While western newspapers, radio and television news programmes have been full of events in Ukraine you have to search very hard for any coverage of protests in Bosnia-Herzegovina writes Geoff Ryan. Regional assemblies have been invaded, with their erstwhile occupants chased out to the accompanying chants of ‘thieves, thieves’. Regional governments have resigned. Yet virtually the only time Bosnia has had a mention has been in relation to the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand in Sarajevo in 1914 and the outbreak of the first world war – usually in dreadful attempts to justify British participation in the war.
Perhaps the reason for the silence is that the protests in Bosnia, in contrast to Ukraine, have been largely led by the working class, have demanded an end to privatisation, have rejected nationalist arguments and have begun to develop forms of direct, participatory democracy. ‘Take to the streets. Death to Nationalism’ proclaim slogans on the walls of towns and cities in Bosnia. All of this is, of course, anathema to the capitalist class of the European Union and the United States who would be far from happy if workers elsewhere started to follow the Bosnian example. Hence the media silence.
It is no surprise that the Bosnian revolt began in Tuzla. Tuzla is an industrial city with a mixed population of Serbs, Croats and Bosniaks along with people of other nationalities not recognised as forming the population of Bosnia-Herzegovina. During the war launched against multi-national Bosnia by then Serb leader Slobodan Milosevic and his Bosnian Serb allies Tuzla remained a bastion of working class internationalist unity. Serbs, Croats and Bosniaks fought alongside one another in the militias organised by the Tuzla miners and other trade unions. It was this opposition by the Tuzla working class to the various nationalisms that were trying to tear Bosnia apart that in 1993 led International Workers Aid to Bosnia to concentrate on raising support for the Tuzla region.
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183 Palestinian children arrested by army, facing military courts in January alone
March 4, 2014
A new report indicates that as of the end of January, 183 Palestinian children were arrested and detained by Israeli occupation soldiers and occupation police, and imprisoned and prosecuted in the Israeli military court system. Of the 183 children, 20 are between the ages of 14 and 15 years old.
Defence for Children International - Palestine section (DCI-PS) added in its detention bulletin that 75 percent of Palestinian children detained during 2013 “endured physical violence during arrest and interrogation.”
DCI-PS documents specific case studies of Palestinian children being detained, arrested and violently abused by Israeli forces. In their bulletin, the rights group highlights the case of 16-year-old Salah S. from Qalqilya in the occupied West Bank:In January, Israeli soldiers detained Salah S, 16, from Azzun, Qalqilya around 4:30 pm while he was with friends near a road used by Israeli soldiers and settlers. Israeli soldiers held him overnight and transferred him to multiple locations over a 12-hour period, while subjecting him to physical violence and ill-treatment.
Salah was previously arrested in January 2013, then 15 years old, and spent 10 months at Megiddo prison inside Israel.
On January 1, Israeli forces arrested 16 residents from at-Tabaqa village, west of Hebron, in the West Bank, including nine Palestinian children, some as young as 13, on suspicion of stone throwing.
DCI-Palestine research shows that children arrive to Israeli interrogation centers blindfolded, bound and sleep deprived. Unlike their Israeli counterparts, Palestinian children have no right to be accompanied by a parent during an interrogation. In 96 percent of cases documented by DCI-Palestine in 2013, children were questioned alone and rarely informed of their rights, particularly their right against self-incrimination.Each year approximately 500-700 Palestinian children, some as young as 12 years [old], are detained and prosecuted in the Israeli military court system.
The most common charge is for throwing stones. Currently, 41.5 percent of Palestinian child prisoners are detained inside Israel in violation of Article 76 of the Fourth Geneva Convention.
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CNN asks "When Can a Government Kill Its Own People?" but the answer has already been given: whenever it wants to and those accountable will be re-elected anyway.
R.I.P. Abdulrahman al-Awlaki. He would have been 18 years old last September. Abdulrahman was killed alongside his 17-year old cousin by a U.S. drone strike on October 14, 2011. He and his father were both U.S. citizens killed by drone strikes. Abdulrahman’s murder has been called a “mistake” by the government, but no one has been held accountable for the loss of his life.
"killed for what he might have become"
His death was no mistake. They new exactly what they were doing. They new what killing his father would turn him into as an adult. This was ‘prevention’ at its finest.
Killing people before they commit crimes.
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