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Thursday, September 15, 2011

WAR Boomerang worsens

Editing, re-reporting by Carolyn Bennett

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“The ‘war on terror’ has definitely contributed to the decline of the United States,” political analyst and artist Robert Shetterly was speaking this week with Press TV.

U.S. Government-directed energy focused on what “we perceive, what is played up in the United States as attacks by ‘terrorists’ resentful of  U.S. freedoms and wealth — without examining original causes, real causes present in U.S. foreign policy and imperialism and military bases,” Shetterly said, “[has done] enormous damage to the United States and aided its decline.…”

Supporting his view, Shetterly recounted facts on record. We are continuing to torture people. We are continuing extraordinary rendition. We have the USA Patriot Act, which makes expendable a lot of private security and freedom.

“… We have lost — because the ‘war on terrorism’ has caused us to eradicate our values, our own freedoms.”

September 15, 2011
sites reporting (estimates only)

Iraq Body Count
Documented civilian deaths from violence
102,417 – 111,938
Full analysis of the WikiLeaks' Iraq War Logs may add 15,000 civilian deaths.

Icasualties dot org
1769 U.S. • 2715 Coalition

4474 U.S. • 4792 Coalition

United States’ “911-pretext WARS”

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Six months of aggression, their leader has gone to ground and most of his family has fled the country, and Qaddafi forces hold out in a few Libyan towns. Libya’s interim leadership also “has rejected the idea of deploying any kind of international military force or observers.”

National Transitional Council (NTC) chair Mustafa Abdel Jalil told Reuters that Libya did not need outside help to maintain security.

UN’s weapons’ concern
Hundreds of armed groups patrol the streets of Tripoli and United Nations special adviser on Libya, Ian Martin, told Reuters the UN is concerned about weapons proliferation.

A six-month war and with it the disintegration of the Qaddafi government has left a security vacuum in Libya: no state security forces, rebel fighters not part of any formal structure, and huge quantities of unsecured weapons.
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EU’s sub-Saharan concern

In light of an Amnesty report, European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said, “The situation of non-combatant sub-Saharan populations and black Libyans is especially worrying.” In a statement yesterday, the EU expressed concern about reports of extra-judicial killings and arbitrary detentions by both sides in the Libyan conflict, especially by the victimization of sub-Saharan Africans.

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The European Union has backed the NTC in the conflict.

The National Transitional Council of Libya (sometimes known as the Transitional National Council, the Interim National Council or the Libyan National Council) is a political body formed by anti-Qaddafi forces to represent Libya during the 2011 Libyan civil war, which has pitted these forces against the government of Colonel Muammar al-Qaddafi.

The Council formed on February 27, 2011, in the city of Benghazi with the intent of acting “as the ‘political face of the revolution.’” On March 5, 2011, the council issued a statement declaring itself “the ‘only legitimate body representing the people of Libya and the Libyan state.’”


The Horn
More than 11.6 million people are suffering • more than 3.7 million in Somalia • more than 4.56 million are Ethiopians • more than 2.4 million are Kenyans. Close to 150,000 are in Djibouti and potentially many more in Eritrea.

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The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has said in an update last week that nearly a million more people are in need of humanitarian aid across the Horn of Africa — bringing the total to 13.3 million.

“Tens of thousands of Somalis are estimated to have died and more than 3.2 million are facing severe food shortages following one of the most devastating droughts in the Horn of Africa in six decades.” Relief agencies say, “Conflict and high food prices exacerbated the plight of those affected.”

The UN World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said the September-to-December wet spell constitutes an important rainy season after the March-May rains in southern Somalia and other equatorial parts of the region, including Kenya, Uganda, Burundi, Rwanda and northern Tanzania; but rainfall in northern Somalia during this period is typically lower than in the south.

The risk of below-normal rainfall remains in northern Somalia and adjoining regions.

After Somalia, Djibouti is the second most affected by the current crisis in the Horn of Africa.  One in five Djiboutian children, UNICEF reports, suffers malnourishment.

With an average of just 150 millimeters of rainfall each year and frequent droughts, Djibouti is one of the world’s most arid countries. A UNICEF representative in Djibouti says needs this year have been particularly acute so the agency has made providing safe drinking water for children and their families in vulnerable communities among its top priorities.

Inhuman, selective punishment
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Eritrea v. Ethiopia

All the while, over four years, United States officials and their allies at the UN were charging  Eritrea with “supporting ‘Al Queda linked Al Shabab’ fighters in Somalia, the U.S. Ambassador to Ethiopia was saying in documents stamped ‘Top Secret’ that ‘The role Eritrea plays in Somalia, for instance, is probably insignificant.’”

Recent WikiLeaks releases on Ethiopia expose erroneous statements used to justify UN Security Council Sanctions in force against Eritrea, a little Horn of Africa country [WikiLeaks file ‘Ogaden: Counterinsurgency Operations Hitting a Wall,’ part 2. sect. 7].

“From the voluminous charges made by the UN Eritrea-Somalia Monitoring Group to the U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Africa and including just about every western funded think tank — ranging from the International Crisis Group to Chatham House — it was all bunkum.” 

As Colombia does for the United States in South America, Israel in the Middle East, Nigeria in West Africa — Ethiopia has provided much muscle for what passes as U.S. foreign policy in East Africa. Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, his army and paramilitary death squads do the dirty work so the U.S. and its Western allies can hold up their hands before the world and proclaim them clean.”

“Behind the scenes, U.S. Ambassador Donald Yamamoto is the man in charge, top gun on the ground in Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa”; and the WikiLeaks website releases expose, in secret testimony of the U.S. Ambassador to Ethiopia, the inaccuracy of so-called ‘evidence’ claiming linkage between Eritrea and terrorism in Somalia.”

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World dominion — U.S. missile defense deployment

What does the emergence of a chain of objects of a U.S. missile defense system at the Russian borders mean? Pravda asks this week and military expert and senior vice president of the Academy of Geopolitical Issues Konstantin Sivkov answers in an interview with Pravda.ru.

“The U.S. and NATO continue the policy of encirclement of Russia with their bases in the framework of the project ‘Loop of Anaconda,’” he said. “Our country is still perceived by the Americans as the main strategic adversary, and they do not even make any secret of it. Their task is to neutralize our nuclear weapons and push us out of the major areas of the world’s oceans. In this case — even from the Black Sea.

Turkey, of course, has its own views on the missile defense system but Romania is a pawn in the hands of the United States, and its elite exist only because of U.S. support. The same can be said about Poland. As a result, there is a chain of U.S. missile defense sites along the Russian border, stretching from Turkey through Romania and Poland to Norway.”

“The U.S. and Romania signed an agreement on deployment of the elements of a U.S. missile defense system.” This follows reports “that some elements of EUROPRO system will appear in Turkey.

“Everything indicates that the U.S. military machine and NATO are inexorably approaching the Russian borders.

“The U.S.-Romanian agreement was signed during Romanian President Traian Basescu’s September 13 visit to Washington. The signers of the document were U.S. and Romanian foreign ministers Hillary Clinton and Theodore Baconschi. President Barack Obama met with the participants of the talks, although initially he had not planned to meet with Basescu.”

U.S. Provocation — North Korea
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Senior U.S. intelligence officers reportedly are saying Washington is talking with Seoul, South Korea, about the United States flying “a Global Hawk drone near the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ)” that separates South and North Korea.

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Quoting the U.S. military newspaper Stars and Stripes, “The United States is reportedly prepared to deploy an advanced unmanned spy plane over South Korea that could provide in-depth intelligence on the military activities of North Korea.

The United States deploys an estimated 28,500 soldiers in South Korea and South Korea’s military and defense procurement officials declined to comment on the report.

Domestic neglect while at war abroad Poverty

As top officials in Federal Washington this week continued to drive the country more deeply into foreign aggression and distracted the public with headlines criticizing China and Iran, Pravda highlighted U.S. domestic decline evidenced in a new U.S. Census Bureau report.

46.2 million Americans now live in poverty. 

In the past 12 months, the number living in poverty has grown by 2.6 million — the largest rise since 1959 when the U.S. government began calculating poverty figures.

The median household income fell three times, consecutively, in three years.

Personal incomes have fallen, and in 2010, record numbers slipped into poverty. The economic pie shrinks commensurate with rising personal debt.

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Unemployment rises. Competition for the lowest paying jobs is brutal. Good jobs have become unavailable.  No longer can a person wanting a job “go out and get one.” The inability to get a good job pushes large numbers of Americans into poverty.

While the number of high-income jobs falls, low-income jobs rise; ‘the working poor’ skyrockets

Health care is one of the top causes of the push into poverty. Health insurance companies lack care about human health and many people are one major medical problem away from financial ruin. Millions of American families are financially crippled by health care costs.

As seen from afar
Creating false images of Muslims then attacking Muslims

Reports are saying the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation “has been teaching its ‘counter-terrorism’ agents that ‘mainstream’ Muslims are likely to be terrorist sympathizers and the more devout a Muslim is, the more likely [this person] is to be ‘violent.’”

An FBI whistleblower has reportedly released documents showing “agents are instructed that the Islamic practice of giving charity is a ‘funding mechanism for combat.’”

Afghanistan, Pakistan
The U.S invaded Afghanistan with the official objective of curbing militancy and bringing peace and stability to the region but nine years later the region remains unstable and militancy expands into Pakistan.

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“‘Militants’ have stepped up attacks on NATO supply convoys in Afghanistan and neighboring Pakistan over the past months.” Large numbers of NATO trucks have been torched in Pakistan.


The security situation has been deteriorating across Afghanistan over the past few years. From Afghanistan’s volatile south, violence has spread to relatively peaceful areas — despite the presence of some 150,000 foreign troops.

Yesterday, Taliban ‘militants’ attacked 15 NATO supply vehicles transporting fuel destined for U.S.-led forces and set the tankers alight in Afghanistan’s western province of Farah. Two drivers and a security guard escorting the convoy died and five others including security guards suffered injuries.

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Close to the U.S. Embassy and NATO headquarters in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Wednesday an attack left 27 people dead.  Among the injured were six NATO troops of which three were U.S. soldiers. Among the dead were 11 Afghan civilians: more than half of them children, five were Afghan police officers.

Plagued by air and ground bombings, slander, disease
This country has lost more than 35,000 people in militant attacks and bomb explosions since 2007, according to the Associated Press. Millions more have been displaced by the wave of violence and militancy across the country.

Today, 200 kilometers (124 miles) northwest of the capital Islamabad, at least 27 people died and dozens suffered injuries (the death toll expected to rise) when “a bomber targeted the funeral procession of a local tribal elder in Pakistan’s troubled northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.”

Mourners had been “offering funeral prayers.”

Analysts say the United States is looking for an excuse to expand its military operations in the troubled South and Central Asian region to secure bases near Russia and China. This week the unauthorized U.S. drone attacks have drawn strong criticism from the Pakistani people and officials.

An pathological disregard of human life, land, sovereignty, culture

U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said yesterday that the United States would do whatever it took to defend American forces in Afghanistan from Pakistan-based militants — indicating that Washington could give a go-ahead to a [deepening] military operation inside Pakistan.

The Pakistani government responded by denouncing the U.S. warning to retaliate against pro-Taliban militants based in Pakistan’s troubled tribal region along the Afghan border.

Agence France Presse quoted Pakistani Foreign Ministry representative Tehmina Janjua saying the remarks were “‘out of line with the kind of cooperation that exists between the two countries.’”

The issue of “terrorism and militancy is a complex issue,” she said. “It requires cooperation between all the countries concerned [and] Pakistan’s cooperation in this regard has been persistent’” in identifying Pakistan’s position on all these issues. “‘Pakistan and U.S. are strategic partners and both sides need to discuss all issues in a cooperative manner.’”

Pakistan also suffers a health crisis — dengue fever
The provincial capital of Lahore is facing an increasing public panic and hundreds of people are visiting hospitals daily for medical tests for dengue fever. The Punjab government says 4,118 out of 4,989 reported cases of dengue fever are in Lahore.  Pakistan’s Army has set up medical camps (separate form those for hundreds of thousands of flood victims) to help civilian hospitals deal with the crisis.

This week, Pakistani authorities closed educational institutions in Punjab to control the outbreak of dengue fever, which has infected nearly 5,000 people. Following reports of suspected cases among the students, the Punjab government on Wednesday announced that schools, colleges and universities across the central Pakistani province would close for 10 days. Officials will fumigate all educational institutes with anti-mosquitoes sprays during the 10-day period.

September 15, 2011

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Despite U.S. threats and a planned visit to the West Bank by a senior U.S. diplomatic team, the Palestinian Authority’s Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki announced today that Palestine plans to proceed with its petition to the UN Security Council for statehood recognition and acceptance of Palestine as a full UN member.
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“Maliki said acting Palestinian Authority Chief Mahmoud Abbas will submit the Palestinian request for membership to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon after addressing the General Assembly on September 23, and that the Palestinians would listen to suggested alternatives in the meantime.”

The last round of Israel- Palestinian Authority talks broke down in 2010 shortly after the U.S.-sponsored talks were launched in Washington over Israel’s refusal to freeze its illegal settlement expansions on Palestinian land in the occupied West Bank and the illegally annexed East al-Quds (Jerusalem).

Palestinians say their decision to petition the United Nations comes in frustration after years of failed negotiations with Israel.

Sources and notes

“‘War on terror contributed to U.S. decline,’” September 13, 2011,

Political analyst and artist Robert Shetterly, founder of Americans Who Tell the Truth, said Monday in interview with Press TV — The U.S. war on terror in the wake of the September 11, 2001 attacks has been a major factor causing the decline of the United States [Press TV's US Desk]

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911 U.S. WARS

AFRICA — Libya

“Libya interim rulers don’t want U.N. forces - envoy (Source: Reuters), August 30, 2011,

“UN says Libya weapons a major concern” (By Christian Lowe, Reuters), September 4, 2011,

“EU worried by abuses by both sides in Libya” (Reuters) September 14, 2011, http://www.trust.org/alertnet/news/eu-worried-by-abuses-by-both-sides-in-libya/

The National Transitional Council of Libya (sometimes known as the Transitional National Council, the Interim National Council or the Libyan National Council) is a political body formed by anti-Qaddafi forces to represent Libya during the 2011 Libyan civil war, which has pitted these forces against the government of Colonel Muammar al-Qaddafi.

The Council formed on February 27, 2011, in the city of Benghazi with the intent of acting “as the ‘political face of the revolution.’” On March 5, 2011, the council issued a statement declaring itself “the ‘only legitimate body representing the people of Libya and the Libyan state.’” [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Transitional_Council]


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United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Remarks of the emergency relief coordinator and Under-secretary-general for humanitarian affairs Drought emergency meeting in Rome, July 25, 2011 … OCHA press releases are at www.unocha.org and www.reliefweb.int.

The mission of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) is to mobilize and coordinate effective and principled humanitarian action in partnership with national and international actors.  Further information: OCHA-New York: Amanda Pitt, +1 917 367 5126, mobile +1 917 442 1810, pitta@un.org; Mark Turner, +1-917-367-5707, mobile +1 917 628 4192, turner5@un.org

“UNICEF pledges continued assistance to drought-affected Somalis, September 14, 2011,

“Djibouti: UNICEF launches scheme to provide safe drinking water,” September 7, 2011,

“WikiLeaks Exposes UN Eritrean sanction lies,” September 9, 2011,  http://english.pravda.ru/world/africa/09-09-2011/119012-WikiLeaks_Exposes_UN_Eritrean_sanction_lies-0/

“USA and NATO tighten Anaconda loop around Russia” (Vadim Trukhachev, Pravda.Ru)September 15, 2011,

“‘US to deploy drones near N Korea,’” September 15, 2011, http://www.presstv.ir/detail/199237.html

As seen from afar

“Poverty in America: Special report” (Michael Snyder), September 15, 2011 

“FBI prejudice against Islam unveiled” (Huffington Post), September 15, 2011, http://www.presstv.ir/detail/199312.html

ASIA SOUTHWEST/CENTRAL — Afghanistan, Pakistan

“15 NATO tankers torched in Afghanistan,” September 15, 2011,

“Kabul clashes injure three U.S. soldiers,” September 14, 2011, http://www.presstv.ir/detail/199119.html
“Bomb attack kills 27 in NW Pakistan,” September 15, 2011, http://www.presstv.ir/section/3510204.html

“Pakistan hits back at US over war threat,” September 15, 2011, http://www.presstv.ir/detail/199322.html

“Pakistan closes schools to contain fever,” September 15, 2011, http://www.presstv.ir/detail/199287.html

September 15, 2011

“Palestinians to push ahead with UN bid,” September 15, 2011, http://www.presstv.ir/detail/199328.html


“Turkey vows to control Israel at sea — Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan says the country’s navy will patrol the Mediterranean to prevent Israel from assaulting ships in the international waters”

“Yemeni forces attack protesters in Taizz — Yemeni security forces open fire on anti-government protesters in the southern city of Taizz as the nation renew calls for an end to the rule of Ali Abdullah Saleh” [Press TV]

“‘Israeli spy admits anti-Syria plots’ — Syrian security forces have arrested an Israeli spy who has confessed to plots hatched by the Tel Aviv regime against the country [Syrian media report]”

“Israeli ambassador flees Jordan — The Israeli ambassador to Jordan has reportedly fled the Jordanian capital of Amman amid fears of massive anti-Israel demonstrations near its embassy over the weekend”

“‘Israel, cluster munitions inseparable’ — Lebanese Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri says the Israeli regime and fatal cluster bombs cannot be separated from one another [Press TV reports]”

“3 civilians killed in Yemeni violence — Three civilians have been killed and five others injured in explosions and exchange of gunfire in the Yemeni capital of Sana'a and the southern city of Aden [Press TV reports]”

“Saudi prince charged with rape — Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, a nephew of King Abdullah, has landed in hot waters as a Spanish court reopens a three-year-old rape case against him”


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