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Western Media Ignore Iraqi Demand For Freedom

By Dr Gideon Polya

25 February, 2011

US- and Zionist-beholden Western media have been reporting the Arab Revolution underway in countries including Morocco , Algeria , Tunisia , Libya , Egypt , Jordan , Yemen and Bahrain . However while pro-Zionist, Western media and politicians laudably support the courageous protests for democracy in these countries, there is extraordinary silence in relation to the demands for democracy in Occupied Palestine and Occupied Iraq in which the indigenous inhabitants live under the tyrannical rule of genocidal European invaders rather than under the tyrannical rule of Western-backed indigenous dictators.

In the racist Zionist-controlled Occupied Palestinian Territory post-invasion excess deaths from Israeli-imposed deprivation total 0.3 million, post-invasion under-5 infant deaths total 0.2 million and the Hamas MPs who won an overwhelming victory in the 2006 elections held under Occupier guns are holed up in the violently Israeli-guarded Gaza Concentration Camp together with 1.5 million other Palestinians, including  800,000 children. There are 7 million Palestinian refugees and about half the 12 million Palestinians are forbidden to live in the land continuously inhabited by their forbears for thousands of years from the dawn of history. Of 12 million Palestinians only the adults of 1.5 million Palestinian Israelis are permitted to vote for the racist Zionist-dominated Apartheid Israeli government that for 43 years has been ruling all  of Palestinian plus, variously, slabs of neighboring Egypt, Lebanon and Syria (see “Palestinian Genocide”: https://sites.google.com/site/palestiniangenocide/  ).

According to the 2006 Revision UN Population Division data, medical literature data, and other authoritative sources, the Iraqi Holocaust in US Coalition-occupied Occupied Iraq has been associated with 1.1 million post-invasion non-violent avoidable deaths; 1.4 million violent post-invasion deaths; and 0.8 million post-invasion under-5 infant deaths (90% avoidable and due to gross US Coalition violation of the Articles 55 and 56 of the Geneva Convention Relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War which demands that an Occupier supplies its Conquered Subjects with  food and medical requisites to “the fullest extent of the means available to it.”).  In addition, avoidable deaths under Sanctions (1990-2003) totalled 1.7 million, violent deaths in the Gulf War totalled 0.2 million and under-5 infant deaths under Sanctions totalled 1.2 million. Iraqi refugees (both inside and outside Iraq ) total 5-6 million.

The ongoing Iraqi Holocaust (1990-2009) involves 1.6 million violent deaths, 2.8 million non-violent excess deaths, 4.4 million violent and non-violent excess deaths, 1.8 million avoidable under-5 year old infant deaths and 5-6 million refugees – an Iraqi Genocide according to the UN Genocide Convention definition of “acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnic, racial or religious group“ (see “Iraqi Holocaust, Iraqi Genocide”: https://sites.google.com/site/iraqiholocaustiraqigenocide/  and “Muslim Holocaust, Muslim Genocide”:   https://sites.google.com/site/muslimholocaustmuslimgenocide/ ]).

The following statement signed by numerous scholars and writers around the world was issued as a press release on 20 February 2011 by the eminent and authoritative BRussells Tribunal on Iraq (link: http://usgenocide.org/2011/support-iraqi-protests/  ).

QUOTE: “Support Iraqi protests!

While millions across the world watched live 18 days of dramatic revolution that ousted the US-allied torture-friendly regime of Hosni Mubarak, no one is offered live feed from Iraq of its people's uprising against an enemy much worse.

And while President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton are being lauded for their supposed support for Egyptian democracy, no one is asking the key question Washington can't answer: When will members of this US administration and the three previous face trial for crimes against humanity in Iraq ?

Despite US hypocrisy, nothing will prevent the collapse of US geostrategic goals in the Arab region. It is not by direct confrontation that this is happening, nor by ideology. The interests of the people are opposed to the model of underdevelopment Washington and allies propose and police.

The year of revolutions.

Across the Arab world, 2011 appears set to be remembered as the “year of revolutions”. In Iraq, ravaged by eight years of US occupation, plunder, destruction and death, protests have burst forth in Baghdad, Kut, Basra, Kirkuk, Ramadi, Sulaymaniyah and tens of other locations. As usual, the people face live fire.

We declare our solidarity with the people of Iraq in protest. We declare our solidarity with the martyrs of the Egyptian and Tunisian revolutions, and all martyrs of Arab uprisings. We put Washington on notice that it is your policies that are being defeated, and it is your alliances that are falling apart.

The region is witness to a rolling tide of Arab renaissance, led by the aspirations of the Arab youth. No injustice will be spared criticism. No lie will remain unexposed.

Support Iraqi protests!

Stand in support of the Iraqi people in their struggle against state terrorism and repression, generalised corruption, a falsified political process and its state apparatus, generalised lack and collapse of public services, poverty and unemployment, systematic abuse of human rights by the government and its militias, illegal contracts, treaties and a constitution imposed under occupation, and foreign plans to destroy Iraqi culture, economy and unity.

Stand in support of the Iraqi people's struggle for freedom, democracy, dignity, unity and social justice.

Stand in support of the Iraqi people in their uprising, and in solidarity with all Arabs at this dawn of a new era!

The game is over! We demand that Maliki's government leave without shedding the blood of innocent Iraqis on 25 February, Iraq 's “Day of Peaceful Anger”.

We demand that other states withdraw support from Maliki and not provide cover for a government bloodbath.

We are certain the people of Iraq will achieve victory, like their Tunisian and Egyptian brothers and sisters.

Signed by:

Dr Ian Douglas, coordinator of the International Initiative to Prosecute US Genocide in Iraq and member of the Executive Committee of the BRussells Tribunal – UK/Egypt

Abdul Ilah Albayaty, political analyst and member of the Executive Committee of the BRussells Tribunal and the International Initiative to Prosecute US Genocide in Iraq – France/Iraq

Hana Al Bayaty, political analyst and activist and member of the Executive Committee of the BRussells Tribunal and the International Initiative to Prosecute US Genocide in Iraq – France/Iraq

Denis Halliday, Former UN Assistant Secretary General & United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator for Iraq 1997-98 – Ireland

Prof Dr Lieven De Cauter, philosopher, K.U. Leuven / Rits, initiator of the BRussells Tribunal

Dr Curtis F J Doebbler, international human rights lawyer – USA/Palestine

Felicity Arbuthnot, journalist – UK

Paola Manduca, professor of genetics DIBIO, University of Genoa – Italy

Lamis Andoni, journalist – Palestine

Serene Assir, writer/journalist – Lebanon/Spain

Dirk Adriaensens, member of the Executive Committee of the BRussells Tribunal and coordinator of SOS Iraq – Belgium

Mattias Chang, law specialist, Perdana Global Peace Foundation and the Kuala Lumpur Foundation to Criminalise War – Malaysia

Cynthia McKinney, Green Party US Presidential Candidate – USA

Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad, President Perdana Global Peace Foundation – Malaysia

Cynthia McKinney, Green Party US Presidential Candidate – USA

Dr Zulaiha Ismail, Perdana Global Peace Foundation – Malaysia

Sigyn Meder, member of the Iraqi Solidarity Association in Stockholm – Sweden

Mike Powers, member of the Iraqi Solidarity Association in Stockholm – Sweden

Father Miguel d'Escoto Brockmann, former president of the UN General Assembly

Eduardo Galeano, writer, historian, witness – Uruguay

Hans Von Sponeck, former UN assistant secretary general & United Nations humanitarian coordinator for Iraq 1998-2000 – Germany

Nilofer Bhagwat, vice president of Indian Lawyers Association – India

Ahmad Manai, former expert with the UN, former president of Tlaxcala, president of the Tunisian Institute of International Relations – Tunisia

Prof. Patrick Deboosere, demographer VUB – Belgium

Frank Barat, coordinator Russell Tribunal on Palestine – UK

Hans F. Schweinsberg,?Public Awareness Education, Programs (PAEP) ?of the Sciences and Humanities – Technology and Global Bioethics; ?Member of Forum UNESCO; International PEN; ?United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

Lori Price, editor-in-chief, Citizens For Legitimate Government – USA

Prof. Dr. Eric Corijn, Centre for Urban Research COSMOPOLIS – City, Culture & Society. Programme in European Urban Cultures (POLIS) UNICA Euromaster in Urban Studies (4Cities) – Belgium

John Catalinotto, International Action Center – USA

Sara Flounders, co-director, International Action Center – USA

Dr. Bert De Belder, Medical Aid for the Third World – Belgium

Janine Borel, responsable du Comité de lutte contre la Barbarie et l'Arbitraire – France

Frederick Bowie, independent journalist

Saadallah Al Fathi, former advisor, Ministry of Oil , Iraq – Iraq

Dr Souad Al Azzawi, assistant professor of environmental engineering, University of Baghdad – Iraq

Sabah Al-Mukhtar, president Arab Lawyers Association – UK

Yasar Mohammed Salman Hasan – Iraq

Ward Treunen, member of the Executive Committee of the BRussells Tribunal – Belgium

Hussein Al-Alak, chair, The Iraq Solidarity Campaign – UK

Dr Gideon Polya, scientist, academic, author and human rights activist, Melbourne – Australia

Michael Parenti, author – USA

Alan Bishop, musician, Sun City Girls, Brothers Unconnected, Sublime frequencies – USA

Ad-Hoc Committee for Justice for Iraq

Perdana Global Peace Foundation

Iraq and American Reconciliation Project

Bob Buzzanco, professor of history, University of Houston – USA

Dr Osama Al-Zand, university professor (retired) – Canada

Dr Edward Horgan, human rights activist – Ireland

Elizabeth Aaronsohn, Ed.D, Central CT State University

Dhr. E. Vergers, Haarlem – Netherlands

Higinio Polo, professor and writer. Barcelona – Spain

Basem Khader

Cristina Gay – Belgium

Francois Hien, film director – France

Julie Brenta, movie editor – Belgium

Annette Jacobson

Insaf Kalaji, writer

Izumi Tanaka – Japan

Lamees Ibrahim

John Cooper

Kick Leijnse – Sweden

Juliane Spitta – Germany

Peter Mundhenk

Nancy L Singham – USA

Barrie Zwicker – Canada

Göran Forsberg – Sweden

Prof. Dr. Sefik Alp Bahadir, director, Center for Iraq Studies, University of Erlangen , Nuremberg – Germany

Luke Wilcox, development and communications director, Iraqi and American Reconciliation Project

B. Ross Ashley, executive member, St Paul 's NDP – Canada

Brad Butler, artist, The Museum of non-Participation – UK

Karen Mirza, artist, The Museum of non-Participation – UK

Laura Westra, Ph.D., Ph.D.(Law) Professor Emerita (Philosophy), University of Windsor sessional instructor, Faculty of Law, University of Milano (Bicocca)

Allen L. Jasson, www.warcrimes.org.uk – UK

John Bart Gerald, poet, writer – USA / Canada

Einar Schlereth, journalist Tlaxcala

Sinfo Fernández, translator, Rebelion.org

Fernando Sancho, member of Biladi Palestinian Asociation – Bilbao / Spain

Koen Claerhout, cultural producer – Germany / Belgium

Mike Springmann

Hugh Esco

Nancy Matthews

Pippa Bartolotti

Pierre Plougonven

Aminah Hanum

Tsilli Goldenberg

Rohini Hensman, writer – India

Hazel Fuller – UK

Sinfo Fernández

Mujeeb Ebrahim

Deborah Veneziale

Zainuddin Mohamed Ismail – Singapore

Nadia Ferro

Vini Pereira

Laura Borst

José Wadih Maluf

Ronald Strand

Hiyam Noir

Kerstin Johassan

Salah Salim Ali – Norway

Muna El Shorbagi, researcher, Cairo – Egypt

Professor Hazim Awbi – UK

Michael Culver, actor, peace protester

René Broens, artist, researcher Antwerp – Belgium

Mieke de Loof, writer Antwerp – Belgium

Ramez Philippe Maalouf, master's in human geography, University of São

Paulo – Brazil

Marianne Birkby, on behalf of Radiation Free Lakeland, Cumbria – UK

Radiation Free Lakeland

Julie Maas, artist – Canada

Ángel Alonso, teacher – Spain

Terry O'Connor – Canada

Mohammad Askari

Marie Noel Lombart

Ilona Sztana – The Netherlands

KS Gupta – UK

Adriana Auderset – Switzerland

Manzur Khan

Take action!

1. Endorse this statement by writing here: hanaalbayaty@gmail.com  .

2. There is a virtual blackout on the uprising in Iraq in the Western media. Take initiative and demand that news outlets put Iraq back on the agenda where you are.” END QUOTE.

Peace is the only way but silence kills and silence is complicity. We cannot ignore any of  the courageous participants in the Arab Revolution, whether  in Morocco , Algeria , Tunisia , Libya , Egypt , Jordan , Yemen , Bahrain , Occupied Palestine or Occupied Iraq. Please tell everyone you can.

Dr Gideon Polya currently teaches science students at a major Australian university. He published some 130 works in a 5 decade scientific career, most recently a huge pharmacological reference text "Biochemical Targets of Plant Bioactive Compounds" (CRC Press/Taylor & Francis, New York & London , 2003). He has recently published “Body Count. Global avoidable mortality since 1950” (G.M. Polya, Melbourne, 2007: http://globalbodycount.blogspot.com/ ); see also his contributions “Australian complicity in Iraq mass mortality” in “Lies, Deep Fries & Statistics” (edited by Robyn Williams, ABC Books, Sydney, 2007): http://www.abc.net.au/rn/science/ockham/stories/s1445960.htm ) and “Ongoing Palestinian Genocide” in “The Plight of the Palestinians (edited by William Cook, Palgrave Macmillan, London, 2010: http://mwcnews.net/focus/analysis/4047-the-plight-of-the-palestinians.html ). He has just published a revised and updated 2008 version of his 1998 book “Jane Austen and the Black Hole of British History” (see: http://janeaustenand.blogspot.com/ ) as biofuel-, globalization- and climate-driven global food price increases threaten a greater famine catastrophe than the man-made famine in British-ruled India that killed 6-7 million Indians in the “forgotten” World War 2 Bengal Famine (see recent BBC broadcast involving Dr Polya, Economics Nobel Laureate Professor Amartya Sen and others: http://www.open2.net/thingsweforgot/ bengalfamine_programme.html ). When words fail one can say it in pictures - for images of Gideon Polya's huge paintings for the Planet, Peace, Mother and Child see: http://sites.google.com/site/artforpeaceplanetmotherchild/ and
http://www.flickr.com/photos/gideonpolya/ .  




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