Arab Spring Forum February 2012, Dublin

Saturday 28th January 2012 the Irish Anti War Movement in conjunction with the Islamic Cultural Centre of Ireland and the Islamic Foundation of Ireland organised a public forum in Liberty Hall, Dublin to look back at the year that saw the commencement of the Arab Spring.

Arab Spring One Year On Part 1 Richard Boyd Barrett from iDirect Productions on Vimeo.

Arab Spring One Year On Part 2 Anas Al Tikriti from iDirect Productions on Vimeo.

Arab Spring One Year On Part 3 Judith Orr from iDirect Productions on Vimeo.

Arab Spring One Year On Part 4 Dr Faheem Bukhatwa from iDirect Productions on Vimeo.

Guantánamo Bay - Ten Years of Torture

January 11, 2012 marks the tenth anniversary of the opening of the detention camp at Guantánamo Bay. There are still 171 men detained there, living in captivity, and mostly without any charges or a fair trial. Despite the fact that the U.S. government has itself cleared more than half of these men for release, and despite President Obama’s promise on his second day in office to close Guantánamo within a year, it has been almost twelve months since anyone has been released. This is the longest period of time that has elapsed since the prison’s opening without a single person being set free.

In addition the Obama administration has extended some of the worst aspects of the Guantánamo system by continuing indefinite detentions without charge or trial, employing illegitimate military commissions to try some suspects, and blocking accountability for torture. Two years have elapsed since he first promised to close down the notorious detention centre. This promise has effectively been written off by his refusal to veto the latest National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The NDAA will now go into law with detention provisions that violate human rights and will keep Guantanamo open.  

We ask you to remember the 171 men held in indefinite captivity in Guantánamo, and to continue to demand that the United States - and every other government - uphold the human rights of all detainees.

Egypt: Thousands of women protesting - December 20


Syrian army kills 23 in shelled town

The northern province of Idlib has witnessed intense clashes between Syrian troops and army defectors in the past weeks. Yesterday, security forces killed up to 70 army defectors as they were deserting their military posts in Idlib near the Turkish border, activists said.

'Peace' president Obama brags about how many people he's killed

Jason Ditz -

Nobel Peace Prize winner Barack Obama is waging war in Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Somalia, Yemen and Uganda and bragging about starting another in Iran.

In comments that were surprisingly bellicose even for the current political environment, President Obama bragged loudly about the number of people he’s killed today, urging hawks who don’t think he’s hawkish enough to “ask Osama bin Laden and the 22 out of 30 top al-Qaeda leaders who’ve been taken off the field.”

He could’ve also advised them to ask thousands of Pakistanis, Afghans and Iraqis as well, or the family of Anwar al-Awlaki, the US citizen he assassinated earlier this year, but the point was already made: an Obama Administration kills lots of people, and they’re pretty sure that’s what voters are in the market for.

Moving beyond that, Obama went on to more familiar hawkish territory, trotting out his usual “all options are on the table” threat against Iran, comments which appear timed to resonate through the Republican Jewish Coalition Conference, which itself centered on potential Obama foes bragging about how quickly and on how little pretext they’d attack Iran.

“Today Iran is isolated and the world is united in applying the toughest sanctions that Iran has ever experienced,” added Obama, saying his administration had done more to unite the world against Iran than the Bush Administration had.

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