Gazas Civilian Casualties: The Truth Is Very Different

With few exceptions, reporters, commentators, and analysts unquestioningly accept the casualty statistics given by Gazas Hamas-controlled medical authorities, who ascribe all deaths to the IDF. We have never seen so much as a glimpse of killed or wounded fighters.

Analysis of casualty details released by Qatar-based Al Jazeera indicate that so far most of those killed in Gaza have been young men of fighting age, not women, children or old people.

All Palestinian civilian casualties in this conflict result ultimately from Gaza terrorists aggression against Israel, and Hamass use of human shields — the most important plank of Hamass war-fighting policy.


Analysis Of Gazan Casualties In Operation Protective Edge: As Of August 6th

Following the previous three analyses we featured on here – which predated those of any of the mainstream media – here is the latest analysis based again on the Gaza Health Ministry based list on Al Jazeera .

As with the other lists, this one had many duplicates, which our reader who performed the analysis identified. Although, by his own admission, there may be more he missed.

Our reader also noticed something else striking: this list as of now has been dramatically changed. Names, spelling, and so on are different from the previous lists. Barely anything is consistent, and the fact that no one has reported on this is disturbing. You cannot during the war present one list and then after major confrontations present a new one. Which one was accurate? Why were there these changes?


Islamic State extremists deliver ultimatum to trapped Yazidis: Convert today – or die

According to Matthew Barber, an academic who is currently in northern Iraq, the ultimatum has been issued to families trapped in three villages held by the Islamic State.

“Hearing multiple accounts of a convert-or-die ultimatum,” he said on Twitter. “Yazidis may die in the morning if resisting conversion,” he added.


Is this the end for the Yazidis of Iraq?

Some are preparing to stand and fight, others are simply hiding out in caves in the desert hills. Some are already burying their children, as they succumb to dehydration and the hostile conditions. It is an extraordinary failure to protect a vulnerable community – though whose failure it was will be subject to much debate, particularly if Islamic State cannot be dislodged and the last Iraqi Yazidis’ exile becomes permanent.

The exiles, of course, will be luckier than many of those stuck behind. Bloody pictures of those killed in the fighting, or executed subsequently, have already been posted on social media by the jihadists. The aggressors have so far waged a successful campaign of persuading their next opponents to run away by showing off graphically what happened to those who fell into their clutches before.


Israel launches air strikes on terror sites in Gaza as ceasefire ends

Israel has responded to Gaza rockets by striking “terror sites” across the Palestinian enclave, killing at least one child.

A huge explosion and a plume of smoke were seen in Gaza City on Friday, apparently from an Israeli air strike, a Reuters witness said.

“Following renewed rocket launching at Israel, the IDF [Israel Defence Forces] targeted terror sites across the Gaza Strip,” a statement from the military read.

A military spokeswoman told AFP that no Israeli soldiers entered Gaza to carry out the strikes.


Islamic State pulls down church crosses in northern Iraq as 200,000 flee – Telegraph

Islamic State jihadists who took over large areas of northern Iraq overnight have forced thousands of Christians to flee and occupied churches, removing crosses and destroying manuscripts, Chaldean Patriarch Louis Sako has said.

“The Christians have fled with nothing but their clothes, some of them on foot, to reach the Kurdistan region,” Patriarch Sako told AFP.


Scotland’s man of destiny fluffs his big night

Last night’s 2-hour debate between Alex Salmond, the Scottish independence chieftain and Alistair Darling, the understated and cerebral general on the pro-Union side, was long billed as a decisive encounter in the 30-month long campaign that will culminate in a referendum on 18 September.

The Scottish National Party SNP is very much in touch with the times in one key respect. It believes presentation trumps substance in this age of media imagery and spin. Much effort has been invested in presenting Alex Salmond as a man of destiny capable of transforming Scotland.

‘Yes for Scotland’ even announced that a coach had been hired to instruct this already supremely self-confident politician about how to come over as the man of the hour. In the end, he came over as a curious mismatch, a cross between a jokey and avuncular Boris Johnson, the mayor of London and a slightly menacing Richard Nixon.


Independence debate: Alex Salmond got found out by Alistair Darling

This, incredibly, was the main tactic employed by the SNP leader last night in the crucial section of the leaders debate when Salmond and Darling cross-examined each other. Salmond fared even more poorly than he did against Dewar 15 years ago.