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Prisoners tortured in Ukraine

In a recent report, the UN strongly criticizes that prisoners are tortured on both sides the front line of the war in eastern Ukraine. The UN is also critical of the widespread impunity that prevails in Ukraine (including for the killings at Maidan and the fire at the Trade Unions building in Odesa in 2014) and attacks on human rights defenders, activists and media workers. Read the report in English, Russian, Ukrainian, related news in Swedish on Swedish Radio. or other OHCHR reports on Ukraine.

Human rights in Sweden reviewed

The human rights situation in Sweden has again been reviewed in the UN’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR), during January 2020. Accoun has, together with Charta 2008, submitted a report for the review.

Our submission was found admissible and is by the UN referred to as JS7. However, almost all of the issues we highlight are excluded in the “Summary of Stakeholders’ submissions on Sweden” (which can be downloaded under “Third Cycle” on https://www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/UPR/Pages/SEindex.aspx). Unfortunately the summary neglects some of the most severe human rights abuses related to Sweden and neglects the case related to the UN sanctions system. For example, the impunity issues and lack of rule of law we reported are absent in the summary’s section on “Administration of justice, including impunity, and the rule of law”.

We were also sad to see that reporting by media and other NGOs about the review of Sweden seems to have neglected some of the most severe human rights issues, desipte that we sent our report to some of them.

Tim Bakken’s new book

David Swanson writes:

West Point Professor Tim Bakken’s new book The Cost of Loyalty: Dishonesty, Hubris, and Failure in the U.S. Military [link added] traces a path of corruption, barbarism, violence, and unaccountability that makes its way from the United States’ military academies (West Point, Annapolis, Colorado Springs) to the top ranks of the U.S. military and U.S. governmental policy, and from there into a broader U.S. culture that, in turn, supports the subculture of the military and its leaders.

The U.S. Congress and presidents have ceded tremendous power to generals. The State Department and even the U.S. Institute of Peace are subservient to the military. The corporate media and the public help maintain this arrangement with their eagerness to denounce anyone who opposes the generals. Even opposing giving free weapons to Ukraine is now quasi-treasonous.

Within the military, virtually everyone has ceded power to those of higher rank. Disagreeing with them is likely to end your career, a fact that helps explain why so many military officials say what they really think about the current wars just after retiring.

But why does the public go along with out of control militarism?

Read the entire review on worldbeyondwar.org

Jeffrey Epstein coverup

Jeffrey Epstein was a billionaire with close connections to many powerful people in the world. He was also a convicted sex offender and was found dead in his cell in New York on the 10 August 2019. See the Epstein Coverup Story on Project Veritas, where news anchor Amy Robach expresses her frustration over that ABC News refused to air material about Epstein for years.

After that it has been reported that someone has been fired at CBS, for exposing the coverup, but apparently it was the wrong person, according to the ABC insider who gave Project Veritas the Robach tape.

Framing Julian Assange

Read in Independent Australia how the FBI tried to make Iceland a complicit ally in framing Julian Assange, Former Icelandic Interior Minister Ögmundur Jónasson says:

WikiLeaks was bringing out the truth, revelaing crimes which should have been taken to court. This has been prevented. So the charges brought against the publisher are, in reality, charges against free speech and freedom of the press. The American police and secret services are trying to create an atmosphere of impunity, where they can do anything. Even when they landed here, they were showing contempt for democracy.

What they are doing to Assange is in opposition to the American Constitution and the principles of human rights, they claim they are protecting.

 

The anthrax blame game

Do you remember the anthrax letters that terrorized the United States, in connection to the well known 9/11 attacks, 18 years ago? Someone obviously wanted to blame these deadly letters on Muslims. Some letters with anthrax incuded the following lines of text:

Death to [country name removed].
Death to [country name removed].
Allah is great.

Almost at once, Iraq was named as a prime suspect (not only for the anthrax, but also for somehow being involved in the 9/11 attacks) and Pentagon hardliners pressed for strikes on Saddam.

However, it was later concluded that the source of the anthrax was a U.S. bioweapons laboratory.

Finally, authorities blamed the anthrax letters on a single individual, Dr. Bruce E. Ivins, who worked at U.S. Army’s Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID) at Fort Detrick, Maryland. After that, Ivins was hospitalized for depression and died in 2008, officially from suicide. In 2010, the FBI closed its investigation.

The FBI investigation results, claiming that Ivins carried out the anthrax attacks entirely on his own, have later been questioned, among others by the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and the Government Accountability Office.

Watch the KenFM interview in German with Heiko Schöning (also available as MP3 for download), about his book on this subject.

When will there be real accountability for killing civilians?

The Intercept writes about the skyrocketing number of civilian deaths in the U.S. wars:

In the early years of occupying Afghanistan, the U.S. could rightfully claim that the Taliban insurgency was killing more civilians than the coalition. But, according to United Nations figures, the U.S. and its local allies have actually killed more civilians in Afghanistan this year than the Taliban.

The article also mentions Nancy Pelosi’s statement that “no one is above the law”, which sounds like a joke. However, the reality is so sad, that this is not anything to joke about.

Real accountability is in many cases very distant, also in countries we call western democracies. Mainstream media are also part of the problem. For example (the following links are to Swedish content): Swedish Radio reports that violence against children is increasing in the war in Afghanistan, but does not mention the issue of accountability of western leaders for the situation. The Swedish TV show Skavlan has been criticised regarding Afghanistan by Rune Lanestrand. Skavlan also gave an elite soldier, who has been in Afghanistan, the opportunity to explain why he does not regret killing people, and avoided critical questions to a top politician. It happens that demands for investigations are published by mainstrem media, but seldom, and too little is obviously done to follow this up.

You are welcome to contact us at Accoun, to join us to try to change this.