Amnesty International: Hamas Summarily Executed Palestinians

Amnesty International: Hamas Summarily Executed Palestinians
In a new report, Amnesty International charged Hamas with committing war crimes against fellow Palestinians, including executing 23 people, to “settle scores” during last year’s Gaza war with Israel.

They also said the terrorist group engaged in a “brutal campaign of abductions, torture and unlawful killings against Palestinians accused of ‘collaborating’ with Israel” by Hamas, de facto ruler of the Gaza Strip enclave.

“It is absolutely appalling that, while Israeli forces were inflicting massive death and destruction upon the people in Gaza, Hamas forces took the opportunity to ruthlessly settle scores, carrying out a series of unlawful killings and other grave abuses,” said Philip Luther, director of the Middle East and North Africa Program at Amnesty International.

The report came out the same day as rockets were launched from the Gaza Strip, a move which resulted in Israel responding with air strikes, reports Reuters.

Israeli Defence Minister Moshe Yaalon assigned blame to Hamas for the launching of rockets into Israel based on media reports that individuals may have acted without Hamas’ permission.

USAID Nominee Exposes Faults In Obama’s Thinking On Africa
Howard W. French of Foreign Policy argues that President Obama’s choice to run the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) symbolizes the administration’s bankrupt thinking on Africa.

French says the choice of former journalist Gayle Smith to lead USAID raised hackles among some because of her tendency to back “authoritarian regimes” in places like Ethiopia.

“Smith’s rise in Washington over the last 20-plus years bespeaks a steady hollowing out of American policy toward the continent, which began with the Clinton administration’s response to the so-called Black Hawk Down incident in Somalia in 1993, when 18 U.S. soldiers died in a botched humanitarian intervention,” he writes.

Russians Plan To Monitor Online Activity To Predict Protests
Tetyana Lokot of Global Voices reports on a new plan devised by the Russian government that aims to predict future protest activity through online behavior.
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