Yemeni Lawyers, Confirmed by Doctors, Allege Govt Using Nerve Gas On Protestors

10/3/2011 – Sahwa Net

 

Sahwa Net- The Yemeni lawyer Khalid Al-Anisi said that using banned nerve gas against protestors is forbidden under international laws and its perpetrators must be held accountable, stressing that such acts some times become genocides.

Yemeni Doctors affirmed that the government used on Tuesday banned nerve gas, not regular tear gas, to quell protests in Sana’a, therefore two people were killed and dozens were are still in critical conditions.  They also said that materials of this gas makes people convulse for hours.

“There is no any country which respects constitutions, laws and international conventions resorts to kill its people,” added Al-Anisi.

For his part, chief of Hood Organization, Mohammed Naji Alaw, affirmed that those commit such crimes can not escape punishment, calling soldiers to disobey orders of their seniors to kill peaceful protestors, otherwise they will be involved in theses crimes.

He further called on all Yemeni people and those who work in judiciary and human rights organization to follow up these cases and bring the criminals to justice.

Chief of the Yemeni Observatory for Human Rights Mohammed al-Mikhlafi said that the Yemeni authorities deliberately murdered peaceful protestors, affirming that use of nerve gas is considered crimes against humanity under the international laws.

“If Yemen’s Judiciary is not able to sue, then international courts can follow up these cases,” added Al-Mikhlafi.

Medical sources said that some injured people are in critical condition due to nerve gas that used against the crowds in order to prevent them from enlarging their protest camp in front of Sana’a University.

Tens of thousands of antigovernment demonstrators have assembled outside the university, and the number of protesters appears to increase each day. The gathering now stretches for more than a mile.

Yemeni security forces repeatedly used excessive, deadly force on largely peaceful protesters in Aden, and used thugs to attack peaceful protestors in Taiz, Hodeidah , Ibb and Dhamar.

For their part, Yemen opposition parties alliance, the Joint Meeting Parties, condemned the incident, holding the Yemeni president personally responsible for this act.

Yemeni politicians demanded all local and International organizations, and all world liberators to condemn such crimes committed by the Yemeni authorities against humanity.

Dozens Dead, Hundreds Wounded In Deadly Yemen Crackdown on Dissent

source [ed. note–multiple photos of gunshot victims, most too gory even for this site.]

Medical Association appealed to workers in the medical sector quickly go to the field of change and the protesters appealed to the army ..Dozens dead and hundreds wounded

Particular – NewsYemen:

And directed the Medical Association of Yemeni appeal to all workers to go to the field of speed change where they are receiving hundreds of wounded who were killed in a confrontation between the protesters and the president’s supporters after Friday prayers.
He appealed to the protestors across Mansthm change in the arena of the military to do their patriotic duty to protect the protesters.
NewsYemen reporter can not count the number of people killed, in addition to hundreds of wounded.
The statistical NewsYemen previous candidate for the death toll confirmed killed nearly 20 people, including children.
Continues to ambulances to transport the dead private hospitals, after doctors were unable to.
The sniper fired from the top of houses next to the Iranian Hospital.
NewsYemen and watched over for the injured and dead, the
casualties were concentrated on the head and chest.

 

 

US-NATO TO GRAB LIBYAN OIL

US-NATO TO GRAB LIBYAN OIL

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So, Libya is to be bombed by the USA and NATO and probably invaded.

(US, allies set for quick military action in Libya)
 

Sarkozy

Libya is to become another Iraq.

David Cameron.

Obama, Sarkozy and Cameron-Clegg are to be like Bush and Blair.

UK Deputy Prime Monster Clegg.

China, Russia, Brazil, India and Germany abstained in the UN vote.

Their leaders can thus be seen as quislings within the American 4th reich.


“Welcome back, sir,” General Petraeus said to Robert Gates as the latter arrived in Afghanistan.

They were apparently unaware of an open microphone.

“You gonna launch some attacks on Libya or something?”

Gates replied: “Yeah, exactly”.

Libya: General Petraeus jokes about bombing Libya

Bombed by the Anglo-Americans (Website for this image)

Less than 12 years ago, NATO bombed Yugoslavia.

Kosovo was taken from Serbia.

NATO backed Hashim Thaci and his ‘Kosovo Liberation Army’.

Thaci’s lot are linked to the trade in heroin and body parts, and to al Qaeda.

There are signs that NATO “is gearing up for another victorious little ‘humanitarian war’, this time against Libya.”

Libya: Is This Kosovo All Over Gain?

Remember the NATO bombing of Yugoslavia?

“According to Human Rights Watch, at least 500 civilians were killed by NATO bombing; the Yugoslavian government claimed that 2,000 civilians were killed.

“NATO repeatedly dropped cluster bombs into marketplaces, hospitals, and other civilian areas.” (Cached)

Belgian UN troops admit to roasting a Somali boy

The CIA’s coup in Libya is all about stealing oil.

And helping the arms trade and Wall Street.

And removing Chinese influence.

And giving the USA control of North Africa.


On 9 March 2011,at Global Research, Professor Michel Chossudovsky has an article entitled “Operation Libya” and the Battle for Oil: Redrawing the Map of Africa

Among the points made:

1. Libya has the largest oil reserves in Africa.

The idea behind the US-NATO coup is to control that oil.

And take over Libya’s National Oil Corporation.

2. And help the weapons producers.

3. And remove Chinese influence.

China plays a central role in the Libyan oil industry.

The UK’s Clegg and Cameron seem to support the CIA coups.

4. And help Wall Street.

Billions of dollars of Libyan financial assets, deposited in Western banks, are to be conficated.

5. And give the USA control of North Africa.

This means weakening French links to Tunisia, Morocco and Algeria; and other parts of Africa such as Niger and Chad.

And weakening Italian links to Libya.

Victims of the Belgians

How do Europeans behave in Africa?

A Belgian officer described a raid to punish a Congolese village that had protested against Belgian actions.

The white officer in command: “ordered us to cut off the heads of the men and hang them on the village palisades, also their sexual members, and to hang the women and the children on the palisade in the form of a cross.” (Mass crimes against humanity in the Congo Free State)

It’s not Libya that has murdered up to two million Iraqis.

Gaddafi wants an international fact-finding team to visit Libya to investigate alleged atrocities committed during the present troubles. (Tripoli calls for atrocities inquiry)

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Crisis of faith for nuclear brahmins

Crisis of faith for nuclear brahmins

HAMISH McDONALD

March 19, 2011

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Across the countries of Asia, the leaders of their nuclear industries have moved with the remote authority and mystique of brahmin or Shinto priests, intoning ancient and arcane scriptures, conducting rites and interpreting the heavens.

The blessings they offer are attractive to dictatorships and democracies alike: a source of non-polluting electricity at a stable cost, development of advanced engineering industries, and stepping stones for a quick advance into a nuclear weapons capability if a strategic need for it suddenly emerges.

This week the nuclear priesthood is facing a crisis of faith, as engineers in Asia’s most advanced nuclear industry struggle to contain the overheated reactor cores at Japan’s Fukushima No. 1 power plant, run by the Tokyo Electric Power Company.

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The reaction of the nuclear establishments in the two emerging Asian super-economies has been one of assurance. Nuclear chiefs in both China and India have declared they have better safety systems than the Japanese generator.

India has two boiling water reactors of the same type as those at the Fukushima plant, also built by America’s General Electric in the 1960s and also located on a coastline. This week Srikumar Banerjee, the head of India’s Department of Atomic Energy, was called in by the Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh, and reassured him and the public they have been fitted with extra safety features to deal with overheating, including a ”thermo-siphon” that would passively circulate heat out of the reactor for several hours if power was cut, as in Japan.

The country’s 18 other reactors are of a local pressurised heavy water design developed from technology supplied by Canada, also in the 1960s before India’s 1974 nuclear test explosion earned it isolation from the rest of the world’s nuclear industry under the 1969 nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.

With these, the safety position was ”even more comfortable”, Banerjee told the Indian Express, before adding somewhat less reassuringly: “There is no human activity in which we can say that we are totally free from any possibility of an accident.”

The Indian official claimed that in the 60-year history of nuclear power generation, only 55 people had died in incidents involving radiation or nuclear accidents – only one in India, a scavenger in a Delhi suburb who picked up a cobalt-60 rod sold as scrap by mistake. This would seem to ignore the many more who died from raised cancer rates at Britain’s Sellafield or Chernobyl in Ukraine.

In Beijing a senior official was also sanguine. Zhang Lijun, the vice-minister (department chief) of environmental protection, declared that China was using more advanced ”architecture” in its nuclear plants than in the elderly Japanese one. Cooling water in China’s plants flows by gravity and doesn’t need the kind of pumps that stopped working at Fukushima after last Friday’s earthquake and tsunami. ”It’s just like the flush toilet; no power is needed,” Zhang said.

The words haven’t quite convinced the political leaderships. In China the government announced on Wednesday a suspension of approvals for all new nuclear power plants across the country, pending development of a new safety plan. In India, Singh has also ordered a safety review, though without suspending projects.

But unlike Germany, where the Chancellor, Angela Merkel, has ordered a shutdown of seven nuclear plants of the Fukushima vintage – about one third of Germany’s nuclear capacity – the Asian countries are unlikely to power down anything that is still working, let alone divert from massive planned investment in nuclear energy.

Asia has 112 nuclear reactors, with 37 more under construction, a further 84 planned and 80 under consideration.

China has 20 more nuclear power reactors under construction and eight more approved for completion by 2020 to meet rising demand for clean energy. Each of these one-gigawatt reactors will cost about 14 billion yuan ($2.1 billion)

India plans to build another 25 to 30 reactors by 2032, after the agreement signed with George Bush in 2008, in effect, ended its nuclear pariah status and opened a scramble for a potential $150 billion in orders by American, European and Asian firms. Last year it signed a $9.3 billion contract for two huge reactors with France’s Areva group, to be located at Jaitapur in Maharashtra state.

As well as South Korea and Taiwan, already heavily invested in nuclear power, many other smaller countries are also going nuclear. Thailand’s military government in 2007 approved the building of two double-reactor plants at a cost of about $8 billion, with a further four envisaged.

Vietnam has two plants under construction, and Indonesia is weighing up two nuclear plants. Benigno Aquino’s government in the Philippines is under pressure from chronic power shortages to re-open a large nuclear power plant shut down for safety reasons under his mother’s presidency 25 years ago.

Several of these countries sit on active geological fault lines, and their coastlines, where nuclear plants tend to be located, are vulnerable to tsunamis. Local populations are not nearly as happy as distant leaderships about nuclear power.

In India, memories of the deadly leak of gas at the Union Carbide plant at Bhopal in 1984 added to a huge backlash last year against legislation that tried to limit the liability of nuclear equipment suppliers and operators for accidental injury and damage. The bill was passed in greatly curtailed form.

After the mismanagement of last year’s Commonwealth Games in New Delhi last year, Indians worry how far the ”jugaad” (last-minute fix) approach might extend. People in Hong Kong recall the scandal over ”tofu” (bean-curd) concrete work in the Daya Bay nuclear power plant just across the border in China.

In both these countries, close supervision from top-level officials and scientists seems to have avoided major safety lapses. But a fear is that as private-sector enterprises increase their role in nuclear power, resources will not be put into safety supervision and profit incentives encourage cutting of corners.

Unfortunately, Japan may have led the way in this adverse trend. The weakness of the Fukushima No.1 plant’s seawater cooling systems to tsunami damage had been pointed out by opposition members of the Diet since 2006, but Tokyo Electric stonewalled. Its newer Fukushima No. 2 plant nearby and the Onagawa nuclear plant, closest to the epicentre of the earthquake and tsunami, both shut down safely. This suggests it is not so much the technology, but cosiness and collusion between operators and regulators that is the immediate risk.

When can we expect to see our first British/Libyan dogfight?

[Libya may prove to be a different enemy for you cocky Brits, French “Frogs” and American cowboys; it has an airforce that is not hiding in Iran.  When can we expect to see our first British/Libyan dogfight?]

U.K. Deploys Planes to Enforce Libya No-Fly Zone, Cameron Says

By Kitty Donaldson

March 18 (Bloomberg) — The U.K. is deploying aircraft to enforce a no-fly zone over Libya after the United Nations Security Council voted to take action against Muammar Qaddafi, Prime Minister David Cameron said.

“Our forces will join an international operation to enforce the resolution if Qaddafi fails to comply” with the UN demand “that he ends attacks on civilians,” Cameron told lawmakers in Parliament in London today. “Britain will deploy Tornadoes and Typhoons as well as air-to air refueling and surveillance aircraft.”

Cameron said he spoke to U.S. President Barack Obama last night and to French President Nicolas Sarkozy this morning, saying there will be “a clear statement later today setting out what we can now expect from Colonel Qaddafi.”

Last night’s UN vote cleared the way for the first Western military action against an Arab regime since the 2003 invasion of Iraq. France will join the operation, government spokesman Francois Baroin said in an interview on RTL radio.

“Preparations to deploy those aircraft have already started and in the coming hours they will move to airbases from where they can start to take the necessary action,” Cameron said.

‘No Mercy’

Qaddafi’s son, Saif al-Islam, signaled after the UN resolution that government troops won’t try to enter the rebel stronghold of Benghazi, though they will encircle it, backing away from earlier threats, Agence France-Presse reported. Qaddafi had said he’d “destroy” the opposition movement, recapture Benghazi, a city of 1 million people, and show “no mercy” to “traitors” who don’t surrender.

“In this country we know what Colonel Qaddafi is capable of,” Cameron told lawmakers. “We should not forget his support for the biggest terrorist atrocity on British soil,” Cameron said, referring to the Lockerbie airplane bombing in 1988.

“We simply cannot have a situation where a failed pariah state festers on Europe’s southern border,” he said.

Cameron said he will attend a meeting in Paris with Arab leaders tomorrow, called by Sarkozy. It is “remarkable” how “Arab leaders have come forward and condemned the actions of Qaddafi’s government,” Cameron said.

–With assistance from Gonzalo Vina in London. Editors: Eddie Buckle, Ben Holland

To contact the reporter on this story: Kitty Donaldson in London at kdonaldson1@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Eddie Buckle at ebuckle@bloomberg.net

Failure to fight the Pak Army is grounds for an American death penalty.

[Gen. Kayani was quick to denounce the US drone massacre of 40 tribal leaders meeting in N. Waziristan, after thinking that he had reached some sort of accommodation with the US.  Obviously, it has once again become US policy to concentrate on killing the tribal leaders who have reached some sort of agreement with the Pak Army.  In a murderous pattern that has repeated over and over in S. Waziristan, since the first drone assassination of Nek Mohammad, Ahmadzai Wazirs have been marked for death, always after signing peace treaties with the govt.  In other words, the US military demands that Pakistan’s Taliban fight the Pak Army, under penalty of death.  Fight the Army or we will kill you.

In the most recent example of the American war upon Pakistan’s Wazirs, the following two reports (notice the dates) tell of an Army/Wazir agreement, followed by the deadly Predator strike upon a grand jirga meeting to demand an end to the war.

Failure to fight the Pak Army is grounds for an American death penalty.]

Army, Ahmadzai Wazirs agree on promotion of peace

Thursday, March 03, 2011
PESHAWAR: The Ahmadzai Wazir tribal elders on Wednesday held a crucial meeting with senior officials of the Pakistan Army and political administration in Wana in which the two sides agreed to work for promotion of peace and development in South Waziristan Agency (SWA).

Senior officials of the political administration told The News from Wana, the administrative headquarters of South Waziristan, the leading tribal elders and clerics from all nine Ahmadzai Wazir sub-tribes took part in talks.

Major General Rizwan, general officer commanding (GOC) of 9-Division, had personally flown from Kohat to listen to the grievances of Ahmadzai Wazir tribal elders. Commandant of South Waziristan Scouts (SWS) Col Mohammad Hameed Farooq, Political Agent Atifur Rahman, Assistant Political Agent (APA) of Wana Muhammad Shoaib along with other military and political administration officials were also present.

Major General Rizwan appreciated the positive role of Ahmadzai Wazir in the past and hoped they would realise their responsibilities in future as well. He identified some issues that created disturbance between the government and tribesmen and strained their relations.

He said the Pakistan Army, political administration and all government functionaries were members of one team and were working for the welfare of Ahmadzai Wazir tribe. He told the jirga that more development schemes were in the pipeline for welfare of the people. He offered help to the jirga members for expel the unwanted elements from Wana subdivision.

Malik Mohammad Ajmal, chief of Kakakhel Wazir tribe, welcomed the GOC and promised that the tribesmen would abide by the peace agreement of 2007. He requested restoration of all the suspended political perks and privileges of the people. He demanded the establishment of colleges at Karikot and Azam Warsak and appealed for compensation of human and property losses sustained by them since 2007. He also demanded progress on construction of 132KV power transmission line.

The jirga requested that girl candidates appearing in the SCC examination be accommodated at the seminary, as was done last year due to cultural sensitivities. The political agent appreciated the peace efforts made by the Ahmadzai Wazir in the past. He, however, identified certain violations of peace agreement 2007 committed by unknown miscreants and said it was the responsibility of Ahmadzai Wazir tribe to identify and take action against the enemies of peace. He said the Ahmadzai Wazirs unfortunately failed in their responsibility to maintain order and keep terrorists away from the area.

The political agent particularly pinpointed four major offences that occurred during the past six months including assassination of Maulana Noor Mohammad in a suicide blast at a mosque, blowing up of the watchtower and Musa Nika Public School in a missile attack on the South Waziristan Scouts Camp in Wana. He said it was not sufficient for the tribes to reaffirm the 2007 peace agreement, as they were required to take effective measures for maintaining order in their respective areas.

US missile strike kills five in S Waziristan

March 09, 2011

Staff Report

WANA: Five persons were killed in a US drone attack that targeted a suspected compound of militants hours after a grand jirga of Ahmedzai Wazirs demanded an end to the campaign against the local and foreign militants on Tuesday.

“We like an immediate end to the drone strikes which have made our children and women psychologically ill,” tribal elder, Malik Ajmal, told the jirga attended by a senior government official and military commanders. Around two dozen elders applauded Ajmal when he made the request. The drone strike, which was the second since February 20, targeted a house in Landidog, 20km west of Wana. “The house of Fazal Karim was the target and eyewitnesses say one person was killed as others were out at the time of the attack,” a tribal source told Daily Times.

However, officials put the number of persons killed in the attack at five. “We have had an exemplary peace in the areas inhabited by Ahmedzai Wazirs for which all the tribes, the political administration and army strived together. But I want to request the government through the media that it should make efforts to stop these drone strikes,” Ajmal said in the shadows of Wana Assistant Political Agent, Muhammad Shoaib and military commanders.

‘Proxy versus proxy’ policy takes more lives

‘Proxy versus proxy’ policy takes more lives

—Daud Khattak

In a desperate bid to neutralise the threat from the rogue Taliban, the security establishment of Pakistan rapidly promoted the formation of lashkars, thus not only bringing the common man in direct conflict with the militants, but also pushing society further towards militarisation

Another 36 people, mostly young men, fell prey to the ‘proxy versus proxy’ policy of the Pakistani government as a suicide bomber detonated his explosive vest amid a funeral procession in Adezai (Matani) outskirts of Peshawar on November 9.

Located around 20 kilometres southeast of Peshawar, the area is used as a buffer between Peshawar and the semi-tribal region of Darra Adamkhel, once a flourishing (illegal) arms market, producing and supplying unlicensed weapons to all parts of Pakistan.The attack was the bloody revenge of the Taliban, as they did elsewhere in the past, against the people of Adezai for raising an army of volunteers (amn lashkar) to deny them (Taliban) safe havens in the area.

The lashkar elders say they lost 47 volunteers, including its founding leader Abdul Malik, who was killed in a suicide attack on November 8, 2009, since its formation in 2008. While the formation of lashkars to face a threat or act against someone under instructions from a jirga (jury of elders) is not something uncommon in the tribal system, the idea has been applied in the settled areas to ward off the rogue Taliban from targeting the cities.

Of course, this secured the cities or, in another sense, the security forces and their installations, but the civilians had to bear the brunt. And the Adezai bloodbath is the latest among the series of attacks carried out against lashkars in the tribal areas and cities over the past few years.

The first such attack was carried out when an anti-Taliban jirga was in progress in Orakzai tribal agency in October 2008. Over 80 people, a large number of them elders, were killed. There was a car bomb explosion in Shah Hassan Khel village of Lakki Marwat district on January 1, 2010. Then there was a suicide attack inside a mosque owned by an anti-Taliban elder in Darra Adamkhel in November 2010, followed by another such attack at a jirga in Mohmand tribal agency in December the same year. These are only a few instances of the Taliban brutalities and the government’s policy of disregard towards the safety and security of its peaceful citizens.

Be it Orakzai, Darra, Shah Hassan Khel, Mohmand or Adezai, all the lashkars of armed volunteers were raised under instructions and in some cases under pressure from the government, thus bringing the peaceful citizen in the front line against an enemy highly trained, well-equipped and ruthless.

Being considered a proxy of the Pakistani security establishment to pursue the country’s ‘strategic depth’ policy in Afghanistan and humble the much bigger and powerful adversary, India, on the Kashmir front, the Taliban or some of their splinter groups now seemed to be out of their control, thus posing a threat not only to their opponents but also to the Pakistani government and its security agencies. Attacks on the army’s General Headquarters (GHQ) and numerous blasts at army and police installations in different parts of the country are being seen as the handiwork of the same rogue elements, sometimes referred to as the ‘bad Taliban’.

In a desperate bid to neutralise the threat from the rogue Taliban, the security establishment of Pakistan rapidly promoted the formation of lashkars, thus not only bringing the common man in direct conflict with the militants, but also pushing society further towards militarisation. It is as if the government’s security agencies are trying to neutralise their old proxy, the Taliban, with a new one by raising lashkars of armed volunteers on the level of towns and villages.

While the full repercussions of this policy are yet to be felt, one immediate aspect is that a common Pakistani is now a direct victim of the conflict. As lashkar volunteers in almost all parts of the tribal areas and the Pashtun belt have serious complaints against the government for withdrawing support after pushing them into a fight with the Taliban, their frustration, if unaddressed, could soon force them to turn their guns against the government or at least the unarmed people living in their neighbourhood.

And why not when a similar situation led to the civil war in Afghanistan following the withdrawal of the Soviet troops from the country in the late 1980s? Armed to the teeth and supported by well-trained private militias, the warlords turned their guns against each other to control major strategic cities in war-battered Afghanistan.

Looking at the strength of the Pakistani security forces and their command and control system, one cannot predict a similar situation in the country. However, eruption of trouble on a smaller scale could not be ruled out if the policy of ‘proxy versus proxy’ continues for a longer period.

The writer can be reached at daud_72@yahoo.com