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Over the past decade, many of the deals given without any bidding from competing firms, such as a $568-million contract renewal in 2010 to provide housing, meals, water and bathroom services to soldiers, a deal that led to a Justice Department lawsuit over alleged kickbacks 

According to the bipartisan Commission on Wartime Contracting in Iraq and Afghanistan, the level of corruption by defense contractors may be as high as $60 billion. Disciplined soldiers that would traditionally do many of the tasks are commissioned by private and publicly listed companies.

 

anarcho-queer:

The Pentagon unveiled a new medal for those who kill people by remote control in a remarkable gesture of contempt for and defiance of human rights advocates.

US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta said the Distinguished Warfare Medal would recognise those who take part in high-tech killing far from the front line.

Our military reserves its highest decorations for those who display gallantry and valour in actions where their lives are on the line,” Mr Panetta said.

But we should also have the ability to honour the extraordinary actions that make a true difference in combat operations.

The new medal ranks between the Bronze and Silver Stars.

Unlike other military awards, it does not require the soldier to perform a physical act that may put their life in danger.

The US has regularly faced sharp criticism over the death of civilians killed by the unmanned drones targeting funerals or hitting social gatherings in error.

(politico)

sparkamovement:

The Invisible War
2tuffhuff:

This is brilliantly said.

2tuffhuff:

This is brilliantly said.

(via starmichael)

israelfacts:


Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu draws a red line on an illustration claiming to describe Iran’s ability to create a nuclear weapon as he addresses the 67th United Nations General Assembly at the U.N. Headquarters in New York, September 27, 2012.
Photo: Keith Bedford / REUTERS

Meanwhile, Israel has over 200 undeclared nuclear warheads, maintains its policy of “nuclear ambiguity” and refuses to sign the international Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). Israel is the only country in the Middle East with nuclear weapons and regularly skips conferences aimed to create a nuclear-free Middle East.

israelfacts:

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu draws a red line on an illustration claiming to describe Iran’s ability to create a nuclear weapon as he addresses the 67th United Nations General Assembly at the U.N. Headquarters in New York, September 27, 2012.

Photo: Keith Bedford / REUTERS

Meanwhile, Israel has over 200 undeclared nuclear warheads, maintains its policy of “nuclear ambiguity” and refuses to sign the international Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). Israel is the only country in the Middle East with nuclear weapons and regularly skips conferences aimed to create a nuclear-free Middle East.

(Source: fajrarmy)

israelfacts:

“I picture a dead Arab”: In disturbing video, Israeli children’s words echo indoctrination

How did it feel to imagine killing Arabs? “I felt happy” one girl answers.

She was one of several children who spoke about committing acts of violence in this video shot at the Israeli army museum by Israeli satirical filmmaker Itamar Rose.

But the children’s answers – in Hebrew and subtitled in English – are serious. As they climb all over tanks, sit at machine-guns positions, or explain how to use a hand-grenade, Rose asks them their views.

Without hesitation, the children express their readiness to kill. Asked what he imagined when he was sitting in a tank, one boy answers, “I picture a dead Arab.”

Of course, these children are no more ready to kill than any other children, nor can they be any more capable of understanding the import of their words, at least not yet.

The children in Rose’s film bring to mind the notorious image of Israeli schoogirls writing messages on artillery shells about to be fired into Lebanon during Israel’s 2006 assault that killed more than 1,200 Lebanese civilians and devastated much of the country.

Israeli girls write messages on shells ready to be fired by a mobile artillery unit toward Lebanon on 17 July 2006. (Pedro Ugarte / AFP)

(Source: fajrarmy)

libertyfirst:

Countries attacked by bombing, sabotage or attempted government overthrow since world war two - Iran vs. USA

libertyfirst:

Countries attacked by bombing, sabotage or attempted government overthrow since world war two - Iran vs. USA

(Source: prometheanreach, via mochente)

anarcho-queer:

Soldiers Deployed To Outskirts of Mexico City
Mexico has sent police and military reinforcements to patrol a suburb of Mexico City for the first time to combat a rise in drug-related violence that is beginning to encroach on the country’s capital.
A combined force of around 1,000 soldiers, federal police and local police took to the streets of Nezahualcoyotl from Wednesday this week.
The city of 1.1 million people to Mexico City’s east has suffered from a dispute between two rival drug cartels.
President Felipe Calderon’s fight against drug gangs has overshadowed his administration, and the deployment in Nezahualcoyotl brings the conflict into the home state of his successor Enrique Pena Nieto, who takes office in December.
Calderon has already deployed 50,000 troops across the country to combat violent drug cartels.
The local government’s request for troops in the sprawling Nezahualcoyotl municipality follows the murder there this weekend of Jaime Serrano, a local state congressman and member of Pena Nieto’s Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI).

anarcho-queer:

Soldiers Deployed To Outskirts of Mexico City

Mexico has sent police and military reinforcements to patrol a suburb of Mexico City for the first time to combat a rise in drug-related violence that is beginning to encroach on the country’s capital.

A combined force of around 1,000 soldiers, federal police and local police took to the streets of Nezahualcoyotl from Wednesday this week.

The city of 1.1 million people to Mexico City’s east has suffered from a dispute between two rival drug cartels.

President Felipe Calderon’s fight against drug gangs has overshadowed his administration, and the deployment in Nezahualcoyotl brings the conflict into the home state of his successor Enrique Pena Nieto, who takes office in December.

Calderon has already deployed 50,000 troops across the country to combat violent drug cartels.

The local government’s request for troops in the sprawling Nezahualcoyotl municipality follows the murder there this weekend of Jaime Serrano, a local state congressman and member of Pena Nieto’s Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI).

(via realworldnews)

recall-all-republicans-2012:

Plus some don’t stop w Draft Doger they also became a Tax Dodger!

Mitt Romney, Donald Trump, Dick Cheaine (5x - details), Ted Nudgent (deadbead dad & dater of a 17 y/o), Rush Limbaugh (racist, drug addict, child molester, four rocky marriages), Bill O’Reilly (says -“Slick Willie Clinton the Draft Dodger.”)
So who DID serve in our great military? And a list of republican cowards, draft dodgers, and chickenhawks.
Mitt Romney, after dodging the Vietnam draft, is enjoying wide support from military veterans… Somehow.

destroythegop:

la-belle-laide:

Mitt Romney Accidentally Confronts A Gay Veteran; Awesomeness Ensues

HOLY SMACKDOWN, BATMAN. This guy is awesome, totally gives it to Romney. WHOOP!

This is a must see for all who are interested in Liberty and Justice for ALL. This Brave Patriot gives Draft-Dodging Romney an EPIC TAKEDOWN. Warms my heart to know that Romney himself convinced the guy that he is alarmingly unfit to be President of ALL the people.

And to think… Mitt the Cowardly Liar’s handlers probably thought this was a sweet opportunity to make it seem like the rat bastard actually gives a damn about veterans.

Yow! Instant Karma’s gonna get you, Mitt!

I like it when I see people mad. Stay angry people!

(via truth-has-a-liberal-bias)

liberalsarecool:

Mitt’s sabre rattling with Iran and Syria looks nice next to his four deferments for Vietnam.

liberalsarecool:

Mitt’s sabre rattling with Iran and Syria looks nice next to his four deferments for Vietnam.

thepeoplesrecord:

As of today, July 31, war crime whistleblower Breanna Manning (also known as Bradley) has been in jail without trial for 800 days.
The legal maximum is 120 days. 

thepeoplesrecord:

As of today, July 31, war crime whistleblower Breanna Manning (also known as Bradley) has been in jail without trial for 800 days.

The legal maximum is 120 days. 

(Source: thepeoplesrecord)

Dying For Justice In Israel

Among developed countries, Israel is one of the world’s most socially, politically and economically unjust. It mocks democratic values and social justice.

In December 2010, Tunisian Mohammed Bouazizi set himself ablaze in front of Sidi Bouzid government offices after police confiscating his merchandise for operating without a permit. He was a street vendor. He sold vegetables. His uncle, Mehdi Horchani, said he

“gave his life to draw attention to his condition and that of his brothers.”

Then and now Arab states have high unemployment, severe poverty, few social benefits, deep-seated and extreme repression enforcing state policy.

Now, two Israeli men have expressed outrage by death.

The first, a 58-year-old wheelchair-bound protester, Moshe Silman set himself on fire at the end of a July 14 protest in Tel Aviv over the cost of living in Israel. Fellow demonstrators extinguished the flames, but he sustained burns to more than 90 % of his body, on July 20 died. Mr. Silman had lost his job, apartment, and he couldn’t survive on his monthly $582 disability pension, his bank account had been seized, all while crushed by outstanding debt. His suicide letter reads:

The State of Israel has stolen from me and robbed me, left me with nothing

and the Tel Aviv District Court blocked me from getting justice. — registrar at the Tel Aviv District court, broke the law, disrupted legal proceedings, out of condescension.

It won’t even assist me with my rental fees

Two committees from the Ministry of Housing have rejected me, despite the fact that I have undergone a stroke and was granted 100% work disability

Ask the manager of Amidar, in Hafia, on Hanevi’im Street.

I blame the State of IsraelI blame Bibi Netanyahu

and [Minister of Finance] Yuval Steinitz

both scum

for the humiliation that disenfranchised citizens go through day in and day out, that take from the poor and give to the rich, and to public servants

those that serve the State of Israel

The National Health Insurance, especially  —, the manager of their operations, and the manager of their claims department, —, on Lincoln Street in Tel Aviv, who illegally seized my work equipment for my truck.

The Haifa National Insurance Institute branch, who abused me for a year until I was granted disability

That I pay NIS 2300 per month in Health Insurance taxes and even more for my medicine

I have no money for medicine or rent. I can’t make the money after I have paid my millions in taxes I did the army, and until age 46 I did reserve duty

I refuse to be homeless, this is why i am protesting

Against all the injustices done to me by the State, me and others like me

The second man set himself on fire while waiting for a taxi to take him to a clinic for disabled military veterans on the same day Mr. Silman was laid to rest. Akiva Mafa’i was a disabled Israel Defence Forces veteran in his mid-40s. After a car accedent 9 years ago he was deemed 25 % disabled. Years later Mr. Mafa’i suffered a stoke forcing him to rely on benefits from the Defense Ministry, and like Silman, the National Insurance Institute. It was not enough money. He is being treated for burns over 70 % of his body.

The Defense Ministry responded by claiming there is no connection between Mafa’i’s self-immolation and his military disability, and calls his treatment “professional, responsible, and devoted.”

However spokesman Rosenfeld stated that four Israelis have attempted or threatened to set themselves on fire since Silman’s act.

THIS IS NOT EXCLUSIVE TO ISRAEL. Mafa’i’s brother, Shlomo:

I feel everything the disabled IDF veterans are saying. We grew up in a home that contributes to the state, and continues to contribute. We gave our lives to the state, and in the end they throw you out. The IDF disabled veterans feel like a burden on society; that’s our frustration. When you’re called to reserve duty, you leave everything and go to serve the state with love, and in the end when something happens to you, you’re left on your own,

Most of the 168 detainees at Guantanamo have been imprisoned by the U.S. Government for close to a decade without charges and with no end in sight to their captivity. Some now die at Guantanamo, thousands of miles away from their homes and families, without ever having had the chance to contest accusations of guilt.

myflagisblackandred:

Oh. So that’s where welfare went.

olymPIGS - haha, almost didn’t see that…

myflagisblackandred:

Oh. So that’s where welfare went.

olymPIGS - haha, almost didn’t see that…

(Source: apember, via starmichael)