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A Politburo of Two
daily archive: 06/05/2005
evariste in Discarded Lies:
Monday Winds of War is available
My briefing with Bill Roggio is up! Winds of Change.NET: Monday Winds of War: June 06/05 topics include:
Director of CIA gets cold shoulder; boost-phase defence needed; pilot training time down; Iranians smuggled into US; Iran keen on acquiring The Bomb, Iraq; Syria test-fires SCUDs; Zarqawi may not have held meetings in Syria; NCTC needs a boss; ports get radiation scanners; Mugabe stimulates housing market; CIA cosies up with Sudanese intelligence; Sri Lankan terrorists have an air force; Rummy criticises China; Aum Shinrikyo set to expand; law enforcement doings at the G8 summit; a new terror network in Europe; Al Qaeda has Waziristan camps; new anti-terror search engine and much more…
So go read it already!
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zorkmidden in Discarded Lies:
'When the men go out, they're killed. The women are only raped.'
Kristof's column about Darfur, A Policy of Rape, left me chilled.
Gang rape is terrifying anywhere, but particularly so here. Women who are raped here are often ostracized for life, even forced to build their own huts and live by themselves. In addition, most girls in Darfur undergo an extreme form of genital cutting called infibulation that often ends with a midwife stitching the vagina shut with a thread made of wild thorns. This stitching and the scar tissue make sexual assault a particularly violent act, and the resulting injuries increase the risk of H.I.V. transmission.

Sudan has refused to allow aid groups to bring into Darfur more rape kits that include medication that reduces the risk of infection from H.I.V.

The government has also imprisoned rape victims who became pregnant, for adultery. Even those who simply seek medical help are harassed and humiliated.

On March 26, a 17-year-old student named Hawa went to a French-run clinic in Kalma and reported that she had been raped. A French midwife examined her and confirmed that she was bleeding and had been raped.

But an informer in the clinic alerted the police, who barged in and - over the determined protests of two Frenchwomen - carried Hawa off to a police hospital, where she was chained to a cot by one leg and one arm. A doctor there declared that she had not been raped after all, and Hawa was then imprisoned for a couple of days. The authorities are now proposing that she be charged with submitting false information.

The attacks are sometimes purely about humiliation. Some women are raped with sticks that tear apart their insides, leaving them constantly trickling urine. One Sudanese woman working for a European aid organization was raped with a bayonet.

Doctors Without Borders issued an excellent report in March noting that it alone treated almost 500 rapes in a four-and-a-half-month period. Sudan finally reacted to the report a few days ago - by arresting an Englishman and a Dutchman working for Doctors Without Borders.

Those women who spoke to me risked arrest and lifelong shame by telling their stories. Their courage should be an inspiration to us - and above all, to President Bush - to speak out. Mr. Bush finally let the word Darfur pass his lips on Wednesday, after 142 days of silence, but only during a photo op. Such silence amounts to acquiescence, for this policy of rape flourishes only because it is ignored.
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guest author: Thousand Sons in Discarded Lies:
Tag! You're it!

"The making of a great compilation tape, like breaking up, is hard to do and takes ages longer than it might seem. You gotta kick off with a killer, to grab attention. Then you got to take it up a notch, but you don't wanna blow your wad, so then you got to cool it off a notch. There are a lot of rules."
-High Fidelity

Okay, Zorkie, this is war! You want a Guest Author post on music?

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zorkmidden in Discarded Lies:
Grow up
Some people are upset that we gave more money to Abu Mazen - pardon me, Mr. President Mahmoud Abbas - but it didn't bother me one bit. Money is the least of our worries in the Middle East and $50 million is really not that important in the long run (unless it's spent buying weapons). What worries me is whether the Palestinian leadership is really going to institute change and whether Palestinian society is willing to accept change. According to Mamoun Fandy, Abbas should give the good example: drop the nom-de-geurre and ditch the martyr thing. May I also suggest that the Palestinian President visit here and here. If he has time of course, since now he'll have Hizballah doing their best to keep him occupied.
U.S.-based Egyptian analyst Mamoun Fandy wrote in the London-based daily Asharq Al Aswat of 30 May that it was time for Palestinians to grow up and ditch the childish noms-de-guerre, as well as the martyr thing. “I met the president [Abbas] and I heard from him and others that there is a fundamental shift that has taken place in the way the White House deals with the Palestinians under Abbas’ leadership compared to before ... With Mahmoud Abbas the paramilitary adolescence has turned into the maturity of statesmanship," he wrote. “I say to President Bush: Palestine could be the democratic example you are looking for the region and it might come quicker than it will in Iraq. If America had spent on Palestine a quarter of what it has spent in Iraq it would already have its model … The Palestinians should go beyond the world of noms-de-guerre to names of state and this should also involve love of life and not love of death. It should begin now by ditching the title of Abou Mazen for Mr. President Mahmoud Abbas."
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zorkmidden in Discarded Lies:
Hezbollah coalition wins S. Lebanon
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zorkmidden in Discarded Lies:
Srebrenica: if you 'didn't know' then, you know now
Most Serbians say they don't know or don't believe that war crimes were committed in Bosnia. Here's what I would like to know more about - Greek involvement in Serbian paramilitary units. I had seen television interviews with Greek fighters, proudly exclaiming how they helped "our Serbian brothers"; they also spoke about receiving blessings from priests and about Orthodox monks participating in raids and holding up the Greek flag. Who blessed them before the massacre at Srebrenica?
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zorkmidden in Discarded Lies:
Holy Light
Are you tired of all the posts about the Greek Orthodox Church yet? I am, a little, but the subject also fascinates me. It is the oldest Christian church and it's steeped in rituals and traditions. Greeks call themselves Christian Orthodox whether they're practicing Christians or not and the church is part of the nation's identity.

The Orthodox don't get as much media attention as the Catholics do which is probably good; if a church makes the news it's usually because of a scandal or a miracle. Well, the Orthodox have had their share of scandals too, so what about miracles?
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guest author: floranista in Discarded Lies:
The Voyage of the Damned
Sixty-six years ago to the day, the S.S. St. Louis left Cuban waters for Florida in an attempt to find sanctuary for her 963 Jewish refugees on board. The ship, part of the Hamburg-American line, was dogged by a Coast Guard cutter and although the role it played has been disputed, the outcome has not.

Some who were to make the journey had already been to concentration camps. Others were the only family members who could afford to make the trip. On Saturday, May 13th, 1939, the St. Louis set sail from Germany for Cuba where the refugees would wait to enter the United States when their quota was available.

The initial leg of the voyage was prescient. For Recha Weiler, her main concern was for her husband since his health was deteriorating. For over a week, the ship’s doctor continued to prescribe medicine for Moritz Weiler but nothing helped. On Tuesday, May 23, Moritz passed away. Captain Schroeder, the purser, and the ship’s doctor helped Recha to lay out her husband, provided candles, and found a rabbi on board. Though Recha wanted her husband buried once they reached Cuba, there was no storage facility where the body could be kept. Recha agreed to a burial at sea.

They arrived in Cuba on May 28th but were not allowed to disembark. The bargaining begins. The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee arrives four days later to negotiate with Cuban President Bru. Although the Joint eventually agrees to pay $500,000 for the refugees and meet all other demands, they miss a 48-hour deadline that they were unaware of. Bru ends the talks unconditionally.

The St. Louis heads back to Germany. Through miraculous negotiations, the Joint committee was able to arrange asylum as follows: Holland – 181, France – 224, Great Britain – 228 and Belgium – 214. Had we accepted them it would have been about 20 people per state.

The passengers disembarked from the St. Louis June 16th to June 20th. Having crossed the Atlantic Ocean twice, their original hopes of freedom in Cuba and the U.S. turned into a forlorn effort to escape sure death upon their return to Germany. With WWII just months away, many of these refugees were sent East with the occupation of the countries to which they had been sent.

Around half of the passengers didn’t survive the war. Please read the whole thing. Here are two other sites: The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and Anti-Semitism and Holocaust.
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zorkmidden in Discarded Lies:
Counting the bloggie crazies
Attention comrades!

Please tell us which historical lunatic you are so we can order you the appropriate uniform. We also need to know your Hawaiian name, for demographic purposes.

(A bowl of cherries to floranista. Don't swallow the pits!)
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