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Pakistanis Claims Civilian Deaths in U.S. Drone Strike

Pakistanis Claims Civilian Deaths in U.S. Drone Strike

Conflicting reports have emerged of the toll from Thursday’s drone strike on an Islamic school in Pakistan. Anonymous officials say the dead were five members of the Taliban-linked Haqqani network. But Pakistani opposition leader Imran Khan said the attack killed civilians, including children.

Imran Khan: “Four children have been killed. We will release their names. We will even get the pictures.”

Reporter: “But they were students?”

Imran Khan: “Students, we don’t know as yet. Four children have been killed, and two teachers have been killed in this. And there have been several people wounded badly. We want a clear — a clear pronouncement by the American government that there will not be any more drone attacks in Pakistan.”

Khan has vowed to block NATO supply routes until the U.S. pledges to halt drone attacks. The strike in the district of Hangu was believed to be the first outside of Pakistan’s tribal regions.

Source: http://www.democracynow.org

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Renisha McBride- Another racist killing by a white man

Source: democracynow.org

The autopsy of a 19-year-old African-American woman shot dead on a porch where she had reportedly gone to seek help after a car crash has revealed she died of a gunshot wound to the face. Renisha McBride was killed in a largely white area of suburban Detroit earlier this month. Family members say she was racially profiled by the white homeowner, who has not yet been publicly identified or charged. He told police his gun accidentally fired at McBride, whom he believed was trying to break into his home.

Renisha McBride ended up dead on a porch in the middle of the night in Dearborn Park, Michigan. Reports differ: she was shot in the back of her head. No, she was shot in the face. Her body was dumped somewhere. No, she was found right there, right where she was shot. The gun went off accidentally. No, it was a “justified shooting” – the homeowner feared for his life.

Renisha McBride was 19. She was black. She was unarmed. Her shooter, who has not been identified because he has not been charged, was white. He was armed with a 12-gauge shotgun. She had the misfortune to crash her car in the wee hours in a predominantly white Detroit suburb. Police say the car accident happened around 1:30am. So, armed only with a dead cell phone, Renisha apparently sought help – and ended up knocking on the wrong door some two hours later.

We are not living in a post-racial system. This is a reminder of what most white people think of our black and brown brothers and sisters – they’re all criminals and/or violent. If this was little Becky who got shot on a doorstep in Watts, the person who pulled the trigger would be in jail awaiting trial that night. Assumed guilty until proven innocent….

There is a black president in house, but we still are the criminals in the eyes of this unjust system.

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“These Drones Attack Us and the Whole World is Silent”: New Film Exposes Secret U.S. War

Source: http://www.democracynow.org

A U.S. drone strike killed three people in northwest Pakistan earlier today, marking the first such attack since Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif publicly called for President Obama to end the strikes. Just last week, Amnesty International said the United States may be committing war crimes by killing innocent Pakistani civilians in drone strikes. Today we air extended clips from the new documentary, “Unmanned: America’s Drone Wars,” and speak to filmmaker Robert Greenwald. The film looks at the impact of U.S. drone strikes through more than 70 interviews with attack survivors in Pakistan, a former U.S. drone operator, military officials and more. The film opens with the story of a 16-year-old Tariq Aziz, who was killed by a drone just days after attending an anti-drone conference in Islamabad. We are also joined by human rights attorney Jennifer Gibson of Reprieve, co-author of the report, “Living Under Drones.”

This drone strike killed three people in northwest Pakistan earlier today, marking the first such attack since Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif publicly called for President Obama to end the strikes last week. The identity of the victims has not been confirmed, but Pakistani intelligence officials say they are suspected militants, as is generally the claim with U.S. drone attacks. The Bureau of Investigative Journalism says at least 400 civilians have been killed by CIA drone strikes in Pakistan since 2004. But in a twist Wednesday, the Pakistani government significantly downgraded its official estimate of civilian casualties. Previous reports have detailed the Pakistani government’s extensive cooperation with drone strikes. Today’s attack came as members of a Pakistani family are in the United States calling for an end to drone strikes which they say are killing innocent people.

One year ago, a 67-year-old Pakistani woman was killed by an alleged U.S. drone while picking vegetables in a field with her grandchildren on October 24, 2012. The United States has never acknowledged killing her or any other drone strike victims in Pakistan, always claiming that it is militants locked in the crosshairs. This week, her son and two of her grandchildren traveled to Washington, D.C., to became the first drone victims to testify before members of Congress — even though only five Democrats appeared at the hearing. Live in studio, we speak to Rafiq Rehman and his two children, nine-year-old Nabila and 13-year-old Zubair, both of whom were injured in the strike. “I don’t understand why this happened to me. I have done nothing wrong,” Zubair says. “What I would like to say to the American people is to please tell your government to end these drones because it is disrupting our lives.”

See her story @ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OE2O0q6rynQ

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Justice for Trayvon Martin in the New Jim Crow era

Justice for Trayvon Martin in the New Jim Crow era

In the midst of the George Zimmerman case for the killing of Trayvon Martin, I being a Black Woman can’t help but feel a great amount of fury. If the circumstances were turned and Trayvon had been a white boy, there would be no pause in the prosecution.

Some think we are living in a post-racist society, the truth is racism, sexism and classism still fuels this country. We must never forget, the United States was created on the terrorism by white men against the natives, they stole, killed and raped the natives of their land and people.

Then we were brought here to work as slaves, our women to be raped and used as birthing vessels. To build this country we are so deprived of…

As long as man practices hate, greediness and counter intuitive laws, this country will never be right. The ellusion of a justice system for all is blinding to those miscued.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zEUqCbtRWT8

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George Zimmerman Murder Trial Opens with Profanity, Knock-Knock Joke

George Zimmerman Murder Trial Opens with Profanity, Knock-Knock Joke

The second-degree murder trial of George Zimmerman for killing unarmed African-American teenager Trayvon Martin has opened in Florida. During opening statements Monday, attorneys on each side cast conflicting views of Zimmerman’s motives on the night of the shooting last February. Prosecutor John Guy said Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer, had profiled the 17 year-old as suspicious and chose to assume the role of a police officer and follow him. He quoted Zimmerman’s own expletive-laced words to a dispatcher.

John Guy: “Good Morning. ‘F—ing punks. These a—holes always get away.’ Those were the words in that grown man’s mouth as he followed, in the dark, a 17-year-old boy who he didn’t know. Excuse my language, but those were his words, not mine.”

These were prosecutor John Guy’s concluding remarks at the end of his opening statement Monday.

John Guy: “We are confident that at the end of this trial you will know in your head, in your heart and your stomach that George Zimmerman did not shoot Trayvon Martin because he had to. He shot him for the worst of all reasons: because he wanted to.”

Defense lawyer Don West argued that Zimmerman killed Martin because he feared for his life after the teenager smashed Zimmerman’s head on the sidewalk, which he suggested constituted a deadly weapon. West told a knock-knock joke toward the beginning of his remarks, a move for which he later apologized.

Don West: “Knock, knock, who’s there? George Zimmerman. George Zimmerman who? All right good, you’re on the jury. Nothing? (audience laughs) That’s funny.”