Category: International

US uses radioactive depleted uranium weapons in Syria

Months after the Pentagon said it wouldn’t use a controversial type of armor-piercing ammunition that has been blamed for long-term health complications, US aircraft fired thousands of the rounds during two high-profile air raids in Syria in November 2015, the Pentagon acknowledged Wednesday.
The use of the ammunition, a 30mm depleted-uranium bullet called PGU-14, was first […]

Canada should not renew mission to Ukraine

Canadian soldiers of Joint Task Force Ð Ukraine support urban operations training at the International Peacekeeping and Security Centre in Starychi, Ukraine, on August 31, 2016. Photo: Canadian Forces
By David Rennie, Hamilton Spectator
Canada’s military mission to Ukraine expires in March. For several reasons, it shouldn’t be renewed.
First, the present Ukrainian government, installed in a coup […]

Record number of Afghan refugees

Based on current trends, the UN predicts that in 2017 at least 450,000 more people will join those already internally displaced
Afghan refugee children watch a short video clip about mines during a mines and explosives awareness program at a United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) registration centre in Kabul, Afghanistan September 27, 2016. Picture […]

Mayors for Peace Anti-Nuke Petition Surpasses 2 million signatures mark

As of February 1, 2017, a petition launched by Mayors for Peace to abolish nuclear weapons had 2,469,821 signatures.
The petition reads:
We, the undersigned, make the following request of the leaders of all nations states,and urge the United Nations to exercise strong leadership in the following:

To ensure that no city will ever again be destroyed by […]

Nobel Peace Laureates: It’s time to eliminate nuclear weapons

People participate in an anti-nuclear rally in Union Square in New York. (photo: Seth Wenig/AP)
by International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War
[The following statement from 21 Nobel Peace Laureates was released at the conclusion of the 16th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates in Bogota, Colombia.]
On March 27, negotiations will commence at the United […]

Trump threats on South China Sea heighten war risk

by Peter Symonds, World Socialist Website
Just days after taking office, the Trump administration has set course for a conflict with China over the South China Sea that threatens military clashes and war.
President Donald Trump’s press secretary, Sean Spicer, on Tuesday backed up an earlier assertion by the administration’s nominee for secretary of state, former Exxon […]

NATO buildup in the Black Sea

Brussels (AFP) – NATO will step up naval war games and surveillance in the Black Sea to complement its increased presence of land and air forces near a more assertive Russia, the alliance said Thursday.
NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg said the decision taken by alliance defence ministers in Brussels was not designed to be a provocation […]

Feds to compensate Canadians tortured in Syria

Abdullah Almalki (right), Muayyed Nureddin and Ahmad El Maati arrive at a news conference in a 2008 file photo. A federal inquiry has concluded the actions of Canadian officials contributed indirectly to the torture of the three Arab-Canadian men in Syria. (Adrian Wyld / THE CANADIAN PRESS)
by Tonda MacCharles, The Toronto Star
OTTAWA—The federal government will […]

Amnesty International Report on Syria condemned

By: Rick Sterling
Amnesty International has done some good investigations and reports over the years. This has won them widespread support. However, less known, Amnesty International has also carried out faulty investigations contributing to bloody and disastrous actions. One prominent example is in Iraq, where AI “corroborated” the false story that Iraqi soldiers were stealing incubators […]

War and famine in Yemen

Yemeni homes and buildings have been destroyed by airstrikes. Photo: BBC
Donald Trump’s first concrete decision as commander in chief was a major fiasco that killed nine children, eight women, and a U.S. soldier in a botched raid on al Qaeda in Yemen.
The operation — which Trump reportedly approved over dinner — also failed to catch its reported […]