Harrowing, from the Guardian. Very well done.
A must see.
Posts tagged civilian deaths
Afghan villagers look at the bodies of women killed by NATO air strikes in Laghman province September 16, 2012. NATO-led air strikes in southern Laghman province on Saturday night killed eight women, according to a local official.
[Credit : Parwiz/Reuters]
reblog for new institutionalism (yes, again, second wave)
“Some women care for style, and some women care for their people” is one of the messages in a video created by wives of U.N. ambassadors from Britain and Germany appealing to Asma al-Assad, the wife with a penchant for glamour of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad, who the west holds responsible for the current uprisings in Syria. The video is billed as an International Letter & Petition to Asma al-Assad.
After going through thepoliticalnotebook’s Friday links, (especially the one on the US solider(s)’ 17 March killing of Afghan civilians from the first Western journalist to cover the story on the ground) I was left remembering the patches that went around tumblr a few weeks ago. Here were a few others I found while surfing.
…apparently these patches originate with Benjamin Franklin’s 1751 symbolism during the independence of the United States from Great Britain.
Tell me why/if/how these patches affect you?
for the people of Homs.
I don’t know how to help you. I am powerless, as are you. I’ve contacted “my” President, but I doubt he will listen.
I stand with you. I fight for justice and equality in the only ways I know how.
I wish you all to live another day.
Over the past 48 hours in Saudi Arabia, two protesters have been killed as a result of clashes in Qatif. On Friday, security forces opened fire on demonstrators, killing one and wounding three, adding to the casualty count of one dead and three injured from Thursday.
The first victim from Thursday has been identified as 21-year-old Munir al-Medani, who, according to another activist, took a live bullet to the chest and later died of his wounds in the hospital. The latest victim is identified as Zohair al-Saad.
Above is a screenshot from this activist video of the protests and a photo of protests in Qatif today posted to the Revolution East activist Facebook page.
Protests began last March in Eastern Province, triggered by Saudi Arabia’s support for the crackdown in Bahrain, and since then six have been killed and more than 500 arrested.
I can confirm five dead and 45 wounded. In our hospital in Marare, we received 31 children, nine women and five men. All of them of with shrapnel injuries.
I am not saying that drone strikes must stop. My complaint is that you have to be accountable for civilian deaths. There are no checks on how many civilians are killed. This is what concerns me and other Pakistanis who want to end fundamentalism in Pakistan. Civilian deaths in drone strikes are fueling extremism.
Shahzad Akbar - Pakistani lawyer who is suing the CIA to stop the drone strikes - in response to a senior U.S. official is dismissing a report by the London-based Bureau for Investigative Journalism that says covert American drone strikes in Pakistan have killed 385 civilians, nearly half of them children, since 2004.
The US counterterrorism officials say civilian death toll from drones much lower… still though, we are talking about civilian deaths, caused by an UNMANNED aeral assult vehicle! Apparently President Obama (the main proponent behind the US’ use of drones, WHICH I DID NOT KNOW!) doesn’t have the decency to put a man in the field to at least be held accountable for these civilian deaths.
That’s it. I’m not fucking voting in the 2012 Presidental election.