Today, Ukrainian authorities exhumed a mass grave in Sloviansk, in eastern Ukraine. By the time I left the site, they had discovered eight decomposed bodies and they were still searching for more. From April until July 5, the city, now back under Ukrainian government control, had been under the control of anti-government insurgents.
Two neighbors who usually walk their dogs on the lawn next to the burial site told me that on the morning of June 11 an excavator arrived and dug a hole. Later, they said, they saw two men in camouflage drive a truck to the newly dug hole and dump in bodies wrapped in cellophane. The women said the truck returned to dump more bodies an hour later, perhaps 15 altogether.
It’s too soon to say whether the people buried there were victims of a crime. Several local residents believed the bodies came from the nearby morgue. At the time the bodies were allegedly dumped, there was no electricity in parts of Sloviansk, which would have caused a problem for refrigeration facilities used to store bodies in the morgue. When the women asked the insurgents who was being buried, the insurgents said they were unidentified bodies.
Photo: Workers at mass burial site putting bodies in bags in Sloviansk on July 24, 2014. Human Rights Watch
I thought I put this up here… Why haven’t I put this up here…?
…I’m putting this up here.
"You are personally responsible for becoming more ethical than the society you grew up in."
Eliezer Yudkowsky (via binhcao)
… with different degrees of struggles that we’re implemented by the pale skin via conquests using weapons such as warfare, religion indoctrination, and oppression. And then after pale skin set systems like this into our society, they go around and say things like “We are all human” and confuse “racism” with “prejudice” so that they can keep the system the same way for many years to come.
You totally missed the point of this, didn’t you?
That were all human? No. What you missed is that it’s a dismissive phase that a lot of people like to say at times to dismiss arguments like the one you clearly missed.
Some of us can’t afford to live on fantasy island.
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- Armed men raided the offices of Sudanese daily paper Al-Tayar on Saturday, confiscated and destroyed equipment, and beat the editor.
- At Foreign Affairs: ”Why the Central African Republic has many peacekeepers, but no peace.”
- Two explosions in Nigeria Wednesday, one targeting an opposition leader and another a prominent Muslim cleric, left at least 42 dead.
- Clashes between militias in Libya left 47 dead last week.
- 21 Egyptian soldiers were killed in an attack on a border checkpoint over the weekend.
- Amazing and terrible photos from the last couple of weeks in Gaza by Time's Alessio Romenzi.
- 15 were killed yesterday when Israeli shelling struck a UN-run school in Gaza. The current death toll in Gaza has passed 800.
- According to UN calculations, one child is killed every hour in Gaza.
- The Israeli Broadcasting Authority has banned a radio ad from human rights group B’Tselem listing out the names of some of the dead Palestinian children from the past 17 days of conflict.
- Clashes erupted in the West Bank as protests mounted against Israel’s shelling of a UN school in Gaza. Two Palestinian protesters were killed. A “day of rage” is planned for this, the last Friday of Ramadan.
- A BBC interview with Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal.
- The UN Human Rights Council has voted to launch an independent investigation into human rights violations in Israeli operations in Gaza. 29 voted in favor and 17 abstained. The sole “no” vote belonged to the United States.
- The Lebanese parliament failed for the ninth time to elect a new president.
- According to the Syrian opposition, last Thursday and Friday 700 Syrians were killed in conflict — the deadliest two days of fighting in the war.
- The UN sent trucks of food and other supplies across the Turkish border and into rebel-held Syrian territory, in defiance of the Syrian government.
- Iraqi parliament elected Kurdish politician Fouad Massoum the new president.
- The veracity of the claim that ISIS called on Iraqi women to undergo genital mutilation is called into question.
- Four journalists have been detained in Tehran, including Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian and his wife, The National reporter Yeganeh Salehi.
- Many obstacles block prosecution of those responsible for MH17.
- Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk has resigned following the collapse of the governing coalition.
- A Ukrainian journalist working as a freelancer for CNN was abducted Tuesday by pro-Russian separatists.
- A dispatch from the front lines with Ukrainian rebels.
- RFE/RL interviews an Armenian who says he was recruited in Moscow to fight for the separatist movement in Ukraine.
- A mass grave unearthed in Slovyansk, Ukraine, contains 20 bodies believed to have been killed by pro-Russian separatists.
- Ongoing questions about US intelligence prior to the downing of MH17.
- C.J. Chivers on the continued dangers of Soviet surplus arms in Ukraine.
- Jon Lee Anderson on proxy war in Ukraine.
- Six players for the football club Shakhtar Donetsk refused to return to the conflict-torn region of Ukraine after playing a friendly against France. One, Fred, has since returned.
- The European Court of Human Rights found that Poland broke the human rights convention in assisting the CIA in the detention and torture of Abu Zubaydah and Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri. Poland is the first to be held accountable for participation in CIA extraordinary rendition programs.
- Two Russian activists sentenced to four and a half years in a prison colony.
- Two Finnish aid workers were shot dead in Herat, Afghanistan.
- Matthew Rosenberg on the squabble-ridden audit of the Afghan election.
- The Afghan police officer charged with killing AP photographer Anja Niedringhaus has been convicted and sentenced to death.
- 15 members of the Hazara community were killed by Taliban gunmen as they travelled through the Afghan province of Ghor.
- Civilians caught in the crossfire in Myanmar’s northern Kachin state.
- The National Journal on the broad parameters for putting someone on the terror watchlist.
- A clip from the upcoming documentary The Kill Team by Dan Krauss, about the killing of civilians by a group of US soldiers in Afghanistan.
Photo: Gaza. A Palestinian man holds a young girl injured during the Israeli shelling of a UN school yesterday. Alessio Romenzi/TIME.
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what? are you telling me that i can’t wear the flared sleeve/jeans combo i rocked as a kid? cause i had a sparkly pink combo set that i bet would still look great
no. you need jesus. go to church.
the 90’s was, hands down, the worst decade for fashion. why are you people bringing it back?!? you all look horrible, tbh.
sam, i’m gonna push you over in the river tomorrow. i’m gonna take your place as your moms new daughter. first you insult monty, and now this. you have burned me for the last time.
how dare you. i hate you, imanface. how dARE you.
CNN removes reporter Diana Magnay from Israel-Gaza after calling Israelis celebrating the death of Palestinian civilians ‘scum’
July 18, 2014
CNN has removed correspondent Diana Magnay from covering the Israeli-Palestinian conflict after she tweeted that Israelis who were cheering the bombing of Gaza, and who had threatened her, were “scum.”
“After being threatened and harassed before and during a liveshot, Diana reacted angrily on Twitter,” a CNN spokeswoman said in a statement to The Huffington Post. (Neglecting to even acknowledge that it was directly related to the people cheering on Palestinian deaths.)
“She deeply regrets the language used, which was aimed directly at those who had been targeting our crew,” the spokeswoman continued. “She certainly meant no offense to anyone beyond that group, and she and CNN apologize for any offense that may have been taken.”
The spokeswoman said Magnay has been assigned to Moscow.
Magnay appeared on CNN Thursday from a hill overlooking the Israel-Gaza border. While she reported, Israelis could be heard near her cheering as missiles were fired at Gaza.
After the liveshot, Magnay tweeted: “Israelis on hill above Sderot cheer as bombs land on #gaza; threaten to ‘destroy our car if I say a word wrong’. Scum.” The tweet was quickly removed, but not before it had been retweeted more than 200 times.
The removal of Magnay comes a day after NBC News pulled Ayman Mohyeldin from Gaza.
NBC’s decision to remove the widely praised Mohyeldin, and unwillingness to explain why, has been met with anger and frustration from journalists inside and outside the network.
A source with knowledge of the decision told The Huffington Post that NBC executives cited security concerns. But at the same time Moyheldin was pulled, NBC assigned chief foreign correspondent Richard Engel to Gaza.
One of Mohyeldin’s tweets and Facebook posts were recently deleted, a move that has fueled speculation that his social media use could have been the cause for his removal. But the source said the reason given internally by network executives was security.
The war drums are beating hard in the media. Anyone who dares to hint at the truth will be removed from the area by the corporate media owners. Shame on CNN and NBC both.
As a Journalism major this drives me mad.
This is why I prefer newspapers.
Radio/TV are dependent on the FCC. And the FCC is going to tell you what you can and cannot say. They’re going to play nice in situations like this. They’ll paint the public the picture they want them to see.
That’s while yes the media is a wonderful way to keep in touch with what’s going on you can’t completely trust radio and television because the government has a say in it. It has a say in keeping things hidden.
As you can see, the NYT is on that list, and I’m sure we could pull examples from the LATimes, the Wall Street Journal, etc. This is not an FCC issue. It is a western corporate media issue. It is a result of the mutually beneficial relationship between capital interests (the owners) and imperial interests. The above mentioned ‘reputable’ papers are among the most hawkish and compromised under neoliberal capitalism. -Robert
July 24, 2014
At least 16 people have been reported killed and 200 injured, mostly women and children, in the bombardment of a UN school in northern Gaza used to shelter civilians from fierce clashes on the streets outside.
Al Jazeera’s correspondent Nicole Johnston, reporting from Gaza, said the school in Beit Hanoun came under fire on Thursday.
The Gaza health ministry told Reuters that Israeli fire had killed at least 15, and 150 injured.
An Israeli military source however told Al Jazeera that Palestinian rocket fire had been detected in the area and that it might have fallen short and hit the shelter.
Thursday’s strike is the fourth time a UN facility has been hit in the 17 days of Israeli bombardment of Gaza.
The United Nations Relief and Works Agency, which is helping shelter Palestinians displaced by the conflict, said that 140,000 residents have taken refuge in 83 schools in Gaza that are swerving as shelters.
At least 788 Palestinians have been killed and more than 4,500 injured in Israeli assault.
The Israel Broadcasting Authority banned a radio broadcast made by the human rights organization B’Tselem about children killed in Gaza, claiming its content was “politically controversial.”