation in Gaza.

Excerpts :
• Palestinian pop: 1.3 million
• In poverty: 75%
• Israeli population: 7,300

Antagonism between the settlers and the Palestinians has been a major feature of life in Gaza since then – that and the crushing poverty and deprivation suffered by the local population.


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AI - UN Commission on Human Rights : Where is the reform agenda?
Envoyé par Siriel Admin
le 2004 avril 30 - 9:07pm
Cause mondiale | Reflections (En) | •Propagande mensongère | ::Droits humains:: | ::Justice inter. (DIH):: | ::Nations Unies:: | Communique

Amnesty International – Press release, 22/04/2004

“The UN Commission on Human Rights has demonstrated that it must reform itself if it is to fulfil its responsibility to protect human rights and denounce violations wherever they occur,” Amnesty International said.
(...) Amnesty International regrets the Commission’s failure to address many other serious human rights situations.

-The Commission failed to adopt the draft resolutions on China, the Chechen Republic, Zimbabwe and the detainees in Guantanamo Bay. (...) -Discussion of the human rights situation in Israel and the Occupied Territories continued to be dominated by political considerations.

The Commission’s complete lack of engagement with the human rights situation in Iraq was a powerful example of its inability to address one of the starkest human rights situations of the day.

To read this AI press release :


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" What do we do now? " ( US occupation of Iraq )
Envoyé par Siriel Admin
le 2004 avril 27 - 8:08pm
Reflections (En) | Irak | USA (États-Unis) | •Causes & solutions | •Impérialisme & Néocon. | •Propagande mensongère | ::Justice inter. (DIH):: | Media: non profit

by Howard Zinn, in The Progressive (April 26, 2004).

Excerpts :
Amnesty International, a year after the invasion, reported: “Scores of unarmed people have been killed due to excessive or unnecessary use of lethal force by coalition forces during public demonstrations, at checkpoints, and in house raids. Thousands of people have been detained [estimates range from 8,500 to 15,000], often under harsh conditions, and subjected to prolonged and often unacknowledged detention. Many have been tortured or ill-treated, and some have died in custody.”
The suggestion that we simply withdraw from Iraq is met with laments: “We mustn’t cut and run. . . . We must stay the course. . . . (...)” That is exactly what we heard when, at the start of the Vietnam escalation, some of us called for immediate withdrawal. (...) The history of military occupations of Third World countries is that they bring neither democracy nor security.

>>> To read this article

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Iraq is a War of National Liberation (John Pilger)
Envoyé par Siriel Admin
le 2004 avril 15 - 11:34pm
Reflections (En) | Irak | USA (États-Unis) | •Causes & solutions | •Crime de guerre | •Impérialisme & Néocon. | •Propagande mensongère | ::Droits humains:: | Media: non profit

Textes autres que des nouvelles - Texts other than news by John Pilger [a journalist of great honesty, known for his reporting of the Vietnam War -Siriel Admin]; first published in The New Stateman, April 15, 2004 then on ZNet

Excerpts :
... Once, in the Edwardian colonnade of Baghdad’s book market, a young man shouted something at me about the hardship his family had been forced to endure under the embargo imposed by America and Britain. What happened next was typical of Iraqis; a passer-by calmed the man, putting his arm around his shoulder, while another was quickly at my side.
“Forgive him,” he said reassuringly. “We do not connect the people of the west with the actions of their governments. You are welcome.” ...

Were I to undertake the same journey in Iraq today, I might not return alive. (...) With the most lethal weapons that billions of dollars can buy, and the threats of their cowboy generals and the panic-stricken brutality of their foot soldiers, more than 120,000 of these invaders have ripped up the fabric of a nation (...). They have brought to Iraq a daily, murderous violence which surpasses that of a tyrant who never promised a fake democracy.

Amnesty International reports that US-led forces have “shot Iraqis dead during demonstrations, tortured and ill-treated prisoners, arrested people arbitrarily and held them indefinitely, demolished houses in acts of revenge and collective punishment”.
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"A Year Later", by John Pilger (March 23, 2004)
Envoyé par Siriel Admin
le 2004 Mar 25 - 3:34pm
Reflections (En) | Australia | Grande Bretagne (R-U) | Irak | USA (États-Unis) | •Crime c. paix (invasion) | •Propagande mensongère | ::Justice inter. (DIH):: | Media: non profit

Excerpts :
Sydney Hyde Park 20 March 2004: Let us be clear on the facts of what happened one year ago today. The United States, aided by Britain and Australia, attacked a sovereign country, unprovoked, and in breach of the most basic principles of international law. By the most conservative estimates, up to 55,000 people were killed, including at least, 10,000 civilians: men, woman and children, a figure confirmed this week by Amnesty International.
That’s why Howard [Australian politician] and his spin doctors this week silenced the Federal Police Commissioner, Mick Keelty, who merely stated the obvious – that by joining the attack on Iraq, the Australian government has all but invited retaliation against this country.
Five years ago, as the people of East Timor struggled to gain their independence, Alexander Downer told the Australian people that the government knew nothing about the Indonesian terrorism that was about to engulf East Timor.

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The War Against Iraq: KAIROS Assesses the Damage One Year Later
Envoyé par Siriel Admin
le 2004 Mar 12 - 11:55am
Reflections (En) | Canada & Québec | Irak | •Crime c. paix (invasion) | •Démocratie | •Propagande mensongère | ::Justice inter. (DIH):: | Communique

A Statement by KAIROS: Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives – March 12, 2004

Nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more: but they shall all sit under their own vines and under their own fig trees, and no one shall make them afraid. (Micah 4: 3-4).

This vision of peace is at the heart of KAIROS’ stand last year against war in Iraq. KAIROS and its networks prayed, wrote letters and joined massive mobilizations against the war.

However, on March 19, 2003, the United States, supported by Britain and several other countries, unleashed fierce air and ground attacks in Iraq. An estimated 10,000 Iraqi civilians have already died in the war and occupation, as well as 5,000 – 10,000 Iraqi soldiers and 650 U.S.- led coalition troops.

The military occupation of Iraq triggered further chaos, lawlessness, and violence that has caused further trauma and suffering. Many Iraqis are scarred for life by the loss of family and friends, by injuries, hunger, unclean water and poor medical care resulting from the war.

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Invasion of Iraq: Human Rights Watch says Iraq war was not humanitarian
Envoyé par Siriel Admin
le 2004 Jan 28 - 4:48pm
Reflections (En) | Grande Bretagne (R-U) | Irak | USA (États-Unis) | •Crime c. paix (invasion) | •Propagande mensongère | •Devoir de protéger | Communique

Idee ou reflexion lumineuse - An idea or bright reflection Human Rights Watch—London, Jan. 26, 2004
New Global Survey Analyzes War and Human Rights

:: No humanitarian case for Iraq war, says rights group By Kim Sengupta (The Independent; London, Jan. 27 2004).
The United States and Britain had no justification for invading Iraq either on the grounds of alleged threats from illicit weapons and terrorism, or as a humanitarian mission, an international civil rights group said yesterday.  “Humanitarianism, even understood broadly as a concern for the welfare of people, was at best a subsidiary motive for the invasion of Iraq.”  

:: Iraq war was not humanitarian, says HRW report (The Daily Times; Pakistan, Jan. 27 2004).
“The Bush administration cannot justify the war in Iraq as a humanitarian intervention, and neither can (British Prime Minister) Tony Blair,” said the group’s Executive Director Kenneth Roth.

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From a Canadian in Iraq: "Three Days in Kurdistan", "Abu-Ghraib Bay", "Iraq: delayed and suspicious rebuilding"
Envoyé par Siriel Admin
le 2004 Jan 1 - 9:31pm
Reflections (En) | Canada & Québec | Irak | USA (États-Unis) | •Soc: Associations | ::Droits humains:: | Media: non profit

Textes autres que des nouvelles - Texts other than news Three more excellent articles from Montrealer Ehab Lotayef in Iraq.

The first, “Three Days in Kurdistan,” describes the situation and attitudes in Iraqi Kurdistan;

the second, “Abu-Ghraib Bay” relates how a woman and her daughters (the youngest twelve) were arrested by Occupation Forces during a neighbourhood sweep in Baghdad and how she was subsequently detained at the “Iraqi Guantanamo Bay”;

the third, “Iraq: delayed and suspicious rebuilding,” raises questions about why basic telecommunications have not been re-established in Iraq and how contracts are awarded. Photos to accompany the first and last story are available on request (via psi ).

Mr. Lotayef will be available for interviews and public speaking events in Montreal from 12 January.

Please feel free to circulate these articles widely. To join Iraq Solidarity Project’s listserv and receive further reports like this, send a blank email to psi-news-subscribe
( If on the main page, click “Read more” to read these articles.)

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Sidelined: Human Rights in Postwar Iraq (HRW)
Envoyé par Siriel Admin
le 2004 Jan 1 - 11:50am
Reflections (En) | Irak | USA (États-Unis) | ::Droits humains:: | ::Justice inter. (DIH):: | Media: non profit

By Joe Stork and Fred Abrahams
Source : Human Rights Watch, World Report 2004: Human Rights and Armed Conflict

Excerpts :
Human rights have had an inconsistent place in the Iraq crisis of 2003. The Bush administration’s campaign to build domestic and international political support in the lead-up to war sometimes invoked the appalling human rights record of Saddam Hussein’s government, though few believed this was a significant motivating factor behind the decision to go to war. After the battlefield successes of March and April, as its claims of Iraqi weapons of mass destruction lost credibility, the administration more insistently cited human right crimes to justify the war retrospectively.

In the military occupation of Iraq and counterinsurgency operations, however, the United States and its partners have treated human rights issues as matters of secondary importance, demonstrating ambivalence toward human rights and humanitarian law concerns. (...)

This essay examines three aspects of this problem: the failure to deploy sufficiently trained and equipped forces for law enforcement responsibilities; the failure initially to protect mass grave sites or to ensure that professional forensic exhumations were conducted to preserve evidence of past atrocities; and the dogged resistance of the U.S. to any international role in efforts to address responsibility for serious past crimes in Iraq.

(...) But the rule of law has not arrived, and as of this writing, seven months into the occupation, the country is still beset by the legacy of human rights abuses of the former government, as well as new ones that have emerged under the occupation.

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BMJ: Providing the world with clean water: Remains a complex problem, but time is running out
Envoyé par Siriel Admin
le 2003 Dec 19 - 2:42am
Cause mondiale | Reflections (En) | •Causes & solutions | •Souffrance collective | Media: non profit

British Medical Journal 2003 ;327:1416-1418 (20 December)
Editorial by Rhona MacDonald, BMJ assistant editor

Idee ou reflexion lumineuse - An idea or bright reflection Some 150 years after John Snow discovered that a contaminated water pump was responsible for a localised cholera outbreak, two million people world wide still die every year from water related diarrhoeal illnesses.(1)(2) In 1854 John Snow did not know that an organism was responsible, but meticulous epidemiological studies and common sense led him to close the Broad Street pump, saving hundreds of lives. At the beginning of the 21st century, despite our extensive knowledge of the causes and prevention of water associated illnesses, 1.1 billion people around the world have no access to clean water and 2.4 billion have inadequate sanitation (1).

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World leaders 'neglecting Aids' (BBC) - UN Secretary General very critical statements
Envoyé par Siriel Admin
le 2003 Nov 28 - 7:00am
Cause mondiale | Reflections (En) | ::Droits humains:: | ::Nations Unies:: | Media: commercial

Sub-title: Africa has been worst hit by Aids
The world is losing the war against Aids, United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan has warned.

This is an incredible interview: Kofi Annan is very explicit and expresses clear outrage. He says, for example "It does indicate a certain incredible callousness that one would not have expected in the 21st century" or "I feel angry, I feel distressed, I feel helpless... to live in a world where we have the means, we have the resources, to be able to help all these patients - what is lacking is the political will."

Source: BBC. You can also listen to the interview.

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MSF: North Korea's regime blocks aid to the poorest
Envoyé par Siriel Admin
le 2003 Nov 10 - 3:45am
Reflections (En) | Corée du Nord | ::Droits humains:: | Communique

This is an excerpt from Doctors Without Borders' (MSF) acceptance speech for the Nobel Peace Prize (Oslo, Norway, December 1999). Yet it sadly remains of representative of current events: the dictatorship of North Korea forbids adults to help or even talk to starving street children.
- Michael Lessard, Siriel-Media admin.

More recently, in North Korea, we were the first independent humanitarian organization to gain access in 1995. However, we chose to leave in the fall of 1998. Why? Because we came to the conclusion that our assistance could NOT be given freely and independent of political influence from the state authorities. We found that the most vulnerable were likely to remain so, as food aid is used to support a system that in the first instance creates vulnerability and starvation among millions(emphasis added). Our humanitarian action must be given independently, with a freedom to assess, to deliver and to monitor assistance so that the most vulnerable are assisted first. Aid must not mask the causes of suffering, and it cannot be simply an internal or foreign policy tool that creates rather than counters human suffering. If this is the case, we must confront the dilemma and consider abstention as the least of bad options. As MSF, we constantly call into question the limits and ambiguities of humanitarian action - particularly when it submits in silence to the interests of states and armed forces.

See also: Newsletter on Korea - articles and news on the web site of a committee in support of the North Korean people. http://site.voila.fr/lettredecoree/anglais.html

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Blair/Uzbekistan: moral case for war – but backs a dictator who boils prisoners to death
Envoyé par Siriel Admin
le 2003 Oct 28 - 8:04pm
Reflections (En) | Grande Bretagne (R-U) | Ouzbekistan | USA (États-Unis) | •Antidémocratie | •Propagande mensongère | Media: commercial

Tony Blair’s New Friend
He made the moral case for war – but backs a dictator who boils prisoners to death

Nouvelles / News By George Monbiot. Published in the Guardian 28th October 2003

Link-source: www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,3604,1072313,00.html
or the author’s web site: www.monbiot.com

The British and US governments gave three reasons for going to war with Iraq. The first was to extend the war on terrorism. The second was to destroy its weapons of mass destruction before they could be deployed. The third was to remove a brutal regime, which had tortured and murdered its people.
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