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August 08 2017

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【Twitter】 Cholera outbreak in Yemen: The shocking numbers and images.

Three months on, over 400,000 people are suspected to be ill with cholera in Yemen – with thousands more falling sick everyday.

August 07 2017

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アメリカ・ロンポール研究所「アメリカの戦争において、民間人の殺害は長い歴史がある」 - Pars Today

“ロンポール研究所のインターネットサイトは…「アメリカはなぜ、良心の呵責にさいなまれずに中東全土で民間人の殺害を続けられるのか? その答えは簡単である。これらのアメリカの兵士の祖父の世代も、第二次世界大戦で多数の民間人を殺害し、しかも当時、彼らは民間人の殺害が戦争による副次的な被害であると見せようとはせず、むしろ都市や民間人を攻撃することは、アメリカの政策の一部だった」としました”

“アメリカは、第二次世界大戦中、敵国の民間人を最大限に殺害する空爆を計画していました。例えば、通常、レンガや石でできていたヨーロッパの都市の住宅に対し、アメリカとその同盟国は、これらの住宅を破壊するため通常爆弾を使用しましたが、多くの家が木でできていた日本では、通常の爆弾では思うような効果が現れなかったため、アメリカは焼夷弾を使用していました。

アメリカ空軍は、日本の都市や農村を焼き尽くすことができるように爆弾を設計するため、ユタ州に日本の村と同じものを作りました。この実験で、アメリカ空軍は、日本の家の屋根に傾斜があり、軽量の焼夷弾の多くが屋根から下に落ちていくこと、日本の家の屋根を壊し、家の中に落ちて内側から火事を起こすためには、さらに重量の焼夷弾が必要であることを悟りました。歴史的な資料は、アメリカが、日本の木造の都市に大きな火災を引き起こす計画を、日本の真珠湾攻撃のずっと前から立てていたことを示しています。1945年3月10日、アメリカのB29戦闘機300機が、同時に東京の空を焼き尽くしました。この爆撃で、数十万人の日本人が死亡し、100万人以上が住む家を失いました。そしてアメリカは後に、これ以上に恐ろしい原爆を広島と長崎に投下しました。

朝鮮戦争でも、アメリカは、次々に爆弾を投下し、北朝鮮の人口のおよそ20%を殺害しました。ベトナム戦争でも、アメリカは、この国の多数の人々を空爆によって殺害しました”

July 28 2017

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ritsual: Ed Kashi, Damascus, Syria. Street life in the Christian Quarter of the Old City of Damascus.

July 10 2017

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I’m so tired of seeing westerners travel to Syria for five minutes only to come back to the safety of their western homes and then feel entitled to write a memoir about their time there. More Syrian voices need to be telling our story rather than westerners capitalizing on our suffering for their own selfish gain.
emesani (via We're pretty great)

July 09 2017

Saudi religious police return to streets of Riyadh

Saudi religious police return to streets of Riyadh
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/saudi-arabia-religious-police-riyadh-islam-mohammed-bin-salman-vision

Kingdom caught between desire to modernise and need to pacify ultra-conservative Islamic influences dominant in its society

#arabie_saoudite

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@sahouraxo: Syrian women (1931). Syrian women in ISIS-occupied Raqqa (2015).

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@WorIdOnAlert [Replying to @sahouraxo]: Syrian woman in Raqqa (2017)

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July 08 2017

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地域の安全を脅かすイスラエルの核兵器 - Pars Today

“シオニスト政権は現在、地域の安全にとって脅威となるあらゆる要素を保有しています。これらは、2つに分けられます。一つは占領者としての要素で、これはパレスチナを占領したことによって始まりました。そして、シオニスト政権の核問題の脅威も、重要な要素です。この問題のより重要な側面とは、なぜシオニスト政権の隠れた行動は問題とされないのか、なぜこれに関する国際社会のくり返しの要請は回答を示されないままなのかという疑問に帰結します。

実際、IAEAはシオニスト政権の違法行為に対し、常に妥協し、黙認しています。シオニスト政権があらゆる国際法規に違反し、軍事的な核計画の推進を続けていることを認める多くの証拠が存在します。これにより、地域と世界の安全保障における懸念が生じているのです”

July 01 2017

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United Nations News Centre - UN rights chief decries ‘unacceptable attack’ on Al Jazeera and other media

“Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt cut diplomatic ties with Qatar in early June. The countries last week gave Qatar 10 days to comply with a list of demands to end the diplomatic showdown, including the shutdown of Al Jazeera.

The Office of the High Commissioner (OHCHR) said the dispute has been ‘taken to a new level’ with the inclusion of some fundamental rights and freedoms in the list of demands.

‘To insist that such channels be shut down is extraordinary, unprecedented and clearly unreasonable,’ stated Mr. Colville [spokesperson for High Commissioner].

If Qatar were to comply, the move would ‘open a Pandora’s Box of powerful individual States or groups of States seriously undermining the right to freedom of expression and opinion in other States, as well as in their own,’ he added.

The High Commissioner reiterated his call that all five Governments solve the ongoing matter in a calm, reasonable and lawful manner that does not impact on their own human rights, or those of other countries.”

June 27 2017

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@ICRC: For 10 years, electricity has been restricted in Gaza to 8 hours a day. Today, most people get 2-3 hours, if they're lucky.

Reposted byseverakRekrut-K
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gulfnews.com: A Palestinian patient waits for a travel permit to cross into Egypt through the Rafah border crossing, after it was opened by Egyptian authorities for humanitarian cases, in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip.

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Gaza's cancer patients: 'We are dying slowly' | Palestine | Al Jazeera

“Before the start of the blockade in 2007, Gaza was the centre for medications, said Talha Ahmad, a chemotherapy pharmacist. He now describes his workplace at the hospital as a war zone.

‘I'm fighting everywhere, every day to have the medications required for my patients,’ Ahmad told Al Jazeera.

‘We have a big shortage in basic medications. I'm not talking about new generations of chemotherapy medications; I'm talking about old medications, used 20 years ago in the world. We have a big shortage of them here.’

In August 2016, 17 percent of cancer drugs were at zero stock - less than one month's supply on shelves - according to Medical Aid for Palestinians.

‘I try to tell [my patients], “Your medication is not available,” as gently as possible. It's as if you're telling them, “I will kill you slowly because your medication is not available,”’ Ahmad said.

‘I try to make adaptations to at least give them hope. I say, “It's OK, it will be here next week. This delay will not harm you.” But I believe these patients have the right to have their medication [immediately].’

There have also been reports of extortion of patients as they attempt to reach hospitals a short distance away for life-saving treatment.

Last July, 19-year-old Yousef Younis received a phone call from the Israeli security service after applying for a permit to treat his leukaemia in Jerusalem. They told him that he could cross if he collaborated with them. He refused, and consequently, his permit was denied. His health quickly deteriorated, and he died the next month.

Israel as an occupying force is obligated under international humanitarian law to ensure the Palestinian population's access to medical treatment and to maintain its medical facilities, hospitals and services in the occupied territories.

Gisha [the Legal Centre for Freedom of Movement] found that whenever they challenged a denied permit legally or through media work, Israeli authorities would reverse their decision and grant a travel permit. ‘This calls into question the arbitrary and slack decision-making process for assigning a security block in the first place,’ Gisha noted.”

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Gaza patients denied right to get treatment abroad | GulfNews.com

“‘This is an inhumane robbery of health. Only patients who cannot be provided with proper treatment in the Gaza Strip are transferred to other hospitals,’ said Dr. Ashraf Al Qedrah, a spokesman for the Gaza Health Ministry.

Al Qedrah noted that in 2016, more than 60 per cent of the cancer patients from Gaza have been denied the right to exit Gaza to be admitted to hospitals in the 1948 areas.

‘The Health Ministry has submitted more than 26,000 completed requests for patients to exit the Gaza Strip for treatment abroad and the occupation authorities approved only 16,000 requests (61.5 per cent of the total requests) and rejected the others,’ he said.

He said the latest Gazan victim was Mohammad Habib, 8, who died of a serious illness after the Israeli occupation refused to grant one of his relatives a permit to accompany him to Tel Hashomer Hospital in Israel. Last month, another young man from Gaza, Ahmad Hassan Jameel, 17, also died after the occupation authorities denied him a permit to travel abroad for treatment.”

June 24 2017

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Yemen hit by world's worst cholera outbreak as cases reach 200,000

from United Nations News Centre:

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24 June 2017 – Yemen is now facing the worst cholera outbreak in the world, with suspected cases exceeding 200,000 and the number increasing at an average of 5,000 a day, the United Nations warned today.

In a joint statement, United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) Executive Director Anthony Lake and World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Margaret Chan said that in just two months, cholera has spread to almost every governorate of this war-torn country.

Already more than 1,300 people have died – one quarter of them children – and the death toll is expected to rise.

“UNICEF, WHO and our partners are racing to stop the acceleration of this deadly outbreak,” they said, also calling on authorities in Yemen to strengthen their internal efforts to stop the outbreak from spreading further.

“This deadly cholera outbreak is the direct consequence of two years of heavy conflict,” the UN officials said, noting that collapsing health, water and sanitation systems have cut off 14.5 million people from regular access to clean water and sanitation, increasing the ability of the disease to spread.

The UN officials also said that rising rates of malnutrition have weakened children's health and made them more vulnerable to disease.

An estimated 30,000 dedicated local health workers who play the largest role in ending this outbreak have not been paid their salaries for nearly 10 months.

“We urge all authorities inside the country to pay these salaries and, above all, we call on all parties to end this devastating conflict,” they said.

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un.org: A child with severe diarrhoea or cholera receives treatment at the Sab'een Hospital in Sana'a, Yemen, on 12 May 2017.

June 23 2017

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‘US grills inmates in secret UAE-run jails in Yemen’

“The Associated Press documented at least 18 secret jails across southern Yemen run by the UAE or by Yemeni militia loyal to the former Yemeni government, where prisoners face extreme abuse and torture on a routine basis.

On Wednesday, senior US defense officials confirmed that the American forces have been involved in interrogations of detainees in Yemen but denied any participation in or knowledge of human rights violations.

Several torturing methods are being used at the jails, including the ‘grill’ in which the victim is tied to a spit like a roast and spins in a circle of fire, according to the report.

Former inmates released from one main detention facility at Riyan airport in the southern city of Mukalla, said they were crammed into shipping containers covered with feces and blindfolded for weeks. They said they were beaten, trussed up on the ‘grill,’ and sexually abused.

‘The entire place is gripped by fear. Almost everyone is sick, the rest are near death. Anyone who complains heads directly to the torture chamber,’ said a former detainee held for six months at Riyan airport.

So far, over 400 men have disappeared after being swept up in Mukalla.

The UAE secret jail network in Yemen was established during former US president Barack Obama’s administration and still continues its operations, according to the report.”

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イエメン外相,「サウジは,イエメンで戦争犯罪を行っている」 - Pars Today

Yemen foreign minister: Saudi Arabia is sending POWs to US/UAE ships on the Red Sea and interrogating them with torture. Saudi war crime.

“シャラフ外相は、プレスTVの取材に対し、「サウジアラビア軍は、紅海に停泊するアメリカやアラブ首長国連邦の船舶に、拘束した捕虜たちの身柄を移し、拷問により彼らを取り調べている」と語りました。

さらに、「サウジアラビアは、捕虜たちを収監し、拷問にかけてから、偽りの声明に対する署名を迫っているが、このやり方はイラクのアブーゴライブ刑務所や、キューバのグアンタナモ刑務所を想起させるものだ」と述べています。

また、「イエメン救国政府の主な戦略は、恒久的な平和の追求である」とし、各都市への空爆の停止や、陸、空、海からの包囲の解除、首都サヌア国際空港の再開、そして侵略者の代表としてのサウジアラビアとの協議を含めた停戦の実施を強調しました”

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カタールの離反 - Pars Today

“カタールとサウジアラビアの緊張における、最も重要な理由のひとつは、カタール政府がサウジアラビアの影響から脱しようとしていたことにあります。このため、新聞・ジ・アトランチックが6月5日に発表したアナリスト・ウルリッヒセン氏の記事では、サウジアラビアとカタールの緊張の最も重要な理由は、カタールが独立した地域政策を取り、サウジアラビアの影響から遠ざかったことにあるとしています。

重要な疑問としては、ペルシャ湾岸の小国のカタールの政府が、どのようにしてサウジアラビアの影響下から脱出し、中東地域で独立した役割を果たすようになったか、ということが挙げられます。

カタールはタミム首長が1995年に首長に就任してから、経済、メディア、観光、教育の4つの分野での戦略を実行し、サウジアラビアの影響下にあった小国から、影響力ある、サウジアラビアと競合する国となりました”

June 21 2017

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“In an update to the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council, Paulo Pinheiro, Chair of the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Syria, appealed to the warring parties to stop fighting and get back to the negotiating table. Civilians, he said, are in the unenviable role of being the target of most of the violence, he said.

In his latest update to the Human Rights Council, Mr. Pinheiro said it was his twentieth report to the body and underscored once again the unspeakable toll on civilians.

The so-called ‘de-escalation zones’ agreement – which is guaranteed by Russia, Turkey and Iran – had resulted in a ‘discernible’ reduction in violence in Idlib and western Aleppo. And while that initiative – along with UN-facilitated intra-Syrian talks – was a ‘step in the right direction,’ the enduring violence in Homs, Damascus and southern Dara'a, ‘has not changed in nature,’ he explained to the Council members.

‘Whether it be the unrestrained use of airstrikes against residential neighbourhoods, attacks against doctors and hospitals, or the use of suicide bombers that deliberately target civilians, fighting remains brutal in purpose and reprehensible in method,’ stated Mr. Pinheiro.”

— United Nations News Centre: Head of UN human rights inquiry decries 'disastrous' civilian death toll in Syria (Jun. 14 2017)

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“Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov has strongly condemned the United States for shooting down a Syrian Air Force fighter jet in Syria's militant-held northern province of Raqqah as a ‘massive violation of international law and de facto military aggression.’

‘This strike has to be seen as a continuation of America's line to disregard the norms of international law,’ Ryabkov told the state-owned TASS news agency in Moscow on Monday.

He added, ‘What is this if not an act of aggression? It is, if you like, help to those terrorists that the US is ostensibly fighting against, declaring they are carrying out an anti-terrorism policy.’

Ryabkov’s remarks came a day after the Syrian army said that the US-led coalition purportedly fighting the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group had targeted one of its Sukhoi Su-22 warplanes over al-Rasafa area in the southern countryside of Raqqah Province.

The Syrian General Command of the Army and Armed Forces announced in a statement that the military aircraft was on a combat mission against Daesh terrorists, noting that the pilot of the jet had gone missing after the ‘flagrant aggression.’”

Russia blasts US shooting down of Syrian jet as violation of intl. law (PressTV, Jun. 19 2017)

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