The Curse of Cluster Bombs

by Tom Fawthrop
Published: Sep. 30, 2011 – Foreign Policy in Focus

Laos, a small landlocked country in Southeast Asia known as “the most bombed country on earth,” fittingly hosted an international disarmament conference in November 2010.

This was a follow-up to an Oslo conference in 2008 when 94 nations signed the Convention on Cluster Munitions (CCM), an international treaty to ban all cluster weapons following in the footsteps of the global campaign to ban landmines which came into force in 1999.

“This convention is a humanitarian instrument in nature that aims to liberate ourselves from fear and threat of cluster bombs,” Saleumxay Kommasith, director general of the Department of International Organizations at the Lao foreign ministry, told IPS news agency. “We view our role in the cluster ban treaty as a contributor to the global effort to ban cluster munitions.”

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The Toxic Legacy of Agent Orange

by Carol Miller
Published: Aug. 31, 2011 – Counterpunch.org

On Aug. 10, 1961, the United States began spraying Agent Orange in Vietnam, in a campaign called “Operation Ranch Hand.” The spraying lasted nearly 10 years and resulted in death and dis ability for more than 3 million Vietnamese, including the children and grandchildren of those directly exposed.

In addition this deadly defoliant seriously damaged the environment of Vietnam. An area of 7.5 million acres were sprayed affecting nearly 26,000 villages and hamlets. Large areas still contain hot spots of contamination. (Source: Vietnam Association for Victims of Agent Orange/ Dioxin)

What was our government thinking?

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Compensate Victims of U.S. Chemical Warfare in Vietnam

by Marjorie Cohn
Published: Aug. 10, 2011 – Marjorie Cohn

Today marks the 50th anniversary of the start of the chemical warfare program in Vietnam without sufficient remedial action by the U.S. government. One of the most shameful legacies of the Vietnam War, Agent Orange continues to poison Vietnam and the people exposed to the chemicals, as well as their offspring. H.R. 2634, the Victims of Agent Orange Relief Act of 2011, which California Congressman Bob Filner just introduced in the House, would provide crucial assistance for social and health services to Vietnamese, Vietnamese-American, and U.S. victims of Agent Orange.

From 1961 to 1971, approximately 19 million gallons of herbicides, primarily Agent Orange, were sprayed over the southern region of Vietnam. Much of it was contaminated with dioxin, a deadly chemical. Dioxin causes various forms of cancers, reproductive illnesses, immune deficiencies, endocrine deficiencies, nervous system damage, and physical and developmental disabilities.

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Cambodia in clasp of cluster bombs

Published: Aug. 02, 2010 – Al Jazeera

At least 26 million cluster bombs were dropped on Cambodia by the United States during the Vietnam War in the 1960s and 70s.

And decades after the bombs stopped falling, millions of undetonated bombs lying in fields across the country continue to maim thousands of people who are unfortunate enough to step on them.

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Toxic legacy of the Vietnam war

Published: Jul. 21, 2010 – Al Jazeera

Thirty-five years on from the end of the Vietnam war, the devastating effects still linger.

Agent Orange, the chemical used by US forces during the war, is still poisoning the environment of the country and the health of its people, Vietnam says. The US says that cannot be scientifically proven.

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Agent Orange and the Third Generation

“Perfectly Safe: It Just Kills Plants … “

by Susan Galleymore
Published: May 28, 2010 – Counter Punch

Each year for the last five years the U.S. has welcomed a delegation of Vietnamese affected by spraying chemicals in Vietnam three decades ago. The Fifth Agent Orange Justice Tour ended recently. It focused national attention on grass roots and legislative efforts to achieve comprehensive assistance to victims in Vietnam, to the children and grandchildren of U.S. veterans, and to Vietnamese-Americans.

It is not news that American troops fighting for the U.S. military in Vietnam were told by their commanders that the defoliants and herbicides sprayed by the U.S. Air Force were “perfectly safe…[they] just kill plants.”
The statistics, while heartbreaking, are, likewise, not news for anyone who pays attention to recent history. From 1961 to 1970 more than 20,000 missions that composed Operations “Trail Dust” and “Ranch Hand” dispersed about 13 million gallons of chemicals over five million acres of Vietnam’s forests and agricultural lands; southern Laos and Cambodia were sprayed too.

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The Obscenity of War (With Videos)

by Amy Goodman
Published: Mar. 30, 2010 – TruthDig

President Barack Obama has just returned from his first trip as commander in chief to Afghanistan. The U.S.-led invasion and occupation of that country are now in their ninth year, amid increasing comparisons to Vietnam.

Daniel Ellsberg, whom Henry Kissinger once called “the most dangerous man in America,” leaked the Pentagon Papers in 1971. Ellsberg, who was a top Pentagon analyst, photocopied this secret, 7,000-page history of the U.S. role in Vietnam and released it to the press, helping to end the Vietnam War.

“President Obama is taking every symbolic step he can to nominate this as Obama’s war,” Ellsberg told me recently. He cites the “Eikenberry memos,” written by U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan Karl Eikenberry, which were leaked, then printed last January by The New York Times.

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Documentary – Enemy Image (2005)

The invasion of Iraq was the most closely documented war ever fought. Lasting only 800 hours, it produced 20,000 hours of video, but those images were tightly controlled, producing a monolithic view of combat sanitised and controlled by the Pentagon.

Enemy Image traces the ways U.S. television has covered war, starting with Vietnam in the 1960s and shows how the military has devised ever-improving means of ensuring the American public never again has the real face of combat beamed directly into their living rooms.

 

Related Documentaries:

DOCUMENTARY – Militainment, Inc.: Militarism & Pop Culture

DOCUMENTARY– USA: War made Easy

DOCUMENTARY – Iraq The Hidden Story

DOCUMENTARY – FRONTLINE: In search of truth in war time by John Pilger (1983)


Documentary – VIETNAM, The Last Battle by John Pilger (1995)

In 1975, John Pilger reported the end of the Vietnam War from the American Embassy in Saigon, where the last American troops fled from the roof-top helicopter pad. He was made Journalist of the Year and International Reporter of the Year for his reporting of the Vietnam War over a period of almost ten years. In 1995’s ‘Vietnam: The Last Battle’, Pilger returned to Vietnam to review those twenty years, seeking to rescue something of Vietnamese past and present from Hollywood images which pitied the invader while overshadowing one of the most epic struggles of the 20th century.

 

More by John Pilger:

DOCUMENTARY – The War on Democracy by John Pilger

War is peace. Ignorance is strength

DOCUMENTARY – Breaking The Silence – Truth and Lies in the War on Terror by John Pilger

DOCUMENTARY – New Rulers of the World, by John Pilger

The lying game: how we are prepared for another war of aggression

DOCUMENTARY – Palestine is Still the Issue by John Pilger

DOCUMENTARY – Stealing a Nation by John Pilger -2004

Mourn on the 4th of July

INTERVIEW – John Pilger on Democracy Now… (6 Jul. 2009)

Smile on the face of the tiger

DOCUMENTARY – FRONTLINE, In search of truth in war time by John Pilger, 1983 (52 mins.)

VIDEO – Obama & Empire: Power, Illusion & America’s Last Taboo

Obama’s 100 days – the mad men did well

DOCUMENTARY – War by Other Means by John Pilger

PRESENTATION: John Pilger – Freedom Next Time

DOCUMENTARY – “Paying the Price: Killing the Children of Iraq” by John Pilger

Welcome to Orwell’s World 2010

DOCUMENTARY – Pepsi vs Coke in The Ice Cold War by John Pilger


Documentary – U.S. Foreign Policy: Secret Wars of the CIA

The history of the terrorism conducted by the CIA, since the end of the World War II when countries in Asia and Latin America, were trying to make changes to improve their economical and political situation, the Unite States of North America realized that it was not good for their status as new super power; and began a new campaign, with only one rule, Anything Goes. This is the story of the terrorism of the CIA.

 

 

Related:

CIA: Secret Operations, Drug Money

A History Of CIA Coups And Atrocities

Global Warfare USA: The World is the Pentagon’s Oyster

DOCUMENTARY – The War on Democracy by John Pilger (94 mins.)

Pentagon Plans For Global Military Supremacy

An Imperial Strategy for a New World Order: The Origins of World War III

Colour-Coded Revolutions and the Origins of World War III

Destabilization 2.0

The Militarization of Latin America

The Honduran coup: another US destabilization operation

DOCUMENTARY – “Paying the Price: Killing the Children of Iraq” by John Pilger (75 min.)

The CIA’s involvement in Iran Today: A Realistic Assessment

The Responsibility of the US in Contaminating Iraq with Depleted Uranium

US Strategic Interests in Latin America: The Militarization of Colombia


Agent Orange continues to poison Vietnam

by Marjorie Cohn
Published: Jun. 14, 2009 – Marjorie Cohn

From 1961 to 1971, the U.S. military sprayed Vietnam with Agent Orange, which contained large quantities of Dioxin, in order to defoliate the trees for military objectives. Dioxin is one of the most dangerous chemicals known to man. It has been recognized by the World Health Organization as a carcinogen (causes cancer) and by the American Academy of Medicine as a teratogen (causes birth defects).

Between 2.5 and 4.8 million people were exposed to Agent Orange. 1.4 billion hectares of land and forest – approximately 12 percent of the land area of Vietnam – were sprayed.

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