So another war begins......

As I read the titles of the news just now, I died inside a little. I won't lie, it hit me right in the heart. They wanted their war and now they have it. The coordinated efforts and nodding heads on all sides make this whole ordeal even worse.

People are in Syria. Real people. People like you and me. Those people are in the middle of this war. They will be killed, tortured, their towns bombed, their country ravaged.

I look at the thread on r/worldnews. I see people making jokes, others nod their heads in agreement. Assad had it coming, right? We need to avenge the children being gassed, right? It's all fair and just, the US and its European allies are doing it in the name of the people, of the Syrians, in the name of freedom......right? And those that disagree are Russian trolls, bots from the Kremlin, Assad's lackeys, child murderers and rapists.

Urgent - An Open Letter To The Chief Superintendent of Westminster Police (Take Note Jacinda)

Dear Chief Superintendent Rob Jones,

I sincerely hope this finds you well. My name is Richie Allen and I am a journalist based in Manchester. I was wondering if you were aware (you may not be) that as a matter of international law, the use or threat of force against the territorial integrity or political sovereignty of another State is illegal? International law dictates that force may only be used for the purposes of self defence and within the confines of necessity and proportionality. This prohibition on use of force is one of the norms that lawyers call 'jus cogens' (peremptory norms) and has been codified in Article 2(4) of the UN Charter. International law also prohibits States from acquiring territory through aggression or recognising such acquisitions made by other States. Please don't take my word for it Superintendent, ask any professor of law or international law for help. You are after all surrounded by universities there.


Oklahoma City and World Trade Center investigators

Murrah Building Report authors:

Dr W. Gene Corley
Charles Thornton
Paul Mlaker
Mete Sozen

Original ASCE team (9/14/01)

Dr W. Gene Corley
Charles Thornton
Paul Mlaker
Mete Sozen

Contracted to remove rubble both times

Controlled Demolition Inc.

Now the truth emerges: how the US fuelled the rise of Isis in Syria and Iraq

The war on terror, that campaign without end launched 14 years ago by George Bush, is tying itself up in ever more grotesque contortions. On Monday the trial in London of a Swedish man, Bherlin Gildo, accused of terrorism in Syria, collapsed after it became clear British intelligence had been arming the same rebel groups the defendant was charged with supporting.

The prosecution abandoned the case, apparently to avoid embarrassing the intelligence services. The defence argued that going ahead with the trial would have been an “affront to justice” when there was plenty of evidence the British state was itself providing “extensive support” to the armed Syrian opposition.
READ MORE: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/jun/03/us-isis-syria-iraq

How 1989's US Invasion of Panama Set the Stage for 25 Years of Endless War

By 1989, it had become apparent to all — everyone except the CIA, of course — that the Soviet economy, and thus the Soviet state was in very deep trouble.

In November 1989, the Berlin Wall came down in the face of Soviet impotence. And, with the Cold-War corpse not even cold yet, the US used the newly apparent Soviet weakness as an opportunity to begin invading a variety of foreign countries. These included Iraq, Somalia, and the former Yugoslavia.

But first on the list was Panama in December 1989. At the time, the Panamanian state was an authoritarian regime that stayed in power largely due to US support, and functioned as an American puppet state in Central America where Communists were often successful in overthrowing right-wing dictatorships.
READ MORE: https://mises.org/blog/how-1989s-invasion-panama-set-stage-25-years-endl...

US admits Mosul airstrikes killed over 100 civilians during battle with Isis

The Pentagon has admitted that airstrikes it carried out on a house in western Mosul killed at least 105 civilians in one of the deadliest attacks anywhere in Iraq since the 2003 invasion to oust Saddam Hussein. The final toll could be as high as 141, an investigation into the 17 March attack has found, with 36 people still unaccounted for.
READ MORE: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/may/25/us-mosul-airstrikes-deadli...

Here’s What The Media Doesn’t Want You To Know About The Manchester Attack

Here’s what the media and politicians don’t want you to know about the Manchester, UK, suicide attack: Salman Abedi, the 22 year old who killed nearly two dozen concert-goers in Manchester, UK, was the product of the US and UK overthrow of Gaddafi in Libya and “regime change” policy in Syria. He was a radicalized Libyan whose family fled Gaddafi’s secular Libya, and later he trained to be an armed “rebel” in Syria, fighting for the US and UK “regime change” policy toward the secular Assad government.

The suicide attacker was the direct product of US and UK interventions in the greater Middle East.
READ MORE: http://www.thelastamericanvagabond.com/foreign-policy/heres-media-doesnt...

US army 'lost track of $1bn worth of arms'

"This audit provides a worrying insight into the US army's flawed - and potentially dangerous - system for controlling millions of dollars' worth of arms transfers to a hugely volatile region," says Patrick Wilcken, Amnesty International's Arms Control and Human Rights researcher, in the report.

The rights group says in the report that its own research has "consistently documented" lax controls and record-keeping within the Iraqi chain of command, which had resulted in arms winding up in the hands of armed groups such as the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL).
READ MORE: http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/05/army-lost-track-1bn-worth-arms-170...

Don’t use the Manchester attack to expand the surveillance state; it’s never worked before

In spite of the focus that GCHQ – who operate on a budget of £1.6 billion a year – have placed on the North African nation that is ruled by an interim government, Salman Abedi was able to travel to the country and return with the skills and support that enabled him to carry-out such a devastating attack.

GCHQ have several times been ruled as in violation of the European Convention of Human Rights for illegally intercepting civilian communications without sufficient legal oversight. We are repeatedly told that this is for our protection; no doubt, like the Westminster attack, this latest tragedy will be used as an excuse to curtail basic civil liberties. But no matter how much money we throw at them, and how little we diminish their legal responsibilities, UK intelligence agencies are repeatedly failing.
READ MORE: https://leakofnations.com/dont-use-the-manchester-attack-to-expand-the-s...

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