Category Archives: Crimes against humanity

American provocations and threats against North Korea: The danger of thermo-nuclear war is real

By Fazal Rahman, Ph.D.

After the missile attack on a Syrian airbase, on the basis of phony and fake pretexts, masked with arrogant imperialist self-confidence, and repeated and reproduced in clone-like manner, by all the major media, politicians, government officials, and countless millions of ordinary people, not only in the US, but in other NATO countries, as well as in their Third World clients, the US is now undertaking extremely provocative and war-mongering actions against North Korea, which has nuclear weapons and has threatened to use them if subjected to aggression by the Americans or South Koreans.  Unlike the other victims of relatively recent US military  invasions, aggression, or intimidation, like Afghanistan, Yugoslavia, Iraq, Libya, and Iran, North Korea has nuclear weapons and their delivery systems, and can wreak havoc on the aggressors and their accomplices, if cornered and pushed too far.  Nuclear weapons were introduced into South Korea by the US in the 1950s.  Thousands of them were deployed there.  North Korean development of nuclear weapons technology was undoubtedly in reaction that.  These are supposed to have been withdrawn in 1991.  Even if that is the case, US does not really need them there, as it has the ability to target any area of the world from multiple sources and locations.  Also, these can be redeployed and reassembled in South Korea rapidly.  Their storage facilities there have been preserved.   Moreover, the planned installation of the THAAD missile system (Terminal High Altitude Area Defense) in South Korea poses a great new danger to the security of North Korea, China, and Russia.  North Korea has repeatedly stated its willingness for real, mutual, and equitable denuclearization.  However, the US and South Korea insist on imposing a unilateral denuclearization, one-sidedly, only on North Korea, a most unfair, unacceptable, and arrogant imperialist demand (1). Continue reading

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Extremist capitalist class and police brutality in Pakistan: Demolitions of slums in Islamabad

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Pictures: Scenes during and after the demolitions.  Children crying at the loss of their huts, women wailing and protesting, part of the slum after demolitions. A slum woman being dragged and thrown down from the roof of her family hut, by the Pakistani policewomen

The following article was published in the Pakistani English language newspaper on July 30, 2015.  It is self-explanatory and contains a couple of videos showing policemen and policewomen demolishing the overcrowded tiny little miserable shacks, built of mud and whatever thousands of poor workers and their families could find-in a slum, called Afghan Basti, in the I-11 Area of Islamabad-on vacant public land.  Afghan Basti has been there for decades and most of its inhabitants are reported to be Pakistani Pashtuns or Afghan refugees-many of whom are now legal residents of Pakistan-who started arriving there decades ago, as a result of US instigated wars and invasions of Afghanistan.  They are parts of the victims of geopolitical and economic plans and actions of US and NATO imperialism and their Pakistani government and military clients.  Pakistani government, military, and business elites siphoned off billions of dollars from the American and other western aid and military expenditures to their private wealth. The Pashtuns and Afghan refugees built these primitive dwellings with their own hard labor, in the vacant land near Islamabad, at the same time working for very low wages in menial jobs.  Most men work in construction; in fruit and vegetable markets; cleaning the streets, buildings, and houses; as gardeners, plumbers, drivers etc.  Women work for very little pay as domestic servants.  Pakistani upper and middle classes take full advantage of their poverty and exploit them to the maximum, much more so than the Pakistani workers.  Now, after demolishing their dwellings, the government and businesses plan to “develop” that area and build houses for the rich and shopping malls etc., which are extremely profitable for people who have accumulated great amounts of wealth through corruption, drugs and arms smuggling, and other nefarious means, and are able and eager to invest in such ventures.  Estimates of their numbers at this particular slum vary between 8,000 and 20,000, innumerable small children among them. Continue reading

Capitalist-technocratic psychopaths of imperialism vs. the psychopaths of Islamic State (IS)

By Fazal Rahman, Ph.D.                             February 12, 2015

Destruction of a home in Idlib, Syria, by US-led coalition airstrike Japanese journalist Kenji Goto, who was beheaded later

Pictures of the destruction of a home in Idlib, Syria, by US led Coalition’s airstrike, supposedly targeting the IS (Daish), and Japanese journalist Kenji Goto, who was beheaded by the IS later.

After failing to defeat the forces of Islamic State (IS or ISIS or ISIL, also known by its Arabic name Daish) in Iraq and Syria by massive aerial bombardments of the US and its Arab and Western allies, the American President, Barack Obama, has announced sending the American troops there for that purpose, again demonstrating his extraordinary trapezing abilities.  Such escalation will inevitably lead to predicable results and reactions.  The US and its above-mentioned allies are already heavily involved in funding, arming, and training of the so-called moderate anti-government groups in Syria, out of which the Islamic State emerged, to begin with.  Fighters from other groups and other nations, including the US and Europe, have been increasingly joining the IS in its various campaigns. Overwhelming majority of Muslim immigrants in the US and Europe experience demonic types and levels of economic, political, legal, religious, and cultural discrimination, exclusion, and oppression.  That is one of the major reasons why they, especially the young, identify with the victims of aggression, invasions, domination, injustice, and exploitation in the Muslim countries, by the same powers and power structures-directly as well as through their local collaborators and clients-that oppress them in their centers.  When an Islamic force like the IS emerges that achieves significant successes against all odds, many victimized Muslims-especially the Sunnis-gravitate towards it.    Such growth and development of IS forces is very likely to multiply after the involvement of US ground forces.   Whatever the US imperialism does in that region creates more and more sinister destructions and losses of life and means of living.  None of this would have happened if the US had left Iraq alone and not invaded it. Continue reading

Columbus Day Promotes Genocide

By Francis A. Boyle
 
 
In this brief legal document, truly honorable Professor Francis A. Boyle has described part of the history of  genocidal and other crimes against humanity by the US imperialism.  Such honesty and clarity of thought and spirit is extremely rare to find. Continue reading