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Treatment of East Jerusalem Palestinians: Profile of Israeli Viciousness

sjlendman.blogspot.com - Thu, 11/06/2015 - 05:00
Treatment of East Jerusalem Palestinians: Profile of Israeli Viciousness
by Stephen Lendman
Longstanding Israeli policy leaves East Jerusalem Palestinians deeply impoverished, viciously persecuted and denied fundamental rights everyone deserves.
A mid-May Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI) report on East Jerusalem "paints a (disturbing) picture of persistent neglect and increasing (Israeli) violence," the organization said.
Palestinians constitute 37% of East Jerusalem's population. They number over 300,000.
Israel's apartheid wall separates one-fourth of East Jerusalem Palestinians from the rest of the city. They lack basic services and infrastructure Israel refuses to provide.
East Jerusalem Palestinians are permanent residents, not citizens on their own land in their own country.
Three-fourths are impoverished - including 84% of Palestinian children. Only 41% of Palestinian youths are enrolled in official municipal high schools.
A 1,000 classroom shortage exists. Over 40% of existing ones are woefully inadequate.
In 2014, 98 Palestinian homes and other structures were demolished. Over 200 Palestinians lost their homes.
Palestinians are prohibited from building on their own land without near impossible to get permit permission.
Less than two-thirds of Palestinian households are connected to Hagihon Corporation's water infrastructure (Jerusalem's water and wastewater company).
A 30 km sewage pipe shortage exists. Hagihon plans an additional 8.2 km in 2015 - whether fulfilled remains to be seen.
Streets of entire neighborhoods remain unnamed and unserved. Only 7% of postal workers provide services to Palestinian communities.
Only six infant healthcare facilities serve the entire Palestinian population - compared to 26 in Israeli neighborhoods.
Palestinians in communities cut off from the rest of the city endure checkpoint persecution, severe neglect, a severe shortage of vital services and infrastructure, and persistent denial of requests for help.
Residency for over 300,000 East Jerusalemites is conditional. Since 1967, over 14,400 revocations were issued - preventing affected Palestinians from living in the place of their birth.
In June 1967, Israel illegally annexed East Jerusalem in contravention of international law. It prohibits countries from taking possession of occupied territories.
As residents, Palestinians are denied rights citizens get. Discriminatory policies cause enormous harm.
Permanent residency status isn't fixed. Palestinians have to repeatedly prove they didn't leave Jerusalem for an extended time and have to show the center of their lives is in Israel. Otherwise they risk losing residency status and face forced displacement.
The great majority of impoverished Palestinians needing welfare services don't get it. Since 1967, Israel stole over 26,000 dunams (about six and half thousand acres) of private Palestinian land for exclusive Jewish development.
Help for Palestinian neighborhoods is entirely lacking. Projects undertaken harm them. A massive planned landfill will dispose of toxic and other waste close to Palestinian communities. Environmental damage and harm to human health will follow.
City Palestinian water consumption per capita yearly is a woefully inadequate 20 cubic meters - compared 70 -100 cubic meters for Jews.
The World Health Organization says minimal water consumption required for adequate health and hygiene is at least 36.5 cubic meters per capita annually.
In summer 2014, city violence erupted in response to vicious police state persecution. Deaths and injuries followed. 
So did nearly 1,200 Palestinian arrests - for public disorder, stone throwing, participating in public protests and other Israeli charges.
Its security force responses to legitimate Palestinian grievances are brute force and other repressive tactics.
Last summer, ACRI got testimonies of severe police violence - intended to crush legitimate Palestinian resistance to oppressive Israeli policies.
In some cases, injuries resulted requiring hospitalization - prolonged for victims severely harmed.
A July 2014 media aired video showed security forces brutally beating a handcuffed Palestinian teenager lying helpless on the ground. Minors under age 12 are brutalized - some aged 10 or younger.
Skunk water spraying is commonplace. It's an extremely foul-smelling toxic liquid used to disperse protests.
It's aimed directly at participants, harms bystanders, sticks to houses, cars and asphalt and leaves a foul smell for weeks in neighborhoods where used.
It's one of many repressive Israeli tactics. Others include rocket-propelled grenades, stun grenades, beatings, rubber-coated steel bullets and live fire.
"What's next," ACRI asked? For nearly five decades East Jerusalemite Palestinians have been viciously persecuted and denied fundamental rights everyone deserves.
Israel's new coalition regime is its most extremist ever - comprised of degenerate hate-mongering belligerent racists.
Expect no relief in sight for Palestinians treated like enemies of the state instead of nonthreatening human beings deserving the same rights and privileges as Jews.
Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 
His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."
http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanIII.html
Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 
Listen to cutting-edge discussions with distinguished guests on the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network.

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Russia to Remain 2018 World Cup Host Nation

sjlendman.blogspot.com - Thu, 11/06/2015 - 02:46
Russia to Remain 2018 World Cup Host Nation
by Stephen Lendman
Washington's war on FIFA is all about prohibiting Israel's suspension for violating Palestinian footballer rights and revoking Russia's right to remain 2018 World Cup host nation.
Israel wasn't suspended when Palestinians abandoned their expulsion bid at the 11th hour -  a disgraceful climbdown and then some. Washington's efforts to strip Russia of 2018 World Cup host nation rights so far failed but haven't ended.
On Wednesday, FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke said no violations were committed in awarding World Cup host nation rights to Russia and Qatar in 2018 and 2022 respectively.
"My team was the one running all the process for the World Cup 2018 and 2022, and all the bidding countries followed the rules…Nothing was big enough during the process, to say that the final decision was not in line with all the rules and regulations which are in place," Valcke explained.
On Monday, a FIFA statement said "no legal grounds" exist to revoke hosting rights for Russia and Qatar - "(b)ased on expert opinions and available facts."
"Russia and Qatar were awarded the 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cups by democratic vote of the Executive Committee."
Taped conversations reported by The (UK) Sunday Times claimed a rigged FIFA process awarded the 2010 World Cup site to South Africa. Likely other host nation awards were tainted the same way.
Days earlier, FIFA indicated Russia would lose 2018 hosting rights if "evidence of bribery emerges." None exists even though dirty deal-making is common practice in sports and contractual negotiations in most all businesses. When big bucks are at stake, anything goes.
Rarely do bribery allegations surface whatever goes on behind closed doors. Don't expect Washington's anti-Russian campaign to slacken - including efforts to retract its 2018 hosting rights, maybe by inventing bribery allegations.
Whatever unsavory practices go on at FIFA, the International Olympic Committee (OIC), the NCAA, and other sports governing bodies, they're minor compared to annual billions of dollars of Wall Street grand theft - with no top-level executives held to account.
Attorney General Loretta Lynch blustered about "rampant, systemic and deep-rooted" FIFA corruption to justify DOJ's extrajudicial indictments of foreign nationals guilty of no crimes in America.
At the same time, the US Justice system largely ignores systemic public and private corruption and grand theft committed by high-level government and corporate officials.
Billions of dollars in campaign contributions alone constitute bribery by other means. Rigged financial markets create enormous ill-gotten wealth for big players - unprecedented criminality on the grandest of grand scales.
Accountability is virtually non-existent. Rare exceptions prove the rule. Mega-thieves are free to steal again. 
A tainted political process assures dirty politicians get "reelected." FIFA corruption is being used as a weapon against Russia - so far without success.
Washington failed to sabotage the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics through an anti-Putin propaganda campaign. Don't bet against Russia besting US scheming again this time.
Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 
His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."
http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanIII.html
Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 
Listen to cutting-edge discussions with distinguished guests on the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network.

It airs three times weekly: live on Sundays at 1PM Central time plus two prerecorded archived programs. 

Washington's Phony War on ISIS

sjlendman.blogspot.com - Wed, 10/06/2015 - 21:45
Washington's Phony War on ISIS
by Stephen Lendman
The Big Lie explains everything about US policies on issues mattering most - especially geopolitical ones.
The New York Times operates as a virtual US government house organ. Many of its reports are little more than administration and Pentagon press releases.
On June 9, it headlined "US Embracing a New Approach on Battling ISIS in Iraq." The so-called new approach is the beefed up old one - providing more support for Islamic State fighters in Iraq, Syria and wherever else Washington deploys them.
They're in Libya. Small numbers are in Gaza perhaps ahead of more to come.
Death squad diplomacy is longstanding US policy. Vietnam's Operation Phoenix became a prototype for today's wars. Tactics included intimidation, kidnappings, torture, and mass murder. 
Strategy involved eliminating opposition elements and terrorizing people into submission. US recruited Contra death squads operated the same way against the 1980s Sandinista government.
According to Times propaganda, Obama plans "a major shift of focus in the battle against the Islamic State…"
A new Anbar Province military base will be built adding to the bloated number Washington already has in the region.
Around 400 so-called "trainers" (US special forces death squads) will be deployed to join the battle for Ramadi - for sure not to combat IS fighters Washington recruits, arms, funds, trains, directs, and uses as proxy US foot soldiers.
What's planned for Ramadi and elsewhere in Iraq remains to be seen. US bombing Iraqi and Syrian targets have nothing to do with eliminating ISIS. 
Strategy involves destroying vital economic infrastructure of both countries, as well as helping IS fighters gain more territorial control and keep it.
US satellite imagery and other intelligence knows exactly where they're located. Yet US bombings don't target them.
The New York Times and other major US media ignore what demands headlines. They perpetuate the myth of America's war on IS instead of explaining one against Syria to oust Bashar al-Assad and on Iraq to balkanize it into the Kurdish north, Baghdad center and Basra south with IS fighters controlling large swarths of territory.
Part of America's strategy is endless regional conflicts and destabilization as pretext for maintaining US military forces throughout the Middle East.
Its vast oil reserves are a treasure Washington intends to control - no matter how much mass slaughter and destruction it takes - or brutal exploitation of millions of people.
Washington currently has around 3,000 US combat troops in Iraq. Up to 1,000 more are planned - maybe more to come.
Pentagon spokesman Col. Steven Warren ludicrously said "(b)ecause the (Iraqi) forces we've trained are performing better than expected, we feel it's in everyone's interest to train more."
Their so-called effectiveness let IS fighters make increasing territorial gains. At a Germany G-7 summit news conference, Obama indicated no "complete strategy" for dealing with IS despite many months of direct US involvement in Iraq's ongoing conflict.
Excuses given didn't wash. Strategy involves supporting IS, not combatting it - what media scoundrels won't explain.
US claims about wanting to degrade and defeat IS are polar opposite truth. If Washington opposed Islamic terrorists, they never would have been created in the first place - and supported all along.
It bears repeating. IS and likeminded Islamic terrorists are US foot soldiers used to further America's imperial agenda - endless wars and elimination of all independent governments to achieve unchallenged global dominance.
Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 
His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."
http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanIII.html
Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 
Listen to cutting-edge discussions with distinguished guests on the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network.

It airs three times weekly: live on Sundays at 1PM Central time plus two prerecorded archived programs. 

Sexual Exploitation by UN Peacekeepers in Haiti

sjlendman.blogspot.com - Wed, 10/06/2015 - 21:18
Sexual Exploitation by UN Peacekeepers in Haiti
by Stephen Lendman
UN Blue Helmets are supposed to restore order, maintain peace and security and help troubled nations transition to stability.
Instead, they operate as imperial enforcers creating more conflict than resolution - including committing horrific human rights abuses against vulnerable people they're mandated to protect.
Wherever they're deployed it's the same ugly story. After the Bush administration ousted democratically elected Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide, a ruthless, illegal MINUSTAH mission enforced coup d'etat authority.
Abuses against vulnerable Haitians from then to now include sexual exploitation, trafficking and rape. On June 9, AP News headlined "UN: Sex exploitation by peacekeepers strongly underreported." 
AP obtained a draft UN Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS) report (expected to be released later in June) on sexual crimes committed by Blue Helmets.
It comes a decade after a similar earlier one discovered a disturbing pattern of peacekeeper misconduct wherever they're deployed - including sexual criminality.
Evidence showed so-called peacekeepers regularly had sex with young girls. Blue Helmets in Bosnia and Kosovo forced around 2,000 women into sex slavery.
Liberian girls young as 12 were exploited. Pedophilia was discovered in other countries. At the time, a UN statement said:
"The reality of prostitution and other sexual exploitation in a peacekeeping context is profoundly disturbing because the United Nations has been mandated to enter into a broken society to help it, not to breach the trust placed in it by the local population."
UN authorities claim they operate on the principle of not "in any way increas(ing) the suffering of vulnerable sectors of (a) population."
Yet wherever they're deployed, they're alleged mandate is egregiously violated - most often unaccountably.
AP reported Blue Helmets engaging in "transactional sex" with more than 225 Haitian women - in exchange for food, medicines and other inducements.
It said sexual exploitation "remains significantly underreported" wherever Blue Helmets are deployed.
"(M)ajor challenges remain a decade after a groundbreaking UN report first tackled this issue."
It remains unchecked, out-of-control with little done to curb abusive practices.
The reported indicated about one-third of sexual abuses committed against minor under age 18. Aiding victims is "severely deficient."
Investigations when conducted drag on interminably - usually without resolution. Victimization continues unchecked.
UN investigators interviewed 231 Haitian women and girls saying they had "transactional sexual relationships" with Blue Helmets.
Haiti is the hemisphere's poorest country - still devastated from the 2010 earthquake, UN-caused cholera epidemic killing thousands, and US-installed repressive governance.
"For rural (Haitian) women, hunger, lack of shelter, baby care items, medication and household items were frequently cited as the 'triggering need,' " for transactional sex, according to the UN report.
Urban and suburban women got "church shoes, cell phones, laptops and perfume, as well as money," it explained.
"In cases of non-payment, some women withheld the badges of peacekeepers and threatened to reveal their infidelity via social media." 
"Only seven interviewees knew about the United Nations policy prohibiting sexual exploitation and abuse." None knew about a UN hotline to report it. 
Peacekeeper sexual transactions are prohibited conduct. Yet the practice continues widespread perhaps since Blue Helmets were first deployed - for sure going back many years.
Number of reported abuses way undercount the problem's severity. The UN's draft report doesn't say over what time period "transactional sex" occurred in Haiti.
Blue Helmets were first deployed there in 2004. Straightaway horrendous abuses were committed - including persecution, violence, sex crimes and murder.
On the one hand, peacekeepers are allegedly deployed to protect vulnerable people. Instead they abuse them. 
Haiti is Exhibit A - its people brutally exploited for 11 years with no end of unwanted occupation in sight.
At times clashes erupt. Haitians want real democracy and justice they're denied - including respect for their fundamental civil and human rights. Not as long as America enforces colonial rule.
Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 
His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."
http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanIII.html
Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 
Listen to cutting-edge discussions with distinguished guests on the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network.

It airs three times weekly: live on Sundays at 1PM Central time plus two prerecorded archived programs. 

Washington Post Features Op-Ed by Ukraine Putschist

sjlendman.blogspot.com - Wed, 10/06/2015 - 04:12
Washington Post Features Op-Ed by Ukraine Putschist
by Stephen Lendman
Arseniy Yatsenyuk is Ukraine's illegitimate prime minister - chosen by Washington. He's part of Kiev's lunatic fringe - fascists masquerading as democrats.
They belong in prison, not high office. So do their US puppet masters. Together they're waging naked aggression on Donbass residents - committing mass murder on the pretext of conducting an ATO (anti-terrorist operation).
Terrorists reside in Kiev and Washington. Donbass militia are courageous freedom fighters. They reject fascist rule. They want democratic rights everyone deserves.
Dominant US media support what demands condemnation. Wa-Po editors featuring Yatsenyuk gave him a platform to proliferate outrageous Big Lies.
He headlined "What is at stake in Ukraine if Russia continues its (nonexistent) onslaught," saying:
"Ukraine is fighting a war on two fronts." He lied claiming one involves "thousands of Russian troops…engaged in an armed aggression against Ukraine's territorial integrity, including the illegal annexation of Crimea."
False as numerous previous articles explained. No so-called Russian aggression exists now or earlier nor was Crimea annexed.
Washington and its coup-installed Kiev proxy bear full responsibility for naked aggression on Donbass.
Yatsenyuk ludicrously claimed a second war being waged "against the Soviet past and the legacy of corruption and misrule that has held us back for so many years."
"Ukraine (wants) to build a prosperous and democratic future," he blustered.
Fact: Ukraine's Soviet past ended in 1991 - not its massive corruption and misrule, worse now than ever under illegitimate putschist tyranny headed by a mega-crook oligarch president.
Yatsenyuk lied claiming Putin wants Ukraine to fail. He supports its sovereign independence under democratic rule entirely absent with fascists in charge.
So-called "landmark reforms" Yatsenyuk claims already implemented don't exist. Rule by intimidation and repression reflect official policy.
So is a system benefitting Ukraine's privileged few hugely at the expense of most everyone else.
Mass impoverishment, unemployment, hyperinflation, disastrous economic policies and human misery affect millions of Ukrainians - combined with brutal repression creates a potential combustible mix.
Ukraine "need(s) the support of our partners to help us stabilize our economy and deter further (nonexistent) Russian aggression while we carry out" nonexistent reforms, said Yatsenyuk.
Policies initiated hardened police state rule. Ukraine is bankrupt yet spends million of borrowed dollars daily waging naked aggression on its own people.
Yatsenyuk wants more Western help to eliminate all challenges to ruthless fascist rule. Claiming Ukraine "is under direct attack from resurgent Russian authoritarianism and imperialism" is polar opposite truth.
"Ukraine is bearing the brunt of that attack, but the consequences of allowing our independence to be crushed would not be contained within Ukraine," he ranted. 
"It would give rise to new threats and crises that would be even more difficult and costly to resolve. The democratic idea itself would be undermined."
Claiming democracy "remains our inspiration today" runs counter to ruthless despotic rule imposed.
Democracy is pure fantasy. So-called presidential and parliamentary elections held earlier were farcical - with no legitimacy whatever.
Nazi-infested Ukraine is a fascist police state in Europe's heartland threatening the entire continent and beyond. Russia together with other sovereign independent nations are the best hope for world peace.
America's rage for endless wars partnered with rogue states like Ukraine threaten it more than ever before.
Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 
His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."
http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanIII.html
Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 

Listen to cutting-edge discussions with distinguished guests on the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network.

Saudis Host UN Human Rights Conference

sjlendman.blogspot.com - Wed, 10/06/2015 - 03:47
Saudis Host UN Human Rights Conference
by Stephen Lendman
Letting one of the world's most egregious human rights abusers host the Jeddah-based Organization of Islamic Cooperation's (OIC) June 3 and 4 UN human rights conference is like having a Mafia godfather host a session on gun control.
The conference addressed "the full and effective implementation of UN Human Rights Council Res. 16/18."
Adopted on April 11, 2011, it's titled "Combating Intolerance, Negative Stereotyping and Stigmatization of, and Discrimination, Incitement to Violence and Violence Against, Persons Based on Religion or Belief."
It mandates all UN Member States "promote and encourage universal respect for and observance of all human rights and fundamental freedoms without distinction as to, inter alia, religion or belief."
It calls on all Member States to respect, encourage and foster religious freedom and pluralism. Its provisions are polar opposite Riyadh policies. 
Imagine a nation hosting a conference on religious and other freedoms where religions other than fanatical Wahhabism are considered apostate. 
Practicing them is criminalized - subjecting adherents to lengthy prison terms, public whippings, heavy fines and at times death by beheading.
Imagine a nation criminalizing free expression, prohibiting press freedom and denying most other fundamental human and civil rights.
State terror is official policy. Democracy is strictly prohibited. Torture and physical abuse are standard practice. So are public whippings, beheadings and hangings.
Due process and judicial fairness don't exist. Thousands of political prisoners languish under horrific gulag conditions.
Absolute monarchal rule tolerates no criticism or opposition. Its human rights record is none of the world’s worst.
It represents ruthless despotic rule - a vicious, hate-mongering, repressive, belligerent, fanatical religious fundamentalist police state run by a single family claiming dominion over a nation state.
Its rubber-stamp High Court just upheld the outrageous sentencing of blogger Raif Badawi to 10 years in prison, 1,000 lashes (50 at a time) and $250,000 fine for the crime of free speech.
Rihadh lobbied hard to chair the UN Human Rights Council. Permitting it would be like letting a serial killer become police chief or a pyromaniac fire chief.
Its bid failed, but it remains an HRC member with full voting rights. HRC president Joachim Rucker attended OIC's conference. In an opening statement, he said:
"Religious intolerance and violence committed in the name of religion rank among the most significant human rights challenges of our times."
The state-controlled Saudi Gazette ludicrously reported conference participants (including Riyadh) agreeing "to put (HRC) resolution 16/18 into effect (to combat) intolerance and discrimination, incitement to violence and violence against persons based on religion or belief."
RT International summed up repressive Saudi policies as follows:
  • "No elections, no parties, no parliament, no dissent

  • Equality: Jobs for the Saud boys - all 7,000 of them (entitling them to share enormous wealth at the expense of most others in the Kingdom)

  • Power transfer: Half Brezhnev-era USSR, half Game of Thrones

  • Law: Scimitars and whips

  • Human rights: Torture and gavel

  • Women's rights: Female (non-)drivers

  • Terrorism fight: Friend or foe?"

In 2010, WikiLeaks published diplomatic cables showing Riyadh is the largest Sunni terrorism funding source. 
The Kingdom is one of the world's most egregious state terrorists. Its human rights record ranks with the worst.
Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 
His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."
http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanIII.html
Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 
Listen to cutting-edge discussions with distinguished guests on the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network.

It airs three times weekly: live on Sundays at 1PM Central time plus two prerecorded archived programs. 

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