Friday, May 28, 2010

Information you'll never hear on mainstream media
Part 2 (Part 1 was here)

Out of Africa

Security forces and police in Africa killed hundreds of people in 2009 but were rarely investigated due to a culture of impunity, Amnesty International said in an annual report released Thursday.

Amnesty highlighted a massacre at a stadium in Guinea's capital Conakry last September in which more than 150 people taking part in a demonstration were killed and women were publicly raped.

"No credible investigations were initiated by the authorities so the UN set up an international commission of inquiry," the group said.

"It concluded that crimes against humanity had been committed and recommended referral to the ICC (International Criminal Court)," it said. (Source)

Residents of three predominantly Christian settlements near Jos said Muslim herders from surrounding hills had launched what appeared to be reprisal attacks following sectarian clashes which killed hundreds in January. Some witnesses told the BBC that villagers were caught in fishing nets and animal traps as they tried to flee and were then hacked to death. Mud huts were also set on fire. (Source)

In simple terms, it is in the triumvirate of white farmers, farm worker communities, and aspirations around the land question that the dynamics of the relationship in the country's hinterland should be understood. To the white farming community as well as other groups lobbying for self-determination for Afrikaners - of which Eugene Terre Blanche was racially and symbolically a part - the tragic murder vindicated deeply held suspicions of an onslaught on Afrikaner culture, including their livelihoods, which, as alleged in some extreme right-wing quarters, borders on "ethnic cleansing".

A local website run by "Crime Busters of South Africa" lists the names of more than 1500 people killed in farm attacks between February 1987 and December 2003. The list of victims is largely made up of white farmers, but it also contains a sprinkling of black victims, notably farm workers. Statistics in the South African Institute of Race Relations Survey 1008/9 place the number of murders at 1650 and farm attacks at 10412 in its review of the phenomenon, covering the years 1991 to 2007.

During Eid Al-Nourouz, a large holiday celebrated by Kurds, Syrian police officers gunned down a Kurdish crowd in Raqa, killing two and sending 40 to the hospital where they were detained and kept away from the public. This did not make news in Syria or the West, but on the same day Israel had killed two infiltrators from Gaza, making international headlines. What surprised me the most was how appallingly the Syrian government treated the Kurds - with what I would consider murder, torture and ethnic cleansing. One example of their oppression is the prohibition against instructing and writing the Kurdish language and promoting Kurdish culture. In many parts of Kurdish Syria, Arabs are forcibly moved into Kurdish towns and the towns are then given an Arabic name. One girl who was 1/4 Turkish, 1/4 Kurdish and 1/2 Arab loved listening to Israeli heavy metal music because it was the only music she could find that blended eastern and western tonalities successfully.


At 3:00 PM EDT, Anonymous K2K said...

Thanks for these links, especially to "An American Jew in Damascus" I have been thinking that a reason for Erdogan's Turkey to embrace Syria and Iran is because of the common "threat" of their Kurdish minorities, led from Iraq's Kurdistan, where there is a lot of under-reported affinity for Israel:

"...Kurds today appear to grasp this equation: If there is no place for Jews in the Middle East, there is not likely to be a place for Kurds either. The ongoing religious and ethnic cleansing of the "Muslim world" may be the biggest story journalists are not telling, political leaders are not highlighting and human right activists are not protesting. ..."

Greater Kurdistan would also control most of the water resources of Turkey, Syria, Iraq, and part of Iran.


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