Turkmenistan, American “Security Experts” and the Anticipated Crushing of Liberty

[If this report is accurate Turkmenistan is about to lose freedom of the press, religious freedom, the creation of a total surveillance environment, as well as the introduction of “foreign” (read American, Israeli or Blackwater).  God help you!]

06/01/2010

Turkmenistan is preparing to enforce the security

Gundogar

Human rights activists believe that, in the case of the introduction of such measures, the human rights situation in Turkmenistan will deteriorate further and the country could quickly return to its recent history – the reign of Saparmurat Niyazov.

Human rights organization Nazhot (Uzbekistan), working to protect and promote human rights in Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan, have commented on the information held on the days of the meeting of the State Security Council of Turkmenistan on the issues of strengthening the fight against the spread of information representing a state secret, as well as a more stricter controls over certain groups of persons representing, “a threat to state security”.

At the meeting, which was invited to a limited number of senior officials discussed the issue of modernization and military buildup of Turkmenistan, updating of equipment, establishment of military cooperation with the States with a strong military capability, and bring the contract to the Turkmen army of foreign military experts.

Also addresses the need of forming a special unit within the existing law enforcement agencies to combat threats of terrorism, religious extremism and fundamentalism, attraction and recruitment in this division on a contract basis for foreign specialists.

Furthermore, it was found necessary to the establishment on the basis of law enforcement and military agencies, additional special units to provide security and protection from possible sabotage at strategic sites, including factories for processing of natural gas, and international gas pipelines.

Another issue on the agenda of the meeting was to strengthen controls over the believers.For instance, discussed the need for a special state agency for religious affairs with greater authority to review national legislation in this area and the development of new laws. The plans of the Turkmen authorities – the introduction of total control and supervision of the believers, in particular, the creation of a database on the followers of different faiths, to install video cameras in all the mosques, as well as establishing the degree of religiosity of the citizens, first and foremost, public servants.

Separately, discussed the development of a new database of all individuals, often crossing the border of Turkmenistan: leaving the country or entering into it.

In addition, the Security Council discussed the need to strengthen oversight of the publication of any information on the capabilities of Turkmenistan on the national health system, education and others. Emphasis was placed on the need for tighter control over journalists and the activities of the Turkmen media.

Human rights activists believe that, in the case of the introduction of such measures, the human rights situation in Turkmenistan will deteriorate further and the country could quickly return to its recent history – the reign of Saparmurat Niyazov.

The Security Council also addressed the need for “careful study” the activities of foreign persons and organizations, including organizations working with representatives of civil society in Turkmenistan, reviewing their licenses and closure of branches and representative offices of some international organizations.

The meeting also heard reports of the competent authorities of the activities on the territory of Turkmenistan, foreign embassies, as well as some diplomats.

The Security Council of Turkmenistan also agreed to develop a special Law “On the history of Turkmenistan” and publish a special book about the culture and spirituality of the Turkmen people.

06/01/2010

Turkmenistan is preparing to enforce the security

Gundogar

Human rights activists believe that, in the case of the introduction of such measures, the human rights situation in Turkmenistan will deteriorate further and the country could quickly return to its recent history – the reign of Saparmurat Niyazov.

Human rights organization Nazhot (Uzbekistan), working to protect and promote human rights in Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan, have commented on the information held on the days of the meeting of the State Security Council of Turkmenistan on the issues of strengthening the fight against the spread of information representing a state secret, as well as a more stricter controls over certain groups of persons representing, “a threat to state security”.

At the meeting, which was invited to a limited number of senior officials discussed the issue of modernization and military buildup of Turkmenistan, updating of equipment, establishment of military cooperation with the States with a strong military capability, and bring the contract to the Turkmen army of foreign military experts.

Also addresses the need of forming a special unit within the existing law enforcement agencies to combat threats of terrorism, religious extremism and fundamentalism, attraction and recruitment in this division on a contract basis for foreign specialists.

Furthermore, it was found necessary to the establishment on the basis of law enforcement and military agencies, additional special units to provide security and protection from possible sabotage at strategic sites, including factories for processing of natural gas, and international gas pipelines.

Another issue on the agenda of the meeting was to strengthen controls over the believers.For instance, discussed the need for a special state agency for religious affairs with greater authority to review national legislation in this area and the development of new laws. The plans of the Turkmen authorities – the introduction of total control and supervision of the believers, in particular, the creation of a database on the followers of different faiths, to install video cameras in all the mosques, as well as establishing the degree of religiosity of the citizens, first and foremost, public servants.

Separately, discussed the development of a new database of all individuals, often crossing the border of Turkmenistan: leaving the country or entering into it.

In addition, the Security Council discussed the need to strengthen oversight of the publication of any information on the capabilities of Turkmenistan on the national health system, education and others. Emphasis was placed on the need for tighter control over journalists and the activities of the Turkmen media.

Human rights activists believe that, in the case of the introduction of such measures, the human rights situation in Turkmenistan will deteriorate further and the country could quickly return to its recent history – the reign of Saparmurat Niyazov.

The Security Council also addressed the need for “careful study” the activities of foreign persons and organizations, including organizations working with representatives of civil society in Turkmenistan, reviewing their licenses and closure of branches and representative offices of some international organizations.

The meeting also heard reports of the competent authorities of the activities on the territory of Turkmenistan, foreign embassies, as well as some diplomats.

The Security Council of Turkmenistan also agreed to develop a special Law “On the history of Turkmenistan” and publish a special book about the culture and spirituality of the Turkmen people.

Released Detainees Deny Being Armed, Say Israel Used Bullets, Gas, Electroshock

Released Detainees Deny Being Armed, Say Israel Used Bullets, Gas, Electroshock

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01/06/2010 Knesset Member Hanin Zoabi, who was on board the Marmara ship when it was raided by Navy fighters, held a press conference in Nazareth on Tuesday, in which she accused Israel of committing crimes during its takeover of the Gaza-bound aid ship. She called for an international inquiry into the incident.

Zoabi added, “It was clear from the size of the force that boarded the ship that the purpose was not only to stop this sail, but to cause the largest possible number of fatalities in order to stop such initiatives in the future.”

She said the flotilla’s participants did not have any violent intentions: “Our goal was to break the siege. We had no plans for a confrontation. Israel carried out a provocative military operation. Israel is used to doing as it pleases with the Palestinians. The main problem is not the ship, but the siege.”

She also demanded the activists held in Beersheba be allowed visitation. “We also demand a UN inquiry commission probe the Israeli claims. This is an international issue, because the passengers were from different nations.”

Of the raid itself, she said, “I entered the captain’s room. He was asked to stop by the Israeli soldiers. He said, ‘We are a Turkish ship.’ We were 130 miles off. It was 11:30 pm. We saw four Israel vessels, they were at a distance because we were in international waters. At 4:15 am we saw the ships approaching. They were dinghies and choppers. At 4:30 am the forces landed quickly. I did not hear any warning from the ships, because noise was coming from the ships and the choppers. Within 10 minutes there were already three bodies. The entire operation took about an hour.”

She denied any resistance from the ship’s passengers. “There was not a single passenger who raised a club. We put on our life vests. From where I was standing, I didn’t see any clubs or anything of the sort. There were gunshots, I don’t know if they were live bullets or not. There were gunshots fired from the ships in our direction.”

“A clear message was being sent to us, for us to know that our lives were in danger. We convened that we were not interested in a confrontation. What we saw was five bodies. There were only civilians and there were no weapons. There was a sense that I many not come out of it alive. Israel spoke of a provocation, but there was no provocation.”

Zoabi was released to her home Tuesday morning after being questioned.

Shortly before the takeover, Zoabi said, “We are part of the Palestinian people. They are trying to break us. The ships took us by surprise and started to call out to us. For four years, no one spoke about Gaza. Only in this past week did the entire world get to the war crimes of Israel, a country that occupies and violates basic humanitarian rights.”

GREEK ACTIVIST: ISRAELIS USED BULLETS AND ELECTROSHOCK
Moreover, a Greek activist told of the moment Israeli troops stormed the ill-fated Gaza-bound aid flotilla, using rubber bullets, tear gas and electroshock weapons to subdue those aboard.  “Israeli troops jumped onto the boat around 0530 on Monday,” Michalis Grigoropoulos said of the pre-dawn raid by Israeli forces.

Grigoropoulos was aboard the Eleftheri Mesogeio, smaller than the lead boat, the Mavi Marmara, which Israeli troops had attacked earlier. “They fired rubber coated bullets, tear gas and then used electroshock weapons on some activists,” he told Skai television shortly after Israel deported him and five compatriots to Athens.

“An hour beforehand, at 0430 local time, we heard gunfire on the Turkish boat Mavi Marmara, the Israelis jumped from helicopters onto the boat,” he said.

Israel is still holding hundreds of the 686 passengers they seized and took back to the Israeli port of Ashdod, where Grigoropoulos said he was kept incommunicado, denied access to a lawyer and made to sign papers he did not understand.

Grigoropoulos criticized “the wretched detention conditions at Ashdod (where) 500 people were packed in together” saying that “two Greek activists were beaten up” there by Israeli police. “They made me sign papers on my expulsion, without me knowing what was on the papers because I did not have the right to a translator, a lawyer or to communicate with my family,” he said.

The Eleftheri Mesogeio’s captain, Zaharias Stilianakis, who was among those returned to Athens, said that “after their assault on the boat, the commandos cut all means of communication.”

GERMAN WITNESSES: NO ONE ARMED ON GAZA FLOTILLA
Three visibly shaken Germans who experienced the deadly raid by the Israeli military denied on Tuesday that anyone on board was armed. “The Israeli government justifies the raid because they were attacked. This is absolutely not the case,” former Member of Parliament Norman Paech, 72, wrapped in a blue blanket, told reporters in Berlin. “This was not an act of self-defense.”

His comments were backed up by two others on board the convoy when it was raided at dawn on Monday in international waters, MPs Inge Hoeger, 59, and Annette Groth, 56. “We felt like we were in a war, like we were being kidnapped,” Hoeger said. “We wanted to bring aid to Gaza. Nobody had a weapon.”

Pakistani military is currently carrying out massive operation in Gwader District of Baluchistan

Pakistani military is currently carrying out massive operation in Gwader District of Baluchistan

on 2010/6/1 7:00:00 (19 reads)
ccupied Baluchistan: Various sources from district Gwader and Dasht areas of Baluchistan reported that Pakistani armed forces have launched a massive military operation with the hardcore conventional forces, backed by Jet fighters, helicopters, tanks and armoured vehicles. Forces from Turbat , Mand and Gwader Camps have been dispatched to carry out the gory operation in Seyaji Mountains. New check posts have been set up on all outlet passage ways to strangle the local population, for not co operating with forces in Derwaar, Katrenz, SuntSer , Metsing and TeranDiska.

According to the Radio Gwank report “the Pakistani armed forces have put all oil selling shops of border traders on fire in an attempt to punish the local traders collectively. The helpless unarmed people were forced to run for long distances, when asked, why this punishment? The army retorted that all Baluch are atheists, they should be killed and the killing of Baluch is purely a jihad in Islam”.

On the other hand the BNM official website has also carried out similar reports of a grand military operation in Makuran region and stated that heaving number of armed forces, tanks and long range artillery are being deployed in several areas of Gwader district. According to BNM statement the Pakistani rulers after the brutal military operation in Kohlu and Dera Bugti, are now planning to carried out similar atrocities in Gawader region of Baluchistan. The statement further read that the party with its coalition parties in BNF will soon start collective protest campaign against the operation in makuran belt.

There are some unconfirmed report of clashes between Baluch freedom fighters and Pakistani security forces but no casualties have been reported so far. According to daily Tawar Newspaper Doda Baluch of BLF (Baluch Liberation Front) has informed News agencies that Pakistan military did bomb some mountainous regions and Baluch freedom fighters resisted back, however, no casualties have been reported and all Baluch freedom fighters reach back to their hideouts safe and sound.

Open in new windowMeanwhile a large number of Baluch women and children protest against the Pakistani military’s excesses in the region. Talking to radio Gwank Baluch women alleged that the occupation forces tried to arrest Baluch women and the Baluch youth who resisted the arrest of Baluch women, have been severely tortured and some even apprehended and taken away. The protesters said “we do not want anything from Pakistan, we just want our freedom and we want to be left alone”.

Members of BSO-azaad have also held a protest demonstration in front of Pasni press club against the behaviour of Pakistani security forces and the preparations of what seems to be a huge military operation in the mountains and cities of Makuran region.

The Baluch protester urged that International Community and International Human Rights Organisations to take notice of the atrocities of Pakistani military against Baluch people and put pressure on Pakistan to stop the ongoing military operations in Baluchistan.

Flotilla tragedy to globalize Gaza siege

[Zionist leaders must adopt civilized behavior and stop thinking that the “Jewish state” is Biblically justified in taking any action it wants, to force other human beings into accepting Israeli demands.  Leaders like Lieberman charge the world of following “double standards,” whenever it is judged by the same standards as the rest of humanity.  Nobody could have gotten away with the crimes against humanity that we have just witnessed.  Israel must pay some price for this repulsive act, but whatever it is, it will definitely be called “anti-Semitism.”

This brings back ugly memories of another non-violent ship attacked without provocation by Israeli forces.]


Flotilla tragedy to globalize Gaza siege

English.news.cn 2010-06-01 01:16:22
Special Report: Palestine-Israel conflicts

by Fares Akram

An injured person is evacuated to Rambam hospital in the northern city of Haifa, Israel, May 31, 2010. Clash happened on Monday morning between an international Gaza aid flotilla and Israeli navy, causing at least 10 casualties, Israeli military confirmed. (Xinhua)
An injured person is evacuated to Rambam hospital in the northern city of Haifa, Israel, May 31, 2010. Clash happened on Monday morning between an international Gaza aid flotilla and Israeli navy, causing at least 19 casualties, Israeli military confirmed. (Xinhua)

GAZA, May 31 (Xinhua) — The Israeli attack on a flotilla of aid vessels and the death of pro-Palestinian campaigners, who were en route to defy Israel’s blockade on Gaza, would attract more international attention to the siege, Palestinian analysts said on Monday.

About 16 activists, most of who were Turks, were killed and dozens injured when the Israeli naval forces stormed the five ships that make Gaza Freedom Flotilla in the international waters near Israel and forced them into its ports.

The seizure of the ships, that carried 10,000 tons of aid supplies and construction materials, is qualitative operation for the international community’s way of handling Gaza blockade, said Mukhaimar Abu Sa’da, political science lecturer at Gaza’s Al-Azhar University.

When 750 activists from over 50 countries are attacked with gunfire in the middle of the sea for sailing to Gaza in a life- saving mission, an international awareness of the blockade would be formulated. “What happened today could be the beginning of international pressure to end the siege” on 1.5 million people in the coastal enclave, Abu Sa’da said.

Next month, the siege completes its third year with no imminent hope in the horizon to end it. Israel said the siege aims at isolating Islamic Hamas movement which took over Gaza by force in 2007 after routing troops loyal to President Mahmoud Abbas.

International organizations, including the United Nations, have often issued reports about the siege’s effects on the civilian population in Gaza and were very critical about Israel’s policies in defining what can be entered or banned from Gaza. Such reports encouraged Turkey, Algeria, the U.S.-based Gaza Freedom Movement and the Brussels-based European Campaign against Gaza siege to send the largest aid convoy through the sea.

“The issue of the siege was shifted into an international issue rather than just a humanitarian crisis,” said Naji Shurrab, a Gaza- based analyst.

Blast in fuel depot in Iran

Blast in fuel depot in Iran

01.06.2010 15:00
Blast in fuel depot in Iran

Azerbaijan, Baku, June 1 / Trend /

A fuel depot exploded in the Iranian part of the Persian Gulf due to an unknown reason, MEHR news agency reported.

Fuel for cargo ships was stored in the depot owned by Iranian private company “Bana Gostar Karaneh” (BGK).

BGK is a major provider of services on bunkering of vessels in the northern part of the Persian Gulf.

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Israel holds 610 Gaza flotilla activists in new jail

Israel holds 610 Gaza flotilla activists in new jail

Israel has held 610 foreign activists from the Gaza “Freedom Flotilla” in a facility in the south of the country, a spokesman for the Israel Prison Service confirmed Tuesday.

He said the foreign nationals were held under “good conditions” in two-person or four-person cells of a new criminal prison called Ela, which opened in the southern Israeli Negev city of Beersheba only 10 days ago and was designed to hold up to 800 inmates, DPA reported.

Most of the activists, the earliest arrived late Monday afternoon and the last Tuesday morning, came with no personal belongings, so they were all handed undergarments, toiletries, slippers, sheets and blankets. They were also given meals, said the spokesman.

Israel Foreign Ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor said so far some 50 of the activists overpowered on board the flotilla had identified themselves and were taken to Ben Gurion International Aiport near Tel Aviv for deportation.

The rest were still being questioned in the Ela prison, after which it would be decided who would be deported and who would face legal action.

Egypt decides to open Rafah crossing with Gaza

English.news.cn 2010-06-01 19:20:29
Special Report: Palestine-Israel Conflicts

Members of Hamas’ security forces help Palestinian women to cross the Rafah border in the southern Gaza Strip May 15, 2010. The Rafah crossing, Gaza’s only border crossing with Egypt, has largely been closed since June 2007, when the Islamist group Hamas seized control of the coastal strip from rival Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah movement. (Xinhua/Reuters File Photo)

CAIRO, June 1 (Xinhua) — Egypt decided on Tuesday to open Rafah crossing at the joint borders with Gaza to allow medical and humanitarian aid to the strip, Cairo-based Nile News TV reported.

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak ordered to open the Rafah land crossing on both sides for an unlimited time, the TV channel said.

Mubarak on Monday condemned the excessive use of force by Israeli navy against a convoy of international aid ships heading for Gaza. The attack killed some 19 activists.