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Chilling accounts: American war crimes in Iraq + US cajoling some 70 countries in UN to vote no on Palestine

 Chilling accounts: American war crimes in Iraq

The WikiLeaks spotlight is once again trained on American war crimes in Iraq. - As the cold-blooded 2007 killing of Iraqi civilians, including a Reuters cameraman, by US soldiers in an Apache helicopter, shocked everyone last year, the latest disclosures detailing numerous instances of the casual brutality of occupation forces are sure to outrage the world. In just one instance, during a raid in 2006, an entire Iraqi family, including one man, four women and five children, was executed and their house blown by a US airstrike in order to destroy the evidence.

 

 The incident was reported soon after by John Glaser of Antiwar.com but back then in 2006 the US media and officials had hushed it up as “mere allegations.” Who knows how many such “mere allegations” are out there waiting to be discovered?

 

 No wonder, the US and its other Western allies have gone after the whistleblower, using everything and every power at their disposal to silence him. But you cannot suppress the truth forever, can you?

US Zerocracy in IRAQ: The American Occupation Crimes Continue to Unravel! - More than five years after the American military denied claims that its troops had executed at least 10 Iraqi civilians in cold blood, new evidence has emerged in a WikiLeaks diplomatic cable casting serious doubt on the U.S. version of events.


Permalink US cajoling some 70 countries in UN to vote no on Palestine

The Obama administration has initiated a last-ditch diplomatic campaign to avert a confrontation this month over a plan by Palestinians to seek recognition as a state at the United Nations, but it may already be too late, according to senior American officials and foreign diplomats. The administration has circulated a proposal for renewed peace talks with the Israelis in the hopes of persuading the Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, to abandon the bid for recognition at the annual gathering of world leaders at the United Nations General Assembly beginning Sept. 20.

 

The administration has made it clear to Mr. Abbas that it will veto any request presented to the United Nations Security Council to make a Palestinian state a new member outright. But the United States does not have enough support to block a vote by the General Assembly to elevate the status of the Palestinians’ nonvoting observer “entity” to that of a nonvoting observer state. The change would pave the way for the Palestinians to join dozens of United Nations bodies and conventions, and it could strengthen their ability to pursue cases against Israel at the International Criminal Court.

Bloomberg: Palestinians Expect 140 Nations to Back Bid




06/09/2011

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