Turkish government sending refugees back into war

This video says about itself:

Hungary Lets Refugees Board Trains, Then Kicks Them Off

3 September 2015

The Hungarian police let some refugees, who were trying to get to Germany, board trains. Then they kicked them all off 25 miles later.

Translated from NOS TV in the Netherlands:

“Turkey sends Syrians back into war”

Today, 13:33

Turkey violates international human rights treaties by sending Syrians back across the border. This says Human Rights Watch. The human rights organization says this means that for Syrian refugees there is no alternative to involvement with people traffickers.

“Turkey has the right to control its borders for security reasons, but it can not send refugees back into the war,” said HRW researcher Gerry Simpson. Since March, the official crossings from Syria to Turkey, according to him, have been almost completely closed.

HRW spoke recently with fifty Syrians who had managed to reach Turkey. Six of them stated that they had to make several attempts because they were sent back. Refugees are said to be beaten by border guards.

Pakistani government: European Union, stop sending Afghan, Pakistani refugees back to our country.
And sometimes shot dead.

Isis in Syria: Stop the march to war – There are alternatives: here.

While Official Washington devotes much sound and fury to demands for a wider war in Syria and the need to turn away Syrian refugees, Democrats and Republicans dodge the tougher question: how to confront Saudi Arabia about its covert funding for Islamic State and Al Qaeda terrorists: here.

Closing migration routes into France won’t stop terrorism – resisting xenophobia might: here.

Cameron, don’t abuse Paris terror for warmongering

This video from the USA says about itself:

It’s Time to Talk About GW Bush’s Role in Creating ISIS

4 February 2015

Thom Hartmann says we need to have a conversation about how U.S. foreign policy under Presidents George W. Bush and Ronald Reagan has led to extremist groups like Al Qaeda and ISIS.

By Lindsey German in Britain:

When will Britain learn? More war is not the answer

Saturday 21st November 2015

Behind Cameron’s new round of banging the drum for war lies a total failure of most politicians to admit the reasons for the growth of Isis, writes LINDSEY GERMAN

“We are going to war.” These are the remarks of a “senior Cabinet minister” following David Cameron’s speech on Tuesday when he declared his intention to put further military intervention — this time the bombing of Syria — to a vote in Parliament.

Last week that vote looked less than likely, especially following the report from the House of Commons foreign affairs select committee, chaired by Tory MP Crispin Blunt, which was extremely critical of a strategy of air strikes in Syria.

But a week is a long time in politics. Cameron is assuming that the wave of revulsion following the attacks in Paris will increase support for further military intervention.

Although opinion polling on this varies, some may well be swayed by the argument that “something must be done” to stop further killings.

It is a good question, but the problem is that military intervention is precisely the wrong answer.

To start with, there already is military intervention in Syria. At present the US has been bombing Syria for over a year.

Since September, France has been involved alongside them, although other members of a coalition put together last year, including Canada, Australia, Saudi Arabia and Jordan, have effectively withdrawn from bombing.

The bombing has failed in its stated aim, to weaken and defeat Isis. Even by the admission of the US, the group is as strong as it was before the bombing began, despite thousands of Isis supporters having been killed by the attacks. In the month after the bombing began, 8,000 joined Isis alone.

In addition, Iraq is already being bombed, including by Britain, with little evidence that this is affecting the strength of Isis.

Russia too has been bombing Syria. Whereas that bombing, which I oppose, was met with warnings of it increasing the threat of terrorism for Russia, any suggestion that this might also apply to other countries is met with derision.

Yet both Russia and France have now experienced severe terrorist attacks. Are we saying they have no connection to the bombings being carried out?

Behind Cameron’s new round of banging the drum for war lies a total failure on the part of most politicians to admit the reasons for the growth of Isis and other groups.

Because the inescapable truth is that the “war on terror,” as it was named after September 11, has not only failed to stop terrorism, it has presided over a massive growth of groups linked to al-Qaida and Isis, in an increasing number of countries, in those years.

One major reason for this has been the invasions, wars and occupations which the West has carried out over the past 14 years.

In every case, large numbers of civilians have been killed. Many more have been displaced and made refugees, and whole societies have been ruined by the ongoing consequences of war.

Every single one of those wars involving our government is still going on — Afghanistan, where the Taliban is strong in many areas and where Isis is also growing — Iraq, and Libya where tens of thousands have been killed by bombing and where the country is embroiled in a civil war.

Religious sectarianism and ethnic division has often been fostered, as it was in Iraq under the US occupation.

Isis itself is a child of war. Its origin lies in those fighting against Western occupation in Iraq in 2007, and it eventually spread to Syria in 2013 following the civil war there.

It was backed by key Saudi figures and Qatar in terms of arms and finance. Turkey, a Nato member and Western ally, has given major logistical support to Isis at various times, and has allowed it to sell oil across the Turkish border, providing a major lifeline.

Despite supposedly joining in attacks on Isis, it has been much keener to attack the Kurds in Syria, who actually are fighting Isis on the ground.

A good start in dealing with Isis would be for the allies of the Western powers to stop supporting it.

In terms of funding and ideology, Isis is close to Saudi Arabia, which is a valued Western ally.

It has been bombing Yemen for months, with little complaint from the Western powers, and this week the US agreed a £1.2 billion arms and bombs deal with Saudi Arabia.

The British arms industry relies heavily on the desert despotism, flying flags on government buildings at half-mast when the king died, and turning a blind eye to human rights and women’s rights abuses.

Instead, we are told that bombing is the only way to deal with Isis. It will further inflame the Middle East, and possibly will lead to a much wider war.

After 14 years of war across south Asia and the Middle East, millions are the casualties, including those killed in Paris last week. We have to stop those wars.

One of Cameron’s aims is to isolate Jeremy Corbyn in his own party, by fomenting rebellion led by right-wing Labour MPs.

We have a big job to do in the weeks ahead protesting, lobbying MPs and building the case against war. Honest accounting from those who voted for past wars is probably not an option.

Lindsey German is convener of the Stop the War Coalition. Go to www.stopwar.org.uk for lobbying tools and details of events.

IT WILL be deeply ironic if climate activists from around the world are among the first to fall foul of France’s emergency powers. Of course, those campaigners have nothing to do with the brutal attacks on Paris last Friday night. On the contrary — they will challenge the unequal, unsustainable and militaristic policies on which terrorism has thrived: here.

Paris bloodshed abused for warmongering, attacking civil liberties

This video from the USA says about itself:

Don’t use Paris as an excuse for racism and war!’ – anti-CNN protesters

16 November 2015

Protesters gathered in front of the CNN headquarters in New York City to speak out against what they see as a biased use of the media when reporting on recent Paris and Beirut attacks, as well as the Russian plane that was downed in Sinai.

Last Friday’s terror attacks in Paris have triggered an international media campaign aimed at inspiring panic and justifying an escalation of the wars in the Middle East and the assault on democratic rights within the US and Europe: here.

After Paris attacks, NATO powers press for military escalation in Syria: here.

US officials are moving rapidly to exploit the terrorist attacks in Paris on Friday to push forward with already existing plans to undermine encrypted communications and vastly expand the powers of the state: here.

UK government outlines plans for expanding militarism and repression after Paris attacks: here.

The alleged Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) attacks in Paris last Friday have been seized upon by the Australian political and media establishment to justify the country’s involvement in the US-led wars in Iraq and Syria and the abrogation of democratic rights at home that has taken place on the pretext of combatting terrorism: here.

In the wake of last week’s terrorist attacks in Paris, Germany’s media has shifted sharply to the right. On Sunday, conservative newspapers such as the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung and Die Welt pushed for war and the strengthening of the state. Traditionally liberal media outlets such as Die Zeit and Süddeutsche Zeitung have now followed suit: here.

Paris attacks: Terrorists’ hometown Molenbeek holds peace vigil to change negative images of their neighbourhood. Thousands crowded the main square in Molenbeek to pay tribute to the victims of the Paris attacks: here.

German government preparing military intervention in Syria: here.

Australian workers and youth denounce war drive after Paris attacks: here.

Syrian refugees in the Netherlands demonstrate against ISIS terrorism

As this video shows, today hundreds of Syrian refugees in Arnhem city in the Netherlands have demonstrated against ISIS terrorism in Paris and in their homeland. They stated they wanted peace all over the world, not terrorism.

Their signs said things like: ‘I am Kurdish, I am against terrorism’ and pointed out that they fled Syria because of ISIS violence.

Syrian demonstrators in Arnhem today

German Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière declared this week that refugees arriving on the German border will be deported back to the first European Union country they entered, in a reversal of policies that have been in place since August: here.

Britain: Hilary Benn: Shadow Foreign Secretary says Labour won’t back air strikes on Syria. The shadow Foreign Secretary says that, after Paris, the emphasis must be on peace talks and helping refugees: here. Good news, and a bit surprising, as Hilary Benn is a right-winger within Labour; closer to Tony Blair than to his father Tony Benn.

Attacks in Paris, France kill 140

Injured people at ambulance in Paris

By Alex Lantier in France:

France declares state of emergency after terrorist attacks kill 140 in Paris

14 November 2015

Horrific scenes of bloodshed filled the streets of Paris last night, as multiple simultaneous terrorist attacks starting around 10 p.m. claimed at least 140 lives and left at least 110 wounded, including dozens in critical condition.

Shortly before midnight, French President François Hollande announced that France was closing its borders and imposing a state of emergency under a 1955 law that suspends key democratic rights. Several areas of Paris were on lockdown early Saturday morning, and authorities called on Parisians to stay inside, as police helicopters circled overhead and paramilitary police and army units deployed across the city.

According to anonymous high-ranking officials cited by the media, there were at least seven nearly simultaneous terrorist attacks, which were likely coordinated. These attacks included:

* At the Bataclan theater in Paris’ 11th district, a team of three or four gunmen armed with grenades took hundreds of people hostage at a concert of the Eagles of Death Metal, an American band. According to some concertgoers who managed to flee the scene, the gunmen were shouting “Allah Akbar” and “This is for Syria.” Paramilitary police units stormed the building shortly after 12:30 a.m. Saturday, killing two terrorists. They said they found horrific scenes inside, with over 100 dead.

* Three bombs went off at restaurants and a cinema near the Stade de France stadium just north of the city, in the near suburbs, where tens of thousands of fans were watching a football match between France and Germany. One of the bombs was reportedly activated by a suicide bomber. According to initial reports, there were four dead and 50 wounded, including 11 in critical condition, in these attacks. Hollande, who was at the Stade de France watching the game, left for the Interior Ministry after the blasts, but the game was nevertheless allowed to continue to its conclusion.

* On Bichat street in Paris’ 10th district, there were 14 dead and 20 wounded including 10 in critical condition, according to Fire Department figures, after a series of drive-by shootings carried out by gunmen in a black car at several restaurants. Further shootings occurred across the area nearby, which is a popular hangout on Friday nights.

* There were four dead and 21 wounded, including 11 in critical condition, in shootings on the nearby Avenue de la République.

* There were 19 shot dead and 23 wounded, including 13 in critical condition on Charonne street.

* There were seven wounded, including three in critical condition, in shootings on Boulevard Beaumarchais.

* There were reports of other shootings in several other locations across downtown Paris, including at the Forum des Halles shopping area.

Authorities had been aware of potential threats earlier in the day. A bomb threat phoned in at noon to the Hotel Molitor, where the German national football team was staying, forced the evacuation of the hotel, which was sealed off with police tape before it was searched and then declared safe two hours later.

In a brief public address before attending a Council of Ministers meeting at midnight, Hollande announced that he had ordered an all-out deployment of the security forces and an intervention by the military.

“Two decisions will be taken: the state of emergency will be decreed, which means several places will be closed off, and traffic will be limited in certain areas,” he said.

Hollande continued: “The state of emergency will apply across the country. The second decision I have taken is to close the borders, so that the people who have committed these crimes can be apprehended. We know where this attack came from. We must show compassion and solidarity, but we must also show we are united.”

Though Hollande remarked that French officials “know where this attack came from,” as of this writing no terrorist group has taken responsibility. However, several media reports suggested that the attacks were carried out by members of the Western-backed Sunni Islamist militias fighting President Bashar al-Assad’s regime in Syria.

Former CIA director James Woolsey told ABC News that since the United States, France and other countries had killed top “management” of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militia, “We have to realize we are at war.”

The immense sympathy for the victims and the terrible suffering that their families will endure does not relieve us of the responsibility of assessing the source of this tragedy. If, as seems likely, the attacks were carried out by European veterans of ISIS or a similar militia, the hundreds of dead and wounded in the streets of Paris are victims of imperialist wars in the Middle East, waged for cynical geopolitical ends, that are now spiraling out of control.

Twelve years ago, when the Bush administration launched an illegal invasion of Iraq, the French government, foreseeing the disaster that would flow from the war, refused to participate. The reintegration of France into NATO’s military command in 2009, followed by its decision to join the United States and other NATO powers in Middle East wars in 2011, has proven to have disastrous consequences.

The French political establishment backed Islamist militias in proxy wars for regime change in Libya and Syria, encouraging its citizens to join these militias by widely presenting them in the media as “revolutionaries” fighting Gaddafi and Assad. Now these forces, trained to carry out terrorist attacks and guerrilla warfare in the Middle East, are returning home. This has created a political environment in which terrorism can flourish and spread rapidly, and as a result the war has come home to France.

“The danger comes from a more or less large team of guys from theaters of operation where they were blooded, maybe Syria or Libya, Yemen, who find weapons at home (in France) and go into action,” commented Yves Trotignon, the head of French foreign intelligence’s anti-terrorist services, to AFP. “Guys who are determined and ready to die, who have studied the target and are solid from an operational point of view can do enormous damage. The number of veteran jihadists is increasing every day.”

Since the Kouachi brothers waged their deadly terrorist attack on Charlie Hebdo in January, the ruling elite has reacted to such dangers not by shifting away from the policy of war for regime change in Syria, but by building up the state’s anti-democratic police powers.

After Hollande’s announcement, reporters on iTélé repeatedly said that France is at war, and that numerous harsh measures specified by the 1955 state of emergency law would be put into effect. The law allows French authorities to impose curfews, carry out arbitrary searches of private homes at any time, censor the press, impose military tribunals, order the house arrest of individuals without trial, close public places, and collect private weapons.

The last time the state of emergency was invoked was in 2005, when it was partially invoked in response to mass suburban riots provoked by the electrocution of two youth fleeing police. However, the last time all these powers were invoked by the French state was in the years after its promulgation, when it was used to impose a state of emergency in Algeria in a failed attempt to crush the revolt against French colonial rule in Algeria.

Media reported that there are plans for mass searches in the Paris area later today. Schools and universities, as well as all Paris public facilities, are to be closed and some political parties are closing down their campaigns for next month’s regional elections.

Dutch Muslims strongly condemn Paris terror: here.

Vonk paper in Belgium condemns Paris terror: here.

South American leaders sent condolences to France and condemned the barbaric attacks that left at least 127 dead: here.

Nation mourns 43 killed in Hezbollah bastion. By James Tweedie. SCHOOLS and universities across Lebanon were closed yesterday as the country mourned the 43 victims of Thursday’s Islamic State (Isis) suicide bombing in Beirut: here.

Dutch rightist TV defames war refugee as ‘sex maniac’

This video from the USA says about itself:

Syrian Refugees Escaping ISIS Put Lives at Risk on Dangerous Seas | NBC Nightly News

19 August 2015

The brutality of ISIS and the ongoing war in Syria has triggered the biggest wave of refugees in modern history.

Translated from NOS TV in the Netherlands:

Refugee sues broadcasting organisation PowNed

Today, 19:59

A Syrian asylum seeker will go to court to demand the rectification of broadcasting by PowNed.

PowNed are right-wingers, comparable to Fox News in the USA. Or to the broadcasting branch of Hungarian neo-nazi party Jobbik; a journalist of which kicked refugee children.

That broadcaster pretended in a broadcast on October 1 that the man came to the Netherlands looking for sex.

The complainant says that an interview was made under false pretenses, that the recordings have been cut and pasted misleadingly, and that his statements were taken out of context. After the broadcast appeared during [extreme right anti-refugee] demonstrations and in TV broadcasts texts [on banners] like ‘A refugee with full testicles will easily rape your daughter.”

Another anti refugee slogan on a refugee-hating demonstration was ‘If your daughter is twelve years old, then a refugee will rape her’. While it looks more like underage girls should beware of (ex-)politicians of Geert Wilders‘ xenophobic PVV party; like ex-MEP Daniël van der Stoep, indicted today for grooming minor girls.

In late September complainant Ahmed and other asylum seekers in emergency accommodation in Apeldoorn were questioned by a PowNed reporter. She pretended to be a student or scientist and the recordings would supposedly be used only for study purposes.

Sex or masturbation

She asked questions about sexuality. Ahmed said he and other asylum seekers did not think about that after four years of war and a month on the run. To underline his story, he told about a hospital in Greece. Because his testicles were swollen a doctor strongly recommended to him to have sex or to masturbate. But because of his religious beliefs and morality in marriage he ignored this advice.

In the broadcast was only visible for the TV audience the clip in which Ahmed says that a doctor advised him to have sex or to masturbate. It seemed like he was looking for sex in the Netherlands, says his lawyer Channa Samkalden. The fragment went through social media around the world and was on Facebook with one million hits. Also on many Arab sites the fragment emerged, with strong reactions everywhere.


Since the broadcast Ahmed lives in isolation, he says. Family and friends have broken off contact, his marriage is under pressure and other asylum seekers blame him for supposedly having shown a wrong picture of Syrian refugees.

Ahmed wants a lawsuit to clear his name. He demands rectification and also wants PowNed to remove the clip from the internet. The lawsuit is on December 1 in Amsterdam.

Indeed, the reporter had not disclosed being an employee of PowNed, says Dominique Weesie of the broadcasting organisation.

Most Syrian refugee children in Turkey not at school

This 21 July 2015 video is called Syrian refugee children— some as young as toddlers– are being forced to fend for themselves in the streets of Istanbul, Turkey.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Most refugee children not at school

Tuesday 10th November 2015

MORE than 400,000 Syrian refugee children in Turkey are unable to attend school, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said yesterday, calling on the international community to provide “urgent financial and technical support.”

The US-based group cited a language barrier, integration issues and financial difficulties to explain the children’s poor access to education in Turkey.

HRW noted that Ankara had allowed them access to the Turkish schooling system, but it said that the government should provide language support and better disseminate information about school enrolment to the refugees.

It also urged Turkey to grant work permits to adult refugees to tackle the high rate of child labour among refugee children.

“Failing to provide Syrian children with education puts an entire generation at risk,” said Stephanie Gee of the HRW refugee rights programme.

“With no real hope for a better future, desperate Syrian refugees may end up putting their lives on the line to return to Syria or take dangerous journeys to Europe.”

Turkey is host to more than two million refugees from Syria of whom 708,000 are children of school age.

The government gave permission to Syrian refugees to attend state schools last year, but just over 212,000 were enrolled at primary and secondary level institutions.

HRW said that, while 90 per cent of children of families living in refugee camps had enrolled in schools, most refugees live outside the camps, where “only 25 per cent of school-age children were enrolled in school.”

It added that sending children to school would reduce the risk of early marriages or military recruitment.