Living Darfur: “NEVER UNDERESTIMATE THE SPIRIT OF A BROKEN PEOPLE” ~ HW

“You shall rise…Sooner or later we must try…living” ~ a favorite’s time for revival…

The simple joys and pleasures we take for granted in life are special indeed…

Living Darfur (Official Music Video)

Uploaded (YouTube) on Sep 19, 2007

The official music video for ‘Living Darfur’ filmed on the border of Chad and Darfur. Look out for Matt Damon in the intro!

 

Eva Bartlett, her courage puts many of us to shame!

*June 8 interview Related Links: -on Dr. Bouthaina Shaaban: https://www.rt.com/op-edge/240797-syria-moderate-voices-peace-stability/ https://www.rt.com/op-edge/334401-western-reporting-syrian-reality/ -Israel is treating al-Qaeda terrorists in their hospitals: “Israel is treating al-Qaeda terrorists in their hospitals and enabling their transit back and forth into Syria, as well as arming them—even Israeli media have reported that Israel is providing aid to al-Qaeda terrorists; even […]

via Interview on Syria and related, on the Richie Allen Show — In Gaza

Israel doesn’t think US Taxpayers pay enough: Soliciting excess of $40 billion over ten-year period!

Complicity or Hypocrisy? Take your pick.

Currently the US $ is likened to monopoly money, i.e. printed paper. American homelessness is still rising, American homes are still being repossessed, American school budgets are still cut and cut some more…, the American welfare system was always sad and becoming sadder yet, American public medical care has always been atrocious, American unemployment is still too high, but US taxpayers are still funding Israel’s existence, not to mention picking up the tab for “Israel’s right to defend itself”.

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Let’s face it! America, the ‘land of golden opportunity’, is about six-feet under…

According to End The Occupation, US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation, since 1976 Israel has been “the highest recipient of U.S. foreign aid in the world. The congressional aid comes to about $1.8 billion a year in military aid and $1.2 billion in economic aid, plus another $1 billion or so in miscellaneous grants, mostly in military supplies, from various U.S. agencies. Tax-exempt contributions destined to Israel bring up the total to over $5 billion annually.”

“Israel (wealthier than a number of European Union member countries) receives 25 percent of the entire U.S. foreign aid budget.”

“Israel is the only country allowed to spend part of its military aid funds (25 percent) on its own domestic arms industry; all other recipients of U.S. military aid are required to use it to purchase U.S.-manufactured weapons.” – See more at: http://www.endtheoccupation.org/article.php?id=173#sthash.6aRB3NLj.dpuf

So these are the facts: Except for the homeless, the dying, children and the illiterate, which is another continuously unending despicable statistic throughout US history, not a single American citizen has the excuse for being uninformed about their government’s involvements in world affairs. Most especially when it comes to US financial aid to Israel, which you, the American taxpayer, fund like clockwork!

You, the American taxpayers, have no excuse to stay uninformed when activists across the globe have been rising up to stand in solidarity with Palestinians for decades. Yes, we all know the American media is censored, bought and paid for, but listen to this voice of experience…you cannot excuse ignorance by remaining uninformed!

There are countless global blogs and websites accessible through the internet, plus Facebook groups, twitter groups, and other numerous social media and activist sites.The list is endless to learn about the true state of ancient and current affairs concerning you and your country’s foreign affairs involvements. (Aside the website named above, another exceptionally informative website of shocking truths tailored most especially to the US citizen is

If Americans Knew, What every American needs to know about Israel/Palestine.)ifamericanskneworg

You, living in the US, are permitting your government to treat you like sheeple. You’re allowing your government to trample on your Constitution and ignore your constitutional rights! You empower the US government to effectively sign blank checks over to Israel on a daily basis, misusing your heard-earned cash! You should be outraged!

There’s absolutely no justification for you to keep turning a blind eye and burying your head in the sand against the stark, ugly truth of the American/Israeli collaboration against Palestine and the Middle East!

Following is another group of American citizens, alongside Native Americans, that has suffered immeasurably at the hands of the US government since its founding, Black-Palestinian Solidarity:

http://www.blackpalestiniansolidarity.com/release.html

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If only for a moment, you and every American would put aside cultural and/or religious differences, and watch the video by clicking the link below, ignorance will cease to exist:

WHEN I SEE THEM I SEE US

 

 

“…and countries like Sri Lanka have yet to ensure full accountability in addressing serious human rights violations…”

Dear Ambassador Elissa Golberg, Your statement on Sri Lanka at UNHRC in Geneva ~ LankaWeb
Posted on June 25th, 2012

Asoka Weerasinghe Kings Grove Crescent . Gloucester . Ontario . K1J 6G1. Canada

25 June 2012

Ambassador Elissa Golberg

Canada’s Ambassador & Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva
5 Avenue de l’Aviana, 1202 Geneva, Switzerland.

Dear Ambassador Golberg:

I have just read your statement of June 18, 2012, on behalf of Canada to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva.   In  your statement you said “….and countries like Sri Lanka have yet to ensure full accountability in addressing serious human rights violations…”

With that statement, you have failed us Canadians one more time when commenting on Sri Lanka, as did Foreign Minister John Baird when he performed his Song and Dance at the UN Security Council about Sri Lanka, and former Conservative Foreign Minister Lawrence Cannon  who put out a pathetic Press Release after the Tamil Tigers, the most ruthless terrorist group in the world were militarily eliminated after a 27-year long blooding war, on 19 May 2009.  He had difficulty to acknowledge the amazing feat when every other western country patted the back of President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s government saying , “Marvellous, well done, chaps, we got lots to learn from you guys how to get rid of terrorists single handed without requesting  for even Canadian troops to come and help you all as is being done in Afghanistan!”  So the Canadian’s negative policy on Sri Lanka keeps marching on unabated.

As a Sri Lankan-Canadian here is the problem that I am grappling with.  All you Canadian Sri Lanka watching politicians and Foreign Affairs Sri Lanka watching bureaucrats obviously do not believe in the Cosmic Law of‘Cause and Effect’ like I do.  Perhaps, this is a deliberate effort in case you all paint yourselves into the corner as a bunch of hypocrites.

The “Effect” that you are complaining about is, “….ensure full accountability in addressing serious human rights violations”.  Right, Ambassador Golberg?  Are you not interested to find out the “Cause” of all this and go after the culprits who kept the Tamil Tigers life-line alive providing them with oxygen?  Well, I don’t think you are going to challenge me when I say that one of the culprits was none other than, yours and my Canada.  Here’s the reason why Canada should hang its head low in shame and not white-wash ourselves and say, “Sri Lanka, we Canadians are Holier than Thou.”

For 13 long Liberal years under the helm of Prime Ministers Jean Chretien and Paul Martin, Canada let the Canadian Tamil Tiger sympathizers collect, mainly by extortion,  2 million dollars a month to stuff the Tamil Tiger war-chest to buy a sophisticated armoury of guns, bullets, land mines, claymore mines, et cetera to go on killing innocent Sri Lankan civilians in scores of hundreds, and taking away their ‘right-to-life’ which had been hijacked for 27 years by Tamil Tigers.  And you with a straight ‘We are Holier thou” face, complained to the UNHRC demanding Sri Lanka’s accountability for getting rid  single handed of these Tamil Tigers, the most ruthless terrorists in the world.   That is a bit pretentious, onerous, vulgar, and disingenuous, isn’t it, Ambassador Golberg?  You experienced what terrorism was all about having watched the Talibans in Kandahar going about with their Tamil Tiger copy-cat killings that also killed our Canadian soldiers.

Aren’t we Canadians a bunch hypocrites, when on May 6, 2000, Liberal Finance Minister, Paul Martin, and his cabinet colleague, Minister responsible for CIDA, Maria Minna and several Liberal MPs, supported the fund raising event for the Tamil Tigers by attending a $60-a plate dinner in Toronto.  And you complain about “Sri Lanka’s accountability”.   Ha!  What rubbish, and your comment is not worth two prairie straws swaying in the wind in the more sky than land country.

Perhaps, Canada can be a bit more honest and accept being accountable for the deaths of 114 people and for the 1,338 others who were maimed for life being victims when the Tamil Tigers brought down the Central Bank Building in the Fort, Colombo, on 31 January 1996. Ambassador Golberg, you can claim your right to ask me, “Why should Canada admit to be  accountable for those deaths and injured?”

Here’s why, Ambassador Golberg.  It was in 1994 that Canada allowed a Tamil Tiger sympathizer to cut a cheque from his account in a bank in Vancouver for $7.5 million to buy 50 tonnes of RDX and plastic explosives from a Chemical Factory in the Ukraine.  These were the explosives that were used in the truck bomb that brought down the Central Bank Building in Colombo, on January 31, 1996.    And it were the same explosive material that were used to bomb the  entrance to the Temple of the Buddha’s Tooth Relic in Kandy on 25 January 1998, killing 12 and seriously injuring 13 others.  You better believe it, whether you and I like it or not, we both have Sinhala and Muslim blood on our palms together with 34 million other Canadians.  And my Conservative Government had the gall and temerity to get you to make a statement saying,  “…and countries like Sri Lanka have yet to ensure full accountability in addressing serious human rights violation.”  That is being bombastic,  cruel, and having a colonial attitude saying that “we are the masters of your destiny, Sri Lanka”.  That shows our hypocrisy to its 10th degree.

And you slapped the wrist of the UN Human Rights Council Commissioner for “her reference in her report to the situation in Quebec.”  You said, “The Government of Quebec has pursued mediation efforts with student representatives.  Demonstrations continue to occur – daily.  Freedom of assembly is alive and well in Quebec.  The law adopted in Quebec frames the exercise of these freedoms by preserving peace, order and public safety.”

Hmmm…I am not sure of that!  I think the reference to Canada and human rights violation in the context of the Quebec students, was as according to the students spokesperson Leo Bureau-Blouin, Bill 78 is the biggest set back to the students fundamental rights.  The students marched down Montreal streets and knocking on cauldrons along the sidewalks in defence of Free Speech.    It is important to note that the Quebec bar association, many legal experts, unions, opinion leaders and even anti-corruption hero Judge John Gomery, severely criticized Bill 78 for its restrictive laws that impedes on human rights.  So which ever way you try to slice the pie and white-wash Canada, the issue of the freedoms of fundamental rights sticks out like a sore thumb.  If Sri Lanka had tried this stunt and curb the University student’s freedom of speech, you bet, Canada would have been one of the first countries who would have pounced on Sri Lanka as human rights violators and advocating that “Canada is Holier than Thou”.

While the worst student protests in Canadian history took place at Concordia University in Montreal in 1969, when hundreds of students protested against a professor who consistently gave lower marks to black students.  They destroyed the computer lab, set fire to the building, rioted in the streets and caused more than $2 million in damage. That the curbs by the Quebec Government on the ongoing protest by the students in Montreal that the UNHRC Commissioner has pointed out as a human rights violation, you bet, will very likely earn a page in Canadian history too like the Concordia incident!

Since Sri Lanka is on it way to recovery, rehabilitation and reconciliation having been haemorrhaged for 27 bloody years by a  Tamil terrorist war that was aided and abetted by Canada, it is time that Canada jump off Sri Lanka’s back and stop playing the monkey, in the game of “We are Holier than Thou”, because  however much we try to pretend, we are just not as bunch of bright eyed goody two-shoes.

Sincerely,

Asoka Weerasinghe (Mr.)

Upon review of Mr. Weerasinghe’s outrage at Ambassador Elissa Golberg’s statement to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, WCI has the following reflection:

Mr. Weerasinghe’s opinion of human rights issues in Canada and account of LTTE funding by Canada is interesting. The good, bad and ugly of human rights is an infinite topic of debate.

“For 13 long Liberal years under the helm of Prime Ministers Jean Chretien and Paul Martin, Canada let the Canadian Tamil Tiger sympathizers collect, mainly by extortion,  2 million dollars a month to stuff the Tamil Tiger war-chest to buy a sophisticated armoury of guns, bullets, land mines, claymore mines, et cetera…” Is there corroboration of his facts and figures?

Sri Lanka is not a country promoting free speech. Media is scrutinized and controlled by the Sinhalese-run government. Most news from and about Sri Lanka principally written and published by Sri Lanka’s Ministry Of Defence and Urban Development is biased and written in government-favored premeditated light.

The LTTE and the Sri Lankan government are accountable for war crimes against all Sri Lankan civilians during their civil war.

President Rajapaksa’s military annihilated the LTTE, ending the war.

Mr. Weerasinghe’s journalistic tantrum failed to address the existing ongoing impunity of kidnappings and murders of Sri Lankan journalists and human rights activists who dare to speak out against the current Rajapaksa regime.

Amnesty International knows which side their bread is buttered on. However their latest report,

The Human Rights Situation in Sri Lanka, June 2012
A statement for the June Human Rights Council Session

published 13 June, 2012 reconfirms that human rights conditions have not improved for Sri Lanka’s Tamils in the three years since the end of the war.

| Symbolic ‘war crimes’ tribunal to try Bush, Blair ~ time for a Real Trial next indicting Obomber too!

| Symbolic ‘war crimes’ tribunal to try Bush, Blair ~ time for a Real Trial next indicting Obomber too!

Symbolic ‘war crimes’ tribunal to try Bush, Blair

By SEAN YOONG,

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysian-led activists will hold a symbolic trial this month for former President George W. Bush and British ex-leader Tony Blair on charges of committing crimes against peace in the Iraq war, the event’s organizers said Tuesday.

The Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Tribunal is an initiative of Malaysia’s retired Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, who staunchly opposed the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in 2003.

The tribunal will convene a four-day public hearing starting Saturday to determine whether Bush and Blair committed crimes against peace and violated international law in the Iraq invasion, said Malaysian lawyer Yaacob Hussain Marican.

“For these people who have been immune from prosecution, we want to put them on trial in this forum to prove that they committed war crimes,” Yaacob told The Associated Press.

Activists sent information about the charges to Bush and Blair recently but received no response, Yaacob said.

Francis Boyle, an American international law professor based in Illinois, will be among the prosecutors at the hearing, which follows two years of investigations by a Malaysian peace foundation founded by Mahathir that looked into complaints by people affected by the Iraqi war.

The effort is modeled after a 1967 Vietnam war crimes panel convened in Sweden and Denmark by philosophers Bertrand Russell and Jean-Paul Sartre, Yaacob said. The Vietnam tribunal said the U.S. committed acts of aggression against Vietnam and bombarded civilian targets, but it was mostly ignored in United States.

The Kuala Lumpur tribunal will have a seven-member panel of judges including two retired judges from Malaysia’s highest court, peace activist Alfred Lambremont Webre of the United States and Mumbai-based lawyer Niloufer Bhagwat of India.

If the tribunal finds Bush and Blair guilty, it will enter their names into a symbolic “Register of War Criminals.”

The tribunal is also scheduled to hold a separate hearing next year on charges of torture linked to the Iraq war against former U.S. officials including ex-Vice President Dick Cheney, former Secretary of State Donald Rumsfeld and ex-Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, Yaacob said.

Also see earlier blog post:

| Witness legal history being made by the in absentia due trial of Bush + Blair for War Crimes: Nov 19-22! http://wp.me/p1xXtb-nb

Al Jazeera World: Gaza Lives On

The more israel wants to break and destroy Palestine and her People, the more determined the Palestinian People are to live and save their country, cultures and beliefs.

Uploaded by AlJazeeraEnglish on Nov 15, 2011

The Israeli blockade may have taken a heavy toll on Gazans, but this film reveals life and hope among the devastation.

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| Voices from East Jerusalem

New DCI report: Voices from East Jerusalem, The Situation facing Palestinian Children (2011)

[25 October 2011] – Today, DCI-Palestine released a new report: Voices from East Jerusalem, The Situation facing Palestinian Children. The report addresses the impact of Israel’s unilateral annexation of East Jerusalem, through administrative and legal measures aimed at limiting the population growth and development of the Palestinian residents of East Jerusalem, while actively encouraging the influx of Israeli settlers into the occupied territory.

Through the voices of 15 children and three mothers, the report sheds some light on the day to day hardships they face living under prolonged military occupation, focusing on three main issues:

House demolitions – This affects approximately 32 percent of all Palestinian homes in East Jerusalem that do not comply with Israeli zoning requirements, exposing at least 86,500 Palestinian residents to the risk of having their homes demolished.

Settler violence – Between January 2010 and the end of May 2011, the UN recorded 24 cases in which Palestinian children have been injured by settlers in East Jerusalem, and one fatality.

According to the UN, these figures are ‘comprehensive but not exhaustive.’ The figures also do not include cases of harassment or intimidation which did not result in physical injury.

Arrest and detention – Between November 2009 and October 2010, 1,267 criminal files were opened against Palestinian children living in East Jerusalem who were accused of throwing stones. In a sample of 20 cases, 80 percent of the children reported being subjected to physical violence during their arrest, transfer or subsequent questioning.

PDF Report: “Voices from East Jerusalem, The Situation facing Palestinian Children”

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Truth about gaza (WAKE UP WORLD)!

The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is one of the worlds major sources of instability. Americans are directly connected to this conflict, and increasingly imperiled by its devastation.

It is the goal of If Americans Knew to provide full and accurate information on this critical issue, and on our power and duty to bring a resolution.

“I saw the images and they were disturbing. Images are of the Israeli assault against civilians in Gaza. I did not imagine things in Gaza are going as they are; therefore I forwarded it on to you so that you witness the crimes against humanity that the Israelis carry out.”

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URGENT! ADD YOUR VOICE to HELP the VOICELESS of SRI LANKA | WE, the PEOPLE, NEED 5,000 SIGNATURES BY 29 OCT. 2011

URGENT! WE MUST ACT NOW! PLEASE SIGN AND SHARE THIS PETITION created by AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL WIDELY!

WE, the PEOPLE, NEED 5,000 SIGNATURES BY

29 OCT. 2011, on

THIS PETITION

located on THE WHITE HOUSE, WASHINGTON DC website

BECAUSE…

WE, the PEOPLE, PETITION THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION TO:
SUPPORT AN INTERNATIONAL INVESTIGATION INTO WAR CRIMES AND OTHER HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES COMMITTED IN SRI LANKA!

Both the Sri Lankan government and the opposition Tamil Tigers reportedly COMMITTED WAR CRIMES, CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY AND HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES during the war in Sri Lanka.

The Sri Lankan government has a poor record of effectively investigating violations by its forces, as documented by Amnesty International.

An international investigation into the crimes and abuses committed by both sides during the war is needed if the victims are to receive justice.

The U.S. government should publicly support such an international investigation as a first step toward achieving accountability in Sri Lanka for these crimes and abuses.

Created: Sep 29, 2011
Issues: Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement, Foreign Policy, Human Rights

| War Criminal ~ The Wonderful World of Tony B’Liar!

The Wonderful World of Tony Blair

Channel 4 Investigation

Since resigning in June 2007, Tony Blair has financially enriched himself more than any previous ex-prime minister. Reporter Peter Oborne reveals some of the sources of his new-found wealth, much of which comes from the Middle East.

WATCH VID HERE:

[http://www.channel4.com/programmes/dispatches/4od#3235402]

 

On the day Tony Blair resigned as Prime Minister, he was appointed the official representative Envoy of the Quartet on the Middle East. By January 2009 he had set up Tony Blair Associates – his international consultancy – which handles multi-million-pound contracts in the Middle East. It is so secretive we don’t know all the locations in which they do business.

Dispatches shows that at the same time as Blair is visiting Middle East leaders in his Quartet role he is receiving vast sums from some of them. If Blair represented the UK government, the EU, the IMF, the UN or the World Bank, this would not be permitted.

He would also have to declare his financial interests and be absolutely transparent about his financial dealings. But no such stringent rules govern the Quartet envoy.

However, he could opt to abide by the rules and principles of public life. They were introduced by John Major, and Tony Blair endorsed and strengthened them for all holders of public office – but chooses not to himself.

Posted September 27, 2011      

source : http://www.channel4.com/programmes/dispatches/4od#3235402