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 – Yahoo! News

U.S. soldiers helped rescue 24 abused and severely malnourished boys this month from a Baghdad orphanage, where they were found in conditions of appalling squalor, the U.S. military said on Wednesday.2007_06_20t102533_450x338_us_iraq_orphans

Iraqi and U.S. soldiers were led to the Al-Hanan orphanage on June 10 by members of a neighborhood council and immediately took the children to hospital. The story was first reported by CBS News on Monday.

The 24 boys, aged 3 to 15 years old, were found naked in a darkened room without any windows. Many of the children were tied to their beds and were too weak to stand once released,” the U.S. military said in a statement.

Pictures on Iraqi television showed a series of tiny, starved, naked figures. In one, a U.S. soldier attended a boy whose body was covered in sores.

Another child was tied to a cot and a third picture showed a group of boys lying face down on the floor, in pools of what appeared to be their own excrement.

abused boys in orphanageIn a nearby locked room, the soldiers discovered a room full of food and clothing that could have been used to aid the children,” the statement said.

A spokeswoman for the government ministry responsible for the orphanage said that the building’s director had been arrested, together with several members of his staff.

Since leaving hospital, the boys have been moved to an orphanage for girls next door to where they were found.

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This photo released by CBS News shows children in an orphanage in Baghdad, Iraq in June 2007. U.S. and Iraqi soldiers found 24 severely malnourished children in a Baghdad orphanage, some tied to their beds and too weak to stand, the U.S. military said Wednesday June 20, 2007. The U.S. military, which leaked the story and pictures of the orphanage to CBS News earlier this week, said they were all boys between the ages of 3 and 15. (AP Photo/CBS News).

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This image from video released by CBS News, shows a child in an orphanage in Baghdad, Iraq in June 2007. U.S. and Iraqi soldiers found 24 severely malnourished children in a Baghdad orphanage, some tied to their beds and too weak to stand, the U.S. military said Wednesday June 20, 2007. The U.S. military, which leaked the story and pictures of the orphanage to CBS News earlier this week, said they were all boys between the ages of 3 and 15. (AP Photo/CBS News)

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This image from video released by CBS News, shows children in an orphanage in Baghdad, Iraq in June 2007. U.S. and Iraqi soldiers found 24 severely malnourished children in a Baghdad orphanage, some tied to their beds and too weak to stand, the U.S. military said Wednesday June 20, 2007. The U.S. military, which leaked the story and pictures of the orphanage to CBS News earlier this week, said they were all boys between the ages of 3 and 15. (AP Photo/CBS News)

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This photo released by CBS News shows food in a storeroom in an orphanage in Baghdad, Iraq in June 2007. U.S. and Iraqi soldiers found 24 severely malnourished children in a Baghdad orphanage, some tied to their beds and too weak to stand, the U.S. military said Wednesday June 20, 2007. The U.S. military, which leaked the story and pictures of the orphanage to CBS News earlier this week, said they were all boys between the ages of 3 and 15. (AP Photo/CBS News)

This is outrageous.

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Carter blasts US policy on Palestinians (AP)

Former US President Jimmy Carter speaks during the ninth annual NGO Forum on Human Rights, at Croke Park conference centre, Dublin. Tuesday June 19, 2007.  Carter said Tuesday that Ireland is the strongest voice for human rights within the EU. (AP Photo/ Aidan Crawley, PA)AP – Former President Jimmy Carter accused the U.S., Israel and the European Union on Tuesday of seeking to divide the Palestinian people by reopening aid to President Mahmoud Abbas’ new government in the West Bank while denying the same to the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip.

Carter, a Nobel Peace Prize winner who was addressing a human rights conference in Ireland, also said the Bush administration’s refusal to accept Hamas‘ 2006 election victory was “criminal.”

Carter said Hamas, besides winning a fair and democratic mandate that should have entitled it to lead the Palestinian government, had proven itself to be far more organized in its political and military showdowns with Abbas’ moderate Fatah movement. 😦

Hamas fighters routed Fatah in their violent takeover of the Gaza Strip last week. The split prompted Abbas to dissolve the power-sharing government with his rivals in Hamas and set up a Fatah-led administration to govern the West Bank.

Of course, he would like much better to finance Hamas, wouldn’t you, Dhimmi Carter? Why doesn’t he critisize also EU, which has had the same treatment of the situation?

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Dissident leaders historic peaceful march for liberation of political prisoners in Cuba

Marta Beatriz Roque, the Cuban economist who has become one of the most prominent dissidents in that country, led a peaceful march this past weekend to demand the release of Jose Antonio Mola Porro, a political prisoner sentenced to two years in jail.

Roque, who has herself been imprisoned and harassed for her efforts to bring democracy back to Cuba, led a group of over 70 dissidents who demanded the unconditional release of Mola Porro, who was released in 2006 but was taken back to prison in November of that year for participating in the Congress of Independent Libraries.

Last May 14 he should have been released, but without any trial he was sentenced to another year in prison.

The unprecedented peaceful march led by Roque reached the Attorney General’s office of the Camaguey Province, where Mola Porro’s wife presented a request for his release, while the 70 dissidents remained outside under intense scrutiny by state police officers.

Stefania has posted some photos of the march.

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h/t Confessions of a Closet Republican.

Also read the Project of the Muslim Brotherhood h/t Desde el Exilio and the Turkish Islamist party’s project for Europe h/t Free Thoughts.

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After considering the state in which some political prisoners are in Cuba (for example, this same week we have known about Guido Sigler Amaya’s condition which is very grave but does not have any kind of medical support), we have known today that:

  1. European Union FM are asking to renew the dialogue with Cuba. Only United Kingdom, the Checz Republic, Ireland or Belgium have opposed to it. In the text they include in the dialogue, subjects like political sphere, human rights, economical, scientific and cultural questions and “the support for a peaceful transition in Cuba“. They also maintain that the mutual relationship should be based on “reciprocity and no-discrimination“. Now, can someone tell me how on earth Europe was discriminating Cuba before? Not maintaining good relations with a dictator is not discriminating, it’s just a way to tell the world you oppose him firmly.
  2. Contrary to all the promises of reform issued last year, the proposal released today by Council President Luis Alfonso de Alba targets Israel for permanent indictment under a special agenda item: “Human rights situation in Palestine and other occupied Arab territories,” which includes “Human rights violations and implications of the Israeli occupation of Palestine and other occupied Arab territories”; and “Right to self-determination of the Palestinian people.” No other situation in the world is singled out — not genocide in Sudan, not child slavery in China, nor the persecution of democracy dissidents in Egypt and elsewhere. Moreover, the council will entrench its one-sided investigative mandate of “Israeli violations of international law”—the only one not subject to regular review after a set term—by renewing it “until the end of the occupation.” To sum up, the UN Human Rights Council is going to punish Israel but not Belarus, Cuba, China or Iran.

My question is: what do these organizations, which supposedly are fighting for Human Rights, do to really support them?

I answer: nothing. They are only bashing democracies, where they know their pathetic speeches can have some effect in part of the population. But not doing so against the dictatorships where they are not going to receive anything but disdain and reproaches. And we do not want that from China, Saudi Arabia, Cuba or Iran, do we?

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Mass rescue of ‘slaves’ in China

Chinese police rescue more than 200 people, including 29 children, working as ‘slaves’ at brickwork factories.

More than 200 people, including 29 children, have been rescued after working as “slaves” in brick kilns in central China, state media reports.

Tens of thousands of police moved in on the kilns in Henan province, arresting 120 people, Xinhua news agency said.

They acted after media reports claimed that children were being forced to work in kilns in neighbouring Shanxi province, Xinhua said.

Photos of distraught parents were also published.

Xinhua said that, following the reports of child labour, some 35,000 police were despatched to the 7,500 kilns in Henan.

They reportedly rescued 217 people, including 29 children.

Xinhua said the victims had been “enticed or sent by human traffickers to the kilns“, where they were “beaten, starved and forced to work long hours without payment“.

Last week there were 31 slaves rescued.

Spanish newspaper ABC.es has reported that a total of 468 slaves have been freed in the last month from places where they were obliged to work in these conditions.

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Continuing with the Palestinian Civil War Watch, we have now that the NYT has written that some Palestinians are considering that “the only thing that prevents the chaos and turmoil in Gaza from spreading to the West Bank is the presence of the Israeli occupation“.

I have found it there: you should read all the post at Lamplighter: Palestinians What Anyone But Palestinians To Govern

Recently, a few Palestinian columnists have broken a political taboo by referring to the Israeli occupation as perhaps preferable to the current chaos.For example, Majed Azzam wrote in the Hamas-affiliated weekly Al Risala in Gaza that Palestinians “should have the courage to acknowledge the truth,” that the only thing that “prevents the chaos and turmoil in Gaza from spreading to the West Bank is the presence of the Israeli occupation.”

Another Palestinian writer, Bassem al-Nabris, a poet from Khan Yunis, in the Gaza Strip, wrote in the Arabic electronic newspaper Elaph that if there was a referendum in the Gaza Strip on the question of whether people would like the Israeli occupation to return, “half the population would vote ‘yes.’ But in practice,” he continued, “I believe that the number of those in favor is at least 70 percent, if not more.”

“If the occupation returns,” Mr. Nabris added, “at least there will be no civil war, and the occupier will have a moral and legal obligation to provide the occupied people with employment and food, which they now lack.”

Whatever the Palestinian FM says about the strugglebeing a result of pressures imposed from outside forces“.UPDATE 1: Hamas: “the era of Islamic rule has arrived”: Hamas supporters have executed people in the streets as last Fatah stronghold falls. More at Gateway Pundit. Hmm, marvellous… 😦

Now we can wonder what these peaceful militants-resistants-insurgents would do with Israelis…

Hamas militants take a vehicle and weapons from the headquarters of the security forces loyal to President Mahmoud Abbas after blowing them up in the southern Gaza strip June 13, 2007. Hamas Islamist fighters appeared in command of much of the Gaza Strip on Wednesday after battering forces loyal to Western-backed Abbas. (REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa)

UPDATE 2: More photos from the Jerusalem Post:

Hamas gunmen take positions outside the preventive security headquarters housing Fatah loyalist security forces in Gaza City, Thursday, June 14, 2007.
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A Palestinian woman holds a sign during a demonstration calling for the end of internal fighting between Fatah and Hamas.
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Fatah gunmen covering their escape after they kidnapped seven employees from a Hamas-run TV station in Nablus, in the West Bank, on Wednesday.

UPDATE 3: Hamas Seizes Broad Control in Gaza Strip – New York Times

Mr. Abbas faces the collapse of Fatah power in Gaza and a putative Palestinian state divided into a West Bank run by Fatah and a Gaza run by Hamas. Prime Minister Ehud Olmert of Israel warned of “regional consequences” if Gaza fell under the complete control of Hamas, an Islamist movement that does not recognize Israel’s right to exist. Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni said Hamas control of Gaza would limit Israel’s ability to negotiate with Mr. Abbas, as Washington wants.

Hamas spokesmen said the movement had no political goal except to defend itself from a group within Fatah collaborating with Israel and the United States. They said they wanted to bring the security forces under the control of the unity government, in which Fatah agreed to play a part until the current fighting.Some Israeli security officials say Israel wants to see the West Bank isolated from Gaza, even more so with Hamas in control there. One official suggested that Hamas’s show of strength in Gaza would make it more likely that the Israeli military would intervene there this summer to cut back Hamas’s military power. The Israeli security services say Hamas, which is able to smuggle weapons and explosives from Egypt, is developing a sophisticated army on the model of Hezbollah in southern Lebanon.

The Foreign Ministry spokesman, Mark Regev, said Israel did not see “the implosion of the Palestinian Authority in anyone’s interest.” In Gaza, he added, “the clear strength that Hamas is demonstrating on the ground is a problem for us, and a challenge.”

It’s a problem for the Palestinians, too,” Mr. Regev said. “Our whole policy is to work with moderate pragmatic Palestinians who believe in peace, and Hamas hegemony in Gaza is not good for Israel, for the Palestinians or for peace.”

[Sorry, I have had to publish it again, because I had some problems with it…]

UPDATE 4: More about the Hamas’ new Islamist state: Gaza lurches towards Islamist mini-state-News-World-Middle East-TimesOnline

This is a victory for Islam and I hope we will build our Islamic state,” said Abu Qatada, a masked 22-year-old Hamas fighter, standing outside the smouldering ruin of the Fatah security base. “We must now complete the job,” he said.
In a symbolic moment, a large crowd of Gaza civilians demonstrating for an end to the internecine fighting came under fire from unidentified attackers who killed at least two marchers.
Political leaders of Fatah were also being hunted, and several hundred members of a Fatah-affiliated clan gave themselves up to Hamas militiamen after a deadly ambush. Fifty Fatah policemen crossed the border with Egypt and gave up their weapons to Egyptian troops after their positions came under Hamas rocket attacks.
The situation is very, very bad,” Maher Mekhdad, a high-ranking Fatah official in Gaza, told The Times by mobile phone after his well-defended house was overrun by Hamas gunmen. “Hamas is going for total control of all the Gaza Strip. They want to push us into oblivion.

Last forces of Al Fatah flee from Faza by sea.

The number of Al Fatah’s member who have flown from Gaza is about 300, because the main part of the security services personnel have already flown from Gaza and they are apparently going on fishing boats to the North, to take refuge in Israel, or to the South, to Egypt.
At the same time, Al Fatah’s sources this Thursday afternoon, that Islamist terrorists have murdered the “number one wanted” of this movement, Samih Al Madún,
32-years-old, in the Gaza’s Rimal quarter.

This is getting more worrying each time.

UPDATE 5Hamas plans to execute Fatah leaders.
Abbas sacks Hamas-led government:

Aides to Mr Abbas said he dismissed the Palestinian Prime Minister, Ismail Haniya of Hamas, and was preparing to appoint an independent as prime minister.

A little late…

UPDATE 6:

Iran and Syria are the real winners of the Hamas-Fatah war.

Hamas: we can prove Fatah links to CIA. Well, let’s see the documents.

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