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International Organizations Condemn U.S. for attacking Doctors Without Borders Hospital in Afghanistan

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  • The U.S. story about the bombing of Doctors Without Borders is contradictory, ever-changing and possibly criminal.
  • Part 1: We Have Committed a War Crime: 'Patients Were Burning in Their Beds'
  • Part 2: I Have No Words to Express This - It Is Unspeakable
  • Hospital Slaughter and the US/NATO Propaganda Machine

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Part 1: We Have Committed a War Crime: 'Patients Were Burning in Their Beds'

The U.S. story about the bombing of Doctors Without Borders is contradictory, ever-changing and possibly criminal.

Ben Norton, Salon / AlterNet 

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October 6, 2015  | Doctors Without Borders says it is under “the clear presumption that a war crime has been committed” after a U.S.-led NATO coalition bombed its hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan.

The aid organization, referred to internationally in French as Medecins Sans Frontières (MSF), asserted that it “condemn[s] this attack, which constitutes a grave violation of International Humanitarian Law.”

Ben Norton is a freelance writer and journalist.

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Part 2: I Have No Words to Express This - It Is Unspeakable

MSF nurse Lajos Zoltan Jecs was in Kunduz trauma hospital when the facility was struck by a series of aerial bombing raids in the early hours of Saturday morning.

Lajos Zoltan Jecs, Huffington Post 

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October 5, 2015 | It was absolutely terrifying.

I was sleeping in our safe room in the hospital. At around 2am I was woken up by the sound of a big explosion nearby. At first I didn't know what was going on. Over the past week we'd heard bombings and explosions before, but always further away. This one was different - close and loud.

At first there was confusion, and dust settling. As we were trying to work out what was happening, there was more bombing.

Lajos Zoltan Jecs: Nurse with Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) (Doctors Without Borders)

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Hospital Slaughter and the US/NATO Propaganda Machine, TGP Staff, the Greanville Post (TGP)

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  • “We have reached the absurd point of having the world’s survival threatened by prostituted bureaucrats and glorified shills…like (NATO chief Jens) Stoltenberg and Obama..” --Greanville Post Editor's Note
  • International Organizations Condemn U.S. for attacking Doctors Without Borders Hospital in Afghanistan

Wars, Refugees And The Complete Lack Of Leadership Everywhere

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  • If Obama had demonstrated real leadership … I think the countdown to catastrophe for Syria, the region and possibly the whole world could have been stopped.
  • A guide to the worst refugee crisis since WWII

Alan Hart, Countercurrents

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refugeeseurope.jpg.pagespeed.ic.fVMOaUCGSE.jpg16 September, 2015 | As the worst refugee crisis since World War II and one with the potential to overwhelm Europe as well as Lebanon and Jordan was gathering momentum (as it still is), the headline over an article in The New York Times by Roger Cohen was Obama's Syrian Nightmare. Cohen's opening shot was, "Syria will be the biggest blot on the Obama presidency, a debacle of staggering proportions."

On the same day Patrick Cockburn said in an article in The Independent that "the mass flight of people  will go on as long as the war in Syria and Iraq continues." (He also noted that there were civil wars in nine Islamic countries and that "none of them show any sign of ending.")

Alan Hart is a former ITN and BBC Panorama foreign correspondent. He is author of Zionism: The Real Enemy of the Jews

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A guide to the worst refugee crisis since WWII, Ben Norton, Mondoweiss

  • The struggles of refugees from Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Yemen, and elsewhere, for the moment, seem to not be given much attention as the media focuses on refugees from Syria and as the international community tries to grapple with the largest refugee crisis since World War II. 
  • Read This Before the Media Uses a Drowned Refugee Boy to Start Another War

A guide to the worst refugee crisis since WWII

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  • The struggles of refugees from Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Yemen, and elsewhere, for the moment, seem to not be given much attention as the media focuses on refugees from Syria and as the international community tries to grapple with the largest refugee crisis since World War II. 
  • Read This Before the Media Uses a Drowned Refugee Boy to Start Another War

Ben Norton, Mondoweiss

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Boatload%20of%20Refugees%2C%20credit-%20UNHC.jpgSeptember 9, 2015 | The world is witnessing the largest refugee crisis since the horrors of World War II.

Today there are close to 60 million war refugees, according to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)—“an all-time high as violence and persecution” around the world are on the rise.

The Middle East, North Africa, and Western Asia are particularly hard hit. Millions of refugees from Syria, Iraq, Libya, Afghanistan, and Yemen are fleeing violence and war in their countries. 

Ben Norton is a freelance journalist and writer based in New York City. His work has been featured in a variety of publications. 

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Read This Before the Media Uses a Drowned Refugee Boy to Start Another War, Dan Sanchez, AntiMedia

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You are troubled by that picture you saw on Facebook. Good. It means your heart hasn’t been completely hardened by nationalistic and xenophobic indoctrination. But don’t let it make you susceptible to war party manipulation. And don’t just “raise awareness” of it by liking and sharing the tragedy and then forgetting about it in a month. To truly contribute to justice for Aylan, work to set things right.

 

Should the US trust Iran? That query should probably be turned on its head.

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  • Our conduct since orchestrating a coup to install the shah hasn’t exactly given Iranians good reason to trust our pleas for partnership.
  • Glenn Greenwald | NYT Claims US Abides by Cluster Bomb Treaty: The Exact Opposite of Reality

Trevor Timm, Guardian

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Tuesday 8 September 2015 | Americans have spent a lot of time over the past couple months looking at the Iranian nuclear deal with labored skepticism and raised eyebrows. It seems that Obama finally has the votes he needs to secure the deal, but that may not stop congressional opposition from going forward with a “resolution of disapproval.” The opposition would have you believe that the deal is dangerous and Iran is not to be trusted.

Obama hit back, asserting that the deal is built on “unprecedented verification,” not on trust. Still, pundits say that Iran is in it only to pursue “nefarious goals” that will “sucker” the US and Europe into economic relations and put Israel at risk. After all, look at Iran’s shifty and power-grabby record. “We cannot let history repeat itself,” said the hawkish nonprofit Secure America Now, with panties in bunch. We can’t engage in diplomatic agreements with such an irrational entity. I mean, Iran? Are you kidding? They’re nuts.

Trevor Timm is a Guardian US columnist and executive director of the Freedom of the Press Foundation, a non-profit that supports and defends journalism dedicated to transparency and accountability.

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Glenn Greenwald | NYT Claims US Abides by Cluster Bomb Treaty: The Exact Opposite of Reality, Glenn Greenwald, the Intercept 

  • In December 2009 - just weeks after he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize - President Obama ordered a cruise missile strike on al-Majala in southern Yemen. That strike 'killed 35 women and children.' Among the munitions used in that strike were cluster bombs, including ones designed to scatter 166 'bomblets.
  • 10 Steps to Wean US Foreign Policy off Militarism

 

Bernie Sanders Should Stop Ducking Foreign Policy

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  • The progressive favorite has views on foreign affairs but has avoided articulating them to voters.
  • Bernie Sanders must show he takes race as seriously as class struggle.

Norman Solomon, Al Jazeera

Bernie%20Sanders%20Panders%20to%20Israel_0.jpgAugust 5, 2015 | Senator Bernie Sanders has sparked a strong grassroots response in his run for the Democratic presidential nomination on social and economic issues. At the same time, he has given short shrift to foreign policy, military spending and war. That approach should change.

I’m among millions of supporters who are enthusiastic about the clarity of his positions in taking on Wall Street, corporate power and economic inequality. But we also need Sanders to be clear about what he would do as commander in chief of the world’s leading military power.

Norman Solomon is the author of “War Made Easy: How Presidents and Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death.” He is the executive director of the Institute for Public Accuracy and a co-founder of RootsAction.org, which is circulating a petition in support of Chelsea Manning’s human rights.

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Bernie Sanders must show he takes race as seriously as class struggle, Syreeta McFadden, Guardian

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  • Racism and capitalism are fire and air - one cannot exist without the other but many progressives can’t see that
  • Bernie Sanders, Speak Up: Militarism and Corporate Power Are Fueling Each Other

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