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Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Suffering people bombed to their knees

 Foreign governments weaken Asian and African countries. Then as vultures, 

these heavies, these “democracies” — with their NGOs, belligerent “diplomats” and proxies, their mercenaries and militaries and unmanned drones — descend for the kill

Pakistani, Somali portraits selected by Carolyn Bennett


Pakistan floods

Some of the world’s biggest humanitarian emergencies are in Pakistan. The country is “scarred by conflict and buffeted by earthquakes and floods” though its “geo-strategic importance” sees the inflow of enormous aid money from a variety of nations.”  

Nevertheless, the people suffer.
In 2010, floods affected a fifth of the population, 20 million people. U.N. Secretary-General Ban-Ki Moon said after inspecting the damage that this flooding was “one of the worst humanitarian emergencies he had witnessed.”

Under the Obama government, the U.S. is conducting war against Pakistan — pushing the country to its knees  with unmanned drone strikes.

Islamic Republic of 

Religion: Islam is the official religion and is practiced by more than 95 percent of the population. Sunni Muslims form the majority. There are also Christian, Hindu and other religious minorities.

Official language: Urdu, spoken by 9 percent of the population; other languages include Punjabi, Sindhi, Pashto, Baluch and English

Region: Asia-Pacific


Conflict, frequent drought and rampant inflation have made Somalia one of the world’s worst humanitarian crises. Huge numbers of Somalis have been displaced within the country. The United Nations said more than a million Somalis, many from the capital, Mogadishu, fled their homes in 2007.

Somalia is one of the poorest countries in the world but shows how an economy can still function – but not flourish – without national government. Agriculture is the main sector in a country where most people are still nomads and pastoralists, living off their livestock and selling surplus animals and hides.

Somali militias downed two U.S. helicopters in 1994 leading to a U.S.
departure and in the face of unchecked violence, the U.N. aid mission also ended the following year.

In 2006, Islamists [Islamic Courts’ Union (ICU)] ousted warlords from most of the south and took control of the capital Mogadishu but Ethiopian troops, siding with the transitional government, moved in to oust them. The resulting fighting the Red Cross called the worst in 15 years between insurgents and Ethiopia-backed government forces. An African peacekeeping force arrived in 2007 and Somali pirates increa
How many Afghan, Pakistani, Somali
kids did you kill today?
sed attacks on international shipping – including a cargo of tanks and two oil supertankers. The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) in 2008 deployed naval vessels.

Under the Obama government, the U.S. is conducting war against Somalia  — pushing the country to its knees  with unmanned drone strikes.

Somali Republic

Religion: Islam (Sunni) with a small Christian minority in Mogadishu
Official languages: Somali and Arabic; English, Italian and Swahili are also spoken.

Region: Africa


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