Electoralism vs Abstentionism (Or: Why You Should Run For Office) Fri Aug 26, 2016 17:07 | Slyvia Smith
Centrism extremism: how horseshoe-politics silences brutality Sat Jul 02, 2016 18:25 | yeksmesh
Of Tankies, Trots and Social Democrats Thu May 12, 2016 23:41 | Gavin Mendel-Gleason
Avatars of the Advanced-Capitalist Psyche â€“ Capitain America: Civil War Mon May 09, 2016 00:07 | Gavin Mendel-Gleason
Wailings about Left Unity Sat Feb 13, 2016 01:13 | James O'Brien
Spirit of Contradiction >>
Interested in maladministration. Estd. 2005
An Garda Siochana is a corrupt police force
Catholic Church: The brutal truth Anthony
Catholic Church: Crimes against humanity Anthony
Fergus Finlay: Damaged by vile corruption? Anthony
Zimbabwe – Ireland: Same difference Anthony
Public Inquiry >>
A bird's eye view of the vineyard
Moveable Feast Cafe 2017/03/26 ? Open Thread Sun Mar 26, 2017 19:00 | Herb Swanson
2017/03/26 18:00:01Welcome to the ‘Moveable Feast Cafe’. The ‘Moveable Feast’ is an open thread where readers can post wide ranging observations, articles, rants, off topic and have animate discussions of
Belarus March 2017 SITREP Sun Mar 26, 2017 00:49 | Scott
I haven’t written much about Belarus, and many reliable analysts also have been careful not to say anything, because everyone understood that Belarus would be next to be hit by
Israeli Airstrikes Contribute To Further Escalation Of Syrian Conflict Sat Mar 25, 2017 15:44 | Scott
https://southfront.org/israeli-airstr... If you?re able, and if you like our content and approach, please support the project. Our work wouldn?t be possible without your help: PayPal: firstname.lastname@example.org or via: http://southfront.org/donate/ or
Could the fire at the Europe?s largest munitions depot be Ben Hodges?s fault? Sat Mar 25, 2017 01:30 | Scott
After hitting rock bottom will Ukraine begin to rise again? Hitting a rock bottom can be very educational, as I found out this week. After I dropped a piece of
Speech of Lavrov at the Military Academy of the General Staff Fri Mar 24, 2017 18:00 | Scott
Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov?s remarks and answers to questions during a lecture for senior officers of the Military Academy of the General Staff, Moscow, March 23, 2017 23 March
The Saker >>
#Strike4Repeal: Strike Against the Citizens? Assembly? Wed Mar 08, 2017 07:51 | Máiréad Enright
Reflections on the Citizen?s Assembly (4): The Presentation of Dr. Dónal O?Mathúna Sun Feb 26, 2017 20:19 | GuestPost
Hague Justice Journal: Call for Papers Mon Feb 20, 2017 11:13 | GuestPost
Reflections on the Citizen?s Assembly (3): The Presentation of Dr. Joan McCarthy Tue Feb 14, 2017 14:01 | GuestPost
Reflections on the Citizens Assembly (2): The Presentation of Bobbie Farsides Tue Feb 07, 2017 05:44 | GuestPost
Human Rights in Ireland >>
Aleppo shootings by rebels condemned
anti-war / imperialism |
Wednesday August 01, 2012 19:41 by pat c
Syrian rebels have murdered prisoners. While the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and Human Rights Watch have condemned it. So far the US haven't mentioned it.
Human Rights Watch has told the BBC the act was potentially a war crime. “What it looks like is execution of detainees and if that is the case, that would be a war crime”: Clive Baldwin, Senior legal adviser for Human Rights Watch. HRW, he added, had been seeing evidence of abuses such as torture and executions by rebel elements "for some time".
The head of the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which documents violence by all sides in the conflict, condemned the killings by the rebels as "criminal".
The UN mission in Syria reports that the rebels in Aleppo are now armed with some heavy weapons including tanks and says that helicopters, heavy machine guns and artillery are also being used in the fighting. "We are calling on all parties to exercise utmost restraint... to distinguish between civilians and [combatants] in this conflict," said spokeswoman Sausan Ghosheh.
In a video which appeared on YouTube, gunmen can be seen leading a number of men in their underwear, some of them bruised or bloodied, into the yard, which is crowded with men shouting religious slogans. Chants include, "The Free Syrian Army forever, we'll trample on the head of Assad". After the half-naked men are put up against a wall, the camera moves back behind the crowd, losing sight of them. Heavy gunfire from Kalashnikov assault rifles erupts, after which the camera shows a pile of bodies by the wall.
The leader of Iraq's most influential Sunni tribe, Sheikh Ali Hatem Sleiman al-Duleimi, has meanwhile confirmed that members of the tribe are continuing to cross from Iraq's Anbar province into Syria. "They don't need to seek permission, economically, spiritually or financially," he said. "They are going as brothers, as humanitarians and as people lending military help." Duleimi said security in Anbar province, which borders Syria's eastern desert, was now worse than at any time since US troops battled Islamic fighters led by al-Qaida-aligned groups there from 2004 to 2007.
Jim Muir, BBC News, Beirut reports: There is no reason to doubt the authenticity of the troubling video footage from Aleppo, purporting to show alleged members of the hated pro-regime shabiha militia being lynched after capture. Other videos - all filmed by rebels or activists - showed many bodies strewn around a captured police station. Not all of them looked like combat deaths.
There have also been past allegations of abuses by the rebel side, but rarely have they been so clearly documented. Clearly, neither side has a monopoly of righteousness, nor of abuse.
Caption: Several men of the Pro-Government al-Berri Tribe are lined up and shot dead by insurgents as they shout