April 19 in Yemen: Another Day, Another Drone Killing

by Joe Scarry

The press announced a flurry of drone killings in Yemen over the April 19/20 weekend — that is, while the rest of us were observing Easter — and just as with U.S. drone killings in Pakistanand Somalia, the U.S. modus operandiwas on full display. (See “U.S. Drones and Yemeni Forces Kill Qaeda-Linked Fighters, Officials Say”)

Numerous unnamed U.S. officials are alluded to in press coverage, but all official U.S. sources (the CIA, the Pentagon) decline comment. Reports are full of red herrings – references to Al Qaeda leaders in Yemen (who were not the targets of these particular attacks, however); mention of past attacks against the U.S. Embassy in Yemen (which the U.S. does not connect with the events of the weekend, however); Barack Obama’s May, 2013, speech on national security (but what relevance could that have to the past weekend’s anonymous strikes?); etc.

Nonetheless, the New York Times account can assert that the strikes hit “militants” linked to Al Qaeda — or rather, “linked to Al Qaeda’s affiliate in Yemen.”
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Way to Go, President Obama!

Because what America needs more than anything else right now is an expansion of its open-ended (and 70-year-old) “security” guarantee to every Tom, Dick and Harry on the Pacific Rim except, and versus, China:

President Barack Obama confirmed Wednesday that America’s mutual security treaty with Japan applies to the islands at the center of a territorial dispute between China and Japan.

“The policy of the United States is clear,” he said in a written response to questions published in Japan’s Yomiuri newspaper before his arrival in Tokyo at the start of a four-country Asia tour.

“The Senkaku islands are administered by Japan” and therefore fall under the U.S.-Japan treaty, he wrote.

How long before the US openly agrees to restore and “guarantee” the old “Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere” that thousands of US soldiers, sailors and Marines died to shatter?

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Needed: Less Military Force, More Human Rights in the Philippines

by Joe Scarry

For several years now, I have been intensively involved in working to end the extrajudicial killings (EJK) carried out by the U.S., specifically those involving drones. My attention has been very focused on what the U.S. is doing in places like Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, and Somalia.

Just a few weeks ago I attended the Ecumenical Advocacy Days in Washington, D.C. One of the things that I learned was the extent of human rights problems in the Philippines — particularly the way the U.S. enables extrajudicial killings by the Philippine government through its material support for and political backing of the army and the administration.
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Western Intellectuals Will Never Call for Prosecution of Their Own

by jay janson

Knowledgeable and internationally aware people within Majority Mankind (the six billion Earthlings who live in the plundered Third World), have long had enough of the high-flown but meaningless erudite reporting of apathetic First World intellectuals dispassionately chronicling the lethal foreign policies of the Neo-Colonial Powers they reside in. 

Your author has had occasion to mention the efforts of anti-imperialist organizations and writers previously admired to friends in Third World countries on three continents that have suffered US bombings  and invasions. Whether the friends are students or professors, their reaction to my attempt to show that there is an antiwar movement in the English speaking world has always been the same. My overseas friends invariably look back at me in silence, while some exchange glances with each other. It’s a conversation ender. By their bloody experience, no concerned white person, if there be any, has ever prevented a single death or maiming from flying metal exploded by US military in Korea, Vietnam, Dominican Republic, or Libya.  

In both alternate media and in criminal mainstream corporate media, First World intellectuals condemning their governments’ policies, are referred to,  as being ‘on the Left,’ progressive, antiwar and dissidents. All the great savage trading empires of Europe have had their liberal intelligentsia criticizing and apologizing for at least some of the brutal colonial ‘policies’ of their fellow countrymen, fellow countrymen who perforce had to be of lesser morals and intellect to behave so inhumanely with indifference, even pride, while efficiently serving  banks and Empire in bringing in the plunder. Just so does the current crop of fine journalists and authors of the First World’s liberal intelligentsia understandably hold themselves above and apart from the more numerous dishonest university professors, editors and mainstream journalist prostituting themselves in service to the blood soaked status quo of permanent war. 

Our erudite and truthful journalists respond to, and satirize, the idiotic statements of war criminal dolts like bomber-pilot-would-be-President Senator McCain, and bother to ridicule the obvious lies and the self-righteous posturing of another would-be-President and killer of Vietnamese patriots, hapless Secretary of State Kerry. Progressives quote and dispute the solemn belligerent blustering of President Obama as if a US president ever wielded real personal power. Alternate media writers deride  America’s paste-em-up poster-boy politicians, who proclaim in a serious voice whatever CIA and their Wall Street handlers want said. What these bought criminal high officials say, their pathetic ‘patriotic’ lies, become engraved in stone as much for the serious treatment given them by progressive writers as for their jingoist-sound-bite repetition in CIA-fed and corporate-controlled commercial mass media.
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Question for US Senator Bob Corker (R-TN)

Hey Bob, you got a mouse in your pocket?

I think we’re going to lose eastern Ukraine if we continue as we are …

Who’s this “we” Corker’s referring to?

Last time I checked, Ukraine wasn’t a region of Tennessee, or part of the United States, or even part of the post-World War II “security perimeter” that Washington established in western Europe and on the Pacific Rim. Rather, Ukraine is a region that’s historically experienced periods of independence between Russian, Polish and German expansions at its expense. There’s nothing there for “us” to lose.

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Taxes and War Profiteers

by Darren Wolfe

One hopes that this sign could be the beginning of pacifists understanding that taxes and war go hand in hand. It was displayed at the Brandywine Peace Community’s Good Friday Stations of Justice, Peace, and Nonviolent Resistance at Lockheed Martin, King of Prussia, PA (Mainstream media coverage can be read here.)
Knowledge that war depends on taxation is nothing new. During World War II Disney helped with propaganda to encourage submission to the legal plunder that is often referred to as taxation:
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A Voice from Down Under: The Last War Celebration

by nonentiti

In Australia and New Zealand next week is ANZAC day. Officially a memorial day for and in honour of the soldiers that died fighting in World War One and Two: the ANZAC soldiers. In reality, like the memorial days other countries have for their wars of the past, it is a celebration of nationalism and war heroes, with many families honouring members of their families they believe fought in those wars – although a recent news report said that many of those heroes never really existed – and politicians appearing on TV holding speeches.

November 11th, also named “Poppy Day”, is a more worldwide memorial day for those same wars, in which those who want to honour dead soldiers wear red poppies on their clothing and those who want to remember civilian victims wear white poppies. Of course, apart from the people of Darwin, Australia and New Zealand did not have many civilian casualties, and they also don’t have much of a history – other than colonialism, which is unpopular – so they put everything they have into these celebrations.

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