Archive for März, 2014

BRD: Projekt Münchhausen gegen Kriegslügen

Montag, März 31st, 2014

“Projekt Münchhausen

Jeder Stifter einer Weltreligion verhieß Frieden, und zwar im Diesseits, zu erreichen durch Toleranz, Barmherzigkeit, Menschlichkeit. Staatsgründer taten es ihnen gleich und schrieben in ihre Grundgesetze: All men are created equal (Unabhängigkeitserklärung der USA). Großartige, kluge Worte. Und doch ist die menschliche Geschichte geprägt von Gewalt und Krieg, deren Beute von wenigen eingesackt wurde und dessen Leid von den Vielen getragen werden musste.

Wie gelang es und gelingt es in fast allen Gesellschaftsformationen, die Menschen gegeneinander in Stellung und zu Mord und Totschlag zu bringen und dies noch als gute und ehrenvolle Taten zu verkaufen? Die Massenmörder schrieben und schreiben die Geschichte, sie ließen sich den Titel ‚Der Große’ zumessen, und der Tod auf dem Schlachtfeld wurde zum Heldentod verklärt, während die ‚Kollateralschäden’ ignoriert wurden. Interessen obsiegen über Ethik und Moral.

Das Projekt Münchhausen fordert alle auf, die Geschichten der großen und kleinen Kriegslügen zu erzählen, mit denen die Menschen zur Gewalt gegen einander verführt wurden – von den Kreuzzügen, über den angeblich Gerechten Krieg, den Tonking-Zwischenfall an den Küsten Vietnams, bis zur dreisten Lüge des US-Außenministers über die Atombomben des Saddam Hussein und dem Militär als letztem Mittel der angeblich Humanitären Intervention?

Wir müssen uns befreien von dem Spinnengewebe der Lügen und Legitimationsideologien, die unsere Mitmenschen zu Feinden und Feindbildern und uns zu Gewalt gegen sie in der globalisierten Gesellschaft machen wollen. Das Projekt Münchhausen soll dazu einen Beitrag leisten. (…)

• Die Lügengeschichte des Monats März

Es begann mit einer Lüge – Kosovo-/Jugoslawienkrieg 1999

• Die Lügengeschichte des Monats Februar

Münchhausen und die Bundeswehr in Mali

• Weitere Lügengeschichten

Krieg gerecht gelogen

1990 – Lügen am Golf 1990

1964 – Der Zwischenfall von Tonking oder wie man einen erwünschten Krieg inszeniert

1867/68 – Der Krieg des britischen Empire gegen den Kaiser von Äthiopien

 

(Quelle: Aachener Friedensmagazin Aixpaix.de)

EU / Griechenland: Wiege der Zivilisation…

Montag, März 24th, 2014

“Refugees describe dire conditions in migrant detention centres
GlobalPost documentary shows footage recorded inside Corinth camp

By EnetEnglish.gr, 13:46 Friday 21 February 2014

 

Granted political asylum in December, Farhad, detained for 14 months at the detention centre in Corinth, said detainees were packed scores to a room and often beaten by police. In protest at the appalling conditions, he and others sowed their mouths together and went on hunger strike

Police officers patrol a migrant detention centre at Amygdaleza, outside Athens, 30 April 2012

Police officers patrol a migrant detention centre at Amygdaleza, outside Athens, 30 April 2012 (Photo: Reuters)

Former detainees have spoken out about the appalling conditions inside the government’s migrant detention centres, in a short documentary that offers a rare glimpse into what the government calls migrant pre-removal facilities.

In the video, produced for GlobalPost, a Afghan man named Farhad, detained for 14 months at the detention centre in Corinth, said detainees were packed scores to a room and often beaten by police. In protest at the appalling conditions, he and others sowed their mouths together and went on hunger strike.

“We didn't have any choice so we started a hunger strike, we sewed up our mouth and we stopped eating and drinking. Anyone will do whatever it takes to get his freedom. Some people have tried to commit suicide to get free, others went crazy in there,” he told Anna Giralt Gris, who made the documentary.

“In general you are afraid there, terrified,” he told the GlobalPost. “When the police would attack us in there they didn’t care who is who, anyone in front of them could become a victim. We were frightened and everyone was hiding under the beds.”

Farhad, who was just 17 when he made it to Greece, was granted political asylum in December.

Another Afghan asylum seeker, Abbas, said he didn’t see daylight for six months at a detention centre at Aspropyrgos, outside Athens. 

Some 6,500 migrants are currently held in migrant detention centres in Greece, which are co-funded by the European Union as part of an effort to limit immigration.

The European Court of Human Rights, the EU’s Committee for the Prevention of Torture and NGOs have repeatedly called conditions in these centres inhuman and degrading.

GlobalPost, EnetEnglish “

 

(Quelle: EnetEnglish.)

USA: Anhaltender Widerstand

Donnerstag, März 13th, 2014

“Lakota vow: ‘dead or in prison before we allow the KXL pipeline’

Camila Ibanez | March 13, 2014

Lakota members marched during the annual Liberation Day commemoration of the Wounded Knee massacre. (Deep Roots United Front/Victor Puertas)

Lakota members marched during the annual Liberation Day commemoration of the Wounded Knee massacre. (Deep Roots United Front/Victor Puertas)

 

On February 27, Oglala Lakota and American Indian Movement activists joined in a four-directions walk to commemorate Liberation Day, an event to mark the 1890 massacre at Wounded Knee. As they do each year, four groups gather to the north, south, east and west and then walk eight miles until converging on top of Wounded Knee, where they honor the fallen warriors and the tribe’s rich history of resistance.

“It is an acknowledgement of the resiliency of who we are as a people,” explains Andrew Iron Shell, an organizer and activist of the Sicangu Lakota Nation. “It gives permission and courage for our up-and-coming generations to face the challenges of their time.”

The history of the occupation began with a massacre more than 100 years ago. On a cold day in December 1890, the United States army killed 300 Lakota men, women and children in a massive shoot out after a member of the First Nations refused to give up his arms. It marked the first bloodshed on Wounded Knee – although there had been many massacres of First Nations people by the colonialists before it. The event was also considered the end of the Indian Wars.

Eighty-three years later, on Feb. 27, 1973, about 200 Lakota members took siege of the town of Wounded Knee. Reclaiming a location that was written in the history books as a place of defeat, the Lakota stood their ground. They were there in protest of a failed attempt at impeaching the tribal president at the time, Richard Wilson, who was known to be corrupt and abusive. Initially a protest against the tribal government, the occupation took a turn when U.S. police forces arrived. The protestors switched the occupation’s focus to the United States’ frequent violation of treaties.

The armed warriors maintained control over the town for 71 days while the FBI encircled them. At the final standoff, two warriors were killed, about 12 people were wounded and over 400 were arrested. The Oglala were able to harness national attention through their occupation, using the spotlight to question the United States’ treatment of First Nations people.

As history passed, later generations rarely heard about the occupation of Wounded Knee — or about first nation people at all. This skewed national memory should be unsurprising: When you have a society and a nation built upon the subjugation of people of color, you can expect nothing more than the constant erasing of certain histories.

Ongoing genocide

I recently visited Prisoner of War Camp 344, also known as the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. It wasn’t my first time in the sovereign Oglala Sioux Nation, but it was my first time joining in the ceremonies celebrating the 41st annual Liberation Day to remember the 1890 reoccupation of Wounded Knee.

The vibrant American Indian Movement flags waving in the harsh South Dakota winter wind reminded me of the old black and white photos I used to see in my history books. The Lakota would not disappear without a fight, regardless of what the United States’ intentions were. Children walked alongside elders who had taken part in the occupation, showing clearly the group’s intergenerational wisdom. These are children who are stripped of learning their people’s history in schools, but instead learn it through stories and dances. They are children who live in a sovereign nation that contains two of the poorest counties in the United States and who recognize the threats their families face every day.

One of these threats come from the so-called town of White Clay, Neb., where visitors can witness the way violence against the First Nations people has changed — but not disappeared — over the generations. Consisting of only 12 people and four liquor stores, White Clay was once part of a 50-square-mile buffer that prevented alcohol from entering the reservation. In 1904, President Roosevelt signed an executive order that removed 49 of those square miles. Since then, the town’s economy has been driven by the $4 million in alcohol sales to the people of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. There is no legal place to drink in or around White Clay: Alcohol containers can’t be opened on the property of the distributor, it’s prohibited to drink in the street, and the reservation is dry territory. Yet, somehow, the town of 12 people manages to keep four liquor stores open. Barely two miles from the reservation’s epicenter, and less than 200 feet from the dry reservation line, the town perpetrates a type of violence that is, on the reservation, known as liquid genocide.

The reason for this name becomes apparent when one examines the teenage suicide rate on the reservation, which is 150 percent higher than the U.S. national average for this age group. Many attribute this death rate to the sale of alcohol to minors, which White Clay store owners are known to do. The liquor stores also break the law by selling to intoxicated people, and by trading alcohol for pornography, sexual favors — including from minors — and welfare checks. The effects of free-flowing alcohol are devastating: On the reservation, 90 percent of all court cases are related to alcohol use.

Kate, a Tokala warrior, believes that alcoholism is part of a larger problem of the disappearance of indigenous culture. For her, the only way to live in the geographical region of Pine Ridge is the indigenous way. “We are the ones on the back roads, still chopping wood. We are living the way we used to live,” she said. “It’s not hardship; it’s the way it’s supposed to be.”

Kate and many others know that alcohol was introduced to her people as a means to steal from them. Living deeply connected to the history of their nation, they believe that if they shake free of the colonized mindset, alcohol wouldn’t even be an issue.

Threats to the land

In addition to trying to close down White Clay, the Oglala Lakota Nation is actively fighting the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. This 1,700-mile pipeline, which would carry 830,000 barrels of crude oil each day from western Canada through South Dakota en route to Texas. At two points it would even intersect with a pipeline that serves as a main water source for the Sioux Nation, affecting all of the Pine Ridge reservation as well as the nearby Rosebud reservation.

Advocates for the pipeline argue the pipeline is the safest way to transport crude oil. TransCanada, the company in charge of the pipeline, predicted that the first Keystone pipeline, which runs from Alberta to Illinois, would spill once every seven years. During its first year in operation, it spilled 12 times. The Lakota, along with other First Nations, have vowed to use direct action to stop construction of the pipeline.

For a nation whose land and sovereignty has been threatened for hundreds of years by U.S. politics, the Keystone XL pipeline is part of a long history of threats to the Lakota Nation – and to the earth itself.

“They want to get rid of the Lakota, the protectors of the earth,” said Olowan Martinez, an organizer in the Lakota community. “But what they don’t know is when they get rid of the Lakota, the earth isn’t too far behind. Our people believe the Lakota is the earth.”

President Obama is scheduled to be make a final decision on the pipeline by the middle of 2014. While the Lakota are hoping he will not approve the project, they are also getting ready to stand up and fight. During the Liberation Day celebrations, the Lakota’s dances and stories relayed messages about sacred water and Mother Earth. The tribe has also united with other First Nations to organize a three-day direct action training called Moccasins on the Ground, which was designed to prepare people to act if the pipeline is approved.

“Dead or in prison before we allow the Keystone XL pipeline to pass,” the Lakota warriors, many mounted atop horses, repeated during the Liberation Day celebration. Their words carried the weight of 521 years, and counting, of lived resistance.”

 

(Quelle: Waging Nonviolence.org)

Israel / Palästina: … und KEINEr geht hin!

Montag, März 10th, 2014

“FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
2014-03-08

50 Young Israelis Send a Letter to Netanyahu:
“We Refuse to Serve in the Occupation Army”

Yesterday morning, dozens of young Israelis sent Prime Minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, a letter in which they declared their refusal to serve in the Israeli military[*]. This is the largest group of Israeli draft refusers in the history of Israel; it is the first act of its kind in five years, but follows a long tradition of communal conscientious objection. The current Israeli government is trying to widen the army draft to all ethnic groups within Israel against their will and young people from all over the country are reacting by refusing to serve in the Israeli Army.
The purpose of this statement is to protest against the ongoing occupation of Palestinian territories where, according to the signatories “human rights are violated and acts defined by international law as war-crimes are perpetuated on a daily basis.” They are also protesting the way in which the army influences civilian life, deepening the sexism, militarism, violence, inequality and racism present in Israeli society.
Mandy Cartner, a 16 years old signatory from Tel Aviv said: `The actions of the army distance us from finding a solution and from creating peace, justice and security. My refusal is a way of expressing my opposition to the wrongs done daily in our name and through us.`
Shaked Harari, a 17 years old signatory from Bat Yam, said: `The army serves the people in power and not the civilians, who are only a tool. My friends and I refuse to be cannon fodder.`
Roni Lax, a 20 year old signatory from Bnei Brak: “We stand in solidarity with the ultra-orthodox youth and the Arab youth – Christian and Druze, some of whom are currently in an army prison.”

Contact Info:

Dafna Rothstein Landman – 0522470123 – dafna.e.r.l@gmail.com

Itamar Bellaiche – 0547484248 – itabellaiche@gmail.com

[*] The following is their statement:

`We, citizens of the state of Israel, are designated for army service.

We appeal to the readers of this letter to set aside what has always been taken for granted and to reconsider the implications of military service.
We, the undersigned, intend to refuse to serve in the army and the main reason for this refusal is our opposition to the military occupation of Palestinian territories. Palestinians in the occupied territories live under Israeli rule though they did not choose to do so, and have no legal recourse to influence this regime or its decision-making processes. This is neither egalitarian nor just. In these territories, human rights are violated, and acts defined under international law as war-crimes are perpetuated on a daily basis. These include assassinations (extrajudicial killings), the construction of settlements on occupied lands, administrative detentions, torture, collective punishment and the unequal allocation of resources such as electricity and water. Any form of military service reinforces this status quo, and, therefore, in accordance with our conscience, we cannot take part in a system that perpetrates the above-mentioned acts.
The problem with the army does not begin or end with the damage it inflicts on Palestinian society. It infiltrates everyday life in Israeli society too: it shapes the educational system, our workforce opportunities, while fostering racism, violence and ethnic, national and gender-based discrimination.
We refuse to aid the military system in promoting and perpetuating male dominance. In our opinion, the army encourages a violent and militaristic masculine ideal whereby `might is right`. This ideal is detrimental to everyone, especially those who do not fit it. Furthermore, we oppose the oppressive, discriminatory, and heavily gendered power structures within the army itself.
We refuse to forsake our principles as a condition to being accepted in our society. We have thought about our refusal deeply and we stand by our decisions.
We appeal to our peers, to those currently serving in the army and/or reserve duty, and to the Israeli public at large, to reconsider their stance on the occupation, the army, and the role of the military in civil society. We believe in the power and ability of civilians to change reality for the better by creating a more fair and just society. Our refusal expresses this belief.
For details:

Dafna Rothstein Landman – 0522470123 – dafna.e.r.l@gmail.com

Itamar Bellaiche – 0547484248 – itabellaiche@gmail.com ”

 

(Quelle: Occupation Magazin)

BRD / EU: Die Toten vor Lampedusa sind unvermeidlich. Wofür? (HINWEIS)

Donnerstag, März 6th, 2014

“Die Toten vor Lampedusa sind unvermeidlich. Wofür?

Der Vortrag von Arian Schiffer Nasserie am 24.03.2014 beschäftigt sich mit den Fluchtursachen, der europäischen Flüchtlingspolitik und der öffentlich-medialen Besprechung der unübersehbaren Opfer am Beispiel von Lampedusa. Die nachfolgenden Thesen sollen im Vortrag begründet und bewiesen werden:

• Die toten Flüchtlinge sind – auch wenn es niemand so sagen will – für die ökonomischen Interessen der führenden Staaten und ihrer Unternehmen unvermeidlich. Sie sind als Teil der zivilen Opfer des EU-Projekts notwendig!

• Die Grenztoten sind nicht Opfer „gewissenloser Schleuserbanden“, die der Innenminister nun pressewirksam verantwortlich machen will, sondern sie sind die Folge einer effizienten Abriegelung der europäischen Außengrenzen, für die Deutschland entschlossen einsteht.

• Die Toten sind nicht Opfer „unserer aller“ Gleichgültigkeit und Ignoranz gegenüber dem Leid der Flüchtenden, wie dies Presse und Bundespräsident glauben machen wollen, sondern sie sind Produkte der ökonomischen, politischen und militärischen Erfolgsstrategie eines Staates, dem – allem Elend zum Trotz – die uneingeschränkte Loyalität der vierten Gewalt gilt.

• Die Toten bezeugen nicht das „Scheitern der europäischen Flüchtlingspolitik“, sondern sie sind Ausdruck erfolgreicher Grenzsicherung.

• Auch wenn es niemand so sagen will: Die nun öffentlich zur Schau gestellte Betroffenheit dient nicht den toten Flüchtlingen – wie sollte sie auch! Scham und Trauer gelten dem Ansehen des europäischen Staatenbündnisses, seiner Parteigänger und seiner Werte.

Der Vortrag selbst ist Teil einer Vortragsreihe mit dem Titel

An den Grenzen des Rechtsstaats
Flucht und Flüchtlingspolitik in der Diskussion

Weitere Themen und Termine:

07. 4. Die soziale und rechtliche Lage der Flüchtlinge (Heinz Drucks)
28. 4. Menschenrechte für Flüchtlinge: Anspruch und Wirklichkeit (Wolf-Dieter Just)
12. 5. Universalismus und Nationalismus des Menschenrechts (Matthias Schnath)
19. 5. Traumatisierung von Flüchtlingen: Politisierung und Instrumentalisierung (Cinur Ghaderi)
16. 6. Die vierte Gewalt im migrationspolitischen Diskurs – Eine Presseanalyse (Esther Almstadt)
23. 6. Bürger gegen Flüchtlingsheime – öffentlich-rechtliche Erklärungsmuster (Suitbert Cechura)

Gründe zur Auseinandersetzung gibt es genug:

• Die Zerstörung der menschlichen Lebensgrundlagen an der Peripherie Europas;
• die Toten an den Außengrenzen der EU;
• die Verschärfung der Flüchtlingsabwehr durch Frontex, Eurosur und Küstenwache,
• die auf Abschreckung und Abwehr zielende Asylverfahrenspraxis und ihre Folgen;
• das öffentliche Mitgefühl für die unvermeidlichen Opfer,
• die konstruktiv-kritische Berichterstattung der Presse über „das Flüchtlingsproblem“;
• der Aufstieg rechtsextremer und faschistischer Parteien in den europäischen Parlamenten;
• die Proteste und Übergriffe von Bundesbürgern gegen Flüchtlinge und „Sozialtouristen“;
• die Proteste von Flüchtlings- und Menschenrechtsgruppen gegen „Fremdenfeindlichkeit“;

… geben Anlass zur öffentlichen, sachlichen und kontroversen Diskussion über Flucht und Flüchtlingspolitik in der Bundesrepublik und der EU. Im Rahmen einer Vortragsreihe der Evangelischen Fachhochschule RWL wird das Themenfeld daher wissenschaftlich fachübergreifend beleuchtet und mit Interessierten aus Hochschule und Region diskutiert.

Jeweils montags zwischen 18 und 20 Uhr in Raum 119 der Evangelischen Fachhochschule Rheinland-Westfalen-Lippe; Immanuel-Kantstr. 18-20, 44803 Bochum;
Tel.: 0234-36901-0; Fax: 0234-36901-100; E-Mail: efh@efh-bochum.de “

 

(Quelle: Evangelische Fachhochschule Rheinland-Westfalen-Lippe)