Obama in an electioneering speech says his administration is determined to help servicemen, veterans and their families with their economic and health care needs as conflicts overseas end or wind down and they return to the nation they have served. Got the health care reference in ok but he forgot to mention the civilian families, numbering hundreds of thousands, who suffered from the US-led invasion. Did he pledge any help to those Iraqi families whose children have been born deformed as a result of Depleted Uranium in Fallujah?
“The caller spoke with an Iraqi accent and told me that Mazen was in Iraq and that he sent his best regards. I stoically listened and left the matter in God’s hands. I then informed the interior ministry about my son being in Iraq and the phone call,” he told the daily.
The father said that for the next ten months, he received written missives from Mazen and his friends and that he heard news about him intermittently.
From the news, he pieced his son’s life in Iraq and learned that he got married and had two children.
“Then, there was nothing from or about Mazen and one day his brother-in-law told us that the Iraqi authorities arrested him on charges of terrorism,” he said. MORE
A local Muslim party has already announced that it would attempt to arrest Blair when he arrives in Johannesburg for “crimes against humanity”.
Archbishop Tutu’s office said in a statement: “Ultimately, the Archbishop is of the view that Mr Blair's decision to support the United States' military invasion of Iraq, on the basis of unproven allegations of the existence in Iraq of weapons of mass destruction, was morally indefensible.
“The Discovery Invest Leadership Summit has leadership as its theme. Morality and leadership are indivisible. In this context, it would be inappropriate and untenable for the Archbishop to share a platform with Mr Blair. MORE
|Another 'Precision' Weapon Attack|
Following his appointment, some vigilant observers, readily aware of Treviño's arch-conservative views, reminded the Guardian of his words, tweeted in 2011, in relation to the Gaza aid flotilla:
"Dear IDF: If you end up shooting any Americans on the new Gaza flotilla – well, most Americans are cool with that. Including me"Treviño also issued this comment in 2010 after Israel had shot dead nine activists aboard the Mavi Marmara:
"After examining the facts of the flotilla, I condemn Israel: For being too nice, too soft, too accomodating to the scum of the earth."Stung by major criticism from Ali Abunimah, Electronic Intifada and other Palestinian support groups, as well as many of the paper's own readers, the Guardian went into damage limitation mode, allowing Trevino a clarification days before his first appointed column. None of it was remotely convincing, casting the Guardian in even darker light. MORE
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay expressed shock earlier this year at the number of executions, criticising the lack of transparency in court proceedings and calling for an immediate suspension of the death penalty.
O, could AMBITION, wild with fear,
The deep prophetic Warning hear,
And, looking, listning vain around
For one soul-soothing, softer sound,
While near, unseen, the Fiends of Hell
Toll round the wretch his fancied Knell,
Rave all alone!
But, hark, soft Plaints arise!—
Friendship, adieu; farewel, soft Love!
I go to smiling Peace above:—
The Friend, the Lover dies!
Yet, happy Soul to Freedom giv'n,
Go where no proud tyrannic Lord
Drives Man upon his Brother's sword;
Where Angels from thine arms shall tear
The Chains AMBITION bade thee wear;
Where, on the once pale Cheek of Woe,
In Smiles immortal, Roses blow—
The Bloom of Heav'n!
The announcement came as outrage from Guardian readers continued to grow over his history of incitement and hate speech directed against Palestinian solidarity activists, Muslims and others.
In a joint statement with Treviño, The Guardian said:
Joshua Treviño wrote a piece for the Guardian on February 28, 2011 titled “Peter King has hearings, but is he listening?” The Guardian recently learned that shortly before writing this article the author was a consultant for an agency that had Malaysian business interests and that he ran a website called Malaysia Matters. In keeping with the Guardian’s editorial code this should have been disclosed.
“Under our guidelines, the relationship between Joshua and the agency should have been disclosed before the piece was published in order to give full clarity to our readers,” said Janine Gibson, editor-in-chief, Guardian US.”
I vigorously affirm that nothing unethical was done and I have been open with the Guardian in this matter. Nevertheless, the Guardian’s guidelines are necessarily broad, and I agree that they must be respected as such,” said Joshua Treviño.
We have therefore mutually agreed to go our separate ways and wish each other the best of luck.
|FALL OF ICARUS - BREUGHEL|
About suffering they were never wrong, The Old Masters; how well, they understood Its human position; how it takes place While someone else is eating or opening a window or just walking dully along; How, when the aged are reverently, passionately waiting For the miraculous birth, there always must be Children who did not specially want it to happen, skating On a pond at the edge of the wood: They never forgot That even the dreadful martyrdom must run its course Anyhow in a corner, some untidy spot Where the dogs go on with their doggy life and the torturer’s horse Scratches its innocent behind on a tree. In Breughel’s Icarus, for instance: how everything turns away Quite leisurely from the disaster; the ploughman may Have heard the splash, the forsaken cry, But for him it was not an important failure; the sun shone As it had to on the white legs disappearing into the green Water; and the expensive delicate ship that must have seen Something amazing, a boy falling out of the sky, had somewhere to get to and sailed calmly on.
Can't imagine why.
BBC News - Armed forces morale falls, MoD survey suggests:
Read more: http://www.canberratimes.com.au/opinion/politics/why-did-we-go-to-war-in-iraq-20120815-248uy.html#ixzz24AWPCToJ
Iraq was neither implicated in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, nor was it threatening to attack any neighbouring country. In October 2004, the CIA's Iraq Survey Group reported with finality that while Saddam Hussein had harboured ambitions to get weapons of mass destruction, the Iraqi programs to build them had decayed completely. UN sanctions had helped to dismantle them and UN inspections had given an accurate assessment of Saddam's WMD non-capability.
Against this backdrop, Australia needs to conduct an honest and independent inquiry to establish why the country was taken to war in 2003.
His name is Frank Wuterich. He said he would do the same again including the killing of children. Movie in the pipeline - Heroes of Haditha? Kathryn Bigelow could make it.
Marine convicted of killing unarmed Iraqi civilians honoured in Conn. | CTVNews:
|Frank Wuterich Did This|
Au Maroc, on aime dire que la monarchie ne fait pas débat. Pourtant cet archaïsme humiliant pour les hommes fait presque unanimité, même les monarchistes les plus purs le trouvent indigne. Il suffit de l’évoquer entre amis et en famille et les langues se délient. Un signe qui ne trompe pas, lorsque la rumeur de l’annulation de la cérémonie se répandit, beaucoup sont « sortis du placard » exprimant leur soulagement de l’abolition de cet archaïsme venu d’un autre siècle.
In dozens of interviews with The Washington Post this summer, many Iraqis said their lives had been safer and more prosperous under Saddam Hussein.
"They are also poor people, but they help me when they can," she said, sitting in her tiny home in Sadr City, a vast slum on Baghdad's eastern fringe.
Family charity is about all the poor in Iraq can count on these days.
Daham said she is hoping that her 18-year-old son, Alaa, will find work so he can support the family, "but everywhere they are asking for bribes and I don't have any money."
Of public honour and proud titles boast,
Whilst I, whom fortune of such triumph bars,
Unlook'd for joy in that I honour most.
Great princes' favourites their fair leaves spread
But as the marigold at the sun's eye,
And in themselves their pride lies buried,
For at a frown they in their glory die.
The painful warrior famoused for fight,
After a thousand victories once foil'd,
Is from the book of honour razed quite,
And all the rest forgot for which he toil'd:
Then happy I, that love and am beloved
Where I may not remove nor be removed.
Abacha, General Sani —————————-Nigeria
Amin, Idi —————————————-Uganda
Banzer, Colonel Hugo —————————–Bolivia
Batista, Fulgencio ——————————-Cuba
Bolkiah, Sir Hassanal —————————–Brunei
Botha, P.W. ———————————South Africa
Branco, General Humberto ————————Brazil
Cedras, Raoul ————————————Haiti
Cerezo, Vinicio ——————————Guatemala
Chiang Kai-Shek ———————————Taiwan
Cordova, Roberto Suazo ————————-Honduras
Christiani, Alfredo —————————El Salvador
Diem, Ngo Dihn ———————————-Vietnam
Doe, General Samuel —————————-Liberia
Duvalier, Francois ——————————–Haiti
Duvalier, Jean Claude—————————–Haiti
Fahd bin’Abdul-’Aziz, King ——————–Saudi Arabia
Franco, General Francisco ———————–Spain
Hussein, Saddam ——————————–Iraq
Marcos, Ferdinand ——————————-Philippines
Martinez, General Maximiliano Hernandez ———-El Salvador
Mobutu Sese Seko ——————————-Zaire
Noriega, General Manuel ————————–Panama
Ozal, Turgut ————————————-Turkey
Pahlevi, Shah Mohammed Reza ——————-Iran
Papadopoulos, George —————————Greece
Park Chung Hee ———————————South Korea
Pinochet, General Augusto ———————–Chile
Rabuka, General Sitiveni ————————-Fiji
Montt, General Efrain Rios ———————–Guatemala
Salassie, Halie ———————————-Ethiopia
Salazar, Antonio de Oliveira ———————-Portugal
Somoza, Anastasio Jr. —————————Nicaragua
Somoza, Anastasio, Sr. ————————–Nicaragua
Smith, Ian ————————————–Rhodesia
Stroessner, Alfredo ——————————Paraguay
Suharto, General ——————————–Indonesia
Trujillo, Rafael Leonidas ——————–Dominican Republic
Videla, General Jorge Rafael ———————-Argentina
Zia Ul-Haq, Mohammed ————————–Pakistan
Toxic legacy of US assault on Fallujah 'worse than Hiroshima' - Middle East - World - The Independent:
If 'Iraq' is on the front of Tony Blair's gravestone, 'Fallujah' will be on the back of it.
The human heart has hidden treasures,
In secret kept, in silence sealed;—
The thoughts, the hopes, the dreams, the pleasures,
Whose charms were broken if revealed.
And days may pass in gay confusion,
And nights in rosy riot fly,
While, lost in Fame’s or Wealth’s illusion,
The memory of the Past may die.
But there are hours of lonely musing,
Such as in evening silence come,
When, soft as birds their pinions closing,
The heart’s best feelings gather home.
Then in our souls there seems to languish
A tender grief that is not woe;
And thoughts that once wrung groans of anguish
Now cause but some mild tears to flow.
And feelings, once as strong as passions,
Float softly back—a faded dream;
Our own sharp griefs and wild sensations,
The tale of others’ sufferings seem.
Oh! when the heart is freshly bleeding,
How longs it for that time to be,
When, through the mist of years receding,47
Poems by Charlotte, Emily and Anne Brontë
Its woes but live in reverie!
And it can dwell on moonlight glimmer,
On evening shade and loneliness;
And, while the sky grows dim and dimmer,
Feel no untold and strange distress—
Only a deeper impulse given
By lonely hour and darkened room,
To solemn thoughts that soar to heaven
Seeking a life and world to come.
Iran described Israel as 'a tumour' today. This will be reported as anti-semitism or some such nonsense in the MSM later. But I know where they are coming from. A report yesterday indicated that most Israelis don't want Netanyahu's warmongering. Amply supported by the US and the assorted lackeys who we won't name (Hi, Hague. Hi, Gillard).
"Some images remain like scars on my memory. One of the last things I saw in Iraq, where I spent a year with the Department of State helping squander some of the $44 billion American taxpayers put up to "reconstruct" that country, were horses living semi-wild among the muck and garbage of Baghdad. Those horses had once raced for Iraqi autocrat Saddam Hussein and seven years after their "liberation" by the American invasion of 2003, they were still wandering that unraveling, unreconstructed urban landscape looking, like many other Iraqis, for food."