Friday, April 14, 2006
Thursday, April 13, 2006
We'd Rather Kill 'Em Off By Peaceful Means
This child like all the other millions of Iraqi children has been caught up in war. For the third time in twenty years Iraqi children are suffering war. Conditions for children in Iraq, already bad, are deteriorating sharply. Even before the invasion led by America, the American domination of occupied Iraq, and now the American fomentation of civil war. This child's outlook is grim:
1. Nearly half of Iraq's population is under the age of 15.
2. 70 percent of child deaths are caused by diarrhea and respiratory infections.
3. One in eight children die before their fifth birthday, Iraq now has one of the highest mortality rates in the world.
4. Acute malnutrition among children has nearly doubled since the American led occupation of Iraq.
On April 2nd this year at the behest of the American occupiers the Ministry of Trade cancelled food subsidies on and a food ration programme would be. According to the same trade ministry's own figures nearly 26.5 million of the country's 28 million people depend upon those monthly food rations. Paul Wolfowitz one of the men responsible for the dire conditions faced by this child is now using World Bank loans to promote the American government's agenda of "definitively dominating" the Middle East. Wolfowitz now really does hate the thought of war he's learnt that it's more effective to kill 'em off by peaceful means.
From the comments:
American Friends Service Committee (Quakers)
AFSC programs addressing Iraq
Iraq Peacebuilding Program, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Iraq Program, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Middle East Peace Education Program, Atlanta, Georgia
Middle East Peacebuilding Program, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Peace and Economic Security Program, Cambridge, Massachusetts
Quaker United Nations Office, New York, New York City, New York
CAFOD has been supporting:
London, SW9 9TY
reg. charity no. 285776
Tel: 00 44 20 7733 7900
Fax: 00 44 20 7274 9630
I don't know much about their programmes but a search on their site turns up a few items. They're still in Iraq I know.
My recommendation is to give either via CAFOD or the Quakers rather than via CARITAS. I am investigating other charities but it is slow work.
Here's a resource to check out who's who:
The American Institute of Philanthropy
The American Institute of Philanthropy (AIP) announces its top-rated list of charities offering aid to the potentially millions of people facing water shortages, power outages, and health epidemics. AIP, a leading charity watchdog that issues letter grade (A to F) ratings of nonprofit groups, identifies the following 19 relief charities, which are providing aid to the victims that receive an “A” or “B” grade based on the portion of their budget going to program services and their fundraising efficiency:
· American Friends Service Committee (A)
· American Red Cross (A-)
· American Refugee Committee (A+)
· AmeriCares (B)
· CARE (A-)
· Catholic Relief Services (A-)
· Church World Service (A-)
· Direct Relief International (B+)
· Doctors without Borders (A)
· Food for the Hungry (B)
· International Rescue Committee (A+)
· Lutheran World Relief (A)
· Mercy Corps (B+)
· Oxfam-America (B+)
· Save the Children (A)
· Samaritan's Purse (B)
That text is unabashedly stolen from here My take is that I won't give a penny to the Red Cross. They're way too bureaucratic and there've been corruption scandals. My favourite medical charity - MSF (Doctors without borders in the US) has been driven out of Iraq and Afghanistan in the case of Afghanistan as a result of the US policy of deliberately trying to make it seem as though they were part of American forces. The same was done in Iraq. Many MSF people died as a result.
There's also Interaction's List But it's quite old so you'd need to check. Listed on that page are
the International Rescue Commitee you might be able to help refugees directly by contacting them. They do superb work.
Wednesday, April 12, 2006
|The Congressional Research Service (The Library of Congress) [PDF] report on "Bunker Busters" can be downloaded from here:|
Bunker Busters: Sources of Confusion in the Robust Nuclear Earth Penetrator Debate [PDF]
Tuesday, April 11, 2006
Monday, April 10, 2006
Some more required reading
"The raid on a mosque in Sadr City is another evidence that United States Ambassador to Iraq Zalmay Khalilzad and the top generals on the ground have run out of ideas. The main victims are members of the Sadr movement and the Da'wa Party, whose leader is the current Iraqi prime minister, Ibrahim Al-Ja'fari. The two groups have no history of good relations with the Americans and both have stood against the invasion of Iraq from the beginning. The latest showdown between these two entities -- the Sadris and the Da'wa -- was over the nomination of prime minister for the coming four years.
"Present western policy faithfully reproduces 19th-century European policy. This proposed the modernisation and democratisation of the Ottoman empire and the Persian monarchy, but only as a cover for colonial ambitions and for the dismemberment of those declining entities. Those colonial ambitions brought the Balkan cauldron to the boil, thus precipitating the first world war, which led to the second."
"Iran, Palestine and Haiti demonstrate that it is no longer enough to be democratically elected. The Iranian election of June 2005 met with worldwide approval. A massive voter turnout was able to choose between candidates representing a wide range of different opinions within the framework of official Islamism. The West’s favoured candidate, Ali Akbar Rafsanjani, fought a brilliant campaign and was expected to win. Nobody mentioned a nuclear threat. But everything changed abruptly after the victory of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who has made a series of unacceptable pronouncements about Israel.
"It cannot be dissimulated that the Coalition is strictly American; that is, the Americans never really relied militarily on other powers. The British are there for political support –and possibly for logistical backup. Most of the occupation has been conducted by US troops. And for quite some time now there has been defection from within the ranks of the Coalition by powers that were originally allied with the cause.
Sunday, April 09, 2006
Did the day 9-4 remind you of anything??
|Did the day 9-4 remind you of anything??|
"It reminds me the worse day in Iraq. The worse day that every single Iraqi live.
In the beginning, there were some people who love Us Army and believed that they came to help us but now and after three years passed. No body reach this point and didn't lose someone from his family and some people he love."