The $106-billion war funding bill, approved 226 to 202, posed the toughest test yet of President Obama’s ability to rally his party’s left wing, which views his foreign and military policies as too hawkish. Most of the money, $80 billion, will go to the Pentagon for military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. The bill also includes $400 million for helping train Pakistani military personnel in counterinsurgency tactics. More than $2 billion was included in the bill for eight additional Boeing C-17 cargo planes, despite efforts by the Obama administration to end production. Full Story : LATimes.com….(Continue reading)
Bruce Fein speaking on International Tamil Center seminar. June 2009
What Now for Tamils after LTTE. May 2009.
US president Obama speaks about Sri Lankan issue.A collection of videos about one of the worst killing fields in the world, Sri Lanka.
Sri Lanka’s government has admitted to Al Jazeera that its military bombed an area held by separatist fighters and now crowded with trapped civilians. May 2009
Inside Story interviews with Tamil and Sinhala representatives April09
The protests against the carnage of innocent Tamil civilians in Vanni held in order to draw the attention of the International Community (IC) by French diaspora Tamils
A document by Human Rights Watch about forced disappearances.
Speech at Geneva on Genocide in Sri lanka against Tamils
Sky News reporter talking about the ground situation on February 2009.
Displacing Tamil civilians February 2009.
Aljazeera reporter on the front line February 2009.
A Sinhalese Human Right activist speaks out about the human rights violations in Sri Lanka. February 2009.
Shelling inside the government declared safe zone. 2008
President Barack Obama wants Congress to act quickly on his $83.4 billion request for U.S. military and diplomatic operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, an appeal that’s disappointing the most liberal, anti-war wing of his party. Obama also requested $350 million in new Pentagon funding for counter narcotics and other security activities along the U.S.-Mexico border, with another $400 million in counterinsurgency aid to Pakistan. Full Story : Chicagotribune…….(Continue reading)
After years of conjecture, details have begun to emerge of a “kill weapon” developed by the Chinese to target and destroy U.S. aircraft carriers. Anti-ship ballistic missile (ASBM) Dong Feng 21 can strike carriers and other U.S. vessels at a range of 2000km. If operational as is believed, the system marks the first time a ballistic missile has been successfully developed to attack vessels at sea. Ships currently have no defense against a ballistic missile attack. Full Story : Usni.org….(Continue reading)
Iran has not produced the highly enriched uranium necessary for a nuclear weapon and has not decided to do so, U.S. intelligence officials told Congress. Israel’s chief of military intelligence, has a different view about Iran’s nuclear programme, he told cabinet ministers, “Iran continues to stockpile hundreds of kilograms of low-level enriched uranium ….” Full Story : Washingtonpost….(Continue reading)
US president Barack Obama yesterday set out a timetable that will see all US combat units out by summer next year and the remainder by the end of 2011. There are 142,000 US troops in Iraq. Withdrawal of troops from Iraq is one of the central pledges of Obama’s election campaign. About $800 billion of US taxpayers’ funds spent or approved for spending through mid-2009.(Continue reading)
India’s Congress Party on Saturday said the international community should consider declaring Pakistan a terrorist state in light of the latter’s release of a scientist who sold nuclear secrets around the globe. Full Story : Reuters.com….(Continue reading)
The main UN compound in Gaza was in flames today after being struck by Israeli artillery fire, and a spokesman said that the building had been hit by shells containing the incendiary agent white phosphorus. Full Story : Timesonline……..(Continue reading)
Israeli tank fire killed at least 40 Palestinians near a United Nations-run school in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday, medical sources at two hospitals told Reuters. Full Story : FT.com……(Continue reading)
Israel launched a ground offensive in the Gaza Strip on Saturday, as it escalates its offensive on the eighth day of operations. Israeli tanks moved some two kilometres (1.2 miles) into the northern Gaza Strip. With a total area of 360 square kilometers,Gaza has about 1.5 million Palestinian residents.(Continue reading)
Angry protests against Israel’s bombardment of the Gaza Strip have continued throughout the world, with two of the largest demonstrations taking place in London and in Sakhnin in northern Israel. Full Story : Aljazeera.net…..(Continue reading)
The United States handed over security control of the Green Zone, a potent symbol of the American occupation, to Iraq on Thursday as a UN mandate for foreign troops ran out and bilateral military accords took effect. Full Story : AFP…..(Continue reading)
Israel kept up its bombardment of Gaza overnight expanding its targets to include an Islamic university and government buildings such as the interior ministry. Full Story : Telegraph.co.uk…..(Continue reading)
Senior Indian and Pakistani military officers have made contact in an effort to cool down tensions following the Mumbai terror attacks that almost triggered a sub-continental war. Full Story : Xinhuannet.com…..(Continue reading)
India‚Äôs government is coming under growing pressure from foreign-policy hawks to take military action against Pakistan and the terrorist network based there. Full story : FT.com…..(Continue reading)
US Joint Chiefs of Staff announced Saturday that the number of US forces in Afghanistan will be doubled soon. There are presently approximately 31,000 US troops in the country. Overall, there are more than 60,000 foreign troops in Afghanistan. Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) is the official name used by the U.S. Government to the war in Afghanistan. 629 US soldiers have been killed in the operation since the war begun.(Continue reading)
Gulf War syndrome (GWS) or Gulf War illness (GWI) is an illness reported by combat veterans of the 1991 Persian Gulf War typified by symptoms including immune system disorders and birth defects. Symptoms attributed to this syndrome have been wide-ranging, including chronic fatigue, loss of muscle control, headaches, dizziness and loss of balance, memory problems, muscle and joint pain, indigestion, skin problems and shortness of breath. Seventeen years after the Gulf war, a congressionally mandated committee has concluded that ‚ÄúGulf war syndrome‚Äù is a legitimate condition that continues to affect one quarter of the nearly 700,000 US soldiers deployed in that war.(Continue reading)
On December 7, 1941 - 67 years ago¬† this day- Japanese air crafts bombed United States Pacific Fleet center at Pearl Harbor. The attack on Pearl Harbor was a surprise military strike conducted by the Japanese navy. Airfields, port facilities, and warships were attacked and severely damaged on Pearl Harbor day. Next day, President Franklin Roosevelt addressed the Congress with his eloquent speech requesting a declaration of war.
” Always will we remember the character of the onslaught against us.
No matter how long it may take us to overcome this premeditated invasion, the American people in their righteous might will win through to absolute victory.
I believe I interpret the will of the Congress and of the people when I assert that we will not only defend ourselves to the uttermost, but will make very certain that this form of treachery shall never endanger us again.
Hostilities exist. There is no blinking at the fact that our people, our territory and our interests are in grave danger.
With confidence in our armed forces - with the unbounding determination of our people - we will gain the inevitable triumph - so help us God.”
The Democratic Republic of Congo has written to the United Nations asking not to send any more Indian peacekeeping troops to reinforce the peace keeping mission. Indian peacekeepers have been accused of sexual abuse over the last few years. The UN has 17,000 peacekeepers in DR Congo, supposed to monitor a 2003 peace deal. DR Congo is rich in minerals such as gold, tin and coltan.(Continue reading)
“Confrontation: Peace Enforcement” is the name of the computer game developed by Russian programmers,which will be released next month. The strategy game, supposes what might happen if Georgia decided to have another go at retaking the region with support from NATO. “Nato does not stay out of it, pushing Poland forward as its representative and Ukraine blockades the Black Sea fleet in Sevastopol,” according to the description of the game supplied by its creators.(Continue reading)