Afghan girl, burning to death in hospital bed after NATO bombing

This video says about itself:

Kunduz MSF hospital atrocity aftermath – bombed for an hour by NATO

3 October 2015

A hospital in the Afghan city of Kunduz has been hit and partially destroyed in an overnight ‘aerial attack’ that killed at least nine Medecins Sans Frontieres staff. NATO has admitted a US airstrike may have caused accidental ‘collateral damage.’

By Phyllis Bennis in the USA:

The destruction of the Doctors Without Borders (MSF) hospital in Kunduz, with 22 dead so far, including doctors, other staff and patients, capped a week that also saw the bombing of another hospital in Afghanistan, plus the U.S.-backed Saudi Arabian bombing of a wedding party in Yemen set up in tents far out in the desert, away from anything remotely military. (What IS it about wedding parties that U.S. and allied bombers keep hitting them?).

From David Swanson’s blog in the USA:

Ruminations of an Afghan Girl Burning to Death in a Hospital Bed

4 October 2015

Life is a very jumbled mixture. The pain of it, if you’re awake and thinking, brings into your mind the happiest moments you can remember and transforms them into agony unless you resist bitterness with every drop of strength you have left, if not more. Physical pain makes clear-thinking and generous thinking more difficult, until death appears in front of you, and then the physical pain is as nothing.

I know that I’m not supposed to be bitter, and yet that somehow makes it harder not to be. When my father and sister and two cousins were blown into little pieces last year, it was the action of some distant office worker pushing a switch on a remote-controlled airplane. And I’m supposed to believe that they meant well. And this is supposed to make it better. But somehow it makes it worse.

The war that landed me in this hospital in Kunduz, along with all of the screaming men, women, and children around me whose voices have now faded into what I imagine the roar of the ocean must be, this war comes from a distant land that we are told means well. Yet it generates enemies through its horrors. It funds those enemies through its incompetence, corruption, and insistence on buying protection for its occupiers. It fights those enemies with such marvelous weaponry that it kills and kills and kills until many more enemies face it, and it goes on fighting from afar. I’m told the people in America believe the war ended, that it isn’t even happening, that it isn’t entering Year 15 in four days, while I will never enter Year 14.

I’ve only known war. I’ve only heard of peace. Now I will know only the peace of the dead. And I’ve been told that the dead go on with living somewhere else, but I’m told this by people whose other statements are nothing but lies, so I prefer to wait the endless moments of this hospital burning to the ground with me inside it, and then see for myself.

I understand that I am only an Afghan. I am not an American school student wrongly murdered. I am not an Israeli settler brutally blown up. I’m not a U.S. soldier or a Syrian or Ukrainian who was killed by the wrong side. But this is what makes my bitterness so hard to push back against. I’m an Afghan being bombed for women’s rights that I will never ever have a chance to exercise, because I will never ever be a woman. So, I must focus on my gratitude to those who have been kind to me, including those who left this world ahead of me to guide the way.

When I focus on the good in my life intensely, I can shut out any echoes of the evil. I can almost even come back to the evil with a sense of forgiveness and the realization that really, truly, the people who do these things must not know what they are doing. I understand that no one could really begin to understand my experience who isn’t me.

By Robert C. Koehler in the USA:

And down the moral rabbit hole we go.

The New York Times reported last week that U.S. soldiers still fighting the war in Afghanistan – 14 years on – are under orders to be “culturally sensitive” regarding different attitudes among our Afghan allies about, uh … the sexual abuse of children.

People in Turkey demonstrate against massacre and government

This video from England says about itself:

London protest in solidarity with victims of the Ankara massacre

Thousands joined a solidarity protest in central London – after the Ankara massacre. 11th October 2015. With speakers from The Stop The War Coalition, Syriza and Left Unity.

By Jean Shaoul and Halil Celik:

Angry protests follow terror bombings in Turkey

12 October 2015

Thousands of people demonstrated in Ankara and other Turkish cities on Saturday and Sunday following twin bombings at an anti-government peace rally in Ankara earlier Saturday that killed 128 people and injured more than 200. Demonstrators denounced the government of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, blaming his anti-Kurdish campaign of bombings and repression for the explosions that turned a peaceful protest into a bloody nightmare.

Police attacked demonstrators in the nation’s capital with tear gas on Sunday, preventing them from laying carnations at the site of Saturday’s bombings.

Two massive bombs exploded Saturday morning near Ankara’s central train station in the midst of the mass march called by the pro-Kurdish People’s Democratic Party (HDP), various left-wing groups and a number of trade unions to demand an end to the war between the Turkish government and the banned Kurdistan Worker’s party (PKK).

The terrorist bombings took place under conditions of a deepening political crisis in Turkey over its highly unpopular role in the Syrian war, in which Ankara has sponsored Islamist fighters, including ISIS, in a bid to topple the regime of President Bashar al-Assad and prevent the emergence of an autonomous Kurdish state in Syria adjacent to Turkey’s own Kurdish population.

Within Turkey itself, the government recently resumed the civil war against the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), which has cost the lives of at least 40,000 people since the war began in 1984, and faces increasing discontent in the face of a worsening economic crisis.

As yet, the precise cause of the explosions remains unclear and no group has claimed responsibility for the criminal act. However, regardless of who carried out the attack, President Erdoğan and his ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) will try to turn it to their own advantage.

Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, head of an interim AKP government pending new elections on November 1, initially issued a ban on news coverage of the bombings, which, however, was widely ignored.

However, Selahattin Demirtas, co-leader of the HDP, attacked the government, calling it a “mafia state” with a “state mentality that acts like a serial killer.” He was referring to the gangs mobilised by the AKP and ultra-nationalists that repeatedly attacked the HDP’s offices and personnel during and since the campaign for last June’s national elections, while the police stood back.

Demirtas continued, “We are faced with a murderous mob state. How is it possible that a state with such a strong intelligence network did not have prior information on the attack?” He added, “Gang leaders can hold safe rallies in this country, but those who want peace are murdered.”

Thousands of demonstrators in Ankara on Sunday, including witnesses, victims’ families and opposition parties, held the government directly responsible for Saturday’s tragedy for failing to provide any security ahead of the rally. Instead, police who appeared after the explosions fired teargas at victims’ families who came to inquire about their loved ones.

There were chants of “murderer Erdoğan” and “murderer police” in Sihhiye square as riot police equipped with water cannon blocked the main road leading to the parliament and government buildings. The crowd accused the government of deliberately whipping up a climate of fear and intimidation ahead of the November 1 elections in order either to delay the poll and thus retain power or increase its chance of winning a majority. But government officials have insisted that, despite security concerns, the elections will go ahead.

The elections follow the failure of the AKP to win an overall majority in June due to the rise of the pro-Kurdish HDP. The HDP secured 13 percent of the vote in the June election, thereby depriving the AKP of the chance to amend the constitution in favour of an executive presidency. The AKP refused to form a coalition government with any of the three opposition parties, gambling that it would be able to secure an overall majority in November. But it is far from clear that it will be successful.

The government relaunched the war against the PKK after two-and-a-half years of fruitless negotiations during which it failed to put forward any concrete proposals. Erdoğan put Kurdish towns under curfew and imposed de facto military rule. In one of the most notorious incidents, it imposed an eight-day curfew on Cizre, where army snipers shot people, including children, in the street, killing more than 20, and then fired on people going to help the victims.

Since the resumption of the civil war against the PKK shortly after the June election, 140 members of the security forces have been killed. The government says it has killed more than 1,700 militants.

In addition, the government has sought to criminalize or at least cripple the HDP by inciting physical attacks on its offices and legal attacks on its leaders and mayors under the guise of fighting “terrorism.” This is despite the fact that the HDP’s co-leader, Selahattin Dermitas, has done everything possible to distinguish himself from the PKK, incurring the wrath of PKK leadership in Iraq, and even briefly entered the interim government in Ankara before pulling out.

Immediately after the Ankara bombings, the PKK announced a unilateral ceasefire so as to avoid anything that could obstruct a “fair and just election” on November 1. Deputy Prime Minister Yalcin Akdogan dismissed the ceasefire as a “tactic” ahead of the election, and a senior security official told Reuters, “The PKK ceasefire means nothing for us. Operations will continue without a break.”

On Saturday and Sunday, Turkish warplanes struck PKK targets in southeastern Turkey and northern Iraq, killing 30 to 35 PKK militants in northern Iraq and 14 PKK militants in Diyarbakir province in Turkey.

In citing ISIS as the likely perpetrator of Saturday’s bombings in Ankara, the government said they were very similar to the July suicide bombing in Suruc near the Syrian border, for which ISIS later claimed responsibility.

That attack was used as the pretext for entering the US-led coalition ostensibly against ISIS and resuming the war against the PKK in northern Iraq and Turkey. Washington, in return for being allowed to use Turkey’s Incirlik base for air attacks on Iraq and Syria, turned a blind eye to Turkey’s raids, even though the Kurdish militia in Iraq and Syria were the most effective fighting forces against ISIS.

Russia’s direct military intervention into the Syrian civil war to bolster the Assad regime, in collaboration with Iran, Iraq and Lebanon’s Hezbollah, has further cut across Ankara’s interests. Moscow has attacked not just ISIS, but other Islamist forces, including Al Qaeda-linked groups backed by Ankara that are fighting Syrian Kurdish forces of the Democratic Unity Party and its militia, the Popular Protection Units (PYD/YPG).

Ankara has become increasingly bellicose, accusing Moscow of repeatedly violating its airspace in the last week. Speaking to reporters during a flight to Japan On October 7, Erdoğan said that he “cannot accept the current situation,” adding that “Russia’s explanations on the air space violations are not convincing.” He warned that Turkey, which gets 55 percent of its gas from Russia, would seek to import more of its gas from other suppliers.

Erdoğan further threatened that not only was he prepared to confront Russia, he was confident that he had the backing of both the United States and NATO if he decided to act against Russia’s intervention in Syria, increasing the risk of a much wider war involving the world’s two biggest nuclear powers.

This video from Turkey says about itself:

Selahattin Demirtas responds to Davutoglu on Ankara bombing – English Subtitles

10 October 2015

HDP leader Selahattin Demirtas responds to prime minister Ahmet Davudoglu in the aftermath of the bombing in Ankara on Oct 10, 2015. With English subtitles. Click on CC button to see subtitles.

THE Turkish trade unions called a two-day general strike for yesterday and today to express their outrage at the bombing on Saturday of the ‘Labour, Peace and Democracy Rally’ in the capital, Ankara: here.

Ku Klux Klan, 1865 till now

This 17 May 2014 video says about itself:

Confronting racism face-to-face – BBC News

Mo Asumang, daughter of a black Ghanaian father and a white German mother, talks to BBC News about her experiences making her new documentary, The Aryans, in which she confronts racists, both in Germany and among the Ku Klux Klan in America.

By Peter Frost in Britain:

150 years of lynchings, hate and burning crosses

Monday 12th October 2015

THE Ku Klux Klan, with its long history of violence, lynchings, burning crosses — all in the name of Jesus and white supremacy — is the oldest and most infamous of US hate groups.

Black US citizens have always been the Klan’s main enemy, but that hasn’t stopped the hooded Klansmen turning their hate on to Jews, Mexicans, other immigrants, and latterly to gays and lesbians, civil ceremonies and same-sex marriages. Today much of their spleen is vented on Muslims.

Despite all that hate the Klan has always seen itself as a strictly Christian organisation always strongest in the Bible belt of the Southern states.

One theory on how the Klan got its name has them using the word for circle, kuklos, from the classical Greek. Most scoff at the idea of these racist rednecks knowing anything of classic Greece.

Arthur Conan Doyle, who put a Klan member in one of his Sherlock Holmes stories, believed the name replicated the sound of a rifle being cocked.

The defeat of the slave-owning states in the civil war really upset those who believed God had given them, the white races, the right to rule over lesser breeds.

It didn’t take long for some of these white supremacists to found undercover organisations that would try to reverse the victories of the civil war that had only finished in April of 1865.

The first Klan was founded in 1865 in Pulaski, Tennessee, by six veterans of the Confederate Army. It started as a secret vigilante group that targeted freed slaves and their allies black and white.

This seriously weakened the black political establishment. Murder and violence frightened some black people out of politics.

Early in its history the Klan introduced laughable ranks and titles like imperial wizard, grand dragons, grand titans and grand and exalted cyclops, all part of what they grandly declared was an invisible empire.

The white-hooded costumes, violent night rides, lynchings, tar-and-featherings, rapes, burning of black churches and other violent attacks on those challenging white supremacy became the hallmarks of the Klan.

The Klan became less popular as the Southern Establishment introduced official segregation and Jim Crow laws. The negro had officially become a second-class citizen and persecution by the Klan became almost unnecessary.

The popularity of this racist group would wax and wane with three distinct periods of growth in its history. The first after its founding, then in the 1920s and finally with the growth of the black civil rights movement from the late ’50s and ’60s.

In the ’20s a rekindled Klan organised against new threats to what it saw as the purity of the white race and its protestant religion. Catholic and Jewish immigrants from eastern and central Europe were the new enemy.

That fear of immigrants drew many members into the Klan. In 1925 it was claiming four million members. It certainly had enough to stage a huge march on Washington. It also boasted huge social and political influence, with hundreds of Klan-backed candidates elected to local, state and even federal office.

A series of sex scandals, internal political wrangling and battles over power undermined its support. Newspaper exposés of corruption by Klan leaders dramatically reduced its membership and influence.

The Klan arose a third time during the 1960s to oppose the growing civil rights movement and to preserve segregation.

It was fighting a losing battle against an unstoppable political force but that didn’t stop bombings, murders and other attacks.

One of the most heinous Klan crimes was the murder of four young girls killed while preparing for Sunday services at the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama.

Since the ’70s the Klan has struggled with splits and divisions. Infiltration by government agents has led to prosecutions and court cases.

Today the Klan takes it place on the extreme right wing of US politics with many other tiny and ineffectual white supremacist, racist and even overtly nazi organisations.

There are at least a dozen varieties of Klans, each one claiming to be the true church, the true descendents of the Klan that came to birth in Tennessee a century and a half ago. Best estimates suggest that there are perhaps only up to 10,000 US citizens who support various manifestations of today’s Klan.

Some Klan factions are openly racist and fascist, sharing their platforms with nazis who publically praise Adolf Hitler.

Others take a much more subtle approach, cloaking their racism with more reasonable-sounding demands for civil rights for whites.

Today US society is still deeply racist. Examples of segregation, although in theory illegal, are still easy to find. Hate crimes such as the Charleston church shooting in June this year, where Dylann Roof shot nine black people dead at a prayer meeting, show the racist attitudes of the Klan are alive and well. Dylann Roof paid tribute to the Klan on his web site.

Fortunately more and more people white and black are combating racism wherever it raises its ugly head. But sadly it will still be a long time before the cowardly white-hooded nightriders and their fiery crosses are banished from the Deep South forever.

London solidarity with Turkish terrorism victims

This video says about itself:

UK: Pro-Kurdish activists march through London in solidarity with Ankara victims

10 October 2015

Hundreds of Kurdish people and pro-Kurdish activists marched through the streets of London, Saturday, to show their support for the victims of the Ankara bombing that occurred earlier in the day.

Protesters held signs condemning the Turkish government and many waved PKK and HDP flags during the rally.

This video says about itself:

UK: Kurds shut down central London in solidarity with Ankara victims

11 October 2015

Over 3,000 protesters rallied outside Downing Street in London on Sunday, demanding an “end to state terror” in Turkey. The protesters then marched through central London, blocking Piccadilly and Oxford Circus.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Thousands march in solidarity with victims of bomb massacre at Ankara peace rally

Monday 12th October 2015

THOUSANDS of people marched through London yesterday in solidarity with the victims of Saturday’s bombings in the Turkish capital Ankara.

Activist Peter Tatchell was along those showing their support for London’s Kurdish community.

Responsibility for the two explosions which took the lives of 128 people is still to be ascertained, but many in the march accused the Turkish state of abetting the massacre.

The bombs hit the Turkish capital’s main railway station as hundreds of opposition supporters and Kurdish activists gathered for a peace rally.

Sunday’s solidarity protest started at Downing Street and spread across central London, making a stop by the BBC offices.

TURKISH POLICE fired tear gas yesterday to prevent mourners laying carnations at the site of the previous day’s bomb attack on a peace march, which killed 128 people: here.

Dutch Pegida Islamophobes, alias of Nederlandse Volksunie neo-nazis

German Pegida fuehrer Lutz Bachmann, disguising himself as Adolf Hitler

This photo shows the fuehrer of the German racist Pegida movement Lutz Bachmann, trying hard to look like Adolf Hitler.

Lutz Bachmann was one of the speakers on 11 October 2015, at an anti refugee demonstration by the Dutch branch of Pegida, in Utrecht, the Netherlands. Bachmann’s followers violently attacked anti-nazi counter-demonstrators there.

Dutch NVU nazis at Islamophobic demonstration

This photo shows Peter Bieleveld and Simone Magretti, representatives of the Dutch neo-nazi party Nederlandse Volksunie (NVU) at an Islamophobic demonstration of the Dutch Defence League (sister organisation of the violent neo-nazis of the English Defence League).

The demonstration was on 24 May 2015 in Rotterdam.

Mr Bieleveld and Ms Magretti have with them the official Nederlandse Volksunie party banner. They had also brought a smaller banner saying ‘Islam go back’, and depicting one of the infamous Danish Mohamed cartoons; depicting the 7th century prophet of Islam as a 21st century bomb terrorist.

NVU demonstration in The Hague. Photo © @Rikreporter

This photo shows Peter Bieleveld with the same Islamophobic sign at a Nederlandse Volksunie demonstration in The Hague on 20 September 2014.

Pegida demonstrator Utrecht, photo by Martijn Beekman / ANP

And this photo shows Peter Bieleveld of the Nederlandse Volksunie with that same Islamophobic sign at the anti-refugee demonstration of the Pegida racists in Utrecht on 11 October 2015.

Besides Peter Bieleveld, there were lots of well-known neo-nazis at the Pegida demonstration.

NVU activist Owen Koenekoop does nazi salute

On this photo from the Utrecht Pegida demonstration, NVU activist Owen Koenekoop does the nazi salute. Next to him is fellow Nederlandse Volksunie member Barry Kluft.

Pegida public relations lies of supposedly ‘not being extreme right’ prove to be just lies, again and again.

The Dutch public prosecutor has meanwhile announced they will investigate one of the Pegida speeches in Utrecht for possible violation of anti-discrimination laws. That speech accused Muslims of ‘massive inbreeding’ and said Muslims should be ‘hated and despised because of their insane ideology’.

English EDL founder Tommy Robinson addresses Pegida anti-Islam rally in Holland: here.

Anti-nazi demonstrator in Utrecht, 11 October 2015. Photo by ANP

Finally, a happier image from Utrecht on 11 October 2015. An anti-nazi, pro-refugee demonstrator with a sign saying ‘Welcome stranger’.

‘Stop British government’s Syria war plans’

This video from London, England says about itself:

Anti-war protest in London during talks on Syria

9 September 2013

Anti-war protesters demonstrated in London on Monday as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met with British Foreign Secretary William Hague over the situation in Syria.

By Ben Chacko in Britain:

‘No More Bloody Senseless Wars

Monday 12th October 2015

Labour MPs urged to reject plans to attack Syria

LABOUR MPs were warned not to be dragooned into a “senseless” war in Syria yesterday following reports that “at least 50” could rebel in support of military intervention.

Batley & Spen MP Jo Cox, along with Tory MP Andrew Mitchell, called for military action to establish “safe havens” in Syria — a move which could bring British forces into direct confrontation with Russia. She will launch an all-party group on Syria tomorrow.

In a joint article for the Observer, the pair hinted that Britain could seek to enforce no-fly zones, supposedly in order to protect civilians, although the White House insisted just days ago that such zones were “not being considered.” Peace campaigners were quick to point out that no-fly zones would be “tantamount to a bombing campaign.

“This is exactly how the intervention in Libya, which caused 50,000 deaths, began,” retorted Stop the War Coalition national officer Chris Nineham.

“The last thing we need is yet another disastrous war in the Middle East. We would urge every MP to vote against this.”

Prime Minister David Cameron is said to be planning to ask Parliament for permission to authorise air strikes on Syria, despite losing a vote on the issue in 2013 when his proposed target was the Bashar al-Assad government.

Downing Street now insists it would be attacking the Isis terror group instead — although it continues to demand Mr Assad’s removal and has denounced Russian air strikes on Isis positions.

Labour MP Diane Abbott took to Twitter to condemn the growing war clamour in Westminster, reminding MPs that “bombing Syria won’t help refugees and could actually create more.”

Her forthright stance enraged Blairite sect Progress chairman John Woodcock, who accused the shadow secretary of state for international development of being an “internet troll.”

But supporting a bombing campaign would also mean defying the wishes of the broader party membership, Ms Abbott pointed out. Delegates at Labour’s Brighton conference last month passed a motion opposing air strikes on Syria unless they are endorsed by the United Nations.

And CND general secretary Kate Hudson branded the course of action proposed by Mr Mitchell and Ms Cox “senseless”.

“All the evidence suggests this would be a further escalation of a disastrous conflict which requires a political solution.”

“Negotiation is the only way forward,” agreed Communist Party international secretary John Foster. “Britain and the US have the power to stop their allies in the Gulf states and Saudi Arabia supplying arms and finance to Isis. Calls to enforce a no-fly zone must be resisted by all opposed to a disastrous extension of the war.”

THE imperialist powers are now working overtime to explode the Mediterranean region, from Libya to Turkey, into one huge raging fire: here.

Why the U.S. Owns the Rise of Islamic State and the Syria Disaster: here.