30 May 2008
Soldiers critical about Uruzgan
Half of the soldiers think the mission in Afghanistan does not make sense.
This became apparent during a poll by TV program NOVA of 261 members of four military trade unions.
The chairman of the [officers] union NVO, ex commander of the Dutch army Couzy, thinks that this is worrying. "Top brass shout that this makes sense and that things are going well. However, if asked about it anonymously, most think it has no use", Couzy says.
Labels: Peace and war
British Army accused of “off the scale” abuses in southern Iraq
8 February 2008
Horrifying allegations of torture and killings carried out by the British Army in southern Iraq emerged on January 31.
Based on witness statements, death certificates and video evidence, lawyers Phil Shiner and Martyn Day have claimed that 22 people were killed in British custody following an unequal firefight outside Majar al Kabir, about 100 miles northwest of Basra, on May 14, 2004. The lawyers allege that nine more people survived torture and abuse.
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Wolfowitz Contradicted on Family Planning Claim
Labels: Economic and social, Women's issues
The island of Pulau Upeh off the Malaysian State of Malacca has only one small sandy beach. But it happens to be one of the most important hawksbill nesting sites in the country.See also here.
Although the tiny island (seven-acres or 0.03km2 in size) is for the moment uninhabited, it is not entirely out of reach of turtle egg poachers. Nor has it fully escaped the rapid coastal development which threatens all that remains of turtle beaches in Malacca.
Malaysia, itself, was until recently one of only seven countries in the world where leatherback turtles landed in many numbers, but no more. Now the struggle is on to save the country's beautiful but critically endangered hawksbill (Eretmochelys imbricata), with its golden brown, exquisitely patterned shell, which still nests on the beaches of the Malacca Straits — the second most important nesting area in the country.
Labels: Economic and social, Music, Peace and war
US American intelligence service CIA in 1975 and in 1986 has stopped Dutch authorities from arresting Pakistani nuclear spy Khan.See also here.
Dutch ex prime minister Lubbers said this in VPRO radio program Argos.
US daily New York Times already wrote on this affair last year, based on anonymous sources. Now, Lubbers confirms this.
In the 1970s, Abdul Khan stole nuclear secrets from Dutch Ultra Centrifuge, part of Urenco in Almelo.
With this, in the 1990s he built the Pakistani nuclear bomb. He also sold his knowledge to Iran, North Korea, and Libya.
In 1975 there already was suspicion what Khan was doing, and Dutch authorities thought about arresting him.
According to Lubbers, however, the CIA wanted Khan to continue with his activities "in order to get more information" [the CIA and Pakistani military dictators being close pals; as Lubbers said during the interview; not included on NOS TV web article].
In the 1980s, Khan had to appear in court at last, but was freed due to legal errors.
Lubbers, then prime minister, wanted the court case to continue.
However, he did not carry on, on the "advice" of security services [CIA pals].
Dutch Attorney General Donner still last year denied that there had been meddling by secret services in the Khan affair.
VPRO radio investigated the affair jointly with Japanese television.
They are making a documentary on the affair, as now it is sixty years ago that Japan was hit by two US nuclear bombs, on the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
Labels: Peace and war
FRANKFURT, Germany Jul 1, 2005 — A unilateral decision by the United States to indefinitely retain oversight of the Internet's main traffic-directing computers prompted concerns Friday that the global telecommunications network could eventually splinter.
"This seems like an extension of American security in the aftermath of 9-11," said John Strand, a Denmark-based technology consultant. "People will ask: `Do the Americans want to control the Internet?'"
Washington's decision, announced Thursday, departs from previously stated U.S. policy.
Labels: Computers and the Internet, Human rights