Monthly Archives: October 2013

How NATO bombed the schools of Zliten, Libya.

This from The Libya Herald, 30th October 2013: ‘Zliten had 17 schools before the revolution. Now it has four. Because Qaddafi’s forces stockpiled munitions inside them, NATO bombed the rest. Smashed buildings have not been replaced and some classes are … Continue reading

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Second look at the Amnesty International report on U.S. drone strikes.

From page 14 of the report, on drone attacks circa 2004-2011: ‘Some drone attacks during this period, which reportedly resulted in heavy civilian casualties, may have violated international human rights law or, where applicable, international humanitarian law. These include the … Continue reading

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First look at the Amnesty International report on U.S. drone strikes.

I do think it’s important and worthwhile that Amnesty International are doing work like this, and it’s much better that they release this kind of report than not. But on a first and partial reading, I do also think that … Continue reading

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Amnesty International researcher criticizes Saudi Arabia.

Philip Luther, Director of Middle East and North African affairs at Amnesty International, is quoted as saying in today’s Amnesty press release on the human rights situation in Saudi Arabia that: ‘Four years ago, Saudi Arabian diplomats came to Geneva … Continue reading

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New study into excess death toll in post-invasion Iraq: 500’000 dead.

The study, carried out by a team lead by Amy Hagopian, an Associate Professor at the University of Washington’s School of Public Health, found that between 2003-2011, there were ‘Approximately a half million deaths in Iraq’ that ‘could be attributable … Continue reading

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Today is the 12th anniversary of the invasion of Afghanistan.

And the supposed liberators continue to kill and abuse civilians. Anyone else find it rather strange that we are constantly being implored – including by some sections of the left – to show support for and solidarity with those in … Continue reading

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The Independent on the Nobel Peace Prize: compare and contrast.

From an article published today, on Vladimir Putin’s nomination for the prize: ‘Despite Russia’s role as the main supplier of weapons to Bashar al-Assad’s regime, an advocacy group has put the president’s name forward . . . made no mention … Continue reading

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