Thursday :: Jul 13, 2006

Unsettling


by eriposte

As much as I hate to think of the worst, every indication is that the escalation of war between Israel and Lebanon is heading to the point where things can go out of control in the entire Middle-East. Is this going to ultimately be about Iran and fulfil the Bush chickenhawk neocons' thirst for another terrible war before Nov 2006? See The Agonist, Emptywheel, Arthur Silber and Laura Rozen for more on this.

Not to mention, this comes barely a few days after the depressing news of the horrendous and dastardly train bombings in Mumbai, India by terrorists. Luckily, the people I know in Mumbai are doing OK. I can't wait for the Indian Government to find those who are responsible for this. If you're looking for some detailed coverage on the India situation, take a look at Sepia Mutiny's post here and this post and comment (link corrected - see names of those killed or injured here, thanks to Mumbai Help). There's also a Mumbai Blasts 07-06 Wiki now.

Let's not forget Iraq. The unprecedented corruption of the Bush administration manifests in several ways - and the Halliburton contracts were just the epitome. Sean-Paul Kelley of The Agonist called the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction and filed this story on his blog that is worth reading: "The $14.5 Million Healthcare Centers in Iraq". Read it and weep.

Closer to home, Larisa Alexandrovna of Raw Story has this disturbing story as well:

Human Rights advocates see discrepancies between the official US Government account and a non-government organization (NGO) “shadow report,” and cite disturbing examples of human rights abuses that have gone unchecked within the US and unreported by the official government report to the UN Human Rights Committee.

Included in the shadow report are several examples of police brutality and prisoner abuse and torture that not only violate the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) and the Conventions against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment and Punishment (CAT), but also the United States Constitution.

Unsettling and depressing.

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