Author: Eva Bartlett

I Have Witnessed A Crime Against Humanity! – A Message from Caleb Maupin in the Port of Djibouti

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From the Port of Djibouti in North Africa, it is with great sadness and burning outrage that I announce that the voyage of the Iran Shahed Rescue Ship has concluded. We will not reach our destination at the Port of Hodiedah in Yemen to deliver humanitarian aid.

The unsuccessful conclusion of our mission is the result of only one thing: US-backed Saudi Terrorism.
Yesterday, as it appeared our arrival was imminent, the Saudi forces bombed the port of Hodiedah. They didn’t just bomb the port once, or even twice. The Saudi forces bombed the port of Hodiedah a total of eight times in a single day!

The total number of innocent dock workers, sailors, longshoremen, and bystanders killed by these eight airstrikes is still being calculated.

Furthermore, the Yemeni revolutionaries arrested 15 people yesterday, who were part of a conspiracy to attack our vessel. The plan was to attack the Iran Shahed when we arrived, and kill everyone onboard, including me.
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New York Times Complicit in Spreading False Syria Allegations

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By Stephen Gowans

The New York Times ran an article on May 12 suggesting that the Syrian government has held back some of its chemical weapons and is using them against rebel fighters. Significantly, the allegation was backed by no evidence, yet the newspaper chose to run the story anyway.

In their story (“Inspectors in Syria find traces of banned military chemicals”) reporters Somini Sengupta, Marlise Simons and Anne Barnard cited a conclusion drawn by an anonymous Western diplomat who was briefed on findings by inspectors from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons. The inspectors had reportedly found traces of toxic nerve agents in Syria. The diplomat was quoted as saying that there’s a “strong suspicion” that the Syrians “are retaining stockpiles which are being held back.”

However, a close reading of the article showed that there was not one whit of evidence to back up…

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Call White House! Let Red Crescent ship with humanitarian supplies to Yemen pass! No Blockade!

International Action Center

URGENT! Call the White House! The US and Saudi Arabia Must Not Attack a Civilian Relief Vessel! Let the Aid Ship Pass!

The US and Saudi Arabia are threatening to attack a humanitarian aid ship on the high seas! International observers, including US citizens,  are aboard. This would be piracy and an act of war! Call the White House now at 202-456-1414 and 202-456-1111 and say: Let the aid ship pass!

The ship Rescue, chartered by the Red Crescent Society of Iran, is now approaching the coast of Yemen. It carries 2,500 tons of medicine and humanitarian aid for the thousands of Yemeni children, women and men wounded and hundreds of thousands displaced by Saudi bombing. It has international observers aboard. including IAC activist Caleb Maupin.

The Saudi  bombing and blockade of Yemen is Washington’s war, The brutal, corrupt, oil-rich Saudi monarchy does nothing without a green light from the White House and the Pentagon!
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Defying “The Vulture Consensus” on Syria

*Tim Anderson graphic

Interesting FB discussion, prompted by Eric Draitser (StopImperialism.com ) sharing an article [Syrian Regime is Going Down in Flames] and asking, particularly from Syrians, for feedback. He gave his own critque of the artilce afterwards.

Max Syrian (a Syrian analyst living IN Damascus, also an NDF soldier):

1- Mr. Lvov starts his whole article on the arguable idea that what’s going on in Syria is a “civil war”, when only an ignorant person wouldn’t know that what’s happening (military-wise) is a war between Syrian Army (and allies, local and not) one one side, and multinational death squads coming from more than 80 countries around the world, getting direct support from Turkey, KSA and Qatar, and indirect support from NATO (U.S.A mainly).

2- Mr. Lvov claims that the Syrian regime in Damascus seems to be “crumbling”, and offers no actual evidence to support that theory, while at the same time he clearly states that the Syrian Army is scoring one victory after another.

3- Mr. Lvov’s “signs of the actual collapse of the Syrian state” are no where to be found in the article, but who cares? a Ph.D says so, you listen and believe!

4- Mr. Lvov speaks of Syria’s dependence on its allies from abroad, which is “on the ground” not true. As a Syrian citizen, living in Syria, and being in the National Defense Forces myself, I see the opposite: more people inside Syria are showing more support to the Army after what they’ve seen from the other sides (FSA, Al-Nusra, ISIS.. etc), while the support from Iran, Iraq and Hizbullah remains strong. The only explanation I can think of for Mr. Lvov’s idea is that he had no idea how strong said support was from the beginning, or that he can see soldiers in Syria that we Syrians can’t see.

Hezbollah, Syria, and Historical Memory: A Tale of Two Nakbas

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May 18, 2015, Counter Punch

-Eric Draitser

Last week, millions around the world marked the 67th anniversary of the Nakba – literally “the disaster” or “the catastrophe” in Arabic – commemorating the seizure of Palestinian land and transformation of historic Palestine into modern Israel. Naturally, there is little ambiguity among pro-Palestine activists that the Nakba represents the opening salvo in the ongoing war perpetrated by Israel and Zionism against the people of Palestine; it is the continuing war of gradual (and not so gradual) erasure of Palestinian culture, Palestinian ethnic identity, and Palestinian collective memory. The weapons in this war range from Israeli bombs, to Zionist propaganda that seeks to dehumanize the Palestinian people, robbing them of both their agency and their humanity, their land and their livelihoods.

But these facts are only controversial when facing the barrage of pro-Israeli propaganda either in the media, or as parroted by liberal Zionists whose humanity and compassion somehow does not extend to a tiny strip of land called Gaza, or the disjointed and disfigured territory known as the West Bank. Indeed, most people of conscience have come to see the self-evident injustice of the Nakba and the occupation; they recognize the apartheid and continuing oppression of the Palestinian people, correctly believing this struggle to be one of the great injustices of the contemporary world.

However, there is another Nakba, another catastrophe, that is ongoing today that even many pro-Palestinian voices fail (or choose not) to see – the war on Syria, Iraq, and indeed much of the region. For while 1948 saw the destruction of whole villages, extermination of families, displacement of millions, and the stealing of land throughout Palestine, so too have the last few years seen a similar phenomenon in Syria and Iraq. But while the rape of Palestine is a cause around which millions all over the world can unite, the war on Syria and Iraq has left much of the international movement divided. Many even today refuse to see this continuing war as even a war at all; it is “sectarian conflict,” it is “merely a proxy war,” and many argue that “all sides should be condemned.” But is this really true? Or, are these merely the empty platitudes of intellectual and moral cowards who prefer to stick with just Palestine because Syria and Iraq are “not their issue”?
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There Will Be No Saudi Inspection Of This Ship! – A Message from Caleb Maupin onboard the “Iran Shahed” in the Gulf of Aden

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The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, which is mercilessly slaughtering people
in Yemen, has absolutely no right to inspect this vessel. Neither does
the United States of America or Israel. The Iranian government has
made that absolutely clear, and all of us in the delegation of peace
activists from Germany, France, and the United States absolutely agree
with this decision.

An inspection from the United Nations or the International Red
Cross/Red Crescent Society would absolutely be permitted and welcomed.
These are international bodies delegated for such tasks.
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contradiction: Humanitarian Vessel to be Inspected by Sauds?

Caleb Maupin:

“Dear all,

There is talk about a Saudi inspection of the Iranian ship, “Iranian Shahed.”

Regardless of any different viewpoint in western or other media, one fact should be well observed: Iran’s government and Red Crescent Society state correctly, that the Saudis have no right whatsoever to inspect this ship and – in addition to that – consider Saudi Arabia unfit for any inspection of this humanitarian mission due to its leading role in the war against Yemen, same as the US.

UN, ICRC or other countries appointed by concerned institutions and not involved in the war against Yemen are naturally welcome on board of “Iran Shahed” for inspection.

Best,

Caleb Maupin (USA) – ChristophHoerstel (Germany) on board of “Iran Shahed” ”

www.calebmaupin.info           www.christoph-hörstel.de