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Trump Just Dropped Chemical Weapons in a Major City, 100,000 Civilians Trapped

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President Trump is now doing the unthinkable – in his war on terror, he has resulted to the use of chemical weapons. 333 more words

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Trump Just Dropped Chemical Weapons in a Major City, 100,000 Civilians Trapped

President Trump is now doing the unthinkable – in his war on terror, he has resulted to the use of chemical weapons. Multiple reports are confirming that a US-led Coalition used white phosphorus-loaded ammunitions in heavily populated cities of Iraq and Syria. Thousands of civilians are known to be in the areas where the weapons were used according to The Washington Post. Use of such weapons violates international humanitarian law due to the types of injuries it can cause when other weapons are available to do the job. While white phosphorus isn’t exactly outlawed by the Geneva Convention, it is still illegal to use in densely populated areas. And, here’s why:
“When a white phosphorus shell explodes, the chemical inside reacts with the air, creating a thick white cloud. When it comes in contact with flesh, it can maim and kill by burning to the bone.”
[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LRQ3LfCPJuc] [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IQdx8r1o8BQ] According to Airwars:
“As many as 100,000 civilians trapped inside the Islamic State-held city of Raqqa are being given conflicting evacuation instructions according to Coalition statements and local reports, as US-backed ground forces finally assault the city supported by air and artillery strikes. Kurdish-dominated Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) started their slow encirclement of Raqqa last November. Artillery and airstrikes have rained down since then killing hundreds of civilians in the near region according to monitors, though the final operation to take the city commenced officially only on June 6th. In a press release published that day, the Coalition stressed that “The SDF have encouraged civilians to depart Raqqah so that they do not become trapped, used as human shields or become targets for ISIS snipers.”
Right now it’s unclear how many civilian casualties were incurred but so far the Pentagon has confirmed that the United States has killed at least 500 innocent people since it first started its operations. Many believe that’s a very conservative estimate and that the death toll is far higher. U.K. based Airways claims the death toll has so far reached 3,800 civilians

N. Korea coal export sinks to zero after China import ban: UN data

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© AFP | China’s overall once-vibrant trade with the North, rich with coal and other mining resources, fell in April to a near three-year low after the coal import ban took effect… 318 more words

Egypt Calls for U.N. Inquiry Into Accusation of Qatar Ransom Payment

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JUNE 8, 2017, 12:12 P.M. E.D.T.

UNITED NATIONS — Egypt on Thursday called for the United Nations Security Council to launch an investigation into accusations that Qatar paid a ransom of up to $1 billion to “to a terrorist group active in Iraq” to release kidnapped members of its royal family. 228 more words

Will ISIS attack cool Tehran’s drive for regional power? - Middle East - Jerusalem Post

In an insightful article, the Jerusalem Post lines up Israeli experts to explore the implications of the ISIS attack in Tehran. It considers that while a more inward-looking… 103 more words

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Nikki Haley warns US may pull out of UN Human Rights Council because.......poor little Israel

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Nikki Haley warns US may pull out of UN Human Rights Council over 'anti-Israel bias'

By Mythili Sampathkumar  The Independent  6 June 2017
US ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley warns the Trump administration may pull out from the UN Human Rights Council: Getty
US ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley warns the Trump administration may pull out from the UN Human Rights Council: Getty

US ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said the US is "reviewing its participation" in the Human Rights Council over what said is the group's "chronic anti-Israel bias".

The Geneva-based Council made up of 47 member countries is beginning a three-week session and Ms Haley said the US “sees some areas for significant strengthening” in the group.

The council's critical stance of Israel has long been a contentious issue for the US, Israel's main ally. Ms Haley has said in the past that Israel is the “only country permanently on the body’s calendar”.

The council's members have taken a strong position against Israel's continued occupation of territory seized in the 1967 Six-Day War, its treatment of Palestinians, and its building of Jewish settlements.

Most countries in the UN system and international bodies consider the settlements illegal since they are built in areas Palestinians consider part of an eventual independent state.

Ms Haley used Venezuela's alleged human rights violations as an example of anti-Israel bias. She noted the council pursued five resolutions against Israel in its March session but none against the government of President Nicolas Maduro.

“If Venezuela cannot [address human rights issues], it should voluntarily step down from its seat on the Human Rights Council until it can get its own house in order. Being a member of this council is a privilege, and no country who is a human rights violator should be allowed a seat at the table," she said.

Ms Haley is set to host a side event in Geneva specifically regarding the South American nation, where at least 65 people have died and hundreds have been injured in continued anti-government protests since the end of March.

Venezuela responded to Ms Haley's comment, saying the forum “needs to be free of politicisation and double standards”.

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The US ambassador also called on the council to vote on resolutions against Syria, Eritrea, Belarus, Ukraine and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Some activists urged Washington to focus on abuses at home. “It's hard to take Ambassador Haley seriously on US support for human rights in light of Trump administration actions like the Muslim ban and immigration crackdowns," Jamil Dakwar, director of the human rights program at the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), told Reuters.

The US “must get its own house in order and make human rights at home a priority – then, it can begin to credibly demand the same of other countries abroad”.

Despite remaining allies, former President Obama had an icy relationship with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

In fact, in late December 2016 during the waning moments of the Obama administration, the UN Security Council passed a resolution condemning Israel's settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. Then-UN ambassador Samantha Power chose not to veto the resolution as was normal procedure for the US.

Comparatively, Donald Trump and Mr Netanyahu seem to have a far friendlier relationship according to foreign policy experts. The Israeli leader recently hosted the US President during Mr Trump's first foreign trip.

China 'Fully Committed' to Stopping North Korean Missile Program

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JUNE 2, 2017, 10:30 A.M. E.D.T.

BRUSSELS — China, North Korea’s only significant diplomatic ally, is opposed to Pyongyang’s missile launches and will support any new United Nations sanctions against the country, China’s Premier Li Keqiang said on Friday. 109 more words

Serbia Elects New Prime Minister

BELGRADE – In national leadership elections this last weekend, the people of Serbia have elected their next Prime Minister. 189 more words

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