Justice for Trayvon Martin

Justice, Not Drama, for Trayvon Martin
The shooting death of Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Florida has thankfully become a national news story. Martin was killed as he went about his daily business, under circumstances which usually don’t result in death for anyone but black people.

Wake up, America! Justice must be done for Trayvon Martin
Today Black America is in uproar, its eyes fixed on a small town north of Orlando, Florida. In fact, right now, every sentient, right-minded American should be in uproar. Irrespective of their ethnicity or hue, everyone should be both incensed and repulsed by the deeply shocking case of Trayvon Martin, the unarmed, 17-year-old African-American youth killed last month by George Zimmerman, a neighbourhood watch volunteer in Sanford, Florida for acting suspiciously (effectively wearing a hoodie) – and it seems, for being the wrong colour.

What if Trayvon Martin Was the One Acting in Self-Defense?
There are plenty of reasons to believe his killer isn’t telling the truth.

Fla. shooting stirs memories of civil rights era
They are joining the Trayvon Martin crusade by the hour now.
It feels like an echo from another era — when there was racial injustice in the headlines, when federal troops were dispatched to comb Southern swamps to look for blacks who had vanished.

A Mother’s Reflections on the Murder of Trayvon Martin
I still remember the first time it happened. I was dropping off my 17-year-old cousin at a friend’s house in the wealthy, white Massachusetts suburb in which I lived and where my father is still a professor. We knocked on the wrong door. Minutes later, I was pulled over by the police. Slight, young and scared, I was interrogated about my activities, whether I was delivering drugs and what I was up to.

The White Savior Industrial Complex
If we are going to interfere in the lives of others, a little due diligence is a minimum requirement.

War Crimes Must Be Stopped No Matter Who Does Them
The brutality with which the US government exercises its “war on terror” is condemned both by the court of international public opinion and by the principles of international law governing human rights. The wars of aggression in Iraq and Afghanistan and the torture of detainees are clearly defined as war crimes by the UN Declaration of Human Rights, the Geneva Conventions, the Convention against Torture and other treaties to which the United States is a signatory. Under the cover of “national security,” other countries in the region have been drawn into the on-going wars.

The Ascendence of Sociopaths in US Governance

Official: Israel, US disagree on Iran timetable
Israel and the U.S. disagree on what would be a realistic timetable for stopping Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons, Israel’s defense minister said Thursday, but he stopped short of threatening unilateral Israeli action.

‘We have a duty to prepare for the worst’
…Peter King warns Iran has ‘hundreds’ of Hezbollah agents in the U.S.

Peter King: Iran May Have ‘Hundreds’ Of Hezbollah Agents In U.S.
Iranian-backed Hezbollah agents, not al Qaeda operatives, may pose the greatest threat on U.S. soil as tensions over Iran’s suspected nuclear weapons program ratchet up, according to the Republican chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security.

India to continue purchasing Iranian crude oil: Indian FM
The Indian government has announced that it is working to continue crude oil purchase from Iran, resisting renewed pressure from the United States to halt buying Iranian oil.

Nuclear watchdog chief accused of pro-western bias over Iran
Former officials warn of parallels between IAEA approach to Iran and mistakes over Iraq’s supposed weapons of mass destruction

West misstep against Iran will jeopardize Israel existence: Iran MP

UN Security Council backs Syria peace plan
Group unanimously adopts statement calling on government to abide by six-point UN-Arab proposal or face “further steps”.

Rebels warn of hit-and-run strikes in Damascus
The rebel Free Syrian Army has set up a military council to coordinate hit-and-run strikes around Damascus, as it brings the year-old conflict to the capital, it announced on Thursday.

Kurd militants threaten Turkey if it enters Syria
Turkish Kurd militants threatened on Thursday to turn all Kurdish populated areas into a “war zone” if Turkish troops entered Syria, a sign the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) which has allies in Syria may be taking sides in the conflict there.

Karzai: Afghanistan-U.S. pact will be scrutinized
Afghan President Hamid Karzai said Thursday that his government is “taking a magnifying glass” to proposals for the country’s strategic partnership deal with the United States and scrutinizing every detail.

Western countries scramble for Afghan exits
As international forces prepare for withdrawal from Afghanistan, Western countries are already in talks with Afghanistan’s Central Asian neighbors to bring their troops and military equipment back home.

Afghan Taliban: no faith in trial of US massacre suspect
Afghanistan’s Taliban has vowed to take revenge on American forces after a US soldier was charged with killing 17 civilians, saying it has no faith in any court proceedings.

War Crimes and the Mythology of ‘Bad Apples’
So it turns out that mass-murder suspect Robert Bales once used a bad word in a Facebook conversation. This is one of the more bizarre details of his life that has come breathlessly to light in the media, along with his big smile, arrest record and disastrous financial dealings.

The “Taliban Five” and the Forgotten Afghan Prisoners in Guantánamo
In the last three months, much discussion has focused on the possibility that, as part of negotiations aimed at securing peace in Afghanistan, the United States would release five high-level Taliban prisoners in Guantánamo. Almost entirely forgotten are 12 other Afghan prisoners at Guantánamo who are mostly so insignificant that they have no one to lobby for them and are being rather disgracefully overlooked.

In DRCongo’s east, displacement is a way of life
Violence of one sort or another has been part of life here in the eastern province of Sud Kivu for virtually as long as Baudoin Baleke Wabuya, a local administrator, can remember.

Military coup in Mali
The United States yesterday urged the “immediate restoration” of constitutional rule in Mali and said it was reviewing aid to the country after renegade soldiers said they had ousted President Amadou Toumani Toure in a coup.

A Coup In Mali – Made In Libya?

Renegade Mali soldiers announce takeover

Mali rebels advance in north, mutineers seek president

UN human rights body to probe Israel’s settlement activities in West Bank
Human Rights Council votes to dispatch a fact-finding mission to investigate the effects of Israel’s settlements on Palestinians; Netanyahu calls council ‘hypocritical’ and out of touch with reality.

Lawyer says Israeli outpost deal a stalling tactic
A deal to allow Jewish settlers to remain in their unauthorized West Bank outpost for another three years is a stalling tactic that could lead to them staying there, a lawyer told Israel’s Supreme Court Thursday.

A year later, Libya is still a mess
After the West’s much-ballyhood intervention, Libya is dominated by a complex tangle of violent militias — and the chaos is spilling into neighboring countries

Libya Resists International Court’s Claim on War Crimes Case
Libya’s interim authorities escalated their face-off against the International Criminal Court on Wednesday over custody of the most significant confidants to Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi taken prisoner since his ouster and death: his son Seif al-Islam el-Qaddafi and his brother-in-law Abdullah Senussi. The battle over the men’s fate is an early test of the former rebels’ commitment to the rule of the law.

34 killed in attacks on “al-Qaeda militants” in Yemen
At least 29 people were killed Thursday in a joint attack by Yemeni and US forces on suspected al-Qaeda militants in the southern part of the Arabian Peninsula country, Al Arabiya broadcaster reported.

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