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6 Aug
On this day in 1945, the US committed one the worst atrocious in human history when it dropped a nuclear weapon on the center of the Japanese city of Hiroshima, killing over 140,000 people. Image
The bomb detonated directly over Shima Surgical Clinic and destroyed 1 square mile and set fires for 4.7 square miles, annihilating 70,000 people immediately leaving another 70,000 wounded. The bombing killed 90% of all medical personnel in the city and destroyed 70% of the city.
Survivors described the wounded as living pieces of charcoal, wandering mindlessly as their skin fell off, until they collapsed and died. Many of the survivors would fall victim of radiation poisoning, some dying violently while vomiting out their insides.
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30 Jan
On this day in 2017, US SEALs murdered 8-year-old American citizen “Nora” Nawar Al-Awlaki along with 24 other civilians in a raid on a village in Yemen. In the raid, US Apache gunships destroyed entire homes and fired on villagers as they fled in terror from their homes.
“Nora” Nawar Al-Awlaki was the younger sister of American 16 year-old Abdulrahman al-Awlaki, who was murdered in an Obama-ordered drone strike in Yemen in 2011.
The US SEAL raid on the Yemeni village of al Ghayil was approved by Donald Trump after just 9 days in office. In the raid, US Apaches fired at anything that moved and they destroyed 12 buildings while villagers were still sleeping in them.
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24 Jan
On this day in 2009, Obama approved his 1st drone strike, hitting a civilian home, killing 9 civilians in Pakistan and severely injuring 14 year-old Faheem Qureshi. Hours later, a 2nd drone strike hit a separate home in Pakistan, killing 8 more civilians, including 3 children.
Obama's first drone strike hit around 5pm on Jan 23, 2009. It was allegedly targeting Taliban militants; however, the missiles hit the family home of 14 year-old Faheem Qureshi, who was with his uncles and neighbors who were chatting, cracking jokes and sipping tea.
When the strike hit, Qureshi remembers feeling like his body was on fire. He ran outside, wanting to throw water on his face, but the strike had blinded him.
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22 Jan
On this day in 1991, the US bombed an infant formula production plant in Iraq as part of Operation Desert Storm. The US lied, calling it a biological weapons facility, but in actuality, “it was the only source of infant formula food for children one year and younger in Iraq.”
The incident was clearly a war crime; however, George H. W. Bush, Colin Powell, & US military leaders all pushed the lie that the facility was actually a biological weapons plant. As usual, the mainstream media helped sell the government's lies.
Peter Arnett, a Pulitzer Price winning CNN reporter, visited the facility in Iraq and determined it was just a plant producing infant formula. The White House accused him of spreading Iraqi propaganda.
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18 Jan
This week in 1991, the US launched its war against Iraq (Persian Gulf War). The war began w/ a devastating air campaign, which directly targeted civilian infrastructure. The war killed over 100,000 ppl & included the use of napalm, cluster bombs, depleted uranium.
George H. W. Bush began the war by ordering 42 days of consecutive bombing of Iraq. US and coalition aircraft flew over 100,000 missions, dropping 85,000 lbs of bombs on Iraq, making it one of the most intensive aerial bombardments in military history.
During the air campaign, the US & its allies intentionally bombed & destroyed centers for civilian life like: commercial and business districts, schools, hospitals, mosques, churches, shelters, residential areas, historical sites, private vehicles and civilian government offices.
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16 Jan
This week in 1961, Patrice Lumumba, the first democratically elected leader of the Congo, was assassinated by US and Belgium-backed mercenaries. His execution by firing squad followed a US/Belgium-backed coup, which had removed him from power after just a few months in office.
The coup destroyed Lumumba’s efforts to wrestle the country away from Western colonial powers & create a proud, free nation governed by the principles of pan-Africanism, social & economic justice, fundamental rights and a neutral relations with the West & the USSR.
Following Congo’s independence from Belgium’s long and harsh colonial rule, Congo fell into chaos due to the UN, Belgium, and the US plotting against Lumumba. Belgium refused to fully hand power over and the US considered him an "African Fidel" and ordered him removed.
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30 Dec 19
On this day in 1890, the US army massacred over 300 starving Lakota men, women, & children at Wounded Knee Creek as part of US policy to hunt every Lakota person down and kill them or force them onto concentration camps.
On Dec. 27, 1890, the US army forced Spotted Elk and his followers to camp near Wounded Knee Creek. The next morning the army demanded the Lakota give up all their weapons, which the Lakota did despite saying they were peaceful & would turn them over once they got to Pine Ridge.
After the Lakota had been nearly totally disarmed, the US army indiscriminately opened fire. The US army even used a Hotchkiss Mountain gun to mow down teepees full of women and children & continued to fire on them as they fled for their lives.
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27 Dec 19
This week in 2009, US Special Forces conducted a night raid in Kunar province, Afghanistan, storming a home, dragging school children from their beds, & executing them with shots to the head. Other children were shot as they slept. In total, 8 children and 2 adults were killed.
A 12 year-old Shepard boy, Abdul Khaliq was gunned down when he ran out of his house during the raid.A local elder, Jan Mohammed, said that three boys were killed in one room and five were handcuffed before they were shot. "I saw their school books covered in blood," he said.
The night raid was part of the Omega Program, were members of Navy SEALs and CIA forces created kill teams and regularly committed atrocities against civilians in Afghanistan. nytimes.com/2015/06/07/wor…
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26 Dec 19
On this day in 1862, Abraham Lincoln ordered the largest ever mass execution in the country’s history, hanging 38 innocent Dakota men, after sham military trials. The ‘crime’ they were convicted of was resisting their own ethnic cleansing.
After a series of treaties forced on the Dakota onto land far too small to support their traditional hunting economy & US compensation never arrived, Dakota were facing starvation in Minnesota’s long, freezing winter, so the Dakota were forced to fight a war of resistance.
The battle of resistance lasted just 2 weeks before the Dakota agreed to surrender. Col. Henry H. Sibley promised them that only those who engaged in attacks on settlers would be punished. Yet, Sibley imprisoned 2,000 Dakota, men, women, and children, nearly all were innocent.
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22 Dec 19
This week in 1989, George H.W. Bush sent 27,000 troops to invade the small Central American country of Panama to overthrow former CIA asset Manuel Noriega, killing 5,000 Panamanians, making 20,000 people homeless.
During the invasion, US troops systematically torched homes, ran over civilians with tanks, conducted systematic executions of civilians and soldiers & paid locals to bury the dead in mass graves. Bodies were also piled up in the streets and burned.
Spanish photographer Juantxu Rodríguez of El País was shot and killed by an American soldier after he took photographs of a row of bodies of those killed by US troops.
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17 Dec 19
On this day in 1998, Bill Clinton, on the eve of his impeachment, began 4 days of bombing on Iraq, based on 'threats' of Iraq’s nonexistent WMDs, killing 1,400 Iraqis, including 100 civilians & setting stage for US invasion in 2003 by weakening Iraq’s defenses.
Despite the attack supposedly being about WMDs, it’s clear from the targets the actual goal was to weaken the Iraqi state. The attack, involving 1000 cruise missiles & bombs, targeted police stations, gov buildings, grain storage warehouses, military facilities & an oil refinery.
One of the air strikes blew out all the windows in the largest maternity hospital in Baghdad, forcing doctors and nurses to evacuate all of the patients in the middle of the attack. Some women spontaneously went into labor, and a few involuntarily aborted their pregnancies.
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12 Dec 19
On this day in 1981, the US-trained Atlacatl Battalion systematically massacred the entire village of El Mozote, El Salvador, killing nearly 1,000 ppl (533 children & 200 women). Soldiers tortured, raped, beheaded & burned down a building packed full of trapped children.
The Atlacatl was a “Rapid Deployment Infantry Battalion” created for “counter-insurgency” warfare by the US. The battalion carried out the massacre with US weapons, and there are also credible claims US advisors even oversaw the massacre.
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The Mozote massacre was the most brutal signal incident of the 12 year war in El Salvador, in which the US backed brutal death squads & a military junta waging a ruthless war on the FMLN leftist movement & villagers, workers, and students who were suspected of supported it.
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11 Dec 19
On this day in 2002, US military personnel tortured to death an innocent 22 year-old taxi driver named Dilawar at Bagram military prison in Afghanistan. The US attempted to cover up the murder and torture at the faculty, but failed after his death certificate was leaked.
Dilawar was a small, frail man, who never attended school and rarely left his village. His family and friends described him as totally unprepared to handle tough interrogation and incarceration. ''He had never spent a night away from his father and mother,'' his brother said.
On the eve of a Muslim holiday, Mr. Dilawar set out from his tiny village of Yakubi with a used Toyota that his family bought for him. He picked up a fare and planned to pick up his 3 sisters for the upcoming holiday, but was stopped by a local commander guarding the US base.
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30 Nov 19
On this day in 1864, the US army massacred a peaceful village of Cheyenne & Arapaho Native Americans w/ canons, killing 150 ppl (mostly women, children & elderly men). They fired on villagers fleeing for their lives, then looted & set fire to the village. #SandCreekMassacre
Colorado’s territorial governor John Evans had Col. John Chivington create a cavalry to hunt down Native Americans in Colorado. John Evans believed that Native Americans were “heathen savages” without souls. Today, Colorado’s 12th highest mountain peak is named after Evans.
Abraham Lincoln appointed John Evans (who was his friend) to the governorship of Colorado, and Lincoln approved Evan’s order for Coloradans to "shoot on sight" any member of any tribe due to fear of attacks when most of the state's troops were away fighting in the civil war.
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29 Nov 19
This week in 1868, the US army’s General Custer, committed the Washita massacre, slaughtering 100 Cheyenne Native Americans, most of whom were women and children. The Cheyenne village was peaceful, having moved to a “reservation” for a guarantee of safety by the US government.
Custer attacked the village at dawn, with his soldiers indiscriminately firing at women and children, many of them as they were fleeing. According to a witness, a cavalry unit was seen pursuing "a group of women and children," shooting at them and “killing them without mercy.”
Custer planned the winter attacks on native encampments because if their food, shelter and livestock were destroyed, they’d be at the complete mercy of the US and would have to surrender.
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20 Oct 19
This week in 1979, US-backed South Korean dictator Park Chung-hee declared martial law in Busan & Masan, deploying elite airborne troops to crush huge pro-democracy protests. The troops opened fire, arrested, beat & tortured over 1,000 students & workers; killing 100 ppl.
The protesters were calling for democracy, basic rights, and an end to the U.S.-backed military dictatorship of the Park regime. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the uprising known as the Busan-Masan Democratic Protests.
The protests started w/ Busan University students but soon grew to tens of thousands protesting across the Southern region of South Korea. The Park regime's harsh crackdown included mass torture, live fire, and beatings that left protesters heads smashed in.
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15 Oct 19
Today, the U.S. gov officially recognized the day as “Columbus Day”, in honor of a sadistic war criminal, who brought slavery, rape & genocide to the native populations of the Caribbean. Christopher Columbus was not an explorer. He was the leader of a military invasion.
The fact the the U.S.A. still celebrates “Columbus Day” shows the country’s foundations as a genocidal, settler-colonialist, slave state remain firmly entrenched in 2019.
Christopher Columbus was in search of gold, silver, spices, and land to control. On the first island he set foot on, the native Taíno Amer-indians greeted him with gifts, but his men kidnapped a number of the islands inhabitants.
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14 Oct 19
On this day in 2011, an Obama-ordered drone strike killed 16 year-old Abdulrahman al-Awlaki, an American citizen, his teenage cousin, & 5 other civilians as they were eating at an outdoor cafe in Southern Yemen.
Abdulrahman’s grandfather described him as “a typical teenager — he watched 'The Simpsons,' listened to Snoop Dogg, read 'Harry Potter' and had a Facebook page with many friends. He had a mop of curly hair, glasses like me and a wide, goofy smile.”
His grandfather described visiting the site of the drone strike, "Local residents told me his body was blown to pieces. They showed me the grave where they buried his remains. I stood over it asking why my grandchild was dead.”
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9 Oct 19
On this day in 1967, the socialist revolutionary Ché Guevara was captured by U.S.-trained Bolivian soldiers in a C.I.A. operation. The following day the soldiers executed him, cut his hands off, looted his personal items as trophies and dumped his body in an unmarked grave.
The US government has maintained (for decades) a lie that the order to kill Che came from Bolivian leadership, but US gov documents released through FOIA show that the kill order came directly from the White House.
The U.S. government was obsessed with assassinating Che. The U.S. believed that all revolutionary movements in Latin America would die with Che and the U.S. was fixated on preventing the Cuban revolution from inspiring other movements.
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8 Oct 19
On this day in 2001, the U.S. invaded Afghanistan, launching a war that has killed over 200,000 people (incl. tens of thousands of civilians), destroyed much of the country, created millions of refugees & put in motion a cycle of violence, poverty & chaos.
The U.S. gov and its allies have waged war against the people of Afghanistan for nearly 2 decades, leaving truly unspeakable levels of destruction.
In 2019 so far, almost 32,000 Afghans have died as a result of the war, making the conflict the most deadly on earth. And the war is now more deadly for civilians than any previous point in the war. unama.unmissions.org/civilian-death…
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1 Oct 19
On this day in 1965, the U.S. backed Gen. Suharto as he began a campaign of genocide against Indonesian communists, peasants & ethnic minorities, massacring over 1 million people.
After crushing the small, weak military uprising, Gen. Suharto launched a full propaganda campaign wrongfully claiming the communists had attempted to take power, which he himself used to launch a coup against current President Sukarno.
The US and British gov records show they wanted "to liquidate Sukarno". Pres. Sukarno offered some protection and support for Indonesia's Communists, adopted some anti-imperialist policies, and had warm relations with the USSR and China.
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