Statement supporting the Syrian people

first_imgThe following introduction and statement was issued by the United National Antiwar Coalition April 14:Pro-Western Syrian exiles have initiated a statement supported by a number of “progressive” individuals and organizations. The statement is titled,“Erasing people through disinformation: Syria and the ‘anti-imperialism’ of fools.” In this statement, which supports the goal of the U.S. and its allies of regime change in Syria, the authors attack those who have consistently supported an end to intervention in Syria by the U.S., NATO, Israel and other repressive states in the Middle East. Their statement was signed by a number of people in the U.S. and around the world. UNAC was one of the groups that this statement criticized. The war on Syria has been an especially divisive issue for the peace movement, so we and others have put out the statement below explaining our position. If you agree with this statement, we ask that you sign as an individual or an organization. Go to here to sign the statementAs the Biden Administration took office in the U.S., one of their first actions was to increase U.S. troop levels in the northeastern region of Syria currently occupied by the United States and its proxies. Shortly thereafter, the United States bombed a Syrian town on the eastern border killing as many as 30 Syrians, purportedly to target hostile “Iraqi militiamen” or to “send a message” to Iran. U.S. proxies are selling Syrian grain in Turkey, and a U.S.-based corporation now operates a refinery in the Syrian territory occupied by U.S. troops and proxies.Last year, Congress passed the Caesar Sanctions as an amendment to the massive Defense Appropriations Bill. These sanctions cause the Syrian people to go without the basic necessities such as food, energy and medicine. They have destroyed the Syrian currency and are literally causing starvation. At this time, it is impossible, even for the United Nations, to bring aid into Syria.Moreover, these sanctions block reconstruction and the return of hundreds of thousands of refugees from impoverished camps in surrounding states. Syrians can’t return if there is no potable water, food or housing for their families. Meanwhile, the only Syrians who can receive international aid are those in U.S.-occupied territories and those in areas controlled by the U.S. ally, Al Nusra/Al Qaeda.There has been a recent swell of anti-Syria propaganda, supported by prominent activists on the “left.” This has included attacks on the majority of the U.S. antiwar movement, which has focused on opposing U.S. and outside aggression against Syria and which supports the right of Syria to defend its national sovereignty against this outside aggression. The clear fact is that the U.S. government, along with its allies in NATO, Israel and other reactionary Middle Eastern states, is the primary cause of the current devastation of the Syrian people. The U.S. and its allies have facilitated the entry into Syria of tens of thousands of foreign fighters to support their regime-change agenda.As with the lies about weapons of mass destruction that led to the U.S. invasion and occupation of Iraq, the U.S. and its allies have put forth accusations about Syria using chemical weapons and terror against its own people, which have now been totally discredited and disproved.Therefore: We condemn the illegal occupation of Syrian territory by U.S. forces and their proxies and their illegal and unprovoked military attacks on Syrian soil and Syrian people. We condemn the ongoing theft of Syrian oil and Syrian grain by U.S. proxies, resources desperately needed by the Syrian people. We condemn the so-called Caesar Sanctions, illegal, immoral unilateral coercive measures. We condemn the U.S. war on the Syrian Republic and the callous violation of Syrian sovereignty.  We demand the withdrawal of ALL U.S. troops and U.S. funding of foreign mercenary forces and U.S. funding of armed, internal opposition forces from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan, and a lifting of the U.S. naval blockade of Yemen. We demand an end to illegal U.S. sanctions on Syria.Initial signers: United National Antiwar Coalition, Syria Solidarity Movement, Black Alliance for Peace, U.S. Peace Council, Hands off Syria Coalition, Hamilton Coalition to Stop the War, Popular Resistance, Arab Americans for Syria, Youth Against Empire, International Action Center, Veterans for Peace, Freedom Road Socialist Organization, Socialist Action, Hands off Syria — Australia, BAYAN USA.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Supreme court upholds life imprisonment for editor Rehmat Shah Afridi

first_img to go further January 28, 2021 Find out more Pakistani journalist critical of the military wounded by gunfire PakistanAsia – Pacific Pakistani supreme court acquits main suspect in Daniel Pearl murder Pakistani TV anchor censored after denouncing violence against journalists News News Follow the news on Pakistan June 2, 2021 Find out more PakistanAsia – Pacific center_img Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts Organisation News RSF_en Reporters Without Borders today deplored the Pakistani supreme court’s decision yesterday to uphold a life sentence imposed on Rehmat Shah Afridi, the former editor for the Frontier Post and Maidan daily newspapers, for alleged drug trafficking. Afridi has been insisting on his innocence ever since his arrest by the Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF) in 1999.The press freedom organisation said the police investigation and the initial judicial decisions were so marred by irregularities, manipulation and harassment that Afridi should be acquitted and released, above all procedural grounds.Reporters Without Borders reiterated its call for an independent commission to investigate how the authorities have kept an newspaper editor in prison for nearly seven years.The two death penalties passed on Afridi in 2001 were commuted to life imprisonment in June 2004 by the Lahore high court, which ruled that hashish trafficking was not a crime punishable by death. Afridi was the first person in Pakistani history to get the death penalty on a hashish trafficking charge.The courts have themselves on several occasions condemned the police for its mishandling of the investigation, especially for the destruction of evidence.The Afridi family and Reporters Without Borders have gathered ample evidence showing that Afridi, who is from the Tribal Areas, was the victim of retaliation by the US government-financed ANF for his reports accusing it of abuse of authority and corruption.Afridi was sentenced to die by hanging in June 2001. He was arrested on 2 April 1999 for trafficking and possession of drugs. Many members of the Afridi clan are alleged to be involved in drug trafficking. News April 21, 2021 Find out more April 7, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Supreme court upholds life imprisonment for editor Rehmat Shah Afridilast_img read more

Striking nurses’ resolve is strong at LUH – INMO

first_img Google+ Facebook The second in a series of 24 hour strikes by the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation is underway, with pickets at Letterkenny University Hospital and other community hospitals and health services across the North West.Emergency cover is being maintained, but all routine procedures and appointments have been cancelled.Ciaran Mc Laughlin is PRO of the INMO Strike Committee at Letterkenny University Hospital.He says the resolve among nurses locally is strong………..Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Previous articleBohemians Finn Harps league opener to go aheadNext articleHarps hosting Season and Website launch on Wednesday News Highland Twitter WhatsApp Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR By News Highland – February 5, 2019 News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Twitter AudioHomepage BannerNewscenter_img DL Debate – 24/05/21 WhatsApp Striking nurses’ resolve is strong at LUH – INMO Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty Harps come back to win in Waterford FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 Pinterest Google+ Facebooklast_img read more

Off-duty Indiana officer praised after stopping Walmart shooting while shopping with his family

first_imgGoogle Maps Street View(EAST CHICAGO, Ind.) — An off-duty Indiana police officer is being praised for his “quick thinking and heroic actions” after he stopped a shooter inside a Walmart while out shopping with his family.The officer, a member of the East Chicago Police Department, was shopping at a Walmart in Hobart with his wife and kids on Sunday when a shooter inside began firing, according to police.Hobart police and fire departments responded to the shooting and found that the East Chicago officer had taken a male suspect into custody without incident, Hobart police said in a statement.A woman who was with the alleged shooter was also taken into custody, according to the statement.Hobart officers discovered one victim, a man, with a gunshot wound. His condition was not immediately clear.East Chicago police praised the officer’s heroism.“Thanks to his quick thinking and heroic actions the suspect involved in this senseless shooting was taken into custody without further incident,” police said in a statement.Hobart police said they are actively investigating the incident to determine a motive but believe the shooting stemmed from an altercation between the suspect and people he knew.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Bombers host hoop tournament beginning Friday at the Hangar

first_imgThe Bombers tip-off the tourney Friday afternoon against Nakusp at 2:15 p.m.Fernie meets Mount Sentinle in Pool B play at 4 p.m. before the Bombers tangle with the Storm at 6:30 p.m. School has resumed and so has the High School Basketball season at L.V. Rogers in Nelson.LVR kick off 2017 by hosting the Bombers Senior Boy’s Basketball Tournament beginning Friday at the Hangar.Five teams, Nakusp Cougars, Fernie Falcons, Mount Sentinel Wildcats, Selkirk Storm of Kimberley and Osoyoos Rattlers,  join the host Bombers in this annual event.last_img read more

Man City boss Pellegrini: Aguero is not a cheat

first_img1 Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has claimed Sergio Aguero did not dive in the Blues’ 3-0 win against Southampton, adding the 26-year-old did not try to “cheat” the referee.The Argentine appeared to be fouled by Jose Fonte in the first half, however referee Mike Jones opted to book the striker for diving rather than awarding the visitors a penalty.In his defence for the in-form front man, Pellegrini said: “I didn’t want to say it was a penalty [during the game] but when I saw it after, it was a clear penalty.“What I am absolutely sure about is that Sergio never dived and he never tried to cheat the referee.“He fell down in that way because it was an important kick [from Fonte].”The Chilean also defended the performance of central defender Eliaquim Mangala, after the 23-year-old was sent off for a clumsy tackle on Shane Long in the second half, with City leading the match 1-0.“It was the correct decision; it was a yellow card [and a sending off]. I don’t know if the first one was a yellow card but it doesn’t matter because in this case [the red card] was the correct decision.“He played very well today. If he doesn’t make the foul then maybe it’s a goal for Southampton.”The victory saw the defending champions climb up to second place, just six points behind league leaders Chelsea, but the manager insisted his side are simply focussed on improving their current form and not the title race.He added: “We are not sending a message to anyone. We are just trying to play in the way that we know and I am sure if we return to our normal performance we will return to the solid team we were last year.” Sergio Aguero in action for Manchester City last_img read more

Pupils from Donegal schools work for peace in their communities

first_imgPupils from Deele College and the Royal and Prior Comprehensive School in Raphoe celebrated the Peace Pledge Tree installation in Derry. The pupils came together with other schools from the border counties and Northern Ireland to commit themselves to working for peace in their communities.The event in Derry’s Foyle Arena was organised by Co-operation Ireland and the Rev Dr David Latimer. The Peace Pledge Tree is in the city’s Ebrington Square and it will form part of a peace trail.The tree is a seven-meter high sculpture created by local artist Maurice Harron that features peace pledges on its leaves.The peace pledges are written by pupils from over 400 schools.All the main churches were represented at the Amazing the Space event held in Maze/Long Kesh in 2017, where the Duke and Duchess of Sussex showed their support by attending in 2018. Liam Nesson also sent his support via a video message.Dr Mark Browne, Director of Strategic Policy, Equality & Good Relations in The Executive Office said he was delighted to be a part of the event.“Projects such as ‘Amazing the Space’ are a vital part of our journey towards realizing a truly shared and united community.  “It is important that our young people are given the space and support they need to learn about each other, to challenge any misconceptions and to build long lasting friendships based on mutual respect and understanding.“Through this project they have created heartfelt pledges of peace, marking their commitment to peace building and to working together.“To see these pledges now placed, in their permanent home at Ebrington, part of a Shared Future infrastructure and the Pathway to Peace, is a proud moment, and a testament to the Executive Office’s commitment to Peace Building,” he said. Dr Christopher Moran, Chairman of Co-operation Ireland said the installation of the Peace Pledge Tree means that all the young people’s hard work will be remembered in the city forever.“Today’s event gives the young people involved in writing the pledges a chance to celebrate their contribution to peace and it is richly deserved,” he said.Dr David Latimer said young people want a world free of discrimination on the grounds of race, colour, creed, language and gender.“Our young people, with their vibrant ideas and clear perspectives, can reveal a better path. “Their words and wisdom, displayed within The Peace Pledge Tree, can be a Beacon of Hope that will inspire many to turn their dreams of peace to reality,” he said.Pupils from Donegal schools work for peace in their communities was last modified: December 9th, 2019 by Dionne MeehanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Amazing the Spacecross-Borderdeele collegeDerrydonegalEbringtonpeacePeace Pledge TreepupilsRaphoeRoyal And PriorschoolsTREElast_img read more

What triggered the Giants’ sudden change in pitching strategies

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — Hours after watching left-hander Drew Pomeranz surrender seven earned runs in just 1 2/3 innings against the Cincinnati Reds last Monday, Giants manager Bruce Bochy sat in his office and pondered his team’s first-inning struggles.His pitchers allowed 13 first-inning runs and six first-inning homers in a four-game series against the Reds. A traditionalist known throughout the sport for his “old-school” mentality, Bochy was asked if he would consider trying an “Opener” at the …last_img read more

Mumbai to train from Sep 24

first_imgIndian Super League ISL 2017: Mumbai City to kick-start pre-season on September 24 Goal Last updated 2 years ago 05:07 15/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Alexandre Guimaraes Mumbai City FC ISL Concept PR Indian Super League Mumbai City The Blues from Mumbai are to begin preparations for the upcoming season in the last week of September… Mumbai City FC are keen to build on their success last season where they made it into the knockouts for the very first time in the Indian Super League (ISL).The Ranbir Kapoor co-owned franchise are to begin their preparations close to seven weeks before the competition is expected to kick-off in November.Mumbai would use the facilities at DSK Shivajians in Pune for over 10 days with their Indian contingent. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Thereafter, they would fly to Spain where they are to undergo training and play practice games in order to ensure that the team is in prime shape and fitness for the season ahead.The club has opted not to spend on a marquee player and have instead roped in experienced players with Achille Emana being the pick of their signings.last_img read more