March 18, 2010

Splitting the Sky Versus the War Criminals

Posted in George Bush, resistance, USA, war crimes tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 2:08 am by Edna

STS Versus the War Criminals cc Edna Spennato 2010.

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Also published at The Splitting The Sky Blog, Window Into Palestine, The Radical Press, Snippits and Snappits, Asu-USA Articles, Uprooted Palestinians, Zimbio.

On 17 March 2009 in Calgary, Canada, Splitting the Sky (aka John Boncore) was arrested and charged with obstruction (as he fully expected) when he tried to serve George W. Bush with a citizen’s warrant, and to arrest him to stand trial for war crimes and torture. In doing so, he sacrificed himself for ALL of us who are concerned with Truth, Peace and Justice. His trial took place on 8 and 9 March, and judgment will be passed on 7 June 2010.  He could face between 6 months and 2 years in prison unless we the people put pressure on the Harper government and let them know that we will not tolerate that.

His trial was closed down by the state after 2 days, though he was originally given 5 days to present evidence of war crimes and torture, as well as the involvement of the Bush regime in the events of 9/11, to justify his actions under the legal principle of “civil resistance”.

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Updates on the trial at his home page and blog.

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Citizen’s Arrest of George W. Bush for War Crimes – The Trial of “Splitting the Sky”

by Prof. Anthony J. Hall

Who and What is on Trial?

When Splitting the Sky broke through police lines in his attempt to conduct a citizen’s arrest of former US president George W. Bush, the Mohawk freedom fighter pierced a thick wall of tyranny. He broke through a tight phalanx of state protection for the perpetrators of war crimes, crimes against humanity, and crimes against the peace.

With his courageous act, Splitting the Sky announced the unwillingness of millions of global citizens to tolerate any longer the culture of impunity that places a small, interlinked global plutocracy above the law. By breaking police lines, the Attica brother and American Indian Movement activist scouted a route of liberation for those of us seeking to get out from under the weight of complicity in international crime committed in our name. We are all deeply implicated in the state terror permeating the 9/11 wars because it is our tax dollars that fund these imperial assaults.

Splitting the Sky’s action in Calgary highlights the abject failure of law enforcement agencies to do their job. It highlights the unwillingness of police and those who direct them to apply the law equitably and independently.

When he broke through police lines last March, Splitting the Sky built on the message of Muntadar al-Zaidi, the Baghdad journalist who fired his shoes at the departing US president. Al-Zaidi’s symbolic shot was seen and applauded around the world. By dramatizing the role of so-called law enforcers as protectors of international crime, Splitting the Sky highlighted that many millions of global citizens have seen more than enough evidence to understand that George W. Bush and his war cabinet are credibly accused war criminals.

If we lived in a world where the integrity of law prevailed over the power of money, political corruption and military might, the Cheney-Rumsfeld-Bush syndicate of war profiteers would have been apprehended long ago to face charges in a properly constituted court of international law.

When Splitting the Sky presents himself this coming March to a provincial court in Calgary, Alberta to face a criminal charge for obstruction of justice, who and what is really on trial? Whose sense of justice was really obstructed?…

Read in full here.

A RadicalPress Exclusive Interview with Splitting the Sky, Gustafsen lake Defender

By Arthur Topham, October, 2000

“…Readers are bound to find it an exciting, informative, provocative, highly enlightening and spell-binding expose of a life of one of today’s foremost radical activists…

…As readers are about to realize Mr. Hill has led a most remarkable life; one fraught almost from the onset with challenges, dangers and responsibilities that the average person would cringe at the thought of having to endure.

For all of John’s trials though, he has emerged- tempered by the fires of life- as a leading spokesperson for native sovereignty issues and a living example of the persevering spirit of resistance that has kept the aboriginal people of this continent strong.

…In short it’s an abbreviated odyssey, an epitomizing epic of one man’s struggle to maintain his dignity and spirit in a world where native traditional values are no longer given the respect and honour that they once knew. John Splitting the Sky Hill’s story of how he survived a brutal prison system in New York state only to end up playing a major role in the Gustafsen Lake Stand off during 1995 will surely come as a major surprise to readers who only heard the one-sided reports that came from the corporate press during that time.

It’s a riveting tale with a message as relevant today as it was almost thirty years ago. Ed.)

Read in full here.

9/11 Truth is “Splitting the Sky”

by Peter Zaza

…John Boncore was born in Buffalo, New York on January 7, 1952. His Mohawk name, Dacajeweiah, translated into English means “Splitting the Sky”. From the age of seven he endured many years in New York foster homes and youth detention centres where he was ill-treated. Eventually he would become the only man convicted as a ringleader of the infamous 1971 Attica State Prison rebellion in upstate New York, in the course of which 43 inmates were killed. This event has inspired several movies — “Against the Wall” (1994) starring Samuel L. Jackson, and “Attica” (1980) starring Morgan Freeman — and documentaries including “Attica” (1974), and “The Ghosts of Attica” (2001). He was listed by former UN Ambassador Andrew Young of the Carter administration as the number one political prisoner in the USA in 1975.

Splitting the Sky founded an organization to unite all Indigenous Peoples into a great confederation called the League of Indigenous Sovereign Nations of the Western Hemisphere (LISN). In 1995 he was the Sun Dance Chief at Gustafsen Lake, British Columbia, during the Gustafsen Lake Standoff, which was precipitated by a rancher who attempted to evict the Sun Dancers from what he claimed was his property. The incident turned into a major protest against the occupation of unceded native land. Splitting the Sky was an outspoken critic of the government’s handling of the incident and was among those who raised the question of so-called “Aboriginal Title” under international law. Specifically, aboriginal title is enshrined under the Royal Proclamation of 1763, which is validated as an aboriginal right in section (35) of the Canadian Constitution.

On September 10th, 2001, Splitting the Sky and his family were checking out of the Marriott Hotel one block from the World Trade Center in New York. Had he stayed an extra day or two, as was originally planned, he and his family might have suffered the fate of 400 others at that location who lost their lives during the 9/11 tragedy. As if by some intuition, he and his wife decided to cut short their stay and get out of New York City. While many researchers for 9/11 Truth deal with the never ending incongruities and falsehoods of the government’s story regarding 9/11, or the various examples of forensic evidence proving controlled demolition, Splitting the Sky has studied the complex web of people and organizations he believes to be the authors of this crime. Through careful deconstruction of the financial entities involved, as well shining the light on those specific figures who occupy the principle seats of power within those structures, he follows the age old maxims of criminology which compel us to “follow the money”, as well as determine “who benefits”….

Read in full here.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Highly recommended – Video footage from the night the trial ended, of a talk given by STS and Cynthia McKinney.

Cynthia McKinney Meets Splitting the Sky – Calgary, March 9th, 2010

14 part video playlist (90 minutes) at the above link will stream all 14 segments consecutively. Teaser:

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February 17, 2010

Sgt. Uri And His Howling Commandos

Posted in Gaza, Israel, Operation Cast Lead, war crimes tagged , , , , at 5:37 pm by Edna

Sgt. Uri and his Howling Commandos cc Edna Spennato 2009.

Photomontage made on 18 January 2009.

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January 18, 2010

Erdogan and Peres at Davos

Posted in Erdogan, Gaza, Israel, Operation Cast Lead, Peres, Turkey, war crimes tagged , , , , , , , , , at 5:53 am by Edna

Erdogan and Peres at Davos cc Edna Spennato 2009.

Photomontage made on 29 January 2009.

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Originally published at Auntie Ziona as Erdogan, Peres and the Black Sheep of the Family

Also at these links: Wake Up From Your Slumber, Uprooted Palestinians.

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January 16, 2010

The Amazing Ehudini

Posted in Ehud Olmert, war crimes tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 2:32 pm by Edna

The Amazing Ehudini cc Edna Spennato 2009.

Photomontage made on 1 February 2009.

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Originally published at Auntie Ziona as The Amazing Ehudini

Also at these links: Kenny’s Sideshow, Window Into Palestine, BuJ Al Arab, Uprooted Palestinians.

Updated 17 April 2010:

Olmert faces new corruption charge

Ehud Olmert, the former Israeli prime minister, who left office last year due to corruption charges, has been identified as a key suspect in separate bribery charges.

Police said on Thursday that Olmert, 63, was suspected in a case in which millions of dollars were exchanged for the promotion of real estate projects, including a controversal housing scheme in Jerusalem in which zoning laws had to be changed.

Olmert is suspected of taking almost $1m in bribes during the time of the Holyland residential project in the 1990s, when he was the mayor of Jerusalem…

…The case has been billed as Israel’s “real estate scandal of the century” in the local media. Olmert’s picture had previously been placed next to the story in newspapers, although the gag order prevented the “public figure” allegedly involved from being named.

Al Jazeera’s Jacky Rowland, in Jerusalem, said: “An investigating judge called it one of the worst corruption cases in the history of Israel.

“Police suspect that he benefitted from backhanders to change planning laws. Olmert is expected to speak later.”

Olmert was already facing three different charges of corruption.

He was forced to step down as prime minister last year after police accused him of double and triple-billing Jewish organisations for trips abroad and taking the extra money.

However, police have said that the new charges are much bigger then those previously filed against him.

Read in full here.

Updated 25 February 2010:

Trial Against Israeli ex-PM begins

JERUSALEM, Feb. 25 (UPI) — Prosecutors expressed confidence Thursday evidence would prove former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert was guilty of fraud, tax evasion and breach of trust.

Defense attorneys countered that the prosecution knows its evidence was inadequate to prove its case against Olmert, The Jerusalem Post reported.

Olmert’s trial opened Thursday in the Jerusalem District Court. He was indicted for fraudulent receipt of goods, false registration of corporate documents, fraud, breach of trust, tax and tax evasion on three different issues…

Read in full here.

September 2009:

Trial against former premier Olmert opens in Israel

Jerusalem – The first trial in Israeli history against a former premier opened Friday in Jerusalem’s District Court. Almost exactly a year after he resigned amid corruption allegations, former premier Ehud Olmert made his first court appearance, in what was largely a preliminary procedural hearing…

As Olmer arrived at the court he told reporters: “I arrived here as a man innocent of any crimes, and I believe I will leave here as a man innocent of any crimes.”…

The indictments themselves were filed in August.

They include charges of fraud under aggravated circumstances, breach of trust, forging of corporate documents, and failure to report income. Olmert is not, however, facing charges of bribery, as the police had recommended to prosecutors.

Amongst other charges, he is suspected of having submitted multiple times over the same travel expenses for trips abroad to different government bodies and Jewish organizations.

The ex-premier allegedly pocketed the excesses, which accumulated in a special account managed by his travel agent and used for private trips with his family. That alleged corruption scandal became known in the Israeli media as Rishon Tours, after the travel agency, or as “Olmertours.”

The former premier is also suspected of having accepted envelopes with large amounts of cash from Jewish-American businessman Morris Talansky. Olmert insists they constituted legitimate donations.

His office manager Zaken allegedly in many cases accepted the money on his behalf.

Lastly, Olmert stands accused of cronyism, allegedly giving preferential treatment to a factory represented by a friend of his, Uri Messer, when he served as trade and industry minister…

Although Olmert is the first former or current Israeli premier ever to stand trial on criminal charges, but the proceedings come as Israel’s political elite is tarnished by a host of corruption and other scandals….

Read in full here.

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January 14, 2010

Barak Faces Arrest for War Crimes

Posted in Ehud Barak, Gaza, Operation Cast Lead, war crimes tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 4:09 pm by Edna

Barak Faces Arrest for War Crimes cc Edna Spennato 2009.

Photomontage made on 10 January 2009.

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Originally published at Auntie Ziona as Will Barak Follow in Eichmann’s Footsteps?

Also at these links: Kenny’s Sideshow, Window Into Palestine, Europalestine, BuJ Al Arab, Wake Up From Your Slumber, Uprooted Palestinians.

This photomontage was based on the famous photograph of Eichmann taken at his trial.


Turkish Organization: Arrest Barak for War crimes When He Arrives Here

AL – MANAR TV 14/01/201014/01/2010 Despite the intensifying crisis between Israel and Turkey, Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak is insisting to follow through with his scheduled plans to visit Turkey next week. However, on Thursday it became clear that an arrest warrant may await him there.

One of the major human rights organizations in Turkey, Mazlumder, requested from the Turkish state prosecution to order that Barak be arrested upon landing in the country for what they call “his responsibility for war crimes during Operation Cast Lead….”

More at this link.

Israeli officers fear UK arrest

Al Jazeera 5 January 2010. A group of Israeli military officers have delayed an official visit to Britain over fears they could be arrested on war crimes charges.

Danny Ayalon, Israel’s deputy foreign minister, said on Tuesday that four officers invited to the UK by the British army would not be travelling “as we do not have a 100 per cent guarantee that they will not become objects of criminal lawsuits”.

The officers, who hold ranks from major to colonel, are the latest in a string of Israeli politicians and military officials to call off travel to Britain due to fears over possible legal action…

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January 7, 2010

Happy New Year, Yemen!

Posted in Brown, Obama, Yemen tagged , , , , , , , , at 10:10 pm by Edna

Happy New Year, Yemen! cc Edna Spennato 2010.

Photomontage made on 7 January 2010.

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Cartoon of the Day on 8 January 2010 at Palestine Think Tank.

Also at these links: Band Annie’s Weblog, Al-Buraq, Window Into Palestine, The China Rose, Zimbio.

The Yemen Hidden Agenda: Behind the Al-Qaeda Scenarios, A Strategic Oil Transit Chokepoint

by F. William Engdahl:

“…In addition to its geopolitical position as a major global oil transit chokepoint, Yemen is reported to hold some of the world’s greatest untapped oil reserves…”

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U.S., NATO Expand Afghan War To Horn Of Africa And Indian Ocean

by Rick Rozoff:

“…In parallel with the escalation of the war in South Asia – counterinsurgency operations in Afghanistan and drone missile attacks in Pakistan – the United States and its NATO allies have laid the groundwork for increased naval, air and ground operations in the Horn of Africa and the Gulf of Aden.

During the past month the U.S. has carried out deadly military strikes in Yemen: Bombing raids in the north and cruise missile attacks in the south of the nation. Washington has been accused of killing scores of civilians in the attacks in both parts of the country, executed before the December 25 Northwest Airlines incident that has been used to justify the earlier U.S. actions ex post facto. And, ominously, that has been exploited to pound a steady drumbeat of demands for expanded and even more direct military intervention.

The Pentagon’s publicly disclosed military and security program for Yemen grew from $4.6 million in 2006 to $67 million last year. “That figure does not include covert, classified assistance that the United States has provided…..”

Somalia and Yemen lie across from each other on either end of the Gulf of Aden where the Red Sea meets the Arabian Sea and the Mediterranean is connected with the Indian Ocean. An arc that effects the conjunction of three of the world’s five most important continents. Territory too important for the United States, whose head of state last month proclaimed himself commander-in-chief of the world’s sole military superpower, and what for the past decade has declared itself expeditionary and global NATO to leave untouched.”

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January 5, 2010

A Gaza Postcard from the One

Posted in Ehud Barak, Gaza, Obama, Operation Cast Lead, war crimes, Zionism tagged , , , , , , , at 7:46 am by Edna

Obama Loves Sderot

A Gaza Postcard from the One cc Edna Spennato 2009.

Photomontage made on 22 January 2009.

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December 31, 2009

Blitzkrieg – Orders are Orders

Posted in Gaza, Operation Cast Lead, war crimes tagged , , , , , , , , , at 10:37 am by Edna

Blitzkrieg – Orders are Orders cc Edna Spennato 2009.

Photomontage made on 1 January 2009.

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Originally published at Auntie Ziona as Achtung, Goyza!

Also at these links: Uprooted Palestinians, Wake Up From Your Slumber.

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Blitzkrieg – The Blood Flows in Gaza

Posted in Gaza, Operation Cast Lead, war crimes, Zionism tagged , , , , , , , at 10:00 am by Edna

Blitzkrieg – The Blood Flows in Gaza cc Edna Spennato 2008.

Photomontage made on 31 December 2008.

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Cartoon of the Day on 2 January 2010 at Palestine Think Tank

Originally published at Auntie Ziona as Achtung, Goyza!

Also at these links:  Palestine NewsAl Buraq, Uprooted Palestinians, Wake Up From Your Slumber.

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December 30, 2009

Blitzkrieg on Gaza

Posted in Gaza, Operation Cast Lead, war crimes, Zionism tagged , , , , , , , , at 9:26 am by Edna

Blitzkrieg on Gaza cc Edna Spennato 2008.

Photomontage made on 31 December 2008.

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Cartoon of the Day on 31 December 2009 at Palestine Think Tank

Originally published at Auntie Ziona as Achtung, Goyza

Also at these links: Tlaxcala, Kenny’s Sideshow, Uprooted Palestinians, Wake Up From Your Slumber.

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