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Anonymous declares war on North Korea as it breaks into the regime’s Twitter and Flickr accounts

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Anonymous declares war on North Korea as it breaks into the regime’s Twitter and Flickr accounts

Associated Press | 13/04/04 | Last Updated: 13/04/04 1:43 PM ET

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un raises his hand with other officials to adopt a statement during a plenary meeting of the central committee of the ruling Workers' Party in Pyongyang, North Korea.

AP Photo/KCNA via KNSNorth Korean leader Kim Jong Un raises his hand with other officials to adopt a statement during a plenary meeting of the central committee of the ruling Workers’ Party in Pyongyang, North Korea.
Flickr

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The photo manipulation of Kim Jong-un posted to the hacked Flickr account

SEOUL, South Korea — Hackers apparently broke into at least two of North Korea’s government-run online sites Thursday, as tensions rose on the Korean Peninsula.

The North’s Uriminzokkiri Twitter and Flickr accounts stopped sending out content typical of that posted by the regime in Pyongyang, such as photos of North’s leader Kim Jong-un meeting with military officials.

Instead, a picture posted Thursday on the North’s Flickr site shows Kim’s face with a pig-like snout and a drawing of Mickey Mouse on his chest. Underneath, the text reads: “Threatening world peace with ICBMs and Nuclear weapons/Wasting money while his people starve to death.”

Another posting says “We are Anonymous” in white letters against a black background. Anonymous the amorphous hacker collective born out of the political wing of the 4chan message board. Anonymous has picked many different political (and less political) causes over the years and often adopts the iconography of the 2005 movie adaptation of V for Vendetta.

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The North Korean official twitter account has been hacked.

A statement purporting to come from the attackers and widely circulated online said that they had compromised 15,000 user records hosted on Uriminzokkiri.com and other websites. The authenticity of the statement couldn’t be confirmed, but the North’s official website did not open Thursday.

Tweets on the North’s Twitter account said “Hacked” followed by a link to North Korea-related websites. One tweet said “Tango Down” followed by a link to the North’s Flickr page.

North Korea opened its Twitter account in 2010. It has more than 13,000 followers. The North uses the social media to praise its system and leaders and also to repeat commentaries sent out by North’s official Korean Central News Agency.

Tensions have been high in recent days between North and South Korea, and the North’s military warned Thursday that it had been authorized to attack the U.S. North Korea is angry about sanctions against its nuclear program and joint military drills between the U.S. and South Korea.

THE FULL TEXT OF ANONYMOUS’S MESSAGE TO NORTH KOREA

Hello, citizens of the world.

We are Anonymous

North Korean government is increasingly becoming a threat to peace and freedom.

Don’t misunderstand us: As well we disagree with the USA government too – these guys are crooks, USA is a threat to world peace too, and direct democracy (or any kind of democracy) doesn’t exist there. The American government is a target and enemy of Anonymous as well!

This is not about country vs country – This is about we, the people, the 99% (of USA and of North Korea) vs oppressing and violent regimes (like USA gov. and N.K. gov)!

We, the people, are gathering together because we are stronger now and we won’t fight your wars anymore, we won’t eat your shit anymore!!!

We demand:

– N.K. government to stop making nukes and nuke-threats

– Kim Jong-un to resign

– it’s time to install a free direct democracy in North Korea

– uncensored internet access for all the citizens!

To Kim Jong-un:

So you feel the need to create large nukes and threaten half the world with them?

So you’re into demonstrations of power?, here is ours:

– We are inside your local intranets (Kwangmyong and others)

– We are inside your mailservers

– We are inside your webservers

Enjoy these few records as a proof of our access to your systems (random innocent citizens, collateral damage, because they were stupid enough to choose idiot passwords), we got all over 15k membership records ofhttp://www.uriminzokkiri.com and many more. First we gonna wipe your data, then we gonna wipe your badass dictatorship “government”.

To the citizens of North Korea we suggest to rise up and bring these motherfuckers of a oppressive government down!

We are holding your back and your hand, while you take the journey to freedom, democracy and peace.

You are not alone.

Don’t fear us, we are not terrorist, we are the good guys from the internet. AnonKorea and all the

other Anons are here to set you free.

We are Anonymous

We are Legion

We do not forgive

We do not forget

Expect us!

 

http://news.nationalpost.com/2013/04/04/anonymous-declares-war-on-north-korea-as-it-breaks-into-the-regimes-twitter-and-flickr-accounts/

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Obama Talks Peace to Iran, But Dishes Out Violence

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Obama Talks Peace to Iran, But Dishes Out Violence

by Jamasb Madani, April 09, 2013

 

Four years ago, President Barack Obama quoted the beloved 13th century Persian poet Sa’di in his first Nowruz message to the Iranian people. The address, with its veneer of peace and diplomacy, was a well-received gesture to both civil society and the leadership in Tehran, recognizing the Islamic Republic and celebrating the country’s ancient culture and history.

In this year’s Nowruz message, on March 18, 2013, President Obama recited more medieval Persian poetry, this time a famous 14th century poem from Hafez about friendship.

An informal and casual survey of public opinion on the heels of this address suggest that Obama’s renewed efforts to tap the well of goodwill failed to resonate with many Iranians. This time around, Obama’s speech has been received a somewhat negative response.

Over the past few years, U.S. hostility and pressure toward Iran has reached a critical level. As a result of draconian sanctions and a resulting drastic drop in oil revenues, Iran’s economy, currency, and people are hurting.

Many essential and non-essential goods have been subject to sanctions, both old and new. Measures preventing the sale of spare airplane parts to Iran have long made air travel unsafe, threatening the well-being of civilian passengers. More recently, unilateral sanctions imposed by certain Western countries have cut Iran off from the international banking industry, resulting in severe shortages in medicines and rising food prices that place the lives of millions of Iranians at risk.

While Obama’s Nowruz messages represent an attempt to achieve a sort of ‘cultural connectedness’ between Americans and Iranians, the U.S. government seems unaware of how its policies and actions toward Iran cut against these efforts.

During Iran’s post-reform years in late 1990′s, certain key terms became central to the Reformist discourse. Concepts such as ‘pluralism’, ‘tolerance’ (tasahol/tasamoh), and especially the term “violence” (khoshoonat’garaee) took on a deeper and more comprehensive meaning.

Based on a wider reading of the concept of violence, Iranian civil society has not only viewed the assassination of its scientists as a direct form of violence, but has also considered unilateral and crippling sanctions to be instruments of violence against the Iranian people.

These and other similar measures undermine the administration’s attempts to appeal to Iranians’ cultural sensibilities. Ironically, as President Obama delivered his first Nowruz message in 2009, urging Iran’s government to “unclench” its fists, his administration was accelerating a covert, cyber warfare initiative launched by the Bush administration, codenamed “Olympic Games.”

In the years that followed, as Obama delivered other Nowruz messages, the United States conspired with Israel to develop and launch additional attacks of cyber-terrorism against Iran, such as Stuxnet and Flame.

In the Iranian public psyche, cyber attacks on Iran’s nuclear facilities are not mere technological sabotage, but rather instill collective fear and anxiety about damage to nuclear installations that threaten the safety of the Iranian population.

And let’s not forget the looming threat of direct military attack. With each passing year, and with every Nowruz message, the level of both real and potential American violence against Iran and Iranians has escalated.

As the targets of these threats, victims of collective punishment and the bearers of U.S.-imposed hardship, Iranians feel that Obama’s actions coupled with his recitation of the poetry of Sa’di or Hafez make for a disturbing juxtaposition.

In Hafez’s poetry and ethos, duplicity, hypocrisy, and pretense are considered major sins. It is fitting then that a group of democracy activists in Iran, in conversation with this writer, have suggested Obama reflect on the message of another Hafez poem:

Preachers who lecture others in the pulpit
in private, away from the public gaze, they do otherwise.
I have a concern; ask this question from the wise one in the group
those who order us to repent; they, themselves don’t consider any repentance?

Daryoush Mohammad Poor, an opposition activist who has translated the statements of former Iranian presidential candidate and reformist politician Mir Hossein Mousavi into English, was similarly offended by Obama’s Nowruz message this year.

In a critical essay posted in both Persian and English on his website, “Malakoot,” Mohammad Poor writes that the American-Iranian impasse is not binary. For instance, as he explains, just because he is connected with the Iranian opposition, does not mean he will be silent about the devastating and lethal effects of Obama’s policies on the people of Iran.

Mohammad Poor addresses Obama directly, writing, “Remember, Hafez was – and still is – a great social critic of the conditions of his time. His strength lay in his being outside the circle of power. He was the voice of the powerless. He was never a two-term president of a superpower nation. If he lived today, he would probably be highly critical of you, too, as he would be critical of the leaders of Iran.”

With few exceptions, the opposition in and outside Iran explicitly opposes both unilateral and UN Security Council sanctions against the country. The anti-imperial legacy of Iranian Prime Minister Mohammad Mossadeq, who was ousted during a CIA-led coup in 1953, still permeates the present Zeitgeist and ethos in Iran. As such, despite economic hardships and the relative popularity of Voice of America among some opposition members, so far the American/French/British axis has failed to cultivate any notable support for either foreign intervention or collaboration. As things currently stand, Iranians across the political spectrum blame the United States, and less, their own government, for their economic woes.

U.S. hegemonic domination has its internal contradictions and cannot avoid double standards, inconsistencies, and half-truths. But Hafez, the ‘elder of kharbat’, is precisely the antithesis of duplicity (riya). The term kharabat in Hafez’s poetry symbolizes a tavern, a gathering place where there is no pretense (tazvir), only the opportunity to be true to one another.

Those who threaten others with military aggression and destruction, those who unleash economic war and hardship and instill fear in the hearts of their victims, those who manipulate international organizations for their own ends, and make life difficult for so many people should not reference Hafez. In fact, Hafez is perhaps the last poet they should invoke, since his central message is to condemn hubris and selfishness (a’een khod’parasti).

A substantial number of Iranians believe that Barack Obama, who has relatives in Kenya and Indonesia, studied progressive politics at Columbia University and broke bread with public intellectuals like Edward Said, is a worldly, decent and dignified person.

But in the context of American hegemony, as the executor of oppressive policies toward Iran, Obama has become a perplexing puzzle for Iranians. For four years, Obama’s Nowruz messages have led the Iranian collective psyche to compartmentalize his various actions. The orchestrated hostility of the “American Regime,” the pain and suffering directed by the United States toward Iran are all changing this approach.

At the same time, the symbolism and dichotomy of Obama’s Nowruz messages, coupled with the history of U.S. structural violence against Iranian society, may provide a glimpse into the bigger picture behind Obama’s inconsistencies. In his capacity as president, Obama may have no choice but to bow to long-term American policies toward Iran. Many Iranians, in fact, maintain that the real culprit is not Obama, but rather an institutional form of thinking and worldview to which Obama himself is bound.

Unfortunately, it seems the president’s ideals are also victims of this power structure.

Rather than trying to appropriate Persian poetry to blunt American aggression, Obama would do well to heed the words of Hafez himself. Only then may he truly begin to pursue peace instead of issuing ultimatums. As Hafez poignantly observed,

Engage in love (of humanity) before it is too late; or the life-purpose given to you by the world will be wasted.

*Jamasb Madani is an architect and writer. His grandfather was an activist and strong supporter of Dr. Mohammad Mossadeq.

This piece was originally published at Mufta.org

 

http://original.antiwar.com/jamasb-madani/2013/04/08/obama-talks-peace-to-iran-but-dishes-out-violence/

Syria conflict ‘will know no victors’ without peace -Pope

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Syria conflict ‘will know no victors’ without peace -Pope

On January 7, 2013

VATICAN CITY (AFP) – Pope Benedict XVI called Monday for a ceasefire and “constructive dialogue” in Syria, warning that there will be no victors should the violent conflict drag on further.

“I renew my appeal for a ceasefire and the inauguration as quickly as possible of a constructive dialogue aimed at putting an end to a conflict which will know no victors but only vanquished if it continues, leaving behind it nothing but a field of ruins,” he said.

http://www.vanguardngr.com/2013/01/syria-conflict-will-know-no-victors-without-peace-pope/

Syrian death toll tops 19,000, say activists

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Syrian death toll tops 19,000, say activists

More than 2,750 people killed this month in Syria as July set to be deadliest month since uprising began

An activist group claims that more than 2,750 people have been killed in Syria so far this month, bringing the death toll since the conflict began to more than 19,000.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said if the current rate of killing continued until the end of July, it would be the deadliest month since the Syrian uprising erupted in March 2011.

The Observatory’s chief, Rami Abdul-Rahman, said on Sunday that 2,752 people, including 1,933 civilians, 738 government troops and 81 rebels, were killed in the first 21 days of July.

Abdul-Rahman said June had been the deadliest month with 2,924 deaths.

The average daily death toll in June was 94, while this month it has increased to an average of 131 a day.

Heavy fighting continued on Sunday as Free Syrian Army (FSA) fighters battled government troops near the main intelligence base in the northern city of Aleppo, while helicopter gunships bombarded the capital, Damascus, in an effort to drive out insurgents, witnesses said.

Fighting raged in other parts of Aleppo, Syria’s second largest city, and demonstrators defaced a statue of the president, Bashar al-Assad’s father, the late Hafez al-Assad, overnight in the central Shahba area, breaking off parts of the stone edifice, according to a video made by activists.

“Sounds of explosions from different areas are shaking the whole city. A heavy exchange of gunfire has been going on near the state security headquarters in al-Mouhafaza since the morning,” a resident there told Reuters by telephone.

Opposition sources said fighters from rural areas around Aleppo had been converging on the city of 3 million people near the border with Turkey. The rebel Tawhid Battalion said in a video statement that a battle to “liberate Aleppo” had begun.

In Damascus, Assad’s forces appeared to be retaking territory occupied by insurgents earlier in the week, driving them out of the Mezze district, according to residents and opposition activists.

Elite Fourth Division troops were besieging the northern neighbourhood of Barzeh and the sound of tank fire was heard in the district, they said. Helicopter gunships fired machine guns at the nearby district of Rukn al-Din and Qaboun.

Aleppo had previously, for the most part, escaped the country’s 16-month conflict, which has recently become a fast-changing guerrilla war between opposition fighters and the Syrian army, which has heavy weapons.

The battle in Aleppo comes after a devastating week for Assad, with fighting in the heart of Damascus; a bomb attack that killed four members of his military-security command; and predictions that his regime was entering its final weeks or months.

Assad’s forces continue to control key cities, at least during the day, but have lost much of the rural hinterland. The FSA has been able to capture a series of border posts with Turkey and Iraq, further puncturing the regime’s authority, and controls large areas of the northern and eastern periphery.

The FSA had previously reached within nine miles of Aleppo. On Saturday, activist Mohammad Saeed said dozens of FSA rebels had penetrated deep inside the city. There were reports that they had set up checkpoints in some areas. Video showed thick black smoke billowing over buildings. Some residents had painted walls with the pre-Ba’athist flag, the symbol of the revolution.

In a further sign of rapid regime erosion, four more army brigadiers were said to have crossed into Turkey, bringing the number of senior military defectors there to about 100. Another brigadier, Adelnasser Ferzat, defected to FSA fighters in Aleppo, it was claimed. In a video address in fluent Russian, he urges Moscow to dump Assad and back “freedom” and the rebels’ side.

Activists said as many as 7,000 Aleppo residents had fled to safety. Last week’s surge in violence trapped millions of Syrians, with areas of Damascus deserted and tens of thousands of refugees flooding into neighbouring Lebanon. Some 30,000 Syrians crossed the border into Lebanon on Thursday and Friday.

Diplomatic efforts to solve the crisis have been largely overtaken by events, despite a vote in the UN security council late on Thursday to extend the UN’s monitoring mission for 30 days.

The international community remains divided. Iran, Russia and China steadfastly support the Assad regime; Saudi Arabia and Qatar are overtly aiding the rebels; Britain, the US and the EU are calling for a “political transition” and Assad’s immediate departure. Meanwhile, Israel, the region’s most formidable military power, announced it would consider action to prevent Syria’s chemical weapons and missiles arsenal from falling into the hands of Hezbollah, Assad’s Shia Islamist allies in neighbouring Lebanon.

Israel’s defence minister, Ehud Barak, said: “I have instructed the military to increase its intelligence preparations and prepare what is needed so that … [if necessary] … we will be able to consider carrying out an operation.”

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/jul/22/syria-death-toll-tops-19000

‘There will be no peace until Gaza blockade is lifted’

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‘There will be no peace until Gaza blockade is lifted’

Published: 22 November, 2012, 03:54

The ceasefire between Hamas and Israel is unlikely to last, as Tel Aviv will not lift the siege of Gaza, anti-war activist Don DeBar told RT. For a lasting peace, Gazans’ living conditions must be improved beyond the bare minimum for survival.

­“Unless the people of Gaza are allowed food and medicine and material to rebuild their blown-up country, then there is no justice until that happens and probably be no peace,” Don DeBar, an anti-war activist and journalist said in an interview with RT.

RT: Given the experience of previous ceasefires between Israel and Hamas – how long do you expect this to last?

Don DeBar: Well unfortunately earlier they had included the lifting of the blockade of Gaza in the peace agreement, and just here and now that is not the case. The reason for the entire extension of the hostilities – the precondition – has not been lifted, which is the starving of the 1.5 million people of Gaza by Israel illegally. So until that blockade is lifted, any act of violence that comes out of Gaza – as mild as they are, are really the acts of self defense from a people that are being starved to death. So until that precondition is removed, there should be no peace, and certainly there will not be.

RT: Gaza is celebrating the truce, with the head of Hamas declaring it as a victory over Israel. How much of a victory for Hamas is it?

DD: Their condition degraded from being starved to being starved and bombed, and now the bombing apparently will stop. And so that is the reason to celebrate, as meager as it might seem, in the face of starvation. But the real crime here is the fault of the Arab nations, including Egypt and the others. Egypt has no problems supporting a revolution with material, a quote-unquote revolution in Syria. They had no problem allowing material to be smuggled into Libya to overthrow the Libyan government, and yet they’ve been acting as a gatekeeper for Israel, even under Morsi, at the various crossings into Gaza. Rather than the Egyptian population marching into Gaza and standing with them, which it sounded like it was going to happen a couple of days ago, now we have this. Again, we’ll see what happens – but unless the people of Gaza are allowed food and medicine and material to rebuild their blown-up country, then there is no justice until that happens and there probably be no peace.

RT: Is it a victory because they’re not being bombed anymore?

DD: I would consider it a victory also if I were being bombed – but they need to be dealing with the material things of life, and they need food, medicine, construction materials, water – the things everyone else needs and feels entitled to, and the things everyone else is allowed under international law – and to go to war over it when they’re denied.

RT: The previous war four years ago, while even bigger in scope, didn’t stop Hamas attacks in the long-term. Do you think the latest Israeli offensive has managed to achieve its goal?

DD: No, other than to destroy some of the means of self defense that the Gazans had. Again, the precondition to dealing with that is to give people, if not justice, at least enough to survive and have a decent life. Right now it’s 1.5 million people in an open-air prison camp without food, without medicine, without the material means of survival except through those crumbs that are allowed to pass through the hands of the Israelis. Until that changes, Israel will not see peace and it should not.

RT: Few expected Israel to sign up to a ceasefire hours after the terror attack on its capital in the last 24 hours – most expected retribution instead. What was the key factor that made this truce possible?

DD: Probably Hillary Clinton and her going there. Morsi has a serious problem and it may hinge on that. The revolution that took place in Egypt has been guided by the people from the streets, and the real hot button issue that certainly diverges between leadership and people there is how the leadership deals with Israel. And the people in Egypt are not happy with the situation in Gaza even before these recent hostilities, and if Morsi did not do something and look as if he did something, then his position would become extremely untenable. It may well be just them just trying to keep Morsi in there and his compliance is what’s behind this most recent effort. But it will fail.

RT: Netanyahu’s reportedly just said Israel’s next mission will be to stop weapons smuggling from Iran to Gaza. How does he plan to do that?

DD: It sounds like they’re beginning a PR offensive against Iran, and it’s going to justify some sort of Israeli strike against Iran. It will probably happen before the election, if it does happen.

http://rt.com/news/israel-gaza-peace-blockade-287/

Black and Mexican conflict in Compton and Los Angeles

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Black and Mexican conflict in Compton and Los Angeles

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=-SNBUe52zYc

http://youtu.be/ksdw3Bn3Udg

 

White Teachers Suspended Over Role Model

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March 4, 2010 – These teachers worked at the Wadsworth Avenue Elementary school in South Los Angeles, the school now consists mostly of hispanic kids just like most of the United States now . Its said that these teachers made what were unfortunate poor choices of role models. Is that what these accusers would have said in 1994 and 1995! Do they remember that a murder trial turned into a white man Mark Fuhrman said the N word trial, and Mark Fuhrman was compared to Adolf Hitler as well as being called a genocidal “RACIST”. The magic “RACIST” word! How many blacks did Fuhrman murder? Since blacks are not the victims they claim to be there were fears that riots would erupt if Simpson had been convicted. Before and after the riots of 1992, from 1987 to 2001 Rodney King had been arrested 12 times. The 1992 riot was over a police beating of Rodney King by white officers cought on home video. As usual this home video conviently only had the bad whitie part of the video. Also televised was what happens when whitie goes into black neighborhoods. There was no riot over that. Remember how happy blacks were when Simpson was acquitted knowing he was guilty, were they being role models. And how his acquittal was said to be “getting back at the white man” payback! The trial jury consisted of 9 blacks,1 hispanic and 2 whites. I bet OJ Simpson was a role model when he killed two white people as well as a house hold name. The Los Angeles Mexican mayor and the NAACP accused these school teachers of making a mockery of African American History. Who made a mockery of African American History in 1995 throughout the Simpson murder trial. Was mayor Villaraigosa shocked and outraged when the verdict was read. Was he shocked and outraged when his Mexican marchers through rocks and bottles at police officers in 2007 http://www.diggersrealm.com/mt/archives/002216.html  http://www.azcentral.com/community/phoenix/articles/2010/01/16/20100116protest0117.html Students throw rocks and bottles in Riverside http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,189282,00.html  http://www.themonitor.com/articles/responds-35212-border-rocks.html  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dawn-teo/protest-against-americas_b_425970.html  Folks on the other side often throw rocks and bottles over the wall targeting Americans.  http://www.cpt.org/cptnet/2008/01/10/arizonasonora-borderlands-subversive-handshake       Are these people role models to. Do these people teach their kids, when you come from Mexico or any other hispanic country you can do anything in the United States you want.  Since this biracial man became president, blacks seem to think they all now have a free pass to be in control. Just as The Great Breeder seems to think its their people that is the all mighty in the U.S. now.  Photos, the first – OJ Simpson doing a little dance after the trial saying: I Did It, I Did It, IDid It,. The second photo depicts peaceful protesters telling the American people that they are here now, and this is their country. So Americans can leave the country they were born in. When the third photo was taken in 2007, the Mexican H1N1 disease hadn’t yet started killing thousands of people in the U.S. and Mexico. So” why would this peaceful protester be sporting the bandit look.