12/18/2014

America And Cuba

160,000 Iraqi Christians have fled Mosul: Iraqi MP

“The majority of Christians have taken shelter in [northern Iraqi semi-autonomous] Kurdistan [region],” the lawmaker said.
Thousands of Iraqi Christians have been forced out of their homes in the city of Mosul in July following an ultimatum by the ISIL militants to them to convert to Islam, pay taxes or face death.
ISIL militants took control of Mosul in a lightning advance on June 10, which was followed by the fall of Tikrit, located 140 kilometers (87 miles) northwest of the capital, Baghdad. Tikrit has been reportedly retaken by the Iraqi army.

12/17/2014

Al-Sweady Inquiry Turns Into Vendetta Against Lawyers for Iraqi Families

Al-Sweady inquiry: Iraqis mistreated but UK troops did not murder insurgents | UK news | The Guardian
But the al-Sweady inquiry – named after an Iraqi teenager killed in the battle – found that soldiers were guilty of mistreating detainees, including depriving them of food and sleep, blindfolding them – in breach of Ministry of Defence rules – and threatening them – in breach of the Geneva convention.
At the end of his 1,350-page report, Sir Thayne Forbes, a former high court judge, concludes that the most serious allegations made against the soldiers were “wholly and entirely without merit or justification”.

Life On Mars?

Ukrainian Civilians Caught in Crossfire

Al-Sweady Inquiry Due: UK's £25m Army abuse probe to issue report

Al-Sweady inquiry: UK's £25m Army abuse probe to issue report - Home News - UK - The Independent 
It has examined claims that 20 or more Iraqis were unlawfully killed while in custody, bodies were mutilated and detainees were ill-treated following a fierce firefight known as the Battle of Danny Boy in May 2004.
After almost 300 witnesses in central London gave evidence during a year of public hearings, lawyers representing the alleged victims' families admitted that there was no evidence of unlawful killing.
But they stood by claims regarding the alleged mistreatment of prisoners at Camp Abu Naji (CAN) near Majar-al-Kabir in southern Iraq and later at Shaibah Logistics Base.

Self Portrait At Easel (1556) - Sofonisba Anguissola

Her inscription on the painting reads 'I Sofonisba Anguissola, unmarried, am the equal of the Muses and Apelles in playing my songs and handling my paints'

12/16/2014

Thomas Patten - Proudly Remembered

Today in 1936, Thomas Patten from Achill Island in Ireland, volunteer with the International Brigades, was killed in the defence of Madrid from fascists. No Pasaran.


Two studies show needs and targets for UK energy efficiency

Two studies show needs and targets for UK energy efficiency SaveMoneyCutCarbon
A survey for the National Energy Foundation (NEF) and a report published by Green Alliance together provide a fascinating snapshot of the opportunities and challenges facing policy makers.
The NEF survey conducted by ComRes indicates the level of knowledge and awareness around energy while the Green Alliance report underlines which housing sector would benefit most from energy retrofit projects.
The NEF survey, a nationally representative sample, advises that most British adults say they would like to reduce their energy consumption, either because of the financial cost of using energy (four in five, 81%) or because of the environmental impact (seven in ten, 70%).

IS militants execute 19 policemen in western Iraq

The policemen were executed one day after the militants who seized the al-Wafaa area, just southwest of the provincial capital city of Ramadi, some 110 km west of Baghdad, a provincial security source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.
Separately, the IS militants surrounded a force from Iraqi police and government-allied militiamen in an area located some 35 km west of Ramadi, and fierce clashes were underway, the source said.

14 Juillet A Havre - Albert Marquet


12/15/2014

CIA Torture Enablers PLC

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Battle of Teruel 15th December, 1937 - 16 February, 1938


The Detainee Abuse Photos Obama Doesn’t Want You To See

The Detainee Abuse Photos Obama Didn’t Want You To See - The Daily Beast
Some photos show American troops posing with corpses; others depict U.S. forces holding guns to people’s heads or simulating forced sodomization. All of them could be released to the public, depending on how a federal judge in New York rules—and how hard the government fights to appeal. The government has a Friday deadline to submit to that judge its evidence for why it thinks each individual photograph should continue to be kept hidden away.



Rain, Mont Plaisant - Albert Marquet (1944)


Endangered Languages In Europe

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Islamic State militants capture major Iraqi town in surprise attack

Islamic State militants capture major Iraqi town in surprise attack | Christian News on Christian Today 
Islamic State fighters stormed a town in Iraq's western Anbar province on Saturday, killing at least 19 policemen and trapping others inside their headquarters, in the latest attack in the desert region where it controls large amounts of territory, officials said.
Islamic State seized the town of al-Wafa, 45 km (27 miles) west of Anbar's capital Ramadi on Saturday after starting its assault early on Friday.
With the capture of al-Wafa, Islamic State now controls three major towns to the west of Ramadi, including Hit and Kubaisa. Islamic State and government forces have been bogged down in a months-long battle for Ramadi.

12/14/2014

Sainte Lazare Station (1887) - Claude Monet


CIA report: UK MPs and peers seek material on any UK 'torture' role

BBC News - CIA report: MPs and peers seek material on any UK 'torture' role
A parliamentary committee is to request the US hands over any material documenting the UK's role in the CIA's post-9/11 interrogation programme.
Sir Malcolm Rifkind said the intelligence committee he chairs would act "without fear or favour", although some MPs want a judge-led inquiry.
It follows a US Senate report which found "brutal" treatment of suspects.
Downing Street has said some material was removed from the report at the UK's request for national security reasons.


CIA torture: Who are the medical professionals who umpired in this theatre of human misery?

CIA torture: Who are the medical professionals who umpired in this theatre of human misery? - Comment - Voices - The Independent
At Freedom from Torture we see more than 1000 torture survivors a year for psychological counselling. I can attest from years of clinical practice, seeing clients who have been subjected to ‘waterboarding’ or other forms of partial-asphyxiation that these do indeed amount to torture. I also know only too well from my clients’ testimony that torture does not result in reliable information – they would have said anything to make the torture stop.