Category Archives: Racism

There is No Recovery – America Headed Towards a Revolution

Celente: Revolution next for U.S.

Gerald Celente – the most trusted name in trends – sits down for an exclusive interview with RT’s Anastasia Churkina to talk about what the future holds for America during and after the Great Recession, gives advice to Obama, and forecasts the unexpected.

Torture Victims Stabbed, Sodomized, Soaked with Urine

Broken Laws, Broken Lives
From: Physicians for Human Rights

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Synopses of the Cases of Former Detainees Profiled

Kamal is in his late forties. He served in the Iraqi Army during the 1980s and later became a businessman and Imam of a local mosque. In September 2003 he was arrested by US forces. At the time of his arrest, he was beaten to the point of losing consciousness. After being brought to Abu Ghraib prison, he was kept naked and isolated in a cold dark room for three weeks, where both during and in between interrogations he was frequently beaten, including being hit on the head and in the jaw with a rifle and stabbed in the cheek with a screwdriver.

He was then placed in isolation in a urine-soaked room for two months. When Kamal was allowed to wear clothes, they were sometimes soaked in water to keep him cold. On approximately ten occasions he was suspended in a stress position, causing numbness that lasted for a month. He was made to believe that his family members were also in prison and that they were being raped and tortured.

He recounted, “[T]hey were telling me, making me hear voices of children and women, and told me they were my children and [wife].”

Amir is in his late twenties and grew up in a Middle Eastern country. He was a salesman before being arrested by US forces in August 2003 in Iraq. After his arrest, he was forced, while shackled, to stand naked for at least five hours. For the next three days, he and other detainees were deprived of sleep and forced to run for long periods, during which time he injured his foot. After Amir notified a soldier of the injury, the soldier threw him against a wall and Amir lost consciousness.

Ultimately, he was taken to another location, where he was kept in a small, dark room for almost a month while being subjected to interrogations that involved shackling, blindfolding, and humiliation. Approximately one month later, he was transferred to Abu Ghraib. At first he was not mistreated, but then was subjected to religious and sexual humiliation, hooding, sleep deprivation, restraint for hours while naked, and dousing with cold water.

In the most horrific incident Amir recalled experiencing, he was placed in a foul-smelling room and forced to lay face down in urine, while he was hit and kicked on his back and side. Amir was then sodomized with a broomstick and forced to howl like a dog while a soldier urinated on him. After a soldier stepped on his genitals, he fainted.

Youssef is in his early thirties. Unable to find work in his country of origin, he sought employment in Afghanistan. In late 2001 or early 2002, Youssef was detained as he attempted to cross the Afghanistan-Pakistan border without a passport while trying to return home. He was held in a Pakistani prison for two months, where he was often shackled in unsanitary conditions and given little food. During this time, he was interrogated by US personnel and eventually hooded, shackled, and transferred to the US detention facility in Kandahar, Afghanistan.

In Kandahar, Youssef was immediately interrogated and subjected to beatings with sticks and fists as well as kicking, although he did not sustain serious injuries at the time. After that, he was stripped naked.

The first night he was not allowed to sleep, as guards hit the detainees and threw sand at them. While in Kandahar, Youssef endured forced nakedness, intimidation by dogs, hooding, and repeated assaults by being thrown against a wall. He was subjected to electric shock from a generator, feeling “as if my veins were being pulled out.”

Yasser is in his mid-forties and reported that his father was a “simple farmer.” He was raised in a big family, completed secondary school, attended an Islamic university, and eventually became a teacher. In the late 1990s, he changed his career and became a farmer. According to Yasser he was a respected member of the community; people sought his help in resolving social disputes and family problems and considered him a “wise man.” He recalled many accomplishments during this period and describes it as “the best days of our lives.”

Yasser tearfully described that when he reached the top of the steps “the party began…They started to put the [muzzle] of the rifle [and] the wood from the broom into [my anus]. They entered my privates from behind.” He noted that several other soldiers and civilians were present, including an interpreter with “a Lebanese accent.” Yasser estimated that he was penetrated five or six times during this initial sodomy incident and saw blood “all over my feet” through a small hole in the hood covering his eyes.

Yasser recalled that this “party” of abusive behavior continued for approximately five days. In a particularly traumatic experience, which Yasser describes as the “music party,” he was forced to lie on the ground with loudspeakers blasting music into his ears at a very painful volume. He recalled that this lasted “about one day, but you can say two years.”

Legal Prohibitions Against Torture and Ill-Treatment

All of the abusive interrogation techniques and patterns of ill-treatment endured by these eleven men — including beatings and other forms of severe physical and sexual assault, isolation, sleep deprivation, forced nakedness, severe humiliation and degradation, and sensory deprivation, many of which were experienced over long periods of time and often in combination with other prohibited acts — constituted acts of torture as well as cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment under domestic criminal statutes and international human rights and humanitarian treaties, including the Convention Against Torture and the Geneva Conventions, that were in effect at the time the acts were committed.

Full Report of Broken Laws, Broken Lives: Medical Evidence of Torture by US Personnel and Its Impact

Human Rights Violations Against Immigrants

U.S. immigrant detentions violate human rights: report

The detention of hundreds of thousands of immigrants every year in the United States represents a violation of human rights, Amnesty International USA said in a report on Wednesday.

On an average day, the rights group said, more than 30,000 immigrants are in detention facilities. That’s triple the number that were in custody a decade ago, according to Amnesty’s report “Jailed Without Justice: Immigration Detention in the USA.”

“America should be outraged by the scale of human rights abuses occurring within its own borders,” said Larry Cox, director of Amnesty International USA.

“The United States has long been a country of immigrants, and whether they have been here five years or five generations, their human rights are to be respected.”

Amnesty said more than 300,000 people are detained by U.S. immigration officials each year. They include asylum seekers, torture survivors, victims of human trafficking, longtime legal permanent residents and parents of U.S. citizen children.

“The use of detention as a tool to combat unauthorized migration falls short of international human rights law,” the report said.

According to Amnesty, tens of thousands of people languish in American immigration detention facilities every year — including a number of U.S. citizens — without receiving a hearing to determine whether their detention is warranted.

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Jailed Without Justice: Immigration Detention in the USA

AP: Immigrants Face Detention, Few Rights

Defending Our (Toxic) Way of Life

I would like to address the segment from the Daily Show Video in which Bush speaks of defending a way of life that Obama says we will not apologize for.

Bush: We will work with our friends and allies across the world to defend our way of life.
Obama: We will not apologize for our way of life.

Our way of life is an insidious poison that enslaves, cripples and is destroying the planet. If the rest of the world takes issue with us, it is because of our sense of entitlement in continuing a way of life that brings harm and misery to their way of life.

Think about it:

We are engaged in illegal wars that kill innocent people, referring to civilian deaths as collateral damage. We use more resources than any other country in the world while millions lack access to food, shelter, clean water, and electricity. We consume and consume and consume more in an effort to feed our voracious, insatiable appetite for pseudo status and power. Who would want our ostentatious and superficial way of life? Only an empty fool.

To the rest of the world: I would like to apologize for our way of life.

Israel’s Deliberate Attack of Civilians

I received two comments from a reader critisizing those who are protesting Israeli warfare against the Palestinians, calling them hypocrites, anti-Semitic. According to the majority of news reports I’ve read, Israel is deliberately targeting civilians, many of them children and women. Below is video footage of an interview with an eye-witness, a doctor who is on the ground and acutely aware of what is happening in Gaza. The protesting of this atrocity is not Anti-Semite, it’s Anti-War, Anti-Hate, Anti-Genocide.

Mads Gilbert, a Norwegian doctor in Gaza, tells Sky News that the number of civilians injured and killed in Gaza proves that Israel is deliberately attacking the population.

The truth about those Hamas rockets
By Dennis Rahkonen

Five years ago, the Bush administration lied about weapons of mass destruction to dupe us into supporting an illegal, immoral invasion of Iraq.

A few days ago, Israel trotted out only an infinitesimally more credible excuse — the Hamas rockets case — as justification for its own murderous shock and awe in Gaza, a long-planned campaign perniciously aimed at ousting a “regime” that came to power via popular, democratic vote.

Yes, such rockets exist, but they’re little more than slingshots against Israel’s incredible military might, and they’re used out of desperation by Palestinians who’ve never been accorded the democratic space within which to gain redress of their eminently just grievances.

Israeli apologists have presented absurd propaganda about those devices.

We’ve been asked, for instance, what would we do if rockets were being launched on our homes in New York or Texas, from Canada or Mexico?

The proper answer is that, if those two nations had been unlawfully occupied or embargoed by the United States for 60 years of relentless oppression and repression, and if all attempts at peaceful change had been forcefully prevented or scuttled by the U.S., then such attacks would be an understandable, indeed a justifiable attempt at gaining intolerably deferred liberty.

Our appropriate response wouldn’t be to bomb the hell out of the nearest Canadian or Mexican city, but to collectively look into mirrors and earnestly ask ourselves, “What have we done wrong to incur their wrath?”

And then act to correct the situation.

Conscientious Israelis acknowledge that the Hamas rockets rationale is fraudulent. For instance, Jerusalem Post writer Larry Derfner has noted, “We don’t want to see how people in Gaza are living, we block it out of our minds — which, I suppose, is natural for a society at war, but which also keeps that war going longer than it might if we would recognize that Gaza is getting so much the worst of it.

Full Article Here

Kucinich Requests UN to look into Israel’s ‘indiscriminate mass violence’

Kucinich criticizes Israel; wants U.N. probe

Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) is calling for a United Nations investigation into Israel’s attacks on Gaza, criticizing Israel for a disproportionate response to Hamas rocket attacks.

The criticism stands in stark contrast to the statements of other Democrats, who have offered near-unanimous support for Israel amid the latest violence in the Middle East.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and other Democrats have blamed Hamas for the violence, which has left more than 300 people in Gaza dead. One person in Israel has been killed by a Hamas rocket.

Kucinich likened the Israeli attacks on Gaza to its war with Hezbollah in southern Lebanon in 2006. In both cases, he said, civilian populations were attacked and “countless innocents” were killed or injured.

“All this was, and is, disproportionate, indiscriminate mass violence in violation of international law,” Kucinich said in a statement. “Israel is not exempt from international law and must be held accountable.”

Pelosi and other Democrats have refrained from criticizing Israel’s government, which has responded to the Hamas attacks with a rocket assault on Gaza.

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War Really *IS* Over – If We Want it to be!

Stop Participating in the Madness of War with the Choices that you Make:

*No vaccines – Immunization is achieved through a healthy, wholesome diet. Research the deleterious effects of vaccinations, making an informed decision before submitting to them.
*No fluoride – It doesn’t protect your teeth, it sheaths your mind so you cannot think properly.
*No anti-mind drugs – Stop covering up states of depression or bi-polar with mind-altering drugs that skew judgement and further disrupt the neurotransmitters. Stop drugging children!
*No junk food – Get off all fast food, discontinue packaged man-made foods and eat what comes from the earth. Try to eat vegetarian and organically grown foods – Get digging that garden plot
*No paying taxes that fund wars that kill innocent people in faraway lands rich with resources
*No sending children to war
*Turn off that TV and free your mind of the propaganda it spews. Use the time to read, visit, dream, be…
*Question Authority. It’s our right, responsibility and is the only way to evolve. To blindly follow can lead one to dark places.
*Religion that preaches separation, war, hate does not originate from a true spiritual source. Find a personal path where love and unity are practiced on a daily, continual basis.
*Stand up and speak out about that which is wrong – actively participate in subverting the paradigm
*No senseless shopping – consume only that which is needed, buying fair trade items as much as possible. Boycott Wal-mart, Nike, Adidas, and all other corporations that we know are exploitive of people and the planet.
*Don’t get stuck in the ‘glamour trap’. Trash all forms of manipulation that keep women and men beLIEving the myth of beauty. Beauty is in the heart that loves without conditions, in a critically thinking mind, in a life lived with integrity.
*Love women, all women, by refusing to exploit their sexual bodies. Pornography keeps women (and men) oppressed and feeds the sick system with obscene amounts of revenue.
*Love the Earth as your Mother who provides us a rich bounty of life. Use chemical-free products and live simply so that others may simply live.
*Arms are for hugging. Love instead of Hate. Barriers between people, states, nations only exist in our controlled minds. Celebrate rather than denigrate people that are different (we’re all different!). Marvel at different skin tones, features, languages, customs.

Love, just Love…