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20. Juli 2011, 17.27 Uhr:

„Targets of Retribution“

von Jörn Schulz

„The attacks on medics and wounded protesters have been part of an official policy of retribution against Bahrainis who supported pro-democracy protests.” Human Rights Watch veröffentlichte am 18. Juli einen Bericht über die Verfolgung der Protestierenden bis in die Krankenhäuser. „On March 16, security forces surrounded and then occupied Salmaniya, the country’s main public hospital, and took command of operations there. (…) Patients who had apparently sustained protest-related injuries were the most vulnerable. At least one ward on Salmaniya’s sixth floor was turned into a makeshift detention facility, where security forces subjected patients to incommunicado detention, regular beatings, torture, and other forms of mistreatment, witnesses told Human Rights Watch. (…) Since March 17, security forces have arrested more than 70 medical professionals, including several dozen doctors, and suspended or terminated more than 150 medical workers from their jobs.”

Für diese heroische Schlacht hat der König rechtzeitig eingekauft: „In 2009, Bahrain received €39.8 million in weapons from EU member states; France sold it €28 million, Belgium €6.3 million, Sweden €2.4 million, and Germany €2 million, the EU arms report said.“

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


15. Juli 2011, 23.53 Uhr:

Vor der Staatsausrufung

von Thomas von der Osten-Sacken

Eine aufschlussreiche Meinungsumfrage

 Only 34% of Palestinians accept, while 61% reject, two states for two peoples as the solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, according to a survey of 1,010 Palestinians completed this week by American pollster Stanley Greenberg.
 66% said the Palestinians’ real goal should be to start with a two-state solution but then move to it all being one Palestinian state.
92% said Jerusalem should be the capital of Palestine, while just 3% said it should be the capital of both Palestine and Israel.
72% backed denying the thousands of years of Jewish history in Jerusalem, 62% supported kidnapping IDF soldiers and holding them hostage, and 53% were in favor of teaching songs about hating Jews in Palestinian schools.

15. Juli 2011, 23.35 Uhr:

Als Hauptgang Angst

von Oliver M. Piecha

Ein wirklich nettes Abendessen in Aleppos elitärstem Club, ein großartiger Text von Amal Hanano. Setzen wir uns zum Ancien Régime an die Tafel. Die Kellner sind vom Geheimdienst, die Gäste lieben ihren Führer, daher kommt schließlich ihr Reichtum. Man ergeht sich in Verschwörungstheorien und blickt etwas unsicher in Richtung Eingang, draußen ist schließlich feindlich. Und morgen, morgen wird es wieder diese Demonstrationen geben.

The ladies around us, sat pretty with their blood-red nails and smiles as fake as their hair extensions, mindlessly nodding approval to every word their husbands uttered, their smooth, botoxed foreheads concealed their inner turmoil of worries about the current political unrest and economic stagnation; for how would they pay for their maid’s salary, their fall 2011 wardrobe, and a summer weekend in Beirut?

The men were busy spinning elaborate conspiracy theories to explain why the region was exploding. It was a dizzying display of convoluted logic, twisted and knotted into intertwining theories that formed, al-Mu’amara al-Kawniyyeh, The Universal Conspiracy, because in case you didn’t know, the entire universe has been plotting the destruction of Syria. The waiters (part-time mukhabarat) swarmed around the table, filling already full glasses of water, sensing fresh news. They belittled every popular movement of Arab Spring, calling Egypt a military coup, Tunisia a joke, Bahrain a disgrace, Libya a tragedy. Locally, Daraa was a mistake, Homs was unexpected, Hama was untouchable (since then we have learned that it is not), Jisr al-Shughur was the site where “armed gangs” had massacred 120 military personnel, and the thousands of Syrian refugees in Turkey were being paid $50 a day by the Turkish government to live in tents instead of returning to their homes.

Every injustice or grievance has a mu’amara behind it. If you ask about the world’s youngest prisoner of conscience, Tal al-Mallohi, seventeen when she was sentenced for five years for posting poems about Palestine, they respond that she was a convicted spy and had a mysterious liaison with a Danish UN worker from Damascus. If you ask about Hamzeh al-Khateeb, the mutilated 13-year-old from Daraa, who has become the face of the protesters’ campaign against oppression, the response is quick and shrill. He was not thirteen, he was really seventeen and was caught raping soldiers’ wives.(“Couldn’t you tell from the video that he was so tall?” “Um, no I couldn’t, I was too distracted by his swollen, bruised, burned, tortured body.”) I was more shocked by the fact that they really believed the lies they were spewing than the actual absurdity of the claims themselves.

[…]

They kept asking me, “You are going to tell them when you go back, right? Tell them that we are fine, that we love our president, that we won’t accept any foreign intervention?” I have no idea who they thought I was going to tell, or what they thought my influence would be, or why it was so important to make sure I had been convinced. But in my mind, I was saying, yes, I will absolutely tell everyone about your delusions.

[…]

Just before dessert, the ringleader leaned in close and said slowly in a voice so low I almost missed it, “You don’t get it. We have to believe in the conspiracy, it is essential that we believe in it. If we don’t, then we are traitors to our country.” That single sentence, the only shred of truth spoken that night, was all I needed to hear. The veiled confession, the fear of guilt, moved me. I did not have the heart (or the guts) to point out, it was too late, they already were traitors.

(Jadliyya)

15. Juli 2011, 00.17 Uhr:

Was der deutsche Botschafter wohl tun wird?

von Thomas von der Osten-Sacken

Eine Kampagne von Avaaz, die die Botschafter in Syrien dazu aufruft, als Beobachter an den für morgen erwarteten Protesten teil zu nehmen. Eine Aufforderung, der der deutsche Botschafter wohl kaum Folge leisten wird:

Ambassadors in Damascus must mobilise across the country to observe the protesters. Their presence in protest towns and cities could prevent the regime from inflicting further terror and killing innocent protesters. US Ambassador Robert Ford’s visit to Hama last week again pierced the Syrian regime’s veil of lies - and a wider presence of ambassadors across the country tomorrow will either curb Assad’s attempts at widespread repression or bear witness to the cruelty of this ongoing crackdown.

We have identified 26 countries with embassies in Damascus whose presence at protests tomorrow would pose a problem for the Syrian regime. While their governments at the UN security council dither over whether to sanction Assad and refer the violence to the international criminal court for prosecution, ambassadors inside the country can have a direct impact in saving lives.

14. Juli 2011, 01.09 Uhr:

Ein verheerender Kollateralschaden

von Oliver M. Piecha

Bloß eine Fußnote zum Nahen Osten? 12 Tote, ein zerstörtes Hauptkraftwerk, ein zurückgetretener Minister. In Zypern ist jetzt nachts Kerzenlicht angesagt. Die Meldungen über eine verheerende Munitionsexplosion auf der Mittelmeerinsel waren nicht ganz vollständig; explodiert ist da ein Haufen beschlagnahmter, unsachgemäß gelagerter und schließlich vergessener iranischer Munition, der ursprünglich für Syrien - die Hamas? - gedacht gewesen war…

„Our government’s position in this difficult diplomatic issue was that the material not be held in Cyprus,“ said Stefanos Stefanou, the government spokesman.

He said, however, Cyprus had no choice but take the arms cargo in after its suggestions it went to the U.N. peacekeeping force in Lebanon was rejected, and it received no answer from the Security Council that the material be sent to Germany or Malta.

The economic impact of the disaster has yet to be assessed. Just a mangled shell remained of the 700 million euro power facility of Vassiliko on Tuesday, a station which provided Cyprus with 53 percent of its energy. The crisis triggered rolling power and water cuts. […]

Which idiot decided to place 98 containers of explosives in a compound … directly opposite the largest energy facility the Cyprus Republic now has?“ the daily Politis asked, splashing the word „Criminals“ on its front page. (Reuters via iran focus)

14. Juli 2011, 00.43 Uhr:

Der allerbeliebteste der großen Führer

von Thomas von der Osten-Sacken

Die “Neue Rheinische Zeitung", die sich irgendwie meint, auf Marx berufen zu können, veröffentlicht einen Artikel, in dem der schöne Satz steht, Bashar al-Assad sei

unbestreitbar der beliebteste politische Führer des Nahen-Ostens.

Präsident, Staatschef, nein, das alles hätte irgendwie nicht richtig geklungen. Und der Syrer ist eh irgendwie der gesamtideelle Deutsche, der sich in der Stunde der Not um diesen beliebten Führer schart:

Aber statt die Bevölkerung gegen das „Regime“ aufzustacheln, hat das Blutbad einen Ausbruch nationaler Gefühle um die Person von Präsident Bachar el-Assad bewirkt. Sich der Tatsache wohl bewusst, dass man sie in einen Bürgerkrieg zu stürzen versucht, sind die Syrer zusammengerückt. Während sich an den Demonstrationen gegen die Regierung insgesamt zwischen 150.000 und 200.000 Personen (bei einer Bevölkerung von 22 Millionen) beteiligten, sind bei den Demonstrationen für die Regierung Menschenmassen zusammengekommen, wie sie das Land noch nie erlebt hat.

Und deshalb:

Letztlich funktioniert der Plan der Destabilisierung Syriens nur halbwegs. Er hat die öffentliche Meinung im Westen überzeugt, dass das Land eine schreckliche Diktatur ist, aber er hat die überwältigende Mehrheit der Bevölkerung hinter seiner Regierung zusammengeschweißt. Am Ende könnte es für die Urheber dieses Plans gefährlich werden, insbesondere für Tel-Aviv. Im Januar/Februar 2011 erlebten wir eine revolutionäre Welle in der Arabischen Welt, gefolgt von einer konterrevolutionären Welle im April/Mai. Das Pendel ist nicht am Ende seiner Bewegung angelangt.

Ach auf den Seiten dieser Neuen Rheinischen Zeitung, da ist die linke Welt noch so wunderbar in Ordnung.

13. Juli 2011, 18.32 Uhr:

"The Sexual Harassment File"

von Thomas von der Osten-Sacken

In Umfragen aus vergangenen Jahren gaben über 80% aller Frauen in Ägypten an, schon einmal sexuell belästigt oder mißbraucht worden zu sein. Auch so genannte Ehrtötungen sind keine Seltenheit, von Genitalverstümmelungen ganz zu schweigen.

Die Zeitung Al Masry al Youm hat nun mit einer Serie  The Sexual Harassment File begonnen, in der sich verschiedene Autorinnen und Autoren mit Übergriffen auf Frauen befassen:

Any woman living in Cairo will tell you that sexual harassment has been on the increase since she was little. Our mothers will tell us that in the ’60s, sexual harassment was unheard of - women would walk the streets in miniskirts and halter tops, and the most they would hear was a comment about how beautiful they looked.

“We used to walk through the streets to university in little skirts,” says Sherifa Mansour, 69, “and no one said a word - everyone dressed like that.”

But the streets of Cairo today are a different story - in fact, the streets of any city in Egypt will give you a taste of harassment, the likes of which I have yet to find anywhere else.

In recent years, harassment has found its way into the vocabulary of Egyptian woman. Despite the televised denial of its existence by former first lady Suzanne Mubarak in 2008, 83 percent of women who participated in a poll that year said they were sexually harassed, half of them adding it happened on a daily basis. Um Hashem, a housekeeper in Zamalek, says a day does not go by where she doesn’t hear sexual comments from the men who sit behind her in the microbus to work.

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