Article: U.S. Military Support | Support Bahrainis' Rights

U.S. Military Support | Support Bahrainis' Rights

The United States does sell guns to Bahain, which may be harming pro-demcracy protesters. According to the Associated Press artcle U.S. arms sales to Bahrain scrutinized,
Much of the flow of military hardware to Bahrain was for aircraft and military electronics, but the U.S. also licensed $760,000 in exports of rifles, shotguns and assault weapons in 2010.

The United States government coordinates billions of dollars in arms sales to Bahrain, including helicopters, tanks and artillery. According to the State Department's Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs,
Since the 1991 Gulf War, the U.S. has provided military and defense technical assistance and training to Bahrain from Foreign Military Sales (FMS), commercial sources, excess defense article sales (EDA) and under the International Military and Education Training (IMET) program.
The U.S. Office of Military Cooperation in Bahrain is attached to the U.S. Embassy and manages the security assistance mission. U.S. military sales to Bahrain since 2000 total $1.4 billion.
Principal U.S. military systems acquired by the BDF include eight Apache helicopters, 54 M60A3 tanks, 22 F-16C/D aircraft, 51 Cobra helicopters, 9 MLRS Launchers (with ATACMS), 20 M109A5 Howitzers, 1 Avenger AD system, and the TPS-59 radar system. Bahrain has received $195 million in FMF and $410 million in U.S. EDA acquisition value delivered since the U.S.-Bahraini program began in 1993. The Bahrain Defense Force also placed orders for 9 UH-60M Blackhawk helicopters and 2 Mk-V Fast Patrol Boats. Delivery of both systems was planned for 2009.
Military exercises are conducted on a regular basis to increase the BDF's readiness and improve coordination with the U.S. and other GCC forces. The BDF also sends personnel to the United States for military training. This training includes courses from graduate level professional military education down to entry level technical training. [bold emphasis is mine]
Yes, the Bahraini military personnel that are torturing wounded patients in the hospital may have been trained in the United States.
Britain was selling tear gas and CS grenades to Bahrain in 2010, despite Bahrain's dismal human rights record, but suspended weapons sales this year due to Bahrain's abuses. However, the United States has reaffirmed its commitment to Bahrain and will continue to be a major supplier.

The United States is also heavily arming Saudi Arabia, which has invaded Bahrain and assisted its terror campaign. The U.S. approved a $60 billion dollar arms deal to Saudi Arabia in 2010, which is the largest military deal in U.S. history.
Saudi Arabia has even requested to expand the huge deal in an offer to U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates on April 6, three weeks after the Saudi invasion. The United States needs to rethink its foreign policy in the Middle East. Its vast arms sales to repressive dictators are not promoting democracy, social reform or stability. PS
I am astounded at the racist posts on the internet claiming the majority of Bahrain's population should never be given their basic rights because they are Shias and that even accuse them of being undercover Iranians.
This is totally ridiculous. Iran is Persian, not Arab, and Iran speaks Farsi, not Arabic.
The United States does not have the right supporting the violent disenfranchisement of citizens in other countries because of their ethnicity. This would be no different than a foreign country invading the U.S. to prevent any ethnic group from being able to vote here.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.- The U.S. Declaration of Independence


Medieval Music from Sicily, Italy

Anon., XII sec - Congaudentes jubilemus

Tammuriddara - Assummata di lu corpu di la tunnara - Navaii

# Found # Numbers #

Military Installations

A lot of these numbers/ facts found online from various sites are often outdated, seeing as this was compiled in year 2005. It is hard to find the concrete information of U.S. Military activity but even ruminating on this is VERY stunting:

C. Johnson, the NATO Watch Committee, the International Network for the Abolition of Foreign Military Bases reveal that the US operates and/or controls between 700 and 800 military bases Worldwide.

Hugh d’Andrade and Bob Wing's 2002 Map 1 entitled "U.S. Military Troops and Bases around the World, The Cost of 'Permanent War'", confirms the presence of US military personnel in 156 countries.

The US Military has bases in
63 countries. Brand new military bases have been built since September 11, 2001 in seven countries.

In total, there are approximately
255,065 US military personnel deployed Worldwide.

These facilities include a total of
845,441 different buildings and equipments. The underlying land surface is of the order of 30 million acres. Adding to the bases inside U.S. territory, the total land area occupied by US military bases domestically within the US and internationally is of the order of 2,202,735 hectares, which makes the Pentagon one of the largest landowners worldwide (Gelman, J., 2007).


US claims of ‘no civilian deaths’ in Pakistan drone strikes is untrue: The Bureau of Investigative Journalism

  • Claims by President Obama’s chief counter-terrorism adviser John Brennan that ‘there hasn’t been a single collateral [civilian] death’ in Pakistan since August 2010 are found to be untrue today, following a major Bureau investigation.
     According to Brennan, Barack Obama himself has ‘insisted’ that US drone strikes are ‘exceptionally surgical and precise’ and ‘do not put… innocent men, women and children in danger’.
     Yet a detailed examination by the Bureau of 116 CIA ‘secret’ drone strikes in Pakistan since August 2010 has uncovered at least 10 individual attacks in which 45 or more civilians appear to have died.
     The Bureau has identified and can provide the family names for, six children among those killed.


Israel Insight

Touching on Dimona , Israel: I think a great place to cover a song from...

I have been researching Dimona today, and here are some very skeletal notes:

Dimona is considered the home, origin of the Black Israelites/ black hebrew community the "Village of Peace" (where birth control is forbidden...)

The Dimona Radar Facility is a facility under construction near Dimona, Israel consisting of two 400 meter (1,300 feet) tall radar towers, designed to track ballistic missiles through space and provide ground-based missiles with the targeting data needed to intercept them.[1] Using AN/TPY-2 X-band radar, it can detect missiles up to 1,500 miles away.[2] The towers are owned and operated by the US military, whichprovide only second hand intelligence to Israel.[2][1]

The towers of the facility are the tallest towers in Israel, and the tallest used for radar in the world.[3]

Notes on the Nuclear Ambiguity in Dimona (?):

"When the United States intelligence community discovered the purpose of the site in the early 1960s, the U.S. government demanded that Israel agree to international inspections. Israel agreed, but on the condition that U.S., rather than International Atomic Energy Agency, inspectors be used, and that Israel would receive advance notice of all inspections. Israel is one of only three nations thought to possess nuclear weapons never to have signed the NPT ( others are India and Pakistan )."


Some notes on Somalia

we have all heard about pirate activity in Somalia.

It turns out that some of it originates as a feral toll system to mitigate the dumping of toxic waste (as well as an enormous amount of illegal fishing) by foreign vessels.

also: The former CEO posterboy of the (criminally violent) militarized wing of the American Private sector, in possible violation of a U.N. arms embargo, is training a mercenary army there to combat the pirates.

also: The United States has recently begun employing drone strikes in Somalia.  Not everyone is convinced it won't simply rally support around non-state militarized factions.

also: The CIA is operating a secret training facility and prison in Mogadishu.


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‪The Sabri Brothers - Ya Sahib-Ul-Jamal!‬‏

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U.S. Anti-Terror Laws Hamper Aid Effort in Somalia

Democracy Now! | Headlines for July 12, 2011
  • United Nations Describes Somalia as "Worst Humanitarian Disaster in the World" 

    U.N. officials say they are struggling to cope with the growing number of refugees in eastern Africa because of the severe drought in Somalia and neighboring countries. The United Nations says increasing numbers of malnourished young children are dying after trekking for weeks to receive emergency aid. António Guterres, the head of the U.N. refugee agency, has described the drought as the "worst humanitarian disaster in the world."
    António Guterrres, U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees: "I believe that we are witnessing today in the Horn of Africa, especially in Somalia, the most tragic humanitarian disaster. The fact that conflict and drought are combining itself creating a terrible situation for the people that is forced to flee in big numbers, children dying on the way, children coming to Ethiopia or to Kenya, and doctors not even being able to treat them because of the level of
     malnutrition that they face."
  • U.S. Anti-Terror Laws Hamper Aid Effort in Somalia 

    Some aid organizations say relief efforts have been hampered in Somalia due to U.S. anti-terrorism laws that bar any person or organization from providing any type of material support—even humanitarian aid—to groups that have ties to al Shebab, a designated terrorist organization that controls part of Somalia. Jeremy Konyndyk of Mercy Corps said, "U.S. laws on material support to terrorists have become a direct impediment to the drought response: the U.S. has avoided any humanitarian activity that might result in even a small amount of aid leakage to the militants."

Recent U.S. Interventions in Pakistan

From today's Democracy Now headlines:
1. U.S. drones have killed at least 45 people in multiple strikes in northwest Pakistan over the past 24 hours. It marks the second-largest death toll in a single day since the U.S. drone campaign began in Pakistan in 2004. The deadly attacks came just a day after the Obama administration announced an $800 million delay in military assistance amid worsening U.S.-Pakistan ties.

2. The Guardian newspaper has revealed the CIA organized a fake vaccination program in the Pakistani town where it believed Osama bin Laden was hiding in an elaborate attempt to gain access to his compound and to obtain DNA from the al-Qaeda leader’s family. A senior Pakistani doctor who was recruited by the CIA for the project is now being held in Pakistan after being arrested by the Inter-Services Intelligence for cooperating with U.S. intelligence agents. One nurse involved in the project reportedly gained access to the bin Laden compound. Before entering, she was instructed to take in a handbag that was fitted with an electronic device. It is not clear what the device was.


seven anti-government protesters were arrested and beaten by Iraqi security forces as hundreds of angry demonstrators gathered Friday in central Baghdad

Democracy Now! | Headlines for July 11, 2011
  • Iraqi Forces Beat, Detain at Least Seven Protesters Following Demonstrations 

    In Iraq, CNN reports at least seven anti-government protesters were arrested and beaten by Iraqi security forces as hundreds of angry demonstrators gathered Friday in central Baghdad. Since early February, tens of thousands of protesters have participated in demonstrations every Friday across Iraq, inspired by popular uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia.

Slowly changing US approach to Saleh's regime in Yemen.

so the news about Yemen today:
The Obama administration sent counterterrorism chief, John Brennan, to Saudi Arabia to meet with embattled Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh over the weekend. Brennan is presumed to have urged Saleh not to return to power, suggesting aid to the Middle East’s poorest nation will resume only if he steps down. Brennan reportedly urged Saleh to sign a pledge drafted by the Gulf Cooperation Council that would see the Yemeni president relinquishing control of Yemen in exchange for immunity. Saleh has been receiving treatment in Saudi Arabia for serious injuries he sustained in a rocket attack on his compound weeks ago and has yet to return to Yemen. The United States has long supported Saleh’s authoritarian rule over the past 33 years.
Our complicated involvement with Saleh's regime has entailed him acting, to some degree, as a proxy for US policy in the region by such actions as taking credit for US drone strikes or holding journalists in prison at the request of President Obama.

here are a couple pieces of music from Yemen.


YouTube - ‪Mohamed Hassan - Lesh beta محمد حسن - ليش بطى‬‏

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YouTube - ‪Ahmed Fakroun - Soleil Soleil‬‏

YouTube - ‪Ahmed Fakroun - Soleil Soleil‬‏: ""

YouTube - ‪Ahmed fakroun أحمد فكرون : حلوة الصورة‬‏

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Democracy Now! | Headlines for July 07, 2011

  • At least 14 civilians have been killed in a US-led NATO bombing in Afghanistan. The dead included eight children. The attack in the eastern province of Khost is believed to the deadliest by the US-led occupation force against Afghan civilians this year.
  • The new killings come just one day after hundreds of people rallied in the Afghan province of Ghazni to protest a NATO bombing that killed two civilians earlier this week. Protesters carried their bodies to the provincial capital, shouting slogans denouncing foreign troops. 
  • In Libya, rebels have seized a key town in the country’s northwestern mountains, moving them one step closer to securing a strategic road that would allow access to the capital city of Tripoli. The town of al-Qawalish was seized after a six-hour battle. Tens of thousands of opposition supporters filled the streets in the rebel-held city of Benghazi to celebrate the victory. Meanwhile NATO warplanes continue to pound Libya with airstrikes. Of 140 air sorties carried out on Wednesday, NATO says nearly half were strike missions.