Author: Eva Bartlett

Rethinking Chemical Weapons

Originally posted on what's left:

It’s highly unlikely that the Syrian military has used chemical weapons in its ongoing fight against foreign-backed jihadists, but if it had, would use of the weapons be uniquely reprehensible, and would it justify an intervention?

June 27, 2015

By Stephen Gowans

There are two problems with the way we think about chemical weapons. The first is the idea that killing with gas is more reprehensible than killing with bullets, shrapnel, and explosives. This position is both intellectually and morally indefensible. The second is our belief that chemical weapons are weapons of mass destruction (WMD). They are not. In fact, they’re no more WMD than are bullets and machetes. [1]

Before elaborating on these points, let me address the question of whether the Syrian Army has used chemical weapons. This article is not a defense of the use of chemical weapons by Syrian forces, because I don’t believe the Syrian…

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Sukant Chandan on racism and solidarity with Global South peoples

Sukant Chandan tells of his dehumanizing experience, encourages actual anti-racism organizing:

“Yesterday evening in a supermarket in Farringdon a middle aged middle class white man started an argument with me in which the second opening line was “what country do you think this is?!” After which I demanded from him to elaborate and clarify that comment while standing in front of him and his trolley. He called the police saying he was being “attacked” by me after bashing his trolley into my legs half a dozen of times. The supermarket staff were relatively reasonable and balanced and calmed the situation down. The policeman arrived and ended up attacking me saying I may have mental health and substance abuse issues, amongst other insulting and offensive comments. A middle class white woman came up to me saying I should forgive and forget, she said nothing to the racist man. Another middle class middle aged white man shouts at me that I am wasting police time and I should do some charity work. What a shitty dehumanising experience, important to develop real collective struggles to push back white supremacy and the system of neocolonialism and imperialism that creates it, and more importantly to support the global struggle of our peoples, countries, states and regional and global bodies which are actually achieving many things, sacrificing as well as achieving a lot in that framework, and are winning the struggle to contract and eradicate the entire ‘western’ system. If anti racism in the west does not prioritise our Global South peoples and struggles it is merely Eurocentric moaning, which is what all this neo-colonial identity politics around us is exactly about.
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terrorist missiles on Damascus, killing 12, including an infant

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Rewa, the youngest martyr yesterday who fall because of the “Moderate rebels”, by American Mortars, all her fault and her family fault was they are in a public park at midnight.“–Syrian resident.

Presstitutes and HR thugs like Ken Roth and co fail to mention the daily terrorism of the NATO/Wahabi/turkey/zio alliance’s death squads in Syria. Missiles on Damascus last night, at least five, from Jobar, Max Syrian tells me.

Not only terrifying children in his and other families, but murdering 12 people with the missile on central Damascus alone. One family killed included a woman, her son and his wife, two of her daughters and a grandchild.

Syrians are without doubt strong and resilient, but 4 plus years of this terrorism…it has to end.

Rest In Peace last night’s and all martyrs of these western-backed terrorists. They are not numbers, but individuals, people with families, dreams…

All support to the ‪#‎SAA‬, ‪#‎NDF‬ and all allies fighting this disease and for a terrorist-free, secular Syria.

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Although the number of murdered has been now put at 12, Sana’s earlier report noted:

“Nine civilians were killed Tuesday in a terrorist rocket attack on Arnous area in Damascus city.

A source at Damascus Police Command told SANA that two rocket shells fired by terrorists positioned in Eastern Ghouta landed in Arnous Park, claiming the lives of 9 civilians and injuring 13 others.

Five women were among the dead, while the wounded people included 3 children, according to a medical source at al-Mouwasat Hospital where the victims were taken.

Earlier on Tuesday, rockets hit neighborhoods of al-Mezzeh, Masaken Barzeh, al-Mazra’aa and al-Jahez Park in Damascus city and Harasta suburb on its outskirts, leaving a civilian dead and 12 others injured.”

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“Palestinian Militias Force ISIS Out of Yarmouk Camp”

Jun 9, 2015, Al Masdar

“On Monday morning, the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) launched an assault on the defensive positions of Fatah Al-Intifada and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-General Command (PFLP-GC) at the Central Sector of the Yarmouk Camp, where they attempted to infiltrate into this  industrial zone located inside this district in southern Damascus.

Following their initial attack on the Central Sector of the Yarmouk Camp District, ISIS was confronted by a large agglomeration of PFLP-GC and Fatah Al-Intifada fighters that rushed to the aid of their embattled Palestinian comrades at Daghoul Street, resulting in the terrorist group’s subsequent withdrawal from this area near the ‘Uthman Mosque.

The Palestinian Armed Forces did not stop there: moments after repelling ISIS at the Central Sector of the Yarmouk Camp District, the PFLP-GC and Fatah Al-Intifada went on the offensive at Abu Tarbah Street and Palestine Street, killing 12 enemy combatants from the terrorist organization, while also seizing materials used to produce improvised explosive devices (IED).
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“Canada Evades its Genocidal Legacy to Mask its Ongoing Crimes: When the Killers conduct the Autopsy, don’t expect the Truth”

Jun 6, 2015, Dissident Voice

-by Kevin Annett

“Whenever the winners of a war write its official history and pronounce absolution on themselves, the results are both tragic, and comic. Canada demonstrated that in spades this past week when the government-run Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) released its “official” report on the homegrown church-and-state slaughter of thousands of native children in the so-called “Indian residential school” system.

Despite the rapturous attention the TRC report received in the world press, it said nothing we didn’t already know, and that I personally didn’t broadcast to a deaf world as far back as June of 1998. What the TRC report did do was to cast a thick veil around Canada’s crimes of the past in order to protect its crimes of the present, like institutionalized child trafficking.

To the uninformed, and to those who somehow consider it legitimate for criminals to investigate themselves, it is a convincing enough veil. All the right words were used in the TRC report, concealed of course by horror-softening adjectives: an antiseptic term like “cultural genocide” becomes a substitute for the truth of tortured bodies, sterilized genitals, and violated and torn little children tossed into mass graves at night. Can 50,000 dead innocents really constitute simply a “cultural” extermination?
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Israel a criminal offender at large, UN listing or not

Farah Abu Halima, 3, severely burned by Israeli-fired White Phosphorus, January 4, 2009 (Photo by Eva Bartlett)

*Farah Abu Halima, 3, severely burned by Israeli-fired White Phosphorus, January 4, 2009 (Photo by Eva Bartlett)

Jun 5, 2015, RT.com

-by Eva Bartlett

Reports have come out that the UN was considering adding Israel to the list of “grave violations against children in armed conflict.” As detailed below, Israeli army and Israel’s state policies are systematically violent against Palestinian children.

A recent Independent article noted that [Special Envoy for Children and Armed Conflict Leila] “Zerrougui’s draft report cited IDF attacks on schools and hospitals during the 2014 war in the Gaza Strip…”

Even though the UN has historically not taken strong action against any of Israel’s war crimes over the decades, let alone those specifically against Palestinian children, Israel has reportedly exerted pressure to be de-listed from the draft list, with seeming success.

The Independent wrote, “UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, however, is said to be leaning towards not including Israel in the list, amid what several diplomatic sources anonymously said was intense lobbying from Israel.”

Apparently, Israel thinks such call for its joining the list is “a heinous and hypocritical attempt to besmirch the image of Israel and it is doomed to fail,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Emmanuel Nahshon reportedly said.

In fact, the UN should have listed Israel from at least 2009 when, as the UN website notes, “the Security Council decided to also list armed forces and groups who kill and maim children, commit sexual violence against children, and attack schools and hospitals.”

Does Israel violate the six areas detailed? Five out of six, most definitely:

– Killing or maiming of children; [See below]
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