(GlobalResearch) – Israel Threatens Lebanon – The Existential Threat Facing Lebanon Today – Read More Here
(RussiaToday) – Saakashvili prepares for war with Russia
Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili has called on military top brass to build “total defense” and accused Russia of planning to “overthrow Georgian democracy.” Read More Here
(MSNBC) – WikiLeaks founder vows more leaks
The WikiLeaks website has received additional “very significant” material about U.S. military abuses from anonymous whistleblowers since the publication of its leaked Afghan war logs and plans to post the new documents within weeks, the group’s founder said Friday. Read More Here
(VeteransToday) – “Every War Must End”
The words of military strategist Fred Ikle. But, tomorrow, August 1, 2010, the new International Ban on Cluster Munitions is lacking three crucial signatures: Those from the United States, Israel, and Russia. These three countries, well entrenched in war as we speak, and no doubt continuing to proliferate the use of cluster munitions as they engage their enemies at various levels, do not apparently show an interest in this legacy of war. When the war is over, the fighting does not stop. Nor does the suffering of those who participated – many of us are veterans and we know this to be fact. Many of us are civilians and know this to be fact. But what about the unexploded ordinance? This remnant of war continues to kill – kill and maim the innocents. Read More Here
(IntelHub) – War it appears is imminent? Current drug shortages are telling the picture
Are we going to War?
It seems this may be true from the drug shortages which are listed on the FDA’s website. I see this as “the smoking gun”, that only stockpiling for war could explain the combination of shortages seen on their website. Read More Here
(AllGov) – Army Suicides Reach One a Day; Epidemic Spreads to National Guard and Reserves
Thirty-two soldiers, including 11 in the Guard and Reserve, killed themselves last month, a rate of suicide not seen since the Vietnam War. Seven of the suicides took place I Iraq or Afghanistan. Read More Here
(VOANews) – US-China Tensions Flare Over South China Sea Dispute
China lays claim to maritime territories in the sea along with Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam. While most of the territory consists of small islands, boulders, and strips of sand, some of them are believed to be rich in oil and gas. Read More Here
(OpinionMaker) – Formation Of Al Qaida: US-Israel Collaboration
WMR has pored through the CIA files and a complicated picture emerges of America’s and Israel’s top intelligence agencies, in cahoots with Saudi Arabia, establishing financial links and carve out intelligence programs to provide manpower and financial support to Bin Laden and his allies in Afghanistan. Read More Here
(Rense) – Damage Control – Downplaying WikiLeaks Revelations – Stephen Lendman
When truths are too disturbing to conceal, downplay them, change the subject, and blame others, not responsible Washington officials and key allies, culpable politicians and media misinformation masters suppressing and misreporting the facts, their well-oiled spin machine counterattacking WikiLeaks – revelations too sensitive to explain, a potential game-changer otherwise, so pundits and reporters duck them. Read More Here
(AntiWar) – Poll: Six in 10 Pakistanis View US as the Enemy
A new poll from the Pew Research Center shows a massive opposition among Pakistani voters to US foreign policy in the region, with some six in 10 identifying the United States as “the enemy” compared to only one in 10 identifying them as a partner. Read More Here
(Guardian) – Video: Endgame in Afghanistan: ‘It’s taken a year to move 20km’
As the war in Afghanistan enters its final chapter, Sean Smith’s brutal, uncompromising film from the Helmand frontline shows the horrific chaos of a stalemate that is taking its toll in blood. Warning: contains distressing scenes and strong language Video Link Here
(CBSNews) – Video: Pakistan’s U.N. Ambassador: Afghan War Unwinnable
“In my personal opinion, the way the war is being fought, it doesn’t seem winnable,” Haroon said. Video Link Here
(CSMonitor) – Top three theories on what damaged Japanese oil tanker near Iran
“What we know is that some collision happened,” Capt. Mousa Mourad, a general manager at the United Arab Emirates port of Fujairah, where the M. Star is now moored, told a news conference. “We don’t know what it was. It is possible that it could be a submarine collision, or that it could be a sea mine.” Read More Here
(VOANews) – Australia to Impose Nuclear Sanctions on Iran – Read More Here
(Xinhuanet) – Iran rules out terrorist attack on Japanese tanker in Persian Gulf: official
“Probably the earthquake has caused such an incident,” Ataollah Sadr was quoted as saying. Read More Here
(AP) – Japan’s Mitsui maintains oil tanker was likely attacked
A Japanese shipping company maintained Thursday that one of its oil tankers was likely attacked in the Strait of Hormuz a day earlier, dismissing reports it might have been hit by a freak wave. Read More Here
(VAnalysis) – The Latest Provocation of Colombia against Venezuela
On Thursday, July 22, Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez decided to put the border with Colombia on maximum military alert, after Colombian president Alvaro Uribe made accusations that Venezuela was harbouring FARC guerrillas and demanded an “international commission of enquiry”.
President Chávez also announced that Venezuela was breaking off diplomatic links with Colombia and gave Colombian diplomats 72 hours to leave the country. Read More Here
(July 25) – (BBC) – Venezuela head threatens US oil cut over Colombia row
The threat comes amid an escalating dispute over allegations that Venezuela is harbouring Colombian rebels.
Mr Chavez broke diplomatic ties with Colombia last week and put his army on high alert. Read More Here
(ColombiaReports) – US and Cuba pick sides in Colombia-Venezuela conflict – Read More Here
(July 24) – (IntelTrends) – Chavez: U.S. and Colombia plan to attack Venezuela – Read More Here
(July 17) – (ForPressFound) – VENEZUELA: DUTCH VIOLATION AIRSPACE + US MEDIA EVIDENCE – Read More Here
(Aug 30, 09) – (Chomsky.Info) – Militarizing Latin America – Noam Chomsky – Read More Here
(July 24) – (ForPressFound) – BREAKING NEWS: COLOMBIA + US AND ALLIES WANT NEW COUP IN VENEZUELA – Read More Here
(July 24) – (ChavezCode) – Chavez: US and Colombia plan to attack Venezuela
“The preparation phase in the international community, with the help of Colombia, is in plain execution”, manifested the text, referring to last Thursday’s session in the Organization of American States (OAS), during which the Colombia government accused Venezuela of harboring “terrorists” and “terrorist training camps” and gave the Chavez government a “30-day ultimatum” to allow for international intervention. Read More Here
(Rense) – Investigating The Freedom Flotilla Attack – Stephen Lendman – Read More Here
(Wired) – Video: U.S. Ducks As Cluster Bomb Ban Takes Effect
Every war must end, instructed the U.S. strategist Fred Ikle. But leftover unexploded ordnance can be a war’s legacy, particularly when small and unstable munitions lay around areas where civilians rebuild their lives after the fighting stops. That’s why a new international ban on cluster munitions will take effect on Saturday. The U.S., however, isn’t part of the accord.
More than 30 countries have ratified the Convention on Cluster Munitions — the threshold for it entering into force — and over 100 have signed it since 2008. Holdouts include Russia, Israel and the United States. All three of those countries have used cluster bombs in the past decade: Russia during its conflict with Georgia in 2008 (Georgia also used cluster munitions against Russia); Israel during its conflict with Hezbollah in 2006 (Hezbollah also used cluster munitions against Israel); and the U.S. during the initial phases of the Afghanistan and Iraq wars. (Neither the Taliban nor Saddam used cluster bombs against U.S. troops.)
There are a variety of cluster bombs, but they generically work like this: the munitions spray out smaller bombs across a given target, so you can cover a wide area and take out enemy vehicles, weapons, and, of course, fighters with a single, relatively small burst. Some versions, like the Wind Corrected Munition Dispenser, equip the bomblets with tech to control their trajectory, making them more like smart bomblets.
The case against their use is well known: cluster sub-munitions are, in effect, the world’s deadliest duds. The bomblets have a failure rate of up to ten percent by some estimates — and can act as unexploded ordnance, going off in civilian areas after a battle has concluded, similar to landmines. The Cluster Munition Coalition, a group opposed to the weapons, estimates that 60 percent of cluster-bomb casualties are injured “while undertaking their normal activities.”
In 2008, the Pentagon agreed to scale back its use of cluster weapons, pledging not to use any bomb with a failure rate higher than 1 percent after 2018. So why isn’t the U.S. on board with an outright ban?
According to the Pentagon’s 2008 policy, cluster munitions are actually humane weapons. “Because future adversaries will likely use civilian shields for military targets – for example by locating a military target on the roof of an occupied building – use of unitary weapons could result in more civilian casualties and damage than cluster munitions,” the policy claims. “Blanket elimination of cluster munitions is therefore unacceptable due not only to negative military consequences but also due to potential negative consequences for civilians.” In other words, it’s better to use a cluster bomb on enemies using a building than to blow up the entire building.
Cluster opponents don’t buy it. “The vast majority of U.S. allies have banned this weapon,” Thomas Nash, the coordinator of the Cluster Munition Coalition, said in a statement e-mailed to Danger Room. “In line with his rhetoric on multilateralism, Obama needs to bring the U.S. in line with other nations that respect international law and the protection of civilians in armed conflict.”
While the Pentagon argues against ruling out the use of cluster bombs, the military is experimenting with potential replacements. For instance: a warhead that sprays tiny darts called “kinetic energy pellets” at a target. These pellets act like bullets, not explosives, so there isn’t a danger of delayed blast if civilians later come into a pellet-littered area.