“Et tu, Brute?” (pronounced [Ét ËtuË ËbruËtÉ]) is a Latin phrase meaning “and you, Brutus?” or “and you, too, Brutus?”, purportedly as the last words of the Roman dictator Julius Caesar to his friend Marcus Brutus at the moment of his assassination. The quotation is widely used in Western culture to signify the utmost betrayal by an unexpected person, such as a friend.
Imagine being held hostage and never knowing if the next day will be your last. Imagine forming close friendships with the other hostages and watching them one by one taken away to be murdered. Nicolas Henin experienced all that and I understand why he feels that he isn’t free of the horrors of his captivity even though he was released. Psychologically the stress would be unimaginable. There may be survivors guilt. He may ask himself why was I spared and my friends were not? He still has to watch on T.V and in the news the new brutal murders as they happen. I truly feel for him and hope that this experience will not destroy him but will make him determined to ensure that the Media report the reality of his experience.
A freed Islamic State (Isis) hostage has revealed how he shared a cell with all four men beheaded by the militants in sickening filmed murders.
French journalist Nicholas Henin was captured by jihadists in Syria last year and spent nine months in cramped cells alongside other Westerners – including James Foley, Steven Sotloff, David Haines and Alan Henning.
Other cellmates included John Cantlie and Peter Kassig – both of whom the militants have since paraded and threatened with murder in chilling propaganda videos.
Despite being released in April, Mr Henin said he still doesn’t feel free of the horrors of his time in captivity – and the murders of his former cellmates brought back “brutal” memories.
I bumped into Alan Sayers at the supermarket yesterday. He had two bottles of white wine amongst his groceries and joked to me that I should leave his wine alone. I joked back that it was safe from me as I only drink red. He responded that in fact red wine was his preferred drink and that in fact he had a glass of it each night before bed. We continued to chat and I was very surprised to learn that he was a lot older than he looked.
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Fairfax is looking for “digitally savvy” interns. pic.twitter.com/nIxQ2vQqSg
â Matt (@mfairh) August 31, 2014
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Nicky Hagar had a dream before his book was released. In the dream he was having dinner at our house and was talking in the kitchen with Cameron and I. He said he then realised that he was writing a book about Cameron and felt really bad because here he was having dinner with us and having a pleasant conversation despite our political differences.
He used this story during his book launch to make the point that he does not ‘ demonise ‘ people and that this is not a personal attack against Cameron.
Steven Braunias is all class. Cam met him at the awards. He asked if Cam was offended by the wickedly funny piece he did on him back When Cam was Editor of Truth.
Welcome to part three of my series of posts where I invite you to compare and contrast what happened in the past with what is happening now.
Lets look at how Germany kept its preparations for war hidden from the world prior to WWII and what Hamas has successfully hidden from the world until now.
Rachel Smalley has declared she is a Hamas hugger, she claims she is a “serious journalist” and yet she remains silent on the threatening of journalists by Hamas to only show Hamas in a positive light.
Evidence is emerging now of significant intimidation of journalists in Gaza by Hamas.
I note there is no such intimidation by the IDF or Israeli authorities.
Radjaa Abu Dagga, Gaza correspondent for FranceâsLibĂ©ration,Â told the newspaperâs readersÂ on Tuesday how Hamas refused his requests to leave Gaza and how he was interrogated by Hamas members from their headquarters inside Gazaâs Al-Shifa hospital, a violation ofÂ internationalÂ rules of war.
Blogger Elder of ZiyonÂ published a translation of his harrowing account on Thursday.
Correspondent Radjaa Abu Dagga for years divided his time between Paris, where his wife and son live, and Gaza, where his parents live and where he works. On 18 June, when he wanted to cross the Rafah border, an officer banned his way and took his passport like all Palestinians trying to cross into Egypt that day.
After four blocked attempts to leave Gaza without explanation over weeks, the Palestinian journalist was summoned by the security services of Hamas on Sunday. âI received a call from a private number. They summoned me to Al-Shifa Hospital in the Gaza City center,â explains Radjaa. He carried with him his two phones, his press card and a small camera.
A few meters from the emergency room where the injured from bombings are constantly flowing, in the outpatient department, he was received in âa small section of the hospital used as administrationâ by a band of young fighters. They were all well dressed, which surprised Radjaa, âin civilian clothing with a gun under oneâs shirt and some had walkie-talkies.â Â He was ordered to empty his pockets, removing his shoes and his belt then was taken to a hospital room âwhich served that day as the command office of three people.â Â Â Read more »