Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Suaad Allami | 2014 Global Leadership Awards, Fern Holland Award

Seven years ago, Suaad Allami opened Iraq's first legal clinic for women, Women for Progress. The clinic provides free legal assistance, medical referrals, vocational trainings and literacy courses to clients, the majority of whom have suffered gender-based violence. Suaad earns the 2014 Vital Voices Global Leadership Awards Fern Holland Award for her unwavering resolve reintegrate women into Iraqi society and to engage them fully in reconstructing a stronger nation.                                                                                                              >Video introduction<

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Welcome back Jafar Ramini

Jafar Ramini
 London, United Kingdom ·

Good I morning,
How I wish that was true. I am afraid that, as usual, it is not a good morning in Palestine.
Yesterday The Palestinian Center For Human Rights condemned the PA's security force's violent dispersal of a peaceful protest in Hebron on Friday. The protesters were showing their solidarity with hunger-striking prisoners who are still languishing in Israeli jails.
You would have thought that our brothers and sisters in Hebron and elsewhere in Palestine have suffered enough for the last few decades? What with the brutal Israeli occupation and the heartless inhumane illegal settlers stepping on their throats, their lives are made a misery on daily basis. Now, with the disappearance of the three illegal Israeli settler teenagers, the last twelve days have been particularly harrowing. Hundreds of men, women and children rounded up like cattle, at least three dead including a child and many injured and to top all our own 'Security Forces' had to add their penny's worth to the mix.
Why am I not surprised? This is what happens when the USA trained and equipped collaborators are let loose on the public.
Didn't Abu Mazen call the security collaboration with Israel 'SACRED'? Didn't he vow to quell the resistance? Doesn't he still refuse to take Israel to the ICC and ICJ to answer for their crimes of genocide and ethnic cleansing in Palestine?
The whole debacle of the Oslo accord and the creation of The Palestinian Authority was for one purpose and one purpose only, the protection of the occupation and the survival of Israel.
Who knows? One day when I wake up the PA may be dissolved, the occupation will be no more and our land and people will be liberated and free. Now, that will be a glorious morn.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Breaking News: House Passes Nolan Amendment to Prohibit Afghanistan Infrastructure Funding

“The funds prohibited by my amendment would almost certainly have ended up in the hands of corrupt officials.”
– Congressman Rick Nolan     >Address to Congress<

Just released: 2014 Global Peace Index

The 2014 Global Peace Index has just been released along with new groundbreaking research that identifies the countries most at risk of instability and violence.                                                                                   >Link to Indexs<                     

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Stop Calling the Iraq War a 'Mistake'

By Dennis Kucinich, Reader Supported News

17 June 14

As Iraq descends into chaos again, more than a decade after "Mission Accomplished," media commentators and politicians have mostly agreed upon calling the war a "mistake." But the "mistake" rhetoric is the language of denial, not contrition: it minimizes the Iraq War's disastrous consequences, removes blame, and deprives Americans of any chance to learn from our generation's foreign policy disaster. The Iraq War was not a "mistake" -- it resulted from calculated deception. The painful, unvarnished fact is that we were lied to. Now is the time to have the willingness to say that.
             >Complete Report<

Coleen Rowley

Dennis Kucinich and Ron Paul consistently and articulately spoke out against the Iraq (and other) Wars from the start. They were right all along and are still right on. Politicians however mostly lie and especially lie during wars to avoid blame.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Report from Iraq: U.S. Invasion in 2003 Helped Set Path for Crisis Pulling Nation Apart

Sami Rasouli, founder and director of the Muslim Peacemaker Teams in Iraq. He lives in the Iraqi city of Najaf. He left Iraq in the late 1970s and eventually moved to the United States and settled in Minneapolis. He moved back to Iraq in 2004 after living abroad for nearly 30 years.  >Amy Goodman interview<

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

World War II: The Unknown War

Paul Craig Roberts

Propaganda has always been with us.  The difference is that in the 21st century Americans have nothing but propaganda. Nothing else at all. Just lies. Lies are the American experience. The actual world as it exists is foreign to most Americans.
 >Read more<