US-Supplied Cluster Bombs May Have Been Used To Target Civilians In Yemen

Cluster bombs are banned by 83 nations, but that isn't stopping the US military from selling them to Saudi Arabia.

Cluster bombs are banned by 83 nations, but that isn’t stopping the US military from selling them to Saudi Arabia

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I have shared this story so many times now it’s getting boring. The USA is funding many sides of this War to make War happen. I look and try to debunk (Make it not true) and I can’t, there is just too much evidence now of the USA with probably England and Israel involved also. I have done a few articles myself HERE <Click) What do we do? Changing the leaders of our Countries won’t matter, Bush and Blair started all this, or whoever is above them started this, same in the USA, anyone that thinks G W Bush could make Global decisions needs a check up from the neck up. These bombs are illegal in most UN Counties, so why are Saudi Arabia shelling Yeman STILL with USA made bombs? I will leave more links at the bottom of the page telling the same story as the article below. Remember this I did? ‘Israeli Air Force Drop Neutron Bomb in Yemen? Saudi Arabia implicated (Video)<Click) The Arab World is and still is telling this story, but should we be surprised that our media in the West is holding back information from us? I think we all or most of us have figured out our Media lie to us about anything, war, life, sport you name it, the Media have an agenda on it. 

~~~~Via: http://theantimedia.org/us-supplied-cluster-bombs-may-have-been-used-to-target-civilians-in-yemen/ ~~~~

Human Rights Watch has uncovered strong evidence of the use of internationally banned cluster munitions by Saudi Arabian-led coalition forces in Yemen, and that civilians have been the target in some cases. Visiting the Saada Governate, also known as Ansar Allah, in northern Yemen, HRW discovered a number of civilians had been injured by cluster bombs, including a 10-year-old boy who picked up an unexploded ordnance that he thought was a toy.

Cluster bombs are far from precise in their ability to hit a target, and often leave behind submunitions that fail to detonate on impact, but remain live for decades — creating de facto mines that can maim or kill, spread out over an area the size of a football field. Civilians are most often the victims when they stumble across these unexploded ordnances years after the original bomb was dropped.

A provision in the 2008 Convention on Cluster Munitions bans the use, production, stockpiling, and transfer of the insidious bombs, and though none of the ten members of the Saudi-

Ali Ismail Abbas, 12, wounded during an airstrike

Ali Ismail Abbas, 12, wounded during an airstrike

led coalition is party to that agreement, HRW and other nations have implored those responsible to end their use in Yemen. In total, 116 countries have signed the treaty, but the US and Saudi Arabia are not among them. “The Cluster Munition Coalition condemns the use of cluster munitions in Yemen and calls on all parties to ensure no future use,” said Megan Burke, Director of the Cluster Munition Coalition. Ole Solvang, a senior emergencies researcher for HRW, echoed the concern.“The Saudi-led coalition and other warring parties in  Yemen need to recognize that using banned cluster munitions is very likely to harm civilians. These weapons can’t distinguish military targets from civilians, and their unexploded submunitions threaten civilians, especially children, even long after the fighting.”

In one instance, a civilian pointed out items that HRW identified as BLU-108 canisters from the CBU-105 Sensor Fuzed Weapon, manufactured by Textron Systems — supplied by the US to Saudi Arabia and the UAE in recent years. This particular cluster bomb is banned by the Convention, but US policy allows for its export as the submunitions meet reliability standards. Though export policy decrees the receiving country must agree the bombs “will only be used against clearly defined military targets and will not be used where civilians are known to be present or in areas normally inhabited by civilians”, it appears they were used near populated areas in Yemen.

The DOD is conducting an investigation into the reports, and a spokesperson urged all parties to “comply with international humanitarian law, including the obligation to take all feasible measures to minimize harm to civilians.”Plans to discontinue US transfer of such weapons to foreign governments won’t take effect until 2018. One incident of a cluster bomb dropped in an air attack, which injured civilians, clearly originated with Coalition forces, as they are the only party in the conflict using air power.

Belkis Willie, Yemen and Kuwait researcher with HRW, told RT she has serious concerns about what the Coalition is actually targeting: “The problem is the choice of target. We’ve seen multiple instances in which the target that was selected by the Coalition is potentially a violation of the laws of war and really calls into question what process the coalition has for selecting its targets.” As this is not the first report of the use of cluster munitions, it is past due for the US government to take a stand, and demand the Coalition it supports comply with the international humanitarian law which it claims to espouse.

http://rt.com/news/263645-saudi-cluster-bombs-yemen/

http://www.wsj.com/articles/saudi-led-coalition-accused-of-using-u-s-supplied-cluster-munitions-in-yemen-1430637102

http://www.hrw.org/news/2015/05/03/yemen-saudi-led-airstrikes-used-cluster-munitions

http://syria.trendolizer.com/2015/06/us-supplied-cluster-bombs-may-have-been-used-to-target-civilians-in-yemen.html

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USA raise possibility of allowing U.N. vote on Palestinian statehood

President Obama said in an interview published Tuesday that it is a challenge for the U.S. to keep demanding the Palestinians negotiate in good faith on the Mideast peace process without a sign that Israel is doing the same.

President Obama said in an interview published Tuesday that it is a challenge for the U.S. to keep demanding the Palestinians negotiate in good faith on the Mideast peace process without a sign that Israel is doing the same.

For too long now our World has sat back and watched the little guy get stamped on, sometimes for reasons, often for no reason. Libya is one real instance where we seen a man killed live on TV yet are ignorant of what he did for Libya. http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-884508 <Click) Example, we had no damn business going into Libya as the end result of all this seen Al Qaeda rename to ISIS. American owned Al Qaeda came in from the West and took over, released all the Al Qaeda Gaddafi had jailed, I have friends who fled back to Scotland due to this. They were angry, some still are, home gone, family dead, in the name of what? Exactly! There was no reason. Now we have seen recently the World Community come to an understanding with Iran and we have peace, yet Religion and Media scare tactics make one Country’s people want to see Iran destroyed. Over where I live Prince Charles shook hands with Sinn Fein Leader Gerry Adams. Adams ‘they say’ was IRA but nobody can be 100% sure. But I seen peace with that handshake HERE <Click) Sadly some here want the anger to carry on. The IRA allegedly blew up Prince Charles uncle in Ireland in a boat bombing, Lord Mountbatten, so for Prince Charles who looked at his murdered Uncle as the Grandfather he never had to shake the hand of the man who allegedly was involved in this was a brilliant peace movement. People are VERY QUICK in foreign shores to say “War” or “Blow them up” or whatever, yet these people have never had to live in a brain dead existence in a World with no War or who have been under Terrorism for long periods of their lives, at this time the IRA could have blown up anywhere, we were scared, I remember. So ho many kids like a young Shaun are in Palestine scared? Do you the reader actually understand living under almost tyrannical rule? Well I kinda have and now I see all this peace with Iran and more I see it as a good sign. Sadly, as said, many idiots worldwide who will never understand this want Palestine kept under a rock, enslaved for Religious Biblical reasons dating back a Millennium and more. The World is freeing Palestine let there be no argument here. I was asked by a Palestinian supporting friend who could not look past their bible in this story, you know the type, make excuses for Israel, many use the Mahmoud Ahmadinejad “Israel should be wiped from the map” comment. Do you know this was said in 2005? Yeah, again history gets in the way, people won’t give peace a chance. Now Obama is coming around to the idea of allowing Palestine to be free he will be hated more by an American public, not all but many who are Bible readers who demand War as long as it’s in the Middle East and not in their back yard. How ironic it is ISIS are littered all over the USA. I was asked just today by a Twitter user “Why would homeland security not just kill ISIS in the USA” Now on the face of it a good question, sadly you can’t see ISIS. ISIS are your next door neighbours, work colleagues, bus and train drivers, people you walk past daily. I get the impression American people expect to see ISIS camps appear all over the USA, no it is not like this, this is not the way ISIS will show itself in the United States of America. The World is recognizing Palestine, 2/3 of the World have done so, soon Palestine will be free with no War and peoples Bibles will have failed them. Then what? I say hatred and War. When Religious people get angry they come at you as a friend with the most obvious counter hate attacks they think you can’t see 😀 Honest I get it daily, just a sentence or picture, just trying to get 1 up. We have a saying here “upmanship” meaning trying to be better than another. I laugh to be fair. But Bible Land, wherever you are, Palestine will be free’d, like the Berlin Wall coming down we will see History unfold before us. France have a resolution and they like most of the World want Palestine free for 2015 reasons. Then we will see exactly what a free Palestine does and looks like. We must try

A UN RESOLUTION ESTABLISHING A PALESTINIAN STATE
VIDEO Via Daily Voice News 2014 on You Tube

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Thousands of Israelis rally against Netanyahu for his Genocide in Palestine

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HISTORIC EVENT – Vatican City recognizes ‘The State of Palestine’

http://shaunynews.com/2015/05/28/historic-event-vatican-city-recognizes-the-state-of-palestine/

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Why I stand in #Solidarity with Palestine

http://shaunynews.com/2015/03/25/why-i-stand-in-solidarity-with-palestine/

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~~~~Via: http://www.latimes.com/world/middleeast/la-fg-obama-israel-palestinians-20150602-story.html ~~~~

American President Obama took a step toward a tougher line with Israel in an interview released Tuesday, raising the possibility that the U.S. will allow a United Nations vote on issues related to the Palestinians if the two sides make no meaningful movement toward peace.

In an interview with an Israeli television station, Obama noted that his administration has “up until this point” quashed such efforts at the U.N. while insisting that the Israelis and Palestinians must negotiate a resolution. But he said it is a challenge for the U.S. to keep demanding that the Palestinians negotiate in good faith if no one believes the Israelis are doing the same.

“How do we move off what appears right now to be a hopeless situation and move it back towards a hopeful situation?” Obama asked in the interview. “That will require more than just words. That will require some actions. And that’s going to be hard work, though, because right now I think there’s not a lot of confidence in the process.” The comment was the latest sign that Obama has concluded that the U.S. must rethink its stance on the Mideast peace process if it is to maintain credibility in the world. His thinking on the matter was clearly spurred this spring by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s stand against Palestinian statehood during his election campaign. Even though Netanyahu has since publicly reversed his position, Obama said in the interview that Israel “as a whole loses credibility” on the point.

“If, in fact, there’s no prospect of an actual peace process, if nobody believes there’s a peace process, then it becomes more difficult to argue with those who are concerned about settlement construction, those who are concerned about the current situation,” Obama said. “It’s more difficult for me to say to them, ‘Be patient and wait because we have a process here’ — because all they need to do is to point to the statements that have been made saying there is no process.” Obama’s critical tone toward Netanyahu, describing him as someone who is “predisposed” to “think perhaps that peace is naive,” appeared to return to the tough language that marked administration statements earlier this spring, around the time of the Israeli election. More recently, the White House had seemed to be trying to mend fences.

The apparent shift in tone seems “hard to understand,” said a Democratic strategist with close ties to the White House. Previous White House criticisms of the prime minister clearly strengthened Netanyahu electorally, he said, speaking on condition of anonymity to avoid alienating White House officials. “These kind of attacks don’t really hurt him. They help him.”

Obama’s veiled threat about Palestinian statehood lands hard at a time when the U.S. and other world powers are in high-stakes negotiations with Iranian officials to limit their country’s nuclear program. Israel deeply opposes the deal on the grounds that it will bolster Iran’s nuclear efforts and its economy and boost its aggression in the Middle East; some of Iran’s leaders have said Israel does not have the right to exist. The deadline for a deal, a major foreign-policy priority for Obama, is at the end of the month, and the president is already gearing up for the difficult sales job ahead of him if an agreement is reached. Congress has demanded a chance to review the deal, a point Obama has ceded, but the deep opposition from Israel could complicate his attempts to gain approval from U.S. lawmakers who ardently support Israel.

In advance of that prospect, Obama recently visited a prominent Washington synagogue to talk about his deep love of Israel. Close advisors and friends have tried to underscore the point, with former senior advisor David Axelrod telling Israeli Channel 2 that Obama feels a deep personal affinity for the Jewish people. And in an interview with the Atlantic magazine last week, Obama also talked about his personal commitment to the security of Israel, and idea he mirrored in the new interview with Channel 2’s Ilana Dayan.

Obama told Dayan that the U.S. assistance to Israel on security, intelligence and military matters “doesn’t go away” because it is part of a “solemn commitment that I’ve made with respect to Israel’s security.” But there may be a “practical consequence” if there are new resolutions introduced in the U.N., he said. The peace process could become a bigger problem for Obama in his complicated ties with Israel, but analysts say he has been trying to simplify that relationship lately by explaining himself directly to the Israeli public.

As he prepares to talk about a possible resolution with Iran over its nuclear deal, said one, Obama’s primary message is about his intent. “He has to persuade the Israeli audience that he is preoccupied with the security of Israel,” said Jon Alterman, head of the Middle East program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. “Did wearing a kippa and speaking in a prominent synagogue do the trick? It certainly reinforced a sense of affinity and reassured some people of the nature of his ties to Israel.”

As he spoke with Dayan, Obama drew his own parallels between the African American experience and the Jewish one. “In my mind, there is a direct line between the Jewish experience, the African American experience, and as a consequence, we have, I hope, a special empathy and a special regard for those who are being mistreated because of the color of their skin or the nature of their faith,” Obama said.

http://newstral.com/en/article/en/989473884/obama-raises-possibility-of-allowing-u-n-vote-on-palestinian-statehood

U.S. Raises Pressure on Israel Over Palestinians

http://www.wsj.com/articles/israel-to-release-frozen-palestinian-tax-funds-1427472744

http://www.usa-news.net/sitio/news-usa.php?id=13-53923&id_sm=1&titulo=obama-raises-possibility-of-allowing-u.n.-vote-on-palestinian-statehood#.VW48X89VhBc

http://www.timesofisrael.com/left-alone-at-un-israel-can-ignore-but-not-avoid-diplomatic-fallout/

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Obama Admin Apologizes to U.N. for American Cops Killing Citizens

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LAUGHABLE BY OBAMA AND HIS GOVERNMENT AND CONGRESS! 

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The Obama administration apologized Monday to the United Nation’s Human Rights Council for American law enforcement personnel whom it described as “willfully us[ing] excessive force,” at times with racist motivation. In its defense of its handling of the issue, the administration touts prosecuting over 400 law-enforcement officials and committing itself to take down those found guilty in the future.

The Associated Press reports that the U.N. human rights council—which includes dozens of countries with deplorable human rights records—voiced “widespread concern” about unjust practices by American police. The Obama administration responded by vowing to “rededicate” itself to ensuring that “our civil-rights laws live up to their promise” and touting its punishment of out-of-control personnel:

“We must rededicate ourselves to ensuring that our civil-rights laws live up to their promise,” Justice Department official James Cadogan told delegates, adding that that is particularly important in the area of police practices and pointing to recent high-profile cases of officers killing unarmed black residents.

“These events challenge us to do better and to work harder for progress through both dialogue and action,” he said at the session’s opening. He added that the government has the authority to prosecute officials who “willfully use excessive force,” and that criminal charges have been brought against more than 400 law-enforcement officials in the past six years.

The council presented calls for changes to other U.S. policies, including abolishing the death penalty, curbing NSA surveillance programs, and closing Guantanamo Bay.

Administration officials responded with the standard non-answers. On execution, Deputy Assistant Attorney General David Bitkower explained that the “controversy” over executions in America was an ongoing “extensive debate.” As for U.S intelligence gathering, Bitkower vaguely defended the programs by saying they are “subject to stringent and multilayered oversight mechanisms.”

As for the call to close Gitmo, Brig. Gen. Richard Gross said President Obama has called shutting down Gitmo a “national imperative” and remains committed to the cause despite being thwarted by Congress. The remaining inmates after Obama’s transfer of many in recent years, the administration maintained, were all there legally.

The U.S. human rights review was part of the “Universal Periodic Reviews” of U.N. members. The reviews occur every four years. This is the second such review for the U.S, the last occurring in 2010.

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http://www.truthrevolt.org/news/obama-admin-apologizes-un-american-cops#.VVH2KUoQcEc.twitter

http://downtrend.com/robertgehl/obama-apologizes-to-un-were-really-sorry-our-cops-are-so-racist

http://badblue.bitnamiapp.com/p.php?sid=12841985

http://www.breitbart.com/national-security/2015/05/11/obama-complains-to-un-about-us-human-rights-violations/

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