Wednesday, July 30, 2014

US doing its best to make the talks fail

US Pushing for Tehran’s Missile Program in Multilateral Nuclear Deal: "Earlier, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said 'The missile program of Iranians was never part of the discussion, and it was not part of the deal signed in Geneva last November.' 'The deal was very blunt. But as the deal started to be implemented the Americans began to load it with new demands,' Lavrov added."

The US just doesn't know how to play fair. It can't, or won't, deal fairly with any country. When it appears that the end result might not be favorable to the US, it changes the rules in an attempt to obtain a result that favors the US and the US only.

It is in our DNA - it is a story more common than one might think.

Police killing draws public attention back to NYPD’s persistent racism: "New York City has a long history of white police officers killing non-white citizens without serious consequence, and if New York City police officers were harassing Garner for a minor crime or merely acting in the interest of de-escalating violence when they attempted to arrest him, a few facts put the episode in context.

For instance, Garner was a large dark-skinned African American man, with a history of minor misdemeanor charges. The police officers who confronted him were all white, and the one who applied the chokehold, Daniel Pantaleo, had a history of brutality complaints made against him.

Further, the practice of applying chokeholds to those being arrested is specifically prohibited according to NYPD police procedure, but citizen complaints against police allegedly using the illegal tactic have been mostly dismissed.

Video evidence of Garner's arrest spotlights New York City's Civilian Complaint Review Board report that 1,022 complaints about police using chokeholds have been received in the past five years, with only nine being substantiated.
" [Global Times].

Garner's crime - possible selling of illegal cigarettes. Cigarettes are heavily taxed in New York City. He had been arrested many times but never charged.

See the full story with videos: New video shows police offered no medical help to unresponsive Staten Island dad Eric Garner; cop who used chokehold is stripped of shield, gun - NY Daily News.

It is as close to objective journalism one will get from Western media

Let Eastern Ukraine Go|Blake Fleetwood: "Helping Ukraine's central government subdue the rebels is not worth a war of world involvement. The pro-Russian rebels want to be free of Ukrainian heavy handedness; they don't want Kiev to appoint their governors and mayors; they don't want to pay taxes without proper representation; and they want to be able to speak the Russian language, which they have spoken for many decades, although the central government recently tried to ban it."

The article is a thoughtful perspective on the Ukrainian situation. It makes many excellent points, not all of which I agree with, but that is as it should be. The author also reminds his readers about prior similar airplane accidents as the Malaysian airplane. He rightfully concludes on the basis of information at hand:

"The crash of MH17 was a tragedy. Nobody thinks it was anything other than a horrible mistake. It is unfortunate that the U.S. is trying to use these tragic deaths for political purposes, which may lead to more violence and more civilian deaths."

At the end he notes that: "It's a perilous path. Do we really want Obama to put all our geopolitical marbles on what is essentially a regional conflict?

How does this help, or profit, the American people?"

While the world remains impotent

Video: ISIL shoot teens in heads, dump bodies: "The ISIL Takfiri militants has released a video showing the terrorist forces shooting a number of Iraqi teenagers in the head and dumping their bodies in the river."

And we call ourselves civilized, compassionate, fair, etc. The US is responsible for this. It is their intervention into a stable countries that has produced nothing but disastrous results. And now instead of action to prevent atrocities, the rest of the world watches from the sidelines while the worst of human rights violations - genocide - takes place in Iraq, Gaza, Eastern Ukraine, Libya, and Syria. The list seems endless.

While the US remains mute

UNRWA slams Israel for attacking UN-run school in Gaza:

"The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) said there is solid evidence that Israel was behind the attack. The UNRWA added that it had already announced the locations of its shelters to Israel.
'We have visited the site and gathered evidence. We have analyzed fragments, examined craters and other damage. Our initial assessment is that it was Israeli artillery that hit our school, in which 3,300 people had sought refuge,' Pierre Krahenbuhl, Commissioner General of the UNRWA, said in a statement.
The senior official also condemned “in the strongest possible terms this serious violation of international law by Israeli forces,” adding that Israel's inhumane acts of violence were bringing shame to the world.
'Last night, children were killed as they slept next to their parents on the floor of a classroom in a UN-designated shelter in Gaza. Children [were] killed in their sleep; this is an affront to all of us, a source of universal shame. Today the world stands disgraced.' the statement read.
The UNRWA says it is the sixth time that one of the schools housing the fleeing Gazans has been struck by Israeli forces."

The chosen ones kill 20 at UN school

‘World stands disgraced’: 20 killed in Israeli UN school shelling: "The UN relief and works agency for Palestine refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) has strongly condemned the Israeli shelling of a UN school last night.

Children killed in their sleep; this is an affront to all of us, a source of universal shame. Today the world stands disgraced [bold added],” UNRWA Commissioner-General Pierre Krahenbuhl said in a statement on Wednesday. 'I condemn in the strongest possible terms this serious violation of international law by Israeli forces,' he said, calling on the international community to take deliberate international political action to put an immediate end to the continuing carnage.

All in all, 43 people have been killed in Gaza overnight in shelling carried out by Israeli forces.

Ah, Western democracy

Australian govt blindfolds citizens with ‘unprecedented’ media gag - WikiLeaks: "WikiLeaks has accused the Australian government of blindfolding the public with the worst suppression order in “living memory.” The media gag bans Australian news outlets from reporting on a multinational corruption case for reasons of national security."