Trump’s ‘mad dog’ war secretary keeps transgender people out


This 3 June 2017 video from the USA is called ‘Mad Dog’ Mattis Rolls Back Obama Era Decision To Let Transgender Individuals Serve in Military.

Translated from Dutch daily De Volkskrant today:

US Defense Secretary postpones admitting transgender recruits

A decision to allow transgender recruits to join the armed forces has been delayed by the US government for six months. …

In 2016, the then [Obama administration] Secretary of Defense Ash Carter announced that the ban on transgender persons in the army would be lifted. … Carter’s deadline for lifting the ban was 1 July [2017].

Last week, the defense department received a request from the commanders of the army, air force and navy to postpone the final decision on the admission of transgender people. … [Donald Trump‘s Secretary of War ‘Mad Dog’] Mattis has listened to this call with his delay of six months. Many Republicans in the US Congress are opposed to allowing transgender recruits. …

The American Military Partner Organization, a group dedicated to LGBTQ rights in the US army, is disappointed by Mattis‘s decision. It’s an unnecessary delay that causes transgender people to wait longer before they can be honest about their identity when they join. Human Rights Watch agrees.

Trump’s policy is clear: Civilian casualties don’t matter in the War on Terror. Multiple air strikes on cities and the use of white phosphorus – a probable war crime – guarantee a growing death toll. The Nation, June 21, 2017, by Phyllis Bennis.

Pentagon admits killing Iraqi civilians


This video says about itself:

23 March 2017

Over 130 people trying to take shelter from the fighting in Mosul have been buried under the rubble of a building hit by a coalition airstrike, witnesses say in a video released by Associated Press.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Iraq: US admits to deadly civilian air strike

Monday 27th March 2017

THE US-led bombing coalition admitted on Saturday that it had carried out an air strike on the Iraqi city of Mosul that witnesses said killed hundreds. …

It said it had opened an investigation to determine whether reports of more than 200 casualties caused by the raid earlier this month were true. …

Rescue workers said the raid hit two houses where more than 200 people were sheltering from fierce fighting and artillery fire …

Monitoring website Airwars.org said more than 1,000 Iraqi civilians had been killed by the US-led coalition this month.

US mass murder in western Mosul is aiding, abetting and strengthening ISIS – and not defeating it: here.

The US-led “coalition” has admitted that its forces carried out the March 17 air strike in Mosul—ostensibly against Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) fighters—that slaughtered as many as 200 civilians, including numerous children. The admission was only made in the face of evidence provided by survivors to Iraqi journalists, whose accounts were reported by sections of the Western press: here.

Cambodian elephants saved from Pentagon bomb crater


The Cambodian elephants in the bomb crater, AFP photo

Translated from Dutch NOS TV:

Herd of elephants rescued from Cambodian bomb crater

Today, 16:18

A rescue team has saved a herd of elephants after four days in an old bomb crater. The endangered animals would have been killed by hunger if villagers would not have discovered them.

The eleven animals, including a youngster, got stuck when they tried to drink from the 3 meter deep crater. The pit was made many years ago [during the Vietnam war] by a United States bombing in the country.

The elephants were freed by digging a path from the pit. Meanwhile, water was also sprayed into the hole to dilute the mud. After their rescue, the animals walked back into the woods.

The rescue of 11 Asian Elephants (Elephas maximus) from a mud hole inside the Keo Seima Wildlife Sanctuary, Mondulkiri Province, Cambodia, on 24th March 2017 avoided a tragedy for wildlife conservation in Cambodia: here.

Trump’s air force kills Syrian civilians


This video says about itself:

27 October 2016

Around 300 civilians were killed in eleven airstrikes conducted by the US-led coalition in Syria, which Amnesty International investigated for its latest report. Amnesty says the US must come clean about the civilian toll of its fight in Syria.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV:

More than thirty civilian deaths in air strike on Syria

Today, 10:02

In an airstrike on Monday at least 33 refugees were killed in northern Syria, who were housed in a school building. This reports the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights …

The Syrian state news agency Sana also reports the massacre was in Mansur, an area in ISIS hands. According to the Observatory, the coalition led by the US against ISIS is responsible for the attack.

Usually, the Observatory is pro-NATO countries’ military intervention in Syria, against the Damascus government.

In the school are said to be housed forty families fleeing the war. Among the victims are women and children. …

And in Afrin [in Syria] ten Kurdish civilians were wounded after Turkish troops had fired at several villages in the region. Turkey considers the Syrian Kurdish fighters to be terrorists, although they – like Turkey – fight extremist organizations like ISIS.

Turkish Erdogan regime opposition to ISIS and similar jihadists is very recent, as the regime used to be allies with them. Unfortunately, not only the Erdogan regime considers Syrian (and Turkish) Kurds to be ‘terrorists’. Turkey being a NATO member state, NATO supports Turkish armed forces violence in Syria, and other NATO governments consider Kurds to be ‘terrorists’ as well.

German air force provides target coordinates for massacre of civilians in Syria: here.

The Trump administration has seized on allegations Tuesday that the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad carried out a gas attack on the town of Khan Sheikhoun in the rebel-controlled province of Idlib to push for a further escalation of military conflict in the Middle East: here.