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Archive for August 26th, 2016

The Letter of Palestinian prisoner after 70 days of protest fasting: Bilal Kayed

To All who refused to bow down to indignity and still resist to reach our rights in a sovereign State

After 70 days of fasting and being near death, Israel bowed down on its administrative detention of Kayed and will release him in 3 months.

The Streets in Palestine witnessed frequent demonstrations demanding Kayed’s release

Samah Idriss shared this link

رسالة الأسير البطل بلال كايد في اليوم ال 70 من اضرابه التاريخي عن الطعام :
إلى جماهير شعبنا الأبيّ الصامد ..
إلى الذين رفضوا إلا أن ينتصروا للحق والوطن والعز والإباء..
في يومي السبعين من معركة الإباء والصمود والتحدي التي نخوضها معاً إنتصاراً لفلسطين الأبيّة والحركة النضالية وانتصاراً لكل ثائر في مشروع تحرير الأرض. أتقدم بكلماتي الحاضرة معكم في وقفات الشرف والحرية، لعلّي أكون في ساعاتي هذه قد غُيّب الجسد وأُذهِب العقل لكن الروح ما زالت صامدة وما زالت على قرارها الذي لا يمكن لأي قوة في العالم أن تثنيه إما النصر أو النصر ، فالنصر قريب بإذن الله، فارفعوا علامات النصر دائماً وأبداً ..
وأنا يا أُمي على العهد ويا شعبي الأبيّ ، ولن تنزلي يا أمي علامة النصر إلا وأنا منتصرٌ بكم ولكم ، ومعاً لكي تكون أجسادنا جسوراً ليدوسها المحرِرون والثائِِرون ..
فالعلا مُرادنا والشهادةُ فيها غُسل لذنوبنا وتقاعسنا عن رِفعةِ هذا الوطن ، وقد بدأت مرحلة جديدة من مراحل النضال الذي ينتصر عندما نُحافظ على لوائِه بأمانة ، فلا تُسقطوا الراية ، و ُعدنا لنقاوم لا لِنساوِم كما قالها الشهيد أبو علي مصطفى وذِكراه حاضِرة بيننا .
وحتما لمنتصرون
الأسير بلال كايد
مستشفى برزلاي – مدينة عسقلان

Toxic legacy of US assault on Fallujah ‘worse than Hiroshima’

The shocking rates of infant mortality and cancer in Iraqi city raise new questions about battle

Dramatic increases in infant mortality, cancer and leukaemia in the Iraqi city of Fallujah, which was bombarded by US Marines in 2004, exceed those reported by survivors of the atomic bombs that were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945, according to a new study.

Iraqi doctors in Fallujah have complained since 2005 of being overwhelmed by the number of babies with serious birth defects, ranging from a girl born with two heads to paralysis of the lower limbs. They said they were also seeing far more cancers than they did before the battle for Fallujah between US troops and insurgents.

Their claims have been supported by a survey showing a four-fold increase in all cancers and a 12-fold increase in childhood cancer in under-14s.

Infant mortality in the city is more than four times higher than in neighbouring Jordan and eight times higher than in Kuwait.

Habib Battah shared this link

Veterans Day is coming up. Maybe the US should also have a Victims Day for all those foreign civilians who have paid the price for the veterans to be celebrated.

“Dr Chris Busby, a visiting professor at the University of Ulster and one of the authors of the survey of 4,800 individuals in Fallujah, said it is difficult to pin down the exact cause of the cancers and birth defects. He added that “to produce an effect like this, some very major mutagenic exposure must have occurred in 2004 when the attacks happened”.

Dr Chris Busby, a visiting professor at the University of Ulster and one of the authors of the survey of 4,800 individuals in Fallujah, said it is difficult to pin down the exact cause of the cancers and birth defects. He added that “to produce an effect like this, some very major mutagenic exposure must have occurred in 2004 when the attacks happened”.

US Marines first besieged and bombarded Fallujah, 30 miles west of Baghdad, in April 2004 after four employees of the American security company Blackwater were killed and their bodies burned.

After an eight-month stand-off, the Marines stormed the city in November using artillery and aerial bombing against rebel positions. US forces later admitted that they had employed white phosphorus as well as other munitions.

In the assault US commanders largely treated Fallujah as a free-fire zone to try to reduce casualties among their own troops. British officers were appalled by the lack of concern for civilian casualties.

“During preparatory operations in the November 2004 Fallujah clearance operation, on one night over 40 155mm artillery rounds were fired into a small sector of the city,” recalled Brigadier Nigel Aylwin-Foster, a British commander serving with the American forces in Baghdad.

He added that the US commander who ordered this devastating use of firepower did not consider it significant enough to mention it in his daily report to the US general in command.

Dr Busby says that while he cannot identify the type of armaments used by the Marines, the extent of genetic damage suffered by inhabitants suggests the use of uranium in some form. He said: “My guess is that they used a new weapon against buildings to break through walls and kill those inside.”

The survey was carried out by a team of 11 researchers in January and February this year who visited 711 houses in Fallujah. A questionnaire was filled in by householders giving details of cancers, birth outcomes and infant mortality. Hitherto the Iraqi government has been loath to respond to complaints from civilians about damage to their health during military operations.

Researchers were initially regarded with some suspicion by locals, particularly after a Baghdad television station broadcast a report saying a survey was being carried out by terrorists and anybody conducting it or answering questions would be arrested.

Those organising the survey subsequently arranged to be accompanied by a person of standing in the community to allay suspicions.

The study, entitled “Cancer, Infant Mortality and Birth Sex-Ratio in Fallujah, Iraq 2005-2009“, is by Dr Busby, Malak Hamdan and Entesar Ariabi, and concludes that anecdotal evidence of a sharp rise in cancer and congenital birth defects is correct. Infant mortality was found to be 80 per 1,000 births compared to 19 in Egypt, 17 in Jordan and 9.7 in Kuwait.

The report says that the types of cancer are “similar to that in the Hiroshima survivors who were exposed to ionising radiation from the bomb and uranium in the fallout”.

Researchers found a 38-fold increase in leukaemia, a ten-fold increase in female breast cancer and significant increases in lymphoma and brain tumours in adults.

At Hiroshima survivors showed a 17-fold increase in leukaemia, but in Fallujah Dr Busby says what is striking is not only the greater prevalence of cancer but the speed with which it was affecting people.

Of particular significance was the finding that the sex ratio between newborn boys and girls had changed. In a normal population this is 1,050 boys born to 1,000 girls, but for those born from 2005 there was an 18 per cent drop in male births, so the ratio was 850 males to 1,000 females.

The sex-ratio is an indicator of genetic damage that affects boys more than girls. A similar change in the sex-ratio was discovered after Hiroshima.

The US cut back on its use of firepower in Iraq from 2007 because of the anger it provoked among civilians. But at the same time there has been a decline in healthcare and sanitary conditions in Iraq since 2003.

The impact of war on civilians was more severe in Fallujah than anywhere else in Iraq because the city continued to be blockaded and cut off from the rest of the country long after 2004.

War damage was only slowly repaired and people from the city were frightened to go to hospitals in Baghdad because of military checkpoints on the road into the capital.

Note: I posted a similar article a few years ago, with pictures of deformed new-born kids

“No means no” isn’t clear enough: Alternative explanations

“No means no,” and “being unconscious means no,” may seem like a simple enough concept to understand, but apparently it isn’t. So Twitter user Nafisa Ahmed decided to explain it in words that even idiots can understand. Her epic analogy got a lot of attention on Twitter…

She starts…







Get it now? Ahmed’s tweets were received with applaud by other users…




While Ahmed handled the idiots with ease.

But Ahmed seems happy that her tweets go so many people talking, especially men.


You’re not as bad (or as good) as you think you are

All mirrors are broken

It’s impossible to see yourself as others do.

Not merely because the medium is imperfect, but, when it comes to ourselves, we process what we see differently than everyone else in the world does.

We make this mistake with physical mirrors as well as the now ubiquitous mirror of what people are saying about us behind our back on social media. (The other observers hold a great deal of the picture)

We misunderstand how we look on that video or how we come across in that note.

When we see a group photo, we instantly look at ourselves first.

When we pass a mirror on the wall, we check to see if there’s parsley stuck on our teeth, yet fail to notice how horrible that camel’s hair jacket we love actually looks on us.

When someone posts a review of something we’ve built, or responds/reacts to something we’ve written online, we dissect it, looking for the germ of truth that will finally help us see ourselves as others do.

No one understands your self-narrative, no one cares that much about you, no one truly gets what it’s like to be you. That germ of truth you’re seeking isn’t there, no matter how hard you look in the mirror.

You’re not as bad (or as good) as you think you are

Posted by Seth Godin on June 02, 2016

Read more blogs:

RSS still works. It’s still free. It’s still unfiltered, uncensored and spam-free.

Other than writing a daily blog (a practice that’s free, and priceless), reading more blogs is one of the best ways to become smarter, more effective and more engaged in what’s going on. (The hardest part in communicating online is reading lengthy articles?)

The last great online bargain. (I edit links that I receive: A great way to read and practice my style of writing and inserting my comments)

Good blogs aren’t focused on the vapid race for clicks that other forms of social media encourage.

Instead, they patiently inform and challenge, using your time with respect.

Here’s the thing:

Google doesn’t want you to read blogs. They shut down their RSS reader and they’re dumping many blog subscriptions into the gmail promo folder, where they languish unread.

And Facebook doesn’t want you to read blogs either. They have cut back the organic sharing some blogs benefitted from so that those bloggers will pay to ‘boost’ their traffic to what it used to be.


RSS still works. It’s still free. It’s still unfiltered, uncensored and spam-free.




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