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Friday, July 25, 2014

GAZA HOLOCAUST #GazaUnderAttack




The Children of Gaza Speak about the Nakba (Arabic for "Catastrophe")
The Child Poets of Gaza


compiled by Michael R. Burch, an editor and publisher of Holocaust and Nakba poetry

I lived as best I could, and then I died.
Be careful where you step: the grave is wide.

—Michael R. Burch, "Epitaph for a Palestinian Child"

Some of the poems and essays below were written by students of a school in Gaza. Their teacher agreed to help us bring their words to the world's attention. We have agreed to conceal the students' identities, in order to protect them and their families. We wish we could share their names with you, and we hope and pray for a day when such precautions are not needed. Other poems were written anonymously by the Child Poets of Gaza and are so indicated.―Michael R. Burch

We Love Gaza

I live in Gaza. 
My hope for the future is to free Palestine. 
Living in Gaza is like living in prison. 
The borders are closed, no airport like other countries, wars, people dying.
We want freedom like other countries. 
When I hear bombing I’ll be afraid. 
I really really wish for freedom.
FREE GAZA.

The births of all things are weak and tender,
therefore we should have our eyes intent on beginnings.
Michel de Montaigne

If we are to have real peace in the world,
we will have to begin with the children.
Gandhi

If you are unfamiliar with the real history of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict, or have been told that Israel is "only defending itself," please read Albert Einstein's 1948 letter to the New York Times, then click your browser's "back" button to return to this page. If you want to understand how the the theft of Palestinian land relates to Israel's new offensive against Gaza, known as Operation "Pillar of Defense" or "Pillar of Clouds," please click here Amud Annan "Pillar of Fire." If you want to hear the opinion of the former U.S. president and Nobel Peace Prize laureate who negotiated peace talks between Israel and Palestinians, please click here Jimmy Carter: "Israeli policy is to confiscate Palestinian territory."

Frail Envelope of Flesh
Frail envelope of flesh,
lying cold on the surgeon’s table
with anguished eyes
like your mother’s eyes
and a heartbeat weak, unstable ...

Frail crucible of dust,
brief flower come to this—
your tiny hand
in your mother’s hand
for a last bewildered kiss ...

Brief mayfly of a child,
to live two artless years!
Now your mother’s lips
seal up your lips
from the Deluge of her tears ...
—Michael R. Burch

In the photos below, the pictures on the left are from the Jewish Shoah (Hebrew for "Catastrophe"), while the pictures on the right are from the Palestinian Nakba (Arabic for "Catastrophe"). During the Holocaust, Germans made Jewish children a "special case" and you can see the results on the left. Now Israelis have made Palestinian children a "special case" and you can see the results on the right. Something is obviously, profoundly wrong when we see children being collectively punished for the "crime" of having been "born wrong."



My nightmare 

I had a dream of Jesus! 
Mama, his eyes were so kind!
But behind him I saw many Jews and Christians
hissing "you're nothing," so blind!―The Child Poets of Gaza

As an Israeli, I have come to understand:
there is no way to love Israel and reject a two-state peace,
no way to love Israel and reject Palestine.
Yael Dayan, daughter of Moshe Dayan, Israel's most famous general and Defense Minister

If you are a student, teacher, educator, peace activist or just someone who cares and wants to help, please read How Can We End Ethnic Cleansing and Genocide Forever? and do what you can to make the world a safer, happier place for children of all races and creeds. 

The poem below was translated from the Arabic of a small Palestinian girl around age 12 or 13, by a translator who has agreed to help provide us with the accounts of Palestinian children in their own words. The translator's comments appear after the poem. The translation is a bit "rough" in spots, perhaps because the girl was distraught and our translator couldn't tell exactly what she meant. 

Jews entered our house
They opened the door with a ram
They entered and put their hands on my family as if they wanted to kill us
They took us from the house
Jews fired shots at my family
There were people around the house and the occupiers' tanks also
We went to the house of my uncle
After an hour the army entered and made us leave again
They took us to another house
Where the Jews shot at us again
The owners of the house introduced us to their home 
We sat three days without water or food
Even the young children cried from hunger
And then my brother and cousin left to bring wood so the children could eat
After that the Jews killed my brother and my cousin's foot was injured
Then they killed my mother and four sisters and my brother's son and I could not provide them with assistance
Then all my brothers and sisters were found and killed
I stood still
I could not move
All my family died
I looked at what remained when the others found them
Because they were under the rubble
And people talked with the Jews
Then the Jews left us
We called the ambulance but they did not come because the Jews were firing at them
I lost all my family
My father ... 
My brothers ... 
My family I used to play with ...
I lost my mother ... 
Who will teach me?
Where can we go?
We sat at my grandfather's house
My family stayed 16 days on their own 
They are dead because no one came to rescue them
And I am not the only one to lose everyone
My uncle killed Jews in front of his children 
He asked his son why the Jews had slain his father
Then they killed him also
Why tread on us after that?

Translator's comments: "When I heard this speech I cried from the depths of my heart!"



I am just fourteen

Hot tears racing down my cheeks
Deep wounds that shall never heal
Dreams of peace that had already ceased
Corpses, blood everywhere
Greed is to blame
Beauty and peace no longer there
Just in fantasies they lay
Souls and objects full of life
Eaten away by fresh fire
Destruction, deception that is left
What good will they get
Murder, death of loved ones
Filling hearts with bitterest desires
Terror and fear surrounding me
Closing in upon me
I stand silent, in a silent scream
That nobody can hear
For God’s sake I am just fourteen!

When I am President


When I am president, I will be the president of Spain because I love Spain a lot. 
I will live in Barcelona and the first thing I will do 
is that I will collect my army and go save Palestine 
and control Israel and give it back to Palestine.
I will buy limousines, Jeeps, phones, laptops and bodyguards. 
I will make everybody happy and I will let everybody call me the best president ever!
Peace!!!

Thoughts of Their Teacher
I met two toddlers who were waiting for the borders to open, but would most likely die before they were able to get the treatment that could save their lives. Two beautiful babies who had done nothing to offend anyone except to be born Palestinian. 

And for this, they are given a death sentence.

I gave them a toy and prayed for a miracle.

I have a dream ...

I have a dream ... 
that one day Jews and Christians
will see me as I am:
a small child, lonely and afraid,
staring down the barrels of their big bazookas,
knowing I did nothing
to deserve this. 
―The Child Poets of Gaza



Suffering in Gaza…through the eyes of a teenager
I want to write about the suffering of the people in these days of siege...

We can’t get basic things…I think that there is no future for us…I mean for Gaza’s people. There is no safe place we can go there, even we can’t communicate with our friends because networks are down. Our life is centered around those who have been killed.

There is horror every minute and it’s clear, especially in the lives of children…

I just want to ask the people who are living outside of Gaza...

Imagine your life with no electricity or basic things? Destroyed home, a lot of children who don’t have parents, the sounds just like the roll of thunder…BOOM…all the time. Imagine your children tell you through their eyes and cries, “We are afraid, we can’t take it anymore and we can’t even sleep!”

Imagine yourself with no one beside you, to take care of you or even to look after you…and the people around you are strangers…How long could you stand it?

If the world stood with us we will not stand it any longer or anymore. But unfortunately there is no ”doings” just other people who are trying to help us by saying words, not more. They don’t do for us any good things.

We are now better than before, at least we can go to school everyday instead of seeing others dying.

I hope Gaza will change and be as the other countries…we just have to pray all the time!

We just want PEACE.



Living in Gaza

Living in Gaza is not always easy. When I came to Gaza, I did not believe what I saw. I saw buildings that were bombed, houses that were burned and people who were happy. I didn’t think people could be happy living like this. Now that I have been in Gaza for months, I realized that we don’t need to have the best stores, the best restaurants, or the best houses. As long as we have our friends and family, we can be happier than the people who have those things.

While I am in Gaza, I have learned to make better use of my time. I used to think that when the power goes out it would be hard to do anything. You actually can have a fun game or talk to your cousins. I can’t say I hate Gaza because it is where I am from so I am happy here. I am proud of where I am from and happy to be here.



My Hope for the Future
Future – it’s a big word for me and I have a lot of dreams. One of my dreams for the future is that I want to be a journalist. Two years ago I decided to be a journalist because I saw that my friend was so happy with that work and I like to write and take photos and things like that. These days, I started to think about that idea.

My friend is Egyptian and she traveled to China, India, Iraq – all those places, so I thought of being a journalist just like that; traveling, shopping, taking some photos and writing essays but I forgot that I live in Gaza and those things are impossible for us.

I can’t travel at any time or write anything here. No one writes anything except about war and enemies (Israel) so my dream started to vanish.

Now I don’t know what I want to be and have no dream.

Thoughts of Their Teacher
Gaza is a world of contradictions. 
Beautiful people, ugly confinement. 
Wide open blue skies, walls all around. 
The laughter of children, 
the agony of adults who want to make something of their lives.

As we made our way around the Gaza Strip, I saw so much devastation. 
There were broken buildings, broken roads, and broken lives – 
but if you looked further into the distance, 
you could see across the border and into Israel, 
to the pristine treeline, the beautiful buildings, grassy fields. 
All of which Gazans are denied.

Every day Gazans are reminded of what is constantly being taken from them. 

I can’t wait to go back. 
The people so appreciated a visitor from outside. 
They were excited and welcoming that people would actually brave the borders and the bombing 
to come and sit with them, 
to come and share in a slice of life in Gaza. 
They were grateful that we came so we could understand what it’s like to be Palestinian.

I love Gaza and I love the people there. 
I will continue to do all that I can to join hands with them and support them in their time of need.



Living in Gaza
Living in Gaza is like living in a cage. We can’t travel, we can’t take our own opinion and we should always be ready for anything unexpected to happen, such as a bomb far or nearby, war or a problem anywhere. You could even be kidnapped for a political reason.

In Gaza, each day that passes by, there should be 8 hours without electricity.

But, whatever you hear about us...we are powerful, we are strong and we have brave people but we don’t have the minds to work on our case. We sometimes make ourselves happy just to run away from worries. It’s as making ourselves confident.

In Gaza, the only thing stopping us from peace is that we should be on one side, not including the games of political parties. We also, in Gaza, share anything around the world. We are people the same as any country. I guess so…!!!! 

The things that we love in Gaza is our friends and family. It is the only thing that we are alive for!!



In the Future
In the future, I will make a factory for cars and I will make it in Gaza because Gaza doesn’t have a car factory. I will make a car company and I will sell them to Gaza’s people and I will give them to my dad and mom. I will give each of them two cars and to my brothers I will give them each two cars. My uncle will let me study with him and I will give him the latest model. I will bring a quad for myself. I want the quad now.

The future will be nicer than we are now.



[When] I am President
I will bring to Gaza everything. I will let the people who are very sick go to the doctors in Egypt, Israel and London. They will become very happy because they were very tired.

I will be the president of Egypt and I will bring new mobiles to Egypt and bikes and motors. I will bring construction and cars.



My Hope in the Future is to be a Business Man
and become a famous man and it could make you rich. Maybe you’d have companies, malls, cities like “City Stars”, hotels, restaurants and towers. This is the life of a business man. Maybe your children will live a good life if you’re a business man.

I love this work. I might work in business when I will finish studying because my dad is a business man and I want to be like him.

I wish when I will be, inshallah, I will make a business in a lot of countries, Europe, Americas and at the first Asia (Palestine). It is really nice work to work in. That is my opinion.



Their Teacher on the Bombings ... 

Today one of my classes started making some artwork that will be displayed in a Palestinian Cultural event in Oregon, US.

I told them to draw how they feel about living in Gaza. What do they see? What is a memory that keeps coming to mind?

As they drew, they started talking ...

One very sweet, bright boy told me the story of one of his friends. The boy's father was arrested by the Israelis for something and he was killed. The father of his sister's friend was also arrested by the Israelis, this time for burning an Israeli flag at the end of the war. He was taken, murdered, then his body was wrapped in a blanket and delivered to the doorstep of his home. The ones who delivered the body knocked and walked away.

The wife and daughter of the deceased man came to the door and found something wrapped in a blanket. They pulled the blanket back to find it was the father of this family. I could hardly breathe, imagining such a horror.

Another boy told me that in the first day of the war, Israeli soldiers entered his home and broke everything. "Why did they break it?", he asked. Of course, I had no answer. He went on to tell me that there were people being killed all around where he lived, including women and children, and that when the ambulances came, the soldiers would let them take out the dead bodies but not allow them to rescue the injured. 

I wanted to cry.

We just can't imagine what these children have witnessed. These kids are in grade six now, so they were in grade four when all of that happened. Some of the kids weren't finished yet, so I told them they could finish next Sunday. One of my students asked if she could also write something for you so I told her she could.

One of my girls called me over to her and told me quietly that the Israelis are planning to attack again but no one knows when. I told her I had heard that too. She said softly, "It makes me afraid".

PLEASE impress upon people what these children have suffered and the ongoing psychological terrorism that continues. A few days ago, Israel held "mock airstrikes" during our first period.

Last night they bombed somewhere for real. They are always bombing and you can tell when they are close because many of the younger children show up to school the next day looking completely haggard and worn out. The dark circles around their eyes show their lack of sleep. It is barbaric for Israel to continue to terrorize these children.

I woke up at four this morning and didn't know why until I got to school today and learned about last night's bombing. It was at four am. I must have been sleeping deeply enough not to hear it but not so deeply that I was able to sleep through it.

The children are afraid because the images of the last war, of all the death and fear, are still so fresh in their minds.

Their Teacher on "Gaza's Real Treasures"
It's a new school year and Gaza has a new teacher. I have the awesome privilege of feeding young minds from kindergarten to grade twelve at the American International School in Gaza.

During my first class with the grade six students, I encouraged the children to introduce themselves to me. I wanted them to tell me a little about themselves. Child after child gave me their name and a few personal details as we all got to know each other a little better. Every child is beautiful, bright and angelic in their own way.

Finally, it was time for the girls to my left to introduce themselves to me. The first girl, with a thick blonde ponytail, bright hazel eyes and a gorgeous smile asked in her sweet voice, "Can I talk about the war?"

I was caught off guard, not expecting such words to come out of such an innocent face. I paused to catch my breath, not wanting these children to know that tears were almost filling my eyes.

I softly said, "Yes, if you want to."

She proceeded to tell me about the first day of bombing and how scary it was for her family to have bombs dropping all around her home. She told me, in vivid detail, where each member of her family was, how frantically her mother was trying to locate all of her children. She told me how terrified she was when her home was filled with smoke so no one could find each other, how they all called out for each other, hoping that everyone was alright.

I held my breath as I listened to her. This innocent child is the same age as my youngest son. As I heard her story, I thought of how I would feel if my own child was forced to live through such a nightmare. My mind was blank.

She continued her story for the next few minutes, taking me through every step of that first day, letting me relive it with her and suddenly she said, "And then it was over", and her story ended. I could breathe again.

I was so grateful that this is now her version of the story. In spite of the detailed horror of that first day, the next thing that came to mind was "and then it was over".

I am truly and deeply blessed to share in the lives of some of Gaza's children. I hope I can give them something back to help them as they look forward in their young lives.

They are bright, intelligent and beautiful inside and out and I hope and pray that we can find the way to give them the very best.

It's the least we should do

Dare to dream, to believe, to succeed! 
Peace IS possible! Pray for Palestine

Their Teacher Expresses Her Thoughts on Gaza
I wanted to comment about my trip to Gaza.

Gaza is a place of profound contradictions. There is remarkable beauty and heart-crushing agony.

I learned from Sohaila Terazi, the director of the Ahli Arab Hospital, a Christian hospital, that they are seeing at least 10 burn cases a day, that is, children being burnt. Why? Because the closure [the blockade of Gaza by the Israeli military] is cutting off the necessary supply of cooking gas, leaving residents to resort to other fuels to cook in their homes.

People are using wood, and even gasoline, to cook with and as a result, hundreds of children every month are being rushed to the hospital to be treated for burns.

Another, more subtle effect of the situation in Gaza is on the day that PA salaries are deposited into the accounts of former PA employees, the line ups at the bank are literally in the 100s, all hoping the bank will not run out of cash before everyone is served. ATM cards in Gaza are not like we have here, where you can use them at every bank. If your ATM is not working, as was the case with one, then you have no choice but to get in the long line during banking hours to withdraw any money.

The closure means that the motherboard required to replace the broken one in the ATM is coming from Ramallah, but the borders are closed ... so it’s anybody’s guess just when the one piece of equipment will arrive.

The siege grinds the soul and sanity of Gazans. There is nothing to do, no place to go and no feeling of security. The restrictions on the amount of fuel that goes into Gaza means that the electrical power plant cannot run at full capacity, thereby being unable to serve all of Gaza at once, which results in revolving blackouts. It’s summer now and it’s hot, but you may or may not be able to even have a fan on to give a little relief. Gazans are denied even that.

What is the effect of this soul-sapping deprivation? Patience can be a little thin, morale a little low, tempers can run close to the surface.

In this land of some of the most gracious people I have ever encountered, this land of immeasurable hospitality, the agony and frustration is often hidden by a smile of resignation and a shrug. ”What can we do?” I heard time and time again.

This is no way to live. When a person has to deal with limitations brought about by their own choices, they can take heart in the knowledge that even as they got themselves into a jam, so they can also get themselves out.

No so for Palestinians. They’re in a jam, alright, but there is nothing they can do to remedy it.

I got a small, very small taste of what this is like. On the day I was supposed to leave, Friday June 12, to catch my plane out of Cairo the next morning, I was unable to leave. Egypt controls the Rafah border but they do it in cooperation with Israel.

I was told that I could not go through the border that day. I was told the border would also be closed on Saturday and Sunday so I should try again on Monday. Try again?

On Monday morning, I showed up again, this time with a friend, Wessam. She is a local news anchor who had arranged to go to a training program for work in Dubai. Her company had made all of her arrangements.

As Wessam and I sat in the hot desert sun and waited, we passed the time talking, watching people and wondering what the outcome of our day would be.

Eventually we got the news that I would be allowed to leave, but not my friend. The reason? Again, there was no reason for her to be denied access, except for the fact that she is Palestinian.

The four of us, Wessam and I and our husbands, had spent all morning at the border but three of them had no choice but to go back. Wessam still has not been allowed to attend her training program.

To be faced with walls, fences and razor wire on every side eats away at your sanity day after day. There is always the sound of “boom boom” as we called it, especially at night.

I learned to differentiate between the boom boom being on the eastern border or at sea, targeting fishermen. I learned to recognize tank fire when I heard it.

And I was only there for two weeks.

Palestinians are human – just like us. How long could we tolerate such treatment? How long would we tolerate being imprisoned, starved, robbed, poisoned, bombed, burned and mocked?

Would we not expect to reach a saturation point of frustration? I have no doubt I would.

And yet there is the universal shrug “What can you do?”

Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank may not be able to change what’s going on around them. They are powerless to influence the politics around them, but we can do something!

Support those who are suffering in Gaza, let them know they are not alone. Let them that what happens is not in our name.

Love, true lasting love straight from God’s own heart is what is needed to bring real peace to this wounded and troubled region.

Please take action now and help save lives before it’s too late. So many have been lost while waiting.

In my conversation with Dr. Mustafa of the Al Nasser Children’s hospital I learned that children are literally dying because of the closures imposed on them. Doctors can’t bring in necessary diagnostic supplies to accurately assess patients and neither can they evacuate critically ill patients out to other hospitals for treatment.

I met two toddlers who were waiting for the borders to open, but would most likely die before they were able to get the treatment that could save their lives. Two beautiful babies who had done nothing to offend anyone except to be born Palestinian. 

And for this, they are given a death sentence.

I gave them a toy and prayed for a miracle.

Gaza is a world of contradictions. Beautiful people, ugly confinement. Wide open blue skies, walls all around. Laughter of children, agony of adults who want to make something of their lives.

As we made our way around the Gaza Strip, I saw so much devastation. There were broken buildings, broken roads, and broken lives – but if you look further into the distance, you could see across the border and into Israel, to the pristine treeline, the beautiful buildings, grassy fields. All of which Gazans are denied.

Every day Gazans are reminded of what is constantly being taken from them. 

I can’t wait to go back. The people so appreciated a visitor from outside. They were excited and welcoming that people would actually brave the borders and the bombing to come and sit with them, to come and share in a slice of life in Gaza. They were grateful that we came so we could understand what it’s like to be Palestinian.

I love Gaza and I love the people there. I will continue to do all that I can to join hands with them and support them in their time of need.

Does Jesus Love Me, a Palestinian Child?

Does Jesus love me?
How would I know,
when his disciples
torture me so!
     I'm only a child
     but they say I'm defiled
     while God is beguiled
     by each child who's a Jew.
           How about you?
           What do you say? 
           Is Christ a bigot?
           Are his feet racist clay?
     Please tell me, Christian — 
     is God a bigot?
     Does his grace flow for you
     through an open spigot
     while his favors are showered
     on Israelis who steal
     my poor father's land?
     Is your Jesus a heel?
Does Jesus love me?
How would I know,
when his disciples
abuse children so!
     Does Jesus love me,
     dripping with blood — 
     his and mine mixed
     in a bright crimson flood
     while people like you
     claim his grace and ignore
     the angel who came
     and expired at your door?
Does Jesus love me?
How would I know,
when his disciples
crucify us so!
―for the Child Poets of Gaza, by Nakba

KINCORA EAMONN McANN IRISH TIMES





MI5’s murky role in Kincora scandal yet to be exposed

Kincora Boys Home – scene of homosexual prostitution scandal and never the subject of an inquiry. Photograph: Pacemaker
Kincora Boys Home – scene of homosexual prostitution scandal and never the subject of an inquiry. Photograph: Pacemaker
The former British intelligence officer Colin Wallace told Radio Ulster last weekend that any inquiry into Kincora Boys’ Home will not be able to get to the truth if it doesn’t have access to evidence about the role of MI5. If that’s so, the chances of the truth coming out are near to nil. Wallace has been trying for 40 years to expose child sex abuse at the east Belfast home. He has been ridiculed, ignored, lied to and lied about, and, as Paul Foot demonstrated in “Who Framed Colin Wallace?” in 1989, fitted up for manslaughter. Peter Robinson has suggested the Belfast home be added to the remit of the UK Child Abuse Inquiry. Others want a dedicated Northern Ireland inquiry. It matters little. MI5’s interests will take precedence over the rights of raped children. In the early 1970s, Wallace was based in Lisburn, a member of an undercover “psychological warfare” unit which worked closely with MI5. He was involved in “Operation Clockwork Orange”, a MI5 plot to smear Labour prime minister Harold Wilson and “wets” in the Tory opposition.

Clockwork Orange

In October 1974, Wallace told his superiors that he wanted out of Clockwork Orange. He then wrote a memo explaining in detail that destitute boys were being systematically sodomised by members of Kincora staff and were being supplied for abuse to prominent figures in unionist politics. The abusers – among them MPs, councillors, leading Orangemen and other influential individuals – became potentially important intelligence assets.
MI5 had come across Kincora through its interest in paedophile “housemaster” William McGrath, also leader of an eccentric loyalist organisation, Tara. The agency didn’t report the scandal, but allowed it to continue while monitoring the abusers. It wasn’t until an Irish Independent expose in 1980 that official notice was taken. An RUC investigation led to the imprisonment of McGrath and two other Kincora staff. Two inquiries were then established in succession by secretary of state James Prior. The first, under complaints commissioner Stephen McGonagle, collapsed on its first day when three of five panel members resigned upon being told they couldn’t delve into any matter which might be the subject of police investigation. The collapse of an inquiry after one half-day session may be a unique occurrence.
Prior pledged to the Commons that a second inquiry under retired judge William Hughes would investigate allegations of a cover-up involving state agents. But Hughes announced he would examine only “the administration of boys’ homes” and wouldn’t take evidence about “allegations [of] any cover-up”.

Roy Garland, who had briefly been McGrath’s second-in-command, had complained about Kincora in 1972 and identified McGrath as the main abuser. Hughes refused to call him. Robert McCartney QC, for the Kincora boys, expostulated: “Are my wits leaving me? A man who . . . put the finger on a man subsequently convicted for some of the most brutal acts of sodomy is not a relevant or material witness?”
Wallace’s offer to give evidence if allowed to deal with the role of security services was turned down. He sent a dossier to Mrs Thatcher, asking that it be passed to Hughes. It was not, and was later discovered to have been lost.
Hughes did have a document from Wallace showing that he had raised Kincora back in 1974, but rejected it because there was no evidence that it wasn’t a forgery. His report found no fault with MI5.
There were other bizarre events. Wallace supplied his dossier to Tory MP Teddy Taylor. It was stolen from a locked cupboard in a locked office at Westminster. MPs were furious at this encroachment on their rights. David Owen MP complained that even the Commons wasn’t safe from burglary. Some time later he opened his office in his Southend constituency and found the file on his desk. And so it goes on.
At a meeting in Downing Street in October 2011, David Cameron told the family of Pat Finucane that he couldn’t deliver a promised public inquiry into the murder of the solicitor in February 1989 by a UDA hit squad briefed by MI5.

‘An inquiry’

Human rights campaigner Jane Winter, who was with the family, quoted Cameron saying, “Look, the last administration couldn’t deliver an inquiry . . . and neither can we, because there are people all around this place who won’t let it happen.” Ms Winter recalled that as he said this, Cameron raised a finger and made a circular motion in the air.
Much, much more on MI5’s Kincora role is contained in Foot’s meticulously researched account, as explosive a book as has appeared about the North. It was virtually ignored when published 25 years ago but it should now be urgently reprinted. Meantime, the surviving boys of Kincora can have no reason for confidence that the story of a British state agency facilitating certainly hundreds and likely thousands of child rapes will be told any time soon.
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"while waiting for an end to this cold-blooded murderous regime, mighty armed resistance is the only way to deal with it." 
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Israel Tapped White House Phones, Blackmailed President
Netanyahu Said To Have Offered Lewinsky Tapes For Pollard


By Rebecca Shimoni Stoil

New critical book on the Clinton family claims that Israel tapped White House phones, blackmailed president with recordings of intern.
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US Intelligence: Russia Didn’t Do It

By Paul Craig Roberts


Washington’s bribes and threats can produce whatever story Washington wants. 
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Murder Is Murder
Drone-Killing the Fifth Amendment 


By Peter Van Buren

As medieval kings invoked church sanction to justify evil deeds, so in our modern world lawyers are mobilized to transform government actions -- torture, indefinite detention without charge, murder -- into something “legal.”
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The Secret Government Rulebook For Labeling You a Terrorist

By Jeremy Scahill and Ryan Devereaux
The Obama administration has quietly approved a substantial expansion of the terrorist watchlist system, authorizing a secret process that requires neither “concrete facts” nor “irrefutable evidence” to designate an American or foreigner as a terrorist. 
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State Sanctioned Murder
Joseph Wood dies almost two hours after execution begins

By Ed Pilkington in New York


Convicted killer 'gasped and snorted' as officials attempted to execute him, as lawyers filed an emergency motion to halt the process. 
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What If Our Democracy Is A Fraud?
Perhaps we’re not as free as we think


By Andrew P. Napolitano

What if you were allowed to vote only because it didn’t make a difference? 
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Running for Their Lives: The Child Migrant Crisis

By Mitchell Zimmerman

U.S. policies stoked the gang violence Central American kids are fleeing. 
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Israel kills 107 people in Gaza Thursday: : At least 788 Palestinians have been killed and 5,118 have been injured since the beginning of the Israeli attack on the people of Gaza.
17 people killed as Israel shells UN shelter in Beit Hanoun: - Israeli forces have shelled a UN school in Beit Hanoun, with at least 17 dead and 150 injured as many more are feared killed among the hundreds who had taken shelter there with Israeli coordination.
Hamas claims to have killed 8 Israeli soldiers in Gaza attack: The Hamas-affiliated al-Qassam Brigades said on Thursday that they had killed eight Israeli soldiers in northeastern Gaza City in what was potentially the deadliest attack on the military since the ground invasion began last week.
UN rights council to form commission of inquiry over Israeli 'war crimes' in Gaza: The United States cast the only dissenting vote in the United Nations Human Rights Council, with European nations abstaining.
UN warns of 'dire' Gaza situation:UN humanitarian chief Valerie Amos expresses extreme concern at the situation in Gaza, warning that residents are running out of food and water.
Backs to the wall, Palestinian leadership comes out fighting: The Palestinian Authority is fed up with the international community’s empty promises to implement its national aspirations, and realized that the Palestinians have no one to rely on but themselves.
We are Israeli reservists. We refuse to serve.: Now that Israel has sent troops to Gaza again and reserves are being summoned to service, dozens are refusing to take part
Not In Our Name: Jewish Activists Arrested in Sit-in at Friends of Israel Defense Forces NYC Office : Video - For about an hour, activists read the names of the more than 600 Palestinians killed, and demanded the organization stop its fundraising for the military attacking Gaza. Nine were arrested when they refused to leave the premises. We get a video report from the protest.
Brazil recalls ambassador from Israel over Gaza attack: "We strongly condemn the disproportionate use of force by Israel in the Gaza Strip, from which large numbers of civilian casualties, including women and children resulted."
At least 60 people killed in attack on Iraq prisoner convoy : At least 60 people have died in clashes after suicide bombers and fighters attacked a bus transferring convicts from a prison north of Baghdad, according to Iraqi police. Security and medical officials said on Thursday that about 50 prisoners were among the dead, many of them burnt beyond recognition. A number of policemen also died.
Twin car blasts welcome new Iraq president; 21 killed: Iraqi officials say a double car bombing in central Baghdad has killed 21 people and wounded 33, hours after lawmakers elected the country’s new president.
Islamic State orders genital mutilation of Iraqi women – UN: Sunni militants from the Islamic State have ordered all girls and women aged 11 to 46 in and around the city of Mosul to undergo female genital mutilation, the UN reported. The potential number of victims is estimated at 4 million.
Islamic State Isn’t Circumcising Women and Didn’t Steal $400 Million Either: A number of apparently false stories about the jihadist group's behavior in Iraq's second-largest city are spreading like wildfire through the Western media.
State Dept. Official: ISIS No Longer a Terrorist Group But ‘A Full-Blown Army’: Brett McGurk, deputy assistant secretary for Iraq and Iran at the U.S. Department of State, said at a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing on Wednesday. “It is now a full-blown army seeking to establish a self-governing state through the Tigris and Euphrates Valley in what is now Syria and Iraq.”
Mortar shell kills 11 Syrians in Aleppo: At least 11 people, including three children and a woman, were killed and eight others wounded when a mortar shell fell on a district of Aleppo city, north Syria, on Thursday. The area is controlled by the regular forces, according to a statement by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR).
42 killed in Nigerian attacks: Police said the first attack was carried out by a suicide bomber on the convoy of Sheikh Dahiru Bauchi, a cleric who has fiercely criticized Boko Haram’s deadly five-year uprising.
Rival Libyan militias clash in Tripoli, Benghazi: Heavy black smoke rose over southern Tripoli on Thursday after rival militias exchanged artillery and rocket fire in a battle over the Libyan capital's airport that has killed more than 50 people in nearly a fortnight of fighting.
Foreign intelligence behind attack on army: Egypt: "The terrorist operations (in Egypt) are carried out by terrorist elements, mercenaries, trained in Afghanistan, Syria and Iraq, and recruited by foreign intelligence services," Abdel Latif said.
13 Killed as PAF Jets Pound Alledged Militant Hideouts in NWA: According to military sources, the PAF warplanes targeted alledged militant hideouts located near Pak-Afghan border in Tehsil Shawal in wee hours of Wednesday, killing 13 militants and flattening four sanctuaries. The deceased militants could not be identified immediately
Deadly attacks kill 8 people in Afghanistan: A bombing in an Afghanistan market has killed at least six people while two foreign women have been killed in a separate attack. A young girl was among the dead in Thursday's bombing at a market in Takhar province, AP news agency reported.
Two foreign occupation force soldiers killed in Afghanistan: Two soldiers of the NATO-led coalition or International Security Assistance Forces (ISAF) were killed in Afghanistan on Thursday, APA reports quoting Xinhua.
War crime in Afghanistan.: Al Jazeera America on how a U.S. backed paramilitary unit carried out the extrajudicial executions of three men in Alizai, a village in eastern Afghanistan, on June 1st 2014.
Four soldiers killed in east Ukraine ongoing clashes: Four Ukrainian soldiers and one civilian have lost their lives during the ongoing clashes between Ukrainian army and rebels
Ukraine's Government Collapses, PM Yatsenyuk Resigns: Bloomberg reports that the fragile coalition government has collapsed after two parties quit. The UDAR and Svoboda parties said they’d leave the government and seek a snap parliamentary ballot.
Fighting continues near Ukraine crash site: Fighting between Ukrainian troops and rebels has continued to take place near the crash site of Malaysian flight MH17, as experts in Britain begin analysing crucial data from the downed airliner's black boxes.
Fact or propaganda? ‘We Shot Down MH17,’ Says Pro-Russian Soldier: A pro-Russian militant has admitted his unit shot down Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, Italian Newspaper Corriere della Sera has reported. The interview confirms pro-Russian forces mistook the passenger plane for a military one and were told to prepare to engage pro-Ukraine soldiers on the ground.
Propaganda alert: State Department: Blame for downed plane ‘lies directly’ with Putin: State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf on Wednesday said blame for the crashed Malaysian Airlines flight "lies directly at President [Vladimir] Putin's feet," as the Obama administration looked to raise pressure Russia. Harf said Putin was responsible not just for the downed commercial airliner, "but every incident we've seen” throughout the conflict. "Period."
If Russia is behind MH17 crash, where’s the evidence? – Defense Ministry: Russia has so far been the only nation to release evidence related to the MH17 crash, the Defense Ministry said, urging other countries to follow suit. Though there have been a lot of claims of Russia’s involvement, none have been backed by proof.
MH17: Russia accuses US of fabricating evidence: Russia's deputy defence minister says US evidence 'mostly cited social networks' and did not correspond to reality
US hasn’t shown ‘smoking gun’ on Malaysian airlines crash: Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.). The Intelligence Committee’s ranking member, said Wednesday that he and Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein were disappointed with the information released by the Obama administration on the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17.
NATO Poland base may be prepared for blitz against Russia: NATO’s Europe commander advocates stockpiling a base in Poland with enough weapons, ammunition and other supplies to support a rapid deployment of thousands of troops against Russia, British media reported.