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  •  Re: Land mines (10+ / 0-)

    A diary I did last year
    Land mines. Sign the damn treaty!
    Earn your Peace Prize.

    What if it was your child?

    White-collar conservatives flashing down the street, pointing their plastic finger at me..

    by BOHICA on Thu Oct 25, 2012 at 05:39:22 AM PDT

    •  Thanks! right on, sign the damn treaty, why wait? (8+ / 0-)

      That "we need them in Korea" excuse doesn't work anymore.

      or is it that the US likes manufacturing them?

      ❧To thine ownself be true

      by Agathena on Thu Oct 25, 2012 at 05:43:35 AM PDT

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    •  What is the issue? (7+ / 0-)

      Why do we refuse to or avoid signing it?

      Now more than ever, you'd think we would sign on.  The deaths and injuries to our troops from IED explosions have increased dramatically in recent years and they are dealing with many, many horrendous injuries and disabilities as a result.

      Though we used cluster bombs in Yemen as recently as 2009, you know, on a supposed terrorist training camp and killed dozens of women and children. Some were killed instantly but others were killed by the mines scattered from the cluster munition missile.

      At first Yemen took responsibility for the bombing, as is our secret agreement with them that they will take responsibility when called upon to do so.  But the truth about the strike came out later.  The journalist who told the story and got pictures of the aftermath is in jail right now.  The Yemeni government had decided to release him but President Obama intervened when he heard about it and so the journalist remains in jail.  Jeremy Scahill has told this story very well and has advocated for the journalist.  And of course now we are at war in Yemen more openly (though still no declared war) so we take credit for most of our own drone strikes.  

      Images of missile and cluster munitions point to US role in fatal attack in Yemen

      Amnesty International has released images of a US-manufactured cruise missile that carried cluster munitions, apparently taken following an attack on an alleged al-Qa’ida training camp in Yemen that killed 41 local residents, including 14 women and 21 children.

      The 17 December 2009 attack on the community of al-Ma'jalah in the Abyan area in the south of Yemen killed 55 people including 14 alleged members of al-Qa’ida.
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      The Yemeni government has said its forces alone carried out the attack on al-Ma'jalah, the site of an alleged al-Qa'ida training camp in al-Mahfad district, Abyan Governorate.

      Shortly after the attack some US media reported alleged statements by unnamed US government sources who said that US cruise missiles launched on presidential orders had been fired at two alleged al-Qa'ida sites in Yemen.

      Jeremy Scahill: Why is President Obama Keeping Yemeni Journalist Abdulelah Haider Shaye in Prison?

      The Obama administration is facing scrutiny for its role in the imprisonment of a Yemeni journalist who exposed how the United States was behind a 2009 bombing in Yemen that killed 14 women and 21 children. In January 2011, a Yemeni state security court gave the journalist, Abdulelah Haider Shaye, a five-year jail sentence on terrorism-related charges following a disputed trial that was condemned by several human rights and press freedom groups. Within a month of Shaye’s sentencing, then-Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh announced he was going to pardon the journalist. But Saleh changed his mind after a phone call from President Obama. Thirteen months later, Shaye remains behind bars. We speak to Mohamed Abdel Dayem of the Committee to Protect Journalists and award-winning investigative journalist Jeremy Scahill. "Abdulelah Haider Shaye [is] a brave journalist. He just happened to be on the wrong side of history in the eyes of the U.S.," Scahill says. "His crime seems to be interviewing the wrong people and having the audacity to publish another side of the story."


      "Justice is a commodity"

      by joanneleon on Thu Oct 25, 2012 at 06:20:57 AM PDT

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    •  Good diary, recommended (a little late) (1+ / 0-)
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      BOHICA

      the vid is very powerful.

      ❧To thine ownself be true

      by Agathena on Thu Oct 25, 2012 at 01:14:04 PM PDT

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