Bahrain: Journalist Faces Prosecution, Travel Ban

(Beirut) – A Bahrain prosecutor on July 17, 2016, charged a correspondent for a French media outlet with violating the country’s licensing law for journalists, Human Rights Watch said today. The criminal charges against the journalist, Nazeeha Saeed, who has covered Bahrain’s domestic unrest for France 24 since 2009, violate her right to free expression and further undermines media freedom in Bahrain.

Bahraini journalist Nazeeha Saeed conducts an interview in Manama, Bahrain, August 26, 2014. © 2014 EPA

Bahraini journalist Nazeeha Saeed conducts an interview in Manama, Bahrain, August 26, 2014

The authorities charged Saeed with working for foreign media without a license. United Nations human rights experts have stated that state licensing of journalists inherently violates freedom of expression. Saeed is also one of 23 people subjected to travel bans since the start of June. They include human rights lawyers and activists, trade union leaders, teachers’ and nurses’ representatives, and the president of the Bahrain chapter of Transparency International.

“Bahrain is making criminals of anyone who criticizes the government’s increasingly repressive policies,” said Joe Stork, deputy Middle East director at Human Rights Watch. “Any government that claims to support press freedom needs to speak out loud and clear in support of Nazeeha Saeed.”

Saeed was only informed of the travel ban at the airport on June 29, when she attempted to leave Bahrain. She told Human Rights Watch that she has been unable to challenge the ban because she has not been able to find out the reason for it or by which ministry it was imposed. That would make the travel ban arbitrary.

A public prosecutor charged Saeed, on July 17, with violating article 88 of Bahrain’s press law, which states that correspondents for foreign media can only operate with a license from the Information Affairs Authority. The law requires renewing the license every year, and provides for a fine of 1,000 Bahraini dinars (US$2,650) for non-compliance.

On July 20, the Information Affairs Authority issued a statement saying it had warned Saeed several times that her license had expired, but failed to say that it had refused her attempt to renew it. Human Rights Watch has seen a copy of a letter that the agency sent to one of Saeed’s employers on June 16, 2016, which cites “the unsatisfactory evaluation of her performance by our specialists” as the reason for not renewing the license. Another journalist based in Bahrain, who requested anonymity, told Human Rights Watch that the agency has refused during 2016 to renew the licenses of at least two other journalists who had been working for foreign media.

Bahrain is making criminals of anyone who criticizes the government’s increasingly repressive policies. Any government that claims to support press freedom needs to speak out loud and clear in support of Nazeeha Saeed.

Joe Stork

Deputy Middle East Director

Saeed, a Bahraini citizen, has worked as a journalist for foreign media in Bahrain since 2004. In 2011 she told investigators from the Bahraini Independent Commission of Inquiry, an international panel appointed by the king to review the government’s response to widespread protests that year, that she had witnessed security forces fatally shooting a 61-year old protestor at close range during anti-government demonstrations.

Security forces subsequently detained her and, she told Human Rights Watch, accused her of working with Iranian television as part of a terrorist cell that sought to overthrow the ruling regime and of filing false media stories. Saeed testified in court that during this interrogation she was subjected to serious physical abuse, including being slapped, hit with fists, kicked, and struck with a hose. She filed a criminal complaint against the security officers she said were responsible but, in November 2015, the Justice Ministry said there was “insufficient evidence” to prosecute them.

On June 29, when Saeed arrived at Manama airport to travel to Berlin, Interior Ministry officials told her that she was subject to a travel ban and could not leave Bahrain. She told Human Rights Watch that the officials were not able to give her any reason for the ban or tell her who imposed it or on what basis. She tried later that day to leave the country via the causeway that links Bahrain to Saudi Arabia, but Interior Ministry officials there told her the same thing. In the days that followed, officials from the Criminal Investigations Directorate and the Office of the Public Prosecutor told her that there were no open cases against her.

Other Bahrainis facing similar arbitrary travel bans since the beginning of June include Mohamed al-Tajer, a human rights lawyer; Abdulnabi al-Ekry, a rights activist; Jalila al-Salman, the former vice-president of the dissolved Bahrain Teacher’s Society; Rula al-Saffar, a nurse and human rights activist; and Mohamed Sharaf, the president of the Bahraini chapter of Transparency International.

Article 12(3) of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which Bahrain has ratified, states that the right of any person to leave their country, provided for in article 12(2), can only be restricted if necessary to protect “national security, public order (ordre public), public health or morals or the rights and freedoms of others,” or if the restriction is “consistent with the other rights recognized in the present Covenant.” The Human Rights Committee, the UN body of experts that interprets the covenant, has stated that state licensing or registration of individual journalists violates freedom of expression.

“Bahrain’s repressive tendencies clearly illustrate why governments should have no role in saying who should be allowed to practice journalism,” Stork said.

(Source / 25.07.2016)


Who else ordered the burning of the  NATO military base yesterday, if not Erdogan?

The Khazarian Mafia suffered a major blow in the Middle East as Turkey pivots to Russia and BRICS at large. This is the only conclusion that can be derived from the recent arson attack at the US Embassy in the country, after the failed CIA instigated military coup against the Erdogan government.

“A massive fire erupted near a NATO base in western Turkey. Authorities are investigating the fire as a possible act of anti-American sabotage.

The inferno started on Sunday evening in western Turkey. The fire blew through the grassy wooded area and is now perilously near NATO’s military base pushed forward by strong winds.”

The Yeni Safak newspaper printed a picture of a US military commander it claims led the attempt to overthrow the Erdogan government only hours before a massive blaze broke out near a NATO base.

Brand basis Turkije

Brand basis Turkije1

Earlier, we have posted a very reliable intelligence report about Russia’s timely assistance to Erdogan’s government to the impending military coup that could have toppled his government. This is in reciprocity to the Turkish apology for the downed Russian jetfighter late last year.

We are not discounting the possibility that the Erdogan government could be playing both sides of the conflict, for its own survival post Daesh Islamic State link expose by Putin himself.

Objectively, Erdogan may not have ordered the shooting down of one Sukhoi Su-24 warplane late last year due to the unclear position of the US government, i.e. the White House is still supporting Kurdish militias who are working against the Turkish government, while the CIA is in bed with Daesh Islamic State that Erdogan was also playing with at the height of the ISIS oil smuggling in Syria and Iraq.

It’s only the CIA which has the full motivation to sabotage the situation in Syria by attacking Russian warplanes at the time, sacrificing their pawn Turkey in the process.

To put it simply, the US government is working both sides of the Middle East conflict, and in particular, even within its supposed ally, the Turkish government, i.e. by supporting the Kurds separatist movements against Turkey, and by the CIA training and funding of the Daesh terrorists just to weaken and keep Turkey under its thumb.

The problem is that, now the pawn is launching its own brand of geopolitical countermoves by talking to Russia, and pit the latter directly with the CFR controlled White House, Nazionists controlled CIA, disintegrating EU, and the war freaks in NATO.

Most notably, the speed at which Putin accepted Turkey’s official apology suggests a prearranged mediation talks between the two countries, and a possible sharing of critical intelligence exchanges pertaining to CIA operations in the region, and in the European theater.

By playing his cards right, Erdogan not only gainfully reasserted his government’s political grip at home, but have also undermined NATO’s clout in the entire Middle East region.

This doesn’t mean, however, that Erdogan is already off the hook, considering the massive division plaguing the country between the secularists and Islamic fundamentalists. The massive purge that is currently underway on the entire Turkish society is keeping everyone on the edge.

One thing is for sure though. Erdogan has a big chance of turning this thing around if he plays it right. But if he tries to overplay his Putin card this time around, he might lose it before he knows.

The bigger picture is the massive defeat of the Khazarian Mafia in all  geopolitical and finance realms, and theaters of the hybrid WW3, i.e.

  • Middle East for losing Turkey to Russia, and for the current Libyan government to severe its ties with France by shooting down the latter’s military helicopter killing three soldiers on board;
  • South China Sea for the impending backdoor China-Philippine negotiations;
  • EU for losing UK through Brexit.

Japan, meanwhile, is still walking on a tight rope especially with regards to the US military base in Okinawa. On the other hand, both sides of the Korean peninsula remain a hotspot where the KM could throw a monkey wrench in the region.

Aside from the fiat monetary scam and bloodsoaked petrodollar, another significant source of funds for the Nazionist Khazarian Mafia is the “healthcare” industry which registered a whopping $3.09 trillion in 2014, and is projected to soar to $3.57 trillion in 2017, in the US alone. We believe that this is just a conservative figure.

(Source / 25.07.2016)

Hamas slams the government for cutting off allocations in Gaza

GAZA, (PIC)– Islamic Resistance Movement, Hamas, slammed the consensus government for cutting off the payments allocated for 1,297 poor families in Gaza Strip. Hamas’s spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri opined, in a statement on Monday, that this decision comes in line with the discrimination policy against the people of the Gaza Strip. It indicates the government’s involvement in Gaza Siege, he said. Hamas called on the Palestinian government to halt such decisions which have become a constant policy.  The government headed by Rami al-Hamdallah on Sunday blocked the Ministry of Social Affairs’ payments allocated for 1,297 poor families in the Gaza Strip without informing the ministry branch in Gaza.

(Source / 25.07.2016)

Israel Lines Its Pockets With Palestinian Aid — And The US Helps Israel Keep It That Way


Complicity with Israel’s occupation and corruption in Mr. Abbas’ PA play into another major roadblock on Palestine’s path to recovery: International funds meant for reconstruction efforts in Gaza and other forms of humanitarian aid are routinely diluted by Israel.

A Palestinian boy looks from his family's destroyed house at workers rebuild a house which was destroyed during the last summer's Israeli bombardment of Gaza City on Thursday, July 23, 2015.

A Palestinian boy looks from his family’s destroyed house at workers rebuild a house which was destroyed during the last summer’s Israeli bombardment of Gaza City on Thursday, July 23, 2015

KITCHENER, Ontario — (Analysis) From severely limited water supplies to a blockade on even the most basic supplies, Israel’s continued illegal occupation of Palestine has destroyed even the most basic infrastructure Palestinians need to survive, forcing residents of Gaza and the West Bank to struggle through a humanitarian disaster.

This was intensified in 2014 during Israel’s most recent genocidal attack on the Gaza Strip, which left over 2,000 Palestinians dead and over 100,000 homeless. During that onslaught, Operation Protective Edge, Israeldeliberately targeted Gaza’s infrastructure, destroying factories and plants that posed no threat to the occupation.

In September 2015, The United Nations’ Roberto Valent estimated that, at the current rate, it will take 30 years to rebuild Gaza, not to mention the estimated $7.8 billion required to fund those efforts.

Now, just two years later, the unemployment rate in Palestine has neared an astronomical 27 percent, andOxfam International operates a food voucher program that assists 71,000 people in Gaza alone.

And while the chief reason for Palestinian suffering is the brutal, illegal occupation of Israel there are a number of other compounding factors found in the deeply corrupt Palestinian Authority under Mahmoud Abbas.

In March, Mondoweiss reported that Mr. Abbas refused an opportunity to construct new electricity lines that would have supported the power sector in Gaza, where residents have electricity for just a few hours each day.

Ongoing “security cooperation” between Israel and the PA is another example of Mr. Abbas’ complicity in Palestinian suffering. There is also strong evidence that the PA shares information with Israel to prevent armed resistance to the occupation.

This complicity and corruption in Mr. Abbas’ PA plays into another major roadblock on Palestine’s path to recovery: International funds meant for reconstruction efforts in Gaza and other forms of humanitarian aid are routinely diluted by Israel.

Israel: A sieve for aid money intended for Palestine

Last month, the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research, which regularly polls Palestinians on a range of issues, including their perception of corruption within the PA, reported that 80 percent perceive corruption and 52 percent view the PA as a burden.

An April report by Haaretz highlighted Palestinians’ long-standing grievances with the puppet government headed by Mr. Abbas and controlled by Israel and the United States:

“Outright theft of public funds, receiving of bribes and other favors in return for services, hugely inflated salaries and favors paid to senior NGO officials and high-level political interference in the replacement of senior civil servants.”

Monies donated to various NGOs operating in Palestine do not always reach their ultimate destination. This generally occurs for one of two reasons: corruption within the Palestinian government or theft by the Israeli government.

Keith Mathias-O'Chez, an inspector of building materials for the U.N. Relief and Works Agency, visits one of seven mixing concrete factories that are responsible for preparing the concrete for the U.N. projects in the Gaza Strip.

Keith Mathias-O’Chez, an inspector of building materials for the U.N. Relief and Works Agency, visits one of seven mixing concrete factories that are responsible for preparing the concrete for the U.N. projects in the Gaza Strip.

Over a five-year period, Rafiq al-Natsheh, chairman of the Palestinian Anti-Corruption Commission, recovered $70 million in state money which officials used to strike profitable deals abroad. While Al-Natsheh said tens of millions are still missing, he also refuted allegations that the missing monies total into the hundreds of millions. So the issue of corruption within Palestine, under the watchful eyes of the spineless Mr. Abbas, is significant, but it still isn’t the biggest component of the problem.

The main challenge to funding the needs of the Palestinians is caused by Israel. That apartheid nationdemands that all aid to Palestine go through Israel. Therefore, such things as taxes, transportation costs and many other “fees” reduce the amount of aid that actually reaches Palestine, while enriching the occupiers.

And this causes international donations to decrease. Reuters reported in February:

“Over the past five years, direct support to the Palestinian budget from the EU and others has fallen from around $1.3 billion a year to less than $700 million, with the decline attributed in large part to frustration over money not being spent where it was intended or not being fully accounted for.”

It is interesting that while money “not being spent where it was intended or not being fully accounted for” is cause for the European Union and other entities to draw back their support, the model is not the same for the U.S. In the final report of the Commission on Wartime Contracting, which reviewed monies ostensibly spent for the reconstruction of Iraq and Afghanistan following the United States’ devastation of those countries, it is estimated that between $31 billion and $60 billion had been lost to fraud and waste. However, U.S. money still flows to Iraq.

Indeed, the occupation of Palestine is a lucrative arrangement for Israel. Mondoweiss reported in March thatIsrael periodically tests new weaponry, usually provided by the U.S., on Palestinians. Then, after the testing is done, leaving thousands of innocent Palestinians dead or maimed, the weapons are ready to be sold on the international market.

Aid subversion and unfulfilled pledges

Since all aid to Palestine must go through Israel, as the Mondoweiss report highlighted, this provides endless opportunities for “aid subversion” or “aid diversion.” That is why studies indicate that 72 percent of that money remains in Israel, never benefitting Palestinians.

Another related issue is the lack of pledge fulfillment. After the 2014 Israeli slaughter of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, the “Cairo Conference on Palestine – Reconstructing Gaza” was held on Oct. 14, 2014. Several nations pledged $5 billion — including $3.5 billion intended specifically for Gaza — to support the reconstruction of the more than 200,000 homes and businesses destroyed or damaged by Israel. Yet, as of March this year, less than half of the pledged monies had been sent.

A woman washes clothes as she sits in front of the rubble of her family house in Khuzaa, southern of Gaza Strip.

A woman washes clothes as she sits in front of the rubble of her family house in Khuzaa, southern of Gaza Strip

Donations were to be made available between 2014 and 2017, but even allowing for the donations being sent periodically, rather than all at once, they are still behind. The following table shows the pledges, monies sent and shortfall from four Arab nations as of April, the most recent date for which this information is available:

aid graph

If one looks at the $232 million that has already been sent, far short of the nearly $2 billion pledged by these four nations, and considers that Israel skims at least 70 percent off that total, the amount actually received by Palestine is less than $70 million.

One of the international arguments against universal recognition of Palestine is that it cannot be self-sustaining. Yet as Al-Jazeera reported in April:

“The Palestinian Authority is being deprived of $285m in revenues annually, the World Bank reported, attributing these losses to arrangements outlined by the Paris Protocol, the Oslo Accord-era agreement that determined the economic relationship between Israel and the Palestinians.”

The report further states that Israel is withholding $669 million in Palestinian revenue. Certainly, the influx of this money would greatly stimulate the Palestinian economy.

The 8th most powerful country in the world gets more US aid than Palestine

Israel is ranked as the eighth most powerful country in the world. Yet it still receives billions of dollars in foreign aid from the U.S. each year.

For fiscal year 2017, the U.S. has pledged $364 million to Palestine. Compare that to the proposal for foreign aid to Israel for 2017, which currently stands at $3.1 billion but could rise to as much as $4 billion. So the U.S. will give Palestine less than 10 percent of what it gives to the eighth most powerful country in the world.

And while the amount given to Israel is ever-increasing, the same is not true for Palestine. In October 2015,the U.S. reduced the $370 million promised to Palestine (less than what is pledged for 2017) to $290 million in order to send a “message” to that country in response to stabbing attacks in Jerusalem. Yet Israel kills hundreds of innocent Palestinians annually, and it continues to enjoy aid boosts from Washington.

Madi Hasanein, sits next to his son while he swings in what is left of their house in Tofah neighborhood of Gaza City. Gaza reconstruction is moving at a "snail's pace" and at this rate, it would likely take 30 years to rebuild the extensive damage from Israel's war on Gaza senior U.N. official said.

Madi Hasanein, sits next to his son while he swings in what is left of their house in Tofah neighborhood of Gaza City. Gaza reconstruction is moving at a “snail’s pace” and at this rate, it would likely take 30 years to rebuild the extensive damage from Israel’s war on Gaza senior U.N. official said

Does it not appear that perhaps the international deck is stacked against Palestine? The U.S. sends it a fraction of what it sends to Israel, and Israel steals most of it anyway.

There can be no question that Mr. Abbas is far more beneficial to the U.S. and Israel than he is to Palestine, nor can it be questioned that the U.S. enables Israel’s apartheid regime. With billions required to rebuild Gaza, pledged donations only trickling in, Mr. Abbas cooperating with Israel, and the occupation continuing, the situation for Palestinians is dire.

Only when the rest of the world chooses to oppose the gross injustices that those two nations perpetrate on Palestine, will the Palestinians find peace and justice.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said that Palestine will not be a free and independent during his time in office, yet worldwide protest and condemnation appear to make it harder and harder for him to keep that promise.

(Source / 25.07.2016)

Israel Responds With Airstrike to Fire Opened From Syrian Territory

The Israeli army’s spokesman Lt. Col. Peter Lerner said that Tel Aviv responded with airstrike to shelling of the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights from the Syrian territory.

TEL AVIV (Sputnik) — Tel Aviv responded with airstrike to shelling of the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights from the Syrian territory, the Israeli army’s spokesman Lt. Col. Peter Lerner said on Monday.

“Indiscriminate fire targeted wasteland close to the border fence in the central part of the Golan Heights. There was no injuries. In response the Israeli Air Forces bombed the source of fire in Syria,” Lerner said in a statement.

Several dozens of militant groups, including the outlawed in Russia and other countries Islamic State and al-Nusra Front are estimated to be involved in clashes with the Syrian government’s troops along the 50-miles long Israeli-Syrian border.

(Source / 25.07.2016)

Palestinian prisoner injured, taken to solitary confinement after prison raid

Ofer gevangenis

RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — A Palestinian prisoner reportedly injured on Monday during a raid by Israeli Prison Service in the Ofer prison, during which the forces violently beat prisoners, the Palestinian Committee of Prisoners’ Affairs said.The committee said in a statement that prisoner Malik al-Zaaqiq was taken into solitary confinement after he was beaten and injured during the raid in Section 15 of Ofer prison, which is known as “the national unity section” as it gathers Palestinian prisoners of different political affiliations, as opposed to most sections in Israeli prisons.The committee added that fifty Palestinian prisoners had announced that they would go on hunger on Tuesday to express solidarity with hunger-striking prisoners Bilal Kayid, Muhammad and Mahmoud Balboul, Malik al-Qadi, and Ayyad Hreimi.The statement added that “large numbers of prisoners” were planning to start an open hunger strike to support the hunger strikers.Dozens of Palestinian prisoners have launched hunger strikes in recent weeks to protest the Israeli policy of administrative detention — internment without charge or trial or charges.Kayid, a member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) entered his 42th day without food on Monday, in one of the most high-profile hunger strikes against administrative detention since Palestinian journalist Muhammad al-Qiq came near death during a 94-day hunger strike before he was finally released in May.According to prisoners’ rights group Addameer, 7,000 Palestinians were being held by Israel as of May, 715 of whom were held in administrative detention.

(Source / 25.07.2016)

Turkey: Algerian and Egyptian scenarios failed

Turkey coup suppressed

Turkey coup suppressed

Turkey: Algerian and Egyptian Scenarios Failed. A Turkish model that today excelled to end demo-ctatorship mentality, and establish a working democracy in Turkey — ironically led by an Islamist president…

Turks cast their last democratic ballots in November, 2015 under an overcast political sky and the smell of bombs in the southern cities, Ankara and Istanbul. It had been rough months for the Turks since the landslide win of the AKParti in the early parliamentary election. President Erdoğan emerged then, once again a stronger ruse politician and tactician, presiding over the country since summer of 2014. He decided to reform the constitutional attributes, arguing for a presidential system in the new Turkish Second Republic.

All the analysts know that the army is still the Republic itself, despite the timid political change that President Erdoğan has been trying to purge. His domestic and external detractors and ideological opponents reproach Erdoğan for acting like a tyrant and an Ottoman Sultan since he entered Beştepe Palace in Ankara.

However, the head of the beast Turkey’s military regime fell after the emergence in 2002 of theAKParti, a neo-Islamist party and a solid and determinant political player in country post-military regimes — hence the birth of a Turkish democratic model. Yet, the regime and the creation of a parallel state remained intact; despite the counterattack from Erdoğan to marginalize or expel them from sensitive circles of the State’s institutions, like the Police, Education and Justice.

Last night’s failed putsch, a scenario was a reminder of the lines from the Algerian and Egyptian generals’ 1992 and 2013 coups when they sent President-General Ben Djeddid into forced retirement and put  a democratically-elected President Dr. Morsi in jail. At that time the generals had the support of the West to stop the democratic process and rule the country after the coup, but Washington at that time applied either “radio silence” or the “musical chairs dance” approach.

In response to last night’s failed coup, President Obama waited two hours before making  a statement, “…calling to respect the Turkish democratically-elected government and president.”

There are some similarities between last night’s failed coup and those military coups in Egypt and Algeria. These three countries have armies that have been in power since they gained it, and their armies have appointed presidents of their own. Turkey had four coups, Egypt one but never left the power, and so Algeria. High-ranking Turkish military, like their Egyptian and Algerian counterparts, reverted to ghost C.E.O.s controlling the economy of the nation à la rus(s)e.

The three armies are the core of the societal and political structure of their respective countries and serve as referee in the political process.

Thus in Algeria for instance, people are not really fed up with army rule, despite the fact that they do not trust them, but they regard them as less evil or, simply, bear the “why should I care” attitude. As for military accountability, the Algerian army excelled in saving the country and making it sound for the people at the end of Algerian institutions.

Erdogan video denounces coup July 16, 2016

Erdogan video denounces coup July 16, 2016. Erdogan Facetime video

Yet, the Egyptian army looked to their counterparts in Algiers’ 1992 scenario that led to the July, 2013 coup against Egyptians’ will. This was not going to be the end of Egypt’s political institutions, but it made it look like the “Pakistan” of the region. Some Egyptians looked at Turkey of the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s, to the point, until 1997 against an Islamist democratically-elected government led by Dr. Premier Neçmettin Erbakhan.

Premier Erbakhan later was seen as the founding father of neo-Islamism in Turkey and the Muslim world in general, and President Erdoğan and his predecessor Abdallah Gül cultivated his legacy.

In 1992 the Algerians’ argument carried some weight, unlike Egypt in 2013 and Turkey, 2016, but that does not hold today. They might play the national “unity and stability” elements, but they cannot scare the people or even the West anymore over the “Green Peril,” because what the West is facing in its cities now, Paris, Brussels, Nice and Orlando, is the nightmare of “Red Peril” from ISO.

The so-called “Green Peril” has become a major player in the post-2011 Arab revolts in light of the Arab Spring. By contrast, few Turkish, Algerian and Egyptian generals are caving in to Washington and Paris agendas, which has become clear since MENA’s domestic affairs have drastically changed since the tragedy of 9/11 and the resurrection of the Arab uprisings against social injustice and political tyranny.

The West once looked at the Islamists as a serious strategic ally in the region, notably the “Brothers in Tunisia, Egypt and virtually with the AKParti in Turkey, though President Erdoğan has become a “bad boy” leader in the eyes of the West, who want him to be a puppet with Ray-ban glasses and Francesco Samalto suits like the ones across the region.

Understandably the generals in Cairo and Algiers are not ready to share power, as in fact they have been enjoying absolute power since 1952 and in Algiers since 1962, unlike the Turkish generals, who showed some political maturity and civility like their counterparts in Spain post-Franco and Chile post-Pinochet.

Analysts in think-tanks in Turkey hoped that generals in Cairo and Algiers would be inspired by the Turkish model, a model that both parties (military-Islamists) in the new political equation seem to like. But as of last night’s failed coup, Islamists, Nationalists and Liberals didn’t look at Erdoğan’s governing stye, but to bury the putschists’ political appetite.

Even though the Egyptian and Algerian political leaders, media and elite alike do not have a healthy democratic culture like the Turkish, it is a long process in which the Turkish Islamists and liberals are showing progress that saved their President’s future — a credit to the Turkish voters, political parties (liberal and nationalist) alike, adding the media’s liberal role that all stand against the failed coup from the early hours.

Unlike in Egypt and Algeria, the so-called democratic politicians and media supported the military coups, and as a result, they lost their credibility and political identity.

Today a few generals in Turkey lost the respect that their fellow citizens held for them before last night’s face-off. In Algeria during the May, 1991 sit-in and in Egypt, the July 2013 coup, people chanted: “The army is a corrupt and a dirty hand.” Thus, last night Turks chanted: “Military in the barricades!” Hence the divorce was pronounced, because this odd couple in politics does not have the same perspective, particularly after the harsh policies of General Es-Sissi toward the Brother leaders and President-elect Dr. Morsi in the last three years.

In Egypt and Algeria, the army sees stability before change, and the people believe real reforms rhyme with real reformists. Meanwhile, the Islamists’ strategy of side-stepping à la Turque doesn’t seem to be working so far.

For better or worse, but mostly for the better of the region, a new regional order is rising: Egyptian and Algerian generals are concerned about that, i.e., the divided Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Sudan, Somalia, an uncertain Libya, and a new regional foreign policy determinant with Tel-Aviv and Tehran.

So Egyptian and Algerian generals, if they contain their egos a little bit, can look at the Turkish model that today excelled to end the “demo-ctatorship” mentality and establish a working democracy in their country — ironically led by an Islamist president.

(Source / 25.07.2016)

Imprisoned Palestinian women and girls: Teen detained over Facebook posts, injured woman denied medical care



Palestinian teen Qamar Manasra, 16, a Palestinian citizen of Israel, remains detained after she was arrested by Israeli forces who invaded her home in Reineh village on Tuesday, 19 July. Her home was ransacked and her father and two brothers assaulted. Qamar is allegedly being investigated for “incitement” for her posts on social media, specifically Facebook. Facebook “incitement” charges have been cited as the reason for arrestsof hundreds of Palestinians.

Among those accused of “incitement” for social media posts is fellow Reineh resident and Palestinian poetDareen Tatour, accused of “incitement” for posting her poetry on YouTube. Tatour has been supported byhundreds of writers around the world, including Pulitzer Prize winners and other world-renowned novelists, poets, and artists. She was imprisoned for three months and has since been held in house arrest for nine months; part of the original conditions of her house arrest included exile from her village of Reineh. Instead, her brother was forced to rent a separate apartment in Tel Aviv and her brother and sister-and-law forced to lose work in order to “guard” her 24/7. Finally, the prosecution dropped its objection to Tatour serving out her house arrest in Reineh last week; today, 25 July, her return to Reineh – still under house arrest – is expected to be approved, following significant international rpessure on the case.

Israeli military courts ordered the continued detention of Taghreed Jabara al-Faqih, 43, for 11 days at the request of the military occupation prosecutor. Her family home was stormed and invaded by occupation forces on 12 July, who smashed and ransacked the contents of the home, including the cabinets and furniture.

Taghreed’s husband, Khaled al-Faqih, said that he was shocked at the arrest of his wife, and that he and their young son, Muath, had been forbidden from seeing her since her arrest on the grounds that she is still under interrogation. Taghreed’s brother is accused of firing on Israeli occupation soldiers on 3 July.

abla-adammAsra Media also reported that wounded Palestinian prisoner Abla al-Adam, 45, from the village of Beit Ula, continues to face medical neglect that endangers her life. She cannot turn her head without severe pain, yet receives only painkillers and sedatives, rather than treatment for the causes of her pain. Al-Adam was arrested on 20 December 2015 when she was shot in the head by Israeli occupation soldiers in al-Khalil, losing her right eye and sustaining serious injury to her head and face.

She was hospitalized but moved before the completion of her treatment to HaSharon prison. Much of her care comes from her fellow women prisoners rather than from any kind of medical personnel. She was accused of having a knife at a checkpoint in al-Khalil. Al-Adam has nine children; only her minor children have been allowed to visit her, not those over the age of 18, due to “security” denials.

They are among approximately 60 Palestinian women held prisoner or under house arrest by Israeli occupation forces, mostly in HaSharon and Damon prisons.

(Source / 25.07.2016)

Anbar Conference Calls for Forming Tribal Forces

Iraq's Shi'ite paramilitaries and members of Iraqi security forces gather at North of Fallujah in province of Anbar, July 6, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer

Iraq’s Shi’ite paramilitaries and members of Iraqi security forces gather at North of Fallujah in province of Anbar, July 6, 2015

Erbil-Sheikhs of Arab tribes in Anbar province have called on the local government in Anbar province, the federal government in Baghdad and the international coalition troops to play an effective role in liberating the western regions of the province.

During a conference held on Sunday in Erbil, the sheikhs demanded that the Iraqi government forms forces composed of tribal fighters to take part in the battles.

Anbar Governor Sohaib al-Rawi said in a press conference, which was attended by Asharq Al-Awsat, that western districts are of high importance.

“The local and central governments are committed to liberating these areas and to paving the way towards the return of the displaced,” Al-Rawi added.

Member at Anbar Provincial Council Karim al-Karbouli told Asharq Al-Awsat that the Fallujah is stable and that the local government is working on returning essential services to residents.

He added that most refugees whose regions have been liberated are now back to their houses.

“Western regions are of great importance because they abut Syria thus liberating them will stop terrorist groups from entering Anbar or Mosul,” said another member at Anbar Provincial Council Asmaa Usamah Abdulrahman to Asharq Al-Awsat.

At the end of the conference, participants issued some recommendations to liberate remaining areas.

They insisted on liberating all western regions, urged the local, federal governments and international coalition troops to play a crucial role in this aspect and demanded stability in liberated areas.

The recommendations also included a request to form an official force composed of fighters from local tribes. Participants urged the tribes to unite against terrorism.

In the same context, Anbar Provincial Council member Eid al-Karbouli told Asharq Al-Awsat that up to 80 percent of Ramadi was destroyed, that’s why normal life is returning to it slowly and gradually.

(Source / 25.07.2016)