Friday, March 01, 2013

February 2013 News


A TORTURING WORLD – More than 50 countries helped the CIA outsource torture.

Map here, along with explanation why South America is not part of the gulag noted above:

Turkey – Suicide bomber attacks US embassy, kills self and a guard. [Blowback for putting Patriot missiles in Turkey. February 1]

Libya – Christians being driven out of Libya. [They have been driven out of Iraq and Syria also, because of US-led violence.]

Libya – Two years after violent revolt, Libya faces a host of problems – control of it’s borders, smuggling of weapons, and managing regional militias that refuse to disarm.

Egypt – More than 50 people have been killed and hundreds more injured in a week of violent protests against the government of President Mohamed Morsi. Law and order have broken down in the Suez Canal town of Port Said, and armed gangs have looted an international hotel chain in the heart of Cairo. [Title is “Can the Egyptian army keep the peace?” Time will tell. February 2]

Mali – Timbuktu celebrates as France President visits. Thousands of Timbuktu residents gathered in the main square, used until recently by the zealots for public whippings and amputations, to cheer Hollande, who plunged into the crowd, beaming and clasping Malians' hands as part of a lightning-like visit. [February 2],0,2729507.story

Mali – France bombs Mali’s north. [February 3]

Mali – As France drove Islamic militants from cities and towns in northern Mali in recent weeks, corpses of noncombatants also started turning up, many of them Tuareg and Fulani herders, traditionally nomadic people who have roamed the region for centuries, oblivious of borders. Some have been killed by soldiers for having no identification papers.
…. In recent days, Human Rights Watch has reported numerous ethnic reprisal killings by the army, with the danger likely to rise sharply once France withdraws its troops — possibly as early as March — and leaves the Malian military in charge. 

Mali – French soldier killed in Mali along with 20 Islamist rebels. [February 19]

Mali – US Air Force crews deliver troops to Mali. US also provides financial and “intelligence” assistance.

Mali – Thirteen Chadian and 65 Islamist rebel fighters have been killed in fighting in northern Mali. [February 22]

Mali – Car bomb killed seven at checkpoint in northern Mali town. Checkpoint staffed by group in support of France’s military intervention. [February 26]

Africa – Heavily armed Mali rebels spreading across Africa. "We are now in the last phase of the operation," Hollande said. [Like hell you are.]

Cameroon – Militants kidnap French family. [Retaliation. February 19]

Niger – US troops arrive in Niger and set up drone base. [They are ‘supporting’ the French fighting in Mali. February 22]

Syria – Refugees living in appalling conditions.

Syria – Refugees flee to Jordon under great hardship and terror. [February 3] 

Syria – At least 19 Syrian security forces killed in two car bombings targeting intelligence headquarters.

Syria – Rebels are forging child soldiers into ‘killing machines’.

Syria – Aleppo Bishop speaks out against Christian kidnappings.

Syria – A bombing at a bus stop near a military factory killed 54 civilian workers. [February 6, 2012]

Syria – Minibus explosion on Syria-Turkey border, killing at least 13. [February 11]

Syria – Six Jordanian nationals killed fighting in Syria. [There are reports of Americans, Moroccans, Libyans, Egyptians, Bosnians, and others fighting alongside the rebel forces.]

Syria – Civilians plight is ‘catastrophic’ said the International Committee of the Red Cross.

Syria – Rocket kills at least 31 people in Aleppo.

Syria – In ruins. A story of horror and death and destruction.

Syria – Pro-Assad militia now key to Syrian government’s war strategy.

Syria – A massive car bomb in Damascus kills at least 53 and injures another 200. [Other reports put the death toll at about 100 dead. This was near the headquarters of the Baath Party, so we can pin this on the rebels. And both Saudi Arabia and Qater are pressing for more aid to these terrorists.]

Syria – Heavy weaponry being sent to the rebels in the south. “The idea was to get heavier stuff, intensify supply and make sure it goes to the good guys,” said an Arab official who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the operation. “If you want to weaken al-Nusra, you do it not by withholding [weapons] but by boosting the other groups.” [And what could possibly go wrong?]

Syria – Unlawful missile attacks kill more than 140 in Aleppo, per Human Rights Watch.

Iraq – At least 16 people have been killed as suicide bombers and gunmen attacked a police HQ in the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk, medical sources say. [Other reports say over 33 were killed. February 3]

Iraq – Suicide bomber kills 22 and injures 44 north of Baghdad. They were members of Sahwa, who are fighting al Qaeda in Iraq. [February 4]

Iraq - Attacks north of Baghdad, including a third suicide blast in as many days, killed at least eight people, officials said, amid a spike in violence that has left almost 70 people dead in all. [February 6]

Iraq – Car bomb attacks in Iraq Shi’ite cities kill at least 34. [February 8]

Iraq – Spate of attacks in northern Iraqi province prompts authorities to warn return of Al Qaeda.

Iraq – A series of attacks killed eleven more people in Iraq. [February 12]

Iraq – Serial bombings kill 37 and wound over 100. [February 17]

Iraq – A decade on from the US-led invasion of Iraq, the destruction caused by foreign occupation and the subsequent regime has had a massive impact on Iraqis' daily life – the most disturbing example of which is violence against women. At the same time, the sectarian regime's policy on religious garb is forcing women to retire their hard-earned rights across the spectrum: employment, freedom of movement, civil marriage, welfare benefits, and the right to education and health services. 

USA – Obama administration lawyers have asserted that it would be lawful to kill a United States citizen if "an informed, high-level official" of the government decided that the target was a ranking figure in Al Qaeda who posed "an imminent threat of violent attack against the United States" and if his capture was not feasible, according to a 16-page document. [It is a provable fact that they killed people with drones that they could have easily captured. February 5]

USA – White House directed the Justice Department to release to the two Congressional Intelligence Committees classified documents discussing the legal justification for killing, by drone strikes and other means, American citizens abroad who are considered terrorists. [Released on February 7]

USA – UN report says US is violating human rights of children.

USA – Major US newspapers admit to honoring CIA demands.  

USA – Human Rights Watch claims hundreds of Afghan children killed by US drones. [US denies it.] 

USA – Announces new Iran sanctions. The United States blacklisted Iran’s state broadcasting authority, Internet-policing agencies and a major electronics producer on Wednesday, an action that widened the American sanctions effort to pressure the Iranian government over not only its disputed nuclear program but also over the stifling of domestic dissent and access to information. [I seem to recall a stifling of the Occupy movement, otherwise known as domestic dissent, here in the USA.]

USA – At least 20 CIA prisoners still are missing.

USA – U.S. Border Patrol agents in western New York have been rewarded with cash bonuses and Home Depot gift cards, an incentive program that has grown at the same time as has an overly aggressive enforcement culture, a new study states.

USA – Nine arrested at Hancock Air Base for opposing drone war crimes.

USA – Senator Graham states that 4,700 people killed by US drones. He does not say how many were “bad guys” and how many were innocent victims.

USA – Six leaking tanks at Hanford reservation raise serious concerns about urgency of nuclear cleanup. [Nuclear power will end up killing a lot of people.]

Pakistan – Militants attacked an isolated army checkpoint in Pakistan's restive northwest today, with at least 35 people killed in the initial assault, subsequent crossfire and a rocket attack on a house. The Pakistan Taliban claimed responsibility, saying the attack was in response to a US drone strike in neighbouring North Waziristan last month in which two commanders were killed. [February 2]

Pakistan – At least five persons were killed when a US drone targeted a house in North Waziristan. Sources said that the house was set on fire, as six missiles were fired from the drone. [February 6]

Pakistan – Three killed by US drone. [February 7]

Pakistan – US drones kill nine in northwestern tribal belt on February 8.

Pakistan – A bomb attack on a crowded grocery market in a Shia-dominated neighborhood has left at least 84 people dead and many more wounded. About 30 of them were Afghan refugees. [February 16]

Italy – Italian court convicts over two dozen Americans (CIA) in the 2003 abduction in Milan of an Egyptian cleric.

Tunisia – Opposition leader was assassinated, leading to violence and a labor union strike.  

Afghanistan – Five killed in restaurant bombing kills 5 in northern Afghanistan. [February 5]

Afghanistan – Two women killed and three children injured following a military operation by US Special Forces in Heart province. [February 5]

Afghanistan – Afghan civilians, a woman and three children, were found dead following fighting between coalition forces and insurgents in Herat province. [February 6]

Afghanistan – A UN committee has expressed "alarm" over reports that hundreds of children have been killed by US military forces in Afghanistan in the past five years. [Afghan government confirms the killings.]

Afghanistan – A NATO bombing in eastern Afghanistan killed ten civilians, including five women and four children. It also killed three Taliban commanders. [February 12]

Afghanistan – UN report shows fewer killings of Afghan civilians for the first time in six years.

Afghanistan – US Special Forces ordered out of Wardak province, due to allegations of disappearances and torture by Afghans that are part of those forces. Decision made by Afghan Security Council. More on this, including murder charges:

Afghanistan – And over in Helmand province, Afghan forces are “just like criminals” including charges of sexual abuse of boys, murder, police high on drugs and kidnapping and extortion.

Yemen – Government forces kill 21 suspected al Qaeda militants on February 3.

Yemen – Six killed and two held captive in northern Yemen sectarian clashes. [February 5]

Philippines – Twenty two killed in clash of Filipino extremists and rebels. A Muslim rebel group said it attacked Abu Sayyaf gunmen after the al-Qaida-linked militants refused to free hostages.

Palestine – Israel destroys West Bank protest camp.

Palestine – Hamas and Fatah are talking about reconciliation. US Congress seeks to stop that.

Palestine – Prisoner was tortured before dying in Israeli jail. [Israel’s claims about cause of death appear bogus.]  

Nigeria – Nine women administering polio vaccines to children to two separate locations were shot dead.

Bahrain – A teenager was killed during protests. Anti-government demonstrators set up road blocks and clashed with security forces, and Amnesty International has called for the release of 22 Bahraini’s prisoners of conscience. 

Bahrain – Another one dies. [Notice how the Obama administration does not give a rat’s ass about democracy in Bahrain. February 22]

Iran – Iran urges destruction of all nuclear arms after North Korea’s third nuclear test.

Iran – Four U.S. congressmen met an Iranian dissident leader and urged President Obama to treat her group as an alternative to Tehran's government, four months after its removal from a list of terrorist organizations. [This will not end well.]

Burma – Police used white phosphorous on mine protesters.

Mexico – Mexico said Wednesday that it had records of more than 27,000 cases of “disappeared people” that it would make public soon in an effort to clarify the circumstances under which they vanished. Human Rights Watch issued a scathing report that called Mexico the Western Hemisphere’s hot spot for “enforced disappearances,” in which police or the military arrest citizens who are never seen again.

DR Congo – Peace accord is signed. Regional African leaders have signed a UN-brokered accord which aims to bring peace to the troubled eastern region of the Democratic Republic of Congo. As many as 800,000 people have been displaced since the March 23 rebel group took up arms against the Kinshasa government last May.

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