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Honduran dictatorship, Day 138

Posted by Charles II on June 2, 2010

A hasty and incomplete summary. More tomorrow or Friday, maybe.

Perhaps the most important piece of news is buried in an action alert from the Quixote Center, which Adrienne reports here: US military aid to Honduras has been restored.

Via Adrienne, Honduras Human Rights blog has a report from CODEH, including a list of 100 people killed by the dictatorship. Also from HHR Blog, COFADEH (human rights organization) on the attacks on the Beverage Workers Union STIBYS.

Tiempo reports a surprising resignation of the want-to-spend-more-time-with-my-family variety by police spokesman Oscar Garcia in Atlantida. This is in the general area that there has been conflict between squatters (who may be the actual landowners) and the oligarchs. The Supreme Court reaffirmed the dismissal of anti-coup judges. One of them, Ramon Barrios who teaches at the Sula Valley UNAH law school, was dismissed for telling his students that what occurred on June 28, 2009 was a coup. El Libertador claims that faux-human rights figure Ramon Custodio Lopez, said that Pretendisent Lobo wants Zelaya to return so that he can assassinate him. Zelaya is a little more graphic: he says that if he returns, it would be to the gas chamber or a concentration camp. He says that Obama is to some degree a figurehead, calling him “the US president, but not head of the empire.” The International Bank of Development has delayed a $500M loan to Honduras, according to El Lib.

In an article in New Politics, Adrienne compares Haiti and Honduras. The similarities are startling.

Adrienne has some street color here and here and here and here and here and here. And in case that’s not enough color, Brother John has more from the countryside here and here and here. I guess color must be contagious, because he reports that he met Adrienne.

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The Case Of The Curious Diner

Posted by Phoenix Woman on June 2, 2010

Edward Teller claims, with evidence that looks convincing though is not to my eyes conclusive, that the still photos the IDF claims were taken by it during the raid and massacre it led against the Gaza Freedom Flotilla were actually taken at several different times in the past:

Proof has surfaced today that many of the so-called “evidence” photographs being distributed by the Israeli government as examples of terror weapons on board the Gaza aid flotilla date back years:

The bulletproof vest photos on the Israeli flickr page are dated February 2006.

The axe photo was taken in 2003.

The pepper spray photos – 2003

The iconic pictures of knives and other weapons on the Saudi flag and other stuff:

Hi. Just to confirm that the EXIF metadata points to this photo being taken in 2006:
barney@benchwood:~$ identify -verbose bab2e_o_d.jpg | grep Date

exif:DateTime: 2010:06:02 10:38:47
exif:DateTimeDigitized: 2006:02:07 05:52:19
exif:DateTimeOriginal: 2006:02:07 05:52:19

And on and on…..

Absolutely, this is strong evidence that by allowing the Israeli government to be trusted in any aspect of the investigation of these high seas crimes will be foolhardy and negligent.

If Teller’s supposition is disproved, it won’t be because fakery is simply out of the question for the IDF. For those who think Israel would never ever fake, doctor, or otherwise misleadingly present “evidence”, I give you The Case of the Curious Diner:

Al Jazeera reports on Israel’s propaganda campaign whose aim is to promote the message that the residents of Gaza, even while living under a severe economic blockade, “have everything they need.” As part of that effort, Israel distributed video footage of a guests enjoying fine cuisine in a gourmet restaurant in Gaza — guests including Mahmoud Abbas who hasn’t set foot in Gaza since the siege began!

Don’t expect to see this on your US evening TV news anytime soon.

UPDATE: It’s been pointed out that the weird date discrepancies of the still photos could have been caused by sheer stupidity on the commandos’ parts, and not outright fakery. They could have simply forgot to make sure that the date/time stamps in their cameras were all set properly — which, considering the whole point of having the cameras was to collect photographic evidence that could stand up under scrutiny (in a court of law or elsewhere), really doesn’t reflect well on the commandos’ professionalism. (Neither does murder, but that’s another kettle of fish.)

Posted in frauds, Gaza, israel | 3 Comments »

Bare Hands = Terrorist Threats!

Posted by Phoenix Woman on June 2, 2010

Once again, reality trumps The Onion or Kafka. Check this out (h/t Florida Democrat):

Question: The weapons cited by the IDF–metal poles, knives, etc.–don’t look to be threats to Israel’s national security. Rather, they look like fairly standard maritime tools, no?

Jonathan Peled: Weapons are weapons. Knives can kill, iron bars can kill, even hands can kill. We’ve seen in America the damage that simple boxcutters can cause. The issue was not the people onboard, but the need to ensure that no weapons or terrorists enter the Gaza Strip, reaching the hands of Hamas. This scenario would, in fact, pose a national security risk to Israel, and this is the reason for the blockade.

Words fail me.

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