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2003:The People v Tony Blair

The anti-war demonstrations on February15th 2003 marked a new phase in the history of protest movements.

Over a million protested in London on February 15, 2003. Photo: Guy Smallman

The global demonstrations on 15 February 2003 were the biggest protest event in world history. No one has been able to come up with anything like a historical precedent. Researchers estimate there were demonstrations in at least 800 cities around the world and that anywhere between eight and thirty million marched.72

The protests unfolded around the globe in sync with the sun. Waking on the Saturday morning activists in Britain learnt that Australia had already had its largest ever protests – four demonstrations of more than 100,000 including between 300,000 and 500,000 in Sydney. Around a million Australians marched in all, about 5% of the entire population.73

That set a pattern. Not only was this a genuinely worldwide day of mass action but, though there was marked unevenness, country after country had their biggest protest in generations, or ever. Many of the biggest demonstrations were in Europe. Organisers in Rome estimated three million marched. In Madrid the movement claimed 1.5 million and there were massive marches in other Spanish cities. 45,000 people marched in Switzerland, its biggest demonstration since 1945. More than 100,000 marched in Norway in all – making it the biggest protest since 1917.74

But there were significant demonstrations in every region of the globe with the exception, apparently, of China. The biggest demonstration in the Middle East was in Damascus, where US broadcaster CBS estimated 200,000 marched, but there were protests across the region, including a co-ordinated demonstration in Tel Aviv and Ramallah.75

On the day, the Egyptian movement held a small illegal protest, but they were inspired by the global marches to call a breakthrough protest a few weeks later, which marked the re-emergence of popular protest in the country. This illustrated another characteristic of 15 February. The scale and momentum behind the day gave activists living in authoritarian regimes the confidence to take to the streets. Around 3,000 people braved their way to the US embassy in Kuala Lumpur on an illegal demonstration the police had promised to attack. In Jordan 5,000 protested and in Tunisia 2,000 demonstrators faced down attacks by armed riot police. Elsewhere, leading ANC figures joined the tens of thousands marching in South Africa. In Antarctica a group of scientists at the US McMurdo Station held a rally on the ice at the edge of the Ross Sea.76

In the US hundreds of thousands marched in New York and clashed with police who tried and failed to stop what was supposed to be a static protest turning into a march. Desmond Tutu and Susan Sarandon addressed the rally, amongst others. Major US cities all had big marches. In Seattle organisers had expected 20,000 or 30,000 and were amazed when over 50,000 people turned up, more than at the WTO protests four years before.77

In Los Angeles 50 or 60,000 joined Martin Sheen and Mike Farrell and director Rob Reiner to march down Hollywood Boulevard.78

In South America the biggest demonstrations were in Uruguay and Argentina, but there were protests across the continent, including at least 20 in Brazil, in one of which President Lula Da Silva joined in.79…

Read on:- http://stopwar.org.uk/index.php/news/3036-15-february-2003-the-world-says-no-to-war

A Letter to Mr. Obama from a Syrian woman

Dear Mr. Obama,

So we heard you decided to change your plans in Syria and this time even arm the “moderate rebels” with more and more advanced weapons to fight the ISIS/ISIL. So who are you fooling? You may fool your people who you force them to watch what YOU and your government want on your news channels and hide the truth. Did you tell your people that on Syrian Channels those harsh killings of ISIS and your “moderate rebels” how they chop of heads and open up pregnant women’s bellies have been there since 2 and a half years ago and it is not a new thing? Or did you leave those terrorists become stronger and kill more and more of our civilians and army so that you will come to play the Hero after all that time? Where were you when your UN representative refused to listen and got out of the UN meeting when the Syrian representative was giving proofs of terrorist attacks on primary schools where more than 65 children died at the same day. Where were you when they attacked a neighborhood called Adra just because they are pro government and burned woman and children in the neighborhood’s bakery and chopped the heads of the men and put them instead of street lightbulbs? Oh your moderate rebels didn’t tell you they did that? Because it was them who did all those not the ISIS? and now you are going to arm them even more? They are already blowing up cars, attacking schools, raping women, killing automatically anyone who is a minority sect, stealing houses and firing rockets at civil areas…What else would you want them to do? Fight ISIS? how are they any different? The only reason they are fighting each other is to decide who gains control of the oil fields so they will sell it to your “terrorist supporting and funding” government. 

You created the ISIS to destroy Syria, to decide who is going to be our next president to destroy our army but after 3 years your plan failed ! You needed a plan B to interfere in my country and that is to come as a hero and fight ISIS. Well maybe then you should arm the Syrian Army who have been fighting them from day one not rebels who were part of ISIS but then fought over who kills more and each called themselves a different name. FSA,Nusra, Islamic Army, ISIS where all armed gangs in the beginning you helped them grow into all these monsters. They are made of 105 nationalities so how is that good to Syria and Syrians Mr Obama? You know they are not tourists right?

Your new plan to arm those gangs to fight each other and to remove as you said the president who regardless who he is…he is still the commander of the Syrian Army. So you are going to leave Syria with sectarian gangs and remove the army? No Sir you won’t succeed. WE ARE FREE PEOPLE. WE DECIDE WHO RULES US. WHO FIGHTS FOR US. WHO IS OUR ENEMY AND WHO IS NOT. WE DECIDE !!! You don’t get to decide anything for us. Get your stupid planes and plans out of our country. Get your armed terrorists gangs out of our country and this war will simply end. Stop making plans because the only thing they caused is Death. So whatever your plan for us is PLEASE know we won’t surrender easily. You will have to kill even more and more of us for it to work.

I am a free woman who won’t be forced to wear a certain way. I am a free woman who refuse to be seen as a sex symbol. Who refuse to be raped by those monsters. Who refuse to be forced to stay at home, not get educated or go to school. Who refuse to be forced to get married at the age of 10. Who refuse to be forced to get married to a man (I don’t know from what country he came or what language he speaks) who they choose for her. I refused to be a woman who is either killed because she is christian or Alawites or jew or converts to whatever sect they choose for her. I am a woman who refuse to be priced and sold! Because that is what those “moderate rebels” together with their “fake” enemy the ISIS are doing in the areas they get control of!!!

I would rather live with a secular dictator, stay at my job and marry or date the man I love. Thank you for your fake freedom and democracy because well I can’t see it with your rebels! 

Sincerly,

Anna

A Free Syrian Woman 

White House Reveals ‘Boots on Ground’ in Syria, but Media Too Giddy Over Special Ops Porn to Notice

CNN produced a CGI version of the US raid in Syria, turning official claims into visual reality. (Screenshot: CNN)


The White House announced on Saturday that a team of Delta Force soldiers had gone into sovereign Syrian territory to kill an alleged ISIS “commander” and a few dozen other faceless bad guys.

Per usual, the media would retell the narrative based entirely on Pentagon and White House action movie prose. Just as with the bin Laden raid narrative—that later turned out to be mostly false—this tale involved some unbelievably compelling details: “rescuing a Yazidi slave,” “hand-to-hand combat,” “women and children as human shields,” “precise fire” (that, of course, avoided these women and children), and a body count, “40 extremists,” that would make Jack Bauer blush.

To the New York Times‘ credit, it did issue one of the most passive-aggressive “we could not independently verify these claims” disclaimers in journalistic history:

A Defense Department official said Islamic State fighters who defended their building and Abu Sayyaf tried to use women and children as shields, but that the Delta Force commandos “used very precise fire” and “separated the women and children.” The official said the operation involved close “hand-to-hand fighting.” (The accounts of the raid came from military and government officials and could not be immediately verified through independent sources.)

No, of course they couldn’t!

Obviously, this is one of the limits of reporting on secret events in far-off, opaque war zones. Nonetheless, given that the last such politically loaded raid, on the bin Laden “compound” in Pakistan, turned out to be full of White House lies—to say nothing of Seymour Hersh’s recent, high-profile allegations that the entire thing was staged—you’d think a bit of skepticism would be in order. But, in a world of mass information asymmetry, the government’s word on these matters is treated as the authoritative one until proven otherwise.

This routine problem, however, is not the real journalistic crime here. The real issue is that the White House just admitted it has American ground troops engaged in combat missions in Syria—and no one seemed to notice, much less care.

While it’s true the White House has acknowledged hostage rescue missions in Syria, this is the first time it’s admitted soldiers have been deployed inside Syria for expressly military purposes. As one Defense Department official would explain to the Washington Post:

The raid was only the second time US Special Operations forces are known to have operated on the ground in Syria, and the first “direct action” mission by US forces there. Special operators conducted an unsuccessful mission last summer to rescue American hostages being held by the militants, who later executed them.

Isn’t this important? Isn’t it significant that what began 292 days ago as a “limited,” “humanitarian” mission in Iraq has now expanded (again) to include US ground troops—albeit in a measured capacity—in Syria? Many observers certainly thought so:…….


Read on at:- http://www.commondreams.org/views/2015/05/20/white-house-reveals-boots-ground-syria-media-too-giddy-over-special-ops-porn-notice

Over the past three months, 1250 wounded ISIS terrorists were hospitalized in Turkey

Many Turkish physicians and nurses are disgruntled and tired of treating savage Islamist terrorists who are responsible for ultimate brutality and horrible bloodshed in Syria and neighboring Iraq.

Dr. Othman Bayraktar, a well-known neurologist in southern city of Kilis near the border with Syria divulged that the hospitals in which he works, have so far received near to 1200 severely injured terrorists whom have been treated for a long time in heavily guarded hospitals and after a while they return to Syria to resume their barbaric and heinous crimes against the innocent civilian populations. Dr.  Bayraktar further added that many hospital staffs are seriously distressed and “ashamed” of offering medical treatments for criminal and thuggish Islamist fighters.

So till when is the world going to arm and treat those terrorists while they fake fighting them?