Filed under: August Volume 1 - 2008, International, World | Tags: G8, Italy, Torture
By Noora Ahmad, Islamic Post Staff Writer
An Italian court recently handed down sentences for 15 officials, including police officers, prison officials and doctors for inhumane and degrading treatment and assault of anti-globalist protesters, who demonstrated in the Italian city of Genoa in 2001 to against the policies of the Group of Eight (G8) at their 27th annual convention.
The BBC reported protesters to have been strip-searched, beaten, then tortured. They were also made to sing songs dedicated to famous fascists.
Apparently the police had mistaken the demonstrators, who had been housed that summer in the Diaz Pertini School by Genoa’s city council, for Black Bloc anarchists who had caused a good amount of destruction in the city earlier that day.
Nick Davies, of the UK Guardian, reported in detail the blood bashing of police officers who raided the school, crushing and beating everyone in sight. “More officers piled in to beat their heads, cutting and bruising and breaking limbs, including the arm of a 65-year-old woman. At the side of the room, several young people were sitting at computers, sending emails home. One of them was Melanie Jonasch, a 28-year-old archaeology student from Berlin, who had volunteered to help out in the building and had not even been on a demonstration.
“She still cannot remember what happened. But numerous other witnesses have described how officers set upon her, beating her head so hard with their sticks that she rapidly lost consciousness. When she fell to the ground, officers circled her, beating and kicking her limp body, banging her head against a near-by cupboard, leaving her finally in a pool of blood. Katherina Ottoway, who saw this happen, recalled: ‘She was trembling all over. Her eyes were open but upturned. I thought she was dying, that she could not survive this.’”
In his report, Davies continued the long list of crimes committed by Italian officials that night – with the above being less sickening than the majority of accounts; yet, according to Italian statutes, those convicted will not actually face jail time until the appeal process is exhausted.
The world leaders who participated in the conference included: Jean Chretien of Canada, Jacques Chiraq of France, Gerhard Schroder of Germany, Silvio Berlusconi of Italy, Junichiro Koizumi of Japan, Vladimir Putin of Russia, Tony Blair of the United Kingdom and George W. Bush of the United States. Leaders of international organizations attending the summit included those from the United Nations, the European Union, the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund and the World Trade Organization.
The G8 have insisted upon their intention to “make globalization work for all our citizens,” despite mass resistance which visits the Summit each year, in whatever worldwide location the conference is held. As of late entire sections of cities are closed off in preparation for the globalist meeting.
In 2001, when all the abuses took place, the G8 stopped just short of apologizing to the innocent demonstrators who were beaten and tortured, calling the situation on the whole deplorable, and expressing gratitude as well as regret to the citizens of Genoa. “We will defend the right of peaceful protesters to have their voices heard. But as democratic leaders, we cannot accept that a violent minority should be allowed to disrupt our discussions on the critical issues affecting the world. Our work will go on,” the statement said.
Filed under: August Volume 1 - 2008, Front Page News, International, World | Tags: israel, Palestine, Torture
By Mubeen Khaleel, Islamic Post Staff Writer
Late last month, Associated Press writers Karin Laub and Dalia Nammari, along with contributing writers Ali Daraghmeh, Mohammed Daraghmeh, and Ibrahim Barzak, reported on allegations of torture being perpetrated by two Palestinian rival political groups, Fatah and Hamas, against each other.
The report made no mention of the abuse of Palestinian prisoners by Israeli authorities.
United Against Torture, a coalition –funded by the European Union– of Palestinian, Israeli and international organizations, in their 2007 annual report made specific mention of Israel’s role in perpetuating torture.
The United Against Torture (UAT) report stated the “most tragic development in the OPT [Occupied Palestinian Territories] is… former Palestinians, who have suffered abuse while in Israeli detention, now in turn perpetrate the same kind of treatment on their fellow Palestinians.
“There are also reports of increased domestic violence, including in families of former detainees ill-treated in Israeli prisons.”
UAT’s list of torture mechanisms used by the Israeli security service reads like a proposed manual for Abu Ghraib: tying up detainees in painful positions for hours or days on end; solitary confinement, confinement in tiny cubicles; beatings, violent “shaking,” deprivation of sleep and food; exposure to cold or heat; verbal, sexual and psychological abuse; threats against the individual or the individual’s family; lack of adequate clothing or hygiene.
The organization insists “These methods have caused irreversible psychological and physical damage,” not to mention death.
Paul Craig Roberts in his work, “Are You Ready to Face the Facts About Israel?,” quoted a 1977 edition of the London Sunday Times, wherein Ralph Schoenman, executive director of the Bertrand Russell Foundation, wrote: “Israeli interrogators routinely ill-treat and torture Arab prisoners. Prisoners are hooded or blindfolded and are hung by their wrists for long periods. Most are struck in the genitals or in other ways sexually abused. Most are sexually assaulted. Others are administered electric shock.”
UAT reports that Israeli security forces interrogated approximately 23,000 Palestinians during the Intifada (1987-1993) alone; and that the Public Committee Against Torture in Israel estimates that “almost all the above detainees suffered from some form of torture during their interrogation.”
It is most unfortunate that Israelis are perpetrating the same tactics which were used on themselves and their forefathers in the holocaust death camps of the Illuminati-inspired Nazis. Israeli security forces are also operating out of Abu Ghraib (as reported in the July Vol. II edition of the Islamic Post).
While the U.S. Supreme Court was standing up for justice, declaring the military tribunals of Guantanamo Bay to be illegal, it was scarcely reported that the Supreme Court of Israel, at about the same time, upheld a controversial law that states, “Unlawful combatants suspected of involvement in terrorism can be held indefinitely; although judicial review of detentions under the law are required every six months.”
This ruling reflects the infringement upon personal rights, and justifies the means for the sake of “limiting acts of terrorism against Israel,” as reported by the University of Pittsburg School of Law legal news site, Jurist.
In the wake of new Israeli legislation allowing the indefinite detention of anyone deemed a security threat, and also the military commissions which persist in the face of the U.S. Supreme Court decision, due process for Muslims worldwide has never been more in question.
By Mubeen Khaleel, Islamic Post Staff Writer
John Kirby, a former federal prosecutor who helped indict the Arellano Felix cartel, cast doubt on the official explanation of the torture classes in Mexico when he told NBC organized criminals in Mexico usually don’t use psychological torture methods which, by nature, focus on the humiliation and defilement of an individual. “They’re [just] going to cut off their fingers and take out their teeth,” said Kirby.
Local officials claim that the extreme debasement being carried out on officers will somehow help them survive violent interrogations. This was also the official line for officers who trained in similar programs in the U.S. and found themselves torturing victims in Abu Ghraib, Guantanamo, Mosul and Bagram.
Although the fight is against organized crime and not terrorism, according to Leon’s Mayor Vicente Guerrero Reynoso and Police Chief Carlos Tornero, it is not clear who actually initiated the torture training in Mexico.
Against the wishes of the Americas Program of the Center for International Policy and Witness for Peace, the U.S. Congress recently approved without fanfare a $1.6 billion Plan Mexico, also known as the Merida Initiative, in support of President Felipe Calderón’s battle against organized crime.
The groups argue that no human rights safeguards will be adequate to justify U.S. funding for Mexican military and police under the current circumstances.