Human Rights Award to Shireen Issawi

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Alkarama Human Rights Award to Shireen Issawi


[Prefatory Note: in this post I am presenting in the following order remarks that I made via Skype video recording at the 6th Annual Alkarama Award for Human Rights at the Ecumenical Centre in Geneva, December 14, 2014, a letter written from an Israeli prison by the recipient of the award, Shireen Issawi, and a press release prepared by the Alkarama Foundation describing the full event, including notable presentation by Norman Finkelstein and Alfred de Zayas. The Alkarama website describes itself as follows: “Alkarama is a Swiss-based, independent human rights organisation established in 2004 to assist all those in the Arab World subjected to, or at risk of, extra-judicial executions, disappearances, torture and arbitrary detention. Acting as a bridge between individual victims in the Arab world and international human rights mechanisms, Alkarama works towards an Arab world where all individuals…

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Posted on December 18, 2014

by Jerry Alatalo

smoky mt-1Alphabet In the interest of including all perspectives on events of high importance, we share the following short documentary “Inside the People’s Republic of Donetsk”. Ukraine and the people who live there, in both west and east, have become used as pawns in a dangerous geopolitical struggle between billionaires in the United States, European Union and Russia. With Ukraine, the extreme contrast between media and government of the “sides” in their versions of events, causes, and solutions has perhaps been so great that every day sees the previous day’s “world record narrative contrast” surpassed once again.

The question which becomes begged is “who is pulling the levers behind the scenes?” – what is causing the conflict in Ukraine? The most likely answer to that question lies in the recent significant global changes associated with the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa) alliance, in particular the group’s paradigm-altering announcement of establishing a development bank which challenges International Monetary Fund, World Bank, and other formerly “competition-less”, powerful international financial institutions.

The people of Donetsk in eastern Ukraine were strongly opposed to the violent coup which ousted Viktor Yanukovych in February 2014, then voted to become an independent government entity, and have since experienced civil war intermittently between a number of ceasefire agreements. Unfortunately for the people living in all regions of Ukraine, the war and killing – over 4,000 have perished, more than 10,000 injured, and hundreds of thousands displaced – of the past months has made it much more difficult to use dialogue successfully to unite the Ukrainian people.

As with nearly all wars throughout history, the causes are directly related to small groups of very wealthy, powerful, politically influential people, whose seemingly insatiable lust for even more power results in unnecessary, heartbreaking harm to that majority of people living in areas of conflict who simply want to live peaceful lives.

Most are aware of the saying that “the love of money is the root of all evil”, and the BRICS nations have become viewed as potentially coming between the International Monetary Fund, World Bank, Bank for International Settlements, Federal Reserve, etc. and their previously unchallenged monopoly status with regard to $multi-billion deals with customers/nations in need of financial resources for developing their economies and improving the living conditions of their citizens.

Let us pray this “lovers quarrel” does not get out of hand, beyond the control of the world’s wise leaders. Wisdom has become urgently needed now.

All the wisdom in the world.


(Thank you to PressTV Documentaries)