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US military drones operating from Tunisia

It all started in Tunisia when Mohamed Bouazizi, a fruit vendor set himself on fire and gave birth to the Arab Spring in 2011. His uncle Ridha Bouazizi, who is also a fruit vendor said, “These government inspectors used to confiscate our goods and demand bribes. It was because of their tyranny that Mohammed set himself on fire.”

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Self-rule in the tiny African nation has been messy, but ultimately a new country emerged from the turbulent Arab Spring with a somewhat successful transition and returned to the business of living life.

Enter the US.

Tunisia’s President Beji Caid Essebsi has confirmed the US military is now operating out of an unnamed military base. His critics say the US presence is a breach of its sovereignty.

A large segment of Tunisia’s, young people, elite, and leftist supporters remain adamant that the US stays out of its fledgling democracy. Yet, many government officials are relying on America’s military spending to economically sustain the former French protectorate. Since Essebsi became president, he has traveled to the US and gained favorable-NATO status from the Obama administration.

Meanwhile, not one to let a good wartime crisis go to waste, the Pentagon quickly moved to establish a military base in the African country, according to senior US officials. Pentagon officials confirmed they were using Air Force Reaper surveillance drones to fly cross-border missions into Libya, specifically Sirte.

The Washington Post confirmed the Reaper “drones began flying out of the Tunisian base in late June and played a key role in an extended US air offensive against an Islamic State [ISIS] stronghold in Libya.”

The Tunisian government claims the drones are only flying over the Tunisian-Libyan border in an effort to warn its military of any impending attacks from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria known to be operating from nearby Libyan strongholds. But Tunisia’s parliament has requested Essebsi clarify exactly what American troops are doing in their country.

Essebsi told local TV channel Elhiwar Ettounsi, that the US was only conducting surveillance “and it was at our request. Our agreement with the US was to share intelligence information.”

The worry in Tunisia is the nation could be ripe for another Islamic uprising if the United States is uses Tunisia to conduct drone strikes on Libyan soil. Despite fighting against a repressive government, the fragile nation is relying on a mutual political agreement with Islamic groups to keep relative order.

According to a Reuters report, “Islamic State (has) exploited the chaos of post-uprising Libya to establish a foothold there, using it as a base for attacks (against) Tunisia and Egypt. The perpetrators of several militant attacks in Tunisia in the past two years were trained in Libya. The United States is fighting the group’s Libyan arm with air strikes launched from its ships in the Mediterranean and armed drones launched from Sicily. Washington’s use of armed drones against militants in countries such as Yemen and Pakistan has been criticized for its toll on civilians, and some opponents question its legality under international law.”

President Essebsi says the drones being used were given to Tunisia after 70 US service members trained his military. So far the President says there is no timeline for the US departure.

Essebsi said fears of an ISIS attack inside Tunisia are well founded after an ISIS ambush in the town of Ben Guerdan earlier this year. The assault left 53 people dead, including civilians. Essebsi also says he believes more attacks from neighboring Libya were underway and suggested his country should remain on offense in its fight against all terrorist groups. “We do not have clear information, and we should act instead of waiting until another Ben Guerdan,” he finished.

But, Ahmed Mannai, the head of the Tunisian Institute for International Relations, suggested there was something afoot between the US military and Tunisia’s president.

“The United States is using the war on terrorism as a pretext to ensure its military presence in Tunisia. It is true that the current US presence [in Tunisia] is limited to military trainers and unmanned aircraft, but it is obvious that things will develop later on under the same pretext. History tells us that the United States — once it is present in an area — is there to stay without any excuse. This is the case in the Gulf, Japan, South Korea and Cuba. However, the Tunisian authorities are to blame here, as they have undermined the country’s sovereignty. They could have preserved cooperation with the United States without direct military presence that might compromise the independence of the country.”

Read more: Tunisia—too small to care written in January of 2014.

 

 

President-Elect Trump feels the love from Latino voter

He called some rapists, he called some killers, he called some drug dealers, but despite the comments being taken out of context, Donald Trump beat Mitt “Mr. Nice Guy” Romney with the Latino voters. CNN exit polls found President-Elect Donald J. Trump won at least 29 percent of the Latino vote and Romney only won 27 percent in in 2012. Trump also beat Romney with African Americans.

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Conventional thinking and the odds makers both made the GOP candidate a long shot for the oval office, especially since Hispanics make up approximately one-fifth of the voting population in four swing states, Nevada, Arizona, Colorado and the big prize of Florida.

The underwhelming performance by Hillary Clinton proved there is always a bridge too far with voters, and the scandal-ridden female candidate lacked enthusiasm—something she needed to break the glass ceiling.

As it turns out immigration policy is less important to Latino voters and they generally line up with the general electorate, it’s always the “economy stupid.” furthermore, a preponderance of the Latino voting block agreed with many of the immigration positions supported by Trump during his historic non-politician presidential campaign.

A Zogby Analytics exit poll commissioned by the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) found several key findings.

The poll was conducted on Nov. 9-10, and it torpedoes dire warnings uttered by Hispanic activist groups, Latino media outlets, open borders believers, and inside the beltway political class that immigration would coalesce Hispanic voters and turn them into a monolithic voter block for the Democrats. Additionally, Hispanic voters who legally immigrated to the country did not overwhelmingly support candidates who favored immigration enforcement over amnesty.

“The conventional wisdom that advocating enforcement of immigration laws is a deal-killer for Hispanic voters is just plain wrong. It is a myth perpetuated by groups and individuals with a political stake in maintaining mass immigration and by a bunch of high-price political consultants who continually misread public sentiment,” Dan Stein president of FAIR said.

Other key findings included:

  • 4 percent of Hispanic voters rated immigration as important or somewhat important in their voting decisions. That figure is substantially less than the 84.6 percent of all voters who said it was important or somewhat important, and a full ten percentage points less than the 87.8 percent of white voters who rated immigration as important or somewhat important.
  • 5 percent of Hispanic voters said they “support Donald Trump’s immigration policies,” including many who said they do not like him as a person. Conversely, only 32.9 percent of Hispanic voters said they “support Hillary Clinton’s immigration policies,” even though a much greater percentage liked her as a person. Among all voters, 54.7 percent supported Trump’s immigration policies compared with 38.4 percent who supported Clinton’s.
  • 3 percent of Hispanic voters believe current immigration enforcement is too lax, double the number, 18.3 percent, who say it is too strict, and more than ten percentage points higher than those who think it is about right was 25.5 percent.

Approximately four in 10 Latino voters favor “enforcing and strengthening laws against illegal immigration to encourage them to return home… with 48.8 percent support allowing current illegal aliens to become legal and remain in the country.”

According to FAIR, “Donald Trump may not have won the Hispanic vote in this election, but clearly, it was not because of his views on immigration. If anything, his positions on immigration seem to have helped him among Hispanic voters whose economic circumstances are being harmed by excessive immigration and unchecked illegal immigration.”

Along with other after election polling information, Pew Hispanic Center concluded “bread-and-butter issues like jobs, quality education, healthcare, and other issues are the primary motivating factors for Hispanic voters.”

After their 2012 presidential loss, the Republicans put together an autopsy report meant to be the blueprint for the party moving forward, but they never envisioned a hostile takeover by successful businessman Donald Trump.

“As Republicans lay out their immigration agenda for the next two years in control of the White House and both houses of Congress, they would be well-advised to ignore the self-anointed spokespeople and the political consulting class. Enforcing immigration laws, securing our borders, protecting American workers and taxpayers, and setting reasonable limits on immigration enjoy broad public support, including large numbers of Hispanic Americans who stand to benefit economically from the policies President-elect Trump ran on,” Stein said. “The conventional wisdom that advocating enforcement of immigration laws is a deal-killer for Hispanic voters is just plain wrong.”

Obama’s ISIS advice for Trump – take it slow with Putin

On Thursday, President Obama addressed German media regarding the complicated relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin. He encouraged his successor to stand up for American values and avoid taking a more expedient approach.

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“I don’t expect that the president-elect will follow exactly our approach, but my hope is he does not simply take a realpolitik approach and suggest that, you know, if we just cut some deals with Russia, even if it hurts people or even if it violates international norms or even if it leaves smaller countries vulnerable, or creates long-term problems in regions like Syria, that we just do whatever’s convenient at the time,” President Obama said in a joint press conference with Angela Merkel and the German media.

“My hope is the president-elect coming in takes a similarly constructive approach: Finding areas where we can cooperate with Russia, where our values and interests align but are willing to stand up to Russia where they are deviating from our values and international norms.”

On the campaign trail, President-elect Donald J. Trump made it clear he was willing to work with the Russian president. But Obama urged his successor to take it slow because he had concerns regarding the Russian leader and his perceived fight against ISIS in Syria.

The Russian leader did call to congratulate Trump on his sweeping victory. Trump’s office confirmed the phone call and said that Putin “offered his congratulations” and reviewed mutual threats and, “strategic economic issues.” The short discussion included the long-term relations the two countries shared.

“The overall tone of the conversation corresponded with the tone of statements already made during [Trump’s] election campaign concerning Russian-American relations,” Russian spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.

According to a press release, “Putin and Trump agreed that the current state of US-Russia relations is unsatisfactory and agreed to actively work toward their normalization and constructive cooperation on a broad range of issues.” And the statement emphasized that both countries need to “return to a pragmatic, mutually beneficial cooperation that meets the interests of the two states as well as stability and security in the world.”

In a Heritage Foundation speech last month, former Rep. Mike Rogers clarified one area where he disagrees with his former boss, Donald Trump. The president-elect strongly favors a renewed diplomatic relationship with the Russian President and strongman. “The Russians are certainly on the march,” Rogers said. “Russia’s change in the way they have used their cyber policy will give you a bead of sweat.”

But it was this kind of thinking that led to Trump’s decision to let the former Congressman go and another indication that the flamboyant businessman turned politician is listening to the voters who gave him the White House victory.

Senator John McCain (R-AZ), an outspoken critic of Trump, sided with the former Congressman confirming he will battle a President Trump’s national security policy with Russia. The current chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee said any effort to “reset” relations with Russia is deplorable. Mr. Trump has frequently reminded Americans that Senator McCain was an avid supporter of the failed Iraq War and continues to support multiple wars in the Middle East.

“With the US presidential transition underway, Vladi­mir Putin has said in recent days that he wants to improve relations with the United States,” McCain said in a statement. “We should place as much faith in such statements as any other made by a former KGB agent who has plunged his country into tyranny, murdered his political opponents, invaded his neighbors, threatened America’s allies and attempted to undermine America’s elections.”

However, November’s election results saw more establishment players in both parties lose their grip on power and it’s clear the new administration will seek a new direction in the Middle East. It’s likely the old guard will continue its dissension with Russia’s growing hegemony in the region.

“That is an unacceptable price for a great nation. When America has been at its greatest, it is when we have stood on the side [of] those fighting tyranny. That is where we must stand again,” McCain regurgitated.

Nevertheless, Middle East allies are taking the opportunity to welcome the President-Elect’s renewed focus on fighting the brutal terrorist group ISIS.

“Should Trump indeed decide to focus on the fight against the Islamic State and Islamic extremists in general, it would create some solid ground for cooperation with Moscow. Yet his actual policy may be more nuanced, and at this point, the equation has many unknowns, especially given genuine opposition to such cooperation within the Pentagon,” the Middle East paper al-Monitor reported.

“Changing this situation is a serious challenge, and the key question people in Moscow are asking these days is: Given that Trump is hard pressed on every side already, will he be forced to compromise his position on Russia for the sake of a ‘deal’ with the Washington establishment — including his own party, where the level of antagonism vis-a-vis Moscow is high? Or will he remain determined to fix the relationship with the Kremlin — albeit for the pragmatic reasons of safeguarding US national interests as he sees them?”

However, the current president and incoming leader strongly differ in their plan to defeat the terrorist group ISIS. This was highlighted with Trump’s pick of Army Lt. General Michael Flynn, a trusted confident as his National Security Advisor. The outspoken former director of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) repeatedly warned President Obama that ISIS was on the rise and not classifying the enemy as a “radical Islamic terrorism” organization would only allow the barbarous group to expand and gain territory. He was proved right.

In an effort to restrain the president-elect, the lame-duck Congress voted for robust new Syrian sanctions that could make any new policy efforts more difficult.

A Democratic congressional aide told Al-Monitor “that bill writers declined to do so, in part because of concerns that Trump might use that authority to avoid enforcing the law.”

The sponsor of the bill, Eliot Engel (D-NY) told al-Monitor: “I am sensitive to the fact that there have to be some waivers because presidents have to have a certain kind of authority. But I am unhappy with waivers all the time that you can drive a Mack truck through. I think at some point Congress has to say what it feels and, as a co-equal branch of government, have as much of a say as the executive.” Maybe the election provoked a change in heart as Congress has really let President Obama fight an undefined war for nearly eight years despite the War Powers Act.

It’s no secret that Trump has a different point of view on Syria. He told The Wall Street Journal: “My attitude was you’re fighting Syria, Syria is fighting [the Islamic State (IS)], and you have to get rid of [IS]. … Now we’re backing rebels against Syria, and we have no idea who these people are.”

Trump has made it clear that he isn’t interested in regime change and since the election; Assad called Trump a “natural ally.”

The embattled Syrian president told Portugal’s RTP state television “If he [Trump] is going to fight the terrorists, of course, we are going to be [an] ally, natural ally in that regard with the Russian[s], with the Iranian[s], with many other countries.”

But Obama strongly disagrees. “The way this is going to be resolved is going to have to be a recognition by Russia and a willingness to pressure Assad that a lasting durable peace with a functioning country requires the consent of people,” Obama said. “You cannot purchase people’s consent through killing them. They haven’t made that transition yet. But we’re going to keep on trying.”

Siding with President Obama is the establishment politicos who just had their fannies handed to them by the American people. “Republicans and Democrats recognize the need to isolate the Assad regime for its continued atrocities against the Syrian people,” a statement from House Speaker Paul Ryan, (R-WI). “I’m glad the White House has stopped blocking these critical sanctions, which are a necessary response to Assad’s crimes against humanity.”

Also agreeing with Ryan was Rep. Engel. “I am very concerned about the destructive role Russia is playing and has played in Syria. And I feel that they ought to be challenged, that we cannot simply let them get away with this.”

But judging Mr. Trump’s advisory picks, it looks like Congress will be battling for control of a new US foreign policy, one that leaves nation building and regime change in the dustbins of history.

 

New phone app to help Latino citizens monitor polling stations

On the eve of the national elections, a non-profit group, Latino Justice, is offering a new polling place phone App designed to enable volunteers to monitor Election Day fraud. The new phone app claims users can instantaneously report any voter suppression tactics, intimidation, language barriers, voting rights violations or other types of discrimination that voters might encounter at polling stations at Tuesday’s election.

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According to iTunes, “Cada Voto Cuenta is Latino Justice PRLDEF’s nonpartisan free voter protection App, designed to enable nonpartisan volunteers and the general public to serve as eyes and ears on the ground during elections, and to instantly monitor and report any voter suppression tactics, intimidation, language barriers, voting rights violations or other types of discrimination that voters might encounter or that could affect access to the ballot.”

The App is currently available in 5 states (NY, NC, FLA, GA, and PA) in Spanish and English, and contains helpful “Know Your Rights” educational information in both languages, in NY, NC, FLA, GA, and PA. Latino Justice is a non-profit 501(c)(3) civil rights legal defense fund set up to create their version of an equitable society. The group claims to use the law, advocacy, and education, to ensure Latinos succeed in school and work.

Meanwhile, election officials in Ohio have taken a different tactic and told potential poll watchers they are not welcome in some districts, citing their presence could intimidate voters.

Ohio’s secretary of state, Jon Husted said: “I am in charge of elections in Ohio, and they’re not going to be rigged. Our institutions, like our election system, is one of the bedrocks of American democracy. We should not question it or the legitimacy of it. It works very well. In places like Ohio, we make it easy to vote and hard to cheat.”

“The idea of widespread voter fraud would require some systemic problem in our system, and so if there’s a systemic problem, please identify it. Don’t just make an allegation on Twitter. Tell me, tell the secretaries of state around the country what the problem is so that we can fix it,” Husted added. “But right now we’re not aware of any systemic problems in our voting system. Are there cases of voter fraud? Absolutely, there are cases of voter fraud. But it’s rare, and we catch these people. Most times we catch them before their vote is even counted. And we hold them accountable. And we’re building the better system every single day.”

With all the talk of election fraud being tossed around will poll watchers and law enforcement help or hinder the hotly contested election on Tuesday?

For those who dismiss voter fraud, they say it’s only a handful of votes and they will not determine the outcome of important elections. However, Miami-Dade Florida State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle charged Gladys Coego a week ago for multiple votes for a local mayor. Not a big deal, but she was working as an official counter of absentee ballots. “Coego was charged with two felony counts of marking another person’s ballot,” according to Reuters.

While all violations are important, there are much bigger fraudulent actions that Mr. Trump is concerned about.

Christian Adams of the Election Law Center and the Public Interest Legal Foundation and author of the book Injustice: Exposing the Racial Agenda of the Obama Justice Department discussed some alarming voter fraud issues that the Main Stream Media is not reporting. He told radio host Alex Marlow that he did not count hacker penetration of voting machines among a clear and present threat.

“This is a total distraction. It is impossible to hack the voting machines,” he explained. “Electronic voting machines are not the issue. I’m convinced this is a distraction by the Left to make conservatives look utterly crazy, like chupacabra-type crazy. These machines are decentralized. It’s just crazy. It is not the problem. Paper ballots are the problem. If you want to worry about rigging an election, get rid of paper ballots. They’re the worst possible form of election.”

While this may shock many traditional voters who have watched the founder of WikiLeaks, Julian Assange, release 30,000 hacked emails, Adams warns the bigger problem lies with the fact that “the Left has created structural edifices to influence the atmosphere of the election. In other words, they just don’t rely on, like, some joker in Philadelphia to cast a phony ballot. They change the rules. The rules of the game are constantly being changed – not in October, but in January, in the December before the election.”

So what are Adam’s top-three fears in the 2016 presidential election?

“The biggest one, it’s easy. It’s not machines. It’s alien voting,” he revealed. “I’ve been litigating cases around the country. I just sued two Virginia counties this week for concealing alien voting records, the list of foreigners who are on the voter rolls. In Virginia alone, Alex, our litigation found a thousand aliens in just eight counties. These are the only eight counties that complied with our document requests. And they were voting! So if you take a thousand aliens who were accidentally caught in eight Virginia counties, and there’s 135 Virginia counties, that tells you that the number of aliens on the voter rolls in just this swing state is in the five figures.”

The fraud continued to play out in Colorado, Florida, North Carolina, Arizona, Texas, Pennsylvania as well as California. “California became the deepest shade of blue, in part, because of problems with the voter rolls, with illegal alien voting,” Adams said.

“We have a blind spot. I don’t think Republicans are aware of this problem to the degree they need to be. Some of them are. Most aren’t. There are very few tools, and the Obama administration has been blocking the use of those tools. For example, there is a federal database called SAVE. It is a list of aliens, all the aliens who are in the federal system. Under federal law, that data has to be made available to the states. Well, when Florida asked for that data to clean their voter rolls, the Obama administration refused to give it. So Florida had to sue in federal court to get it. They got it. The DHS is throttling it. They’re making it very hard to use the data.”

If by some miracle Trump manages to win, Adams suggested one of the first things he should act on is changing the voting process.

“The first thing that he (Trump) should do – the first thing, possibly the most important thing, you talk about draining the swamp – the first thing he should do is make the DHS – Department of Homeland Security SAVE data – available to election officials around the country.”

In the meantime, vote!

 

US military confirms depleted uranium used in Syria

Last week senior Defense Department officials at CENTCOM confirmed the US military used depleted uranium ammo in Syria. On November 18 and 23, 2015, the US military struck high-value targets in Syria. Officials stressed that the ammunition was used “with guidance, that it is not common practice and has not been used since.”

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CENTCOM explained the military use of such weapons was appropriate for the targets in Syria and they were protecting US interests. On Friday, the United Nations  considered another resolution to address the use of depleted uranium in conflicts and to raise funds to aid poorer nations with decontamination efforts.

According to the US military, the two confirmed strikes expended 5,100 rounds of 30mm depleted uranium (DU)) fired from A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft. CENTCOM officials also said the use of DU in Syria was in compliance with US military standards and is primarily used for destroying hard targets like tanks and vehicles.

However, anti-DU activists explained:  “The ammunition is developed to destroy tanks on a conventional battlefield; Daesh (ISIS) does not possess large numbers of tanks.”

But the New York Times  reported, “that 295 trucks were in the area, and more than a third of them were destroyed according to United States’ officials. The A-10s dropped two-dozen 500-pound bombs and conducted strafing runs with 30-millimeter Gatling guns. AC-130s aka “Puff the Magic Dragon” also attacked with 30-millimeter Gatling guns and 105-millimeter cannons.”

At the time of the DU strikes, America and its NATO allies had initiated a new campaign targeting ISIS in Syria code named “Tidal Wave II.” The primary goal of Tidal Wave II was to prevent ISIS from selling large volumes of oil on the black market. Lt. Gen. Sean MacFarland, who was at the helm of the international coalition’s campaign in Iraq and Syria, explained the Obama administration’s new focus was to eliminate an ISIS’ revenue stream. “This part of Tidal Wave II is designed to attack the distribution component of ISIL’s oil smuggling operation and degrade their (sic) capacity to fund their (sic) military operations,” said Colonel Steve Warren, spokesman for the Pentagon.

However, critics argue that data revealed in after-action reports confirmed the United States used A-10 aircraft with the armor-piercing incendiary ammunition (DU). A nuclear watchdog organization, the International Coalition to Ban Uranium Weapons (ICBUW) said in an unconfirmed report that the DU’s use is “solely as an anti-armor weapon – (but that ICBUW reports it was used) against personnel, buildings, light vehicles, and other non-armored targets, with instances of particularly intense use documented in and around densely populated areas. The use of depleted uranium against such targets contravenes the United States’ own restrictions on the use of the weapons.” It must be noted that the ICBUW account conflicts with US after-action reports that claim tanker trucks carrying pirated oil were the targets of the DU strikes, not personnel.

The United States manufactures enriched uranium by processing natural uranium in nuclear reactors; once the enriched uranium is exhausted the “depleted” uranium is manufactured into DU, which is 40 percent less radioactive than enriched uranium. The United States leads the world in the supply of depleted uranium followed closely by Russia, France, and the United Kingdom.

Truth Out explains, that “Depleted uranium is the waste product of the uranium enrichment process for nuclear power reactors and nuclear weapons. It consists of the same components as natural uranium but has differing proportions of uranium isotopes, with slightly more U238 and a reduced amount of U235, such that it has about 60 percent of the radioactivity of uranium. The United States has stockpiled an estimated 450,000 tons of DU. Thus, using it in war has become a convenient method of disposal in other countries’ environments.

These weapons have a solid rod of DU that increases their ability to penetrate heavily armored vehicles because, unlike other weapons that become blunted upon impact, DU sharpens and self-ignites. DU is now found in machine gun ammunition, warheads for tanks, cruise missiles, and air-to-ground missiles. These weapons increase the potential of detonating combustible vehicles such as tanks, destroying buildings, and penetrating concrete and steel bunkers. DU weapons and armored tanks generate concentrated radioactive pollution when they strike or are attacked.”

The anti-DU group reported, “ICBUW had earlier analyzed the target information released by CENTCOM for the two dates in question. On neither date did CENTCOM explicitly state that it had launched attacks against armored vehicles, with the majority of strikes against Islamic State light tactical vehicles, vehicle-borne improvised explosive devices and oil infrastructure. Such targets have been attacked regularly by the US-led Coalition, [sic] apparently without resorting to the use of DU.” But CENTCOM told this reporter the DU strikes were in compliance with US guidelines.

However, another concern the watchdog group points out is the contamination factor and cleanup efforts remain unaddressed and fear civilians can inadvertently come into contact with depleted uranium if the affected area is not properly cleaned.

“Given DU’s nature as a toxic and radioactive heavy metal, and concerns previously expressed by Syrian civilians that it might be used, it’s deeply worrying that the US chose to use DU again,” said PAX’s researcher Wim Zwijnenburg. PAX is an international organization that stands for peace, they work with civilians in conflict zones, like Syria, to build a just and peaceful community.  “The US should provide all target data and technical assistance to mine-clearance organizations and local authorities to ensure that swift cleanup operations for this low-level radioactive waste is undertaken to prevent Syrian civilians (from) being exposed,” they concluded.

ICBUW Coordinator Doug Weir reiterates that proper clean up is difficult because there are no formal world obligations for cleanup efforts. “Managing DU contamination to internationally accepted standards is complex, time-consuming and costly. Research has repeatedly shown that most countries recovering from conflict are poorly placed to implement these vital risk reduction measures, which are recommended by UN agencies, and it is civilians who all too often pay the cost of inaction.”

In 2013 US taxpayers rose up and shut down the White House switchboard fiercely opposing US intervention in Syria. Yet, President Obama continues to press on with war efforts in the Middle East without Congressional guidance or in accordance with the War Powers Act. With the presidential election a week away, voters remain skeptical of the US-Syrian policy and wonder who will clean up the mess the past two presidents have created! #ListenToTheVoters

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