My mind goes to the US presidential debates in the preceding weeks. President Barack Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney were in a race to promise the most “crippling” sanctions on Iran. And all I wish to do is to ask them: Maybe the “international community” has said it is “legal” to cripple a population to this extent. But is it moral? Is it right?
Shahriar Khateri and Narges Bajoghli in the Middle East Research and Information Report.

The global media must cover this issue without any kind of bias. Holly Dagres informs us of her desperate friend in Iran: There’s a medicine shortage. Try to see if you can get someone’s attention, lots of people are dying!” I personally know of someone in Iran who reported that a father of five suffers chronic lung and eye problems but he can no longer get the prescriptions to ease his pain due to the US and EU embargo on Iran.

People are dying. This is what sanctions do.

(via mehreenkasana)

mehreenkasana:

"If you were to convert the Iraq war’s costs, a proportional civilian death toll in the U.S. would be nearly 1.2 million"

As for the Iraqi people, one can’t help recalling former secretary of state Condoleezza Rice’s famous statement: “For sixty years the United States pursued stability at the expense of democracy in the Middle East—and we achieved neither.” It can be said that her boss, George W. Bush, pursued democracy at the expense of stability—and got neither. Consider that documented civilian deaths in Iraq since Bush’s 2003 invasion—noncombatants killed by military or paramilitary acts or because of the breakdown in civil society—have numbered nearly 120,000. According to the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, some 4.7 million Iraqis have been displaced by the chaos unleashed by Bush’s war. This number includes 2.4 million internal refugees, some half a million of them living as squatters in slums. Another 2.3 million have fled the country altogether and have not returned.

All this is the result of George W. Bush’s resolve to get rid of Saddam Hussein, which generated an added cost of direct impact on the United States and its people—4,486 combat deaths and more than thirty thousand wounded, many of the latter with severely broken bodies. Thus, the next time you hear someone say that, well, at least we got rid of that guy, you might want to respond with questions that perhaps should have been asked before Bush’s grand invasion plan was set in motion: Yes, but at what price? And is the cost worth it?

Quote by Azmat Zahra above based in the stats of the article. Was the cost worth it? Ask yourself.

mehreenkasana:


Displeased Pakistan Supreme Court gave out a stern message to Inter-Services Intelligence and Military Intelligence on Thursday: “You need to take this out of your mind that you [ISI and MI] are superior and others [civilians] are inferior.”
Counsel of ISI and MI Raja Irshad was reprimanded as the apex court of the country remained unsatisfied with the replies submitted to the court today by the agencies in the Adiala missing prisoners’ case.
Headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, the three-member bench said that the replies submitted to the court do not justify under which law the civilians were picked up by agencies and kept in detention for more than a year. “Who gave you the right to hound people?” questioned the chief justice.
“You are so insensitive to the human loss that the families of the missing persons have suffered lately because of you. This is a big allegation against you [ISI and MI] – there is a hue and cry throughout the country that you abduct people and after some days, their abandoned bodies surface,” said Chief Justice Chaudhry.
[…]
“You’re an arsonist. You have set Balochistan on fire,” said Chaudhry while referring to the agencies and the situation in Balochistan.
(Continued here - This is a very important read)

Bolded quotes for emphasis. This is an extremely bold initiative taken by the Supreme Court of Pakistan against the ISI and MI - both agencies notorious for hounding civilians for airing criticism against the establishment and interference by the army in state politics - in various provinces. Mentioned in the report, the Chief Justice said that the agencies have become “insensitive” to the issues and referred them as the “biggest violators” of the country’s law and order.
Calling a spade a spade once in a while takes gut. Commendable indeed.

mehreenkasana:

Displeased Pakistan Supreme Court gave out a stern message to Inter-Services Intelligence and Military Intelligence on Thursday: “You need to take this out of your mind that you [ISI and MI] are superior and others [civilians] are inferior.

Counsel of ISI and MI Raja Irshad was reprimanded as the apex court of the country remained unsatisfied with the replies submitted to the court today by the agencies in the Adiala missing prisoners’ case.

Headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, the three-member bench said that the replies submitted to the court do not justify under which law the civilians were picked up by agencies and kept in detention for more than a year. “Who gave you the right to hound people?” questioned the chief justice.

You are so insensitive to the human loss that the families of the missing persons have suffered lately because of you. This is a big allegation against you [ISI and MI] – there is a hue and cry throughout the country that you abduct people and after some days, their abandoned bodies surface,” said Chief Justice Chaudhry.

[…]

You’re an arsonist. You have set Balochistan on fire,” said Chaudhry while referring to the agencies and the situation in Balochistan.

(Continued here - This is a very important read)

Bolded quotes for emphasis. This is an extremely bold initiative taken by the Supreme Court of Pakistan against the ISI and MI - both agencies notorious for hounding civilians for airing criticism against the establishment and interference by the army in state politics - in various provinces. Mentioned in the report, the Chief Justice said that the agencies have become “insensitive” to the issues and referred them as the “biggest violators” of the country’s law and order.

Calling a spade a spade once in a while takes gut. Commendable indeed.

mehreenkasana:


New Year’s gift: Obama signs bill freezing aid to Pakistan
HONOLULU: President Barack Obama signed a sweeping US defense funding bill on Saturday which includes new sanctions on financial institutions dealing with Iran’s central bank, and curtailing up to $850 million in aid to Pakistan. The bill was signed despite concerns about sections that expand the US military’s authority over terrorism suspects and limit his powers in foreign affairs. 
The massive defense bill Congress passed on earlier in December freezes 60 per cent of the $850 million aid, or $510 million, until the US defense secretary provides lawmakers with assurances that Pakistan is working to counter improvised explosive devices (IEDs). US lawmakers say that many Afghan bombs that kill US troops are made with fertiliser smuggled by militants across the border from Pakistan into Afghanistan.
“The fact that I support this bill as a whole does not mean I agree with everything in it,” Obama said in a statement, citing limits on transferring detainees from the US base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and requirements he notify Congress before sharing some defense missile information with Russia as problematic.
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Meanwhile general consensus in Pakistan:

Because: “It’s well-known that most of the aid given by the US to Pakistan does not benefit the ordinary Pakistani. The aid is conditional upon using American consultants and equipment, which (together with other charges) amount to about 70 per cent of the total aid amount. From the rest, a good chunk is siphoned away to private bank accounts, leaving about 10 per cent for the common man.” While the Pakistan Economic Growth Program Evaluation states how most of the US Aid is flawed. Here are some reality-based contradictions regarding the entire US Aid debate.

mehreenkasana:

New Year’s gift: Obama signs bill freezing aid to Pakistan

HONOLULU: President Barack Obama signed a sweeping US defense funding bill on Saturday which includes new sanctions on financial institutions dealing with Iran’s central bank, and curtailing up to $850 million in aid to Pakistan. The bill was signed despite concerns about sections that expand the US military’s authority over terrorism suspects and limit his powers in foreign affairs. 

The massive defense bill Congress passed on earlier in December freezes 60 per cent of the $850 million aid, or $510 million, until the US defense secretary provides lawmakers with assurances that Pakistan is working to counter improvised explosive devices (IEDs). US lawmakers say that many Afghan bombs that kill US troops are made with fertiliser smuggled by militants across the border from Pakistan into Afghanistan.

The fact that I support this bill as a whole does not mean I agree with everything in it,” Obama said in a statement, citing limits on transferring detainees from the US base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and requirements he notify Congress before sharing some defense missile information with Russia as problematic.

(continued)

Meanwhile general consensus in Pakistan:

Because: “It’s well-known that most of the aid given by the US to Pakistan does not benefit the ordinary Pakistani. The aid is conditional upon using American consultants and equipment, which (together with other charges) amount to about 70 per cent of the total aid amount. From the rest, a good chunk is siphoned away to private bank accounts, leaving about 10 per cent for the common man.” While the Pakistan Economic Growth Program Evaluation states how most of the US Aid is flawed. Here are some reality-based contradictions regarding the entire US Aid debate.

beauharnais:

nina-krkic:

Warning: This video shows real dead human beings. Watch at your own risk.

PLEASE SPREAD THIS AROUND. 

On December 28, following the MGK meeting (National Security Council), the Turkish army ordered an air raid on a nearby Kurdish village on the Turkish-Iraqi border. At least 30-35 burnt dead bodies have been recovered. Most of them being young boys. The number of casualties is feared to increase over the next few days. 

Around 50 civilians were targeted around the Turkish-Iraqi border, suspected to be smugglers but were actually civilians by F-16 warplanes on Wednesday night 9:20 PM local time. 

According to the information received, wounded survivor Servet Encü came to the village and informed the villagers after the assault. Encü said the following: “We were bombed on our way back to the village. A bitter smell spread during the bombardment, people all at once died burning. Around five people escaped from the bombing and hid themselves admist rocks but the warplanes dropped bombs on them as well.

Soon after being informed about the event, BDP Şırnak Provincial Chair Baki Sondak and BDP administrators went to the scene.

Şırnak City Council Deputy Chair Erşet Ediş said the followings from the scene; “The bodies were burnt to a crisp. Vehicles cannot go into the area due to severe snow. People are trying to reach the area by their own means.”

Remarking that soldiers acted as if nothing had happened and didn’t interfere in the event, BDP Şırnak Provincial Chair Baki Sondak said the followings; “Villagers were bombarded after passing the border with the supplies they bought from the border. It is possible that napalm bombs were used in the assault. There are still some bodies between rocks. We can’t reach the bodies and casualties.” 

The names of the 19 confirmed dead are as follows; Özcan Uysal, Nevzat Encü, Salih Encü, Ferhat Encü, Şervan Encü, Osman Kaplan, M. Ali Tosun, Nadir Almak, Yüksel Ürek, Salih Ürek, , Adem And, Hamza Encü, Cemal Encü, Sivan Encü, Bedran Encü, Hüseyin Encü, Selam Encü, Aslan Encü, Celal Encü.

Survivor Servet Encü’s family was killed in this attack.

On the other hand, Turkish media are reluctantly beginning to give the news of the massacre in Uludere only hours after it happened.

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If this isn’t terrorism, I give up on the world. I can’t believe that majority of the world DOES NOT KNOW THIS IS HAPPENING. I can’t believe the people of TUMBLR don’t care about this but they can go fucking crazy out of their minds when hurricanes happen or tornadoes are happening but they didn’t care when the Earthquake hit the city of Van. No one cares. 

These are real people with lives and families and jobs and they breathe and laugh. These are real people still living in fear every single day of their life because if they even mutter THESE TWO SIMPLE WORDS: Free Kurdistan, they will get detained, tortured, and kept in prison for who knows how long. About 50 Kurdish journalists are being held in prison AS WE SPEAK for spreading the idea of a Kurdish country to the people of Turkey. 

This is ethnocentrism to the max. If trying to assimilate a culture that has been in those mountains of the Middle East since the dawn of time and trying to oppress the people that have been around since the Bible times isn’t against International Law and goes against Human Rights then I give up on this world. 

I’ve been seeing all sorts of heightened passions on tumblr tonight over Palestine, but I think the most reblogs I’ve seen for this story has been about 17. The Kurds are stateless as well, they are victims as well. Really, it doesn’t matter where you’re from or what your political philosophies are. These are human beings who are being killed. This is a humanitarian crisis. Please reblog.