Archive for ‘War Lords’


‘Empire of Chaos’ in the House

Human Wrongs Watch

By Pepe Escobar, 27 January 2015, RT*

No one in Western corporate media will tell you why US President Barack Obama is hitting Riyadh with a high-powered delegation to “pay his respects” to the new House of Saud potentate, King Salman.

**Image: "Coat of arms of Saudi Arabia" by Anuskafm - Own work. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons

**”Coat of arms of Saudi Arabia” by Anuskafm – Own work. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons

Talk about a who’s who – including CIA head John Brennan; General Lloyd Austin, head of US Centcom; Secretary of State John Kerry; leading House Democrat Nancy Pelosi; and even senile Senator John “Bomb Iran” McCain.

It must have been heart wrenching for most in this crowd to skip a visit to the Taj Mahal in India so they would be part of the last-minute, “unscheduled” stop in Riyadh.

This is how the astonishing mediocrity that doubles as US Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes, spun it; “Principally, I think this is to mark this transition in leadership and to pay respects to the family and to the people of Saudi Arabia, but I’m sure that while we’re there they’ll touch on some of the leading issues where we cooperate very closely with Saudi Arabia.”


Fire and Rain

Human Wrongs Watch

‘A rebel attack six years ago drove Célestine from her home. Last month she was uprooted again, when hundreds of shelters were set ablaze. This is Célestine’s story.’

By Céline Schmitt*

Rain pours down on the scorched ruins of what was, until just a few weeks ago, a refuge for thousands of people displaced inside the volatile North Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Dozens of former inhabitants, mainly women and children, gather around us to recount their latest experience of fear and flight.


Congolese women return to see what little is left of Kiwanja settlement. | UNHCR/Frederic Noy

Among them is a woman I’ll call Célestine, a 48-year-old mother of three. Seeking respite from the rain here in Rutshuru, a 70-kilometre drive north of Goma, she holds a small piece of plastic tarpaulin above her head.

Célestine tells us she lived here at the Kiwanja site for six years – ever since the FDLR, a Rwandan rebel group operating out of eastern Congo, forced her from her home in Nyamitwitwi, across the mountains to the west. “The FDLR were raping women, beating up men,” she says. “People fled, and the village was abandoned.”


Quit Bamming Us, Obama!

Human Wrongs Watch

“On India’s Republic Day, Jan 26 2015, Barack Obama will be in Delhi. What is his agenda? As America’s salesman-in-chief he needs to get rid of inventories of defence material, nuclear technology, and other build-ups hurting profit. He will return from India half satisfied with what he achieves, but he has never aimed, nor has been permitted to aim, for much more.”


By Dr. Vithal Rajan*, 26 January 2015 – TRANSCEND Media Service

On India’s Republic Day, Jan 26 2015, Barack Obama will be in Delhi. He is simultaneously a visionary black American leader, and the President of the United States of America, and hence the most powerful man on earth. What can India expect from this last visit of his before he demits office in two years time?

Well, the world looked up to him with moist eyes after he published The Audacity of Hope and wished him all success. He did better than many had hoped for and became the American President. His very success turned him into a two-faced man.


‘We Saw What You Did’ – Satellites and Human Rights

Human Wrongs Watch

Nairobi, 23 January 2015 (IRIN)* – The shocking satellite imagery of the destruction in the northeastern Nigerian town of Baga and nearby villages earlier this month provided graphic evidence of the extent of the crimes by the Islamist extremist group Boko Haram when they stormed in.

The images released by Human Rights Watch (HRW) and Amnesty International on 15 January, which show clear signs of arson, ended a growing debate on media coverage of remote conflict zones.

It turned the spotlight back to the fact that something terrible had happened in Baga, and hundreds, if not as many as 2,000 people, may have died.  

“It’s the power of the image,” Nigerian human rights lawyer Clement Nwankwo told IRIN.

“The reason people questioned whether 2,000 people were killed was because that level of brutality was unimaginable. But the images validate that claim, the number of fatalities could be in that vicinity.” 


We All Have Something Sacred

Human Wrongs Watch

By Pía Figueroa*

January 2015, Pressenza — For some it’s their God, for others Democracy. There are those for whom human rights are inalienable and for several others the most Sacred is found within human beings. That thing that cannot be conceded, or sold, or forgotten, something that gives Meaning to life and projects it beyond one’s own existence has without doubt a very special characteristic.
The Green-crowned Brilliant in Costa Rica Photo: UNEP GRID Arendal/Peter Prokosch | Source UN News Centre

The Green-crowned Brilliant in Costa Rica Photo: UNEP GRID Arendal/Peter Prokosch | Source UN News Centre

Children are sacred for their mothers, love for those in love, big ideals for militants. There are certain things that you cannot blaspheme against because in them there is such a special communion between what is human and the ineffable thing that transcends it.


“We Are All Charlie” – But Is That Story so Simple?

 Human Wrongs Watch

‘U.S., NATO and EU’s agenda at the moment is – “we kill people who kill people because it is wrong to kill people” and thus we bomb IS, fight terrorist groups we have nurtured to quite an extent ourselves and move from one crisis (mis)management to the next.’

**US Army soldiers in a firefight near Al Doura, Baghdad" by Sean A. Foley - [1]. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons

**US Army soldiers in a firefight near Al Doura, Baghdad” by Sean A. Foley – [1]. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons

By Jan Oberg*, 20 January 2015 – Transnational Foundation for Peace & Future Research

Eleven points as a reflection on the terror in Paris and – not the least – the reactions to it*:

1. What was this an attack on?
Was that attack an attack on freedom of speech as such, on democracy, even on the whole Western culture and lifestyle, as was maintained throughout? Or was it, more limited, a revenge directed at one weekly magazine for what some perceive as blasphemy?


America: The Undemocratic ‘Democracy’

Human Wrongs Watch

By Eric Draitse*

20 January 20 (RT) — Despite being the world’s self-appointed champion and proselytizer of the gospel of democracy, the United States is clearly and unmistakably an undemocratic nation.
**Photo: White House, the executive mansion of the President of the United States, located at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C. | Author: Matt H. Wade | Wikimedia Commons

**White House, the executive mansion of the President of the United States, located at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C. | Author: Matt H. Wade | Wikimedia Commons

Though it is no longer the world’s foremost industrial producer, the United States still does lead in one important export: “democracy.” Washington has taken the lead in undermining, demonizing, and otherwise destabilizing Russia and China, Venezuela and Iran, Syria and North Korea – countries in need of regime change because, according to Washington, they are undemocratic.


Children, Women Suffer ‘Dire Consequences’ of Conflict in Nigeria – UNICEF

 Human Wrongs Watch

Women and children make up the vast majority of the latest wave of refugees fleeing violence in northern Nigeria, the United Nations Children’s Fund on 20 January 2015 warned, spotlighting its ongoing efforts to provide basic assistance, including safe water, nutrition, health, education and protection services to affected children in the region.

Children at a primary school in the town of Toro, Bauchi State, Nigeria. Photo: UNICEF/NYHQ2014-0710/Eseibo

“Children are suffering the dire consequences of the conflict in Nigeria, losing their homes, missing out on education and risking their lives,” UNICEF’s Christophe Boulierac told reporters in Geneva.

Boko Haram’s recent attacks on Baga drove a fresh wave of refugees into neighbouring countries, worsening a humanitarian crisis in the region that has already seen 1 million people displaced from their homes and more than 135,000 seeking refuge in Cameroon, Chad and Niger.


ISIL ‘Courts’ Carry Out ‘Monstrous’ Punishments against Men, Women and Children — UN

Human Wrongs Watch

The United Nations human rights office on  20 January 2015 confirmed that the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has established unlawful, so-called ‘shari’a courts’ in the territory under its control that have been carrying out cruel and inhuman punishments against men, women and children.

Children in the Khanke Camp near Dohuk city, Iraq, which mainly houses Yazidis fleeing from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). Photo: UNAMI

Those who are punished are accused of ‘violating the group’s extremist interpretations of Islamic shari’a law or for suspected disloyalty,’ said Ravina Shamdasani, spokesperson for the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), at a Geneva briefing.*


Children in Charge

Human Wrongs Watch

Fighting in South Sudan has separated families and orphaned children. Meet four teenagers who are raising younger siblings on their own.

Mike Pflanz*

20 January 2015 — War. Disease. Psychological trauma. Poor health care. There are many factors that can break apart families in South Sudan, yet the outcome is often the same: siblings left caring for each other because their parents died, or were separated from their children, or abandoned them.

Lina, 13, is raising her four younger siblings in Pariang, South Sudan. UNHCR/Andrew McConnell

The situation has grown worse since December 2013, as renewed fighting among supporters of rival politicians has morphed into ethnically driven violence, causing massive displacement inside South Sudan and across borders.

UNHCR and its partners provide essentials for families who ran from their homes with nothing – including shelter, rain protection, and items like buckets to store drinking and washing water.


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