Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Another US service member dead from the Iraq War

KFMB has a video report on Carl Hall III.

Marcella Lee: 26-year-old Army Specialist Carl Hall III was from Harbison Canyon near Alpine, where his parents still live.  Hall was injured back in November 2011 when his convoy was hit by an IED.  Hall sustained injuries to his head and more than 40 shrapnel wounds to his leg but doctors were able to save his leg with multiple surgeries.  Hall was brought back to recover in North Caroline.  His parents say he was doing well and was able to enjoy the birth of his son.  But ended up dying due from complications related to his injuries.

Elizabeth Hall:  It was the miracle of just him being able to come home.  I was there when his son was born so he seen his son born, so he was there for that.  His son was born February 23rd so he had the four months with spirit and that was pretty much what was keeping him going.

Services for Carl Hall IIII will be tomorrow, ten in the morning at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetary.  Because his death is apparently from injuries received during Operation New Dawn, the Pentagon will include him in the count for that period of the Iraq War.  Those who die of injuries received will be included in either Operation Enduring Freedom or Operation New Dawn based upon when they were injured.

Here's the Pentagon count as it currently stands:

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The following community sites -- plus The Bat Segundo Show, Black Agenda Report, Dissident Voice, The Pacifica Evening News and Antiwar.com -- updated last night and today:

We'll close with this from Sherwood Ross' "Charges 'Foreign Investment' Contributes To A Nation's Ruin" (Scoop):

Foreign investment(FI) in the broadest sense is “incompatible with any notion of an independent, socially progressive country,” a distinguished sociologist and author warns.

While there are some circumstances in which it can be a plus, says James Petras, of Binghamton University, N.Y., the financial and economic resources available to popular regimes are commonly “more efficient in producing positive growth” and have none of the negatives associated with FI.

Foremost among the crippling drawbacks Petras describes in his book, “Rulers and Ruled in the US Empire,”(Clarity Press) is that FI “leads to
long-term, large-scale outflows of profits to the home office, contributing to the de-capitalization of the (country’s) economy and balance of payments profits.”

In countries where private firms take over the railroads, for example, Petras writes, they close down some lines and maintenance shops to increase overall profits, even though they lead to “a steep decline in commercial, industrial, and agricultural production in the provinces adversely affected.”

In such cases, Petras charges, “Provincial enterprises went bankrupt and
unemployment increased. The net
gain by the multinational corporation(MNC) was an absolute loss to the region and its
labor force.”

Worse, “Foreign-owned firms, especially U.S. MNCs, frequently act as conduits for imperial state policies. They do so by disinvesting in countries on the US State Department blacklist, and relocating productive facilities to pro-US countries.” What’s more, the MNCs “provide a false cover to intelligence agents, pass on economic intelligence to the CIA, and refuse to supply repair parts to countries in conflict with the US.” Also, “US bank subsidiaries facilitate capital flight, tax evasion and money laundering for wealthy elites.”

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