Children forced into slavery!

 

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There are at least 8.4 million child slaves in the world today. Nearly two million of these are forced to work as prostitutes, while almost half a million are child soldiers.

But the largest proportion of child slaves – more than five million – are held as forced labour. In some countries, these child slaves are simply juvenile victims of a thriving adult slave culture, but in other countries children are bought and sold specifically as child labourers.

In this episode of Slavery: A 21st Century Evil, Rageh Omaar investigates the plight of child slaves in Haiti. They are known as ‘restaveks’ from the French words ‘rester avec’, meaning ‘to stay with’. This is the practice of poor families giving their children as domestic help to wealthier acquaintances or relatives. As well as taking place within Haiti, this form of slavery can also involve children being sold or trafficked to the US. Our investigation exposes the slave traders who lure these children from isolated villages and then sell them to wealthy families.

“It’s like living in a family, but you’re not a part of the family. It’s like living in a home that’s not your home, because eventually you know they’re going to tell you to get out. It’s living in fear – fear of the adult and fear of the unknown.”

Where is the Money? Out of Iraq millions of dollars missing!

 

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As the date for the US troop withdrawal from Iraq nears, questions have been raised over those who do not leave the war zone empty-handed, as billions of dollars have reportedly been wasted or stolen during the military intervention.

­Some arrests have been made of individual soldiers making cash on the side, but the big players behind the losses remain at large.

The number of people indicted and convicted by the US for bribery, fraud and theft in Iraq and Afghanistan has never been so high.

Among those is a marine in Iraq who sent home $43,000 in stolen cash by hiding it in a footlocker among American flags.  Another soldier shipped home thousands of dollars concealed in a toy stuffed animal.

Michael O’Brien, the author of America’s Failure in Iraq says “They go after people who stole $43,000. That’s great; they should go after that, but what about on a larger scale?”

In 2006, Michael O’Brien was tasked with helping build the Iraqi military. He says those who have pocketed millions enjoy complete impunity.

“They rebuilt an Iraqi army base and I’m telling you the condition of that base – this is just one example – was so deplorable, it was so pathetic, and when I asked the American construction project manager how much money was into this, I really thought he was going to say 3 or 5 million – it was $160 million,” Michael O’Brien recalls.

The Commission on Wartime Contracting estimated that between $31 billion and $60 billion has been lost to waste and fraud in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The figures seem even more staggering, considering the overall amount the US has committed to rebuilding Iraq: roughly $62 billion.

Peter Van Buren was a head of an Iraq Reconstruction team, working for the US State Department.

US State Department Foreign Service Officer told RT that “The squandering of resources occurred on very small levels: a couple of thousand dollars here and there and zoomed all the way up into hundreds of millions of dollars that were spent on hospitals that never opened or prisons that never took any prisoners in.”

The Commission on Wartime Contracting is out of business now, after Congress cut its funding.

The details of their probe is sealed until 2031.

“They don’t want people in high places to come under scrutiny,” Michael O’Brien believes. “The US Congress wants to put the fraud behind the debacle of our Iraqi invasion.”

The scope of the fraud and waste is enormous. The US justice system goes after individuals who have stolen a few thousand dollars here and there, but not after the big players, the big contractors, that have really made a killing on the war.

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US in Iraq: eight years of fraud and money laundering? (rt.com)

 

US Army has tested a hypersonic missile- Dead before you hear it!

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The US Army has tested a hypersonic missile, which travels six times faster than the speed of sound. It is part of a larger plan to have the capability to strike any place on the planet within an hour.

The missile, called the Advanced Hypersonic Weapon (AHW), was launched from Hawaii on Thursday, the Pentagon reported. A rocket delivered it to suborbital altitude, after which the glider went for its target on the Marshall Islands, some 3,700 kilometers away.

It hit less than 30 minutes later, which means its speed was at least 7,400 kilometer per hour, or about Mach 6. An aircraft must be able to fly faster than Mach 5, to qualify as hypersonic.

A Mach number is used to describe the speed of an object or a fluid in comparison to the speed of sound in that medium. Mach 1 means the object travels at the same speed as sound. However the speed of sound may vary depending on such conditions as temperature and composition, so the speed expressed in Mach number is also variable. The now-retired Concorde supersonic passenger planes used to fly at a cruising speed of about Mach 2.

The test was aimed at gathering data on “aerodynamics, navigation, guidance and control, and thermal protection technologies,” the Pentagon said.

The AHW is one of several projects of the Prompt Global Strike program. It is aimed at developing several weapons which can be launched from American territory and reach their destinations within an hour.

On August 11 the US Air Force tested another hypersonic glider called the HTV-2. It is faster than the AHW, with speeds reaching 27,000 kilometer per hour. But unlike the Army’s vehicle, it does not work well – the test was aborted due to a technical failure.

The Soviet Union developed ramjet engines capable of hypersonic locomotion and even tested one design, which successfully reached Mach 5.7. The work was stalled by the collapse of the USSR, and no weapon using this technology was ever produced.

“This awesome weapon reeks of strategic deterrence,” Col. Bob Dulong of the 509th MXG commander says in the article. “America’s enemies will know the destructive power of this weapon in our arsenal and they should modify their behavior, lest they learn of this weapon from firsthand experience.”

Inter-American Commission on Human Rights- Action required to protect journalist in Mexico!

 

Journalist need protection!

Journalist need protection!

The Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) expressed his “deep concern” about the disappearance in Mexico of two employees of the newspaper “El Financiero”, and recent attacks on two newspapers in Coahuila and Veracruz.

The Rapporteur reported in a statement that the inspector of the newspaper “El Financiero”, Osvaldo García Iñiguez, and the driver, Jose de Jesus Ortiz Parra, disappeared on 14 November when they moved from Zacatecas to Jalisco (center-east) in a vehicle identified with company logos.

According to the last communication they had with the newspaper’s management, Garcia and Ortiz had reported that they were followed by two police vehicles.

After finding that they had reached their destination, “El Financiero” reported the disappearance of his two employees for what various police forces deployed Zacatecas intense operations and, according to the Commission, may stop some people who had information about it.

The Office also reported the attack against “El Siglo de Torreon” in Coahuila on 15 November, in which at least three people torched a car in front of the building daily and fired over 20 rounds, no injuries were reported.

Finally, reported another attack in which at least 10 masked men entered the early morning of November 6th in the newspaper “El Buen Tono” of Veracruz and set fire to the building, which escaped the 20 employees who were inside.

While acknowledging the efforts made by the authorities, the Special Rapporteur urges the Mexican government “to continue the activities aimed at the development of both people alive, to investigate exhaustively the latest statements made by them and not discard any hypothesis.”

Similarly, it was “urgent need to identify and prosecute those responsible for attacks against” The Century Tower “and” El Buen Tono “to prevent impunity and repetition of the facts.”

He also recalled the content of “Special Report on Freedom of Expression in Mexico 2010,” in which the body of the Commission reiterates the need to promote measures that effectively protect journalists and efficient mechanisms to address problems identified in research and administration of justice for these crimes.

In this regard, he urged the strengthening of the Special Prosecutor for Attention to Crimes Against Freedom of Expression and transfer to the federal courts of investigations of crimes against journalists in cases that require it. JGM