Dutch parliament says close Bagram torture prison


This video is the TAXI TO THE DARK SIDE film trailer; about torture to death of a taxi driver in Bagram in Afghanistan. See also here.

Translated from Dutch news agency ANP:

Parliament: close down Bagram prison

November 24 2009, 18:48, Updated November 24, 2009 18:52

THE HAGUE – The Lower House wants Minister Maxime Verhagen (Foreign Affairs) to insist to the Afghan government and U.S. authorities that Bagram prison in Afghanistan should be closed down. This so-called “secret prison” is managed by the U.S. big brass of the armed forces in that country.

A majority of the House agreed Tuesday with a proposal by the Dutch Socialist Party (SP). The Netherlands have already called for the closure of the U.S. Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba, where people were

Were? Are.

imprisoned without fair trial. The SP urged last week in the House that Verhagen should do this about the prison in Bagram as well. But Verhagen did not want to. The main thing for him is that people get a fair trial. And he is insisting on that, the minister said. “It’s not about the building.”

Mr Verhagen, like in Guantanamo Bay, Bagram prisoners do not get a trial, let alone a fair trial. They just get torture.

Obama’s escalation in Afghanistan sets the stage for a deepening of US military violence in Central and South Asia and for a confrontation with the US working class, which increasingly opposes the war: here.

British government of war and torture


Anti-war campaigners have called for Tony Blair and George Bush to be be tried for war crimes as the Chilcot inquiry into the Iraq war opened in London: here. See also here. And here. And here.

This video from the USA is called C.I.A. Kidnapping & Torture Challenged In Africa.

British intelligence colluded in the torture and abuse of five British nationals by Pakistani security forces, Human Rights Watch has said.

‘Cruel, illegal, immoral’: Human Rights Watch condemns UK’s role in torture: here.

BRITISH COMPLICITY IN TORTURE – indicted by Human Rights Watch: here.

The Defence Secretary is expected to announce a public inquiry on Wednesday into allegations of torture and murder of Iraqi civilians by British troops: here.

Inquiry launched into claims 20 Iraqis were murdered and nine others tortured at a UK base in 2004: here.

Iraq was not the biggest worry for British officials trying to halt the spread of weapons of mass destruction two years before it was invaded, the inquiry into the conflict has heard.

Until Chilcot hears UN weapons inspectors’ testimony, the fiction of Britain honestly seeking a WMD smoking gun prevails: here.

CHILCOT INQUIRY– ‘COME THE DAY YOU’LL BE THERE’ – Rumsfeld was sure that UK would go to war: here.

The British army has detained Lance Corporal Joe Glenton for 28 days after a hearing on Wednesday of last week for speaking out against the war in Afghanistan: here.

Reprieve investigation reveals MoD badly misled parliament – and defamed victims – on UK renditions case: here.

Zelaya against mock elections in Honduras


This is a video of a demonstration in Honduras against dictator Micheletti, or “Goriletti” as they call him.

From British daily The Morning Star:

Zelaya slams US election stance

Tuesday 24 November 2009

Honduran President Manuel Zelaya has attacked the United States for “weakening efforts to reverse the coup” that overthrew him.

Mr Zelaya told the Radio Globo station on Monday that the November 29 presidential elections were an attempt to legitimise his overthrow and he said that “whoever is elected will be as illegitimate as (Roberto) Micheletti,” the leader of the illegal coup.

Mr Zelaya called on the region “not to adopt ambiguous or imprecise positions like the one shown now by the United States, whose final position has weakened the effort to reverse the coup, illustrating the division in the international community.”

The Obama administration has endorsed this Sunday’s elections in Honduras under conditions in which the regime that overthrew President Manuel Zelaya last June remains in power and is preparing to suppress popular opposition to an illegitimate vote: here.

Cecile Veillard reviews a documentary that provides an on-the-scene view of the student movement against the coup in Honduras that toppled Manuel Zelaya: here.

Honduras prepares for election, but only US has said it will recognise the results: here.

Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and his Argentine counterpart Cristina Kirchner have both voiced their rejection to the elections in Honduras. Lula says, “The elections to be held on Nov. 29 will not be recognized and (otherwise) a very dangerous precedent will be set”.

GUAPINOL, Honduras, Nov 27 (Tierramérica) – The beating sun in southern Honduras doesn’t stop a group of women from throwing themselves into the task of protecting and recuperating a mangrove forest on the Pacific coast: here.

Right-wing rancher Porfirio Lobo has been declared the winner of Honduras’s controversial presidential election, despite up to two-thirds of voters shunning the polls.

Sunday’s elections in Honduras were marked by systematic repression and mass abstention. Nonetheless, the Obama administration hailed the vote as a “legitimate way out” of the five-month-old crisis that began with the June 28 coup: here.

LATIN AMERICA: Summit Does Not Recognise Elections in Honduras: here.

Because of its interest we publish this report by an Argentinean trade unionist about the reaction of the masses to the election farce in Honduras on November 29: here.

Honduras: Australia should not recognise the fraudulent elections or the military regime: here.