I’ve been following the political trend in Thailand more closely since the military overthrew the elected Government in May. Yesterday, when I read the news that the Army General, General Prayuth Chan-ocha who led the overthrow has been made Prime Minister, I shook my head and said to myself, “WRONG.” We can all remember that after months of protests and removal of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra which eventually led to the military coup in May, General Prayuth said that it was necessary for the military to step in due to the political crises (tense political situation) in the country.
I never supported the military coup then. Of course, the solution to a country’s political crises can’t be the military taking over power! I even criticized the military coup and the human rights violations that followed it, which included crackdown and illegal imprisonment of the critics of the military Government and great restrictions to freedom of press. Even when the military took over power in May, their agenda was to create stability in the country and thereafter make way for a democratically elected government. So, how come the Army General was now made Prime Minister? It all doesn’t seem right and I fully support critics who say that Thailand’s military is seeking ways to get greater control of Government. Of course, when we consider the fact that the Thai Military has staged 11 coups since the abolition of absolute Monarchy in 1932, we have to agree with the critics.
What every country needs in this 21st century is true democracy and freedom which is not what the military represents. Thailand citizens should oppose anything that will take the country back to the era of military rule which is always characterized by heavy handedness and oppression. The Prime minister is an army General! It is clear that the military is trying to oversee government and this is WRONG!
Ranging from deliberate killing of protesters to illegal arrest and detention of civilians, extra judicial killings, terrible torture techniques, death in police custody, unfair trials and restriction of freedom of speech and association, Egypt under President Abdel Fattah al Sisi is a nightmare as regards human rights.
I was shocked to discover the extent of disregard for human rights, human rights violations and crimes against humanity committed by Egypt’s present Government; crimes of which the ‘West’ is guilty of complicity by its continued support of the Egyptian Government and funding of its military without raising concerns about the terrible human rights situation.
Many people have heard news about the Government’s crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood, its supporters and other political opponents but you might not known is the extent to which the Egyptian Government goes.
Recent reports show that Egypt’s Government has deliberately killed many protesters, who are mainly supporters of ousted President, Mohammed Morsi, and illegally detained and tortured many other protesters and those considered as ‘anti-government’. More than 40,000 people were detained and 80 people have died in custody in the first 10 months after the coup that overthrew Morsi and present regime is said to be using methods of torture from “the darkest days of the Hosni Mubarak era”.
Hundreds of “disappeared” Egyptians are being tortured and held outside of judicial oversight in a secret military prison in Azouli.
One of the most shocking cases documented by Amnesty International was that of a 23 year old student arrested in February 2014 near Nasr City in Cairo. He said he was held for 47 days and was tortured and raped during his interrogation. He is currently out of prison but the case is still pending.
“They cut my shirt, blindfolded me with it and handcuffed me from behind…they beat me with batons all over my body, particularly on the chest, back and face…Then they put two wires in my left and right little fingers and gave me electric shocks four or five times,” he said.
He also gave a horrifying account of how he was sexually assaulted and raped.
“The national security officer caught my testicle and started to squeeze it… I was screaming from the pain and bent my legs to protect my testicles then he inserted his fingers in my anus… he was wearing something plastic on his fingers… he repeated this five times,” he said.
He also reported being beaten on the penis with a stick. He was then raped repeatedly by one or more security guards.
The present Government of Egypt is gradually ruining the justice system by influencing trials in order to achieve ‘politically motivated’ verdicts. An example is the sentencing of 529 members of the Muslim Brotherhood to death. Most trials are unfair and even people less than 18 years are sentenced to jail, which is a violation of international laws. Most of the so called confessions used during these trials are forced confessions resulting from days or weeks of brutal torture. Al Sisi’s government is also very keen on controlling the information that reaches the public and this has led the Government to severely abuse Freedom of Press. Freedom of Press in Egypt is at an all time low, especially with the case of shabby trial and conviction of the Al Jazeera journalists, which caused a lot of criticism and outrage.
The truth is that Egypt Human Rights Record under Al Sisi is not so much better than the Housni Mubarak regime. The present Government still employs brutal torture methods that were used during Mubarak’s regime, civilians are illegally detained and unfairly tried, some even die in detention due to extreme torture techniques employed. When I read Egypt’s response to the allegations by Human rights watch, I was disgusted. It read: “Human Rights Watch “does not enjoy any legal status that may allow it to operate in Egypt. Conducting investigations, collecting evidence and interviewing witnesses without any legal backing are activities that constitute a flagrant violation of state sovereignty under international law.” This response doesn’t give any meaningful response to the allegations of gross human rights violations. To me, it only implies that the Government of Egypt feel they can do anything and they aren’t accountable to anyone. It is however sad that U.S, Britain and other Western countries continue to support this terrible administration without raising concerns on the terrible human rights record.
My main focus recently has been ISIS (Islamic State for Iraq and Syria), now simply known as IS (Islamic State). I haven’t been raising concerns for no reason. It will shock many to know that ISIS now controls a land area bigger than the whole of Great Britain. Yesterday, I posted pictures of the horrible brutality of the ISIS in Iraq and Syria. That post is now the most popular on my blog. Many people are interested in knowing about the mad lunatics that can comfortably behead women and children without batting an eyelid.
Today, however, I want to explain how insane, brutal and blood thirsty the ISIS is. In one of my recent posts, I explained that the ISIS is a former affiliate of Al Qaeda, then led by the late Osama Bin Laden. However, I pointed out that Al Qaeda frequently warned ISIS about excessive brutality and recklessness but the ISIS remained stubborn, even as far as violating ALL the Seven principles of Effective Terrorism as stated by Osama Bin Laden.
Recent reports I’ve been reading further shows the relationship between ISIS and Al Qaeda and how Al Qaeda denounced the ISIS for being too ‘brutal and wild’. A 21-page letter found at the hideout in Pakistan where Osama Bin Laden was killed reveals that Al Qaeda (which is regarded as the most feared terrorist organization in the world) was wary of ISIS radicalism and warned that the ISIS could damage its reputation. The letter documented acts of barbarism including bombing mosques.
After reading the report, I said to myself, “If the very feared Al Qaeda could denounce a terrorist organization for being too barbaric, then that organization must really be uncontrollably WILD!”
Now, let me explain how the ISIS (Islamic State) is a threat to the world, and not only Iraq and the Middle East.
You might be sitting in your house in the United States or somewhere in Europe and you’re wondering, ‘how is the Islamic State a threat to me and how does their activities affect my country?’
The ISIS has threatened the U.S with war and killing of its civilians. The U.S has now intensified their airstrikes on militant positions in Iraq and President Obama even announced that the U.S has started direct supplying of weapons to Kurdish fighters on ground in order to combat the Islamic State fighters. Of course, this shows that the U.S considers the terrorist organization a real threat. Why is this so? If the U.S or the world turns a blind eye, the radical and insane fighters of the Islamic nation will take over much more land and turn the entire area into an international terrorist breeding ground from where they can easily plan and launch attacks against the U.S, Europe and indeed any part of the world. More worryingly is the fact that foreign Islamic extremists, including about 500 Britons, have joined IS to fight in Syria and Iraq.
I was sickened by a picture I saw of an Australian child holding up a severed human head in Syria. The picture was posted by the boy’s father. Many Australian extremists are also fighting with the Islamic State.
Also, the ISIS is wealthy and is considered the richest terrorist organization in the world. The group controls valuable oil fields and, with the help of wealthy Sunni backers from the Gulf states, is estimated to have amassed a staggering £1.2billion. It has even sold 8,000-year-old antiquities it has seized. The group also has a huge stockpile of weaponry including those it seized from Iraqi soldiers who fled after the ISIS began its onslaught in Iraq.
So, for anyone thinking there’s no cause to worry or that ISIS is a local problem, sorry! The ISIS is real and possess a deadly threat to the world.
I’m writing this with a completely broken heart and a torn spirit. I’m so shocked and pained that I can hardly put my emotions into words. I am equally frustrated that I can hardly do anything about this situation that gives me so much heartache. I was shocked beyond words when I saw the horrific pictures of ISIS massacre in Iraq. I’m going to share some of them but let me first warn that these pictures are extremely distressing and discretion is adviced.
The blood thirsty LUNATICS, ISIS in Iraq and Syria who have since declared an Islamic state after conquering large portions of the country have been uncontrollable in the extent of terror they have unleashed. My previous post was about the ISIS attack on religious minorities including the Yazidis and the Christians which caused thousands of the Yazidi minority to flee into the barren mountains where they were dying of thirst and starvation.
This act of the ISIS caused the U.S to intervene by conducting air strikes against ISIS militant positions in order to prevent thousands of people from dying up in the mountains. Sincerely, I don’t even know if these militants, Jihadists, terrorists, extremists, or whatever they can be called still have any human feeling left in them. The move by the U.S didn’t deter them but sparked more bloodshed. Deadly attacks on Christians and other minorities in which they didnt even spare children.
These pictures got me very weak and angry. This little girl was murdered, beheaded for no other reason than she belonged to a Christan family. It is so shocking and…. I’m so speechless…
Who murders a young girl of less than five years old because of religion? Indeed, the world has not seen this kind of extreme radicalism and INSANITY for over a century.
Below are other pictures of the radical monsters leading away men they captured and taking them to the place of execution. The militants forced them to the ground and shot all of them dead, going back to check for any survivors whom they later finished off. Majority of the people killed where Christians. The ISIS had earlier warned them to flee their towns or face death.
The pictures below are probably the most shocking. I’d rather not comment about them.