Category: war

politicalsci 2018-08-18 23:49:08


Expert on the arms industry, Andrew Feinstein,…

Expert on the arms industry, Andrew Feinstein, explains how due to their
role in selling weapons to Saudi Arabia, the Tory Government are complicit in
the war crimes taking place in Yemen.

politicalsci 2018-08-15 01:01:20




“Shortly before 10 p.m. on the night of May 14…

“Shortly before 10 p.m. on the night of May 14, more than a
dozen members of the Maswadah family, including nine children, lay
sleeping in tents in the shadow of a cliff in Yemen’s northern
governorate of Saada. The nomadic family had been eking out a living
raising sheep and doing farm work in the region most heavily targeted by
the U.S.-supported, Saudi-led bombing campaign that began in 2015.

Unbeknown to the Maswadahs, Royal Saudi Air Force drones had been
hovering for 45 minutes over their dwellings at the edge of the wide
plain walled by mountains. Saudi duty officers more than 550 miles away
watched the family’s tents on their screens, along with two “hot spots”
likely created by the body heat of people and animals inside.

What happened next in the Saudi war room is described in a U.S.
intelligence report seen by The Intercept. The minute-by-minute account
of a single airstrike provides a small yet detailed window into the
Saudi-led bombing campaign in Yemen, showing how officers in charge of
daily air raids are ignoring their own procedures aimed at minimizing
civilian casualties. Specialists in international humanitarian law say
the incident described in the document shows “clear violations” of the
laws of war.

International law requires states to investigate war crimes by
their militaries and “fairly prosecute” those responsible, notes Human
Rights Watch’s Beckerle. Yet on July 10, Saudi Arabia’s King Salman
issued an unprecedented “noble royal order pardoning all military men …
of their respective military and disciplinary penalties” in the war in

“The Saudi King’s recent sweeping pardon for soldiers involved in
Yemen fundamentally and outrageously undercuts the already deeply flawed
coalition investigative mechanism,” Beckerle told The Intercept. “The
pardon is almost certain to embolden coalition officers still fighting
in Yemen, given the clear message it sends: Don’t worry — no

According to the London-based nonprofit charity Action on Armed
Violence, 72 percent of civilian deaths and injuries in Yemen from 2015
to 2017 were caused by air-launched weapons. In May, coalition
airstrikes were responsible for 73 percent of civilian casualties in
Yemen, with 26 percent caused by shelling from Houthi rebels – the
coalition’s enemy, according to AOAV, which advocates to reduce global
armed violence.

The events of May 14 continue to haunt the Maswadah family. The
children and other relatives have moved into caves, which they view as
safer than tents. “I can feel death now when I hear the sound of fighter
jets,” said Abdullah Maswadah, who, because of the move, is now a half
day’s travel from his work as a farm laborer. “The kids burst into tears
when they hear the sound [of planes].”




politicalsci 2018-07-18 21:33:06


politicalsci 2018-05-01 22:39:00


“Aggression has a meaning, but that meaning do…

“Aggression has a meaning, but that meaning doesn’t apply to us. For US
leaders, aggression means resistance. So, anyone who resists the United
States is guilty of aggression. And that makes sense if we own the
world. So any active resistance is aggression against us. So when the US
invaded South Vietnam in the early 1960s under Kennedy, Kennedy said we
were defending ourselves from what he called “the assault from within.”

In other words, that’s the framework of reporting. Reporting
must be cheering for the home team. Nothing else is conceivable because
of the depth of these principles which are instilled into people in the
educational system and propaganda.
You can’t see the world in any other
terms. So it’s “neutral, objective reporting” to say we’re cheering for
the home team.

But notice that it makes not the slightest difference what the people
of the world or the Middle East think. That’s not relevant… And what do people think?
Well, what people think, we know from international polls that are
regularly taken. They think that the United States is the most
frightening, dangerous country in the world. And
there’s overwhelming opposition to US force, almost everywhere. It’s
also true of the Middle East. And there’s nothing new about it.” – Noam Chomsky [x]