Abby Martin breaks through the propaganda rhetoric of ‘Human Shields’, calling out instances such as the current conflict in Gaza, the second Iraq war, Libya, and even Vietnam – where the term ‘Human Shields’ has been used to demonize the entire demographics and populations subjected to being overthrown.
Corporate media, Former Secretary of State Albright worry about mounting deaths posing image problem for Israel. Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was allotted time on several Sunday morning news shows during which he said his country bore no responsibility for the mounting civilians deaths in Gaza.Netanyahu said that though “we feel regret” upon seeing images of dead civilians, the blame for these deaths is with Hamas and that is want Hamas wants.
Additional examples of what human rights experts are calling clear cases of ‘war crimes’ against the people of the Gaza Strip continued on Thursday as Israel military forces bombed both a UN school acting as an emergency shelter for civilians and a hospital caring for those already suffering from the bombardment that began on July 8 and has now claimed over 700 lives in the sealed-off territory.
The United Nation’s top official on human rights said on Wednesday that Israel’s military assault on the Gaza Strip may constitute “war crimes” for its widespread practice of targeting civilian areas. After two weeks of bombing, the Israeli assault has now claimed an estimated 680 Palestinians lives. Nearly 70 percent of those, according to UN estimates, are believed to be civilians, including nearly 150 children under the age of sixteen. Speaking at a meeting of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, the agency’s head, Navi Pillay, described the ongoing situation in the occupied Gaza Strip as both “dreadful and interminable” and said that violence on one side could not, and should not, absolve the other from its own behavior.
Senior US intelligence officials told reporters Tuesday they have no evidence of a direct Russian role in the downing of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17. Although standing by the claim that rebels used a SA-11 surface-to-air missile to shoot down the aircraft, they also stated it was most likely not intentional.
The UN Security Council has condemned the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over Ukraine and called for an international probe into the incident in a unanimously adopted resolution. All 15-member states voted to pass the Australia-proposed resolution, condemning “in the strongest terms” the crash of Malaysian plane on July 17 in Donetsk region of Ukraine, which resulted in 298 people dead.
The question now looming large over the United Nations is why China and Russia aren’t initiating a new draft resolution condemning the aerial bombardments of civilians in Gaza, demanding a no-fly zone and accusing Israelis of war crimes. Such a resolution is certain to be vetoed by one, or all three, of the Western powers in the UNSC, as China and Russia did on the resolutions against Syria. But this time around, it will be the Western powers on the defensive, trying to protect the interests of a country accused of civilian killings and war crimes.
Evidence presented by Ukraine to implicate Russia in the shoot down of the Malaysian Airlines plane appears to have been fabricated.
Abby Martin speaks with RT Arabic correspondent Reema Abuhamdieh about the escalation of violence in Gaza, and the conditions for Israel’s ground invasion. Abby then reports on the militant group ISIS seizing 52 US-made heavy artillery cannons, going over several other examples of US weapons playing a role in almost every major global conflict. Abby then goes over a the case a botched sting operation in Miami-Dade Florida, where officers shot and killed 4 suspects including an informant who voluntarily offered to help police. Abby also highlights the nature of disastrous US law enforcement policies that perpetuate these failed raids. BTS wraps up the show with an interview with journalist and host of Media Roots Radio, Robbie Martin, going over why Facebook is hiring police officers to aid in surveillance, as well as why more people aren’t outraged about private sector surveillance.
Raul Hilberg in his monumental work “The Destruction of the European Jews” chronicled a process of repression that at first was “relatively mild” but led, step by step, to the Holocaust. It started with legal discrimination and ended with mass murder. “The destructive process was a development that was begun with caution and ended without restraint,” Hilberg wrote. The Palestinians over the past few decades have endured a similar “destructive process.” They have gradually been stripped of basic civil liberties, robbed of assets including much of their land and often their homes, have suffered from mounting restrictions on their physical movements, been blocked from trading and business, especially the selling of produce, and found themselves increasingly impoverished and finally trapped behind walls and security fences erected around Gaza and the West Bank.
President of the Palestinian Authority Mahmoud Abbas has called on the United Nations “to officially put the State of Palestine under the UN international protection system. Abbas sent his request in the form of a letter to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon and UN Middle East Special Envoy Robert Serry.
James Corbett, Guillermo Jimenez and Dan Dicks shine a light on the murky world of secret societies and clandestine gatherings of the world’s elite. They focus their discussion on the Bilderberg Group: what it is, who attends, how it’s structured, how it’s evolved, and why it’s significant.
As Israel prepares to invade Gaza yet again, while Kiev shells villages and towns as it prepares to besiege Eastern Ukraine’s two largest cities. The Gaza invasion is clearly an effort to torpedo the Palestinian unity government, while the Ukraine offensive is just as clearly a US-led attempt to draw Russia into a shooting war with NATO. Both illustrate the increasingly fascistic nature of globalization. The question is whether Europe, which has known the horrors of fascism up close, will continue to go along with Washington’s and Tel Aviv’s plans.
A perigee supermoon lit up the sky around the world on Saturday, July 12, 2014 – creating breathtaking views over the ancient Greek temple of Poseidon.