British trade unions oppose wars, video

This video from Britain says about itself:

For the first time the Trades Union Congress, which represents the majority of unions, voted for Britain to pull out of Afghanistan and Libya and to support the campaign for Palestinian rights. This is the speech that Andrew Murray from Britain’s biggest union UNITE proposed the motion to the TUC annual congress on 14 September 2011. Andrew Murray is national chair of Stop the War Coalition.

US soldiers propping up the Karzai regime in Afghanistan have suffered a dramatic increase in genital injuries and the loss of multiple limbs after blast injuries, a report by the Pentagon has revealed: here.

New Study Says US Night Raids Aimed at Afghan Civilians. Gareth Porter, Inter Press Service: “U.S. Special Operations Forces have been increasingly aiming their night-time raids, which have been the primary cause of Afghan anger at the U.S. military presence, at civilian non- combatants in order to exploit their possible intelligence value, according to a new study published by the Open Society Foundation and The Liaison Office…. The authors of the report conclude that deliberately targeting and rounding up civilians who are not suspected of being insurgents merely to exploit possible intelligence value ‘may constitute an arbitrary deprivation of liberty’ and thus ‘inhumane treatment’ in violation of Article 3 of the Geneva Conventions”: here.

An Afghan citizen on the US government payroll shot dead one US citizen and wounded another in an attack on the CIA headquarters in Kabul on Sunday evening, officials said today: here.

India-Afghan pact further poisons Afghan-Pakistan relations: here.

5 thoughts on “British trade unions oppose wars, video

  1. Oxfam urges action on Afghan drought

    FAMINE: Oxfam called on governments around the world to “wake up” today as it warned that nearly three million people across Afghanistan face severe food shortages as a result of drought.

    The crisis is affecting the north of the country where 80 per cent of the non-irrigated wheat crop, which people rely on for food and income, has been lost.

    The charity said many people in these areas are already suffering from chronic hunger and nearly three-quarters will run out of food in less than two months.


  2. Posted on Tue, Sep. 20, 2011 11:09 PM

    The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON | The counterinsurgency tactic that is sending U.S. soldiers out on foot patrols among the Afghan people, rather than riding in armored vehicles, has contributed to a dramatic increase in arm and leg amputations, genital injuries and the loss of multiple limbs following blast injuries.

    These devastating injuries affected unit morale. And they gave rise to talk on the battlefield that some troops had made secret pacts not to help each other survive if they were so severely injured, a new report said Tuesday.

    The number of U.S. troops who had amputations rose sharply from 86 in 2009, to 187 in 2010 and 147 so far this year, military officials said Tuesday, releasing the report on catastrophic wounds.

    Of those, the number of troops who lost two or three limbs rose from 23 in 2009 to 72 last year to 77 so far this year. Only a dozen or so of all amputations came from Iraq. The rest were from Afghanistan, where militants are pressing the insurgency with roadside bombs, handmade land mines and other explosives.

    Officials said genital injuries also have risen significantly, but they did not give specific figures.

    The sharp rise in severe injuries came as a buildup of foreign forces expanded the counterinsurgency strategy that seeks to protect civilians, win their support away from insurgents and help build an Afghan government the population will embrace instead. The soldier on foot is at greater risk for severe injuries, Tuesday’s report noted, “and the injury severity (in Afghanistan) confirms this.”

    Military doctors told a Pentagon news conference that their study found that while the severity of injuries was going up, the rates of those killed in action was going down. They attributed the improved survival rate to improved care both immediately on the battlefield — such as applying tourniquets — and in their later care.

    “It’s not just about saving lives. It’s about doing everything military medicine can do to help them lead full and productive lives,” said Brig. Gen. Joseph Caravalho Jr., an army doctor and head of the study.


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