If Anyone's Still on the Fence About Wikileaks, Read On
As revealed by a State Department diplomatic cable released by WikiLeaks last week, US forces committed a heinous war crime during a house raid in Iraq in 2006, wherein one man, four women, two children, and three infants were summarily executed.
The cable excerpts a letter written by Philip Alston, Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial, Summary, or Arbitrary Executions, addressed to then Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice. American troops approached the home of Faiz Harrat Al-Majma’ee, a farmer living in central Iraq, to conduct a house raid in search of insurgents in March of 2006.
“It would appear that when the MNF [Multinational Forces] approached the house,” Alston wrote, “shots were fired from it and a confrontation ensued” before the “troops entered the house, handcuffed all residents and executed all of them.” Mr. Faiz Hratt Khalaf, (aged 28), his wife Sumay’ya Abdul Razzaq Khuther (aged 24), their three children Hawra’a (aged 5) Aisha ( aged 3) and Husam (5 months old), Faiz’s mother Ms. Turkiya Majeed Ali (aged 74), Faiz’s sister (name unknown), Faiz’s nieces Asma’a Yousif Ma’arouf (aged 5 years old), and Usama Yousif Ma’arouf (aged 3 years), and a visiting relative Ms. Iqtisad Hameed Mehdi (aged 23) were killed during the raid.
Alston’s letter reveals that a US airstrike was launched on the house presumably to destroy the evidence, but that “autopsies carried out at the Tikrit Hospital’s morgue revealed that all corpses were shot in the head and handcuffed.”
The details revealed in the cable are a valuable insight into how many of these house raids turn out. The raids, often carried out in the middle of the night, have become one of the primary strategies of the US war in Afghanistan, with tens of thousands orchestrated just in the last year.
In one notable and comparableincident in February of 2010, US Special Operations Forces surrounded a house in a village in the Paktia Province in Afghanistan. Two civilian men exited the home to ask why they had been surrounded and were shot and killed. US forces then shot and killed three female relatives (a pregnant mother of ten, a pregnant mother of six, and a teenager).
Instead of calling in an airstrike to hide the evidence, US troops, realizing their mistake, lied and tampered with the evidence at the scene. The initial claim, which was corroborated by the Pentagon, was that the two men were insurgents who had “engaged” the troops, and the three murdered women were simply found by US soldiers, in what they described as an apparent honor killing. Investigations into the incident eventually forced the Pentagon to retract its initial story and issue an apology.
Through a combination of circumstances (finding a writing partner; needing some pixel art in my portfolio; being saddled with in-jokes), I have found myself in partial possession of what can vaguely be called a “webcomic”: Vampire: the Marxuerade is a pixel art choose-your-own-adventure Let’s Play for communist nostalgia goths.
I don’t know how to sell this thing to anyone who doesn’t post on the former Something Awful subforum, Laissez’s Faire. But if you’ve ever played a World of Darkness game, including the cult smash PC game, Vampire: the Masquerade: Bloodlines, OR if you like Let’s Plays on forums or YouTube, you may enjoy what we’re doing here.
Jane and Helen read every book the library had on serial killers. They read sections out loud to one another, and they underlined passages. They even had a pact. If they turned thirty and they weren’t happy with their lives, they would go on a cross country killing spree. They would go out in…
I would appreciate some advice. At the risk of sounding totally insane, I am convinced that my neighbors are spying on me (I live in an apartment). Now, I've lived in apartments for many years and this spying is a fairly recent thing - last 2 yrs. None of this has come as a surprise to me given the Stalinist-Fascist times we live in, especially here in death-of-America. Anyway, you seem a very practical down to earth sort, how would you be inclined to handle a situation like this? Much obliged.
“Perhaps he felt, now that the grandchildren were grown, that the draft on his conscience had been discharged what with Henry away at the State University at Oxford and Judith gone even further than that - into that transition stage between childhood and womanhood where she was even more inaccessible to the grandfather of whom she had seen but little during her life and probably cared less anyway - that state where, though still visible, young girls appear as though seen through glass and where even the voice cannot reach them; where they exist (this the hoyden who could and did outrun and outclimb, and ride and fight both with and beside her brother) in a pearly lambence without shadows and themselves partaking of it; in nebulous suspension held, strange and unpredictable, even their very shapes fluid and delicate and without substance; not in themselves floating and seeking but merely waiting, parasitic and potent and serene, drawing to themselves without effort the post-genitive upon and about which to shape, flow into back, breast; bosom, flank, thigh.”—ABSALOM, ABSALOM! | William Faulkner
I was allowed to DJ at disCU̴LTU̴RE this weekend, and played a little of everything. Oldschool goth and industrial stacked on crunk acapellas, chiptunes and unreleased demos from my favorite ambient/dubstep artist. Only a few people were waiting to beat me up outside afterwards, so I’d call it a successful evening.
Valve - “GlaDOS Welcome Speech”
Hecq - “Bete Noir (Draft 06)”
Rob Zombie - “Living Dead Girl” [dragged]
Fuck Buttons - “The Lisbon Maru”
Zoë Keating - “Legions (War)”
The Hood Internet - “Bumpangel (Spank Rock feat Amanda Blank vs Burial)”
Xingu Hill - “One Of Us”
Ben Lukas Boysen - “Every Passing Minute (Demo 3)”
Robyn feat. Royksopp - “None of Dem (Tobias Lilja remix)”
Is there anyone in the world you will never speak to again? What did they do?
One time, a dude I knew tried to break into my apartment because he was mad about his commissioned portrait not being done yet. I had explained that he had only paid for half of it, and furthermore, it had only been a week or so. Oil paintings take time. He disagreed, drove to my house, and tried to let himself inside.
I stood inside the door, off to the side a bit, with a raised crowbar aimed just at where his head would appear.
He didn’t get in, but no, we don’t associate anymore.
Okay, here's a few. What's your ideal remedy for a broken heart? Also, is having crushes whilst in a relationship a horrible crime in your eyes, or am I just being silly? And last but not least, what can I do to catch up with you?? :C <3
It’s an old wives’ tale that it takes the same amount of time you were in a relationship, to get over it. In my experience it is roughly true. The best remedy for a broken heart is a new crush, but one must always watch out for rebounding too hard onto someone undeserving.
Finally, being attracted to other people while you are in a relationship with someone else is not a crime. It is, in fact, unavoidable, and healthy, and nothing that either partner should worry about. Even monogamous couples. You can be exclusive with your partner and still have crushes. If it’s more than a crush, and you find yourself with strong feelings for two people at the same time, then it’s time to take a look at your relationship and see if some reorganizing is in order.
Everyone is different—some people are great with open relationships or multiple partners, and some people are just never going to be comfortable dating outside of a monogamous relationship. These are things you need to talk about with your partner. If they condemn you just for having a crush, they probably have very low self-esteem, and might not be someone who is healthy to date at this point in their personal development. Communication is always the first step, but if that doesn’t work, don’t feel guilty for ending things.
Also: you sent me an email a while ago that I just haven’t answered because it was important so I just saved it and saved it…you know how it goes. I’ll get back to you soon!