Syrian Victims: When Truth Is the First Casualty of War By Ross Ruthenberg

27 March 2012 — Global Research

The Western mainstream media continuously beat the war drums for Libya-like treatment of Syria, using body count statistics to attempt to paint the year-old Syrian conflict as a humanitarian disaster crying out for NATO and its allies to bomb the government’s military forces into submission. Ironically, under the guise of “responsibility to protect”, the NATO powers and their Gulf Arab proxies are supplying weapons, training and logistical support to the armed “opposition” forces.

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Statewatch News Online, 24 August 2011: Migrants / UK Riots

24 August 2011 — Home page: http://www.statewatch.org/ e-mail: office@statewatch.org

  1. Italy/north Africa: Concern over the violation of rights of migrants who were refused entry, expelled, held in detention centres
  2. France: “The law of France must be respected” :
  3. EU: European Commission: Report for 2010 on Regulation on public access to documents
  4. CoE: HR Commissioner, Thomas Hammarberg: Excessive use of pre-trial detention runs against human rights
  5. UK: Long Lartin unit for terror suspects criticised
  6. Spain: Neighbourhood groups’ report on racist identity checks in Madrid
  7. UK: Deaths in detention centres
  8. Statewatch Observatory: UK: Surveillance statistics: 1937 – 2010
  9. EU: Council of the European Union: European Police Chiefs Convention
  10. EU: Council of the European Union: Single permit Directive, Discrimination Directive, Asylum reception conditions, TFTP
  11. EU: Council of the European Union: Directive on the right of access to a lawyer in criminal proceedings
  12. UK: Report by the Children’s Commissioner: Landing in Kent: The experiences of unaccompanied children arriving in the UK

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An update on InI and other ramblings By William Bowles

20 August 2011

The first piece to appear on this WordPress Blog is dated 17 May, 2007 but the site has been here since 14 March, 2003 when the first essay appeared on InI[1]. I know, it’s confusing but that’s computers for you as in reality InI is two sites in one; the old, ‘flat’ InI and the new, database-driven WordPress Blog. And never the twain shall meet, unless I want to build a complicated Index that leads to all the old pages. Thousands of them. Forget it. Search the site instead if you know what you are looking for.

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Inflation Hits Money and Lies By Joel S. Hirschhorn

16 April 2011 — delusionaldemocracy.com

How do the powerful keep the US population dumb and distracted? A key tactic has been using methodologies that produce totally misleading underestimates of key economic factors. First we learned that official unemployment figures are too low by a factor of two. Now, understand that the official rate of inflation hitting consumers is even more inaccurate. You will hear about a low inflation rate of less than 3 percent. In reality, it is closer to 10 percent, according to the highly regarded analysis by John Williams.

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Sabah al-Baghdadi – Iraq: Disastrous and Shocking Official Statistics

30 July, 2009 — kanaanonline.org Translated and adapted from Arabic by Khalil Nakhleh

iraq-blood.jpgThe following official governmental statistics, up to December 2008, show the disastrous conditions prevalent in Iraq since the American invasion and occupation of that country.

1. One million widowed Iraqi women (according to Iraqi Ministry of Women Affairs).

2. Four million orphaned Iraqi children (according to estimates by the Iraqi Ministry of Planning).

3. Two and a half million (2,500,000) Iraqis killed (according to the Iraqi Ministry of Health and Forensic Medicine).

4. 800,000 Iraqis have disappeared in secret holding places connected with the different ruling parties (according to registered complaints at the Iraqi Ministry of the Interior).

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The Criminalization of Everyday Life By Robert Neuwirth

Welcome to the ugly underside of the zero-tolerance era, where insignificant rule violations get inflated into criminal infractions.

I spent 24 hours in the slammer the other day. My crime? Well, the police couldn’t tell me when they locked me up. The prosecutor and judge couldn’t either, when I was arraigned the following day. I found out for myself when I researched the matter a few days after being released: I had been cited for walking my dog off the leash – once, six years ago.

Welcome to the ugly underside of the zero-tolerance era, where insignificant rule violations get inflated into criminal infractions. Here’s how it worked with me: a gaggle of transit cops stopped me after they saw me walk between two subway cars on my way to work. This, they told me, was against the rules. They asked for ID and typed my name into a hand-held computer. Up came that old citation that I didn’t know about and they couldn’t tell me about. I was immediately handcuffed and brought to the precinct. There, I waited in a holding cell, then was fingerprinted (post-CSI memo: they now take the fingers, the thumbs, the palms, and the sides of both hands) and had the contents of my shoulder bag inventoried. I could hardly believe it: I was being arrested without ever having committed a crime.

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PCHR: IOF Offensive on the Gaza Strip Makes it Like Earthquake Zone and Claims Civilian Lives and Property

22 January, 2009

Palestinian Centre for Human Rights LTD (non profit)
Press Release Ref: 19/2009

Entire Families Pass Away
Children and Women Constitute More Than 43% of the Total Number of Victims
Entire Features of Many Areas Disappear
Infrastructures Services completely Collapse
Hundreds of Families Become Homeless While Dozens of Others Are Still Displaced

The offensive launched by the Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) on the Gaza Strip, between 27 December and 18 January 2009, has caused total destruction in many parts of the Gaza Strip, making these parts look like earthquake zones. In its offensive on Gaza, IOF employed its full-fledged arsenal and used its air, ground and sea forces. Some areas were almost completely razed, while many houses and civilian establishments became hills of dust. IOF offensive claimed the lives of hundreds of innocent unarmed civilians, including a large number of children and women. The casualties included entire families (for more information, please see press releases[1] that had been published by the Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) during IOF offensive on the Gaza Strip).

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Media Lens: EXTRA ZERO An Exchange With The Independent’s John Rentoul

9 April, 2008 — MEDIA LENS: Correcting for the distorted vision of the corporate media

In the wake of the July 7, 2005 London bombings, the Independent’s John Rentoul commented:

“A Muslim friend of mine in the East End of London says that the sense of victimisation and injustice goes so deep among his fellow religionists that he sometimes despairs. ‘This all goes back to the burning of The Satanic Verses,’ he says. It was in 1988 that we should have realised that we were up against a culture … he doesn’t like the term ‘Muslim community’ … that tended to irrationalism and self-pity. Salman Rushdie did not create that culture, but he provided a focus for it and fed its sense of grievance. — “The Iraq issue serves much the same purpose today” (Rentoul, ‘Islam, blood and grievance,’ The Independent, July 24, 2005)

According to Rentoul, then, the invasion of Iraq and the mass slaughter that followed was feeding irrational self-pity in Muslims. He added:

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