Gazan family cut to pieces: Report

24 March 2009


A Palestinian boy stands next to his family's house in Gaza, destroyed during Israel's offensive

A new report details the gory killing of a family by Israeli unmanned drones, which can allegedly differentiate civilians from combatants.

While Tel Aviv claims that its unmanned aerial vehicles are able to clearly distinguish fighters from women and children and other civilians, more than 48 Palestinian civilians were killed in Israeli drone attacks in Gaza, a new report by the Guardian reveals.

In one of the most heartbreaking cases, a Palestinian family of six was killed in Gaza City while sitting around and having tea in their courtyard.

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Who’s the popinjay? By Eric Walberg

Barring British MP Galloway puts Canada in a shameful light, rues Eric Walberg

 Who ever thought that Canadian politics could be so interesting? First there was the attempted coup last December, when the fractious opposition Liberals, socialists and separatists stunned the nation and joined together, almost ousting the ruling Conservatives. Now the intrepid British MP George Galloway, fresh from bringing the walls of Gaza tumbling down, is launching a land invasion of Canada from the US in a replay of the war of 1812.

The world was shocked — or rather embarrassed — this week when Canadian Immigration and Citizenship Minister Jason Kenney announced he was banning Galloway from entering Canada, as a “security risk”. Well, sort of. Kenney’s Director of Communications Alykhan Velshi explained that it was really the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA). Kenney merely chose not to overturn their decision, taken, no doubt, after long and costly sleuthing by Canada’s ace security forces. No official reason was given.

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Pakistan’s Democracy Movement Flexes its Muscles By Tom Burghardt

In an apparent, but by no means guaranteed, victory for pro-democracy forces, Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari was forced to reinstate Supreme Court Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammed Chaudhry and other judges dismissed by the Musharraf regime in 2007.

Supreme Court Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammed Chaudhry, a lightning-rod for opposition to military rule, resumed his duties March 22, when supporters ‘of the reinstated jurist raised the Pakistani flag at his residence, in keeping with a vow made by former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto before her assassination 15 months ago,’ the Los Angeles Times reports.

Last week’s announcement by Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani was a major climb down for the Zardari administration and followed an escalating revolt against his authoritarian rule. The move however, came after intense behind-the-scenes pressure by the United States and the Army’s General Headquarters in Rawalpindi.

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United States Pressure Detainees to Hide Torture at Guantanamo

Binyam-Mohamed.jpg As a condition for his release, the U.S. government lawyers told Binyam Mohamed to plead guilty, deny torture, and not to talk to media about his ordeal.

HAVANA, Cuba, Mar 24 (acn) With the most underhand methods, the devotees of the empire are trying to hide the torture committed by US guards against prisoners at its illegally occupied Guantánamo Naval Base.

On this occasion, it is known that lawyers from the US government tried to force a British resident imprisoned in the base -which it maintains against the will of the Cuban people and government- to sign a document saying he had never been tortured there.

Likewise, the aforementioned prisoner had to agree not to speak to the media about this ordeal – a commitment he rejected. These conditions were imposed on him in order to be released, Granmanewspaper reports on Tuesday.

The lawyers also wanted Binyam Mohamed, an Ethiopian citizen who was imprisoned for over four years, to plead guilty to terrorism charges in return for his freedom, although he was never charged with any crime, according to the documents formulated by two judges that participated in the case in the British Supreme Court.

The documents, related to a ruling announced by the magistrates in October, reveal that the US Army wanted Mohamed to agree never to sue either the Americans or any of its allies to force disclosure of his mistreatment.

‘The accused accepts not to participate or support, in any way, litigation or challenge, in any forum, against the United States or any other nation or official from any nation, whether military or civilian’, established a draft agreement prepared by lawyers from the White House in 2008.

The text adds that ‘the accused assigns the United States all legal rights to sign and present any document, motion or speech necessary to implement this requirement on behalf of the accused’, read a key clause of the agreement.

The proposed agreement was included in documents presented before the Supreme Court in October, when the body ruled that the files related to Mohamed’s case could not be published because they could jeopardize the national security conventions existing between Great Britain and the United States.

Mohamed’s lawyers rejected the agreement and the detainee was, eventually, released last month, unconditionally.

Source: Cuba News