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Bowe Dad on Gitmo

Last year’s revolution in Tunisia fuelled hopes that the five Tunisians held at Guantánamo can return home. The legal action charity Reprieve represents two of them, and is lobbying the US for their release. One ex-detainee who has returned home and the families of other prisoners discuss their experiences

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Ten years in Guantánamo: Tunisian families hope for loved ones’ release

 

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I have a Drone. Imagined Obama oratory in the gist of MLK

 

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Martin Luther King, Jr. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Drone M ObamaIf Obama was to give a speech on drones, would he say this?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I have a drone so that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its greed. “We hold all the regions resources to be ours; that all humanity are goyim.”

I have a drone that sends Pakistani, Yemeni, Afghani women and children to meet their maker. I can call them combatants and the media concur.

I have a drone that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former Bankers and the sons of former News Media will be able to sit down together at a table of Skull and Bones.

I have a drone that one day even the state of Mississippi, a desert state, sweltering with the heat of injustice and oppression, will be transformed into prison facility to house 1,000’s of the growing black population.

I have a drone that my two children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by their academic achievements but by their affiliation to CFR, Red Shield & AIPAC.

I have a drone today, it’s a predator.

I have a drone that one day the state of Alabama, whose governor’s lips are presently dripping with the words of interposition and nullification, will be transformed into a situation where little black boys and black girls will be able to sell drugs at the street corners; shipped from Afghanistan by our obedient forces. With little white boys and white girls chained together as inmates, because our prisons trade on Wall Street.

I have a drone.

I have a drone that one day every valley shall be bombed, every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be filled with depleted uranium, and the crooked places will be mined and the glory of Power shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it and bow down in shock and awe.

This is our goal. This is the joy with which I return to my gold stolen from Libya. With the wealth gained from arms sales we will be able to create a mountain of despair, a stone of drudgery. With the drugs we ship from Afghanistan and Columbia we will be able to transform the discordant notes of our nation into a cacophony of disempowerment. With this knowledge we will be able to splinter communities, to distort their thinking , to isolate and rendition any and all, to send whole families to jail together, to eradicate their ability to earn a living, together with Bush, Bin Laden family et al, dictators and puppets we have made.  Yes, knowing that we will absolutely, rule one day.

This will be the day when all the world will witness with a new dread, the meaning, “My country, ’tis of thee, sweet land of oppression, of thee I sing. Land where european fathers grew rich on the back of slavery, land of the pilgrim’s gun.  From every mountainside, let fear ring.”

I have a drone.

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Original and revered: Martin Luther King’s Speech: ‘I Have a Dream’ – [The Full Text Link here]

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Global population growth control. US drone style

Follow @dronestream for documented U.S. drone strike from 2002-2012.[link]

What are Drones?[Link]

This article, written by Chris Cole and Jim Wright, was originally published in Peace News in January 2010

Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVS), also known as drones, are aircraft either controlled by ‘pilots’ from the ground or increasingly, autonomously following a pre-programmed mission. (While there are dozens of different types of drones, they basically fall into two categories: those that are used for reconnaissance and surveillance purposes and those that are armed with missiles and bombs.

The use of drones has grown quickly in recent years because unlike manned aircraft they can stay aloft for many hours (Zephyr a British drone under development has just broken the world record by flying for over 82 hours nonstop); they are much cheaper than military aircraft and they are flown remotely so there is no danger to the flight crew.

Drone

Madeleine Albright, the American ambassador the United Nations, was asked on nationwide television in 1996 if the death of half a million Iraqi children from US war and sanctions on that country was a price worth paying. Albright replied: “This is a very hard choice, but the price – we think is worth it.”

That was before the so-called Second Persian Gulf War that began in 2003 with American air force “shock and awe”, followed by nearly nine years of illegal military occupation – an occupation that included the use of nuclear munitions and white phosphorus on the civilian populations in Fallujah and elsewhere, and involved countless massacres of families and children by US helicopter gunships and troopers.

Since Albright’s infamous admission, the death toll of Iraqi children from American military crimes can be safely assumed to run into multiples of what she candidly thought was a price worth paying more than 16 years ago.

Earlier this week when President Barack Obama was offering condolences to the families of the 20 children shot dead in an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut, he said: “Whatever portion of sadness that can share with you to ease your heavy load, we will gladly bear it. Newtown, you are not alone.”

Indeed, Newtown is not alone. Children are slaughtered every week by Americans all over the world on the watch of Commander-in-Chief Barack Obama and his White House predecessors.

One study by James Lucas in 2007 put the death toll of civilians from American wars and sponsored conflicts in 37 countries since the Second World War at up to 30 million lives. The proportion of that figure corresponding to child deaths is not known but if the casualty rate of Iraq is anything to go by we can estimate that the number of children killed by American militarism and covert wars since WWII is easily in the order of 20 million – that is, a million times the carnage last week in Connecticut.

The countries where these American-inflicted deaths occurred include: Korea, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Angola, Congo, Afghanistan, Pakistan, El Salvador, Guatemala and Nicaragua. They also include Iran during the American-backed Iraq war of 1980-88. Every continent on Earth has felt the American hand of death.

But note the figure of 20 million child deaths from American militarism is bound to be a serious underestimate of the actual total. In the last five years, the world has seen an escalation of child mortality from the carcinogenic legacy of depleted uranium and suspected use of other nuclear weapons in Iraq. The above figures do not include the latest killings from American assassination drones in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Somalia, Yemen and other suspected war theatres, such as Mali in West Africa. Nor do the figures include overt and covert American military action in Libya last year and currently in Syria – nor the ongoing imposition of crippling sanctions against Iran where an untold number of sick children are dying from lack of medicines due to Washington’s import blockade.

As people across the United States watch in grief the procession of funerals this week for 20 tiny children in Connecticut, there is a sense of profound disbelief that such a horror could be carried out in their society. The young man, Adam Lanza, who went on a murderous rampage with high-powered assault weapons, was mentally ill. He reportedly shot his own mother four times in the head in their home before driving to the nearby elementary school to kill six and seven-year olds along with six female members of staff, before taking his own life.

Lanza’s mental disorder is part of the awful picture to this mass murder. So too is the easy availability of explosive lethal weaponry in America, which represents five per cent of the world’s population but possesses up to 50 per cent of all global civilian firearms.

We should also look at the malign influence and prevalence of violent entertainment and video games that teach children how to kill and to view killing others as a fun “challenging” sport. Even in the sickening aftermath of the Newtown shootings, some internet sites were inviting customers to try out the video killing game said to have been frequently played by Adam Lanza before he took his own life and those of 27 others last Friday morning.

But more than this, Americans need to look at how their society has increasingly become a psychopathic culture of death over many decades. Americans need to realize how their hallowed capitalist ideology of the putative American Dream is in practice nothing but the destruction of communities and millions of individuals on the altar of elite profit-making. Think about the glib, common parlance used to describe the process of human destruction. Investors “make a killing”; workforces are “liquidated”; society is facing a “fiscal cliff”.

Death on an industrial scale is sanctified through genocidal economic policies that enrich an oligarchy of financiers and warmongers belonging to the financial-military-congressional complex.

If human life can be violated and cheapened on such a vast, systematic scale, both in America and around the world, then the loss of 20 children in Newtown is, to be honest, a price that is negligible, if not worth it.

America has become a killing machine, driven by an ideology in which human life is but a worthless commodity that can be exploited and discarded. The discarding of human life is seen most graphically in foreign countries where American elite interests want oil or some other commercial or geopolitical gain. But increasingly this killing machine is turning in on itself, destroying its own society, families and individuals.

Obama added in his eulogy for the deaths in Newtown, Connecticut: “We cannot tolerate this any more… we will have to change.”

This is from the man who orders drone kill lists in Afghanistan and Pakistan every week that involve the “collateral damage” of children being ripped to pieces. This is from the man who is killing children in Iran by tightening economic strangleholds. This is from the man who immediately agreed to millions of dollars worth of more weaponry to the Israeli state fresh from its mass murder of innocents in Gaza. This is from the man supporting militants in Syria who are targeting schools and hospitals with car bombs.

Through the pain and suffering of the latest mass shooting in the US, maybe ordinary Americans are beginning to realize just how big a change is really needed in their country.

Source[PressTV]

Restaurant in Herat

For Women.

Video courtesy of DEDBonn

Yes, hygiene and cooking on the floor will be anathema for most viewers. But if you were to consider the history & tradition of this region, what we witness here is an embryonic micro-culture taking it’s first faltering steps. Surely they will progress along this learning curve with the help of digital technology.

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Chaloos Rd Meal

Lemming like Masada Complex march to the drum beat of

Possible extermination.

Or extinguish the flame of humanity, by inevitably dragging all and sundry to choose sides in a cataclysmic war.

The final Red Line?

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The term “Masada complex” is sometimes applied critically to advocates of right-wing policies in the Israeli government. Political scientist Susan Hattis Rolef has defined this “complex” as “the conviction … that it is preferable to fight to the end rather than to surrender and acquiesce to the loss of independent statehood.”

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Afghan Woman Brings Changes

Wazhma Frogh,

an Afghan, uses her religion to press for women’s rights.

Link:

Inside Islam, a woman’s roar

I am thoroughly impressed with the courage and pure, single minded conviction of this one woman.

Change can only take place when we seize the opportunities that we see right before our very eyes and the fact that she was willing to die for her convictions only adds to her credibility.

Would I be able to emulate her action? I leave you with that thought.

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