27.11.04

UK troops in Iraq face new court threat

UK troops in Iraq face new court threat

this could be *very good* news...

"The Government has suffered a legal setback after a European court ruling that could see British soldiers taken to court over the deaths of Iraqi civilians in Basra.

In a landmark judgment, the European Court of Human Rights has ruled that European troops who are in control of a foreign country can be prosecuted under human rights law for breaching the civil rights of local people."

25.11.04

When America kills children, is God on its side?

When America kills children, is God on its side?

"In Falluja, in Mosul, in Baghdad the rotten fruits of the American freedom tree are falling to the ground in the form of 500-pound bombs, white phosphorus, air-to-surface missiles, and an unending hail of bullets. Freedom - the freedom to die - is on the march, with George W. Bush leading the parade. Behind follow his glassy-eyed syncophants, a Bible in one hand and a flag in the other, the world’s ugliest citizens on a merry march to hell. "

24.11.04

Debate sought on Blair's Iraq "misconduct"

Debate sought on Blair's Iraq "misconduct"


"Parliamentarians will table a motion today demanding a debate on Prime Minister Tony Blair's 'gross misconduct' in leading Britain to war against Iraq."

Malnutrition almost doubles among Iraqi children


Malnutrition almost doubles among Iraqi children



bush & co.'s genocide of iraqi children continues at a quickening pace...


"Acute malnutrition among young children in Iraq has almost doubled since the US-led invasion in March 2003 and the effects have been exacerbated by lack of clean water and adequate sanitation, the UN children's fund (Unicef) said yesterday.

'Hundreds of thousands of children are today suffering the severe effects of diarrhoea and nutrient deficiencies,' Carol Bellamy, Unicef's executive director, said.

The fund said its humanitarian work in Iraq had been crippled by security concerns, which have forced it and other aid agencies to operate largely from neighbouring countries.

A study carried out for Unicef by the Oslo-based Fafo institute for applied social science showed that malnutrition among children aged between six months and five years had risen from 4 per cent before the invasion to 7.7 per cent.

Based on a survey of 22,000 Iraqi homes in April and May this year, the study suggested some 400,000 children are suffering from malnutrition."

Sunni Muslim cleric advocating election boycott killed

Sunni Muslim cleric advocating election boycott killed

another cia hit... these bush & co. people will stop at nothing...

"Assailants in the northern city of Mosul on Monday shot and killed a leading cleric of an influential Sunni Muslim group that's called for boycotting Iraq's parliamentary elections, set for Jan. 30.

In separate incidents, private British security guards were blamed for killing an Iraqi policeman in an altercation in central Baghdad, and authorities south of the capital said they found 12 bodies, five of them without heads.

The cleric's assassination was the latest in a spate of violence, much of it apparently intended to derail U.S.-backed plans to hold nationwide elections at the end of January.

Gunmen in a getaway vehicle fired at the cleric, Sheik Feydhi Mohammed al Feydhi, as he left his home in Mosul at 9 a.m., colleagues said. No one was captured.

Feydhi belonged to the Moslem Scholars Association, which opposes the elections, saying they shouldn't be held until American 'occupiers' withdraw from Iraq. The group claims to represent 3,000 mosques."

23.11.04

Dark secrets about the Iraq election

Dark secrets about the Iraq election

there is cash in chaos for bush & co....

"General Richard Meyers, the chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, recently said that a civil war might break out in Iraq after the January 2005 election.

These remarks indicate that the United States expects developments in Iraq to mirror the situation in Algeria in the 1990s. What is the final objective behind all these measures? Why is the U.S. insisting on holding an election in Iraq? Is the United States really trying to establish democracy in that country?"

Witnesses say US forces killed unarmed civilians

Witnesses say US forces killed unarmed civilians

"The claims of abuse and killings, from different sources, appear, however, to follow a consistent pattern. Dr Ali Abbas, who arrived in Baghdad from Fallujah four days ago, worked at a clinic in the city which was bombed by the Americans. He said that at least five patients were killed.

The doctor said that the attack took place despite assurances from American officers that they were aware of its location and would ensure that it was spared military action.

Dr Abbas, 28, said: 'We had five people under treatment and they were killed. We do not know why the clinic was hit. Our colleagues from the Fallujah General Hospital, which was further out in the city, had talked to the Americans and had told us that they would avoid attacking us.

'Afterwards myself and other members of staff went from house to house when we could to help people who had been hurt. Many of them died in front of us because we did not have the medicine or the facilities to carry out operations. We contacted the doctors at the Fallujah hospital and said how bad the situation was. We wanted them to evacuate the more badly injured and send drugs and more doctors. They tried to do that, but they said the Americans stopped them."

"Who to trust?" ask U.S. troops after Mosul mayhem

"Who to trust?" ask U.S. troops after Mosul mayhem

oops...

"U.S. authorities spent millions of dollars and many man hours setting up, training and supplying Mosul's 4,000-strong police force over the past year, only to have 80 percent of it desert the moment insurgents threatened.

A multi-million-dollar police academy full of computers, weapons, first aid equipment and other supplies was attacked and looted during the rampage and is now smashed up and deserted.

A few days before it was attacked, several of the U.S. military's top generals in Iraq had visited the centre to praise the effectiveness of the recruiting and training.

The U.S. suspicion of the Iraqi police is now so deep that even those that remain on the job are considered a risk."

21.11.04

Why pre-emptive invasions encourage soldiers to commit war crimes

Why pre-emptive invasions encourage soldiers to commit war crimes

"So far, the US has shown little inclination to pay heed to the Geneva Conventions, witness the treatment of prisoners at Guantanamo Bay and Abu Ghraib and the impending appointment of Albert Gonzales as attorney-general. This is the lawyer who advised the Bush administration that the Geneva Conventions were irrelevant because the war against terrorism “renders quaint some of its provisions”. Small wonder that US defence secretary Donald Rumsfeld nodded in agreement because it gave his soldiers carte blanche to act as they saw fit and not as they should. But even if international law has been abandoned, the murder of Iraqis cannot be condoned."

Iraqi civilians gunned down at checkpoint

Iraqi civilians gunned down at checkpoint

"US marines have killed several Iraqi civilians after opening fire at at bus which drove through a checkpoint in the city of Ramadi, the US military and Iraqi police said.

Police said seven died on Saturday, the military said three."

with apologies to mr manson...bush & co. is a more evil, a more "successful" genocidal killing machine. also, mr manson never used napalm on children... Posted by Hello

Baghdad: a city at war after raid on revered Sunni mosque, Fallujah fighting

Baghdad: a city at war after raid on revered Sunni mosque, Fallujah fighting:

"A U.S.-Iraqi raid on the Abu Hanifa mosque one of the most revered sites for Sunni Muslims spawned a weekend of street battles, assassinations and a rash of bombings that changed Baghdad. The capital, for months a city of unrelenting but sporadic violence, has taken on the look of a battlefield.

The chaos has fanned sectarian tension and deepened Sunni distrust of interim Prime Minister Ayad Allawi, a Shiite installed by the Americans five months ago..."

Falluja women, children in mass grave

Falluja women, children in mass grave

"Residents of a village neighbouring Falluja have told Aljazeera that they helped bury the bodies of 73 women and children who were burnt to death by a US bombing attack.

'We buried them here, but we could not identify them because they were charred by the use of napalm bombs used by the Americans,' said one resident of Saqlawiya in footage aired on Aljazeera on Sunday.

There have been no reports of the US military using napalm in Falluja and no independent verification of the claims.

The resident told Aljazeera all the bodies were buried in a single grave.

Late last week, US troops in Falluja called on some residents who had fled the fighting to return and help bury the dead.

However, according to other residents who managed to flee the fighting after US forces entered the city, hundreds more bodies still lay in the streets and were being fed on by packs of wild dogs."

ICRC blasts 'inhumanity' of Falluja battles

ICRC blasts 'inhumanity' of Falluja battles

"Pierre Kraehenbuehl, the ICRC's director of operations, said, 'We are deeply concerned by the devastating impact that the fighting in Iraq is having on the people of that country.

'As hostilities continue in Falluja and elsewhere, every day seems to bring news of yet another act of utter contempt for the most basic tenet of humanity: the obligation to protect human life and dignity,' he said.

'For the parties to this conflict, complying with international humanitarian law is an obligation, not an option,' Kraehenbuehl said in an unusually tough statement by the relief agency.

The statement said there is an absolute prohibition on the killing of persons who are not taking active part in hostilities or have ceased to do so. It is also prohibited to torture them or to subject them to any form of inhumane, humiliating or degrading treatment.

They also imposed protection for the wounded as well as for civilians, the Red Cross agency underlined."