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| An abyss of icy silence
divides those who care
from those who don't
In my dream I am looking out over the
edge of a vast cliff, searching the infinite distance for a word.
How to describe the great divide between these two warring factions
of the American psyche?
In the distance I seem to see two people standing back to back,
staring off in different directions. Their teeth are clenched hard.
Both are certain of their vision.
One, wrapped righteously in his beloved flag, figments fearscapes
of terror, exploding skyscrapers, dead relatives ... and in his
anger, seethes for the chance to lash out, like some vampire vigilante,
at those he has been told did — or might do — these
The other, wracked by an inner pain of fruitless frustration,
hears the screams, too, but they are the agonized death spasms of
those who are the targets of America's retributive rage. He mourns
for those who were nowhere near the scene of the crime, yet simply
because of their language and their appearance, they have been deemed
guilty and consequently are blown to pieces — bloody fragments
of little children in the dust — by high-tech weapons that
we all paid for.
This willing blindness that enables America to commit serial mass
murder with no second thoughts is not entirely caused by media spin,
although that plays a significant part. But there really are two
different kinds of American people. And right now there is no communication
Those who see and those who won't? Those who care and those who
No, that's too simplistic.
Those who oppose America's grandiose slaughter in Iraq are called
naive by those who support it. After all, there are acts of terror
to be avenged, fair trials be damned!
Those who applaud the widespread killing by Americans in Third
World countries are called heartless maniacs by those who oppose
it, and try desperately to make their brothers see the slick men
on TV are lying to everyone about practically everything.
Two men, back to back, countrymen yet enemies. Two factions, paralyzed
by an enraged silence. One, bloodthirsty and implacable. The other,
witnessing, perhaps, the end of civilization as we know it.
Those who think the world is a bank to be robbed, and those who
think it is a garden to be tended? Those who are in on the scam
and those who are victims of the heist?
Again, tending toward too simple. More and more, the weight that
tilts the see-saw tends to be the media.
People make their decisions based on what they hear. What they
hear tends to be from TV, or from those who still read, newspapers.
More and more, TV and newspapers are owned by large corporations
who are connected, by boards of directors of even larger corporations,
to the companies who make the weapons.
Those who believe America is right to exterminate an entire nation
tend to get their information from television, which reinforces
their choice by showing nothing of the suffering of foreign peoples,
ordinary families who speak other languages, being burned to death
by napalm, or ravaged by flesh-piercing cluster bombs, heads blown
apart like pumpkins by special ammunition designed to do just that,
all the while, American boys, laughing at their high scores, in
the time before they realize they will kill themselves for what
they've done, if they don't first perish from the poisons their
government told them it was safe to handle ... facing one way.
And those who believe the American government is a criminal corporation
that fixes its own elections, kills its own citizens, and has plans
for billions of unfortunate souls that are simply too demonically
tragic for most to even contemplate, screaming into the icy silence
of the cadaverous heart the American political conscience has become
.... facing the other way.
Those who believe, against all logic, that innocent people in
Afghanistan and Iraq were somehow a threat to the United States
and should be killed with inhuman impunity, and those people educated
in excess of the standard American public school brainwashing who
realize that people are the same everywhere, and that the worth
of a person is not dependent on the language they speak, the color
of their skin, what they wear, or what religion they prefer.
Fact is, on a daily basis, Americans are killing innocent people
who never did anything bad to us, and some people think that's a
good thing, while others, including most of the rest of the world,
consider it an unforgivable abomination, a needless display of public
insanity that has suddenly and regrettably befallen all of America.
How does one conduct a dialogue between two groups so certain
of their observations?
Why this polarization is significant is that there seems to be
no basis for communication between the two factions. And that's
a very bad sign.
Because when there is no talk, there is only war. And when there
is war, as the people of Afghanistan and Iraq know so well, nobody
Or, the only winners are those who are not involved in the fighting.
Perverted billionaires who control the media and military contractors
may be wringing their sweaty hands in a kind of pederastic glee,
but everybody who's actually in the war, whether they are on the
winning side or not, they're all losers. Big time.
Just ask the bereaved fiancee who just wrote me about her true
love's untimely death while attacking Fallujah, who begged me to
support the U.S. war effort. I had to tell her, hard as it was,
that her future husband died for nothing, nothing more than the
ill-gotten gains of Halliburton and Bush's other criminal friends.
I asked her to imagine her own town being attacked by high-tech
savages who were lying about the reasons they were there, but she
just couldn't, understandably enough, buried in the rubble of own
In the same vein, much has been made about the religious pretensions
of President Bush as he orders the mass murders of innocent people
for reasons that have been long revealed to the public to be blatant
So the character of the great divide in the American psyche becomes
a little clearer. And oddly, the religious perspective is now identified
with the side of evil. What justification could there be for killing
innocent people for reasons everyone knows are lies. Yet George
W. Bush says God told him to smite Afghanistan, and then Iraq.
The philosopher A. C. Grayling of the University of London noted
exactly that a few weeks back.
"Why are the churches given a privileged – almost,
indeed, an exclusive – position in the social debate about
morality, when they are arguably the least competent organisations
to have it?" he asked.
" ... religious morality is not merely irrelevant, it is
anti-moral" Grayling argued.
"The great moral questions of the present age are those
about human rights, war, poverty, the vast disparities between
rich and poor, the fact that somewhere in the third world a child
dies every two and a half seconds because of starvation or remediable
disease. The churches' obsessions over pre-marital sex and whether
divorced couples can remarry in church appears contemptible in
the light of this mountain of human suffering and need. By distracting
attention from what really counts, and focusing it on the minor
and anyway futile attempt to get people to have sex only when
the church permits, harm is done to the cause of good in the world."
"Asking them to take an especially authoritative line on
moral matters is like asking the fox to set the rules for fox-hunting.
Churchmen are people with avowedly ancient supernatural beliefs
who rely on moral casuistry which is two thousand years out of
date; it is extraordinary that their views should be given any
precedence over those that could be drawn from the richness of
thoughtful, educated, open-minded opinion otherwise available
Could anything be clearer? Could there be any clearer advertisement
for religion than George W. Bush, who goes to war on the basis of
lies, commits genocide, kills his own citizens, fixes elections,
and lies about everything .... and says he takes orders from Jesus?
Could it be any clearer?
This impenetrable divide that separates Americans who say they
are religious and yet violate every known teaching of Jesus by cheering
the mass murder of innocent people from those who see the higher
law of human compassion and honesty being violated on a daily basis
by the pious psychopaths who have hijacked the American republic
may not be crossed, except by bullets.
The words necessary to close the gap and heal this grisly wound
that threatens the very life of America are lost — drowned
out — by the constant war chants of the corporate TV fools
and the echoing, approving chorus from the pulpits of most of the
Christian churches and Jewish temples in America. You can't talk
sense to psychopaths and that it what religions have become —
a pathetic psychopathy that causes otherwise rational humans to
suspend their belief in honesty and justice and believe things that
are not true ....
Number one, like Muslims had anything to do with 9/11. That's
the biggest lie of all right now, and it has caused hundreds of
thousands of deaths, all unnecessary. Those who are cheering these
deaths are American churchgoers. And their cheers, their hosannahs
to mass death, can be heard all over the world, in the stories of
the bloodbath in Iraq.
Listen, right now, in the silence of the canyon of your heart
— you can hear it. America's righteous religion. God tells
George W. Bush what to do. Kill all those who oppose you. Take what
you want from those who have what you want. Hey, it's in the Bible,
which is also the Torah. Leviticus. Deuteronomy. All over the place.
Listen to the sound. The American sound of mass death. It is evil,
and it is religious. In the silence of the canyon of your heart,
it is all you can hear, and no words can blot it out.
John Kaminski is a writer who lives on the Gulf Coast of Florida
whose Internet essays have been collected into two anthologies,
the latest of which is titled "The Perfect Enemy."
THE fictitious "American dream" of
a world of peace, liberty, democracy, and universal suffrage does
not apply to Iraq, a country invaded, occupied, and devastated by
the war machinery and troops of the United States. Washington's
aim of legitimizing through "general elections" a genocide
that has cost the lives of over 100,000 Iraqi civilians and destroyed
millenary cultural, historical and religious values is not only
a crime against humanity but also an insult to universal intelligence.
Elections have been convened for January 30 by a spurious government
lacking authority or popular support, but appointed by the White
House and led by a puppet-prime minister, Iyad Allawi, backed up
by his long career in the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).
War media experts, under the direction of the US intelligence
services and the Pentagon, are utilizing unspeakable means to convince
the international community and public opinion in their own country
that a suitable climate of political stability and pacification
prevails in Iraq for the organization of general elections so that
Iraqi citizens can elect a constitutional government. Nothing could
be more perverse and absurd.
President George W. Bush initiated his second mandate at the White
House by ordering operation Phantom Fury, the final attack on the
martyred Sunni city of Falluja, in order to "facilitate"
the right to vote.
In response to their master's voice, a ferocious pack of 10,000
US soldiers and 2,000 Iraqis were launched themselves on that rebel
bastion, protected by the martial law decreed by the servile Allawi,
who gave them a license to kill.
The atrocious butchery perpetrated by US assault troops in Falluja
after a 10-week siege; the indiscriminate bombardments of warplanes,
tanks, and mortars; the vile massacre of wounded prisoners, finished
off at close range; and the almost total destruction of the city
have not succeeded in forcing the surrender of resistance combatants
who, in the midst of smoking ruins, continue fighting face to face
and house by house against an enemy one hundred times stronger.
Like Guernica, Lidice, Son My, and My Lai, Falluja is a martyred
city, but at the same time it has become the symbol of the people's
rejection of the foreign invader. Falluja will always be remembered
for its patriotic fighters' courage and boldness.
Although the United States applied a scorched-earth policy in
Falluja, like the lava from an erupting volcano, the insurgency
has extended throughout the entire Iraqi geography.
Mosul, Ramada, Baquba, Kerbala, Balad, Kirkuk, Baiji, Samarra
and other cities are the scenario of confrontations with the US
troops and their allies, while downtown Baghdad is daily shaken
by by car-bomb explosions and attacks by suicide commandos, and
oil and gas pipelines are being set alight in rebel sabotage acts.
The U.S. government is paying a high cost in human lives, and
at an economic and political level in a war that is viewed as a
strategic error and one, for many analysts and observers, that has
already been lost.
Since May 1, 2003, when Bush announced the end of the large-scale
military operations in Iraq, more than 1, 200 US soldiers have died
in action and a further 10,000 have been wounded or mutilated. The
cost of the invasion and occupation of this Arab nation are in the
range of billions of dollars.
It is in the midst of this tragic panorama of death, desolation,
extreme violence and civilian insecurity that the White House has
convened – via its local puppets – the holding of elections
"without excuses or pretexts."
Nevertheless, the non-viability of a popular consultation in the
midst of this chaos has been appreciated by 15 Iraqi political parties,
including the one led by Allawi, and they have called for the a
six-month postponement, given the "insecurity, suicide attacks,
and insufficient technical, political, and administrative preparations."
But at Washington's orders, the interim government's request has
been denied, as Bush has already given his instructions, affirming
that the electoral commission has established that elections should
be held in January, and he expects them to be held in January.
It is worth noting that the electoral commission is only the product
of a "homemade constitution," hastily cooked up last March
without a plebiscite or a referendum.
If the elections do go ahead, they will be guarded by US boots,
bullets, and bayonets, as in order to "guarantee" Iraqi
citizens' votes, Donald Rumsfeld, the US secretary of defense, has
promised to send in another 40,000 soldiers to that suffering Arab
It is here were the calculations of the U.S. president and other
hawks fall down.
These elections are doomed to failure!
|All humans are capable of committing torture and
other "acts of great evil". That is the unhappy conclusion drawn from
an analysis of psychological studies.
Over 25,000 psychological
studies involving eight million participants support this finding,
say Susan Fiske and colleagues at Princeton University in New York,
The researchers considered the circumstances surrounding how individuals
committed seemingly inexplicable acts of abuse in the midst of the
US military's torture of Iraqi inmates at the Abu Ghraib prison
in 2003 and
"Could any average 18-year-old have tortured these prisoners? I
would have to answer: 'Yes, just about anyone could have.'", Fiske
Many forms of behaviour, including acts of cruelty, are influenced
as much by authority figures, peer pressure and other social interactions
as by the psychology of the individual, she says.
"If we don't understand the importance of social context and accept
that almost anybody could commit acts of torture under certain circumstances,
then we are setting ourselves up for situations where Abu Ghraib
[atrocities] will occur again," Fiske warns.
The researchers identified situations where individuals feel provoked,
stressed or taunted -- such as during war -- as conducive to causing
aggressive acts. And they say that the need to conform to their
peer group and obey those in authority -- or act in a way that they
believe their superiors would approve of -- could lead individuals
to behave in a way that they would usually consider unacceptable.
"Certainly, acts of torture can be committed by almost everyone
-- not just psychopaths," says Ian Robbins, a clinical psychologist
who has treated victims of torture and torturers themselves at the
traumatic stress service in St George's Hospital, London, UK.
"A process of 'grooming' occurs, whereby the perpetrator
is introduced to small acts of abuse -- perhaps an occasional slap
-- and then over time these acts of abuse are built up to levels
of extreme torture," he says. "All this is carried out in a social
context of acceptability, where the perpetrator is made to feel
special for carrying out the abuse, and it is singled out as a special
Fiske points out that the alienation and exclusion of certain groups
renders them "contemptible, subhuman and disgusting" in the eyes
of the torturer, making abuse of such dehumanised victims far easier
to carry out.
And she points out that strongly cohesive social populations such
as the military can either encourage prejudice -- as in the case
of the treatment of Iraqi prisoners -- or actively discourage it.
For example, the US military offers the country's
best example of racially integrated cooperation between black and
white Americans, she observes.
Climate of disrespect
"Our national leadership could act to see everyone as equal and
connected, or as foreigners who can be ignored and excluded. If
Iraqis fought alongside the US military, it would be harder for
soldiers to dehumanise Iraqi prisoners," she says.
Robbins believes the general US prejudice against
other nations is deeply ingrained. "Calling Iraqi nationals 'insurgents',
'ragheads' or 'baddies' automatically dehumanises them and leads
to a climate of disrespect," he says.
But, as the researchers note, there are always those few individuals
who dissent from the group -- "whistle-blowers" who alert authorities
to abuse and prevent it continuing.
"People who opt out often have a strong sense of moral values or
religious conviction that allows them to override their natural
inclination to follow their superiors or fit in with their peer
group," Robbins says. But they are few, and because under certain
circumstances almost anyone can commit torture, situations that
could foster an atmosphere of abuse must be controlled, he believes.
"Any processes involving locking people up and interrogation need
to be open to public scrutiny and not carried out by the military
in secret," he told New Scientist.
"I find it extremely frightening that the American
military in the Pentagon have been discussing which kinds of torture
are acceptable and which are not," he adds.
STRATFORD — A serviceman, apparently
distraught over the prospect of being sent back to the war in Iraq,
threatened to kill himself as he stood naked and screaming outside
Police took the man into custody at his Fernwood Drive house.
He was taken for treatment to Bridgeport Hospital.
Dispatched to investigate a report of a possible suicide attempt
Thursday, officers saw the man naked with blood on his body in front
of the garage area, police said. As officers approached, the man
yelled at them and ran back into the house, according to police.
After struggling with officers, the man
told police that he was scheduled to be sent back to Iraq in January,
but didn't want to because he would be forced to kill more people,
The man, who said that he had been drinking, told officers that
"he just wanted to die," police said.
After Stratford Emergency Medical Services transported the man
to Bridgeport Hospital, he attempted to grab a guard by the throat
before he was subdued and placed in restraints, police said.
Officers recovered a kitchen knife, a pair of metal clamps, green
ropes and suicide notes covered with blood from the house, according
to police. [...]
KABUL -- The US-led coalition forces in Afghanistan
are working on a military base near the country's western border
with Iran. Locals told the Pajhwok news agency that US forces have
been sketching and surveying the land for two months for a 300-hectare
airbase in the desert area of Holang, in Ghorian district of Herat
province, just 45 kilometres from the Iranian frontier. Some
military commentators believe the development could be linked to
rising tensions between the United States and Iran,
but the US military and the Afghan government say the base is being
built for the Afghan National Army. The Combined Forces'
Command in Kabul confirmed that it is building the base, but strongly
rejected the suggestion that it would be only for the coalition
"The US government is building a military base in Ghorian
in order to provide transportation facilities for the Afghan National
Army," the press office told Pajhwok on Saturday. It
declined to comment on whether the base might be seen as a threat
by Iran, or how long it would take to complete the project.
The US Provincial Reconstruction Team in Herat said the base would
be used for training Afghan National Army soldiers. There has been
no reaction from Iran so far.
"We will express our view after contacting relevant authorities
inside my country, who will assess this issue," Mohammad Ali
Najafi, the Iranian consul in Herat, said. A spokesman for the Ministry
of Defence in Kabul said it was not aware of this issue. The presidential
spokesman, Javid Ludin, commented: "The coalition forces have
the permission to act against terrorism and for the peace and stability
of Afghanistan, and to build a base for that purpose.
He added that no action will be taken without agreement
from the government. Some believe the construction of a base that
close to the border could provoke Iranian opposition. "Creation
of a base in a place completely dominating Iranian airspace could
provoke an argument from Iran," said Gen Nader Azemi, a commander
of the ANA in Herat. But he praised the action as good for security
in Herat, in addition to providing full control over the shared
border of Afghanistan with Iran. Local residents confirmed that
the US military has been working on a base, with some of them supporting
the plan, but others fear the US forces.
(MOSCOW) - Western Europe seems to have accepted
the American theory that the presidential election in Ukraine was
Washington and Old European capitals, in particular Berlin, demand
a repetition of the second round of the election.
But respected European organizations disagree. The British Helsinki
Human Rights Group, whose observers sat in election districts in
Ukraine, is convinced that the election was honest.
Does anyone in Europe know about the Group's opinion? No. The Ukrainian
news circulated in Europe is screened to favor opposition candidate
Viktor Yushchenko and all other views are discarded as spam.
Mesmerized by the American position, Europe believes not its own
unbiased human rights activists but EU and OSCE observers who had
previously praised the "democratic" nature of elections
in Afghanistan and Kosovo. They disregard the fact that the will
of hundreds of thousands of Afghans and Kosovo Serbs had not been
taken into account.
As a result, few people in Russia doubt that the Western charges
about the Ukrainian election are based on double standards. But
the Moscow political elite is not accusing the West of a new fit
of Russophobia. The West is not united, they say, seeing as the
Friendly West those who had thought and still think that the crux
of the cold war was to fight against global communism for democracy.
These forces are Russia's allies, because nobody in the world suffered
from communism more than Russia, a country that chose democracy
without outside prompting.
But frankly speaking, other forces, which interpret the cold war
as a never-ending West-Russia confrontation, are also very strong
in the US and Europe. They believe that the Russian threat is a
perpetual motion machine that needs no winding. After the collapse
of the Soviet Union, Russia is rebuilding itself as an authoritarian
power confronting the Western civilization, say these ideologists.
Their conclusion is categorical: The West must save the states
in Russia's geopolitical orbit from its influence. In plain English,
it means the creation of a sanitary cordon around Russia in post-Soviet
territory. The neo-conservative forces of the West are playing for
new markets, production sites, and areas of political and military
control. One of their recent steps toward this goal was exploiting
the dissatisfaction of the smaller part of Ukrainian voters with
President Leonid Kuchma in an attempt to tear Ukraine away from
Russia under the pretext of the "illegitimacy" of the
presidential election there.
They selected their instruments for this operation long ago. Practice
shows that the use of anarchy in the streets is an excellent way
to achieve the political distortion of post-Soviet territory.
Few people do not see that the street actions
by the Ukrainian opposition are a well-orchestrated project launched
with foreign financial assistance. The
Guardian has estimated the payment to student team leaders, the
daily funds issued to the demonstrators, the coast of field kitchens
with hot meals, 1,200 tents ($200 each), giant LCD displays in the
squares, and warm clothes and footwear issued free at $15 million.
If a newspaper of Washington's main ally, Britain, writes this,
it means that the ears of the organizers and financiers of these
actions are sticking out, indeed.
Anyone observing developments in Ukraine has a strong feeling of
deja vu. We have seen this in Yugoslavia, Georgia and Belarus, where
the same scenario of seizing power was employed. They are trying
to tell the citizens of post-Soviet countries that crucial political,
election and constitutional issues can be settled by the mob.
That scenario was first used successfully by an army of US political
experts, consultants and diplomats, as well as local parties and
public organizations in Yugoslavia in 2000. The conductor of that
orchestra was Richard Miles, then American ambassador in Belgrade.
Last year, American Ambassador in Tbilisi Mr. Miles used the same
scheme, advising Mikhail Saakashvili on how to overthrow Eduard
Shevardnadze. Some time later, American Ambassador in Minsk Michael
Kozak, a veteran of such operations in Central America, organized
a similar campaign against Alexander Lukashenko. But his attempt
failed, as Mr. Lukashenko's handling of the opposition is notoriously
Like in the above three countries, students
became the main striking force of the opposition in Ukraine. The
only difference is the names of the youth organizations: Otpor in
Yugoslavia, Kmara in Georgia, Zubr in Belarus, and Pora in Ukraine.
The common element is that all of these student
organizations were set up with the money of Western sponsors.
The same instructors trained the post-Soviet young people in the
art of controlling the crowd, storming buildings, and erecting barricades.
So, these are not public outrages proper. The public was simply
attracted to the orchestrated revolutions as extras. The conclusion
is that Western political experts are turning civil disobedience
into a method of ensuring victory at elections in foreign countries.
This is how Russia sees it. But I am worried
about the trap that has been laid for Old Europe in Ukraine. The
US is seriously concerned that the EU may escape its control.
Remember how France and Germany quarreled with the US over Iraq?
Now Washington and Brussels are at loggerheads over the EU Common
Security and Defense Policy. The White House fears this would undermine
the status of NATO, the main instrument of its policy in Europe.
Washington does not want to lose control of Europe and is ready
to do a great deal to retain it.
Let us discuss a plan that may turn out to be
not as hypothetical as it seems at first glance. What if the key
idea implemented by Washington in the smoking Ukrainian crisis is
not just to tear Ukraine away from Russia? What if it wants to subsequently
link it (or at least its western part) to Poland and possibly Lithuania,
in a kind of revival of Rzeczpospolita, the Polish Commonwealth
on a common territory with the aggregate population of about 90
By doing this, Washington would raise the status
of Poland, its main ally in the new EU, making it equal to France
and Germany and thus preventing the latter countries from strengthening
the common foreign policy of the EU. Moreover, Poland's claim to
being a representative of Central and Eastern Europe is easily seen
in the ambitious conduct of Warsaw, in particular, in debates about
conditions for the expansion of the EU and its Constitution, where
Poland was the chief troublemaker.
In other words, Washington seems to have divided the EU into Old
and New Europe and is ready to crown Poland the king of the latter.
One way of attaining this goal is to make
Ukraine a protectorate of Poland.
Look at the main theoretician of the rift between Ukraine and Russia
- it is Zbigniew Brzezinski, a former national security adviser
to the US president. And who has assumed so vigorously the role
of the main organizer of the Pora youth movement? It is Adrian Karatnycky,
a friend and disciple of Mr. Brzezinski and head of Freedom House,
an allegedly nonaligned and nonprofit structure dedicated to the
promotion of democracy worldwide. The scriptwriters
of the Ukrainian events are of Polish descent.
The scenario of forcing Viktor Yushchenko on the people appears
to be American-Polish and looks like a trap for Old Europe. This
project is directed not only against Russia but also against France
and Germany. By helping the Americans to crown
Mr. Yushchenko in Ukraine, France and Germany are unwittingly cooking
a serious problem for themselves in the EU.
In order to change the regime
in the Ukraine, the CIA ordered exit polls that they presented as
definite even before the counting of the votes. It sent out thousands
of observers, recruited through the intermediary of Eastern European
associations, to cry out about the falsification of the elections.
Finally, it paid thousands of cadres from the opposition and trained
them in street demonstrations. The richest revolution in the world
was conceived as a spectacle for Western television.
Prior to the first round of presidential elections in the Ukraine,
we alerted our readers to the deployment of US agents mandated to
influence the election . The operation was headed for the CIA
by Colonel Robert Helvey who had already supervised the elections
in Yugoslavia and Georgia. It was officially financed, for its public
part, to the tune of 13 million dollars.
To complete our readers’ information, we have reconstructed
a chronology of the events from dispatches from Interfax to which
we have added information on the protagonists.
Three Days That Shook the Ukraine
Sunday, November 21, 2004, at around 3 pm, the headquarters of
the candidate Yushchenko informed press agencies that more than
2,500 foreign observers were prohibited from entering the polling
stations. Immediately, several hundred young supporters assembled
in front of the office of the Electoral Commission to denounce the
“fixing of the elections”.
When voting ended, at 8 pm, Richard G. Lugar, Chairman of the Foreign
Affairs Committee of the US Senate and special envoy of President
George W. Bush, declared to the press that the elections should
be invalidated. At the same time, Socis Institute published an exit
poll showing Yushchenko had won with 49% against 45.9% for Yanukovych.
For its part, the Razumkov Centre of the International Sociological
Institute gave Yushchenko 58% against 39% for Yanukovych. Without
waiting for the counting of the votes, 3,000 supporters of Viktor
Yushchenko descended upon the centre of Kiev to proclaim their victory.
Their number reached several tens of thousands during the evening.
Towards midnight, the demonstrators dispersed. At 1 am, the Electoral
Commission announced that one quarter of the polling stations had
finished counting the ballots and broadcast the first results. But,
contradicting the exit polls, it was Yanukovych who arrived on top
with 53% against 45.48% for his opponent. Immediately, Viktor Yushchenko,
denouncing a fix, went to the office of the Commission to demand
a recount in the first polling stations.
Monday morning the 22nd, the crowd gathered again in Independence
Square where Yushchenko had prepared a large stage. He arrived himself
around 11 am. The Electoral Commission was to publish the latest
results at noon. But, at 11:55, speaking before his militants, Yushchenko
denounced the fixed results ahead of time and called for non-violent
resistance against the dictatorship. By noon, the Commission had
received 98% of the results. The spread between the two candidates
had narrowed, but Yanukovych remained in the lead with 49.57% of
the votes against 46.57% for his opponent.
Around 3 pm, the Organisation for European Security and Cooperation
declared that the Ukraine had failed to meet international standards
for democratic elections. At 4 pm, Senator Lugar issued a press
release accusing the authorities of falsifying the results.
During this time, the Kiev Municipal Council denounced the results
and proclaimed Yushchenko the president of the Ukraine. Then, it
voted a motion to defy the Electoral Commission and called upon
Parliament to recognise the new president.
At 5:40, the Secretary of the Defence, Rudkovsky, called the military
back to their bases. At 7:40, the Procurer General’s Office
issued a press release indicating that it was ready to repress any
violation of the constitutional order, but several minutes later,
Lytvyn, the head of the Parliament, assured that there was no question
of declaring a state of emergency.
At 8:15, Russian president Vladimir Putin is the first foreign
head of state to recognise a winner. He sent a message of congratulations
to Mr. Yanukovych.
Tuesday the 23rd, Lytvyn tries to mediate. He invites the two candidates
and the members of the Electoral Commission to a meeting at the
Parliament. There are reports of 100,000 demonstrators in Kiev.
At 12:30, Freedom House calls upon foreign governments and intergovernmental
agencies to condemn the fraud. Several minutes later, the European
Union demands a revision of the results. At 1:30, the National Democratic
Institute declares that it does not recognise the legitimacy of
At 2:55, the Minister of the Interior dismisses the rumour that
Russian special troops had entered the Ukraine.
At 4:00 the president of Belarus is the second foreign head of
state to congratulate M. Yanukovych on his election.
The crowd moves towards Parliament. Even though the session was
over, a hundred or so members of parliament declare Yushchenko elected
and swear him in. The “new” president pronounces a short
speech during which he accuses the outgoing president Leonid Kuchma
of leading the country towards civil war.
At 8 pm, Poland is the first foreign country to denounce the official
result. “President” Yushchenko announces the creation
of a Coordinating Council for the Protection of the Constitution
and starts a provisional government.
On Wednesday, November 24, the crowd is still as thick in Independence
Square. At 12:30, the Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister invites
the Ukrainian authorities to do a recount. At 1 pm, the Electoral
Commission announces the complete and final results: Yanukovych
is elected with 49.53% of the vote. Viktor Yanukovych declares himself
ready to assume the functions the people have just confided upon
At 4:30, “President” Yeshchenko calls on the police
and the military to fraternise with the demonstrators. At 8:30 pm,
Secretary of State Colin Powell announces that the United States
does not recognise the election results.
During the election campaign, Viktor Yanukovych abused his position
as sitting Prime Minister to use private and public media to bolster
his campaign. During the same period, Viktor Yushchenko paid and
trained thousands of activists from funds coming from the United
States. Contravening the rules of the OESC, the Ukrainian Elections
Code recognises as international observers only official delegations,
not NGOs. According to the right-hand man of M. Yushchenko, 2,500
observers were turned away from polling stations. It seems these
were 1,000 observers from the European Network of Election Monitoring
The election delegates chosen by the candidates and the international
observers from the Parliamentary Assembly of the OESC, the Parliamentary
Assembly from NATO, from the European Council, from the European
Parliament, and from OESC were able to survey the voting normally.
ENEMO is a collection of Eastern European associations. Each of
them is financed by Madeleine Albright’s National Democratic
Institute, while the common secretariat of the collection is financed
by the Open Society Institute of George Soros and is led by British
diplomats. The group includes the Ukrainian association Committee
on Voters of Ukraine (CVU), editor of the paper Tochka Zory. The
displacement of 1,000 observers was jointly financed by James Woolsey’s
Freedom House, Albright’s National Democratic Institute, and
John McCain’s International Republican Institute. Remember
that these two organizations are appendices of the National Endowment
for Democracy, the public face of the CIA .
The exit polls, published by the Socis Institute and the Razumkov
Centre, were funded by the United States. The same procedure was
used during the revocation referendum in Venezuela where an exit
poll was conducted by Penn Shoen & Berland Associates for the
opposition association Sumate, financed by the US. The exit poll
showed the opposition winning by 59% while the Electoral Commission
had them losing with 41%. On the basis of this exit poll, a crowd
amassed in the centre of Caracas to drive out President Chavez.
Ultimately, the international observers, such as the Carter Center
and the Réseau Voltaire, confirmed the official results.
More than 1,000 cadres of the Pora youth association and the Committee
on Voters of Ukraine received an average salary of $3,000 per month,
a more than comfortable income for the Ukraine. This remuneration
was financed by the United States, via USAID and NED. The first
experiment in paying thousands of extras to act in a demonstration
before the press was carried out by Britain’s MI6 and the
CIA for Operation Ajax: in 1952, they recruited 6,000 extras in
Iran to march against the Royal Palace and overthrow Mossadegh.
Thousands of tents and blankets were made available to demonstrators
so they could camp out in Independence Square where free meals were
served. All the logistics were prepared by USAID.
The declaration of the OESC claiming the Ukraine had failed to
meet international standards for a democratic election was based
largely on the disequilibrium of the election campaign and not on
the vote itself which, although marked by a number of incidents,
didn’t appear too irregular. The various statements from Senator
Richard G. Lugar demanding the annulation of the election were not
accompanied by any precise descriptions of the alleged fraudulent
Polish President Kwasniewski, after denouncing the official results,
proposed to mediate between the two candidates. Simultaneously,
he made available to his predecessor, Lech Walesa, public monies
to visit Kiev where Walesa participated in M. Yushchenko’s
meetings in Independence Square.
This “richest revolution in the world” was conceived
for the public in the United States.
Yushchenko’s Internet site is entirely translated into English.
The street demonstrations were orchestrated for Western television
with a know-how that hasn’t failed since the overthrow of
Ceausescu and the mass graves of Timisoara.
 « Washington et Mocou se livrent bataille
en Ukraine » by Emilia Nazarenko and the editors of, Voltaire,
1er November 2004.
 « NED : La nébuleuse de l'ingérence démocratique
» by Thierry Meyssan, Voltaire,
22 January 2004.
 « Les sondages ou les urnes ? » Voltaire, 23 August
 « BP Amoco, coalition pétrolière anglo-saxonne
» by Arthur Lepic, Voltaire, 10 June
Translated by Signs-of-the-Times
A senior official of the mainstream Palestinian
Fatah party was shot dead in the Balata refugee camp, party officials
Nasser Badawi, 37, was walking at the entrance to the camp in
Nablus last night, when three gunmen in a taxi opened fire, killing
him, the officials said.
Badawi was one of the Fatah leaders in the West Bank camp.
There was no indication about who was responsible. The Israeli
military said it had no troops in the area at the time of the shooting.
The Balata camp is ruled by competing armed factions of Palestinians,
and infighting is not uncommon.
|CAIRO, Dec. 1 (Xinhuanet) -- Fathi Arafat, brother
of late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, died of stomach cancer here
Wednesday, Egyptian news agency MENA reported.
Fathi, former head of the Palestine Red Crescent Society, had been
fighting the cancer for months in the Egyptian capital, said one
of his relatives.
A doctor of a hospital in Cairo, where Fathi was being treated,said
he died at home.
His death came within a month after his brother Yasser Arafat died
in a French military hospital on the outskirts of Paris onNov. 11
and was buried in the West Bank city of Ramallah the next day.
UNITED NATIONS — UN Ambassador Allan
Rock Tuesday delivered a scathing denunciation of the General Assembly's
resolutions isolating and attacking Israel,
confirming a shift in Canada's approach to the Middle East.
During an annual debate on the question of Palestine, Mr. Rock
said Canada will vote Wednesday against two
key resolutions on which it has abstained in the past, lining up
with the United States, often the only major power to defend Israel
at the United Nations.
"We believe that the time has come, especially given the
renewed hope for the peace process, to evaluate the efforts that
all of us make at the United Nations to determine if they could
be redirected towards more constructive outcomes," Mr. Rock
He said the General Assembly and the much more powerful Security
Council should do more to foster respect and trust between Israelis
and Palestinians in order to help bring peace to the region.
Canada has typically abstained on resolutions that condemn Israel's
occupation of and settlements in the West Bank and Gaza.
Only the United States and a few others have
been left to support the embattled Jewish state.
Mr. Rock's speech Tuesday confirmed a shift in approach to UN
questions involving the Middle East that has been evident since
last summer. Then, Canada abstained on a widely supported resolution
that noted the International Court of Justice's finding that Israel's
security fence violated international law.
Critics in the Canadian-Arab community suggest the Martin government
is in danger of abandoning Canada's long-standing evenhandedness
toward the region, while Jewish lobbyists insist the government
is merely adjusting its UN positions to reflect its overall approach.
Mr. Rock said General Assembly resolutions on the Middle East
are "often divisive and lack in balance" because they
condemn Israeli violence but play down attacks against Israeli civilians.
"References to Israeli security needs are often overlooked
in the General Assembly. Repeatedly emphasizing Israel's responsibility
under international law obscures equally important responsibilities
of other parties to the conflict."
He added that the UN often fails to adequately condemn the Palestinians
for their failure to rein in terrorists who target civilians or
to reform their own governing bodies.
In an effort to be evenhanded, Canada will support a resolution
on which it has abstained in the past: It calls for a nuclear-free
Middle East and singles out Israel, which is widely suspected (but
has never admitted it) to have nuclear capability.
Mr. Rock said the government's fundamental policy toward the Middle
East remains unchanged. [...]
Holding up signs calling US president George
Bush a "war criminal" and "liar," several thousand
demonstrators marched on the parliament buildings in Canada's capital
Ottawa to protest against his visit, the US-led war in Iraq and
a host of other issues.
Protest organisers said yesterday's march drew at least 13,000
people, many of whom rode buses overnight from across Ontario and
Quebec, but police put the figure at closer to 5,000.
Twelve protesters were arrested after they clashed with riot police,
officers said. One police officer was reported injured.
Making his first official visit to Canada, Bush was welcomed by
many placards and signs along his motorcade route, including a truck
parked nearby that was emblazoned with the phrase "Bush is
a war criminal". Another placard branded him an "assassin".
Much of the anger seemed focused on the US invasion of Iraq. Canada
decided against sending troops to Iraq – a stand supported
by more than 80% of Canadians.
"Canada is not against America. We're totally against Bush,"
explained Fredric White, a 40-year-old who works for an entertainment
"He's arrogant and ignorant. We totally disdain his policies
on the war and his treatment of the UN. The administration has an
imperialist attitude where he thinks he can take over countries
by bombing them." [...]
|PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti -- Heavy gunfire rang out
near Haiti's presidential palace yesterday as Secretary of State Colin
Powell met with the country's interim leaders. Powell said international
peacekeeping troops must come down hard on street thugs and those
who carry out political violence in Haiti.
"They have to
forcefully take on those armed individuals of the kind who were
firing this morning," Powell said after meetings at the National
Palace with President Boniface Alexandre, Prime Minister Gerard
Latortue and other political leaders.
Shots continued to echo through the streets after Powell wrapped
up his one-day trip. Four people were killed and at least 11 were
In Washington, State Department spokesman Adam Ereli said Powell
was in a holding room at the palace when the gunfire erupted outside.
Powell and others in his delegation heard the shots, Ereli said.
The incident prompted a change of meeting rooms but otherwise had
no effect on Powell's schedule.
Most of the clashes occurred in Bel Air, a slum loyal to ousted
President Jean-Bertrand Aristide and several blocks away from the
Bloodied gunshot victims crowded the corridors at the capital's
main hospital, where U.N. police were standing guard. U.N. troops
were also on alert at the national penitentiary, said Damian Onses
Cardona, a spokesman for the United Nations force, now at more than
Haiti is still beset with violence and political infighting 10
months after Aristide was ousted. The country's caretaker government
has pledged open elections next fall, a goal Powell said Haiti can
meet with outside help.
"The only outcome that will satisfy the U.S. is
an election next year that is free and fair ... that is not fraudulent
and stolen," Powell said during his visit to try to shore up democratic
efforts in the desperately poor country.
The United States has been instrumental in
Haiti's chaotic power shifts over the past decade, with Powell in
a prominent role. He was once an Aristide supporter but helped
arrange Aristide's exile this year. [...]
The White House has called into question Haitian President Jean-Bertrand
Aristide's "fitness to continue to govern his country".
According to the official White House statement released one day
before Aristide's departure for the Dominican Republic:
"His failure to adhere to democratic principles has contributed
to the deep polarization and violent unrest that we are witnessing
in Haiti today... His own actions have called into question his
fitness to continue to govern Haiti. We urge him to examine his
position carefully, to accept responsibility, and to act in the
best interests of the people of Haiti"
Now should we not apply the same standards to President George
W. Bush who has lied to the American people, violated international
law and waged a criminal based on a fabricated pretext?
This article was written in the last days of February 2004 in
response to the barrage of disinformation in the mainstream media.
It was completed on February 29th, the day of President Jean Bertrand
Aristide's departure in exile.
The armed insurrection which contributed to unseating President
Aristide on February 29th 2004 was the result of a carefully staged
The Rebel paramilitary army crossed the border from the Dominican
Republic in early February. It constitutes a well armed, trained
and equipped paramilitary unit integrated by former members of Le
Front pour l'avancement et le progrès d'Haiti (FRAPH), the
"plain clothes" death squadrons, involved in mass killings
of civilians and political assassinations during the CIA sponsored
1991 military coup, which led to the overthrow of the democratically
elected government of President Jean Bertrand Aristide
The self-proclaimed Front pour la Libération et la reconstruction
nationale (FLRN) (National Liberation and Reconstruction Front)
is led by Guy Philippe, a former member of the Haitian Armed Forces
and Police Chief. Philippe had been trained during the 1991 coup
years by US Special Forces in Ecuador, together with a dozen other
Haitian Army officers. (See Juan Gonzalez, New York Daily News,
24 February 2004).
[...] Media Manipulation
In the weeks leading up to the Coup d'Etat, the media has largely
focused its attention on the pro-Aristide "armed gangs"
and "thugs", without providing an understanding of the
role of the FLRN Rebels.
Deafening silence: not a word was mentioned in official statements
and UN resolutions regarding the nature of the FLRN. This should
come as no surprise: the US Ambassador to the UN (the man who sits
on the UN Security Council) John Negroponte. played a key role in
the CIA supported Honduran death squadrons in the 1980s when he
was US ambassador to Honduras. (See San
Francisco Examiner, 20 Oct 2001)
The FLRN rebels are extremely well equipped and trained forces.
The Haitian people know who they are. They are Tonton Macoute of
the Duvalier era and former FRAPH assassins.
The Western media is mute on the issue, blaming the violence on
President Aristide. When it acknowledges that the Liberation Army
is composed of death squadrons, it fails to examine the broader
implications of its statements and that these death squadrons are
a creation of the CIA and the Defense Intelligence Agency.
The New York Times has acknowledged that the "non violent"
civil society opposition is in fact collaborating with the death
squadrons, "accused of killing thousands", but all this
is described as "accidental". No historical understanding
is provided. Who are these death squadron leaders? All we are told
is that they have established an "alliance" with the "non-violent"
good guys who belong to the "political opposition". And
it is all for a good and worthy cause, which is to remove the elected
president and "restore democracy":
"As Haiti's crisis lurches toward civil war, a tangled web
of alliances, some of them accidental, has emerged. It has linked
the interests of a political opposition movement that has embraced
nonviolence to a group of insurgents that includes a former leader
of death squads accused of killing thousands, a former police chief
accused of plotting a coup and a ruthless gang once aligned with
Mr. Aristide that has now turned against him. Given their varied
origins, those arrayed against Mr. Aristide are hardly unified,
though they all share an ardent wish to see him removed from power."
(New York Times, 26 Feb 2004)
There is nothing spontaneous or "accidental" in the rebel
attacks or in the "alliance" between the leader of the
death squadrons Guy Philippe and Andy Apaid, owner of the largest
industrial sweatshop in Haiti and leader of the G-184.
The armed rebellion was part of a carefully planned military-intelligence
operation. The Armed Forces of the Dominican Republic had detected
guerilla training camps inside the Dominican Republic on the Northeast
Haitian-Dominican border. ( El
ejército dominicano informó a Aristide sobre los entrenamientos
rebeldes en la frontera, El Caribe, 27 Feb. 2004)
Both the armed rebels and their civilian "non-violent"
counterparts were involved in the plot to unseat the president.
G-184 leader Andre Apaid was in touch with Colin Powell in the weeks
leading up to the overthrow of Aristide; Guy Philippe and "Toto"
Emmanuel Constant have links to the CIA; there are indications that
Rebel Commander Guy Philippe and the political leader of the Revolutionary
Artibonite Resistance Front Winter Etienne were in liaison with
US officials. (See BBC,
27 Feb 2004).
While the US had repeatedly stated that it will uphold Constitutional
government, the replacement of Aristide by a more compliant individual
had always been part of the Bush Administration's agenda.
In the face of rising outrage in Haiti that
paramilitaries are still armed and at large, the U.S. government
has again denied collaborating with the perpetrators, including
FRAPH, the hit squad whose leader, Emmanual Constant, worked for
the C.I.A. But evidence just discovered indicates that, starting
in mid-1993, FRAPH was launched on its reign of terror with secret
shipments of U.S. arms, and that still-active FRAPH members have
been used recently in U.S. occupation operations, sprung from hail
with Wahington's help. [...]
Constant's assertion has been confirmed by U.S. officials involved
in Haiti, who note that U.S. military intelligence and the C.I.A.
are also continuing secret work with FRAPH. Within the first week
of the occupation a C.I.A. contingent arrived and, breaking down
into two-person teams, fanned out across the countryside. The operatives,
on temporary duty from headquarters in Langley, Virginia, approached
Special Forces field units and asked for their help in identifying
Haitians who could be recruited to work secretly for the C.I.A.
The whole point of FRAPH, of course, is
that it is not a military fighting force but rather a paramilitary
group organized to kill unarmed civilians. This means that
its weapons are small and dispersed-essentially one per killer-and
that, therefore, under occupation policy FRAPH gunmen remain armed
unless they are impolitic enough to parade their weapons publicly.
Indeed, in late September 1994, right after the U.S. troops arrived,
Special Forces teams systematically sat down with local FRAPH heads
and told them (as team leaders in Hinche, in the Central Plateau,
explained it to me) that as long as they kept their guns out of
view they would "get no trouble" from the Green Berets.
The arms shipments so crucial to the launching of FRAPH began around
July 1993, according to a Haitian army officer who helped arrange
the deals. The officer, a longtime U.S. protege whose walls are
hung with diplomas from U.S. military courses (at infantry school,
special training in Texas and, last spring, a six-day "human
rights" course), served as a confidant and arms procurer for
coup leader and police chief Lieut. Col. Michel Francois. He was
among those who kept detailed records on the deals, some of which
he still has. Other papers were apparently seized in 1994 by incoming
The U.S. [arms] shipments originated in
Miami and included Colt .38 revolvers, 9-millimeter semiautomatic
pistols, American made M-3 "grease gun" machine guns with
short, collapsible stocks, Thompson submachine guns, Smith &
Wesson .38 revolvers and fragmentation and gas grenades. The officer
estimates that "five to ten thousand pieces" came in from
Florida, packed in boxes often marked "Police Material: Do
Not Open," and addressed to officers at the Haitian national
palace. Although from October 1993 until September 1994 the U.S.
Navy was used to enforce the embargo on Haiti, the officer says
that the FRAPH arms shipments were never stopped (the Navy confirms
that no Haiti-bound weapons were intercepted).
On arrival in Haiti, the weapons were stored at Colonel Francois's
police headquarters, at the airport and in cargo containers, but-the
officer says-not at army bases. Distribution of the guns to FRAPH
and attaches was controlled by Francois and his circle, working
through Constant and the senior civilian leader ship of FRAPH.
The fast influx of pistols, grease guns and hand grenades enabled
FRAPH to metastasize. The officer says that FRAPH was needed to
maintain control because "it was 7,000 of us versus 7 million
civilians." The guns were, in turn, necessary to get FRAPH
out on the streets. The idea was that, suddenly, FRAPH "would
appear with all the gear of power-weapons, communication, intimidation,
etc.," thereby cowing both the still-active popular movement
and the exiled Aristide. [...]
With his supporters being slaughtered by
FRAPH and the army, Aristide indeed backed off. Although Aristide
continued to haggle with the White House on a number of political
points, he agreed to accept a U.S. occupation (something
he had long opposed), and in August 1994, he endorsed a structural
adjustment program (drafted by the World Bank, the l.M.F. and U.S.A.I.D.,
and backed by the most pro-corporate members of his own government
team) that represented a harsh abandonment of the popular movement's
redistributionist plan. [...]
| Shadows over antiterrorism investigations.
Six Muslims under investigation in Italy have disappeared. American
flights to secret jails? Suspicions about Italian and American intelligence
MILAN - "Extraordinary renditions" have
been going on for years, and they may be continuing at the present
time. Secret agents lie in wait, seize the target and bundle him
onto a private jet that flies off to an unknown destination. This
will be a country where the local police can torture the prisoner,
a real or only alleged terrorist. From that moment, the target becomes
a phantom, swallowed up by a network of secret jails scattered around
the globe. The CIA has admitted to carrying out at least 70 such
"extraordinary renditions" in the years leading up to
September 11. In reality, the US intelligence agency has not stopped
since. In some cases, it has managed to thwart serious attacks by
neutralising dangerous individuals. In others, it has seized so-called
potential terrorists, or simple activists. In no case was the seizure
authorised by judges. Here are a few cases now documented by investigations
and police reports, some in Italy.
THE DISAPPEARANCE OF ABU OMAR - Until 2003, Egyptian-born Abu Omar
was the beacon of fundamentalism in north Italy. A number of prosecutor's
offices are investigating his past as a mujahid. He is what is called
a "facilitator". He knows how the Jihad works, he has
the right contacts and he has charisma. Imam Abu Omar indoctrinated
and recruited, until February 17, 2003. That was the day when he
went missing near his home in Milan's Via Conte Verde. He resurfaced
almost a year later, when he telephoned his wife from Egypt to explain
that he had been "kidnapped" by an armed group. Abu Omar,
unaware that the line was tapped, supplied a wealth of detail. He
had been abducted "by Italian and American agents", an
Egyptian source indicated, then drugged and taken "to an American
base in Italy". There, he underwent a first interrogation on
his experience in Afghanistan. At the US base, he was put on board
an unmarked aircraft, perhaps a Gulfstream, and transferred to a
destination in the southern Mediterranean. He was then taken to
Cairo, where he was handed over to the local security services,
who subjected him to violence and other pressures.
Then in May 2003, the Egyptian police released him without warning.
The Milan prosecutor's office is investigating the case as one of
"kidnapping". The inquiry will have to verify the curious
alleged behaviour of the Egyptian officers. Why abduct a suspect
and then allow him to reveal this international intrigue? The suggestion
is that not everyone in Cairo may agree with the system of "extraordinary
renditions". What is certain is that Abu Omar was able to put
on record significant details. In the meantime, the investigation
took a further twist when Abu Omar was arrested again in Egypt.
The prosecutor's office continues to investigate. The case has extremely
sensitive implications as a possible violation of national sovereignty
is involved. In answer to a parliamentary question put by Communist
Refoundation MPs, Franco Giordano and Elettra Deiana, Carlo Giovanardi,
minister for relations with parliament, maintained that the government
and Italian services had no information that the alleged terrorists
had been seized in Italy and transferred abroad.
ORIENTAL MYSTERIES - The last known address of Abu Hanim Abdul
Gafar and Sabri Ghilar is a house in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It
was there that they were held in October 2002 by Malaysian and American
agents. Their capture was the outcome of a painstaking investigation
by Milan-based carabinieri from the ROS special operations squad.
The three men, contacts for an active cell in Italy, were under
investigation as Al Qaeda members with a dark past. Abu Hani fought
in Bosnia and Chechnya, then took part in the murder of Massud,
the head of the anti-Taleban alliance who was killed on September
9, 2001. Gafar is under investigation for the attack on the USS
Cole. It would have been interesting to question them, but instead
they became another "extraordinary rendition", their destination
Egypt. The Italian authorities requested American collaboration
in vain. All appeals went unanswered.
THE 9/11 YEMENI - For the Italian police, Al Hilal is an officer
of the PSO, the Yemeni secret service, with links to Al Qaeda. On
August 12, 2000, he talked to Osama Bin Laden's envoy in Italy,
Abdelkader Es Sayed, about an unprecedented attack on the US. It
was a first warning about 9/11. Al Hilal disappeared in late summer
2002 while on a business trip to Cairo. His brother claims that
he "was put on board an American aircraft" and taken "to
a secret jail in Azerbaijan".
A BALKAN WHODUNIT - Talaat Fouad Kassem, known as Abu Talal, was
a leader of the Egyptian Jamaa. He lived in Denmark. He was also
a frequent visitor to the Viale Jenner mosque in Milan, where he
would preach fiery sermons. In September 1996, he disappeared while
visiting Croatia. An eyewitness now says that he was "picked
up" by American intelligence agents, transferred to a ship
in the Adriatic and then shipped to Egypt. His family and defenders
are now claiming that Abu Talal has been assassinated.
THE use of stun guns by British police must
remain tightly controlled after a report showed dozens have died
from their use in North America, a human rights group has warned.
Amnesty International has published a study which claims that
74 people have been killed after US and Canadian police shot them
with the Taser gun.
The organisation also called for a "rigorous, independent
and impartial" study into the weapons, which deliver a 50,000-volt
shock to disable suspects.
In September, the Home Secretary, David Blunkett, announced Tasers
were to be authorised for police firearms officers across England
and Wales, following a successful trial.
Amnesty said Tasers had been used in the US against
unruly schoolchildren as young as nine; pregnant women, one of whom
lost her baby shortly afterwards; unarmed, mentally- ill people;
and those who simply ignored a police officer's instructions.
Amnesty's UK director, Kate Allen, said: "In
some cases, simply walking away from a police officer has led to
people getting a 50,000-volt electric shock. Is this a glimpse into
the future of UK policing?
"With over 70 deaths following Taser use in the US, surely
we must have a full inquiry into their effects before the government
even considers any wider deployment on Britain's streets.
"We want an assurance from the Home Office and police chiefs
that Tasers will only be issued to trained firearms officers and
kept locked in the firearms box. Tasers could kill, so they must
be treated as lethal weapons."
Mr Blunkett has said scientific evaluations had shown the Taser
guns had a "very low" risk of fatality.
Taser guns fire needle-tipped darts up to 21ft to deliver a disabling,
They were trialled after growing pressure for a less dangerous
weapon in an effort to reduce the number of people shot dead by
PITTSBURG, California -- It may not be as
well-known as the San Andreas, but a long-dormant fault that runs
through the city of Pittsburg is not only active but capable of
producing a magnitude-7.0 earthquake, according to a recent study.
Although the Pittsburg fault is far less likely to produce a major
earthquake in a given year than other San Francisco Bay Area faults,
it last shook the area about 3,000 years ago, meaning the time could
be getting close for another big one.
"I would consider it a sleeping giant," said Patrick
Williams, a consulting geologist from Massachusetts who helped discover
the fault more than a decade ago while mapping Bay Area faults for
the U.S. Geological Survey in Menlo Park. [...]
TRENTON, N.J. -- Residents of northern New
Jersey experienced what experts described as four small "seismic
events" Tuesday afternoon. Scientists were trying to determine
whether the shaking of the ground resulted from actual small earthquakes
or human activity, such as quarry blasting.
The four rumbles were felt from Pequannock Township in Morris
County to Oakland in Bergen County. They took place from 11 a.m.
to 1 p.m. and never made it up above 1.3 in magnitude, meaning they
were barely noticeable and unlikely to cause any damage, according
to Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory in Palisades,
The observatory received reports from Oakland police of people
experiencing the shaking over a large area. [...]
Bratislava, Slovakia, -- An earthquake measuring
4.5 on the Richter scale hit central and eastern Slovakia Tuesday
evening, terrifying residents but causing no deaths.
The SME daily newspaper reported Wednesday tremors were felt over
an area of more than a hundred miles.
People experiencing the earthquake spoke of whole houses rocking
to and fro with lights swinging and windows rattling.
One woman from the town of Kezmarok was quoted by SME as saying:
"I was sitting at my computer in the kitchen when it all began
to shake ... My husband was lying on the couch and almost jumped
out of his skin."
Tremors were also felt in the border areas of the Czech Republic
and Poland, both of which neighbor Slovakia. [...]
THE quake-ravaged Indonesian town of Nabire
was hit today by another earthquake, which killed a man who was
repairing his house, media reports said.
Thirty people were killed by an earthquake on Friday and hundreds
of aftershocks that hit Nabire, 3200km northeast of Jakarta.
The 6.4-magnitude quake also injured 200 people and flattened
more than 170 buildings.
The state-run Antara News Agency said today's 4.5-magnitude quake
was centred 33km southwest of Nabire. A 30-year-old resident was
killed when his house collapsed on him, the agency said.
| PITTSBURG -- It may not be as well-known
as the San Andreas, but a long-dormant fault that runs through the
city of Pittsburg is not only active but capable of producing a magnitude-7.0
earthquake, according to a recent study.
Although the Pittsburg fault is far less likely to produce a major
earthquake in a given year than other San Francisco Bay Area faults,
it last shook the area about 3,000 years ago, meaning the time could
be getting close for another big one.
"I would consider it a sleeping giant," said Patrick
Williams, a consulting geologist from Massachusetts who helped discover
the fault more than a decade ago while mapping Bay Area faults for
the U.S. Geological Survey in Menlo Park.
Many residents of this fast-growing suburb 40 miles northeast of
San Francisco, population 57,000, have never heard of the fault,
which runs southeast into town from the Sacramento River Delta alongside
power plants and under a school.
But city officials nonetheless have updated the town's general
plan to include evaluating new construction to determine if it can
withstand the type of earthquake the Pittsburg fault is likely to
let loose. The quake the fault caused three millennia ago may have
been bigger than the magnitude-6.9 Loma Prieta earthquake on the
Hayward fault that killed 63 people, according to Williams' early
"It would be considered an important fault anywhere else in
the country," Williams said.
(Florida) - A loud noise that sounded like
a "boom" roused the normally peaceful community of Opp
Law enforcement officials and residents living near Hub Brown
Road heard "a very loud shaking noise" yesterday and became
According to Covington County Emergency Management Agency/E-911
Director Kristi Stamnes, a call came into dispatch Tuesday morning
in reference to a disturbing noise that shook portions of the Covington
A law enforcement officer made the call to E-911, Stamnes said,
and an anxious community awaited to see what the ruckus was all
Fairly early in the day Tuesday, the E-911 director described that
she knew little of the situation.
"The only thing we have had is a call in reference to some
type of sonic boom (in Opp)," she stated. "It could be
that Eglin (Air Force Base) could be testing over that way."
Calls to Eglin Air Force Base in Northwest Florida, in neighboring
Okaloosa County, resulted in little information, as base officials
could not confirm any type of testing Tuesday. [...]
A bushfire could threaten properties at Gosford
on the NSW central coast as the statewide heatwave continues today.
NSW Rural Fire Service media officer Cameron Wade said the fire
was burning in the Rumbalara nature reserve, located in the middle
of "a number" of properties.
The flames were not currently threatening properties but could
if winds picked up, he said.
Nine firefighting units had been working to contain the blaze
since 2am (AEDT) today.
The blaze was one of 20 small bushfires burning across the state,
Mr Wade said. [...]
The Bureau of Meteorology is predicting a maximum of 35 degrees
in Sydney and 38 in Penrith today, with hot to very hot north-west
winds followed a gusty south-west change that could bring thunderstorms.
Temperatures in Sydney fell well short of the 42 degree scorcher
predicted yesterday but the mercury soared in western NSW, with
some parts of the state registering temperat
COSHOCTON -- For the second time in her life,
a falling star has come within a few yards of Phyllis Rice.
"My heavens," she said last week when Coshocton High
School science teacher Dan Zielinski examined the unusual rock she
had found lodged in the screen of her patio door.
Zielinski confirmed what Rice suspected.
During the last meteor shower on the nights of Nov. 15 and 16,
a small falling star hit the home of Phyllis and her husband Larry
Rice at 1921 Adams Street.
About a half inch in diameter, black on one side and a rusty,
burnt orange color on the other, this rock has all the characteristics
of a meteorite, said Zielinski, who teaches astronomy and other
sciences at the high school and directs the planetarium at Central
"I'm not the expert on meteorites," he added. "But
I can say it's highly likely that this is a meteorite, a falling
star, based on the texture and the color, and the angle of impact
on the screen." [...]
Why they are here at all has scientists baffled.
Their arrival could, some speculate, be a genetic echo from a time
when Australia's climate was very different.
Sydney is being visited by huge numbers of migrating caper white
butterflies, so named because they lay their eggs on caper bushes
that grow in Queensland and inland northern NSW.
About this time each year many of the butterflies, which live
about two weeks, migrate south.
"They go all the way to Victoria. You even get stragglers
going over into Tasmania," said David Britton, the entomology
collections manager at the Australian Museum in Sydney.
But why fly away from the vital caper bushes that rarely grow
in southern Australia?
"It's a real mystery," said Mr Britton, who suggested
overbreeding might leave some with no choice but to seek "greener
So many caterpillars hatched that many caper bushes were "stripped
back to twigs. They are eating themselves out of house and home,
so they have to move out".
But "flying the wrong way ... there is no easy explanation",
said Mr Britton, who added that, while most
of the migrating butterflies flew to their deaths, a small
number somehow survived to fly north again.
A CSIRO entomologist, Don Sands, agreed the behaviour seemed to
defy nature's survival laws. "In nature,
things just don't go and commit suicide," said Dr Sands,
who speculated that the migration might be a genetic relic from
hundreds of thousands of years ago, when the climate might have
allowed caper bushes to grow in southern Australia.
"It's still unproven, but these butterflies may be genetically
hard-wired to a climate we no longer have," he said. "But
that is only a hypothesis." [...]
| FIRST a toasted cheese sandwich bearing a resemblance
to the Virgin Mary sold for $36,000. Now a single Kellogg's Nutri-Grain
with a remarkable similarity to E.T. has been auctioned on the internet
Chris Doyle, 27, of Sydney, came within seconds of pouring milk
on to the grain, but quick thinking turned a $5 box of cereal into
a financial bonanza.
"I just didn't think it would go this far," he said.
"I was just trying to find someone who
feels the same way about E.T. as they do about the Virgin Mary."
He said he would be sad to part with his extra-terrestrial look-alike.
"I have grown rather attached to it."
Spirited buyers from around the globe bid for the right to own
the bizarre item, which has been lacquered.
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