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"Fighting over hydropower projects ends 17-year ceasefire between Burmese government and Kachin militia.
A bloody outbreak of fighting that has ended a 17-year ceasefire between Burmese government forces and a tribal militia was partly caused by the expansion of Chinese hydropower along the Irrawaddy river, conservationists claim.
Dozens of people in northern Burma have reportedly been killed in the clashes between government troops and the Kachin Independence Army. Thousands more are trying to flee across the border after fierce fighting erupted this month around the construction sites of two Chinese-financed dams in the region.
Amid growing fears that the conflict could escalate, the Burma Rivers Network said China's massive hydropower investments had widened the gulf between the government – which wants to benefit from cross-border electricity sales – and Kachin independence groups, which fear the dams will bring environmental, cultural and social disruption.
"The conflict is closely related to the dams. The government has sent in troops because it wants to gain control of a region that hosts major Chinese investments in hydropower," Sai Sai, of the Burma Rivers Network, told the Guardian.
Details of the fighting remain sketchy. The authorities have yet to acknowledge the conflict. The Irrawaddy magazine – which is published online by overseas critics of the Rangoon government – said stability in northern Burma had deteriorated rapidly with several explosions in the Kachin state capital, Myitkyina, the government closure of Sino-Burmese trading routes and the destruction of at least three bridges.
Burma Rivers Network said power transmission pylons at Dapein dam had been toppled, the fighting had spread to Shweli dam and Kachin forces had vowed to widen the conflict to all areas under their control. The death toll is said to be close to 50.
Dams are by no means the only cause of tension in the region. The uneasy standoff was shaken last year when the Kachin Independence Army rejected a proposal to fall under central government control as a border guard force. Since then the two sides have jostled over territory.
But China's plans to finance, build and generate electricity from at least seven dams in the region may have given the government a greater economic and diplomatic incentive to take control of strategically important areas that have long been in the hands of Kachin forces. According to Burma Rivers Network the investment is worth $3.6bn and will result in annual power sales of $500m.
The state-controlled firm behind the projects – China Power Investment – refused to comment. "We don't accept any interview on our overseas projects. Every company has their own business secrets," said a spokesperson from the Hong Kong-listed corporation."
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Memorial Day is coming up, and we've just passed a grim milestone: 1,500 U.S. troop deaths in Afghanistan. Enough is enough. The war isn't making us safer and it's not worth the cost, and this should be the last Memorial Day when we put military families through this kind of agony. Bring the troops home.Sign our petition to end the Afghanistan War: http://rethinkafghanistan.com... more
Wait a minute - Isn't Obama for peace and hope?
King Hypocrite Obama: There Will be Blood in Libya
By Kurt Nimmo, Infowars, 3/19/11
On Friday, the teleprompter reader in chief and NCAA basketball picker Obama bellied up to the podium in the East Room of the White House and read his script. He said Libyan thug Moammar Gadhafi has to stop attacking civilians or face military retaliation.
“Left unchecked, we have every reason to believe that Gadhafi would commit atrocities against his people. Many thousands could die. A humanitarian crisis would ensue. The entire region could be destabilized, endangering many of our allies and partners,” Obama read from the teleprompter.
“These terms are not subject to negotiation,” said Barry, sounding like a Mafia don in a back room meeting between crime families. “If Gadhafi does not comply with the resolution, the international community will impose consequences, and the resolution will be enforced through military action.”
In other words, there will be blood.
Meanwhile, the wife of the man who bombed civilians in Serbia and Iraq with depleted uranium said nothing short of a “decision by Colonel Gadhafi to leave” will prevent cruise missiles from raining down on Libya. The Voice of America – otherwise known as the voice of the U.S. government and the CIA – said Madame Clinton was skeptical of any attempt by Gadhafi and crew to avoid shock and awe.
Translation: the Europeans and their quisling Arab partners will attack Libya no matter what its thug leader in designer Bedouin clothes does.
Obama’s pretend concern for Libyan civilians is especially disgusting considering his inheritance of the neocon campaign to slaughter Iraqi and Afghan civilians.
Barry Obama oversaw the expansion of this organized serial murder effort aimed at the tribal areas of Pakistan where we are told the intelligence asset al-Qaeda has settled (as the showtime terror group invariably settles in places on the bombing schedule).
In an absurd and completely transparent half-ass effort to mask the truth about the Pentagon’s killing sprees, the United Nations claimed that only 80 Afghan civilians were killed last year in U.S. military operations in Afghanistan.
In fact, 2010 was the deadliest year to date for civilians in the Afghan “war” with 2,777 killed, a figure that represents a 15 percent jump in the death toll over the previous year. Large numbers of children and women were among the dead — 1,175 and 555 respectively, the AFP reported last week.
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These children lost their parents in the U.S. bombardment of the Karam village in south Afghanistan.
In an especially embarrassing incident, nine young boys were killed recently while out collecting firewood in an air strike in eastern Afghanistan. U.S. installed president Hamid Karzai rejected a rare public apology in response to the incident from General David Petraeus. Bush era retread and current Defense Secretary Robert Gates also said he was sorry during a visit to the country.
In an ongoing nightmare for the people of Pakistan that will apparently not end until the U.S. empire collapses – an event also on the itinerary of the globalists – commander in chief and head basketball fan Obama dispatched drones this week that killed 44 people.
An unmanned aircraft fired four missiles at dozens of tribesmen, who were meeting to settle a dispute over hills containing reserves of chromite, in the Datta Khel area of North Waziristan district on Thursday. At least 47 people were wounded, according to Deutsche Presse-Agentur.
Last year it was estimated that for every CIA patsy-jihadist killed by a Lockheed Martin Hellfire missile, 140 innocent Pakistanis were slaughtered. Over 90 per cent of those killed in the deadly missile strikes were civilians, Pakistani officials claim.
Soon after assuming office, Barry Obama put “yes we can” to work killing Pakistani children. Missiles fired from CIA drones killed at least 15 people inside Pakistan on January 23, 2009. The strikes came a mere day after Obama appointed the late Richard Holbrooke – a Bilderberger and globalist mucky-muck with experience as a functionary in Clinton’s killing spree in Serbia over a decade ago – as a special envoy for the region.
It is said Obama is very enthusiastic about killing Pakistan tribesmen and their women and children. Mass murder has become an everyday event in North and South Waziristan along the “troubled” – or maybe that should be cratered and grave strewn – Afghan border.
No doubt he will also be enthusiastic about killing average Libyans. The twin invasions of Iraq by Bush Senior and his son specifically targeted civilians. Bush I and II were the frontmen for an effort to reduce Iraq to a preindustrial condition and that mission was accomplished, as Bush the Lesser announced from the deck of the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln.
Now it is Libya’s turn as the globalists crank up the heat under the fake rubric of humanitarianism.
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On Tuesday, A US F-15E Eagle fighter jet crashed in a field outside Benghazi, apparently due to malfunction. Both pilots were injured, and as villagers approached to greet the Americans, the crewmen started shooting.
In a DOD video update which accompanies this article, Admiral Samuel Locklear, Commander of U.S. Naval Forces Europe & Africa did not mention this embarrassing incident in his briefing, which has caused the first casualties of the coalition mandate to protect civilians from being fired upon by pro-Qaddafi forces.
The Department of Defense, via Secretary Robert Gates, has downplayed claims of civilian casualties since the coalition offensive started. News of Qaddafi's compound being hit last night did not take long to make headlines; the compound had been targeted as it allegedly housed communication and command operations.
Six Libyans received medical attention at a nearby hospital, one of which was a young boy who may have to undergo a leg amputation due to his injuries. It had been the intention of the villagers to welcome the Americans who may have thought they had crash landed in hostile territory.On Tuesday, A US F-15E Eagle fighter jet crashed in a field outside Benghazi,... more
After refusing to stop conducting conducting military drills in the area, North Korea began attacking the small island-village of Yeonpyeong, killing 2 marines and injuring others. South Korea claimed that it retaliated by firing artillery shells back at North Korea and has begun launching military aircraft to protect its borders and possibly take out artillery positions if the firing continues.
North Korea said that any attempts by the South Koreans to cross the border - "even by 0.001 millimeter" - would result in another attack. South Korea has responded that any retaliations by the North would result in "extreme retaliations" by the South.
Both Koreas are still technically at war, since no peace treaty has been signed.
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Watch this video to see how one young Afghan boy lost part of his leg.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QAwaKdhWxFgWatch this video to see how one young Afghan boy lost part of his leg.... more
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The election is over, but not the Afghanistan war.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OiA6K-03jmAThe election is over, but not the Afghanistan war.... more
A Bush administration representative attempts to explain the US Military's civilian body count...or lack thereof...in the Iraq war.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GtswvJ_-6zw&feature=subA Bush administration representative attempts to explain the US Military's... more
The difference between a soldier living or dieing in Afghanistan is just a matter of seconds and how fast the Medevac crew shown in this video can extract them.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xy0uKAdhJIQThe difference between a soldier living or dieing in Afghanistan is just a matter of... more
The mainstream media is shielding Americans from the real truth about the Afghanistan war, but this video and this blogger is not one of them.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4cYa8u25Ax8The mainstream media is shielding Americans from the real truth about the Afghanistan... more
Taliban is claiming responsibility.
http://corksphere.blogspot.com/2010/09/9-us-soldiers-killed-in-helicopter.htmlTaliban is claiming responsibility.... more
Video may be too graphic for some people to watch, but it is a true picture of the war in Afghanistan.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vnVii2OLZC4Video may be too graphic for some people to watch, but it is a true picture of the war... more
Floods, fires, melting ice and feverish heat: From smoke-choked Moscow to water-soaked Pakistan and the High Arctic, the planet seems to be having a midsummer breakdown. It's not just a portent of things to come, scientists say, but a sign of troubling climate change already under way.
The weather-related cataclysms of July and August fit patterns predicted by climate scientists, the Geneva-based World Meteorological Organization says — although those scientists always shy from tying individual disasters directly to global warming.
The experts now see an urgent need for better ways to forecast extreme events like Russia's heat wave and wildfires and the record deluge devastating Pakistan. They'll discuss such tools in meetings this month and next in Europe and America, under United Nations, U.S. and British government sponsorship.
"There is no time to waste," because societies must be equipped to deal with global warming, says British government climatologist Peter Stott.
He said modelers of climate systems are "very keen" to develop supercomputer modeling that would enable more detailed linking of cause and effect as a warming world shifts jet streams and other atmospheric currents. Those changes can wreak weather havoc.
The U.N.'s network of climate scientists — the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) — has long predicted that rising global temperatures would produce more frequent and intense heat waves, and more intense rainfalls. In its latest assessment, in 2007, the Nobel Prize-winning panel went beyond that. It said these trends "have already been observed," in an increase in heat waves since 1950, for example.
Still, climatologists generally refrain from blaming warming for this drought or that flood, since so many other factors also affect the day's weather.
Stott and NASA's Gavin Schmidt at the Goddard Institute of Space Studies in New York, said it's better to think in terms of odds: Warming might double the chances for a heat wave, for example. "That is exactly what's happening," Schmidt said, "a lot more warm extremes and less cold extremes."
The WMO did point out, however, that this summer's events fit the international scientists' projections of "more frequent and more intense extreme weather events due to global warming."
In fact, in key cases they're a perfect fit:
It's been the hottest summer ever recorded in Russia with Moscow temperatures topping 100 degrees Fahrenheit (37.8 degrees C) for the first time. The drought there has sparked hundreds of wildfires in forests and dried peat bogs, blanketing western Russia with a toxic smog. Moscow's death rate has doubled to 700 people a day. The drought reduced the wheat harvest by more than one-third.
The 2007 IPCC report predicted a doubling of disastrous droughts in Russia this century and cited studies foreseeing catastrophic fires during dry years. It also said Russia would suffer large crop losses.
The heaviest monsoon rains on record — 12 inches (300 millimeters) in one 36-hour period — have sent rivers rampaging over huge swaths of countryside. It's left 14 million Pakistanis homeless or otherwise affected, and killed 1,500. The government calls it the worst natural disaster in the nation's history.
A warmer atmosphere can hold — and discharge — more water. The 2007 IPCC report said rains have grown heavier for 40 years over north Pakistan and predicted greater flooding this century in south Asia's monsoon region.
China is witnessing its worst floods in decades, the WMO says, particularly in the northwest province of Gansu. There, floods and landslides last weekend killed at least 1,117 people and left more than 600 missing, feared swept away or buried beneath mud and debris.
The IPCC reported in 2007 that rains had increased in northwest China by up to 33 percent since 1961, and floods nationwide had increased sevenfold since the 1950s. It predicted still more frequent flooding this century.
Researchers last week spotted a 100-square-mile (260-square-kilometer) chunk of ice calved off from the great Petermann Glacier in Greenland's far northwest. It was the most massive ice island to break away in the Arctic in a half-century of observation.
The huge iceberg appeared just five months after an international scientific team published a report saying ice loss from the Greenland ice sheet is expanding up its northwest coast from the south.
Changes in the ice sheet "are happening fast, and we are definitely losing more ice mass than we had anticipated," said one of the scientists, NASA's Isabella Velicogna.
In the Arctic Ocean itself, the summer melt of the vast ice cap has reached unprecedented proportions. Satellite data show the ocean area covered by ice last month was the second-lowest ever recorded for July.
The melting of land ice into the oceans is causing about 60 percent of the accelerating rise in sea levels worldwide, with thermal expansion from warming waters causing the rest. The WMO'S World Climate Research Program says seas are rising by 1.34 inches (34 millimeters) per decade, about twice the 20th century's average.
Worldwide temperature readings, meanwhile, show that this January-June was the hottest first half of a year in 150 years of global climate record keeping. Meteorologists say 17 nations have recorded all-time-high temperatures in 2010, more than in any other year.
Scientists blame the warming on carbon dioxide and other heat-trapping gases pouring into the atmosphere from power plants, cars and trucks, furnaces and other fossil fuel-burning industrial and residential sources.
Experts are growing ever more vocal in urging sharp cutbacks in emissions, to protect the climate that has nurtured modern civilization.
"Reducing emissions is something everyone is capable of," Nanjing-based climatologist Tao Li told an academic journal in China, now the world's No. 1 emitter, ahead of the U.S.
But not everyone is willing to act.
The U.S. remains the only major industrialized nation not to have legislated caps on carbon emissions, after Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid last week withdrew climate legislation in the face of resistance from Republicans and some Democrats.
The U.S. inaction, dating back to the 1990s, is a key reason global talks have bogged down for a pact to succeed the expiring Kyoto Protocol. That is the relatively weak accord on emissions cuts adhered to by all other industrialized states.
Governments around the world, especially in poorer nations that will be hard-hit, are scrambling to find ways and money to adapt to shifts in climate and rising seas.
The meetings of climatologists in the coming weeks in Paris, Britain and Colorado will be one step toward adaptation, seeking ways to identify trends in extreme events and better means of forecasting them.Floods, fires, melting ice and feverish heat: From smoke-choked Moscow to water-soaked... more
Lindsay Lohan, 24, gets her name and face all over the news because she went to jail. Justin Allen, 23, Brett Linley, 29, Matthew Weikert, 29, Justus Bartett, 27, Dave Santos, 21, Chase Stanley, 21, Jesse Reed, 26, MatthewJohnson, 21, Zachary Fisher, 24, Brandon King, 23, Christopher Goeke, 23, and Sheldon Tate, 27 are all Marines....that gave their lives for you this week.Lindsay Lohan, 24, gets her name and face all over the news because she went to jail.... more
Five NATO and scores of Afghanistan civilians were killed in Afghanistan on Tuesday.
http://corksphere.blogspot.com/2010/06/5-nato-troops-killed-in-afghanistan.htmlFive NATO and scores of Afghanistan civilians were killed in Afghanistan on Tuesday.... more
The mainstream media attempts to deceive Americans by telling them the Iraq war is over, but the killing of 2 Americans and 3 Iraqis by a car bomb today prove they are wrong.
http://corksphere.blogspot.com/2010/06/iraq-war-is-not-over-2-americans-3.htmlThe mainstream media attempts to deceive Americans by telling them the Iraq war is... more
The Afghanistan war is now longer than the Vietnam war as we enter to 104th month of the encounter and the death toll is mounting.
http://corksphere.blogspot.com/2010/06/10-nato-soldiers-killed-in-single-day.htmlThe Afghanistan war is now longer than the Vietnam war as we enter to 104th month of... more
The song is "Damage is Done" by Zakk Wylde's Black Leather Society and is the appropriate background for this gruesome video collage from the Afghanistan war.
http://corksphere.blogspot.com/2010/06/gruesome-video-collage-of-afghanistan.htmlThe song is "Damage is Done" by Zakk Wylde's Black Leather Society and... more