The US-led coalition fighting Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) on Wednesday admitted to killing at least 855 civilians in airstrikes in Iraq and Syria in the past four years. “To date, based on information available, CJTF-OIR assesses at least 855 civilians have been unintentionally killed by coalition strikes since the start of Operation Inherent Resolve,” the US Central Command said in its monthly civilian casualty report. The coalition conducted a total of 29,225 strikes between August 2014 and the end of February 2018, and during this period the total number of reports of possible civilian casualties was 2,135. The total number of credible reports of civilian casualties during this time period was 224, according to the statement. It said that 522 reports are still open.
That's what they are now admitting to. You can be sure the actual count of civilians killed in airstrikes is much higher.
Not that I think the gun violence march in America was irrelevant but the children of Iraq, Syria, and Palestine would like to be safe in school and at home. Where are the marches for these children? Why is the world so silent when it comes to them?
Yes, we're back to the issue of does violence only matter when effects White kids in the US? Do the lives of Iraqis -- including Iraqi children -- not matter at all?
Ajamu Baraka (BLACK AGENDA REPORT) observes:
Saturday's look-at-me-look-at-me tantrum accomplished nothing and was never going to accomplish anything while rubbing elbows with the likes of Senator Dianne Feinstein and others. It was an effort to release some steam from the system, a moment to distract from reality. When elements of Congress and the press stroke themselves to stroke the event, you know it was meaningless. As Glen Ford (BAR) points out:
We've been "Down So Long" Jewel notes but doing for-show and feel-good fauxtests won't change a thing ("Down So Long" first appears on Jewel's SPIRIT).
The realities of faux 'protest' and real protest were addressed when Ann Garrison interviewed Riva Enteen (BAR):
Some March for Our Lives supporters are likely to get defensive and ask whether you're refusing to support their cause. What would you say to them?
The action in DC is the Women's March on the Pentagon. This is the event Cindy Sheehan is one of the organizers of and that we've been noting here:
An Open Invitation:
Women's March on the Pentagon
UPDATED ENDORSER'S LIST:
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UPCOMING LOCAL ORGANIZING MEETINGS FOR
(CINDY WILL BE LEADING):
NATIONAL ORGANIZING CONFERENCE CALL
WED, MARCH 21 (COMPLETED) CLICK HERE FOR SUMMARY AND RECORDING OF CALL
April 5th in Washington DC
CLICK HERE FOR WDC MEETING INFO
April 9th in Boston
April 12th in Long Island
APRIL 13TH: LANCASTER, PA
JUNE: CHICAGO, IL
contact Cindy Sheehan for
more info, to organize a meeting/action
in your area or ??
People are dying. Don't expect kids raised on media fawning to tell you that. Certainly don't expect the corporate media to tell you that. All the corporate media does is lie.
Iraq has defeated IS and avoided the wave of Shia-on-Sunni violence that many thought would follow
Things are great in Iraq!
If you forget the fact that people are protesting in the streets because there are so few jobs. Or that the medical situation in Iraq is actually worse now than at any point in the history of this wave of the Iraq War. The brain drain got a big kick in the last six months but no one bothers to notice that -- the flight of needed professional from Iraq. There are enough beds for the orphans but Iraq did open a cat hotel this year so I guess that's the 'great' that THE ECONOMIST sees taking place.
B-b-b-but ISIS is defeated! Except they are not. ANADOLU AGENCY reports that yesterday saw 5 Iraqi soldiers killed when ISIS ambushed them at "a fake checkpoint on the road linking Mosul and the Tal Afar district."
But the corporate press can't stop their waves of Operation Happy Talk. It's been going on for years now and it's never turned out to be true. Hayder al-ABadi, for example, has promised to get the trains running. When I saw that a few days ago, I rolled my eyes as I remembered when we were sold that lie -- in THE NEW YORK TIMES, among other places. The trains were working, running and doing great! It took Deborah Haynes (TIMES OF LONDON) to expose that as a lie. But here we are, about twelve years later and they're trying to re-sell that failed talking point.
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