“The West must go beyond simply stopping its financing of terrorism and the supply of weapons. The West must confess to its crimes against the Syrian people in order to be forgiven. The West must lift the economic sanctions which are a siege upon the Syrian people and it must allow the Syrian people to rebuild in peace without meddling in their affairs. The Syrian people will rebuild according to what the Syrian people want not what the East or the West want. The West has sold the idea that this war was against President Assad but in reality it was against the will of a nation and the people of that nation must be respected.”
– Reverend Ibrahim Nseir
Presbyterian Church of Aleppo, Syria
by Vanessa Beeley A restaurant, beneath the Citadel in Aleppo, displaying 2019 New Year signs. (Photo: Vanessa Beeley)
The West and its allies in the Gulf States, Turkey and Israel have waged an eight year war against the Syrian people. The West has besieged, starved and deprived the Syrian people of humanitarian aid while pouring “aid” into the areas controlled by their extremist sectarian proxy armies.
The West has violated international law and it has enabled the destruction of Syria’s history, heritage and cultural footprint. The West has behaved as a collective rogue state without conscience and without pity for a people its media has systematically dehumanised to enable such a crime to take place.
Christmas 2018 in Damascus, Old City, without mortars from Eastern Ghouta since its liberation in April 2018. (Photo: Vanessa Beeley)
Despite this war of attrition and despite battling disproportionate force, the Syrian people have refused…
“But the whole thing, after all, may be put very simply. I believe it is better to tell the truth than to lie. I believe it is better to be free than to be a slave. And I believe that it is better to know than to be ignorant.”
– H.L. MENCKEN (1880-1956) American editor, critic, lexicographer
une 19, 2018 marked the 6th year of WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange’s detention, his kidnapped-by-government status, at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London. Any legal arguments by British authorities for not releasing him unconditionally are totally bogus and without merit, yet Mr. Assange remains imprisoned in London, essentially for a flimsiest of bail infractions – associated with a non-existent crime.
It is clear beyond doubt that Julian Assange is an innocent man. That is … unless publishing the truth is now against the law. It is clear beyond doubt that United Kingdom Prime Minister Theresa May, United States President Donald Trump and other world leaders are willing to allow the continued unjust detainment and silencing of Julian Assange, showing the world and humanity that their exercise of power over journalists who expose the dark, illegal practices of their governments is more important than strict adherence to the most basic rules of law and fairness.
Julian Assange is an innocent man. He is an innocent man whose lifetime (or current incarnation if ones holds to the idea of reincarnation) coincides with the rapid rise of the internet as an unprecedented powerful tool for communication among people the world over. Many have utilized the internet to disseminate inconvenient, disturbing and previously secreted facts resulting in millions becoming much more aware of reality on Earth, and Julian Assange – because the facts his media organization WikiLeaks has exposed are to a great extent aggravating and constraining the world’s wealthiest and most powerful criminals – has become the #1 target, the “poster boy” example, for those criminals’ vicious retribution.
Julian Assange’s freedom means the continued exposure of the criminals and the potential end to their criminality, and in particular the crimes related to wars of aggression, identified at the Nuremberg Trials after World War II as the “greatest crime of them all”. One might reasonably suggest that those world leaders who go along with the continued detention of Julian Assange, or fail to speak out for his being released immediately with guaranteed shielding from extra-judicial re-“arrest”, are by their actions identifying themselves as either 1st level, genuine war criminals or, equally as reprehensible, silent accomplices.
The circumstances surrounding Mr. Assange’s 6-years-long, highly publicized, unjust, legally untenable situation are as plain as day for all to see, yet – despite years of time passing since the “case” has actually been thrown out of court – the injustice still stands, the man’s physical, mental and spiritual health are at greater and greater risk with each passing day, and nobody on Earth seems able to make the necessary “executive decision” … of doing the right thing – to simply free Julian Assange.
Ms. May of the United Kingdom, Mr. Trump of the United States, Mr. Turnbull of Australia, Mr. Moreno of Ecuador and those leaders silent in the face of this monumental injustice carried out against Mr. Assange – a man perceived as a genuine, rare hero by millions around the Earth, – might think seriously about the extent to which their recalcitrant stubbornness and persistence in defying the wish of those millions for freeing Assange is inevitably self-defeating.
Those world leaders might seriously consider the profoundly negative consequences of stubbornly rejecting the will of “the people”, and accepting the plain fact that Mr. Assange should rightly and immediately be granted his freedom. Those world leaders might “get the clue”, finally admit the man’s innocence, and acknowledge, then act upon, the wisdom contained in the words of Julian Assange’s lawyer Jennifer Robinson:
he story of Hassan Diab has gone viral on the internet, but apparently hasn’t come to the attention of U.S. President Donald Trump, U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May or French President Emmanuel Macron. Of course, the leaders of America, Britain and France are fully aware of Hassan Diab, but for some unknown reason are choosing to remain silent – thus far unwilling to offer any commentary and/or statements whatsoever. One has to seriously wonder as to why – and become very concerned, in light of historic U.S./Russia tensions many experts assess as greater than during the Cuban Missile Crisis.
The 11-year old boy from Syria was “center stage” in a video used as a foundation for claims of a chemical attack in the Damascus suburb of Douma on April 7, with the blame near immediately, without investigation, pinned on the Syrian government of Bashar Assad, and led to the subsequent (illegal under international law) joint bombing attack of Syria by U.S., U.K. and French military forces in the early morning hours of Saturday April 14.
How long will the world wait to hear Donald Trump, Theresa May and Emmanuel Macron speak the name: “Hassan Diab …”? While U.S. President Donald Trump remains “locked and loaded” – an ominous, imminent-violence term warning of additional (illegal) military actions in the event another chemical incident in Syria occurs – it becomes clear to sane, rational men and women, beyond any and all doubts: humanity cannot wait.
(Thank you to The Syrian Mission to the United Nations at YouTube)
“I can say without the slightest hesitation, and yet in all humility, that those who say that religion has nothing to do with politics do not know what religion means.”
– MOHANDES GANDHI (1869-1948) Hindu national leader
he men and women of the United Kingdom have the truly historic opportunity on Thursday June 8 to elect Jeremy Corbyn as their new Prime Minister. Looking at recent world events and considering Mr. Corbyn’s long-established positions regarding war and peace, the people of the United Kingdom by electing him as Prime Minister can literally manifest peace on Earth.
Theresa May and Mr. Corbyn have shared their ideas and proposals with the people of the United Kingdom over the past weeks of campaigning, covering all aspects of government, so by now all serious voters in that nation will have made their decision.
On the issue of British foreign policy the current state of international relations requires a more in-depth and global perspective analyses by British voters because the stakes for humanity are higher than in a long, long time.
For some voters in the United Kingdom, of their major issues of concern war and peace is #1 of them all – perhaps their only issue of importance – so they’ve studied the foreign policy stances of Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn deeply.
Palestinians are at the heart of the conflict in the M.E Palestinians uprooted by force of arms.. Yet faced immense difficulties have survived, kept alive their history and culture, passed keys of family homes in occupied Palestine from one generation to the next.
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