UNADIKUM – I CALL on YOU!

Some people see the worlds injustices and some don’t.

Why they do is self evident – an interest in people other than themselves and those in their immediate circle, a strong capacity for empathy and a belief in being fair.

Why they don’t is more complex but here’s one reason – Cutsie media and our corporate stock market driven media is behind it.

As I did yesterday (and I promise myself not to make this a habit), I opened my laptop to yahoo news – today’s headlines include a massive photo shot of Ian Thorpe who has finally revealed publicly that he is gay. Another smaller photo of Thorpy sits aside this with the headline ‘Support rolls in for Thorpe’. The smallest photo is of an Israeli tank in the dust with the headline ‘Palestinians urge Gaza ceasefire’.

Now I don’t know about you but isn’t that a case of…….. ‘WRONG’!

The news from Gaza full UN sitrep here is that on the 5th day of the Israeli attack 126 Gaza (I have since read it is now 156 see here) people are killed, 89 of these are believed to be civilians and 27 of those are children. 910 Gazans have been injured, 500 of these are women and children. 4500 Palestinians have been displaced, 750 homes are destroyed or severely damaged and 400,000 people are without electricity due to damage to power lines, and a similar number have no water supply. The UN Situation Report (sitrep) of 12th July comments  that ‘reports about the circumstances of some incidents have raised concern about” respect to the principles of distinction, proportionality and precaution in attack” under International Humanitarian Law”.

In addition Israeli troops are massing along Gaza’s perimeter fence and the sitrep alerts to this, “fueling existing fear about potential land incursion”. The Rafah border crossing is opened into Egypt to allow injured access to medical facilities.

The Al Mabrat Society, an institution for people with severe disabilities was hit by Israeli shelling killing two women and a staff member and injuring three other residents.

7000 children are in need of psychological support. The UN ‘Protection Cluster members’ …have managed to visit 58 children. All children visited showed signs of extreme anxiety, fear, sense of insecurity, inability to sleep and despair. Since 7 July, PSS teams have reached 191 children.

WE are told the Israeli’s strike surgically, Hamas rocket fire being the critical target.

We are told the Israeli government only want Hamas (The democratically elected leadership in the Gaza Strip)

We are told Hamas deliberately use ‘human shields’

We know the Gaza Strip is one of the most densely populated areas in the world.

WE know there are NO DEATHS FROM ROCKET FIRE INTO ISRAEL,

The Washington Post calls the death toll in the situation ‘lopsided’ (for the WP report on Israeli ‘roof knocking’ to supposedly warn residents in buildings about to be bombed see here)

I call it ORCHESTRATED CARNAGE

Oh yeh just out…4 Israeli soldiers ‘hurt’ while undergoing an ‘incursion’ into Gaza to destroy a rocket launching site in Nth Gaza, they have now “returned to Israeli territory” see here

Graphic content warning photos

So Thorpy’s gay?…………………….Who woulda guessed it? and who cares, apparently he has lots of support.

UNADIKUM – (translated) I CALL ON YOU

….to keep reality alive – the Media Matrix must not be allowed to hide or to colour truth with barbie pink and roses and celebrity pap.

 

Four Israeli soldiers were today hurt in clashes during the brief incursion to destroy a rocket launching site in northern Gaza, the military said. It said they have returned to Israeli territory.

It was the first time that Israeli ground troops are known to have entered Gaza in the current offensive.

– See more at: http://www.independent.ie/world-news/israel-raid-on-gaza-rocket-site-30427238.html#sthash.jZ8LVHRK.dpuf

Does this disturb you?

A Yahoo 7 news post (which I rarely read) today (12.7.2014) headed…..

AUSTRALIAN JIHADIST SUPPORTER ARRESTED IN THE PHILIPPINES- POLICEMusa JIHAD JIHAD Aussie

  • My comments in CAPITALS
  • Script in bold – highlight critical information
  • Script in Italic – identifying superfluous chatter – the stuff that pads in maybe’s, bears no relevance or is not confirmed

“Manila (AFP) – An Australian convert to Islam who used the Internet to urge people to join “jihad” in Iraq and Syria was arrested in the Philippines on Friday, local police said. Robert Edward Cerantonio, 29, who also goes by the name Musa Cerantonio, was detained in the central Philippine city of Cebu and will be deported to Australia, said Superintendent Conrado Capa, the region’s deputy police chief.

In one broadcast on his website, he called on brother Muslims to join the war in Iraq and Syria,” said Capa.

JUST ONE?

We cannot say with certainty that he had any contact with local Muslim groups,” Capa added. The Philippines has a large Muslim minority in the southern region of Mindanao, a hotbed for a decades-old Muslim insurgency and where Islamic militants linked to Al-Qaeda also operate. But Cebu’s police commander, Chief Superintendent Prudencio Banas, said there was “no evidence linking him to any terror act”.

SO THE PHILIPPINES HAS NO REASON TO ARREST THIS MAN? …..He was In Capa not Mindanao why does the report have the Mindanao Philippine “Muslim Insurgency” info if its not relevant?

“Cerantonio was arrested at the request of the Australian government and will be deported because Canberra has cancelled his passport, making him an illegal alien, Banas added.”

OK NOW I GET IT -WE CANCELLED HIS PASSPORT AND ASKED THEM TO SEND HIM BACK

“A media officer at the Australian embassy declined to comment when asked about the arrest.”

YEH NO COMMENT……WHATS NEW……HEY THAT WOULD BE A GREAT JOB EH, MEDIA OFFICER FOR THE ABBOTT GOVERNMENT………NO COMMENT!

Television footage aired by the ABS-CBN network showed a bearded Caucasian man in a white robe being ushered out of an apartment by officers wearing helmets and flak jackets. The station later showed him being escorted by police through Manila’s airport, wearing a hooded jacket.

HE LIKES BEARDS AND HOODS EH? WELL THAT’S CRIMINAL!

Police said they had been monitoring the activities of the Melbourne native since February when he arrived in Cebu, the country’s largest metropolis outside Manila. He lived with a Philippine woman and moved around Cebu until his arrest at a one-room apartment near the airport, Capa told AFP in a telephone interview from Cebu.

“For the most part, he keeps to himself in his rooms, in hotels or apartments,” Capa said, adding that the woman bought food and other supplies for him.

A HOME BOY GEEK WITH A WOMAN RUNNING AFTER HIM? TYPICAL!

The 32-year-old woman was wanted by police over an unrelated fraud case and was also arrested Friday, Capa added.

SHE’S INTO FRAUD?! MAYBE SHE TOLD HIM THE FOOD WAS HALAL!

A police intelligence officer involved in the operation said Cerantonio had also visited Mindanao, though there was no indication he had tried to recruit Filipinos to fight alongside Islamic State militants who have seized large swathes of territory in eastern Syria and in neighbouring Iraq

OH HE DID VISIT, DO WE NEED TO HEAR THIS AGAIN?

“Sometimes he mentions the Philippine government (on his website), but does not call for violence” against it, the officer added, adding that the Australian has “no overt following” in the Philippines.

AND AGAIN? HE IS NOT CALLING FOR VIOLENCE AGAINST THE PHILIPPINES

A report in The Australian newspaper last month described Cerantonio as a preacher and “one of (the Islamic State’s) most influential propagandists”, and that Australian police were planning to move against him.

The newspaper said Cerantonio called for the assassination of Western leaders in a Facebook post in December, and that a study had found one in four foreign fighters in Syria followed his Twitter account.

OK so now you’ve read it…………….

What are you thinking?

Here’s what I reckon.

THIS IS WHAT THE GUYS SUPPOSED TO HAVE DONE

  1. Used the Internet to urge people to join “jihad” in Iraq and Syria
  2. In one broadcast on his website, he called on brother Muslims to join the war in Iraq and Syria

BY THE WAY JIHAD IN ITS LITERAL FORM IS NOT ILLEGAL. http://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/religions/islam/beliefs/jihad_1.shtml

SO WHO IS HE AND WHY IS HE SO DANGEROUS?

Here’s what I picked up FROM THE MEDIA:

on 17.4.2014 the Guardian reported…

“A radical Australian preacher revealed to be using social media to encourage acts of terrorism has had his Facebook page taken down  following a Guardian investigation.

The California company confirmed it took action to remove the page following revelations that Musa Cerantonio, an Islamic preacher from west Melbourne, was urging about 12,000 subscribers to “assassinate” US politicians.”

He has variously been called…

Sydney Morning Herald: “Australian religious extremist”

Herald sun: “RADICAL Australian hate preacher”

On 2.7.2014 the SMH reported

“A firebrand Australian Muslim preacher says he is joining the ”caliphate” established by ultraviolent jihadists in the Middle East – a move that could prove a powerful magnet to would-be extremist fighters. Melbourne-born Musa Cerantonio, regarded internationally as an influential cheerleader for the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, appeared on Twitter early Wednesday morning to heap praise on the group and its announcement of a new Islamic state…………

………The case of Mr Cerantonio is particularly troubling because of his large online following and the risk that his presence in the Middle East would encourage other Australians to travel to the region…………………………………..”Insha’Allah (God-willing) I will be arriving in Ash-Sham (the Levant) very shortly, keep us in your du’a (prayers), getting ready to travel,” he wrote. ”May Allah bless and protect our Imam, our Amir, our Khalifah, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

…… Mr Cerantonio was described in a recent report by the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation at King’s College, London, as one of the three most influential preachers online. One in four foreign fighters in the Middle East followed his Twitter account, while his Facebook page was the third most ”liked” page among jihadists, the study found.

SO WHO ARE THESE DUDES WHO ARE CHECKING ACCOUNTS, THE INTERNATIONAL CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF RADICALISATION AT KING”S COLLEGE?

WHY IS THERE NO INTERNATIONAL CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF NEOCONSERVATIVE INDOCTRINATION?

Senator Brandis said he would introduce new laws to the Senate in two weeks that would reform security agencies’ powers and ensure there were no legal loopholes in the fight against terrorism.

OH WELL WE”RE SAFE THEN.

I believe Mr Cerantonio has prepared religious videos for Muslims for years in Australia, but someone has now decided he has gone too far, is too popular,  incites to much violence, and is too dangerous to have an Aussie passport.
  • Strange they want him brought back, I thought that’s what we were supposed to be scared of? (Maybe he’ll be on a secret plane to Egypt to be ‘interviewed’)
  • Strange the American’s are said to have introduced and supported this group (as with the Taliban)
  • Strange ISIS is also fighting in what Zionists see as ISRAEL’S LEVANT ?
  • Now the dude is famous…..outside his FB ‘friends’
  • Strange they have not brought back any Israeli Australian passport holders that fight with the IDF and are currently bombing the shit out of Gaza.
  • Strange no-one bothered when Israelis stole our passports for international espionage and terrorism. (Oh yeh someone at the embassy got sent home)

Meanwhile……

AUSTRALIAN [related] “ONE of Australia’s most-wanted terrorists and a suspected war criminal, Khaled Sharrouf continued to receive a taxpayer-funded disability pension months after arriving on the battlefields of Syria.”

Heres the guilt by association: DISABILITY PAYMENT?!!!!!

NOW THAT’S GOING  TO GET THE MEDIA CHANNEL CHAT ROOMS ABUZZ – PENSIONER

WHO BENEFITS?

“People are poisoned with Nationalism”…… a Bosnian man said at the memorial ceremonies of the 100th Anniversary of the assassination of Arch-Duke Ferdinand recently. He was commenting on the situation in his hometown of Sarajevo since the Balkans erupted into war 1992.

Poisoned with Nationalism?

Poisoned by whom?

QUESTION: Why are we surrounded by wars and new (or revived old, indeed ancient) wedges that splice human groups apart by detonating sleeping bygone animosities and difference within communities?

ANSWER: Because of the protected few who benefit from instilling fear and making war.

Introducing……………. New Tribalism performing hand in hand with Lets have a War

{Thank-you to the 70’s US Punk band Fear (also covered so beautifully by A Perfect Circle)}.

We have failed to passionately get behind a universally supported agenda on behalf of ALL humanity recognising we live in ONE world. New Tribalism has arrived, driven and supported by war beneficiaries on the wave of incredible advancement in human communication and knowledge. Its purpose is to destroy any communal opportunities that could derive from these advancements.  Most importantly the opportunity to be one humanity in one fair, just compassionate world.

There are people who would pit one person or group against the other to support their own agenda and weaken or remove any possible opposition. What can we do to reign them back?

CHALLENGE THE MYTHS

When I worked in the arena of providing supports to victims of sexual assaults, our strategy for community and staff education was to enlighten people about the dynamics of sexual assault to challenge dominant myths about (among other things), perpetrators being ‘mad’ and victims ‘asking for it’ or being ‘damaged goods’.

The first thing we would do would be to brainstorm what we had heard about sexual assault. A brainstorm produced the myths- ‘she asked for it’, she was drunk, a prostitute, looking provocative etc etc….victim blaming, dominant ideology.

Then facts – accurate data on sexual assaults that challenged myths of abusers being ‘strangers’, crazy,  ‘led on’, etc etc…..

We would then ask……….In the light of what you now know  WHO DOES PERPETUATION OF THE MYTH BENEFIT?

This question,”Who benefits?’ is everywhere outside the “free TV” standard newspaper disinformation media. On-line journalism is questioning the ‘party line’ the dominant diatribe…

Some examples:

Who’s benefiting from a never-ending Mideast peace ‘process?’

http://www.jonathan-cook.net/blog/2014-06-29/how-to-explain-chomsky-fans-media-glory/

When would Dick Cheney and Hillary Clinton have the same agenda of undermining Syria?

http://www.globalresearch.ca/americas-nonconventional-war-against-syria-western-media-narrative-enters-into-comedy-act/5388953

There is a wave of on-line journalism recognising the trappings of a False Flag or Psyop  embedded in the  current escalation of War on Gaza by Israel. The smell of planned timed and orchestrated manoeuvres as with the US invasion of Iraq. This time perpetrated by the Netenyahu government. Again the UN is impotent.

LETS LOOK AT THE OPERATIONAL HISTORY

The last three ‘operations’ Israel has launched on Gaza are presented below with the death tolls of respective Army and civilians

ISRAELI OPERATIONS AND RESULTANT DEATHS Israeli ArmyIDF Israeli Civilians Palestinian Soldiers Palestinian civilians
Dec 2008 Operation Cast Lead22 day offensive Check Link 6 3 491 926
Nov 2012 – Pillar of Cloud8 day offensive Check Link 2 4 53 107
July 2014 Operation Protective Edge Check link 500 targets hit to date

So we can see from the numbers of dead for the two previous ‘operations’ that 15 Israelis died and at least 1577 Palestinians. A disproportionate number of more than 100 Palestinians for every Israeli. The number is one tenth of that considered in prisoner exchange deals. http://edition.cnn.com/2011/10/17/world/meast/israel-prisoner-swap-explainer/

On the current carnage, Israeli press states that Israel has destroyed ‘more targets in the last 36hrs than during the whole operation of 2012’.

This latest Israeli onslaught has been launched in the wake of the ‘kidnappings’ and deaths of 3 Israeli youths.  Lets review the information on that:

12.6.2014

  • Three Israeli youths abducted  somewhere in the occupied West Bank -They are; Naftali Frenkel (16, from Nof Ayalon), Gilad Shaer (16, from Talmon), and Eyal Yifrah (19, from Elad).
  • A ‘gag order’ is issued by Shin Bet (Israeli Intelligence) on any  information regarding the matter.
  • Netenyahu immediately accuses Hamas (democratically-elected party of Palestinians throughout the occupied territories.)
  • Hamas is silent on the matter (given the value of prisoners for the purpose of exchange you would think if they had anything to do with the kidnap they would look to the exchange option given so many of their people are gaoled in Israeli prisons.)

Israel activates :

  • The “Search” over the entire occupied West Bank
  • Arrests of around 600 ‘Hamas members’  accused of kidnapping and beaten up
  • Around 2100 Palestinian homes trashed by IDF
  • 7 Palestinians reported killed in ‘operation’

Israel implicates Gaza by mere association:

  • Heightened daily air strikes commence on Gaza (under blockade since Sept 2006)
  • Gaza Government appeals to UN for relief
  • UN responds by condemning the kidnappings rather than massive abuses of Palestinians by IDF urging “all parties to show restraint” (GR)

15.6.2014

Israeli government had informed members of the press around June 15th that it was aware the students had been killed, 15 days before the public is informed or the bodies apparently found.

30.6.2014

  • The youths bodies are reportedly found

1.7.2014

  • Gag order removed
  • information released on gagged info that students killed
  • information that one of the dead Israeli youths  called police at 22:30 on the night they were taken and was on the line 49 seconds -he said he was being kidnapped and sound like possibly several shots was heard this call was not acted upon.
  • His father called police 5hrs later at 3:30am to report missing son
  • 54 calls later IDF and Shin Bet involved

7.7.2014

  •  IDF struck 50 targets throughout the Gaza Strip – 47 hit by Israel Air Force 3 by Israeli Navy off the coast of Gaza.

“We are entering into a long operation,” a senior IDF source said. “We are only at the start. Patience is required. We are preparing further steps and a gradual expansion of our order of battle,” the source said, referring to a growing presence of Ground Forces deployed to the Gaza Border…..

….The IDF is currently gathering intelligence ahead of its next wave of strikes, according to the source. In recent hours, Hamas fired rockets at Kiryat Malachi, and at Kibbutz Ein Hashlosha in the Eshkol region. (THE JERUSALEM POST FAILS TO GIVE ANY RESULTS OF THESE ROCKET ATTACKS)

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In the past 36 hours, we destroyed more than what was destroyed during all of Operation Pillar of Defense, and many targets were areas where senior Hamas commanders operate,” the source said. “There’s not a single Hamas brigade commander who has a home to go back to.”
Leading the offensive against Hamas are the IAF, the IDF Southern Command and the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency), which are working in synergy, he continued.
“We are mainly working with the ‘knock on the roof’ approach,” he said, in which homes that terrorists are using receive calls from the army warning civilians to leave before the IDF strikes.
Referring to the IAF attack on the home of a senior Islamic Jihad member, which killed him and family members in the southern Gaza Strip on Tuesday, the source said the family had been warned to get out and had done so, but had returned just before the IAF missile hit.
“We had an error with the family in Khan Yunis. They were told to leave, they returned, and the missile was already on the way. It was too late,” the source said.

Addressing the air force’s efforts to destroy Hamas’s long-range rocket arsenal, the source said, “We are attacking what we know about, and are attacking where we can operate. We won’t attack a hospital that has long-range rockets in it.”

http://www.jpost.com/LandedPages/PrintArticle.aspx?id=362122

There is a strike on Gaza each 4-5 minutes http://www.timesofisrael.com/operation-protective-edge-israel-hamas-day-4/

ON THE PALESTINIAN FEELING TOWARDS THE PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY IN THE WEST BANK

Lia Tarachansky an Israeli-Russian journalist with The Real News Network reporting on Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories provides the additional information that: See Link

  •  A former minister of the Palestinian Authority had stones and shoes thrown at him at the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem.
  • Protests on the streets of the West Bank and Gaza against the way the Palestinian Authority has handled this situation.
  • In Jenin refugee camp in the northern West Bank, one group–the al-Aqsa Brigade, most likely–has opened fire on a PA security chief.
  • The rage against the Palestinian Authority by the Palestinians has really reached unprecedented levels.

And further from  Lia Tarachansky on 7.7.2014

“Yesterday they (IDF) killed a senior official in the Hamas Party, and as a result, for the first time since November 2012, since the last war we had here, the Hamas Party launched a rocket against southern Israel”….

“So we’re seeing here that there’s a very intentional campaign of agitation. There was one soldier who leaked to the Orthodox paper Behadrey Haredim that there was actually snipers in the Jenin refugee camp who were trying to shoot people to instigate stone throws. So we’re seeing that the government is intentionally trying to instigate a third intifada, which will then legitimate a very wide violent campaign against the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.”

FALSE FLAG? A number of these details point to playing with the truth and manipulating events in order to justify another fully fledged attack on Palestinian people. Who would do such a thing?

4.7.2014 http://www.globalresearch.ca/were-the-three-settler-kidnappings-an-israeli-false-flag-operation/5389791

“Evidence that came to light after Israel removed its gag order on information regarding the June 12 kidnapping and murder of three Jewish Israeli students suggests that it could have been an Israeli government operation that was intentionally used to punish Hamas and break up the new Palestinian unity government.”

 NETENYAHU’S BIG FAT ZIONIST AGENDA

Jewish people are chosen by god with a right to the land of Israel. Not as it stood in 1948 nor as it stands now, but its real borders encompass Israel, Gaza, Occupied territories in Palestine and Syria, Lebanon, Iraq Syria, Egypt and Jordan. As Genesis states “….from the brook of Egypt to the Euphrates”

http://www.globalresearch.ca/greater-israel-the-zionist-plan-for-the-middle-east/5324815

NETENYAHU’S Mini AGENDA

  1. Fuel the Israeli streets with hatred – POISON WITH NATIONALISM
  2. Weaken Hamas and further destroy Gaza = Blame Hamas for the abduction and murder of the three students and bomb Gaza indiscriminately
  3. Destroy Palestinian Unity= The threat is that peace talks WILL happen= make sure they cant.
  4. Secure ALL Jerusalem for Israel= legislation passed in the Knesset to block return of East Jerusalem to the Palestinians.

BELIEVE THE FACTS, CHALLENGE THE MYTHS

I leave you with Scott Creighton’s well crafted post

http://willyloman.wordpress.com/2014/07/10/imagine-a-photo-essay-for-gaza/[/

 

RE…FOUL…E…MENT

The latest news about the return of a boatload of asylum seekers being returned to their place of departure Sri Lanka through some sea swap by the Australian Navy and the Sri Lankan Navy is an obvious escalation of the activities of the Abbott government regarding refugee policy –

Julian Burnside, QC. is reported as saying ”If a person is screened out by those four cursory questions and if the person is a refugee then we will be guilty of refoulement.”

What is Refoulement?

As signatories to the famed refugee convention (that was held so high when discussing what countries would be suitable to engage in “partnered incarceration” of asylum seekers) we are obligated to adhere to the principle of  non-refoulement.

“The principle of non-refoulement prevents the transfer of persons from one state to another if they face a risk of violations of certain fundamental rights. This principle is found – with some variations as to the persons it protects and the risks it protects from – in refugee law, extradition treaties, international humanitarian law and international human rights law. “

The current Abbott govt. obviously thinks it’s so clever that 4 questions over the phone to a distressed person in an overcrowded leaky boat covers its proverbial on this point and that international agreements do nothing if governments choose to ignore or defy them.

The question of refoulement was raised in the Rwandan situation as any person who can legitimately claim refugee status is protected from refoulement. The UNHCR believed it should err on the side of its protection mandate rather than send people who may be securing safe have in the camps to escape their own genocidal contribution. They did this for two years until the Rwandan Army struck the camps and forced people back across the border.

Previously, most instances of refoulement involved individuals fleeing across an international border, or, in some cases, moving on to a third country, and claiming that, were they sent home, they would face persecution. An Iraqi Kurd arriving at the Frankfurt airport and being sent home, a Haitian making her way to Miami in a leaky boat and being towed back to Port-au-Prince by a U.S. Coast Guard cutter—these are the instances of refoulement over which international law has some intellectual and moral purchase. In this context, it is possible to talk about the requirements for what constitutes “persecution” within the meaning of the refugee convention; in practice, these requirements differ in interpretation from country to country, but in principle any person who can legitimately claim refugee status is protected from refoulement. Only when a person ceases to be a refugee does the rule against refoulement cease to apply. The real debate is when a refugee gets the right. Are illegal aliens covered? Some countries believe they are; others do not. Does a person have to enter a country officially to get refugee status and the accompanying protection against refoulement? Again, the opinions of international lawyers and governments differ.

What became clear in Goma was that in instances of mass migration—where children and murderers arrive in a great mass, and separating them is neither easy nor safe—the law is very hard to use, and harder still to use appropriately. Nobody in those camps wanted to return to Rwanda; many had killed before, and there was no reason to suppose they would not kill again.

For UNHCR, it was better to err on the side of maintaining its protection mandate and the prohibition against refoulement than to send back people who feared persecution in a Rwanda where power had changed hands; even if doing so meant, in practical terms, allowing mass murderers to claim the rights of innocent refugees. For those who wanted the Rwandan crisis to be brought to a close, and saw in the refugee camps little more than a safe haven for those who had perpetrated the genocide and their dependents, the prohibition against refoulement seemed like madness.

For two years, UNHCR’s view prevailed. Then, the Rwandan Army struck at the camps. Most refugees were forced back across the border. It was an unhappy solution to a problem for which legal definitions of refugee status and legal prohibitions against refoulement only serve as poor guides.

– See more at: http://www.crimesofwar.org/a-z-guide/refoulement/#sthash.VpQMm47L.dpuf

Previously, most instances of refoulement involved individuals fleeing across an international border, or, in some cases, moving on to a third country, and claiming that, were they sent home, they would face persecution. An Iraqi Kurd arriving at the Frankfurt airport and being sent home, a Haitian making her way to Miami in a leaky boat and being towed back to Port-au-Prince by a U.S. Coast Guard cutter—these are the instances of refoulement over which international law has some intellectual and moral purchase. In this context, it is possible to talk about the requirements for what constitutes “persecution” within the meaning of the refugee convention; in practice, these requirements differ in interpretation from country to country, but in principle any person who can legitimately claim refugee status is protected from refoulement. Only when a person ceases to be a refugee does the rule against refoulement cease to apply. The real debate is when a refugee gets the right. Are illegal aliens covered? Some countries believe they are; others do not. Does a person have to enter a country officially to get refugee status and the accompanying protection against refoulement? Again, the opinions of international lawyers and governments differ.

What became clear in Goma was that in instances of mass migration—where children and murderers arrive in a great mass, and separating them is neither easy nor safe—the law is very hard to use, and harder still to use appropriately. Nobody in those camps wanted to return to Rwanda; many had killed before, and there was no reason to suppose they would not kill again.

For UNHCR, it was better to err on the side of maintaining its protection mandate and the prohibition against refoulement than to send back people who feared persecution in a Rwanda where power had changed hands; even if doing so meant, in practical terms, allowing mass murderers to claim the rights of innocent refugees. For those who wanted the Rwandan crisis to be brought to a close, and saw in the refugee camps little more than a safe haven for those who had perpetrated the genocide and their dependents, the prohibition against refoulement seemed like madness.

For two years, UNHCR’s view prevailed. Then, the Rwandan Army struck at the camps. Most refugees were forced back across the border. It was an unhappy solution to a problem for which legal definitions of refugee status and legal prohibitions against refoulement only serve as poor guides.

– See more at: http://www.crimesofwar.org/a-z-guide/refoulement/#sthash.VpQMm47L.dpuf

http://www.crimesofwar.org/a-z-guide/refoulement/

There are also lawyer disputes about whether you actually have to enter a country to be officially recognised as applying for refugee status to be considered for protection against refoulement. Ethics do not exist, it comes down to ‘can we get away with this?’ Remember politicians and lawyers are often one and the same.

We are aware of the issues that have beset the Tamils in Sri-Lanka for many years and the calls for an end to their persecution………..

See Oct 2012 Crikey: http://www.crikey.com.au/2012/10/17/why-tamils-still-flee-war-ravaged-sri-lanka/

and recent May 2014 New Indian Express: http://www.newindianexpress.com/cities/bangalore/Sri-Lankan-Tamils-Are-Still-Being-Persecuted-Author/2014/05/12/article2219883.ece

Now, a Question about those four elusive questions asked of the people in the boat:

How come just asking four questions over the phone is now enough to determine any legitimate refugee status claim when previously the bureaucracy in so many cases has taken years of incarceration, investigation and injustice to determine anything as complex as refugee applications in Australia?

 

BLAIR – when will he be redundant and unemployable?

On the news that Tony is to be Al Sisi’s advisor I am applying for work. Not that connecting the two in any way suggests I see myself as the preferred option to advise Al Sisi!

However I do think this appointment should remove any future international roles Tony aspires to from becoming a reality.

http://willyloman.wordpress.com/2014/07/02/tarpley-and-cartalucci-meet-al-sisis-new-economic-adviser-tony-blair/#more-30343

It fits really that Tony should find himself advising a military dictator who came to power in the wake of NATony and George’s attempts at Middle East realignment, Egypt’s spring of global warming, the Muslim Brotherhood’s 15 minutes of fame and the Egyptian people’s return to the safety of their army.

As explained in the Mother Jones article entitled “What is the Muslim Brotherhood and Will It Take Over Egypt?”, the author Eric Draister explains….. “The Muslim Brotherhood served as a battering ram against nationalists and communists, despite the Brothers’ Islam-based anti-imperialism, the group often ended up making common cause with the colonial British. It functioned as an intelligence agency, infiltrating left-wing and nationalist groups.”

http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2011/02/what-is-the-muslim-brotherhood

Eric Draister states “This indisputable fact, that the Muslim Brotherhood functioned, even its early days, as a de facto arm of Western intelligence, is critical to understanding its development and current political power.” The agenda of the west was clear then and is now if we ask……who’s agenda does this serve……Draister  states “the Muslim Brotherhood would serve as a battering ram against nationalists and communists. Despite the Brothers’ Islam-based anti-imperialism, the group often ended up making common cause with the colonial British. It functioned as an intelligence agency, infiltrating left-wing and nationalist groups. But it was also fiercely independent, at times clashing violently with the ruling authorities.”

http://www.globalresearch.ca/unmasking-the-muslim-brotherhood-syria-egypt-and-beyond/5315406

Two completely separate concepts come to mind about this latest Blair move:

1. Why is it always blokes who seem to pitch above their weight with job applications?

2. Does anyone remember that the 1982 Hama ‘massacre’ resurrected  by the western media in 2011 (to inform us how bad Syria’s human rights history was under Bashar Al Assad’s dad Haffez) was about Haffez Al  Assad’s crushing of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Salafist agenda in Syria?

“People get away with War Crimes” says Robert Fisk, “there’s a lot of hypocrisy behind all this” I will take Fisk’s comment and uncelubriously attach it to the current situation on the thought that his comments still stand in relation to the current topic of Blair advising Sisi, I hope Mr Fisk, you don’t mind.

So in the wake of tri-slogans, political subterfuge, religion thoroughly mixed with middle eastern and western politics, it’s so hard to get behind anyone these days.

My addition then to the tri-slogan values rants – ‘leave well alone’,  ‘live and let live’ and ‘eat drink and be merry!’