August 6th 1945 ~ Hiroshima

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“It is my opinion that the use of this barbarous weapon at Hiroshima and Nagasaki was of no material assistance in our war against Japan. The Japanese were already defeated and ready to surrender because of the effective sea blockade and the successful bombing with conventional weapons…. My own feeling is that in being the first to use it, we had adopted an ethical standard common to the barbarians of the Dark Ages…. I was not taught to make war in that fashion, and wars cannot be won by destroying women and children” ~ Admiral William D. Leahy, (President Truman’s Chief of Staff and the most senior U.S. military officer during the war)

Although the cowardly and vindictive attack on a densely-packed, defenceless civilian population is still not acknowledged as a War Crime, even the current leadership of the USA would be hard pressed to deny the grotesque horror of Hiroshima, 75 years ago today. That would be impossible, yet the hypocrisy and cynicism of its ruling elite, who retain delusions of exceptionalism and infallibility, and demand the exclusive use of devastating force to impose its will, remain essentially unchanged.

Afghanistan War Exposed : An Imperial Conspiracy (Empire Files)

The perpetual occupation of Afghanistan has become so normalized that for most people it serves as mere background noise. A soldier dies now and again, a couple of dozen civilians get blown to pieces occasionally, but nothing is ever enough to stir western populations to demand an end to the shamelessly imperialist project.

This exceptional new documentary by Abby Martin reveals the reality of the United States’ involvement in Afghanistan, from the CIA’s duplicity in the 1980s, through to today’s senseless stalemate.

Pirates of the Caribbean

”You could scour the bowels of US imperial crimes, from the Mexican-American War to the Gulf of Tonkin in Vietnam, and you won’t find a more brazen, cynical act of gangsterism than that which is now underway against Venezuela.” ~ George Galloway

Before they drop the bombs, they drop the narrative of course, and the disinformation bombardment on Venezuela has been one of the longest bombing runs in history. Massive sums of US money have been spent on media distortion, subversion, sabotage, military coups, and threats of invasion, throughout the Chavez-Maduro era.

Act of gangsterism against Venezuela: Trump, Pence, Pompeo star in the Pirates of the Caribbean

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Article by George Galloway : https://www.rt.com/op-ed/449597-venezuela-maduro-us-trump/?fbclid=IwAR35y-Nps5gSG6hrfQEp_DbtAyOylF6-_cXFGJJ0KcCsND5BVF0L5kwi5xs


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Anyone still wondering why the US is meddling in Venezuela’s affairs ? 🤔


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Elliot Abrams, the prominent Zionist neocon and Reagan / Bush era US administration hawk, who was convicted for his role in the Iran-Contra scandal (and then pardoned by President George H.W. Bush), has just been appointed by the Trump administration to take charge of overseeing the “restoration of democracy” (sic) in Venezuela.

Abrams played a key role in supporting death squads in El Salvador and Guatemala in the 1980s, and in the ”dirty war” against the Sandinista revolution in Nicaragua.

The appointment does not bode well for the people of Venezuela.

Bad News for the 99%

The pursuit of economic – or more accurately capital – ”growth” at all costs has reached a critical point.

As William I. Robinson explains in his book ‘‘Global Capitalism and the Crisis of Humanity’‘, the world financial system has now centralised and over-accumulated capital to such a point that investment opportunities have become limited.

Professor Robinson argues that only three mechanisms for investing excess capital remain : risky financial speculation, wars and war-preparation, and the privatisation of public institutions.

Not a pleasant outlook for the 99%, who are forced to bail out bad bets through austerity, pay for (and die in) endless wars, and suffer the consequences of the dismemberment of public services by complicit governments.

Top Secret : Deep State War Crimes Cover-Up in Rwanda

Featured Image -- 8690Article by Christopher Black,  an international criminal lawyer based in Toronto. He is known for a number of high-profile war crimes cases and writes essays on international law, politics and world events for the online magazine “New Eastern Outlook”


The United States and its allies are experts at covering their crimes and finding scapegoats to take the blame for them. They are doing it now with their disinformation campaigns against Russia, China, Iran, Venezuela, North Korea, and Syria. The show trials at the UN’s Yugoslav tribunal, the ICTY, were all about covering-up NATO’s war crimes and spinning lies to blame everything on the Serbs who resisted NATO’s aggression.

They use their influence at the International Criminal Court for the same purposes. And now a document has come to light, leaked from the UN’s Rwanda war crimes tribunal, the ICTR, that contains a report on the war crimes of the US supported Rwanda Patriotic Front that invaded Rwanda from Uganda in 1990, conducted four years of terrorist operations against the Rwanda people and government, then in 1994 launched their final offensive and slaughtered their way to power. To discuss this document, marked “Top Secret” I have to burden the reader with a brief history of events from the evidence available in order to give it some context.

The night of April 6, 1994 the Hutu presidents of Rwanda and Burundi, Juvenal Habyarimana and Cyprien Ntaryamira, and General Nsabimana, the Rwandan Army Chief of Staff, as well as several other dignitaries and a French flight crew were murdered when the plane they were on was shot down over Kigali airport by anti-aircraft missiles fired by members of the Tutsi-led Rwanda Patriotic Front, or RPF, with the assistance of the governments of several countries. Paul Kagame, the leader of the RPF junta now in control of Rwanda, and who was seen with US Army soldiers at his headquarters two days before the event, gave the final order for the shoot down but he did so with the assistance or complicity of the governments of the United States of America, Britain, Belgium, Canada, and Uganda. It was the United States and its allies, hoping to gain total control of the resources of Central Africa through their proxies in the Tutsi RPF, that provided the military support for the RPF invasion of Rwanda from Uganda beginning in 1990, flowing that support through Uganda.

It is known that the missiles used to shoot down the aircraft came from stockpiles the Americans had seized in their first war against Iraq, passed to Uganda, and it was in a warehouse at Kigali airport, rented by a CIA Swiss front company, that the missiles were assembled. In fact, the French anti-terrorist judge Jean-Louis Bruguiere, who spent several years investigating the shoot down on behalf of the families of the French flight-crew, told Boutros-Boutros Ghali, the Secretary-General of the UN in 1994, that the CIA was involved in the shoot down, adding strength to Boutros-Ghali’s statement to a Canadian journalist that the Americans are 100% responsible for what happened in Rwanda.

There is strong direct and circumstantial evidence that the Belgian and Canadian contingents of the UN peacekeeping force in Rwanda in 1993-94, known as UNAMIR, were also involved in the shoot down and assisted the RPF in their final offensive that was launched with the decapitation strike on the plane. It was the Canadian General Romeo Dallaire, Force Commander of UNAMIR, who arranged for one axis of the runway at the airport to be closed at the request of the RPF, making it easier to shoot down the plane as it tried to land.

Dallaire consistently sided with the RPF during his mandate, gave continuous military intelligence to the RPF about government army positions, took his orders from the American and Belgian ambassadors and another Canadian general, Maurice Baril, in the Department of Peace-Keeping Operations in New York, then headed by Kofi Annan, lied to his boss, Jacques Roger Booh-Booh, about his knowledge of a build-up for a final Ugandan Army-RPF offensive, and turned a blind eye to the infiltration into Kigali of possibly 13,000 RPF combatants when they were permitted only 600 under the Arusha Peace Accords signed in October 1993. It was another Canadian, General Guy Tousignant, who took over from Dallaire after the RPF took power when UNAMIR II helped the RPF consolidate the rewards of its aggression.

Burundi was involved both by permitting 600 US Army Rangers to be situated in Burundi in case they were needed by the RPF and by invading Rwanda from the south in May, 1994 to link up with the RPF forces. Tanzania was involved in both the planning of the shoot down and, itself invaded Rwanda from the east and south blocking escape routes for the Hutu refugees fleeing the atrocities of the RPF in their sweep towards Kigali.

Finally, evidence indicates that Belgian UN soldiers were in the immediate area of the missile launch site at the time of the shoot down and were also involved.

The report into the shoot down of the plane by the French investigative judge Jean-Louis Bruguière was leaked to the French newspaper Le Monde in 2004 and states that the RPF was responsible with the help of the CIA. But before the French judge began his investigation The Chief Prosecutor for the Rwanda tribunal, Canadian judge Louise Arbour, the same woman that framed up President Milosevic on behalf of the USA at the Yugoslav tribunal, was told in 1997 by her lead investigator, Australian lawyer Michael Hourigan, that it was the RPF commando group known as the “Network”, with the assistance of a foreign power, implicating the CIA, that was responsible for the shoot down.

At that point Arbour, instead of prosecuting everyone involved, as she should have done, on American instruction, ordered the investigation closed and kept secret thereby making her an accessory to a war crime. The facts relating to Arbour’s action is detailed in Michael Hourigan’s affidavit, still available on the internet and his report to the Office of Internal Oversight of the UN.

During the war crimes trials at the Rwanda tribunal defence lawyers, representing the only group targeted for prosecution, the side that tried to resist aggression, members of the Rwandan government, its armed forces and officials as well as Hutu intellectuals, demanded full disclosure of all the evidence the prosecution had relevant to what happened in the war and the allegations of war crimes made against our clients. In the trial of my client, General Ndindilyimana, Chief of Staff of the Gendarmerie, who after a long struggle was finally acquitted, made repeated requests for disclosure of that evidence but we never received the complete disclosure we demanded because over time we became aware that the prosecution had much more material than they were willing to show us.

One famous example of this is the Gersony Report made by Robert Gersony, a USAID, official seconded to the UN, who filed a report to the High Commissioner For Refugees in October 1994 setting out his findings that the RPF forces engaged in the systematic massacres of Hutus across Rwanda during their offensive, which he characterized as genocide. This report too was kept secret by the UNHCR and by the prosecution lawyers in our trial who even denied that it existed. But in 2008 my team found it by chance, and in the prosecution files, and I was able to produce it into evidence in the trial, along with a letter from Paul Kagame dated August of 1994 in which he refers to a meeting with Ugandan president Museveni in which the “plan for Zaire” was discussed. Those two agreed that the Hutus were in the way of the “plan” but Kagame stated that they were working with the Belgian, American and British intelligence services to execute the “plan” and the problem would be solved, The world has since seen what this ‘plan” involved; the invasions of Zaire, the extermination of hundreds of thousands of Hutu refugees, the killings of millions of Congolese in the wars that followed, as detailed in the leaked UN Mapping Report of 2010, and the shattering of Congo into fragments to be easily exploited by western mining companies.

Yet, little did we know as our trial proceeded that the prosecution had in their hands another document, an internal report dated October 1, 2003 in which their own investigators list and describe in 31 pages the crimes of the RPF forces they had investigated. This report, designated Top Secret, has recently been leaked and a copy was sent to me, among others, to examine and it is as damning of the RPF, and therefore their western allies, as the others.

The document, with the subject reference “General Report on the Special Investigations concerning the crimes committed by the Rwanda Patriotic Army (RPA) during 1994’ was sent to the then Prosecutor Hassan Jallow by three members of the Prosecution Special Investigations Unit. It provides to the Prosecutor the evidence they had gathered that the RPA had committed massacres of thousands of Hutus in various places across Rwanda, for example, Byumba, Kabgayi, Rambara, Gitarama, and Butare, as well as the murder of three Catholic bishops and nine other priests at a church. The circumstances set out in the report confirm Gersony’s Report of similar massacres and also confirms witness testimony we heard during the trials that the RPA forces had infiltrated men into civilian barricades to kill people in order to pin the crimes on the Rwandan government forces and the youth group known as the interahamwe.

Finally they provide, once again, further evidence that the RPA did shoot down the presidential plane, confirming the findings of Michael Hourigan in 1997 detailed above and which Louise Arbour had ordered kept secret, confirming the findings of the French report and confirming the evidence we filed at trial to the same effect, including a radio intercept from Kagame to his forces, the day after the plane was hit, celebrating the downing of the plane as a successful operation. It is a very important and damning report. Kept secret. One wonders how many more secret reports they have.

There is not space here to detail the horrific crimes set out in the document, or to relate to you the evidence we heard at the trials-what one Hutu refugee, speaking of the hunting down of Hutu refugees in the Congo by the RPF forces, assisted by spotter planes with US Air Force markings, called the “genocide with no name,” so I provide just a few examples from this document to give readers the picture. On page 28, in reference to the capital city of Rwanda, Kigali, it states:

“Camp Kanombe (a government military base) at the end of May 1994. When the RPA captured Kanombe, approximately 1500 civilians had taken refuge in the camp. They were all massacred by the RPA.’

‘Kanombe Airport, at the end of May 1994, approximately 200 to 300 civilians of all ages were brought …and executed.”

“Masaka, Kanombe commune, end of July 1994, – in 5 days approximately 6,000 women children and men were executed with their arms tied behind their back at the elbow.

“Camp Kami, during the capture of the camp by the RPA thousands of civilians who had taken refuge there were executed”

The picture is clear. Yet, to this date not a single member of the RPF or their western allies has been charged for their responsibility for these crimes and Paul Kagame, who ordered these killings, is hosted with smiles by leaders from Canada to France to China. The prosecutors who decided to protect these war criminals, and who, by withholding evidence of what really happened, obstructed justice, conspired to frame up those standing accused before the tribunal, turned international justice into a travesty, and gave these criminals immunity from prosecution and encouragement to commit more crimes have moved on to lucrative positions. Fatima Bensouda, one of those former ICTR prosecutors, is now the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court.

Where is the justice for the 6,000 men, women and children murdered at Masaka? Where is the hue and cry for the head of Paul Kagame as there was for the head of President Milosevic and the allegations he faced or as President Assad of Syria faces? Where is the hue and cry for the head of General Dallaire, or for Louise Arbour, who condoned these crimes, as there was for General Mladic regarding the allegations about Srebrenica? There is none. Instead they are made celebrities, for we live a world in which criminals have seized hold of morality and justice and hanged them from a tree.

 

John McCain : American Fraud

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While fighting in Vietnam, John McCain was part of a military machine that engaged in some of the most heinous war crimes of the last century. As a pilot, McCain cravenly bombed a mostly undefended country of civilians.

When his plane was shot down, his life was saved by the very people he was trying to kill. Though McCain frequently claimed he was tortured,  on the contrary the Vietnamese cured him with extremely valuable medicines that at that time were not available to their own wounded.  

And it’s not just Vietnam. McCain was a warmonger through and through. He immediately and enthusiastically supported every subsequent US imperialist war – Iraq, Afghanistan, Yugoslavia, Libya, Syria, Yemen.

McCain also backed wars that haven’t even taken place yet, including North Korea and Iran.

A true ”American war hero” ? ~ Yes indeed. 

On a more personal level,  he was no hero. He deserted his first wife Carol when she was crippled by a car-crash and confined to a wheelchair, hitching up with indecent haste to a younger model.

He was also of course a fierce Zionist and defender of Israel’s crimes – but then such a trait is almost as American as apple pie.

 

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2008/oct/14/uselections2008-johnmccain

BBC : War is Peace. Ignorance is Strength.

In an interview with Emily Thornberry yesterday the BBC’s supposedly ”impartial” Justin Webb casually remarked ”We all know Iran is a hostile, aggressive nation” – this even though that country hasn’t waged an aggressive war in centuries.

Yet on the same programme, nothing of the kind is said to Mark Regev about Israel, which has been illegally occupying and oppressing another people for decades. It’s also apparently quite acceptable – and unremarkable – that Israel, along with the US, the UK and France, bombs Syria in flagrant violation of international law.

While Iran is being routinely demonized at every opportunity, the brutal warmongering Saudi regime remains “our important ally”.

And of course, any criticism whatsoever of Israel is necessarily “anti-semitic”.

WAR IS PEACE

Quite frankly, the BBC is now beyond Orwellian….


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BBC : British Brainwashing Corporation

https://mpbondblog.wordpress.com/2015/04/25/4068/

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The Four Horsemen Sweep By

SYRIA BOMB.jpgThis new Cold War is thrilling, isn’t it ? The spy-games, the poisonings of Russian double agents on British soil, the suspicion, the international intrigue, the complete suspension of the rule of law and any obligation toward critical thinking…..

The four horsemen sweep by, scything down reason and justice on the way.

FOUR HORSEMEN (video)  https://mpbondblog.wordpress.com/2014/04/27/four-horsemen/


 Article by Craig Murray, historian and former UK ambassadorApril 11 2018

The media onslaught has moved past the attack in Salisbury by a “weapon of mass destruction” (quoting Theresa May) which could only be Russian, except that was untrue, and was extremely deadly, except that was untrue too. It now focuses on an attack by chemical weapons in Douma which “could only be” by the Russian-backed Assad regime, except there is no evidence of that either, and indeed neutral verified evidence from Douma is non-existent. The combination of the two events is supposed to have the British population revved up by jingoism, and indeed does have Tony Blair and assorted Tories revved up, to attack Syria and potentially to enter conflict with Russia in Syria.

The “Russian” attack in Salisbury is supposed to negate the “not our war” argument, particularly as a British policeman was unwell for a while. Precisely what is meant to negate the “why on earth are we entering armed confrontation with a nuclear power” argument, I do not know.

Saudi Arabia has naturally offered facilities to support the UK, US and France in their attempt to turn the military tide in Syria in favour of the Saudi sponsored jihadists whom Assad had come close to defeating. That the Skripal and Douma incidents were preceded by extremely intense diplomatic activity between Saudi Arabia, Washington, Paris and London this year, with multiple top level visits between capitals, is presumably supposed to be coincidence.

I am not a fan of Assad any more than I was a fan of Saddam Hussein. But the public now understand that wars for regime change in Muslim lands have disastrous effects in dead and maimed adults and children and in destroyed infrastructure; our attacks unleash huge refugee waves and directly cause terrorist attacks here at home. There is no purpose in a military attack on Syria other than to attempt to help the jihadists overthrow Assad. There is a reckless disregard for evidence base on the pretexts for all this. Indeed, the more the evidence is scrutinised, the dodgier it seems. Finally there is a massive difference between mainstream media narrative around these events and a deeply sceptical public, as shown in social media and in comments sections of corporate media websites.

The notion that Britain will take part in military action against Syria with neither investigation of the evidence nor a parliamentary vote is worrying indeed. Without Security Council authorisation, any such action is illegal in any event. It is worth noting that the many commentators who attempt to portray Russia’s veto of a Syria resolution as invalid, fail to note that last week, in two separate 14 against 1 votes, the USA vetoed security council resolutions condemning Israeli killings of unarmed demonstrators in Gaza.

The lesson the neo-cons learnt from the Iraq war is not that it was disastrous. It was only disastrous for the dead and maimed Iraqis, our own dead and maimed servicemen, and those whose country was returned to medievalism. It was a great success for the neo-cons, they made loads of money on armaments and oil. The lesson the neo-cons learned was not to give the public in the West any time to mount and organise opposition. Hence the destruction of Libya was predicated on an entirely false “we have 48 hours to prevent the massacre of the population of Benghazi” narrative. Similarly this latest orchestrated “crisis” is being followed through into military action at a blistering pace, as the four horsemen sweep by, scything down reason and justice on the way.

Korea Amnesia

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US Air Force B-29 Superfortresses dropping bombs during the Korean War. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)

The mainstream media find it easy to mock North Korea’s paranoia and belligerence.

But they rarely remind us that In the 1950s the USA dropped 635,000 tonnes of bombs on North Korea, including 32,000 tonnes of napalm.

America killed approximately 20% of the North Korean population in those years.

It should not be surprising then, that this devastating assault resulted in a xenophobic, American-hating state obsessed with developing powerful weapons to ensure national survival. But in order to justify war, the existence of the Kim Jong-un regime is presented by politicians and the media as an inexplicable and eccentric manifestation of ”evil”.

That is to willfully ignore history. And tragically, that is now the norm for Western media.

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Big Liz : A Pirate Ship

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So the global financial elite parade their latest toy, the Royal Navy’s ‘newest and biggest’ ship HMS Queen Elizabeth which berthed in Portsmouth this morning.

‘Spectacular’, ‘mighty’, ‘astonishing’ – drool the lackeys in the BBC and the ”newspapers”, but this charmless heap of floating steel In no way represents the British public. The flag of piracy would be more appropriate.

​Aircraft carriers are tools of offensive war and ​HMS Queen Elizabeth will be of no use whatsoever ​in dealing with the security threats that we really do face.

And at a time when public services are being decimated by cuts, ​one ​might have​ expected​ greater scrutiny over the construction of this £3 billion-pound killing machine – which is not even fit for purpose. It’s a bomb magnet, vulnerable to attack by unsophisticated missile systems available to all ”our” enemies, including Yemen. On the eve of the unveiling, an amateur drone enthusiast managed to fly a £300 drone onto the carrier’s deck. It is astonishing –  laughable indeed – that such an expensive ship ​does​ not have defences ​against​ such elementary transgressions. If it is as ‘state-of-the-art’ as we are led to believe, how could it be breached so easily by a member of the public ? It is in fact a white elephant that will be militarily redundant even before it is fully equipped (for another £3 billion, incidentally).

Admiral Sir Philip ‘Jingo’ Jones, the head of the Royal Navy, said at today’s ceremony : “In the years and decades to come, she and her sister ship will demonstrate the kind of nation we are – not a diminished nation, withdrawing from the world, but a confident, outward-looking and ambitious nation, with a Royal Navy to match.”

Fuck off.