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A Lesser Known War


We seem to hear quite a lot about the atrocities being committed by the Syrian and Russian military in Aleppo, but what about atrocities being committed in a war that has ties much closer to home for “westerners”. Where children are again some of the worst affected.

At least one child dies every 10 minutes in Yemen. That’s the conclusion of a report just published by the U.N. children’s agency, UNICEF. The report also found that there has been a 200 percent increase since 2014 in children suffering from severe acute malnutrition, with almost half a million affected. Nearly 2.2 million children are in need of urgent care. This comes as the country’s health system is on the verge of collapse, in part due to the ongoing U.S.-backed Saudi bombing of Yemen.

from:
https://www.democracynow.org/2016/12/15/journalist_iona_craig_the_us_could

see video via this link:

https://publish.dvlabs.com/democracynow/360/dn2016-1215.mp4?start=898.0&end=2035.0

 

And on a similar topic see the video  The War on Children (available  here until 4 Jan 2017)

http://iview.abc.net.au/programs/foreign-correspondent/NC1602H024S00

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1 Response to “A Lesser Known War”


  1. 1 Marleen
    December 18, 2016 at 5:50 pm

    The fact that the “Democracy Now” link said something about General Mattis near the end reminded me of this article that mentions Mattis at the end.

    An additional piece of information I heard (I don’t remember where I heard it) is that Flynn or someone involved went on to get his third star (rank as a general) after this incident.

    http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/trump-pick-advisor-inappropriately-shared-classified-info-n695866

    President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for national security adviser, retired Army Lt. Gen. Mike Flynn, “inappropriately shared” classified information with foreign governments, a 2010 military investigation concluded.

    The finding, first reported by The Washington Post, contradicts Flynn’s previous account of the incident, in which he told the newspaper in August that he had permission to share the material.

    The documents, obtained by the Post under the Freedom of Information Act, do not describe what Flynn shared or with whom while he was the top military intelligence officer in Afghanistan. The Post said the material had to do with CIA activities.

    In an interview with The Post in August, Flynn acknowledged that he had been investigated for giving classified information to British and Australian officials — America’s closest allies — serving in Afghanistan alongside U.S. forces.

    Flynn defended his actions and said he did nothing wrong: “That was substantiated because I actually did it. But I did it with the right permissions when you dig into that investigation. I’m proud of that one. Accuse me of sharing intelligence in combat with our closest allies, please.”

    The Army documents say the investigation determined that Flynn did not have permission to share the secrets.

    The Defense Department’s inspector general’s office, which conducted an independent review of the investigation, came to the same conclusion, the documents state.

    The investigation concluded that he did not act “knowingly” and that “there was no actual or potential damage to national security as a result.”

    It also points out that no disciplinary action was taken against Flynn.

    The Army investigation was ordered by the head of U.S. Central Command, whose commander at the time was retired Marine Gen. James Mattis, Trump’s pick to be defense Secretary.


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