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Time to Abolish Thai Monarchy Has Expired!

Posted by terres on June 27, 2009

Overthrow Thai Monarchy!

Political activist tried secretly for insulting Thai royal pimps

A female activist who  arrested a year ago for attacking the monarchy in a political speech in Bangkok is being tried in secret for insulting the royal family.

The following news is mirrored from BBC in view of reader interest:

Concern at secret Thailand trial

By Jonathan Head
BBC News, Bangkok

King Bhumipol Adulyadej leaving Bangkok's Siriraj hospital - 7/11/2007

King Bhumipol is highly regarded [sic] in Thailand

The human rights group Amnesty International has condemned the secret trial in Thailand of a woman charged with insulting the royal family.

The woman was arrested a year ago after giving a speech in Bangkok in which she attacked the monarchy.

The start of her trial was delayed this week when her lawyer appealed against the decision to hold a closed trial.

Critics say strict laws against insulting the monarchy are being used to stifle discussion of its future.

Thailand concedes that the lese-majeste laws are imperfect, but says they protect the monarchy.

‘Popular revolution’

People in Thailand who have listened to the speech say they have never heard anything like it.

Daranee Charncherngsilpakul took to the stage at a protest in central Bangkok in June last year and sharply criticised the monarchy.

The Thai government will have a very difficult time explaining why the trial of someone charged with making an insulting remark could compromise Thailand’s national security
Sam Zarifi
Amnesty International

She even made personal attacks on the country’s revered King Bhumipol Adulyadej, warning him that the monarchy would be overthrown by a popular revolution.

Going by the nickname Dar Torpedo, she was already well known as an outspoken supporter of ousted Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra.

But the blunt language she used to criticise the King in a public arena, just a short distance from the palace, has shocked even those Thais who do not consider themselves ardent royalists.

‘Risk of injustice’

Given the severe penalties for insulting the monarchy in Thailand, no-one was surprised when Ms Daranee was arrested shortly afterwards.

Her trial, however, which started this week, has alarmed human rights groups.

Red-shirt protesters in Bangkok on 12 April 2009

Supporters of Thaksin Shinawatra say he was unjustly ousted

The presiding judge ordered hearings to be held in secret, citing national security concerns.

Her lawyer is appealing, on the grounds that Thailand’s constitution guarantees defendants the right to a public trial.

Sam Zarifi from Amnesty International has warned that “when a judge closes the doors on a trial it significantly raises the risk of injustice taking place.

“The Thai government will have a very difficult time explaining why the trial of someone charged with making an insulting remark could compromise Thailand’s national security,” he said.

Ms Daranee faces between nine and 45 years in prison if she is convicted.

Until recently the lese majeste law was rarely invoked in Thailand – but the number of cases has risen sharply during the political turmoil of the past three years.

A colleague of Daranee Charncherngsilpakul was jailed for six years last November.

Earlier this year a 34-year-old engineer was jailed for 10 years for posting a video deemed insulting to the monarchy on the website YouTube.

Neither trial was mentioned in the mainstream Thai media.

Republican sympathisers

In January this year an Australian man, Harry Nicolaides, was also jailed for three years over a novel he wrote four years ago in which he referred briefly to the scandalous private life of a Thai crown prince. He was later pardoned.

Police say they are now preparing to arrest several more anti-government activists on the same charge.

The pro-Thaksin red shirt movement is known to have a number of republican sympathisers and former communists in its ranks.

Mr Thaksin himself has been accused by his critics of harbouring plans to abolish the monarchy, accusations he has strongly denied.

The government has acknowledged that the lese majeste law has flaws – but says it is necessary to protect the monarchy.

Critics of the law argue that it is being used to stifle discussion of the monarchy’s future, at a time of heightened public anxiety over the succession, because of the King’s age and frail health.

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Carter Speaks the Truth on Palestine

Posted by terres on June 19, 2009

Palestinians are being “treated more like animals than human beings” —former U.S. president Jimmy Carter

On his visit to Gaza Strip , Carter condemned Israel’s January bombardment of the enclave and its continuing blockade of trade and humanitarian aid.


Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter gestures during his visit to the American International School in the northern Gaza Strip June 16, 2009. Isreali forces destroyed the school in prolonged bombardment of the area, killing 1,417 Gazans and injuring many more. Carter arrived in Gaza on Tuesday for a one-day visit. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem (GAZA POLITICS CONFLICT)

“I understand that even paper and crayons are treated as a security hazard,” he told Gazans gathered to meet him at a local UN office. “I sought an explanation of this when I met with Israeli officials and I received none, because there is no explanation.”

“Carter, 84 …  is easily the most outspoken former U.S. president on the Middle East conflict, and seen by many Israelis as a harsh critic.” Reuters reported.

“Israel tightened a blockade on Gaza in 2007 when Hamas took control after routing rival Fatah forces loyal to President Mahmoud Abbas, who favours a peace deal with Israel. In late December, Israeli forces bombed then invaded Gaza, devastating its already battered infrastructure.”

Israel has blocked imports of cement, steel and other building materials and goods to Gaza, literally holding its 1.5 million Palestinian population at a ransom,  saying that the items could be used for military purposes.

Carter toured the devastated area for himself, witnessing that virtually no reconstruction in Gaza had  taken place since the January Israeli bombings.

“Never before in history has a large community like this been savaged by bombs and missiles and then been deprived of the means to repair itself,” he said.


Fahad Rajabe, a 16 year-old Palestinian who sells bread, passes bread to a friend through a hole in the controversial Israeli barrier in al-Ram in the West Bank on the outskirts of Jerusalem June 14, 2009. REUTERS/Fadi Arouri. Image may be subject to copyright.

Carter denounced the situation as “a terrible human rights crime,” adding that the blockade forced Gazans to rely on smugglers for their daily needs.

“This abuse must cease. The crimes must be investigated. The wall must be brought down, and the basic right of freedom must come to you,” he said at a United Nations school during a visit to Gaza.

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Swat Valley: Paradise on Earth

Posted by terres on June 13, 2009

Image of the Day: ****&#@!*%$!!!


An internally displaced girl who fled a military offensive in the Swat valley region stands with her ration of bread at the UNCHR (United Nations High Commission for Refugees) Sheikh Yaseen camp in district Mardan, northwest of Pakistan’s capital Islamabad, June 11, 2009.    REUTERS/Akhtar Soomro. Image may be subject to copyright.

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Nazi rabbi from HELL

Posted by terres on June 10, 2009

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Chabad rabbi: Jews should kill Arab men, women and children during war

[And if there was no war, hell we could create one!]

How could he say that and get away with it? Unless he is convinced that the majority of us, “we the people,” believe Arabs are terrorists and the jews are our “saviors.”

But judging by the people’s recent awakening, and their responses to both the bombing of USS Liberty by Israeli forces and the controlled demolition of WTC towers on 9/11 by the jewish mafia and other supporters of Israel, the rabbi has scored a number of own goals.

Chabad-Lubavitch rabbi has also grossly miscalculated the average ‘gentile’ (goyim) appreciation of  the seriousness of the traditional jewish plot which, as reiterated put by the rabbi,  “to fight a moral war [sic] is the jewish way.”

Based on what is said in Torah, which the evil rabbi repeats, we know the jews won’t stop their killing orgy until they have killed not only every Arab men, women and children (and cattle), but every gentile (goyim), like you and I, and our families (and animals), too,  in the US, Europe, Asia and elsewhere … They have built a massive stockpile of nuclear bombs (warheads and very many “suitcase bombs” that are currently unaccounted for), which would be used to blow most of our cities to smithereens.

Below are some of the comments made by Chabad-Lubavitch Manis Friedman the Nazi rabbi from HELL:

Chabad rabbi: Jews should kill Arab men, women and children during war

By Nathaniel Popper, The Forward

Like the best Chabad-Lubavitch rabbis, Manis Friedman has won the hearts of many unaffiliated Jews with his charismatic talks about love and God; it was Friedman who helped lead Bob Dylan into a relationship with Chabad.

“But Friedman, who today travels the country as a Chabad speaker, showed a less warm and cuddly side when he was asked how he thinks Jews should treat their Arab neighbors.”

“The only way to fight a moral war is the Jewish way: Destroy their holy sites. Kill men, women and children (and cattle),” Friedman wrote in response to the question posed by Moment Magazine for its “Ask the Rabbis” feature.

Friedman argued that if Israel followed this wisdom, there would be “no civilian casualties, no children in the line of fire, no false sense of righteousness, in fact, no war.”

“I don’t believe in Western morality,” he wrote. “Living by Torah values will make us a light unto the nations who suffer defeat because of a disastrous morality of human invention.”

Friedman’s use of phrasing that might seem more familiar coming from an Islamic extremist has generated a swift backlash. The editor of Moment, Nadine Epstein, said that since the piece was printed in the current issue they “have received many letters and e-mails in response to Rabbi Friedman’s comments – and almost none of them have been positive.”

Friedman quickly went into damage control. He released a statement to the Forward, through a Chabad spokesman, saying that his answer in Moment was “misleading” and that he does believe that “any neighbor of the Jewish people should be treated, as the Torah commands us, with respect and compassion.”

But Friedman’s words have generated a debate about whether there is a darker side to the cheery face that the Chabad-Lubavitch movement shows to the world in its friendly outreach to unaffiliated Jews. Mordecai Specktor, editor of the Jewish community newspaper in Friedman’s hometown, St. Paul. Minnesota, said: “The public face of Lubavitch is educational programs and promoting Yiddishkeit. But I do often hear this hard line that Friedman expresses here.”

“He sets things out in pretty stark terms, but I think this is what Lubavitchers believe, more or less,” said Specktor, who is also the publisher of the American Jewish World.

“They are not about loving the Arabs or a two-state solution or any of that stuff. They are fundamentalists. They are our fundamentalists.”

Abraham Foxman, national director of the Anti-Defamation League and a regular critic of Arab extremists, said that in the , “We are not immune to having these views. There are people in our community who have these bigoted, racist views.”

But, Foxman warned, Friedman’s views are not reflective of the Chabad rabbis he knows. “I am not shocked that there would be a rabbi who would have these views,” Foxman said, “but I am shocked that Moment would give up all editorial discretion and good sense to publish this as representative of Chabad.”

A few days after anger about the comment surfaced, Chabad headquarters released a statement saying that, “we vehemently disagree with any sentiment suggesting that Judaism allows for the wanton destruction of civilian life, even when at war.”

The statement added: “In keeping with Jewish law, it is the unequivocal position of Chabad-Lubavitch that all human life is G-d given, precious, and must be treated with respect, dignity and compassion.”

In Moment, Friedman’s comment is listed as the Chabad response to the question “How Should Jews Treat Their Arab Neighbors?” after a number of answers from rabbis representing other Jewish streams, most of which state a conciliatory attitude toward Arabs.

Epstein said that Friedman was “brave” for stating his views so clearly.

“The American Jewish community doesn’t have the chance to hear opinions like this,” Epstein said, “not because they are rare, but because we don’t often ask Chabad and other similar groups what they think.”

The Chabad movement is generally known for its hawkish policies toward the Palestinians; the Chabad Rebbe, Menachem Mendel Schneerson, rejected peace accords with the Palestinians. Rabbi Moshe Feller, the top Chabad rabbi in Minnesota, said that the rebbe taught that it is not a mitzvah to kill, but that Jews do have an obligation to act in self-defense.

“Jews as a whole, they try to save the lives of others,” Feller told the Forward, “but if it’s to save our lives, then we have to do what we have to do. It’s a last resort.”

Friedman is not a fringe rabbi within the Chabad-Lubavitch movement. He was the English translator for the Chabad Rebbe, and at the rebbe’s urging, he founded Beis Chana, a network of camps and schools for Jewish women. Friedman is also a popular speaker and writer on issues of love and relationships. His first book, “Doesn’t Anyone Blush Anymore?” was promoted with a quote from Bob Dylan, who Friedman brought to meet the rebbe.

On his blog and Facebook page, Friedman’s emphasis is on his sympathetic, caring side. It was this reputation that made the comment in Moment so surprising to Steve Hunegs, director of the Jewish Community Relations Council: Minnesota and the Dakotas.

“Rabbi Friedman is a best-selling author who addresses some of the most sensitive issues of the time,” Hunegs said. “I intend to call him and talk to him about this.”

But Shmarya Rosenberg, a blogger and critic of Chabad who lives a few blocks from Friedman in Minnesota, says that the comment in Moment is not an aberration from his experiences with Friedman and many other Chabad rabbis.

“What he’s saying is the standard normal view of a Chabadnik,” Rosenberg said. “They just don’t say it in public.”

For his part, Friedman was quick to modify the statement that he wrote in Moment. He told the Forward that the line about killing women and children should have been in quotes; he said it is a line from the Torah, though he declined to specify from which part. Friedman also said that he was not advocating for Israel to actually kill women and children. Instead, he said, he believed that Israel should publicly say that it is willing to do these things in order to scare Palestinians and prevent war.

“If we took this policy, no one would be killed – because there would be no war,” Friedman said. “The same is true of the United States.”

Friedman did acknowledge, however, that in self-defense, the behavior he talked about would be permissible.

“If your children are threatened, you do whatever it takes – and you don’t have to apologize,” he said.

Friedman argued that he is different from Arab terrorists who have used similar language about killing Jewish civilians.

“When they say it, it’s genocide, not self-defense,” Friedman said. “With them, it’s a religious belief – they need to rid the area of us. We’re not saying that.”

Feller, the Chabad leader in Minnesota, said that the way Friedman had chosen to express himself was “radical.”

“I love him,” Feller said. “I brought him out here – he’s magnificent. He’s brought thousands back to Torah mitzvah. But he shoots from the hip sometimes.”

http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1091469.html

First they’ll kill the Arabs and their cattle, then they’ll come after the rest of us ‘gentiles’ and our animals, too – unless we stop them first!

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The True Cost of Oil

Posted by terres on June 9, 2009

Image of the Day: The Land is All We Have


The wife of a victim killed during clashes between police and natives, cries at the morgue in Bagua June 7, 2009. Peruvian troops searched for missing police and patrolled towns in the Amazon on Sunday after 60 people died in clashes with Indian tribes opposed to President Alan Garcia’s plans to mine and drill oil in the jungle. An indigenous leader said 40 protesters were killed and the government said 23 members of the security forces perished in two days of battles over Garcia’s push to lure billions of dollars in foreign investment to the rainforest. REUTERS/Enrique Castro-Mendivil. Image may be subject to copyright.

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Deadly Clashes Erupt in Peru’s Amazon Region

Posted by terres on June 6, 2009

50 killed in clashes at Peru Roadblock

The indigenous people, police and paramilitary members were among the dead

Up to 50 people have been killed in clashes between the security forces and indigenous people in the Amazon region in Peru.

The violence erupted as security forces tried to end fuel and transport blockades in Peru’s Amazon region, which the indigenous groups began in April.


Indigenous protesters fighting logging and drilling blocked a road in northern Peru on Friday as police tear gas hung in the air. (June 5, 2009). Photo: AP. Image may be subject to copyright.

The fighting reportedly occurred at a jungle highway near the town of Bagua, about 1,000km (600 miles) north of the capital, Lima.

The indigenous people in the Amazon region oppose plans by the government to open up communal jungle lands for oil exploration, logging, mining and large-scale farming.

Indigenous leaders said their campaign was a peaceful demonstration, however, the police using helicopters opened fire on demonstrators.

The government of president Alan Garcia, who authorized Peru’s military forces to support the police in the ongoing dispute, accused the Indians of  “falling to a criminal level.”

Under Peru’s constitution the country’s mineral and hydrocarbon deposits are owned by the state, and president Garcia has declared that the benefit should go to all Peruvians [sic.]

Based on previous experience in the region, the indigenous people correctly maintain that the new laws will only make it easier for foreign corporations to exploit their land and  the natural resources.

“In the case of oil, for instance, at least 58 of the 64 areas secured by multinational companies for oil exploration overlay lands titled to indigenous peoples, according to a study last year by scientists from Duke University.” The NYT reported.

“Now we have a government resorting to using military force to spearhead development of the Amazon,” said Paul McAuley, an environmental activist in the Amazonian city of Iquitos. “This cannot be a strategy that is sustainable.”

Who is Alan Garcia?

Alan Gabriel Ludwig García Pérez (born May 23, 1949 in Lima, Peru) is the incumbent President of Peru; he won the 2006 elections on June 4, 2006, having previously served his first term as President from 1985 to 1990.

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Alan Gabriel Ludwig García Pérez. Photo: Peru govt. Image may be subject to copyright.

According to studies of the National Institute of Statistics and Informatics and the United Nations Development Programme, around the start of his presidency, 41.6% of Peruvians lived in poverty. During his presidency, this percentage increased by 13% ( to 55%) in 1991. García also made an attempt to nationalize the banking and insurance industries. He incurred the wrath of the International Monetary Fund and the financial community by unilaterally declaring a limit on debt repayment equal to 10% of the Gross National Product, thereby isolating Peru from the international financial markets.

The economic turbulence exacerbated social tensions in Peru and contributed in part to the rise of the violent rebel movement Shining Path, which launched the internal conflict in Peru and began attacking electric towers, causing a number of blackouts in Lima. The García administration unsuccessfully sought a military solution to the growing terrorism, allegedly committing human rights violations which are still under investigation. These include the Accomarca massacre, where 47 campesinos were gunned to death by the Peruvian armed forces in August 1985, the Cayara massacre (May 1988) in which some thirty were killed and dozens disappeared, and the summary execution of more than 200 inmates during prison riots in Lurigancho, San Juan Bautista (El Frontón) and Santa Bárbara in 1986. According to an official inquiry, an estimated 1,600 forced disappearances took place during García’s presidency. His own personal involvement in these events is not clear. García was allegedly tied to the paramilitary Rodrigo Franco Command, which is accused of carrying out political murders in Peru during García’s presidency. [Wikipedia]

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Preparing Britain For Miliband

Posted by terres on June 5, 2009

Submitted by a reader

Coup to Promote Miliband

David Miliband’s Move to Power Fulfills a ‘Talmudic Prophesy’

James Purnell, Britain’s  Work and Pensions Secretary, stepped down from Gordon Brown’s cabinet, calling on the British Prime Minister to “stand aside.”

In his letter to Mr Brown, Purnell said he owed it to the Labour Party to “say what I believe no matter how hard that may be.”

He wrote: “I now believe your continued leadership makes a Conservative [Party] victory more, not less likely. That would be disastrous for our country.”

He added: “I am therefore calling on you to stand aside to give our party a fighting chance of winning. As such I am resigning from government.”

By removing Gorden Brown from office, the establishment make it easier for David Milliband, Britain’s Foreign Secretary, to leap closer to the seat of “power,” thus fulfilling a Talmudic prophesy.

Who is Miliband?

The world is his oyster and No 10 Downing Street just a stone step!

Born in London (1965), David Miliband is the elder son of Polish-born Marion Kozak and the late Belgian-born Marxist [Trotskist] Ralph Miliband.

The day after Gordon Brown became Prime Minister, Miliband was  appointed Foreign Secretary.

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Tiananmen Square: A Night to Remember

Posted by terres on June 4, 2009

20th Anniversary of a Nightmare!

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PLA soldiers, with guns pointing at the students on TAM, stand in front of the Great Hall of the People. The gun fire from one of the guns can be seen in the picture. Source: mascr015.gif . Image may be subject to copyright.

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Tanks and a dead body on Tiananmen Square at dawn of June 4th. Source: mascr003.gif . Image may be subject to copyright.

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We’re right all along about the Afghan massacre

Posted by terres on June 3, 2009

American personnel made significant errors in carrying out some of the airstrikes in western Afghanistan—US Military [finally concedes]

“A military investigation has concluded that American personnel made significant errors in carrying out some of the airstrikes in western Afghanistan on May 4 that killed dozens of Afghan civilians, according to a senior American military official.” NYT said.

Rules? What Rules?

“The official said the civilian death toll would probably have been reduced if American air crews and forces on the ground had followed strict rules …”

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/03/world/asia/03military.html

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