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this is surely a crime against humanity that the u.s. government is engaged in.

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On the ground in a country where unmanned missile attacks are a terrifyingly regular occurrence.

Last year, London-based forensic psychologist Peter Schaapveld presented research he’d conducted on the psychological impact of drone strikes in Yemen to a British parliamentary sub-committee. He reported that 92 percent of the population sample he examined was found to be suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder – with children being the demographic most significantly affected. Women, he found, claimed to be miscarrying from their fear of drones. “This is a population that by any figure is hugely suffering,” Schaapveld said. The fear of drones, he added, “is traumatizing an entire generation.”

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[Photo: A “drone shadow” created for the Istanbul Design Biennial. (STML/ Creative Commons/ Flickr)]

UN Official: States Must Not Hide Civilian Drone Deaths

Phyllis Bennis: “This report is the beginning of chipping away at US impunity.”
Increasing drone strikes are causing “disproportionate civilian casualties,” and the U.S. and other states must not be permitted to continue hiding this trail of death from the public, charged a UN official in a recently released report.
In a damning 21-page report, UN special rapporteur on human rights Ben Emmerson identifies 30 drone strikes in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia, and Gaza in which civilians were killed, injured, or threatened by drone strikes.
This includes a December 2013 U.S. drone strike on a recent wedding procession in Yemen near the city of Rad’a that left 12 people dead and at least 15 wounded — an attack that the U.S. and Yemeni governments initially claimed had killed “militants.”
While the U.S. is leading the covert drone wars in all of these countries except for Gaza, and is backing that effort, the Obama administration has refused to acknowledge the full extent of the attacks, refused to publicly identify the people killed in drone attacks, and repeated the unverified claim that civilian deaths have been minimal.
Yet, data for 2013 shows that drone strikes in Afghanistan accounted for 40 percent of civilian deaths by pro-government forces, marking a three-fold increase since 2012, the report notes.

[Photo: A “drone shadow” created for the Istanbul Design Biennial. (STML/ Creative Commons/ Flickr)]

Phyllis Bennis: “This report is the beginning of chipping away at US impunity.”

Increasing drone strikes are causing “disproportionate civilian casualties,” and the U.S. and other states must not be permitted to continue hiding this trail of death from the public, charged a UN official in a recently released report.

In a damning 21-page report, UN special rapporteur on human rights Ben Emmerson identifies 30 drone strikes in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia, and Gaza in which civilians were killed, injured, or threatened by drone strikes.

This includes a December 2013 U.S. drone strike on a recent wedding procession in Yemen near the city of Rad’a that left 12 people dead and at least 15 wounded — an attack that the U.S. and Yemeni governments initially claimed had killed “militants.”

While the U.S. is leading the covert drone wars in all of these countries except for Gaza, and is backing that effort, the Obama administration has refused to acknowledge the full extent of the attacks, refused to publicly identify the people killed in drone attacks, and repeated the unverified claim that civilian deaths have been minimal.

Yet, data for 2013 shows that drone strikes in Afghanistan accounted for 40 percent of civilian deaths by pro-government forces, marking a three-fold increase since 2012, the report notes.


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war crime.


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The real headline should be: “Why in the hell is the U.S. conducting drone strikes within sovereign Somalian territory in order to assassinate two people who have committed no crime at all against the U.S.?”

Talk about being the imperial policeman of the world!

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What Malala Yousafzai told Obama, and the reaction … As told by Matt Bors: http://truth-out.org/art/item/19621-malala
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Malala Yousafzai Tells Obama Drones Are “Fueling Terrorism”
By Lesley Clark, McClatchy Newspapers | Report

What Malala Yousafzai told Obama, and the reaction … As told by Matt Bors: http://truth-out.org/art/item/19621-malala

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Malala Yousafzai Tells Obama Drones Are “Fueling Terrorism”
By Lesley Clark, McClatchy Newspapers | Report

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In other words, the US is practicing indiscriminate killing in Pakistan. Either the US simply does not even actually know the identities of the people it is killing, or it knows but is just withholding them from the public, including oversight, watchdog, and human rights groups. Regardless, this whole thing represents an enormous series of war crimes.

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Just before noon on October 30 2011, a CIA drone attacked a vehicle near Datta Khel in Pakistan’s tribal northwest. At least four people were reported to have been killed and two injured. Pakistani intelligence officials said the dead men were militants. But local villagers disagreed. They said the dead men were ‘peaceful tribesmen’. They even named one of them: Saeedur Rahman, described as a local chromite dealer.

Five months later, in March 2012, journalists from the New York Times spoke with a 64-year-old farmer called Noor Magul. He said three of the men killed in the strike were relatives of his. He named them as Khastar Gul, Mamrud Khan and Noorzal Khan, and all three, he claimed, were not militants but worked in a local chromite mine.

This is just one of more than 370 drone strikes to hit Pakistan’s Afghan border region in the past nine years. More than 2,500 people have reportedly died in these strikes, including at least 400 civilians.

What makes Saeedur Rahman and his fellow passengers unusual is that they have been identified by name.

Although the US government claims drones are highly precise and target ‘high-value’ terrorists, including members of al Qaeda and affiliated organisations, it is only in exceptional circumstances that the administration will acknowledge responsibility for a particular strike – let alone admit to killing a specific person.


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On Syria: Does the US care more than every other nation in the world about the lives of Arab people? I think not.

People have to be asking themselves: Why is it that the US is standing nearly alone in so aggressively pushing for the bombing of Syria, while so many countries which are far more democratic and “humanitarian” than the US are so resistant to turning the Syrian civil war into a global military theater?

Is it because the US is uniquely more concerned than every other country in the world about the loss of human life and oppression currently happening in Syria? Does the US government — including the likes of John Boehner and John McCain, in addition to Obama — particularly care more about the lives of Arab people than every other nation in the world?

Or is it because the US is actually unique amongst the world’s nations of today in being particularly militaristic and expansionist? Is it because the US is unique amongst the world’s nations for harboring an peerless behemoth of a military-industrial complex? [The U.S. currently accounts for three-quarters of the world’s weapons market].

Is it because the US is unique in the world in already being actively militarily engaged in a number of Middle Eastern countries [via either drone or human forces], such as Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, Libya, Iraq, and therefore feels compelled to dig its military heels even deeper into the regions various relations?

Why does the US prop up some despotic regimes in the Middle East [Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Israel, Mubarak] but call for the violent overthrow of others, more or less according to whether or not that nation happens to be an ally of the US at that moment?

If the US really cared about innocent people being victimized by the use of chemical weapons, why doesn’t it offer free health care and reparations to all the countless Iraqi people who were exposed to depleted uranium and white phosphorous during the US’s recent crime against humanity committed in that country?

Or even the people [and ecosystems] of Vietnam who were poisoned by the millions by the US’s widespread use of Agent Orange and Napalm, and who never received even a DIME in reparations from the US for the war crimes committed there?

(Above photo) “Napalm Girl,” taken in 1972 by AP photographer Nick Ut during the Vietnam War.


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Utter Islamophobic hypocrisy in the USA, land of racist repression. An American imam sends $50,000 to a religious school he runs in Pakistan and faces four counts of terrorism charges.

Meanwhile, the US government sends billions of dollars to underwrite the brutal violence and repression behind the despotic governments in Egypt, Jordan, Israel, Saudi Arabia … not to mention the widespread death of innocents as a result of US drone strikes in Pakistan …

Yet another case of the shark putting the salmon on trial for the crime of eating other fish.

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American justice.

American justice.


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Uninvited: Cornel West on What He Would He Say at 50th Anniversary of March on Washington (by democracynow)

Civil rights groups are gearing up for next month’s commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, when Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech to one of the largest political gatherings in U.S. history. Dr. West shares what he would say to the anniversary gathering if he had been invited to speak. “I would say we must never tame Martin Luther King Jr. or Fannie Lou Hamer or Ella Baker or Stokely Carmichael,” Dr. West. “We are going to focus on poor people, working people across the board.”

Dr. West continues: “[Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.] would not be invited to the very march in his name, because he would talk about drones, he’d talk about Wall Street criminality, he would talk about working class being pushed to the margins as profits went up for corporate executives and their compensation, he would talk about the legacies of white supremacy. Do you think anyone at that march would talk about drones, and the drone president? Or do you think anyone at that march would talk about the connection to Wall Street?”


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