US drones kill Pakistani women and children

This video says about itself:

Pakistani journalist Hamid Mir criticizes President Obama for continuing unmanned drone attacks in Pakistan‘s tribal areas, a policy started under the Bush administration. Mir claims that the drones have killed many women and children, but no top al-Qaeda or Taliban leaders.

As if the people of Pakistan did not have enough misery already with the horrible floods

From DPA news agency in Germany today:

US missile attacks kill 13 in Pakistan

Peshawar, Pakistan – US pilotless drone aircraft fired three missiles into Pakistan’s tribal region along the Afghan border, killing 13 people, including women and children, intelligence officials said.

The airstrikes took place in Darga Mandi village in North Waziristan tribal district …

An intelligence official who requested anonymity said the missiles fired from a US unmanned plane destroyed parts of a mud compound.

“According to the reports we have received here four men, five women and four children died in the attack. The identities of those killed were not known yet,” the official said.

Probably we will soon have to hear that the people killed in Darga Manda village `were Taliban and-or Al Qaeda`. For, according to NATO war propaganda logic, if we kill you, that automatically makes you Taliban and-or Al Qaeda.

Women and children in Pakistan facing floods, displacement with “no shelter and no help”: here.

Blackwater resurfaces in Pakistan. Operatives to infiltrate key cities… Has Pakistan been blackmailed by US govt? Here.


Rare rhinoceros beetle back in Dutch nature reserve

European rhinoceros beetle

According to Dutch news agency Novum, the European rhinoceros beetle, rare in the Netherlands, has returned to Meijendel nature reserve after an absence of decades.

The effect of forest regeneration strategies on beetles: here.

Storm fells Anne Frank’s tree

This is a video about the Anne Frank tree.

Translated from Dutch new agency Novum:

The Anne Frank tree was blown down in Amsterdam this Monday. The tree died after harsh gusts around 1.30PM which pulled up the tree saving structure around it, says a spokesman for the Anne Frank Foundation. …

The chestnut tree was made famous after Anne Frank during World War II described it in her diary. She could see the tree from the Secret Annex on the Prinsengracht, where she and her family went into hiding. …

The at least one hundred and fifty years old tree was severely damaged by fungus and rot. In 2008, the tree was provided with a special structure to keep it up. …

In recent years, there has been much controversy around the tree. The Amsterdam Centre District Authority wanted the tree to be cut down in 2007 as they said it was too sick. Residents won a court case to prevent this.

See also here. And here. And here.

Afghan war whistleblowers witchhunt

This video is about a war crime in the Iraq war.

The rape charges against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, announced and then withdrawn by Swedish prosecutors, bear all the hallmarks of a US-inspired provocation against the Internet-based organization for its exposure of US war crimes in Afghanistan and Iraq: here.

Assange to fight molestation charge: Lawyers for Wikileaks founder press for charges against him to be dropped: here.

WikiLeaks: Australia intelligence warned of ‘dirty tricks’: here.

Inside story on WikiLeaks (video); Al Jazeera: here.

Reports appearing in the US and British press seem aimed at lending credence to the politically motivated accusations of rape against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, and rebutting his claim that he is the target of a smear campaign instigated by the Pentagon and CIA: here.

The decision by a senior Swedish prosecutor to reopen the rape charges against WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange is a transparently political decision. There is every reason to believe this is part of a “dirty tricks” operation: here.

Sy Hersh: Hands off WikiLeaks | Spiegel: here.